According to media reports, Pope Benedict XVI is continuing his efforts to return some disaffected Catholic traditionalists to the “fold.” In the wake of the Second Vatican Council, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre and the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) were at odds with the papacy on several issues resulting from the council, which both sides viewed as fundamental.
That an “artist” would be accused of publicly assaulting the Christian religion is hardly news; even the obscene scribblings on display recently at the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow, Scotland hardly attracted any attention. Thus, when the Associated Press carries a headline, “Comic-Strip Artist R. Crumb Mocks Book of Genesis,” the “news” in the story is not that yet another “artist” may be cashing in on shock value, but that the aging ’60s artist was still alive. For a reader born after 1968 — unless they are “fans” of the underground comix genre — the most immediate reaction they would have to today’s story is: “Who?”
Do you have a hard time keeping track of religious holidays? One may take for granted that few people would know that September 30 is the feast day of St. Jerome, Priest and Doctor, without consulting a liturgical calendar. But now, the Center for Inquiry wants to claim September 30 for a day of its own: Blasphemy Day. The Center for Inquiry claims that its mission “is to foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values.” Apparently it intends to establish that secular society through asinine behavior.
With the number of victims of the abortion holocaust now exceeding 49.5 million since 1973, it is perhaps easy to permit the number of the dead to become a mere statistic. But the shooting in Owosso, Michigan, of pro-life activist James Pouillon is a stark reminder of the life-and-death nature of the struggle to end legalized abortion.
As Americans weigh the potential results of President Obama's divisive efforts to collectivize the nation’s healthcare, evidence continues to mount for the mind-numbing inhumanity that has resulted from socialized medicine in other “developed” countries. While fears of heathcare rationing and governmental ''death panels" have received a great deal of attention, the risks of socialized medicine for the youngest Americans have not received the same scrutiny.
Only days after a group of deeply religious university students were charged with engaging in a criminal conspiracy to disrupt a speech by a foreign diplomat, a controversy has erupted at another university over a school policy statement which designates a major religion as guilty of “institutionalized oppression.” The way in which these two incidents is being addressed (or ignored) by the mainstream media reflects the way in which the represented religions are viewed through the lenses of political correctness.
It appears that in several Houston-area schools, the motto for student security is: “If it is works for tracking cattle, it will work for tracking children.” The school district has installed radio frequency identification (RFID) chips in identification cards issued to students, and this move is alarming parents — and others — who are worried that a step taken to protect students may actually place them in greater danger.
What do most Americans know about various world religions? According to a recent study by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, not very much. But the questions posed by the study may raise more questions about its methodology than is revealed about the state of religious education in modern America.
For several months, a battle has been waged in Texas over the future of what will be taught in the public schools, and it appears that the momentum is in the direction of fact based education, much to the dismay of liberal activists.
When students show up at school wearing shirts emblazoned with the words, “Islam is of the Devil” it is not too hard to anticipate the course of events that will quickly follow.