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  • Jihadists are embarking on ‘Final Solution’ in Middle East

    04/10/2014 4:32:11 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/10/2014 | Lord David Alton
    This is the text of a speech given by Lord Alton of Liverpool at a Vigil for Syria held at Farm Street Jesuit Church on Tuesday, just a day after the murder of Fr van der Lugt in Homs. In a talk at the beginning of Lent at Brentwood Cathedral I cited the heroic and faithful work of a 75-ear-old Dutch Jesuit, Fr.Franz van der Lugt who, in the face of extraordinary danger and acute suffering, refused to desert the suffering people of Homs.Father Frans van der Lugt was born on April 10, 1938 in the Netherlands and entered the Society...
  • The Left's Evolving Hierarchy of Rights

    04/05/2014 2:23:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 5, 2014 | Paul Kengor
    Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock, you’ve noticed the growing clash between religious freedom and issues like same-sex marriage and forced funding of abortion. Last week, the Supreme Court heard a landmark case on whether the federal government can compel a business to fund abortion drugs in defiance of the religious beliefs of the business owner. It’s merely one such case amid a flurry of lawsuits that even includes the Little Sisters of the Poor. Or, consider these situations involving gay marriage: In Oregon, a couple that owns a bakery, the Kleins, are being sued and called before the...
  • Jerk of the Week - Gay Marriage Activists

    04/05/2014 11:14:12 AM PDT · by rightwingerpatriot · 10 replies
    Rightwingpatriot.com ^ | April 5, 2014 | Rightwingerpatriot
    Liberals are always spouting that they practice tolerance and that mean old conservatives are all bigots who would round up undesirables into internment camps if given half a chance. We know that such views are nonsense, and that progressive liberals prove themselves on a daily basis to be festering mounds of hate and anger. If there's one thing I despise, it's rank hypocrisy and many of our Jerk of the Week winners are guilty of practicing it. Our winner this week is also guilty of this charge and they're becoming increasingly emboldened. Their actions have hit the internet this week...
  • Turkey’s New Jihad on Christian Armenians

    03/27/2014 4:04:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 3/27/2014 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Far from being repentant of the Armenian Genocide, Turkey, under the leadership of Prime Minister Erdogan, is again targeting Armenians; is again causing their death and dislocation.In the early morning hours of March 21, al-Qaeda linked Islamic jihadis crossed into Syrian territory from the Turkish border and launched a jihad on the Christian/Armenian town of Kessab. Among other thing, “Snipers targeted the civilian population and launched mortar attacks on the town and the surrounding villages.”  Reportedly eighty people were killed. The jihadis later made a video touring the devastated town; no translation is needed, as the main phrase shouted throughout is...
  • Godless And Immoral Culture Embraces Homosexual Marriage

    A great evil is sweeping our nation through judicial decree. In states all over the country, bans on homosexual marriage are being overturned by Federal Courts. In most states these bans were voted on by the people, usually by large majorities. The latest state to see its law overturned by judicial decree is Michigan. Within minutes of the Court overturning the Michigan law dozens of sodomites and lesbians got married at liberal county buildings all with the media present and cheering. To believe this wasn’t coordinated with the Court is to suspend rational thought. Homosexuals wouldn’t be marrying but for...
  • Atheist Group Makes Legal Threats Against Republican Governor Scott Walker For Tweeting Bible Verse

    03/20/2014 10:49:54 AM PDT · by xzins · 30 replies
    RightWingNews ^ | March 20, 2014 | Tom Tillison
    An atheist group has come unhinged over a tweet posted by Wisconsin Gov.Scott Walker and are demanding that he uphold the “godless” Constitution by deleting it. Walker tweeted “Philippians 4:13” from his official Twitter account Sunday — the Bible verse reads: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation took exception to the tweet, saying it’s religious in nature and a “misuse of gubernatorial and state of Wisconsin imprimatur,” according to The Christian Post. “This braggadocio verse coming from a public official is rather disturbing,” the group wrote in a letter. “As...
  • Salvation Army Settles Lawsuit on Religious Discrimination

