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-Vermont Doctors Fight Law Requiring Them to Assist in Suicides or Give Referrals

by Dr. D ~ July 22nd, 2016


Vermont doctors and allied health care workers are fighting against a state law that requires them be involved with counseling terminally ill patients about all options available to them including assisted suicide. The law is also being interpreted to require them to assist in suicides or give referrals to doctors who will.  Here’s the story from The Washington Times:

Vermont doctors and health care professionals are pushing back against an interpretation of state law that they say requires them to help kill patients who wish to die.

Members of two medical groups, the Vermont Alliance for Ethical Healthcare and Christian Medical & Dental Associations, filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against officials in two state medical agencies responsible for the interpretation.

The lawsuit says these agencies have interpreted a 2013 physician-assisted suicide law, Act 39, in a way that would require health care professionals to counsel terminally ill patients about the option to commit suicide.

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Response: Another case where a state statute is forcing people of faith to go against their conscience and religious principles. The Vermont law has no provision for religious exemption. The Alliance Defending Freedom lawyers handling this case believe that it is a clear violation of the First Amendment 

A similar situation is happening in California where pro-life counselors are now being forced to provide referrals to abortion centers.  That law is also being challenged in the courts.                *Top

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-Nigerian Christians Feel Abandoned by Western Churches?

by Dr. D ~ July 19th, 2016


                  (Africa w/Nigeria: Wikipedia)

Nigerian Christians, who have been continually under attack during the last several years by the Boko Haram and other radical Islamic groups, feel that they have been forgotten and abandoned by Western Christians and churches.  Here’s the story from the Christian Post:

Former Congressman Frank Wolf has noted that Christians in Nigeria, who are among the millions of displaced people suffering due to the action of radical groups, are feeling abandoned by Western churches that are failing to speak out on the developing humanitarian tragedy.  …

"People of faith, Christians, feel very much forgotten. Nigeria is fractured and is breaking down in so many ways, and it seems that the world has forgotten about it," he reflected on his interactions with Christians there.

"They feel abandoned by the West, and by the Church in the West. You are not hearing many in the West advocating (for them). They would expect that the faith community in the West, Europe, would be advocating, speaking out," Wolf told CP.

While Nigerian Christians and regular citizens have been targeted by the radical Boko Haram group since 2009, there has also been a very alarming rise in attacks carried out by Fulani herdsmen against Christian farmers in land disputes, leading to hundreds of deaths in the past year.

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Response: The article goes on to say that much of the attention from the West has been on the continuing plight of Syrian and Iraqi refugees which include both Muslims and Christians.

One of the major problems contributing this lack of support from Western Christians and particularly Americans is our dependence upon the main stream media when it comes to news. Christians being killed and churches being destroyed along with whole Christian villages being attacked and rampaged in Nigeria is no longer ‘news’ from the perspective of the major Western main stream media since it is happening all of the time. Also, there is very little sympathy for the plight of Christians among the major world news purveyors. Meanwhile, the political leaders in Nigeria, many who are Muslims including the President of Nigeria, are claiming that the Boko Haram has been contained and discourage any news stories that may contradict that propaganda.

American Christians suffer from ignorance and rarely receive news from embattled Christians around the world except from personal correspondence with missionaries and missions that are actually sponsored by their church or denomination. We really do need to pray for our brothers and sisters in Nigeria and find ways to better support them in their time of need.  Also we need to keep tabs on what is happening to Christians around the world from alternative sources like Open Doors USA, Voice of the Martyrs, BosNewsLife, World Watch Monitor, and the Christian Post. Some of these sites also have suggestions on how we may actually provide help for persecuted Christians and Christian refugees.               *Top

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-UPDATE: Now 23 States Oppose Obama on Transgender School Demands

by Dr. D ~ July 15th, 2016


                 (President Obama: Wikipedia)

So far nearly half of the states (23) have come out in opposition to President Obama’s ordinance demanding transgender bathrooms and accommodations for all of the public schools in America.  Here’s the story from the Townhall:

When President Obama’s Department of Education sent a letter to every public school in the country demanding they recognize transgender bathroom rights, 13 states immediately moved to sue the administration. On Friday, 10 more states added their voices, refusing to blindly accept his social justice agenda. …

A new poll released by the Family Research Council shows that two-thirds of Americans disapprove of the White House’s bathroom decree.

