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Amazing Biblical Accuracy – Prophetic Timing…
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I found this film to be eerily accurate as we are now experiencing the prophecy being played out in the film is unfolding right before our eyes.
Scheduled for release this coming August, Pure Flix is launching it through their Church Cinema Network and recruiting action teams to host movie night events at churches and theaters.
AFA (American Family Association) has joined forces with Pure Flix in a marketing alliance to encourage others to stand strong for truth and take an active role in sharing this message and spread the word of what’s being revealed through prophecy. This AFA Approved film has also grabbed the attention of The Dove Foundation, giving it their highest rating (5 out of 5) claiming Jerusalem Countdown to be the best faith-based yet from Pure Flix.
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Yale Christian Fraternity Challenged For Requirement to Believe in Jesus Christ
TheBlaze.com 10/2/12 Universities may be well-intentioned when they create non-discrimination policies, but to the chagrin of some free speech advocates and religious conservatives, the restrictions that often result are problematic. TheBlaze has already extensively covered this issue as it has played out on the Vanderbilt University campus. Now, a similar drama is unfolding at Yale University, where a new Christian fraternity may be denied recognition — and funding — over its requirement that male members believe in Jesus Christ.
World on Campus has more about the battle that Beta Upsilon Chi (BYX), a national fraternity with a new chapter at Yale, is facing: “Just days after the leaders of Beta Upsilon Chi (BYX) announced the Yale chapter’s formation, the student newspaper reported that the group ‘will have to change its membership rules if it intends to comply with Yale’s anti-discrimination policies.’” Read Full Story Here
Atheists Lose First Amendment Legal Challenge to State‘s ’Year of the Bible’ Declaration
TheBlaze.com – 10/3/12 Atheists technically lost their legal battle, challenging Pennsylvania’s “year of the Bible” declaration. That said, there’s a light at the end of the non-theistic tunnel, as the judge, despite ruling against secularists, also chastised state politicians for pandering to the electorate. Read Full Story Here
CHICK-FIL-A FUROR: ‘WAKE UP CALL’ FOR ‘PEOPLE OF FAITH’
07/31/12 – Todd Starnes Fox News & Commentary - There’s something unsettling about the public flogging of Chick-fil-A by government officials hell-bent on destroying a privately owned American company simply because of the owner’s personal opinions.
Democratic lawmakers in more than a half dozen major cities have led the charge – slandering Chick-fil-A’s owner and calling for all-out bans on the company’s expansion efforts in places like Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, and San Francisco.
And Chick-fil-A’s only crime – is being a family-owned company that ascribes to the teachings of the Holy Bible – a belief that marriage is a union between one man and one woman.
Chick-fil-A’s president has been called a bigot, a homophobe. The mayor of Washington, D.C. accused the company of peddling “hate chicken.”
Philadelphia City Councilman Jim Kenney introduced a resolution condemning the company — and its president – Dan Cathy.
“This particular individual is rabidly homophobic and wants to deny Americans civil rights that are enjoyed by every other American,” Kenney said.
New York Churches Seek Legal Relief
02/15/2012 – CitizenLink.com - The Alliance Defense Fund went to bat for New York City churches in federal court on Tuesday, arguing that a city policy banning them from holding worship services in public schools on weekends violates two tenets of the First Amendment.
And according to senior counsel Jordan Lorence, the hearing went fairly well; Chief Judge Loretta Preska “asked if the school district would be willing to grant some extra time for the churches to stay in the schools so she would have more time to write an opinion. I think there’s a good possibility that churches could be back in,” he said.
“We don’t know exactly what the judge will do, but I think she’s inclined to support us.”
The city evicted churches from public school buildings on Feb. 12. ADF is arguing that the city’s policy violates both the Free Exercise and Establishment clauses of the First Amendment. The Free Exercise Clause protects citizens’ right to be free of government interference in the performance of their faith; the Establishment Clause says the government will not establish an official state religion
Birth-control mandate a step to abortion coverage?
02/15/12 – OneNewsNow.com - Last week, Obama announced that instead of requiring employers to cover contraception, insurance policies would be required to provide free birth-control coverage in separate agreements with the workers who want it. Even though conservatives do not see it as a compromise at all, and even though serious constitutional questions about the policy still remain, the administration refuses to budge any further.
Matt Bowman of the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) points out that exemptions are being granted to various organizations, including unions, but religious ones still face a mandate.
“It seems like the only people who don’t get some type of special treatment under ObamaCare are groups that want to exercise their God-given first freedom of religious liberty,” Bowman notes.
And he suggests that imposing contraception and sterilization coverage on people of faith could be a stepping stone to mandating coverage for abortion.
“The idea imposed by the Obama administration here against religious liberty is that pregnancy is a disease,” the attorney says. “There is no principle distinction between that and requiring not only these other practices, but surgical… Read More
Tebow’s Biblical Game: 316 Yards Invokes Key Verse
1/9/12 – FoxNews.com – DENVER – Tim Tebowed and Denver rose as one.
The Broncos quarterback’s 80-yard touchdown pass to receiver Demaryius Thomas on the first play of overtime against Pittsburgh both clinched Sunday’s game and wrote another improbable chapter in Tebow’s book of clutch plays to win high-pressure games.
His performance also borrowed a little magic from another famous book.
The devout Christian’s stat line in Sunday’s game mirrors the numbering of the Biblical passage that Tebow at times had painted on to his black eye paint during his career at the University of Florida — John 3:16.
The passage reads, according to the New American Standard Bible, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
Officially, Tebow passed for 316 yards against the Steelers, completing 10 of 21 pass attempts — meaning he passed for 31.6 yards per completion.
Atheists Demand That Texas Nativity Scene Be Torn Down
12/8/2011 – TheBlaze.com – Christian pastors in Henderson County, Texas, are fighting back against atheists who are demanding that a nativity scene located on a courthouse lawn be taken down.
The group behind the complains, the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, frequently targets faith and religion projects that are placed on public lands. The group sent a letter to the county that explains how a local resident, who wishes to remain nameless, is offended by the scene.
Here is some of the text from the letter (via Malakoff News):
It is our information and understanding that a large nativity scene is on display at the Henderson County Courthouse and that it is the only seasonal display on the grounds (see photo enclosed). It is unlawful for the County to maintain, erect, or host this nativity scene, thus singling out, showing preference for, and endorsing one religion. The Supreme Court has ruled it is impermissible to place a nativity scene as the sole focus of a display on government property.
We request that, as Henderson County Commissioners, you take immediate action to ensure that no religious displays are on city or county property. Please inform us in writing of… Read More
Bible manuscripts from Damascus go on rare display
OneNewsNow.com 10/6/11 – AP - The books are held at Israel’s national library. Because of security and conservation concerns, most of the collection has been on display just once before, also for just a few hours, more than a decade ago.
The collection includes 11 volumes. Three, including the oldest and most important book in the collection, were brought out of the library’s vaults and displayed during a symposium Wednesday evening.
Ranging from 700 to 1,000 years old and written in the Middle East and Europe, the parchment manuscripts include meticulous Hebrew penmanship and illustrations in ink and gold leaf. Some boast intricate micrography _ decorations made up of thousands of tiny Hebrew letters.
None were written in Damascus, but rather came to be held in synagogues in the city over the centuries. They are known collectively as the Damascus Crowns, “crown” being a Hebrew term sometimes used to describe particularly important and venerable biblical manuscripts.
The Jewish community in Syria’s capital had been there for more than 2,000 years before its members were driven out by government persecution and mob violence linked to the rise of Arab nationalism and the establishment of Israel in 1948. A second ancient community in the… Read More
Alabama Superintendent Reportedly Bans Public Prayer at High School Football Games
09/22/2011 – FoxNews.com An Alabama superintendent is reportedly banning public prayer before high school football games over claims by one parent that the 10-year-old practice violates the First Amendment.
John Mullins, superintendent of Arab City Schools in Arab, Ala., said he chose to toss out pregame prayer at Arab High School after receiving a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, WAAY-TV reports.
The Wisconsin-based group reportedly wrote the letter on behalf of an anonymous parent who objected to prayer at games.
“Yes in our personal lives in Arab we are Christian, but our priority is to serve the students of this school system and provide them education” Mullins told the station. “And we at this time can’t commit the energy and time and financial resources to battle a case we most likely will not win.”
Mullins said the high school football games will instead begin with a moment of silence.
“We wish we could continue praying but we can’t,” he said.
New Warning About Muslim Brotherhood’s Influence on White House From…Liberal Marxist Muslim
08/17/11 – TheBlaze.com You‘ll never guess who’s now warning about a Muslim Brotherhood influence at the White House. Newt Gingrich? Nope. John Bolton? Not exactly.
Instead, it’s Canadian political activist, devout Muslim and self-described liberal Marxist, Tarek Fatah. Surprised?
Back in June, Fatah appeared at Ideacity, Canada’s “Premier meeting of the minds” to share his shocking viewpoints on both mainstream and radical Islam (including the Muslim Brotherhood). During his fascinating talk, Fatah said that “the religion of Islam is being used as a tool by a fascist force.” It is important to note that Fatah is also a Muslim. Perhaps most shocking, though, were his words about the Muslim Brotherhood and its relation to the American presidency. He said:
“Instead of bringing victory over the fascist forces of the Muslim Brotherhood, we now recognize that their infiltration is right up to the American White House, but we can’t say that.”
Mark of The Beast Unveiled…?
08/12/11 – Breitbart.com – Electronic skin tattoo has medical, gaming, spy uses. A hair-thin electronic patch that adheres to the skin like a temporary tattoo could transform medical sensing, computer gaming and even spy operations, according to a US study published Thursday.
The micro-electronics technology, called an epidermal electronic system (EES), was developed by an international team of researchers from the United States, China and Singapore, and is described in the journal Science.
