Over at Big Peace, Ken Klukowski has an update on that very unsettling story he reported on Sunday regarding religious persecution in the military.
The Pentagon has released a statement confirming that soldiers could be prosecuted for promoting their faith: "Religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense...Court martials and non-judicial punishments are decided on a case-by-case basis...”.
The statement, released to Fox News, follows a Breitbart News report on Obama administration Pentagon appointees meeting with anti-Christian extremist Mikey Weinstein to develop court-martial procedures to punish Christians in the military who express or share their faith.
Weinstein is the guy who says that anyone (including chaplains!) sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in the military is guilty of treason, committing "spiritual rape" and is an enemy of the Constitution.
Those convicted in a court martial for these "crimes" could be dishonorably discharged from the military, and/or imprisoned.
In response to the Pentagon’s plans, retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, who is now executive vice president of the Family Research Council (FRC), said on Fox & Friends Wednesday morning:
It’s a matter of what do they mean by "proselytizing." ...I think they’ve got their defintions a little confused. If you’re talking about coercion that’s one thing, but if you’re talking about the free exercise of our faith as individual soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines, especially for the chaplains, they I think the worst thing we can do is stop the ability for a soldier to be able to exercise his faith.”
As I noted in my post, Monday, the Army has taken on a bizarrely hostile stance toward the Christian faith in recent weeks, blocking the Southern Baptist Convention website because of its "hostile content", labeling Catholics, Evangelicals, Mormons And Jews 'Religious Extremists' during a briefing on religious extremism, and labeling Christian Ministries as 'Domestic Hate Groups' in an email.
It should come as no surprise that Weinstein endorses the ultra-left Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), who publishes a list of what it deems “hate groups.”
On their about section they have some nerve to say they represent our military's right to religious freedom, what they don't understand is we have religious freedom to practice our faith in public and while in the military. We have freedom of religion, not freedom FROM religion. Their site says this: "About MRFF: The Military Religious Freedom Foundation is the sole nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to ensuring that all members of the United States Armed Forces fully receive the Constitutional guarantee of *both freedom of religion* and *freedom from religion*, to which they and all Americans are entitled. Fighting for our servicemembers' rights, so they can fight for ours."
Those who don't practice a religion have that right, but they don't have the right to censor those of us who do practice our faith and part of our faith is to proselytize especially if one is a chaplain or pastor! Our Constitution protects our religious liberties from the government dictating what religion we practice, but it also protects our right to practice without government interference!! GRRRR!
Obama continues to purge Christianity by barely mentioning God in his national day of prayer proclamation and refers to the USA as a democracy
By Clash Daily / 1 May 2013 / Religious liberty groups have grave concerns after they learned the Pentagon is vetting its guide on religious tolerance with a group that compared Christian evangelism to “rape” and advocated that military personnel who proselytize should be court martialed. The Military Religious Freedom Foundation is calling on the Air Force to enforce a regulation that they believe calls for the court martial of any service member caught proselytizing. President Mikey Weinstein and others from his organization met privately with Pentagon officials on April 23. He said U.S. troops who proselytize are guilty of sedition and treason and should be punished – by the hundreds if necessary – to stave off what he called a “tidal wave of fundamentalists.” “Someone needs to be punished for this,” Weinstein told Fox News. “Until the Air Force or Army or Navy or Marine Corps punishes a member of the military for unconstitutional religious proselytizing and oppression, we will never have the ability to stop this horrible, horrendous, dehumanizing behavior.” Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, told Fox News he was stunned that the Pentagon would be taking counsel and advice from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. “Why would military leadership be meeting with one of the most rabid atheists in America to discuss religious freedom in the military,” Perkins said. “That’s like consulting with China on how to improve human rights.” Read more: radio.foxnews.com
It stems from my favorite founder Thomas Jefferson and his letter to the Danburry Baptists, when they wrote that they were fearful the state would impose religious restrictions on them, he basically stated that there is a seperation to keep the State from injecting itself into religions. It does not however allow Government to place restrictions on the free exercise of Religion, therefore Government can not under any circumstance be allowed to impose restrictions as to when and where we can Pray... If I want to pray on the white house lawn, then I have my God Given right to be allowed to do so! Here is the letter in it's entirety, bracketed words were in the original draft of this letter however removed from the final version of the letter that was sent to the congregation in Connecticut... Mr. President
To messers Nehemiah Dodge, Ephraim Robbins, & Stephen S. Nelson, a committee of the Danbury Baptist association in the state of Connecticut. Gentlemen The affectionate sentiments of esteem and approbation which you are so good as to express towards me, on behalf of the Danbury Baptist association, give me the highest satisfaction. my duties dictate a faithful and zealous pursuit of the interests of my constituents, & in proportion as they are persuaded of my fidelity to those duties, the discharge of them becomes more and more pleasing. Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. [Congress thus inhibited from acts respecting religion, and the Executive authorised only to execute their acts, I have refrained from prescribing even those occasional performances of devotion, practiced indeed by the Executive of another nation as the legal head of its church, but subject here, as religious exercises only to the voluntary regulations and discipline of each respective sect.] Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties. I reciprocate your kind prayers for the protection & blessing of the common father and creator of man, and tender you for yourselves & your religious association assurances of my high respect & esteem. (signed) Thomas Jefferson Jan.1.1802.
