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29 Slaughtered Coptic Christians, Including Children, Were Asked by IS to Deny Faith in Jesus but Refused
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BY STOYAN ZAIMOV , CHRISTIAN POST REPORTER
May 29, 2017 | 7:54 AM
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According to a chaplain, Friday's massacre of 29 Coptic Christians who were on their way to a monastery in Egypt occurred after Islamic radicals marched them off the bus one by one and asked them to deny their faith in Jesus Christ.
A priest identified as Father Rashed, a chaplain for one of the groups comforting the survivors of the attack, said in an article in Breitbart News on Sunday that 10 masked Islamic State militants did not simply open fire on the bus on its way to the Monastery of Saint Samuel the Confessor.
Instead, the IS radicals apparently stopped the bus, made the victims walk out, and asked each of them, including the children, whether they were Christians.
Rashed explained that the victims "were asked to renounce their Christian faith and profess belief in Islam, but all of them — even the children — refused. Each was killed in cold blood with a gunshot to the head or the throat."
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WATCH: Egypt bombs Libyan terror camps
 May 28, 2017
Egyptian warplanes attacked al-Qaeda training camps in eastern Libya in retaliation for the slaughter of 29 Coptic Christians, including children, by masked ISIS gunmen Friday. Egypt believes the terrorists were trained at those camps.
Egypt says it plans to conduct more airstrikes on terror camps in Libya. Egyptian jets have destroyed several camps already. The army says those camps were used to train the militants who killed dozens of Coptic Christians on Friday. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah
Egypt Airstrikes Aftermath: Egypt says it will launch more airstrikes on terror camps in Libya
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5 Interesting Facts About Memorial Day
BY MICHAEL GRYBOSKI , CHRISTIAN POST REPORTER
May 29, 2017 | 7:36 AM
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(PHOTO: THE UNKNOWNS/FILE)Producers of 'The Unknowns,' a documentary which releases on Memorial Day, give us a reminder that the national holiday is not just another day off.
Memorial Day is an annual holiday that falls on the last Monday in May. It is observed nationwide to honor those who served in the Armed Forces, with an emphasis on the deceased.
Originally observed in the nineteenth century, the holiday is known for its parades, barbeques, the Rolling Thunder journey to the Washington, D.C., area, and special shopping deals.
Here are five interesting facts about the origins of the holiday, including how it is observed, and how some overseas choose to never forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
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Saddleback Church Youth Mentor Arrested for 'Lewd Acts' With Teen Boys; Church 'Shocked and Grieved'
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May 29, 2017 | 1:18 PM
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A volunteer youth mentor with Pastor Rick Warren's Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, has been arrested on suspicion of lewd acts with at least two teenage boys. The church stated that it is "shocked and grieved" at the development.
Meulenberg has apparently been volunteering at the church for six years, and alongside his twin brother has written religious children's books.
Saddleback's said in a statement:
"We ask you to do two things: First, please pray for the Saddleback families who are involved in this sad matter."
It continued: "Second, please pray for the investigators as they determine the facts. As followers of Jesus, we always want the whole truth to come out because Jesus taught us that lies enslave us, but the truth sets us free."

The megachurch insisted that for decades it has had "extremely high requirements and strict procedures in place" for anyone who volunteers in the student and children ministries, including background checks and fingerprinting.
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Matthew West on Overcoming Insecurity, Identity Issues in New Book (Interview)
BY CHRISTINE THOMASOS , CHRISTIAN POST REPORTER
May 28, 2017 | 1:23 PM
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Behind his American Music Award and Billboard chart-topping songwriting credits, Christian contemporary singer-songwriter Matthew West has struggled to overcome his insecurities.
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(Photo: Pure Publicity)Singer-songwriter Matthew West is the author of the new book, "Hello My Name Is: Discover Your True Identity."
Instead of putting up pretenses for the world, West is being vulnerable about his journey in his new book, Hello My Name Is: Discover Your True Identity, that he hopes can help others find their true identities.
West, 40, once put his worth in his career. But when the famous singer-songwriter lost his voice 10 years ago, everything changed and he was forced to re asses his life.
"I know I've had a platform as a singer-songwriter; I get to do concerts all around the country and God has blessed me so much. Who would believe that I, just like everybody else, battle for my identity as well," West told The Christian Post. "I write about it in the book, a season in my life when my voice was taken away from me. I was unable to sing and that really rocked me because I humbly came to the realization that I placed too much emphasis on my identity as a singer."
"When my voice was taken away from me, I wasn't quite sure who I was anymore."
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America's 5 Faith Groups Becoming More Divided on Political, Social Beliefs: Barna
BY ANUGRAH KUMAR , CHRISTIAN POST CONTRIBUTOR
May 28, 2017 | 4:54 PM
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Americans fall into five dominant faith segments, according to Barna, which set out to find what people in these categories believe about some of the most contentious political and spiritual issues of the day.
August 10, 2011.
The five "faith tribes" are evangelical Christians, non-evangelical born again Christians, notional Christians, adherents of non-Christian faiths and religious skeptics.
Barna says the cultural gridlock and angst that have characterized the past few years, and particularly the 2016 presidential election, may well be the result of the nation's tribes becoming even more divided and incapable of conversing across those differences.
1. Evangelical Christians, who form about 6 percent of the adult population according to Barna's definition, are distinct in their political habits, but "there are multiple nuanced interpretations of what it means to be evangelical," says the study, noting that nearly 70 percent of evangelicals describe themselves as fiscally conservative, and about 80 percent as socially conservative.
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Gunmen Attack Coptic Christians in Egypt on Way to Prayer, Kill 26
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May 26, 2017 | 7:27 AM
Masked gunmen attacked a group of Coptic Christians in southern Egypt on Friday, killing 26 people and wounding 26 others as they were driving to a monastery, medical sources and eyewitnesses said.
Christian woman lights a candle at Saint Joseph's Roman Catholic Church before Pope Francis is scheduled to visit, in Cairo, Egypt April 23, 2017. Picture taken April 23, 2017.
The group was traveling in two buses and a small truck in Minya province, which is home to a sizable Christian minority, the sources said.
Provincial governor Essam al-Bedaiwy said earlier that 23 people had been killed and 25 wounded.

Eyewitnesses said the Copts were attacked as they were going to pray at the monastery of Saint Samuel the Confessor in the western part of the province.

They said masked men stopped the vehicles on a road leading to the monastery and opened fire.

Coptic Christians, who make up about 10 percent of Egypt's population of 92 million, have been the subject of a series of deadly attacks in recent months.

About 70 have been killed in bomb attacks on churches in the cities of Cairo, Alexandria and Tanta since December.

Those attacks were claimed by Islamic State. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Friday's attack.
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Manchester Suicide Bombing: Salman Abedi Likely Did Not Act Alone
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The Manchester suicide bomber who killed 22 people at a pop concert venue packed with children likely did not act alone, a minister said on Wednesday.
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(Photo: REUTERS/Neil Hall)Armed police officers stand on duty outside St. Paul's Cathedral in London, Britain, May 24, 2017.
The official threat level in Britain was raised late on Tuesday for the first time in a decade to its highest level, "critical," meaning an attack could be imminent.

Interior minister Amber Rudd said up to 3,800 soldiers would be deployed on Britain's streets, taking on guard duties at places like Buckingham Palace and Downing Street to free up police to focus on patrols and investigatory work.

Police have named British-born Salman Abedi, 22, as the perpetrator of the bombing at the Manchester Arena indoor venue at the end of Monday's concert by U.S. pop singer Ariana Grande, attended by thousands of children and teenagers.

The identities of Abedi's victims were becoming known little by little. They included an eight-year-old girl, several teenage girls and a 28-year-old man.
A Polish couple who had come to collect their daughters after the concert also died, Poland's foreign minister said. The daughters were safe.

"It seems likely, possible, that he (Abedi) wasn't doing this on his own," Rudd told BBC radio. She also said Abedi had been known to security services before the bombing.

Prime Minister Theresa May chaired a meeting of the government's Cobra emergency response committee at her Downing Street office.

Abedi was born in Manchester in 1994 to parents of Libyan origin, according to U.S. sources citing British contacts.

Asked about reports that Abedi had recently returned from Libya, Rudd said she believed that had now been confirmed.

French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said British investigators had told French authorities Abedi had probably traveled to Syria as well and that he had "proven links" to the Islamic State militant group.

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(Photo: REUTERS/Jon Super)Flowers and messages of condolence are left for the victims of the Manchester Arena attack in central Manchester, Britain May 23, 2017.
France, which has repeatedly been hit by devastating militant attacks since 2015, extended emergency powers in the wake of the Manchester bombing.

Britain has a national election coming up on June 8 but all campaigning has been suspended since the bombing. Coverage of the attack and its aftermath has pushed out political news from the British media.

It was the deadliest attack in Britain since July 2005, when four British Muslim suicide bombers killed 52 people in coordinated attacks on London's transport network.

The Manchester bombing also left 64 people wounded, of whom 20 were receiving critical care for highly traumatic injuries to major organs and to limbs, a health official said.

WASHINGTON REBUKED OVER LEAKS

As Collomb was speaking in France, Rudd was asked by the BBC about the fact that information about Abedi, including his name, had come out from the United States and whether she would look again at information sharing with other countries.

"Yes, quite frankly. I mean the British police have been very clear that they want to control the flow of information in order to protect operational integrity, the element of surprise, so it is irritating if it gets released from other sources and I have been very clear with our friends that should not happen again."

Asked whether the U.S. leaks had compromised the investigation, she said: "I wouldn't go that far but I can say that they are perfectly clear about the situation and that it shouldn't happen again."

The British parliament, which is usually open to tourists, said it would close to the public with immediate effect due to the increased security threat and the closure would last until the advice changed.

Attacks in cities including Paris, Nice, Brussels, St Petersburg, Berlin and London have shocked Europeans already anxious over security challenges from mass immigration and pockets of domestic Islamic radicalism.

Islamic State, now being driven from territories in Syria and Iraq by Western-backed armed forces, claimed responsibility for the Manchester attack, but there appeared to be contradictions in its account of the operation.

The militant group has repeatedly called for attacks on Western countries as retaliation for their involvement in the conflicts in Syria and Iraq.
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North Korea's Persecution of Christians 'on Par With Nero's Rome,' Expert Says
BY SAMUEL SMITH , CP REPORTER
May 25, 2017 | 8:28 AM
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WASHINGTON — Christians in North Korea are facing persecution that is likely "on par" with the level of persecution that the Early Christian Church faced under Roman emperor Nero, a prominent human rights activist said during a Capitol Hill briefing Wednesday.

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(Photo: REUTERS/Damir Sagolj)A soldier walks on the bank of the river in central Pyongyang, North Korea April 16, 2017.
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Convened by the religious freedom advocacy group International Christian Concern, activists and a North Korean defector extensively detailed the grave human rights abuses Christians and all others who live under the rule of the Communist Kim regime endure, and urged lawmakers to support a resolution to re-authorize the North Korean Human Act of 2004.

In addition to speeches from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., and Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., during a morning introduction at the Rayburn Office Building, human rights advocates with years of experience in dealing with North Korea outlined how the Kim regime has nearly wiped out Christianity in the closed-off, isolated nation.

"As the tragedy of Korean separation continues after almost seven decades, one remembers ... that the northern half of the Korean Peninsula was once of the cradle of the Korean Presbyterian Church," Greg Scarlatoiu, the executive director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea who has led in the publication of at least 24 reports and books on the Kim regime's human rights abuses, said during a panel discussion with other human rights experts.

"Prior to the Communist takeover, the capital city of Pyongyang used to be known as the 'Jerusalem of the East,'" he continued. "In North Korea, Christianity was once a way of life with two churches on the same street corner [being] a common sight."
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(Photo: The Christian Post/Samuel Smith)Greg Scarlatoiu, the executive director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, speaks during the International Christian Concern's annual policy day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on May 24, 2017.
Scarlatoiu explained that it was in 1946 when the Provisional People's Committee for North Korea forced the closure of churches with congregations that did not meet a predetermined required number of people.

"The committee began to forbid Protestant and Catholic in-house assemblies and made Sunday a work day and Monday a rest day. And, this was just the beginning," he added. "Under the pretext that the sound of religious songs disturbed public life, the same committee asked churches to relocate. Communist Party agitators were inserted into Christian communities and church assemblies. They began criticizing the sermons as being unprogressive."

It was in 1962 that then-leader Kim Il-sung told the regime's security agency that "we cannot move toward a common society with religious people," Scarlatoiu said.

"That is why we have to put on trial and punish those who hold positions of decon or higher in Protestant or Catholic churches," Scarlatoiu quoted Kim as telling his government officials at the time.

Scarlatoiu explained that in 1948, about one-quarter of the North Korean population was of some religious belief. But statistical data today shows that number is now below 1 percent.

"Even that number is doctored," he said.

Over the years, the Kim regime has killed hundreds of thousands of its own people under Kim Il Sung, his son, Kim Jong Il, and his grandson, Kim Jong Un.

"Our colleagues in South Korea have thoroughly documented cases of religious persecution. Organizations such as Database Center for North Korean Human Rights and the Korean Institution for National Unification [have] interviewed thousands of defectors who brought testimony of extremely severe religious persecution," Scarlatoiu said. "Like other Communist leaders, as mentioned earlier, Kim Il-sung and the Kim regime has rejected religion as the 'opium of the people.'"

North Korean society is split up into social classes in which every single North Korean resident is classified according to their political risk to the Kim regime.

According to Liberty in North Korea, about 27 percent of the North Korean population is assigned to the "hostile class" — the lowest class, which consists of political dissidents of the Communist regime, religious citizens, capitalists and their descendants.

The class scheme impacts just about everything in a person's life — occupational opportunities, education opportunities, food supply, healthcare and love life.

"One can confidently say that it is the Kim family regime that has taken religious persecution, in particular the persecution of Christians, to a level, perhaps, on par with Nero's Rome as well as the Assyrian, Greek and Armenian genocide of World War I or the Yazidi genocide today," Scarlatoiu continued.

For the past 15 years, North Korea has ranked as the top persecutor of Christians by Open Doors USA. Although there are state-run churches in North Korea, Scarlatoiu asserted that they are run by government officials disguised as pastors and priests.

Real Christian worship, or religious worship, is illegal and can lead to arrest, torture and even execution.

Despite the lack of access to North Korea, there are believed to be at least 120,000 people who are being tortured, beaten and forced to do hard labor in North Korean prison camps. In 2014, the United Nations reported that hundreds of thousands of prisoners have died in North Korean gulags in the last 50 years.

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(Photo: The Christian Post/Samuel Smith)T. Kumar (L), director for international advocacy at Amnesty International, speaks during the International Christian Concern's annual policy day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on May 24, 2017. Kumar was flanked by Joshua Stanton (R), the founder of One Free Korea.
"For generations, [people are in these camps]. They were not charged or convicted through a fair trial. Most of them, if not all, are guilty by association. That means that one family member may be in the wrong [class] category ... and the extended family members are in prisoned," T. Kumar, the director for international advocacy at Amnesty International USA, said during the panel. "Abuses inside these camps are extremely disturbing — ranging from rape to torture to execution to starvation."

In a report detailing the systemic human rights abuses in North Korea, the U.N. stated that the Kim regime's human rights violations are so egregious and widespread that North Korea "does not have any parallel in the contemporary world."

"I have never seen a country this closed and difficult to get access," Kumar said. "It's a completely isolated country. I was thinking which country to compare. There is no country to compare."

In the western corridor of North Korea, in three provinces of North Korea, there are at least 60,000 underground Christians.

As we tackle this conundrum of North Korea with nuclear weapons and long-range missiles and abysmal human rights violations ... I think the time has come to look at the small but growing underground church of North Korea also as a tremendous potential agent of changes.
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Obama Admin. Illegally Spied on Americans, Court Docs Reveal; MSM Silent
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Despite the fact that a report released Wednesday unearthed how the National Security Agency under President Barack Obama routinely violated the privacy rights of Americans, the three major left-leaning broadcast news networks neglected to shed light on the issue during their evening broadcasts.

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(Photo: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the National Security Agency from the Justice Department in Washington January 17, 2014.
According to a Circa News report, previously top-secret documents have revealed that Obama's NSA engaged in "some of the most serious constitutional abuses to date by the U.S. intelligence community."

Circa reports that the documents show that over 5 percent of searches seeking upstream internet data on the NSA's section 702 database "violated the safeguards Obama and his intelligence chiefs vowed to follow in 2011."

It wasn't until Oct. 26 of last year, just two weeks before President Donald Trump was elected, that the Obama administration disclosed the violation issue at a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court hearing.
According to court documents dated April 26, 2017, the court scolded administration officials, telling them that their failure to disclose these violations showed an "institutional lack of candor." The court also considered it a "very serious Fourth Amendment issue."

Even though former National Security Adviser Susan Rice tried to reason that the activities were lawful because of minimization rule changes made by Obama, the court found Rice's claim to be wrong.

"Since 2011, NSA's minimization procedures have prohibited use of U.S.-person identifiers to query the results of upstream Internet collections under Section 702," the unsealed court ruling declared. "The Oct. 26, 2016 notice informed the court that NSA analysts had been conducting such queries in violation of that prohibition, with much greater frequency than had been previously disclosed to the Court."

The violations were so severe that even the left-leaning American Civil Liberties expressed concern.

"I think what this emphasizes is the shocking lack of oversight of these programs," Circa quoted ACLU's legislative counsel, Neema Singh Guliani, as saying. "You have these problems going on for years that only come to the attention of the court late in the game and then it takes additional years to change its practices."

"I think it does call into question all those defenses that we kept hearing, that we always have a robust oversight structure and we have culture of adherence to privacy standards," she continued. "And the headline now is they actually haven't been in compliance for years and the FISA court itself says in its opinion is that the NSA suffers from a culture of a lack of candor."

Despite the fact that revelation drew concern from the ACLU, which tends to be liberal on most issues, the Media Research Center's NewsBusters blog pointed out that neither ABC, CBS or NBC covered the news on their evening programs.

The MRC piece praised Fox News' Bret Baier for covering the issue near the top of his "Special Report" program.

"On the day President Obama visited Los Angeles last October to yuk it up with Jimmy Kimmel, lawyers for the National Security Agency were quietly informing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that NSA had systematically violated the rights of countless Americans," Fox's chief Washington correspondent James Rosen said on the program.

"Declassified documents, first obtained by the news site Circa, show the FISA court sharply rebuked the administration," Rosen added.

Rosen quoted a section of the court's opinion: "'With greater frequency than previously disclosed to the court, NSA analysts had used U.S. person identifiers to query the results of internet 'upstream' collection, even though NSA's Section 702 minimization procedures prohibited such queries.'"

In a April 28 statement, the NSA announced that it suspended the type of searches responsible for violating the section 702 rules and also deleted data on Americans that was collected previously.

"NSA will no longer collect certain internet communications that merely mention a foreign intelligence target," the statement reads. "Instead, NSA will limit such collection to internet communications that are sent directly to or from a foreign target."

"Even though NSA does not have the ability at this time to stop collecting 'about' information without losing some other important data, the Agency will stop the practice to reduce the chance that it would acquire communications of U.S. persons or others who are not in direct contact with a foreign intelligence target," the statement continued.

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Greg Laurie on Manchester Terror Attack: 'There Is a Spiritual Element in Play Here'
BY SAMUEL SMITH , CP REPORTER
May 23, 2017 | 11:55 AM
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Evangelists Greg Laurie and Franklin Graham have taken to their social media pages to comment on Monday night's bombing in Manchester, England, that the Islamic State terrorist group has claimed responsibility for.
(Photo: Screemgrab/Facebook/Greg Laurie)Pastor Greg Laurie speaks about the May 22 bombing in Manchester, England, in a video posted to Facebook on May 22, 2017.
After hearing the news of the explosion outside of Manchester Arena during an Ariana Grande concern that killed at least 22 people and injured 59 others, Laurie, the senior pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, posted a short video to his Facebook page on Monday night instructing viewers to pray for the protection of the United States and for the people in England.

