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  • ISIS executes 12 Christians- 2 women raped in public, beheaded—for refusing to renounce Jesus

    10/05/2015 12:57:30 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 117 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 10-5-2015 | Shianee Mamanglu-Regala
    Islamic State militants have brutally murdered 12 Christians, including the 12-year-old son of a Syrian ministry team leader who had planted nine churches, for refusing to renounce Jesus Christ and embrace Islam instead, the Gospel Herald reported. The horrific executions took place last Aug. 28 in an unnamed village outside Aleppo, Syria, according to Christian Aid Mission, a humanitarian group that assists indigenous Christian workers in their native countries. "In front of the team leader and relatives in the crowd, the Islamic extremists cut off the fingertips of the boy and severely beat him, telling his father they would stop...
  • The Demonization of Christianity

    10/04/2015 9:42:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | October 4, 2015 | Michael Brown
    When a white supremacist murdered black parishioners in Charleston, SC, there was national outrage leading to the banning of the Confederate Flag and a fresh discussion of race relations in America. But when Christians are targeted and murdered on a campus in Oregon, much of the nation yawns. According to eyewitness reports, the Oregon shooter asked students what their religion was, and if they said “Christian” he shot them in the head. Yet the secular media, for the most part, is focusing more on gun laws than on the shooter’s alleged anti-Christian motivation. Why? Can you imagine what would have...
  • The Day Christians Were Martyred on American Soil

    10/03/2015 6:34:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Fox ^ | October 2, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    Life or death was determined by the answer to a single question: are you a Christian? That was the question asked by an anti-Christian gunman who stormed into a classroom at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College. Eyewitnesses say the shooter targeted Christians. Kortney Moore was inside the classroom. She told the Roseburg News-Review that the shooter ordered students to get on the ground – and then told them to stand up and state their religion.
  • American anti-abortion activist Troy Newman detained at Melbourne Airport

    10/02/2015 8:39:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Controversial anti-abortion activist Troy Newman has been detained at Melbourne Airport after he travelled to Australia despite his visa being cancelled. Mr Newman, who has questioned why doctors who perform abortions were not sentenced to death, had previously been stopped in Denver in the US en route to Australia. He had his visa cancelled by the Department of Immigration on Tuesday. A spokeswoman for the Minister for Immigration Peter Dutton confirmed to Daily Mail Australia Mr Newman had been detained on Thursday morning. 'Despite having no visa to enter Australia Mr Newman-Mariotti boarded a flight and arrived in Melbourne,' she...
  • Oregon Gunman Singled Out Christians During Rampage

    10/01/2015 4:24:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 173 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 1, 2015 | Chris Perez
    The gunman who opened fire at an Oregon community college was forcing people to stand up and state their religion before he began blasting away at them, survivors said Thursday. A woman who claimed to have a grandmother inside the Writing 115 class in Snyder Hall, where the massacre unfolded, described the scene in a tweet. “The shooter was lining people up and asking if they were Christian,” she wrote. “If they said yes, then they were shot in the head. If they said no, or didn’t answer, they were shot in the legs. My grandma just got to my...
  • Germany Segregating Christians As Migrant Violence Escalates

    09/28/2015 8:44:55 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 46 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 09/28/2015 | by Liam Deacon
    Christian migrants in German asylum centres are living under persistent threat, with many fearing for their lives as the hardline Sunni majority within the migrant population attempts to enforce Sharia law in their new host nation. The situation is so bad that Christians claim they live like “prisoners” in Germany, and some have even returned to Middle East. “In Iran, the Revolutionary Guards have arrested my brother in a house church. I fled the Iranian intelligence, because I thought in Germany I can finally live freely according to my religion,” says Said, a Christian who fled persecution in his native...
  • Mideast Christians beg Western governments to stop aiding the slaughter.

