is not only unfashionable, it is apparently on its way to
becoming illegal! On the other hand, hardly anyone seems to object to humanism,
paganism or witchcraft, especially as depicted in the
movies or on
does anyone dare to suggest
that Islam is
not the "religion of peace" that the news media constantly says it is.|
Public Display of The Ten Commandments and
our national motto.
Anti-Christmas and Anti-Anti-Christmas
The ACLU's disruption of traditional
Theocracy is an alarmist code word
for any expression of Christianity on public property.
Separation of Church and State.
Religious Studies Exit the Schools.
Is the United States a Christian country?
"These are the days when the Christian is expected to praise
every creed except his own."
— G.K. Chesterton
churches being turned into mosques. The growing trend of former church buildings being
turned into mosques and Islamic centers has reached Kentucky's largest city where even some
once-thriving Southern Baptist facilities are now occupied by Muslims. [...] In Kentucky and
throughout the Southern Baptist Convention, the number of Christian converts has been in steady
decline in recent years, while other religions have been experiencing rapid growth. Louisville, for
example, now has more than 20 mosques.
PC: Some Will Financially and Politically Die. I caught a bit of an interview with
conservative actor Kevin Sorbo promoting his movie, God's Not Dead, on Sean Hannity's radio
show. Sorbo lamented that political correctness operatives continue to bully Americans with little
pushback. He cited a recent incident in which a little girl was kicked out of school for saying
"God bless you" when a classmate sneezed, punished for religious talk in school. My wife Mary
told me about a U.S. soldier who was told by a school never to walk his child to school in uniform
again. I am sure all of you could share horror stories of political correctness operatives
overruling common sense and bullying people into submission.
Air Force Members Can Now Omit 'So Help
Me God' from Oath. The U.S. Air Force announced a significant change to its policy for reciting oaths Wednesday [9/17/2014].
Starting now, members and officers can choose to omit the words "so help me God" when delivering enlistment and officer appointment oaths.
town to atheists: Stop bullying our kids. The American Humanist Association (AHA) is
about to learn a very important lesson — folks around Gainesville, Georgia don't take kindly to
out-of-town atheists trying to bully their children. More than 200 people turned out in defiance
of the self-described atheist group early Wednesday morning [8/13/2014] for an impromptu prayer rally in the middle
of the Chestatee High School football field. The previous day, the atheists (acting on behalf of a single,
unnamed citizen) sent a letter to school officials demanding that the football coaching staff stop participating
in team prayers and that they remove all biblical references and religious messages from team documents.
removes Bibles from guest rooms. There is growing outrage among sailors and religious
liberty advocates over a directive that calls for the removal of Bibles from lodges and hotels run
on U.S. Navy bases. The directive comes after an atheist group filed a formal complaint earlier this
year over the placement of Bibles in the rooms. "The current direction is to remove all religious
material from Navy Lodge guest rooms," read an email to a Navy chaplain from The Navy Exchange Service
reverses course, puts Bibles back in hotels during policy review. Bibles began
disappearing from Navy lodges over the summer after complaints were made by an atheist group, but
that decision has now been reversed while a policy review takes place. The Freedom from Religion
Foundation complained about the religious books earlier in the year, which prompted the Navy
Exchange to have managers put Gideons Bibles in lost-and-found locations.
Soldier forced out of Army for serving Chick-fil-A, reading Hannity book. A member of
the U.S. Army Band said he was forced out of the U.S. Army for having anti-Obama bumper stickers on
his personal car, serving Chick-fil-A sandwiches at a party and reading books written by conservative
authors like Sean Hannity, a federal lawsuit alleges. Master Sergeant Nathan Sommers, a 25-year
veteran of the military and a decorated soloist in the U.S. Army Band Chorus, claims he was forcibly
retired from the Army due to his religious and conservative political beliefs.
Strikes Deal With Atheists To Monitor Churches. Government's assault on religious
liberty has hit a new low as the IRS settles with atheists by promising to monitor sermons for
mentions of the right to life and traditional marriage.
Strikes Deal with Militant Atheists to Monitor What Your Pastor Says In Your Church.
Democrats routinely campaign from the very pulpit of majority black churches. It happens every
single election cycle. Pastors in those churches regularly push parishioners to support the
Democratic Party, to support specific government social policy, and even specific candidates for
office. The Freedom From Religion Foundation has not sued to get the IRS to investigate any of
that. Its targets are churches that align with the more conservative Pulpit Freedom Sunday movement.
That tells us what the foundation and the IRS will really be investigating. The IRS will be
monitoring churches to listen for pastors supporting the right to life, the sanctity and traditional
definition of marriage, traditional values in general, perhaps even patriotism. Those are the
churches, based on the angle that the foundation lawsuit takes, that will potentially find themselves
under IRS investigation.
Strikes Deal With Atheist Group to Monitor Content of Sermons. Alliance Defending
Freedom asked the Internal Revenue Service Tuesday [7/29/2014] to release all documents related to its recent
decision to settle a lawsuit with an atheist group that claims the IRS has adopted new protocols and
procedures for the investigation of churches. Pastor Holding Bible ca. 2000 [A.D.] submitted the
Freedom of Information Act request after learning of the IRS's agreement with Freedom From Religion
Foundation in a press release the group issued on July 17 concerning its lawsuit Freedom From
Religion Foundation v. Koskinen, which accused the agency of failing to investigate churches
the way the atheist group would like.
Court To Atheist Group: The Ground Zero Cross Stays. A federal court ruled Monday
[7/28/2014] that the existence of a cross at Ground Zero does not violate the Constitution, slamming
the appeal filed by the secular activist group American Atheists. The famous cross, formed by two
intersecting beams left standing after the 9/11 attacks, has been a powerful spiritual symbol for
many since and even during the tragedy. Frank Silecchia discovered the cross while helping recover
bodies from the site. "It was a sign," he later said. "[A] sign God hadn't deserted us."
American Atheists felt differently.
university quiz implies atheists are naturally smarter than Christians. A psychology class at Ohio State
University implied in an online survey that atheists are just naturally more intelligent than Christians — and
at least one student said it's an outrage. The quiz from a Psychology 1100 class at the college poses the question,
Campus Reform first reported: "Theo has an IQ of 100 and Aine has an IQ of 125 — which statement can you
expect to be true?" Students are then directed to choose from the following answers: Option one is "Aine earns
less money than Theo." Option two reads "Theo is more liberal than Aine." Option three: "Theo is an
atheist, while Aine is a Christian." Option four: "Theo is a Christian, while Aine is an atheist."
The correct answer, Campus Reform reported, was option four: "Theo is a Christian, while Aine is an atheist."
One student who requested anonymity said the question was part of a class quiz posted online.
Gives Invocation in Greece, NY. Efforts to maintain separation of church and state
took center stage [7/14/2014] in the Rochester suburb of Greece where an atheist delivered the
invocation to open a town board meeting. Dan Courtney, an atheist, did something no one with his
beliefs had every done before in Greece when he gave the invocation. He used the Declaration of
Independence as his inspiration.
Pastors not welcome at immigration camps. Pastors and churches have been banned from
helping the thousands of illegal immigrant children housed in border detention facilities run by
U.S. Customs and Border Protection, clergy in Texas and Arizona tell me. "Border Patrol told us
pastors and churches are not allowed to visit," said Kyle Coffin, the pastor of CrossRoads Church in
Tucson, Arizona. "It's pretty heartbreaking that they don't let anybody in there —
even credentialed pastors."
Politics and the Christian
Church. Our founding fathers were men of deep religious convictions based in the Bible and their Christian
faith in Jesus Christ. America's conflict appears to center around the Christian church and the current ruling politics.
The dilemma facing the Christian church today is whether to incorporate politics in its Sunday sermons or risk losing tax-exempt
status. The congregants are voting citizens that should hear where the different political parties stand on issue that may
conflict with the Christian faith. However, for the past five years, there has been an elephant in the room in most [B]ible teaching
church services across the United States. The elephant is the current administration and the Democratic Party's unyielding
push for abortion and gay marriage and the infringement on the church's First Amendment rights (i.e. attempting to force the
Catholic Church to provide birth control to its employees against its religious belief). Many pastors will not
publically broach the subject of the different parties' platforms from their pulpits due to fear and political
correctness that has crept into the church.
to Religious Americans: Pick One — Your Faith or Your Business. At a press
conference Thursday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said people with religious beliefs who disagree
with the Obamacare contraception mandate should be given a choice between living by their faith or
being allowed to form a corporation to do business. "You're born with a religion or you adopt a
religion. You have to obey the precepts of that religion and the government gives you a wide
penumbra — you don't have to form a corporation," Schumer said. In the Hobby Lobby
case, decided last month, the Supreme Court ruled that a closely-held family-owned corporation could
not be forced by the government to violate their Christian beliefs by providing insurance coverage
for drugs and devices that can cause abortions. Schumer argues that the court "misapplied" the
Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).
16 Reasons Why the United
States is Going to Hell in a Handbasket. [#2] America has turned from a nation
promoting morality and a belief in God to a nation where anything goes, with the most perverse and
ungodly acts being accepted, promoted and even glorified. And if anyone disagrees, or speaks
out against this immorality they are quickly labeled as promoting hate, bigotry or of being a racist.
This quickly shuts most opponents up while simultaneously, implanting the message in everyone's mind,
that those acts in-question are to be accepted and are somehow cool.
Chaplain: Gov't Made Me Hide Crosses and Pictures of Jesus, Banned Me From Reading Bible
Aloud. In the wake of the ever-growing VA scandal, actions at the Iron Mountain VA
Hospital in Michigan may not have gotten quite as much press as many feel they should. Patsy
Norton, when walking into Iron Mountain's VA chapel, was appalled to find every sign of
Christianity hidden from sight. [...] The repression of Christianity isn't limited to Iron
Mountain, but has been reported in VA facilities all over the country.
VA hospital hides Jesus behind
curtain. Some folks in Iron Mountain became infuriated earlier this month when they discovered that statues of Jesus
and Mary, along with a cross and altar, were hidden behind a curtain in the chapel of the VA hospital there. The chapel still
has stained glass windows, though for how long is unclear. A VA hospital spokesman told me they are still trying to figure out
what to do with the windows. The decision to hide the religious icons came after the National Chaplain Center conducted an
on-site inspection and determined the hospital's chapel was not in compliance with government
Jersey mayor fights feds over prayer during citizenship ceremony. A New Jersey town canceled its ceremony
celebrating new U.S. citizens after federal immigration officials would not allow the event to begin with a prayer.
According to the Star-Ledger, Carteret Mayor Daniel Reiman had assured U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officials
that the prayer leading Saturday's [5/10/2014] ceremony would be nondenominational. "They refused to budge on
that," Reiman said, the paper reported. The battle came just days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that local
government meetings can include sectarian prayers.
Times Democrats Demonstrated Their Hatred of the Bible. Putting aside the rocky seas and cross-currents of
modernity, Kerry's statement that most people do not want to live based on "something that was written down a thousand
plus, two thousand years ago" demonstrates his — and his party's — enormous hatred for the Bible.
They see the Bible as an antiquated document, a dire opponent of the new, modern morality. Kerry makes no distinction
between the Koran, the Old Testament, or the New Testament; he makes no distinction between the myriad streams of
religious thought throughout history. They are all the same. Anyone who believes in ancient codes of
morality is out of step with history.
on Religion: 'Not the Way I Think Most People Want to Live'. During a talk to the U.S. embassy staff
in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at the first stop on his trip to Africa, Secretary of State John Kerry remarked about what
he called the "different cross-currents of modernity" and the challenges they present on the African continent.
The comments contain a veiled reference to religion, and the part that religion might be playing in some of the
current conflicts in Africa: [...]
sue NJ school district over 'under God' in Pledge of Allegiance. A family represented by a
humanist group is suing a Monmouth County school district, claiming that the recitation of the Pledge of
Allegiance is discriminatory because it asks students to use the phrase "under God." According to
NorthJersey.com, the American Humanist Association alleges that the Pledge of Allegiance discriminates
against atheists and violates the right to equal protection under New Jersey's state constitution.
Calif. moves to ban judges affiliated with Boy Scouts.
California is proposing to ban members of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) from serving as judges because the Boy
Scouts do not allow gay troop leaders, The Daily Caller has learned. In a move with major legal implications,
The California Supreme Court Advisory Committee on The Code of Judicial Ethics has proposed to classify the Boy
Scouts as practicing "invidious discrimination" against gays, which would end the group's exemption to
anti-discriminatory ethics rules and would prohibit judges from being affiliated with the group.
sign of the times. This little story from Texas about one woman's refusal to pay a
$250 permit fee is one more instance where traditional values are being marginalized by an
increasingly secular society that wants Christians to go along to get along.
the premise of my next movie, 'Persecuted' really so far-fetched? Despite attempts to revive the fairness
doctrine, freedom loving Americans have thwarted every effort, but trust me: even today there are many political
leaders who would reinstate it if they could. "Persecuted" is a political thriller, not a political campaign, but
movies often say something about our society. "Persecuted" imagines a world in which politicians essentially want
to silence ministers by demanding that their messages about God be balanced by opposing points of view, and it deals with
the plight of the nation's most prominent televangelist who refuses to support the legislation, making him an enemy of
the State — in this case the president of the United States and the Senate Majority Leader.
Group Sues Clemson Football Program for Prayers, Bible Studies. Coach Dabo Swinney and his
Clemson football program face a blitz again. [...] [I]t's an oddly dour out-of-state assault
in the form of a complaint filed against the football program by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF),
an atheist rights group from Wisconsin. The FFRF claims that Swinney's program is "entangled" and
"entrenched" in religion. Prayers and Bible studies instituted by the team from at least 2011 through
April of 2013 serve as the basis for the complaint.
and Least Bible-Minded Cities in the United States. After interviewing more than 46,000 adults nationwide over a seven-year period, the
American Bible Society, in conjunction with Barna, ranks Chattanooga as the number one most Bible-minded city in the United States. Providence,
Rhode Island, and New Bedford, Massachusetts, share the dubious distinction of being the least most-Bible minded cities in America.
union contract gives "special consideration" to "non-Christian" teachers. Apparently, no one at the Ferndale Public
School District in Michigan took a civics course or bothered to read their own state constitution — and neither did the
union representing teachers in the district. Michigan Capitol Confidential found an interesting, and totally unconstitutional,
clause in the contract between the district and the Michigan Education Association local that requires the district to provide
"special consideration" to "those of the non-Christian faith" in hiring decisions.
UConn rebukes coach,
says Jesus doesn't belong in football. The president of the University of Connecticut publicly rebuked an assistant football
coach for telling The Hartford Courant that "Jesus Christ should be in the center of our huddle." "Our employees cannot appear to
endorse or advocate for a particular religion or spiritual philosophy as part of their work at the university, or in their interactions
with our students" President Susan Herbst wrote in a letter to the newspaper. "This applies to work-related activity anywhere on or
off campus, including on the football field."