We The People have a Constitutional Right to religious freedom and through our Declaration of Independence the right to stand up against a tyrannical government. We are the ones who pay their salary and if we must revolt and stop paying taxes or do as our forefathers&we must fight this battle not only at the ballot box, but with our blood,sweat and tears!
“Why would military leadership be meeting with one of the most rabid atheists in America to discuss religious freedom in the military,” Perkins said. “That’s like consulting with China on how to improve human rights.”
Attacks on religious freedom continues from the obama administration...now the state dept has purged the section on religious freedom from its Human Rights Reports. Following the Arab Spring many Christians in Egypt were killed,no thanks to the Obama admin involvement in removing Mubarak, an ally of the US&Israel
Early Religious Freedom in America: Applying the Founders Today The Founders' nuanced views of religion and politics prevent us from reading modern concerns about the separation of church and state into their words.
When liberals used to understand religious freedom:
"Religious freedom is not just about religion. It’s not just about the right of Roman Catholics to organize a mass, or Muslims to hold a religious funeral, or Baha’is to meet in each others’ homes for prayer, or Jews to celebrate High Holy Days together – as important as those rituals are. Religious freedom is also about the right of people to think what they want, say what they think, and come together in fellowship without the state looking over their shoulder.
"That’s why the free exercise of religion is the first freedom enshrined in our First Amendment, along with the freedoms to speak and associate. Because where religious freedom exists, so do the others. It’s also why the Universal Declaration of Human Rights protects freedom of thought, conscience, and religion – all three together – because they all speak to the same capacity within each and every human being to follow our conscience, to make moral choices for ourselves, our families, our communities.
"These rights give our lives meaning and dignity, whatever religion we belong to, or if we belong to no religion at all. And like all human beings and all human rights, they are our birthright by the mere fact of us being who we are – thinking, acting human beings – men and women alike. They are not granted to us by any government. Rather, it is the responsibility of government to protect them."
~ Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Remarks at the Release of the 2011 International Religious Freedom Report, July 30, 2012
The New York Times has published eight contributions in response to this question. They outline the many and subtle ways that religious freedom is under attack. That the New York Times felt it necessary to initiate such a discussion shows the extent to which religious freedom is being threatened.
What the contributions fail to mention is the role played by atheist fundamentalism which has set out to do the following. 1. Deliberate silencing. There is a concrete attempt to demonize, vilify and scorn the voices of faith and so prevent its expression. 2. Banishment from the public square. Atheist fundamentalists are aggressively organizing to prevent religious expression in public. 3. Kill religion. It has become the stated aim of atheist fundamentalism to end all religion.
What does this tell us about atheist fundamentalism? 1. It is intolerant. It does not recognize the right of religions to exist or of individuals to practice their religious beliefs. 2. It is militant. It is aggressively pursuing its aims with no regard for the freedom of others. 3. It is ugly. Its practices openly flout the norms of considerate behaviour, tolerance, respect or decency. 4. It is hateful. It stridently pushes a message of hate towards religion and draws into its ranks people filled with anger and hate.
The following statement by Sam Harris illustrates the real nature of atheist fundamentalism ( The End of Faith, page 53 ):
"Some propositions are so dangerous that it may even be ethical to kill people for believing them. This may seem an extraordinary claim, but it merely enunciates an ordinary fact about the world in which we live."
