Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Polygamy Too: Fed. Court Ruling for 'Gay Marriage'

As two activist judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit hailed same-sex "marriage" by ruling against the citizens of Virginia regarding their 2006 definition of natural marriage, another judge on the court panel dissented by reasoning that the ruling must certainly also permit "marriage" of multiple persons of any gender, as well as incestuous marriages.
". . . if the fundamental right to marriage is based on 'the constitutional liberty to select the partner of one’s choice,' as they contend, then that liberty would also extend to individuals seeking state recognition of other types of relationships that States currently restrict, such as polygamous or incestuous relationships."
-- Judge Paul Niemeyer, 4th Circuit Court of Appeals
For background, read Supreme Court's New Morality Means Justice for Polygamy and also read Polygamy OKd by Federal Judge = 'Marriage' Anarchy

For the "big picture," read how activist judges across America are forbidding voters the right to define marriage as between one man and one woman.  However, the are lone appellate judges who say that there is NO constitutional protection for "gay marriage."

Click headlines below to read previous articles:

Judge Says Incest OK; It's the New Gay

Pedophiles Win in 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

'Gay Marriage' Not Favored in Polls, Only in Court

-- From "Appeals panel strikes down Virginia gay marriage ban" by Richard Wolf, USA TODAY 7/29/14

The [4th] circuit court has jurisdiction over Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The panel's decision will not take effect until at least Aug. 18 while circuit clerks defending the state's ban decide whether to appeal to the full appellate court or the Supreme Court.

"I do strongly disagree with the assertion that same-sex marriage is subject to the same constitutional protections as the traditional right to marry," Niemeyer said. "I would reverse the district court's judgment and defer to Virginia's political choice in defining marriage as only between one man and one woman."

The Virginia case, which involves two couples seeking to marry in the state and two couples seeking to have their marriages from other states recognized, now gives the Supreme Court a choice. It can hear the Utah or Oklahoma cases from the 10th Circuit, wait for Virginia's to be appealed, or defer action even longer for other gay marriage cases scheduled for appellate hearings in August, September and beyond.

Because Virginia's new Democratic attorney general, Mark Herring, had refused to defend the state's gay marriage ban, that task was left to circuit court clerks from two counties. Brian Babione, senior counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom, which represented one of the clerks, said they were considering their options.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Virginia Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down" by Adam Klasfeld, Courthouse News Service 7/29/14

Virginia's laws denying same-sex couples the right to marry or have their marriages recognized are "the type of segregation that the Fourteenth Amendment cannot countenance," the 4th Circuit ruled.

"Civil marriage is one of the cornerstones of our way of life," the majority opinion states. "It allows individuals to celebrate and publicly declare their intentions to form lifelong partnerships, which provide unparalleled intimacy, companionship, emotional support, and security. The choice of whether and whom to marry is an intensely personal decision that alters the course of an individual's life. Denying same-sex couples this choice prohibits them from participating fully in our society, which is precisely the type of segregation that the Fourteenth Amendment cannot countenance."

In a bitter dissent, Judge Paul Niemeyer argued that same-sex marriage would lead to recognition of "polygamous or incestuous relationships."

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Dissenting judge raises polygamy question" by Doug Clark, News & Record (Greensboro, NC) 7/29/14

. . . there's no clamor for allowing "incestuous" marriage. But "marriage" doesn't require procreation or even a sexual relationship. If it's viewed as a legal arrangement that bestows certain benefits, why should the law bar, say, two elderly sisters from claiming those benefits? Why should they be prohibited if the goal of "marriage equality" is to allow a person to marry any other person?

. . . Several years ago, an NPR report cited studies indicating that some 50,000 to 100,000 American Muslims live in polygamous marriages -- although of course they are not recognized as such under any state law.

Niemeyer was not advocating for recognition of polygamous marriages. On the contrary, he was warning that the same legal construct used to expand marriage laws to include same-sex unions must logically continue the expansion.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Judges 'open door' to marriage of 3, 4 or 5 people" by Greg Corombos, Radio America, posted at 7/29/14

“Over the decades, the Supreme Court has demonstrated that the right to marry is an expansive liberty interest that may stretch to accommodate changing societal norms,” wrote [Judge] Floyd in his [majority 4th Circuit] opinion.

