Daily Archives: November 18, 2012

Federal Suit: Scientologist Spent $30 million to Cover Up Death of Member

10 News in Tampa Bay reports:

Blockbuster charges in a Federal Suit involving the Church of Scientology. It involves accusations of impropriety and some of the most respected members of the judiciary and legal profession.

The allegations are coming from the former number-two man in the organization, and involve what he says is a multi-million dollar cover up of the death of a woman in Scientology care.


Kay Arthur Of Precept Ministries International And The Unchanged And Unchanging Neil Anderson

Apprising Ministries shares some information courtesy of a trusted friend who’s been trained personally to teach Arthur’s Precept concepts.


On Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is once more just about upon us, and by “us,” I mean “you” if you are American. I have written about this holiday and the Canadian equivalent several times over the years. Here are a few that you may find beneficial.

A Prayer of Praise and Thanksgiving – This is a beautiful prayer drawn from The Valley of Vision.

Tears at Thanksgiving – This was an excellent article by my mother. She expressed some thoughts on divorce and its awful ramifications on families.

Thanksgiving for Thanksgiving – Here is a story that illuminates the point that it is really only the privilege of the Christian to be thankful.

A Canadian Thanksgiving – I have a short history and celebration of Thanksgiving in Canada, as well as some additional thoughts on the theological importance of it.

A Thanksgiving Proclamation – The proclamation by Abraham Lincoln that made Thanksgiving a national holiday in the US.

Thanksgiving & The Appropriate Number of Prepositions – “While everyone likes to give thanks for things at Thanksgiving, what has often been lost is the fact that we do not merely give thanks, but give thanks to.” (There is some overlap between this and the “Canadian Thanksgiving” post above, but that’s often the way I do things around here—build on a theme over the years.)


Breaking Down The Religious Makeup Of The 113th Congress

Next term, the U.S. will see its first Buddhist Senator, the first Hindu member of the House of Representative and the first member of Congress to describe her religion as “none.” In fact, the first Hindu member of the House, Tulsi Gabbard, won the seat vacated by Rep. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), who ran and won her race for Senate and will be the aforementioned first Buddhist member of the Senate.

Catholics fared the best on November 6, picking up five new seats.

Protestants, Catholics and Jews are all overrepresented in Congress, compared to the religious makeup of U.S. adults. 56.4 percent of Congress is Protestant, as opposed to 48 percent of the U.S. population. 30.4 percent of Congress is Catholic, but Catholics only make up 22 percent of the U.S. And although Jews only make up two percent of the U.S., they are represented in Congress by three times that amount. Mormons were overrepresented, but just by 0.8 percent.