May Have the Most Anti-Christian, Anti-Israel Administration in History. Never in America's long history has such a headline
even been imaginable. The gravest threat to religious freedom has been part of what President Obama meant when he said he would
"fundamentally transform this country." Nuns have faced anti-Catholicism, Bible riots, and various forms of Klan-instigated bigotry,
but never has the federal government itself threatened to snuff out the lamp of freedom. Evangelicals and Lutherans, too,
face a hostile administration.
under Is Obama a Christian?
First-grader told to stop talking
about Bible. The parents of a 6-year-old girl said their daughter was humiliated when a teacher interrupted the child's one-minute
speech and told her to sit down because she's "not allowed to talk about the Bible in school," attorneys for the California family allege.
The incident occurred Dec. 19 inside a first grade classroom at Helen Hunt-Jackson Elementary School in Temecula, Calif. The
previous day the teacher instructed boys and girls to find something at home that represented a family Christmas tradition.
Bibles Removed After Atheist Group Pressures U of Wisconsin. The University of Wisconsin-Extension has agreed to remove all
Gideon Bibles from 137 guest rooms at its conference center after an atheist group, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), complained,
arguing that the Bibles in the bedrooms constituted state endorsement of Christianity.
Western Leaders Abdicate Vast Field by
Failing To Defend Christianity. Our secular leaders in the West, torn between adherence to the agnosticism (or atheism) of most
of our press and a mere desire not to offend the fashion, have conspicuously failed to assert Christianity's rightful claim to seniority in
chronology, and in intellectual rigor, to all other religions except the closely related monotheistic and messianic one of Judaism. [...]
Instead, they have chosen to sidestep the issue, and, by not asserting the West's religious distinction, have abdicated and surrendered this
entire vast field of thought and endeavor to the most intellectually disreputable claimants of belligerent Islam.
HISD school bus drivers disciplined for praying after child's
death. On December 16, a 12-year-old girl was struck by a car as she walked home from school in north Harris County. She
would later die from her injuries. She was the daughter of an HISD bus driver, whose coworkers rallied around her. Bus driver
Cynthia Cormier said, "From a parent's point of view and from a grandparent's, prayer is the answer." As news of the tragedy spread
among the community of HISD school bus drivers, they spontaneously prayed for one of their own who was grieving. They joined not
holding hands, but by using a back channel on the bus radio system.
Religious Hostility in America. Hostility against religious liberty has
reached an all-time high, and the attacks are increasing at an unprecedented rate. America's First Liberty —the freedom
of religion —is being pushed out of public life, our schools, and even our churches. The Survey of Religious Hostility
in America is a collection of more than 600 cases, detailing religious bigotry throughout America — most of which have
occurred within the past 10 years.
War on Christmas: the VA and Army Crack Down
on Christmas. As Christians throughout the world prepare to celebrate Christmas, the war on Christmas rages on in the most unlikely of
places: the military. For centuries, military members have gripped Bibles in foxholes, prayed to God to hear their prayers. American
forces prayed in the Argonne Forest, begged for God's intervention as they withstood a ferocious shelling campaign in Bastogne. Now, the military
is doing everything they can to make the ranks a God-free zone.
A&E declares war on 'Duck Dynasty's' Christian
values. Duck Dynasty has been sacrificed on the altar of political correctness. By now you probably know that A&E indefinitely suspended
Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the Duck Dynasty family, for following the teachings of the Holy Bible.
Penalizing Those Who Hold Biblical
Views of Marriage. In a series of instances we have seen the gatekeepers of civil society attack those who hold Biblical views about marriage and
sexuality — Chick-fil-A, Barilla Pasta, Craig James who was fired from ESPN, and now Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty. It is even worse, of
course, when it is the government that penalizes those who hold Biblical views. That should be anathema in America. While A&E exercised its rights,
in a growing number of incidents, government has not respected the free-contract and free-speech rights of Americans.
Mocked, Forced out of VA Program for Their Christian Beliefs . In 2012, Lieutenant Commander Dan Klender, a Navy chaplain, and Major Steven
Firtko, a retired Army chaplain, enrolled in the VA's Clinical Pastoral Education Center program in San Diego. [...] The two chaplains charge that they
were ridiculed and taunted by the program's director, Nancy Dietsch, a VA employee with a reputation for antagonism toward evangelical Christians, charged
John Wells, the attorney representing the two chaplains in the suit. "She's been very, very critical of Christians," Wells told Fox News.
"Instead of teaching anything dealing with faith issues, she's dealing with a holistic, humanistic approach. It's the idea that the spirit comes
School Bus Driver Fired for Praying With Students. A Minneapolis school bus driver was fired from his job after someone complained about his
practice of praying with students on his route. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that George Nathaniel, who is also a Minneapolis area
pastor, was in his second year of service with Durham School Services, the bus company under contract with the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage district.
After receiving a previous complaint about Nathaniel's prayers with students, the company gave him a warning and assigned him a new route.
Chaplains Banned From Saying "Jesus". Two Baptist chaplains said they were forced out of a Veterans Affairs chaplain training program
after they refused orders to stop quoting the Bible and to stop praying in the name of Jesus. When the men objected to those demands they were
subjected to ridicule and harassment that led to one of the chaplains leaving the program and the other being ejected, according to a federal lawsuit
filed Friday [11/8/2013].
Lawsuit: Chaplains Banned From Saying
"Jesus". Two Baptist chaplains said they were forced out of a Veterans Affairs chaplain training program after they refused orders to stop
quoting the Bible and to stop praying in the name of Jesus. When the men objected to those demands they were subjected to ridicule and harassment
that led to one of the chaplains leaving the program and the other being ejected, according to a federal lawsuit filed Friday [11/8/2013].
The Editor says...
Are there similar restrictions against Islamic, Hindu, Wiccan, or earth-worshiping eco-fruitcake prayers? What if one of the chaplains
prays directly to Barack H. Obama? Would there be a reprimand or a promotion?
Would a Christian Commander-in-Chief allow this?
Todd Starnes: Air Force makes 'God' reference optional in
oath. The Air Force Academy has decided to make the phrase "so help me God" optional in its honor code in what it called an effort to "build a culture
of dignity and respect." The decision to make the reference optional came after the Academy's Honor Review Committee met to consider a complaint filed by the
Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF).
Todd Starnes: Air Force makes 'God' reference optional in
oath. The Air Force Academy has decided to make the phrase "so help me God" optional in its honor code in what it called an effort to "build a culture
of dignity and respect." The decision to make the reference optional came after the Academy's Honor Review Committee met to consider a complaint filed by the
Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF).
Cemetery Refuses to Engrave 'Jesus' on Preacher's Wife's Headstone. The family of a Colorado preacher's wife is still fuming after the director of
the city-owned cemetery refused to engrave her final resting place with the name 'Jesus' because it might offend people. The city eventually reversed
course under public pressure. "We were in disbelief," said Stacy Adams, the daughter-in-law of Linda Baker. "Who tries to censor Jesus from a cemetery?"
Making a God of Government. Liberals love to
quote Scripture when they think it might help them further their Big-Government social agenda. They also love to talk about compassion and
morality but would prefer it if you left Scripture out of it. Perhaps if more liberals were for posting the Ten Commandments in every public
school and post office in the U.S., more Americans would feel comfortable putting health care in the hands of the federal government.
Does Faith = Hate? This summer's Windsor decision
from the Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act, but it did not declare a constitutional right to gay marriage. Yet even Maggie
Gallagher, the country's most tireless and high-profile opponent of same-sex marriage, now believes such an outcome is a foregone conclusion.
"It's clear that the courts are going to shut down the marriage debate and impose gay marriage uniformly," she says. "There is not yet a
unified sense of where we go from here, except for this: there is an accelerating awareness that the consequence of marriage equality is
going to be extremely negative for traditionalist Christians."
Ohio school district agrees to
keep portrait of Jesus off wall, pay $95G fine. An Ohio school district has agreed to keep a portrait of Jesus Christ off school property and pay
a $95,000 fine in the face of legal pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union. [...] The picture had been hanging in Jackson's high school since 1947 as
part of a "Hall of Honor" display meant to highlight famous historical figures.
Supreme Court Prepares for a Year of Big
Cases. On Nov. 6, the Supreme Court will consider in Town of Greece v. Galloway whether invocations at sessions of policymaking
bodies — called "legislative prayer" — are unconstitutional if the court decides they endorse religion (such as the prayer-givers
mentioning Jesus Christ, or if a majority of the volunteer prayer-givers are Christian). This case also asks the Court to consider whether its overall
test on finding Establishment Clause violations for the past forty years needs to change. If the Court takes the extra step, this could become one of
the most important religious liberty Supreme Court cases in American history.
Florida city orders residents to
remove 'God Bless America' signs. Residents of a Florida city who have had "God Bless America" signs posted on their front lawns for
months have been ordered by local officials to remove them. MyFoxTampaBay.com reports that the First Baptist Church of Bartow distributed
some 300 signs to residents following a Fourth of July celebration. The city only permits residents to display signs during major
holidays is starting to crack down on the displays.
Atheist students use federal law to pursue
same rights as Christians for 'secular safe zones'. A 30-year-old federal law created to protect the right of Christian students to gather now is
being used to protect the rights of students with opposite beliefs. This school year, the Secular Student Alliance, a national organization advocating the
rights of nonreligious students, has created "secular safe zones" on 26 college and high school campuses throughout the country. "Christianity is so
prevalent in society that it's taken as the norm and to many atheists it's off-putting," said the alliance's spokesman Jesse Galef.
The Editor says...
Christianity is "taken as the norm" because it is the norm in this country. Assimilate or leave.
7 Examples of
Discrimination Against Christians in America. The habitual wimpiness of so many Christians is particularly grating because when Christians shine
a spotlight on these attacks and say, "That's enough," more often than not we win. So, if Christians across the country were consistently willing to speak
out and take action, you'd be surprised at how quickly our culture would begin to change. If that happens, instead of seeing this many incidents every
year (All of these happened in 2013), they'd be a once in a blue moon occurrence.
This is reason enough to leave Facebook, if you didn't have plenty of reasons already:
Facebook Group Says
'Virgin Mary Should've Aborted'. Bible-believing Facebook users who are members of the group, "Catholics & Protestants Against FB Religious
Discrimination" led the online fight to have the page taken down — and succeeded. But, they didn't have long to celebrate. As the
religious group reports, Facebook just reversed its decision. Now, the newly republished "Virgin Mary Should've Aborted" page has over 8,000 likes.
Mother uploads video of little
boy appearing to pray to the President. A little boy's prayer for President Barack Obama has sparked the ire of conservatives after his mother videoed her son
on his knees and uploaded it to YouTube. [...] 'You are good, Barack Obama. You are great and when you get older you will be able to do great things. Love,
Steven,' the boy concludes as he throws his arms into the air and screams, 'Barack Obama!' However, the reaction posted online to the YouTube video has been
massively negative, with many interpreting the prayer as a sign that the president is being idolized.
The Editor says...
As I have been saying for five years now, All this adulation is a bit much.
Dhimmitude in the US Military? Nowhere is the oppression of religiously
devout Christians and Jews more apparent than within the US military. Our warriors are being attacked by militant atheist progressives who have, ironically, much in common
with devotedly combative Islamists. While it might seem that atheists and Islamists have little in common, both groups share a grim determination to suppress the
religious freedoms of Christians and Jews.
State Dept.'s 'Faith-Based'
Advisor: 'I Am Glad American Civil Religion is Dying'. Secretary of State John Kerry announced Wednesday the formation of the Office
of Faith-Based Community Initiatives, which will be headed by Shaun Casey, a former religion advisor to President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign and a
liberal professor who last year touted the end of 'civil religion' in the United States. "I, frankly, am glad American civil religion is dying,"
Casey said at a discussion last year at the Center for American Progress focused on "God and Politics" in the last presidential election.
Christian Air Force chaplain
under fire for reference to atheists. Air Force Lt. Col. Kenneth Reyes, a Christian chaplain stationed in Alaska, was censored for
a line he wrote in his regular "Chaplain's Corner" musings that are posted at the base's online site, and now the Military Religious Freedom
Foundation is saying he should be punished. Fox News reported that Col. Reyes wrote an essay titled "No Atheists in Foxholes: Chaplains
Gave All in World War II."
University Tells Student to Remove Cross
Necklace. A Sonoma State University student was ordered to remove a cross necklace by a supervisor who thought other students might find it
offensive, in a case that prompted even one campus official to speculate that "political correctness got out of hand."
angry because religion may get mentioned in optional summer Constitution class. In an affluent Ohio suburb between Dayton and
Cincinnati, a group of parents is upset that the school district is offering a voluntary 12-week course on the U.S. Constitution this summer.
The course at Springboro High School will cost each student $35 and registration fees will cover the costs of the course, reports local NBC
affiliate WLWT. Instructors will not be paid to teach the class. Those details notwithstanding, angry parents charge that the
course, called Institution of the Constitution, is unconstitutional in a public school setting — ironically enough — because
its designers and teachers are overtly religious.
Reining in religious freedom.
Think now about the world of big government. Dallas has an ordinance requiring people who feed the homeless to register and be
certified. Dallas would like to keep Big Heart Ministries from feeding people on the streets. The city of Alhambra, Calif.,
has accused the First Baptist Church of violating its zoning and fire codes by hosting homeless families. [...] The state of Montana
recently ordered the Hutterite Big Sky Colony to purchase workers' compensation insurance over their religious objection. The
Hutterites take a vow of poverty, hold their possessions in common and self-insure.
Gay marriage fight
now becomes a religious liberty fight. The next offensive in this culture war will involve wielding government to force
individuals to accept the new definition of marriage, falsely invoking analogies to civil rights. As a prototype, consider the
assault on the liberty of Elaine Huguenin, the wedding photographer in New Mexico. In 2006, a couple asked her to photograph their
wedding. When she learned the couple were lesbians, she declined, explaining that pursuant to her faith, she only photographed
man-woman weddings. The couple got a different photographer, but they sued Huguenin.
Mock 'Marriage' Will Criminalize
Christianity. While poorly decided U.S. Supreme Court cases are a dime a dozen, prior to last Wednesday, two stood out
among the most wretched and constitutionally groundless in American History. First was the 1857 Dred Scott decision.
Among other things, it robbed African-Americans of both their U.S. citizenship and their dignity. Next came the 1973 ruling
in Roe v. Wade. It has robbed over 55 million U.S. citizens of their very lives. For the first time in
American history, the high court imagined a phantom constitutional right for women to dismember alive their own pre-born children.
Both of these cases are blights on American history.
DOJ Defunds Youth Programs
That Reference God. The Department of Justice has summarily removed federal funding from two Louisiana youth programs because
a local official refused to sign a pledge stating he would require the programs to ban mentions of God.
Will the Last Religious Politician Please
Turn Out the Lights? If at one time being a member of a church was almost a requirement for anyone running for office, that time has long since passed.
These days, portraying a candidate as a "fine, upstanding Christian" is enough to send any potential office seeker to the political graveyard. Due to constant
stereotyping by liberals, such a description now conjures an image that is a combination of Boss Hogg, Huey Long, and Elmer Gantry. The result, among others, is
that the openly Christian candidate is out of favor with the political establishment here and abroad.
