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Controversial Video Features TV Host Talking to Children About ‘Gay Pride’: ‘It’s the Celebration of Sexual Diversity’   Jun 13, 2018 12:17 am
  Screenshot A video recorded for "Pride Month" is raising concern as it features a Canadian television host talking to young children about "gay pride" and explaining to the boys and girls that she herself questioned her sexuality as a child in liking a female actress, who she watched nude in a film "several times." The video, which has been viewed over two...

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California’s Deadly STD Epidemic Sets Record   Jun 12, 2018 02:16 pm
  Photo Credit: George Hodan/Public Domain Pictures (Washington Post) -- Diagnoses of sexually transmitted diseases hit a record high in California last year---with sometimes deadly consequences, according to preliminary state data. More than 300,000 cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis---the most common sexually transmitted bacterial infections---were...

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 Netflix Announces Animated ‘Drag Queen’ Series: ‘They’re Queer, and They’re Going to Save the World’   Jun 13, 2018 12:28 pm
  "Netflix has sunk to a new low." That's one of a number of comments of concern following the popular movie outlet's presentation of a teaser for a new cartoon series called "Super Drags," which centers on the fictional tales of drag queen superheroes. "They're here, they're queer, and they're going to save the world. Super Drags, a new animated series coming...

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 Spain Fines Christian Television Station 6,000 Euro for ‘Homophobic Content’   Jun 15, 2018 06:58 am
  (Evangelical Focus) -- The National Commission of Markets and Competition (CNMC, in Spanish) has fined Revelation TV 6,000 Euro. The media group has its headquarters in the UK, defines itself as a Christian ministry, and broadcasts in Spain through satellite since 2012. According to the CNMC, the fine comes after an individual complained to the state agency about...

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 Children’s Cartoon ‘Drag Tots’ to Feature ‘Baby Drag Queens’ Voiced by Cast of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’   Jun 14, 2018 12:23 pm
  YouTube Screenshot A new animated series akin to "The Powerpuff Girls," but featuring cartoon "baby drag queens" voiced by cast members of "RuPaul's Drag Race," is set to appear on the World of Wonder's WOW Presents Plus this month, being at least the second release in 2018 featuring animated cross-dressing men. "Drag Tots" tells the story of four pint-sized...

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Library System Hosting ‘Over-the-Top’ Story Hour With Men, Women ‘Strutting Their Stuff’ in Drag   Jun 11, 2018 09:01 pm
  SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- A library system in Minnesota is raising concern as it recently announced that it will be hosting three "over-the-top" drag story hours in June and July, billing the event as being geared toward families and suitable for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and teens. "Come meet some fabulous drag queens and kings at the library! They will read...

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CrossFit Researcher Fired for Tweeting ‘Celebrating Pride Is a Sin’   Jun 11, 2018 01:07 pm
  YouTube Screenshot HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- A CrossFit legal researcher who supported an Indianapolis CrossFit owner's decision to cancel a homosexual pride workout has been fired for expressing on his personal Twitter page that celebrating pride is a sin against God. According to reports, trainers for CrossFit Infiltrate had planned a workout to coincide with...

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North Korean Ex-Detainee Was Told His ‘Hostile Act Against Regime’ Was Prayer   Jun 11, 2018 10:35 am
  (World Watch Monitor) -- One of the American citizens who was released by North Korea and returned to the United States last month was told by his captors he was detained because of the “hostile act” of prayer. Kim Hak Song was arrested on a train from North Korea’s capital Pyongyang to China in May last year for allegedly having committed hostile acts...

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Sexually Transmitted Diseases Remain on the Rise in Washington State   Jun 12, 2018 08:27 am
  (The Daily Chronicle) -- The Washington State Department of Health recently released their statewide report on sexually transmitted diseases for 2017 and the results are not pretty. Chlamydia was the most commonly reported STD, with rates highest in women 20-24 years old. However, statistics indicate that overall STD rates are highest among gay, bisexual, and...

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Judge Rules Iowa Cannot Deny Medicaid Coverage for Gender Dysphoria-Related Surgeries   Jun 12, 2018 05:00 pm
  DES MOINES, Iowa -- A state judge has ruled that the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) cannot exclude gender dysphoria-related operations from Medicaid coverage, asserting that "medical thinking and Iowa law have changed," and that the state regulation that prohibited coverage for such operations "has not kept pace with law and medicine." "The outdated...

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Convicted Felon and Admitted Pedophile Running for Congress Wants to Legalize Incest   Jun 05, 2018 08:12 am
  CATLETT, Va. (WUSA9) -- A Northern Virginia candidate running for Congress has some shocking, and dangerous views about children and women. Nathan Larson, an accountant who lives in Fauquier County, thinks it's okay for adults to have sex with children. He is running as an Independent for Virginia's 10 Congressional District. And he wants to make it...

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Teacher Fighting for Job After Refusing District’s Demands to Call Students by ‘Transgender’ Names   Jun 06, 2018 01:27 pm
  INDIANAPOLIS (USA Today) — A teacher is fighting for his job after he says the district forced him to resign over its so-called transgender student policy. John Kluge, the former orchestra teacher at Brownsburg High School in Indiana, said the school district's requirement that teachers call transgender students by their preferred names, rather than those given...

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 Supreme Court Rules for Colorado Baker Who Refused to Make Same-Sex Wedding Cake   Jun 04, 2018 11:32 am
  WASHINGTON — While not completely solving the issue at large, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who was at the center of a case involving his right to decline to decorate cakes for events such as same-sex celebrations when doing so would violate his religious convictions, finding that he was wrongfully subjected to hostility by...

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 Supreme Court Throws Out Immigrant Teen Abortion Ruling as Moot as Baby No Longer Alive   Jun 04, 2018 01:27 pm
  WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday threw out a lower court ruling that let a pregnant illegal immigrant minor held in federal immigration custody to obtain an abortion last year at age 17 over the objections of President Donald Trump’s administration. The action by the justices provided a legal victory to Trump’s administration even...

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 Appeals Court Rejects Atheist’s Attempt to Remove ‘In God We Trust’ From American Currency   Jun 04, 2018 10:55 am
  CINCINNATI, Ohio -- A federal appeals court has rejected an atheist's continued attempts to have the motto "In God We Trust" removed from American currency, concluding that the printed phrase is not compelled speech and agreeing with a lower court ruling that the complainants in the case have ample alternatives to cash if the motto bothers them that...

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Pew Research Shows Most Nominal ‘Christians’ in Western Europe Do Not Practice Their Profession   Jun 04, 2018 07:54 am
  (Evangelical Focus) -- Most self-identified Christians in Western Europe do not practice their profession. This is one of the main conclusions of the newest Pew Research report on religion entitled “Being Christian in Western Europe.” According to the research conducted in 15 European countries, about 18% of the population are church-attending Christians. 46%...

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 Ministry Sends Shipping Container of Bibles, Books to Zambia, Belize   Jun 04, 2018 09:40 am
  Photo Credit: Mission Cry (Mission News Network) -- Mission Cry just sent one shipping container to Belize and another to Zambia. But what makes these massive crates so special? “Those are filled with about a half million dollars worth of used Bibles and Christian books ranging anywhere from Bibles to seminary books by Christian authors for Christian...

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Prosperity Preacher Asks Followers for Donations to Obtain $54M Jet, Says ‘Jesus Wouldn’t Be Riding a Donkey’   May 29, 2018 06:36 pm
  False teacher and prosperity preacher Jesse Duplantis is now asking his disciples for money to buy a jet that costs $54 million "so we can go anywhere in the world in one stop." He seeks the donations in a video posted last week on his organization's website. Duplantis insists that God says he needs a Dassault Falcon 7X, which is a three-engine private jet that...

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Ireland Votes to Allow Murder of Unborn Children as Rejoicing Breaks Out in Predominantly Catholic Country   May 26, 2018 09:21 pm
  DUBLIN -- Residents in the predominantly Roman Catholic Republic of Ireland voted on Friday to repeal the nation's constitutional amendment banning the murder of unborn children, paving the way for lawmakers to propose legislation allowing mothers to obtain abortions. As the results were announced on Saturday at Dublin Castle, the hundreds gathered broke out into...

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Hawaii Governor Signs Bill Banning Help for Homosexual Youth, Claims ‘Sexual Orientation Is Not an Illness’   May 27, 2018 03:37 pm
  HONOLULU, Hi.-- The Democratic governor of Hawaii has signed a bill banning professional counselors from helping struggling youth resist homosexual feelings. “exual orientation is not an illness to be cured,” Gov. David Ige claimed during the signing at the state capitol building on Friday. “We accept you and love you just the way you are.” He asserted...

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Chinese Officials Interrupt Seminary, Arrest Pastors Without Warrants   May 28, 2018 10:07 pm
  (China Aid) -- Officials interrupted a seminary class in China’s eastern Jiangsu province on Wednesday and brought away two pastors without displaying any warrants. Saying that the seminary lacked proper credentials for operating a school, approximately seven police officers and several agents from the local religious affairs bureau broke into the classroom at...

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Mother Gives Birth to Baby Girl at Mississippi’s Last Abortion Facility   May 31, 2018 05:47 am
  JACKSON, Miss. — A woman went into labor and delivered a healthy baby girl at the state’s last abortion facility while waiting ultrasound tests, which are done prior to the scheduling of an abortion. The pregnant woman, whose name was not released, was at the facility for a "consultation," according to Shannon Brewer, director of the so-called Jackson Women's...

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Evangelical Church Confirms 20 Members Died in Cuba Plane Crash   May 21, 2018 09:24 am
  (Evangelical Focus) -- Ten pastors and wives of an evangelical church died in the tragic plane crash near La Habana (Cuba) on Friday 18 May. The Boeing 737 plane of the company Aerolíneas Damojh crashed minutes after taking off from the San José airport, in La Habana. The destination of the flight was Holguin, a city 800 kilometres from Cuba’s capital. Only...
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 California ‘Pastor’ Resigns Over ‘Vile’ Profanity-Laced Tweets Expressing Frustration With City   May 21, 2018 09:13 pm
  Photo Credit: ABC7 News Screenshot PALO ALTO, Calif. -- A California "pastor" has resigned over controversial tweets in which he used profanity and other strong language to express frustration with the City of Palo Alto. The tweets were characterized as "vile" by the city's vice mayor, who said that he would think twice before sending children to an event at the...

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Illinois High School Prohibits Valedictorian From Mentioning Jesus in Graduation Speech   May 22, 2018 10:55 am
  SCIOTA, Ill. -- Officials at an Illinois high school recently prohibited a valedictorian from speaking about Jesus in his graduation speech. Student Sam Blackledge, 18, told the Todd Starnes Radio Show that he was called to the principal's office at West Prairie High School last week where it was outlined by school and district officials that he needed to take...

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113-Year-Old Woman Considered Oldest American Alive: ‘She Believed The Lord Meant for Her to Be Here’   May 24, 2018 01:33 pm
  Photo Credit: Cleveland.com screenshot CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio -- The daughter of a 113-year-old woman who is the oldest living person in the United States says that her mother believes she is still alive because it is God's will. Lessie Brown of Ohio became the oldest living person in America after Delphine Gibson, 114, of Pennsylvania passed away earlier...

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Doctor Who Slipped Abortion Drug Into Girlfriend’s Tea to Spend Three Years in Prison   May 20, 2018 09:15 pm
  ARLINGTON, Va. -- A Virginia doctor who spiked his pregnant girlfriend's tea with an abortion drug will spend three years in prison, being sentenced to 20 years in prison with 17 of those years suspended. According to reports, Brook Fiske, 37, asked the court to be merciful to her former boyfriend, Sikander Imran, 32. She told reporters last year that when she...

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Judge Rules School District Engaged in ‘Sex Stereotyping’ by Not Allowing Girl to Use Boys’ Restroom   May 23, 2018 03:32 pm
  Photo Credit: ACLU NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- A federal judge has ruled that a Virginia school district engaged in "sex stereotyping" by not allowing a female student who identifies as male to use the boys' restroom. U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen, appointed to the bench by then-President Barack Obama, declined on Tuesday to declare as moot the legal...

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Kansas Governor Signs Bill Protecting Religious Convictions of Foster, Adoption Agencies   May 19, 2018 12:13 pm
  TOPEKA, Kan. -- The Republican governor of Kansas has signed a bill into law that protects the convictions of religious foster care and adoption agencies, in that the government is prohibited from punishing such organizations for declining to place children in certain households when doing so would violate the tenets of their faith. "The actions taken in this...

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Christians in Nepal Suspect Hindu Extremists in Sudden Attacks on Churches   May 22, 2018 08:48 am
  NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Christians in Nepal are alarmed after this month’s sudden series of arson and bomb attacks on four church buildings, and church leaders suspect authorities are lax in investigating. At the same time, six Christians were arrested for evangelizing while suspected Hindu extremists launched attacks on three church buildings and...

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Authorities in Zanzibar, Tanzania Close Down Church   May 24, 2018 09:20 pm
  (Morning Star News) – The pastor of a church on Tanzania’s semi-autonomous Zanzibar Island was preaching earlier this month when a plainclothes police officer and local officials strode into the church service. “One of the police officers in civilian clothes walked through the church’s door, stepped up to the podium and then grabbed the bishop by the...

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 20 Attorneys General Sign Brief Supporting Planned Parenthood’s Lawsuit Against HHS Over New Funding Criteria   May 19, 2018 04:24 pm
  Photo Credit: Charlotte Cooper 20 attorneys general have signed an amicus brief supporting Planned Parenthood's lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for altering its Title X funding criteria to prefer groups that promote abstinence and work with faith-based entities. They claim that the new standards will negatively affect the...