    09/24/2015 6:36:18 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | September 23, 2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    “Wake Up!”: Muslim Persecution of Christians Abetted by the West Mideast Christians beg Western governments to stop aiding the slaughter. September 23, 2015 Raymond Ibrahim    Originally published by the Gatestone Institute.Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. Not only is the Islamic State (IS) persecuting Christians but so are the U.S.-supported “rebel” forces, which the Obama administration assures are “moderate.”  According to a recent NPR report, “With backing from U.S. allies, like Turkey and Saudi Arabia, this [U.S. supported] rebel coalition fights both the Syrian regime and the so-called Islamic State, or ISIS....
  • Tasered and Abused American Pastor Saeed Threatened-with New Charges

    09/24/2015 6:18:50 AM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 13 replies
    Center for American Law & Justice ^ | 9/24/2015 | Tiffany Barrons
    Yesterday in Iran, Iranian intelligence officers summoned Pastor Saeed for an intense round of interrogation. Pastor Saeed reported to his family that the interrogators were abusive both verbally and physically. During the course of interrogation, the officers repeatedly used a taser gun on Pastor Saeed. This new assault is concerning as Pastor Saeed is still being denied needed medical care for injuries sustained as a result of beatings in the past.
  • Politico sat on allegations Lois Lerner had prior history of targeting conservatives

    03/12/2015 11:16:29 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3-12-15 | T. Becket Adams
    Politico scored a journalistic coup with its exclusive 2014 profile on Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the center of the agency's targeting of conservative groups. But a former Illinois lawmaker who said Politico contacted him repeatedly that year with questions regarding claims he was targeted by Lerner in the mid-1990s has been left wondering why the news group chose to ignore his documented dealings with the former federal official. "I was shocked," Al Salvi told the Washington Examiner's media desk, describing what he characterizes as several "lengthy" interviews with Politico reporter Rachael Bade. Lerner went after his 1996...
  • Report: IRS Used Donor Lists to Target Conservatives for Audits

    07/24/2015 7:39:58 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 24 replies
    documents from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)... confirm that the IRS used donor lists to tax-exempt organizations to target those donors for audits. The documents also show IRS officials specifically highlighted how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce may come under “high scrutiny” from the IRS. The IRS produced the records in a Freedom of Information lawsuit seeking documents about selection of individuals for audit-based application information on donor lists submitted by Tea Party and other 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organizations....Lois Lerner, who has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, is mentioned four times in the report...In 2009, Barack Obama “joked” about having the IRS...
  • Lois Lerner: Lincoln Should’ve Let the South Go Instead of Civil War

    08/07/2015 7:05:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 103 replies
    Mediaite ^ | August 7, 2015 | Ken Meyer
    Most Americans tend to agree that Abraham Lincoln was one of this country’s better presidents, having saved the nation from imploding on itself with the Civil War. Former IRS chief Lois Lerner, however, does not apparently have the same thoughts about keeping the South in the union. “Look my view is that Lincoln was our worst president not our best,” Lerner wrote in 2014. “He should (have) let the south go. We really do seem to have 2 totally different mindsets.” The Senate Finance Committee released a report yesterday that examined 1.5 million pages of IRS emails. A significant focus...
  • Freed Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Plans to Return to Work Monday, Lawyers Say [incl her statement]

    09/09/2015 3:19:08 PM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    ABC ^ | 9/9/15 | Emily Shapiro
    Kentucky clerk Kim Davis will return to work in Rowan County on Monday, her lawyers said today. Davis was jailed in Grayson, Kentucky, for nearly one week after she refused a judge's order to issue marriage licenses, including to same-sex couples. She was released from jail Tuesday and has spent today going through the hundreds of letters sent to her during her six days in jail, according to a statement from Liberty Counsel, which represents Davis. "I am deeply moved by all those who prayed for me. All I can say is that I am amazed and very grateful," Davis...
  • WaPo Columnist Asks: When does your religion legally excuse you from doing part of your job?

