The One-Sided Separation of Church and State


Politicians and activists on the political left are quick to complain about "violations" of the "separation of church and state" whenever religion is recognized or exercized in public:  Specifically Christianity, because no other religion is so fully imcompatible with liberalism.

There are three things wrong with the 21st century leftists' objections to the free exercise of religion in public:

First, the "separation of church and state" was almost unheard of until 1947, when Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black, an FDR appointee and member of the Ku Klux Klan,* misinterpreted and mis-applied one sentence from a private letter written by President Thomas Jefferson.  The "wall of separation" mentioned in that letter was intended to protect the Church from the State, but it is now used as the State's weapon against the Church.  The idea that the Constitution forbids religious observances on public property or during public ceremonies is a vicious canard.

Second, the First Amendment guarantees that the free exercise of religion shall not be prohibited by law.

Third, the separation of church and state is a one-way street.  Left-wing Democratic Party politicians are constantly making political speeches to church audiences, and many left-of-center churches promote the major elements of the Democrats' platform in their sermons and literature.  Numerous examples can be found on this page.  The objections arise only when public schools and public officials permit Christian activities and expressions of Christian faith on public property.  Students of early American history soon learn that Christian worship services were held in the United States Capitol from 1800 (or earlier) until well after the Civil War.*

The people who have driven the Bible out of the public schools presume you don't know much about U.S. history.  And that presumption is probably correct.  Public schools started out in this country with only one standard textbook, and guess what book that was:  The Bible.  In 1830, Dr. Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, published a letter in support of using the Bible as a school textbook.*  In 1980 U.S. schools reported the lowest S.A.T. scores ever, after 18 straight years of decline following the 1962 ban on school prayer.  That same year, the Supreme Court ruled that the Ten Commandments can not be posted in classrooms, "for a child might read them, reflect upon them and then obey them" (Stone vs. Graham).*

Related pages:

The War on Tradition in American Schools
Religion is Ejected from the Schools
  ... with the exception of Islamic indoctrination.
The War on Christmas
Anti-Christian / Pro-Islam Bias in American Society
Environmentalism is a state-sponsored religion
President Obama fights the Catholic Church
Is the United States a Christian country?



"These are the days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed except his own."
— G.K. Chesterton                            




Background and overview:

Taxing Churches Would Marry Church And State.  The American experiment was founded upon a very different conception of the relation of church and state.  The American founders and framers grounded religious free exercise (which is certainly more than holding certain beliefs and meeting, occasionally, to affirm them with others) in the rights of conscience — rights they took to be natural and inalienable.  In his "Memorial and Remonstrance against Religious Assessments" James Madison held that the duty to worship according to the dictates of one's conscience "is precedent both in order of time and degree of obligation, to the claims of Civil Society."  Every person who "becomes a member of a particular society" "must do it ... with a saving of his allegiance to the Universal Sovereign."  Consequently, "Religion is wholly exempt from" the authority of "Civil Society."  Moreover, "if religion be exempt from the authority of the Society at large, still less can it be subject to that of the Legislative Body."

Establishing a U.S. State Religion.  In direct contradiction of the First Amendment, which forbids the establishing of a state religion, the Obama administration is busily doing just that.  Meanwhile, it is attempting forced conversion of the reluctant, all the while targeting Christians and Orthodox Jews as people who are continually violating the establishment of religion clause. [...] It is establishing the faith of secular statism, a religion currently characterized by the tenets of radical progressivism.  Statism is rapidly becoming the only faith in America allowed to operate with complete freedom.  Remember the announcement at the 2012 Democrat National Convention that "government is the only thing we all belong to?" [...] It is but a short step from you all belong to the government to you all must do what the government decrees to you must, forsaking your own faith, bow before the god of the State.

Be Careful What You Wish For In the "Kim Davis" Case.  In 1802, Thomas Jefferson replied to a letter from the Danbury Baptist Association of Connecticut in which he outlined a concept for the First Amendment's application as it relates to religion.  According to Jefferson, the Amendment creates a "wall of separation between Church & State," to which "the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions."  While Jefferson's concept of a wall separating the Church and State has been used in a modern context by the Left to justify its radical purge of any and all religious artifacts from the public sector — particularly those of Christianity — Jefferson rather was simply warning about the power of government, compelled by a dominant sect of religion, to corrupt and oppress religious liberty of all worshipers.

Origins of Separation of Church and State.  The most frequently referenced American source for the contemporary usage of the separation phrase today is an 1802 letter written by President Thomas Jefferson to the Baptists of Danbury, Connecticut, in which he assured them that because of "the wall of separation between church and state" the government would not interfere with or inhibit their religious practices or expressions, whether occurring in private or public.  But in 1947, the Supreme Court reversed the traditional use of this phrase, for the first time allowing the government to interfere with and even prohibit religious practices and expressions, especially when occurring in public — a complete reversal of the historic meaning of the phrase and its usage both by Jefferson and those in previous centuries.

A Nation Adrift.  The moral fiber of a country, and the religious basis upon which the United States and European nations developed, is being replaced by a misguided faith in people. [...] In the 1840's Alexis de Tocqueville wrote:  "Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith."  Once established, liberty cannot be sustained without a just and moral society.

Nation must return God to schools, public square.  Any talk of "separation of church and state" was meant to keep the government out of the church.  The Founders never intended to keep the church out of the government.  They were godly men who prayed and attended church on a regular basis. [...] As the country grew and people moved west, the one book they always brought with them was the family Bible.  For many families, this was the only book they owned, and they read it daily and used it to teach their children how to read.  As schools were opened across the country, the Bible and moral values were an expected part of the instruction.  For nearly 200 years, this was the case.  Many schools opened their day with a morning prayer and Bible classes were encouraged if not required.

God in the State Constitutions.  The subject of God in the Constitution arises from time to time, and this site deals with the topic specifically elsewhere.  However, another question also arises: how is God referenced, if at all, in state constitutions?

All 50 State Constitutions Explicitly Thank God for His Benevolence.  Even the ACLU's own promotional materials overtly advocate unconstitutional religious discrimination:  "The message of the Establishment Clause [to the U.S. Constitution] is that religious activities must be treated differently from other activities to ensure against governmental support for religion," they claim.  As you're about to see, this is abject nonsense — a twisted constitutional misrepresentation as detached from reality as the east is from the west.  Secular "progressivism" depends upon deception as much as it relies upon revisionism.

Why Does Common Core Require Teaching Islam?  Should parents be penalized for demanding that their child be exempted from the required teaching of Islamic in Common Core curriculum?  Should a teach or public school administrator penalize parents and children for seeking exemption?  Parents are finding out the answers to these questions first hand.  To date, public school students are required to:
  •   Attend public school-sponsored trips to mosques, which also require non-Muslim girls to wear head scarves
  •   Question if the Holocaust was "merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and gain"
  •   Learn Islamic indoctrination via vocabulary lessons, and world history (from an Islamic perspective), including the five pillars of Islam
  •   Pledge allegiance to the flag in Arabic
  •   Have school days off for "Muslim holy days"
  •   Proselytize to younger school children by creating a pamphlet about Islam to "introduce Islam to 3rd graders" by describing Allah as the same God of Christians and Jews
  •   Recite in class the Shahada ("There is No God but Allah") and kneel and learn to pray the Muslim call to prayer

Mount Soledad is saved. So why am I still worried?  [Scroll down]  It's stunning.  If a simple prayer is offered before a town meeting, they darkly warn that the First Amendment is all but revoked — even though America's founders offered hours of prayers as they wrote the Constitution.  If a veterans memorial is found to exist having a traditional religious symbol of sacrifice, secular activists sound the alarm as if the Spanish Inquisition is back in session — even though our tolerant founders allowed various kinds of religious imagery in public locations.  So the secularists started their own Inquisition.

Nationalizing American Churches and Institutions.  Conservatives broadly interpret the First Amendment as guaranteeing the right of people of faith to practice their religion privately and publically and to develop institutions which reflect their faith and religious principles.  They believe people of faith are guaranteed freedom to influence the public arenas of education, politics, law, business and the arts.  But for the Left, the First Amendment restricts the practice of religion, which is defined as a completely private matter.  Prayer and religious rituals are to be confined to the privacy of the home and church buildings.  Religion is seen as having absolutely no right to intrude itself into society at large.


News and commentary:

Clearwater officials should not surrender to Church of Scientology.  Clearwater City Council members meekly capitulated last week to Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, answering his summons to private meetings at Scientology's command center to discuss its continued takeover of downtown.  That was demeaning and disrespectful to Clearwater residents, who still have not heard directly from Miscavige about his latest scheme.  Scientology should come out of the shadows, and public officials should remember they represent the public and no one else.

Liberal Judges Unwittingly Declare ObamaCare Religious Mandate Unconstitutional.  They don't realize it, but liberals have just declared that Obama's HHS mandate — which forced Catholics to cooperate with providing abortion and contraception — is unconstitutional.  The new interpretation of the Establishment Clause espoused by the activist judges who are striking down Trump's EO is that anything that has a disparate impact on a religious group is unconstitutional.  The rulings by activist judges declaring Trump's EO on immigration to be unconstitutional were based on arguments that if the EO/law had a disparate impact on any faith, or that if the person behind the EO/law ever said anything that could be construed to violate the new liberal interpretation of the establishment clause, then the EO/law in question was unconstitutional.

First Amendment controversy brews over Texas high school's prayer room.  A Texas high school's on-site prayer room — which serves as a spot where Muslim students can pray — is stirring controversy.  Liberty High School in Frisco established the room in 2009, but Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is concerned that the room may be off-limits to students of other religious denominations.  He said in a letter Friday to the school district that any exclusion would be inconsistent with the First Amendment's protection of religious liberty.

After School Satan Club' Gets Tax Exempt Status in 10 Days.  The Internal Revenue Service granted an "After School Satan Club" their tax exempt status.  The approval process for the group's non-profit status took only 10 days, according to records obtained by Judicial Watch on Friday [3/17/2017].  The satanic club was started by Reason Alliance, a Somerville, Mass. based non-profit organization that operates the Satanic Temple of Seattle.  The director of Reason Alliance, Lilith X. Starr, founded the club at Point Defiance Elementary in Tacoma, Wash.  The Point Defiance Elementary Satanic club is run by adults that have been cleared by the "Executive Ministry" of the Seattle Satanic Temple.  The group is focused on children from 5-12 and is intended to develop character, problem solving, critical reasoning, and other qualities.

Hawaii considering bill to force church, pro-life centers to promote abortion.  Hawaii is considering legislation that would require all pregnancy centers to refer patients to clinics that provide abortions — a move pro-life centers say will violate their religious beliefs and their free speech rights.  In a 22-3 vote, the state's Democrat-controlled Senate approved SB 501, which would direct "all limited service pregnancy centers to disclose the availability of and enrollment information for reproductive health services."  For the Rev. Derald Skinner, pastor at Calvary Chapel Pearl Harbor, that would mean putting a sign advertising abortion in his church.

Religious references in other countries' flags
64 countries have religious symbols on their national flags.  A third of the world's 196 countries currently have national flags that include religious symbols, according to a new Pew Research analysis.  Of the 64 countries in this category, about half have Christian symbols (48%) and about a third include Islamic religious symbols (33%), with imagery on flags from the world's two largest religious groups appearing across several regions.  Christian symbols are found on 31 national flags from Europe, Asia and the Pacific and the Americas.  The United Kingdom's "Union Jack," for example, includes the crosses of St. George, St. Patrick and St. Andrew.  Some Commonwealth countries continue to incorporate the Union Jack as a part of their own flags, including Fiji, Tuvalu, Australia and New Zealand.  Spain, Greece, Norway and the Dominican Republic are among the other countries with Christian national symbols.


Italian Archbishop Suggests Pope Benedict XVI Resigned Under Obama 'Pressure'.  An Italian archbishop close to Pope Benedict XVI has claimed that the Obama administration may have been complicit in the "tremendous pressures" that led the former pope to resign in 2013.  It is "no coincidence" that some Catholic groups "have asked President Trump to open a commission of inquiry to investigate whether the administration of Barack Obama exerted pressure on Benedict," said Archbishop Luigi Negri in an interview Monday [3/6/2017], citing other revelations by Wikileaks regarding efforts by the Democratic Party to sway the direction of the Catholic Church in the United States.

The Democrat High Priestesses in White.  To look at the bloc of white garbed Democrat women was to look at oracles of Delphi who have mystically discerned the most sacred right of women is the right to sacrifice their own offspring.  To look at the high priestesses dedicated to the religion of radical feminism is to see leaders of a cult, the chief sacrament of which is abortion.  For nearly all leftist feminists, abortion is a holy rite, a religious ritual to be conducted in the cathedrals of Planned Parenthood and to be blessed by "faith leaders."  Yes, you read that correctly.  Blessed.  High priests and priestesses inside and outside the Beltway have committed to "blessing" abortion both by law and by religious rituals.  According to a recent Huffington Post article entitled "Religious Leaders Bless Planned Parenthood Health Center," [a] group of clergy representing "Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, and secular leaders gathered inside Planned Parenthood Metro Washington's new Carol Whitehill Moses health center on Tuesday [2/28/2017] to perform a blessing of the space."

Church World Service announced yesterday that it is launching anti-Trump campaign (to raise $$$).  Is your denomination one of 37 that will be holding demonstrations and lobbying Congress?  It is called the #GreaterAs1 campaign.

LA churches ready underground network of safe houses for illegals.  A network of churches is organizing resistance to the new immigration enforcement policies of the federal government by developing a network of "safe houses" to shelter illegal alien families from deportation. [...] The compassion showed by the churchmen is admirable.  I just wish they had similar compassion for those suffering the consequences of untrammeled illegal immigration.  To make believe we are not paying the price for millions of illegal aliens crossing our borders is ignorant.  And that price is unnecessary when you consider that orderly, legal immigration would weed out most of the criminals and unemployable aliens making our streets less safe and putting an enormous and needless strain on the social service resources in our communities.

The Editor says...
If the churches are doing this to help out the poor in their hour of need, that's one thing.  But if the (Catholic) churches are just trying to inflate their own membership numbers or expand the number of Democrat voters, that's something else.

Watch foul liberal protesters LOSE IT when Louisiana townhall opens with PRAYER!  Wow, you won't believe this video.  Apparently the far left liberal protesters hate Christianity so much they scream out in horror like demons stuck in a pig when Jesus' name is mentioned.  [Video clip]

Protesters Freak Out After GOP Town Hall Opens With A Prayer.  Liberal protesters became enraged when a Louisiana town hall with Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy opened with a prayer earlier this week, screaming at the chaplain as he tried to lead the crowd in prayer.  The protesters, who were there with a local chapter of anti-Trump group Indivisible, can be heard groaning and shouting as the chaplain says, "In God we trust."  One man can be heard saying, "Pray on your own time!" Others shouted incredulously, "Prayer?  Prayer?"  Video of the event, first reported by The Washington Free Beacon, reveals one woman shouting the name "Lucifer" while the chaplain invokes God's name.  Other, non-protesting attendees can be heard trying to shush the protesters.

Town hall agitators explode at the name of Jesus.  Louisiana State chaplain Michael Sprague and the unidentified Vietnam War veteran should be commended for maintaining their composure in the face of such verbal barbarism.  The Feb. 22 town hall meeting in Metairie, was quickly overrun by the angry mob — much like other town hall meetings hosted by Republican lawmakers across the country.  The mainstream media would have us believe the unruly demonstrations are part of an organic, grassroots effort.  But I sincerely doubt many in the mob were actually residents of Louisiana [...]

Church, State, and Melania Trump.  Those who have made a career of trying to drive all vestiges of religion from the public square, from manger scenes at Christmas to mentioning God in the Pledge of Allegiance, were not happy when First Lady Melania Trump recited the Lord's Prayer at her husband's rally in Florida.  The tolerant left mocked the accent of a woman and an immigrant who speaks five languages.  They moaned that it was an affront to those who are not Christian.  And they brought out that old canard about the separation of church and state.

Melania Trump attacked for reciting 'The Lord's Prayer' at campaign rally.  Leftists on social media tore into First Lady Melania Trump, mocking her accent and religion and branding her everything from a hostage to a whore — all for the secular offense of reciting "The Lord's Prayer."  Melania Trump began President Trump's rally Saturday in Florida by delivering the prayer, which Christians — many of whom recite the prayer in church each week — believe was first said by Jesus Christ.  The crowd at Orlando-Melbourne Airport received the prayer enthusiastically.  Left-leaning social media users were a different story, however.

NJ pastor offers church as sanctuary to undocumented immigrants during ICE raids.  A New Jersey pastor is offering his church to undocumented immigrants who face possible deportations during U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids.  The Reformed Church of Highland Park is the ultimate sanctuary church.  Its pastor, Reverend Seth Kaper-Dale, is a well-known immigrant and refugee advocate who is now running for governor of New Jersey on the Green Party line.

Useful Idiots No More.  "Tell him you are a Muslim, tell him you are a Muslim," Nancy Pelosi instructed Congressman Andre Carson at an anti-Trump rally on Monday, moments after she had just introduced him as a "Muslim member of Congress."  She apparently felt that the crowd hadn't sufficiently gotten the point.  Pelosi normally rattles on about the dangers of "religion in politics," but on Monday night [1/30/2017] she very much wanted religion in it — and not just any religion, but the most patriarchal of them.  To see feminists hawking Islam so feverishly is an amusing spectacle, especially since a day or so later Pelosi had recovered her fear of religion in the public square and creeping Christian patriarchy.

Trump Is Right.  Churches Should Be Free To Express Themselves Politically.  In 1954, Sen. Lyndon Johnson, worried about opposition at home, came up with an amendment to the Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) that prohibited campaign speech by nonprofits and tax-exempt churches.  There was no floor debate on the law, and one assumes, those voting for it saw little downside in quashing church criticism in their own states.  One also imagines that the folks writing the First Amendment didn't expect their pastors would be monitored by a central government agency and forced to watch what they say in the pulpit.  Yet, ignoring our rich tradition of religious activism, which includes the abolitionist movement, we've normalized the idea that pastors, priests, and rabbis should avoid talking about candidates, even when those candidates attack foundational ideas of faith.  We now task the IRS with monitoring every utterance in every church by every religious organization in the United States, and then deciding which of those thoughts constitute acceptable speech or "issue advocacy."

Trump vows to 'totally destroy' restrictions on churches' support of candidates.  President Trump vowed Thursday [2/2/2017] to "totally destroy" a law passed more than 60 years ago that bans tax-exempt churches from supporting political candidates, a nod to the religious right that helped sweep him into office.  Speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, Trump said he would seek to overturn the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits tax-exempt nonprofits — including churches and other houses of worship — from "directly or indirectly" participating in a political candidate's campaign.  Repeal of the amendment — which is part of the tax code and would require action by Congress — has been sought primarily by conservative Christian leaders, who argue that it is used selectively to keep them for speaking out freely.

Pelosi Hot Mic: 'Tell Them You're A Muslim'.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was caught on a hot mic at a protest Monday night, cynically encouraging congressman Andre Carson of Indiana to remind the crowd he is a Muslim.  "Greetings from the great state of Indiana.  I'm Congressman Andre Carson!" Carson said during Monday's rally.  "Tell them you're a Muslim," Pelosi can be heard saying.  "Tell them you're a Muslim."  [Video clip]

Nancy Pelosi Caught on HOT MIC Promoting Muslims.  Muslim is the new "black," at least when it comes to minorities.  I warned of this confluence of race and religion in my book Sexy Brilliance and Other Political Lies.  I predicted that Muslims would learn the ways of black Leftists, then add the "secret sauce" of religion to ultimately get Leftists to allow Muslims to dominate America.  We know the radical Muslims have made this their strategy for quite some time.  They brag that they won't have to actually fight us with guns.  They won't even have to do what Muslims enjoy most, which is to cut off the heads of Infidels.  No, Muslims simply nuzzle up to Leftists and let the caliphate begin.

Religious Activities at Presidential Inaugurations.  Americans have long believed that civic ceremonies such as presidential inaugurations should include religious activities.  Recently, some individuals and groups have raised objections to these activities, often arguing that they violate the Founders' supposed commitment to secularizing the public square by separating church and state.  These arguments have no historical foundation, as can be seen by briefly considering America's first presidential inauguration.

NASA Gets Religion About Extraterrestrials.  [Scroll down to page 58]  “How might the world’s religions respond to the discovery of life on other planets?”  NASA is enlisting theologians to answer that question to prepare for if and when human contact is made with extraterrestrials.  The NASA Astrobiology Program awarded more than $1.1 million to the Center of Theological Inquiry (CTI) to examine “the societal implications of the search for life in the universe.”

After school Satan clubs coming to public elementary schools.  An organization that calls itself the Satanic Temple has been very active in promoting its overlord.  It conducted a Black Mass and agitated, but failed, to build a 7-ft tall statue of Satan next to a 10 Commandments monument in Oklahoma City; actually erected the statue in Detroit; and wants prayer in school to the Devil.  Now, in the name of religious parity, the Satanic Temple is bringing After School Satan Clubs to America's public elementary schools.  Another reason to home school your children.

Mom sues to stop Bible study classes in West Virginia schools.  A kindergartner's mother is suing her public school system in West Virginia, asking that it discontinue a 75-year practice of putting kids in Bible classes that violate the U.S. and state constitutions.  The woman, identified as "Jane Doe" in the federal lawsuit backed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, says her child will be forced either to take these weekly classes at her Mercer County elementary school or face ostracism as one of the few children who don't.  Her daughter is called "Jamie" in the suit.  "Jamie will either be forced to attend Bible indoctrination classes against the wishes and conscience of Jane Doe, or Jamie will be the only or one of only a few children who do not participate," the lawsuit says.

Atheist group wins battle to pull cross from public park after threatening lawsuit.  A California city has removed a 14-foot tall granite cross from a public park after receiving a legal complaint from a local man and the nation's largest atheist group.  Santa Clara officials removed the large cross last week following legal action by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, donating it to Santa Clara University, a Jesuit academic institution.

Church Won't Mention Trump in Prayers Because His Name Is 'a Dangerous Trauma Trigger'.  Pasadena's All Saints Episcopal Church will not mention Donald Trump by name in prayers, saying that mentions of the President-elect are "literally a trauma trigger to some people."  For years, the California church has offered prayers for people in positions of power, including President Obama.  The church will continue offering those prayers — but it will no longer use proper names, said rector Mike Kinman in a blog post, because "prayer should never be a trauma-causing act."

Calif. church to stop praying for president by name, says 'Trump' is 'literally a trauma trigger'.  Leaders of a California church have come to the decision to stop praying for the president of the United States by name, because they say "Donald Trump" is a "trauma trigger" for some parishioners.  Mike Kinman, the rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, said in a Jan. 6 open letter that the church is removing the names of all leaders from its prayers as a compromise to fulfill their duties as Episcopalians while also protecting the "vulnerable among us in this hour."

Al Sharpton Confronted by Activists in Baltimore.  Rev. Al Sharpton got an earful from activists when he arrived in Baltimore to preach on Sunday [1/15/2017].  A group of men peppered the preacher with questions about his activism in the black community in a Facebook Live video posted by Duane G. Davis.  "They come to exploit tragedies and collect money," Davis said about Sharpton and other high-profile liberal activists.  "How much money is he going to get to speak here?"  One activist repeatedly asked Sharpton what he was doing to help young black men, telling Sharpton that his past activism wasn't good enough.

NYPD Officers Now Allowed to Wear Religiously Mandated Beards and Turbans.  As part of an effort to maximize recruitment, the NYPD will permit its officers to wear religiously mandated turbans and beards.  "We're making this change to make sure that we allow everybody in New York City that wants to apply and have the opportunity to work for the greatest police department in the nation," said Commissioner James O'Neill in a Wednesday [12/28/2016] announcement.  Until now, the department has prohibited non-uniform headwear and facial hair, though some cops were allowed to sport one-millimeter beards — otherwise known as a five o'clock shadows — for religious or "dermatological" reasons.  The restrictions posed a conflict for the force's observant Muslims, whose faith calls for longer beards, and Sikhs, who are supposed to wear both beards and long hair under a turban.

NYPD to allow Sikhs to wear turbans, grow beards.  The New York Police Department is now allowing Sikh officers to wear turbans in place of the traditional police cap and grow beards up to a half-inch long for religious reasons.

Oklahoma: Police question man who asked library to stop promoting Islam on cars.  One Norman man is pushing to see the image of a hijab-clad woman removed from the Pioneer Library System vehicles.  He said the image has no place on a government vehicle, because it promotes Islam and is therefore unconstitutional.  "How can they promote Islam on the side of a public vehicle in Norman Oklahoma," Chad Grensky said.  "I don't understand it.  It makes me sick.  I'm not anti-Muslim.  Our tax paying dollars fund these vehicles and they feel the need to promote Islam on the side of these cars.  And that's not right."

War on Christians:  Marine Bible Verse Case Heads to Supreme Court.  Lawyers representing Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling — the U.S. Marine court-martialed for displaying Bible verses on her desk — petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court on the Friday before Christmas to take her appeal, one of the biggest military religious liberty cases in American history.  Sterling was a substandard Marine, but the straw that broke the camel's back to get her court-martialed was posting, "No weapon formed against me shall prosper," a paraphrase of Isaiah 54:17.  Representing herself during the prosecution, she argued that she had a religious liberty right to post that verse.  She was convicted and dishonorably discharged from the military.

Catholic Priests Told to Push Global Warming Propaganda.  You can't destroy Christianity by force; it has been tried.  However, you might be able to destroy it through subversion, leaving the churches in place but hollowing out the content and replacing it with nonsense or trendy idiocy until there isn't any point anymore and the congregation wanders off.

Catholic priests will have to preach about climate change as part of a drive by the church to cut global warming.  Catholic priests are now expected to learn about climate change, church chiefs have announced.  It is part of a worldwide drive by the faith to increase environmental awareness.  New guidelines issued to priests state that members of the clergy should be 'promoters' of 'appropriate care for everything connected to the protection of creation'.

The Editor says...
The "global warming" hoax has been pushed by only one political party for the last 20 years, even though there has been no abnormal change in the global climate.  There are always year-to-year variations in the weather, and if the average (year-round, world-wide) temperature goes up by one degree per century -- which is what the alarmists are so worried about -- who would even notice?  To preach about "climate change" (which is what they call it now, in case the warming turns into cooling), especially under pressure from higher up in a denomination, is a blatant use of the pulpit to spread one-sided political views.  Worse than that, these are political views that have no basis in truth.

Township issues death sentence for Christian school.  The situation didn't seem that alarming.  A Christian school needed to move to more economic, and yet bigger, facilities.  As such schools usually are, the Livingston Christian School in Genoa Township, Michigan, was on a tight budget, but it located a facility available at the nearby Brighton Church of the Nazarene, and made plans for the move.  The local planning commission approved the plan, the community supported it, and even experts summoned by the township endorsed the strategy.  Then the town council rejected the application, a decision that prompted a court case that now is pending before the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.  The brief there, submitted by First Liberty, warns that the rejection is a violation of federal law because it threatens the very existence of the religious outreach.  "The township threatened the survival of the school as a religious institution because, as the record demonstrates, the school has no viable alternative location," the briefing to the appeals judges explains.  A lower court judge had found that endangering the existence of the school was not a "substantial burden," the appeal notes.

Shattered.  On the Sunday morning before Election Day, Hillary Rodham Clinton, the first woman ever to be nominated by a major party for the American presidency, gave a sermon at the Mt.  Airy Church of God in Christ in Philadelphia.  Her voice hoarse after days of multistate campaigning, Clinton sounded exhausted but happy to be there.  Even at the bitter end of a nearly two-year marathon campaign, she could still get energized by speaking at a black church on a Sunday.

The Editor says...
That was a campaign speech, not a sermon.  It was a campaign speech in an all-black self-segregated church.  She wasn't there to preach, she was there to use black people as political pawns — to harvest their votes — knowing that inner-city blacks reflexively vote for the party that is most likely to keep the welfare checks coming and the gravy train on the tracks.

Black pastors issue urgent plea to voters at Sunday services.  At Sunday services, in rallies and on social media, black pastors urged congregants to vote, hoping to inspire a late flood of African-American turnout that could help propel Democrat Hillary Clinton to victory in critical swing states on Tuesday.

By my count, this is the 4th weekend in a row she has campaigned in all-black churches.
Hillary speaks of 'love thy neighbor' at Philly church on final Sunday of historically nasty campaign.  After an angry campaign that has featured a series of vicious personal attacks, Hillary Clinton spoke about the God's biblical commandment to 'Love Thy Neighbor' in the final Sunday before Americans go to the polls. [...] Clinton motorcaded to Mt. Airy Baptist Church in Philadelphia as part of her campaign's last minute effort to lock down Pennsylvania, amid signs that African American turnout has slipped in North Carolina, which has early voting.

Hillary eats soul food, campaigns in churches to boost lagging black turnout.  Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's tours of soul food restaurants and black churches to court black voters in recent weeks doesn't seem to be paying off.  The turnout of black voters is down in many areas compared to 2012, including key battleground states, providing the latest evidence that the former first lady's campaign may be circling the drain. [...] The black voter turnout in the key state of North Carolina is down 16 percent in early voting.  It's a similar situation in Florida, where black voters heading to the polls in person has decreased from 25 percent in 2012 to a current rate of 15 percent, despite expanded early voting opportunities.

'Rejoice in our sufferings': Hillary tells Florida congregation that setbacks deliver character and 'hope'.  After attending a lively performance in Miami when where pop sensation Jennifer Lopez delivered an eye-popping routine while dressed in fishnet stockings, Hillary Clinton went to church on Sunday for worship and prayer — and warned that 'suffering' is part of God's plan.  'Scripture tells us to rejoice in our sufferings knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,' Clinton told worshippers at New Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Ft. Lauderdale.

The Editor says...
Unless I have lost count, this is at least the third weekend in a row that Mrs. Clinton has made a campaign speech in an all-black church.

State demands pastor turn over sermons, notes.  The state of Georgia is demanding copies of the sermons and related notes of a lay pastor who was fired by the Department of Public Health after it investigated what he said in his church.  But Dr. Eric Walsh is resisting, issuing a statement via his legal team that he will not comply with the demand from state lawyers.  The state's demand is in response to a lawsuit filed by Walsh against the Department of Health charging discrimination based on his religion and other civil rights violations.

Tim Kaine: 'Spanish Was the Language of Our Country Before English'.  In an interview on the Spanish-language show "Noticias Telemundo," Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, the Democrat nominee for vice president, said that Spanish was the language of America before English.  Kaine has often given speeches in Spanish, and on Sunday [10/16/2016] he gave a sermon entirely in Spanish at Pneuma Church in Miami, Fla.

The Editor says...
Nobody in the news media seems concerned that the vice-presidential nominee is making a campaign speech (masquerading as a "sermon") in a Florida church.

Hillary Clinton speaks at Durham church, holds rally in Raleigh.  Hillary Clinton says the "love they neighbor" commandment in the Bible can be tough to follow sometimes. [...] Clinton was speaking to several hundred people gathered at Union Baptist Church in Durham on Sunday morning [10/23/2016].

The Editor says...
The Democrat candidate delivered a campaign speech in an all-black church, and the national news media ignored it.  Had it been a Republican conducting a political rally in an all-white church, the media would have reflexively called it racist and a violation of the separation of church and state — which of course isn't a law, therefore there's nothing to violate.

Boosting black voter turnout is key to Clinton campaign's North Carolina strategy.  Hillary Clinton inserted a sly remark near the end of her speech from a Baptist church pulpit here on Sunday, telling the crowd, "I'm not going to tell you who to vote for."  She didn't need to, of course.  The black congregants who packed the pews laughed and applauded, and when Clinton finished speaking, they said goodbye with the same standing ovation with which they had greeted her.

'Love One Another' Hillary Clinton Preaches at Baptist Church in North Carolina.  On Sunday [10/23/2016], Hillary Clinton went to church and delivered a sermon about the upcoming election and the problems with racism in America.  "We are asked to love one another.  We are not just urged, we are commanded," she said.  "Jesus said it was the greatest of his commandments."  Clinton said that she once taught Sunday school, teaching students to love their neighbor as themselves.

The Editor says...
It's sadly ironic that one of the most caustic, bitter, mean, divisive and dishonest individuals in the world brags about having been a Sunday School teacher, and it's a bit shocking that she was invited to preach on a Sunday morning in a Baptist church.

Bibles banned!  VA removes Good Book from clinic.  A Bible was removed from the waiting room of a Chillicothe Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Athens, Ohio after a veteran complained.  "Our government is secular, and must remain secular," the unidentified veteran wrote.  Mikey Weinstein, the founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, fired off a letter to the medical center on behalf of the veteran — alleging that the presence of the Bible inside a government facility is a violation of the U.S. Constitution.

Hillary, Soros and the political genocide of Christianity.  Hillary Clinton seems to have a problem with religious liberty when it conflicts with her progressive goals.  During an April 2015 speech to the Women in the World Conference she said, "Deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed" for the sake of giving women access to "reproductive health care and safe childbirth."  Translated, that means that Clinton, who believes that reproductive rights are a "fundamental human right", would, through repeal of the Hyde Amendment, force all taxpayers to fund all abortions, even partial birth, that is, "day of birth" abortions regardless of our religious convictions.  Clinton is also willing to impose federal penalties, including denying tax-exempt status, in order to, as Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito wrote, "stamp out every vestige of dissent" to a far-left agenda.

Public piety, private contempt for Hillary Clinton and aides.  In public, Hillary Clinton talks about how she would represent all Americans and pushes the "Stronger Together" campaign theme.  But behind closed doors, there is no room for people of faith in her America.  Privately, the Democratic nominee and her campaign advisers are pushing a liberal agenda hostile to religion and targeting faith organizations that do not adapt to their liberal "religion."  The Clinton campaign is no friend of the cause of religious liberty.  Internal emails exposed by WikiLeaks showed how her top campaign aides mock believers and view evangelicals and Catholics as backward in their beliefs.  Mrs. Clinton herself even said publicly "deep-seated cultural codes and religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed."  Well, her staff certainly seemed ready and willing to do just that, particularly Chief of Staff John Podesta.

The All-Out Assault on the First Amendment.  From the IRS targeting conservative groups to those trying to limit the ability of Americans to freely practice their religious beliefs, to membership organizations being forced to disclose their donors, the First Amendment is being assaulted on all sides.  Americans are familiar with the recent attacks on religious liberty, present in everything from forcing religious business owners to oyer abortion-inducing drugs and perform same-sex wedding services that violate their fundamental beliefs to the exclusion of churches from secular public projects.  Cases questioning the government's encroachment on religious liberty continue to come before the U.S. Supreme Court, [...]

Hey Catholics, This Is What Team Hillary Really Thinks Of You.  [Scroll down]  Had this been conservatives talking about some liberal cause celebre, the media and Planet Clinton would be feasting on it and calling for the heads of all involved.  Imagine for a moment if you replaced the actors with conservatives and Catholicism and the conversation topic with Black Lives Matter, LGTB rights, or women.  The rebukes would come fast and furious, and with wicked vengeance.  Another email shows Podesta discussing the groups he founded to incite rebellion and schism within the Church, when confronted with the suggestion of a "Catholic Spring" against church doctrine and leadership in favor of "gender equality."

Bill Bennett: 'This Crowd Has Been Anti-Catholic for a Long Time'.  "This crowd has been anti-Catholic for a long time," the conservative William Bennett told Fox News's Megyn Kelly Wednesday night.  They were talking about Catholic-bashing emails written to and from Hillary Clinton surrogates.  The emails (reprinted below) were recently made public by WikiLeaks; the Clinton campaign blames Russia for the leaks, saying it is trying to interfere in the presidential campaign.  "This is leftist anti-Catholicism.  These are trans-Atlantic agnostic progressives," Bennett, a Catholic who served as Secretary of Education in the Reagan Administration, told Kelly.

Anti-Catholics for Clinton.  It's no secret that progressive elites despise religion, but it's still striking to see their contempt expressed so bluntly as in the leaked email chains that include Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.

Hillary Clinton is a threat to religious liberty.  In a speech not long before she launched her 2016 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton made a stunning declaration of war on religious Americans.  Speaking to the 2015 Women in the World Summit, Clinton declared that "deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed."  Religious beliefs have to be changed?  This is perhaps the most radical statement against religious liberty ever uttered by someone seeking the presidency.  It is also deeply revealing.  Clinton believes that, as president, it is her job not to respect the views of religious conservatives but to force them to change their beliefs and bend to her radical agenda favoring taxpayer-funded abortion on demand.

Trump Campaign Calls on Hillary Clinton to 'Apologize and Fire' Staff over 'Anti-Catholic Bigotry'.  Donald Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway called for Hillary Clinton to apologize for her senior staff's criticism of Catholics, seen in a new email release from WikiLeaks, and to fire those involved during a conference call with reporters on Wednesday afternoon [10/12/2016].  "The hostility to religious liberty and the beliefs that we hold as Catholics should not go unnoticed or unpunished," Conway stated.  "We call on Hillary Clinton to apologize and to fire the staff who have engaged in this vicious anti-Catholic bigotry.  All of this shows who these people are at the core."

Catholic group calls for Clinton spokeswoman's resignation after anti-Catholic comments in emails.  A leading Catholic advocacy group on Wednesday called for the resignation of Hillary Clinton's campaign spokeswoman, Jennifer Palmieri, after hacked emails show Ms. Palmieri and other Clinton allies openly talking about Catholics being "severely backwards" and charging that they don't know "what the hell they're talking about."  In its statement, CatholicVote.org said there is now a pattern on the part of the Clinton campaign of dismissing or even making fun of large blocs of Americans.

Released Emails Show Clinton Allies Plotting a 'Catholic Spring'.  A newly released email exchange shows Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and Voices for Progress president Sandy Newman discussing an "opening for a Catholic spring" to move the religion away from "a Middle Ages dictatorship."  In the conversation released by WikiLeaks as part of the "Podesta leaks," Newman wrote an email to Podesta titled, "Re: opening for a Catholic Spring? just musing ...".  In his email, Newman writes he believes "There needs to be a Catholic Spring, in which Catholics themselves demand the end of a middle ages dictatorship": [...]

Pastor Facing $100 a Day Fines for Helping Homeless Women and Children on His Own Church's Property.  Proving once again that the state has no interest in helping people, the state of Delaware is attacking a pastor who would dare attempt to help the homeless.  Pastor Aaron Appling of Victory Church West in Dover is being threatened with a $100 per day fine by county officials for allowing a 21-year-old homeless woman to live in an RV in the back of the church property.  Because Appling didn't go through the right channels of extortion and get his own property approved by the government to do with it what he wishes, officials are promising to extort him.

New Jersey town to remove veterans statue with Christian cross amid suit.  A New Jersey town will remove a veterans memorial depicting a Christian cross following a lawsuit that [claims] it excludes non-Christian veterans.

White House Proposes Official New Race: 'Middle East/North African'.  Obama came into office amid hopes that America's racial divisions would become a thing of the past.  Instead of healing them, however, Obama has exacerbated them.  Now he is going even further: one of the lasting legacies of his disastrous administration may be the creation of an entirely new "race." [...] This new Middle Eastern/North African designation — "MENA" — is being created for the benefit of Muslim Arabs.

Blacks boycotting Hillary's campaign events.  Oh, it's no organized boycott, mind you, just a grassroots response to the frosty, rich white lady who travels around like some empress. [...] I would also note that a campaign event at a church should jeopardize that church's tax exemption.  But of course they will have a rationale, and the IRS is not interested in pursuing left-wing tax-exempt organizations.

Rebuffed Again — Clinton Speaks To Empty Seats in Charlotte, NC, AME Church.  Once again Hillary Clinton finds her racially-driven campaign efforts contrasted against lackluster black audience.  This time in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Obama Spends $770M Dollars In Tax Payer Money To Renovate Mosques Over Seas.  CBS exposing Obama paying for the renovation of mosques is actually a story from 2015.  But it got little media attention then and he's still doing it.  He's diverting hundreds of millions of US dollars to overseas mosques to renovate them.  Tell me again how he is not a Muslim.  This just screams it.  And people wonder why he grovels before the Mullahs of Iran[,] why he gives ISIS a pass[,] why he is terraforming the US into a Muslim nation.

Sharia-compliant judge sentences 73-year-old female Christian pastor to study the Islamic faith.  A 73-year-old Christian minister and landlord who apparently was wrongly convicted of pushing her unruly and law-breaking Muslim tenant down a small flight of stairs must spend six months in jail and comply with a judge's unconstitutional order that she learn about the Islamic faith as part of her probation, the state's highest court concluded today.

Pope Francis backs opposition to Mexico's gay-marriage proposal.  Pope Francis has voiced support for Mexican bishops and citizens opposing the government's push to legalize same-sex marriage.

Lawyer: After School Satan Club must be allowed to proceed.  A so-called "After School Satan Club" proposed by the Satanic Temple of Seattle to be held at Centennial Elementary School should be allowed to proceed, an attorney hired to represent the Mount Vernon School District said.  "I think that if the school district denied that application, you would face costly litigation that would be distracting from your mission," said Duncan Fobes of the Seattle-based law firm Patterson, Buchanan, Fobes and Leitch during a Wednesday [9/21/2016] meeting of the Mount Vernon School Board.  "And would ultimately be unsuccessful."  Fobes was hired by the district's risk-pool insurance group to assess whether the district had legal standing to deny the temple's application.

Pastor interrupts Trump to stop him from attacking Clinton in church.  The pastor who hosted Donald Trump at her church in Flint, Michigan, interrupted the Republican presidential nominee during his speech Wednesday [9/14/2016] to ask him to refrain from attacking his rival Hillary Clinton.  "Mr. Trump, I invited you here to thank us for what we've done in Flint, not give a political speech," Rev. Faith Green Timmons of the Bethel United Methodist Church told Trump after walking to the podium while Trump was speaking.

The Editor says...
Am I wrong to presume that Democrats have campaigned at the same all-black church without any resistance?

'So Help Me God' Left Out of Naturalization Oath in D.C. Ceremony.  Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell, appointed by President Obama to the District Court for the District of Columbia, left out "so help me God" while administering the Oath of Allegiance at a naturalization ceremony Wednesday [9/14/2016].

Obama's U.S. Military Academy Investigating West Point Football Team for Postgame Prayer.  Officials at President Obama's federally-controlled U.S. Military Academy has launched an investigation after a video showing the West Point football team engaged in a postgame prayer caused separation-of-church-and-state complaints.  West Point officials removed the video showing the team prayer, reporting that several outside groups complained when a video showing the celebration in the locker room after a recent 28-13 upset over Temple University depicted the players kneeling and ending a prayer with an "Amen" in unison.

West Point investigating prayer led by coaches after football game.  The U.S. Military Academy is launching an inquiry into a prayer led by coaches following Army's opening-day victory over Temple last week.  Video of the post-game invocation was pulled offline on Monday [9/5/2016] after West Point officials received a complaint from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.  Mikey Weinstein, who heads the MRFF, said he received complaints from six members of the football team, two of whom he said identified as Christians, as well as dozens of Army graduates and staff who took exception to the religious expression.

Photos: Embarrassing Turnout For Hillary Clinton Keynote Speech At Baptist Convention.  [Scroll down]  Clinton repeatedly cited scripture during her speech, praising Baptist pastors around the country and promised increased government spending to assist their congregations.

Obama cabinet member speaks at Islamist conference.  U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson spoke over this past weekend at the annual Islamic Society of America (ISNA) event, greeting the participants warmly and telling them, "Your story is the quintessential American story."  The Department of Homeland Security, the third largest Cabinet department in the U.S. government, is charged with protecting the U.S. from, and dealing with, terrorism as well as natural disasters.  The Washington Post called Johnson's appearance an "impassioned speech" to empower ISNA's participants.  The Clarion Project reports that ISNA is a group with Muslim Brotherhood origins and an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terror-financing trial.

Georgia: 135-Acre Mega Mosque Complex Called Itself a "Church" — To Fool Citizens?  ... or to fool the city?  For years mosque-building Muslims have been waging a zoning jihad — breaking, violating and outright ignoring zoning laws across the U.S. With absolutely zero consequences.  In fact, Obama's DOJ has acted as mosque enforcer.

With Wyoming Judge's Case, Left Aims To Ban Religious People From Legal Field.  If your religious views block you from performing a job, don't do that job.  That's the Left's refrain about religion and expressing it.  If you're religious, that's fine, but it really needs to not impinge on others via your career.  Keep your relationship with a Higher Power meekly to yourself.  The case of Judge Ruth Neely in Wyoming shows, in stark clarity, that it doesn't actually matter whether religious people do their jobs well and keep their religion to themselves.  It's unacceptable to think and believe certain things, such as marriage being an institution between one man and one woman, and if you do that, forget about going into the legal profession.

LGBT Agenda Puts the Squeeze on California Christian Schools.  California Senate Bill 1146, called "the most oppressive LGBTQ anti-religious proposal in the nation," has yet to pass the state legislature, which is in its final eight days before adjournment.  SB 1146 was designed to force Christian colleges and universities in the state to hire homosexuals, house students who are openly homosexual, and allow self-designated transgender people to play on sports teams, use intimate facilities, and live in dorms with the opposite sex.  Critics say the bill, sponsored by state Sen.  Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), would ultimately remove Title IX exemptions for nearly all religious schools, forcing Christian colleges and universities to abandon moral codes for students and faculty and, as originally written, would create a legal path for lawsuits against religious schools if the institutions seek to uphold biblical decency.

Suit alleging NJ Catholic school gay marriage bias to proceed.  A judge is allowing a lawsuit alleging a Roman Catholic school in New Jersey fired an employee because she's married to a woman to move forward.

Feds to investigate Massachusetts town's rejection of Muslim cemetery.  Federal prosecutors are investigating whether a Massachusetts town violated the civil rights of an Islamic group when officials there rejected plans for a Muslim cemetery.

Air Force officer faces investigation over Bible on his desk.  The Military Religious Freedom Foundation is demanding an Air Force major be "aggressively punished" for having an open Bible on his desk at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo.  "It [the Bible] is very obviously a statement of Christian preference, Christian primacy," MRFF founder Mikey Weinstein told me.  "Had that been the Book of Satan or the Koran there would be blood in the freaking streets."  He accused Maj. Steve Lewis, a supervisor at the Reserve National Security Space Institute, of "harboring and encouraging a truly abhorrent example of First Amendment civil rights violations."  Mr. Weinstein is a fussy little fellow, isn't he?

A Victory for Religious Freedom at Christian Universities in California.  A California lawmaker who is sponsoring a bill that would have allowed the use of taxpayer dollars to punish and publicly shame Christian universities for operating according to their beliefs has removed an offending provision from the legislation.  In announcing his legislation in April, state Sen.  Ricardo Lara (D), sponsor of SB 1146, had referred to his action of denying First Amendment rights to religious schools as closing a "loophole that allows private universities to discriminate against students and staff based on their gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation."

California bill SB 1146 threatens minorities and the poor.  Current California law exempts religious schools from nondiscrimination laws in cases where applying these laws "would not be consistent with the religious tenets of that organization."  This is sensible and reflects our nation's founding principles of religious freedom.  For years now, this policy has worked well, enabling church-run colleges and universities to hire personnel and establish policies and expectations regarding religious practice and personal conduct that reflect their beliefs and values.  SB 1146 proposes to drastically narrow that historic exemption so that it would only protect seminaries or other schools that train clergy and ministers.

Islamic group sues New Jersey town for religious discrimination after it rejected plans for a mosque.  A New Jersey town is being sued by an Islamic group who have accused the planning board of bigotry after it rejected a proposal for a mosque. [...] The group, led by Mohammed Ali Chaudry, a former Bernards mayor, filed a federal civil rights suit accusing the board of religious discrimination in March.  It alleges a delayed and drawn-out process during which residents made references to terrorism and questioned what children would learn in the mosque.

Black Pastors Are Breaking the Law to Get Hillary Clinton Elected.  It is illegal for clergy to support or oppose political candidates from the pulpit.  Houses of worship can host candidate forums and voter-registration drives; pastors and rabbis and imams can even bend the rules a little to advocate "as individuals" at conventions or other events.  But for more than 60 years, religious groups have been forbidden from electioneering.  Apparently, a lot of pastors don't pay attention to this rule.  According to a new survey from Pew Research Center, roughly 9 percent of people who have attended religious services in the last few months have heard clergy speak out in favor of a political candidate, and roughly 11 percent have heard clergy speak in opposition.  What's remarkable, though, is how much this is apparently happening at one particular kind of church:  those run by black Protestants.

Satanists Push Clubs for Elementary Schools.  [Satanists are] plotting to bring their wisdom to the nation's public elementary school children.  They point out that Christian evangelical groups already have infiltrated the lives of America's children through after-school religious programming in public schools, and they appear determined to give young students a choice:  Jesus or Satan.  "It's critical that children understand that there are multiple perspectives on all issues, and that they have a choice in how they think," said Doug Mesner, the Satanic Temple's co-founder.

Muslim Appreciation Month.  The State of California is planning to proclaim August Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month.  Why?  Because CAIR wants them to!  Turns out, California isn't Mexifornia after all.  It's Caliph-ornia.

Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month.  Remember the false report that Obama was going to name November to be National Muslim Appreciation Month?  The terrorist facilitators at CAIR apparently do — except for them, the fake story isn't satire; it's an excellent suggestion.  California is run by the sort of people who might agree. [...] Readers may recall that just last year 14 people were killed and 22 seriously injured in a Muslim terror attack right there in California.  But no month will be set aside to honor victims of Islam, because that would be Islamophobic.

An After School Satan Club could be coming to your kid's elementary school.  "It's critical that children understand that there are multiple perspectives on all issues, and that they have a choice in how they think," said Doug Mesner, the Satanic Temple's co-founder.  On Monday [8/1/2016], the group plans to introduce its After School Satan Club to public elementary schools, including one in Prince George's County, petitioning school officials to allow them to open immediately as the academic year starts.

Sunday Washington Post Hypes After School Satan Clubs.  On Sunday (the Sabbath, of course), The Washington Post took time out from prostrating itself before Hillary Clinton to give a boost to the Fallen Angel.  In a long. front page middle finger to Christians, the Post hyped the efforts of the Satanic Temple to introduce After School Satan Clubs to America's elementary schools.  Oh, don't worry.  The worldly secularists at the Post aren't suddenly practicing the occult.  "The Satanic Temple doesn't espouse a belief in the existence of a supernatural being that other religions identify solemnly as Satan, or Lucifer, or Beelzebub," author Katherine Stewart assures readers.  Goodness no!  They're far too postmodern and ironic for that.  "The Temple rejects all forms of supernaturalism and is committed to the view that scientific rationality provides the best measure of reality."

Democrats Worship Their gods at DNC.  Outside the 8ft wall surrounding the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia on Monday [7/25/2016] TRUNEWS has discovered footage of what seems to be a series of demonic rituals.  [Video clip]

Justice Department Not too Busy to Sue Town Over Mosque.  The Department of Justice has been swamped by the workload it has faced over the past several months.  They have not had the time to deal with the illegal aliens that have not been processed.  They could not look into the IRS and its treatment of conservative organizations.  Neither did the DOJ have time to look into Lois Lerner.  Amazingly, we find that it does have time to sue a small Pennsylvania township over a zoning issue.

DNC 'Interfaith' Prayer Space Has No Sign Of Any Religion Except Islam.  The Democratic National Convention has curtained off several "interfaith" spaces for prayer, but the only sign of religion in any of the spaces is Islam.  Convention goers looking to get in touch with the god of their choice can visit the "Interfaith Prayer Room" on the first floor of the Wells Fargo Center, which consists of a series of spaces sectioned off by curtains.  A sign hangs over the first space, which is simply an empty room.

Justice Department sues Pennsylvania town for rejecting mosque.  The Justice Department is taking a Pennsylvania town to court over a municipal board's denial of a zoning application for a mosque, accusing officials of discriminating against a local Muslim organization on the basis of religion.  The Bensalem Township violated the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act when its zoning board in 2014 rejected a zoning request that would have allowed the Bensalem Masjid to build a mosque in the town, Justice Department attorneys wrote in a complaint filed Thursday [7/21/2016] in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Obama condemns discrimination against Muslim Americans as he celebrates Eid for the first time at the White House.  President Obama spoke in strong support of Muslim Americans, who he said 'enrich our lives every single day', during the first ever Eid celebration at the White House on Thursday [7/21/2016].  Obama broke from the tradition of hosting the annual Iftar dinner, an evening meal during Ramadan where Muslims break their daily fast, to celebrate the conclusion of the Islamic holy month instead.  More than 100 Muslim Americans attended the event celebrating the holiday, including Muhammad Ali's wife Lonnie and six of their children.

Anti-Christian discrimination is okay, but...
Obama decries anti-Muslim discrimination.  President Obama on Thursday [7/21/2016] bemoaned discrimination faced by Muslim Americans, calling on people in the U.S. to practice tolerance toward their fellow citizens.  "Let's be clear:  Muslim Americans are as patriotic, as integrated, as American as any other member of the American family," Obama said during a White House reception celebrating Eid al-Fitr, the Islamic holiday that marks the end of Ramadan.  Obama urged people around the country to ensure that Muslim Americans do not feel as if they're "second-class citizens."

Faith-Based Film Billboard Barred from Republican Convention; Atheism Billboard OK.  A billboard promoting the faith-based film God's Not Dead 2 that features a pro-religion slogan has been barred from going up at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this month.  According to the Hollywood Reporter, local billboard company Orange Barrel told the film's distributor, Pure Flix, that the billboard's language was "incendiary" and thus could not go up.

California's State Religion.  Two pieces of legislation introduced in the Legislature last session, but not yet enacted, show the power of the new religion.  One is Senate Bill 1146, which seeks to limit the historically broad exemptions the state and federal governments have provided religious schools to, well, be religious.  Under the rubric of official "tolerance," the bill would only allow religiously focused schools to deviate from the secular orthodoxy required at nonreligious schools, including support for transgender bathrooms or limitations on expressions of faith by students and even Christian university presidents, in a much narrower range of educational activity than ever before.  Many schools believe the bill would needlessly risk their mission and funding to "solve" gender and social equity problems on their campuses that currently don't exist.

Obama rips 'bigotry' and 'xenophobia' with Ramadan message.  President Barack Obama sent a message to Donald Trump on Wednesday in a statement marking the end of Ramadan, calling on Americans to renew their commitment to protecting Muslim Americans against bigotry and xenophobia.  "Muslim Americans have been part of our American family since its founding," Obama said in a statement released by the White House on the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr.  "This Eid, we recommit to protecting Muslim Americans against bigotry and xenophobia, while celebrating the contributions of Muslim Americans around the country, including one of our finest, the People's Champion Muhammad Ali, to whom we bade farewell this Ramadan."

Iowa: 'Some' churches must comply with transgender bathroom laws.  Is a church a place of public accommodation and if so — are congregations required to follow anti-discrimination laws regarding gender and sexual orientation?  That's the issue raised by a brochure published by the Iowa Civil Rights Commission.  They contend that any church that opens its doors to the public would be required to comply with sexual orientation and gender identity laws. [...] Chelsey Youman, First Liberty's chief of staff, told me the ramifications of Iowa's policy cannot be overstated.  "This is an unprecedented move by a government agency to mandate that anytime a church opens its doors to the public that it automatically qualifies as a place of public accommodation," Youman said.  "And this is just the tip of the iceberg."

Virginia Governor Blasts Religious Freedom.  Governor Terry McAuliffe of Virginia decried having to "veto a so-called 'religious freedom' bill.  It's such an oxymoron," on WTOP radio Wednesday [6/29/2016].  The bill that McAuliffe vetoed is a short one, and simply states that religious organizations or clergy should not be required to participate in the solemnization of marriages and should not be penalized for their refusal to do so.  Its language specifically aimed to protect the actions of those "with a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman."  It is not uncommon for Democrats to question religious freedom legislation, saying that it goes beyond defending religious freedom and into anti-LGBT discrimination.

Church no longer permitted to advertise because this name, used in ads, has been deemed offensive.  A Colorado pastor is facing a serious dilemma after the Colorado Springs' transit agency said he could not advertise his church on bus stops because the name "Jesus" was too offensive.  Lawson Perdue, pastor at Charis Christian Center, has advertised on bus stop benches with the phrases "Celebrate Jesus," or "Experience Jesus" for years.  Now, the Mountain Metro Transit has decided this will no longer be allowed, The Colorado Springs Gazette reports.  Currently, Perdue's advertisement on the city's benches includes the phrase "Jesus is Lord."  Perdue said the city's transit told him that when his contract expired in July, he could no longer use the name "Jesus" because someone complained.

The Editor says...
The real problem here isn't hate speech.  The problem is that the city government completely caved upon receiving the first complaint!

Pastor battles Colorado city over Jesus-related ads on bus benches.  A local pastor is battling a Colorado city over his church's Jesus-related ads on public transit benches.  The controversy in Colorado Springs involves ads on about 20 bus stop benches that say "Jesus is Lord."  Pastor Lawson Perdue of Charis Christian Center said he was told that the ads will no longer be allowed if they refer to Jesus, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported Friday [6/24/2016].  According to Perdue, the city transit agency told him that if the name Jesus was allowed, hate messages would have to be allowed, too, the paper reported.

The Editor says...
I admit that I am unable to comprehend the logic needed to equate Jesus is Lord with "hate speech."

Michelle Obama Celebrates Ramadan, Breaks Fast with Iftkar Dinner.  As part of her summer trip overseas to Morocco, First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated Ramadan by joining the royal family for an Iftar dinner at the palace in Marrakesh.  She was joined by her daughters Sasha and Malia as well as actress Meryl Streep.  The Iftar dinner is a traditional Muslim feast celebrating the end of the Ramadan daily fast.

Michelle Obama departs Sunday for a six-day overseas trip.  Michelle Obama departs on Sunday [6/26/2016] for a six-day trip to Africa and Europe to advocate for the "Let Girls Learn" initiative, White House officials said.  The stops in Liberia and Morocco will be recorded for a documentary by CNN Films, which is picking up the costs for two trip participants:  actresses Meryl Streep and Freida Pinto, an Obama aide said Friday [6/24/2016]. [...] Also on tap for the first lady is an iftar dinner with the Moroccan king's wife, Princess Lallan Salmi.

The Illogical As The Most Logical.  [Gun-free zones are] a classic example of the illogical being passed off as the most logical.  This is the "sweet spot" of American liberalism.  It is how they have managed to keep the Bible out of schools on a pretext to separation of church and state, yet allowed Muslims to pray on school grounds as a measure of diversity.  Why doesn't it work in the Christian's favor as well?  Because that would be logical, but they promote the illogical as the most logical.

Jeffress: WH quick to rip Christianity, not so with Islam.  President Obama's reluctance to name radical Islam as the enemy in the fight against terror has puzzled many of his critics for quite some time.  Witness the president's statement on the afternoon following the nightclub shooting by Omar Mateen in the early hours of June 12:  "We've reached no definitive judgment on the precise motivations of the killer."  Dr.  Robert Jeffress of First Baptist-Dallas finds that strange, since it was already known Mateen had made at least four phone calls in which he said he was motivated by a devotion to ISIS.

U.S. Air Force assaults veteran for mentioning God.  On April 3, 2016, at the retirement celebration of a colleague at Travis Air Force Base in California, retired Senior Master Sergeant Oscar Rodriguez, a 33-year veteran of the Air Force who had been invited to deliver the flag-folding speech, was assaulted and dragged out of the room by four uniformed airmen for mentioning God.

Air Force veteran threatens suit after being bounced from ceremony mid-speech.  A retired Air Force sergeant who in April was dragged from a military retirement ceremony as he recited a traditional passage honoring the flag is demanding an apology and threatening a lawsuit.  Senior Master Sgt.  Oscar Rodriguez was invited to speak at the April 3 ceremony by an outgoing fellow master sergeant from the 749th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.  In a story first reported by FoxNews.com days later, video showed Rodriguez being forcibly removed by service members at Travis Air Force Base.  "This was one of the most humiliating experiences of my life," Rodriguez told FoxNews.com.  "All I wanted to do was honor Master Sgt. [Charles] Roberson, his guests, and the flag, with my speech."

Exclusive Video:  Veteran Forcibly Dragged from Air Force Ceremony for Mentioning God.  When a veteran started offering traditional remarks at a military flag-folding ceremony, several uniformed airmen assaulted him, dragging him out of the room because his remarks mentioned God.  Now First Liberty Institute lawyers representing retired Senior Master Sergeant Oscar Rodriguez are demanding that the U.S. Air Force apologize and punish those responsible or face a federal civil-rights lawsuit.

Apparently Loretta Lynch is an expert on Islam.  Wow.  Not only did Obama's leftist radical pick for attorney general Loretta Lynch targeted Republican Michael Grimm in an investigation,, but she proclaims to be an expert on Islam. [...] Either Loretta Lynch is a Muslim, or a Muslim sympathizer.  Typical of the Obama regime.

Loretta Lynch vows to protect Muslims and take action against 'Anti Muslim Rhetoric'.  Want to know why Loretta Lynch will be scrubbing the Omar Mateen transcripts of any Islam or ISIS references?  Obviously it's because of her and Obama's sympahtizes towards Islamic terror.  You may or may not have seen this charade by Loretta Lynch vowing to protect Muslims and "taking action" against anything she or the Obama regime deemed "Anti Muslim rhetoric".  [Video clip]

AG Lynch to Muslim community:  You 'are under our protection'.  U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch says the Justice Department is determined to work with the Muslim community in America to identify self-radicalized jihadists before they can harm other Americans.  "It is very important for us to maintain our contacts within the Muslim community because often individuals, if they're from that community and they're being radicalized, their friends and families will see it first," Lynch told CNN's Dana Bash.

Obama Attorney General:  Muslims are "Under Our Protection".  It had to be either Muslims or Americans.  And Obama and his people certainly aren't keeping Americans under their protection.

Missouri: DMV Allows Personalized 'JIHAD' License Plate for Muslims.  A personalized license plate that reads 'JIHAD 1' has been allowed in the state of Missouri. [...] After examining the policies for granting or denying personalized license plates, a Department of Revenue representative told them they had no legal authority to deny the word.  However, a similar personalized license plate that read 'J1HAD' was rejected by the state in 2009.  The state did not provide an explanation for why that particular license was rejected while this one was allowed, according to News 4.

Why Not Admit the Obvious:  The President Won't Blame Them because He Agrees with Them.  Throughout this week, we have seen news reports of FBI analysts, whose work was to connect the dots, having their files erased of all Muslim suspects who were actively plotting against us.  We have heard of how the FBI's hands were tied, and the new rules required that they drop their surveillance of Muslim suspects against whom concrete evidence had not yet been found and how those suspects went on to commit mass murder, including this week in Orlando.  We have heard how employers and neighbors of Muslims who engaged in terrorism here were afraid of saying anything against the terrorists because they were Muslim, including both Orlando and San Bernardino.  Our government has vowed to punish those who express legitimate fears about Muslims behaving suspiciously, which the government deems Islamophobia rather than domestic or national security.  That is, our government has vowed to punish Americans who have the audacity to object to their own destruction.  How would any of this be different if we had an openly Muslim president and a pro-Muslim, pro-sharia government?

Feds Spend $564,231 on Farmers' Markets for Refugees.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture is spending over $500,000 to start farmers markets for refugees on food stamps.  The International Rescue Committee (IRC) enrolls 10,000 refugees in the United States every year onto the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps.  The group received the funding to provide "culturally-appropriate" corner stores and food markets.  "The IRC will expand and deepen the impact of its successful Fresh Fund incentive program over the next four years in seven refugee-rich neighborhoods across Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Baltimore, and Charlottesville," according to the grant, part of a $16.8 million effort announced by the agency last week to get food stamp enrollees to eat more vegetables.  The agency said refugees and immigrants in the United States are simultaneously at risk for "under-nutrition and obesity, and are highly dependent on SNAP to meet nutritional needs."

The Editor says...
I don't think I have ever seen a single article packed with so much Newspeak.  The "refugees" are Muslims.  They are "highly dependent on SNAP," which means they don't have jobs and will be a perpetual burden to the public, even if they aren't coming here to kill us.  The government is going to "provide 'culturally-appropriate' corner stores and food markets," meaning halal food will be provided at government expense exclusively and specifically for Muslims.

Saudi Arabia's Prince Mohammed in US for talks with Obama.  The Saudi deputy crown prince Mohammed bin Salman is expected to meet president Barack Obama on a visit to the United States this week to discuss security and economic ties at a time of strained relations between the two countries.  After arriving in the US on Monday [6/13/2016], Prince Mohammed, who is also Saudi Arabia's defence minister, shared iftar with secretary of state John Kerry at the diplomat's residence.

Kerry on Orlando: 'We Try to Undo Hate' at State Department.  Kerry is scheduled to break the Ramadan fast at an iftar dinner with visiting Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman this evening [6/13/2016].

Texas county agrees to remove crosses from patrol vehicles to settle lawsuit.  A Texas county agreed Monday [6/6/2016] to remove the display of Christian crosses on sheriff's vehicles to settle a lawsuit with an atheist group.  The Austin American-Statesman reported that Brewster County officials agreed to pay the Freedom From Religion Foundation nearly $22,000 in legal fees and $400 in other court costs.  The settlement was approved last week.  According to the paper, two other atheists who joined the group's lawsuit against the county both received $1 each "for past constitutional violations."

New Jersey court blocks grants to religious colleges.  A state appeals court ruled Thursday [5/26/2016] that New Jersey may not award state grants intended for building renovations to two religious colleges.  The proposal was initially challenged in 2013, when the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit against Gov.  Chris Christie's administration on the grounds that it was unconstitutionally promoting particular religious doctrines, and thus violating the state's Establishment Clause, by awarding grants to an Orthodox Jewish yeshiva and a Presbyterian seminary.

Memorial Day crosses for fallen soldiers removed after a single complaint.  A Memorial Day display featuring dozens of white crosses to honor fallen soldiers was removed from public property in Georgia after someone complained.  The 79 handmade crosses in Hiram were meant to represent the 79 Paulding County residents who died in America's wars, officials told Fox News.  Hours after the crosses were posted along Highway 92, an unnamed resident called the office of City Manager Barry Atkinson and asked whether a Christian display was appropriate.

The Editor says...
How would it be inappropriate to commemorate deceased soldiers on Memorial Day?  The public officials in Georgia need to find a collective backbone and tell the solitary complainant to get over it.

Obama Issues Proclamation: 'Our Country Was Founded on the Idea of Religious Freedom'.  In a proclamation designating May 5 as a National Day of Prayer, President Barack Obama said Wednesday [5/4/2016] that the United States was "founded on the idea of religious freedom" and that the U.S. "will continue to stand up for those around the world who are subject to fear or violence because of their religion or beliefs."

The Editor says...
This would almost be commendable were it not for the fact that Obama never "stands up" for Christians or any other religious group other than Muslims.

Seven Sure Signs That America Has Declared War On Our Faith.  [#2] The Colorado Supreme Court has chosen not to hear the case of Christian baker Jack Phillips who was previously ordered by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission "to create cakes for same-sex celebrations, re-educate his staff, and file quarterly 'compliance' reports for two years." [...] The Court declined to hear the case, meaning that the state's Civil Rights Commission not only has the power to require a bakery to make same-sex "wedding" cakes but also to require that baker to "reeducate" his staff and file regular reports proving that he is baking those cakes.  Chairman Mao would be proud of state-mandated "reeducation" like this.

On campaign trail, Clinton finds comfort zone at churches.  Black Baptist churches may not seem like an obvious match for Clinton, a white Methodist from the Chicago suburbs.  But the Democratic presidential candidate, who has been criticized for her tentative, sometimes awkward political skills, often seems most at ease in houses of worship.  It's where she's shared her faith for many years and earned a loyal following.

