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Let’s talk about the occult – Theologically

Recently a student at a major Christian university wrote an article in the student newspaper defending the use of tarot cards – as non-demonic and compatible with Christianity.

The “reading” of tarot cards falls into the larger category of “the occult” and more specifically divination (predicting the future by paranormal means).

Three biblical passages stand out as opposing all forms of divination: Deuteronomy 18, Isaiah 8 and Acts 16. As anyone who can read the Bible knows, this last passage tells the story of a young woman who has been enslaved (human trafficking) by two men. . She was a fortune teller, used divination, and that because of a demon in her. The apostles freed her from this evil power and this “gift” to the chagrin of her masters.

Besides the scriptures, the Christian tradition has always strongly opposed divination by any means other than the prophecy of the Holy Spirit or special revelations of the Holy Spirit.

But let’s talk about the theology behind the traditional Biblical and Christian prohibitions on divination.

* Box: The opinions expressed here are mine (or those of the guest author); I am not speaking on behalf of any other person, group or organization; I also do not imply that the views expressed herein reflect those of any other person, group or organization, unless I specifically say so. Before commenting, read the entire post and the “Note to Commentators” at the end. *

Divination arises from the desire to know the future or to receive guidance on how to live one’s life from a power, force, or principle other than God. It is a manifestation of the fall: the desire to be like God. All evil and evil ultimately result from this desire to have a power that belongs only to God and to possess it for oneself independently of God. Underlying this is the fallen human thirst for security outside of God.

All occultism, whether divination or magic (the two main forms of occult practice), is also an opening to a demonic realm through which spiritually destructive forces can come. And a lot of people become obsessed with the occult; like pornography and drugs, the occult can become addictive.

Divination can also be personally harmful psychologically. I will tell my own story here.

When I was about eight, I snuck into a fortune teller’s tent at a carnival. I knew my parents would be appalled, but I couldn’t resist. I paid her fifty cents and she read my hands. The only thing I remember her saying was that in my 50s I was going to suffer from a very serious illness. Who would say that to an eight year old boy? Not a nice person. This prediction, which I considered to be more than a prediction, haunted me for decades. I feared my fiftieth.

All one has to do to see that tarot cards fall into an evil category is to examine the images they contain. But here my concern is why? Why would a Christian ever want to use tarot cards or defend their use? Why would an academic advisor to a Christian college newspaper allow the publication of an article defending tarot cards as innocent? Why wouldn’t there be an uproar on this campus and among its constituents about such a public defense of something universally condemned among Orthodox Christians as evil?

Are tarot cards bad? Are they demonic? Well, no… if we’re just talking about paper and ink. The evil lies in the imagery and use of tarot cards – the purpose for which they are used and their use by demonic powers and principalities to harm people and draw them into the realm of the occult that is, according to Christianity, a kingdom ruled and used by Satan.

Some people have suggested a gentle approach to the student author by simply trying to help them clarify their values ​​by asking questions. While this gentle approach has its place, such as in a situation where the person uses tarot cards but does not publicly promote their use as innocent and even compatible with Christianity, a firmer approach also has its place, such as in a situation where a person publicly promotes the use of tarot cards (or anything else universally considered bad by Christians) within a Christian community.

Let’s take a hypothetical example. Suppose a student at a Christian university writes an article, published in the student newspaper, claiming that animated pornography is innocent and compatible with Christianity because it has no victims. I predict there would be an uproar over this and the answer would be more than a clarification of values.

My concern is that some Christians no longer truly believe in Satan or demons and do not believe that the occult is really dangerous, demonic, or sinful.

I wonder where the people who tolerate the promotion of tarot cards within a Christian community would draw the line? What if a student published an article promoting session attendance? Do not laugh. I have known students (and others) who have gone to psychics to contact loved ones and deceased friends. Each week I pass a “spiritual science” “church” where the pastor is a medium. It looks like any other church. Should we not caution brothers and sisters in Christ (and others) against such practices? If we shouldn’t, it may be because we don’t really believe in the reality of principalities and evil powers, or that the Bible’s prohibitions against divination are valid.

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Thousands of people protest in Ukraine for LGBT rights and safety http://uaoc.net/thousands-of-people-protest-in-ukraine-for-lgbt-rights-and-safety/ http://uaoc.net/thousands-of-people-protest-in-ukraine-for-lgbt-rights-and-safety/#respond Sun, 19 Sep 2021 12:45:00 +0000 http://uaoc.net/thousands-of-people-protest-in-ukraine-for-lgbt-rights-and-safety/ Some 7,000 people gathered in the Ukrainian capital for the annual equality march for the rights of the country’s LGBT community ThroughThe Associated Press September 19, 2021, 15:31 • 2 minutes to read Share on FacebookShare on twitterEmail this article KYIV, Ukraine – Some 7,000 people gathered in the Ukrainian capital on Sunday for the […]]]>

Some 7,000 people gathered in the Ukrainian capital for the annual equality march for the rights of the country’s LGBT community

KYIV, Ukraine – Some 7,000 people gathered in the Ukrainian capital on Sunday for the annual equality march to support the rights of the country’s LGBT community.

