Archive for October 6th, 2010

Christianity a ‘Faded Memory’ for Most Young Britons

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

“The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.”
1 Timothy 4:1-2

LONDON – Most young people in Britain consider Christianity irrelevant to their lives but they are not as hostile towards religion as their parents’ generation, researchers in the Church of England have found.

The researchers surveyed 300 young people from Generation Y – those born after 1982 – who had attended a Christian youth or community project. The five-year study looked at their faith in relation to Christianity and the impact of Christian youth and community work on their faith development.

It found that young people were more likely to put their faith in friends, their family or themselves than in God.

Sylvia Collins-Mayo, a sociologist of religion and one of the researchers behind the study, said: “For the majority, religion and spirituality was irrelevant for day-to-day living; our young people were not looking for answers to ultimate questions and showed little sign of ‘pick and mix’ spirituality.”

She said that young people only sought a religious perspective on “rare occasions” and that when they did, they often “made do” with a “very faded, inherited cultural memory of Christianity in the absence of anything else.”

This tended to be in times of difficulty, for example, after suffering a bereavement or illness in the family.

“In this respect they would sometimes pray in their bedrooms,” she said. “What is salutary for the Church is that generally young people seemed quite content with this situation, happy to get by with what little they knew about the Christian faith.”

The findings suggested that while Christian youth projects were an important source of support for young Christians, they had little impact on the faith of the non-churchgoers who took part in them.

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NEA’s Ties with Democratic Party Ignored

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Liberals love liberals. The education system has been liberal for years, with each year progressively worse than the last. With a liberal media, it’s certainly no surprise that NEA’s ties to the Democrats is ignored.

Although the media may portray the National Education Association (NEA) as neutral when it comes to politics, Dan Gainor, vice-president for business and culture at the Media Research Center (MRC), points out that the teachers union is “essentially a liberal special-interest group that is in the pocket of the Democratic Party.”

He reports that in the non-election year of 2009, the NEA spent $50 million on mostly Democratic causes and campaigns. Also, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, 93 percent of the donations made by the group from 1990 to 2008 went to Democrats.

Dan Gainor (Culture and Media Institute)”We’re talking about a group that works hand-in-hand with ACORN [Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now]…GLAD [Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders] and [the] Sierra Club — every one of the left-wing groups you can possibly imagine,” Gainor adds.

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“‘Christian’ Media Swings Left” by Jim Fletcher

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

David Neff is editor-in-chief for Christianity Today. The magazine is still considered to be mainstream and representative of evangelicals. It was founded when Ike was president, and it is amazing how many Christians consider CT to be their friend. In reality, it is center-left and fairly contemptuous of the issues conservative Christians hold dear.

Witness Neff’s recent Facebook post, in which he cites a Wall St. Journal piece about the Ground Zero mosque. Neff said that “all the negative attention” the mosque project has received has in fact helped amass a war chest for the building of the mosque. Again, Neff was citing the WSJ article, but one wonders why he seems to aim a weird web of blame at Americans who find the mosque both offensive and potentially dangerous.

Of course, the editorial staff at CT has a long history of center-left stances.

During the first Gulf War, an editorial in the magazine went into useful idiot mode, claiming that Iraqi “Foreign Minister” Tariq Aziz was in fact a Christian. Aziz was a Christian in the sense that he apparently belonged to an Eastern Orthodox church.

Readers with even a moderately high IQ will understand that Aziz was a Christian like Hermann Goering was a Christian. Your religious affiliation isn’t a bonus when you’re brutalizing human beings.

Goering, the good Lutheran, was not a Christian. Aziz, a Chaldean Catholic, joined the Baath Party in 1957. Why would CT push his alleged Christian heritage when he was a key figure in the grotesquely abusive Saddam Hussein regime?

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Saudis Arrest Filipino Catholics at Mass

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Our “allies”, the Saudis, consistently persecute Christians. Remember this as Muslims play the “discrimination” card push for more “rights” in our country. Back in many of their home countries, people of other religions are persecuted, often jailed, sometimes killed.
Where is equality in this? Many Muslims speak out of both sides of their mouths.

Riyadh: Saudi police raided a secret Catholic mass in Riyadh last week and arrested a dozen Filipinos and a Catholic priest, charging them with prosyletising, a local daily reported on Wednesday.

The raid took place as some 150 Filipinos were attending the mass in a Riyadh rest house on Friday, the second day of the weekend in Saudi Arabia, Arab News said.

The twelve Filipino men and the priest, whose nationality was not specified, were “charged with prosyletising,” the daily quoted an official from the Philippine embassy in Riyadh as saying.

They were all released Sunday on guarantees by sponsors or embassies, the report said.

Saudi Arabia bans the practice of any religion aside from Islam. However, small, low-key prayer services inside expatriate compounds and in Filipino gatherings are tolerated by officials.

With more than one million workers in Saudi Arabia, Filipinos comprise the bulk of the Christian community inside the kingdom.

Filipino activists confirmed the arrests to AFP, saying they had been released, but could not confirm the arrest of a priest.

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