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  • Islamic State Posts Video of Man It Says Was Egypt Church Bomber

    02/19/2017 12:56:13 PM PST · by markomalley · 1 replies
    US News ^ | 2/19/17 | Ali Abdelaty
    Islamic State published a video on Sunday threatening Egyptian Christians and showing the last statement of a man it said was responsible for the deadly bombing in December of a Coptic cathedral in Cairo. The masked man in battle-dress, whom the group identified as Abu Abdallah al-Masri, is seen encouraging militants all over the world not to give up and promising Islamists jailed in Egypt they will be freed soon, when the group "liberates" Cairo. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi had already identified the bomber as a 22-year-old student called Mahmoud Shafik, and it is believed Abu Abdallah al-Masri was his...
  • Woman charged with hate crime in Davis mosque attack

    02/15/2017 4:07:19 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 17 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | February 14, 2017 | Stephen Magagnini, Cathy Locke and Nashelly Chavez
    An unemployed Davis resident has been arrested and charged with vandalizing the Davis Islamic Center last month in what both state and federal prosecutors are calling a hate crime.
  • Undocumented mom facing deportation takes sanctuary in Denver church

    02/15/2017 10:33:42 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    KDVR-TV ^ | February 15, 2017 | CNN Wire
    An undocumented immigrant is taking refuge at a church in Denver while she fights to remain in the country. Jeanette Vizguerra, a mother of four, was scheduled to check in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents Wednesday morning. She wanted to extend the stay on her deportation order, which expired last week, while she applies for a special visa. It was denied. She now faces separation from her American-born children, the youngest of whom is just 6. Vizguerra’s attorney appeared in court for her, saying she probably would have been taken into custody if she appeared. She is now taking...
  • If Your Church is Celebrating Darwin, Leave (and Don’t Come Back)

    02/11/2017 6:34:51 AM PST · by DWW1990 · 22 replies
    Trevor Grant Thomas.com ^ | 2/11/2017 | Trevor Grant Thomas
    The 200th anniversary of the birth of devoted Materialist and Evolutionist Charles Darwin was in 2009. It was that year that I first became aware of “Evolution Weekend.” Originally “Evolution Sunday,” Evolution Weekend is the product of The Clergy Letter Project. This project exists to promote the teaching of Darwinian evolution, especially within religious institutions. For example, the letter to Christian clergy, in part, reads, "While virtually all Christians take the Bible seriously and hold it to be authoritative in matters of faith and practice, the overwhelming majority do not read the Bible literally, as they would a science textbook…Religious...
  • Christian pastor tells South African congregation to drink RAT POISON to 'show forth their faith'

    02/10/2017 8:41:26 AM PST · by Morgana · 22 replies
    dailymail.uk ^ | Feb. 10, 2017 | Hannah Al-othman For Mailonline
    A Christian pastor in South Africa has sparked outrage after encouraging worshipers at his church to drink deadly rat poison. Pastor Light Monyeki told worshipers at the Grace Living Hope Ministries to drink from a bottle of water laced with noxious Rattex to 'nourish their bodies' and 'heal their sickness'. After the pastor took a sip from the bottom, 'a multitude of congregants voluntarily ran to the front to have a drink of the deadly poison', the church claimed. Sharing pictures of Monyeki pouring the poisoned water down congregants' throats, the church wrote in a Facebook post: 'The man of...
  • 'If You Love Jesus, Then Die Like Jesus!': Muslim Persecution of Christians, November 2016

    02/06/2017 8:15:04 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 10 replies
    Raymond Ibrahim ^ | Monday, February 6, 2017 | Gatestone Institute
    Originally published by the Gatestone Institute https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/9875/muslim-persecution-christians-november Reports of Christian life under the Islamic State (ISIS) continued throughout November. Many of these came from the ancient Christian towns surrounding Mosul, such as Batnaya and Qaraqosh, conquered by ISIS in August, 2014, and liberated in late October, 2016. One Christian man, Esam, from Qaraqosh, related what ISIS did after his sister's husband refused to convert to Islam: "He was crucified and tortured in front of his wife and children, who were forced to watch. They [ISIS] told him that if he loved Jesus that much, he would die like Jesus." The...
  • Pope frets about 'hemorrhage' of priests, nuns from church

