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News Alert - September 14 - Radio Station in Texas cancels David Barton's Wallbuilders Live During Show
Comment from Understand the
For some time UTT has been warning
about false statements promoted by David Barton, including
the promotion of Glenn Beck, a professed Mormon as a
born-again Christian. Now there is evidence that some are
beginning to wake up and see what it going on as per the
following news item. It will be interesting to see if
Calvary Chapel pastors who have been promoting David Barton
and Glenn Beck will follow and make a public announcement.
An affiliate radio station of the Moody Network in East Texas, KBJS-FM
canceled David Barton's Wallbuilders Live radio
program during the show yesterday while Barton was discussing Glenn
Beck's religious beliefs. Randy Featherstone, KBJS manager, said
the show was dropped due to Barton's
failure to distinguish between Mormon theology and Christianity.
"When David Barton said it doesn't
matter whether you are a Mormon or a Baptist or a Methodist, we felt we
had to do something," Featherstone explained.
On the Tuesday program, Barton
played audio of Glenn Beck saying that "the Lord Jesus Christ is my
Savior and my Redeemer." Then Barton said he believed that Beck was a
Christian based on his statement of belief and "his fruits," meaning his
good deeds. Based on Beck's statements, Barton then
asked co-host Rick Green, "Glenn says he's Mormon. Ok, that's fine.
Based on what you heard, if you heard a Baptist say that or if you heard
a Methodist say that what would you say?"
After Green answered that Beck's testimony indicated a real conversion,
Barton responded, "Why is it not a real
conversion because of the label he wears?"
Throughout the program, Barton dismissed Beck's
Mormonism, saying at one point, "I don't care what label Beck wears. I
don't care what Glenn thinks Mormon means." Barton also asserted
that Beck uses the same Bible, but added, "Now he may use the Book of
Mormon, we never talked about the Book of Mormon."
Featherstone added that the station
received many calls during the broadcast with callers who objected to
Barton's views. All but two callers supported the decision of the
station to drop the show. Some callers also complained that Barton
misuses history and "takes facts out of context" to create a false
impression about the Constitution and founding of the nation,
according to Featherstone.
Featherstone said the station did not take the action lightly, saying
"I like a lot of what Barton has to say, but
we don't want to confuse listeners into thinking
that Mormon doctrine and Christianity are the same."
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September 6 - Spectre of fresh EU treaty returns to haunt 'incomplete' Europe
Article: One World Government
It took nearly a decade
of squabbling amongst EU states, a series of referendum disasters and a
last-minute game of high-stakes brinksmanship from a stubborn Czech
president, but the bloc finally managed to radically refashion the way
it worked with the passage of the Lisbon Treaty in 2010. So exhausted
were they by the struggle by the time the soap opera ended, European
leaders then swore it would be very long indeed, perhaps a generation,
before the EU treaties would be opened again.
But now, in the last few days, as Europe's economy and the
single currency stand on the precipice, these same leaders have begun to
eat their words.
On Tuesday, German
finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble called for the
second time in a week for changes to the treaties.
"Strengthening the eurozone's architecture ... may
need profound treaty changes," he wrote in an
opinion piece for the Financial Times.
According to populist
daily Bild, the finance minister made the argument for a major shift in
fiscal policy-making powers to Brussels, a move that would almost
certainly necessitate a fresh opening of the treaties holding the bloc
together. This must be done, he said,
"even though we know how difficult a treaty change
The outgoing head of
the European Central Bank, Jean-Claude Trichet, for his part on Monday
told participants at a Paris conference that
the bloc required a European "federal government with a federal finance
"We are discovering that we cannot live with this incompleteness
the former German chancellor on Sunday said
"Countries will have to give up some of their
national sovereignty." His vision involves fiscal powers being given to
the commission or a European finance minister under the control of the
European Parliament as "the ultimate authority".
"The commission will have to be turned into a government that is
controlled, in parliamentary terms, by the European Parliament.
