A Satanist group in the United States has announced plans to use so-called anti-discrimination laws to force Christian bakers to bake cakes that glorify Satanism.
It appears that this newest attempt to harass Christians is a reaction to the Masterpiece Cakeshop case soon to be considered by the U.S. Supreme Court, in which a brave baker resists the pressure of fanatical LGBT activists who want him to bake a cake for a same-sex “wedding”. As the group says, “because sexual orientation is not a protected class under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, (whereas race and religion are), there is a good chance that the right to discriminate against gay couples will be affirmed as a constitutional liberty.”
And further: “Because religion is a protected class, a baker may refuse service to LGBTQ people, but they may not refuse service based upon someone’s religion. If they aren’t willing to make a cake for same-sex unions, let’s have them make a cake to honor Satan instead.” Continue reading
by Ross Douthat, New York Times
In the Catholic Church of Pope Francis, it is dangerous to be too conservative. Professor Josef Seifert, a distinguished Catholic philosopher from Austria, discovered this recently, when he was dismissed from his position at the University of Granada in Spain by the local archbishop.
Seifert’s sin was to have raised questions about “Amoris Laetitia,” the controversial papal exhortation on marriage, whose ambiguous statements on divorce and remarriage the philosopher described as a potential “theological atom bomb” for Catholic moral teaching. Such stark criticism of a sitting pope “damages the communion of the church,” Granada’s archbishop wrote, while retiring the professor from his academic post.
A new study carried out by the University of Kentucky has found out that atheists are generally considered to be the most immoral and untrustworthy group in society, including by themselves.
The title of the study speaks of “extreme intuitive moral prejudice against atheists”, but in fact the alleged “prejudice” corresponds to plain common sense: while religious believers have an expectation to be rewarded for their good deeds and punished for their misdeeds, atheists lack such an incentive and must thus seek virtue for virtue’s sake alone. Continue reading
The Council of the EU adopted conclusions on Pakistan on 17 July where they once-more condemned the world’s third largest Muslim nation for its lack of freedom of religion, and in particular for its abusive blasphemy laws, stating that the EU has a clear interest in a stable, secure, and democratic Pakistan. Continue reading
…is a public action to pray for God’s forgiveness for all those who, seduced by their uncontrolled sexual urges, or misled by the propaganda of certain politicians and mass media, have participated in those monstrous manifestations of moral and intellectual decadence, exhibiting themselves in indecent outfits and postures, or applauding those doing so.
It is best to answer insult and provocation not with equal insult and provocation, but with charity and truth, so that those who mistake sexual perversion for “love” can see what love really is. The public “procession for forgiveness and reparation” organized by a small group of Catholics in the Italian city of Reggio nell’Emilia is a small beginning (less advertised by the mass media, and less lavishly funded with taxpayers’ money, than the indecent parades they seek to respond to), but sets an example that hopefully will be followed by many others. And the fact that it has drawn such aggressive and intolerant reactions from the local LGBT pressure groups (which have immediately called for the prohibition of this peaceful prayer event…) just shows that it is spot on.
The Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe recently reported 191 hate crimes against Christians in 16 European countries to the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) for inclusion in its 2016 hate crimes report. Continue reading