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May 17, 2015

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Message To Muslims: “Leave America And Go To A Muslim Country.”
Franklin Graham just made this message to Muslims: “leave America and go to a Muslim country.” He said this in response to the University of Maryland canceling a screening of the film, American Sniper, and declared this sentiments on his Facebook page, in which he said:

    Can you believe that the University of Maryland canceled a screening of the movie American Sniper after Muslim students complained? This afternoon, I’m going to meet with wounded military veterans and their spouses who served this nation with honor–fighting to preserve our freedoms and many times shedding their own blood. Chris Kyle was an American hero. It’s brave soldiers like these that make all of the freedoms we enjoy possible. Shame on the University of Maryland for listening to these voices! If these Muslim students can’t support the military members who do their job to protect us, let them leave America and go to a Muslim country. God bless America and our heroes! SHARE this if you agree.

Again, what Franklin Graham is saying is what all Christian leaders need to be saying. Deus vult! -Source: Shoebat

Should A Christian Go To A Gay 'Wedding'?

Is a refusal to attend a same-sex wedding of a friend or family member an act of hate? No, on the contrary it is an act of love and genuine compassion.

The short answer to the title question is "No."

The question has taken on fresh life as the low-information media, looking for a "gotcha" question, has been grilling GOP presidential candidates on their willingness to attend gay nuptials. Santorum, no. Rubio, yes. Perry, yes. Walker, yes. Cruz, irrelevant question.

Why should a Christian politely decline to attend a homosexual wedding? For exactly the same reason a Christian baker should politely decline to bake a cake for a gay wedding. It sends a message of affirmation for something God has plainly condemned.

A wedding is a celebration. Guests are there to rejoice with and congratulate the couple. Their presence represents approval.

Approving of homosexual "marriage" in any way, shape or form is one thing no sincerely devoted follower of Christ can do. This is simply because a homosexual "marriage" is based on a sex act the Bible uniformly condemns from beginning to end as immoral, unnatural and unhealthy.

Homosexual "marriage" is a sham and a counterfeit. In reality, there is no such thing as a homosexual "marriage," since God has defined marriage from the dawn of time as the union of one man and one woman. Jesus reaffirmed God's definition of marriage with words that came from his own lips during his incarnation.

You can call a homosexual union a "marriage" if you choose, you can even write it into law, the Supreme Court can even tyrannically impose it on an entire nation, but calling it a "marriage" doesn't make it one. You can call iron pyrite "gold" if you wish, but any competent metallurgist will expose it as counterfeit in an instant.

Near my hometown of Boise, Idaho, is a ski resort named Bogus Basin. The story has it that it got its name from Captain Tom Morgan and a group of scoundrels who filed a mining claim near Shafer Butte. Then they showed up in town with their first haul, $50,000 worth of what turned out to be chemically-tuned Fool's Gold.

They skedaddled after spending their ill-gotten gains and were never heard from again. Not long after, in 1871, an assay office was opened in Boise (it's still there) to prevent people from being swindled in the future.

The research done by the CDC - not a part of the vast, right-wing conspiracy - has plainly shown that homosexual behavior among men is a greater risk to human health even than intravenous drug abuse. (Roughly 65 percent of all males who have even been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS contracted it through having sex with other men, while 25 percent contracted through IV drug use.)

To use a stark but appropriate parallel, ask yourself this question: if a friend decided to open up a shooter's shop - a drug den where folks could go and inject themselves in a warm, inviting atmosphere - could you attend the open house and celebrate the grand opening?

(One can understand that a parent might attend a same-sex ceremony in an effort to retain some relational connection with a much-loved but wayward child. But a parent should only do that after first communicating that attendance should not be read as approval.)

Is a refusal to attend a same-sex wedding of a friend or family member an act of hate? No, on the contrary it is an act of love. Genuine compassion says, "I love you too much to give my approval to behavior that will damage you in body, soul and spirit. It is because I love you that I cannot come."