"Not by accident did the First Amendment begin with religious freedom, protecting it from infringement in two ways: first, by prohibiting an official, governmentally sponsored religion ('Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion’) and second, by protecting the people in their free exercise of religion ('or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.').
What do these clauses mean? They don’t mean that Americans’ right to religious freedom is a right to believe whatever we want to believe. Even North Koreans have that right, because as a practical matter no one can force someone to believe or not to believe something. The free exercise of religion means the ability to act on those beliefs. To practice our religion in private or in public. To proclaim our religion to others, if we wish. To spend our money in furtherance of our own religion, and not in furtherance of anyone else’s. To promote what we think is moral, and not to promote anything we think is immoral. These are all necessary consequences of the idea of religious freedom."
~ Dwight Duncan, Professor of Law at the University of Massachusetts School of Law-Dartmouth.
America's once-strong political consensus has "eroded significantly in the face of powerful new cultural currents which are not only directly opposed to core moral teachings of the Judeo-Christian tradition, but increasingly hostile to Christianity as such."
"It doesn't matter if these attacks originate in "radical secularism," "radical individualism," a "merely scientific rationality" or suppressive forms of "majority rule," said Benedict, during one in an ongoing series of meetings with American bishops. Catholic leaders must strive to defend church teachings in ways that reach all believers in their care -- including Catholic politicians."
In his June 2009 Cairo speech to the Muslim world, President Obama declared that “it is important for Western countries to avoid impeding Muslim citizens from practicing religion as they see fit.” However, when it comes to Catholics and other persons of faith who object to being forced to pay for their employees’ birth control against their core religious convictions, Obama’s answer is that they are to practice their religion as he sees fit.
"'Religious Freedom' 2012 scorecard unveiled Friday, The Catholic Association gives Obama an 'F' on seven religious issues" http://bit.ly/SVhsim
Obama Uses Scripture to Justify Same-Sex Marriage Stance
Some Christian Obama is....he needs to follow the teachings of Christ&what the Bible says about homosexuality. You can do unto others as you would have them do unto you, without condoning their behavior. One can be a homosexual without acting on those feelings. You can love another man or woman without fornication,marriage and exploiting the morals of society. As Christians we can not stand silent when our religion is under attack by the laws of a govt that is courting non-believers. Our religious freedoms are protected by our Constitution,homosexuality is not a religion and it is not a race,therefore not a civil rights issue. It is also not a gender issue like women's rights, homosexuality is a lifestyle preference, which is more likely related to personal choice or upbringing&often the result of childhood abuse/molestation or neglect.
The post-American world Obama is creating is one where our founding morals and values are no longer respected. Chicago values are now the kind of values this administration is pushing on society. Obama says we are no longer a Christian nation, while he&his followers continue to attack Christians and Christian values in society. This thugocracy has no respect for the rule of law and our Constitution. Religious freedom is no longer protected unless you are a Muslim or agree with the liberal agenda. We must turn things around in November or you can say goodbye to freedom and our Constitution.
The Obama administration already signed onto a UN Resolution that violates our 1st amendment rights, no wonder they took the film maker into custody yesterday,intimidated&harassed him, making him go into hiding!
It calls on states “to take effective measures to ensure that public functionaries in the conduct of their public duties do not discriminate against an individual on the basis of religion or belief.”
Governments also are expected to make “a strong effort to counter religious profiling, which is understood to be the invidious use of religion as a criterion in conducting questionings, searches and other law enforcement investigative procedures.”
“Effective measures” to counter cases of religious stereotyping and stigmatization include education, interfaith dialogue and “training of government officials.”
And in the worst cases, those of “incitement to imminent violence” based on religion, the resolution calls on countries to implement “measures to criminalize” such behavior.
Also of note is the fact that the resolution singles out for praise only one interfaith initiative – and that initiative was established by Saudi Arabia, a leading OIC member-state with a long history of enforcing blasphemy laws.
The resolution commends the establishment of the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue, “acknowledging the important role that the Centre is expected to play as a platform for the enhancement of interreligious and intercultural dialogue.”
(Another clause welcomes “all international, regional and national initiatives aimed at promoting interreligious, intercultural and interfaith harmony and combating discrimination against individuals on the basis of religion or belief,” but the Saudi one alone is recognized specifically.)
Monday’s adoption of the text took place without a debate. Earlier, when a General Assembly committee considered the draft resolution, a delegate of Poland – speaking on behalf of the European Union – raised concern about the fact it mentioned by name only one center for interreligious dialogue, even though there were numerous such facilities around the world.
