Daily Archives: June 26, 2015

June 26, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily News/Commentary Collection

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Jun. 26, 2015

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Same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry nationwide, the U.S. Supreme Court said in a historic ruling that caps the biggest civil rights transformation in a half-century. Voting 5-4, the justices said states lack any legitimate reason to deprive gay couples of the freedom to marry. Justice Anthony Kennedy joined the court’s four Democratic appointees in the majority, bringing gay weddings to the 14 states where they were still banned.

Gunmen opened fire on tourists lounging on a beach in the Tunisian seaside resort of Sousse, killing at least 27. One militant was killed while another fled and is being pursued by security forces.

One person was decapitated and two others were injured in a terrorist attack on an Air Products & Chemicals Inc. gas plant near Lyon in southeastern France. The attack was perpetrated by one or two people and France has stepped up the protection of its chemical sites.

After the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 to reject an existential challenge to Obamacare on Thursday, conservatives took direct aim at the author of the decision: their one-time hero Chief Justice John Roberts.

The U.S. House on Thursday put off a potential vote on a resolution to remove the Mississippi state flag from its side of the Capitol and House office buildings.

Greece’s creditors offered to unlock aid of as much as $17.3 billion for the indebted country, as Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras lamented the tough conditions demanded in return for the deal.

Official data from the Bank of Greece today showed deposits fell €3.8 billion to €129.9 billion at the end of last month, marking a 21 percent plunge since November.

Hillary Clinton didn’t turn over to the U.S. State Department all the work-related e-mail from her personal account relating to Libya and Benghazi, as she had previously said she had. Nine e-mails and parts of six others couldn’t be found among documents Clinton provided in response to a request from the State Department, the agency said.

Boeing Co. Chief Executive Officer James McNerney could pocket at least $3.9 million in pension benefits annually for 15 years after he retires in 2016.

Russia’s state space agency chief is shooting for the Moon, three years after a predecessor warned that the country was on the verge of losing its competitiveness in the industry. A manned lunar mission in 2029-2030 is Russia’s priority, while there are no “current stage” plans for a journey to Mars.

AP Top Stories

At least 120 civilians have been killed by the Islamic State group since it entered the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane just over 24 hours ago, a monitoring group said Friday.

An Emirates A380 plane with more than 500 people on board made an emergency landing in Sri Lanka on Friday after pilots detected smoke in the cockpit, aviation officials said.

An Oregon man was arrested on suspicion of aggravated murder after police found two bodies, believed to be those of his parents, in a freezer in the home where the family lived.

A fire that engulfed a church with a primarily African-American congregation in Charlotte, North Carolina early on Wednesday morning has been ruled as arson, fire officials said.

Two San Diego firefighters were hospitalized with multiple stab wounds but one of them was expected to go home late Thursday night, a day after a bystander attacked them as they were helping a drunken man on a packed trolley platform.

The US Healthy Swimming Program says that when your eyes go red and stingy in the pool it’s caused by a chemical reaction between chlorine and urine.

U.S. consumer sentiment jumped in June, according to a survey released on Friday. The University of Michigan’s final June reading on the overall index on consumer sentiment came in at 96.1, up sharply from 90.7 in May. It was higher than the survey’s preliminary reading of 94.6.

BBC

A rare meeting between two self-driving cars resulted in one taking evasive action, Reuters reported. The robot cars, one made by Delphi Automotive and one by Google, met on a Californian road in Palo Alto. The Google car pulled in front of the Delphi vehicle making it abandon a planned lane change.

President Obama is to deliver a eulogy in Charleston for his friend, the Reverend Clementa Pinckney, who was shot dead with eight others last week.

An Islamic court has sentenced nine people to death for insulting the Prophet Muhammad in the northern Nigerian city of Kano.

EU leaders holding late-night talks in Brussels have agreed to relocate tens of thousands of migrants who have arrived in Italy and Greece. Summit chairman Donald Tusk said 40,000 would be relocated to other EU states over the next two years.

WND

Five members of the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday opined that the 14th Amendment requires states to license same-sex “marriages” and to recognize those arrangements from other states, overturning a lower court ruling that said states’ citizens could define marriage for themselves.

Obama administration is changing federal policy to allow the families of American hostages to negotiate ransom payments with the abductors, but a former high-ranking Air Force officer says that’s a recipe for many more Americans to get kidnapped.

The National Park Service moved to stop sales of the Confederate flag in federal parks.


 

Top News 6/26/2015

Supreme Court extends gay marriage nationwide
The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States, a historic culmination of two decades of litigation over gay marriage and gay rights generally. Gay and lesbian couples already could marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court’s 5-4 ruling means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage.

California wildfires force residents from homes in two towns
The fire in the mountains of San Bernardino County east of Los Angeles was among scores of wildfires raging along the U.S. West Coast, from Alaska through California, in areas hit by drought and suffering record-low snowpack.

Gigantic Black Hole Wakes Up After 26-Year Sleep
A supermassive black hole that was dormant for 26 years has once again begun devouring material from other the star in its binary system, according to the European Space Agency (ESA).

Hidden camera: ‘Gays’ admit they’re not ‘born that way’
Many of the “gays” he interviewed, he says, not only were molested in their youth but went on to become molesters themselves.

Muslim Terrorist Beheads Man in France Attack
A Muslim terrorist attacked a gas factory in eastern France on Friday, pinning a decapitated head to the gates and wounding at least two others with explosive devices before being arrested.

Vatican Signs Historic First Accord with ‘Palestine’
The Vatican on Friday signed an historic first accord with “Palestine,” two years after officially recognizing the Palestinian Authority (PA) as a state. The accord, a treaty covering the life and activity of the Church in Judea and Samaria, was the first since the Vatican made the controversial step of recognition in February 2013. Signing international treaties unilaterally is a breach of the 1993 Oslo Accords which created the PA.

Earth’s weakening ‘magnetic shield’ could see life WIPED OUT as skin cancer levels soar
Researchers have warned if it weakens further or were completely eroded away, radiation levels reaching our planet’s surface would double – leading to a huge spike in deaths from skin cancer.

Indonesian volcano spews towering gas cloud
Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung spewed searing ash and gas 4 kilometres into the sky Thursday, officials said, as the number of people displaced by the latest round of eruptions exceeded 10,000.

Mexico Earthquake 2015 Today: Terremoto Hits Oaxaca
USGS indicates to news that a 5.0 magnitude Mexico earthquake today struck just after 3:32 am PST. The quake was shallow. Reps tell news that it started roughly 33 miles below ground level. As a result the quake could be felt across the region. The quake was 9 miles north of Santa Maria Zacatepec. It was 39 miles east of Ometepec. And it began about two hundred miles south of Mexico City.

CHANCE OF FLARES
Active sunspot AR2371 is decaying, but it still poses a threat for geoeffective explosions. The sunspot’s unstable ‘beta-gamma’ magnetic field has erupted at least once a day for the past week. NOAA forecasters estimate a 60% chance of M-class flares and a 20% chance of X-flares on June 26th.

FBI Rounding Up Islamic State Suspects
The FBI has been rounding up more potential “lone wolf” terrorists…in response to the perception of a mounting threat of domestic attacks inspired by the Islamic State. Since the thwarted attack on a “Draw Muhammad” conference in Garland, Texas, on May 3, the Justice Department has announced the arrests of 10 individuals it says were inspired by and supporting the Islamic State.

US says Iran nuclear deal deadline may ‘slip’
High-stakes talks to nail down a historic deal with Iran to curtail its nuclear programme may “slip” past a June 30 deadline, a top US official admitted Thursday ahead of crunch weekend negotiations in Vienna. “We may not make June 30, but we will be close,” the senior official told reporters as top US diplomat John Kerry prepared to head Friday for what could be the last talks between Iran and global powers on the deal.

Dartmoor ewe slaughtered in ‘Satanic ritual’
A rare-breed sheep has been slaughtered on Dartmoor in a Satanic ritual to mark the midsummer solstice. … The corpse had been dragged around to leave an intricate bloody spiral on the grass in the remote Teign Valley on Dartmoor in Devon. The farmer says it the latest in a line of attacks by devil worshippers across Devon and Cornwall – mostly carried out on lonely moors at night.

Obamacare subsidies preserved in US Supreme Court ruling
The US Supreme Court has upheld a key portion of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, preserving health insurance for millions of Americans. In a 6-3 decision, the justices said that tax subsidies that make health insurance affordable for low-income individuals can continue. The ruling preserves the law known as Obamacare, which Mr Obama considers a major part of his presidential legacy.

Explosion hits Shia mosque in Kuwait
An explosion has hit a Shia mosque in the Kuwaiti capital, with casualties reported. The blast hit the Imam Sadiq Mosque, in a busy district to the east of the city. Reports say it happened around the time of Friday prayers. The number of casualties is not yet known.

France attack: ‘Man decapitated’ near Lyon
A man has been beheaded and at least one other person injured in a suspected Islamist attack on a gas factory near the French city of Lyon. There were several small explosions, possibly caused by gas canisters, at the Air Products factory in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, sources said. A man has been arrested by anti-terror police, officials say.

US spy chief James Clapper says China lead suspect in cyber hack
China is the “leading suspect” in the massive hack of a US government agency holding the personnel records of millions of Americans, US intelligence chief James Clapper has said. He is the highest-ranking US official to publicly implicate Beijing since news of the data breach emerged. China always dismissed suggestions that it was behind the hacking.

Nigeria court in Kano sentences nine people to death for blasphemy
An Islamic court has sentenced nine people to death for insulting the Prophet Mohammad in the northern Nigerian city of Kano. The accused, who were all Muslims, had pleaded guilty, the head of Kano’s religious police, Aminu Ibrahim Daurawa, told the BBC. The trial was speedily done in secret after a section of the court was burnt down by angry protesters last month.

Somalia attack: Al-Shabab ‘kills 30’ at AU military base
At least 30 people have been killed after gunmen attacked an African Union military base in southern Somalia, witnesses say. A suicide car bomber drove into the main gates of the base in Leego, along the main road connecting the capital, Mogadishu and the city of Baidoa. The militant Islamist group al-Shabab says its fighters have taken control of the base but this is not confirmed.

The ‘Marianne’ sets sail for Gaza from Greece with MK Basel Ghattas on board
Several dozen pro-Palestinian activists Friday headed out on the Gaza flotilla including the Joint List MK Basel Ghattas: “We are determined to reach Gaza despite Netanyahu’s threats.” “Hey Gaza, we are on our way,” Ghattas wrote on his Facebook page on Friday morning from abroad the Swedish ship “Marianne.” The ship set sail from Greece despite warnings from the IDF.

Vatican signs first treaty with ‘State of Palestine,’ backs two-state solution
The Vatican signed its first treaty with the “State of Palestine” on Friday, calling for “courageous decisions” to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a two-state solution. Israel expressed disappointment last month at the Vatican’s announcement that it reached the outline of an agreement with the Palestinians and at the Holy See’s use of the term “State of Palestine” for the first time in an official document.

Pakistan heatwave: Death toll over 1,000 in Sindh
The death toll from a heatwave in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province has passed 1,000, reports say. Local media say that at least 950 people have died in Karachi, with tens of thousands being treated for heatstroke and dehydration.

12-year-old black conservative YouTube star dares Obama to sit for an interview.
By now, you’re probably familiar with CJ Pearson. He’s a self-described “conservative activist” from Georgia whose Obama-eviscerating YouTube videos have racked up well over 2 million views. He’s also black. …And he’s 12 Years Old. Just last week, he released a clip attacking the President’s eagerness to exploit tragedy in the service of the left’s long-standing gun control agenda. That video alone has over half a million hits and it’s still trending. Yesterday, he appeared again. This time, he spoke directly to President Obama, and he threw down the gauntlet.

The Hammer and Sickle that hangs over the White House
Surely the biggest news isn’t that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has files obtained by Judicial Watch revealing that the dad, maternal grandpa and father-in-law of President Obama’s trusted senior advisor, Valerie Jarrett, were hardcore Communists under investigation by the U.S.government—but that the FBI is sitting on those files doing diddle-y-squat about them.

Palestine – European Union Risks “Jew-hater” Label
The European Union (EU) runs the risk of being labelled “Jew-hater” – should it proceed with its plans requiring supermarkets and other retailers to label products made by Jews in Judea and Samaria (West Bank) differently from those made by Jews in Israel. No matter what spin the EU uses to justify any such discriminatory labelling—the EU will be seen to be actively supporting the 2005 Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel—whose manifesto states:

SCOTUS grants Obama another gift, ignores the English language to uphold ObamaCare subsidies
And that’s that. Obama, as usual, gets his way. It was predictable, really. Having abandoned the meaning of words within the English language, the Supreme Court is now free to ignore the actual text of laws and pretend things were written that never were.


