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Study: America’s Mormon Momement missed

December 31, 2012 --

Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life

America’s “Mormon moment” is over, and public opinion appears to be little changed. Eight-in-ten Americans (82%) say they learned little or nothing about the Mormon religion during the presidential campaign, according to a new Pew Research Center poll. Most Americans still are unable to correctly answer basic questions about the history and sacred texts of the Mormon Church. And three-in-ten Americans continue to consider the Mormon religion a non-Christian faith, though there appears to be some warming of attitudes toward Mormonism, especially among religious groups that voted heavily for Mitt Romney in the 2012 election.

These are some of the findings from a new national survey by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, conducted Dec. 5-9, 2012, among 1,503 adults.

During 2012, the public profile of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the LDS or Mormon Church) reached new heights: Romney became the first Mormon nominated for president by a major party, “The Book of Mormon” was a hit musical on Broadway, Time magazine published a story on the “Mormon moment,” and the LDS Church ran a nationwide advertising campaign to try to improve perceptions of Mormons.

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Chart: America’s adoption slide

December 30, 2012 --

This month Russia passed a law that outlawed American adoptions in Russia. Below is a charting showing the slide in adoptions by Americans across the various counntires.


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2012 Top 10 List of Most Impactful Charities

December 29, 2012 --

2012 Top 10 List of Most Impactful Charities

When it comes to end-of-year charitable giving, the number one questions a donor usually ask is:  Where can my donation make the greatest impact in the lives of others?  To answer this, challenged exhaustive research, strategic givers and the largest Christian foundations in the world. After a reviewing nearly 1,000 causes, the donor advocacy group has produced a list of the 10 most impactful Christian charities with outcomes such as:

  • Water to extreme poor per month – .5¢ ea
  • Feed children and orphans per month – $2.30 ea
  • Discipleship – Person guided through reading the New Testament – $1.75 ea
  • New decision for Christ –  nearly half continue to regular church attendance  – $3 ea
  • Web based evangelism to closed nations, per decision – .65¢ ea
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Demand rises for NC-17 rating for award nominated Tarantino film

December 28, 2012 --

Christian Group Demands Hollywood Ratings Board Give Quentin Tarantino’s New Western an NC-17 RatingBy Movieguide

The Christian Film & Television Commission®, an advocacy group in Hollywood, is petitioning the Motion Picture Association of America to change the rating of the ultra-violent new western from Quentin Tarantino, DJANGO UNCHAINED, from R to NC-17.

“This movie ends with two of the most violent scenes we’ve ever seen in more than 27 years of reviewing movies,” said founder and spokesman Dr. Ted Baehr. “As countless research studies and recent events in Connecticut have shown, some young boys and men like to imitate the violence they see in movies, TV, and video games.”
The movie shows blood erupting like lava from bodies when people are shot. Also in the movie, a slave is eaten by dogs and a man hanging upside down is threatened with castration.

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I can’t believe you two got married?

December 27, 2012 --

Imago Dei Portland Church

My daughter has on occasion said of my wife and me, “It amazes me you two ever dated, let alone got married.”

Having lived in the house with us for over twenty years has given her unique a perspective and insight into our marriage.

What she’s often referring to is not endless arguing or fighting, nor is it a difference in faith or fundamental values. She and I are amazingly similar, and border on mirror images in areas of faith in Christ and core values; there’s no one I agree with more than my wife, Lisbeth, on the things that matter.

What our daughter is referring to is primarily how my wife and I communicate. Often a key theme in marriage sitcoms like Everybody Loves Raymond or even the old, I Love Lucy show was miscommunication. One of the reasons these shows are so funny is there’s a strong thread of truth in the writing and we’re in a sense laughing at ourselves and our spouses.

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Local student produces film about teen moms

December 26, 2012 --

Teen moms film shows in Oregon
By Faith News Note:

The documentary “Teen Moms Have a Future” was created and shown in Milwaukie, Oregon. The film was directed by Courtney Polk, herself a mother at sixteen and now a student at Clackamas Community College, majoring in digital multimedia communications. Polk’s purpose in making the film was to break down stereotypes of teen mothers that are often presented in popular TV shows like “Teen Mom” and “Sixteen and Pregnant.”

Teen Moms Have a Future from Benjamin Meader on Vimeo.

“However you feel, what you believe about teen parents going in, this film will change your perception. It is a nice little vignette of one issue that is nicely framed in a positive way,” Zara Logue, the producer of the film, told the Portland Tribune.

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Christmas call: Leave empty place setting for persecuted pastor

December 25, 2012 --

Faith Organizations Launch National Campaign Called, ‘Leave a Christmas Place Setting for Pastor Saeed’

By Patrick Mahoney

Pastor Saeed Abedini is a Iranian born U. S. citizen who is being held in an Iranian prison for his Christian faith.

The Washington, D.C. based Christian Defense Coalition and Faith and Action are asking Christians all across America to set an empty place setting for Pastor Saeed at their Christmas dinners.

The place setting will challenge the faith community to pray for Pastor Saeed and also to remember the thousands of Christians who are in prison and separated from their families at Christmas because they are being persecuted for their faith.

Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, states,

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Gold, Frankincense and an M16

December 24, 2012 --

By Paul Louis Metzger
Multnomah University Professor
New Wine Skins Ministry

Like so many other Americans, I can’t wait for Christmas. I can’t wait to see children open gifts and to worship Jesus to whom the magi of old brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Still, like for so many Americans this Christmas, my thoughts and prayers will wander on Christmas day to Newtown, Connecticut, where some children who would be opening presents won’t be.

As I drove home last night, my thoughts wandered until I turned on NPR. I listened intently to an interview on the assault rifle used in Newtown—the semiautomatic AR-15. According to NPR’s Melissa Block, the AR-15 “is essentially a civilian version of the military’s M-16. And it is, according to the NRA, the country’s best-selling firearm.” Ms. Block interviewed Malcolm Brady, a retired assistant director with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. I was as surprised as Ms. Block was when Mr. Brady said that he expected consumer demand for the gun to jump dramatically: “…it may be for protection. It may be for the coolness. And it may be for the fact that people will be in fear that the weapon will be put back on a banned level, and they want to obtain it before it is banned again. But I think you will see the popularity of it and the purchase of them increase drastically, in between now and the holidays, near Christmas.”

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Poll: Trend in what Christmas greeting people prefer

December 23, 2012 --

knights-of-columbusA new survey finds Americans by a wide margin prefer the traditional “Merry Christmas” greeting to the non-specific “Happy Holidays.”

The Knights of Columbus-Marist Poll found that two-thirds of adults nationally — 66 percent — think people should say, “Merry Christmas,” while less than one-third — 29 percent — believe the appropriate greeting is “Happy Holidays.” The proportion that prefers “Merry Christmas” has continued to inch up over the past two years. Last year, 64 percent thought “Merry Christmas” was the more appropriate greeting while 31 percent preferred “Happy Holidays.” In 2010, the number preferring “Merry Christmas” stood at 61 percent. Five percent remain unsure.

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Les Miserables film gains big Catholic buzz

December 22, 2012 --


By Catholic League for Religious and Civil rights

“Every bishop, priest, pastor and cleric should be begging their people to go see this movie. ”


Raymond Arroyo, New York Times best-selling author and host of EWTN’s “The World Over,” had a chance to preview “Les Misérables.” This incredible movie opens on Christmas Day. Arroyo, who is a member of the Catholic League’s board of directors, offered the following comments on the film:

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