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Black Preacher Slammed for Saying Truth That Black Culture is Broken at Aretha Franklin Funeral

A black pastor is defending his sermon at Aretha Franklin’s funeral and refusing to back down from saying that black culture has gone off the rails.

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A black pastor is defending his sermon at Aretha Franklin’s funeral and refusing to back down from saying that black culture has gone off the rails and needs to be fixed.

Rev. Jasper Williams Jr. told The Associated Press that he still feels his timing was right for his firry speech at the Franklin funeral. He said he thinks the black movement “should move in a different direction.”

“What we need to do is create respect among ourselves,” Williams told the AP. “Aretha is the person with that song ‘R-E-S-P-E-C-T’ that is laid out for us and what we need to be as a race within ourselves. We need to show each other that. We need to show each other respect. That was the reason why I did it.”

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Williams, who is the pastor of Salem Bible Church in Atlanta, said his words about black women being incapable of raising sons alone were taken out of context. He described as “abortion after birth” the idea of children being raised without a “provider” father and a mother as the “nurturer.”

Many thought Williams took a shot at Franklin, who was a single mother of four boys. But the pastor said a household can become stronger with two parents rather than one.

“Here’s the root of what I’ve been talking about: In order to change America, we must change black America’s culture,” he said. “We must do it through parenting. In order for the parenting to go forth, it has to be done in the home. The home.”

Black Lives Matter folks also got mad at Williams because he said black lives do not matter during his speech. But he says that people have misunderstood his point on that.

“I said blacks do not matter, because black lives cannot matter, will not matter, should not matter, must not matter until black people begin to respect their own lives,” Williams said. “Then and only then will black lives matter. That’s what I said, and again, and again, and again. We need to have respect for each other. Once we start doing that, then we can begin to change.”

Williams also waved off the criticism he is getting on social media:

“I’m sure much of the negativity is due to the fact that they don’t understand what I’m talking about,” he said. “Anybody who thinks black America is all right as we are now is crazy. We’re not all right. It’s a lot of change that needs to occur. This change must come from within us. Nobody can give us things to eliminate where we are. We have to change from within ourselves. It is ludicrous for the church not to be involved. The church is the only viable institution we have in the African-American community. We must step up and turn our race around.”

Even though Williams spoke for nearly 50 minutes of the eight-hour funeral, the pastor said he didn’t have enough time to delve deep into his sermon. He said he will expound more on his sermon and how Franklin was originally named the “Queen of Soul” for the next two Sundays at his church.

“I think if she’s immortalized, she should be immortalized,” he said. “If we can turn black America around, it would be the greatest and best immortalization we could properly give to her for what she did for black America and the world when she lived.”

Pastor Williams is exactly right. If you want t see the proof of his point, look to the City of Chicago where blacks are killing each other by the dozens every weekend.

Chicago proves that black culture is broken. Blacks need more Pastor Williamses, not fewer.

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Court Rules the Bible is ‘Incompatible with Human Dignity’ Over Transgender Opposition

A recent court case that ended in a ruling that Christianity is “incompatible with human dignity.”

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They are coming for your freedoms and your religion, Christians. No better example of that can be found than the recent court case that ended in a ruling that Christianity is “incompatible with human dignity.”

A British court ruled that the Christian Bible is a distinct evil because of its supposed opposition to the mental health problem that is transgenderism.

Yes, it is a British court, but do not make the mistake to imagine that radical transgender activists are not looking at this outcome and looking for a way to replicate it here in the U.S.A.

The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by Dr. David Mackereth, a doctor in the UK National Health Service for 26 years, who was fired for the crime of refusing to call a biological man a woman.

But the court decided to go much farther than merely ruling if the Dr. has grounds and instead launched a full force attack on the Bible and the doctor’s Christian religion.

Mackereth told the court that when his administrators called him on the carpet for refusing to use the transgender person’s “correct pronoun,” he was also attacked for his Christian beliefs.

In short order, the experienced doctor was fired for standing on his religious principles.

According to Daily Wire, the doctor’s attorney, Michael Phillips, told the court, “His belief in the truth of the Bible, and in particular, the truth of Genesis 1:27: ‘So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.’ It follows that every person is created by God as either male or female. A person cannot change their sex/gender at will. Any attempt at, or pretense of, doing so, is pointless, self-destructive, and sinful.”