Top Headlines 6/26/2015

Palestinians submit first case material against Israel to ICC

Israel supporters to rally in Geneva against UNHRC Gaza report

Former Top British Commander Warns UN Gaza War Report Will Embolden Terrorists and Cause More Bloodshed

Liberman Calls for ‘War’ Against ‘Diplomatic Terrorist’ Abbas

Jordanian journalists slam ‘enemy’ Israel for protesting terror praise

Drone from Gaza penetrates into Israeli territory, crashing near border fence

Foreign investment in Israel drops by 50%

Critics say Israel’s Netanyahu has caved to developers in emerging gas deal

Israel Security Cabinet deems gas issue of ‘national security,’ allowing deal to advance

Billions of Dollars of Gold Discovered Under Eilat Mountains to be Used to Rebuild Third Jewish Temple

Turkey confirms negotiations on reconciliation with Israel

‘Iran launched cyberattack on Israel during Protective Edge’

Nearly half of Israelis see Iran deal as existential threat

Netanyahu sends implicit threat to Iran ahead of nuclear deadline

Netanyahu: Iran trying to squeeze more concessions as nuclear deadline looms

US Must Address Israeli Concerns Over Iran Nuclear Deal, Ex-Advisers Tell Obama

Kerry to Zarif: For deal, Iran must give answers on historical nuclear work

Massive US campaign underway to block Iran nuclear deal

US intel chief calls Iran the leading terror sponsor, as nuke talks enter final phase

US ex-officials, experts warn of weak Iran deal

US says Iran nuclear deal deadline may ‘slip’

Iran hardens stance on nuclear deal as deadline nears

Report: Iran to get reactors, nuclear help under proposed deal

Obama and Putin speak over the phone to talk Iran, ISIS

Former PM Ehud Barak: We could defeat ISIS in a matter of two days

Grenoble beheading: Man decapitated at French factory ‘by Isis attacker waving black flag’

FBI Rounding Up Islamic State Suspects

Rights groups blast UNSC response to Syria killings

ISIS militants disguised as Kurdish fighters infiltrate Syrian town

Monitor: At least 35 people killed in Islamic State attack on Syria’s Kobani

One dead in Jordan after stray Syrian bomb hits home

Jewish Agency seeks to streamline Ukraine efforts as immigrants deal with war traumas

Niger: Army kills 15 Boko Haram extremists, after militants kill 5 in village attack

NATO fears return of escalated violence in eastern Ukraine

NATO Commander Says Putin Not Done in Eastern Ukraine

Russia Tested Hypersonic Glide Vehicle in February

China says Philippines, Japan fanning tension ‘deliberately’

China criticizes US rights record as ‘haunted by spreading guns’

China Lashes Out at US Racial Bias in Human Rights Report

The China Bubble Is Going to Burst

Greek crisis stretches into weekend as deadline looms

Greek deal or not, the euro is now a different beast

Asia stocks fall, euro drifts as Greek crisis deepens

Bank of America: The Biggest Risk to Global Stocks Is Exactly the Opposite of What Most People Think it Is

Many big companies live in fear for their future in digital age

Apple’s co-founder: We’re all going to be robots’ pets one day

US seeks to reassure France on spying, Assange urges action

Obama has issued 19 secret directives

Two rival self-driving cars have close call in California

The World Is Going To End In September (Apparently) – Massive comet on a collision course with Earth, say conspiracy theorists

Track Jupiter & Venus Nightly As They Appear To Collide In Vivid Planetary Conjunction July 1

6.0 magnitude earthquake hits near L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Tual, Indonesia

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Ohonua, Tonga

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Dobo, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Lakatoro, Vanuatu

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Samarai, Papua New Guinea

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Santa Maria Zacatepec, Mexico

In 1 Alabama county, 15 earthquakes in less than a year

Icy Earthquakes: Warming Planet Shakes Up Glaciers

Pakistan’s heat wave is so deadly that morgues are overflowing

San Juan Water District Cutting Customers’ Water Pressure To Meet Drought Goals

California wildfires force thousands to evacuate homes

Man Dies After Contracting Rare Bacteria While Swimming in Gulf Coast Beach in Florida

Woman blind after contracting flesh-eating bacteria during mud run

Texans Urged To Wash Produce After Dozens Infected With Cyclospora

Ebola epidemic was disaster for malaria control: study

Death toll in South Korea’s MERS outbreak rises to 31

CDC: More than 1 in 8 Americans infected with HIV don’t know it

Obamacare ruling puts Supreme Court on hot seat in U.S. presidential race

Was Supreme Court Justice John Roberts Blackmailed?

Scalia leads scathing dissent on ObamaCare ruling, dubs law ‘SCOTUScare’

House bill would force the Supreme Court to enroll in ObamaCare

California Assembly approves one of the toughest mandatory vaccination laws in the nation

Doctor Will Kill Healthy 24-Year-Old in Euthanasia Who’s Thought of Suicide Since She Was a Kid

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore: Supreme Court Ruling Could ‘Destroy Our Country’ if Same-Sex Marriage Becomes Law

Trans woman who heckled Obama feels betrayed by the LGBT community

New iPhone app will help conduct the largest LGBT health study ever

Boston Doctor Fired For Telling Truth About Homosexuality

Catholic Church to Welcome Homosexuals at Philadelphia Meeting

Satanic ritual details emerge in gruesome murder of Texas teen

Beyond The Battle Flag: Controversy Over Confederate Symbols Unfurls

T.D. Jakes Executive Leroy Alexander Lowe Arrested For Raping Under Age Girl

US Churches Receive Less Trust Yet More Money Than Ever

Judge Lifts Kansas Ban on Dismemberment Abortions Tearing Babies Limb From Limb

Jewish gay-to-straight conversion therapy group committed consumer fraud, jury finds

Israel Uncooperative After Historic Church in the Holy Land Burned, Vandalized


June 25, 2015
CLIFF KINCAID — The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), treated by the media as an objective source of information on right-wing “hate” groups, sent an email message to its supporters on Monday declaring evidence that the Charleston church shooter was “connected to [a] worldwide white supremacist movement.”… (more)


June 25, 2015
BOB UNRUH — The New Black Panther leader whose party at one point offered a $10,000 reward for George Zimmerman, “dead or alive,” before Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges in Trayvon Martin’s death now is rhapsodizing about the possibility of violence against “slave masters” in connection with the murders of nine people at a church in Charleston, South Carolina…. (more)


June 25, 2015
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby has withheld the autopsy report on Freddie Gray from defense counsel and the public for nearly two months. It is the report on which she relied to file murder and other charges against six police officers, even though the investigation into Mr. Gray’s death was not close to being complete…. (more)

June 25, 2015
THE HILL — Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his allies are charging ahead with their effort to punish conservatives who have been a thorn in leadership’s side – – a purge that is roiling the House GOP conference…. (more)

June 25, 2015
GARTH KANT — In a major and fiery speech on what is wrong with Washington, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas blasted leaders of both parties as corrupted by crony capitalism. “Washington conspires against the American people on a daily basis,” charged the senator, saying it operated just like OPEC and every other cartel…. (more)


June 25, 2015
CHARLES HURT — Behold the smeared, clownish face of politics in America today. A self-absorbed loser whose weak mind has been twisted into a haunted house of pharmacological drugs and psychotic Internet fantasies commits unspeakable crimes against some of the very finest, most loving people you could possibly find in this corrupt world…. (more)

June 24, 2015
NEWSMAX — The race by South Carolina lawmakers in South Carolina and other states to remove the Confederate flag from public display is a misguided attempt to bury the nation’s warts-and-all history, says Alan Keyes, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations…. (more)

June 24, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — Conservative columnist Ann Coulter on Tuesday called the renewed national debate over the Confederate flag “completely moronic” and said it does nothing to address legitimate struggles faced by black Americans…. (more)

June 24, 2015
CLIFF KINCAID — Our pro-cross dressing President apparently doesn’t think people have DNA that makes them male or female. But he has just told an interviewer that white people and others have DNA that makes them racist and that American institutions are racist, too. These claims are described by our media as “bold” rather than bizarre racial slurs…. (more)

June 24, 2015
BOB UNRUH — Legendary conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly is in her 10th decade of life, so she’s seen a little bit of what Washington can do, or has done. But Tuesday’s action takes the cake, she said…. (more)

June 24, 2015
NEWSMAX — Judicial Watch reports it has obtained FBI documents that show family members of top White House adviser Valerie Jarrett were “hardcore Communists” investigated by the government…. (more)


June 24, 2015
NEWSMAX — Conservatives in the United States have more self-control than liberals, according to the results of a new study. The research results appear on the National Academy of Sciences website, and they prove that right-leaning Americans have more willpower than any other political group…. (more)

June 24, 2015
NEWSMAX — Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei restated his country’s red lines for a nuclear deal Tuesday in a dramatic intervention during a meeting with President Hassan Rouhani and top officials…. (more)

June 23, 2015
THE HILL — The Senate on Tuesday voted to advance President Obama’s trade agenda, approving a measure to end debate on fast-track authority. The 60-37 motion sets up a vote on final passage on Wednesday. If the Senate approves fast-track or trade promotion authority (TPA), it would then be sent to Obama’s desk to become law…. (more)


June 23, 2015
BREITBART — The American people do not trust President Obama. And they do not trust Republican leadership in Congress. And the reason is simple: for far too long, politicians in Washington have not told the truth…. (more)

June 23, 2015
WEEKLY STANDARD — Senator Jeff Sessions will release this statement in response to Senate’s vote to advance the fast-track trade bill: “Americans increasingly believe that their country isn’t serving its own citizens… (more)

June 23, 2015
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Dozens of members of the House GOP’s most conservative faction plan to meet Tuesday to discuss ways to counteract the decision of House Speaker John Boehner and other leaders to seek retribution against members who vote against must-pass measures…. (more)

June 23, 2015
THE HILL — President Obama stressed religious tolerance during an Iftar dinner to celebrate the Muslim holiday of Ramadan, linking the murders of nine black Christians in South Carolina with the killings of three Muslims in North Carolina earlier this year…. (more)


June 23, 2015
THE INDEPENDENT — Two children have reportedly been “crucified” by Isis for not fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. The boys, believed to be under the age of 18, were killed in Syria and their bodies displayed with placards hung around their necks announcing their “crime”…. (more)

June 23, 2015
NEWSMAX — Barack Obama’s use of the N-word during an interview about race was done for shock value by a president with a “ghetto mentality,” says Michael Meyers, president of the New York Civil Rights Coalition…. (more)

June 23, 2015
CHERYL CHUMLEY — Michael Oren, the former Israeli ambassador to the United States, said in an interview about his new book, “Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide,” the Obama administration made several mistakes with its public relations with the Jewish nation – – but some were actually intentional…. (more)

June 23, 2015
THE STREAM — St. Francis of Assisi’s hymn Laudato Si’ spoke of “Brothers” Sun and Fire and “Sisters” Moon and Water, using these colorful phrases figuratively, as a way of praising God’s creation. These sentimental words so touched Pope Francis that he named his encyclical after this canticle (repeated in paragraph 87 of the Holy Father’s letter)…. (more)

June 23, 2015
GARTH KANT — A civil war is raging within the Republican Party, pitting House leaders against conservatives. And “fed up” conservatives have now decided to fight back in public. A congressional aide tells WND a group of House conservatives will discuss this week how to proceed, but a few of them have already decided to speak up publicly…. (more)


June 23, 2015
PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY — In his seventh year of “fundamentally transforming the United States of America,” as Barack Obama memorably promised five days before he was elected president, we’re learning new details about thousands of immigrants who were released from custody after being convicted of serious, violent felonies and horrific sex crimes…. (more)

June 23, 2015
GATEWAY PUNDIT — The Iranian parliament voted overwhelmingly to ban nuclear inspections as part of a future deal with world powers…. (more)


The Briefing

1) Supreme Court affirms Obamacare, exposing serious responsibility of interpreting texts

Supreme Court Allows Nationwide Health Care Subsidies, New York Times (Adam Liptak)

The Supreme Court Saves Obamacare, Again, New York Times (Editorial Board)

King et al. v. Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services, et al., Supreme Court

2) Right to die for depressed clear consequence of secular humanist movement in Belgium

The Death Treatment, The New Yorker (Rachel Aviv)

3) International Yoga Day inaugurated in effort to make clear Indian, Hindu roots of Yoga

How far can you stretch?, The Economist

In other news…

Timeline: Same-sex marriage through the years, USA Today (Richard Wolf)

Sex on Campus is Impossible, The Atlantic (Hanna Rosin)

Islamic State attacks Kobane 5 months after ouster; scores reported killed, Washington Post (Liz Sly)

California vaccine bill that bans personal, religious exemptions advances, CNN (Michael Martinez and Amanda Watts)

Weekend deadline for Greece after negotiations draw blank, The Guardian (Ian Traynor, Jennifer Rankin, and Helena Smith)

 


Daily Digest

June 26, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“All know and feel … the sacredness of the connection between husband and wife. All know that the sweetness of social intercourse, the harmony of society, the happiness of families, depend on that mutual partiality which they feel, or that delicate forbearance which they manifest towards each other.” —John Marshall, Sexton v. Wheaton, 1823

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

NPS Removes Battle Flag From Battlefield

The hive mind appears to be taking over. While we can at least understand the push to remove the Confederate flag from the South Carolina state capitol grounds, the rush to jerk it from all store shelves or any public view is astounding. From the “General Lee” of Dukes of Hazzard fame, to Apple pulling Civil War games from the App Store, to the National Cathedral removing stained glass over the mere presence of the Confederate flag, the reaction quickly became absurd. Now, the nation’s first National Military Park, Chickamauga, a park established in 1890 for reconciliation between veterans of the Confederate and Union forces after the War Between the States, has removed Confederate battle flags from its gift shops. Gettysburg has done so as well. Undoubtedly there was a memo from the National Park Service requiring this asinine measure — in order to propagate Obama’s race-bait narrative. It has been said that ignorance is bliss, but the fact is, ignorance is miserable.