    09/06/2015 5:31:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 101 replies
    Washi, The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 09/06/2015 | Eugene Volokh
    Can your religion legally excuse you from doing part of your job? This is one of the questions in the Kentucky County Clerk marriage certificate case. But it also arises in lots of other cases — for instance, the Muslim flight attendant who doesn’t want to serve alcohol and who filed a complaint on Tuesday with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over the airline’s denial of an exemption. The question has also arisen before with regard to: * Nurses who had religious objections to being involved in abortions (even just to washing instruments that would be used in abortions); *...
  • No room in America for Christian refugees

    09/06/2015 6:15:07 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 07, 2015 | y Abraham H. Miller
    At the end of World War II, the Jewish survivors of Europe’s Holocaust found that nearly every door was closed to them. “Tell Me Where Can I Go?” was a popular Yiddish song at the time. Decades later, the Christians of the Middle East face the same problem, and the Obama administration is keeping the door shut. America is about to accept 9000 Syrian Muslims, refugees of the brutal war between the Assad regime and its Sunni opposition, which includes ISIS, Al Qaeda, and various other militias. That number is predicted to increase each year. There are no Christian refugees...
  • Jail Time for Christians: No Longer a Hypothesis

    09/06/2015 8:37:40 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 6, 2015 | Lloyd Marcus
    So this is how the game is played. Leftist operatives in the courts (supreme and state) create unconstitutional laws to further their anti-God agenda. Then leftists say those who disobey their lawless laws are not behaving like Christians and good Americans. Many on our side fall for it. The SCOTUS' ruling on Obamacare and homosexual marriage means the Constitution will now say whatever leftists want it to say. Folks, do you realize that based on this new precedent, the left can make anything they want a law? Incest, pedophilia, bestiality, and so on?
  • Other Local Officials Citing Religious Beliefs in Denying Marriage Licenses to Gays

    09/06/2015 6:52:30 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 10 replies
    Newsmax ^ | September 5, 2015 | Todd Beamon
    Not only is jailed Kentucky clerk Kim Davis citing her religious beliefs for denying marriage licenses to gay couples... In other states, according to USA Today:  In Alabama, as many as 10 counties have stopped issuing licenses altogether as of Wednesday. State law says that probate judges "may" issue the licenses rather than "shall."And in North Carolina, more than 30 county magistrates have refused to perform gay marriages under a law that says officials can refrain from conducting marriage-related activities.
  • Gay rights advocates: Jailed Kentucky clerk is no martyr

    09/06/2015 4:28:35 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 34 replies
    My Way ^ | 5 Sep 15 | CLAIRE GALOFARO
    As a defiant Kentucky clerk sat in jail Friday, choosing indefinite imprisonment over licensing gay marriages, her lawyers approached the microphones outside and compared her to Dr. Martin Luther King. Around the country, other supporters reached for Biblical heroes, comparing her to Silas and Daniel, imprisoned for their faith and rescued by God. It's precisely the narrative gay rights advocates had hoped to avoid. But as Davis' mug shot rocketed around the Internet, it became clear that the gay rights movement must battle this idea that Christianity is under siege, said Kenneth Upton, senior counsel for Lambda Legal, a law...
  • How Kim Davis Can Be Released From Jail Without Agreeing to Violate Her Conscience

    09/05/2015 10:04:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 59 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | September 4, 2015 | Roger Severino
    Rowan County, Ky., is a lesson for America in how not to resolve social conflict. The local head clerk is sitting in jail, and a judge has ordered her deputy clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in her absence.When the Supreme Court redefined marriage for the nation in an activist decision this June, it took the issue out of the democratic process and made it much harder for citizens to navigate our differences on this fundamental institution. Both sides of the debate knew the decision would have significant social effects. For civil servants like clerks who issue marriage...
  • Huckabee: ‘Kim Davis In Federal Custody Removes All Doubts About Criminalization Of Christianity..’