“It’s a technology that blurs the distinction between electronics and biology,” said co-author John Rogers, a professor in materials science and engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
“Our goal was to develop an electronic technology that could integrate with the skin in a way that is mechanically and physiologically invisible to the user.”
Public Prayer Case Supreme Court-Bound
08/11/11 – OneNewsNow.com - A federal appeals court ruled in favor of two Forsyth County residents who sued in 2007 after a meeting was opened with prayer in the name of Jesus. (See earlier story) But Debra Conrad, vice chair of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners, tells OneNewsNow there is nothing to support the complaint that most of the county’s prayers are Christian.
“We have had individuals from all different denominations of Christianity, as well as other religions that are not Christian. So we’re not defending any particular faith,” she explains.
And Conrad believes the board is fighting for freedom of religion and freedom of speech in taking their appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
“They should be able to pray to whatever deity of their choice, because otherwise, the prayers would basically be just ‘to whom it may concern.’” not a real, legitimate prayer if they’re not being honest with their own words,” she reasons.
Commissioners voted this week to permit the
‘Sharia Law Zones’ In The UK?
08/11/11 - OneNewsNow.com – The Daily Mail reports that some communities have been bombarded with bright, yellow posters that read: “You are entering a sharia-controlled zone. Islamic rules enforced.”
The signs, which ban alcohol, music, gambling, smoking, drugs, and pornography, have already been plastered on bus stops and street lamps in certain boroughs throughout London, and Islamic extremist Anjem Choudary says he plans to flood specific Muslim and non-Muslim communities across the U.K. and “put the seeds down for an Islamic emirate in the long term.”
Mike Judge is head of communications at The Christian Institute in Britain. He notes a real concern for small pockets of the U.K. that have become dominated by Muslim populations.
“Muslims have put up posters saying, ‘this is a sharia law zone.’ There can be no music, no television here. Everyone must wear the veil and that kind of thing,” he accounts. “It has no force of law, and the police quickly went around and took down the posters…. Read More
Air Force Suspends Nuclear Training Course Over Inclusion of Bible Verses
08/04/11 – TheBlaze.com - Do the Bible and nuclear military training mix? Some U.S. Air Force members and their supporters say “no way.”
Following debate, the Air Force has suspended a course that was taught by chaplains for more than 20 years after complaints that class material included Biblical passages. CNN reports:
The course, entitled, “Christian Just War Theory,” used passages from both the New and Old Testaments to make the case to missile launch officers that going to war can be a moral choice. The Christian Post sheds more light on the course’s controversial contents:
A PowerPoint presentation obtained from the course referenced scripture verses such as Hebrews 11 to show that people of faith can and have engaged in war, in a section entitled “War and Faith.” The section also cited biblical figures including Abraham, Samson and David as religious figures that fought wars in a righteous manner…
The course also taught ethical principles such as a “win at all costs will cost you.“ A nuclear ethics section encouraged trainees to consider the deadly power of nuclear… Read More
Federal Court Upholds Ban on Public Prayer
08/02/11 – CitizenLink.com - The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld on Friday a lower court’s ban on praying in Jesus’ name before public meetings.
The American Civil Liberties Union and the Americans United for Separation of Church and State initially sued North Board of Commissioners in Forsyth, North Carolina in 2007, because opening prayers mentioned Jesus more often than not.
Judge Paul V. Niemeyer, the lone dissenter in the 2-1 decision, strongly criticized his fellow jurists:
“The majority has dared to step in and regulate the language of prayer — the sacred dialogue between humankind and God. Such a decision treats prayer agnostically; reduces it to civil nicety; … Most frightfully, it will require secular legislative and judicial bodies to evaluate and parse particular religious prayers under an array of criteria. … I respectfully submit that we must maintain a sacred respect of each religion, and when a group of citizens comes together, as does the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners, and manifests that sacred respect — allowing the prayers of each to be spoken in the religion’s own voice — we must be glad to let it be.”
“America’s founders… Read More
Officials Order Home Owner to Take Down Yard Cross
07/29/11 – TheBlaze.com - A First Amendment battle is brewing in Livingston, New Jersey, after officials told a local resident to take down a cross he had placed on a tree in his front yard.
These events unfolded after neighbors complained and officials upheld a littering ordinance that prohibits citizens from posting anything on structures, including trees. The regulation is breached if posted items are “calculated to attract the attention of the public.”
Patrick Racaniello’s cross apparently violated this stipulation. One neighbor, Toni Tremarco, complained to the media, saying, “I live three houses up and I don’t like having the cross staring right at me.” Below, watch an WABC-TV report on this intriguing situation:
Atheist Group Files Lawsuit Against Display of WTC Cross at 9/11
07/27/11 – FoxNews.com - A group of atheists has filed a lawsuit claiming the display of the World Trade Center cross at the 9/11 memorial in lower Manhattan is unconstitutional, calling it a “mingling of church and state.”
The American Atheists, which advocates an “absolute separation” of government and religion, filed the lawsuit Monday to stop the display of the cross, arguing that it should not be included if “no other religions or philosophies will be honored,” according to a statement on the group’s website.
The cross, which consists of two intersecting steel beams that were found intact in the rubble at Ground Zero, was initially constructed on a side of a church in lower Manhattan. The cross was then placed inside the 9/11 Memorial Museum during a ceremony over the weekend.
“The WTC cross has become a Christian icon. It has been blessed by so-called holy men and presented as a reminder that their god, who couldn’t be bothered to stop the Muslim terrorists or prevent 3,000 people from being killed in his name, cared only enough to bestow upon us some rubble that… Read More
Texas Lawmaker Calls for Congressional Probe Into Ban of Christian Prayers at Military Funerals
07/26/11 – FoxNews.com – A Texas lawmaker is calling for a congressional investigation of the Houston National Cemetery after he went undercover and determined that cemetery officials are still preventing Christian prayers at the funerals of military veterans.
“The Obama administration continues to try to prevent the word ‘God’ from being used at the funerals of our heroes,” said. Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas).
“It’s unacceptable and I’m going to put a stop to it as fast as humanly possible,” Culberson told Fox News Radio. He attended a burial service at the cemetery undercover on July 8, when he says he witnessed volunteer members of the honor guard from the Veterans of Foreign Wars being prohibited from using any references to God.
“The Obama administration had told the nation and me they were not interfering with the prayer said over the graves of veterans,” he said. “And I went undercover to personally verify that claim.” VA officials have strongly denied they’ve banned any religious speech – and have offered support for Arleen Ocasio, the cemetery’s director.
“The idea that invoking the name of God or Jesus is banned… Read More
UPDATE: US DVA Censorship Bans “God”, “Jesus” In Prayers
07/22/11 – OneNewsNow.com - As previously reported on OneNewsNow, Liberty Institute has filed suit on behalf of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American Legion, and The National Memorial Ladies over allegations of religious hostility and unlawful censorship by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and its director of the Houston National Cemetery.
The suit accuses officials of closing the cemetery chapel and banning the words “God” and “Jesus” from prayers during veterans’ burial services, unless families put their requests in writing and submit prayers for pre-approval. But in a brief filed in federal court, the VA denies the allegations.
“The Department of Veterans Affairs, instead of fixing this religious censorship … and now as liars,” reports Hiram Sasser, Liberty Institute director of litigations. “And it’s absolutely outrageous that they would attack these veterans, whose only thing they’ve ever done is that they have served… Read More
Gov. Rick Perry Continues With Prayer Event Plans, Says He Wants ‘God’s Will to Be Done’
07/16/11 TheBlaze.com - A group of Texas atheists may be suing to stop Gov. Rick Perry’s involvement in “The Response,” an upcoming day of prayer and fasting, but their efforts have done little to shake the Republican politician’s faith and determination. Perry is sticking by his original plans to be involved in the massive Christian event on August 6 at Houston’s Reliant Stadium. On Thursday, he appeared on “Today’s Issues,” a program on the American Family Radio Network, to reiterate the gathering’s spiritual importance.
According to CBN News’ The Brody Report, Perry told hosts Tony Perkins and Tim Wildmon that the prayer event will be about asking God to forgive all of us “for the sins that we have committed.” When asked what he wants the event to accomplish, he says he wants “God’s will to be done.”
Perry‘s statements don’t just apply to the general public; he believes they apply to him as well, explaining that he wants, “God helping me, guiding me, giving me direction.” Below, listen to the complete interview:
Religious Freedom Group Sues Perry Over Planned All-Day Prayer Event in Texas
07/13/11 – FoxNews.com - A Wisconsin-based religious freedom group is suing Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a possible Republican presidential contender, in an effort to block his promotion of and participation in an all-day Christian prayer event to be held Aug. 6, arguing that it violates the constitutional separation of church and state.
The Freedom From Religious Foundation, which claims more than 16,000 members, including 700 in Texas, filed the federal lawsuit Wednesday in Houston, contending that Perry’s actions violate the Constitution’s Establishment Clause by “giving the appearance that the government prefers evangelical Christian religious beliefs over other religious beliefs and non-beliefs.”
“We always say, beware prayer by pious politicians,” said Annie Laurie Gaylor, who co-directs the group with her husband, Dan Barker, a former evangelical Christian minister who is now an atheist.
“Nothing fails like prayer,” she said. “It’s the ultimate political cop-out.”
The lawsuit, which comes as Perry flirts with joining the field of GOP presidential contenders, notes that the plaintiffs are “nonbelievers who support the free exercise of religion, but strongly oppose the government establishment and endorsement of religion, including prayer and fasting,… Read More
Political Islam’s War on the West
CoreReport.com 07/09/11 – Thank you AFA for making this fascinating Truth-based intel on what every Christian home needs to know. AFA states “In spite of being involved in a war on terror, most Americans know little about Islam, the Qur’an and the life of Mohammed. Within just 100 years of Mohammed’s death, his followers conquered the lands from the Indian Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean, including North Africa, the Holy Land, Persia and Spain.”
