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-Satan Clubs in Public Elementary Schools?

by Dr. D ~ October 20th, 2016


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At a time when Christian clubs are being challenged in many public school districts across America, Satan Clubs are now being allowed. Ironically, the same SCOTUS ruling that supported Christian student groups in public schools is being used as the legal basis for establishing new After School Satan Clubs. Here’s the story from the Christian Post:  

Coming soon to a school in the Skagit Valley of the state of Washington -a Satan Club?..

     “A so-called ‘After School Satan Club’ proposed by the Satanic Temple of Seattle to be held at Centennial Elementary School should be allowed to proceed,

an attorney hired to represent the Mount Vernon School District said." …

Ironically, they are using a pro-Christian ruling, the Supreme Court decision of Good News Bible Club v. Milford Central School District (2001) to justify paving the way for the Satan club.

So this is what the First Amendment comes down to in the Year of Our Lord 2016? Satan clubs after school. This is an amazing turn of events. It is quite a sign of the times.

<Read the whole article>

Response: Ironically this is being framed as a First Amendment issue. This is a real dilemma for those of us who are concerned about the decline of Religious liberty in America. The article above points out that in the past America was substantially  Christian and the First Amendment was originally all about Christian sectarianism. Now even the devil gets equal consideration?

Lately, we have seen public schools allowing space for Muslim prayers while at the same time some have been clamping down on Christian students bringing Bibles to  school or praying over their lunches in the cafeteria.

Even though the Supreme Court has ruled that student lead Christian clubs are legal in public schools, some districts have tried to eliminate them anyway. While others have even gone to the extreme by disbanding all after school clubs. In this case a Satan club is being allowed using the very same ruling. What can we say about it if Christian clubs are still allowed? Has it really come to this in America?                 *Top

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-Is Russia Preparing for Nuclear War?

by Dr. D ~ October 18th, 2016


What is up with Russia? Putin has put his entire nation on a war footing declaring to his people that they need to prepare for nuclear war and know where the closest bomb shelters are. Not only that, on October 4 through October 7, he put 40 million of his citizens through a practice war game evacuation drill.

Here’s ABC News’ take on this development if you haven’t heard about it:

With tensions between Russia and the United States at their highest since the Cold War, there have been alarming signs coming out of Moscow that suggest the country is ready for war.

Almost no one believes the Kremlin is actually preparing for a military conflict with the United States. Most analysts instead see it as a show, intended to boost support at home and to deter Western countries from intervening militarily in Syria.

Russian TV Warns of Nuclear War Amid US Tensions

There are some unsettling things Russia has done, however, to give the impression that war is looming…

As the confrontation between the United and Russia has worsened over Syria, and amid speculation Washington might launch airstrikes against Syrian government forces, Russian state-controlled media has gone into high gear, asking Russians whether they are prepared for nuclear war.

<Read the whole article>

Meanwhile, President Obama is considering direct attacks against Syria which would potentially pit US forces directly against the Russians for the first time since the cold war. Putin has already declared that any attack on Syrian forces would be considered a declaration of war against Russia.

Response: The American media is so obsessed with putting down Trump that very little has been said or printed about this very real threat of war with Russia. As the article above states, most see this as nothing more than a show. But to me it seems like its rather radical to be just a show with no real meaning or actual threat. To put 40 million people through an evacuation drill and tell the whole country to prepare for war seems rather over the top to be nothing more than a show.

Meanwhile Putin has sent an aircraft carrier group up the English channel and Russian bombers are making regular runs toward the USA like they use to during the cold war days and Russian fighter jets are harassing our carriers and naval vessels in the pacific. Plus the Russians are putting missiles back in Europe and Russian subs are making regular runs along the US coastlines. Then there is the continual build up of Russian forces on the eastern border of Ukraine and near Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. All pretty costly to be nothing more than a show.

Also, Putin has recently made personal trips to Iran, two to China, and two to Turkey, along with Crimea and Belarus and all of the ‘istan’ countries looking for some kind of support and agreement.

My question is this: is Putin preparing his people for some kind of major military action before the end of President Obama’s term of office in January? It does sound pretty crazy.  What is he thinking? Nobody really wins in an all out nuclear war.