Christianity & gun owners in the crosshairs: Chilling tactic exposed.
If you are an outspoken Christian in America, you need to be concerned. If you are an outspoken Christian in America who happens to be a gun owner,
you need to be very concerned. And if you are a Christian gun owner who disagrees with the Progressive anti-Christian agenda in America and have
a platform to inform others, you better believe that you are under intense scrutiny. [...] It appears the war against freedom of opinion, freedom of speech,
openly professing one's belief in God and the right to bear arms is now sufficient to earn you a medical diagnosis of "psychosis."
Idol': Worship Obama, Not Jesus Christ. Contestant Elise Testone on Fox's fading pop star showcase
"American Idol" sang a duet of sorts with Obama this week as part of her cover performance of the Al Green
classic "Let's Stay Together." Just imagine anything of the sort being done with former President George W.
Bush. Impossible, we know. But now word is out that a spiritual "Idol" wannabe has been told in no
uncertain terms by the producers not to sing the praises of Jesus Christ, according to The Daily News.
congressman joins food fight after pantry loses federal items over prayer'. An Indiana congressman is
looking into possible "misinterpretation" of federal guidelines after a local food pantry was cut off from federal
aid for asking clients to pray, FoxNews.com has learned. Todd Young, a Republican congressman serving Indiana's
9th District, has contacted state officials regarding Community Provisions of Jackson County, a food pantry in Seymour
whose director, Paul Brock, insists he will not stop asking clients if they want to pray with him or one of its
45 volunteers when they receive food.
Air Force Removes
'God' From Logo. A Virginia lawmaker is calling on the Air Force to reverse a decision to remove a Latin
reference to "God" from a logo after an atheist group complained. Rep. Randy Forbes, (R-VA), said the Air Force
removed the logo several weeks ago from the Rapid Capabilities Office.
lawmakers protest removal of 'God' from Air Force unit's patch. A group of Republican lawmakers is
protesting the removal a reference to God in the patch logo for the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO).
The 35 lawmakers, led by Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), wrote a letter to Air Force Secretary Michael Donley and
Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz urging them to restore the logo with a reference to God.
New Testaments at N.C. School Raise Ire of "Pagan" Mom. A mother in North Carolina complained
to her local school district after her son came home with a New Testament, telling her that he got it for
free at his school. ... Jan Blunt, a spokeswoman for the school, said that no announcement was made over
the school's loudspeaker, and no Gideon representatives were allowed to interact with students. "They
don't talk with students," Blunt told the Citizen-Times. "They're not allowed to make a presentation.
They quite literally drop off a box and leave them there. They are not handed out at all."
The convert-or-die religion expects tolerance.
pressures retired general, critic of Islam, to back out of West Point event. The Council on
American-Islamic Relations announced Monday night [1/30/2012] that it had successfully prevented retired Lieutenant
General William G. "Jerry" Boykin from speaking at an upcoming prayer breakfast at the U.S. Military Academy
at West Point. "We welcome Mr. Boykin's withdrawal from this event and hope that the speaker who replaces
him will offer cadets a spiritual message that promotes tolerance and mutual understanding," said CAIR National
Executive Director Nihad Awad in a statement.
Free speech — for some.
According to the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), there is a grave threat to America that must be
suppressed at all costs. The threat is that Lt. Gen. William G. "Jerry" Boykin might be allowed to
exercise his constitutionally guaranteed right to free speech. This proposition is bizarre on multiple
levels. For one, Gen. Boykin, who is a friend and greatly admired colleague of mine, is one of the United
States' most accomplished and decorated military heroes. ... For another, Gen. Boykin is also an ordained minister.
Force Hero Can't Speak at West Point Because of his Christian Beliefs. A three-star Army general
and war hero cannot speak at West Point because he's an outspoken Christian. So the Obama administration's
hostility toward religion — and especially Christians — continues even to the detriment
of our men and women in uniform. ... Evidently it's not politically correct to suggest that blowing up children
is the devil's work. After heavy pressure, General Boykin chose to withdraw. This soldier fears
no foe, but the situation evolved in a direction where his message of faith and courage would be overshadowed
by controversy to the possible detriment of the West Point cadets.
Blacklist. It often
is said that our soldiers, sailors, airmen, guardsmen and Marines serve to "protect our freedoms" and "defend
our liberties." All true. Now consider what took place this week at the United States Military
Academy at West Point.
Christmas Tree Pays Homage to Obama — But Not Jesus. The 63-foot Sierra White Fir lighted at the
U.S. Capitol Grounds on Dec. 6 as the official 2011 Capitol Christmas Tree includes a prominently displayed
ornament paying homage to President Barack Obama, but includes no ornament readily visible to a person standing
near the tree's base that uses the word "Christmas," or includes an image of the Nativity, or bears the name or
image of Jesus Christ. On the north side of the tree — at a height of about 4 feet and
easily visible to people standing near it — there is an ornament that says: "I ♥ President
12 New Jersey
Nurses Stand Up to Obama's Abortion Crusade. A dozen nurses in New Jersey are fighting for the
right not to have to participate in abortions. Under a new hospital policy, nurses in the "same-day
surgery unit" at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey must participate in elective abortion
cases even against their personal religious or moral objections. If ever there was a violation of
conscience rights, this is it.
Force Suspends 20-Year-Old Class for Containing Bible Verses. A Texas senator wants the U.S. Air
Force to provide a detailed report on why they suspended a course that included passages from the Bible.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) sent a letter to Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley asking why a "Just War
Theory" class taught at Vandenberg Air Force Base was removed from the curriculum on Aug. 3. "Suspending
a course like this because of references to religious texts misrepresents the First Amendment," Cornyn wrote
in a letter.
court denies appeal of church ban at public schools. After more than 16 years of
litigation, the U.S. Supreme Court ended an appeal of a ban on churches renting out public schools
with a simple word: "denied." The high court, in rejecting the church's appeal in Bronx
Household of Faith v. Board of Education of the City of New York, affirmed New York City's ban on renting
out public school facilities for religious worship services. The schools can rent out their facilities
to any other organization as long as it is not conducting "religious worship services." The board
charges a nominal fee to groups using its facilities, not full rent.
Leader Complains About U.S. Troops Praying Together Before Combat Mission. The man pushing to
get the military to install "atheist chaplains" in the armed forces told government-subsidized National Public
Radio that military officers should not be praying with their men before going out on missions. Jason
Torpy, president of the Military Atheists and Free Thinkers Association, told "All Things Considered" over
the weekend about an incident in 2003 or 2004, in which his commander gathered his team together to pray
before the Army unit deployed — rather than make preparations for the mission.
Military to Rescind Policy Banning Bibles at Hospital. Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
said they are rescinding a policy that prohibits family members of wounded military troops from bringing Bibles
or any religious reading materials to their loved ones. The decision to rescind the ban on Bibles came
exactly one day after a Republican lawmaker denounced the policy on the House floor and called on President
Obama to publicly renounce the military policy.
Requests Communications About Walter Reed Bible Ban. Family Research Council (FRC) President
Tony Perkins submitted a letter to the Department of the Navy yesterday requesting records of communications
regarding a policy memo issued by Walter Reed Military Medical Center that would restrict the distribution
of religious materials including Bibles to patients by their families. This request was made under the
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
Feds' War on Religion.
It's one thing to watch "merry Christmas" be omitted from signs in your favorite department store but quite another
to see Bibles withheld from wounded warriors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. It's true!
On Dec. 2, the Family Research Council reported that it had discovered a memo released in September at the
esteemed military hospital, in which Navy officials announced that "no religious items (including Bibles, reading
material, and/or artifacts) are allowed to be given away or used during a visit."
It was all just a miscommunication. Yeah, right.
Reed accidentally bans Bibles. The medical center rescinded the policy in early December after
the Family Research Council brought it to the attention of several members of Congress who then contacted
Walter Reed. "It should have been more thoroughly reviewed," Dean said. But FRC President Tony
Perkins is skeptical. "If you can't get it right in a memo [from the commander], who can you trust?" he
Community Backs Down on Action Against Couple Holding Home Bible Study. The community of San Juan
Capistrano, California, has backed down from ticketing a couple for holding Bible studies in their home after the
couple's attorneys filed a religious-freedom lawsuit against the city. Back in September, city officials had
fined Chuck and Stephanie Fromm $300 after determining that the couple was in violation of a municipal code that
prohibited "religious, fraternal, or non-profit" groups to meet in residential neighborhoods without a permit.
the Tolerant Must Tolerate: To be a serious Christian in modern Western culture is to be the
favoured easy target of every progressive thinker and every half-witted comedian. It is to have your
sensibilities and your deepest beliefs on perpetual call for taunts, mockery and desecration. At a time
when all progressives preach full volume for inclusivity and sensitivity, for the utmost care in speech when
speaking of others with differing views or hues, Christians, as Christians, are under a constant hail of abuse
and disregard. There is nothing too low or too vulgar.
Leaves God Out of Thanksgiving Address. President Obama did not include any reference to God during
his weekly address titled, "On Thanksgiving, Grateful for the Men and Women Who Defend Our Country." His
remarks were void of any religious references although Thanksgiving is a holiday traditionally steeped in giving thanks
and praise to God. The president said his family was "reflecting on how truly lucky we truly are."
For many Americans, though, Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on how blessed and thankful
Obama left someone out of his Thanksgiving message. Read Lincoln's Thanksgiving message, and then
compare it to Obama's 2011 Thanksgiving message.
if you haven't
noticed, Obama wants no association with Christianity.
Demands Halt to Prayer at Private Nebraska Graduation Ceremony. The ACLU's Nebraska franchise is
demanding that a school district in that state put a stop to prayer at its high school graduation, even though
the ceremony is sponsored and run privately by parents.
De-Christianizing Dr. King.
On the surface, I suppose it does sound incredible: they created a monument to honor an influential Baptist
minister and they omitted any reference to God or Jesus in the featured quotations throughout the memorial. ... Perhaps
the argument is that Biblical references were rejected because the memorial was to focus not on his work as a pastor,
but rather as a civil rights crusader. But then again, to Dr. King, the two were inseparable. It was his
faith in Jesus Christ, his belief in transcendent Moral Authority, and his allegiance to Divine Law that motivated his
activism. Not to mention that his civil rights speeches were peppered with Scriptural references as the
justification for his positions.
Chaplain who prayed 'in Jesus' name' sues
over dismissal. The U.S. Navy chaplain who was removed from the service for disobeying a "lawful"
order banning prayer "in Jesus' name" has filed a lawsuit against the government, seeking reinstatement and damages.
True Liberty in
a New Media Age. The policies and practices of several major Internet-interactive "new media"
communications platforms and service providers were examined and evaluated in order to determine the risk of
those entities committing anti-Christian viewpoint censorship. The companies reviewed were: Apple
and its iTunes App Store; Facebook; MySpace; Google; Twitter; and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) Comcast,
AT&T, and Verizon. Our conclusion is that Christian ideas and other religious content face a clear and
present danger of censorship on web-based communication platforms.
Young Americans Can't Think Morally. Last week, David Brooks of The New York Times wrote a
column on an academic study concerning the nearly complete lack of a moral vocabulary among most American
young people. ... What is disconcerting about Brooks' piece is that nowhere in what is an important column
does he mention the reason for this disturbing trend — namely, secularism. The intellectual
class and the left still believe that secularism is an unalloyed blessing. They are wrong.
Secularism is good for government. But it is terrible for society (though still preferable to bad
religion) and for the individual.
Left's Commemoration of 9-11: Of course, the Religious Left commemorated the decade anniversary
of 9-11 with the usual apologies for America and Christianity while carefully avoiding critique of the
virulent Islamist hatred behind the attacks. Many of the Religious Left events were blandly
Lukewarm Christians welcome, but...
excluded from Washington National Cathedral's 9/11 commemoration. Another day, another religious
sensitivity concern, as the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks inches ever closer. While New York Mayor
Michael Bloomberg has decided to exclude all religion from his city's remembrance ceremonies, in our nation's
capital the Washington National Cathedral commemoration's organizers have decided to exclude evangelical
anti-God squad. That popping noise you just heard is the sound of liberal heads exploding.
Because, to the secularists on the left, there's nothing humorous about religion — it's the most
dangerous force on earth. The Constitution explicitly states, "No religious test shall ever be required
as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States." Yet some "progressives" are
keen to take down Republican presidential candidates for the crime of being Christian.
In England, it's just as bad.
BBC's edict on how we date events is AD (absolute drivel). We have all been brought up
to imagine that the reason we call this year 2011 AD, or Anno Domini, is that it is 2011 years after
the putative birth of Jesus Christ. We have grown up thinking that the year 2011 BC is so
called because it was 2011 years Before Christ. As it happens we are absolutely correct in both
beliefs. ... But it now turns out that some BBC committee or hierarch has decided that this nativity —
notional or otherwise — can no longer be referred to by our state-funded broadcaster, in
identifying whether a year is before or after the, ahem, cough, event in question.
chain in Britain removes Bibles from rooms. The decision by one of Britain's largest
hotel chains to remove Bibles from its rooms has sparked complaints from Christians. Travelodge,
which operates 500 hotels, says the Bibles were removed for "diversity reasons," citing the
country's increasing multicultural influences, the Daily Mail reported. The chain reportedly
said that despite the recent uproar, the decision to remove the Bibles was made in 2007.
County Clerk Faces Prison for Standing Up for Prayer, Pledge. Court Clerk Natalie Nichols
could face a grand jury after she took a public stand for prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.
After a judge physically crossed out the prayer and Pledge in a writeup of monthly meeting minutes,
Nichols demanded answers.
Cemetery's Anti-Religious Policy Is an Injustice. On the day of the service, there were full military
honors with the Patriot Guard lining the streets and the military color guard with the full 21-gun salute.
Military was an important part of this family. Religion was also important to them, so their pastor was on
hand to conduct a religious service. Unfortunately, in my hometown of Houston, freedom of speech and religion
have recently come under attack by none other than the federal government. This authoritarian behavior
and attack on the First Amendment rights of our veterans is deeply troubling.
VA changes position pastor's invoking
'Jesus' in public prayer. Attorneys for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs informed a
federal judge in Houston today the agency has reconsidered its position on religious-specific prayer at
Houston National Cemetery, agreeing a pastor can utter "Jesus Christ" during his Memorial Day prayer.
The Danger in Severing
God from America's Identity. It is beyond dispute that there is a link between socialism and
American progressivism. Both flawed ideologies are predicated upon the soundness of a large and
powerful government designed to disperse the fruits of labor by seizing means and property from the
productive. And as many conservatives are quick to point out, nothing could be more antithetical to
the ideals scribed in the Constitution. But beyond the insidious application of socialism under the
less condemning titles of "progressivism" and "social justice," the liberal left poses another threat to
America that is less defended. It has, for over a century, laid perpetual siege upon Christianity,
seeking to excise all Christian influence from American government and its institutions piecemeal, from
banning prayer in schools to seeking taxpayer-funded abortions.
the United States Navy Pray for Allah to Forgive Osama bin Laden? At his blog, Andrew Bostom reviews a
Washington Times report that strongly suggests Osama bin Laden was, prior to burial at sea, given a funeral in
accordance with the navy's protocols for funerals for Muslim military personnel. If this is so, it would have
entailed the ceremonial washing and wrapping of the corpse by another Muslim — symbolic of the cleansing
away of the decedent's sins. Those gathered at the service, presumably naval and other U.S. government personnel
aboard the ship, would then have been required to face Mecca as Islamic prayers were recited...