    01/28/2017 6:17:47 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 28, 2017 8:27 AM EST
    Pope Francis says he is concerned about what he calls a “hemorrhage” of priests and nuns from the Catholic church. […] First among the factors he cited as causing nuns and priests to quit their vocations is a society that discourages lifelong commitments. Francis lamented that many conduct their lives based on “à la carte” choices. …
  • Orthodox Icons Hidden from Muslims in Mosque Built Within Ancient Church

    01/23/2017 7:03:21 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 1/23/17
    An ancient Trebizond church of Agia Sophia, built between 1238 and 1263 and defiled by being converted into a mosque in 1461, is now set to undergo a restoration project worth about 2 million Turkish liras (about $530,000). The building, regarded as an exemplary piece of Byzantine architecture, located in northeastern Turkey, served as a museum for fifty-two years before being opened to worship again in 2013. The new project plans to continue prior measures taken to conceal the church’s Orthodox Christian frescos from the eyes of Muslims, who, despite their dogmatic opposition to it, have chosen to worship in...
  • Church/State Objections To Public School Group Singing During Mass in Italy

    01/18/2017 3:59:19 PM PST · by SonofCuchulainn · 14 replies
    New Boston Post ^ | Wednesday, January 18, 2017 | Matt McDonald
    A public high school chorus in Massachusetts wanting to sing during an Easter Sunday Mass at a basilica while on a school trip to Europe isn't going to get to do it because of church/state objections. Story is attached.
  • Todd Starnes: Church Won't Mention Trump's Name in Prayers, Fearing Microaggressions

    01/17/2017 1:29:48 PM PST · by EveningStar · 54 replies
    Todd Starnes ^ | January 15, 2017 | Todd Starnes
    Parishioners at a California Episcopal church will no longer pray by name for the president of the United States over fears the name "Donald Trump" might trigger microaggressions among sanctified snowflakes. Mike Kinman, the rector of All Saints Church in Pasadena, broke the news to the congregation in a blog posting that was filled with all sorts of liturgical lunacy.
  • [2014] The Church in Crisis – Diaspora in Germany (the decline of Christianity in Germany)

    01/11/2017 3:41:57 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    OnePeterFive / Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung ^ | January 10, 2017 / December 29, 2014 | Markus Günther
    Translator’s note: The following article has been translated from the German original as it had been originally published in December of 2014 by the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) (29 December 2014). We consider this article to be an excellent description, in the longer light of history, of the decline of Christianity in Germany. We believe it might also be of special interest to our readers in the current discussions concerning the role of German prelates in Rome. The Church in Crisis Diaspora in Germany by Markus GüntherIs Germany a Christian country? It depends. On paper, the churches are still binding...
  • The New Pagan Politics

    01/02/2017 11:09:33 AM PST · by truthxchange · 5 replies
    www.truthXchange.com ^ | 12/31/2016 | Dr. Peter Jones
    Do you sense that politics and morals have radically changed? These changes make us ask whether the Church should focus uniquely on preaching the Gospel to the lost. This traditional view is perhaps in question today not because orthodoxy has become soft and is no longer committed to Gospel preaching, but because politics and culture have seen such dramatic transformations. We no longer face mere choices between the free market and forms of government intervention. We sense, rather, that the political debate disguises two spiritual worldviews with radically opposite definitions of human morality. If the magistrate is to promote good...
  • Christians In Europe: Norway Divorces Protestant Church As Muslims Blamed For 'Parallel Societies'

