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A Chicago Catholic Priest Defies Cardinal, Burns LGBTQ Rainbow Flag in ‘Exorcism’ Ceremony

A Chicago Catholic priest defied the area’s Cardinal and burned a gay rainbow flag during an exorcism ceremony calling the flag a piece of “propaganda.”

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A Chicago Catholic priest defied the area’s Cardinal and burned a gay rainbow flag during an exorcism ceremony calling the flag a piece of “propaganda.”

North Side priest, Rev. Paul Kalchik, who exclaimed that the actions of Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich (pronounced Blaze Soopich) do not “sit well” with him, reports that he burned the rainbow-colored LGBTQ flag he found in his church basement.

Kalchik, who led the church since 2007 and said that the Bible is clear that homosexuality is wrong, noted that he opposes the Cardinal’s attempts to downplay the sex abuse scandals still ripping through the Catholic Church.

The reverend said that he found the flag in a storage area at his Resurrection Catholic Church and learned that the rainbow-stripped flag featuring a large Christian cross superimposed across it had been a featured item in the past. But parishioners say it hasn’t been displayed for years.

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Apparently the priest announced in the church newspaper that he planned to burn the gay flag, but the archdiocese warned him not to do so. Kalchik also says that the Cardinal’s representatives told him he would suffer “canonical penalties” if he burned the flag.

But, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, Rev. Kalchik did not heed the warnings:

Kalchik led seven parishioners in a prayer of exorcism Friday, and the flag was burned inside a portable fire pit placed the schoolyard next to the church. The ashes of the flag now rest in a church compost heap.

“That banner and what it stood for doesn’t belong to the Archdiocese or Cardinal Cupich. It belongs to the people of this parish who paid for it,” Kalchik said. “What have we done wrong other than destroy a piece of propaganda that was used to put out a message other than what the church is about?”

Cupich, who has joined Pope Francis in exuding a more welcoming tone to gays in the Catholic Church, had attempted to stop Kalchik from burning the flag, instructing Kalchik he “could not move forward with that planned activity,” Archdiocese of Chicago spokeswoman Anne Maselli said Tuesday.

Maselli said that the archdiocese was “unaware” that the flag-burning occurred, “and we are following up on the situation. As Catholics we affirm the dignity of all persons.”

Kalchik says that he was preceded by three “bad priests” at his church who he claims were “promoting the gay lifestyle.”

He also said that when he took over the church, he discovered vestments, candles, and other religious regalia emblazoned with the gay rainbow colors, but he destroyed them all.

“The people of this parish have been pretty resilient and put up with a lot of B.S.” Kalchik told the paper. “And it was just by accident that this banner that was made to celebrate all things gay … did not get destroyed when I first got here.”

Finally, Rev. Kalchik says that he fully understands the sex abuse crisis in the church because he was molested by a fellow priest when he was starting his work for the church as a 19-year-old.

“I can’t sit well with people like Cardinal Cupich, who minimizes all of this,” Kalchik said. “Excuse me, but almost all of the [abuse] cases are, with respect to priests, bishops and whatnot, taking and using other young men sexually. It’s definitely a gay thing.”

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1,200 California Pastors Organize to Defy California Gov. Newsom’s Ban on Churches

More than 1,200 California pastors have joined an effort to defy Gov. Gavin Newsom’s coronavirus ban on church services.

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More than 1,200 California pastors have joined an effort to defy Gov. Gavin Newsom’s coronavirus ban on church services.

The group has pledged to resume in-person church services starting May 31.

Newsom issued his stay-at-home decree to slow the spread of COVID-19 on March 19. Per Newsom’s orders, the state is in stage two of his four phase re-opening plan, but that plan does not include a resumption of church services.

The governor claims that his stage two plan does not allow the re-opening of churches, gyms, libraries, theaters, and other places that might entail large groups on close proximity.

But the pastors are not waiting for Newsom’s approval.

The group’s lawyer said the pastors have signed a “declaration of essentiality,” and will reopen on May 31. They also plan to observe to social distancing guidelines and take other coronavirus precautions.

In a letter to Newsom, attorney Robert Tyler said that the gov’s orders overlook the “essential and critical nature of the services provided by clergy and religious assemblies throughout California.”

