Hope and Threats
News re: Personal Freedoms, Spiritual Evidence,
Religious Tyranny, and Joyful Living
J May 2, 2019 — N.C. governor vetos "needless legislation [that] would criminalize doctors and other healthcare providers for a practice that simply does not exist." [read details]
|K April 25, 2019 — The number of Americans who are bisexual has tripled in the past decade - and women are driving the increase, General Social Survey data shows [read details]|
|J April 23, 2019 — Religion is not a license to discriminate, says the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a ruling that allows the city of Philadelphia to terminate a contract with Catholic Social Services. The appeals court also rejected assertions that the equal enforcement of civil rights laws is somehow a form of anti-religious hostility. [read details]|
|L April 22, 2019 — Secular invocations barred for U.S. House of Representatives, by ruling of U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. "Atheist not qualified" claims House chaplain, Patrick J. Conroy, whose salary is paid by American citizens. [read details]|
|L April 20, 2019 — New Ohio law blocks access to health care and education provided by Planned Parenthood. This law strips funding that helps Planned Parenthood provide Ohioans with 70,000 free STD and HIV tests, cancer screenings, domestic violence education, and Planned Parenthood’s Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies program to reduce infant mortality. [read details]|
Worth Repeating This Month
"History shows that every intelligent man who has gone into this investigation, if he gave it adequate examination at all, has come out believing in spirits; this circumstance places the burden of proof on the shoulders of the skeptic." — James H. Hyslop, Ph.D
"The human being, like the immortals, naturally places sexual intercourse far and away above all other joys — yet he has left it out of his heaven!” — Mark Twain
Lie of the Month
Some people have concerns about sitting with a medium or consulting a psychic because they think that doing so puts them at odds with certain teachings in the Bible.
The main support for this belief in the Old Testament is from the book known as Leviticus. The key verse (generally labeled 19:31) says, “Do not turn to mediums or
wizards, do not seek them out to be defiled by them.”
There is another verse in Leviticus and one in Deuteronomy that clearly judge those who make a practice of talking to dead people: “A man or woman who is a medium
or a wizard shall be put to death;” and “There shall not be found among you any one who … is a medium [for they are] an abomination to the Lord.”
Book of the Month
The Conscious Universe
The Scientific Truth of Psychic Phenomena
by Dean Radin, Ph.D.
This myth-shattering book explains the evidence for the veracity of psychic phenomena, uniting the teachings of mystics, the theories of quantum physics, and the latest in high-tech experiments. With painstaking research and deft, engaging prose, Radin dispels the misinformation and superstition that have clouded the understanding of scientists and laypeople alike concerning a host of fascinating oddities. Psychokinesis, remote viewing, prayer, jinxes, and more-all are real, all have been scientifically proven, and the proof is in this book. Radin draws from his own work at Princeton, Stanford Research Institute, and Fortune 500 companies, as well as his research for the U.S. government, to demonstrate the surprising extent to which the truth of psi has already been tacitly acknowledged and exploited.