It’s not just ‘a Catholic thing’. Pentecostal churches have long been enthusiastically adding their high-profile branding to the ceremony. And virtually every flavour of religion — be it ancient Assyrian or Hindu — mentions some form of rite to expel oppositional spirits in its holy texts.
Ten years ago, a major Hollywood film entitled “Idiocracy” was released, and it was an excellent metaphor for what would happen to America over the course of the next decade.
In the movie, an “average American” wakes up 500 years in the future only to discover that he is the most intelligent person by far in the “dumbed down” society that he suddenly finds himself in. Sadly, I truly believe that if people of average intellect from the 1950s and 1960s were transported to 2016, they would likely be considered mental giants compared to the rest of us. Continue reading →
Perhaps the prayers of the faithful to Our Lady of Fatima for the conversion of Russia are taking effect.
Moscow, March 30, Interfax – The Russian Orthodox Church and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) will hold a World Summit of Christian Leaders in Moscow, on October 28-30, in support of persecuted Christians.
The forum is expected to gather about a thousand delegates from 150 countries, a spokesperson for the Russian Orthodox Church said. Continue reading →
PART II of III — Even having a child was a political calculation for Hillary Clinton, one of Bill Clinton’s former lovers says — and it’s those types of actions that she believes should give every woman pause before making Hillary the first female president. MORE
At issue is H.B. 2, a bill North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law last week after it passed the House 83-25 and the Senate 32-0.
The bill accomplishes two main objectives. First, it says that private schools, restaurants, stores, and businesses are free to establish whatever bathroom policies they’d like, but that access to government bathrooms will be determined primarily by biological sex. MORE
But things indeed have changed: The Castro regime briefly hooked up with the Rolling Stones for the simple expedient of filling its coffers with millions more in tourist money. Yes, it was billed as a “free concert,” like Woodstock and Altamonte. In fact, the AP estimated that half the fans in the front sections were foreigners.
In the meantime, Castro’s subjects — while allowed to boogie a bit — essentially remain the impoverished and oppressed subjects of a totalitarian regime.
Indeed, repression has actually cranked up steadily in direct proportion to the Stalinist regime’s enrichment through tourism, especially owing to President Obama’s policies that recently swamped Cuba with more than half a million visitors last year from the United States and contributed an estimated $5.6 billion in remittances and travel expenditures to the regime’s coffers.
As a direct result, desperate Cubans are risking their lives to flee Cuba at a rate unseen in decades. MORE
A volcano on Alaska’s Aleutian Islands erupted on Sunday afternoon, reported the U.S. Geological Survey, sending ash 20,000 feet into the air.
The Associated Press reported the agency as saying the Pavlov Volcano, which is about 600 miles southwest of Anchorage, erupted at 4:18 p.m. local time. The agency said the eruption also led to tremors on the ground.
The USGS raised the volcano alert level to “Warning” and the aviation warning to “Red.” MORE