Did Naval Burial Ceremony
Confer Pardon and Paradise on the Muslim Mass Murderer? Anneke Green has a disturbing analysis in the
Washington Times which indicates the very likely specifics of the burial ceremony aboard the USS Carl
Vinson — repeatedly noted by witless counter-terrorism czar John Brennan to be in strict "conformance
to Islamic requirements" — for pious Muslim jihadist Osama Bin Laden, orchestrator of the mass murder
of Americans on 9/11/2001.
The Editor asks...
Where are the "separation of church and
state" people now?
Will Koran Burning Be
Banned In The United States? As an American in the United States of America, you are allowed to
do many things. You can burn the flag. You can burn the Bible. You can produce obscene
art and sometimes even get government money to finance it. You can make movies and TV shows that ridicule
Christianity, traditional morality, and that take the Lord's name in vain. ... Yes, you can do all those
things, and more. But can you burn a Koran?
It's OK for the U.S. Govt. to Burn Bibles But Condemn Burning the Koran: The U.S. government
under Barack Obama is deeply committed to battling any belittlement, criticism, or questioning of Islam.
At the same time, however, it is OK, in the Obama regime, for the U.S. government to burn Bibles. Yes,
that's right. Bibles were sent to U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. But the U.S. government determined
that the presence of Bibles in this "devoutly Muslim country" might inflame the natives. So they
burned them. Why did they burn them? Because it is military policy to burn its trash.
Can Promoting Easter Services Land You On
the 5 O'clock News? At a time when movie theaters across the country are featuring blockbuster
hits promoting murder, drugs, sex, corruption, and the like, is there anything 'too controversial' to be
shown on the big screen? Compass Bible Church, in Aliso Viejo, California, found out first-hand that
indeed, promoting Easter on the big screen proved to be too controversial.
Minn. legislator wants Jesus out of Senate
prayers. A Jewish Minnesota lawmaker is asking Senate leaders to allow only nondenominational prayers
to open sessions, after feeling "highly uncomfortable" when a Baptist pastor repeatedly mentioned Jesus Christ and
Christianity in one of the invocations.
Christian Business in the Left's Crosshairs. Chick-fil-A is run by devout Christians who
believe in strong marriages, devoted families and the highest standards of character for their workers.
The restaurant chain's official corporate mission is to "glorify God" and "enrich the lives of everyone we
touch." ... Democrats are always ready to invoke religion to support their big government, taxpayer-funded
initiatives. But when an independent company — thriving on its own merits in the
marketplace — wears its soul on its sleeve, suddenly it's a theocratic crisis.
If Christians Were Treated Like Muslims.
If Muslims were treated like Christians in America, Muslims would have to tolerate the defamation of their
holiest images in our national museums, acts which would be called "artwork" — and, if particularly
provocative, even given taxpayer-funded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. They would
also have to accept Korans being burned and thrown into toilets, which instead of inciting worldwide outrage
and retribution would provoke a collective shrug of the shoulders. If Muslims were treated like Christians,
Muslims would be mocked by late night TV talk show hosts and lampooned in crude cartoon parodies.
Bigotry: Numerous examples from all over the US. [PDF]
Point to heavens means penalty for Tumwater
running back. Tumwater beat East Valley 63-27 on Monday night at the Tacoma Dome during the 2A state
semifinal game, but a post-touchdown penalty call was a big surprise for the player responsible. In the second
quarter of the game, Tumwater running back Ronnie Hastie scored on a 23-yard run, took a knee in the end zone and
briefly pointed to the heavens above. For that the referee threw a flag, saying it was unsportsmanlike conduct.
Are We Really Suffering From Too Much Religion?
Americans have been sold a bill of goods concerning the complicated nature of the society in which we now live.
Some things are, indeed, more complicated and fast-paced; of that there can be little doubt. But some
things are, in fact, just as simple as they ever were. Such simplicity presented itself for examination
when two separate news stories, both from my home state of Nebraska, caught my eye in the last couple of weeks.
Juxtaposed, the two form a microcosm of the sad moral state of American society in the 21st Century.
Burning Qurans and Bibles.
Attorney General Eric Holder called it "idiotic" and "dangerous." Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says it is
"disrespectful." A State Department spokesman called it "un-American." President Obama weighed in
that "this is a destructive act." The Obama administration is roundly denouncing plans to burn copies of
the Quran. Christian leaders rightly condemn it as "appalling" and "disgusting" and say it "violates both
our Christian and American identities." So why the silence when Bibles were burned?
Burning The Quran.
When the U.S. Army burned Bibles in Afghanistan, no one said a word. When churches burn around the world,
crickets chirp. Burning Qurans in Florida is stupid and offensive, but so is the double standard.
When President Obama gave a speech at Georgetown University, a Catholic institution, he asked that all images
and symbols representing Jesus Christ be covered so as not to be in the frame of any videos or photos of the
event. There were no reports of rioting. Nor did Christians riot when Christian U.S. Army soldiers
attempted to hand out Bibles to Afghans in their native language. The soldiers were stopped, and the
Bibles were confiscated and burned with the daily trash.
Burn flags, not Korans?
On Sept. 11, 2001, radical Islamic terrorists committed the most deadly and destructive foreign attack on U.S. soil.
Nine years later, the American people are being told that the country overreacted to the whole thing.
President Obama last year declared that Sept. 11 is to be a "national day of service." Others in the
administration seem to think that means it is a day upon which Americans should rise up to protect the Koran.
and Islam. Christianity and Islam are the largest religions in the world. Thirty-three
percent of the world's population are Christian, twenty-one percent Muslim. The world's two largest
religions have much in common, but they are also different in some crucial ways.
The Judiciary's Culturally Sanctioned Allergy to
Christianity Flourishes. Does anyone find it ironic that the very people who protest so loudly
over supposed affronts to Islamic religious expression are often so hostile to the slightest Christian
religious expressions — even incidental expressions? The left is going bonkers over
opposition to the ground zero mosque in the name of religious freedom, but the left's assault on
Christian liberties proceeds unabated.
about the proposed Ground Zero mosque.
Deliver Us from Evil.
[Scroll down] This random experience flashed in my mind recently when I was in a Berkeley bookstore.
With my newfound interest in religion, I wanted to peruse that section. After hunting down a clerk to
unearth the tiny religion area, I perused the shelves. In actuality, the area should have been called
the Anti-Christianity Section. While there were respectful tomes on the other religions, the Christianity
section was a virtual pillorying of Jesus. Every book denounced him, mocked him, or reinvented him as
something entirely new. There were books debunking the Gospel, with each author sounding gleeful, like
a wicked child. Now, I understand that some people reject religion. But why the venom?
Obama: Muslim Missionary? Speaking for most Founding Fathers in his day, John Jay, the
first chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, appointed by George Washington himself, said, "Providence has
given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest, of
a Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers." Two hundred years later, President
Barack Obama has denied America's rich Judeo-Christian heritage before the eyes and ears of other countries,
as he publicly declared in Turkey on April 6, 2009, "We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation."
suppose Obama is a Muslim?
Beck Told He Can't Lead Audience In Prayer At Kennedy Center. Conservative talk radio host Glenn
Beck was told by officials at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts that he can't lead his audience in
prayer at his August 27 Divine Destiny event. Beck has rented out the facility the night before
his "Restoring Honor" celebration at the Lincoln Memorial for "an eye-opening evening ... that will help
heal your soul."
told to stop singing national anthem at Lincoln Memorial. A group of high school students
attending a conservative leadership conference in Washington, D.C. said they were ordered by a security
guard to stop singing the national anthem during a June 25 visit to the Lincoln Memorial.
Allegedly Ordered to Stop Praying Outside Supreme Court Building. A group of Christian
students was allegedly ordered to stop praying outside the U.S. Supreme Court building on May 5 because
a court police officer told them it was against the law. The students were part of a junior high school
American History class at Wickenburg Christian Academy in Arizona. After taking pictures on the steps of
the Supreme Court building, their teacher gathered them to a side location where they formed a circle and
began to pray.
Teacher Told It's Illegal to Pray on Supreme Court Steps.
The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) wants assurances that an Arizona Christian school teacher will not be arrested
if she prays on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court building. According to attorneys from ADF, Supreme
Court police forced teacher Maureen Rigo from the building steps and told her the act of bowing her head and
praying on the Supreme Court steps was unlawful.
Kos: Take Legal Action to 'End Organized, Institutionalized Religion'. For all the daily
talk on the Daily Kos that conservatives are dictatorial, their cast of bloggers isn't without grand designs for
social control. Take this post: "Time to begin working for the death of religion (a rant)."
The diarist "BlueMoon" expressed no attempt to disrupt free speech, but the "end of organized religion" must
is Obama Changing "Freedom of Religion" to "Freedom of Worship"? Last November Obama used the
term "freedom of worship" at the memorial service for the victims of the Ft. Hood shooting. A few
days later he did it again in speeches in both Japan and China. In December Hillary Clinton also used
that terminology three times in a speech at Georgetown University and never once used the phrase "freedom of
religion". In January of this year Clinton used the "freedom of worship" term four times while
addressing senators. ... The response by many religious freedom advocates is fear of what this all means.
Moves Away From 'Freedom of Religion' Toward 'Freedom of Worship'. The change in
language was barely noticeable to the average citizen but political observers are raising red flags at
the use of a new term "freedom of worship" by President Obama and Secretary Clinton as a replacement
for the term freedom of religion. This shift happened between the President's speech in Cairo
where he showcased America's freedom of religion and his appearance in November at a memorial for the
victims of Fort Hood, where he specifically used the term "freedom of worship." From that
point on, it has become the term of choice for the president and Clinton.
"Freedom of Religion" vs. "Freedom of
Worship". That's a departure from what most Americans understand as "freedom of religion," but
it may still seem like an inconsequential difference. The truth is that changing the word "religion" to
"worship" drastically changes what is protected.
Obama's "Fly Me to the
Crescent Moon" Policy. [Scroll down] We can find something else interesting in this loony
story: Where are the atheizers and arch-separationists on this one? Do they support "separation
of church and state" but go suddenly silent when the issue is "separation of mosque and state"?
about the latest NASA scandal.
Islamic Law Comes to Dearborn. Is
it illegal to preach Christianity to Muslims in America now? Acts 17 Apologetics, a Christian
evangelistic group, was banned from passing out fliers at this year's Arab Festival in Dearborn, Mich., but
they went to the festival anyway and ended up getting arrested.
Will it be God or government?
Do we, as Americans, worship God or government? I used to think I knew the answer to that question.
Now I'm not so sure.
missionaries charged in Dearborn festival proselytizing. Four Christian missionaries were
arraigned today on misdemeanor charges of disturbing the peace following their June 18 arrest at the
Arab International Festival. ... The woman and three men are members or founders of a group called "Acts 17
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. "I got fired," said Ron Baity, pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Winston-Salem.
He had been invited to lead prayer for an entire week but his tenure was cut short when he refused to
remove the name Jesus from his invocation.
School Removes Lord Reference in High School Diplomas. Seniors at a New Haven, Conn., high
school will not be graduating "in the year of our Lord" this year — or any future years, according
to the superintendent of schools. The school district has removed the traditional phrase from high
school diplomas after someone complained.
of Illinois Instructor Fired Over Catholic Beliefs. The University of Illinois has fired an
adjunct professor who taught courses on Catholicism after a student accused the instructor of engaging in
hate speech by saying he agrees with the church's teaching that homosexual sex is immoral.
Alliance Defense Fund Demands Reinstatement of
Professor Howell. The Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian legal group, has given the University
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign until the end of Friday [7/16/2010] to re-instate a professor who was
relieved of his teaching duties following complaints he engaged in "hate speech" by teaching students
about Catholic teaching on homosexuality in a course about Catholicism.
Conservative Blog as 'Hate' Site. Conservative blogger Pamela Geller says she has been
threatened with discontinuation of her online payment account by PayPal, the most widely used service
of its kind. ... Geller said similar "acceptable use" violation notices were also sent by PayPal to two
organizations she helped establish, the Freedom Defense Initiative (FDI) and Stop Islamicization of
Fortune. [Scroll down] Yet to some extent anyone who acquires an audience, such as Pamela Geller
has, inevitably attracts flak. Long ago I told an audience at the Rockefeller Center in New York
that "you don't have to care what you say when you only have a hundred readers a day, but you must be
exceedingly careful when you have ten thousand." Pamela has gotten to where her audience is
substantial enough for people to take notice. Inevitably that brings some kind of Nemesis after
you. The rule of thumb appears to be the bigger you are the harder they want you to fall.
Paypal's Shameful Decision and Shameless Reversal.
The little money that my organization Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) and the Freedom Defense Initiative
(FDI), as well as my website AtlasShrugs.com, generate came close to being cut off Friday[6/18/2010] when
Paypal called all three websites "hate" sites. The leading online payment service said it would close
my accounts if I do not act first and remove the Paypal option from each website. After an avalanche of
emails from Atlas readers, PayPal reversed itself and said the whole thing had been a mistake; but the
implications of the incident for conservatives remain ominous.
ACLU sues school
district to stop graduation at Conn. church. Two Connecticut high school students whose district
voted to hold June commencement for two high schools at an area megachurch are suing the district, saying the
arrangement "coerces students and parents to receive the overwhelming religious message" of the church as the
price of attending "a seminal event in their lives."
about the ACLU.
Obama's Supreme Court
Choice: No Evangelicals Need Apply. In a time of increasingly unembarrassed ethnic identity
politics, there is one notable exception: a serious Evangelical will not be seriously considered for the
U.S. Supreme Court. There has not been a prominent Evangelical on the court since John Jay, the first
Chief Justice. Evangelicals have been passed over so many times that it's as if they're invisible.
students see religious bias with 'year of Our Lord'. Students at a Texas college are demanding
that their diplomas not be dated "in the year of Our Lord," prompting school officials to consider removing that
phrase while leaving what others consider another obvious reference to Christendom — the school's
name, Trinity University. A spokeswoman for the private San Antonio school with historic ties to the
Presbyterian Church said that if the board does make changes, it is more likely to take the phrase "in the
year of Our Lord" off every diploma rather than just off those of specific students.
Instead of a National Day of Prayer...
Atheist Group Calls on Obama to Endorse 'National Day of
Reason'. An atheist group is calling on President Obama to ditch the National Day of Prayer and
formally recognize its own "non-theist" version called "The National Day of Reason." Last week, a federal
judge in Madison, Wis., ruled that the law designating the first Thursday in May to be the National Day of
Prayer is unconstitutional because, the judge said, it negatively impacts non-believers.