[Liberty Counsel Special Counsel Rena Lindevaldsen, said] “First you have the court proclaiming that the right is ever-expanding, and then you have this language that adults should be free to choose to love who they want to love. We already have challenges to the polygamy bans. We have a movement out there suggesting that two, three, four, five people should be able to come together in the marital union. So this opens that door entirely. Once you’ve opened the door past one man and one woman, which has historical and foundational roots, what’s to say the line can’t be drawn to allow two, three, four and five people to marry?”

“I like to think we could limit it, but from a legal perspective and realistically speaking, once you open the door the door is open,” Lindevaldsen said. “There simply is no reason to now say that three consenting adults, who love each other and want to raise children together, shouldn’t be allowed to marry once we retreat from the definition of marriage as one man and one woman.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Bush-and-Obama-Appointed Judge: It's 'Dubious Proposition That Same-Sex Couples are Less Capable Parents'" by Terence P. Jeffrey, 7/28/14

[U.S. 4th Circuit Appeals Court Judge Henry F.] Floyd made the [headline, above] remark while declaring same-sex marriage a constitutional right and dismissing the argument made in favor of Virginia's marriage amendment that it safeguards the need of children to be raised by both a mother and a father.

"The proponents aver that 'children develop best when reared by their married biological parents in a stable family unit,'" wrote Floyd. "They dwell on the importance of 'gender-differentiated parenting' and argue that sanctioning same-sex marriage will deprive children of the benefit of being raised by a mother and a father, who have 'distinct parenting styles.' In essence, the proponents argue that the Virginia Marriage Laws safeguard children by preventing same-sex couples from marrying and starting inferior families."

. . . said Floyd. "For example, as the American Psychological Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Psychiatric Association, National Association of Social Workers, and Virginia Psychological Association (collectively, the APA) explain in their amicus brief, 'there is no scientific evidence that parenting effectiveness is related to parental sexual orientation,' and 'the same factors'—including family stability, economic resources, and the quality of parent-child relationships—'are linked to children’s positive development, whether they are raised by heterosexual, lesbian, or gay parents.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read American Decline: Obama's Gay Agenda vs. Christians as well as America Going to Hell; Christians Lose Convictions

In addition, read Pastors Who Avoid Gay Agenda Deserve Hell, Says Rev. Franklin Graham

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Planned Parenthood Sex Training Investigated

More undercover video of Planned Parenthood clinics across America encouraging young girls to submit to abusive sex acts with adult men has prompted the Colorado attorney general to launch an investigation.
“Then there is kink that can be, um… you tie each other up when either he likes being tied-up or he wants to tie you up, bondage type things.”
-- Planned Parenthood employee at Clackamas Center in Portland, Oregon tells a 15-year-old girl
For background, read Kinky Planned Parenthood Sex Advisor Caught and Fired in Indiana

Also read Planned Parenthood's Sexual Assault on Kids: Business Model is Hooking them on Sex

In addition, read Planned Parenthood Conceals Serial Rapist in Arizona

-- From "Anti-abortion group releases undercover Planned Parenthood video" by Chris Willis, KGW-TV Unit 8 Reporter (Portland, OR) 7/24/14

The [Portland Planned Parenthood] worker tells the girl about bondage, fetishes and sexual positions. Critics say it is inappropriate for a nonprofit organization receiving millions of dollars of funding from the government to talk explicitly about sex to a child.

KGW went to the administrative offices of Planned Parenthood to get a response, and no one would talk to us on camera.

Planned Parenthood did sent us a written statement saying, “A group opposed to our mission and services has a history of pretending to be patients and secretly recording visits with staff and then using highly edited versions of these videos to create a false impression of our services, mission and values.”

But they did not deny the worker gave the explicit sex advice . . .

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Colorado Attorney General To Investigate Planned Parenthood For Possible Child Abuse" by Tristyn Bloom, Daily Caller 7/28/14

The videos, obtained by the Daily Caller in mid-July, show staffers advising investigators posing as 15-year-old girls about sadomasochistic sex practices, how to obtain sex toys while underage, and encouraging them to view pornography without parental knowledge or consent.