Those Who Do Not Learn From History Are Doomed To Repeat It
Hitler's rise was slow..but based on broken promises...kind of like Obama's.
"Totalitarianism didn't come quickly, it took 5 years from 1938 until 1943, to realize full dictatorship in Austria . Had it happened overnight, my countrymen would have fought to the last breath. Instead, we had creeping gradualism. Now, our only weapons were broom handles. The whole idea sounds almost unbelievable that the state, little by little, eroded our freedom."
America truly is the Greatest Country in the World. By: Kitty Werthmann (1938 Austria - Kitty Werthmann is 85 years old. This is a SCARY piece of HISTORY. Read & perhaps learn something new from HISTORY and "CHANGE".)
"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
One of our founding fathers, John Adams, is quoted as saying the above quote in a speech to the military in 1798. Yet many secularists claim the US is not a Christian country and not founded on Christian values and morals. However there are many quotes from our founding fathers that prove otherwise. Our Declaration of Independence recognizes our inalieanble rights and our Creator https://plus.google.com/u/0/103087425533147519173/posts/NMbDUv97A8c.
While non-religious people might be a part of govt, it takes moral people to uphold the rule of law and our Constitution. This is something Obama[&his administration] lacks! He has no morals. What kind of Christian lies like he does, supports abortion,including infanticide&gendercide! I don't know what religion he truly practices since he rarely goes to church, but I believe he is immoral and anti-American and this makes him the worst President in the history of America.
Watch the latest video at FoxNews.com Recently, Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, S.C. removed a Nativity scene from its premises.
It is ridiculous that our military and others continue to give into the demands of atheists who are showing how little they respect others who believe differently then them. They are intolerant and unable to appreciate that we are a Christian nation founded on Christian values and morals.
The Rev. James McGonegal of the St. Ignatius of Antioch Church on the west side of Cleveland had a not-so-good Friday. First he told an off-duty Cleveland Metroparks ranger that he was just out “cruising” in his Jeep.
Yike, awful, hope he's found soon....of course this happens in all professions..but the media always focuses on the Catholic Church...when the highest number of sex crimes against children are by relatives or teachers/educators or coaches. Often it is due to homosexuality which leads to these pedophile cases...but the media doesn't like to admit it's a homosexual problem.
In a stunning development, some military priests are facing arrest if they celebrate mass or practice their faith on military bases during the federal government shutdown.
“With the government shutdown, many [government service] and contract priests who minister to Catholics on military bases worldwide are not permitted to work – not even to volunteer,” wrote John Schlageter, the general counsel for the Archdiocese for the Military Services USA, in an op-ed this week. “During the shutdown, it is illegal for them to minister on base and they risk being arrested if they attempt to do so.”
According to its website, the Archdiocese for the Military Services “provides the Catholic Church’s full range of pastoral ministries and spiritual services to those in the United States Armed Forces.”
WTH?? This is a clear violation of our first amendment, and right to religious liberty. The Obama admin is once again abusing their powers and attempting to control our rights and freedoms by using the shutdown to take away religious rights!!
According to the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security, evangelical Christians are now a national security threat. I’m talkin’ at the top of the list folks. As Gomer Pyle used to say, “Surprise, Surprise, Surprise” eh, Christians?
Under the New Rules enacted by these agencies under this administration’s tutelage the following acts are now to cause red flags of “terrorism” to fly, alerting cops and military personnel to a new group[s] which could start blowing crap up like the other group that we can no longer speak the truth about.
So, herewith, I guess, are some of the characteristics of the “newfangled” terrorists in the United States of Statism.
· If you enjoy singing How Great Thou Art and Amazing Grace – you might be a terrorist.
· If you say “bless their heart” after you hear that someone did something really, really stupid – you might be a terrorist.
· If you believe Jeremiah was a prophet and not a bullfrog – you might be a terrorist.
· If you feel obligated to say you’ll pray for someone after you’ve gossiped about them – you might be a terrorist.
· If you watched The Bible on the History Channel and thought it was badass – you might be a terrorist.
· If you believe it’s wrong and ungodly to hijack airplanes and jam them into skyscrapers full of innocent people – then you might be a terrorist.
· If you think Billy Graham has been a great gift to our nation – you might be a terrorist.
· If you celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter – you might be a terrorist.
