College orders student to ‘dumb down’ religious show
The folks in the drama department at Cape Fear Community College are just fine with staging productions about rape and incest. But when it comes to staging a show with Christian themes – well, that’s a problem.
So says Alliance Defending Freedom, a religious advocacy group that claims the school’s drama instructor ordered a student to “dumb down” the religious nature of an upcoming production because it might offend and anger people.
ADF attorney Travis Barham wrote a letter to the college alleging that drama instructor Jack Landry told Justin Graves he “could not support the overtly Christian show” because the Wilmington, N.C., college is a publicly-funded institution.
Justin is a 17-year-old homeschooler who has dual enrollment at the college. A Christian and an up-and-coming magician, he proposed a faith-based magic show featuring skits and illusions that “illustrate a life changed by Christ.”
“So you ordered him to minimize or ‘dumb down’ the religious content until it was not ‘obvious,’” Barham wrote in the complaint.
Are Christians in America Under Attack?
There is a great deal in the news of late, much of it fueled by our current political cycle and the contraception debate, about religious freedom.
Are Christians in America under attack?
It’s been said that the U.S. is becoming a “secular country,” that there’s a clash between “man’s laws and God’s laws,” and even that our current president has launched a “war on religion.”
Compared to the violence against Christians in many places around the world, the answer is no. Christians in America experience nothing compared to the persecution of Christians in such places as Nigeria, Iran, Pakistan, Egypt or Syria.
What is happening in America is an increasing hostility and intolerance toward Christian beliefs and values that many perceive to be an attack on religious freedom. In current American culture, you are free to be a Christian as long as you don’t actually live out your faith, vote your faith, take a stand in relation to your faith, or believe others should embrace your faith.
In other words, it can be privately engaging, but must remain socially irrelevant.
School accused of ‘purging’ Christian books
It’s hard to imagine that any school would have a problem with a book about a Christian family that helped Jews escape the Holocaust.
But Springs Charter Schools in Temecula, Calif., not only had a problem with “The Hiding Place,” they also took issue with any other book that was written by a Christian author or included a Christian message.
“We do not purchase sectarian educational materials and do not allow sectarian materials on our state-authorized lending shelves,” Superintendent Kathleen Hermsmeyer wrote in a letter to attorneys at the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI).
Why would a public charter school take issue with books written by Christians? Pacific Justice Institute is representing a parent who discovered what they called a “Christian purging” of the charter school’s library.
Pacific Justice Institute is representing a parent who discovered what they called a “Christian purging” of the charter school’s library.
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It’s been said that football is the unofficial religion of America. And while that point might be debatable, there’s no denying the relationship between God and the Gridiron.
From Dixie to the Dakotas, you can be certain find churches serving up plates of chicken and biscuits before the Friday night game or cheerleaders writing Bible verses on run-through banners. And it’s almost guaranteed there’s a Baptist preacher invoking the Almighty in a makeshift press box (provided some ill-tempered atheist doesn’t object.)
If a Christian football player can pray after scoring touchdown, a Muslim player should be able to pray.
This intersection of piety and pigskin was best explained in the great Gospel song, “Dropkick Me Jesus.”
“Dropkick me Jesus, through the goal posts of life – end over end, neither left nor to right.”
So you might understand my surprise when I discovered that a professional football player got slapped with a penalty for praying. It happened Monday night during Kansas City’s 41-14 blowout win over New England. The player intercepted a pass and ran it back 39 yards for a touchdown. While his teammates celebrated, the player dropped to his knees to pray. The referee threw a flag. He said the prayer was a violation of the NFL’s rule governing celebrations. Unsportsmanlike conduct. Football fans erupted on Facebook and Twitter – denouncing the referee’s decision. And while the penalty did not affect the outcome of the game – there was something a bit unsettling for punishing a player for offering a prayer to his God. Read More: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/09/30/why-im-glad-nfl-called-audible-on-muslim-prayer/
SHOCKING POLL: AMERICANS WANT MORE RELIGION IN POLITICS
Dustin Siggins : Oct 1, 2014 : LifeSiteNews
“There should be no partisan divide over free speech and freedom from government censorship and coercion. Every American who understands the basis upon which this country was founded should support even greater freedom and more participation by citizens in public life.” -Greg Scott, ADF.
As part of a backlash against what some have called “the devaluing of America,” more Americans support churches having a greater role in political and cultural issues.(Photo: Chris Christie at prayer service/Mitsu Yasukawa/ Staff Photographer/via NorthJersey.com)
In a new survey published on Monday, Pew Research found that 49 percent of Americans “say churches and other houses of worship should express their views on social and political issues.” This is an increase from 43 percent in 2010. Nearly three-quarters of Americans (72 percent) think religion has less influence on society, an increase of five percent since 2010.
Pew found that 54 percent of religiously affiliated Americans are supportive of churches expressing views on politics and public policy, an increase from 45 percent in 2010. Likewise, 48 percent of religiously affiliated Americans believe there is “too little” religious talk in the nation, compared with 41 percent four years ago. And 35 percent believe churches should endorse candidates – up by more than one-third since 2010.
The opinions of religiously unaffiliated were unchanged on the idea of churches expressing viewpoints and virtually the same when it comes to whether there is “too little” talk of religion in the nation.
Surprisingly, 23 percent of unaffiliated Americans felt that churches should endorse candidates, a rise of eight percent from 2010.
While the opinions of Democrats and the “religiously unaffiliated” were consistent with its 2010 survey results related to the role of religion in public life, Americans with religious affiliations are far more likely to support active participation in public life by pastors and other religious leaders.