Equipped with colorful costumes and rainbow flags, crowds marched through the streets of central Kiev, some carrying banners with the inscription “Fight for right!” Participants announced eight demands on Ukrainian authorities, including the legalization of civil partnerships for LGBT people and the creation of laws against LGBT hate crimes.

“We are tired of waiting for change and enduring systematic intimidation, pressure, disruption of peaceful events, attacks on activists and the LGBT community,” the protesters said in a statement. “We demand changes here and now because we want to live freely in our own country.”

“We are different, but we are equal,” Denisova said. “The Ukrainian constitution has declared that all people are equal in their rights from birth, regardless of their characteristics, including sexual orientation and gender identity.

Several hundred activists opposed to the march organized their own rally in a park in Kiev. No clashes were reported.

Ukraine repealed criminal liability for homosexuality in 1991. In 2015, Ukraine’s labor laws were amended to prohibit discrimination of LGBT people in the workplace.

However, conservative groups in the predominantly Orthodox Christian country oppose LGBT rights, and members of far-right organizations regularly attack groups and events linked to the LGBT community. LGBT rights groups say Ukrainian police often ignore the homophobic or transphobic motives for the attacks, calling them hooliganism.


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Black September | archives, opinions, guest columnists http://uaoc.net/black-september-archives-opinions-guest-columnists/ http://uaoc.net/black-september-archives-opinions-guest-columnists/#respond Sun, 19 Sep 2021 11:00:00 +0000 http://uaoc.net/black-september-archives-opinions-guest-columnists/ The dark anniversary of September 6 commemorated the anti-Greek and anti-Christian pogroms that were directed against the Greek Orthodox community in Constantinople in 1955. That night, the Turkish government organized riots against the Christian Greeks in order to assert its claims on the island. from Cyprus. Last April, the Greeks of Cyprus, who made up […]]]>

The dark anniversary of September 6 commemorated the anti-Greek and anti-Christian pogroms that were directed against the Greek Orthodox community in Constantinople in 1955. That night, the Turkish government organized riots against the Christian Greeks in order to assert its claims on the island. from Cyprus. Last April, the Greeks of Cyprus, who made up 80% of the population of Cyprus, rose up against

British rule and started the fight for ‘Enosis’ (Union) with Greece. The British responded not only by imposing policies of repression against the Greeks, but actively encouraged Turkey to present claims on Cyprus despite the fact that Ankara renounced its claims to Cyprus in 1923 at the Peace Conference of Lausanne.

The British are actively encouraging Turkey to organize demonstrations against the Greek liberation of Cyprus. This led the Turkish government to bring in criminal elements from Anatolia to wage a campaign of violence against the Greek community. The government of Prime Minister Adnan Menderes had already incited the Turkish population by commemorating and celebrating the Turkish “victory” over the Greeks in September 1922 when the armies of Mustafa Kemal conquered the Christian city of Smyrna and began a merciless massacre of the Greeks and Armenian Christian inhabitants of the city.

In Thessaloniki, Turkish agents provocateurs bombed the museum which had been established on the site where the murderer Mustafa Kemal was born in 1881. The house where the Turkish dictator was born was ceded to the Turkish consulate by the mayor of Thessaloniki in 1937 in a gesture of “friendship”. During the period of Turkish history when Mustafa Kemal’s ideas had supplanted Islam as the official ideology, Kemal looked like some kind of pagan god rather than just a national hero.

The Turks bombed Kemal’s house in Thessaloniki in order to incite the Turkish population to Constantinople.

Turkish authorities tampered with photographs of the house even before the bombing in order to be ready to incite pogroms. The pogroms started around 6 p.m. and Greek homes and businesses were marked with crosses to indicate that these were sites to attack. Greek private property as well as churches, monasteries and cemeteries were destroyed. Churches and monasteries have been unspeakably desecrated and the Balukli cemetery where the Ecumenical Patriarchs are buried has been vandalized, as have the bones of the Patriarchs themselves.

Dozens of Greeks were murdered in cold blood. A 90-year-old priest named Chrysanthos Mannas was sprayed with gasoline and burned alive. Women have been raped and men have been mercilessly beaten. Bishops and priests have been the targets of humiliation and abuse. A bishop died from injuries he sustained as a result of a beating he suffered.

The photographs of the horrors were taken by Demetrios Kaloumenos, the patriarchal photographer who later published them in a book called The Crucifixion of Christianity. The late scholar Spyros Vryonis dedicated his masterpiece The Mechanism of Catastrophe to Mr. Kaloumenos. This latest book was published in 2005 and bills itself as the ultimate book on pogroms in the English language and was the product of fourteen years of research and work.

The significance of the pogroms today can be seen in the overall history of Hellenism which preceded these events and by events as they unfold today.

