Pray for us.
Father Ragheed Aziz Ganni, 1972 – 2007
Pray for us.
Father Ragheed Aziz Ganni, 1972 – 2007
For the repose of the soul of the hand maid of God, Cecelia.On August 15, 2002 three armed assailants entered the Sacred Heart of Jesus Monastery in Baghdad Iraq and found a solitary Assyrian nun preparing to quietly retire to her room. Read the rest of this entry »
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The Washington Post has an interesting piece on Gov. Bobby Jindal’s visits to Louisiana churches. And doesn’t believe it should happen. Yet, in recent memory, Barack Obama visited many churches as he was running for office. Clearly a double standard is operating here; Gov. Jindal is a Catholic but as he has Indian heritage, people question his religion. Remind you of anyone in national politics? Thought so!
The only problem I have with Jindal is that he “attends Mass when he can.”
Political Altar Egos
The Advocate newspaper of Baton Rouge raised questions last week about Gov. Bobby Jindal’s regular speaking appearances at Sunday church services around the state.
“I’m completely just humbled and honored that I’m asked to come and worship with Louisianians across the state,” Jindal told the newspaper. “It’s important for the governor to get out of Baton Rouge.”
No doubt it is, but should a governor or any elected official be getting out of the office to go evangelize? There’s often a fine line between politicking and preaching in America. Jindal obliterates it in one five-part, 40-plus-minute personal talk and testimonyhe gives at New Chapel Hill Baptist Church in West Monroe, La.
“I think it’s like this,” the governor says near the end of his sermon. “God has given us the book of life. He doesn’t let us always see the pages for today or tomorrow, but he let’s us look at the last page in the book of life. And here’s the amazing thing. On the last page, our God wins. Our God gets up off that cross. He beats death. He beats Satan. And because of what he’s done for us, we can have the gift of eternal life (so) let’s recommit ourselves to go plant those seeds of the gospel so that others might come to have that gift of eternal life. It may be the most important thing we do. You may change someone’s life for all of eternity and not even realize it in this life. And whatever we do let’s go plant those seeds for the Lord.”
For some, Jindal is fulfilling what evangelicals call the Great Commission — Jesus’ final instructions to his followers, as reported in Matthew 28: “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” He’s also reassuring his fellow Louisianans that he is a Christian. Jindal was born in Baton Rouge shortly after his Hindu parents immigrated from India. He converted to Catholicism when he was a teenager and says he attends Catholic masses when he can. But as Rev. Gil Arthur of East Leesville Baptist Church told The Advocate, Jindal’s Indian heritage leaves some Louisianans still wondering about his personal beliefs.
President Obama, who was born in Hawaii but who’s African father was Muslim, spent a lot of time on the campaign trail talking — and in some cases preaching— about his faith in Christ.
Even though the Constitution says there is no religious test for public office, We expect our politicians to use religious rhetoric when they talk to us, and we all but demand that they tell us and reassure us about their personal religious beliefs. But when does politicking become pandering?
I was at Mason Temple in Memphis in 1993 when President Clinton paid his respects to God and the Church of God in Christ: “By the grace of God and your help last year, I was elected president of this great country,” Clinton said in what clearly is more sermon than speech.
I suspect most Republicans — and many Democrats — figure God had nothing to do with it.
There are no laws against politicians speaking, preaching or pandering at worship services. Congregations are free to invite anyone to speak from their pulpits, even governors and presidents they didn’t vote for. Public officials are people of faith, too.
But is it inappropriate or just plain wrong for our elected officials to take their faith-based, scripture-laced politicking directly to the pulpit? Should elected officials, who represent citizens of all faiths and no faiths, preach the gospel? Should governors evangelize?
Former Florida Gov. Reuben Askew, a Democrat, once said: “While I believe in separating church and state, I do not believe in separating church and statesmen.”
What do you believe?
Isn’t it funny how, every time there are allegations of Christians desecrating the Koran, it incites violence, Christians are killed and forced to leave the area, their property destroyed and confiscated, police watch and do nothing, but later on, it turns out they didn’t actually desecrate anything. While arrests have been made, I’d be surprised if the perpetrators were held accountable for anything. Like murder.
LONDON, England (CNN) — A wicked opportunity is brewing at Wookey Hole Caves in western England.
Keith Ellison didn’t disclose the cost of his trip to Mecca last year, since it was a “private” trip; now we learn it was paid for by a Muslim nonprofit that is being sued by the ACLU and should’ve been disclosed as a gift to a public official. It wasn’t a private trip at all. The GOP is calling for him to apologize, pay for it and disclose the cost. Because the provider of the trip receives state funding, it is especially important to have full disclosure. Non-profits pay for congressional trips because they expect to benefit in some fashion.
Islamic nonprofit paid for Rep. Ellison’s pilgrimage to Mecca
The cost of his Mecca trip was covered by a group that got taxpayer funds in a rental arrangement for TiZA school.
WASHINGTON – Days after his return from an unannounced pilgrimage to the Islamic holy site of Mecca, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison talked about it as a transformational personal experience, saying “I didn’t want to turn it into a politics thing.”
Nearly eight months later, the Minneapolis DFLer faces a House Ethics Committee review of his decision to keep the trip’s costs under wraps — even though it was paid for by a local Islamic nonprofit and typically would be reported as a gift to a public official. Read the rest of this entry »