    12/29/2016 6:05:49 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 12/28/16 | Cristina Silva
    Norway is asking for a divorce from its biggest, most important church. The Church of Norway and the Norwegian government will formally become separated on Jan. 1 after nearly 500 years. Norway seeks to formalize a separation of church and state ordered by parliament eight years ago. Under the new law, Norway's 1,250 priests and bishops will no longer serve as government officials appointed by the king. That means the Church of Norway will become an independent business, and it's a big deal in a nation that has been grappling with an influx of Muslims and how to ensure other...
  • MUST SEE VIDEO=> DONALD TRUMP WILDLY CHEERED at Christmas Eve Church Service

    12/25/2016 7:11:07 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 57 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 25 Dec 16 | Kristinn Taylor
    President-elect Donald Trump was applauded and cheered by parishioners as he and his wife arrived for a Christmas Eve service around 10:30 p.m. EST at Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Florida according to reports. The church was the site of Trump’s 2005 wedding to soon to be First Lady Melania Trump. “ Florida parishioners cheer for Trump tonight as he arrives for Christmas Eve mass pic.twitter.com/WF08gtF5OM — Chris Snyder (@ChrisSnyderFox) December 25, 2016 “Florida parishioners cheer for Trump tonight as he arrives for Christmas Eve mass” The pool report was posted to Twitter by Time’s Zeke Miller: “...
  • Egypt's Deadliest Church Attack

    12/15/2016 8:45:36 AM PST · by detective · 2 replies
    The Gatestone Institute ^ | December 12, 2016 | Raymond Ibrahim
    The worst attack on Egypt's Christian minority in recent years occurred yesterday, Sunday, December 11, 2016. St. Peter Cathedral in Cairo, packed with worshipers celebrating Sunday mass, was bombed; at least 27 churchgoers, mostly women and children, were killed and 65 severely wounded. As many of the wounded are in critical condition, the death toll is expected to rise. As usual, witnesses say that state security was not present, and that police took an inordinate amount of time to arrive after the explosion. Preliminary investigations point to a bomb placed inside an unattended woman's purse on one of the rear...
  • Atheist activist, Green candidate Rob Sherman dies in plane crash

    12/13/2016 6:39:53 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 52 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 12/12/2016 | Maureen O'Donnell and Jordan Owen
    Atheist activist, Green candidate Rob Sherman dies in plane crash Rob Sherman, who died over the weekend in a crash of his small plane in Marengo, operated a business helping people build aircraft from kits. But the 63-year-old was better known as a colorful political activist and Green Party candidate — some might say gadfly — who called journalists and introduced himself as “Rob Sherman, your favorite atheist.” At one time, he had license plates that spelled out ATHEIST. Though he came in for derision as a self-promoter, he challenged the use of government-sponsored Christmas creches and displays and anything...
  • Security Guards at Church Services As ‘New Clientele’ Defecate, Masturbate in Pews

    12/09/2016 8:37:09 AM PST · by blueyon · 48 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/09/16 | by Virginia Hale
    A church in Kristianstad has been forced to hire guards to keep the peace at services after the disruptive behaviour of “new clientele” has become increasingly serious in recent years. Christians have become frightened to visit the Holy Trinity church as newcomers are reported to yell loudly and smash liquor bottles during services, masturbate in the pews and urinate and defecate both inside and in the church grounds. Concerned locals have even reported concern over attempts to kidnap children during baptism. Police yesterday gave the go-ahead to the church to have Security guards at all future services, weddings and christenings....
  • In Defense of Christendom: Having ignored its inheritance, Europe wonders why (trc)

    12/09/2016 11:24:45 AM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 29 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 25, 2015 (last year) | Bret Stephens
    ... Europe wonders why its house is falling apart. The death of Europe is in sight. Still hazy and not yet inevitable... Europe is reaching its end not because of its sclerotic economy, or stagnant demography, or dysfunctions of the superstate. Nor is the real cause the massive influx of ... migrants. Those desperate people are just the latest stiff breeze against the timber of a desiccated civilization. Europe is dying because it has become morally incompetent.... it stands for shallow things, shallowly. Europeans believe in human rights, tolerance, openness, peace, progress, the environment, pleasure. These beliefs are all very...
  • Liberal church Houses Muslim Refugees Horrified by What they Find in Pews !!!