    03/19/2014 12:29:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 18, 2014 | Sharon Otterman
    The Salvation Army on Tuesday settled a decade-old lawsuit that charged it with engaging in religious discrimination by requiring its government-funded social service employees to reveal their beliefs and to agree to act in accordance with the Christian gospel. As part of the settlement, approved by a federal judge in Manhattan, the Salvation Army will distribute to its New York employees who work in programs that receive government financing a document stating that they need not adhere to the group’s religious principles while doing their jobs, nor may they be asked about their religious beliefs. The Salvation Army, which is...
  • Freedom From Atheism Foundation--Welcome

    03/19/2014 9:13:05 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 15 replies
    Freedom from Atheism Foundation ^ | Unknown | Freedom from Atheism Foundation
    Welcome to the official website of the Freedom From Atheism Foundation (FFAF)! Our oranisation exists in order to raise awareness of militant atheism and atheist atrocities around the world. In addition, we seek to stand for religious freedom on a global scale. The Freedom From Atheism Foundation holds firm in its faith in God and defends the rights of those whose religious liberty is infringed upon. Through our social media, victims of militant atheism are free to share their experiences without fear of harassment. Members of all faiths are welcome!
  • Greek Catholic Priest Kidnapped by Crimean (Russian) authorities

    03/15/2014 3:18:38 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 41 replies
    The Interpreter ^ | 03/15/2014
    1804 GMT: The Economist’s Edward Lucas has posted a statement from Bishop Borys Gudziak that provides more information on the kidnapped Greek Catholic Priest: Fr. Kvych was seized by two men in uniform and four men in civilian clothing. The young chaplain for the Ukrainian Navy was taken to an undisclosed location where he is being held captive. A parishioner who called Fr. Kvych’s cellular phone heard abusive language on the line directed at the priest before the call was cut short. Sources confirm that Fr. Kvych is alive. Earlier this week at the direction of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic...
  • [Harvard law professor] Dershowitz Says D’Souza Case ‘Smacks of Selective Prosecution’

    03/11/2014 9:59:51 AM PDT · by grundle · 12 replies
    Wall St. Journal ^ | January 31, 2014 | Jacob Gershman
    Mr. Dershowitz thinks the federal campaign fraud charges against the conservative filmmaker and author are an example of “selective prosecution.” Weighing in on the case Friday in an interview with Law Blog, Mr. Dershowitz was withering in his opinion of the Manhattan U.S. attorney office’s prosecution of Mr. D’Souza, who pleaded not guilty last week to making illegal campaign contributions to a Republican U.S. Senate candidate in 2012. “The idea of charging him with a felony for this doesn’t sound like a proper exercise of prosecutorial discretion,” Mr. Dershowitz said. “I can’t help but think that [D'Souza's] politics have something...
  • The Rise of the New Persecuted Church

    03/11/2014 8:20:54 AM PDT · by xzins · 9 replies
    Relevant ^ | March 10, 2014 | Jesse Carey
    Last week, 33 individuals who were attempting to establish an underground church were sentenced to death. The missionary who was assisting them has been imprisoned for months, and his fate, like all of those he has come in contact with, is still perilously undetermined. Officially, their crimes are related to “attempting to overthrow” the regime of dictator Kim Jong-un. But in North Korea, where the lines between state-allegiance and cult-like devotion to government leaders is so blurry that it may no longer exist, the crimes of being a Christian and opposing the regime are one and the same. A growing...
  • Kim Jong-Un Orders Massacre of 33 Christians

    03/10/2014 7:33:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/09/2014 | Rick Moran
    Posted By Rick Moran On March 9, 2014 @ 1:06 pm In Politics | 34 Comments They’re being charged with attempting to overthrow the regime, but their real crime is that they were working with jailed South Korean Christian missionary Kim Jung-wook to set up 500 underground churches in North Korea.They are not being “executed.” Using that word would lend some legality and moral framework to Kim’s action. This is nothing less than a massacre of innocent human beings — a slaughter that should raise an outcry in every civilized nation of the world.The Daily Mail reports: Thirty-three North Koreans...
  • Malaysia Threatens Time Magazine for Reporting Persecution of Non-Muslims