[The pro-life organization] Live Action is concerned that Planned Parenthood is systematically ignoring laws designed to protect minors from sex abuse–and are using taxpayer funds to do it. They received over $500 million in government funds last year, accounting for 45 percent of its annual revenue. “We are the largest provider of sex education in the U.S.,” they boasted in their annual report, “with educators who will reach more than one million young people and adults this year.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Planned Parenthood Faces New Allegations Involving Abuse of Minors" by Wayne Laugesen, Catholic News Agency 7/25/14

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers told the Register he will have attorneys review the video of a Colorado Planned Parenthood employee coaching a woman pretending to be a 15-year-old girl to engage in dangerous sexual activity, to buy goods from an adult sex store and view and read pornography.

The Colorado video bolsters allegations that Planned Parenthood officials ignore and violate laws intended to protect minors. Though the video reveals a Planned Parenthood worker encouraging a girl, who told the counselor she is 15, to shop at a sex store, a local ordinance prohibits minors from entering adult sex shops.

The woman goes on to encourage the girl to watch porn videos with her older boyfriend, but to be careful of viruses — on her computer.

After the girl expresses concern about her parents potentially finding out about porn, the Planned Parenthood worker advises her on methods of hiding it from them.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Planned Parenthood Counselor Caught Telling Teen to Let Her Boyfriend Beat Her" by Steven Ertelt, 7/23/14

The [Portland] staffer tells the investigator that “it’s very common to experiment with different things,” including “being tied up” and “whipped” and “the baby thing, where they will put on diapers[.]”

Some girls like being “spanked,” “hit,” or “whipped,” said the counselor.

The Portland counselor tells Live Action’s investigator that there are “educational pornos out there” and recommends “female-oriented porn.” Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette continues to operate facilities in six locations in Oregon, including three others in Portland and one in the capital city of Salem.

“As our videos show,” [Live Action's Lila] Rose said, “and as more videos will continue to show, Portland is not an outlier. You’ll see the exact same institutional ethos of promoting destructive sexual activity in every other city and state where Planned Parenthood operates.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Federal Government Probes Planned Parenthood for Fraud as well as Planned Parenthood Faces $5.5 Billion (with a "B") Fine for Fraud

Monday, July 28, 2014

Millennials Won't Marry, but Favor 'Gay Marriage'

A new report from the Urban Institute shows that the same generation that embraces legalized same-sex "marriage" includes a growing number of young adults who have a diminished view of the institution of marriage in their own lives. Such recognition of the alarming drop in marriage rates, as well as birth rates, ought to set off warning sirens among middle-aged Americans whose retirement income is dependent upon the generation to come.

For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

Young Adults Rarely Marry, Seniors Divorce Often

One-third of Households are People Living Alone

Government Funding Strangled by Government Constraints on Birth Rate

Utopian Dream Shattered by Reality of Birth Rate

Where Liberalism Flourishes, Population Diminishes

Also read Married Birthing Nearly Extinct Among Non-college Grads and preview the violent and dismal economic future of an America without intact families as President Obama Replaces Fathers with Government Mentors

-- From "Millennials Set to Be the Most Un-Married Generation Yet" by Michelle Smith, Money News 7/21/14

If millennials keep to current trends, over 30 percent of females will turn 40 as single women. That's nearly double the share of Gen X counterparts who were single at that age.

In 1960, 59 percent of adults between ages 18 and 29 were married. Today, the marriage rate among that age group has dropped to 20 percent.

Overall, only about 26 percent of all millennials, described as those born after 1982, are married, says Forbes.

Many people believe millennials have largely scratched marriage off their list of aspirations as 44 percent of young adults, a much larger share than of any other generation, feel marriage is “obsolete,” says Forbes. . . .

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Marriage Is Not Priority for Millennials, Study Says" by Anugrah Kumar, Christian Post Contributor 7/21/14

Using data from the American Community Survey to estimate age-specific marriage rates, Washington, D.C.-based Urban Institute finds that the percentage of Millennials marrying by age 40 will fall lower than for any previous generation of Americans, even in a scenario where marriage rates recover considerably.

