Daily Archives: January 19, 2015

January 19, 2014: Truth2Freedom Daily Briefing Report

We should be content to be abased and obscure provided Christ is honored and exalted. — Thomas Manton


Jan. 19, 2015


Republicans may control both houses of Congress, but President Obama will head into Tuesday’s State of the Union address knowing one thing: public opinion seems to be turning in his favor. In a Washington Post-ABC News poll released today, he scored a 50 percent job approval rating, his highest for this poll since 2013 and a nine-point jump since December. It’s also a seven-point boost from October, right before Republicans took the majority of the Senate for control of Congress.

Barack Obama this week will lay the foundation for the last two years of his presidency. Helping middle- and lower-income households will be the cornerstone.

Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed raising New York’s minimum wage to $10.50 an hour, the highest among U.S. states, and boosting the baseline for hourly pay in New York City to $11.50.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is planning a trade mission to Cuba as U.S. President Barack Obama loosens travel and trade restrictions with the communist island nation.

Mario Draghi is likely to announce a $635 billion bond-purchase program this week and won’t skimp too much on the details, economists say.

Banks in Scandinavia are joining the Danish government in trying to persuade offshore investors that the Nordic country isn’t about to copy Switzerland and drop its euro peg.

Oil fell after Iraq said it’s producing a record amount of crude. Switzerland led gains in European stocks and the franc weakened, while Chinese shares tumbled the most in six years as regulators cracked down on margin lending.

Russia’s central bank will use credit ratings of lenders pre-dating Russian President Vladimir Putin’s incursion into Crimea, potentially easing pressure on their capital requirements as the sovereign risks a downgrade to junk.

Two battalions of Russian soldiers crossed the border into Ukraine, the National Security Council in Kiev said, as government forces and pro-Moscow rebels battled for control of the Donetsk airport.

Ireland’s health minister, tipped as a future prime minister, came out as the first openly gay cabinet member in a Catholic country that until the 1990s banned homosexuality.

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An Iranian Revolutionary Guard general was killed along with a number of fighters from the Lebanese Shi’ite Hezbollah group in an Israeli air strike in Syria, an Iranian news website said on Monday.

Brazil and the Netherlands recalled their ambassadors from Indonesia and expressed fury after Jakarta defied their pleas and executed two of their citizens along with four other drug offenders.

A New Jersey woman who authorities say put her newborn baby in the middle of a road and set the child on fire was charged Saturday with murder.

Saudi border guards have been given orders to shoot infiltrators on sight after three troopers were killed on the Iraqi frontier earlier this month, a spokesman said on Monday.

Tanzanian police on Sunday offered a reward for information leading to the recovery, dead or alive, of a four-year-old albino girl feared to have been kidnapped for her body parts.

Los Angeles police are searching for a suspect in the shooting of the CEO of a Los Angeles real estate company while he was sitting in his Rolls Royce.

Boko Haram fighters have kidnapped at least 60 people in a deadly attack in northern Cameroon, in the latest cross-border raid by the Nigeria-based Islamist group.

For 2014, the index for food rose 3.4%, up from a 1.1% increase the prior year. That outpaces the food index’s average annual climb of 2.7% over the last 10 years. The index for food we eat at home was up 3.7% last year, well ahead of the 0.4% increase in 2013. Regarding food eaten at restaurants and other establishments, that index rose 3% last year after a 2.1% gain in 2013.


The US knew North Korea was behind the Sony Pictures hack because it had secretly infiltrated the country’s computer networks in 2010, according to the New York Times and Der Spiegel.

The wealthiest 1% will soon own more than the rest of the world’s population, according to a study by anti-poverty charity Oxfam. On current trends, Oxfam says it expects the wealthiest 1% to own more than 50% of the world’s wealth by 2016.

President Obama will in his State of the Union address push for tax raises on the wealthy to help the middle classes, officials said.

Schools have been reopening in Guinea after a five-month closure because of the Ebola outbreak which has killed thousands in West Africa.

Crowds again lined the motorcade route to bid farewell to Pope Francis after a five-day visit to the Philippines.

A planned rally by Germany’s “anti-Islamization” Pegida group was called off after police receive a “concrete” threat against one of the organizers.

Soldiers and Shia rebels clash near the presidential palace in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, in the most serious challenge to the government for months.


Fox News took time out of four broadcasts on Saturday to apologize for four separate instances of incorrect information that portrayed Muslims in a negative light.

Those Americans who didn’t get health insurance last year could be in for a rude awakening when the IRS asks them to fork over their Obamacare penalty — and it could be a lot more than the $95 many of them may be expecting. But the $95 is actually a minimum, and middle- and upper-income families will actually end up paying 1 percent of their household income as their penalty.


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January 19, 2015


“It is necessary for every American, with becoming energy to endeavor to stop the dissemination of principles evidently destructive of the cause for which they have bled.” –Mercy Warren (1805)

Martin Luther King, Jeremiah Wright and Barack Obama

From Dream to Nightmare

By Mark Alexander


“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’ … I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. … And if America is to be a great nation this must become true.” —Martin Luther King Jr., August 28, 1963

Today, the once-noble Democratic Party of MLK’s era has devolved into a propaganda machine fueled by hate and division, which has turned the wisdom of this iconic sovereign’s most quoted remark upside down. It’s as if King had said, “I have a dream that my children will one day be judged by the color of their skin, not the content of their character.”

To keep you fully informed, your Patriot team follows Sun Tzu’s maxim from “The Art of War”: “Know your enemy.” Thus, we review the whole spectrum of news, policy and opinion, including notable daily dispatches from organizations like the Communist Party USA and other leftist groups, in order to better engage the adversaries of Liberty.

To that end, I attended this year’s MLK “Unity Prayer Breakfast,” ostensibly in honor of Martin Luther King, featuring keynote speaker Jeremiah “GD America” Wright. My objective was to determine if Wright was still wrong.

As you recall, Wright was the charismatic “pastor” to Barack Obama, who, for two decades prior to 2008, indoctrinated his disciple with the black supremacist doctrines of hate and the Marxist “social gospel.” Wright married Barack and Michelle, baptized their children and later was identified by Obama in his biography as his primary “father figure.”


But in 2008, as Obama was seeking to dupe American voters and slide into the White House, Wright disappeared from the political grid after videos of his hate-filled “US-KKK-A” racist rhetoric hit YouTube. Who can forget some of his more colorful protests: “‘God Bless America.’ No, no, no, G-d d–m America — that’s in the Bible — for killing innocent people. G-d d–m America for treating our citizens as less than human. G-d d–m America for as long as she acts like she is god and she is supreme.”

Shortly after those videos surfaced, Obama tried to distance himself from decades under Wright’s rhetoric, claiming in 2008, “I am outraged by the comments that were made. His comments were not only divisive and destructive; I believe they end up giving comfort to those who prey on hate… They offend me. They rightly offend all Americans. And they should be denounced.”

Of course, Obama, himself a master of the “the BIG Lie,” was elected and re-elected on “divisive and destructive” rhetoric preying on hate — and indeed, he learned from a master!

Now that Obama has completed his last election — the 2014 midterm in which his policies were, as he claimed, “on the ballot, every single one of them,” all of which were resoundingly defeated — Jeremiah Wright has come out of exile.

Needless to say, Wright’s message was NOT about “unity.”

Front and center at this event was the table of honor reserved for the “peace-loving” Nation of Islam leaders, and, according to those introducing Wright, he was selected to “raise holy hell” and “set us ablaze.” But, we were reminded, “Our speaker has often been misquoted and misunderstood … as most voices for God are.”


Wright began by ingratiating himself to his audience for a few minutes — before dragging them down to hell. He declared that we should all be thankful for Obama’s two inaugurals, saying, “Praise God and Party, but the race ain’t over yet.” It took him almost five minutes before singling out conservative white folks as “racist,” suggesting that among those looking down on black folks today are “the countless bodies of estranged fruit hung up in the trees and left hanging in a country that is taught to hate the color of their skin. … Black men, women and children lynched, watching to see if we understand that the Tea Party ain’t nothing but a 2.0 upgrade of a lynch mob!”