    09/04/2015 6:46:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    CBS DC ^ | 9/3/15
    ASHLAND, Ky. (CBSDC/AP) — A defiant county clerk was sent to jail for contempt Thursday after insisting that her “conscience will not allow” her to follow a federal judge’s orders to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. “God’s moral law conflicts with my job duties,” Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis told U.S. District Judge David Bunning. “You can’t be separated from something that’s in your heart and in your soul.” The judge said she left him with no alternative but to jail her, since fines alone would not change her mind. A deputy escorted her out of the courtroom, although...
  • Jindal to Trump: 'Can't make America great again by throwing Christians in jail'

    09/04/2015 7:49:04 PM PDT · by markomalley · 110 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/4/15 | Ryan Lovelace
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal hit Donald Trump on the front-running presidential candidate's response to the ongoing debate about the jailing of the Kentucky clerk who refused marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Trump had discussed the punishment Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis faced for disobeying the law on MSNBC. "I hate to see her put in jail," Trump told MSNBC. "[But] the Supreme Court has ruled. That's the law of the land." Sensing an opportunity on the campaign trail, Jindal rebuked The Donald in a series of tweets, exclaiming, "You can't make America great again by throwing Christians in jail.""I understand...
  • Shackled at the ankles with her head bowed, the moment defiant Kentucky county clerk...

    09/04/2015 3:26:40 AM PDT · by markomalley · 164 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/3/15 | Sophie Jane Evans
    With shackles around her ankles and waist, this is the moment the defiant Kentucky clerk who is refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses was led away from federal court - and taken to jail. Kim Davis, 49, was told by U.S. District Judge David Bunning on Thursday that she would stay behind bars until she complied with his order to resume issuing the licenses to gay couples. Donning a blue top and striped skirt, Davis, a thrice-divorced Apostolic Christian who works at Rowan County Courthouse, said 'thank you' before being led from the courtroom by a marshal. She later insisted...
  • Free Republic will continue the fight for Liberty and against godless socialism and fascist judges!

    09/03/2015 3:39:43 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 272 replies
    September 3, 2015 | Jim Robinson
    I stand with Kim Davis! I will not comply! Free Republic is and always will remain a pro-God, pro-life, pro-family, pro-constitution, pro-liberty site. The recent SCOTUS ruling against marriage is a travesty against God, country and constitution. It is a shot against Christianity. The government has now officially declared war on Christianity and against individual Christians. Kim Davis is the first casualty who was actually jailed, but will not be the last. The Marxist/fascists have now taken over our government from the top down and will attempt to stomp out all resistance and the black-robed nazi judges will do their...
  • Judge orders Rowan clerk to appear in court Thursday after she again denies marriage licenses

    09/01/2015 4:25:48 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 33 replies ^ | 1 Sep 15 | John Cheves
    A federal judge has ordered Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis and her deputies to appear in his courtroom Thursday and explain why Davis should not be held in contempt of court for refusing to issue marriage licenses. Shortly after opening her doors Tuesday, Davis told two same-sex couples who asked for marriage licenses that she would not issue them, despite a federal court injunction ordering her to do so. In a brief but tense encounter between Davis and a couple dozen marriage-equality demonstrators who crowded into her office, the clerk repeatedly refused to comply with the court order. "Under whose...
  • Hundreds die as desperate migrants head for Europe

    08/28/2015 7:13:19 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 26 replies
    MSN ^ | 8/28/2015 | Giles Elgood
    TRIPOLI/EISENSTADT, Austria, Aug 28 (Reuters) - Libya on Friday recovered the bodies of 82 migrants washed ashore after their overcrowded boat sank on its way to Europe while Austria said 71 refugees including a baby girl had been found dead in the back of an abandoned freezer truck. Three people were arrested in Hungary in connection with the truck deaths and Austrian police said they suspected a Bulgarian-Hungarian trafficking ring was responsible. The victims - 59 men, 8 women and four children, including a girl estimated at 1-2 years old - were probably from Syria, police said. At least 180...
  • Obama indifferent to Christians in Middle East, Sununu says

    08/10/2015 3:49:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/9/15 | Lydia Wheeler
    Former White House Chief of Staff John Sununu said in an interview on Sunday that President Obama seems to be “indifferent” to the persecution of Christians in the Middle East. During an appearance on "The Cats Roundtable," a 970 radio show on AM 970 in New York, Sununu said Americans needs to keep pressuring their congressmen and senators to “talk some sense into the president.” “It’s a tragedy what’s happening,” Sununu told host John Catsimatidis. “And I cannot believe that this administration, this president, does not understand that there is a concerted effort to destroy the Christian community in Iraq,...
  • Boko Haram Slits the Throats of Sixteen Christian Fishermen.