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BARTILLA, Iraq — Throughout its Iraq campaign, ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) has targeted Christians. Many fled to the relative safety of Kurdish Iraq, but most still fear the wrath of the world’s most brutal jihadist group.
Pastor Majeed, CBN News’ guide, drove with us toward Nineveh where most of the country’s besieged Christians have fled. It wasn’t long until we went as far as the Kurdish army, called the Peshmerga, would allow us to go. “So this is the end line. We cannot go any more,” Majeed explained. To travel beyond the town of Bartilla is to risk running into the ISIS. The jihadist group controls the mountains not far from the town. A few kilometers down the road, there’s an ISIS checkpoint. About 25,000 Christians have fled to Bartilla, but CBN News couldn’t find one who would talk on camera out of fear of retribution. The conditions in Bartilla are abysmal. There’s no water because ISIS turned it off. And there’s no electricity because Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki’s government turned that off. People here are protected by the Peshmerga, who have set up a perimeter around the town and a few other towns in the area. These people know that ISIS could come in and kill most of the people here. They’re asking for prayer from Christians around the world. One Christian leader said they’re asking for prayer just as the Apostle Paul did, praying that God will protect the town and the region. Bartilla lies just a few miles from Nineveh or Mosul, the first major conquest for ISIS just a few days ago. The town was nearly deserted. While Christians refused to talk on camera, CBN News talked to one of the house church leaders. On our way back to the Kurdish capital, Erbil, Pastor Majeed told us when ISIS captured Nineveh, it gave Christian residents three choices: obey, pay or leave. “That they are not allowed to open their churches. And even if they open them they will burn the churches,” Majeed explained. “And also the Christians have been requested — been asked to pay the tax [dhimmi, the tax for non-Muslims under Islamic rule].” “If not, they can leave Nineveh,” he continued. “And if they don’t leave and don’t pay the tax, they should give their heads.” He was talking about beheading
One of the lessons that Andrew Lampart learned from being on his school’s debate team was to gather facts for both sides of an argument. So last month when his law class was instructed to prepare for a debate on gun control, Andrew went online using the school’s Internet service.
“I knew it was important to get facts for both sides of the case,” said the 18-year-old at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury, Connecticut.
Andrew decided to set aside his debate preparation and started researching other conservative websites. He soon discovered that he had unfettered access to liberal websites, but conservative websites were blocked.
When Andrew tried to log onto the National Rifle Association’s website, he realized there was a problem – a big problem.
“Their website was blocked,” he told me. Andrew decided to try the Second Amendment Foundation’s website. That too, was blocked.
- His curiosity got the best of him – so Andrew tried logging on to several pro-gun control websites. Imagine his surprise when he discovered the pro-gun control websites were not blocked.
“I became curious as to why one side was blocked and the other side was not,” he said.
Andrew decided to set aside his debate preparation and started researching other conservative websites. He soon discovered that he had unfettered access to liberal websites, but conservative websites were blocked.
For example, the Connecticut Republican Party website was blocked. The Connecticut Democratic Party website was not blocked. National Right to Life was blocked, but Planned Parenthood was not blocked. Connecticut Family, a pro-traditional marriage group, was blocked, but LGBT Nation was not blocked.
As a Christian and social researcher, I have heard many stories over the years of religious discrimination in the workplace. Some are compelling and troubling, others are trivial and frivolous. And it seems like the workplace climate may be getting worse: the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) considered 3,721 religious discrimination complaints in 2013, up from 1,709 in 1997. But the EEOC drops about four in ten of those complaints—a figure that’s remarkably stable across religions. One big reason is that discrimination can be surprisingly difficult to prove. If a member of a social group is treated badly, is it because of their social group? Was he laid off because his boss was tired of giving him Sundays off? Was she reassigned because customers were wary of being served by a Muslim in a headscarf? Were they discriminated against, or do bad things just happen? I started wondering: How bad is religious discrimination in America, really? Horror stories abound. But are they examples of a systemic problem, or a few bad actors? Do some groups have it worse than others? My colleague Michael Wallace and I conducted a large-scale field study to test for religious discrimination in one area of public life: the job application process. We found that not only is religious discrimination alive and well, it is so strong that simply adding one word to a résumé—a reference to a particular religion—reduced employer callbacks by almost 40 percent. What 9,600 Résumés Reveal:
War on Christians Increasing
BY PAUL MARSHALL, CP OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
June 16, 2014|10:27 am
For at least three reasons, the contemporary persecution of Christians demands attention: It is occurring on a massive scale, it is underreported, and in many parts of the world it is rapidly growing.
The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life finds that Christians are suffering persecution in more places today than any other religious group; between 2006 and 2012, Pew says, they were targeted for harassment in 151 countries-three-quarters of the world’s states. Similar findings are reported by the Vatican, Newsweek, the Economist, and the 60-year-old Christian support group Open Doors. Most people in the West are unaware of these facts, though that may be changing.
A few cases do get press coverage-the desperate plight of Meriam Ibrahim, for instance, who gave birth in a Sudanese prison just the other day. She was raised a Christian, but after officials learned that her long-absent father was a Muslim; she was sentenced to death for apostasy-for leaving Islam. And since in Sudan a Muslim woman may not be married to a Christian, her marriage to her American husband was declared void, and she was convicted of adultery and sentenced to 100 lashes to be administered before her execution. These punishments will be dropped if she renounces her Christian faith, which she steadfastly refuses to do.