Sitting next to me at Wright’s hatefest was my colleague, Tennessee Tea Party principal Mark West, and of course he and I were in the one-percent minority at this venue. The grassroots Tea Party movement is about Liberty for all Americans, as was Martin King’s dream, but Wright would have none of that.

We believe that Liberty is colorblind, but asserting individual rights and responsibilities is an affront to Wright and other race-baiters, including Obama’s chief race relations counselor, Al Sharpton, and Attorney General Eric Holder.

Wright wasted no time heating up Obama’s latest race-bait stew: “Michael Brown was left rotting in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, in the hot August sun like road kill … while his murderer walks free because the prosecutor orchestrated a verdict not to indict. … Eric Garner … choked to death in front of a video camera while his murderers are set free by bigoted bozos.”

And so Wright continued — ad nauseum.

In addition to my Tea Party colleague, there were three other people at our table, black folks, who were genuinely devoted to “unity in Christ” as clearly distinguishable from Wright’s message of racial disunity. One of them had an interesting observation: “If one was to examine the civil rights movement of the Sixties and compare it to the social justice movements of today, you would find one glaring difference. MLK’s success was partly due to thousands of college students and young people actively engaged and empowered by the message and practice of non-violence. But young people are not as engaged in the ‘social justice’ movements of the Al Sharptons and the Jeremiah Wrights because we are several generations removed from the racism and discrimination that was experienced by blacks prior to the civil rights movement. The next generation has no actual point of reference for such racism. We have enjoyed the fruit of King’s labor. Thus, the Baby Boomers of the civil rights movement endeavor to instill their hate and bitterness into the current generation by fomenting social unrest over incidents like Brown and Garner. When those race baiters are dead and gone, then we might be truly ‘free at last.'”

At Martin King’s funeral, one Bible passage, Matthew 5:9, summed up his life’s mission: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.”

But Obama and his cadres of race-baiters are anything but peacemakers. They have betrayed King’s legacy, turning his dream into a nightmare for millions of black men, women and children now enslaved on urban poverty plantations by five decades of failed “Great Society” economic and social policies.

Robert E. Lee

Today we also take a moment to remember the birth anniversary of Robert E. Lee (1807-1870), one of the greatest military commanders in American history. He was also a great man of faith who gave his all for the cause of Liberty and states’ rights.


Sharpton Attacks Hollywood Over Perceived Selma Snub

Al Sharpton wanted “Selma” to sweep the Oscars. The film tells the story of Martin Luther King Jr.’s marches from Selma to Montgomery in 1965, and it was only nominated for Best Motion Picture, but that wasn’t good enough for race-baiter Sharpton. He’s calling an “emergency meeting” with his Hollywood task force to decide what to do, because, in his eyes, the Oscars are not diverse enough this year. “With all of the talent in Selma and other Black movies this year,” Sharpton said, “it is hard to believe that we have less diversity in the nominations today than in recent history. … The movie industry is like the Rocky Mountains, the higher you get, the whiter it gets.” Sharpton — who has no film criticism cred to date — probably threatened to attack Hollywood over this issue because he wants to sway the decision, not to mention this sort of shakedown is how he makes his living.

SOTU Will Push Income Redistribution

Barack Obama will use his State of the Union Address tomorrow to call on the Republican Congress to pass his progressive tax policies. It will not be a speech to update the legislative body on the state of the union, but to embarrass Republicans before the nation. Obama will promise tax plans that redistribute “free” stuff, calling on Congress to hike taxes so the government rakes in an extra $320 billion over 10 years and can then “give” the middle class $175 billion. Top White House aide Dan Pfeiffer said, “I think we should have a debate in this country between middle-class economics and trickle-down economics. I think, in divided government, each side should lay out their agenda, what they think is in the best interest of the country.” Liberals miss that “trickle-down economics” — their pejorative term for Reaganomics — is based on people keeping their own hard-earned income. Obama proposes increasing the capital gains and dividend tax rate to 28%, placing a limit on how much money Americans can save for retirement — and even taxing college saving plans to pay for his “free” community college boondoggle. So much for encouraging responsible personal finance. It’s a shameful policy rooted in envy. More…

Obama Goes on Offense, Will Seek 7% Budget Hike

Congressional Republicans better take note that Barack Obama has no intention of quietly riding off into the sunset — even if he does frequently check out and play more golf over the next two years. “I’m not going to spend the next two years on defense; I’m going to play offense,” he told congressional Democrats Thursday. Part of that offense is going to be on the budget, which the White House is due to release on Feb. 2. According to officials who leaked details, Obama wants to increase spending by 7% — clearly indicating he’s not content with allowing Republicans to slow down his spending bonanza. Thanks in large part to the sequester and the stalemate in Congress since 2011, the budget deficit for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30 was $483 billion — the smallest since 2007. Obviously, that’s better than the trillion-dollar deficits of Obama’s early years, and lower deficits are likely why the economy is finally showing signs of life. That means increasing spending by 7% isn’t going to be good. It’s up to the Republican-controlled Congress to stop Obama in his tracks. More…

Ryan: No Gas Tax Hike

Some in Washington, including Republicans, have recently pushed a hike in the gas tax. What better time to gouge consumers replenish the Highway Trust Fund than when drivers are finally paying less at the pump? Well, House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) put an end to such talk, saying flatly, “We won’t pass a gas tax.” Ryan added that he’d love to tackle more comprehensive tax reform, saying, “We just want to make sure we have the best possible tax reform that creates jobs [and] is fair.” But he also acknowledged Barack Obama stands in the way of any sensible tax policy. In related news, Ryan recently announced that he would not seek the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, despite calls for him to run. For our part, we’re glad to see him running the Ways and Means Committee, as it seems he’s right where he belongs.

Biden’s Shotgun Unused During Security Threat


Joe Biden’s home security was put to the test Saturday, as someone fired four shots from a pistol near the vice president’s Delaware estate. And no, it wasn’t from Biden’s double-barrel shotgun. Last year, the vice president said his home security consisted of a 12-gauge shotgun and that he didn’t need an AR-15 rifle. “I promise you, as I told my wife — we live in an area that’s wooded and somewhat secluded — I said if there is ever a problem, just walk out on the balcony, walk out, put that double barrel shotgun, and fire two blasts outside the house. I promise you whoever is coming in is not going,” he said. Biden failed to mention he also had a Secret Service detail backing up the ol’ scattershot. The suspect fired the gun from a speeding vehicle on the public road hundreds of yards from the politician’s house before speeding off. But all the president’s horses and all the president’s men couldn’t find the person who took the shots again. Maybe the Biden’s should consider a weapon with a bit more … range. More…



Obamanet, Er, Net Neutrality


During Barack Obama’s seventh State of the Union Address Tuesday evening, he’ll reveal his plans to “protect” the Internet through “net neutrality” — to address a largely manufactured crisis with, naturally, government control and regulation.

After transforming America with ObamaCare — changing the full-time work week to 30 hours, increasing the amount of “out-of-pocket” cash expenses due to astronomical deductibles, and the most infamous of BIG Lies that “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan” — heed this warning: More transformation is on the way.

Enter, Obamanet, otherwise known as “net neutrality.”

The manufactured crisis exists in the contrived priority of some web content over other content. In language that Al Sharpton would be proud of, the University of California Berkeley opines [emphasis added]: “Without a net neutral stance in what is carried over their pipes (referring to internet carriers such as AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, etc.), network providers can choose to discriminate and decide how fast data will be transmitted and at what quality.”

Never mind that some consumers pay for a premium plan to access unlimited bandwidth to meet the needs for high-end volume and quality, while the average consumer chooses to pay for a service adequate to meet their needs.

In the world of the Left, it is “discrimination” unless equal service is available to every user of the Internet at the exact same price. It’s “discrimination” if, say, medical records are prioritized over your Facebook status update. It’s “discrimination” if you choose a less expensive Internet service to meet your user needs while a major content carrier pays more for use and for the extra bandwidth required to deliver that voluminous digital content.