Now we ask: “What will the political forces within Islam mean for the future of the world?”
In Political Islam’s War on the West, William J. Federer leads a fascinating adventure through time as he recounts the events, personalities and conflicts that form a cohesive picture of the struggle between Islam and the West.
Watch Trailer Here
Judges Push Radical Agenda On Military
07/09/11 – OneNewsNow.com – “Radical” and “disturbing” – that’s how one conservative law group is describing this week’s federal court decision calling for the immediate lifting of the military’s ban against openly homosexual personnel.
The three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals asked the United States government to lift the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, pointing to Congress’ decision to repeal the policy last year. The Pentagon stated they are currently studying the ruling and will follow the court order, and will take steps to inform military officers in the field.
Daniel Blomberg is the litigation staff counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund.”…This decision…effectively stops the law from being in effect nationwide, worldwide,” says Blomberg. “So during a time of international conflict, our military is being forced by the judicial system — and unfortunately by the Obama administration’s Justice Department — to implement a change rapidly they’re not prepared to implement. It’s a very disturbing development for our military.”
The ADF counsel explains that the Ninth Circuit hasn’t declared DADT unconstitutional yet, and the hearing on the… Read More
Update w/Video: Houston VA Cemetery Censors God & Jesus From Funerals
06/29/11 – TheBlaze.com - Earlier today The Blaze covered a breaking story out of Houston, where three different veterans groups have filed suit against the Veterans Administration, alleging a First Amendment violation when the VA censored the memorial services at the Houston National Cemetery by prohibiting words like ‘God’ and ‘Jesus’ from being spoken during funerals.
Arleen Ocascio, the director of the VA cemetery in Houston who told groups that they cannot use specific religious language on the property, has been offered the opportunity to respond to this story and has not yet returned our calls. Ms. Ocascio has informed other media outlets that she cannot comment on any issue currently being litigated. In the meantime, calls for Ocascio’s resignation or termination are building.
The United States of Islam…
06/25/11 – TheBlaze.com - Muslim Brotherhood Spokesman Calls on Arab Youth to Launch a New Revolution in the West & Establish a Global Islamic State…MEMRI (The Middle East Media Research Institute) reports that in an “interview with the Egyptian daily Al-Shorouq, Dr. Kamal Al-Helbawy, former Muslim Brotherhood spokesman in the West, called upon the Arab youth to launch a new revolution that would eliminate the borders drawn by imperialist nations and bring about the establishment of a global Islamic state – called ‘The United States of Islam.’ According to Al-Helbawy, the Muslim Brotherhood is active in approximately 80 countries and strives to realize the dream of becoming a global organization.”
NBC Removes ‘Under God’ from the Pledge of Allegiance
06/21/11 – CoreReport.com - WASHINGTON, June 20, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ – In their broadcast of the US Open Golf Tournament yesterday, NBC removed the phrase “under God” from a reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Christian Defense Coalition contends this was no accident and calls for the network to “fully explain” their motivation in removing the phrase.
An apology by NBC saying they “are sorry if anyone was offended” does not go far enough in addressing this troubling and deliberate rewriting of history and the removal of the mention of God from the public square.
Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Washington, D.C. based Christian Defense Coalition, states;
“Like most Americans, I was stunned to see NBC remove the expression ‘under God’ from a televised reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance. It is troubling to see a major television network deliberately remove the mention of God from the public square and rewrite history.
“It is clear that this was not an accident and the pathetic apology NBC offered to the public is not enough in addressing this controversy.
“The Christian Defense Coalition demands that NBC give a full… Read More
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California School District Cancels Fundraiser After Submission of Scripture-Inscribed Bricks
06/15/11 – FoxNews.com - A California school district has canceled a fundraising program featuring memorial bricks, scuttling proceeds of $45,000, after two women submitted Bible verses in their tributes.
The two women, Lou Ann Hart and Sheryl Caronna, had filed a court complaint in January against the Desert Sands Unified School District after the district blocked them from placing the Bible verses on bricks to be installed in walkways at Palm Desert High School in Palm Desert, Calif., about 10 miles east of Palm Springs. The women sought an injunction against the district to compel it to allow the scripture bricks.
Instead, school district officials have decided to rescind the fundraiser and refund money of every community group or individual who purchased a memorial brick, according to a court filing last week with the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
The move has angered advocates of religious freedom in the public sphere.
Scripture Verses Too Much for Calif. School
OneNewsNow.com 06/10/11 - A California high school has shut down a memorial brick paver fundraiser just because two Christian women wanted Bible verses on the bricks they purchased.
Lou Ann Hart and Sheryl Caronna submitted requests and contributed several hundred dollars to purchase brick pavers with engraved scriptures. The pavers were to be placed along walkways at Palm Desert High School. Last August, after the bricks were made — but before they were installed — the women were informed that because of the religious messages on the pavers, they would not be included along the walkways at the school.
In January, the women filed a lawsuit in a U.S. district court to allow the Christian messages. Now, rather than accept the pavers with Bible verses, the Desert Sands Unified School District has shut down the entire program and refunded all the money.
Pakistani Muslim Clerics: Ban the Bible
06/01/11 – CNSNews.com – A group of radical clerics in Pakistan wants the country’s Supreme Court to declare certain passages in the Bible blasphemous – because they depict as flawed certain biblical characters whom Muslims regard as Islamic prophets.
If the court fails to do so, they said, then lawyers will submit an application for the Bible to be formally banned in Pakistan.
The campaign, announced by the clerics at a Lahore mosque and reported Tuesday in the Karachi daily The News and the Urdu-language Roznama Islam, is the latest attempt by radicals to use the country’s blasphemy laws to shield Islam from perceived insults.
Citing Florida pastor Terry Jones’ Qur’an-burning act, the leader of the initiative, Abdul Rauf Farooqi, said the campaigners would like to pay back such “blasphemers” by doing the same to the Bible, but would not follow in their footsteps.
Instead, he and the other clerics in the campaign want Pakistan’s top court to rule that certain passages in the Bible are blasphemous, since they undermine prophets’ sanctity by portraying them as flawed or immoral.
Farooqi, who is leader of the Islamist organization JUI-S (Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Sami-ul-Haq… Read More
ADF Wins Recognition for Christian Student Club
06/01/11 – CoreReport.com CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. — Alliance Defense Fund attorneys have secured a settlement with Half Hollow Hills Central School District after filing suit in February 2010 on behalf of the student leader of a Christian club, which school officials cancelled without her knowledge. ADF attorneys voluntarily dismissed the suit after school officials agreed to reinstate the club, change district policy, and revoke unconstitutional guidelines for club formation and official recognition.
Public school officials claimed that unspecified budget cuts and a lack of student popularity spurred their decision to cancel the club, even though the club had more than 55 student attendees in 2009 and approximately 60 other student clubs, including the Gay-Straight Alliance and Amnesty International, were allowed to continue.
“Christian student groups in public schools shouldn’t be discriminated against,” said ADF Senior Counsel David Cortman. “District officials did the right thing by reinstating the Ichthus Club and adjusting their policies. Singling out and shutting down a religious student club while letting the vast majority of the others remain is unconstitutional.”
At the beginning of her freshman 2009-2010 school year at… Read More
Catholic Charities of Rockford, Ill., Drops Adoption Services Ahead of Civil Union Law
05/28/11 – CitizenLink.com Catholic Charities of Rockford, Ill., — which works with 11 counties — has decided to stop offering foster care and adoption services rather than violate its religious beliefs.
Illinois’ civil union law, which takes effect Wednesday, would have forced adoption agencies that receive state aid to place some children in homes with same-sex couples.
The Legislature failed to pass an amendment to the law that would have protected faith-based groups from being forced to violate their deeply held beliefs about which homes are best for kids.
“The law of our land has always guaranteed its people freedom of religion,” said Penny Wiegert, the Rockford Diocese’s director of communication. “Denying this exemption to faith-based agencies leads one to believe that our lawmakers prefer laws that guarantee freedom from religion. We simply cannot compromise the spirit that motivates us to deliver quality professional services to families by letting our state define our religious teachings” (italics added).
Catholic Charities of Boston also chose to drop its adoption services when Massachusetts legalized same-sex marriage.
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Please Pray for Evangelist Billy Graham – hospitalized with pneumonia
AP / OneNewsNow.com 05/12/11 - RALEIGH, NC – Evangelist Billy Graham was alert and resting comfortably Wednesday evening after being admitted to an Asheville, NC, hospital for the treatment of pneumonia, doctors said.
The 92-year-old Graham arrived Wednesday morning at Mission Hospital after he suffered a health episode overnight that included sweating, coughing and breathing difficulty, Graham spokesman A. Larry Ross told The Associated Press on Wednesday. “But he was never in distress or an acute situation,” Ross said.
“Throughout his stay, he had remained alert and in good spirits and with his humor intact,” Ross said. “He signed his own admission papers.”
Testing suggested he was suffering from pneumonia, and diagnostic tests showed his heart was normal.
Dr. Shaw Henderson, a pulmonologist, said Graham was being treated with antibiotics and was “clinically stable,” according to a statement from the hospital.
Graham’s primary physician, Dr. Lucien Rice, said in the statement that no date had been set for Graham’s release, but that he “is resting comfortably and is fully alert.”
Age-related conditions such as macular degeneration and hearing loss have kept Graham at his home in Montreat in western North… Read More
UPDATE: Navy halts move to allow ‘gay’ unions by chaplains
AP/OneNewsNow.com 05/11/11 WASHINGTON – The Navy has reversed its decision that would have allowed chaplains to be trained about performing same-sex unions if the Pentagon recognizes openly homosexual military service later this year.
The Navy issued a one-sentence memo saying its earlier decision has been suspended and will undergo more thorough legal review.
The initial decision would have allowed Navy chaplains to receive training on performing civil unions on military bases, but only in states where same-gender “marriage” is legal.