That translates into a United States of
A newly established
think-tank, the Council on the Future of Europe, whose members include
Schroeder, Tony Blair,
former commission president Jacques Delors, former Spanish prime
minister Felipe Gonzalez and economists Nouriel Roubini and Joseph
Stiglitz on Monday issued a manifesto
that called not just full fiscal union, but for parallel political
"It will be necessary to further lay out a vision
of a federation that goes beyond a fiscal and economic mandate to
include a common security, energy, climate, immigration and foreign
policy as well as develop a common narrative about the future of the
union and its place in the world," the document
read. "Nation states will need to share
certain dimensions of sovereignty to a central European entity that
would have the capacity to source revenue at the federal level in order
to provide European-wide public goods."
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September 13 - A Call From the Altar
Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days
Benedict XVI closed Italy's
25th National Eucharistic Congress on Sunday. The
occasion offered a chance to reflect on the power of the Eucharist, and the
practice of 24-hour Eucharistic adoration. ZENIT spoke with Father
Alberto Pacini, the rector of Rome's Church of St. Anastasia al Palatino.
He spoke of the results of daring to open his church
at unlikely hours and expose Christ on the altar, even if he was the only
one to adore him.
ZENIT: What is the
meaning of the Eucharist for the Catholic faith?
Father Pacini: In this
sacrament Jesus gives us his body and blood, with the words and gestures,
which he commanded his own to perpetuate to be present
with us always: "Lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age"
(Matthew 28:20). In this sacrament the Lord makes himself present in an
altogether particular way -- in a substantial way,
that is, not only a spiritual presence, but also with his body, blood, soul
and divinity -- to be food and medicine of immortality. "He who eats
my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at
the last day" (John 6:54). Hence, this sacrament is God present in our midst
today and always, so that every time we eat him we live through him;
every person who approaches this sacrament
comes into contact with God the Creator and Savior, with
all his divine power of love, with his supreme and infinite mercy. He
experiences the Father's embrace of love, who has prepared his wedding
table, and all his "prodigal children" who, having accepted the invitation,
return home (Luke 15:11-32).
ZENIT: Why is it so
important for the Catholic faith?
The Eucharist is not only important for the Catholic
faith, as Blessed John Paul II wrote in No. 8 of
Ecclesia de Eucharistia: "Because even when it is celebrated on the humble
altar of a country church, the Eucharist is
always in some way celebrated on the altar of the world. It unites heaven
and earth. It embraces and permeates all creation. The Son of God became man
in order to restore all creation, in one supreme act of praise, to the One
who made it from nothing. He, the Eternal High Priest who by the blood of
his Cross entered the eternal sanctuary, thus gives back to the Creator and
Father all creation redeemed."
Whether or not the men and women of this world know
it, they are involved in the salvific action of the Son of God made Son of
Man, present now in a definitive way in this world. The Catholic Church
guards this mystery, in perfect and uninterrupted communion among the
bishops of the whole world and with the Apostles, through the apostolic
transmission. The Catholic Church guards this treasure,
the most precious that exists, not only in her faith, indefectible through
the action of the Holy Spirit, but also in her celebration and her adoration
and in all the tabernacles of the world.
Radiating from the Eucharist in an inexhaustible way is the Holy Spirit, as
from the side of Christ pierced out of love, and he fills the whole world
with his salvific power, so that in the words of
Benedict XVI to the 23rd WYD, we can say: "Source and summit" of the
ecclesial life, the Eucharist is a
"perpetual Pentecost." In this perpetual Pentecost the Spirit acts not only
in the Church, but also for the benefit of the whole of humanity.
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September 14 - Benedict XVI Warns That We Can Make Earth a Hell
Article: Ecumenical Movement - Roman Catholics Uniting With Other Religions
We can make the planet into a hell by failing to
accept one another, or we can learn to live together, open up and give
ourselves, says Benedict XVI.
The Pope offered this
reflection in a message to an interreligious meeting that concluded
Tuesday in Munich. The event was sponsored by the Catholic lay Community
"The theme of the peace meeting, 'Bound to live together,'
reminds us that we as human beings are bound to each other. This living
together is in fact a precondition that derives from our being human.
And it is our duty to give it a positive content,"
the Holy Father said in his message.
He reflected that living
together can "transform itself into living against one another."