"I just heard the horrible news about what appears to be a terrorist attack in Manchester, England," Lurie said. "This is horrible and this is happening while our president is meeting with leaders to try to fight terrorism. Listen folks, we need to realize that there is a spiritual dynamic in play here. When our president says this is good versus evil, there is a lot of truth to that."
Laurie was referring to the speech that President Donald Trump gave on Sunday when he spoke before a gathering of over 50 Muslim leaders at the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In the speech, Trump asserted that the fight against radical extremism is "this is a battle between good and evil." The speech was Trump's first as the president on foreign soil.
"This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it," Trump said in the speech.
Laurie continued, "We need to pray for God's protection in our country, the United States, and we need to be praying for the people in Manchester, England, and all the people in the U.K. that God would help them."
"I would say to all people everywhere — turn to God and call out to him in the day of trouble," Laurie added. "The Lord is listening."

After news broke Tuesday that the Islamic State terrorist organization claimed the suspected suicide bomber to be a "soldier of the caliphate" who was "able to place an explosive device within a gathering of the Crusaders in the city of Manchester," Graham, the son of legendary evangelist Billy Graham who is a frequent commenter on current events, wrote a Facebook post condemning the attack.
In the post, Graham, the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse humanitarian organization, proclaimed that "Islam targets the weak."
"The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the horrific carnage of Monday night's bombing in Manchester, England, targeting children, teens, and their parents who were attending a concert," Graham wrote. "They're proud of this despicable and cowardly act."
"Islam is a threat to our very way of life," he added. "There will be more stabbings, more shootings, more bombings, and more killing. Our U.S. politicians need to wake up and see the dangers. We need to find ways to make our border secure so that we can know who is coming into this country and make sure they support the freedoms and liberties we hold dear."
Graham also called for prayers.
"Let's continue to pray for the injured victims and the families who have lost loved ones dear to them," Graham said. "Pray also that God would give wisdom to our leaders in combatting this and the courage to identify what it is by name — Islamic terrorism, as President Donald J. Trump has done."
Additionally, evangelical author and religious freedom advocate Johnnie Moore, who serves on Donald Trump's evangelical advisory board, took to Twitter to offer his prayer for the world on Monday night, quoting from the Old Testament.
"'You will have nothing to fear. Terror will be far removed; it will not come near you,' Isaiah 54:14," Moore wrote.
Laurie continued, "We need to pray for God's protection in our country, the United States, and we need to be praying for the people in Manchester, England, and all the people in the U.K. that God would help them."
"I would say to all people everywhere — turn to God and call out to him in the day of trouble," Laurie added. "The Lord is listening."


President Donald Trump's views on Islam "continue to evolve," according to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in the wake of the president's address in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, which is earning him praise among notable Christian figures.
Trump's speech is garnering significant attention given that this was his first address on an international trip but especially because of its theological overtones while expressing his vision for U.S.-Muslim relations.
While more nuanced than many of his pronouncements about Islam on the campaign trail, his speech on Sunday nevertheless decried "Islamist extremism," challenging leaders from more than 50 Muslim nations gathered for the summit in Saudi Arabia to confront the "vile creed" and "craven ideology" of terrorism. Nations of the Middle East are full of potential but the plague of extremism holds them back, he said.
"Terrorists do not worship God, they worship death," Trump said, framing the issue as "a battle between good and evil."
Muslim-majority countries must drive out terrorists from their communities, their places of worship, their holy lands, and even off the earth, he added. And religious leaders must make clear to their faith's adherents that "barbarism will deliver you no glory — piety to evil will bring you no dignity. If you choose the path of terror, your life will be empty, your life will be brief, and your soul will be condemned."
Such an explicit theological judgment struck Al Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, as highly significant.
Trump's words were "over against many of the preachers of Islamist theology and ideology, who promise those who become martyrs for the faith and terrorist acts that they will immediately go to heaven and, as you recall in the 9/11 events, they're to be greeted by a harem of virgins," Mohler noted Monday on his daily podcast called "The Briefing."
That the president chose to use the term "Islamist extremism" several times is no minor detail, he added.
"Islamist implies the fact that the driving ideological energy behind the terrorism is not actually the religion of Islam, that is to say theology, but rather a political ideology known as Islamism, thus Islamist."
White House spokespersons explained that Trump was tired from traveling in response to questions about why he did not use "Islamic," which he has previously done. Using "Islamic" preceding terrorism instead of "Islamist," which he did use Sunday, connotes more of a religious orientation to acts of terror as opposed to a political one.
"But this much is already very clear," Mohler said, "the president used the stem word Islam, and he used it repeatedly and he used in a way that was consistent with his message."
When asked aboard Air Force One whether or not the president stands by his previous remarks that Islam "hates us," Secretary of State Tillerson said he "think[s] the president's views, like we hope the American people's views, are going to continue to evolve," and that Trump is "increasing his own perspectives," as reported Monday by The Hill.

Tillerson added: "Nothing helps you learn and understand people better than coming to their homes, where they live and seeing them face to face, seeing their families, and seeing their communities, finding out we all share the same wants and desires for ourselves and our people, and our families: peace, prosperity, we want our children to grow up without fear."
Muslim leaders in the region have taken note of this shift in tone.
"Trump has moved from 'Islam hates us' to a friendlier approach of common values and shared interests," said former Jordanian Justice Minister Ibrahim Aljazy, according to a CNN report Sunday.
Bestselling author Joel Rosenberg, who was once a political adviser to Benjamin Netanyahu and now the heads The Joshua Fund, remarked in several tweets Monday that though he has been critical of President Trump, never before has an American president spoken so forthrightly about the threat of Islamism, "certainly not in the epicenter of Islam."
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5 Ways We Quench the Holy Spirit
MAY 18, 2017
(By J.Lee Grady) How would we respond today if God wanted to repeat the miracle of Pentecost in one of our carefully scripted Sunday meetings? I wonder if we would embrace the unexpected wildness of that Acts 2 moment. Or would we tell the Spirit to behave? Pentecost was an abrupt heavenly invasion. It wasn’t planned in a staff meeting; it came “suddenly,” according to Acts 2:2. The noise of wind was not on the program; neither were flames of holy fire. No one in that prayer meeting in the
upper room in Jerusalem expected to speak a supernatural language. Certainly Peter did not expect to give his unrehearsed sermon, and I’m sure he was surprised when 3,000 people were converted. The church was born in a moment of unearthly, unimagined strangeness. We will celebrate Pentecost this year on June 4. Would we have room for this miracle today if God wanted to do it again? 
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Keep Your Faith and Take your Mountain!
MAY 17, 2017
(By Ricky Scaparo) In this segment, we discuss how it is essential that we hold fast to the profession of our faith and continue believing God for his Promises. We will talk about two types of Mountains in our lives and what to do when encountering these. We will also discuss the two major obstacles before entering our “Promise Land”.
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Pastor Framed, Thrown Behind Bars for Conspicuous Text Messages
MAY 18, 2017
A 51-year-old Christian man has been sentenced to life imprisonment for allegedly sending out blasphemous texts in Pakistan. Christian NGO’s up and down the country are galled by the decision to prosecute Zafar Bhatti under section 295c of Pakistan’s Penal Code, a decision they say is due to an Islamic bias that has consumed the nation, according to the British Pakistani Christian Association.
Campaigners say there is no solid evidence that allows for the Lahore High Court’s determination of May 3, 2017. Bhatti, who was a Christian pastor until his arrest, was accused of sending blasphemous text messages from his phone, yet several reports prove that the SIM was not registered to Bhatti and was registered to a completely different Computerized National Identity card holder (CNIC). 
FULL REPORT http://www.charismanews.com/world/64969-pastor-framed-thrown-behind-bars-for-conspicuous-text-messages

Chicago Church Takes on Gang Epidemic with Massive Prayer Gathering
MAY 17, 2017
New Life Covenant Church Southeast (NLC) will make a valiant effort to fight the gang epidemic in Chicago’s South Side by holding a prayer gathering this Saturday.   Reverend John Hannah of NLC believes an anti-violence, faith-based event will bring more awareness to the community’s growing violence, DNA Info reported earlier this week.
Last year, the Chicago Tribune reported that the phenomenon known as “black flight” increased significantly in the 2000s, “with blacks seeking the suburbs like never before — as well as places like Georgia, Florida or Texas.” The poor economy, educational opportunities, and safety of Chicago’s South Side have all contributed to this mass exodus. 
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‘Voice’ Worship Leader Snags Finale Spot With Spirit-Filled Praise
MAY 17, 2017
Chris Blue, a worship leader from Knoxville, snagged a spot on The Voice‘s finale with the incredible praise song, “Take Me to the King.”  “Big thanks goes to God @aliciakeys @NBCTheVoice and YOU!!Yes YOU!!!!” Blue tweeted after he found out he made it to the final four.  Blue, a member of Team Alicia, wowed the in-studio audience and viewers alike.
“Paying tribute to his church that holds viewing parties for him each week, Chris went deep into his gospel roots for this powerful song about faith and overcoming personal struggles. He stayed in his lower register through the first half of the song, holding his composure until he finally couldn’t hold it in anymore and began losing all bodily control like we’ve become used to seeing from him.
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Christian Ministry to Hold Bible Study, Discipleship Camps in Russia Despite Crackdown on Evangelism
MAY 17, 2017
One U.S.-based Christian ministry has said that it will continue its outreach in Russia, offering Bible study and discipleship programs for youths this summer, despite the reported crackdown on religious freedom in the country.  “This summer we have three main projects: One in Rison, one in Moscow, one in St. Petersburg,” said Joanna Mangione of the
Alaska-based SOAR International, according to an article published in Mission Network News on Tuesday.  “It’ll be four weeks in the first location, two weeks in the second location, and one week in the third.”  Mangione explained that the camps are focused on “building relationships, teaching life skills, teaching English, teaching the Bible, and living day-in and day-out with the youth.”  She said that the Moscow camp will primarily offer Bible studies; the one in St. Petersburg discipleship; and the one in Rison English-learning.
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‘Bible Answer Man’ Reveals Tumors Have Spread Throughout His Body
MAY 17, 2017
Christian radio host Hank Hanegraaff has shared an update on his battle with cancer.  Hanegraaff, also known as the “Bible Answer Man,” shared in a Facebook update Monday that tumors have spread throughout his entire body.  “He told me that I had tumors throughout my entire body. He started talking about tumors in my neck, under my armpits, in my
lungs, in my stomach. The more he talked, the more vacant I felt. At the time I had no frame of reference whatsoever what it meant,” he said of his conversation with his doctor. Earlier this month, Hanegraff told his supporters he was diagnosed with mantle cell lymphoma, a rare but treatable form of cancer that requires an aggressive chemotherapy.  He said his recent health news hit him with “the force of a sledgehammer.” “How could that be possible, when I got my physical a month ago,” he asked. “Now the reality is really setting in for me.” 
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Pakistan medical superintendent ‘Orders Christian staff to recite Quran’
MAY 17, 2017
The medical superintendent of a hospital in Pakistan has been accused of forcing its Christian staff to memorise Quranic verses. Article 20 of the Pakistan Constitution guarantees that no-one can be forced into any religious practice or belief against his/her own faith.  Dr. Muhammad Sarfaraz was appointed Medical Superintendent of Government Mian Mir*
Hospital in Lahore in early April.  Marshal Ashiq, 23, who works as a security-in-charge at the hospital, submitted an application to Mustafabad Police Station seeking protection from – as well as legal action against – Sarfaraz for forcing him to memorise Quranic verses.  A local English-language newspaper reported that Christian staff were marked as absent if they did not attend the hospital’s morning assembly – such as is held in schools – which all staff (and even patients) were asked to attend to listen to Islamic preaching. 
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60 Major Christian Leaders Call on Trump to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s True Capital
MAY 17, 2017
An alliance of some 60 influential American Christian leaders have signed a letter delivered on Tuesday (16 May) to U.S. President Donald Trump calling on his administration to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to relocate the U.S. Embassy there. Presented to the president less than a week before his visit to Israel, the letter declares, “the time has come, at long last, to uphold American law by moving the U.S. Embassy to Israel’s eternal indivisible capital city of Jerusalem.”
Referencing the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, the letter notes that Congress has recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and called for the U.S. Embassy to be moved there by May 31, 1999. However, due to presidential waivers issued every six months delaying the implementation of that law, Israel remains the only country where the U.S. government does not have its embassy in the functioning capital of the country. This “doublespeak” must end, the signatories to the letter insist. Thus, they urged President Trump to send the message early in his administration that the United States would stand with its closest and only true democratic ally in the Middle East by showing due respect for Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. READ MORE http://www.charismanews.com/world/64954-60-major-christian-leaders-call-on-trump-to-recognize-jerusalem-as-israel-s-true-capital

Christianity Growing in North Korea Despite Persecution
MAY 17, 2017
Kim Chung-seong, a North Korean defector now working as a Christian missionary, says despite the persecution faced by Christians in the world’s most difficult place for Christians, the church continues to grow there. “The one thing that the North Korean regime fears the most, and is afraid of, is the spreading of the Gospel,” he said Friday at the first annual World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians in Washington, D.C. “Because the Bible and the Gospel speaks the
truth. Once the light shines in the dark room, there is light in the room.” Despite the efforts of the government in North Korea, he said, the faith of Christians in that country continues to grow. “They (the government) will do anything to prevent the spread of the Gospel in North Korea. [But] as you can see, we cannot block the sunlight with our hand,” Kim said. Open Doors, an organization serving persecuted Christians in more than 60 countries, ranks North Korea “as the most oppressive place in the world for Christians.” 
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 Are These Irreversible End-Times Signs Converging Right Now?
MAY 17, 2017
(By Dave Williams) We live in the very first generation to see all the end-time signs converging. No other generation has witnessed such a massive stage-setting time as this. Jesus instructed His followers to look up when we see “these things,” for this generation will not pass before the fulfillment of “all these things” (Luke 21:28, 32). Sir Isaac Newton said, “About the Time of the
End, a body of men will be raised up who will turn their attention to the Prophecies, and insist upon their literal interpretation, in the midst of much clamor and opposition.” Best known for his scientific thought, Newton was also an avid researcher of biblical apocalyptic prophecy. Something dramatic, global and irreversible lies just ahead. There is no way to avoid it. Every condition and marker we would expect to see in the last days are now in active play on the earth. The stage is set and the actors are in place, preparing to follow their script for what will shortly transpire. 
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‘I Came…to Graduate, Not Go to Church’: High School Seniors Demand Apology After Superintendent’s God Comments
MAY 17, 2017
A group of recent high school graduates are demanding an apology after their school superintendent reportedly invoked prayer, the Bible and his “savior” during a commencement speech over the weekend. A group of former students at Willard High School in Willard, Missouri, are taking aim at district Superintendent Kent Medlin, claiming that he simply went too far in sharing elements of his faith with the students and families who gathered for Saturday’s graduation

ceremony, the Springfield News-Leader reported. Some of the graduates spoke out to media after the fact and explained their frustration with the reportedly religious sentiments that were expressed by Medlin, who is set to retire next month. At least four students reached out to the media and threatened to file a complaint with the American Civil Liberties Union. “I came there to graduate, not go to church,” senior Preston Schaeffer told the News-Leader. “It kind of ruined the rest of my night.” 
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Trump Pushed for Release of American Pastor During Meeting With Turkey President, Source Says
MAY 17, 2017
President Donald Trump made imprisoned American pastor Andrew Brunson a topic of discussion during his meetings with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday, a source with inside knowledge of the discussions told The Christian Post. Trump met face-to-face with Erdogan for the first time at the White House on Tuesday. Even though Brunson’s name was not mentioned in the public remarks issued by the presidents, the source told CP that Trump and

Vice President Mike Pence brought up the plight of the North Carolina pastor at least three times in different meetings with the Turkish president throughout the day. Brunson, who has served in Turkey for the last 23 years, was arrested on trumped-up terrorism charges and jailed last October. Earlier this year, he met with U.S. Embassy officials while in prison and called on Trump to fight for his release. Additionally, Brunson’s wife, Norine, met with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson when he traveled to Ankara in March. 
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Upcoming Total Solar Eclipse Brings End Times Speculation
MAY 17, 2017
A total solar eclipse will be visible in the U.S. on August 21, 2017. Some are speculating that this may be a sign of the end times and Christ’s return. According to eclipse2017.org, “No human action can disrupt the incessant dance of the cosmos, and the Moon’s shadow will not wait on you if you’re not ready. Like a mindless juggernaut, it plows its way through space toward a collision course with Earth. As predicted by the astronomers decades in advance, the shadow arrives with perfect
accuracy, and touches down in the north Pacific Ocean at 16:48:33 UT*, at local sunrise. (At that spot, the Sun will actually rise while totally eclipsed. This is a sight few people—even veteran eclipse chasers—have seen, and from what we hear, it is quite uncanny.)” The eclipse will be visible in 14 states, as well as in parts of South America, Africa, and Europe. This will be the first solar eclipse visible in the U.S. in 26 years. Although, if you want to see it, you will have to be prepared, as it will only last a couple minutes. 
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More than 1,600 Accept Jesus in Texas Revival
MAY 16, 2017
Christian revival is sweeping across North Central Texas, specifically the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Through a movement called “reviveTX,” more than 350 churches are involved in sharing the Gospel with people in the DFW Metroplex for 50 days — from Easter to Pentecost. The ministry is seeing amazing results. The nonprofit organization behind the revival,
“Time to Revive,” says since reviveTX began in mid-April, more than 1,600 people have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Participants are ministering to residents in 10 regions of the DFW Metroplex. Kyle Martin, the founder of Time to Revive, told CBN News that volunteers are equipped and trained to share their faith. 
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The Undeniable Sign Of Christ’s Return
MAY 16, 2017
The signs of the Second Coming are all around us. When His disciples asked Jesus to describe the signs, He gave them several. The Jewish people back in possession of Jerusalem (Luke 21:24-28)…  the Gospel preached throughout the world (Matthew 24:14)… the arrival of the exponential curve (Matthew 24:3-8)… and more.  The Old Testament prophets also pointed to a number of signs. An increase in travel and knowledge (Daniel 12:4)… the rise of a united Europe (Daniel 2:42)… the rise of the Gog of Magog alliance (Ezekiel 38-39)… and more.
Today, all these signs are either present or in the process of being fulfilled. Yet for 1,800+ years, none of these signs were present. Think about that. None of the signs. But today? Today, they’re all around us.  Nevertheless, most of the world remains ignorant of the soon return of Jesus Christ. While I can understand why some people might overlook some of these signs, I don’t understand how they could miss one sign in particular.  It’s a clear and unmistakable sign. I believe in and of itself, it not only shows the return of Jesus is near – I believe it proves the existence of God beyond all doubt. So what is this sign? 
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School Rebukes Worker for Saying ‘I’ll Pray for You’
MAY 16, 2017
A school worker in Augusta, Maine, was ordered to stop using religious phrases like “I will pray for you” and “You were in my prayers” because such language is not allowed inside a public school building—even in private conversations with coworkers. The Augusta School Department launched an investigation of Toni Richardson after they alleged she “imposed some strong religious/spiritual belief system” toward a co-worker.

