Update: 6 years longer! The Benefits of Belief – Religious people have longer lifespans than atheists

The afterlife isn’t the only thing atheists are missing out on by not believing in God. A just-released study found that religious people live an average of four years longer than atheists. [UPDATE: a report in The Times indicates that on average churchgoers live 6 years longer]. Researchers at Ohio State University analyzed 1,000 obituaries published across the United States since 2011 and found a correlation between faith and longevity. Baldwin Way, associate professor of psychology at Ohio State and co-author of the study, said religious strictures on unhealthy practices such as alcohol consumption, drug use and sex with multiple partners, may explain the findings in part.
Read more: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jun/14/religious-people-longer-lifespans-atheists-study/
Updated link: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/churchgoers-get-six-more-years-before-the-afterlife-z6jxmwgnp

Sweden Rejects Church Bells as Noise Violation but Welcomes “Call to Prayer” Blaring from Minarets

In 1993, when the Catholic Church wanted to build a tower for ringing church bells in Växjö, the municipality advised the church to refrain, as the neighbors had complained that they would be bothered by church bells. Yet police recently gave permission for several mosques to make a roughly 4-minute-long prayer call broadcast at ear-splitting levels every Friday. And unlike melodic church bells, the “call to prayer” is a blatant attempt at conversion to Islam: “Allah is the greatest (Allahu akbar). I testify that there is no God but Allah. I testify that Mohammed is Allah’s Prophet . Come to security/salvation. Allah is the greatest . There is no God but Allah.” This despite a poll showing that a majority of Swedes – 60 percent –are against public Muslim calls to prayer.
Read more: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/12495/sweden-mosques-islam

The LGBTQ Tsunami Threatens Fundamental Morality and People of Faith

by Timothy Dailey

On June 24, the streets of New York City are slated to resonate with the largest Gay Pride March in history, with over 450 contingents and more than 110 floats parading down Fifth Avenue. The event is one of untold hundreds of events taking place across the country this month, designated “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month” in 2009 by former President Barack Obama.

Since then, the global collective LGBTQ “celebration” has exploded into “WorldPride,” defined as “the international political and cultural event that promotes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues.” The addition of Q is for “queer” or “questioning.”

Public demonstrations of support for homosexuals often involve lewd exhibitionism. As the UK Sun reports, the baring of flesh – including full nudity – is becoming increasingly common even in the presence of children brought by their enlightened parents to observe the parades. “Hundreds of thousands of people watched marchers in colorful fancy dress – and in some cases no clothes at all – at the Big Apple’s NYC Pride Parade,” reports the Sun.

One photograph of the parade showed a fully naked gay participant marching next to a couple with a toddler in a stroller. An observer at the 2017 Toronto “Pride” Parade posted a disturbing video on YouTube warning: “Nudity perversion and children! You too will be SHOCKED at what you see in this video!” [parental discretion advised].

A few holdouts have questioned the near-pornographic degeneracy on display. In Toronto, Canada, three school board trustees requested clarification as to whether public nudity laws will be enforced at the 2018 Pride parade, which “often features participants in various stages of undress.”

Gay advocates are unapologetic. Indeed, public nudity is viewed as a (literal) frontal assault on outdated societal mores. In the words of one commentator: “It’s shock value to knock Victorian pretentions on their asses and make us ask really hard questions about why things are right beyond the cultural momentum that endures from ages past.”

Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence Diocese, USA had the temerity to point out that despite the fact that the Sacred Heart of Jesus is observed in June by the Catholic Church, numerous dioceses have openly participated in gay parades – which promote sexual behavior diametrically opposed to that taught by the Savior they purport to worship and obey. Tobin rightly warns that such marches are not “fun-filled, family-friendly” celebrations of respect. Instead, they promote an agenda ’that, in the extreme, is morally offensive.’”

And this immoral agenda appears unstoppable. “WorldPride” has already begun to rival traditional observances of Christian holidays such as Easter, Thanksgiving, and even Christmas. Pity the poor town or city that does not in some fashion show due deference to the honoring of the homosexual lifestyle during the month considered “sacred” by the gay community.

Likewise, woe be to the company that fails to publicly support the LGBTQ cause, as testified by the 379 corporations that in 2015 petitioned the Supreme Court to support same-sex “marriage.” Many of these companies proudly march in gay pride parades.