“The clergy is convinced that ‘we the people’ are ultimately responsible to protect the individual liberties that may be lost unnecessarily during times of crisis regardless of whether public officials’ actions are well intentioned,” the letter said. “Without the checks and balances of the courts and legislature, the clergy now stand as a counterbalance to unchecked regulatory action.”

But the lawyer warned, “This letter was not sent for the purposes of asking for permission.”

Tyler expects as many as 3,000 churches across California could reopen on May 31 and offer in-person religious services. Sunday, May 31, is the Christian holy day of Pentecost.

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Church that Defied Quarantine Razed by Lockdown Loyalists who Leave Message at Scene of the Crime

At a time in which our nation is already deep in the throes a politically divisive election and a global pandemic, nothing good can come from this violent escalation.

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During this global pandemic, it’s not only the coronavirus that you need to watch out for, as viral and violent vigilantes continue to target those with whom they disagree politically.

In Mississippi, the suspected arson of a small-town church has appears to be the work of lockdown loyalists, who were enraged that parishioners were gathering during this time of quarantine.

A church in Mississippi burned down this week and the incident is now being investigated as arson, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to CBS News First Pentecostal Church in Holly Springs had previously defied stay-at-home orders to open for services, and the church even sued the city of Holly Springs for trying to shut down a Bible study gathering.

And what made residents believe that the arson was the work of extralegal ne’er-do-wells?

Investigators said they found graffiti on the church property reading: “Bet you stay home now you hypokrites.”

Officials in The Magnolia State were shocked and appalled.

 “I am heartbroken and furious,” Governor Tate Reeves tweeted on Thursday, sharing a photo of the now-destroyed First Pentecostal Church. “In Mississippi, a church was just burned to the ground. They had been trying to open services.”

“What is this pandemic doing to us? We need prayer for this country,” his tweet continued.

At a time in which our nation is already deep in the throes a politically divisive election and a global pandemic, nothing good can come from this violent escalation.

News of the arson broke just hours before a declaration by President Donald Trump in which all houses of worship were deemed “essential“, allowing them to remain open during this time of trouble.

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California Churches Complain About Governor’s Virus Plan, Get Backing from DOJ

Bill Barr and his crew were unmistakable in their language.

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Attorney General Bill Barr had previously warned state and local authorities not to infringe on the rights of the religious in their coronavirus contingency plans, but not all have heeded the warning.

In California, for instance, Governor Gavin Newsom had inexplicably categorized houses of worship as “phase 3” establishments, despite the similarities between weekly congregations and other gatherings that would be allowed in earlier stages of reopening.

Now, the Department of Justice is following up with Newsom, and lambasting California’s apparent discrimination against the Golden State’s faithful.

Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband pointed out that Newsom’s plan allows a variety of businesses to reopen in “Stage 2,” but does not allow churches and other houses of worship to reopen until “Stage 3,” for no apparent reason.

Citing Attorney General William Barr’s April memorandum warning state and local governments to respect First Amendment rights of religious freedom — “[T]he Constitution is not suspended in times of crisis,” Barr wrote — Dreiband argued that while California could determine the pace of its reopening, it could not infringe on religion…

The language of Dreiband’s warning was unmistakable.

Laws that do not treat religious activities equally with comparable nonreligious activities are subject to heightened scrutiny under the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment. … Religious gatherings may not be singled out for unequal treatment compared to other nonreligious gatherings that have the same effect on the government’s public health interest, absent the most compelling reasons.

California has not shown why interactions in offices and studios of the entertainment industry, and in-person operations to facilitate nonessential ecommerce, are included on the [essential workforce] list as being allowed with social distancing where telework is not practical, while gatherings with social distancing for purposes of religious worship are forbidden, regardless of whether remote worship is practical or not.

Places of worship are not permitted to hold religious worship services until Stage 3. However, in Stage 2, schools, restaurants, factories, offices, shopping malls, swap meets, and others are permitted to operate with social distancing.

According to Dreiband, these sort of written warnings have been successful in other locales where similar oversights had been made.

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Illinois Governor: No Church Until ‘Widely Available’ Vaccine or Treatment

The move prompted several lawsuits from the Illinois faithful.

