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-UN Group Demands Church Change on Abortion and Homosexuality

by Dr. D ~ March 28th, 2014
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                                    ( UN building in New York: Janitors)

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child recently demanded that the Catholic church change it’s worldview and teaching on abortion, contraceptives, and homosexual behavior. Here’s the incredible story from Speak Up Movement:

One of the more outrageous recent assaults is coming from the United Nations. …

The Convention on the Rights of the Child told the Catholic Church to yield its Biblical beliefs to a worldview that can only be called secular — and the darker things that come with it.

The Convention called for the Church to approve abortion and homosexual behavior. It told the Church to approve of contraceptives – not just adults, but for children!

…The committee demanded the Catholic Church change its teaching on family. It accused the Church of “stigmatizing” and contributing to “violence” against the children of homosexual parents. …

This assault on religious freedom is not occurring in a vacuum. It raises red flags for Protestants and Catholics alike. Though the Catholic Church is under attack now, everyone with Biblical beliefs on marriage, life, and liberty should pay attention. An attack on anyone’s religious liberty is an attack on all.

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Response: Incredible! Another day- another group opposing the Bible, the Christian Church, religious liberty and freedom in America. Unfortunately we have an administration that is substantially on the same page as this UN organization. But fortunately we still have a Constitution that continues to guarantee religious freedom. At least it does for as long as 9 SCOTUS justices continue to support the traditional understanding of the First Amendment.            *Top

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-Head of Ukraine Church Says Putin Broke 3 of the 10 Commandments in Crimea Invasion

by Dr. D ~ March 27th, 2014

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(Patriarch Filaret Denysenko: Religious Information Service of Ukraine)

Here’s an interesting perspective on the Ukraine/Crimea invasion from the leader of the Ukrainian church. Definitely not something you might run across in the secularized Western press. 

The head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in an address last week condemned Russia’s attack and annexation of Crimea saying that Putin “used the tool of the devil—he mixed the truth with falsehood.” Here’s the story from God Reports:

Patriarch Filaret Denysenko said, “I am sure that half-truth from the mouth of the Russian leader that the whole world heard is worse than outright lies—as hidden poison in food is more dangerous than obvious poison.”

He said Russia’s leaders violated three of the Ten Commandments: Do not kill; Do not bear false witness against your neighbor; Do not covet your neighbor’s house … (and) anything that is your neighbor’s (Exodus 20:15-17).  …

“In the occupied Crimea community activists disappear without a trace,” he charged.  Those who were released bore witness to cruel and inhuman treatment at the hands of the Russians, including constant humiliation, death threats, and simulation of execution.

“The Russian leadership is personally responsible for all this,” he declared.

While Putin considers “the disintegration of the totalitarian USSR a ‘tragic event,’ he (Putin) didn’t say that in Ukraine, including the Crimea and Sevastopol, most people on December 1, 1991 at a public referendum without any coercion supported the independence of Ukraine.”

“He did not mention a single word about the obligation not only to respect but also to guarantee the territorial integrity, sovereignty and inviolability of borders of Ukraine, taken over by the Russian Federation according to Budapest Memorandum of 1994 and the Treaty of Friendship of 1997.”

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Response: I am sure that Putin cares about the patriarch’s condemnation? It would be interesting to get a response from the head of the Russian Church on Patriarch Denysenko’s comments. Interestingly Putin has appeared in the past to be very close to the Russian church leaders so their opinion on Patriarch Denysenko comments would be relevant.

Unfortunately that will never happen since the Western press would never care or think to ask the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church for a response. Plus the Russian media is now solidly under Putin’s control so no criticism or dissenting views would ever be forthcoming.              *Top

HT: ASSIST News Service

-Hobby Lobby SCOTUS Case: Can Businesses Be Forced to Pay for Abortion?

by Dr. D ~ March 26th, 2014
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During the arguments before the Supreme Court yesterday in the Hobby Lobby case, the government lawyers contended that ultimately the USA government should have the power to force businesses and business owners to pay for abortions even if it is against their religious conscience.

From OneNewsNow:

Jordan Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice spoke with OneNewsNow following Tuesday arguments and said there are legitimate questions as to whether the government respects religious beliefs.

"The administration is in that pickle where they’re trying to argue What are the limits of this power? Are there any limits to this power?" he explained. "And it was clear that they don’t see a limit."

