Judge: Feds can discriminate against churches

Bob Unruh – December 9, 2017

Gray Miller, a federal judge in Texas, has ruled that the federal government can discriminate against churches whose congregations opened their facilities to government-aid programs that assisted Hurricane Harvey victims.

The ruling was in response to request for a temporary restraining order by three churches whose facilities were damaged in the weather catastrophe.

They contend they should be included in the government program designed to help nonprofit organizations restore their facilities after such a disaster, because they were integral in providing assistance.

Miller dismissed the idea that churches should be treated equally.

The judge argued a U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing a Missouri church to participate in a government program to make playgrounds safer does not apply to the Texas case.

The playground, used for the church’s school, is “not an ‘essentially religious endeavor,’” he said

In the Texas case, he said, “the funding would be used to repair church facilities so that plaintiffs could use their facilities for their primary service, which plaintiffs admit is providing religious activities.”


Latest Children’s Books Force Trans Agenda on Toddlers

Christian Institute – December 8, 2017

Books to encourage children to question their gender are being pushed on nurseries and primary schools across the U.K.

Introducing Teddy, about a “transgender teddy bear,” and Are You a Girl or a Boy, about a non-binary child, are both on a reading list for young children by LGBT group Educate & Celebrate.

Older children are recommended Gracefully Grayson, a story about a boy who is “a girl on the inside, stuck in the wrong gender’s body.”

Educate & Celebrate supplies lesson plans and book lists to nurseries and primary and secondary schools, and sends trainers into schools to work with teachers. The organization receives funding from the Department of Education.

Chris McGovern, Chairman of the Campaign for Real Education, criticized the push for pro-transsexual resources in school, saying it was “damaging and cruel” to children.


UK gov’t official proposes ban on prayer vigils outside abortion centers

Fr. Mark Hodges – November 28, 2017

LONDON, England, November 28, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The United Kingdom may be the first “free” nation in Europe to ban prayer outside abortion businesses.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has proposed criminalizing organized prayer gatherings at abortion centers throughout England because she claims that women need “protection” from pro-life vigil participants.

“The decision to have an abortion is already an incredibly personal one, without women being further pressured by aggressive protesters,” the Home Office said.


Arab Emirates Bring Pagan War Goddess to UN

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz – November 28, 2017

The same multinational group that recreated the Palmyra Victory Arch and sent it on a world tour has now recreated a statue of Athena, the Greek goddess of war, for an exhibit in the United Nations, an organization that claims to be working towards world peace but which one rabbi likens to modern-day paganism.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) officially inaugurated the Digital Archaeology Exhibition, “The Spirit in the Stone”, at the United Nations’ headquarters in New York City last Thursday. The UAE, the Italian mission to the UN, and the Institute of Digital Archaeology (IDA) cooperated in re-creating a statue of the Greek goddess Athena for the exhibit.

The original Athena statue stood in Palmyra, Syria, until it was destroyed by ISIS in 2015. The UAE announcement described the goddess as “synonymous with reason, refuge and the rule of law, all of the same values on which that historic institution was built,” but the statue depicts Athena in her classic pose grasping a spear, belying her prominent role as the Greek goddess of war.


German Jews stop wearing Kippot due to Muslim attacks

Benjamin Weinthal – November 29, 2017

Members of the small Jewish community in the West German city of Bochum announced that they will no longer wear kippot because of attacks on them by Muslim youths.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday, “Germans, more than any other people in Europe, should understand what starts with the Jews never ends with the Jews. When I raised the issue brought to Germany by many Arab and Muslim immigrants with the German justice minister, I was told this issue would be dealt with in the context of the German authorities’ efforts to integrate newcomers into German life and values.”

He added, “The German authorities, Church leadership and NGOs have a moral obligation to ensure 21st century German Jews will never have to hide their Jewish identities on the streets of Germany.”

Cooper said that he has not heard of any government efforts to rope in antisemitism among Muslim communities in the Federal Republic since his 2014 meeting with the justice minister.


‘Gaytivity’: Twitter Users Celebrate Gay Nativity Scene

Charlie Nash – November 27, 2017

Twitter users celebrated a Christmas nativity scene featuring two gay Josephs last week.

“Our neighbor’s two Joseph nativity is up & I’m beaming,” posted Cameron Esposito, host of Queery Podcast, on Friday, along with a photo showing two models of Joseph dressed in pink surrounding baby Jesus.

The post, which received over 20,000 likes, quickly went viral, receiving praise from hundreds of accounts.

Meanwhile, another account posted a photo of their own “gaytivity” featuring two Marys.