The only thing left to do, according to the same folks who want the government to pick our doctors and to make sure a single male is carrying insurance that pays for gynecological visits, is for the federal government to regulate the Internet to make sure we pay the exact same price for the exact same access.

Former Obama fundraiser and appointed Federal Communications Commission Chief Tom Wheeler has signaled he’s prepared to move forward with Obama’s “solution” to this horrific “discrimination” that most of us call consumerism through massive expansion of powers over Internet access.

The simplest way to explain Obama’s plan is that he wants to turn the Internet into a government-controlled and regulated utility, like telephone landlines. The Internet service to your wireless smartphones, hand-held devices, laptop computers and to the corporate giant in your region would be classified under Title II of the Communications Act as a telecommunications service.

This “Communications Act” was passed in June 1934. Yep, that would be more than 80 years ago. The scope of the law was to dramatically change the manner in which telephone and radio communications were regulated. Simply, services defined as Title I were information services and would be regulated with a less-heavy hand while the Title II services, such as telephone, would be deemed utilities and would be subject to stricter rules and oversight.

The Republican-led Congress was opposed to this action … last month. Now, however, there seems to be pressure building for a legislative “remedy” to this ginned-up discrimination. There is political merit to offering a conservative solution so as to take away the imperial Obama’s practice of circumventing Congress. But the GOP seems in danger of merely rubber-stamping Obama’s plan.

In short, Obama and his money-man-turned-FCC-boss want to “free” the Internet through regulation and to define Internet access according to 1934 rules. And they say conservatives want to turn back the clock.

Pork Chops and PC


Progressivism’s downward spiral has been considerably accelerated by Oxford University Press (OUP). In a move that garnered heartily deserved ridicule, OUP warned their writers to avoid making any references to pork, pigs and sausages, lest it “offend” Jews and Muslims.

The guidelines became public during a discussion about free speech on BBC Radio 4’s “Today” following the Paris atrocities. “I’ve got a letter here that was sent out by OUP to an author doing something for young people,” said program presenter Jim Naughtie. “Among the things prohibited in the text that was commissioned by OUP was the following: Pigs plus sausages, or anything else which could be perceived as pork.” He concluded, “Now, if a respectable publisher, tied to an academic institution, is saying you’ve got to write a book in which you cannot mention pigs because some people might be offended, it’s just ludicrous. It is just a joke.”

OUP tried to defend the move, saying, “Many of the educational materials we publish in the UK are sold in more than 150 countries, and as such they need to consider a range of cultural differences and sensitivities. Our editorial guidelines are intended to help ensure that the resources that we produce can be disseminated to the widest possible audience.”

One is left to wonder which particular countries have a reputation of pig or pork hatred that runs so deep, the mere mention of the word is likely to spawn anger, or perhaps violence. Furthermore, taking OUP’s ban literally, as it were, is a far more extensive project than one might imagine. According to Thesaurus.com, there are 10 synonyms for pig, seven for bacon and nine for sausage. Additionally, there are 29 synonyms for pork-related products.

What about the notion that barring these forbidden words is intended to keep Muslims and Jews from going over the edge? Khalid Mahmood, a Muslim and Labor Party member of Parliament, characterized the guidelines as “absolute utter nonsense.” He added, “[W]hen people go too far, that brings the whole discussion into disrepute.”

OUP didn’t fare much better on the Jewish aide of the equation. “Jewish law prohibits eating pork, not the mention of the word or the animal from which it derives,” a spokesman for the Jewish Leadership Council said.

So what’s really going on here? Self-censorship. It’s not self-censorship driven by concerns for cultural “sensitivities,” but by the same kind of abject cowardice that drove our ostensible paragons of free expression in the media to pixilate or censor the Charlie Hebdo cartoons that ostensibly precipitated the slaughter of 17 people in Paris. The same cowardice that elicited statements about the limits of free speech if it “offends” someone, even as that is precisely the kind of free expression most in need of defending.

Those reading between the lines know what these guidelines are really all about: fear of radical Islam. And nothing makes that more obvious than OUP’s attempt to include Jews among those who would take offense. Their inclusion by OUP is a classic straw-man gambit designed to deflect attention away from their real concern — head-chopping radical Islamic thugs who have apparently intimidated the world’s largest university press.

The fraud becomes even more apparent when one discovers there is an OUP India, a subsidiary in a nation with a large Hindu population — one that considers the cow a sacred representation of all other animals. Why no ban of the word “cow” and “anything that could be perceived” as beef?

The answer is simple. Hindus, along with believers in all the world’s other major religions, embrace the concept of societal pluralism — with one glaring exception: Islam. For the overwhelming majority of Muslims, it’s Sharia law, a concept totally at odds with secular government, or nothing. And while many Muslims embrace secular government and the pluralism it guarantees, they are considered every bit the infidel — and just as expendable — as anyone else who resists the radical Islamists’ determination to impose religious totalitarianism on the entire world.

By any means necessary.

Thus it is no coincidence that OUP’s warning emerged following the Paris carnage. And while they drape their reticence in a patina of sensitivity, their actions bring to mind a quote by Winston Churchill: “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.”

Sadly, OUP is not the only publishing giant that has attempted to kowtow to Islamist sensibilities. Until they were shamed into a reversal, HarperCollins Publishers, one of the world’s leading English-language publishers, omitted Israel from English-language atlases sold to schools in the Middle East. Collins Bartholomew, the subsidiary that produced them, explained that Israel’s inclusion was “unacceptable” to its customers in the Gulf and that the change incorporated “local preferences.”

Local preferences utterly at odds with reality.

Americans should be clear about the progressive ideology that drives such calculated groveling. It is the despicable notion that we can “win the hearts and minds” of those who would annihilate us if we simply learn to be more “attuned” to their totalitarian worldview. For the Left, that adjustment requires an acknowledgement the Islamist worldview is not only legitimate, but that their animus toward Western culture was wholly engendered by Western culture itself. Hence the more familiar “why do they hate us” cluelessness that drives leftists in search of something, anything, that will make us more likable. And if that means eliminating words from books and countries from maps, so be it.

All one has to do is substitute the words “Nazi Germany” for “radical Islam” and the utter folly of such an approach becomes clear. Progressivism and political correctness are headed for the ash heap of history because outbursts of “high-minded” cowardice following orchestrated atrocity isn’t likely to win converts to the cause. That and the fact that no one wants to die, simply to satisfy progressive sensibilities.



The Gipper: “We must always ask: Is government working to liberate and empower the individual? Is it creating incentives for people to produce, save, invest and profit from legitimate risks and honest toil? Or does it seek to compel, command and coerce people into submission and dependence?”

Columnist John C. Goodman: “By this time next year, we may find that many workers who earn within a few dollars of the minimum wage have less income and less insurance coverage (as a group) than they did before the [ObamaCare] mandate began to take effect. This is the conclusion I draw from my survey in December of 136 fast-food restaurants (franchisees) that employed close to 3,500 workers. … Almost half the workforce of these restaurants was involuntarily reduced to part time and has less income as a result. These employees have also lost the opportunity to have the coverage they most prefer: mini-med plans that pay for medical care they are most likely to need. Those few remaining full-time employees will get mini-med insurance for themselves, but they are unlikely to be able to afford coverage for any dependents they have. They will not get an ObamaCare bronze plan unless they fork over about one-tenth of their take-home pay, and they won’t be able to get bronze coverage for other family members unless they forfeit more than half their income. Out of 3,500 employees, only one that we know of got the kind of insurance that the architects of the Affordable Care Act wanted everyone to have.”

