War on Christianity
Ban Truth – Reap Tyranny
by Berit Kjos
Revised December 1, 2004
Note: Many of the links below are now obsolete.
“It is a sad day in our country when the moral foundation of our law and the acknowledgment of God has to be hidden from public view to appease a federal judge.”1 Alabama’s former Chief Justice Roy Moore
“Whereas… both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God… I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be….”2 George Washington, Thanksgiving Proclamation, 1789
“If we will not be governed by God, then we will be ruled by tyrants.” William Penn, January 3, 1701
“My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water.” Jeremiah 2:12-13
Once again history repeats itself. Like ancient Israel, America has gradually been turning its back to God. While Christians from coast to coast were awakened by Judge Roy Moore’s call for a return to religious freedom and Constitutional integrity, their minority response will hardly untangle the roots of anti-Christian socialism now imbedded in our government and civil society.
Do you wonder why US leaders would ban God’s universal guidelines for law and order, then choose social philosophies that turn our God-given personal “rights” into the impersonal “rights” of the “greater whole”? Why would they trade our heritage of freedom for oppressive restrictions and unconstitutional limitations on free speech? And why would a federal judge in Alabama ban a stone replica of the Ten Commandments but permit the purchase (using federal funds) of a pagan statue honoring Themis, the Greek goddess of law?
Actually, in light of history, these paradoxes make some sense. As our nation bans truth and forgets God’s Word, it weakens both discernment and resistance to the flood of spiritual and social alternatives. Craving thrills more than truth, the majority will barely notice the change. That’s one reason why the National Park service dared to name some of the Grand Canyon’s majestic formations after Hindu gods, then ban the small Scripture plaques that praised God for the beauty of His creation.3
Do you doubt this is happening? Then take a look at the following trends and events. They point to a sobering reality which America, like ancient Israel, prefers to ignore.
1. Basing legal opinions on UN and European models. Dissatisfied with American law and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently announced that “The Supreme Court is looking beyond America’s borders for guidance in handling cases on issues like the death penalty and gay rights.”4
Justice Breyer went a step further. “The world is growing together through commerce, through globalization, through the spread of democratic institutions, through immigration to America. It is becoming more and more one world of many different kinds of people … And whether our constitution fits into the governing documents of other nations, I think, will be a challenge for the next generation.”5
Nothing will undermine American values, freedom and sovereignty faster than reframing our Constitution by the dimming light of European values and global ideology. The following headlines — from 2001 through August, 2003 — give a short glimpse of the natural course America has chosen to follow:
France Passes Controversial Anti-Cult Law: “Courts can dissolve religious groups and impose heavy fines…. ‘[I]f we want to have children’s church, Sunday school, that can be seen as influencing minors. If we do work for old people, it’s preying on the vulnerable.”
Sweden Moves to Criminalize Opposition to Homosexuality: “That means people coming from (the homosexual) lobby group could sit in our churches having on the tape recorder and listen to somebody and say, ‘What you’re saying now is against our constitution.’ … the real intent is to criminalize Christianity.”
Free speech falls prey to ‘human rights’: “…there was Toronto printer Scott Brockie, hauled before our version of the Inquisition — a human rights tribunal — and fined for turning down printing business from homosexual activists. And the case of the Christian couple in Prince Edward Island who shut down their bed and breakfast rather than be forced to condone homosexual acts under their own roof.”
The Bible as ‘hate literature’? “A prison sentence for quoting the Bible in Canada? Holy Scriptures treated as ‘hate literature’?”
Advocating for religious freedom: “The government of Belarus is presently considering introducing a highly restrictive religion law that would drive Belarus back into Soviet era oppression, crippling the numerous small Protestant evangelical and non-traditional groups.”
Will the Bible be banned in America? “An extremely disturbing precedent has been set in Canada that homosexual activists in the U.S. are trying to duplicate. According to a December 2001 decision by a Saskatchewan court of appeals, the Bible is hate literature if it is quoted verbatim and in context when it is used to condemn homosexuality as sin…”
U.N. group in ‘showdown with religion’: “At a forum Monday, attended briefly by U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, panel members singled out Roman Catholics and evangelical Protestants as opponents…. Princeton University professor Anthony Appiah, wondered whether or not religion should be limited, as it poses a ‘challenge’ to the homosexual agenda….”
California’s Omnibus Hate Crimes Act of 2004: “It is clear that this bill [signed into law September 22, 2004] is intended to punish those who speak out in defense of the pre-born as well as restrict the rights of persons to speak out against homosexuality…. Why are crimes against certain people or classes of people more deserving of stronger punishment than the same crimes committed against persons or classes of persons that do not fit into the designated ‘hate-victim’ list [which lists “anti-reproductive rights crimes, gender-bias crimes, anti-immigrant crimes, anti-Arab and anti-Islamic crimes and…actual or perceived homelessness”]? Are their lives of less importance? Isn’t this tantamount to legal discrimination?
Did you notice the “new” views of right or wrong? Our world can’t tolerate the old Biblical laws that identify certain behaviors as sin and certain beliefs as incompatible with Christian faith. Offended by the truth, it bans the convictions that once gave rise to social order and prosperity. Its new systems leave no room for an uncompromising moral standard which can’t be conformed to man’s shortsighted vision of the 21st century community. [Isaiah 5:20]
2. Thrashing the Ten Commandments. Thank God for Judge Moore who dared to stand against the corrupt establishment. “The people of this state elected me,” he said, “to uphold our constitution, which establishes our justice system, evoking the ‘favor and guidance’ of Almighty God. To do my duty, I must acknowledge God.'”6
Later, in his Wall Street Journal article, “In God I Trust,” Judge Moore clarified his position:
“We must acknowledge God in the public sector because the state constitution explicitly requires us to do so. The Alabama Constitution specifically invokes ‘the favor and guidance of Almighty God’ as the basis for our laws and justice system. As the chief justice of the state’s supreme court I am entrusted with the sacred duty to uphold the state’s constitution.'”7
Our founding fathers — Deists and Unitarians as well as Christians — never intended to ban the Ten Commandments from public places. They viewed this “Decalogue” as universal law, essential to peace and order in the new Constitutional Republic. Constitutional lawyer John Eidsmoe explained it well. In “The Decalogue: Cornerstone of Jurisprudence,” he writes:
“The basic values of almost every legal system in the world are summarized in the Ten Commandments. Among these is respect for life, expressed in the Commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’ and reflected in the homicide laws of every legal system…. Another basic value is respect for property expressed in the Commandment ‘Thou shalt not steal’ and reflected in the property laws and larceny laws of most civilizations…. Respect for truth is further expressed in the Commandment ‘Thou shalt not bear false witness.’ A society that has no respect for truth cannot function….
“Judge Thompson holds court in the Federal Courthouse, a few blocks away from the Alabama State Judicial Building. In front of the Federal Courthouse, standing by itself, is a sculpture of Themis, the Greek goddess of law and justice…. Judge Thompson utterly ignored this fact in his ruling. These two monuments — The Ten Commandments in the Alabama State Judicial Building, and the image of Themis in front of the Federal Courthouse — capsulize the real controversy in this case. Will we be governed by the values of the Ten Commandments as represented by Chief Justice Moore’s monument, or by the values of paganism and statism as symbolized by Themis at the Federal Courthouse?”8
I hope you and I will choose God’s law. After all, He enables us to fulfill it. But contrary forces are driving our nation toward less merciful lawgivers. And a new generation has learned to see both our Constitution and His Word as malleable documents easily adapted to fit our changing times.
3. Re-learning in government schools. Alabama’s judicial building is not the only public property in the state to be purged of God’s laws. Schools faced the same fate. Across the country, they are shutting their doors to all signs of Christianity. Consider these examples:
School rejected girl’s religious valentines: “A school that allowed students to exchange valentines featuring Britney Spears and boy band ‘N Sync violated a second-grader’s constitutional rights by rejecting her homemade cards celebrating Jesus.”
Poster With Picture of Jesus Lands Kindergartner in Court: “A kindergartener ‘was assigned to draw a poster relating to his class’ study of environmental issues. He drew people picking up litter, children holding hands around the globe and a picture of a white-robed man kneeling in one corner.’ The teacher censored it.”
Christmas book banned from class: “The second graders were told to bring a book to class that represented their Christmas traditions…. Laura was the only student to bring in a religious-based book and was told she could not share her book with the class.”
Anti-discrimination policy threatens 1st Amendment: “Rutgers banned a Christian group from using campus facilities and stripped the group of university funding because it selects leaders on the basis of religious belief…. ‘The real intention is to break or banish religious groups with biblically based opposition to homosexuality.'”
The campus crusade against Christ (revisited): “Young Life was told to change their constitution to refer to its membership as a ‘community supporting Christianity’ instead of ‘a community of adult Christians.'”
These orders to hide God’s truth and ignore His values fit into a tragic timeline summarized in our Chronology of Education. But behind the education establishment stands a vast network that joins the media, civil society, socialist organizations and rich foundations together in a common crusade: to transform everything we have treasured about America.
4. Betraying our nation and deceiving the people. In the frontlines of this battle stands the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). From the beginning it has supported any group or activity that would help undermine Christian values. Controversial issues such as pornography, homosexuality, pedophilia and abortion for minors fit right into its agenda.
Small wonder! Its founder, Roger Baldwin, was a committed Communist. He followed the revolutionary blueprint written by Antonio Gramsci. This influential Communist leader warned his comrades that to win America, they must eradicate Biblical values as a social force. Their Marxist goals would be met, not by violent revolution, but by infiltration into all the main social institutions: the media, schools, government, churches and civil society. All must be enticed into the dialectic process, learn to think collectively and set aside obstacles such as absolute truth. [See Brainwashing in America]
“The transformational Marxists,” writes Detective Phillip Worts,” advocated a ‘slow march through the institutions,’ as famous Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci would say…. The Gramsci Strategy is the ‘War of Position’, (i.e. the battle ground is for the mind and culture) vs. the “War of Maneuver”, (i.e. traditional battlefield warfare with guns and bombs).”9
It matches the ACLU strategy: Gradualism. Point by point as in a chess game, you weaken, then block the opposition forces. Today, as the majority of Americans have yielded either to political correctness or to blinding trivia, that destination comes closer and closer. “The Betrayal at the Top: The Record of the American Civil Liberties Union,” summarizes both the heart and the goal of the ACLU:
“…strange conclusions result from the group’s tendency to view the concept of rights as pertaining not to all individuals and what they have the right to do, but rather to groups who use government to take away from others the things they think they deserve. Unlike the authors of the U.S. Constitution, the ACLU views our rights as demanding the fruits of another’s labor rather than the opportunity to earn them ourselves….
“…its Executive Director and moving spirit until 1950 was Roger Baldwin….. he was quoted as saying, ‘I seek the social ownership of property, the abolition of the propertied class and sole control by those who produce wealth. Communism is, of course, the goal.’ He gave this advice in 1917 to an associate who was forming another group: ‘Do steer away from making it look like a Socialist enterprise…We want also to look like patriots in everything we do….’
“It should not be surprising to note that Baldwin was active during the 1930’s in quite a few of the Communist Party’s United Front organizations….
“ACLU activists William Z. Foster and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn would later become leaders of the Communist Party, U.S.A…. Despite this partisanship, the ACLU and its affiliated tax-exempt foundation continue to receive substantial yearly support from the Ford, Rockefeller, Carnegie… and other foundations.”10
Social changes pushed by the ACLU have lured millions away from God. As truth fades from our common language, the vacuum is being filled with a wide assortment of sensual, spiritual and occult thrills — many of which can easily be adapted to UNESCO’s Declaration on the role of religion in a Culture of Peace. They help break down public resistance to an envisioned unifying spirituality and to the new management systems which steer churches as well as governments and corporations toward the planned solidarity. [See Reinventing the World]
As management guru Peter Drucker observed, “there is a substantial critical mass of people and churches that are already moving.’ …While acknowledging that there are still many unhealthy churches, there is a justified ‘change in basic premises, basic attitudes, basic mind set… on the whole, we are on the march….” 11
Leading the quest for an official union of world religions under the wings of the United Nations are two men, each pushing their own self-styled distortion of Christianity. You can read about Episcopal Bishop Swing, founder of the United Religions Initiative, in “Heresy in high places.” Swing’s competitor is the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, owner of the Washington Times and countless other organizations that have blended into conservative politics and global leadership training. The two fit together.
Like an octopus reaching its tentacles in all directions, Rev. Moon seeks to identify with the Christian community as well as with liberal and global institutions. As he gains power and buys influence in high places, his hostility toward genuine Christianity becomes increasingly apparent. In a recent speech promoting his Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace, he exposed his horrendous distortion of the Bible and of God’s purposes:
“God has been fighting for 2,000 years to build a foundation that can connect to the world…. To find such spiritual people and make the necessary preparations, God is working through a new religious movement centering on Christianity….
“I hope that all religious people will join their hearts together and follow through on my proposal to establish a council within the United Nations composed of representatives from various religions, parallel with the General Assembly….
“I have already appointed tens of thousands of Ambassadors for Peace. All around the world, they carry the banner of the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace that I founded…. It will not be long before the will of the almighty, omniscient and absolute God is accomplished.”12
But an article titled “Christian Churches Should Stop Using the Cross“ shows Rev. Moon’s hostility toward the heart of the Christian gospel:
“An interfaith group founded by Unification Church leader Sun Myung Moon is spearheading an effort to have Christian ministers remove crosses from their churches, calling them a symbol of oppression and perceived superiority….
“The American Clergy Leadership Conference (ACLC), an organization that began as a project of Moon’s Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU), believes the key to ‘true and lasting peace in the Middle East’ is reconciliation between members of the world’s three largest religions…. ‘The cross has served as a barrier in bringing about a true spirit of reconciliation between Jews and also between Muslims and Christians, and thus, we have sought to remove the cross from our Christian churches across America as a sign of our willingness to remove any barrier that stands in the way of us coming together as people of faith.'”13
Moon may be blind to the gospel, but he is right about one thing. The cross is a barrier. Jesus alone gave His life for His people and opened the door to His eternity. The cross separates those who accept His gift of salvation from all others. But if we truly care about others, we will lovingly reach across that barrier with the whole truth, not hide or ignore “the offense of the cross.”
6. The only safe position.
Today’s social changes would sadden, but not surprise George Washington, the first President of the United States. Back in the 1790s, He knew well that the newly established republic would face opposition. Long before transformational Marxists such as Gramsci, Gorbachev and Roger Baldwin came on the scene, he anticipated their subversive tactics. Long before schools or the ACLU began their crusade to cleanse truth from our land, he warned us that resisters could face persecution.
Where did he gain such insight? From the Bible. It is full of illustrations that highlight the unchanging ways of human nature and the conspiracies of foolish men who try to sabotage God’s wise plans. Sobered by these realities, Washington offered some timely warnings in his 1796 Farewell Address:
“One method of assault may be to effect in the forms of the Constitution alterations which will impair the energy of the system, and thus to undermine what cannot be directly overthrown. . . .
“Real patriots who may resist the intrigues of the favorite are liable to become suspected and odious, while its tools and dupes usurp the applause and confidence of the people to surrender their interests.”
“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness – these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. … And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion.”14
By “religion,” Washington meant Christianity. He read God’s Word, he counted on His promises and he feared the devastating consequences of rejecting the sovereign Ruler of the universe. So at his 1789 inauguration, he placed his hand on a Bible opened to Deuteronomy 28. That amazing chapter brings warnings America would do well to heed today:
“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth….
“The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face…. The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail…. if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God.” Deuteronomy 28:1-14
Does that promise remind you of America? Its long list of wonderful blessings show the kinds of favors God showered on our nation as well as on ancient Israel. But verse 15 begins a parallel list of consequences for those who reject His ways.
“But…if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments…. that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you…. The Lord will strike you with consumption, with fever, with inflammation, with severe burning fever, with the sword, with scorching, and with mildew…. The Lord will change the rain of your land to powder and dust…. The Lord will cause you to be defeated before your enemies….
“A nation whom you have not known shall eat the fruit of your land and the produce of your labor… Locusts shall consume all your trees and the produce of your land…. The alien who is among you shall rise higher and higher above you, and you shall come down lower and lower. He shall lend to you, but you shall not lend to him; he shall be the head, and you shall be the tail…. Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joy and gladness of heart….” (Deuteronomy 28:47-48)
Could this downward slide to poverty, plagues and servitude be the final page in the history of this blessed nation? Yes, it could — if we, like ancient Israel, refuse to turn back and acknowledge God’s sovereignty.
For our God reigns — whether people believe Him or not. And His warnings to nations are as relevant today as they were over two thousand years ago when Israel traded His protection for the futile promise of capricious pagan gods. It led to disaster, as it will for America if we continue on this path:
“Now all these things happened to them [paganized Israel] as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. 1 Corinthians 10:11
The world government prophesied in Revelation 13 is no longer a distant dream; it’s taking shape right before our eyes. For our children and grandchildren’s sake — and for the glory our Lord and Redeemer for whom nothing is impossible, let us pray that America wakes up and takes this promise to heart:
“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14-15
4.Gina Holland, “Ginsburg: Int’l Law Shaped Court Rulings,” Associated Press, Aug 2, 2003.
5. “Justice: Can Constitution make it in global age?,” WND, July 7, 2003, http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=33444. See also From U.S. Sovereignty to Global Conformity.
7. Judge Roy Moore, “In God I Trust,” Wall Street Journal, 25 August 2003.
10. William H. McIlhany, “The Betrayal at the Top: The Record of the American Civil Liberties Union.” http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/Senate/1777/aclu.htm
11.“Peter Drucker on the Church and Denominations“. This pdf file is posted on the Leadership Network website at http://www.leadnet.org/allthingsln/archives/netfax/1.pdf
12. Rev. Sun Myung Moon, “God’s Fatherland and the One World,” September 21, 2002. Toward an Interreligious Council at the United Nations, http://www.truthtrek.net/religion/rev_moon.htm. Scroll down to this conference and notice the horrendous lies in the speech by Sun Myung Moon — owner of the Washington Times and countless other influential organizations.
[Article Reprinted with Permission]
by Bert Kjos 2003
Original Source: http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/2003/ban-truth.htm
The War on “Hate” Bans Christian Values
by Berit Kjos – 1998
“Hate speech’ and ‘hate crime’ as legal categories usher in the concept of political crime — as un-American a proposition as there can be. America’s survival depends on the unequivocal rejection of political crime.” Balint Vazsonyi, who lived in Hungary under Nazi and later Communist dictatorship
During a health class, high school students in Tuscon, Arizona, were asked, “How many of you hate your parents?” Apparently, hating parents is considered both acceptable and understandable in the new permissive classroom.
But being politically incorrect is not acceptable. Traditional values that clash with the new global standards for tolerance have become tantamount to hate, and Christians who cling to biblical boundaries are labeled both intolerant and hateful — no matter how kind their actions. Today’s social leaders have redefined hate, identified a new group of haters, and are gathering public support for monitoring and punishing the guilty.
At the White House Conference on Hate-Crimes on November 10, 1997, President Clinton announced that a “the justice department has taken aim at hate crimes with more prosecutions and tougher punishments. The National Hate Crimes Network will marshal the resources of federal, state and local enforcement, community groups, educators, antiviolence advocates…”
Every citizen must be brought into a “national dialogue” that would build a new “consensus”. Under the noble banner of peace and unity, biblical values would be linked to hate and intolerance. The program would be marketed to the public by publicizing genuine hateful acts such the murder of homosexuals  but, in practice, “hate” would include any attitude that opposes the new ideology.
Pointing to the supposed danger of religious division, Clinton made some alarming proposals at the conference:
“There would almost have to be some sort of club or organization at the school — because if you think about it, your parents are still pretty well separated… Most neighborhoods are still fairly segregated. Most houses of worship are still fairly segregated. …We have to find a disciplined, organized way out of this so that we reach every child in an affirmative way before something bad happens….”
Could our President be suggesting that Christian parents be pressured to conform to the world’s standards? Or that churches be forced to blend their worship with those who choose other gods and contrary lifestyles? Might our government mandate “voluntary” youth groups — as did Nazi and Communist rulers determined to mold compliant citizens — so that cultural “separation” won’t cause “something bad to happen?” Apparently so.cwhbcv3-98.html
The Sin of Separateness. “Seeing ourselves as separate is the central problem in our political thinking,” announced Al Gore at a 1991 Communitarian conference in Washington.
Gore’s conclusion was quoted in the book, Spiritual Politics, co-authored by Corinne McLaughlin, a follower of the Dhjwal Khul, the spirit guide channeled by occultist Alice Bailey. Lest you think McLaughlin too “far out” to be relevant, know that she was the first Task Force Coordinator for President Clinton’s Council for Sustainable Development. She also taught her occult strategies at the Department of Education, Pentagon, and the EPA.