Mackereth openly admitted that he felt transgenderism is “rebellion against God.” But he also said he has no doubt that some people sincerely feel they are trapped in the wrong body and he feels sympathy for them. Still, he added that the current trend toward pushing people into transgenderism is political, not scientific.

But the court went on the attack, Daily Wire continued:

The court’s ruling stated: “Belief in Genesis 1:27, lack of belief in transgenderism and conscientious objection to transgenderism in our judgment are incompatible with human dignity and conflict with the fundamental rights of others, specifically here, transgender individuals.” The court added. “… in so far as those beliefs form part of his wider faith, his wider faith also does not satisfy the requirement of being worthy of respect in a democratic society, not incompatible with human dignity and not in conflict with the fundamental rights of others.”

The doctor says that he intends to appeal the decision.

“I believe that I have to appeal in order to fight for the freedom of Christians – and any other NHS member of staff – to speak the truth. If they cannot, then freedom of speech has died in this country, with serious ramifications for the practice of medicine in the UK,” he said.

This is what the left wants to replicate here, folks. Do not doubt it.

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Court Orders Univ. of Iowa Admins to Pay Costs for Anti-Christian Discrimination Suit

Several officers of the University of Iowa have been ordered to pay out of their own pockets for discriminating against a Christain student group.

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A vice president and several other officers of the University of Iowa have been ordered to personally pay out of their own pockets for costs associated with a religious discrimination lawsuit after they tossed a Christian student group off the campus for supposedly discriminating against gays.

A federal court ruled that the officials violated the student group’s rights to religious freedom. The ruling also left open the possibility that the University’s president, Bruce Harreld, could also be held liable, according to Becket Law.

Indeed, the university didn’t just kick the Christian student group off the campus, they also eliminated student groups headed by Sikhs, Muslims, and Latter-day Saints.

The university took the actions at the behest of the transgender and LGBTQ student groups who complained that that the religious-based groups barred gays from being officers in their clubs.

The Christian club, called InterVarsity, has been on the Iowa campus for more than 25 years.

InterVarsity also operates on 77 college campuses across the country.

InterVarsity welcomes anyone as a member but requires its club officers to follow certain religious strictures. But last year, the university suddenly began taking actions against the club over its religious requirements despite 25 years of allowing the club to operate along the same rules.

The university began limiting the club’s movements on campus, then even froze the club’s bank account., and finally told students that the club was being canceled for “lack of interest,” all because it would not allow gays to take offices in the club.

But the group argued that it could not operate legitimately if it was forced to break its own beliefs.

“We must have leaders who share our faith,” said Greg Jao, Director of External Relations at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. “No group—religious or secular—could survive with leaders who reject its values. We’re grateful the court has stopped the University’s religious discrimination, and we look forward to continuing our ministry on campus for years to come.”

The student group’s lawyer celebrated the decision:

In upholding the group’s right to be on campus, the court noted that, just last January—in the related case of BLinC v. University of Iowa—it already warned the University against enforcing its policy unevenly. The court stated it “would never have expected the University to respond to that order by homing in on religious groups” like InterVarsity, while “carving out explicit exemptions for other groups. But here we are.” The court did “not know how a reasonable person could have concluded this was acceptable,” since it “plainly” doubled down on the exact same conduct the court had already held unlawful. In a hearing last week, the court described the University’s conduct as “ludicrous” and “incredibly baffling.”

“It’s too bad it took twice for the University to learn its lesson,” said Daniel Blomberg, senior counsel at Becket. “There was no excuse the first time for squashing students’ First Amendment rights. University officials nationwide should now take note that religious discrimination will hit them in the pocketbook.”

This ruling is definitely a strike in favor of religious freedom against the cancel-culture leftists who want everyone to bow to the radical gay agenda.

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A New Battle in Fredericksburg, Virginia

My Irish-American blood recoils whenever I hear the word “Fredericksburg.” So many young Irishmen were sent to an early death because of the slaughter there.

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By Jerry Newcombe, D.Min.

My Irish-American blood recoils whenever I hear the word “Fredericksburg.” So many young Irishmen were sent to a needless early death because of the slaughter that occurred in that Virginia city 53 miles south of Washington, D. C., during the American Civil War in December 1862.

The forces of Robert E. Lee grabbed the high ground at Fredericksburg and waited. By the time the Union forces got there, the best they could do was just recklessly send wave after wave of young soldiers (including many Irishmen) to their deaths. Lee reportedly said then, “It is well that war is so terrible—otherwise we would grow too fond of it.”