Hertz employees sue company over special "prayer breaks" given only to Muslims. As important
as the outcome of this case is the precedent it could set for extending special treatment to Muslim employees
to the exclusion of others — essentially creating a second class of employees: workplace dhimmis.
Judge Rules S.C. Not Allowed to Issue License
Plates With Cross. A federal judge ruled Tuesday that South Carolina can't issue license plates
showing the image of a cross in front of a stained glass window along with the phrase "I Believe."
Court OKs barring religious
tunes at graduation. A divided federal appeals court on Tuesday [9/8/2009] upheld a school district's refusal
to let a band play a religious piece at a high school graduation, saying the superintendent had reasonably decided to avoid
a constitutional controversy by ordering a secular program.
You Don't Have
a Prayer. The Establishment Clause was written to protect people of faith from the federal
government. Many courts continue to use it as such. But for others, it has increasingly become a
club used to intimidate people of faith into silence and drive them from the public square.
Christian Girls, Interrupted.
Two Christian girls. Two sets of distraught parents. And two state courts smack in the middle of it. One of
these courts is in New Hampshire, where a judge recently ordered that home-schooled Amanda Kurowski be sent to public
school. The order signed by Family Court Justice Lucinda V. Sandler says the 10-year-old's Christian faith could
use some shaking up — and that the local public school is just the place to do it.
strikes down reference to God in state law. A Franklin circuit judge Wednesday [8/26/2009]
declared unconstitutional a reference to God in a 2006 law creating the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security.
In an 18-page order, Judge Thomas Wingate said the General Assembly created an official government position
when it passed a law requiring the office to acknowledge "the dependence on Almighty God as being vital to
the security of the Commonwealth."
School prayer charges
stir protests. Students, teachers and local pastors are protesting over a court case involving a northern
Florida school principal and an athletic director who are facing criminal charges and up to six months in jail over their
offer of a mealtime prayer.
Against the Rulers of Darkness. We are
involved in a war. It is a war between differing political ideologies, mind-sets, and world-views. ... At its heart,
it is a war between spirituality and egoism, a war between truth and falsehood, between right and wrong. As I
write this, two Florida teachers may lose their retirement benefits, and spend six months in jail for their "flagrant"
violation of the First Amendment. Their crime? They said Grace before eating a meal, while on school grounds.
cleared in prayer injunction case. Two rural northern Florida school officials were found not
guilty of violating an injunction against praying in school, a Florida judge ruled late Thursday [9/17/2009]
in a contentious school prayer case that spurred a reaction from Congress earlier this week.
found not guilty. A federal judge has ruled that a rural Panhandle principal and his athletic
director did not violate an order against praying in school. Judge M. Case Rodgers ruled Thursday
evening [9/17/2009] that Pace High School Principal Frank Lay and Athletic Director Robert Freeman didn't
violate a 2008 agreement with the American Civil Liberties Union that was approved by the court.
The Editor says...
That's good news, but the odious fact remains that there is such an agreement with the ACLU.
Florida Prayer Case Reveals ACLU Agenda to Criminalize
Christianity. Yesterday after an all-day hearing, Santa Rosa County, Florida, Principal Frank Lay and
Athletic Director Robert Freeman were cleared of criminal contempt charges that arose from the simple blessing of a
meal. When they heard the decision, tears of joy and cheers swept through the throngs of people who had waited
outside in the rain for over ten hours.
Obama's State Department
Submits to Islam. Here is but the latest act of submission to Islam by your State Department.
A State Department cable has just been sent out with this announcement: The Bureau of International Information
Programs (IIP) has assembled a range of innovative and traditional tools to support Posts' outreach activities
during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. ... Why aren't priests, pastors, etc. invited during Christmas to
give blessings or talk about Christianity in the United States?
Shopping Mall Empire Crushes Conservative Store. Loren Spivack of freemarketwarrior.com told
Glenn Beck Friday that his Concord, North Carolina shopping-mall kiosk was shut down by a shopping-mall chain
because it carried anti-Obama and anti-liberal merchandise. ... "What essentially happened was one of the
largest corporations in the country decided to stomp on one of the smallest companies in the country, Free
Market Warrior," Spivack explained. The action was taken based on one complaint from "one person who was not
willing to be in the same mall as material that she disagrees with."
'Impeach Obama' bumper stickers
spark a shopping mall protest. While protesters rallied in his support, the owner of a Concord
Mills kiosk that sells conservative merchandise said he met with the mall's manager Sunday [7/26/2009] to see
what arrangements can be made for him to remain after his lease expires Friday.
Conservative Kiosk Owner Denied
New Lease at North Carolina Mall. The owner of kiosk that sells conservative merchandise in a
North Carolina mall won't get to continue pushing "Impeach Obama" bumper stickers after his lease expires
Friday. The Concord Mills mall decided not to renew its contract with Loren Spivack, who fought to
stay in business in the shopping center.
Lawmakers Pass Bill to Create 'Islam Day'. Hawaii's state Senate overwhelmingly approved
a bill Wednesday to celebrate "Islam Day" — over the objections of a few lawmakers who said
they didn't want to honor a religion connected to Sept. 11, 2001. The Senate's two Republicans
argued that a minority of Islamic extremists have killed many innocents in terrorist attacks.
"Islam Day" in Hawaii By: Lloyd
Billingsley. Hawaii's state senate has approved "Islam Day" for September 24, 2009.
The measure, already been approved by the state's house, passed the senate 22-3 on May 6, with two
Republicans and one Democrat in opposition. According to news reports, "Islam Day" seeks to recognize
the religious, scientific, cultural and artistic contributions that Islam and the Islamic world have made.
The Editor says...
Some of the Muslims' cultural "contributions" can be seen
on this page.
Groups Declare Obama's Stimulus Bill a War on Prayer. A provision in the House-passed stimulus
bill — banning money to be used to renovate schools from being spent on facilities that allow
"religious worship" — has ignited fury among those who claim it discriminates on the basis of
faith and violates the right to free speech.
Your country depends on you more than ever! Don't
give up! It is no surprise to any of you that we are entering a stage in our country where our way of
life, our freedoms and Judeo Christian foundation are at risk. We have drifted and are drifting into socialist
thinking and redistribution of wealth instead of capitalism and its accountability and achievement principles.
We are also drifting away from our moral foundation. Some are trying to make God and expressions of faith
The One Form of Acceptable Prejudice:
The New York Times reports today [2/17/2009] that the Tennis Channel has decided to cancel its coverage of the
Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships this week because the United Arab Emirates refused to grant an entry visa
to Israeli tennis star Shahar Peer. Peer, who is ranked as the 48th best women tennis player in the
world, was scheduled to play in the tournament.
Contempt for Christians: Every Christmas you have liberals fighting to purge any mention of
Christianity or Jesus from Christmas celebrations. Then, during the year, liberal atheists like Michael
Newdow and liberal organizations like the ACLU use the legal system to ceaselessly assault Christianity at
every opportunity. Whether you're talking about the Pledge of Allegiance, the Mt. Soledad Cross,
or the Ten Commandments on the walls of a courthouse -- you have liberals trolling through the courts
looking for a liberal judge who'll be willing to twist the Constitution in order to stick a thumb
in the eye of their mutual Christian foes.
Group Files Lawsuit Against Prayer at Presidential Inauguration. The head of an atheist group that has filed
a lawsuit against prayer at Barack Obama's presidential inauguration says the government is picking a winner between
"believers" and "those who don't believe" and subjecting atheists and agnostics to someone else's religious beliefs.
Dan Barker, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, has joined with Michael Newdow, who fought to have the
words "under God" removed from the Pledge of Allegiance, in a federal lawsuit seeking to enjoin the Presidential Inaugural
Committee from sponsoring prayers at the official inauguration.
Discrimination Against Religion. Many people today are concerned about the "separation of church and state."
More often than not, this means keeping religion out of the public sphere.
The Founders specifically guaranteed the
free exercise of religion and freedom of speech by demanding that the government not make any laws to limit these
The Founders understood that these freedoms were in danger of being eliminated from the public square.
Atheists push their own
holidays. Now that Earth Day is over, let the planning begin for the summer solstice and World Humanist Day in
"There is no smaller minority in this country than atheists," said Mr. Murray, son of the late Madalyn Murray
O'Hair, who was once the nation's best-known atheist and from whom he became estranged when he embraced Christianity.
"The proposition of [atheist holidays] is in itself ridiculous."
Yea, Christmas Nay. Democrats who supported a House resolution to honor Ramadan voted against a
similar resolution to honor Christmas and Christianity last night [12/11/2007]. 18 Democrats voted "nay"
or "present" on a resolution to "recognize the importance of Christmas and the Christian faith." An
eagle-eyed Republican House staffer points out that those same members, with one exception, voted to "recognize
the commencement of Ramadan," a Muslim religious observance in October.
The Nazis and
Christianity: Many atheists presume that the Nazis were a weird variation of Christianity.
[On the contrary] Weimar Germany largely had abandoned Christianity and increasingly was embracing
hedonism, Marxism and paganism. There, decline of Christianity in Germany led directly to the rise
of Nazism. Professor Henri Lichtenberger in his 1937 book, The Third Reich, describes the religious
life of the Weimar Republic as a place in which the large cities were "spiritual cemeteries" with almost
no believers at all, except for those who were members of the clergy.
the Galileo Myth. About a hundred years ago, two anti-religious bigots named John William Draper
and Andrew Dickson White wrote books promoting the idea of an irreconcilable conflict between science and God.
The books were full of facts that have now been totally discredited by scholars. But the myths produced
by Draper and Dickson continue to be recycled.
Volunteer: Vets Hospital Taking Away Freedom
of Religion, Speech. It's a house of worship with none of the symbols. There are no crosses
or Bibles on display at the Fayetteville Veterans Affairs Medical Center chapel. Blinds cover elaborate
stained glass windows. The reason is a federal policy from the 1950s, but one volunteer says it has been
taken too far. Laud Pitt plans to hand out Christmas cards at the hospital Tuesday. But to do it,
he says, he'll have to be escorted by the chaplain.
Group to Protest
Georgia Rain Prayer. A secular group said Friday [11/09/2007] it would protest Gov. Sonny
Perdue's planned prayer service intended to ask for relief from the Southeastern drought, saying the rally
violates the principle of separation of church and state. Perdue's office announced Wednesday that
it had sent out invitations to leaders from several faiths for the service, set for Tuesday outside the
the Jesus-Mocking Beer. The Miller Lite people have a new ad featuring beer drinkers being
instructed by a pro-sports-type commissioner in etiquette for the "More Taste League." But the entity needing
a "More Taste" lesson is the Miller Brewing Co. itself.
the Christian right really the bogeyman? What I am concerned about, however, are the more subtle
attacks on the religious right, coming from the Christian left, that can have, and may be having, appeal to
those who simply don't appreciate the facts. I am talking about a distorted portrayal of conservative
Christians as a detached and fanatic lot, who care only about a couple free-floating issues, abortion and
sexual behavior, and who could care less about anything else going on in the country.
slices and dices "Veggie Tales". The early word from producers is that NBC has grown increasingly
fierce about editing something out of "Veggie Tales" — those apparently unacceptable, insensitive
references to God and the Bible. So NBC has taken the very essence of "Veggie Tales" — and
ripped it out. It's like "Gunsmoke" without the guns, or "Monday Night Football" without the football.
Rated PG for Christianity, Group Says. The American Family Association is outraged. It accuses the Motion Picture Association of
America — the movie raters — of putting Christianity on the same level as sex, violence,
and profanity because it might offend non-believers.
Liberals Hate Christians: Liberals in America despise Christians of true faith. They do
this because in doing so their own guilt is appeased, their anger is justified, and they can finally lay blame
for their own misery at someone else's feet. Last night Alexandra Pelosi's newest documentary, "Friends
of God" aired on HBO. In that Alexandra is the daughter of the nation's first feminist, House Speaker
Nancy Pelosi it was all too easy to pre-judge where Alexandra's work would land.
Has Secular Humanism Become a
Religion? We've seen prayer removed from our schools, and pretty much any expression of faith
in the workplace has become taboo. Not only do secularists want to erase any mention of God in the public
square, they also want to ignore the faith of our Founding Fathers — a faith that built this country.
Prayer Will Open Senate Session in July. For what is believed to be the first time in its
history, the U.S. Senate will on July 12 be opened with a Hindu prayer, the Senate Chaplain's Office
confirmed Monday [6/25/2007]. For more than 200 years, the Senate has opened each workday with a
prayer usually delivered by the Senate Chaplain, currently Barry Black, a Seventh Day Adventist. It
is common, however, for senators to recommend religious leaders from their home states to serve as guest
Mention God? Don't
you dare. Brittany McComb, valedictorian of Foothill High School in Clark County, Nevada,
stood up at her graduation and began to speak. A few paragraphs into her speech, school administrators
cut off McComb's microphone. She didn't tell a dirty joke. She didn't curse. She didn't
insult her classmates or her teachers. Brittany McComb committed the egregious sin of attempting to
thank God and Jesus.
Silenced Over Her Christian Faith Will Go to Court. A federal judge in Nevada ruled Monday
[12/18/2006] that a debate over freedom of religious expression in public school commencement ceremonies
will go to court. The charges stem from a June 15 incident at Foothill High School in Henderson,
Nevada, when school administrators cut off valedictorian Brittany McComb's commencement speech after
she strayed from a pre-approved script. Earlier, they had removed from her speech references
to the Bible and her faith.
An Imam at the DNC. Many people in
today's Democratic party have contempt for religion, but they still have time for prayer. Last Friday [2/2/2007],
during the Democratic National Committee's Annual Winter Meeting in Washington, Husham Al-Husainy, Imam of the
Karbalaa Islamic Education Center, a Shi'ite mosque in Dearborn, Michigan, offered an invocation….
bill to allow courtroom oaths on the Koran. Courtroom oaths could be taken on the Koran and other
sacred texts besides the Bible in a bill filed in the state Senate on Wednesday [2/7/2007]. The issue drew
national attention last month when the first Muslim elected to US Congress took a ceremonial oath with a Koran
once owned by Thomas Jefferson. In North Carolina, the issue appeared in 2003 when a Muslim woman sued
the state because she was not allowed to swear an oath on the Koran when she was called as a witness in a
court case. State law allows witnesses to use only the Bible for oaths.
Not Keith Ellison, decides what book a congressman takes his oath on. Keith Ellison, D-Minn.,
the first Muslim elected to the United States Congress, has announced that he will not take his oath of office
on the Bible, but on the bible of Islam, the Koran. He should not be allowed to do so — not
because of any American hostility to the Koran, but because the act undermines American civilization.
First, it is an act of hubris that perfectly exemplifies multiculturalist activism — my culture
trumps America's culture. What Ellison and his Muslim and leftist supporters are saying is that it is of
no consequence what America holds as its holiest book; all that matters is what any individual holds to be his
wolf who cried racist. [Dennis] Prager asserts that the Bible has been used for swearing-in
ceremonies since George Washington. Which is true, except when it isn't. Not every elected
official has used the Bible, including some Jews (Koch, a U.S. representative from 1969 to 1977, used a
Hebrew Bible for his initial swearing-in) and some Quakers, including Herbert Hoover, whose beliefs
prohibit the swearing of oaths.