    12/09/2016 10:06:08 AM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 93 replies
    News chicken.com ^ | December 9, 2016
    A leftist Christian church decided to show their community that they must open borders by taking in Muslim refugees and letting them live in the church building. However, as soon as they opened their doors, they were forced to call the police when they discovered the sickening thing asylum seekers left for them in the church pews. The West is trapped in a vicious circle of embracing migrants, being abused by said migrants, and blaming the victims for provoking their wrath. The same tolerance and acceptance is not only never returned, but the gracious hosts find that their hospitality is...
  • No mistrial for Dylann Roof after church shooting survivor calls him 'evil'

    12/08/2016 12:12:36 PM PST · by WayneS · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/08/2016 | Harriet McLeod
    A federal judge on Thursday denied a mistrial for accused white South Carolina gunman Dylann Roof, who a day earlier was described as "evil" in testimony by a survivor of the deadly June 2015 attack on a historic black church. Lawyers for Roof, 22, argued eyewitness Felicia Sanders had offered prejudicial and improper opinion about what penalty he should face. During her testimony on Wednesday, the first day of Roof's trial, she called the defendant "evil, evil as can be" for appearing to sit innocently through a Bible study meeting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston before opening...
  • Historic Christian Church to Be Converted Into Mosque; Members Take Down Cross From Altar

    12/08/2016 8:59:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/08/2016 | Samuel Smith
    A Christian congregation in Connecticut that dates back to the 1600s has sold its church building to a Muslim group that plans to turn the building into a mosque. (Photo: Facebook/United Congregational Church)United Congregational Church in Bridgeport, ConnecticutAccording to The Wall Street Journal, the historic United Congregational Church will sell its 1920s Georgian-Revival style church building to the Bridgeport Islamic Community Center for a price of $1 million.The church dates back to the Colonial Era, when it was founded in 1695 as the Ecclesiastical Society of Stratfield. In 1916, the congregation merged with another congregation and officially became the United...
  • Atheists' billboards urge people to skip church for the holidays

    12/04/2016 7:57:35 AM PST · by Zakeet · 28 replies
    WBTV ^ | December 2, 2016 | Marie Waxel
    American Atheists has unveiled its holiday billboards, including 2 in the Shreveport area. They encourage people to "Skip church for a merrier Christmas." The group is trying to stir the pot. "And part of stirring the pot is getting that conversation going," explained Nick Fish, American Atheists' national program director. "There are atheists in the community, there are people who don't believe in God." One of the billboards parodies President-elect Donald Trump's campaign slogan. "Make Christmas Great Again. ... skip church." [Snip] American Atheists has its holiday messages on display from Louisiana, to Colorado, even down in Georgia.
  • Did your church offer prayers of thanksgiving for the election results?

    11/24/2016 10:07:29 AM PST · by old-ager · 30 replies
    Vanity | 2016-11-24 | Vanity
    Did your church offer a specific prayer thanking God for Clinton's defeat? In my church, which is in a 100% pro-life denomination (MO Synod Lutheran), it was notably absent.
  • JK Rowling wanted Gandalf and Dumbledore to get married – now it’s really happening

    06/06/2015 5:39:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Metro UK ^ | June 4, 2015 | Ann Lee
    Just before gay marriage was legalised in Ireland, JK Rowling tweeted that she was hoping Gandalf and Dumbledore would be able to get married. Now that’s set to become a reality this weekend with LGBTQ rights activist group Planting Peace staging a wedding between the fictional wizards. The nuptials will take place in their rainbow-coloured headquarters opposite the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas. The church threatened to picket the wedding if it ever happened....
  • FAKE HATE: Leftist Students Painted Swastika and “Trump” on Campus Church

    11/17/2016 6:29:22 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 38 replies
    2016 theGatewayPundit.com. All rights reserved. ^ | Nov 15th, 2016 9:28 am | Jim Hoft
    They wanted it to look like Trump supporters were behind the hate crime... Two freshmen at Northwestern University were charged with vandalizing the campus church. The two Jewish students painted a Swastika and “Trump” on the church walls.... Both students admitted the vandalism in statements given to university police...
  • Iran's House Church Movement Witnessing 'Astounding' Growth; Hundreds Being Baptized

