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Pope gay comment stirs praise & media bias

July 31, 2013 --

pope-francesHere is what Pope Frances said…

“Who am I to judge a gay person of goodwill who seeks the Lord? You can’t marginalize these people.” On the subject of gay clergymen Pope Frances said they should be forgiven and their sins forgotten. Pope Frances also said, “The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains this very well. It says they should not be marginalised because of this but that they must be integrated into society.”

America’s top bishop responds…

“This is no way could this be interpreted as a change in church doctrine or the church’s faith and morals. It is a change in tone. It’s been a pretty clear teaching of the church based on the words of Jesus that we can’t judge people; we can judge actions. Homosexual people deserve love respect and dignity, while homosexual acts are immoral” (more)
Cardinal Timothy Dolan,
president Conference of Catholic Bishops USA

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Portland teens among 105 rescued in sex traffic bust

July 30, 2013 --

NBC news is reporting that two Portland teens were among the nationwide sex trafficking bust that occurred this last weekend.


Below is the FBI Announcement on the sting,
Operation Cross CountryRecovering Victims of Child Sex Trafficking

Operation Cross Country—a three-day nationwide enforcement action focusing on underage victims of prostitution—has concluded with the recovery of 105 sexually exploited children and the arrests of 150 pimps and other individuals.

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My journey back to the Quakers

July 29, 2013 --

By Rebekah Schneiter,
Oregon writer
Out Numbered Blog

Five years ago, my husband and I left a lot behind. We left our home of 14 years. In those 14 years we got married, finished graduate work, had two of our three children, established careers, and had been part of the Quaker church.

Five years ago we needed a change. I’m not sure we knew this at the time, but in retrospect our move was a good thing.

Initially I still felt a connection to the Quakers we’d left behind. I was working on a book project that kept me in contact with likeminded women, and my grandparents were still back in Newberg. My grandparents had been deeply involved in the Friend’s church their whole lives together, raised my mom that way, and had been instrumental in my decision to go to George Fox University. I admired my grandmother. She had been welcomed and trusted by this denomination. She had served as an elder, something that never happens in most Evangelical Christian denominations. My grandma was a woman who sought God in her life and knew the value of group discernment. (When I doubt my faith I often think of my grandmother. Her faithfulness renews my belief in a loving God.)

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Catholic take on Atheist chaplains?

July 27, 2013 --

By Catholic League for Religious & Civil Rights

Bill Donohue comments on demands to employ atheist “chaplains”:

An amendment has been proposed to the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act to add atheist “chaplains” to the armed forces. The principal organization pushing this idea is the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers. The president of this entity, Jason Torpy, claims it is unfair for Christians et al. to have chaplains, but not atheists.

Now it is true that throughout the nation, atheists have no chaplains; it is also true that vegetarians have no butchers. No matter, Torpy says chaplains are needed to serve the 40,000 atheists in the armed forces. His figure is wrong: the Department of Defense says there are 9,400 atheists or agnostics among the 1.4 million active-duty personnel. Given that there are five times as many agnostics as there are atheists, nationally, that means there are less than 2,000 atheists in the military. Which means Torpy’s figure is 20 times the actual number.

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Movie targets evolution scientists

July 26, 2013 --

Movie that Debunks Evolution to Premiere in Tenn. Near Anniversary of Scopes ‘Monkey Trial’
By Living Waters Publications,

A controversial new movie that debunks evolution will premiere in Tennessee, almost 88 years to the day after the famous Scopes “Monkey Trial.” Titled “Evolution vs. God,” its producer Ray Comfort says, “Hollywood’s 1960 movie Inherit the Wind was their own fictionalized version of the Tennessee-based Scopes trial, intentionally portraying creationists as simple-minded hicks who had blind faith in the Bible and rejected the evidence for evolution. But this new film is going to show that it is Darwinian evolution that rests on nothing but blind faith, and that it is bogus science.”