Fact check:
Is Hillary really a Methodist?  Why then does she have a reputation as a chronic liar?  And if Hillary is really "from the Chicago suburbs," does that mean she didn't live in Massachusetts while attending Wellesley College, or live in Connecticut while attending Yale Law School, or live in Arkansas while her husband was the governor, or live in Washington DC while she was Secretary of State, or suddenly move to New York (carpetbagger!) to acquire a seat in the U.S. Senate?

Hillary stumps area churches.  Hillary Clinton asked Philadelphia congregants to "honor me with your vote" as she visited two African American churches in the city Sunday morning [4/24/2016], campaigning just ahead of a Pennsylvania primary that could all but seal her grip on the Democratic nomination for president.

The Editor says...
As usual, when a Democrat candidate is the featured speaker at an all-black church, my comments are:  [#1] Why is it okay for a Democrat to campaign in a church, and effusively compliment their denomination specifically, but if a Republican does the same, it's "establishing a religion," and [#2] Why is it okay for a Democrat to attend and support an all-black church, but if a Republican appeared in an all-white church it would be "racist?"

Obama Admin Awards $270K to Controversial Islamic Charity.  The Obama administration has awarded $270,000 to an Islamic charity that has been outlawed by some governments for its support of the terror group Hamas and other jihadist organizations, according to grant documents.  The Department of Health and Human Services has provided a $270,000 grant to Islamic Relief Worldwide, a charity that has repeatedly been linked to terrorism financing and support for Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, according to recent grant information.  The grant was awarded as part of a larger project to provide health services in Nairobi, Kenya, through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to the grant.

Muslim Brotherhood Day on Capitol Hill.  On Monday, April 18, legislators' offices will be visited by individuals associated with a group unknown to most lawmakers:  The United States Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO).  In the interest of helping members of the U.S. Congress understand precisely who their interlocutors are, permit a brief introduction:  The USCMO is the latest in a long series of front organizations associated with, and working to advance, the agenda of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States.  Members of Congress should be clear about the true nature of that agenda.  It is laid out most authoritatively in a document introduced into evidence by federal prosecutors in the course of the largest terrorism financing trial in the nation's history, U.S. v.  Holy Land Foundation et al.

When Hostility to Religion Means Making Christian Kids Less Safe.  Missouri — because it purports to love children and the environment — created a program that uses scrap rubber from old tires to resurface playgrounds to make them safer.  The program is funded through a surcharge on new tires, rubber that would otherwise pack landfills is put to good use, and kids bounce when they fall.  Everyone wins, right?  Well, not everyone.  Missouri excludes religious organizations from the program.  Christian kids at Christian schools don't get to bounce.  So when Trinity Lutheran Church submitted a request for rubberized flooring for a playground that is used not just by the children at its Early Learning Center but also — after-hours and on weekends — by children in the community, the state denied its application.

Tennessee governor vetoes bill making [The] Bible [its] official book.  The bill had narrowly passed both chambers of the Tennessee General Assembly after sponsors said it aimed at honoring the significance of the Bible in the state's history and economy, as opposed to a government endorsement of religion.

High school wants to shut down off-campus 'Jesus Lunch'.  There's a religious liberty standoff underway in Middleton, Wisconsin.  On one side is a group of Christian moms armed with Chick-fil-A sandwiches and 400 homemade brownies.  On the other side are public school administrators who believe that Jesus and plump juicy chicken breasts are "divisive.  The controversy surrounds an off-campus lunch event involving students at Middleton High School known as "Jesus Lunch.  The high school allows students to eat lunch off-campus.  In 2014 a small group of parents began meeting with their children in a nearby park — providing home cooked meals along with a Christian-themed, inspirational message.

Wisconsin school, parents at odds over 'Jesus lunches'.  School administrators are asking parents to stop hosting free lunches accompanied by discussions about Christianity outside a high school in Middleton, citing legal concerns.  A handful of parents have been organizing the noontime meetings, which students call "Jesus Lunches," outside Middleton High since 2014. As the meetings grew, organizers moved them to Fireman's Park across from the school.  Superintendent Donald Johnson and Principal Stephen Plank emailed the parents this week asking them to end the lunches.  They say the district leases the park during school hours, so its rules apply.  That includes rules about food safety and food preparation, food allergy procedures and visitor policies.

School superintendent, principal confront moms over 'Jesus Lunch'.  School administrators in Middleton, Wisconsin have intensified their threats and intimidation of a group of mothers who host a weekly "Jesus Lunch" for students at a park adjacent to Middleton High School.  New video shows school officials physically confronting one of the moms in the park — as one woman's stunned husband observes from a distance.  The moms were undeterred and told school officials they were going to serve lunch regardless of their objections.  "These ongoing attempts to suppress free speech by school officials are disgraceful," said Phillip Stamman, an attorney representing the moms.  "These mothers devote hours each week to serving the students with free meals and a brief message about Jesus.  They should not be bullied or harassed ... but praised."

Exclusive Video:  School administrators try to physically block parents from hosting 'Jesus Lunch'.  Middleton-Cross Plains school district officials are doing more than urging parents to stop serving "Jesus Lunches" to high school students at a public park every Tuesday.  They have been physically trying to block the parents from using the park.  School officials set up cones to block parents from using the parking lot at Fireman's Park, near Middleton High School, on Tuesday, according to Phil Stamman, an attorney who is representing the mothers involved with the Jesus Lunch program.  [Video clip]

The Editor says...
Does the school have exclusive rights to a public park?  Not likely.  What's more likely is the school administration is determined to suppress any discussion of Christianity.

Pope Francis urges greater acceptance of homosexuals, non-traditional families.  Pope Francis put his shoulder to the doors of the Catholic Church and shoved them open a little wider Friday [4/8/2016], calling for the church to be more tolerant in practice while not changing any official doctrines.  He urged priests around the world to be more accepting of gays and lesbians, divorced Catholics and other people living in what the church considers "irregular" situations.

The Editor says...
Obviously the Pope does not understand God, because the Bible makes it abundantly clear that God considers homosexuality to be an abomination.

Soros Co-opting Churches to Push New World Order.  After bankrolling everything from the Obama campaign and Occupy Wall Street to open-borders activists and revolutionary movements around the world, billionaire globalist George Soros has a new target: churches and pastors in the nation of Georgia that are worried about surrendering their future to the European Union.  Yes, the same EU that Soros, a self-described atheist, recently said was on the "verge of collapse."  The Soros-globalist agenda here is simple and fairly transparent.  In essence, Soros and various European governments are tired of pastors from the Georgian Orthodox Church warning their flocks about the dangers of surrendering their sovereignty and right to self-government to the increasingly radical EU super-state.  And so, they are using Soros money and taxpayer funds to "train" the pastors in how to love the EU and promote it to their trusting congregations.  The Soros organization at the center of the scheming is known as the "Center for Development and Democracy," or CDD.

Lawmakers designate Bible as official state book.  Tennessee lawmakers voted to make the Bible the official book of the state, passing the measure with a 19-8 vote and sending it to the governor's desk for approval.  Opponents argued the bill, if signed into law by Gov.  Bill Haslam, actually trivializes the Bible and opens the door to constitutional challenges.

The Editor says...
Let the challenges begin!  There's nothing in the Constitution that would prohibit each of the 50 states from establishing their own official religions.

Sens. Cruz, Lee Accuse Justice Department of Favoring Abortion Clinics Over Churches.  Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah are accusing the Justice Department of pursuing "frivolous prosecutions" against the pro-life movement and having, according to the senators' offices, "what appears to be an exceptionally heavy bias" in favor of abortion clinics over houses of worship in a letter sent to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch Tuesday [3/29/2016].  The letter concerns the Justice Department's enforcement of the 1994 Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act, a law that prohibits any use or threat of force and physical obstruction outside abortion clinics and places of religious worship.  The law, however, does not criminalize peaceful protests or other First Amendment protected activities outside abortion facilities or places of worship.

Atheist Group Objects to Muslim Prayer Spaces at University of Iowa.  A litigious atheist organization known for its lawsuits challenging Christian prayer and symbols in public spaces and Bibles in public schools is now voicing objection to the designation of a Muslim prayer space at the University of Iowa (UI).  The Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) says it is "questioning the appropriateness" of the two prayer rooms created primarily for male and female Muslim faculty and students at UI.

Broken Arrow water tower
Why does this water tower anger atheists?  The city council in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma was in a bit of a pickle.  The city was in the middle of a growth spurt and needed high ground to build a one-million gallon water tower.  But the property they needed was owned by the First Baptist Church.  So they made a deal with Pastor Nick Garland and the congregation.


President Obama Next Week Will Open the Largest American Mosque.  America's largest mosque complex, officially known as Turkish-American Culture and Civilization Center, was built with Turkish funding under the supervision of the Turkish religious foundation (Diyanet).  The $100 million mega mosque in Lanham, Maryland, will soon be open for Muslim worshipers in the Washington, DC area, as their link shows:  "Turkey's President Tayyip Erdoğan and US President Barack Obama are expected to open the mosque." [...] [In plain] English:  expect a spiritual Bubonic plague all with mystic Sufism and wakeup calls of Allahu-Akbar from loudspeakers thundering the community at the wee hours of the night.

Maryland: Obama expected to open largest mega-mosque complex in U.S..  ["]The $100 million mega-mosque in Maryland, US will soon be open in the Washington, DC area, as Turkey's President Tayyip Erdoğan is expected to open the mosque during his official visit to the US between March 29 and April 2.  America's largest mosque complex, officially known as the Turkish-American Culture and Civilization Center, was built with Turkish funding under the supervision of the Turkish religious foundation (Diyanet).  Almost all $100 million for the mosque was funded by the Religious Affairs and the Religious Foundation of Turkey.["]

Colorado School District to Begin Distribution of Satanic Materials to Children.  After coming under fire from atheist groups for the distribution of free Bibles, the Delta County School District (DCSD) has approved the circulation of atheistic, secular and Satanic literature to middle and high school students.  Several atheist organizations, including The Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers (WCAF) and the Satanic Temple, applied to distribute their literature as a challenge to the school district's "open forum" policy that allows any group to distribute non-curricular literature to students, as long as it conforms to policy guidelines.

DOJ Announces New Effort to 'Promote Religious Freedom' in the Nation's Schools.  Under the banner of civil rights enforcement, the U.S. Justice Department plans to "promote religious freedom" in the nation's public schools by cracking down on discrimination and bullying, especially as it may affect Muslims.  The new enforcement effort announced on Tuesday will "expand" DOJ's ability to investigate and prosecute complaints; lead community outreach; and develop guidance for federal prosecutors.

Pope Francis calls for global abolition of the death penalty saying 'Thou shalt not kill' applies to the guilty as well as the innocent'.  Pope Francis has called on Catholic leaders to seek a ban on the death penalty exclaiming that 'Thou shall not kill applies to the guilty as well as the innocent'.  Speaking to thousands at St. Peter's Square, in the Vatican, the Pontiff asked politicians around the world to make 'a courageous and exemplary gesture' during the Church's current Holy Year.

The Editor asks...
What's a "Holy Year?"  All all others unholy years?

Pope Francis calls on Christians to abolish death penalty.  Pope Francis on Sunday urged Catholic leaders to show "exemplary" courage by not allowing executions this year, while expressing hope that eventually the death penalty will be abolished worldwide.

Why some African-American evangelicals are playing the Trump card.  Pastor Mark Burns recalled how he walked into his first face-to-face meeting with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in October 2015 "full of apprehension:"  "Several other African-American pastors were scheduled to come but they backed out last minute due to heat from their congregation," said Burns, who preaches in his hometown of Easley, South Carolina, at The Harvest Praise & Worship Center.

In going after Trump's Christianity is Pope on Obama duty?  Was Pope Francis out on 'Obama Duty' when he declared that Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump is not a Christian?  On Tuesday, Feb. 16 Obama stated that Donald Trump would never be president.  On Thursday, Feb. 18 came the pontiff's pronouncement that Trump is not Christian.

Will: Pope talks about things he knows little about.  Washington Post columnist George Will took a shot at Pope Francis Thursday [2/18/2016] after the pontiff supposedly criticized billionaire businessman Donald Trump's plan to build a wall on the southern border.  "I don't think the pope should intervene in our politics.  I particularly think he's not up to speed on what we're arguing about," Will said in an phone interview with Newsmax TV's Steve Malzberg.  "And this pope has shown a proclivity — to put it politely — for speaking about things about which he has no particular expertise."  "Climate change, income redistribution and all the rest," he continued, adding that Francis has a "Latin American, left-wing political agenda, and I think it influenced this."

Good Fences.  The big election kerfuffle of the week was the Pope's ill-considered attack on those who want to limit illegal immigration from Mexico by building a wall at the border.  To many it seemed an attack on Donald Trump whose campaign against illegal immigration struck a receptive chord with voters.  Many noted the hypocrisy of such a statement coming from the head of the Vatican state which is itself surrounded by a wall erected in the ninth, fifteenth, and sixteenth centuries to protect against pirates and invaders.

After branding Trump 'not Christian' for his plans to build a wall on the Mexican border the Pope heads home to Vatican City... which is surrounded by a wall.  After warning Donald Trump that building a 'huge wall' on the Mexican border is 'not Christian', Pope Francis is returning home to Vatican City.... which is entirely surrounded by an enormous stone wall.  The Pope made a direct dig at The Donald before he left his week-long tour of Mexico today, telling his followers that the idea was 'not in the gospel'.  However, Trump's supporters were quick to point out the irony of the Pontiff's words, as the Vatican is behind a walled enclave that sits within the city of Rome.

5 Problems With Pope Francis' Comments On Donald Trump's Faith.  Our media, currently in the throes of one of the most damaging co-dependent relationships with a candidate the country has ever seen, immediately ran with headlines about how Francis was definitively saying Trump is not a Christian. [...] But there is no way that Trump suffers from being criticized by the Pope, and the media enablers get to spend even more time obsessed with their favorite subject.  In any case, here are a few problems with Pope Francis' comments, however well-intentioned they may have been. [...]

Evangelicals Are Not the Boogeyman.  Recently I've had several people ask me what the deal is with Ted Cruz and "the evangelicals."  The people inquiring are Christians, some even evangelicals.  They ask, "What exactly is an evangelical, anyway?"  In our culture, the term is used rather loosely — and, more often than I'd like, pejoratively.  I'm seeing columns, blog posts and tweets galore suggesting in hushed terms that Ted Cruz adheres to some fringe philosophy that Christians must take over the world.  It's not enough to accuse them of advocating a theocracy limited merely to the United States.  No, world domination is their aim.  This fear-mongering propaganda needs to be addressed and discredited.

The Editor says...
There is a group in America that really does want to set up a theocracy, and whose goal really is world domination, but the liberals don't seem to care.

Pope Francis Rips Capitalism, American Immigration Policy at Mexican Border.  Pope Francis, apparently desperate to reach out to the Catholic Church's growing base in Latin America, spent the day slapping Americans in the face from across the US-Mexico border.  In Ciudad Juarez, one of the most violent cities in the Western Hemisphere thanks to the drug cartels, the pope walked up a ramp covered in flowers toward a cross "erected... in memory of migrants who have perished trying to reach the United States just a stone's throw away," according to Reuters.  Funny, he never did that while visiting Cuba to pay tribute to those who died attempting to escape that Communist hellhole. He reserved his spite for a nation with one of the most generous immigration policies on the planet.

Reality TV: Obama at the Mosque.  [Scroll down]  Our Founders did not want the kind of society where the government imposes a state religion.  They did not want the government to interfere in the free exercise of religion.  They never envisioned government telling employers who to hire or fire, in general, especially relating to any sort of religious practice, or how to go about their business, to "accommodate" the religious beliefs of employees.  Moreover, Obama is selective, government can make Christians can go against their beliefs, but government must force businesses to "accommodate" the religious beliefs of Muslims.

Obama's Mosque Speech Was A Dangerous Fantasy.  Yesterday [2/4/2016], Obama spoke about the evils of Islamophobia to a group that featured women covered, subordinated, and segregated from men.  I'm happy he's open-minded about that sort of thing.  Americans are free to practice their faith in any way they choose.  But I'm not sure why all of us should feel obligated to celebrate this kind of narrow-mindedness as well.  You will remember how offended liberals get when presidential candidates visit Bob Jones University or Mormons fund campaigns they find objectionable.  Why is this different?

Obama defends the faith.  President Obama seems to believe in nothing more than he does the defense of Islam.  He specializes in pronouncements on what is truly Islamic and what is not.  Such pronouncements are always intended to preserve the good name of Islam.  Al Qaeda, of course, not Islamic.  The Islamic State, not Islamic.  San Bernardino murderers Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, not Islamic.  The Islamic Republic of Iran, well, they must be Islamic, but I don't think anyone has bothered to ask him.  Obama seeks to ally the United States with the Iranian regime, as he sought to ally the United States with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Emails Show Feds Specifically Targeted Faith Groups Under Obamacare Mandate.  Internal government emails from October 2011 and July 2012 obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services officials obsessed over which Catholic universities are exempt from the requirement to provide contraceptive coverage for students and staff.  Judicial Crisis Network chief counsel Carrie Severino said the emails reveal federal officials defined religious organizations narrowly and arbitrarily by the tax code, rather than broadly and based on a desire for religious freedom, in order to make the maximum number of such organizations subject to the contraception coverage mandate.

Obama's trip to Baltimore mosque is good for the country: White House.  The White House said Monday [2/1/2016] that President Obama's visit to a Baltimore mosque this week is "important for the country" in light of anti-Muslim sentiment from Republican presidential candidates.  Mr. Obama's visit to the Islamic Society of Baltimore on Wednesday [2/3/2016] will be "an opportunity to reaffirm that religious freedom and religious tolerance [are] essential to our way of life in this country," said White House press secretary Josh Earnest.

The Editor says...
Barack H. Obama says he is for religious tolerance, when he really means he wants the rest of us to tolerate Islam, no matter what its followers do.  How much religious tolerance does Mr. Obama show for the pro-life Catholics?

The US Mosque Obama Has Chosen For His First Presidential Visit Has Deep Extremist Ties.  The White House announced on Saturday that Obama will visit the Islamic Society of Baltimore (ISB) on Wednesday.  He has visited several mosques overseas as president but has resisted visiting one in the homeland.  The purpose of the trip, according to the White House, is to "celebrate the contributions Muslim Americans make to our nation and reaffirm the importance of religious freedom to our way of life."  But ISB is a curious choice for Obama's first domestic visit.  The mosque is a member of a network of mosques controlled by the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), a Muslim civil rights group named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 2008 Holy Land Foundation terror case.  Several executives with that organization were convicted of sending money to aid the terrorist group Hamas.

Obama To Visit Mosque Tied To Terrorism (To Show Muslims Don't Support Terrorism).  In a good-will gesture to Muslims, whom he thinks are being unfairly linked to terrorism after San Bernardino, the president plans on Wednesday to visit a large mosque that merely validates the linkage he decries.  To promote "religious tolerance" for Muslims and Islam, Obama will make the first visit of his presidency to a U.S. mosque that happens to be controlled by a radical Muslim Brotherhood front group his own Justice Department has implicated in the largest terrorist fundraising plot in U.S. history.

Obama to make first visit of his presidency to a U.S. mosque next week.  President Obama will make the first visit during his presidency to a U.S. mosque, the White House announced Saturday [1/30/2016], part of the administration's push to promote religious tolerance at a time when rhetoric linking Islam with terrorism is growing.  On Wednesday, the president will visit the Islamic Society of Baltimore, a sprawling community center in the city's western suburbs that serves thousands of people with a place of worship, a housing complex and schools, according to its website.  It is one of the Mid-Atlantic region's largest Muslim centers and describes itself as aspiring "to be the anchor of a growing Muslim community with diverse backgrounds, democratically governed, relating to one another with inclusiveness and tolerance, and interacting with neighbors in an Islamic exemplary manner."

Don't they all?
The US Mosque Obama Has Chosen For His First Presidential Visit Has Deep Extremist Ties.  The White House announced on Saturday [1/30/2016] that Obama will visit the Islamic Society of Baltimore (ISB) on Wednesday [2/3/2016].  He has visited several mosques overseas as president but has resisted visiting one in the homeland.  The purpose of the trip, according to the White House, is to "celebrate the contributions Muslim Americans make to our nation and reaffirm the importance of religious freedom to our way of life."  But ISB is a curious choice for Obama's first domestic visit.  The mosque is a member of a network of mosques controlled by the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), a Muslim civil rights group named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 2008 Holy Land Foundation terror case.  Several executives with that organization were convicted of sending money to aid the terrorist group Hamas.

Obama to Speak at Baltimore Mosque Where Imam Condoned Suicide Bombings.  President Obama is set to speak next week at a mosque which was led for over a decade by an Imam who justified suicide bombings in some circumstances and who helped found a mosque with ties to Al Qaeda.  The President will visit the Islamic Society of Baltimore on Wednesday [2/3/2016] and deliver remarks there, the White House confirmed on Saturday.  This will be the first time the President has paid an official visit to a mosque during his seven years as President.  However, Obama has toured mosques while on overseas trips.

Obama to meet with Muslims on 1st visit to US mosque.  In a public show of support, President Barack Obama will meet with Muslim community members Wednesday [2/3/2016] in Baltimore on his first presidential visit to an American mosque.  Obama plans to hold talks with Muslim leaders at the Islamic Society of Baltimore, the White House announced Saturday [1/30/2016].  The visit will amount to a public embrace of Muslims by Obama at a time when public sentiment against them seems to be growing, largely fueled by fears of terrorist acts carried out by extremist groups.

Obama to make first visit of his presidency to a U.S. mosque next week.  President Obama will make the first visit during his presidency to a U.S. mosque, the White House announced Saturday [1/30/2016], part of the administration's push to promote religious tolerance at a time when rhetoric linking Islam with terrorism is growing.  On Wednesday [2/3/2016], the president will visit the Islamic Society of Baltimore, a sprawling community center in the city's western suburbs that serves thousands of people with a place of worship, a housing complex and schools, according to its website.

Public school kisses Valentine's Day goodbye.  The Baby Jesus, Tom Turkey and Cupid are about to be given the heave-ho at a Minnesota elementary school to be more inclusive of their ethnically diverse student population.  Bruce Vento Elementary School, in St. Paul, has decided to stop celebrating Valentine's Day along with other "dominant holidays" including Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Lawmakers work to block Satanist group from saying prayer at council meeting.  Arizona lawmakers are scrambling to change the rules regarding prayer at council meetings in an effort to keep The Satanic Temple from delivering an invocation at a February session.  According to ABC 15, the Phoenix City Council meeting planned for mid-February is expected to begin with a Satanist prayer.  But lawmakers are planning to vote this week on a possible change to the rules, effectively making it impossible for Satanists to deliver the opening invocation.

The American president uses tax dollars to rebuild mosques overseas.  In 2010, the Obama Regime gave $770 million to refurbish mosques in Mideast Muslim countries at a time when the United States was suffering its worst financial crisis since the Stock Market Crash of 1929.

U.S. Warns Employers to Protect Muslim Rights, Directs Victims to File Complaints.  In the aftermath of the San Bernardino terrorist attacks the Obama administration has issued a new warning regarding workplace discrimination "against individuals who are, or perceived to be, Muslim or Middle Eastern."  American businesses are to accommodate the religious needs of Muslims and assure that they aren't being harassed or intimidated, states the order which was issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the bloated federal agency that enforces the nation's workplace discrimination laws.  Those who don't oblige will be prosecuted by the administration for violating federal law, specifically Title VII of the Civil Right Act which prohibits discrimination on the bases of religion.

Scalia Dismisses Concept of Religious Neutrality in Speech.  Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said Saturday [1/2/2016] the idea of religious neutrality is not grounded in the country's constitutional traditions and that God has been good to the U.S. exactly because Americans honor him.  Scalia was speaking at a Catholic high school in the New Orleans suburb of Metairie, Louisiana.  Scalia, who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1986 is the court's longest serving justice.  He has consistently been one of the court's more conservative members.  He told the audience at Archbishop Rummel High School that there is "no place" in the country's constitutional traditions for the idea that the state must be neutral between religion and its absence.

A short, total rebuttal to climate alarmism.  [Scroll down]  In only 603 words, we proved the alarmists' climate hypothesis is wrong.  Therefore, it is a cult religion.  The US government and its agencies like the EPA have forced the alarmists' climate cult religion on the American public in opposition to the First Amendment to our Constitution. [...] Our CO2 does not control climate.  CO2 is not a pollutant.  Carbon is not a pollutant.  The best way to "address" climate change is to do nothing.

Obamas say Happy Kwanzaa; most candidates say nothing.  President Obama extended his "warmest wishes" to families across the U.S. celebrating Kwanzaa, a holiday which honors African-American culture.  "Today begins a week-long celebration of African-American heritage and culture through family and community festivities," a statement released the White House on Saturday [12/26/2015] said.

More information — none of it favorable — about Kwanzaa.

Churches offer refuge for Central Americans facing U.S. deportation.  Leaders of the church-based Sanctuary Movement vowed on Friday [12/25/2015] to offer their places of worship as refuge for immigrants facing deportation under an Obama administration crackdown on Central American families who entered the United States illegally.  The statement came two days after The Washington Post first reported the U.S. government was planning a series of raids to remove hundreds of undocumented families as early as January in the first such large-scale effort targeting the recent flood of border crossers.  The Department of Homeland Security preparations to intensify deportations of Central American migrants, confirmed by U.S. government sources, drew immediate fire from Democratic presidential candidates and human rights groups.

Democrats Pass Resolution Condemning Anyone Who Speaks Against Islam.  Stephen Coughlin alerted me to a House Resolution introduced on December 17th, H.Res. 569, "Condemning violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States.114th Congress (2015-2016)."  As of this writing, the country remains clueless about this development.  The resolution was introduced by Virginia Democrat Donald S. Beyer, and sponsored by Frank Pallone, a New Jersey Democrat, and endorsed by seventy-one other Representatives, most of them Democrats, and possibly a sprinkling of Republicans.  The resolution has gone into committee, but one can predict with confidence that it will emerge virtually unscathed and unaltered.  After all, the "victims" are Muslims, and the House wishes to put it in the record that certain of its members are against hurting anyone's feelings.

Tis the Season to be Offended.  This is the time of year when news of people being offended by Christian symbols reaches a high point.  Progressives view complaints about a "war on Christmas" as manufactured. [...] Most of these "manufactured" offenses take place in schools, the media, the military, and government bureaucracies.  When some of its more extreme examples are exposed to the public the first reaction is to deny they happened.  It appears that the government is attempting to eradicate all mention of Christianity without drawing excessive attention to their program.  Professor James Hitchcock has written, "Far from being neutral, the American government is now in the position of favoring unbelief over belief and irreligion over religion."  When there is media attention to their efforts and a strong reaction they tend to deny that they were establishing a new policy.

State Department chides cardinal over gay slurs against US ambassador.  The State Department weighed in Tuesday [12/22/2015] on an escalating war of words between the U.S. ambassador to the Dominican Republic and a cardinal who has leveled gay slurs against him — telling FoxNews.com the fight "does underscore" the importance of pushing human rights causes.  U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic James "Wally" Brewster, who is openly gay and married, has been mocked over his sexual orientation by Cardinal Archbishop Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez for more than two years.  It got so heated that earlier this month, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., sent a letter to Pope Francis asking him to intervene in the verbal attacks.

Islam: Not Just a Religion.  Americans are having a hard time discussing the problem of Muslim immigration and assimilation because Islam is not just a religion; it's a whole way of life, civil and spiritual.  The First Amendment was written because Christians of all denominations believed that while people's religious beliefs are the basis for the law, no one Christian group should be supported by the power of the federal government.  After all, that's why many Americans had fled England.  Islam, according to many Muslims, rejects that principle and declares that all authority belongs to Islam.  It's as though Catholics believed that the pope should be the ultimate authority for setting the fine you have to pay if you get a speeding ticket.

Football coach suspended for midfield prayer files discrimination complaint.  One coach prayed to God.  Another coach chanted to Buddha.  But only one got punished — the Christian coach.  Joe Kennedy, a beloved assistant football coach in Bremerton, Washington, was suspended on Oct. 28 after he refused to stop his post-game prayers at the 50-yard line.  On Tuesday [12/15/2015], he filed a discrimination complaint against the school district, claiming the district did not punish the team's offensive coordinator for conducting Buddhist chants in a similar manner.

White House looks to curb anti-Muslim sentiment.  The White House on Monday [12/14/2015] began "staff-level" meetings and calls with religious leaders to discuss how they could help combat growing anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States.  Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to President Obama, and Melissa Rogers, who leads the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, held a conference call with leaders of all religions from across the country.

Court to Decide Whether Islam-Education Order Went Too Far.  After a landlord was convicted of pushing her Muslim tenant down a flight of stairs, a judge ordered her to respect the rights of all Muslims and to take an introductory course on Islam.  Now the highest court in Massachusetts is being asked to decide whether the judge violated the landlord's constitutional rights.

AP Ignores Rabbi's Outrageous Politicized Invocation at White House Hanukkah Event.  As seen in a Wednesday afternoon [12/9/2015] White House video, Rabbi Susan Talve essentially hijacked the event to praise a series of leftist causes, touching many of the Obama administration's pet projects along the way:  open-ended immigration and "refugee" acceptance; Black Lives Matter "activists"; gun control; paranoia over "Islamophobia, and homophobia and transphobia"; and "justice for Palestinians as allies committed to peace."

Church slapped with criminal summons over worship service 'noise'.  "Silent Night" has new meaning for a Louisiana church after they were issued criminal sanctions because their worship services exceeded 60 decibels — which is about the same noise level of a dishwasher.  The executive pastor of Vintage Church was issued a criminal summons and the rest of the staff was threatened with "physical arrest" if they used any microphones or amplified sound in their worship services, according to a lawsuit filed by Liberty Institute.

Bench with engraved Bible verse removed from North Carolina park.  Officials removed a bench dedicated to a young car crash victim from a North Carolina park Monday [12/7/2015], and friends claim it was because the bench featured a Bible verse and two crosses.  "I just could not believe that they would take something away from my precious little baby like that," the child's mother, Heather Roten, told Fox 8.  Her 16-month old son, Mason, died after the crash in August.  Friends and Elkin High School alumni say they arranged to create the metal bench and place it in Elkin Municipal Park.

Parents Question Choice To Sing 'Allahu Akbar' At Holiday Concert.  Some parents in the Anoka-Hennepin School District are questioning a choir teacher's decision to use a song about Ramadan performed in Arabic at a holiday concert.  At Thursday night's [12/17/2015] concert at Blaine High School, one of the songs students will be singing includes Arabic words, including the phrase "Allahu Akbar," which means "God is great."

Kentucky Grade School Scrubs All References To Christianity In 'Charlie Brown Christmas'.  Thursday's [12/17/2015] theatrical performance of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" at W.R. Castle Elementary School in rural Johnson County, Kentucky will be bereft of its heart and soul because a single whiner has scared school district officials into censoring all references to religion.  The main scene which will be deleted involves Linus van Pelt reciting a handful of verses from the New Testament's Gospel of Luke to explain to Charlie Brown "what Christmas is all about."

Audience members recite Bible passage deleted from 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'.  The scene at W.R. Castle Elementary School followed a firestorm of controversy in Johnson County this week.  Superintendent Thomas Salyer has said that, following a complaint, he consulted with legal counsel and determined that biblical references should be removed from the play and other Christmas programs in the Eastern Kentucky school district.  He said he was trying to meet the letter of the law.  That decision resulted in people protesting outside the school district offices in Paintsville since Monday [12/14/2015] and a request from a national legal organization to not remove the biblical lines.

Kentucky school district censors religious lines from 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'.  A Kentucky school district is being urged to reconsider after censoring "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and other programs by removing all references to religion.  The Alliance Defending Freedom weighed in Tuesday [12/15/2015] after Johnson County Schools officials agreed to modify its holiday programming in order to avoid a potential lawsuit, a move prompted by a complaint from a parent about the classic Peanuts play.

School principal bans Santa, Thanksgiving and Pledge of Allegiance.  Santa Claus is banned.  The Pledge of Allegiance is no longer recited.  "Harvest festival" has replaced Thanksgiving, and "winter celebrations" substitute for Christmas parties.  New principal Eujin Jaela Kim has given PS 169 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, a politically correct scrub-down, to the dismay of teachers and parents.  "We definitely can't say Christmas, nothing with Christmas on it, nothing with Santa," PTA president Mimi Ferrer said administrators told her.  "No angels.  We can't even have a star because it can represent a religious system, like the Star of David."

Parents' dismay as principal bans all use of 'Christmas' and 'Santa Claus' — and Thanksgiving will be replaced by 'harvest festival'.  A New York City primary school principal has been accused of banning the mention of Christmas by parents.  Principal Eujin Jaela Kim reportedly scrubbed out any mention of the word 'Christmas', 'Santa Claus' and forbade explicit Christmas decorations.  'We definitely can't say Christmas, nothing with Christmas on it, nothing with Santa,' PTA president Mimi Ferrer said administrators told her.  'No angels.  We can't even have a star because it can represent a religious system, like the Star of David,' she told the New York Post.

House Democrats Gathered At A Radical Mosque To Pray, Yes Seriously.  Forget standing in solidarity with the victims and their families.  Nope.  Damage control.  That's what the left's focused on.  Think about it.  CAIR came out and disingenuously "condemned" the San Bernardino attack the very same day it occurred — before the FBI decided to admit that it actually WAS an act of terrorism.  Liberals were in panic mode.  They didn't want us to jump to conclusions, even though all evidence pointed to Islamic terrorism.  Damage control.  That's all they cared about.  [The] next day, instead of condemning the actions of these Islamic animals and standing in solidarity with the victims, liberals decided to mock Christians for praying.  They're just really classy like that.  Unbeknownst to most, a few House Democrats decided to meet at a radical mosque Friday afternoon [12/11/2015] to pray with Muslims.  I'm not kidding.

Treason: DHS Head Jeh Johnson to Meet with Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas on Monday.  How much treasonous and traitorous behavior must Americans endure from our leaders?  Monday evening December 7th — Pearl Harbor Day — the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) — Jeh Johnson — will hold a press conference at the Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas ADAMS Center in Sterling, VA. [...] At what point do we collectively realize leaders like this cannot claim ignorance of the enemy at this level.  Therefore, a rational person would surmise Secretary Johnson is aware ISNA and ADAMS are enemy entities, yet he is going to provide support to them none-the-less.  In these times, Americans have a number of enemies.  In this case, there is the identifiable jihadi threat from organizations like ISNA, NAIT, MPAC, CAIR and so many others.  The enemy also includes senior government officials like Secretary Johnson who is aiding and abetting a Hamas support entity whose doctrine states it is waging "civilization jihad" against us to "destroy America from within" in order to establish [an] Islamic state under Sharia (Islamic Law).

Homeland Security Secretary: If You Don't Know Muslims Want Peace, You Don't Know Islam.  In a Monday [12/7/2015] visit to a Northern Virginia mosque, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson declared "anyone who does not understand" that Muslims want peace "does not understand Islam."  Johnson dropped in on at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society in Sterling, Va., the day after President Obama said Americans have a responsibility to respect their Muslim neighbors.  Johnson said the "new phase" of the terror war — with "terrorist-directed and terrorist-inspired attacks" — requires "a whole new approach to counterterrorism and homeland security," including Muslim outreach as he's done over the past couple of years.

Air Force football players kneeling in prayer are branded a 'putrid' example of 'Christian supremacy' that could provoke ISIS.  A former U.S. Air Force officer has branded the ritual of military football players kneeling in prayer a 'putrid' example of 'Christian supremacy' and demanded it must stop.  Michael Weinstein, president and founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), insisted the public prayers so often seen on the football pitch before games are 'a scandalous outrage'.  He said Air Force Academy football players had approached the MRFF claiming they were forced into joining the prayers, for fear of punishment.

Don't Be Intimidated Into Silence.  This morning Glenn Beck said his security analyst and former CIA officer Buck Sexton at the Blaze confirmed that Homeland Security held the official release of San Bernardino radical Syed Farook's name for several hours to give enough time for the terrorist's family along with Muslim Brotherhood front group CAIR to hold a press conference. [...] But just imagine our government doing something like this for any other religion.  Imagine some radicalized Baptist shooting up a government facility and our president instructing authorities not to release the name until the Westboro Baptists had readied a prepared public statement.  The press would go insane with rage, as well they should.  We must be well aware by now, our president has a certain kinship toward Muslims, radical or not.

Loretta Lynch is unfit to serve.  As most AT readers know, Loretta Lynch recently stated that she would prosecute anyone who expressed "anti-Muslim rhetoric" that led to violence against Muslims.  Among other things, she also invited members of the Muslim community to contact her if their children are bullied at school.  Wow!  Does anyone else have Lynch's direct line so they can hop, skip, and jump over the playground monitor, teacher, counselor, vice-principal, and/or principal to the Attorney General of the United States?  I can almost hear the phones dialing now with the next wave of fabricated clock boy complaints.  Lynch is enforcing Sharia law, creating two classes of citizens.  Muslims are the protected class and non-Muslims are second-class citizens.

Who Are The Most Frequent Victims Of Anti-Religious Hate-Crimes? (Hint: It's Not Muslims).  Following the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, President Obama and Attorney General Loretta Lynch made it a point to warn Americans against an anti-Muslim backlash.  AG Lynch went as far as to suggest that anti-Muslim rhetoric might even be prosecuted.  Speaking at the Muslim Advocates dinner on December 3, Lynch said:  ["]Now obviously this is a country that is based on free speech, but when it edges towards violence, when we see the potential for someone ... lifting that mantle of anti-Muslim rhetoric, or, as we saw after 9/11, violence against individuals who may not even be Muslims but may be perceived to be Muslims ... When we see that, we will take action....["]  But have Muslims been the primary targets of hate-crimes and violence since the terror attacks on 9/11?

Prosecuting Speech?  The day after the terrorist attacks in San Bernardino, Attorney General Loretta Lynch attended a dinner in Washington held by the Muslim Advocates, a Muslim-rights organization.  Lynch made no direct mention of the attacks but addressed the Justice Department's responsibilities in light of what she called a very disturbing rise in anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States since the terrorist massacre in Paris.  Lynch said (from C-Span's transcript of the event) that the United States is based on free speech.  Yet when speech edges towards violence, when we see the potential for someone to lift ... that mantle of anti-Muslim rhetoric ... we will take action.

Vatican's Climate Change Light Show, 21st Century Graffiti.  It's Advent, when the Christian world awaits the coming of Christ.  Everywhere, that is, except at the Vatican, where the Birth of the Christ Child is being forced into taking a back seat for a pagan 'Light Show, — casting 3-D images of earth and animals onto the facade and cupola of Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome.

Democrats to Attend Prayer Service at Radical Mosque.  Democratic lawmakers are planning to attend prayer services at a Washington-area mosque that has been accused of acting as a front for Hamas and that served as the home of terrorist spiritual leader Anwar al-Awlaki, who reportedly mentored two of the 9/11 hijackers.  On the heels of a deadly mass shooting by two Muslim individuals in San Bernardino, California, a group of Democratic lawmakers said they would attend Friday prayer services at the Dar al-Hijrah Mosque in Virginia, which has been linked to the financing of terrorists and where al-Awlaki served as the spiritual leader.  The Democrats set to attend include Reps. Don Beyer (D., Va.), Joseph Crowley (D., N.Y.), Betty McCollum (D., Minn.), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D., D.C.), and several Virginia state lawmakers, according to the New York Times.

Obama/Jarrett Warn FBI Director Over Anti-Muslim Tone.  If true, this is a scenario that appears to pit the Obama White House against FBI Director James Comey over what reports suggest is an increasingly divisive conflict between Mr. Obama and Mrs. Jarrett and federal law enforcement officials regarding feared pending ISIS terror threats inside of the United States.

AG Lynch Tells Muslims To Call Her If Their Children Are 'Bullied' in School.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch urged Muslim parents to contact both the justice department and the education department if they think their children are being "bullied" in school.  "We've seen this for a number of years, we saw it a lot in the New York area [after 9/11], unfortunately, where there would be a backlash against the Muslim community in general," she claimed at a Thursday fundraiser dinner for an Islamic advocacy group, Muslim Advocates.

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When has the U.S. Attorney General ever gone to bat for Catholics or Baptists with this much enthusiasm?

Pope Francis Urges Global Leaders to End 'Tyranny' of Money.  He said free-market capitalism had created a "tyranny" and that human beings were being judged purely by their ability to consume goods.  Money should be made to "serve" people, not to "rule" them, he said, calling for a more ethical financial system and curbs on financial speculation.

Pope Makes Radical, Ridiculous Global Warming Claims.  Pope Francis celebrated a historic Mass in Kenya on Thursday before delivering a stern environmental warning just days ahead of a key climate change conference in Paris.  "It would be sad, and I dare say even catastrophic, were particular interests to prevail over the common good and lead to manipulating information in order to protect their own plans and projects," the Pope said, urging nations to reach an agreement over curbing fossil fuel emissions.

To Pope Francis Christmas [is] only a "charade".  [Scroll down]  What kind of a pope would throw a shadow over the start of the annual Christmas season?  A pope who lends his presence to the big lie that global warming and not Islamic terrorism is the world's biggest threat; a pope whose church was paid $79 million by the Obama administration to force migrant invasion on unsuspecting American citizens.  In fact, the Obama administration was bankrolling America's churches back in 2010, and the tens of millions were flowing into church coffers to prepare for the invasion of America now underway.

ISIS Genocide Victims Do Not Include Christians, the State Department Is Poised to Rule.  A report by a renowned journalist states that Christians are to be excluded from an impending official United States government declaration of ISIS genocide.  If true, it would reflect a familiar pattern within the administration of a politically correct bias that views Christians — even non-Western congregations such as those in Iraq and Syria — never as victims but always as Inquisition-style oppressors.  Yazidis, according to the story by investigative reporter Michael Isikoff, are going to be officially recognized as genocide victims, and rightly so.  Yet Christians, who are also among the most vulnerable religious minority groups that have been deliberately and mercilessly targeted for eradication by ISIS, are not.  This is not an academic matter.

Maryland's largest school district closes for Muslim holiday.  Striking a blow for "fairness," Maryland's largest school district will be closed for a Muslim holiday next fall.  The Montgomery County Board of Education voted 6-2 Tuesday [11/10/2015] to cancel classes on the Islamic holy day of Eid al-Adha next school year.  More than 156,000 students are enrolled in the suburban Washington, D.C. district, according to Fox Baltimore.  It will likely fall on Monday, September 12.

Tulsa Approves CAIR Float for Veteran's Day Parade, Confederate Group Denied.  "For the first time, Oklahoma Muslims will have a float in the Veterans Day Parade in downtown Tulsa on Nov. 11," reports Tulsa World.  The float is being sponsored by CAIR-Oklahoma and the chapter's executive director said it will be used to represent the Muslim community in the state, as well as immigrants and indigenous people.  But when a Confederate veterans group applied for their own float for the parade, they were denied.

School District Outlaws Depiction Of 'any religious leader' After Mom Protests Muhammad Drawing.  A school district superintendent in semi-rural Southern California has completely outlawed all drawings of all religious leaders on campus because a history teacher assigned a vocabulary worksheet that asked students to draw images of Muhammad. [...] The seventh-grade history assignment at High Desert School in Acton, Calif. was a worksheet called "Vocabulary Pictures: The Rise of Islam."  It featured several words including Quran, Mecca, Bedouins and Muhammad.  There was space for students to sketch their own images representing the various words.

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In addition to teaching about Islam, does the same school also teach the history and characteristics of other religions?

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Kentucky Democrat Gives Religious-Themed Speech After GOP Victories: 'Mary Did Not Ride An Elephant Into Bethlehem'.  Kentucky's Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo stumbled Tuesday night [11/3/2015] following big Republican victories, giving a bizarre speech covering Jesus, religion and the Bible and remarking that Mary "did not ride an elephant into Bethlehem" before giving birth to her son.  The Federalist's Mollie Hemingway reported on the odd moment that did not appear to be received well by the assembled Democrats, who offered muted applause to his remarks.

Creeping Sharia in the EEOC.  The EEOC said that Star Transport Inc., a trucking company based in Morton, Ill., violated their religious rights by refusing to accommodate their objections to delivering alcoholic beverages.  "EEOC is proud to support the rights of workers to equal treatment in the workplace without having to sacrifice their religious beliefs or practices," EEOC General Counsel David Lopez announced Thursday [10/29/2015].  "This is fundamental to the American principles of religious freedom and tolerance."

Praying Coach and Freedom of Speech.  According to the dailysignal.com, Coach Kennedy is working with a legal team from Liberty Institute to defend himself against the Bremerton School District.  Litigation between the two parties will be ongoing unless the school district withdraws their suspension of the coach.  Liberty Institute lawyers have called the Bremerton School District a hostile work environment, and they are filing a discrimination suit against the district.

Obama admin helps Muslims win big religious liberty lawsuit; why not Christian bakers?  When a couple of Muslim truck drivers are fired for refusing to haul beer on religious grounds, they're awarded $240,000.  When a couple of bakers refuse to bake a same-sex wedding cake on religious grounds, they're the ones being forced to pay big.  In the case of the Muslim truck drivers, the Obama administration's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission stepped in and won the case for them.

Muslim Drivers Get Religious Freedom but Not Christian Bakers.  "Two Muslim truck drivers who refused to transport alcohol were recently awarded $240,000 by an Illinois judge, according to a press release by the EEOC.  "Truck drivers Mahad Abass Mohammed and Abdkiarim Hassan Bulshale were fired from Illinois-based Star Transport back in 2009 after they refused to transport alcohol because it violated their religious beliefs.  "The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued the carrier on behalf of the drivers, alleging religious discrimination and wrongful termination.

Obama EEOC Fights for Religious Liberty — for Muslim Truckers.  Well, at least they were not told to bake a cake for a gay wedding.  In President Obama's fundamentally transformed America, Christian bakers are forced by the blunt instrument of government mandate to cater a gay wedding regardless of their religious beliefs, but Muslim truckers can now refuse to transport alcohol because their Muslim beliefs and Sharia law prohibits it.

School threatens to fire praying football coach.  A school district in Washington State has decided to play hardball with a football coach who refused to stop his mid-field, post-game prayers.  I received an exclusive copy of a three-page letter sent to Bremerton High School Coach Joe Kennedy from Superintendent Aaron Leavell. [...] "Any further violations will be grounds for discipline, up to and including discharge from District employment," Leavell wrote in an Oct. 23 letter.

Catholic leaders push new rules to limit effects of climate change.  Catholic leaders representing five continents on Monday issued a 10-point appeal to climate negotiators in Paris to approve a "transformative" and fair, legally binding agreement that sets global temperature limits and decarbonization goals to save the planet from climate-induced catastrophe.  The representatives of bishops conferences from around the globe signed the appeal in a renewed push to encourage climate negotiators meeting next month to heed Pope Francis' call to protect God's creation and the poor who suffer most from its exploitation.

Pope Francis Wrongly Blames Capitalism For Poverty.  Pope Francis has created political controversy, both inside and outside the Catholic Church, by blaming capitalism for many of the problems of the poor. [...] Pope Francis is part of a larger trend of the rise of the political left among Catholic intellectuals.  He is, in a sense, the culmination of that trend.

It's not global warming but One World Government that's gobbling society.  Climate change, rather than the Gospel, is coming through the pulpit of the Catholic Church.  Justin Trudeau's contact list will come from the same source.  When all is said and done, people still get on their knees to pray for forgiveness for sin before calling God in on Climate Change, no matter what they are fed through the church pulpit; no matter how elections are tampered with, people will still cast votes against Big Government candidates, given the chance.

Lawsuit: Baby Jesus doesn't belong in Christmas play.  You would think the anti-Christmas crowd would wait until there's frost on the pumpkin patch before pillaging and plundering our long-cherished yuletide traditions.  But the Freedom From Religion Foundation has been chomping at the bit to bully those who celebrate the birth of Jesus.  In recent days they've filed a federal lawsuit demanding an Indiana school district yank a Living Nativity from a Christmas production and they successfully forced an Oregon school district to ban choirs from performing at a Catholic shrine.

Bully Pulpit: Kasich Says He'll Send Bibles to Enemies of Medicaid Expansion.  Ohio governor and Republican presidential candidate John Kasich is thumping his Bible at detractors of his decision to take advantage of Obamacare by expanding Medicaid, adding 600,000 (mostly) able-bodied, childless adults to the welfare rolls. [...] I'm just going to be blunt here — the man is a serial scripture twister who picks and chooses Bible verses to promote his liberal political agenda.  Kasich seethes with condescension at conservatives — Christian conservatives — who disagree with him while claiming the biblical high ground, but he has no idea what he's talking about.  (Or worse, he does know better and he's intentionally misusing God's word to further his agenda.)

GOP candidate Ben Carson goes after Muslim advocacy group's tax status.  The retired neurosurgeon accused the Council on American-Islamic Relations on Thursday [10/1/2015] of violating its nonprofit tax status in a Facebook message.

School district fights ACLU, vows to keep saying 'God bless you'.  The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana has launched a full-scale assault on Airline High School after the principal wrote the words, "May God Bless You All" in a message posted on the school's website.  "The Future Starts Today — May God Bless You All," wrote Principal Jason Rowland in September.  The ACLU also complained about plans by the school's Fellowship of Christian Athletes to place prayer request boxes around the campus.

The Marxist Pope Comes To America.  The Pope embodies all the sought for goals of the Left and he delivers them wrapped in religion and piety.  The Pope has blamed the evils of this world on capitalism and greed. He has used that as a political spring board to preach wealth redistribution and Liberation Theology.  His doctrine is communist in many, many respects.  Pope Francis is called The Great Reformer and the reason for that is his colossal move to reform the Catholic Church... to modernize it by welcoming in such platforms as homosexuality, abortion, transgenderism, climate change and the embrace of Islam.

Wisconsin church's prayer garden plans halted by obscure state law.  The small prayer garden at Advent Lutheran Church in downtown Cedarburg, Wis., supposedly a peaceful place, is disturbed by a controversy that may change state law.  The 106 year-old church's plans for the prayer garden include a columbarium, a structure with niches in which the ashes of cremated bodies are placed.

Pope Francis and Marco Rubio Urge Erasing U.S. Borders.  Pope Francis is urging America to throw open her borders to thousands of impoverished migrants, in part to atone for the "sins" of the colonial era.

Pope Francis is just another liberal political pundit.  Pope Francis is unquestionably a man of uncommon personal grace, the possessor of a genuinely beautiful soul. [...] But that's not exactly the guy who showed up Friday [9/25/2015] at the United Nations.  That pope endorsed the Iran deal, the UN's environmentalist goals and what amounts to a worldwide open-borders policy on refugees — and offered a very specific view of how to promote development in the Third World that's straight out of a left-wing textbook.

Is the pope a false prophet?  [Scroll down]  [Pope Francis, in his speech before the US Congress] will, instead, assault the free market, which he blames for poverty, pollution and the mass migrations into Europe away from worn-torn areas in the Middle East.  In his papal exhortation on capitalism, Pope Francis spectacularly failed to appreciate the benefits of capitalism to the health, wealth and safety of the poor.  Instead, he has reworked the Peronism of his youth to advocate government-mandated redistribution of wealth and to condemn those who work hard, employ others and achieve wealth — even when they give some of that wealth to the Church.

Obviously an audience plant.  See commentary below.
Five-year-old daughter of illegal immigrants is blessed by Pope Francis after breaking through security barricades.  Little Sophie Cruz, who is the daughter of illegal immigrants, managed to make her way through the crowd of thousands lining Constitution Avenue and got within feet of Pope Francis' open-air popemobile before Secret Service agents stopped her.  However, the determined youngster who was wearing a bright yellow T-shirt, caught the eye of the pope who beckoned his guards to allow her to approach and he gave her a kiss on the cheek and a blessing.  She then handed over a letter pleading for his intervention in her family's battle to stay in the United States.  The note called upon the 78-year-old pontiff to help her mother and father, as well as the millions of others who are in the U.S. illegally, to remain in the country.

Girl, 5, breaks through security to deliver message on immigration to Pope Francis.  Sophie Cruz, a 5-year-old girl from Los Angeles whose parents are undocumented immigrants, broke through the barriers during the papal parade in Washington, D.C. Wednesday [9/23/2015] and handed the pontiff a letter and a T-shirt.  Francis signaled for the little girl to approach the popemobile after security initially tried to stop the cute courier.  Sophie handed him a bright yellow T-shirt, a colorful drawing, and a letter detailing her fears that her parents will be deported.

Girl Who Approached Pope Was Trained by Radical Group.  A Los Angeles-based pro-illegal immigration group trained the five-year-old girl who approached Pope Francis during his parade in Washington for a photo-op to promote amnesty.  Sophie Cruz, 5, who hails from suburban Los Angeles, according to the Sacramento Bee, managed to get close enough to the Pope's modified, open-air Jeep for Francis to summon her to approach him. [...] The affair was stage-managed by the Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition, which trained Sophie for a full year before the meeting

Pope's Cherubic Child Moment Nothing But A Staged Production.  The picture was just too precious:  A 5-year-old girl breaching a security line to hand visiting Pope Francis a letter pleading for amnesty for her illegal immigrant parents.  But it wasn't the spontaneous act it seemed.

Little girl's pope encounter not as spontaneous as it looked.  Sophie Cruz's brief encounter with Pope Francis during his parade in Washington this week appeared to be the kind of spontaneous moment that is so endearing about this pope:  an initially hesitant young child wrapping an arm around his neck as he offers a kiss and a blessing.  But for 5-year-old Sophie, the moment unfolded as perfectly as it was scripted by members of a coalition of Los Angeles-based immigration rights groups.  They had been preparing for nearly a year for the young girl from suburban Los Angeles to make a dash for the popemobile to deliver a message about the plight of immigrant parents living in the country illegally.  They had even pulled off a similar public-relations coup a year ago in Rome using a 10-year-old girl with the pope.

The Editor says...
The obviously staged and pre-arranged appearance of a little girl who somehow manages to break through the line of security guards and approach the Pope with a message (that somebody else wrote) about immigration rights is proof that the Pope is as dishonest, as disingenuous, and as eager to manipulate the press and deceive the public as Barack H. Obama.  The Pope is a plastic-coated phony.  He may have a billion cheering fans who see him as a religious leader, but he is as much of a politician as anyone else who was in Washington that day.

Angry conservatives insist Pope Francis is a fake Christian.  During his first visit to the United States, Pope Francis is going to feel a lot of love from hundreds of thousands of people, but he is well aware that a large number of Americans beyond the adoring crowds view him with angry disgust.  To them, his teachings on climate change, indulgent consumerism, excessive wealth and capitalist exploitation of the poor are nothing short of socialism.  Add to that his open embrace of the refugees from Syria who are flooding into Europe, and quite a few folks on the right are convinced that, far from being a good Christian, Francis is a dangerous charlatan.

Krauthammer: Under Pope's 'Liberation Theology,' the poor suffer most.  Thursday [9/24/2015] on Fox News Channel's "Special Report," Washington Post columnist and Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer explained that Pope Francis's views were formed under Latin America's liberation theology movement, which relies heavily on Marxist concepts in an attempt to help the poor.

Pope's Speech To Congress Reveals That He Is, Indeed, A Leftist.  Seventeen Catholic popes have served since the U.S. declared independence from Britain 239 years ago, but Francis is the first to address both houses of Congress.  Wish we could say it was worth the wait.  As it turned out, the historic address was loaded with left-wing claptrap about social justice, blood money, moral equivalence and environmentalism.

Pope Lays Out Global Marxist Agenda.  Phyllis Bennis of the Marxist Institute for Policy Studies was right:  "Pope Francis' address to Congress was almost certainly not what John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and other congressional leaders had in mind when they invited the pope to speak."  Speaking for many on the left, including the pro-abortion lobby, she said, "His clear call to end the death penalty was the only example he gave of protecting the sanctity of life:  Even amid a raging congressional debate over Planned Parenthood, he never mentioned abortion."

Pope's call for immigration leniency unlikely to change debate.  Pope Francis is more than head of the Catholic Church — he's also the head of state of the Vatican, which as a government has possibly the most restrictive immigration and citizenship policies of any nation in the world.  The pope, traveling to the U.S. for the first time, has made a special appeal to Americans to welcome immigrants, using his address to a joint meeting of Congress Thursday [9/24/2015] to invoke the Golden Rule in demanding generosity toward the millions of Central and South Americans seeking to come to the country.

For 1st time, New York City schools close for Muslim holiday.  Thursday [9/24/2015] was the first time the [New York City] schools serving 1.1 million pupils closed for a Muslim holiday.

Should public schools close for Muslim holidays?  Public schools in the US close in observance of Christian holidays including Christmas and Easter, and now other religious denominations are asking for their holidays to be respected, too.  This Thursday [9/24/2015] is Eid al-Adha, or Feast of the Sacrifice, one of the biggest holidays of the year for Muslims, and school administrators must decide whether or not to close school for the day.  In New Jersey, where almost 2 percent of the population identifies as Muslim, several school districts have recognized Islam's holidays for years, reports NorthJersey.com.  But some are holding back.

Before rare White House visit, Pope Francis defends himself as no leftist.  Enroute to his White House visit with President Obama today, Pope Francis sought to defend himself against growing concerns with his liberal, anti-capitalist views.  So concerned with his views are some members of Congress that they've said they will boycott the pope's historic address to a joint session of Congress Thursday [9/24/2015].

Castro praises Pope's anti-capitalism stance.  Pope Francis has arrived in Havana this afternoon and starts a historic 10-day visit to Cuba and the United States, according to reports.  Cuban President Raul Castro welcomed Pope Francis in a long speech at the airport.  In his speech, Castro said the communist government has "founded an equitable society with social justice" in Cuba and he praised the pope's critiques of the global economic system that has "globalized capital and turned money into its idol."

Pope Francis: Menace or Farce?  It's only been two and a half years since Francis assumed the chair of St. Peter, yet he's already compiled an entire dossier's worth of interesting incidents.  For instance, the Holy Father seems to have a habit of appearing to endorse all sorts of left-wing political causes.  There was the time he posed with environmental activists holding an anti-fracking T-shirt.  And the time he posed for pictures holding a crucifix made from a hammer and a sickle.  And the time he held up a poster calling for the British to hand the Falkland Islands back to Argentina.  In each instance, the official Vatican response has been to suggest that Francis didn't mean to endorse anything because he'll pretty much smile and pick up anything you hand him, like some sort of consecrated Ron Burgundy.

Infiltrating the #BlackLivesMatter Cult.  It is wrong to think of the Black Lives Matter movement as merely a movement, a racist insurgency that embraces violent attacks on police and white Americans.  It is so much more.  It's a Marxist, anti-American, revolutionary cult whose members aim to unleash a reign of terror on American society.  It is religious in the limited sense that the late anti-PC intellectual Christopher Hitchens used that adjective to describe the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.  After visiting barren, Stalinist North Korea, where people eat grass clippings and tree bark to survive, Hitchens remarked that it was "the most religious state I've ever been to."  But North Korea doesn't embrace a religion in the sense we in the civilized world use the word.  At risk of oversimplifying the politics and culture of the hermetically sealed, oversized gulag run by Kim Jong-un, that country's religion is socialism.

Anti-Trump rally marches through downtown Dallas.  Hundreds of people took to the streets Monday evening [9/14/2015], ahead of Donald Trump's campaign rally at the American Airlines Center.  They marched through Dallas and ended up at the American Airlines Center in an effort they are calling "Dump the Trump."  Participants began marching at 5:30 p.m. from Cathedral de Guadalupe.  More than 1,000 participants yelled anti-Trump cheers, held Dump Trump signs and even Donald Trump piñatas.

The Editor says...
Notice that a Democratic Party rally and march originated at a Catholic Church.  Imagine the uproar if a Tea Party rally and march had originated from some other church.  Notice also the promotion of Donald Trump piñatas by the people who rail against "senseless violence."

Postal Service limits Philadelphia deliveries during Pope visit.  The U.S. Postal Service is limiting service to the city of Philadelphia as the Pope visits on Saturday, Sept. 26.  The service will suspend mail delivery and pickup to eight zip codes and their respective facilities.

Religious groups want U.S. to accept 100,000 Syrian refugees.  Religious groups in the United States have urged the White House to step up its response to the Syrian refugee crisis, with one on Tuesday calling Washington's efforts so far "disappointing."  Church World Service, a global humanitarian organization that represents 37 Christian denominations, has called on the government to take in 100,000 Syrians over the next year, said Jen Smyers, who works on the group's immigration and refugee program.

Obama to personally greet Pope Francis on arrival in US.  President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will greet Pope Francis when he lands in the United States later this month.  The first couple will meet the pope at Joint Base Andrews on Sept. 22, White House spokesman Eric Schultz said Wednesday [9/9/2015].  Obama will also meet with the Pope in the Oval Office the next day.

Pope Francis seeks Obama while the Christian World Seeks the Lord.  Seemingly completely unaware that it doesn't work that way, Catholic bishops are doing their best to get parishioners to install a lib-left government in the October 19, Canadian federal election, through the Sunday pulpit. [...] Bishops and priests who believe that parishioners will vote Lib-left just because "Father told me to" are not just gamboling lamb-like out in left field, but are, in every sense of the phrase, "over the hill".  Saving souls has tumbled all the way down hill to advice in how to mark the election ballot.

Police cars' 'In God We Trust' decals draw complaints.  The decision by police this month to unveil the phrase in Childress, an agricultural community of some 6,100 people at the southern edge of the Texas Panhandle, follows a similar move by dozens of other police agencies elsewhere in the country.

Women's Chorus Replaces 'Jesus' With Candidate's Name In African-American Spiritual.  Hillary Clinton's campaign needs a resurrection in New Hampshire, but this is a strange way to go about it.

Disgusting: Women's Choir Replaces Jesus' Name With 'Hillary' in Performance of Hymn.  In a display of sycophancy so corrupt as to boggle the mind, a far left women's choir based in New Hampshire decided it would be cool to take Jesus' name out of a traditional hymn and replace it with "Hillary." [...] Over this past weekend the left-wing group re-tooled the Negro Spiritual song titled "Woke Up This Morning With Jesus On My Mind" and dumped Jesus for Hillary.

Freedom from Religion Atheists tackle Football Players.  According to the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), a group of permanently offended atheists that are also in a league of their own, there is no praying in football, not to mention "Hail Mary" passes to win the big game.  [...] The FFRF has now gone ballistic over the baptism of an on-the-field high school football coach in Villa, Ricca, Georgia.  Attendance was voluntary and the students who attended did so on their own time and of their own free will.  When the FFRF saw a video of the ceremony, it fired off a letter of righteous indignation to the Carroll County School superintendent.

ACLU, CAIR Sue Florida for Denying Islamic Meals to Muslim Prisoners.  The American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU) Florida Chapter and the Council Of American Islamic Relations (CAIR) Florida are suing the state of Florida for purportedly denying Halal meals to Muslim convicts locked up in the Miami-Dade Country prison system.  The lawsuit was filed on Thursday [9/3/2015] in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Local 10 News, a Miami-based ABC affiliate, reported.  Other inmates have been provided with meals that cooperate with their faith, and Muslims should be afforded the same opportunity, the lawsuit claims.

Why are the Pope and the Democrats trying to influence each other?
Dems urge Pope Francis to highlight income inequality during visit.  A coalition of House Democrats wants Pope Francis to focus on how to address income inequality during his historic address to Congress later this month.  More than 90 lawmakers signed on to a letter spearheaded by liberal Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), who has made food stamp-funding and other government assistance one of her signature issues in Congress.  The lawmakers expressed hope that Pope Francis, who has built his image as an advocate for people in poverty, would bring attention to policies they've pushed for years during his Sept. 24 address.

Religious Leaders Call on Fed to Save Puerto Rico.  A group of Puerto Rican religious leaders have called on the U.S. Federal Reserve to "arbitrate" the commonwealth's debt dilemma only a day after Puerto Rican officials pushed back a crucial restructuring deadline.  The interdenominational collection of 18 Christian leaders, in conjunction with Washington-based nonprofit Jubilee USA Network, issued a statement Monday [8/31/2015] lambasting the implementation of budget-restricting austerity measures as part of any potential solution to the island's sizable debt crisis.

American Taliban: Denver City Council Holding Up Chick-fil-A at Airport Because CEO Is Christian.  Liberals present themselves as devoted advocates of women's rights and homosexual privilege, and enemies of violence and religion.  Yet they ally themselves with Muslims, who enslave women, murder homosexuals, and reject reality in favor of their conspicuously violent faith.  In turn, Muslims overwhelmingly vote Democrat.  This is confusing until you realize that the content of their respective ideologies is inconsequential; it is only the ruthless intolerance with which the ideology is imposed that matters.  The most meaningful difference between Islam and liberalism lies in the methods used to coerce compliance, and these are determined by culture.

Update:
Business committee approves Chick-fil-A location at DIA.  The Denver Business Development Committee has unanimously approved a seven-year lease for a Chick-fil-A restaurant at Denver International Airport.  Originally, the Denver City Council had placed a two-week pause on the request, citing the company's reputation as an opponent of same-sex marriage.

Georgia High School Scolded for Pregame Prayers and Hymns.  A high school in Georgia was told they couldn't publicly pray before a football game.  What happened next really shouldn't surprise you at all.

The Pope is a leftist politician.
Pope Francis Blesses a Lesbian, Her Family, and Her Writing For Kids.  The unscripted pope likes to speak his mind and doesn't always seem to be playing by the same rule book as his clergy.  The latest in a long list of dust-ups came this week when Francis apparently gave his blessing to Francesca Pardi, a children's book author who happens to be lesbian and who has a title on the list of banned books in the Venice school district that has sparked a feud between Venice mayor Luigi Bugnaro and the likes of Elton John.

Can Federal Judges Run Public Schools?  Judicial tyranny, specifically in our American court system, has usurped legislative jurisdiction, and I am so bold as to add Divine jurisdiction, in our Constitutional Republic.  We saw its egregious head again this past weekend after a Mississippi school district canceled Brandon High School's marching band playing of the Christian hymn "How Great Thou Art" during halftime at Friday night's [8/21/2015] football season opener.  The reason?  It was decided that singing a hymn was too similar to a recent ban by U.S. District Judge, Carlton Reeves, given to Rankin County School District on July 10, saying it promoted Christianity during school hours after it agreed to stop.  So Reeves fined the district $7,500 and again ordered it to stop sponsoring prayers at graduations, assemblies, athletic competitions and other cschool events, WLBT-TV reported.

Toronto man denied subsidized housing for not being Muslim.  A disabled Toronto man had his name removed from the waiting list of a subsidized city apartment because he does not meet the main criteria for living there:  being Muslim.  "It doesn't make any sense; I lived in Texas, that doesn't make sense even there," said Austin Lewis, 21, who is paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair.

Why Does Common Core Require Teaching Islam?  Should parents be penalized for demanding that their child be exempted from the required teaching of Islamic in Common Core curriculum?  Should a teach or public school administrator penalize parents and children for seeking exemption?  Parents are finding out the answers to these questions first hand.  To date, public school students are required to:
  •   Attend public school-sponsored trips to mosques, which also require non-Muslim girls to wear head scarves
  •   Question if the Holocaust was "merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and gain"
  •   Learn Islamic indoctrination via vocabulary lessons, and world history (from an Islamic perspective), including the five pillars of Islam
  •   Pledge allegiance to the flag in Arabic
  •   Have school days off for "Muslim holy days"
  •   Proselytize to younger school children by creating a pamphlet about Islam to "introduce Islam to 3rd graders" by describing Allah as the same God of Christians and Jews
  •   Recite in class the Shahada ("There is No God but Allah") and kneel and learn to pray the Muslim call to prayer

Atheists Force Kansas School to Remove Painting of Jesus Christ.  Did a copy of a famous painting of Jesus hanging on the wall of a Kansas middle school since 1965 establish Christianity as an official state religion?  Some atheists say yes and they have convinced the school board in Chanute, Kansas to remove the painting.  Someone took a picture of the painting of the head of Jesus Christ and sent it to the Freedom from Religion Foundation which then threatened the school board of Chanute, Kansas with protracted litigation if the painting was not removed.

