Public Prayer at University of Tennessee, Revisited


The other day I shared the story about the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s letter to the University of Tennessee regarding prayer before events. The University has stated that they will continue to allow “non-sectarian” prayer before sporting events, etc., and the FFRF has said they will not pursue further legal action, but that they will continue to monitor the situation.

As the clip below reports, the FFRF is on the march throughout the state of Tennessee, doing what they can to free the masses from what they consider to be an exclusive practice, and one that violates the separation of church and state. Roll tape, [Read more...]

University of Tennessee to Freedom From Religion Foundation: Continue to Pray, We Shall UPDATED

 


My local news outlet has the skinny, hot off the wire.

The University of Tennessee is standing by its stance that its time honored ritual of praying before each football home game does not violates the constitution.

Last week, a national organization called the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to the university, asking leaders to stop the prayers.   The foundation argued that public prayer before a game doesn’t belong at a public institution, and it violates the constitution. [Read more...]

Because Joseph of Cupertino Could Fly

—Feast of St. Joseph of Cupertino

Two years ago, the world was held in thrall by Stephen Hawking’s declaration that there is no need for a Creator for the universe to have been formed. The giant had spoken, succinctly, and confidently. If you are like me, you haven’t read his new book, but you probably saw the interview with Larry King.

One of my take-away’s from the interview? Stephen Hawking gushing over his experience of being weightless. He got to take a flight on one of those NASA planes that climbs parabolically so at the “top”, for a short while, zero-G is achieved. He evidently was thrilled to be weightless. [Read more...]

A Couple of (Thousand) Christians Show Up For Mass With the Pope in Beirut, Lebanon

I heard 12 baskets were left over

You really should read his Apostolic Exhortation, On the Church in the Middle East: Communion and Witness. You’ll be glad you did.

J. Christopher Stevens, Requiescat in Pace

Image Credit: Ben Curtis/Associated Press

Prayers for the repose of the soul of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, and for the souls of the others killed in the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

God of the spirits and of all flesh,
who have trampled death and annihilated the devil
and given life to your world, may you yourself,

O Lord, grant to the soul of your deceased servants 
J. Christopher Stevens and companions, rest in a place of light, a verdant place,
a place of freshness, from where suffering,
pain and cries are far removed.

Do You, O good and compassionate God
forgive every fault committed by them in word,
work or thought because there is no man
who lives and does not sin.
You alone are without sin and your justice
is justice throughout the ages and your word is truth.

Since you, O Christ our God, are the resurrection,
the life and the repose of your deceased servants, Christopher Stevens and companions,
we give you glory together with your un-begotten Father
and your most holy, good and life-creating Spirit,
now and always and forever and ever.

Amen.

 Ed Morrisey, from Hot Airhas an update as well.

Blessed Are They Who Mourn…

Artist: Brian Neimann

for they will be comforted.

As we recall the tragic events of this day, the road less taken of the Beatitudes always challenges us. [Read more...]

Neil Armstrong and the Landing of the “Eagle” UPDATED

Over at Mental Floss, there’s a great recap of the life and career of Neil Armstrong. I’ll provide you the link in a moment. But first I wanted to share the following narrative of the landing as told by astronauts Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton (with able help by writers Jay Barbree and Howard Benedict) in their book Moon Shot: The Inside Story of America’s Race to the Moon. This is a lot like an episode from Paul Harvey’s  The Rest of the Story. We begin at 1300 feet and falling… [Read more...]

President of Biola University Makes a Statement on the HHS Mandate

This just in from Los Angeles. Another ally in the fight against the HHS Mandate. Have a look. [Read more...]

Is Your Brain Stuck In Overdrive?

Have a coffee with Jesus…

There’s more where that came from. Check ‘em out at RadioFreeBabylon.

To Pray for the People of the Philippines

Photo credit: Reuters

What with the post on Singapore yesterday, Southeast Asia is on my mind these days. The photograph above is another reason why. Reuters has more,

Philippines rushes aid as more rains pound Manila

Updated 09:39 AM Aug 09, 2012

MANILA – Heavy rains pounded the Philippines capital on Wednesday, prompting a new danger alert as emergency workers rushed food, water and clothes to almost one million people through streets turned into rivers after 11 straight days of monsoon downpour. [Read more...]


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