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Oregon’s 4th largest city is a ‘Food Desert’

July 25, 2013 --

By Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
Community Food Assessment pinpoints food needs and opportunities in Gresham food desert Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s (EMO) Interfaith Food and Farms Partnership (IFFP) is wrapping up a grassroots community food assessment in Gresham Rockwood neighborhood, which is considered a “food desert.” The goal of the assessment is to engage neighbors in a process of collectively examining food-related issues and assets in order to prompt changes and build food security. The assessment was led by the Neighborhood Assessment Team, comprised of eight Rockwood residents of different cultural backgrounds.

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Portland Deacon: Beyond Zimmerman Verdict

July 24, 2013 --

Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers,
Portland, Oregon
Catholic Speaker & Founder of Dynamic Deacon
Originally published in Catholic World Report

The “not guilty” verdict in the George Zimmerman trail for the death of Trayvon Martin has unleashed a firestorm of criticism regarding gun violence, stirred deep emotions over the enduring legacy of racism in America, and spawned senseless acts of retaliatory violence. Without question, racism did play a role, in that Mr. Zimmerman profiled Mr. Martin as a “person of color” in the “wrong” neighborhood at the “wrong” time. If Mr. Zimmerman had significant safety concerns or thought that Mr. Martin was acting suspiciously, he should have called the police (which he did) and then went about his business as the police investigated. I know what that feels like, because it happened to me back in 1990. The police officer treated me like a criminal until he found out I went to Notre Dame, which all of a sudden made my being black OK in his eyes. My point is this: if Mr. Martin were white, Mr. Zimmerman would have most likely ignored him and the incident would never have occurred.

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Your view of USA’s future — hope or doom?

July 23, 2013 --

Do you see hope or destruction for the USA? / flag against sky

By Randy Alcorn

Eternal Perspectives Ministries, Sandy Oregon

Author of Heaven

Someone asked me this question: In light of today’s world events, do you see hope or destruction for the United States?

In the following video and transcript, I share some thoughts:

Well, it sounds like there are only two options, hope and destruction. Let me say this: will the world come to an end someday? Yes. The world as it presently is, we’re told in 2 Peter 3, will face a final judgment. The Earth will burn with fire. Then there’s going to be a New Heaven and a New Earth. So the old Earth will be done and there will be a New Earth that God creates.

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White Theology

July 22, 2013 --


120723 CP Color Blind

By Paul Louis Metzger

Multnomah University Professor
New Wine Skins Ministry

Evangelical theology in the United States is often racialized. Racialization pertains to race’s impact on education, health care, job placement, place of living, urban planning, and so forth.

When I speak of Evangelical theology as racialized, I am not thinking primarily of what we say and write about race, but of what we don’t articulate and possibly assume. In other words, it is not always the black print, but the white backdrop on the page that makes a theology white. Such racialized theology can occur in various ways.

A given theology might not address the issues of race. It may be the case that the theologian in question assumes that race has nothing to do with theology or that we live in a post-racialized society. To the contrary, theology had everything to do with America’s heinous, historic capitulation to racism and slavery. The Bible and theology were used as justifications for the promulgation and promotion of slavery. Moreover, if we don’t address race, but think that we live in a post-racialized society or that by addressing the subject, we only make matters worse, we fail to account for the tendency to proceed by way of our predominant, homogeneous tendencies and inclinations.

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Emmy Awards praise Anti-Catholic show

July 20, 2013 --

By Catholic League for Religious & Civil Rights


Bill Donohue comments on the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ announcement of the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations:

Few TV programs in recent years have been as thoroughly anti-Catholic as FX Channel’s “American Horror Story: Asylum.” This show, which leads the pack with 17 Emmy nominations, depicted a Catholic home for the criminally insane run by sadistic and libidinous nuns. The plot is sinister. Characters include a nymphomaniac, a lesbian, a degenerate bully, a serial killer, and a doctor who enjoys torturing patients. What a bunch!

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