    08/01/2015 2:48:54 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 25 replies ^ | Aug 1, 2015 | by Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    The massacre took place last Monday, but the news was released only yesterday because the area of ​​Lake Chad is devoid of any type of telephone; survivors had to reach Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, to raise the alarm.
  • Peculiar Preachers [vanity]

    07/29/2015 8:07:20 PM PDT · by Heart-Rest · 34 replies
    PECULIAR PREACHERS These preachers are definitely not modern-day "Billy Grahams". These preachers all claim to be guided by the Bible and the Holy Spirit (as do all Christians). "Knocking 'Em Down" Preacher (Deodorant problem?) "Oi-oi-oi-oi..." Preacher- Video Clip 1- Video Clip 2 (2nd clip is just expanded version of 1st clip) "Jovial" Preacher (of happy memory) (Holy laughter???) "Tattooed" Preacher- Video Clip One- Video Clip Two (Theology of tattoo-ology.) "Screaching" Preacher (Please turn down the volume a tad.) "Laughing" Preacher- Video Clip One- Video Clip Two (More holy laughter???) "Drunken Glory" Preacher- Video - Article "Pro-Queer-Pervert" Deacon / Sunday...
  • Supreme Court of Pakistan Agrees to Hear Appeal of Christian Mother on Death Row [Asia Bibi]

    07/22/2015 6:21:12 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Pakistan’s Supreme Court today agreed to review the case of a Christian mother sentenced to death on a blasphemy charge, temporarily suspending her execution.Aasiya Noreen, commonly known as Asia Bibi, is the first woman to be sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan. The three-judge bench of the Supreme Court at the Lahore Registry admitted for hearing her petition challenging the sentence.Attorney Saif-ul-Malook told Morning Star News that he had a strong case for demanding Noreen’s acquittal.“Asia Bibi has claimed that she had not made any blasphemous remarks, and that rather her fellow villagers had leveled the allegation against her...
  • The New Totalitarians Are Here

    07/06/2015 3:06:18 AM PDT · by markomalley · 30 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 7/6/15 | Tom Nichols
    There’s a basic difference in the traditions of political science between “authoritarians” and “totalitaritarians.” People throw both of these words around, but as is so often the case, they’re using words they may not always understand. They have real meaning, however, and the difference between them is important.Simply put, authoritarians merely want obedience, while totalitarians, whose rule is rooted in an ideology, want obedience and conversion. Authoritarians are a dime a dozen; totalitarians are rare. The authoritarians are the guys in charge who want to stay in charge, and don’t much care about you, or what you’re doing, so long...
  • The new totalitarians: Change your religious beliefs or else

    05/12/2015 6:52:42 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 23 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 5/11/15 | Eric Metaxas
    May 11, 2015 ( -- In the first century, Jesus was asked whether the Jewish people, who were under pagan, Roman occupation, should pay taxes to Caesar. The Lord, of course, said we are to render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, and unto God what is God’s. But in 21st century America, Caesar is angling for a better deal—and he’s getting it.Our old friend Chuck Colson sounded the alarm several years ago when certain political figures on the Left—including former secretary of state Hillary Clinton—began downsizing the First Amendment’s guarantee of our God-given right to freedom of religion into a more...
  • Donald Trump Made Huge Announcement To All Christians … He’s The Only One Saying This

    07/15/2015 4:19:42 PM PDT · by · 194 replies
    Donald Trump isn’t afraid to say what needs to be said. Now the billionaire, television personality and presidential aspirant has a straightforward message for Christians. “The Christians are being treated horribly because we have nobody to represent the Christians. Believe me, if I run and I win, I will be the greatest representative of the Christians they’ve had in a long time,” Trump said in a recent interview. In the midst of persecution in the Middle East by Islamic extremists and persecution at home by liberals who would take away the freedoms of religion and expression, Christians need a champion....
  • For Our Present Persecution, A Fitting Historical Milieu