    03/03/2014 7:15:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 03/03/2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    This is the Time Magazine Asia edition. The US edition doesn’t cover Muslims behaving badly. (via Religion of Peace)The title of the essay that got Time in trouble was “Losing Faith: The Islamization of Malaysia” which criticized the so-called moderate Muslim country for its religious intolerance toward minorities. During a party conclave in December, several UMNO leaders called specifically for Sunni Islam to be enshrined as the state religion. This came after the arrest of two Shi’ite Muslims for possessing books on Shi’ite Islam and a ban on the word Allah in reference to a non-Muslim deity, even though...
  • John Doe judge: ‘Results of the John Doe speak for themselves’

    02/20/2014 7:36:43 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 2-20-14 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. — On a day when news headlines nationwide screamed of Gov. Scott Walker’s “apparent” knowledge of illegal campaigning going on in his office when he was Milwaukee County executive, the judge of the nearly three-year “secret” investigation into Walker’s former aides and associates summed up the meat of the matter. “The John Doe is closed and the results of the John Doe speak for themselves in terms of who has allegedly committed a crime, who has been charged with a crime and who has been convicted of a crime,” former Appeals Court Judge Neal Nettesheim told Wisconsin Reporter...
  • NC Football Coach Ordered to Cease Leading Team Prayers Following Atheist Complaint

    02/09/2014 7:51:42 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 87 replies
    Christian news network ^ | February 1, 2014 | Heather Clark
    MOORESVILLE, N.C. – A high school football coach in North Carolina has been ordered to cease leading his team in prayers following a complaint by a prominent atheist activist organization. Officials with the Mooresville Graded School District recently told Mooresville High School football coach Hal Capps to stop leading the Blue Devils in prayer, and Capps has agreed to discontinue to the practice. The Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) had contacted the district last fall after learning of Capps’ practice and asserted that the prayers were unlawful. According to reports, a parent of a student had complained to...
  • Gunman kills two in church off Russia's eastern coast - reports

    02/08/2014 11:08:58 PM PST · by bd476 · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | by Steve Gutterman | 8 February 2014
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - A gunman opened fire in a cathedral on the Russian island of Sakhalin, off the country's eastern coast, on Sunday, killing a nun and a churchgoer and wounding six other people, state-run news agency RIA reported.
  • Pew Study: Christians Are The World’s Most Oppressed Religious Group

    02/07/2014 10:47:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 6, 2014 - 1:40 PM | Barbara Boland
    Restrictions, harassment, and intimidation towards people who practice their religion increased in every major region of the world in 2012 except the Americas, with Christians the major target, says a new report by the Pew Research Center. “Muslims and Jews experienced six-year highs in the number of countries in which they were harassed by national, provincial or local governments,” the study found, but Christians continue to be the world’s most oppressed religious group, with persecution against them reported in 110 countries. A recent report by the Christian group Open Doors noted that “North Korea remains the world’s most restrictive nation...
  • Al-Qaeda: Defender of Christians?

    02/05/2014 8:21:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 02/05/2014 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Muslim persecution of Christians is the “Achilles’ Heel” of the global Islamic movement’s image—the surest way of exposing its supremacist and intolerant elements and one of the main reasons the major media and establishment rarely report or address it. The logic (fully explained here) can be summarized as follows: Islamic and jihadi attacks targeting the West or Israel pose no problem to the image of Islam. No matter how violent or brutal, no matter how many Islamic slogans are shrieked—“Allah commands the subjugation of infidels!”—Muslim violence against the West and Israel will always be dismissed as desperate acts of disempowered,...
  • D’Souza Producer: “I Never Feared My Gov’t Until Now”

    01/27/2014 1:22:30 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 26 Jan 2014 01:08 PM | Greg Richter
    Gerald Molen, the producer of Dinesh D’Souza’s documentary film “2016: Obama’s America,” says he never feared his government before he learned that D’Souza is under federal investigation for election fraud. […] “I’m a little bit taken aback by the whole thing because he’s such a great American,” Molen said of D’Souza on Newmax TV’s “Steve Malzberg Show.” The conservative writer and commentator understands the process in America and how it works, Molen said. […] Asked by Malzberg if he ever felt threatened or had any feelings they should not have been making the film, Molen answered, “No. This is America....
  • Street Preacher Arrested and Held in Custody for Mentioning Sexual Sin [Scotland]