    11/16/2016 10:32:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/16/2016 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The underground church movement in Iran is growing despite the Islamic regime's crackdown on Christians. Hundreds are being baptized in large ceremonies and people are praising Jesus for saving them from despair and suicide, according to Christian ministries working in the region. Elam Ministries reported earlier this week that more than 200 Iranians and Afghans were baptized in a large service just outside the Islamic Republic of Iran, with eight different Persian-speaking churches attending. The group said that 20 years ago, estimates put the number of believers in Iran at only 2,000–5,000 people, but new statistics are saying there could...
  • Rebuking the World

    11/15/2016 3:59:16 AM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "By faith Noah . . . condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith" (Heb 11:7). Your actions and words should rebuke our godless society. Genesis 6:5 says, "The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." Before moving in judgment against the most evil and corrupt society in history, God appointed Noah to build an ark, which became a symbol of life and salvation to all who believed God. For those who disbelieved, it...
  • Another Hillary Dirty Trick?

    11/02/2016 9:15:57 PM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 34 replies
    The torching of an African American church in Mississippi Tuesday evening has some people wondering if it could be the work of Hillary Clinton’s campaign dirty tricksters. Clinton campaign managers have been caught on tape bragging about hiring people to cause violence at Trump rallies. One Hillary operative even went so far as to fake being punched by an elderly man in the audience. The Clinton campaign has been described as “panicked” over the lack of enthusiasm in the African American community for the controversial candidate. People have suggested that the Clinton campaign might have hired someone to set fire...
  • Mississippi Church Torched and Vandalized With Pro-Trump Slogan

    11/02/2016 8:58:56 PM PDT · by Innovative · 82 replies
    NBC News ^ | Nov. 3, 2016 | Corky Siemaszko
    The mayor of a Mississippi town where a black church was torched and vandalized with the words "Vote Trump" said Wednesday that the incident is being "investigated as a hate crime." Calling the burning of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Greenville a "hateful and cowardly act," Mayor Errick Simmons said this was "an attack on the black community." "It appears to be a race crime," Simmons said. "It happened in the '50s. It happened in the '60s. It shouldn't happen in 2016."
  • 'Rejoice in our sufferings': Hillary tells Florida congregation setbacks deliver character & 'hope'

    10/31/2016 4:32:11 AM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 38 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | October 30, 2016 | Geoff Earle
    [Clinton's very small Florida events] 'Rejoice in our sufferings': Hillary tells Florida congregation that setbacks deliver character and 'hope' – after a rough week that brought back her email scandal... Hillary Clinton joined worshippers at New Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Ft. Lauderdale on Sunday. She told worshippers that 'suffering' produces endurance, character, and hope. On Friday, the FBI dropped a bombshell when it revealed it was reviewing emails in connection with its earlier investigation of her. On Saturday night, Clinton attended a lively concert in Miami where Jennifer Lopez touted her candidacy in an an eye-popping show. Clinton is...
  • EWTN: Donald Trump In His Most Revealing Interview Yet! Tonight 8:00 pm ET

    10/27/2016 7:17:42 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 42 replies
    EconoTimes Business ^ | Oct 25, 2016
    EWTN: Donald Trump In His Most Revealing Interview Yet! Irondale, AL, Oct. 25, 2016 -- At 8 p.m. ET, Thursday, Oct. 27, EWTN’s “The World Over” with Host Raymond Arroyo will air an exclusive interview with Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump, which will be of interest to people across the United States. “He reveals the reason he switched his position on the life issue, talks about religious liberty, and speaks to women’s concerns about his candidacy. We also spoke about his prayer life, whether he has a favorite saint, and a lot more.” Said Arroyo: “Honestly, this is the most...
  • Pastor Defends Having a Late-Term Abortion: “It Was the Right Course of Action for Me”

