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February 19, 2010
RE KILLING animals for religious purposes: Jesus put a stop to animal sacrifice. Voodoo and Satan worshippers who abuse animals should be prosecuted. Religion is a poor excuse for getting joy out of killing poor defenseless animals. I hope they rot in jail. Our real God doesn't approve of this. Robert F. Schaffer, Philadelphia
NEWS
July 18, 2003
'REMEMBER Pearl Harbor. " "Remember 9/11. " "Remember Sodom and Gomorrah. " These are famous sayings for events that will be remembered for eternity - at least the first two. But what about Sodom and Gomorrah? Someone did say to remember it! God said it in the book of Genesis. Yes, America did forget that, even after the forefathers of this country said that America was founded on the principles of the Bible. Well according to a ruling made on June 30 by the Supreme Court, America has forgotten those principles.
NEWS
October 11, 2005 | CAROL TOWARNICKY
ON YOM Kippur, the Day of Atonement that begins tomorrow at sunset, Jews recite several times a confession of failings called al Cheit - "For the sin (we committed). " This year, an organization called Rabbis for Human Rights-North America offers an al Cheit prayer confessing "the sin of torture by Americans" composed by Rabbi Simkha Weintraub: ". . . For (the sin of) sensory deprivation . . . detention in damp, frigid cells . . . denying sleep . . . forced nudity and sexual exploitation . . . " and so on, in horrifying, and documented, detail.
NEWS
February 8, 1992 | By Nancy Goldner, INQUIRER DANCE CRITIC
When it comes to depictions of sin and redemption, I usually favor the latter because, in dance concerts at least, sin is often paired with gratuitous violence. But given the pretentious, adolescent-minded way in which Karl Schappell portrays redemption in Dance Big Dog, which was performed last night at the Terry Beck Studio, the sinful section wins out, although, the reader should be warned, by default. Dance Big Dog begins with a narrator telling us that he has recently lost three close friends.
NEWS
September 28, 1988
We have an uncomplicated thought to add in the matter of Ben Johnson, the fallen hero of the Seoul Olympics. He was caught using performance-enhancing steroids and, for that, was stripped of the 100-meter gold medal. We'll skip the pop-psych lectures on pressure and stress and the drive to be the world's best. We'll even leave aside the topic of the perversion of sport by big money - the running-shoe endorsement fees and such that make winning a gold medal the key to an entire career.
NEWS
September 21, 1993 | BY GERALD K. McOSCAR
What's the story with sin? After years in exile it's being wined and dined by many of those responsible for its exile in the first place. The New York Times just concluded a series about sin and it has recently been featured on the editorial pages of the Philadelphia Inquirer for God's . . . for gosh sakes. MTV News (MTV News?) just aired a special report titled the "Seven Deadly Sins. " No, it wasn't a how-to guide but a serious discussion about the reality of sin and how it affects our relationship to God and with those around us. It's hard to say exactly when sin was relegated to the cheap seats, but there was no scarcity of ushers.
NEWS
July 6, 1986 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Staff Writer
The goals are different but the tactics are similiar. Using slick-produced newsletters, battalions of scientific experts and ample doses of rhetoric, the Pennsauken Solid Waste Management Authority and the people from Stop the Incinerator Now are competing for the hearts and minds of township residents. As the controversy has grown in the past few months over plans to build a $68 million incinerator in the Delair section, so has the tug-of-war for influence on the issue. When SIN challenged the SWMA to a debate Monday, the authority sent announcements that it was "sponsoring" the event.
NEWS
October 13, 2005
IN RESPONSE to "Losing Trust," it is hard to trust the archdiocese after the cover-ups, but we as Christians have to remember that we are followers of Jesus. Jesus did not commit the crime, man did. We cannot lose faith in our religion due to the sins of mankind, otherwise there wouldn't be any religion. God gave us free will to do as we wish, and it is our choice and responsibility as human beings to do the right thing. Also, remember that there were other denominations in question for alleged sexual abuse against minors, not just Catholic priests.
NEWS
February 28, 1988 | By Art Harris, Washington Post
According to those who inhabit the seedy strip of no-tell motels along Airline Highway, where the neon lights flash adult movies, water beds and rooms by the hour, he pursued a secret life. At times, he wore hats, or sunglasses, or headbands, combing his blond hair down in front, "as if he were hiding," says a woman who has been registered for some time at Tony's Motel as Peggy Carrier. When checking in, he always "used the girls' names to register," never his own, according to "Mr. Mike," the owner of four cut-rate motels along the strip.
NEWS
September 10, 2011 | BY REV. BRADLEY E. LACEY
SEPTEMBER is a sensitive month. Summer enters decline, children return to school and (for some) ragweed provokes allergic responses. What evolved into World War II began catastrophically and insidiously in September 1939, when the Nazis stormed Poland. W.H. Auden wrote: "I sit in one of the dives On Fifty-Second Street Uncertain and afraid as the clever hopes expire Of a low dishonest decade: Waves of anger and fear circulate over the bright and darkened lands of the earth, obsessing our private lives; The unmentionable odour of death offends the September night.