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‘I Kissed a Girl’ Katy Perry Speaks About Transcendental Meditation at Vatican Conference
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Pop singer Katheryn Hudson, who goes by the stage name Katy Perry and is known for her lesbian experimentation song “I Kissed a Girl,” recently spoke on transcendental meditation alongside her mentor at the Vatican’s “Unite to Cure” conference. Her appearance, along with others, such as Deepak Chopra and Dr. Mehmet Oz, have raised concern about ongoing ecumenism at the Vatican in joining together all kinds of beliefs and practices under one banner.
“Bobby was able to teach me meditation in India,” Hudson told those gathered during the talk entitled “Impacting Children’s Health Through Meditation Globally.” “The stillness that I found is beyond anything I’ve ever experienced.”
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Korean American Detainee Freed From North Korea Hands VP Note With Psalm 126 Written on Back
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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, Md. — One of the three men who were freed from North Korea this week and returned home to America with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo handed Vice President Mike Pence a note that contained text from Psalm 126 on the back.
Pence shared a photo of the Scripture, written on a lined index card, to Twitter on Thursday.
“When the Lord brought back the captives to Zion, we were like men who dreamed. Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’ The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy,” it read.
The men touched down at Andrews Air Force Base just before 3 a.m. on Thursday and exited the plane with smiles and waves. They were greeted by President Trump and Vice President Pence and their wives.
“We would like to express our deep appreciation to the United States government, President Trump, Secretary Pompeo, and the people of the United States for bringing us home. We thank God, and all our families and friends who prayed for us and for our return,” the three said in an official statement released by the U.S. Department of State.
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Wisconsin Man Accused of Sexual Abuse, Aborting Baby of Impregnated Middle Schooler Sentenced to 60 Years in Prison
By Heather Clark on May 16, 20187 Comments
CRANDON, Wisc. — A Wisconsin man who was accused of sexually abusing several young girls over a period of six years and performing an abortion on one of them after impregnating her has been sentenced to 60 years behind bars.
According to reports, Matthew Christenson, 34, had been charged with 14 felonies that included sexual assault and child abuse, but he was convicted of just four due to a plea deal. He pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree sexual assault of a child and one count of child abuse/recklessly causing harm after previously pleading not guilty to all charges.
Prosecutors said that pursuing the additional charges would not have lengthened the punishment and they didn’t want to put the victims through a trial. Five of them sat in the courtroom for the sentencing on Monday, as Christenson was sentenced to 60 years in prison, meaning that he will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars.
“I can’t risk you being out,” Judge Patrick O’Melia told Christenson, according to local television station WJFW. “I don’t want you to see children again.”
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Cross Removed From Michigan Hillside Following Complaint
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JACKSON, Mich. — A cross that has stood on a Michigan hillside since 1950 has been removed following a complaint from a local resident who asserted that crosses shouldn’t be displayed on state property.
While the cross is displayed atop Sackrider Hill in the Waterloo Recreation Area, it belongs to the Grass Lake Ministerial Association, which holds a permit to erect the display on state property. Residents who hike up the hill will find it at the top overlooking I-94.
According to a YouTube video by Brian Kruger, who hosts a local “Guess What I Found Series” to highlight landmarks in the area, local congregations have held a sunrise service every year atop the hill since the 1930’s. Evangelist George Bennard, who penned the hymn “The Old Rugged Cross,” was a participant of one of the services.
“The cross was brought up by the congregations. Every year they’d bring [it] up and set it here, and then they’d take it down and do it again next year,” he explained.
In 1950, they decided to make the cross permanent, and in 1968, after the cross was stolen on Halloween, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) helped to replace the structure.
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Cross Removed From Michigan Hillside Following Complaint
By Heather Clark on May 17, 201865 Comments
JACKSON, Mich. — A cross that has stood on a Michigan hillside since 1950 has been removed following a complaint from a local resident who asserted that crosses shouldn’t be displayed on state property.
While the cross is displayed atop Sackrider Hill in the Waterloo Recreation Area, it belongs to the Grass Lake Ministerial Association, which holds a permit to erect the display on state property. Residents who hike up the hill will find it at the top overlooking I-94.
According to a YouTube video by Brian Kruger, who hosts a local “Guess What I Found Series” to highlight landmarks in the area, local congregations have held a sunrise service every year atop the hill since the 1930’s. Evangelist George Bennard, who penned the hymn “The Old Rugged Cross,” was a participant of one of the services.
“The cross was brought up by the congregations. Every year they’d bring [it] up and set it here, and then they’d take it down and do it again next year,” he explained.
In 1950, they decided to make the cross permanent, and in 1968, after the cross was stolen on Halloween, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) helped to replace the structure.
In the 1990’s, after a local newspaper published a photog
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Cross Removed From Michigan Hillside Following Complaint
By Heather Clark on May 17, 201865 Comments
JACKSON, Mich. — A cross that has stood on a Michigan hillside since 1950 has been removed following a complaint from a local resident who asserted that crosses shouldn’t be displayed on state property.
While the cross is displayed atop Sackrider Hill in the Waterloo Recreation Area, it belongs to the Grass Lake Ministerial Association, which holds a permit to erect the display on state property. Residents who hike up the hill will find it at the top overlooking I-94.
According to a YouTube video by Brian Kruger, who hosts a local “Guess What I Found Series” to highlight landmarks in the area, local congregations have held a sunrise service every year atop the hill since the 1930’s. Evangelist George Bennard, who penned the hymn “The Old Rugged Cross,” was a participant of one of the services.
“The cross was brought up by the congregations. Every year they’d bring [it] up and set it here, and then they’d take it down and do it again next year,” he explained.
In 1950, they decided to make the cross permanent, and in 1968, after the cross was stolen on Halloween, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) helped to replace the structure.
In the 1990’s, after a local newspaper published a photograph of the cross, some residents complained that the symbol violated the “separation of Church and State,” resulting in pushback from those who supported the display. As it was concluded that no constitutional malady existed, the cross was allowed to stay.
However, the conflict was recently reignited after a local resident likewise complained about the presence of the cross on state land. The Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists asked the DNR to “remove the offending” symbol, according to MLive.com.
Those in support of the cross again pushed back, creating a petition asking the DNR to save the display as it did in the 1990’s.
“The cross is a recognized landmark, has been a meaningful place for people to gather throughout history, and is part of many residents’ personal memories,” local resident Billie Dawson told reporters. “Rather than let one voice tear it down, thousands are speaking up.”
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UK Retailer Boots Drops Sexualized Makeup After Mother Speaks Out
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(The Christian Institute) — A mother who was shocked by her daughter’s sexualized makeup has succeeded in encouraging Boots to drop the product.
Angela Fitzsimons complained to the retailer over names such as “homewrecker,” “sugar daddy” and “foreplay” that featured on the Obsessive Eyes product.
It has now been removed—although a similar product remains on the Boots website.
Fitzsimons complained about the eye make-up after her 17-year-old daughter Grace brought it home, saying that the low price will appeal to even younger girls.
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10 Killed in Texas High School Shooting; Explosive Devices Found
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SANTA FE, Texas (Click 2 Houston) — Ten people were killed Friday in a shooting at Santa Fe High School, according to NBC News, and police are investigating explosive devices found at the scene and nearby.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said a majority of those that were killed in the shooting were students. He said that the two people who were taken into custody, including the person believed to be the gunman, are students at the school.
Gonzalez said a Santa Fe Independent School District police officer was critically injured in the shooting.
Officials at UTMB Hospital in Galveston said the facility had received at least three patients from the scene, including the Santa Fe ISD police officer, a 16-year-old boy and a middle-aged woman. The officer is listed in critical condition. The two others suffered gunshot wounds to the leg and are listed in good condition.
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New York Woman Accused of Attempting to Place Newborn Son in Trash
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CORAM, N.Y. — A New York woman is accused of attempting to place her newborn son in the trash. The baby is now in foster care as two unidentified residents at the woman’s home heard the baby crying inside of the plastic bag she was carrying and stopped her from doing harm to the child.
According to reports, Felicia Squillace, 26, gave birth at her home in Coram on April 27. She then placed her son in a plastic bag and walked toward the garbage can outside the house.
However, two other residents at the home stopped her, took the bag from Squillace’s hands, removed the child and called the police.
According to Pix11 News, Squillace was transported to the hospital for treatment and evaluation, and then arrested upon her release. She pleaded not guilty to second degree attempted murder on Friday.
Newsday reports that Squillace’s attorney said that she had suffered from mental illness and was a “victim of human trafficking.” But Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini noted that the woman meant to do harm to her child.
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New York Woman Accused of Attempting to Place Newborn Son in Trash
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CORAM, N.Y. — A New York woman is accused of attempting to place her newborn son in the trash. The baby is now in foster care as two unidentified residents at the woman’s home heard the baby crying inside of the plastic bag she was carrying and stopped her from doing harm to the child.
According to reports, Felicia Squillace, 26, gave birth at her home in Coram on April 27. She then placed her son in a plastic bag and walked toward the garbage can outside the house.
However, two other residents at the home stopped her, took the bag from Squillace’s hands, removed the child and called the police.
According to Pix11 News, Squillace was transported to the hospital for treatment and evaluation, and then arrested upon her release. She pleaded not guilty to second degree attempted murder on Friday.
Newsday reports that Squillace’s attorney said that she had suffered from mental illness and was a “victim of human trafficking.” But Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini noted that the woman meant to do harm to her child.
“She intended to roll the baby in a plastic bag. She intended to throw that baby in the garbage,” he told reporters. “If not for the residents stopping her, the baby would likely be dead.”
Squillace’s newborn was unharmed, and was placed into foster care after being evaluated.
As previously reported, in an introductory lecture to his course on obstetrics in 1854, Philadelphia doctor Hugh Lennox Hodge lamented that even the mothers of his day were lacking of natural affection toward their own children and sought out means to kill them.
“They seem not to realize that the being within them is indeed animate, that is, in verity, a human being—body and spirit—that it is of importance, that its value is inestimable, having reference to this world and the next,” he said. “They act with as much indifference as if the living, intelligent, immortal existence lodged within their organs were of no more value than the bread eaten, or the common excretions of the system.”
“We can bear testimony that in some instances, the woman who has been well educated, who occupies high stations in society, whose influence over others is great, and whose character has not been impugned, will deliberately resort to any and every measure which may effectively destroy her unborn offspring,” Hodge sorrowed.
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New York AG Who Sued Pro-Life Christians for ‘Harassing’ Abortive Mothers Resigns Over Alleged Violence Against Women
By Heather Clark on May 15, 20188 Comments
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ALBANY, N.Y. — The New York attorney general who aggressively sued 14 pro-lifers last June in claiming that they “harass” abortion-minded mothers outside of an abortion facility in Jamaica has resigned amidst allegations that he physically abused four women with whom he had sexual relationships.
Eric Schneiderman, 63 and an outspoken #Metoo supporter, denied the charges and asserted that while he had sexual relations with the women, he never hurt them.
“In the privacy of intimate relationships, I have engaged in role-playing and other consensual sexual activity. I have not assaulted anyone. I have never engaged in non-consensual sex, which is a line I would not cross,” he said in a statement.
“While these allegations are unrelated to my professional conduct or the operations of the office, they will effectively prevent me from leading the office’s work at this critical time,” Schneiderman stated.
The attorney general, who is divorced, is accused of slapping and choking the women while intoxicated, and also using abusive and demeaning language. One of the women claims that Schneiderman was a heavy drinker, and “would almost always drink two bottles of wine in a night, then bring a bottle of Scotch into the bedroom. He would get absolutely plastered five nights out of seven.”
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Alberta Family Services Reverses Rejection of Adoption Application Over Couple’s Beliefs About Sexuality
By Heather Clark on May 14, 201813 Comments
ALBERTA, Canada — Alberta Child and Family Services has reversed its original rejection of a couple’s adoption application due to their biblical beliefs about sexuality.
According to reports, the couple, which has only been identified as C.D. and N.D., filed the application in October 2016. The case was assigned to Catholic Social Services, which conducted interviews and compiled a home study. The couple had desired to adopt an older child that needed a forever family.
During the interviews, the couple was asked how they would handle a situation in which a child questioned their sexuality or engaged in “sexual exploration.” They responded that they would provide loving guidance to the young person in the midst of their struggles.
In March 2017, Catholic Social Services contacted the couple to advise that Alberta Child and Family Services had follow-up questions regarding their views on sexuality. The couple then responded to those questions via email, reiterating that they would teach the child in accordance with their biblical views, but ultimately, the child’s decision on how to comport their conduct is up to themselves.
“The applicants reiterated their commitment to treating any child in their care with unconditional love, respect and compassion regardless of what the child chose to do, and regardless of the child’s sexual behavior,” a complaint filed on behalf of the couple by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms reads.
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Two Beijing House Churches Investigated
By Editor on May 14, 20181 Comment
(China Aid) — Two house churches in Beijing reported that authorities in the past week have investigated churches and pressured landlords to cancel the leases on houses of worship.
One of the churches chose to remain anonymous, though a member of this church named Yin said that on Sunday, May 6, the leader of the national security brigade of the Xicheng District Public Security Bureau brought a team of several dozen officers to the church’s service. Though the service was not disrupted, the officials took pictures and investigated the proceedings. On May 8, the national security brigade pressured the church’s landlord to revoke their lease.
“The police called us today,” Yin said, “and forbade us from organizing religious activities in any form. In the morning, the government forced the [Christian] brother who rented the building to sign a letter guaranteeing that he would not participate in any religious activities. We haven’t met with any representatives from the religious affairs bureau yet, and we don’t know how to handle all of this.”
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Miracle Boy Who Was Believed Brain Dead Wakes After Parents Sign Organ Donation Papers  
 May 06, 2018 08:27 pm
  MOBILE, Ala. (PEOPLE) -- Trenton McKinley defied all odds. After the 13-year-old boy was severely injured in a dune buggy accident, his parents made the difficult decision to donate his organs following days of him being apparently brain dead, according to Fox 10. But after the papers were signed, he miraculously regained consciousness. The incident happened...
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 VP Mike Pence Swears in Openly Homosexual Ambassador to Germany With ‘Partner’ at Side   
May 06, 2018 02:14 pm
  WASHINGTON -- Vice President Mike Pence, a professing evangelical, swore in openly homosexual Richard Grenell as U.S. ambassador to Germany on Thursday, with the man's partner standing by his side. "Ric, I know you’ve got a lot of friends from many years here, but most importantly, you’ve got people that you cherish, and your family. I want to acknowledge your...
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Three Americans Held by North Korea Freed, Including Missionary and Pastor   
May 09, 2018 02:53 pm
  Photo Credit: Wall Street Journal/Screenshot Three Americans who had been long detained by the North Korean government, including a missionary and a pastor, have been freed and are en route back to the United States with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. President Donald Trump tweeted the news Wednesday morning. He plans to meet the men when they arrive at...
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Planned Parenthood President to Speak at Freedom From Religion Foundation Convention   
May 10, 2018 04:25 pm
  Photo Credit: Laurie Shaull Cecile Richards, who recently announced her resignation as president of Planned Parenthood, is scheduled to speak at this November's Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) convention, and the atheist and agnostic group says that it plans to present her with an award for "moving society forward." The Wisconsin-based group made the...
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Teacher Who Left Job Says Fifth Grader Wrote List of Goals That Included ‘Kill Ms. Turner’  
 May 07, 2018 02:40 pm
  Photo Credit: The State/Screenshot COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A former public school teacher of 12 years who left her job in January for reasons that include the lack of discipline of students recently showed reporters a list of goals that a fifth grader wrote, number one being that he wanted to kill her. She believes that the education system is broken and that...
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Elderly Scientist Who ‘Regretted’ Living to 104 Ends Life by Lethal Injection in Switzerland   
May 10, 2018 11:45 am
  Photo Credit: DailyNation/Screenshot BASEL, Switzerland -- An elderly scientist who was not terminally ill, but who said he was "not happy" as he was losing his eyesight and independence, ended his life on Thursday by lethal injection in Switzerland. The man said he had no belief in the afterlife and didn't want a remembrance service either. David Goodall, a...
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 Nigeria’s Christians Cry Out ‘Enough Bloodshed’ as Muslim Fulani Violence Continues   
May 05, 2018 07:26 pm
  Photo Credit: Open Doors USA (Open Doors USA) -- The death toll in Nigeria’s Benue State continues to rise. Over the last week, Christians have been massacred in what has turned into a spree of violence by Muslim Fulani militant herdsmen. Only a day after Fulani militants stormed a church service in the Christian village of Mbalom, killing 19 worshippers and...
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23 Major League Baseball Teams to Host Homosexual ‘Pride Night’ in 2018   
May 11, 2018 07:41 pm
  Photo Credit: St. Louis Cardinals/YouTube/Screenshot At least 23 of the 30 major league baseball teams plan to host a homosexual "Pride Night" during the 2018 season, leaving just two teams to have never held such an event---the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Angels---and even then, the two still support the sin of homosexuality by other means. The other...
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Highland Schools ‘Increasingly Hostile’ to Christians   
May 10, 2018 04:44 pm
  (The Christian Institute) -- Children across the Highlands are being bullied in schools for their religious beliefs, an MSP has revealed. Kate Forbes, who represents Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, said she was recently approached by families in her constituency about the matter. They told her there was a lack of understanding about the diversity of religion in...
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Alabama Governor Says it Is ‘Unacceptable’ to Disallow Teacher From Wearing ‘Just Pray’ Shirt  
 May 08, 2018 04:34 pm
  Photo Credit: Fox10 News/Screenshot MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The governor of Alabama has weighed on a recent situation in Mobile in which a public school teacher had to go home to change out her "Just Pray" t-shirt, and says that it is "unacceptable" to disallow the teacher from wearing the message on her clothing just because it encourages prayer. "Religious...
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‘Pope Francis’ Tells Boy Atheist Father Went to Heaven, Counsels Him to ‘Pray’ to His Dad   Apr 17, 2018 05:38 pm
  ROME -- Jorge Bergoglio, also known as "Pope Francis," claimed to a young boy on Sunday that his atheist father is in Heaven because he was a "good man" and God will not "abandon His children when they are good." He also counseled the child to pray to his deceased dad. Bergoglio was participating in a question and answer session at St. Paul of the Cross in Rome...

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Michigan Pastors Deliver 23,000 Petitions to Lawmakers Who Want Metro City Church Investigated for Offering Help to Homosexual Youth   Apr 14, 2018 10:26 pm
  LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan pastors delivered 23,000 petitions this week to two state lawmakers who have urged Attorney General Bill Schuette to investigate Metro City Church for offering biblical teaching to teenage girls who struggle with homosexuality or gender dysphoria. "It is alarming that legislators, who have sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution, have...

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Snoop Dogg Gathers ‘Gospel Greats’ for ‘Bible of Love’ Album as Others Decry Worship of ‘Another Jesus’   Apr 19, 2018 07:49 pm
  Photo Credit: "Words Are Few" music video screenshot Profane rapper Calvin Broadus, Jr., known as "Snoop Dogg," has released an album entitled "Bible of Love," which features a number of well-known performers of the gospel music industry. While the project has been praised by many, others are speaking out, declaring that Broadus needs to be shown true love by...

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 Man Accused of Incest Kills Daughter, Baby, Self in Murder-Suicide   Apr 15, 2018 07:10 pm
  KNIGHTDALE, N.C. -- A North Carolina man who was accused of committing incest with his adult daughter killed the young woman, their baby and himself on Thursday. Steven Pladl, 42, was to have appeared in court on April 23 to face the felony charge. He and 20-year-old Katie Fusco had been arrested in January after officials learned that the two had a baby together...

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Mennonite Minister Imprisoned for Two Years for Helping Mother Avoid Placing Daughter With Lesbian Now Free   Apr 16, 2018 03:37 pm
  STUARTS DRAFT, Va. -- A Mennonite minister who spent two years in prison for allegedly helping a woman flee the country with her daughter in defiance of a court order requiring that the child be allowed to have visitation with her mother's previous lesbian partner is now free. Ken Miller, who reported to prison in March 2016 to serve a 27-month sentence,...

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U.S. Supreme Court Declines Appeal of Ruling Against Pastor Who Preaches Outside Planned Parenthood   Apr 17, 2018 02:43 pm
  Photo Credit: Donna Hebert/Facebook WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal of a ruling that overturned a lower court decision granting a preliminary injunction to a Maine minister who asserted that he was being unlawfully targeted by police outside of a Planned Parenthood facility for his pro-life preaching. The high court...

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‘Rapidly Worsening Epidemic’: Flesh-Eating Disease Strikes Australia, Scientists Don’t Have Answers   Apr 20, 2018 07:48 am
  Photo: Public Domain Images/Dawn Hudson (Washington Post) -- The spread of a flesh-eating ulcer in parts of Australia is being described as a “rapidly worsening epidemic” and, to make matters worse, researchers say they don’t know exactly where it comes from or how it is transmitted. Known as Buruli ulcer, the infectious disease initially appears as a...

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Prominent Homosexual Rights Attorney Sets Himself on Fire in Environmental Protest Suicide   Apr 17, 2018 07:42 pm
  Photo Credit: YouTube Screenshot/Garden State Equality (CNN) -- A prominent gay rights attorney who led lawsuits legalizing same-sex marriage set himself on fire in Brooklyn on Saturday morning in a fatal plea for action on issues related to the environment. The body of David S. Buckel, 60, was found near Prospect Park's baseball fields about 6:30 a.m. on...

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 Army Chaplain Facing Possible Discipline for Declining to Conduct Marriage Retreat After Lesbian Signs Up   Apr 18, 2018 06:14 pm
  FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- A Southern Baptist Army chaplain is pushing back after a military investigator concluded that he discriminated against a lesbian woman by declining to conduct a marriage retreat after learning that she had signed up to attend the event with her partner. According to the First Liberty Institute, the unnamed Army equal opportunity investigator...

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 Prayers Not Allowed Over PA System at Tennessee School Following Atheist Complaint   Apr 14, 2018 06:08 pm
  WAYNESBORO, Tenn. -- Prayers will not be allowed to be presented over the public address system at a school in Tennessee after one of the nation's most conspicuous professing atheist groups lodged a complaint about a student's recent prayer during the morning announcements. The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) sent a letter on March 26 to...

