No prayer at 9/11 ceremony? Evangelical leader: ‘This is not who we are’

“The problem with this is, because of his singular decision, this ceremony isn’t really going to be representative of America. It’s going to be exclusionary, secularist only, and we are one of the most religious countries in the world. So, the bottom line is, this is not how we were founded. This is not who we are.

This is a national time of mourning and healing. I think it is particularly offensive to explicitly exclude any religious expression.” – Joel C. Hunter, who is a White House spiritual adviser, on NYC mayor’s decision to exclude prayer from the 10th anniversary commemoration of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the U.S.

story link: http://www.christianpost.com/news/wh-spiritual-advisor-mayors-decision-to-forbid-prayer-at-9-11-ceremony-un-american-54946/

Letterman can’t get enough Palin

Sarah Palin has been out of the limelight for more than 9 months now, but late-night host David Letterman can’t seem to satiate his appetite for using her as comedic fodder.

Having had to fill a large hole left in his “creative” repertoire when President George W. Bush left office, Letterman’s hate for all-things-conservative now blossoms with any news sound byte about Palin. He salivates when anything, just anything breaking about the former Alaska governor can be used as monologue material … tired monologue material. After all, Letterman has a whole host of Palin haters in his New York studio audience that co-sign his Palin bashing with big chuckles and applause.

Why not keep dipping into the well? Eight years of “George Bush is dumb” as the premise for a huge chunk of Letterman’s nightly humor became so old for some us that it could only be labeled as a liberal mantra. Besides, Palin is so easy. It’s so easy to bash a woman of such chutzpah, such simplicity, and such wisdom … that’s right, wisdom!

What’s wrong with Palin? Everything in the eyes of liberals … barely anything in the eyes of most with conservative thought.

So, go ahead Letterman and gang, keep “joking” on Palin. We are not offended, just amazed at your lack of understanding about what’s truly dumb and laughable: your liberal arrogance.

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Letterman has a brief moment of clarity in introducing his Top Ten List: Questions To Ask Yourself Before Spending $63,500 On Dinner with Sarah Palin

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Trump Sidesteps Backlash of Biblical Proportions

After careful review, the pictures taken were “fine,” and that while some were indeed risque, many were in fact “quite lovely.” — Donald Trump, on keeping Carrie Prejean as the reigning Miss California.

Trump lets Miss California keep state crown

…Trump praised Prejean for her “honest answer” when she was asked a “very tough question,” noting that it was the same answer that President Obama has given…

FULL COVERAGE AT LA CHURCH & STATE EXAMINER

Will Pageant Mogul Say, ‘Miss California, You’re Fired’?

donald trumpDonald Trump to give verdict on Carrie Prejean at news conference Tuesday. Will she stay or will she go?

LA CHURCH & STATE EXAMINER EXCLUSIVE

Well, if the outcome of California’s Prop 8 vote could be used as an indicator, Miss California Carrie Prejean, a supporter of traditional marriage, would stay as the state’s reigning queen… but not by a wide margin.

However, the final decision will be up to Mr. Donald “You’re Fired!” Trump. There are “things to look at,” but, “hopefully it will be a positive decision,” he said to Fox News.

READERS POLL: WILL DONALD TRUMP FIRE MISS CALIFORNIA?

Beauty pageant or not, the fact that Miss California may actually lose her state title illustrates the possible serious repercussions of having an anti-gay marriage stance. People have already lost jobs for supporting a Yes vote on Prop 8. Intolerant gay activists have targeted individuals and businesses in extremely harmful ways.

Yes, the Miss California USA title is a paid position in terms of endorsements, compensation, benefits, allowances, etc. Whether you consider beauty pageants as legitimate enterprises or not, losing one’s job is serious.

The Scrooge Report Tracking…

No church pew for you! TheScroogeReport is following stories including an order to stop churches from providing beds for homeless in New York, college evangelism as a possible crime, and confusion in Hollywood over Prop 8 proponents among them.

