Friday, January 31, 2014

Oscars Revoke Christian Song - Joni Eareckson Tada

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences chose the low-budget Christian movie Alone Yet Not Alone for its first-ever revocation of an Oscar nomination on ethical grounds.  The nomination of the film's title song, performed by quadriplegic Christian singer and leading evangelist Joni Eareckson Tada, has been criticized for associations with "anti-gay" personalities.
"If the academy is just hoping they can keep quiet and this story will go away, they need to find a different strategy."
-- Daniel Diermeier, Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management
For background, read Poll: Gay Agenda Complete when Christians Muzzled and also read Sen. Ted Cruz Says Gay Agenda Ends Christian Liberty

Click for Fox News' Megyn Kelly interview of Joni Eareckson Tada (2/10/14)

-- From "Oscar nod revoked for 'Alone Yet Not Alone'" posted at The Columbus Dispatch 1/31/14

The academy discovered that composer Bruce Broughton emailed members of the group’s music branch during the voting period to make them aware of his submission.

Broughton is a member of the music branch’s executive committee and a former governor for the academy.

Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said Wednesday that using a position within the organization to promote one’s Oscar submission creates the appearance of an unfair advantage.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Voices rising amid 'Alone Yet Not Alone's' removal from Oscar running" by Steven Zeitchik and Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times 1/31/14

. . . the action has prompted criticism that the academy has cracked down on a small movie that can't compete with big-budget Oscar campaigns mounted by studios. "Alone Yet Not Alone," from a film of the same name about 18th century Colonists in the Ohio Valley, is a low-budget, faith-based movie that features an iconic quadriplegic pastor.

Veteran awards consultant Cynthia Swartz says she doesn't understand how Broughton's email was different from any number of other things that the academy allows during campaigning for Oscar nominations. Producers and studio executives, she notes, routinely send email invitations to friends for screenings of their movies, events that also include refreshments.

In an interview, pastor Eareckson Tada said she was unsure what to make of the academy's decision.

"If it was for reasons connected with a faith-based message, it shouldn't surprise us that Hollywood would shun Jesus," she said. "Jesus has been shunned by much weedier characters."

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Academy Disqualifies Joni Eareckson Tada's Oscar-Nominated Song from Christian Movie" by Kate Tracy, Christianity Today 1/30/14

Since nominations were announced, the song—performed by quadriplegic Christian author and speaker Joni Eareckson Tada—drew criticism and confusion from Hollywood for beating out musicians featured in more popular films. The latest news stokes the debate even further, given that Oscar lobbying and campaigning are arguably common practices.

The nomination has received negative reactions not for its quality, but for the film's endorsements by James Dobson, Rick Santorum, and Josh Dugger, executive director of Family Resource Council Action, among others. framed the movie as endorsed by "anti-gay hate group activists," while the Boston Globe headline reads, "The Oscar nomination that stinks to heaven." Hitflix writes: "There were audible gasps and chuckles when Cheryl Boone Isaacs began reading the list of nominees in the category, and first off the bat was "Alone Yet Not Alone" from, er, Alone Yet Not Alone…It doesn't seem a stretch to call this Christian drama the most obscure feature film nominated for an Oscar this year."

. . . The film will be released in theaters nationwide this June.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.
From "Singer of un-nominated Oscar song issues statement" posted at Asheville Citizen-Times 1/30/14

“I was grateful for the attention the nomination brought to this worthy song and the inspirational film behind it,” said Tada, who is founder and CEO of Joni and Friends International Disability Center.

The nomination brought attention to “the ongoing work of Joni and Friends to people affected by disabilities,” she said. “The decision by the Academy to rescind the nomination may well bring even further attention, and I only hope it helps to further extend the message and impact of the song.”

A diving accident in 1967 left Joni Eareckson, then 17, a quadriplegic, without the use of her hands. During her rehabilitation, she learned how to paint with a brush between her teeth, and she has since become a well-known artist. She is the author of an autobiography, “Joni,” which was made into a feature film in 1979, with Tada playing herself.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Joni Eareckson Tada: I hope Oscar award revocation brings ‘further attention’ to dignity of disabled" by Ben Johnson, 1/31/14

The nomination of Alone Yet Not Alone surprised many, since the film, which details how the Christian faith sustained a family captured by the Delaware Indians during the French-Indian War, had a limited release before a tiny audience. It will be released in full later this year.

“Regarding the reasons for the nomination being rescinded, it is not my place to speculate as I have no insights into the workings of the entertainment industry,” she said. “If it were for reasons connected with the faith-based message of this film, we shouldn’t be surprised that Hollywood shuns Christ and His message. He was shunned by weightier adversaries than those in the field of entertainment.”

The nomination of a song by a singer with 51 percent of her lung capacity showed the possibilities inherent in any disabled person, she said.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read about Hollywood's Disproportionate Attention to the Gay Agenda as well as Study Claims Media Bias FOR Gays is Christians' Fault

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Atheists' Super Bowl Ad Attacks Christians, Prayer

The enemy of God has launched another salvo in the age-old battle of evil vs. good, this time using the American Atheists organization with a new advertisement for the NFL Super Bowl.

For background, read Super Bowl Quarterback Prays to Jesus: Russell Wilson

In 2012, FOX Censored Christian Super Bowl Commercial

Also read of the myriad atheist lawsuits against Christians and prayer nationwide and read Atheists Threaten to Sue Every School in Tennessee and in Mississippi but admit they're Short on Lawyers to Sue ALL Christians

-- From "American Atheists Launch Anti-Prayer Super Bowl Ad" reported by Huffington Post 1/30/14

This year a new brand of advertising makes its way to Metlife Stadium, and it's encouraging sports fans to do anything but pray for the teams they love.

“Prayer is superstition, plain and simple,” said David Silverman, President of American Atheists, which has launched an anti-prayer billboard directly across from the Super Bowl stadium.

With the message, "A 'Hail Mary' only works in football," the billboard mocks the common Christian prayer used to ask for the Virgin Mary's intercession. Some may find the billboard to be offensive and even proselytizing, and, well, they'd be right.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "American Atheists' Super Bowl Billboard Makes Fun of 'Hail Mary' Prayer" by Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post Reporter 1/29/14

"[Prayer] trivializes the dedication of the players and takes away from their achievements. A third of football fans pray in hopes of helping their team. These are adults we're talking about – people with children, people with careers, people who vote. It's 2014; it's time to stop believing that prayer works. Give credit where credit is due and celebrate what this is really about-coming together to cheer on hard-working athletes doing what they do best," [Silverman said in a statement].