Sometimes love means we must say "No." And saying "No" to attending a gay "wedding" is one of those times. –Source: One News Now

Will Clergy Be Forced To Perform Same-Sex Weddings?

Alan K. Simpson said that “there is no ‘slippery slope’ toward loss of liberties, only a long staircase where each step downward must first be tolerated by the American people and their leaders.”

Arguments supporting religious protections against the gay intoleratti are often linked inextricably to the idea of the “slippery slope.” However, as Simpson said, the term “slippery slope” is a misnomer, it denotes a kind of unaware tumble. What we are witnessing is a deliberate and thoughtful descent in which each step downward must be fought for and won.

Breitbart reports that in Texas, a new bill is being put forward that would protect the freedoms of religious leaders and businesses:

“H.B. 3567 provides that clergy, religious organizations, and employees of religious organizations may not be required to perform a marriage or provide goods, services, or accommodations related to a marriage ceremony if the action would violate their sincerely held beliefs.”

Breitbart also quotes the Texas Pastors Council:

“When there is a conflict between same-sex marriage and religious liberty, Texas law should protect the rights of conscientious objectors. At a minimum, we should protect clergy, religious organizations, and their employees from suits that compel them to violate their sincerely held religious beliefs regarding marriage.”

Should you think this bill is unnecessary, that clergy and pastors would never be forced to perform same-sex weddings, thus violating their faith, you’ve clearly never seen a rock roll down a hill.

At this time in the United States, you may not see such persecution of religious leaders on a large scale. You may be completely unaware of such stories—but they’ve already happened.

In a piece published in October of 2014, Todd Starnes wrote about the Knapps, a Christian couple in Idaho who run a wedding chapel. The two ordained ministers were allegedly told that they could face fines and jail time if they refused to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies.

Snopes then published a statement released by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which filed a preemptive lawsuit on behalf of the Knapps:

“The city claims its ‘non-discrimination’ ordinance requires the Knapps to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies now that the courts have overridden Idaho’s voter-approved constitutional amendment that affirmed marriage as the union of a man and a woman.”

Allegedly, due to the chapel’s registration as a “for-profit business,” as well as a religious corporation, the ordinance could harm the Knapps, as well as any others in their situation.

This is the progression. First, it’s participatory businesses, like wedding-cake bakers, and photographers, then it’s “for-profit” chapels. What do you think will come next? Each step taken down the “slope” brings us closer to a time when the state will coerce clergy into violating their faith by officiating same-sex weddings.

The question must then be asked: Why would a gay couple want a pastor who believes same-sex unions are sinful to officiate their wedding? Because it’s not about rights, and it’s not about equality, it’s about power and dominance; it’s about hatred. The gay mafia and their allies despise anyone who dares open their mouths in defiance of them, and they will continue to press forward until those mouths are forcibly shut.

As of now, clergy are protected—but for how long? That’s why H.B. 3567 was proposed. Those who wrote the bill have the foresight that few possess; they see the bottom of the staircase, and they are acting preemptively to protect people of faith from being trampled by the boots of totalitarianism disguised as civil rights.

Every step must be fought for, and won. Religious freedom is paramount to our survival as a society, and if we sit back and take the abuse from those who execrate people of faith, our future will be just as George Orwell described it:

“If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.” -Source: Last Resistance

Clinton & Callum

Having Gay Friends Changes Evangelicals' Minds on Marriage, But Not Morality

One simple question often determines how Americans view same-sex marriage: “Do you have gay or lesbian friends?”

Those who do have such friends are twice as likely to say same-sex marriage should be legal as those who do not, according to a phone survey of 2,000 Americans from Nashville-based LifeWay Research.

“When it comes to support for gay marriage, a lot of it depends on who you know,” said Ed Stetzer, LifeWay's executive director.

The friendship factor affects evangelicals as well—but much more on legality than morality.

