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-Obama’s Executive Order Discriminates Against Christian Organizations and Colleges

by Dr. D ~ July 23rd, 2014
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President Obama signed an executive order this week that willfully discriminates against Christian organizations and colleges.

The order demands that businesses and organizations that receive federal funds must hire LGBT folks regardless of religious belief or practice. In the process, the President ignored the pleas of major religious leaders across the country who asked for the religious exemptions to continue in place.

Here’s the story from Citizen Link:

President Obama signed an executive order today that will force Christian universities and organizations to hire people who disagree with God’s timeless design for marriage and relationships. …

The order mandates federal contractors and subcontractors to give special rights in the areas of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in the workplace. Christian colleges and organizations are not exempt. …

Without a strong exemption…Christian colleges — could lose federal funding, student financial aid and accreditation.

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Response: This executive order is suppose to support the civil rights of everyone including LGBT folks but it will officially codify government discrimination against conservative Christian organizations and institutions. It is tantamount to a declaration by President Obama that LGBT rights now legally trump religious rights when it comes to the federal government.

This continues the dismal record of this President and his administration when it comes to religious liberty and the First Amendment. Here’s a poignant response to the executive order from Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) Senior Counsel Kristen Waggoner asserting that it violates the First Amendment:

“..the administration has “brazenly” bypassed Congress by issuing this order. The administration has declared that “the only religious non-profit organizations it will do business with are those willing to line up with the administration’s doctrine and theology on sexual behavior,” she said. “That’s the kind of government entanglement with religion that the Founders sought to prevent — and that the First Amendment prohibits.”

This is another action by President Obama that will result in hundreds of lawsuits by Christian organizations and institutions. This President is the absolute worst ever when it comes to religious freedom.            *Top

-Boston: Pro-Palestinian Mob Shouts: “Jews Back to Birkenau”

by Dr. D ~ July 22nd, 2014
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All across America, mostly on college campuses, and in Europe also there are a number of demonstrations supporting Hamas and the Palestinians along with counter displays of support for Israel. Unfortunately anti-Semitism has once more raised its ugly head in the midst of the conflict. In Boston the police had to protect the Israel supporters from a mob which nearly got out of control with shouts of:

 “Jews back to Birkenau”

“Drop dead, you Zionazi whores”

“Allah is great”

Response: Free speech in this country gives everyone the right to support whatever cause may be on ones heart and mind. However mob violence should never be tolerated and fortunately the Boston police were able to keep the crowds substantially under control.

In this case the Palestinian supporters went over the line and really didn’t help their cause at all with their anti-Jewish slogans. No matter what, references to the Holocaust are beyond the pale especially when it is seemingly being condoned and  supported. Since many of the pro-Palestinian demonstrators were probably Muslim, as evidenced by “Allah is Great” slogan, it really did not reflect well upon their religion.            *Top

-ISIS Demands Christians Leave Mosul or Be Executed

by Dr. D ~ July 21st, 2014

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The leader of the new Islamic State in Iraq and Syria demanded last week that all Christians in the lands that he ruled over either convert, pay a special tax, leave, or die . Those who did flee were expected to leave behind all of their possessions and funds.

However, it became even worse for the remaining Christians including clergy in Mosul when Christian leaders supposedly did not show up for a meeting they were demanded to attend. The Islamic State (ISIS) authorities in that city ordered all Christians to leave by Friday or face death. Then reportedly all of the possessions of the remaining Christians were confiscated including the vehicles they were trying to escape in.

Here’s the story from the World Monitor:

The Islamist militants controlling the Iraqi city of Mosul have ordered all remaining Christians to leave town immediately or face execution, according to news sources. …

…vehicles passed through Mosul with loudspeakers, announcing that all Christians had until noon Friday to leave the city "or else face execution," Middle East Concern reported.

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Response: A few short years ago the Christian conclave in Mosul numbered over 100,000 when the American army and allies put down Saddam Hussein but refused to protect the Christians and other minorities from radical Islamists. Most of the remaining 10,000+ or so Christians left the city when ISIS took over but reportedly some 5,000 or so including clergy remained and now their future is in doubt.

Since there are Christian clergy including priests and nuns who refuse to leave their churches and convents, a blood bath is expected to follow. Already dozens of churches have been destroyed in the city with no record of what happened to the ministers. This is sharia in action. The world community can do nothing but lodge complaints that go ignored and pray for the people caught up in the midst of it all.             *Top

-Florida: County Judge Allows Same-Sex Marriage in the Keys

by Dr. D ~ July 17th, 2014
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The judicial activism continues when it comes to same-sex marriage. In the latest example a County judge in the Florida Keys over-ruled state law to allow homosexual marriages in his county.

Here’s the story from the World Mag:

…Circuit Judge Luis M. Garcia agreed with plaintiffs who argued Florida’s voter-approved constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman treats gay couples as second-class citizens. Florida voters approved the ban on same-sex marriage in 2008. Attorney General Pam Bondi said the state of Florida, as opposed to individual counties, has sole authority to define marriage in the state.