The billboard prompted State Sen. Andrew Lanza from Staten Island, N.Y., to run a petition calling for the "immediate withdrawal" of the ad as it lacks "decency, civility and kindness."

"It seems to me that this is part of a continued 'War on Christmas' and also upon the belief and value system of millions of Christian, Jewish and Muslim people who have faith in God," Lanza commented. "Religious persecution of the kind that similarly led to the Holocaust began with small baby steps of ridicule and hatred of the religious beliefs of others."

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

In addition, read the long list of states enacting laws to bring prayer back to schools.

Atheists' 2013 commercial:

Also read about past atheist advertising campaigns.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

ACLU Sues Louisiana School for Overt Christianity

As a public school, the Sabine Parish School Board says it will vigorously defend freedom of religion regarding a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Louisiana charging that a teacher, backed by school administrators, harassed a sixth-grade Buddhist student and suggested to parents that their son should be transferred to a school with more Asians.

For background, read Atheists Say Illegal Christianity is 'Rampant' in Georgia Schools and read ACLU Warns of Christianity in South Carolina School

Also read about humanists suing schools in Illinois and in Missouri and in Georgia and in Mississippi over Christian prayer, and humanists fight the Christian cross in  California, and read Atheists Threaten to Sue Every School in Tennessee and in Mississippi but admit they're Short on Lawyers to Sue ALL Christians

In addition read Parents Sue Kansas to Stop Religious (Secular Humanism) Education and also read California Judge OKs Teaching Hinduism in Public School

-- From "Sabine school board responds to ACLU suit over religious harassment" by The Associated Press and KSLA-TV 12 (Shreveport, LA) 1/23/14

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Shreveport on behalf of Scott and Sharon Lane and their three children. According to the complaint, the Lane's enrolled their son - a lifelong Buddhist of Thai descent . . .

Superintendent Sara Ebarb was unavailable Wednesday for comment, but on a statement released by the board on Thursday reads, "The Sabine Parish School Board has only recently been made aware of the lawsuit filed by the ACLU. A lawsuit only represents one side's allegations, and the board is disappointed that the ACLU chose to file suit without even contacting it regarding the facts.

The school system recognizes the rights of all students to exercise the religion of their choice and will defend the lawsuit vigorously."

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "ACLU sues Sabine Parish School Board for alleged religious harassment of student" by Jade Cunningham & Nancy Cook, KTAL-TV 6 (Shreveport, LA) 1/22/14

According to the complaint . . . His science teacher, Rita Roark, has repeatedly taught students that the Earth was created by God 6,000 years ago, that evolution is "impossible," and that the Bible is "100 percent true."

Beyond Roark's classroom, the school also regularly incorporates official Christian prayer into class and school events. School officials display religious iconography throughout hallways and classrooms, including a large portrait of Jesus Christ, and an electronic marquee in front of the school scrolls Bible verses as students enter the building.

When the Lanes objected to these practices, Sabine Parish Superintendent Sara Ebarb told them that, "this is the Bible belt." She suggested that C.C. should "change" his faith and advised the Lanes that their only recourse was to transfer him to another district school 25 miles away where, in her words, "there are more Asians." Ultimately, C.C.'s parents did transfer him to another school to protect him, but school officials there also unconstitutionally promote religion.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "A Textbook Case on the Establishment Clause" by Jeremy Choate, Courthouse News Service 1/27/14

A Louisiana public school repeatedly humiliated a Buddhist sixth-grader, teaches that "evolution is a 'stupid' theory that 'stupid people made up because they don't want to believe in God,'" and scolded the boy for failing to answer correctly a test question: "Isn't it amazing what the ­­­­_____ [Lord] has made!!!!!!!!," the child and his parents claim in court.

Scott and Sharon Lane sued the Sabine Parish School Board on their own behalf and for their three children, in Federal Court. They also sued school Superintendent Sara Ebarb, Negreet High School principal Gene Wright and Negreet H.S. teacher Rita Roark.

[The student] quickly became a target of "proselytizing and harassment" by his teacher Rita Roark, the family says in the 20-page lawsuit.

They seek an injunction, costs and compensatory damages, including the costs of taking C.C. to a different school.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Teaching Evolution is Religious Indoctrination: Lawsuit as well as Global Warming is a Religion, Say Climate Scientists

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Secret ObamaCare Abortion Fees Make Pres. a Liar

Four years ago, President Obama's signature healthcare reform bill nearly tanked among key Democrats because the legislation didn't prohibit explicit funding of abortion, and so the President promised that he would personally ensure that Americans were not forced to pay for other people's decisions to kill their babies.
“We knew that was an empty promise as the bill stipulated a $1 a month surcharge for plans that covered abortions.  On top of that … it’s near impossible to decipher which plans include abortion and at what cost!”
-- Congressman Joe Pitts (R-Penn.), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health
For background, read ObamaCare Covers Abortion & Pays Abortionists because there're Not Enough Abortions, Report Says

UPDATE 9/16/14: Federal Study Proves ObamaCare Taxpayer-funded Abortions

In addition, read battlefield accounts of ObamaCare vs. Christians

UPDATE 8/26/14: ObamaCare Pays for Sexual Mutilation — Gay Agenda

-- From "Secret abortion fees hidden in Obamacare premiums" posted at Hawaii Reporter by Tori Richards of 1/27/14

Insurance companies working under the Obamacare umbrella have secretly added a surcharge to cover the cost of abortions, an apparent violation of federal law that forbids the practice, congressional leaders charge.

To fix this, a House bill will be introduced this week to demand full disclosure and a separate itemized premium. It also will prohibit federal subsidies for Obamacare insurance plans that cover abortion. That bill, HR-7, or the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” will be introduced by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

On Oct. 9, Rep. Chris Smith, R-NJ, introduced a bill on the disclosure issue, which now has been folded into the broader HR-7. Smith is co-chairman of the Bipartisan Congressional Pro-Life Caucus.

