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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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-Saudi Arabia: Atheist Receives Death Sentence

by Dr. D ~ April 28th, 2017

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Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court sentenced a young man to death for “atheism and blasphemy.” Here’s the story from the Faithwire:

Saudi Arabia has reportedly sentenced an atheist to death after he was convicted of both “atheism and blasphemy” for uploading at least one video to social media that was critical of Muhammad, Islam’s primary prophet, Religion News Service reported.

Ahmad Al-Shamri, a man in his 20s, who first faced legal obstacles when he was arrested back in 2014 after his clip critical of Islam caught the attention of authorities, lost two appeals before Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court said his crimes warrant the death penalty.

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Response: We continue to post news like this because the mainstream media usually doesn’t like to publish anything that may reflect badly on Islam and its adherents. Saudi Arabia and many other Muslim dominated countries are very consistent in punishing their citizens for being atheists or for being critical of Islam in any way.  Also, homosexuality and any kind of LGBT lifestyle is outlawed in Saudi Arabia and many other Islamic nations.

Meanwhile, Christians in this country are called bigots, homophobes, and Islamaphobes for merely supporting Biblical teaching while adhering to the teaching of Jesus to love and treat everyone well. But Muslims and their organizations and businesses continue get a pass even though they tend to support more radical views and treatments of atheists and LGBT folks. It really doesn’t make sense unless there really is a supernatural enemy of the truth.               *Top

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-Michigan: 3 Muslims Arrested for Performing Female Genital Mutilation

by Dr. D ~ April 27th, 2017

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Three Muslims have been arrested in Michigan for performing female genital mutilation on young girls. Here’s the story from the Christian Post:

In the first case brought to the Department of Justice under a federal law that criminalizes female genital mutilation, three people have been arrested and charged with performing the procedure on girls between 6 and 8 years old in Michigan, according to reports.

Dr. Fakhruddin Attar, 53, and his wife, Farida Attar, 50, have been accused of allowing Dr. Jumana Nagarwala to perform FGM procedures, which involves cutting off a piece of a young girl’s flesh, at the couple’s medical clinic in Livonia, according to ClickOnDetroit.com, which said Farida Attar was also accused of helping Nagarwala with the procedures.

"According to the complaint, despite her oath to care for her patients, Dr. Nagarwala is alleged to have performed horrifying acts of brutality on the most vulnerable victims," acting assistant Attorney General Blanco said in a statement. "The Department of Justice is committed to stopping female genital mutilation in this country, and will use the full power of the law to ensure that no girls suffer such physical and emotional abuse."

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Response: It is really hard to imagine this happening in America and a few years ago it would have been unthinkable. But FGM has increasingly become a real issue as more African Muslims have been allowed to immigrate into the country. 

The three Muslims arrested contended that they were merely performing a ‘religious right.’ FGM is allowed and encouraged in some African and Asian Muslim dominated cultures. However some Muslim authorities condemn the procedure so the practice is more cultural than it is religious. Though those who regularly practice  FGM consider it to be a religious act and requirement.

We have freedom of religion which is protected by the Constitution but not all ‘religious’ or related cultural practices are covered by that right. Not all religions and religious rights are really equal in spite of the current liberal dogma. Satanists are not allowed to  sacrifice people in this country and the Mormons were forced to give up polygamy in the 19th century though small separatist communities still illegally continue the practice.

The influx of Muslim immigrants have brought attention to all sorts of religious and cultural practices that are illegal in the USA and should continue to be. Besides FGM; polygamy, slavery, wife beating, honor killing, and the persecution of those leaving Islam(all acceptable under Islamic sharia law) have now become issues in this country as never before. Then you have some Muslim leaders and imams actually calling for sharia law to be allowed under the freedom of religion.

Incredibly some liberal progressives seem to be in favor of supporting Muslim rights and practices while at the same time calling for the limitation of Christian rights especially when it comes to LGBT issues. Hypocritically some support the right of Muslims to pray in schools and on the job while trying to restrict any kind of Christian display of faith in the public square. Ironically Muslims even get a pass when it comes to the treatment of LGBT folks. 

In the process, many progressives will ignore the presence of Muslim cultural problems like FGM, polygamy, slavery, wife beating, honor killing, and the unequal treatment of woman, all in the name of combating Islamophobia.                *Top

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