Chase Madar wrote: But GOP healthcare politics are at the moment spectacularly incoherent. Many GOP voters have told opinion polls that they hate Obamacare, but like the Affordable Care Act. And as the GOP healthcare bill continues to be massively unpopular, Donald Trump has lavished praise on Australiaâs healthcare system (socialized, and eating up only 9.4 percent of the GDP there). Even in the GOP, this is where the votes are: Trumpâs move to the center on questions of social insuranceâ...âwas a big part of his appeal in the primaries. The rising alt-Right, not to hold them up as any moral authority, donât seem to have any problem with universal Medicare either.
It will fall on âreform conservativesâ to convince themselves and others that single-payer or some kind of universal care is perfectly keeping with conservative principles, and, for the reasons outlined above, itâs really not much of a stretch. Lest this sound outlandish, consider how fully liberals have convinced themselves that the Affordable Care Actâa plan hatched at the Heritage Foundation for heavenâs sake, and first implemented by a Republican governorâis the every essence of liberal progressivism.
--"The Conservative Case for Universal Healthcare"
I would suggest you fellows read the first paragraph that SermonAudio put up for this article
It appears that the liberals in the Methodist Church even consider it has racist elements in it. Being a member of the Methodist Church many years ago, it appears that nothing has really changed in it when it comes to a racist problem. It did and I still does apparently have a racist problem.
RNS wrote: âI argued that white evangelical voters have really shifted from being values voters to being what I call ânostalgia voters,ââ said Jones. âTheyâre voting to protect a past view of America that they feel is slipping away. Thatâs driving evangelical politics much more than the old culture-war dynamics.â
--"Most US faith groups say country is on the wrong track"
The Irish Times wrote: .... So, for the greater part of the last millennium the Catholic Church did not hold that human life began at conception - its current teaching.
Indeed its adoption of that teaching in 1869 was dictated, not so much by a decision on when human life began, as by the dogma of the Immaculate Conception promulgated by Pius IX in 1854. It teaches that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was conceived without original sin.
In 1701 Pope Clement XI had declared the Immaculate Conception a feast of universal obligation. He settled the feast date at December 8th, exactly nine months prior to the feast of Mary's birth on September 8th.
It meant the church believed Mary's sinless soul came into being at the moment of her conception. When in 1854 Pius IX proclaimed the Immaculate Conception as a dogma of the church, he stated that Mary had been free from sin "in the first instant of her conception". In 1869, therefore, he was being consistent with that teaching when he revived the penalty of excommunication for abortions at any stage of pregnancy. (This, by the way, was the same Pope who in 1870 promulgated the doctrine of papal infallibility)....
---"Time for a rational debate on when human life begins"
QC, of course this was some decades ago, but if a person was in the typical Methodist Church if he looked around all the people people see would be White ones. IFB congregations would be more racially mixed than that-- at least in later years. Methodist congregations certainly were divided by race and culture. So why even many of the Whites in the congregations -usually- did not express racists' ideas, though for a fact I knew it happened, I don't think the article is off about saying that there are racist problems. These are modern day Methodists stating as such.
Scott Horsley wrote: ... Foster, a professor at the University of California, San Francisco, argues that restricting their access just makes poor women poorer. After all, it's hard to work full time with a baby or toddler. And government safety-net programs don't make up for that lost income or the additional cost of an extra person in the family. About 10% of the women denied abortion in the study put their babies up for adoption....
"If the government is going to step into reproductive decision-making, it's going to have to consider the economic implications of doing that," Foster said...
excerpt from, " " https://tinyurl.com/y67hylyk
As far as I've seen, the Republicans have not come up with a plan to support women for the high cost of giving birth, something they should be demanded to help these women out
The GOP is a party of death, in that it doesn't support something like, https://tinyurl.com/n4bpr8t (...Trump right about Australian healthcare...) Or even, https://tinyurl.com/6rhyyvp (If ObamaCare Is So Bad, How Does RomneyCare Survive?) -- actually RomneyCare is better than ObamaCare
Well this fellow said it before I did.
Michael Stafford wrote: .... The GOP is often described as America's pro-life political party. In reality, however, the GOP is not pro-life. At best, it's merely anti-abortion. At worst, it's simply misogynistic. Regardless, the Republican Party's concern for human dignity ends the moment someone is actually born. After that, it's the coldness and cruelty of Ayn Rand and social Darwinism, all the way down.
-- https://tinyurl.com/bx4zbqd (The politics of abortion: America does not have a pro-life party)
Something of an interesting article in that it is an accurate description of what's happening in the "United" Methodist Church. The number of women bishops are appalling.
The article is correct in saying that American Methodists aren't supporting non-white Methodist Church is outside the United States for racist reasons. The Conferences in the United States probably have some residual ideas that those are the actual Christian groups or at least groups closest to being Christian in the Methodist Church are part of the Central Conference. The church outside the United States probably could use the physical aid that the American church can provide.
But, the article also shows that the American Methodist churches are theologically bankruptâđ
Neil, yes we should have looked more at Doug Wilson then Klavan (thanks to my inattention and Google voice recognition, I have Klavan as Craven ). But you have made a very good point about Doug Wilson, a more detailed article about him can be found at:
https://tinyurl.com/y3g835ly (Scandal in Moscow)
Doug Wilson is not the proper guest for either a liberal or conservative school âđ
Warren Throckmorton wrote: .... HBC [Harvest Baptist Chapel] now joins Gospel for Asia as an organization kicked out of the ECFA due to public revelations generated by bloggers and news reporting. The ECFAâs process missed all of the violations. However, after investigative reporting brought issues to light, the ECFA acted....
excerpt from, "Gospel for Asia Class Action Suit Claims Process is Now Open"
John of UK, this organization which was started by Billy Graham, the https://tinyurl.com/y4vmh8qd (Wikipedia) ECFA is certainly not perfect, but serves a function that wasn't originally thereâFor example,
Emily McFarlan Miller wrote: CHICAGO (RNS) Bill Gothardâs Institute in Basic Life Principles has lost its membership in the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, which gives accreditation to leading Christian nonprofit organizations.