Meanwhile, Obama no doubt will be promoting his race bait later today when delivering the eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who, again, supported the flying of the Confederate flag at the SC capitol. If black lives really matter, then why does Obama not deliver eulogies for the other 20 blacks murdered every day on average, most by other blacks? Simple: It doesn’t fit the race-bait narrative.

Finally, of course, the American flag flew over those 13 rebellious states before the Confederate battle flag was ever flown. Better get that American flag down next.

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Clinton Strings Along Investigators With Hidden Emails

We’re still trying to grasp all we don’t know about Hillary Clinton’s cannon of destroyed documentation. On Thursday, the State Department admitted that nine full emails and six partial emails that Clinton lackey Sidney Blumenthal handed over to the Select Committee on Benghazi were not in the reams of printed emails Clinton dumped on the department. Clinton had to have known this. Earlier this year, Clinton said she handed over all the emails regarding her tenure as secretary of state, though she admitted that she destroyed half of her emails because they were “private.” Clinton swears she told the truth, but it was not the whole truth and nothing but the truth about the events leading up to the day when jihadists killed four Americans in Benghazi. “This has implications far beyond Libya, Benghazi and our committee’s work,” Benghazi Committee Chair Trey Gowdy said. “This conclusively shows her email arrangement with herself, which was then vetted by her own lawyers, has resulted in an incomplete public record. … The revelation these messages were not originally produced to the State Department by Clinton is significant and troubling.” The emails show that Clinton was encouraging Blumenthal to send her intelligence reports on Benghazi, despite Clinton’s claim that the reports were unsolicited. So why is the State Department cooperating with the Benghazi investigation now? It’s very possible Hillary, Blumenthal and Co. are contriving these releases as a red herring designed to tie up Republican political capital on an issue that may be a nonstarter. Barack Obama did the same thing with his birth certificate.

House Republicans Mull Impeachment of IRS Head

Last February, Barack Obama glibly claimed there was “not even a smidgen of corruption” at the IRS. A month later, at the height of the scandal over the IRS targeting conservative nonprofits, the agency destroyed 422 backup tapes that might have contained 24,000 of Lois Lerner’s emails. Here’s what the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee learned at their hearing yesterday: Yes, the IRS knew of significant gaps in the public record. Yes, Congress issued a preservation order and a subpoena. But still, records were destroyed. Furthermore, eight days after former chair of the House Ways and Means Committee David Camp sent a letter to the IRS in June 2011 inquiring about the targeting of Tea Party groups, Lerner’s hard drive somehow crashed. Tim Camus, the deputy inspector for investigations, calls the whole email-destroying frenzy an “unbelievable set of circumstances.” As for Republican lawmakers, they think the unbelievable set of circumstances is grounds for the impeachment of IRS commissioner John Koskinen. A Republican on the House Oversight committee told National Review, “We’ve briefed the leadership’s counsel, and I think that they’re open to it, but it’s the type of thing where this town is like, ‘oh, that’s not how we do things, it’s not really been used lately.’ But, quite frankly, we really haven’t had executive branch officials behave this way like we do now.”

FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS

SCOTUS Endorses Same-Sex Marriage

By John J. Bastiat

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Continuing to goose-step onward in its blitzkrieg against Rule of Law in America, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 today in favor of allowing homosexuals the “right” to marry. The ruling effectively invalidates bans on same-sex marriage remaining in 14 states and mandates that homosexuals can marry anywhere in the U.S. The importance of this ruling, especially for Christians, cannot be overstated. Nor can the damage done to the Third Pillar of Liberty.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, who wrote the majority opinion in the other three major homosexual-rights cases over the past 20 years, wrote the majority opinion. He was joined, of course, by the reliably liberal clown act that is the leftist side of the bench: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Rather than rehash the sordid trail of this abrogation of Rule of Law, we thought we’d let the dissenting justices (who wrote four separate dissents) address the issue themselves:

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote:

“Petitioners make strong arguments rooted in social policy and considerations of fairness. … But this Court is not a legislature. Whether same-sex marriage is a good idea should be of no concern to us. Under the Constitution, judges have power to say what the law is, not what it should be.”

We do note here, however, the irony of Roberts’ statement in light of yesterday’s atrocious ObamaCare ruling.

Roberts continued, “Although the policy arguments for extending marriage to same-sex couples may be compelling, the legal arguments for requiring such an extension are not. The fundamental right to marry does not include a right to make a State change its definition of marriage. And a State’s decision to maintain the meaning of marriage that has persisted in every culture throughout human history can hardly be called irrational. In short, our Constitution does not enact any one theory of marriage. The people of a State are free to expand marriage to include same-sex couples, or to retain the historic definition.”

“But for those who believe in a government of laws, not of men, the majority’s approach is deeply disheartening.”

“Supporters of same-sex marriage have achieved considerable success persuading their fellow citizens — through the democratic process — to adopt their view. That ends today. Five lawyers have closed the debate and enacted their own vision of marriage as a matter of constitutional law.”

“The majority’s decision is an act of will, not legal judgment. The right it announces has no basis in the Constitution or this Court’s precedent.”

Justice Antonin Scalia noted:

“This is a naked judicial claim to legislative — indeed, super-legislative — power; a claim fundamentally at odds with our system of government.”

“So it is not of special importance to me what the law says about marriage. It is of overwhelming importance, however, who it is that rules me. Today’s decree says that my Ruler, and the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court.”

“The opinion in these cases is the furthest extension in fact — and the furthest extension one can even imagine — of the Court’s claimed power to create ‘liberties’ that the Constitution and its Amendments neglect to mention. This practice of constitutional revision by an unelected committee of nine, always accompanied (as it is today) by extravagant praise of liberty, robs the People of the most important liberty they asserted in the Declaration of Independence and won in the Revolution of 1776: the freedom to govern themselves.”

“These [precedent] cases ask us to decide whether the Fourteenth Amendment contains a limitation that requires the States to license and recognize marriages between two people of the same sex. Does it remove that issue from the political process? Of course not. It would be surprising to find a prescription regarding marriage in the Federal Constitution since, as the author of today’s opinion reminded us only two years ago (in an opinion joined by the same Justices who join him today): ‘[R]egulation of domestic relations is an area that has long been regarded as a virtually exclusive province of the States.’”

“But the Court ends this debate, in an opinion lacking even a thin veneer of law. Buried beneath the mummeries and straining-to-be-memorable passages of the opinion is a candid and startling assertion: No matter what it was the People ratified, the Fourteenth Amendment protects those rights that the Judiciary, in its ‘reasoned judgment,’ thinks the Fourteenth Amendment ought to protect.”

“But what really astounds is the hubris reflected in today’s judicial Putsch. The five Justices who compose today’s majority are entirely comfortable concluding that every State violated the Constitution for all of the 135 years between the Fourteenth Amendment’s ratification and Massachusetts’ permitting of same-sex marriages in 2003.”

“They have discovered in the Fourteenth Amendment a ‘fundamental right’ overlooked by every person alive at the time of ratification, and almost everyone else in the time since. They see what lesser legal minds — minds like Thomas Cooley, John Marshall Harlan, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Learned Hand, Louis Brandeis, William Howard Taft, Benjamin Cardozo, Hugo Black, Felix Frankfurter, Robert Jackson, and Henry Friendly — could not.”

Justice Clarence Thomas explained:

“The Court’s decision today is at odds not only with the Constitution, but with the principles upon which our Nation was built. Since well before 1787, liberty has been understood as freedom from government action, not entitlement to government benefits.”

“Yet the majority invokes our Constitution in the name of a ‘liberty’ that the Framers would not have recognized, to the detriment of the liberty they sought to protect. Along the way, it rejects the idea — captured in our Declaration of Independence — that human dignity is innate and suggests instead that it comes from the Government. This distortion of our Constitution not only ignores the text, it inverts the relationship between the individual and the state in our Republic.”

“Petitioners argue that by enshrining the traditional definition of marriage in their State Constitutions through voter-approved amendments, the States have put the issue ‘beyond the reach of the normal democratic process.’ But the result petitioners seek is far less democratic. They ask nine judges on this Court to enshrine their definition of marriage in the Federal Constitution and thus put it beyond the reach of the normal democratic process for the entire Nation.”

“The majority’s inversion of the original meaning of liberty will likely cause collateral damage to other aspects of our constitutional order that protect liberty.”

“Aside from undermining the political processes that protect our liberty, the majority’s decision threatens the religious liberty our Nation has long sought to protect.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

The impact of this ruling will be felt far and wide. It won’t be simply Christian bakers, florists and photographers who are assaulted by the Rainbow Mafia for daring to have their own conscience. Christian churches, schools, agencies and so on will soon be in the crosshairs for opposing this heretofore undiscovered constitutional right. This is only the beginning.

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Charles Krauthammer: “[T]here’s a deeper reason for this rush to banish Confederate symbols, to move them from the public square to the museum. The trigger was not just the massacre itself, but even more tellingly, the breathtaking display of nobility and spiritual generosity by the victims’ relatives. Within 48 hours of the murder of their loved ones, they spoke of redemption and reconciliation and even forgiveness of the killer himself. It was an astonishingly moving expression of Christian charity. Such grace demands a response. In a fascinating dynamic, it created a feeling of moral obligation to reciprocate in some way. The flag was not material to the crime itself, but its connection to the underlying race history behind the crime suggested that its removal from the statehouse grounds — whatever the endlessly debated merits of the case — could serve as a reciprocal gesture of reconciliation. The result was a microcosm of — and a historical lesson in — the moral force of the original civil rights movement, whose genius was to understand the effect that combating evil with good, violence with grace would have on a fundamentally decent American nation. America was indeed moved. The result was the civil rights acts. The issue today is no longer legal equality. It is more a matter of sorting through historical memory. … Perhaps we can learn a lesson from Arlington National Cemetery, founded by the victorious Union to bury its dead. There you will find Section 16. It contains the remains of hundreds of Confederate soldiers grouped around a modest, moving monument to their devotion to ‘duty as they understood it’ — a gesture by the Union of soldierly respect, without any concession regarding the taintedness of their cause. Or shall we uproot them as well?”

SHORT CUTS

Feel the burn: “Under all the usual rules of interpretation, in short, the Government should lose this case. But normal rules of interpretation seem always to yield to the overriding principle of the present Court: The Affordable Care Act must be saved.” —Justice Antonin Scalia in dissent in the ObamaCare case

Another zinger: “Justice [Antonin] Scalia quips acidly that ‘we should start calling this law SCOTUScare,’ but the better term is RobertsCare. By volunteering as Nancy Pelosi’s copy editor, [John Roberts] is making her infamous line about passing the law to find out what’s in it even more true than she knew at the time.” —Wall Street Journal

Upright: “Here is John Roberts, chief oracle of the United States of America, from Thursday’s King v. Burwell decision: ‘Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them. If at all possible, we must interpret the Act in a way that is consistent with the former, and avoids the latter.’ … [I]magine for a moment if a Supreme Court justice argued that the Defense of Marriage Act was passed to improve marriage rather than destroy it so we must focus on the former rather than the latter and uphold any retroactive provisions the Bush administration cooked up to make that law work.” —David Harsanyi

Gloating: “After multiple challenges before the Supreme Court, the Affordable Care Act is here to stay.” —Barack Obama

The BIG Lie: “The Supreme Court ruled that the millions of Americans … be able to keep their affordable coverage.” —DNC Chief Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Unfortunately, as a taxpayer funding ObamaCare, YOU may not be able keep your plan or your doctor, and on average, YOUR family premiums are going up almost $3,000.)

