Archive for the ‘God’ Category

Republicans and Democrats Rip MSNBC Coverage as Too Political

October 28, 2008

In a room full of television industry executives, no one seemed inclined to defend MSNBC on Monday for what some were calling its lopsidedly liberal coverage of the presidential election.

The cable news channel is “completely out of control,” said writer-producer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, a self-proclaimed liberal Democrat.

By Paul Bond
THR.com

She added that she would prefer a lunch date with right-leaning Fox News star Sean Hannity over left-leaning MSNBC star Keith Olbermann.

Olbermann was criticized by many who attended Monday’s luncheon sponsored by the Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The event was dubbed “Hollywood, America and Election ’08.”

Bloodworth-Thomason and others seemed especially critical of the way MSNBC — and other media — has attacked Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin while demeaning her supporters.

“We should stop the demonizing,” she said, adding that Democrats have been worse than Republicans as far as personal attacks on candidates are concerned. “It diminishes us,” she said of her fellow Democrats.

Bloodworth-Thomason even suggested a defense of Palin and her supporters should be written into TV programming, just as she went out of her way to portray Southern women as smart in her hit TV show “Designing Women.”

Attendee Michael Reagan, the radio talk-show host and son of President Ronald Reagan, said he no longer will appear as a guest on MSNBC because “I actually get death threats.”

“I’ll stop sending them,” joked Larry Gelbart, the writer, producer and director best known for the “M*A*S*H” television series and such movie screenplays as “Tootsie” and “Oh, God!”

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Finding God at a beer festival

October 16, 2008

By ERIC GORSKI, AP Religion Writer 

DENVER – In the beginning, there was a long line for Judgment Day ale.

Bryce Baxter of Salt Lake City with Mormon drinking team clothing ... 
Bryce Baxter of Salt Lake City with Mormon drinking team clothing and accessories at the 27th annual Great American Beer Festival in Denver on Friday, Oct. 10, 2008.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Shortly after the doors opened on the 27th Great American Beer Festival, a crowd congregated at the booth offering that and other pours from The Lost Abbey of San Marcos, Calif., where the tap handle is a Celtic cross and the legacy of beer-brewing monks endures.

Standing under a banner promising “Inspired beers for Saints and Sinners Alike,” proprietor and former altar boy Tomme Arthur had a confession: He’s using God to sell some beer.

“It’s the oldest story ever told — the struggle between good and evil,” said Arthur, 35, a product of Catholic schools in his native San Diego. “There is a battle being waged between those who make good beer and those who make evil beer.”

Without question, unholy excess is in evidence anytime 18,000 gallons of alcohol is served to 46,000 people over three days. See: women in Bavarian maid outfits and “Beer Pong” tables.

Yet perhaps surprisingly, God could be found at last week’s Great American Beer Festival — in the crassly commercial, in homage to religion’s long history in brewing, in needling faiths that turn a suspect eye on drinking, and (if the prophet of home-brewing is to be believed) at the bottom of every glass.

While alcohol and religion don’t always mix, no less a figure than Benjamin Franklin once said: “Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”

Charlie Papazian, author of “The Complete Joy of Homebrewing,” the undisputed bible of the craft, can cite many intersections of beer and the divine. Mayan and Aztec priests controlled the brewing of beer in pre-Columbian days, monks in Bavaria brewed strong bocks for sustenance during Lent and the first brewery in the Americas was founded by Belgium monks in Ecuador in 1534.

Before Louis Pasteur pinpointed yeast as the culprit in the 1850s, brewers didn’t know what caused fermentation, said Papazian, president of the Boulder, Colo.-based Brewers Association. So they invented one run-on word to describe the mysterious stuff at the bottom of the bottle: “Godisgood.”

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Iran’s Ahmadinejad Continues to Gloat About End of Godless America, Capitalism

October 15, 2008

Iranian leaders say the world financial crisis indicates the end of capitalism, the failure of liberal democracy and divine punishment — marking the superiority of the Islamic republic’s political model.

“The school of Marxism has collapsed and the sound of the West’s cracking liberal democracy is now being heard,” supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Monday, recalling the fate of the Soviet Union.

Hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is backed by Khamenei, said on Tuesday that “it is the end of capitalism.”
Australia has dropped moves to take Iranian President Mahmoud ... 
Ahmadinejad: Everyone knows where he stands…
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Such convictions can be traced back to the ideals of the 1979 Islamic revolution, which Ahmadinejad has sought to revive since he rose to power in 2005.

The firebrand president, who has not missed a chance to denounce Western “decadence” since his election, has exploited the scale of the global crisis to play up his argument.

He benefits from the luxury that the Tehran stock market has been unaffected by the losses that bourses in neighbouring Gulf states have suffered. That stability is attributable to the absence of foreign investors and to the government’s firm grip on economic activity.

Several Iranian newspapers, regardless of their reformist or conservative leanings, have also blamed the global economic crisis on excessive liberalism.

And some officials, such as the head of Iran’s electoral watchdog body, have come up with less conventional theories and branded the turmoil as “divine punishment.”

“These people see the outcome of their bad deeds. This problem has spread to Europe now which makes us happy. The unhappier they are the happier we become,” Ayatollah Ali Janati, who heads the Guardians Council, said in last Friday’s prayer sermon.

Ahmadinejad has recently echoed that, saying “the reason of their defeat is that they have forgotten God and piety.”

— From AFP

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Below from Iran’s State media IRNA

Iran Will Cut Off Hands of Aggressors: Ahmadinejad

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday that the Iranian nation will strongly cut off hands of aggressors.

President Ahmadinejad made the remark an his address to a large crowd of enthusiastic people in Gilan province on Wednesday.

The president is visiting the province on the second round of his provincial tours to follow up implementation of the projects that had been approved during the first round of his provincial tours.

Referring to Iran’s peaceful nuclear program, he said the enemies did their best to deprive the Iranian people of their legitimate rights but to no avail.

By grace of Almighty God, resistance of Iranian people under wise leadership of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s flag has been hoisted with pride worldwide and the enemies feel ashamed, he said.

They have confessed to their defeat in the face of the Iranian nation as well as all other nations around the globe, he said.

Addressing the arrogant powers, he said, “You have committed so many crimes and now should stop it, it is time to return to God, justice and a decent life which will be to your benefit,” he said.

“If you inject even dlrs 100 billion a week into your ailing economy, you will not survive,” underlined the president.

“Your fate will not be much better than that of Pharaoh and Nimrod, unless you repent,” he said.

The Iranian nation is unified and will cut off the hands of any aggressor, underlined President Ahmadinejad.

“28 years ago you imposed a cruel war on the Iranian nation but the brave Iranian nation pushed you towards a humiliating defeat,” he said.

“Our youths are capable enough to give you a crushing response,” underlined the president.

The president’s speech was interrupted several times by the crowd chanting “Death to America”.

Tyranny and violation of people’s rights are the root cause of economic recession in the West, the president said.

It is about 30 years that the great Iranian nation has been exposed to economic and political pressures only because they wanted to be independent and believe in monotheism, he said.

“We have heard that since the beginning of Iraq’s occupation, over 100 million barrels of oil have been taken out from the country,” he said.

President Ahmadinejad, along with his Cabinet members arrived in the city of Rasht, capital of the northern province of Gilan Wednesday morning.

He made the initiative to visit different provinces since he took office in 2005 in order to bring the government closer to ordinary people.

The president will also hold a Cabinet meeting in Rasht to discuss the needs of the province.

Iran celebrates global economic meltdown as punishment from God

October 10, 2008

By John Leyne
BBC

Amidst the financial wreckage around the world, one government is celebrating.

Watching the global gnashing of teeth, the Islamic Republic of Iran is enjoying the ride.

“We are very happy that America’s economy is in jeopardy and they are paying the price for their misdeeds. God is punishing them.”

That is the verdict from Ayatollah Jannati, one of the most senior clerics in Iran.

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, speaks during ... 

President Ahmadinejad has pronounced on the collapse of global capitalism, and announced that Iranians should stand ready to manage the world.

