Criminal Minds Season 10 Premiere Date, Cast Spoilers: Jennifer Love Hewitt as 'Fearless' Agent Kate Callahan

Criminal Minds Season 10 premiere date finally arrives on October 1, 2014 with the eagerly awaited premiere set to take place on TV on the CBS channel at 9 p.m. ET.

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Who Does God Root For?

Football and religion go together in America. This is precisely because football is a religion for many Americans. But there are times when football provides a kind of religious commentary by raising–if inadvertently–deep and disturbing theological questions.

Such was the case on Monday night. The Patriots suffered an embarrassing loss to the Chiefs and Kansas City safety Husain Abdullah had an end zone celebration that confounded the NFL and set the internet abuzz [http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/early-lead/wp/2014/09/30/nfl-penalizes-muslin-player-for-praying-after-chiefs-touchdown/].

Driving into work the day after a Patriots’ game is usually a blessed experience in Central Massachusetts where I live. Radio commentators ritually celebrate another victory and look forward to more triumphs: play-offs are foreordained, the Super Bowl will see God’s purpose revealed in the majesty of a Patriots victory. That is the way the season should progress if the natural order of things is to be confirmed, since Patriots-nation and God’s kingdom must be in harmony. While I happen to be a Catholic, teaching at a Catholic college, in one of the most Catholic parts of the country, there’s a Calvinist quality to being a Patriots fan: we often think of our team as positively elected by God.

The Patriots’ defeat at the hands of the Chiefs has brought apocalyptic prophecies about the decline of Tom Brady and a once-proud organization. New Englanders are feeling a gnawing sense that what once seemed like certain election has turned into likely damnation. We Patriot fans are ready to put on sackcloth and ashes in order to regain God’s favor. If God’s kingdom is coming, the New England Patriots are on the outside looking in. Maybe the sins of Spy-gate are finally catching up with us.

But if a Patriots defeat seems like a curse to New Englanders, it appears to be taken as a blessing by the Kansas City Chiefs and their fans. Kansas City safety Husain Abdullah certainly felt so: he got down on his knees, and placed his forehead on the turf, after picking off a Tom Brady pass and running it into the end zone.

Then a flag came out.

Celebrating on the ground is against NFL rules. But Husain Abdullah was praying. And if Tim Tebow can pray in the end zone, why can’t Husain Abdullah? Of course, the referees didn’t recognize that Husain Abdullah was praying because he was praying in Muslim fashion–his prostration in the end zone symbolized his submission to God. The NFL does have an exception clause for end zone celebrations that permit prayer. In backtracking on the penalty flag, the NFL is belatedly recognizing that Muslims aren’t just religious: they’re actually Americans–Americans who play football, among other things.

The barriers to Muslims being considered full-members of American society do raise deep and disturbing questions about how pluralistic America really is. We can credit Husain Abdullah’s celebration for bringing this to our attention–gently and graciously.

But Husain Abdullah and Patriot fans such as myself still have to answer a deep and disturbing question of the theological kind:

Who does God root for?

I thought all along God was rooting for the Patriots. But now I’m asking myself: Did God invent the tuck-rule that saved the Patriots from the Raiders in 2001? Did a divine hand strengthen Adam Vinatieri’s nerve and foot for two Super Bowl winning kicks? When Husain Abdullah, or any other player, thanks God for a touchdown, is the implicit claim that God directed the ball to be intercepted or opened a hole in the defensive line? What do we really mean when we thank God for our success, especially when our success comes at the expense of someone else?

I wonder.

Perhaps Husain Abdullah’s response is the most fitting: a submission to the will of God–a will that often exceeds our human ability to grasp.

Source:: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mathew-n-schmalz/god-football_b_5910840.html?utm_hp_ref=religion&ir=Religion

    

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Shabbat: The Linchpin of Jewish Tradition

This blog post is about women who cook within a religious context.