Some lawmakers in the House objected to the Navy’s initial ruling. Republican Todd Akin of Missouri, in a letter co-signed by 62 other House members, says using military chapels and personnel for same-sex marriages would violate the Defense of Marriage Act, under which the federal government only recognizes marriage between a man and a woman. “It’s still on the books — and it’s still in effect,” he says of DOMA.
In the Midst of America’s Challenges, the White House is Focused on Ruling The World
WALL STREET JOURNAL 05/11/11 – President to Renew Muslim Outreach – WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama is preparing a fresh outreach to the Muslim world in coming days, senior U.S. officials say, one that will ask those in the Middle East and beyond to reject Islamic militancy in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death and embrace a new era of relations with the U.S.
Mr. Obama is preparing to deliver that message in a wide-ranging speech, perhaps as early as next week, these officials say. The president intends to argue that bin Laden’s death, paired with popular uprisings sweeping North Africa and the Middle East, signal that the time has come to an end when al Qaeda could claim to speak for Muslim aspirations.
“It’s an interesting coincidence of timing—that he is killed at the same time that you have a model emerging in the region of change that is completely the opposite of bin Laden’s model,” Ben Rhodes, deputy… Read More
Navy Authorizes Chaplains to Perform Same-Sex ‘Marriages’ in Naval Chapels
CNS News.com 05/09/11 – Anticipating the elimination of the military ban on homosexuality, the Office of the Chief of Navy Chaplains has decided that same-sex couples in the Navy will be able to get married in Navy chapels, and that Navy chaplains will be allowed to perform the ceremonies — if homosexual marriage is legal in the state where the unions are to be performed.
The advisory came in the form of an April 13 memo issued to all chaplains, in which the Chief of Navy Chaplains, Admiral Michael Tidd, said the Chaplain Corps was revising its Tier I training manuals, which had previously indicated that same-sex marriages are not authorized on federal property. READ FULL STORY HERE
Illegal to read Bible in public?
OneNewsNow.com 04/28/11 -
One attorney is calling the arrest of a Christian who read his Bible at a California DMV office an abuse of law enforcement’s power.
An assistant pastor and two leaders from Calvary Chapel of Hemet were recently at a regional DMV office before it opened, when Mark Mackey began reading from the Bible aloud. A security guard confronted him and told him to stop. Ten minutes later, a highway patrol officer arrived, snatched the Bible from Mackey’s grasp and arrested him.
Rather than giving an answer when the two men with Mackey asked what law had been broken, the officer inquired if they were also preaching. Shortly after, another officer arrested them both.
Advocates for Faith and Freedom attorney Robert Tyler says the arrests were a direct violation of the First Amendment.
Supreme Court Decision on RLUIPA Has Far-Reaching Consequences for Churches, Other Religious Organizations
CoreReport.com – Christian Newswire 04/26/2011 – WASHINGTON, The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision April 20, 2011 in Sossamon v. Texas is likely to have significant ramifications for churches, temples, mosques and other religious organizations, according to expert religious land use attorney Daniel P. Dalton.
The Sossamon v. Texas ruling, though specifically pertaining to inmates incarcerated in state prisons, is expected also to be applied to the land use portion of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). This would disallow damages awards in such cases. Previously, religious organizations have had the opportunity to file suit and win injunctive relief from municipalities in addition to being awarded damages.
The Court ruled that “states which accept federal funding for their prisons retain sovereign immunity to monetary damage claims under RLUIPA.” Section 4 of RLUIPA states inmates may “obtain appropriate relief against a government” if it has significantly hampered their religious exercise sans a “compelling interest.”
“Sossamon v. Texas undoubtedly hampers the ability of religious organizations to pursue compensation in land use claims, but it does still permit them to secure injunctive relief and attorney fees,”… Read More
They even banned an entire classroom from writing “Merry Christmas” on cards to our troops serving in Iraq!
CoreReport.com – Liberty Institute Updates 04/25/11 – First, they banned eight-year-old Jonathan Morgan from handing out candy canes with Jesus’ name on them to classmates at a school holiday party.
Then they confiscated a little girl’s pencils after school because they mentioned “God.” But that’s not all…
They even banned an entire classroom from writing “Merry Christmas” on cards to our troops serving in Iraq!
ANOTHER KINGDOM VICTORY, AMEN! 7th Circuit Rejects Lawsuit Against National Day of Prayer
Alliance Defense Fund attorneys represented the private, non-profit National Day of Prayer Task Force in a friend-of-the-court brief filed with the 7th Circuit after prevailing in having then-chairperson Shirley Dobson dismissed from the lawsuit at the district court level.
“Public officials should be able to participate in public prayer activities just as America’s founders did,” said ADF Senior Counsel Kevin Theriot. “The 7th Circuit has clearly understood that the Freedom From Religion Foundation simply had no legal standing to attack the federal statute setting a day for the National Day of Prayer simply because the group is offended by religion.”
The 7th Circuit vacated a federal judge’s ruling against the National Day of Prayer and sent the case back to district court with instructions to dismiss the lawsuit, originally filed… Read More
Job or faith? State workers don’t have to choose
OneNewsNow.com 04/12/11 – Arizona’s legislature has passed a law to protect the religious beliefs of the people who are licensed by the state.
“This bill is really about protecting licensed professionals from having to choose between their faith and their job,” explains Deborah Sheasby, legal council for the Center for Arizona Policy. “It says that the state is not going to discriminate against them and revoke their license…or discipline them for their exercise of their religion.”
She says Senate Bill 1288 was introduced because discrimination against people who simply live their faith has become a growing trend among licensing boards nationwide.
“It’s happened here in Arizona with the State Bar of Arizona that certifies attorneys, where they have tried to get attorneys to agree to things that do not match up with their religious beliefs,” the attorney Read Full Story Here
School official welcomes Bible’s influence
OneNewsNow.com 04/10/11 Students at a California continuation school are witnessing change on their campus – all because of the Bible.
Buena Vista Continuation High School in Chino was formerly a magnet for harsh tensions among students where daily disruptions and fights broke out on campus. But when a small group of students introduced a Bible club two years ago, others began noticing a change. Fewer fights occurred as lives were altered by the Word.
James Na, president of the Chino Valley Unified School District, tells OneNewsNow that students have been accepting Christ on campus. “Since then, the conflicts among students have significantly decreased by maybe 90 percent,” he shares. Meanwhile, the “attendance rate has risen to close to 96, 97 percent, unheard of in continuation high schools.”
The club is now attended by more than ten percent of the students. and Na is pleased that the Bible is changing the lives of students and keeping them from heading down a troublesome path.
“The kids make their own choices, and if the choices they’re making right, and when… Read More
Third-grader and Her Mother Get Permission to Evangelize
OneNewsNow.com 03/31/11 A federal court has issued an order that halts an Arkansas school district policy used by school officials to deny a third-grader and her mother permission to hand out flyers for church-sponsored activities.
In October 2009 a student at Sherwood Elementary and her mom asked permission to distribute flyers inviting classmates to a swim party sponsored by a church. School officials denied the request because it was “church-related.” The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) filed suit against the Pulaski County Special School District on behalf of the mother and daughter and a U.S district court has recently responded in their favor. Read Full Story
NH Officials Sign Up for Lawsuit by Pulling Plug on Bible Marquee
Alliance Defense Fund -03/29/11 - Call it a sign of the times: the town leaders of Chichester, New Hampshire moved recently to short-circuit plans by a local non-profit to put up a roadside electronic message sign on its own private property.
Signs for Jesus wanted to display Bible verses on the six-by-four-foot sign – a different verse every day – and since a number of other businesses along the same public road flash regular electronic messages of their own, the idea seemed harmless enough. In fact, the previous owner of the property, a woodworking shop, had maintained a non-electronic sign of similar size in virtually the same spot.
But the town planning board took a dim view of this particular sign, which some worried would flash “objectionable” Scriptures. One board member expressed concern that, because the sign would communicate a message, it might be more distracting to drivers than comparable signs that “just inform drivers about the price of gas.” Read Full Story
Iranian Video Says Mahdi is ‘Near’
CBN.com 03/29/11 New evidence has emerged that the Iranian government sees the current unrest in the Middle East as a signal that the Mahdi–or Islamic messiah–is about to appear.
CBN News has obtained a never-before-seen video produced by the Iranian regime that says all the signs are moving into place — and that Iran will soon help usher in the end times.
While the revolutionary movements gripping the Middle East have created uncertainty throughout the region, the video shows that the Iranian regime believes the chaos is divine proof that their ultimate victory is at hand.
‘The Coming is Near’
The propaganda footage has reportedly been approved at the highest levels of the Iranian government.
It’s called The Coming is Near and it describes current events in the Middle East as a prelude to the arrival of the mythical tweflth Imam or Mahdi — the messiah figure who Islamic scriptures say will lead the armies of Islam to victory over all non-Muslims in the last days.
“This video has been produced by a group called the Conductors of the Coming, in connection with the Basiji — the Iranian paramilitary force, and in… Read More
ADF lawsuit results in protection for student religious expression at L.A. school district
CoreReport.com 03/24/11 – ADF Press Release – LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Unified School District has agreed to change a policy that initially prevented a 5th-grade student afflicted with cerebral palsy from performing to a Christian song as part of a talent show in February. The district allowed the student to perform just hours after ADF attorneys filed a motion asking a federal court to make that happen last month, but the lawsuit moved forward anyway to make sure that the underlying unconstitutional district policy was changed.
Daniel R. Watkins of Newport Beach, one of nearly 1,900 attorneys in the ADF alliance, is serving as local counsel in the case.
The school district agreed in the settlement to revise its District Bulletin to read that “Student speakers at student assemblies and extracurricular activities such… Read More
New Politically Correct Bible Translation Causes Stir With Conservative Christians
TheBlaze.com / AP 03/18/11 NASHVILLE, Tenn. There‘s a new translation of the world’s most popular Bible: the New International Version, or NIV. It has been criticized by some conservatives who don’t like its use of gender-neutral language, arguing altering the text may affect its theological message.
