More questions are being raised about presidential candidate Mitt Romney's religion after it was revealed that he helped baptise his adamantly atheist father-in-law years after the man had died.
Edward Roderick Davies was Ann Romney's father and died in 1992 after living as a staunch atheist all his life.
Recently-discovered records show that, in keeping with their controversial tradition of posthumously baptising non-Mormons, a ceremony was held to invite Mr Davies into the Church of Latter Day Saints one year after he died.
Here's a story that will amaze our readers. It seems When George Washington died on December 14, 1799, the nation's mourned so much because of the loss of the war hero who led the United States to independence that architect, turned mad scientist William Thornton concocted a mad scheme to reanimate Washington's body and bring him back from the dead. REALLY!
At one time in the U.S., even ardent left-leaners like Jesse Jackson and the Black Panthers warned America about it. But as the years went by and money exchanged hands, the issue was quietly forgotten.
Now viral filmmaker Molotov Mitchell is tearing the lid off what he calls “one of the most scandalous cover-ups in U.S. history,” the allegation that abortion provider Planned Parenthood has from its inception targeted black Americans for extinction.
The supposed ‘consensus’ on man-made global warming is facing an inconvenient challenge after the release of new temperature data showing the planet has not warmed for the past 15 years.
The figures suggest that we could even be heading for a mini ice age to rival the 70-year temperature drop that saw frost fairs held on the Thames in the 17th Century.
Based on readings from more than 30,000 measuring stations, the data was issued last week without fanfare by the Met Office and the University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit. It confirms that the rising trend in world temperatures ended in 1997.
A painting, dated 1684, by Abraham Hondius depicts one of many frost fairs on the River Thames during the mini ice age
Meanwhile, leading climate scientists yesterday told The Mail on Sunday that, after emitting unusually high levels of energy throughout the 20th Century, the sun is now heading towards a ‘grand minimum’ in its output, threatening cold summers, bitter winters and a shortening of the season available for growing food.
Solar output goes through 11-year cycles, with high numbers of sunspots seen at their peak.
We are now at what should be the peak of what scientists call ‘Cycle 24’ – which is why last week’s solar storm resulted in sightings of the aurora borealis further south than usual. But sunspot numbers are running at less than half those seen during cycle peaks in the 20th Century.
Glenn Beck devoted much of his show Wednesday to the growing surveillance technology in the U.S., drawing comparisons to 1984 and Big Brother.
Among the developments that are cause for alarm: President Barack Obama’s proposal earlier this month for a national ID card for the online community, where instead of having different accounts and passwords for different sites, there would be an “identity ecosystem” that would centralize personal information and credentials through the government.
It was a story that finally revealed to the world that the “Arab Spring” might not have been as peaceful as some would have liked to think. CBS journalist Lara Logan was viciously sexually assaulted while in a crowd of male protesters in Egypt. They screwed “Jew” as they ran their hands over and through her body and tried to rip off her scalp. She detailed the incident back then, and now, she reveals she still struggles with it. Read More>>>>>>>>>
Various models explaining the pre-Flood world and the mechanisms that caused the Genesis Flood have been bantered around for years. Several weeks ago I addressed the model of the pre-Flood world being a paradise that was destroyed by the Flood (Hold the Bible Strongly, Hold Models Loosely). Today we are going to take a look at the Meteorite Impact Model as the mechanism that initiated the Flood.
Could a meteorite impact or impacts have been the trigger that initiated the Flood?
The new findings at Ebla are possibly the most significant discovery yet made so far as they relate to the background of early Bible times. The impact on some areas of Biblical knowledge will indeed be startling.
Where Ebla is Located … and the Work Begins
Tell Mardikh -- the ancient Ebla -- is on the main road to Aleppo in Northern Syria, being not quite half way between Hamath and Aleppo. It is nearer to Aleppo than to Hamath. There is a mound and a small village about one kilometer off the highway. Professor Paolo Matthiae of the Rome University has been excavating there since 1964, but his work was not spectacular until 1968 when his team produced a statue dedicated to the goddess Eshtar, and bearing the name of Ibbit-Lim, a king of Ebla. This endorsed the positive identification of the city. The kingdom of Ebla had previously been known in Sumerian, Akkadian and Egyptian texts, and the excavators had good clues when they began digging in this 50-feet high mound. Now their hopes were bright for the future.
In the 1975 season some 15,000 tablets were recovered. To bring the report up to date, the excavators recently reported (with a smile!) that 1976 was a poor season -- only 1,600 tablets were found! One tablet stated that the city had a population of 260,000.