In the early millennium period, from 2000 to 2004, the peak first marriage rate for single U.S.-born women at each year of age from 20 to 40 was .099. This indicated that among never-married single women age 25 in that period, just under 10 percent would have married a year later at age 26, says the study titled, "Fewer Marriages, More Divergence: Marriage Projections for Millennials to Age 40."

A pattern of divergence is evident across the racial and ethnic comparisons, the study finds, noting that, overall, racial and ethnic differences in marriage are projected to be more pronounced for Millennials than for any previous generation.

For example, Hispanic women, Non-Hispanic black women and non-Hispanic women of other racial origin are projected to have steeper decrease in marriage than non-Hispanic white women. For men, the patterns are similar, except that the trends for non-Hispanic white men are slightly steeper than those for non-Hispanic other men.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Millennials say no to marriage" by Tami Luhby, CNN Money 7/20/14

"The evidence shows that getting married increases wealth and income," said Pamela Smock, a sociology professor at the University of Michigan.

Single Americans may be less likely to buy homes or trade up to accommodate growing families, while single parents may be more likely to qualify for government safety net programs.

And the growing schism in marriage rates could exacerbate income inequality in this country, dividing society into still mostly married "haves" and increasingly single "have nots."

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

In addition, read 'Intact Family' Nearly Extinct Among Blacks and also read Marriage Trend: Confined within Church as well as The Religious Procreate, Others Don't

And read American Trend: Fewer Children, More Animals/Pets

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Newspaper Editor, Fired for Being Christian, Sues

The Newton (Iowa) Daily News fired editor Bob Eschliman for writing on a personal blog about attacks on Christianity via the Gay Agenda re-write of God's Word called the "Queen James Bible" whereby homosexualists provide spineless church leaders with fodder to enable acceptance of deviant sexual behavior as being Christian.
“It’s pretty easy to brush off a nonsensical contrived version of the Bible, but that’s not the deceivers’ end goal.  No, they want all Christendom to abandon their faith. They do that by ‘proselytizing’ to church leaders to change their view on homosexuality.”
-- Bob Eschliman, 41-year-old married father of two
For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

Corporations Embrace Gay Agenda, With a Vengeance Against Christians

Homosexualists Force Pro-marriage Internet CEO Resignation

Christian Sports Commentator Fired for Supporting Natural Marriage

President Obama's "Justice" Department Forces Sexual Deviancy on Employees

Also read about the Pew Research study proving media bias for the Gay Agenda as well as a University of Iowa journalism professor who says "ignorant Iowa Jesus Freaks" have no business choosing presidential candidates.

Click for local TV news report

-- From "Former editor claims religious discrimination" posted at Newton Daily News 7/24/14

Former Newton Daily News Editor Bob Eschliman filed a complaint Wednesday against the newspaper, claiming he was fired because of his religious beliefs. The paperwork was filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Milwaukee.

Eschliman was fired May 5, less than a week after receiving national media attention for his personal blog addressing the Queen James translation of the Bible.

“I’d like to talk a little bit about deceivers among us, most notably the LGBTQXYZ crowd and the Gaystapo effort to reword the Bible to make their sinful nature ‘right with God,’” he wrote.

He concluded his blog entry with, “If you ask me, it sounds like the Gaystapo is well on its way. We must fight back against the enemy [Satan].”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Editor fired for anti-gay blog files complaint" by The Associated Press, posted at Dubuque Telegraph Herald 7/25/14

The EEOC could order the newspaper's parent company, Shaw Media Inc., to compensate Eschliman with back pay, future pay and exemplary damages. It also could issue him a right to sue letter allowing him to pursue his complaint in federal court.

The newspaper published a column by [Shaw Media President John] Rung on the day it announced Eschliman's firing. In it, Rung said Eschliman's posting did not reflect the opinion of the newspaper or the company. He said Eschliman's public airing of his views "compromised the reputation of this newspaper and his ability to lead it."

Eschliman's attorney, [former U.S. Attorney] Matt Whitaker, said he doesn't believe his client's comments approach hate speech and added that Eschliman was "expressing his deeply held religious beliefs which are mainstream Christian beliefs."