The new version does not change the pronouns referring to God, who remains “He” and “the Father.“ But it does aim to avoid using ”he“ or ”him” as the default reference to an unspecified person.
In one example of the altered text, Mark 1:17 in the NIV Bible reads: “‘Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will send you out to fish for people.’” The NIV Bible uses “people” instead of the traditional term “men.”
In the old translation, John the Evangelist declares: “If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ yet hates his brother, he is a liar.“ The new politically correct translation makes it ”brother or sister.”
In other cases, the text supplements “whoever” for “he.”
The NIV Bible is used by many of the largest Protestant faiths. The NIV Bible’s translation… Read More
In Secular Japan, Many are Turning to Prayer to Deal With the Crisis
FoxNews.com 03/18/11 After the attacks of Sept. 11, houses of worship across America threw open their doors to those seeking comfort in faith. But what of Japan, a country where many consider themselves more secular than sacred? Where do they turn for comfort from the triple threat of earthquake, tsunami and potential nuclear catastrophe?
First, it may be deceptive to think of Japan as non-religious, says Dr. Michael Roemer, assistant professor of Religious Studies at Ball State University in Indiana. “In Japan, they don’t belong to religious organizations like in the U.S. like Churches, Mosques, or Temples.” But there is still faith.
Another American academic, Dr. Duncan Williams of the University of California at Berkeley, was in Japan on a train headed to Tokyo’s airport when the quake hit. His train nearly derailed, and was so damaged it had to be evacuated.
Praise God. Florida Missionary Released From Haitian Jail
An American missionary has been released from a jail in Haiti after being held five months without charges.
Danny Pye, 29, a Christian pastor who runs an orphanage with his wife in the southern city of Jacmel, says the judge who jailed him in October signed his release order. Now free from a cell he shared with 28 other men, Pye is spending a couple of days with the orphans at his mission in southern Haiti, before returning to Bradenton, Florida, where his wife is about to give birth.
He said on Wednesday that his sudden freedom seems surreal.
“It’s been an experience I’ll never forget,” Pye said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press from Jacmel.
Judge Maxon Samedy initially jailed Pye over claims he took property from another group of missionaries, former associates with whom he split following a dispute last year. He was briefly released on Christmas Eve, then re-arrested and jailed on suspicion of having an invalid residency card. The head of the other ministry said he never wanted Pye jailed and Samedy ruled Tuesday that there was no longer cause to hold him.
Jailed Pakistan Christian Dies in Prison – Murder is Suspected
CNS News.com 03/16/11 Karachi, Pakistan (AP) – A Pakistani Christian jailed for blasphemy has died in prison and his lawyer said Wednesday he suspected the man had been murdered.
Regional prison chief Ghulam Qadir Thebo said the prison doctor believed Qumar David, 50, died of a heart attack on Tuesday in Karachi Central Jail after complaining of chest pain. An autopsy is due to be carried out on the body in the presence of his family members.
Two prominent Pakistani politicians have been murdered this year for their campaign to change blasphemy laws that make it a capital offense to insult Islam. Critics say the laws are widely misused to persecute Christians or settle scores in the mostly Muslim country.
Human rights groups say Christians convicted under the law have been murdered by extremists.
David’s lawyer Pervez Chaudhry says he is “100 percent” certain it was murder but was unable to offer evidence. Chaudhry said both he and David had received death threats during the trial in 2010.
David was serving a 25-year prison term for blasphemy. Read Full Story
Freedom from Religion goes after senior citizens
OneNewsNow.com 03/15/11 – The Freedom From Religion Foundation is threatening a lawsuit over praying before meals at a Cheboygan, Michigan, senior citizen center. But the center already has strong legal counsel.
Mat Staver, chairman of Liberty Counsel and dean of Liberty University’s Law School, says it is absurd that the Foundation is issuing the threat because of prayers before meals.
“In fact,” he says, “in this particular case, praying over a meal – whether it’s led by an individual senior or somebody before they begin their meal – in no way violates the federal law. does not imply the fact that they have some federal subsidy as a senior center, and certainly does not violate the First Amendment.”
Staver goes on to say the idea that prayer is banned because some federal tax dollars are used is outrageous.
“But this is the agenda of the Freedom From Religion Foundation; their name says it all,” the attorney states. “They want freedom from religion. In other words, they want to literally squelch religion. They want no free exercise of religion. They want no religion at all. Read Full Story
DC Museum Works to Save Thomas Jefferson‘s ’Cut & Paste’ Bible
TheBlaze.com 03/12/11 – By literally cutting and pasting biblical passages demonstrating the life and lessons of Jesus Christ from several Bibles, Thomas Jefferson put together a book that he titled “The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth” during his retirement in 1820. The former president’s finished product would become known to historians as the Jefferson Bible.
Nearly 200 years later, conservationists at the National Museum of American History are working to carefully preserve the 86-page book and preparing to put it on display in November. Read Full Story
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Willis, the spiritual advisor to Whitehouse says “budget reduction proposals “unbiblical, immoral, and even vile.”
OneNewsNow.com 03/11/11 - Members of the religious left have loudly denounced federal budget cuts proposed by Republicans. On the other hand, a Washington, DC-based advocacy group challenges the leftist claims that reduced spending on social welfare programs goes against Christian values.
In an article titled, “Budget Cuts and Bad Faith,” Jim Wallis of Sojourners has condemned Republican budget reduction proposals as “unbiblical,” “immoral,” and even “vile.”
Mark Tooley of The Institute on Religion & Democracy tells OneNewsNow that religious leftists reject such reductions as violating scriptural commands to care for the poor. “Well, as usual there’s the sort of generic or broad appeal to scriptural citations about protecting the poor and the needy,” Tooley states, “as though the entire federal budget were about — and of course they never actually consider whether federal programs…are actually even helpful or in some cases even undermining and harming the needy.”
Tooley points out that popular speaker and self-professed “urban monastic” Shane Claiborne predictably targets military spending in a recent… Read More
Court won’t hear challenge to ‘In God We Trust’
FoxNews.com – Associated Press – 03/07/11 - WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court won’t hear an atheist’s latest challenge to the U.S. government’s references to God. The court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from Michael Newdow, who says government references to God are unconstitutional and infringe on his religious beliefs.
This appeal dealt with the inscription of the national motto “In God We Trust” on U.S. coins and currency. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco says the phrase is ceremonial and patriotic and “has nothing whatsoever to do with the establishment of religion.”
The court refused to hear Newdow’s appeal of that decision.
“In God We Trust” was first put on U.S. coins in the 1860s and on paper currency in the 1950s.
Attorney: Expect anti-Christian discrimination to ‘ramp up’ in U.S.
OneNewsNow.com – 03/04/11 – A Christian attorney says the U.S. is not far behind Great Britain when it comes to the impact of what he describes as the “radical homosexual agenda.”
A Christian couple in Great Britain has been told they can’t be foster parents because their religious beliefs prohibit teaching youngsters that the homosexual lifestyle is acceptable. The edict was handed down by London’s Royal Courts of Justice.
Eunice Johns, 62, told The Associated Press that she and her husband Owen, 65, were “extremely distressed” by the decision, and that they both felt “excluded” and “sidelined” simply because they are “Christians with normal, mainstream, Christian views on sexual ethics.” (See earlier article)
It is unconscionable, says attorney Matt Barber, that Christians would face that kind of discrimination. The vice president of Liberty Counsel Action raises a warning flag. Read Full Story Here
Are They Serious? ‘Shariah 4 America’ Group Calls for ‘Burkha’ on Statue of Liberty
TheBlaze.com 03/03/11 – As we’ve reported, controversial UK Muslim cleric Anjem Choudary has called on Muslims to “rise to implement the Shari’ah in America,” starting with a planned demonstration in front of the White House on Thursday.
Choudary’s “call for revolution” is being organized and advertised by Shariah4America, a group calling for the “Islamic demolition of the Statue of Liberty” and a remodeling of the White House into a “White Masjid.”
According to the group’s website, the Statue of Liberty “elevates the command of man over the command of God” and public veneration of the statue amounts to idol worship strictly prohibited by Islam. “This has forced sincere Muslims to develop realistic plans that will aid in the removal of the Statue of Liberty.
“Due to the scale of the task at hand, it is highly likely that rigorous safety checks will need to be employed before the demolition of the Statue of Liberty can commence; thus as a temporary measure, it is proposed that a large burkha is used to cover the statue, thereby shielding this horrendous eye sore from public view as well as… Read More
10 Commandments Removal From VA Schools Causes Student Unrest
TheBlaze.com 03/01/11 Some students in Giles County, VA* are upset after the local school board voted twice in as many months to remove framed copies of the 10 Commandments from its schools. A group of teens from one local high school says the move is causing dissension, with some students even coming close to physical blows over the issue: Read Full Story
Supreme Court Says No Thanks to Ten Commandments Case
FoxNews.com 02/22/11 - Deciding not to revisit a controversial decision from 2005, the Supreme Court announced Tuesday it will not give another look at the attempt by local officials in Kentucky to hang a copy of the Ten Commandments inside their county courthouse.
The decision to bypass the case is a defeat for those who feel the document is of such great moral importance that a framed copy must be placed in the McCreary County Courthouse. Equally, it is a victory for those opposed to the placement of an inherently religious document in the public space, especially the ACLU.
Now retired Justice David Souter’s 5-4 ruling carried the day six years ago when he said the local lawmakers’ attempts to display the revered document were unconstitutional because they “presented an indisputable, and undisputed, showing of an impermissible purpose.” Read Full Story
“Holy Bible” Edited Out of Film ‘Soul Surfer’ to Appeal to Non-Christians, Added Back In
FoxNews.com 02/17/11 - According to The Hollywood Reporter, the real-life Hamilton family – all devout Christians – were upset to learn that the words “Holy Bible” were digitally removed from the cover of a Bible in a scene featuring Bethany Hamilton’s father Tom reading by his ailing daughter’s hospital bedside.