Smith has discovered that the states of Maryland, New York and Washington have flouted the law by telling insurance companies they don’t need to itemize the charge for consumers.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Obamacare Improving As Obama Heads Into SOTU" by Sam Baker, Sophie Novack and Clara Ritger, National Journal 1/27/14

. . . The [No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act] would take the already existing ban on federal funding for abortion services a step further by prohibiting Obamacare tax subsidies for individuals and small businesses from going towards any plans that include abortion coverage. The measure is expected to pass in the House and be stopped in the Senate.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Hidden Abortion Fees in Obamacare" by Steven Ertelt, 1/27/14

The legislation combines several policies that must be enacted every year in Congressional battles and puts them into law where they will not be in jeopardy of being overturned every time Congress changes hands from pro-life lawmakers to those who support abortions. The House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice approved the bill earlier this month.

Congressman Chris Smith, a New Jersey Republican who is the bill sponsor, talked about the legislation during his March for Life speech:

“To rid Obamacare of its massive expansion of public funding for abortion insurance plans—and to make existing policies like the Hyde Amendment permanent–ask your senators and member of the House to support the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act co-sponsored by 165 House Members and a quarter of the Senate,” he said.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Why the GOP is still talking about abortion" by Irin Carmon, MSNBC 1/9/14

“I don’t think there’s any greater war on women anywhere in the world than abortion on demand,” Rep. Trent Franks told msnbc this morning, shortly after a subcommittee hearing on HR7, the so-called No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. The bill would ban federal subsidies and tax benefits to private insurance plans if they cover abortion, broadening the scope of the Hyde Amendment, which already largely prohibits taxpayer funding for abortion.

As for the so-called GOP rebrand, Franks, who has often championed such legislation, said, “There are very few issues that are more important to the Republican [party] foundation than protecting innocent human life.” He added, “If somehow now we should let that central pillar of who we are as a party crumble, we would simply go the way of the Whigs.”

To read the entire opinion column above, CLICK HERE.

The question is: Will the GOP Go Pro-abortion in Addition to Pro-Gay?

Also read Homosexual Disease Paid by All Americans: ObamaCare as well as Everyone Pays for 'Gay Fertility' Treatments in California

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Humanists Threaten to Sue Illinois School - Prayer

Atheists are giving the rural high school in the southern Illinois community of Norris City just two weeks to ditch prayer at commencement -- where less than a hundred students graduate annually -- or face a legal challenge seeking at least an injunction and a monetary settlement.

For background, read the long list of states enacting laws to bring prayer back to schools.

Also read Humanists Threaten Missouri School over Prayer

In addition, read Atheists Threaten to Sue Every School in Tennessee and in Mississippi but admit they're Short on Lawyers to Sue ALL Christians

-- From "Group threatens lawsuit over southern Illinois high school's graduation prayer" by The Associated Press 1/25/14

[The American Humanist Association (AHA)] insists that by including prayers during the high school's graduation ceremony, the district unconstitutionally coerces students to participate in a religious activity.

The high school's principal, Matt Vollmann, says the student-led prayer long has been part of the ceremony, and that he's never fielded any local complaint.

Vollmann says the district is probing the validity of the aggrieved group's claims.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Group threatens to sue over prayer" by Becky Malkovich, The Southern Illinoisan 1/24/14

Norris City-Omaha-Enfield High School [NCOEHS] administrators received letters via email from the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center on Wednesday demanding that they end the tradition — or end up in court.

. . . the organization is acting on behalf of several NCOE students who raised concerns about prayer during the ceremony.

The students declined to be identified.

The humanist organization is asking the school for a response within two weeks of receipt of the letter.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "NCOE receives letter to stop prayers at graduation" by Tammy Knox, The Carmi (Illinois) Times 1/25/14

Formed in 1941, the AHA is located in Washington, D.C. According to their Website, the AHA "strives to bring about a progressive society where being good without a god is an accepted and respected way to live life." The definition of a "Humanist" on their Website is explained as, "being a Humanist means trying to behave decently without expectation of rewards or punishment after you are dead."

The organization has more than 20,000 members with more than 160 local chapter groups across the United States. In the immediate area, there are chapters in Carbondale and Marion. The Carbondale chapter serves as the Humanist Round Table of Southern Illinois, Unitarian Fellowship, while the chapter in Marion is the Inmate Humanist Association. There is also a chapter in Jasper, Ind.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read how humanists are NOT without their own "religion" -- that's the indoctrination they want in public schools.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Biblical Beliefs Unacceptable to GOP IL Leaders

The Illinois GOP has denounced the Christian beliefs of Susanne Atanus, a Republican candidate for Illinois' 9th congressional district.  Atanus says that natural disasters and myriad diseases are a reflection of God's omnipotence and thus a direct result of growing acceptance of sexual sin and the murdering of children in the womb.
"The offensive statements by Susanne Atanus have no place in the modern political debate, and she has no place on the ballot as a Republican. Her candidacy is neither supported nor endorsed by the leaders of our party, and she should withdraw from the race immediately.”
-- Illinois Republican Chairman Jack Dorgan
Republican leaders could have criticized the candidate over her qualifications, but rather chose to condemn her Christian beliefs.

For background, read GOP Strategy: Dump Old Uneducated Christian Voters and also read GOP Funds Pro-abortion Homosexual Candidates

UPDATE 4/14/14: Nevada GOP Platform OKs Abortion & 'Gay Marriage'

-- From "Susanne Atanus, GOP Candidate: Autism, Dementia Are God's Punishments For Gays, Abortions" reported by Huffington Post 1/23/14

"I am not in favor of abortions, I am not in favor of gay rights," Atanus, who has staged two previous unsuccessful runs for Congress, said during a videotaped portion of the interview, before going into more detail with the paper.

"God is angry. We are provoking him with abortions and same-sex marriage and civil unions," she added, blaming natural disasters like tornadoes and diseases including autism and dementia on recent advances in the LGBT movement. "Same-sex activity is going to increase AIDS. If it's in our military it will weaken our military. We need to respect God."

Adam Robinson, chairman of the Chicago Republican Party, emphasized in another statement that Atanus "is not in any way affiliated with any of our efforts in the Chicago GOP, nor have we ever supported, endorsed, or assisted her in any way at any time."

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "9th congressional GOP hopefuls differ on many issues" by Melissa Silverberg, Chicago Daily Herald 1/23/14

Voters in the Republican primary will have two very different candidates to choose from in the 9th Congressional District, as David Earl Williams III and Susanne Atanus vie for the right to face Rep. Jan Schakowsky in the fall.