Now, imposing your religion on someone is a serious allegation. Was Ms. Richardson forcing her co-worker to convert to Christianity? Did she attempt to baptize him against his will? It turned out to be nothing of the sort. According to an official memorandum from the school district, Ms. Richardson had told a colleague that she was going to pray for him. It just so happens that Ms. Richardson and the colleague attended the same church.
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Satanic Church Openly Celebrates as Christians Hide for Their Lives
MAY 16, 2017
The Satanic Church of Russia celebrated their one-year anniversary by cheering the Jehovah’s Witness ban. Russia banned the cult in April, claiming their tactics were “extremist.” It’s just the latest crackdown on religious-affiliated groups in the former soviet country. “We consider it necessary to speak out against missionary activity,” Satanic Church leader
Oleg Sataninsky tells Russian news site 66.ru as reported by The Moscow Times. “The Jehovah’s Witnesses had an extreme approach. We oppose indoctrination and religious propaganda.” After the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia failed to have strong religious freedom protection. According to Newsweek, anti-extremism laws came into effect in 2002, following Russia’s second war in Chechnya and the 9/11 attacks in the United States. 
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North Korea-US End Times Bible Prophecy, Nuclear Destruction Fears: Should Christians Despair?
MAY 16, 2017
With the recent escalation of tensions between the United States and North Korea, discussions have stirred about how it fits into biblical prophecy and whether these developments should be a cause for concern about the End Times. Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, expressed his concerns earlier in May over America being potentially destroyed in a nuclear war with North Korea, given that both countries are missing from the events
prophesied in Revelation, the final book of the Bible. Some theologians, however, such as Dr. Samuel Lamerson, professor of New Testament and president of Florida’s Knox Theological Seminary, told The Christian Post on Monday that such fears are unfounded. “I don’t see any reason to despair because one cannot find the U.S. in the book of Revelation,” Lamerson told CP. “Biblical prophecy is often very difficult to understand. In many cases one needs the fulfillment in order to understand the prophecy. 
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FALLING AWAY: More Americans Now Believe Bible Is a Book of Fables, Not Literal Word of God
MAY 16, 2017
More Americans now believe that the Bible is a book of fables and history than those who believe it’s the literal Word of God, a Gallup poll released Monday has found, and even fewer than a third of Christians say it’s to be taken literally. “Over the past three decades, Americans’ view of the Bible as the literal Word of God has been declining, while their view that the Bible is a collection of fables, myths and history recorded by man has been increasing,” Gallup observed about the poll,
which was conducted of 1,011 American adults between May 3–7, with the margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level. Among all sampled Americans, fewer than one in four, of 24 percent in total, said the Bible is “the actual Word of God, and is to be taken literally, word for word.” A slightly higher 26 percent said that the Bible is “a book of fables, legends, history and moral precepts recorded by man.” 
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Trump praised for expanding protections for Unborn
MAY 16, 2017
Some of America’s biggest pro-life organizations are praising the Trump administration for a huge expansion in protections for the unborn worldwide through an order Monday that amplified the Mexico City policy. The policy, which Trump reinstated just about as soon as he became president, banned the expenditure of U.S. tax funds for international programs that provide abortion. It had been eliminated by President Obama. On Monday, the State Department
confirmed a new ban on U.S. funding for organizations that perform or promote abortion overseas as a method of family planning. The new policy states: “The United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child (1959) calls for legal protection for children before birth as well as after birth. In keeping with this obligation, the United States does not consider abortion an acceptable element of family planning programs and will no longer contribute to those of which it is a part. 
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 Top Private School Brings in Skirts for Boys Amidst ‘Surge’ in ‘Trans Children’
MAY 16, 2017
One of Britain’s top private schools is bringing in ‘gender-neutral’ uniforms that would allow boys to wear skirts, as teachers report growing numbers of children ‘questioning their gender identity’. The move by Highgate School in north London comes as activist pupils at schools across the country are demanding ‘gender-neutral’ bathroom facilities, a ban
on terms they deem ‘sexist’, and for teachers to use gender-neutral pronouns such as “they”. “This generation is really questioning being binary in the way we look at things,” headteacher Adam Pettitt told The Sunday Times. Separate uniforms for boys and girls will be scrapped under the plans, and pupils at the £6,790 per term secondary school are being consulted on a mix-and-match dress code. 
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5 Reasons Some Christians Believe the Biblical End Times Are Upon Us
MAY 16, 2017
Our culture has become increasingly captivated by apocalyptic themes and storylines, with a plethora of popular TV shows and feature films embracing zombies, plagues and other terrifying end of days scenarios. But the idea of a future Armageddon-like scenario isn’t merely reserved for fictional entertainment plots, as the concept is deeply embedded in Christian theology, impacting the way believers have read and interpreted biblical scripture over the past two millennia.
In fact, many contemporary theologians and pastors believe they’re observing numerous signs in the current culture that mirror the supposedly prophetic contents of scriptures in Old and New Testament books like Ezekiel, Daniel and Revelation. What has convinced these theologians and pastors that the end times could be ramping up? That’s a question I covered in-depth in my book, “The Armageddon Code,” through interviews with about 20 of the most prevalent eschatology experts. READ MORE http://www.faithwire.com/2017/02/02/5-reasons-some-christians-believe-the-biblical-end-times-are-upon-us/


Widow of Tortured Missionary to Forgives Muslims Who Killed Him
MAY 16, 2017
The wife of a murdered Christian missionary who made headlines when she declared that she had forgiven her husband’s murderers just days after his death says the reason why she was able to forgive so quickly is because Jesus had told her to do so.In an interview with The Christian Post last week, Susanne Geske recalled the emptiness she felt in the moments and days following the death of her husband. Tilmann Geske, a German missionary, was killed along with two Turkish
converts from Islam in a massacre at a Bible publishing house in Malatya, Turkey, on April 18, 2007. “It was just like empty,” the mother of three said, describing the feeling in her heart in the days after her husband’s death. Speaking with CP while attending the first-ever World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians hosted by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Geske detailed what happened in the hours and days after learning of her husband’s passing. 
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FALLING AWAY: Christian Pastor in Bible Belt Admits to Personally Worshiping Allah
MAY 16, 2017
A former church has been taken over and converted to a mosque in a rural North Carolina county, and a group of Christian pastors took part in the conversion ceremony in an effort to “show mutual respect” for their Muslim neighbors. Crosses have been removed from the former church’s facade and steeple, and mosque leader Ali Muhammad turned them over to the group of pastors. “What they were attempting to do is honor our tradition and so they wanted to turn the
crosses over to us,” said the Rev. Jim Melnyk, pastor of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Smithfield, a small town in Johnston County about 45 minutes south of Raleigh. “They were reaching out to us, and we were reaching out to them.” Melnyk said he was joined by pastors from the United Methodist Church, United Church of Christ and three different Baptist congregations at Saturday’s ceremony, which marked the official conversion of a former Pentecostal church into a mosque. One lay person from the local Presbyterian Church was also present for the “celebration.”
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Orthodox Priest Warns Europe will Turn Muslim in 30 years and Russia in 50
MAY 16, 2017
A Russian Orthodox priest says the West better get ready for Islam’s conquest. “There is very little time left until the death of the entire Christian Civilization,” claims Dmitri Smirnov, chairman of the Patriarchal Commission on Family Matters and the Protection of Motherhood and Childhood. “Several decades, perhaps 30 years, well, maybe in Russia it will last
50, no longer,” the priest reportedly told Russia’s Soyuz TV channel. Smirnov says Islam will eventually sweep the continent because Muslims are willing to sacrifice themselves in order to advance their own values. “The modern Muslim is willing to die for his faith,” Smirnov said. “He wraps himself with dynamite and blows himself up wherever his mullah orders him. He is prepared to sacrifice himself. He is labeled a terrorist. But his goal is not to terrify the world.”
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'Bible Answer Man' Hank Hanegraaff Cancer Update: I Have Tumors Throughout My Entire Body
BY STOYAN ZAIMOV , CHRISTIAN POST REPORTER
May 16, 2017 | 1:04 PM
(Photo: BIBLE ANSWER MAN FACEBOOK VIDEO SCREENCAP)Hank Hanegraaff in a video blog posted on May 15, 2017.
Still, the Christian Research Institute president and chairman said that he remains optimistic, and recalled how one Christian woman with the same condition told him she felt intimately closer to Christ like never before.
Hanegraaff, who earlier in May said that he has mantle cell lymphoma, a rare form of cancer that will require aggressive chemotherapy, explained that he was traveling in a car in New York, when he received a call from his doctor.
"He told me that I had tumors throughout my entire body. He started talking about tumors in my neck, under my arm pits, in my lungs, in my stomach. The more he talked, the more vacant I felt. At the time I had no frame of reference whatsoever what it meant," the "Bible Answer Man" said in a Facebook video on Monday.
"It hit me with the force of a sledgehammer — how could that be possible, when I got my physical a month ago" and such tumors were not discussed, he asked.
"Now the reality is really setting in for me."
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Christians Are Jumping to 'Shameful Conclusions' About Bible Answer Man's Conversion to Orthodoxy, Says Daughter of
New Roma Downey Film Documents Persecution of Christians in Middle East
The daughter of the Christian Research Institute's founder considers its president, "Bible Answer Man" Hank Hanegraaff, a brother in Christ despite theological objections from fellow Christians following his conversion to Eastern Orthodoxy.
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(Photo: Facebook/Bible Answer Man )Hank Hanegraaff in a video blog posted on May 5, 2017.
In a recent statement she sent to The Christian Post, Cindee Martin, daughter of Walter Martin, who in 1960 founded CRI as a conservative Protestant countercult apologetics ministry, said that she and her husband still believe Hanegraaff is a sincere Christian. The Martins belong to the Reformed tradition.
"My father, Dr. Walter Martin, taught that the Catholic Church has the Essential 'Core' doctrine of Christianity. He didn't agree with some of the teaching added by the Church and warned against it," Cindee Martin said in the statement to CP.
Her father considered an American Jesuit priest, Mitch Pacwa, to be a Christian, even though he debated doctrinal issues with him a few times on apologist John Ankerberg's radio program.
"Given the fact that the Eastern Orthodox Church is very similar in ways to the Catholic Church — and holds to the essential Core doctrine of Christianity — I believe Dr. Martin would view this Church the same way," she continued.
"He would never declare that someone had 'left the faith,' in either of these churches, if the person professed faith in Jesus Christ demonstrated by the fruit of their life."
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Christians Slam 'Demonic' Practice of Turning Frozen Embryo Children Into Jewelry for Parents
BY STOYAN ZAIMOV , CHRISTIAN POST REPORTER
May 15, 2017 | 11:46 AM
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Pro-life Christians have slammed an Australian company's controversial practice of turning frozen embryo children into jewelry for parents, with some arguing that it is "demonic."
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(PHOTO; FACEBOOK/BABY BEE HUMMINGBIRDS)These are some of the embryo jewelry pieces being sold by Baby Bee Hummingbirds.
Abigail Dodds, a mother of five, argued that "God designed embryos to live inside a mother's womb for protection and growth."
"They are not supposed to be incinerated and hung round a mother's neck, no matter how close to the heart they hang. How do we love embryos? By allowing them to keep living and growing," she wrote.
Earlier in May, the Australian Kid Spot website highlighted the story of a mother who turned to Baby Bee Hummingbirds, the company that has been transforming embryos into keepsake jewelry.
The mother, Belinda Stafford, who along with her husband underwent a six-year IVF process for their three children, explained that she wanted her remaining embryos close to her heart, instead of disposing them.
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Ravi Zacharias: Millennials Have 'Burned Themselves Out' Sexually, Are Hungering for Real Jesus 
BY BRANDON SHOWALTER , CP REPORTER
May 15, 2017 | 10:09 AM
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WASHINGTON – Millennials are rejecting what they think Christ is — a religious form devoid of the power to touch the soul, according to acclaimed Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias. Unfettered sexual expression has filled the void but has left them empty, he said.
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(Photo: Courtesy of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association)Ravi Zacharias speaks at the World Summit In Defense of Persecuted Christians at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., May 12, 2017
In a speech Friday afternoon at the first-ever World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians, sponsored by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, before 600 advocates for the persecuted church and victims of persecution, the apologist exhorted those in attendance to dispense with a comfortable, "tepid Christianity" as a "scorching paganism" rises in the West. He recounted that today he is inspired to meet even 12- and 13-year-olds who tell him that they want to do what he does, vigorously defend the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Following his remarks, Zacharias told The Christian Post in a sit-down interview that he and his colleagues were speaking at a state university in Michigan when a student stood up during Q&A and said that he used to be a Christian for 18 years but then walked away from his faith.
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Dramatic Fall of Christianity in UK Continues: 26 Christians Abandon Faith for Every One New Convert
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A new study has found that the United Kingdom's nonreligious population is now bigger than its combined Christian one, with 26 believers abandoning the faith for every atheist or agnostic who decides to become a Christian.
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(Photo: REUTERS/Hannah McKay)The Big Ben clock tower is seen through a window in London, Britain, April 26, 2017.
The Benedict XVI Center for Religion and Society, launched by St. Mary's University in Twickenham, released its May study based on data from the latest British Social Attitudes survey and European Social Survey, with key findings revealing the nation's growing secularization.
The researchers noted that 24.3 million people, or 48.6 percent of the British adult population, identified as "nones" in 2015 and they are predominantly young, white and male.
The nones were found to have different faith backgrounds — 38 percent of people who now say they have no religion were brought up as nones, while 25 percent were brought up as Anglicans, 25 percent as Other Christians, and 11 percent as Catholics, before leaving the faith.
"For every one person brought up with No religion who has become a Christian, twenty-six people brought up as Christians now identify as Nones," the study noted as a key trend.
"It is no secret that a large proportion of the British population consider themselves to have no religion," wrote Stephen Bullivant, professor of Theology and the Sociology of Religion and director of the Benedict XVI Centre for Religion and Society at St. Mary's University.
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Trump to 50,000 at Liberty Commencement: 'In America We Don't Worship Government, We Worship God'
BY ANUGRAH KUMAR , CHRISTIAN POST CONTRIBUTOR
May 14, 2017 | 9:07 AM
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Delivering the commencement address at Liberty University Saturday, President Donald Trump told the graduating class that "in America, we don't worship government, we worship God," and promised to protect their religious freedom. He also encouraged them to never give up, but to embrace being an outsider to change the world.
President Donald Trump delivering the commencement address at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, May 13, 2017.
"As long as I am your president, no one is ever going to stop you from practicing your faith," Trump said at the evangelical Christian school in Lynchburg, Virginia, before a crowd of about 50,000 people.
"America has always been the land of dreams because America is a nation of true believers," the president continued. "When the pilgrims landed at Plymouth, they prayed. When the founders wrote the Declaration of Independence, they invoked our Creator four times. Because in America, we don't worship government, we worship God."
Trump added that for the same reason elected officials in the U.S. put their hands on the Bible and say, "So help me God," while taking the oath of office. "It is why our currency proudly declares, 'In God we trust,' and it's why we proudly proclaim that we are one nation under God every time we say the pledge of allegiance."
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Amid a Harrowing Cancer Battle Famed Christian Says He Encountered Christ in Powerful Dream
MAY 16, 2017
Famed Muslim-turned-Christian apologist Nabeel Qureshi has explained over the years how spiritual visions and dreams led him to accept Jesus, but amid his most recent battle with stage IV stomach cancer, Qureshi said that he recently — for the first time in his life — encountered Christ in a dream. The evangelist said that the dream unfolded after he prayed to God for guidance and direction as he continues to go through chemotherapy to battle his condition, adding that it is something he had “never seen before,” The Christian Post reported.
“A lot of people who are leaving Islam and become Christian do so because they have seen Jesus in a dream or a vision. I did receive dreams and visions when I was seeking the truth about Christianity and Islam but I never actually saw Jesus in a dream or a vision,” he explained in a recent YouTube video. “I saw things that led me to the gospel. I was thrilled to have seen Jesus in a dream. I had been praying for it. I had been asking for guidance and I think I got some.” 
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Carman Issues Urgent Prayer Alert Before Biopsy Returns
MAY 15, 2017
Carman Licciardello called all his “ninja prayer warriors” to intercede ahead of his biopsy results. The hit Christian musician recently had a tumor removed and expects the results on Tuesday. “Anyway, they got the tumor out. Doc said it went deeper than expected into my muscles (a few extra stitches) not much pain but today I’m ‘really sore.’ I will know on