Economist Stephen Moore: “The IRS is nearly an $11 billion a year agency with some 100,000 employees. Congress wants to cut its budget by less than 4 percent and the agency says it can’t function. During the recession many businesses took cuts of 30 percent or 40 percent, and they did it by becoming more efficient and cutting waste. Meanwhile, the IRS has spent millions of dollars on conferences at exotic resorts for its employees with some suites costing $3,000 a night. And [IRS Commissioner John] Koskinen says he can’t find places to cut. The IRS has also been rocked by scandals of targeting, abusing and financially harming individuals and conservative groups it doesn’t agree with. Maybe it could shut down that division and use those resources to help taxpayers. … Washington demands full accountability and accuracy from tax filers, but the tax collection department is the least accountable agency of government. If the IRS can’t administer the tax code with 100,000 employees, it sounds like we need a new IRS and a new tax system.”

Comedian Seth Meyers: “Liam Neeson spoke out [last] week and said that he believes America has too many guns. And nearly all of them were used by Liam Neeson in ‘Taken 3.'”

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BP Cuts 1,000 jobs at Refinery

Posted: 19 Jan 2015 08:10 AM PST

BP service station in South AfricaBP announced today it was cutting around 1,000 jobs at a huge oil refinery. The company said the decision followed a 10-week review of the Grangemouth refinery and petrochemical complex in Scotland. The news was also blamed on the depressed chemicals market and “a series of operational problems”. The company said in a statement: “The move is part of a series of initiatives and investments to radically improve the plant’s ability to compete in a increasingly difficult international refining and chemicals environment.” It said the reorganisation would streamline Grangemouth’s three main businesses – refining, petrochemicals and the Forties pipeline terminal – into a single organisation and was “designed to simplify site operations while increasing liability and efficiency”. As part of the plan the company will also shut down an older polyethylene production unit, Rigidex 2, within the chemicals plant, and the oldest and smallest of the three crude distillation units, CDU 1, in the refinery. The company also said it would make “every effort to relocate people with the appropriate skills to other BP locations, or to provide retraining, jobs search assistance and severance packages”. Colin Maclean, director of the complex near Falkirk, said: “This is a very difficult time for everyone working at Grangemouth and we are committed to handling it as openly and sensitively as possible. “However, we have no choice but to move ahead with this transformation if we are to ensure that Grangemouth remains safe, modern and equipped to prosper in an increasingly compet. More

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This Photo of Beauty Queen Miss Israel Is Causing an Uproar in LebanonPosted: 19 Jan 2015 08:00 AM PST

Doron-Matalon-InstagramA Lebanese minister said he planned to launch an investigation Monday into how Miss Lebanon ended up being photographed with Miss Israel on the sidelines of the upcoming Miss Universe pageant. The controversy began when Miss Israel, Doron Matalon, posted a photo on Instagram posing next to the contestant from neighboring Lebanon, stoking an outcry in Lebanon to which Lebanese beauty queen Saly Greige replied that she’d simply been photo-bombed. Greige asserted that Matalon had tried “several times” to take a picture with her, writing on Instagram Sunday, “The truth behind the photo, since the first day of my arrival to participate to Miss universe,I was very cautious to avoid being in any photo or communication with Miss isreal, [sic] who tried several times to take a photo with me.” More

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‘American Sniper’ targeted by Michael Moore; says shooters ‘Cowards’Posted: 19 Jan 2015 07:54 AM PST

011615_f2f_sniper_640The Palme d’Or winning director of the highest grossing documentary ever made it very clear today he does not like the Clint Eastwood helmed Oscar nominee nor its subject matter Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. In a tweet Sunday, “Fahrenheit 9/11″ and former AMPAS Governor Michael Moore lashed out at “American Sniper” and Kyle, who has been credited as the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history:  The Bradley Cooper starring film based on Kyle, who was killed in early 2013 on a shooting range in Texas by a former solider with PTS he was mentoring, scored Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Adapted Screening nominations on January 15 from Academy voters. In a surprise snub, past Oscar winner and DGA nominee this year, Eastwood didn’t not get a nom for Best Director. More

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Collapse contagion? Former Soviet Republic devalues currency by 18% as currency wars ignitePosted: 19 Jan 2015 07:45 AM PST

Dollar-GreenMost Americans could never find the tiny former Soviet Republic of Turkmenistan on a map, but the energy-rich nation recently something that could certainly have global implications. As reported by Agence France-Presse (AFP) and financial analysis website Zero Hedge, Turkmenistan just devalued its currency against the U.S. dollar — for now, still the world’s reserve currency — by 18 percent. It was a move described by financial experts as “contagion” tied to the recent devaluation of Russia’s currency, the ruble, which is plunging due to falling oil prices and Western economic sanctions over Moscow’s annexation of Crimea. More

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Concerns Growing as Canadian Supreme Court Set to Rule on Assisted Suicide BanPosted: 19 Jan 2015 07:39 AM PST

Canadian-Supreme-Court-300x195Concerns are growing as the Canadian Supreme Court is set to rule on the country’s current assisted suicide ban, which provides criminal penalties for those who take part in ending the life of another. “Every one who … aids or abets a person to commit suicide, whether suicide ensues or not, is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding fourteen years,” the Criminal Code of Canada reads. The court is considering an appeal of a ruling from the British Columbia Court of Appeals, which overturned a lower court ruling allowing the practice of euthanasia. Gloria Taylor, a woman who suffered from ALS and has since died from an infection, was a co-complainant in the suit, asserting that laws against assisted suicide violated her rights, and were discriminatory toward those who were disabled. The Canadian Supreme Court is to rule on whether the Criminal Code of Canada applies to physician assisted suicide. More

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Pope Francis Unable To Answer Little Girl’s Question About SinPosted: 19 Jan 2015 07:36 AM PST

glyzelle-palomar-asks-pope-francis-simple-question-he-cannot-answer-manila-2015-catholic-churchPOPE FRANCIS, IF YOU ARE READING THIS, HERE IS THAT ANSWER YOU SAID WAS UNKNOWABLE

“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3 (KJV)

He is called the “vicar of Christ”, and he rules over the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics.The Vatican says that when he speaks on his throne, Ex Cathedra, that the words coming out of his mouth are infallible, as if God Himself was speaking. On his recent trip in Manila, a little girl asked the Pope a pretty simple question. Glyzelle Palomar wept as she asked the Pope: “Many children get involved in drugs and prostitution. Why does God allow these things to happen to us? The children are not guilty of anything.” The pontiff, cementing his reputation as a champion of the poor and oppressed, took the 12-year-old in his arms to comfort her. He was so touched by the girl’s appeal that he abandoned his pre-prepared speech in English and instead responded to the child in Spanish, his native language. Visibly moved, the Pope said: “She is the only one who has put forward a question for which there is no answer and she was not even able to express it in words but rather in tears.” More

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3.7 Magnitude Earthquake strikes near Borrego Springs, CaliforniaPosted: 19 Jan 2015 07:32 AM PST

la-me-earthquakesa-earthquake-37-quake-strikes-near-borrego-springs-calif-uggm8i-photoA Shallow magnitude 3.7 earthquake was reported Sunday morning five miles from Borrego Springs, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 5:23 a.m. Pacific time at a depth of 8.1 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was approximately 22 miles from La Quinta, 24 miles from Coachella and 26 miles from Palm Desert. In the past 10 days, there has been one earthquake of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service and this post was created by an algorithm. LA Times

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This College Football Coach Is ‘All In’ for Jesus ChristPosted: 19 Jan 2015 07:26 AM PST

Oregon-offensive-coordinator-scott-frostAll season, Scott Frost, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Oregon, has been leading and mentoring a group of five quarterbacks, including Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota, to ready them for last week’s game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Though they lost to Ohio State, the coach is still all in.  Earlier this fall, Frost sat down with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) to talk about what that means—both on and off the field. “When you’re ‘All In’ in your faith, then you’re also completely committed to Jesus,” Frost told FCA. “Being a good teammate is vital to being ‘All In’ and to being completely committed. Here at Oregon, we talk about taking care of the soldier on your left and the soldier on your right and being more worried about the person next to you than about yourself. Anytime in football or outside of football that you have that kind of mentality and you’re putting other people first, I think you have a great chance to have a great team.” More

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Richest 1 Percent To Own More Than Half Of The World’s Wealth By 2016Posted: 19 Jan 2015 07:24 AM PST