Atheists Warn Football Coaches and Chaplains Not to 'Instill Christianity in Vulnerable Young Men'.  An atheist group is demanding that publicly funded universities take immediate steps to bar Christian coaches and chaplains from "converting football fields into mission fields."  "The words of coaches and chaplains make clear that their purpose is to instill Christianity in vulnerable young men," the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) says in a new report, titled "Pray to Play."  "Public universities and their employees cannot endorse, promote, or favor religion," the report states.

Group is gunning for small town's veteran memorial cross.  The memorial features a silhouette of a soldier holding a gun and kneeling at the foot of a cross.  It was installed a few months ago alongside Freedom Rock at Young's Park in the small town of Knoxville, Iowa.  "It was clear to us it was a memorial to fallen veterans," Mayor Brian Hatch told me.  But it wasn't clear to everyone.  About a month ago a citizen filed an anonymous complaint — arguing that the memorial was promoting Christianity and therefore violated the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

School under fire for football prayer, marching band's religious song.  In the South, faith and football go together like biscuits and gravy. [...] Those traditions were especially evident at West Laurens High School where the marching band performed great songs of the faith and folks bowed their heads to pray before Friday night football games.  But those traditions are a problem, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a Washington, D.C.-based group that loves to put its nose in other people's business — especially when it comes to public displays of the Christian faith.

School band told to stop performing 'How Great Thou Art'.  There was no halftime show under the Friday night lights at Mississippi's Brandon High School  — the marching band had been benched.  The band was ordered off the field because the Christian hymn "How Great Thou Art" was a part of their halftime show  — in violation of a federal court order.

Kansas public school removes Jesus picture after group complains.  A Kansas public school has removed a picture of Jesus that hung in a hallway for decades after a complaint from a national church-state separation group, The Wichita Eagle reported.  Royster Middle School removed the print of Warner Sallman's "Head of Christ" last Thursday [8/20/2015], following a complaint from the national Freedom From Religion Foundation, Richard Profitt, the school superintendent, said Friday [8/21/2015].  Proffitt, who is in his first year as Chanute superintendent, said the picture was taken down after the district's lawyer advised that the school could not legally display it.

Pope Francis makes news in Argentina by holding sign advocating for dialogue on Falklands.  Pope Francis is raising eyebrows in his homeland of Argentina after being photographed in Rome holding a sign [8/19/2015] advocating for dialogue over the disputed Falkland Islands.

New Agers Back Socialist Sanders as Messiah.  The huge crowds greeting socialist Bernie Sanders in his run for the Democratic presidential nomination cannot just be attributed to large numbers of left-wingers.  There is a hard-core left-wing element to the Sanders candidacy, of course.  But Sanders has tapped into what used to be one of Hillary Clinton's key constituencies, the New Age Movement.  A top Sanders adviser is the influential "spiritual teacher" Marianne Williamson, whose self-help books have been heavily promoted by Oprah Winfrey and sold millions.  The New Age Movement is a growing group of people in America who have broken with the Judeo-Christian tradition to instead endorse the notion of God as a mystical force inhabiting humans, the earth, or spiritual "masters."

Islamic leaders echo pope's call for action on climate change.  A group of Muslim experts called on developed nations to end fossil fuel use by 2050 and asked 'people of all nations and their leaders' to commit to 100 percent renewable energy.

Sharpton calls for black churches to lobby on Iran deal.  Rev. Al Sharpton will push America's black churches to lobby in favor of the Iran nuclear deal, a new report says.  Sharpton is launching his push backing President Obama's pact with Tehran this weekend, according to The Huffington Post.  "I am calling on ministers in black churches nationwide to go to their pulpits Sunday and have their parishioners call their senators and congressmen to vote yes on the Iran nuclear plan," he said Friday.

Orlando Airport To Build $250,000 Muslim Prayer Room.  Nothing makes Americans feel safer than being on a flight with radical Muslims fresh from a "praise Allah" session, but this is not about keeping Americans safe; it's about bending over backwards to accommodate a fringe group that doesn't always have our best interests in mind.  The Orlando International Airport (OIA) will reportedly spend a quarter of a million dollars to build a Muslim prayer room.

Orlando airport unveils $250K Muslim prayer room.  The Orlando International Airport will soon be opening a Muslim prayer room.  The airport will spend $350,000 to build the "Reflection Room" where Muslims can pray, a local CBS affiliate reported.  The decision was made after Emirates Airlines announced it will soon be offering direct flights out of Orlando to Dubai.  A majority of the airline's travelers are Muslim.

The Editor says...
The airport is owned by the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, which is a regional government entity.

Mayor Wants to Make Seattle More Sharia-Friendly.  Edward B. Murray, the mayor of one of the most politically progressive cities in America — Seattle — wants to make it easier for the 30,000 practicing Muslims in his city to get home mortgages without violating religious Sharia law.  It is part of his plan to ease what he says is a "housing crisis."  A new company in Seattle wants to help that happen, along with allowing Muslims to invest in retirement plans without violating Sharia law.  But conservatives have been warning for years that doing business with Islam is the same as doing business with terrorists, and a Seattle radio talk show host wonders why progressives favor Muslims over Christians.

With Obama's Help, Assembling Al Qaeda's Domestic Army Is Now Easier.  If immigrants to the U.S. seek citizenship but are reluctant to take an oath of allegiance because it requires a commitment to help defend the country, what is the solution?  If the immigrants in question are Muslim and you have a pro-Muslim U.S. president, the solution is simple — just change the oath to accommodate them. [...] The quandary for U.S. citizen candidates who are Muslim is this:  Just like America's first two wars as a new nation were against Muslims, so too have its last two been.  However, Islamic law — sharia — prohibits Muslims from fighting fellow Muslims.

Obama Administration Modifies U.S. Oath of Allegiance to Accommodate Muslims.  The Obama administration recently made changes to the Oath of Allegiance to the United States in a manner very conducive to Sharia, or Islamic law. [...] The new changes further add that new candidates "May be eligible for [additional?] modifications based on religious training and belief, or conscientious objection arising from a deeply held moral or ethical code."  These changes serve incoming Islamic supremacists especially well.  For, while Islamic law allows Muslims to feign loyalty to non-Muslim "infidel" authorities, it bans Muslims from living up to the pretense by actually fighting or killing fellow Muslims on behalf of a non-Muslim entity, such as the United States. [...] Now, in direct compliance with Islamic law, the Obama administration has made it so that no Muslim living in America need ever worry about having to defend her — including against fellow Muslims or jihadis.

City of Houston Wants to Bulldoze One Black Church, Condemn Another.  In a repulsive demonstration of hostility towards Christians, the City of Houston wants to bulldoze one church and condemn the property of another so they can build affordable housing and a public library.  Attorneys representing the Christian Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church and the Latter Day Deliverance Revival Center were in court Tuesday [8/4/2015] asking a judge to issue a temporary restraining order preventing the city from taking their property.

You might be a liberal if ... you're delusional.  You may be a liberal if you want to ban Christmas trees from the public square as you simultaneously demand prayer rooms for the new Muslim "refugees" in public schools.

DHS: Calling Islamic Terrorism 'Islamic' Offends Muslims.  Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson refuses to call Islamic terror "Islamic," arguing it's "critical" to refrain from the label in order to "build trust" among Muslims.  In jaw-dropping remarks Friday at Aspen Institute's annual security forum, Johnson said the government will call such attacks "violent extremism" over "Islamic terrorism" out of respect for the Muslim community.  The policy explains why the U.S. prosecutor and lead FBI investigator in the Chattanooga case still insist on calling Mohammad Abdulazeez a "homegrown violent extremist," though he blogged about his religious motivations for the attack, and he and his family attended a local mosque controlled by a terror-tied Islamic trust.

The Editor says...
You can be assured that if someone in a Republican president's cabinet took up the defense of a specific Christian denomination, it would be unfavorable front-page news.

Homeland Security adviser tweets America is 'Islamic country'.  A leading adviser at the Department of Homeland Security has jumped from the frying pan into the fire, following up comments about the Constitution being "Islamically compliant" with an even more head-turning tweet — that America is an Islamic country.  In October, adviser Mohamed Elibiary sent out a Twitter message that said, "Yes, I do consider the United States of America an Islamic country with an Islamically compliant constitution.  Move on!"

Missouri sheriff's 'In God We Trust' patrol car decals spark church vs. state debate.  A Missouri sheriff has slapped "In God We Trust" decals on patrol cars saying "there is no better time than now" to be displaying the national motto.  Sheriff Doug Rader of Stone County in the Ozarks said he was proud to announce that the decals are now on the back of department vehicles, but not everyone is pleased, Fox2Now reports. [...] The station said some are also questioning where the money came from to pay for the decals.  The Sheriff's Department said it used money donated from local businesses to buy them, not taxpayer funds.

Kenya believe it?
Obama's Visit to Kenya Costing Taxpayers $7 Million.  Staging and production for a global summit in Kenya where President Barack Obama will speak are costing taxpayers $7 million.  Obama is making his first presidential visit to the African country to attend the sixth Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which is being held at the United Nations office near the U.S. embassy in Nairobi on Saturday [7/25/2015] and Sunday.  According to government contracts, staging, teleprompters, break out rooms, prayer rooms, and other logistics for the two-day event will cost $7 million.

The Editor asks...
The government is paying for prayer rooms?

Lawsuit challenging Hall County school prayer dismissed.  A federal lawsuit challenging coach and teacher-led prayer at Hall County high schools has been dismissed, and the atheist group that filed it is calling the resolution "a victory for the separation of church and state."  The American Humanist Association, which filed the suit in December on behalf of three anonymous parties, said the dismissal reflected in court documents filed Monday [7/20/2015] was the result of an out-of-court agreement reached with the Hall County School District.  "We are pleased that the district is taking productive steps forward to ensure compliance with the Constitution, and we expect that it will stop the student-staff prayer activities and other problematic conduct," David Niose, legal director for the American Humanist Association, said in a statement.

Barack Obama Praises Moves to Recognize Eid as Holiday.  President Barack Obama on Thursday [7/16/2015] wished Muslims in America and around the world "Eid Mubarak!" or a blessed Eid, praising efforts to recognize the end of Ramadan as a holiday.  "The holiday is a reminder to every American of the importance of respecting those of all faiths and beliefs," he said in a statement that also hailed New York City's decision to add Eid to the official school calendar.

Obama Praises Move To Recognize Eid As An Official Holiday.  Keep in mind, he said this just after a Muslim killed four U.S. Marines and a sailor on American soil.

Obama Applauds Pope's Environmental Encyclical; Climate Realists Disagree.  The encyclical on the environment released by Pope Francis on June 18 has drawn both praise and criticism from leaders around the world, with defenders of the theory that the planet is doomed because of "global warming" caused by "carbon pollution" praising it.  Those who recognize that there is no provable connection between human activity and the Earth's natural warming and cooling cycles are wary of the encyclical, however, and regard it as dangerous ammunition that global warming alarmists may use to advance the UN's environmental programs that threaten both the world's economy and national sovereignty.

Ed Murray, Seattle mayor, proposes Sharia-compliant housing.  Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has announced plans to increase housing in the city for Muslims who follow Sharia law, which prohibits payment of interest on loans.  Mr. Murray's housing committee recommended the city convene lenders, housing nonprofits and community leaders "to explore the best options for increasing access to Sharia-compliant loan products," according to the proposal.

Satan v. the People.  One of the truest adages in politics is the one about "strange bedfellows."  So it should come as no surprise that saddling up beside pro-abortion Democrats is a Satanist group.  LifeSiteNews reports that the "Satanic Temple" of New York is suing the state of Missouri, claiming the state's abortion laws violate the group's First Amendment rights to freedom of religion.


"Can two walk together, except they be agreed?"
Amos 3:3        


White House Celebrates Muslim Holiday on Day Muhammad Murders Four Marines.  President Barack Obama sent a celebratory message to Muslims around the world on the White House Twitter account nearly two hours before his first tweet on the subject of four dead Marines killed by an Islamic gunman.  "From my family to yours, Eid Mubarak!" -@POTUS to Muslims celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr," the White House tweeted.  This message was tweeted at 4:48 p.m. according to the White House Twitter feed.

This explains a lot: the Pope's Climate Advisor is an atheist.
The Scientific Pantheist Who Advises Pope Francis.  St. Francis of Assisi's hymn Laudato Si' spoke of "Brothers" Sun and Fire and "Sisters" Moon and Water, using these colorful phrases figuratively, as a way of praising God's creation.  These sentimental words so touched Pope Francis that he named his encyclical after this canticle.  Neither Pope Francis nor St. Francis took the words literally, of course.  Neither believed that fire was alive and could be talked to or reasoned with or, worse, worshiped.  Strange, then, that a self-professed atheist and scientific advisor to the Vatican named Hans Schellnhuber appears to believe in a Mother Earth.

U.S. Has Established a State Religion: What Now for Christians?  The extremists of the LGBT movement display all the characteristics of a cult-like religion, including opposing critical thinking, severely penalizing any opposition, demanding complete and unwavering acceptance of its doctrines, putting loyalty to the cult above family and any other institution, including the Church, disallowing any member the right to change one's mind and leave or seek change without dire consequences, as well as essentially demanding complete capitulation of conscience of doubtful converts.  Just as importantly, the LGBT movement deals with ultimate questions belonging to theology.  The movement holds to theological doctrines concerning the nature of the human being, sexual identity and behavior, the definition of marriage, the family and the place of children, the role of government, and the transformation of traditional American institutions and documents adhering to Christian principles, particularly the Church — and the US Constitution.  It has set itself up as a new sexual orthodoxy that usurps the place of orthodox Christianity and Judaism.

These are the same people who say, "You can't legislate morality."
Obama Officials Deem Fighting Climate Change a 'Moral Obligation'.  Obama administration officials are labeling fighting climate change a "moral obligation" for world leaders.  U.S. Environment Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Gina McCarthy and Obama-nominated U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican Kenneth F. Hackett published a joint blog post on the EPA website Monday praising Pope Francis for dedicating his second encyclical to urging swift action on global warming.  "He makes clear our moral obligation to prevent climate impacts that threaten God's creation, especially for those most vulnerable," they write, referring to the crusade against global warming as a "moral obligation" three separate times throughout the 600-word post.

The Gay Lifestyle Fallacy.  It starts with things like the Mayor of Houston Texas demanding to see what pastors would deliver as sermons on Sundays, and the next step, the mayor of Coeur D'Alene Idaho threatening pastors with jail if they refuse to do a same sex marriage.  It only takes the government to force compliance for some peoples' liberties to be deprived for the new "right" of others.  In the words of Chief Justice John Roberts "Celebrate the achievement of a desired goal. Celebrate the opportunity for a new expression of commitment to a partner.  Celebrate the availability of new benefits.  But do not celebrate the Constitution.  It had nothing to do with it."

Sen. Lee: 'Religious Individuals... Could Lose Everything'.  Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) says that if his First Amendment Defense Act fails to pass, "religious individuals and institutions could lose everything from tax-exempt status to government contracts, government employment and things like that."  Lee and Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) introduced the bill in June that would bar the federal government from imposing penalties on individuals, businesses, and religious organizations acting "in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, or that sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage."

De Blasio Flies to Vatican to Deliver Environmentalism Speech.  Pope Francis has been pushing hard on the issue of climate change, having issued a recent 184-page papal encyclical largely blaming climate change on fossil fuels and human activity.  He also said that developed, industrialized countries bore the most responsibility for the problem.  De Blasio referenced the encyclical, asserting that it "burns with urgency," while lauding the Pope, saying he had "awakened people across the globe to the dangers we face as a planet."  De Blasio loftily stated, "The encyclical is not a call to arms.  It is a call to sanity."

Capitalism Destroys Poverty; It Is Righteous, not Sinful.  Pope Francis has made it clear that he will use his office to promote Leftist weather scams and prefers input from pagan pantheists to skeptical climate scientists.  It is quite obvious this Christian leader hates cultures of freedom, trade, entrepreneurship, and private charity.  He prefers societies dominated by corrupt and totalitarian governments.  He is an ambassador for turning the few islands of prosperity left on the planet into the same hellholes we find in the rest of the Third World.

The Pope and the Hammer and Sickle.  Last week the Marxist quasi-dictator of Bolivia, Evo Morales, presented Pope Francis with a gift: a carved wooden hammer and sickle cross on which the figure of Christ is crucified.  The Vatican announced that the pope had not been informed in advance about the gift.  And some commentators said photos of the pope and Morales show that the pope was actually offended.  That was a false — probably wishful — interpretation.  The pope himself later announced that he was keeping the hammer and sickle crucifix and taking it home, saying, "I understand this work.  For me it wasn't an offense."

In Fiery Speeches, Francis Excoriates Global Capitalism.  His speeches can blend biblical fury with apocalyptic doom. Pope Francis does not just criticize the excesses of global capitalism.  He compares them to the "dung of the devil."  He does not simply argue that systemic "greed for money" is a bad thing.  He calls it a "subtle dictatorship" that "condemns and enslaves men and women."  Having returned to his native Latin America, Francis has renewed his left-leaning critiques on the inequalities of capitalism, describing it as an underlying cause of global injustice, and a prime cause of climate change.

Morales Calls Pope's Teachings 'Socialist'.  Evo Morales says he feels like he's got a good friend and ally in the highest of places in his battle for revolutionary social change and halting global warming:  Pope Francis.

Memo To Pope Francis: Free Market Capitalism Is The Miracle Cure For Poverty.  As Pope Francis tours the Americas, his economic message about capitalism and redistribution is coming into sharper focus.  While there's a strong spiritual dimension to his message, there just isn't much in the way of factual evidence to back it up.  Quite the contrary, the evidence is abundantly clear that it has been the spread of free market capitalism across the world that has done more to eradicate poverty than any other effort — government or charitable.

Pope Francis Laments That the Poor Are Sacrificed at the 'Altar of Money'.  Pope Francis continued his anti-poverty campaign in Paraguay on Saturday [7/11/2015], delivering some choice words for what capitalism has meant for the poor.  "Certainly every culture needs economic growth and the creation of wealth," the Pope told a gathering of civic leaders, in remarks reported by CNN.  But he harshly criticized the gap between the wealthy and the impoverished, saying:  "I ask them not to yield to an economic model which is idolatrous, which needs to sacrifice human lives on the altar of money and profit."

Pope calls unfettered capitalism 'the dung of the devil'.  Pope Francis on Thursday launched a blistering attack on the "new colonialism" of austerity, describing unfettered capitalism as "the dung of the devil" and apologising for the Catholic church's role in the conquest of indigenous populations in the Americas.  He delivered a powerful mea culpa on the part of the church in the highlight of his South American pilgrimage, "humbly" begging forgiveness during an encounter in Bolivia with indigenous groups and other activists and in the presence of Bolivia's first-ever indigenous president, Evo Morales.

Unbridled capitalism is the 'dung of the devil', says Pope Francis.  Pope Francis has urged the downtrodden to change the world economic order, denouncing a "new colonialism" by agencies that impose austerity programs and calling for the poor to have the "sacred rights" of labor, lodging and land.  In one of the longest, most passionate and sweeping speeches of his pontificate, the Argentine-born pope used his visit to Bolivia to ask forgiveness for the sins committed by the Roman Catholic church in its treatment of native Americans during what he called the "so-called conquest of America".

What Pope Doesn't See: Devil's Dung Can Be Fertilizer.  To help the poor on his South American visit, Pope Francis has come out harder than ever against capitalism, calling the making of money "devil's dung."  How sad, when capitalism has freed so many from poverty.  The tone of the trip was so in line with the region's left-wing, anti-American regimes that President Evo Morales might be forgiven for thinking His Holiness would actually like the tacky gift he presented him with in Bolivia:  a blasphemous sculpture of Christ crucified on a hammer and sickle, the emblem of communism and its 100 million dead.  But it's more likely this was a brazen attempt to coopt the legitimacy of the Church for the aggrandizement of Morales' own leftist regime.  The stunt, which supposedly took the Vatican by surprise, had been done before.

The Pope Is The Richest Man In The World. The Catholic Church Is The Wealthiest Corporation On Earth.  The Catholic church is the biggest financial power, wealth accumulator and property owner in existence.  It is a greater possessor of material riches than any other single institution, corporation, bank, giant trust, government or state of the whole globe.  The pope, as the visible ruler of this immense amassment of wealth, is consequently the richest individual of our century.  No one can realistically assess how much he is worth in terms of billions of dollars.  The Pope travels all over the world and chides humanity for not showing mercy and give away what little we have for the poor, the homeless, the starving.  Yet, when the Pope, the richest man in the world, travels to areas devastated by climate or earthquakes all he does is benevolently lay his hand on the head of the wounded and dying and makes the sign of the cross, blessing them and then walking off.

The Richest Man on Earth.  Francis I is responsible for untold billions in assets that range from priceless art works to real estate holdings that are so large they rival the size of many small countries.  No one knows for sure how much the Catholic Church is worth although over the years various media organizations and research centers have made a stab at estimating portions of the net worth of this 2,000 year old religious order.  For example, back in 2010, The Economist estimated that the church and organizations owned by them in just the United States was spending roughly $179 billion a year.

Pope asks pardon for church's 'crimes' against indigenous.  Pope Francis apologized Thursday [7/9/2015] for the sins, offenses and crimes committed by the Catholic Church against indigenous peoples during the colonial-era conquest of the Americas, delivering a powerful mea culpa on the part of the church in the climactic highlight of his South American pilgrimage.

Michelle Obama To Tribal Youth: America Embracing 'Wisdom Of Your Ancestors' On Climate Change.  Speaking to a gathering of American tribal youth at the White House today [7/9/2015], First Lady Michelle Obama praised their heritage, pointing out the cultural significance of Native Americans to the institutions of the United States.  "Long before the United States was even an idea, your ancestors were harvesting the crops that would feed the world for centuries to come," she said, pointing out their contributions to music, art, medicine, and even government.

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Mr. and Mrs. Obama detest the idea that British and European caucasians built America into a superpower, and they seem to relish any opportunity to revise history.  For example, when has anyone ever harvested a crop that fed the world for centuries thereafter?  That's not even good poetry, except maybe in a public school.  Mrs. Obama made this speech to an Indian tribe in an attempt to convert global warming into a matter of state-sponsored religion, thereby protecting global warming as dogma.

Oregon Declares War On Christian Faith.  In one of the most egregious anti-Christian acts committed by a state official in recent memory, Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian not only upheld the ridiculous $135,000 fine levied against Aaron and Melissa Klein for declining to bake a cake for a lesbian commitment ceremony, but he ordered the Kleins to "cease and desist" from making any public comments about their religious convictions relative to this case.  This is an outrage and a travesty, and it must be rebuked and resisted.  Who does Mr. Avakian think he is?

Forcing Churches to Perform Same-Sex Marriages Would End Separation of Church and State.  I do not believe churches, synagogues, mosques or other religious assemblies should be obligated to perform same-sex weddings if such unions go against their teachings.  That decision must be left to the churches and their congregations to decide.  If the federal government sees fit to either compel churches to perform same-sex marriages or punish them for refusing to do so then it is interfering in the internal affairs of religious congregations.  Churches would cease to be autonomous organizations and become functionaries of the whims of the government.  This would be a violation of the separation of church and state.

Anti-capitalist eco-crusader Naomi Klein hosted at Vatican.  The Vatican added yet another strange bedfellow to its expanding ecological alliance Wednesday, hosting anti-capitalist eco-crusader Naomi Klein at a conference on saving the planet.

Pope Francis and Naomi Klein Both Hate Free Markets, Technological Progress, and Economic Growth.  Last week, Pope Francis issued his new encyclical Laudato Si' in which he addresses the problem of man-made climate change.  Unfortunately, the encyclical makes it clear that the Pope completely fails to understand how the spread free markets yielded the technological and economic progress that has lifted billions out of humanity's natural state of abject poverty.  Global life expectancy has more than doubled over the past century; the amount of food per capita has never been higher; literacy has never been more widespread; and the level of violence never lower.  Nearly all of these improving trends can be traced to the spread of sweet commerce.  In Laudato Si' the Pope strongly urges that markets and technology be reined in.  Instead of creating more wealth, the Pope would prefer to redistribute it.  Now, in a not-so-strange-bedfellow alliance, Pope Francis has invited prominent hater of free markets Naomi Klein to advise him and the Vatican on economic and climate policy.

Pope Francis: 'Defender of the Pagan Gaia Faith'.  Pontificating from his window in a Vatican palazzo on Sunday [6/28/2015], Pope Francis bypassed tens of thousands of pilgrims and tourists, to lavish with gushing praise a few hundred activists who had marched to St. Peter's Square under the banner 'One Earth, one family". [...] Pope Francis should be brought in on the fact that the environmental movement genuflects not to God but to Gaia.

Pope Partners with Anti-Capitalist Activist to Promote Climate Change Encyclical.  Pope Francis' call to action on climate change with his encyclical, Laudato Si', has resulted in some strange and "radical" alliances.  The Guardian (UK) reported on June 27 that the Vatican added pro Occupy Wall Street activist Naomi Klein to a growing list of activists for its upcoming environmental conference.  Klein is an "ferocious critic of capitalism" and a "secular radical," according to the left-wing Guardian newspaper.

The Supreme Court Ratifies a New Civic Religion That Is Incompatible with Christianity.  The most striking aspect of Justice Kennedy's majority opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges, which created a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, was its deep emotion.  This was no mere legal opinion.  Indeed, the law and Constitution had little to do with it. [...] Christians who've not suffered for their faith often romanticize persecution.  They imagine themselves willing to lose their jobs, their liberty, or even their lives for standing up for the Gospel.  Yet when the moment comes, at least here in the United States, they often find that they simply can't abide being called "hateful."

Pope turns lobbyist?! Urges prayers for passage of UN climate treaty!  "No matter how nuanced and faithful to Catholic teachings this encyclical attempts to be, this passage where the Pope urges Catholics to 'ask God for a positive outcome' to the current UN global warming treaty process, will overpower every other message.  The Pope is clearly endorsing a specific UN political climate treaty and essentially declaring he is on a mission from God to support a UN climate treaty.  He even conjures up the comical concept of climate 'tipping points'."

The pope, the globe and the facts.  Pope Francis accepts as a matter of scientific doctrine that the Earth is warming and that humans are responsible for it.  Yet near the end of the encyclical, he confesses that "the Church does not presume to settle scientific questions or to replace politics."  Which is it?

Why Obama chose to sing Amazing Grace during eulogy for Charleston victims.  [M]oments before Obama sang Amazing Grace during the eulogy for Rev Clementa Pinckney, one of the the nine Charleston victims, his wife Michelle and long-time adviser Valerie Jarrett were unconvinced by the idea.  According to Jarrett, he turned to them before addressing a Charleston church last month, and said:  'I don't know whether I'm going to do it, but I just wanted to warn you two that I might sing.  We'll see how it feels at the time.  I think if I sing, the church will sing with me.'

Obama breaks into 'Amazing Grace' at funeral.  From the moment President Barack Obama approached the platform to give the eulogy for Clementa Pinckney on Friday [6/26/2015], the organist was ready.  Few people expected Obama to become the Preacher-in-Chief.  And probably no one thought he would sing.  But that's what he did after discussing the importance of the black church's past and the necessity of the community in the future.

Obama eulogizes pastor in Charleston shooting.  President Barack Obama delivered a touching eulogy, a rousing political speech and a thoughtful meditation on race in America when he traveled to Charleston, South Carolina on Friday to speak at the funeral of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was gunned down last week by a racist terrorist during Bible study.  But the President's speech will be remembered for a moment at the end when the he launched into a solo of "Amazing Grace," that at first stunned the mourners and then brought them to their feet as they joined him in song.

U.S. Troops Face Eating, Drinking Restrictions During Ramadan.  A top commander in southwest Asia reminded U.S military personnel stationed in Muslim countries in the Middle East of the restrictions placed on them during Ramadan.  According to a report by the U.S. Air Forces Central Command Public Affairs, Brig. Gen. John Quintas, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing commander in Southwest Asia, said that the U.S. is "committed to the concepts of tolerance, freedom and diversity."

Conceit vs. Reality.  Of Francis' encyclical, Laudato Si', we must say:  "Father, forgive him, he knows not what he proposes."  That is, concerning "manmade climate change."  Or maybe he does.  Francis' letter is a screed.  A mélange of church teachings, junk science, and Jesuit-inspired leftism.  There's good in the letter, but it's choked by weedy thinking. [...] As the left propagandizes Francis' letter, his mention of protecting human life will be dropped.  His swipes at leftist tyranny, excised.  What will remain is a morality tale about bad old smokestack industries, free markets, and car and cow flatulence raping Momma Earth, rendering her uninhabitable, and how Francis thinks so, too.  It's a bankable argument for those who want to steal our liberty.

Sorry Pope Francis, the State of the Planet Is Getting Better.  The Pope has a comprehensively dark vision of the world.  He writes that ["]The Earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth... beautiful landscapes are now covered with rubbish....  Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last two hundred years.["]  In other words, the Industrial Revolution is to blame for covering the planet in rubbish.  But if it's covered in trash, it's a strange kind of trash that has caused global crop yields to increase by 160 percent since 1961 and deaths from droughts to be reduced by 99.8 percent since the 1920s.

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Where is this immense pile of filth?  Does the Vatican look like a pile of filth, or is he talking about Italy?

Pope ponders paganism.  Not since the rule of Emperor Constantine, during the Roman Warm Era, have pagan gods been tolerated in Rome.  Before Constantine, Romans worshipped 12 main gods, including Apollo (the Sun), Diana (the Moon), Flora (the plants), Uranus (the sky), Ceres (the crops), Gaia (the Earth), and of course Bacchus (wine), Venus (love), and Mars (war).  Some of these gods demanded tribute and sacrifice.  Christianity, the worship of one forgiving God, slowly absorbed or eliminated its pagan rivals.  The popes in Rome came to lead a Catholic empire of Christians.  In modern times, the old Greek/Roman goddess Gaia has been resurrected by the world green movement.  Pope Francis seems to seek an alliance with these nature-worshipers.

Pope Francis's Vow of Poverty — for All.  Like other environmental activists, the pope — who might now be considered the world's leading green — is using global warming to prosecute a deeply ecological, anti-capitalist agenda.  Designed to influence the outcome of the Paris climate talks in December, the Pope's message would have been the same even if alarmist scientists had not misinformed him that the planet had been warming in recent decades, when there has been little or no warming for nearly two decades.  "Our concern cannot be limited merely to the threat of extreme weather events, but must also extend to the catastrophic consequences of social unrest," the pope writes.  "Obsession with a consumerist lifestyle, above all when few people are capable of maintaining it, can only lead to violence and mutual destruction."

Sheriff Threatened With Lawsuit After Preaching in Uniform at Church.  A sheriff in Florida is facing legal threats from the Freedom From Religion Foundation after speaking in a church's pulpit while wearing his uniform.  The FFRF is against Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd speaking or preaching at churches while wearing his police uniform.  Judd told Greta Van Susteren tonight [6/22/2015] that his constituency requests for him to speak at churches or other events as the sheriff.  "I wear my work clothes, I don't know why that's a surprise," he stated.  "I am an elected official by the people in Polk County, Fla.  So I am the boss."

Commie Pope.  Two years into his reign, Pope Francis has emerged as an extreme socialist obsessed with the usual phony leftist problems such as manmade global warming, American institutional racism, and income inequality.  Muslims are indiscriminately slaughtering Christians around the world while Christianity itself seems on the verge of being eclipsed globally by Islam, but these things barely register with this pope.  This pseudo-intellectual pope keeps on spouting the same misanthropic Marxist platitudes as he hitches his papacy to global warming, the new international totalitarian cause.  Sounding like Mao Zedong, Francis said a "bold cultural revolution" was needed to save the planet.

Supremes whack 9th Circus, says free spech applies to church signs, too.  Short version on this one (Reed v. Town of Gilbert):  there's a church in Arizona with no fixed abode yet that has to go around and rent temporary space for services.  They let their congregants know the latest location via temporary signage; and the town got all bent out of shape over this.  Shockingly, the 9th Circuit can't read the plain text of the First Amendment, and just as shockingly the Supreme Court had to smack the 9th Circuit again: [...]

The Pope is getting more politically active all the time:
Pope says weapons manufacturers can't call themselves Christian.  People who manufacture weapons or invest in weapons industries are hypocrites if they call themselves Christian, Pope Francis said on Sunday [6/21/2015].

The Pope Steps In It Again.  Pope Francis is rapidly convincing me that he is not just a leftist, but a dope.  Speaking [6/21/2015] to a group of young people in Turin, he departed from his script and launched into a rambling denunciation of, among others, arms manufacturers.

There Are Big Divisions In Catholicism Over "Climate Change".  First, I'm wondering how any Democrat can be a Catholic, as the majority support abortion on demand.  They don't listen to the Pope on most issues, why should they listen to the Pope on this?  Second, we see that 68% believe that the Earth is warming.  Count me among those who have that belief, and the raw data and facts support that belief.  But, notice that only 45% of the general public believe that it is caused by human activity.  Unfortunately, it is rarely, if ever, asked as to the percent that Mankind is responsible for.  Some may say a little (put me in that box).  Cult of Climastrology members will say that Mankind is mostly/solely responsible, which seems to be the same feeling from Pope Francis.

GOP says pope's climate stance is anti-business.  Pope Francis' stunning encyclical calling for a massive upheaval of the world economy to combat global warming provided fuel for President Obama and climate change activists but posed a tougher challenge for Catholic politicians who were left to grapple with the pontiff's stern call to arms.  Republicans — Catholics and non-Catholics alike — said the pope had overstepped himself with his 184-page missive delving deeply into environmental science and 21st century economics, including saying the use of fossil fuels is turning Earth into a "pile of filth."

Pope Francis Offers a Trinitarian Document.  It's important for non-Catholics to understand that nothing in this document is presented as an infallible teaching. While Catholics are called to adhere to the regular non-infallible teaching of the Popes, they are allowed to dispute how to correctly implement those teachings in the world if they feel the Pope's approaches are in error.  The encyclical begins with a standard liberal discourse on current environmental problems.  Clearly the Pope either was not told or did not believe the growing body of scientific evidence that global warming is not due to man.

Is the Encyclical a Measured Document?  Josiah Neeley has a very nice piece at First Things making the case that the Pope's environmental encyclical is really "a more measured affair" than the advanced notices suggest.  I'm afraid this isn't right.  Putting aside the anti-development tone and content of much of it, which I take it may be par for the course in these documents, the encyclical goes beyond the science to embrace a fashionable alarmism on climate.

Pope Francis: 'Revolution' needed to combat climate change.  As a former teacher, Pope Francis knows how to deliver a stern lecture.  On Thursday [6/18/2015], he gave one for the ages.  While slamming a slew of modern trends — the heedless worship of technology, our addiction to fossil fuels and compulsive consumerism — the Pope said humanity's "reckless" behavior has pushed the planet to a perilous "breaking point."  "Doomsday predictions," the Pope warned, "can no longer be met with irony or disdain."

Jonathan Alter Hints Jeb's a Bad Catholic Who Denies Papal Infallibility Because He Rejects Francis's Climate Change Pronouncement.  Jeb Bush, a convert to the faith, is a bad Catholic who all but denies the dogma of papal infallibility.  That's an argument put forward by that eminent Catholic scholar... Jonathan Alter?!  Yup, Alter made that argument on the June 19 edition of Now with Alex Wagner as he reacted to the former Florida governor's dismissal of Pope Francis's views on climate change as promulgated in his latest encyclical.

Our Creator already wrote the encyclical that counts.  [T]he pontiff came off as looking stupid in his role as the world's latest global warming/climate change activist.  The Pope's defenders are now saying that he's not really an environmental activist.  If not, he sure looks like one and perception is everything.

Magna Carta copied by church, not royal, scribes.  As part of a project of extensive study of Magna Carta in anticipation of the 800th anniversary, scholars from the University of East Anglia and King's College London compared the handwriting of the original copies.  They have identified the scribe who wrote the Lincoln charter and probably the one who wrote the Salisbury charter as well.  They were not scribes of the royal chancery, as long thought.

Pope's Views on Climate Change Add Pressure to Catholic Candidates.  As the steamy hurricane season descends on Miami, the city's Roman Catholic archbishop, Thomas G. Wenski, is planning a summer of sermons, homilies and press events designed to highlight the threat that a warming planet, rising sea levels and more extreme storms pose to his community's poorest and most vulnerable.

How Many Windmills Has the Pope?  Pope Francis has become a deeply problematic figure, all the more so after his encyclical on global warming was leaked to an Italian publication.  The letter, some 129 pages long, is directed to Catholic bishops, but Francis grandly says that it is intended for every person in the world.  The letter has not yet been translated into English in its entirety, but portions of it have been run through Google Translator.  Even from these bits, some conclusions are obvious.  First, the Pope has no idea what he is talking about.  His letter is full of factual errors.

How Islam Got its American Privileges.  [Scroll down]  Religions in America traded theocracy for religious freedom.  They gave up being able to impose their practices on others in exchange for being able to freely practice their own religions.  Islam rejects religious freedom.  It exploits it to remove the freedom of belief and practice of others.  When it cannot do so through religious protection laws, it does so through claims of bigotry.  Religions were not meant to be immunized from blasphemy because that is theocracy.  Instead religions are protected from restrictions, rather than from criticism.  Islam insists on being protected from both.  It makes no concessions to the freedom of others while demanding maximum religious accommodation. [...] Islam is a privileged religion.  And there's a word for that.  Theocracy.

Pope Francis warns of destruction of world's ecosystem in leaked encyclical.  Pope Francis will this week call for changes in lifestyles and energy consumption to avert the "unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem" before the end of this century, according to a leaked draft of a papal encyclical.  In a document released by an Italian magazine on Monday [6/15/2015], the pontiff will warn that failure to act would have "grave consequences for all of us".

Pope Francis blasts global warming deniers in leaked draft of encyclical.  A draft of a major environmental document by Pope Francis says "the bulk of global warming" is caused by human activity and calls on people — especially the world's rich — to take steps to mitigate the damage by reducing consumption and reliance on fossil fuels.  In words likely to anger some of his conservative critics, the pope backs the science of climate change, saying "plenty of scientific studies point out that the last decades of global warming have been mostly caused by the great concentration of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane, nitrogen oxide and others) especially generated by human action."  "The poor and the Earth are shouting," reads the draft of the encyclical, the first of its kind dedicated to the environment.

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Global warming is a hoax, manufactured for the purpose of establishing world-wide government control (i.e., taxation) of all industrial activity.  The scientific veneer applied to global warming is easily scraped away.  The pope is attempting to suppress any skeptical dissent or rational debate, as many others have before.  The use of the church to spread political propaganda is what this page is about.

Pope Francis to Explore Climate's Effect on World's Poor.  This month, the Vatican sent notifications to bishops around the world with instructions for spreading the pope's environmental message to the more than one billion Catholics worldwide.  By wading into the environment debate, Francis is seeking to redefine a secular topic, one usually framed by scientific data, using theology and faith.

Pope Francis warns of destruction of world's ecosystem in leaked encyclical.  Pope Francis will this week call for changes in lifestyles and energy consumption to avert the "unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem" before the end of this century, according to a leaked draft of a papal encyclical.  In a document released by an Italian magazine on Monday, the pontiff will warn that failure to act would have "grave consequences for all of us".

The Editor says...
I guess the Pope should read the Bible, which clearly states that God has made the heavens, with all their host, and the earth, and all things that are in it, and the seas, and all that is in them, and He preserves them all.(Nehemiah 9:6)  God himself preserves the earth (and the oceans and the atmosphere), not governments, not environmentalists, and certainly not the U.N.

Pope Francis Leaps Aboard 'Global Warming' Bandwagon.  This is the sort of hackneyed language and extremely dubious science you might expect from a 16-year old trotting out the formulaic bilge and accepted faux-wisdom required these days to pass a fairly typical exam paper in Geography or Environmental Sciences.  But what it most definitely isn't the kind of thing you'd want or hope to read from the spiritual leader of 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, whose word is supposedly infalliable and who holds an office that dates back two thousand years.  First — despite the Pope's much-vaunted masters degree in Chemistry — it's wrong scientifically.  There is no evidence that sea-levels are rising at an abnormal rate; ocean acidification is a busted flush; catastrophic man-made global warming remains, at best, an unproven and increasingly shaky theory.  Second, it's wrong morally.

Save the Environment... from the Vatican.  How activist pulses must be racing now that they've caught Pope Francis and Vatican global warming alarmists in the green butterfly net that once boasted Al Gore as their biggest celebrity. [...] According to the Internet, Pope Francis is the most popular person on earth, even if many among the world's 1.2 billion Catholics wonder where he'll try to lead them next.  With all due respect, you won't be saving many souls among the climate change clique, Pope Francis.  Global warming/climate change comes with its own religion.  It's called Gaia, and its members worship not the biblical God of Creation but 'Mother Earth'.

Army refuses to provide Honor Guard for church's July 4th celebration.  For nearly two decades, the U.S. Army has provided an honor guard for an Independence Day celebration at a Baptist church that predates the founding of the nation.  But this year — that tradition has come to an end.  Officials at Fort Gordon say they will not be able to send an honor guard to a July 5th service at Abilene Baptist Church because it violates a military policy banning any involvement in a religious service. [...] Abilene Baptist Church was founded in 1774 — one of Georgia's most historic churches and the second oldest in the state.  The founding pastor was arrested by a colonial magistrate for "preaching in Georgia" and the first pastor, Reverend Loveless Savage, was a chaplain in the Revolutionary Army.

Let down by Obama, some black voters ask: Is it even worth backing Clinton?  During those two electric Novembers, the chance to elect a black president, and then keep him in office, seized Regenia Motley's neighborhood.  Nightclubs were registering voters.  Churches held fish fries after loading buses that ferried parishioners to the polls.  A truck hoisted a big sign that said "Obama."  And residents waited in long lines at precincts across the community.
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School Staff Trained On Islam, Bows To Allah At Local Mosque On Taxpayer Dime.  Approximately 50 teachers and officials from Pennsylvania's recently gathered at a taxpayer-funded workshop during church services at a local Baptist church to learn about the problems Christian children face in today's secular educational environment.  No, wait.  Scratch that.  That didn't happen.  That's totally wrong.  Instead, approximately 50 teachers and staffers in the town of Lebanon, Pa. attended a workshop at a local mosque to learn all about Islam and Arab culture, EAGnews.org reports.  The workshop occurred on Monday [6/8/2015].  It was, indeed, funded by taxpayers.  Lebanon School District superintendent Marianne T. Bartley was among the school officials on hand.

It's okay for churches to be used to spread political propaganda, as long as it's left wing propaganda.
The White House Is Looking For A Few Green Priests.  Is your priest or rabbi giving sermons about climate change? The White House would like to know.  The White House in July will honor faith leaders who are working on climate change and other conservation issues in their communities.  Officials this week put out calls for nominations from the community for clergy members, faith group organizers, and lay leaders who have connected with faith groups on climate change.

Black church leaders lead revolt against de Blasio's re-election.  There's a revolt brewing in Mayor Bill de Blasio's political base.  Black church leaders are so furious at some of de Blasio's policies that they're actively looking for a candidate to run against him in 2017 — and leading their list is popular Brooklyn Rep. Hakeem Jeffries.  Pastors told The [New York] Post on Thursday [5/28/2015] they're steamed over de Blasio's handling of the NYPD, for not providing enough city contracts to minority-run businesses and for tilting affordable-housing policies toward developers.

Lawsuit claims illegal religious activities at Florence High School.  A Colorado teacher is suing his school district claiming the district's only high school "operates largely to promote the evangelical Christian ideals" of a local church that operates in the school.  Robert Basevitz's lawsuit against the Fremont Re-2 School District was filed Tuesday [5/26/2015] in federal court in Denver. [...] Randy Pfaff, the pastor of The Cowboy Church at Crossroads, said he will not apologize for being in Florence High School.  "I don't believe the Constitution was meant to keep God out of the schools.  That's absolutely absurd," Pfaff told The Denver Post on Tuesday [5/26/2015] in a phone interview.  "This nation was founded on Christianity."  Pfaff's evangelical church, which rents cafeteria space at Florence High for Sunday morning services, hosts prayer every morning before school around the flagpole and hosts Bible study and pizza during lunch in a school classroom.

The Editor says...
The use of school auditoriums for Sunday church services is fairly common.  I've been to a church that met (temporarily) in an elementary school while their building was under construction.  The church rented the building from the city (at a rate that was mutually satisfactory) every Sunday for a few months.  One church's use of an otherwise empty school building does not constitute an establishment of a state religion.

Pope's pronouncements making trouble for GOP Catholics.  Catholic Republicans are developing a pope problem.  Earlier this month, Francis recognized Palestinian statehood.  This summer, he's going to issue an encyclical condemning environmental degradation.  And in September, just as the GOP primary race heats up, Francis will travel to Washington to address Congress on climate change.

Catholics organize to promote pope's climate change message.  These environmental advocates — who work with bishops, religious orders, Catholic universities and lay movements — have been preparing for months to help maximize the effect of the statement, hoping for a transformative impact in the fight against global warming.

Black Leaders Showing Signs of Frustration With Mayor de Blasio.  Dozens of black ministers, justice reform advocates and civil rights activists and four black members of Congress gathered last Monday at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem to discuss a delicate matter:  What to do about Mayor Bill de Blasio.  Over the course of the morning meeting, attendees voiced a series of concerns:  Mr. de Blasio, some complained, seems to have lost his appetite for criminal justice reform. [...] Other participants grumbled that Mr. de Blasio and his staff have simply not done enough to communicate with black community leaders on issues like affordable housing.

The Editor says...
Why did this meeting about local government take place in a church?  Don't they have conference rooms at the City Hall?

Air Force general who spoke of God in talk should be court-martialed, group says.  In a speech at a National Day of Prayer Task Force event on May 7, Maj. Gen. Craig Olson credits God for his accomplishments in the military, and refers to himself as a "redeemed believer in Christ."  The Air Force Times reports that the Military Religious Freedom Foundation has taken issue with Olson's remarks, is calling for the two-star general to be court-martialed and "aggressively and very visibly brought to justice for his unforgivable crimes and transgressions."

Pope's top adviser blasts US climate skeptics.  Pope Francis' closest adviser castigated conservative climate change skeptics in the United States Tuesday [5/12/2015], blaming capitalism for their views.  Speaking with journalists, Cardinal Oscar Rodr$#237;guez Maradiaga criticized certain "movements" in the United States that have preemptively come out in opposition to Francis's planned encyclical on climate change.

The Editor says...
Would a TV station hire a weatherman just because he used to be an advisor to the Pope?  How then is he so well qualified to forecast the weather 100 years from now, and to squelch any dissent?

The Four Horsemen of the Education Apocalypse.  The first Horseman is called Neutrality.  He isn't neutral; educators just use that term because the schools are supposed to be impartial in regard to both politics and religion.  This so-called "fairness" is closely associated with and bolstered by the misunderstood and mythological "separation of church and state."  True, we don't want the public schools teaching church doctrine, but what happens to a child's view of the world if he attends a school (where he's supposed to be learning really important things) that never mentions God and even actively teaches against His existence?  Look at science or health curricula today to see what I mean.  Those classes are not neutral.

The Pope's Confused Climate Communique.  On April 28, Pope Francis hosted a one-day conference, "Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity: The Moral Dimensions of Climate Change and Sustainable Development."  Unfortunately, the conference was less a discussion and more a lecture to the world on the evils of capitalism and the "fact" fossil fuel use causes increasing poverty and inequality and is destroying the planet. [...] The game was rigged from the outset.  Only climate alarmists were on the pope's guest list.  For the pope and his invitees, the debate was over.

The Pope embraces the religion of global warming.  One cannot help but admire Pope Francis' concern for the poor — a totally biblical view.  However, the proposed fix for perceived manmade catastrophic climate change (climate change is real and has been happening long before humans burned fossil fuels), the elimination of fossil fuels will create more poor people, not fewer.

Catholic Church Fooled by UN on Climate Change.  The fight to stop climate change is about to become official doctrine of the Catholic Church.  By taking this action, the Church turns its back on many of the world's poorest people, those most vulnerable to the impacts of the United Nations' dangerously misguided climate and energy policies. [...] After erroneously citing an "increased frequency of droughts, extreme storms, [and] heat waves," the declaration irrationally reassured the public that "[t]he world has within its technological grasp, financial means, and know-how the means to mitigate climate change."  All we need do, according to the declaration — a document University of Western Ontario climate model expert Professor Chris Essex has labeled "gibberish" — is to make "a rapid world transformation to a world powered by renewable and other low-carbon [sic] energy."

The Editor says...
One would think that the church would be more interested in the truth than in politics.  Unfortunately, the current Pope appears to be a socialist, and when a socialist wants "rapid world transformation," it's never good.

Protesters fuming after Sharpton's 'invitation-only' meeting.  Protesters in Baltimore criticized the Rev. Al Sharpton and other national civil rights leaders Thursday [4/30/2015] for turning them away from a meeting about the community.  "I wanted to give my voice," Shamar Gordon, 17, said after being blocked from the summit at the New Shiloh Baptist Church.

The Editor says...
Black churches are often used to spread victim-centric leftist politics.  That's why this page exists.

Pope Francis Echoes Feminist Anthem Of Equal Pay For Equal Work.  Pope Francis added his voice Wednesday [4/29/2015] to the feminist anthem of equal pay for equal work, saying it's "pure scandal" that women earn less than men for doing the same job.

Obama's Lawyer Basically Tells SCOTUS That Religious Schools Are Toast.  During oral arguments made in the same-sex marriage case heard by the Supreme Court on Tuesday [4/28/2015] (Obergefell v. Hodges), Justices Roberts and Alito questioned Solicitor General Donald Verrilli about the rights of religious schools if the Court decides to impose same-sex marriage on the states.  Justice Roberts asked if religious schools that provide housing to married students would be required to offer such housing to same-sex couples.  Verrilli demurred, saying there is currently no federal law banning discrimination based on sexual orientation.  "Those issues are going to have to be worked out," he said.

Global Warming to replace Gospel at church.  In the lib-left world timing is everything. Now that Christianity is being persecuted worldwide with the many slings and arrows sent its way flashing out in neon, it's time for 'sustainability' to squeeze out Salvation at Sunday church services.  "The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is spending $84,000 to study how churches can be used to combat climate change.  (Washington Free Beacon, April 27, 2015)

EPA Spends $84,000 to Study Churches That Preach Climate Change.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is spending $84,000 to study how churches can be used to combat climate change.  A taxpayer-funded graduate fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor is examining 17 faith-based institutions that have implemented "sustainability initiatives" in the hopes of developing workshops to teach pastors and other religious leaders how to change the behaviors of their congregants.

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Pope attacked by climate change sceptics.  Climate change sceptics accused Pope Francis of being deeply ill-informed about global warming as the Vatican forged an alliance with the UN to tackle the issue.  The Pope discussed climate change with Ban Ki-Moon, the UN Secretary-General, who then opened a one-day Vatican conference called "The Moral Dimensions of Climate Change and Sustainable Development".

Idaho city's ordinance tells pastors to marry gays or go to jail.  Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, city officials have laid down the law to Christian pastors within their community, telling them bluntly via an ordinance that if they refuse to marry homosexuals, they will face jail time and fines.  The dictate comes on the heels of a legal battle with Donald and Evelyn Knapp, ordained ministers who own the Hitching Post wedding chapel in the city, but who oppose gay marriage, The Daily Caller reported.  A federal judge recently ruled that the state's ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional, while the city of Coeur d'Alene has an ordinance that prevents discrimination based on sexual preference.

Navy Chaplain Censored: 'Don't pray in the name of Jesus'.  A Navy chaplain who faces the end of a stellar 19-year career because of his faith-based views on marriage and human sexuality was told by a base commander to refrain from offering a prayer in the name of Jesus, according to attorneys representing the chaplain.  That allegation was tucked away in an 18-page letter written to the commander of Navy Region Southeast by Liberty Institute attorneys representing Chaplain Wesley Modder.  Liberty Institute is a law firm that specializes in religious liberty cases.

Pope Francis to promote climate action as moral imperative.  As the world celebrates Earth Day on Wednesday, Pope Francis is planning to use one of the highest forms of papal expression — an encyclical — to promote climate action to save the planet as a moral and religious imperative.

Turkish Dictator Erdoğan and Obama to jointly open new mosque in Maryland.  [Scroll down]  Simultaneously, our beloved president is silent on the scourge of anti-Christian violence being meted out by Islamists around the world.  Not to mention doing his level best to see Iran's Islamonazi regime secure the trifecta of the apocalypse: nuclear weapons, intercontinental ballistic missiles, and sophisticated anti-missile systems.  And of course he has no time to visit the southern border, the scandal-ridden Veteran's Administration, or Israel's prime minister.

Atheist Group Bullies Oklahoma Schools into Halting Free Bible Distribution.  The Duncan Public School district in Oklahoma has promised to prohibit the distribution of Bibles to students, after an atheist organization threatened legal action over what it calls "unconstitutional Bible distribution."  The atheist group called the "American Humanist Association" sent an email to the Duncan Public school district after finding out that a teacher at Woodrow Wilson Elementary was handing out free Gideon Bibles during class time.

Tennessee House votes to make Bible official state book.  The Tennessee state House ignored serious constitutional concerns — and the wishes of Republican leaders in the Statehouse — in voting to make the holy Bible the official state book.

Common Core ties to Libya, Qatar, Saudi Arabia.  "Where did Common Core come from?" is a question I often hear from parents as I travel the country speaking about the Islamic infiltration of America. Because in 2014-15 America, public school students via Common Core are:
  •   Participating in public school-sponsored trips to mosques via taxpayer expense, girls must wear head scarves (Colorado parents complain)
  •   Debating whether or not the Holocaust was "merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and gain," (an eighth-grade assignment defended by the Rialto Unified School District, Los Angeles)
  •   Pledging allegiance in Arabic (New York)
  •   Observing two "Muslim holy days," (New York City)
  •   Being taught Islamic vocabulary lessons (North Carolina)
  •   Being taught Islamic culture (Tennessee)
  •   Being taught world history from Islamic perspective (Florida) that includes learning about the five pillars of Islam (Maryland father, a Marine Corps veteran, complains and is banned from school grounds)
  •   Told to proselytize by creating a pamphlet about Islam to "introduce Islam to 3rd graders" that introduces Allah to children as the same God of the Christians and Jews (Michigan)
  •   Reciting in class the Shahada, "There is No God but Allah," and the Muslim call to prayer (Massachusetts)

Did someone mention Common Core?

Earth Day — a national establishment of religion.  Friday, April 22, is the 41st anniversary of Earth Day.  The theme this year is "A Billion Acts of Green" and we're asked, like recovering sinners, to reform our ways:  take our baths with less water, turn off the lights, spend less time on the computer, watch less TV, reduce our toilet paper consumption, and make a donation.  Getting an early start, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) observed Earth Day this past weekend (April 16-17) on the National Mall, with 40 exhibits.  As all this suggests, environmentalism has become our newest religion.

Rhode Island teachers sue to be allowed Good Friday off as religious holiday.  Anne McLaughlin has done the same thing on Good Friday for more than 30 years:  She takes the day off and attends church, where she spends the afternoon reflecting on her faith.  But when the Rhode Island high school teacher requested April 3 off as one of two days of religious observance Cranston Public Schools employees are allowed each year, the answer was no.  Instead, she was asked to provide documentation that church attendance was mandatory during the workday.

Feds Spend $149,890 on 'Mindful Eating Intervention' for Third Graders.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is spending nearly $150,000 to test a "mindful eating intervention" on third graders in California.  A grant awarded earlier this month outlined the project that will use the methods of a Zen teacher to try to fight childhood obesity and turn kids into "change agents" to teach others how to eat healthily. [...] Mindfulness is a New Age meditation technique that traces its origins from Buddhism.  People engaging in mindfulness are encouraged to focus on the present moment "non-judgmentally."

As Relations With Israel Plummet To New Low, Obama Cuts Video for Iran Praising the Ayatollah.  Anyone think it's a coincidence Obama chose today to release his Nowruz message (it begins on the first day of spring)?

Rental Cars for Michelle O's Kyoto Visit Cost $78,741.  According to the White House press office, "The First Lady will travel to Kyoto on March 20 and visit the Kiyomizu-Dera Buddhist Temple and the Fushimi Inari Shinto Shrine.  She will also greet staff from the U.S. Consulate in Osaka."  Fushimi Inari Shinto is a shrine dedicated to a god of rice.  Visitors of the temple can pay to go into a pitch-black basement that symbolizes the womb of Buddah's mother.  The temple also features the Otowa Waterfall, which has streams to cause "longevity, success at school, and a fortunate love life."

Michelle Obama Celebrates Iran's Festival of Spring at the White House.  The Obamas sure are big fans of all things Iran, aren't they?  I'm sure this White House celebration of Nowruz has absolutely nothing to do with President Obama's non-binding nuke deal with Iran.  There are so many religious spring holidays that could have been celebrated at the White House.  Easter, Passover, the Spring Equinox, etc.  Yet the First Lady is celebrating Nowruz.  How many Americans have ever even heard of Nowruz?  I'm guessing not many.

Kerry Claims 'Great Respect' for 'Religious Importance' of Khamenei's Fatwa.  While addressing the press during a visit to Egypt, Secretary of State John Kerry spoke about the ongoing negotiations with Iran over that country's nuclear programs.  As he and President Obama have several times in the past, Kerry cited a report that Iran's "Supreme Leader" issued a "fatwa" against the development of nuclear weapons by Iran, a fatwa that remains unpublished according to a recent article by U.S. News.  Nevertheless, Kerry said that the United States has "great respect — great respect — for the religious importance of a fatwa."

Obama Administration: "The U.S. has great respect for the religious importance of a fatwa".  The White House says they have respect for Islamic religious fatwa's, yet the same White House is suing several Christian organizations who don't comply with the various constructs of the Obama decrees.

Michelle Celebrates an Iranian Holiday at the White House.  Wednesday [3/11/2015], Mrs. Obama celebrated at the White House something called Nowruz, the Iranian festival of spring that marks the beginning of the Persian new year.  There are somewhere between half a million and a million Iranian Americans in the United States, about the same as the number of Lithuanian Americans.  Where's the White House Lithuanian American holiday celebration?  No, this is not about Nowruz.  This is a clear attempt to appease the Iran government, and it is exactly what is wrong with President Obama's approach to Iran and the rest of the world.

The Editor says...
Norwuz is a secular holiday for most celebrants that is enjoyed by people of several different faiths, but remains a holy day for Zoroastrians.*

New York City schools will close for Muslim Eid holidays.  New York City will recognize Muslim holidays Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha on the official school calendar starting in September, Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carmen Fariña said Wednesday [3/4/2015].  In the upcoming 2015-2016 school year, schools will close Sept. 24 for Eid al-Adha so that thousands of Muslim families in the city can observe the day, de Blasio said.  Eid al-Fitr, which falls during the summer, will be designated a holiday for kids attending summer school.

Florida city wages soviet-style crackdown on churches.  A government crackdown on churches has Christians in Lake Worth, Fla., wondering if they live in the United States or the former Soviet Union.  Churches in Lake Worth, population 36,000, have been ordered to acquire a business license.  As if the church has to get the government's permission to preach and pray?

A Fight to Keep Catholic Schools Catholic.  San Franciscans are currently debating a simple question:  Should the government respect the right of Catholic schools to be authentically Catholic?

Black pastors urge CBC not to skip Netanyahu speech.  The message from a dozen prominent black pastors this week to the Congressional Black Caucus was loud and clear:  Don't skip out on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyuhu's speech.  About two dozen House and Senate Democrats, most of them black caucus members, have said they will not attend Mr. Netanyahu's speech Tuesday [3/3/2015] before a joint session of Congress, which one pastor described as a "slap in the face to the people of Israel."

Boehner: Pope Francis to address Congress on Sept. 24.  Pope Francis will address a joint meeting of the House and Senate on Sept. 24, becoming the first pontiff to do so, House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday [2/5/2015].  "We're humbled that the Holy Father has accepted our invitation and certainly look forward to receiving his message on behalf of the American people," Boehner, R-Ohio, told reporters.  Boehner is Catholic and extended the invitation for the pope to speak to lawmakers.

White House Whitewash: Koran Verse Featured at 'Extremism' Summit Edited Out Call to Crush Jews.  Penny Starr of CNSNews.com has reported that the second day of this past week's White House summit on "Countering Violent Extremism" was initiated by an unidentified "Muslim prayer" exclusively:  "no other religious text was presented during the portion of the event that was open to the press."  Imam Sheikh Sa'ad Musse Roble, president of the World Peace Organization in Minneapolis, recited a "verse from the Koran" in Arabic.  An English translation of the verse was read next by Imam Abdisalam Adam of the Islamic Civil Society of America.

Obama Opens 'Extremism' Summit With Muslim Prayer, No Other Faiths Allowed — Biden Says Christians Are Murderers.  We are learning more and more about Obama's supposed conference on "extremism" and one thing we've discovered is that Obama had the thing opened up with a Muslim prayer.  But no other religions were allowed to participate in the event.  Worse, Vice President Joe Biden was then heard saying that it is Christians who are the violent murderers.

White House Summit on Violent Extremism Opens With Muslim Prayer — No Other Faiths Represented.  A Muslim prayer was recited at the start of the second day of the White House summit on "Countering Violent Extremism," but no other religious text was presented during the portion of the event that was open to the press.  Imam Sheikh Sa'ad Musse Roble, president of the World Peace Organization in Minneapolis, Minn., recited a "verse from the Quran" following remarks by Obama administration officials and Democratic members of Congress.

Atheist group threatens suit over 'angels' on memorial to beloved teacher.  A West Virginia middle school took down the crosses from a memorial to a beloved teacher, but is standing firm on the angels etched into the stone, despite an atheist group's threat to sue on constitutional grounds.  Joann Christy's 26-year career educating children at Ravenswood Middle School came to a tragic end in 2004, when she died in a car accident.  But her loved ones and the community she had served sought to remember her with an engraved, stone memorial near the school's entrance.

This certainly sounds like an endorsement of a specific religion:
To Fight Extremism, Obama Calls on US to Embrace Its Muslims.  In the fight against violent extremism, President Barack Obama has argued the U.S. has one thing going for it that Europe doesn't:  a long tradition of warmly embracing its immigrants, including Muslims.

HHS Pushes Church Talking Points, Bulletins to Promote Obamacare.  In an effort to sign up as many consumers as possible for insurance under the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare), the Obama administration has gone to extraordinary lengths to partner with churches and other faith-based groups, even publishing sample church bulletin inserts, flyers, and scripts for announcements, as well as "talking points." These materials are part of the "Second Sunday & Faith Weekend of Action Toolkit," which is available on the website of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Florida father furious at school lesson: 'Muhammad is the messenger of God'.  Ron Wagner, a Florida father, said his son's world history book has gone too far with a lesson that teaches Muhammad is the messenger of God.  One part of the book, for instance, reads:  "There is no god, but God.  Muhammad is the messenger of God," he said, quoting from his son's Lyman High School history book, WFTV reported.  "Students were instructed to recite this prayer as the first Pillar of Islam, off of the board at the teacher's instruction," Mr. Wagner said.  "For it to be mandatory and part of the curriculum and in the textbooks, didn't seem right."

Dad protests Islamic lessons at school.  Ron Wagner read from part of his son's world history book, "There is no god, but God.  Muhamad is the messenger of God."  Wagner is not reading the Five Pillars of Islam from the Quran, but rather his son's 10th-grade world history book from Lyman High School.  "Students were instructed to recite this prayer as the first Pillar of Islam, off of the board at the teacher's instruction," Wagner claims.

Rep. Cummings: People 'Come to Government To Feed Their Souls'.  Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) says, "so many people come to government knowing that they are not going to make the kind of money they would make in the private sector but they come to government to feed their souls."  Cummings was speaking in Washington D.C. at the Legislative Conference of the National Treasury Employees Union on February 4th when he made the comments.

The Editor says...
Congressman Cummings apparently does not know what it means to feed one's soul.  Evidently the government is his god.

Boehner: Pope Francis to address Congress on Sept. 24.  Pope Francis will address a joint meeting of the House and Senate on Sept. 24, becoming the first pontiff to do so, House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday [2/5/2015].  "We're humbled that the Holy Father has accepted our invitation and certainly look forward to receiving his message on behalf of the American people," Boehner, R-Ohio, told reporters.  Boehner is Catholic and extended the invitation for the pope to speak to lawmakers.

Is Islamic Indoctrination Being Taught in LA Public Schools?  Concerns have arisen over the perceived teaching of Islam in California's seventh grade school curriculum.  Questions have been raised as to whether the education within these classrooms are merely teaching about Islam or preaching the faith, in what many now view as a scandal of indoctrination of youth.

No Separation between Church and State on Climate Change.  Pope Francis's recent pronouncements on climate change and his forthcoming papal encyclical on the environment are taking the Church into scientific matters reminiscent of Pope Urban VIII and Galileo some four centuries ago. [...] The parallels to Pope Francis's expressed ideas on environment and climate change are notable.  The pope is also a Jesuit.  He is taking sides in the arena of scientific debate by making dogmatic statements on a topic of controversy without matching validated scientific evidence.

U.S. EPA chief at the Vatican to discuss climate change with the Pope's staff.  The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday she hoped Pope Francis' upcoming message to his flock on the environment would help galvanize concern about climate change and convince sceptics that "the science is real".  EPA administrator Gina McCarthy, visiting the Vatican to discuss climate change, said U.S. President Barack Obama shared the pope's belief that it was a moral issue because its effects would be felt most by the poorest and weakest nations.  "The pope knows his own beliefs and I want him to know that the president is aligned with him on these issues," she told reporters.

Pope Francis is a leftist and must be called out.  Under the tutelage of a pope who ascribes to himself an omnicompetency in geopolitical and scientific matters, the Catholic Church is at risk of a death walk of its own.  Its descent into a left-leaning political entity is underway while we circle the wagons and measure our tones.  It is a serious matter when a pope confuses political and ideological symbols for religious ones.

Short sighted? School halts Bible study for blind kids.  After 10 years, the Maryland School for the Blind suspended a Bible study for blind teenagers, telling a local church leader it was because of "church-state" issues.

How Pope Francis allows politics to distort the Christian faith.  After the United States agreed to restore relations with Cuba, a deal that included the involvement of the pontiff himself, the Vatican's secretary of state emphasized Francis' ambitions for making the Holy See a bigger player in international diplomacy.  But it goes deeper than that.  Politics and political metaphors shape his view of the world.

Islamic Opening Prayer to Allah in the House of Reps.  Watch the frog get boiled slowly in this C-SPAN video.  It won't be long 'til we're as jacked up as France and England are with Islamic nutters.  [Video clip]

Why the Left Wants Conservatives to View Francis as a Liberal.  [Scroll down]  Or is this a false choice that is being engineered by the left?  Think about the ramifications of such a choice.  Conservative American Catholics can choose to follow their pope, in which case they will probably have to leave the GOP, and maybe even become Democrats, or they can choose the GOP, in which case they will have to seriously consider not following the teachings of their pope and the Catholic Church.  If this "liberal pope forces choice" scenario were actually happening (and it is not [...]), it would create a pretty neat win-win situation for the left.

