December 3, 2015
U.S. presidential candidates on Wednesday reacted to a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, where authorities reported at least 20 victims at a nonprofit center that works with individuals with developmental disabilities.
Democratic presidential hopefuls former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for further action to stem gun violence:
Horrifying news out of #SanBernardino. Enough is enough: it’s time to stand up to the @NRA and enact meaningful gun safety laws
I refuse to accept this as normal. We must take action to stop gun violence now. -H
Mass shootings are becoming an almost-everyday occurrence in this country. This sickening and senseless gun violence must stop.
Republicans, on the other hand, offered their thoughts and prayers to the victims and the first responders:
Gov. Mike Huckabee
Praying for those impacted by the shooting in California today
Donald J. Trump
California shooting looks very bad. Good luck to law enforcement and God bless. This is when our police are so appreciated!
Praying for the victims, their families & the SanBernardino first responders in the wake of this tragic shooting.
Dr. Ben Carson
My thoughts and prayers are with the shooting victims and their families in San Bernardino.
My thoughts & prayers go out to those impacted by the shooting in San Bernardino, especially the first responders.
Thoughts & prayers are with SanBernardino
George E. Pataki
Praying for the victims and first responders in SanBernardino for a quick resolution.
Our prayers are with the victims, their families, and the first responders in San Bernardino who willingly go into harm’s way to save others
Praying for all those victimized by the shootings in San Bernardino, California today.
Dr. Rand Paul
My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, families, and brave first responders during this unspeakable tragedy.
Let us know how all that thinking and praying works out for all the people killed. injured and traumatized in this attack.
Declining membership will be the death of religion in the end…
31 more Catholic churches in NY to merge
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York is merging 31 of its parishes into 14 new parishes as it concludes a reorganization process that has already seen dozens of churches shuttered.
Under the plan announced Friday, Mass will no longer be celebrated on a regular basis at six parish churches in Manhattan, the Bronx and Dutchess and Orange counties.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan said the churches built in the 19th and 20th centuries are not all necessary to meet the needs of the church today.
The archdiocese includes Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island and seven counties north of New York City.
In other words, the old church-going members are literally dying off and aren’t being replaced with new members. 🙂
Ezekiel 28:24-26 predicts that Israel will live in peace (“safety”) with its neighbors:
No longer will the people of Israel have malicious neighbors who are painful briers and sharp thorns. Then they will know that I am the Sovereign LORD. This is what the Sovereign LORD says: When I gather the people of Israel from the nations where they have been scattered, I will show myself holy among them in the sight of the nations. Then they will live in their own land, which I gave to my servant Jacob. They will live there in safety and will build houses and plant vineyards; they will live in safety when I inflict punishment on all their neighbors who maligned them. Then they will know that I am the LORD their God.
It should be obvious to anyone who knows anything about the Middle East or Israel is that Israel “living in peace with its neighbors” hasn’t been on the menu for the last 2000 years. In fact, Israel and its neighbors have never gotten along pretty much throughout all of recorded history.
Furthermore, it doesn’t look like peace is likely to break out anytime soon, certainly not in the foreseeable future.
(Not surprisingly, Israel’s neighbors can’t even get along with each other. Various countries and groups in the Middle East have been at war continuously for centuries. The entire Middle East is saturated with a religious infection and as long as that’s the case, peace will never be found there.)
No matter how you interpret it, this prophecy is false.
Failed Prophecy: Nebuchadnezzar would destroy Tyre
In this passage (Ezekiel 26:7-14), God explicitly states that Nebuchadnezzar would completely dismantle and destroy the city of Tyre in Lebanon, and that Tyre’s land would never be built upon again:
For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will bring upon Tyrus Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, a king of kings, from the north, with horses, and with chariots, and with horsemen, and companies, and much people. He shall slay with the sword thy daughters in the field: and he shall make a fort against thee, and cast a mount against thee, and lift up the buckler against thee. And he shall set engines of war against thy walls, and with his axes he shall break down thy towers. By reason of the abundance of his horses their dust shall cover thee: thy walls shall shake at the noise of the horsemen, and of the wheels, and of the chariots, when he shall enter into thy gates, as men enter into a city wherein is made a breach. With the hoofs of his horses shall he tread down all thy streets: he shall slay thy people by the sword, and thy strong garrisons shall go down to the ground. And they shall make a spoil of thy riches, and make a prey of thy merchandise: and they shall break down thy walls, and destroy thy pleasant houses: and they shall lay thy stones and thy timber and thy dust in the midst of the water. And I will cause the noise of thy songs to cease; and the sound of thy harps shall be no more heard. And I will make thee like the top of a rock: thou shalt be a place to spread nets upon; thou shalt be built no more: for I the LORD have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.
