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-Did the Supreme Court Just Allow Same-Sex Marriage to Become the Law of the Land?

by Dr. D ~ October 7th, 2014
The United States Supreme Court.

                                 (United States Supreme Court: Wikipedia)

Did the Supreme Court of the United States just allow same-sex marriage to become the law of the land by declining to take on appeals from 5 states?

Many believe by their inaction that the court at the very least has allowed homosexual marriage to gain a legal momentum that would seem to be nearly impossible to stop.

With the court declining to act on the 5 state cases yesterday, same-sex marriage is now legal in 30 states and the District of Columbia. The battle would seem to be all but over.

Actually last years 5-4 decision by the court to strike down DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) was far more instructive and directly lead to the 5 lower court decisions that were up on appeal. The courts refusal to take up these cases does nothing more than to continue and further that major decision. It is nearly impossible to see any way that the court can back away from that now and support traditional marriage. I remarked at the time that the DOMA ruling would eventually lead to same-sex marriage becoming the law of the land. The non-action by the court yesterday adds support to that view.            *Top

-Christian College’s Biblical Stand on Homosexuality Questioned by Accreditation Officials

by Dr. D ~ October 7th, 2014
Gordon College (Massachusetts)

     (Gordon College : Wikipedia)

A Christian institution in Massachusetts, Gordon College, is being questioned by the regional accreditation officials over the school’s Bible based personal conduct policies which ban homosexual practice. Here’s the story from the Blaze:

At a meeting on September 18, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges’ Commission on Institutions of Higher Education considered whether Gordon College’s ban on “homosexual practice” runs contrary to its Commissions Standards for Accreditation.

Then, days later, a joint statement between Gordon College and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges — the school’s regional accreditation board — announced that a 20-person commission of students and faculty would help ensure that school “policies and processes are non-discriminatory.”

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Response: This is a very serious development. So far the college has been allowed to keep its accreditation. The loss of which would damage this Christian institution in so many ways that it is hard to even imagine. The college administrators are leaning backwards to avoid that possibility.

The accreditation commission’s goal to insure that the school’s “policies and processes are non-discriminatory” is really tantamount to demanding that this Christian college change its Biblical stand on homosexuality. In reality the commission’s ‘non-discriminatory’ policy could actually end up being ‘discriminatory’ against conservative Christian institutions.

If the New England Association of Schools and Colleges’ decides that Bible based Christian standards of conduct concerning homosexuality run  contrary to its ‘Standards for Accreditation,’ then not only is Gordon College at risk but all Christian colleges with similar Biblical standards in the region are also in danger of losing their accreditation. A very serious development indeed and really an attack on conservative Bible based Christianity.             *Top

-Atheist Group Claims Word ‘Salvation’ Too Religious For Public Schools?

by Dr. D ~ October 6th, 2014

An atheist group is now claiming that the word ‘salvation’ is far too religious to be used in public schools regardless of the context? A HS school band in Ohio has received a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation demanding that the band members cease using the title of their music program for the year- ‘Salvation.’ The atheist group is also upset that the students are wearing t-shirt bearing the offending word. View the story in the video from Citizen Link above.

Response: The irony of the FFRF complaining about the title of a musical piece written by a Russian composer that was censored and not allowed to be performed in Communist Russia is instructive. It clearly demonstrates that censoring any possible vestiges of religion from the public square is at the very heart of their movement. It is a musical piece without words but the very title- “Salvation is Created” is to be censored as inappropriate for public school according to the FFRF?

Some of the greatest music of all time has religious themes and it would seem to be impossible to even study the history of Western music without a Bach here and a Hallelujah Chorus there.

To add even more to the irony of this situation, the composer- Tschesnokov wrote the piece as a response to the communist eradication of religion in Russia. The Communist rulers were boldly proclaiming that Marxism was the ‘Salvation’ of their country and the world. Like Jefferson who wrote in the Declaration of Independence that our freedoms came from the Creator, Tschesnokov’s message was similar and summed up in the title. Accordingly the inspiration for this piece of instrumental music came from Psalm 74. Here’s one verse:

Ps 74:8
They said in their hearts, "We will crush them completely!"
They burned every place where God was worshiped in the land.
NIV

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-California Mandates Abortion Insurance Coverage Even for Religious Institutions

by Dr. D ~ October 2nd, 2014
English: California State Capitol.

                                    (California State Capitol: Wikipedia)

The State of California has gone beyond the Obama administration’s HHS Mandate and now requires health insurance coverage for abortions for any reason even for religious institutions.

The California Catholic Conference has filed a federal lawsuit against the recent state ruling. Here’s the story from the Catholic News Service:

The Department of Managed Health Care issued its administrative ruling after abortion advocacy groups complained when Santa Clara University and Loyola Marymount University altered their health insurance plans this year to exclude voluntary abortion coverage. …

The state Department of Managed Health Care’s Aug. 22 letter to the heads of eight different health insurance plans ordered them to amend their current health plans and remove any exclusions regarding voluntary abortions on the basis that abortion for any reason was "basic health care" and could not be excluded. The directive was issued to Aetna, Anthem/Blue Cross, Blue Shield of California, GEM Care, Health Net, Kaiser Permanente and UnitedHealthcare.

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Response: Leave it to California to go one step beyond trumping religious rights in the progressive name of abortion. In a letter of complaint from the Calif. Catholic Conference included the following response:

"For the first time in California — indeed, for the first time anywhere in the United States — health plans are now required, as a matter of regulatory fiat, to cover all legal abortions, even late-term abortions, for any reason."