Non Compos Mentis, part I: “For the second time, the Affordable Care Act has been upheld by the Supreme Court. … There wasn’t even a dissenting opinion, as I understand it. Or so far we haven’t seen it.” —Nancy Pelosi

Non Compos Mentis, part II: “The Supreme Court ruled against a Republican-led tax hike for 6.4 million Americans!” —Sen. Debbie Stabenow

And last… “At a fundraiser, President Obama complained that the public has ‘forgotten his successes.’ Forgotten? We’re still working on forgiving.” —Fred Thompson

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Obamacare Travesty: The Supreme Court Continues To Make Stuff Up Out Of Thin Air

Supreme Court - Public DomainThanks to the Supreme Court’s willingness to make stuff up, Obamacare has been saved once again.  In order to save Obamacare from utter disaster, Chief Justice Roberts essentially rewrote the law.  If you are thinking that the Supreme Court is not supposed to do that, you would be right.  But this is what our judicial system has devolved into.  When I was in law school, I was horrified to discover that most judges in our country just do whatever they feel like doing.  Instead of applying the law to the facts and coming to a fair and unbiased judgment, most judges in America just do whatever they want to do and then search for some law or case precedent that they can use to justify their decision.  If there is no law or case precedent, some federal judges even go outside of the country to find justification for their absolutely ridiculous rulings.  There have been instances where international law or international standards of morality have been cited as authority for a decision in a federal case.  We have become a lawless land where the letter of the law no longer holds any real meaning, and where tyrannical judges just make stuff up out of thin air in order to advance their own personal political agendas. (Read More…)


The Economic Collapse Blog Has Issued A RED ALERT For The Last Six Months Of 2015

Red Alert ButtonI have never done anything like this before.  Ever since I started The Economic Collapse Blog in late 2009, I have never issued any kind of “red alert” for any specific period of time.  As an attorney, I was trained to be level-headed and to only come to conclusions that were warranted by the evidence.  So this is not something that I am doing lightly.  Based on information that I have received, things that I have been told, and thousands of hours of research that have gone into the publication of more than 1,300 articles about our ongoing economic collapse, I have come to the conclusion that a major financial collapse is imminent.  Therefore, I am issuing a RED ALERT for the last six months of 2015. (Read More….)


Narcissist Obama Tells Heckler At LGBT Event ‘You’re In MY House’ (VIDEO)

As President Obama was speaking at a White House event honoring LGBT Pride Month on Wednesday, he was heckled by a member of the crowd

“Shame on you”, he told his heckler, who was protesting deportations under the Obama administration. Obama responded, “Listen you’re in my house, it’s not respectful.”

The interruption persisted, however, and Obama asked for the heckler to be removed from the East Room. Shortly after the incident, an immigration group claimed the protestor was an undocumented immigrant named Jennicet Gutiérrez, who is transgender.

 

The only problem with all this is that the White House does not belong to any one person or group. The White House belongs to the American people, it is OUR house, and not the property of any one resident during their term of office. For the 4 or 8 years that a President and their family reside there, everything is provided for them by the ongoing financial support of the American taxpayer.

Obama’s self-centered, self-absorbed response is typical of this highly narcissistic president whose world view revolves around himself. When speaking to young people celebrating India’s Republic Day in New Delhi in 2012, Obama went on to refer to himself an astonishing 118 times in the short 33-minute speech, touching on injustices in the United States and in his own personal life. While giving a campaign speech to a crowd in Sandusky, Ohio on July 5, 2012, Obama said the word ‘I’ 98 times and ‘me’ 19 times during his short 25 talk. Last June, Obama gave a 40-minute speech wherein he packed in 199 uses of “I,” “me,” or “my.”.

So, no, the White House is not “your house”, Mr. Obama. It is still belongs to the American people, and the American people think you should start packing, and get out of OUR house.


In Stunning Move, The Vatican Signs Treaty Today With The State Of Palestine

The Vatican signed a treaty with the “State of Palestine” on Friday, saying it hoped its legal recognition of the state would help stimulate peace with Israel and that the treaty itself would serve as a model for other Mideast countries.

“Yea, and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, and Zidon, and all the coasts of Palestine? will ye render me a recompence? and if ye recompense me, swiftly and speedily will I return your recompence upon your own head;” Joel 3:4 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: As we inch closer and closer to the time of the Rapture of the Church, we also move closer to the start of the Great Tribulation. Pope Francis, in his role as the False Prophet, is doing everything he can to stack the deck against Israel. Today’s peace treaty and recognition of the state of Palestine greatly advances the prophetical time clock. Israel take note, the Pope and the Vatican are your sworn enemies, as they have once again proved today. Tick, tock…anyone paying attention?

VATICAN CITY  — Vatican Foreign Minister Paul Gallagher and his Palestinian counterpart, Riad al-Malki, signed the treaty at a ceremony inside the Vatican. Israel expressed disappointment when the Vatican announced last month that it had reached final agreement with the “State of Palestine” on the treaty regulating the life of the Catholic Church in the Palestinian territories.

It repeated that regret in a Foreign Ministry statement Friday, saying the move hurt peace prospects and would discourage the Palestinians from returning to direct negotiations. It warned that it would study the agreement “and its implications for future cooperation between Israel and the Vatican.”

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Vatican Foreign Minister Paul Gallagher, right, and his Palestinian counterpart, Riad al-Malki, shake hands after signing a treaty at a ceremony inside the Vatican, Friday, June 26, 2015. (L’Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

Gallagher, though, said he hoped the Vatican’s recognition “may in some way be a stimulus to bringing a definitive end to the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which continues to cause suffering for both parties.”

He said that he hoped the treaty could serve as a model for the church in other Mideast countries, where Christians are a minority and often persecuted.

The Vatican had welcomed the decision by the U.N. General Assembly in 2012 to recognize a Palestinian state and had referred to the Palestine state since. But the treaty marked its first legal recognition of the Palestinian territory as a state.

Al-Malki called the treaty an “historic agreement” and said it marked “a recognition of the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, freedom and dignity in an independent state of their own, free from the shackles of occupation.”

The United States and Israel oppose recognizing the Palestinian state, arguing that it undermines U.S.-led efforts to negotiate an Israeli-Palestinian deal on the terms of Palestinian statehood. Most countries in Western Europe have held off on recognition, but some have hinted that their position could change if peace efforts remain deadlocked.

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon called the treaty itself one-sided, saying the text ignored “the historic rights of the Jewish people in the Land of Israel and to the places holy to Judaism in Jerusalem.” source


Read the gay marriage opinion here – Obergefell v. Hodges

Below is the Supreme Court’s decision the long-awaited gay marriage case, Obergefell v. Hodges). Justices had two questions to answer:

1. Does the 14th Amendment require states to issue marriage licenses to two people of the same sex?

2. Does the 14th Amendment require states to recognize same-sex marriages licensed in other states?

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia greets participants at a constitutional law symposium where he delivered a talk called “Interpreting the Constitution: A View From the High Court,” Friday, March 14, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia savaged the Court’s 5-4 decision on Friday that said same-sex marriage is a constitutional right in all 50 states, by saying it makes the Supreme Court a threat to democracy in the country.

“I write separately to call attention to this Court’s threat to American democracy,” he wrote in a dissent, just a day after he dissented in a decision that upheld a key part of Obamacare.

Scalia said he didn’t care about the substance of the ruling, but said the way the Court ruled means the nine justices are now essentially in charge of Americans.

“Today’s decree says that my Ruler, and the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court,” he wrote.

“The opinion in these cases is the furthest extension in fact — and the furthest extension one can even imagine — of the Court’s claimed power to create ‘liberties’ that the Constitution and its Amendments neglect to mention.”


http://www.washingtonpost.com/posttv/c/embed/00821224-1b7c-11e5-bed8-1093ee58dad0“Every GOP candidate for the Republican nomination should know that this decision makes the 2016 election a referendum on the full repeal of Obamacare,” said Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.), one of the 13 Republicans who have declared they are running.


Author(s): Outside News Source

 
The various purportedly unrelated efforts by self-professed conservatives, socialists, and progressives to call for a new constitutional convention are moving forward. Many otherwise well-meaning state legislators are falling for their common line that such a convention is the only way to save the Republic.  The self-professed conservatives, on one hand, insist that if a new convention isn’t held, the growth of the federal government will go on forever until all power is consolidated in Washington, D.C. Their socialist and progressive collaborators, however, are pushing for an Article V…
 


Author(s): Outside News Source

 
By Robert Greenstein A dangerous proposal is circulating in states across the country that could widen political divisions and jeopardize cherished rights and freedoms. The push is coming primarily from well-organized, arch-conservative groups seeking to capitalize on the decline in public trust in government to limit the federal government’s role and spending powers. And the method they prefer is a constitutional convention — the first since the 1787 conclave that produced the U.S. Constitution. Under the Constitution, if two-thirds of state legislatures call for a convention to amend it,…
 


Fox News cuts ties with Sarah Palin

Which true conservatives are next?

Some media watchers fear the change in command will lead to the demise of Fox News, as conservative viewers know it. As WND’s chief Joseph Farah opined: “Ailes’ contract is running out. It will not likely be renewed. That will leave the fate of Fox News to the Murdoch children who have no use for it. They don’t care how much money it makes. They are embarrassed by it. Raised with silver spoons in their mouths, it’s not about the money. It’s about politics and social acceptance. They care more about being invited to the right cocktail parties in New York than they do about the ratings and financial success of Fox News … So now begins the death march for FNC.”

Palin, 51, has been one of Fox’s most firebrand conservative voices in past years, raising the helm on tea party-type views while publicly condemning much of President Obama’s policies, which she’s termed as socialist.

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One of the world’s worst invasive species just showed up in the United States

Posted: 25 Jun 2015 04:28 PM PDT

The New Guinea flatworm is kind of a pest. In fact, it’s considered one of the world’s most invasive species. When it shows up uninvited to a region where it lacks natural predators, it makes itself at home — at the cost of native species forced to compete with it. And now, the flatworm has made its way to mainland Florida, putting the whole country at risk of an invasion.

Reports of the worm were published Tuesday in PeerJ. Platydemus manokwari isn’t dangerous to humans. Not directly, anyway. But it also isn’t pretty: The very flat worm grows to about two inches long, and has a murky olive back and a pale belly — a belly with a mouth in the middle of it. So it basically looks like a sneeze with eyes. FULL REPORT

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‘Appeal to Heaven’ Flag at County Courthouse Removed Following Complaint from Atheist Activists

Posted: 25 Jun 2015 04:16 PM PDT

A Christian-themed flag that had been raised outside a county courthouse in Arkansas has been removed following a complaint from a prominent atheist activist organization. The Madison,Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) recently sent a letter to the county judge of Warren, Arkansas to assert that the presence of the flag, which reads, “Appeal to Heaven,” is unconstitutional.

The flag, which simply bears the phrase along with the image of an evergreen tree, was created by a Christian political organization of the same name, which “exists to honor the Lord by supporting candidates for public office who are believers in Jesus Christ, who regularly attend and display a commitment to an evangelical, Gospel-centered church and who will commit to live and govern based on biblical, constitutional and Federalist principles.” FFRF says that it received a complaint from a local resident about the flag, which flies at the Bradley County Courthouse below the Arkansas state flag. FULL REPORT

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Obama says climate change, not government, is responsible for terrorism

Posted: 25 Jun 2015 04:10 PM PDT

It was a stunning declaration, especially given the venue: President Obama used the occasion of graduation at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy recently to rail against “climate change deniers” and claim that man-caused global warming was a national security threat. “I know there are still some folks back in Washington who refuse to admit that climate change is real,” Obama told graduating cadets in New London, Connecticut. “Denying it, or refusing to deal with it endangers our national security. It undermines the readiness of our forces.” “Politicians who say they care about military readiness should care about this as well,” he continued.

