South Carolina Lawmakers Re-Introduce Bill That Would Protect Rights of Teachers to Join in Student-Led Prayers

– February 17, 2018

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Lawmakers in South Carolina have re-introduced a bill that would protect the rights of teachers to participate in student-led prayers in public schools. A second bill is also stated to be in the works that would allow teachers to lead prayers as well.

A Parent University Forum was held at Savannah Grove Baptist Church on Monday to discuss the proposals with the public. Several supportive lawmakers attended the meeting, and heard from both sides of the issue.

“It’s sad that we have to introduce a bill that gives us a God-given right to start with,” Rep. Richie Yow, R-Chesterfield, stated, according to the Florence Morning News.

“Right now, the way that it’s set up in the state is the teachers cannot pray with the students, even when they ask, and it’s our God-given right to be able to do that,” he said.

Sacked for nuclear-family views, court official fights back

Bob Unruh – February 17, 2018

Another magistrate has been punished for resisting the tidal wave of “gay” advances in Western nations.

According to the Christian Institute in the United Kingdom, Richard Page was dismissed as a magistrate for expressing his belief that children do best when they are brought up by a man and a woman.

A hearing has begun in the U.K. on charges that his opinion made him homophobic, a characterization he refuses to accept.

He said the removal was “illiberal and intolerant,” and he’s entitled to compensation for job discrimination, insisting he has a right to believe “a child needs a mother and a father.”

He had been a magistrate for some 15 years. In England and Wales, there are 21,500 volunteer judicial office holders who serve in magistrates’ courts. Magistrates do not require legal training or qualifications.

“I was portrayed as homophobic and I refute this. … I am not judging the people, I’m judging what’s best for the child,” he told the tribunal.

Muslim prison official bans Christian chaplain

Bob Unruh – February 17, 2018

More than 23,000 people already have signed a petition urging a British prison to restore a Christian volunteer chaplain who was banned by a Muslim prison official who claimed the pastor was teaching extremism.

And more are joining the cause hourly.

The petition is being run by Christian Concern, which gave the background to the startling case.

“A highly respected Christian volunteer Chaplain at HMP Brixton has been removed from chaplaincy work, and an internationally respected Christian course banned by a Muslim senior chaplain, in an attempt to wipe out ‘Christian domination’ at Brixton prison,” the organization reported.

The chaplain, Paul Song, relocated from South Korea in 1992 and began working as a minister at London Shepherd Church in 1996. In 1998, he began using his one day off each week to volunteer alongside 15 other Christians at HMP Brixton, and he was taken on as a chaplain.

Among other services was his provision of a program called Alpha, which introduces spiritual seekers to Christian faith.

However, when Mohamed Yusef Ahmed, a Muslim, took over as senior chaplain in 2015, things started going wrong.

Mom Thrown In Jail For Baptizing Her Daughter

Joshua Gill – February 16, 2018

A North Carolina judge threw a mother in jail for seven days for having her daughter baptized without the father’s presence and consent.

Kendra Stocks of Charlotte, N.C., will report to jail Friday to begin her seven-day sentence after District Court Judge Sean Smith ruled in March 2017 that she acted in “bad-faith disregard” and was therefore in contempt of court for having her daughter baptized without consulting Paul Schaaf, the child’s father, according to Fox8. Stocks’ sentence is based on a previous custody battle between her and Schaaf, to whom the court gave final authority on all legal decisions regarding the child, including decisions about religion, according to WSOC.

Schaaf and Stocks fought a custody battle over their daughter two years ago. The couple allegedly could never agree on religion, so the judge granted Schaaf full custody of the child, “specifically including decisions concerning religion” in 2016.  Both Schaaf and Stocks are practicing Catholics and both wanted their daughter to be baptized. The source of their initial disagreement that delayed their daughter’s baptism remains unclear.

In Strange Twist, Catholic Bishops Back Pro-Abortion Union At Supreme Court

Kevin Daley – February 14, 2018

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops filed an amicus brief at the Supreme Court supporting a pro-choice labor union in a dispute over mandatory union fees.

The case is wrought with peril for the bishops, as it places the Church’s historic support for organized labor in direct tension with its opposition to abortion.

The case, Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), is the latest challenge to a 1977 Supreme Court precedent called Abood v. Detroit, which allows public union bosses to collect “fair-share fees” from non-members for collective bargaining and dispute resolution.

‘Civil War’: Ohio School District Bans Prayer Before Sporting Events

Talia Wise – February 10, 2018

Tensions are running high at several schools in Cleveland, Ohio after the district banned prayer before athletic events last month. Students and parents on both sides of the issue are speaking up.

It all began, when West Branch School District stopped the long-standing tradition of prayer after receiving a letter of complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF).

The letter claims that a prayer was made over the loudspeaker before a high school basketball game, which FFRF says is unconstitutional.