“There really is only one sin–separateness,” she states in her book. “War is more likely to spring from rampant nationalism, ethnocentrism, and intolerant religious fundamentalism–all extreme and separative attitudes ….”
Her solution? The same as Clinton’s: “What is needed as a cure for separateness is a deep sense of community-that we’re all in this together.”
This envisioned community is being designed top-down. The blueprint comes straight from the United Nation through countless UN affiliated governmental and non-governmental networks — all working together to turn your town into a 21st century “sustainable community.” The “partners” implementing this vision include the school (that’s the hub), government, media, business, NGOs (feminists environmentalists), health centers, day-care centers, Chambers of Commerce, churches, and finally parents — but only those who conform to the process.
Training politically correct parents. “…Fundamental attitudes are formed during the first four or five years of life…” states the 1983 UNESCO plan for Lifelong Learning. “Pre-school educators have a special responsibility to ensure that a child’s first experience outside the home is one in which he learns to share, cooperate and function in a group. Parents and pre-school educators should teach children to resolve their conflicts peacefully…Stereotyping may… reinforce rigid…. social attitudes.”
God’s family is made up of people from “every tribe and nation.” But President Clinton’s war on hate has also targeted uncompromising Christians for their refusal to “respect, accept and appreciate” gay lifestyles. The “rigid… attitudes” include all the biblical absolutes our founding fathers gave their lives to preserve. Listen to the obvious (but acceptable) bias in this 1946 statement by Dr. Brock Chisholm, the first head of the World Health Organization.
“We have swallowed all manner of poisonous certainties fed us by our parents…. The results are frustration, inferiority, neurosis and inability to… make the world fit to live in….
“It has long been generally accepted that parents have a perfect right to impose any points of view, any lies or fears, superstitions, prejudices, hates, or faith on their defenseless children…. [People with] guilts, fears, inferiorities, are certain to project their hates on to others…. Such reaction now becomes a dangerous threat to the whole world….” Emphasis added
Two years later, the International Congress on Mental Health met in London 1948, where it presented a report titled “Mental Health and World Citizenship.” It said,
“Social institutions such as family and school impose their imprint early … Thus prejudice, hostility or excessive nationalism may become deeply embedded in the developing personality… often at GREAT HUMAN COST…Change will be strongly resisted unless an attitude of acceptance has first been engendered.”
Today, fifty years later — after an intense media blitz promoting state control over early childhood education — that “attitude of acceptance” has almost been engendered. So during the April 1997 White House Conference on America’s Future, movie star Tom Hanks moderated a film titled “I Am Your Child.” His televised introduction included this comment:
“The emotional and intellectual environment [the child] is exposed to during those critical first three years will have a profound effect on what kind of person he will turn out to be. And the kind of person he turns out to be will impact, either positively or negatively, every other person in the world.”
Did you realize that your politically incorrect child-raising could be a threat to the entire world? Could that “fact” give the state a “compelling interest” in telling you how to train your child?
President Clinton echoed these sentiments during his Hate Crimes Conference. Implying that traditional parents may teach innocent children to hate, he said,
“Children have to be taught to hate… We need to make sure that somebody is teaching them not to do so. … The most important thing we can do is to reach these kids while they’re young enough to learn… If we all do our part for that, we can make America one nation under God.”
Countering Christian “intolerance”. To enforce these unconstitutional ideals, Clinton called on the Departments of Education and Justice to “distribute to every school district in the country a hate crimes resource guide” which would “direct educators to the materials they can use to teach tolerance and mutual respect.”
Do you remember UNESCO’s Declaration on Tolerance? It defines tolerance as “respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world’s cultures… It is not only a moral duty, it is also a political and legal requirement.”
Since “intolerance… is a global threat,” it calls for
- “the rejection of dogmatism and absolutism.” (Bible?)
- “analysis… of root causes and effective countermeasures, as well as… monitoring…
- “tolerance teaching methods that will address the cultural … and religious sources of intolerance.”
Monitoring compliance. Addressing “religious sources of intolerance” involves everyone. Continuing with his message, Clinton said,
“All of us have to do more in our communities… and in our homes and places of worship to teach all of our children about the dignity of every person.”
That means that Christian parents and pastors must be taught politically correct child-raising — a major reason for the 1996 contract between the U.S. Department of Education and the mainline denominations. Drawing church leaders into the process is key to success.
Classroom discussion groups that prompt children to criticize their parents help monitor resistance. So does a profusion of intrusive surveys that that tell children to report family attitudes, church attendance, and all kinds of other private matters. Much of this data has already become part of the student’s personal computerized file.
When each child is linked to his or her individual computer program, the gathering of this private information can be accelerated and controlled. As Dustin Heuston, who works with the World Institute for Computer-Assisted Teaching, said, then “no one can get between that child and the curriculum.”
President Clinton then explained this ideological training would be linked to the federal government:
“The Justice Department will make its own hate crimes training curriculum available. A lot of hate crimes still go unreported… If a crime is unreported, that gives people an excuse to ignore it.”
Ignoring a neighbor’s incorrect attitudes would not be an option in the envisioned 21st century community. Both President and Hillary Clinton have been promoting the concept of a “civil society” where each person serves the community, participates in group discussions, and takes responsibility for establishing common values — especially social unity and (socialist) equality.
To reinforce the process, Clinton invoked the authority of Attorney General Janet Reno. “The Justice Department is launching a web site,” he announced, “where younger students can learn about prejudice and the harm it causes.
To access this web site, just go to the “Department of Justice, Kid’s Page.” There, Janet Reno invites you to “help stop hateful acts that hurt kids just like you” in the home, school, playground or neighborhood. If a relative makes any derogatory comment, you are invited to correct the relative and/or discuss the problem with a trusted adult.
As soon as children are linked to their personal computer programs, such intrusive questions will become interactive dialogues between students and computers programmed to choose the right questions, measure the degree of resistance, and monitor rate of change. Answers will be fed into the national/international data system. 
Yet, in the midst of this battle for freedom, our God reigns! Our “rulers” may, as Psalm 2 tells us, “take counsel together against the Lord” but they cannot win. The spiritual war may rage, but He gives wisdom and strength for the battle to all who know Him, walk in His light, and refuse to compromise. “Blessed are all who put their trust in Him.”
For practical information about “lifelong learning” and the manipulative process of changing beliefs and values, read Brave New Schools.
1. Balint Vazsonyi (Hungarian), “When crime is defined by hate,” Washinton Times, December 16, 1997, <http://www.founding.org/column28.html>
6. See “Local Agenda 21” at our web site. Corinne McLaughlin listed her experiences while conducting a workshop attended by Berit Kjos during a 50th anniversary celebration for the United Nations titled “Celebrating the Spirit” at the University of California at Berkeley, June 19-21, 1995.
12. Dustin H. Heuston, “Discussion–Developing the Potential of an Amazing Tool,” Schooling and Technology, Vol. 3, Planning for the Future: A Collaborative Model (Southeastern Regional Council for Educational Improvement), p. 8. Cited by Charlotte Iserbyt, The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America (Ravenna, OH: Conscience Press, 1999), page 213.
[Article Reprinted with Permission]
by Bert Kjos 2003
Original Source: http://www.crossroad.to/text/articles/cwhbcv3-98.html
Seeds of Persecution – (2003-2004)
Today’s growing hostility toward those who follow God
What is a chapel with no cross? “Just in time for Christmas, Regions Hospital has removed the cross from its chapel and placed it in the chaplain’s office adjacent to the chapel so nobody will see it…. ‘It’s a natural evolution,’ Rivard said. ‘We have a more diverse population in St. Paul, with people having more diverse religious beliefs.’ …
“Now, I know that we are supposed to be sensitive to all forms of religious belief and expression, even atheism and witchcraft and sticking pins in voodoo dolls. And, being the modern, caring, sensitive male that I am, I certainly understand that Christianity is not the official religion of the United States and that furthermore, the United States, bless her heart, does not have an official religion…. Why, our Founding Fathers even wrote it into the deal — ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.’…
“City halls have to consult with lawyers before they dare to put up a tree…. We walk around on pins and needles saying ‘happy holidays.’ We bow so thoroughly to the diversity movement that we are virtually making it a state-endorsed religious belief to not express any beliefs.”
The Beginning of the End of Christianity in Australia? “On Friday December 17 two Christian pastors were found of guilty of vilifying Muslims. The decision, handed down in Melbourne, could mark the beginning of the end of freedom of speech in Australia….
“Judge Higgins said that the two pastors, Daniel Scot (who is a former Muslim), and Danny Nalliah, breached section 8 of the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001 which says a person cannot engage in conduct that ‘incites hatred against, serious contempt for, or revulsion or severe ridicule of, that other person or class of persons’. …Interestingly, section 9 of the Act says a ‘person’s motive in engaging in any conduct is irrelevant’. If so, how can one be accused of acting in bad faith? Who decides what is reasonable here or unreasonable?
“The Judge said that Pastor Scot “failed to differentiate between Muslims throughout the world, that he preached a literal translation of the Quran and of Muslims’ religious practices which were not mainstream.” See Ban truth – Reap Tyranny and the next link — a response from liberal Australian “faith communities” expressing their hostility toward those “extremist” who trust Biblical truth:
Letter from leaders and representatives of faith communities concerning the result in the religious vilification case: “Dear Editor, The finding today in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal that Catch the Fire Ministries has vilified Muslims will send a warning to far-right Anti-Semitic groups and extremist groups from both the Christian and Muslim communities in Victoria. These groups have been united in their opposition to the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001.” See The Enemy of The People?
Declaration of Independence Banned at Calif School: “A California teacher has been barred by his school from giving students documents from American history that refer to God — including the Declaration of Independence….
“‘It’s a fact of American history that our founders were religious men, and to hide this fact from young fifth-graders in the name of political correctness is outrageous and shameful,’ said Williams’ attorney… ‘Williams wants to teach his students the true history of our country….There is nothing in the Establishment Clause (of the U.S. Constitution) that prohibits a teacher from showing students the Declaration of Independence.'”
This strategic historical revisioning process began decades ago. See Brave New Schools: The International Agenda
Air Force cracks down on Christian ‘coercion’: “In a move that echoes the recent decision of the U.S. Department of Defense to deny Boy Scouts use of military facilities, the U.S. Air Force Academy iswarning Christian cadets to curb their faith. Officials at the Colorado Springs military college have instituted a new training program, ‘Respecting the Spiritual Values of People,’ to teach the cadets, 90% of whom are from Protestant or Catholic backgrounds, tolerance toward non-Christians…. Now, cadets who are overzealous about religion are being targeted for transformation….
“…cadets were advised by head chaplain Michael Whittington to not hold Bible studies in their dormitories, but he was overruled by Commandant Brig. Gen. Johnny Weida…. Longtime football coach Fisher DeBerry… was told to take down a locker room banner that carried the ‘Competitor’s Creed’: ‘I am a Christian first and last…. I am a member of Team Jesus Christ.’
ACLU threatens abstinence program: “The American Civil Liberties Union has threatened to sue the state of Louisiana because a state website promoting abstinence mentions God….
“On the site’s message board, one teenager poster mentioned God in her testimony: ‘Virginity is something very special which we have been given by God and we can only have it once…. I’m so thankful to God for being with me and giving me the wise choice….” Proverbs 3:5-7
Objections to the forthcoming movie ‘Saved’: “A few days ago I took my children to go and see the move ‘Cinderella.’ One of the trailers that were shown was of the upcoming movie ‘SAVED.’ I was utterly shocked to see the content of the trailer (especially as a trailer before a movie aimed at children!). In the trailer (and obviously the movie) Jesus is the main topic and followers of Jesus are bluntly and openly portrayed as crazy, dishonest and misled.” See The Fall and Rise of Human Violence
Pupil refuses to answer Potter exam question: “A Johannesburg schoolboy appealed to education authorities after refusing to answer an exam question on Harry Potter because he believes the best-selling children’s books promote witchcraft. Eighteen-year-old John Smit did not answer a comprehension question on a review of one of JK Rowling’s books on the boy wizard, worth 30 percent of his English exam. ‘He wouldn’t answer it because it supports witchcraft, and we’re against witchcraft, the Bible is against witchcraft,’ [ said] Smit’s mother….
“African Christian Democratic Party MP Cheryllyn Dudley said South Africa needed a clear policy to avoid other pupils facing moral dilemmas during exams.”
The new education policy in South Africa — as that of the Unesco and the UK — is to make sure all children learn about and respect diverse religions. Following Biblical guidelines that warn against pagan practices will be unacceptable. USA is headed in the same direction. See Establishing a Global Spirituality
Report Details Hostility to Religious Expression in America: “In September, the U.S. State Department reported… that eight national governments are designated as being of particular concern as violators of internationally acknowledged religious freedom rights…. North Korea, China, Burma, Iran, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, and Eritrea….
“Now comes a report from the Liberty Legal Institute (LLI) in Plano, Texas, that reveals what the group describes as ‘widespread religious hostility’ across the U.S. That report, titled ‘Examples of Hostility to Religious Expression in the Public Square’, documents acts of hostility towards, and discrimination against, expressions of faith by students, faculty, government employees, churches, religious organizations, and ordinary citizens….
‘“The campaign to purge expressions of faith from the public square is pervasive, national, and well organized,’ the senator states in a press release. ‘The report… also notes how this effort to cleanse the public square of all religious expressions is carefully orchestrated and organized by some of the nation’s leading liberal special interest groups.'”
Sri Lankan Buddhist Party Launches International Campaign: “Sri Lanka’s JHU party, made up entirely of Buddhist monks, has apparently begun an international campaign to gain support from embassies and governments around the world for their anti-conversion bill…. There is concern that they may use this summit to gain international sympathy for their proposed religiously discriminatory legislation.”
They will find support among those who applaud Unesco’s Declaration on Tolerance
11 Christians arrested at homosexual event: “…the Christian protesters were ‘preaching God’s Word’ to the crowd of people attending the outdoor Philadelphia OutFest event and displaying banners with biblical messages. Not long after the group began their activity, members of the Pink Angels, which the statement describes as ‘a militant mob of homosexuals,’ confronted the protesters and attempted to drown out their message with whistles, while hiding the signs with large sheets of pink Styrofoam. “Even though the Christians obeyed all laws, city ordinances and lawful requests by the Philadelphia police officers on hand,” said Life and Liberty Ministries, “they were promptly and without warning arrested and hauled off to jail, where they spent 21 hours before being released on Monday morning.”
Eleven, jailed, and charged under hate crimes legislation [Photos & more information on the same story]: “On October 10, 2004, eleven Christians with the Philadelphia-based Repent America were arrested, jailed, and charged under hate crimes legislation during an evangelistic outreach at the annual ‘OutFest’ homosexual pride event held in the public streets of Philadelphia….
”This is one of the most remarkable and unlawful actions by police that I have ever witnessed…. Christians are now being labeled as ‘haters’ and any speech that homosexuals perceive to be intimidating, such as our Christian witness at OutFest, makes them a prime target for ‘hate crimes legislation.'” See Clinton’s War on Hate Bans Christian Values
Small churches banned: “ADF files suit against Marietta, Georgia, for requiring churches to own at least five acres…. ‘The city’s zoning ordinances are essentially an illegal scheme to discourage new churches,’ said ADF Attorney Kevin Theriot, based in Kansas City, Missouri. ‘The zoning restrictions target ‘religious institutions’ alone. No one else is required to meet them…. A city cannot apply one set of rules to churches and another set of rules to everyone else…. That is clearly unconstitutional and illegal.’” John 15:20-21
The Da Vinci Code and Other Deceptions: “The story is set against a backdrop of religious and ‘historical’ statements that are claimed to be ‘facts.’ These are a mixture of anti-Christian teachings, radical feminist theology, and goddess worship. For example, the book says that the early Christians did not believe in the divinity of Christ; the Resurrection never happened; our Bible is the result of a political power play by the Roman Emperor Constantine; and early Christians worshiped the ‘divine feminine.’ These statements are made by a likeable expert, a Harvard professor who (in the context of the novel) seems to be credible and authoritative.
“Readers can become so engrossed in the fast-moving, suspenseful story that they swallow these so-called ‘facts’ without even realizing it. Storytelling can be a powerful tool for changing the way that people think. This is especially true with movies, and Hollywood is making ‘The Da Vinci Code’ into a movie.” Deception
Christians face threat pushing Bible beliefs? “According to LifeSiteNews, churches are not only admonished against recommending certain candidates or political parties, but they also face crackdowns for speaking out on issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage.” Ban truth – Reap Tyranny
Appeals court rules S.C. council prayers unconstitutional: “A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld a judge’s ruling that prohibits the Great Falls, S.C., Town Council from opening its meetings with a prayer that mentions Jesus Christ. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that such prayers amount to an unconstitutional government advancement of one religion: Christianity. ….
“Darla Kaye Wynne, a Wiccan high priestess, sued the town after its leaders refused to open meetings only with nonsectarian prayers or to allow members of different faiths to lead the prayers.” SeeFrom U.S. Sovereignty to Global Conformity
God worse than terrorism? “Robert Reich, the former U.S. labor secretary under President Bill Clinton, believes people who follow God pose a more significant threat to the modern world than terrorists do….
“Reich concludes his column by taking aim at those who believe in God: ‘The great conflict of the 21st century will not be between the West and terrorism. … The true battle will be between… those who believe in the primacy of the individual and those who believe that human beings owe their allegiance and identity to a higher authority; between those who give priority to life in this world and those who believe that human life is mere preparation for an existence beyond life; between those who believe in science, reason, and logic and those who believe that truth is revealed through Scripture and religious dogma. Terrorism will disrupt and destroy lives. But terrorism itself is not the greatest danger we face.” John 15:20-21
Student told: ‘Leave your faith in the car’: “…a school administrator told the student: ‘Leave your faith in the car’ when your beliefs might offend others.
“‘In this age of alleged tolerance, such a statement is disappointing, to put it mildly,’ said Robert Tyler, counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund. ‘Public school students don’t surrender their First Amendment rights when they enter the building. When are public school officials going to learn they are not allowed to silence constitutionally protected student speech just because they disagree with the student?” John 15:20-21
French Jews are leaving, but why? “The Jewish Agency, the quasi-governmental body responsible for settling immigrants in Israel, reported a doubling in the number of French Jews who arrived last year …as a result of attacks against Jews in France in the past three years, many Jews, particularly those whose religion is evident from their clothes, were feeling increasingly uneasy. Much of the tension has centered in working class suburbs of Paris where Jews and Muslims mingle.” Matthew 24:7
‘Hate crimes’ bill: Prescription for tyranny: “Such laws create a multi-tiered system of justice, in which some crime victims’ cases are taken more seriously than others, thus violating the constitutional guarantee of equal protection. Seeking federal dollars, police and prosecutors will define more and more cases as ‘hate crimes.’… But the real danger of ‘hate crime’ laws is that they criminalize thoughts and beliefs….
“The federal ‘hate crimes’ bill lays the groundwork for persecution of Christians in this country. Homosexual activists have redefined any opposition to homosexuality as ‘hate speech.’…
“In Tulsa… someone wrote the words ‘kill’ and ‘death’ on the walls of a Catholic elementary school…. the perpetrator also wrote ‘messages referring to devils and to sex with Christian girls. Pentagrams and the number 666 appeared as well. But the police said, ‘It is not a hate crime per se. In order for it to be a hate crime, it has to be an act of malicious intention.’…
“In Canada and Sweden, it is now a ‘hate crime’ to criticize homosexuality in any fashion. Canadian broadcasters are forbidden to air any critical discussion of homosexuality…. In Sweden, a pastor was arrested at his church after he read Bible verses about homosexuality. The ‘gay’ lobby is frank about its desire to persecute Christians in America in just the same way, and this ‘hate crimes’ bill is a key step in that strategy.” Ban truth – Reap Tyranny
Protesters march in defense of cross: “The protesters carried signs reading: ‘Jews for the Seal,’ ‘Anti-Christian Liberties Union’ and ‘Stop the Cultural Cleansing. Stop the ACLU…'” See The Cross: Feared, Banned, Trivialized… yet Triumphant
Principal bans lunch meeting for Christian student; Islam meeting okay (Canada) : “For the last three years, this group met every Friday at lunch to discuss various issues concerning their Christian faith. Last fall, however, the principal informed the group that they were no longer welcome to use the school property, even though students from other faiths, including Islam, have been allowed to continue daily prayers and weekly meetings with spiritual leaders during the school day. … Since then, every Friday nearly fifty students pack up chairs and trek half a kilometre to meet outdoors, sometimes in rain or -36 degrees Celsius weather in a grassy patch away from school property. There they have been subjected to not only harsh weather conditions, but jeers from fellow students and passing motorists.” Matthew 24:9
Homeschool Horror: “You know how there are terrorist cells embedded throughout the world? Well, in my neighborhood we have numerous ‘homeschool’ cells humming in the cul-de-sacs. They’re almost as scary as the terrorist ones in some ways — and they definitely have some traits in common with them….