On a warm Friday evening in July, aromas of onions and meat waft through Barbara Meltz’s home in Stanhope, New Jersey. She is busy putting the finishing touches to her Shabbat dinner — Shabbat being the Jewish Sabbath, celebrated every week from sundown on Friday to nightfall on Saturday. She has baked an apricot kugel and is heating an already prepared beef brisket. On the stove, green beans are simmering with tomatoes and onions.

Her table tonight is going to be small, consisting of her husband Donald and a few close friends, including spiritual leader Rabbi Debra Smith, who is chopping cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes and scallions for an Israeli salad.

Just before sunset, the group gathers in the dining room to light two Shabbat candles. The wine (juice) is blessed and is followed by the breaking and sharing of bread (corn muffins). At each juncture of these time-honored rituals, short Hebrew songs are sung. They then sit down to eat.

The dinner consists of traditional dishes like matzoh ball soup, brisket and kugel, accompanied by beans and an Israeli salad.

Both Barbara and Donald describe Shabbat as a linchpin of Jewish culture, as it separates the work week from the weekend, the mundane from the spiritual.

“Shabbat is a joyous experience, as you are entering into a spiritual realm,” said Donald. “You are not to do any work and are supposed to be holy and concentrate on being a good person, connecting to what your idea of God is and to other people. To do work takes you away from that.”

Rabbi Smith created this community, called Or Ha Lev (Light of the Heart), about a year and a half ago to help Jewish families bond with each other. Once a month hosts are matched with guests so that people can share Shabbat at home. When she moved to Stanhope, Sussex County, some 30 years ago, there were very few Jews around. Now they have about 45 families. As food is rarely cooked in synagogues, the home has now become a place to share traditional and ancestral meals.

Donald’s ancestry is German, Russian and Viennese. For him, food represents a tangible connection to his lineage.

“For me, all it takes is a bagel and lox to go back to a place where I came from 60 years ago. These foods put me back in the presence of lost grandparents, aunts and uncles. It is a good feeling.”

For Barbara, it is not the food that makes the Shabbat holy but the fact that she shares it with family and friends.

“As someone who is Jewish, you are so used to being in the minority that here I don’t have to make excuses and to explain. Within this setting I don’t feel unwanted or unaccepted.”

Apricot Kugel

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. noodles
  • 1 stick margarine
  • 1 8-oz. package cream cheese
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 12-oz. jar apricot preserves
  • Cinnamon

Instructions:

  • Cook and drain noodles. Mix margarine and cream cheese together, then add milk and eggs. Add to noodles, stir in apricot jam.
  • Pour into a buttered 9×13-inch pan.  Sprinkle the top with cinnamon.
  • Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.  Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
  • Source:: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ramaa-reddy-raghavan/shabbatthe-linchpin-of-je_b_5904100.html?utm_hp_ref=religion&ir=Religion

        

    iPhone 6 Plus Bends? Consumer Reports: Smartphone Doesn't Bend so Easily, #Bendgate Resolved?

    The iPhone 6 Consumer Reports tests have come in, and it seems that the terrible bending Apple customers have been complaining about may be a bit overstated. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were compared to the HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, LG G3 and the iPhone 5, and the results were published Friday.

    Source:: http://www.christianpost.com/news/iphone-6-consumer-reports-smartphone-doesnt-bend-so-easily-bendgate-resolved-127297/

        

    'Dancing With The Stars' News: Bethany Mota and Derek Hough Get Perfect Score on Jazz Number Despite Bethany's Ankle Injury

    Accidents and injuries are very common on “Dancing with the Stars,” especially with the older contestants and those with no little or no dance background. However, 18-year old Bethany Mota has already suffered a twisted ankle while rehearsing for the week three performance of the show, and her partner, Derek Hough, has expressed concern over his partner’s current state.

    Source:: http://www.christianpost.com/news/dancing-with-the-stars-news-bethany-mota-and-derek-hough-get-perfect-score-on-jazz-number-despite-bethanys-ankle-injury-127266/

        

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    'Judging America' Photo Series Captures Nation's Stereotypes

    Terrorist. Gangster. Stripper. Landscaper.