Islamic Prayer Call from Duke Chapel Cancelled Within 48 Hours of Announcement.  Duke University has abandoned its plan to transform the bell tower on the Methodist school's neo-gothic cathedral into a minaret where the Muslim call to prayer was to be publicly broadcast.  "Duke remains committed to fostering an inclusive, tolerant and welcoming campus for all of its students," university spokesman Michael Schoenfeld said in a statement.  "However, it was clear that what was conceived as an effort to unify was not having the intended effect."

The Editor asks...
What was the intended effect, if not the popularization (the endorsement) of Islam?

Outcry Over Coming 'Stand with the Prophet' Rally at Texas Public School Center.  Stand with the Prophet in Honor and Respect, an event that asks "Ready to defeat Islamophobia?" is coming to the Dallas area Curtis Culwell Center on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at 6pm.  Until recently, few knew anything about this conference and now that many more do, residents are not just upset about the event and its speakers, they are upset that it is being held on the publicly-owned property of the Garland Independent School District (ISD) in a facility that was built and paid for with property taxpayer funded school bonds.

'Free Beacon' Banned From Stand with the Prophet Event.  A [Washington] Free Beacon reporter was barred from attending on Saturday [1/17/2015] the controversial Stand with the Prophet in Honor and Respect rally, an evening-long forum organized by American Muslim leaders to oppose what they claim are American Islamophobes who are giving the Islamic faith a bad name.  An event organizer claimed that while some media outlets had been permitted to cover the event, the Free Beacon was not approved to attend and would not be permitted into the event, which was billed by organizers as a "movement to defend Prophet Muhammad, his person, and his message."

Thousands Rally Against Radical Islamic Terrorism in Texas.  This weekend was the weekend that a pro-Islam rally was held in Garland, Texas.  But those that want to end any discussion about the evils of Islam weren't the only ones who went to Garland to rally for their principles.  Thousands more came to protest the supporters of Islamic terror.  "We're here to stand up for the American way of life from a faction of people who are trying to destroy us," one man told the Dallas/Fort Worth NBC affiliate.

White House: Obama Will Fight Media To Stop Anti-Jihad Articles.  President Barack Obama has a moral responsibility to push back on the nation's journalism community when it is planning to publish anti-jihadi articles that might cause a jihadi attack against the nation's defense forces, the White House's press secretary said Jan. 12. [...] The unprecedented reversal of Americans' civil-military relations, and of the president's duty to protect the First Amendment, was pushed by Earnest as he tried to excuse the administration's opposition in 2012 to the publication of anti-jihadi cartoons by the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Josh Earnest: Obama Will Try To Stop 'Anti-Islam' Articles.  Wait a minute. Obama didn't try to stop 'journalists' from reporting on the Democrat Senate staffers' (mendacious) CIA 'Torture' report.  In fact, he cheered them on.  Even though every responsible grown up in the military and elsewhere said it could bring about retaliatory terrorist attacks. [...] In fact, it's hard to remember anytime that Obama objected to any media actions that put our soldiers or Americans in general at risk.

The Editor says...
This would be front-page news if a Republican president was actively suppressing anti-Christian news.

The White House violence incentive system.  If the Government things exercising the first Amendment rights guaranteed by our constitution will upset violent fanatics said government will do what it can to prevent said people from doing so.  Apparently Baptists, Catholics, Mormons, Hindus, Sikhs, Jews and other assorted religious groups have been doing it all wrong.  If we would only ignore what our religions actually say and mimic the actions of the significant minority of well-funded Muslims who are willing to commit violence to keep people from insulting or blaspheming our relative religions, our government would lead the charge to make sure we were never insulted in media, film or on TV again.

Arizona church poised to win high court fight over signs.  A small church in a Phoenix suburb appeared likely Monday [1/13/2015] to win its Supreme Court dispute over a local ordinance that puts limits on roadside signs that direct people to Sunday services.

Labor secretary: Raising minimum wage a religious imperative.  Labor Secretary Tom Perez said Wednesday [1/7/2015] that it was a religious imperative that the federal government help American workers through issues such as raising the minimum wage and requiring businesses to pay more overtime. [...] This was not the first time the labor secretary has invoked his religious beliefs to justify the administration's agenda.  In a 2013 speech, also before an AFL-CIO convention, he said his own spirituality had led him to believe that "It was not possibly God's will that people working a 40-hour week should live in poverty."

On climate change, the pope could use a lesson in science.  Pope Francis recently made headlines engaging in non-theological matters such as the thawing of relations between the United States and Cuba and income inequality.  Taking positions on these controversial topics has made Francis both a hero and a villain (depending on whom you ask), but few of his past positions inspired the sort of ire Francis is sure to receive should he decide to engage in the hotly contested global warming debate.

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops financially supporting anti-cop protests.  It was the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) that unleashed the evil Saul Alinsky on an unsuspecting Western society, from Chicago.  Satan-loving Alinsky, whose ideals motivate both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to this day, was going nowhere until the USCCB took him under their robes and financed him.  With the USCCB's well-documented history of financing devil-worshipping Alinsky patently ignored by the mainstream media, USCCB today is using its favourite charity to fund groups advocating the Michael Brown-Eric Garner protests, including burning and looting in Ferguson, Mo and the same ones that led to last month's police officer "execution-style" killings in Brooklyn, New York.

Pope Francis, the Climate and Leftism.  How are we to explain that at the very moment that the oldest Christian communities in the world are being violently destroyed; that while Christians are murdered, raped and tortured in Africa and the Middle East; and while horrific barbarities are committed daily in the name of God, the pope issues an encyclical and travels around the world to talk about climate change?  It is happening because leftism has taken over much of Catholicism, most of mainstream Protestantism, increasing numbers of evangelicals and most of non-Orthodox Judaism.  Not to mention the secular worlds of the news media, entertainment media and academia.  It is happening because the default philosophic, moral and political position in Latin America is leftism.

None dare call it prayer.
San Francisco Schools Transformed by the Power of Meditation.  Silence isn't something people usually associate with middle school, but twice a day the halls of Visitacion Valley School in San Francisco fall quiet as the sixth, seventh and eighth grade students meditate for fifteen minutes.  And school administrators tell NBC News that the violence outside of the school, which is situated in one of San Francisco's poorest neighborhoods, was spilling into the school and affecting the students' demeanor.

Vatican's left turn would leave the poor even poorer.  Pope Francis — and I say this as a Catholic — is a complete disaster when it comes to his policy pronouncements.  On the economy, and now on the environment, the pope has allied himself with the far left and has embraced an ideology that would make people poorer and less free.  Pope Francis is reportedly preparing a lengthy encyclical message to the world's 1.2 billion Catholics on the need for decisive action on climate change and will speak before the United Nations General Assembly on this subject this year.

Holy smoke (and mirrors) over the Pope and that climate treaty.  Last month there was the defacing by Greenpeace of two Inca World Heritage Sites.  Then there was the study from the Woods Hole Research Center showing that Arctic squirrels are "contributing far more to global warming than was previously thought" by burrowing into permafrost to release huge quantities of methane.  Ever more desperate become the warmists' efforts to lobby for that "global climate treaty" they hope to see signed in Paris next December.  But a special prize must go to the Guardian for its claim that Pope Francis will soon issue an encyclical calling on the world's 1.2 billion Catholics to pressurise their politicians into supporting this treaty.

Pope Francis, Put a Lid On It. Please.  Pope Francis has already caused consternation among knowledgeable Catholics with his criticisms of economic freedom.  Some have tried to defend him or reinterpret his words, but it is hard to sugarcoat the fact that he is instinctively hostile to free enterprise.  Perhaps this is because, as a native of Argentina, he has never seen free enterprise at work and doesn't understand what it can do for the average citizen.  Now Francis has taken on the global warming cause.  Again, it is hard to interpret his words as representing anything but ignorance of the relevant science.

Pope Francis Errs In Linking Church To Green Movement.  The Vatican apparently now has been infiltrated by followers of a radical green movement that is, at its core, anti-Christian, anti-people, anti-poor and anti-development.  The basic tenets of Catholicism — the sanctity of human life and the value of all souls — are detested by the modern pagan environmentalists who worship the created, but not the creator.  At its core, Big Green believes that too many human beings are the basic global problem.  People, according to this view, are resource destroyers.  Climate change, they say, is due to the overpopulation of Mother Earth.  The head of the Catholic Church should denounce — not praise — such anti-human thinking.

Pope Francis's edict on climate change will anger deniers and US churches.  Following a visit in March to Tacloban, the Philippine city devastated in 2012 by typhoon Haiyan, the pope will publish a rare encyclical on climate change and human ecology.  Urging all Catholics to take action on moral and scientific grounds, the document will be sent to the world's 5,000 Catholic bishops and 400,000 priests, who will distribute it to parishioners.

The Editor says...
In this case, the Catholic church is meddling in a matter that is entirely political.  If the weather changes, that's not a moral issue, especially if it's a temperature change of one degree per century.  Nor is there anything "scientific" that can be done to alter the weather.  You would think the Pope would channel his concerns in another direction if he really was dissatisfied with the weather.

NIH Had No $$$ for Ebola Vaccine, Spent $100 Mil on Meditation.  [T]he ACLU was nowhere in sight when [Rep. Tim] Ryan decided to propagandize his creed to pre-schoolers, but if a conventionally religious politician tried to promote Christian or Jewish practices in school using a government grant, all hell would break loose.

NIH Has Spent $100.2 Million on Mindfulness Meditation.  "The advantage of this is that it actually doesn't cost anything," said Karen May, a vice president at Google, explaining how her company offers "mindfulness" classes to its employees.  Mindfulness is a New Age kind of meditation that focuses on the present moment "non-judgmentally," tracing its origins to Buddhism.

Closing Speech At Sharpton Rally Calls For Return Of 'Black Jesus'.  The event was billed as one of solidarity, thousands of people unified in their demand for "justice for all" and an end to alleged police brutality against "unarmed black men."  Led by MSNBC host Al Sharpton, the march was organized and promoted by his National Action Network.  The final speaker, Reverend Jamal Bryant of Empowerment Temple in Maryland, gave a speech and closing prayer laden with political anger and racial overtones.

Illegal Immigrants Flocking to Amnesty Workshops at Churches, Islamic Centers from Coast to Coast.  From coast to coast, illegal immigrants are reportedly flocking to community centers, churches, and Islamic centers to see if they will qualify for President Barack Obama's executive amnesty.  According to an Associated Press report, recent workshops for illegal immigrants have been held "at a high school in Knoxville, Tennessee, a church in Goshen, Indiana, and an Islamic Center in New York City."  In addition, events have been held throughout California and Seattle.  As many as 10,000 illegal immigrants could show up to an event at Los Angeles's convention center on Sunday.

Mayor Walks Out on Invocation Prayer to Satan, Zeus, Allah.  In a video posted to YouTube[,] the Mayor of Lake Worth, [Florida,] Pam Triolo and several commissioners can be seen leaving the room on Dec. 2, as atheist Preston Smith prepared to lead the invocation before a city council meeting.  Preston's invocation invokes the names of Satan, Zeus, Allah, Jesus, Buddha and Thor among others.

In Seven States, Atheists Push to End Largely Forgotten Ban.  A bookkeeper named Roy Torcaso, who happened to be an atheist, refused to declare that he believed in God in order to serve as a notary public in Maryland.  His case went all the way to the Supreme Court, and in 1961 the court ruled unanimously for Mr. Torcaso, saying states could not have a "religious test" for public office.  But 53 years later, Maryland and six other states still have articles in their constitutions saying people who do not believe in God are not eligible to hold public office.  Maryland's Constitution still says belief in God is a requirement even for jurors and witnesses.

Congressional Staffers Plan Walkout in Support of Garner and Ferguson.  The Congressional Asian Pacific American Staff Association and the Congressional Hispanic Staff Association will join black staffers and the Congressional Black Associates today at 3:30, where they will join U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry Black in prayer.  In the days following the non-indictment of a Staten Island police officer who was blamed for Garner's death, marching protestors have successfully shut down highways in Washington D.C.

The Editor says...
Imagine that.  Prayer on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, and the separation of church and state people are all silent about it.  That's probably because the prayers were just for show, and not an exercise of any particular religion.

Pfleger leads street protest against police killings during Sunday Mass.  Continuing a week of protest over the deaths of young black men at the hands of police, the Rev. Michael Pfleger on Sunday interrupted Mass — leading worshipers out of the pews at Saint Sabina Catholic Church and into the street.  "We are taking a stand with our young people," Pfleger said, referring to those who have been protesting around the country.  "I have never been more proud to be an American citizen than right now.  We got your back, we are going to fight with you."  Then, in a fiery bit of oratory, he shouted:  "We're going to shut down 79th and Racine... Let's take it to the streets!"

The Editor says...
Mr. Pfleger says he's proud to be an American citizen, but his idea of responsible citizenship doesn't match mine.

D.C. Council: Religious Schools Must Adopt Its Views on Sexual Morality.  The impact of the repeal is likely to be broad, since the city's Human Rights Act will prohibit religious schools from acting in accordance with their beliefs regarding sexual morality in decisions related to funding, facilities, campus organizations, benefits, etc.  The schools cannot even withhold "endorsement, approval or recognition" of those promoting messages at odds with the religious teachings of the school about appropriate sexual conduct.  While other states have been acting to protect religious liberties, D.C. is trying to narrow the permissible decisions and even speech of religious schools.

Satanic Temple Display Approved for the Florida Capitol's Holiday Decorations.  The Florida Department of Management Services recently approved an application for a holiday display from the Satanic Temple despite rejecting the same group's "grossly offensive" display last year, according to the Florida Times-Union.  The temple's display depicts a falling angel about to be engulfed in the fires of Hell.  Including the temple, a few other proposed displays will join the traditional Hanukkah menorah and Christmas trees in the first-floor rotunda of the Capitol.

Satanic Temple Approved For Capitol Holiday Display.  Florida's Capitol will have a new holiday decoration this year.  The Satanic Temple will be among its nativity scenes and secular presentations.  It's for Festivus, a non-commercial festival "for the rest of us," is close to coming back as a 6-foot stack of empty beer cans.  The Florida Department of Management Services this week approved the proposed holiday display from the Satanic Temple, which a year ago was rejected because the agency said its proposal was "grossly offensive."

Holder to Release New Federal Guidelines on Racial Profiling.  [Eric] Holder is in Atlanta today to discuss issues of race and policing raised by recent events in Ferguson.  There are still two federal investigations going on into Ferguson; one into the Michael Brown shooting, and one into the local police force.  Holder said today at Ebenezer Baptist Church that he will be putting out new guidelines meant to "limit racial profiling by federal law enforcement."

The Editor says...
Why go to Atlanta to have a discussion about problems in St. Louis?  Why is public policy being formulated in a Baptist Church without any objection from the left?

Executive Amnesty's Alinsky-inspired 'Bishop-gate'.  Some of Barack Obama's most passionate Marxist minions come arrayed in priestly robes rather than business suits.  Their benign-sounding, if not downright boring name "the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration" helps hide them from the spotlight of controversy.  Everyone should be aware that being far more immersed in politics than prayer, the USCCB Committee on Migration have long been waving the cheerleaders' pom pom for President Barack Obama's Executive Amnesty fiat.

Obama Doesn't Bother to Solicit English-Speaking Networks for Coverage.  Reports have it that illegal immigrants across the country are throwing watch parties in anticipation of the president's announcement of amnesty for around 5 million immigrants here illegally.  One Chicago Latino leader, Pastor Emma Lozano of Aldaberto United Methodist Church, told The Washington Times she'll be watching the address alongside people currently facing deportation:  "We're going to be watching this very closely, people in my church," said Aldaberto.

Burwell Recruits Liberal 'Faith Leaders' to Promote Obamacare.  Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell met with "faith organizations from across the country" last week to ask them to help people enroll in federal health care insurance plans created through the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.  "We know that the most effective voices on helping folks learn about the Affordable Care Act are voices in their community and voices that they trust," Burwell said to reporters following the "closed press" meeting on Friday [12/12/2014].

Rogue pastors endorse candidates, but IRS looks away.  A record number of rogue Christian pastors are endorsing candidates from the pulpit this election cycle, using Sunday sermons to defiantly flout tax rules.  But the tax agency is doing anything but.  Although the IRS was sued itself for not enforcing the law and admitted about 100 churches may be breaking the rules, the pastors and their critics alike say the agency is looking the other way.  The agency refuses to say if it is acting.  At the same time, the number of pastors endorsing candidates in what they call Pulpit Freedom Sunday jumped from 33 people in 2008 to more than 1,600 this year, according to organizers, Alliance Defending Freedom.

Black Pastor on Gay Mayor's Attack on Christian Pastors: 'Truly the Next Civil Rights Movement'.  The Reverend Bill Owens, founder and president of the Coalition of African American Pastors, said the attack on Christian pastors by the openly gay mayor of Houston, who subpoenaed their sermons and other communications after they opposed a city ordinance that allows transgender people to use any public restroom, signals the need for "the next civil rights movement."  Owens, speaking from Houston, told CNSNews.com that he and other pastors in his coalition held a press conference on Tuesday [10/28/2014] to support the Houston pastors and express their concern about this threat to religious liberty.

City of Houston Retreats: Withdraws Subpoenas for Pastors' Sermon Notes, Private Messages.  On October 29 the city of Houston withdrew its subpoenas for pastors' notes and communications. On October 15 Breitbart News reported that the City of Houston subpoenaed the sermon notes and private communications of five city pastors to see what — if anything — they might have said to congregants about the city's "Bathroom Bill" or Mayor Annise Parker (D), presumably in search of material expressing religious views critical of homosexuality.

The Big Role of Black Churches in Two Senate Races.  Black churches often promote voting after services, sometimes even taking church members directly to the polls.  Such drives are traditionally most popular on the Sunday before an election, when black turnout might be even higher than it was on Sunday.

National effort to scare churches into silence ahead of elections; ominous IRS warning.  Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, an organization that seeks to do exactly what its name says, has sent letters to thousands of pastors ahead of the midterm elections reminding them that they can be punished by the IRS if they speak out, according to Fox News.

California Orders Churches To Fund Abortions — Or Else.  For the past four years, the Obama administration and its friends on the Left were careful to claim that they still strongly support religious liberty while arguing that Hobby Lobby's Green family, Conestoga Wood Specialties' Hahn family, and others like them must lose.  Principally, they contended, religious liberty protections could not be applied to Hobby Lobby because (1) It is a for-profit corporation, (2) It isn't a church (and thus not a true "religious employer," and (3) It is wrong on the science — Plan B, a copper intrauterine device, et cetera, they claimed, do not cause abortions.  They implied, if not claimed outright, that they would surely support religious freedom in another case, but Hobby Lobby was unworthy to claim its protections.  The State of California is now calling their bluff.

Federal civil rights official calls Houston pastor subpoenas 'abuse of government power'.  A member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in a letter Wednesday [10/22/2014] called Houston Mayor Annise Parker's subpoena of church pastors "an abuse of government power" and urged the mayor to withdraw the court documents.  Commissioner Peter Kirsanow said that the subpoenas, even after being amended to remove a request for church sermons, still appear to be "a blatant attempt to punish these pastors for expressing their religiously based political views."

Idaho city's ordinance tells pastors to marry gays or go to jail.  Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, city officials have laid down the law to Christian pastors within their community, telling them bluntly via an ordinance that if they refuse to marry homosexuals, they will face jail time and fines.  The dictate comes on the heels of a legal battle with Donald and Evelyn Knapp, ordained ministers who own the Hitching Post wedding chapel in the city, but who oppose gay marriage, The Daily Caller reported.

'LGBT': The 'T' is for Tyranny.  Unlike Vegas, what happens in Houston will, most definitely, not stay in Houston — not if Democrats continue to have their way.  Houstonians elected themselves, as mayor, an extremist lesbian Democrat (but I repeat myself).  She quickly, and quite naturally, took to doing what extremist lesbian Democrats do.  Annise Parker is her name, and spreading political Ebola is her game.  That and trampling the U.S. Constitution.  As you've likely heard, Parker's office has illegally subpoenaed the sermons and privileged communications of a number of Christian pastors who vocally opposed the city's ironically branded "Equal Rights Ordinance" (aka, the Houston Bathroom Bill).

Texas Lesbian Democrat Reveals Her Party's Anti-Christian Agenda.  This has legal ramifications far beyond Houston, and is by no means limited to the issue of same-sex marriage.  What you see, if you look at this in a larger legal and cultural context, is that liberals have decided the "equal protection" clause of the Fourteenth Amendment trumps everything else in the Constitution or in Anglo-American common-law tradition, and that there is no protection whatsoever to those who oppose the "emerging awareness" doctrine proclaimed by the Supreme Court in the 2003 Lawrence v. Texas case.

Houston's 'sermon-gate' and the abuse of subpoenas.  Friday [10/17/2014], the City of Houston filed a revised subpoena removing the word "sermons" among the documents being demanded, but leaving the word "speeches."  Legally, this changes nothing.  It is a distinction without a difference.  City Attorney Feldman apparently didn't bother to check a dictionary (any dictionary will do) which describes "sermons" as "religious discourse or speech."  Pastors are therefore still required to turn over to the city their sermons.  Feldman is fooling no one.

Mayor Parker revises, narrows sermon subpoena request.  Mayor Annise Parker on Friday [10/17/2014] followed through on her pledge to narrow the scope of subpoenas sent to local pastors who led opposition to the city's equal rights ordinance earlier this year.  Though the subpoena's new wording removes any mention of "sermons" — a reference that created a firestorm among Christian conservative groups and politicians, including Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, who accused Parker of trying "to silence the church" — the mayor acknowledged the new subpoenas do not explicitly preclude sermons from being produced.

Religious Venues To Be Used For Converting Civil Partnerships To Gay Marriages.  The government has altered plans to allow gay couples to convert their civil partnerships to marriages, by allowing the conversion ceremony to take place at a range of venues including churches, synagogues, meeting houses, hotels and other registered venues.  Previously, the plans only included provision to convert the status of the partnership at a registry office.  In order to avoid the "quadruple lock" put in place to appease religious opponents of gay marriage, only registrars will be able to perform the ceremony.

The Houston Mayor Who Tried Harassing Pastors Says She's the Real Victim.  [I]t's tough being Houston mayor Annise Parker:  "One word in a very long legal document which I know nothing about and would never have read," Parker said on Thursday /10z16z2014=, "and I'm vilified coast-to-coast."  That's Parker's crack defense of the subpoenas, issued to five local pastors, that demand "all speeches, presentations, or sermons related to [Houston Equal Rights Ordinance], the Petition, Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuality, or gender identity prepared by, delivered by, revised by, or approved by you or in your possession."  Among other demands:  communications between the pastors and their congregants (including Facebook messages and text messages) and between the pastors and their attorneys.  First Amendment protections, attorney-client privilege — Parker's legal team has run roughshod over all sorts of rights.

More Than 1,800 Pastors Advocate For Political Speech Rights in Church.  So far this year, more than 1,800 pastors across the United States have participated in Pulpit Freedom Sunday, an annual event hosted by Alliance Defending Freedom that advocates for pastors' right to speak on politics from the pulpit without fear of losing their churches' tax exempt status.  Pulpit Freedom Sunday, which started Oct. 5 and runs through Election Day on Nov. 4, first began in 2008 with only 33 participating pastors.

Texas Attorney General tells Houston city hall: Stop bullying Christians.  Stop bullying people of faith.  That's the bottom line of a harshly-worded letter written by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to Houston City Attorney David Feldman.  Feldman's office sent subpoenas to five Houston pastors last month demanding that they turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality and gender identity issues.  They also wanted sermons or correspondence that referenced Annise Parker, the city's first openly lesbian mayor.

Christians Can't Accept Houston's Intimidation Tactics Without Protest.  Perhaps seeing the totalitarianism of extremist wings of the gay rights movement has soured some people on efforts to change marriage law — or at least given people pause about the tradeoffs involved with redefining marriage or enacting broad legislation around sexual or gender identity.  We've all seen the stories about lawsuits against small business owners.  The boycotts against companies for harboring employees who haven't jumped on the bandwagon and therefore believe marriage is essentially built around sexual complementarity.  The public outrage of enthused mobs believing themselves to be on the right side of history.

Sen. Cruz criticizes Houston over sermon subpoenas.  Houston city attorneys are no longer seeking through subpoenas sermons from five pastors who publicly opposed an ordinance banning discrimination against gay and transgender residents.

Houston to pastors: Forget your sermons, now we want your speeches.  Five Christian pastors will no longer have to turn their sermons over to attorneys for the city of Houston.  Instead, they will be forced to turn over their speeches related to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO).  I don't mean to point out the obvious here — but what do those attorneys think a sermon is?  It's a speech.

Houston Mayor Backs Off From Subpoenas to Pastors.  Houston Mayor Annise Parker has backed down from the subpoenas the City of Houston issued to several area pastors, Breitbart Texas has learned.  Breitbart Texas reported earlier about the controversy, stemming from litigation challenging the city's anti-discrimination ordinance and subpoenas asking the pastors for the content of their sermons, speeches and communications with church members.  Texas Senator Ted Cruz weighed in, firmly supporting the pastors in their efforts to fight the subpoenas, while Mayor Parker initially remained adamant that the city had the right to request those records.  Despite posting comments on Twitter just hours before that seemed to indicate she would continue to fight this issue, she told a Houston radio station that she had changed her mind.

Ted Cruz: City of Houston's Subpoenas of Pastors 'Shocking & Shameful'.  Texas Senator Ted Cruz has weighed in regarding the controversial subpoenas that the City of Houston sent to several Houston area pastors, demanding copies of their sermons and speeches, as well as communications with church members.  As reported by Breitbart Texas, the dispute stems from an anti-discrimination ordinance passed by Houston regarding discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation.  The pastors' churches were part of a coalition of hundreds of churches in the Houston area that opposed the ordinance.

City officials try to distance themselves from sermon subpoenas.  Amid outrage from religious groups, Mayor Annise Parker and City Attorney David Feldman on Wednesday [10/15/2014] appeared to back off a subpoena request for the sermons of certain ministers opposed to the city's equal rights ordinance, with Parker calling the request "overly broad."  The subpoena, handed down to five pastors and religious leaders last month, came to light this week when attorneys for the group of pastors filed a motion to quash the request.  The pastors are closely tied to Christian conservative activists who sued the Parker administration this summer when the city announced the group had failed to gather enough valid signatures to force a repeal referendum.  The subpoenas were issued as part of the discovery phase in that case, which will be heard in district court in January.

Pastors to mayor: Don't mess with Texas pulpits.  Christians across the nation are mobilizing to defend a group of Houston pastors who were ordered by the city to turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity issues or Houston mayor.  Their message is simple — Don't Mess with Texas Preachers.  Dave Welch, the executive director of the Texas Pastor Council, is one of the five ministers who received a subpoena.  He said he will not be intimidated by Annise Parker, who is the city's first openly lesbian mayor, nor will he comply with the city's demands.  "My answer to that is — bring it on," he said.

Twitter Blocks Campaign To Protect Pastors From Having To Hand Over Their Sermons and Emails To The Government.  Twitter blocked a petition campaign Wednesday to protect Houston pastors from having to hand over to the city government all of their sermons and personal emails dealing with the issue of homosexuality.  The Christian organization Faith Driven Consumer's Twitter hashtag campaign #HoustonWeHaveAProblem was censored by Twitter minutes after launching so that users could not Tweet the petition and a warning was placed on Twitter-based links to the petition website.  The group's previous campaign #iStandWithPhil defending Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson was also blocked by Twitter at one time.

Houston's Mayor Throws Out Citizens' Petition, Goes after Local Pastors.  'Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."  Unless you're in Houston, Texas, in which case you had best render everything to Mayor Annise Parker — or else.  Earlier this year Parker, a Democrat, spearheaded the passage of an "Equal Rights Ordinance" (ERO) that added "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to the city's non-discrimination provision, which includes, among other things, "public accommodations" — for example, restrooms.  Citizens, among them church leaders, balked.  They launched a referendum petition that, with the requisite 17,269 signatures, would require the city council to repeal the ERO, or to put the measure up for a vote.  They obtained 55,000 signatures.  The city secretary, who has sole responsibility for certifying such petitions, signed off.

Houston's Mayor Backtracks on Church Subpoenas, Tosses Her Own Lawyers Under the Bus.  Houston's power-mad Mayor Annise Parker has backtracked on those subpoenas that she had the city issue to five city pastors, at taxpayer expense.  The mayor made the move as Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott sent a letter to Parker asking that she withdraw the subpoenas "immediately."

He sure doesn't say this on American TV.
Obama defines US as "Muslim Country".  A few days ago President Obama, in an interview he gave France's Canal+ TV Channel, said that the American people need to be better educated about Islam, since US could and should be regarded as a Muslim country.  He said that the number of Muslims residing in the US makes it "one of the biggest Muslim nations".  In reality the US has one of the smallest percentages of Muslims of any Western country.

Arizona Democratic Gov. Candidate Fred DuVal Makes Shocking Statement On 14-Year Old's Abortions - In A Church!  Arizona Democratic gubernatorial candidate Fred DuVal said that 14-year olds should be allowed to get abortions with no parental consent.  DuVal articulated his position on parental consent at a public forum Tuesday [10/14/2014] at Redemption Church in Gilbert, Ariz.

Crony Christianity.  Crony Christianity challenges the separation of Church and State.  Crony Christianity is the collaborative arrangement between government and Christian faith-based organizations whereby government funds Christian organizations to deliver goods and services that advance the political agenda of the government.  Any government.  The crisis surrounding the flood of unaccompanied alien children into the U.S. has promoted crony Christianity.  It is a variation of the spider's web of similar arrangements, spun between businesses and government, that we call crony capitalism.

Willie Brown: Only Place Obama Well-Received Is His 'Black Base'.  Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown told the New York Times that the best and only place for Democrats to deploy President Barack Obama heading into the midterm elections is with black voters.  "I'd have Obama on an evangelistic schedule of black churches all over the country," said Brown.

The Editor says...
Political campaigns in churches are perfectly okay with the Left — as long as the campaigns benefit Democrats.

White House Sends 'Thank You' to Beheader's Oklahoma Mosque Congregation.  The beheader's mosque, the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, was founded by a sibling of a U.S.-designated Hamas terrorist, and in the past has welcomed an Imam who was a close confidant to al-Qaeda mastermind Anwar al-Awlaki.  David L. Myers, who serves as director of the DHS Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships, was tasked with presenting a personal message from President Barack Obama.  It read, "Your service is a powerful example of the powerful roots of the Abrahamic faiths and how our communities can come together with shared peace with dignity and a sense of justice."

Oklahoma Muslims receive special praise from White House officials.  Oklahoma Muslims marked the end of the yearly pilgrimage to mecca with communal prayer and celebration called Eid Ul-Adha on Saturday [10/4/2014].  Leaders of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City say it's been a tough month for Muslims here in Oklahoma after being associated with the beheading at Vaughan foods in Moore.

The Editor says...
It's been a tough month for Muslims in Oklahoma, they say.  But at least none of the Oklahoma Muslims had their heads chopped off.  Who's the victim here?

A slow-motion lynch mob:
Michael Brown Activists Call for Arrest of Officer Darren Wilson.  Activists crowded into a Missouri church Sunday [10/5/2014] to demand the arrest of the white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old in August, sparking weeks of protest and a national debate on policing and race. [...] Brown's parents, who did not speak at the 3:30 p.m. ET event, stood solemnly behind Rev. Lee.

The Editor says...
The "separation of church and state" people are all completely silent in this case.

Cop defies order to 'celebrate' Islam, and then....  A public-interest law firm is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case of a Christian police captain in Oklahoma who refused to attend, or order officers under his command to attend, services at an Islamic mosque with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.  As WND reported in May, a panel of federal judges in Denver, in an opinion written by Judge Harris Hartz, found that it is perfectly appropriate for a police chief to order subordinates to attend an Islamic mosque where Muslims "discussed Islamic beliefs, Muhammad, Mecca, and why and how Muslims pray" in addition to encouraging officers "to buy" Islamic books and pamphlets that were for sale.

Across the Country, the Federal Government Fights for Muslim Worship Spaces.  The government of the United States is suing the town of St. Anthony, Minnesota, a Twin Cities suburb with a population a little over 8,000, to force the town to allow development of an Islamic center in an area reserved for industrial development.  It is a minor news story, but one that sheds light on broader legal and cultural trends.

Muslim Americans urge Kerry for protection during Hajj.  American Muslim groups sent a letter Tuesday to Secretary of State John Kerry, asking for the protection of religious freedoms for Muslims that travel to Saudi Arabia to perform the Islamic pilgrimage called "Hajj."  The letter comes almost a year after American Muslims were singled out and attacked with knives and blades after being insulted with slurs during the 2013 Hajj.  Victims of the assault claim that not only did Saudi police refuse to assist; the U.S. Embassy ignored them as well.

State Department taps Texas lawyer to serve as 'America's ambassador to Muslims'.  Is there a tougher job description than Shaarik Zafar's?  As the State Department's new special representative to Muslim communities, the boyish-looking Texas lawyer is America's ambassador to Muslims around the world during a summer of nonstop grim headlines from Gaza, Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq.

Feds sue city of St. Anthony over rejection of Islamic center.  The federal government on Wednesday [8/27/2014] sued the small north-metro city of St. Anthony, contending that its City Council violated federal law in 2012 by rejecting a proposed Islamic center.  The lawsuit sprang from a controversy that echoes those that have flared in many U.S. cities when Muslims have sought to establish worship centers.  "An injustice has been done," U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger said at a news conference in Minneapolis.  "I will not stand by while any religious group is subject to unconstitutional treatment that violates federal civil rights laws."

Texas cheerleaders continue court fight over Bible banners.  The team began printing scripture onto its game banners in 2012, but the school received a complaint, leading the Freedom From Religion Foundation to write a letter to the Kountze school district.  "It's a religious proselytizing message, and it's a school-sponsored message.  It violates the Establishment Clause," said Elizabeth Cavel, a lawyer with the foundation.

Navy removes Bibles from guest rooms.  There is growing outrage among sailors and religious liberty advocates over a directive that calls for the removal of Bibles from lodges and hotels run on U.S. Navy bases.  The directive comes after an atheist group filed a formal complaint earlier this year over the placement of Bibles in the rooms.  "The current direction is to remove all religious material from Navy Lodge guest rooms," read an email to a Navy chaplain from The Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM).

The IRS's God Complex.  Is the Internal Revenue Service a threat to religious liberty?  As the IRS continues to come under well-aimed fire for harassing conservative groups, on Friday [8/1/2014] it secured a final court order formalizing what amounts to a secret agreement to monitor the pulpits of ill-favored churches.  The serious danger, as former Justice Department attorney J. Christian Adams told Fox News, is that the IRS will start treating "theology as politics," and regulate it accordingly.  Lovers of liberty should be very concerned.

Obama's Rogue IRS Strikes Deal With Atheists To Monitor Churches — But Not Mosques.  Government's assault on religious liberty has hit a new low as the IRS settles with atheists by promising to monitor sermons for mentions of the right to life and traditional marriage.  A lawsuit filed by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) asserted that the Internal Revenue Service ignored complaints about churches' violating their tax-exempt status by routinely promoting political issues, legislation and candidates from the pulpit.  The FFRF has temporarily withdrawn its suit in return for the IRS's agreement to monitor sermons and homilies for proscribed speech that the foundation believes includes things like condemnation of gay marriage and criticism of ObamaCare for its contraceptive mandate.

IRS Strikes Deal With Atheists To Monitor Churches.  Government's assault on religious liberty has hit a new low as the IRS settles with atheists by promising to monitor sermons for mentions of the right to life and traditional marriage.

Appeals Court Allows Display of World Trade Center Cross.  The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday sided with a federal judge's ruling last year that the decision to include the beam in the National September 11 Memorial & Museum did not advance religion impermissibly.

The Editor says...
There is a big difference between "advancing religion" (in general) and establishing a state religion.

Troops told to refrain from eating, drinking in front of Muslims.  Do not eat or drink in front of Muslims, and learn more about their religion.  That's the directive that has gone out to active duty military personnel at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, a Department of Defense medical and graduate school in Bethesda, Md.  The brigade commander sent an email to military personnel at the facility last month — just before the start of Ramadan — advising them to show respect to Muslim colleagues.

IRS Strikes Deal with Militant Atheists to Monitor What Your Pastor Says In Your Church.  Democrats routinely campaign from the very pulpit of majority black churches.  It happens every single election cycle.  Pastors in those churches regularly push parishioners to support the Democratic Party, to support specific government social policy, and even specific candidates for office.  The Freedom From Religion Foundation has not sued to get the IRS to investigate any of that.  Its targets are churches that align with the more conservative Pulpit Freedom Sunday movement.  That tells us what the foundation and the IRS will really be investigating.  The IRS will be monitoring churches to listen for pastors supporting the right to life, the sanctity and traditional definition of marriage, traditional values in general, perhaps even patriotism.  Those are the churches, based on the angle that the foundation lawsuit takes, that will potentially find themselves under IRS investigation.

IRS Strikes Deal With Atheist Group to Monitor Content of Sermons.  Alliance Defending Freedom asked the Internal Revenue Service Tuesday [7/29/2014] to release all documents related to its recent decision to settle a lawsuit with an atheist group that claims the IRS has adopted new protocols and procedures for the investigation of churches.  Pastor Holding Bible ca. 2000 [A.D.] submitted the Freedom of Information Act request after learning of the IRS's agreement with Freedom From Religion Foundation in a press release the group issued on July 17 concerning its lawsuit Freedom From Religion Foundation v. Koskinen, which accused the agency of failing to investigate churches the way the atheist group would like.

US President Barack Obama wishes Muslims on Eid.  US President Barack Obama greeted the Muslim community across the world on the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr stating that the festival celebrates the common values that unite humanity and reinforces the obligations that people of all faiths have to each other.  "As Muslims throughout the United States and around the world celebrate Eid-al-Fitr, Michelle and I extend our warmest wishes to them and their families," Obama said in statement.

Obama Thanks Muslims for 'Building the Very Fabric of Our Nation'.  A statement put out today by President Barack Obama on the occasion of a religious holiday is raising some eyebrows. [...] The word choice here, that anyone built "the very fabric of our nation" would usually sound hackneyed and overplayed — but, in this particular instance, given that the U.S. didn't even have its first Muslim-American congressman until 2007, the peculiar word choice has left some scratching their heads.

Under new rules, Muslim inmates in L.A. County jails observe Ramadan.  Since 2012, when the ACLU began complaining about the treatment of Muslim inmates in the Los Angeles County jails, the Sheriff's Department appears to have made significant improvements.  Muslims in the county jails now receive halal meals.  During Ramadan, a deputy at Men's Central Jail works full-time with the Muslim inmates, ensuring they are fed the pre-dawn meal and that their other religious needs are met.  Inmates no longer complain of verbal abuse from deputies denigrating the Muslim faith.

National Guard Won't Allow Its Own Troops To Be Honored At Vacation Bible School.  Citing federal regulations, the Missouri National Guard has refused to show up for an hour-long meet-and-greet with kids at a small Baptist church in the rural southwest corner of the state. [...] Members of the Missouri National Guard were scheduled for a Thursday [7/214/2014] appearance (in a Humvee), but they failed to show up because, they said, federal regulations prevent military activities that could appear to endorse any religious or sectarian faction.

Military bans troops from Baptist church event honoring 'God's Rescue Squad'.  The Bible Baptist Church in Carthage, Missouri, invited National Guard personnel to be honored at its annual Vacation Bible School as part of "God's Rescue Squad" — but the troops never showed because the military forbids them from attending such an event.  "We were going to thank them for protecting our religious liberty," Pastor Kent Hogan told Fox News.  "It was more of a promotion for the military — to show the kids what the military does."  The church, which had held similar events earlier in the week for the local fire department, paramedics and the county sheriff's department, was told that federal regulations prevent the National Guard from attending the church's event.

The Obama Dallas Immigration Visit — The Curious Case of Obama's "Faith Leaders" and Obama's "Faith-Based Groups".  [Scroll down]  The amounts awarded to these "faith based" groups in 2014 far exceeds the money ever given to the fraudulent social assistance group, ACORN.  And the 2014 grant amounts are EXPLODING in comparison to 2012 and 2013. [...] Catholic Bishops so far in 2014 $27 Million is another albeit smaller example, after receiving almost $70 million in 2012.  But the most staggering figure is what HHS has spent on Unaccompanied Minor Children (under grant code 93676) since the President's 2012 Deferred action program began:  $644,188,522.00[.]

Is it really "charity" when the federal government is using the IRS to collect the "offering"?  What follows below is a little more depth on the issue of "Faith Based" organizations and those receiving federal grants to facilitate illegal immigration.  We have received numerous requests to turn the eye of research into exactly what these organizations are.  Specifically, one group that is continually in the media stories when they describe "faith-based" organizations and subsequent assistance to illegal aliens, or unaccompanied alien children, Baptist Child and Family Services or BCFS.

At Ramadan dinner, Obama attributes his success to family and community, not government.  President Obama said Monday [7/14/2014] that the only reason that he has been successful in life is because of investments made by his family and his community.  "[A]ll a young person needs is knowing that somebody cares about them and believes in them," the president said Monday during an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan, the sixth that he has hosted.

Obama at Iftar Dinner.  President Obama told guests at the White House's annual Iftar dinner tonight that "further escalation" in the Middle East "benefits no one, least of all the Israeli and the Palestinian people."  Faced with criticism from some Arab and Muslim activists who think he has been too friendly toward the Israeli side, Obama addressed the conflict near the end of his comments, which largely honored "the traditions of one of the world's great faiths."

Arab-American group to boycott Obama's Ramadan dinner.  Citing America's support for Israel and its alleged spying on Muslims, a powerful Arab-American group has called for a boycott of Monday night's [7/14/2014] annual Iftar dinner at the White House.

The Editor asks...
Why is there an annual Iftar dinner at the White House?

Feds Ask Churches To House Migrant Families.  The Department of Homeland Security has asked Catholic churches in California to temporarily house and feed groups of Central American migrants until 2016, according to an official at the diocese of San Bernardino.  But any unpaid cooperation is legally questionable, because it may be intended to bypass Congress' authority to fund — or to not fund — federal agencies' new practice of distributing the flood of migrant families to homes across the country.  The department "has reached out to the diocese and the bishop, and asked us to shelter families in transition," Maria Christina Mendez, at the Office of Hispanic Affairs, told The Daily Caller.  The services would be needed for the next 18 months, "or longer," she said.

Feds: Pastors not welcome at immigration camps.  Pastors and churches have been banned from helping the thousands of illegal immigrant children housed in border detention facilities run by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, clergy in Texas and Arizona tell me.  "Border Patrol told us pastors and churches are not allowed to visit," said Kyle Coffin, the pastor of CrossRoads Church in Tucson, Arizona.  "It's pretty heartbreaking that they don't let anybody in there — even credentialed pastors."

Churches Ask Parishioners To Shelter Illegals, Not Tell The Media.  Churches in California have reportedly asked their parishioners to shelter illegal aliens in their homes — and not to tell the media.  A retired doctor and his wife spoke to Rush Limbaugh Tuesday about the disturbing request.  "Ann" and "Eddie," who live in Southern California, told Limbaugh that the Diocese of San Bernardino made the decision to house illegals after the bishop received a call from the federal government: [...]

The City That Offers Sharia-Compliant Loans to Muslim Business Owners.  Since 2006, Minneapolis has loaned more than $1 million to Muslim business owners through a program that complies with sharia law, which prohibits Muslims from paying or earning interest in a financial transaction.

Obama sends best wishes for Muslim holy month.  President Barack Obama is sending his best wishes to Muslims in the U.S. and around the world on the start of the holy month of Ramadan.

On behalf of all Americans, Obama hails Ramadan.  ["]On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I extend our best wishes to Muslim communities here in the United States and around the world on the beginning of the blessed month of Ramadan.  A time for self-reflection and devotion through prayer and fasting, Ramadan is also an occasion when Muslims around the world reaffirm their commitment to helping the less fortunate, including those struggling because of economic hardship and inequality.["]

The Editor says...
Aha!  Barack H. Obama says he speaks "on behalf of the American people," which sounds a lot like an establishment of religion.

New Jersey mayor fights feds over prayer during citizenship ceremony.  A New Jersey town canceled its ceremony celebrating new U.S. citizens after federal immigration officials would not allow the event to begin with a prayer.  According to the Star-Ledger, Carteret Mayor Daniel Reiman had assured U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officials that the prayer leading Saturday's [5/10/2014] ceremony would be nondenominational.  "They refused to budge on that," Reiman said, the paper reported.  The battle came just days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that local government meetings can include sectarian prayers.

Atheists win prayer battle against California city council.  Atheists who complained about pre-meeting prayers conducted by members of the Pismo Beach City Council in California can now claim a win.  Council members say they're going to stop saying prayers at public meetings and that the volunteer chaplain will no longer be invited to give the opening invocations, The Blaze reported.  They've also agreed to pay a symbolic settlement of $1 to each of the the two plaintiffs — and another $47,500 to cover the two plaintiffs' legal fees.

God Redacted from High School Graduation Speech.  School officials rejected three versions of the young man's graduation address, and one administrator went so far as to redact every religious reference with a black marker — as if it were some sort of top secret government document.  "The first and second draft speeches proposed oppose government case law and are a violation of the Constitution," read a warning letter sent to the young man.  "The district is advising you that reference to religious content is inappropriate and that the two drafts provided will not be allowed."  So the 18-year-old Christian did what any red-blooded, Constitution-loving American would do — he defied school officials and thanked God anyway.

Fortunately this is an obvious lie, otherwise the THEOCRACY ALERT sirens would be sounding.
Hillary Clinton: The Bible Is My 'Biggest Influence'.  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced during a New York Times interview that the Holy Bible is the book that made her who she is today.  "If you had to name one book that made you who you are today, what would it be?" asked The New York Times, in a book review questionnaire.

Pelosi pulls rank, pressures Catholic archbishop to skip traditional marriage march.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, urging him to cancel his appearance at a march for traditional marriage on the Supreme Court this Thursday.  The National Organization for Marriage plans to march on the Supreme Court in Washington, and Mr. Cordileone is one of the featured speakers, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.  "We share our love of the Catholic faith and our city of San Francisco," Mrs. Pelosi reportedly wrote to Mr. Cordileone, urging him to abandon an event in which some of the participants, she said, show "disdain and hate towards LGBT persons."

The Editor says...
This is exactly what the separation of church and state is supposed to prevent:  Ms. Pelosi is trying to tell Catholic leaders how to practice their religion.

Pelosi Warns SF Bishop Not to March for Traditional Marriage.  In an astonishing challenge to traditional Catholic doctrine, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, nominally Catholic, has taken to telling San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone that he should not attend the National Organization for Marriage's June 19 march on the Supreme Court in Washington D.C.  Pelosi is not the only Democratic San Francisco politician sending Cordileone a letter decrying his participation in the march.  Last week, San Francisco mayor Ed Lee and California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsome issued a joint letter to the bishop protesting his participation.

The Editor says...
Thomas Jefferson assured the Danbury Baptists that exactly this kind of meddling by the state could never happen because of the wall of separation between church and state.  That wall is now being ignored because the state intends to destroy the Christian church by legitimizing homosexuality.

VA hospital hides Jesus behind curtain.  Some folks in Iron Mountain became infuriated earlier this month when they discovered that statues of Jesus and Mary, along with a cross and altar, were hidden behind a curtain in the chapel of the VA hospital there.  The chapel still has stained glass windows, though for how long is unclear.  A VA hospital spokesman told me they are still trying to figure out what to do with the windows.  The decision to hide the religious icons came after the National Chaplain Center conducted an on-site inspection and determined the hospital's chapel was not in compliance with government regulations.
[Emphasis added.]

Group preparing to press military for atheist chaplain, source says.  In what some might see as an oxymoron, an advocacy group apparently is preparing to ask the Defense Department to appoint a chaplain — for atheists.  A source tells Fox News that the Military Association of Atheists and Free Thinkers plans to make the request on Tuesday, floating its president Jason Torpy as the proposed chaplain.  Asked for comment, the association referred FoxNews.com to its position in support of a prior bid to name a "humanist" chaplain.  But a Defense Department official confirmed that a meeting is planned between the applicant and the Navy on Tuesday.

The Editor says...
Apparently this is obvious to everybody but me, but what does an atheist chaplain do?

Supreme Court upholds prayer at government meetings.  The Supreme Court on Monday narrowly upheld the centuries-old tradition of offering prayers to open government meetings, even if the prayers are overwhelmingly Christian and citizens are encouraged to participate.  The 5-4 ruling, supported by the court's conservative justices and opposed by its liberals, was based in large part on the history of legislative prayer dating back to the Framers of the Constitution.

Supreme Court: Opening prayers at council meetings constitutional.  The Supreme Court has upheld the right of local officials to open town council meetings with prayer, ruling that this does not violate the Constitution even if the prayers routinely stress Christianity.  The court said in a 5-4 decision Monday [5/5/2014] that the content of the prayers is not critical as long as officials make a good-faith effort at inclusion.  The ruling was a victory for the town of Greece, N.Y., outside of Rochester.

Freedom for Religion, Not From It.  Today the U.S. Supreme Court once again affirmed that the so-called "wall of separation" that exists between church and state is not quite the edifice that liberals would like it to be.  In Town of Greece v. Galloway, the court ruled today [5/5/2014] that a village in upstate New York did not violate the First Amendment in allowing members of clergy to begin town board meetings with prayers, some of which were explicitly sectarian (and usually Christian) rather than ecumenical.  The narrow vote along the usual 5-4 conservative/liberal lines is bound to incite many on the left to express fears about the court trying to turn the U.S. into a "Christian nation."

Prayer in the Public Square.  The Supreme Court did a good turn for religious freedom on Monday [5/5/2014], ruling that prayer is permitted at government meetings and doesn't amount to an endorsement of religion.  The disconcerting surprise is that the decision was only 5-4.  Greece v. Galloway dealt with a challenge to the town of Greece, New York's practice of opening its council meetings with a prayer.  This being America in the Year of Our Lord 2014, two women sued, claiming to be offended because the clergy invited to read an invocation were predominantly Christian.  The High Court ruled that such a legislative prayer is part of American tradition going back to the Founders and doesn't favor one religion over another.

High Court Ruling Favors Prayer at Council Meeting.  Prayers that open town council meetings do not violate the Constitution even if they routinely stress Christianity, a divided Supreme Court ruled Monday [5/5/2014].

Oklahoma Battles Group over Statue of Satan.  A battle will soon be held in Oklahoma over a statue of Satan that a group wants to erect near the monument of the Ten Commandments on the Statehouse lawn in Oklahoma City.  A group called the Satanic Temple, backed by the ACLU, is insisting that its nearly-completed statue should stand near the monument, while a spokesman for the governor bluntly said that setting up the Satanic statue on the grounds will never happen.

Humanists sue NJ school district over 'under God' in Pledge of Allegiance.  A family represented by a humanist group is suing a Monmouth County school district, claiming that the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance is discriminatory because it asks students to use the phrase "under God."  According to NorthJersey.com, the American Humanist Association alleges that the Pledge of Allegiance discriminates against atheists and violates the right to equal protection under New Jersey's state constitution.

HHS, Planned Parenthood Promote Obamacare For Teens at Church of Scientology.  Getting teens to sign up for the Affordable Care Act and learn how to obtain contraceptives through Obamacare, was the focus of an event hosted by the D.C. Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy at the Church of Scientology's National Affairs Office in Washington, D.C. on Thursday [4/24/2014], a gathering that featured officials from the Health and Human Services Department and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA).  Wilma Robinson, deputy director of the HHS Office of Adolescent Health, said she was attending to explain "the impact of the Affordable Care Act on adolescents," which she defined as girls and boys ages 10 to 19.

The sad power of an atheist's temper tantrum.  Angry atheists are at it again.  This week, they're taking on Dabo Swinney, head coach of the Clemson Tigers.  His alleged unlawful conduct?  Expressing his Christian faith and allegedly making a number of voluntary religious activities available to his players — the adult student-athletes at Clemson.  The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation sent Clemson University a "letter of complaint" detailing Swinney's alleged constitutional violations, including such atrocities as the team's volunteer chaplain writing Bible verses on a whiteboard and the team making available bus transportation to players who wish to attend church.

Atheist Group Sues Clemson Football Program for Prayers, Bible Studies.  Coach Dabo Swinney and his Clemson football program face a blitz again. [...] [I]t's an oddly dour out-of-state assault in the form of a complaint filed against the football program by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), an atheist rights group from Wisconsin.  The FFRF claims that Swinney's program is "entangled" and "entrenched" in religion.  Prayers and Bible studies instituted by the team from at least 2011 through April of 2013 serve as the basis for the complaint.

Louisiana bill would name Bible as official state book.  Lawmakers are moving ahead with a proposal to name the Bible as Louisiana's official state book, despite concerns the bill would land the Legislature in court.

DOJ says cross on California war memorial should stay.  The Justice Department says a 29-foot war memorial cross on a San Diego mountain is not an unconstitutional promotion of Christianity and should remain on federal property.  The Obama administration said an appeals court ruling declaring the cross on Mount Soledad a violation of the constitutional separation of church and state undermined an act of Congress and conflicted with recent Supreme Court decisions.  But, in a filing Monday [4/7/2014] to the nation's highest court, it said an appeal should first be considered by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals because there is no imminent risk that the cross is removed.

Muslim Day celebrated at Iowa Capitol with pastries, proclamation.  It was Iowa Muslim day at the Iowa Capitol on Monday [4/7/2014] with Muslims sharing pastries and other ethnic foods in the Rotunda while providing information about their faith and work in Iowa.  Gov. Terry Branstad signed a proclamation for Muslim Recognition Day in Iowa, something the Republican chief executive first did in 1992 during his previous tenure as governor.  About 50 Iowa Muslims joined him in the governor's formal office and applauded during a signing ceremony.

Air Force removes Bible from POW-MIA display.  On March 14 Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh told members of the House Armed Services committee that there was no war on religious liberty.  "The single biggest frustration I've had in this job is the perception that somehow there is religious persecution inside the United States Air Force," the general told lawmakers.  "It is not true."  If that's true, perhaps Gen. Welsh could explain why a Bible was removed from a POW/MIA Missing Man Table at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida.

Freedom From Religion Foundation: Scott Walker 'a Theocratic Dictator' for Bible Tweet.  The Freedom from Religion Foundation is calling on Wisconsin governor Scott Walker to delete a Sunday-afternoon tweet of a Bible verse, calling it an improper promotion of religion by a government official.  Walker tweeted the following verse over the weekend, the text of which reads "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

The Editor says...
The "promotion of religion by a government official" is not the same as the establishment of religion by the Congress, which is what the Constitution prohibits.

Atheists Go Nuts Because Scott Walker Tweets a Bible Verse.  The verse in question actually notes a Christian's dependence on God, "who strengthens me."  It is in no way a threat, never has been and never will be.  It is in no way a lead-in to "theocratic dictatorship."  The "Freedom From Religion" folks should just free themselves from social media, since they can't seem to handle reading things on it that they don't like.

Why does Air Force Academy encourage atheism, prosecute Christianity?  There appears to be a double-standard at the Air Force Academy.  The Academy is defending its promotion of an atheist event just a week after a Christian cadet was pressured into removing a Bible verse from his personal white board because it allegedly offended non-Christian cadets.  "Ask An Atheist Day" was sponsored by The Freethinkers Club, an Academy approved cadet club.  The event was advertised all week on Academy bulletin screens and an official email sent to the Cadet Wing.  An invitation was also issued by a cadet to the entire Cadet Wing assembly on Tuesday [3/18/2014].

Air Force: Christians' Religious Speech Not Legally Protected Right.  Christians in the U.S. military are being told they must forfeit their First Amendment rights.  Bible verses are being erased from cadets' personal dorm-room white boards, and military lawyers claim that legal protections for religion only pertain to matters such as clothing and growing beards but do not extend to any religious expression such as talking about one's faith or posting a Bible verse.

A Revolt at the Air Force Academy?  Interesting and disturbing story at the Blaze:  ["]Cadets angry over the Air Force Academy's removal of the verse have since begun posting scripture from the Bible and the Koran on their whiteboards in solidarity, said Mikey Weinstein, president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.["] [...] Weinstein is advocating trials and punishment for cadets who post Bible verses, claiming that they're creating a "hostile" and intolerant atmosphere.

Air Force Academy removes Bible verse from cadet's whiteboard.  The Air Force Academy removed a Bible verse posted on a cadet's whiteboard after it determined the posting had offended other cadets, a spokesman for the academy said.  The cadet wrote the passage on the whiteboard posted outside his room.  "I have been crucified with Christ therefore I no longer live, but Christ lives in me," the verse from Galatians read.  Mikey Weinstein, director of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, told me 29 cadets and four faculty and staff members contacted his organization to complain about the Christian passage.

What's going on at Air Force Academy? God's word vs. Pentagon's word.  The Restore Military Religious Freedom coalition, a group of two dozen like-minded religious liberty organizations, announced Thursday [3/13/2014] that they are ready to offer assistance to any Air Force Academy cadet who faces repercussions for writing Bible verses on their hallway whiteboards.  The Air Force Academy admitted Wednesday that a cadet leader had to remove a Bible verse he had displayed outside his dorm room because it offended non-Christians and could "cause subordinates to doubt the leader's religious impartiality."

The Editor says...
George Washington was a great military leader, and he certainly didn't exhibit "religious impartiality."

Minneapolis City Hall declares "Hijab Day".  According to a Facebook post, Somali staffers that work at Minneapolis City Hall declared February 28 "Hijab Day" at City Hall and convinced the police chief and female city council reps to wear hijabs on the job.  Pictures include:  Minneapolis police chief Janee Harteau (who recently married her favorite female sergeant — not very hijab like), city council members Elizabeth Glidden and Lisa Bender as well as other staffers.  The Facebook page is that of one Ilhan Omar, whom reader's might recall reportedly instigated the violent outbreak at a recent Democratic caucus meeting in Minneapolis.

Atheists Demand Cross Found in 9/11 Rubble be Removed from Ground Zero.  Construction worker Frank Selicchia combed the wreckage of the Twin Towers two days after Sept. 11 for survivors — instead, he uncovered a cross-shaped steel beam.  The cross was then placed in a prominent location where many of the recovery efforts were centered, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani told the History Channel, Catholic Mass along with other religious services would often take place there.

First Lady To Obamacare Counselors: 'You Are Doing God's Work'.  With just weeks left to sign up for health care under the Affordable Care Act, Michelle Obama zeroed in on recruiting the crucial young adult demographic during a visit to a Miami community health center Wednesday [3/5/2014].

Obama tells supporters they are doing "God's work".  President Barack Obama rallied his political base Tuesday night [2/25/2014], speaking to those attending a summit hosted by Organizing for Action, a group that pushes his policy agenda.  "The work you're doing is God's work," he told hundreds of supporters at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

Bibles decried as 'religious propaganda,' banned from Iowa State University hotel.  Administrators at a hotel run by Iowa State University have given the boot to Bibles in their guest rooms after protest from a religious separatist group.  The push to remove the books began when a guest at the Hotel Memorial Union complained to Freedom From Religion Foundation about the "unwelcome religious propaganda in the bedside table," according to a local NBC News affiliate.  The foundation, a nonprofit which advocates the separation of church and state, said the hotel is part of the Iowa public university system and, as such, cannot legally place the Bibles in the room.  Doing so, the group argued, would constitute a support of one religion over another.

John Kerry Visits Mega-Mosque, Proclaims that All Religions Essentially are the Same.  Who died and made John Kerry an Islamic scholar?

American Humanist Association demands students stop feeding starving kids.  The American Humanist Association sent that message to a school in Robbinsdale, Minn., accusing them of violating the U.S. Constitution by allowing students to participate in a community service project at a church that involved preparing meals for impoverished children in Haiti. [...] "The school has clearly violated the Establishment Clause," AHA attorney Monica Miller wrote in a threatening letter to the school and district officials.

Bill De Blasio to Close New York Schools for Ramadan's End, Chinese New Year.  Newly-minted Mayor of New York City Bill De Blasio is calling for school closures on two Muslim holidays and the Lunar New Year.  Eid al-Fitr, which marks the last day of Ramadan, Eid al-Adha, also known as the Feast of the Sacrifice, and the Lunar New Year, which celebrates the first day of the Chinese Calendar Year, were all given the go-ahead; but De Blasio passed over the Hindu festival Diwali. D

Pushing The Pink Police State.  The Human Rights Campaign, the gay rights lobby, is denouncing Gene Schaerr, the Utah attorney defending Utah's stand on traditional marriage because of his religious convictions.  The idea is that his religious beliefs have no place in this discussion.  The HRC is trying to drive religious people out of the public square.

Mom claims school banned son's Bible, used inappropriate worksheets.  A Detroit-area woman is accusing her children's school of hypocrisy after her son was told not to bring his Bible to class and her daughter's teacher distributed worksheets referencing alcohol.  Jessica Cross, of Dearborn Heights, her 8-year-old son, Jason, would take his Bible to school to read during a free period.  He was eventually told that book is "only for church, not school," MyFoxDetroit.com reported.  Cross said her son, who is autistic, has been treated poorly by school staff and subjected to unnecessary punishments.

The Four Freedoms: 75 Years of Liberal Betrayal.  When it comes to Freedom of Worship, depicted by Rockwell as an angelic grandmother piously saying her prayers in church, liberals seem to have misinterpreted religious freedom as Freedom from Worship.  Today's liberals are united in a war against God-based religion.  Except Islam, of course.  Why is it that liberals give Islam a pass?

Georgia School Confiscates Christmas Cards.  For as long as anyone can remember, teachers at Brooklet Elementary School have posted Christmas cards in the hallways outside their classrooms — until Monday.  When boys and girls returned from Thanksgiving break, they discovered that their teachers' Christmas cards had been removed — under orders from the Georgia school's administration.  Robb Kicklighter's wife is a third grade teacher at the school.  He said many teachers are disgruntled by the school's decision to confiscate the Christmas cards.

The religious cleansing of Bulloch County, Georgia.  It was November 12th.  His wife was on the phone and she was reading an email that she had just received from her boss at Sallie Zetterower Elementary School in Statesboro, Ga.  "As of today, if you have a Bible verse on your school email and/or Bible verse posted in the classroom, please remove it immediately," the email read.  But it was the next part of the email that made Mr. Cook tremble.  "If a student-led prayer is initiated, you must remove yourself and step away from the group," the email read.

School Board Posts 17 Legal Talking Points for Limiting Religious Liberty.  Last week, CNSNews reported that a Georgia school in Bulloch County decided to confiscate the Christmas cards that were posted along the hallways over the Thanksgiving break.  Traditionally, the school always had Christmas cards posted, but school administrators decided to un-deck the halls.

HISD school bus drivers disciplined for praying after child's death.  On December 16, a 12-year-old girl was struck by a car as she walked home from school in north Harris County.  She would later die from her injuries.  She was the daughter of an HISD bus driver, whose coworkers rallied around her.  Bus driver Cynthia Cormier said, "From a parent's point of view and from a grandparent's, prayer is the answer."  As news of the tragedy spread among the community of HISD school bus drivers, they spontaneously prayed for one of their own who was grieving.  They joined not holding hands, but by using a back channel on the bus radio system.

Nativity scenes removed from Guantanamo dining halls after complaints.  The commander of the Guantanamo Bay naval base decided Wednesday [12/18/2013] to move Nativity scenes from two dining halls following complaints that the decorations improperly promoted Christianity.

What Does A Satanic Monument Look Like?  I read at Breitbart that the Satan-worshipping group Satanic Temple wants its very own statue outside the Oklahoma Statehouse in Oklahoma City alongside a Ten Commandments monument. [...] This all got me thinking:  What would be an appropriate Satanic marker for the Oklahoma Statehouse?

Festivus pole to go up in Florida Capitol rotunda.  A nearly 6-foot-tall "Festivus" pole made from empty beer cans will be put up in the Florida Capitol this week as a not-so-subtle protest to the recent placement of a Christmas nativity scene.

Catholics and Communists.  The Catholic Church's recent history of sympathizing with, and even supporting, Marxist progressivism is clear, sad, and indicative of a deeply irrational and anti-individual streak within the modern Church hierarchy.  Catholics who care about the Church, its history, and its future — and also about humanity, reason and freedom — must stop making excuses for their current spiritual leadership's collectivist authoritarian impulses.

Oklahoma Satanists Seek Statue at Statehouse.  The New York-based Satanic Temple is now demanding its own statue beside one displaying the Ten Commandments currently on the steps of the Statehouse in Oklahoma City.

Seventh grader files lawsuit after school staff destroys prayer flyers.  A middle school student is fighting back after she was banned from posting flyers promoting "See You at the Pole," a prayer event that's held every year at public schools across the nation.  According to court documents, a school counselor 'forcefully' told the student, identified only as K.R., her flyers were "illegal," citing separation of church and state.

Barbara Walters Takes Issue with Politicians Swearing on a Bible.  During a segment of The View Thursday morning, host Barbara Walters expressed her concerns over politicians swearing on a Bible upon taking office, noting the importance of "the separation of church and state" as an American value.  The comments came up as the View crew discussed Sen. Mark Pryor's (D-AR) new political ad apologizing for his Obamacare support as well as insisting that the Bible should be a guiding presence in politics.

Obama celebrates end of Hanukkah at White House.  President Barack Obama marked the end of Hanukkah with not one, but two receptions at the White House on Thursday [12/5/2013].

Church-state battle envelops school choirs.  As Christmas nears, two local school districts find themselves being drawn unwillingly into the battle against religion in the public square — but both districts maintain that allowing students to participate in traditional Christmas concerts does not violate anyone's rights.  Choirs from Glacier, Flathead and Whitefish high schools will perform as planned today and Friday during the "Peace on Earth Community Christmas Celebration" despite receiving requests from the Freedom from Religion Foundation and American Civil Liberties Union of Montana to cancel.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform: The Part Justifies the Whole.  The Catholic bishops and the National Association of Evangelicals argue that the claimed moral imperative for legalizing illegal aliens necessitates passage of a comprehensive bill that also doubles both legal immigration and guest-worker admissions.  In effect, these men of the cloth have put themselves in the position of claiming that Congress is morally required to procure cheap, controllable labor for farmers and restaurant owners.

Catholics Criticize Cardinal Dolan for Lamenting That Catholics Could've Been 'Cheerleaders' for Obamacare.  A number of prominent lay Catholics are taking issue with New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan's statement on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday [12/1/2013] that were it not for the Obamacare's treatment of abortion, undocumented immigrants and provisions that require they violate the "dictates of our conscience," Catholics would be among the loudest "cheerleaders" for Obamacare.  When "Meet the Press" host David Gregory asked the cardinal whether he supports the "overall goal" of Obamacare, Dolan replied that the Catholic bishops were "early supporters" of universal health insurance and should be its "cheerleaders" now.

Clergy join to tout migration reform.  A joint pastoral letter [has been] published by bishops from Mexico, New Mexico and Texas titled "Family Beyond Borders."  The document addresses human suffering related to the current immigration system and the difficulties that immigrant families face.  According to a release from the Archdiocese of San Antonio, "Family Beyond Borders" was sent to President Obama and will be distributed to Texas senators and members of the House of Representatives.

