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Faith files roundup

July 28, 2007

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Heard this week in Faith Files, the LJWorld.com that examines issues of faith, spirituality, morals and ethics:

¢ While many people will look to the new "The Simpsons Movie" for laughs, Mark Pinsky watched it for religious overtones.

Pinsky, a religion reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, is author of "The Gospel According to the Simpsons." The 2001 book - and a second edition that came out in June - examines the animated family's on-again, off-again relationship to God.

They pray at meals and tend to turn to God when they're in trouble.

"They reflect the faith practices of most Americans," Pinsky says.

Pinsky says "The Simpsons" has changed the way TV shows deal with religion.

"What (the writers) found was in the '50s, '60s and '70s, network television stayed away from religion for fear of offending or diluting or homogenizing," Pinsky says. "Religion had not already been done to death by every other long-running sitcom."

¢ The Rev. Joseph F. Naumann, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, used his church's regional newsletter, The Leaven, to attempt to clarify "misinformation" that has been distributed following a document released by the pope.

Many people have interpreted that document to mean that Protestant denominations are not true churches.

"Catholics are to have the most profound respect for people of other faiths," Naumann says. "The document actually quotes the Second Vatican Council about the importance of Protestant communities and how Christ uses them as instruments of salvation."

¢ Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback says evangelical leaders in Iowa are signing on to his presidential campaign.

The Associated Press reports: "Brownback's meeting with 15 to 20 evangelical pastors came as the Kansas senator maps out his strategy for the Aug. 11 straw poll in Ames.

"It's typical in an election that people hold back and want to get a good feel for the candidate," said Brownback. "Now we're getting within eyeshot of Aug. 11 and they're breaking, and a lot of them are breaking our way."

¢ Is there a trickle-down effect when celebrities get arrested for various improprieties, such as Lindsay Lohan's arrest this week?

Vicki Courtney, who founded Virtuous Reality Ministries based in Austin, Texas, thinks there is.

"She surrounds herself with enablers who continue to perpetuate her wild lifestyle," Courtney says in a press release. "I worry not just about Lohan, but also about the millions of young girls who look up to her. I fear that these girls will see Lohan, the same cute, freckly kid from 'The Parent Trap,' getting arrested and using drugs and think it's cool for them to do the same thing."

Read the full entries and reader comments at www2.ljworld.com/blogs.

Comments

eesti006 7 years, 4 months ago

Brownback deceptively lauds himself as the best candidate representing conservative views using pro life and pro family issues as the cornerstone of his campaign. But Brownback has severely compromised his values and beliefs making backdoor deals with the Tahirih Justice center and other left leaning entities in order to attract their vote.

On January 27, 2007 Senator Brownback worked together with the Tahirih Justice Center manipulating Vatican Radio to produce a very one sided report called "Mail Order Bride Nightmares" with shocking lies and hysterical antics slandering American men who date foreigners as "often sexual predators, rapists or even pedophiles:many are premeditated torturers". Fortunately a "mole" within Brownback's campaign staff contacted myself and others at Online Dating Rights and we provided conclusive evidence conclusive that Brownback's/ Tahirih Justice broadcast contained shocking lies and numerous inaccuracies. Two days after the broadcast was initially aired Radio Vatican concurred with our assessment and cancelled Senator Brownback's broadcast.

If Senator Brownback was willing to deceive the Vatican one must wonder how much he is trying to deceive the public and media during his presidential campaign.

Senator Brownback has also worked with other ultra Liberals including Senator Cantwell (D-WA) who co- sponsored the International Romance Regulation Act. To drum up support for this law Brownback chaired a one sided hearing (falsely) allowing testimony from women's groups who used persopnal opinions disguised as facts- correlating matchmaking organizations with human trafficking rings in spite of his knowledge there has never been a US based matchmaking organization arrested for trafficking. Brownback's hearing was in reality a fraudulent waste of taxpayers money. Well I agree with Brownback that human trafficking of women is a horrific crime so what is the real ulterior motive for Brownback spending money on a hearing to regulate matchmaking organizations who aren't involved in trafficking. Wouldn't that money have been better spent identifying the 20,000 "coyotes" who traffic women and children into the USA (Mostly from Mexico and Central America).

Dave Root

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