Now there’s a new battle brewing in Fredericksburg. Of far less consequence, of course. This one doesn’t involve bullets and artillery, but Bibles and arguments.

There’s a retirement community in Fredericksburg that wants to evict a retired Lutheran minister (in his 80s) and his wife if he continues to hold Bible studies there, which many of the residents have asked him to do.

For my radio show, I interviewed attorney Lea Patterson of First Liberty Institute, which bills itself as the largest legal organization in the nation dedicated exclusively to protecting religious liberty.

Patterson said that Ken Hauge and his wife moved into a retirement community in early 2017. Because he’s a retired minister, some of the residents asked if he could start a Bible study there. He agreed.

Patterson told me that they started out meeting in an apartment. Then they wanted to meet in the community room, which is used for baby showers, bingo games, knitting clubs, and so on. The management was reluctant to grant that request, and it took the rest of 2017 before they were able to get permission to meet in the community room.

Management initially wanted the Bible study to be called a “Book Review.” They used the room for a few months, but Patterson told me, “in July [2018], the management issued a new policy declaring that residents could not use the community room for religious purposes. Now on the same day of that policy, the management sent Ken and his wife a notice threatening to evict them if Ken continued to lead Bible study.”

First Liberty sent a letter to the retirement home and received no response. Two months later, they sent a letter  to HUD, wherein they accused the retirement home of a “pattern of religious discrimination.” This not only included trying to shut down Rev. Hauge’s Bible study, but also “penalizing and prohibiting residents from audibly saying grace at resident social dinners, and adopting a policy prohibiting residents from engaging in religious activity in Evergreens’ Community Room.”

The letter adds that “several Evergreens residents attempted to interfere with the Bible study on several occasions. At least one of these residents harassed and verbally abused Hauge and other Bible study attendees on the basis of their religious beliefs and practice. For example, this individual has confronted Hauge in the hallway and subjected him to profane rants concerning the Bible study.”

Patterson told me in the interview, “The rub seems to be that there are a few other residents who are offended by the religious content of the Bible study, and that’s where the problem seems to be coming from. I know that an apartment complex has a responsibility to balance the interests of its residents, but it has to do so in a way that conforms to the requirements of the law.”

The First Liberty letter cites chapter and verse from the law, which prohibits discrimination “against any person in the terms, conditions, or privileges of the sale or rental of a dwelling, or in the provision of services or facilities in connection therewith, because of . . . religion”

Ironically, liberals are always saying things like, “If you don’t like the porn on TV, change the channel or turn it off.” But these Christophobes were horrified at the idea of a peaceful Bible study going on down the hall. You would think that these people who are soon going to meet their Maker and give an account for their lives might want to make peace with Him beforehand. But apparently not.

Patterson told me, “No one is forcing anybody to go [to the Bible study]. It’s open to anyone who wants to come; and if someone doesn’t want to, they don’t have to…..It just seems like the strangest sort of case…The idea of someone being threatened with losing their home [in their twilight years] because they just want to hold a Bible study with friends.”

Patterson noted that the founding fathers certainly never set out to create a “religion-free world,” but rather a free one. I certainly pray and hope that First Liberty wins the new battle in Fredericksburg.

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Jerry Newcombe, D.Min., is an on-air host/senior producer for D. James Kennedy Ministries. He has written/co-written 30 books, e.g., The Unstoppable Jesus Christ, American Amnesia: Is American Paying the Price for Forgetting God?, What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? (w/ D. James Kennedy) & the bestseller, George Washington’s Sacred Fire (w/ Peter Lillback)   djkm.org  @newcombejerry      www.jerrynewcombe.com

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Farrakhan: I’m Not an Anti-Semite. I’m ‘Anti-Termite’

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“So when they talk about Farrakhan, call me a hater, you know they do, call me an antisemite — stop it! I’m anti-termite! I don’t know nothing about hating somebody because of their religious preference.”

No violation, so says Twitter… This guy is still on tweeting away but conservatives like me get a permanently banned without a warning or a real reason and without any recourse whatsoever!

 

Breitbart:

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan addressed a gathering in Detroit on Sunday to mark the 23rd anniversary of the Million Man March, and used it as a platform to launch yet another attack on Jews, calling them “termites.”

Farrakhan posted clips of his speech to his Twitter account on Tuesday.

