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-Five Rational Arguments for the Existence of God

by Dr. D ~ May 22nd, 2017

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There use to be a time in America when close to 99% believed in God. Now some are claiming that over a quarter of the country no longer share that belief even if they have not fully embraced an ‘atheist’ identity. I believe that it is now increasingly important for Christians to be able to understand some of the philosophical and scientific arguments for the existence of God.

Here’s a very interesting article by Robert H. Nelson: “Five Rational Arguments Why God (Very Probably) Exists

This comes from an academic perspective and includes 5 excellent scientific, philosophical, and historical arguments on why God probably does exist. Not the typical explanations that you might get from your pastor. Well worth the read.                *Top

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-Harvard Study Confirms Anti-Trump Media Bias

by Dr. D ~ May 20th, 2017

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Anyone reading newspapers, watching newscasts, or listening to radio news can easily figure out that the main stream media doesn’t like our new President and his administration. A new Harvard study not only confirms that there is a definite on-going media bias but demonstrates that the amount of negative stories against President Trump is unprecedented and far worse than any recent executive had to face. Here’s the story from Heat Street:

A major new study out of Harvard University has revealed the true extent of the mainstream media’s bias against Donald Trump. …

Academics at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy analyzed coverage from Trump’s first 100 days in office across 10 major TV and print outlets.

They found that the tone of some outlets was negative in as many as 98% of reports, significantly more hostile than the first 100 days of the three previous administrations: …

The picture was very different for other recent administrations. The study found that President Obama’s first 100 days got a good write-up overall – with 59% of reports positive.

Bill Clinton and George W Bush got overall negative coverage, it found, but to a much lesser extent than Trump. Clinton’s first 100 days got 40% positivity, while Bush’s got 43%…

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Response: We have been commenting on media bias for many years and the fact is it is far worse than it use to be. Increasingly the major university schools of journalism are dominated by secular folks of the far left and students are taught that it is their job to change the world ‘for the better.’ In most cases ‘better’ includes a leftist/progressive politically correct world view that distains religion, particularly Christianity, conservatism, and any kind of national identity.

Since President Trump Seems to be on the opposite side of every issue that they hold dear he is considered to be an ‘enemy’ that needs to be eliminated. Every story is formed to fit a negative narrative and every fact is presented in a way to support their distain for the President and his administration. From the media’s perspective it is no longer their job to merely present the facts and let the people in a democratic society decide for themselves. It is obviously their view that the terrible conservative voters that voted for Trump in the first place must be forced to change their minds.

The firing of FBI’s Comey is a case in point. Last year the press and the progressives were calling on President Obama to fire the Director but when Trump actually does it they take an opposite view immediately. Comey was incompetent and everyone knows it and I’m pretty well tired of the huge negative media coverage and feeding frenzy.

Some will say that Trump may be causing some of his own problems by the way he is treating the press. Which came first the chicken or the egg- Trump’s attack on the media or the media against Trump? Sometimes I do believe that the President has caused some of his own problems through political inexperience and with his demonstrated ‘foot in the mouth disease’ on Twitter.

Nevertheless, I have had enough of the way the media is distorting the facts to fit their own progressive world views and narrative. I am hoping and trusting that millions of Americans are also getting fed up and see though the obvious media bias against President Trump and anything conservative or Christian. 

There was a time in America when the major news folks were among the most trusted public figures but that is no longer the case as the lines between actual hard news, biased narratives, and ‘fake’ reporting has become increasingly blurred.              *Top

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-Christian Printer Wins Appeal

by Dr. D ~ May 16th, 2017

The Lexington Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission attempted to force a Christian printer to produce T-shirts for a gay pride event. The Christian businessman has now won his second appeal in court against the commission. Here’s the story from the FaithWire:

A Kentucky appeals court has ruled that the government cannot force a Christian printer to make T-shirts for a gay pride event after the government previously stepped in and punished the businessowner for refusing to do so.

The Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled 2-to-1 that Blaine Adamson, owner of Hands on Originals, a print shop based in Lexington, Kentucky, is correct in his argument that being forced to create the T-shirts was a violation of his religious beliefs, according to the Becket, a law firm devoted to the defense of religious liberty.

“The court agreed with Becket, top legal scholars, and LGBT business owners, who all stood up for the rights of artists to choose what messages they would promote, without fear of government punishment,” the firm said in a statement. “(The) ruling emphasized that ‘the ‘service’ [the printer] offers is the promotion of messages. The ‘conduct’ [the printer] chose not to promote was pure speech.’”

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Response: We have been following this case for some time now because of the implications for similar cases around the country against Christian business owners. In several cases Christians have lost their businesses due to fines and punishments handed out by government agencies. At some point we are hoping for one of these cases to make it all the way to the US Supreme Court and for religious liberty to finally triumph.

This case may stop here with 2 wins for a Christian business. If it does go on, it will go next to the Kentucky Supreme Court. Meanwhile, the costs would continue to escalate which is why many Christian business owners are forced to give in or up. Thanks to organizations like Becket and the Alliance Defending Freedom, along with the Pacific Justice Institute for making it possible for Christians to respond to government intrusion upon their faith and businesses.               *Top

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-USA: 81 Percent of Americans Concerned About Declining Moral Behavior

by Dr. D ~ May 13th, 2017

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According to research conducted by LifeWay, 81% of Americans are concerned about the declining moral behavior in the country. Here’s the story from the Christian Post:

The Nashville-based Christian polling group’s survey, released Tuesday, found that 81 percent of Americans either agree or strongly agree with the statement: "I am concerned about declining moral behavior in our nation."