“What’s scary is that a lot of the homeschooling faithful are as fueled by a fanatical, religion-based belief in their mission as Islamist terrorists, and seem to be just about as brainwashed….They’re not only terrorist-like in their conviction that their calling is divinely ordained, homeschoolers also often have a broad martyr streak…. Beyond a certain age, children and mothers are just not meant to be isolated together. It’s unnatural.” See The Enemy of The People? and The Three Myths of Homeschooling
Teaching Assistant Under Fire For Christian References Returns To Work : “A teaching assistant placed on administrative leave after a parent complained about her references to Christianity returned to work Monday…. [Jean] Byce will be working with older students at the school…..Byce was placed on administrative leave earlier in the week while the district investigated possible insubordination stemming from incidents where she made references to Jesus and Christianity to students.” The next link gives more details. Notice the attitude of the school and its attorney. Apparently, an honest Christian answer to a simple question is not “in the best interest of the child,” since it would fail to show equal respect for all religions:
Religion In Classroom: “A student sang a song to me and asked me a question about Jesus being in heaven forever and believing in Jesus and going to heaven, and asked if I believed that, and I said ‘Yes,’ [Jean] Byce said…. ‘[The child’s] parents were already upset because of another incident in which I told the children what the Christian fish symbol was and how it originated.’…
“The attorney for the district… [said], ‘In any situation, it is important all teachers put the students’ best interest first. If a student asks a religious question like, ‘Is Jesus in Heaven?’ the best response is to give a factual statement like, ‘People of the Christian faith believe that Jesus is in Heaven, but other religions don’t believe that.’ By speaking in general, factual terms, you can answer a child’s question and not profess your faith at the same time.” See New Beliefs for a Global Village
Teaching Assistant In Trouble Over Religion: “I’m a school in a community like ours, where 99 percent of the people are Christians, children talk about Jesus a lot,’ [Jean] Byce said. ‘A student sang a song to me and asked me a question about Jesus being in heaven forever and believing in Jesus and going to heaven, and asked if I believed that, and I said ‘Yes.’ Byce said that comment upset the parents of another child, who complained to the school district.
“Byce admitted it wasn’t the first time she had been reprimanded for her Christian views. ‘His parents were already upset because of another incident in which I told the children what the Christian fish symbol was and how it originated,’ she said. ‘Unfortunately, the people at the district level and the attorneys for our district see this as a violation of the law and as insubordination on my part.'” John 15:20-21
Those Unstable, Superstitious Christians: “Woodward reports that when Bush was in the process of deciding to attack Iraq he prayed ‘for the strength to do the Lord’s will.’ This ‘revelation’ reportedly prompted Nader to tell the Christian Science Monitor, ‘We are dealing here with a basically unstable president… a messianic militarist. A messianic militarist, under our constitutional structure, is an unstable office-holder. Talk about separation of church and state: It is not separated at all in Bush’s brain, and this is extremely disturbing.’…
“So why do liberal elitists recoil like snakes when Bush makes references to his faith? Why do they act like it’s newsworthy when the highest officeholder in the land admits to being a practicing Christian in a nation where most citizens claim to be Christians? … Oh, how far we’ve come in this nation since it was considered unquestionably noble to place our ‘firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence.'” Matthew 24:9 and John 15:20-21
Law of the Land: “Canada’s governor general, the representative of Queen Elizabeth II, signed into law yesterday a controversial measure opposed by religious believers and free-speech advocates who say it will criminalize public expression against homosexual behavior…. The bill… adds sexual orientation as a protected category in Canada’s genocide and hate-crimes legislation, which carries a penalty of up to five years in prison. ….’Anybody who has views on homosexuality that differ from Svend Robinson’s [The openly homosexual sponsor of the bill] will be exposed rather dramatically to the joys of the Criminal Code,’ McKay said.” Ban truth – Reap Tyranny
The Underground University: “…this tenured faculty member casually stated that the university [North Carolina] had too many Christian organizations to manage. He claimed that it would soon be necessary to stop recognizing new Christian organizations and instead have students conform their religious beliefs to those of existing organizations.” John 15:20-21
France’s great paradox to pursue secularism with religious zeal: “It’s on. The lower house of the French Parliament has overwhelmingly voted to make into law the proposal to ban wearing ‘ostensible religious symbols’ such as veils, yarmulkes and large crucifixes in public schools. The idea seems to be catching on elsewhere – Belgium and Germany have indicated they would consider a similar law….
“It began in 1792, with the extremist Jacobins seizing power in France. Jacobinism is a paradox: a mix of revolutionary atheism and authoritarian republican statism…. In 1902, under another militant atheist, Emile Combes, it flared up again. Not content with closing down more than 2500 religious schools, Combes’s government forbade all people from religious orders to teach.” Romans 8:37
Attacks on Boy Scouts may expand to religion: “Various attacks against the Boy Scouts are ‘merely a foretaste of what awaits religious organizations’ unless the U.S. Supreme Court reverses a recent appeals court decision, the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and other organizations have told the high court….
“‘At its root, freedom of religion must mean two things: First, freedom to believe according to the dictates of one’s own conscience and, second, freedom to associate with people who share those core religious beliefs,’ Royce said. ‘If these religious beliefs are to be judged inadequate by the government because they have become politically incorrect, religious freedom as we have historically known it is lost.'” See Preparing for Persecution
Religious Restrictions or Religious Censorship? “Burning the flag is considered free speech; erecting crosses as roadside memorials is not. The FCC allows the ‘F-word’ on television, but thanking God at a high school graduation is a no-no. And some schools freely dispense condoms to kids, but pencils that read ‘Jesus loves little children’ were confiscated from a first-grade class in Virginia.” Charts: Paradigm Shift
Religious Thought Police: “Christianity is under assault. A Swedish pastor was sent to jail for preaching what the Bible says about homosexuality. A Canadian judge forced schools to teach homosexuality in kindergarten classes. Australian Christians were prosecuted for handing out Christian literature, even though there are no laws against doing it. The Supreme Court of Vermont forced the state to legally recognize same-sex unions. Two Australian pastors have been prosecuted for teaching what the Koran says about Islam. A Canadian judge forced a Catholic high school to allow a gay boy to bring a male escort to his high school prom. In America, a Methodist bishop said that Christian evangelism is arrogant and it can lead to hate crimes. Canadian mayors have been fined up to $10,000 for not celebrating Gay Pride Week in their cities. The European Union is considering laws which might make some parts of the Bible illegal.
“Many Christians are not aware of the extent to which the Church is becoming hemmed in because they have only seen bits and pieces of the picture.” Matthew 24:9
The Media, God and Government: “A week before Christmas, it was reported that a panel of judges from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that wall displays that include framed copies of the Ten Commandments are unconstitutional and cannot hang in public buildings….
“A public school second-grader in Louisiana recently had his Bible confiscated by his teacher when he was caught reading it during the daily 10 minutes of ‘quiet reading time’ in which children are allowed to bring books from home….
“The media tell us that Thomas Jefferson believed in a wall of separation of church and state…. It doesn’t appear in the Constitution. The phrase reflects the view of the founders that the federal government shouldn’t establish a national church like they had in England….
“Instead of using Bibles and hymnals, some schools today depict homosexuality as a legitimate alternative lifestyle and ‘gay’ student clubs are encouraged. But this is not a scandal for journalists who would prefer to write about the so-called ‘separation of church and state.'” (Cliff Kincaid, 12/22/03) See Ban truth – Reap Tyranny
Christmas in America becomes battleground: “…news items from across the country this week indicate that the U.S. has become the new battleground for Christmas. Cases in point: A first-grade teacher in Sacramento Co., Calif., says her principal has prohibited instructors from uttering the word ‘Christmas’ in class or in written materials; A school superintendent in Yonkers, N.Y., banned, then unbanned, holiday decorations that contained religious themes more than the generic ‘season’s greetings’….” Persecution
Counselor suspended over ‘religious advice’: “A dropout-prevention counselor at a
North Carolina high school has been suspended for reportedly sharing Scripture with a student who was struggling with homosexuality…. The girl asked Pinto, who is active in First Baptist Church in Concord, N.C., for the Bible’s take on the matter. Pinto reportedly responded by sharing specific Scripture with the girl….
“Critics of this increasingly prevalent zero-tolerance stance on the part of public schools across the country argue the Constitution is being misconstrued.” See Preparing for Persecution
YMCA fliers banned from school: “The local Y can no longer send fliers home with children because a recent one happened to mention the organization puts ‘Christian principles into practice,’ reports the Bakersfield Californian…. The basketball-camp flier included the words: ‘To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build spirit, mind and body for all.'” John 15:20-21
Florida Teacher Blames Firing on Support for Disabled Woman: “I started hearing, ‘Well, you don’t fit in. Teachers with public opinions like that don’t fit in.’
“Cooper-Dowda said she was also called a ‘religious wacko’ on more than one occasion…. ‘The principal, various teachers, my supervisor, aides, paraprofessionals, everyone was saying, ‘Teachers aren’t allowed to have opinions, especially about Terri Schiavo…. And I’m thinking, ‘Wow! I thought this was America?” John 15:20-21
Hatred hits home: “The statistics are chilling to even those who don’t want to believe them: The number of anti-Semitic attacks in the city last month was more than triple that of a year ago – an ominous sign of ‘global anti-Semitism coming home,’ Jewish leaders warn. … ‘It just gives you the shivers,’ said Fraidy… a Holocaust survivor from Romania. ‘This brings all the memories, all the stories we grew up with. It’s coming alive.'” Persecution
‘No Christian symbols at Christmas’: Fearing they might offend someone, Red Cross stores in Britain have taken the Christian out of Christmas this year, banning any display of overtly religious decorations. “This is why, during Christmas and any other religious festivals, our volunteers are welcome to display and sell seasonal decorations and goods, including Christmas trees and cards, but not anything overtly religious.” See Matthew 24: 9 and The Fall and Rise of Human Violence
Bill Pryor’s Shocking Comments During Roy Moore’s ‘Trial’ : “He was saying that in order for Chief Justice Moore to resume his duties, he must not acknowledge God. The posting of the Ten Commandments did not even come up. Roy Moore’s ‘crime’ was acknowledging God. For this, he was removed from the bench. To require that a public official not acknowledge God not only violates the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, but also Article Six of the Constitution that says, ‘…no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.’
“To require Chief Justice Moore to not acknowledge God certainly violates this constitutional obligation! Therefore, federal judge Myron Thompson and Alabama Attorney General Bill Pryor have plainly and deliberately violated Roy Moore’s constitutional rights under the First Amendment and Article Six of the U.S. Constitution.” From U.S. Sovereignty to Global Conformity
Free speech means sometimes saying you’re sorry: “In a recent third case, Lt. Gen. William G. ‘Jerry’ Boykin, an evangelical Christian military/intelligence officer, upset many in the Arab-American world when he told a church audience that his God was bigger than the God of the Muslim warlord he fought in Somalia 1993. He also expressed the opinion that God put George W. Bush in office, that the reason Islamic extremists hate us is because /we’re a Christian nation,’ and that our ‘spiritual enemy will only be defeated if we come against them in the name of Jesus.’ Off with his stripes! The Interfaith Alliance has urged Bush to issue a reprimand and the Council on American-Islamic Relations is demanding that Boykin be reassigned….
“That these men’s remarks have evoked such emotional responses suggests a censorious sensitivity that does not bode well for free speech.” See Conforming the Church to the New Millennium
Cross-dressing Wiccan official sparks Christian mission probe: “A Christian mission serving homeless people since 1939 is under investigation for discrimination because its walls are adorned with crosses and other religious imagery. The probe was prompted by a city fair-housing investigator, who also happens to be a cross-dressing Wiccan openly contemptuous of mainstream religions….
“Last year, the Charleston paper said, the mission provided a place to sleep for thousands of people and served more than 82,000 meals.” See Faith-Based Compromise
Christian soldier, Muslim soldier: “There’s something terribly wrong when an American soldier overseas can’t receive Scriptures in the mail, but a Muslim chaplain can preach freely among al-Qaida and Taliban enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay…
“Jack Moody tried to send his son, Daniel, a care package containing a Bible study and other Christian religious materials. Daniel is a 21-year-old Army National Guardsman serving in the Middle East. He had written home requesting spiritual support while he risked his life abroad….
“According to U.S.P.S. postal bulletin 22097… Moody was forbidden from sending ‘any matter containing religious materials contrary to Islamic faith or depicting nude or seminude persons, pornographic or sexual items…. The postal clerk informed Moody that the Christian contents of the package might be considered offensive to some Muslims overseas.” See Preparing for Persecution
Human nature. Arnold’s corruption of Republican Party: “…many so-called conservatives are eagerly surrendering to the political triumph of a man who aggressively advertises himself as an enthusiastic liberal on the most important of these issues, the matter of life and death…. The Schwarzenegger corruption of the Republican Party – and apparently, of a significant portion of the conservative leadership of that party – in the name of victory threatens to undermine the very reason for the party’s existence.” God’s wisdom or man’s foolishness
It’s the winter solstice, Charlie Brown! “In a public school in St. Louis, a teacher spotted the suspect, fourth-grader Raymond Raines, bowing his head in prayer before lunch. The teacher stormed to Raymond’s table, ordered him to stop immediately and sent him to the principal’s office. The principal informed the young malefactor that praying was not allowed in school…..
“Before snack time in her kindergarten class in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., little Kayla Broadus held hands with two of her classmates and recited this prayer: ‘God is good, God is great, thank you, God, for my food.’ The alert teacher pounced on Kayla, severely reprimanded her, and reported her….” Brave children who suffered for Jesus
Court bans religious gifts to classmates: “Kindergartners and first-graders may not distribute to their classmates gifts that bear a religious message, according to a ruling by a federal appeals court. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled in favor of a New Jersey elementary school in forbidding a boy from giving out pencils with the message ‘Jesus loves the little children’ with a heart symbol substituted for the word love…. The school… has a ‘legitimate area of control’ regarding speech within school confines.” New Beliefs for a Global Village
In Canada: ‘Bible as hate speech’ bill passes: “Canada’s House of Commons passed a controversial bill yesterday opposed by religious believers and free-speech advocates who say it will criminalize public expression against homosexual behavior. The bill, passed 141-110, adds sexual orientation as a protected category in Canada’s genocide and hate-crimes legislation, which carries a penalty of up to five years in prison. ‘It’s been a good week for equality in Canada,’ said the bill’s sponsor, Svend Robinson, an openly homosexual member of Parliament.”
Atheists still fighting against WTC cross: “Ellen Johnson, president of American Atheists, told the Trentonian newspaper. ‘This is a Christian religious advertisement, and allowing it to stay there is an insult to everyone who doesn’t believe in that particular religion.'” See The Cross of Christ
Judge slaps library for barring cross pendant: “A federal court in Kentucky has ruled it was improper for a public library to fire an employee for wearing a necklace featuring a Christian cross pendant. …’The fact that our client was fired for wearing a cross pendant on a necklace to work is not only absurd but unconstitutional as well,’ said Manion. ‘This decision sends an important message that employers cannot discriminate against employees who choose to express their religious beliefs in the workplace.” 2 Cor 2:14
<nyt_text>Will the Bible be banned in America? “An extremely disturbing precedent has been set in Canada that homosexual activists in the U.S. are trying duplicate. According to a December 2001 decision by a Saskatchewan court of appeals, the Bible is hate literature if it is quoted verbatim and in context when it is used to condemn homosexuality as sin…” See Clinton’s War on Hate Bans Christian Values
U.N. group in ‘showdown with religion’ : “At a forum Monday, attended briefly by U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, panel members singled out Roman Catholics and evangelical Protestants as opponents….
“Another panel member, Princeton University professor Anthony Appiah, wondered whether or not religion should be limited, as it poses a ‘challenge’ to the homosexual agenda. …Carol Bellamy, executive director of the U.N. Children’s Fund, or UNICEF, sent a message of support to the conference.” See Clinton’s War on Hate Bans Christian Values
Chicago couple sues to allow religious message: “When the local park district announced a ‘buy a brick’ fundraising campaign for a new playground last fall, Mildred and Robert Tong wrote a check for $50 and filled out a form for the brick’s inscription: ‘Missy, EB, and Baby: Jesus is the cornerstone. Love, Mom & Dad.’
“In March 2003, the couple received a notice from the Chicago Park District stating, ‘Your religious message poses serious constitutional problems for the Park District.'” See 2 Cor 2:14 Then scroll down to then next message on the same site:
City ties ‘family values’ to ‘homophobia’: “The city of Oakland barred two employees from advertising an informal group that respects ‘the natural family, marriage and family values,’ contending the bulletin-board flyer was ‘homophobic.’… ‘This is one of the cleanest examples of blatant free-speech discrimination that I’ve ever seen….‘ Lively said.”
<style=”font-style:italic”>Ministers Asked to Curb Remarks About Islam: “Evangelical Christian leaders from across the country called yesterday for fellow ministers such as Jerry Falwell, Franklin Graham and Pat Robertson to stop making broad, inflammatory remarks about Islam. ‘Since we are in a global community, no doubt about it, we must temper our speech,” said the Rev. Ted Haggard, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, which organized the gathering of about 40 pastors, missionaries and heads of religious charities that are active in Muslim countries.
“The conference… represented the first organized effort by fundamentalist Christian groups to rein in their rhetoric and agree on guidelines about what — and what not — to say about Islam. The primary motivation, speakers made clear, is concern that remarks intended for a domestic constituency have reverberated through the Islamic world, inflamed Muslim governments, sparked riots, endangered Christian aid workers and made missionary efforts harder….
“What we have to do as evangelical leaders is offer a constructive critique of these sweeping generalizations about Islam that are either fawning on one end, or hostile on the other,” said Richard Cizik, vice president of the NAE.”
We want to serve, not endanger, God’s mission and His faithful missionaries. That means “speaking the truth in love,” asking God’s guidance and letting His Word and Spirit, not human politics and pressures guide our message. Pray that this cultural globalization will not restrict our freedom to express Biblical truth. Matthew 10:16-22 and Four Faces of Islam
Is the Bible hate literature? “Some Christians… are concerned about a proposal to add ‘sexual orientation’ to the hate propaganda law of the [Canadian] Criminal Code….
“Rev. Dr. Martin Kreplin of St. Andrew’s, Moncton, says that would make reading and discussing certain scriptural passages about homosexual activity a hate crime. ‘The Scriptures speak specifically about homosexuality, and it might be construed as hateful,’ he said. ‘To be allowed to preach on some subjects but not other subjects because it’s considered hateful is a serious concern. It impinges on freedom of speech as well as religion.’…
“Ruth Ross, executive director of the Christian Legal Fellowship… cites two cases: Mark Harding, who was convicted in Ontario for hate crimes for literature he printed on Islam, and Hugh Owens, who was fined under the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code for an advertisement featuring several biblical references on homosexuality.”
Mark Harding’s daughter attends a school in Toronto that has banned Christian prayer but provides a special room for Muslim prayer. When the concerned father published and distributed a brochure that exposed this preferential treatment, he apparently was charged with ‘hate crime’ and ‘sentenced to 340 hours of Islamic indoctrination.‘ See Matthew 10:16-22
The campus crusade against Christ (revisited): “Early in January, I learned about an administrative threat to de-recognize InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) at UNC-Chapel Hill…. they would be allowed to remain on campus if they would only abandon their core beliefs….
“On November 14, 1995, Jonathan Curtis, Assistant Director of Student Activities, wrote the University Counsel asking whether an implied requirement that IVCF members must be Christians conflicts with university diversity requirements. …
“On January 28, 2003, Young Life was told to change their constitution to refer to its membership as a ‘community supporting Christianity’ instead of “a community of adult Christians.’ …On the same day, Jonathan Curtis wrote the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity to thank them for amending their constitution so that they no longer described themselves as an organization which ‘believes in God.’ …
“Sadly, the above list of unconstitutional demands is not exhaustive.” Proverb 12:13
Pennsylvania teacher’s aide suspended for cross: “…the Christian symbol violates the unit’s policy, as well as the Pennsylvania Public School Code’s prohibition against school employees wearing religious garb and insignia…. Mrs. Nichol refused to comply with the policy, saying that hiding or removing her cross would be acts of ‘denying Christ as her Lord and Savior’ in violation of her religious beliefs….