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Response: We will continue to follow this overreach by the Obama administration. Notice that a huge majority of Americans disagree with Obama’s policy.                *Top

Here are links to our past articles on this issue: 

-Backlash: 11 States Suing Obama Over School Transgender Bathroom Overreach 

-Civil Disobedience Against Obama’s Transgender School Policy 

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

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-Atheist Billboard ‘Good’- Christian Billboard Message Rejected as ‘Bad’

by Dr. D ~ July 15th, 2016

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! –Isaiah 5:20 (ESV)

…in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2 For people will be lovers of self, not loving good, …lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. –2 Timothy 3: 1-5 (ESV)

An atheist billboard received approval and is now prominently displayed in Cleveland to be seen by those attending the upcoming Republican Convention. While a Christian ad was rejected by the same billboard company as being unacceptable and "way too incendiary." Here’s the story from Charisma News:

A billboard company refused to post a God’s Not Dead 2 billboard ahead of the Republican National Convention, despite promoting an atheist billboard. 

Orange Barrel Media declared the pro-faith message was not acceptable according to The Hollywood Reporter.  …

Meanwhile, the sign advertising the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s message was considered totally acceptable.

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Response: This is just a current ‘taking of the temperature’ of the American culture in 2016. In the major cities in America we have recently seen Christian and pro-Israel messages rejected for bus and subway billboards while atheist and anti-Israel, and pro-Muslim messages have been readily accepted and displayed.

Now in this case a billboard for a Christian movie is considered to be ‘incendiary’ and unacceptable but a billboard promoting atheism is just fine? There is nothing wrong with allowing the atheist billboard to be displayed. Also, the billboard company is well within its legal rights to accept or reject whatever ads or messages they want to be displayed on their own billboards.

My point is that we are seeing the beginning of discrimination against conservative Christianity and traditional Christian teaching in America. What use to be considered as ‘right’ and ‘good’ is now unacceptable, controversial, and ‘incendiary.’ The signs of the times!                 *Top

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-Russia: New Law Calls Talking About Jesus to Non-Believers ‘Terrorism’ and Illegal

by Dr. D ~ July 14th, 2016


    (Vladimir Putin: Wikipedia)

A new law in Russia calls Christians who share their faith with non-believers ‘terrorists’ and subjects them to arrest and punishment. Not only that, Putin borrowed a page from the old Communist USSR regime and has outlawed missionary work, house churches, talking about God in public, and has demanded that neighbors spy on each other and turn in violators. Here’s the story from Charisma News:

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an anti-terrorism law…The bill toughens punishment for acts deemed to be terrorism…It would also introduce prison sentences of up to a year for those who fail to report such crimes. … the law entails:

  • Foreign guests are not permitted to speak in churches unless they have a "work permit" from Russian authorities 
  • If a friend or relative from outside Russia wishes to share his/her faith in your home the guest will be fined and expelled from Russia. 
  • Any discussion of God with non-believers is considered missionary activity and will be punishable. 
  • Missionary activity will be permitted by special government permission. Example: If one traveling on a train shares his faith without written permission the offender will be taken into police custody for the duration of the journey and will be fined 50,000 rubles ($1,000). 
  • Offenders from the age of 14-years-old will be subject to prosecution 
  • Religious activity is no longer permitted in private homes. Most churches in Russia meet in homes.
  • Every citizen is obligated to report religious activity of neighbors to the authorities. Failure to be an informant is punishable by law. 
  • One may pray and read the Bible at home but not in the presence of a non-believing person. You will be breaking the law and be punished. 
  • If the church has purchased property it cannot be converted into a place of worship. 
  • In church buildings, it is not permitted to invite people to turn to God. Worship services are permitted but making a non-believer a follower of Christ is against the law.