U.S. Pulls Embassy Out of the Vatican.  Citing security concerns without naming a specific threat, the U.S. State Department is planning to shutter its embassy to the Holy See inside the lush Villa Domiziana overlooking the Circus Maximus and Palatine Hill in central Rome.  The embassy, which has been in operation since 1984 when Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II signed an accord, will essentially be swallowed up by the larger, more influential U.S. embassy to Italy.

Is It Morally Evil to Question Climate Alarmism?.  Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, citing her 10 years in which she was president of the Chicago Theological Seminary, wrote a bizarre article in Tuesday's Washington Post claiming Typhoon Haiyan was "evil" and the typhoon was caused by the "moral evil" of fossil fuel consumption and "the moral evil of climate change denial."  Wow.  Thistlethwaite did not mention whether she has any scientific education, training, or expertise regarding the earth's climate.  It seems rather odd that an apparently scientifically uneducated theologian would call scientists "morally evil" for pointing out an ongoing decline in hurricane activity and rather compelling evidence that global warming is having a neutral or benign impact on hurricanes.  But scientific ignorance may not be the most troubling aspect of Thistlethwaite's incendiary accusations.

Post Office begins selling Harry Potter stamps Tuesday.  The first U.S. postage stamps to feature images from Harry Potter movies go on advance sale Tuesday at usps.com/stamps.  The U.S. Postal Service will produce 5 million booklets of 20 First-Class Forever Harry Potter stamps, says Susan McGowan, executive director of stamp services for the postal service. [...] McGowan notes that Harry's adventure into magic begins when he receives a letter inviting him to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The Editor says...
Witchcraft is a religion, and the Postal Service is a vestigial branch of the federal government, which is now promoting that religion.

Harry Potter postage stamps go on sale Tuesday.  The United States Postal Service started selling Tuesday [11/12/2013] a limited run of Harry Potter-themed postage stamps, and officials are expect a high demand for the rare postage.

USPS ad for 'holiday stamps' omits Christmas — includes Kwanzaa, Hanukkah.  Where's Christmas? As one social media commentator rapidly noticed, a recent U.S. Postal Service advertisement to sell "holiday stamps" curiously omitted a Christmas or Christian-themed message, yet included portrayals of Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.  The ad reported by The Blaze contained the text:  "Don't forget your holiday stamps.  You'll find them at your nearest post office or on eBay."  And below the text were pictures of three stamps:  One showed a candle holder with nine lighted candles, emblazoned with the word "Hanukkah."  Another showed an colorful symbol over an open book, above the block-type word "Kwanzaa."

The Editor says...
Kwanzaa is a religion, and the postal service is endorsing it.

American Humanist Association sues teacher who prayed for sick student.  In a complaint filed by the organization on November 20 a Missouri public school teacher has been accused of praying for an injured student, organizing a project to feed hungry children and (brace yourself) — cavorting with a Methodist.  "Teachers simply cannot participate in prayers with students at school, nor can they promote their religious beliefs in any other way to their students," the AHA said in a statement.

Supreme Court Opens Hearing on Public Prayer — With a Prayer.  The United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in a case examining whether sectarian prayer should be allowed at government meetings.  The Supreme Court began the day's session with its traditional opening, "God save the United States and this honorable court."  The irony of the high court hearing a public prayer complaint after its own mention of God was not lost on the justices.

Obama's 1984.  The Obama administration allegedly put in place in 2009 a highly classified program to solicit the aid of Christian pastors in identifying and exposing anti-government sentiment within conservative, evangelical churches.  The request was worded in a manner that was intended to give the impression that the concern was about potential domestic terrorism.  One pastor claims he was asked by government operatives to keep his eyes and ears open to anyone in the congregation who was highly critical of the government, and to report such suspicious activity.  The pastor also claims he was told to keep tabs on anyone in his flock who were avid gun owners and/or Tea Partiers.

Michelle Obama To Host Hindu Festival for Goddess of Wealth at White House.  First Lady Michelle Obama is hosting an event on Tuesday [11/5/2013] to mark the Hindu festival of Diwali, or "festival of lights," to honor Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity.  Hindus celebrate by placing small earthenware oil lamps called "diyas" in their homes to help the goddess find her way, according to the BBC's online home schooling curriculum website.

The Editor says...
Mr. and Mrs. Obama officially embrace and celebrate anything and everything except Christianity, and the "separation of church and state" people remain silent.  So it must be Christianity, specifically, to which the activists object.

Parents slam pro-Islam slant in Florida school textbook.  Hundreds of parents, angry at what they say is a biased student textbook with a decided pro-Islam slant, have launched a campaign demanding equal religious representation and planned a protest at the school board meeting this week.  The book, "World History," devotes fully 32 pages — an entire chapter — on "Muslim Civilizations," including descriptions of the Koran and a listing of the Five Pillars of Islam, The Daily Caller reported.  But noticeably missing is information on any other religion.

Supreme Court to consider religious prayer at government meetings.  In a case that could determine restrictions on expressions of faith in the public square, the Supreme Court on Wednesday (Nov. 6) will consider religious prayers that convene government meetings.  At issue in Greece v. Galloway is whether such invocations pass constitutional muster, even when government officials are not purposefully proselytizing or discriminating.

A nationwide initiative called "Health Care from the Pulpit"
Churches help spread word on health care law.  In a national day of action, the group Enroll America held "Health Care from the Pulpit."  Community organizers went to churches across the country, talking to members about the new health care law, with help from pastors.  Pastor John Newman introduced two community organizers from Enroll America who talked about the act, everything from coverage, cost, to how to enroll.  They also asked church members to fill out help cards with basic information for themselves or someone they knew.

Christianity Under Attack in America.  [Scroll down]  Contrast these incidents with a massive public display of praying Muslims during the annual Muslim Day Parade in New York City.  Muslims, who are protected each year during the event by Muslim NYPD officers, are free to engage in mass prayer, even prostrating themselves on the streets of midtown Manhattan.  Vehicular traffic halts and participants freely harass non-Muslims who attempt to pass through the area on foot.  Meanwhile, the ACLU has been at the forefront of an extensive effort to ban Christian prayer from public schools under the "separation of church and state" provision of the First Amendment.  This is a signature issue for the "civil rights" organization.  However, for Muslim prayers, the organization reverses its interpretation and fights for student rights to engage in prayer.

Atheist Group Criticizes Police for Faith-Based Initiative.  An atheist group is criticizing the Cincinnati Police Department (CPD) for partnering with religious congregations for a prayer walk initiative.  The CPD invited "all citizens to participate" in the initiative being held in 14 different communities to help quell the violence that has plagued the city.  Congregations were asked to take part in seven prayer walks every Saturday through mid-November. [...] The atheist group, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), is now criticizing the police department for its initiative.

Is this offense so heinous as to warrant an inquisition?
Wausau School Board to begin review process of Superintendent Kathleen Williams.  The Wausau School Board voted to begin a performance review of Superintendent Kathleen Williams starting Oct. 21, and it likely will contain many questions about the uproar over students' performance of religious music during concerts.

Making a God of Government.  Liberals love to quote Scripture when they think it might help them further their Big-Government social agenda.  They also love to talk about compassion and morality but would prefer it if you left Scripture out of it.

New York schools may close for Muslim holidays.  Schools in New York, the biggest city in the U.S., might be about to implement shutdowns on certain Muslim holy days, as both mayoral candidates running for City Hall have said they support such a move.  A report in the New York Daily News says that Bill de Blasio, the Democrat, and Joe Lhota, his Republican opponent, believe both Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha should be added to the holiday calendar along with other major religious observations, including Christmas, Good Friday and Rosh Hashanah.

Ohio school district agrees to keep portrait of Jesus off wall, pay $95G fine.  An Ohio school district has agreed to keep a portrait of Jesus Christ off school property and pay a $95,000 fine in the face of legal pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union. [...] The picture had been hanging in Jackson's high school since 1947 as part of a "Hall of Honor" display meant to highlight famous historical figures.

Supreme Court Prepares for a Year of Big Cases.  On Nov. 6, the Supreme Court will consider in Town of Greece v. Galloway whether invocations at sessions of policymaking bodies — called "legislative prayer" — are unconstitutional if the court decides they endorse religion (such as the prayer-givers mentioning Jesus Christ, or if a majority of the volunteer prayer-givers are Christian).  This case also asks the Court to consider whether its overall test on finding Establishment Clause violations for the past forty years needs to change.  If the Court takes the extra step, this could become one of the most important religious liberty Supreme Court cases in American history.

National Park Service produces videos praising Islam.  A series of videos produced for the National Park Service shows American Muslim students blaming hatred against their faith on the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.  The videos also promoted Islam as a pioneer in women's rights and addressed a "general ignorance about what Islam is."  "Islam within itself, Islam itself means peace," the government video states.  "Islam brings nothing but peace if you truly look into it."  The video was posted on the website for the Women's Rights National Historical Park.  It was filmed at the AnNur Islamic School in Schenectady, N.Y. by a National Park Service intern.

Where Women's Rights, Islam, and Nature Collide.  Did you know that the National Park Service (NPS) is now in the business of promoting Islam?  Or more specifically, promoting the wonder that is women's rights under sharia law? [...] So what does the park service have to do with women's rights?  And why in the world is the park service shilling for Islam?

Our Government's Propaganda Isn't Even Subtle Any More.  Tolerance of diverse groups isn't enough.  We must love all the diverse groups too, even if we have to lie to ourselves to do it.  The National Parks Service is making videos to indoctrinate us on that very issue.  The video below pimps out children to extoll the virtues of Islam, particularly their support of women's rights.  You heard me.  Islam promotes women's rights.  According to the girls in the video, Islam gives women their rights and they have 'equity' as a result — not equality, equity.

If you believe Islam promotes women's rights and/or equality, you should visit this page.

Tennessee high school students visit mosque, get Qur'an — not visiting church or synagogue.  The public school officials behind this reveal by their choices of visits that the real agenda here is to make these Tennessee students "accepting of the other," because that is the whole problem of jihad terrorism, doncha know — if Americans were more accepting of Muslims and Islam, jihad terror would be a thing of the past.  There are so many initiatives like this, such as the Arkansas school that planned to feature a Muslim speaker on September 11, that it is hard to escape the conclusion that they really believe this nonsense.

Students Take Field Trip to Mosque, Receive Koran.  A Tennessee high school has decided to revise its field trip policy after a group of freshmen were taken to an Islamic mosque where they were given copies of the Koran and while a student who opted out of the trip was given a worksheet that alleged Muslims treated their conquered people better than the United States treated minorities.  The students were in an honors world studies class at Hendersonville High School and the field trips to the mosque as well as a Hindu temple were part of a three-week course on world religions.  But some parents objected to the trips and wondered why the school would tour a mosque but not a Christian church or a Jewish synagogue.

Florida official tells Christian charity to choose between Jesus and cheese.  A Florida ministry that feeds the poor said a state agriculture department official told them they would not be allowed to receive USDA food unless they removed portraits of Christ, the Ten Commandments, a banner that read "Jesus is Lord" and stopping giving Bibles to the needy.  "They told us they could no longer allow us to have any religious information where the USDA food is going to be," said Kay Daly, executive director of the Christian Service Center.

Catholic priests to advocate for immigration reform during Sunday services.  The plight of the some 11 million undocumented in the U.S. has prompted the U.S. Catholic Bishops to mount a campaign for immigration reform this Sunday.  Building on their long tradition of supporting and protecting immigrants, large Catholic dioceses like New York and Los Angeles — meccas for immigrants throughout U.S. history — will join others like Newark to preach and enlist the support of the people in the pew to advocate for reform.

The Editor asks...
Why is this permissible only for left-wing causes?

Iowa Gubernatorial Candidates Pray for Abortion Rights.  Iowa Democrat gubernatorial candidates joined abortion activists in a prayer for increased access to abortion at a rally held Wednesday [8/28/2013].

Iowa Democrats Pray for Abortion Rights.  Des Moines activist Midge Slater took the podium and spent five and a half minutes thanking God for abortion rights, abortion doctors and taxpayer funding for abortions.  She also referred to the decision to have an abortion as "a blessing".  During the entire prayer, State Senator Jack Hatch and Rep. Tyler Olson, both of whom are running for governor, kept their heads bowed and eyes closed, joining in the group prayer.

NYPD Designates Mosques as Terrorism Organizations.  The New York Police Department has secretly labeled entire mosques as terrorist organizations, a designation that allows police to use informants to record sermons and spy on imams, often without specific evidence of criminal wrongdoing.  Designating an entire mosque as a terrorism enterprise means that anyone who attends prayer services there is a potential subject of an investigation and fair game for surveillance.

NYC Claims Muslim Surveillance Warranted.  The New York Police Department had legitimate reasons to put specific mosques and Muslim worshippers under surveillance as part of its counterterrorism efforts, a city lawyer said Thursday [9/12/2013] at the first court date in a civil rights lawsuit accusing the NYPD of religious profiling.

The Editor says...
I don't have a problem with the police keeping an eye on groups that are known to have a long history of habitual violence.  The potential problem here is that a precedent may be established, and the police may then turn their attention to law-abiding church groups for purely political reasons.

Churches changing bylaws after gay marriage ruling.  Worried they could be sued by gay couples, some churches are changing their bylaws to reflect their view that the Bible allows only marriage between one man and one woman.

The Editor says...
If there was, in fact, a "wall of separation between church and state," as Thomas Jefferson insisted, to protect the church from the state, the decisions of state courts would be no threat to the churches.

The American Right to Revolt Against Tyranny: Part B — Colonial Pulpits.  Does it seem plausible that the true spark of the American Revolution was the religion of peace — Christianity?  In fact, how could it be any other way in a country expressly founded to establish Christian religious liberty?  Colonial America was one of the most intensely evangelized and churched societies in history.

Oklahoma Ban on Sharia Law Unconstitutional, US Judge Rules.  An Oklahoma federal judge struck down a state constitutional amendment that forbade its courts from considering Islamic law in judicial decisions.  The constitutional amendment — approved by more than 70% of Oklahoma voters in 2010 — was part of a broader national push led by a handful of organizations that claim Islamic Sharia law is creeping into courtrooms.

Some say vouchers push limits of the law.  As the Indiana voucher program enters its third year, with more than 9,300 students enrolled in private schools this academic year, some still say the program pushes the limits of the state constitution's clause calling for separation of church and state.  The voucher program, established in 2011 under House Enrolled Act 1003, enables parents to use state tax dollars to pay tuition for their children attending private schools, typically religious schools.  The law also expanded the state's pre-existing tax credit scholarship program and instituted a tax deduction for families with children home-schooled or already enrolled in private school.

John Kerry: 'Climate Change' 'a Challenge to Our Responsibilities as the ... Safe Guarders of God's Creation'.  Reiterating a theme he presented two weeks ago at an Iftar dinner celebrating the end of Ramadan, Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday [8/8/2013] described "global climate change" as "a challenge to our responsibilities as the guardians — safe guarders of God's creation."  Kerry was speaking at an event announcing the creation of the State Department's Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives.

Eid part of US tapestry of traditions: Obama.  Muslims across the US celebrated Eid on the same day to everyone's joy and relief. [...] US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle also sent their warmest greetings to Muslims celebrating Eid Al-Fitr around the world, calling it "part of a great tapestry of America's many traditions."  "Michelle and I send our warmest greetings to Muslims celebrating Eid-Al-Fitr in the United States and around the world," Obama said in his message.

Muslim holy period to be celebrated at Guantanamo.  Guards were preparing to serve the first in a series of special meals Wednesday to prisoners at Guantanamo Bay to mark the end of the Muslim holy period of Ramadan, which this year brought a lull in a long-running hunger strike.

Obama marks end of Ramadan with more Syrian aid.  President Obama on Wednesday announced the U.S. would give an additional $195 million in humanitarian aid to displaced Syrians as a gesture to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the holiday marking the end of the Muslim holy month.  "Many of us have had the opportunity to break fast with our Muslim friends and colleagues — a tradition that reminds us to be grateful for our blessings and to show compassion to the less fortunate among us, including millions of Syrians who spent Ramadan displaced from their homes, their families, and their loved ones," the president said in a statement.

The Editor asks...
How much money does Obama give away to celebrate Christmas or Easter?

'Separation' Nonsense From Lying Secularists.  Anti-Christian extremist groups like the ACLU, the Freedom From Religion Foundation and People for the American Way hate God.  They also hate America.  True America.  These "progressive" outfits — along with like-minded politicos, judges, Hollywood elitists and left-wing media-types — hate that this great nation was expressly founded upon the bedrock precepts of the Judeo-Christian tradition.  And so, in response, they lash out.

Obama: 'Throughout Our History, Islam Has Contributed to the Character of Our Country'.  President Obama welcomed dozens of ambassadors and a handful of lawmakers to last night's [7/25/2013] iftar dinner at the White House to break the day's Ramadan fast by saying "throughout our history, Islam has contributed to the character of our country."

Obama Hosts Iftar Dinner for Muslims at White House.  President Barack Obama praised the accomplishments of Muslims in America at his fifth annual Iftar dinner.  The event was hosted at the White House Thursday [7/25/2013].  Iftar is an observance of the Muslim Holy month of Ramadan.  The president praised Muslim entrepreneurs, innovators, and pioneers for their contributions to America.

The Editor asks...
When has Mr. Obama ever hosted an Easter dinner?  Who are the great Muslim innovators, and what have they created?

Obama celebrates Ramadan: 'Islam has contributed to the character' of US.  President Obama late Thursday [7/25/2013] celebrated Ramadan with a traditional dinner in the State Dining Room, saying that throughout the nation's history, "Islam has contributed to the character of our country."  In remarks before the Iftar dinner, eaten by Muslims after sunset to end the day of fasting, Obama quoted from the Koran, according to a White House pool report.  "As the Koran teaches, whoever does an atom's weight of good will see its results."  "Muslim-Americans and their good works have helped to build our nation, and we've seen the results," he added.

The Editor says...
Name one Muslim who "helped to build our nation."

Gitmo Inmate Searches Banned Because Groin Searches are "Abhorrent to Muslims".  Things that aren't abhorrent to Muslims include underwear bombs, smuggling weapons and stabbing guards.  Also terrorizing a country to the extent that passengers are groped in airports.  There's a pattern with rulings such as these.  If the judge had determined that groin searches are a general civil liberties violation that would be one thing.  But this is a special privilege and entitlement for Muslims.

Sisters in Communism.  They call themselves "the Network," a self-described "national Catholic social justice lobby."  [Sister Simone] Campbell and friends have formed the so-called "Nuns on the Bus," storming across the nation on behalf of "healthcare reform," Barack Obama, the president's policies, the agenda of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party, and, of course, "social justice."

America's new government-imposed religion.  Catholic adoption agencies have been forced to close their doors in Illinois, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C., because their religious beliefs about marriage were deemed unacceptable by their jurisdictions.  A graduate student in Michigan was expelled from a counseling program because her religious beliefs about marriage were deemed unacceptable by school officials.  Christian pharmacists in Illinois were told to find other professions because their religious beliefs regarding when life begins were deemed unacceptable by the state.

When the government tells you how to pray, or what to exclude from your prayers, you live in tyranny.
Politically Correct Checklist for Those Praying at Inauguration?  Once again, liberal activists have demanded a theological litmus test for the pastor who will pray at President Obama's Inauguration ceremony.  Pastor Louie Giglio of Passion City Church in Atlanta has been forced to withdraw his acceptance to pray at the inauguration because activists found a sermon from the mid-1990s where he preached the Biblical doctrine defining marriage as one man and one woman.  Because Giglio applied that doctrine to homosexual behavior, activists howled that he must not pray at the inauguration.

American Geophysical Union Scraps Science, Now Faith Based.  [Scroll down]  The missionaries of the carbon cult are gradually becoming better-organized.  In the United States, religions are financed by their followers.  The government is not supposed to support religions financially, at least not if one religion is favored over another.  But the carbon cult masquerades as a scientific discipline, enabling it to receive government funding.  The carbon cult is financed partly by government support of science, and partly by the contributors to the big-budget environmental organizations.

National Cathedral Rings Bells to Cheer Gay Marriage.  The National Cathedral is pealing its church bells, along with some other Washington churches, to celebrate the Supreme Court's decisions on gay marriage.

Airport's garage now Muslim house of worship.  Here's a sign of the changing times — Muslim cabbies now have their very own place at San Francisco International Airport to wash their hands and feet before they pray.  Under Islamic law, Muslims are required to pray five times a day — a ritual that also calls for a ceremonial cleansing.

Please note:  San Francisco International Airport is owned by the City and County of San Francisco.

Osage Tribe Opposes Wind Turbines, Seeks Eagle Protections.  The Osage Native American Nation is protesting proposed wind turbines that will kill bald eagles and other birds the nation holds sacred.  The Wind Capital Group plans to place 94 wind turbines in Osage County, Oklahoma.  The turbines would be in the heart of historical Osage Nation lands where many Osage still live and honor tribal traditions.  According to Osage lore, the eagle is the only creature than can look God in the eye, but the proposed wind turbines would likely kill several of the scarce and protected eagles each year.

The Editor says...
The Osage Indians are asking the federal government to protect the "sacred" objects of their religion (animism).  Yet the "separation of church and state" people are all silent on this issue.

NAACP holds town hall meeting at church.  Members say it's important to gather at church and have civilized meetings and rallies — and stay away from the courthouse.  "The so-called "demonstration area" that has been designated you will not see us protesting in that particular area cause no one tells us where to go, how long to stay, what to do, and what to say," said Seminole County NAACP President Turner Clayton Jr.

Theocracy alert!
Atheists up in arms over Bible near Florida mayor's desk.  Atheists are outraged that a Bible sits right next to the mayor's desk, inside a Pinellas Park City Council chamber, and they're demanding its removal.  City officials, however, say that's a no-go.  The Bible's been there for more than 30 years, and laws don't prohibit its presence, The Blaze reported.  The book was an Oct. 19, 1975, gift to council members from the Kiwanis club, and it's been a traditional fixture ever since.  Freedom From Religion Foundation officials say they don't care.  They sent a letter to city officials, saying the Bible needs to go because it violates the principle of separation of church and state.

The "separation of church and state" people are willing to let this one slide.
Rubio Invokes Bible to Defend Immigration Bill.  On Tuesday [6/11/2013] Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) cited "Biblical compassion" as a reason to support the "Gang of Eight" immigration bill.  Rubio told CBN that he supports the bill because "[o]ur faith has always been about compassion and it compels you to do something. [... "]

Congressman: IRS asked pro-life group about 'the content of their prayers'.  During a House Ways and Means Committee hearing today, Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., grilled outgoing IRS commissioner Steven Miller about the IRS targeting a pro-life group in Iowa.  "Their question, specifically asked from the IRS to the Coalition for Life of Iowa:  'Please detail the content of the members of your organization's prayers,'" Schock declared.  "Would that be an inappropriate question to a 501 c3 applicant?" asked Schock.  "The content of one's prayers?"

Air Force Removes Video that Mentions God.  The Pentagon directed an Air Force Base to remove a video tribute to First Sergeants because it mentioned the word 'God' and might be offensive to atheists or Muslims, Fox News has learned.  The tribute was created by a chaplain at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.  The chaplain wrote a poem titled, "God Created A First Sergeant."  It was later adapted into a video with a narration.  First Sergeants are senior non-commissioned officers who look after enlisted members.

Atheists Want Their Own Military Chaplains.  No one has yet offered an explanation of how an atheist chaplain is anything other than an oxymoron, since by definition an atheist (1) believes there is no divine being to hear prayer, (2) has no spirituality, and (3) no religious beliefs.

Air Force Removes "Inspirational" Painting.  An inspirational painting that referenced a Bible verse has been removed from a dining hall at Mountain Home Air Force Base after an anti-religion group filed a complaint, Fox News has learned.  The painting featured a medieval crusader and referenced Matthew 5:9, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God."  The Military Religious Freedom Foundation called the painting "repugnant" and an "overt display of Christian nationalism."

Georgia Gov. Deal orders Bibles returned to state-owned park.  Gideons spokesman Malcolm Arvin said he didn't know how many Bibles had been donated for distribution in state or national parks, but he doesn't recall ever having heard about it being a problem.

Denying American soldiers the faith of their fathers.  For multitudes of our nation's defenders, the practice of religious faith is foundational to life itself.  In a combat setting, I have seen and experienced the hope a military chaplain's religious message and prayers bring to a unit mourning the loss of a fallen hero and comrade.  I know religious community, worship opportunities, prayer and access to pastoral care are key to the resilience of our war fighters and directly affects their capability to carry out the mission bestowed upon them by their country.  That is why I am so disturbed and appalled at what appears to be an increasing effort to restrict the free exercise of religion within the military and completely secularize the public square.

Obama proclaims day of prayer for terror, accident victims.  Proclaiming Wednesday [5/1/2013] a national day of prayer, President Obama urged the nation to pray for victims of recent tragedies including the terrorist bombings in Boston.

Communing with hatemongers from the pulpit.  President Obama sure is serpent-bit when it comes to going to church.  First, it was his longtime Chicago preacher who dragged the young presidential aspirant into hot water with all his fiery old sermons about the U.S. of KKK and chickens coming home to roost.  Now, his most regular preacher, we find out, hangs out with white supremacists. [...] Those of us who prefer our church and state to be strictly separate are accustomed to cringing at cloying politicians who wallow in church teachings to round up voters during political seasons.  The only thing more detestable are preachers who play politician and sermonize about partisan politics.

The Church's Fading Influence on American Culture.  I walked past a parked car the other day that was plastered with bumper stickers championing a far-left point of view.  One that especially grabbed my attention said, "The last time religion and politics mixed, People got burned at the stake!"  After pondering this for a second, I thought, I wish I could meet the driver of this car and let him know that a more accurate statement would be, "The last time religion and politics mixed, William Wilberforce freed the slaves."

Gay and Godless on the Public-School Stage.  Liberals who demand church-state separation would pitch a fit if a public school decided to perform a play that reverently told stories of the Old Testament, whether it was the story of creation, the story of Noah, or Moses or Joseph and his brothers.  But somehow, if a public school decides to put on a play mocking God and the Old Testament, that is not a church-state violation.  The separation police don't want religious (or atheist) minorities to face religious indoctrination in a public school.  But anti-religious indoctrination mocking the Judeo-Christian majority is a glorious festival of free speech.

'Jesus Christ' Banned from Council Prayers.  The mayor of a Washington town has directed pastors to stop invoking the name "Jesus Christ" in city council invocations.  Don Jensen, the mayor of Longview, Wash., told the Kelso-Longview Ministerial Association that prayers mentioning Christ were not acceptable because they could expose the city to a lawsuit.  The decision has sparked controversy in the city — located about 50 miles north of Portland, Oregon.

Federal appeals court ruling may force California prisons to hire witches.  California taxpayers, who already pay for prison chaplains covering such faiths as Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Protestant and American Indian religions, might have to add witches to the list.  A lawsuit working its way through the federal court system would require state prisons to hire Wiccan chaplains.

Feinstein Opens Gun Control Presser with Prayer by Clergyman.  The Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the National Cathedral in Washington, said Thursday morning [1/24/2013] that "people of faith" should come together to fight for gun control against the "gun lobby."  In his opening remarks at a press conference on gun control organized by California Democrat Dianne Feinstein, Hall spoke about the influence of the so-called gun lobby in Washington.  "Now, everyone in this city seems to live in terror of the gun lobby," Hall said.  "But I believe the gun lobby is no match for the cross lobby."

Separation of Church and State, Disaster Edition.  In coming days, the Senate is expected to approve $50.5 billion in federal aid for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.  This is in addition to the $9.7 billion in aid approved earlier this month.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Department of Housing and Urban Development will determine how most of the aid is distributed.  Their to-do list should include a clear message that houses of worship and other religious institutions will be fully eligible for assistance.

Government-Approved Islam Books Coming to a Library Near You.  Our local library here in Lower Macungie Township (Pa.) is among the many nationwide that will get 25 books about Islam thanks to an $800 million grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Editor says...
Any books about Christianity coming to the library?  Not likely.

When you arm Islamists, you become a willing participant in your own undoing.
Apes, Pigs, and F-16s.  When Morsi fulminates that Muslims "must not forget to nurse our children and grandchildren on hatred towards those Zionists and Jews, and all those who support them," he is taking his cues straight from the Koran.  Or rather, from the Holy Koran, as "progressive" American politicians take pains to call it in the off hours from their campaign to drive every last vestige of Judeo-Christian culture from the public square.

Pastor Leads 'Forward' Chant at Obama Pre-Inauguration Church Service.  Today [1/20/2013], just before taking his official inauguration oath, President Obama attended church, receiving the accolades of the media for doing so.  Obama, of course, has a rather checkered history with religion; his old pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, used to deliver fiery anti-American, anti-Israel diatribes from the pulpit.  At Obama's first inauguration, Rev. Joseph Lowery gave his invocation by listing racial slurs and implying that white people were responsible for the world's ills.  Now Obama's newest pastor, Rev. Ronald Braxton, is joining their prestigious company.  At Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, Braxton reportedly crafted his speech around Obama's personal political slogan:  "Forward!"

At Church, Obama's Pastor Calls Republicans "The Enemies" — Starts Chanting "Forward".  Obama went to church today in Washington DC. His pastor used the story of Moses to call Republicans "the enemies."  And, started chanting "Forward!" [...] For some strange reason the Obama-media didn't think this outrageous service was newsworthy.

Army Removes Crosses, Steeple from Chapel.  The U.S. military ordered soldiers to remove a cross and a steeple from atop a chapel and to board up cross-shaped windows at a remote American forward operating base in Afghanistan.  The removal of Christian symbols from the chapel at Forward Operating Base Orgun-E came after a solider complained — leading American Atheists president David Silverman to send a letter to the Pentagon.

Obama Should Swear On Das Kapital.  MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell on Thursday [1/10/2013] went on a disgraceful tirade about how the Bible should have nothing to do with the upcoming inaugural festivities.  On Friday, Catholic League President Bill Donohue responded saying, "Given Obama's ideology, perhaps it would make more sense for him to swear on Das Kapital."

Disinviting God to the Inauguration.  Liberals booed God at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte last year after skittish party officials reinserted a mention of him in the platform.  Nothing has changed since then.  The latest secularist push of the party is to remove God from the inauguration.  Prominent liberals are questioning the use of the Bible for the presidential oath and the use of prayers in the ceremony.

Seattle Sets Up Five 'Chapels' For Same-Sex 'Weddings' Inside City Hall.  Citizens of Seattle, Washington not only voted to have the state redefine marriage to be between members of the same sex, but now they have erected special "chapels" inside Seattle City Hall to accommodate homosexuals who are all too happy to pervert not only sex, but now the institution of marriage.

Atheists Trying to Shut Down Congressional Prayer Caucus.  In what one Republican calls an "unprecedented" move, an atheist group is advising all newcomers to the U.S. House of Representatives to stay away from the Congressional Prayer Caucus.  Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), who founded the caucus in 2005, said the American Humanist Association is among the "extremist groups" that "want to make sure they've censored and shut down.

Secular Humanists Bid All 'A Merry un-Christmas'.  Indeed, America's founders separated church and state because of the tyrannical mess they escaped from and fought against, but it is a ruse to suggest God was removed in the process.  Au contraire.  Judeo-Christian morality is woven through the very fiber of the U.S. Constitution.  The founders under-pinned our nation's laws with morality to maintain a steady framework that has been systematically chipped away at by individuals, a tiny minority I might add, forcing the masses to conform to their own religion of worshipping themselves, i.e., "Thou shalt have no other gods before me".

Internal emails offer details on bin Laden burial.  Internal emails among U.S. military officers indicate that no sailors watched Osama bin Laden's burial at sea from the USS Carl Vinson and traditional Islamic procedures were followed during the ceremony.

IRS Surrenders: Time For Churches to Get 'Political'.  The jig is up.  The news is out.  Pastors across America have called the left's bluff.  The empty words "separation of church and state" — a phrase found nowhere in the U.S. Constitution — have lost their sting.  Yes, "separation" still applies, but only insofar as it requires the state to remain separate from the church.  That is to say, that government not interfere with the free exercise of either speech or religion.

Why Accept Tyranny and Ruin?.  The modern left has shed faith in God.  God — who is foundational to our rights and being as a nation.  The left seeks, in fact, to infringe on the rights of churches and their agencies regarding the provision of contraceptive and abortion services.  That's a first step in subordinating religion to the state.  It has sought to drive and largely succeeded in driving out faith from the public square.

Charlotte-area churches issue calls to get out the vote.  Fifteen minutes into Sunday's service at St. Paul's Baptist, before the sermon, the blessing of the babies, and the passing of the plate, Pastor Greg Moss issued an invitation to his predominantly black congregation:  Those who had not yet voted could caravan with him to an uptown polling place after the final hymn.  Then, after counseling the 2,000 or so worshipers to make up their own minds who to vote for, Moss revealed his own candidate of choice by unbuttoning his jacket to reveal the front of his T-shirt:  "OMG. Obama's My Guy."  The reaction:  Cheers and a standing ovation.

Barack Obama visits Buddhist temple in Thailand.  The President and Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, walked around a golden statue of a sitting Buddha on a tour led by the Abbot of the monastery wearing saffron robes.  The complex is a sprawling display of buildings with colourful spires, gardens and waterfalls.  Thais viewed his trip to Wat Pho as an act of respect.

Obama participates in pagan rituals.
Obama starts his own Buddhist tradition.  President Obama visited a 2,000 year old Buddhist pagoda in Burma, where he put his own spin on a traditional ritual of bathing a Buddha statue.  The Shwedagon pagoda contains individual buddhas that "correspond to the day you were born," the pool report explains.

IRS Not Enforcing Rules on Churches and Politics.  For the past three years, the Internal Revenue Service hasn't been investigating complaints of partisan political activity by churches, leaving religious groups who make direct or thinly veiled endorsements of political candidates unchallenged.

Obama extends Eid greetings to Muslim community.  A statement issued by the White House read, "Michelle and I extend our best wishes for a joyful Eidul Azha to Muslims in the United States and around the world."  "We also congratulate the millions of peaceful pilgrims who are performing the Hajj, including thousands of American Muslims," it added.

The Bible as a Textbook.  Every licensed and certified teacher in this country knows that America's first textbook was the Bible; yes, years before McGuffey's Reader was even a thought, children in this country learned to read and write using the Bible.  Yet there is far more to this story than the founders declaring America as a Christian nation or even the Bible being the first textbook for students.  We suggest what is between the covers is so valuable to our youth particularly those who are in elementary school.

When God Left the Classroom.  When we baby-boomers were kids, we started each and every day of our elementary-school education with a nondenominational prayer.  It felt so safe, so familiar, so secure.  It was simply a statement that Something in this world was bigger than we were and that Someone up there was watching over us.  Being nondenominational, no mention was made of what each child called a Father in heaven.  To a little kid in elementary school, it didn't matter.  Each child knew what the Deity was called in his or her life, and this prayer was simply an extension of what kids were taught at home.  Then came a new wave in America.  God became taboo; every group in this country not represented by a religious organization rebelled and fought to keep God out of the public schools.

Is the Bible a Textbook?  The Bible was the textbook of early America, as it has been for Christians throughout the centuries.  Today, however, it is fashionable and sophisticated to assert that the Bible is not a textbook of biology, or of politics, or of economics, or of whatever discipline the sophisticate happens to be considering.

History of America's Education Part 3.  It may surprise many to know that the Bible was truly the first textbook.  The New Haven Code of 1655 required that children be made "able duly to read the Scriptures... and in some competent measure to understand the main grounds and principles of Christian Religion necessary to salvation."

The Bible in Schools.  In a day and age when our society embraces moral relativism and religious relativism, in a day and age when these demented philosophies have produced more major problems than we seem to be able to grapple with, and in a day and age that refuses to turn to God in the midst of escalating licentiousness and decadence, the words of our wise forefathers need so much to be considered and applied.

The Editor says...
I doubt if one public school student out of a hundred could define licentiousness, even though they see it every day.

Judge expected to rule in Bible verse banner suit.  A judge stopped an East Texas school district on Thursday [10/18/2012] from barring cheerleaders from quoting Bible verses on banners at high school football games, saying the policy appears to violate their free speech rights.

Joe Biden's Religion: Catholicism or Leftism.  If a conservative Evangelical Christian candidate for national office said that he defined himself by his religious beliefs, liberals would be screaming that the wall between church and state was in danger of being taken down.  Here is the rule in American politics:  When the Left uses religion to promote liberal policies, it is a beautiful thing.  When the Right uses religion to promote conservative policies, it threatens the separation of church and state and may lead to the creation of a theocracy.

Atheist Group Blasts Postal Service for Mother Teresa Stamp.  An atheist organization is blasting the U.S. Postal Service for its plan to honor Mother Teresa with a commemorative stamp, saying it violates postal regulations against honoring "individuals whose principal achievements are associated with religious undertakings."

The Editor asks...
Did they ever complain about stamps honoring Reverend Martin Luther King?

Church sign defaced with anti-Romney message.  One side of the sign read "Christ voted Democrat" and the other read "Romney hates women".  Luke Jackson, the pastor of the church, said the statements on the sign were vandalism and that the authorities had been contacted.

The Editor says...
"Christ voted Democrat"?  This sure sounds like a Democrat inclined toward theocracy.  At least that's what the Left would say if it was a Republican vandal.

Gov't to allow Indians to possess eagle feathers.  This is a significant religious and cultural issue for many tribes, who were consulted in advance about the policy the department announced Friday [10/12/2012].

The Editor says...
Why can't I have eagle feathers, too?  Why can't we all have eagle feathers?  Clearly, the government is abetting and promoting the superstitious pagan religion of the Indians by selectively suspending federal law.

Obama hails world's Muslims in White House Iftar remarks: 'Ramadan Kareem'.  [Quoting Barack H. Obama:]  ["]This evening, we're honored to be joined by members of our diplomatic corps, members of Congress — including Muslim American members of Congress, Keith Ellison and Andre Carson — as well as leaders from across my administration.  And to you, the millions of Muslim Americans across our country, and to the more than one billion Muslims around the world — Ramadan Kareem.["]

When was the last time Obama publicly saluted any Christian as a 'man of deep faith'?
Obama hails new Saudi Crown Prince as 'man of deep faith'.  [Quoting Barack H. Obama:]  ["]I had the pleasure of receiving him at the White House this April and know that he is a man of deep faith who is committed to improving the lives of the people of Saudi Arabia and to the security of the region.["]

Obama to host third Ramadan dinner.  President Obama will host an Iftar dinner to celebrate Ramadan at the White House Wednesday evening [8/10/2011]. ... By late Tuesday, White House officials wouldn't provide any names of expected guests.

Here's a better question:  Why did he even have an Iftar dinner?
Why did the White House hide the names of 3 guests at Iftar dinner?  August 10, 2011, President Obama hosted his third annual Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan at the White House.  Neil Munro of the Daily Caller noted that the invite list was much shorter than previous years and had been scrubbed of several "controversial" Muslim leaders who had attended in the past.  Daniel Pipes, writing at the Investigative Project, identified three Islamist attendees who were not on the official list released by the White House but who are reported to have attended:
  •   Mohamed Magid, President of the Islamic Society of North America;
  •   Awais Sufi, Chairman of Muslim Advocates; and
  •   Haris Tarin, Director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council.
Why did the White House conduct a cover-up of the attendance by these three Muslim leaders of Islamist lobbying and advocacy groups?

Obama's Iftar dinner remarks.  [Scroll down]  "Like so many faiths, Islam has always been part of our American family, and Muslim Americans have long contributed to the strength and character of our country, in all walks of life.  This has been especially true over the past 10 years."

Barack H. Obama sure is friendly with the Muslims.

Obama's Islamophilia Week.  Last week Barack Obama marked the beginning of Ramadan by saying to Muslims that the "United States continues to stand with those who seek the chance to decide their own destiny, to live free from fear and violence, and to practice their faith freely."  While he undercuts Christianity at home — under his Obamacare abortifacient/contraceptive mandate, resistant Catholic and Protestant schools, hospitals, and charities will soon face crushing fines — he never fails to tout Islam abroad.  One would think his allies at the ACLU might cringe at his lavish tributes to global Islam as a great and blameless religion and his "Iftar dinners" at the White House.  But they don't.  His undiluted enthusiasm for Islam, which amounts to a case of Islamophilia, never triggers any of the usual separation-of-church-and-state objections and anxieties from them.

Obama's speech at the University of Chicago, January 21, 2002.  In a video that surfaced on YouTube Wednesday morning [10/3/2012], a young state Sen. Barack Obama is seen explaining from a church pulpit that the principle of nonviolent resistance for social change applies more readily to the wealthy than to Americans in lower social classes.  "I don't know if you've noticed," Obama says in the video, shot on Jan. 21, 2002 at the University of Chicago, "but rich people are all for nonviolence.  Why wouldn't they be?  They've got what they want.  They want to make sure folks don't take their stuff."

The Editor says...
This was a political speech made from a church pulpit, and the "separation of church and state" people have no objection because the speaker is a left-wing Democrat.

Barack Obama: President and Protector of Islam's Prophet.  During his remarks on his country's role in international relations, Obama, in the midst of his comments otherwise within the mainstream of American discussions, proclaimed that the "future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam."  This single phrase entails deeply disturbing implications for the defense of free speech critical of Islam against multiplying threats from various adherents of this faith.  This statement also introduces intellectual confusion into the rest of Obama's remarks extolling individual freedom while condemning bigotry and insults.  This philosophical quagmire ultimately is resolvable only through reflection upon Obama's presumed future troubling policy course.

Detroit Church to give out 'Government Assisted' Phones.  The advertisement assures "recipients" that the "sign up process is easy and will only take a few minutes to complete".

Catholic group: Federal agency violates religious freedom of colleges.  A Catholic education group alleges that a federal agency has interfered in labor relations between Catholic universities and their faculty, jeopardizing religious liberty.  Recently, the National Labor Relations Board forced one of the schools, Duquesne University, to hold a vote on allowing faculty to unionize — in violation of the First Amendment, according to Patrick Reilly, president of the Cardinal Newman Society.  "What the Supreme Court has said is the very fact of the NLRB getting involved in these personnel issues is going to entangle the NLRB, a federal agency, in religious issues," Reilly said in an interview with The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Obama Rebuilds Mosques While Churches Burn.  While Christian churches are being destroyed on a near daily basis in Muslim countries throughout the world, the Obama administration is investing millions of dollars to rebuild overseas Islamic mosques and minarets.  According to the State Department, the mosque restoration program, first reported on back in 2010, is a "cultural preservation" project designed to "fight Islamic extremism by building relationships with Islamic leaders."

'Slander' and free speech are one and the same.  Who said the following:  "The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam."  Iran's Ahmadinejad?  Egypt's Morsi?  Some little-known, fatwa-flinging cleric increasing the bounty on Salman Rushdie's head?  None of the above.  The words are President Obama's, and he spoke them this week to the U.N. General Assembly.  No Big Media outlet reported this stunning pronouncement.

Algeria at UN: Limit free speech, protect Islam.  Algeria demanded new efforts Saturday [9/29/2012] to limit freedom of expression to prevent denigrating attacks on Islam, appealing to the United Nations to take a lead as nations engaged in new debate on the tensions between free speech and religious tolerance.

Media ignore Obama attack on 'those who slander the Prophet of Islam'.  President Obama spoke to the UN Tuesday, but what he had to say depended on the media outlet reporting it. [...] It was a 4,000-word speech.  Obama covered a lot of ground.  But the ground the major media covered conveniently left out was the most provocative line of the entire speech.  The president told the UN that the "future must not belong" to a series of people including "corrupt" leaders and those who "bully women."  But one line from that list stood out.  "The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam."  That line appeared almost nowhere in the old media where Obama's supposed defense of free speech dominated.

Humanists Call For Removal of 40-Ft. Cross-Shaped Soldier's Memorial.  A veteran's memorial in the form of a "peace cross" in Bladensburg, Md., has come under criticism by the American Humanist Association, which has said the memorial is a "religious symbol" on public land and that the government "should not be in the business of promoting religion."  "This cross amounts to an unconstitutional government endorsement of Christianity on public land.  It is an exclusively Christian symbol that does not represent the sacrifice of non-Christian soldiers. [..."] said Bill Burgess, director of the AHA Legal Center.

Pennsylvania School Battles Atheist Group Over Ten Commandments Display.  A Ten Commandments monument that has graced the landscape of a Pennsylvania high school for decades is the latest target of the atheist attack group Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF).  The group has filed suit in U.S. District Court to have the granite display, erected by a local organization years ago, removed from the front of Valley High School in the community of New Kensington.  The atheists claim that the parents of children who attend the school had complained about the unobtrusive display.

Huge rock formation sacred to Pueblo Indians is named country's newest national monument.  A dramatic rock formation in southwestern Colorado that was home to ancestors of the Pueblo Indians 1,000 years ago has been declared a national monument.  President Barack Obama signed a proclamation on Friday creating Chimney Rock National Monument, preserving nearly 5,000 acres of high desert around the spires that hold spiritual significance for tribes.

The Editor says...
Where are the atheists and the "freedom from religion" groups now?  They are all totally silent.

The President's Pitch to People of Faith.  In 2008, Barack Obama stole a chunk of religious voters from the GOP by clothing his secularist and socialist positions in quasi-religious garb.  "People of faith" received their own slot on his campaign web site, a mere two tabs down from the "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community."  Obama "valued" the religious, as he put it.  He particularly valued their votes.  Obama has long believed in the separation of church and state but not in the separation of bogus religiosity from winning.

Lord's Prayer at Greencastle-Antrim School Board meeting led by public, not board.  For the first time in recent memory, the Greencastle-Antrim School Board did not recite the Lord's Prayer at its meeting Thursday, instead choosing a moment of silence.  Without missing a beat, the overflow crowd that filled the Greencastle-Antrim Middle School library broke the silence by reciting the Lord's Prayer in unison.  As a chorus of voices began to blend into the well-known prayer, several of the board members became visibly upset as they refrained from participating.

Storm headed for Charlotte thanks to "Jumah at the 2012 DNC".  The Democratic National Convention is endorsing a political platform for the organizers of a program called the "Jumah at the DNC."  It begins with a jummah prayer on Friday, August 31 and ends on September 2.  On the surface it appears that the event, organized by the Bureau of Indigenous Muslim Affairs (BIMA), is cultural fun for the whole family whose only political focus is Muslims' right to assembly, but it is much more than that.  The DNC lists the assembly as an "official function" and claims that the leaders of the program are typical of the DNC community.

"Turn in your guns at your local church".  Last weekend, the Chicago Police Department collaborated with over 20 local churches in a giant effort to encourage Chicagoans "to get guns out of their homes."  WBBM News Radio has the story.  "Using the lure of $100 gift cards, the Chicago Police Department is encouraging people to get guns out of their homes and turn them in this Saturday, during the annual gun turn-in program."  The news report goes on to say, "[T]he Police Department is partnering with 20 churches."

Just imagine the uproar if this had been a Christian event.
Creeping Sharia on the Tulsa PD?  The Tulsa PD is punishing a police captain for refusing to attend an Islamic "cultural event" at a local mosque.

Embracers of the Constitution are baffled by what's really in it.  [Scroll down]  Another complex question was the separation of church and state.  Among all voters, 82 percent said that is guaranteed in the Constitution, even though it is not explicitly part of the document.  Instead, the First Amendment prohibits an establishment of religion, but also guarantees individuals' free exercise of it.  It was Thomas Jefferson — who wasn't part of the drafting of the Constitution — who said there should be a "wall of separation" between church and state.

The DNC Embraces Radical Islam.  The Democratic National Convention will commence from August 31st through September 1st with a focus on Islam.  Jumah at the DNC will begin Aug. 29th.  20,000 Muslims are expected to be in attendance.  This is according to the Bureau of Indigenous Muslim Affairs (BIMA), led by one of the un-indicted co-conspirators in the World Trade Center bombing.  The DNC has come full circle since 9-11 and they are now embracing the enemy from within and joining with radical Islam and their hatred of America.

Transgender DNC delegate delivers sermon at local church.  For Janice Covington, being selected as the first openly transgender delegate from North Carolina to the Democratic National Convention was "better than amazing" and is the culimination of a long journey. [...] She also told the Wedgewood audience that she will lobby elected officials during the DNC for the passage of the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would bar discrimination in hiring based on gender identity or sexual orientation.  The church's pastor, the Rev. Chris Ayers, called Covington "a hero and a pioneer."  Ayers, 53, said that half of the congregation are members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, and his church is home to people of all Christian traditions as well as people of other faiths and agnostics and atheists.

Atheist Group Attacks Schools in Tennessee, Mississippi Over Prayer at Athletic Events.  The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), which has gained its reputation (and a tidy living for its employees) by suing school districts and municipalities over public prayer, has chosen schools in Mississippi and Tennessee as its latest targets.  According to the Mississippi Press website, the Wisconsin-based atheist group has threatened all 151 Mississippi school superintendents with lawsuits if they allow prayer over public address systems during school football games.

Sept. 11 memorial defends display of steel cross.  A judge should toss out a lawsuit by a national atheists group seeking to stop the display of a cross-shaped steel beam found among the wreckage of the World Trade Center, lawyers for the operators of the Sept. 11 memorial at ground zero say.

Atheist Targets 9/11 Cross At Ground Zero, Seeks to Have Atheist Symbol Included In Memorial.  The president of an Atheist group appeared on Fox News Channel with Megyn Kelly on Friday [8/17/23012] to denounce the inclusion of the 9/11 cross in the memorial at Ground Zero to the exclusion of other, non-religious religious symbols.  American Atheists President David Silverman said that the cross at the 9/11 memorial at Ground Zero is in a museum paid for by public funds and amounts to the endorsement of Christianity by the government.

Ground Zero Cross: Court presses atheist group to explain why artifact is 'offensive'.  The 17-foot-tall, steel beam "cross" was found in the rubble of the World Trade Center twin towers in New York that fell during the Sept. 11 terror attacks.  The cross became a sort of shrine or place of comfort for first responders who often prayed there and left messages or flowers.  It was moved away from the debris a few weeks later and became a tourist attraction through several years of reconstruction.  American Atheists filed the suit in 2011, which was thrown out last year by a federal judge in the Southern District of New York.

Atheists Demand That MA Public School Band Stop Performing 'God Bless America'.  The Wayland School District in Wayland, Massachusetts, is pushing back against an atheist group's claim that a high school band playing "God Bless America" is somehow an unconstitutional act.  In fact, the district, led by Superintendent Dr. Paul Stein, plans to flat-out ignore the Freedom From Religion Foundation's (FFRF) letter alleging separation of church violations when the song is played at school functions.  The song was played by the Wayland High School band on two days of American patriotism — Pearl Harbor Day and Memorial Day.

TV Station Fires Anchor After He Fails to Disclose Connection to Atheist Group He Was Covering.  Jason Volentine, a former anchor for WXMI, a television station in Michigan, found himself without employment after failing to tell his employers about a relationship he had with the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF).  FFRF, an atheist activist group, is a non-profit that advocates for the separation of church and state, while fighting faith in the public square.  It wasn't Volentine's relationship, in itself, that was problematic — it was the fact that he had covered the non-profit group, but had purportedly failed to tell his employers and viewers about the relationship beforehand.

Atheists Launch Hate-Attack on Steubenville Logo from Their Lair in Wisconsin.  The Atheists aren't from Steubenville so there is no reason for them to be offended.  Steubenville was targeted.  The Steubenville logo was designed by a businessman in 2011 and it included Franciscan University with its historic Christ the King chapel which has a prominent cross on its spire as one would expect.  Of course separation of church and state does not mean you can't have a cross depicted in city photos or logos.  The chapel is part of their history and their current architecture.  The atheists see it differently.

Obama's Islamophilia Week.  Last week Barack Obama marked the beginning of Ramadan by saying to Muslims that the "United States continues to stand with those who seek the chance to decide their own destiny, to live free from fear and violence, and to practice their faith freely."  While he undercuts Christianity at home — under his Obamacare abortifacient/contraceptive mandate, resistant Catholic and Protestant schools, hospitals, and charities will soon face crushing fines — he never fails to tout Islam abroad.  One would think his allies at the ACLU might cringe at his lavish tributes to global Islam as a great and blameless religion and his "Iftar dinners" at the White House.  But they don't.  His undiluted enthusiasm for Islam, which amounts to a case of Islamophilia, never triggers any of the usual separation-of-church-and-state objections and anxieties from them.

Federal court rules Wisconsin schools' graduations in church were unconstitutional.  A federal appeals court ruled Monday [7/23/2012] that two Wisconsin high schools violated the U.S. Constitution by holding graduations in a church — among the most recent decisions in a long-running debate about the separation of church and state.  A three-judge panel from the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in September the schools did nothing wrong by hold graduation in Elmbrook Church, in the southeastern part of the state.

Divided We Fall.  The very people who shout the loudest about separation of church and state are willing to invade the sacred ground of deeply held religious beliefs to enforce their murderous abortion policies and believers aren't buying it.

Team Obama Invites Jews to Big Synagogue Campaign Stop — Misspells Israel.  The Obama for America Campaign is holding a big event in a Philadelphia-area synagogue Monday [7/16/2012].  DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.) is scheduled to appear at the Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park. [...] Besides misspelling Israel, the campaign event at Keneseth Israel directly conflicts with an IRS rule stating that nonprofit organizations, such as religious institutions, prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign.

Imagine the media uproar if Laura Bush had said this — in an all-white church.
Michelle Obama: There's 'No Place Better' Than Church to Talk About Political Issues.  Rev. Jeremiah Wright claims that church wasn't Barack and Michelle Obama's "thing," but in a speech the First Lady delivered to African Methodist Episcopal Church in Nashville, Tennessee, on Thursday, she sang a very different tune.  From the pulpit, Mrs. Obama told parishioners that there's "no place better" to talk about political issues than the church.

Michelle Obama: no better place for politics than church.  First lady Michelle Obama made an impassioned pitch for black churchgoers to embrace political action on Thursday [7/5/2012] in a speech to the country's oldest black religious denomination.  "To anyone who says that church is no place to talk about these issues, you tell them there is no place better," Obama said at a conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Nashville, Tennessee.

Annual Day of Prayer proclamations in dispute.  Colorado is embroiled in a legal battle over the constitutionality of the National Day of Prayer proclamation.  Attorney General John W. Suthers filed a notice of appeal last month to the Colorado Supreme Court after a state appeals court declared the proclamation unconstitutional, saying it represents a government endorsement of religion.  The president and governors in all 50 states, including Colorado, for years have issued proclamations declaring the National Day of Prayer on the first Thursday in May.  The event is run by the National Day of Prayer Task Force in Colorado Springs.

Police Chaplains Told to Stop Invoking Jesus.  For the past seven years Pastor Terry Sartain has ministered to police officers and their families in Charlotte, N.C.  Whenever the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Dept. invited him to deliver an invocation, he prayed in "the name of Jesus."  But not anymore.  Volunteer chaplains in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Dept. will no longer be allowed to invoke the name of Jesus in prayers at public events held on government property.

Charlotte police: No more 'Jesus' in department prayers.  The Charlotte- Mecklenburg Police department is moving towards nonsectarian prayer during police ceremonies.  In the past, volunteer chaplains have included Jesus' name in their invocations at official department ceremonies, but the department wants the prayers to be more inclusive.

Congressional Black Caucus rallies preachers to tackle voter-ID laws.  Members of the Congressional Black Caucus and several hundred clergy leaders from the Conference of National Black Churches are scheduled to hold a summit Wednesday in Washington to discuss the new laws, their potential impact on African-American voters and how churches can educate parishioners, help them register and help get them to the polls on Election Day to prevent any significant drop-off from 2008.

Holder to black pastors: Civil rights at risk.  Attorney General Eric Holder, speaking to black pastors at a Congressional Black Caucus event designed to get out the vote this election year, warned his audience that the civil rights they enjoy are under attack.

Bimah Brawl.  A growing controversy over an appearance by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.) at a liberal Miami synagogue has fractured South Florida's large Jewish community and spawned concern that multiple area synagogues are jeopardizing their non-profit status by engaging in blatant pro-Obama advocacy.  The latest uproar began when the Obama-aligned president of Miami's Temple Israel refused to allow a prominent Republican congregant to rebut Wasserman Schultz's remarks.  That prompted the congregant to quit the synagogue, which postponed the event.

The Obama administration is using (mostly black) churches to expand the welfare state.
Michelle's Machine:  [Scroll down]  Religious leaders are prodded to work with schools to "create a wellness club for teachers with volunteer instructors from the congregation" and to "help your local school install a salad bar in its cafeteria."  Most worrisome, though, are the administration's efforts to have congregations place themselves in the service of government as recruiters for the welfare state.  Congregations are told to "encourage eligible families to enroll their children in [government-subsidized] school meal programs"; if organizations operate day-care or after-school programs, they are advised to pursue reimbursement for meals and snacks through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (a federally funded, state-administered welfare program).  Places of worship are asked to serve as feeding sites for the Summer Food Service Program — another federally funded, state-run welfare project.

Black power: NAACP seeks 1 million new teen voters.  If the NAACP, black colleges and African-American churches get their way, there will be an additional 1 million black 18-year-olds flooding the nation's voting stations to presumably vote for President Obama in the fall.  The civil rights group on Wednesday [5/9/2012] announced a 50-state initiative with the 7.5 million member National Baptist Convention, historically-black Clark-Atlanta University and radio personality Tom Joyner to register voters who turn 18 by Election Day.

'African-Americans for Obama' Revived; Media Double Standard Obvious.  It wouldn't take more than a nanosecond for the establishment press and TV talking heads to rip into any white political candidate — Democrat or Republican — who carved out a web site devoted to "Whites for Candidate X."  About a week ago, President Obama, with his powers of incumbency in tow, has decided to revive something he created back in 2007:  "African-Americans for Obama."  And, as seen in the Obama video which appears at the site and in what appears to be a new twist, the Obama campaign is driving a Mack through the alleged wall of separation between church and state by finding so-called "congregation captains" to maximize African-American support on his behalf.

Sharpton:  Dems take Blacks for granted.  Take blacks for granted?  Democratic candidates, almost on cue, troop down to black churches around election time, precisely so that no one argues that the candidate takes blacks for granted.

Holder to brief black pastors on campaign 2012.  Attorney General Eric Holder, the IRS, and the liberal lawyers at the ACLU will brief several hundred pastors in the African American community on how to participate in the presidential election — which the Congressional Black Caucus chair expects will help President Obama's campaign.

Campaign Holds 'Obama Shabbat' Across Washington, D.C..  An events list found at BarackObama.com reveals that eight "Obama Shabbat" dinners will be held this evening [6/1/2012], here in Washington, to observe the Jewish sabbath and to "organize our community to help reelect President Barack Obama."

Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Constitutionally Ignorant and Politically Tone-Deaf.  The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel published an editorial shortly after the incident decrying the temple's "stifling" of Wasserman Schultz's speech and criticizing the synagogue for "advanc[ing] the voices of intolerance."  What the editorial board of the Sun-Sentinel failed to tell its readers was that Mr. Tate had not wanted Schultz's speech muffled, but had merely asked for equal time for rebuttal and to have the entire discussion moved to a venue other than in the sanctuary during a religious service.

Temple cancels Wasserman Schultz speech.  Miami's Temple Israel on Thursday [5/24/2012] canceled a program featuring Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz after a high-profile Republican donor quit the congregation to protest the top Democratic congresswoman's speech.  Stanley Tate, a well-known philanthropist and prominent Republican who started Florida's prepaid college tuition program, resigned from the temple after he learned Wasserman Schultz would be talking about Israel after services on Friday night, and that he wouldn't get an opportunity for rebuttal.

Keep Politicians Out of the Sanctuary.  [U.S. Representative Debbie] Wasserman Schultz and the Democrats are representing this as an attempt to prevent her voice from being heard and an instance of Republicans injecting politics into the situation.  But the truth is just the opposite.

Public schools: teaching reading, writing, and... the Koran?  You can't have a moment of silence in public school anymore because someone is offended.  People are pushing to have the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance stopped because it has "God" in it.  Christmas trees are removed, Christmas pageants are renamed "holiday pageants", and every shred of Christianity is being removed, bit by bit, by those who scream "separation of church and state!"  Yet in Minneapolis at Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy (TIZA), a K-8 charter school, children are being taught Islam and the Koran on the public taxpayers dime, and no one questions it or says a word.

Secular Humanism: America's Establishment of Religion.  Although the U.S. Constitution forbids the creation of a national establishment of religion, the closest we have come to the creation of such an establishment is that of Secular Humanism, the worldview philosophy that now governs the curriculum of our tax-funded public schools.  Some humanists claim that secular humanism is a religion; other humanists claim that it isn't.  However, In March 1987, U.S. District Judge W. Brevard Hand ruled that Secular Humanism was a religion.  Indeed, Phyllis Schlafly, a graduate of Harvard Law School, wrote in 1980, "Secular Humanism has become the established religion in the U.S. public school system."

Wisc. Pastor Gets Two-Year Sentence for Preaching Spanking.  Black Earth, Wisconsin, pastor Philip Caminiti, 55, has been sentenced to two years in prison for preaching a message that was not well-received by some members of the community.  The message that landed Caminiti in prison is that parents should be spanking their children when they misbehave, even those as young as two months old, with wooden spoons and rods.

The Editor says...
When a pastor is arrested for preaching an objectionable sermon, it is the First Amendment that takes a beating.  The Bible very clearly says, "He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him."*

The Religion of Global Warming.  It is no coincidence that man-made global warming, or climate change, or whatever it's called this week, got very popular as an issue just as the Soviet Union fell.  It is the top-down centralized government's last best hope of controlling the masses.  And like other forms of socialist totalitarian worldviews, it is a religion as well.  Man-made global warming is an earth-worshiping religion. [...] And the MSM howls that we must maintain a "separation of church and state."  How humorous.

Top 10 Bad Developments For Global Warming Alarmists.  [#3]  Invoking Ixchel:  Christiana Figueres, a UN climate official, didn't help the kooky image of global warming alarmists when she addressed delegates gathered at the UN's climate conference in Cancun.  Figueres invoked the ancient Mayan jaguar goddess Ixcehl, saying she hoped the goddess of weaving would inspire the delegates "to weave together the elements of a solid response to climate change."  Where is the ACLU and their church-state separation wall when you really need it?

The Green Shepherd.  If the Obama administration has its way, the gospel of climate change will be coming to a pulpit near you.  That at least seems to be the dream of the President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships — a 25-member group of leaders from across the religious spectrum that is part of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Barack Obama, Man of Faith.  Obama the Christian is a devout believer in unlimited abortion rights.  He denies the existence of Hell.  He came to Christianity through social organizing with activist religious [people].  His devout Christianity derives from the secular humanist "values" his atheist mother imbued him with.  He believes, with all his heart, in the separation of church and state — except when he campaigns in black churches, in violation of that separation, and in violation of the tax code.  Obama wears his religion on his sleeve in black churches, but in dealing with the mainstream media, attacks the same behavior, at least as far as white, conservative Christians are concerned.

Barack and Michelle Obama hail Kwanzaa umoja.  Text of President Obama's statement marking Kwanzaa.

More about kwanzaa.

Do Christians Who Voted for Obama Believe His Policies are Biblical?  Perhaps many Christians think their faith can't influence casting votes in government elections.  But what fruit has such political agnosticism borne?  Are believing Barack-boosters now proud of themselves?  All modern Americans have been programmed to unthinkingly support complete "Separation of Church and State."  But consider the results of this lazy theological notion, as applied to the following subjects. ...

The American separation of church and state is a myth — just ask Barack Obama.  [Quoting President Obama:]  "When I talk about making sure insurance companies aren't discriminating against those who are already sick .... I also do it because ... I believe in God's command to 'love thy neighbor as thyself.'"

The Editor says...
I suspect that a great number of insurance agents and real estate brokers attend churches regularly, just to meet potential clients.  Similarly, I believe that Barack Obams's primary motivation to attend church — or to occasionally associate with nominal Christians — is either to advance the liberal tax-and-spend socialist Democrat agenda, or to sanitize and legitimize the baby-killing Democrat platform, or to place Barack Obama at the center of attention.  Moreover, I suspect that Barack Obama can quote far more extensively and accurately from the Koran than from the Bible.

The "D" stands for demagogue.  The freaks come out at night.  The demagogues came out on Martin Luther King Day.  Democrat N.Y. Sen. Hillary Clinton, perhaps looking to distract attention from those pesky Code Pink protesters who've been dogging her over the Iraq war, commemorated the holiday by pulling a reverse Sister Souljah at race hustler Al Sharpton's pulpit in Harlem. [...] When a Democrat politician stumps at a church, you see, it's "minority outreach."  When a Republican politician stumps at a church, it's a theocratic outrage.

What about the Religious Left?:  For years the Reverend Jesse Jackson has asserted that political engagement from the pulpit is an essential part of the church's moral responsibility.  In 1988, Jackson's presidential campaign was financed in part with cash donations openly collected in black churches.

Obama Sends $6 Million to Global Muslim Sites.  President Barack Obama's faith may not be clearly identifiable, but he's willing to usurp the U.S. Constitutional principle of a strict separation of church and state when it comes to using American taxpayer dollars to restore Muslim holy places.

Jarrett's partisan pulpit speech may have violated IRS church-state rules.  On Sunday [1/15/2012] President Barack Obama's controversial aide, Valerie Jarrett, used the Ebenezer [Baptist Church] pulpit to tell the congregation that the jobs of teachers, police and firefighters "are now in jeopardy because Congress — well, let me be specific — because [of] the Republicans in Congress." ... Shortly after the religious service, the church hosted a voter registration drive for its mostly African-American congregation.

Muslim Group Giving 100,000 Qur'ans to Elected Officials.  On the premise that nothing makes a better gift than a good book, a Muslim civil liberties group is launching a campaign to hand out 100,000 free copies of an expensive Arabic-English copy of the Qur'an to elected officials and influential policy makers.  The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is planning to announce their campaign at a press conference Tuesday [6/30/2009].

Pelosi Told Catholic Cardinals, Archbishops and Bishops to Push Immigration Reform.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she has told Catholic cardinals, archbishops and bishops that she wants them to speak from the pulpit for immigration reform and tell Catholics who oppose it that reform "is a manifestation of our living the gospels."

The Gospel According to Nancy.  Despite global warming, hell might be freezing over, because the very liberal Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is apparently encouraging the Catholic clergy to campaign for immigration reform from the pulpit during Sunday mass.  Wow.  Speaking at the Catholic Community Conference in Washington, Pelosi said:  "Cardinals, the Archbishops, the Bishops come to me and say we want you to pass immigration reform.  But I say I want you to speak about it from the pulpit. ... I want you to instruct ... the people (who) oppose immigration reform and are sitting in those pews ... that this is a manifestation of our living the Gospels."

The 'Messiah' swaggers down the aisle of church.  We should have known that the moment the UN became involved that Jesus wouldn't be found in church anymore.  Jesus is being squeezed out of the House of God to make way for global warming/climate change proselytizing.  Indeed, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has ordered "Social Justice" as the new message she wants heard from the pulpit.

Mixing It Up With Left-Wingers.  The fact is, I am always dealing with issues, be it the left's adoration of the U.N.; their cockeyed belief in man-made global warming; their constant attacks on the first two amendments; their intolerance of Christian traditions and symbols, which, by the way, relies entirely on an intentional misreading of the Constitution, a document which does not and never has contained the words "separation of church and state"; their contempt for the U.S. military; the alleged supremacy of gay, Islamic and illegal alien, rights; their opposition to capital punishment; their support of judges who legislate from the bench; and their affinity for professors and journalists who feel their duty is to indoctrinate rather than educate or report.

The problem with pulpit politics:  In a move that isn't surprising, Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry recently appointed the Rev. Jesse Jackson as a senior consultant to his campaign.  The appointment of Mr. Jackson is part of a Democratic strategy in presidential elections that promotes the belief that all it takes to woo black voters is one person sent to certain areas (especially black churches) in the days leading up to the elections.