It "can become a hell if we do not learn to accept one another, if
everyone only wants to be himself or herself."
"But," the Holy Father
continued, "it can also be a gift when
we open up to one another, when we give ourselves to one another."
He proposed that
religious and cultural coexistence should be seen as a "task and a gift"
so as to find the "true way to live together."
Benedict XVI also pointed out that
this coexistence is no longer a regional
or local challenge, but now exists at a global scale, involving humanity
as a whole.
The Pontiff went on to
say that religion is "essentially linked to the
question of peace. "When
religion fails in this meeting with God, when it pulls him down to us
instead of raising us up to him, when we, so to say, make him our
possession, then it can contribute to the destruction of peace,"
he cautioned. "But if it
finds the way to the divine, to the creator and redeemer of all people,
then it is a force for peace."
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September 14 - New Poll Says Majority of Americans Favor Same-Sex Marriage
Article: Perilous Times
A new poll by The
Associated Press and the National Constitution Center released Wednesday
shows that the majority of Americans is
shifting towards supporting legalization, even as recent votes in many
states show voters in solid support of defining marriage
as between one man and one woman.
The poll concludes that
53 percent of the 1,000 adults surveyed
believe the government should give legal recognition to marriages
between couples of the same sex.
In comparison, 44 percent were opposed. It
was just in 2009, according to AP, that the majority rested on the side
Some of the shift stems
from a generational divide, with the
new poll showing a majority of Americans under age 65 in favor of legal
recognition for same-sex marriages, and a majority of seniors opposed.
"Can these results be
trusted?" Mathew Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel,
questioned in an interview with The Christian Post, "there's often a big
difference between what the polls say and how people really feel, how
they really vote."If
you pass same sex marriage, then that places homosexuality on the same
level as race. But it has a profound impact on our liberty."
The impact he
describes regards forcing Christian or
other religious workers to be forced to adapt their business policies to
accept a pro-gay agenda. There have already been several lawsuits
against Christian business owners who refuse to serve homosexual couples
due to religious beliefs.
Also, many opponents
of homosexual marriage claim that children do better when raised with a
mother and a father. If gay marriage is legalized,
the couple will more than likely be able to adopt or have children.
The poll also
concludes that 48 percent of the
respondents said they would favor an amendment defining marriage as
between a man and a woman. About 40 percent would strongly favor such a
change, 43 percent said they would oppose such an amendment, and eight
percent were neutral on the issue.
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September 14 - Obama 'Tattletale' Website Encourages Supporters to Report Negative Info
The Obama campaign,
known for being technologically savvy,
launched a new website today called "Attack Watch."
The website serves to fight back against accusations launched at Obama,
labeling them as "smears" and "lies."
The site resembles the
fact-checking site Politifact. The black and red color scheme
lets viewers know that this is a battle
and they are on the front lines combating the "enemies" of Obama's
policies and positions. For example, the tag line at
the top of the website states, "Get the Facts, Fight the Smears."
Attack Watch features
hot topics that are in the news concerning Obama's policies and provides
links to professional fact-checking sites such as Media Matters.
However, the site also has a section
where the viewer can report, "lies," "rumors," and "smears" they
encounter either by word of mouth, email, articles seen in newspapers,
video and other sources.
"There are a lot of folks on the other side who
are chomping at the bit to distort the President's record. It's not a
question of if the next big lie will come, just when - and what we're
prepared to do about it," said Jim Messina, campaign
manager for Obama for America in an email released Tuesday.
However, the premiere
of the website might not have gone according to plan. The site is a
throwback to Obama's 2008 campaign website, "Fight the Smears," which
had similar motivations to combat negative statements against his
campaign. It also mirrors the hotly contested
email account, firstname.lastname@example.org, in which citizens were
encouraged to inform Obama of negative things said about his healthcare
policies in 2009.
Many people, conservatives in particular, see this
as a "tattle-tell" or an Orwellian-like website. The
new campaign site also has a Twitter feed, @AttackWatch, for people to
follow for updates. It is currently a trending topic on Twitter,
perhaps, for very different reasons the Obama team was hoping to
achieve. It has instead become a new punching bag for Republicans and
conservatives who claim the president has thin skin when it comes to
critiques of his policies.