· If you made the day you got saved your birthday on your Facebook page verses the day you actually popped out of your mama’s bottom – you might be a terrorist.
· If you give money towards the preaching of the gospel and to works of charity – you might be a terrorist.
· If you love your neighbor as yourself – you might be a terrorist.
· If you recognize, appreciate and wish to pass on to the next generation America’s godly heritage – you might be a terrorist.
· If you like the Declaration of Independence, our Constitution and the Bill of Rights – you might be terrorist.
· If you have Jesus Take the Wheel on your iPod – you might be a terrorist.
· If as a single man, you have told a homely single lady that, “all you’re looking for is a godly woman and that you don't care that she’s not attractive." – you might be a terrorist.
· If you believe Jesus is Lord and not the state – you might be a terrorist.
· If you raise your kids to be productive, independent and righteous kids who love God and our country and not be narcissistic entitlement hookers – you might be a terrorist.
· If you believe love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs and does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth - you might be a terrorist.
· If you believe the Golden Rule is a pretty legit tenet to live by – you might be a terrorist.
· If you have a fish sticker on your mini van – you might be a terrorist.
· If you take umbrage that you would get pitched as a terrorist because all of the aforementioned Christian stuff – well … you might be a terrorist.
Yes my brethren, your love for God and country has caused thou to be deemed a menace to our national progress at least as the Leftists’ deem progress. Congratulations.
On April 4th 2013 we found out that an Army Reserve Training Brief put Evangelicals on the top of the danger list as religious extremists. They put us sola fide boys and girls above Al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. To these wizards, Billy and his son Franklin Graham are way scarier than Khalid Sheik Mohammed and his ubiquitous murderous ilk.
Oh, I almost forgot. This brief also crapped on Catholics and Jews. Yes, you too are terror threats to our country according to someone somewhere inside the beltway. I wonder who would be churning out such nonsense like this? Hmmm.
Indeed, according to “them” we must forget the fact that it’s been nutty Muslims that have terrorized us for the last couple of decades and that it’s been radical leftists that have aggressively eroded our constitutional liberties. Parts of our armed forces and police departments have been told to just white all that stuff out and believe that it’s guys like Chuck Norris who are the real hazard that our cops and our military need to be concerned about.
Welcome to the jungle.
Not good, our country is becoming a sponsor of terrorists, arming and aiding them in Syria and persecuting Christians from the healthcare mandate to the military training against evangelical Christians.
In the meantime the real terrorists and left win lunatics like Aaron Alexis are getting awawy wtih mass murder and the Obama administration is ignoring the real threats to our national security while using the NSA, IRS,etc to spy on and attack Christian, Conservatives.
Pope Francis has warned that the Catholic Church's moral structure might "fall like a house of cards" if it doesn't balance its divisive rules about abortion, gays and contraception with the greater need to make it a merciful, more welcoming place...
Of course if you're still unsure, check the Bible to find out what the Church believes and what God believes.
What the Pope said:
“We need to proclaim the Gospel on every street corner,” the pope says, “preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing, even with our preaching, every kind of disease and wound. In Buenos Aires I used to receive letters from homosexual persons who are ‘socially wounded’ because they tell me that they feel like the church has always condemned them. But the church does not want to do this. During the return flight from Rio de Janeiro I said that if a homosexual person is of good will and is in search of God, I am no one to judge. By saying this, I said what the catechism says. Religion has the right to express its opinion in the service of the people, but God in creation has set us free: it is not possible to interfere spiritually in the life of a person.“A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality. I replied with another question: ‘Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?’ We must always consider the person. Here we enter into the mystery of the human being. In life, God accompanies persons, and we must accompany them, starting from their situation. It is necessary to accompany them with mercy. When that happens, the Holy Spirit inspires the priest to say the right thing.
What it means in Sunday School:
Love the sinner. Hate the sin.
What the Pope said:
“This is also the great benefit of confession as a sacrament: evaluating case by case and discerning what is the best thing to do for a person who seeks God and grace. The confessional is not a torture chamber, but the place in which the Lord’s mercy motivates us to do better. I also consider the situation of a woman with a failed marriage in her past and who also had an abortion. Then this woman remarries, and she is now happy and has five children. That abortion in her past weighs heavily on her conscience and she sincerely regrets it. She would like to move forward in her Christian life. What is the confessor to do?“We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible. I have not spoken much about these things, and I was reprimanded for that. But when we speak about these issues, we have to talk about them in a context. The teaching of the church, for that matter, is clear and I am a son of the church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.