“It was reported that all in attendance were asked to remain standing for this prayer and that the prayer was Christian in nature,” the letter reads.

Superintendent Tim Saxton sent a letter to parents stating schools would stop praying until the district could get in contact with its lawyer, but a large part of the community is pushing for prayer to return quickly.

Report: Christian Persecution is Worse Today Than Ever Before

Veronica Neffinger – February 12, 2018

When you think of the worst time in history for Christian persecution, perhaps you think of the Roman Coliseum or the Middle Ages and Reformation when Christians were burned at the stake for translating the Bible into the common language.

There are countless time periods in history when Christians have faced persecution for their faith. Jesus warned that persecution would come (John 15:20). We know this as Christians.

What may surprise you, however, (especially if you are a Christian living in the West), is that a new report has shown that Christian persecution is actually worse today than ever before in history.

According to Relevant Magazine, this report comes from Aid to the Church in Need, a Catholic persecution charity that “provides pastoral and humanitarian assistance to the persecuted Church around the world.”

This increase in Christian persecution is in large part due to terrorist groups like ISIS in the Middle East and Boko Haram in Nigeria. These groups particularly target Christians.

Comment: John Durrad

It should come as no surprise that Christians will be persecuted and as the end-time approaches that persecution will get worse. The article quotes a scripture from John.

“Remember the word that I said unto you. The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.” John 15:20

Although severe persecution is rare in England, attendance in the church of England is in decline. There is coming a time in the not too distant future when there will not be a church of England as it is today, but a Worldwide Church of God.
But today, young people are put off from religion, not necessarily because they fear persecution, but because the god of this world has tainted what true religion stands for. It is interesting that the average age of church of England members is now over 60 years. Not too far off the average age of members of the Church of God’s Faithful. Being over the age of 60 with much experience of life can be a wonderful advantage if the person is obedient to God.

“The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.” Prov 16:31

It is too bad that our young people are turned off by religion and have no interest in worshipping the True God. Unfortunately, we live in a Godless society guided by an individual who has dared to attempt to overthrow the God of the universe, so what else could we expect from this society? Even in the declining members of the Church of England there is no concept of the real Creator of the universe, but only a wishy-washy counterfeit of God’s plan; will be implemented.
Thankfully for the world God has reserved 144,000 Firstfruits to teach a pure religion undefiled by Satan’s influence. When that time comes, Church attendance will be 100% and it will be for men, women and children, and also of course for the hoary head.

Police shoot man during sword attack on Indonesian church

Associated Press – February 11, 2018

SLEMAN, Indonesia –  Police in Indonesia shot a sword-wielding man who attacked a church congregation during Sunday Mass, injuring four people, including a German priest.

The reason for the attack Sunday morning in Sleman district in Yogyakarta province was not immediately clear. The 22-year-old attacker decapitated statues of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary during the incident, photos showed.

Churches are a common target for Islamic militants in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation.

Local police detective Fendi Timur said counterterrorism police would be involved in the investigation.

Teacher fired, reported to counter-terrorism agency after telling lesbian student ‘God loves you’

Life Site News – February 5, 2018

BRISTOL, England,  A government-funded pre-apprenticeship academy in Bristol reported a Christian teacher as a “radicalisation threat” for answering students’ questions about her beliefs, Bristol Employment Tribunal has heard.

Svetlana Powell, a teacher of some 17 years’ experience, told the Tribunal that she was dismissed by the T2 Apprenticeship Academy in Bristol in July 2016 after being asked by students about her views on homosexuality.

In reply to a personal question, Mrs Powell said that her personal belief was that homosexuality was against God’s will, but that He loved every person, regardless of what they did, or who they were.

When told that one of the students identified as a lesbian, Mrs Powell in conviction of God’s care and love for every person, turned to her and said: “God loves you”. Two days later, the Academy’s HR Officer, Stacy Preston, told Mrs Powell that she was fired for “gross misconduct” with immediate effect.

Turkey’s Erdogan Meets Pope to Talk ‘Rising Islamophobia in the West’

Vijeta Uniyal – February 5, 2018

Turkish President Recep Erdogan met with Pope Francis on Monday to discuss the “rising Islamophobia and cultural racism in the West,” Turkish media report.

Pope Francis and Erdogan agreed on “joint efforts against Islamophobia,” Turkey’s state-run news agency Anadolu claimed. Both leaders also concurred that “equating Islam with terror [was] wrong,” Turkish news agency added.

“We will discuss Palestine, Jerusalem, Syria, Iraq, the fight against terrorism, the problems of refugees, humanitarian aid and the fight against rising Islamophobia and cultural racism in the West,” Erdogan told reporters on Sunday before heading for Rome, the first Vatican visit by a Turkish President in nearly 60 years.

Erdogan, an ardent Islamist, is also leading a diplomatic campaign to challenge U.S. President Trump’s decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Erdogan sought papal support for his efforts during the visit.