In making his strongest case yet for global warming — despite the fact that more than 31,000 scientists, climatologists, physics majors and engineers dispute such claims — the president also sought to shore up support for new Environmental Protection Agency rules aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions. Critics of the new rules say they will lead to closures of coal-fired power plants, which will strain America’s already-taxed power grid and cost consumers billions more in higher electric bills. FULL REPORT

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Words no longer have meaning: Supreme Court ignores Obamacare text to uphold wealth redistribution

Posted: 25 Jun 2015 04:04 PM PDT

In a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice John Roberts, upheld a rather unique legal principle this week, that despite what words are actually written into a law, they don’t really mean what they actually say. That’s the logic that a majority of justices utilized after they once again affirmed a critical portion of the Affordable Care Act: namely, that all exchanges, state and federal, are the same, because that’s supposedly what Congress meant when crafting the law.

Only, that’s not what Congress wrote into the law. The primary issue under consideration by the high court was whether residents of states that did not establish exchanges were eligible for such subsidies. As noted in the plaintiffs’ argument, the Affordable Care Act clearly notes that subsidies are only supposed to be available through exchanges “established by the state.” [emphasis added]

However, Roberts and five other justices wanted nothing to do with that. To them, the only thing that was important was the intent of the Legislative branch; they believed, as claimed in their ruling, that lawmakers’ intent to ensure all Americans had health insurance coverage was good enough, no matter what the law actually said. FULL REPORT

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Movies, book covers and computer games being banished… calls for taking down the American flag, bulldozing Southern memorials, removing flags from children’s toys and more

Posted: 25 Jun 2015 04:00 PM PDT

America’s descent into a totalitarian regime of hysterical thought police is nearly complete. In just the last 72 hours, total P.C. insanity has swept the nation and all its big retailers as howling leftist maniacs have used the label “tolerance” to initiate what can only be called a modern-day book burning and Orwellian censorship of artistic expression:

• A leftist movie critic and member of the new thought police regime has called for banning the movie Gone With the Wind, stating in pure P.C. babbledygook: “The more subtle racism of ‘Gone with the Wind’ is in some ways more insidious, going to great lengths to enshrine the myth that the Civil War wasn’t fought over slavery — an institution the film unabashedly romanticizes.”

• Apple, forever a corporate pusher of the P.C. agenda, has now banned Civil War games from iTunes because those games display the Confederate flag! Revisionist history is alive and well at Apple, it seems, where even factual historical simulations are going to be memory-holed under Apple’s new dictatorial thought control policies. Yes, even works of digital art are no longer “tolerated” at Apple. FULL REPORT

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The Liquidity Crisis Intensifies: ‘Prepare For A Bear Market In Bonds’

Posted: 25 Jun 2015 01:55 PM PDT

Are we about to witness trillions of dollars of “paper wealth” vaporize into thin air? During the next financial crisis, a lot of “wealthy” investors are going to be in for a very rude awakening. The truth is that securities are only worth what someone else is willing to pay for them, and that is why liquidity is so important. Back on April 17th, I published an article entitled “The Global Liquidity Squeeze Has Begun“, but it didn’t get nearly as much attention as many of my other articles do.

But now that the liquidity crisis is intensifying, hopefully people will start to grasp the implications of what is happening. The 76 trillion dollar global bond bubble is threatening to implode, and if it does, the amount of “paper wealth” that could potentially be lost during the months ahead is almost unimaginable. For those that do not consider the emerging liquidity crisis to be important, I would suggest that they check out what the financial experts are saying. For instance, the following comes from a recent Bloomberg report…FULL REPORT

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A wicked-looking shelf cloud is rolling through Kentucky and Ohio

Posted: 25 Jun 2015 01:41 PM PDT

A large, dark shelf cloud is rolling through the Ohio Valley this morning ahead of a complex of thunderstorms that’s traveled through five states over the past 12 hours. The line of storms is not severe — no watches or warnings are in effect. At 8:30 a.m., the Storm Prediction Center issued a statement to say that although a severe thunderstorm watch was unlikely, they were still concerned about strong winds and large hail as the line pushed through northern Kentucky.

But it doesn’t take a severe-level storm to generate an amazing, ominous shelf cloud that spans dozens of counties across two states. Lots of photos streamed through social media as the storm clipped north of Louisville, but it has been going strong since early this morning as the storm blew across southern Indiana. FULL REPORT

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California Wildfires grow forcing evacuations

Posted: 25 Jun 2015 01:34 PM PDT

Wildfires are charging through several dry Western states, including a blaze in California that showed new life after burning for a week and forced some communities to flee their homes. A look at the latest hotspots and what crews are doing to control them:

A huge forest fire that has been burning through rugged terrain in the San Bernardino Mountains for more than a week forced evacuations as it stretched northeast into the desert. The blaze about 90 miles east of Los Angeles showed new life as winds shifted. The tiny Mojave communities of Burns Canyon and Rimrock were ordered to leave their homes Thursday. Evacuations were voluntary in nearby Pioneertown.A change in wind direction also forced several hundred campers to evacuate Wednesday. FULL REPORT

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FARRAKHAN: “We Need To Put The American Flag Down”

Posted: 25 Jun 2015 01:20 PM PDT

Louis Farrakhan stated “We need to put the American flag down. Because we’ve caught as much hell under that as the Confederate flag” in remarks before the Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, DC on Wednesday first reported by DC’s WMAL. Farrakhan said, “White folks march with you because they don’t want you upsetting the city, they don’t give a damn about them nine.”

He added that when the police took suspected shooter Dylann Roof to Burger King they were saying “You did a good job. Kill all them [bleep.]” Later, he declared, “I don’t know what the hell the fight is about over the Confederate flag. We need to put the American flag down. Because we’ve caught as much hell under that as the Confederate flag,” comments that were meant with cheers and applause. He added, “Who are we fighting today? It’s the people that carry the American flag.” FULL REPORT

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“My Last Day” — the Jesus Anime

9 powerful minutes of animation that begins with a thief behind bars watching the scourging of Jesus, and it ends with the thief dying next to Jesus, and waking to see Him in a beautiful place.

The dying thief: What was so great about his faith?

There are many acts of extraordinary faith in the Bible. The one that has impressed me the most concerns the dying thief on the cross. We could take the approach that he had nothing to lose, so he decided to cast his lot with Jesus. But this makes absolutely no sense of the text and the context.
In this conversion we have a specific fulfillment of Christ’s first words on the cross. No sooner had Christ spoken the words, “Father, forgive them,” had the Father answered that prayer by turning a once-reviling criminal into a Christ-glorifying saint. While the soon-to-be converted criminal was not directly responsible for Christ’s death, he nevertheless joined with those who were and was thus indirectly addressed when Christ asked for God to forgive “them.”
Christ, the sinless one, was numbered with or counted among the transgressors (Isa. 53:12; Luke 22:37), all of whom have a bigger problem than the day-to-day sins they commit. They hate Christ, the God-man. Anyone who has a master other than the Lord Jesus hates him (Lk. 16:13; Gal. 4:8). That these two criminals loathed him is clearly manifested during the crucifixion: “And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way” (Matt. 27:44).
When the criminal who was converted was doing his worst against Christ, Christ was doing his best for this criminal.
The conversion of the one criminal was most extraordinary and testifies to the power of Christ’s prayer and the grace of God. Why?
This criminal’s faith did not come at a time such as when Christ turned water into wine; or performed miracles, such as walking on water, opening the eyes of a blind man, or raising Lazarus from the dead. No! The criminal believed on the Messiah while he was hanging as one cursed upon a tree. The criminal trusted in and boldly defended the one whose disciples had abandoned him. Jesus was at his lowest when this criminal asked to be remembered in Christ’s kingdom.
When he was on the cross, did anyone publicly cry out, as John the Baptist did, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (Jn. 1:29)? But this is essentially what the dying thief did. Little wonder, then, that Christ should promise him a place in his kingdom: “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise” (Lk. 23:43).
The criminal acknowledged he was guilty; he acknowledged that Christ was not (“this man has done nothing wrong”); he feared God; but, and here is the key: the criminal did not merely want to be in a better place. He wanted to be with Christ in a better place: “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Lk. 23:42). The criminal believed “against all hope”.
Heaven is a better place because that is where Christ is. Everyone wants to go to heaven, but not everyone wants to go to Christ’s heaven. Not so with this criminal: he saw, with his eyes, Christ at his worst; but with the eyes of faith, he believed that Christ would soon be at his best, and so put his faith in a dying king.
Christ is always – always! – willing to save even the most miserable of sinners. A recognition of guilt (Lk. 23:40) and a confidence in him and not ourselves (Lk. 23:42) will always lead to the most assuring truth a sinner can receive: the Savior welcomes such into his paradise!
“One is saved, and we may not despair; the other is lost, and we may not presume.” Spurgeon
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Why The Church Should Neither Cave Nor Panic About The Decision On Gay Marriage

Let’s also recognize that if we’re right about marriage, and I believe we are, many people will be disappointed in getting what they want. Many of our neighbors believe that a redefined concept of marriage will simply expand the institution (and, let’s be honest, many will want it to keep on expanding). This will not do so, because sexual complementarity is not ancillary to marriage. The church must prepare for the refugees from the sexual revolution.

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Corporate Worship is Formative

How a church worships week in and week out forms the people—it molds their culture by shaping their inclinations through habitual practices, because as we have already seen, the shape of the liturgy transmits its values. Like that path through the forest, when people travel along the liturgy that we have provided for them, they will inevitably be shaped by the values and beliefs worn into it.

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Thoughts on Study Bibles

But study Bibles also have shortcomings. In order to keep the size of the Bible within a reasonable scope (the ESV Study Bible really pushes the envelope here, at almost 2,800 pages) something has to give. Generally what is lost is commentary on the text itself. Comments on difficult passages are often the first to suffer in this regard. Comments can be terse to the point of being incomprehensible. The comments are usually written by specialists on the various books of the Bible, who sometimes do not have a good sense of what the ordinary reader needs.

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Christian Duty

There is more to this discussion about duty (e.g. God’s enabling grace, motives, ends, etc.), but we shouldn’t shy away from having a sense of duty as Christians.  I have a Christian duty to love/care for my wife and children, to faithfully serve as a pastor to God’s people here, to regularly attend worship services, to help and love my neighbors, to be a good citizen of my country, and, above all, I have a duty to follow the Lord Jesus.  It is not wrong to go to church out of a sense of duty, to pray out of a sense of duty, and to help your neighbor based on a sense of duty!  There is a right and proper way to speak and think about Christian duty.

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Ten Lessons from the Tullian Tchividjian Confession

Any time a pastor falls my heart sinks. It is gut wrenching. Especially when it is someone that is loved by many people I admire. I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent listening to people write onwrite on, or preach on the new-antinomianism debate. While I bet the temptation is strong for some people to say I told you so, (and I think it might be helpful for us to go back and listen to their warnings) whenever things like these happen, it is always a huge reminder about my own sinfulness and my need to re-examine my own qualifications for ministry.

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Reflections from an AME Prayer Vigil

The glorious reminder that our sovereign God brings good out of evil and extends special grace in the presence of spiritual darkness.  There was nothing good about the savage murders that took place in that Bible study and prayer meeting in Charleston.  But how wonderful that our gracious Lord brings marvelous good even out of terrible evil.  The greatest evil ever committed was the judicial murder of Jesus Christ, God’s Son.  Yet by his grace, God made the cross the greatest good that ever came into this world. 

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10 Reasons Racism is Offensive to God

We are all made in the image of God (Gen. 1:27). Most Christians know this and believe it, but the implications are more staggering than we might realize. The sign pictured above is not just mean, it is dehumanizing. It tried to rob Irish and Blacks of their exalted status as divine image bearers. It tried to make them no different than animals. But of course, as a white man I am no more like God in my being, no more capable of worship, no more made with a divine purpose, no more possessing of worth and deserving of dignity than any other human of any other gender, color, or ethnicity. We are more alike than we are different.

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Withering Wives

There is also passive neglect. This is when a wife’s needs are simply ignored. The wife may share tearfully that she is struggling, and the husband shuts her down with his lack of response. Or he says they will talk later but never does. He communicates passively that her emotional struggles are not worth him engaging. He sees her struggling with the children, but he doesn’t actively step in.

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A Millennial’s Open Letter to the Church

Call me audacious, but I would suggest that wondering how to keep the church interesting, for millennials or anyone else, is asking the wrong question entirely. The church is to be built upon a rock, not upon the changing times or cultural trends (see Matt 16:18). It is no more the Church’s job to appeal to the changing culture than it is Beyoncé’s job to preach.

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How To Protect Your Church Against Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity Lawsuits

The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) has teamed up with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) to produce an updated version of a resource designed to help ministries do just that—prepare. This resource is a 44-page booklet titled Protecting Your Ministry from Sexual Orientation Gender Identity Lawsuits. It’s a legal guide explaining how churches, Christian schools, and Christian ministries can get ready for the inevitable challenges to come. This booklet is very practical and provides a checklist that leaders should work through based on the kind of organization they serve.