A new report from the Association of Victims of Abduction and Forced Disappearance (AVAFD) states that more than 550 Egyptian Christian women and girls have been kidnapped since 2011. The kidnapped women are then forced to adopt Islam and marry their captors.
The AVAFD reported that the women’s ages ranged from 14 to 40. Many of the women are raped; many are not even sought after by police. Authorities instead claim the women left their families by choice.
Police did not get involved with 14-year-old Nadia Makram’s case, though her family told police the name of her captor.
AVAFD founder, Ebram Louis said that kidnappings have increased in Egypt since Hosni Mubarak fell from power. “Before the revolution, five or six girls would disappear each month. Now the average is 15.”
A union representing federal employees at Eglin Air Force base in Florida is demanding that two senior management officials be removed from their posts
because they put decals on their personal trucks supporting Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson. Alan Cooper, the executive vice president of the local chapter of the American Federation of Government Employees, said one of the officials also displayed the “I Support Phil” decals in his office last month and offered them to subordinates. “The BUE (bargaining union employee) was clearly offended and disgusted that a senior management official would display the decal on their pod,” read an email Cooper wrote. “We took offense,” Cooper told me in a telephone interview. “These two particular individuals have a great amount of influence over individuals who may be gay, who may be African-American – and we have a concern they should not be in a position to exert that influence when it comes to promotions.”In an email that was sent to union members, Cooper said the Duck Dynasty decal may be a violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. “Phil Robertson has made disparaging remarks against a vast array of people, which created a firestorm in the media in the recent past,” Cooper wrote.
Common Core dumbs down government schools.
There is growing concern that the controversial Common Core Standards could lead to a dumbing down of college courses.Brittany Corona of The Heritage Foundation says experts who are looking at Common Core are concluding it is “subpar” and dumbing things down.
She points to Dr. Sandra Stotsky (see video below), a respected education reformer known for her expertise on English Language Arts. Stotsky quit the Core’s language arts committee over the emphasis on informational texts and a diminished focus on traditional and classical literature.
“We are a very naive people,” Stotsky told Breitbart News last January. “Everyone was willing to believe that the Common Core standards are ‘rigorous,’ ‘competitive,’ ‘internationally benchmarked,’ and ‘research-based.’ They are not.”
The same Breitbart story also noted that David Coleman, an early leader of Common Core, plans to “ensure that the SAT, ACT, AP, and GED exams are all aligned with the Common Core standards.”
Coleman was elected president of the College Board, which oversees college entrance standards, in 2012.Corona says Common Core is “not something for kids to be aspiring to. Everything’s being conformed to these mediocre standards.”
Bowdoin college will no longer recognize evangelical group
An evangelical group at Bowdoin College will no longer be recognized by the
university, after 40 years of gathering for Bible study, prayer and worship. The Bowdoin Christian Fellowship has lost its privileges to be acknowledged by the college for the group’s refusal to adhere to the school’s anti-discrimination policy. According to the policy, any student, regardless of religious affiliation, should be permitted to run for election as leader of a group. But the Bowdoin Christian Fellowship believes that only students who adhere to Christian values should be allowed to lead reports the New York Times.
“It would compromise our ability to be who we are as Christians if we can’t hold our leaders to some sort of doctrinal standard,” said former Bowdoin Christian Fellowship leader Zackary Suhr.
The group currently has 25 regular members. They plan to continue to meet informally in the fall, though the organization no longer will have access to certain buildings on campus; advisers have already had their keys revoked.
Students expressed their disappointment with the college’s decision. “It’s hard socially to find people on this campus who make faith a strong part of their identity — people who really understand me and who I can really be open with. This group has been a tremendous resource for me.” said former leader Reid Wilson.
Shocker: Christian movie goers demand accuracy for biblical films.
A survey has concluded that Christian moviegoers want to see films that are
biblically accurate. The poll, conducted by Christian News Service and American Insights, found that “historical and biblical accuracy is important” to most Christians.
“This poll was conducted for the purpose of guiding the film and television industry in its production of both historically-based films and movies that explore questions about God. The results clearly show that the public will not be toyed with in regard to accuracy in both biblical and historical accounts,” said president and CEO of Christian News Service Russ Jones.
Specific findings of the survey included the following:
79 percent of Christian respondents indicated the importance of biblical accuracy for Christian films
74 percent of Christian respondents said they are likely to see a Christian film
80 percent of Christian respondents said they were interested to the the coming “Exodus” film if it is biblically accurate
If “Exodus” does not follow scripture, only 29 percent of Christian respondents were interested in viewing the film
Atheist group Angry about Christian Adam and Eve theme park
DES MOINES, Iowa – A park planned in Sioux City is getting national attention.
The Shepherd’s Garden, a Christian-themed park, was recently was awarded $140,000 from the state through a Vision Iowa grant. It’s meant to “assist projects that will provide recreational, cultural, entertainment and educational attractions.” The money would go towards building and planting green spaces in the park, but not for any
But the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation is fighting the funding, saying using public money to promote Christian ideals violates the First Amendment of the Constitution. What’s more, according to the foundation, the grant would violate Iowa’s own constitution, which “prohibits funding of religious spaces.”
“The whole park’s purpose is religious which means the government can’t be supporting it at all, any part of it,” said FFRF attorney Andrew Seidel.
Seidel penned a letter to Cathy Reece, chairwoman of the Iowa Economic Development Authority, which manages Vision Iowa, calling for the funding to be rescinded.