Interestingly the Conference is expecting the Obama HHS to respond negatively to the DMHC action and maybe even withhold federal funds due to the provisions of the 2005 Weldon bill:

"None of the funds available in this act may be made available to a federal agency or program, or to a state or local government, if such agency, program, or government subjects any institutional or individual health care entity to discrimination on the basis that the health care entity does not provide, pay for, provide coverage of, or refer for abortions."

The Catholic Conference would seem to have a valid point and it will be interesting to see how this plays out. Meanwhile this is another example where freedom of religion and conscience is being compromised in America in spite of a Constitution that is suppose to guarantee that no government action is taken against it.             *Top

-Turkey Now Closing Churches?

by Dr. D ~ October 1st, 2014
Unofficial Turkish emblem (This is not the Tur...

             (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Following its defeat as the last Muslim caliphate in WWI the country of Turkey rose from the ashes as a ‘secular’ nation directed by the military rather than religious leaders. All that began to change when the current pro-Islamist government of  Recep Erdogan came to power in 2003. Since then the country has been transitioning from a secular nation towards becoming an official Muslim nation once more with all the former vestiges of sharia law beginning to rise up from the dustbin of history.

Now Turkey is beginning to clamp down on Christian churches even to the point of shutting them down over questionable trumped up charges. The current Islamist government refuses to allow the establishment of seminaries to train Christian ministers to serve the millions of Christians in the country which forces churches to depend upon foreign ministers that are vulnerable to being arrested and deported by the current government.

Here’s an account of the most recent shuttering of a Protestant Church in the country from World Watch Monitor:

Turkish authorities have sealed a Protestant church in Southeast Turkey and ordered its American pastor fined and deported on charges of "working illegally."

Lawyers filed a court appeal Sept. 26 to postpone the deportation, protesting what Turkey’s Association of Protestant Churches called an "absolutely arbitrary" ruling against the Gaziantep congregation and its foreign pastor.

Local police officials sealed the premises of the New Life Church on Aug. 28. Just over two weeks later, on Sept. 14, they detained its pastor, Patrick Jensen, with order from Turkey’s Interior Ministry to deport him immediately.

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Response: Meanwhile most in America continue to think of Turkey as a NATO ally and one of the few moderate nations in the Middle East and far more ‘European’ than the rest. But this is increasingly not the case as Turkey under the leadership of President Erdogan and PM Ahmet Davuto?lu seems to be transitioning in a more Islamist direction towards their old historical position as the head of Muslim nations and the establishment of a new caliphate.

Meanwhile the modernity and the moderate more democratic secular government of the last 80 years is falling by the wayside while a more Islamist one rises up once more and begins to discriminate against Christians and other minority religions.

This is probably only the beginning. Turkey has a major role in a future attack upon Israel according to the prophetic Gog and Magog scenario of Ezekiel 38-39.           *Top

-School Removes All Books Suspected of Being ‘Christian’

by Dr. D ~ September 30th, 2014
Cover of "The Hiding Place"

                  (Cover of The Hiding Place)

The administrators at a public charter school in Temecula, California have removed all books suspected of being ‘Christian’ from the school library including Corrie ten Boom’s holocaust account, The Hiding Place.

Here’s the report from Pacific Justice Institute:

Pacific Justice Institute is warning a charter school in Southern California that it is violating the First Amendment by removing library books based on their perceived Christian content.
A parent of students enrolled at Springs Charter Schools was recently shocked to see some of the books being targeted for removal, including the well-known account of Holocaust survivor Corrie ten Boom, The Hiding Place.  The parent contacted PJI after library personnel explained to her that they had been directed to remove Christian books, books by Christian authors, and books from Christian publishers. …

PJI President Brad Dacus commented, “It is alarming that a school library would attempt to purge books from religious authors.  Indeed, some of the greatest literature of Western Civilization comes from people of faith.  Are they going to ban the sermons or speeches of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?  What about the Declaration of Independence that invokes the laws of nature and nature’s God?  We are calling on Springs Charter Schools to immediately reverse their ill-conceived and illegal book-banning policy.” 

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Response: I am pretty sure that this may be happening all across the country. If not now then soon. The idea for this probably starts with discussions at national educational conferences attended by School librarians and administrators who then go home and censor the Christian books from their own libraries. The funny thing is that it is only Christian and Jewish literature that seems to be discriminated against while other religious material including Muslim literature seems to get a pass in the name of ‘multiculturalism.’

If you check the school libraries in your town you may find this has already happened at your public schools.  We really don’t know where this is coming from except we suspect that it may have originated from the progressive agenda of the current administration’s Department of Education.            *Top

- We Should Be Praying For Our Leaders Regardless

by Dr. D ~ September 29th, 2014
English: President Obama just about to deliver...

                                              (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are very few political leaders right now in America that I whole heartedly agree with particularly the President and the Governor of the state I live in (California).

Nevertheless we should be praying for them regardless. This reminder is for me if no one else. Remember Paul counseled the early Christians to pray for the Roman leaders and as bad as some are in the USA none are in the category of a Nero or Caligula at least not yet.

Here’s a short article reminding us to pray anyway from Citizen Link President Tom Minnery:

“In the Old Testament, in the day of Daniel,” Minnery said, “through the means of directing Cyrus, Nebuchadnezzer and Darius, God handled those despots fairly well to effect His own desires for the Israelites. We saw that in the Old Testament time and time again.

“Obviously, God can, and does, direct the heart of any leader at any time He wills it – even those who don’t believe in Godly principles.”

“Pray for righteousness, pray for our leaders, pray for them to act,” he said. “Do not give up in expecting that God will maneuver human circumstances to accomplish His will.”

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Response: While we are at it remember to pray for our judges and judicial system. Our religious freedoms sometimes are hanging by a thread as cases make there way through the courts. We should particularly be praying for the current Supreme Court justices for their health and for them to receive and accept Godly wisdom.            *Top