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-Transgender Issue: Now a Christian School is Being Called Out by Atheists

by Dr. D ~ May 25th, 2016

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                                                            (St. John’s Lutheran School in Baraboo, Wisconsin)

A couple of weeks ago President Obama demanded that all public schools in America accommodate transgender students when it comes to bathrooms and locker rooms. Now an atheist organization is also calling for a Christian school to follow through regardless of their religious beliefs.  From CharismaNews:

Earlier this year, St. John’s Lutheran School in Baraboo, Wisconsin, sent home a letter to parents telling parents and students that they expect students to live within Christian values while at school.

The letter required parents to sign a handbook pledge and provide a copy of their child’s birth certificate to prove gender. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, based in Madison, Wisconsin, learned of the letter earlier this month and lodged a formal complaint with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, which forwarded the complain to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The atheistic "freethinker" organization says the school is discriminating on the basis of gender identity. That triggered an immediate "shame campaign" within local media.

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Response: This is just the beginning. Look for Christian schools to be targeted for legal and media harassment all across America. Particularly in places like California and the liberal coastal states along with large cities like New York City.

In this case, the atheist organization (FFRF) is raising the issue of federal funding and calling for the Christian school to comply or no longer receive money or support in any way from the government. I guess the Title IX Religious Exemption which was crafted by Congressional legislation no longer applies? At the very least it seems to be the goal of the FFRF to challenge the legality of the exemption.

The Obama administration, the main stream media, and many prominent liberal judges have already decided that LGBT and transgender issues supersede religious liberty and the First Amendment. The battle is just beginning and it is going to rage and Christians must take a stand now or there will no longer be a place in America for Christians schools and colleges, along with Christian institutions and organizations.

Also Christian businesses and institutions will be required to obey the new transgender laws unless there is a huge uprising of believers. Already New York City officials are prepared to fine all those who refuge to accommodate transgender folk regardless of religious convictions and beliefs. Transgender identity is not specifically mentioned in the Constitution but it is on track to trump freedom of religion which is?

How is this possible? We now live in times when a large number of legal leaders in America have little respect for the Constitution and particularly the Bill of Rights which they call ‘negative rights’ since they limit government and make it difficult for political activists to autocratically force change. The current administration has taken a different tact and has run roughshod over the Constitution by issuing Executive Orders which blatantly violate its provisions and by boldly daring any opposition challenge it. 

President Obama has depended upon the liberal politicians and media along with activist judges to support him regardless and so far has been very successful. It is time for Christians to call him out or slip quietly into a night where there are no longer any viable Christians schools or institutions which have not been forced to give up on their traditional Christian beliefs and freedoms.                *Top

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-Texas: Land Under Cross Sold to Answer Atheists

by Dr. D ~ May 24th, 2016

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Another ‘Cross’ attack by atheist activists but this time the land under the cross was sold to a church. Here’s the story from The Blaze:

Local authorities in Port Neches, Texas, have decided to sell a small plot of public park land that currently hosts a large, 10-foot cross to a local church after an atheist activist group threatened to sue for its removal.

City leaders decided to sell the 20? x 20? plot of land to First United Methodist Church for just $100 — a move that would essentially protect the religious symbol’s presence by converting the land from public to private, KBMT-TV reported.  …

A spokesperson for the Freedom From Religion Foundation later called the sale a ave been open for “step in the right direction,” but said that the group wants to be sure that the move was entirely appropriate, and also wants there to be clear markers indicating that the cross is on private land.

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Response: This is a good resolution to this case if the atheist group does not end up  blocking it. They are currently trying to put a good face on the whole thing and claim victory for their cause even though thousands of folks have protested the atheists by putting up white crosses on their own private property. But let’s be clear, the real intent of the atheist activists was to take down the cross altogether and this sale does not get it done. So it was hardly a ‘victory.’

Notice that the atheist leaders are questioning the way the land was sold to the church. Read between the lines that they would have liked to have had the opportunity to outbid the Methodist Church for the cross property. Forget the fact that a member of that church put up the money for the cross in the first place. If the FFRF chooses to continue their pursuit through legal action then their real motives will be revealed.

Time and time again atheist activists say that they are only bothered about religious symbols being on publically owned land. The fact is that they would really like to take crosses out of the public square entirely even those which are publically visible on private land.