What if the Russians attacked Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania all at once. Putin has indicated more than once that he would like those countries back under his control since there are still millions of Russians living in those nations. How would the USA and NATO respond if at all?

Turkey is one of the major keys to all of this. What if Israel was also targeted to bring Turkey onboard and to stop the USA from using its bases there to support the Ukraine. It would also bring the entire Middle East under a Russian sphere of influence in a possible Ezekiel 38-39 scenario.

How would NATO and President Obama respond with anything other than scathing rhetoric? That might be a risk that Putin is willing to take since his victories in Georgia and Crimea.  The world is definitely a more dangerous place than it was just eight years ago.              *Top

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-Texas: Two Churches Vandalized With Pro-Islam Graffiti

by Dr. D ~ October 13th, 2016


Radical Muslim attacks upon churches in America continue. The main stream media pretty much ignores reports like this though they do usually get covered by the local press. Here’s the story from Charisma News:

A mysterious vandal defaced two San Antonio, Texas-based churches …

Anthony Boulan, a member of Gethsemane Lutheran Church, discovered the vandalism near the church’s front door. The graffiti read "No to wall" and "Islam or die." Similar art appeared on Saint Gregory the Great Catholic Church.

Pastor Eric Miletti told KSAT the graffiti could be terrorism-related: "The only thing that comes close to that, and again I’m not an expert, is the terror flag of the Islamic State."

Boulan found the vandal’s message confusing. He said to FOX29, "I didn’t understand what the wall had to do with the ‘Islam or die,’ but evidently whoever put it there had some kind of statement to make."

… local police have not yet identified the culprit.

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Response: Last week it was 3 churches in Tennessee and now 2 in Texas. Is this going to be the new normal in America? In this case it is hard for the media to ignore the radical Muslim motives of the perpetrator with a slogan like:

"Islam or die"

Also the ISIS flag should be a tipoff. However, it is mixed with a reference against building a wall? Interestingly 2 other area church were also vandalized earlier in the week but I could not find a reference to the kind of damage done in those cases.

The beat goes on and we will continue to report on any future attacks upon churches in America. I am sure there will be more since ISIS leaders called upon all faithful Muslims to attack churches. I also wonder if we can trust the local media to always cover similar attacks against American churches? Probably not.               *Top

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-U.S. and U.N. Discriminate Against Christian Refugees?

by Dr. D ~ October 12th, 2016

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Less that 1% of the Syrian refugees that have been allowed to come to America have been Christians. Which is hard to understand since ISIS continues to treat them far worse than the Muslim refugees that have been allowed to immigrate. Now comes the word that the next Secretary General of the UN is actually saying that Middle Eastern Christians should not be rescued at all. Here’s the story from the Wall Street Journal:

…the U.N.’s lead agency for aiding refugees, the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), marginalizes Christians and others targeted by ISIS for eradication in two critical programs: refugee housing in the region and Syrian refugee-resettlement abroad. …

…the Obama administration’s expanded refugee program for Syria depends on refugee referrals from the UNHCR. Yet Syria’s genocide survivors have been consistently underrepresented. …only 68 were Christians and 24 were members of the Yazidi sect. That means 0.5% were Christians, though they have long accounted for 10% of Syria’s population.

…I asked the U.N.’s then-high commissioner for refugees, António Guterres, to explain the disproportionately low number of Syrian Christians resettled abroad. The replies—from a man poised to be the U.N’s next secretary-general—were shocking and illuminating.

Mr. Guterres said that generally Syria’s Christians should not be resettled, because they are part of the “DNA of the Middle East.” He added that Lebanon’s Christian president had asked him not to remove Christian refugees. Mr. Guterres thus appeared to be articulating what amounts to a religious-discrimination policy, for political ends.

<Read the whole article>

Response: We have speculated on this and have written about it before. Now a U.N. official actually admits that there is an official U.N. policy in place to discriminate against Christians who are actually being subjected to genocide at the hands of ISIS. Not only that, but the Obama administration is complicit and in obvious agreement considering their actions or lack thereof.