May 16th about the biopsy but I expect, with all these Ninja prayer warriors, there will be nothing there,” Carman says on Facebook. Carman found the tumor in April days ahead of recording his testimony in studio. “After 40 years, I think I know a well-timed attack when I see one. I’m about to go into the studio and start recording a song about my cancer healing testimony but I needed a routine check up first,” Carman said at the time. 
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Christians in India Forced to Convert Back to Hinduism
MAY 15, 2017
A number of Christians in tribal villages in India have reportedly been punished with severe financial penalties for choosing to attend church on Easter last month, with some being forced to reconvert back to Hinduism. International Christian Concern, which reports on the stories of persecuted Christians, shared on Saturday that believers in the Junwani village of Chhattisgarh were heavily targeted. Christians were fined $312, or almost four to five months’ wages, if they were found to have attended a church service to celebrate the resurrection of Christ.
ICC said that 15 Christian families were forced to reconvert back to Hinduism by village elders so that they can be accepted back into society. One man from the families in question, Shivaram Tekam, explained that the Christians had to give livestock, money, and other gifts to the village deity during the reconversion ceremony. Tekam explained that he will continue trying to follow Jesus Christ in his heart, however. 
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China Could Become the Largest Christian Nation by 2030s
MAY 15, 2017
The rapid spread of Christianity in China is well documented, but few would have imagined the communist country might one day become the most populous Christian nation on the planet. In fact, the country is said to be on track to having the largest Christian population in the world by 2030, according to Rodney Pennington who studies church growth for
Overseas Missionary Fellowship (OMF). “We are overjoyed with what the Lord has already done in China,” said Pennington in an interview with The Christian Post. “But that doesn’t mean the task is finished.” “While 200 million Chinese believers by the year 2030 may seem ambitious, it certainly gives us a strong goal to pray toward,” he added. He believes China could become a major player in the global church one day, but a lot has to happen before then. 
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Mysterious flashes of light from Earth captured by NASA satellite…
MAY 15, 2017
One million miles from Earth, a NASA camera is capturing unexpected flashes of light reflecting off our planet. The homeward-facing instrument on NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory, or DSCOVR, launched in 2015, caught hundreds of these flashes over the span of a year. NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) instrument aboard DSCOVR is taking almost-hourly images of the sunlit planet from its spot between Earth and the sun. In a new study,
scientists deciphered the tiny cause to the big reflections: high-altitude, horizontally oriented ice crystals. “The source of the flashes is definitely not on the ground,” said Alexander Marshak, DSCOVR deputy project scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and lead author of the new study in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union. “It’s definitely ice, and most likely solar reflection off of horizontally oriented particles.” FULL REPORT https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/05/15/mysterious-flashes-of-light-from-earth-captured-by-nasa-satellite/
Economist Uses Laws of Math and Science to Make the Case that God Must Exist
MAY 15, 2017
In a new article for The Conversation, economist-turned-professor Robert H. Nelson uses laws of math, science, and the human condition to make the case that God must exist. While statistics show people’s belief in God is on the decline, Nelson, a public policy professor at the University of Maryland, believes the “probability for the existence of a supernatural god” is actually on the rise.
An economist by trade, Nelson has been interested in the intersection of things like “physics, the philosophy of human consciousness, evolutionary biology, mathematics, the history of religion, and theology” since the 1990s, penning the 2015 book God? Very Probably: Five Rational Ways to Think about the Question of a God. In looking at those disciplines, he has determined that God likely exists. 
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US Christians Risking Their Lives to Teach in North Korea
MAY 13, 2017
The recent arrest of two American citizens working in North Korea has brought attention to the curious case of Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), an American-founded, evangelical-affiliated school in the capital city of the world’s most notorious dictatorship. It’s hard to think of a less likely place for American Christians to teach than North Korea, a country the United States has not had diplomatic ties with for over 60 years and where religious freedom does not exist.
Kim Hak Song and Kim Sang Duk, both Christians and professors teaching at PUST, the only private university in North Korea, were detained last month on charges of “hostile” acts or intent against the North Korean government—the same allegation that kept Youth With a Mission missionary Kenneth Bae in prison for more than two years, longer than any other American arrested in the country. (Bae was finally released, in ailing health, in 2014.) 
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Islamic Ideology Flourishes Because Christians Deny Biblical Orthodoxy, Pastor Warns
MAY 13, 2017
One of the most important keys to Islamic ideology’s success in spreading all over the world is a vacuum of Christianity created by Christians who abandon the inerrant teachings of the Gospel, Egyptian-born pastor and author Dr. Michael Youssef believes. Youssef, senior pastor of the Church of the Apostles in Atlanta and president of the global Christian media ministry Leading the Way, spoke with The Christian Post on Thursday while attending the first-ever Summit in
Defense of Persecuted Christians hosted by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association this week in Washington, D.C. Youssef, who recently released the book The Barbarians Are Here: Preventing the Collapse of Western Civilization in Times of Terrorism, told CP that even though he has written dozens of books on the subject, this book was something he waited over 20 years to write. But as he witnessed more and more Christians being killed and persecuted at rates in which the world has never seen, and more and more born-again Christians denying biblical truths, Youssef explained that he couldn’t wait any longer. 
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Muslim Cleric Calls on FIFA to Ban Christian Players From Making the Sign of the Cross
MAY 14, 2017
A Muslim scholar from Saudi Arabia has called on FIFA, the international governing body of football, to forbid players from making the religious sign of the cross every time they enter the pitch or score a goal. Mohammed al Arefe urged FIFA to prohibit players from making the sign of the cross on their chest, stomach, shoulder or any part of their body, MailOnline reported.
The Muslim cleric, who has 17.5 million followers on Twitter, posted his plea to FIFA on the social media site. “I’ve seen video clips of athletes, soccer players running, shooting and when they win they make the symbol of the cross on their chests and my question is if FIFA’s rules forbid this,” wrote al Arefe. His post received many reactions from football fans of various religions. Many criticized his proposal and called it divisive. 
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Alabama Senate Approves Proposal That Would Allow Display of Ten Commandments on Public Property
MAY 14, 2017
The Alabama Senate has approved a bill that would place on the ballot a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the Ten Commandments to be displayed on public property. The measure put forth by Sen. Gerald Dial, R-Lineville, requires the Decalogue to be a part of a broader display that includes other historical pieces.
“The proposed amendment would propose a constitutional amendment which would provide that property belonging to the state may be used to display the Ten Commandments and that the right to display the Ten Commandments on property owned or administrated by a public school or public body is not restrained or abridged,” S.B. 139 reads. 
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Kentucky Christian Business Owner Scores a Big Win for Religious Liberty
MAY 13, 2017
People of faith not only have a right to freely express their beliefs, but the government can’t force them to express ideas that are contrary to their deeply held beliefs. That’s what the Kentucky Court of Appeals decided Friday in the case of a Lexington printer who declined an order that would have forced him to promote a message in conflict with his Christian beliefs. This is the second time Blaine Adamson, owner of Hands On Originals, has successfully defended his rights against the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission.
In 2012, Adamson declined to print shirts with a message promoting the Lexington Pride Festival, an event that the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization hosted. Although he declined to print the shirts because of the message that would have been on them, he nevertheless offered to refer the GLSO to another printer who would have made the shirts. Unsatisfied, the GLSO filed a complaint with the commission—despite eventually receiving the shirts for free from another printer.
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Photo Taken Just Moments After Fatal Car Accident is Providing Grieving Family With Peace
MAY 15, 2017
A photo taken at the scene of a tragic car crash that killed two young moms and a 9-month-old baby last month is bringing hope and peace to the families of the victims. The fatal accident unfolded on April 25 in Hall County, Georgia, when Hannah Simmons, 23, her baby girl A’lannah and a friend named Lauren Bureau, 28, lost control of their vehicle and hit another car, Today.com reported.
In the midst of that tragedy, a woman named Anisa Gannon, who was on her way to work and was caught in the resulting traffic, decided to take a photo of the scene to prove that she was caught in the middle of a traffic scenario that was beyond her control. It was later, though, when Gannon’s aunt, Tara Noble, looked at that photo, that she noticed something curious — a beam of light seemingly extending from the sky to the roadway where the emergency workers were trying to help the victims. 
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‘God, I’m Not Ready to Go’: Jim Gaffigan’s Wife Says Brain Tumor Drew Her to God
MAY 13, 2017
Comedian Jim Gaffigan’s wife, Jeannie, has revealed that she was diagnosed with a brain tumor and successfully underwent surgery last month to remove the mass. Now, just weeks after Jeannie’s surgery, she’s speaking out to say that her life has changed for the better and that the entire medical ordeal has actually been “a miracle.” “There’s just going to be so much to come out of this for me,”
the 47-year-old comedy writer told People, explaining that she had a nine-hour surgery on April 18 to remove the tumor, which had wrapped itself around her brain stem. “All of this is a miracle.”Doctors believe they have corrected the issue, with Jeannie saying that the entire experience has brought her closer to her Christian faith. She affirmed that she has absolutely no doubt that “supernatural powers” guided her and her family through the ordeal. 
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Jesus Delivers Hindu Woman From Demon Who Killed Her Sister
MAY 13, 2017
Pushpa and her husband Vijay [name changed] both came from a Hindu background. They worshipped numerous gods and entertained many spirits, which compounded a series of traumatic events that began in 2000, when they invited Pushpa’s sister to come and live with them. “My sister was possessed with an evil spirit,” Pushpa recounted to Biglife.
Shortly after her sister arrived, Pushpa was startled when an evil spirit spoke through her sister’s mouth, saying, “I am going to kill your sister and come live inside of you.” Within a short time, that is exactly what happened, according to Pushpa’s account. “The evil spirit tormented me for 11 years. It was like hell on earth. My body would become very cold, and I would get a shooting pain in my stomach. Even worse, I would lose total control of my body and begin to beat my children,” she recounted. 
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Undercover Agents Reveal Registered Church to Be “Sex Club”
MAY 13, 2017
Undercover inspectors have determined that a building registered as a church was being operated as a sex club. WTVF-TV reports that the city of Nashville has filed a complaint against the owners for “maintaining a public nuisance by permitting acts of lewd conduct” and violating a state law banning sex clubs from operating within 1,000 feet of a school.
The longtime downtown swingers club underwent a conversion in 2015 when it relocated to a run-down office park in the community of Madison, calling itself a church because the new location is near the back of the private Goodpasture Christian School. 
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MASS DECEPTION: Pope Francis: I’m going to Fatima to entrust the eternal fate of mankind to Mary
MAY 15, 2017
Mary is the “best of Mothers” who faithfully keeps the candle of hope burning in the darkness, Pope Francis said today, as he invited Christians to pray as he journeys to Fatima to “entrust to Our Lady the temporal and eternal fate of mankind.” Continuing his series on Christian hope, at the Wednesday general audience, the pope turned to Mary, Mother of Hope.
Our Lady’s experience of motherhood models that of so many mothers in our world, the pope told an estimated 15,000 pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square. Hers is a witness of courage in accepting her vocation and welcoming the new life entrusted to her. “Still in the flower of youth … she responds with courage, even though she did not know the fate that awaited her,” he said. Hers is also a witness of quiet yet trusting obedience to God’s will amid the trials of life. “Mary appears in the Gospels as a silent woman,  
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Cashless Sweden Forcing Churches To Go Mobile Apps For Tithes and Offerings
MAY 15, 2017
A growing number of Swedish parishes have started taking donations via mobile apps. Uppsala’s 13th-century cathedral also accepts credit cards. The churches’ drive to keep up with the times is the latest sign of Sweden’s rapid shift to a world without notes and coins. Most of the country’s bank branches have stopped handling cash; some shops and museums now
only accept plastic; and even Stockholm’s homeless have started accepting cards as payment for their magazine. Go to a flea market, and the seller is more likely to ask to be paid via Sweden’s popular Swish app than with cash. “Fifteen years ago I would withdraw my entire salary and put it in my wallet, so I knew how much I had left, but these days I never really carry cash,” said Lasse Svard, the acting vicar at the parish of Jarna-Vardinge, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) south of Stockholm. Swedes’ aversion to cash is increasingly showing up in money supply data. 
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6 Warning Signs of Spiritual Danger
MAY 15, 2017
(By J.Lee Grady) A desperate friend recently contacted me because he was worried that his son might be under the influence of a Christian ministry with questionable doctrines. The leader of the ministry preaches that any church that doesn’t experience regular healings isn’t following the true Jesus—and he suggests that only his small congregation has an inside track with God. Thankfully, my friend’s son discerned something was off track.
Satan loves to pull Christians into unhealthy extremes. And immature Christian leaders sometimes allow youthful pride, greed or insecurity to suck them into toxic spirituality. The result is always a trail of wounded people. In my years of ministry, I’ve learned there are several clear signs that a ministry has veered away from the truth and into deception. Here are the most obvious:
1. Lack of spiritual accountability. Healthy leaders know they need to surround themselves with mentors and advisers who can question them if they step out of line. Proverbs 11:14 says: “In the multitude of counselors there is safety.” But if you are following a teacher, prophet or apostle who has not submitted himself to any form of accountability, you are asking for trouble. Never align yourself with a Lone Ranger, no matter how fiery his sermons are. He will likely lead you off a cliff. CONTINUE http://www.charismamag.com/blogs/fire-in-my-bones/27612-6-warning-signs-of-spiritual-danger



SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: The Sun Will Disappear For An Hour And a Half on Aug 21st
MAY 15, 2017
Where will you be on August 21? Hopefully near a window. You wouldn’t want to miss out on a solar eclipse! The astronomical event happens when the moon passes in between the sun and the Earth, blocking the sun for a little over an hour. The solar eclipse will be viewable for cities that fall in the horizontal path of totality from 9:06 a.m. in Oregon all the way to 4:06 p.m. Eastern time in South Carolina on August 21.
The eclipse will only be viewable for about an hour and a half in each city. Cities outside of the totality path will see a partial eclipse. There hasn’t been one to stretch across the entire country since 1918. Before you plan your eclipse party, make sure you know what time the eclipse will be visible to your region. For those who live in one of the cities listed below, here are the times the total solar eclipse will be visible according to NASA’s website. 
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Where will you be on August 21? Hopefully near a window. You wouldn’t want to miss out on a solar eclipse! The astronomical event happens when the moon passes in between the sun and the Earth, blocking the sun for a little over an hour. The solar eclipse will be viewable for cities that fall in the horizontal path of totality from 9:06 a.m. in Oregon all the way to 4:06 p.m. Eastern time in South Carolina on August 21.
The eclipse will only be viewable for about an hour and a half in each city. Cities outside of the totality path will see a partial eclipse. There hasn’t been one to stretch across the entire country since 1918. Before you plan your eclipse party, make sure you know what time the eclipse will be visible to your region. For those who live in one of the cities listed below, here are the times the total solar eclipse will be visible according to NASA’s website. 
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Pence: Trump Prays for Persecuted Christians, Says ISIS Will Be Destroyed
WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence reiterated the support of President Donald Trump for persecuted Christians around the world, noting that both he and the president pray for them and that the Islamic State terror group will be destroyed "at its source."
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(Photo: Billy Graham Evangelistic Association)More than 600 victims and advocates from 130 countries gathered in Washington D.C. for the World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians, May 10, 2017.
Before 600 victims of persecution and advocates for the persecuted church at the Mayflower Hotel for the first ever World Summit In Defense Persecuted Christians sponsored by evangelist Franklin Graham, Pence, who is a devout Christian, called President Trump a "champion" of religious freedom. Pence's presence at the summit, he said, signifies the president's "tangible commitment to reaffirm America's role as a beacon of hope and light and liberty, to inspire the world."
America was, is, and will always be a shining city on a hill, he continued, where people throughout our history have been able to practice their faith openly and freely, he said.
Pence made a point to laud those in attendance who have themselves endured persecution.
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Feminist Professor Pilloried by Fellow Leftists for Transracial, Transgender Comparison
A feminist philosopher who wrote in a scholarly journal that people should be able to change their race just like they can change gender faced a fierce backlash from fellow feminists and now fears being blacklisted.
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(Photo: Reuters/Jessica Rinaldi)A student stands in the entranceway of a building at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, November 16, 2012.
In late March Rhodes College philosophy professor Rebecca Tuvel published an article in the feminst philosophy journal Hypatia titled "In Defense of Transracialism" where she reached the conclusion that "[c]onsiderations that support transgenderism seem to apply equally to transracialism," and so society "should also accept transracial individuals' decisions to change races."
In the article she explores the question as to whether people are more willing to embrace "transgender," individuals like Caitlyn Jenner, while dismissing those who identify as "transracial," such as former NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal who made news in 2015 after it was revealed that she is a white women who identifies as black. Other feminist philosophers, like the University of Tennessee's Nora Berenstain, were outraged.
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WASHINGTON — One of the most important keys to Islamic ideology's success in spreading all over the world is a vacuum of Christianity created by Christians who abandon the inerrant teachings of the Gospel, Egyptian-born pastor and author Dr. Michael Youssef believes.
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(Photo: The Christian Post / Anna Charles)Michael Youssef, founder and president of Leading The Way ministries, speaking at the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) convention in Nashville, Tenn. on Feb. 20, 2012.
Youssef, senior pastor of the Church of the Apostles in Atlanta and president of the global Christian media ministry Leading the Way, spoke with The Christian Post on Thursday while attending the first-ever Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians hosted by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association this week in Washington, D.C.
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Youssef, who recently released the book The Barbarians Are Here: Preventing the Collapse of Western Civilization in Times of Terrorism, told CP that even though he has written dozens of books on the subject, this book was something he waited over 20 years to write.

But as he witnessed more and more Christians being killed and persecuted at rates in which the world has never seen, and more and more born-again Christians denying biblical truths, Youssef explained that he couldn't wait any longer.
"In my heart, [I was] hoping that we would have an awakening or something that would make this book unnecessary," he explained. "But this time last year, I became absolutely convinced that we are reaching the point of no return unless God intervenes, unless God's people wake up in time."
Although Youssef has already written a number of books warning about the dangers of radical Islam, he explained that his new book is different, saying that it really serves as a "challenge to Christians."
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"Islamic ideology flourishes whenever there is a vacuum. If there is a Christian vacuum, Islam fills it," the evangelist contended. "Historically, from the first century ... that is the Islamic first century, the seventh century for us, all the way to this day, if you study history — whether it be the Church in North Africa or the Church in the Byzantine empire that has become Turkey now — it is the same story."

"Christians turn their back on biblical orthodoxy and turn their back on the truth of the Gospel and begin to think, 'Well, there might be other ways to God. God is so big and so vast, how can He limit himself to one way?'" Youssef continued. "Just as Barna has been warning us, it is happening today. [Forty-eight] percent of so-called born-again Christians believe that there are other ways to God, that [those] of other religions can be saved."
Youssef detailed times in history where societies suffered because they turned their backs on God's word.
"You see the vacuum. It happened in North Africa, where there was a heresy called the Montanus," he said. "They were saying that the canon has not been closed. It ran wild in Tunisia, Morocco, Algiers. Ninety percent of the population, at that time in North Africa, were Christians. This movement came and caught like fire. Many of the Christians embraced [and believed] God can still speak authoritively today just as He spoke in the Bible.
"The Arabs came in and they faced resistance in Egypt because they would not buy into these heresies, so they came to Libya, Tunisia, Morocco and Algiers. It literally was a walk in the park. Within 35 years, so many of these churches turned into mosques."
That is "what happens when people turn their back on biblical Christianity," he noted.
"Some people will deny this but the rockbed of Western civilization as we know it today is in the Reformation. When we got back to the Bible, back to biblical teaching, civilization flourished," he stated. "When Rome fell and they turned on the Christians, Europe went for 1,000 years in darkness. If you got the Reformation, you got civilization. If you get rid of biblical orthodoxy, you are going to have darkness."
He continued, "Islamic ideologies flourish when Christians are turning their back on the Gospel."
"I am calling for Christians to stop flirting with the world and stop flirting with the wrong teachings, soft messages, feel-good messages and get on with the truth of the Gospel, not only to defend it but to preach it, evangelize and take the preaching of the Gospel seriously. Until that happens in the Church, the trend is going to go this way."
Commenting on what is happening today in the West, Youssef warned that Islamists have "succeeded" in frightening secularist institutions.
"Here in the United States, the American Civil Liberties Union will take every Christian group that tries to meet in a school or after to court even if they don't have a leg to stand on," he explained. "In San Diego, when a group of Muslim high school students say, 'We want a prayer room and to leave the classroom at 12 o'clock to do our prayer,' there is not a peep out of the ACLU."
Islamists have also done a good job of intimidating the media and Western government officials, he added.
"We know Satan is behind it. In the long run, Islam is a religion of conquest and there is only one way to Allah and he gave his final word to Muhammad. Therefore, anyone who came before must be subjugated or killed. It's just a mindset," Youssef explained.
"Unless the Lord returns, they will keep doing what they are doing. But also, there is another thing that the media will never tell you about and that is the conversion of Muslims. There are more Muslims being converted to Christ today than in the last 1,400 years of Christian missions to Muslims. That gives me hope."
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Josh McDowell: Prepare Your Kids to Face Porn's Dangers by Age 5
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WASHINGTON — An esteemed Christian apologist is using his platform and influence to combat the pornography scourge and is warning parents to prepare their kids to face its dangers by the time they are five years old.
Josh McDowell speaks at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation in Washington, DC, on May 3, 2017.
Gathered before a crowd of 30 pastors and ministry leaders at the office of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation Wednesday, best-selling author Josh McDowell exhorted everyone to tackle this issue head-on.
McDowell, 77, who is himself a sexual abuse survivor, recounted that about eight or nine years ago he felt as though there was a mysterious destructive phenomenon going on in culture that was fundamentally altering the belief systems of young people. He could not quite put his finger on what it was but it was affecting their relationships with their parents, the church, and with God. The phenomenon, he would determine, is "pervasive Internet pornography" and as an apologist for the Christian faith, he felt compelled to speak to this.
"Very seldom am I surprised by the research," McDowell said.
Porn sites produce enormous amounts of new data each day.
He found out that if one were to print out the data from just one site alone — he did not name it — it produced enough pornographic materials to fill the Empire State Building every single day for a year.
And parents, particularly homeschooling Christian parents, are delusional if they think they can somehow completely protect their children from porn. The sad reality is that they will see it and they are seeing at alarmingly young ages.
"I always tell [parents], by five years old you'd better have your child prepared," McDowell said.
He noted that he was at first unsure of the popular phrase "Fight the New Drug"
Pornography. He was wary but upon studying how pornography affects people physiologically, he agreed. Porn's effect on the brain is like cocaine and heroin together.
"Cocaine is a stimulant, you shoot it up, and it stimulates you," McDowell said. By contrast, "heroin is an opiate, which means it brings you down."
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Greg Laurie Details White House Dinner With Evangelicals, Trump Breaking Protocol
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President Donald Trump may have broken protocol by taking a large group of evangelical leaders up to the second floor of the White House for a tour after they gathered for dinner last Wednesday, evangelist Greg Laurie says. The tour took place before the signing of an executive order on religious freedom the next morning.
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Evangelical leaders Greg Laurie (blue tie), Ronnie Floyd (pink tie), Jack Graham (green tie) and James Dobson (yellow tie) pose for a picture as they attend a private dinner with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and cabinet officials at the White House in Washington, D.C. on May 3, 2017.
Laurie, senior pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, was one of dozens of faith leaders invited to a private dinner with the president and his cabinet members at the White House the night before Trump signed last Thursday's executive order promoting free speech and religious liberty and the National Day of Prayer proclamation.
The California pastor joined evangelical leaders like Franklin Graham, James Dobson, Robert Jeffress, Jack Graham, Richard Land and other members of Trump's evangelical advisory board in dining with the president, vice president and his administration officials. Greg Laurie Details White House Dinner With Evangelicals, Trump Breaking Protocol
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Pastors: Rapper Kendrick Lamar Gets It, Why Don't You?
BY MICHAEL BROWN , CP OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
May 9, 2017 | 12:11 PM
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You know we're in trouble when a secular rapper urges pastors to get back to preaching that the Lord is a jealous God of "discipline and obedience." As a recent article declared, "Chart-Topping Rapper Kendrick Lamar Is Preaching More Spiritual Truth Than Most of the Dead Churches In America." So sad, but so true.
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Lamar is a 29-year-old, Grammy Award-winning rapper, and his lyrics are typical, hardcore rap: filled with biting content, packed with protest, laced with profanity. Suffice it to say that he is not a pristine pure, born-again, Christian rapper. Yet he sees a gaping hole in many churches today, and it mirrors his experience as a boy.
He continued, "After being heavily in my studies these past few years, I've finally figured out why I left those services feeling spiritually unsatisfied as a child. I discovered more truth. But simple truth. Our God is a loving God. Yes. He's a merciful God. Yes. But he's even more so a God of DISCIPLE. OBEDIENCE. A JEALOUS God. . . ."
And in words that mirror the words of Paul in Romans 11:22, which urge us to consider both the goodness and severity of God, he wrote, "So in conclusion, I feel it's my calling to share the joy of God, but with exclamation, more so, the FEAR OF GOD. The balance. Knowing the power in what he can build, and also what he can destroy. At any given moment."
How ironic that a worldly rapper is more concerned to balance out his message than many a preacher in America. How ironic that someone whom the churches would damn in a moment (in fact, "Damn" is the name of his latest project) sees the imbalance in so many of our contemporary churches.
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Hollywood Icon Steve McQueen Came to Christ Before Death; Pastor Greg Laurie Reveals Details in Book
BY JEANNIE LAW , CHRISTIAN POST REPORTER
May 9, 2017 | 4:55 PM
Internationally renowned evangelist Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Ministries is revealing the salvation story of legendary actor Steve McQueen in his newest book, Steve McQueen: The Salvation of an American Icon, which will be followed by a documentary film.
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(Photo: SundariPR)Pastor Greg Laurie to release book and movie on the life and salvation of American icon Steve McQueen, May 2017.
Steve McQueen, which hits shelves June 13, follows the life of the No.1 movie star of his time. Also known as the "King of Cool, McQueen is now immortalized in pop culture through his hit movies "The Magnificent Seven," "The Great Escape," and "Bullitt."