Taking Down a Few More Bricks.
This past November 7th, Minnesota elected the first Muslim to be sent to Congress, Keith Ellison, a former
Catholic who now has ties to Louis Farrakhan. After he was elected he announced that he would demand to be
allowed to take his oath of office on a Koran, instead of a Judeo-Christian Bible. Democrat Presidential
hopeful, Barack Obama, who has been noted to be a Muslim, himself (although he denies or affirms this at his
convenience), was asked whether Ellison should be allowed to take his oath of office on the Koran and he agreed
and even stated that he would follow suit as an elected President of the United States.
Empire State Building
to go green for Muslim holiday. New York's iconic Empire State Building is to be lit up green from
Friday [10/12/2007] in honor of the Muslim holiday of Eid, the biggest festival in the Muslim calendar marking the end of
Ramadan, officials said. "This is the first time that the Empire State Building will be illuminated for
Eid, and the lighting will become an annual event in the same tradition of the yearly lightings for Christmas
and Hannukah," according to a statement.
The Editor says...
Wow... is New York City turning the other cheek, or is this just political correctness?
Real Conspiracies — Past and
Present: The biggest obstacle to Fascist, Communist or Communitarian triumph is Biblical
Christianity! Of course, today's politically correct, non-offensive, service-oriented
"Christianity" — with its dialectic leadership training and postmodern view of God's
Word — fits right in. But God's unchanging, uncompromising Word can never be squeezed into
that mold. It clashes with the notion of global solidarity. That's why Marx, Lenin, Stalin, Mao
and Hitler killed millions of faithful Christian disciples. God's Word is simply too "offensive" and
"divisive" to totalitarian rulers who demand loyalty to their own ideals rather than to God.
speech is the loser where religious expression is concerned. Brittany McComb's microphone went
dead at her high school commencement because school officials thought she was talking too much about
religion. This was during her valedictory speech last month at Foothill High School in Henderson,
Nev. … Government shouldn't be in the business of judging the content and appropriateness of religious
expression. It should just get out of the way and let valedictorians control their own message.
Atheism, not religion, is the real force behind
the mass murders of history. [Richard] Dawkins and [Sam] Harris are employing a transparent
sleight of hand that holds Christianity responsible for the crimes committed in its name, while exonerating
secularism and atheism for the greater crimes committed in their name. Religious fanatics have done
things that are impossible to defend, and some of them, mostly in the Muslim world, are still performing
horrors in the name of their creed. But if religion sometimes disposes people to self-righteousness
and absolutism, it also provides a moral code that condemns the slaughter of innocents.
Atheism Has Fueled Greatest Mass Murders In
World History. One of liberalism's favorite anti-Christian boogeyman is the Salem witch trials.
How many actually died as a result of those trials: fewer than 25. And what of the Crusades?
Most Americans probably have a negative view of the Crusades as an attempt by Christians to conquer peaceful
Muslims. The opposite is true.
The Return of the
Radical Atheists: After decades of ignoring the huge influence of religion in
society, journalists and analysts are now discovering the "danger" of religious radicalism.
It has become trendy to decry the rise of fundamentalists of any sort and to Talibanize
religious groups that affirm anything too categorically.
empty myths peddled by evangelists of unbelief: A new breed of missionaries is trying to convert
the world. Evangelists of unbelief say religion is a relic left over from the past that stands in the way
of human progress. Once the world is rid of religion, immemorial evils such as war and tyranny can be
overcome, and humanity will be able to fashion a new life for itself better than any known in history.
The Pointless Negativity of Atheism:
I can't see that the dogmatic atheists have anything to offer but negation: do not feel what you feel, do
not believe, do not hope, there's nothing out there, our (self-)limited minds comprehend everything there is and
it's not much; above all, do not seek a consciousness beyond your own. They subtract from the world and don't
add anything to it except perhaps an opportunity to rediscover the basis of real openness and rationality.
Behar Joins Christian Bashers. As
Christians throughout the world continue to be murdered by Islamo-facists, demi-celeb Joy Behar has
apparently decided to join the oppressors. After all, Christian-bashing is not only accepted by
Islamists and the Hollywood elite, it's expected — if not required. Wednesday on "The View",
Behar apparently decided that she needed publicity to bolster and polish her fading star — a star
that was never very bright in the first place — by blasting Christians. Note: Christianity
continues to be the "safe religion" to vilify, as Christians seldom — if ever — fight back.
View: 'Radical Christians' Same as 9/11 Terrorists. Just two weeks into her new job as
co-host of "The View," comedienne, actress and political activist Rosie O'Donnell has made her views about
Christianity known to the world. While discussing the 9/11 anniversary and the war in Iraq on
Sept. 12, O'Donnell compared "radical Christianity" to the Islamo-fascist beliefs of those who
planned and carried out the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Islam vs radical Christianity. You would think that even Rosie O'Donnell could grasp that there
is indeed a difference between "radical Christianity" and "radical Islam." No doubt conservative Christian
evangelicals were who Rosie had in mind as "radical" Christians. But, really Rosie, it must mean something,
even to you, that no Christian leader has suggested that you be executed, or even that your house should
be blown up.
Teen Challenges Moment-Of-Silence
Law. The lawsuit asks the court to declare the law unconstitutional, said attorney Gregory Kulis,
who represents Dawn Sherman, a freshman at Buffalo Grove High School, and her father Robert Sherman, a radio
talk show host. Kulis said the law is an attempt to inject religion into public schools in violation
of the First Amendment.
The Editor says...
The "moment of silence" was invented years ago as an alternative to Christian prayer in
public and a means of appeasing atheists and accomodating people of other religions. Now that
we've grown accustomed to the moment of silence as our most reverent public observance, the incrementalism
continues, and the atheists demand even more. Are we now expected to outlaw silence? Does anyone
really believe that the observance of a moment of silence establishes a national religion?
certain about that? Andrew Sullivan, in his new book "The Conservative Soul," declares a jihad
on certainty, by which he means the certainty of fundamentalist "Christianists" — the allusion to Islamists
is deliberate. The New Republic's Jonathan Chait proclaims that liberalism is the anti-dogmatic
ideology. Sam Harris, a leading proselytizer for atheism, has declared a one-man crusade on
Amusement Park Apartheid:
Minarets tower over two of the tallest roller coasters in the world, on the flyer announcing today's big
event at Six Flags' Great Adventure and Wild Safari. On this day, the park will be "transformed," as
thousands of Islamists from across the northeast come together in Jackson, New Jersey for "The Great
Muslim Adventure Day." Regrettably, Muslims will be the only ones having fun, as non-Muslims have
been told that they are not welcome.
[Imagine the uproar if the park had announced Christian Adventure Day, and
that non-Christians weren't welcome.]
sinners and bigots. References to God — such as "In God We Trust" — are commonplace
in our history, indeed right on the money. What astonishes me is that people of faith rarely
sneer at nonbelievers, but scientifically oriented cosmopolites rarely hesitate to mock believers.
Evangelical Christians are routinely scapegoated with impunity, as if they're troglodyte know-nothings
unified in a cabal to promote ignorance.
"The Christian combats the erroneous doctrines of the infidel with no other weapon than that
of argument: the sophist opposes Christianity with ridicule and misrepresentation."
– George Crabb (1778-1851).
This is an original
compilation, Copyright © 2014 by Andrew K. Dart
Courts, Governors Siding with Ten
Commandments Displays. A Christian attorney says he's confident that public displays of
the Ten Commandments will continue to be more acceptable in the legal arena.
Legal victory for Texas Bible
monument. A federal appeals court has refused to side with an atheist in a case that could
determine the constitutionality of Bible monuments on public property. The case Staley v. Harris County,
Texas involves a monument that was erected in front of the county courthouse in 1956 in Houston in honor of
industrialist and philanthropist William Mosher.
Harris County's fight over
Bible display may be over. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday [11/26/2007] declined to
hear Harris County's appeal in the Bible monument case, ending the Commissioners Court's bid to have a
lower court ruling vacated and avoid paying hefty legal fees to the woman who brought the lawsuit.
Ten Commandments Monument Advocates Mobilize. With
six weeks until election day, supporters of returning the Ten Commandments to Julia Davis Park are mobilizing
their campaign … signs like these are sprouting up on lawns across Boise, and soon volunteers will begin
canvassing neighborhoods. "All the polling data that we've seen nationwide indicates that over 75% of the
American public supports the public posting of the Ten Commandments," Bryan Fischer, one of the leaders of the
Keep The Commandments coalition, told CBS 2 News.
Ninth U.S. Circuit Endorses 'Other'
Religions. More evidence that constitutional religious neutrality is not only one-sidedly
applied but actually untenable comes with the news that the notorious Ninth U.S. Circuit of Appeals has
upheld a federal district court ruling last November that found no violation of the First Amendment's
"establishment of religion" clause at a California public school in its instruction about Islam.
Have You No
Shame? If you read a major national newspaper this week, you may have seen the screaming
full-page ad beginning with this headline: "These Religious Leaders Have a Serious Gambling
Problem ..." The ad, which also runs on television, pictures Ralph Reed, formerly with the
Christian Coalition, Rev. Lou Sheldon from the Traditional Values Coalition, and Jim Dobson of
Focus on the Family with a sinister photo of Jack Abramoff. Talk about guilt by
association. I was called the Nixon "hatchet man," so I ought to know a "hatchet job" when I see one,
though I am not sure that I have ever seen anything quite this vicious since the McCarthy era.
This item almost ended up on
the Sports Page:
Say No to Conservative Group. The Atlanta Braves will mix baseball with the gospel when they
hold another "Faith Day" this weekend. But one of the country's most prominent Christian organizations
has been tossed out of the game. Focus on the Family, a group founded by James Dobson, was barred from
participating in Sunday's postgame activities after sponsoring the first such event at Turner Field last month.
Where is the CHURCH in Church and
State? America does not want a state church. England has a state church — the
Anglican Church. America does not want one denomination considered The Nation's Church. On the other
hand, America has a religious heritage. It's not Muslim. It's not Hindu. It's not Shinto.
It's not animism. It's not New Age. It's not Paganism. It's not Voodoo. It's
Judeo-Christian. America, while not desiring a state church, does desire religion in life. That
includes religious expression in everyday exchange.
isn't dying, it's being eradicated. It's official: Britain is no longer a Christian
nation. In banning Eunice and Owen Johns, a devout Christian couple, from fostering children, Lord
Justice Munby and Mr Justice Beatson declared that we live in a secular state, and that the Johns'
religious convictions disqualified them from raising citizens of that state. We've outgrown
Christianity, the judges professed. Instead, we have graduated to the status of a multicultural
nation, blessed by a plurality of faiths.
Dobson strikes back at Abramoff
allegations. James Dobson, the influential Christian leader of Focus on the Family, is striking
back hard against allegations, made in the form of a New York Times ad by a left-wing special-interest group,
that he is connected with convicted political fund-raiser Jack Abramoff and gambling interests.
Religion & Public Life: A
Faith-Based Partisan Divide. "Americans who regularly attend worship services
and hold traditional religious views increasingly vote Republican, while those who are less
connected to religious institutions and more secular in their outlook tend to vote Democratic."
The Gospel of
unbelief. This year's first attack came from St. Paul Minnesota where local officials
decided to ban the Easter Bunny from City Hall. They said it might offend some non-Christians, as
if the Easter Bunny has anything to do with Easter's real significance. Apparently it escaped
the notice of the city council that the Easter Bunny might offend Christians, because, like Santa
Claus, it is a counterfeit. If they want to be consistent, perhaps the council should change
the name of the city from St. Paul to, say, Paul Bunyan.
Trying to 'Muzzle' Churches, Group Says. Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean's
recent comments calling on groups in the religious community "to decide whether they want to be tax exempt
or involved in politics" drew the ire of a Catholic-based advocacy group on Friday [4/21/2006]. Dean's
remarks were made during an interview with the Christian Science Monitor on Wednesday.
nationalism: Indivisible in America. According to a much-discussed posting on a liberal
website, an angry worshipper stormed out of a crowded church to protest the singing of "God Bless the USA,"
highlighting the raging debate over the common American practice of mixing faith and nationalism. … These
separationists, however, face a painful practical problem when it comes to expressing their purported
patriotism: What songs can they sing on national holidays or at public celebrations? All the
traditional hymns of praise to the United States inconveniently and conspicuously mention God and his
special blessings for America.
The Proliferation of Public Profanity is
a Cultural and Spiritual Problem. For the Christian, foul language is forbidden by the Bible.
That is why using profanity in public was considered unacceptable before we became a post-Christian
culture. Christian values and morals are now considered passé or "old-fashioned" to many
Americans — especially the younger generation, sad to say.
The intolerance of the ACLU. Like many
civic assemblies, Oconee County, S.C., has opened council meetings with an invocation. Council member
and pastor Bill Rinehart closed a meeting in October of last year with prayer by saying, "We ask all these
things in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen." What Rinehart didn't know was that members of the
American Civil Liberties Union "search out and censor corps" were sitting in the audience anonymously,
waiting to pounce on the slightest expression of personal faith.
How long before they ban private Bible
reading? These three cases are typical of hundreds across the country in recent years in which the
rights of individuals to practice the faith of their choice has been attacked by people in positions of power,
often at taxpayers expense.
siege: Extremists at the grandiosely named Americans United for Separation
of Church and State are at it again. The group, best known for trying to drive religion
from the public square, now wants to make sure no faith-based organizations are reimbursed for
rescuing and caring for thousands of victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
San Antonio Faces Lawsuit Threat Over
Pre-Council Meeting Prayers: The City of San Antonio, Texas, may be facing litigation over
its practice of starting its city government sessions with prayer. An organization that specializes
in religious liberty cases has offered to defend the city in a lawsuit over its invocations at its City
Army silences chaplain after
prayer criticism. An evangelical chaplain serving in Iraq has been forbidden to preach at
chapel services after his comments about military intolerance toward certain Christian expressions got
him into hot water with the Army.
Christians sharing their faith outside a courthouse.
Judge sued for
ordering "no-speech zones". A judge who declared all public areas of Los Angeles
County courthouses "no speech zones" has been hit with a federal civil rights lawsuit.
"God Bless America" signs
stir atheist protest. An atheist group is complaining about two signs posted outside a
city hall in New York state that declare "God Bless America."
Sidewalk evangelists beaten by
police? A pair of Boston-area sidewalk evangelists — one of whom is confined to a
wheelchair — claim they were roughed up by city police for little more than
trying to spread the Gospel. … One of the women, Ann Hayden, says audio of the incident was
captured on a tape recorder she carried in her pants. And for the record, she now also is
charged with illegal wiretapping, the Boston Herald said.
[It is remarkable that someone can be accused of "wiretapping" without tapping a wire.]
Court Declares Atheism
a Religion. A federal appeals court has sided with a Wisconsin prison inmate
who claimed his constitutional rights were violated with officials would not allow him to
create a study group for atheists. In its ruling, the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of
Appeals ruled that Wisconsin prison officials were mistaken when they did not recognize
atheism as a religion.