“To the members of the Jewish community that don’t like me, thank you very much for putting my name all over the planet … I’m not mad at you, ’cause you’re so stupid,” Farrakhan said.

“So when they talk about Farrakhan, call me a hater, you know they do, call me an antisemite — stop it! I’m anti-termite! I don’t know nothing about hating somebody because of their religious preference.”

Farrahkan also spoke out against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. More

Hot Air:

Some conservatives on Twitter are wondering why the clip below, posted by Farrakhan’s own account, isn’t grounds for being banned from the platform. Fair question. Fair enough, in fact, that Twitter HQ might end up agreeing, if only to blunt the recurring accusations of a double standard in this case. If it stays up, though, the reason is that because Farrakhan has many admirers among black Americans he qualifies as “progressive” no matter how much Goebbels-style bilge about vermin might escape his lips. There’s no other explanation for why Bill Clinton would have felt comfortable appearing onstage with him six weeks ago. If Democrats, particularly black Democrats, say Farrakhan’s okay then he’s okay. Next subject. More

 

Farrakhan and his followers have routinely referred to Jews as termites. Termites are destructive insects that bore from within and are exterminated when found. So what do you think he means? Please comment below and let us know your thoughts.

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College Offering New Class on Fitting ‘Queer Theory’ Into Christian Bible

A new course is now being offered by Pomona College in which the Bible is strained through a gay perspective so that Christianity can be turned “queer.”

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A new course is now being offered by Pomona College in which the Bible is strained through a gay perspective so that Christianity can be turned into a “queer” religion.

Pomona is offering “Queer Theory and the Bible” for the coming 2019 semester and the class reportedly falls under “Religious Studies” at the school.

The Claremont, California, college calls its class a way to “queer” the Bible saying, “This process of queering will allow and require us to approach the biblical text in new ways.”

According to Campus Reform:

“Queer Theory and the Bible” will teach students how to read the Bible “through queer theory,” by examining excerpts that are “central to prohibitions on homosexuality,” as well as “discourses of heteronormativity” through which “homophobic readings of the Bible” are born.

“We will also look at the ways in which these discourses and the identities they shore up can be ‘queered,’ as well as at biblical texts that can be read as queer friendly,” the course description reads. “This process of queering will allow and require us to approach the biblical text in new ways.”

The course is classified as a “Religious Studies” course and as such satisfies Pomona’s “Analyzing Difference” category of general education requirements. Students who take “Queer Theory and the Bible” will earn one credit.

Pomona student Daniel Silverman told Campus Reform that the requirement “meets a certain demand on campus.”

“The overall socio-political environment among both students and faculty at Pomona lies deep into the left of the political spectrum,” he explained. “As I see it, ‘Queer Theory and the Bible’ and other similar classes related to gender theory exist because there is a high demand among students to enroll in those courses.”

In other words, the class aims to re-write the Christian religion to push the radical gay agenda.

Interestingly, Silverman admits that our system of (mis)education has a bias against a conservative viewpoint because he noted that the class would probably be better served if it was taught with the balance of a more traditional, conservative Christian class in order to “enrich the dialogue and discussion within the course.”

However, he doubted that it would be a viable model because no one would sign up for the new course.

“I will note that if the course was co-taught with a conservative professor, I imagine that fewer Pomona students would enroll in it than otherwise, as students on campus, in general, don’t seem interested in learning from conservative professors,” Silverman wrote

But Silverman went on to celebrate that the “queering” of the Bible was a serious educational study of the Bible instead of the left-wing propaganda that it really is.

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City of Atlanta Loses: Must Pay $1.2 Million to Fire Chief Fired Over His Christian Views

Former Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran was fired by the city in 2015 because of a book he published where he expressed his Christian views.

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Former fire chief Kelvin Cochran was fired by the city of Atlanta, Georgia, in 2015 because of a book he published where he expressed his Christian views. Now the city will have to pay Cochran a $1.2 million settlement.

After two years of fighting the city, a Federal District Court ruled in December 2017 that the city’s policies leading to Cochran’s firing were unconstitutional. Now, after many more months of stalling, the city has reached a settlement.

As Fox News reported:

The city of Atlanta has settled a lawsuit with a former fire chief over his firing for a book containing passages which some saw as anti-gay.

The Atlanta City Council approved a settlement agreeing to pay fired Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran $1.2 million.