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Tweeting the Supreme Court’s latest face-plant: forcing “gay” “marriage” on America

by Dan Phillips

So now we know, if we didn’t already, that the American Congress actually has 509 seats, given that the unelected tyrants sitting on the Supreme Court regard it as their job to create legislation and impose it on their subjects.


A prophetic word from eleven years ago about today

Eleven years ago, John Piper delivered a message about “Discerning the Will of God Concerning Homosexuality and Marriage.” The message made an impression on me, and for many years now I’ve been reading a portion of this sermon every semester to my undergraduate hermeneutics students.


A Moral and Judicial Travesty

Today’s decision from the Supreme Court is a moral and judicial travesty.

From a legal standpoint, it represents five unelected justices imposing on the nation a new definition of marriage.


InterVarsity’s lesson in effectively engaging a secular culture

The recent news that InterVarsity Christian Fellowship chapters are
returning to California’s state university system provides a lesson
in how to productively engage the secular culture about the meaning…


Article: The New Age Worldview- Is It Believable? by Doug Groothuis

I confess that sometimes when talking to someone with New Age beliefs it can be like trying to nail Jell-O to the wall! It seems they have visited a buffet of religions and they just pick and choose what they like.


Miscarriage: Finding Hope, Longing for Reunion

Last year when I shared a blog about miscarriage, the response from those who could identify with what the author shared was overwhelming. As I said then, I strongly believe that those going through the loss of a child by miscarriage need to be told it’s okay to grieve, knowing they’ve been parted from their real child in a heartbreaking way.


Blogs

Eternalizing the Old Testament | The Christward Collective

The Forgotten God – Divine Attributes We Are Ashamed Of and Why We Shouldn’t Be | Credo Magazine

10 Reasons Racism is Offensive to God | TGC

David Brooks Charts the Road to Character | The Gospel Coalition

Workers for Your Joy | Desiring God

How to protect your church against sexual orientation and gender identity lawsuits | Denny Burk

R.C. Sproul Jr. – Student In a School of Fools


Talking with Catholics about the Gospel

More than seventy-eight million Catholics live in the United States, representing one of the country’s largest demographics. How then can evangelical and Reformed Christians be better equipped to speak about the gospel with those Catholics?


Severe P.M.S. Warning Issued to All Pastors

Tullian Tchividjian(pronounced cha-vi-jin) , grandson of Billy Graham, from Graham’s oldest daughter, succeeded James Kennedy as the Senior Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Ft. Lauterdale, in 2009.


Breaking Free from the Spell of Fantasy


The End of Democracy Continues

Millions of Americans (or thousands of journalists, wonks, and wags) are sitting on pins and needles right now, waiting for the Court’s determination: Will the world’s only superpower decree that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right? Other decrees came down this week—ranging from lawn-signs to Spider-man to Obamacare—that merely whetted the appetite of the twenty-four hour news cycle.

Almost twenty years ago, First Things published a series of essays documenting the decline of the democratic process. Robert Bork bemoaned the oligarchy of the judiciary. Hadley Arkes felt the tremors of the same-sex marriage movement before it picked up popular steam. Robert George observed that judicial interpretation of the Constitution had gone beyond the idea of the common good and the natural law, thus calling into question the American democratic project.

The primary difference two decades later is not one of substance but of acceleration. The problems of the 90s are greater today than ever. What then can we say as we nervously await the decision of the Supreme Court on these central issues? In many ways, it doesn’t matter what the ultimate outcomes of the decisions are. The very fact that crucial decisions between camps with diametrically opposed views of central debates are being determined by the Supreme Court reveals that our representational democracy has suffered a critical wound.

The United States of America was established as a nation of laws, undergirded by the framework of the Constitution. The citizens of this country are endowed with the freedom and responsibility to vote for representatives who write and vote on laws. Every generation in America has had fundamental questions about government and rights, and the genius of our system is a peaceful mechanism to deal with them as they arise.

Today, though, instead of attempting to persuade one’s fellow citizen, activists of all stripes are circumventing the democratic republic—the fundamental structure of this country—and are trying their luck with the Supreme Legislators. This “judicialocracy” fails to satisfy either side. It leaves the losing party feeling like they have no more options besides interminable legal fights. Whereas unpopular decisions from the legislative and executive branches are answerable to public elections every few years, there is no realistic recourse for countering the Supreme Court.

A common theme developed in the essays in the End of Democracy symposium: Either the situation of the judicial takeover of democracy must be radically reformed, or conscientious objectors must learn how to disobey the new system peacefully, recognizing that democracy had been replaced by despotism.

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How Did Jesus Deal with Doubt? (Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast #35)

In this episode of the Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast, J. Warner Wallace examines how Jesus handled doubt when it was expressed by his followers and those who observed his life and ministry? What was Jesus’ response when people confessed their concerns about his claims to Deity? The answer may surprise you. Here is part 1 of this week’s broadcast:

Here is part 2 of this week’s broadcast:

Here is the audio podcast (the Cold-Case Christianity Weekly Podcast is located on iTunes or our RSS Feed):

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Forgetting God

Laudato Si, last week’s encyclical from Pope Francis, seeks to address a plethora of problems in the modern world—predominately focusing on environmental issues, distributive justice, and perceived problems with consensus developmental economic theory.


An America Without Churches

As the Supreme Court prepares to announce its decision on same-sex marriage, religious people are wondering: will we lose our tax-exempt status for our religious institutions?


Jefferson Davis descendant: Be the one nation ‘God intended’

Davis preached, after the war, that we have one country and should focus on making it that which God intended.

The post Jefferson Davis descendant: Be the one nation ‘God intended’ appeared first on Religion News Service.


Why Same-Sex Marriage [Homosexuality] Is Sinful, Part 3

This brief-audio blog series is answering the question:

Why is same-sex marriage sinful in God’s eyes?

This contains 6 of the 7 audios in this audio-blog series.


Why We Love Rule-Breaking

Why do famous people often break the rules — even at the risk of getting caught? The same reason we all do.
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A brief statement in response to the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling.

Today’s decision from the Supreme Court is a moral and judicial travesty.

From a legal standpoint, it represents five unelected justices imposing on the nation a new definition of marriage. The judgment is not rooted in legal principle but in the opinions of five lawyers arrogating to themselves the right to enact social policy.

From a moral standpoint, the decision is a complete subversion of the good, the right, and the true with respect to marriage. Marriage is the covenant union of one man and one woman for life. Its connection to procreation and children has been revealed to us in nature, reason, and common sense. The Bible further reveals that marriage is an icon of the gospel—a symbol of Christ’s covenant love for his church (Ephesians 5:31-32).

The Court’s decision today attempts to turn all of that upside down. As a result, it stands against reason and common sense. More importantly, it stands against the purposes of the One who created marriage to begin with (Genesis 2:24-25).

Although I am disappointed with this decision, I remain confident that Christians will continue to bear witness to the truth about marriage—even if the law of our land is now arrayed against us. We will be in the world, not of the world, for the sake of the world (John 17:15-16, 23). Nothing that the Supreme Court has said today changes any of that.


“I will not bow to the Court on this gay-marriage decision any more than the Founders bowed to British tyranny”

The words of Gov. Mike Huckabee on the Supreme Court ruling:

“The Supreme Court has spoken with a very divided voice on something only the Supreme Being can do-redefine marriage. I will not acquiesce to an imperial court any more than our Founders acquiesced to an imperial British monarch. We must resist and reject judicial tyranny, not retreat.

“This ruling is not about marriage equality, it’s about marriage redefinition. This irrational, unconstitutional rejection of the expressed will of the people in over 30 states will prove to be one of the court’s most disastrous decisions, and they have had many. The only outcome worse than this flawed, failed decision would be for the President and Congress, two co-equal branches of government, to surrender in the face of this out-of-control act of unconstitutional, judicial tyranny.”

“The Supreme Court can no more repeal the laws of nature and nature’s God on marriage than it can the laws of gravity. Under our Constitution, the court cannot write a law, even though some cowardly politicians will wave the white flag and accept it without realizing that they are failing their sworn duty to reject abuses from the court. If accepted by Congress and this President, this decision will be a serious blow to religious liberty, which is the heart of the First Amendment.”


SCOTUS Declares War on Marriage and Family

If ever a time the phrase “Now the end begins” meant something, it is now. In a decision just as sinister, far-reaching and abominable as the 1973 Roe v Wade decision on abortion, the Supreme Court of the United States has just declared that reality and biology no longer exist, and we can now declare marriage to be whatever we want it to be.

scotus 5In a 5-4 decision, the unelected, unaccountable and irresponsible judges declared that the laws of all 50 states must now be struck down, and the decision of these five judges will now determine what marriage means. One report puts it this way:

The Supreme Court on Friday delivered an historic victory for gay rights, ruling 5-4 that the Constitution requires that same-sex couples be allowed to marry no matter where they live and that states may no longer reserve the right only for heterosexual couples.
The court’s action marks the culmination of an unprecedented upheaval in public opinion and the nation’s jurisprudence. Advocates called it the most pressing civil rights issue of modern times, while critics said the courts had sent the country into uncharted territory by changing the traditional definition of marriage.
“The court now holds that same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry. No longer may this liberty be denied to them,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion. He was joined in the opinion by the court’s liberal Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.
All four of the court’s most conservative members—Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr.—dissented and each wrote separate opinions. Reading a dissent from the bench for the first time in his tenure, Roberts said, “This is a court, not a legislature.”

Judicial activism at is worst has once again struck America. Instead of allowing the American people to decide, five judges have decided for them, and have declared war on marriage, on God, on morality, on family, and on our children. Writing before this decision, Focus on the Family enumerated some of the direct consequences of this:

We will continue to see religious freedom taking a back seat to sexual freedom in many facets of society:
-Harms Children: Redefining marriage denies children of same-sex couples either a mother or a father. Decades of social science research has shown children do best when they’re raised in a home with their married mom and dad. Government policies should reflect the benefits of both a mom and a dad.
-Forced Closures: Faith-based adoption agencies are being forced to close their doors when faced with laws and mandates requiring them to violate their religious beliefs by placing children in homes with same-sex parents. This pressure will increase in the coming days.
-Legal/Public Challenges: Christian business owners – photographers, bakers, inn keepers, florists and others – who politely decline to use their talents and businesses to participate in same-sex ceremonies experience harassment, legal challenges and crippling fines.
-Parental Rights: Parents who want a say in what their young children are being taught in school about homosexuality have found legalized same-sex marriage is a “trump card,” which overrides their parental rights, leaving them no say in the matter.
-Tax-Exempt Status: Pastors and churches will face pressure to perform and celebrate same-sex marriages or face government retribution, such as the loss of tax-exempt status, or possibly be prosecuted for discrimination.
-Accrediting/Licensing: Private religious school accreditation, professional licenses and even employment criteria will increasingly require affirmation of homosexuality and same-sex marriage as a condition for approval.
-Counseling: There will be a continued push to ban counseling for teenagers who struggle with unwanted same-sex attractions, and who desire therapy to address this.
-Grant Exclusions: Faith-based charities that adhere to God’s design for sexuality, marriage and family will be excluded from government grants that help serve the poor and needy at home and abroad.
-Endangered Freedoms: Freedom of speech will become endangered as the government passes regulatory and even criminal laws punishing Christian views of marriage, deeming it as “hate speech” in any type of media, including radio, print, television, and the Web. This is already the case in Canada and the U.K.

This is just the beginning. This is a declaration of war by five judges who have spat in the face of their Creator, of marriage, of biology, and freedom. Now a major proper response for Christians and others is massive civil disobedience and defiance of this homo-fascist decision.

Whole libraries will soon be penned on all this. Let me cite a few authors who wrote before the decision, who knew full well what this would entail:

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Ten answers to those “What about socialization?” questions from public school advocates.

Evidence of the evils of State-controlled children’s education continues to multiply, amplify and explode all around us, but in a culture still loaded with minds molded on State-run assembly lines, those evils are typically dismissed, ignored, or even spun into virtues. This is the climate into which God has placed His people. Even now in America, […]

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MEASLES!!! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!

Can you feel it? Can you sense it? Can you smell it? There is a dark terror stalking the land. [insert Darth Vader breathing here] A great evil has come. And it is hungry. [insert Jaws theme music here, accompanied by Darth Vader’s breathing] It feeds on misery and pain. Few can imagine the horror […]

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What would happen if Christians just said no to American Statism?