"I just really think this case is a prime example of where religious freedom in our country is under assault and we need to send a strong message," said Whitaker, a Des Moines attorney who also is getting support from the Liberty Institute, a nonprofit legal organization focusing on religious liberty issues.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Editor who used 'gaystapo' claims religious discrimination" by Daniel Finney and William Petroski, Des Moines Register 7/23/14

In late April, Eschliman, 41, a member of Christian Reformed Church of Newton, wrote a personal blog post criticizing the "Queen James Bible," a website that rewrites the Christian Bible to be friendlier to gays. Eschliman accused "the LGBTQXYZ crowd and the Gaystapo" of trying "to make their sinful nature right with God."

Jim Romenesko, who hosts a widely read online blog about the news media, reported on Eschliman's post and questioned whether Eschliman, in light of his publicly stated views, would be able to fairly cover issues involving gays.

Shaw Media, a Dixon, Ill., company, suspended Eschliman with pay and eventually fired him. Eschliman's attorneys claim that violated his constitutional rights of religious expression. Newton Daily News Publisher Dan Goetz declined to comment Wednesday.

"No one should be fired for simply expressing his religious beliefs," Whitaker said. "In America, it is against the law to fire an employee for expressing a religious belief in public. This kind of religious intolerance by an employer has no place in today's welcoming workforce."

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Gay Agenda will be Complete when Christians are Muzzled, Say Homosexualists as well as Senator Ted Cruz Says the Gay Agenda Ends Christian Liberty

And read American Decline: Obama's Gay Agenda vs. Christians

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Texas Abortion Rate Plunges, Liberals Fume

According to a study by abortion advocates, in just six months following the enactment of a pro-life Texas law, the rate of abortions in the state dropped 13%, including a 70% reduction in medication abortions, translating to saving the lives of 9,200 babies, and suggesting that closing abortion clinics results in fewer abortions.
“Given the number of closures, and the size of the population left without a nearby provider, it is surprising that the overall decline in the abortion rate was not greater than the 13% change we observed,”
-- Texas Policy Evaluation Project
For background, read about the extent of abortion clinic closings in Texas and neighboring states, as well as nationwide closings.

Also read Abortionists' $Millions to Buy Texas Governorship

In addition, read Abortion Rate Declines, Democrats Want More Access

-- From "Texas’s legal abortion rate declines in wake of restrictions" by Irin Carmon, MSNBC 7/23/14

Despite Wendy Davis’s famous filibuster of the legislature’s omnibus abortion law, and with the Supreme Court declining to block the law from going into effect, the state implemented several sweeping restrictions on abortion that had never before been in effect all at once. Those restrictions effectively closed nearly half of the state’s clinics, made it much harder to get an abortion by taking two pills (known as medication abortion), and banned abortion after 20 weeks, several weeks before the Supreme Court deemed constitutional.

For the first time, researchers have released data on what the immediate impact of those laws has been. In the first six months of the law going into effect, there was a 13% decrease in the abortion rate in Texas compared to the year before, according to a study to be published in the journal Contraception by public health researchers affiliated with the Texas Policy Evaluation Project.

There was what the researchers termed a “small but significant” increase in the number of abortions conducted after twelve weeks gestation, from 13.5% of all abortions performed in Texas to 13.9% of all abortions.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Texas Abortion Rate Drops Dramatically As New Restrictions Take Effect" by Laura Bassett, Huffington Post 7/23/14

The study looked specifically at the effects of HB 2, a law that was passed in the summer of 2013 and partially went into effect in November. . . .

Many clinics have already had to shut their doors because their doctors could not get admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Hospitals often turn down abortion providers for political or logistical reasons having nothing to do with the provider's competence or safety record. When the final portion of HB 2 takes effect in September, all but six of the state's remaining clinics are expected to close.

The study finds that as a result of reduced access to abortion, there were 9,200 fewer legal abortions in Texas over the past year than in the previous year. . . .