The Shepherd’s Garden fundraising brochure quotes Psalm 23 as a guide for the park and invites donors to “create a legacy to the ongoing role the Christian faith has had in shaping the life of this community.”
The garden’s brochure goes on to say, “Shepherd’s Garden is more than a park, it has been conceived and designed to be a visible reminder that God’s presence is not confined to sacred institutions and buildings, but is very much a part of the public sphere.”
Missouri Principal Angers Atheists with God References
A Missouri high school principal who garnered thunderous applause and a starring role in a viral video for a commencement speech in which he repeatedly invoked God in ways to dodge First Amendment objections has atheists seeing red.
Lebanon High School Principal Kevin Lowery can be seen on a 3-minute YouTube clip reminding graduates that the nation’s motto of “In God We Trust” can be found on U.S. currency and in Francis Scott Key’s original version of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Lowery also wryly noted during the May 23 commencement that even though “God is reflected in the very fabric” of the nation, it would be inappropriate to mention The Almighty at a secular ceremony.
“So while it would not be politically correct for us to have an official prayer this evening, I would like for us to have a moment of silence in honor of tonight’s graduates,” Lowery told students. “Thank you. And just in case you’re interested, during my moment of silence, I gave thanks to God for these great students, their parents, their teachers and for this community.”
The Remarkable Faith of Mariano Rivera
“Now I have a new job, probably better described as a calling — and that is to glorify the Lord and praise His name and show the wonders that await those who seek Him and want to experience His grace, peace and mercy. With the Lord, all things are possible.” -Mariano Rivera
(Los Angeles, CA)—Plucked from the obscurity of a Panamanian fishing village where he lived in a two-room house, Mariano Rivera became the greatest relief pitcher of baseball history in “The House That Ruth Built”—New York’s Yankee Stadium. At every step, he gave credit to God for his success, acknowledging the Lord as the One who empowered his brilliant career. (Photo via God Reports)
Mariano grew up along the shores of the Gulf of Panama, in Puerto Caimito, where his father captained a 90-foot fishing vessel. His “dingy cement home on a dirt road” had a beat-up tin roof and no electricity or running water when his parents moved in. Mariano didn’t try on a real baseball glove until he was 16. Until that time, he and his friends fashioned together gloves from “a milk carton, a bat from a stick,” and a ball made from wrapping a rock in fishing nets and tape as they played along the shore.
He dropped out of high school in the ninth grade and began working on his father’s fishing boat so he could earn $50 a week for mechanic’s school, he relates in his autobiography, “The Closer.”
When Mariano was 18, he noticed a striking change in his cousin, Vidal Ovalle, and he asked him about it.
Denzel Washington tells actors to pray
“I pray that you all put your shoes way under the bed at night so that you gotta get on your knees in the morning to find them. And while you’re down there, thank God for grace and mercy and understanding. We all fall short of the glory. We all got plenty.” -Denzel Washington
(Hollywood, CA)—Denzel Washington recently told a group of young actors that a good way to make sure you pray every morning is to put your shoes “way under the bed at night” so you “gotta get on your knees in the morning.”(Photo via Facebook)
The Academy Award-winning actor was seen speaking to the young people in a video R&B singer and actor Tyrese Gibson posted on Facebook Sunday. He encouraged the group of seemingly aspiring actors to use their talent for good and always remember to pray.
A Gallup poll released earlier this week suggests that nearly 50 percent of Americans continue to believe that God created human beings “in present form” in the past 10,000 years. According to Gallup’s report, 42 percent of Americans assert this perspective, a figure which has stayed relatively consistent since the question was first asked in 1982, when 44 percent of respondents agreed with it. (It peaked in 1994 and 1999 with 47 percent.) Thirty-one percent of Americans agreed with the statement that affirmed that God guided an evolutionary process from which humans evolved; only 19 percent of those surveyed said that the evolutionary process was devoid of the divine.
.. Baker forced to bake wedding cake for Lesbian couple and undergo reeducation training A family owned bakery has been ordered to make wedding cakes for gay couples
and guarantee that its staff be given comprehensive training on Colorado’s anti-discrimination laws after the state’s Civil Rights Commission determined the Christian baker violated the law by refusing to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, in Lakewood, Colorado was directed to change his store policies immediately and force his staff to attend the training sessions. For the next two years, Phillips will also be required to submit quarterly reports to the commission to confirm that he has not turned away customers based on their sexual orientation. .
Drive Through Prayer Lanes Spreading “People go to Dunkin’ Donuts for coffee, not because it’s the best coffee, but because it’s the most convenient. In a similar way, this is a port of entry for somebody to begin to connect with God in an intentional kind of way.” So explains the pastor of the latest church to open a drive-through lane for people seeking prayer. Churches from Florida to Kansas and Illinois to California are picking up the trend. One purchased a nearby bank building, staffed it with volunteers, and opened for
people to drive through. The church uses the bank’s deposit tube for people who want to write down their prayer requestsrather than speak to a church member. The strategy is working. People have asked volunteers to pray for family members and other problems; one woman asked the church to pray for her daughter, who had moved to Israel and was entering the Israeli army. When I first read about this phenomenon, I agreed with a critic who warned that it “reinforces this idea of prayer being more like a vending machine. We drive up to the window, make our selection, put in our order, and get our request fulfilled. That’s a self-serving distortion of the Christian experience.” Upon reflection, I realized that the same can be said of any prayer request, whenever and however we make it. Transactional religion has been with us since the first supplicant made the first sacrifice to his or her deity for the purpose of being blessed as a result. .