It was McQueen's legendary car chases and death-defying stunts that drew many fans, including Pastor Laurie.

"That story was so fascinating to so many because the mystique of Steve McQueen continues to this day," said Laurie in a statement shared with The Christian Post. "Steve McQueen wasn't cool because he drove the Bullitt car. The Bullitt car was cool because Steve McQueen drove it."

"Notwithstanding all his fame and wealth, a colossal vacuum lived rent-free in his heart, a yawning chasm. A lot of people do not know about McQueen's hardscrabble beginnings. He was born into the home of an alcoholic mother and a father that left him early in life, he found himself on the wrong side of the law more than once. McQueen chased after every pleasure this planet had to offer."

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The book journeys through McQueen's childhood, his colossal success and his relentless pursuit for purpose outside of Hollywood, which ultimately led to his conversion to Christianity shortly before his early death from malignant mesothelioma.
McQueen's rough life initially led him to search for purpose in Hollywood. He had the best and fastest cars money could buy, multiple women, including two divorces, and eventually found himself in his own battle with drug and alcohol abuse, a fact well-known throughout the media.

What many do not know, however, is that before his death in 1980 at age 50, McQueen came to faith in Jesus Christ.

"In a significant turn toward the end of his life, ironically, just before he found out that he had cancer and while still the top movie star on earth, Steve did something that showed me that he really was 'the coolest of them all.' He put his faith in God and became a believer in Jesus Christ," said Laurie, who has an exact replica of McQueen's 1967 Bullitt Mustang. 

"In many ways, our lives ran in parallel. I don't mean to suggest I am on McQueen's level of 'cool' in any way, but we both had troubled early years, fathers that left home, we were both raised by a single mother and we both got into more than a little trouble. Our stories diverge around the age of twenty, when I came to faith in Jesus and McQueen went to Hollywood. Ironically they came back together again when he became a Christian. That's the life-changing story we uncover through this amazing journey, and it's a story McQueen, in his own words, worried he'd never be able to share with the world. Now, almost forty years after his step into heaven, he'll finally get the chance."

Steve McQueen: The Salvation of an American Icon was co-authored with Marshall Terrill (the acclaimed expert on all things Steve McQueen). Together, Laurie and Terrill traveled the country interviewing many of those who knew McQueen best and were with him in his last days.

This venture is also now in production as a documentary film about McQueen.

The film is being directed by filmmaker Jon Erwin ("Moms' Night Out," "Woodlawn," "October Baby") and includes on-camera interviews with many of the same people mentioned in the book with a special appearance by an avid Steve McQueen fan — Hollywood megastar Mel Gibson. The film is scheduled for a September release.

For more information on the film and to pre-order the book, Steve McQueen: The Salvation of an American Icon, visit Laurie's site.
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Anne Graham Lotz Confesses 12 'National Sins' of America at National Day of Prayer Observance
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Anne Graham Lotz, a renowned evangelist and Billy Graham's daughter, concluded the 2017 National Day of Prayer by leading those gathered for the observance at the United States Capitol Thursday night and those watching at home in a repentance of "national sins."
(God.tv/Screengrab)Evangelist Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of Billy Graham, speaks during the 2017 National Day of Prayer Observance at the United States Capitol on May 4, 2017 in Washington, D.C.
Hours after President Donald Trump signed an executive order on "religious liberty" and a proclamation for the National Day of Prayer, the 68-year-old Lotz, who chaired the National Day of Prayer Task Force, gave the keynote message at the annual National Day of Prayer observance on Capitol Hill.
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"Our nation is in trouble and we had some wonderful things [happen] today," Lotz said early in her remarks, adding that she was in attendance at the White House when the president signed the executive order. "I praise God for the liberty that we have. In fact, I was telling Sammy Rodriguez before this that it's almost mind blowing that America has to have an executive order to guarantee religious liberty in America, which shows how far we have fallen from our foundation of faith in the living God."
Lotz continued by asserting that the United States has fallen so far from grace and warned that "if we forsake Him, He will forsake us."
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Trump Gifted With Page From Original King James Bible Before Signing Religious Liberty EO
BY BRANDON SHOWALTER , CP REPORTER
May 5, 2017 | 12:27 PM
Members of President Trump's evangelical advisory board gave him a framed page from the original King James Bible at the White House on Wednesday, ahead of the National Day of Prayer when the president signed an executive order protecting religious liberty.
During the Rose Garden ceremony on Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence spoke about religious freedom and the importance of faith in the United States, introducing Trump as a believer and a man who "loves his family and loves his country with an unshakeable faith in God."
Wednesday night, Trump hosted a dinner at the White House with members of the evangelical advisory board where Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Evangelical Seminary and executive editor of The Christian Post, was in attendance.
"It's obvious that he is comfortable around evangelicals; it's obvious that he likes us and he's fascinated by us. I don't think he was around people like us much before he ran for president," Land said in an interview with CP on Thursday.
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Brad Pitt Mocks His Parents Speaking in Tongues; Talks Frustration With Christianity's 'Don'ts'
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Actor Brad Pitt, who has identified as an atheist despite his Baptist upbringing, opened up in a recent interview about how his parents moved toward the charismatic tradition, and about some of his frustrations with Christianity.


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"We grew up First Baptist, which is the cleaner, stricter, by-the-book Christianity. Then, when I was in high school, my folks jumped to a more charismatic movement, which got into speaking in tongues and raising your hands and some goofy-a** [expletive]," Pitt told GQ magazine in an interview released on Wednesday.
When asked whether he witnessed the speaking of tongues himself, the actor replied:
"Yeah, come on. I'm not even an actor yet, but I know ... I mean the people, I know they believe it. I know they're releasing something. God, we're complicated. We're complicated creatures."
Pitt has left Christianity and is now an atheist, The Telegraph reported in 2015 in a separate interview with Pitt, where the actor said that since an early age, he was instilled "with all the Christian guilt about what you can and cannot, should and shouldn't do."
In 2007, he admitted that his religious upbringing created some conflict within him.
"I'd go to Christian revivals and be moved by the Holy Spirit, and I'd go to rock concerts and feel the same fervor," he said at the time. "Then I'd be told, 'That's the devil's music! Don't partake in that!' I wanted to experience things religion said not to experience."
Pitt explained in the latest GQ interview how in some sense, his acting career bloomed out of his upbringing, from his fascination of different stories people told.
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Famine of 'Biblical Proportions' Descending Upon Yemen; Child Dying Every 10 Minutes
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May 5, 2017 | 7:35 AM
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Yemen's civil war has brought the country on the brink of a famine of "biblical proportions," humanitarian aid workers said, with a child dying every 10 minutes, according to some.
Malnourished girl Jamila Ali Abdu, 7, lies on a hospital bed before she died in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, Yemen May 2, 2017.
Jan Egeland, who heads the Norwegian Refugee Council and also advises the United Nations on Syrian humanitarian operations, told Reuters on Thursday that Yemen's civil war might be less known than Syria's, but it has led to a major disaster as well.
"All our efforts through the World Food Programme reached 3.1 million of seven million people who are on the brink of famine. So it means basically that four million people got nothing in April and these people are staring into the naked eye of starvation," Egeland said.
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7 Reasons Why Your Smartphone Is Bilbo's Ring
BY JOHN HOLLOWELL , OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
May 5, 2017 | 7:16 AM
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1) You randomly worry that you don't have it, check your pocket, your heart rate quickens, you check your other pocket, find it, and then slowly calm back down again.
(Photo: The Lord of the Rings Facebook/Screengrab)Gollum has the ring. Scene from "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King."
2) Your phone is powerful and magical. 10 years ago, if you told someone all the things your phone would do, they would have thought of it as magic. Your phone also gives you the power to do everything you would need to do to run a Fortune 500 company for weeks from thousands of miles away.
3) You think sometimes of getting rid of your phone, but every time you get ready to throw it away, you step back from the edge and change your mind.
4) To the observer at a distance, for hours on end each day, you look at it, make faces at it, touch it and stroke it and talk to it.
5) Your phone, as studies suggest, through the course of months and years, slowly changes you into a different version of yourself.
6) Your phone gives you the impression that you have great power and are in control (see number 2 above) but it actually ultimately gives much more power to "the great eye" (i.e. Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung) who, as everyone knows, is storing and cataloging and quantifying every move we make and every single act we perform with our phones, handing over to such corporations an ability to "dominate all life."
7) When you use your phone, you disappear to all those around you and are instantly transported to something that is like reality, but is a warped and clouded version of it.
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Ohio Couple With Five Children Adopts Six Siblings Who Didn’t Want to Be Separated
By Heather Clark on May 3, 201711 Comments
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CINCINNATI, Ohio — An Ohio couple with five children has adopted six siblings in foster care who wanted to stay together as a family.
Christopher and Christina Sanders of Forest Park had made an agreement prior to becoming foster parents that they would keep the children, and would always keep siblings together, no matter how many.
“We just made the agreement [that] whoever we get, we will keep them,” Christina, 41, told reporters. “It was rough, but we did it. And we are happy we did.”
In 2014, the Carsons took in six children whose parents had been addicted to drugs: Coby, 16, Christan, 14, Caleb, 13, Cayley, 12, Carson, 10, and Chloe, 9.
The couple already had five biological children, and their names also all began with the letter C: Christopher, Cameron, Caden, Chaz and Caitlyn.
On Thursday, surrounded by family members, friends from church, social service workers and the children’s school teachers, the Sanders made the six an official part of their family in Hamilton County Adoption Court.
“I love those children as if they were my bios,” Christopher Sanders told local television station WLWT.
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Reps for Prosperity Preacher Benny Hinn Confirm Govt ‘Reviewing Certain Operations’ Following Raid
By Heather Clark on April 30, 201728 Comments
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GRAPEVINE, Texas — Representatives for prosperity preacher Benny Hinn have confirmed that the federal government is “reviewing certain operations” following a raid on Hinn’s Texas office.
“As has been widely reported, Benny Hinn Ministries is cooperating fully with the governmental entities that are reviewing certain operations of the Church,” a social media post released on Thursday read.
“The ministry has undergone intense scrutiny over the years, and we remain confident that there will again be a positive and speedy outcome in the days ahead,” it said.
The post generated over 12k likes as of press time.
As previously reported, federal investigators raided Hinn’s Grapevine office after obtaining a warrant on Wednesday. Benny Hinn Ministries and World Healing Center Church are both located approximately half an hour outside of Dallas.
U.S. Postal Service inspectors and IRS criminal investigators were seen carrying out boxes throughout the day.
“It looked like a big raid: people everywhere, police people everywhere out there, and just rushing in,” John Ebert, who works next door, also told local television station NBC Dallas-Fort Worth.
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Florida Teacher Accused of Promoting Homosexual Advocacy in Math Classroom
By Heather Clark on April 30, 2017651 Comments
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TAMPA, Fla. — A religious liberties organization has submitted a letter of complaint to a school district in Florida after being contacted by parents who say that their child’s math teacher is promoting homosexual advocacy in the classroom. The teacher denies any wrongdoing.
Attorneys with Liberty Counsel wrote to Hillsborough County Superintendent Jeff Eakins on April 19 to express concern about Riverview High School teacher Lora Jane Reidas, who identifies as a lesbian. They advised that they had received reports that three children in Reidas’ classroom had been prohibited from wearing crucifixes because they could be considered to be “gang symbols” and “disrespectful.”
It provided a photograph of one of the crucifix pendants.
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Trump Signs Religious Freedom Executive Order in Front of Interfaith Gathering at White House
By Heather Clark on May 4, 2017108 Comments
WASHINGTON — During an interfaith gathering at the White House, President Trump signed an executive order on Thursday—the National Day of Prayer—upholding religious freedom in the nation and directing departments in his administration to ensure that the rights of religious Americans are not infringed.
“We are a nation of believers. Faith is deeply embedded into the history of our country,” he said, delivering a speech from the White House rose garden, surrounded by various evangelical, Catholic and Jewish leaders, including Paula White, Jack Graham and Donald Wuerl.
Orthodox, Muslim and Sikh representatives also sat in the audience, and Trump advised that he would be traveling to Rome, Saudi Arabia and Israel this month—the centers of Roman Catholic, Muslim and Jewish faiths.
Trump noted that in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln called the nation’s inhabitants to prayer, fearing that Americans had become “too proud to pray to the God that made us.”
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Fired Pennsylvania Youth Leader Pleads Guilty to Impregnating Teenager
By Heather Clark on May 1, 201739 Comments
WEST CHESTER, Pa. — A former youth leader in Pennsylvania has pleaded guilty to impregnating a teenager who had looked up to him as a father figure in her life.
“I want to say I am deeply sorry for the way my weaknesses have hurt [the victim] and my family,” Jacob Malone, 35, and married father of three said during his sentencing hearing on Friday. “I recognize that it was my responsibility to keep our relationship from becoming inappropriate, and I betrayed that.”
According to reports, Malone first met the girl while working at a church in Mesa, Arizona. As she had grown up without a father, she looked up to Malone, who invited the girl in 2014 to stay with his family after he moved to Minnesota to take another ministerial position.
Later that year, Malone again moved, this time to Pennsylvania, to take a job at Calvary Fellowship in Exton. He became the legal guardian of the teen and registered her a local high school.
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Texas Lawmaker Tearfully Implores God for Forgiveness of America’s ‘Manifold Sins’
By Heather Clark on April 29, 201739 Comments
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WASHINGTON — A Texas lawmaker tearfully implored God to forgive the manifold sins of the nation this week during a prayer gathering at the U.S. capitol.
Rep. Randy Weber delivered a prayer at Wednesday’s “Washington—A Man of Prayer” event, which was organized to honor the life of America’s first president, George Washington.
“‘Washington—A Man of Prayer’ commemorates the events of April 30, 1789, when, after being sworn in at Federal Hall, President Washington, accompanied by Congress, proceeded to St. Paul’s Chapel where, as one of his first official acts, the president offered a prayer of dedication to God on America’s behalf,” the event website outlines.
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Judge Allows Advancement of Lawsuit Challenging Denial of ‘Atheist Prayer’ Before Pennsylvania House
By Heather Clark on April 30, 2017422 Comments
HARRISBURG, Pa. — A federal judge has allowed the advancement of parts of a lawsuit filed by a coalition of atheist groups upset that unbelievers cannot present a prayer before the Pennsylvania House of Representatives just like Christian chaplains.
As previously reported, since its initial formation in 1682, the Pennsylvania House has invited a chaplain to offer a prayer at the opening of each meeting. The House’s general operating rules require that those delivering the invocation be “a member of a regularly established church or religious organization or shall be a member of the House of Representatives.”
Nonetheless, in 2014, Carl Silverman with Pennsylvania Nonbelievers contacted House leaders to apply to serve as chaplain and deliver an invocation before the House.
“We do not believe that governmental bodies are required to allow non-adherents or nonbelievers the opportunity to serve as chaplains,” Samuel Smith, the former Speaker of the House, replied to Silverman in denying his request. “We disagree with your assertion that the House may not disallow atheists from serving as chaplains.”
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Dove ‘Real Moms’ Commercial Features Father Who Identifies as Mother
By Heather Clark on April 29,
A recently-released commercial from the popular personal hygiene company Dove, which centers on the lives of “real moms,” includes a father who identifies as the co-mother of his child.
“Meet #RealMoms whose diverse parenting styles shatter stereotypes about motherhood and prove that there are no rules about how to be a parent today,” a description of advertisement, released on April 6, reads.
Mothers from various vocational backgrounds share their personal thoughts about parenting in the nearly two-minute production, from a cattle rancher to a dance instructor to a rock climber. Included in the mix is a man named Shea, who identifies as a woman. He explains that both he and his wife are the biological parents of their infant son.
“You get people who are like, ‘What do you mean [that] you’re the mom?'” Shea states. “We’re like, ‘We’re both going to be moms!”
His wife smiles as he laughs about the concept.
Shea also later advises that “[t]here’s no one right way to do it all” in motherhood.
However, the group One Million Moms, has expressed concern about the commercial and Dove’s inclusion of a man as a “real mom.”
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Children Must Be Taught Transgenderism, Homosexuality Starting in Nursery School, Teachers Say
An organization of teachers in the U.K. has argued that homosexuality and transgenderism should be taught to young children starting in nursery school.
Members of the National Union of Teachers group voted for a measure at a conference in Cardiff to "campaign to ensure a comprehensive age-appropriate content including promotion of LGBT+ matters for all schools from nursery throughout all phases of state education," The Evening Telegraph reported on Tuesday.

Annette Pryce, a NUT executive member from Buckinghamshire, claimed that the U.K. government hasn't been doing enough to promote inclusion.

"Those generations of young LGBT people who have been failed by the system are still not told explicitly in the law that their lives are important too," Pryce said.

"The NUT ... needs to ensure that SRE is inclusive to LGBT young people now and forever."

Education Secretary Justine Greening announced back in March that age appropriate sex and relationships guidance is to be made compulsory for all children, though it allowed parents and faith schools to opt out of the new rules.

U.K. ministers have been facing "mounting pressure" to respond to concerns that children are not being educated about online porn, cyber bullying and sexting, the Telegraph said.

Conservatives, such as Andrea Williams, chief executive at Christian Concern, have warned that teaching statutory sex education to 4-year-olds can be "devastating" and risks "robbing them of their innocence," however.