050714worldbankunemployedWealth accumulated by the richest 1 percent will exceed that of the other 99 percent in 2016, the Oxfam charity said Monday, ahead of the annual meeting of the world’s most powerful at Davos, Switzerland. “The scale of global inequality is quite simply staggering and despite the issues shooting up the global agenda, the gap between the richest and the rest is widening fast,” Oxfam Executive Director Winnie Byanyima said. The richest 1 percent’s share of global wealth increased from 44 percent in 2009 to 48 percent in 2014, the British charity said in a report, adding that it will be more that 50 percent in 2016. More

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Americans concerned about Jobs and Finances — Not ‘Terrorism,’ Poll showsPosted: 19 Jan 2015 06:46 AM PST

ajThe threat of joblessness tops the list of concerns facing American households, according to a new Al Jazeera America/Monmouth University Poll. When asked to describe the biggest concern facing their family, 16 percent of poll respondents said either job security or unemployment. The second most-cited concern was health care costs, followed by everyday bills. Just 1 percent of all respondents cited immigration or terrorism as their primary concerns. Although the economy has improved since the 2008 Great Recession and unemployment has declined to 5.6 percent, wages for most workers remain as stagnant as they have been for decades. The results of the Al Jazeera America/Monmouth University Poll suggest that many Americans still feel deep anxiety over their job prospects and the state of their finances. Among people earning less than $25,000 per year, everyday bills such as rent, utilities and phone bills were by far the biggest concern. Twenty-six percent of respondents in the lower income bracket cited bills as their foremost issue. The Al Jazeera America/Monmouth University Poll was conducted by telephone from Jan. 13 to 15, 2015 with 1,003 adults in the United States. This sample has a margin of error of + 3.1 percent. More

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27 Facts That Show How The Middle Class Has Fared Under 6 Years Of Barack Obama

During his State of the Union speech on Tuesday evening, Barack Obama is going to promise to make life better for middle class families. Of course he has also promised to do this during all of his other State of the Union addresses, but apparently he still believes that there are people out there that are buying what he is selling. Each January, he gets up there and tells us how the economy is “turning around” and to believe that much brighter days are right around the corner. And yet things just continue to get even worse for the middle class. The numbers that you are about to see will not be included in Obama’s State of the Union speech. They don’t fit the “narrative” that Obama is trying to sell to the American people. But all of these statistics are accurate. They paint a picture of a middle class that is dying. Yes, the decline of the U.S. middle class is a phenomenon that has been playing out for decades. But without a doubt, our troubles have accelerated during the Obama years. When it comes to economics, he is completely and utterly clueless, and the policies that he has implemented are eating away at the foundations of our economy like a cancer. The following are 27 facts that show how the middle class has fared under 6 years of Barack Obama… (Read More….)

‘Wave of Islamisation’ sweeping Western Europe, Benjamin Netanyahu says

Benjamin Netanyahu triggered a potential new row with Europe on Sunday by claiming that “a wave of Islamisation” was sweeping the continent… …“Western Europe is undergoing a wave of Islamisation, of anti-Semitism, and of anti-Zionism. It is awash in such waves, and we want to ensure that for years to come the state of Israel will have diverse markets all over the world.”

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France’s Moment of Truth :: Gurfinkiel in PJ Media

by Michel Gurfinkiel
PJ Media
January 16, 2015

Brushing Aside Media Criticism, Egypt’s Sisi Preaches Tolerance :: Ibrahim in PJ Media

by Raymond Ibrahim
PJ Media
January 13, 2015

Ankara Mayor: Israel to Blame for Charlie Hebdo Attack :: Bekdil in Hürriyet Daily News

by Burak Bekdil
Hürriyet Daily News
January 16, 2015

“In Defense of Europe’s So-called Far Right” – Pipes in NRO, #1384

by Daniel Pipes
The Washington Times
January 19, 2015

Obama Sides With Muslim Brotherhood Over Al-Sisi In Islam Debate, Insists Islam Is ‘Religion Of Peace’

Obama has sided with traditionalist Islamic groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood over modernizers such as Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

The current Obama administration policy uses Brotherhood-aligned groups in the United States to re-educate potential jihadis.

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Phil Robertson: We Lost Jesus As A Nation

“No Jesus with Hitler, with the Nazis. No Jesus. They wanted to dominate the world and they were famous for murder. The Shintoists came along. No Jesus there, Sean. They were famous for murder. They wanted to conquer the world. Look at the blood that was spilled with those two. Then comes Communism. No Jesus with them either and they wanted to conquer the world and they slaughtered millions. So you have murder, murder, murder.”

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22 Islamic Terrorist Camps Located In US

According to the FBI, there are at least 22 Islamic paramilitary communes in the US. These communes are operated by the Pakistan-based group Jamaat al-Fuqra and its main US front group, Muslims of the Americas.

Conservative blogger Pamela Geller has been keeping an eye on the camps since 2007.

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Christian Florist Can Lose Personal Assets for Declining Gay Wedding Due to ‘Relationship With Jesus,’ Judge Rules

A florist in Washington State who refused to provide floral arrangements to a gay couple for their same-sex wedding ceremony, due to her religious objection to such a union, can now legally be sued personally by the state’s attorney general’s office, a judge in the state has determined.

Benton County Superior Court Judge Alex Ekstrom ruled last week that the state may bring a consumer protection lawsuit against Barronelle Stutzman, the owner of Arlene’s Flowers

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King’s legacy respected, reinterpreted by new activists

The protest movement that formed after the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, summed up by the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter, includes a new generation of young civil rights activists. (Hampson, USA Today)

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Half global wealth held by the 1%

Oxfam warns of widening inequality gap, days ahead of Davos economic summit in Switzerland. Billionaires and politicians gathering in Switzerland this week will come under pressure to tackle rising inequality after a study found that – on current trends – by next year, 1% of the world’s population will own more wealth than the other 99%. Ahead of this week’s annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in the ski resort of Davos, the anti-poverty charity Oxfam said it would use its high-profile role at the gathering to demand urgent action to narrow the gap between rich and poor.

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Obamacare penalty may come as shock at tax time

Those Americans who didn’t get health insurance last year could be in for a rude awakening when the IRS asks them to fork over their Obamacare penalty — and it could be a lot more than the $95 many of them may be expecting.

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As It Was in the Days of Noah

Jan Markell’s first guest is Christian economist John Terry. They consider the economy in the new year and how you can plan and prepare. Then Jan interviews author Jeff Kinley about his book, “As It Was in the Days of Noah: Warnings From Bible Prophecy About the Coming Global Storm.” Find the excellent resource here. This is an hour that will help you better understand some of the perils ahead. We use the mobile app found on the Home page of http://www.oneplace.com.

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Anti-Israel Radicals, Evangelical-Style

When one considers that Rick Warren, Bill Hybels, Bob Roberts Jr., Shane Claiborne and Ed Stetzer are helping to mainstream rapprochement with Islam (my view of the situation), it follows that those they mentor are doing likewise. This includes a new phenomenon: embracing the Palestinian narrative, which is a story concocted largely by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).

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The Point of No Return for Islamic Violence

There would be far less bloodshed if our leaders read and understood the Bible. In Genesis, we are told that there is a spiritual conflict between Abraham’s two sons. Isaac would be the son of the promise and Ishmael would be cursed as a “wild ass” of a man with his hand against every man and every man’s hand against him (Genesis 16:12).

I think it’s clear to the vast majority of people that the children of Ishmael are the world’s worst trouble makers, but political correctness stands in the way of corrective action. Because Islam is so clearly satanically driven, I think that beyond this point—we are inevitably headed toward the Tribulation judgment.

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On the Witchcraft Trials

by Bill Muehlenberg

A common tactic of critics of Christianity (be they atheists or Muslims or whoever) is to drag up various episodes from the past and claim that Christianity is just as bloody a religion as any other. So if you are pointing out the bloody history of political atheism, or Islam, they will think they can silence you by mentioning the crusades, and so on.