.President Obama Proclaims Jun-LGBT Month Celebrates Extending Immigration Family Benefits to Gay Couples
President Barack Obama on Friday proclaimed June as being the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride month, after celebrating that his administration is also extending family and immigration benefits to legally married gay couples and calling
for more freedoms for gays in the workplace.
“I, Barack Obama, president of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2014 as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride month,” declared Obama in remarks released by the White House Friday.
“I call upon the people of the United States to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people,” he added.
Before making the declaration, Obama highlighted some key victories of the LGBT activist lobby made possible under his administration.
Church pulls ‘hell’ sign after police probe Tuesday, May 27, 2014 (12:39 am) A Baptist church agreed to take down a sign about hell after police investigated the message as a “hate incident,” reports the Daily Mail. A passerby in Norfolk, England, complained about the sign, which said non-Christians would “burn in hell,” and showed flames below the words, “If you think there is no God you better be right!”
US Seeks to Promote Historic LGBT sites as National Monuments (Fresno Bee / Worthy News)– The National Park Service is launching an initiative to make places and people of significance to the history of lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual Americans part of the national narrative.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is convening a panel of 18 scholars nextmonth that will be charged with exploring the LGBT movement’s story in areas such as law, religion, media, civil rights and the arts. The committee will identify relevant sites and its work will be used to evaluate them for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places, designation as National Historic Landmarks, or consideration as national monuments, Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis said.
.. VA Hospital Hides Jesus Behind Curtain I may have figured out why the Department of Veterans Affairs had such difficulty finding time to treat patients. It’s because it was working overtime to give its chapels a religiously neutral makeover. But as VA officials in Iron Mountain, Mich., learned, one man’s renovation is another man’s desecration. Some folks in Iron Mountain became infuriated earlier this month when they discovered that statues of Jesus and Mary, along with a cross and altar, were hidden
behind a curtain in the chapel of the VA hospital there. The chapel still has stained glass windows, though for how long is unclear. A VA hospital spokesman told me they are still trying to figure out what to do with the windows. The decision to hide the religious icons came after the National Chaplain Center conducted an on-site inspection and determined the hospital’s chapel was not in compliance with government regulations. Richard Riley, pastor of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, called the move “exceedingly disappointed.” .
Rochester, NY (LiveActionNews) —Every year in Rochester, NY, an organization called Metro Justice holds a Peace Parade on Memorial Day . The organization claims to fight for “economic, social, and racial justice,” but their efforts have been compromised in the past where the pre-born are involved.
The pro-life organization Feminists for Nonviolent Choices (FFNVC) became a victim of Metro Justice’s dichotomous view of peace when they were excluded from the organization’s peace parade earlier this week..
.United Methodist Church may split over homosexuality A divide may be imminent for the United Methodist Church, as the denomination cannot reconcile differences over homosexuality.
Religion News Service reports 80 UMC pastors believe that the split cannot be avoided, even by agreeing to disagree on gay matters.
“We can no longer talk about schism as something that might happen in the future. Schism has already taken place in our connection,” Rev. Maxie Dunnam, former president of Asbury Theological Seminary said.
california-bill-modernizes-birth-certificates-for-gay-parents A California bill that allows gay parents to identify as “parent” instead of “mother” or“father” on birth certificates was passed by the state assembly. The bill also allows multiple people to be listed as parents on birth certificates, with no limit given. The bill seeks to adhere to the shifting definition of family in society. “The definition of a family needs to be more flexible, and same-sex parents should not be discriminated against when filling out a birth certificate,” said Democrat Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez. . stand-with-civility-but-stand Civility counts for a great deal in a society in which representative self-government means substantial and sometimes grave differences of opinion. No country divided by opposing opinions can survive if its citizens take up arms against one another due to political disagreements. A certain war waged on our soil from 1861-1865 proves it. My friends and colleagues in the conservative movement are right to call for civility in public discourse. Talking beats violence, no question. I once heard the late Israeli diplomat Abba Eban say that he would even negotiate with then-Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi should the latter ever “experience an isolated spasm of lucidity.” Good counsel, that. Yet some of our philosophical and political opponents don’t want civil conversation in which views are presented and arguments made with respect and clarity. They want either our acquiescence or our suppression. “Civility” can be a cloak used to mask an agenda of dominance. Agree with me, or give-in to my viewpoint, and you’re a nice, civil person. Disagree, and you’re either stupid or evil – and, either way, uncivil. “Those who talk most about civility,” wrote Richard John Neuhaus in his landmark work, The Naked Public Square, “usually define it in terms of their accustomed way of doing things. ‘Their way of doing things means they continue to be in control. We mean to take over – nicely, if possible, but if that’s not possible, well, civility is not the highest of the virtues.’” In the past few days, we have witnessed two dramatic events demonstrating that many on the Left don’t really want civility in discourse or tolerance of difference. They want conquest. They want to shut-up their opponents through whatever means necessary short of actual, physical attacks, and are more than glad to take advantage of an incoherent judiciary to obtain what they desire.
.More Lies from the Religion of Peace Islamic deceit strikes again. Delegates from the Council on American-Islamic Relations visit a chapter of the Franciscan Sisters. And tell a pack of lies.
CAIR and ISNA (Islamic Society of North America) were unindicted co-conspirators of the Holy Land Foundation, a front organization for Hamas, a designated, chartered terrorist group. They are no different from the Muslims who are killing Christians and Jews throughout the world; the same as Boko Haram that kidnapped, converted and killed the female students in Nigeria; the same as those who burned to death male students just weeks before; and the same as those who recently destroyed entire villages in Nigeria, burned down 200 homes and butchered 16 while intoning Allahu Akbar. They differ only in their attire.