The Mt. Soledad Cross controversy in San Diego CA lasted 25 years even after the city attempted to deed the land into private hands and eventually to the federal government but the legal actions by atheist activists continued anyway. When Mohave Memorial Cross was finally settled in court, an activist responded by stealing  it and taking it down anyway.

Then there are two recent cases where crosses even on private church land were attacked. One on a hill overlooking a monastery in Riverside CA was destroyed and a lawsuit has come against a church in Corpus Christi, Texas that plans to build a tall cross on their own church property.

So many times it has not really been about religious symbols on public land. Nor has it been against religion so much as a battle against Christianity in particular. I have yet to see a specific lawsuit brought by atheists against Muslim crescents which are also in parks all over America. Mostly put there by Shriners and Masons as were many of the crosses.                    *Top

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-New York City: $250K Fine For Using ‘Wrong’ Pronoun For Transgender Folk?

by Dr. D ~ May 23rd, 2016

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(New York City panorama: Wikipedia) 

New York City is planning to give out fines up to $250,000 for willfully using the ‘wrong’ pronoun for transgender folk. Here’s the story from LifeSiteNews:

New York City’s human rights commission says it will fine New York employers and landlords up to $250,000 for using the wrong pronoun to refer to a transgender person.

The New York City Commission on Human Rights’ “Guidance on Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Expression” interprets existing human rights laws against discrimination based on gender to include gender expression, defined as “actual or perceived sex and shall also include a person’s gender identity, self-image, appearance, behavior or expression,” regardless of someone’s biological sex.  …

Legal experts say the guidance violates constitutional guarantees of free speech.

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Response: So now in New York City violating ‘Political Correctness’ comes with a fine of up to $250K? What about the First Amendment including Free Speech and religio9us liberty? Will Ministers, Churches, Christian institutions, and organizations also be subjected to this type of unconstitutional overreach?

There doesn’t seem to be any reference to religious accommodation of any kind in the document guiding this policy which requires employers to provide whatever bathroom, locker room, and now pronoun usage according to ones preference on any given day.                *Top

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-Civil Disobedience Against Obama’s Transgender School Policy

by Dr. D ~ May 20th, 2016

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At least 12 states have reacted against President Obama’s transgender school policy demands and at least one Congressman is calling for civil disobedience over the issue.

In reality, this policy is dependent upon local school districts and local administrators to administer it. Look for hundreds of school districts in conservative areas to ignore this executive order. With less than a year left to his reign, President Obama will not be able to follow through with any implied threats of legal action or the withholding of federal funds.

Look also for this to become a real campaign issue this election year on many different levels. President Obama with this unconstitutional overreach has not helped his party or their candidates at all. The next President will be forced to deal with this executive order and debacle one way or another.  See our original article on this issue: 

-Obama Administration Trying to Force ‘Transgender Bathrooms’ on All America

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-Hillary: Every Woman in America Should Have Federally Mandated Contraceptive Coverage

by Dr. D ~ May 20th, 2016

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Every woman, no matter where she works, deserves birth control coverage. This shouldn’t be a question. #SCOTUS -H

2:47 PM – 16 May 2016


In Response to the recent SCOTUS decision on the Little Sisters of the Poor, a group of Catholic Nuns opposing the Obama administration Contraceptive Mandate, Hillary Clinton tweeted that every woman in America should get federally mandated contraceptive coverage regardless of where she works.  See the Townhall article.

This is a real indication that Hillary would continue the Obama Contraceptive Mandate if elected president. It also gives us a pause to consider how deficient and oppressive her administration might be when her ideology conflicts with religious liberty and the First Amendment.               *Top

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-Female Genital Mutilation a Growing Problem in the USA?

by Dr. D ~ May 20th, 2016

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With the rise of Muslim immigrants from the Middle East and North Africa comes a new abusive and illegal Muslim cultural practice that has caught the eye of FBI investigators- female genital mutilation. Here’s the story from Townhall:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is currently looking into a number of tips and leads regarding illegal, female genital mutilation in the United States.  ,,,

We believe some of it is being conducted by medical practitioners—physicians, nurses, midwives—and some by female elders within the communities who have the distinction of being what is called a cutter,”

Special Agent Kerry Sparks, who works in the FBI Human Rights Unit, said about the practice.  …

According to those who engage in the practice female genital mutilation, which occurs in predominantly Muslim communities and neighborhoods, is justified because the practice is "deeply rooted" in religious practice and beliefs. The practice is conducted by both men and women in these communities.