<Read the whole article>

Response: Bottom line, freedom of religion is no more in Russia. In the last several years, Putin has styled himself as a Christian and protector of the faith and has chided President Obama for not protecting Christians around the world. Now he has shown his real colors and they are all shades of red.

Thousands of churches are praying and fasting in response.

The truly frightening thing to me is that it is reminiscent of the type of strictures and persecution many believe will be coming against Christians and the church at the beginning of the ‘last days.’ Another disturbing trend is the fact the new law is actually contrary to the Russian Constitution and existing laws protecting religious freedom.               *Top

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-Iowa Civil Rights Commission Backs Down and Supports Religious Freedom

by Dr. D ~ July 13th, 2016


Earlier this month, the Iowa Civil Rights Commission seemed to be saying that any church that opened its doors to the public was subject to the state’s discrimination laws and transgender bathroom regulations. It was tantamount to legally requiring pastors and churches to refrain from preaching or teaching traditional Christian doctrine and, in particular, Biblical passages about homosexuality. It also required those in religious institutions to use proper PC pronouns when communicating with transgender folk or be subject to legal action.

Now the Commission has backed away from this earlier policy after it was sued by a prominent Iowa church. Here’s the story from the PJ Media:

In a rare victory for religious freedom, the Iowa Civil Rights Commission altered the language on their brochure, effectively conceding that churches would not be violating the law when pastors preach against homosexuality and transgenderism. Here is the new brochure.  …

Despite their failure in this instance, LGBT activists will continue to slander these sexual tenets of the Christian faith as hateful and attempt to silence them wherever possible.  …

…the struggle to defend our views is real, and events like Iowa’s recent anti-discrimination "guide" remind us that we are to some degree under attack.

If American law enshrines the LGBT idea that Christianity is a bigoted religion, it will damage religious freedom for everyone. Conservative Jews and Muslims also hold similar views on sexuality, and their rights would also be tramped by such regulations. We cannot allow the chilling of free speech that such movements of "tolerance" espouse. At some point, we have to say enough is enough.

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Response: Fortunately in this case the Iowa Civil Rights Commission backed away when the church legal team was able to present all of the problems their policy caused for religious liberty and free speech.

This is just beginning; LGBT activists are trying to outlaw traditional Biblical teaching on homosexuality. They almost succeeded in Iowa. This same battle will probably have to be played out in every single state and possibly through the full gamut of the federal court system. 

The PJ Media article is excellent for defining the issues and clearly presenting traditional Christian teaching on homosexuality.                *Top

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-Canada: Appeals Court Rules Against Christian Law School

by Dr. D ~ July 8th, 2016


                                   (Illustration from Trinity Western University website)

A Canadian Christian law school was denied accreditation because of their Biblical stand on homosexuality and marriage. Now their lawsuit against the accreditation body has been rejected by a Canadian Appeals Court. Here’s the story from the Baptist Press:

The Ontario Court of Appeal on June 29 ruled that a provincial accrediting body can legally refuse to recognize Trinity Western University’s proposed law school based solely on the school’s marriage views.  …

The Christian university plans to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court of Canada.

In April 2014 the Law Society of Upper Canada announced it would not accept graduates of TWU’s proposed program, because it deemed discriminatory the school’s community covenant that requires students to abstain from sexual activity outside marriage between a man and a woman. After TWU appealed the decision, last year a three-judge panel ruled against the school, even though the judges agreed a religious freedom violation had occurred.

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Response: We have been following this case for several years now. This is happening in Canada but an accreditation body in New England is threatening the accreditation of a Christian college in Massachusetts for similar reasons. Now California may soon pass legislation that will make it impossible for the state’s Christian colleges to maintain any kind of Biblical moral codes for their students and workers. It really would be the end for distinctive Christian educational institutions in California. Then there is a real threat from atheist organizations to oppose the federal government from allowing any kind of funding including student grants and loans to be used in Christian schools. Point is, this is just the beginning.                 *Top

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