.God alive and well in the Military
‘God’s still working in the military,’ Navy chaplain says FORT WORTH (BP) — After 40 days and 40 nights in the Kuwaiti desert, the First Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment crossed the line of departure into harm’s way in Iraq on March 20, 2003 — the start of what would become known as Operation Iraqi Freedom. “We had the first man killed in action in the whole war in our unit and fought what many believe is the most decisive battle in the fall of Baghdad,” said Carey Cash, a Navy chaplain assigned to the regiment. Yet in the midst of physical war, a spiritual battle for the lives of these Marines was already underway as God brought revival to the unit. In the battalion of 1,000 men, Cash said, “about one out of four had a profound spiritual awakening.”
.Eradication-of-christianity-in-northern-cameroon “There are no Christians anymore in Gorea. The light of the gospel of Jesus Christ is quenched in that village,” Pastor Leon Badoka*tearfully shared with an Open Doors
worker. “It is a (spiritual) war that Christians should have won, but now some of the Christians have betrayed us and joined our persecutors. The church in Gorea will probably be transformed into a mosque. This is the result of a determined process to eradicate Christianity in the area. The same is happening in other villages across the north.” Over the past year, Muslims have waged a fierce intimidation campaign against Christians in Gorea, sending anonymous written threats to kill them and burn down their churches. In April 2013, local teens carried out the threats, setting the church ablaze and scattering the Christians Though some of the Christians returned a few weeks later, it seems that the pressure has now simply become too much. Many of them, including two church officials, have followed the example of a church elder who rejected Christ by embracing Islam last year.
.Church-of-Scotland-to-debate-ordination-of-gay-people EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND (Worthy News)– Last year, the Church of Scotland’s
General Assembly decided that it couldn’t condone same-sex marriages or civil partnerships, yet its commissioners approved a proposal that allowed individual congregations to hire gay ministers while the assembly continues to debate their ordination. “The General Assembly reaffirmed biblical teaching that same-sex civil partnerships are wrong, but then allowed ministers who are gay in,” David Robertson — a Free Church minister in Dundee — told Christian Today. “It confused people and made a laughing stock of the Church here.” As a result, many congregations have opted to leave the Church of Scotland and join churches that ban homosexual clergy. Robertson said this trend will likely continue.
. Aclj offers to defend school districts that face aclu challenges for displaying God bless America Washington, DC) The American Center for Law and Justice, an international public
interest law firm, said today it is offering legal services to defend a California school district that has been told by the ACLU to remove a sign that includes the message God Bless America. At the same time, the ACLJ announced today it is offering to defend any school district or student organization in America that desires to display God Bless America in schools. At a time when America desires to exhibit patriotism, the ACLU sees fit to undermine the constitution by attempting to exert a heavy hand of censorship, said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ. The ACLU is out of step with the law and is reacting in a manner that is totally absurd and irresponsible. The message God Bless America is constitutionally protected speech and the ACLUs legal analysis is both skewed and very troubling.
.Suspect 22-Y-O Elliot Rodger Pledged ‘Retribution’ for Rejection by Females 7 Dead in Calif Shooting Rampage Seven people are now dead including the suspected gunman Elliot Rodger, 22, after he went on a bloody 10-minute shooting rampage in the Southern California college town of Isla Vista, which also left seven others injured. According to The New York Times, the gunman is the son of a Hollywood director identified
by CNN as Peter Rodger who directed the 2012 film “Hunger Games.” He was discovered dead with a bullet in his head after his black BMW crashed. It is unclear if the bullet was self-inflicted or the result of a shootout with police in Isla Vista near the University of California, Santa Barbara. Alan Shifman, a lawyer for the gunman’s parents, said his clients expressed concern to police about a month ago over their son’s YouTube videos “regarding suicide and the killing of people.” Police, according to the parents, interviewed their son and concluded he was not a threat. They found him a “perfectly polite, kind and wonderful human.” CNN VideoShooter Video
.Pastor Cruz: There is an attack on Christianity in America (CNSNews.com) – Rev. Rafael Cruz, director of Purifying Fire Ministries and father of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), said the Christian church in America is under attack
“more and more every day,” and noted that many pastors are afraid of losing their tax-exempt status if they speak out on political issues. .
. Franklin Graham “Christians are under attack from Islam (CNSNews.com) – Rev. Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham and head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, said “Christians are under attack
by Islam” and that “radical” Islam has nothing to do with it because “it’s just what it is.” Speaking at the Watchmen on the Wall National Pastor’s Briefing in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, Rev. Graham said, “The church around the world is under attack. Christians are under attack by Islam. They keep using this word ‘radical.’ It’s not radical, it’s just what it is.”
The irony of tolerance that doesn’t tolerate Christians
When it comes to same-sex “marriage,” our culture just like our president, has definitely evolved. After all, it was only in 2008 that a strong majority in California—yes, California—passed Proposition 8 which defined marriage as between one man and one woman.But when our president changed his mind a few months before the 2012 election, the cultural floodgates opened, particularly in the American workplace. Later that summer, Chick-fil-A faced angry boycotts when CEO Dan Cathy’s views and donations in favor of traditional marriage became public knowledge.
The workplace pressure has only continued. Christian bakers and photographers who do not want to participate in what they consider to be a sin have been fined and faced being shut down. Attempts to protect their religious liberty, such as Arizona’s State Bill 1062, have been crushed through threats of economic boycotts and media shaming.