“‘The actions taken by this agency represent a serious violation of our client’s constitutional rights,’ said Vincent McCarthy, senior counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice… ‘School personnel do not shed their constitutional freedoms when they enter the schoolhouse door.'” Matthew 24:9
Religion taboo topic on public bus: “If you’re planning to ride public transportation in Broken Arrow, Okla., you better bring a book, because striking up a conversation with someone might land you curbside…. Regular passengers Vincenza Siano and her daughter, Lucretia Bacon, were handed a copy of the policy last month. It states: ‘No public speech will be allowed on the bus, which may include but is not necessarily limited to religion, politics, economics or finance.'” Reinventing the World
Anti-Christian Bigotry Bites Rod Paige: “The intolerant advocates of tolerance are in full howl over comments by Education Secretary Rod Paige…. Rep. Jerold Nadler (D-NY) is demanding Sec. Paige apologize or resign. Good grief! What outrageous things could Mr. Paige possibly have said to have ignited such hysteria?…
“Answering a question in a Baptist publication about his personal preference between secular and Christian universities, Sec. Paige said: ‘All things equal, I would prefer to have a child in a school that has a strong appreciation for the values of the Christian community, where a child is taught a strong faith. Where a child is taught that, there is a source of strength greater than themselves.'” Matthew 24:9
Man sues after religious mail to Mideast refused: “Postal officials’ refusal to ship Christian literature to an Army National Guardsman stationed in the Middle East is drawing legal attention…. Jack Moody… was told a U.S. Postal Service regulation prohibits the mailing of ‘any matter containing religious materials contrary to Islamic faith.'” Clinton’s War on Hate Bans Christian Values
repeat France Passes Controversial Anti-Cult Law: “A Sunday morning church service in Mulhouse, France where thousands gather in the eastern corner of the country to worship, pray and hear from God is a familiar scene repeated weekly across this country and around the world. But here, where the constitution states: ‘France shall respect all beliefs’– evangelical churches like this one, are under suspicion. Such scenes of absolute devotion to God are increasingly viewed as fanatical, irrational. Some even call this church, the largest charismatic church in the country, a cult. …
“Now in France, it is very difficult to preach the Gospel,” said Peterschmitt…
“‘Section I of the anti-cult law makes ‘mental manipulation’ a crime. Anyone found guilty of causing: ‘a state of psychological or physical subjection resulting from serious and repeated pressures or techniques designed to alter judgement faces five years imprisonment,’ Picard said. Courts can dissolve religious groups and impose heavy fines.’…
“Easterman [said], “if we want to have children’s church, Sunday school, that can be seen as influencing minors. If we do work for old people, it’s preying on the vulnerable.” See Matt 24:9
The Modern Threats to Religious Freedom: They Are Greater than One May Think: “On the surface, it would seem that Christianity has never been stronger or more influential in this country….
“However… (1) the political authorities have squarely targeted Christians and Christianity for harassment and are freely carrying out their agendas at the present time, (2) the historical legal protections in this country for Christianity have been eroded past the point of no return, (3) most Christians are clueless in understanding this situation, and (4) when Christians do happen to recognize dangers to practicing their faith, they tend to endorse legislative and political actions that in the long run will make things even worse….” See The UN Plan for Your Mental Health and Preparing for Persecution
Mel Gibson under attack for Jesus film? “Actor-director Mel Gibson said tonight he’s under attack for making a realistic movie about the suffering, sacrificial death of Jesus….
“‘This is a movie about love, faith, hope and forgiveness,’ Gibson said. ‘He died for all mankind. He (Jesus) suffered for all of us. It’s time to get back to that basic message. The world has gone nuts. We could all use a little more love, faith, hope and forgiveness.’ “ 2 Cor 4:7
Former Attorney General Casts Christ as Terrorist: “Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark Wednesday compared Jesus Christ to a terrorist during a media event for a new anti-war group. ‘The Christian Church overwhelmingly — there are exceptions — who choose to call Mohammed a terrorist… could call Jesus a terrorist too,’ said Clark. ‘I mean, he was pretty tough on money lenders a time or two.'” Matthew 24:9
Bible verses regarded as hate literature: “Under Saskatchewan’s Human Rights Code, Hugh Owens… was found guilty… of inciting hatred and was forced to pay damages of 1,500 Canadian dollars to each of the three homosexual men who filed the complaint…. Owens, an evangelical Christian and corrections officer, said his ad was ‘a Christian response’ to Homosexual Pride Week…. Justice J. Barclay wrote in his opinion that the human-rights panel ‘was correct in concluding that the advertisement can objectively be seen as exposing homosexuals to hatred or ridicule.'” Trading U.S. Rights for UN Rules
U of North Carolina Says It Will Resolve Dispute With Christian Group: “A UNC-CH administrator told InterVarsity in a letter Dec. 10 that its charter violates the university’s nondiscrimination policy for student organizations because it requires its officers to adhere to Christian doctrines….
“Scott Vermillion, staff director… of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, said the group has no intention of discriminating. ‘We’re saying, ‘if you’re going to be a leader of this organization, you need to believe in what this organization stands for.'” See next link:
Anti-discrimination policy threatens 1st Amendment: “In September, Rutgers banned a Christian group from using campus facilities and stripped the group of university funding because it selects leaders on the basis of religious belief. Rutgers is punishing the InterVarsity Multi-Ethnic Christian Fellowship for violating the university’s non-discrimination policy. That policy states that ‘membership, benefits and the election of officers’ cannot be biased on the basis of race, sex, handicap, age, sexual orientation, or political and religious affiliation.’
“…the anti-discrimination language here would require a Democratic club to allow a Republican president, a Jewish group to allow a Holocaust-denying president…. The real intention is to break or banish religious groups with biblically based opposition to homosexuality.” See Preparing for Persecution
[Article Reprinted with Permission]
by Bert Kjos 2003
Original Source: http://www.crossroad.to/News/archive/seeds2.html
Seeds of Persecution (2005-2009)
Today’s growing hostility toward those who follow God
Atheists’ ad blitz calls Christmas a myth: “A billboard scheduled to be displayed near the New Jersey entrance to the tunnel until the end of the holidays shows a silhouetted manger scene with the message, ‘You KNOW it’s a Myth. This Season, Celebrate REASON.’…
“’If the religious right wants a war on Christmas, this is what they’re going to get,’ he said…. The campaign is one of several atheist media blitzes scheduled this holiday season. It joins a $200,000 national television, newspaper and magazine advertising campaign sponsored by the American Humanist Association and the Stiefel Freethought Foundation meant to challenge biblical morality and fundamentalist Christianity.
“Those ads juxtapose passages from religious texts selected because they appear to advocate for ‘fear, hatred and intolerance,’ with quotations from humanist scholars that promote ‘love, equality, peace, freedom and reason.’… The $20,000 campaign, sponsored by a national organization called American Atheists, is timed to preempt annual accusations that liberal groups are waging war on Christmas….
“The American Humanist Association sponsored a 48-foot sign erected on the New Jersey Turnpike in 2008 that read, ‘Don’t Believe in God? You are not alone.'”
“…you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.” Matthew 24:9
Austria: Judge Rules That Yodeling Offends Muslims: “An Austrian court has recently fined a citizen for yodeling while mowing his lawn…. The citizen, 63-year-old Helmut G., was told by the court thathis yodeling offended his next-door Muslim neighbors…. Developed in the Central Alps as a method of communication between alpine mountaineers or between alpine villages, the yodel later became part of the region’s traditional lore and musical expression….
“Unfortunately for Helmut G., his neighbors were in the middle of a prayer when he started to yodel…. Helmut G. clarified that ‘It was not my intention to imitate or insult them. I simply started to yodel a few tunes because I was in such a good mood.’”
Secularists Assault on Christmas and Christianity: “One of the most effective ways to overturn a culture is not to take it on directly, but to undermine it gradually….For the past half century, there has been a slow but unrelenting attack on the Christian foundations of the United States. First, secularists took prayer out of the public schools, because it ‘promoted religion and alienated non-believing children.’ …Then they wanted the study of the Bible taken out of schools, because that ‘promoted Christianity….
“…public monuments listing the 10 Commandments had to go, too, because displaying the moral foundation of Western law somehow endorsed Judeo-Christian religion…..Every year, there are fewer nativity scenes on display.” See The Nature and Tactics of Satan
Biblical images restored at bank: “An Oklahoma bank on Friday restored religious images, including a Bible verse on its website, and announced a Federal Reserve Bank ruling that barred their display had been resolved….Earlier Friday, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe and Rep. Frank Lucas released a letter to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke stating the demand that the images be removed appeared to be without precedent and unconstitutional. “Mr. Chairman, in our years of public service we have seldom encountered a more alarming case of heavy-handed interpretation and enforcement of federal regulations to the exclusion of any other consideration or law, including the Supreme Law of the Land,” the two Oklahoma Republicans stated.” See next link:
Feds Force Bank to Remove Crosses, Bible Verses, and Christmas Buttons: “Federal Reserve examiners come every four years to make sure banks are complying with a long list of regulations. The examiners came to Perkins [the town] last week. And the team from Kansas City deemed a Bible verse of the day, crosses on the teller’s counter and buttons that say ‘Merry Christmas, God With Us’ were inappropriate…. [The] symbols violated the discouragement clause of Regulation B of the bank regulations. According to the clause, ‘…the use of words, symbols, models and other forms of communication …express, imply or suggest a discriminatory preference or policy of exclusion.’ The feds interpret that to mean, for example, a Jew or Muslin or atheist may be offended and believe they may be discriminated against at this bank.” See Preparing for Persecution
University: Demands student get re-educated, attend ‘pride’ event: “Augusta State University graduate student Jen Keeton alleges school officials demand she be re-educated in morality, giving her the choice of giving up her Christian beliefs on homosexuality or being expelled from the school’s counseling program….Faculty members, therefore, had demanded Keeton ‘attend at least three workshops …which emphasize …diversity training sensitive toward working with GLBTQ populations.'” See Don’t conform to the ways of the world
Courageous Christian Student Confronts Teacher’s…Homosexual Agenda: “Daniel Glowacki, a 16-year-old junior at Howell High School in Howell, Michigan, has unexpectedly found himself at the center of a national firestorm and the target of homosexual activists across the country…. It came about when he defended another student’s free speech rights, and when confronted by his pro-homosexual teacher, Daniel ended up defending his Catholic faith that considers homosexual conduct a sin…
“Daniel’s economics class teacher, Jay McDowell, wore a purple ‘Tyler’s Army’… t-shirt as part of a national campaign to highlight the alleged ‘bullying’ of homosexuals….Ironically, McDowell ended up ‘bullying’ his own student who dared to defend his Christian beliefs about homosexuality….The outraged teacher angrily threw Daniel out of his classroom…. [Apparently] McDowell told them, ‘If the student was Catholic, he’d be or should be in Catholic school’ and followed him into the hall yelling he was a racist…
“Predictably, homosexual activists across the country are hailing McDowell as a hero and vilifying Daniel and his family, describing them as ‘bigots’ and referring to Daniel’s religious objection to the homosexual agenda as ‘hate speech’. McDowell is head of the school district’s teachers union…”
Mob rule on campus: “If a mob disrupted a pro-choice speaker at a Canadian university, chances are the protesters would be removed. If a mob disrupted a pro-life speaker at a Canadian university, chances are the speech would be cancelled. One kind of speech is free in Canada; another kind isn’t. Speech broadly characterized as ‘left-wing’ a.k.a. ‘progressive’–e. g., pro-choice, anti-Israeli, anti-capitalist — is protected even at its extreme. Speech broadly characterized as ‘right-wing’ a.k.a. ‘reactionary’ — pro-life, pro-Western, pro-Israel–isn’t protected…”
You Can’t Say That Here — This Is a University! “George Mason University. GMU maintains a speech code that prohibits ‘any form of bigotry… whether verbal, written, psychological, direct, or implied.. In the hothouse of the modern university, where psyches are as fragile as orchids, it is not hard to imagine what might qualify as implied psychological bigotry: just about anything.” See Mandatory Training in Orwellian Thinking?
Charge for seeking Christian roommate dismissed: “A single woman cited for unfair discrimination by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights for posting a note on her church bulletin board that sought a ‘Christian roommate’ has had her case dismissed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development….The woman, 31-year-old nursing student Tricia Rowe, was alleged to have violated the Fair Housing Act by discriminating against people of other faiths…..
“This complaint should have never been brought…It is borderline frivolous to suggest that a single lady can be fined by the government simply for seeking a Christian female roommate to share her 900-square-foot house.’…The complaint alleged the woman’s statement, I am looking for a Christian roommate, prevents people of other faithsfrom contacting the woman and making arrangements to share her home with her.”
EOC probes TV station’s firing of Christian weatherman — ‘Our show was one of the highest rated in the country’: “Morning weatherman Jon Cash abruptly was fired by NBC affiliate WAVY-TV on Aug. 31, two days after mentioning during a sermon that he was considering leaving broadcasting for full-time ministry when his contract expires next summer.”
‘ACLU-crafted court order criminalizes Christianity’: “…teachers are always considered to be acting in their ‘official capacity’ whenever a student is present, even at private functions off campus.Teachers cannot pray, bow their heads, or fold their hands to show agreement with anyone who does pray. Teachers and staff cannot ‘Reply’ to an e-mail sent by a parent if the parent’s e-mail refers to God or Scripture. Teachers either have to delete such references from the original e-mail or reply by initiating a new e-mail. Teachers and staff are also required to stop students from prayingin their own private club meetings.” See Spiritual Warfare
Christians in Captivity: “So you can freely offend ‘people of faith’ — but only people of faith. Offending anybody else is hate speech….
” New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Palladino recently touched off a firestorm by saying he wouldn’t take children to a ‘gay pride’ parade. It has become controversial not to expose children to a lot of semi-nude men…. But the thought police declared the remarks ‘controversial’ and ‘hateful,’ and Palladino immediately backed off….
“…the expression ‘people of faith’ is not quite honest. If your ‘art’ abused Buddha, or the Hindu pantheon… you would be smeared all over the country as a ‘hater’…. Our civil government, courts, media, schools and universities, and major corporations — we surrendered them all to the enemies of Christ our King.” See Why “Hate crime” laws would ban Biblical Christianity
Bakery displays morals, now faces eviction: “An Indianapolis cookie shop could be evicted from its longtime location for refusing a special order from a college homosexual group.”
Four Christian missionaries acquited of inciting Dearborn Michigan Muslims: “Friday, four Christian missionaries were acquitted of breach of peace while proselytizing Muslims at [Michigan’s] Dearborn Arab International Festival in June…. At issue has been the right to freedom of speech and religion. The four missionaries…were arrested in June on charges of disorderly conduct. They have claimed the First Amendment guarantees their right to speak freely in public.
“Opponents of the group contend that speech is not protected if it is likely to incite violence….
“Significantly, the missionaries made sure they only talked to people who came up to them and engaged them in conversation. That undermined the case for incitement.” See Mission to the world around us
Christian missionaries will stand trial in Dearborn [Michigan]: “The four Christian missionaries arrested for disorderly conduct for preaching to a predominately Muslim crowd at the Dearborn International Arab Festival in June will stand trial after the judge refused to grant a motion filed by defense attorneys to dismiss the case.”
But it doesn’t make sense! Here is a report on what actually happened:
Allahu Akbar!’ shouted as Christians handcuffed: “Four Christians were arrested and thrown out of a public Arab festival in Michigan… for doing nothing more than engaging in peaceful dialogue and videotaping the event. Nabeel Qureshi, David Wood, Paul Rezkalla and 18-year-old Negeen Mayel attended the 15th annual Dearborn Arab International Festival on June 18 in Dearborn, Mich., where an estimated 30,000 of the city’s 98,000 residents are Muslim…. The American Arab Chamber of Commerce announced the event was expected to draw ‘over 300,000 people…. In the following video…Qureshi said his group took ‘extra precautions’ to prevent disruptions by not handing out pamphlets and to speak only to people ‘who first approached us.'” See God’s Warnings for our Times
Conservative recruiters frog-marched off campus: “The group, founded in 1960 to represent conservatives on college and university campuses, has been working to establish additional college campus chapters…. The members set up a table on the Palm Beach campus in Lake Worth Tuesday during ‘club rush’ after Beattie received verbal permission….
“But campus officials then ‘approached the group and after seeing information about the organization and its ideals criticizing Barack Obama’s economic policy.’.. The officials called campus police to make sure the group was removed from the campus….’She outright denied giving me permission… simply because she disagreed with my beliefs,’ said Beattie.”
Principal threatens to fire teachers who help Christian club: “A principal who reportedly threatened to fire any teacher who helped with the organization of a campus Fellowship of Christian Athletes club is getting a warning letter from a civil rights organization.”
Christian College’s Police Force Ruled Unconstitutional: “Christian Colleges cannot have security police to enforce state law because its a violation of ‘Separation of Church & State.’… Davidson College, a small private Presbyterian school in North Carolina, can’t have police officers with the power to arrest suspects and enforce state law – because of its religious affiliation…” See Ban truth – Reap Tyranny
[Dutch] Christians on the defensive: “I’f it’d said ‘Allah Akbar’, the council wouldn’t have dared to try and remove it,’ says Marianne Bons…. She’s talking about a farm roof on which ‘Jesus saves’ is painted in enormous letters. The council says the text has to go. The farm’s owner, evangelical Christian Joop van Ooijen, is refusing to obey….
“‘You’re allowed to believe in anything in this country, as long as it’s nothing to do with Christians or the Church,’ says Ms Bos, describing the prevailing Dutch attitude to religion.” S
Christianity not accepted here: “Expelled for being Christian. That’s the fate of two college graduate school students at separate universities…. Julea Ward lost her lawsuit against Eastern Michigan University July 26. …she was dismissed from a counseling program in March, 2009, for not affirming homosexual behavior as morally acceptable….
“…at Augusta State University…Jennifer Keeton was told her Christian beliefs are unethical and incompatible with the prevailing views of the counseling profession. She must stop sharing her beliefs with others and change her beliefs if she’s to graduate from the program, the school has told her.”
Judges rule against Utah highway crosses for fallen troopers: “The white, roadside crosses that currently memorialize the deaths of 14 Utah Highway Patrol troopers are unconstitutional, government endorsements of religion on public lands, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.”
Shopping mall’s speech restrictions torpedoed: “…the case arose after a Matthew Snatchko was arrested at the Roseville Galleria Mall in 2007 for striking up a casual conversation with other shoppers about faith…. Pacific Justice said that under the mall’s rules, shoppers are not allowed to engage in conversations about potentially controversial topics such as religion or politics unless they already know the person they are talking to. Another mall rule bans the wearing of any clothing with religious or political messages. The new ruling from the 3rd District Court of Appeal in Sacramento struck down the mall rules as unconstitutionally vague and restrictive of free speech.”
“Godbloc filter: “GodBlock is a web filter that blocks religious content. It is targeted at parents and schools who wish to protect their kids from the often violent, sexual, and psychologically harmful material in many holy texts, and from being indoctrinated into any religion before they are of the age to make such decisions. …GodBlock will test each page that your child visits before it is loaded, looking for passages from holy texts, names of religious figures, and other signs of religious propaganda. If none are found, then your child is allowed to browse freely.
“Why? In the last century, the United States has seen a resurgence of fundamentalist religion. Fundamentalist Evangelicals, Mormons, Baptists, Muslims, and Jews have held back progress in science, human rights, civil rights, and protecting our environment. How can we reverse this trend and join the rest of the world in the gradual secularization of society and government?
“Most deeply religious people are born into their religion, but even children raised in a secular household are vulnerable to content on the web. That’s why we’ve produced GodBlock.”
Pastor Yanked From Capitol Over ‘Jesus’ Prayer: “A North Carolina pastor was relieved of his duties as an honorary chaplain of the state house of representatives after he closed a prayer by invoking the name of Jesus.”
Kids can’t pray at U.S. Supreme Court: “A Christian private-school teacher is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to allow constitutionally protected prayer outside the court building after her class was ‘abruptly’ ordered to stop praying on the grounds….’Even though they were not obstructing traffic, not demonstrating, and praying quietly in a conversational tone so as to not attract attention, a court police officer approached the group and told them to stop praying in that public area immediately,’ ADF reported. ‘The prayer was stopped based on a statute, 40 U.S.C. §6135, which bars parades and processions on Supreme Court grounds.’…
“Mrs. Rigo was not engaging in a parade, procession or assembly. She was speaking in a conversational level to those around her with her head bowed.’… The group noted that the prayers are akin to routine conversations that take place during Supreme Court tours every day….’The last place you’d expect this kind of obvious disregard for the First Amendment would be on the grounds of the U.S. Supreme Court itself…'” See Our Freedom in Christ
Supreme Court rules against Christian group that bars gays: “A university can legally deny recognition to a Christian student group that bars gays and nonbelievers, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday in a case that pitted anti-discrimination principles against religious freedom…. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito dissented.”
