Religion

French veils * Religious Dems * Hobby Lobby : Tuesday’s Roundup

By Lauren Markoe Europe approves France’s ban on full-face veils. Southern Democrats find their faith on the campaign trail. And what you may have missed on the Hobby Lobby decision. The post French veils * Religious Dems * Hobby Lobby : Tuesday’s Roundup appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Christian

Week 27, One Year Bible Challenge: “Prisoner”

By Tom Truex Christ the Rock Community Church, Saturday Morning Men’s Bible Study This week’s reading July 2-812 Kings 20:1 – 1 Chronicles 6:81Acts 21:18 – 26:32Psalm 150:1 – 6:10 * Psalm readings repeat at this pointProverbs 18:9-21 Next Week’s Reading July 9-151 Chronicles 7:1 – 21:30Acts 27:1 – Romans 3:8Psalm 7:1 – 11:7Proverbs 18:22 – 19:12 By the Waters of Babylon (1883), by Evelyn De Morgan Discussion Questions:2Old Testament How was it possible that Judah had become so far removed from God by the time of Josiah. Why was Josiah so determined to comply with God’s law? 2 Kings 23:21-25New Testament Why did Paul bring up the matter of the resurrection of the dead in Acts 23:6-10 FOOTNOTES: If you are participating in the Saturday morning class, “The One Year Bible Challenge,” you should read the daily materials as set out in “<a target=_blank href="http://www.oneyearbibleonline.com/readingplan/oneyearbiblereadingplan.pdf" title="one year Bible …read more Source: K_Line Christian Online (ReadTheWholeBible.com)     ...
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Obama Celebrates Ramadan Month, Plans to Host Islamic Dinner at White House

By Garrett Haley WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have both released statements to celebrate the Islamic month of Ramadan, as the administration prepares for the annual Iftar dinner at the White House. To commemorate the beginning of Ramadan, the White House released a statement from President Obama on Friday. In the statement, the President pays tribute to Muslims across the world and describes Ramadan as a “blessed month” and a “sacred time.” “Here in the United States,” Obama wrote, “we are grateful to the many Muslim American organizations, individuals, and businesses that are devoted to creating opportunity for all by working to reduce income inequality and poverty, not only through their charitable efforts, but also through their initiatives to empower students, workers and families with the education, skills and health care they deserve.” “At a moment when too many people around the world continue to suffer from senseless conflict and violence,” Obama continued, “this sacred time reminds us of our common obligations to pursue justice and peace and to uphold the dignity of every human being.” Likewise, Secretary of State John Kerry praised the Ramadan tradition in a statement released Friday, wishing Muslims “a peaceful Ramadan and …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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Local News

STEM skills boost wages, Brookings Institution says

By By Marcia Heroux Pounds, Sun Sentinel Nearly 37 percent of the job listings in South Florida are seeking workers with skills in science, technology, engineering or math — jobs that pay better than average, according to a report Tuesday from the Brookings Institution. …read more Source: Sun-Sentinel     ...
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Christian

Swedish Midwife Sues State Over Dismissal for Refusing to Aid in Abortions

By Editor (Morning Star News) – A Scandinavian rights group has filed suit against the Swedish government on behalf of a Christian woman who was fired for refusing to perform abortions. Scandinavian Human Rights Lawyers, a non-governmental organization that describes itself as dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights and human dignity, states in the lawsuit that Jönköping County Council in Sweden supported three different hospitals’ withdrawal of midwife work from Swedish Christian Ellinor Grimmark. The council “set up an obligation to perform abortions as a condition for employment as a midwife,” the rights organization states, according to LifeNews.com. “This is a requirement that puts persons of a certain religion or other beliefs in a discriminatory position.” this story >> …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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Education