. . . Atanus, who lives in Niles and has both an MBA and master's in public administration but is working full time on her campaign, the top issue is the economy. She maintains that ridding the nation of the stock indexes including the S&P, Dow Jones and Nasdaq would improve the nation's fiscal troubles.

"I am a conservative Republican and I believe in God first," Atanus said. She said she believes God controls the weather and has put tornadoes and diseases such as autism and dementia on earth as in response to gay rights and legalized abortions.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Congressional GOP Candidate: Same-Sex Marriage and Abortions Anger God, Causes Diseases and Natural disasters" by Carmen Herreram, Gospel Herald 1/23/14

Atanus's remarks further elaborted that diseases, illnesses and even natural disasters are all a result of the same-sex marriage and abortions that have become more common. The interview stated that Atanus "believes God controls the weather and has put tornadoes and diseases such as autism and dementia on earth as punishment for gay rights and legalized abortions."

The 55-year-old Conservative has already run unsuccessfully for the seat of Illinois's 9th District twice in 2010 and 2012.  Atanus plans to implement her core beliefs into the government if elected. Aside from her religious beliefs, Atanus hopes to reconstruct the main issue in her agenda, which is the economy. "I'm upset with us having no economy for the 99 percent," Atanus said. "The middle class has been robbed."

Atanus is a member of the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East and her religion is labeled as Catholicism.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "GOP urges Atanus to withdraw from race after comments" by The Associated Press 1/24/14

Atanus said she stands by her comments and won’t withdraw.

“I don’t know why they are not standing behind me,” Atanus said.

“I care a lot about the world and I care a lot about my obedience to serve God the right way,” she said. “I can’t turn my eye and look the other way when I know that abortions, gay rights and civil unions are making God very angry.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read how the GOP Has Failed the Nationwide Marriage Amendment Test; and the answer to this question is now known: Will the GOP Go Pro-abortion in Addition to Pro-Gay?

In addition, read Senator Ted Cruz Says the Gay Agenda Ends Christian Liberty

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Obama Praises Abortion on Roe 41st Anniversary

As hundreds of thousands of pro-life Americans marched on Washington D.C., the abortion-loving President Obama said of the Supreme Court's 1973 abortion ruling "we recommit ourselves to the decision’s guiding principle" -- it is right that over 56 million American babies have been murdered in the womb, so far.

For background, read how Pro-lifers Crowded D.C. last year, just like in previous years, and read about the history of President Obama's abortion advocacy.

Also read President Obama's 2012 Proclamation: Girls Need Abortion Rights for Equality

UPDATE 9/16/14 - ObamaCare Lies: Taxpayers Now Fund Abortions, Says Gov't Study

-- From "Obama praises 'Roe vs. Wade'" by David Jackson, USA TODAY 1/22/14

President Obama has put out his annual statement on the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, praising the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that struck down anti-abortion laws.

Abortion opponents have gathered in Washington, D.C., for their annual rally against the high court decision handed down 41 years ago Wednesday.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Statement by the President on Roe v. Wade Anniversary" posted at 1/22/14

Today, as we reflect on the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, we recommit ourselves to the decision’s guiding principle: that every woman should be able to make her own choices about her body and her health.  . . .  Because this is a country where everyone deserves the same freedom and opportunities to fulfill their dreams [except for babies in the womb!].

To read the entire statement above, CLICK HERE.

From "Thousands of abortion foes brave cold to join March for Life in Washington" by Michelle Boorstein and Carol Morello, Washington Post 1/22/14

The world’s largest anti­abortion event, held on the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, grows younger each year. The Mall between Seventh Street and the Washington Monument was full for a few hours with youth groups from across the eastern half of the country.

Abortion has been legal in the United States for these young people’s entire lives, and the movement’s leaders say the latest generation of activists is creating a more upbeat culture. . . .

The March for Life is the culmination each year of several days of meetings, Masses and training sessions for abortion opponents. Included was a workshop Wednesday morning for anti­abortion bloggers at the Family Research Council.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "'We Are Winning' the Fight Against Abortion, Says Rep. Chris Smith at 41st Annual March for Life Rally" by Michael Gryboski, Christian Post Reporter 1/22/14

"By the grace of God and because of you … we are winning," declared [New Jersey Republican Congressman Chris] Smith, whose House Bill 7, or the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act," will soon be up for a vote in the House of Representatives.

"To the youth, especially, never quit or grow weary or discouraged. Your generation will end abortion."

Tom Hogan, grand marshal for the 2014 March for Life and longtime supporter of the pro-life cause, told The Christian Post about the strength of the march, despite the frigid weather.

"There is a big movement across the United States and particularly from younger people. Every year I notice in the march that the age group gets younger and younger," said Hogan. "I would say also that it seems to be that mostly at the state legislatures or state level that a lot of this is going on. I don't see it at the federal level."

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Parties Seize on Abortion Issues in Midterm Race" by Jeremy W. Petersjan, New York Times 1/20/14

Abortion is becoming an unexpectedly animating issue in the 2014 midterm elections. Republicans, through state ballot initiatives and legislation in Congress, are using it to stoke enthusiasm among core supporters. Democrats, mindful of how potent the subject has been in recent campaigns like last year’s governor’s race in Virginia, are looking to rally female voters by portraying their conservative opponents as callous on women’s issues.

Aware that their candidates at times have struck the wrong tone on issues of women’s health, Republicans in some states are now framing abortion in an economic context, arguing, for example, that the new federal health law uses public money to subsidize abortion coverage. In the House in the coming weeks, Republicans will make passing the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” one of their top priorities this year.

“I don’t think this is a niche issue anymore,” said Drew Lieberman, a vice president at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, a political consultancy concern, who has advised Democratic congressional candidates and has done polling for Naral Pro-Choice America.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read President Obama Asks God to Bless Planned Parenthood

The battle:  Report Says Not Enough Abortions - ObamaCare the Answer and so ObamaCare Covers Abortion & Pays Abortionists

In addition, read Democrats' Life Mission is to Kill the Unborn, Says Mississippi Governor

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Virginia Lawmakers Counter Atheists: School Prayer

The Virginia Senate has passed a religious freedom bill to allow voluntary spoken prayers at school events and other expressions of faith in response to threats of financial ruin to local schools by atheist lawyers. The bill is expected to pass the Republican-held lower house, but it's yet to be known if newly elected Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) will sign it into law.

For background, read the long list of states enacting laws to bring prayer back to schools.