Forty-six percent of respondents said they "strongly agree" with that statement, while 35 percent said they "agree." On the flip side, only six percent said they "strongly disagree" and 13 percent said they "disagree" that they are concerned about the declining morality in the nation.

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Response: This sounds like it should be ‘good news.’ However the real problem in our current American culture is who or what defines right from wrong or what is good and what is evil.

In past generations in America the Bible was the ultimate standard but that is no longer the case. among the cultural majority. Even among many Christians the Bible  is no longer the definitive ground on which they stand but only one important source among others.

In fact the politically correct progressive culture is increasingly opposed to Biblical teaching. So 81% of Americans may be concerned about the morality of the country but a large number would also disagree over what to be concerned about and how it should be resolved.

In fact I believe that if  the responders were asked if the Bible should provide the basis for the ‘moral standards’ in America that it would be surprising if a majority still agreed. The real answer to the declining morality in the country is a major culture changing awakening and a radical changing revival in the American church. It has happened before in our history and it is time to pray for it to happen again.               *Top

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-National Park: Christian Scientist Denied Access For Study Because of Beliefs?

by Dr. D ~ May 13th, 2017

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A prominent scientist was recently denied access to conduct a study in the Grand Canyon National Park because of his Christian beliefs. Here’s the story from Charisma News:

Dr. Andrew Snelling is a highly learned and experienced geologist. He’s published numerous peer-reviewed materials, has had years of experience in various labs and has conducted studies in the United States as well as Australia.

But when he submitted a request to Grand Canyon National Park (GCNP) to perform a standard soil and rock collection, he was denied.

Rather than noting his experience and numerous endorsements from fellow scientists, reviewers scrutinized Dr. Snelling’s Christian faith and views.

They subsequently denied his request.

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Response: This type of discrimination is happening to Christians in colleges and universities all across America in academic circles. There have been a number of reports in the last year or so that Christian professors and scientists have been denied tenure and advancement.

But the National Park Service is a government agency and this type of treatment should not be tolerated. In fact President Trump just said in a speech that this type of treatment of people of faith would not be allowed in his administration.

The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Dr. Sneller. It will be interesting to see how this is resolved in a new administration. The lead ADF lawyer Gary McCaleb, commented that the GCNP is "directly discriminating" against Dr. Snelling for his faith. The law and the Constitution should be on the Doctor’s side.                    *Top

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-Media Features ‘Christians’ in Female Genital Mutilation Story?

by Dr. D ~ May 5th, 2017

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Last week the USA Today newspaper featured a picture of a ‘Christian’ in its story about female genital mutilation. The article-"Genital mutilation victims break their silence: ‘This is demonic.’" -featuring the increasing problem of FGM in America was carried by a number of major newspapers and websites across the country. The story came in response to the news a couple of weeks ago that three people including two doctors were arrested in Michigan for illegally performing FGM.

The problem is almost entirely contained within the American Muslim community including the three Muslims that were arrested, but you wouldn’t know that by the article. The USA Today feature implied that it was a practice and a problem also among ‘fundamentalist’ Christians.

Yet there is no teaching on this anywhere in the Christian community and I can’t find even one Christian leader, pastor, denomination, or church which actually teaches FGM. Nevertheless the article featured one Christian lady who said that her mother took her to a ‘fundamentalist Christian’ doctor who performed FGM on her over 60 years ago.

This is an outrageous example of how members of the media will go out of the way to present ‘facts’ in a lying way that imply the worst about Christians and the church while trying to make Muslims and Islam look a little better in the process. I agree- ‘This is Demonic’ both FGM and the way the story itself was written.

For more, here’s Charisma News on the USA Today article:

Facts don’t always line up to tell the truth—especially in today’s world of news, where facts are often used to lead the reader or viewer to believe a complete lie.

This is what happened last week when USA Today ran a front-page story headlined, "Genital mutilation victims break their silence: ‘This is demonic.’"

Under the headline was a picture of an elderly woman with a bolded statement, saying, "A. Renee Bergstrom, 72, said a fundamentalist Christian doctor mutilated her genitals in 1947 to prevent her from masturbating."

And there was her picture, on the front page under the headline, with the name "Christian" in bold.

We’re grateful USA Today took on this gruesome issue—an issue that exists primarily in extreme sects of the Islamic religion. But at first glance, you wouldn’t know that crucial fact, because the front cover only highlighted the word "Christian."

The truth is, neither the Bible nor any Christian doctrine or denomination condones female genital mutilation. As a matter of fact, the Christian faith not only elevates and celebrates women, it cherishes the pleasure of sexual intimacy.

But USA Today didn’t report those facts. It simply took one fact—one that is so extreme and opposed to the Christian faith—and positioned it on the front page, reporting in such a way as to lead the reader to believe fundamental Christian belief condones this practice.

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