    01/10/2014 8:12:57 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Christian Legal Centre client, Tony Miano, was arrested this week after a woman complained that he had spoken about sexual sin. The Christian street evangelist was remanded in custody overnight and later released on bail to appear before Dundee Sheriff's Court on 22nd April. Tony, who is a former Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff, was arrested on 8th January on a charge of alleged breach of peace with "homophobic" aggravation. He was part of a street preaching team holding a week-long mission in Scotland. He was the second of the street pastors to address lunchtime shoppers in Dundee High Street. He...
  • Christian 'Martyr' Deaths Double in 2013, North Korea Most Dangerous Nation

    01/08/2014 7:33:10 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 5 replies
    newsmax.com/ ^ | Wednesday, 08 Jan 2014 | Thomson/Reuters
    Reported cases of Christians killed for their faith around the world doubled in 2013 from the year before, with Syria accounting for more than the whole global total in 2012, according to an annual survey. Open Doors, a non-denominational group supporting persecuted Christians worldwide, said on Wednesday it had documented 2,123 "martyr" killings, compared with 1,201 in 2012. There were 1,213 such deaths in Syria alone last year, it said. "This is a very minimal count based on what has been reported in the media and we can confirm," said Frans Veerman, head of research for Open Doors. Estimates by...
  • Open Doors Reveals the 50 Worst Countries to be a Christian

    01/08/2014 4:46:00 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 47 replies
    Townhall ^ | January 8, 2014 | Leah Barkoukis
    Open Doors, a persecution watchdog group, is out with its 2014 World Watch List, which ranks 50 countries where the persecution of Christians for religious reasons is most severe, according to the report. The organization looks at “violence, government pressures, and other related indicators” to collectively assess countries, according to The Blaze, which spoke with the group’s CEO and President Dr. David Curry. Their ranking methodology is explained in more detail here. “Not every circumstance is the same. For example, in North Korea, you have a quasi-Stalinist government that is the most difficult place to call yourself a Christian on...
  • In the Vatican there is a NEW PROGRESSIVE INQUISITION

    01/05/2014 3:54:37 PM PST · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | January 5, 2014 | Antonio Socci
    Antonio Socci: In the Vatican there is a NEW PROGRESSIVE INQUISITION, and their first victims are the Franciscans of the Immaculate We would just like to remind our readers that Antonio Socci, the great Italian journalist and religion pundit, is inclined to more conservative views but is far from being a Traditionalist, and has been consistently positive in all his views of Pope Francis. So his view is that of an outsider and it is a very nice summary of the intervention in the Franciscans of the Immaculate and how it has been conducted so far. IN THE VATICAN THERE...
  • Dear A&E, congratulations, you just committed suicide

    12/22/2013 2:09:43 PM PST · by Gamecock · 155 replies
    Matt Walsh Blog ^ | December 19, 2013 | Matt Walsh
    Dear A&E, I read that you are indefinitely suspending Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty after he quoted the Bible and said that the homosexual act is sinful. I get it, guys. I do. You punished the Christian guy for being a Christian because you got some angry emails from a bunch of whiny gay activists who lack the spine and maturity to deal with the fact that there are still people out there who have the guts to articulate opinions that they find disagreeable. In so doing, you’ve kowtowed to a pushy minority of vocal bullies who don’t even watch...
  • Thou shalt not insult politically correct religions, cultures or desires

    12/23/2013 10:26:16 AM PST · by DanMiller · 17 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | December 23, 2013 | Dan Miller
    Editor’s note: This is a guest post by my (imaginary) friend, the Very Honorable Ima Librul, Senator from the great State of Confusion Utopia. He is a founding member of CCCEB (Climate Change Causes Everything Bad), a charter member of President Obama’s Go For it Team, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Chairperson of both the Islamic Relations and Meretricious Relations Subcommittees. He is also justly proud of his expertise in the care and breeding of unicorns, for which his Save the Unicorns Foundation has received substantial Federal grants.  We are honored to have a post of this caliber by a...
  • Ducking Tolerance