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Texas Sees 13 Percent Drop in Abortions With Controversial Pro-Life Law" by Michael Gryboski, Christian Post Reporter 7/24/14

Dr. Daniel Grossman, an abortion advocate, is the lead author of the [Texas Policy Evaluation Project] study and vice president for Research at Ibis Reproductive Health.

Grossman told The Christian Post, however, that the researchers "cannot definitively say what caused the decline" in the number of abortions in Texas.

One explaination for the decline, he said, "might be that the [Texas] law passed in 2011 that requires women to see their ultrasound before an abortion is making women change their minds. [But] our research, and that of others, indicates that is not the case."

"In addition, we would have expected to see this sharper decline in 2012, which was not the case," Grossman added.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Texas Abortions Drop 13%, Saving 9,200 Babies, as Pro-Life Law Closes Abortion Clinics" by Cheryl Sullenger, Operation Rescue, 7/24/14

“When abortion clinics close, lives are saved as women find other ways to deal with the challenges they face rather than taking the lives of their babies,” said [President of Operation Rescue, Troy] Newman. “We expect to see abortion numbers continue to steeply decline in Texas as more abortion facilities shut down, and that is great news.”

“The new study proves that the new law is effectively protecting the lives of women and their babies, and will extend those protections to even more women as the rest of the law goes into effect later this year. There should be no hesitancy for other states to adopt similar measures to protect the public and reduce the number of abortions in their states,” said Newman. “Success is measured in results, and the fact that HB2 will shut down 85% of shoddy abortion mills and save nearly 10,000 lives per year in Texas shows that legislation is incredibly successful and should be emulated nationwide.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Planned Parenthood President Asks, Who Cares When Life Begins? as well as President Obama Asks God to Bless Planned Parenthood

CBS News reports on clinic closings

Friday, July 25, 2014

Pastors Avoiding Gay Agenda Deserve Hell: Graham

Reverend Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, boldly proclaimed that Christian pastors who do not preach the whole truth of the Bible, such as condemnation of all sins (including homosexual behavior), are the cowards for whom God "has prepared a lake of fire."  Graham directed his warning to such preachers who avoid controversial topics in order to keep their pews and coffers filled.
“The definition of a coward is one who refuses to do the right thing for fear of consequences. … We are soldiers in God’s army, and we cannot stand down on biblical issues out of fear of being labeled a homophobe or judge.”
-- Reverend Franklin Graham, CEO, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
For background, read America Going to Hell; Christians Lose Convictions

Also read Archbishop Tells Priests: Preach Natural Marriage or Be Quiet

The question is: Will 'Wimpy' Pastors Engage the War on Christianity?

-- From "Franklin Graham: We Must Speak on Moral Issues, or ‘We Are Cowards and Deserve Hell’" by Michael W. Chapman, 7/24/14

. . . He added that “sinful behavior that is excused and repackaged as personal choice is Satan’s greatest deception,” and those preachers who minimize sin to keep their pews filled and “make sinners comfortable in their sin,” commit an egregious offense against God, who “has prepared a lake of fire for those who reject His truth.”

“Just as our nation has drifted from the strict interpretation of the U.S. Constitution, so has the church seriously drifted from taking God at His Word,” said Rev. Graham.  “Sin is destructive to people, to families, to nations and to the church. Sinful behavior that is excused and repackaged as personal choice is Satan’s greatest deception.”

“His greatest victories today take place within the church by those who remain silent; who are not aware of his divisive presence,” the reverend continued.  “The Body of Christ must recognize that we have allowed Satan to distract us with non-essentials. It is time to get back to the basic teaching of God’s Word.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Cowards or Overcomers? Standing Strong on God’s Word" by Franklin Graham, Decision Magazine 7/10/14

Christians cannot ignore parts of God’s Word because they are unpopular or cause division. Our commission is to proclaim Christ and all He stands for. . . .

Followers of Jesus Christ, and especially pastors and church leaders, have a responsibility to speak the truth of Scripture, calling sin what it is, and acknowledging that it has always reigned in the hearts of the human race. . . . It is not just a debate about abortion or homosexuality; all sin is immorality—and all immorality is evil. In America today we are experiencing an epic drought. It is not just the basic misunderstanding of the Word of God; it is the absence of God’s complete Word.