If there is a Persian word for “schadenfreude”, this is it.

And for the moment, Iran does seem to be above the fray.

Shares on the Tehran stock exchange, while down slightly in recent trading, have increased in value….

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God Is On The Battlefield; Troops Have to Be Ready

March 10, 2008

By William Blazek 
Washington Post – Newsweek

Their sudden departure from this world reminds me to keep myself in right relationship with God….

You may want to say this prayer yourself, in case your chopper goes down tonight. Given the way the end surprised my men, I certainly will. Eternal rest give unto them, O
Lord….

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Is religion losing the millennial generation?

February 6, 2008

By Stephen Prothero
USA Today
February 4, 2008

My students are careful — exceedingly careful — not to tell one another what to believe, or even what to do. Above all, they want to be tolerant and non-judgmental. Most of the religions my students developed were fully compatible with other religions.
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They made few demands, either intellectually or morally. Repeatedly, their founders stress that you can join their religion without leaving Catholicism or Judaism or Islam behind.
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They are allergic to divinity and even heaven. In the religions of their imagining, God is an afterthought at best. And the afterlife is, as one of my students told me, “on the back burner.”
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What my students long for is not salvation after they die but happiness (or, in the case of Euphorianity, euphoria) here and now. They want less stress and more sleep.

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Christmas: Birth and Rebirth

December 25, 2007

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
December 25, 2007

Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ at Christmas. But in our real lives, what we see is sometimes not so blessed and sacred.

But then again, no.

I am fascinated by the “second chances” life (and God) gives to us. I know people who can recount so many second chances that they are tempted to declare they may actually be on their third or fourth chance!

Nadine is a stripper and prostitute. She has been at it for many years – and she would be a wealthy lady if she hadn’t squandered what she made on drugs and alcohol. She is scheduled for her third “boob job” but even casual observers can see; her body is mostly saggy, old and tired now. She may have to learn a new trade.

She told me the week before Christmas, “I am beginning to truly love God. He has never forsaken me despite my awful behavior.”

That’s a pretty good guy and a great God!

That’s my God too!

I recently met Peter at the airport. He said he wanted to stop drinking alcohol and get drugs out of his life.

As he deplaned, I could see in his face his own disappointment with the life he had been leading. Peter’s face speaks loudly of his agony, fatalism and addiction. He looks like he has been tortured – and he has. He has lost his wife, his business is near collapse and his eight year old daughter urged him to quit. He is here for detoxification and recovery.

Michael is an alcoholic who suffers from diabetes who has been told by his doctors that he will be blind before long. Michael was practically a national hero, some years ago. He held a world record in his athletic specialty and a gold medal from the Olympics.

Today he suffers the agony of addiction and participates in daily AA meetings: sessions he calls his “lifeline.”

Christmas to be celebrates God’s birth as man – but it is also a sign of our own human rebirth and salvation. Whatever we have done, whatever crimes we have committed, god understands because he was born man himself. Moreover, I believe that God is all forgiving. The bible tells me so.

So Merry Christmas to all near and far, no matter your faith, no matter your country or your beliefs. It is my firm commitment that the “Higher Power” loves, cherishes and forgives us ever evil.

Especially at Christmas time.

Christmas Message: Make Time for “Higher Power”

December 25, 2007

VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI urged the faithful to set aside time in their lives for God and the needy, as he ushered in Christmas early Tuesday by celebrating Midnight Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica.
Christmas Midnight Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican

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Pope Benedict XVI receives gifts from children in native costumes as he celebrates the Christmas Midnight Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, early Tuesday.
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Echoing a theme he has raised about an increasingly secular world, Benedict said that many people act as if there is no room for spiritual matters in their lives.

“Man is so preoccupied with himself, he has such urgent need of all the space and all the time for his own things, that nothing remains for others, for his neighbor, for the poor, for God,” he said.

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Thanksgiving: The Bounty and Goodness of Our God

November 22, 2007

By Chuck Colson
Thanksgiving

It has become the worst drought in the history of the Southeast. The ground is parched; crops are dying. And last week, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue decided to do something about it. He urged Georgians to pray for desperately needed rain.