In September 1922, the genocides of the Armenians, Assyrians and Greeks which had started in 1914 came to an end. The Western powers had their warships in the port of Smyrna but refused to intervene.

By 1955, the same policies of appeasement by the West were in place. The British, as has been said, dealt a double blow against the

Greeks from Constantinople and Cyprus. The British created conflict in Cyprus by encouraging expansionist and aggressive Turkish claims to the island, and encouraged Turkish policies which resulted in the destruction of the Greek Orthodox community in Constantinople.

Today, Greece and Cyprus find themselves isolated again while NATO and Europe remain indifferent to Turkey’s expansionist demands against these two Hellenic republics.

While the policies of the British created the climate in which pogroms could occur, the Americans protected evil from the Turks afterwards. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles sent identical letters to Greek and Turkish Prime Minister Alexander Papagos

Prime Minister Menderes (the organizer of the pogroms) asked them to settle their “differences”. No condemnation of the Turks was passed and pressure was exerted on Greece to drop the issue. NATO not only refused to condemn Turkey, but showed no support for the Greek army officers who served with NATO in Smyrna and were attacked by the Turks.

September 6 was a very dark day in Hellenic and Orthodox Christian history. Unfortunately, important lessons have not been learned by everyone.

Greece is still heavily dependent on the hostile NATO alliance. Turkey underwent a transformation and returned to its Ottoman roots by returning to Islam. The conversion of Aghia Sophia into a mosque symbolizes this return.

The Ecumenical Patriarchate, which lost a large part of its flock after the pogroms and would lose even more after 1964, today cooperates with the State Department against the Russian Orthodox Church. Cooperate with State Department officials whose predecessors refused to condemn or criticize the ethnic cleansing of Greek Orthodox in Constantinople and the islands of Imbros and Tenedos after 1955.


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Christians have always recognized the authority of the Pope – here is proof from the 1st century | Catholic National Register http://uaoc.net/christians-have-always-recognized-the-authority-of-the-pope-here-is-proof-from-the-1st-century-catholic-national-register/ http://uaoc.net/christians-have-always-recognized-the-authority-of-the-pope-here-is-proof-from-the-1st-century-catholic-national-register/#respond Sat, 18 Sep 2021 20:42:32 +0000 http://uaoc.net/christians-have-always-recognized-the-authority-of-the-pope-here-is-proof-from-the-1st-century-catholic-national-register/ Why would the early Christians in Corinth “obey” a bishop hundreds of miles from Rome? Pope Saint Clement of Rome wrote in his Letter to the Corinthians (dated circa 96): “You therefore, who have laid the foundations of this sedition, submit yourselves to the priests and receive correction to repent, bending the knees of your […]]]>

Why would the early Christians in Corinth “obey” a bishop hundreds of miles from Rome?

Pope Saint Clement of Rome wrote in his Letter to the Corinthians (dated circa 96):

“You therefore, who have laid the foundations of this sedition, submit yourselves to the priests and receive correction to repent, bending the knees of your heart. Learn to be submissive, putting aside the proud and arrogant self-confidence of your tongue. For it is better for you that you occupy a humble but honorable place in the flock of Christ, than that, being very high, you should be cast out of the hope of his people.

“If, however, someone should disobey the words spoken by Him through us, let them know that they will involve themselves in transgression and in grave danger …

“Joy and gladness will give us, if you become obeying the words written by us and by the Holy Spirit uproot the lawless anger from your jealousy according to the intercession we have made for peace and unity in this letter.

Catholics would respectfully ask Protestants or Orthodox: why does Clement speak authoritatively from Rome, settling disputes over other Regions? Why did the Corinthians solve it themselves, if they have a proclaimed bishop or even if they did not claim one at the time? Why do they appeal to the Bishop of Rome? These are questions which I think need to be seriously considered.

Clement definitely asserts his authority over the Corinthian church in the distance. Again, the question is: why? What meaning does this have in a Protestant-type ecclesiology where each region is autonomous and where there is no hierarchical authority in the Christian Church? Why do they have to “obey” the bishop from another region? Not only does Clément claim a strong authority – he also claims that Jesus and the Holy Spirit speak “through” him.

This is extraordinary, and very similar to what we see in the Council of Jerusalem in Acts 15:28 (“For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to place a greater burden upon you than these things. necessary ”) and in the scriptures. himself. It is not strictly inspiration but it is certainly something akin to infallibility (divine protection against error and the pope as the sole representative of God).

Additionally, Max Lackmann, a Lutheran, makes the observation in Hans Asmussen’s book, The unfinished reform:

“Clement, as the spokesperson for all the People of God … urges the Church of Corinth in a serious, authoritarian and fraternal tone to correct the internal abuses of their ecclesiastical community. He censors, exhorts, warns, pleads … The use of the expression refer in the statement: Send us back our messengers quickly (1 Clement 65,1), is not only a particular type of biblical sentence but also a form of the Roman imperial command. The Roman judge of a province of the empire returned a messenger or a package of documents to the imperial capital or the emperor’s court (Acts 25:21). Clement of Rome was probably also familiar with this administrative terminology of the imperial government and used it effectively.

