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The Budget Deal Is A Sin & Hell May Be Dead

Should astrophysicist Martin Rees have accepted the Templeton Prize he was awarded last week? || This is what blasphemy looks like: A group of French Catholics has defaced Serrano’s Piss Christ. || Nickelodeon premiered a new children’s TV show on Sunday, “Freedom to believe…or Not.” || The death of God is so over: Jon Meacham puts Rob Bell on the cover of Time and asks us, “Is Hell Dead?” (Read Revealer Becky Garrison’s take on the Bell & Piper show here. Watch Chris Matthews’ panel — with Andrew Sullivan, Norah O’Donnell, Joe Klein and Becky Quick — here.) || ”A professor of religious law at Benghazi’s Garyounis University, Osama el-Salladi, says that under the 41-year rule of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, religious institutions were as controlled as political life.” || A truck carrying 3,888 bibles was stolen outside Moscow this holy week. || Fraudulent churches, heal thyselves: Senator Chuck Grassley’s three-year investigation of church financial fraud has produced a commission (from the likes of Oral Roberts University President Mark Rutland, Campus Crusade for Christ President Stephen Douglass and megachurch pastors Joel Hunter and Bishop Kenneth Ulmer) but no charges of misconduct. || The presidential campaign to appear convincingly Christian is working. || Mega Churches have turned away from the bible and it’s all Peter Drucker’s fault. || Doomsday Capitalism! The 500-year cycle is coming to an end! || ”This budget deal is at least $1.1 billion sin against the poorest of this nation. And no one who voted for it deserves the appellation ‘pro-life.’“ SOURCE: Give Us This Day Our Daily Links « The Revealer: By Becky Garrison

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The remarkable video at the link above is of a performance of "Sto perigiali" Mario Frangoulis and Mikis Theodorakis in 2001.

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Stephen C. Rose (1936-) was born in New York City and raised there. He currently lives there. He was educated at Trinity, Exeter, Williams and Union Theological Seminary. He served in the Student Interracial Ministry in Nashville. He founded and edited the prize-winning Renewal Magazine in Chicago and studied with C. A. Doxiadis in Athens. His first books "The Grass Roots Church" and "Who's Killing The Church" established him as a prominent critic of American Protestantism and American religion. He was and remains a civil rights activist. He has interviewed and done in depth pieces on Saul Alinsky and Martin Luther King, Jr. He won awards for editorial courage and for two documentary films. He has written and published many songs and musical works including "We Are All Americans". During the late 90s and early 2000s he worked for UN agencies, most recently editing CHOICES Magazine at UNDP. Since 2000 he has written several books for distribution via K…