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Students Told to Write and Recite, "There is no God but Allah;" Atheists Silent

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The only religion that Atheist organizations like the Freedom from Religion Foundation and the American Humanist Association really care about is Christianity. To appear objective, Atheists might criticize religions like Islam, but they don’t harbor hatred toward them like they do with Christianity.
If a public schoolteacher says anything about being a Christian, Atheists are quick to sue that teacher personally and in his professional capacity for violating the 1st Amendment’s “Establishment Clause.” If the teacher is a Muslim, Atheists hardly notice.
A Tennessee schoolteacher had middle school students recite and write, “There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is his prophet.” It was a part of their world history class. There was also a chapter in their textbook on Christianity, but the teacher skipped over that part, allegedly to come back to it later in the year. (We’ll see about that.) Breitbart reported:

In the Maury County School District, students were assigned a Five Pillars of Islam project that included the translation of the pillar of “Shahada” as being, “There is no god but Allah; Muhammad is his prophet.”

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[Parent Brandee] Porterfield said she has no objections to her daughter learning details of the Islamic religion, but she objects to the fact that the history unit didn’t devote similar time to Christianity or Judaism.

“It really did bother me that they skipped the whole chapter on the rise of Christianity and they spent three weeks just studying Islam,” she said.

Porterfield and other parents were also concerned with the school’s decision to have children write and recite the Islamic creed.

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Maury County Director of Schools, Chris Marczak, defended the curriculum in a statement, saying that the school system is in no way endorsing Islam over other religions or trying to “indoctrinate” students.

“It is our job as a public school system to educate our students on world history in order to be ready to compete in a global society, not to endorse one religion over another or indoctrinate,” Marczak said.

I wonder what the reaction of Atheists would be to learn that a schoolteacher had his students recite the Apostles’ Creed or list the Ten Commandments. Now that would be an outrage. That would constitute endorsing Christianity over other religions.
I actually don’t have any problem with students learning about the world’s religions, including Islam. I have no problem with kids learning the five pillars of Islam. What I object to is that the same attention would not be allowed if the religion they were learning about were Christianity.

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Evangelical Magazine Blasts Donald Trump Again, Invoking MAGA Movement This Time

The controversy continues…

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Just days ago, a peculiar and unexpected criticism of President Trump came to light from the evangelical right, and it seems as though it’s now here to stay.

Last week, faith-based magazine Christianity Today published an editorial that called for the impeachment and removal of Donald Trump in no uncertain terms.  The article not only addressed the high crimes and misdemeanors that the President is accused of, but also took several swipes at the Commander in Chief’s overall demeanor and bombast.

The uproar over the piece arrived swiftly and sternly, with many on the political and religious right blasting the magazine for delving into the topic at all.

It appears as though this firestorm is far from over.

In his essay, CT president and CEO Timothy Dalrymple defends the magazine’s decision to side with those demanding Trump’s removal, saying that CT has received “countless notes of encouragement from readers who were profoundly moved” by its editorial and insisting that the journal is beholden to God alone and not the Democrat party.

“Out of love for Jesus and his church, not for political partisanship or intellectual elitism, this is why we feel compelled to say that the alliance of American evangelicalism with this presidency has wrought enormous damage to Christian witness,” Dalrymple writes. “It has alienated many of our children and grandchildren. It has harmed African American, Hispanic American, and Asian American brothers and sisters.”

Mr. Dalrymple suggests that the perceived alliance between the president and evangelical Christians in the U.S. has hurt the credibility of Christians across the globe.

“While the Trump administration may be well regarded in some countries, in many more the perception of wholesale evangelical support for the administration has made toxic the reputation of the Bride of Christ,” Dalrymple writes.

Franklin Graham, son of renowned evangelist and founder of Christianity Today Billy Graham, rebuked the magazine’s original piece on Friday, claiming that his father certainly would not have agreed with the assessment contained within.

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Popular Evangelical Magazine Calls for Trump’s Removal, POTUS Punches Back

The op-ed in Christianity Today shocked the nation, and enraged the Commander in Chief.

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Mere hours after two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump were approved by the House of Representatives, it appeared as though our nation’s political stalwarts were going to simply dig deeper into their corners.  No movement was being made on either side, and the tempering of our partisan opinions looked to be complete.

The impasse looked to be set in stone.

But then, out of right field, a popular evangelical publication stunned the nation by calling for not only the impeachment of President Trump, but also for his removal.

In an op-ed, Christianity Today editor-in-chief Mark Galli asked its evangelical readers who still support Trump to “remember who you are and whom you serve.”

“The president of the United States attempted to use his political power to coerce a foreign leader to harass and discredit one of the president’s political opponents,” wrote Galli. “That is not only a violation of the Constitution; more importantly, it is profoundly immoral.”

Then came the kicker:

“Whether Mr. Trump should be removed from office by the Senate or by popular vote next election—that is a matter of prudential judgment,” Galli continued. “That he should be removed, we believe, is not a matter of partisan loyalties but loyalty to the Creator of the Ten Commandments.”

President Trump responded in his typical, verbose fashion.

Whether or not this recent op-ed at Christianity Today is a measure of shifting beliefs on Trump’s overall fitness for office have yet to be seen.

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Omar Reads Islamic Prayer At Catholic Church Prayer Service (Video)

It was a multi-faith service.

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Omar Reads Islamic Prayer At Catholic Church Prayer Service (Video)

On Thanksgiving, Rep. Ilhan Omar posted a video of herself speaking at a Washington, D.C.-area Catholic church in January, as part of a “multi-faith” celebration.

“Alhamdulillah (praise to God) for the opportunity to serve my constituents, to care for my children, and have a wonderful love in my life,” Rep. Ilhan Omar captioned the video tweet.

“This is a prayer a read [sic] on the start of Congress and feel grounded in its blessings. Thank you all for standing with me and for our progressive movement!” Rep. Ilhan Omar added.

In the video, the Democrat reads a common Islamic prayer while at the altar of the St. Peter’s Catholic Church.

“There is a prayer in Islam that says, ‘Allah, put courage into my heart, and take away all that might hinder serving you,’” starts Rep. Ilhan Omar. “Free my tongue to proclaim your goodness, that all may understand me.”

“Give me friends to advise and help me, that by working together our efforts may bear abundant fruit,” she continued. “And, above all, let me constantly remember that my actions are worthless unless they are guided by your hand.”

“Allah, may everything that I do start well and finish well. Sustain me with your power. And in your power, let me drive away (all falsehood, ensuring that truth may always triumph),” Rep. Ilhan Omar concluded.

The event was reportedly filled with members of Congress, including House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, and Rep. Donna Shalala.

“Attended a Bipartisan Multi-faith prayer service for 116th Congress at St Peter’s Catholic Church in DC with Rep Ilham Omar -MN, Raja Krishnamoorti-IL, Rep Donna Edna Shalala- FL, Speaker Nancy Pelosi- CA and over 2 dozen other members of Congress followed by celebration events,” tweeted Azhar Azeez, president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), on January 4.

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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.

Follow Warner Todd Huston on Twitter @warnerthuston.

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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.

Follow Warner Todd Huston on Twitter @warnerthuston.

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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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