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Asteroid simulation via NASA
Asteroid simulation via NASA

Asteroid simulation via NASA

The Mayans are so 2012. Time to crank up the Apocalypse Anxiety Meter for 2013, since an asteroid about half the size of a football field will fly extremely close (relatively speaking) to Earth – and on Feb. 15th! Enjoy that last Valentine’s Day…

“This is a record-setting close approach,” says Don Yeomans of NASA’s Near Earth Object Program. (Yes, there is such a thing.) “Since regular sky surveys began in the 1990s, we’ve never seen an object this big get so close to Earth.”

Of course NASA adds that there’s no danger of a collision, but these are the guys who faked the Moon landing, so take it for what it’s worth. Either way, they have a cool video simulation.

President Obama pushes immigration reform, but doesn’t mention provisions for reuniting gay and lesbian couples – a potential dealbreaker for the Catholic bishops and some other religious backers of reform.

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone says Catholics shouldn’t use words like “gay” or “lesbian,” but he may regret comparing gay marriage to male lactation.

Headline of the Day, from CNN: “Transgender teacher sues Catholic prep school for alleged discrimination”

The Boy Scouts of America are getting an earful from both sides on their proposal to eliminate the ban on gay scouts and scout leaders and go with the local option. The ban on atheist scouts ain’t going anywhere, of course, though you may not hear much about that – though RNS has the story.

Had enough about gays and lesbians? So have David Blankenhorn and an interesting new consortium of religious believers from across the spectrum who want to start a “new conversation on marriage” – one that will look at the problems straight folks have with matrimony, too.

Good idea? David Mills goes OTOH/BOTOH:

“I’m all for pragmatic alliances, and dislike the partisan’s habit of rejecting anything not up to his standards, but this is an alliance I think more idealistic than pragmatic. Even while saying bravo.”

Some Orthodox rabbis in New York are vowing to resist an effort to regulate a risky oral blood suctioning technique in their circumcisions.

Some Catholic bishops are vowing to go to jail over the government’s contraception insurance mandate, even though jail isn’t really an option.

Some place, there’s a link between those stories.

John Hagee and the “Christian lobby” are gearing up to oppose Chuck Hagel’s nomination for defense secretary.

Not so much pushback on Arkansas’ effort to allow guns in churches, where of course they belong.

The Japanese Jesus? Our newest blogger, Mike O’Loughlin, unpacks the myth about Jesus living out his days in the Far East.

BREAKING: The Los Angeles Times discovers that Mormon-owned Marriott International is joining the Human Rights Campaign’s coalition of companies calling for the repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Peggy Fletcher Stack, who knows from Mormons, wonders why the news flash.

A quarter of Americans – and nearly four-in-10 evangelicals – say God will help determine the outcome of the Super Bowl. (I thought the Almighty didn’t work on Sundays?)

One thing’s for sure: Jewish Ravens are psyched. No, that’s not a new branch of the Hasidim. As The Forward explains, they wear purple pants, jerseys, socks, face paint and special Ravens tzitzit to watch the game together. You read that right.

Want to know how much sports fandom is like religion? Michael Serazio explains, in this Atlantic essay

And since religion is also sometimes about sacred traditions, I think I’m justified in including this news item: Twinkies may be back in business.

Carry it on, as the Great Man would say, and put your email in the subscriber box below if you haven’t already. Peace.

David Gibson

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David Gibson

David Gibson is a national reporter for RNS and an award-winning religion journalist, author and filmmaker. He has written several books on Catholic topics. His latest book is on biblical artifacts: "Finding Jesus: Faith. Fact. Forgery," which was also the basis of a popular CNN series.

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  • That was a fun read.

    I’m kind of glad we were spared the gory details of the pervy practices that have led to infants dying of STD’s.

  • Linkage between Orthodox rabbis in NYC refusing health dept dictum on circumcsion and Roman Catholic bishops willing to go to jail over Health Care requirements = they’re both blood suckers, of a sort.

  • Want to know just how much religion and sports are alike? Just watch European Soccer fans behave much like the fundy ‘s of all religion. Racism, violence, and death much like in real life religious conflicts.

  • 2013 Dec

    ALL THAT EVER LIVED ON EARTH WILL SOON HAVE THEIR EYES TO THE HEAVENS

    Do a little History on this one.

    ALL Should Look Up “2012 DA14”.

    This could take out one of more satellites and the junk and debris from the hit could end up taking out many more satellites very soon after that. All the satellite collision probability will go way up if even one is hit. The velocity that the parts would go to would make them missiles that would start targeting a chain reaction this would not be good.