The Florida ruling puts couples in the Keys in a similar position to those in parts of Colorado, where a county clerks have been issuing marriage licenses to gay couples despite an in-place state ban on same-sex marriage. Colorado differs slightly because a federal judge there has already ruled the state’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional and stayed the ruling pending appeal.

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Response: It is rather bold for a county judge to presume that he has the power to change state law. Yet the legal environment in the US seems to encourage judicial activism lately. Particularly when it comes to same-sex marriage. The whole legalization of same-sex marriage in America started with judicial activism in the first place and it continues to be the favorite method for changing state marriage laws even though at least 17 states have voted for or changed their marriage statutes through state legislatures.

Read the article for a synopsis of the whole history of judicial activism and the legalization of same-sex marriage state by state over the last 11 years.             *Top

-Support For Radical Islamists Declining Among Muslims?

by Dr. D ~ July 16th, 2014

A survey conducted by Pew Research in 14 Muslim countries indicates that the support for radical Islamist groups is declining among Muslims. This probably reflects the fact that most of the time other Muslims are the victims of Islamist group activity.

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Here’s the story from Pew:

As well-publicized bouts of violence, from civil war to suicide bombings, plague the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, concern about Islamic extremism is high among countries with substantial Muslim populations, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center. And in the Middle East, concern is growing. Lebanese, Tunisians, Egyptians, Jordanians and Turks are all more worried about the extremist threat than they were a year ago.

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Response: Fortunately the trend is going in the right direction. However, in light of the hundreds of millions represented in these countries, support (or ‘unconcern’) for the radicals would still seem to be in the millions.

It would also be interesting to see some numbers for American and European Muslims with recent reports showing some young Muslims from the West traveling to the Middle East to join with radical groups.             *Top

-Christian Publishers Dealing With An Uncertain Future Over Homosexuality?

by Dr. D ~ July 15th, 2014
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We recently made an observation that all Christian churches and organizations would soon have to publically declare where they stand on homosexuality and same-sex marriage. Already some Christian publishers are having to choose whether to publish books with non-traditional unorthodox views on the subject or not. At least one publisher has already been kicked out of a Christian professional association over publishing a book with a progressive un-Biblical view on this issue.

Here’s an article from the Baptist Press about this development with a subtitle- “Will profit trump traditional orthodoxy?”:

Two recent Christian books arguing that not all homosexual acts are sinful have left industry observers wondering whether evangelical publishers — especially those owned by secular corporations — will produce more material outside the bounds of traditional orthodoxy.

"Publishing houses are going to have to wrestle with what their starting point is," Selma Wilson, vice president of the B&H Publishing Group at LifeWay Christian Resources, told Baptist Press. "If your starting point is to make money or your starting point is to be a New York Times bestseller, you’re going to do different things" than publishers focused on faithfulness to Christ.

In April the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group’s sister imprint Convergent Books released Matthew Vines’ "God and the Gay Christian," a book arguing that the Bible permits monogamous same-sex relationships. In October Howard Books is scheduled to release Christian singer Jennifer Knapp’s book "Facing the Music," a memoir recounting, among other things, her coming out as a lesbian.

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Response: The trend is not encouraging. Will Christian publishers be faced with funding problems if they continue to maintain a Biblical view and standard. At least one major player in the industry looks for a consolidation with fewer participants in the future.

Then there is the trend which is seeing fewer and fewer ‘brick and mortar’ Christian bookstores across America. This also will affect the profitability of the Christian publishers who increasingly will have to depend upon the big secular book chains and internet sites to sell their productions. This trend would seem to run counter toward maintaining a Biblical stand.              *Top

-Pastors and Churches Banned from Helping Illegal Immigrant Children?

by Dr. D ~ July 14th, 2014
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Here’s a report that pastors and churches are not being allowed to visit and help the thousands of illegal immigrant children that the government currently has in custody. From Todd Starnes of Fox News:

Pastors and churches have been banned from helping the thousands of illegal immigrant children housed in border detention facilities run by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, clergy in Texas and Arizona tell me. …

A public affairs officer for the Border Patrol confirmed that ministers and church groups have been banned from the Nogales Placement Center.  …

Pastor Coffin even asked if they could provide the children with toys, blankets and food. But the federal government’s response was the same – no donations allowed.

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Response: Meanwhile the Obama administration is asking for an additional 3 billion in funds to take care of these children when pastors and churches are volunteering to help out for nothing? There are also reports that Catholic churches around the country are offering to take in the children and offer homes and foster care until their status is legally decided but the administration thinks it best to flood small towns across the country with the illegal immigrants while keeping them for all intents and  purposes in what amounts to as large prison camps?

What bothers me the most is that thousands of children are being held hostage as ‘political footballs’ by both sides of the immigrant issue because there is an important congressional election coming in November. Meanwhile no one wants to do anything that may have political repercussions until after the election? The inhumanity of it all. 

They are all coming in the first place because of the stated Obama policy not to send back anyone under 16 years of age.  So exactly what is the Obama administration doing to discourage more children from coming?         *Top