    10/26/2016 4:42:03 PM PDT · by Morgana · 59 replies
    Life News ^ | October 26, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    Another woman with a painful pregnancy story defended her late-term abortion this week in reaction to Donald Trump’s remarks at the last presidential debate. During the Oct. 19 debate, Trump exposed the brutal nature of late-term abortions and the extremism of pro-abortion challenger Hillary Clinton, who supports late-term and partial-birth abortions up until birth. “I think it’s terrible if you go with what Hillary is saying in the ninth month you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother just prior to the birth of the baby. Now you can say that that’s...
  • Pastor at NY church pleads guilty in 14-hour beating

    10/22/2016 9:24:26 PM PDT · by Morgana · 33 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | October 21, 2016 | David Boroff
    The pastor of a central New York church where two brothers were beaten during a 14-hour "counseling session" pleaded guilty Friday to manslaughter and assault. Three other members of the Word of Life Christian Church in New Hartford agreed to less serious charges for their roles in the beatings that killed Lucas Leonard, 19, and injured his 17-year-old brother Christopher. Pastor Tiffanie Irwin, her brother Joseph Irwin and mother-and-son church members Linda and David Morey are the last of nine people to be convicted in the brutal attack that investigators say took place after the victims discussed leaving the congregation.
  • Dr. James Dobson calls for civil disobedience

    10/18/2016 7:40:15 AM PDT · by kimtom · 31 replies
    http://www.wnd.com ^ | October 18, 2016 | Staff Writer
    WASHINGTON – Dr. James Dobson, the extraordinarily meek Christian psychologist and perhaps the most well-known family counselor in America, called Tuesday for civil disobedience by operators of pro-life crisis pregnancy centers in response to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision upholding a California law that calls for them to promote abortion to woman they serve. If California attempts to enforce this law then do not comply,” he said. “Make them put you in jail.” The state law is called the “Reproductive FACT Act, and was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown Oct. 9, 2015, and reviewed and upheld Friday for...
  • Fear Sweeps Churches Over Bathroom Policy

    10/18/2016 7:24:07 AM PDT · by kimtom · 24 replies
    http://www.teaparty.org ^ | October 17, 2016 | WND
    (WND) – State looks to allow men who identify as women to use restroom of choice A move by the state of Iowa to classify churches as “public accommodations” and require them to allow men who say they are women to use women’s restrooms is causing an “objectively reasonable” fear that they will be prosecuted, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Stephanie Rose refused to dismiss a case brought by the Fort Des Moines Church of Christ against the state’s Civil Rights Commission, finding that the church already was self-censoring its statements because of a fear of prosecution....
  • The King of Bahrain Donates Land for the Construction of a New Coptic Church

    10/14/2016 5:13:04 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 10/13/16
    Manama (Agenzia Fides) - Coptic Orthodox priest Royce George, engaged in the pastoral care of the Orthodox Coptic community in Bahrain, has confirmed the donation of land by King Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa for the construction of the second Coptic church in the Kingdom. The new building of Christian worship will rise in the capital, Manama, and will become a point of reference for the liturgies and pastoral activities that will involve approximately 1,500 Coptic families resident in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. The donation was announced after the meeting which took place in late April between the King of...
  • Graffiti defaces S.A. church with 'No to wall' and 'Islam or Die'

    10/12/2016 12:07:53 AM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies
    My SA ^ | Tyler White
    SAN ANTONIO -- A church on the North Side has been vandalized with graffiti that could be a response to views by presidential candidate Donald Trump, the church's pastor said. The tagging, done in black spray paint against the brick building's entrance into the Gethsemane Lutheran Church, reads, "NO TO WALL" and "ISLAM OR DIE." Below those words is a stenciled symbol of some kind, although it's unclear what the symbol means.
  • 4 churches sue over 'punishing' transgender bathroom law