    12/23/2013 10:45:14 AM PST · by raptor22 · 44 replies
    Washingtin Tines ^ | December 23, 2013 | Staff
    The left is all in favor of free speech — until someone offers a contrary opinion. Phil Robertson of TV’s wildly popular “Duck Dynasty” offended the homosexual lobby this week with remarks about his religious faith. The A&E network show is the most-popular reality program on all of cable television, following the Robertson family of Louisiana and their business of making calls and other paraphernalia for duck hunters. The show’s success makes the bearded Mr. Robertson, who has the appearance of ZZ Top in camouflage, an unlikely celebrity because he is a born-again Christian. A writer for GQ magazine asked...
  • Has A&E Awakened a Sleeping Giant?

    12/23/2013 1:30:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 126 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 23, 2013 | Robert Arvay
    While the Japanese were celebrating the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December of 1941, the mastermind of that attack, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, had a sobering message for his countrymen. "We have awakened a sleeping giant," he said. Even before the war began, the admiral had warned his emperor that Japan would enjoy early victories in any war with the United States, but that winning streak would last only six months to a year, after which American industrial might would inevitably overwhelm the small island nation. He was right. For the first few months of World War II, the Japanese war...
  • I Support Phil Robertson—with One Reservation

    12/23/2013 5:42:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 166 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 23, 2013 | David Stokes
    At the risk of having at least some of what I am about to share misunderstood, I venture a few thoughts on the current Phil Robertson-Duck Dynasty -A&E story. First, it strikes me that framing it primarily as a freedom of speech issue falls short of what is really happening. The censoring of Phil Robertson is more than an attack on any man’s right to speak his mind—it is a matter of religious discrimination. It is part of a broad-brush attempt by some to delegitimize opinions and values rooted in a traditional view of scripture—the historical-grammatical method of interpreting and...
  • EXCLUSIVE – Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson breaks his silence: Reality show star says he’s 'a

    12/23/2013 7:16:06 AM PST · by ColdOne · 64 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 12/23/13 | Will Payne
    Phil Robertson has spoken out for the first time since his homophobic comments in a magazine interview went public and refused to go back on his controversial remarks, saying: ‘I will not give or back off from my path.’ The Duck Dynasty patriarch led a small Bible study group in his home town church in West Monroe, Louisiana on Sunday, granting MailOnline exclusive access. And the deeply religious outdoorsman stood by his incendiary statements –
  • Duck Dynasty saga exposes bigotry and hypocrisy

    12/22/2013 8:00:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Chicago Now ^ | December 22, 2013 | Peter Bella
    All week long the news media, social media, and ideological attention seekers talked, discussed, lambasted, denigrated, supported, backed, or touted Phil Robertson, the patriarch of Duck Commander and Duck Dynasty.All this blathering was the result of an article in GQ written by Drew Magary. In the article, Robertson expounded on his personal views of homosexuality and gays. The backlash was shock and awe. A&E, which produces Duck Dynasty, suspended Mr. Robertson indefinitely over his comments. Then, there was shock and awe backlash against the backlash. Lost in all this kerfuffle was the article itself. It appears very few, if any...
  • 8 reasons why suspending Phil Robertson was an overreaction

    12/22/2013 8:12:48 PM PST · by NetAddicted · 27 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 12/21/2013 | Michael Trimmer
    1. He didn't seek to insult anyone The calm and considered belief that homosexuality is sinful is very different from the immature and foolish belief that homosexuals are "gross", "icky", "sick" or any one of a number of childhood forms of insult. He didn't single a specific person out, nor did he suggest that homosexual individuals as a whole have something wrong with them. He simply described his view of homosexuality. Although some could find his view offensive, it is equally possible that someone could find the opposite view offensive. Axing someone for having a reasonable view is a mistake.
  • Hollywood Just "Ducked" Themselves