An executive at Mandalay Pictures pushed to soften the Christian element of the film, presumably in an effort to appeal to non-Christian audiences. However, after the upset family complained, they were pleased to discover that the “Holy Bible” had been reinstated in the final cut, THR reported.
“I could see the words bright and clear. I looked at my wife and whispered, ‘Thank you God, they put it back,” Tom Hamilton told THR. Read Full Story
Pennsylvania Man Vows to Keep 24-Foot Cross Despite Ordinance Violation
FoxNews.com – 02/16/11 - A 24-foot illuminated cross on a western Pennsylvania man’s front lawn is in violation of a local ordinance, but the structure isn’t going anywhere, he told FoxNews.com.
Carl Behr, 45, of Baldwin, Pa., said he was told during a borough council meeting late Tuesday that he needed a permit to build the structure. He plans to apply for such a permit Wednesday or Thursday, he said, but won’t be disassembling his cross anytime soon.
“I’m not removing the cross regardless,” Behr said as to whether the permit would likely be approved. “No man is going to tell me about God.”
Baldwin Borough Manager John Barrett told FoxNews.com that the cross on Behr’s lawn and possibly another on his roof violate the borough’s ordinance for the installation of structures due to size and placement requirements.
“If he wants the structure on his property, like anyone else, he has to apply for a permit,” Barrett said. “We haven’t seen anything.” Read Full Story
Muslim Brotherhood text reveals scope of radical creed
The Jerusalem Post 02/09/11- A translation released Tuesday of a 1995 book by the movement’s fifth official leader sheds light on just how Egypt’s Brotherhood views itself and its mission. Jihad is the Way is the last of a five-volume work, The Laws of Da’wa by Mustafa Mashhur, who headed the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt from 1996-2002. Read Full Story
‘Same faith’ hiring policy OK, says court
OneNewsNow.com 01/28/11 - With a court’s rejection of a petition to re-hear a case involving three former World Vision employees, the Christian organization recently won legal protection to hire people who share the same faith.
After working several years for the Christian humanitarian organization, Silvia Spencer, Ted Youngberg and Vicki Hulse sued World Vision for being terminated in 2007 because they no longer agreed with the organization’s statement of faith, specifically concerning the sanctity of the Trinity.
“Today’s ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is a victory for any Christian organization in the United States that wants to hire and prefers to hire only people of the same faith,” explains Dean Owen, spokesperson for World Vision. “It also, of course, can be applicable to organizations of other faiths, whether they’re Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, etc.” Read full Story
Under Pressure From ACLU, Hawaii Senate Ends Daily Prayer
TheBlaze.com – 01/21/11 - HONOLULU (AP) — Fearing a possible court challenge, Hawaii’s state Senate has voted to silence the daily prayer offered before each session began — making it the first state legislative body in the nation to halt the practice.
A citizen’s complaint had prompted the American Civil Liberties Union last summer to send the Senate a letter noting that its invocations often referenced Jesus Christ, contravening the separation of church and state.
Hawaii State Senate
That prompted the state attorney general’s office to advise the Senate that their handling of prayers — by inviting speakers from various religions to preach before every session — wouldn’t survive a likely court challenge, said Democratic Majority Leader Brickwood Galuteria.
“Above all, our responsibility is to adhere to the Constitution,” Galuteria said after Thursday’s vote to halt the daily blessings.
EU School Calendars Scrub Christian Holidays, Keep Muslim Ones
TheBlaze.com – 01/17/11 A new 2011-2012 school calendar for children published by a branch of the European Union has omitted references to Christian holidays but has kept its references to prominent Jewish, Hindu, and even Muslims holidays, according to a Catholic news outlet.
Catholic News Agency (CNA) reports the European Commission printed three million school diaries, which include the calendars, that it hands out free of charge to students who request them. But missing from all the copies were any references to sacred Christian holidays.
CNA quoted former French politician and government minister Christine Boutin, who said that while Christian holidays such as Christmas and Easter are missing from the diary’s pages, days commemorating “Sikh Baisakhi-Day, the Jewish Yom Kippur holiday, the Muslim holiday Aid-el-Kebir,” remain. Read Full Story
FRC Calls Mt. Soledad Cross Ruling an Affront to Religious Liberty, American Tradition
Family Research Council – 1/06/11 - WASHINGTON, D.C. – Family Research Council (FRC) today called on the full Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to take up the Mt. Soledad Cross case, Trunk v. San Diego. Yesterday, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit ruled that the Mt. Soledad war memorial is unconstitutional.
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins made the following comments:
“This decision by a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit displays hostility toward religious imagery in the public square that ignores these essential aspects of religious liberty and American tradition.
“In 2001, when militants set out to bomb two colossal Buddhist statues that had stood untouched in Afghanistan for more than a thousand years, the global community rightly condemned the actions as religious barbarism. Like the statues, the Mt. Soledad Cross is a monument to America ‘s cultural history, a symbol of our Christian heritage and a tribute to brave Americans who laid down their lives in our nation’s cause. Their memories should not be besmirched.
“This is the latest sad chapter in a decades-long fight over the Mt. Soledad cross. A Ninth Circuit panel glossed over several important aspects of this complicated case, failing to fully consider their legal importance, and then went on to apply the wrong test to decide this case. With all… Read More
Kansas Town Sued for Taxing Church Attendance
TheCoreReport.com – 1/01/11 – ADF filed a lawsuit against the City of Mission, Kansas, after the City instituted a “driveway tax” and applied it to churches and other non-profits. The “driveway tax” charges property owners within the City of Mission an amount that is calculated based on the number of trips in and out of their driveways. As bizarre as it sounds, churches are taxed for 5.8 trips per week per seat in their sanctuaries. The people of Mission, Kansas, therefore, are paying a tax every time they go to church.
The City of Mission calls this charge a “Transportation Utility Fee,” and the monies raised are ostensibly earmarked to repair the City’s streets. But this is not a “fee” at all. Rather, the charge is a property tax in disguise. And this new and unique property tax conflicts directly with the Kansas state law that exempts churches, non-profits and charities from property taxes. The City of Mission cannot institute a new property tax on churches and non-profits when the State has already declared these organizations exempt from property taxes.
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Feds Force Okla. Bank To Remove Crosses, Bible Verse
TheCoreReport.com 12/17/10 – PERKINS, Okla. — A small-town bank in Oklahoma said the Federal Reserve won’t let it keep religious signs and symbols on display.
Federal Reserve examiners come every four years to make sure banks are complying with a long list of regulations. The examiners came to Perkins last week. And the team from Kansas City deemed a Bible verse of the day, crosses on the teller’s counter and buttons that say “Merry Christmas, God With Us.” were inappropriate. The Bible verse of the day on the bank’s Internet site also had to be taken down.
“I don’t think there should be a problem with them displaying whatever religious symbols they want to display,” said Amy Weierman, a Perkins resident. every four years to make sure banks are complying with a long list of regulations. The examiners came to Perkins last week. And the team from Kansas City deemed a Bible verse of the day, crosses on the teller’s counter and buttons that say “Merry Christmas, God With Us.” were inappropriate. The Bible verse of the day on the bank’s Internet site also had to be taken down.
“I don’t think there should be a problem with them displaying whatever religious… Read More
Case of being ‘too religious’ returned to lower court
OneNewsNow.com – Associated Press – 12/16/10 – A couple fired from their jobs for being “too religious” will have their day in court. Daniel and Sharon Dixon managed Thornwood Terrace Apartments in Lake City, Florida, for The Hallmark Companies (no connection to the greeting card company). Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel, which represented them in the Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, explains what happened.
“The supervisor came into the office and told them to remove this artwork that had a lily and underneath it …’Consider the lilies,’” he shares. “Before they were even able to resolve that matter, the employees were told that they were fired because they were ‘too religious.’” (See earlier article)
The Dixons were also given 72 hours to vacate their apartment. A lower court dismissed the case, but the Eleventh Circuit sent it back for trial before a jury.
“I believe that Hallmark Companies cannot sweep religion from the workplace, as they tried to do in this particular situation — and we… Read More
DC Prayer Caucus Calls-Out President to Correct Error in Changing America’s Motto – In God We Trust
|TheCoreReport.com Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), along with 42 bipartisan Members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, today sent a letter to President Barack Obama calling on him to issue a correction to a speech he gave in Jakarta, Indonesia, in which he inaccurately referred to our national motto as being “E Pluribus unum.” The official national motto is “In God We Trust.”“For the President of the United States to incorrectly state something as foundational as our national motto in another country is unacceptable. The President is the primary representative of our nation to the world, and whether mistake or intention, his actions cast aside an integral part of American society,” said Forbes. “President Reagan once warned that ‘If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.’”
In his speech on November 10, 2010 at the University of Indonesia in Jakarta, President Obama said “But I believe that the history of both America and Indonesia should give us hope. It is a story written into our national mottos. In the United States, our motto is E pluribus unum – out of many one…our nations show that… Read More
War on Christianity in America…One Nation Under the Federal Government?
12/10/10 – Fox News interview with Brad O’Leary author of “America’s War On Christianity” was inspired to write his book when president Obama stated in his speech to a Muslim audience that “America is no longer a Christian nation”… Check out Interview Here
Schools: Islam…yes! Christianity…no!
OneNewsNow.com – 11/23/10 – An expert on Islam explains that schools across the United States have implemented radical Islamic curriculum in public schools.
Brigitte Gabriel, founder of ACT! for America, explains that students are required to become a Muslim for three weeks, adopt Muslim names, memorize verses from the Quran, and visit a mosque for a field trip. If students try their best on assignments, she says, they will be guaranteed a good grade.