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Alex Malarkey, Who Disavowed ‘Boy Who Came Back From Heaven’ Story, Sues Tyndale House Publishers   Apr 13, 2018 02:11 pm
  Alex Malarky Photo Credit: YouTube/Screenshot CAROL STREAM, Ill. -- A now 20-year-old Alex Malarkey, who in 2015 publicly disavowed the best-selling story "The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven"---a book that claims he died and went to Heaven---is suing his publisher over the matter. Malarkey says that the tale was fabricated by his father, and is "highly...
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Teacher Sues Christian School After Contract Not Renewed Following Out of Wedlock Pregnancy   Apr 12, 2018 10:59 am
  Photo Credit: Concord Christian School KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- A Tennessee teacher has sued the Christian school at which she was formerly employed on allegations that her contract was not renewed because she became pregnant out of wedlock. Tabatha Hutson has been a teacher at the Baptist-based Concord Christian School in Knoxville since 2011. Last year, while...
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Man Who Confessed to Murdering Mother, Friend Claimed Before Killing Self: ‘Nothing Happens After Death’   Apr 11, 2018 05:53 pm
  Photo Credit: Mississippi Department of Public Safety EAST RIDGE, Tenn. -- A Tennessee man who confessed on social media to murdering his mother and a friend on Sunday claimed before killing himself that "nothing happens after death, but if there is a Hell, I'm going to be in the lake of ice at the bottom." Casey Lawhorn, 22, had shared a number of posts on...
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University Student Senator Reads Scripture to Peers After Voting Against Funding for Homosexual Grad Ceremony   Apr 07, 2018 09:02 pm
  BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- A student senator at Western Kentucky University recently read Scripture to his peers after voting against a proposal to fund a special ceremony for homosexual and transgender graduates. While the student Senate ultimately voted 28-5 in favor of providing $250 for the "lavender graduation ceremony," Dallas McKinney was among the few who said...
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Ohio Pastor No Longer Allowed to Offer Lunchtime Bible Study at School Following Complaint   Apr 09, 2018 09:22 am
  WINTERSVILLE, Ohio -- An Ohio pastor will no longer be allowed to offer a voluntary lunchtime Bible study for students at a local middle school after one of the nation's most conspicuous professing atheist organizations submitted a letter of complaint to the school district. An attorney for the Indian Creek School District has submitted a letter to the...
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Sen. Cory Booker, Who Once ‘Married’ Homosexuals as Mayor, Asks Trump Nominee: ‘Do You Believe That Gay Sex Is a Perversion?’   Apr 13, 2018 03:09 pm
  WASHINGTON (Fox News) -- During his secretary of state confirmation hearing, CIA Director Mike Pompeo refused to say whether he thinks same-sex relationships are a “perversion” when pressed multiple times and said he stood by his earlier views against gay marriage. Referencing a past speech Pompeo gave, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., asked the former Kansas...
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 Federal Judge Orders Houston to Pay Pastor’s Attorneys’ Fees in Homosexual ‘Spousal’ Benefits Challenge   Apr 11, 2018 11:52 pm
  Photo: Public Domain Pictures/George Hodan HOUSTON, Texas -- A U.S. district judge appointed to the bench by then-President Ronald Reagan has rejected another effort from the City of Houston to have a case regarding "spousal" benefits of homosexual government workers decided in federal court rather than by state judges, and has ordered the City to pay the...
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Parkland Student Who Was Shot Five Times Shielding Classmates Goes Home From Hospital   Apr 07, 2018 01:02 pm
  Photo Credit: NBC News/Screenshot PARKLAND, Fla. -- A 15-year-old Parkland student who was shot five times on Feb. 14 while placing his body against the classroom door to prevent shooter Nikolas Cruz from entering has now gone home from the hospital---being the last of the 17 injured to do so. Anthony Borges suffered gunshot wounds to the lungs, abdomen and...
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‘Saving Grace’: Newborn Placed Inside Safe Haven Box at Indiana Fire Station   Apr 11, 2018 12:26 pm
  Photo Credit: NBC5 Chicago/Screenshot MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. -- A newborn baby with her umbilical cord still attached was placed inside of a safe haven box at an Indiana fire station on Sunday, and is now safe and being cared for at a local hospital. Coolspring Township Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mick Pawlik says that first responders' pagers went off at...
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 South Carolina Church Vandalized, Teenage Suspects Captured on Surveillance Footage   Apr 08, 2018 07:30 pm
  INMAN, S.C. -- Two teenage boys are believed to have vandalized a South Carolina church on Wednesday, smearing food throughout the kitchen and throwing knives into the wall. “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop,” Brad Atkins, the pastor of Lake Bowen Baptist Church, told WSPA-TV. Atkins entered the church on Thursday to find chocolate sauce, caramel,...
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Air Force Reverses Decision Punishing Colonel for Declining to Sign Document Affirming Airman’s Same-Sex ‘Marriage’   Apr 03, 2018 11:02 am
  WASHINGTON -- Following receipt of an appeal from a religious liberties organization, as well as supportive correspondence from Congress, the secretary of the Air Force has announced the reversal of adverse actions against a Christian colonel who was punished for declining to sign an optional document that would have affirmed an airman's same-sex "marriage." The...

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Parkland Shooter Receiving ‘Piles’ of ‘Fan Letters,’ Officials Sharing Only ‘Wishes for His Soul’   Apr 02, 2018 02:32 pm
  FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old who killed 17 people in February and wounded almost 20 others after opening fire in a public high school, is receiving "piles" of "fan letters" in jail, his defense attorney mourns. Officials will not read Cruz such material, but will only share the very few that extend "wishes for his soul and to come to...

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 Boy Rescued From Sewer System Says He Prayed to God While Trapped for 12 Hours   Apr 03, 2018 09:48 pm
  LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- A 13-year-old boy who fell down a sewer system on Sunday and was miraculously rescued after being trapped for more than 12 hours in two feet of toxic sewage says that he prayed to God throughout the ordeal. “I was praying to God to help me and to not die,” Jesse Hernandez, 13, told KNBC-TV. At around 4:30 p.m., Hernandez was spending...

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Elderly Couple Dies Together Under Oregon’s Physician-Assisted Suicide Law   Apr 06, 2018 05:44 pm
  PORTLAND, Ore. -- A documentary called “Living & Dying: A Love Story" details the decision of an elderly husband and wife to die together under Oregon's controversial assisted suicide law, a report that was cheered by end-of-life "choice" proponents and lamented by pro-life advocates. Charlie and Francie Emerick had been happily married for 66 years....

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South Dakota Mother Pleads Guilty to Beating Toddler to Death for Wetting Bed   Apr 03, 2018 02:12 pm
  Photo Credit: "Justice for Kylen" Facebook page RAPID CITY, S.D. -- A South Dakota woman accused of beating her two-year-old son to death in 2016 for wetting his bed has pleaded guilty to murder. Katrina Shangreaux, 30, of Porcupine, reportedly made a vulgar gesture at her sister-in-law as she left the courtroom on Friday, according to the Rapid City...

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 Murdered for Leaving Hinduism for Christianity   Apr 01, 2018 08:09 pm
  (Open Doors USA) -- Chadarajupalli Subbaravamma was in her mid-50s living in South India when she left Hinduism for Christianity 10 years ago. Ten years later, she was murdered for that decision to trust in Jesus and pursue her new faith. The elderly woman in her mid-60s was on her terrace reading her Bible and praying–a usual part of her evening routine–when...

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City of Philadelphia Suspends Partnership With Two Faith-Based Foster Agencies for Declining to Place Children With Homosexuals   Apr 05, 2018 04:11 pm
  PHILADELPHIA -- The City of Philadelphia has suspended, pending an investigation, its partnership with two faith-based foster agencies after learning that both decline to place children in homes without a mother and father. The Philadelphia Department of Human Services recently discontinued any new placements by Bethany Christian Services and Catholic Social...

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Judge Rules Prison System Must Recognize Humanism as ‘Faith Group,’ Allow Humanist Inmates to Hold Meetings   Mar 31, 2018 12:19 pm
  RALEIGH, N.C. -- A federal judge appointed to the bench by then-President Ronald Reagan has ruled that the North Carolina Department of Public Safety and the Lanesboro Correctional Institution were in error in declining to recognize an inmate's religion as humanism, and prohibiting him from forming a humanist study group. "efendants have not demonstrated a...

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Algerian Man Who Spent 18 Months in Jail for Post Declaring Jesus Overcomes ‘Lie’ of Islam Now Free   Apr 04, 2018 05:47 pm
  (World Watch Monitor) -- The daughter of Slimane Bouhafs, an Algerian Christian who has spent the last 18 months in prison for insulting Islam and its prophet, has announced her father’s release. “Finally my father … has been allowed back to us,” his daughter, Tilelli, wrote on her Facebook page on Saturday. “Thank you for your support.” Algerian...

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Judge Orders Trump Admin to Allow Illegal Immigrant Teens to Obtain Abortions   Apr 01, 2018 11:37 am
  Photo Credit: Ehsan Namavar WASHINGTON -- The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Justice are considering their options after a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction on Friday ordering the Trump administration to cease denying abortion access to teenagers who enter the country illegally and unaccompanied by an...

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Mississippi Methodist Church Parts With United Methodists for Not ‘Accepting the Authority of Scripture’   Mar 29, 2018 02:34 pm
 LOUISVILLE, Miss. (USA Today) -- A Mississippi church has chosen to leave the United Methodist Church over conflicting views on homosexuality, abortion and the teaching of Islam. The First United Methodist Church of Louisville decided to leave the denomination Sunday morning during a "membership affirmation," said Mike Childs, the pastor of the church. The vote...

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New CBS Sitcom ‘Living Biblically’ Decried as ‘Hollywood Mockery of Christians’   Mar 27, 2018 07:35 pm
 Despite its producers stated intentions not to be offensive, but to bring religion into primetime television, a blasphemous new sitcom on CBS called "Living Biblically" is being decried as a "Hollywood mockery of Christians" and in need of prayer itself. The show is based on the book “The Year of Living Biblically," written by A.J. Jacobs, an agnostic Jew...

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‘I Just Got Rid of It’: Colorado Woman Accused of Tossing Newborn Over Fence Onto Neighbor’s Deck   Mar 25, 2018 10:02 am
 CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- A judge has denied bond for a Colorado woman who is accused of throwing her newborn baby over a fence, where he or she then landed on the neighbor's deck and died there. According to reports, Camille Wasinger-Konrad, 23, claims she didn't know she was pregnant until she woke up on Jan. 2 with painful cramps and "he baby just came...

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CNN Host Baffled Over Charisma Magazine Founder’s ‘Willful Blindness’ in Placing Trump’s Policies Over Personal Character   Mar 29, 2018 05:56 pm
 CNN "New Day" co-host Alisyn Camerota grilled Charisma Magazine founder Stephen Strang on Wednesday in asking why he and other evangelicals continue to unconditionally support Donald Trump and seemingly brush aside or overlook alleged impropriety in his personal life. Strang is the author of the book "God and Donald Trump," in which he asserts that Trump is a...

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Petitions Call Canadian Ice Cream Chain ‘Sweet Jesus’ Blasphemous, Request Name Change   Mar 25, 2018 06:32 pm
 Photo Credit: Magda Knyszynski At least two online petitions are expressing concern over a Canadian ice cream chain, which some Christians consider to be blasphemous in the way it uses the Lord's name and distorts the cross of Christ. The chain "Sweet Jesus" was founded in 2015 by Andrew Richmond and Amin Todai, and is stated to have been named after an...

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North Carolina Pastor Sentenced to 7 Years in China’s Prisons   Mar 25, 2018 02:48 pm
 PU'ER, Yunnan (China Aid) — A court in China’s southern Yunnan province sentenced a North Carolina pastor to seven years in prison Friday and heavily fined him on a trumped up charge of “organizing illegal border crossing.” His colleague also received a one-year jail sentence and a fine. John Cao, a North Carolina pastor well-respected for building 16...

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‘He Has a Right to Be Here’: Woman Who Refused to Abort Son Conceived in Rape Speaks Before Iowa Legislature   Mar 30, 2018 01:02 pm
 DES MOINES, Iowa -- A woman whose now three-year-old son was conceived in rape recently delivered an impassioned speech before the Iowa legislature to speak out against the "genocide of the innocent." Jennifer Christie-Brierly was attacked in a hotel room in 2014 and was raped during the assault. She refused to abort her child after learning that she was...

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Frank Page, Top Southern Baptist Leader, Resigns Due to ‘Morally Inappropriate’ Relationship   Mar 29, 2018 02:07 pm
 NASHVILLE (USA Today)— Frank S. Page, a prominent Southern Baptist leader, has resigned from his top role in the largest Protestant denomination in America because of a "morally inappropriate" relationship. Page, the president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention's executive committee, stepped down Tuesday from the leadership role and retired from active...

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Trump Issues New Memo Disqualifying Those With Gender Dysphoria From Military With ‘Limited’ Exceptions   Mar 24, 2018 02:59 pm
 WASHINGTON -- President Trump has issued a new memorandum disqualifying transgenders from serving in the military in alignment with recommendations from Secretary of Defense Gen. James Mattis, who submitted last month that those with gender dysphoria should be considered ineligible, with "limited" exceptions. "he secretary of Defense, in consultation with the...

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Teenager Apologizes to Pastor, Turns Himself in to Police for Vandalizing Georgia Church   Mar 26, 2018 07:52 pm
 MCDONOUGH, Ga. -- A Georgia teenager has apologized face-to-face to a pastor for vandalizing his church after admitting the crime to his father. The 19-year-old is now also in jail after turning himself in to the police. According to WSB-TV, Nathanial Rabideau approached his father to confess to defacing Seed Planters Church in McDonough, but says he thought the...