More high-profile voices have also faced this smash-mouth, brass-knuckle treatment. Just weeks ago Brendan Eich, the accomplished founder and CEO of search-engine company Mozilla, was forced to resign when he was “outed” for donating all of $1,000 to Proposition 8 eight years ago.
We’ve all heard what A&E tried to do to Duck Dynasty when Phil Robertson indelicately expressed his disapproval of the “gay lifestyle.” And more recently, the Home and Garden TV network canned the Benham brothers, David and Jason, for their supposed “anti-gay” and “anti-choice” beliefs. Apparently one cannot even host a home-improvement show if one does not also parrot the new sexual orthodoxy.
And then there’s the case of Miami Dolphins football player Don Jones. When the Dolphins selected gay athlete and cause celebre Michael Sam in the seventh round of the NFL draft, the celebratory kiss with his boyfriend was shown repeatedly on television. Jones reacted by tweeting “OMG” and “Horrible.” The Dolphins immediately suspended him and ordered him to undergo sensitivity training. Sensitivity training? Re-education? What is this, Communist China?
.Supreme court upheld prayer at meetings
After last week’s 5-4 decision upholding Christian prayer at government meetings, courts are taking on cases that challenge crosses displayed in public places.
The crosses in question include the Memorial Peace Cross in Prince George’s County, Maryland, a memorial for those who died in World War I, and the Mount Soledad cross in San Diego, which Congress calls a national war memorial.
.Professors sue Bryan college over biblical creation-account
DAYTON, Tenn. – Two professors are suing Bryan College because their teaching contracts were not renewed when they refused to agree with the school’s literal interpretation of the Genesis creation. .
As previously reported, Bryan College in Tennessee continues to grapple with an evolution/creation debate which has divided many students and faculty members. The controversy began earlier this year when the conservative Christian school clarified its statement of belief to affirm the literal historicity of Adam and Eve.
.How many teens are leaving the church?
According to Lifeway’s multi-year study, in fact, the number of teens who leave the church comes to about 70%. This mainly clusters around teens from 16–19. But, in what may come as a surprise, two-thirds do ultimately return after a “hiatus.” The researchers also found that most of the teens didn’t set out to reject the church or the theology of their parents; they simply drifted away. They no longer found church to be important.
.Sudan pregnant woman to be hanged for marrying Christian
Ibrahim is a 27 year old Sudanese mother now eight-months pregnant with her second child, the wife of a naturalized American citizen from South Sudan, and a medical school graduate. She is also a condemned prisoner on death row in Khartoum. .
.blast in christian area of nigerian city kills 5
KANO, Nigeria – A car bomb exploded in the Christian neighborhood of Nigeria’s second most populous and mainly Muslim city of Kano, killing five people, hours before police discovered another massive car bomb in Kano’s ancient mud city precinct on Monday.
Police Superintendent Aderenle Shinaba said the car exploded Sunday night before the bomber reached his target of the busy restaurants and bars lining Gold Coast Street, indicating the casualties could have been much higher. He said five people were killed, including the bomber, and seven were wounded.
Israel moves to help kidnapped Nigerian Christian girls.
“Israel expresses deep shock at the crime against the girls. We are ready to help in finding the girls and fighting the cruel terrorism inflicted on you.” -Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Israeli security forces have arrived in Nigeria to aid in the search for [over] 200 young [mostly] Christian girls recently abducted by the radical Islamist group Boko Haram.
On Monday, international media was abuzz after the publication of a video showing many of the captive girls dressed in Muslim garb (pictured) and reciting passages from the Koran. In the video, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau says the girls will be held and continued to be forcibly converted to Islam until jailed members of his group are freed by the Nigerian government.
planned parenthood counselor withheld info on rape police report claims A Planned Parenthood counselor in Arizona intentionally miscoded a sexual assault as a consensual encounter to avoid the “hassle” of reporting it to authorities, months before other victims came forward to stop an alleged 18-year-old serial sex predator, a police report reveals. Tyler Kost, of San Tan Valley, Ariz., has been charged with sexually assaulting 11 girls from the ages of 12 to 17 between October 2009 and April 2014, although authorities believe he has assaulted at least 18 students from Poston Butte High School. The mother of one 15-year-old victim, who became pregnant as a result of the alleged assault, told a Planned Parenthood Arizona staffer about the attack in December, a Pinal County Sheriff’s Office report shows.
Atheist Military Chaplain? You can’t make this stuff up !!!
NJ mayor fights feds over prayer during citizenship ceremony
Atheist Fail to Topple MONTANA’S “BIG MOUNTAIN JESUS” STATUE ON FEDERAL LAND
.No Energy Company Job for Homeschooler.
Three Lesbian Women Marry Each Other Claim to be Worlds First Throuple
Can We Trade Sexual Morality for Church Growth
. Second Grader Told Not to Read Bible .
.HGTV Leaves Christian Values on Cutting Room Floor
. New Hampshire School Defends Sexually Graphic Novel .
Student Claims Community College Rejected Application Because Christian Faith December 24, 2013 Edit
For as far back as anyone can remember, Missouri Baptists have gathered on river banks for Sunday afternoon baptisms.
The preacher leads the new believers into the water, draped in white robes as a choir sings, “Shall We Gather at the River.”
It’s the way it’s been done for generations – baptizing in creeks, lakes, and rivers “in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.”
But now the long-cherished tradition of “taking the plunge” has been drawn into a controversy with the federal government.