Satanic Female Eipscopal Bishop Installed.
She declares that the Bible is not regarded as divine revelation and therefore is no guide for morality.
That means that she is not a biblical Christian, yet she is a religious leader. She is thereby not
defending the Christian deity however still remaining with the ecclesiastical frame. That makes her, not
a Christian, not a "middle person between Christianity and Satanism," but a satanic leader of the first
order. Being a religious personage within the framework of Christendom but not holding to biblical
leader makes her nothing short of a satanic leader of the first order.
One Nation Under God
or One Nation Under Man. Polling data shows that many who embrace the
liberal policies of the Democratic Party are less religious than those who support
the pro-life, traditional marriage policies of Republicans. This divide first
became apparent with the 2000 election. Research notes that those who attended
religious services more than once a week supported Bush by a margin of 2 to 1
while those who never attended religious services supported Gore by the same margin.
we deserve it? Much of the attack on religion had its birth with the 1963 Supreme
Court decision in Murray vs. Curlett, which banned organized school prayers. For a moment,
let's ignore the debate on whether that decision was right or wrong and instead focus on tactics.
not in Kansas anymore. Because every few years this country, in its infinite tolerance,
insists on hearing yet another appeal of the Scopes monkey trial, I feel obliged to point out what
would otherwise be superfluous — that the two greatest scientists in the history of our
species were Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein, and they were both religious.
at it again. The view that the Constitution was ever intended to create an atheistic
political culture is so universally recognized as ahistorical claptrap, it's become almost a
cliché to debunk it. The real issue is more complicated.
Is the Red Cross Too
Politically Correct for Christians?. Michael Hartman worked with the American Red
Cross for eight months before he was fired over his disagreement with an organizational decision
to celebrate gay and lesbian pride month. The firing raises questions about the direction
of the relief organization, which was founded by Christians, including Clara Barton, in 1881.
BC is not PC for
students. In what's perceived as a case of political
correctness trumping history and everyday usage, students in Australia are now
seeing the calendar term B.C. — which stands for "Before Christ" — being
replaced with BCE, meaning "Before Common Era." "This is political correctness gone
mad," Shadow Education Minister Jillian Skinner told the Sydney Daily Telegraph.
No BC and AD? That Spells
Culture War. If I write a date as 44 BC or 476 AD, you immediately know to
what years I am referring. I would guess that just about anyone junior high age or older in the U.S.,
Canada, or anywhere in Europe would also immediately recognize that one of those dates is 2055 years
ago, and the other is 1535 years ago.
Outdated, but still informative...
versus the Constitution: a false conflict. The White House has assured
us that if confirmed, [Judge] Roberts would not allow his faith to conflict with his
sworn allegiance to the Constitution. Such assurance has not satisfied those zealots
devoted to purging Christianity from the public square.
Christian Yoga? C'mon!
Many Christians have been duped into thinking that yoga is just relaxation and exercise. Nothing could be
further from the truth. Classical yoga is intended to put one into an altered state of consciousness.
Believers who think they're "just exercising" are being swept into a counterfeit religion. Not all
religions are equal, as liberals would have us believe.
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. The news media is a major player in these cultural conflicts, and if there
was ever a pretense of impartiality when it came to liberal versus conservative, or
secular versus religious, that disguise has been stripped away.
to student: "Leave your faith in the car". A federal civil rights lawsuit
charges that the Poway Unified School District violated the constitutional rights of a student
and censored his free speech. The school district threatened further punishment and
suspended the student for expressing his religious faith on a T-shirt during a school day
designated to promote homosexual behavior. A school administrator told the student
to "leave his faith in the car" when his faith might offend others.
People who live in glass houses would like to outlaw stones.
Elton John says Religion Encourages
Hatred. Organized religion fuels anti-gay discrimination and other forms of bias, pop star
Elton John said in an interview published Saturday [11/11/2006]. … "From my point of view, I would ban
religion completely. Organized religion doesn't seem to work. It turns people into really
hateful lemmings and it's not really compassionate."
"tolerant" Sir Elton wants to ban religion. When secularists complain about the influence and
agenda of religious conservatives they most often focus on the alleged "intolerance" of the Christian right.
A recent interview with pop music legend Elton John, however, demonstrates that non-believers will go much
further than the faithful in their expressed desire to stifle all dissent.
The Crocodile Rocker Wants Religion
Outlawed. In a recent interview in The Observer's special "gay edition" of Music Monthly
Magazine, musician Sir Elton John told the UK newspaper that religion should be outlawed because it lacks
compassion and promotes hatred of homosexuals. In the Sunday, November 12, 2006 issue, John
said, "I think religion has always tried to turn hatred towards gay people. Religion promotes the
hatred and spite against gays."
Mock 'Last Supper' With Sex-Toys Twist. Organizers of San Francisco's Folsom Street
Fair — sponsored by Miller Brewing Co. — have portrayed Christ and his disciples as
half-naked homosexual sadomasochists in the event's promotional advertisement, and the conservative group
Concerned Women for America is complaining about the hypocrisy of it.
battles Vermont over John 3:16 plates. Officials claim car tags are
the property of state so they can't endorse religion.
not time for Bible study, schools attorney says. Students may not read
their Bibles during recess, according to an attorney for the Knox County public school
system in Tennessee. So why then did this only become an issue when several students
asked to hold a recess-time Bible study?
"tolerance" backfires: Today, the government's
World Factbook lists
the United States as being 78 percent Christian (52 percent Protestant, 24 percent
Catholic, 2 percent Mormon), 1 percent Jewish, 1 percent Muslim, 10 percent
other, and 10 percent none. Ten years ago, it listed the country as 84 percent
Christian. But back at the time of America's founding, this percentage was well
over 90 percent.
the Constitution Wrong: Liberals, and some conservatives as well, like to claim
that America is founded not on the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, but on the
Constitution alone. Liberals want to decouple the two because the Declaration refers to
God — they want the Constitution to be "Godless." Certain conservatives think
the Declaration contains enlightenment abstractions, against which the Constitution must be
defended. Both claims are nothing but historical hokum. The Declaration is the ground
on which stand the original state constitutions, the Articles of Confederation, and the Federal
Constitution. And all of these documents share an American political philosophy that
combines reason with revelation.
final notes on the Terri Schiavo case: My suspicion is that liberal
opinion was guided by smoldering resentment toward President Bush and the rising
contempt for religion in general and conservative Christians in particular. We
seem headed for much more conflict between religious and secular Americans.
Ban on Bible Study Material for Inmates
Defies Logic and Law. For years, prison ministries have faithfully sent Bible study materials
to inmates at the state prison facility in Corcoran, [California,] free of charge, and have witnessed firsthand
the life-changing power of the gospel in their lives. Recently, however, prison officials at the facility
arbitrarily changed their policies so as to exclude most types of free religious materials.
ACLJ Opposes Legal Challenge to Inaugural
Prayer. "This challenge is legally flawed and represents nothing more than an attempt to
remove a time-honored tradition going back to the nation's first President," said Jay Sekulow, Chief
Counsel of the ACLJ, which has challenged Newdow's lawsuits in the past. "The expression of prayer
at the Presidential inauguration is not only constitutional, but an important part of the history and
heritage of this nation. We're confident that this legal challenge will meet the same fate of a
similar challenge brought by Newdow four years ago concerning inaugural prayer — a legal
challenge that was rejected by the courts."
Newdow strikes again:
Sues to Remove 'In God We Trust' From Currency. The atheist who is fighting to take the
phrase "under God" out of the Pledge of Allegiance filed a lawsuit late Thursday [11/17/2005] seeking to
prevent the U.S. government from printing the national motto — "In God We
Trust" — on any future coins or paper money.
Lawsuit Against National Motto
Dismissed. The lawsuit against the national motto "In God We Trust," brought by noted atheist
Michael Newdow, has been dismissed by United States District Court Judge Frank Damrell. Damrell noted
that the motto does not trample on Newdow's religious views. The national motto is featured on
all U.S. currency.
In God we
Trust. It is commonly understood that our Government, its Constitution and its laws are founded
on a belief in God. The mere acknowledgment of God by the Government or Government officials cannot be
said to be an establishment of religion in violation of the Establishment Clause of the United States
Constitution. Yet this is precisely what is being litigated right now in the U.S. Court of Appeals
for the Ninth Circuit. Dr. Michael Newdow has sued the United States Congress in order to remove
our National Motto.
Atheist Looks to Remove 'Under
God' From Pledge of Allegiance, Currency. An atheist seeking to remove the words
"under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance and U.S. currency is taking his arguments back to a
federal appeals court. Michael Newdow, a Sacramento doctor and lawyer, sued the Elk Grove
Unified School District in 2000 for forcing public school children to recite the pledge, saying
it was unconstitutional.
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 is warning Christian cadets to curb their faith.
Teacher Censors Child. A kindergartener was rebuffed in front of the class as
the girl read from a Christian book. It was the child's turn to be "star of the
week." … About half way through this sharing time, the instructor interrupted
the child and told the girl she needed to read her other book because pupils weren't
allowed to read books about God in class.
values: part III. Those who do not believe that moral values must come from the
Bible or be based upon God's moral instruction argue that they have a better source
for values: human reason.
California teacher censored.
Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund filed suit yesterday [11/22/2004] against the Cupertino Union School
District for prohibiting a teacher from providing supplemental handouts to students about American history
because the historical documents contain some references to God and religion. "Throwing aside all common
sense, the district has chosen to censor men such as George Washington and documents like the Declaration of
Independence. The district's actions conflict with American beliefs and are completely unconstitutional,"
said ADF Senior Counsel Gary McCaleb. "In addition, they have wrongfully applied their policy to only one
teacher, who is a professed Christian."
The "Dangerous" Faith of
President Bush. Why do you suppose President Bush gets so much flak for his faith and John Kerry
is applauded for his professions of faith — by the very same people? Could it be that the
faith-allergic fear that President Bush is actually sincere about his faith?
foundations are being destroyed: Sufficiently large numbers of Americans
either do not believe, or do not practice, what the Scriptures teach and cannot be made
to do so through a constitutional amendment or any other law. Neither side is going
to persuade the other of the correctness of its position, so it becomes a political
Why liberals rule academia and
media. A chapter on journalism
Secular Revolution," edited by University of North Carolina professor Christian Smith] shows how "key
persons within journalism (especially publishers and editors, and also journalism professionalizers from the
ranks of the universities and the active press) actively sought to minimize and ultimately to undermine
Discrimination Against Religion: Churches meet in schools all across our
nation. In fact, another minister and I have teamed up to start a church in a
public school here in Loxahatchee, Florida. So I was understandably interested
when I discovered that New York City is trying to throw churches out of their public schools.
Military Widows Sue to Get Wiccan Symbol on
Headstones. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs allows military families to choose any of
38 authorized headstone images. The list includes commonly recognized symbols for Christianity, Buddhism,
Islam and Judaism, as well as those for smaller religions such as Sufism Reoriented, Eckiankar and the Japanese
faith Seicho-No-Ie. The Wiccan pentacle, a five-pointed star surrounded by a circle, is not on the list,
an omission that the widows say is unconstitutional.
High court rejects Wiccan prayer
appeal. The Supreme Court yesterday [10/11/2005] rejected an appeal from a Wiccan priestess
angry that local leaders would not let her open their sessions with a prayer. Instead, clergy from more
traditional religions were invited to pray at governmental meetings in Chesterfield County, Va., a suburb
Great Adventure's Muslims-only
day. A popular North American amusement park is scheduled to host a "Great Muslim Adventure Day"
this week in which the park will be open only to Muslims, drawing fire from various monitor groups.
Editor's Note: Even before
I got that article posted, an update came along:
back off Muslims-only day. An Islamic group is backing off its boast of a
Muslims-only day at a popular theme park, just hours after WND brought to light plans
for the "Great Muslim Adventure Day." The article prompted numerous responses
from WND readers who informed Six Flags they would stop attending its amusement parks.
Reich: God worse than terrorism. Clinton's labor secretary has problem
with those who believe in higher authority. 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's Religion Problem: If our choice is between the primacy of individuals
and the primacy of God — if, that is, we are to choose between individual human
beings and God — then the vast majority of traditional religious believers would
have to choose God. I certainly would. That would be the case for plenty
of believers who are not sure what they think about abortion law, or want a higher
minimum wage. All of us, for Reich, are the enemy.
Refuse to Hear VMI Prayer Case. Their decision leaves in place
a ruling that declares prayer unconstitutional.
Open Season on Christians: The media and the do-good-kiddy-clubs all explode in paroxysms of righteousness any
time a public figure inadvertently insults one of the protected minority groups, but nobody ever demands an
apology when a secular celebrity demeans Christianity. That is because many Americans view Christianity
as a problem, an execrable obstacle to America's progress.
The Houses of Worship Political Speech Protection
Act, H.R. 235: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to protect the religious
free exercise and free speech rights of churches and other houses of worship.
More about The Houses of Worship Free Speech Restoration Act.
HR 235: ending an absurdity. Called
the Houses of Worship Free Speech Restoration Act, the bill pries the state's paws off the pulpit. Actually,
it pries these paws off the conservative pulpit; the liberal pulpit has enjoyed a de facto exemption from
EU Constitution Omits Reference
to Christianity. After two years of heated controversy over the omission of any mention of
Christianity in the proposed new constitution for the European Union, the final text adopted in Brussels
on June 18 was the secularized version.
Religious Hiring Protection
Under Assault. Ever since the launch of the President's faith-based initiative,
religious organizations' freedom to hire according to their beliefs has been under fire from
some in Congress. The right of private religious groups to freely determine their
membership is a cornerstone of our constitutional order. Congress should once again
uphold this important freedom.
endorse posting of "In God We Trust". Civil libertarians oppose legislation.
MTV to Launch
New Homosexual-Themed Channel. On May 25, [2004,] MTV Networks announced the
launching of a 24-hour cable television channel which will be specifically geared toward gay,
lesbian, bisexual, and transgender viewers. You may recall that MTV Networks, owned by
Viacom, was responsible for producing the Janet Jackson Super Bowl halftime fiasco.
Facing Cowardice in Senate. The Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 2004
(S. 2056) is reportedly facing some resistance from Senators who seem indecisive about
whether or not to support it. The bill would increase FCC fines ten-fold for those
who violate FCC regulations regarding decency. The House passed its version of the
bill, H.R. 3717, by an overwhelming majority vote of 391-22 on
March 11, 2004.
Editor's Note: In the
tiny Pacific island nation
of Nauru, the
country's coat of arms includes the words, "God's Will First".
Broad Victory in
Chicago Park District "Buy a Brick" Case: Robert and Mildred Tong [have] won
a decisive victory in their battle to "buy a brick" in a Chicago park near their home
that says "Jesus is the Cornerstone." U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo issued
a broad and emphatically worded opinion and order in Robert Tong and
Mildred Tong v. Chicago Park District in which he held that the
Tongs were victims of "unlawful viewpoint discrimination in violation of the
Tong's First Amendment rights."