On the question of whether same-sex marriage should be legal, only 20 percent of evangelicals who say they have no gay or lesbian friends agree. But among evangelicals who have such friends, agreement nearly doubles to 38 percent.

Yet on the question of morality, the shift among evangelicals is much smaller. LifeWay found that 70 percent of evangelicals without gay or lesbian friends believe that “sex between people of the same gender is sinful, regardless of its legality,” while 62 percent of evangelicals with such friends still say likewise.

Currently 37 states allow same-sex marriage (though ceremonies are on hold in some places, pending appeals). Later this month, the US Supreme Court will hear arguments that could make same-sex marriage legal nationwide.

Researchers found that faith and friendship play a key role in how Americans view the issue.

Overall, half of Americans agree with the statement, “I believe gay marriage should be legal.” That number rises to 6 in 10 among Americans who say they have gay or lesbian friends.

Among Americans who say they have no gay or lesbian friends, only a third agree same-sex marriage should be legal.

Few evangelicals—which LifeWay defines as those who identify as born again, evangelical, or fundamentalist Christians—support same-sex marriage. Less than a third (30 percent) say same-sex marriage should be legal.

Recently a number of Christian groups, including the National Association of Evangelicals, filed a friend of the court brief, asking the Supreme Court to uphold same-sex marriage bans in Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio.

Meanwhile, some evangelical writers, such as David Gushee and Matthew Vines, have argued that homosexuality is not sinful. And a handful of larger evangelical churches have decided to affirm LGBT members.

But overall, two-thirds of evangelicals say sex between two people of the same gender remains sinful, whether it is legal or not.

By contrast, only about a third (38%) of non-evangelicals agree.

That leaves evangelicals at odds with American culture, says Stetzer, and in danger of being trapped in the culture war.

Their task now, he said, is to clearly articulate Christian teaching on sexuality with grace to those who disagree.

“You can’t reach people if you hate them,” he said.

LifeWay's study confirmed that Americans remain polarized over the question of homosexuality.

 A third (36%) strongly agree that same-sex marriage should be legal. A third (35%) strongly disagree. Few (6%) are unsure.

Researchers found similar responses to the statement, “I believe that sex between people of the same gender is sinful, regardless of its legality.” Less than half of Americans (46%) agree, while the same number disagree. Seven percent are unsure.

For comparison, LifeWay also conducted an online survey, asking 2,252 Americans, “Do you believe homosexual behavior is a sin?”

In 2014, 3 in 10 answered “yes.” More than half (54%) said “no.”

By contrast, 37 percent said “yes" in a similar 2012 survey, as did 44 percent in 2011. About 4 in 10 (43%) said homosexual behavior is not a sin in the 2011 survey, along with 45 percent in 2012. –Source: CT

ISIS Without The Bullets?

The title to this article might seem extreme in comparing the gay rights movement to killing Christians and burning down their churches.

But the effect is nearly the same minus the bloodshed. Christians are persecuted, their businesses are shut down through intimidation, and renegade judges are levying massive punitive fines when Christians refuse to deny their faith and then demanded to serve a sexual religion they believe is false and immoral.

Today's liberal, pro-homosexual judges are our nation's mullahs. The law, what's left of it, is interpreted by the dictates of the gay narrative. The First Amendment is no longer an operating freedom. It has been usurped by a homosexual version of the Quran written to exclude all competing religions.

