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-Appeals Court: ‘Ground Zero Cross’ Can Stay at 9/11 Museum

by Dr. D ~ July 29th, 2014
English: A cross at Ground Zero.

English: A cross at Ground Zero. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a lawsuit by an theist group to have the ‘Ground Zero’ Cross’ removed from the 9/11 museum. Here’s the story from the Huffington Post:

A cross-shaped beam from the wreckage of the World Trade Center can remain on display in the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum at Ground Zero, a three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled, dismissing a lawsuit brought by atheists.

American Atheists filed a federal suit in 2012 claiming the 17-foot display at the museum built with a mix of public and private funds was unconstitutional. The group said its members suffered from both physical and emotional damages from the presence of the beamed cross, resulting in headaches, indigestion and mental pain.

<Read the whole article>

Response: I get it that atheists do not like religion but the Ground Zero Cross is part of the story that the museum is trying to document and display. Must history be re-written in order to satisfy a small group’s oversensitivity and a their activist re-interpretation of the 1st amendment? I don’t think so.

A lower court said no and now a higher appeals court has also followed suit. I really doubt that SCOTUS would take up the case if it should be appealed further so this should stand.             *Top

-UPDATE: Sudanese Christian Woman Released and Now in Italy

by Dr. D ~ July 28th, 2014
General Audience with Pope Francis

         ( Pope Francis: Catholic Church (England and Wales))

UPDATE on the update: Mariam Ibrahim met with Pope Francis who commended her for her faith and courage.

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(Lapo Pistelli: Wikipedia)


The Sudanese Christian woman who was sentenced to death and later released, then was  detained at the airport when she and her American husband and Children tried to leave the country has finally been able to get out of Sudan and is now in Italy.

Here’s the story from BosNewsLife

Meriam Ibrahim, 27, and her family flew on an Italian government plane, accompanied by Italian minister Lapo Pistelli.
The mother-of-two, who is married with an American citizen, arrived in Rome amid mounting international pressure on Sudan to let her go.

Response: It is great to see this situation resolved. Here are links to my posts following what this family went through in Sudan:

-Sudan: Pregnant Christian Woman Facing Death For Conversion

-Sudanese Christian Woman Under Death Sentence Released by Appeals Court Then Arrested Again

-UPDATE: Meriam Ibrahim and Family Still Being Detained in Sudan

-Mosul: Then There Were Nun

by Dr. D ~ July 26th, 2014

A Lack of Response in the West to ‘Religious Genocide’

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(Nun: Arabic letter and Muslim Symbol for Christians)


Shortly after ISIS took over in Mosul every Christian home, business, institution, and church were marked and spray painted with the letter ‘Nun’ which is the Muslim symbol for  ‘Nasara‘ (Nazarenes) the historical Muslim name for Christians. Then there were Nun everywhere and now there are none- no Christians left.

The Christian community in Mosul, Iraq and the surrounding area of Nineveh had existed for nearly 2,000 years and many of their churches even predated the founding of Islam. Just a few short years ago there were over a 100,000 in the community but now there are none.

Last week the Islamic State authorities in Mosul proclaimed that all Christians must convert, leave, or die. There is no accounting for how many lost their lives but we do know that their churches have been destroyed and all of their homes, vehicles, and possessions have been confiscated and those who did leave and refused to convert to Islam were turned out with nothing but the clothes on their backs and left to walk hundreds of miles in the desert.

We are now witnessing an on-going genocide that is reminiscent of the Turkish treatment and slaughter of Armenian Christians during WWI. But what is really shocking is the silence in the West. There seems to be little or no response from the Obama administration, the Western media, or any other authorities in the West to the on-going ‘religious genocide’ being perpetrated by the Islamic State (ISIS) on Christians.  Why?

Meanwhile there are major marches and demonstrations in Europe and America supporting the Palestinians who are indeed suffering but their radical leaders could put a stop to the killing any time by discontinuing their missile launches on Israel.

Where are the marches and demonstrations for peaceful unarmed families forced to walk into the desert with nothing. And where are the demonstrations and protests for the destruction of a culture along with historical churches, tombs, and artifacts of a people that have been around for nearly 2,000 years? There is none because the Western press for what ever reason has substantially ignored the story and the 10 o’clock TV news continues to talk about the weather while a real genocide against Christians is in progress.

Here’s a plea from Ignatius Ephrem Joseph III Younan, leader and overseer of Assyrian Christians (Syriac Catholic Church):

“We are so saddened that the civilized world doesn’t really care. Surely there are other dramatic problems — wars around us in the Middle East… Gaza or Syria but here it’s … genocide … just because they are Christians.” …

(He said that, for the first time in nearly two thousand years, the city will be devoid of Christians and pleaded with the audience to speak out about the mass atrocities coming out of the region.)

“We have to stand up for the cause of the Lord Jesus who is the prince of peace of love,” Younan said. …

“I think that the legacy of the U.S. is to always be the defender of liberty and all minorities,” he added. “Those who have the responsibility to lead this great nation, they have to think seriously about what to do to defend the defenseless and marginalized.”

What can folks in America do to help? First of all spread the word, contact your congressional representatives, bombard the White House website, and send contributions to humanitarian organizations providing aid to the Christian refugees. Also contact the news organizations and demand coverage, write letters to the editor in the local newspaper, and let your friends on Facebook and the social media know what is going on unnoticed.  Above all, pray.             *Top

Here are some articles I found on this issue that are well worth reading:

Iraqi Christians are raped, murdered and driven from their homes – and the West is silent

"GENOCIDE in Iraq ! Where is the Obama Administration? Where is this Congress?!"

Historian Lambastes the West for Staying ‘Bizarrely Silent’ on Plight of Iraqi Christians

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

by Dr. D ~ July 23rd, 2014
President Barack Obama signs the executive ord...

                                                  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

<Read the whole article>

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
Yellow badge Star of David called "Judens...

             (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

<Read the whole article>

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
English: Another version of the same-sex marri...

                                      (Same-Sex Marriage map: Wikipedia)

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.

<Read the whole article>

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