Catholic apologist Joe Heschmeyer adds:

“It is also interesting to note that Clément is involved in this situation. It is clear from the beginning of the letter, in which he apologizes for having “delayed drawing our attention to the points on which you have consulted us”, that it was in fact the Corinthians who extended their hand. to Clement and to the Church of Rome. This is not an indiscreet Roman bishop, but a Greek church reaching out to the Roman bishop to settle a strictly internal dispute.

“Consider also receiving the letter from Saint Clement. If the early Church were Protestant, we might expect her to pay little attention to Saint Clement, treating him simply as another clergyman or as a threat to the apostolic order …

“The mere fact that there was a question on this point tells us something about how members of the Church beyond Rome viewed the bishops of Rome after St. Peter. …

“What makes Pope Clement’s involvement in the Corinthian dispute more shocking is that it occurred around AD 96, while the apostle John is still alive. In a colorful 1914 anti-Catholic sermon, Pastor George Rutledge proclaimed to a crowd of about 1,500 people that Catholic claims to the papacy could not be true because “the apostle John lived many years after the death of Peter ”. Yet Rome declares that a man named Linus was made pope while an apostle was alive!

“Rutledge argued that since the apostles are the highest order in the Church (1 Cor. 12:28), Saint John would have“ had a just grievance and could have bankrupted the whole business ” . Yet the letter of Saint Clement is proof that the successors of Saint Peter played a central role in the governance of the early Church, even during the lifetime of the apostle John – and that John, as far as it is recorded , did not oppose it.

Why do Christians of Corinth must obey Rome in the first place ? Who determined this implement? Why is it even They think of writing to a distant local church to sort out their problems, and why does Clement suppose they should obey him, and that it would be a “transgression and grave danger” if they did not?


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Napoleon, Hitler, Vatican: All collectors – opinion http://uaoc.net/napoleon-hitler-vatican-all-collectors-opinion/ http://uaoc.net/napoleon-hitler-vatican-all-collectors-opinion/#respond Sat, 18 Sep 2021 12:15:00 +0000 http://uaoc.net/napoleon-hitler-vatican-all-collectors-opinion/ We’ve all been collectors at one time or another, whether it’s baseball cards, dolls, stamps, coins, art, etc. It was nice to complete a set or get a rare item. Collecting has given us selective trivial knowledge to impress others. It also did us good to post, share and inform friends and strangers. Our collections […]]]>

We’ve all been collectors at one time or another, whether it’s baseball cards, dolls, stamps, coins, art, etc. It was nice to complete a set or get a rare item. Collecting has given us selective trivial knowledge to impress others. It also did us good to post, share and inform friends and strangers.

Our collections were built slowly, by buying or exchanging. Sometimes we might receive a gift or heirloom that would start or significantly increase our collection. Sometimes we would build our collections by being explorers, archaeologists, or researchers in yard sales, flea markets, or thrift stores.

Each element would have a history and a provenance. Provenance – the chronology of ownership, custody or location of an historic object – is of the utmost importance when discussing valuables.

In addition to helping establish the authorship and authenticity of an object, provenance for museums and the art trade has become increasingly important in establishing the moral and legal validity of a chain of custody. . Especially when it comes to art, artefacts, manuscripts or any object of historical, cultural, religious or monetary value “looted”.

Napoleon, Hitler and the Vatican were three of the most infamous collectors in history.

Napoleon.

Napoleon was Emperor from 1804 to 1815. According to the New York Times (June 9) “When Napoleon Bonaparte led his army across the Alps, he ordered the Italian states he had conquered to hand over works of art that made the pride of the peninsula… He brought back enough booty from his conquests to fill what will soon become the Louvre museum.

Cynthia Saltzman, author of Plunder, A History of Napoleon’s Art Thefts, noted in the same Times article that Napoleon “stole around 600 paintings and sculptures from Italy alone.” This is nothing compared to Hitler and the Vatican.

Hitler.

Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party Collecting Madness did not begin in earnest until the beginning of World War II and lasted until Victory Day (1939-1945). The magnitude of this theft is only surpassed by their murder, destruction and inhumanity.

The Monuments Men, curators of the army, worked to recover this art during the last days of the war. Smithsonian Magazine (February 7, 2014) states: “When [George] Stout made it happen [an ancient salt mine high in the Austrian Alps] on May 21, 1945, shortly after the end of hostilities, he recounts its content on the basis of the Nazi archives: 6,577 paintings, 2,300 drawings or watercolors, 954 prints, 137 pieces of sculpture, 129 pieces of arms and armor, 79 baskets of objects, 484 boxes of objects considered as archives, 78 pieces of furniture, 122 tapestries, 1,200 to 1,700 boxes apparently books or similar, and 283 boxes with completely unknown contents.