"Robed Masters" Usurping
Control of U.S. Government, Says Bauer. Phyllis Hamilton is a federal district
court judge in San Francisco — but Gary Bauer says she must believe herself to be
a "higher authority" than the elected officials in Congress and the president himself. How
else, he wonders, could the Clinton appointee justify striking down a ban on partial-birth
abortion that was passed by both houses of Congress and signed by President Bush?
Rise of a Judicial Dictatorship: The Warren Court launched a social, cultural
and moral revolution and began openly to dictate to what had been a self-governing
people. Under this dictatorship, radically secularist and egalitarian, America's
public schools were as de-Christianized as thoroughly as in the Soviet Union.
Muslim Prayer Calls Echo Through Detroit
Suburb; Petitioners Unhappy. Some residents of a Detroit-area town hope that an August ballot
initiative will send a strong message to the Muslim community that they do not want to hear Islamic calls for
prayer broadcast five times a day over loudspeakers. In the meantime, citizens will have to call the police
if they don't like the noise.
double standards: There has been no cessation of hostility in the secularists' war against
Christianity. The enemies of religious freedom are still operating at full force, and we must keep
our eyes on them.
Christian platform ripped as
offensive: President Bush and the Republican Party in his home state of Texas are being
criticized by Democrats on the touchy issue of whether America is a Christian nation.
…[FYI] Christians make up 82 percent of the U.S. population, Jews 1 percent and Muslims
less than 1 percent, with atheists, agnostic and those citing no preference making up 13 percent,
according to a Pew Research Council survey of 2,002 adults conducted in 2002.
From the State: In separating church and state the Founder's intent was not to
protect the federal government from religion, but to protect religion from the federal
Court Won't Reinstate Prayer at Military College. The Supreme Court said
Monday [4/26/2004] it would not consider reinstating mealtime prayers at a taxpayer-funded
military college, turning aside an appeal from state officials in Virginia who wanted to
preserve the tradition. Justice Antonin Scalia blasted his colleagues for refusing to
hear the case and argued that it raised important church-state questions.
Environmental Movement As A Pagan Religion. Environism is a
combination of pseudo-science, new age mysticism, paganism, and socialism
which serves as a combination of political philosophy and religion. This is
clearly an attempt to replace America's historic Christian culture with a new
religion — a pagan religion.
unstable, superstitious Christians: Why does it make so many on the Left
uncomfortable that President Bush openly professes his reliance on God in performing
his official duties?
"offensiveness" of Christianity: It amazes me that people can
still, with a straight face, deny that Christians are the subjects of systematic
discrimination in this country. Every time I turn around there's more evidence.
Porn Can Stay in Library — But
Jesus Has Got to Go. The nation's largest Catholic civil rights organization is blasting officials
at a Connecticut public library for censoring Jesus.
our Biblical foundation: The oft-repeated lie that "we can't legislate morality" has finally born
its poisonous fruit. Of course we can legislate morality. We always have. We must.
Try looking at the criminal code of any state or the federal system and tell me it isn't based on morality.
liberal style: You can dress this up however you want to, but what this boils down to is militant
liberal thought police trying forcibly to impose their secular values on our society.
conservative pastors: I know some of you out there actually harbor this
fantasy that Christian conservatives want to subsume the government and convert it into
a happy theocracy for Jesus, but you're wrong.
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 Qaeda and Taliban enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay.
Virginia, there is a religious war. Fifteen years ago, Robinson dissolved his marriage, dumped his
wife, abandoned his two little girls and went off to shack up. He thus violated his marriage vows,
flouted the teachings of the Anglican faith he was ordained to uphold and entered into a sinful liaison his
church has always taught was perverted.
The greatest gift for all: All
Americans have a huge stake in Christianity. Whether or not we are individually believers in Christ, we
are beneficiaries of the moral doctrine that has curbed power and protected the weak.
Feds OK controversial Muslim youth
camp: Amid resistance from neighbors and nationwide attention, a plan to build a Muslim youth camp
on federal land moved ahead yesterday [6/30/2003] with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' approval of a
Disney World Boots Christian Worship
Services Off-Site: Disney spokesman, Rena Callahan, said it does not seem right to offer only two
types of services when there are "so many religions out there." To continue that, she said, would be
"insensitive" to the resort's non-Christian clientele.
Cancels Christian Services, Flap Ensues: The late Walt Disney once cited church and prayer as
inspirations for his professional success. Today, some conservatives believe Disney is "crying from his
grave" because Walt Disney World in Florida has eliminated its 28-year tradition of offering on-site religious
services to Christian guests.
"God" removed from "God Bless
America": A Tennessee firefighter has removed a memorial to the fallen heroes of 9-11
from the lawn outside a local firehouse because the city government forced him to remove the word "God" from
the three-word tribute on the display: "God Bless America."
Note: The material about the Public Display of the Ten Commandments has moved
VMI Prayer Battle Could Define
America's Fighting Force: Since January, when a judge ordered Virginia Military Institute to stop
its traditional dinner prayers, Col. Ronald D. Ray, USMCR (Ret.) has been fighting to overturn the
controversial ruling. If the battle is lost, he predicts an ACLU juggernaut that will strip God from the
service academies and even from aircraft carriers, whose warriors will soar into harm's way with a wing and not
Celebration of Demons: You may be surprised by the roots of
this religious holiday.
Bobbing for Apples Long
Way From Celebrating the Dead: When I was growing-up … it all seemed so harmless; little
did we know that we were actually celebrating Satan's holiday. Halloween was, and is, a subtle exposure
to the occult. Today our schools are blatantly introducing cultic activities to our young people,
including sťances, New Age meditation, and witchcraft.
Witchcraft and Paganism vs Christianity:
More and more people today are fearlessly exploring witchcraft or paganism, and many of these are young
people. Regardless of the age of the person, these beliefs stand in direct opposition to
Christianity. Those who start to walk down that road need to know the territory they are
entering. Parents especially need to be fully informed. And we say this because there
is a lot of common misinformation today about both witchcraft and Christianity.
Celebrations and Related Activities in the Public Schools: Many
religious parents are concerned about their children's involvement in Halloween
activities. These parents often point out that the origins of Halloween are,
in part, from ancient Celtic rituals and that Halloween is celebrated today
by adherents of the Wiccan religion as one of their four holiest days
of the year. [PDF]
with pagans: Rev. Wallace Schulz said, "To participate with pagans in an
interfaith service and, additionally, to give the impression that there might be more
than one God, is an extremely serious offense." Rev. Schulz will take a beating
in the mainstream press without a doubt. Look for him to be portrayed as divisive,
reactionary and backward, when not being portrayed as a religious crackpot.
The Answers are Simple, the
Decisions are Hard: A recent news item told how a California public school had adopted an Islam
curriculum in a well meaning effort, I suppose, to create peace among diverse religious elements in our
nation. They teach these days that diversity is the new religion, and it is often put forth with an
inflexible boldness that belies its so-called "tolerance" and disparages all other singular faiths such as
Christianity or Judaism.
Cross nixes "God" from 9-11 program: The Orange County, Calif., chapter
of the American Red Cross has canceled the planned performance of a music group
at an upcoming event honoring the organization's volunteers who helped at the
World Trade Center after the Sept. 11 attacks because the group planned to
sing songs that mention "prayer" and "God."
Red Cross apologizes:
The national office of the American Red Cross has issued an official apology after the organization excluded a
student music group in California from performing for a September 11 volunteer-recognition event last
Sunday [3/10/2002] because it planned to sing songs mentioning "prayer" and "God."
Skips "Under God" On Patriotic Cans: The Dr Pepper/Seven Up soft-drink company is
under fire for skipping the phrase "under God" in a partial quotation of the Pledge of Allegiance
on its "patriot can." The graphic design of the can, created "to show the world that we are
a united nation of people who place a high value upon freedom" according to the company, includes
an artist's rendering of the Statue of Liberty and the phrase "One Nation … Indivisible."
Hostility Toward Religion: Can the
Lions Be Far Behind?: Grab your Bible and turn to Leviticus 18:22.
Keeping God off
the roads: We've all seen cars with personalized license plates. Some of them can be quite
humorous or clever, and certainly present a diversion for commuters stuck in rush hour traffic. These
plates also provide motorists with an opportunity to express themselves — their sense of humor, their
priorities, even their occupation. However, in Vermont, one thing motorists cannot express
is their faith.
Bible Reference Deemed Too Offensive for Vanity Tags (appeared on
CNS News 6/21/01)
(CNSNews.com) - The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles is accused of infringing the free-speech
rights of a Vermont pastor and his wife, by refusing to let them refer to Bible verses on their specialty
license plates. The pastor and his wife chose ROMANS5 and ROMANS8 for their license tags. The Bible
passages, which speak of acquiring peace and joy through faith in Jesus Christ, have given them comfort over
the years, they said. The Vermont motor vehicles department denied their request, saying the religious
connotation might be offensive to others. The Vermont Transportation Agency upheld the DMV's decision
to deny the plates, but the case has now landed in Vermont's Washington County Superior Court, where attorneys
for the conservative Rutherford Institute are attempting to have the decision overturned. "The First
Amendment does not permit government bureaucrats to decide for the people what is too 'offensive' to appear
on a personal vanity plate," said Rutherford Institute President John Whitehead. "The Vermont DMV surely
has better ways to spend tax dollars than to enforce a 'civility code' on the state's streets and highways."
Florida Lawmakers Debate Offering a Christian
License Plate. Florida drivers can order more than 100 specialty license plates celebrating
everything from manatees to the Miami Heat, but one now under consideration would be the first in the nation
to explicitly promote a specific religion. The Florida Legislature is considering a specialty plate with
a design that includes a Christian cross, a stained-glass window and the words "I Believe."
Liberal Lies and the War Against
Religion: We have grown lamentably used to bans on public prayer or the removal of Bibles or
Christian symbols from public places. The Catholic Church, being America's, and the world's, biggest
Christian denomination, is a special target.
Suit filed for cross-wearing
employee: A lawsuit was filed recently on behalf of a Kentucky woman who says she was fired
from her job at a public library for wearing a necklace with a cross pendant to work.
Christianity Under Siege, Part
I: The Stones Cry Out. It is sad that a once-great political party chooses to wage an
intellectual jihad against "right-wing" Christianity.
Christianity Under Siege, Part
II: Those Who Are Voiceless: We hear daily messages, TV ads as well as speeches by our
president, that we should be tolerant of Islam. However, there are no calls for Islam to be
tolerant of Christianity.
and Theocrats: The example of James Madison shows why liberals who continue to conflate the
Taliban with religious conservatives are wrong.
In Canada, praying aloud gets a street preacher jailed.
with police priorities. Perhaps had they seen him on a street corner smoking crack
cocaine — or selling it — they would have turned the other cheek, as is so often the
case. But [Artur] Pawlowski was clearly doing something much more provocative Wednesday afternoon
on [a street corner in Calgary]. He — along with about six other people — were
praying and reading the Bible.
God Forsaken in U.S.
Senate: The Democrats, in an effort to capture the votes of the 19% of Americans who
oppose religion in America's political life, want to ban all public references to God. But they don't
want to alienate Middle Americans who are their main support base. So they decided on a stealth
campaign to quietly expunge all government references to God.
Sues to Continue Home Prayer Sessions after the local
zoning board ordered them to stop holding prayer services in their home.
axes Christian prayers, despite having no minority faiths. For hundreds of years, Totnes Town
Council has started its monthly meetings with a Christian prayer by a local vicar. With little controversy,
councillors have bowed their heads to listen to the thoughts of local clergy. But the tradition has now
been axed to avoid causing offence — despite the council having no members of minority faiths.
DC Councilman Under Fire for Threatening Salvation Army: The conservative Culture and Family
Institute has asked for an apology from Log Cabin Republicans after a GOP District of Columbia councilman
bullied Salvation Army officials over their opposition to homosexuality.
I can hear the liberals now. Theocracy! Theocracy!
Military Weapons Inscribed With Secret 'Jesus' Bible Codes. Coded references to New Testament
Bible passages about Jesus Christ are inscribed on high-powered rifle sights provided to the United States
military by a Michigan company, an ABC News investigation has found. ... John 8:12, referred to on the gun
sights as JN8:12, reads, "Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
defense contractor has God in its sights. Army officials said Tuesday [1/19/2010] they will
investigate whether a Michigan defense contractor violated federal procurement rules by stamping references to
Bible verses on combat rifle sights used by American forces to kill enemy fighters in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Muslim anger over
US military 'Jesus' scopes. Muslim groups reacted angrily after it emerged that the US military
in Iraq and Afghanistan were using rifle sights inscribed with coded Biblical references. The company
producing the sights, which are also used to train Afghan and Iraqi soldiers under contracts with the US Army
and the Marine Corps, said it has inscribed references to the New Testament on the metal casings for over two
gun sight maker will stop inscribing biblical references. The Wixom company under fire for
putting tiny references to Bible verses on gun sights sold to the U.S. military, announced today [1/21/2010]
it will drop the inscriptions on future arms shipments and offer kits to help the military remove codes on
sights in the hands of troops.
And now the rest of the story...
Message Boards to 'Break' a Decades-Old Story. The manufacturer of gun sights used by the
U.S. military inscribes references to New Testament passages on them, a fact known to the public for
23 years. ... The "secret 'Jesus' Bible codes" are hardly secret.
Group Wants Congress to Investigate 'Military Religious
Extremism'. [Scroll down] The Council on American-Islamic Relations, meanwhile, called the
presence of the markings "a potential recruiting tool for anti-American forces" and a Muslim Public Affairs
Council official said they provided "propaganda ammo to extremists who claim there is a 'Crusader war against
Islam' by the United States."
someone mention CAIR?
Caves to Political Correctness. U.S. optics manufacturer Trijicon has bowed to pressure to remove biblical
references from their optics products, just days after the decades-old practice was sensationalized in an ABC News report
that claimed the references were "secret 'Jesus' Bible codes" that could inflame radical Muslims who have attempted to
brand wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as modern crusades since those conflicts began.
The Editor says...
Sounds like ABC News is attempting to "inflame radical Muslims" by publicizing this. But
really, is that all it takes to set off the Muslims? If American soldiers fire rifles with
abbreviated Biblical references, do the bullets hurt more?
Force Academy to Open Outdoor Worship Circle for Wiccans and Druids. Networks like ABC have
hyperventilated about the "outrage" of "endangering" soldiers with rifle sights with "secret Bible codes" on
them. They worried about Christian proselytizing on the campus of the U.S. Air Force Academy. Will
these TV reporters notice as the Air Force responds to the liberal-media complaints by opening an outdoor
chapel space for Wiccans and Druids?
at Air Force Academy's Wicca center. The Air Force Academy, stung several years ago by accusations
of Christian bias, has built a new outdoor worship area for pagans and other practitioners of Earth-based
religions. But its opening, heralded as a sign of a more tolerant religious climate at the academy in
Colorado Springs, Colo., was marred by the discovery two weeks ago of a large wooden cross placed there.
The Editor observes bias:
Stung? Marred? The article above is replete with bias. But something more
important is between the lines: Where are the "separation of church and state" fanatics now?
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