By F. Peter Brown –
Pope Francis recently told the Pontifical Academy of Sciences that evolution and the Big Bang are theories that Christians should believe, and that these theories are essential to understand God.
Controversially, Francis stated that “God is not a divine being.” Here’s the exact quote:
“God is not a divine being or a magician, but the Creator who brought everything to life. Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve.”
Another area of controversy lies in Pope Francis’ claim that God is not a magician “able to do everything- but that is not so.”
Instead of being “able to do everything,” God “created human beings and let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one so they would reach their fulfillment.”
The pope claimed that the creation was done from the principle of love, and that earth’s origins were not chaotic.
Pope Francis also said….
By F. Peter Brown – WesternJournalism.com –
The Ten Commandments monument at the Oklahoma State Capitol has been destroyed, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. The monument had been disputed in a lawsuit by the ACLU, which claimed that it violated the state’s ban against using public property to support church or religion.
Troopers responded at 7 PM Thursday to an abandoned vehicle that had been driven into the statue.
Patrol spokesperson CPT George Brown said: “We’ll process the scene and suspect vehicle to further the investigation in hopes of locating the responsible party.”
Both Ryan Kiesel, ACLU of Oklahoma Executive Director, and Governor Mary Fallin commented on the destruction.
Kiesel said,“While we have and continue to seek the removal of the Ten Commandments monument from the Capitol grounds through the judicial process, the Ten Commandments constitute a strong foundation in our clients’ deeply held religious beliefs. To see the Ten Commandments desecrated by vandals is highly offensive to them as people of faith. Our Oklahoma and Federal Constitutions seek to create a society in which people of all faiths and those of no faith at all can coexist as equals without fear of repressions from the government or their neighbors. Whether it is politicians using religion as a political tool or vandals desecrating religious symbols, neither are living up to the full promise of our founding documents.”
And Fallin said:“This monument was built to memorialize the historical significance of the Ten Commandments in guiding our own laws and lives. It is absolutely appalling that someone would vandalize anything at the Oklahoma State Capitol – the People’s Building – much less a monument of such significance.”
By F. Peter Brown – WesternJournalism.com –
Today(Oct.16)is national “Bring Your Bible to School Day,” a day when kids are being encouraged to take their Bible to school and talk about it during non-instructional time.
Focus on the Family, a leading organization behind the effort, has set up a website specifically devoted to this day. The website reads:
“Did you know that students have recently been ordered to stop reading their Bibles during free time at school? Here at Focus on the Family, we believe the Bible is a powerful message of hope and love for humanity—something to be celebrated, not banned. We also believe in the cherished religious freedoms our Founding Fathers fought to protect.”
The Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative legal firm, published a statement Wednesday in support of the day.
Jeremy Tedesco, an attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom, said:
“Christian students don’t abandon their constitutionally protected freedoms at the schoolhouse gate. Their freedom to express their beliefs includes the right to bring their Bible to school, to read it during their free time, and to engage in other activities as part of ‘Bring Your Bible to School Day.”
By F. Peter Brown- WesternJournalism.com –
Two preteen sisters, Kayla and Hannah Diegel, have been taken from their parents’ custody by Child Protective Services and Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
The sisters are being used without parental consent for genetic research. They have a rare form of genetic mitochondrial disorder. They have been fed in the past using feeding tubes. The feeding tubes allowed them to thrive.
However, the state has ordered the removal of the feeding tubes, which has caused Kayla, 12, to lose 25 percent of her weight, and Hannah, 10, to lose 17 percent. Kayla Diegel now has less than three percent body fat.
While the mother fears for her daughters’ lives, she has been ordered by a court not to to talk and to remove all discussion of the case from the internet and social media.