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September 15 - Religious leaders of all faiths promotes global tolerance
Article: One World Religion
Religious leaders of all
stripes, gowns and headgear gathered in Jerusalem's Mishkenot Sha'ananim
neighborhood Wednesday to attend the third annual Interfaith Ethics and
Tolerance conference. Bringing together Jewish
and Muslim clerics, as well as clergy from numerous Christian denominations and
those of the Bahai and Hindu faiths, the conference this year focused on the
role of spiritual leaders in promoting peace and tolerance as well as the
challenges of religious leadership in today's globalized world.
Our organization has taken on the task
of working to improve the ethical behavior of all peoples and all the adherents
of all religions," said Rabbi Yuval Cherlow of the Jerusalem Center for
Ethics and head of the Petah Tikva Hesder yeshiva.
"Unfortunately, the world is full of religious leaders who are part of the
problem at the moment, so we are looking for ways in which religious leaders can
be part of the solution."
A series of blessings was also intoned by the assembled clergy, followed by the
release of dozens of white balloons into the azure blue sky, some of
which didn't get stuck in a nearby tree.
"The problems of tolerance and intolerance are
universal," said Father Aleksander Archdeacon of Poland and
representative of the Polish Orthodox Church to the Patriarchate of Jerusalem.
"In general, religion had done more to promote intolerance, warfare and hatred
throughout history than anything else," he told The Jerusalem Post. "As a
religious person, I have to ask myself 'How do
I not compromise myself and my faith while at the same time not be guilty, as
others have in the past, of promoting intolerance.'" Rabbi
Cherlow was more circumspect about the notion of an ethical world without
religion when relating to the claims of modern secularists that religion has
caused division and conflict in the modern world.
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September 12 - India: Hindu nationalist BJP leader LK Advani prays at Marian shrine
Article: Bridges To Rome
Comment from Understand the Times:
UTT has gone on
record in the past stating that the "Queen of All" will be a major
factor in uniting the religions of the world. "Mary" who is also called
the Queen of Heaven originated in Babylon and is key to understanding
the One World Religion for Peace that the Bible predicts will be part of
the Last Days. This is the Jesuit plan that is also supported by another
puppet group they founded - the Masons. Of course, the pope of Rome is
also supportive of this plan.
Shri L.K. Advani, a former
leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJ), a
Hindu nationalist party, visited the Marian shrine at Mount Mary's Basilica in
Bandra, Mumbai, where he placed a garland of red flowers and two candles at the
foot of the main altar below the statue of Our Lady. Out of reverence and
devotion, he prayed for a few minutes. Along with the
Basilica's Vice Rector, Fr Aniceto Pereira, he recited the Memorae. Fr Pereira
gave him as a gift a book on the history of the shrine written by Mgr Francis
The visit has surprised many people given the fact that the BJP is often seen as
the moved of anti-Christian violence. Speaking to local media, LK Advani said
that local BJP leaders had invited him to visit the shrine. He also said that he
is an alumnus of the St. Patrick High School in Karachi, which is run by the
Irish Christian Brothers. "Since I have links with the
community, I feel happy coming here, meeting the priests here, participating in
the prayers and getting the Blessings."
"LK Advani showed great respect for our shrine and religion," Fr Aniceto
Pereira told AsiaNews. "A political leader who
asks for God's grace and help means a lot to us."
"I prayed to God to guide our leaders and bless them," the vice rector
added. "I know that Christians in other states face a security threat, but
the BJP leader came here as a pilgrim, full of
faith to ask for Mary's blessing and grace."
The Marian shrine in Bandra is a place of harmony and interfaith dialogue
because the Virgin draws people of all creeds. "Since the
novena began on the 2 September (leading up to Mary's Nativity),
more than 15,000 people have visited the shrine daily.
Just 30 per cent of them are Christians, the rest belong to other religions."
"Through Mary's intercession and motherhood, people celebrate their shared
humanity: Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Parsees, Sikhs and others. They all share
with me the miracles Mary brought to their life. Devotion to Mary transcends
religious boundaries," he explained.
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