Professor Giovanni Pettinato, also of the University of Rome, is the epigrapher working on the tablets, and some of what follows stems from his reports, both in the Biblical Archaeologist of May, 1976, and in public lectures and discussions at the University of Michigan in November 1976. Professor Matthiae also lectured at that time, and both professors were most cooperative in two days of lectures, discussion, and question and answer sessions. It was this writer's privilege to participate in these public functions, as well as in more private meetings with the archaeologists and with a number of leaders in the field of Biblical archaeology and Semitic studies.
Image: Detail of the Tower of Babel stele, with the engraving of King Nebuchadnezzar II. (Copyright The Schøyen Collection, MS 2063).
A team of scholars has discovered what might be the oldest representation of the Tower of Babel of Biblical fame, they report in a newly published book.
Carved on a black stone, which has already been dubbed the Tower of Babel stele, the inscription dates to 604-562 BCE.
It was found in the collection of Martin Schøyen, a businessman from Norway who owns the largest private manuscript assemblage formed in the 20th century.
Consisting of 13,717 manuscript items spanning over 5,000 years, the collection includes parts of the Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient Buddhist manuscript rescued from the Taliban, and even cylcon symbols by Australia's Aborigines which can be up to 20,000 years old.
The collection also includes a large number of pictographic and cuneiform tablets -- which are some of the earliest known written documents -- seals and royal inscription spanning most of the written history of Mesopotamia, an area near modern Iraq.
It all started with a quote I recently read, attributed to comedian Stephen Colbert:
If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus is just as selfish as we are or we’ve got to acknowledge that he commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition … and then admit that we just don’t want to do it.
This got me thinking. Conservative Christians are usually branded by liberals as heartless unfeeling misers, unwilling to help the poor and needy due to pure selfishness. They say we should be more like Jesus and legislate more funding for welfare and other entitlement programs.
Now it always amuses me when people with no apparent interest in Jesus as a Messiah will try to pigeonhole Him into supporting their own socialist agenda in the name of “compassion.” But the question here is whether or not Jesus would approve of entitlement programs.
Progressives like to claim Jesus was a socialist. They say welfare is morally equivalent to the teachings of Jesus, who urged us to have compassion on the poor and destitute. Liberals, from their position of lofty superiority, say we “must have no personal wealth beyond our needs.” And to show their solidarity with Jesus, these self-same liberals spend their entire lives working for government-funded nonprofit associations and laboring to pass legislation to help special-interest groups. Surely Jesus would agree.
To prove their point, they cherry-pick various Bible verses to support their logic. But of course the devil can cite Scripture to his own purpose. So what do liberals believe constitutes loving the poor and serving the needy?
Progressives long for a utopian society of complete equality, a land of neither rich nor poor. Human nature being what it is, such a utopia can only be accomplished and maintained through centralized economic management and forced income redistribution. Thus, what progressives ultimately want is communism. But the historical tract record of communist societies isn’t too good when it comes to charity and mercy. Communism has killed 100 million people in the last century. Trust me, 100 million dead people is not compassionate.
And that’s why conservatives oppose entitlement programs … because they lead to socialism. First, welfare creates a dependent class of voters who are guaranteed to vote for more entitlements. Second, entitlements don’t help the poor. Indeed, they cause poverty, not cure it. The proof is in the pudding. If the trillions of dollars we’ve so far spent on entitlements cured poverty, we would have no poor people in this country. None.
So the question remains, was Jesus a socialist?
Jesus did not come to influence the government leaders of the day. Rather, he came to offer salvation and guidelines to the individual. We – not the government – have the responsibility to care for the poor and destitute. Jesus’ message was not one of forcible seizure of individual wealth and unchecked redistribution of that wealth. It was a message of personal charity and compassion.
But liberals don’t see it that way. They look at Acts 4 and conclude that because the early Christians adopted a communal lifestyle, then communism is the biblical ideal. But this entirely misses the point. The early Christians voluntarily engaged in communal living as an endurance mechanism against prosecution. It was not forced by government mandates; in fact, it was a survival tactic against a hostile government bent on their destruction. Savvy?
Christianity teaches that charity is up to the individual. Christians are obligated by their love for God and their neighbors to care for the poor and widowed. But it is very, very clear that we are not to feed the able-bodied who will not work. Socialism, however, forces those who do work to feed those who will not. Not cannot, but will not.
Jesus’ whole ministry was about personal responsibility. We are responsible for our behavior, our attitude, our charity, our mercy and our love. We are judged by our personal thoughts, attitudes and behaviors. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10). There is no “collective” salvation. It’s all done on a person-by-person basis.
People who argue that Jesus was a socialist have absolutely no ability to distinguish between individual charity, and “charity” forced upon people at the point of a gun.