Many Christians believe the Bible commands new followers of Christ to be baptized immediately after their conversion.
The National Park Service began enforcing a policy recently that required churches to obtain special use permits in order to baptize in public waters. As part of the same permit process, the NPS also mandated that churches give the Park Service 48 hours advance notice of pending baptisms.
A mob of 1,000 people destroyed a church building under construction in northern India and beat up its pastor.
Gospel for Asia reports the congregation has been trying to build the church for more than two years, but
construction has been slowed by local opposition.
Earlier this week, rumors began to spread accusing the Christians of “culturally offensive” practices.
WASHINGTON — The Muslim Brotherhood appears on the ropes in Egypt following a military crackdown on the radical movement.
Here in the United States, however, one American-Islamic group linked to the Brotherhood continues to thrive. The Islamic Society of North America, or ISNA, will hold its 50th annual convention over Labor Day weekend this year.
And ISNA even has the ear of the White House.
California bill would allow non-physicians to perform abortions
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SOMALIA: Islamic Militants Abduct Christian Mother of TwoINDIA: Hindu Militants Attack Woman and Threaten Her Ministering Family
VIETNAM: Praying Christians Brutally Assaulted by Police
Pastors fight gay agenda
Pastors from across San Antonio are joining together to oppose the city’s proposed amendments which add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity or expression” to the local ordinance. The definition of “sexual orientation” includes someone who is reportedly “asexual.” And “gender identity or expression” is merely a subjective mental thought disassociated from objective reality.
Muslim Mob Injures Church Leaders, Choir Members in Nigeria
A Muslim mob with knives and iron rods injured several members of an Anglican church in Nasarawa state on Aug. 17 over a dispute about less than 1 cent in change, area Christians said, reports Jeremy Reynalds, Senior Correspondent for ASSIST News Service.
Pentagon Classifies Evangelical Christians, Catholics as “Extremists”By Todd StarnesThe Department of Defense classified Catholics and Evangelical Christians as religious extremists similar to Al-Qaeda, according to training materials obtained by the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty. The Pentagon also considered the Southern Poverty law Center’s “hate group” list a “reliable source” for determining extremism and labeled “Islamophobia” as a form of religious extremism. The revelations come just days after Judicial Watch discovered a separate Pentagon training document that depicted the Founding Fathers as extremists and conservative organizations as hate groups. The Chaplain Alliance uncovered in more than 1,500 pages of documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request after a U.S. Army training instructor told a Reserve unit based in Pennsylvania that Catholicism, Evangelical Christianity, Al Qaeda, Hamas, Sunni Muslims, and the Ku Klux Klan were examples of extremism. \
Pentagon Calls Founding Fathers Extremists “The materials we obtained establish that the U.S. military violated its appropriate apolitical stance and engaged in a dishonorable mischaracterization of multiple faith groups,” said Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance, an organization that represents thousands of military chaplains.The documents show an unknown number of equal opportunity officers were trained at Fort Jackson, SC, using information obtained from the SPLC. The training material was made public after a soldier who attended the briefing alerted Chaplain Alliance.“He considers himself an Evangelical Christian and did not appreciate being classified with terrorists,” Crews said. “There was a pervasive attitude in the presentation that anything associated with religion is an extremist.”
Atheists Call 9-11 Memorial Cross “Grossly Offensive” A Jewish firefighter who wants to display a Christian cross as part of a New Jersey 9-11 memorial is facing stiff opposition from a group of atheists who called the religious image “grossly offensive.”The American Atheists are threatening to sue Princeton, NJ if they proceed with plans to erect the memorial. They took issue with a beam that was salvaged from the ruins of the World Trade Center because a cross had been cut out of one side of the beam.“This particular beam has a religious symbol on it,” American Atheists president David Silverman told Fox News. “They have a beam with a religious symbol and that makes it a religious icon.” Silverman said placing the beam on public land would be a “clear violation of the separation of church and state.” He also said the cross symbol would send a terrible message to non-Christians. He said the city would be giving the “appearance that all of the people who suffered and died on 9-11 and their families are being memorialized by a Christian symbol.”
Bishop: Egyptian Christians Live in Fear as Brotherhood Attacks
Speaking from Luxor, Zakaria told the Fides News Agency that he too was confined to his quarters after Brotherhood members attacked last week; now two armored cars stand as sentinels shielding his building, but other Christian dwellings have been razed to the ground as the Brotherhood continues to call for their deaths.
Gay Lawmakers to Christians: We’ll Take Your ChildrenThe connection between homosexual abuse and “gay identity” is undeniable. Consider this: Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have found that homosexual men are “at least three times more likely to report CSA (childhood sexual abuse)” than heterosexual men.Moreover, the Archives of Sexual Behavior—no bastion of conservatism—determined in a 2001 study that nearly half of all gay-identified men were molested by a homosexual pedophile. The study notes, “46 percent of homosexual men and 22 percent of homosexual women reported having been molested by a person of the same gender. This contrasts to only 7 percent of heterosexual men and 1 percent of heterosexual women reporting having been molested by a person of the same gender.”
Islamism’s slow genocide against ChristiansThere’s a global religious genocide on “slow burn” with occasional conflagrations that make it into the mainstream media. There are an estimated 100 million persecuted Christians.As Egypt’s Islamists blame Christians for the ouster of Mohammed Morsi, anti-Christian violence has reached epidemic levels, with an estimated 82 churches across
Egypt attacked and heavily damaged by pro-Morsi supporters in a mere 48 hours.
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