Also read Atheists Threaten to Sue Every School in Tennessee and in Mississippi but admit they're Short on Lawyers to Sue ALL Christians

In addition, read Taxpayers Want Prayer Back at Arizona School Board Meetings

UPDATE 2/20/14: Newly elected Democrat Gov. McAuliffe to veto prayer bill (video:)

-- From "State Senate passes controversial school religious freedom bill" by Chris Graham, Augusta Free Press (Waynesboro, VA) 1/21/14

Sen. Bill Carrico’s SB 236 is written to allow student prayer and permit the formation of religious clubs. It would also require forums for faith speech at school events, and specifies that students can wear clothes or jewelry with spiritual iconography or messages.

Carrico said the bill provides legal cover to schools and protects the constitutional right of “each and every student to express their beliefs according to the dictates of their conscience” without giving “preferential treatment” to any one religion.

Democratic senators argued that the bill is unconstitutional and potentially coercive.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Senate passes school prayer bill" by Chelyen Davis, The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, VA) 1/21/14

[Sen.] Carrico called it an “anti-discrimination” bill, saying it would put religious expression on an equal footing with secular expression.

The bill also said schools must adopt policies that would let student speakers pray or express religious viewpoints at any event — like graduation or a ball game — where students are allowed to speak.

Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, said the bill’s practical effect will be to protect Christianity at the expense of other religions.

Sen. Tom Garrett, R-Louisa, said the bill is needed because students now are being discouraged from religious speech in school.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Va. Senate passes school prayer bill" by Michael Sluss, Roanoke Times 1/21/14

The Senate’s 20-18 vote was a victory for Republican Sen. Bill Carrico, R-Grayson County, one of the General Assembly’s most persistent advocates for allowing prayer and religious expression in public settings. The final vote broke largely along party lines. Just one Democrat, Sen. Phillip Puckett of Russell County, supported the bill. Sen. John Watkins of Powhatan was the only Republican to oppose it.

“When they’re doing assignments, when they work so hard to become valedictorian of their class, they shouldn’t be censored by the school system as to how they express themselves when they speak,” Carrico said. “This bill is nothing more than the protection of the students, while they’re at school, to able to do those things.”

Carrico’s bill (SB 236) now goes to the Republican-dominated House of Delegates, where he expects it to get a friendly reception.

“Now we’ll see how the governor reacts to it,” Carrico said after today’s floor vote.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read School Prayer Clubs Spawned by Duck Dynasty

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

'Gay Gene' Claimed by Pope's New Spanish Cardinal

Just when the liberal media believed they had effectively twisted Pope Francis and his supposed new doctrine into a pretzel, yet another high appointment in the Roman Catholic hierarchy has riled homosexualists -- ironically by agreeing that a yet-to-be-found "gay gene" exists, but says it's a defect.
"Homosexuality is a defective manner of expressing sexuality, because this [sex] has a structure and a purpose, which is procreation. A homosexual who can't achieve this [procreation] is failing."
-- Archbishop Fernando Sebastian Aguilar
For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

Liberal Media Say Pope Francis OKs Gay & Women Priests

Pope Francis Disappoints Liberals, Opposes 'Gay Adoption'

Pope Francis Says Gay Agenda is Work of the Devil

Pope Francis Decries Abortion; Vatican Says Media Distort Him

Pope Francis Cracks Down on American Liberal Nuns, Priests

-- From "Cardinal claims homosexuality is a defect, 'like high blood pressure'" posted at PBS NewsHour 1/20/14

Controversial remarks made by Spain's newest cardinal have landed the Catholic Church in hot water with gay rights advocates. Archbishop Fernando Sebastian Aguilar said Sunday that homosexuality was a "defect" that needed to be addressed so that homosexuals could find a way to cure themselves going forward.

"Our bodies have many defects. I have high blood pressure," said Aguilar, "It's a defect that I have to try and correct in whatever way I can...To say that homosexuality is a defect is not an insult: it helps because in many cases of homosexuality it is possible to recover and become normal with the right treatment."

The cardinal's comments were immediately condemned by Spanish gay rights group Colegas.

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From "New Spanish Cardinal: 'Homosexuality Can Be Recovered and Normalized With Adequate Treatment'" by Michael W. Chapman, 1/20/14

In an interview published Sunday, reported the AFP, Archbishop Aguilar  said, “A lot of people complain and don’t tolerate it but with all respect I say that homosexuality is a defective way of manifesting sexuality, because that has a structure and a purpose, which is procreation.”

He continued, “Pointing out a defect to a homosexual is not an offense, it is a help because many cases of homosexuality can be recovered and normalized with adequate treatment. It is not an offense, it is esteem. When someone has a defect, the good friend is the one who tells him.”

When asked about Pope Francis’ remark last year about not judging a gay person who with good will seeks to follow Christ, Archbishop Aguilar said the Pope was not contradicting church teaching. “It is one thing to show welcome and affection to a homosexual person and another to morally justify the exercise of homosexuality,” said the archbishop.

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From "One of Pope's newest cardinals provokes fury at claim that homosexuality is a 'physical defect' that can be 'cured'" by Luke Garratt, UK Daily Mail 1/21/14

[Aguilar] said: 'All [the Pope] is doing is offering comprehension and compassion and showing a desire to welcome those who have gone astray.'

When reminded of the Pope's speech last year asking for compassion towards homosexuals, he said: 'The pope is very respectful and holds all people in high esteem but he doesn't betray or change the traditional teaching of the church. You can tell a person what their weakness is but that doesn't justify a decision to respect them and help them.'

The 84-year Archbishop emeritus of Pamplona, one of 19 new cardinals named by Pope Francis last week, elevated archbishop to the rank of cardinal in recognition of his life-long service to the church.

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In addition, read Most Homosexuals Who Want to Convert Report Change and also read Homosexuality NOT Fixed, Change Possible: Study as well as Study Shows Lesbianism is NOT Genetic

Sunday, January 19, 2014

NFL QB Russell Wilson & Jesus = Media Controversy

In Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson, the mainstream media has found another Christian football quarterback to scrutinize.
"God's given me this amazing talent to throw the football. Even though I'm 5-foot-11 and people said I couldn't do it, nobody can stop what God has for you."
-- Russell Wilson
For background, read Media OK with NFL's New 'Black Jesus' Quarterback RG3 and also read The Media & Quarterback Tim Tebow's Christian Faith as well as God Praised by College Football's Johnny Manziel

UPDATE 2/3/14 - Super Bowl winning quarterback: "God is So Good!" (video)

-- From "Seahawks QB Russell Wilson and Controversial Pastor Mark Driscoll Talk Jesus" by Matt Driscoll, Seattle Weekly News 1/13/14

On Friday, controversial Mars Hill pastor Mark Driscoll made waves with a tweet declaring, “If you are not a Christian, you are going to hell. It’s not unloving to say that. It’s unloving to not say that.”