    10/11/2016 4:29:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 11, 2016 6:37 PM EDT
    A new state law that prohibits discrimination against transgender people in public restrooms is “punishing” the protected religious speech of churches and pastors, a conservative Christian organization claims in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday. Alliance Defending Freedom, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, said it sued on behalf of four Massachusetts churches to protect their right to operate their facilities “in a manner that doesn’t violate their core religious beliefs.” The lawsuit names Democratic state Attorney General Maura Healey and members of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination as defendants. The law, which was signed by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker in July and...
  • JUST ( (( ROAR )) ) [Charismatic Caucus]

    10/11/2016 7:26:50 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    bible, The joshua Chronicles ^ | 10-11-16 | Holy Spirit, bible
    My Position(Plumb line) in your Life is about to take front seat and CENTER you in MY PERFECT WILL, for your hunger and thirst has been noticed by my Holy Angels observing you as a Mighty Warrior pushing through all resistance just to bring a drink of water to your King for I AM your ALL. So watch now as I open the Storehouses of Heaven for you for they can not be contained any longer as My blessings for you have overflowed the doors in such a manner they have burst open as the hinges of my mercies to...
  • Priest blesses lesbian couple in Catholic Church

    09/08/2016 2:28:53 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 34 replies
    Catholic Conclave ^ | 08/09/2016 | CG
    What is true in Spain, is also possible in Italy. A priest of the Archdiocese of Palermo, where Pope Francis recently appointed a "Bergoglianist" as archbishop, has "blessed" a lesbian couple. "I hope that the church will one day bless homosexual relationships," said the priest.
  • Transcript of Trump's Speech at Detroit Church 9-3-16

    09/03/2016 5:29:01 PM PDT · by exit82 · 14 replies
    C-Span,org ^ | 9/3/16 | C-Span
    Transcript and video of Donald Trump's speech today at Bishop Wayne T.Jackson's Great Faith Ministries in Detroit,MI, an African American congregation which invited him to speak. The transcript and video are provided for future reference. The speech, delivered in a very humble manner by Mr. Trump, showed his true heart for this country and all of its people.
  • The Surprising Reason Why More Americans Are Not Going To Church

    08/28/2016 2:41:41 PM PDT · by Salvation · 418 replies
    The Surprising Reason Why More Americans Are Not Going To ChurchThe standard narrative of American religious decline goes something like this: A few hundred years ago, European and American intellectuals began doubting the validity of God as an explanatory mechanism for natural life. As science became a more widely accepted method for investigating and understanding the physical world, religion became a less viable way of thinking—not just about medicine and mechanics, but also culture and politics and economics and every other sphere of public life. As the United States became more secular, people slowly began drifting away from faith.Of course,...
  • More on the Marriage and Family Purge at the Vatican [Catholic Caucus]

    08/24/2016 4:10:29 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | August 22, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    When Sister Lucia warned Cardinal Caffarra in the 1990s that “the final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family,” she did not reveal the particular reality unfolding now: a relentless drive by Church leaders to loosen the Church’s constant teaching on the impossibility of Holy Communion for public adulterers (the divorced and “remarried”) and cohabiters who refuse to abandon their illicit sexual relations, spearheaded by a Pope with a divorced and “remarried” sister and cohabiting nephew. The just-announced reorganization of the Vatican’s marriage and family departments, the subject of my last...
  • Pulpit Freedom Hasn’t Existed in America Since 1954

    08/17/2016 7:47:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 17, 2016 | 10:48 AM EDT | Erik Stanley, “Alliance Defending Freedom”
    While it’s perfectly okay for people to have different opinions about what churches should say from the pulpit, especially with regard to politics, what’s not okay is for the federal government—rather than congregations themselves—to be in charge of what is said. And it won’t do to dangle the threat of taxing the church if it won’t comply. That’s why the Johnson Amendment has to go. The Tax Code’s restriction on political speech by non-profit organizations is popularly known as the Johnson Amendment, named after its sponsor, Lyndon Johnson, who maneuvered the levers of senatorial power to insert the provision into...
  • Saudi Arabians Videotape Inside Catholic Church, Scare Parishoners