The numbers are staggering. The struggle to return it to its rightful owners and heirs continues to this day. Here, provenance played an important role, leading to the return of objects to the legitimate heirs.

The Vatican.

Judaic treasures have interested many conquerors for two millennia. According to Dr. Michael A. Calvo: “These thefts include the temple candelabras donated to Pope Innocent III by Baldwin I after the sack of Constantinople and the massacre of the Orthodox Christian population; shofars and temple utensils; clothing of the High Priest; the Tzitz (crown); the Nezer (blade); a gold plaque with the words Kodesh le-YHWH (“Dedicated to the Lord”); prayer books; documents; writings; sacred objects; cultural objects; and many other works of art, books and manuscripts that the Vatican and other churches have appropriated and placed in their own reserves, libraries and museums. [Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, The Holy See and Israel: The Historic Fight Against the Jews and Their State]

The 2008 775-page book, The Hebrew Manuscripts in the Vatican Library, Città del Vatano Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticano, is a simple catalog of documents with location information and item descriptions of “over 600 items” . There are no high resolution scans of documents or even a snapshot. There is no given provenance of any acquisition.

It is important to return all looted Judaica artwork, texts and artifacts. From a Jewish perspective, these looted objects are part of Jewish identity, history and holy religious practices. Many original Hebrew texts contain information about Judaism as to how it is practiced today, while sacred religious artifacts and art objects represent Jewish community life through the ages.

Imagine the reception that returned items would receive in Israel, and its implications for scholarships. Israel is very experienced in collecting, preserving, exhibiting and sharing. All one has to do, for example, is witness the Israel Museum’s clear images of the Dead Sea Scrolls, as well as see how they have been shared online for academics and the public. The Vatican archives do not display their Judaica collection at all.

In a speech given by Pope John Paul II in a synagogue in Rome (English text published by the Vatican, The New York Times, April 14, 1986), he declared that the Jews “are our beloved brethren, and d ‘in a way you could say that you are our older brothers. Jews and Christians are the depositaries and witnesses of an ethics marked by the Ten Commandments, in the observance of which man finds his truth and his freedom.

Powerful words and feelings.

Hasn’t the current pandemic shown how fragile we humans are? Now is the perfect time for the Vatican to put Pope John Paul II’s words into action. Not only “Do not steal” is the eighth commandment of what Pope John Paul II says Jews and Christians are both “the custodians of and witnesses to,” but also, the Jews are their “elder brothers. beloved ”. So why not return the stolen Jewish treasures from the Jews now?

There is a precedent: “Pope Paul VI initiated a process of returning the relics to the Orthodox Church. In 1965, the relics of Saint Titus, which had been taken to Venice in 1669, were returned to Crete. In 2000, Pope John Paul II returned the relics of Saint Gregory the Illuminator to the Armenian Orthodox Church. In 2004, the relics of Saint Gregory the Theologian and Saint John Chrysostom were returned to Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople. In 2004, the same Pope returned the Virgin of Kazan to the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow. Do Jews have less right to their inheritance than others? [Dr. Michael A. Calvo, Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies (paper #2,127, 27 August 2021) Jewish News Syndicate, Israel and the Holy See.]

The Vatican can certainly do the “Christian thing” and return what has unfortunately been acquired by plunder to their rightful heirs, the State of Israel, the rightful representative of the world Jewish community. It is now.

The writer is a former New York advertising agency and marketing executive. Professor at Rutgers University School of Communication & Information and consultant. He made his aliya in 2015 and lives in Ashkelon.


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Religious exemptions to COVID vaccines: are denominations against it? http://uaoc.net/religious-exemptions-to-covid-vaccines-are-denominations-against-it/ http://uaoc.net/religious-exemptions-to-covid-vaccines-are-denominations-against-it/#respond Fri, 17 Sep 2021 13:16:01 +0000 http://uaoc.net/religious-exemptions-to-covid-vaccines-are-denominations-against-it/ This week, the United States took a grim pandemic milestone: 1 in 500 Americans have now died from COVID-19. This coincides with the week’s other disheartening COVID news: that the number of people claiming religious exemptions from President Biden’s tenure also appears to be on the rise. Take Los Angeles, where nearly a quarter of […]]]>

This week, the United States took a grim pandemic milestone: 1 in 500 Americans have now died from COVID-19. This coincides with the week’s other disheartening COVID news: that the number of people claiming religious exemptions from President Biden’s tenure also appears to be on the rise. Take Los Angeles, where nearly a quarter of the LAPD plans to seek waivers of the city’s mandate. According to Los Angeles Times, nearly 90% of them are religious exemptions. Or just yesterday the Washington post posted a story about an Oklahoma pastor signing religious exemptions for anyone who donates to his church. Thirty thousand people have downloaded its exemption form since Monday. (“It’s beautiful,” he told the newspaper. “My phone and emails have exploded.”)