"Children [age 4] should not be introduced to this. Schools need to be safe places where the innocence of children is protected," Williams said in February.
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The Shack' Cover Artist Renounces Book for Leading People Astray: 'I Have Deep Regrets
BY CHARITY GIBSON , CP CONTRIBUTOR
Apr 19, 2017 | 3:40 PM
Dave Aldrich, the graphic artist behind the controversial best-selling novel "The Shack," recently said he has "deep regrets" for promoting a book that leads to apostasy.
"Over 10 years ago, I was captivated by the story and felt honored to be part of the graphic creation of the book. I was so drawn into it, wanting to know the God it portrayed," the Aldrich Design artist posted to social media on April 4. "The Shack's story wonderfully painted this picture to me of an incredibly knowable and loving God, one full of forgiveness, but without being judgmental."
Aldrich's sentiments, however, were short lived and with the release of the film he felt he had to say something.
"I have deep regrets now of not just being involved with it but also in promoting it. The movie release of 'The Shack' has brought all this back to my mind and I felt the need to apologize to all who I may have led astray by my promoting the book," he added.
Aldrich said that reading the novel led him to other authors such as Rob Bell and Brian McLaren, who "started out on the straight and narrow, having solid biblical beliefs, but strayed off into apostasy land." He confessed that he found himself almost accepting universalist beliefs because of his lack of discernment.
After breaking his silence several people reached out to Aldrich in appreciation for his transparency.
Aldrich also admitted that he initially credited The Shack for portraying God as non-judgmental and all-loving, but his feelings changed when he realized the danger of that one-sided portrayal of God, adding that it doesn't show Him as a judge of sin.
The film's synopsis says the cinematic journey will take viewers on a "father's uplifting spiritual journey."
"After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips [Sam Worthington] spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to go to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa [Octavia Spencer]. Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever."
Although Young and Shack supporters argue that the book and film are fictional and just imagery, Aldrich believes — based on the statements of its author — that the work is trying to pass as theology.
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US Ends Funding for UN Population Fund Over Complicity in Chinese Forced Abortions
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Feng Jianmei looks at her baby girl after Chinese officials forcibly aborted the child.
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has ended government funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) over concerns about its complicity in China’s one-child/two-child policy—an accusation that the organization denies.
According to reports, U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker received a letter this week from the U.S. State Department advising him of the development.
“This determination was made based on the fact that China’s family planning policies still involve the use of coercive abortion and involuntary sterilization, and UNFPA partners on family planning activities with the Chinese government agency responsible for these coercive policies,” the letter read.
The Associated Press reports that the $32.5 million that had previously been earmarked for UNFPA will instead be funneled to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which works to lower maternal mortality rates and reduce gender-based violence in foreign countries.
After China announced in 2015 that it was changing its one-child population control policy to two-child, New Jersey Rep. Chris Smith denounced the UNFPA as being partially responsible for the deaths of the unborn.
“For the past 35 years the Chinese government has wasted precious human potential and sanctioned state-sponsored violence against women and children–enabled by pro-abortion groups globally and the United Nations Population Fund,” he said. “No one should applaud China’s announced ‘two-child’ policy; instead we should be insisting they abolish intrusive and abusive birth restrictions forever.”
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California AG Who Charged Man Behind Undercover Videos Received Campaign Donations From Planned Parenthood
By Heather Clark on April 1, 201727 Comments
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California attorney general who charged the pro-life investigator behind the 2014-2015 undercover Planned Parenthood videos with 15 felonies this week had previously been praised by the abortion and contraception giant and received campaign donations from the organization for many of his House re-election bids.
Democratic Congressman Xavier Becerra had been appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to replace former Attorney General Kamala Harris after she was elected in November to serve in the Senate. Following his appointment, Planned Parenthood released a statement praising Becerra for his abortion advocacy.
“Rep. Becerra is a long-time champion for women’s reproductive rights and health,” said President Cecile Richards. “As a former California deputy attorney general, he understands the importance of a woman’s right to access the full range of health care, including safe, legal abortion.”
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South Carolina Lawmakers Considering Bill Declaring Unborn as Protected Persons
By Heather Clark on April 4,
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Lawmakers in South Carolina are currently considering a bill that would declare that the unborn have protection as persons.
Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant recently introduced S. 217, also known as the Personhood Act of South Carolina. It simply recognizes that both the federal and state Constitutions acknowledge God as being the Creator of life and the bestower of liberty.
“The General Assembly acknowledges that all persons are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights,” it reads in part. “The General Assembly acknowledges that personhood is God-given, as all men are created in the image of God.”
“The rights guaranteed by Article I, Section 3 of the Constitution of this State, that no person shall be deprived of life without due process of law nor denied the equal protection of the laws, vest at fertilization for each born and preborn human being,” the bill continues.
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Please Help Me’: American Pastor Imprisoned in Turkey Pleads for Trump’s Intervention
By Heather Clark on April 3, 20173 Comments
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An American pastor who has been imprisoned in Turkey since last October is pleading for President Trump and his administration to work more fervently for his release.
“I plead with my government—with the Trump administration—to fight for me. I ask the State Department to impose sanctions. I appeal to President Trump: Please help me. Let the Turkish government know that you will not cooperate with them in any way until they release me,” Andrew Munson wrote in a statement released by the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ). “Please do not leave me here in prison.”
As previously reported, Brunson and his wife Norine, who have been living in Turkey for over 20 years, were detained in Izmir in October. They were accused of having “membership in an armed terrorist organization,” specifically Fetullah Gulen, which is believed to have instigated a military coup against the government in July. Brunson leads Protestant Resurrection Church in the city.
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Indiana Senate Passes Bill Protecting Religious Expression in Public Schools
By Heather Clark on April 3,
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Indiana Senate has passed a bill meant to protect religious expression in public schools.
H.B. 1024 passed 44-5 on Thursday despite opposition from groups like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
“House Bill 1024 only puts prayer back into schools. It does not mandate or force students to participate in it,” said sponsor Rep. John Bartlett, D-Indianapolis. “It is giving Hoosiers the ability to express their faith without fearing discrimination.”
“It also brings clarification to the First Amendment, which allows people to practice their faith. However, it restricts you from forcing your faith on others,” he said.
The bill passed the passed the House 83-12 last month, and went on to clear a Senate Committee 8-2 weeks later.
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Junk Science’? Biblical Creation Group Included on List of Disreputable Websites
By Garrett Haley on April 3, 2017983 Comments
A prominent Creation science group is pushing back after their website was included on a widely-shared list of allegedly untrustworthy sources and described as “junk science.”
After “fake news” became a subject of national discussion during the 2016 presidential election, Melissa Zimdars, an assistant professor of communication at Merrimack College, compiled an online document that lists disreputable websites and news sources.
Originally created as a resource for her students, Zimdars’s document lists hundreds of “false, misleading, clickbait-y, and satirical” websites.
“Obviously, fake news is a major problem,” Zimdars wrote in a column for The Washington Post. “We need to make sure people have the tools to detect it, and we need to understand why people may purposefully share news they know to be fake—maybe they’re being malicious, they think it’s funny or it aligns with what they want to be true. And we definitely need to find ways to discourage the production of non-comedy, non-satire fake news.”
Zimdars’s document has since been widely shared on social media sites and spotlighted by numerous news outlets. Harvard University published a link to the list on their library’s “Fake News, Misinformation, and Propoganda” page, along with an infographic warning students not to get “taken in” by fake news.
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Appeals Court Rules ‘Sexual Orientation’ Applies as Sex Discrimination Under Civil Rights Act
By Heather Clark on April 6, 201786 Comments
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CHICAGO — A federal appeals court has ruled that “sexual orientation” can fall under the interpretation of sex discrimination in the federal Civil Rights Act, a decision that the dissenting judges found to be a stretch.
The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals concluded 8-3 on Tuesday that while Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1967—which prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of “race, color, religion, sex or national origin”—does not include the term “sexual orientation,” the existing inclusion of “sex” can apply because the discrimination surrounds a person’s actions not being normative for their sex.
“The logic of the Supreme Court’s decisions, as well as the common-sense reality that it is actually impossible to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation without discriminating on the basis of sex, persuade us that the time has come to overrule our previous cases,” the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals wrote.
“We [therefore] hold only that a person who alleges that she experienced employment discrimination on the basis of her sexual orientation has put forth a case of sex discrimination for Title VII purposes,” it concluded.
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Teen Who Threw Newborn Out Window Won’t Do Jail Time, Must Delete Facebook Due to Uproar Over Crime
By Heather Clark on March 27, 201713 Comments
OMAHA, Neb. — A Nebraska teenager who threw her newborn baby out the window won’t be spending any time behind bars, but instead has been ordered to therapy, community service and probation, and must delete her Facebook account due to outrage from thousands upset over the girl’s crime.
Antonia Lopez, 16, gave birth in the middle of the night on September 30, and after throwing the child out of her second-story bedroom window, told her mother what she had done.
Her mother, “distraught and frantic,” then called 911. Both Lopez and her baby were transported to Creighton University Medical Center, but the child was pronounced dead upon arrival. The baby was determined to be between 25 and 28 weeks gestation.
Lopez allegedly told police that she didn’t know she was pregnant and therefore panicked, but her boyfriend disputed the assertion and said that he had urged Lopez to tell her mother about the pregnancy and see a doctor. He advised that she texted him at 2 a.m. the morning she gave birth, “It was a girl by the the way,” and requested help to hide the baby.
Lopez was soon arrested and charged with one count of felony child abuse resulting in death. She faced up to 20 years in prison for the crime.
However, last month, Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine agreed to move Lopez’ case from district court to juvenile court since she only had a prior theft charge on her record. He opined the the best course of action for the teen would be rehabilitation.
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Virginia Governor Vetoes Bill Prohibiting Punishment of Those Who Believe in Biblical Marriage
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RICHMOND, Va. — The Democratic governor of Virginia has vetoed a religious freedom bill which would have prohibited the government from punishing those who believe in biblical marriage and conduct their public lives in accordance with that conviction.
“Although couched as a ‘religious freedom’ bill, this legislation is nothing more than an attempt to stigmatize,” Gov. Terry McAuliffe asserted in a statement on Thursday in rejecting S.B. 2314 and H.B. 2025.
“No person shall be required to participate in the solemnization of any marriage, or subject to any penalty by the Commonwealth, or its political subdivisions or representatives or agents, notwithstanding any other provision of law, solely on account of such person’s belief, speech, or action in accordance with a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman,” the vetoed legislation read.
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Man Who Identifies as Woman Dominates Female Weightlifting Competition
By Garrett Haley on March 27, 201732 Comments
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MELBOURNE – A 39-year-old man who identifies as a woman dominated a women’s weightlifting competition in Australia last week, becoming the first “transgender” person from New Zealand to compete in the games.
Gavin Hubbard of New Zealand describes himself as a female. Although he spent over 30 years living as man and competed in national men’s weightlifting competitions, he decided when he was in his mid-30’s to begin identifying as a female. He is now 39 and goes by the name Laurel.
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Crazed Indiana Man Yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’ Arrested After Strangling Thrift Store Employee
By Heather Clark on March 31, 20175 Comments
MUNCIE, Ind. — An Indiana man broke a police officer’s hand during a scuffle as he was arrested on Saturday after he allegedly strangled a thrift store employee who sought to intervene as he went berserk in his quest to convert those present to Islam. Reports state that he repeatedly yelled “Allahu Akbar” as he fought being taken into custody by police.
Khalid Sulaiman Bilal, 24, of Saudi Arabia faces charges of battery with injury, disorderly conduct, strangulation, battery with injury to police, intimidation and resisting law enforcement. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is now investigating the incident.
According to Fox 59 News, Bilal entered the Muncie Goodwill store claiming to be Muhammad and seeking to convert those present to Islam.
He first went after a male employee, grabbing him by the collar, according to witness Chasity Fraley, who had been shopping with her three children.
“We moved to a different aisle … so I could take my kids away from the situation because they got very scared at that point, and then I heard him say, ‘I’m going to kill everyone in here,'” she told WISH-TV.
But then, after a female worker tried to intervene and calm Bilal down, he began strangling and assaulting her.
“He violently grabbed her around the neck and just was punching and whatever he could to her,” Fraley recalled. “A bunch of employees came out to keep him away from customers.”
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When police arrived, Bilal resisted arrest, breaking the hand of one officer and kicking the other. Reports state that he repeatedly yelled “Allahu Akbar” throughout the ordeal, which means “Allah is greater.” He was tased at least twice during the tussle.
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Laughing Planned Parenthood Abortionist: It ‘Takes More Force’ to Dismember Some Babies
By Heather Clark on March 30, 201726 Comments
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LOS ANGELES — Newly-released undercover footage from the Center for Medical Progress captures a Planned Parenthood abortionist laughing about how much force is required to dismember babies when chemical agents aren’t used, and joking that she first thought she needed to go to the gym just to get in shape to perform a dilation and evacuation procedure.
“Research shows that Dig (short for Digoxin) doesn’t make the procedure easier in someone who is well trained, but I have to tell you anecdotally my biceps appreciate when the Dig works [to kill the baby],” DeShawn Taylor of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles stated, flexing her arm and giggling.
“It does not take me any longer to complete the procedure, but it takes more force,” she explained. “I remember when I was a fellow and I was training, I was like, ‘Oh, I have to hit the gym for this. I need to hit the gym.'”
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Tennessee Couple Arrested After Allegedly Seeking to Sell Baby on Craigslist
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GREENEVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee couple has been arrested after allegedly seeking to sell their infant son for $3,000 on Craigslist.
John David Cain, 26 and Deanna Greer, 37, were arraigned on Monday at the Greene County General Sessions Court on charges of aggravated child abuse and neglect after they handed off the baby to an undercover investigator on Friday.
According to reports, a Craigslist user contacted the Elizabethton Police Department after seeing the post, which advertised “a 5-month-old baby for sale.” The police then alerted the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, as well as the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations.
An undercover agent consequently contacted the couple and was advised of an asking price of $3,000. The two parties arranged to meet up at the local Dollar General store, at which time the baby was handed over to the agent once he paid for the child in cash.
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GREENEVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee couple has been arrested after allegedly seeking to sell their infant son for $3,000 on Craigslist.
John David Cain, 26 and Deanna Greer, 37, were arraigned on Monday at the Greene County General Sessions Court on charges of aggravated child abuse and neglect after they handed off the baby to an undercover investigator on Friday.
According to reports, a Craigslist user contacted the Elizabethton Police Department after seeing the post, which advertised “a 5-month-old baby for sale.” The police then alerted the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, as well as the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations.
An undercover agent consequently contacted the couple and was advised of an asking price of $3,000. The two parties arranged to meet up at the local Dollar General store, at which time the baby was handed over to the agent once he paid for the child in cash.
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Student Groups at Christian-Identified University Seeking Softer Policies on Homosexuality
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WAYNE, Pa. — Two student groups at a Christian-identified university in Pennsylvania are asking that the school soften its policies on homosexuality, including removing language in its student handbook that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman.
Members of Eastern University’s “gay-straight alliance” club known as Refuge, as well as its Political Activism Club (PAC), teamed up to host “LGBT Solidarity Week” on campus March 13-17. Prior to the event, the groups also sent correspondence to the university board to ask that changes be made to the student handbook in accordance with recommendations from the Human Sexuality Task Force.
“This movement would like to advocate for changes that it does not feel are controversial, so as to make Eastern a more inclusive place for LGBT+ students,” a post on the Oddysey website reads.
The groups have requested, among other changes, that the university remove “homosexual conduct” from its citations of prohibited “moral turpitude” in the faculty handbook.
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Montana House Advances Bill That Would Ban Sharia Law in State
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HELENA, Mont. — The Montana House of Representatives has advanced a bill that would ban Sharia law in the state.
Senate Bill 97, sponsored by Keith Regier, R-Kalispell, passed mainly along party lines on Monday 56-44. While it does not specifically mention Sharia law, it was often the focus of discussion during debate.
“If you go back and listen to the testimony of the proponents of this bill in both the House and Senate, the legislative intent is crystal clear that it targets one religion,” Rep. Ellie Hill Smith, D-Missoula, said. “That this was a Shariah law bill. It’s what every proponent had talked about.”
“It is the public policy of this state to protect its citizens from the application of foreign law when the application of foreign law will violate a right guaranteed by the Montana constitution or the United States constitution, including but not limited to due process, freedom of religion, speech, or press, and any right of privacy or marriage as specifically defined by the constitution and the laws of this state,” the bill reads in part.
However, Republicans disagree that the legislation singles out Muslims and took offense at assertions that the bill is xenophobic.
“We’ve heard a lot of discussion about this being a religious law. I just don’t read it that way,” said Rep. Theresa Manzella, R-Hamilton. “We are born with rights and government exists to protect those rights. We’re given those rights as individuals and that’s what makes us better than other countries that are based on collective rights.”
Residents who support the measure made similar remarks.
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Homosexual Attorney Objects to Disney’s ‘Gay’ Content, Says It Steals Innocence From Children Mar 11, 2017 11:07 am
Photo Credit: Beauty and the Beast Facebook page RIPLEY, Miss. -- An attorney in Mississippi who identifies as a homosexual is objecting to the "gay" content in recent Disney productions, opining that children should not be exposed to such topics as it steals their innocence. "Prime-time network television is geared for an adult audience; one that understands the world we live in. Adults have long lost their innocence.
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California Pastor Murdered While Meeting With Member for Prayer Mar 17, 2017 06:02 am
SALINAS, Calif. -- A pastor in California who was known for working with the addicted and those involved in street life was stabbed to death on Tuesday evening after going outside to counsel with and pray for one of his members. Herbert Valero, 68, of Victory Outreach Church in Salinas thought he was just stepping out of the house to pray with Servando Silva, A few minutes later, Pastor Herb ran into the house holding his neck. He stated Silva had stabbed him,” Salinas Police Department Sgt. Christopher Lane told KSBW-TV.
His family immediately called 911 and Silva fled the scene. Emergency responders performed CPR, but were unable to revive Valero, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
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Teen Forced to Have Sex With 1,000 Men Sues Motel Where Human Trafficking Took Place Mar 15, 2017 06:04 am
PHILADELPHIA -- A Philadelphia teenager who says she was forced to have sex with an estimated 1,000 men over a period of two years has sued the motel where the abuse took place, alleging that they knew she was being held against her will. “She is devastated by what happened to her. She’s just trying to piece her life back together,” attorney Nadeem Bezar.told reporters this week. “She’s getting the therapy she needs, but her life will never be the same.” The now 17-year-old girl, who is only being identified by the initials M.B, was only 14 when she found herself on the streets on-and-off. After hooking up with the “wrong crowd,” her attorneys state, she was forced into the sex trafficking industry.
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Female Minister Who Identifies as Male Asserts: ‘God Is Transgender’ Mar 12, 2017 03:37 pm
Photo Credit: Twitter AUSTIN, Texas -- A female minister in Texas who identifies as male recently declared at the state capitol that "God is transgender" in expressing her opposition to a proposed bill that requires those using restrooms and locker rooms in government buildings and public schools to use the facility that corresponds with the gender on their birth certificate.
Seth Wynn, who leads Agape Metropolitan Community Church in Fort Worth, began her speech refuting another pastor who had cited the Book of Genesis in expressing support for the legislation.
“In the beginning, God created humankind in God’s image. God created them male and female, so God is transgender,” Wynn asserted, as those gathered erupted in cheers and applause.
“So, it’s important that we all remember that—that we’re all created in the image of what is holy and divine and sacred, and we should all be treated that way,” she added.
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Mother, Son on Quest to ‘Transition’ to Father, Daughter Mar 17, 2017 01:14 pm
Photo Credit: Instagram DETROIT, Mich. -- A mother and son from Michigan are going public regarding their quest to "transition" into father and daughter. Erica Maison and her 15-year-old son Corey recently appeared on Australia's "60 Minutes" to talk about the matter. The younger Maison said that he came to his parents four years ago and disclosed that he felt like a girl rather than a boy.
“They were very supportive,” Maison advised. “They would always make sure that I was happy, [and] make sure that I was safe too.”
A 2015 YouTube video, which to date has over seven million views, shows Maison being gifted with a box of female hormones, which his mother hid under the sofa pillow.
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‘Viral Response’ to Plea to Find Adoptive Family for Five Children Who Want to Stay Together Mar 14, 2017 06:02 am
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Officials with an adoption agency in Kansas state that they have received a "viral response" to their plea to find an adoptive family for five children who are currently separated in foster homes, but would like to stay together. “This is a viral response ... and it’s pretty insane,” Corey Lada of the Kansas Children’s Service League told the Kansas City Star. “In 13-plus years of working here, I’ve seen nothing like this. Nothing.”
The outlet had posted a story on the children—ages 11 to 2—on Saturday, and Lada says that the League’s voicemail quickly filled, and 1,500 emails have thus far been received about the matter.
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Our Mom Died’: Woman Finds Boy Who Left Heartbreaking Apology Note After Sister Stole Wind Chime Mar 14, 2017 12:02 pm
LAKEWOOD, Wash. -- A woman in Washington has located an 11-year-old boy who left an apology note on her doorstep and $5 after his sister took her wind chime because it reminded the children of their late mother. Christina Reitz said she heard a knock on her door a little over a week ago, and when she went to answer it, all she found was a note. "I am sorry
this is only money I have. Please do not be mad at us. Jake.”
The boy had also tucked a $5 bill inside.
Moved by the situation, Reitz launched a Facebook page in an effort to find the child. She named it “Jake’s Butterflies of Hope.”
“I lost my mom when I was five and my dad just almost six years ago. It’s just hard at any age. People grieve in different ways,” Reitz told reporters.
She said that while it is obviously wrong to steal, she wanted to give the boy his money back and gift him with another butterfly wind chime so that both he and his sister can have a momento to remind them of their mother.
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Former Planned Parenthood Nurse: Abortionist Sorted Through Babies’ Remains to Ensure All Parts Removed Mar 15, 2017 06:03 am
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- A former nurse at a Planned Parenthood location in Indiana says that during her time at the facility, she observed the abortionist sifting through the body parts of unborn babies after killing them to ensure he got all the pieces out. Marianne Anderson worked at the Indianapolis facility for over two years, and once handed a note off to a sidewalk counselor that read, “I’ve worked here for a little over two years. I’m actively looking for something else. Please pray for me. I don’t want to be here.”
“It was a money-grubbing, evil, very sad, sad place to work,” she recounted in 2014. “You have to have so many [abortions] a month to stay open. In our meetings they’d tell us, ‘If abortions are down, you could get sent home early and not get as many hours.’”
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Students Stumped Over Whether Christian Photographers Have Right to Decline ‘Gay Weddings’ Mar 14, 2017 06:01 am
MADISON, Wisc. -- Students who were recently interviewed at the University of Wisconsin (UW) in Madison appeared to be stumped when faced with the question as to whether or not Christian photographers have a right to decline to shoot events that conflict with their beliefs. The religious liberties organization Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) recently visited UW to ask students if they believe businesses should have the right to turn away an order if it conflicts with their beliefs.
A representative from ADF began by asking students if they believed designer Sophie Theallet had a right to decline to dress Melania Trump.
“Yeah, why not?” one student answered.
“You should be able to control your business in that regard, yeah,” another opined.
“So, you have the right to opt out of business that you might not want to associate yourself with?” ADF asked.
“Yes,” the student replied.
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Judge Awards Tri-Custody of Child to Former Couple and Their ‘Polyamorous’ Lover Mar 13, 2017 05:34 pm
NEW YORK -- A New York judge has awarded tri-custody to a former couple and their neighbor, who they entered into a "polyamorous" relationship with over a decade ago. "Tri-custody is the logical evolution of the Court of Appeals decision in Brooke S.B., and the passage of the Marriage Equality Act and DRL §10-a which permits same-sex couples to marry in New York,” Suffolk County Supreme Court Judge Patrick Leis III wrote.
According to reports, in 2001, Michael and Dawn Marano began as friends to neighbor Audria Garcia, who was living with her boyfriend at the time. But when Garcia split with her significant other, she moved in with the Maranos, where she began to engage in “intimate relations” with both of them.
In 2006, Garcia became pregnant with Michael Marano’s child—an agreement made between the three since Dawn Marano was infertile—and they all raised the boy together. However, in 2008, Dawn Marano left her husband to solely be in a relationship with Garcia.
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1,000 ‘Faith Leaders’ Endorse Blasphemous ‘Shack’ Film Based on Universalist Novel Depicting God as Woman Mar 07, 2017 03:10 pm
A website dedicated to marketing the controversial film "The Shack" states that 1,000 "faith leaders" have given their endorsement of the movie---a film that is based on William P. Young’s bestselling novel of the same name, which some say contains universalistic doctrine and teaches that God is all love and no holiness, wrath or justice. Endorsements...
A website dedicated to marketing the controversial film “The Shack” states that 1,000 “faith leaders” have given their endorsement of the movie—a film that is based on William P. Young’s bestselling novel of the same name, which some say contains universalistic doctrine and teaches that God is all love and no holiness, wrath or justice.
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The resource site for “The Shack” provides both written and recorded endorsements from many well-known entities, including leaders and representatives of The Salvation Army, Young Life, Family Christian Stores, The Christian Post, K-LOVE, CBN and TBN, to celebrities such as Michael W. Smith, Joel Houston of Hillsong United, Gospel artist Tasha Cobbs and Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” show.
Numerous pastors and church leaders have lent their endorsement as well, including Kent Munsey of Hillsong Chicago, Samuel Rodriguez of New Season Church in Sacramento, California and leader of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Kenneth Ulmer of Faithful Central Bible Church in Los Angeles, and Steve Munsey of Family Christian Center in Munster, Indiana.
“I would encourage all pastors to make sure that their congregation is able to see this movie,” said Charles Blake, the current presiding bishop of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC).
“Honestly, I was apprehensive about seeing it because I loved the book so much. What a wonderful surprise to have my expectations and hope exceeded. I love the message, the very believable message, that God is always with us doing more than we could ask or imagine,” stated Terry Meeuwsen, co-host of Pat Robertson’s “700 Club.”
“It’s not afraid to go into the real issues of life, which is pain, which is dealing with hurt and forgiveness, and what love is,” also remarked Houston of Hillsong, whose music is featured in the film. “And I think those are the things that actually connect with all humanity.”
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California Man on Quest to Transition Into ‘Genderless’ Alien Says He Might Adopt Children Someday Mar 08, 2017 07:12 pm
LOS ANGELES -- A 22-year-old California man who has spent $50,000 and undergone over 100 procedures in his quest to transition into a “genderless” alien told a British television show this week that he might adopt children someday. "You're young now. What about when you're much older, when you're a 70-year-old alien? Is there a worry that at any point that...
LOS ANGELES — A 22-year-old California man who has spent $50,000 and undergone over 100 procedures in his quest to transition into a “genderless” alien told a British television show this week that he might adopt children someday.
“You’re young now. What about when you’re much older, when you’re a 70-year-old alien? Is there a worry that at any point that you might think, ‘Ugh, I knew what I was doing, I still feel like that, but I think I went too far?'” Phillip Schofield, co-host of “This Morning,” asked Vinny Ohh on the broadcast Monday.
“I do not see me having any regret when I’m 70. I see myself possibly adopting children and raising them just totally fine,” Ohh replied via a spatial-looking video link. “I don’t need sexual organs to do so. So, I don’t see myself regretting it, no.”
However, he noted that he has no interest in marrying anyone.
“No, I’m not interested in relationships. Having relationships in Los Angeles is not really a possibility, but also for someone who is gender non-conforming, gender non-binary, it’s hard in general to find someone,” Ohh stated.
“So, I don’t really care if someone’s going to fall in love with me or not,” he said. “I’m more in love with the kids and community of freaks and to make them not feel so weird.”
As previously reported, Ohh works as a makeup artist and part-time model. Because he felt like an outcast during his teenage years, he was motivated to pursue various facial surgeries to look extra-terrestrial.
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CNN Host Reza Aslan Sparks Outrage After Eating Part of Human Brain While Meeting With Cannibals Mar 10, 2017 10:46 am
CNN host Reza Aslan, a Muslim, is sparking outrage after eating part of a human brain during a televised meeting with a cannibalistic extreme Hindu sect called the Aghori. The meeting was part of his television series "Believer," which is said to feature the "world’s most fascinating faith-based groups.” The Aghori, while identifying as worshipers of Shiva,...
CNN host Reza Aslan, a Muslim, is sparking outrage after eating part of a human brain during a televised meeting with a cannibalistic extreme Hindu sect called the Aghori.
The meeting was part of his television series “Believer,” which is said to feature the “world’s most fascinating faith-based groups.”
The Aghori, while identifying as worshipers of Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction, are condemned by mainstream Hindus for their practices, which includes drinking out of human skulls and eating the flesh of the dead. They also wear the ashes of cremated humans on their faces and consume their own urine and excrement.
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Missouri Teen Tells Court Girl’s Murder Was Plotted as Satanic Sacrifice Mar 06, 2017 06:02 am
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- A Missouri teenager has plead guilty to murdering another teen and says that the killing was part of a Satanic sacrifice. Amanda Bennett, 17, changed her plea last week from not guilty to guilty of second degree murder in the death of Kaytlin Root, also 17. She told the court that she and Sebastian Dowell, 18, had decided in October that they.
eeded to kill two people a year as part of the demonic religion.
Bennett said that she consequently “messaged a couple of depressed people” on Facebook, and when Root responded, she arranged to meet up with the girl in the park.
While the three walked along a jogging trail in Hyde Park, Bennett testified, she was advised by Dowell that it was time to carry out their plan. Bennett told the court that she struck Root with a stick, and then Dowell knocked the girl to the ground, choked her and inserted a syringe into her neck.
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Judge Rejects ACLU’s Attempt to Recover $230K in Costs From Kim Davis Over ‘Gay Marriage’ License Legal Battle
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FRANKFORT, Ky. — A federal judge has rejected the American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) attempt to recover more than $230,000 in costs from Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis over its recent legal battle surrounding her refusal to issue marriage licenses to homosexuals as long as her name was on the document.
“[T]he plaintiffs are not ‘prevailing parties’ within the meaning of § 1988, and are therefore not entitled to an award of attorneys’ fees,” wrote U. S. Magistrate Judge Edward Atkins on Monday.
He noted that legislative changes—not a court ruling—brought an end to the legal matter, which was subsequently declared moot. Therefore, Atkins explained, the ACLU and the homosexuals it represented cannot be considered the victors in the case.
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‘Beauty and the Beast’ Star Emma Watson Donates Money From Advice Booth to Planned Parenthood Mar 09, 2017 01:55 pm
"Beauty and the Beast" star Emma Watson recently donated proceeds from an advice booth to the abortion and contraceptive giant Planned Parenthood, declaring, "They're the best." Watson, also known for her role as Hermione Granger in the "Harry Potter" films, recently participated in "Vanity Fair's" video series "Derek Does Stuff With a Friend." In the segment host Derek Blasberg served as a walking advice booth at Grand Central Terminal in New York, where for $2 participants could ask Watson for her thoughts as she interacted live via Skype through Blasberg’s tablet. Questions ranged from how to announce a pregnancy, to relationship advice, to what to do for the day.
At one point, a young male participant praised Watson’s work with the women’s equality campaign “HeForShe” as being “inspiring,” which sparked her to inquire if the teen is a feminist.
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HOUSTON, Texas — Two members of the Salvadoran gang MS-13, who are reportedly in the U.S. illegally, have been arrested and charged with kidnapping three teenage girls and killing one to appease Satan’s desire for a soul sacrifice.
Miguel Alvarez-Flores, 22, and Diego Hernandez-Rivera, 18, have been charged with aggravated kidnapping and murder and now face possible life imprisonment. Bond has been set at $300,000 each, but immigration officials have decided not to set them free.
According to reports, Alvarez-Flores and Hernandez-Rivera lured three girls ages 14 to 16 into gang life, and in January, held them in their apartment against their will, where they were allegedly drugged and raped.
One of the teens, Gemesis Cornejo, 15, was killed after she struck the Satanic shrine that the men had erected in their apartment. Her body had been found in the street by a man driving his children to school. Police state that Cornejo suffered gunshot wounds to the head and stomach
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Christian Physicist Says New Evidence of Africa’s Wet Past Points to Biblical Great Flood Mar 06, 2017 06:01 am
New research has confirmed that the dry, desolate climate of the Sahara Desert was once a lush tropical climate—an observation that correlates well with the predictions of biblical creationists, a physicist with the Institute for Creation Research says. A team of international researchers collected and analyzed marine sediments from off the coast of west Africa looking for clues into Africa’s climatological past. Their findings, published in the journal “Science Advances,” show that northern Africa was at one time much wetter than it is today.
“It was 10 times as wet as today,” said the study’s lead author, Jessica Tierney, in a press release from The University of Arizona.
Tierney and her colleagues found ancient leaf wax samples that reveal what the African climate was like several thousand years ago. The evidence suggests that the Sahara Desert, where annual rainfall now is usually less than five inches, was once lush and green.
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Texas High School Makes Room Available for Muslim Students to Hold Friday Prayers Mar 10, 2017 06:01 am
FRISCO, Texas -- A high school in Texas has made one of its classrooms available for Muslim students to hold Friday or Jummah prayers after some students were leaving campus each week to participate in the prayers. “t kind of started when a core group of students were leaving campus every Friday for Friday prayer,” Liberty High School Principal Scott Warstler told the school publication Wingspan. “Their parents would come pick them up, so they may miss an hour and a half to two hours to two and a half hours of school every Friday.”
He decided to approach the students and offer space on campus so they wouldn’t miss class traveling elsewhere.
“So I met with those students and a couple of the parents and suggested, ‘Hey, would you be okay if the students led the prayer here at school as a group?'” Warstler recalled. “And we gave them a space to do that so that they didn’t have to be in a car traveling thirty minutes each way on a Friday missing an hour, [to] an hour and a half, of class.”
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Wisconsin Teacher Placed on Leave After Using Ouija Board in Kindergarten Class
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MILWAUKEE, Wisc. — A public school teacher in Wisconsin has been placed on leave after using an Ouija board in her kindergarten classroom.
The incident occurred at Zablocki Elementary in Milwaukee last week, although the teacher, who has not been identified, says that the board had been in the room since Halloween.
She had been contacted by a concerned parent who learned that her five-year-old son had been exposed to the activity. The boy told his mother that his teacher turned off the lights, took out the board, and began talking about scary stories.
“The kids have been asking for a scary story and I got the board and moved the paper clip to answer some of their questions. They asked about scary characters in movies,” the teacher responded to the parent via e-mail. “It was all done in fun.”
However, she said that she understood the parent’s concerns.
“I will take the board home and this won’t happen again,” she wrote.
The mother says that her son has been having nightmares since that day. She doesn’t believe kindergartners should be exposed to Ouija boards.
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“He’s scared now to go to bed at night, to be in the dark, anything alone,” she told reporters.
The teacher has now been placed on leave while the school investigates.
“I’m happy that she’s being investigated. Maybe she’ll think twice about doing something in the future,” the mother told WISN-TV. She has now called for the teacher to be fired, and although she is being criticized for doing so, she says she believes she did what was right.
As previously reported, in December 2014, Google reported that searches for Ouija boards had risen 300 percent following the release of the film “Ouija.” Despite the film’s conclusion that “some things aren’t meant to be played with,” the movie reportedly piqued the interest of many of its viewers.
“The fact that people’s intention is to contact the spiritual realm outside the blessings and parameters that God has set out could lead to them to connect with the evil spiritual realm,” Darren Gallagher, a spokesman for Ellel Ministries, told Christian Today at that time. “Therefore such things as Ouija boards are not just harmless fun, but could potentially be spiritually dangerous for those who take part in such things.”
He noted that in the book of Acts, the people “gathered together their occultic objects and burned them because they knew that these practices were not compatible with their new life in Christ.”
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World’s First ‘Transgender’ Doll Unveiled at New York Toy Fair Feb 20, 2017 12:00 pm
NEW YORK -- A doll made in the likeness of a reality television star who was born a boy but identifies as a girl was unveiled this weekend in New York. The Tonner Doll Company, led by Robert Tonner, introduced the Jazz Jennings doll at the International Toy Fair in Manhattan on Saturday. "Jazz stands for everything I respect from a human nature point of view:...
The Tonner Doll Company, led by Robert Tonner, introduced the Jazz Jennings doll at the International Toy Fair in Manhattan on Saturday.
“Jazz stands for everything I respect from a human nature point of view: She’s incredibly brave, intelligent, warm-hearted and creative,” he said in a statement.
As previously reported, Jennings is known for being the center of the TLC reality show “I Am Jazz,” which follows the now 16-year old’s life living as the opposite sex.
“Although born male, Jazz is a transgender female and has been living as a girl since kindergarten,” the network describes the show on its website. “Parents Jeanette and Greg have spent the years finding doctors to treat their daughter, while fighting the discrimination and misconceptions associated with what it means to be transgender.”
“Jazz is on a regimen of hormone therapy so that she can look and develop like the other girls in her school. But, Jazz struggles with comparing herself, and the lagging pace of her breast development to her friends,” it outlines.
Tonner said that he first learned about Jennings in 2007 when the then six-year-old was featured on “20/20” with Barbara Walters. Years later, after he noted that Jennings was becoming a prominent voice on “transgender” issues, he contacted the teen’s parents to advise that he would like to create a doll in Jennings’ image.
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Tim Tebow Raises Concerns After Praising ‘Shack’ Movie Based on Universalist Novel Portraying God as Woman
By Heather Clark on February 21,
New York Mets outfielder and former NFL great Tim Tebow recently praised the upcoming film “The Shack,” a movie that is based on William P. Young’s bestselling novel of the same name, which some say contains universalistic doctrine and other unbiblical material.
“Got a sneak-peek of @TheShackMovie last night. Great reminder that God is with us in our highs & lows & LOVES us no matter what!” he posted on Twitter on Friday, generating 1,700 likes.
Reaction to his post was mixed, with some conveying agreement and others expressing concern out of their belief that the book and film are heretical.
“I was able to get a sneak peek, too! I loved the way it portrayed the Trinity’s relationship with each other and us!” one follower wrote.
“The 2nd greatest book ever! Can’t wait to see the movie!” another posted.
“I can’t support this movie nor have I the book. Scripturally unsound,” another wrote.
“This movie and book are Scripturally unsound. No Christian should view!” a third opined.
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“Except for the heresy and misrepresentation of a holy God. Great reminder to read our Bibles,” another wrote in objection.
As previously reported, “The Shack,” released in 2007, is stated to have sold approximately 20 million copies and has been translated into 39 languages. In 2013, Lionsgate Entertainment obtained the rights to turn the book into a film, which is now scheduled to be released in March and is currently being promoted nationwide.
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Former Iranian Prisoner Saeed Abedini Sentenced Over Violation of Wife’s Restraining Order
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An American pastor who had been imprisoned in Iran for three years until he was freed last January in a prisoner swap with the U.S. was sentenced on Monday after pleading guilty last year to violating a restraining order sought by his wife, who he filed for divorce from last fall.
Saeed Abedini was sentenced to 180 days in jail, but with all but five days suspended, and was credited with one day in light of his arrest in August. He was also informed that he may perform community service for the four remaining days.
According to the Idaho Statesman, Ada County Magistrate Daniel Steckel also fined Abedini $1,000, but suspended half of the penalty, and placed the pastor on two years of unsupervised probation.
Abedini may not come within 300 yards of his wife’s home, and a third party has been arranged to transport the couple’s children back and forth to visitations with their father. He may not have contact with his wife unless it relates to the children.
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Former Democrat Party Leader and ‘Husband’ Face Sex Charges for Abusing Teen Boy
By Heather Clark on February 18, 201733 Comments
NEWBURGH, Ind. — A former local Democratic Party leader and his homosexual partner have been arrested and now face sexual misconduct charges after allegedly being in a sexual relationship with a teenage boy.
Justin Jarvis, 43, and Robert Owen, 38, were arrested on Wednesday following an investigation by the Warrick County Sheriff’s Office in Indiana. Jarvis had formerly served as the political director of the Vanderburgh County Democratic Party.
According to reports, the teen’s parent contacted the sheriff’s office in October to report the relationship. It is believed that the men had been in contact with the boy, now 16, for approximately a year.
The teen was subsequently interviewed by detectives, and it was discovered that he and Jarvis had exchanged sexually explicit images, which were found on the boy’s phone.
The teen advised authorities that he met Jarvis through a dating app, and while he admitted that he lied about his age at first, he said he did soon tell Jarvis the truth.
He also said that some of his sexual encounters with the men were recorded, and advised that he had willingly engaged in sex with Jarvis and Owen 10 to 15 times each.
When police searched the men’s home, they found a number of sex tapes featuring the teen, just as he had said. They also found marijuana and a smoking pipe, as well as a bag that investigators believe contained meth residue. The teen stated that Jarvis had given him pot and Adderall during visits.
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Openly ‘Gay’ Speaker Invited to Conservative Event Dropped After Sexual Remarks Favoring Young Boys, Older Men Surface
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An openly homosexual writer and speaker who had been invited to appear at the popular Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) has now been dropped from the lineup after video surfaced of the conservative celebrity seemingly speaking in favor of pedophilia—an accusation that he denies.
Milo Yiannopoulos, an editor at the publication Breitbart, had been announced by the American Conservative Union (ACU) to be a keynote speaker at CPAC, which runs Wednesday through Saturday and features dozens of well-known conservative figures, including Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov. Scott Walker, Carly Fiorina, Michael Reagan, Sheriff David Clarke, Judge Jeanine Pirro, Sean Hannity, and many others.
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are scheduled to make appearances as well.
“We think free speech includes hearing Milo’s important perspective,” Tweeted ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp on Saturday.
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Blurring Gender Lines? Pastor Concerned After American Girl Introduces First Ever Male Doll
By Garrett Haley on February 20, 201761 Comments
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MIDDLETON, Wisc. – Hoping to offer a doll that will appeal to both girls and boys, American Girl has unveiled their first ever full-size male doll, which has lead to criticism from a North Carolina pastor who believes the move will blur gender lines and confuse young children about whether it is acceptable for boys to play with dolls like girls do.
For over 30 years, American Girl dolls, along with their accompanying books and accessories, have been popular toys for children in the U.S. The original dolls featured storylines and outfits of young girls from different periods of American history, but since 1995 the company has sold doll characters in various modern settings.
On Tuesday, in an effort to continue modernizing their line of dolls, American Girl announced the creation of its first-ever full-sized male character doll.
“A boy character has been a top request from our fans for decades,” said American Girl spokeswoman Stephanie Spanos in a statement.
The doll, whose name is Logan Everett, is advertised on the American Girl website as a bandmate and drummer to a female doll character named Tenney.
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Judge Rules Illinois Law Banning Help for Homosexual Youth Doesn’t Apply to Pastors
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CHICAGO — A federal judge appointed to the bench by then-President Bill Clinton has ruled that an Illinois law banning mental health providers from providing help for homosexual youth to overcome temptation does not apply to pastors.
In August 2015, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law the “Youth Mental Health Protection Act,” which makes it illegal for any “marriage and family therapist” or “professional counselor” to provide “sexual orientation change efforts” to youth under the age of 18.
“Being lesbian, gay, or bisexual is not a disease, disorder, illness, deficiency, or shortcoming,” the Act reads in part. “Under no circumstances shall a mental health provider engage in sexual orientation change efforts with a person under the age of 18.”
It also bans therapists and counselors involved in a “trade or commerce” from engaging in “any deception, fraud … in offering conversion therapy services in a manner that represents homosexuality as a mental disease, disorder or illness.”
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Norma McCorvey, Remorseful ‘Roe’ in Roe v. Wade Supreme Court Case Permitting Abortion, Dead at 69
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DALLAS, Texas (CBS News) — Norma McCorvey, whose legal challenge under the pseudonym “Jane Roe” led to the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision that legalized abortion but who later became an outspoken opponent of the procedure, died Saturday. She was 69.
McCorvey died at an assisted living center in Katy, Texas, journalist Joshua Prager confirmed to CBS News. He is working on a book about McCorvey and was with her and her family when she died. He said she died of heart failure.
McCorvey was 22, unmarried, unemployed and pregnant for the third time when in 1969 she sought to have an abortion in Texas, where the procedure was illegal except to save a woman’s life. The subsequent lawsuit, known as Roe v. Wade, led to Supreme Court’s 1973 ruling that established abortion rights, though by that time, McCorvey had given birth and given her daughter up for adoption.
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Trial Underway in UK for Preachers Arrested for ‘Anti-Social’ Opposition to Islam, Homosexuality
By Heather Clark on February 24, 201725 Comments

