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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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-China: Becoming the Largest Christian Nation?

by Dr. D ~ April 25th, 2017

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In 1949 the Chinese Communist government closed down all of the Christian churches and kicked the missionaries out of the country. There were 900,000 Chinese Christians at the time. Later during the ‘Cultural Revolution’ Chairman Mao and his wife declared that there were none, but the church had merely gone underground. Now there are over 100 million according to most estimates with the numbers of Christians increasing exponentially in the official atheist country.

Now comes the claim that at the present growth rate China will pass America with the largest numbers of Christians attending weekly worship services and may soon become the largest ‘Christian’ nation. From The UK Telegraph:

China on course to become ‘world’s most Christian nation’ within 15 years

The number of Christians in Communist China is growing so steadily that it by 2030 it could have more churchgoers than America.  …

Christian congregations in particular have skyrocketed since churches began reopening when Chairman Mao’s death in 1976 signalled the end of the Cultural Revolution.

Less than four decades later, some believe China is now poised to become not just the world’s number one economy but also its most numerous Christian nation.

"By my calculations China is destined to become the largest Christian country in the world very soon," said Fenggang Yang, a professor of sociology at Purdue University and author of Religion in China: Survival and Revival under Communist Rule.

"It is going to be less than a generation. Not many people are prepared for this dramatic change."

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Response:  Incredible. Now the Chinese church has come of age and is reportedly sending missionaries to North Korea, Muslim nations, and Africa. What secular folks in the West and particularly the atheist officials in China do not understand is that there is a ‘supernatural’ Divine direction and presence in Christianity that goes way beyond any kind of human organization or planning.

Before I retired, I personally met and worshipped with a number of Chinese Christian business people over the years who came to California on business. One thing for sure, the level of their faith and dedication seemed to be far greater than the average American Christian.               *Top

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-Libya: Christians No Longer Welcome

by Dr. D ~ April 24th, 2017

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As bad as dictator Muammar Gaddafi was the new radical leaders in Libya are even worse. At one time there were 0ver 100,000 Christians living openly in Libya now only a few thousand remain mostly in hiding. From Breitbart News:

While Christians generally enjoyed freedom from heavy discrimination and a decent level of liberty to worship and practice under the regime of Muammar Gaddafi, Christians’ security disappeared when this dictator fell and Libya was beset with lawlessness. Militias and tribal groups were empowered, including Muslim groups like Ansar al Shariah, al-Nusra, the Islamic State, and the Muslim Brotherhood. At their hands, Christians suffered assaults on churches, violence against clergy, abductions, and numerous other forms of violence.

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Response: You can blame President Obama and Hillary Clinton for this debacle since they supported and supplied the radical Islamists who overthrew Gaddafi. Now the country is run by al Queda and ISIS radicals, radical sharia is the prevailing law of the land, and Christians are no longer welcome.

It is ironic that in the countries where the USA has taken direct or supporting action in the overthrow of a Middle Eastern dictator or government, the result has been a greater persecution of Christians and a decline in numbers.

There isn’t even one official church in Afghanistan and conversion to Christianity is outlawed. There use to be 500,000 Christians living peacefully under Saddam Hussein in Iraq but less than a 100,000 remain. In Syria the Christian communities are the worse hit in that civil war. Now even the large Christian Coptic community (10 Million) in Egypt is under assault by radical Islamists and the government doesn’t seem to be able to protect them anymore.

Some are now even wondering if there will be a Christian presence left anywhere in the Middle East after the end of the current conflicts. Meanwhile, thousands of Americans have given their lives and the area has less freedom and more violence than it did before, particularly for Christians.               *Top

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-“Hate Speech Is Not Protected By the First Amendment”-Really?

by Dr. D ~ April 21st, 2017

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Recently, the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Howard Dean tweeted that:

“Hate speech is not protected by the first amendment.”

Constitutional lawyer Emily Zanotti took exception to Dean in an interview. From The Blaze:

For Friday’s episode of “Pure Opelka,” host Mike Opelka invited constitutional lawyer Emily Zanotti to discuss how very wrong Dean is.

Mike asked Zanotti, “Is hate speech protected speech?”

She replied that it depends, although the left believe that anything they disagree with is hate speech. The truth is that “speech that incites violence or panic” is the only non-protected speech.

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Response: Howard Dean is not the first to make this assertion. I have read dozens of comments in the last year or so that ‘hate speech’ needed to be outlawed. But what exactly is ‘hate speech’?

