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Obama claims ISIL speaks for no religion. Than what’s the “I” in “ISIL” stand for…

... In another mind blowing attempt to kowtow to Islam, our president goes deeper in denial for the sake of multiculturalism and diversity.This is completely reprehensible and irresponsible. To say that "no religion" speaks for ISIL is an outright lie that I don't think anyone can possibly believe. What exactly does the "I" in "ISIL" stand for then?The Islamic States is just that, Islamic. ISIL has all the trademarks of the past 1300 years of post-Mohammedan culture - Piracy, theft, slavery, torture, and genocide.But don't tell that to the president."ISIL speaks for no religion. Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches people to … [Read More...]

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Diana Gabaldon’s ‘Outlander’ series and idolizing dysfunctional relationships…

... On the recommendation of women everywhere I decided to give Diana Gabaldon's popular series, Outlander, a try.And yeah.Seriously, women! This is what passes as romance?I commented that Jaime and Claire's relationship was dysfunctional at best. "Keep reading", you said. "It gets better", you promised.Jaime threatens to beat Claire lots. "Yes, but just keep reading", it gets better.Jaime beats Claire "within an inch of her life" for running off and almost getting herself raped. "Oh, but she gets him back", excusing the behavior. "Trust me, keep reading."Jaime rapes Claire upon their return to Castle Leoch.I stop reading. Full stop.This … [Read More...]

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Mark Steyn on the “narrative” of Ferguson…

... If you've been keeping up with the news, you'll know that in the streets of America this happened.Mark Steyn makes some interesting points about what we've been witnessing in Ferguson and the effects of a severely militarized police force.First, he rightly notes that in this day and age for a police cruiser to not have a dash cam is a deliberate and conscious choice made by the city's police department. There's literally nothing to see here, folks. Move along.It's important, when something goes wrong, to be clear about what it is that's at issue. Talking up Michael Brown as this season's Trayvonesque angel of peace and scholarship was foolish, and … [Read More...]

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Things you aren’t supposed to do – ask questions about Islam…

... Something totally expected happened when I decided to ask fellow Patheos bloggers at the Muslim channel their thoughts of the atrocities being committed in the name of their religion.I got backlash.But not from who you'd think.Turns out most of the bloggers on the Muslim channel just don't write as prolifically as we do here in the Catholic channel. They have entire weeks between posts. We have hours; a single day at most.So the chances of anyone over there even seeing what Sam Rocha and I wrote are pretty slim. Fair enough. Not necessarily an excuse for remaining silent, but understandable since it appears to be a considerably less active channel of … [Read More...]

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The Assumption For the Senses…

... Sense of sound and sight.Fernando LlanosJuan Martin CabezaleroAndrea Del Sarto … [Read More...]

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Where is the Patheos Muslim Channel’s Voice in the IS Genocide…

... It's strangely silent over there.Sam Rocha asks what I've been wondering for weeks now,My question to my Abrahamic brothers and sisters at the Patheos Muslim channel is, why are you not reporting on — and joining — the predominant voices of your religious community (and your channel editor)?What are we to make of the silence?Saying nothing can actually say a great deal, and probably not what you intend. Things like silent approval or apathy towards the situation. I can only assume because there's been nothing to indicate otherwise.We're all ears over here. You have the audience at your own channel and on your own personal blogs, why not take adv … [Read More...]

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What Poor People are Deserving of …

... Let's talk about poverty. Or rather, what poor people deserve.The minute you start talking about charity (money, gov't subsidies, church donations, handouts etc.) for the poor an amazing thing happens.People immediately start to critique the poor's worthiness."But people on welfare have TV's, so they don't deserve food!"It would seem that poor people deserve no common comforts and should be punished with an utterly barren life.Or new blouses. Poor women don't deserve pretty frocks or nice blouses.Once I was forced to ask an employer for a payday advance due to an unexpected family emergency. I went to him asking a favor he could rightly refuse. … [Read More...]

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Church Universal – Igbo Mass in Diocese of Charlotte…

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We lack the language of faith to win this war…

... I wish I could write but everything I read online and see on the news has me filled with anger, rage, and helplessness. It leaves me depressed and makes me feel like my complaints are trivial and my joys undeserved.I am in mourning.What's there to do other than pray and helplessly watch the news reports come in?Elizabeth Scalia is right, you know. The West lacks the tools to defeat ISIS because ISIS is evil and the West refuses to believe in evil. You cannot defeat something you refuse to accepts exists. Elizabeth writes,[The West] no longer contains one essential component necessary to fight the evil that instigates human savagery on this level, that of a … [Read More...]

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What Can We Learn From Novenas…

... I made it through two whole novenas and suddenly I'm the expert. Neat how that works.This past novena to St. Ann taught me several things about payer in general. The main thing it taught me was that I was doing prayer, for the most part, wrong. Or rather, imperfectly.I was approaching novenas in a very methodical manner, much the same way I approach my regular prayer.Here, Lord, are my prayers for this particular thing. Please grant my wish. Amen. Oh, PS. God, you're an awesome God.Over the course of those nine days though, I noticed the novena prayers themselves were quite beautiful and so much more than simple requests and petitions.The prayers … [Read More...]


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