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Megachurch Minister Claims It’s ‘Insanity’ to Believe Men Will Go to Hell for Rejecting Christ
By Heather Clark on March 19, 201853 Comments
NEW YORK — A megachurch minister recently told his congregation that he thinks it’s “insanity” to believe that men will go to Hell for rejecting Christ, and claimed that it is “not even what Jesus believes.” His comments have been met with outcry as blasphemy and false teaching from many who have viewed an online video clip of his remarks.
Michael Walrond, Jr. leads First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem, an assembly that has expanded from 350 members to 10,000 members within the past 14 years, according to its website.
“We are an ever evolving community of visionaries, dreamers, and doers who have been called by God to live the lives we were created to live; commanded by God to love beyond the limits of our prejudices and commissioned by God to serve,” First Corinthian’s purpose statement reads.
Walrond asked those present during the Feb. 25 service to read the statement aloud, which he characterized as being comprised of “transcendent words,” that is, applicable to all belief systems and not one specific religion.
“[T]hey are transcendent words, transcendent statements, which means they are not relegated to any one religion or set of beliefs,” he said. “If you are a person who believes in God, these words can apply to you, no matter what your faith background.”
“We get so twisted in this country and in many cultures to create divides and boundaries and barriers between human beings because of our faith difference,” Walrond continued. “Think about it: that we use the thing that we think makes us closer to God [as] the very thing to divide us from one another at times. And that makes no sense.”
He elaborated further, stating that he is not a person who believes that those who reject Jesus will go to Hell. He claimed that the “key” is to simply believe in God.
“And so, I’m not one of those people—There was a time when you would see people in the pulpit say, ‘Well, if you don’t believe in Jesus, [you’re] going to Hell.’ That’s insanity in many ways because that is not what Jesus even believes,” Walrond asserted, generating a smattering of applause. “And so, the key is you believe in God. And whatever your path is to God, I celebrate that. Personally, I celebrate that…”
Walrond, who had been named “One of the Lord’s Foot Soldiers” by Newsweek Magazine, suggested that if men cannot be united regardless of religion, there is a problem with man’s understanding of God.
“Again, we have enough in this world that divides us. We need to find those things that bring us together,” Walrond said. “And if God cannot bring us closer together, then something is wrong—not with God, but in how we think we know God and understand God.”
A video of Walrond’s comments was shared to social media by Kevin Davis, the minister of music at Friendship Baptist Church in The Colony, Texas, generating 75,000 views and numerous comments, both for and against Walrond.
“7-9 billion people on the planet with thousands of belief systems. One would have to be closed minded and ignorant to think that Christianity is the only way to righteousness,” one commenter wrote. “There are tribes that have no contact with civilization who have no idea about Jesus or a Bible. We should celebrate all paths that lead to righteousness.”
“Jesus said ‘I am the way,’ not one of the ways. As a pastor you personally are going to give an account for leading your flock the wrong way,” another stated.
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North Korean Woman Turns to Christ as a Result of Her Torturer’s Questions
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North Korea (Mission Network News) — Kyung-ja’s* first experience hearing about God in North Korea wasn’t from a missionary or radio broadcast or pamphlet—but from her torturer.
The North Korean guard continued to beat Kyung-ja with a club even as she faded in and out of consciousness. She had snuck into China to try and earn money for food to bring back to her starving family in North Korea. But when Kyung-ja returned to North Korea, she was arrested.
Todd Nettleton with Voice of the Martyrs USA shares, “Her interrogator kept asking her about God. ‘Did people in China talk to you about God? Did you meet with people who are followers of God? Did you read the book about God while you were in China?’”
“Kyung-ja had had no contact with Christians even while she was in China. In fact, she had never heard the name of God and she kept telling the interrogator, ‘I don’t know who that is! I don’t know who you’re talking about!’”
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Man Arrested for Threatening Church for Offering Help to Girls Struggling With Homosexuality, Transgenderism
By Heather Clark on February 24
RIVERVIEW, Mich. — A man in Michigan has been arrested and charged with misuse of telecommunications after he allegedly threatened a church for offering a workshop designed to minister the gospel to girls struggling with feelings of homosexuality and transgenderism.
Brian Begin II faces a potential of six months behind bars, a fine of up to $1,000, or both, for calling Metro City Church in Riverview and threatening to have Antifa show up at the building “armed and ready.”
“The first portion of the message is inaudible because the male is yelling so loud,” police outlined in a report obtained by the News-Herald. “In the middle of the voicemail, the male states if the church goes through with the gay conversion therapy class in the state of Michigan, I promise every member of the Antifa will show up ‘armed and ready. This is not a joke.’”
He then repeatedly screamed into the phone “God is dead!”
The phone number used to make the call was traced to Begin, and he was arrested and later released on a $10,000 bond. Begin acknowledges that the called church, but denies mentioning Antifa.
As previously reported, Jeremy Schossau, the pastor of Metro City Church has repeatedly stated that the “Unashamed Identity Workshop,” a six-week offering for girls ages 12-16 who are struggling with thoughts that they might be homosexual or transgender, is not “conversion therapy,” but is simply a time of talking with the youth, and speaking the truth in love in accordance to the Scriptures.
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Mother of Woman Who Gouged Out Eyes Near Church Speaks Out on Dangers of Illegal Drugs
By Heather Clark on February 27,
ANDERSON, SC — The mother of a 20-year-old woman who gouged her eyes out earlier this month while standing outside of a South Carolina church is speaking out against illegal drug use after the horrifying incident that left churchgoers in shock and her daughter completely blind.
According to reports, Kaylee Muthart was standing across the street from the South Main Chapel and Recovery Center in Anderson on Feb. 6 when she began gouging out her eyes with her hands. PEOPLE Magazine reports that Muthart had been hallucinating on meth, seeing visions of evil things, and hearing voices that she had to “sacrifice her eyes” in order to make it to Heaven.
Church members who came to help Muthart, realizing that she had pulled her eyes out of their sockets, called 911. The incident traumatized those who witnessed it.
When first responders arrived, Muthart was combative, and several people had to hold her down.
“It took two or three of our guys and two EMTs, I believe, to kind of subdue her enough for them to start rendering aid,” Sheriff Chad McBride recalled to Fox Carolina.
Muthart was transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital, but it was too late
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Christian Displays Removed From Elementary School Classroom Following Atheist Complaint Feb 26, 2018 11:42 am
KENOSHA, Wisc. -- A number of Christian displays have been removed from an elementary school classroom in Wisconsin after one of the nation's most conspicuous atheist activist organizations sent a letter asserting that the posters and symbols were unconstitutional. Rob Moore, the local chapter president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), told WTMJ-TV...
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False Teacher Rob Bell Claims in New Documentary ‘The Heretic’: ‘Jesus Would Be Mortified Someone Started a Religion in His Name’   Feb 11, 2018 07:11 pm
  A new documentary called "The Heretic," which centers on false teacher Rob Bell, is set to be released on March 1, and features a number of statements that are already raising concern, such as, "The Bible has caused so much damage" and "Jesus would be absolutely mortified that someone started a religion in His name." Bell explained in a Facebook post on Feb. 1... A new documentary called “The Heretic,” which centers on false teacher Rob Bell, is set to be released on March 1, and features a number of statements that are already raising concern, such as, “The Bible has caused so much damage” and “Jesus would be absolutely mortified that someone started a religion in His name.”
Bell explained in a Facebook post on Feb. 1 that he had been approached by filmmaker Andrew Morgan about creating a film surrounding his work and controversial views, which many decry as being apostate and heretical.
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Prideful U.S. Olympic Skier Flaunts Homosexuality in Opposition of Pence, VP Says He’s ‘Proud’ of ‘All’ Athletes   Feb 10, 2018 01:44 pm
PYEONGCHANG — A U.S. Olympic skier has been pridefully promoting his homosexuality in expressing his opposition to Vice President Mike Pence’s leadership of the 2018 U.S. Olympic delegation to South Korea, in light of reports that Pence supports conversion therapy for homosexuals. Pence has responded to the matter by advising in tweets not to believe what he called “fake news” about his beliefs surrounding conversion therapy, stating to one homosexual Olympian that he is “proud” of him and is “for” him as an athlete, as he is for all Americans competing.
“I feel incredibly honored to be here in Korea competing for the US and I’m so proud to be representing the LGBTQ community alongside this amazing guy! Eat your heart out, Pence. #TeamUSA #TeamUSGay,” freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy posted to Instagram on Friday, sharing a photo of himself with openly homosexual figure skater Adam Rippon.
The day prior, Kenworthy posted several photographs of himself with Rippon to Twitter, including one where he kissed Rippon on the cheek.
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Norwegian Boy Chased, Taken Into Custody by Authorities for Being Homeschooled
By Heather Clark on February 15, 201810 Comments
NORWAY — “Barnevernet is stealing our child in Norway because we want to homeschool!” That’s what one mother is heard shouting in a viral video posted to social media.
According to the Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), Leif and Terese Kristiansen removed their 12-year-old son Kai from school after he was being bullied and officials did not move to stop the mistreatment. They decided to homeschool for a time until they could find a better school for their son.
“We repeatedly said the school is not a good fit for our son, but they did not listen,” Leif Kristiansen relayed to HSLDA. “In the end, we were worried about his mental and physical health. So, in the New Year, we notified the school and decided to temporarily homeschool until we agreed on a good school to transfer to.”
However, as Norway doesn’t take well to homeschooling, Barnevernet child welfare agents and police arrived at the Kristiansen’s home on Feb. 9 and sought to take Kai into custody pursuant an order. A video posted online shows Kai running away from officials, and being tackled as Terese Kristiansen calls out, “Can somebody please help us?! Help!”
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New Jersey ELCA ‘Church’ Holds ‘Renaming’ Ceremony for Female Leader Who Wants to Be Called Peter   Feb 12, 2018 03:22 pm
  Photo Credit: St. Matthew-Trinity Lutheran Church Facebook page HOBOKEN, N.J. -- An assembly that is a part of the apostate Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) held a "renaming" ceremony on Sunday for their female pastor, who wishes to present herself as a man and now go by the name Peter---after one of Jesus' disciples. St. Matthew Trinity Lutheran Church in Hoboken, New Jersey, whose motto is “Where tradition and inclusivity meet,” held the ceremony during the Sunday morning service on a day that is known to Lutherans as Transfiguration Sunday....
“Today, we are creating sacred space that allows our pastor to live more fully into who God is calling [her] to be,” it said in an online announcement. “We take a bold step in witnessing to the inclusiveness of God’s love for those within our church and society. Bless Peter with grace as [she] takes this new name!”
The ritual was led by Tracie Bartholomew, the “bishop” of the New Jersey Synod of the ELCA, who “blessed” leader Rose Beeson with water from the baptismal fountain to commemorate the changing of Beeson’s name to Peter.
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Parkland High School Shooting: At Least 17 Killed, Suspect in Custody   Feb 14, 2018 06:40 pm
  PARKLAND, Fla. (Fox News) -- A shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, left at least 17 people dead, officials said Wednesday, and the suspect---believed to be a former student---was in custody. The shooting suspect was identified as Nicolas Cruz, a U.S. official told The Associated Press. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was under lockdown as police rushed to the scene.
The young man believed to be the suspect was wearing a maroon shirt as police led him off to a squad car in an area off school grounds. Video provided to WSVN appeared to show officers cuffing the suspect in the grass.
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Massachusetts Elementary School Principal Announces That He Identifies as a Woman   Feb 15, 2018 01:21 pm
  SWAMPSCOTT, Mass. -- An elementary school principal in Massachusetts has announced in a letter that he identifies as a woman and will present himself as female going forward. Principal Tom Daniels, who had led Stanley Elementary School since 2012, explained in the Feb. 6 correspondence that he has struggled with his gender identity from the time he was a youth, 
“After confronting a series of challenges last fall, I let myself imagine the possibility of being completely honest with myself and those around me. I can now say it: I am transgender,” Daniels wrote. “For me, that means I identify as both a male and female, and I plan to move toward presenting myself and identifying as female.”
He advised that he will now go by his middle name, Shannon, instead of Tom, which he said “perfectly denot[es] [his] fluid gender identity.”
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North Carolina to Pay Over $200K to Magistrate for Not Accommodating Her Religious Convictions About Marriage   Feb 12, 2018 11:14 pm
  RALEIGH, N.C. -- The State of North Carolina has agreed to pay over $200,000 to a former magistrate who resigned from the bench in 2014 as she felt forced out after a federal court struck down the state's same-sex "marriage" ban and her superiors would not allow an accommodation for her religious beliefs. As previously reported, in October 2014, U.S. District U.S. District Court Judge Max Cogburn, Jr. ruled in the case of General Synod of the United Church of Christ v. Cooper that “refusing to recognize same sex marriages originating elsewhere, and/or threatening to penalize those who would solemnize such marriages, are unconstitutional.”
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Viral Bill Nye ‘Science Guy’ Video Claims Fertilized Eggs Are Not Humans; Pro-Lifers Push Back   Feb 14, 2018 03:14 pm
  A video on social media of Bill Nye, known as "The Science Guy," asserting that fertilized eggs are not humans, has gone viral and has caused pro-lifers to push back against his claims. In the video, recently shared by Big Think and having 33 million views as of press time, Nye remarked that eggs accept sperm all the time, but that in order for a fertilized egg to develop, it must attach to the uterine wall.
“If you’re going to say, ‘When an egg is fertilized it [has] the same rights as an individual,’ then whom are you going to sue? Whom are you going to imprison? Every woman whose had a fertilized egg pass through her? Every guy whose sperm has fertilized an egg and it didn’t become a human? Have all these people failed you?” he asked.
“It’s just a reflection of a deep scientific lack of understanding. You apparently literally don’t know what you’re talking about,” Nye claimed. “You wouldn’t know how big a human egg was if it weren’t for microscopes, if it weren’t for scientists [or] medical researchers looking diligently. You wouldn’t know the process. You wouldn’t have that famous shots where the sperm are bumping up against the egg—you wouldn’t have that without science.”
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10 Attorneys General, 16 Scholars File Legal Briefs in Support of Screen Printer Who Declined Order for ‘Gay Pride’ T-Shirts   Feb 14, 2018 05:48 pm
  FRANKFORT, Ky. -- A number of friend-of-the-court briefs have been filed with the Kentucky Supreme Court as it is set to decide an appeal surrounding an expressly Christian screen printing business accused of discrimination for declining to print shirts for a "gay pride" parade. Among the amicus briefs include those filed by 10 states, the governor of Kentucky, and.
16 legal scholars.
“[C]onsistent with [the court’s wrongful] interpretation of Section 5 of the Constitution, a publisher who supports same-sex marriage could be required to print materials for a group seeking to overturn Obergefell v. Hodges; the government could require a Christian advertising agency to publicly promote strip clubs; a homosexual photographer could be required to photograph a rally opposing homosexuality; and a pro-life speech writer could be forced to write a speech for a pro-choice candidate voicing support for Roe v. Wade,” wrote attorneys for Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin.
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Scripture Signs Removed From High School Choir Room Following Complaint From Atheist Activist Group   Feb 13, 2018 01:55 am
  SEARCY, Ark. -- Several displays featuring quotations from Scripture have been removed from a choir room at a public high school in Arkansas following a complaint from one of the nation's most conspicuous professing atheist activist organizations. The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) sent a letter in November to the superintendent of the 
of the Searcy School District to assert that the signs, displayed by choir director Tina Niederbrach at Searcy High School, are violative of the U.S. Constitution.
According to reports, the signs included the verses, “Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:19); “Love binds us together in perfect harmony” (Colossians 3:14); and “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God” (Psalm 42:1).
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Report: Hillary Clinton knew her email server wasn’t secure – used it anyway
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January 21, 2018
Report: Hillary Clinton knew her email server wasn’t secure – used it anyway
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s lies have finally been exposed.
Government watchdog group Judicial Watch obtained never-before-seen State Department emails to and from Clinton that show the former secretary of State had “detailed knowledge about the security vulnerabilities involved in continuing to use her personal email,” according to the Washington Free Beacon.
The emails also reveal that some of those messages, sent via an insecure server, contained classified information.
She Was Warned
Clinton had previously claimed that she didn’t “stop and think” about the security risks in using private email to send classified information. She told NBC News in 2015 that she wished she had “made a different choice.”
“You know, I was not thinking a lot when I got in,” she said. “There was so much work to be done. We had so many problems around the world. I didn’t really stop and think, ‘What kind of email system will there be?'”
But this is a far-fetched, given the extent to which she was warned. Justin Cooper, former aide to her husband, told her in 2011:
All of your older messages will remain on the server. There is a way for me to move everything on to the new device, but the security whizzes have convinced me that this is a horrible thing to do because you also transfer any viruses, spyware and junk overseas providers hide on there.
He also told her that he would be adding new “security features and policies” to her Blackberry that included a “more complex password.”
“It is a constant fight to keep up with the security measures and unfortunately we keep seeing reminders of why we need to,” he said.
She Lied
According to Judicial Watch’s president, Tom Fitton, “These new emails refute Hillary Clinton’s repeated claims of having little or no knowledge about her email system.”
“She clearly was fully in charge of setting up her outlaw email system and overseeing its use. When will the Justice Department act?” Fitton asked. “The fact that Hillary Clinton and her agents tried to destroy or hide emails shows how she flagrantly and knowingly violated the laws that protect classified information and government records.”
No one should be above the law, yet somehow, Hillary Clinton consistently avoids the legal consequences of her actions.
Maybe it’s time to get that “lock her up” chant going again.




Eric Trump: Government shutdown is backfiring on Democrats, will help Republicans
January 21, 2018
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Eric Trump: Government shutdown is backfiring on Democrats, will help Republicans
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To protect a program that affects less than one million illegal immigrants and which doesn’t even expire until March, Democrats were willing to upend the armed forces, risk the health insurance of over 9 million children, and put on hold critical programs affecting veterans and opioid-dependent patients in desperate need of treatment.
Now, the president’s son is letting congressional Democrats know that — like it or not — they own the government shut down and all of the horrible consequences that accompany it.
“They obstruct, they distract, they try and place blame,” Eric Trump observed during a televised phone called with Fox News’ Judge Jeanine Pirro. “The only reason they want to shut down government is to distract and to stop [the president’s] momentum.”
Obstructing
As the Friday night deadline loomed to find a solution to the immigration impasse between Democrat and Republican lawmakers, the GOP offered a stopgap measure which included many bipartisan elements friendly to the interests of the Democrat Party. Republicans sought to prevent the shutdown and keep the government operating, yet as the president’s son noted, they couldn’t do this on their own.
“You had 269 Republicans who voted to keep government open, you had 230 Democrats who voted to close government, and then they’ll say that, ‘[President Donald] Trump is trying to close government,’” Eric Trump said. “It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me, and I’m pretty good at math.”
While congressional Republicans were ultimately united in their desire to preserve government operations, they needed at least 10 Democrats from the Senate to move forward with their temporary appropriations bill.
Senate rules require at least a three-fifths majority to pass legislation tied to government expenditure, and with the entire Democrat Party circling their wagons around the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a shutdown was inevitable.
Distracting
Eric Trump sees this opposition as an attempt to distract from a year of unprecedented successes for his father’s administration. He explained:
I mean, my father has had incredible momentum. He has gotten more done in one year than arguably any president in history. How do they divert from that message? How do they save their own party when they don’t have any leadership, they don’t have any good candidates out there, they don’t have a message of their own? How do they do that? 
Referring to the shutdown, Trump told Pirro, “Honestly, I think it’s a good thing for us.” The president’s eldest son elaborated:
People see through it. I mean, people have seen a year that’s incredible, that’s been filled with nothing but the best for our country, “America First” policies, and they’re happy with where we are as a nation.
President Trump has echoed this sentiment, telling reporters that progressives are attempting to shift the nation’s attention away from the GOP’s prosperity-driving tax overhaul.
“I think the Democrats would like to see a shutdown in order to get off that subject,” the president remarked.
Watch Eric Trump’s full interview with Pirro:
Placing blame
So far, the polls tend to agree with the Trump family’s analysis. Even a poll from the far left-leaning CNN, a cable network whose executives have intentionally manipulated their coverage to criticize the president, determined that most Americans believe Democrats are responsible for the shutdown.
While 26 percent of Americans believe Republicans should take the blame for the disruptive and dispiriting government shutdown, 31 percent point their fingers squarely at the Democrat Party. Twenty-one percent think that Trump is at fault, and 10 percent blame both political parties and the president.
Democrats may have made a fatal miscalculation by orchestrating the shutdown. Originally opposed to tying the future of their party and the welfare of millions of Americans to an appropriations bill, Democrats felt emboldened after the president allegedly made comments disparaging certain third-world countries and expressing a desire to shut down immigration from them.
However, as Eric Trump observed, most Americans are able to see through this vindictive political theater right to the core of Democrats desperate strategic ploy.
By pinning their future on a single unconfirmed utterance from the commander-in-chief, congressional Democrats may have alienated the electorate and compromised their performance in this year’s midterm elections.








Flashback: Oprah said older people ‘just have to die’
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Flashback: Oprah said older people ‘just have to die’
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If Oprah Winfrey runs for president in 2020, Republicans would be wise to capitalize on this bit of “oppo-research.”
In a 2013 interview with BBC, the billionaire talk show mogul said that before racism can be eradicated, “older generations” of people “just have to die.”
That’s problematic. Watch the clip below:
Oprah Winfrey "And they just have to die!"
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 Older generations “just have to die”
In 2013, Oprah appeared in an interview with the BBC’s Will Gompertz to promote The Butler, a movie dealing with themes of racism in which the talk show mogul co-starred.
When Gompertz asked Oprah whether racism had been solved, she said that it had gotten “better,” but would never go away completely until “older generations” died out.
She told Gompertz:
I’m saying problem not solved. I’m saying that, you know, that’s the beauty of a film like The Butler, and it’s the beauty of a film like 12 Years a Slave, and it’s the beauty of what we’re seeing on stage with Scottsboro Boys is that it allows people to see where the root of the problem started. It allows people to see, “Oh, that’s where it all started, this is how far we’ve come, and now this is how much farther we need to go.”
But it seems the former daytime television star doesn’t think much more progress can be made until an entire generation is no longer living. She told her host:
There is a whole generation — I said this for apartheid South Africa, I said this for my own community in the south — there are still generations of people, older people, who were born and bred and marinated in it, in that prejudice and racism, and they just have to die.
“As long as people can be judged by the color of their skin,” she added, “the problem is not solved.”
Problematic language
In this often-misquoted passage, Oprah did not specifically call for the death of “white” people. Still, her insistence that an entire generation must pass away to eradicate racism would not bode well should she intend to run for office, as numerous reports show that older people tend to vote much more often than younger citizens — and that gap is widening.
Earning the support of older generations is especially crucial in presidential campaigns, as the baby boomer vote can often dominate an election.
In 2016, voters over the age of 45 voted more often for Republican Donald Trump than Democrat opponent Hillary Clinton, which helped secure a GOP victory.
If Oprah were to run as a Democrat, her poor choice of words when referring to entire generations of Americans could cost her valuable votes.


 


Report: Senior Obama officials could be indicted in FISA memo scandal
January 20, 2018
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Report: Senior Obama officials could be indicted in FISA memo scandal
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Bad news may be on the horizon for high ranking members of the Obama administration.
While lawmakers haven’t yet been able to reveal the contents of a memo that allegedly details “shocking” FISA surveillance abuses under the Obama administration, some insiders suggest that publishing the memo could lead to the indictment of senior Obama officials. 
Ryan Fournier, a political commentator and analyst, indicated as much on Twitter yesterday:
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This follows a shocking statement from Rep. Matt Gaetz, (R-Fla.), who said Thursday he “was very convinced by the evidence” and that if the memo does go public, “I think that this will not end just with firings. There are people who will go to jail.”
The FISA Memo
By now many Republicans believe that, while Trump was campaigning for the presidency, the wildly salacious Steele dossier, paid for by the Clinton campaign, was used to initiate investigations against him.
Also suspected is that the Obama administration, including the FBI and DOJ, used the information gathered in the dossier to justify the granting of a FISA warrant.
Seventeen months later, the FBI admits that the dossier’s collusion allegations remain unsubstantiated.
As a result, investigations have been made by congressional committees as to how this all came to be. One of these investigations, led by a group in the House of Representatives (House), just produced a memo which apparently details just how corrupt the different parts of the Obama government, including the FBI and DOJ, were.
This memo was released to be read by all members of the House, and it left many in disbelief; one Congressman even described the actions of the Obama administration as revealed in the memo as “worse than Watergate.”
Now the pressure is mounting for the memo to be released to the public. WikiLeaks has even offered a $1 million reward for access to it.
Pressure on Nunes
On Friday, a group of 65 lawmakers, led by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), signed a letter requesting that Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, release the memo.
In the letter, they wrote:
After reading the document, we were shocked and frustrated, but it has deepened our belief in the vital importance of transparency.
This important memo will be of interest to anyone who cares about America and our democratic system of government,” the letter continues. “We are writing to request the immediate release of this document to the public, as well as any relevant ancillary information. The audience of this document should not be limited to Members of Congress — the American people deserve to know the information it contains.
According to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Nunes can bring the committee back together in order to have a vote. Then, if the majority votes to release the document, the executive branch will review it, in order to make the final determination as to whether to release the memo.
This suggests that the final decision to release it will be up to President Trump.
Midterm Elections
The release of the memo could have serious implications for the upcoming 2018 midterm elections.
As has been widely reported, the Republicans may lose seats in the House, which could spell trouble for Trump.
However, if the memo is as damaging to the Obama administration as House Republicans have reported, demonstrating the corruption of the American government under the Democratic regime of Obama could just flip the script.