Despite much ridicule and some protest, last week, Gov. Perdue led a prayer vigil on the steps of the State Capitol. Praying along with him were pastors from several denominations and hundreds of Georgians.

Gov. Perdue may not have realized it, but he was following in the steps of our Pilgrim fathers and mothers nearly 400 years ago: Joining together with neighbors for prayer was a familiar ritual for the Pilgrims. For example, in April of 1623—three years after the first Pilgrims landed—the transplanted Englishmen and women planted corn and other crops. A good harvest was essential to their survival. But in the weeks following the planting, it became clear that a dry spell was turning into a drought.

Pilgrim father Edward Winslow recorded their distress in his diary. “It pleased God, for our further chastisement,” he wrote, “to send a great drought; insomuch as in six weeks . . . there scarce fell any rain.” The crops began to shrivel up “as though they had been scorched before the fire . . . God,” Winslow wrote, “which hitherto had been our only shield and supporter, now seemed in His anger to arm Himself against us. And who can withstand the fierceness of His wrath?”

The Pilgrims decided the only solution was to humble themselves before God in fasting and in prayer. They appointed a day of prayer and set aside all other employments.

Winslow describes what happened next. “In the morning,” he wrote, “when we assembled together, the heavens were as clear, and the drought as like to continue as it ever was.” But by late afternoon—after eight or nine hours of prayer—“the weather was overcast, the clouds gathered on all sides,” Winslow wrote. The next morning brought “soft, sweet and moderate shows of rain, continuing some fourteen days.” The needed rain was “mixed with such seasonable weather,” he wrote, “as it was hard to say whether our withered corn or drooping affections were most quickened or revived, such was the bounty and goodness of our God.”

This dramatic answer to prayer was a witness to the local Indians. As Winslow notes, “The Indians . . . took notice . . . all of them admired the goodness of our God towards us, that wrought so great a change in so short of time, showing the difference between their conjuration and our invocation on the name of God for rain.”

The harvest that fall was abundant—and the Pilgrims survived yet another year.

Today is Thanksgiving—the day on which we recall the three-day celebration in 1621 in which the Pilgrims invited local Indians to join them in thanking God for His blessings on them—not, as some school children are taught today in class, giving thanks to Indians. And Americans ever since have been celebrating this, an occasion recognized and enshrined by Congress. We ought to take time to thank God for His manifold blessings on us today.

By the way, the day after Governor Perdue prayed on the Capitol steps, rains swept the state—nearly an inch in places. But the drought has continued. So, as we give thanks today, let’s remember those in the drought-stricken Southeast and ask the Giver of all good gifts to bless the land with rain.

Related:

America’s First Thanksgiving

Our Nation: Based Upon God, Not Fiction

The United States: A Nation of Prayer and Hope

Harry Potter, Gay Life and “Question Authority”

October 24, 2007

By Ben Shapiro
Townhall
October 24, 2007

I  am not a fan of the Harry Potter series. Nonetheless, I, like every other sentient human being, know something about Harry Potter. Most of my friends are fans. My three younger sisters are fans. I’ve seen the movies. I’ve read small portions of several of the books.So when J.K. Rowling announced last week that Albus Dumbledore, the aged headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, was gay, I was somewhat confused. When did the old dude with the funky beard turn into Gore Vidal?  

According to Rowling, Dumbledore was always Gore Vidal. At a Carnegie Hall reading, one of Rowling’s fans asked whether Dumbledore had ever found “true love.” “Dumbledore is gay,” Rowling gleefully responded. Dumbledore was apparently in love with his rival, Gellert Grindelwald, a dark wizard. “Falling in love can blind us to an extent,” Rowling explained. Dumbledore’s homosexual crush, Rowling stated, was his “great tragedy.” Rowling went on to label the Harry Potter books a “prolonged argument for tolerance” and told her fans to “question authority.”

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Related:
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Harry Potter: More Worthless Pop Culture

Kids reading fewer books despite Harry Potter hoopla

Priest Says Harry Potter Helps Devil, Evil

Our Nation: Based Upon God, Not Fiction