The Washington Post reported on corporate America’s “stunning” embrace of the gay agenda regarding transgenders: “The news releases rolled in last week, one after another, the numbers swelling with each one. More than 80 companies were demanding that North Carolina repeal a law that limits bathroom options for transgender people and blocks local anti-discrimination rules. A day later, it was more than 90. Then more than 100. Then more than 120.”

And that was over two years ago. Truly, as the Post reports, the nation has reached a “tipping point” regarding the fundamental moral understanding of sexuality. How long can it be before all employees are required to affirm homosexuality as a “valid” moral lifestyle?

It’s already happening. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was publicly slammed across the news media for his tweet about eating Chick-fil-A during Pride Month. The chicken sandwich company committed the unpardonable sin back in 2012 when CEO Dan Cathy infuriated gay-rights supporters by admitting that the company was “guilty as charged” for backing “the biblical definition of the family unit.” At least – for the moment – he still has his job, unlike CrossFit exec Russell Berger who was fired outright after criticizing “tactics” of the LGBTQ movement as “an existential threat to freedom of expression” and said “celebrating ‘pride’ is a sin.”

We are witnessing a very troubling trend that is rapidly expanding its insidious tentacles. In Peterson v. Hewlett-Packard Co., the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the firing of an employee who was discharged “because he violated the company’s harassment policy by attempting to generate a hostile and intolerant work environment and because he was insubordinate.” His crime? Posting Bible verses related to homosexuality in his personal work cubicle.

Conservatives should take scant comfort in the latest U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of the Colorado bakers who declined on religious grounds to bake a cake for a homosexual wedding. The narrow decision was based on specific aspects of the treatment of the bakers and unfortunately did not address the underlying Colorado anti-discrimination law.

Regrettably, the response of Christians has been decidedly mixed, with many reluctant to oppose what could become a societal-transforming flood of biblical proportions.

Diversity and Inclusion of Identity Groups Leads to Ruthless Uniformity and Exclusion of Ideas

Every corporation, college, and government agency, along with a growing number of bowling leagues and bait-and-tackle shops, has an Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at UCLA was paid some $444,000 in 2016. The most recent step along this path is the “celebration ” of previously despised or “abnormal” minorities such as homosexuals and the transgendered individuals. All such activity is at a tangent to the university’s core function, which is open and free debate in search of veritas.
Read more: https://www.jamesgmartin.center/2018/06/diversity-and-inclusion-of-identity-groups-often-means-uniformity-and-exclusion-of-ideas/

Philadelphia Cuts Ties with Religious-Based Foster Agency, Leaving Dozens of Children in Limbo

The city’s new policy severs state referrals to Catholic Social Services because of their religious beliefs. Attorneys at the nonprofit Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed a temporary restraining order because it says the policy is preventing at least 26 children from being placed in a home through CSS. A hearing is scheduled to determine how this policy will continue to affect the numerous foster children that go through CSS doors annually. “Because of the City’s policy, this child languished in a temporary respite home for weeks,” said Lori Windham, senior counsel at Becket. “The City refuses to remove the policy that harmed this child and that continues to threaten children across the City.”
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Unpretty Woman: Julia Roberts Drives Final Nail in Hollywood’s Coffin with Profanity Laced RANT Against Conservatives

The former “Pretty Woman” has gone to the dark side, and succumbed to her Stage 5 “Trump Derangement Syndrome,” and blasted conservatives in a profanity-laced attack. “Why do we let the right wing claim patriotism and religion for themselves?” These types of rants, like the vulgar stunt Robert De Niro pulled at the Tony Awards when he shouted “F*CK TRUMP,” is what will help ensure President Trump’s 2020 victory. Liberalism is most certainly a mental disorder – and these Hollywood celebs prove it every single day. Video at link.
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Two Cultural Icons Have Died: Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain

The life that Americans long for doesn’t work. We value success more than significance. Success is measured by digits. Digits in the bank. Digits of Facebook friends. Digits of followers and likes. None of these things inherently lead to suicide, but believing that these things make us significant does lead to a hopelessness so deep that we eventually feel that we have nothing and we are nothing. The cultural things we strive for don’t bring us life, and in some cases could end in our death absent of deeper, more holistic endeavors like genuine relational connection.
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