August 4, 2014

Ebola evacuation * Archbishop homes * Praying in public: Monday’s news roundup

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(RNS1-JULY 28) Infectious disease specialists work to diagnose possible Ebola cases in Africa on April 4, 2013. For the first time in West Africa, a case of Ebola was confirmed on March 21, 2013, three weeks after the first alert of a possible viral haemorrhagic fever emerged from Guinea’s Forest region.

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(RNS1-JULY 28) Infectious disease specialists work to diagnose possible Ebola cases in Africa on April 4, 2013. For the first time in West Africa, a case of Ebola was confirmed on March 21, 2013, three weeks after the first alert of a possible viral haemorrhagic fever emerged from Guinea’s Forest region.

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Missionaries are being evacuated due to an outbreak of Ebola. 10 of the Catholic Church's American leaders live in homes worth $1M+. And one restaurant will give you a discount if you pray in public.

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  • John McGrath

    I can’t wait to see what happens when Muslims start frequenting that place and demanding their 15% discount. And Catholics start praying to Mary. This is obviously meant to favor Bible and Holy Ghost Christians, but who knows that place may become a model of ecumenical prayer competition.

  • The Great God Pan

    The owner says the discount is not an actual policy but a “gift” that they give “sporadically” when they “feel moved to do it.” So they’ve already got an out in case the “wrong kind” of Christians, let alone Muslims, try to get a discount.

  • Perry Bulwer

    “Restaurant owners in North Carolina are giving patrons a 15 percent discount for “praying in public.””

    I guess they have to provide that discount since ‘God’ won’t reward those who pray publicly as hypocrites do: Matthew 6: 1-6.

  • gilhcan

    So much of this is illiterate and, because of that ignorance, downright sick! Even Catholic bishops in Africa, just as in the United States, are disgusting for living like royalty in mansions, mansions paid for by the people in the pews–the foolish people in the pews.

    This mimics the material, mercenary attitudes of Bishop Meyers of Newark, NJ, and Bishop Gregory of Atlanta, GA–who mimic the ostracized Bishop “Bling” of Germany who was thrown out of his job by Pope Francis for even greater waste. Why isn’t Pope Francis taking steps against Meyers and Gregory and the greedy mongrels in Africa who are living royally off even poorer people?

    North Carolina restaurant owners who disgustingly pay customers to pray are typical of the hocus-pocus ignorance of the vast majority of suckers who fall for the duping of so many religious leaders and loud-mouthed “religious” voices.

    Right up there with all this blatant, loud-mouthed ignorance is the violation of the wisdom of maintaining a strict separation between religion and government when Kentucky approved tax breaks for the fact-denying creation museum in that state. Study your history. No source engendered greater evil among people in the history of mankind than religion.

    That’s why the Framers of our Constitution, who knew their history so well, included separation of church and state as the very first clause of the first item in the list of rights of citizens. And the other side of the coin of freedom of religion is freedom from religion. You can’t have one without the other.