    Most all will be watching this one and pray it goes by us without a hit. Every Scientist alive will be watching this event. Many will be in Florida for a very special viewing of the once in a Lifetime Event. Professors, Scientist, World Leaders, Ham Radio Operators and Every Astronomer will have its eyes on This Event, along with almost every TV set on Earth.

    “2012 DA14” goes by Earth twice a year and there is no way anyone for sure, can tell how close the second pass will be till it passes by the Moon and Earth and the GRAVITATIONAL FORCE effect that it will have on this Asteroid.

    They may come close but this one is already coming very close to begin with. Too close this time or on its second or 3rd pass? Ad a Meteor Shower like the 13 and 14 of December of 2012, it might go through or bump into one of them? Or all the other more then 20,00 pieces of orbital debris like Spent Rocket Boosters left in space that can no longer be moved by a control center on Earth. Or add a Solar Flare. Or a Comet ISON or its tail debris of millions of rocks of all sizes. Not to for get the 30,000+ pieces of space junk left from China in 2007 from showing the world it could shoot a decommissioned weather satellite in Space. Now add Asteroid 2013 BV15 into this on the 13 &14 of Feb 2013..

    Feb will have 12 of them from the 12 to the 16.

    If a big enough Asteroid were to slam into the moon in the night sky you would think the sun was coming up early only it would be 5 to 7 times as bright. From The Sun’s Rays Reflection on all the Debris Field.

    2012 XM16, 2012 XM55, 2012 XP55, THERE ARE OVER 25 found just in the year 2012 that are part of the Near Earth Object Program that will come close to Earth from now till 2012 DA14 comes, Feb 14 – 16, 2013.

    You do not want to know how many are on the “PLANETARY DEFENSE” list.
    The PLANETARY DEFENSE is not to protect Earth from men from Mars.
    It is for all mankind with most all Nation in on it to stop if can most all collision with EARTH from a ASTEROID IMPACT. It is if you will a AVOIDANCE SHIELD. “N.E.O.S. Near Earth Object Shield”.

    If only one were to hit or IMPACT EARTH on land get ready for a winter you will never forget. The winter from 1883 -1884 KRAKATOA you will think was a little pebble, and now the stone comes.

    A Shock Wave was felt in England from a Event about 7:15 to 7:20 A.M. Siberia time in the morning in June of the year 1908 high in the sky above the Forest in the remote wilderness of Tunguska Siberia heard an explosion that laid flat more than 800 square miles of the forest with all the trees pointing away from the center of the blast with most all the trees laying on their side. Some trees that were right below the blast were still there looking like telephone poles with no bark or branches left on them. This Asteroid did not even hit the Ground and this is known by most as the TUNGUSKA EVENT. For all that lived there it was WORMWOOD Rev 8:11 the wood became full of worms and the rivers water no longer sweet and undrinkable.

    If a Meteor Shower is big enough you might think all the Stars are falling from Heaven.

    About one every 100 years makes it into the Earth’s Atmosphere big enough for all to take note. Some make it to the surface the signs are all over the Planet and moon from the ones that have.

    If you need a visual sign of a collided impact with a planet look to

    “SHOEMAKER – LEVY 9” July 1994.

    You Need More Look up “PROJECT WORMWOOD” Revelations 8: 10 – 11 based on the “TUNGUSKA EVENT” 1908

    MOSCOW Russia is now saying it will use missiles to intercept Asteroid if need be.

    Better to be safe then sorry.

    GET READY

    Read your Bible
    While you still can,
    and May our Lord GOD Bless all that do so.
    John 14 : 6
    Luke 13 : 27
    Matthew 7 : 20 – 27

    Matthew 12:39

    Matthew 24:3 – 14

    The Lord’s Little Helper.
    Paul Felix Schott.

    December 2013 the Heavens above COMET “C/2012 S1”, “ISON”.

    The day will come when

    ALL ON EARTH WILL SEE THIS NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE. the night side of earth will become day and and day will be blinding bright. The Bow Shock from the Photo Electric Effect from the Sun’s Solar Wind will really be something.

    Shortly there after you will think the stars are falling from the Heavens,

    REV 6:13,

    REV 16:21

    most will be between 60 to 80 pounds that will make it to the ground surface. Nonstop 12 to 14 hours at a time for two days.

    P.S.
    Help others in are Lord’s name Jesus Christ help bring all to know him while you still can.
    Three kings that were wise men once flowed a star with a long tail 2,000 years ago. That lead them to Jesus Christ wise men still look to and hear are Lord Jesus Christ.

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