The World’s Oldest Collective Hatred [by Jan Markel]: “For someone to tell a Jew in Israel to ‘go home’… makes no sense because they are home. They may have passed through Germany or Poland, or Russia as my grandparents did, but the Bible reveals that Israel is their home. Of all earth’s inhabitants, only the Jews have a deed to a piece of land from God as recorded in the Bible. But then not even most church members even know that, let alone the monsters of the world. The destiny of the Jew is to be eternally unsafe around the world. The day is coming when friends of Israel will also feel uneasy and unsafe.”
Seven Reasons Why Israel Will Never Get a Fair Shake: “‘Never again.’ It’s what the world said after the Holocaust. Fast forward sixty five years and the only thing standing between seven million Jews in Israel and a 2nd Holocaust is their ability to fight for their own survival…. No matter how grave the provocation or how clearly Israel is in the right, the world’s judgment is always against Israel. Why?”
Illinois abortion clinic takes another shot at Christian pro-lifers: “In the past, the workers have displayed rubber chickens hanging from nooses, a nun in a coffin, and other taunting posters with hateful messages….But Kevin Rilott… notes that the clinic’s new ‘decoration’ reaches another level of hate for pro-life views…. The latest method… is a picture of Jesus making an obscene gesture with words at the bottom that read: ‘Even Jesus hates you.’ …The pro-life advocate adds that a couple of the clinic operators whom his group has gotten to know make it clear that they despise everything about Christianity.” See Ban Truth – Reap Tyranny
Gay couple to sue over B&B snub by Christian owners: [UK] “A gay couple who were turned away by a Christian bed and breakfast owner because it was ‘against her convictions’ to let them share a double bed are suing her for damages. …Mr Black, 62, and Mr Morgan, 56, reported Mrs Wilkinson to police for refusing them a room. They said she was breaching discrimination laws and that they were horrified by the former air hostess’s ‘outdated and abhorrent views’. But Mrs Wilkinson and her husband Francis, a former city worker, insisted they were simply living according to their values and Christian beliefs.”‘
College backtracks on discipline for prayer: “A lawsuit against a California college that threatened to suspend a student caught offering a prayer for a sick teacher – and another student who happened to be nearby – has been settled…. The case against the College of Alameda was brought after the school threatened the students [Kandy Kyriacou and Ojoma Omaga] with expulsion after Kyriacou was spotted by another faculty member praying with the teacher. Omaga’s offense apparently to accompany Kyriacou to the teacher’s office and be nearby at the time….
“The incident developed in December 2007 when an instructor at the college complained about a private, consensual prayer in a shared faculty office between a student and a sick teacher. The institution issued formal notices of intent to suspend both the student and a bystander, held disciplinary hearings and imposed written warnings.”
Gary McFarlane: judge’s assault on ‘irrational’ religious freedom claims in sex therapist case: “[The judge’s] comments came as he dismissed a legal challenge by a Christian relationship counsellor who was sacked after refusing to offer sex therapy sessions to homosexual couples because it was against his beliefs. Gary McFarlane, 48, challenged his dismissal at the Court of Appeal, arguing that forcing him to go against what he sees as the Bible’s teaching represented religious discrimination.” See Hating Christians
Church warned that flag of Jesus is ‘religious advertising’: [UK] “Rev Mark Binney, vicar of St Andrew’s Church, Hampton, Worcs, said he had been told he needed planning permission if he wanted to fly a flag ‘advertising Christianity’ in future. The flag was put up outside the church in the week preceding Easter Sunday displaying the words ‘This is Holy Week’ and an image of Jesus on the cross.”
Franklin Graham Uninvited to Pentagon Prayer Service: “Rev. Franklin Graham has been uninvited to the Pentagon prayer service because of his true and biblical statements about Islam. Two points: 1. The US military is increasingly going on record as hostile to historic Christianity. They want an American civil religion that passes politically correct muster. That civil religion would include most of the other religions of the world…except Christianity. Not surprisingly, an Islamic cleric, known for his anti-Christian hate speech, is attending the Pentagon prayer service in good standing with our military. 2. The outrageous double standard aside, Franklin Graham should take it as a compliment that he was uninvited to the American pantheon of idols to offer up a prayer along with the pagans.” See Unity in an Anti-Christian World
Pluralism & Global Spirituality. Army withdraws Franklin Graham Pentagon prayer day invitation: “In a 2001 op-ed piece, Graham wrote that he does not believe Muslims are evil, but he objects to the treatment of women in Muslim countries and Islam’s historic ‘persecution or elimination’ of other religions…. ‘I speak out for people that live under Islam, that are enslaved by Islam and I want them to know they can be free through faith in Jesus Christ and Christ alone.’
“Council on American Islamic Relations spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said it is ‘“completely inappropriate’ for Graham to speak in front of a military audience….
“An Army spokesman told the Associated Press the Pentagon’s relationship with the Christian group does not violate Defense Department rules. We are an all-inclusive military,’ said Col. Tim Collins. ‘We hold observances throughout the year. This one happens to be a Christian-themed event.’” See Tony Blair’s Interfaith Foundation
Federal judge strikes down National Day of Prayer (ten days old): “U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb issued the decision in a case filed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based atheist and agnostic group that challenged the constitutionality of a 1988 federal law….’It goes beyond mere ‘acknowledgment’ of religion,’ Crabb wrote, ‘because its sole purpose is to encourage all citizens to engage in prayer, an inherently religious exercise that serves no secular function in this context.'” Is that the new legal standard? God’s Warnings for our Times
Tea Party infiltrators to wear Nazi uniforms? “The man who threatened to crash tea parties with protesters wearing Nazi uniforms, carrying misspelled signs and making wild claims on TV, is an Oregon middle-school teacher who may have been working on his tea-party infiltration effort during school time, according to reports. Some tea partiers claim Jason Levin, a teacher at Conestoga Middle School in Beaverton, Ore., has been working on his ‘Crash the Tea Party’ website when he should have been teaching.”
State poised to punish free speech at schools — Children with traditional values may get ‘detention, suspension’: “The state of California is poised within days to adopt a resolution that schools be ‘discrimination-free’ zones – a plan one critic asserts is designed ‘to stamp out the free speech of students and teachers with moral values or scientific ethics.’…The resolution states ‘all public education institutes are encouraged to … identify themselves as ‘discrimination-free zones’ through placards, signs, notices of available services, and other appropriate identifications to create a campus climate that welcomes diversity and supports the tolerance of others.’… The proposal states ‘all public education institutions, prekindergarten through university campuses, are encouraged to develop and enact policies that support tolerance and acceptance of others regardless of their race or ethnicity, religion, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation.…”
Tea partiers ‘screaming white men,’ ‘racist forces’: “Those are just a few of the labels used to describe participants in yesterday’s tea party rally in Boston headlined by Palin, according to an account from a union leader and protest organizer posted on a socialist website. Steve Gillis, vice president of the Steelworkers Local 8751…. described his protest group of mostly Haitian-origin union workers as ‘anti-racists,’ fighting ‘the racist forces’…. Gillis hailed his anti-tea party protest as ‘a step forward for people ready to fight the capitalist system’s tricks…”
Christophobia – Anti-Christian bigotry is the last fashionable hatred: “Christianity is dying. It was once the bastion of Western civilization. Now, Christianity is a pitiful remnant of its former greatness. Across the West, it is in full retreat.… [Compared to today’s increasingly worldly church, God’s true Church may seem to be a mere remnant. But that remnant will never die!]
Pornography, abortion, homosexuality, promiscuity, the AIDS epidemic, soaring out-of-wedlock births, sky-rocketing divorce rates and the breakdown of the family – these are the poisoned fruits of the Playboy philosophy. MTV morality is in; Jesus is out…. The American left is following in the shameful – and much more bloody – footsteps of Marxist regimes. Instead of eradicating religious faith through the barrel of a gun, leftists use bureaucratic dictates and mass propaganda. …
“The same standards do not apply to Islam. Davenport’s multiculturalists would never dare to remove say, Ramadan, from the calendar and rename it “Fasting Month” for fear of offending Muslims – and possibly triggering a fatwa….
“The Founding Fathers emphasized that the constitutional republic depended upon a vigorous religious society…. ‘Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people,’ said John Adams. ‘It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.'” See Washington’s Farewell Address, 1796
Christian Nurse to Fight On in ‘Cross Row’: “Tribunal finds ‘No Discrimination’ despite ruling Christian nurse cannot wear a cross for religious reasons though a Muslim can wear a hijab for religious reasons.” See Preparing for Persecution
City opens door a crack for home Bible studies: “Officials in the city of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., who had ordered participants of a home Bible study either to purchase an unobtainable city permit to meet or shut down, now are relenting a little. City officials have said the Bible study targeted earlier for banishment can continue to meet, but they are keeping the threat of forced closures for potential use against other Bible studies.” See Don’t Mention Jesus
Teacher cries ‘hate crime’ over Bible left on desk: “An eighth-grade teacher has accused her students of committing a ‘hate crime’ and being ‘cruel’ because they left a Bible on her desk and a Christmas card with the word ‘Christ’ underlined. Melissa Hussain, an Apex, N.C., science teacher at West Lake Middle School, is suspended with pay and may lose her job after she purportedly clashed with students on the subject of religion and sent students to the school office when they asked about the role of God in creation during a lesson about evolution.
“Hussain wrote on her then-public Facebook page that it was a ‘hate crime’ when her students left a Bible on her desk…. She complained about students singing ‘Jesus Loves Me’ and wearing Jesus T-shirts. Hussain said she ‘was able to shame her kids’ over the incidents. ‘I can’t believe the cruelty and ignorance of people sometimes,’ Hussain wrote on the social networking site. She said she wouldn’t let the Bible incident ‘go unpunished.’….
“Hussain’s friends responded by posting comments on the teacher’s Facebook page … calling the parents of Hussain’s students ‘bigoted, stupid and uncaring.’ Another friend suggested Hussain bring a poster to class of NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. with a swastika drawn on his forehead because doing so would be ‘teaching” students a lesson.'” See Preparing for Persecution
Christian teacher ‘forced out’ after complaining Muslim pupils praised 9/11 hijackers ‘as heroes’: [UK] “A Christian teacher yesterday claimed he was forced out of his job after complaining that Muslim pupils as young as eight hailed the September 11 hijackers as heroes…. The predominantly Muslim youngsters openly praised Islamic extremists in class and described the September 11 terrorists as ‘heroes and martyrs’. One pupil said: ‘Don’t touch me, you’re a Christian’ when he brushed against him. Others said: ‘We want to be Islamic bombers when we grow up’, and ‘The Christians and Jews are our enemies – you too because you’re a Christian’.” See Loving evil more than good
Religious affiliation on ID cards rejected: “…religious affiliation on ID cards has created problems for Christians in predominantly Islamic nations…. Turkey was requiring people to disclose their beliefs in violation of the European Convention on Human Rights and the national constitution…. Christians and other religious minorities in Turkey often have been subjected to discrimination based on identification of their religious affiliation…. ‘It has been known to affect whether they get a job or not, how people look at them, whether they are accepted for a post or an application of some sort.” Day of No Return
Mall to Christians: God talk banned! “…a youth pastor was arrested at the Galleria Mall in Roseville, Calif., for having a conversation about religion with two other people. Matthew Snatchko… was interrupted in the middle of a conversation by a security guard. A second guard joined the confrontation and told Snatchko he was being placed under citizen’s arrest for ‘trespassing.’ The pastor said he agreed to leave but instead, the guards grabbed him, roughly shoved him against a storefront window and handcuffed him tightly enough to draw blood. …he was booked on charges of battery and trespassing.
“…the charges were dropped, but officials with the Pacific Justice Institute decided to pursue a case against the mall over the impact of the policy on free speech….
“Snatchko originally was confronted during a casual conversation with two other shoppers about faith when a store employee listened to the conversation and alerted mall security guards. Besides the ban on conversations with strangers about religion or politics, the mall also bans any clothing with religious or political messages.” See Evangelism: Our witness to His love
The Crucifixion of Brit Hume: “During the Roman Empire’s secularist era those who acknowledged the deity of Christ were frequently fed to the lions to entertain – for lack of a better word – the ‘progressive’ elites of the day. … You don’t see it when Muslims proselytize in government schools….
“‘Tom Shales, media critic for the Washington Post... demanded that Hume apologize and called his Christian remarks ‘even only a few days into January, as one of the most ridiculous of the year.’ MSNBC’s… Keith Olbermann accused Hume of attempting ‘to threaten Tiger Woods into converting to Christianity’…. Commenting on the Huffington Post, ‘Kandaher’ bypassed Hume altogether and aimed his vitriol directly at his Creator: ‘anyone (sic) watched ‘The passion of Christ’? I thorouhgly (sic) enjoyed it. Nothing like watching this bloke getting beaten up!”
As Jesus told us, “…because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you…. If they persecuted Me they will persecute you… for they do not know the One who sent Me.” John 15:19-21
U.S. Army major: Lose evangelical Christian beliefs: “A research paper written by a U.S. Army major for the School of Advanced Military Studies in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., calls for Americans to lose the evangelical Christian belief of pre-millennialism because of the damage it does to the nation’s foreign interests. ‘As a result of millennarian influences on our culture, most Americans think as absolutists,’ Maj. Brian L. Stuckert wrote in his 2008 course requirement at the school for military officers. ‘A proclivity for clear differentiations between good, evil, right, and wrong do not always serve us well in foreign relations or security policy,’ he said.”
Since this was an “academic” paper rather than a policy statement, its actual influence may be slim. But it does show the author’s denial of God’s unchanging Word and his misunderstanding of the Biblical message about the millennium. See End-Time EventsTeacher orders 3rd-grader: Put Bible away! “Her teacher told her to put it away, and she put it in her desk. And then the teacher told her, ‘No, put that in your backpack. I told you to put it away.’ And it hurt her feelings and confused her. Why would my teacher say that I can’t read the Bible when I’m not bothering anybody else?” The principal has since apologized, acknowledging a mistake on the teacher’s part, since school policy does allow children to read the Bible or any other religious book during quiet reading time.” Don’t mention Jesus
8-year-old gets psych evaluation for drawing Jesus: “An 8-year-old boy has been suspended from school and forced to undergo a psychological evaluation after he drew a picture of Jesus Christ on the cross. A teacher at Lowell Maxham Elementary School in Taunton, Mass., said the second-grade student created a violent drawing…. The boy’s picture portrayed a crucified Jesus with Xs over his eyes to indicate that he had died on the cross.
“The child’s father, outraged at the school’s action… said his boy drew the picture after returning from a family trip to see the Christmas display at… a Christian retreat. When the teacher asked students to draw something that reminded them of Christmas on Dec. 2, the boy recalled his trip and created a portrait of Christ on the cross.
“…the boy’s father told the newspaper the school required an evaluation – at the parents’ expense – before the student would be allowed to return.” See Why hate crimes laws would ban Biblical Christianity
Federal court says Christian-themed license plates Unconstitutional! “A federal judge ruled Nov. 10 that a South Carolina license plate featuring cross, a stained-glass window and the words ‘I Believe’ violate the constitutionally mandated separation of church and state…. A federal judge ruled that a Christian-themed license plate in South Carolina ‘amounts to state endorsement not only of religion in general, but of a specific sect in particular.’…
‘“There is free speech for every group in this state besides Christians,’ [Lt. Gov. André] Bauer said…. ‘Every citizen has the right to free speech in this country. I don’t understand why witnessing in public is considered unconstitutional.” See Ban Truth – Reap Tyranny
Congress passes ‘Pedophile Protection Act’: “The AFA said, ‘Everywhere hate crimes laws have gone into effect, they have been quickly used to intimidate, silence and punish people of faith who express deeply held religious objections to the normalization of homosexuality. ‘Such laws not only punish officially disapproved speech and thought, they create two tiers of victims. Under hate crimes laws, some victims get more protections than others, which violates the fundamental American principle of equality under the law.'” See Why “Hate crime” laws would ban Biblical Christianity
Christian hotel owners hauled before court after defending their beliefs in discussion with Muslim guest: “A Christian couple have been charged with a criminal offence after taking part in what they regarded as a reasonable discussion about religion with guests at their hotel. Ben and Sharon Vogelenzang were arrested after a Muslim woman complained to police that she had been offended by their comments. They have been charged under public order laws with using ‘threatening, abusive or insulting words’ that were ‘religiously aggravated’….The couple, whose trial has been set for December, face a fine of up to £5,000 and a criminal record if they are convicted….
“‘Ben and Sharon do not accept they were threatening, abusive or insulting. ‘They are committed Christians and it is the defence’s contention that they have every right to defend their religious beliefs and explain those beliefs to others who do not hold similar views.’… Neil Addison, a prominent criminal barrister and expert in religious law, said: ‘The purpose of the Public Order Act is to prevent disorder, but I’m very concerned that the police are using it merely because someone is offended.”
Curriculum plan would remove mention of Christmas: “A proposal for new social studies curriculum in Texas public schools removes a mention of Christmas in a sixth-grade lesson, replacing it with a Hindu religious festival….
“The draft proposal being considered by the State Board of Education won’t be formally adopted until next May for the 2011-2012 school year. The standards will remain in place for the next decade, dictating what is taught in government, history and other social studies classes in elementary and secondary schools. The standards also will be used to develop state tests and by textbook publishers who develop material for the nation based on their largest market, Texas…. The proposal, which is set to be debated during a hearing next week, removes the words Christmas and Rosh Hashanah. Diwali, a Hindu festival, is added.” See Spiritual Warfare
Lawsuit: Holiday Inn targeted Christians: “A lawsuit has been filed by a Christian organization against the Holiday Inn Select located in Naperville, Ill., for refusing to allow Americans for Truth About Homosexuality to hold an event there. ‘Imagine the hue and cry that would have erupted had the Holiday Inn Select hotel … canceled a ‘gay’ organization’s scheduled banquet after its leader told the hotel that some Christians might protest the event,’ the organization said…” See Why hate crimes laws would ban Biblical Christianity
Church-bell ‘noise’ under attack – in America: “The dispute focuses on the city ordinance that even city officials have conceded is vague…. Nevertheless, on the strength of neighbors’ complaints and the existing statute, one pastor already has been convicted and sentenced for violating the city ordinance with church bells….’No one should be sentenced to jail and probation for doing what churches have traditionally done throughout history, especially when the sound of the church’s bells does not exceed the noise level that the law allows for ice cream trucks.'” Purging the Memory of our Christian Roots
Woman accused of contempt for dinner blessing: “A Florida school district worker whose husband read a prayer at a private banquet has been cleared of contempt accusations brought by the American Civil Liberties Union.” See Ban Truth – Reap Tyranny
Shocking terror ties to Christian girl’s family mosque: “The Muslim parents of a young Christian runaway who fears for her life are devout members of mosque with ties to numerous terrorist leaders…. Fathima Rifqa Bary, 17, an honor student and cheerleader, was raised in a Muslim family in Columbus, Ohio. She became a Christian four years ago…. But Bary, a native of Sri Lanka, hitchhiked to a bus station and ran away from home July 19 because she says her family will murder her in what is known as an ‘honor killing’ for converting to Christianity….
“‘The primary issue in this case is the clear and present danger that is presented by the Noor Center mosque and its ties to terrorist activity and the Bary parents’ devotion to, relationship with, and regular participation in the Noor Center.’ …the CEO of the Noor Center, Hany Saqr, has direct ties to the Muslim Brotherhood….
“Saqr had also been an imam, or Islamic religious leader, for another mosque in the same area of Columbus at the same time the largest-known al-Qaida cell in the United States was operating out of that mosque…. Saqr’s subordinate, Ismail Elbarasse, was one of the top Hamas operatives in the country and had provided at least $735,000 to Hamas at that time.” See Hope, Hate & Human Nature
Legal victory after church kicked off campus: “A public college that banned a church from meeting on its property has scrapped its policy of discrimination and is now allowing equal access to campus facilities.”
‘Hate crimes’ brings pro-‘gay’ cash to your town: “The probable new ‘hate crimes’ law may lead to prosecution of pastors, Christian leaders and even ‘Joe-Christian-on-the-street’ for having the wrong opinion about homosexuality or cross-dressing. A lesser-discussed evil twin product of this legislation, however, is federally financed youth and police indoctrination programs….
“The House and Senate versions of the bills (H.R. 1913 and S. 909) both say this: ‘The Office of Justice Programs of the Department of Justice may award grants… to State, local, or tribal programs designed to combat hate crimes committed by juveniles, including programs to train local law enforcement officers in identifying, investigating, prosecuting, and preventing hate crimes.’ … Such programs will be reinforced by police training about who the real hate groups are: Christian traditional families. These horrifying people are in your town, your community! What can be done to stop them? Congress has just decided.” See Why “Hate crime” laws would ban Biblical Christianity
Nurse ‘forced’ to help abort: “A Brooklyn nurse claims she was forced to choose between her religious convictions and her job when Mount Sinai Hospital ordered her to assist in a late-term abortion against her will…. The hospital even exaggerated the patient’s condition and claimed the woman could die if the nurse, a devout Catholic, did not follow orders…. ‘It felt like a horror film unfolding,’ said Catherina Cenzon-DeCarlo.’… During her job interview, an administrator asked Cenzon-DeCarlo whether she’d be willing to participate in abortions. She flatly said no. The nurse said she put her beliefs in writing. … ‘I emigrated to this country in the belief that here religious freedom is sacred.'”