Students in these programs, laments the conservative activist, must also recite the Islamic prayer for salvation, which describes Islam as a straight path to God — and Christianity in error. Read Full Story
Obama’s Executive Order to Impact Faith-based Organizations
CitizenLink.com – 11/18/10 - President Obama signed today an recommended by the Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (FBNP) task force. Secularists and faith-based organizations (FBO) alike were displeased with the directive, which comes just one day before a pivotal House subcommittee hearing on the issue. Read Full Story
Denver Judge Rules In Favor of National Day of Prayer
CitizenLink.com 10/31/10 - Secularists were dealt a decisive blow on Thursday when a Denver judge ruled that a gubernatorial proclamation recognizing the Day of Prayer was not unconstitutional.
District Judge R. Michael Mullins ruled the Gov. John Ritter did not violate the state constitution’s religious freedom clause.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), which has won a similar district-level lawsuit aimed at the National Day of Prayer, said it would appeal Mullins’ decision.
The National Day of Prayer was established by Congress in 1952. The law was amended in 1988 to recognize it the first Thursday in May.
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers praised the ruling.
“I was pleased to see the judge’s well-reasoned and persuasive order,” Suthers said, “upholding this commonplace practice.”
Court supports ‘Under God’ phrase in TX Pledge of Allegiance
OneNewsNow.com – 10/19/2010 – David and Shannon Croft claimed in the lawsuit that the phrase violates the Establishment Clause of the Constitution, but ”under God” has been widely supported by courts at every level, including the Supreme Court. In this case, the phrase was defended by The American Legion Department of Texas and James Ho, the state’s solicitor general.
Private Protests Held in N.C. City Over Removal of Christian Flag From War Memorial
FoxNews.com – 10/07/10 - A holy war is brewing in a small North Carolina city, where the Christian flag seems to be flying everywhere.
A meeting of the King, N.C., City Council was packed on Monday with dozens of citizens who asked city officials to put the Christian flag back up at the local Veterans War Memorial. The council had voted to take down the flag rather than spend the estimated $200,000 to $300,000 it would cost to fight the American Civil Liberties Union in a First Amendment lawsuit.
“The city received inquiries from the ACLU and the Americans United for the Separation of Church and State suggesting that the Christian flag flying over the Veterans Memorial at Central Park violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,” City Manager John Cater said. “At the advice of the city attorney, the City Council voted to take down the Christian flag at last night’s City Council meeting, citing the enormous cost associated with fighting a potential lawsuit on the issue.” Read Full Story
Muslim Brotherhood top dog: “The U.S. is now experiencing the beginning of its end, and is heading towards its demise”
JihadWatch.com – 10/06/19 -He said it. He must be a Misunderstander of Islam, also: he said that Muslims “need to understand that the improvement and change that the nation seeks can only be attained through jihad and sacrifice and by raising a jihadi generation that pursues death just as the enemies pursue life.”
“Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide: ‘The U.S. Is Now Experiencing the Beginning of Its End’; Improvement and Change in the Muslim World ‘Can Only Be Attained Through Jihad and Sacrifice,’” from MEMRI, October 6 (thanks to Kristian): Read Full Story
Pulpit Freedom Sunday Marks Pastors’ Stand Against IRS Intrusion
Alliance Defense Fund – 09/29/10
It has been pointed out that events like our third annual Pulpit Freedom Sunday (in which nearly 100 pastors nationwide participated on September 26) sound less like the work of the Alliance Defense Fund, and more like the work of an Alliance Offense Fund.
But then, we’d hardly be of much use as defenders of religious liberty if we didn’t recognize and respond to threats to our First Liberty – even if those threats are not yet fully realized.
Pulpit Freedom Sunday is a day for pastors who are called to do so to resist an intrusive government by standing before their people and applying the truth of Scripture to the realities of our current political environment.
Since the passage of the so-called “Johnson Amendment” in 1954, the IRS has asserted itself to limit (through the threat of removing church tax exemptions) the speech of pastors in evaluating the character and positions of political candidates. That slap in the face of our religious liberty, as protected by the First Amendment, is now so commonly accepted that many Christians blanch at the thought of a pastor broaching any topic that touches – even remotely – on politics. Read Full Story
Faith-based hiring in jeopardy
OneNewsNow.com 09/23/10 - Congress is tampering with freedom of religion in pending legislation that would deny religious charities that receive federal grants their fundamental right to hire people who share their faith.
H.R. 5466, sponsored by Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-Rhode Island), targets faith groups that work in the mental health and substance abuse field. Under that legislation, groups like Teen Challenge and World Vision, which receive funding from the federal government, would be prohibited from hiring employees on the basis of religious beliefs and would be forced to hire atheists and other non-believing individuals. Read Full Story
President of the United States of America omits “Creator” From our Declaration of Independance
OneNewsNow.com 09/22/10 - Was it an accident — or was it on purpose? An author and conservative commentator joins the debate over President Obama’s recent speech before a congressional caucus.
In a recent speech before the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Barack Obama omitted the word “Creator” when quoting the preamble to the Declaration of Independence. Was it an accident or by choice? David Limbaugh, author and political commentator, says he would choose the latter.
Faith at the forefront of Voter’s Values Summit kickoff
OneNewsNow & CitizenLink.com – 09/17/10 – The 2010 Values Voter Summit has kicked off in the nation’s capital with a round of speeches from some high profile Republicans. Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann began by announcing that the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — the truths she holds to be self-evident — are provided by God, not the government.
“People have a right to life when we are strong and fit, when we are sick and old when they are yet to be born,” she contends. “People have a right to life!”
In regards to liberty, Bachmann quotes Thomas Jefferson: “When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.”
She goes on to point out that the pursuit of happiness is simply about individuals having the right to the fruit of their own labors.
“The government doesn’t create wealth. The government doesn’t create money. We do,” Bachmann declares. “But they are busy trying to be our banker, our car dealer our doctor. They are living off of our money.” Read Full Story
Affecting culture with a Christian worldview
OneNewsNow.com - 09/14/10 Six years ago, the founder of Prison Fellowship Ministries saw a need to equip men and women to better understand and articulate a Christian worldview, so he created a program meant to impact culture at various levels.
The Centurions Program is a year-long study opportunity that “prepares Christians to live out their faith authentically and powerfully in the world and unites them in an ongoing and growing network of worldview movement leader.” The program features internationally known instructors and is offered both online and on site in Virginia.
Chuck Colson, who established the program through Breakpoint Ministries, tells OneNewsNow these challenging times have raised the demand for strong Christian leaders to take a stand. He says this project is his “greatest dream” and “the greatest vision God has given .” Read Full Story
One Day Before Sept. 11, Obama Defends ‘Inalienable’ Right to Build Mosque Near Ground Zero
Fred Lucas – Washington CNSNews.com 09/10/10 One day before the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, President Barack Obama became adamant and emotional in defending the “inalienable” right of people “to practice their religion freely” and, specifically, “to build a mosque” two blocks from Ground Zero in New York City.
At a press conference on Friday, Obama was asked, “I wonder if I can get you to weigh in on the wisdom of building a mosque a couple of blocks from Ground Zero. We know that the organizers have the constitutional right. What would it say about this country if they were somehow talked out of doing that?” ReadFull Story
Backlash against Christians feared
Chad Groening and Jody Brown – OneNewsNow – 9/8/2010 – An organization dedicated to persecuted Christians worldwide says Christians around the world will be in danger if a Florida church goes ahead with its plans to burn Qurans on the upcoming anniversary of September 11.
In a recent e-mail to The Associated Press, General David Petraeus, the top American military commander in Afghanistan, warned that “images of the burning of a Quran would undoubtedly be used by extremists in Afghanistan — and around the world — to inflame public opinion and incite violence” and could endanger U.S. troops and Americans worldwide.
The general’s comments follow a protest Monday by hundreds of Afghans over the plans by the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville to burn Qurans on church grounds to mark the ninth anniversary of 9/11. On Wednesday, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates told his staff that he endorses Petraeus’ view. Read Full Story
Exposing the ‘real’ Quran
Chris Woodward – OneNewsNow – 9/1/2010 A minister wants to help Americans learn the “real” Quran and bring Muslims to Christ.
Usama Dakdok, founder of The Straight Way of Grace Ministry, was born in Egypt and raised in a Christian home as the son of a Baptist pastor, where he accepted Jesus at the age of 11. But despite his background, he was forced to learn the Quran in school.
After becoming a U.S. citizen in the 1990s, Dakdok felt called to bring Muslims to Christ and teach Americans the truth about the Quran. But he shares that every English translation he purchased at that time was misleading.
“They have sugar-coated the Quran so badly — taking words out, twisting words, and putting them in wrong places,” he laments. Read Full Story
FL school board lifts Bible ban
Bill Bumpas – OneNewsNow – 8/31/10 – A Christian law firm is declaring victory following a court hearing in Florida over whether a Christian organization should be allowed to distribute free Bibles on campus. (See earlier story)
Liberty Counsel appeared in federal court, seeking an injunction to immediately allow World Changers to hand out Bibles to interested students in Collier County schools during non-instructional time. Liberty Counsel attorney Horatio Mihet tells OneNewsNow the school board displayed an amazing change of heart at the hearing.
“The Lord showed us great favor, and towards the end of the hearing the school board, I believe, saw the writing on the wall and did a complete about-face.” Mihet reports that it “agreed that the distribution is constitutional and agreed to allow the Bibles to be distributed again in their schools.” Read Full Story
Religious Freedoms of GA Student Challenged by Judicial Activism
Bill Bumpas – OneNewsNow – 8/24/2010 - A federal judge has rejected a graduate student’s lawsuit that claimed a university in Georgia was forcing her to abandon her Christian beliefs in order to receive a counseling degree. (See earlier story)
U.S. District Judge Randal Hall ruled Friday that Augusta State University can expel Jennifer Keeton if she does not follow a “remediation plan” assigned by her professors — a requirement Hall described as “academically legitimate.” Keeton had been asked to complete the plan after she said she believed homosexual behavior was morally wrong and that she would then help such clients change that behavior.