While it’s unclear whether Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson believes everything that comes out of Driscoll’s mouth (or Twitter account), Seattle’s star quarterback apparently was willing to sit down with the Mars Hill pastor to talk Jesus . . .

In the video Wilson comes off a bit like Tim Tebow . . .

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From "God on the gridiron: Seahawks DVD extols a higher power" by Corwin Haeck, KOMO News Radio 10/16/13

In the 15-minute video "The Making of a Champion," quarterback Russell Wilson, tackle Russell Okung and others discuss the importance of God in their lives and careers.

Wilson, the Seahawks' heralded quarterback, talks about how his faith helped him overcome doubt and physical shortcomings.

It's unclear if the Seattle Seahawks organization endorses the video, but it was clearly shot at CenturyLink Field and the Seahawks' Renton practice facility.

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From "Russell Wilson: I Found God When Jesus Came To Me In A Dream At 14" posted at CBS News Seattle 10/17/13

“I had a dream that my dad passed away and that Jesus came into the room and he was basically knocking on my door, saying, ‘Hey, you need to find out more about me,’” Wilson said. “So that Sunday morning I ended up going to church and that’s when I got saved.”

Unfortunately the dream was a foreshadowing of sorts because Wilson’s father died six years later.

Wilson also explained in the video that he was a “bad kid” and that his Christian faith helped him to mature.

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From "Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson, Players Agree With Assistant Coach: 'Jesus Is Better Than Super Bowl'" by Alex Murashko, Christian Post Reporter 1/17/14

Jesus Christ is better than anything, including the Super Bowl, said an assistant coach for the Seattle Seahawks during a recent videotaped interview with Mars Hill Church Pastor Mark Driscoll, as four of the team's players, including quarterback sensation Russell Wilson, appeared to nod in agreement.

"Literally, Jesus is the greatest treasure in the universe," said Rocky Seto, who is on the Seahawks coaching staff. "It just makes sense. It's not like you give up your life and then you get something worse. He gave us everything. We had nothing, He gave us everything, so literally it's just one plus one equals two, it's that simple. Jesus is better than anything… even better than the Super Bowl, better than an NFL career, any of that."

"Jesus is love," starting quarterback Russell Wilson explained. "At the end of the day, we are all looking for someone to comfort us, somebody to be there for us at all times. When we are at the worst times of our lives, when we are battling with something, or struggles, whatever it may be, when we are at our highest point as well, when things are going really well, we want somebody to comfort us and be there for us and to say, 'Well done.' That's Jesus. Jesus has always been there. He'll never leave you, never forsake you."

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Also read NFL Athlete FOR Minnesota Biblical Marriage Amendment

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Univ. Wisconsin Bans Bibles per Atheists' Demands

FFRF sells $2 stickers to vandalize Gideon Bibles
The University of Wisconsin-Extension in Madison was quick to agree with demands by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) to terminate a decades-old practice of allowing Gideon Bibles in over a hundred guest rooms at its Lowell Center conference facility.

The FFRF is also demanding that a memorial Bible be removed from the council chamber of the city of Pinellas Park, Florida.

Meanwhile, the Florida Family Policy Council is helping to distribute Bibles at 19 high schools in Orange County despite a pending lawsuit by atheists.

For background, read of many local governments restoring God and faith to public institutions, and read how Americans nationwide are rebelling against atheists' attempts to dechristianize the country.

In addition, read 2014: 'Year of the Bible,' Declares Texas Mayor as well as Montana Schools & Florida Reject Atheist Anti-Christmas Demands

And also read the latest news of the rebellion against Christmas by secularists, including by President Obama by using the military and also through NASA.

UPDATE 2/20/14: Iowa University Removes Religious Propaganda = Bibles

-- From "Atheist group persuades UW-Extension to remove Bibles from lodging center on UW-Madison campus" by The Associated Press 1/15/14

The Madison-based atheist group on Wednesday called the decision a victory for the separation of church and state. Staff attorney Patrick Elliott says private hotels can put any type of literature they want in their guest rooms, but state-run colleges have to remain neutral toward religion.

The group complained [in a letter dated November 4th] to Ray Cross, then the UW-Extension chancellor. Cross wrote a letter saying the Bibles would be removed by Dec. 1. He also thanked the group for making him aware of the concern.

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From "In the Spirit: UW-Extension boots Gideon Bibles from guest rooms after complaint" by Doug Erickson, Wisconsin State Journal 1/16/14

A UW-Extension spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday the Bibles have been removed. She released the following statement from Bill Mann, director of Extension conference centers: “We reviewed the concern raised about the placement of Bibles in our guest rooms and decided to remove them. We want to make sure all guests are comfortable in our lodging.”

Jeff Pack, a spokesman for The Gideons International, said he was not aware of the Madison case. The organization “follows whatever direction we are given from the local authorities we work with,” he said. “That’s the integrity we bring to this.”

The November letter was prompted by an overnight guest at the Lowell Center who contacted the foundation . . .

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From "Wis. University Removes Bibles From Guest Rooms Amid Complaints by Atheist Group" by Jeff Schapiro, Christian Post Reporter 1/17/14

David Hacker, senior legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal ministry that specializes in religious liberty cases, says the issue involving UW-Extension is a "nuanced" one. If the university allows other outside literature to be placed in guest rooms, for example, the school could actually be violating the First Amendment rights of the Gideons by engaging in viewpoint discrimination.

"If they allow other outside materials, such as phone books and magazines, in their rooms, there's no basis to remove these Bibles," said Hacker.

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From "Atheist group fighting to remove Bible from Florida city council chamber" posted at 1/15/14

The Freedom From Religion Foundation – allied with Pinellas Park businessman Randy Heine – sent a letter to the city Monday which is now being reviewed by Pinellas Park’s attorney, Fox 13 reports.

