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-Bible Burning in Arizona

by Dr. D ~ August 1st, 2014
KJV Bible

                                         (Photo credit: knowhimonline)

Burn a Quran and it is international news and people die in protests. Burn some Bibles in front of churches and it is only a ‘local’ story.

In Mesa, Arizona Bibles have been burned at the front doors of at least 6 churches so far.

Here’s the story from the Christian Press:

Police in Mesa, Arizona say they are currently searching for a man suspected of being responsible for six Bible arson fires in the area.

In each of the instances, a suspect has set fire to an entire Bible or pieces of paper outside the door of one of six local churches.

<Read the whole article>

Response: So far there is no rioting in the streets and no one has been threatened or killed. Quite a contrast to what usually happens when  Islam is dissed in any way.

People have a right in the USA to burn Bibles if they wish but the possible fire threat against churches in the process is unacceptable and hopefully the perpetrator get caught and stopped before real damage happens to a place of worship.

Meanwhile this is not a story that the MSM will be spreading across anyone’s TV screen in the near future unless the firebug decides to burn Qurans at the front door of a mosque.             *Top

-Obama Nominates Rabbi for Religious Freedom Ambassador

by Dr. D ~ July 31st, 2014
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                               (Rabbi Saperstein:  US Department of Labor)

President Obama has finally gotten around to replacing the United States Ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom. Rabbi David Saperstein is the first non-Christian to be nominated for that position which was vacated in October, 2013.

Here’s the story from Christianity Today:

The press statement said:

“Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individual to a key Administration post: Rabbi David Nathan Saperstein – Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, Department of State. President Obama said, "I am grateful that Rabbi Saperstein has chosen to dedicate his talent to serving the American people at this important time for our country. I look forward to working with him in the months and years ahead."”

The previous ambassador at large, African-American pastor Suzan Johnson Cook, stepped down from the position in October 2013. This triggered great political pressure on the Obama administration to name a new ambassador-at-large quickly since religious freedom has been a contested issue in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Previously, Bob Seiple and John Hanford served in the position, which was created in 1998 as part of the International Religious Freedom Act.

<Read the whole article>

Response: I have been very critical of President Obama for allowing this important position to be empty for 10 months at a time in history when some of the greatest abuses of religious freedom have been going on around the world., particularly against Christians.

The recent expulsion of Christians from their traditional stronghold in Mosul and Nineveh in Iraq demonstrated the weakness of the West and particularly the Obama administration in this area since there was very little protest or diplomatic exception taken to the actions of the new so-called Islamic State (ISIS).

It has also been a time that Christian leaders including Pope Francis have referred to as a ‘New Age of Martyrs’ – the worst for  Christianity since the first century. Yet the Obama administration has been flying rainbow flags and sponsoring dinners keynoting LGBT rights around the world in our embassies while thousands of Christians have been dying for their faith, including many in those very same countries.

The nomination of Rabbi Saperstein is welcomed for many different reasons. He has been a champion for religious freedom his entire career and it is also a time when anti-Semitism is rearing its ugly head particularly in Europe among the Muslim immigrant communities. Note also in the article in Christianity Today that many Christian leaders support his selection and look forward to his leadership.             *Top

-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...

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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