State House edits ‘Jesus’ from pastor’s prayer: “Stoltzfoos had been invited … to open Tuesday’s session of the House with a prayer as guest chaplain. The pastor declined the invitation after someone on McCall’s staff told him he could not use Jesus’ name in the prayer. ‘First of all, I don’t see how Jesus is denominational. The whole Christian world is called after him,’ Stoltzfoos said. ‘…if you want me to pray, then I have to pray to the one thing I know. I only know one God personally. I only serve one God. How do I do something that dishonors him?’
“The policy — not yet three months old — requires guest chaplains to first submit their prayers in writing and then, if deemed necessary, agree to change their words to meet ‘nondenominational’ guidelines established by McCall’s staff…. It is not an attempt to silence religious leaders, McCall spokesman Bob Caton said, but rather an effort to prevent taxpayers from having to foot the bill of a lawsuit if someone objects to a prayer’s contents and chooses to sue the state.”
Silencing the Christians: “Are we teaching our future leaders tolerance at the expense of moral convictions? On this episode of ‘Speechless…. Silencing the Christians,’ a Georgia Tech student leader receives death and rape threats after she opposes the school’s liberal feminist policies.” See Spiritual Warfare
High Court allows Kent school to block Bible club: “The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to stop the Kent School District from blocking a group of Christian students from forming a Bible club on a high school campus.”
Sorry, no Christian talent allowed: 7-year-old blocked from using religious song in sign language performance: “A public elementary school in Oakley, Calif., told a seven-year-old second grader that she would not be able to perform her sign language accompaniment to the song ‘We Worship You’ at the school’s evening talent show because the song is Christian.” See Don’t Mention Jesus
University requires permit to hand out Bibles: “The policy is in place to protect the entire BU community…. You just can’t hand things out without approval,’ Mickanis’ e-mail said. Giving away Bibles on the campus of Bucknell University is at your own peril…. ‘Bucknell promises free speech, but it delivers selective censorship,’ said FIRE President Greg Lukianoff. ‘Bucknell administrators have gone out of their way to abuse and even invent policies in attempts to silence these students, all the while professing to respect free speech.” See Preparing for Persecution
Right-wing extremists face extra scrutiny: “‘I am more concerned with the threat from the Christian-identity groups than the homegrown Islamic terrorists,’ said Maria Haberfeld, a professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. ‘It’s a disaster waiting to happen. The fact that this guy did what he did may be symptomatic of things to come.’…
“Carol Swain, a law professor at Vanderbilt University and the author of ‘The New White Nationalism in America,’ said that such writings on the Internet can help inspire a so-called ‘lone wolf,’ who is not formally involved with any group, to carry out violent acts….
Does her concern include ordinary peace-loving Christians us? Scroll down to “May” at Homeland Security
Court to government: San Francisco officials say calling church ‘hateful,’ ‘callous’ serves ‘secular’ purpose: “Authorities in San Francisco who called the beliefs of the Catholic Church ‘hateful,’ ‘callous,’ and an ‘insult,’ – and urged members to disobey them – have been given the go-ahead by a panel of judges on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to express such hate because it serves a ‘secular’ purpose….
“‘The policy of San Francisco is one of totalitarian intolerance of Christians of all denominations who oppose homosexual conduct,’ Thompson continued. ‘My concern is that if this ruling is allowed to stand, it will further embolden anti-Christian attacks.'”
Christian cross complaint targets nation’s faith factor: “A cross erected in the remote southern California desert by U.S. veterans in memory of their lost World War I buddies has become the focal point for an effort by the American Civil Liberties Union to eradicate references to Christianity from America’s heritage. But now a campaign has been assembled to fight back, to honor the veterans who have kept the nation safe for generations and to endorse the right of the public to acknowledge those efforts…. The cross was covered in a bag when the court’s ruling was released, and later encased in a plywood box so that no one could inadvertently see the representation of Christianity, officials said.”Home: No place for Bible study: “A San Diego pastor and his wife claim they were interrogated by a county official and warned they will face escalating fines if they continue to hold Bible studies in their home.
“…a county government employee knocked on their door on Good Friday, asking a litany of questions about their Tuesday night Bible studies, which are attended by approximately 15 people. ‘Do you have a regular weekly meeting in your home? Do you sing? Do you say ‘amen’?’… ‘Do you say, ‘Praise the Lord’?’ The pastor’s wife answered yes.
“She… was then told, however, that she must stop holding ‘religious assemblies’ until she and her husband obtain a Major Use Permit from the county…. And if they fail to pay for the MUP, the county official reportedly warned, the couple will be charged escalating fines beginning at $100, then $200, $500, $1000, ‘and then it will get ugly.’…
“… oppressive governments, such as communist China or Nazi Germany, worked to repress home fellowships, labeling them the ‘underground church’ or ‘subversive groups,’ legally compelling Christians to meet only in sanctioned, government-controlled ‘official’ churches.”
‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ for Christians: “…military sources confirmed that Bibles sent to American troops in Afghanistan, intended as gifts that soldiers could give to the Afghan people, have been confiscated and destroyed. The Bibles, published in Pashtu and Dari, the predominant Afghan languages, were sent by an American charity. …[They] were reportedly burned. It is a shame that the Christian holy book gets such shabby treatment, especially considering the extraordinary lengths to which our military has been ordered to go so as not to ‘defile the Koran. ….At Gitmo our soldiers are required to use two hands and to wear gloves when handling that book in order not to offend Muslims.
“This Bible blunder pales in comparison to the scandalous contents of books sent all over the world by Muslim governments and interest groups. Congressman Frank Wolf has worked tirelessly to get the State Department to investigate controversial textbooks used at two Islamic schools in Northern Virginia. Some of these books have ‘intolerant’ and ‘shocking’ material, including anti-Semitic and anti-Christian material.” See Spiritual Warfare
Enforced “Diversity” will make Britain “First Modern Soft Totalitarian State: “An attempt in the House of Lords to insert a freedom of speech clause was shot down…. Colebatch cited ‘innumerable cases’ over the last decade in which public employees such as nurses, policemen, teachers, marriage commissioners and others have been threatened with the sack or suspension or disciplinary measures for sharing, or even privately revealing, their religious beliefs….
“Beckford wrote that the public sector in Britain is engaging in an all-out campaign against Christianity…. The operating principle, he said, is government suppression of freedom of speech and religion…. Once the laws are in place, he writes, ‘there will be little to stop future governments or local authorities interpreting ‘equality and diversity’ in different ways to silence other groups – atheists, perhaps, or climate change skeptics.’” See Endurance
Homosexual activists target, expose pro-family voters: “Arkansas voters who signed petitions and then voted to limit adoption strictly to married couples are getting unwelcomed publicity…. ‘Now this gay group out of Massachusetts has acquired the names of all the people who signed the petition to place the measure on the ballot here in Arkansas,’ he notes. ‘They got those from the secretary of state, and they’ve entered those into a database, and they’ve put them up on the Internet.’ Cox considers it a form of harassment against people for standing up for what they believe.” See Taking a Stand
Hate Crimes Legislation Draws Criticism from Christian Groups: “Hate-crimes legislation (in other countries), which is basically identical to the proposed U.S. legislation for all intents and purposes, has turned out to be the precursor to even more oppressive hate-speech legislation, which directly squashes any opposition to the homosexual lifestyle or even affirmatively promoting traditional sexual morality.”
Christian charity worker suspended for saying he did not believe in same-sex marriage: “David Booker, 44, was chatting about his faith with co-worker Fiona Vardy during a late shift at the hostel in Southampton…. He told her he was opposed to same-sex marriages and to homosexual clergy but denied being homophobic and said that he had homosexual friends. The next evening, Mr Booker was suspended from his £19,000-a-year post…. His employers told him the action was taken for ‘events that happened last night’. On March 30 he received a formal suspension notice which alleged that he ‘seriously breached’ the charity’s code of conduct ‘by promoting your religious views which contained discriminatory comments regarding a person’s sexual orientation.'”
Crosses, Bibles banned from hospital chapel: “Administrators at a hospital in Australia have thrown the crosses, crucifixes and Bibles out of their chapel to comply with new rules that followed the construction of a special prayer room for Muslims. …The move… was made to avoid offending Muslims or Hindus who may be at the hospital…. Hospital staff members told the newspaper while the chapel was built for Christians, the goal apparently now is to create a neutral space.”
Jewish groups denounce Oliphant Gaza cartoon: “The syndicated cartoon published Wednesday in newspapers across the country depicts a goose-stepping uniformed figure wheeling the Jewish symbol as it menaces a small female figure labeled ‘Gaza.’ …’The imagery in this cartoon mimics the venomous anti-Semitic propaganda of the Nazi and Soviet eras… It is cartoons like this that inspired millions of people to hate in the 1930s and help set the stage for the Nazi genocide.’ … ‘It employs Nazi imagery by portraying Israel as a jack-booted, goose-stepping headless apparition’…. Oliphant, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1967, is one of the most widely syndicated editorial cartoonists in the world.” See MAP of the huge Muslim block determined to crush tiny Israel
U.K. Deports Christians under new Immigration Rules: “A prominent Christian musician and a team of college-age missionaries were recently deported from the United Kingdom under new immigration rules that require religious workers to be sponsored by a licensed organization and obtain visas to enter the country….
“…Christians have to operate under the radar all over the world,’ said Judy Littler Manners, a Christian leader based London. ‘But this is the first time they may be forced to do it in this country.’…
“Christian leaders inside the U.K. said few ministries are fully aware of the complex new Home Office regulations, which were quietly introduced late last year. The rules require that religious workers be sponsored by an organization that has registered with the government, and applicants must pay a fee to obtain a work visa.”
This happened to a missionary friend of ours who was scheduled to participate in a Christian missionary training session in London. She was not allowed to leave the airport and was sent back to America.
“In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Elementary blots out ‘In God We Trust’: “Administrators at Lakeview Elementary School [in Tennessee] told parents that the posters… mentioned ‘God’ and are therefore precluded by school board policy and prohibited in the hallways as inappropriate. Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund… filed a lawsuit today on behalf of 10 parents and their children, seeking an injunction against banning private religious expression on student-made posters.
“‘Christian students shouldn’t be censored for expressing their beliefs…. It’s ridiculous as well as unconstitutional to cover up these references to God and prayer – one of which is the national motto itself – on posters announcing a student-led activity.’ ….’The Constitution prohibits government officials from singling out religious speech for censorship….'”
Gift bag bomb explodes at Christian missionary’s home: “Christian missionary Gary Stevenson thought the pink, gift-wrapped bag he found on his doorstep was a present left for one of his toddler daughters, but when he brought it inside his home, the bomb within the bag exploded. Stevenson suffered multiple lacerations and burns, deep cuts on his head and chest, and underwent surgery to remove shrapnel from his liver. But he is expected to make a full recovery. His daughters, age 1 and 3, were away with their grandmother at the time.” See Depravity
Christian nurse row: now teachers could be disciplined for discussing religion: “A new code of practice … states that classroom staff must ‘promote equality and value diversity’. An alleged lack of commitment to this requirement, which is insisted upon by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, was used to suspend Caroline Petrie, the Christian nurse who offered to pray for an elderly patient…. The GTC draft guidance states that registered teachers must ‘act respectfully towards all children and young people, parents, carers and colleagues, regardless of their socio-economic background, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, religion or beliefs’. …
“Mike Judge, a spokesman for The Christian Institute, said: ‘Are we going to see Christian teachers suspended because they mention God, or prayer, or church?…
“‘There is a witch hunt against Christians and it is time it stopped. Churches pioneered bedside care for the sick and education for the disadvantaged. Now they are being squeezed out by the ‘tolerance intelligentsia‘ who tolerate anything as long as it is not Christianity…. ‘What this shows is that equality and diversity policies which are purported to promote tolerance end up imposing censorship and a new intolerance.”
The faith that gave birth to tolerance is no longer tolerated! “How did America go from Pilgrims seeking freedom to express their Judeo-Christian beliefs to today’s discrimination against those very beliefs in the name of tolerance?” See Is this America? Part 5
Counselor suspended after teens hear Christian music: “The complaint explains the counselor took the four teen girls on the field trip during the summer of 2006, first to a 5 kilometer run and then to the beach. ‘At the beach, the group encountered a ‘Surf Jam’ taking place at the Huntington Beach Pier. The group also overheard Christian music for about 10 minutes while they were eating.’… After the outing, the counselor was ordered into a ‘disciplinary meeting’ that focused on the inappropriateness of Christian music.”
UK: Primary school receptionist ‘facing sack’ after daughter talks about Jesus to classmate: “Her daughter Jasmine had been overheard by a teacher discussing heaven and God with a friend and had been pulled to one side and told off.”
Police chaplains lose cross in wake of federal lawsuit [Spokane]: “The cross is coming off the official patch worn by Spokane Police Department chaplains after a federal lawsuit prompted changes inside the police chaplains office. The removal of the cross stems from a lawsuit filed against the city…. [It] said the patch was illegal and the department’s requirement that chaplains adhere to the Judeo / Christian ethic was also unconstitutional because government cannot favor one religion over another. So now the city has agreed to remove the patch and change the criteria so now non-religious people can also become chaplains. The head of the chaplains board… called it an attack on Christianity…” Read the section on the First Amendment in this article: Obama’s Faith-Based Partnerships BAN TRUTH
Pro-life pastor prepares for sentencing: “His approach was simply to carry a sign that said ‘Jesus Loves You. Can We Help?’ and offering those who wanted it some information about alternatives to abortion.’…. A complaint was filed and [Pastor Walter] Hoye was found guilty in spite of proof to the contrary. ‘There was a video taken of him doing this, and it shows that he was not harassing anybody…. In fact, he was being harassed by escorts from the abortion clinic.'”
Stimulus to ban religious worship: “President Obama’s proposed economic stimulus plan makes a deliberate – and unconstitutional – attempt to censor religious speech and worship on school campuses across the nation…. The wording that specifically targets religious speech already has been approved by the majority Democrats in the U.S. House – all GOP members opposed it.
“Critics argued schools would accept any money offered, then impose a ban on religious events…. ‘This is a direct attack on students of faith, and I’m outraged Democrats are using an economic stimulus bill to promote discrimination,’ DeMint said.” See Don’t mention Jesus
Christians are becoming social pariahs in Britain: “The Radio 2 host said that he feels unable to talk about his faith on his show because he fears how people would react. He argues that society has become increasingly intolerant of the freedom to express religious views. ‘You can’t express views that were common currency 30 or 40 years ago,’ he said. ‘…it’s almost socially unacceptable to say you believe in God.'” See Don’t conform to the ways of the world
Evangelical Comfort Zone Comes to an End: “The period of widespread indifference toward those who take the Bible literally and believe in God, the Creator of the universe, seems to have come to an end….” See CHANGE! New world, New ways, New minds, New gods
Dozens of Christmas Displays Vandalized, Pastor Assaulted: “…a 50-year-old figure of the Baby Jesus was stolen from a Washington Park [Ohio] display and later found hanging from a ceiling fan at the alleged thief’s apartment…. [Louisiana:] a 38-year-old man and two teenagers were arrested for vandalizing Christmas lawn displays at five different homes…. [Tennessee:] A 50-year-old statue of a shepherd was decapitated at a Nativity center…. [Texas:] A Nativity scene….was splattered with red paint….Pastor James Dennis Warman was struck repeatedly in the head by two assailants on Dec. 7. He is now in a medically induced coma and not able to speak, and he may have brain damage…” See Ban Truth – Reap Tyranny
Five Chaplains Lose Jobs for Praying ‘In Jesus’ Name’: “Virginia Governor Tim Kaine is defending why his administration forced the sudden resignation of five Virginia State Police Chaplains because they prayed publicly ‘in Jesus’ name.’ Police Superintendent Col. W. Steven Flaherty single-handedly created then enforced a strict ‘non-sectarian’ prayer policy at all public gatherings, censoring and excluding Christian prayers, then accepted the resignation of five chaplains who refused to deny Jesus or violate their conscience by watering down their prayers.”
British Muslims Offended by Christians Praying during Ramadan: “A Christian group in Oxford has apologised to the city’s Muslims for having the audacity to organise a day of prayer during Ramadan. Oxford’s Muslims found it ‘ill-conceived and insensitive’, not to mention ‘grossly insulting and inflammatory’.
“The Muslim Education Centre of Oxford (MECO) has accused the Evangelical group ‘Open Doors UK’ of preaching ‘evangelical propaganda’. Do not Muslims preach Islamic propaganda? Do the Christians in Oxford complain about this? Would the Muslims of Oxford apologise or even care if the Christians did complain about it?”
Muslim-led UN Resolution Draws Attention: The Organization of the Islamic Conference “put forward what’s called a ‘[Combating] Defamation of Religions’ resolution which would amend the U.N.’s Declaration of Human Rights and would make it a criminal act and violation of international law to ‘defame another religion.’… [It] only mentions one religion by name: Islam. ‘…there’s nothing about preventing the defamation of Christianity… which means if you were spreading the gospel, it would be deemed defamatory towards Islam and would be [considered] a crime.’ …that is similar to the tactic used by homosexual activists in Canada and Europe to silence Christians. …
‘”If you look at the resolution,’ he continues, ‘it would literally change the entire scope of human rights law on an international basis. They would encourage [all other nations] — after the resolution is passed by the member states, which are all the countries in the U.N — to pass laws that would mandate [that] you could not speak out against another religion.”
If this becomes an international standard, it will fast divide genuine Christian from the cultural Christian. Only those who truly love God will risk their lives and comforts for the privilege of following Jesus and sharing His gospel.
Offend a homosexual… Go to prison for 5 years: “Christians will face prison for speaking out against homosexuality if Brazil’s Senate passes a bill approved unanimously by its House of Representatives…. The bill also seeks to penalize private and public school administrators with up to three years in prison if they refuse to hire openly ‘gay’ teachers. According to the CNA, the measure will force prison time for any ‘moral, ethical, philosophical or psychological expression that questions homosexual practices.’… ‘[A] priest, a pastor, a teacher or even an average citizen who says in a sermon, a classroom or public conversation that homosexual acts are sinful, disordered or an illness could be denounced and detained.’
“…the president of Brazil said ‘opposing’ homosexuality makes you a sick person, and he believes such thoughts need to be criminalized…. Brazilian chief Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva… held the First National Conference of Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals, Transvestites and Transsexuals to condemn the biblical belief that homosexuality is wrong…. Calling for ‘the criminalization of homophobia,’ he said opposition to homosexuality is ‘perhaps the most perverse disease impregnated in the human head.’ He said ‘prejudiced’ people need to ‘open their minds and clean them.'” See Why “Hate crime” laws would ban Biblical Christianity
Evangelicals Support Conversion Code: “The World Council of Churches… said Wednesday that the process was formally joined by the World Evangelical Alliance…. WCC said the code of conductshould serve as an ‘advocacy tool in discussions with governments considering anti-conversion laws (and) help to advance the cause of religious freedom.’ The rules should also address concerns in other religions about Christians seeking converts, and inspire those faiths to ‘consider their own codes of conduct.’… The council noted, however, that none of the partners involved intend — nor have the means — to impose the code of conduct on their constituencies, but they all trust that it will be able to ‘impact hearts and minds’ and allow for ‘moral and peer pressure.’” See UNESCO’s Declaration on the Role of Religion and The Evangelical Manifesto
Bible bonfires inside Israel: “Messianic ‘Jews for Jesus’, who are closely linked with Evangelical Christian groups from America and now number up to 15,000 inside Israel, called for an official investigation after orthodox students from a yeshiva in the town of Or Yehuda allegedly dumped and burnt hundreds of copies of the New Testament. These had been distributed to Ethiopian immigrant families in the town. At first, the action was defended…. as ‘purging the evil among us’, but he was quick to backtrack. Ultimately, he blamed ‘three or four’ hotheaded students for a ‘spontaneous act’ which led to an international public relations disaster. …
“…a group of religious Zionist rabbis called for a boycott of this year’s International Bible Quiz after discovering that one of the four finalists from Israel, Bat-El Levi, an 11th-grader from Jerusalem’s Pisgat Ze’ev neighborhood, was a messianic Jew.” See Persecution
Canada orders ministry by Christians shut down: “The Canadian government has ordered a Christian ministry that teaches doctrine and the differences between Christians and cults shut down because its reference materials were ‘critical’ of the beliefs of those who are not Christian….