    07/15/2015 12:35:51 PM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | 7/15/15 | Jessica Kidwell
    In the wake of the Supreme Court decision on same-sex “marriage”, the utter failure of legal protections for Christian businesses, and a growing ambient hostility in the culture to all things Catholic, voices in many Catholic circles are muttering darkly about the days of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, the monarchs who famously protestantized England over the dead bodies of thousands of Catholics. These were periods of dramatic carnage and martyrdom, which is relatively easy to conceptualize because it is concrete and fleshy. It is also a clearly delineated situation; the good guys are getting their heads chopped off, and...
  • Taxing churches is a form of religious persecution — and liberals need to stand against it

    07/14/2015 8:31:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    The Week ^ | 07/14/2015 | Damon Linker
    How long will it be until we begin to see a movement — egged on by activists, encouraged by receptive judges — to revoke the tax exemptions currently enjoyed by churches? A few months? A year? I don't know precisely when it will happen. But I do know that it's going to happen. The arguments have already begun. New York Times religion columnist Mark Oppenheimer recently made the case against such tax exemptions in a much-discussed essay for Time. We also know that the solicitor general of the United States believes that the opposition of religiously affiliated institutions to same-sex...
  • Leftist talking points vs. facts in Oregon’s persecution of Christian bakers

    07/13/2015 6:34:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/13/2015 | Dustin Siggins
    For years, the LGBT movement has claimed its goal is tolerance — for society and the government to consider same-sex sexual relationships equal to those between men and women, even though research, science, and nature show this equality does not exist.In the 16 days since the U.S. Supreme Court decided to undefine marriage, that factually-challenged talking point has been all but forgotten in the rush to further change marriage, strip churches of their non-profit statuses, and punish those who refuse to bow to the new order.Of course, liberals must still pretend their goal is so-called “equality,” not the state-sanctioned...
  • Muslims Take Christian Girl And Tell Her To Deny Christ. She Refuses, And They Bury Her...

    07/10/2015 5:01:15 PM PDT · by markomalley · 42 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 7/10/15 | Theodore Shoebat
    Full title: Muslims Take Christian Girl And Tell Her To Deny Christ. She Refuses, And They Burry Her All The Way Up To Her Neck And And Crush Her To Death With Rocks. Her Father Then Declares: “I’m grateful that she didn’t change her religion. She trusted in God.” Muslims in Nigeria — all members of Boko Haram — kidnapped a young Christian girl and demanded that she deny Christ. She refused. They buried her up to her neck and crushed her to death with rocks. Her father, a local pastor named Nkeki Mutah, took pride in his daughter’s resilience,...
  • With Threats, Bakers Who Refused to Make Lesbian Wedding Cake Warned to Do This (Pay Up) by Monday

    07/09/2015 7:46:17 AM PDT · by xzins · 234 replies
    CBN ^ | 7/9/2015 | TODD STARNES
    Two Christian bakers who refused to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding have been ordered to pay $135,000 in damages by July 13 or else the state of Oregon could place a lien on their home. Aaron and Melissa Klein, the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, were punished by the state's Bureau of Labor and Industry (BOLI) for unlawfully discriminating against a same-sex couple. The Kleins, who are devout evangelical Christians, argued that baking the cake would be a violation of their religious beliefs. The BOLI ruling ordered the mom-and-pop bakers to pay $135,000 to the lesbian couple....
  • Emails: Obama Admin Planned Criminal Charges against Political Opposition

    07/08/2015 7:34:30 PM PDT · by upchuck · 29 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | July 7, 2015 | Tim Brown
    Via a Freedom of Information Act Request, Judicial Watch obtained several documents. Among those was a DOJ Recap with the following: On October 8, 2010, Lois Lerner, Joe Urban, Judy Kindell, Justin Lowe, and Siri Buller met with the section chief and other attorneys from the Department of Justice Criminal Division's Public Integrity Section, and one representative from the FBI, to discuss recent attention to the political activity of exempt organizations.The section's attorneys expressed concern that certain section 501(c) organizations are actually political committees "posing" as if they are not subject to FEC law, and therefore may be subject to...
  • Wisconsin’s Shame: ‘He Could Have Been Shot. Over Politics’

