The Great Falling Away Has Begun

PROTESTANTS are on the verge of becoming a minority in the United
States, a country they helped to found, as immigration reshapes the
religious landscape and people change creed or drop religion altogether.
“The number of Americans who report that they are members of Protestant
denominations now stands at barely 51 per cent,” compared to nearly
two-thirds of the population in the 1960s, the first US Religious
Landscape Survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life said.
“The proportion of the population that is Protestant has declined
markedly in recent decades, while the proportion of the population that
is not affiliated with any particular religion has increased
significantly,'' the survey, which interviewed 35,000 adult Americans,
showed.
The declining share of the US religious market that is held by
Protestantism would likely impact on US culture and politics, John
Greene, a senior fellow at Pew, told reporters.
Immigration has helped Roman Catholicism hold steady in its share of
the US religious market, despite the faith having one of the highest
attrition rates among adherents.
Around one-third of the survey respondents who said they were raised
Catholic no longer describe themselves as Catholic.
But Catholics still make up around 25 …

N. American Army created without OK by Congress

In a ceremony that received virtually no attention in the American
media, the United States and Canada signed a military agreement Feb. 14
allowing the armed forces from one nation to support the armed forces
of the other nation during a domestic civil emergency, even one that
does not involve a cross-border crisis.
U.S. Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart, commander of USNORTHCOM, signs
agreement Feb. 14, 2008, with Canadian Air Force Lt. Gen. Marc Dumais,
commander of Canada Command (USNORTHCOM photo)
The agreement, defined as a Civil Assistance Plan, was not submitted to
Congress for approval, nor did Congress pass any law or treaty
specifically authorizing this military agreement to combine the
operations of the armed forces of the United States and Canada in the
event of a wide range of domestic civil disturbances ranging from
violent storms, to health epidemics, to civil riots or terrorist
attacks.
In Canada, the agreement paving the way for the militaries of the U.S.
and Canada to cross each other's borders to fight domestic emergencies
was not announced either by the Harper government or the Canadian
military, prompting sharp protest.
“It's kind of a trend when it comes to issues of Canada-U.S. relations
and …

Why we need to nail Osama

By Elbridge Colby – The recent killing of Hezbollah's Imad Mughniyah,
after a quarter-century of pursuit, was met by a mixture of applause
and shrugs. It also begged a bigger question: How important is it to
take out key terrorists — such as Osama bin Laden?
Indeed, perhaps spurred on by failure, a sense that capturing or
killing bin Laden is unimportant appears to be taking hold in
influential quarters. In a recent article in the New Yorker, former
Deputy Director of Central Intelligence John McLaughlin reported the
U.S. “is not particularly looking for him.” And the FBI's intelligence
chief, Wayne Murphy, wondered “if the benefits of getting bin Laden
balance out,” confessing that he doesn't “know if it buys us anything.”
Last year, Army Chief of Staff Peter Schoomaker questioned whether
capturing or killing bin Laden is “all that important, frankly,” while
renowned counterterrorism expert Bruce Hoffman argued that “we need to
drop our preoccupation with” him.
Though the hunt for bin Laden continues, as evidenced by the recent
reported killing of Abu Laith al-Libi, energy for the search is likely
dissipating for several valid reasons: frustration with not capturing
bin Laden and a concomitant desire to play down …

'Earth worship' on the rise among evangelical youth

Allie Martin –
Janice Crouse, a senior fellow with Concerned Women for America, says
it's disturbing that many young people in evangelical churches are
experimenting with the Wiccan religion. Church leaders and Christian
parents, she warns, must be ready to counter that growing interest
among their youth.  
Crouse cites an article in Religion Journal which said youth pastors in
the Southern Baptist Convention were worried about large numbers of
evangelicals taking part in Wicca, a religion that involves nature
worship, stresses moral autonomy, and includes remedies and spells —
beliefs that Crouse points out are distinctly different from orthodox
Christianity, not to mention incompatible with the Bible. 
“… Wiccans believe in moral autonomy — [that] 'nobody can tell me
what to do.' And I think particularly with young people … that's a
very desirable thing; they don't want the church telling them that
there are boundaries, [that] there are things that they can't do,” she
explains. “Another one is that they don't believe in having authorities
beyond human constructs; that we as individuals have the responsibility
to shape our own beliefs and there's no evil beyond that.” 
Crouse, who directs Concerned Women for America's Beverly LaHaye
Institute, says the …

California pastor says study points to 'faith deficit'

Allie Martin
A California pastor is calling a new study on religious affiliation
indicative of a faith deficit facing the nation.
According to the Pew study, the number of Americans who say they are ot
affiliated with any religion is growing. Study results found that 44
percent of adults have left the denomination of their childhood for
another denomination, another faith, or no faith at all. 
Phil Munsey is pastor of Life Church in Mission Viejo, California and
author of Legacy Now. Munsey believes Christian parents should leave a
“legacy of faith.”
“… [W]hat do you believe, what do you believe about God in your life?
Because what you believe is what you leave,” he explains. “And I think
a lot of people don't understand that we have a responsibility to teach
our children well ….” 
Munsey also believes many churches in America have forgotten their
primary mission. He says some churches need to pay attention to the
“fruit” of their members and make sure that they promote leaving a
strong legacy. Munsey says focusing on leaving a legacy will help
people take their faith to the next level. 
According to the Pew Study, the United States is on the …

DNA database will turn us all into suspects

Serial killer Steve Wright was caught largely through DNA samples
We seem to be busily building the world's first popular police state.
Opinion polls show high levels of support for identity cards,
surveillance cameras, detention without trial – and now a national DNA
database covering every individual, including those who have never had
any dealings with the police.
Given the growing fear of crime, such attitudes are not surprising.
Events in the past week have encouraged them further. Both Suffolk
serial killer Steve Wright and Mark Dixie, murderer of Sally Anne
Bowman, were caught largely through DNA samples. Police officers and
victims' relatives want the change. The case seems open and shut.
Britain already has the world's largest DNA database. Anyone arrested
in England and Wales is compelled to submit to a DNA swab and the
record is kept whether he is convicted or not. In Scotland this rule is
restricted to violent and sex offenders, and then for only three years
unless an extension is applied for.
But the operation of the scheme south of the Border has led to the
beginning of serious doubts. As so often with measures aimed at greater
security, people are far less enthusiastic …