One of the major problems is that Christians are not protected in the U.N. refugee camps so go to camps sponsored by Christian relief groups. Then the Obama State department officials refuse to receive applications from those not in the official U.N. camps. Also, according to the Wall Street Journal article, the U.N. officials ignore the applications that they do take from Christian refugees.

Since this has been going on for more than a year, and officials in the Obama administration have been repeatedly told about this on-going problem, but have done nothing about it. One can only conclude that this president and administration actually condone the obvious U.N. religious discrimination against Christians.

Ironically these same  officials declare that the government should not be involved in religious discrimination when others suggest that Christian refugees should be allowed into America rather than more Muslims.               *Top

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-Controversy: Evangelical Ministry Declares Employees Must Hold Evangelical Beliefs?

by Dr. D ~ October 10th, 2016


A huge controversy has risen after an evangelical campus ministry has declared that all of its employees adhere to a traditional evangelical/Biblical understanding of marriage. Here’s the story from Christianity Today:

InterVarsity is an Evangelical Christian organization, and people who work at InterVarsity are, not surprisingly, expected to hold evangelical beliefs.  …

But why is it news that Evangelicals think their ministry staff should hold mainstream Evangelical beliefs?

It’s because there is a new orthodoxy, and the old one just won’t do for many. The new orthodoxy says that you have to bend your beliefs to fit it.

But InterVarsity has a different view—the mainsteam evangelical view. And, such views do cost you today. And, ultimately, every organization with the beliefs of old orthodoxy will face a moment like this.

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Response: So the media and folks on the Internet are all over Intervarsity, an evangelical ministry, for declaring that all their employees should hold to a traditional evangelical view of marriage? How shameful! But is it really surprising when Catholic groups support Catholicism or Mormon groups Mormonism? Should LGBT activists be expected support views that are the antithesis of what they stand for?

What Intervarsity has declared is no change of policy at all it for that organization which has always stood for Biblical teaching. It is the American society which has changed and chosen ‘a new orthodoxy’ that contradicts the Bible. Since the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage the law of the land it is now necessary for every Christian organization and church to make it clear where they where they stand in regard to ‘new normal’ and ‘new LGBT orthodoxy.’

Two years ago I wrote that every Christian organization and church in America would be forced to declare where they stand on homosexuality and same-sex marriage. This week it was Intervarsity’s turn.                *Top

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-Europe Demands Press NOT to Reveal That Terrorists are Muslims

by Dr. D ~ October 10th, 2016


A report from the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) Blamed an increase in hate speech and racist violence against Muslims in the UK on the press. The European Union bureaucrats demanded that the British government clamp down on freedom of the press and force the UK media to refrain from identifying terrorists as Muslims. Here’s the story from Express UK:

The report lays into the British press and urges the government to “give more rigorous training” to reporters.

In the 83-page report, the Commission said: “ECRI considers that, in light of the fact that Muslims are increasingly under the spotlight as a result of recent ISIS-related terrorist acts around the world, fuelling prejudice against Muslims shows a reckless disregard, not only for the dignity of the great majority of Muslims in the United Kingdom, but also for their safety.

“…where the media stress the Muslim background of perpetrators of terrorist acts, and devote significant coverage to it, the violent backlash against Muslims is likely to be greater than in cases where the perpetrators’ motivation is downplayed or rejected in favour of alternative explanations.”

<Read the whole article>

Response: So basically the European Commission suggests that the government force the media to ‘lie’ about any Muslim background or Islamist motives of  the terrorists and find some kind of ‘alternative explanations.’ For their part, the new UK government rejected the European demands:

“The (UK) Government is committed to a free and open press and does not interfere with what the press does and does not publish, as long as the press abides by the law.”

In America, the main stream media seems to have already voluntarily put in place something similar to what the European Commission is suggesting. The press in this country seems to suspend all references to any obvious Muslim motivations for terrorists until alternative sources of news on the internet force them to deal with it.

One does wonder if the current administration informally suggested this tact since it seems to be adhered to so completely all across America both by the media and by law enforcement officials. For an example, see this previous post.               *Top

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