What it means in Sunday School:
God’s mercy is greater than any sin you can commit and it is available in confession. Abortion and birth control are not the only sins. God has mercy for post abortive men and women. I am a shepherd of souls, including those who commit sins other than abortion and contraception.
What the Pope said:
“The dogmatic and moral teachings of the church are not all equivalent. The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently. Proclamation in a missionary style focuses on the essentials, on the necessary things: this is also what fascinates and attracts more, what makes the heart burn, as it did for the disciples at Emmaus. We have to find a new balance; otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel. The proposal of the Gospel must be more simple, profound, radiant. It is from this proposition that the moral consequences then flow.
What it means in Sunday School:
We can not earn salvation by picking out one or two sins and condemning them. That only makes us bitter and self-righteous. We must focus first on loving Jesus. Then, Jesus will change us and we will want to follow Him with our lives. The Church must preach Christ.
"Let us work for reconciliation and peace. Let us live reconciliation and peace." ~ #PopeFrancis Homily in Saint Peter's Square.
From the USCCB: A Prayer for the People of Syria
Almighty eternal God, source of all compassion, the promise of your mercy and saving help fills our hearts with hope. Hear the cries of the people of Syria; bring healing to those suffering from the violence, and comfort to those mourning the dead. Empower and encourage Syria’s neighbors in their care and welcome for refugees. Convert the hearts of those who have taken up arms, and strengthen the resolve of those committed to peace. O God of hope and Father of mercy, your Holy Spirit inspires us to look beyond ourselves and our own needs. Inspire leaders to choose peace over violence and to seek reconciliation with enemies. Inspire the Church around the world with compassion for the people of Syria, and fill us with hope for a future of peace built on justice for all. We ask this through Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace and Light of the World, who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.
Petition: For the people of Syria, that God may strengthen the resolve of leaders to end the fighting and choose a future of peace. We pray to the Lord…
En Español: Oración por Siria Dios todopoderoso y eterno, fuente de toda compasión, nuestros corazones se llenan de esperanza con la promesa de tu misericordia y de tu auxilio salvador. Escucha el clamor del pueblo de Siria, sana a los que sufren a consecuencia de la violencia y consuela a los que lloran a los muertos. Fortalece y anima a los vecinos de Siria en su cuidado y recibimiento de refugiados. Convierte los corazones de los que se alzan en armas y fortalece la resolución de los que se comprometen a la paz. O Dios de esperanza y Padre de misericordia, cuyo Espíritu Santo nos inspira a mirar mas allá de nosotros mismos y de nuestras propias necesidades, inspira a los jefes a escoger la paz en lugar de la violencia y a buscar la reconciliación con los enemigos; inspira a la Iglesia por el mundo entero a la compasión por el pueblo de Siria y llénanos de esperanza por futuro de paz construido sobre justicia para todos. Por nuestro Señor Jesucristo, Príncipe de Paz y Luz del Mundo, que vive y reina por los siglos de los siglos. Amén
Video on msnbc.com: Pope Francis adds his personal touch by calling some parishioners. Aside from having a landline, here are other etiquette guidelines for a phone conversation with the Pope.
So cool...a humble Pope of the people, for the people...very Christ like....I wonder how you get so lucky to get a call from the Pope?? I don't know what I'd say but I'd thank him for calling and ask him to pray for our country, especially the Christians suffering persecution worldwide and for the removal of our administration.
In the media’s wall-to-wall Egypt coverage, one important facet of the ongoing crisis has gotten short shrift: the deadly plight of that nation’s Christians.
&Obama's silent...he has not condemned the Islamic terrorists responsible for a global Holocaust against Christians in Egypt, Syria, Nigeria and other parts of the world that are under control or under attack by Islamic terrorists, instead Obama has condemned the govts of countries like Egypt and Syria for fighting a war against terrorism!
Why is it ok for Obama to drone terrorists, while killing civilians in the process, but it's not ok for other countries to fight terrorism??
Could it be because in order to pursue his agenda to enforce socialism through Obamacare and other big govt regulations, he has been attacking Christians in the US through his own policies??
On Friday, I noted how ostensibly objective religion reporter David Gibson of Religion News Service has been tapped by Sister Simone Campbell to co-author her memoirs.