President’s “Spiritual Advisor” Admits to Recieving Funds From Athiest, Radical Left Friend, George Soros
THE CORE REPORT Aug. 24 /Christian Newswire/ — Evangelical left voice Jim Wallis, who has boasted of his ties to the Obama administration, finally has admitted that his “progressive Christian” Sojourners movement has received funding from leftist billionaire George Soros’ Open Society Institute.
According to WORLD magazine, Soros, an atheist billionaire who has financed groups promoting abortion, atheism, and same-sex marriage, bankrolled Sojourners with a $200,000 grant in 2004. Since then Sojourners has received at least two more grants from Soros organizations altogether totaling $325,000, the most recent in 2007. Sojourners revenues have more than tripled — from $1,601,171 in 2001-2002 to $5,283,650 in 2008-2009.
Wallis originally rebutted a criticism of “religious progressives” for being allied with Soros in 2005: “I know of no connections to those liberal funds and groups that are as direct as the Religious Right’s ties to right-wing funders.” Earlier this month in Patheos, Wallis wrote, “No, we don’t receive money from George Soros.”
IRD President Mark Tooley commented:
Utah Crosses Ruled Unconstitutional
FoxNews.com 08/19/10 – The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver has ruled that crosses erected to memorialize fallen Utah Highway Patrol officers are unconstitutional. There are currently 14 of the 12 foot, steal crosses on public land throughout the Beehive state.
American Atheists Inc., successfully argued that because crosses are a Christian symbol, they violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. That these white crosses, which are on public land, with official Utah Highway Patrol logos, give the impression that the government is showing preference to one religion over another. In its ruling, the 10th Circuit states “…these memorials have the impermissible effect of conveying to the reasonable observer the message that the state prefers or otherwise endorses a certain religion.” Read Full Story
Religious Left Calls Ground Zero Mosque Opponents Bigots
Institute on Religion & Democracy 08/18/10 – Washington DC – Led by the National Council of Churches (NCC), the Religious Left is backing the proposed Ground Zero Islamic center while denouncing the mosque’s skeptics as “hateful.”
The statement endorsed by 40 religious voices is comprised of top NCC officials, left-wing Catholics, Muslim groups, and mostly second-tier Jewish groups, plus J Street. Not listed are mainline Protestant clerics, Eastern Orthodox, and prominent liberal Jewish voices typically found on NCC-organized political statements. No prominent evangelicals are signatories.
“We are deeply troubled by the xenophobia and religious bigotry that has characterized some of the opposition to a proposed Islamic center and mosque near where the World Trade Center towers once stood,” the letter reads. Read Full Story
Russian Tycoon “Find God or Get Fired”
AOL.com News – 08/17/10 Aug. 17 — A Russian tycoon has told 6,000 workers at his private dairy company that they’ll be fired if they’ve ever had an abortion, or if those who are “living in sin” don’t get married within two months.
Vasily Boiko, who officially changed his name to Boiko-Veliky, which means “Boiko the Great,” has set a deadline of October 14 — a Russian Orthodox Church holiday — for any of his unmarried employees who live with a partner to get married, or get fired.
“We have about 6,000 employees, most of whom are Orthodox, and I expect them to be faithful and to repent,” Boiko told Reuters last week. His order came in an internal memo to workers at Russkoye Moloko, which means “Russian milk” and whose products are sold in many Russian supermarkets.
Boiko told Ekho Moskvy radio that a woman who’s had an abortion “can no longer be an employee of our company … We don’t want to work with killers,” according to Reuters. Read Full Story
Prop 8 Ruling Could Criminalize Christianity, Leaders Warn
CNSNews.com 08/16/10 – Religious leaders warn that if an Aug. 6 ruling by a federal judge on same-sex marriage is upheld, it could wind up putting a gag on Christians speaking out about homosexuality – a gag that a top Southern Baptist leader says his denomination will not accept.
In a 136-page decision barring California’s Proposition 8, which limited marriage to one man and one woman, U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker found that “Religious beliefs that gay and lesbian relationships are sinful or inferior to heterosexual relationships harm gays and lesbians.” Read Full Story
SC town adopts ADF-recommended prayer policy in wake of threats from atheist group
The Core Report – 08/11/10 WOODRUFF, S.C. — The city of Woodruff adopted an invocations policy Tuesday recommended by Alliance Defense Fund attorneys, which ensures local officials can continue their constitutionally protected practice of prayer before public meetings despite recent threats from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Last month, ADF, in cooperation with area lawyers who are part of the nearly 1,800 attorneys in the ADF alliance, sent letters to three local governments in South Carolina, including Woodruff, offering to legally defend them for free if they are attacked in court over valid invocations policies.
Allied attorneys Jay Thompson of Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough, LLP; Matthew Gerrald of Barnes, Alford, Stork & Johnson, LLP; and Timothy Savidge of the Bufkin Law Firm, LLC, all of Columbia, S.C., sent the three letters last month to South Carolina officials on behalf of ADF.
“America’s founders opened public meetings with prayer, and public officials today should be able to do the same,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Brett Harvey. “We were happy to assist the city of Woodruff with a prayer policy that can… Read More
Anti-Prayer Suit Dismissed, Forever!
Charlie Butts – OneNewsNow – 8/8/2010 Two women who filed a lawsuit to block prayer at city council meetings have been told not only did they lose the case, they can never refile it.
Judge Ewing Werlein, Jr. has thrown out a lawsuit against Houston over city council prayer. Kelly Shackelford, president and CEO of Liberty Institute, represented Houston in the lawsuit filed by Kay Staley and Ray Hill, two non-believers.
“They not only sued the city council, but they actually sued Councilwoman Anne Clutterbuck for saying the Lord’s Prayer to begin the council meetings,” the attorney reports. Read Full Story
Nevada’s Angle Campaign Statement: Democrats want to ‘make government our God’
Michael R. Blood – Associated Press – 8/5/2010 Nevada U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle sees her campaign as a battle to stop Democrats in Washington who want to expand entitlement programs and “make government our God.”
In an interview with a Christian radio network, Angle describes her effort to oust Majority Leader Harry Reid as a religious calling in “a war of ideology, it’s a war of thoughts and of faith.”
Reid, President Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have pushed “entitlement programs built to make government our God,” says Angle, who has called for privatizing Social Security and Medicare for younger workers. Read Full Story
Pelosi Won’t Say When Jesus Got the Right to Life
CNSNews.com – By Jane McGrath – 8/03/10 – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), a Catholic, publicly stated earlier this year that she had a duty to pursue policies “in keeping with the values” of Jesus Christ, the “Word made Flesh.” But at a press briefing last week, when reminded of this statement, Pelosi declined to say when Jesus got the right to life.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
“Whenever it was,” said Pelosi, “we bow our heads when we talk about it in church, and that’s where I’d like to talk about that.”
Later, when asked in writing through her press secretary whether the speaker believed Jesus had a right to life from the moment of conception, the press secretary responded: “The speaker answered the question. Thanks.” Read The Full Story
Rosary Beads Saved My Life, British Soldier Says
FoxNews.com 8/02/10 - A British soldier says that rosary beads given to him by his mother saved his life after he stepped on a land mine while serving in Afghanistan.
He also claims that his grandfather was saved the exact same way, The Daily Mail reported Monday.
Now home from a seven-month tour of duty, 19-year-old Glenn Hockton was on patrol when his rosary beads suddenly dropped from his neck. He bent down to retrieve the chain and realized he was on top of a land mine.
Hockton stood still for 45 minutes while his colleagues worked to secure the land mine.
During his tour, Hockton’s duties involved patrolling and loading the mortars while he was based in Kabul and Helmand Province, which has seen a significant amount of violence. Read Full Story Here
Open Season On Christians…
Bill Bumpas – OneNewsNow – 7/30/2010 An attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) is describing the ruling in a case at Eastern Michigan University, which is challenging a Christian’s rights to maintain her beliefs, as “open season on Christians.” A federal court has ruled in the university’s favor, but that decision is being appealed.
Jordan Lorence, senior counsel with ADF, is disappointed by the federal judge’s decision because, as he says, ”it basically has no respect for the right of conscience of Christians or other people who have sincere beliefs about the proper definition of marriage and whether certain sexual behaviors can be immoral.” Read Full Story
Court Upholds Expulsion of Counseling Student Who Opposes Homosexuality
Fox News 7/27/10 - A federal judge has ruled in favor of a public university that removed a Christian student from its graduate program in school counseling over her belief that homosexuality is morally wrong. Monday’s ruling, according to Julea Ward’s attorneys, could result in Christian students across the country being expelled from public university for similar views.
Photo Courtesy of Alliance Defense Fund
A federal judge ruled schools can expel students, like Julea Ward, who believe homosexuality is morally wrong. Ward’s lawsuit against Eastern Michigan University
“It’s a very dangerous precedent,” Jeremy Tedesco, legal counsel for the conservative Alliance Defense Fund, told FOX News Radio. “The ruling doesn’t say that explicitly, but that’s what is going to happen.” Read Full Story
Wichita City Council Wins Fight to Keep Prayer in Session
Charlie Butts – OneNewsNow – 7/26/2010 Kansas’ largest city has declined a request made by Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) that the city council discontinue invocations before its meetings.
The Wichita City Council opens each session with prayer, but that ritual met opposition during a recent meeting. Local TV station KSN was on hand when Vickie Sandell Stangl, president of the Great Plains chapter of AU, argued that the practice only promotes religion.
“There is no good reason to use public time to express private beliefs,” she contended. “Any member of the city council or staff can freely pray any time of the day or may come together as a group in private before conducting city business.” Read Full Story
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