NYC Churches Ordered Not To Shelter Homeless

NEW YORK (CBS) ― City officials have ordered 22 New York churches to stop providing beds to homeless people.

With temperatures well below freezing early Saturday, the churches must obey a city rule requiring faith-based shelters to be open at least five days a week — or not at all.

Arnold Cohen, president of the Partnership for the Homeless, a nonprofit that serves as a link with the city, said he had to tell the churches they no longer qualify.

He said hundreds of people now won’t have a place to sleep… more

Court to decide whether campus evangelism a crime

MARYSVILLE, Calif. (OneNewsNow.com) – The “free-speech code” of Yuba Community College District is under federal court scrutiny.

California student, Ryan Dozier, decided to spend some time on campus sharing his faith and handing out tracts to fellow students, generating conversations about Christianity. Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) attorney Heather Hacker comments on the situation.

“A campus police officer came over and told him that if he continued to do so without a permit that he would be possibly expelled or arrested, and so Ryan stopped immediately,” she explains.

Hacker says Dozier thought the case was closed, but he was apparently mistaken. “Three weeks later he got a certified letter from the president of the college stating that his actions were the subject of a campus crime report,” she adds. “Last time I checked, sharing your faith on a public college campus was not a crime.”

But the letter informed him he could face expulsion if he shared his faith on campus again. ADF filed suit, and a federal judge has ordered the college to suspend enforcement of its highly restricted free speech policies until the lawsuit is resolved.

Liberal Hollywood ponders next step in fight for same-sex marriage

HOLLYWOOD (Los Angeles Times) – After the passage of Proposition 8, some are calling for boycotts and firings. Others worry about free speech rights being trampled.

Should there be boycotts, blacklists, firings or de facto shunning of those who supported Proposition 8?

That’s the issue consuming many in liberal Hollywood who fought to defeat the initiative banning same-sex marriage and are now reeling with recrimination and dismay. Meanwhile, activists continue to comb donor lists and employ the Internet to expose those who donated money to support the ban.

Already out is Scott Eckern, director of the nonprofit California Musical Theatre in Sacramento, who resigned after a flurry of complaints from prominent theater artists, including “Hairspray” composer Marc Shaiman, when word of his contribution to the Yes on 8 campaign surfaced… more

New York Parade Axes ‘Christmas’ From Name

SCROOGE ALERT: Just because Halloween is right around the corner, and it’s never too early to call out Scrooges, here’s this AP story:

Town’s parade draws fire for dropping ‘Christmas’

A famed fireworks company is pulling out of a holiday boat parade because “Christmas” was dropped from the event’s name.

Fireworks by Grucci won’t lend its sparkle to Patchogue’s Nov. 23 parade – decorated yachts on the Patchogue River – because the organizers have renamed it the Patchogue Holiday Boat Parade. It was the Patchogue Christmas Boat Parade last year, when the Grucci company donated $5,000 worth of fireworks.

The company’s vice president, Philip Butler, who has criticized the secularization of Christmas in the past, said parade organizers were “using all the themes of Christmas and plagiarizing all those themes.”

Organizers in the Long Island town said the parade has had several names over its roughly 15-year existence. The name was changed again this year after complaints that the use of “Christmas” seemed to make the parade less inclusive.

“When I think about fireworks, I don’t think about Christmas anyway,” Mayor Paul Pontieri said. “I think about the Fourth of July.”

The venerable Grucci company is famous for providing spectacular fireworks displays at major national celebrations. It is based in Brookhaven, not far from Patchogue.

What a great touche, Mayor Paul Pontieri! Now, when I think of the Patchogue “Holiday” Boat Parade I’ll think what a sellout!

Report: NY Times journalists more likely to lie

Bloggers show journalistic integrity – call out New York Times on “vets kill in America” story in a series. This didn’t get as much play the first time around as I would have liked it…wonder why? In honor of the soon to be closing chapter in this particular political season, I thought I would resurrect this story. Enjoy! …read more