Social justice, one of the buzzwords of the progressives, is not the same as caring for the poor. Forced redistribution of wealth is not charitable. It’s easy to get the government to do your “charitable” work for you. It’s much more difficult to be charitable on your own, even though we are biblically instructed to do so time and time again. Government programs of theft and entitlement do not make someone compassionate. Compassion is donating one’s own time, money and resources – not taking someone else’s possessions for that purpose.
Those who advocate the theory that Jesus was a socialist point to the rich man who was instructed to sell everything he owned and give his money to the poor, and then to follow Jesus (Matthew 19:21-24). The man went away crestfallen because he loved his wealth more than God. Jesus said, “It is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven.” Progressives read this and then somehow make the extraordinary leap of logic that the government must seize and redistribute all wealth (while conveniently ignoring the “follow me” part).
Of course, Jesus was talking to an individual and suggesting an individual course of action. He didn’t tell the rich man to pass a government program to take everyone’s money and give it to the poor. He didn’t hold a gun to the rich man’s head and tell him “donate or die.”
Jesus was not Robin Hood. He never advocated stealing from the rich to give to the poor. He merely told the rich they should give to the poor in order to build up their treasure in heaven.
I’ll conclude with a challenge provided in an excellent essay by Pastor Kenny Burchard: “If you can find any evidence that Jesus taught confiscatory taxation as the primary means for caring for the poor, providing housing, food, and medical care for all who want or need it, I would like to have your verses.” [Italics in original.]
Now dig deep and help the poor out of your own pocketbook, then follow Him. That’s what Jesus wants.
The new theory involves the parasitic fly Apocephalus borealis, which is already known to attack bumble bees.
Evidence has now emerged of the fly targeting honey bees.
The insect lays its eggs in the abdomens of bees, which start displaying 'zombie' behaviour, abandoning their hives en masse to congregate near lights.
Finally they die, and the fly larvae emerge from their bodies.
Lethal weapon: The parasitic fly Apocephalus borealis (circled) seen on the back of a bumble bee
U.S. scientists noted that hive abandonment is a primary feature of CCD.
Genetic tests also showed that both bees and flies were often infected with deformed wing virus and the fungus Nosema ceranae.
Both infections have previously been cited as possible causes of CCD, suggesting a link.
Professor John Hafernik, from San Francisco State University, said: 'We don’t know the best way to stop parasitisation because one of the big things we’re missing is where the flies are parasitising the bees.
'We assume it’s while the bees are out foraging because we don’t see the flies hanging around the bee hives. But it’s still a bit of a black hole in terms of where it’s actually happening.'
The research is published today in the online journal Public Library of Science ONE.
There are those who dislike Obama's policies and just want him out of office. There are those who like the socialism he's been working to install in the U.S. and probably will vote for him again. And there are those who have done some research and say the simple logic of the facts regarding Obama confirms he's not eligible under the Constitution's requirements for a person to be president.
But the concept of a constitionally qualified "natural born citizen," when it's been used interchangeably with so many other words like "citizen" and "native-born citizen," remains an enigma to some.
Now comes a constitutional scholar to put it in simple phrases and make it clear.
The evaluation of the meaning of "natural born citizen" in the Constitution comes from Dr. Herbert W. Titus, of counsel to the law firm William J. Olson.
He previously taught constitutional law, common law and other subjects for 30 years at five different American Bar Association-approved law schools. From 1986 to 1993 he was the founding dean of the College of Law and Government at Regent University.
And before that, he was a trial attorney and special assistant U.S. attorney with the Department of Justice.
Editor's Note: The Plain Truth is not in favor of legalizing pot or other drugs. We are in favor of The Bill of Rights!
Police raid man's home, violate his civil liberties in Columbia, MO. Under the cover of darkness, a team of militarized SWAT agents enter a family home and immediately engage in gunfire — killing one of two family dogs (wounding the other), and likely inflicting lifelong trauma to the familys seven-year-old son. The end result of SWAT teams action? Police seized a small amount of marijuana (a few grams), and associated paraphernalia (a grinder). The man in the video ultimately pled guilty to misdemeanor drug charges and paid a $300 fine.
Jim Smith, CEO of Webster Bank, is doing everything he can to keep people in their homes, much like George Bailey, the character played by Jimmy Stewart in the classic Christmas film “It’s a Wonderful Life”. Smith told his story on Fox and Friends, saying, “My dad founded the bank in 1935 to help people buy and build their homes. There we were in 2008, and clearly something was happening and it turned out to be not only a financial crisis, but an economic downturn.”
He said that the bank decided to put a moratorium on any kind of foreclosures until they worked out a loan modification program. Through this, they were able to keep over 1200 families in their homes.