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Response: This growing problem in America has been kept under cover by the main stream media for fear of increasing ‘Islamophobia’ in this country and the opposition to Muslim immigration. Also law enforcement, including the FBI, has mostly turned a blind eye to this growing issue since it is so closely identified with one particular protected religion.

I find it ironic that those who currently in the forefront of those who support an increase in Muslim immigration along with Islamic cultural rights are also progressives and liberals who stand up for women’s rights and the rights of LGBT folks both undercut and normally denied in Islamic teaching.

There is a double standard right now in America. Christian businesses including bakers, printers, flower shops, and wedding chapels and institutions are being fined and forced to participate in same-sex marriages and offer transgender bathrooms while Muslim business owners and institutions are left untouched by activists and in reality are not even, along with a wink, expected to comply with LGBT political correctness. Can you imagine the uproar and viral controversy if it was a ‘Christian’ group that was doing female mutilations?

Female genital mutilation is not a procedure required specifically by the Quran or Islam, but it is rooted in the Muslim culture and widely practiced in Muslim dominated countries where woman are considered to be the property of their families or husbands. It will be interesting to watch and see if practitioners of this illegal procedure will actually be arrested and legally processed in the future. I really doubt it. But if they are, what will their defense be- freedom of religion?

The practice comes from a Muslim cultural mindset that expects women to be virtuous regardless and the seeking of sexual pleasure to be the natural providence of men. This is echoed in the pronouncements of radical Islamic teachers that terrorists martyred in the cause of Islam will receive 70 virgins in the afterlife. One wonders what women martyrs might receive?               *Top

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-Church Sign Bigotry? Or Political Correctness Run Amok?

by Dr. D ~ May 18th, 2016

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Baptist Church · Hood River, OR


The pastor of a church in Hood River, Oregon has become the center of a controversy that has gone viral. He is being accused of bigotry because of two messages he put on his  church sign. Here’s the story from Jihad Watch:

The pastor of an Oregon Baptist church is under fire locally for putting what critics call a bigoted message on his church’s sign board, KATU reports.

Pastor Michael Harrington placed the words on the reader board outside Belmont Drive Missionary Baptist Church. On one side it reads,

“Wake up Christians, Allah is not our God,

Muhammad not greater than Jesus.”

On the other side, it says,

“Only the Bible is God’s word, ‘holy book,’ Koran is just another book.”

“I’m not politically correct. I’ve never been politically correct, but I think I’m biblically correct, and that’s what matters to me,” Harrington told KATU.

It isn’t against any particular denomination. It’s just the fact that I have taught and will continue to teach that I have one God, one way of salvation and one Bible that’s holy.

But locals, including the mayor, don’t want to see the signs.

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Response: The pastor is only affirming what Christians have traditionally believed and most still believe- Jesus is the name above all names and the only truly inspired holy book of God is the Bible and he is questioning whether Muslims worship the same God. Something that many Christian theologians have dealt with lately.

My only quibble with his message is that ‘Allah’ is not only the Muslim name for their God but the generic name for God in Arabic that preceded Islam and even Christians use it in the Middle East. 

Nevertheless, are we really at the point in America where Christians affirming their beliefs is now considered to be ‘bigotry’? Meanwhile the very prayers that Muslims say every day and broadcast from their mosques are a direct putdown of Christian beliefs but that is OK since it is in Arabic and Muslims need to be protected from Islamophobia? It is also now acceptable for atheists to put up billboard signs and messages putting down God and Christianity. No charges of  ‘bigotry’ are ever claimed in those cases.

What do you think? Is this really bigotry or Political Correctness run amok?

So ‘locals’ including the mayor and the press don’t want to see signs like this? Just 15 years ago this church sign would have bothered no one and any Muslims driving by, if there were any in Hood river, would have ignored it. But after 9/11/01 we are now supposed to be more sensitive to the ‘Religion of Peace.’

One would think that Christians must have perpetrated that terrorist event and are doing penance since now we are suppose to be silent and more respectful of Islam according to current cultural PC dictums. I find it all rather ironic.               *Top

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