By His stripes, we are healed

Good Friday Procession 2013; Little Italy, Toronto, Ontario.

Good Friday Procession 2013; Little Italy, Toronto, Ontario.

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Posted by on April 19, 2014 in Canada, good news, religion, Theology


Bureaucratic ignorance and/or prejudice

Originally posted on Will S.’ Anarcho-Tyranny Blog:

Take your pick…

The Oxford, England, city council’s licensing officer has apologized for blocking a public performance of a Passion Play planned for today. Though the event was organized by a church group and a theological college, the licensing officer was under the impression that it was a sex show.

Idiot, or bigot, covering up. Not sure which.

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Seattle burger joint uses pot-smoking Jesus image in Easter burger deal ad

Originally posted on Will S.' Culture War Blog:

Because of the fact that this year, Easter Sunday falls on ’4/20′ .

No doubt there are other burger joints Christians can instead visit (Monday through Saturday; we Reformed eschew Sabbath-breaking).

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Man Loses Job, Gets Slapped With $525 Federal Charge for Mistakenly Taking $0.89 Soda Refill and Not Paying

Originally posted on Will S.' Anarcho-Tyranny Blog:


A construction worker from North Charleston, S.C., is jobless and saddled with a $525 federal citation for mistakenly taking a $0.89 soda refill he thought was free at the VA Medical Center in downtown Charleston.

The construction worker, Christopher Lewis, told WISTV that that the Wednesday incident was an honest mistake for which he tried to make amends by offering to pay the $0.89 for the soda refill when he was confronted by the Federal Police Force.

“Every time I look at the ticket, it’s unbelievable to me,” Lewis, told WISTV. “I can’t fathom the fact that I made a $0.89 mistake that cost me $525.”

A hospital spokesperson, however, called the incident “theft of government property.” The VA spokesperson said Lewis should have known the refill wasn’t free because there are signs all over the hospital informing patrons of the cafeteria to that effect.

Lewis said he never…

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The apple never falls far from the tree…

Originally posted on Will S.' Culture War Blog:

A 12-year-old Brit girl, whose mom is 27, just gave birth to a baby girl.

A 12-year-old British girl has given birth to a baby girl after getting pregnant while still in primary school.


The girl’s boyfriend is 13. The Daily Mail reported the couple has the lowest combined age of any British parents on record. The girl’s mother, who also became pregnant when a teenager, is 27.

We’ll see in 13 years if the baby girl carries on the family tradition.

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Civil Lawsuit for Over $1,000,000 Filed by Lourdes Torres-Manteufel Against Doug Phillips & Vision Forum Ministries

Will S.:

See also here, including the link in the quoted HuffPo piece to Douglas Wilson’s site, quoted in Erik Charter’s comment at the bottom. I’m no HuffPo fan, nor a white-knighter who automatically accepts a young woman’s accusations, but folks who head up their own ‘ministries’, building their own little empires, rather than working within established confessional, traditionalist churches, are always suspicious to me; even as they sound patriarchalist, they frequently tend to blame men for wives’ and children’s misbehaviours, in typical white-knighting fashion, as Douglas Wilson has done – regardless of whatever personal scandals they may get into.

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Posted by on April 16, 2014 in Sex, Sin


Malta Legalizes Same-Sex Unions and Gay Adoption; Defies Official Catholic State Religion

A sad development.

Malta has become the 22nd European country to recognize same-sex unions and the 10th to allow gay couples to adopt children following a parliament vote, going against the warnings of the Roman Catholic Church, which is the official state religion.

Can or will the Roman Catholic Church use its clout to try to get that overturned? One wishes they would…

The bill passed by a vote of 37-0, with the opposition abstaining because it is in favor of gay unions but not in allowing gay couples to adopt.

Some opposition, going along with it instead of fighting for the legislation they’d prefer by opposing this particular bill… If only they’d actually been against gay unions, then they would have actually opposed it, rather than abstaining from voting, thereby enabling it…

Muscat argued that the government moved the bill because it believed in it, and it “was doing it for the minority, but also for the majority, which would live in a country which was more equal, liberal and European.”

Oh, so opposing the zeitgeist is somehow less European? Tell that to Russia!

He also said that proposed amendments to the bill by the opposition were rejected because principles are not something that can be compromised with.

Ah yes; have to go full-bore on the issue, no partial victories allowed; only total ones…

Opposition leader Simon Busuttil had expressed concerns for children’s rights, saying that they come first and pointing out that adoptions are not a right of couples, heterosexual or otherwise.

Busuttil clarified that his argument is not that gay people cannot be good parents, but that Malta was not yet prepared for such a step.

Ah, so even the opposition’s opposition is merely tokenism. Got it.

Auxiliary Bishop Charles Scicluna had warned before the vote that although the civil unions bill had some good points, it did not provide what’s best for the children. He spoke out against the language in the bill, which says that a child’s adoptive parents may now be a man and a man, or a woman and a woman.

“This does not reflect the order established by God in creation and may expose the children eventually entrusted to such adoptive parents to adverse effects. This goes against the principle that the best interests of the child should be the paramount concern in legislation. It is hoped that this principle will remain paramount whenever the new law is applied.”

“may expose the children eventually entrusted to such adoptive parents to adverse effects.” – as in this case

The CIA World Factbook states that 98 percent of Malta’s 412,000 population is part of the Roman Catholic Church, the official state religion.

So, with the Roman Catholic Church being that strong in Malta, surely they’d be in a position to bring much influence to bear on the matter, no?

Last month, Pope Francis said in an interview that the Church may be open to looking into some cases of civil unions, particularly when it involves benefits such as healthcare, but affirmed the official Vatican position that marriage is between a man and a woman.

“Matrimony is between a man and a woman,” the pope said in an article by the Corriere della Sera, translated by Catholic News Service, but added that “diverse situations of cohabitation [are] driven by the need to regulate economic aspects among persons, as for instance to assure medical care.”

“It is necessary to look at the diverse cases and evaluate them in their variety,” Francis suggested.

Ah, so maybe that’s why the Catholic Church in Malta didn’t come out swinging against this.



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