House Investigation: Pakistanis hired by Democrats hacked Congressional computers
January 18, 2018
https://www.conservativeinstitute.org/national-security/democrats-hacked-more-computers.htm?utm_source=boomtrain&utm_medium=automated&utm_campaign=CNA_20170715&utm_source=boomtrain&utm_medium=automated&utm_campaign=CNA_20170715
House Investigation: Pakistanis hired by Democrats hacked Congressional computers
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House Democrats hired a Pakistani ex-McDonald’s worker as their IT administrator in 2009. Soon after his hiring, three family members and his best friend also found themselves as IT administrators for the Dems, roles they were paid a total of over $4 million for over several years — a scandal in itself.
Not only was the Awan family overpaid and underqualified, but they were engaged in far more “nefarious” activities. The Daily Caller reports that House investigators found that Imran Awan, his family, and his best friend used their insider positions to gain “unauthorized access” to Congressional servers and potentially classified information.
Even more troubling is that Democratic leadership appear to have consistently downplayed the security threat to their members, “leading 44 Democrats to not conduct protective measures typically taken after a breach — including informing constituents whose personal information may have been exposed,” reported the Caller.
The House Investigative Report
The four-month House investigation reportedly found that as recently as 2016, the Awan family was “allegedly accessing the data of members for whom they did not work, logging in as members of Congress themselves, and covering their tracks.”
The House’s Office of the Inspector General summed up their findings in a presentation titled “‘UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS’ that ‘5 shared employee system administrators have collectively logged into 15 member offices and the Democratic Caucus although they were not employed by the offices they accessed,'” according to the Caller.
The Awans also installed Dropbox — a third-party offsite cloud storage — on two Democratic Caucus computers, which is against House rules.
Even after being discovered and told to stop, the Awans kept up their illegal activities.
The Daily Caller reported:
Their behavior mirrored a “classic method for insiders to exfiltrate data from an organization,” and they continued even after orders to stop, the briefing materials allege.
There are indications that numerous members’ data may have been secretly residing not on their designated servers, but instead aggregated onto one server, according to the briefing and other sources. Authorities said that the entire server was then physically stolen.
The report also found that Democrat leadership lied to their own party, calling it all just a simple theft. As a result, the breach wasn’t reported as such — and critical security measures to mitigate damage weren’t implemented, including notifying constituents whose information was compromised.
Bank Fraud Allegations
As if all of that wasn’t enough, Awan and some of his family members have also been indicted on bank fraud charges. Awan wired close to $300,000 to Pakistan in July 2017, and was later arrested by the FBI as he tried to board a flight to his native country from Dulles International Airport in Washington.
His wife Hina Alvi had already left the U.S. months prior, with money she received from claiming medical hardship in order to withdraw from a retirement account.
Awan and his family stole hundreds of thousands of dollars in IT equipment, but according to Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King, this loss of taxpayer money is the least of their concerns.
“The American people deserve to know the truth to this; it is a big deal,” King told WND in the fall of 2017. “It’s not just $6 or $7 million, $120,000 worth of equipment here or there. The biggest thing is that the brothers, Awan’s wife and friend all had access to the private emails and electronic communications of members of Congress and all their staff.”
There’s “no telling what they downloaded, what they know,” King said.



Hillary Clinton brags about women’s march despite terrible record on women’s rights
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January 21, 2018
Hillary Clinton brags about women’s march despite terrible record on women’s rights
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When a social phenomenon as disgusting as the rampant sexual abuse epidemic permeates all sectors of society, it is counter-productive to politicize a recurring tragedy and assign responsibility where it does not exist.
Yet, this is precisely what twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton did when she asked galvanized voters taking part in Saturday’s multi-city Women’s March to take their anger and resentment to “the voting booth this year.”
#MeToo matriarch
The sexual mistreatment that many women have endured for much of history transcends party, race, and class. To be fair, Republicans also have a role in this gross injustice that requires as much self-evaluation or corrective action as anywhere else.
For Clinton to ignore not just her own party’s role in this horrendous state of affairs, but her own husband’s horrible behavior, is the height of hypocrisy, however.
In a shameful tweet, Clinton asked women everywhere to forget that Hollywood and Democrat politicians have played a disproportionate and disgusting part in the sexual abuse of women.
And to do so on Saturday, as millions of women marched in capitals around the world in search of dignity, respect, and equality is grossly inappropriate.
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Clinton attempted to tap into the same activism that the #MeToo sexual justice movement awakened in Americans from all walks of life. But Clinton failed to realize that the hundreds of thousands of demonstrators who marched in cities like Los Angeles and Chicago did so despite her and others like her.
Rather, many were marching because of the damage done to women’s rights by Clinton herself. After all, Clinton stood by her husband and even criticized his accusers as they came forward, one after another over the years, in a mini-#MeToo that predated the rise of the internet.
Former aides to First Lady Clinton recall how she sought to “destroy” the sexual harassment claims of one of her husband’s accusers while engaging in “blackmail” to compel others to withdraw their stories of abuse. Clinton is nothing short of a monster to women like Juanita Broaddrick, who accused Clinton’s husband of rape in 1999.
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Such remorseless elitism is part of the reason that the former presidential candidate failed to galvanize millennials, Latinas, and non-college-educated white women in 2016. In many ways, Clinton represents the same social class as the dozens of Hollywood moguls who have been exposed in recent months for chronic sexual abuse crimes that could only have persisted so long by a flawed culture of blind acceptance.
Many marchers see Clinton as an accessory to sexual villains like Harvey Weinstein, who was a longtime donor to and supporter of Hillary. A New York Times report from December described a “complicity machine” full of “enablers, silencers and spies” that allowed Weinstein to remain the serial abuser without fear of police action.
Clinton was certainly a cog in this machine; both magazine editor Tina Brown and even actress Lena Dunham have confessed to warning the Clinton campaign about Weinstein in 2008 and 2016. But these warnings didn’t stop the Clintons from taking in large sums from the Weinstein.
And by boosting his public image through association, the former secretary of State took part in the process that ensured Weinstein would have no trouble continuing to influence future awe-struck victims.
Clinton is part of the problem, and any attempts to depict herself as anything else should be exposed, condemned, and ridiculed. With her history, she has no room to talk about women’s rights.
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‘Destiny Readings’? ‘Expert Seers’?: Australian Group ‘Christalignment’ Drawing Concerns Over New Age Practices in the Name of God
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MELBOURNE — An Australian group that identifies itself as “Christalignment” is drawing concerns over practices that have been deemed New Age and occultic, including its use of “expert seers,” who provide “destiny readings,” dream interpretations and “energy impartation”—all in the name of God and evangelism.

Christalignment is run by Ken and Jen Hodge, who are the parents of Ben Fitzgerald, a listed missionary with Bethel Church of Redding, California. According to the Christalignment website, Jen Hodge is characterized as a “seer [who] specializes in healing from negative energies/cleansing.”

“The Christalignment team, based in Melbourne, Australia, are trained spiritual consultants, gifted in various modalities. We practice a form of supernatural healing that flows from the universal presence of the Christ,” the site reads. “We draw from the same divine energy of the Christ spirit, as ancient followers did and operate only out of the third heaven realm to gain insight and revelation.”

It outlines that its team members are trained in “destiny reading, Presence therapy, trauma recovery, entity cleansing, relationship alignment and physical healing using divine energy,” and also offer dream interpretations and “encounters coming from the third heaven realm.” Other services noted by the group include “prophetic” henna tattoos, deep rest therapy and color therapy, as well as meditation classes, which are held at various times throughout the year.

Christalignment has a booth four days a week at Dandenong Market, and also offers its services at events such as Sexpo, Rainbow Serpent, the Melbourne Queer Expo and Mind, Body, Spirit.

“Our unique destiny cards, which we have developed, are so accurate that even if your life circumstances change dramatically, on your return to do them again years later, you will find the results identical, such is their accuracy,” the group claims. “They are able to give profound insight into relationships, career and spiritual life.”

Some of the cards read “gifts,” “acts of service,” “quality time,” “words of affirmation” and “physical touch,” and include photos of Christ or other drawings. On the back is a saying that addresses struggles or other issues the person has been going through.

In addition to “destiny cards,” the group also uses Psalm cards, animal cards and color cards for its readings. Each card is stated to have a particular prophetic meaning for the person obtaining a reading.

“Psalm readings are similar to tarot in that cards are counted out according to your birth date date & year. Only three cards are used and these will represent your past, present and future,” the site read—that is, until Christalignment altered the wording within the past month after the matter was reported by Christian blog sites, raising deep concern over what appeared to be a similarity to tarot cards.

Christian News Network used the Wayback Machine to compare the two versions of the web page. Click here to see the original wording and click here to see the current wording.


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The group claims that it purposefully attends New Age festivals and other events where the lost are present to be an “undercover prophetic evangelism deliverance ministry” with the goal of seeing the unregenerate “saved, healed, and set free.” It denies that it is involved in New Age in any form, but asserts that it is rather seeking to work against the movement by bringing people to Jesus instead of psychics.

“The team is trained not only to be able to release deep encounters with the Spirit of Truth to clients, but to also release words of knowledge and healing. For clients to see Jesus standing before them in an encounter is not uncommon, and many of them get born again,” the Hodges claimed in a recent letter to Bethel’s Kris Vallotton following controversy over the matter.

“The prophetic word given over us four years ago was that we would see hundreds of witches come into the kingdom, thousands of people turn from darkness, and that tarot cards would be disabled,” they wrote. “Praise God this is happening!! As a deliverance ministry, we are able to stop clients ever going to a psychic again and this is our aim.”

Vallotton had previously repudiated the use of “destiny cards,” but soon retracted his words by posting the Hodges’ letter to Facebook, remarking that the couple was being “destroyed by the fake news media.”

While Bethel itself has also officially released a statement advising that it is not “formally affiliated” with Christalignment, and that the only connection is that some members are related to the Hodges, it went on to defend the group as engaging in biblical evangelism and doing its part to reach the lost in difficult places.

“Reaching people where they are with the truth and love of God is our job as believers. Many people will not come to our churches, yet they are in great need of a personal encounter with Jesus. The Hodges feel called to share the Gospel with a people group that most of us would feel unsure of how to approach. We value their efforts to minister to unbelievers in the ways they can more easily receive it and in the places they are going, like New Age festivals,” it wrote.

“This ministry is a way of getting people to stop and engage with fellow humans so that they might encounter the love of the Father and the truth of His Son, Jesus Christ. If one of our sons or daughters was away from the Lord and looking for truth at a festival, we would be praying for them to meet believers like the Hodges who know the love and truth of God,” Bethel continued.

It urged those with concern to go directly to Christalignment themselves to work out any disagreement.

Read the statement in full here.

However, not only have Christalignment’s practices raised concern among Christians who believe that the practices are indeed modeled after the New Age—no matter how much the group denies it—but so did Bethel’s statement in defense of the organization.

“[W]hen Pulpit & Pen broke the story, Jen Hodge pulled two of her videos that were clearly letting others see they were practicing what is recognized as legitimate tarot card readings. When people gave links to Kris Vallotton from the Christalignment website where it was explained how destiny cards are similar and used like tarot cards, Jen Hodge altered her website,” notes Church Watch Central.

“Bethel leaders suggest Christians are narrow-minded if they oppose creative means of evangelism. This, of course, assumes that using destiny cards is no problem,” also writes Holly Pivec of Spirit of Error. “… What practices would Bethel be willing to repudiate? For example, if a group put together a Christian version of a Ouija board—but called it a destiny board and said they were using it through the power of the Holy Spirit so that people could have an encounter with God—how would this be any different? Where would Bethel draw the line and why there?”

“How does Bethel teach its people discernment? What guidelines do they provide? What biblical support for them? Is their flock expected to trust all discernment to Bethel leaders? If not, how are they being equipped to exercise mature discernment?” she asked. “Why not simply deny affiliation with Christalignment and leave it at that? This looks like a defense of the practices of Christalignment.”

Jeremiah 14:14 reads, “Then the Lord said unto me, ‘The prophets prophesy lies in My name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them. They prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.'”

Leviticus 20:23 also states, “And ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation which I cast out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them.”


An Australian group that identifies itself as “Christalignment” is drawing concerns over practices that have been deemed New Age and occultic, including its use of “expert seers,” who provide “destiny readings,” dream interpretations and “energy impartation”—all in the name of God and evangelism. Christalignment is run by Ken and Jen Hodge, who are the parents of Ben Fitzgerald, a listed missionary with Bethel Church of Redding, California. According to the Christalignment website, Jen Hodge is characterized as a “seer [who] specializes in healing from negative energies/cleansing.”

“The Christalignment team, based in Melbourne, Australia, are trained spiritual consultants, gifted in various modalities. We practice a form of supernatural healing that flows from the universal presence of the Christ,” the site reads. “We draw from the same divine energy of the Christ spirit, as ancient followers did and operate only out of the third heaven realm to gain insight and revelation.” It outlines that its team members are trained in “destiny reading, Presence therapy, trauma recovery, entity cleansing, relationship alignment and physical healing using divine energy,” and also offer dream interpretations and “encounters coming from the third heaven realm.”
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California Man Who Says He Was ‘Blind’ Without Christ Turns Himself in for Murder Committed 25 Years Ago
By Heather Clark on January 13, 20184 Comments
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REDDING, Calif. — A California man walked into a local television station this week and also turned himself in to the police in confessing to a murder committed 25 years ago, as he said that his faith in God and the weight of living with the secret compelled him to do what was right.

“God and Christ and these things that have happened over the course of 25 years have pushed me and pushed me to do the right thing,” Brian Hawkins, 44, told local television station KRCR. “I know the wrong can’t be changed, but this is the closest I can come to doing the right thing.”

According to the outlet, Hawkins appeared at the station this week and said that he wanted to confess to the murder of Frank McAlister, then 19, who was killed in 1993. Police believe that McAlister had been robbed, and during the course of the robbery, he was murdered and his body left in the woods. His car was found abandoned at a Costco parking lot with a “large amount of blood.”

While Hawkins didn’t want to talk to KRCR about the specifics of the case, he said that he wanted the public to know that he had turned to God, which motivated him to confess to the crime. He said that he was “blind” living without Christ, and that he has felt regret for the murder ever since.

“Every minute of every day has been a nightmare,” Hawkins stated. “It’s kind of weird. Frank never got to have a life, but we were teenagers, and now I’m 44 and still haven’t even had a life, and now most likely won’t anyway.”

He said that he hoped that the community would forgive him, shedding tears at times during the interview. Hawkins shared that he believes God has forgiven him, but he knew he had to confess. He explained that he also sought to reach out to the McAlister family, but Frank’s father died before he was able to get there.

The television station said that it agreed to interview Hawkins, but advised that it would not release the footage until he had turned himself into police, and after authorities were able to corroborate the claims.

Hawkins was subsequently arrested after confessing to the crime at the police station next door, as were his accomplices Shanna Culver, 46, and her brother Curtis Culver, 45. One of the two Culvers also reportedly confessed, although police have not stated which one.

The three had reportedly been questioned by investigators in 1993, but denied any part in the killing. The matter has therefore remained a mystery ever since as nothing connected them to the murder, even though it was known that they were the last to see McAlister.