One of the areas they will mention are the witchcraft trials, especially in Salem at the end of the 1600s. They will say: “See, your religion is evil and violent and must be rejected as a result”. But as with all such objections, the charges being thrown around are often quite different from what we find in reality.

Thus a number of considerations need to be kept in mind as we discuss this issue. The critics really need to be challenged here, and not allowed to get away with reckless accusations, many of which just do not hold water. So let me deal with a few important considerations here.

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Equipping Eve: What Happens When We See Beth Moore Teach the Bible

Dreams, visions, voices—are these the best ingredients for biblically sound teaching? A recent Christianity Today article upholds Beth Moore as a favorable example of a female Bible teacher. This leads us to ask in this latest episode of Equipping Eve: What happens when we see Beth Moore teach the Bible?

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Apologists, Christian Bookstores, and “The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven”

by Austin Gravley

This week was a bad week for fans of the book The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven. Alex Malarkey, son of author Kevin Malarkey, issued a brief but brutal retraction of the events that took place in The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven, a book which has sold very well along with other […]

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WVW-TV Presents: Islamic Lies About The Bible & The Quran with Usama Dakdok

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January 18, 2015

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The Danger of Experientializing and Individualizing The Scripture with Justin Peters

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January 18, 2015

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It Is a Hurrying, Bustling Age

The best writing is writing that transcends times and ages. This morning I found myself reading some brief thoughts from J.C. Ryle on the importance of self-examination, and though his words were written in the late nineteenth century, they are perfectly appropriate to our day. They offer an important challenge.

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The Supreme Court and Same-Sex Marriage: Why This Matters for the Church

If the Court finds a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, we will have a generation of confusion about what marriage is, and why it matters. Beyond that, we have already seen that the Sexual Revolution isn’t content to move forward into bedrooms and dinner tables. The Sexual Revolution wants to silence dissent. The religious liberty concerns we are grappling with already will only accelerate.

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Be a Berean, not a Bobblehead

After listening to comments from people who were older than me and who I considered more spiritual, I caved. It wasn’t a conscious, “They are saying XYZ and I think they are wrong, but I will say XYZ too so they will still like me.” It was much more subtle. “It must be just me. The speaker must have some deeper knowledge of the Bible that I completely missed on a plain reading of the text. I’m just an ordinary believer. Everyone else is more spiritual. They know better than I do. I will trust their better judgment and let go of my misgivings.”

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Tyndale Pulls Book, But Should Repent Along With the Church

I know it’s difficult to warn people against such books with horrendous theology. They don’t like it. To try and warn someone against something like Jesus Calling insults the ones who read it because they have deemed it right in their own eyes. But we still must try. The general population of the church is not discerning. It’s a sad reality and lands back on leadership’s lap. They don’t know that such books are not worth the paper they are printed upon, theologically and spiritually speaking.

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Why Does The Mainstream Media Call Muhammad ‘The Prophet’?

I’m sure many American journalists are Christians, but when reporting a story that involved Jesus Christ it wouldn’t be proper to refer to him as “Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,” or “Jesus Christ, the Messiah.” Surely when an American journalist reports on cartoon images of “the Prophet Muhammad” he is not proclaiming his belief that Muhammad was, in fact, a prophet. So why do they do it?

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7 Things to Remember Before You Quit a Pastorate

When is it time for a man to seek a new call to a new congregation of God’s people? That is not an easy question to answer. There are many factors that need to be considered prayerfully and patiently while seeking much godly and wise counsel. When we find ourselves in the mire of the trenches or on the front line of the battlefield of pastoral ministry, quitting is usually never the answer. May the Lord give everyone of His servants the grace to remember the things above and trust that He is the all wise and sovereign God who has us right where He wants us.

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Here’s The Faith In The ‘American Sniper’ You Won’t See In The Film

As a Navy SEAL, Kyle reportedly recorded 160 kill shots during his four tours in Iraq. His story drew national attention after the release of his 2012 autobiography “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History,” which enjoyed a 37-week run on The New York Times’ best-seller list. The Clint Eastwood-directed biopic starring Bradley Cooper debuted with a limited release on Christmas Day, the same day “Unbroken” opened nationwide.

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The Most Disturbing Trend Happening in Your Church in 2015

“Jesus gave the command that ought to characterize everything the church does. This is her mission. Everything the church does is to promote people coming to know Christ and grow in him. As a result, the church must be intentionally involved in evangelism….The church also must be a training church. People need to grow in their understanding and application of biblical truth. This comes in many shapes and sizes from preaching to classes to community (fellowship); but it must be there.”

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Christian Pietism and the Death of the West

Christian Piety is rooted in the fear of God from the heart, and a commitment to the expansion of God’s Kingdom on earth though evangelism and discipleship. The Kingdom of God is the arena wherever God rules, whether it is in the church, in the family, in the board room, or in the town hall. On the other hand, Christian Pietism restricts God’s rule to the heart.

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If the Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage In 2015, How Will Evangelicals Respond?

“Evangelicals are, by definition, defined around the Bible and the gospel,” Moore said. “The Scriptures are clear on what marriage is, and clear on the sin of sexual expression outside of the marriage covenant of a man and woman.” If the court were to “redefine marriage,” Moore said Christians should “be ready to offer an alternative vision of marriage and family” that doesn’t include same-sex unions.

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A Teacher’s Guide To Discussing Religion In The Classroom

I am not arguing for advocating religion in public schools. In fact, I think some of the importance of fostering discussion of religion in schools is to help students understand its flaws as well as its beauty. I am, however, a believer in good teaching and in giving students the tools and opportunities to think deeply about important questions. Too often the notion of “Separation of Church and State” is used to erect unnecessary walls between fellow citizens. Public school teachers have the power to tear down these walls and to use religious topics to help us better understand ourselves and each other.

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Department of Education: Title IX Applies to Transgender Students

The 34-page memo applies to federally funded schools and extends Title IX gender discrimination protection to transgender students. It requires transgender students to be treated according to their proclaimed gender identity “in all aspects of the planning, implementation, enrollment, operation, and evaluation of single-sex classes.”

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Are Evangelicals Modern-Day Pharisees?

“We believe ourselves exempt from the lessons of Jesus’ scathing attacks on religious phonies because we view our faith through a self-righteous lens. Jesus’ insight on the subject applies to others but not us, we tell ourselves. Our faith is beyond reproach. Such dismissive treatment of Jesus’ words, however, proves how much we resemble the Pharisees. We disregard this likeness at our own peril.”

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Private Acts and Public Interests

There are real and substantial human and personal interests competing with “freedom of expression” when it comes to the question of art and pornography. If we, as a society, are to decide against these interests, we should face up to what we are prepared to sacrifice, particularly when it comes to the well-being of children. And if judges are to impose a decision against these interests, they should provide a legal and moral justification for doing so. It will not suffice to appeal to “established constitutional principles.” The truth is that so-called established constitutional principles on free speech and pornography are, at best, weakly justified in the cases.

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It Is Time To Get Real: Islam Begets Terrorism

by Bill Muehlenberg

Which is worse: Muslims who take their faith seriously, or Western media dunces who keep making excuses for their devout faith? Every day we hear about more terror attacks committed by Muslims acting in the name of their Islamic faith, and every day we find clueless wonders in the West trying to make excuses for their actions.

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Eight Reasons Why Some Full-time Pastors and Staff Should Go Bivocational

Some of you reading this post may need to get a new job. At least you may need to get an additional job.

Without a doubt, many churches will always need full-time vocational pastors and church staff. I am not suggesting all of you, even the majority of you, should go bivocational. But I do believe more of you should consider this path. Allow me to offer eight reasons why:

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What Happens When We See Beth Moore Teach The Bible?

living-proof-with-beth-moore-260x195-v4Dreams, visions, voices – are these the best ingredients for biblically sound teaching? A recent Christianity Today article upholds Beth Moore as a favorable example of a female Bible teacher. This leads us to ask in this latest episode of Equipping Eve: What happens when we see Beth Moore teach the Bible? Read more

I avidly used to watch Joel Osteen every week


This is a testimony to the faithfulness of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said He would keep and protect His sheep, and He has done so with me.