Checks and Balances: The Government Shutdown in Perspective

By mc2740 FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. – When James Madison wrote the U.S. Constitution in 1787 he intended the system of Checks and Balances to operate in such a way that by separating the powers of different institutions “tyranny of the majority” would be countered. He relied on differing opinions in the separate branches. Even now that the majority of Congress has passed the Affordable Care Act, and the president has signed it into law, Madison’s system of checks and balances enables the House of Representatives to stand in the way of its effective implementation. Conservative Republicans are using the system, because they can, to bring the healthcare bill back on the agenda by refusing to pass the omnibus budget bill for 2014. This is possible by design and a result of the Separation of Powers. That system of checks and balances incorporates the need for agreement and compromise between the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government. Jack Pinkowski, Ph.D. Needless to say, I don’t believe that the Founding Fathers ever imagined that statesman would behave in such an unstatesmanlike manner as to risk default on government debt, penalizing federal workers or those in the military, with job suspensions and related pay suspensions. Yet …read more Source: NSU News     ...
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Religion

U.S. Supreme Court upholds private firms’ religious objections to contraception

By Reuters Staff By Reuters Staff (Anti-abortion demonstrators cheer as the ruling for Hobby Lobby was announced outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington June 30, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst ) The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that owners of private companies can object on religious grounds to a provision of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law that requires employers to provide insurance covering birth control for women. The decision, which applies only to a small number of family or other closely-held companies, means an estimated several thousand women whose health insurance comes via such companies may have to obtain certain forms of birth control coverage elsewhere. In a 5-4 vote along ideological lines, the justices said the companies can seek an exemption from the so-called birth control mandate of the law known as Obamacare. The companies in the case said they did not object to all birth control but certain methods they said were tantamount to abortion, which they oppose for religious reasons. In their last decision of the nine-month term, the justices ruled for the first time that for-profit companies can make claims under a 1993 federal law called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act that was enacted to protect religious liberty. In the majority opinion, conservative Justice …read more Source: Reuters Faithword     ...
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Christian

Iraq Militants Announce New Islamic State

By Editor (RNS) An al-Qaida breakaway group that seized large swaths of Iraq in recent weeks declared Sunday (June 29) the creation of a new religious state in Iraq and Syria, as it continued to repel government forces in Tikrit, the hometown of former dictator Saddam Hussein. The militant group called the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant announced it will now be known as The Islamic State. The announcement could force other jihadist groups to either join or fight the group, which lays claim to billions of dollars in assets, scores of communities and operations that extend into Turkey and Lebanon, said Charles Lister, an analyst at the Brookings Doha Center, a think tank. “The Islamic State’s announcement made it clear that it would perceive any group that failed to pledge allegiance an enemy of Islam,” Lister said. “Already, this new Islamic State has received statements of support and opposition from jihadist factions in Syria.” The group, which was disowned this year by al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahri, has developed an elaborate bureaucracy and an efficient model of governance, providing modern social services together with medieval justice. And it has supporters in Jordan, Gaza, the Sinai Peninsula, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia, Lister said. “This could well …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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Education

The Tea Party: Defying the Lessons of History?

By mc2740 FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. – When the Tea Party movement arose in 2010, the lessons of history suggested two likely but opposing futures. The first was that the established leaders of the Republican Party, who would ignore or give at most token support to the movement’s agenda, would co-opt its energy, enthusiasm and voters. The second was that the Tea Party would take over the Republican Party, displacing its established leadership and imposing its conservative-libertarian political agenda. Charles L. Zelden, Ph.D. Of these two possible futures, the first option seemed much more likely. American history teems with examples of insurgent movements, such as the abolitionists in the 1850s, the Populists in the 1890s, or the American farm labor movement led by Cesar Chavez in the 1960s and 1970s, that saw their radical political agendas softened, narrowed or diluted as they became more closely tied to one of the major political parties. The Tea Party, too, seemed doomed to organizational disintegration and absorption by the political party closer to its values, with its agenda left unfulfilled or only partly achieved. Yet, contrary to the odds, political developments over the last six years raise the possibility that the second option will define the futures of the …read more Source: NSU News     ...
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