“I’ve been through Hell my whole life because of this,” Hawkins said, explaining that the guilt had eaten him up and he could not hold it in any longer.
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Moody Bible Institute President, COO Resign Amid Board’s ‘Unanimous Decision’ for ‘New Season of Leadership’
By Heather Clark on January 10, 20188 Comments
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CHICAGO — The president and COO of Moody Bible Institute have submitted their resignations amid controversy over the direction of the historic institution, and in light of the board’s “unanimous decision” for “new leadership.”
The Moody Board of Trustees accepted the resignations of President Paul Nyquist and COO Steve Mogck on Wednesday, according to an email sent to students by Chairman Randy Fairfax. Nyquist, a former pastor and president of the church planting organization Avant Ministries, had served at Moody since 2009.
“As you know, the Board of Trustees has been discussing issues related to widespread concerns over the direction of Moody. Today, we accepted the resignations of President Dr. Paul Nyquist; Chief Operating Officer Steve Mogck; and the retirement of Provost Dr. Junias Venugopal,” he wrote.
“Let there be no mistake that the Board of Trustees holds these three men in high regard for their ethical, moral, and spiritual leadership. They are godly, honorable men to whom we entrust to the Lord and offer our deep gratitude for their years of faithful service to Christ and to Moody. However, we are unanimous in our decision that it is time for a new season of leadership. I ask that you be in prayer for them and their families,” Fairfax said.
According to reports, some students and staff expressed disappointment following an announcement in November that Moody would be closing its Spokane, Washington campus, discontinuing certain offerings and cutting faculty. While some said that the changes were due to decreasing enrollment, Moody outlined on its website that it was “repositioning the ministry for kingdom impact.”
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Paula White Urges Followers to Give ‘First Fruits’ Offering of a Day, Week or Month’s Wages
By Heather Clark on January 8, 201838 Comments
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APOPKA, Fla. — Prosperity preacher Paula White, who also serves as the chair of President Trump’s Evangelical Advisory Board, is urging her followers to give a “first fruits” financial offering with the start of 2018, stating that there are “consequences” for those who don’t do so out of “ignorance or direct disobedience.”
“As you remember the Lord your God, according to Deuteronomy 8:18, through your first fruits offering, He gives you the power to acquire wealth to establish His covenant,” she wrote in a post on her website, accompanied by a YouTube video.
“Each January, I put God first and honor Him with the first of our substance by sowing a first fruits offering of one month’s pay. That is a big sacrifice, but it is a seed for the harvest I am believing for in the coming year,” White outlined.
She urged others to do so as well, noting that some of her partners “sow a month’s pay, a week’s pay, [or] a day’s pay,”—whatever is their best. White stated that the offering differs from a tithe—or 10 percent—because it is the whole of the first.
She asserted that “2018 is a year of life and deliverance from struggle [and] it begins right now with first fruits.” White noted that part of the Hebrew word for 18 means “alive” or “living.”
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Former Teacher Has Certificates Suspended for Speaking Against Sin of Homosexuality on Facebook
By Heather Clark on January 9, 201845 Comments
NEWARK, N.J. — The New Jersey Department of Education has suspended the teaching certificates of a former high school teacher who came under fire seven years ago for speaking against the sin of homosexuality on Facebook.
As previously reported, Jenye “Viki” Knox, 56, first came under fire in June 2011 after she posted comments on Facebook decrying the promotion of the homosexual lifestyle Union High School.
The school had reportedly erected a display in acknowledgment of “Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Month,” which featured popular homosexual celebrities.
“It’s still there,” she vented on her personal Facebook page. “I’m pitching a fit.”
The status then began to spark discussion, which turned into a controversy when others were offended by her comments.
Knox, a born-again Christian who also had served as the adviser for the school’s Bible study group, defended the Bible’s position on homosexuality when others challenged her status.
“God cannot abide, tolerate, accept, go along with sin. That’s why Jesus came and gave his life as an offering for our souls; so we could once again be right-standing,” she responded. “Everything God has created, Satan has perverted, everything! Sin is sin. Wrong is wrong.”
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Ohio’s Largest Abortion Facility Launches Billboard Campaign to Claim: ‘Abortion Is a Blessing’
By Heather Clark on January 6, 201821 Comments
CLEVELAND, Ohio — The largest abortion facility in Ohio has launched a billboard campaign in an effort to urge readers “to reflect on the powerful role that abortion plays in people’s lives.”
The facility, called Preterm, has purchased 16 billboard locations around the Cleveland area to “spark conversation” surrounding its belief that abortion is necessary as it allows women to live however they want without a child getting in the way. Preterm offers surgical abortions up to 19 weeks gestation—almost five months—and medication abortions up to nine weeks.
“Abortion is a normal and necessary part of people’s lives. People from all walks of life have abortions for many different reasons. And each person’s experience is valid,” the MyAbortionMyLife website reads.
“To a parent struggling to make ends meet, abortion may be the best way to love and care for your family. To a young person, abortion may be the chance to graduate. To all of us, abortion is foundational to a just society where we can live life on our own terms,” it asserts.
Each billboard contains a different message in support of abortion, with the phrase “Abortion is” and then a blank that is completed by a thought. Among the 16 billboards include the statements “Abortion is a blessing;” “Abortion is sacred;” “Abortion is a family value;” “Abortion is hope;” “Abortion is a second chance;” “Abortion is liberty;” “Abortion is health care;” and “Abortion is good medicine.”
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US Supreme Court Declines to Hear Challenge to Mississippi’s Freedom of Conscience Act
By Heather Clark on January 8, 201895 Comments
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal of a Fifth Circuit ruling that upheld Mississippi’s “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act,” a bill meant to shelter residents from punishment when acting in accordance with their religious convictions in regard to the institution of marriage.
The court denied the cases of Barber v. Bryant and Campaign for Southern Equality v. Bryant on Monday without explanation, a move welcomed by those on the legal team defending the Mississippi legislation.
“The 5th Circuit was right to find that those opposing this law haven’t been harmed and, therefore, can’t try to take it down. Because of that, we are pleased that the Supreme Court declined to take up these baseless challenges, which misrepresented the law’s sole purpose of ensuring that Mississippians don’t live in fear of losing their careers or their businesses simply for affirming marriage as a husband-wife union,” Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) Senior Counsel Kevin Theriot said in a statement.
As previously reported, the Freedom of Conscience Act was signed into law in April 2016 by Gov. Phil Bryant, who identifies as a Christian. The bill prohibits the government from punishing those who decline to officiate same-sex ceremonies or provide services or accommodations for the celebrations, as well as those whose policies require use of locker and restrooms consistent with their biological gender.
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HIV Positive Teacher’s Aide, Track Coach Accused of Molesting 42 Youth Pleads Guilty to Sex Abuse Charges
By Heather Clark on January 6, 20187 Comments
WALDORF, Md. — A former Maryland teacher’s aide and track coach accused of sexually abusing 42 youth between 2015 and 2017 has accepted a plea deal after being charged with over 200 offenses, including the attempted transmission of HIV.
According to reports, Carlos Bell, 30, was first investigated in December 2016 after a parent contacted authorities in regard to inappropriate text messages that her teenager had received on their cell phone. Bell, who had worked as an aide at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School and the indoor track coach at La Plata High School, was consequently removed from his positions.
A search warrant to seize Bell’s computer and cell phone then led the state crime lab to discover child pornography on his electronic devices, including recordings of Bell having sexual contact with students. However, according to television station WTOP, Bell bought more devices even while under investigation and molested eight more youth until his arrest in June 2017.
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Gideons No Longer Allowed to Offer Bibles at Kansas Elementary School Following Complaint
By Heather Clark on January 7, 2018568 Comments
HERINGTON, Kan. — Representatives for Gideon International will no longer be allowed to make Bibles available to students at an elementary school in Kansas following a complaint from a national humanist organization.
The American Humanist Association (AHA) recently sent a letter to the superintendent of Herington Schools and the principal of Herington Elementary School to advise that it had been contacted by the parents of several children who were unhappy with a recent one-day Bible distribution.
According to the correspondence, the Bibles were placed on a table in a commons area where those interested could freely take a copy.
“Your school district has allowed an outside religious organization, believed to be the Gideons, to distribute Bibles to young children at Herington Elementary School. The district’s actions in assisting the Gideons in distributing Bibles to elementary students represents a clear breach of the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution and we hereby demand assurances that this practice will discontinue immediately,” the letter, written by attorney Monica Miller, read.
It asserted that allowing the Bible placement sends the message that the school and district endorse Christianity.
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U.S. Department of State Announces Annual Notation of World’s Most Egregious Violators of Religious Freedom
By Heather Clark on January 7, 20185 Comments

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of State has announced its annual designation of “Countries of Particular Concern” (CPC) based on observance of ongoing violations of religious freedom.
“In far too many places around the globe, people continue to be persecuted, unjustly prosecuted or imprisoned for exercising their right to freedom of religion or belief,” spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement on Thursday.
“Today, a number of governments infringe upon individuals’ ability to adopt, change or renounce their religion or belief, worship in accordance with their religion or beliefs, or be free from coercion to practice a particular religion or belief.”
The International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 requires the U.S. secretary of state to name each year the countries that have been the most egregious violators of religious freedom. Secretary Rex Tillerson has decided to re-designate from the year prior the countries of Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan as CPCs.
Pakistan has also been placed on a “special watch list” due to ongoing persecution throughout the past year.
As previously reported, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) had recommended last April that the Department of State designate 16 countries as CPCs, 10 of which have been cited by the government for years. The six that the Commission sought to be added were the Central African Republic, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, Syria and Vietnam.
While it applauded the Department of State for again adding the 10 designations to the CPC list, the Commission expressed disappointment that Tillerson only added Pakistan to a watch list, and that the other countries of recommendation were not mentioned at all.
“The designation of these countries is a key step in ensuring continued U.S. engagement in support of international religious freedom. Although USCIRF agrees with the 10 countries on the State Department’s list, it does not go far enough. Secretary Tillerson should have also designated the Central African Republic, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, Syria, and Vietnam,” Chairman Daniel Mark said in a statement.
“Pakistan continues to harass its religious minorities, has state-sanctioned discrimination against groups such as the Ahmadis, and tolerates extra-judicial violence in the guise of opposing blasphemy,” he explained. “As USCIRF has said for many years, Pakistan should be designated by the State Department as a CPC.”
As previously reported, the Commission outlined in its 2017 report it is illegal in Pakistan to defile the Koran or to blaspheme the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Those who violate the law suffer devastating consequences, such as life imprisonment or the death penalty.
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Twitter Users Express Concern After Chelsea Clinton Wishes Church of Satan a ‘Happy New Year’
By Heather Clark on January 5, 20186 Comments
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Twitter users are expressing concern after Chelsea Clinton wished the Church of Satan a “Happy New Year” on Tuesday.
The matter began as Clinton had commented on a tweet by model Chrissy Teigen, who was upset that someone had posted photos of her daughter in making claims that she and her husband were a part of the “pizzagate” scandal.
“Chrissy, sending you & beautiful Luna a huge hug. It is awful & never ok when people threaten or demean any child,” Clinton remarked. “I’ve lost count of the Twitter accounts who’ve threatened Charlotte with #FGM. While I never bother to report threats against me, I now report every one against her.”
Tiegen responded and said that she felt sorry for what Clinton’s family had dealt with, and sent her love to Clinton’s husband and daughter.
An account named “roguehooters” later commented on the tweet, and a reader tagged the official Hooters account to notify them that someone was posting under their name. Twitter soon suspended the rogue account, and a Hooters representative responded to the tag, stating that they do not endorse the account nor was the user affiliated with the risque’ restaurant.
Tiegen, who had simply been chatting with Clinton, then saw the discussion below her tweet and asked what was happening.
“In 2017, @ChurchofSatan & I were put on a few threads together. In 2018, it’s…@Hooters. What a time to be alive Chrissy!” Clinton remarked.
Since Clinton tagged the Church of Satan in mentioning them, the group commented back.
“The never ending excitement here is never ending,” the Satanic group wrote.
“It’s been so long! Happy New Year!” Clinton responded.
“Same to you. Here’s to a great 2018!” the Church of Satan replied.
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J.J. Hanson, Voice Against Physician-Assisted Suicide in the Midst of Own Battle With Cancer, Dies at 36
By Heather Clark on December 31, 201719 Comments
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ALBANY, N.Y. — J.J. Hanson, who staunchly fought against physician-assisted suicide in the midst of his own battle with terminal brain cancer, has died at age 36.
In May 2014, Hanson was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma, the most aggressive form of brain cancer, and was told that he had four months left to live. He was advised that his tumors were inoperable and that he should go home and enjoy the few weeks he had left with his family.
However, Hanson and his wife, Kris, decided to obtain opinions from several other physicians and were able to find a doctor who was willing to perform surgery. He was also placed on chemotherapy and radiation, and underwent a clinical trial with an experimental drug.
The road ahead was difficult and Hanson struggled with depression after several months into the fight.
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Man’s ‘Swatting’ Hoax Amidst Gaming Feud Ends in Fatal Shooting of Innocent Father of 2
By Heather Clark on December 30, 201716 Comments
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WICHITA, Kan. — An innocent Kansas man is now dead and his two children are fatherless after a dispute over a game of “Call of Duty” resulted in a SWAT team showing up at a false address called in by a convicted prankster.
According to reports, a video gamer that had been in an argument in playing a “Call of Duty” game with a $1.50 wager contacted notorious “swatter” Tyler Raj Barriss, 25, and asked him to get back at someone. Swatting is defined as making a false report to the police that results in a response from a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team.
However, the other player who was to have been “swatted” lied by providing an address that was not his own, and Barriss used the address provided as he told the 911 operator that he had shot his father in the head following an argument with his mother, and that he was now holding his siblings and mother hostage. He also claimed that he had poured gasoline throughout the home, and was thinking of lighting it.
A large police presence then showed up at the Wichita location, and Andrew Finch, 28, soon came to the door to see what was happening. He reportedly had no knowledge of the gaming dispute and was not involved. Finch was shot moments later as he lowered his arms several times after being directed to keep his hands up, and police had thought, based on the phone call, that he was armed and dangerous.
“We learned through that call that the father was deceased, shot in the head. So that’s the information we were working off of,” Wichita Deputy Chief Troy Livingston told reporters. “Our officers came here preparing for a hostage situation. Several got in position. A male came to the front door, and one of our officers discharged his weapon.”
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UK National Health Service Apologizes After Woman Complains About ‘Transgender’ Nurse for Pap Smear
By Heather Clark on January 1, 201822 Comments
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LONDON — The National Health Service (NHS) of the U.K. has issued an apology after a woman contacted them to complain that after she requested a female nurse for her pap smear, a man who identified as a woman arrived to handle the procedure.
A pap smear is a routine test that is performed on adult women every 3-5 years, depending on age, and involves the collection of cell samples in the cervix to test for cervical cancer.
The woman, who spoke with The Sunday Times and requested to maintain her anonymity, said that she had requested that a female nurse handle the intimate procedure this past September, but became “embarrassed and distressed” when the nurse who greeted her had a deep voice and facial stubble.
The woman says that she told the nurse that there must have been a mistake, but he replied, “My gender is not male. I’m a transsexual.”
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Utah Lawmaker Proposes Criminal Assisted Suicide Bill After Teen Helps Friend Kill Herself
By Heather Clark on December 30, 20175 Comments
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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — A lawmaker in Utah has proposed a bill that would classify assisted suicide as manslaughter after an 18-year-old allegedly coaxed a 16-year-old girl to kill herself and then recorded her as she died.
Tyerell Przybycien has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Jchandra Brown after being accused of transporting the girl to her place of death and tying a noose so she could hang herself. His attorneys claim that Brown is solely responsible for her own death as Przybycien did not physically kill her.
“An act or conduct that ’causes’ the death is required in all cases: something like pulling the trigger on a gun, driving recklessly, etc.,” defense attorney Greg Stewart told CNN. “Tyerell picked Ms. Brown up from work when she called and asked for his help, drove her to stores to purchase rope and compressed air for inhaling, and helped her to tie a noose and build a pedestal to stand on. None of these actions directly ’caused’ the death of Ms. Brown.”
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Discovery of Clay Seal From First Temple Period Viewed as Another Support of Biblical Text
By Heather Clark on January 2, 20182 Comments
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JERUSALEM — The discovery of a 2,700-year-old clay seal dating back to the era of the First Temple is being viewed as another fascinating support of information already outlined in the Bible.
The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported on Monday that the stamped clay docket was found in the Western Wall Plaza during an archaeological excavation and features a depiction of two men wearing knee-length striped garments with the words “the governor of the city” below in ancient Hebrew.
Dr. Shlomit Weksler-Bdolah, who led the excavation, said that the seal most likely served as a souvenir from the governor of the day, one of the highest ranking officials appointed by the king.
“The finding of the sealing with this high-rank title, in addition to the large assemblage of actual seals found in the building in the past, supports the assumption that this area, located on the western slopes of the western hill of ancient Jerusalem, some 100 m. west of the Temple Mount, was inhabited by highly ranked officials during the First Temple period,” she outlined.
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Swarthmore College’s Religion Course Catalog Includes Study in ‘Queering the Bible’
By Heather Clark on January 4, 201840 Comments
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SWARTHMORE, Pa. — A private liberal arts college just outside of Philadelphia is drawing concerns over a “Queering the Bible” class included in its course catalog that is meant to provide “queer and trans readings of biblical texts.”
Swarthmore College, founded in 1864 by Quakers, provides a description of the course on its website, along with other upcoming religious-themed classes such as “Christian Mysticism,” “Islamic Law and Society” and “From Vodun to Voodoo: African Religions in the Old and New Worlds.”
“This course surveys queer and trans readings of biblical texts,” the outline reads. “It introduces students to the complexity of constructions of sex, gender, and identity in one of the most influential literary works produced in ancient times.”
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Planned Parenthood’s Annual Report: 321,384 Abortions Performed by Organization in 2016-2017
By Heather Clark on January 2, 20185 Comments
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WASHINGTON — The abortion and contraception giant Planned Parenthood has released its annual report, which shows that while the number of abortions it performed last year are the lowest in a decade, still over 321,000 babies were murdered in their mother’s womb during the 2016-2017 fiscal year.
“As we enter our 101st year, providing access to expert health care and education remains at the center of what we do. We continue to drive innovations in health care delivery by leveraging new technology to get patients the care and information they need to live healthy lives and build the futures they want,” the organization wrote in its report, which outlines the services provided over the past year, most centering on sexual activity.
Planned Parenthood reported 321,384 abortions for the year, down from the 328,348 performed abortions during the 2015-2016 fiscal year—or 6,964 fewer murdered children. However, the number still equates to over 800 abortions a day.
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Serial ‘Swatter’ Who Called in Deadly Hoax Amidst Video Gaming Feud Charged With Creating False Alarm
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LOS ANGELES, Calif. — The convicted prankster who called 911 with a false murder and hostage report that resulted in a SWAT team surrounding an innocent man’s home—with police fatally shooting the father of two—has been charged with one felony count of creating a false alarm and will be extradited to Kansas to face trial.
Tyler Raj Barriss, 25, appeared in a Los Angeles courtroom on Wednesday, where he waived his right to fight extradition to Kansas, where the innocent man died. A “fugitive from justice” warrant had been filed against Barriss, along with the felony charge.
According to the Los Angeles Times, in May 2016, Barriss was sentenced to two years and eight months behind bars for making a false bomb threat, but was released in January 2017. The following day, he was arrested again after violating a protective order, and spent another seven months in jail.
Glendale Police Sgt. Daniel Suttles told the outlet that it is believed Barriss is responsible for at least two dozen bomb threats, including those that resulted in the evacuation of an elementary school and a local television station. Prior to the latest incident, the Los Angeles Police Department was already investigating Barriss over a number of “swatting” calls that prompted a large law enforcement turnout.
Swatting is defined as making a false report to the police that results in a response from a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team.
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California Man Accused of Plotting Attack on San Francisco’s Pier 39 in the Name of ISIS
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MODESTO, Calif. — A California man has been arrested and charged with plotting a terror attack on San Francisco’s Pier 39 in the name of the barbaric Islamic group ISIS.
Everitt Jameson, 26, of Modesto was arrested on Dec. 22 and charged with attempting to provide support to a foreign terrorist organization after being investigated by the FBI. The government organization had been tipped that Jameson was posting in support of ISIS in online chat forums.
According to the criminal complaint, Jameson referred to the United States as the “darul,” meaning the “land of unbelievers,” and expressed support for the Oct. 31 terror attack in New York City, in which Sayfullo Saipov used a rented truck to plow down pedestrians and bicyclists, resulting in the deaths of eight people.
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‘Aspiring Pastor’ Charged With Murder After Wife, Children Found Dead in Home   Dec 26, 2017 02:50 pm
  KELOWNA, B.C. -- A Canadian man that had aspirations to be a pastor has been charged with second-degree murder after his wife and two young daughters were recently found dead in their home. Jacob Forman, 34, made his first court appearance on Thursday after authorities found his wife of ten years, Clara, and their daughters Karina and Yesenia, 7 and 8...

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‘We’ve Prayed About It’: Professing ‘Christian’ Couple Refuses Woman’s Pleas Not to Abort Baby   Dec 27, 2017 03:50 pm
  A viral video posted to social media on Friday shows a man and woman who professed to be Christians declining a woman's pleas not to abort their baby, stating that the child would interfere with their plans and that they had "prayed about" the matter. While the background behind the video, such as the location of the recording, has not been divulged, the footage...

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Oregon Court Upholds Order to Pay $135K in ‘Emotional Damages’ for Declining to Make Cake for Same-Sex ‘Wedding’   Dec 28, 2017 07:09 pm
  PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Oregon Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court ruling that ordered Sweet Cakes by Melissa owners Aaron and Melissa Klein to pay $135,000 in "emotional damages" to two lesbian women for declining to make a cake for their same-sex "wedding" in 2014. "iven BOLI’s detailed factual findings about the effect of the refusal of service on these...