“Follow the money.” “Money makes the world go ’round.” These are reliable clichés for good reason; they point to truth. The ability to control individuals, cultures and civilization through control of their ability to pursue, attain and multiply wealth is as well established a fact of human history as one will find. Money is practical. It’s […]

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Murder and medication sure seem to go hand in hand these days.

Ladies and gentlemen (and Bruce Jenner), we have indeed entered a Brave New World in America. In our detachment from the Nature of Christ as our standard in every area and detail of life, we’ve become detached from – and disdainful of – reality itself. We want to be whatever gender we feel like being. (See: […]

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Do we love America enough to call her to repentance? Or are we too proud for that?

Nobody likes to have a spotlight shine on their own huge sins. We recoil at even the thought of it, and understandably so. We naturally want to preserve the lie that while “nobody’s perfect” and “we’re only human” just like “everyone else”, we’re really not nearly as bad as this obviously awful dude over here or that glaringly […]

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With ObamaCare and “Gay Marriage” upheld, when (if ever) should we simply say no to Federal control?

So the Pagan Political Right has once again saved the day for the Pagan Political Left by advancing the cause of State/Corporate control of the health care system through the “legal” preservation of ObamaCare. This decision comes on the heels of the Pagan Political Right going to ridiculous extremes to eek out passage of ObamaTrade. […]

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The Great American Purge of Decentralized Thought Continues

The Great American Purge of decentralized thought continues. Anyone advocating the radical decentralization of power must be silenced. Anything inspiring people to seriously consider and possibly embrace such decentralization must be eliminated. Any challenge to the supremacy and indivisible nature of the almighty American Corporate State cannot and will not be tolerated. (See: The God of Government […]

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Does U2’s Bono, a professing Christian, believe the Bible?

Any [teaching] that is good is in the Word of God, and any that is not in the Word of God is not good. I am a Bible Christian and if an archangel with a wingspread as broad as a constellation shining like the sun were to come and offer me some new truth, I’d ask […]

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Supreme Court: Gay Marriage is now the Law of the Land

Will the real pastors please stand up? Five unelected judges have spat in God’s face and declared war on marriage and family. This is now full-on open warfare. God have mercy on America and the world. Link to the story here. Berean Research has this White Paper with excellent resources for you and your church.

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US Supreme Court Defies God And Votes In Favor Of Same-Sex Marriage

The Supreme Court in a historic 5-4 ruling on Friday said there is a right to same-sex marriage in all 50 states, delivering a monumental win for gay rights across the country.

“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.” Romans 1 (KJV)

Justice Anthony Kennedy, often the swing vote on the court, sided with its more liberal members and authored the 34-page decision. He wrote that marriage is a “keystone of the nation’s social order” and that there is “no difference between same- and opposite-sex couples with respect to this principle.”

Kennedy then criticized that same-sex couples are denied the benefits that states have linked to marriage. “It is demeaning to lock same-sex couples out of a central institution of the nation’s society, for they too may aspire to the transcendent purposes of marriage,” he wrote.

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Supporters of same-sex marriage cheered outside the Supreme Court as word of the decision leaked outside. Many held flags adorned with a blue and yellow equal sign, the logo of the LGBT advocacy group the Human Rights Campaign.

Marc Solomon, national campaign director for Freedom to Marry, called the decision a “profound victory.” “America has once again fulfilled its promise of the Constitution to another group of Americans,” he said.

Kennedy’s opinion declares that all states must recognize same-sex marriages under the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause. He swats down the argument promoted by those against same-sex marriage, who asserted that granting same-sex marriage would devalue or harm the institution of traditional marriage.

“Far from seeking to devalue marriage, the petitioners seek it for themselves because of their respect — and need — for its privileges and responsibilities,” he writes. “And their immutable nature dictates that same-sex marriage is their only real path to this profound commitment.”

All four conservative justices wrote dissenting opinions, with Chief Justice John Roberts writing the longest, 29 pages, of which he read excerpts from the bench.
While Roberts recognized the day is a monumental one for gays and lesbians, he wrote that it has “nothing to do” with the Constitution. “If you are among the many Americans — of whatever sexual orientation — who favor expanding same-sex marriage, by all means celebrate today’s decision,” he writes.

“Celebrate the achievement of a desired goal. Celebrate the opportunity for a new expression of commitment to a partner. Celebrate the availability of new benefits. But do not celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it.”

Justice Antonin Scalia, fresh off of a scathing dissent in Thursday’s Affordable Care Act case, penned his own decision even though he said he completely agrees with Roberts’s views, in order to “call attention to this court’s threat to American democracy.”

Scalia writes that the outcome of the decision is not particularly important to him, and that he believes the law can recognize “whatever sexual attachments and living arrangements it wishes, and can afford them favorable civil consequences.” source


Cold Case Christianity: How Did Jesus Deal with Doubt?

In this episode of the Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast, J. Warner Wallace examines how Jesus handled doubt when it was expressed by his followers and those who observed his life and ministry? What was Jesus’ response when people confessed their concerns about his claims to Deity? The answer may surprise you. Here is part 1 of this week’s broadcast:

Here is part 2 of this week’s broadcast:

Here is the audio podcast (the Cold-Case Christianity Weekly Podcast is located on iTunes or our RSS Feed):


Would the Son of God Contradict the Father?

In light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s disastrous decision on same-sex marriage, I’m posting an article I wrote a few years ago where I dealt the ridiculous notion that Jesus never addressed homosexuality.  That He never said anything about homosexuality is utter nonsense.  Moreover, it is one of the most outrageous lies foisted on the public by those […]

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Author(s): Phyllis Schlafly

 
It looks like all sorts of people are joining the game of rewriting parts of the U.S. Constitution. It started with state legislators who apparently had time on their hands, and now it’s even extended to U.S. Supreme Court Justices. Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg made a joint appearance at the National Press Club and added their two bits worth of advice about changing our Constitution. Justice Scalia said he would like an amendment to make it easier to pass more amendments, which probably is music to the ears of those who are trying to pass several or even a dozen new…
 


Author(s): Phyllis Schlafly

 
In his seventh year of “fundamentally transforming the United States of America,” as Barack Obama memorably promised five days before he was elected president, we’re learning new details about thousands of immigrants who were released from custody after being convicted of serious, violent felonies and horrific sex crimes. Instead of doing his duty to keep bad people out of America (or remove them if they manage to sneak in), Obama is bringing us even more diversity by accepting thousands of refugees from terrorist-harboring countries such as Syria and Somalia. Immigrants who commit a major…
 


Rev. Franklin Graham. (Photo: Screenshot, FNC)

The “Gay Pride” event at the White House on Wednesday, along with the many pro-homosexual actions taken by the Obama administration,  indicates the “moral decline we are seeing manifest daily,” said evangelist Franklin Graham, who added that President Barack Obama is leading America “on a sinful course, and God will judge him and us as a nation if we don’t repent.”

“President Barack Obama was right about one thing in the speech he gave at a Gay Pride event he hosted in the White House yesterday,” said Rev. Franklin Graham in a June 25 post on Facebook. “He said, ‘There has been an incredible shift in attitudes across the country.'”

“That’s true—but it is definitely not a shift for the good of America,” said the reverend.  “The shift in attitudes he refers to is the moral decline we are seeing manifest daily around us.”


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The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States.

Gay and lesbian couples already can marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court’s 5-4 ruling means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage.

The outcome is the culmination of two decades of Supreme Court litigation over marriage, and gay rights generally.

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, just as he did in the court’s previous three major gay rights cases dating back to 1996. It came on the anniversary of two of those earlier decisions.

“No union is more profound than marriage,” Kennedy wrote, joined by the court’s four more liberal justices.


John Lennon Could Have Never Imagined This

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Where is Discernment? Top Selling Christian Books

Two eschatological thrillers, two books of heavenly tourism, a journal of conversations with Jesus, a diet book, a money-management book, and a social-gospel self-help book. American Christians can and should be reading better things.

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Where’s the Pope’s Encyclical on Christian Persecution?

It’s noteworthy that Francis didn’t merely opine on global warming during this or that sermon, but that he issued a papal encyclical on the matter. Encyclicals are much more formal and significant that passing comments made during mass. They are letters written by a pope and sent to bishops all around the world. In turn, the bishops are meant to disseminate the encyclical’s ideas to all the priests and churches in their jurisdiction, so that the pope’s teaching reaches every church-attending Catholic.

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A Layman’s Summary of Rapture Positions

There are basically five positions on the Rapture among Bible prophecy followers, students and teachers:

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Can You be a Pro-Choice Christian?

For very similar reasons, you simply cannot be Christian and pro-abortion.

In order to be both, you’d have to change Christianity into a religion that does not and would not condemn the murder of human children. You’d have to turn Christ into a Savior who embraces infanticide, and God into a Father who creates children but does not necessarily expect us or command us to refrain from violently destroying them.

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The Impending Collision of Obama’s Failures

Like speeding trains heading toward the same collapsed bridge, the dangers and failures of Barack Obama’s foreign, economic, and social policies are heading rapidly toward implosion. Our vital security interests, our economic well-being, our religious liberties, and the very fabric of American family life are all at grave risk of becoming casualties of the extreme ideological agenda and simple incompetence of the current Administration.

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The Message of the Message “Bible”

There are many translations of The Bible we can choose from these days.  Some are more literal while some take great liberties to present the original language in a more ‘reader friendly” format.  Then there are those that are not really Bibles at all–and today we discuss a paraphrase of the Bible that is becoming […]

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MARRIAGE, INFIDELITY, AND MINISTRY

I was heartbroken when I learned on Sunday of the Moral failure of Tullian Tchividjian. I was so sad for him, his family, his church, and everyone else involved in such a painful situation. He referred to this time as the valley of the shadow of death. I’m sure that’s exactly what it feels like.

Whenever I learn that a minister of the gospel has committed adultery it feels very close to me. I don’t feel outrage or disgust, as much as a concerned awareness that I could do the same thing. With all of my heart, I do not want to do the same thing, but I imagine that is true of most ministers who have fallen in their ministry. Nobody begins a ministry wanting to injure their families and bring reproach upon the body of Christ. And yet, over time, the flesh weakens the resolve of the spirit and tragedy strikes where we previously thought it unthinkable.

The same sin nature and weaknesses of the flesh reside in me as in any minister who has committed adultery. I have no stones to throw. I always want to take the opportunity of such disasters to pray for those who have fallen, and for all those that were harmed in the aftermath whether church members, family members, and even those who cooperated in their sin. O, how I pray for Christ to cover all that has gone wrong in his redeeming grace.

I also want to take the opportunity to shed new light on any dark corners in my own life. Where am I leaving a door open for sin? Where do I need to refresh my vigilance? I want to finish strong in my ministry. But at 35 I am aware that there are a lot of years between now and then. So here I want to offer a few reflections on Ephesians 5:1-3 to remind me of how I need to fight if I would avoid a ministry-destroying fall into sexual immorality. This is counsel that I offer to myself and to anyone else interested in fighting with me for the long faithfulness of sexual purity.

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The Daily Discovery (June 26, 2015)

The Multi-Dimensional Love of Christ – “Quite a few researchers have tried to find out how many love songs there are in the world. They have all concluded that it’s an impossible task. Just too many to count.”

Choking ourselves to death – “During Jesus’ incarnation, the religious elite of His day, the scribes and Pharisees, would follow Him around and seek to trap Him, discredit Him and have Him arrested and killed.  The Pharisees honestly get a bad rap sometimes.”

Protestants All – “In a seminal 2001 essay, Fenggang Yank and Helen Rose Ebaugh studied 13 Houston-area religious institutions to discover how the religious lives of new immigrants are changed by their move to America. They discovered three processes: The congregations adopt ‘in organizational structure and ritual’; they return to ‘theological foundations’; and they make an effort to reach ‘beyond traditional boundaries to include other peoples’.”

Guilt Is Not Just a Feeling – “Guilt is not just a feeling. It is not just a psychological condition, although it can become one. It is a legal standing.  When the foreman of the jury in a trial speaks the word Guilty, he is not commenting on the feelings of the accused.”

Madness, The Gospel, and Giving – “When Paul preached the gospel to the imperial elites, he called his message “truthful and rational,” yet to many listeners he seemed out of his mind. Today again, what Christians think is true and reasonable now appears to be sheer madness to increasing numbers of the population.”


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Is Psalm 83 On The horizon?

Do you think the tinder box in the Middle East might burn out of control again soon? With possibly another ground excursion on the horizon against Hamas and now with Hezbollah possibly getting involved in the north, could we see Psalm 83/Isaiah 17 come to pass quite soon? Will Psalm 83/Isaiah 17 come before or after the Rapture? Or can it go either way? On the one hand if Psalm 83/Isaiah 17 did come to pass before the Rapture, does that mean we are on the fast-track to the Rapture and the Tribulation?