"Not only is the city council sending a message of endorsement for Christianity over other religions and nonreligion," the letter says, "but display of this King James Bible sends a message of endorsement of one particular Christian sect over all others."

"The Bible was given to the city by the Kiwanis Club, I believe, when the building was dedicated," Lewis said. "They feel it's part of City Hall, as being part of the dedication ceremony, and it's become part of the history of the building."

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From "Atheist Group Challenges Bible Display at Fla. City Hall, Calls It a Violation of the US Constitution" by Jeff Schapiro, Christian Post Reporter 1/16/14

Randy Heine, the owner of Rockin Cards and Gifts in Pinellas Park, Fla., told The Christian Post he was "stonewalled" by city officials when he tried to have the Bible removed from the dais in the city council chambers back in 2005. He could not afford to take legal action against the city, he says, so his mission was put on hold.

In June 2013 he reached out to the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), an organization that promotes the separation of church and state of which he is also a member, to share his concern.

Jeremy Dys, senior counsel with Liberty Institute, an organization that advocates for religious freedom . . . offered to help the city evaluate the legality of displaying the Bible. He also says FFRF wants to rid the government of all religious references, and that the city needs to evaluate the situation carefully and not merely bend to the organization's request.

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From "Christian groups giving out Bibles in Orange schools again today" by Lauren Roth, Orlando Sentinel School Zone 1/16/14

The distribution, which has been allowed by Orange schools twice before, consists of both softcover and hardcover New International Version (NIV) Bibles left on designated tables by volunteers. The tables are placed in accessible locations where students can pick the Bibles up.

Last year an atheist group called the Central Florida Freethought Community objected to a smaller distribution effort, and demanded equal access. After Orange schools refused to allow the group to distribute some of their books and pamphlets, they sued.

The Bible distribution, which coincides with Religious Freedom Day, is being conducted by the Florida Family Policy Council and World Changers of Florida. Bibles are also being given away today in Collier County. World Changers sued that district several years ago to gain open access to its schools, and Orange based their decision to allow Bible distributions in its schools on that case.

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In addition, read Atheists Threaten to Sue Every School in Tennessee and in Mississippi but admit they're Short on Lawyers to Sue ALL Christians

Because of the intimidation tactics of atheist lawyer organizations, state governments across America are educating its citizens on constitutional religious liberty by passing laws in Texas, and Louisiana, and North Carolina, and South Carolina, and Missouri, and Mississippi, and Florida, and Tennessee.

The root issue is American Religious Liberty vs. Anti-Christian Totalitarianism

Thursday, January 16, 2014

School Prayer Clubs Spawned by Duck Dynasty

Sadie Robertson, the 16-year-old star of cable TV's “Duck Dynasty” tells of students inspired to pray in groups at schools nationwide because of the Robertson's Christian family example.

For background, read about prayer sweeping back into schools across America.

-- From "River Region embraces 'Duck Dynasty's' Sadie" by Brad Harper, Montgomery Advertiser 1/13/14

“For a TV show to bring prayer into schools, that’s awesome,” she said.

The teenager was the featured speaker at a fundraiser for faith-based private school Prattville Christian Academy. Her mother, Korie, was with her but didn’t appear at the event.

Sadie declined to answer questions about comments made by her grandfather, family patriarch Phil Robertson, who was suspended from the show by the A&E Network after saying in an interview that homosexual behavior is sinful. The network reinstated him after nine days.

“I’m sure we could all say a lot about that, but the family has decided we’re not going to talk about it really,” Sadie said. “But we will say we’re really glad for us all to be back together as a family because (he’s) the leader. We couldn’t do anything without him.”

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From "What Won’t Change About Duck Dynasty, and What Already Has" by James Poniewozik, Time Magazine 1/15/14

The show has now joined the ranks of products that have become totems, like Chick-Fil-A (the fast-food chain that became a symbol of conservative bona fides after its president publicly opposed same-sex marriage) and Hobby Lobby (whose management protested the contraception-coverage requirements in the Affordable Care Act).

Dynasty, with its old-school ethos and its family prayers, always laid a little cultural statement between the lines, but the Robertson’s GQ interview brought it out into the open. For better or worse, we’re a country now that votes through consumption–we express our affiliations and ideology not just with donkeys and elephants but chickens and ducks. In late December, protestors arranged a two-for-one special, eating at Chick-Fil-A in Duck Commander gear to show their support for Phil.

But for an unignorable chunk of the audience now, Duck Dynasty is not just a reality sitcom but a statement: a defense of their besieged values, a defense of the waning belief that condemning gay people in public should be socially acceptable. Maybe in the first four seasons they heard Duck Dynasty affirming their beliefs with a kind of silent dog whistle. Like it or not, Phil turned it into a resounding duck call.

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Also read this Pew Research Study: Mainstream News Media Favor "Gay Marriage" by Factor of Five

In addition, read Gay Agenda Ends Christian Liberty, Says Senator Ted Cruz

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Calif. Teacher Says Jesus Not Allowed in Christmas

The classroom assignment given to first graders at Helen Hunt-Jackson Elementary School in Temecula Valley, California was for students to stand before the class and tell of a Christmas tradition in their family, but when Brynn Williams mentioned Jesus as "the Savior of the world," the teacher interrupted Brynn and told her to stop such talk and take her seat.
“The disapproval and hostility that Christian students have come to experience in our nation’s public schools has become epidemic. I hope that TVUSD will take the lead role in adopting a model policy to prohibit this abuse that has become all too common place for religious-minded students.”
-- Robert Tyler, General Counsel for Advocates for Faith & Freedom
For background, read California Teacher Trashes Jesus at Christmas

Also read God is NOT Your Idol, Says Tennessee Teacher -- Michael Jackson Is

-- From "1st-Grader’s Christmas Presentation Allegedly Cut Short For Citing Bible Verse" by CBS News Los Angeles 1/14/14

In response to the assignment, student Brynn Williams took the “Star of Bethlehem” ornament from the top of her family’s Christmas tree “to represent her family’s tradition of remembering why Christmas is celebrated,” and worked diligently on a one-minute presentation in order to explain to the class that her family’s tradition is to remember the birth of Jesus Christ at Christmas time, attorneys said.