    07/06/2015 2:09:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 96 replies
    National Review ^ | 7/6/15 | David French
    It was still dark outside when “Jonah” (not his real name) heard the pounding on his front door. As luck would have it, he was awake — or mostly awake. He’d gotten up at 4:00 a.m. on October 3, 2013, to see his parents off to the airport. They were leaving on a quick trip to raise money for the children’s charity his father runs. Jonah was 16 at the time, old enough to stay home alone for a short time, but not old enough to deal with what awaited him on the other side of the door. The pounding...
  • The New Post-Homophobic Christianity: Christians are going to adapt to the new America just fine

    07/05/2015 11:16:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 07/05/2015 | Sally Kohn
    Since the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges that legalized marriage equality in America, some conservative Christians have been downright apoplectic. In a ridiculously offensive analogy, right wing anti-equality zealot Bryan Fischer tweeted: From a moral standpoint, 6/26 is now our 9/11.— Bryan Fischer (@BryanJFischer) June 26, 2015 Channeling a similar anger, though in a more commonly heard form, Fox News commentator Todd Starnes tweeted: If you thought the cultural purge over the Confederate flag was breathtaking -- wait until you see what LGBT activists do with Christians.— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) June 26, 2015 Meanwhile, Rod Dreher of the American...
  • The New York Times's Anti-Christian Hypocrisy

    07/03/2015 5:30:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/03/2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Once again, this time by the New York Times, it has been proven that the only group that it is politically correct to bash or offend is Christians. They turn the other cheek and forgive those who trespass, rather than behead and bomb, or storm newspaper offices to murder and maim. That much was admitted by New York Times editor for standards Phil Corbett in defending the newspaper’s decision to publish Monday a picture of Pope Benedict XVI fashioned out of condoms, after being among those that refused to publish the Charlie Hebdo cartoons of the Mohammed that prompted a...
  • Life and Death in Iraq (Christians and Yezidis)

    07/02/2015 11:24:24 AM PDT · by xzins · 3 replies
    Good News ^ | 29 Jun 15 | Jeff Gardner
    By Jeff Gardner -Last August, Joseph received the news he had feared for weeks: The armies of the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, had invaded the region of Sinjar in western Iraq, the place where he and tens of thousands of Yezidis had lived for centuries. When Joseph got word that ISIS fighters were headed towards his home village of Tillqasab, he panicked — although he had left years ago, his elderly father still lived in the village. Arriving at the outskirts of town, Joseph realized that he was too late — Tillqasab had already fallen...
  • Christians: Stand your ground! (...6 things believers can do in wake of high-court ruling)

    07/01/2015 9:53:06 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 27 replies
    WND ^ | June 30, 2015 | Greg Laurie
    The church is under attack today in every way imaginable – literally as well as figuratively! We still are reeling from the horrific attacks against the AME Church in Charleston. While our brothers and sisters gathered for a mid-week Bible study and prayer time, they were shot dead. We have seen an amazing display of forgiveness on their part for this cold-blooded killer. Facing the killer in court, several relatives who also attended AME Church extended their forgiveness to this young man, despite his indescribably evil act. The church has since gone back to their mid-week Bible study, saying, “This...
  • 23 Persecutions that Failed to Destroy Christianity

    06/30/2015 2:52:06 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | 6/30/15 | Joshua Bowman
    The Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges on Friday raises troubling questions about the future of religious freedom in the United States. Most ominously, Justice Kennedy writing for the court seemed to circumscribe the freedom of religion as no longer the exercise of one’s faith, but merely the profession of it. All four of the dissenting justices wrote vehemently about the danger that this decision presents to the entire project of ordered liberty. Meanwhile, progressive organizations have made it clear that religious freedom is their next target now that same-sex marriage is the law of the land.Still, as we...
  • Franklin Graham Warns Christians to 'Be Prepared' for Persecution After SCOTUS Marriage Ruling