Its membership was terminated last Friday (March 11)  for failure to comply with its standards for governance, according to the ECFA website....
excerpt from, "Scandal-plagued home schooling institute loses key accreditation"
https://tinyurl.com/yxuwc2b2 (Christian Research Institute (CRI) ) lost its accreditation in the 1990s. I don't know if it ever got it back or not?
"John Carr, founder of Georgetown Universityâs Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life, urged Democrats to focus more on their personal faith and avoid wielding religion as a political weapon."
The above quote from the article; it's probably the most sensible one in the whole article âđ
I agree with many of your sentiments, QC, but of course both Democrats and Republicans have to be continually warned not to be acting like zealots.đ
âMany of my fellow Christians tell me that homosexuality is a sin. Maybe so, but itâs not my sin. Me, I feel that heterosexuality is the human norm, but there are harmless variants outside the norm and, you know, who cares?â
Sounds like a direct quotation from Trump â
excerpt from, "Sermon Audio article"
I would bet that Craven will be the most conservative person there - including the students â
Any Trumpian --especially Trump-- would accept Craven, so, the author of the author of the article knows that he's dealing with Anglicans, so what does one expect?
John of UK you brought up an interesting point there have been Protestant churches approved, as last year's Christianity Today's article points out, but not all Protestant groups are Christian either!
Jayson Casper wrote: .... âI am pleased,â said Andrea Zaki, president of the Protestant Churches of Egypt. âThe process has been slow in the beginning, but I think going forward it will be better.â
Zaki is optimistic, believing the government is gaining steam and taking seriously its obligations under the law. Churches also are becoming more familiar with the required procedures.
Egyptâs Protestants have submitted requests to license 1,070 church buildings, he said. Forty-two were approved in this most recent batch, bringing their total to more than 80.
Not everyone is as hopeful as Zaki, however.
âIf the easy cases have taken this long, what happens when they consider the difficult ones,â said Ishak Ibrahim, religion officer with the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR)....
excerpts from, " ... is governmentâs progress on legalizing worship sites slow or steady?"
Intriguing story of daughter of a Holocaust survivor
Alix Kirsta wrote: Rita Goldberg's mother was a Holocaust survivor whose epic escapes from the Nazis were worthy of a film script. But like many children of camp survivors, Rita has also been affected profoundly by her experience....
excerpts from, "The trauma of second-generation Holocaust survivors"
Tara Haelle wrote: Partial birthâ is a political, not medical, term, and it does not refer to all late-term abortions. It refers to a very specific and rare procedure called dilation and extraction*, in which a fetus is partially pulled through the birth canal and then aborted, nearly always when the fetus cannot live outside the womb and typically when the motherâs health is in danger, the fetus has a serious abnormality, or both. Such a procedure is not conducted lightly: the fetus has a fatal defect and will not survive, or the mother is at risk of death herself.
As this NPR article [ https://tinyurl.com/y7kp5lz3 ] notes about a partial-birth abortion ban passed in 2003, âwhen some members of Congress tried to amend the bill to ban only those procedures that take place after viability, abortion opponents complained that would leave most of the procedures legal.â And the Supreme Court ultimately declined to strike down the ban anyway. Further, most states donât allow late-term abortions:..and the rest have restrictions and other regulations in place.
excerpt from, https://tinyurl.com/y3ckyo8l (No, Late-Term Abortions Don't 'Rip' Babies Out Of Wombs -- And They Exist For A Reason)
media bias / fact check wrote: .... Overall, we rate The Jerusalem Post Right-Center biased based on editorial positions that favor the right leaning government. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 8/29/2016) Updated (M. Huitsing 6/26/2019)
excerpt from, "Jerusalem Post"
Of course I always push the one state solution.
https://tinyurl.com/zde58a7 (One State Solution--YouTube)
Also from the Jerusalem Post:
"The death this week of Solomon Tekah and the protests by the Ethiopian-Israeli community, which in numerous cases turned violent, have brought the status and situation of Ethiopian-Israelis within society into sharp focus."
https://tinyurl.com/y5qosx5y (The concerns of the Ethiopian-Israeli community - has progress been made?)
The best way to control abortion, is to convert people to Christianity Probably the second best way, is to repair Obamacare âđ
Lori Robinson wrote: .... Some argue that having health insurance could lead to fewer abortions, not more....health insurance covers the cost of bearing a child, and the childâs health care expenses. For any women who get abortions out of concern for the medical costs involved in giving birth, insurance could tip the balance against ending the pregnancy.
So argues T.R. Reid, a journalist who has written about health care systems in other countries, in a recent op-ed in the Washington Post: "All the other advanced, free-market democracies provide health-care coverage for everybody. And all of them have lower rates of abortion than does the United States. This is not a coincidence. Thereâs a direct connection between greater health coverage and lower abortion rates." Reid quoted a Roman Catholic cardinal in England and Wales as telling him: "If that frightened, unemployed 19-year-old knows that she and her child will have access to medical care whenever itâs needed, sheâs more likely to carry the baby to term. Isnât it obvious?"...