Sad such anti-Christian,anti-American people have infiltrated the Church. I hope Pope Francis denounces them and excommunicates them but then he hasn't asked for Pelosi and Biden to be excommunicated yet either. :(
A newly released audiotape of a maddening phone conversation between a pro-life group and an incompetent Internal Revenue Service official shows the level of harassment conservative groups faced for years.
Pro-Life Revolution waited two and a half years for tax-exempt status, which they did receive last week, but not without the typical overreach we now know the IRS used to target conservative groups.
Alliance Defending Freedom, who provides legal representation for Pro-Life Revolution released the audiotape Monday where an “IRS agent lectures the president of the organization about forcing its religion and beliefs on others and inaccurately explains that the group must remain neutral on issues such as abortion,” Life News reported.
According to Life News, Pro-Life Revolution “provides support to women in abusive pregnancy situations.”
In the article, ADF recounted how the IRS sent letter after letter to the group’s president Ania Joseph “requesting more information” and deeper explanations on the activities and charitable work of the organization.
Below, you will hear a phone call between Joseph and IRS Exempt Organization Specialist Sherry Wan from March 2012, more than a year after Pro-Life Revolution applied for tax-exemption.
Wan incredibly rambles on and on, saying things to Joseph like, “You cannot force your religion or force your beliefs on somebody else…. You have to know your boundaries. You have to know your limits. You have to respect other people’s beliefs.”
Wow talk about harassment and discrimination of prolife groups. This is the kind of harassment and nonsense conservative groups and prolife groups have been putting up with under the Obama administration. And you know it's coming from the top...as recent revelations by former IRS officials is starting to uncover.
News of a mystery priest who supposedly showed up to offer prayers for a young woman trapped inside of a vehicle on Sunday, has gone viral.
Aaron Smith, 26, struck Lentz in a head-on car crash on Sunday morning. After 60 minutes of emergency responders trying to get Lentz out of the vehicle (she was pinned between the steering wheel and the seat), rescue crews, at the young woman’s request, prayed out loud for her. As they did, the mystery priest appeared. According to accounts, he came out of nowhere and brought intense calm upon the situation.
“He came up and approached the patient and offered a prayer,” New London Fire Chief Raymond Reed told KHQA-TV. “It was a Catholic priest who had anointing oil with him. A sense of calmness came over her, and it did us as well.”
After another fire department showed up, the rescue proceeded easily and the tools worked, as promised. But when nearly a dozen firefighters turned around to thank the priest, he was gone; the road was empty. Since, no one has seen or heard from the man and his identity remains a mystery.
One of the best stories of the week....gives you a sense of hope and peace knowing that there are good people out there and that miracles can happen. Whether the priest was an angel or not, the prayers of those surrounding her obviously helped calm the rescuers and the victim and led to her successful rescue.
Beginning now, with the opening of government-run health-insurance exchanges, President Barack Obama will be prohibiting American Catholics from practicing their faith in the way they live their daily lives.
This is an act of tyranny. Yet, many Americans in positions of public authority and influence have greeted it with si lence and inaction.
I do not use the word tyranny lightly here. Obama is abusing his power as president to unilaterally impose on Catholics - and millions of other Americans who share the Catholic moral view on certain matters - a regulation that forces them to act against their moral convictions and the teachings of their faith.
He has declared war on their souls.
The Catholic Church teaches that sterilization, artificial contraception and abortion are intrinsically immoral and Catholics cannot be involved in them.
Last year, President Obama's Department of Health and Human Services issued a regulation, under Obamacare, requiring that almost all health care plans in the United States must provide coverage, without any fees or co-pay, for sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs.
Obama was boasting about this regulation last week.
At no time has he offered to exempt from it those individual Americans whom he has put in the position of needing to choose between obeying his bureaucratic mandate and the teachings of their faith.
Since Obama's administration first issued this regulation, America's Catholic bishops have forcefully and unambiguously declared it an "unjust law."
Yep, Obama is at war with Catholics and Christianity in this country...otherwise he would show more respect for religious liberties and allow the military chaplains to perform mass during the shutdown,and allow Catholics and Christians waivers from Obamacare, which provides abortions and contraceptives despite the religious beliefs of others. He's a disgrace and a tyrant.
He has said many disparging comments in the past against Christianity and Catholics....anyone who says he's a Christian is delusional and a liar like Obama.