Let’s overcome cowardice with courage. Let’s be fearless ambassadors of Christ and stand strong for the glory of God our Savior, pulling others from the fire of eternal judgment (Jude 23).

To read all of Rev. Graham's commentary above, CLICK HERE.

From "Where are all the godly men?" by Jason K. Allen, president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo. 2/21/14

Given the complexity of modern ministry, many churches prioritize giftedness and experience above godliness in their candidates for ministry. Churches often look for competent administrators, capable speakers, polished people skills, a cute family and other secondary concerns before assessing the heart. Like ancient Israel, we have the propensity to look on the outward; all the while God looks on the heart.

. . . The "peer pressure" of ministry is oriented toward events, products, conferences and materials. It is as though the paraphernalia and garnishes of ministry have displaced the more biblical and eternal aspects, like godliness.

. . . Clearly, the New Testament prioritizes godliness in the life of the minister. The qualifications for ministry found in 1 Timothy 3:1–7 and Titus 1:6–9 deal almost exclusively with character, with little reference to giftedness beyond the ability to teach. Thus the timeless ministerial admonition, "Beware of letting your talent gain you a ministry position that your character cannot keep you in."

. . . Perhaps revival will not arrive in the pew until it first arrives in the pulpit. It may well be that the greatest need of the church is godly men who shepherd the flock of God with holiness and grace.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Detroit Black Pastors Denounce 'Gay Rights'

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Atheists Sue Michigan Mayor Who Barred Their Booth

City Hall in the Detroit suburb of Warren, Michigan has included a "prayer station" for years, but when Douglas Marshall, the local member of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, asked to erect an adjacent atheist "reason station," Mayor Jim Fouts said that he wouldn't allow the atheists to denigrate prayer any more than he would allow the Nazis or Ku Klux Klan to do so.
“Everybody is welcome, but nobody is welcome who is out to disparage another group. . . . [It's] another continuing saga by a group of people who, in my opinion, promote conflict rather than resolution and understanding.”
-- Mayor Jim Fouts
For background, read of the myriad atheist lawsuits against Christians and prayer nationwide.

Click headlines below to read previous articles:

Atheists Attack Christian Kids Club in Portland, Oregon

FDR's D-Day Prayer is Un-American, Say Atheists

President Obama Provokes Second 'In God We Trust' Movement

Atheists, secular humanists, totalitarians etc. feel they are "on the ropes" after a recent series of Supreme Court rulings favoring religious liberty, reinvigorating Christian citizenship.

In addition, read Atheists Told, Army Will Support Day of Prayer and also read Sheriff Defies ACLU: July 4th Prayer in Louisiana as well as Texas Mayor Declares 2014 as the 'Year of the Bible'

-- From "Rejected atheist booth in Mich. city hall draws lawsuit" by Alix Watson, Associated Press 7/24/14

The city doesn’t endorse the “prayer station,” but has allowed religious groups to set up tables in the atrium for several years, according to Fouts.

“They don’t walk up to people,” Fouts said. “They are just there if someone wishes to seek solace or guidance from them. The atheist station does not serve that purpose. It will not contribute to community values or helping an individual out.”

In December 2011, Warren prohibited the Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation from displaying an anti-religion sign next to a nativity scene at City Hall. A federal judge later ruled Fouts had authority to bar the poster because he felt it was antagonistic and would cause hostility.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Warren atheist sues to set up alternative to prayer station at city hall" by Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press Staff Writer 7/23/14

The lawsuit against Fouts and the city was filed in U.S. District Court by the American Civil Liberties Union, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and Freedom From Religion Foundation on behalf of Marshall.

In his [denial] letter, Fouts said Freedom From Religion is not a religion, has no tenets and no congregation.

“To my way of thinking, your group is strictly an anti-religion group intending to deprive all organized religions of their constitutional freedoms or at least discourage the practice of religion. The City of Warren cannot allow this,” he wrote, underlining the last sentence.

The proposed sign [by Marshall] would have read: “There are no gods, no devils, no angels, No heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but Myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read New Mexico Museum Seeks Atheists, Slams Christians