    When people are viewed as stereotypes, they’re labeled on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation. Photographer Joel Parés, a U.S. Marine from Puerto Rico, sought to highlight these prejudices in his new series, “Judging America.”

    “My inspiration for this series is the fact that America is a country that is very diverse with many ethnicities that together create the United States of America,” he told photography blog Fstoppers.

    Parés has observed stereotyping throughout his lifetime, like when his twin brother was bullied for being a “nerd” as a child, or when his friends from India were called “terrorists” and taunted with phony Middle Eastern accents while he was stationed in the South during his stint in the Marine Corps.

    “It hurt me to see all of these things happening, so I decided that I would use my photography as my voice crying out for change,” he told The Huffington Post on Tuesday. “My goal is to open the eyes of those who judge and let them see that it is wrong, and they need to get to know someone before they begin to label them under a certain category.”

    For the series, Parés photographed each subject twice. One photo shows the subject dressed to mimic a stereotype, and the other shows the subject as he or she really is.

    “[M]any of us judge incorrectly by someone’s ethnicity, by their profession and by their sexual interest,” he also told HuffPost. “The purpose of this series is to open our eyes and make us think twice before judging someone, because we all judge, even if we try not to. The first image is not necessarily what you actually see, but it is what you categorize them in your head without knowing who they truly are. The second image explains the truth about the person and how incorrect they were judged initially [all sic].”

    Parés has experience in front of the camera, having worked as a model, according to Fstoppers. However, he is passionate about working behind the camera because he loves the possibility of “telling a story in a unique way, a way that can inspire the world,” he told the photography blog.

    Check out Parés’ “Judging America” series, below. See more of his work on Facebook, Instagram and 500px.

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    Joel Parés Photography

    h/t Bored Panda

    Source:: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/30/judging-america-photo-series_n_5907966.html?utm_hp_ref=religion&ir=Religion

        

    Christian Business Owner Wins in Odd Same-Sex Wedding Dispute

    A Pennsylvania banquet hall that refused to host a same-sex wedding because of the owner’s Christian beliefs has come out victorious in a lawsuit.

    Following its longstanding policy, Inne of the Abingtons in North Abington politely refused to host the wedding of a lesbian couple and suggested several alternative venues. After the Inne was unfairly shamed on social media for its stance, a heterosexual couple canceled their 100-guest wedding and reception event. Even though there was not enough time for the Inne to rebook the facility, the couple demanded the return of their deposit, which was nonrefundable under the industry-standard contract.

    Having no contractual or legal grounds to force the Inne to take a loss on their cancellation, the couple sued the business anyway, seeking not only a return of the deposit, but triple that amount as damages. On the day of trial, the judge agreed with Liberty Counsel, who is representing the banquet hall, that the suit was improperly filed and should be dismissed.

    Rather than let the judge enter a formal dismissal, the couple withdrew their lawsuit, essentially giving up in the face of Liberty Counsel’s defense.

    “We are happy to host dinners, birthday parties, or just about any other kind of event regardless of a client’s sexual orientation, but not a same-sex wedding,” said John Antolick, the owner of the Inne.

    “I don’t want to discriminate against anyone, but my conscience will not allow me to use my business to endorse an event that contradicts God’s design for marriage,” he added.

    “A Christian business owner should not have his contracts dishonored or be hauled into court because he operates his business according to conscience,” said Roger Gannam, Senior Litigation Counsel at Liberty Counsel. “This is a victory for religious liberty.”

    Source:: http://www.charismanews.com/us/45586-christian-business-owner-wins-in-odd-same-sex-wedding-dispute

        

    The New York Times Publishes an Ignorant, Condescending Anti-Christian Op-Ed

    Academic leftists are so used to talking to themselves (and their under-educated students), that they long ago passed the point of even realizing their own ignorance. They delight in their own arguments and their ability to make students “shift uncomfortably in their seats,” yet succeed only in singing to their own condescending choir, with the music published in their house hymnal, the New York Times.

    Source:: http://www.christianpost.com/news/the-new-york-times-publishes-an-ignorant-condescending-anti-christian-op-ed-127287/