    12/22/2013 9:28:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    Townhall ^ | December 23, 2013 | Wayne Allyn Root
    Something amazing is happening in America. An awakening. More people showed support for Phil Robertson (the star of “Duck Dynasty”) in 24 hours than signed up for Obamacare in its first few months. Which means at this point in time, Americans are starting to come to the conclusion we’d be better off with a duck hunter in the White House than Obama. Heck, we couldn’t possibly do any worse. Hollywood really stepped in it this time (must have been duck poop). The result is ironically, Christians are coming out of the closet! In other words, the tables have turned. Middle...
  • Cracker Barrel: A Tale of Two Press Releases

    12/23/2013 8:06:36 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 77 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | December 23, 2013 | Jim Treacher
    Over the weekend, America’s favorite faux-folksy diner/knickknack chain became the newest front in the culture wars when they removed any trace of Duck Dynasty‘s Phil Robertson from all their stores. It didn’t turn out so well for them, and the way they’ve waved the white flag is instructive. From Cracker Barrel’s Facebook page, 7:51pm on 12/20: Cracker Barrel’s mission is Pleasing People. We operate within the ideals of fairness, mutual respect and equal treatment of all people. These ideals are the core of our corporate culture. We continue to offer Duck Commander products in our stores. We removed selected products...
  • Pastor: Phil Robertson Was Praying for Cancer Victim When A&E Suspended Him

    12/21/2013 2:16:55 PM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | December 20, 2013 | AWR Hawkins
    When word came that Phil Robertson had been "indefinitely" suspended by A&E, he was praying for a fellow church member afflicted with cancer, according to his church leader. Robertson's pastor Mike Kellett said, "There were greater things on our mind than the firestorm about this [GQ magazine] article."Speaking to CNN, Kellett said Robertson isn't worried about being suspended over what he said because he believes he told the truth: "He's very calm, and very confident that if he serves the Lord, God will take care of everything."
  • Cracker Barrel Bails on Phil's Products

    12/21/2013 11:14:03 AM PST · by Andy'smom · 117 replies
    TMZ ^ | 12/21/2013 | TMZ Staff
    Cracker Barrel has become the first sponsor to cut bait with "Duck Dynasty" ... but not entirely. The Southern-themed food chain reacted to Phil Robertson's anti-gay comments by removing "selected products which we were concerned might offend some of our guests" from their stores and restaurants. We called a bunch of Cracker Barrel stores, and the managers told us the products that were removed were the ones that had Phil's face plastered on the packaging. Almost to a person, the managers added, "We still offer a wide variety of Duck Commander products," and then we heard a click. C.B. offers...
  • World Turns Away as Rebel Massacres of Syrian Christians Intensify

    12/21/2013 4:22:31 AM PST · by IbJensen · 10 replies
    The New American ^ | 12/20/2013 | Alex Newman
    The world media is increasingly losing interest in the foreign-fueled war still raging in Syria between the Assad regime and an assortment of Islamist rebel groups backed by the Obama administration, Sunni Arab dictators, and European powers. For embattled Syrian Christians, though — most of whom tried to stay out of the conflict — reports suggest the situation is deteriorating quickly, with over 1,200 documented murders so far, and almost 500,000 forced to flee their homes to escape the escalating violence and ruthless persecution. The real numbers are probably even worse. Experts say the end goal of many jihadist rebel...
  • Christian Arabs Persecuted for Joining IDF

    12/11/2013 4:04:48 PM PST · by robowombat · 8 replies
    CBN News Asia ^ | Tuesday, December 10, 2013 | Julie Stahl
    Christian Arabs Persecuted for Joining IDF By Julie Stahl CBN News Mideast Correspondent Tuesday, December 10, 2013 The 17-year-old son of a Greek Orthodox priest who encourages Christian Arab youth to integrate into Israeli society and join the Israel Defense Forces was brutally beaten in Nazareth over the weekend. Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus, has the largest Christian Arab population in Israel. Nazareth-based Father Gabriel Nadaf founded the Forum for Christian Community more than a year ago. Since then the number of Christian Arabs enlisting in the IDF jumped from 35 to 120, with another 500 opting to volunteer...
  • Why Is China Still Arresting Christians by the Dozens?