He imparts spiritual life to the person who has faith in Jesus (2 Timothy 3:5; Ephesians 2:1; I John 5:11-12). He is the very Spirit of Truth,

that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you. (John 14:17)

The Holy Spirit teaches us, and He has taught me faithfully since the moment of my conversion.

“These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.” (John 14:25-26).

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Will He Find Faith On The Earth?

The Persistent Widow

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

I’ve studied what the Bible says about healing for years and years, and two things remain clear to me.  One is that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).   Another is He said anyone with faith in Him would do the things He did (John 14:12).  But the results we’re experiencing in much of the Western Church today are far different from those attributed to Him in the Bible.  A logical mind can only conclude that something has changed.  Since it can’t be Him, that leaves only us.

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UCLA Now Broadcasting Muslim Call To Prayer On Campus (VIDEO)

Spiritual darkness now settling in over America’s college campuses

“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” Ephesian 5:11 (KJV)

Just a few days ago, NTEB was one of the very first outlets to expose the plans for forced broadcasting of the azan, or the Muslim call to prayer, on the campus of Duke University. A justifiable outcry compelled Duke to cancel those plans, but today is has come to light that UCLA in California has been doing just that for quite sometime.

This video was taken in front of the student activities center on the north side of the UCLA campus near the athletic field off Sunset Boulevard. Friday’s Islamic call to prayer. Non-Muslim students are forced to participate, while the following words are sung:

Allahu Akbar
God is Great
(said four times)

Ashhadu an la ilaha illa Allah
I bear witness that there is no god except the One God.
(said two times)

Ashadu anna Muhammadan Rasool Allah
I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of God.
(said two times)

ayya ‘ala-s-Salah
Hurry to the prayer (Rise up for prayer)
(said two times)

Hayya ‘ala-l-Falah
Hurry to success (Rise up for Salvation)
(said two times)

Allahu Akbar
God is Great
[said two times]

La ilaha illa Allah
There is no god except the One God

For the pre-dawn (fajr) prayer, the following phrase is inserted after the fifth part above, towards the end:

As-salatu Khayrun Minan-nawm
Prayer is better than sleep
(said two times)


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The Daniel Plan Marketing Scheme For Gullible Christians – Part 3

by NTEB Health and Wellness Editor Stephanie A. Buist, ND HC

Daniel’s actual plan in the bible had very little to do with fasting and everything to do with being obedient to God

EDITOR’S NOTE: The bible commands Christians to “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” in 2 Timothy 2:15. If more Christians did that, they would not be fooled by unbiblical marketing schemes like the Daniel Plan.

I am going to take a time out from the commentary on the Five Habits of Healthy People sermon, by Rick Warren in his Daniel Plan launch, to go over some important biblical truths about the real Daniel story.  My hope is that if you see what the real story was, it will give a clearer picture of the concern I have over this plan.  Please understand I am not against fasting.  But the Daniel story is not about fasting at all.  So lets begin.


The story of Daniel and King Nebuchadnezzar is shared with us in Daniel 1:1-21.  I have pulled out the key scriptures of the story for ease of evaluation (full story linked above).  Daniel was a Jew who had been taken into Babylon.  What do we know about the Jews?  They have very specific dietary laws.  It was not permissible for them to eat anything they pleased.  If it was an animal not only did it have to be killed in a specific way but it also had to be prepared in a specific way.  Nebuchadnezzar was the King over all of the Babylonian Empire and did not have any of these restrictions.

First we read that the King decides that he is going to share his meat and wine with the children of Israel who were under his care.  This meat would have been offered up to idols as was common in the Babylonian culture.  Jews were specifically forbidden to have anything to do with things offered to idols.  So Daniel decided to honor God and refuse the Kings food.

Daniel 1: 5 (KJV)  “And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king’s meat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king.”

Daniel 1:8 (KJV)  “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.”

He then proposes to Melzar to allow them to eat pulse for 10 days.  What is Pulse?  According to the Bible dictionary it is described as:  PULSE, n. L. pulsus, beaten out, as seeds; Heb. a bean, to separate.Leguminous plants or their seeds; the plants whose pericarp is a legume or pod, as beans, peas,

Another states it is :  “herbs,” vegetable food in general.”

Daniel 1:11-16 (KJV)   “Then said Daniel to Melzar, whom the prince of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah,  Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink. Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenance of the children that eat of the portion of the king’s meat: and as thou seest, deal with thy servants. So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten days.  And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king’s meat.  Thus Melzar took away the portion of their meat, and the wine that they should drink; and gave them pulse.

Daniel 18-19 (KJV)   “Now at the end of the days that the king had said he should bring them in, then the prince of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar. And the king communed with them; and among them all was found none like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: therefore stood they before the king.”

To recap, Daniel and the others refused to eat the kings meat and wine offered up to idols.  Instead he ate pulse which is beans, seeds and vegetables along with drinking water.  After 10 days they appeared before the king.  At the end of the 10 days their countenances (facial expressions) looked fairer along with being fatter in the flesh.  Does that sound like Rick Warren’s Daniel Plan?

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Headlines of Interest

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Marsha West – Be Skeptical of Dr. Oz’s Remedies and Rick Warren’s “Plans”

Pope Says Man Betrays God by Destroying the Environment

St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese files for bankruptcy over abuse claims

How Evangelicals Are Changing Their Minds on Gay Marriage


The Evangelical Industrial Complex – here’s why ‘Christian’ publishers and retailers promote celebrity false teachers

Writing early in 2012, Skye Jethani sought to account for the rise of celebrity pastors and described what he termed the Evangelical Industrial Complex. His thesis rings true, and explains why the billion-dollar financial imperative faced by ‘Christian’ publishers leads to a self-perpetuating cycle where they promote – and then become dependent upon – megachurch pastors and other celebrities whose doctrine is often less than entirely sound. This behaviour is readily understandable from a business perspective, but is utterly tragic and reprehensible when one considers that souls are at stake.

Jethani’s full article is well worth reading, but here is its central argument:

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Sleeping in The New Jerusalem


Q. My question has to do with Christ being the light and we will have no need for the sun to light our way in the New Jerusalem. I always thought that the Bible says that we will  always have the seasons and night and day. Does this pertain only to the earth and not to The New Jerusalem and mean that we will not sleep like we do during our night now?

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Angry With God For 40 Years


Q. My sister lost a baby girl through crib death over forty years ago, and still the pain persists. She has often asked me why God took her daughter. I have to admit that I don’t know, even though I know my niece is with our Father in Heaven. For all these years, my sister has been very angry with God about this. How do I answer her question without getting into an argument?

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My Husband Hates Religion


Q. I am married to a man who, although he believes in Jesus, cannot stand anything to do with organized religion, including even the idea of Church because of the problems that it has caused in the world. He frequently says “All in the name of religion”. How can I help him to separate our God from the hatred, war, hypocrisy, money grubbing nature of organized religion today? And I guess really, I ask for me too, since I agree with him. I guess in a way I worry that if we do decide to have kids that there may be some issues in how to raise them. I want my kids to have all the exposure to Jesus and Christianity that I had.

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What Was God Doing?


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Problems For Pre Tribbers?


Q.  I  have a question about 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.  It seems to me this is a problem for the pre-trib rapture.  Paul states “we who are alive and remain until the coming of the LORD shall not proceed those who have fallen asleep…”  In other words, believers are on the earth just before the resurrection of the saved, which clearly occurs after the tribulation, then after they are raised (on the last day as JESUS stated several times in John 6) we who are alive and remain will be caught up with them…”  Paul includes himself in a group that remains until the resurrection of the saved, so they have come through the tribulation.  This is a major problem for me.  How do you explain it?

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Catholic And Baptist


Q.  I was brought up with Roman Catholic faith but started going to a Baptist church and became born again. At the same time (of being born again) I met a guy – a Catholic & very much into his faith. We are very much in love and want to get married but have a serious obstacle which is faith & ways of worship.