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Trump White House Sends Congratulatory Letter to Prosperity Preacher Kenneth Copeland for ’50 Years of Ministry’   Dec 29, 2017 09:22 am
  WASHINGTON -- Prosperity and Word of Faith preacher Kenneth Copeland posted a photo to social media on Tuesday of a letter that he received from President Trump congratulating him for "50 years of ministry." "Melania and I send our warmest wishes as you celebrate 50 years of ministry," began the letter, which was dated Aug. 16 but just shared this week. "For...

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Judge Declines to Issue Emergency Injunction Against Baker Who Wouldn’t Make Same-Sex ‘Wedding’ Cake   Dec 23, 2017 06:27 pm
  BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- A state judge in California has declined to grant an emergency injunction against a baker who declined a request to make a same-sex "wedding" cake due to her religious beliefs, but also offered to call an accommodating business on behalf of the two lesbians seeking the cake for their event. Kern County Superior Court Judge David Lampe...

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California Teen Asks School Board to Change Policy Banning ‘Religious Theories’ in Science Class   Dec 26, 2017 12:26 pm
  ANGELS CAMP, Calif. -- A sophomore student at a public high school in California is requesting that his school district change its policy prohibiting the discussion of Creation beliefs in science class. Grayson Mobley, 16, spoke to the Bret Harte Union High School Board earlier this month to ask that he be allowed to politely cite his beliefs when pertinent....

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Atheist Group Wants Arkansas Governor to Stop Posting Bible Verses on Official Social Media Pages   Dec 23, 2017 12:40 pm
  LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- One of the most conspicuous professing atheist groups in the nation has sent a letter to the governor of Arkansas to request that he stop posting Bible verses on his government-related social media pages. Gov. Asa Hutchinson posts a Scripture to his Twitter and Facebook accounts each Sunday, sharing verses such as, "I will give thanks to the...

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ACLU Sues Healthcare Network for Cancelling Chest Surgery of Woman Who Identifies as Man   Dec 29, 2017 06:15 pm
  SEATTLE, Wash. -- The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed suit against the largest healthcare network in Washington State after chest reconstruction surgery scheduled for a woman who identifies as a man was cancelled and she had to obtain the operation elsewhere. According to the complaint filed by the ACLU, the 30-year-old woman, who goes by the name...

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UK Mother Declines Abortion After Baby Diagnosed With Rare Lung Condition   Dec 26, 2017 11:38 pm
  HULL, East Yorkshire -- A mother in the UK is thankful for her son after she declined to abort him upon learning that he had a rare lung condition. “I was given the option to terminate the pregnancy as it was unlikely the baby would survive, but there was no doubt in my mind that I would carry on," Yvonne Excell recalled to the Hull Daily Mail. Excell was 20...

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Palm Springs Becomes First City Council in Nation to Be All Homosexual, Bisexual or Transgender
By Heather Clark on December 9, 201729 Comments
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PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — The City of Palm Springs, California has sworn in a man who identifies as a woman, as well as a woman who identifies as bisexual, making its city council all-“LGBT” as its other three members identify as homosexual.

Lisa Middleton, a man who identifies as a woman (pictured), and Christy Holstege, an attorney who identifies as bisexual, were both sworn in on Wednesday after being elected last month.

They join Mayor Robert Moon and Councilman Geoff Kors, who both are “married” to men, and Councilman J.R. Roberts, who likewise identifies as homosexual.

Holstege and Middleton won with 30 percent of the vote, as compared to the 13 percent received by the nearest candidate. They replace Ginny Foat and Chris Mills, who decided not to run for reelection, according to CBS News.

“The kind of actions that made my election possible took place over the last 15-20 years in this city,” Middleton stated, according to local television station KESQ. “I am thrilled to have an opportunity to represent Palm Springs and Palm Springs values throughout this state and throughout this country.”

“It takes a diverse voice,” Holstege, who is married to a man but who identifies as bisexual, also remarked. “I work to make a living in Palm Springs. I want to raise kids here, and I think that’s important. I have to represent all of us, each and every one of us who lives in Palm Springs and I’m really looking forward to build a Palm Springs that works for all of us.”

Middleton’s campaign website outlines that he is involved with various humanitarian and transgender advocacy groups, including the LGBT Center of the Desert and Equality California, and also serves as the chair of the neighborhood improvement coalition ONE-PS. Middleton is married to a woman and has an adult son and daughter.

Holstege’s campaign website notes that in addition to handling civil litigation, elder law and domestic violence law, she also “focuses her practice and pro bono efforts serving underserved communities of the Coachella Valley, including people with disabilities, LGBTQ people, homeless individuals, injured workers, personal injury victims, and victims of discrimination and violence.”

According to a report by the Desert Sun entitled “Gay Then, Gayer Now: The New Palm Springs City Council Marks a Milestone in LGBT Acceptance,” Palm Springs has a history of electing homosexuals to office, as the two previous mayors and four past members of city council have identified as homosexual.

However, Councilman Roberts told the New York Times that he doesn’t want Palm Springs City Council to be known primarily for its sexuality.

“As the last bit of confetti is being swept up, some concerns have replaced elation,” he outlined to the outlet. “I really don’t want us to be known as the queer council. I want this to be about the things we accomplish.”

Holstege said Wednesday that she wants to focus on issues such as homelessness and to restore trust in the expenditures of public tax money. Middleton, who has worked with the Planning Commission since 2014, likewise stated that the passage of a half-cent sales tax is a priority in order to give the city a better budget to work with in regard to city planning and zoning.

As previously reported, at least two other men who identify as women were elected to government office last month. In Minnesota, Andre “Andrea” Jenkins was elected to the Minneapolis City Council, and in Virginia, Daniel “Danica” Roem was elected to the House of Delegates.

Historic American statesman Daniel Webster, who held office both in the House and Senate, once said, “If the power of the gospel is not felt throughout the length and breadth of the land, anarchy and misrule, degradation and misery, corruption and darkness will reign without mitigation or end.”

Noah Webster, known as the father of American education, also said, “All the miseries and evils which men suffer from—vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war—proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.”
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WATCH: Trump Ex-Wife Reveals Truth About Him, People Should Listen
November 27, 2017 Frank Spear
Ivana Trump, President Trump’s ex-wife, had the chance to speak out about how she thinks her ex-husband is doing as president, and her opinion on Melania and more. President Trump and Ivana were married from 1977 until 1992.
Ivana Trump appeared on “The Ray D’Arcy Show” to talk about various aspects of the President’s job. She admitted that Mr. Trump must be missing his old life. Ivana went on to express that the President must be “exhausted” from working all day, every day. The message she was passing on seemed clear enough; President Trump sacrificed so much for the country that allowed him to be as successful as he is today.
“He was in Trump Tower, he would go to Mar-a-Lago, and go to play golf at Westchester and things like that… now from 8:00 in the morning till midnight, he’s working, working, working, and everybody shouts at him the problem of that country, the new rule,” Mr. Trump’s ex-wife reflected.
In the President’s old life as a citizen, he would enjoy his days playing golf and relaxing. After all, wasn’t he entitled to that after building successful companies
Apparently, President Trump felt that his job was not yet done. He wanted to make a big change in the United States after the dust has settled and he had the chance to live the dream life.
“I don’t envy him. I think he must be freaking exhausted. I would be too,” Ivana Trump continued. When his ex-wife is speaking so highly of him, it is apparent that she sees that he is working for the greater good and not holding a petty grudge.
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BREAKING: Top Clinton Investigator Drops Bombshell, This Is Terrifying
November 28, 2017 William Widener
The Clintons have been surrounded by scandal for decades. Now, more details continue to seep out proving this fact. The latest details involving an Obama-era investigator are disturbing, to say the least.
According to Fox News, an investigator during the Obama administration who worked on the Hillary Clinton email investigation shared what it was like working on such a case. Former Intelligence Community Inspector General Charles McCullough III said that the Clinton campaign and its allies threatened and intimidated him, his family, and his staffers — just for doing his job.
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CHILLING: ISIS Threatens Shock City With Christmas Attack
November 28, 2017 Ben Baker
Even though ISIS is suffering major losses and is diminishing in power, its lone operatives remain a threat to the United States.
According to The Daily Mail, ISIS has released a new propaganda poster revealing one of its intended targets over the Christmas holiday. It’s Times Square in New York City — and hints at the use of explosives.
Times Square draws massive crowds during the holiday season, a fact ISIS undoubtedly hopes to exploit in a future attack, especially during a time of cheer and reflection centered on Jesus Christ.
Their latest propaganda poster shows an operative dressed as Santa Claus looking out over the crowd in Times Square. He’s carrying a laden bag next to a box of dynamite. The caption on the poster reads: “We meet at Christmas in New York…soon.”
It’s part of a series of threats issued by the terrorist organization over encrypted social media channels and shared by their followers and supporters.
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First Lady Melania Trump has been praised for bringing grace and elegance to the Trump White House. This has carried on into the holiday season and shows how proud the Trump Family is of their faith and their esteemed positions.
Melania Trump has gone all out for the Trump Family’s first Christmas in the White House. In a video posted to the first lady’s Twitter account Monday, the elaborate Christmas decorations were debuted. Along with many lighted Christmas trees, garlands, and ribbons, the Trump Family included the historical White House Nativity scene.
This Christmas marks the 50th anniversary of the Nativity scene’s inclusion in the White House Christmas decorations. The Nativity scene appears in the video, but it’s unclear where the Trump Family has chosen to feature it. The Obama Family previously displayed the Nativity scene in the East Room.
According to an official White House statement, Mrs. Trump’s chosen Christmas theme is “Time-Honored Traditions,” intended to pay homage to 200 years of White House holiday traditions. She was reportedly involved in “every detail” of the decorations
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Seinfeld,’ ‘Miami Vice’ actor dead at 62
November 29, 2017
‘Seinfeld,’ ‘Miami Vice’ actor dead at 62
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Julio Oscar Mechoso, character actor extraordinaire, died on Saturday of a heart attack at the age of 62.
Known as a versatile utility player, he appeared in 129 television shows and motion pictures, including Seinfeld, Miami Vice, Coach, Matlock, and Grey’s Anatomy.
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Last week, Mechoso passed away from a heart attack, and many of his friends, family members, and colleagues are reflecting on his great acting talents.
His daughter, Melinda, called had some kind words to say about her father. She told the Miami Herald:
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JUST IN: Rand Paul Gives Trump Shocking News, Media Stunned
November 28, 2017 Frank Spear
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), published an op-ed on Fox News explaining his work over the past couple of weeks. He wrote of his promise to the American people, and how he hopes to keep it at any cost.
Sen. Paul expressed that he plans to vote for the Senate version of the tax cut legislation, according to The Washington Examiner. “I plan to vote for this bill as it stands right now,” Paul wrote. As the end of the year approaches, many are wondering if tax reform will make it through the system in time. Paul may be the missing link to assure that happens.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), can only lose two votes on the Republican side if he hopes to pass the bill without help from Democrats. The Left is still steadfast in their opposition to President Trump and likely will not vote for the bill.
Many questioned Sen. Paul on whether or not he would vote for the bill. He has challenged the GOP’s methods and even voted against the budget resolution that allowed the bill to pass the Senate with a simple majority.
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BREAKING: Trump Issues Major ‘Russia’ Statement, This Is Massive
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November 27, 2017 Ben Baker
Despite any evidence that President Trump colluded with Russia to win the election, Democrats have continued to embrace the narrative.
President Trump sent out a post on his Twitter feed discussing this issue and what the Left has habitually ignored since he took office. He stated, “Since the first day I took office, all you hear is the phony Democrat excuse for losing the election, Russia, Russia, Russia. Despite this I have the economy booming and have possibly done more than any 10-month President. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
According to Fox News, the liberal media and the Left were likely crushed when it was revealed that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had issued indictments for crimes committed by Paul Manafort before, and not related to in any way, President Trump’s campaign for the presidency.

An investigation that has gone on for more than six months now has failed to yield any evidence that President Trump colluded with Russia to win the election. Yet the Left continues obsessing with the narrative, running with the idea that President Trump’s former advisor George Papadopoulos’ admission of lying to the FBI about his contact with a Russian national, is somehow proof of their claims.
But this admission of lying to the FBI shows no evidence of collusion. Communicating with someone from Russia in itself is not collusion. Nor would it even be considered collusion unless that individual was compensated by President Trump’s team to help him win the election, which didn’t happen.

President Trump’s tweet points to the idea that the Left is absolutely refusing to admit that his presidency is doing wonders for America’s once stagnate economy. Rather than give President Trump credit, they simply refuse to talk about it, preferring instead to discuss his supposed corruption. When they do discuss the economy, it’s somehow attributed to former-President Barack Obama’s efforts and nothing that President Trump has done.
The GDP, which is used to determine the health of the economy, especially small businesses, has had 3.1 percent growth with President Trump. Under President Obama, it was a weak 1.3 percent, coincidentally the same GDP growth during the Great Depression.

Jobs have increased by 1.33 million instead of the 4.59 million lost during the beginning of President Obama’s first term. A stunning difference is that many of the jobs created under President Obama were part-time positions, while many of the jobs created under President Trump are full-time positions. In fact, September saw an additional 935,000 full-time jobs, on the top four of biggest increases in US history.

Perhaps most impressive is that these gains were largely obtained without adding too much to the US debt. As of October, President Trump only added $400 billion, or two percent, to the national debt. During the same amount of time in President Obama’s first term, he added $1.3 trillion, or 12 percent.

The economy has exploded under President Trump, yet Democrats keep thumping the Trump-Russia collusion false-narrative. Are Democrats simply trying to detract from President Trump’s successes?

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Perhaps the reason the Left is clinging so much to the Russia collusion narrative is that they want to report on anything other than the successes President Trump has been bringing in. While they call for impeachment and justice for an alleged crime with no evidence, President Trump has been working hard to boost the economy and create jobs.

If President Trump could accomplish this much in the first ten months of his presidency, imagine what he’ll do for the US economy in an entire term, or even a second term for that matter.


BREAKING: Israel Issues Shocking War Threat, This Could Get Ugly
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November 27, 2017 Ben Baker
With the threat of ISIS subsiding, Israel is becoming the new hostile threat in the Middle East.
According to The Jerusalem Post, an anonymous source revealed a disturbing plan by Israel. They vow to destroy any and all Iranian facilities within 40 kilometers’ of Israel’s own Golan Heights.
The discovery was made after Syrian President Bashar Assad made a surprise visit to Russia recently. During the meeting, President Assad asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to deliver a message to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The message, which was reportedly delivered, was that Damascus was willing to establish a demilitarized zone of about 40 kilometers on the border of Golan Heights as long as Israel agreed not to remove President Assad from power. Reportedly Prime Minister Netanyahu was willing to accept the deal, but would not be swayed from eliminating Iran and the political militants known as Hezbollah.

The interesting dilemma here is that Israel sees President Assad as an enemy by association, according to the anonymous source. President Assad is seen by Israel as a president of the Alawite community. Alawites are a minority group of Shi’ite Muslims based in Syria that has received support from Iran for many years.
The discovery was made after Syrian President Bashar Assad made a surprise visit to Russia recently. During the meeting, President Assad asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to deliver a message to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The message, which was reportedly delivered, was that Damascus was willing to establish a demilitarized zone of about 40 kilometers on the border of Golan Heights as long as Israel agreed not to remove President Assad from power. Reportedly Prime Minister Netanyahu was willing to accept the deal, but would not be swayed from eliminating Iran and the political militants known as Hezbollah.
The interesting dilemma here is that Israel sees President Assad as an enemy by association, according to the anonymous source. President Assad is seen by Israel as a president of the Alawite community. Alawites are a minority group of Shi’ite Muslims based in Syria that has received support from Iran for many years.
This hostile conflict between the two nations has been waging for many years. It temporarily subsided as many of the Middle Eastern nations were forced to deal with the mutual threat of ISIS which was laying claim to large swaths of territory and killing many many people of all nationalities.

But with ISIS suffering major defeats at the hands of US-led coalition forces and Russian backed forces, there exists a power vacuum that many nations are hoping to fill, once again resulting in Iran being pitted against Israel in a continuation of the conflict.

During the fighting against ISIS Israel threatened to bomb President Assad’s palace. Syria responded with threats of “dangerous repercussions” should Israel conduct strikes against Syrian positions. Though heated, none of these arguments resulted in major action.
This proxy war could also inflate into a much larger conflict given that the US has allied with Israel and Russia is backing Iran. With ISIS in the mix, both superpowers have been able to focus their efforts on a mutual enemy, but with the terrorists fleeing into the shadows they might find themselves at odds as their smaller partners go toe to toe.

Iran is trying to build a potent influence in the Middle East. Is Israel right in attempting to diminish Iran’s abilities in the region?

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The rich oil fields left behind by ISIS forces are also likely adding fuel to the fire as many nations could be hoping to profit from the millions of dollars in revenue these areas would bring.
It’s unclear how the US would respond to an all-out war should Russia chose to get more heavily involved in Iran’s rise to power. It would be tragic to see American forces being forced to remain in the area, not to quell a rising terrorist threat, but to help the locals settle their differences, which historically has not gone well.

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ALERT: Supreme Court Issues Shock Trump Ruling, This Is Huge
October 25, 2017 Luis Miguel
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As federal courts continue to issue rulings on President Trump’s travel ban, it is likely that the Supreme Court will eventually hear the case. For the moment, the nation’s highest court continues to deliver the President temporary-but-significant legal victories on the issue.

According to The Washington Examiner, the Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed Hawaii’s challenge to the 120-day refugee ban established by the President’s Executive Order, citing the expiration of the 120 days–which effectively made the case moot.

The case in question, Hawaii v. Trump, centered on the Executive Order that, among other measures, placed a halt on refugee entry for 120 days. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the State of Hawaii’s assertion that the order discriminated based on religion.

The Supreme Court sent the case back to the 9th Circuit Court and has vacated lower court rulings on the refugee ban. This comes shortly after the Supreme Court denied hearing oral arguments for a related case last month.

As Christian News Alerts noted, the Supreme Court also threw out Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Project because the case’s central argument–the 90-day travel ban–expired in September.

Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor dissented from the order, vacating the lower courts’ judgments. Although America’s ultimate judicial body has now twice ruled in favor of the Trump administration, the issue is not settled definitively.

In light of the expired aspects of President Trump’s Executive Order, as well as the legal challenges to it, the White House rolled out a new travel ban with significant modifications. Most prominently, the new Executive Order makes the travel ban indefinite rather limited to 90-days, as Christian News Alerts reported.

Additionally, the new travel ban changed some of the countries on the restricted list based on those nations’ cooperation with American vetting procedures. The order now includes North Korea and Venezuela, in essence countering the unfounded claim of the Executive Order being a “Muslim ban.”