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God’s Will Or Ours?

Re: Offering ourselves as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1). If we have no free will or individual desire (see Psalm 20:4 & 37:4) then aren’t we limiting Gods gift of imagination and intellect? Are you saying there is no room for individual aspirations? In an intimate relationship with God isn’t it the spirit that actually places desires and aspirations within our hearts and minds and then gives us the ability to attain those goals? Do you believe God does not want us to have personal desires? Do you believe our desires are in conflict with the the efforts of the indwelling spirit of God?

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How Do I Know When God Is Testing Me?

When you’re facing a horrible, trying event in your life, how do you know if it’s a trial or testing from the Lord or not? I know that He allows us to go through things for various reasons, for example, to draw us closer to Himself, to grow as children of God, etc.  But how do we know when it’s not from Him? When that instinct is telling us, no this is not right, how do we know if that instinct is correct and from the Lord or if it’s just selfish human nature trying to steer us away from what the Lord wants for us?

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Our Kinsman Redeemer

The language of the KJV of Heb 2:16 centers on Christ being made of the seed of Abraham through David yet most of the modern versions read totally different saying God gives no assistance to angels but does to the children on men. I have consulted the interlinear bible and must say the KJV seems true to the original. Can you enlighten me as to where they get the current interpretation from?

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God’s Will Or Ours? Follow Up

Re: God’s Will Or Ours?  Exactly how does one go about submitting our will to God? I feel like I’ve done this through prayer, telling him I’m submitting my will to Him,  but nothing seems to happen, that I can tell. What should we expect when we do this? What am I missing?

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Isaiah 60 And The New Jerusalem

I have been reading your posts about the new Jerusalem and the light that it will afford to the earth. This morning I was in Isiah 60.  Do verses 19 onwards foretell this event, the new Jerusalem affording light to the earth?  The last verse 22b is awesome, “I am the LORD; in its time I will hasten it”  Amen, come Lord Jesus!

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The dying thief: What was so great about his faith?

There are many acts of extraordinary faith in the Bible. The one that has impressed me the most concerns the dying thief on the cross. We could take the approach that he had nothing to lose, so he decided to cast his lot with Jesus. But this makes absolutely no sense of the text and the context.
In this conversion we have a specific fulfillment of Christ’s first words on the cross. No sooner had Christ spoken the words, “Father, forgive them,” had the Father answered that prayer by turning a once-reviling criminal into a Christ-glorifying saint. While the soon-to-be converted criminal was not directly responsible for Christ’s death, he nevertheless joined with those who were and was thus indirectly addressed when Christ asked for God to forgive “them.”
Christ, the sinless one, was numbered with or counted among the transgressors (Isa. 53:12; Luke 22:37), all of whom have a bigger problem than the day-to-day sins they commit. They hate Christ, the God-man. Anyone who has a master other than the Lord Jesus hates him (Lk. 16:13; Gal. 4:8). That these two criminals loathed him is clearly manifested during the crucifixion: “And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way” (Matt. 27:44).
When the criminal who was converted was doing his worst against Christ, Christ was doing his best for this criminal.
The conversion of the one criminal was most extraordinary and testifies to the power of Christ’s prayer and the grace of God. Why?
This criminal’s faith did not come at a time such as when Christ turned water into wine; or performed miracles, such as walking on water, opening the eyes of a blind man, or raising Lazarus from the dead. No! The criminal believed on the Messiah while he was hanging as one cursed upon a tree. The criminal trusted in and boldly defended the one whose disciples had abandoned him. Jesus was at his lowest when this criminal asked to be remembered in Christ’s kingdom.
When he was on the cross, did anyone publicly cry out, as John the Baptist did, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (Jn. 1:29)? But this is essentially what the dying thief did. Little wonder, then, that Christ should promise him a place in his kingdom: “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise” (Lk. 23:43).
The criminal acknowledged he was guilty; he acknowledged that Christ was not (“this man has done nothing wrong”); he feared God; but, and here is the key: the criminal did not merely want to be in a better place. He wanted to be with Christ in a better place: “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Lk. 23:42). The criminal believed “against all hope”.
Heaven is a better place because that is where Christ is. Everyone wants to go to heaven, but not everyone wants to go to Christ’s heaven. Not so with this criminal: he saw, with his eyes, Christ at his worst; but with the eyes of faith, he believed that Christ would soon be at his best, and so put his faith in a dying king.
Christ is always – always! – willing to save even the most miserable of sinners. A recognition of guilt (Lk. 23:40) and a confidence in him and not ourselves (Lk. 23:42) will always lead to the most assuring truth a sinner can receive: the Savior welcomes such into his paradise!
“One is saved, and we may not despair; the other is lost, and we may not presume.” Spurgeon
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Is it better to be liked than respected?

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Étienne Prosper Berne-Bellecour - The wounded soldier Étienne Prosper Berne-Bellecour – The wounded soldier

As soon as I saw the title of this post from Cold Case Christianity, I knew it would be significant to me.

J. Warner Wallace writes:

Popularity often requires agreement. It’s easy to like people who hold the same opinions and values. It’s not really surprising, therefore, that many of us, in an effort to be liked, try to find a way to come to agreement with the people around us. And that’s where the trouble usually starts. There are two ways to form agreement:

1. Influence others toward our position, or
2. Simply embrace the positions of others

We can try to move them toward us, or we can simply move toward them. One of these strategies will ensure our likability but the other is the path to respect.

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Should Christian apologists avoid political, moral and cultural issues?

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The Sexual Revolution and the decline in religious affiliation The Sexual Revolution and the decline in religious affiliation

Here’s an article from The American Conservative, by moderate conservative Rod Dreher, dated April 2013.

He writes:

Twenty years ago, new president Bill Clinton stepped on a political landmine when he tried to fulfill a campaign promise to permit gay soldiers to serve openly. Same-sex marriage barely registered as a political cause; the country was then three years away from the Defense of Marriage Act and four years from comedian Ellen DeGeneres’s prime-time coming out.

Then came what historians will one day recall as a cultural revolution. Now we’re entering the endgame of the struggle over gay rights and the meaning of homosexuality. Conservatives have been routed, both in court and increasingly in the court of public opinion. It is commonly believed that the only reason to oppose same-sex marriage is rank bigotry or for religious reasons, neither of which—the argument goes—has…

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Barna Update | Women & Church: 5 Trends

Five Factors Changing Women’s Relationship with Churches

Women have traditionally been the backbone of churches. Their participation, attendance, volunteerism and giving, among many other things, have fueled the majority of the work of most congregations.

However, this monumental effort may be running out of steam. The rates of women among the unchurched and among atheists are rising. Why is this? Barna examines data collected over the course of a decade of research—including several recent studies—to uncover some of the factors leading to declining faith engagement among women.

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What Are You Willing to Give Up?

Green Baggins

Today’s Supreme Court ruling federally legalizes same-sex “marriage.” It seems obvious to me that we need to prepare our people for persecution, while simultaneously preparing them to speak lovingly, yet truthfully, to the LGBT community. This will not be an easy road. What are we willing to to give up? For this decision constitutes America’s attempt to re-define God’s own creation ordinance. This will have massive ramifications that we can only barely glimpse at the moment.

The somewhat provocative title of this post should not be seen as a call to emotional hysteria. All too often, the conversation is characterized by shrill voices on both sides of the debate, thus creating a climate where no one can listen. Evangelicals are rank with fear. Why? And what kind of fear is it? I think we fear to lose the comfortable liberty we have had for such a long time. We fear…

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Delusion

Zwinglius Redivivus

Let us look into ourselves without flattery or blind self-love. It is not strange that we are so deluded in this matter, seeing none of us can avoid that pestilential self-indulgence, which, as Scripture proclaims, is naturally inherent in all: “Every way of a man is right in his own eyes,” says Solomon (Prov. 21:2). And again, “All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes,” (Prov. 16:2).

What then? does this hallucination excuse him? No, indeed, as Solomon immediately adds, “The Lord weigheth the spirits;” that is, while man flatters himself by wearing an external mask of righteousness, the Lord weighs the hidden impurity of the heart in his balance. Seeing, therefore, that nothing is gained by such flattery, let us not voluntarily delude ourselves to our own destruction.

To examine ourselves properly, our conscience must be called to the judgment-seat of God. His light is…

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The Supreme Court Has Ruled…

Zwinglius Redivivus

Same sex marriage is the law of the land.  As expected.  But their ruling changes nothing.  I won’t be participating, presiding over, or in any way legitimizing what I believe Scripture teaches is inappropriate.

You do what you must.  So will I.

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How should Christians respond to the Supreme Court’s decision to redefine marriage?

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Gay activist vandalizes pro-marriage sign Gay activist vandalizes pro-marriage sign

In case you haven’t heard, the Supreme Court voted to redefine marriage to remove the focus on creating and raising children in stable relationships. Now marriage is just for any two or more people who have feelings for each other, and when the feelings go, so does the marriage. The commitment is gone, the child-centered focus is gone. It’s just about the needs of selfish adults.

Which Religions Voted for Obama in 2008? Which Religions Voted for Obama in 2008?

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2008 voting broken by religious groups 2008 voting broken down by religious groups

So, remember that when you are processing today’s decision on gay marriage – not every person who calls herself a Christian actually believes what their mouth speaks. For many of them, religion is just a custom, like the clothes they wear, or the food they eat. They don’t really believe a word of the Bible, and just want to dance and sing in church for…

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Reconciled!

The Reformed Reader

Our Reasonable Faith God has – by grace alone – reconciled sinners to himself through Christ’s work (Rom. 5:10-11, 2 Cor. 5:18-20, etc.).  Here’s how Herman Bavinck describes this gospel:

“Because Christ by his death has covered our sin and averted God’s wrath, God changes his attitude towards the world into one of reconciliation, and he tells us this in his gospel, which is therefore called the word of reconciliation.”

“This reconciliation, too, is something objective.  It is not something which comes into being for the first time in virtue of our faith and repentance, but rests on the atonement (satisfaction) which Christ has made, and it consists of the reconciling, gracious relationship of God to us, and we receive it and accept it in faith (Rom. 5:11).”

“Because God has laid aside his hostile disposition towards us on the basis of the death of Christ, we are admonished on our part also…

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Empty ‘Forgiveness’

Zwinglius Redivivus

It has become commonplace for people, as soon as a vile violent act takes place, to say ‘I forgive’ whoever/whatever.  Such forgiveness is thoroughly empty and utterly meaningless.  Forgiveness which is based on nothing at all is permission and forgiving someone who shows neither sorrow nor regret and who hasn’t even asked for it is to offer something empty and pointless.

In other words, as I’ve suggested before, forgiveness without repentance is permission.

What, after all, is the point of telling a murderer who has not expressed either regret or sorrow “I forgive you’?  So what?  How does that change him or you?

Oh to be sure, it makes people feel better about themselves.  “So and so did something terrible but I forgive them”.  So what?  Now you feel that you’ve done something, but tell me, what exactly have you accomplished other than giving yourself a pat on the back?

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Supreme Court legislates from the bench to save Obamacare, again!

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Obamacare premium increases by state Obamacare premium increases by state (click for larger image)

Ben Shapiro who is a Harvard Law grad has a good summary of Thursday’s awful Supreme Court decision.

He writes:

On Thursday, the Supreme Court released its long-awaited decision on Obamacare’s IRS subsidies under federal health insurance exchanges. And, as expected, the Court rewrote the statute to help President Obama’s signature law.

[…]In King v. Burwell, four citizens sued over Obamacare, alleging that they had been forced to purchase health insurance; they said that the federal health exchange set up in Virginia in absence of a state-created health exchange under Obamacare did not count as a “state exchange” for purposes of the statute, making it illegal for them to receive federal subsidies for their health insurance. Without the subsidies, they would no longer be required to purchase health insurance, since it would be too expensive.

Now, Obamacare’s language is quite…

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What is Total Inability?

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

9 What then? Are we better than they? Not at all; for we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin; 10 as it is written,
“ There is none righteous, not even one;
11 There is none who understands,
There is none who seeks for God;
12 All have turned aside, together they have become useless;
There is none who does good,
There is not even one.”
13 “ Their throat is an open grave,
With their tongues they keep deceiving,”
“ The poison of asps is under their lips”;
14 “ Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness”;
15 “ Their feet are swift to shed blood,
16 Destruction and misery are in their paths,
17 And the path of peace they have not known.”
18 “ There is no fear of God before their eyes.” (Romans 3:9-18 NASB)

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