The point is, very few organized religions oppose vaccinations of any kind, according to lists compiled by Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Many religious leaders have actually done the opposite, helping members plan vaccines and even offer their places of worship as makeshift vaccination clinics. Given that so few denominations have doctrinal reasons for remaining unvaccinated, and it is not clear whether any of them actively discourage members from getting vaccinated against COVID-19, the question is what religion do most of these people claim to be?

Here’s how different faith groups have responded to COVID-19 vaccines, and whether they have come out for or against religious exemptions. Their positions are taken from the answers Fast business received from the groups themselves, as well as official statements, posted online or given to the press. This story may be updated with additional answers as we receive them.

Protestantism

Almost no Christian denomination opposes vaccines for theological reasons. This includes smaller groups like the Amish, Mennonites, Quakers, Eastern Orthodox, and Anglicans, as well as larger Protestant denominations like Baptists and Pentecostals. Yet Protestants have a distinction that sets them apart from other faith groups: in a recent survey by the Public Religion Research Institute, evangelical and Hispanic white Protestants had the lowest percentage of vaccine acceptors in their ranks (56% for both groups). Additionally, White Evangelicals had the highest refusal rate (24%) and were the only group where less than half agreed with the statement “Because getting the COVID-19 vaccine helps protect everyone, it’s a way of living the religious principle of loving my neighbors.

America has over 200 Christian denominations, but conservative feelings about the vaccine are similar. The president of America’s largest evangelical congregation, the Southern Baptist Convention, posted a photo of himself getting the shot on Facebook, and it drew hundreds of rabid comments.

Catholicism

Catholic leaders initially opposed the Johnson & Johnson vaccine’s use of cell lines from aborted fetuses, arguing it was “morally compromised”. Citing “conflicting statements from bishops in the media,” the Vatican told Catholics in December that their main moral mandate was not to infect others with the virus. The church did not specifically address religious exemptions, but Pope Francis had a new message for vaccine denials yesterday. “It’s a bit strange, because humanity has a history of friendship with vaccines,” he said, according to the AP, adding that we have been vaccinating against measles and polio for ages. and nobody said anything “.

Islam

The Islamic Society of North America has actively encouraged Muslims to get vaccinated, as well as to take all other necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. At first, some imams questioned whether the vaccines contained pork products, which were prohibited by Islamic law. ISNA explained that no pork products were used and that the injections would not break the Ramadan fast. He did not respond to Fast businessasks for comments on its position on religious exemptions.

Judaism

The Orthodox Union, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and the Union for Reform Judaism have issued statements that call vaccination primarily “a Jewish obligation.” The Orthodox Union acknowledged that vaccines had been developed “at an unprecedented speed” and noted that Pfizer and Moderna “are using new vaccine technology” via mRNA, but said the Torah commands the Jewish people to protect life, which means that he must “get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as a vaccine is available.”

Mormon church

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has repeatedly encouraged its members to get immunized, even going so far as to update its official policy manual to say so. President Russell Nelson called vaccines a “literal godsend.” And last week, church leaders in California were told not to sign religious exemptions for members seeking to circumvent the Golden State’s new vaccination mandate.

Church of Scientology

While some members have a reputation for being anti-vax, the Church of Scientology itself takes no official position on vaccinations. Despite this, New York Church of Scientology President John Carmichael has proposed that Scientologists are “fairly independent people” who “tend to do a little more research, perhaps, on the effect. various medical procedures ”. Church has been silent on COVID-19 and has yet to respond to Fast business‘s questions.

Religious groups that officially oppose vaccines

Vanderbilt’s research distinguishes three groups that, as a general practice, oppose vaccines: Christian scientists, the Dutch Reformed Church, and a small subset of Protestant denominations that practice faith healing.

First Church of Christ spokesperson, Scientist, recounts Fast business the church “wanted to let its members know that there is no pressure or judgment as to whether one chooses to vaccinate or not.” He adds that they “remain aware of our responsibility to our neighbors and our community. We actively strive to live up to the golden rule ethic of treating others with respect, care and consideration. And of course, we do. respect the law.

Religious exemptions vary by geography. The greatest irony in the public vaccination effort is that, according to experts, many refusing vaccination probably do not need a letter signed by a member of the clergy; they just need to reside in good condition. Currently, 12 states allow residents to object to vaccines for medical, religious, or philosophical reasons, while six states have removed these exemptions entirely (California, Connecticut, Maine, Mississippi, New York, West Virginia ). Some of those six, like Connecticut, have repealed their religious exemption laws specifically in response to the pandemic. “When you see a clear trend,” said a lawmaker who voted to repeal Connecticut in April, “it’s important to get ahead of the curve.”