In 2013, Cochran wrote a book about his Christian faith titled “Who Told You That You Were Naked?” for a men’s Bible study and gave it to around a dozen subordinates he said had either requested copies or shared his beliefs

The city said that the court ruling left them no choice:

A spokesperson for the City of Atlanta said that “based upon findings of the Court that could have resulted in tax payers paying millions of dollars in damages and litigation fees negotiated settlement was recommended by legal counsel.”

“Our Administration remains committed to achieving One Atlanta—a city that is fair, just and inclusive,” the spokesperson told FOX 5. “The City is developing the first LGBTQ employee resource group to support our City employees. The hiring of the City’s first-ever, full-time LGBTQ affairs coordinator, the establishment of the Mayor’s LGBTQ Advisory Board and the funding of the City’s first Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion are also examples of our commitment to ensuring that Atlanta remains a welcoming city for all.

As CBN News reported:

Cochran’s career had been about protecting others. For 30 years, he did that as a firefighter. He served as the US Fire Administrator under President Barack Obama and led the City of Atlanta to attain the highest level of fire and rescue preparedness for the first time in its history.

But that came to an end in 2015, when the City of Atlanta fired him because he wrote a men’s devotional book in his spare time – a book that briefly mentions his views on a biblical understanding of marriage and sexuality.

As CBN News reported, the city did not approve of Chief Cochran’s book. After a 30-day suspension without pay, in order to complete “sensitivity training,” and an investigation into his conduct (which showed he had never discriminated against anyone in the fire department), his career came to an end in Atlanta.

This led Cochran to embark on a three-year legal battle that he says was never just about him.

“The government can’t force its employees to get its permission before they engage in free speech. It also can’t fire them for exercising that First Amendment freedom, causing them to lose both their freedom and their livelihoods,” said ADF Senior Counsel Kevin Theriot in a press release. “We are very pleased that the city is compensating Chief Cochran as it should, and we hope this will serve as a deterrent to any government that would trample upon the constitutionally protected freedoms of its public servants.”

Well, looks like Mr. Cochran is right, after all.

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German Catholic Church Accused of Covering Up Child Abuse by 1,670 Clergymen

A leaked report notes that the German Catholic Church establishment tried to cover up the child abuse allegedly committed by 1,670 clergymen.

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A leaked report notes that the German Catholic Church establishment tried to cover up the child abuse allegedly committed by 1,670 clergymen.

The report, leaked by the German media outlets Der Spiegel and Die Zeit on Sept. 12, alleges that the church covered up 3,677 cases of sexual abuse from 2014 and stretching back all the way to 1946.

According to CNSNews:

Most of the victims were younger than 14 years old. Most were boys.

In many cases, according to Der Spiegel reporter Walter Mayr, “the accused clergymen were moved to another location, without the new parish being given ‘the pertinent information’ about the abuser.”

Out of the 1,670 alleged abusers, the Church only laicized 41 priests and excommunicated 81, and only placed drastic sanctions on 7.8% of the abusers, according to LifeSiteNews.

As LifeSiteNews wrote, “The report shows that many abusing priests were simply transferred to other parishes and that only one-third of them were ever investigated by the Church.”

According to Die Zeit reporter Evelyn Finger, the Church’s chosen punishments were “less than fitting.”

Finger said that the Church “chose rather soft punishments such as early retirement, interdiction to celebrate Mass, therapy, leave of absence, reprimand, low fees, or just simply retreats.”

The German media also noted that the majority of abusive Church officials showed “no signs of repentance.”

In fact, the report claimed that up to eight percent of the clergy was found to be abusers.

The research team claimed to have investigated 38,000 members of church hierarchy.

Worse, according to LifeSite News, the German bishops sought to gain the right to forbid the release of the report and asked the German government to prevent the publication of the report.

Still, the German Church released an apology on September 25:

“Those who are guilty must be punished,” Cardinal Reinhard Marx, chairman of the German Bishops’ Conference, said at a news conference to launch the report in the city of Fulda.

“For too long in the church we have looked away, denied, covered up and didn’t want it to be true,” he added.

“All this must not remain without consequences. Those affected are entitled to justice,” Marx said, without specifying what consequences perpetrators might face.

“For all the failure, pain and suffering, I must apologize as the chairman of the Bishops’ Conference as well as personally,” he said.

“The study .. makes it clear to us that the Catholic Church has by no means overcome the issue of dealing with the sexual abuse of minors.”

The report, though is sure to continue to create questions.

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