Barry Lynn is Trying to Scare Churches ... Again.  Traditionally, the Democratic candidates speak in many African-American churches during their presidential campaigns.  Sunday, July 18, [2004], Sen. John Edwards spoke in the pulpit of the St. Mark AME Church in Orlando.  As reported in wire stories and on NBC Nightly News, the pastor of the church strongly endorsed the Kerry-Edwards ticket.  As also shown on this same NBC broadcast, Sen. John Kerry, on April 4, [2004] spoke in a large African-American church where the pastor introduced him as "the next President of the United States."  Bill Clinton and Al Gore routinely conducted similar church-based campaigning.

The Editor says...
Imagine the ourcry you would have seen and heard in the news media if George W. Bush had campaigned in an all-white church and had them pass the collection plate for political contributions.  Why is it okay — even expected — for John Edwards or John Kerry or Jesse Jackson to raise money in an all-black church?

Whatever you do, don't pray before eating your school lunch!
School prayer charges stir protests.  Students, teachers and local pastors are protesting over a court case involving a northern Florida school principal and an athletic director who are facing criminal charges and up to six months in jail over their offer of a mealtime prayer.

Against the Rulers of Darkness.  We are involved in a war.  It is a war between differing political ideologies, mind-sets, and world-views. [...] At its heart, it is a war between spirituality and egoism, a war between truth and falsehood, between right and wrong.  As I write this, two Florida teachers may lose their retirement benefits, and spend six months in jail for their "flagrant" violation of the First Amendment.  Their crime?  They said Grace before eating a meal, while on school grounds.

Update:
Officials cleared in prayer injunction case.  Two rural northern Florida school officials were found not guilty of violating an injunction against praying in school, a Florida judge ruled late Thursday [9/17/2009] in a contentious school prayer case that spurred a reaction from Congress earlier this week.

The Editor says...
That's good news, but the odious fact remains that there is such an agreement with the ACLU.

Florida Prayer Case Reveals ACLU Agenda to Criminalize Christianity.  Yesterday after an all-day hearing, Santa Rosa County, Florida, Principal Frank Lay and Athletic Director Robert Freeman were cleared of criminal contempt charges that arose from the simple blessing of a meal.  When they heard the decision, tears of joy and cheers swept through the throngs of people who had waited outside in the rain for over ten hours.

Government demands we keep our Catholic Beliefs out of their realm yet forces their beliefs into ours.
Separation of Church and State:  Secular progressives are a curious bunch.  They will vehemently protest the use of public school classrooms for after school Bible Study.  They will sue to keep high school valedictorians from mentioning The Deity during graduation addresses.  They will ban prayer before sporting events, and suspend children from sports teams who kneel in thanks after scoring points. These same supposedly non-judgmental secularists will approve of prayer rooms for Muslim students in public school buildings.  I find that odd.  Displays of Christianity are to be actively erased, but religious institutions that have begotten millennia of bloodshed are both coddled and encouraged.

Does the Sight of a Cross in a Museum Give You Indigestion?.  One of the most remarkable aspects of American Atheists' lawsuit to remove the World Trade Center Cross from the September 11 Memorial and Museum is their allegation that the Cross has actually made the plaintiffs physically ill:  ["]The plaintiffs, and each of them, have suffered, are suffering, and will continue to suffer damages, both physical and emotional, from the existence of the challenged cross.["] [...] These allegations are of course absurd.

Culberson Issues Ultimatum to Cemetery Director.  A Houston congressman is so upset with the director of the local National Cemetery, he's threatening to "zero out" her salary unless she quits or moves elsewhere.  John Culberson is one of several Texas lawmakers upset by accusations that Arleen Ocasio won't let are veterans use "God" or "Jesus" during military services.

The Separation of Mosque and State?  As the White House and Congress debate cuts in federal spending, millions of dollars are being funneled overseas to help build many Islamic mosques and structures.  An Atlanta television news station, WSB, reported that "the State Department is sending millions of dollars to save mosques overseas.  This investment has received criticism as the United States makes an effort to slash nearly $4 trillion in government spending."

The True Meaning of Separation of Church and State.  Americans are frequently reminded of what the revisionists deem our greatest achievement:  "Separation of Church and State."  Crosses are ripped down in parks.  Prayer has been banished from schools and the ACLU rampages to remove "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance.  Moreover, "Separation of Church and State" is nowhere found in the Constitution or any other founding legislation.  Our forefathers would never countenance the restrictions on religion exacted today.  The phrase "separation of church and state" was initially coined by Baptists striving for religious toleration in Virginia, whose official state religion was then Anglican (Episcopalian).  Baptists thought government limitations against religion illegitimate.  James Madison and Thomas Jefferson championed their cause.

Liberals, Democrats More Likely to Disbelieve Bible, Says Gallup Poll.  Liberals and Democrats are more likely than conservatives, moderates, Republicans and independents to believe the Bible is nothing more than a book of fables and legends made up by man, according to a new Gallup poll.

ACLU Attacks God and Children, Again.  The famous words, "wall of separation between church and state" came from a letter of assurance from President Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptist Church.  That same letter from Jefferson also includes the sentiments, "I reciprocate your kind prayers for the protection and blessing of the common Father and Creator of man."  And yet, there is no insistence by the courts nor the ACLU that public schools recognize the Father and Creator of man.

Atheists Want Sign Honoring 9-11 Firefighters Removed.  A group of New York City atheists is demanding that the city remove a street sign honoring seven firefighters killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks because they said the sign violates the separation of church and state.

Appeasing the Gods in Hawaii.  [Scroll down]  The phrase "separation of church and state," of course, appears nowhere in the U.S. Constitution and was derived from a Jan. 1, 1802 letter by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury, Conn. Baptist Association assuring them that no particular Christian denomination would be declared a state religion.  The liberal U.S. Supreme Court picked up on this nearly a century and a half later and concocted an extra-constitutional doctrine that the ACLU has wielded like a pineapple machete against public religious symbols or prayers.

Air Force witchcraft:  The Air Force Academy [...] reportedly held a ceremony on Tuesday [5/3/2011] to dedicate a pile of rocks in the academy's "worship area for followers of Earth-centered religions."  This is a space cadets can use to perform rituals if they happen to be witches, warlocks and tree-worshipers.  Overlooking the visitor center, the stone circle is designed for the benefit of a handful of those claiming to be Wiccans or Druids.

The Editor says...
The "separation of church and state" people are all completely silent on this.

Did the United States Navy Pray for Allah to Forgive Osama bin Laden?  At his blog, Andrew Bostom reviews a Washington Times report that strongly suggests Osama bin Laden was, prior to burial at sea, given a funeral in accordance with the navy's protocols for funerals for Muslim military personnel.  If this is so, it would have entailed the ceremonial washing and wrapping of the corpse by another Muslim — symbolic of the cleansing away of the decedent's sins.  Those gathered at the service, presumably naval and other U.S. government personnel aboard the ship, would then have been required to face Mecca as Islamic prayers were recited...

Did Naval Burial Ceremony Confer Pardon and Paradise on the Muslim Mass Murderer?  Anneke Green has a disturbing analysis in the Washington Times which indicates the very likely specifics of the burial ceremony aboard the USS Carl Vinson — repeatedly noted by witless counter-terrorism czar John Brennan to be in strict "conformance to Islamic requirements" — for pious Muslim jihadist Osama Bin Laden, orchestrator of the mass murder of Americans on 9/11/2001.

Separation of Church and State and the Establishment Clause:  [Scroll down]  This un-American freedom destroying concept actually is an integral component of Marx generated secular humanism and its counterpart Communism.  Secular humanists (communists) are atheists passionately obsessed with replacing our liberty granting "God" with an all powerful, ruthless, international secular state.  The subject of religion is an essential ingredient in the official recipe of "nationhood" and one of the major principles of unity upon which this nation was founded.  It needs to be addressed in this context.

The Obama administration is using (mostly black) churches to expand the welfare state.
Michelle's Machine:  [Scroll down]  Religious leaders are prodded to work with schools to "create a wellness club for teachers with volunteer instructors from the congregation" and to "help your local school install a salad bar in its cafeteria."  Most worrisome, though, are the administration's efforts to have congregations place themselves in the service of government as recruiters for the welfare state.  Congregations are told to "encourage eligible families to enroll their children in [government-subsidized] school meal programs"; if organizations operate day-care or after-school programs, they are advised to pursue reimbursement for meals and snacks through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (a federally funded, state-administered welfare program).  Places of worship are asked to serve as feeding sites for the Summer Food Service Program — another federally funded, state-run welfare project.

The Editor says...
Where are the "separation of church and state" people now?

Obama signs order clarifying church-state relationship.  President Barack Obama signed an executive order Wednesday [11/17/2010] clarifying the ground rules for religious groups partnering with the federal government through the White House's controversial faith office.  The order says that religious organizations receiving federal funds must conduct explicitly religious activities in a time and place that are different from when and where they do government-financed work.

The lie of "Separation of Church & State".  The essential characteristic of "established religion" in England up to the time of the founding of our country was coercion by the civil government:  The people were forced to practice the established denomination under pain of death, imprisonment & fines, and were forced to financially support the established church.

Brass Oldies:  Part III.  One of the brassiest of the brass oldies in the law is the notion that the Constitution creates a "wall of separation" between church and state.  This false notion has been so widely accepted that people who tell the truth get laughed at and mocked.  A recent New York Times piece said that it was "a flub of the first order" when Christine O'Donnell, Republican candidate for senator in Delaware, asked a law school audience "Where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?"  According to the New York Times, "The question draw gasps and laughter" from this audience of professors and law students who are elites-in-waiting.

God Save The United States and This Honorable Court.  There is no constitutional conflict in using taxpayer dollars to fund faith-based initiatives.  This is a position we've advocated for years.  The Supreme Court should leave the faith-based initiative alone and focus instead on removing the special privileges that are afforded to atheists and others who are antagonistic to religion.

Michelle Obama and the Muslim Brotherhood.  [Scroll down]  "They're turning this on its head," said Rev. Richard Land, who handles public policy for the Southern Baptist Convention.  The wisdom of the original faith-based initiative — about which he was initially skeptical, Land explains — was "to have people who live in a zip code making the decisions about what are the best ways to alleviate the problem in that zip code," rather than being pushed to follow some federal initiative.  Under the Obama administration, Land said, "the White House says what your priorities should be."

What Is the Separation of Church and State?.  The first major case that undermined the balance between the establishment clause and the free exercise clause occurred in 1947.  In Everson vs. Board of Education the Supreme Court, led by Justice Hugo Black, an FDR appointee and member of the Ku Klux Klan, reinterpreted the meaning of the First Amendment of the Constitution.  This decision set in motion an unconstitutional chain of events that has undermined our First Amendment liberties ever since.  Just what did Justice Black and the other FDR appointees to the Supreme Court do?  They hijacked a phrase used by President Thomas Jefferson, "separation of church and state," found in a letter he wrote to the Danville Baptist Association in Virginia (1802).

'Separation Of Church And State' Meant To Protect Church From Gov't, Not Vice Versa.  "I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute" — these words of U.S. President John F. Kennedy helped bring about today's "privatization of faith," which allows politicians to rationalize away their abandonment of moral principles in the public square, according to former U.S. senator Rick Santorum.  In a speech September 9 at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, Mr. Santorum contemplated the consequences of Kennedy's famous words, just before the fiftieth anniversary of the late president's address.

Clarifying the Separation of Church and State:  There is no such thing as "separation of church and state" in America's history.  There is such a thing as separation of the state from the church.  Our founding fathers, because of their experience, were most fearful of the encroachment of the state into the life of the church.  They knew the results of that kind of evil and suffered persecution because of it.  So they came to these shores seeking freedom and the privilege of worshiping God according to the dictates of the Bible and their own conscience.

Separation of Church and State:  Learn more about the origin of the phrase "separation of church and state," the expression Justice William Rehnquist described as "a misleading metaphor."

Separation of Church and State and the Deportation of Christianity.  There is no such law!  This phrase ["separation of church and state"] does not appear in any founding document.  It is not in the Constitution of the United States.  It is, however, in the "Constitution" of the former Soviet Union.

"The 'wall of separation between church and State' is a metaphor based on bad history, a metaphor which has proved useless as a guide to judging.  It should be frankly and explicitly abandoned."

— Justice Rehnquist, dissenting, in Wallace v. Jaffree    


Some states had official religions well into the 1800's.  Congregationalism was established by law as the official religion of the Connecticut and New Haven colonies when the colonies were founded in the 17th century.  It remained the official religion until the Connecticut constitution was adopted in 1818.

Jefferson advocated a 'gate' between church and state.  Thomas Jefferson, credited with penning the famous "wall of separation between Church and State" on which many secular organization have rested their hopes of eliminating Christianity from the public square, actually believed in a "gate" allowing free passage between the two, according to a researcher who's reviewed Library of Congress documents.

The Myth of the Separation of Church and State:  The American Humanist Association certifies counselors who enjoy the same legal status as ordained ministers.  Since the Supreme Court has said that Secular Humanism is a religion, why is it being allowed to be taught in schools?  The removal of public prayer of those who wish to participate is, in effect, establishing the religion of Humanism over Christianity.  This is exactly what our founding fathers tried to stop from happening with the first amendment.

An Attack on Naval Academy's Mealtime Grace:  Removing leader-led prayers from military training, especially in this time of national peril, represents a seismic shift in restricting this long-established American military practice.  We are proud of the Naval Academy and its leadership who have not been bullied by repeated threats from those who would weaken military training and America in time of war and national security crisis.  Prayer is a matter of honor and an American military necessity in time of war.  Those who would undermine or remove it are un-American.

Democrats misplay the "God Card".  Democrats have some serious decisions to make about the future of their party and its message.  The Democrat Party cannot long stand as one that demands separation of church and state in all — even symbolic — matters while at the same time claiming Biblical substantiation for liberal public policies.

The Big Lie:  Church and State Separation.  The practical myth of "separation of church and state" is a prime example of how language is used to perpetuate a political lie.  For the time being, this lie is pervasive in American society, with pseudo-intellectuals joining duplicitous liberals in invoking this phony argument with regularity.

Church and state:  We are on the threshold of America's entry into a post-religious, post-Constitutional era.  Decades of liberal assaults on traditional values and institutions are bearing fruit — sweet or bitter depending on your allegiance.  The final battles are underway, and the bulwarks erected to protect us from the dark side of our natures and from governmental tyranny are being battered down.

School is told to restore 'Jesus' bricks.  A federal judge has ordered a public high school to return bricks inscribed with Christian messages to a walkway, concluding their removal violated the free speech rights of the people who paid for them.  U.S. District Judge Norman Mordue ruled the bricks, with engravings such as "Jesus Saves" and "Jesus Christ The Only Way!" did not constitute an endorsement of religious views by the Mexico Academy, a high school in upstate New York.  The bricks containing such engravings were the only ones removed, while others also referred to God and some commemorated churches.

Dare we erase God from history?  The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday [3/24/2004] heard arguments on whether the diminutive phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance is a violation of the so-called "separation of church and state."  We have reached this low point in our nation's history because a federal appeals court actually ruled last year in favor of an egocentric atheist named Michael Newdow who abhors our freedoms of religious expression.

Appeals Court Upholds KY Ten Commandments Display.  A Kentucky county has won another court ruling that says a Ten Commandments display can be posted in the courthouse. … The American Civil Liberties Union brought the case against Mercer County.  The ACLU argued the display violated the Constitution's guarantee separating church and state.

Atheist Newdow ditches anti - 'under God' pledge of allegiance lawsuit.  Dr. Michael Newdow, an Atheist activist, has given up his six year legal fight that he hoped would have restricted California school children from saying "under God" when reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, reports Catholic Lane.



Sidebar Discussion:  The Madison Bus Passes

Another War:  [In] the Madison, Wisconsin Metro System, each month this government entity placed a picture of some public figure on its bus pass.  One month it used Martin Luther King Jr. and another, Elvis Presley, another the inventor of the Internet, Tim Berners-Lee (not Al Gore).  But when it decided to use Mother Teresa the Freedom From Religion Foundation went ballistic, saying it was an impermissible intermingling of government and religion.

More about the Madison Bus Passes:  Madison Metro System printed a picture of Mother Teresa on its April [2003] bus pass.  Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-founder of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, condemned it as a violation of church and state.  A spokeswoman for Metro said Mother Teresa was selected because she made Time magazine's list of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century.  The May bus pass features a picture of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.; Gaylor did not criticize this selection.

The Editor says...
The people at the Freedom From Religion Foundation evidently believe that the appearance of Mother Teresa on a bus pass constituted the establishment of a national religion.  The accusation is ridiculous, and is merely an attempt to prohibit and suppress the freedom of religious expression, even though the bus passes were surely not intended to be religious artifacts.



Religious Holiday Displays Information Letter:  The Constitution protects the right of private citizens to engage in religious speech in a "public forum."  In a leading First Amendment case, the Supreme Court held that a private group could erect a cross in a public park during the holiday season.

Ten Commandments Texas Revival Rally Keynote address:  When are we going to get this through our heads?  For the last forty, and fifty, and sixty years, the lawyers and the judges who have pretended that there is some reference to separation [of church and state] in the Constitution have lied to us!

The Truth About "Separation Of Church And State":  Liberals have run off with this phrase, prostituting it per usual.  The matter is simple.  It's this:  America does not want a state church.  England has a state church — the Anglican Church.  America does not want one denomination considered The Nation's Church.  On the other hand, America has a religious heritage.  It's not Muslim.  It's not Hindu.  It's not Shinto.  It's not animism.  It's not New Age.  It's not Paganism.  It's not Voodoo.  It's Judeo-Christian.  America, while not desiring a state church, does desire religion in life.

The Separation of Truth and State:  The American people have been bamboozled for more than a generation now that their government can safely ignore God and his moral standards.  The principal underlying presumption in this is that the God of the Bible is irrelevant.  The presumption is that there is not really a God at all, or if there is a God, he is either too impotent or too distant to be concerned with the affairs of men.  This humanist philosophy presumes that the wisdom of man is the standard of all things.

Feelings trumping rights:  Church-state separation zealots have often selectively applied their wall of separation.  They have consistently screamed bloody murder at any whiff of Christianity in the public square, especially when there is the remotest suggestion that government is merely countenancing Christianity (far from endorsing it).  But they've sat idly by as the state has outright endorsed other religions or worldviews or their values.

Resurrection Day 2005 — The ultimate sacrifice.  In challenging activist-atheists who wish to raze all religious symbols from public life (erroneously citing the First Amendment and Thomas Jefferson's "Wall of Separation"), we have often asked, "If you truly believe in atheism, why does any religious symbol, which you take as meaningless, matter at all?"  As for the courts that take these cases seriously, we ask the following:  On what constitutional basis do atheists have standing to sue?

Fight over the cross revived.  More than two years after officials ordered the image of a tiny cross removed from Los Angeles County's official seal, a pitched battle continues over the constitutionality of religious symbols in public places.  And this week a band of activists, many from the San Fernando Valley, will get yet another chance to make their case for returning the cross to the seal even as they have elevated their efforts to the national level.

Removal of Cross From Los Angeles County Seal Prompts Lawsuit.  The decision by Los Angeles County officials to remove the small cross from the county's official seal has triggered a lawsuit.  It was filed Tuesday [10/17/2006] by the Thomas More Law Center in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  The decision to remove the cross from the seal was made in June of 2004 after the American Civil Liberties Union threatened to sue the L.A. County supervisors because of their use of a Christian symbol.




The Mount Soledad Cross

Group buys land under Mt. Soledad cross, possibly ending two-decade court fight.  The land beneath the cross on Mt. Soledad in San Diego has been purchased by a private, nonprofit group for $1.4 million, a key step toward possibly ending a two-decade legal controversy over having a cross on public property.  The Mt. Soledad Memorial Assn. announced Monday [7/20/2015] that it had purchased the half-acre of property from the U.S. Department of Defense.

Mt. Soledad case continues.  With the U.S. Supreme Court declining to hear the case, attorneys have more work ahead as they continue the effort to keep the Mt. Soledad Cross in place.

The Cross The Left Can't Bear.  Disgruntled atheists first filed suit over the memorial at a veterans park in San Diego in the summer of 1989.  The fringe grievance-mongers have clung bitterly to their litigious activities for nearly a quarter-century.  It's time to let go and bring peace to the city.

Federal Judge: Mt. Soledad Cross Must Come Down.  A cross atop Mount Soledad in California is an unconstitutional religious display on government land and must come down, a federal judge in San Diego ruled late Thursday [12/12/2013].  U.S. District Judge Larry Burns ordered the cross, which honors veterans, must be removed within 90 days — a decision that could result in the case being sent back to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Burns immediately stayed his order pending an expected appeal.

Judge Calls the Mt. Soledad Cross Unconstitutional.  A judge has ruled the 43-foot high cross atop Mount Soledad is unconstitutional.  In a long awaited opinion, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Tuesday [1/4/2010], that cross is unconstitutional, but that it doesn't need to be taken down.

Court Rules War Memorial Cross Unconstitutional.  A war memorial cross in a public park is unconstitutional because it conveys a message of government endorsement of religion, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday [1/4/2011] in a two decade old case.

The Editor says...
Acknowledgement of religion is not establishment of religion.

The Cross Is Unconstitutional, Again.  The Mount Soledad War Memorial in San Diego, now owned by the federal government, includes a 40-foot tall white concrete cross, first built by Korean War Veterans in the 1950s to commemorate their fallen comrades.  The federal 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (known locally as the "Ninth Circus") has ruled that the cross is unconstitutional.

Three Republicans introduce bill in Congress to save cross atop Mt. Soledad.  Three Republican members of Congress from San Diego County have introduced a bill aimed at blocking the removal of the cross atop public land on Mt. Soledad in San Diego.  The bill submitted by Reps. Duncan D. Hunter of Alpine, Darrell Issa of Vista and Brian Bilbray of Solana Beach comes in reaction to a decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals last week that the 43-foot-tall cross violated the constitutional separation of church and state by seeming to endorse a particular religion.  The bill would allow religious symbols that are part of military monuments.

The Editor says...
Not to put too fine a point on it, there is no "constitutional separation of church and state."  If you can find that phrase in the Constitution, please let me know.

ACLU 'dead wrong' on cross.  Some see it as the universal symbol of sacrifice in World War I, others see it as the undisputed sign of Christianity, but it will be up to the Supreme Court to make a final determination as to whether a 7-foot cross remains standing in a California desert to memorialize war veterans.  The cross was first erected in 1934 in what is now the federally protected Mojave Desert Preserve by a group of veterans whose doctors advised them that the desert heat would help them recover from shell shock.

Mojave Desert Cross Returned and Rededicated to WWI Veterans.  A cross honoring those who died in World War I was returned after being stolen two years ago.  Fox News reporter Dominic Di-Natale reported from Barstow, California where a rededication ceremony was taking place for the Mojave Desert cross.  It was originally raised in 1934 and was at the center of a national controversy over the separation of church and state.

The ACLU Talks Too Much.  The American Civil Liberties Union filed a suit in 2001 demanding that a seven-foot cross erected in the California desert in 1934 commemorating sacrifices endured by our soldiers in World War I be taken down.  At some point after 1934 the land on which the cross was erected became federally protected, and thus the cross became a fit issue for the ACLU's squalling about the separation of church and state.

Federal Court:  Mt. Soledad Memorial Constitutional; ACLJ Brief Cited.  The Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial in San Diego is constitutional.  That's the finding of a U.S. District Court in San Diego and the latest decision in a lengthy legal battle that has spanned several decades.

ACLU and 9th Circuit against Christianity.  Mount Soledad first was used as a memorial park in 1914, yet there has been a cross on the property in one form or another since 1913.  During World War II, it became a part of the military's early warning defense system, and in 1954 a 29-foot Latin cross was erected to honor Korean War Veterans.  In 1989, the first lawsuit was filed against the City of San Diego claiming the cross violated both the U.S. Constitution and the California Constitution.

The Editor says...
Apparently the Mount Soledad cross was not unconstitutional for 76 years.  Did the California constitution change?

Cross Stays on Mountain, Judge Rules.  A federal judge in San Diego says a giant cross that looks over the city from Mount Soledad may stay where it is.  The cross, part of a national veterans' memorial, has been at the center of a legal battle for 20 years.

Veterans reenlist.  For nearly two decades, the ACLU has waged war against the cross in the public square, turning the laws meant to protect freedom of speech against small communities whose budgets can't stand up to a political Goliath.  Now the ACLU may meet its match.

ADF attorneys ask 9th Circuit to dismiss 17-year lawsuit against Mt. Soledad cross.  Now that Congress has passed and the President has signed a bill that clearly puts the cross under federal control, we hope that the 9th Circuit will see that it's no longer necessary to continue the ACLU's protracted legal attack on this symbol dedicated to our nation's fallen heroes.

Atheist who sued over giant cross dies.  Philip Paulson, an atheist who waged a 17-year legal battle to have a giant cross removed from public land on Mount Soledad, has died.  He was 59.  Paulson died Wednesday of liver cancer.

San Diego ordered to remove cross or pay $5,000 a day.  After a 17-year legal battle between the city and a self-described atheist, a judge has ordered San Diego officials to remove a giant cross from a hilltop park or start paying $5,000 a day in fines.

Conservative law group files brief to block removal of Soledad cross.  A conservative advocacy group filed a "friend of the court" brief on behalf of congressional members, asking an appeals court to stay a lower court ruling ordering the removal of the Mount Soledad cross.

Congressman asks Bush to save cross.  The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee asked President Bush to help save a 29-foot cross standing on San Diego city property from being removed by court order.

9th Circuit Rejects Mount Soledad Appeal.  The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to stay a district court decision ordering the removal of the historic Mount Soledad cross in San Diego.  The Cross has stood on city land since 1954 and is a memorial to veterans.  Instead, the court scheduled oral arguments on the issue for the week of October 16.  That's weeks after the cross is to be removed.

High court intervenes in fight over cross.  The Supreme Court intervened Monday [7/3/2006] to stop, at least for now, the removal of a large cross from city property in southern California. … Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, acting for the high court, issued a stay while supporters of the cross continue their legal fight.

Mount Soledad Cross Land-Transfer Bill Goes To Bush.  The fate of the Mount Soledad cross, the subject of a 17-year legal battle over the constitutionality of a religious symbol on public land, lies in the hands of President Bush Wednesday [8/2/2006].  The U.S. Senate yesterday unanimously approved a bill that would transfer the land upon which the Mount Soledad cross sits to the federal government to be preserved as a national war memorial.

Update:
President Bush Signs Mount Soledad Cross Bill.  President Bush Monday afternoon [8/14/2006] signed a bill into law transferring the Mt. Soledad Cross and property on which is sets to the federal government.

Opponent of cross has terminal cancer.  Philip Paulson, who sued the city of San Diego 17 years ago to force the removal of the Mount Soledad cross from public property, has been diagnosed with terminal liver cancer.  Paulson, 59, and his lawyer, James McElroy, said yesterday they plan to add another plaintiff to the case so that it may continue.

'American Idol': Worship Obama, Not Jesus Christ.  Contestant Elise Testone on Fox's fading pop star showcase "American Idol" sang a duet of sorts with Obama this week as part of her cover performance of the Al Green classic "Let's Stay Together."  Just imagine anything of the sort being done with former President George W. Bush.  Impossible, we know.  But now word is out that a spiritual "Idol" wannabe has been told in no uncertain terms by the producers not to sing the praises of Jesus Christ, according to The Daily News.

Indiana congressman joins food fight after pantry loses federal items over prayer'.  An Indiana congressman is looking into possible "misinterpretation" of federal guidelines after a local food pantry was cut off from federal aid for asking clients to pray, FoxNews.com has learned.  Todd Young, a Republican congressman serving Indiana's 9th District, has contacted state officials regarding Community Provisions of Jackson County, a food pantry in Seymour whose director, Paul Brock, insists he will not stop asking clients if they want to pray with him or one of its 45 volunteers when they receive food.

Air Force Removes 'God' From Logo.  A Virginia lawmaker is calling on the Air Force to reverse a decision to remove a Latin reference to "God" from a logo after an atheist group complained.  Rep. Randy Forbes, (R-VA), said the Air Force removed the logo several weeks ago from the Rapid Capabilities Office.

GOP lawmakers protest removal of 'God' from Air Force unit's patch.  A group of Republican lawmakers is protesting the removal a reference to God in the patch logo for the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO).  The 35 lawmakers, led by Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), wrote a letter to Air Force Secretary Michael Donley and Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz urging them to restore the logo with a reference to God.

Gideon New Testaments at N.C. School Raise Ire of "Pagan" Mom.  A mother in North Carolina complained to her local school district after her son came home with a New Testament, telling her that he got it for free at his school. [...] Jan Blunt, a spokeswoman for the school, said that no announcement was made over the school's loudspeaker, and no Gideon representatives were allowed to interact with students.  "They don't talk with students," Blunt told the Citizen-Times.  "They're not allowed to make a presentation.  They quite literally drop off a box and leave them there.  They are not handed out at all."

I can hear the liberals now.  Theocracy!  Theocracy!
U.S. Military Weapons Inscribed With Secret 'Jesus' Bible Codes.  Coded references to New Testament Bible passages about Jesus Christ are inscribed on high-powered rifle sights provided to the United States military by a Michigan company, an ABC News investigation has found. [...] John 8:12, referred to on the gun sights as JN8:12, reads, "Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."

Michigan defense contractor has God in its sights.  Army officials said Tuesday [1/19/2010] they will investigate whether a Michigan defense contractor violated federal procurement rules by stamping references to Bible verses on combat rifle sights used by American forces to kill enemy fighters in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Muslim anger over US military 'Jesus' scopes.  Muslim groups reacted angrily after it emerged that the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan were using rifle sights inscribed with coded Biblical references.  The company producing the sights, which are also used to train Afghan and Iraqi soldiers under contracts with the US Army and the Marine Corps, said it has inscribed references to the New Testament on the metal casings for over two decades.

Wixom gun sight maker will stop inscribing biblical references.  The Wixom company under fire for putting tiny references to Bible verses on gun sights sold to the U.S. military, announced today [1/21/2010] it will drop the inscriptions on future arms shipments and offer kits to help the military remove codes on sights in the hands of troops.

And now the rest of the story...
ABC Raids Message Boards to 'Break' a Decades-Old Story.  The manufacturer of gun sights used by the U.S. military inscribes references to New Testament passages on them, a fact known to the public for 23 years. [...] The "secret 'Jesus' Bible codes" are hardly secret.

Group Wants Congress to Investigate 'Military Religious Extremism'.  [Scroll down]  The Council on American-Islamic Relations, meanwhile, called the presence of the markings "a potential recruiting tool for anti-American forces" and a Muslim Public Affairs Council official said they provided "propaganda ammo to extremists who claim there is a 'Crusader war against Islam' by the United States."

Did someone mention CAIR?

Weapons Company Caves to Political Correctness.  U.S. optics manufacturer Trijicon has bowed to pressure to remove biblical references from their optics products, just days after the decades-old practice was sensationalized in an ABC News report that claimed the references were "secret 'Jesus' Bible codes" that could inflame radical Muslims who have attempted to brand wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as modern crusades since those conflicts began.

The Editor says...
Sounds like ABC News is attempting to "inflame radical Muslims" by publicizing this.  But really, is that all it takes to set off the Muslims?  If American soldiers fire rifles with abbreviated Biblical references, do the bullets hurt more?

Air Force Academy to Open Outdoor Worship Circle for Wiccans and Druids.  Networks like ABC have hyperventilated about the "outrage" of "endangering" soldiers with rifle sights with "secret Bible codes" on them.  They worried about Christian proselytizing on the campus of the U.S. Air Force Academy.  Will these TV reporters notice as the Air Force responds to the liberal-media complaints by opening an outdoor chapel space for Wiccans and Druids?

Cross found at Air Force Academy's Wicca center.  The Air Force Academy, stung several years ago by accusations of Christian bias, has built a new outdoor worship area for pagans and other practitioners of Earth-based religions.  But its opening, heralded as a sign of a more tolerant religious climate at the academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., was marred by the discovery two weeks ago of a large wooden cross placed there.

The Editor observes bias:
StungMarred?  The article above is replete with bias.  But something more important is between the lines:  Where are the "separation of church and state" fanatics now?

The convert-or-die religion expects tolerance.
CAIR pressures retired general, critic of Islam, to back out of West Point event.  The Council on American-Islamic Relations announced Monday night [1/30/2012] that it had successfully prevented retired Lieutenant General William G. "Jerry" Boykin from speaking at an upcoming prayer breakfast at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.  "We welcome Mr. Boykin's withdrawal from this event and hope that the speaker who replaces him will offer cadets a spiritual message that promotes tolerance and mutual understanding," said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad in a statement.

Free speech — for some.  According to the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), there is a grave threat to America that must be suppressed at all costs.  The threat is that Lt. Gen. William G. "Jerry" Boykin might be allowed to exercise his constitutionally guaranteed right to free speech.  This proposition is bizarre on multiple levels.  For one, Gen. Boykin, who is a friend and greatly admired colleague of mine, is one of the United States' most accomplished and decorated military heroes. [...] For another, Gen. Boykin is also an ordained minister.

Delta Force Hero Can't Speak at West Point Because of his Christian Beliefs.  A three-star Army general and war hero cannot speak at West Point because he's an outspoken Christian.  So the Obama administration's hostility toward religion — and especially Christians — continues even to the detriment of our men and women in uniform. [...] Evidently it's not politically correct to suggest that blowing up children is the devil's work.  After heavy pressure, General Boykin chose to withdraw.  This soldier fears no foe, but the situation evolved in a direction where his message of faith and courage would be overshadowed by controversy to the possible detriment of the West Point cadets.

Blacklist.  It often is said that our soldiers, sailors, airmen, guardsmen and Marines serve to "protect our freedoms" and "defend our liberties."  All true.  Now consider what took place this week at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Pays Homage to Obama — But Not Jesus.  The 63-foot Sierra White Fir lighted at the U.S. Capitol Grounds on Dec. 6 as the official 2011 Capitol Christmas Tree includes a prominently displayed ornament paying homage to President Barack Obama, but includes no ornament readily visible to a person standing near the tree's base that uses the word "Christmas," or includes an image of the Nativity, or bears the name or image of Jesus Christ.  On the north side of the tree — at a height of about 4 feet and easily visible to people standing near it — there is an ornament that says:  "I ♥ President Obama."

12 New Jersey Nurses Stand Up to Obama's Abortion Crusade.  A dozen nurses in New Jersey are fighting for the right not to have to participate in abortions.  Under a new hospital policy, nurses in the "same-day surgery unit" at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey must participate in elective abortion cases even against their personal religious or moral objections.  If ever there was a violation of conscience rights, this is it.

Air Force Suspends 20-Year-Old Class for Containing Bible Verses.  A Texas senator wants the U.S. Air Force to provide a detailed report on why they suspended a course that included passages from the Bible.  Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) sent a letter to Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley asking why a "Just War Theory" class taught at Vandenberg Air Force Base was removed from the curriculum on Aug. 3.  "Suspending a course like this because of references to religious texts misrepresents the First Amendment," Cornyn wrote in a letter.

High court denies appeal of church ban at public schools.  After more than 16 years of litigation, the U.S. Supreme Court ended an appeal of a ban on churches renting out public schools with a simple word:  "denied."  The high court, in rejecting the church's appeal in Bronx Household of Faith v. Board of Education of the City of New York, affirmed New York City's ban on renting out public school facilities for religious worship services.  The schools can rent out their facilities to any other organization as long as it is not conducting "religious worship services."  The board charges a nominal fee to groups using its facilities, not full rent.

Atheist Leader Complains About U.S. Troops Praying Together Before Combat Mission.  The man pushing to get the military to install "atheist chaplains" in the armed forces told government-subsidized National Public Radio that military officers should not be praying with their men before going out on missions.  Jason Torpy, president of the Military Atheists and Free Thinkers Association, told "All Things Considered" over the weekend about an incident in 2003 or 2004, in which his commander gathered his team together to pray before the Army unit deployed — rather than make preparations for the mission.

U.S. Military to Rescind Policy Banning Bibles at Hospital.  Walter Reed National Military Medical Center said they are rescinding a policy that prohibits family members of wounded military troops from bringing Bibles or any religious reading materials to their loved ones.  The decision to rescind the ban on Bibles came exactly one day after a Republican lawmaker denounced the policy on the House floor and called on President Obama to publicly renounce the military policy.

FRC Requests Communications About Walter Reed Bible Ban.  Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins submitted a letter to the Department of the Navy yesterday requesting records of communications regarding a policy memo issued by Walter Reed Military Medical Center that would restrict the distribution of religious materials including Bibles to patients by their families.  This request was made under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Feds' War on Religion.  It's one thing to watch "merry Christmas" be omitted from signs in your favorite department store but quite another to see Bibles withheld from wounded warriors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.  It's true!  On Dec. 2, the Family Research Council reported that it had discovered a memo released in September at the esteemed military hospital, in which Navy officials announced that "no religious items (including Bibles, reading material, and/or artifacts) are allowed to be given away or used during a visit."

It was all just a miscommunication.  Yeah, right.
Walter Reed accidentally bans Bibles.  The medical center rescinded the policy in early December after the Family Research Council brought it to the attention of several members of Congress who then contacted Walter Reed.  "It should have been more thoroughly reviewed," Dean said.  But FRC President Tony Perkins is skeptical.  "If you can't get it right in a memo [from the commander], who can you trust?" he said.

California Community Backs Down on Action Against Couple Holding Home Bible Study.  The community of San Juan Capistrano, California, has backed down from ticketing a couple for holding Bible studies in their home after the couple's attorneys filed a religious-freedom lawsuit against the city.  Back in September, city officials had fined Chuck and Stephanie Fromm $300 after determining that the couple was in violation of a municipal code that prohibited "religious, fraternal, or non-profit" groups to meet in residential neighborhoods without a permit.

What the Tolerant Must Tolerate:  To be a serious Christian in modern Western culture is to be the favoured easy target of every progressive thinker and every half-witted comedian.  It is to have your sensibilities and your deepest beliefs on perpetual call for taunts, mockery and desecration.  At a time when all progressives preach full volume for inclusivity and sensitivity, for the utmost care in speech when speaking of others with differing views or hues, Christians, as Christians, are under a constant hail of abuse and disregard.  There is nothing too low or too vulgar.

Obama Leaves God Out of Thanksgiving Address.  President Obama did not include any reference to God during his weekly address titled, "On Thanksgiving, Grateful for the Men and Women Who Defend Our Country."  His remarks were void of any religious references although Thanksgiving is a holiday traditionally steeped in giving thanks and praise to God.  The president said his family was "reflecting on how truly lucky we truly are."  For many Americans, though, Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on how blessed and thankful they are.

President Obama left someone out of his Thanksgiving message.  Read Lincoln's Thanksgiving message, and then compare it to Obama's 2011 Thanksgiving message.

if you haven't noticed, Obama wants no association with Christianity.

ACLU Demands Halt to Prayer at Private Nebraska Graduation Ceremony.  The ACLU's Nebraska franchise is demanding that a school district in that state put a stop to prayer at its high school graduation, even though the ceremony is sponsored and run privately by parents.

De-Christianizing Dr. King.  On the surface, I suppose it does sound incredible:  they created a monument to honor an influential Baptist minister and they omitted any reference to God or Jesus in the featured quotations throughout the memorial. [...] Perhaps the argument is that Biblical references were rejected because the memorial was to focus not on his work as a pastor, but rather as a civil rights crusader.  But then again, to Dr. King, the two were inseparable.  It was his faith in Jesus Christ, his belief in transcendent Moral Authority, and his allegiance to Divine Law that motivated his activism.  Not to mention that his civil rights speeches were peppered with Scriptural references as the justification for his positions.

Chaplain who prayed 'in Jesus' name' sues over dismissal.  The U.S. Navy chaplain who was removed from the service for disobeying a "lawful" order banning prayer "in Jesus' name" has filed a lawsuit against the government, seeking reinstatement and damages.

True Liberty in a New Media Age.  The policies and practices of several major Internet-interactive "new media" communications platforms and service providers were examined and evaluated in order to determine the risk of those entities committing anti-Christian viewpoint censorship.  The companies reviewed were:  Apple and its iTunes App Store; Facebook; MySpace; Google; Twitter; and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon.  Our conclusion is that Christian ideas and other religious content face a clear and present danger of censorship on web-based communication platforms.

Why Young Americans Can't Think Morally.  Last week, David Brooks of The New York Times wrote a column on an academic study concerning the nearly complete lack of a moral vocabulary among most American young people. [...] What is disconcerting about Brooks' piece is that nowhere in what is an important column does he mention the reason for this disturbing trend — namely, secularism.  The intellectual class and the left still believe that secularism is an unalloyed blessing.  They are wrong.  Secularism is good for government.  But it is terrible for society (though still preferable to bad religion) and for the individual.

The Religious Left's Commemoration of 9-11:  Of course, the Religious Left commemorated the decade anniversary of 9-11 with the usual apologies for America and Christianity while carefully avoiding critique of the virulent Islamist hatred behind the attacks.  Many of the Religious Left events were blandly multi-faith...

Lukewarm Christians welcome, but...
Evangelicals excluded from Washington National Cathedral's 9/11 commemoration.  Another day, another religious sensitivity concern, as the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks inches ever closer.  While New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has decided to exclude all religion from his city's remembrance ceremonies, in our nation's capital the Washington National Cathedral commemoration's organizers have decided to exclude evangelical Christianity.

The anti-God squad.  That popping noise you just heard is the sound of liberal heads exploding.  Because, to the secularists on the left, there's nothing humorous about religion — it's the most dangerous force on earth.  The Constitution explicitly states, "No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States."  Yet some "progressives" are keen to take down Republican presidential candidates for the crime of being Christian.

In England, it's just as bad.
The BBC's edict on how we date events is AD (absolute drivel).  We have all been brought up to imagine that the reason we call this year 2011 AD, or Anno Domini, is that it is 2011 years after the putative birth of Jesus Christ.  We have grown up thinking that the year 2011 BC is so called because it was 2011 years Before Christ.  As it happens we are absolutely correct in both beliefs. [...] But it now turns out that some BBC committee or hierarch has decided that this nativity — notional or otherwise — can no longer be referred to by our state-funded broadcaster, in identifying whether a year is before or after the, ahem, cough, event in question.

TX County Clerk Faces Prison for Standing Up for Prayer, Pledge.  Court Clerk Natalie Nichols could face a grand jury after she took a public stand for prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.  After a judge physically crossed out the prayer and Pledge in a writeup of monthly meeting minutes, Nichols demanded answers.

National Cemetery's Anti-Religious Policy Is an Injustice.  On the day of the service, there were full military honors with the Patriot Guard lining the streets and the military color guard with the full 21-gun salute.  Military was an important part of this family.  Religion was also important to them, so their pastor was on hand to conduct a religious service.  Unfortunately, in my hometown of Houston, freedom of speech and religion have recently come under attack by none other than the federal government.  This authoritarian behavior and attack on the First Amendment rights of our veterans is deeply troubling.

VA changes position pastor's invoking 'Jesus' in public prayer.  Attorneys for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs informed a federal judge in Houston today the agency has reconsidered its position on religious-specific prayer at Houston National Cemetery, agreeing a pastor can utter "Jesus Christ" during his Memorial Day prayer.

The Danger in Severing God from America's Identity.  It is beyond dispute that there is a link between socialism and American progressivism.  Both flawed ideologies are predicated upon the soundness of a large and powerful government designed to disperse the fruits of labor by seizing means and property from the productive.  And as many conservatives are quick to point out, nothing could be more antithetical to the ideals scribed in the Constitution.  But beyond the insidious application of socialism under the less condemning titles of "progressivism" and "social justice," the liberal left poses another threat to America that is less defended.  It has, for over a century, laid perpetual siege upon Christianity, seeking to excise all Christian influence from American government and its institutions piecemeal, from banning prayer in schools to seeking taxpayer-funded abortions.

Did the United States Navy Pray for Allah to Forgive Osama bin Laden?  At his blog, Andrew Bostom reviews a Washington Times report that strongly suggests Osama bin Laden was, prior to burial at sea, given a funeral in accordance with the navy's protocols for funerals for Muslim military personnel.  If this is so, it would have entailed the ceremonial washing and wrapping of the corpse by another Muslim — symbolic of the cleansing away of the decedent's sins.  Those gathered at the service, presumably naval and other U.S. government personnel aboard the ship, would then have been required to face Mecca as Islamic prayers were recited...

Did Naval Burial Ceremony Confer Pardon and Paradise on the Muslim Mass Murderer?  Anneke Green has a disturbing analysis in the Washington Times which indicates the very likely specifics of the burial ceremony aboard the USS Carl Vinson — repeatedly noted by witless counter-terrorism czar John Brennan to be in strict "conformance to Islamic requirements" — for pious Muslim jihadist Osama Bin Laden, orchestrator of the mass murder of Americans on 9/11/2001.

The Editor asks...
Where are the "separation of church and state" people now?

Will Koran Burning Be Banned In The United States?  As an American in the United States of America, you are allowed to do many things.  You can burn the flag.  You can burn the Bible.  You can produce obscene art and sometimes even get government money to finance it.  You can make movies and TV shows that ridicule Christianity, traditional morality, and that take the Lord's name in vain. [...] Yes, you can do all those things, and more.  But can you burn a Koran?

Why It's OK for the U.S. Govt. to Burn Bibles But Condemn Burning the Koran:  The U.S. government under Barack Obama is deeply committed to battling any belittlement, criticism, or questioning of Islam.  At the same time, however, it is OK, in the Obama regime, for the U.S. government to burn Bibles.  Yes, that's right.  Bibles were sent to U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.  But the U.S. government determined that the presence of Bibles in this "devoutly Muslim country" might inflame the natives.  So they burned them.  Why did they burn them?  Because it is military policy to burn its trash.

Can Promoting Easter Services Land You On the 5 O'clock News?  At a time when movie theaters across the country are featuring blockbuster hits promoting murder, drugs, sex, corruption, and the like, is there anything 'too controversial' to be shown on the big screen?  Compass Bible Church, in Aliso Viejo, California, found out first-hand that indeed, promoting Easter on the big screen proved to be too controversial.

Minn. legislator wants Jesus out of Senate prayers.  A Jewish Minnesota lawmaker is asking Senate leaders to allow only nondenominational prayers to open sessions, after feeling "highly uncomfortable" when a Baptist pastor repeatedly mentioned Jesus Christ and Christianity in one of the invocations.

A Christian Business in the Left's Crosshairs.  Chick-fil-A is run by devout Christians who believe in strong marriages, devoted families and the highest standards of character for their workers.  The restaurant chain's official corporate mission is to "glorify God" and "enrich the lives of everyone we touch." [...] Democrats are always ready to invoke religion to support their big government, taxpayer-funded initiatives.  But when an independent company — thriving on its own merits in the marketplace — wears its soul on its sleeve, suddenly it's a theocratic crisis.

If Christians Were Treated Like Muslims.  If Muslims were treated like Christians in America, Muslims would have to tolerate the defamation of their holiest images in our national museums, acts which would be called "artwork" — and, if particularly provocative, even given taxpayer-funded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.  They would also have to accept Korans being burned and thrown into toilets, which instead of inciting worldwide outrage and retribution would provoke a collective shrug of the shoulders.  If Muslims were treated like Christians, Muslims would be mocked by late night TV talk show hosts and lampooned in crude cartoon parodies.

Anti-Christian Bigotry:  Numerous examples from all over the US. [PDF]

Point to heavens means penalty for Tumwater running back.  Tumwater beat East Valley 63-27 on Monday night at the Tacoma Dome during the 2A state semifinal game, but a post-touchdown penalty call was a big surprise for the player responsible.  In the second quarter of the game, Tumwater running back Ronnie Hastie scored on a 23-yard run, took a knee in the end zone and briefly pointed to the heavens above.  For that the referee threw a flag, saying it was unsportsmanlike conduct.

Are We Really Suffering From Too Much Religion?  Americans have been sold a bill of goods concerning the complicated nature of the society in which we now live.  Some things are, indeed, more complicated and fast-paced; of that there can be little doubt.  But some things are, in fact, just as simple as they ever were.  Such simplicity presented itself for examination when two separate news stories, both from my home state of Nebraska, caught my eye in the last couple of weeks.  Juxtaposed, the two form a microcosm of the sad moral state of American society in the 21st Century.

Burning Qurans and Bibles.  Attorney General Eric Holder called it "idiotic" and "dangerous."  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says it is "disrespectful."  A State Department spokesman called it "un-American."  President Obama weighed in that "this is a destructive act."  The Obama administration is roundly denouncing plans to burn copies of the Quran.  Christian leaders rightly condemn it as "appalling" and "disgusting" and say it "violates both our Christian and American identities."  So why the silence when Bibles were burned?

Burning The Quran.  When the U.S. Army burned Bibles in Afghanistan, no one said a word.  When churches burn around the world, crickets chirp.  Burning Qurans in Florida is stupid and offensive, but so is the double standard.  When President Obama gave a speech at Georgetown University, a Catholic institution, he asked that all images and symbols representing Jesus Christ be covered so as not to be in the frame of any videos or photos of the event.  There were no reports of rioting.  Nor did Christians riot when Christian U.S. Army soldiers attempted to hand out Bibles to Afghans in their native language.  The soldiers were stopped, and the Bibles were confiscated and burned with the daily trash.

Burn flags, not Korans?  On Sept. 11, 2001, radical Islamic terrorists committed the most deadly and destructive foreign attack on U.S. soil.  Nine years later, the American people are being told that the country overreacted to the whole thing.  President Obama last year declared that Sept. 11 is to be a "national day of service."  Others in the administration seem to think that means it is a day upon which Americans should rise up to protect the Koran.

Comparing Christianity and Islam.  Christianity and Islam are the largest religions in the world.  Thirty-three percent of the world's population are Christian, twenty-one percent Muslim.  The world's two largest religions have much in common, but they are also different in some crucial ways.

The Judiciary's Culturally Sanctioned Allergy to Christianity Flourishes.  Does anyone find it ironic that the very people who protest so loudly over supposed affronts to Islamic religious expression are often so hostile to the slightest Christian religious expressions — even incidental expressions?  The left is going bonkers over opposition to the ground zero mosque in the name of religious freedom, but the left's assault on Christian liberties proceeds unabated.

More about the proposed Ground Zero mosque.

Deliver Us from Evil.  [Scroll down]  This random experience flashed in my mind recently when I was in a Berkeley bookstore.  With my newfound interest in religion, I wanted to peruse that section.  After hunting down a clerk to unearth the tiny religion area, I perused the shelves.  In actuality, the area should have been called the Anti-Christianity Section.  While there were respectful tomes on the other religions, the Christianity section was a virtual pillorying of Jesus.  Every book denounced him, mocked him, or reinvented him as something entirely new.  There were books debunking the Gospel, with each author sounding gleeful, like a wicked child.  Now, I understand that some people reject religion.  But why the venom?

President Obama:  Muslim Missionary?  Speaking for most Founding Fathers in his day, John Jay, the first chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, appointed by George Washington himself, said, "Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest, of a Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers."  Two hundred years later, President Barack Obama has denied America's rich Judeo-Christian heritage before the eyes and ears of other countries, as he publicly declared in Turkey on April 6, 2009, "We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation."

Do you suppose Obama is a Muslim?

Glenn Beck Told He Can't Lead Audience In Prayer At Kennedy Center.  Conservative talk radio host Glenn Beck was told by officials at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts that he can't lead his audience in prayer at his August 27 Divine Destiny event.  Beck has rented out the facility the night before his "Restoring Honor" celebration at the Lincoln Memorial for "an eye-opening evening [...] that will help heal your soul."

Students told to stop singing national anthem at Lincoln Memorial.  A group of high school students attending a conservative leadership conference in Washington, D.C. said they were ordered by a security guard to stop singing the national anthem during a June 25 visit to the Lincoln Memorial.

Students Allegedly Ordered to Stop Praying Outside Supreme Court Building.  A group of Christian students was allegedly ordered to stop praying outside the U.S. Supreme Court building on May 5 because a court police officer told them it was against the law.  The students were part of a junior high school American History class at Wickenburg Christian Academy in Arizona.  After taking pictures on the steps of the Supreme Court building, their teacher gathered them to a side location where they formed a circle and began to pray.

Teacher Told It's Illegal to Pray on Supreme Court Steps.  The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) wants assurances that an Arizona Christian school teacher will not be arrested if she prays on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court building.  According to attorneys from ADF, Supreme Court police forced teacher Maureen Rigo from the building steps and told her the act of bowing her head and praying on the Supreme Court steps was unlawful.

Church bells to ring out warning on climate change.  The World Council of Churches on Thursday [11/12/2009] called on churches around the world to ring their bells 350 times during the Copenhagen climate change summit on December 13 as a call to action on global warming. ... "By sounding their bells or other instruments 350 times, participating churches will symbolise the 350 parts per million that mark the safe upper limit for CO2 (carbon dioxide) in the atmosphere according to many scientists," it added.

The Editor says...
Please refer to the chart immediately below.  (Click to enlarge.)  The CO2 concentration in the atmosphere has reached 440 ppm on a couple of relatively recent occasions, with no ill effects.  The arbitrary standard of 350 ppm has no merit.

More about carbon dioxide.

Daily Kos:  Take Legal Action to 'End Organized, Institutionalized Religion'.  For all the daily talk on the Daily Kos that conservatives are dictatorial, their cast of bloggers isn't without grand designs for social control.  Take this post:  "Time to begin working for the death of religion (a rant)."  The diarist "BlueMoon" expressed no attempt to disrupt free speech, but the "end of organized religion" must be attempted.

Why is Obama Changing "Freedom of Religion" to "Freedom of Worship"?  Last November Obama used the term "freedom of worship" at the memorial service for the victims of the Ft. Hood shooting.  A few days later he did it again in speeches in both Japan and China.  In December Hillary Clinton also used that terminology three times in a speech at Georgetown University and never once used the phrase "freedom of religion".  In January of this year Clinton used the "freedom of worship" term four times while addressing senators. [...] The response by many religious freedom advocates is fear of what this all means.

Obama Moves Away From 'Freedom of Religion' Toward 'Freedom of Worship'.  The change in language was barely noticeable to the average citizen but political observers are raising red flags at the use of a new term "freedom of worship" by President Obama and Secretary Clinton as a replacement for the term freedom of religion.  This shift happened between the President's speech in Cairo where he showcased America's freedom of religion and his appearance in November at a memorial for the victims of Fort Hood, where he specifically used the term "freedom of worship."  From that point on, it has become the term of choice for the president and Clinton.

"Freedom of Religion" vs. "Freedom of Worship".  That's a departure from what most Americans understand as "freedom of religion," but it may still seem like an inconsequential difference.  The truth is that changing the word "religion" to "worship" drastically changes what is protected.

Obama's "Fly Me to the Crescent Moon" Policy.  [Scroll down]  We can find something else interesting in this loony story:  Where are the atheizers and arch-separationists on this one?  Do they support "separation of church and state" but go suddenly silent when the issue is "separation of mosque and state"?

More about the latest NASA scandal.

Islamic Law Comes to Dearborn.  Is it illegal to preach Christianity to Muslims in America now?  Acts 17 Apologetics, a Christian evangelistic group, was banned from passing out fliers at this year's Arab Festival in Dearborn, Mich., but they went to the festival anyway and ended up getting arrested.

Will it be God or government?  Do we, as Americans, worship God or government?  I used to think I knew the answer to that question.  Now I'm not so sure.

4 missionaries charged in Dearborn festival proselytizing.  Four Christian missionaries were arraigned today on misdemeanor charges of disturbing the peace following their June 18 arrest at the Arab International Festival. [...] The woman and three men are members or founders of a group called "Acts 17 Apologetics."

Pastor Yanked From Capitol Over "Jesus" Prayer.  A North Carolina pastor was relieved of his duties as an honorary chaplain of the state house of representatives after he closed a prayer by invoking the name of Jesus.  "I got fired," said Ron Baity, pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Winston-Salem.  He had been invited to lead prayer for an entire week but his tenure was cut short when he refused to remove the name Jesus from his invocation.

Connecticut School Removes Lord Reference in High School Diplomas.  Seniors at a New Haven, Conn., high school will not be graduating "in the year of our Lord" this year — or any future years, according to the superintendent of schools.  The school district has removed the traditional phrase from high school diplomas after someone complained.

University of Illinois Instructor Fired Over Catholic Beliefs.  The University of Illinois has fired an adjunct professor who taught courses on Catholicism after a student accused the instructor of engaging in hate speech by saying he agrees with the church's teaching that homosexual sex is immoral.

Alliance Defense Fund Demands Reinstatement of Professor Howell.  The Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian legal group, has given the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign until the end of Friday [7/16/2010] to re-instate a professor who was relieved of his teaching duties following complaints he engaged in "hate speech" by teaching students about Catholic teaching on homosexuality in a course about Catholicism.

PayPal.com Targets Conservative Blog as 'Hate' Site.  Conservative blogger Pamela Geller says she has been threatened with discontinuation of her online payment account by PayPal, the most widely used service of its kind. [...] Geller said similar "acceptable use" violation notices were also sent by PayPal to two organizations she helped establish, the Freedom Defense Initiative (FDI) and Stop Islamicization of America (SIOA).

Outrageous Fortune.  [Scroll down]  Yet to some extent anyone who acquires an audience, such as Pamela Geller has, inevitably attracts flak.  Long ago I told an audience at the Rockefeller Center in New York that "you don't have to care what you say when you only have a hundred readers a day, but you must be exceedingly careful when you have ten thousand."  Pamela has gotten to where her audience is substantial enough for people to take notice.  Inevitably that brings some kind of Nemesis after you.  The rule of thumb appears to be the bigger you are the harder they want you to fall.

Paypal's Shameful Decision and Shameless Reversal.  The little money that my organization Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) and the Freedom Defense Initiative (FDI), as well as my website AtlasShrugs.com, generate came close to being cut off Friday[6/18/2010] when Paypal called all three websites "hate" sites.  The leading online payment service said it would close my accounts if I do not act first and remove the Paypal option from each website.  After an avalanche of emails from Atlas readers, PayPal reversed itself and said the whole thing had been a mistake; but the implications of the incident for conservatives remain ominous.

ACLU sues school district to stop graduation at Conn. church.  Two Connecticut high school students whose district voted to hold June commencement for two high schools at an area megachurch are suing the district, saying the arrangement "coerces students and parents to receive the overwhelming religious message" of the church as the price of attending "a seminal event in their lives."

More about the ACLU.

Obama's Supreme Court Choice:  No Evangelicals Need Apply.  In a time of increasingly unembarrassed ethnic identity politics, there is one notable exception:  a serious Evangelical will not be seriously considered for the U.S. Supreme Court.  There has not been a prominent Evangelical on the court since John Jay, the first Chief Justice.  Evangelicals have been passed over so many times that it's as if they're invisible.

Texas students see religious bias with 'year of Our Lord'.  Students at a Texas college are demanding that their diplomas not be dated "in the year of Our Lord," prompting school officials to consider removing that phrase while leaving what others consider another obvious reference to Christendom — the school's name, Trinity University.  A spokeswoman for the private San Antonio school with historic ties to the Presbyterian Church said that if the board does make changes, it is more likely to take the phrase "in the year of Our Lord" off every diploma rather than just off those of specific students.

Instead of a National Day of Prayer...
Atheist Group Calls on Obama to Endorse 'National Day of Reason'.  An atheist group is calling on President Obama to ditch the National Day of Prayer and formally recognize its own "non-theist" version called "The National Day of Reason."  Last week, a federal judge in Madison, Wis., ruled that the law designating the first Thursday in May to be the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional because, the judge said, it negatively impacts non-believers.

Former Hertz employees sue company over special "prayer breaks" given only to Muslims.  As important as the outcome of this case is the precedent it could set for extending special treatment to Muslim employees to the exclusion of others — essentially creating a second class of employees:  workplace dhimmis.


License plates

Judge Rules S.C. Not Allowed to Issue License Plates With Cross.  A federal judge ruled Tuesday that South Carolina can't issue license plates showing the image of a cross in front of a stained glass window along with the phrase "I Believe."

Judge finds NC 'Choose Life' plates unconstitutional.  A federal judge has ruled it is unconstitutional for North Carolina to issue pro-life license plates unless the state offers similar plates supporting abortion rights.  U.S. District Court Judge James C. Fox ruled on Friday [12/7/2012] that North Carolina cannot produce or distribute the "Choose Life" plate.  Judge Fox concluded, "The State's offering of a Choose Life license plate in the absence of a pro-choice plate constitutes viewpoint discrimination in violation of the First Amendment."

The Editor says...
I've got a copy of the Constitution, and it doesn't mention license plates or "viewpoint discrimination".

Choose life license plate
Judge: "Choose Life" Out in North Carolina.  Providing another example of why judicial review needs to be reviewed is U.S. District Court Judge James C. Fox, who just ruled that North Carolina may not offer its "Choose Life" license plates.  And wait till you hear his reasoning (if you can call it that).

'Choose Life' tags expected by fall after failed challenge.  "Choose Life" license plates for Tennessee drivers could hit the road by autumn. ... The nation's highest court said Monday [6/26/2006] that it would not consider appeals from abortion rights groups wanting to stop states from issuing car license plates bearing a "Choose Life" message. ... "Were obviously disappointed with the decision," said Hedy Weinberg, executive director of the Tennessee ACLU.

Court orders approval of Arizona 'Choose Life' license plates.  A federal court Wednesday [11/19/2008] ordered the Arizona License Plate Commission to approve a specialty license plate featuring the words "Choose Life."  Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund and the Center for Arizona Policy represent the applicants for the plates, the Arizona Life Coalition.  "Pro-life groups shouldn't be discriminated against for expressing their beliefs," said ADF Senior Counsel Gary McCaleb.  "Many other groups have been allowed to participate in the Arizona specialty plate program.  The commission had no legitimate reason to selectively exclude this group.  We're pleased that the plates will soon be available to the public."

Judge to S.C.:  Stop making religous car tags.  A federal judge says South Carolina must stop marketing and making license plates that feature the image of a cross and the words "I Believe."  The judge issued a temporary injunction during a court hearing Thursday [12/11/2008] after opponents said the specialty plates violate the separation of church and state.

Keeping God off the roads:  We've all seen cars with personalized license plates.  Some of them can be quite humorous or clever, and certainly present a diversion for commuters stuck in rush hour traffic.  These plates also provide motorists with an opportunity to express themselves — their sense of humor, their priorities, even their occupation.  However, in Vermont, one thing motorists cannot express is their faith.

Bible Reference Deemed Too Offensive for Vanity Tags (appeared on CNS News 6/21/01)
(CNSNews.com) - The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles is accused of infringing the free-speech rights of a Vermont pastor and his wife, by refusing to let them refer to Bible verses on their specialty license plates.  The pastor and his wife chose ROMANS5 and ROMANS8 for their license tags.  The Bible passages, which speak of acquiring peace and joy through faith in Jesus Christ, have given them comfort over the years, they said.  The Vermont motor vehicles department denied their request, saying the religious connotation might be offensive to others.  The Vermont Transportation Agency upheld the DMV's decision to deny the plates, but the case has now landed in Vermont's Washington County Superior Court, where attorneys for the conservative Rutherford Institute are attempting to have the decision overturned.  "The First Amendment does not permit government bureaucrats to decide for the people what is too 'offensive' to appear on a personal vanity plate," said Rutherford Institute President John Whitehead.  "The Vermont DMV surely has better ways to spend tax dollars than to enforce a 'civility code' on the state's streets and highways."

Florida Lawmakers Debate Offering a Christian License Plate.  Florida drivers can order more than 100 specialty license plates celebrating everything from manatees to the Miami Heat, but one now under consideration would be the first in the nation to explicitly promote a specific religion.  The Florida Legislature is considering a specialty plate with a design that includes a Christian cross, a stained-glass window and the words "I Believe."



Court OKs barring religious tunes at graduation.  A divided federal appeals court on Tuesday [9/8/2009] upheld a school district's refusal to let a band play a religious piece at a high school graduation, saying the superintendent had reasonably decided to avoid a constitutional controversy by ordering a secular program.

You Don't Have a Prayer.  The Establishment Clause was written to protect people of faith from the federal government.  Many courts continue to use it as such.  But for others, it has increasingly become a club used to intimidate people of faith into silence and drive them from the public square.

Christian Girls, Interrupted.  Two Christian girls.  Two sets of distraught parents.  And two state courts smack in the middle of it.  One of these courts is in New Hampshire, where a judge recently ordered that home-schooled Amanda Kurowski be sent to public school.  The order signed by Family Court Justice Lucinda V. Sandler says the 10-year-old's Christian faith could use some shaking up — and that the local public school is just the place to do it.

Court strikes down reference to God in state law.  A Franklin circuit judge Wednesday [8/26/2009] declared unconstitutional a reference to God in a 2006 law creating the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security.  In an 18-page order, Judge Thomas Wingate said the General Assembly created an official government position when it passed a law requiring the office to acknowledge "the dependence on Almighty God as being vital to the security of the Commonwealth."

School prayer charges stir protests.  Students, teachers and local pastors are protesting over a court case involving a northern Florida school principal and an athletic director who are facing criminal charges and up to six months in jail over their offer of a mealtime prayer.

Against the Rulers of Darkness.  We are involved in a war.  It is a war between differing political ideologies, mind-sets, and world-views. [...] At its heart, it is a war between spirituality and egoism, a war between truth and falsehood, between right and wrong.  As I write this, two Florida teachers may lose their retirement benefits, and spend six months in jail for their "flagrant" violation of the First Amendment.  Their crime?  They said Grace before eating a meal, while on school grounds.

Update:
Officials cleared in prayer injunction case.  Two rural northern Florida school officials were found not guilty of violating an injunction against praying in school, a Florida judge ruled late Thursday [9/17/2009] in a contentious school prayer case that spurred a reaction from Congress earlier this week.

Lay, Freeman found not guilty.  A federal judge has ruled that a rural Panhandle principal and his athletic director did not violate an order against praying in school.  Judge M. Case Rodgers ruled Thursday evening [9/17/2009] that Pace High School Principal Frank Lay and Athletic Director Robert Freeman didn't violate a 2008 agreement with the American Civil Liberties Union that was approved by the court.

The Editor says...
That's good news, but the odious fact remains that there is such an agreement with the ACLU.

Florida Prayer Case Reveals ACLU Agenda to Criminalize Christianity.  Yesterday after an all-day hearing, Santa Rosa County, Florida, Principal Frank Lay and Athletic Director Robert Freeman were cleared of criminal contempt charges that arose from the simple blessing of a meal.  When they heard the decision, tears of joy and cheers swept through the throngs of people who had waited outside in the rain for over ten hours.

Obama's State Department Submits to Islam.  Here is but the latest act of submission to Islam by your State Department.  A State Department cable has just been sent out with this announcement:  The Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP) has assembled a range of innovative and traditional tools to support Posts' outreach activities during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. [...] Why aren't priests, pastors, etc. invited during Christmas to give blessings or talk about Christianity in the United States?

Leftist Shopping Mall Empire Crushes Conservative Store.  Loren Spivack of freemarketwarrior.com told Glenn Beck Friday that his Concord, North Carolina shopping-mall kiosk was shut down by a shopping-mall chain because it carried anti-Obama and anti-liberal merchandise. [...] "What essentially happened was one of the largest corporations in the country decided to stomp on one of the smallest companies in the country, Free Market Warrior," Spivack explained. The action was taken based on one complaint from "one person who was not willing to be in the same mall as material that she disagrees with."