Nevertheless, the State of Hawaii has already taken legal action against the new Executive Order. CNN reported that Judge Derrick Watson of the US District Court for the District of Hawaii blocked the revised travel ban.

But the White House is remaining firm in its determination to see the Executive Order implemented. As covered by The Washington Examiner, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has lauded the President’s travel ban. “The president’s executive order is an important step to ensuring that we know who is coming into our country,” Sessions said.

The Attorney General continued: “It is a lawful, necessary … order that we are proud to defend and indeed most may not know the Supreme Court has already vacated one court’s injunction against that order and we are confident we’ll prevail as time goes by in the Supreme Court.”

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Accordingly, The Examiner noted that the Justice Department Tuesday asked the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals to review the decision that blocked the Executive Order. Any decision by the 4th Circuit Court will likely be appealed to the Supreme Court.

The nine justices who currently sit on that court will ultimately decide whether the President has the national security authority to determine who can enter the country — a right already granted to the Executive Branch by law.



URGENT: Trump Declares Emergency, Please Take Heed
October 27, 2017 Ben Baker
https://www.christiannewsalerts.com/trump-declares-emergency-2
The opioid epidemic has been wreaking havoc in the US for many years, and has claimed many lives.

But it appears that President Trump is finally attacking the threat head-on. According to his Twitter feed, “Effective today, my administration officially declared the #OpioidCrisis a NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY under federal law.”


According to US News, the opioid epidemic affects the deaths of 91 Americans every day from overdose. More than 64,000 people lost their lives to these overdoses in 2016.

What’s interesting about this drug epidemic is that overall death via drug overdoses by teens was in decline from 2007 to 2014, before suddenly spiking and constituting the recent opioid epidemic. The biggest problem with the current opioid epidemic is the drugs used are mostly legally obtained prescription drugs that are misused — either intentionally or unintentionally.

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According to US News, a survey conducted by the American Society of Anesthesiologists finds 30 percent of millennials felt it was okay to take opioids without a prescription. It was also revealed that 1 in 10 knew someone who had borrowed opioids from someone who obtained them through a prescription.

CNN reports that while President Trump had originally promised to declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency, declaring it a national public health emergency is actually a much smarter move given the nature of the epidemic.

National emergency declarations are handled by FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund, which is likely tapped out because of the devastating hurricanes experienced this summer. FEMA was created to deal with natural disasters and emergencies of infrastructure anyway.

Rafael Lemaitre, Obama’s former Communications Director for the White House Drug Policy, says using FEMA funding to fight the epidemic would be “a little bit like asking an engineer to bake a cake.”

Declaring it a national public health emergency, while meant to only last for 90 days, can be renewed continually by Congress, allowing for the declaration to continue so long as the problem remains unresolved. This declaration also allows federal agencies to cut the bureaucratic red tape and provide swifter relief using grant money already within their budgets.

President Trump has called for a two-pronged attack targeting both the abuse of prescription opioids and illegally obtained opioids. To fight the prescription abuse, President Trump suggested a “really tough, really big, really great” advertising campaign. This advertising campaign would spread awareness and knowledge to kids and younger adults about the opioid epidemic and hopefully curb abuse with upcoming generations.

President Trump also stressed the need to build a border wall between the US and Mexico and to enact stricter enforcement methods to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the US. According to Trump, “An astonishing 90 percent of the heroin in America comes from south of the border — where we will be building a wall — which will greatly help in this problem.”

Declaring the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency has met rare bipartisan approval as both Democrats and Republican praised the move to fight the drug problem in the US.

President Trump has declared the opioid crisis a national emergency. Do you agree?

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It seems few can argue with President Trump’s statements: “As Americans, we cannot allow this to continue. It is time to liberate our communities from this scourge of drug addiction. Never been this way. We can be the generation that ends the opioid epidemic. We can do it.”

Hopefully, his declaration will spur politicians and medical professionals to find a way to end the opioid epidemic once and for all. And perhaps they can find the catalyst for this drug abuse and begin assisting Americans that–for whatever reasons–are turning to opioids to solve their problems.



ALERT: Rosie O’Donnell Issues Shock Trump Announcement, Media Stunned
October 26, 2017 Ben Baker
https://www.christiannewsalerts.com/odonnell-issues-trump-announcement
It’s been a while, but former actress Rosie O’Donnell has broken her self-imposed silence about President Trump in her most recent interview.

According to The Washington Times, O’Donnell says she’s been doing some soul searching and engaging in “a lot of therapy” recently. O’Donnell stated it’s all because she’s been struggling with President Trump’s election in November. “It was a severe shock to my entire essence and my beliefs in the order in the world,” she said.

O’Donnell alleges that seeing Mr. Trump, who she views as an abuser, become president has caused her to experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). “And to think that the man who had abused me so viciously and with impunity for over a decade was now running the country,” she declared.

She went on to claim that the shock of President Trump winning the election made her unable to do her job on the show “SMILF” since shooting began immediately after the election.

O’Donnell claims that the therapy and soul-searching have helped her “cope” with the reality of a President Trump. “I did a lot of therapy, I wasn’t in shock in anymore; as much as I am devastated, disappointed, disheartened, and depressed by the reality of it, I wasn’t in pure panic mode like I was that day and that week,” O’Donnell said.

While it’s impossible to determine the validity of another person’s emotions, many consider O’Donnell’s claims to be a little dramatic. It’s also hard to sympathize with O’Donnell given the ugly feud she’s had with President Trump; a feud that evidence refutes as being one-sided.

According to CNN, the animosity between the two started in 2006. At the time, Mr. Trump was co-owner of the Miss USA pageant and O’Donnell was co-host of The View. Mr. Trump made a controversial decision to give Miss USA Tara Conner a second chance after it was discovered she was using drugs, drinking underage, and engaging in other scandalous activities.

Mr. Trump allowed her to keep her crown if she went to rehab, saying publicly, “I’ve always been a believer in second chances. Tara is a good person. Tara has tried hard. Tara is going to be given a second chance.”

O’Donnell severely criticized the decision, lashing out at Mr. Trump’s character, saying he wasn’t a “self-made man” but a “snake-oil salesman on Little House On The Prairie.” She went on castigating Mr. Trump by claiming his business went bankrupt and by attacking his multiple marriages.

Mr. Trump obviously took offense and lashed back, thus a feud between the two was born that has lasted for over a decade.

Granted, President Trump has said some things over the years to and about O’Donnell that could be deemed as inappropriate and there is no excusing that. But O’Donnell has hardly taken the moral high ground.

USA Today reports that in June, O’Donnell sent out a tweet linking to a game called “Push Trump Off A Cliff Again!” The game allowed players to push a button sending President Trump falling to his death off a cliff.

She even sent out an odd tweet speaking to the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un, with cat ears and what sounds like a helium-enhanced voice. The caption said, “we don’t #Resist #TrumpRussia.” In the video, she says, “Hi Mr. Kim Jong-un, sorry if I didn’t pronounce that right. Anyway Sir, um, our President Donald is a moron, don’t listen to him, we don’t.”


It’s understandable that liberals, like O’Donnell, are upset with having Mr. Trump as President, given his success with the economy, his rolling back Obama-era regulations, and his generally dismissive attitude towards political correctness. But to be so mentally impacted by his election to require therapy to cope with it appears a bit extreme.

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After all, everyone on the Right had to suffer through the presidencies of left-leaning champions. Take Former President Obama for example. Conservatives had to cope with Mr. Obama’s DOJ settlement schemes, the Uranium One scandal, having Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, botching the Iran deal, Obamacare, cultivating the rise of ISIS, Benghazi and many other tragedies and disasters.

If conservatives could persevere through eight years of President Obama’s administration, liberals — and yes, even Rosie O’Donnell — can endure having Mr. Trump as president.
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WATCH: Hannity Calls For Top Official’s Resignation, Millions Furious
October 25, 2017 Frank Spear
https://www.christiannewsalerts.com/hannity-calls-officials-resignation/?Sean Hannity, the host of Hannity on the Fox News Channel, recently decided to call out a key figure in the Russian collusion rumors, and this is leaving Democrats absolutely furious.
During his show, Hannity decided to call out Special Counsel Robert Mueller and demanded that he resign from his position due to “conflicts of interests.” Hannity goes on to back up his claim by explaining just how Mueller investigating the Russia scandal is a big problem for the American people who are seeking transparency in this ever-shifting story. The focus has left President Donald Trump, and now the former Obama Administration and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in the cross-hairs.
The Uranium One Deal was approved by Hillary Clinton’s State Department back in 2009. This deal gave 20 percent of the United State’s uranium resources to Russia.
This all ties back to Mueller because at the time of this deal, Robert Mueller was the FBI Director and “clearly had the information” that would determine whether there were unethical or even illegal information trading hands during this time.
Hannity argued that there is clear evidence of “corruption and bribery” having taken place in the Uranium One deal. Specifically, he pointed to the fact that Russian backers were contributing to The Clinton Foundation leading up to the deal.
There was no mincing of words when Hannity stated that Mueller “should resign immediately, tonight” due to the conflict of interests in his probe into the Russia scandal. If there is a tie between Russia and Clinton’s State Department, it seems unlikely that Mueller would throw himself under the bus with everyone else involved.
That said, it is impossible to get a fair gauge of what happened if a connection is found between the Special Counsel and the people involved in the scandal.
In most cases, as in “if this were still about President Trump,” the mainstream media would be locked into overdrive at the news. Instead, the media airs video of Mrs. Clinton talking about how this is all just a big Republican conspiracy theory.
The biggest problem with Clinton’s statement is that she is willing to write off a scenario where there is clear evidence of her receiving bribes from Russians as “conspiracy,” while at the same time insisting that the Russians rigged the election — without evidence. It is a contradiction of epic proportions; pure, unbridled hypocrisy.
“There’s no way the American people can trust Robert Mueller to investigate anything Russia related,” Hannity stated. With regard to the evidence that has been exposed, he has a point.
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Hannity went on to question whether then-Attorney General Eric Holder should be questioned by Congress about what he knew regarding this issue. His insight could be revealing as to what really happened.
It seems that every day, something comes to light that breaks this story open a little wider. The Left is in denial, despite clear evidence showing that there was some sort of cover-up taking place.
Of course, the most disturbing byproduct of this scandal is this: Russia now owns over 20 percent of US uranium and that is no laughing matter.


JUST IN: Rand Paul Makes Shock Trump Move, Media Stunned
October 25, 2017 Mark Prvulovic
https://www.christiannewsalerts.com/rand-paul-trump-move/?
As one long-time anti-Trump Republican made a speech on the Senate floor — a speech that was met with applause and a standing ovation — one member chose to stand apart from the crowd.
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) announced plans to retire from the US Senate and the end of his current term. In doing so, he made accusations against the Republican Party and the Trump presidency. Rand Paul (R-KY) was the only Senator who didn’t stand up and applaud Flake’s anti-Trump speech, according to one Twitter post.
Sen. Flake announced Tuesday that he planned to retire from the US Senate at the end of his term, saying that he was out of step with the Republican Party in the era of Trump’s presidency. When he finished his comments, “All stood and clapped after Flake’s speech—except @RandPaul,” tweeted Andrew Desiderio, a reporter for The Daily Beast.
This surprise announcement came after more than a year of vocal criticism of the President and where he’s been taking the GOP, ending in Flake publishing a book called Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle, that criticizes both the President’s ideology and his character.
Recent polls found that Mr. Flake was trailing behind the likely Democrat Senate nominee, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), as well as other challengers, in the primary should he have sought a second term in 2018.
Sen. Flake made his surprise announcement just minutes after President Trump left the Capitol Building. “We must never allow ourselves to lapse into thinking that this is just the way things are now. If we simply become used to this condition, thinking that it is just politics as usual, then heaven help us,” Mr. Flake said, according to The Washington Post.
“Without fear of the consequences and without consideration of the rules of what is politically safe, we must stop pretending that the conduct of some in our executive branch are normal. They are not normal. Reckless, outrageous and undignified behavior has become excused as telling it like it is when it is actually reckless, outrageous and undignified,” he concluded.
These comments came hours after President Trump met with the Senators for a rare luncheon, where Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), another anti-Trump Republican, accused the President of “debasing” the country with his “untruths.”
Sen. Rand Paul was the only one who didn’t stand and applaud Mr. Flake’s surprise speech, seemingly feeling that there was no point in attacking the President just as tax reform comes to the table.
Sen. Paul has previously worked closely with Mr. Trump in his executive health care order, according to The Washington Examiner. Many aspects of the Executive Order took inspiration from Paul’s own proposals, such as allowing the purchasing of plans across state lines.
Sen. Flake gave an anti-Trump speech while announcing his retirement. Would you have applauded his speech or stayed sitting like Sen. Rand Paul?
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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who had previously attacked the President, addressed his colleagues later on. “It’s been one of the great honors of my life to have the opportunity to serve with a man of integrity and honor and decency and commitment to not only Arizona but the United States of America. I have seen Jeff Flake stand up for what he believes in, knowing full well that there would be a political price to pay.”
As for the average conservative, Trump-supporting American, it’s unlikely that Flake’s presence on the Senate floor will be missed.




ALERT: Sheriff Joe Issues Shock ‘Career’ Announcement, Millions Are Stunned
October 25, 2017 Luis Miguel
https://www.christiannewsalerts.com/sheriff-joe-career-announcement/?
Joe Arpaio, the former Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, is a champion among conservatives because of his hard-line stance against illegal immigration and his decades of service in law enforcement. After receiving President Donald Trump’s first presidential pardon in August, Arpaio says he’s not ready to quietly disappear from public life.
According to The Washington Examiner, Arpaio has not ruled out a Senate bid for his home state of Arizona. The former Sheriff says he is electable and has the know-how for raising large amounts of money for a campaign.
If the popular lawman were to run, he would have a less than difficult road to the Republican nomination now that Arizona’s junior Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) has announced that he will not seek re-election once his term ends in 2018, as reported by The Hill.
Sen. Flake has been a long-time supporter of increased legal immigration and amnesty for illegal immigrants. He voted for the famous “Gang of Eight” amnesty bill in the Senate and has often taken issue with President Trump’s policies and personality.
In fact, Mr. Flake used the announcement of his decision to not run again to launch a personal attack against the President, whom he described as “reckless, outrageous, and undignified.” President Trump, in turn, has offered scathing remarks against the Senator and indicated his intention to support a Republican other than the incumbent in the 2018 election.
Following the news that Mr. Flake would be ending his tenure in the Senate, the President took to Twitter to write: “The reason Flake and Corker dropped out of the Senate race is very simple, they had zero chance of being elected. Now act so hurt & wounded!”
President Trump had a friendly political relationship with Sheriff Arpaio even before the pardon. They campaigned for one another in 2016, although Arpaio ultimately lost his election amid legal charges.
Arpaio, speaking of a conversation he had with Breitbart Chairman and former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon: said “I did tell him that my heart is for Donald Trump and always will be.”
The renowned sheriff said: “My heart is with the president and anything he needs or wants I will do. So we’ll have to see what his position is. It’s an open seat now.”
But Arpaio did not specifically discuss the issue of a Senate bid with Bannon, who is recruiting pro-Trump Republicans to run against incumbent establishment politicians in an effort to both pass the Trump agenda and unseat Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
As far as the Arizona Senate seat, it appears Bannon has grown fond of Dr. Kelli Ward, a physician and former State Senator. Ward challenged Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) for the Republican nomination in 2016 but lost. Now that Sen. Flake is out of the race, Ward is leading among GOP hopefuls. Whoever wins the primary will have a good chance of winning the state election in a state that generally sends Republicans to Washington.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio may run for the Senate. Would he make a good senator?
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A source close to Bannon says, “Ward is the candidate.” Arpaio, whose candidacy is thus far only a possibility, has not said whether he will support Ward’s candidacy. The former sheriff called her “a nice lady” who “supports some of the things I believe in, like with the illegal immigration problem.”
Republican contenders will seek to gain the endorsement of President Trump, who is popular among the state’s GOP voters.


WATCH: Rand Paul Drops Wikileaks Bombshell, People Are Stunned
October 26, 2017 Frank Spear
https://www.christiannewsalerts.com/rand-paul-drops-wikileaks-bombshell/?Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), had an interview on Fox News‘ Fox & Friends Wednesday. During the meeting, they eventually got to the topic of the Wikileaks, and things got quite interesting.
A significant chunk of the interview was spent talking about the role reversal we have seen now that the DNC seems to be caught up in multiple scandals involving Russia, despite their whining over the Trump-Russia collusion. At one point, Sen. Paul endorsed the rumor that Wikileaks received the DNC emails from a leaker and not a hacker.
“It amazes me for a year the Democrats have been whining, whining, saying they lost to the Russians,” Sen. Paul said. Now, it appears that the DNC played a part in buying the now-infamous Dossier originally released by Buzzfeed.
Furthermore, the rumors claiming that WikiLeaks leaked Clinton’s emails to another Democrat is also alive and well. Sen. Paul noted the irony during his interview.
“Everything blamed on Republicans looks like what they were responsible for,” he said. Everything we have heard up until this point seems to be circling back around, and the finger is pointed directly at Democrats.
When it comes to learning about political opponents, politicians sometimes use “opposition research.” This is a process wherein, among other things, researchers look for faults in a candidate or politician (or “dirt”) that may hurt them on the campaign trail, or threaten their active status in politics. It’s something that is very commonplace in today’s day and age.
“We’re spending millions and millions of dollars on committee investigations, special prosecutors, all because Hillary Clinton can’t admit she lost because she was a bad candidate,” Mr. Paul noted, alluding to Robert Mueller’s special counsel.
Fusion GPS, the company that conducted the “research” into President Trump, and released the dossier, was also a topic of discussion. The Washington Post stated that a GOP donor hired Fusion GPS, and then the Democrats — after the DNC took it over.
Sen. Paul said, “It might have been one of the other primary candidates.” He continued, “There were 16 of them. All I can say is it wasn’t me.”
The interview continued as Sen. Paul discussed Sen. Jeff Flake, (R-AZ), as well as his dramatic retirement speech. Sen. Paul confirmed that he has another view on President Trump, but he isn’t afraid to stand up to him.
The DNC claims of Trump-Russia collusion have been up-ended. Do you believe that the DNC has ties to Russia?
Is the DNC in bed with Russia?
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“Look, I’ve been willing to go stand toe-to-toe with the president when I disagree with him on policy but I’m willing to support the president when I agree on policy like cutting taxes. I think the president is one of the boldest people we had in the White House on cutting taxes. I will support him there. That doesn’t mean I will always support him,” the Senator confirmed.
We have an interesting view on how a sitting Senator feels about some of the rumors that the DNC may be immensely involved with Russia, the dossier on President Trump, and more. Sen. Paul is apparently not ready to rule these off as a simple conspiracy. We will have to see where it goes from here.

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