Consider some of these examples that can be found at WND:
  • Family-owned Memories Pizza in Indiana came into the crosshairs of homosexuals when an owner was interviewed by a local TV station in the aftermath of the adoption of the state’s religious freedom law. Responding to a reporter’s question, the owner said that while her restaurant serves gays, her Christian faith wouldn’t allow her to cater a “gay wedding.” The restaurant immediately became a focal point of outrage toward the law, with threats of death and destruction, causing the owners to shut down their business.
  • The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association no longer is used for weddings because a lesbian duo was denied permission to use it, and a state discrimination complaint was filed.
  • The owners of a Christian farm in upstate New York recently were fined $10,000 and assessed $1,500 in damages for not allowing a lesbian duo to use their land and home for a wedding.
  • The Colorado Civil Rights Commission ordered Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop to use his artistry to celebrate homosexual unions in violation of his Christian beliefs. . . . A state commissioner, Diann Rice, likened Christians to slaver owners and Nazis.
  • The Hitching Post wedding chapel in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, was ordered to perform same-sex weddings in violation of their faith.
  • In Washington state, florist Barronelle Stutzman has been penalized $1,001 for declining to support a same-sex wedding with her floral talents.
  • David and Jason Benham were en route to a new HGTV television show when homosexual activists made an issue of their belief in biblical marriage. The network canceled their real estate show, which was to be called “Flip it Forward.” The Benhams maintain that the RFRA is “a shield to protect companies, like, for instance, a Jewish-owned jewelry. It keeps the state from forcing him to create rings with the Nazi symbol on it. Or a Muslim-owned apparel company. It prevents the state from forcing him to maybe make T-shirts with the cross over the crescent. Or even a gay-owned apparel company from creating T-shirts that say Leviticus 18:22. Homosexuality is a sin.” Very simply, “the state should never force business owners to promote a message or an idea that conflicts with their beliefs.”
  • In a New Mexico dispute, courts ordered that a photographer could not refuse to use her talents to memorialize a homosexual wedding.
  • Brendan Eich, the chief executive officer of Mozilla, the company best known for creating Firefox, was attacked by homosexual activists and eventually lost his position because he donated $1,000 to support the 2008 Proposition 8 marriage-definition initiative that was approved by the majority of voters of progressive California.

  • Vermont’s Wildflower Inn paid a settlement and closed its wedding reception business after the ACLU won a $10,000 civil penalty for two lesbians. The settlement also requires the inn’s owners to place $20,000 in a charitable trust for the lesbians.
  • Oregon’s “Sweet Cakes by Melissa” bakery shut down after declining to bake for a “gay wedding.”
  • A Christian T-shirt maker in Kentucky was targeted by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission for refusing to print “gay pride” designs for a local homosexual group.
  • Chris Penner, owner of the Twilight Room Annex bar in Portland, was fined $400,000 under the Oregon Equality Act for excluding transsexual men who, dressed as women, had been alienating other customers by using the women’s restroom. According to the Seattle Times, 11 people – calling themselves the “T-girls” – “will get the money, with awards ranging from $20,000 to 50,000.”
And the list continues to grow.

Robert George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University and co-author of What Is Marriage?: Man and Woman: A Defense, wrote the following:

"The lynch mob came for the brilliant mild-mannered techie Brendan Eich.

"The lynch mob came for the elderly florist Baronelle Stutzman.

"The lynch mob came for Eastern Michigan University counseling student Julea Ward.

"The lynch mob came for the African-American Fire Chief of once segregated Atlanta Kelvin Cochran.

"The lynch mob came for the owners of a local pizza shop the O’Connor family.

"The lynch mob is now giddy with success and drunk on the misery and pain of its victims. It is urged on by a compliant and even gleeful media. It is reinforced in its sense of righteousness and moral superiority by the “beautiful people” and the intellectual class. It has been joined by the big corporations who perceive their economic interests to be in joining up with the mandarins of cultural power. It owns one political party and has intimidated the leaders of the other into supine and humiliating obeisance."

Of course, there are some homosexuals (e.g., Tammy Bruce and Courtney Hoffman who donated $20 to the GoFundMe campaign for Memories Pizza) who have denounced what many of these media-hungry "gay" activists are doing and the media are promoting as "gay" leaders, but like so-called moderate Muslims not enough of them are standing up to the bullies. –Source: Godfather Politics

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