YouTube pulls plug on Bible videos

Bob Unruh – November 27, 2017

Videos promoting ISIS and violent jihad can be found on YouTube. So can those of the KKK, communists and antifa.

But the Bible lessons and radio interviews posted on the personal channel of Carl Gallups, a popular pastor and author, can’t.

They’ve been censored by the Internet giant. Pulled down. Dropped.

According to Gallups, the channel was terminated over Thanksgiving weekend without explanation, even though there had been no “marks” against it and he rigorously followed the rules.

It’s not the first time a faith-focused or conservative-oriented channel has been censored by YouTube. At least three other major cases developed this year, against columnists Michelle Malkin, Michael Brown and Dennis Prager, all of whom have conservative views.

Nor is it the only time there’s been a hint that the company is not fond of conservative thought. An undercover video by Project Veritas captured Earnest Pettie, the brand and diversity curation lead at YouTube, admitting he helped “push to the top” the videos of an editor for the left-leaning New York Times.


Comment: John Durrad http://www.setapartbytruth.org

It is a wonderful thing to have total confidence and trust in someone or something. Your spouse, your job, your company, your government, God’s Word. If we believe the Bible is God’s Word and that God’s Word is truth a whole new way of thinking opens to us. We are in the process of being “set apart by truth.”

“For the Word of God is quick and powerful and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing event to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints, and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Heb 4:12

The above scripture tells us that God’s Word is quick, (living) it divides the joints and marrow, (bone chilling power) and is able to discern the intents of the heart. (pin point accuracy in knowing what we are like). So why would anyone argue with that or even go to the lengths of suppressing God’s Word. The simple answer is that most people do not believe the Word of God.

This can be either from ignorance or from an evil heart not wishing to conform to what the Bible teaches. Either way, it is what was stated earlier that they are missing out on a whole new way of life that would bring peace, prosperity and happiness, not only to them but the entire world.
This time is coming, but it will have to be thrust upon mankind by our all-powerful creator. How ironic that after all of man’s efforts to bring peace to the earth, happiness will have to be forced upon us!

Parents and Students Stand Up to Forced Gender Ideology in Schools

Dr. Susan Berry – November 24, 2017

Progressive activists are forcing public schools to teach and practice gender ideology in the name of civil rights, but more American students and their parents are saying “no” to the demands made on behalf of a minority who claim to be the opposite sex.

In Portland, Oregon, parents of high school students have filed a federal lawsuit over the school district’s policy that allows a biological female student who claims to be male to use the boys’ locker room and bathroom.

The lawsuit is similar to one filed in Palatine, Illinois last year where, as the Chicago Tribune reported in October 2016, U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Gilbert ruled that high school students “do not have a constitutional right not to share restrooms or locker rooms with transgender students whose sex assigned at birth is different than theirs.”

The Portland lawsuit claims the Dallas School District’s policy to allow a 16-year-old female – Elliot Yoder – to use the boys’ facilities violates the civil rights of the majority of the students who are not gender-confused, the Associated Press observes.


Centuries-Old Church Bells Silenced After Single Noise Complaint

Victoria Friedman – November 24, 2017

An historic church which has rung its bells since 1779 is to be silenced after a single noise complaint, in a move residents say threatens the “traditions and history” of the medieval town.

The bells of St Peter’s in Sandwich, Kent, South East England, have chimed every 15 minutes since the eighteenth century, but Dover District Council has served a nighttime ‘noise abatement’ order against the church, reports the BBC.

The order, usually reserved for neighbours who play excessively loud music or who have barking dogs, means the Norman church, which dates back to the thirteenth century and stands on grounds that have been a place of Christian worship since the 1100s, must be silent between 11 pm and 7 am.

The council said it had received a single complaint from a neighbour and it had a “statutory duty to investigate noise complaints”. After undertaking decibel tests, the bells were deemed “too loud”.


Devil worship comes to National Mall in D.C.

Bob Unruh – November 20, 2017

Only 20 years after more than 1 million Christian men gathered at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., for the “Stand in the Gap: A Sacred Assembly of Men” event organized by the Denver-based group Promise Keepers,  another religiously themed event took place.

The Catharsis on the Mall festival featured elements of devil worship.

Breaking Israel News, or BIN, reported representations of “Lord Shiva Natarja,” a Hindu god, a massive seven-headed dragon representing Satan, were present at the three-day event.

It’s evidence, in the opinion of one prominent rabbi, that “an ancient sin … is creeping back into the world.”

It’s not the only such sign.

WND has reported recently on the repeated appearances of a reproduction of the historic Temple of Baal.