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While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to dominate headlines worldwide, one of the most pressing issues in the United States is when and how to begin reopening our economy.

We are currently weighing the health risks against the economic risks, and hoping to find a sweet spot right in the middle where we can safely restart the American machine without putting an inordinate amount of “at-risk” citizens in harm’s way.

Some elected officials have chosen to err on the side of optimism, while other, like the Governor of Illinois, are acting so cautiously that their citizens are growing enraged.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s plan to reopen his state calls for bans of gatherings of more than 50 people, including worship services, until a vaccine or treatment for the coronavirus is “widely available.”

The Democrat governor released his five-phase plan, titled “Restoring Illinois,” Tuesday, which says even at Phase 4, called “Revitalization,” “50 or fewer” would be permitted at any gatherings as long as testing and tracing are widely conducted.

The state is currently in Phase 2, or “Flattening” the curve, as the rate of infection is slowing.

According to the most recent data, Illinois is the fourth most affected state in the nation, with 73,760 total cases of COVID-19 and 3,241 deaths.

As of May 1, nursing home deaths accounted for 44 percent of Illinois fatalities due to the coronavirus.

The details of the governor’s plan had faithful Illinoisans furious.

According to the plan, it is not until Phase 5, or “Illinois Restored,” when “testing, tracing and treatment are widely available throughout the state,” and “either a vaccine is developed to prevent additional spread of COVID-19, a treatment option is readily available that ensures health care capacity is no longer a concern, or there are no new cases over a sustained period,” will gatherings, including religious services, of more than 50 people, be permitted.

On Friday, Romanian churches in Illinois filed a federal lawsuit against Pritzker, claiming his executive orders discriminate against churches by restricting worship services to ten people while other commercial entities, such as liquor and “big box” stores are permitted to accommodate larger groups.

The plan drew a number of lawsuits against the State of Illinois, with churches far and wide lining up to blast what they saw as an egregious overreach.

 

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Facebook Removes Coronavirus Prayers by Army Chaplains After Complaints from Christian-Haters

Facebook removed prayers posted by U.S. Army chaplains after Christian-hating groups complained that they represented “illicit proselytizing” of Christianity.

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Facebook has removed several prayers posted by several chaplains in the U.S. Army after a Christian-hating group complained that they represented “illicit proselytizing” of Christianity.

Facebook removed four videos recorded by chaplains Capt. Amy Smith and Maj. Scott Ingram which had been posted to the Facebook page of the Army’s 10th Mountain Division Sustainment Brigade at Fort Drum, New York.

Facebook moved to delete the “offensive” prayers after the anti-Christian group Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRRF) demanded that the social media giant remove them.

The group falsely claimed that the videos were a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

“These videos belong only on a chapel page, not on a base’s or unit’s main page,” said Chris Rodda, the hate group’s senior research director, according to Fox News. Rodda added that the group “has been seeing an uptick in a particular type of complaint — overt proselyting videos on official military Facebook pages.”

Per Fox News:

The alleged violations include Smith discussing the Fort Drum Spiritual Fitness Trail in a video that was posted April 17, saying, “You are invited to pray, to pray for the family, to pray for the sick, and to pray for our leaders.” In another video, Smith encouraged people to visit the Fort Drum Labyrinth as a great place to hear God’s voice.

Addressing the coronavirus pandemic on April 2, Ingram said, “God encourages us not to be dismayed by what we see around us, things we cannot control. We can, however, with the best intel in this moment, place our trust in him, walk forward in his strength, and treat others with kindness.”

Not everyone agreed with Fascistbook’s removal of the videos.

Mike Berry, a lawyer for the First Liberty Institute, said he was shocked to find out the news and questioned why MRFF is focused on this issue.

“At a time when our nation is hurting and many feel hopeless, why on earth would Mikey Weinstein attack prayer?” Berry told Fox News. “America has the strongest military in history, but our brave service members are not immune to the havoc COVID-19 has wreaked.”

He added, “I cannot believe the legendary U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division raised the white flag of surrender to an anti-religious freedom zealot. Every president, from Washington to Trump, has publicly prayed for our military. If the commander in chief can pray, then our soldiers can, too.”