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How the Indian Church became a hotbed of disturbing politics http://uaoc.net/how-the-indian-church-became-a-hotbed-of-disturbing-politics/ http://uaoc.net/how-the-indian-church-became-a-hotbed-of-disturbing-politics/#respond Thu, 16 Sep 2021 13:14:47 +0000 http://uaoc.net/how-the-indian-church-became-a-hotbed-of-disturbing-politics/ The independent status of Syrian churches is recent, and it comes after decades of bitter and bitter confrontations, wars of words and appeals to the Pope. Both rites now have dioceses also in Australia, North America, and the Europe-West Asia region, making them the wealthiest religious group in India, if not Asia. Pala, along with […]]]>

The independent status of Syrian churches is recent, and it comes after decades of bitter and bitter confrontations, wars of words and appeals to the Pope. Both rites now have dioceses also in Australia, North America, and the Europe-West Asia region, making them the wealthiest religious group in India, if not Asia.

Pala, along with neighboring districts, probably has the most compact population of the Syro Malabar Catholic rite. This also made it an important instrument in the political calculations of the state. It also makes him the target of suspicion, contempt and jealousy.

Church Metropolitan Mar Thoma has expressed disapproval of the bishop’s statement of the plan, scoffing at attempts to deepen community divisions in Kerala. Metropolitan Yulios Geevarghese of the Malankara Orthodox Church followed suit, demanding a public apology from Kallarangatt.

And then it is repulsion and opposition that accumulate from within. The more polite said the bishop spoke in turn even though drugs and radicalization were a national problem. He used a dog whistle, which heightened the Islamophobia that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Sangh assiduously stoke as they seek to gain a foothold in this politically important state.

Women’s groups, including those of the nuns who led a high-profile guerrilla war against sexual abuse in the church, scored one point, accusing the church of inventing “Love Jihad” to control the actions of women. women, especially their sexuality, while remaining blind to dowry evils and domestic violence.


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Google’s first point of sale obtains LEED Platinum certification http://uaoc.net/googles-first-point-of-sale-obtains-leed-platinum-certification/ http://uaoc.net/googles-first-point-of-sale-obtains-leed-platinum-certification/#respond Tue, 14 Sep 2021 19:34:32 +0000 http://uaoc.net/googles-first-point-of-sale-obtains-leed-platinum-certification/ This summer, Google opened its first retail storefront in New York City. The landmark event is notable for a variety of reasons, perhaps the most notable being that the location was planned, designed and built with sustainability in mind. In fact, its sustainability measures have earned the space a LEED Platinum rating, the highest possible […]]]>

This summer, Google opened its first retail storefront in New York City. The landmark event is notable for a variety of reasons, perhaps the most notable being that the location was planned, designed and built with sustainability in mind. In fact, its sustainability measures have earned the space a LEED Platinum rating, the highest possible certification from the US Green Building Council.

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Google has made headlines several times for its efforts to adopt environmentally friendly practices. As a business, Google has claimed to be carbon neutral since 2007 and has set itself the goal of being carbon-neutral by 2030. It may seem like a long time, but achieving that goal in a decade for a business of this size will require a lot of effort. clear vision. and constant change. In the short term, more immediate goals that will achieve a broader achievement include achieving zero waste to landfill certification by 2022, setting a deadline of 2025 to be plastic-free in all packaging, and incorporation of recyclable or renewable materials in products.

Related: Google’s City Council Approved Downtown San José Mixed Use Plan

A minimalist retail space surrounded by glass walls with black frames.

The development team built a life-size version of the retail space inside their Mountain View hangar; this allowed developers to physically assess the flow, look and customer experience of the layout. Architect Reddymade helped the team realize their vision of an interactive, warm, naturally lit and accessible space.

To the left, a beige display counter with a black frame that crosses the room.  To the right, a person next to an illuminated display area.

With a plan in place, the project focused on energy efficiency and material selection to help Google meet its sustainability goals. Inside the space, responsible original hickory veneer dresses the walls while the highly durable cork and wood furniture has been custom-made by a local craftsman. Rugs made from recycled materials and energy-efficient lighting light up the emphasis on eco-friendly interior design.

A beige sofa, an end table and a coffee table in the middle of a retail space.

More than just a space to display the Pixel line of phones, Nest products, and other devices, the retail store is an example of a LEED Platinum design that is rare among retail stores around the world.

A display of plastic bottles discussing the store's sustainability efforts.

According to a press release, Google is “honored to have worked with the US Green Building Council in this process, and we can now share that the Google Store Chelsea is one of less than 215 retail spaces in the world. to have achieved a LEED Platinum Rating – the highest certification possible under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System.

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Ecumenical Patriarch, Pope and Father of Canterbury call for climate | community, church, world http://uaoc.net/ecumenical-patriarch-pope-and-father-of-canterbury-call-for-climate-community-church-world/ http://uaoc.net/ecumenical-patriarch-pope-and-father-of-canterbury-call-for-climate-community-church-world/#respond Tue, 07 Sep 2021 16:48:32 +0000 http://uaoc.net/ecumenical-patriarch-pope-and-father-of-canterbury-call-for-climate-community-church-world/ ROME – The world’s top Christian leaders – Pope Francis, the Archbishop of Canterbury and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the spiritual leader of Orthodox Christians – on Tuesday issued a joint appeal to delegates of the upcoming United Nations climate summit to “Listen to the cry of the Earth” and make sacrifices to save the planet. […]]]>

ROME – The world’s top Christian leaders – Pope Francis, the Archbishop of Canterbury and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the spiritual leader of Orthodox Christians – on Tuesday issued a joint appeal to delegates of the upcoming United Nations climate summit to “Listen to the cry of the Earth” and make sacrifices to save the planet.

