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-UC Irvine: Students Ban Offensive American Flag

by Dr. D ~ March 7th, 2015

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UPDATE: UC Irvine student executive cabinet vetoed this legislation. So the flag is still flying.

The associated student government at University of California, Irvine has voted to ban the American flag from the student union area citing the need for it to be ’inclusive.’

According to the legislation, while the flag may be a positive symbol to some, to others it is an offensive reminder of nationalism, colonialism and imperialism. The document also documented their support for freedom of speech as a ‘valued right’ but they seemed to suggest that in the student area it needed to be limited in order to avoid ‘hate speech.’ Here’s a quote from the document:

Whereas people are assimilated into national ideologies by deployment of this cultural artifact.

Whereas flags construct paradigms of conformity and sets homogenized standards for others to obtain which in this country typically are idolized as freedom, equality, and democracy.

Whereas symbolism is interpreted differently by different groups or persons based on individual unique experiences.

Whereas a common ideological understanding of the United states includes American exceptionalism and superiority. …

Whereas the American flag has been flown in instances of colonialism and imperialism.

<Read the whole document>

Response: Is this an example of some of the teaching and ideological values being promoted on this campus? The legislation seems to indicate that some students going to UC Irvine have a problem with American values like “freedom, equality, and democracy”?

Some of my taxes are going to support that very institution and underwrite the tuition of some of these very students that may find freedom of speech and the American flag as offensive and representative of ‘hate speech.’

I posted this as an example of the type of thinking that is being expounded on college and university campuses across America. In this case the American flag along with Constitutional freedoms are under assault and being represented as ‘offensive’ to some.

What does this portend for the future of our nation if a new educated class is rising up that may not share our traditional American values of ‘freedom, equality, and democracy.’ Will this new generation call for limiting free speech and freedom of religion? With these types of attitudes on display, one wonders how lawyers and judges coming out of Irvine’s School of Law will rule and interpret laws and the Constitution in the future?  Will progressive PC inclusiveness end up destroying our nation and our Constitutional freedoms in the future?            *Top

-Florida: City Trying to Force Churches to Get a Business License

by Dr. D ~ March 6th, 2015

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(Common Ground Church/Facebook)

A city in Florida is trying to force churches to get a business license. In one case the city government even sent a worker to spy on the church and has threatened to impose fines of $500 a day. Here’s the story from Charisma:

Liberty Counsel sent a letter to the City of Lake Worth demanding it retract its baseless position that all local churches—some in the community for nearly 100 years—now obtain "business licenses" to continue operating, and for its harassment of newly established Common Ground Church.

The City has threatened Common Ground’s landlord with daily fines up to $500 and foreclosure if the "violation" is not corrected by the landlord making the church get a "business license" to meet for worship.  Liberty Counsel has demanded that the City drop its plan to have churches obtain business licenses, refund the business license taxes already paid and retract its threat to Common Ground church and its landlord.

The City sent an employee to spy on Common Ground and record its worship activities.

<Read the whole article>

Response: In this diabolical case, the city officials are ignoring their own city ordinance that designates churches and non-profits as not needing business licenses. The worst part is the relentless actions of the city bureaucrats in this case. There is no telling how many churches actually ended up paying for licenses to get them off their backs. Obviously quite a few judging from their response to this one church which refused.

Most city governments are short of funding around the country and city leaders are looking for new ways to expand their revenue. Churches are increasingly becoming targets. Look for similar actions against churches in your area. It doesn’t seem to matter to some that these types of actions are unconstitutional. We are now living in ‘lawless’ times starting from the top.

Most of the time cities are now forcing churches to come up with a number of different fees usually in connection with property zoning and inspections for occupancy and fire requirements. Some cities have also declined to allow churches to occupy buildings in business areas since it potentially decreases the opportunity for sales tax revenue.

In many communities around America, particularly on the east and west coasts, churches are having a difficult time finding property and facilities to rent in the meantime.

Here in south Orange County, California that is a major problem. Many of the communities were ‘planned’ with very few lots officially designated as potential church properties which were quickly bought up by major mainline denominations. Consequently the vast majority of churches here are meeting in schools and warehouses with no real prospects for eventually buying property and building a church. In a few cases churches have bought land but have had difficulty getting it properly zoned and approved for building.            *Top

-SCOTUS: Should Two Justices Recuse Themselves From the Same-Sex Marriage Case?

by Dr. D ~ March 4th, 2015

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Two Supreme Court Justices have gone out of their way to demonstrate their opinions on same-sex marriage by actually officiating at gay weddings. Should they recuse themselves from the upcoming same-sex marriage case?

Here’s an article about this situation from the Christian Post:

…In April, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in an appeal from the Sixth Circuit regarding the constitutionality of state constitutional bans on same-sex marriage.