Exactly right.

The Constitution gives us all freedom OF religion, not freedom FROM religion.

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Disastrous Pope Uses Easter to Suggest Using Coronavirus to Institute World-Wide Socialism

The worst pope in modern memory is at it again, saying that the world should use the coronavirus as a smoke screen to institute a full communist takeover of the world.

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The worst pope in modern memory is at it again, pushing leftism instead of religion, this time saying that the world should use the coronavirus as a smoke screen to institute a full communist takeover of the world.

On Easter Sunday, the pope brazenly used one of Christendom’s holiest of days to push his communist ideals by issuing a letter urging leaders of social movements to use the viral outbreak to unleash a new era of “change.”

Instead of sticking to Catholicism, the pope used Easter to push for “structural changes” to the world, and to put an end to the “economy of exclusion and inequality.”

He also said that the world should spur radical change for a “humanistic and ecological conversion” to institute his real religion of leftism and climate change. He also expressed support of a universal “basic income” — that being a new favorite communist goal aimed at undermining both the world’s governments and the capitalist system.

As PJ Media noted:

In the letter, the pope argues that these activists are “invisible to the system. Market solutions do not reach the peripheries, and State protection is hardly visible there.” Rather than encouraging philanthropy to reach these peripheries, Francis writes to encourage “you who are looked upon with suspicion when through community organization you try to move beyond philanthropy or when, instead of resigning and hoping to catch some crumbs that fall from the table of economic power, you claim your rights.”

In this context, Francis endorses a UBI. “I know that you have been excluded from the benefits of globalization. You do not enjoy the superficial pleasures that anesthetize so many consciences, yet you always suffer from the harm they produce,” he argues. “Street vendors, recyclers, carnies, small farmers, construction workers, dressmakers, the different kinds of caregivers: you who are informal, working on your own or in the grassroots economy, you have no steady income to get you through this hard time … and the lockdowns are becoming unbearable. This may be the time to consider a universal basic wage which would acknowledge and dignify the noble, essential tasks you carry out. It would ensure and concretely achieve the ideal, at once so human and so Christian, of no worker without rights.”

The pope went on to suggest that the coronavirus is the time to spur these inhuman and anti-Christian changes:

“I hope that this time of danger will free us from operating on automatic pilot, shake our sleepy consciences and allow a humanist and ecological conversion that puts an end to the idolatry of money and places human life and dignity at the centre,” the pope’s letter continues. “Our civilization — so competitive, so individualistic, with its frenetic rhythms of production and consumption, its extravagant luxuries, its disproportionate profits for just a few — needs to downshift, take stock, and renew itself.”

This man is an utter disaster for the west and religion in general, and Catholics in particular.

Surely Satan is this man’s closest adviser.

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Muslim Rep. Rashida Tlaib Agrees ‘F**k Your National Day of Prayer’

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President Donald Trump recently declared a National Day of Prayer in the face of the coronavirus. But Michigan’s Muslim Democrat Rep. attacked Christians saying, “fuck your national day of prayer.”

The president issued his call to prayer on Friday.

“It is my great honor to declare Sunday, March 15th as a National Day of Prayer,” the president wrote on Twitter. “We are a Country that, throughout our history, has looked to God for protection and strength in times like these.”

“No matter where you may be, I encourage you to turn towards prayer in an act of faith. Together, we will easily PREVAIL!” Trump added.

But extremist, left-wing, Muslim, Rashida Tlaib, acted in full anti-Christian hate against the day of prayer proclamation by happily retweeting a message from anti-gun fanatic Davide Hogg.

“Don’t let this administration address COVID-19 like our national gun violence epidemic,” Hogg tweeted. “Fuck a National day of prayer, we need immediate comprehensive action.”

Tlaib loved Hogg’s tweet and gleefully passed it on to her followers.

After a backlash, though, Tlaib tried to claim that she was not attacking prayer.

“Let me be clear as someone who has been praying through this all & as someone who attended the National Prayer Breakfast,” she said later. “My retweet was not to be an attack on prayer. It was to bring attention to the need for meaningful action to combat this public health crisis.”

Sure, hon. Sure.

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