– Ezekiel 26:7-14
Contrary to what the bible says, the city of Tyre still exists and you can find it right here on Google Earth:
As you can see, Tyre is still there and it’s definitely been built on; in fact almost every square foot has been developed and over 100,000 people currently live there.
This is a very painful prophecy for any Christian to discuss. Virtually every theologian and biblical scholar agrees that what God says in this passage is that Tyre will be wiped out and never rebuilt. And yet it’s quite clearly a failed prophecy by any measure.
The first problem is that Nebuchadnezzar didn’t destroy Tyre. Nebuchadnezzar did hold Tyre under siege for 13 years until the city capitulated and accepted his authority, but the city wasn’t destroyed. Not by Nebuchadnezzar and not by anyone else at that time.
Tyre was conquered and razed by Alexander the Great about 240 years (!!) after this ‘prophecy’, but that only makes matters worse because it provides conclusive, undeniable proof that the city was, in fact, rebuilt.
Believers often try to interpret this prophecy as meaning that “many nations” were supposed to destroy the Phoenician city of Tyre, over a long period of time, beginning with Nebuchadnezzar. (This interpretation is usually based on verse 3, which states that “many nations” would attack Tyre.)
In other words, according to them, the loophole is that prophecy just hasn’t come true yet, because it hasn’t been attacked by “many nations”. But it’s gonna, you wait and see! Someday, they claim, Tyre will be destroyed and it won’t be built on again.
But that’s NOT what the prophecy says. The prophecy is as clear as can be, and it’s obvious to anyone who reads the passage that it’s false. It says that Nebuchadnezzar would destroy the city of Tyre and it would never be rebuilt. But Tyre was rebuilt and it thrives to this very day.
March 29, 2015
By Mary McDonnell
The Catholic Church continues its time-honored tradition of blaming the victim.
A woman who was raped and murdered would have been “home in bed” on the night she died if her faith was stronger, a Catholic priest told a group of primary school kids. He allegedly showed the youngsters a picture of twisted Adrian Bayley, who killed Jill Meagher in 2012, before mentioning rape and murder to pupils and staff.
The horrific comments were made at an end-of-term service at St Christopher’s Primary School in Airport West, Melbourne, Australia, on Friday.
A spokesperson for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne denied the priest made the remarks on murdered Jill’s faith.
But the Vicar-General of the archdiocese of Melbourne apologised for the “victim-blaming” speech.
Monsignor Greg Bennett told Australian radio station 3AW: “I’ve spoken with the priest; he acknowledges that the homily wasn’t appropriate and apologises for the offence and upset it has caused.
“The reference to Jill Meagher in particular was offensive and inappropriate and the people of Victoria and Ireland mourn her sad and tragic death.
“We do not share the sentiment of the homily this morning and we certainly apologise for the hurt that this homily may have caused today.”
Carolyn Worth, manager of an Australian centre against sexual assault slammed the offensive homily.
She said: “This is about a violent, dangerous man who attacked somebody. It’s not about what she was going.
“Women have a right to be able to walk in the street alone without being attacked by dangerous predators.
“It’s offensive to all women, certainly to Jill Meagher’s family.”
The horrific comments come as Jill’s family are set to take legal action against the Australian state of Victoria.
Sex beast Bayley was on parole at the time of the 2012 murder after serving just eight years of an 11-year maximum sentence for rape.
Jill’s husband Tom, along with parents George and Edith McKeon, are reportedly going to join other families whose relatives were killed by criminals either on parole, or whose parole had just expired.
A Melbourne newspaper reported it’s hoped the lawsuit will expose flaws in Victoria’s parole system – which has been blamed for up to a dozen killings.
In a heartbreaking post on social media, Edith said: “We are all so devastated,knowing that Bayley should never have been out on the streets, it’s been cruelty for all of us.
“If a proper system had been working in Victoria, Gillian would be alive today.”
Bayley is now serving 35 years for the rape and murder of Jill after she walked home from work night out in September 2012.
He has now been found guilty of raping three other women, including his 16-year-old sister’s friend 25 years ago.
Two of the victims – a Dutch backpacker and a local sex worker – were raped just months before he attacked and killed Jill.
We wish we had the name and photograph of the offending priest, but the Church is protecting him. Surprise, surprise.
Here are our choices for the best preachers of 2014; or worst, depending on your point of view.
Listen to this clip and you will find out why Steven Anderson says men should pee standing up even though “…the President of the United States probably pees sitting down.”
Wildly delusional Cindy Jacobs, over chips and salsa, stops a coup d’état in Ghana, discusses mass murder in “Washing, D.C.” and raises the dead.
And last but least, a nervous and confused unidentified preacher explains why god is “dumb energy that doesn’t exist.”
The world needs more theologically addled preachers like these…