Calls have been made by some conservative groups for Justices Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg to recuse themselves from the case because they’ve officiated gay weddings. …

Regarding the calls for Kagan and Ginsburg to recuse themselves, Loewentheil (Columbia Law School) replied that there "is no reason for Kagan or Ginsburg to recuse themselves from the case regarding state-level gay marriage bans."

"The justices in question performed an act, at the request of a third-party, which was lawful in the state where and when it was performed," Loewentheil said.

"They have no financial interest or other inappropriate stake in the outcome in the case, and have no obligation to recuse themselves."

<Read the whole article>

Response: It is obvious that these two justices at the very least already have a well formed opinion on same-sex marriage or they would not have participated in the ceremonies.

Should Kagan and Ginsburg recuse themselves? Yes. Their actions were an ‘in-your-face’ participation in the very act coming up for review before the court. They very well knew what they were doing and they were obviously thumbing their noses at the opposition- outrageous!

The legal opinion in the article coming from legal experts at several major law schools is that they do not need to recuse themselves. However the reputation of those institutions of higher learning is that they are quite progressive and leftist in their leaning so also would probably be rather biased toward accepting same-sex marriage.

You could bet the farm that if conservative justices telegraphed and demonstrated their own opinions on the conservative Christian side by participating in a very act coming up for review in another case before them that the very same law professors would be calling for them to be disqualified. Then the drum beat of the press would continue unabated hounding all the folks involved and everyone else in the media until it was a done deal.            *Top

-Obama Foreign Policies Leading to Christian Persecution?

by Dr. D ~ March 3rd, 2015

Franklin Graham of Samaritan’s Purse (a Christian relief organization0 and BGEA believes that  President Barack Obama’s sympathy towards Islam is bringing on a ‘Storm of Islam’ that will result in Christian persecution in this country and around the world. From the Blaze:

“We’re going to see persecution, I believe, in this country, because our president is very sympathetic to Islam…growing up his frame of reference and his influence as a young man was Islam. It wasn’t Christianity, [it was] Islam.”

…“Our foreign policy has a lot of influence now from Muslims,” he said. “We see the prime minister of Israel being snubbed by the president and by the White House and by the Democrats and it’s because of the influence of Islam. They hate Israel and they hate Christians, and so the storm is coming, I believe.”

Graham warned that “radical Islamists” are “advising various levels of government” and that the situation will get worse.

“Nobody is saying anything about this and we as Christians are going to lose,” he said.

See the video above or a expanded 12 minute version on YouTube.

Response: I believe that Franklin Graham is correct but that it is even worse than he has stated. Fact is that some of President Obama’s closest advisors have close ties with Islam. Graham is framing it as a ‘future’ consequence but I believe that Obama’s foreign policies have resulted in the worst Christian persecution around the world since the 1st century.

Here is what has happened in the six years since Barack Obama became president:

Libya: Surrendered to Bush under Gaddafi, Obama supported his overthrow -now a hotbed of Islamic extremists. Remember the destruction of the Benghazi consulate and the killing of the American ambassador along with others. Then last week a faction of ISIS beheaded 21 Christians there.

Tunisia: The Obama administration supported the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ and the moderate west leaning government was overthrown and replaced and now it is run by Islamists who have established radical sharia law and persecute Christians.

Egypt: Obama supported the ‘Arab Spring’ there and the overthrow of Mubarak who was replaced by the Muslim Brotherhood leader-  Mohamed Morsi who tried to suspend the Parliament and re-write the Constitution to make it compliant with Sharia law. Christians suffered persecution under the Morsi government but the army overthrew him and established a more moderate regime under Abdel Fattah el-Sisi which the Obama administration does not support even though it is far better for Christians now and they are fighting ISIS.

Nigeria: The Boko Haram have declared sharia law over a large territory in the north and have called themselves an ‘Islamic Caliphate.’ Current rumors have them establishing new ties with ISIS. Meanwhile they have destroyed hundreds of Christian villages and churches and have killed tens of thousand of Christians while the Obama administration is doing nothing substantial to help.

Israel and the Palestinian Authority: The Obama administration has shown unprecedented support for the Palestinians while being the worst ever administration to the Israelis. Meanwhile Arab Christians are being persecuted in Gaza and the West Bank by the Islamists which the Obama administration supports.

Syria: At one point the Obama administration had a chance to support a moderate faction battling the present regime but declined. Since then, the radicals under ISIS have taken substantial territory and have destroyed Christian villages and churches and while killing thousands and forcing hundreds of thousands to leave their homes and flee to neighboring countries like Jordan. Meanwhile the Obama administration has sent weapons to the area but they always seem to end up in the hands of the extremists and ISIS.

Iraq: The Obama administration pulled the American army out of Iraq and left the Iraqis to fend for themselves. Meanwhile we all know what has happened since. ISIS has become a real threat and not just the ‘B team’ that Obama was ignoring. The result- Tens of thousands of Christians and other religious minorities killed, hundreds of thousands driven out of their homes, with hundreds of historic churches and artifacts destroyed. Now the ‘B team’ is threatening Europe and America and plans to put their flag on the White House.