“‘Canada is no longer a Christian nation,’ she said. ‘And watch out America!.’ The issue of the ministry’s charities license in Canada, allowing it to operate as a ministry, came up during a routine audit of the ministry’s finances….”
Though the main issue seems to be tax-deductible status, the growing hostility toward Biblical truth may should concern every Christian. We don’t fit the world’s vision of a unifying global spirituality.See Marching toward Global Solidarity and Why hate crimes laws would ban Biblical Christianity
When preaching becomes a crime: “In 1774, a young James Madison, while traveling through Culpeper County in Virginia – well before he became our fourth president – passed by a jail where a number of Baptist preachers had been incarcerated for nothing more than preaching without an official government license. One of these ‘criminals’ preached from a window of the jail to any who would listen. Madison would never forget the dedication of those brave preachers – nor the audacity of the officials who had jailed them….” See Why “Hate crime” laws would ban Biblical Christianity
Texas Governor Urges Protection for Boy Scouts of America: “Texas Gov. Rick Perry, an Eagle Scout himself, is now the father of an Eagle Scout…. He described the Boy Scouts organization as a moral beacon for the rest of the country, adding that’s why it has become a target for the secular left…. ‘…the Boy Scouts of America, with its clearly-stated belief in God, adherence to a strict moral code and steadfast focus on shaping young men, is the trophy buck that the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) and their friends would like to hang above the fireplace,’ Perry said ….
“The scouts have won court battles against the ACLU, which attempted to force the organization to accept homosexual scout masters and abandon adherence to a belief in God. ‘Now, the secular left has shifted its attacks to public entities that have sponsored scout events at city parks, public schools, even the Department of Defense,’ Perry said. ‘They have gone after anyone with access to public funds to prevent them from providing space to the Boy Scouts. …they are winning some of these lawsuits…. In some instances, just the threat of a lawsuit has compelled certain public organizations to close their doors to the scouts. In other instances, city officials sympathetic to the secular agenda are creating new policies that ban access to city facilities for scouts.’
“In one instance, the Boy Scouts were evicted from a facility in Philadelphia that they had rented for one dollar a year for almost a century. The city told the scouts they would have to pay fair market value — $300,000 a year — unless the Boy Scouts renounced its policy on excluding openly homosexual scoutmasters. The scouts declined and were forced from the building. ‘…The scouts actually built that facility more than 80 years ago and gave it to the city for free.'” See Ban Truth – Reap Tyranny
California Irony: Cathedral City Calls Church Message a “Nuisance”: “A small church has found itself facing the wrath of local government for a simple yet profound message painted on its roof…. Pastor Nimmons took his message outside the church walls, painting the word ‘Eternity’ in large letters on the roof of the church. Pastor Nimmons’ intent was to encourage passers-by to consider where they would spend eternity….
“‘By its own definition, this sign ordinance is directed toward business advertisements for goods or services, which this message plainly is not.'” See Why “Hate crime” laws would ban Biblical Christianity
Brampton, Ontario – Shades of Stalinist Russia [Canada]: “…bureaucrats in Toronto’s western-most suburb decided to have a look at the way churches, mosques, temples, and other ‘places of worship’ have traditionally been exempted from paying property taxes. …soon a study was launched on ‘Places of Worship’. It was all done very quietly….
“…to this day, Brampton hasn’t produced a copy for public perusal…. But last summer, someone with a bit of sympathy for the churches leaked a copy. A draft of the report – the one that doesn’t even officially exist – is about a hundred pages long…. [It indicates that–]
• All ‘non-worship space’ owned by religious organizations (offices, kitchens, nurseries, fellowship halls, parking lots, etc) would become subject to property taxes. Only the sanctuary space [or the altar] would be tax exempt…
• The study recommends a redefinition of what constitutes ‘places of worship’ – including a removal of provisions expressly allowing church properties to be used for ‘community services’ such as day care centres, soup kitchens, etc.
• There is a recommendation for major restrictions on new church start-ups…
• The study sets a stated goal of having only one ‘place of worship’ for every 10-thousand residents….
• And the real shades of Stalinist Russia come with the proposed regulations on ‘house churches.’
“Regularly-scheduled private gatherings in homes would be restricted to no more than 20 people – children included….
“What if I don’t like the particular ‘place of worship’ that the City of Brampton designates for my neighbourhood?” See Ban Truth – Reap Tyranny
University mandates ‘Merry —-mas’ as holiday greeting: “The controversy began when the [Southwestern Oklahoma State University] director of human resources recently visited various departments and said that decorations featuring the word ‘Christmas’ in any areas of the university must be immediately removed.’ … ‘He also instructed the employees not to say ‘Christmas’ while on the job. As a result the employees cannot respond ‘Merry Christmas’ to other employees or visitors to the University.’…
“[University President] Hays blamed it on ‘an attempt to be respectful of the diverse religious population at Southwestern Oklahoma State University.’… ‘This censorship specifically includes exchanging greetings of ‘Merry Christmas’ among employees or with non-employees, whether initiated by a university employee or not,’ Liberty Counsel said. ….’Moreover, the free speech rights of employees at the university are infringed when their speech is censored solely because of a religious viewpoint or perceived religious viewpoint.'” See Why “Hate crime” laws would ban Biblical Christianity
Colorado Gunman Killed Himself: “Murray shot and killed sisters Stephanie and Rachael Works, ages 18 and 16, and wounded their father, who was in or near their car in the parking lot of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado….
“…some answers may be found from a warning Murray posted online just 90 minutes before he went to New Life Church. The message attributed to Matthew Murray — using the screen name ‘nghtmrchld26’ — mirrored the wording of a warning posted in 1999 by Eric Harris… [Columbine High School]. ‘I’m coming for EVERYONE soon and I WILL be armed to the @.%$ teeth and I WILL shoot to kill,’ the posting… read….
“Murray… titled his entry, ‘You Christians brought this on yourselves.’… In earlier postings, ‘nghtmrchld26’ railed against the Rev. Ted Haggard, founder of New Life Church… fired last year after a former male prostitute alleged he had a three-year cash-for-sex relationship with him…. One post, called ‘My YWAM Horror Story,’ complained about being removed from the Arvada youth mission program. ‘Why was I told that I couldn’t be a missionary because I wasn’t `social enough’? I was told that I was `an introvert… The authoritarianism and hypocrisy is outrageous.'” See Why “Hate crime” laws would ban Biblical Christianity and The Fall and Rise of Human Violence
County investigates sheriff for supporting Christmas: “A county sheriff who had publicly expressed frustration with ‘politically correct’ antagonism from secular America toward the religious foundations of Christmas now is under investigation for his thoughts…. County Sheriff Jim Alderden’s opinions were expressed in his ‘Bulls-Eye’ website column recently…. ‘The fact that we are even engaged in a discourse of whether Christmas trees and Christian symbols of faith should be allowed on city property is absurd…. One major U.S. city’s airport, he noted, was installing footbaths for Muslims, but refused to allow Christmas trees.” See Tolerance as a Tool for Transformation
One smack too many: “Opponents of New Zealand’s new anti-smacking [spanking] law are fearful that the case of a woman facing possible arrest if she were found to have smacked her child a third time, is an indication of worse things to come. The Wellington woman… said she and her family had been traumatised by two separate incidents, the first involving Child, Youth and Family (CYF) and the second the police. … ‘Now that we are in the system, it doesn’t matter whether we are guilty or not. If the police officers don’t like us for any reason, they have the power to separate our family.’
“The first episode occurred earlier in the year, after the school called CYF when a teacher reported that the woman had smacked her child on the hand before school. A few months later three policemen turned up, apparently in response to a complaint from a neighbour. The woman admitted smacking her child on the backside for misbehaving on the trampoline. …when she asked what would happen if they paid a second visit for just pulling her child off the tramp, she alleged they told her she would be arrested … because she still used physical force…. [A friend said] she was a ‘great mother’ who really loved her children.” See What can parents do
Ohio bans the name of Jesus from the statehouse: “When Pastor Keith Hamblen of Calvary Bible Church in Lima prayed ‘in Jesus’ name’ on the floor of the Ohio Statehouse, Democratic minority leader Chris Redfern stomped off the floor in protest. Catering oh so tenderly to the religious pluralists in the House, the Republican majority leader is willing to offend Christians. …
“‘I have received several legitimate complaints from members recently about the disregard for the guest minister guidelines, more specifically the increasing tendency of guest invocators to use language referring to a particular deity,” the Republican majority speaker John Husted said in a memorandum to all Ohio House members. ‘If a prayer is not received in writing and approved by the Clerk’s Office… the guest invocator will be asked not to deliver the prayer.” See Why “Hate crime” laws would ban Biblical Christianity
Evangelical Pastor told to Leave Israel: “Interior Ministry officials said the decision was made following suspicions that Cantrell was involved in missionary work. The pastor categorically denied the allegations as baseless. Cantrell, who has been active in raising money for Israel as well as working on behalf of Soviet Jews, had resided in Israel on a special clergy visa during his work for Bridges for Peace, but then went back to a regular tourist visa, which needed to be renewed every three or six months, he said. … The issue underscored the delicate balancing act evangelical Christian supporters of Israel face….” See Persecution
Banning Jihad Watch: “Many reported that the ban on Jihad Watch was explained with the assertion that Jihad Watch contained ‘hate speech.’ This was true even in some Federal Government offices. Jihad Watch was also blocked, readers informed me, on the computers of the State of Connecticut; the City of Chicago; Bank of America; Fidelity Investments; Site Coach; GE IT; JPMorgan Chase; Defense Finance and Accounting Services….
“If it were merely a matter of filtering out controversial material, sites that treat some of the same material from a different perspective — particularly pro-jihad sites — would also have been banned. But they evidently have not been. Jihad Watch is dedicated to the defense of human rights for all against those who would impose Islamic law, with its institutionalized discrimination against women and religious minorities. There is no ‘hatred’ in this, except when we report the words of hatred and supremacism of the Islamic jihadists…. The politicized nature of Internet censorship should surprise no one.” See Ban Truth – Reap Tyranny and the next link:
Bible drawn into sex publication controversy: “More than 800 Hong Kong residents have called on authorities to reclassify the Bible as ‘indecent’ due to its sexual and violent content, following an uproar over a sex column in a university student journal. … .If the Bible is similarly classified as ‘indecent’ by authorities, only those over 18 could buy the holy book and it would need to be sealed in a wrapper with a statutory warning notice….'”
From an angry atheist: The Baptizing of America by James Rudin: “A specter is haunting America, and it is not socialism and certainly not communism. It is the specter of Americans kneeling in submission to a particular interpretation of a religion that has become an ideology, an all-encompassing way of life. It is the specter of our nation ruled by the extreme Christian right, who would make the United States a ‘Christian nation’ where their version of God’s law supersedes all human law—including the Constitution. That, more than any other force in the world today, is the immediate and profound threat to our republic.” See Why “Hate crime” laws would ban Biblical Christianity
Students punished for opposing ‘gay’ advocacy Dozens of 1st Amendment lawsuits being considered against administrators: “Dozens, perhaps hundreds, of students in several Sacramento area school districts are being penalized by school officials for objecting to the homosexual advocacy ‘Day of Silence.’… That is an event promoted by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network organization, which advocates for the homosexual lifestyle and promotes educating children in that choice. During that event, students go around school during the day without speaking, and they hand out cards stating they are protesting the ‘discrimination’ against the homosexual lifestyle…. Snider said an estimated 3,000-4,000 Sacramento area students remained out of class to protest the GLSEN event…. ‘A lot of students were suspended…. Others were just kicked out [of school] and told to go home for the day. I’m not certain that is legal. You can’t just kick students out.'”
Another Cross in Limbo Awaiting Court Decision: “The monument, originally erected in 1934 by the Veterans of Foreign Wars to honor the ‘dead of all wars,’ features of a cross planted at the top of a hill in the Mojave National Preserve…. The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California challenged the memorial, arguing that it violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, which instructs Congress to ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.'” [Notice how the ACLU turns that “freedom” upside down!] See The Old Rugged Cross
Whitewashing Jihad in the Schools: “Last month, New Jersey’s Burlington Township High School held its own mock terrorism drill. ‘You perform as you practice,’ Superintendent Chris Manno told the Burlington County Times. ‘We need to practice under conditions as real as possible in order to evaluate our procedures and plans so that they’re as effective as possible.’ But the ‘real as possible’ conditions included no bomb-vest-donning jihadists shouting ‘Allahu Akbar.’…
“Remember the jihad-sympathizing admonition included in the NEA’s touchy-feely, post-9/11 curriculum: ‘Do not suggest that any group is responsible’ for the terrorist attacks, parents and teachers were advised. But feel free to conjure up homeschooling ‘wackos’ and Christian ‘New Crusaders’ to avoid offending the Muslim lobby.
“Here is a ‘real as possible’ scenario. Last month, you’ll recall, counterterrorism officials sent cautionary bulletins to police departments nationwide warning that suspected members of extremist groups have signed up as school bus drivers in the United States. The ‘extremists’ being investigated by the FBI and other agencies are foreigners who have been able to ‘purchase buses and acquire licenses.’ Who are these ‘extremists’? Hint: They are not Presbyterian or Lutheran or Catholic homeschooling wackos…..
“In Indonesia last month, a theological school was reportedly attacked by religious terrorists in Jakarta. The school was evangelical Christian. The terrorists were Muslim. In southern Thailand, attackers hurled explosives and opened fire on an Islamic school, killing three students…. And in the name of winning Iraqis over to their blood-stained cause this week, a suicide truck bomber carrying food supplies killed eight Iraqi schoolgirls and a baby…”
Hostage drill at NJ school features mock ‘Christian terrorists’: “…a recent hostage drill at a New Jersey high school, which portrayed conservative Christians as terrorists, is reflective of a dangerous philosophy that has become prevalent in many parts of America, where it is having negative effects on education. A local paper reports that a drill at Burlington Township High School in New Jersey involved police portraying mock gunmen, described as ‘members of a right-wing fundamentalist group called the ‘New Crusaders’ who don’t believe in the separation of church and state.’ The fake gunmen were said to have been ‘seeking justice because the daughter of one [member] had been expelled for praying before class.'”
It’s amazing to see hostility of the world toward Jesus and His followers — and the readiness to attribute the brutality of militant Islam to Christianity! Yet, a very similar event happened a couple of years ago. See Homeland Security links Homeschoolers to Terrorists
Homeschooler flees state custody: “Melissa Busekros, the schoolgirl taken by police and placed in a psychiatric hospital because she was diagnosed with a ‘school phobia’ and was being homeschooled, has fled state custody to make a midnight trip back to her own family…. ‘At 3 a.m., in Erlangen, Germany, Melissa reached her home to the surprise of her entire family.” See Victory in Christ
Second family worried police may storm their home and carry off their children as they did to the Busekros family: “For over two months, 15 year-old homeschooled Melissa Busekros has been in the custody of Germany’s Jugendamt, an organization created by National Socialist (Nazi) chancellor Adolf Hitler in 1939 to supervise and control families politically after he banned homeschooling in 1938 as subversive to indoctrinating German youth in the Nazi ideology. The Jugendamt ordered Melissa to undergo psychiatric treatment for ‘school phobia,’ and has placed her in a foster home and location unknown to her parents who are allowed to see their daughter only once a week. …..
“‘The father was showing the videotape to the daughter when another worker within the room for the visit came over and slammed the computer shut, called the police, and had him escorted off the property,’ Joel Thornton…. ‘They’re only allowed 1 hour visit a week, and they ended this visit and made him leave. The father was trying to give Melissa some insight about what the world outside was saying…. He wanted her to see what was being said, but particularly what this youth officer was saying about her not wanting to go home, even though she basically requests to everyone she talks to that she wants to go home.’
“Thornton… was going to meet with 4 other homeschooling families in the Dresden area this weekend, and also with the Brause family, which lost legal custody of their children to the Jugendamt.”See Homeschooling Under Fire
Melissa – HomeSchooled teen in Germany begs for help to go home to family: “‘I was taken away from my family on the first February 2007 and brought with more than 15 police men to the psychiatry in Nuremberg. There I was 2 weeks, I was brought there because I was homeschooled 2 ½ years. Now I am in a foster-family and I am allowed to see my parents only a week.’ Those visits… are held at a public building since she is being held against her will at a foster home the location of which is kept secret from her parents…. Melissa’s parents Hubert and Gundrun Busekros are… very thankful for the prayer support from all over the world. Although they are permitted to call her a couple of times a week, they have lost their custody rights.” See Brussels Journal Editor Threatened with Prosecution over Homeschooling
Fifteen year old German homeschooler forcibly admitted into a mental institution: “On the first of February this year, the Busekros’ oldest daughter was torn from her family by force, thanks to a judge’s ruling: Compulsory admittance to the Klinikum Nuremberg-Nord, a psychiatric clinic for children and young people and loss of parental custody.” See the next link:
Uregent update and call for prayer support: “..the OLG appeals court in Germany upheld the decision of the lower court against the Busekros family. The court also held that Hubert and Gudrun must undergo psychiatric evaluation. The family, while willing to do this to see Melissa returned home, genuinely fears that all of this will be used against them to take their remaining children away from them. An additional fear is that Melissa will be returned to the psychiatric clinic system in Germany and ‘disappear.’ This would leave the family with no way to know where Melissa is or how she is doing. She could become a ward of the State and completely lost to her family.
“The pressure on this family, which has been incredible for the past month, has just increased to levels that are beyond imagination. Please pray for their peace and wisdom as they continue to fight to hold their family together in this hostile environment.” See Threatened with Prosecution over Homeschooling
Christian belief a ‘hate crime’ under plan: “…that plan would invert American justice, and instead of requiring evidence it would leave it to someone who claims to be offended to determine whether a ‘crime’ has been committed. ‘Truth is not allowed as evidence in hate crimes trials.’… A homosexual can claim emotional damage from hearing Scripture that describes his lifestyle as an abomination. He can press charges against the pastor or broadcaster who merely reads the Bible in public. The ‘hater’ can be fined thousands of dollars and even imprisoned!'” See The War on Hate Bans Christian Values
Men jailed for being on public sidewalk… handing out Bibles: “Two men who are members of Gideons International, the Christian organization that is famous for, among other ministries, placing Bibles in motels and giving them to children, have been arrested after trying to hand out Bibles on a public sidewalk in Florida….” See Ban Truth – Reap Tyranny
Warnings about Christians are what is intolerant: “…a Court of Appeal in Australia set aside a ruling of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) and ordered a retrial in the case of two Christian pastors. The VCAT had ruled that Daniel Scot and Daniel Nalliah’s statements critical of Islam were likely to incite hatred….
“…the highest court in Saskatchewan province ruled that Hugh Owens would not, after all, have to pay $1,500 Canadian to three men offended by his newspaper ad citing Bible verses against sodomy. And in the U.K…. 74-year-old Edward Atkinson was sent to jail for sending graphic pictures of aborted fetuses to a hospital….
“There was better news for free speech in the United States in 2006. The same month as Atkinson was sentenced to jail (and, for good measure, taken off the National Health Service hip replacement waiting list — [a foretaste of the planned global community where food and health care would be tied to compliance with PC attitudinal guidelines]), a federal district court judge in Pennsylvania… upheld the right of Pastor Jim Grove to speak against homosexuality to participants arriving at a PrideFest in Harrisburg.
“And a whole crop of religious-liberty cases around Christmas—the school bus driver on Long Island forbidden to wear a Santa Claus hat, the Seattle airport authority that responded to a rabbi’s request for a menorah by taking down their Christmas trees, the first-grader told he couldn’t sing a Christmas song at show-and-tell—seem to have been resolved in favor of free speech and religious liberty by public outcry…. It doesn’t seem like it’s Christians who are ‘intolerant of criticism,’ does it?…
“Christianity played a crucial role in the establishment of the civil liberties we enjoy. And Christians are on the front lines defending those liberties today.” See Ban Truth – Reap Tyranny
School Can’t Stop Child’s Singing of ‘Proselytizing’ Song: “U.S. District Judge Freda Wolfson in Trenton, N.J., sustained a civil liberties challenge to the Frenchtown Elementary School District Board of Education’s refusal to let 8-year-old Olivia Turton perform ‘Awesome God’ in the after-school ‘Frenchtown Idol’ contest….