Sekulow is hopeful the public doesn’t lose sight of the importance of the case. …

Attorney Cathy Ruse of the Family Research Council attended the hearing. She describes one "startling" admission by the government attorney.

"… When Justice Kennedy asked the government’s attorney whether he believes family businesses could be forced to pay for abortion even over their religious objections, the government attorney said yes," stated Ruse.

Response: The government’s response to questioning before SCOTUS is in harmony with the progressive ideals of the Obama administration and President Obama in particular.

Yesterday we quoted Catholic Cardinal Burke in regard to the administration’s policies on trying to restrict religious liberty to ‘freedom of worship’ within the four walls of a official place of worship: 

“Now [Obama] wants to restrict the exercise of the freedom of religion to freedom of worship, that is, he holds that one is free to act according to his conscience within the confines of his place of worship but that, once the person leaves the place of worship, the government can constrain him to act against his rightly-formed conscience, even in the most serious of moral questions,”

The response by the government’s attorney in the Hobby Lobby case is in support of the view that religious conscience can be overridden by the government in spite of the 1st amendment of the Constitution. This case before the Supreme Court is far more important than most realize. The actual limits of the 1st amendment are now on the table and in question and subject to the vote of the Supreme Court justices.  Prayers are in order since I believe the entire future of religious liberty in America are in the crosshairs of this case.            *Top

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-U.S. Catholic Cardinal Says Pres. Obama is ‘Hostile Toward Christian Civilization’ and Impeding Religious Freedom

by Dr. D ~ March 25th, 2014
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In an interview, U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke, overseer of the Vatican’s highest court, said that President Obama is a ‘totally secularized man’ who is actually ‘hostile toward Christian civilization.’  He also accused the President of promoting anti-life and anti-family policies and trying to reinterpret and limit the traditional understanding of freedom of religion to freedom of worship.

Here’s the story from the Blaze:

U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke, … who serves as the prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, said during an interview with Polonia Christiana Magazine that Obama’s policies have been increasingly unfriendly toward Christians.

“It is true that the policies of the president of the United States have become progressively more hostile toward Christian civilization,” Burke said. “He appears to be a totally secularized man who aggressively promotes anti-life and anti-family policies.”   …

“Now [Obama] wants to restrict the exercise of the freedom of religion to freedom of worship, that is, he holds that one is free to act according to his conscience within the confines of his place of worship but that, once the person leaves the place of worship, the government can constrain him to act against his rightly-formed conscience, even in the most serious of moral questions,” the cardinal continued. “Such policies would have been unimaginable in the United States even 40 years ago.”

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Response: There are very few Christian leaders who have dared to speak out openly against this President. Most are hoping just to survive the next few years without the IRS knocking at their door. What Burke said here is the truth and very few in America seem to recognize the real challenges that this administration is bringing against freedom of religion and individual religious liberty in particular.

Cardinal Burke is also among the very few who understand that Obama is trying to restrict religious freedom to the four walls and confines of a place of worship and constrain religious freedom everywhere else. If the President is successful then America will be forever changed and the Constitution will be rewritten without going through the amendment process. We live in very serious times and very few even see the dangers.              *Top

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-Persecution of Christians Continues to be Ignored

by Dr. D ~ March 24th, 2014

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The ongoing persecution of Christians around the world continues to be substantially ignored by the media and the Obama administration. Most of the trouble for Christians is happening in Muslim dominated countries which is one of the reasons the MSM in America ignores most of the stories for the fear that the truth will lead to an escalation of so-called ‘Islamophobia’ in the USA.

Every morning when I go on line I find a new stories of Christians being killed, jailed, and injured for their faith, and churches being bombed and burned. They really are not too hard to find except in our newspapers and major media productions. One has to go to foreign news sources in the UK, Africa, India, and Australia or Christian websites like VOM Persecution blogBosNewsLife, Middle East Forum. Also I find a lot of Christian persecution news on the following sites but usually go to their article sources for the unvarnished truth: Jihad Watch, and Atlas Shrugs.