Afghanistan: The Obama administration spent billions on building up the country hoping to gain the support of the people but the Taliban continues to take back territory and gain influence. Meanwhile the American army is going to be pulled out of the country regardless and the administration is trying to negotiate with the Taliban leaders in order to create some kind of face saving peace. While this is going on, Christian relief workers continue to be killed and the last church in that country is in shambles.

Iran: The Obama administration continues to try and negotiate with the Iranian Mullahs over their nuclear program. Rumor is that President Obama is willing to let them have a limited supply of bombs as long as they ‘promise’ not to use them. Meanwhile the Islamist leaders tell their own people that they plan to destroy Israel and wipe it off the map while they continue to jail Christian pastors and try to force Iranian Christians to convert.

Another rumor has it that President Obama has told Israel that it will shoot down any Israeli planes that try to attack the Iranian nuclear facilities.

Yemen: Recently the American allied government was overthrown by Islamist radicals. Obama closed the embassy and pulled everyone out.

Turkey: A member of NATO and an American ally for 80 years but now becoming more radical Islamist and Christians in the country are experiencing an increase of persecution.

Point is, the problem is not a future one. The Obama administration has created a foreign policy environment where radical Islamists have increased in power and influence while moderates have been replaced and Christians have experienced the worse persecution ever.             *Top

-Costco Lawsuit: Is this Really Religious Discrimination?

by Dr. D ~ March 2nd, 2015

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A former employee is suing Costco for religious discrimination after he complained about some of the requirements of his job which went against his faith. Then he was reassigned to a different position that he obviously did not like.

As a Muslim he didn’t want to touch pork or liquor which was required in his position as an assistant checker. The manager reassigned him to get the shopping carts outside instead after he complained. Here’s the story from abc7NY:

…The devout Muslim says he was working as a cashier’s assistant at the Costco in Sunset Park Brooklyn in September of 2012 when pork came across the conveyor belt.
It’s against his religious beliefs to touch either pork or alcohol. Camara says after telling his managers this, they transferred him outside collecting the shopping carts.

Camara says they never told him why he was reassigned.  …

Camara says he asked his managers if he could work in the electronics department, but his requests were repeatedly denied. He ended up filing a human rights complaint against the company.

<Read the whole article>

Response: Is this really ‘religious discrimination’? What do you think? The man did not want to handle pork or alcohol for religious reasons and was reassigned by the manager to do a different job which did not require anything against his religion.

In order to avoid ‘religious discrimination’ should Costco be forced to offer a ‘no pork or alcohol’ checkout line so this worker could keep on working as cashier’s assistant without compromising his religion? Or should the store be required to stop selling pork or liquor because it might restrict the jobs that Muslim workers might be able to do. Should a manager be required to assign a worker to the electronics department so he doesn’t have to handle products that are against the worker’s religion even if those positions are already filled?

I don’t believe that this is really ‘religious discrimination.’

If a Muslim got a job in a liquor store should he expect to be exempt from handling alcohol because of his religion? No! A religious person should merely get a job that does not require them to compromise their beliefs.            *Top

-The Biblical Origins of : “Live Long and Prosper”?

by Dr. D ~ February 28th, 2015

Leonard Nimoy passed away this week and on Facebook I literally read dozens of references to his famous saying in the Star Trek series and movies:

“Live Long and Prosper”

View the video above where Leonard Nimoy talks origins of Spock’s famous greeting as having its origin in a Jewish Cohen blessing over a congregation. Then read what I have to say about the Biblical origins of this famous saying on my Apologetica page.             *Top

-Pew Study: “Latest Trends in Religious Restrictions and Hostilities”

by Dr. D ~ February 27th, 2015

China Among the Worst and Anti-Semitism on the Rise Internationally

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A new Pew study on religious liberty and persecution across the world entitled- “Latest Trends in Religious Restrictions and Hostilities” showed that China headed the list of the most restrictive nations. North Korea was not included in this study since it is too difficult to get real data from that country which undoubtedly is the real ‘worst’ nation when it comes to the freedom of anything.

The study showed that religious minorities were the recipients of most of the ‘restrictions and hostilities’ noted in the study with a majority of the actual persecution coming socially or culturally rather than due to official government policy:

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Anti-Semitism on the Rise Internationally

The study also shows that Anti-Semitism has been on the rise for seven years internationally:

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Read the whole report, it is chock full of charts and information. Far more than can be mentioned or evaluated in this one article.

Response: Notice that most of the top offenders on the list are Muslim dominated nations. While restrictions and harassment is shown by this study to be static or slightly decreasing internationally, the reality is that the seriousness of the attacks against people of faith is on the increase particularly where the Boko Haram and ISIS are involved.

This report also seems to indicate that Muslims have been singled out for harassment nearly as much as Christians (Europe & USA). However, the severity of that persecution is vastly different particularly when it comes to the actual destruction of property, physical injuries and deaths.             *Top