    12/11/2013 3:21:23 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 10 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 12/9/2013 | Ryan Morgan/International Christian Concern
    On Saturday, Nov. 16, approximately a dozen Chinese police officers walked into the Nanle County Christian Church in Henan province, a government-sanctioned Three-Self Patriotic church, and "tied up" the church's pastor, Zhang Shaojie. Authorities then spirited him away to a secret location. Three weeks later, no one is quite sure where exactly pastor Shaojie is or if he's even still alive. The pastor's arrest sparked an immediate outcry from family and church members, who proceeded to gather in front of the local police station in protest. According to ChinaAid, a religious rights group based in Texas, authorities reportedly threatened the...
  • School bans Christmas trees, the colors red & green (Frisco TX)

    12/05/2013 6:14:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 5, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    An elementary school in Frisco, Texas is believed to be the first in the state to violate “The Merry Christmas Law” after they banned Christmas trees and the colors red & green from an upcoming “winter” party. Boys and girls who attend the Nichols Elementary School “Winter Party” will not be able to make any reference to Christmas or any other religious holiday. Christmas trees are also banned—along with the colors red and green. … Ironically, the school is located in the district of state Rep. Pat Fallon, the author of a bill signed into law in June that codifies...
  • Pope: the persecution of Christians tells us that Christ’s victory "is near”

    11/28/2013 6:42:10 AM PST · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Asia News ^ | 11/28/2013
    The persecution of Christians tells us that Christ's over evil "is near", over "worldly powers " for whom religion is a "private matter " and who forbid worship of God. At Mass this morning at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis spoke of the final struggle between God and Evil, which the end of year liturgy offers us in these days.Vatican Radio reports that the Pope spoke of a great danger: "universal temptation ." The temptation to give in to the lure of those who want to defeat God, have the better of those who believe in Him. But he who...
  • Judge strikes down law that gives clergy members tax-free housing allowances

    11/23/2013 7:35:07 AM PST · by PAR35 · 73 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | 11/23/13 | DOUG ERICKSON
    A federal judge has found unconstitutional a law that lets clergy members avoid paying income taxes on compensation that is designated part of a housing allowance. The decision Friday by U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb could have far-reaching financial ramifications for pastors, who currently can use the untaxed income to pay rental housing costs or the costs of home ownership, including mortgage payments and property taxes.
  • The Town FEMA Turned Down The tide goes out on religious liberty

    11/23/2013 4:51:15 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 5 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | November 25, 2013, | Jonathan V. Last
    When Sandy swept across the Jersey shore in October 2012, the coastal town of Ocean Grove was spared the worst. Sure, half the town’s boardwalk was destroyed and its pier was swept out to sea. And yes, sand, trees, and concrete benches were carried two blocks inland, while entire buildings were picked up and moved across town. But Ocean Grove’s crown jewel, an ornate and beautiful 6,250-seat auditorium, built in 1894, survived. It only had a third of its roof torn off. The auditorium’s foundation was intact and, most important, its 11,561-pipe organ was unscathed by the wind and rain....
  • Muslim Persecution of Christians and the Vatican

    11/19/2013 8:39:04 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 6 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 19 November 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    The Vatican has done more to counter the Islamic threat than people think. If we in the West now know that Syrian "rebels" are in their majority bloody jihadists and not innocent victims of Assad, it is due to the Vatican news-gathering agencies in the region. At first the Western media were totally biased and were unquestioningly transmitting the propaganda they received from local reporters on the rebels as bona fide news. It was the Vatican agencies that eventually managed to correct this bias. And the Syrian case is just an example. The Vatican is one of the major...
  • Navy SEALs cite shabby treatment as Team Obama helps Hollywood instead

    11/19/2013 1:59:52 AM PST · by MestaMachine · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 17, 2013 | Rowan Scarborough
    Last week, the Pentagon made it clear that it plans to take action against former SEAL Matt Bissonnette. It says he violated a signed nondisclosure agreement by writing “No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden.” snip A reporter noted that Mr. Bissonnette also was part of the operation that saved a U.S. cargo ship captain from the hands of Somali pirates. Hollywood turned the 2009 rescue into the feature film “Captain Phillips,” with the Navy’s help.
  • Grocery Store Owner Ordered to Pay Unemployment Benefits Over ‘Unacceptable’ Biblical Counseling