'Impeach Obama' bumper stickers spark a shopping mall protest.  While protesters rallied in his support, the owner of a Concord Mills kiosk that sells conservative merchandise said he met with the mall's manager Sunday [7/26/2009] to see what arrangements can be made for him to remain after his lease expires Friday.

Conservative Kiosk Owner Denied New Lease at North Carolina Mall.  The owner of kiosk that sells conservative merchandise in a North Carolina mall won't get to continue pushing "Impeach Obama" bumper stickers after his lease expires Friday.  The Concord Mills mall decided not to renew its contract with Loren Spivack, who fought to stay in business in the shopping center.

Hawaii Lawmakers Pass Bill to Create 'Islam Day'.  Hawaii's state Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Wednesday to celebrate "Islam Day" — over the objections of a few lawmakers who said they didn't want to honor a religion connected to Sept. 11, 2001.  The Senate's two Republicans argued that a minority of Islamic extremists have killed many innocents in terrorist attacks.

"Islam Day" in Hawaii By:  Lloyd Billingsley.  Hawaii's state senate has approved "Islam Day" for September 24, 2009.  The measure, already been approved by the state's house, passed the senate 22-3 on May 6, with two Republicans and one Democrat in opposition.  According to news reports, "Islam Day" seeks to recognize the religious, scientific, cultural and artistic contributions that Islam and the Islamic world have made.

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Some of the Muslims' cultural "contributions" can be seen on this page.

Conservative Groups Declare Obama's Stimulus Bill a War on Prayer.  A provision in the House-passed stimulus bill — banning money to be used to renovate schools from being spent on facilities that allow "religious worship" — has ignited fury among those who claim it discriminates on the basis of faith and violates the right to free speech.

Your country depends on you more than ever!  Don't give up!  It is no surprise to any of you that we are entering a stage in our country where our way of life, our freedoms and Judeo Christian foundation are at risk.  We have drifted and are drifting into socialist thinking and redistribution of wealth instead of capitalism and its accountability and achievement principles.  We are also drifting away from our moral foundation.  Some are trying to make God and expressions of faith practically illegal.

The One Form of Acceptable Prejudice:  The New York Times reports today [2/17/2009] that the Tennis Channel has decided to cancel its coverage of the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships this week because the United Arab Emirates refused to grant an entry visa to Israeli tennis star Shahar Peer.  Peer, who is ranked as the 48th best women tennis player in the world, was scheduled to play in the tournament.

Liberal Contempt for Christians:  Every Christmas you have liberals fighting to purge any mention of Christianity or Jesus from Christmas celebrations.  Then, during the year, liberal atheists like Michael Newdow and liberal organizations like the ACLU use the legal system to ceaselessly assault Christianity at every opportunity.  Whether you're talking about the Pledge of Allegiance, the Mt. Soledad Cross, or the Ten Commandments on the walls of a courthouse — you have liberals trolling through the courts looking for a liberal judge who'll be willing to twist the Constitution in order to stick a thumb in the eye of their mutual Christian foes.

Atheist Group Files Lawsuit Against Prayer at Presidential Inauguration.  The head of an atheist group that has filed a lawsuit against prayer at Barack Obama's presidential inauguration says the government is picking a winner between "believers" and "those who don't believe" and subjecting atheists and agnostics to someone else's religious beliefs.  Dan Barker, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, has joined with Michael Newdow, who fought to have the words "under God" removed from the Pledge of Allegiance, in a federal lawsuit seeking to enjoin the Presidential Inaugural Committee from sponsoring prayers at the official inauguration.

"Secular" Discrimination Against Religion.  Many people today are concerned about the "separation of church and state."  More often than not, this means keeping religion out of the public sphere. … The Founders specifically guaranteed the free exercise of religion and freedom of speech by demanding that the government not make any laws to limit these freedoms. … The Founders understood that these freedoms were in danger of being eliminated from the public square.

Atheists push their own holidays.  Now that Earth Day is over, let the planning begin for the summer solstice and World Humanist Day in June. … "There is no smaller minority in this country than atheists," said Mr. Murray, son of the late Madalyn Murray O'Hair, who was once the nation's best-known atheist and from whom he became estranged when he embraced Christianity.  "The proposition of [atheist holidays] is in itself ridiculous."

Ramadan Yea, Christmas Nay.  Democrats who supported a House resolution to honor Ramadan voted against a similar resolution to honor Christmas and Christianity last night [12/11/2007].  18 Democrats voted "nay" or "present" on a resolution to "recognize the importance of Christmas and the Christian faith."  An eagle-eyed Republican House staffer points out that those same members, with one exception, voted to "recognize the commencement of Ramadan," a Muslim religious observance in October.

The Nazis and Christianity:  Many atheists presume that the Nazis were a weird variation of Christianity. … [On the contrary] Weimar Germany largely had abandoned Christianity and increasingly was embracing hedonism, Marxism and paganism.  There, decline of Christianity in Germany led directly to the rise of Nazism.  Professor Henri Lichtenberger in his 1937 book, The Third Reich, describes the religious life of the Weimar Republic as a place in which the large cities were "spiritual cemeteries" with almost no believers at all, except for those who were members of the clergy.

Debunking the Galileo Myth.  About a hundred years ago, two anti-religious bigots named John William Draper and Andrew Dickson White wrote books promoting the idea of an irreconcilable conflict between science and God.  The books were full of facts that have now been totally discredited by scholars.  But the myths produced by Draper and Dickson continue to be recycled.

Volunteer:  Vets Hospital Taking Away Freedom of Religion, Speech.  It's a house of worship with none of the symbols.  There are no crosses or Bibles on display at the Fayetteville Veterans Affairs Medical Center chapel.  Blinds cover elaborate stained glass windows.  The reason is a federal policy from the 1950s, but one volunteer says it has been taken too far.  Laud Pitt plans to hand out Christmas cards at the hospital Tuesday.  But to do it, he says, he'll have to be escorted by the chaplain.

Group to Protest Georgia Rain Prayer.  A secular group said Friday [11/09/2007] it would protest Gov. Sonny Perdue's planned prayer service intended to ask for relief from the Southeastern drought, saying the rally violates the principle of separation of church and state.  Perdue's office announced Wednesday that it had sent out invitations to leaders from several faiths for the service, set for Tuesday outside the state Capitol.

Miller, the Jesus-Mocking Beer.  The Miller Lite people have a new ad featuring beer drinkers being instructed by a pro-sports-type commissioner in etiquette for the "More Taste League." But the entity needing a "More Taste" lesson is the Miller Brewing Co. itself.

Is the Christian right really the bogeyman?  What I am concerned about, however, are the more subtle attacks on the religious right, coming from the Christian left, that can have, and may be having, appeal to those who simply don't appreciate the facts.  I am talking about a distorted portrayal of conservative Christians as a detached and fanatic lot, who care only about a couple free-floating issues, abortion and sexual behavior, and who could care less about anything else going on in the country.

NBC slices and dices "Veggie Tales".  The early word from producers is that NBC has grown increasingly fierce about editing something out of "Veggie Tales" — those apparently unacceptable, insensitive references to God and the Bible.  So NBC has taken the very essence of "Veggie Tales" — and ripped it out.  It's like "Gunsmoke" without the guns, or "Monday Night Football" without the football.

Movie Rated PG for Christianity, Group Says.  The American Family Association is outraged.  It accuses the Motion Picture Association of America — the movie raters — of putting Christianity on the same level as sex, violence, and profanity because it might offend non-believers.

Why Liberals Hate Christians:  Liberals in America despise Christians of true faith.  They do this because in doing so their own guilt is appeased, their anger is justified, and they can finally lay blame for their own misery at someone else's feet.  Last night Alexandra Pelosi's newest documentary, "Friends of God" aired on HBO.  In that Alexandra is the daughter of the nation's first feminist, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi it was all too easy to pre-judge where Alexandra's work would land.

Has Secular Humanism Become a Religion?  We've seen prayer removed from our schools, and pretty much any expression of faith in the workplace has become taboo.  Not only do secularists want to erase any mention of God in the public square, they also want to ignore the faith of our Founding Fathers — a faith that built this country.

Hindu Prayer Will Open Senate Session in July.  For what is believed to be the first time in its history, the U.S. Senate will on July 12 be opened with a Hindu prayer, the Senate Chaplain's Office confirmed Monday [6/25/2007].  For more than 200 years, the Senate has opened each workday with a prayer usually delivered by the Senate Chaplain, currently Barry Black, a Seventh Day Adventist.  It is common, however, for senators to recommend religious leaders from their home states to serve as guest chaplains.

Mention God?  Don't you dare.  Brittany McComb, valedictorian of Foothill High School in Clark County, Nevada, stood up at her graduation and began to speak.  A few paragraphs into her speech, school administrators cut off McComb's microphone.  She didn't tell a dirty joke.  She didn't curse.  She didn't insult her classmates or her teachers.  Brittany McComb committed the egregious sin of attempting to thank God and Jesus.

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Valedictorian Silenced Over Her Christian Faith Will Go to Court.  A federal judge in Nevada ruled Monday [12/18/2006] that a debate over freedom of religious expression in public school commencement ceremonies will go to court.  The charges stem from a June 15 incident at Foothill High School in Henderson, Nevada, when school administrators cut off valedictorian Brittany McComb's commencement speech after she strayed from a pre-approved script.  Earlier, they had removed from her speech references to the Bible and her faith.

An Imam at the DNC.  Many people in today's Democratic party have contempt for religion, but they still have time for prayer.  Last Friday [2/2/2007], during the Democratic National Committee's Annual Winter Meeting in Washington, Husham Al-Husainy, Imam of the Karbalaa Islamic Education Center, a Shi'ite mosque in Dearborn, Michigan, offered an invocation….

New bill to allow courtroom oaths on the Koran.  Courtroom oaths could be taken on the Koran and other sacred texts besides the Bible in a bill filed in the state Senate on Wednesday [2/7/2007].  The issue drew national attention last month when the first Muslim elected to US Congress took a ceremonial oath with a Koran once owned by Thomas Jefferson.  In North Carolina, the issue appeared in 2003 when a Muslim woman sued the state because she was not allowed to swear an oath on the Koran when she was called as a witness in a court case.  State law allows witnesses to use only the Bible for oaths.

America, Not Keith Ellison, decides what book a congressman takes his oath on.  Keith Ellison, D-Minn., the first Muslim elected to the United States Congress, has announced that he will not take his oath of office on the Bible, but on the bible of Islam, the Koran.  He should not be allowed to do so — not because of any American hostility to the Koran, but because the act undermines American civilization.  First, it is an act of hubris that perfectly exemplifies multiculturalist activism — my culture trumps America's culture.  What Ellison and his Muslim and leftist supporters are saying is that it is of no consequence what America holds as its holiest book; all that matters is what any individual holds to be his holiest book.

The wolf who cried racist.  [Dennis] Prager asserts that the Bible has been used for swearing-in ceremonies since George Washington.  Which is true, except when it isn't.  Not every elected official has used the Bible, including some Jews (Koch, a U.S. representative from 1969 to 1977, used a Hebrew Bible for his initial swearing-in) and some Quakers, including Herbert Hoover, whose beliefs prohibit the swearing of oaths.

Taking Down a Few More Bricks.  This past November 7th, Minnesota elected the first Muslim to be sent to Congress, Keith Ellison, a former Catholic who now has ties to Louis Farrakhan.  After he was elected he announced that he would demand to be allowed to take his oath of office on a Koran, instead of a Judeo-Christian Bible.  Democrat Presidential hopeful, Barack Obama, who has been noted to be a Muslim, himself (although he denies or affirms this at his convenience), was asked whether Ellison should be allowed to take his oath of office on the Koran and he agreed and even stated that he would follow suit as an elected President of the United States.

Empire State Building to go green for Muslim holiday.  New York's iconic Empire State Building is to be lit up green from Friday [10/12/2007] in honor of the Muslim holiday of Eid, the biggest festival in the Muslim calendar marking the end of Ramadan, officials said.  "This is the first time that the Empire State Building will be illuminated for Eid, and the lighting will become an annual event in the same tradition of the yearly lightings for Christmas and Hannukah," according to a statement.

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Wow... is New York City turning the other cheek, or is this just political correctness?

Real Conspiracies — Past and Present:  The biggest obstacle to Fascist, Communist or Communitarian triumph is Biblical Christianity!  Of course, today's politically correct, non-offensive, service-oriented "Christianity" — with its dialectic leadership training and postmodern view of God's Word — fits right in.  But God's unchanging, uncompromising Word can never be squeezed into that mold.  It clashes with the notion of global solidarity.  That's why Marx, Lenin, Stalin, Mao and Hitler killed millions of faithful Christian disciples.  God's Word is simply too "offensive" and "divisive" to totalitarian rulers who demand loyalty to their own ideals rather than to God.

Free speech is the loser where religious expression is concerned.  Brittany McComb's microphone went dead at her high school commencement because school officials thought she was talking too much about religion.  This was during her valedictory speech last month at Foothill High School in Henderson, Nev. … Government shouldn't be in the business of judging the content and appropriateness of religious expression.  It should just get out of the way and let valedictorians control their own message.

Atheism, not religion, is the real force behind the mass murders of history.  [Richard] Dawkins and [Sam] Harris are employing a transparent sleight of hand that holds Christianity responsible for the crimes committed in its name, while exonerating secularism and atheism for the greater crimes committed in their name.  Religious fanatics have done things that are impossible to defend, and some of them, mostly in the Muslim world, are still performing horrors in the name of their creed.  But if religion sometimes disposes people to self-righteousness and absolutism, it also provides a moral code that condemns the slaughter of innocents.

Atheism Has Fueled Greatest Mass Murders In World History.  One of liberalism's favorite anti-Christian boogeyman is the Salem witch trials.  How many actually died as a result of those trials:  fewer than 25.  And what of the Crusades?  Most Americans probably have a negative view of the Crusades as an attempt by Christians to conquer peaceful Muslims.  The opposite is true.

The Return of the Radical Atheists:  After decades of ignoring the huge influence of religion in society, journalists and analysts are now discovering the "danger" of religious radicalism.  It has become trendy to decry the rise of fundamentalists of any sort and to Talibanize religious groups that affirm anything too categorically.

The empty myths peddled by evangelists of unbelief:  A new breed of missionaries is trying to convert the world.  Evangelists of unbelief say religion is a relic left over from the past that stands in the way of human progress.  Once the world is rid of religion, immemorial evils such as war and tyranny can be overcome, and humanity will be able to fashion a new life for itself better than any known in history.

The Pointless Negativity of Atheism:  I can't see that the dogmatic atheists have anything to offer but negation:  do not feel what you feel, do not believe, do not hope, there's nothing out there, our (self-)limited minds comprehend everything there is and it's not much; above all, do not seek a consciousness beyond your own.  They subtract from the world and don't add anything to it except perhaps an opportunity to rediscover the basis of real openness and rationality.

Behar Joins Christian Bashers.  As Christians throughout the world continue to be murdered by Islamo-facists, demi-celeb Joy Behar has apparently decided to join the oppressors.  After all, Christian-bashing is not only accepted by Islamists and the Hollywood elite, it's expected — if not required.  Wednesday on "The View", Behar apparently decided that she needed publicity to bolster and polish her fading star — a star that was never very bright in the first place — by blasting Christians.  Note:  Christianity continues to be the "safe religion" to vilify, as Christians seldom — if ever — fight back.

Rosie's View:  'Radical Christians' Same as 9/11 Terrorists.  Just two weeks into her new job as co-host of "The View," comedienne, actress and political activist Rosie O'Donnell has made her views about Christianity known to the world.  While discussing the 9/11 anniversary and the war in Iraq on Sept. 12, O'Donnell compared "radical Christianity" to the Islamo-fascist beliefs of those who planned and carried out the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Radical Islam vs radical Christianity.  You would think that even Rosie O'Donnell could grasp that there is indeed a difference between "radical Christianity" and "radical Islam."  No doubt conservative Christian evangelicals were who Rosie had in mind as "radical" Christians.  But, really Rosie, it must mean something, even to you, that no Christian leader has suggested that you be executed, or even that your house should be blown up.

Teen Challenges Moment-Of-Silence Law.  The lawsuit asks the court to declare the law unconstitutional, said attorney Gregory Kulis, who represents Dawn Sherman, a freshman at Buffalo Grove High School, and her father Robert Sherman, a radio talk show host.  Kulis said the law is an attempt to inject religion into public schools in violation of the First Amendment.

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The "moment of silence" was invented years ago as an alternative to Christian prayer in public and a means of appeasing atheists and accomodating people of other religions.  Now that we've grown accustomed to the moment of silence as our most reverent public observance, the incrementalism continues, and the atheists demand even more.  Are we now expected to outlaw silence?  Does anyone really believe that the observance of a moment of silence establishes a national religion?

Are you certain about that?  Andrew Sullivan, in his new book "The Conservative Soul," declares a jihad on certainty, by which he means the certainty of fundamentalist "Christianists" — the allusion to Islamists is deliberate.  The New Republic's Jonathan Chait proclaims that liberalism is the anti-dogmatic ideology.  Sam Harris, a leading proselytizer for atheism, has declared a one-man crusade on religious certainty.

Amusement Park Apartheid:  Minarets tower over two of the tallest roller coasters in the world, on the flyer announcing today's big event at Six Flags' Great Adventure and Wild Safari.  On this day, the park will be "transformed," as thousands of Islamists from across the northeast come together in Jackson, New Jersey for "The Great Muslim Adventure Day."  Regrettably, Muslims will be the only ones having fun, as non-Muslims have been told that they are not welcome.

[Imagine the uproar if the park had announced Christian Adventure Day, and that non-Christians weren't welcome.]

Saints, sinners and bigots.  References to God — such as "In God We Trust" — are commonplace in our history, indeed right on the money.  What astonishes me is that people of faith rarely sneer at nonbelievers, but scientifically oriented cosmopolites rarely hesitate to mock believers.  Evangelical Christians are routinely scapegoated with impunity, as if they're troglodyte know-nothings unified in a cabal to promote ignorance.


"The Christian combats the erroneous doctrines of the infidel with no other weapon than that of argument:  the sophist opposes Christianity with ridicule and misrepresentation."

– George Crabb (1778-1851).   



Courts, Governors Siding with Ten Commandments Displays.  A Christian attorney says he's confident that public displays of the Ten Commandments will continue to be more acceptable in the legal arena.

Legal victory for Texas Bible monument.  A federal appeals court has refused to side with an atheist in a case that could determine the constitutionality of Bible monuments on public property.  The case Staley v. Harris County, Texas involves a monument that was erected in front of the county courthouse in 1956 in Houston in honor of industrialist and philanthropist William Mosher.

Harris County's fight over Bible display may be over.  The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday [11/26/2007] declined to hear Harris County's appeal in the Bible monument case, ending the Commissioners Court's bid to have a lower court ruling vacated and avoid paying hefty legal fees to the woman who brought the lawsuit.

Ten Commandments Monument Advocates Mobilize.  With six weeks until election day, supporters of returning the Ten Commandments to Julia Davis Park are mobilizing their campaign … signs like these are sprouting up on lawns across Boise, and soon volunteers will begin canvassing neighborhoods.  "All the polling data that we've seen nationwide indicates that over 75% of the American public supports the public posting of the Ten Commandments," Bryan Fischer, one of the leaders of the Keep The Commandments coalition, told CBS 2 News.

Ninth U.S. Circuit Endorses 'Other' Religions.  More evidence that constitutional religious neutrality is not only one-sidedly applied but actually untenable comes with the news that the notorious Ninth U.S. Circuit of Appeals has upheld a federal district court ruling last November that found no violation of the First Amendment's "establishment of religion" clause at a California public school in its instruction about Islam.

Have You No Shame?  If you read a major national newspaper this week, you may have seen the screaming full-page ad beginning with this headline:  "These Religious Leaders Have a Serious Gambling Problem ..." The ad, which also runs on television, pictures Ralph Reed, formerly with the Christian Coalition, Rev. Lou Sheldon from the Traditional Values Coalition, and Jim Dobson of Focus on the Family with a sinister photo of Jack Abramoff.  Talk about guilt by association.  I was called the Nixon "hatchet man," so I ought to know a "hatchet job" when I see one, though I am not sure that I have ever seen anything quite this vicious since the McCarthy era.

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Atlanta Braves Say No to Conservative Group.  The Atlanta Braves will mix baseball with the gospel when they hold another "Faith Day" this weekend.  But one of the country's most prominent Christian organizations has been tossed out of the game.  Focus on the Family, a group founded by James Dobson, was barred from participating in Sunday's postgame activities after sponsoring the first such event at Turner Field last month.

Where is the CHURCH in Church and State?  America does not want a state church.  England has a state church — the Anglican Church.  America does not want one denomination considered The Nation's Church.  On the other hand, America has a religious heritage.  It's not Muslim.  It's not Hindu.  It's not Shinto.  It's not animism.  It's not New Age.  It's not Paganism.  It's not Voodoo.  It's Judeo-Christian.  America, while not desiring a state church, does desire religion in life.  That includes religious expression in everyday exchange.

Christianity isn't dying, it's being eradicated.  It's official:  Britain is no longer a Christian nation.  In banning Eunice and Owen Johns, a devout Christian couple, from fostering children, Lord Justice Munby and Mr Justice Beatson declared that we live in a secular state, and that the Johns' religious convictions disqualified them from raising citizens of that state.  We've outgrown Christianity, the judges professed.  Instead, we have graduated to the status of a multicultural nation, blessed by a plurality of faiths.

Dobson strikes back at Abramoff allegations.  James Dobson, the influential Christian leader of Focus on the Family, is striking back hard against allegations, made in the form of a New York Times ad by a left-wing special-interest group, that he is connected with convicted political fund-raiser Jack Abramoff and gambling interests.

Religion & Public Life:  A Faith-Based Partisan Divide.  "Americans who regularly attend worship services and hold traditional religious views increasingly vote Republican, while those who are less connected to religious institutions and more secular in their outlook tend to vote Democratic."

The Gospel of unbelief.  This year's first attack came from St. Paul Minnesota where local officials decided to ban the Easter Bunny from City Hall.  They said it might offend some non-Christians, as if the Easter Bunny has anything to do with Easter's real significance.  Apparently it escaped the notice of the city council that the Easter Bunny might offend Christians, because, like Santa Claus, it is a counterfeit.  If they want to be consistent, perhaps the council should change the name of the city from St. Paul to, say, Paul Bunyan.

Dean Trying to 'Muzzle' Churches, Group Says.  Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean's recent comments calling on groups in the religious community "to decide whether they want to be tax exempt or involved in politics" drew the ire of a Catholic-based advocacy group on Friday [4/21/2006].  Dean's remarks were made during an interview with the Christian Science Monitor on Wednesday.

Faith and nationalism:  Indivisible in America.  According to a much-discussed posting on a liberal website, an angry worshipper stormed out of a crowded church to protest the singing of "God Bless the USA," highlighting the raging debate over the common American practice of mixing faith and nationalism. … These separationists, however, face a painful practical problem when it comes to expressing their purported patriotism:  What songs can they sing on national holidays or at public celebrations?  All the traditional hymns of praise to the United States inconveniently and conspicuously mention God and his special blessings for America.

The Proliferation of Public Profanity is a Cultural and Spiritual Problem.  For the Christian, foul language is forbidden by the Bible.  That is why using profanity in public was considered unacceptable before we became a post-Christian culture.  Christian values and morals are now considered passé or "old-fashioned" to many Americans — especially the younger generation, sad to say.

The intolerance of the ACLU.  Like many civic assemblies, Oconee County, S.C., has opened council meetings with an invocation.  Council member and pastor Bill Rinehart closed a meeting in October of last year with prayer by saying, "We ask all these things in the mighty name of Jesus.  Amen."  What Rinehart didn't know was that members of the American Civil Liberties Union "search out and censor corps" were sitting in the audience anonymously, waiting to pounce on the slightest expression of personal faith.

How long before they ban private Bible reading?  These three cases are typical of hundreds across the country in recent years in which the rights of individuals to practice the faith of their choice has been attacked by people in positions of power, often at taxpayers expense.

Faith under siege:  Extremists at the grandiosely named Americans United for Separation of Church and State are at it again.  The group, best known for trying to drive religion from the public square, now wants to make sure no faith-based organizations are reimbursed for rescuing and caring for thousands of victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

San Antonio Faces Lawsuit Threat Over Pre-Council Meeting Prayers:  The City of San Antonio, Texas, may be facing litigation over its practice of starting its city government sessions with prayer.  An organization that specializes in religious liberty cases has offered to defend the city in a lawsuit over its invocations at its City Council meetings.

Army silences chaplain after prayer criticism.  An evangelical chaplain serving in Iraq has been forbidden to preach at chapel services after his comments about military intolerance toward certain Christian expressions got him into hot water with the Army.

Police arrested Christians sharing their faith outside a courthouse.
Judge sued for ordering "no-speech zones".  A judge who declared all public areas of Los Angeles County courthouses "no speech zones" has been hit with a federal civil rights lawsuit.

"God Bless America" signs stir atheist protest.  An atheist group is complaining about two signs posted outside a city hall in New York state that declare "God Bless America."

Sidewalk evangelists beaten by police?  A pair of Boston-area sidewalk evangelists — one of whom is confined to a wheelchair — claim they were roughed up by city police for little more than trying to spread the Gospel. … One of the women, Ann Hayden, says audio of the incident was captured on a tape recorder she carried in her pants.  And for the record, she now also is charged with illegal wiretapping, the Boston Herald said.

[It is remarkable that someone can be accused of "wiretapping" without tapping a wire.]

Court Declares Atheism a Religion.  A federal appeals court has sided with a Wisconsin prison inmate who claimed his constitutional rights were violated with officials would not allow him to create a study group for atheists.  In its ruling, the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Wisconsin prison officials were mistaken when they did not recognize atheism as a religion.

Satanic Female Eipscopal Bishop Installed.  She declares that the Bible is not regarded as divine revelation and therefore is no guide for morality.  That means that she is not a biblical Christian, yet she is a religious leader.  She is thereby not defending the Christian deity however still remaining with the ecclesiastical frame.  That makes her, not a Christian, not a "middle person between Christianity and Satanism," but a satanic leader of the first order.  Being a religious personage within the framework of Christendom but not holding to biblical leader makes her nothing short of a satanic leader of the first order.

One Nation Under God or One Nation Under Man.  Polling data shows that many who embrace the liberal policies of the Democratic Party are less religious than those who support the pro-life, traditional marriage policies of Republicans.  This divide first became apparent with the 2000 election.  Research notes that those who attended religious services more than once a week supported Bush by a margin of 2 to 1 while those who never attended religious services supported Gore by the same margin.

Do we deserve it?  Much of the attack on religion had its birth with the 1963 Supreme Court decision in Murray vs. Curlett, which banned organized school prayers.  For a moment, let's ignore the debate on whether that decision was right or wrong and instead focus on tactics.

We're not in Kansas anymore.  Because every few years this country, in its infinite tolerance, insists on hearing yet another appeal of the Scopes monkey trial, I feel obliged to point out what would otherwise be superfluous — that the two greatest scientists in the history of our species were Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein, and they were both religious.

Senator Feinstein's at it again.  The view that the Constitution was ever intended to create an atheistic political culture is so universally recognized as ahistorical claptrap, it's become almost a cliché to debunk it.  The real issue is more complicated.

Is the Red Cross Too Politically Correct for Christians?.  Michael Hartman worked with the American Red Cross for eight months before he was fired over his disagreement with an organizational decision to celebrate gay and lesbian pride month.  The firing raises questions about the direction of the relief organization, which was founded by Christians, including Clara Barton, in 1881.

BC is not PC for students.  In what's perceived as a case of political correctness trumping history and everyday usage, students in Australia are now seeing the calendar term B.C. — which stands for "Before Christ" — being replaced with BCE, meaning "Before Common Era."  "This is political correctness gone mad," Shadow Education Minister Jillian Skinner told the Sydney Daily Telegraph.

No BC and AD? That Spells Culture War.  If I write a date as 44 BC or 476 AD, you immediately know to what years I am referring.  I would guess that just about anyone junior high age or older in the U.S., Canada, or anywhere in Europe would also immediately recognize that one of those dates is 2055 years ago, and the other is 1535 years ago.

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Faith versus the Constitution:  a false conflict.  The White House has assured us that if confirmed, [Judge] Roberts would not allow his faith to conflict with his sworn allegiance to the Constitution.  Such assurance has not satisfied those zealots devoted to purging Christianity from the public square.

Christian Yoga?  C'mon!  Many Christians have been duped into thinking that yoga is just relaxation and exercise.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Classical yoga is intended to put one into an altered state of consciousness.  Believers who think they're "just exercising" are being swept into a counterfeit religion.  Not all religions are equal, as liberals would have us believe.

Liberal Media Lashes Out at Christians.  The culture wars have turned nastier than ever.  And if conservative Christians are offended by being called insane, stupid, sinister — or even the next incarnation of fascist storm troopers — they'd better get used to it.  The news media is a major player in these cultural conflicts, and if there was ever a pretense of impartiality when it came to liberal versus conservative, or secular versus religious, that disguise has been stripped away.

School administrator to student:  "Leave your faith in the car".  A federal civil rights lawsuit charges that the Poway Unified School District violated the constitutional rights of a student and censored his free speech.  The school district threatened further punishment and suspended the student for expressing his religious faith on a T-shirt during a school day designated to promote homosexual behavior.  A school administrator told the student to "leave his faith in the car" when his faith might offend others.

People who live in glass houses would like to outlaw stones.
Elton John says Religion Encourages Hatred.  Organized religion fuels anti-gay discrimination and other forms of bias, pop star Elton John said in an interview published Saturday [11/11/2006]. … "From my point of view, I would ban religion completely.  Organized religion doesn't seem to work.  It turns people into really hateful lemmings and it's not really compassionate."

The "tolerant" Sir Elton wants to ban religion.  When secularists complain about the influence and agenda of religious conservatives they most often focus on the alleged "intolerance" of the Christian right.  A recent interview with pop music legend Elton John, however, demonstrates that non-believers will go much further than the faithful in their expressed desire to stifle all dissent.

The Crocodile Rocker Wants Religion Outlawed.  In a recent interview in The Observer's special "gay edition" of Music Monthly Magazine, musician Sir Elton John told the UK newspaper that religion should be outlawed because it lacks compassion and promotes hatred of homosexuals.  In the Sunday, November 12, 2006 issue, John said, "I think religion has always tried to turn hatred towards gay people.  Religion promotes the hatred and spite against gays."

Homosexuals Mock 'Last Supper' With Sex-Toys Twist.  Organizers of San Francisco's Folsom Street Fair — sponsored by Miller Brewing Co. — have portrayed Christ and his disciples as half-naked homosexual sadomasochists in the event's promotional advertisement, and the conservative group Concerned Women for America is complaining about the hypocrisy of it.

Man battles Vermont over John 3:16 plates.  Officials claim car tags are the property of state so they can't endorse religion.

Recess not time for Bible study, schools attorney says.  Students may not read their Bibles during recess, according to an attorney for the Knox County public school system in Tennessee.  So why then did this only become an issue when several students asked to hold a recess-time Bible study?

When "tolerance" backfires:  Today, the government's World Factbook lists the United States as being 78 percent Christian (52 percent Protestant, 24 percent Catholic, 2 percent Mormon), 1 percent Jewish, 1 percent Muslim, 10 percent other, and 10 percent none.  Ten years ago, it listed the country as 84 percent Christian.  But back at the time of America's founding, this percentage was well over 90 percent.

Getting the Constitution Wrong:  Liberals, and some conservatives as well, like to claim that America is founded not on the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, but on the Constitution alone.  Liberals want to decouple the two because the Declaration refers to God — they want the Constitution to be "Godless."  Certain conservatives think the Declaration contains enlightenment abstractions, against which the Constitution must be defended.  Both claims are nothing but historical hokum.  The Declaration is the ground on which stand the original state constitutions, the Articles of Confederation, and the Federal Constitution.  And all of these documents share an American political philosophy that combines reason with revelation.

Some final notes on the Terri Schiavo case:  My suspicion is that liberal opinion was guided by smoldering resentment toward President Bush and the rising contempt for religion in general and conservative Christians in particular.  We seem headed for much more conflict between religious and secular Americans.

Ban on Bible Study Material for Inmates Defies Logic and Law.  For years, prison ministries have faithfully sent Bible study materials to inmates at the state prison facility in Corcoran, [California,] free of charge, and have witnessed firsthand the life-changing power of the gospel in their lives.  Recently, however, prison officials at the facility arbitrarily changed their policies so as to exclude most types of free religious materials.

ACLJ Opposes Legal Challenge to Inaugural Prayer.  "This challenge is legally flawed and represents nothing more than an attempt to remove a time-honored tradition going back to the nation's first President," said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ, which has challenged Newdow's lawsuits in the past.  "The expression of prayer at the Presidential inauguration is not only constitutional, but an important part of the history and heritage of this nation.  We're confident that this legal challenge will meet the same fate of a similar challenge brought by Newdow four years ago concerning inaugural prayer — a legal challenge that was rejected by the courts."

In God We Trust In God We Trust

Newdow strikes again:
Atheist Sues to Remove 'In God We Trust' From Currency.  The atheist who is fighting to take the phrase "under God" out of the Pledge of Allegiance filed a lawsuit late Thursday [11/17/2005] seeking to prevent the U.S. government from printing the national motto — "In God We Trust" — on any future coins or paper money.

Lawsuit Against National Motto Dismissed.  The lawsuit against the national motto "In God We Trust," brought by noted atheist Michael Newdow, has been dismissed by United States District Court Judge Frank Damrell.  Damrell noted that the motto does not trample on Newdow's religious views.  The national motto is featured on all U.S. currency.

In God we Trust.  It is commonly understood that our Government, its Constitution and its laws are founded on a belief in God.  The mere acknowledgment of God by the Government or Government officials cannot be said to be an establishment of religion in violation of the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution.  Yet this is precisely what is being litigated right now in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Dr. Michael Newdow has sued the United States Congress in order to remove our National Motto.

Updated 12/6/2007:
Atheist Looks to Remove 'Under God' From Pledge of Allegiance, Currency.  An atheist seeking to remove the words "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance and U.S. currency is taking his arguments back to a federal appeals court.  Michael Newdow, a Sacramento doctor and lawyer, sued the Elk Grove Unified School District in 2000 for forcing public school children to recite the pledge, saying it was unconstitutional.

Air Force cracks down on Christian "coercion".  In a move that echoes the recent decision of the U.S. Department of Defense to deny Boy Scouts use of military facilities, the U.S. Air Force Academy is warning Christian cadets to curb their faith.

Kindergarten Teacher Censors Child.  A kindergartener was rebuffed in front of the class as the girl read from a Christian book.  It was the child's turn to be "star of the week." … About half way through this sharing time, the instructor interrupted the child and told the girl she needed to read her other book because pupils weren't allowed to read books about God in class.

Judeo-Christian values:  part III.  Those who do not believe that moral values must come from the Bible or be based upon God's moral instruction argue that they have a better source for values:  human reason.

California teacher censored.  Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund filed suit yesterday [11/22/2004] against the Cupertino Union School District for prohibiting a teacher from providing supplemental handouts to students about American history because the historical documents contain some references to God and religion.  "Throwing aside all common sense, the district has chosen to censor men such as George Washington and documents like the Declaration of Independence.  The district's actions conflict with American beliefs and are completely unconstitutional," said ADF Senior Counsel Gary McCaleb.  "In addition, they have wrongfully applied their policy to only one teacher, who is a professed Christian."

The "Dangerous" Faith of President Bush.  Why do you suppose President Bush gets so much flak for his faith and John Kerry is applauded for his professions of faith — by the very same people?  Could it be that the faith-allergic fear that President Bush is actually sincere about his faith?

When the foundations are being destroyed:  Sufficiently large numbers of Americans either do not believe, or do not practice, what the Scriptures teach and cannot be made to do so through a constitutional amendment or any other law.  Neither side is going to persuade the other of the correctness of its position, so it becomes a political power game.

Why liberals rule academia and media.  A chapter on journalism [in "The Secular Revolution," edited by University of North Carolina professor Christian Smith] shows how "key persons within journalism (especially publishers and editors, and also journalism professionalizers from the ranks of the universities and the active press) actively sought to minimize and ultimately to undermine traditional religion."

Government Discrimination Against Religion:  Churches meet in schools all across our nation.  In fact, another minister and I have teamed up to start a church in a public school here in Loxahatchee, Florida.  So I was understandably interested when I discovered that New York City is trying to throw churches out of their public schools.

Military Widows Sue to Get Wiccan Symbol on Headstones.  The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs allows military families to choose any of 38 authorized headstone images.  The list includes commonly recognized symbols for Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and Judaism, as well as those for smaller religions such as Sufism Reoriented, Eckiankar and the Japanese faith Seicho-No-Ie.  The Wiccan pentacle, a five-pointed star surrounded by a circle, is not on the list, an omission that the widows say is unconstitutional.

High court rejects Wiccan prayer appeal.  The Supreme Court yesterday [10/11/2005] rejected an appeal from a Wiccan priestess angry that local leaders would not let her open their sessions with a prayer.  Instead, clergy from more traditional religions were invited to pray at governmental meetings in Chesterfield County, Va., a suburb of Richmond.

Great Adventure's Muslims-only day.  A popular North American amusement park is scheduled to host a "Great Muslim Adventure Day" this week in which the park will be open only to Muslims, drawing fire from various monitor groups.

 Editor's Note:   Even before I got that article posted, an update came along:

Muslims back off Muslims-only day.  An Islamic group is backing off its boast of a Muslims-only day at a popular theme park, just hours after WND brought to light plans for the "Great Muslim Adventure Day."  The article prompted numerous responses from WND readers who informed Six Flags they would stop attending its amusement parks.

Robert Reich:  God worse than terrorism.  Clinton's labor secretary has problem with those who believe in higher authority.  Robert Reich, the former U.S. labor secretary under President Bill Clinton, believes people who follow God pose a more significant threat to the modern world than terrorists do.

Robert Reich's Religion Problem:  If our choice is between the primacy of individuals and the primacy of God — if, that is, we are to choose between individual human beings and God — then the vast majority of traditional religious believers would have to choose God.  I certainly would.  That would be the case for plenty of believers who are not sure what they think about abortion law, or want a higher minimum wage.  All of us, for Reich, are the enemy.

Supremes Refuse to Hear VMI Prayer Case.  Their decision leaves in place a ruling that declares prayer unconstitutional.

Open Season on Christians The media and the do-good-kiddy-clubs all explode in paroxysms of righteousness any time a public figure inadvertently insults one of the protected minority groups, but nobody ever demands an apology when a secular celebrity demeans Christianity.  That is because many Americans view Christianity as a problem, an execrable obstacle to America's progress.

The Houses of Worship Political Speech Protection Act, H.R. 235:  To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to protect the religious free exercise and free speech rights of churches and other houses of worship.

More about The Houses of Worship Free Speech Restoration Act.

HR 235:  ending an absurdity.  Called the Houses of Worship Free Speech Restoration Act, the bill pries the state's paws off the pulpit.  Actually, it pries these paws off the conservative pulpit; the liberal pulpit has enjoyed a de facto exemption from the beginning.

EU Constitution Omits Reference to Christianity.  After two years of heated controversy over the omission of any mention of Christianity in the proposed new constitution for the European Union, the final text adopted in Brussels on June 18 was the secularized version.

Religious Hiring Protection Under Assault.  Ever since the launch of the President's faith-based initiative, religious organizations' freedom to hire according to their beliefs has been under fire from some in Congress.  The right of private religious groups to freely determine their membership is a cornerstone of our constitutional order.  Congress should once again uphold this important freedom.

  Legislators endorse posting of "In God We Trust".  Civil libertarians oppose legislation.

MTV to Launch New Homosexual-Themed Channel.  On May 25, [2004,] MTV Networks announced the launching of a 24-hour cable television channel which will be specifically geared toward gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender viewers.  You may recall that MTV Networks, owned by Viacom, was responsible for producing the Janet Jackson Super Bowl halftime fiasco.

Indecency Bill Facing Cowardice in Senate.  The Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 2004 (S. 2056) is reportedly facing some resistance from Senators who seem indecisive about whether or not to support it.  The bill would increase FCC fines ten-fold for those who violate FCC regulations regarding decency.  The House passed its version of the bill, H.R. 3717, by an overwhelming majority vote of 391-22 on March 11, 2004.


 Editor's Note:   In the tiny Pacific island nation of Nauru, the country's coat of arms includes the words, "God's Will First".

Broad Victory in Chicago Park District "Buy a Brick" Case:  Robert and Mildred Tong [have] won a decisive victory in their battle to "buy a brick" in a Chicago park near their home that says "Jesus is the Cornerstone." U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo issued a broad and emphatically worded opinion and order in Robert Tong and Mildred Tong v. Chicago Park District in which he held that the Tongs were victims of "unlawful viewpoint discrimination in violation of the Tong's First Amendment rights."

"Robed Masters" Usurping Control of U.S. Government, Says Bauer.  Phyllis Hamilton is a federal district court judge in San Francisco — but Gary Bauer says she must believe herself to be a "higher authority" than the elected officials in Congress and the president himself.  How else, he wonders, could the Clinton appointee justify striking down a ban on partial-birth abortion that was passed by both houses of Congress and signed by President Bush?

The Rise of a Judicial Dictatorship:  The Warren Court launched a social, cultural and moral revolution and began openly to dictate to what had been a self-governing people.  Under this dictatorship, radically secularist and egalitarian, America's public schools were as de-Christianized as thoroughly as in the Soviet Union.

Muslim Prayer Calls Echo Through Detroit Suburb; Petitioners Unhappy.  Some residents of a Detroit-area town hope that an August ballot initiative will send a strong message to the Muslim community that they do not want to hear Islamic calls for prayer broadcast five times a day over loudspeakers.  In the meantime, citizens will have to call the police if they don't like the noise.

Secularist double standards:  There has been no cessation of hostility in the secularists' war against Christianity.  The enemies of religious freedom are still operating at full force, and we must keep our eyes on them.

Christian platform ripped as offensive:  President Bush and the Republican Party in his home state of Texas are being criticized by Democrats on the touchy issue of whether America is a Christian nation. …[FYI] Christians make up 82 percent of the U.S. population, Jews 1 percent and Muslims less than 1 percent, with atheists, agnostic and those citing no preference making up 13 percent, according to a Pew Research Council survey of 2,002 adults conducted in 2002.

Sheltered From the State:  In separating church and state the Founder's intent was not to protect the federal government from religion, but to protect religion from the federal government.

Supreme Court Won't Reinstate Prayer at Military College.  The Supreme Court said Monday [4/26/2004] it would not consider reinstating mealtime prayers at a taxpayer-funded military college, turning aside an appeal from state officials in Virginia who wanted to preserve the tradition.  Justice Antonin Scalia blasted his colleagues for refusing to hear the case and argued that it raised important church-state questions.

Environism:  The Environmental Movement As A Pagan Religion.  Environism is a combination of pseudo-science, new age mysticism, paganism, and socialism which serves as a combination of political philosophy and religion.  This is clearly an attempt to replace America's historic Christian culture with a new religion — a pagan religion.

Those unstable, superstitious Christians:  Why does it make so many on the Left uncomfortable that President Bush openly professes his reliance on God in performing his official duties?

The "offensiveness" of Christianity:  It amazes me that people can still, with a straight face, deny that Christians are the subjects of systematic discrimination in this country.  Every time I turn around there's more evidence.

Porn Can Stay in Library — But Jesus Has Got to Go.  The nation's largest Catholic civil rights organization is blasting officials at a Connecticut public library for censoring Jesus.

Uprooting our Biblical foundation:  The oft-repeated lie that "we can't legislate morality" has finally born its poisonous fruit.  Of course we can legislate morality.  We always have.  We must.  Try looking at the criminal code of any state or the federal system and tell me it isn't based on morality.

Tolerance, liberal style:  You can dress this up however you want to, but what this boils down to is militant liberal thought police trying forcibly to impose their secular values on our society.

Christian soldier, Muslim soldier:  There's something terribly wrong when an American soldier overseas can't receive Scriptures in the mail, but a Muslim chaplain can preach freely among al Qaeda and Taliban enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay.

Yes, Virginia, there is a religious war.  Fifteen years ago, Robinson dissolved his marriage, dumped his wife, abandoned his two little girls and went off to shack up.  He thus violated his marriage vows, flouted the teachings of the Anglican faith he was ordained to uphold and entered into a sinful liaison his church has always taught was perverted.

The greatest gift for all:  All Americans have a huge stake in Christianity.  Whether or not we are individually believers in Christ, we are beneficiaries of the moral doctrine that has curbed power and protected the weak.

Feds OK controversial Muslim youth camp:  Amid resistance from neighbors and nationwide attention, a plan to build a Muslim youth camp on federal land moved ahead yesterday [6/30/2003] with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' approval of a scaled-down proposal.

Disney World Boots Christian Worship Services Off-Site:  Disney spokesman, Rena Callahan, said it does not seem right to offer only two types of services when there are "so many religions out there."  To continue that, she said, would be "insensitive" to the resort's non-Christian clientele.

Disney World Cancels Christian Services, Flap Ensues:  The late Walt Disney once cited church and prayer as inspirations for his professional success.  Today, some conservatives believe Disney is "crying from his grave" because Walt Disney World in Florida has eliminated its 28-year tradition of offering on-site religious services to Christian guests.

"God" removed from "God Bless America":  A Tennessee firefighter has removed a memorial to the fallen heroes of 9-11 from the lawn outside a local firehouse because the city government forced him to remove the word "God" from the three-word tribute on the display:  "God Bless America."

Note:  The material about the Public Display of the Ten Commandments has moved here.

VMI Prayer Battle Could Define America's Fighting Force:  Since January, when a judge ordered Virginia Military Institute to stop its traditional dinner prayers, Col. Ronald D. Ray, USMCR (Ret.) has been fighting to overturn the controversial ruling.  If the battle is lost, he predicts an ACLU juggernaut that will strip God from the service academies and even from aircraft carriers, whose warriors will soar into harm's way with a wing and not a prayer.

Halloween:  A Celebration of Demons:  You may be surprised by the roots of this religious holiday.

Bobbing for Apples Long Way From Celebrating the Dead:  When I was growing-up … it all seemed so harmless; little did we know that we were actually celebrating Satan's holiday.  Halloween was, and is, a subtle exposure to the occult.  Today our schools are blatantly introducing cultic activities to our young people, including séances, New Age meditation, and witchcraft.

Witchcraft and Paganism vs Christianity:  More and more people today are fearlessly exploring witchcraft or paganism, and many of these are young people.  Regardless of the age of the person, these beliefs stand in direct opposition to Christianity.  Those who start to walk down that road need to know the territory they are entering.  Parents especially need to be fully informed.  And we say this because there is a lot of common misinformation today about both witchcraft and Christianity.

Halloween Celebrations and Related Activities in the Public Schools:  Many religious parents are concerned about their children's involvement in Halloween activities.  These parents often point out that the origins of Halloween are, in part, from ancient Celtic rituals and that Halloween is celebrated today by adherents of the Wiccan religion as one of their four holiest days of the year.  [PDF]

Participating with pagans:  Rev. Wallace Schulz said, "To participate with pagans in an interfaith service and, additionally, to give the impression that there might be more than one God, is an extremely serious offense."  Rev. Schulz will take a beating in the mainstream press without a doubt.  Look for him to be portrayed as divisive, reactionary and backward, when not being portrayed as a religious crackpot.

The Answers are Simple, the Decisions are Hard:  A recent news item told how a California public school had adopted an Islam curriculum in a well meaning effort, I suppose, to create peace among diverse religious elements in our nation.  They teach these days that diversity is the new religion, and it is often put forth with an inflexible boldness that belies its so-called "tolerance" and disparages all other singular faiths such as Christianity or Judaism.

Red Cross nixes "God" from 9-11 program:  The Orange County, Calif., chapter of the American Red Cross has canceled the planned performance of a music group at an upcoming event honoring the organization's volunteers who helped at the World Trade Center after the Sept. 11 attacks because the group planned to sing songs that mention "prayer" and "God."

Red Cross apologizes:  The national office of the American Red Cross has issued an official apology after the organization excluded a student music group in California from performing for a September 11 volunteer-recognition event last Sunday [3/10/2002] because it planned to sing songs mentioning "prayer" and "God."

Dr Pepper Skips "Under God" On Patriotic Cans:  The Dr Pepper/Seven Up soft-drink company is under fire for skipping the phrase "under God" in a partial quotation of the Pledge of Allegiance on its "patriot can."  The graphic design of the can, created "to show the world that we are a united nation of people who place a high value upon freedom" according to the company, includes an artist's rendering of the Statue of Liberty and the phrase "One Nation … Indivisible."

Hostility Toward Religion:  Can the Lions Be Far Behind? Grab your Bible and turn to Leviticus 18:22.

Liberal Lies and the War Against Religion:  We have grown lamentably used to bans on public prayer or the removal of Bibles or Christian symbols from public places.  The Catholic Church, being America's, and the world's, biggest Christian denomination, is a special target.

Suit filed for cross-wearing employee:  A lawsuit was filed recently on behalf of a Kentucky woman who says she was fired from her job at a public library for wearing a necklace with a cross pendant to work.

Christianity Under Siege, Part I:  The Stones Cry Out.  It is sad that a once-great political party chooses to wage an intellectual jihad against "right-wing" Christianity.

Christianity Under Siege, Part II:  Those Who Are Voiceless:  We hear daily messages, TV ads as well as speeches by our president, that we should be tolerant of Islam.  However, there are no calls for Islam to be tolerant of Christianity.

On Evangelicals and Theocrats:  The example of James Madison shows why liberals who continue to conflate the Taliban with religious conservatives are wrong.

In Canada, praying aloud gets a street preacher jailed.
Something's wrong with police priorities.  Perhaps had they seen him on a street corner smoking crack cocaine — or selling it — they would have turned the other cheek, as is so often the case.  But [Artur] Pawlowski was clearly doing something much more provocative Wednesday afternoon on [a street corner in Calgary].  He — along with about six other people — were praying and reading the Bible.

God Forsaken in U.S. Senate:  The Democrats, in an effort to capture the votes of the 19% of Americans who oppose religion in America's political life, want to ban all public references to God.  But they don't want to alienate Middle Americans who are their main support base.  So they decided on a stealth campaign to quietly expunge all government references to God.

Couple Sues to Continue Home Prayer Sessions after the local zoning board ordered them to stop holding prayer services in their home.

Council axes Christian prayers, despite having no minority faiths.  For hundreds of years, Totnes Town Council has started its monthly meetings with a Christian prayer by a local vicar.  With little controversy, councillors have bowed their heads to listen to the thoughts of local clergy.  But the tradition has now been axed to avoid causing offence — despite the council having no members of minority faiths.

Homosexual DC Councilman Under Fire for Threatening Salvation Army:  The conservative Culture and Family Institute has asked for an apology from Log Cabin Republicans after a GOP District of Columbia councilman bullied Salvation Army officials over their opposition to homosexuality.

Gore Uses Religion to Attract 'Global Warming' Converts.  "The Book of Revelation [says] God will destroy those who destroy his creation," Gore said, noting that some evangelical Christian leaders have expressed concern about climate change.  "Whatever works," Gore added, prompting applause and laughter.  Gore departed the event, sponsored by Wired Magazine, with his wife Tipper in a chauffeur-driven black Lincoln Town Car provided by a New York City limousine service.

Did someone mention Global Warming?

Note:  Most liberals don't actually believe we're headed toward a Christian theocracy, but it is to their advantage to spread such a story.  Of course there are a few people whose lifestyles really would suffer under a Christian theocracy, and they're probably genuinely afraid.

How's this for hypocrisy?
Democrats plan to inject spirituality into agenda.  A conference geared to help Democrats infuse God into their politics begins tomorrow [5/17/2006] at All Souls Unitarian Church in the District with the unveiling of a "spiritual covenant with America."

This is an original compilation, Copyright © 2015 by Andrew K. Dart



The "Theocracy" Subsection:

Why are some liberal Democrats so worried about religious influence on American politics?  The easy answer is this:  Without the constraints of religion or any moral foundation, it is much easier to live the life of a 1968 California hippie; that is, a drunken, philandering, dope-smoking, baby-killing liberal.  Where there is no God, things like conscience and sin and guilt and self-restraint are no problem.  Apparently many people on the east and west coasts are afraid that if people behave like Christians, the party's over.

Oddly enough, the people who seem to be so afraid of a Christian theocracy are the same people who don't want to hurt the feelings of the Muslims who really do want to establish a theocracy in this country.

Now, the Theophobes.  Most of [the nation's intellectual elites] equate religious expression to fascist incitement.  That's a curious twist, since the only thing protecting the American political system from fascism is religion itself.  Here's why:  faith supplies the essential ingredient for individual liberty — and that ingredient is virtue.

Theocracy and Liberal Paranoia:  Liberals are offended and feel threatened by all expressions of spiritual religious faith, which they perceive as evidence of a theocratic conspiracy and therefore sufficient grounds for banning Judeo-Christianity from all public discussion.  Opposition by Christians and religious Jews to abortion, fetal stem-cell research, same-sex marriage, and the hedonistic license of sexual promiscuity is equated by liberals with medieval ignorance and abolition of modern science.

It's the worldview, stupid.  The American left exhibits ambivalence toward Christians and Christianity.  On the one hand it routinely demonizes them and their values, and on the other, identifies with them.  This sometimes looks like an insulting charade.  Liberals often mock the perceived backwardness of Christianity, yet their prominent politicians jump at the chance to appear at megachurches to rub elbows with their robust congregations.  They conspicuously wear their Bibles for photo-ops and cite Scripture in campaign speeches, yet deride Christian conservatives and condemn Republican politicians for allowing their Christian beliefs to inform their policies.

Obama's Imperilled Candidacy:  I found it very interesting to hear [Rev. Jeremiah] Wright explicitly endorse Obama over Hillary in church.  Normally when evangelical preachers cross the political line they get hammered for violating the separation of church and state.  One pastor I know invited a local Republican official to give his personal testimony in church and had to answer to the IRS for it.  How come black churches engage in blatant electioneering, even to the point of busing members to the voting booth, and nobody from the ACLU or the media raises an eyebrow?

Would Jesus Take The Bus?  The largely secular press corps does not usually regard Jesus Christ as a suitable authority to cite in political or policy discussions.  When George W. Bush invoked Christ's name in a December 1999 debate, for instance, journalists gasped at the insertion of religion into the public square, something to make non-Christians squirm.  To liberal media purists, the slightest acknowledgement of Christianity by a public official is evidence of a sinful desire to impose a Taliban-style theocracy in America.

The Fascists are Coming, The Fascists are Coming.  Last Sunday, The New York Times featured a review of American Fascists:  The Christian Right and the War on America, in which author Chris Hedges makes the argument that millions of Americans are about to fall on their fellow citizens and punish them in the name of a righteous Lord. … While reviewer Rick Perlstein doesn't particularly approve of the book in question, he does buy into the thesis.  "Of course there are Christian fascists in America", he insists, followed by several anecdotes that demonstrate no such thing.

The Theocons are Coming!  Take Rosie O'Donnell.  The other day, one of her co-hosts on "The View" was musing on current events and opined, "If you take radical Islam and you want to talk about what is going on there you have to…" And at this point Rosie interrupted.  "One second.  Radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam in a country like America where we have a separation of church and state."  Does she really believe that?  That "radical Christianity" is "just as threatening" as "radical Islam"?  These terms are imprecisely defined.  You get the feeling that to Rosie O'Donnell "radical Christianity" is pretty much Christianity — or at any rate any Christian denomination without an openly gay bishop.

[Have radical Christians ever flown an airliner into an office building?]

Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, "God Delusion"?  The theocracy is coming!  The theocracy is coming!  So warn authors, documentary makers, and celebrities, who would like to rip away what they see as veils of religious superstition.  They warn us of the dangers of Christian belief and extend their arguments to religion in general.

"Theocrats" for freedom.  The word "theocrat" is a rapidly emerging swearword in American politics.  If someone opposes gay marriage, or supports giving sustenance to Terri Schiavo, or has any strong moral convictions that inform his policy positions, he is a "theocrat" who secretly wishes to begin burning people at the stake.

Are the theocons taking over?  Those who imagine that it is religion's defenders who are the aggressors here are simply not paying attention to the increasingly sharp attacks on religious faith that can be found today in such influential places as The New York Times.

Were Nazis Christians?  Are Christians fascists?  Christophobia is marching through movie theaters and onto the pages of books.  One much-discussed documentary, "Jesus Camp," concerns a fringe-Christian program in Devil's Lake, N.D., that the filmmakers suggest is representative of the evangelical world.  The film has small children praying before a cardboard cutout of George W. Bush and swinging swords while dressed in combat fatigues.

The Nazis Were Marxists.  The Nazis were Marxists, no matter what our tainted academia and corrupt media wishes us to believe.  Nazis, Bolsheviks, the Ku Klux Klan, Maoists, radical Islam and Facists — all are on the Left, something that should be increasingly apparent to decent, honorable people in our times.  The Big Lie which places Nazis on some mythical Far Right was created specifically so that there would be a bogeyman manacled on the wrists of those who wish us to move "too far" in the direction of Ronald Reagan or Barry Goldwater.

The Republican Party Began as a Tea Party Movement.  Republicans should welcome a comparison of their party's history with that of the Democrats — the party of slavery and socialism, Big Government and the Ku Klux Klan.

Muzzling conservative pastors:  I know some of you out there actually harbor this fantasy that Christian conservatives want to subsume the government and convert it into a happy theocracy for Jesus, but you're wrong.

The Nazis and Christianity:  Many atheists presume that the Nazis were a weird variation of Christianity. … [On the contrary] Weimar Germany largely had abandoned Christianity and increasingly was embracing hedonism, Marxism and paganism.  There, decline of Christianity in Germany led directly to the rise of Nazism.  Professor Henri Lichtenberger in his 1937 book, The Third Reich, describes the religious life of the Weimar Republic as a place in which the large cities were "spiritual cemeteries" with almost no believers at all, except for those who were members of the clergy.

Faith Is A Right, Not A Theocracy, Senator Schumer.  To call a group of people of strong faith theocrats because they want to exercise their rights as citizens and participate in government is astounding but not surprising.  Senator Schumer would like to silence his critics.

Faith in our future?  If you read the headlines, you run the risk of thinking we are headed toward a theocracy.

Fundraising Foolishness.  If you think I'm exaggerating, consider what the head of the Anti-Defamation League recently told his membership.  Speaking at the same time, ironically, that Muslim youths were setting French communities on fire, he warned his members about the threat posed by, of all things, "the Christian worldview."

Probing the judges:  One of the appellate judges who learned that his financial records were sought by a Democratic political consulting firm told a friend that he felt violated by this political intrusion.  He did not know that the firm's client was NARAL.  The abortion advocacy group surely was not asking the judges' views on abortion.  Nancy Keenan, who has been NARAL's president some five months, told this column her organization is concerned about "out of touch theological activists" becoming judges.

Pagans vs. "religionists":  "We need people in Hazmat suits to go in and smoke 'em out," writes Nicholas von Hoffman in a New York Observer column. … "Religionists are crawling in everywhere, swarming the schools, movies, medicine and research labs," warns Hoffman, sounding like someone from Terminix.  "Their intent is to install a faith commissar to oversee every major social institution.

Why theocracy can't happen here.  Recently, Bob Edgar, general secretary of the National Council of Churches and former Pennsylvania Democratic congressman, warned a conference of People for the American Way and 500 other secular liberals the religious right was hell-bent on imposing a "theocracy" on America.

Atheists Feel Threatened by Bush.  The Freedom from Religion Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and People for the American Way, are leading the legal battles to push God from the public square and create a nation in man's image.

Killed for breaking fast.  A 14 year old Iranian boy was sentenced to 85 lashes for breaking his Ramadan fast.  The boy died from his wounds.  Keep this story in mind next time you hear a liberal referring to the "Taliban wing" of the Republican party, or arguing that Christian "fundamentalists" in America are comparable to Islamic "fundamentalists" in the Middle East, or suggesting that the Bush administration is trying to establish a "theocracy."

The Left's "Dominionist" Demons:  In recent decades, the Left has come to see evangelical Christians as the principal obstacle to the realization of its social agenda, hence the embodiment of evil.  Correspondingly, attacks on "fundamentalists" have grown increasingly shrill.

Secular Humanists to the Rescue!  The Buffalo-based Center for Inquiry (CFI) announced the opening of its new public-policy office in the nation's capital last month.  Their mission?  Nothing less than to save America from "the undue influence of religious orthodoxy." … Such triteness, whether in CFI's messaging or architectural styles, is not as disturbing as it is embarrassing.  What is genuinely disturbing in their literature is the mantra-like repetition of that ever-fashionable line of ideology:  Science has the corner on the market of reason.

The Christians are at the gates, but they don't want in.  All right, enough already.  The Christians aren't coming to get you.  I can take the somber, frightened "special reports" on National Public Radio, where you can literally hear the correspondents wringing their hands over the possibility that the "Darwin fish" affixed to their Volvos will be banned.  I can even handle the dog-whistle shrieks of Paul Krugman and Maureen Dowd types about the looming Inquisition led by an alliance of the new German (wink, wink) pope and the Kansas Board of Education.

Theo-Panic!  What does [Oliver] Cromwell's rule have to do with contemporary American political life?  If your answer is anything other than "nothing," you are probably in the grip of the "theo-panic" that is sweeping precincts of the American commentariat.  They warn that America is beset by raging theocrats seeking to overturn our liberal democracy.  Otherwise respectable historians, Kevin Phillips and Garry Wills, have made this charge.  It is a staple of the New York Times op-ed page.

Conservatives Accuse Watchdog Group of 'Christianophobia'.  A liberal government watchdog group has asked the Secret Service to release its records of prominent conservative Christian leaders' visits to the White House, but one of those leaders called the request "an act of Christianophobia."  Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a Freedom of Information Act request on Wednesday [10/18/2006].

Taliban west?  Secularists are in a state of panic about the role of evangelical Christians in the reelection of George Bush.  They actually believe that American democracy is in danger, that we are on the verge of becoming a theocracy.  "Putting God in the public square runs the risk of turning our democracy into a theocracy," frets DeWayne Wickham in USA Today.  Leonard Pitts of The Miami Herald warns darkly of "the soldiers of the new American theocracy who want to force 'creation science' on the schools."

Give me that old-time (liberal) theocracy.  "The right-wing hijacking of religion's public role in our political discourse is as undeniable as it is inappropriate, and represents one of liberalism's most serious problems."  Writing in The Nation, Eric Alterman illustrates this problem perfectly.  Speaking for liberals, he later states that "we happen to have Christianity's deity on our side."  Apparently it's only a "hijacking" and "inappropriate" if religion bolsters conservative causes.

The left would relish a theocracy of this sort...
Al Gore, the United Nations, and the Cult of Gaia (1999):  [Scroll down] The religious overtones of this movement are too obvious to ignore.  Rep. Helen Chenoweth (R-Idaho) has described this phenomenon as "environmental religion" and says that it has "profound constitutional implications" because of the First Amendment prohibition on government establishment of religion.  Columnist Alston Chase, a reformed environmentalist, agrees, warning that "It may be only a matter of time before America becomes a complete theocracy — a place where, in the name of environmentalism, science and religion fuse with civil authority to rule the populace."  Dr. Michael S. Coffman, president of Environmental Perspectives, says, "They are instituting a new state religion."  But it is a religion at sharp variance with the Judeo-Christian foundations of the American constitutional republic.

Evangelicals:  America's Taliban.  If you think that comparing Evangelical Christians to the Taliban sounds extreme, you might just be a normal American.  But if you think that the comparison is valid, you might just be a supporter of North Carolina Senator Julia Boseman.  In fact, Boseman's supporters have just launched a new website making that very comparison.

See also Anti-Christian/Pro-Islam Bias in Today's American Society




The Mojave Desert Cross

Judge approves settlement restoring memorial cross in desert.  A veterans group can restore a memorial cross in the Mojave Desert under a court settlement that ends a decade-old legal battle, the National Park Service said Tuesday [4/24/2012].  A federal judge approved the lawsuit settlement Monday, permitting the Park Service to turn over a remote hilltop area known as Sunrise Rock to a Veteran of Foreign Wars post in Barstow and the Veterans Home of California-Barstow.

Voters Seeing Red Over ACLU Attack.  The object at the center of the case is a small, unadorned cross sitting in a remote part of the Mojave Desert Preserve in Southeast California.  A veterans' group erected this memorial cross on private land in 1934 to honor the dead of all wars.  Driving by this secluded location today, however, you'll see a curious-looking plywood box hiding the memorial, the way someone might cover a condemned building.

ACLU Pushes High Court to Destroy Cross Memorial.  The Supreme Court joined in a fight between the ACLU and the federal government over a World War I memorial in the shape of a cross.  While neither legal team hit the ball over the fence, the majority seems inclined to save this cross in what will be the first religious liberty case of the new Court.

The ACLU's Real Agenda in the Mojave Desert.  The cross is in a remote region seen by few.  But one of those is [Frank] Buono, a former Park Service employee and ACLU member who told the ACLU that although he moved to Oregon, he comes down and sees the cross "two to four times a year."  That was enough for the ACLU to file a lawsuit in 2001 demanding that the National Park Service tear down the cross.

Supreme Court says Mojave cross can stand.  The Supreme Court gave its approval Wednesday [4/28/2010] to displaying a cross on public land to honor fallen soldiers, saying the Constitution "does not require the eradication of all religious symbols in the public realm."  Speaking for a divided court, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy said the 1st Amendment called for a middle-ground "policy of accommodation" toward religious displays on public land, not a strict separation of church and state.

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Mojave Cross.  On Wednesday, April 28, in a surprising 5-4 ruling by the United States Supreme Court, justices ruled that the 1st Amendment "accommodates" for religious displays on public land.  In reference to the display of a cross in the Mojave Desert honoring the lives of fallen soldiers, a divided court ruled that the Constitution "does not require the eradication of all religious symbols in the public realm."

The latest:
Thieves take controversial Mojave Desert cross.  Thieves have stolen a cross in the Mojave Desert that was built to honor Americans who died in war, less than two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court allowed the religious symbol to remain on federal land.

War Memorial Torn Down by Vandals:  Is This a Hate Crime?  The Mojave Desert War Memorial, which was saved temporarily by a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, was torn down by vandals sometime Sunday night [5/9/2010].  Liberty Institute, which represents longtime memorial caretakers Henry and Wanda Sandoz, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), The American Legion, Military Order of the Purple Heart, and the American Ex-Prisoners of War, is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the removal of VFW property.

AP Reports Theft of Mojave Cross, Suspects 'Scrap Metal Scavengers'.  The Associated Press again demonstrates bizarre journalistic navel gazing in reporting that thieves have stolen the Mojave Memorial Cross from the California desert. [...] Scrap metal scavengers?!?  Of course!  Imagine the confused, head-scratching scene in the Associated Press newsroom when this story broke.  Why?  Why would anyone steal this cross, they puzzled?  On the one hand, you have embittered anti-religious zealots who just lost a years' long battle costing them hundreds of thousands of dollars.  On the other hand, you have a 7 foot tall cross with a scrap value of maybe $100...

Veterans Group Vows to Rebuild Mojave Desert Cross.  The Veterans of Foreign Wars has vowed to rebuild a 7-foot high cross-shaped memorial to the nation's veterans which was stolen by vandals over the weekend.  The cross was at the center of a legal fight that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled that the cross should remain on federal land.