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NEWS
June 20, 2016
ISSUE | MASS SHOOTING Set tone from pulpit Maybe if we straight priests, ministers, rabbis, imams, and anyone else who preaches morality preached that homosexuality is not a sin, we would be less complicit when a demented zealot takes an automatic weapon into a gay bar in God's name. For any actual sin to be sinful, one has to actually will or choose it. Psychologists say, however, that a child's gender identity is fixed by the age of 3, if not earlier. The familiar biblical injunctions were meant to stimulate responsible parenthood, to discourage sexual experimenting at a time when disease saw to a serious need to populate for the chosen people, and to condemn oppressive prostitution, especially of children.
NEWS
May 8, 2016 | Inquirer Staff
Sinéad O'Connor's got 2 words for U She gets herself in the headlines, that Sinéad O'Connor does. On Monday, she kicked off a bizarre week that has plunged her into legal doo-doo. She posted the following on her Facebook page, and we shall let it speak for itself: "Two words for the DEA investigating where Prince got his drugs over the decades. . . . Arsenio Hall (AKA Prince's and Eddie Murphy 's [associate]) Anyone imagining Prince was not a long time hard drug user is living in cloud cuckoo land.
NEWS
October 14, 2015
ISSUE | CHILD ABUSE Blame Second Mile, not Penn State A coin toss is often used to resolve a dispute. The Penn State-Army coin toss on Oct. 3 did just that, but the dispute was far from the playing field. When news broke that Bruce Heim - a former board member of Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky's nonprofit, Second Mile - had been chosen to participate in the pregame coin toss, Penn State supporters voiced disapproval. The invitation was revoked. However, as a result of Heim's public acknowledgment that he had been made aware of the Sandusky scandal, a dispute was resolved: There was no Penn State cover up. In several recent reports, Heim indicated that he decided to keep the Second Mile board in the dark in 2001 when former Penn State athletic director Tim Curley notified then-Second Mile CEO Jack Raykovitz that Sandusky had been seen showering with a boy in Penn State's football building.
NEWS
October 2, 2015
I NEVER REALLY appreciated the whole online dating scene. The closest I ever got was filling out the free online profile then waiting as the "we're almost finished uploading your page" message kept blinking, along with a desperate request for a photo because as the company kindly counseled "your chances will be much greater," which translated as "seriously, cow, do you think anyone is going to buy your milk sight unseen?" When I saw what was available before I signed up for a three-month deluxe package, I decided that my little noontime lark was over.
NEWS
August 4, 2015
ISSUE | PAPAL VISIT Sins of imposition SEPTA's announcement of a lottery system for papal passes is just the latest abuse Philadelphia residents will have to endure on the weekend of Sept. 26. Transit riders now need to hope to win a lottery - in which the prize is getting to pay a surcharge - in order to get to work that weekend. It is unfair to effectively tax city residents for the benefit of a tax-exempt religious organization. The city shouldn't allow the Catholic Church's activities to so greatly inconvenience residents.
NEWS
June 17, 2015
AS CLERGY, our lives revolve around the religious calendars. For our Jewish brothers and sisters, September's Yom Kippur is a time of quiet reflection and atonement, followed by the celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Christians follow the familiar rhythms of the liturgical calendar, celebrating Christmas every December and Easter every spring. And nearly every spring for the last three years, clergy from across Pennsylvania sent urgent pleas to Harrisburg to stop predatory payday lenders who are seeking permission to charge usurious, triple-digit interest rates in the Keystone State.
NEWS
October 16, 2014 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
NEW HAMPSHIRE state Rep. Steve Vaillancourt promised himself for years - years , he says - not to share publicly his observation that U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster reminds him of a drag queen, except she's not as good-looking. He giddily broke that promise last Friday on NH Insider, a state blog about New Hampshire politics. The reason, he noted, was that he'd just gotten wind of a poll that says an "attractive" candidate can have a seven- to 10-point advantage over a "less attractive" candidate.
SPORTS
March 12, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
THERE'S A GREAT story in Kostya Kennedy's new book, "Pete Rose: An American Dilemma" about the time the all-time hit king finally felt real sorrow, real remorse, for gambling on baseball. At a banquet held on the 25th anniversary of his recordsetting 4,192nd hit, Rose looked upon a room that held former teammates, opposing players, executives, fans and friends, and began to break down. "I disrespected baseball," he said at one point, choking up. "I guarantee everyone in this room I will never disrespect you again.
NEWS
December 19, 2013 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
I DON'T THINK Michael Griffin was unfairly fired last week from Holy Ghost Prep. But I do think he was selectively fired. Griffin, of course, is the gay teacher who casually mentioned, in an email to the principal, that he was applying for a marriage license in New Jersey. In a subsequent conversation with school president the Rev. James McCloskey (who hired Griffin 12 years ago), Griffin confirmed his intention to wed his longtime partner, with whom he had obtained a civil union in 2008.
NEWS
November 8, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
IF YOU THINK the movie-ratings system in the U.S. is arbitrary, maybe you should go to Sweden. In the equality-minded Scandinavian country, they're introducing a new rating to highlight gender bias, or rather the absence of it. To get an "A" rating, a movie must pass the so-called Bechdel test, which means it must have at least two named female characters who talk with each other about something other than a man. Like, say, "Thelma and Louise....
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