    08/15/2016 11:08:53 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    Church Militant TV ^ | 8/15/16 | Richard Ducayne
    Robert Spencer says behavior is "suspicious in the extreme"KETTERING, Ohio (ChurchMilitant.com) - Three Arab men were caught recording footage in Ascension Catholic Church in Kettering, Ohio Sunday, claiming they were only "studying" Christianity — but JihadWatch's Robert Spencer is calling their behavior "suspicious in the extreme." The men, who were visiting their families from Saudi Arabia, had all passed background checks and, according to church authorities, simply breached "proper etiquette." While their actions did arouse suspicion, we believe their actions were simply a breach of proper etiquette," a statement on Ascension's website read Thursday morning. "While current evidence suggests that...
  • California: Muslims screaming “Allahu akbar!” through a bullhorn terrorize church during worship

    08/11/2016 6:28:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 93 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 8/11/16 | Robert Spencer
    Father Josiah Trenham mentioned “intimidation” to the parishioners of St. Andrew Orthodox Church, and he was quite right: Islamic supremacists and jihadis routinely traffic in intimidation. That’s based on a Qur’anic command: “And prepare against them whatever you are able of power and of steeds of war by which you may strike terror in the enemy of Allah and your enemy and others besides them whom you do not know, whom Allah knows” (Qur’an 8:60). When they practice this intimidation, they generally find Westerners — especially Christian leaders — unwilling and unable to do anything in response but submit to...
  • Pasadena church faces federal sanctions for anti-war sermon

    11/07/2005 7:16:15 AM PST · by ZGuy · 35 replies · 1,730+ views
    One of the state's largest and most liberal churches could lose its tax-exempt status because of an anti-war sermon that a former rector delivered two days before the 2004 presidential election, according to the Internal Revenue Service. In his sermon, the Rev. George F. Regas did not urge parishioners at All Saints Episcopal Church to support either George Bush or his opponent, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. But he was sharply critical of the Iraq war and Bush's tax cuts. The IRS in a June 9 letter warned the church that its tax-exempt status was in jeopardy because the federal tax...
  • My children die from a lack of knowledge[Charismatic Caucus]

    08/08/2016 9:59:54 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 4 replies
    Bible. Holy Spirit ^ | 8-8-16 | Bible,Jesus The Word
    My children die from a lack of knowledge from rejecting My Spirit for as My word speaks truth the denial of it grieves me and My Messenger of Truth their comforter. So do not despise the gift of prophecy or any other gift for they all come down from the Father of lights and these are all found in My Spirit of Truth and to deny Him is to deny Me as well for I and The Father are one . . . 1 Thessalonians 5:20-21 20 Do not scorn or reject gifts of prophecy or prophecies [spoken revelations-words of...
  • While Muslims Are Getting Taxpayer Funded Mosques... (tr)

    08/05/2016 10:12:31 AM PDT · by heterosupremacist · 6 replies
    http://shoebat.com ^ | 08/05/2016 | Andrew Bieszad
    According to a report of the French senate, 2.800 churches across the country, many of them centuries old, will be demolished as restoration costs exceed the cost of demolitions over the next years. This church, Église Saint-Jacques d’Abbeville, a Neo-Gothic masterpiece in Abbeville, Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie dating back to 1868, was demolished for a total cost of 350,000€ in 2013. The reasoning: It was much cheaper to demolish it than it would cost to restore. As the number of Frenchmen in France continues to decline due to record-low birth rates, high emigration and Muslim immigration, so do the members of catholic faith,...
  • Italians Restore 900-Year-Old Mosaics at Bethlehem Church

    07/10/2016 5:35:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 7/8/16 | Judith Sudilovsky
    Restorers, after clearing away centuries of dirt, discovered the Church of the Nativity had a seventh mosaicAn Italian team has completed restoration of Crusader-era mosaics in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. The mosaics will only be unveiled publicly after work on lighting, electricity and a fire alarm system. The work involved removing the layers of centuries-worth of soot and dirt – a result of the smoke of candles lit by pilgrims coming to venerate the site traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Jesus – from about 1.55 million tiny mosaic pieces that were reviewed and restored. “I...