Liberals take the law into their own hands.
Mojave Desert cross, focus of long legal battle, is stolen.  Less than two weeks ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the controversial 7-foot-high Mojave Desert cross could stay put, but on Sunday someone else decided it should go.

Anonymous donor offering $100,000 reward.  An anonymous donor is offering $100,000 for leads in the hunt for the thieves responsible for stealing the World War I memorial cross that's been at the center of a decade-long legal battle.  The cross of the Mojave Desert War Memorial in California — erected 75 years ago as a memorial in honor of America's World War I veterans — disappeared earlier this week, just two weeks after the US Supreme Court reversed a lower court ruling on its removal.  "These thieves desecrated a national war memorial that was erected to honor America's war dead," said Thomas J. Tradewell Sr, the national commander of the 2.1 million member Veterans of Foreign Wars.

New Mojave Desert Cross Sits in Limbo in California Desert.  One week after vandals stole a looming cross from California's Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial, the site's caretakers welded together an exact 7-foot replica to take its place.  All they need now is permission to put it back up.

Authorities Say Mojave Desert Replacement Memorial Cross Must Come Down.  Linda Slater, a spokeswoman with the Mojave National Preserve, says a maintenance worker spotted the 7½-foot replica cross made of metal pipes on Thursday in a federal park.

Demolishing War Memorials Destroys Our National Character .  Thieves stole the cross-shaped Mojave Desert War Memorial during the night of May 9, less than two weeks after the Supreme Court ruled that the 76-year-old memorial could stay.  Because the memorial was on U.S. property, the thieves committed a federal crime; worse, they desecrated a national war memorial that was erected by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) to honor American service members who have died in battle.

Cross our hearts.  Thieves stole the cross-shaped Mojave Desert World War I Memorial during the night of May 9, less than two weeks after the Supreme Court had ruled that the 76-year-old memorial could stay.  Because the memorial was on U.S. property, the thieves committed a federal crime; worse, they desecrated a national war memorial that was erected by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) to honor American service members who have died in battle.

Obama Missed a Great Chance.  President Obama had a golden Memorial Day opportunity to show the country that (contrary to his left flank) he is not anti-military and not anti-Christian, by telling Attorney General Eric Holder to order the Park Service to permit volunteer veterans to replace the Mojave Cross that was stolen on May 9.  But he let the atheists and those who sneer at our veterans win the day.

Obama Missed A Great Chance.  President Obama had a golden Memorial Day opportunity to show the country that (contrary to his left flank) he is not anti-military and not anti-Christian, by telling Attorney General Eric Holder to order the Park Service to permit volunteer veterans to replace the Mojave Cross that was stolen on May 9.  But he let the atheists and those who sneer at our veterans win the day.

Theft of Mojave Cross Will Only Stiffen Veterans' Resolve.  Last month, in what can only be described as a cowardly criminal act, some unknown person or persons crept into the Mojave Desert under cover of darkness and hacked down a memorial cross honoring veterans.  Now, someone is attempting to take credit for the act, and yet, as if to cement their cowardice, doing so anonymously.  Here is a simple truth the perpetrators — whoever they are — will never understand:  Their actions will not discourage those among us in this fight.  To the contrary, it makes us more determined to stay the course.




Other Crosses

The Editor says...
You would think the Democrats were morphing into a bunch of vampires, because they suddenly can't stand the sight of Christian crosses which have been in place, in some cases, for decades without objection from anyone.  Much of their objection apparently results from sheer ignorance:  Anyone who has read the Constitution and the Bill of Rights knows that the First Amendment begins, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof [...]"  The phrase "separation of church and state" is not in the Constitution.

Christian cross ordered off Los Angeles County seal.  Restoring a tiny Christian cross to the Los Angeles County seal is unconstitutional because it places the county's "power, prestige and purse" behind one religion, a federal judge ruled Thursday [4/7/2016].  U.S. District Court Judge Christina A. Snyder's 55-page decision was a victory for the American Civil Liberties Union, which sued in 2014 after the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to reinstate the cross.  "It carries with it an aura of prestige, authority and approval," the judge said in her ruling.  "By singling out the cross for addition to the seal, the County necessarily lends its prestige and approval to a depiction of one faith's sectarian imagery."

The Editor says...
There's a big difference between "an aura ... of approval" and an official establishment of a state religion.

Atheist Drops Lawsuit Against Corpus Christi Officials For Attending Groundbreaking of 'Tacky' Giant Cross.  An atheist who sued the mayor of Corpus Christi and two city council members for allegedly violating the Texas Constitution by attending a groundbreaking ceremony for "the tallest cross in the Western Hemisphere" has withdrawn his lawsuit.  The lawsuit Patrick Greene filed earlier this month in Nueces County District Court accused Mayor Nelda Martinez and City Council members Lucy Rubio and Carolyn Vaughn of violating the state constitution's prohibition on giving a preference to any particular religion by attending the Sunday groundbreaking ceremony in January.  Greene told Fox News that the 210-foot-tall cross, which is being erected on property belonging to the Abundant Life Fellowship and financed by private donations, was "tacky as hell" and a "safety hazard."

The Editor says...
It is amusing that an atheist's vocabulary includes "hell," and the word pops out of her mouth without much provocation.  Yet I doubt if Hell is a topic she's eager to discuss.

Federal Court Upholds Huge Cross At Veterans Memorial.  In 1925, the American Legion erected the Bladensburg cross as a memorial honoring 49 men in Prince George's County, Maryland, who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in World War I.  But in 2014, the American Humanist Association attacked the memorial, filing a lawsuit against the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.  The atheists argued to the federal district court that a memorial in the shape of a cross violates the Establishment Clause of the Constitution, which forbids the government from establishing an official religion.

The Editor says...
It seems to me that the atheist group would have to wait until actual damage was done before bringing a lawsuit.  That is, until they can produce witnesses who have been compelled to worship in a particular way by the presence of this cross on public land, there has been no establishment of religion.

Holy Land USA Landmark Lights The Way Again.  It's a sight to see in Waterbury.  The cross that sits atop Holy Land USA is finally lit up.  The ceremony began at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Waterbury.  After that, thousands poured onto a bridge to see the lighting.  The cross stands 57 feet tall, 26 feet wide and weighs in at 22 tons.

Waterbury, CT Works To Erect New 52-Foot Cross By Christmas.  An organization of business owners, tradesmen, and citizens of Waterbury, Connecticut have volunteered their time and talents to present a Christmas gift to their community:  a 16-ton, 52-foot tall illuminated cross.  The cross, which was put into place on Friday [12/20/2013], replaces a similar one that rose high above the Holy Land U.S.A. religious attraction, which closed in 1984, and served as a landmark to motorists on Interstate 84.

Republicans introduce bill to protect crosses, other religious symbols on war memorials.  Two congressional Republicans want to end, once and for all, the attempts of atheist groups and others to remove religious symbols from war memorials.  Rep. Duncan Hunter of California and Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina on Thursday [4/11/2013] introduced the "War Memorial Protection Act," which they say will create a "foundation in federal law" for public veterans' and war memorials that include crosses or similar items.

Kansas Town Forced to Remove Cross. A town in central Kansas that was founded more than 100 years ago by immigrants escaping religious persecution — is once again facing religious persecution.  The tiny town of Buhler is being forced to remove a religious cross from its town seal after a group called the Freedom From Religion Foundation complained that the symbol violates the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.  The group said the cross indicated government endorsement of Christianity.

Indiana Town Embroiled in Cross Controversy.  A small Indiana town may have to remove a super-sized cross anchored on public property after a someone filed a complaint with Americans United for Separation of Church and State.  The Dugger Town Council voted unanimously to move the 26-foot tall cross to avoid a possible lawsuit.  Americans United sent a letter to town officials explaining that the cross had to be moved because it was an unlawful government endorsement of Christianity.

The Editor says...
An acknowledgement of Christianity is far short of the establishment of an official state religion.

53-Year-Old Cross To Be Torn Down, Thanks to ACLU.  In 1959, the Middleboro Kiwanis Club in Massachusetts put up a large cross that said "WORSHIP" on it on a traffic island off one of the local freeways.  It stood for 53 years.  Then, a liberal lawyer spotted it.  Now, the state may have to tear it down.

Atheist group demands Rhode Island city remove cross from atop war memorial.  A national atheist organization is demanding that a Rhode Island city remove a cross from a 91-year-old memorial honoring hometown soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their county.  Although the memorial has stood in the parking lot of the Woonsocket fire station for decades with no complaints, the Freedom from Religion Foundation is now calling for it to be stripped of the cross that sits atop it, claiming it violates the First Amendment's freedom of religion clause.  The group also wants the Woonsocket Fire Department to remove "The Firefighter's Prayer" and a picture of an angel from its website.

The Editor says...
Perhaps they should read the First Amendment again.

Atheist group wants firefighter's 91-year-old war memorial and prayer removed.  Tom Poole, a disabled veteran, is one of many in Woonsocket trying to protect a cross that stands on top of a monument located in the parking lot of the city's fire station on Cumberland Hill Road.  The monument was erected 91 years ago to honor Woonsocket war veterans, including the three brothers killed in WWII.

Vandalism at Western Kentucky University.  As a supporter of Hilltoppers for Life, I am deeply concerned at the way its pro-life display was vandalized on April 20, 2012.  I am perhaps more concerned with the way Western Kentucky University (WKU) officials have responded to this criminal action.  As this story continues to unfold, the facts suggest that at least one WKU official knew in advance this vandalism would occur.  Later, several officials did nothing to stop it.  This is simply inexcusable in a climate of higher learning.

Atheists pressure city to remove 91-year-old memorial cross.  An atheist group is pressuring Woonsocket, R.I., to remove a 91-year-old Latin cross located in the City of Woonsocket's fire station parking lot.  The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) announced this week that they had sent a letter to Woonsocket Mayor Leo Fontaine requesting that the city not only remove the cross, but also scrub a memorial angel and prayer — which they describe as "woefully out of date" — from the fire department's website.

Atheist Group Calls For Removal Of War Memorial, Firefighter Tributes.  A longstanding memorial to veterans killed in two world wars, topped by a non-descript, three-and-a-half foot white Latin-style cross is the latest target in the Ocean State of a self-described atheist and agnostic freethinkers group.  The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, a group dedicated to the separation of church and state, is calling for the immediate removal of the memorial from public property where it rests on a small island outside the City of Woonsocket's Fire Department headquarters.



In God We Trust



Public Display of The Ten Commandments
and our National Motto:

Court denies rehearing of Ten Commandments case.  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver has denied a petition from the city of Bloomfield asking that the full court hear an appeal of a lower court ruling that requires the removal of a Ten Commandments monument on the lawn outside the town's City Hall.

Rev. Franklin Graham Slams Crusade to Remove 'In God We Trust' from Currency.  In a powerful social media post in favor of God and tradition, celebrated evangelist Franklin Graham has blasted the campaign of "41 atheists" to have America's motto, "In God We Trust," expurgated from U.S. bills and coins, appealing to American history and the faith of the nation's heroes.

Lawsuit demands US remove 'In God We Trust' from money.  A new lawsuit filed on behalf of several Atheist plaintiffs argues the phrase "In God We Trust" on U.S. money is unconstitutional, and calls for the government to get rid of it.  Sacramento attorney Michael Newdow filed the lawsuit Monday [1/11/2016] in Akron, Ohio.  He'd unsuccessfully sued the government at least twice challenging the use of the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Throughout much of his lawsuit, the word appears as "G-d."

Forced Conversion of Christians in America.  It was a scene guaranteed to gladden the heart of anyone who endorses the state religion of secular progressivism.  Under the cover of darkness, construction workers removed from the grounds of Oklahoma's state capitol a granite slab on which the Ten Commandments were engraved.  The furtive undertaking, which had the appearance of a mini apocalypse, complete with an eerie darkness and billowing stone dust clouds occurred within a state in which only 5.7% of the population declares itself "non-religious."

Ten Commandments monument removed from Oklahoma Capitol.  A granite monument of the Ten Commandments that has sparked controversy since its installation on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds was being removed late Monday [10/5/2015] and will be transported to a private conservative think tank for storage.

Federal Judge Smites Down Atheist Group's Ten Commandments Monument Lawsuit.  A federal judge has ruled that a Ten Commandments monument can remain in front of a public school in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pa.  The rulings ends — for now — a three-year-old lawsuit, filed by the Madison, Wis.-based Freedom from Religion Foundation, which called the Ten Commandments monument at Valley Junior-Senior High School in New Kensington unconstitutional, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.  U.S. District Judge Terrence F. McVerry ruled that the Freedom from Religion Foundation, as well as plaintiffs Marie Schaub and her unidentified daughter, failed to demonstrate that they have been sufficiently harmed by the monument.

Okla. Gov. Defies State Court Order to Remove 10 Commandments Monument.  Oklahoma Republican Governor Mary Fallin has announced that the Ten Commandments monument at the Capitol will remain, despite the ruling by the Oklahoma Supreme Court that it violates the state constitution and must be removed.  Fallin's action came as the state's Attorney General Scott Pruitt, also a Republican, asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court to reconsider its 7-2 decision ordering its removal.

The Ten Commandments should remain etched in the American experience.  When the Oklahoma Supreme Court demanded the removal of a ten foot monument to the Ten Commandments from the grounds of the State Capitol, it not only marginalized America's Judeo-Christian legacy, it trivialized the meaning of history itself.  Oklahoma's highest court said the Ten Commandments are "obviously religious in nature and are an integral part of the Jewish and Christian faiths."  Integral they may be, but to characterize their importance as chiefly religious requires willful neglect of our nation's history.

A Coming Era of Civil Disobedience?  The Oklahoma Supreme Court, in a 7-2 decision, has ordered a monument of the Ten Commandments removed from the Capitol.  Calling the Commandments "religious in nature and an integral part of the Jewish and Christian faiths," the court said the monument must go.  Gov. Mary Fallin has refused.  And Oklahoma lawmakers instead have filed legislation to let voters cut out of their constitution the specific article the justices invoked.  Some legislators want the justices impeached.

10 Commandments statue must be removed from state Capitol, Oklahoma Supreme Court rules.  A Ten Commandments monument on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds is a religious symbol and must be removed because it violates the state's constitutional ban on using public property to benefit a religion, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday [6/30/2015].

City of Bloomfield will appeal Ten Commandments monument ruling.  City councilors unanimously voted on Wednesday [8/20/2014] to appeal a federal judge's ruling stating a monument at City Hall inscribed with the Ten Commandments is unconstitutional.  The city plans to appeal the judge's decision to a three-judge panel with the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.  The 10th Circuit has territorial jurisdiction in six states — New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming and Utah.

Judge rules Ten Commandments monument must go.  A federal judge on Thursday [8/7/2014] ruled that a New Mexico city must remove a monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments from the lawn in front of Bloomfield City Hall.

Federal Court Rules 'In God We Trust' Will Remain on Coins and Currency.  Lost in a busy news week dominated by Syria, Putin, Obama's bungling, and the 9/11 anniversary was an important federal court ruling on September 10, resulting in a victory so that the motto "In God We Trust" can remain on all U.S. currency.

Federal court dismisses lawsuit to remove national motto "In God We Trust" from money.  Atheist groups and individuals argued that the national motto conveys a religious message that violates separation of church and state and puts them in a position of spreading a religious message when they engage in commerce.

In God We Trust
A Victory for Liberty, a Defeat for Anti-Christian Activists.  Recently, ACLJ successfully defended a baseless complaint filed with the Florida Commission on Human Rights (FCHR) against our client, a family-owned private business owner that runs an education resource center in Florida.  The center provides curriculum, educational materials and meeting rooms to support existing homeschool curriculum, tutoring and other activities, as well as to provide meeting rooms for community events.

Victory: In God We Still Trust.  On Tuesday [9/10/2013], Judge Harold Baer of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed a case in which eleven individuals, self-identified as Atheists and Secular Humanists, along with two associations, New York City Atheists and the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), alleged that the national motto, "In God We Trust," is unconstitutional.  The plaintiffs sought to "strip the national motto from our Nation's currency."

Brief Amici Curiae [...] In Support of Defendants' Motion to Dismiss.  It is commonly understood that our government, its Constitution, and its laws are founded on a belief in God.  Mere acknowledgment of God by the government or government officials cannot be said to be an "establishment of religion" in violation of the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution.  This Nation's Founders based a national philosophy on a belief in Deity.  The Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights locate the source of inalienable rights in a Creator rather than in government precisely so that such rights cannot be stripped away by government.

Kentucky county removing Ten Commandments from schools.  Breathitt County school officials say they are removing Ten Commandments displays from the high school, middle school and elementary schools.

Taking a chisel to the Ten Commandments.  The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) had sued the Giles County school district for posting the Ten Commandments in its public schools, and U.S. District Judge Michael F. Urbanski sent the case to mediation on Monday, suggesting a compromise:  deleting the four commandments that mention God.

Oakland Zoo removes Ten Commandments monument.  Oakland Zoo officials on Wednesday removed a monument from zoo property that a group of atheists objected to because it featured the Ten Commandments.  Joel Parrott, the zoo's executive director, said that the stone plaque marking Christian tradition was at odds with a zoo — and a diverse region.  "We try to be very sensitive to the community, so that we can be inclusive," said Parrott.  "This wasn't the right location for that type of thing."

The Editor says...
Apparently the zoo's "inclusive" and "sensitive" efforts do not apply to Christians.

ACLU Suing School District for Ten Commandments Display.  The ACLU is targeting a Virginia school district for displaying the Ten Commandments in one of its high schools.  "The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia filed the lawsuit [September 13th] against Giles County School Board in U.S. District Court in Roanoke on behalf of an unidentified Narrows High School student and the student's parent," reported the Washington Post.  "The lawsuit says the display unconstitutionally promotes a specific religious faith and serves no secular purpose."

The Editor asks...
Which "specific religious faith" is promoted by the display of the Ten Commandments?  It is common to both Judaism and Christianity.  The ACLU is painting with a very broad brush.

'Moral absolutes' unconstitutional.  A Ten Commandments display in Ohio has been ruled unconstitutional by an appeals court, but hope may still be found in the Supreme Court.  Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel and dean of Liberty University's School of Law, tells OneNewsNow most cases on this subject since 2005 have been won.  But this particular case dates back to 2000.

Can a Sacred Text Be Secular as Well?  The debate over the Ten Commandments is firing up again.  Writing for the New York Times's website earlier this week, veteran legal commentator Linda Greenhouse warns of "the continuing effort by state and local governments to post the Ten Commandments in public places," as well as an upcoming attempt to overturn the Supreme Court's 5-to-4 ruling of 2005 that barred the posting of the Ten Commandments before two Kentucky courthouses.

Federal court rules against Kentucky Commandment displays.  Displays of the Ten Commandments in two Kentucky courthouses ran afoul of the U.S. Constitution because their purpose was to promote religion, an appeals court in Cincinnati ruled Wednesday [6/9/2010].  The decision is the latest in one of the longest-running court battles over the public display of the Ten Commandments, and it again showed deep divisions among federal judges over the propriety of religious displays on government property.

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Promoting religion in general is not the same as establishing a state religion.

The Ten Commandments, Moses and John Jay:  As our nation's courts continue to wrestle with the issue of religion in the public square following the Supreme Court's confusing Ten Commandments ruling, it is imperative to look back to the founding of our nation in order to examine what the Framers intended in regard to public expressions and depictions of religion.  And as we consider the High Court's Commandments rulings, the point cannot be made too many times that the Justices reached their conclusions in a building that is alive with symbols of these same Commandments.

Uprooting the cross.  While the furor over the proposed mosque at Ground Zero has New York Gov. David Paterson offering public land as a peace offering, a more familiar symbol — the cross — is systematically being uprooted around the country.  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit ruled Aug. 18 that placing crosses where Utah state troopers died violates the Establishment Clause.

More about the proposed Ground Zero mosque.

Affidavit in Support of the Ten Commandments:  David Barton was asked to prepare this legal brief in response to multiple ACLU lawsuits against public displays of the Ten Commandments.

Another Kentucky county removes Ten Commandments displays.  Displays of the Ten Commandments in the Jackson County Courthouse have been removed in an effort to help resolve a federal lawsuit.  The county has not filed a response to an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit that says nine framed displays throughout the courthouse were a violation of First Amendment rights of co-plaintiff Eugene Phillips Jr.

Kentucky Ten Commandments Display Upheld.  A display of the Ten Commandments at an eastern Kentucky courthouse does not violate the Constitution, but a lawsuit challenging a similar display in another county can proceed, a federal judge has ruled.

Another ACLU lawsuit against the Ten Commandments meets with defeat.  The founder of Liberty Counsel says the dismissal of an ACLU lawsuit against a Ten Commandments display in one Kentucky county is not a good sign for anti-American organizations.

Supreme Court to hear Mojave cross case.  Justices will decide whether the monument can stand in a national preserve to honor fallen soldiers.  It will be the Roberts court's first chance to rule on separation of church and state.

City Can Reject Religious Display.  The Supreme Court yesterday unanimously agreed that permanent monuments in public parks are a form of government speech and that a small town in Utah was within its rights to reject an offer from a little-known religious group to have its "Seven Aphorisms" placed next to the Ten Commandments.

U.S. Supreme Court sides with Pleasant Grove.  The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that Pleasant Grove cannot be forced to place a Salt Lake City-based religious sect's "Seven Aphorisms of Summum" in its park, even though the city already displays other religious monuments like the Ten Commandments.  But an attorney for Summum told the Deseret News the fight was not over.

Hairsplitting at the Court.  In 1789, the First Amendment was drafted by the first Congress — after it had hired a chaplain.  Although President Jefferson's religion was a watery deism, he regularly attended Christian worship services, often with the Marine band participating, in the hall of the House of Representatives.  The House was used because of the shortage of suitable venues in the newly founded District of Columbia.  Jefferson, who coined the metaphor "wall of separation" about relations between church and state, also allowed the War Office and Treasury to be used for religious services that were open to the public.  The Supreme Court chamber also was used for services.

Struck Down – The Ten Commandments Suffer a Blow.  Tony Perkins, President of Family Research Council:  "This ruling by the Supreme Court is not only denigrating to our culture but it undermines the very laws we already have in place.  Forbidding the Ten Commandments opens the door to hostility toward religion, which is contrary to the free exercise clause of the 1st Amendment."

Supreme Court's Decisions Regarding Displays of the Ten Commandments,  available in PDF format.

Justices Disallow Ten Commandments in Courthouses.  In separate opinions today [6/27/2005], the Supreme Court signaled that the permissibility of government sponsored displays of the Ten Commandments depends on circumstances.  If the exhibit appears to have been erected with a religious purpose, it violates the Bill of Rights Establishment Clause prohibition on government sponsorship of religion, five justices said in a case from Kentucky.

Supreme Court Issues Split Decisions Regarding The Ten Commandments.  In the Texas case of Van Orden v. Perry, the United States Supreme Court upheld a Ten Commandments monument that has been on the state capital grounds without any controversy for about forty years.

The Supreme Court, God and us.  Oh, we can read the decisions all right — two of them this week.  We just can't tell what they mean or how to apply them.  Almost 60 years into the business of adjudicating church-state relationships, the court can write and perform only farce.

The split decision.  For most of the 216 years since the Bill of Rights was adopted, the First Amendment's prohibition against government establishment of religion has been easily understood by judges and ordinary Americans alike. … For much of our nation's history, most Americans, including most federal judges, presumed that the First Amendment did not absolutely prohibit all governmental acknowledgment of religion's role in the lives of the people — and for good reason.  Neither the wording of the amendment itself nor common practice challenged the widely held belief that government guaranteed freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.

Ten Commandments v. Ten Opinions.  The Founding Fathers were very much aware of the concept of judicial supremacy over constitutional interpretation — but they rejected it strongly.  In 1804, for example, President Thomas Jefferson said judicial supremacy would lead to despotism.

When Justices become dictators:  This week, the Supreme Court of the United States once again proved that it is a feckless, dictatorial and altogether ridiculous body.  Its latest spate of decisions reveals legislative usurpation, disingenuous deference and silly inconsistency.  But, of course, what else should we expect from the court that tells us our Constitution protects pornography but not political advertising, sodomy but not the Ten Commandments, and mentally disabled murderers but not private property?

Jewish Group Files Amicus Brief Opposing Bible Display in Texas
A Jewish group filed an amicus brief in opposition to a Bible display in the entrance to a Texas courthouse.  Staley v. Harris County, Texas involves the showcase of a King James Bible open to passages chosen by a government employee, highlighted by red neon lighting.  "This display violates the constitutional principle of separation of church and state, and sends the message to non-adherents that they are outsiders in their own communities," Jeffrey Sinensky, American Jewish Committee's general counsel, said in a statement.  "The promotion of religion is particularly inappropriate in front of a government building where all people, regardless of faith, gather to pursue justice," he said.  "When government officials decide which particular religious message is most worthy of dissemination to the community, and how that message should be delivered, religion is diminished and religious liberty is denied," the brief states.
 — CNS News      
[Once again, for the benefit of the poorly educated masses, there is no "constitutional principle of separation of church and state" because such a phrase is not in the Constitution.]

Teach the Ten Commandments.  While focusing on private school development and expansion, lets also push hard to teach about the Bible in public schools, as groups like the Bible Literacy Project and Bible in the Schools have done.  We should stipulate that, as part of their "core knowledge," all children should know what the Ten Commandments are (and also where the 50 states are).

Place your right hand on the Quran and repeat after me:  Apparently, in a little-noticed development, Judge Moore had become "Congress," his Ten Commandments plaque was a "law," and the plaque established a national religion.

North Carolina courtroom oaths expanded beyond Bible.  A ruling from a North Carolina judge that allows other religious texts besides the Bible for swearing in of courtroom witnesses is being called a further example of the secularization of the procedure.  The American Civil Liberties Union assisted in the case of a Muslim woman who sued for not being allowed to take her oath on the Koran, according to Associated Press.

Suing to get 10 Commandments off county buildingBronze plaque has hung on county courthouse since 1918.

Media focus on monument's removal is misplaced, says Dobson:  Pointing to rulings legalizing abortion, removing the Pledge of Allegiance from schools and threatening the definition of marriage, [Focus on the Family founder James] Dobson told the crowd that national media reports have focused on the wrong issue.  [He says] the recent battle over the removal of a Ten Commandments monument symbolizes the need for change in America's judiciary more than concerns over the monument's Aug. 27 removal.

Ten Commandments stunner:  Feds lying at the Supreme Court.  Todd DuBord, pastor of the Lake Almanor Community Church in California, said he was traveling with his wife, Tracy, and was more than startled during recent visits to the courthouse and two other historic locations to discover the stories of the nation's heritage had been sterilized of Christian references.

10 Commandments Changed to 10 Amendments at the U.S. Supreme Court.  Pastor Todd Dubord's article detailing a recent trip to our nation's capital.  Some revealing thoughts about how history is being rewritten to exclude God.

Civics 101 - Getting it right.  Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's defiance of a federal court's mandate to remove a Ten Commandments display from the rotunda at the Alabama judicial building has been debated vigorously in recent weeks, mostly out of context.

The de-Christianization of America via the court system:  From the judicial banning of the 10 Commandments (and subsequent expulsion of Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore) to the outlawing of the "Under God" phrase from the Pledge of Allegiance to litigation aimed at banning everything from Christmas nativity scenes to the very mention of the word "Jesus" in graduation ceremonies - 2003 saw a wholesale explosion of judicial activism, the net effect of which has been to further erase America's Christian history and institutions from public life.

Ten Commandments Poster Inside Courtroom Approved.  A federal judge has rejected a demand from the American Civil Liberties Union that she censor a document posted in an Ohio courtroom titled "Philosophies of Law in Conflict" because the Ten Commandments are included.  "It is truly unfortunate that the ACLU apparently has nothing better to do than to file baseless charges against a dedicated public servant like Judge [James] DeWeese," said Francis J. Manion, a senior counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice.

Boise Ballot Blazes Trail for Ten Commandments Supporters.  The fight over the public display of the Ten Commandments has finally made it to the ballot in a northwestern state.  It began in the city of Boise, Idaho, where — according to Pat Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition — the local citizenry took matters into their own hands when city officials did what many communities are witnessing.

Ohio Ten Commandments Case Appealed to Supreme Court.  The case stems from a 1999 lawsuit filed against the school board over those displays, which resulted in a lower-court ruling that the displays were unconstitutional.

The Ten Commandments Cause a Stir, Again.  It seems a renegade judge, the Honorable Ashley McKathan, has the Ten Commandments embroidered on his judicial robe.  Further, it seems that his taste in wardrobe choices has made one of the local attorneys, the ACLU, and atheists uncomfortable.

Fight over Thou Shalts won't wilt.  A Ten Commandments monument will remain on the lawn outside City Hall in Fargo, N.D., for now, but the City Commission's recent vote to keep it there won't end controversy over the marker. … The 6-foot-tall granite Ten Commandments monument was donated to the city in 1958 by the Fraternal Order of Eagles, a service organization. It has been the most prominent feature of the lawn outside City Hall since 1961.

The jury is still out on the Ten Commandments.  Don't think that lawsuits about the Ten Commandments and the Pledge of Allegiance are settled because Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore was fired and Michael Newdow lost his appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Dozens of similar cases are boiling up all over the country.

Update:
"Ten Commandments Judge" Poised to Reclaim Seat as Ala. Chief Justice.  Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who was unseated nine years ago after refusing to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state courthouse, has secured the Republican nomination for the office and is considered the favorite to win back his seat in November.

Judge in Houston:  Remove Bible From Court Display.  A judge on Tuesday [08/10/2004] ordered Harris County to remove a Bible from a monument outside its civil courts building.  Federal Judge Sim Lake said the county should be exercising religious neutrality and "not be seen as endorsing Christianity."  He gave officials 10 days to remove the Bible.

Judge Orders Bible Removed From Monument at Texas Courthouse.  A federal judge ruled that a Bible must be taken out of a monument outside a courthouse in Houston, Texas, within 10 days because the display violates the constitutional separation of church and state.  [The] decision came as the result of a lawsuit filed a year ago by real estate broker and attorney Kay Staley, who is a member of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State.  "It is just a wonderful day for religious freedom and religious diversity," said Staley.

 Editor's Note:   The monument has been there for about fifty years.  Why is it suddenly unconstitutional?  And how does the removal of the Bible promote "diversity?"

 Update:   Court delays order to remove Bible from monument.  A Bible can remain in a monument on county property, at least for the time being, a federal appeals court ruled in an emergency order Tuesday [8/24/2004].  With a district judge's deadline for removing the Bible only hours away, the 5th U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans issued a temporary stay of the district court order.

In God We Trust

Group Seeks to Block 'In God We Trust' Engraving.  The nation's largest group of atheists and agnostics filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to block an architect from engraving "In God We Trust" and the Pledge of Allegiance at the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington.  The Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation's lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in western Wisconsin, claims the taxpayer-funded engravings would be an unconstitutional endorsement of religion. [...] In God We Trust" has been the national motto since 1956 and has appeared on U.S. currency since 1957.

Atheists sue to keep 'In God We Trust' off Capitol Visitor Center.  A California Republican congressman wants to do a little writing on the walls of Washington's newest federal building.  If Rep. Dan Lungren gets his way, Congress will spend nearly $100,000 to engrave the words "In God We Trust" and the Pledge of Allegiance in prominent spots at the Capitol Visitor Center.  Lungren's proposal drew only a whimper of opposition last week when the House of Representatives voted 410-8 to approve it.  Now, however, Lungren finds himself tussling with a national atheists and agnostics group.

Newdow strikes again:
Atheist Sues to Remove 'In God We Trust' From Currency.  The atheist who is fighting to take the phrase "under God" out of the Pledge of Allegiance filed a lawsuit late Thursday [11/17/2005] seeking to prevent the U.S. government from printing the national motto — "In God We Trust" — on any future coins or paper money.

Court Upholds Ohio's God Motto A federal appeals court Friday [3/16/2001] upheld Ohio's state motto, "With God, all things are possible."  It called the phrase "religion neutral" and constitutional even though the quote is attributed directly to Jesus Christ.

Constitutional Guidelines for Displaying Religious Documents on Public Property  [PDF]

"In God We Trust" Marks 50 Years as the Official Motto.  In God We Trust.  The four short words of the U.S. motto are long on irony:  In the early 1900s President Theodore Roosevelt wanted them deleted from coinage; he felt their use was "dangerously close to sacrilege."  In 1970 the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled they have "nothing whatsoever to do with the establishment of religion."

In Gold We Trust.  The American mint has removed the official "In God We Trust" motto from the face of it dollar coin and has relegated it to the gold-colored coin's thin edge.  Mint officials said the reason for the change is to leave more room for portraits of former presidents and the Statue of Liberty.

In God We Trust
This screen shot was taken from the web site of the United States Mint, and it seems to confirm the story above — the national motto has been moved to the edges of the new one-dollar coins.

Surely this was accidental, right?
Mint Releases More 'Godless' Dollars.  It looks like the U.S. Mint has struck again — or not struck again, depending on how you look at it.  New dollar coins featuring John Adams are missing edge inscriptions including "In God We Trust," according to the Professional Coin Grading Service, a rare coin authentication company based in Newport Beach, Calif.

House to take up 'In God We Trust' resolution.  The Republican-led House is expected to take up a brief foray into social values issues this week, considering a resolution that would reaffirm "In God We Trust" as the official motto of the United States.

Obama rips Republicans for House vote on 'In God We Trust' motto.  President Obama invoked God on Wednesday [11/2/2011] as he criticized Congress for voting on commemorative coins and a resolution reaffirming "In God We Trust" as the national motto in all public buildings, public schools and other government institutions.  "That's not putting people back to work," Obama said.  "I trust in God, but God wants to see us help ourselves by putting people to work."

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If a Republican president had said that, the liberals would be wailing about a theocracy.

We settled that — again.  "In God We Trust" became the national motto by law in 1956.  Congress voted to reaffirm the motto in 2002.  And the Senate re-reaffirmed the motto in 2006.  So, there wouldn't seem to be much doubt about the U.S. national motto, except perhaps over in this White House.

In Socialism We Trust?  Sponsored by Rep. J. Randy Forbes, Virginia Republican, the bill affirms the motto and "encourages its display in public buildings and government institutions."  Mr. Forbes explained that the reminder was needed in light of Mr. Obama's recasting of the motto and also because of the mysterious replacement of the motto at the National Capitol Visitors Center "with stars in a replica of the House Chamber — and cropping an actual picture of the chamber so you could not see the words 'In God We Trust.'"

In God We Trust




"We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God."
- James Madison    






Thanksgiving Day:

The Origins of Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The Origins of Thanksgiving.  The original Pilgrims belonged to the "English Dissenters" a religious group who wanted to worship God in their own way, without belonging to the hierarchical state church.  At that time, they had suffered persecutions for not attending official "Anglican" church services.  Genuine Puritans obliged the government of King James I, and attended Church of England services.  Anyone who did not attend these official Sunday services was fined.  Two of the leaders of the English Dissenters had been executed for "sedition," and these executions hastened the desire of the Pilgrims to leave England.  The Netherlands had provided a safe refuge for many of their number, but America seemed more promising.

What Our Presidents' Thanksgiving Proclamations Tell Us About America.  George Washington issued the first presidential proclamation on October 3, 1789, recommending all Americans to set aside November 26 as a "Day of National Thanksgiving."  He and his successors through James Madison issued similar proclamations, but only sparingly and at various times of the year.  From 1815 through 1860 there were no thanksgiving proclamations whatsoever.  Abraham Lincoln, who venerated Washington and often followed his example, began issuing proclamations his first year in office.  But not until October 3, 1863, the very same day Washington had done 74 years earlier, did the annual tradition begin.

The Origins and Traditions of Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving is a venerable and much-beloved American holiday.  In colonial times it was primarily a harvest holiday, in which the colonists offered thanks for a good harvest, sometimes by feasting, sometimes by fasting.  A holiday was already celebrated in the Spanish colony of Florida in the 16th century, and in the British colonies of Virginia and Massachusetts in the 17th century, most famously in 1621, when the Pilgrims at Plymouth, Massachusetts celebrated their first successful harvest in the company of some of the Native American tribesmen.  Thanksgiving became a regularly celebrated national holiday only during the Civil War, when Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a day of national Thanksgiving in 1863.  The holiday became fixed to the fourth Thursday in November by an act of the United States Congress in 1941.

George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation.  Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and — whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness": [...]

War on Holidays is War on America.  Thanksgiving is over, but the country is probably lucky it took place at all.  Various reports disclose that the war against Thanksgiving is almost as ferocious as those against such other evil institutions as Christmas and the Confederate Flag.

Editing God out of history distorts truth.  Ask any grade school kid who the Pilgrims were giving thanks to on the first Thanksgiving and I'll lay you three-to-one odds that the answer you get is, "the Indians."  Public education is so obsessed with separation and so uncomfortable with discussions of religion that it has sanitized the unbreakable link between faith and America's founding.  Now children are taught that the Pilgrims set the first Thanksgiving dinner for the Native Americans who helped keep them alive during their first harsh year in the New World.

A Brief History of Thanksgiving.  Our nation's success in the world is not haphazard, not happenstance, and not merely the result of our own efforts.  No, God has shepherded us from the first days colonists walked this new land — and we put our country at risk whenever we forget this truth — that we owe our Lord thanks and obedience.  Our forebears knew that God judges nations and communities as well as individuals.  They knew, too, that we are responsible for our own attitudes of thanksgiving and also for gathering together to offer prayers of gratitude.

Thanksgiving Proclamations.  Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday in that it brings to the forefront the undeniable link between Christianity and America. Most of us automatically think of the Pilgrims and their thanksgiving.  But Thanksgiving as a national observance was established years later in 1789, when President George Washington issued a presidential proclamation declaring a national day of thanksgiving.

More Peace Than War.  Many like to idealize Native Americans as peace-loving, back-to-nature types — proto-1960s hippies wiped out by Columbus and his smallpox.  It's not true.  Indians existed in a constant state of tribe-against-tribe warfare.  Consider the Iroquois.  In their book, "Beyond the Covenant Chain," Daniel Richter, James Merrell and Wilcomb Washburn write that, "Far from being the savage rulers of a wilderness empire, as old myth has portrayed them, the Iroquois were brought by the accumulated effects of famine, disease and war 'within two finger-breadths of total destruction.'"

Schools are distorting Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday, a time to reflect on the many blessings bestowed on this great nation while enjoying the company of family and friends.  It's hard to imagine that anyone could consider the celebration controversial or feel the need to censor Thanksgiving discussions among schoolchildren.  But when it comes to political correctness, no holiday is safe.

Thanksgiving — A Violation of Church and State?  Is the government's observance of Thanksgiving a violation of the separation of church and state?  This past week, a Newsweek/Washington Post editorial labeled presidential Thanksgiving Day proclamations as "cracks in the wall of separation."  The author explained, "The problem with these proclamations, it seems to me, is that they pave the way for public acceptance of gross violations of the constitutional separation of church and state."

Giving Thanks for Genocide?  The Thanksgiving story is a strange one to protest. It is recalled, every year, as a time when newly arrived Europeans and Native Americans cooperated and learned from one another and then joined together for a festive meal to celebrate their joint harvest.  This week, millions of schoolchildren will don tall paper hats and Indian fringes and feathers.  They will recall the peaceful start of the not always peaceful history of the greatest nation on earth.  And so they should — without guilt or shame.

Giving Thanks to God:  When President Bush issues his Thanksgiving Proclamation  — inevitably noting the many blessings, as well as the great responsibilities, of our liberty  — he will be participating in a tradition that affirms once again that, while we are committed to upholding religious liberty, we remain one nation under God.  This is because President Bush is following in the footsteps  — and speaking in the voice of  — America's Founding Fathers, who saw religion as a necessary and vital element of their experiment in republican government.

PC trumps history and tradition.
Claremont parents clash over kindergarten Thanksgiving costumes.  For decades, Claremont kindergartners have celebrated Thanksgiving by dressing up as pilgrims and Native Americans and sharing a feast.  But on Tuesday, when the youngsters meet for their turkey and songs, they won't be wearing their hand-made bonnets, headdresses and fringed vests.  Parents in this quiet university town are sharply divided over what these construction-paper symbols represent: A simple child's depiction of the traditional (if not wholly accurate) tale of two factions setting aside their differences to give thanks over a shared meal? Or a cartoonish stereotype that would never be allowed of other racial, ethnic or religious groups?

A Day of Thanksgiving.  [Scroll down  The report, adopted Nov. 1, [1777,] declared Thursday, Dec. 18, as "a day of Thanksgiving" to God, so that "with one heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts, and consecrate themselves to the service of their divine benefactor."  It was the first of many Thanksgivings ordered up by Samuel Adams.  Though the holidays were almost always in November or December, the exact dates varied.  (Congress didn't fix Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday in November until 1941.)

The Pilgrims' Financial Crisis:  Due to unexpected delays, wandering off course, and searching for the best settlement site, the Mayflower, carrying 102 settlers, finally anchored at what was to become the settlement of Plymouth on December 21, 1620, the dead of winter. [...] During 1621, they discovered a couple of English speaking Indians, who had learned the language from fishermen hauling off fish from the New England coast, but who had not settled.  This included the famed Squanto, who showed the settlers how to best hunt, fish, plant, and mine essential commodities in the New World, served as their exploration guide, and developed their relations with the surrounding Indian tribes.

Kids Told Not to Dress as 'Indians' at Plimoth Plantation.  A nine-year-old girl was recently asked to remove her "Indian" costume before entering the Wampanoag Homesite of the Plimoth Plantation, a historical site that allows visitors to experience Plymouth, Mass., as it was in the 17th century.

President Lincoln's 1863 Proclamation Appointing a National Fast Day:  Whether delivered on Thanksgiving or not, Lincoln's words are directly germane to the subject of Thanksgiving.  In describing the American people's general ingratitude toward God the words couldn't be more applicable today.

You should also visit the page about Anti-Christmas and Anti-Anti-Christmas Sentiment in America today.



Is the United States a Christian country?

My Country Was of Thee.  A Christian nation bases its core law close to the Ten Commandments and America's commitment to that concept can be seen in the monuments bearing those edicts on government buildings from small town to the Supreme Court.  America is a Christian nation because our culture has always been saturated with Christian assumptions, references, and behaviors.  The cords that have held this nation together are biblical.  It is biblical thinking that brought people here, and the hard work such thinking produces built, in a very brief time, a thoroughly prosperous and functional civilization.

The Purpose of America.  America, beginning with those colonies that would become America, was founded not to promote some general ideal of religious freedom, but rather to specifically protect serious Christians from the religious persecution they had suffered in Europe.  Several of the colonies — Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland — were created to allow groups of persecuted Christians like Puritans, Quakers, and Catholics to have a specific home polity.  Other colonies like Rhode Island and Connecticut were founded to allow Christians to practice faith as they chose outside Massachusetts.  Virtually all the colonies were populated by profoundly serious Christians.  It was not the free practice of "religion," but the free practice of Christianity that the early Americans fought and died for. [...] America was intended to be the Israel of Christianity, and commitment to that ideal explains the obstinacy of the rebelling colonists, who shed blood, lost treasure, and risked everything for freedom.  The purpose of America was never to protect its citizens from Christianity, but instead to protect Christians from the oppression of the state.

The Vision of the Founding Fathers.  The Plymouth Pilgrims were only the first of many who came to the New World to escape religious persecution.  Hard as it may be to believe it at this distance of time, British law once forbade non-Anglican Protestants to worship freely — jailing and even burning them for dissenting in the 16th and 17th centuries, and then, more liberally, fining them — and it barred them (along with Catholics and Jews) from the great universities and from political office.  In response, thousands of Congregationalists, Presbyterians, Baptists, Quakers, and others fled.  Not incidentally, they brought with them their dissenting tradition of governing their own congregations and hiring and firing their own ministers — in other words, they brought to these shores a political culture of self-government.  Moreover, because they were accustomed to reading the Bible and feeling free to judge its meaning for themselves — to believing, that is, that they had a direct relation to God and his word independent of any worldly institution or authority — they also brought a deeply rooted culture of individualism and personal responsibility.  For them, the individual and his conscience were of preeminent importance.

The Decline of Christian America.  "This is a Christian nation," said the Supreme Court in 1892.  "America was born a Christian nation," echoed Woodrow Wilson.  Harry Truman affirmed it:  "This is a Christian nation."  But in 2009, Barack Hussein Obama begged to differ:  "We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation."

How to Kill Christianity.  From the Anglicans at Jamestown, to the Pilgrims at Plymouth, and the Puritans at Massachusetts Bay, virtually all of the Mainline Protestant churches in the U.S. can trace their roots to those who literally founded America.  The principles of American democracy were born in Mainline churches.  The revivals during the Great Awakening were preached by men from Mainline churches.  Many of the first colleges and universities in the U.S. were founded by Mainline churches.  What's more, eight of the first fourteen U.S. Presidents were Episcopalian.  The spiritual and political roots of America are deeply embedded in Mainline Protestantism.

Rev. Graham:'This Country Was Built on Christian Principles' Not Islam.  Reverend Franklin Graham, son of world-renowned evangelist Billy Graham, said America "was built on Christian principles" but Christians are being pushed "to the back of the room" today [1/20/2015], and he added that Americans need to embrace those principles, knowing that this country "wasn't built by Islam" or "any other group" but by those "who supported and believed in the Lord Jesus Christ."  [Video clip]

7 Lies Liberals Tell Young Americans.  [#3]  Faith isn't relevant anymore:  Hollywood almost universally makes Christians look bad in TV shows and movies, liberalism has become reflexively hostile to Christianity, and militant atheists work overtime to attack people of faith.  Yet and still, this nation has been a success in large part because of Christianity.  If not for this nation's Protestant work ethic, fundamental Christian decency and biblically inspired dedication to human rights, we would have never been so successful.

Taking Tolerance Too Far.  In the affluent and comfortable West we take for granted a tolerance that is not shown Christians in Egypt, Iraq, Nigeria, or Eritrea, much less North Korea.  Yet the war against Christians exists here at home too.  It is not as ugly, but it exists and with it Americans have witnessed an amazing reversal in our history.  After all, this country was originally a Christian country.  It was a refuge for all Christians, and, as the years passed, all Western faiths — eventually all humane faiths.  America became a land of religious tolerance.  Given the intolerance toward Christianity that we see in America today, possibly it is time for Christians to rethink this tolerance.

Rand Paul's Message To Evangelicals: "There is a war on Christianity".  Rand Paul has quite a bit going for him if he makes a run.  His libertarian views give him distinct crossover appeal but, in addition as a committed pro-life believer in Jesus Christ he can court evangelicals in a a [sic] way that doesn't look like pandering.  Plus, he's super smart which not only gives the Tea Party more credibility as a movement but allows Paul to get a serious look from the shark-infested waters filled with mainstream media members.

Will the Last Religious Politician Please Turn Out the Lights?  If at one time being a member of a church was almost a requirement for anyone running for office, that time has long since passed.  These days, portraying a candidate as a "fine, upstanding Christian" is enough to send any potential office seeker to the political graveyard.  Due to constant stereotyping by liberals, such a description now conjures an image that is a combination of Boss Hogg, Huey Long, and Elmer Gantry.  The result, among others, is that the openly Christian candidate is out of favor with the political establishment here and abroad.

Christian Origins of Essential American Doctrines.  Virtually every important, original American idea is a product of Christianity.  Further, had these doctrines never been developed, the US would arguably not been nearly as productive, free or happy.  These ideas involve property, liberty, and the rule of law.

Stating Historical Facts Is Not Discrimination.  Our Founding Fathers regularly evoked God in public and as justification for why the United States should be an independent nation.  Our leaders from way back when the nation was still young even proclaimed days of Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the entire nation.  The Declaration of Independence is rife with references to God spoken in the flowery and grandiose language that the time dictated should be used to pay homage to the Creator.  Even our very Constitution itself proclaims that the act of its creation was done "In the Year of Our Lord", 1787.  Atheists, it seems, always become antsy any time they come face to face with the reality that most people believe in America believe in God.  They break out in hives and shiver uncontrollably whenever they hear the fact that our founders formed this nation with a reverence towards God and God's laws.

Our Father, Who Art in Washington.  Government is a necessary evil, but an evil nonetheless.  The mistake that Christians, or any other religion for that matter, make when they accept and encourage government social justice is that all modern government is eventually at the point of a gun.  Look at other formerly Christian countries.  Preach what is in the Bible, go to jail for hate speech.  Resist hard enough, meet the point of a gun.  Remember, we're no longer a Christian country.  The state said so.

George Washington thanked God for America.  It used to be common knowledge that America's first national Thanksgiving Day was established by President George Washington in 1789.  While a few modern critics might be rankled by, as Washington's proclamation puts it, an official "day of public thanksgiving and prayer," for most Americans the holiday stands as an enduring reminder of Washington's wise vision for American religious freedom.

Why a candidate's faith matters.  John Jay, the first chief justice of the Supreme Court and co-author of the Federalist Papers, thought a candidate's religious beliefs should be a primary consideration in voting.  Jay wrote, "It is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation, to select and prefer Christians for their rulers."  According to Jay, preferring a Christian candidate is neither bigoted nor unconstitutional.

America's Christian foundations are clear.  Did you know that 52 of the 55 signers of The Declaration of Independence were orthodox, deeply committed Christians?  The other three all believed in the Bible as the divine truth, the God of scripture, and His personal intervention.  It is the same congress that formed the American Bible Society.  Immediately after creating the Declaration of Independence, the Continental Congress voted to purchase and import 20,000 copies of scripture for the people of this nation.

America's Great Religious Document.  The Declaration of Independence is the official and unequivocal recognition by the American people of our belief and faith in God.  It affirms God's existence as a "self-evident" truth that requires no further discussion, debate or litigation.  The nation created by the great Declaration is God's country.  The rights it defines are God-given.  The actions of its signers are God-inspired.

Is the United States a Christian Nation?  In 2007, then-Senator Barack Obama told the Christian Broadcasting Network that the United States was "no longer just a Christian nation."  But a new Gallup poll indicates that not only is the country Christian, it is overwhelmingly Christian.

America's Constitutional Foundation of Biblical Covenant.  Seminal colonial American historian Donald Lutz, in his Origin of American Constitutionalism, explains the importance of the Bible's covenant concept to our Pilgrim and Puritan forbears.  As opposed to being the result of the crazed imposition of a small band of religious zealots, the covenant approach to creating new communities was simply an outgrowth of their Christian world view.  These immigrants wanted to protect their right to worship, and create a foundation for proper civil society.  Overall, the US Constitution is simply the logical result of adding together all the early colonial covenants, compacts and charters, which summed up their novel government ideas.

Bowing to Radical Islam.  On February 9, 2010, the Pompano Beach, Florida city commission granted the imam of the Islamic Center of South Florida (ICOSB), Hasan Sabri, the honor of giving the invocation at one of its bi-weekly commission meetings. [...] Sabri began his prayer, otherwise known as Salaat, with the words, "A'uudhu billaahi minash shaitaan ar-Rajeem," which means "I seek refuge in Allah from Satan, the accursed."  After he completed the Arabic, he attempted to translate for the audience his recitation.  However, nothing close to the first statement would be found in the translation.  Was this deliberate or merely an oversight?

The 'Jefferson Prayer' that never was...  I think these words, yes this prayer, make it clear that Jefferson did not need any help in speaking his own mind, or in acknowledging the role of God in his own life or the foundation of this country.

What Does the Constitution Really Say About Religion?  When Congress passed the First Amendment, many states had a church establishment that enjoyed special legal status and even direct funding from taxes.  In some states it was the Anglican Church; in others, it was the Congregational Church.  In many states, you had to be a Christian, sometimes specifically a Protestant, to hold public office.  Had Americans been of one Protestant denomination, we might well have had a single national church.

Do Not Blame Barack.  [Scroll down]  We also criticize Obama for saying "We no longer are [just] a Christian nation" and while speaking in Turkey that "We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation."  But can we really say he's wrong?  Has Christmas not become completely commercialized?  How many of us say grace with our families before meals?  How many of us pray every day?  How many Americans subscribe to the modern perversion of the "separation of church and state" idea? [...] Have the majority of American "Christians" not descended into moral relativism?

A Veterans Day Tribute and Remembrance.  We have, since World War II, seen prayer taken out of our schools and "Under God" in the pledge of allegiance under attack.  Are we still a nation of God as we once were during the times of our founding fathers and mothers?  With all that is happening in the world today, it seems to me that we may need God more then ever.

"Under God" in the Pledge Is Consistent with the Beliefs of the Founders.  Those who drafted the U.S. Constitution would have had little, if any, problem with the issue.  Indeed, from the earliest days of colonization to the inception and expansion of the American Republic, our nation's government has never been symbolically neutral with regard to the existence and providence of God.

America Founded a Christian Nation? You Bet!  The United States of America was founded by Christians as a Christian nation.  No, it was not and is not a theocracy.  We do not have an official state church or an official state religion. [...] But our country was undoubtedly founded by Christians.  A few of the founders such as Benjamin Franklin and possibly Thomas Jefferson were not Christians, but even they were well grounded in the Bible and generally adhered to the moral and philosophical wisdom of Christianity.

A Christian Nation.  Of the four claims about God and Americans outlined in the Declaration, it was the idea that man was made by God to be free that was the most radical, and which was so pivotal.  The British press mocked it openly.  It is, however, at the very heart of the founding ideology.  If it is God who made men free, then Liberty is not a pragmatic imperative; it is a moral one.

There Are Two Irreconcilable Americas.  The left wants America to look as much like Western European countries as possible.  The left wants Europe's quasi-pacifism, cradle-to-grave socialism, egalitarianism and secularism in America.  The right wants none of those values to dominate America.  The left wants America not only to have a secular government, but to have a secular society.  The left feels that if people want to be religious, they should do so at home and in their houses of prayer, but never try to inject their religious values into society.

Replacing God.  The overwhelming majority of Americans who profess faith in God are being told that the times have changed.  Christianity, our ruling elite inform us, is only one of many religions, all of which are equal.  In case we don't get it, President Obama, while abroad, expressed a deep appreciation for the Islamic faith while, here at home, he appointed a gay-rights activist to the federal government's faith-based initiative.  Said activist described Pope Benedict XVI and certain Catholic bishops as "discredited leaders."

Atheists Want God Out of Kentucky Homeland Security.  A group of atheists filed a lawsuit Tuesday [12/2/2008] seeking to remove part of a state anti-terrorism law that requires Kentucky's Office of Homeland Security to acknowledge it can't keep the state safe without God's help.  American Atheists Inc. sued in state court over a 2002 law that stresses God's role in Kentucky's homeland security alongside the military, police agencies and health departments.

Nixing God from America:  There are forces at work in our nation that want to change who we are and who we have been.  They want a completely secularized society that does not even recognize the God for whom our founding fathers expressed great fondness and dependence.  We are literally watching the rewriting of American history.

Judge Declares Declaration of Independence Unconstitutional.  Okay, so the headline is a bit premature, but it's the logical precursor to the legal philosophy of liberal extremists, isn't it?  Ever since the Supreme Court erroneously elevated Thomas Jefferson's "wall of separation between church and state" metaphor to a constitutional doctrine in the 1947 landmark decision Everson v. Board of Education, a growing sort of legal fog has been setting in on our constitutional religious freedoms, ending in what can only be described as a requirement of government hostility towards religion.

Chuck Baldwin's Speech In Boise, Idaho:  Even the Constitution recognizes the worship day of the Christian God, the Lord Jesus Christ.  Article 1, Section 7, Paragraph 2 states, "If any bill shall not be returned by the President within ten Days (Sundays excepted) ..."  Notice, the U.S. Constitution exempts Sunday — the day Christians set aside to worship Jesus Christ — from being a legal business day.  Furthermore, Article 7 of the Constitution states, "Done in Convention by the unanimous consent of the States present, the seventeenth day of September in the year of OUR LORD [emphasis added] one thousand seven hundred and eighty-seven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the twelfth."  Notice, the U.S. Constitution concludes by identifying the Lord Jesus Christ as being "our Lord."

Obama:  Lucifer Is My Homeboy.  [Scroll down]  That summer, in 1776, Gen. George Washington — a charter member of the founding fathers — rallied his troops, saying:  "The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves. [...] The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of the army."  So Washington not only used the phrase "under God," but gave us one of the earliest known references to the rights of the "unborn."  That's right!  George Washington was a "pro-life extremist," just like Sarah Palin.

ACLU and 9th Circuit against Christianity.  It is fitting that during this season we take time to acknowledge our nation's religious heritage.  In the Mayflower Compact — the agreement made by the earliest American settlers — the preamble explains that their mission included the "propagating of Christian religion to such people as yet live in darkness and miserable ignorance of the true knowledge and worship of God."  Even Christopher Columbus is recorded as acknowledging that his ambitious plan to discover new worlds was in part a religious endeavor.

Was America a Christian Nation?  Numerous quotes from former Presidents of the US, indicating that it was assumed to be, unofficially, at some point in the past.

Not a Christian nation, Mr. President?  President Obama told a news conference in Turkey last week that America "is not a Christian nation," thus demonstrating that it is indeed possible for a Harvard Law graduate to be correct strictly as a matter of law and otherwise completely out to lunch on the facts of history.

Congressman Challenges Obama's Claim That U.S. Is A Secular Nation.  Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) believes that the United States is a nation founded on Judeo-Christian principles, and hopes that his sponsorship of a bill designating the first week in May as "America's Spiritual Heritage Week" will make that belief official.

Christian conservatism just getting started.  The Christian right has interjected itself into the political world because the political world came into their world.  The public schools that are educating the majority of America's children have been increasingly secularized and politicized.  The work place has been purged of biblical ethics.  All public space is darkened by lawless and vulgar lasciviousness and becoming increasingly intolerant of practicing Christians.  The result is that secular Americans have had a disproportionate impact on our country over recent years and biblical Americans are now fighting back with their voting rights.

Appeals Court says 'Under God' not a prayer.  The federal court that touched off a furor in 2002 by declaring the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance to be an unconstitutional endorsement of religion took another look at the issue Thursday [3/11/2010] and said the phrase invokes patriotism, not religious faith.




Noteworthy Decisions Concerning Religion  by the Supreme Court of the United States, including this one:

"Among other matters note the following: The form of oath universally prevailing, concluding with an appeal to the Almighty; the custom of opening sessions of all deliberative bodies and most conventions with prayer; the prefatory words of all wills, 'In the name of God, amen;' the laws respecting the observance of the Sabbath, with the general cessation of all secular business, and the closing of courts, legislatures, and other similar public assemblies on that day; the churches and church organizations which abound in every city, town, and hamlet; the multitude of charitable organizations existing everywhere under Christian auspices; the gigantic missionary associations, with general support, and aiming to establish Christian missions in every quarter of the globe. These and many other matters which might be noticed, add a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a Christian nation."

-- The United States Supreme Court    
Holy Trinity Church v. U.S.      
Feb. 29, 1892    

Additional details on (and excerpts from) this ruling.

Numerous other points of support for this argument.



The Bible and Conservatism:  Jews and Christians alike tend to undersell or dumb down our faiths.  We're content to think the Bible is just a book of stories, ethical rules for personal observance, or abstract theological dogma.  On its own terms, however, Scripture is much more than that.  Something I found incredibly exciting about Judaism, my own inherited religion, when I was getting to know it as an adult, is that it addresses every conceivable kind of question a person or a society could have.

Illinois Moment of Silence Ruled Unconstitutional.  A federal judge has ruled that a state law requiring a moment of silence in public schools across Illinois is unconstitutional, saying it crosses the line separating church and state.  "The statute is a subtle effort to force students at impressionable ages to contemplate religion," U.S. District Judge Robert W. Gettleman said in his ruling Wednesday. [...] Adam Schwartz, senior staff counsel of the American Civil Liberties Union, said the organization was pleased with the decision "to strike down a statewide law that coerced children to pray as part of an organized activity in our public schools."

The Editor says...
Since when is silence considered a religion?

Information Letter on the Constitutionality of the National Motto.  Around 1861, the Chief Justice Chase of the Supreme Court wrote the following in a letter to the Director of the Mint:  "No nation can be strong except in the strength of God, or safe except in His defense.  The trust of our people in God should be declared on our national coins."

Also related — The Presidents Speak:  References to God in the Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents, 1789 to Present.  (PDF file, 17 Pages)

 Excellent!   What Did America's Founders Truly Believe?  Today, many revisionist historians have taught America's children that our Founders were deists, atheists, and secular-minded.  As a result, many Americans blindly believe that our forefathers intended to erect the so-called "separation of church and state."  By simply reading through the words of our Founders, you will come to realize that nothing could be further from the truth.

 Read this:   50 States and God.  The respective Constitutions of all fifty states acknowledge God.  For example, "We, the people of the State of Arizona, grateful to Almighty God for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution…."

Is God a Part of U.S. History?  How could this happen?  That is the question that many people are asking in the aftermath of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling declaring the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional because it contains the phrase "under God."  This is beginning to be another unifying, defining moment in our country.  The outcry has been loud and clear, from President Bush, to the halls of Congress and to the classic "common man and woman" across this land.

The Biblical Roots of American Liberty:  It is a fact of history that our forebears whose religious convictions brought them to these shores in the 17th and 18th centuries sought to create in this new world a biblically based Christian commonwealth.  But it was not to be a theocracy — of which the world had seen too many.  It was to be a religious society, but one which incorporated a secular political order.

The Importance of Morality and Religion in Government:  A collection of quotes from the Founding Fathers.

The Editor says...
The Liberty Bell first hung in Independence Hall in 1753, bearing the inscription, "Proclaim Liberty throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants Thereof"  (Lev. 25.10)*  How long will the ACLU tolerate that?

Our U.S. Constitution:  Edmund Morgan, writing about our Founders in general, said:  "In no other period of history would it be possible to find in politics five men of such intellectual stature as Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson; and there were others only slightly less distinguished.  Only for the brief span of a single lifetime would America's statesmen and her brightest thinkers be the same men."  But let us be warned!  John Adams said, "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."

The Negative Effects of the Education System and the Media Rewriting History:  Congressman Roscoe Bartlett of Maryland cites "a court case in February 29, 1892, against the claims of the cult called the Church of the Holy Spirit that Christianity was not the faith of the people.  The Supreme Court made a decision saying that it clearly was and they marshalled 87 different legal precedents to affirm that America was formed as a Christian Nation by believing Christians."


Village Voice columnist Nat Hentoff wrote that "American tradition" dictates that "there is no mention of God in the Constitution."  But Hentoff's "tradition" fatally collides with the plain text of the Constitution itself, which records that the document was completed on "the seventeenth of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven, and of the independence of the United States of America the twelfth."  (Emphasis added.)
The New American    


Federal Judge Tosses out Newdow's Challenge of Inaugural Prayers, 'So Help Me God'.  Atheist Michael Newdow and 30 other "nontheistic" plaintiffs say they will decide Friday whether to appeal Thursday's decision by a federal judge dismissing their demand that President-elect Barack Obama be barred from saying "So help me God" when he takes the oath of office Jan. 20.

The Editor says...
Isn't Mr. Obama protected by the First Amendment?  If he chooses to say "So help me God", or anything else, does he not have that liberty?

So Help Me God.  Michael Newdow, the professional atheist who tried to have "one nation under God" stricken from the Pledge of Allegiance, has lost his crusade to prevent the mention of God at the inauguration.  Though it's not written into the Constitution, presidents usually close their oath with the words "So help me God."  Newdow wanted a court to tell President-elect Obama that he cannot say those words, and he also wanted to ban the tradition of inaugural prayers.  On Thursday [1/15/2009], U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton threw out Mr. Newdow's attempt to establish his religion — the religion of atheism.

Gays and Atheists Joined at the Lip.  Whenever atheists blame religion for causing most of the world's mass murders, they merely prove that they're not only bigots, but ignoramuses.  While nobody knows exactly how many millions of innocent people have been butchered in the past 90 years, we do know that the vast majority died at the hands of Stalin, Hitler, Mao and Pol Pot, atheists all.  The only exceptions to that rule, of course, are those who have been gassed, beheaded and blown up, by the Muslim faithful.  And yet Islam, interestingly enough, is the one religion that doesn't seem to enrage atheists!

I can hear the liberals now.  Theocracy!  Theocracy!
U.S. Military Weapons Inscribed With Secret 'Jesus' Bible Codes.  Coded references to New Testament Bible passages about Jesus Christ are inscribed on high-powered rifle sights provided to the United States military by a Michigan company, an ABC News investigation has found. [...] John 8:12, referred to on the gun sights as JN8:12, reads, "Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."

Michigan defense contractor has God in its sights.  Army officials said Tuesday [1/19/2010] they will investigate whether a Michigan defense contractor violated federal procurement rules by stamping references to Bible verses on combat rifle sights used by American forces to kill enemy fighters in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Muslim anger over US military 'Jesus' scopes.  Muslim groups reacted angrily after it emerged that the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan were using rifle sights inscribed with coded Biblical references.  The company producing the sights, which are also used to train Afghan and Iraqi soldiers under contracts with the US Army and the Marine Corps, said it has inscribed references to the New Testament on the metal casings for over two decades.

Wixom gun sight maker will stop inscribing biblical references.  The Wixom company under fire for putting tiny references to Bible verses on gun sights sold to the U.S. military, announced today [1/21/2010] it will drop the inscriptions on future arms shipments and offer kits to help the military remove codes on sights in the hands of troops.

And now the rest of the story...
ABC Raids Message Boards to 'Break' a Decades-Old Story.  The manufacturer of gun sights used by the U.S. military inscribes references to New Testament passages on them, a fact known to the public for 23 years. [...] The "secret 'Jesus' Bible codes" are hardly secret.

Group Wants Congress to Investigate 'Military Religious Extremism'.  [Scroll down]  The Council on American-Islamic Relations, meanwhile, called the presence of the markings "a potential recruiting tool for anti-American forces" and a Muslim Public Affairs Council official said they provided "propaganda ammo to extremists who claim there is a 'Crusader war against Islam' by the United States."

Did someone mention CAIR?

Weapons Company Caves to Political Correctness.  U.S. optics manufacturer Trijicon has bowed to pressure to remove biblical references from their optics products, just days after the decades-old practice was sensationalized in an ABC News report that claimed the references were "secret 'Jesus' Bible codes" that could inflame radical Muslims who have attempted to brand wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as modern crusades since those conflicts began.

The Editor says...
Sounds like ABC News is attempting to "inflame radical Muslims" by publicizing this.  But really, is that all it takes to set off the Muslims?  If American soldiers fire rifles with abbreviated Biblical references, do the bullets hurt more?

Air Force Academy to Open Outdoor Worship Circle for Wiccans and Druids.  Networks like ABC have hyperventilated about the "outrage" of "endangering" soldiers with rifle sights with "secret Bible codes" on them.  They worried about Christian proselytizing on the campus of the U.S. Air Force Academy.  Will these TV reporters notice as the Air Force responds to the liberal-media complaints by opening an outdoor chapel space for Wiccans and Druids?

Cross found at Air Force Academy's Wicca center.  The Air Force Academy, stung several years ago by accusations of Christian bias, has built a new outdoor worship area for pagans and other practitioners of Earth-based religions.  But its opening, heralded as a sign of a more tolerant religious climate at the academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., was marred by the discovery two weeks ago of a large wooden cross placed there.

The Editor observes bias:
StungMarred?  The article above is replete with bias.  But something more important is between the lines:  Where are the "separation of church and state" fanatics now?

Atheist group demands cross be removed from Marine base.  An atheist group is demanding a 13-foot cross, erected at Camp Pendleton by an independent group of Iraq War veterans and two Marine widows, be removed out of concerns that it makes non-Christians in the military feel like "second class citizens."



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