Last week, an interview with Pope Francis was published by the National Catholic Review called "America Magazine".
Wish he'd excommunicate Pelosi, Biden and others who support gay marriage and abortion! Related:Liberals take Pope out of Context Again...Pope Warns Church on Divisive Rules on Abortion, Gayshttp://sco.lt/5PjcxN
A 19-year Air Force veteran who was relieved of his duties because he disagreed with his openly gay commander over gay marriage is now facing a formal investigation after he told me his story.
Senior Master Sgt. Phillip Monk found himself at odds with his Lackland Air Force Base commander after he objected to her plans to severely punish an instructor who had expressed religious objections to homosexuality. During the conversation, his commander ordered him to share his personal views on homosexuality.
“I was relieved of my position because I don’t agree with my commander’s position on gay marriage,” he told me. “We’ve been told that if you publicly say that homosexuality is wrong, you are in violation of Air Force policy.”
In one of her first meetings with Monk, the commander expressed concern about the chaplain who would deliver the benediction at her promotion ceremony.
“She said she wanted a chaplain but objected to one particular chaplain that she called a bigot because he preached that homosexuality is a sin,” Monk said.
Read more at Fox News. By Todd Starnes.
Not surprised, Obama has been pushing a lot of anti-Christian policies lately, especially after they overturned DADT.
A military servicemen advocacy group is requesting more information about a military base’s decision to republish a chaplain’s article on faith that some servicemen found offensive. The Militar
Christianity is under attack worldwide if it's not the atheist and homosexuals attacking us in the US, it's the Islamists attacking us and other Christians worldwide. It seems they both have one thing in common and that is to destroy Christian values and freedoms.
Obama's goal is to direct the US into socialism and eventually communism, but according to Michael Voris of The Vortex, the Catholic Church has always been an obstacle to big government. Big Government tries to replace God and charity, the social hand of the church, while welfare and social programs are the hand of big government. Through welfare and social programs people lose independence and become dependent on the state/big government and with that dependence comes control, less freedoms and less privacy and individual rights.
It's time to wake up...whether you are a Catholic, Christian, Jew or otherwise, socialism leads to communism which eventually leads to fascism and worse. Stop the Obama agenda to control our healthcare, and create more welfare/govt dependents through amnesty before we lose the freedoms our country was founded upon and before we are no longer the last great hope for others who seek the American Dream.
I guess this explains why he is silent on the worldwide persecution of Christians by Islamists, because if he defends their freedoms there he'll have to defend freedoms here.
A judge has ordered a seven-month-old baby's parents to change his first name from Messiah to Martin after they appeared before her in a dispute about the child's surname.
I guess I can't blame her for wanting only Christ to have that title and name recognition but there are people who go by the name of "Jesus'' of Hispanic descent and nobody is making them change their names. Should they have to change their names too?? What do you think of this ruling??
A northern Arizona family that was lost at sea for weeks in an ill-fated attempt to leave the U.S. over what they consider government interference in religion will fly back home Sunday.
They are right the US has been becoming less friendly towards Christians if that is what they are, but glad they were found safe. Hopefully things will improve in the US before we end up like China or NK as we lose more freedoms every day.
If you are looking for an "anti-gay" organization to target for an act of domestic terrorism, the Southern Poverty Law Center's (SPLC) "Hat
The country is going in that direction with the recent SCOTUS decision to lift the ban on homosexual marriage in CA and allowing same sex benefits for married and unmarried couples in the military. Meanwhile Christians have been sued and are under attack in the military and privately as Obamacare is pushed on them to fund abortifacients and go against their moral and religious beliefs. Soon more businesses and individuals will be seen as bigots and committing hate crimes simply for their belief that homosexuality is a sin and to condone it is to be complicit in it. If we don't speak against it we are committing a sin of omission against our faith. Yet the atheists, homosexual lobbyists and Obama administration and hate groups like the SPLC would rather designate Christians as a hate group than recognize and respect our religioius liberty. We have a fundamental and inalieanble right to freedom of religion, NOT from religion. In being Christian we are not suppose to throw our faith and values out the door after we leave mass each week, we are suppose to live by those values and morals every day to the best of our ability! We are suppose to live up to our convictions and faith and stand up to our rights not let the govt and other secular organizations trample on those rights!!
If we ever forget that we are One nation Under God, then we will be a Nation gone under!