I don’t know what to do! I’ve been praying about it & doing a lot of research, sharing it with him to show him why I believe what I do, but so far it’s all pointless! I need your prayers (for I know you are a brother in Christ) as well as encouragement or tips on the major issues of difference between the 2 sects. To tell you the truth I feel sick and tired of all the major sects and the way Christ has been divided.

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Our Time is Short

Read: Recommitting Your Life To God and Jesus Christ – Restoration and Forgiveness With God and Jesus Christ (Updated Version)

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NTEB: Pope Francis Unable To Answer Little Girl’s Question About Sin

Pope Francis, if you are reading this, here is that answer you said was unknowable

“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3 (KJV)

He is called the “vicar of Christ”, and he rules over the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics. The Vatican says that when he speaks on his throne, Ex Cathedra, that the words coming out of his mouth are infallible, as if God Himself was speaking. On his recent trip in Manila, a little girl asked the Pope a pretty simple question.


Glyzelle Palomar wept as she asked the Pope: “Many children get involved in drugs and prostitution. Why does God allow these things to happen to us? The children are not guilty of anything.”

The pontiff, cementing his reputation as a champion of the poor and oppressed, took the 12-year-old in his arms to comfort her. He was so touched by the girl’s appeal that he abandoned his pre-prepared speech in English and instead responded to the child in Spanish, his native language.

Visibly moved, the Pope said: “She is the only one who has put forward a question for which there is no answer and she was not even able to express it in words but rather in tears.”

The question that the little girl asked the Pope was indeed poignant, but there is an answer to it. A frighteningly simple answer actually. But you would only know that answer if you read and believed what is written in the pages of the bible.

Pope Francis, if you are reading this, here is that answer you said was unknowable. The reason why “many children get involved in drugs and prostitution” is because our first parents, Adam and Eve, sinned and brought down a curse both on the human race and the physical earth. All of us have been created, not in God’s image, but in fallen Adam’s image as we read in Genesis 5:3″

“And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:” Genesis 5:3 (KJV)

Why do we sin? Because we are sinners, created in the image of a fallen sinner, Adam. This is why, Pope Francis, that Jesus tells us in John 3 that our first birth is bad, and we need a “new birth”, we need to become born again:

“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3 (KJV)

Why didn’t you tell the little girl that simple, bible truth, Pope Francis? Her yearning soul was crying out for truth from God’s word, and instead  you told her that here question was “unable to be answered”. Do you not know the bible? And if you know it, do you not believe it? Or did you not tell her because the bible flies in the face of Roman Catholic teachings?

Salvation lies not in the drinking of wine and the eating a wafer, salvation is in a person, the man Christ Jesus. You are derelict in your duty to preach and teach the word, Pope Francis, and you will be called into account for that one day. For it is written…

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The Cripplegate: The high cost of free speech: Charlie Hebdo and Christianity

Voltaire on free speechMy American friends who were born into a bastion of free speech sometimes take their First Amendment privilege for granted. But I was raised in South Africa under the Apartheid regime. We were taught brainwashed that freedom of speech was a destabilizing ideology held by Liberals, Communists (ironic!), and terrorists (more ironic in the shadow of the attacks on a French satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo). Banned books, censorship, and a regulated media were commonplace and seemed normal and necessary in order to provide order in our society.

“Yikes,” you say, “Orwell much?” But this was all we knew. We lived in the nescient pre-Internet world where information came from regulated news stations and government libraries.

Thankfully, under our new and improved constitution (est. 1996) freedom of expression and a free press are rights that have been granted and protected in perpetuity. But this newfound freedom ushered in a fresh set of ethical conundrums.

Should I, as a Christian, be politically in favor of the right Muslims have to denounce my faith? Am I to joyfully accept that public schools present teaching on various world religions to my children? May I justifiably be upset when a satirical cartoonist or movie maker ridicules Jesus?

The guideline I have used in my thinking on these issues is concurrently comforting and disconcerting: the law that allows others to decry my faith is the same law that protects my right to defend, explain, and proclaim my faith vociferously.

"100 lashes if you don't die laughing"

So, yes I would favor a law that gave unbelievers the right to denounce my beliefs; because that same ideal means I may expose theirs as false. I might prickle that someone ridicules Jesus, but I cherish the right they have to do so, because it means I can decry their attack and stage a defence. And it is the same law that provides both those freedoms.

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John Calvin on the Fourth Commandment: God Does Not Treat Us Harshly Nor Excessively Crowd Us

The Reformed Reader

In his second of two sermons on the fourth commandment (preached from Deuteronomy 5:13-15), John Calvin responds to those who suggest that we are commanded to work six entire days each week (i.e., we are not allowed to work 5 days of 8 hours each, or 4 days of 10 hours each, etc.) when the fourth commandment says “Six days you shalt labor and do all your work.” But what is more, Calvin uses this opportunity to give a firm but loving exhortation to those of us who feel tempted to fill up the festive day of rest with any activity (whether unnecessary work or unworshipful relaxation) that would detract from filling our thoughts and actions with the worship of the Triune God:

And when he says, “Thou shalt work six days,” our Lord shows us that we must not begrudge giving and dedicating one specific day to him, seeing…

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A simple case for the pro-life position by Scott Klusendorf


Are you able to make a basic case for the pro-life view?

Here’s a short 38-lecture by Scott Klusendorf, president of the Life Training Institute.

This is a long treatment that talks about the challenge of moral relativism and the case for the pro-life view. He does show a clip of abortion in the video to the audience.

There’s also a 35-minute audio recording of Scott on the LTI web site. (H/T Apologetics 315) You can put that on your podcast player and listen to it. Listen to it a lot and soon you’ll sound like Scott.

Scott also has an article posted on the LTI web site for those who don’t have time for the video or the audio.

In the article makes three points:

  1. Clarify the issue
  2. Defend your pro-life position with science and philosophy
  3. Challenge your listeners to be intellectually honest

Here’s the second point:

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The World’s Abortion Laws 2014 Infographic

Never make peace with death

This is among the saddest things I’ve seen in my life:


Sixty-one nations—including Australia, Canada, and the United States—have no no restrictions on abortion.


Meaning, simply, nearly 40 percent of the world’s population can have an abortion at any time, for any reason. And it’s most likley paid for by your tax dollars.

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Sola Sisters: Does the Root Word of “Pharmaceutical” (Pharmakeia/φαρμακεία) Mean That Pharmaceutical Drugs Are Rooted In the Occult/Sorcery?

Posted by Christine Pack

One claim I am seeing more and more among Christians is that pharmaceutical drugs have their roots in the occult, because of the root word (φαρμακεία) from which the words pharmaceutical/pharmacy are derived.

With this in mind, I would like to exhort my brothers and sisters in Christ to think on this prayerfully, with Bible in hand, and with a clear mind. The word pharmakeia (φαρμακεία) in the Bible has to do with practices that God detests in which divination and contact with evil spirits are used (sorcery). That is not how pharmaceutical drugs of today are created. Drugs today are created using the scientific process of formulating an hypothesis, double-blind randomized testing, long-term human trials, etc., in order to isolate a healing mechanism. Once a healing mechanism is located, the product is then categorized as a drug of some kind. Please note: this is all done with the brain, and not through the mystical means of obtaining data from the spirit world whereby the brain is bypassed (the biblical understanding of “sorcery”).

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More Mennonite Yoga


The Mennonite is the publication of Mennonite Church USA. Several months ago they published an article called Learning to love our bodies. The following is an excerpt from this article that begins with the question: “How is it possible that we in the church, which claims that Jesus is the center of our faith, don’t love our bodies and love being human?”

Loving our bodies is not some new age or heretical concept; it is at the heart of the gospel…
One way to do this is through the ancient practice of yoga. We may not think of yoga as a way to practice Christian theology. In fact, friends who are yoga teachers often talk about concerns they hear from people in classes that yoga violates their Christian beliefs.
There is an irony that our church, with the foundational doctrine of the Incarnation, doesn’t have a practice for us…

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