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BRISTOL, UK — A trial is currently underway in the United Kingdom for three preachers who were arrested last July on accusations of “causing a disturbance” and engaging in “anti-social behavior” after some listeners became offended by their speech about issues such as Islam, Buddhism, homosexuality and divorce.
Michael Overd, Adrian Clark and Michael Stockwell appeared in Bristol Magistrates’ Court on Thursday and Friday as part of a four-day trial over accusations that they violated a section of the Crime and Disorder Act, which prohibits speech or behavior causing “intentional harassment, alarm or distress” that is “racially or religiously aggravated.”
Prosecutor Ian Jackson “told the court some of the statements made by the preachers may have been in the King James Bible, translated in 1611, but that did not mean they were acceptable in 2016,” according to the Daily Mail.
Video of the incident was played in court on Friday.
As previously reported, the men had been taking turns open air preaching outside of the Bristol shopping center on July 6, while others engaged passersby in conversation and/or held gospel signs.
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Trump Admin Withdraws Obama-Era Directive Requiring Allowance of Male Students in Girls’ Restrooms
By Heather Clark on February 23, 20178 Comments
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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration withdrew on Wednesday an Obama-era directive that required public schools to allow students to use the restroom that they feel matches their “internal sense of gender” under threat of losing federal funding.
A letter issued by both the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Justice outlines that the guidance issued under the Obama administration did not “contain extensive legal analysis or explain how the position is consistent with the express language of Title IX, nor did they undergo any formal public process.”
“This interpretation has given rise to significant litigation regarding school restrooms and locker rooms,” the departments noted.
The sentiments are similar to that of U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor, who issued a nationwide injunction against the directives last August, declaring that the Obama administration had not followed the proper channels in issuing the guidance, and suggested that the departments’ interpretation of federal law was incorrect.
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Roman Catholic Group Requests ‘Pope Francis’ Refer to Mary as ‘Co-Redemptrix With Jesus’
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The International Marian Association has requested that the leader of Roman Catholicism, Jorge Bergoglio, also known as Pope Francis, refer to Mary as “co-redemptrix with Jesus the redeemer” during the 100th year anniversary of the purported apparitions of Mary in Fatima, Portugal.