    06/30/2015 6:32:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/30/2015 | Samuel Smith
    Leading Evangelist Franklin Graham is warning Christians nationwide that they should be ready to face persecution if they wish to stand by the biblical definition of marriage following last Friday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling, which legalized same-sex marriage throughout the United States. Despite President Barack Obama claiming that the Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges is a "victory for a America," Graham, the president of both the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse, asserted in an interview with Fox News' Todd Starnes last weekend that the United States is really the true "loser" because the ruling could bring...
  • [VIDEO] [Alabama Chief Justice]Roy Moore continues protest of same-sex marriage

    06/30/2015 6:00:36 AM PDT · by Unedited · 7 replies
    WIAT 42 NEWS YouTube Channel ^ | June 28, 2015 | WIAT 42 News VIDEO
    Judge Roy Moore explains the implications of the Supreme Court Marriage Ruling for Christians. Click link his comments.
  • Ending Tax Exemptions Means Ending Churches

    06/29/2015 2:37:26 PM PDT · by DeweyCA · 73 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 6-29-15 | Denny burk
    (Snip) No, the real intent of removing tax-exempt status is to cripple the institutions that continue their dissent from the sexual revolution. When tax exemptions are removed, donors will give far less than they are giving now. Churches will become liable to property taxes. That means that many churches will have to forfeit their property to the government because they won’t be able to afford the taxes they have to pay on it. Many of them wouldn’t be able to pay them now. If donations went down, they would be that much further from being able to pay them. As...
  • 10/20/2014: Idaho city’s ordinance tells pastors to marry gays or go to jail

    06/29/2015 1:11:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 20, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Coeur d‘Alene, Idaho, city officials have laid down the law to Christian pastors within their community, telling them bluntly via an ordinance that if they refuse to marry homosexuals, they will face jail time and fines. The dictate comes on the heels of a legal battle with Donald and Evelyn Knapp, ordained ministers who own the Hitching Post wedding chapel in the city, but who oppose gay marriage, The Daily Caller reported. A federal judge recently ruled that the state’s ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional, while the city of Coeur d‘Alene has an ordinance that prevents discrimination based on...
  • America's Most Biblically-Hostile U. S. President

    06/29/2015 6:29:27 AM PDT · by rhema · 18 replies
    Wallbuilders ^ | 6/16/15 | David Barton
    When one observes President Obama’s unwillingness to accommodate America’s four-century long religious conscience protection through his attempts to require Catholics to go against their own doctrines and beliefs, one is tempted to say that he is anti-Catholic. But that characterization would not be correct. Although he has recently singled out Catholics, he has equally targeted traditional Protestant beliefs over the past four years. So since he has attacked Catholics and Protestants, one is tempted to say that he is anti-Christian. But that, too, would be inaccurate. He has been equally disrespectful in his appalling treatment of religious Jews in general...
  • Washington Florist Who Declined to Make Arrangements for Gay Wedding May Lose Her Business, Assets

    12/09/2014 7:12:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/09/2014 | Samuel Smith
    A lawsuit is moving forward against a Washington State florist who refused to supply floral arrangements for a same-sex wedding ceremony based on her religious objection, which could put her at risk of serious financial loss and the loss of her business. Baronelle Stutzman, who owns and operates Arlene's Flowers in Richland, Washington, is being sued by the Washington State attorney general's office for refusing to supply flowers for a same-sex couple's wedding ceremony. Instead, she referred the couple to another nearby florist who could supply flowers for their wedding. The attorney general's office filed its lawsuit against Stutzman in...
  • Obergefell and the roadmap to drive Christianity from the public square

    06/28/2015 8:42:56 AM PDT · by xzins · 19 replies
    RedState ^ | June 27, 2015 | streiff
    The Supreme Court decision Friday making homosexual marriage not only legal but giving it a status superior to heterosexual marriage* was ominous (never mind that the lead defendant's name sounded like a rank in the Wehrmacht). In his majority opinion, one which cavalierly overthrew well over 6,000 years of human history in the service of Kennedy's vigorously, if vicariously, twitching nether regions, Kennedy laid out a road map for the eradication of the legal ability to oppose homosexual marriage. This is the key section: “Finally, it must be emphasized that religions, and those who adhere to religious doctrines, may continue...