“Wolfson found the school board’s decision to exclude ‘Awesome God,’ despite the contest’s general tolerance for songs with religious themes, constituted viewpoint discrimination. As for the board’s argument that it was the song’s proselytizing nature that made it objectionable, Wolfson found that the contest rules did not disqualify songs with messages exhorting the audience to action. … Lastly, Wolfson found that the board’s viewpoint discrimination could not be justified by the Establishment Clause.” See Don’t mention Jesus
Casey Ran as ‘Pro-Life…Seeks “Sexual Orientation” Hate Crime Law: “Within 24 hours of winning the bitter Pennsylvanian Senate race against incumbent Republican Rick Santorum, Democrat Senator-elect Bob Casey, Jr. let his real agendas show through. … Casey was immediately and unabashedly backed in his election bid by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a pro-gay activist group…. Casey thanked HRC the day after the election saying, ‘HRC got behind my campaign early and has been a tremendous help. I look forward to working with HRC’s incredible staff and membership, especially toadvance hate-crimes legislation in the Senate.’…
“Adding sexual orientation verbage to hate-crime legislation is a threat to the First Amendment rights of all Americans who oppose homosexuality. Gramley said, ‘…we know what hate-crimes legislation that includes ‘sexual orientation’ and ‘gender identity’ can mean to Christians. In 2004 we witnessed 11 Christians being arrested and charged with a hate crime for simply reading Scripture and singing choruses at a homosexual event.'” See The Mainstream Media – Forging a New Global Consciousness
Company policies vary on the right to wear a crucifix: “As the furor continued over [British Airline]’s decision to ban a Heathrow worker from wearing a crucifix other firms supported the company’s stand…. Many firms cited health and safety regulations as their reason for not allowing crosses to be worn. However, Sikh bangles were often permitted….
“Meanwhile, the airline is developing a Muslim uniform for its staff. ‘Two ground staff at Heathrow wanted to pursue their religion and we would support that,’ he said.”
If this sounds irrational and unfair, remember the reason. See Persecution
Bible-Reading Student Gets Lesson in Litigation: “Amber Mangum was a frequent reader during lunch breaks at her Prince George’s County middle school, silently soaking up the adventures of Harry Potter and other tales in the spare minutes before afternoon classes. The habit was never viewed as a problem… until the book she was reading was the Bible. A vice principal at Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School in Laurel last month ordered Amber, then 12, to stop reading the Bible or face punishment.” See Don’t mention Jesus
‘Radical homosexuals’ want to coerce compliance: “A decision by the city of Berkeley, Calif., to deprive the Sea Scouts of a traditional benefit because their parent organization holds a religious belief that does not allow homosexuals or atheists in positions of leadership is being challenged before the U.S. Supreme Court.” See Ban truth – Reap Tyranny
Ministry backs down on school prayer: “Opponents of the New Zealand Education Ministry’s controversial new guidelines on religion and prayer in schools are relieved that the ministry has decided not to push ahead with them. Under the guidelines, it was suggested that schools should give advance notice of assemblies featuring prayers and hymns and seek written consent from parents who wanted their children to take part in voluntary religious activities. See Ban truth – Reap Tyranny
Chaplain convicted of saying prayers ‘in Jesus’ name’: “A military jury today convicted a Navy chaplain of a misdemeanor count of disobeying his commanding officer for wearing his uniform while delivering a prayer ‘in Jesus’ name’ at an assembly in front of the White House.
“‘But I had prior written permission to wear my uniform if it was a religious observance….” Lt. Gordon James Klingenschmitt told WND…. Klingenschmitt, who raised immediate concerns with this superiors when the Navy issued a new order that prayers could only be ‘non-sectarian,’ also has alleged he was punished for raising those concerns, and later notifying Congress and President Bush of the situation….” See No Rights for Resisters
Federal Appeals Court Rules Against Cross: “…the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on June 21, 2006, that the majestic 30-foot cross atop Mt. Soledad in San Diego must be removed by August 1, or the city will face $5,000 per day fines…. The attorney fighting to remove the cross is James McElroy, a Planned Parenthood attorney who spent over a decade suing pro-lifers…. ‘Our nation’s landmarks that give assent to our Christian Heritage are rapidly facing extinction,’ said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman, who grew up not far from the historic cross.” See Ban truth – Reap Tyranny
Banned: “Schoolgirls are forced to take off chastity rings – or be ordered out of lessons…. It is only a band of silver, imprinted with a Bible verse, worn by a schoolgirl. But the decision by one of the country’s top state schools to ban American-style ‘purity rings’ – increasingly worn by Christian teenagers to symbolise a pledge not to have sex before marriage – has prompted not just a standoff with local parents, but a debate over religious expression and sex education….’
“There are Muslim girls in the school who are allowed to wear the headcovering, although that isn’t part of the school uniform, and Sikh girls who are allowed the wear the bangle although that isn’t part of the uniform. It’s a discriminatory policy….”
Facing the Giants: “…a low-budget movie about a burned-out and depressed football coach whose life takes a miraculous turn for the better. What makes the difference? Faith in Jesus Christ. But that encounter with God was enough for the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) to give the movie… a PG rating…. This movie, which Hollywood thinks is ‘heavily laden with messages from one religion,’ apparently had to be red-flagged….
“MPAA did not red flag Prince of Egypt or The Lion King, despite their obvious spiritual elements. So is it religion or Christianity that made the otherwise squeaky clean Facing the Giants a PG movie? There was a time in our country when faith in Christ was seen as a source of strength, not a threat to children.” See The Rising World Religion
Churches work on conversion plan: “The Vatican and the world’s largest alliance of Christian churches plan to seek a common code for religious conversions…. Religious freedom and missionary outreach by Christian groups have become increasingly sensitive topics as many Muslims perceive their faith as under threat by the West and nations such as China struggle to maintain state controls on churches.
“‘How can we – anxious to maintain, develop and nurture good relations with people of other faiths – deal with this highly complex issue that sometimes threatens the fiber of living together?’ said the Rev. Hans Ucko, head of the interreligious relations office for the World Council of Churches. … Members of other faiths, including Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims, also plan to attend the meeting….
“The biggest challenges to the project will be highlighted by who will be absent: Pentecostal and evangelical-style congregations that often lead the drive for conversions…. The details of the conversion code will take shape in the coming years, said Ucko, but it will explore ‘the dos and don’ts’ of trying to spread Christianity among other faiths. … Critics claim the laws will be used totarget Christian missionaries, who are often the target of denunciations from Hindu nationalists.” See the next link:
repeat U.N. religious summit speakers decry efforts at conversion: “The Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders [2000 AD] failed to accomplish one of its main objectives in four days of meetings but evidenced widespread opposition to efforts at religious conversion. The summit, held partly at the United Nations General Assembly Hall in New York, was attended by about 800 religious leaders and 1,000 observers from nearly 100 countries.
“…pronouncements were voiced by speakers from different religious traditions against attempts to convert people to other religions, and they met with strong affirmation…. Evangelicals especially would be targets for such sentiments, since they have sent missionaries throughout the world to proclaim the message of salvation exclusively by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
“On numerous occasions, there were ‘very negative comments regarding proselytization,’ said Ken Welborn of the Southern Baptist North American Mission Board. Such declarations were met by ‘vigorous applause,’ said Richard Cizik…. ‘That view was held by most of those at the conference…. What I think was also unfortunate was that the representatives of Christianity were joining that same call to denounce proselytizing, in particular Joan Brown Campbell [former general secretary of the National Council of Churches].” See Persecution
Ohio St. Drops Harassment Charges Against Conservative Librarian: “The librarian, a devout Quaker, had been under investigation by the school for suggesting that freshmen students read conservative books. Three professors — two of whom are openly homosexual — objected to the librarian’s suggestions, particularly Kupelian’s book, which they described as ‘hate literature’ and ‘homophobic tripe’ that ‘threatened’ them and made them feel ‘unsafe’ on campus.
“After a faculty vote supporting the professors’ allegations, the school put Savage under investigation for sexual harassment. Librarian Scott Savage serves on a committee designed to pick books for incoming OSU students…. While other committee members suggested a series of liberal books, Savage recommended that some conservative books be added to the list….” See Re-inventing the World
Texas School District Caves to Parents’ Call to Shut Down Bible Club: “‘…what we have here is a district that is doing everything in its power to discriminate against these kids…’ According to the Liberty Legal spokesman, the district does not impose fees and rental agreements on other student clubs. But because Students Standing Strong is a religious group, he says, the district is ‘just hunting and looking for some way to throw hurdles in their way.’…
“‘The small group of parents is complaining because this group is so successful and it’s a Christian group,’ he explains. ‘And they’re asking the school district to stop them, which is against the law.’ But instead of standing up to the parents and explaining that the district does not discriminate against any clubs, Christian or not…[the district] is ‘going along and trying to figure out ways to discriminate.’“
Evangelical teens rally in S.F.: “More than 25,000 evangelical Christian youth landed Friday in San Francisco for a two-day rally at AT&T Park against ‘the virtue terrorism’ of popular culture, and they were greeted by an official city condemnation and a clutch of protesters who said their event amounted to a ‘fascist mega-pep rally.’ …”
“Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, who told counterprotesters at City Hall on Friday that while such fundamentalists may be small in number, ‘they’re loud, they’re obnoxious, they’re disgusting, and they should get out of San Francisco.'”
What would happen if a Christian leader made a similar public statement about the annual lewd and loud “Gay Rights” demonstrations?
Crisis Pregnancy Centers Targeted in ‘Crackdown on Deceit’: “… the new bill would direct the FTC to ‘create rules that prohibit any organization from advertising services with the intent to deceive the public into believing that the organization is a provider of abortion services if it does not, in fact, provide abortion services.'” See Ban truth – Reap Tyranny
Grandmother Gets Help Asserting Preschooler’s Right to Share His Faith: “Thanks to the efforts of a persistent grandmother and advice from a pro-family legal group, a four-year-old student at a Head Start program in one Oregon city can now talk about his faith with classmates. An instructor had initially muzzled the youngster’s religious speech at school. … [AFA lawyer, Steve Crampton] noted, ‘The school is wrong. As the United States Supreme Court has observed, ‘[t]here is a crucial difference between government speech endorsing religion, which the Establishment Clause forbids, and private speech endorsing religion,’ which the Constitution’s free Speech and free exercise clauses protect.” See Don’t Mention Jesus
Intern fired for sharing faith: “A straight-A student, Escobar was complimented regularly by the DCFS for her work. But she came under scrutiny for sharing her faith with co-workers during lunch breaks and after-hours, and for changing into a shirt with a religious message – ‘Found’ – after signing out for the day…. Escobar was directed to stop sharing her faith, even during breaks and after work hours. Also, the university ordered her to sign a document admitting she had ‘an inability to separate her religious beliefs from her role’ as an intern. She refused to sign the document, arguing she couldn’t agree to such a sweeping prohibition that included her religious practice during non-working hours.”
Christian Group Kicked Off UK Campus over ‘PC’ Demands: “A Christian faith group at a major university in England has been thrown off campus for refusing to open up its membership to all faiths and beliefs…. Although the group, which has 100-plus members, says all students are welcome to attend meetings, it insists that it is well within its rights to restrict membership to people who profess faith in Jesus Christ.
“The union also objected to demands to remove the words ‘men’ and ‘women’ from its charter in order not to offend transsexuals….
“Birmingham University currently had 13 faith-based student societies, five of them Christian. (The five are Anglican, Catholic, Methodist, Adventist and a social justice group called Fusion.) No other group had a problem making the changes.” Conform to Truth, not to the world!
Letter to The President of the United States… from Chaplain Klingenschmitt: “…74 Congressmen, 4 Senators, 65 chaplains citing religious discrimination, and over 160,000 Americans have asked you to sign an Executive Order, not to establish a new law, but to enforce the law upheld since 1860….
“…I face sudden termination (without retirement), and my family faces eviction from military housing… because I dared to pray publicly in Jesus name…
“The Navy calls this Pluralism but lately its become government-enforced religious conformity to one civic religion that punishes religious diversity, and denies equal opportunity to all faiths….
“Mr. President, all our service-members (and especially our chaplains) make extraordinary sacrifices to grant religious liberty to foreigners overseas. Shall we now deny the same basic religious freedom to Americans in uniform?” See He Paid The Price
The Universist Movement presents DEISM – The Union of Reason and Spirituality: “This website is designed to provide information on Deism and be a resource for other freethinkers (from Atheists to Transcendentalists) in our mutual struggle against the religious dogmas that have too long held humanity back.” It matches UN plans for re-learning: The Re-establishment of Peacetime Society andReligious Education
European Union lowercases ‘Christ’: “A new grammar rule devised by the European Union in Brussels stipulates the word ‘Christ’ shall be spelled with a lowercase ‘c.’…. [T]he new guidelines also indicate the Dutch word for ‘Jews’ (Joden) is to be spelled with a capital ‘J’ when referring to nationality and with a lower-case ‘j’ when referring to the religion. … [T]he title of Javier Solana, secretary general of the EU, was still to be spelled with capital letters.” See Ban truth – Reap Tyranny
These Courses Are Condemned lighter-than-air classes from public schools…. A proposed English class, ‘Christian Morality in American Literature,’ included readings from Mark Twain, Stephen Crane and Nathaniel Hawthorne, but it was judged unworthy because, according to the university, it ‘does not offer a non-biased approach to the subject matter.’
“So what does a nonbiased class look like? The university has deemed acceptable such public-school courses as ‘Feminine Perspectives in Literature’…. A history course, ‘Christianity’s Influence on America,’ was rejected by the university because its focus was ‘too narrow’…. But… the course seems downright all-encompassing when compared with approved classes at other schools, like ‘Modern Irish History’.” See Establishing a Global Spirituality
Churches Protest Proposed Religious Law in Romania: “Romanian religious minorities are concerned that a draft law that their government intends to pass before the end of the year will give too much undefined power to the state over religious affairs in the country. They are also concerned that the proposed law will give too many privileges to eighteen state-recognized ‘religious denominations,’ while some smaller groups would be unable to even call themselves ‘churches.'”
College bars Christian from sharing faith: “Officials at Ulster County Community College in Stone Ridge, N.Y., told Greg Davis of Indian Lake, N.Y., that he needed to file a facilities use permit application to speak about his faith with students in a public, grassy area on campus in October 2003. But when he did so, his application was denied because the school claimed his desired religious expression does not constitute a ‘cultural, educational, social or recreational’ activity….
“The Constitution does not say that speech is only free if it meets certain arbitrary categories developed by public officials,’ said Kellum.”
UC System Sued for Alleged Discrimination Against Christian-Based Education: “The suit accuses the university system of violating the free-speech rights of Christian students. ‘The University of California, in reviewing courses, has objected to a ‘biased’ English text because it emphasizes Christian themes…. It has objected to a history text that emphasizes the role of Christianity in history. It has objected to a social studies text that emphasizes the Christian heritage of America.” See Establishing a Global Spirituality
Liberal Media Lashes Out at Christians: “The culture wars have turned nastier than ever. And if conservative Christians are offended by being called insane, stupid, sinister — or even the next incarnation of fascist storm troopers — they’d better get used to it….
“Also in Harper’s was ‘Feeling the Hate with the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB),’ an article by Chris Hedges…. Hedges wrote: ‘But fascism… would not return wearing swastikas and brown shirts. Its ideological inheritors would cloak themselves in the language of the Bible; they would come carrying crosses and chanting the Pledge of Allegiance.’…
“Bill Maher… seems to have a deeply-rooted disdain for religious folk in general. On MSNBC’s Scarborough Country, he told host Joe Scarborough: ‘I think religion is a neurological disorder.'”
Brock Chisholm, first head of the UN’s World Health Organization, would agree. See The Re-establishment of Peacetime Society
Media mind control in the war on terror: “Why is it that when we try to send a package to Iraq or Afghanistan to our troops we are asked by our post office if there are any religious materials inside (specifically any Bibles)? Our own government won’t let us send Bibles to our kids because it might offend some local in a country that we just paid for in our own sweat and blood. The media has never addressed this issue, but if someone claims that some form of disrespect happened to Quarans (issued by our government, by the way) in Guantanamo Bay, then it is on the news for days—and echoed by the liberals in congress for weeks.” See Brainwashing in America
Anti-Christian Discimination is Wrong: “Allstate Insurance… fired Christian conservative J. Matt Barber–‘because an outside organization had complained about an article he had written on his own time.'”Next link leads to his article:
How the most misquoted Bible verse is destroying America: “How many times have you heard someone say, ‘Judge not lest you be judged’? The statement has become the great American open-mindedness mantra when anyone has the courage to declare that someone else’s belief, actions or lifestyle is morally amiss….
“When Jesus condemned judging, he wasn’t at all implying we should never make judgments about anyone.… What Jesus condemns is a critical and judgmental spirit, an unholy sense of superiority. Jesus commanded us to examine ourselves first for the problems we so easily see in others. Only then can we help remove the speck in another’s eye—which, incidentally, assumes that a problem exists and must be confronted.” See When to judge or not to judge
Prohibition of Bible Reading at Recess Results in Lawsuit: “A Tennessee elementary school is being sued for barring a ten-year-old boy from reading his Bible during recess. … The young student was recently prohibited from reading his Bible with a few friends on the playground at Karns Elementary School in Knoxville. The school claims recess is not ‘free time,’ but in fact instructional time — and thus, the Bible reading during recess violates the so-called separation of church and state. …
“‘He was under the impression that they were telling him there he was something wrong with his Christian faith — that there was something wrong with him reading his Bible,’ Pope explains. ‘He was, in fact, treated like a second-class citizen.'” John 15:20-21
The Zero Tolerance for God POLICE Surfaces Again: “Against the First Amendment of our Constitution and all logic, a Knox County School District’s Elementary principal reportedly corralled a 10 year old student and banned him from reading his Bible during recess when he and his friends invested their free time in studying the tenets of their faith…..
“In the never ending striving for political correctness sandwiched between slices of misinformation, a great injustice was done.
‘“The first amendment establishes freedom from religious persecution regardless of age,’ explained Mr. Laursen. ‘As an agent of the government this principal over-stepped his authority when he ordered his charge not to read the Bible during his free time just because a parent believed it inappropriate.” See Zero Tolerance For Non-Compliance
‘Mein Kampf’ becomes bestseller in Turkey: “Eighty years after Adolf Hitler published his autobiographical manifesto, ‘Mein Kampf,’ the book that launched European Nazism, is climbing the best-seller charts in Muslim Turkey. …While most Turkish publishers of ‘Mein Kampf’ say they are merely pursuing the profit motive, others admit that anti-Semitic and anti-American feelings are fueling demand.”See When Iron Gates Yield
Will Religion Be the Death of Us? (Spoken by Glen Hiemstra, the founder of Futurist.com and a leading facilitator and speaker on Vision 2025, a worldwide movement for social change) “The past two years have featured what seems to be a dramatic increase in religious fanaticism. Recent events have highlighted this trend, including a bitter fights in the U.S. over a statue of the ten commandments in a public court house placed there by a judge and removed by the order of other judges…. Religious extremism is as old as religions, but what makes this new religiously inspired extremism so dangerous is the amplifying effects of modern weapons, communications and travel.” See Consensus, Change & Community & Re-Inventing the Church
Colorado to dump Christian prof: “While University of Colorado officials defend controversial professor Ward Churchill in the name of free speech, an evangelical Christian professor at the school claims he’s about to be dismissed for religious or political reasons. Professor Phil Mitchell, who has a doctorate in American social history from the university, says he recently was informed his contract would not be renewed after this year….
“Mitchell, winner in 1998 of the prestigious SOAR Award for teacher of the year… was berated as a racist. ‘That would have come as a surprise to my black children,’ said Mitchell, who has nine children, two of them adopted African-Americans.” Matthew 24:9
Christians have neurological disorder: “Television personality Bill Maher… says Christians and others who are religious suffer from a neurological disorder that ‘stops people from thinking.’ …’We are a nation that is unenlightened because of religion. I do believe that. I think that religion stops people from thinking. I think it justifies crazies. I think flying planes into a building was a faith-based initiative. I think religion is a neurological disorder. If you look at it logically, it’s something that was drilled into your head when you were a small child. It certainly was drilled into mine at that age. And you really can’t be responsible when you are a kid for what adults put into your head.”
“The former host of ‘Politically Incorrect’ said the lack of enlightenment of so many Americans means the nation actually has more in common with its enemies than one might think. Said Maher: ‘When you look at beliefs in such things as, do you go to heaven, is there a devil, we have more in common with Turkey and Iran and Syria than we do with European nations and Canada and nations that, yes, I would consider more enlightened than us…. The future does not belong to the evangelicals.” Actually, it does. See Eternity
FBI examines pastor’s sermons on abortion & homosexuality: “One [FBI] guy opened a file,’ [Pastor] Steele said. “And he said, ‘This is pertaining to a sermon that you preached on Memorial Day.’
“On Memorial Day 2004, Steele was in the middle of preaching a sermon series he called ‘Life Issues’ dealing with controversial cultural issues from a biblical perspective. One such sermon was about abortion….
“As a pastor I believe that as Christians we are called to speak the truth no matter what…. And we have to continue to speak that truth in love to all people and to share the message of Christ because it’s the only message that’s going to change the lives of people.” Called to Total Commitment
[Article Reprinted with Permission]
by Bert Kjos 2003
Original Source: http://www.crossroad.to/News/Persecution/archives/seeds-2006.html