The Theological Commission of the Marian Association, which is comprised of 30 supportive entities, including Vatican Secretariat of State Florian Kolfhaus, Andrew Apostoli of the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), Elias Mary of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Sanctuary in Wisconsin, and Michael O’Neill and Christopher Padgett of the Mariological Society of America, recently released a 10-page document outlining why Mary is deserving of the title.

It states that Mary passed on her sinless nature—given to her by God at conception—to Jesus, that He might redeem the world from sin. Through her willing human participation in the Father’s divine means of saving wicked men, the Commission contends, she is the “New Eve” just as Jesus is the “New Adam.”

“Mary, the ‘full of grace’ (Lk. 1:28) was providentially prepared by the Father through her Immaculate Conception to participate with the Son in the crushing of the head of Satan and redeeming humanity from sin, and to pass on to her divine Son an immaculate human nature like her own in order to accomplish the mission of redemption,” the document asserts.

“Within the rich tradition of the Church the patristic concept of Mary as the ‘New Eve’ who uniquely worked with Jesus, the ‘New Adam,’ to restore the life of grace to the human family contains within itself the doctrine of Mary’s unique participation with Jesus in the redemption,” it states. “Declared ‘Mother of the Church’ by Pope Bl. Paul VI, Mary ‘cooperated in initiating God’s kingdom’ and thus manifested her motherly co-redemption for the Church.”

The Commission clarifies, however, that the title of co-redemptrix does not set Mary as equal with Christ, as it believes such a concept would be heresy.
“The philosophical and theological meaning of ‘participation’ includes the understanding of an inferior being ‘taking part in’ (partem capere) the perfections or qualities of a superior being,” it outlines. “Thus, Mary’s participation in the redemption of Christ in no way diminishes His perfect divine redemption, but rather in a human feminine and maternal expression, partakes in its divine power and efficacy.”
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The Marian Association therefore requests that “Pope Francis would kindly grant public recognition and honor to the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary as ‘co-redemptrix with Jesus the redeemer'” during the Fatima observance in May. It says that the recognition would provide a means for humanity to consider how God used men as a vessel as He carried out His purposes in the plan of salvation.

“We believe that a public acknowledgement of Mary’s true and continuous role with Jesus in the saving work of redemption would justly celebrate the role of humanity in God’s saving plan; foster greater devotion to the mother of God; and lead to the release of historic graces through an even more powerful exercise of our lady’s maternal roles of intercession for the Church and for all humanity today,” it writes.

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While the Association says that title would point the eyes of the people to the cross of Christ, some beg to differ. Mike Gendron of Proclaiming the Gospel Ministries in Plano, Texas told Christian News Network that the Roman Catholic religion often attributes many of Christ’s characteristics to Mary.
“They teach that both were conceived without sin and lived sinless lives, and both are our advocates. They proclaim that Jesus is the source of grace, Mary is the channel of all grace; Jesus is the Mediator, Mary is the Mediatrix; Jesus ascended into glory, Mary’s body was assumed into glory; Jesus is the King of Heaven, Mary is the Queen of Heaven; Jesus is the Prince of peace, and Mary is the Queen of peace,” he explained.
Gendron said that these doctrines are unbiblical. Further considering Mary now as co-redemptrix, he opined, rather takes God’s rightful glory and gives part of it to man.


“Nowhere in Scripture is Mary referred to as co-redeemer or co-mediatrix,” he declared. “It was the Lord Jesus, not Mary, who gave His life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45). It was Jesus, not Mary, who redeemed those who were once slaves to sin and purchased their freedom so that they are no longer in bondage to sin. Jesus gave Himself to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own (Titus 2:14).”

“For anyone to refer to Mary as co-redemptrix not only violates the truth of God’s Word, it also dishonors the Lord Jesus Christ and robs Him of the glory, honor and praise that He alone deserves,” Gendron stated.

Pope John Paul II referred to Mary as co-redemptrix on several occasions, but some worried that it would impede the ecumenical unity that Catholics were seeking with Christians.

“There is great spiritual danger for Catholics when they look to Mary and not Jesus,” Gendron said. “Paul warned, ‘But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ (2 Corinthians 11:3).’ I pray that Catholics will heed the exhortation from the book of Hebrews: ‘Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:2).'”
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522 ‘Johns,’ 30 Pimps Arrested in Super Bowl Sex Trafficking Sting
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COOK COUNTY, Ill. (WCMH) — A national sex trafficking sting ended in the arrests of 552 would-be sex buyers or sex traffickers.
The National Johns Suppression Initiative began three weeks ago, ending on Super Bowl Sunday. 23 law enforcement agencies in 14 states took part in the crackdown.
“Sex trafficking continues to destroy countless lives, and this broad national movement should send a strong message to prospective johns that their ‘hobby’ is much more than a ‘victimless’ crime,” said Cook County, Illinois Sheriff Thomas J. Dart in a news release. “It’s particularly meaningful that this sting culminated on the day of the Super Bowl, which unfortunately has emerged as a prominent haven for sex trafficking.”
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Georgetown University Islamic Professor Asserts Slavery, Rape Is Not Always ‘Morally Evil’
By Heather Clark on February 14, 201745 Comments
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WASHINGTON — Concerns are being expressed after audio has surfaced of a Muslim Georgetown University professor outlining that slavery and sex without consent is not always wrong as defined in Islamic culture.
Professor Jonathan Brown recently lectured at the International Institute of Islamic Thought, where he delivered a message on “Islam and the Problem of Slavery.” The lecture, which included a Q & A period, can be heard in full here. Q & A begins at approximately 51:00.
Brown stated in the discussion that what some might call slavery in Islam differs from what is recognized in the historical American context, because it was “rarely racialized” and “slaves had a huge regime of rights.” He said that some “slaves in numerous circumstances became the actual rulers or were used as the administrative elite.”
“I think if you took the Sharia understanding of slavery and even the general practice of slavery in Islamic civilization, I don’t think it’s comparable at all to plantation chattel slavery in the Americas. It’s just not comparable at all,” he asserted.
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St. Louis Passes Proposal Adding Women Who’ve Aborted to Non-Discrimination Ordinance
By Heather Clark on February 12, 201771 Comments
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The city council of St. Louis has approved a proposal that adds women who’ve had an abortion to the city’s non-discrimination ordinance.
Board Bill 203 was presented by Alderman Megan Green, who said that the protections were necessary to keep employers and landlords from acting adversely when a mother chooses to the end the life of her unborn child.
“Employers can have their own beliefs,” she told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “but they shouldn’t be able to impose those beliefs on people or fire someone because of those beliefs.”
But faith-based organizations expressed opposition to the proposal, stating that it instead “promotes religious discrimination against those who don’t want to be complicit in the evils of abortion.”
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Trump Admin Withdraws Obama-Era Request for Stay of Block on ‘Transgender’ Restroom Use Policy
By Heather Clark on February 13, 201727 Comments
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WASHINGTON — In what appears to some as being a signal that the Trump administration is not going to defend the Obama administration’s directives requiring public schools to allow male students who identify as female—and vice versa—to use the restroom that correlates with their “internal sense of gender,” the U.S. Department of Justice has withdrawn the previous administration’s request for a stay of an injunction against the Obama-era restroom policy.
The filing, submitted on Friday, notifies the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals that it desires to withdraw the motion, as well as the oral argument scheduled over the matter, which was to be held on Tuesday.
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Mission Board President David Platt Apologizes for Distraction, Division Caused by Brief Supporting Mosque
By Heather Clark on February 17, 201716 Comments
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ONTARIO, Calif. — While appearing at an event with Baptist news reporters on Wednesday, Southern Baptist International Mission Board President David Platt told those gathered that he was sorry that an amicus brief supporting the construction of a New Jersey mosque had caused division.
“I apologize to Southern Baptists for how distracting and divisive this has been,” he said. “I can say with full confidence that in the days ahead, IMB will have a process in place to keep us focused on our primary mission: partnering with churches to empower limitless missionary teams for evangelizing, discipling, planting and multiplying healthy churches, and training leaders among unreached peoples and places for the glory of God.”
As previously reported, the Mission Board, the SBC Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, and the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty were among 20 groups that had joined the 2016 legal filing, including the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, the Sikh Coalition, the Interfaith Coalition on Mosques and many others.
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Historic Cave Discovery in Israel Renews Hopes of Finding More Dead Sea Scrolls Feb 13, 2017 06:02 am
QUMRAN, Israel – For the first time in over 60 years, researchers have discovered a cave near the Dead Sea that once housed ancient scrolls, renewing archaeologists’ hopes that additional Dead Sea Scrolls may be waiting to be found. Seventy years ago, Bedouin shepherds famously discovered ancient scrolls within caves near the Dead Sea.
One of the most popular lies that has become universally accepted as if it was an indisputable truth is the myth about Jerusalem being the third sacred place to Islam. It is quite rare to hear the honest truth, that Jerusalem is the First and Only Holiest place to Judaism! As a matter of fact, Jerusalem is not mentioned at all in the koran, and Muhammad has never been there (perhaps he did not even know about the existence of Jerusalem!). The tale about his dream flight has been related with Jerusalem in a very recent time for political strategy purposes.
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Pence Comes Out in Support of Trump Decision to Retain Obama Order on Homosexual, Transgender Protections Feb 06, 2017 01:26 pm
WASHINGTON -- Vice President Mike Pence defended on Sunday President Donald Trump's decision to retain an Obama-era order banning groups that contract with the federal government from “discriminating” against homosexuals and transgenders in their business or non-profit organization. “I think throughout the campaign, President Trump made it clear that
discrimination would have no place in our administration,” Pence said during an interview on ABC’s “This Week,” according to a transcript of the discussion. “He was the very first Republican nominee to mention the LGBTQ community at our Republican National Convention and was applauded for it. And I was there applauding with him.”
“I think the generosity of his spirit, recognizing that in the patriot’s heart, there’s no room for prejudice is part of who this president is,” he stated.
He had been asked by interviewer George Stephanopoulos about concerns from conservative groups, which wondered “why Obama’s executive order is allowed to stand.”
As previously reported, last Tuesday, the Trump administration advised that it would keep intact Obama’s order, #13672, which amended a 1969 order by then-President Richard Nixon prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating based on “race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap and age,” as well as a 1998 order from then-President Bill Clinton adding “sexual orientation” to the list.
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Discovery of ‘Astonishing’ Fortification From Solomon’s Time Confirms Biblical History Feb 06, 2017 06:00 am
TIMNA VALLEY, Israel – Archaeologists have discovered a 3,000-year-old military fortification in Israel that dates to the reign of King Solomon and provides evidence that the biblical king ruled over an advanced, wealthy kingdom. Writing in “The Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports,” a team of researchers from Tel Aviv University describe recent findings from Israel’s Timna Valley, which is located in far southern Israel. Thanks to its exceptionally dry climate, many ancient structures and artifacts dating to Bible times have been exquisitely preserved there The Tel Aviv University researchers were particularly interested in the remains of a gatehouse from the 10th century B.C. that was associated with copper ore mines.
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Men’s Barbershop Settles With ‘Genderqueer’ Woman Who Sued for Being Denied Haircut Feb 07, 2017 07:01 am
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. — A men's barbershop in California has agreed to a settlement with a woman who identifies as "gender neutral" who filed a lawsuit last year after being denied a haircut because she is not a man. Under the terms of the settlement, signed by both parties, Richard Hernandez, owner of The Barbershop, admits to violating California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act and agrees to serve all who request a haircut.
“Kendall’s sex shouldn’t have mattered. No one should experience the gut-punch of being told they won’t be served by a business open to the public,” Lambda Legal Senior Attorney Peter Renn said of the men’s barbershop in a statement on Wednesday.
As previously reported, Kendall Oliver, 25, began identifying as “genderqueer” after serving in the Army. The term is defined as “a person who does not subscribe to conventional gender distinctions but identifies with neither, both, or a combination of male and female genders.”
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eff Sessions, Who Vowed to ‘Respect’ and ‘Follow’ ‘Unconstitutional’ Roe Abortion Ruling, Confirmed as Trump AG
By Heather Clark on February 8, 201713 Comments

WASHINGTON — Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, who had been nominated by President Donald Trump, was confirmed Wednesday night to serve as U.S. attorney general—making Sessions the leader of the U.S. Department of Justice, whose constitutional duty it is to protect and defend all Americans, including the unborn.
He was approved 52-47 mostly along partly lines, with one Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, supporting his nomination.
As previously reported, Sessions had stated during his confirmation hearing last month that while he believes Roe v. Wade is unconstitutional, he would respect and follow it as attorney general.
“You have referred to Roe v. Wade as ‘one of the worst, colossally erroneous Supreme Court decisions of all time,’” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, noted. “Is that still your view?”
eff Sessions, Who Vowed to ‘Respect’ and ‘Follow’ ‘Unconstitutional’ Roe Abortion Ruling, Confirmed as Trump AG
By Heather Clark on February 8, 201713 Comments

WASHINGTON — Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, who had been nominated by President Donald Trump, was confirmed Wednesday night to serve as U.S. attorney general—making Sessions the leader of the U.S. Department of Justice, whose constitutional duty it is to protect and defend all Americans, including the unborn.
He was approved 52-47 mostly along partly lines, with one Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, supporting his nomination.
As previously reported, Sessions had stated during his confirmation hearing last month that while he believes Roe v. Wade is unconstitutional, he would respect and follow it as attorney general.
“You have referred to Roe v. Wade as ‘one of the worst, colossally erroneous Supreme Court decisions of all time,’” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, noted. “Is that still your view?”eff Sessions, Who Vowed to ‘Respect’ and ‘Follow’ ‘Unconstitutional’ Roe Abortion Ruling, Confirmed as Trump AG
By Heather Clark on February 8, 201713 Comments

WASHINGTON — Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, who had been nominated by President Donald Trump, was confirmed Wednesday night to serve as U.S. attorney general—making Sessions the leader of the U.S. Department of Justice, whose constitutional duty it is to protect and defend all Americans, including the unborn.
He was approved 52-47 mostly along partly lines, with one Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, supporting his nomination.
As previously reported, Sessions had stated during his confirmation hearing last month that while he believes Roe v. Wade is unconstitutional, he would respect and follow it as attorney general.
“You have referred to Roe v. Wade as ‘one of the worst, colossally erroneous Supreme Court decisions of all time,’” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, noted. “Is that still your view?”
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Virginia Senate Advances Bill Prohibiting Punishment of Those Who Believe in Biblical Marriage Feb 10, 2017 07:02 am
RICHMOND, Va. -- Lawmakers in Virginia have passed a bill that prohibits the government from punishing those who believe in biblical marriage and conduct their public lives in accordance with that conviction. S.B. 1324 passed the Senate on Tuesday 21-19, and now moves on to the House for consideration. The vote was along party lines. "No person shall be required to participate in the solemnization of any marriage, or subject to any penalty by the Commonwealth, or its political subdivisions or representatives or agents, notwithstanding any other provision of law, solely on account of such person’s belief, speech, or action in accordance with a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman,” the legislation reads.
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Mississippi Town Rallies After Complaint Results in Removal of Christian Flag Feb 06, 2017 11:48 am
RIENZI, Miss. -- Over 100 residents from a small Mississippi town rallied on Saturday after a complaint from a prominent professing atheist organization that took issue with a Christian flag being displayed in a public park resulted in the removal of the banner. The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) sent a letter on Jan. 20 to Rienzi Mayor Mississippi Town Rallies After Complaint Results in Removal of Christian Flag Feb 06, 2017 11:48 am
RIENZI, Miss. -- Over 100 residents from a small Mississippi town rallied on Saturday after a complaint from a prominent professing atheist organization that took issue with a Christian flag being displayed in a public park resulted in the removal of the banner. The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) sent a letter on Jan. 20 to Rienzi Mayor.Walter Williams to assert that the flag, which had been flown in Veterans Memorial Park, was unconstitutional. It said that it had been contacted by a local resident—who was not named—to advise them of the flag’s presence.
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U.S. Senators Introduce Bill to Redirect Planned Parenthood Funding to Women’s Health Care Providers Feb 07, 2017 07:02 am
WASHINGTON -- Two U.S. Senators have introduced a bill that would redirect more than $500 million in federal funding from the abortion and contraceptive giant Planned Parenthood to women's health care providers that do not perform abortions. Sens. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and James Lankford, R-Okla., recently introduced the "Protect Funding for Women’s Health Care.
providers that do not perform abortions.
Sens. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and James Lankford, R-Okla., recently introduced the “Protect Funding for Women’s Health Care Act” with the support of 127 co-sponsors.
“Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no federal funds may be made available to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, or to any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, successors or clinics,” the bill reads in part. “All funds no longer available to Planned Parenthood will continue to be made available to other eligible entities to provide women’s health care services.”
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