    Grocery Store Owner Ordered to Pay Unemployment Benefits Over ‘Unacceptable’ Biblical Counseling TABOR, IA – A grocery store owner in Iowa has been ordered to pay unemployment benefits to a former employee who quit her job after she was questioned about her personal lifestyle and exhorted to read the Bible.Tyler Stille owns Tabor Market and Deli and is known for his strong Christian beliefs. He told reporters this week that he is up front with prospective employees about his faith before they are hired.“We have a Christian fish symbol on our sign,” Stille explained. “Before we hire anybody, we tell...
  • Living Dangerously: Christian Persecution Around the World

    11/13/2013 6:34:21 AM PST · by NYer · 15 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | November 12, 2013 | Christopher White
    The daughters of Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi hold a photo of their mother outside their residence in Ittanwalai, Pakistan, in November 2010. (CNS photo/Adrees Latif, Reuters) In his 18th-century classic The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, English historian Edward Gibbon famously attributed the fall of the Roman Empire primarily to the rise of the Christian religion. The Christian belief in eternal life, paired with the gospel teachings on love of neighbor and the demand to turn the other cheek, were responsible, Gibbon believed, for the weakening of the Roman peoples’ concern with this earthly state. In...
  • Christians Face Culture of Fear, Intimidation in U.S. Military Today

    11/11/2013 1:03:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 11, 2013 - 1:20 PM | Penny Starr
    The Family Research Council (FRC) released a video in time for Veterans Day that warns Americans about the persecution of U.S. troops who express their Christian faith. The four-minute-and-44 second video, “A Clear and Present Danger,” features active duty members of the U.S. military sharing their concerns about the “tremendous culture of intimidation and fear in the ranks of the American military right now.” … In the video, soldiers tell Americans they need to speak out on this issue. “American Christians have to understand that this is not going to stop with the military,” a soldier says. “It’s not going...
  • "On Creative Minorities": Rabbi Jonathan Sacks on how Christians can survive godless cultures.

    11/01/2013 7:00:56 PM PDT · by qwertyz · 8 replies
    First Things: 2013 Erasmus Lecture ^ | October 31, 2013 | R.R. Reno
    Christians can learn from Jews. We can learn how to thrive in the secular world that no longer regards faith as central. So argues Rabbi Jonathan Sacks at the 2013 Erasmus Lecture. Speaking to more than five hundred people on the evening of Monday, October 21st at the Union League Club in New York, Sacks outlined a vision in which religious communities—Jewish and Christian—can function as creative minorities.
  • 185 Christians Arrested During Raid in Eritrea

    11/01/2013 4:00:19 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 8 replies
    CharismaNews ^ | 11:30AM EDT 10/31/2013 | Mission Network News
    ... Around 3,000 people flee Eritrea every month, despite a "shoot to kill" policy targeting escapees. Earlier this month, two boats carrying refugees sank off the coast of Italy. One was carrying around 500 people, mostly from Eritrea and Somalia, when it went down. Some 30,100 asylum-seekers arrived on Italy's coastline between January and the end of September. According to a BBC report, 7,500 of them were Eritrean. Release International, a VOMC partner in Eritrea, says 185 believers gathered recently to pray about the exodus. Suddenly, police broke into the house and arrested them all. Church leaders fear this may...
  • World Council of Churches Stands By As Christians Perish, Churches Wither

    10/25/2013 10:39:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | October 22, 2013 at 5:00 am | Malcolm Lowe
    The World Council of Churches (WCC) in Geneva claims to represent and serve 345 churches worldwide. What has it done to help the persecuted churches in Iraq, Syria and Egypt? Or the flood of Syrian refugees into Jordan and Lebanon? Answer: it has devoted the whole of 2013 to promoting a World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel (September 22-28). That is, it has poured its Swiss francs into stirring up the one corner of the area that is currently almost calm. … The excuse for this absurd imbalance is that the WCC has maintained for decades, and insists on...