Here’s today’s featured story from the Middle East Forum: “Why the Media Doesn’t Cover Jihadist Attacks on Middle East Christians

Well worth reading. Here’s a quote from the article:

The media simply cannot portray radical Muslim persecution of Christians—which in essence and form amount to unprovoked pogroms—as a "land dispute" or a product of "grievance" (if anything, it is the ostracized and persecuted Christian minorities who should have grievances). And because the media cannot articulate radical Islamic attacks on Christians through the "grievance" paradigm that works so well in explaining the Arab-Israeli conflict, their main recourse is not to report on them at all.  …

If mainstream media were to report honestly on Christian persecution at the hands of radical Islamists so many bedrocks of the leftist narrative currently dominating political discourse would crumble, first and foremost, the idea that radical Islamic intolerance is a product of "grievances," and that Israel is responsible for all Jihadist terrorism against it.

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Response: According to the writer of this article, the American MSM is so vested in presenting the Muslim violence of the Middle East as a product of “grievance,” particularly the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, that it is impossible for them to shift the narrative toward Christians having “grievances.” Particularly against the same radical Muslims including the Palestinians who receive a pass because of their own perceived “grievances.” Therefore the story does not get covered since it could result in decreased sympathy for the Palestinians and other poor and ‘subjected’ Muslims.

I am sure that is one of the reasons that Christian persecution does not get sufficiently covered by the American media along with the perceived problem of ‘Islamophobia’ and the fact that many in the MSM have very few ties with Christianity in America. Not only that, but American Christians seem to be on the opposite side of every political and social issue from the secular progressive folks that dominate the media in the USA.              *Top

-Christian Student Sues College for Free Speech Rights

by Dr. D ~ March 20th, 2014
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A Christian student is suing Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton,Virginia for free speech rights.

Christian Parks was stopped by campus police from preaching in the college courtyard. The officer claimed that it might ‘offend’ others and it violated school policy.

The legal staff of Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is helping with the case. Here’s the story from Citizen Link:

Colleges should not be censoring students’ free speech rights, said Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) Litigation Staff Counsel Travis Barham.

“The First Amendment protects freedom of speech for all students in the outdoor areas of campus, regardless of their religious or political beliefs,” Barham explained. They should not have to register with college officials or comply with other arbitrary restrictions to exercise their constitutionally protected freedoms.”

A Virginia Community College System speech policy says that students must be part of a student organization before they speak in the open areas of campus. It also states that students can only speak in areas that college officials designate, and that they must register with the college four days in advance.

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Response: This case is all about freedom of speech. Yet one wonders if the Campus police would have stopped a student involved with speaking on political issues in the same courtyard? Doubtful. The tipoff is the comment made at the time that the religious content might ‘offend’ someone.            *Top

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-Is Obama the ‘Most Anti-Israel’ President Ever?

by Dr. D ~ March 19th, 2014
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         (President Obama and Palestinian President Abbas: Wikipedia)

Is Barack Obama the ‘most anti-Israel’ President ever?

Gary Bauer believes he is and says so in the following short article from One News Now:

Gary Bauer, chairman of American Values, says Obama has constantly kowtowed to the Palestinians – whose entire culture, he argues, "continually promotes hatred of Jews [and] hatred of Israel."

"There’s no indication that the Palestinian people in that sense are ready for peace," Bauer remarks. "And yet the president constantly berates Israel, constantly speaks these pie-in-the-sky views that the Palestinians overwhelmingly want peace.

"So I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: This is the most anti-Israel president in the history of the United States."

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Response: Bauer does have a point. A couple of weeks ago President Obama denigrated Israel over the lack of progress toward a treaty with the Palestinians and went so far as to warn the Israelis that sanctions might be in the works if they were not up for more compromises to get it done. 

Now this week President Obama hosted Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in the White House and had nothing but glowing things to say about him:

"I have to commend President Abbas. He has been somebody who has consistently renounced violence, has consistently sought a diplomatic and peaceful solution that allows for two states, side by side, in peace and security."

Meanwhile this same ‘President’ Abbas recently said nothing when his foreign minister warned that the Palestinian’s would never agree to recognize the right for Israel to exist. A major sticking point in blocking any agreement between Israel and the Palestinian authorities. So President Obama chooses to ignore that major problem but commends Abbas for supposedly renouncing violence in the face of Abbas’s own Fatah organization launching rockets just last week against Israel.

It really doesn’t take a genius to see which side President Obama seems to be consistently supporting and no amount of violence on the part of Palestinian groups ever seems to be noticed by this White House.            *Top

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