The following day, attorneys say Brynn began her presentation with the following statement: “Our Christmas tradition is to put a star on top of our tree. The star is named the Star of Bethlehem. The 3 kings followed the star to find baby Jesus, the Savior of the world. John…”

According to attorneys, at that point during the presentation, Brynn’s teacher said, “Stop right there! Go take your seat!” and Brynn was not allowed to finish her presentation, which included reciting a Bible verse from the Gospel of John, John 3:16.

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From "Teacher Tells First Grader: You’re Not Allowed To Talk About Bible In School" posted at Albany (Oregon) Tribune News 1/14/14

On Wednesday, December 18, 2013, Brynn Williams brought home a “share” bag as part of a school assignment. Brynn’s teacher had given every child in her class a canvas bag with verbal instructions to find something at home that represents a family Christmas tradition, put it in the bag, bring it to school, and be prepared to share the family tradition.

. . . Brynn was the only student not allowed to finish her one-minute presentation. After Brynn took her seat, the teacher explained to Brynn in front of all the other students that she was not allowed to talk about the Bible or share its verses.

Advocates for Faith & Freedom sent a demand letter to the Temecula Valley Unified School District demanding that a new policy be adopted to prohibit school officials from expressing disapproval or hostility toward religion or toward religious viewpoints expressed by students. The letter also demands that TVUSD provide a written apology and allow Brynn the opportunity to complete her speech during class.

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From "First grader told to stop talking about Bible" by Todd Starnes, 1/14/14

“She thought she had done something wrong,” [Brynn's mother Gina Williams] told me. “She thought she was in trouble. I told her she was not in trouble and I was proud of her. I tried to comfort her on the way home.”

The following day Williams met with the principal.

“The principal confirmed that Brynn’s teacher did the appropriate thing by stopping her mid-presentation and there are specific education codes that protect the school,” Williams said.

The principal reportedly told her that Brynn could write about her beliefs in a journal but she was not allowed to share her beliefs aloud to any other student.

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And also read the latest news of the rebellion against Christmas by secularists, including by President Obama.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Obama Ignores Christian Genocide, Favors Gay Agenda

Islamists are slaughtering thousands of minority Christians in Nigeria and demanding the expansion of inhumane Sharia Law, but that doesn't concern the Obama administration.  Rather, President Obama has dispatched Secretary of State John Kerry to lambast the Nigerian government for restricting homosexual marriage and deviant sexual behavior.

For background, read President Obama Raises Gay Agenda above Religious Liberty as well as President Obama's Gay Agenda on Parade in Medals

Also read Africans Reject Obama's Gay Agenda, to his Face

UPDATE 9/5/14: Obama's John Kerry Quotes Allah, Appoints Muslim Leader

UPDATE 7/9/14: Obama Ignores Law for International Religious Freedom Ambassador

UPDATE 2/6/14: Obama Claims Religious Liberty Around the World is his Priority

UPDATE 2/25/14: Islamists Murder Christians in Nigeria (PBS Newshour video:)

-- From "Nigeria: Gunmen Kill 12 in Attacks in the Northeast" by The Associated Press 12/30/13

Gunmen attacked two Christian villages in the mainly Muslim region of northeastern Nigeria over the weekend and killed at least 12 people, witnesses said Monday. Survivors of the attacks in Borno State said eight people were killed when gunmen fired on a wedding party on Saturday night in Tashan-Alede, and four were killed Sunday in the nearby village of Kwajaffa.

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From "Nigerian villagers: 30 killed in sectarian attack" by The Associated Press, 1/7/14

Gunmen shot and killed at least 30 people, burned down 40 homes and made off with scores of cattle from a mainly Christian village, survivors and a legislator said Tuesday as ongoing ethnic-religious conflict over land and water grips central Nigeria.

Human Rights Watch last month blamed Nigeria’s government, saying it has largely ignored years of “mass murder” in Nigeria’s Middle Belt and failed to prosecute known killers, leaving people to take to revenge killings that further fuel the cycle of violence.

Militants waging an Islamic uprising in northeast Nigeria have “invoked the lack of justice for attacks on Muslims” in these communities to justify killing Christians, the New York-based advocacy group said, amid fears the rebellion could spread.

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From "Nigeria attacks: Villagers say soldiers joined in slaughter" by ASSIST News Service 1/10/14

Survivors of the January 6 slaughter of 33 Christians in a village in Nigeria's Plateau State said Special Task Force (STF) soldiers stationed to protect them turned their weapons on those fleeing the attack.

Reverend Yakubu Fom, pastor of the COCIN congregation at Riyom town . . . lamented that soldiers and other members of security agencies stationed in Shonong village did not keep Muslim attackers from murdering elderly Christian women and children in their homes.

"One wonders what the soldiers were doing in the village while the Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed and set fire on homes of our members without the soldiers repelling them," Morning Star News reported Fom said.

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From "Kerry 'Deeply Concerned' By Nigeria's Ban on Same-Sex Marriage" by Susan Jones, 1/14/14

According to the State Department's 2013 report on International Religious Freedom, Nigerian terrorists known collectively as Boko Haram "violently murdered hundreds of Christians and Muslims during the year" and "claimed responsibility for many of the 15 church attacks that killed more than 150 people, including scores of Christians, during worship services."

Last May, Secretary of State Kerry issued a news release condemning Boko Haram’s "campaign of terror in the strongest terms," but -- unlike his condemnation of Nigeria's anti-homosexual law -- he has never issued a statement specifically condemning the violence directed at Nigeria's Christians.

As has reported, Boko Haram (the name roughly translates “Western education is prohibited”) has developed since 2009 from an obscure sect to a group responsible for the deaths of thousands of Christians and others, as it seeks to turn Nigeria -- Africa's biggest oil producer -- into an Islamic State.

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From "Deep Concern with Nigeria's Enactment of the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act" Press Statement by John Kerry, Secretary of State, Washington, DC, January 13, 2014

The United States is deeply concerned by Nigeria’s enactment of the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act.

Beyond even prohibiting same sex marriage, this law dangerously restricts freedom of assembly, association, and expression for all Nigerians.

Moreover, it is inconsistent with Nigeria’s international legal obligations and undermines the democratic reforms and human rights protections enshrined in its 1999 Constitution.

People everywhere deserve to live in freedom and equality. No one should face violence or discrimination for who they are or who they love.

We join with those in Nigeria who appeal for the protection of their fellow citizens’ fundamental freedoms and universal human rights.

Also read President Obama, Embrace Islam or Else: Terrorists

In addition, read President Obama Praises Islam for Making America What It Is