Zanotti is correct when she contends that many on the left have a tendency to call anything that doesn’t measure up to their PC understanding as ‘hate speech.’ Increasingly this may include some traditional Christian teachings from the Bible.

In the UK street preachers have been arrested for ‘hate speech’ when they merely read certain passages from the Bible that condemned homosexuality. Now in Canada the parliament has voted to combat Islamophobia by identifying and eventually penalizing ‘hate speech’ that is in opposition to Muslims and Islam. In the UN a large number of nations support limiting speech and penalizing ‘blasphemy’ (Anything against Islam).

Fortunately in the USA we have a Constitution that protects speech and religious liberty. Unfortunately there are major political figures including quite a few judges who are now contending that free speech and the freedom of religion should be limited in the cause of  civil rights, particularly LGBT recognition and normalization.

Former President Obama and his administration in particular supported a limited understanding of religious liberty as merely ‘freedom to worship’ within the four walls of an official religious building. It will be interesting to see if that interpretation of the First Amendment continues to gain adherents and influence during the Trump years.

The new administration seems to be supporting a more traditional understanding of religious liberty. However, many of the major law schools training future lawyers and many of the judges appointed by President Obama may continue the march toward limiting the First Amendment- both free speech and religious liberty.                 *Top

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-Marriage in Flux: “Fixed-Term” Another Option?

by Dr. D ~ April 18th, 2017

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Changing the traditional definition of marriage to include same-sex couples has opened the door to all sorts of ideas on what other combinations might be legally included in the future. To date we have written about activists pushing for ‘all of the above’ including polygamy, polyamory, incest, bestiality, with robots and even with one’s self. Now here’s an academic pushing for ‘Fixed-Term’ marriages. From Charisma News:

Traditional marriage vows would be better replaced by a fixed-term contract, an author and academic has claimed.  …

Jeanette Winterson:

    “We need to be more imaginative about modern marriage", the professor also attacked organized religion.

     "If we are to reform marriage, the first and most important step is to nullify the power of religion to dictate the rights of individuals over their own bodies. And over their own hearts."

     She added: "We are all living longer, and not all of us can stay with that same one person forever. Marriage has always been a contract, so why not discuss fixed-term contracts?

     "A fixed term might allow both parents to feel less pressure and more responsibility," she said, questioning whether traditional vows amount to "liberation or a life sentence."

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Response: Years ago when same-sex marriage first came up we wrote about how changing the definition of marriage could initiate a slippery slope that might open the door to the possibility of all sorts of legalized perversions. The seeds are now being sowed for that unfortunate reality.

Some will say that we already have ‘defacto’  ‘do-it-your-self’ fixed-term marriage in place due to  easy no-fault divorce.. Why not make it a legal option? In reality fixed-term marriages would cause all sorts of economic and legal chaos. All you have to do is watch Judge Judy a couple of times and see what kind of messes couples get into living together for a short term. Making it ‘legal’ would only add to the confusion.There would not be enough judges in the world to handle it all.

Tragically the children living in the midst of a fixed-term relationship would be affected most of all. Can you imagine a child counting the days and telling his teacher and friends at school that his whole life is about to be turned upside down because his parents ‘term’ is over in a few days?

The fact is that the same legal basis that had judges in the last five years ruling in favor of including same-sex marriage  could now be used to include all sorts of different arrangements all in the name of equal rights.

In the process, marriage and the traditional family unit and society itself will suffer the consequences. Jeanette Winterson is correct, the real battle is against religion, the Bible, and God in particular. The war has been declared but many Christians are choosing to go along with the culture and do not see the increasing dangers and challenges to their own religious freedom.               *Top

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-Happy Resurrection Day 2017

by Dr. D ~ April 16th, 2017

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He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!

May You and your family have a wonderful Easter. May we all remember and reflect upon what is really important after all the cultural fun of Easter bunnies, colored eggs, and special ham dinners and family get togethers. May we remember what the day is really all about—the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Happy Resurrection Day!

When the women went to the tomb on Easter morning the rock was rolled away and the tomb was empty. Not only that but an angel met them there and said:

“Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come see the place where he lay.”

…And behold Jesus met them and said, “Greetings! Do not be afraid…” –Matt.28:5-10

Another good scripture to remember–this is what Jesus told Martha before he raised her brother Lazarus from the grave:

“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?  –John 11:25-26

The good question for each one of us today—Do you believe this?

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