In their first-ever joint statement, the three Christian clerics said the coronavirus pandemic offered political leaders an unprecedented opportunity to rethink the global economy and make it more sustainable and socially just for the poor.

“We have to decide what kind of world we want to leave for future generations,” said the statement by Francis, Archbishop Justin Welby of the Anglican Communion and Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I.

But in the statement, they also noted that the threat is no longer far.

“The extreme weather conditions and natural disasters of the past few months have once again revealed to us with great force and at a high human cost that climate change is not just a future challenge, but a matter of immediate and urgent survival,” they declared.

The statement was intended to give a sense of urgency to the upcoming UN climate summit, which Francis at least is expected to attend in person. The conference, known as COP26, is scheduled for early November in Glasgow, Scotland.

“This is the first time that the three of us feel compelled to jointly address the urgency of environmental sustainability, its impact on persistent poverty and the importance of global cooperation,” they wrote.

Individuals have a role to play, but leaders have the greatest responsibility for making courageous decisions in Glasgow, the statement said.

“We say: choose people-centered profits; make short-term sacrifices to protect all of our futures; become leaders in the transition to just and sustainable economies. “

The statement was dated September 1, when their churches celebrate World Creation Care Day. There was no official explanation for why it was released a week late, although the Vatican was essentially closed in August, suggesting that the summer vacation could be to blame.

While the joint declaration was a first, François frequently cited Barthélémy’s teachings on the environment, including in his flagship environmental encyclical of 2015, “Praised Be”. Welby, a former oil executive, has spoken out on the moral crisis of climate change, though his Church of England has refused to completely divest itself from carbon-intensive companies, arguing it can force larger change to the fossil fuel industry as a shareholder.


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RELIGION NOTES: September 4-12 Events: God’s Garden in First-Plymouth every Sunday until September 26; Garden for the community “Sharing table” at Saint-Luc church, on Sundays; Mcphee school supplies drive at the First Presbyterian, until September 17th | Faith and values http://uaoc.net/religion-notes-september-4-12-events-gods-garden-in-first-plymouth-every-sunday-until-september-26-garden-for-the-community-sharing-table-at-saint-luc-church-on-sundays-mcphee-school-supplie/ http://uaoc.net/religion-notes-september-4-12-events-gods-garden-in-first-plymouth-every-sunday-until-september-26-garden-for-the-community-sharing-table-at-saint-luc-church-on-sundays-mcphee-school-supplie/#respond Fri, 03 Sep 2021 22:00:00 +0000 http://uaoc.net/religion-notes-september-4-12-events-gods-garden-in-first-plymouth-every-sunday-until-september-26-garden-for-the-community-sharing-table-at-saint-luc-church-on-sundays-mcphee-school-supplie/ The String Beans Band will perform on September 12 at a back-to-school event, for community and church members, which will feature Flydogz food, activities and games, at First Presbyterian Church, 840 S 17th St. Emily Haney, star of the newspaper. IN-PERSON EVENTS PLEASE CALL IN ADVANCE OR VIEW THE WEBSITE BEFORE PARTICIPATING IN EVENTS. If […]]]>





The String Beans Band will perform on September 12 at a back-to-school event, for community and church members, which will feature Flydogz food, activities and games, at First Presbyterian Church, 840 S 17th St.


Emily Haney, star of the newspaper.


IN-PERSON EVENTS

PLEASE CALL IN ADVANCE OR VIEW THE WEBSITE BEFORE PARTICIPATING IN EVENTS. If you have an event or if your establishment is reopening, contact: abukoske@journalstar.com.

Back to School Event at First Presbyterian Church – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on September 12. The public and church members are welcome, bring a blanket or chair, live music with the String Beans Band, food from FlyDogz, free games and school supplies for the neighborhood kids, east side of the church, parking lot at 18th street lot, 840 S. 17th St.

Barnabas – 9 am-10am (Saturday), free breakfast to take away; 11 a.m.-1 p.m. free shopping in the store, 931 Saunders Ave.

Barnabas 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Tuesday), free in-store shopping.

Barnabas – 3 pm-5pm (Thursday), free in-store shopping; 5:40 pm worship service broadcast live; From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., free take-away meals.

Brock’s Boutique Event – 9 a.m. to noon, September 4. Lots of free clothes for kids and adults, all free, in memory of Debbie Boltz’s son. Donations and volunteers are needed to help hang up the clothes and straighten the area. Please call Debbie Boltz at 402-490-7569 if you would like to volunteer, Havelock Christian Church, 6520 Colfax Ave.


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