Will churches pay attention to another Orwellian warning?

TRUTH BOMBS: Well probably the Church will NOT see this for what it truly is. The majority have their heads buried in the sand with denial.

ARTICLE: Call it ironic or Orwellian, but the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is coming after conservative Christians for clinging to their beliefs.

“It should set off alarm bells,” says Commissioner Peter Kirsanow, a dissenting voice on the commission, “because what the Civil Rights Commission does you will see in law very often a few years down the road, maybe even less than that.”

At issue is the mammoth 306-page report, released Sept. 7, entitled “Peaceful Coexistence: Reconciling Nondiscrimination Principles with Civil Liberties.”

The chairman of the eight-member commission is Martin Castro, who stated during the report’s release that religion is used as a “weapon and a shield” to deny others equality.

The report suggests that supporting North Carolina’s bathroom law, or refusing to perform services for a same-sex wedding, are part of a “nationwide effort by extremists to promote bigotry”  and to show “naked animus against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.”

They’re talking about you, warns Kirsanow, if you choose religious orthodoxy over liberal beliefs.

Despite the title of the report, the findings side with homosexuals and transgender people over religious objections, Charles Haynes, who founded the Religious Freedom Center, warned in a Washington Post commentary.

“Peaceful coexistence is not difficult to achieve,” he wrote, “if one side declares victory and demands that the other side concede defeat before the argument even begins.”

Much like Kirsanow’s warning, Haynes also suggests that the commission’s findings “carry weight” with federal officials responsible for enforcing civil rights laws.

The rebuttal to the commission’s findings is the religious liberties enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, says Dr. Ben Carson, the former GOP presidential candidate.

“That’s the reason that we have a Constitution and that’s the reason that we have the First Amendment,” he tells OneNewsNow. “Because our Founders fully realized that people would be coming along saying stupid stuff like that.”

After targeting Christian bakers, photographers and florists, homosexual activists have mocked right-wing fears that they intend to target churches.

natural marriageBut OneNewsNow has reported on efforts in Iowa and Massachusetts to undermine church protections by using “public accommodation” laws that protect homosexuals.

The legal fight in Iowa is over a state-level civil rights commission and the legal definition of a “bona fide” religious service, since church teachings conflict with the state’s non-discrimination laws.

In California over the summer, religious colleges and universities fought legislation that would force them to admit openly homosexual students.

The bill’s sponsor, a homosexual, said he was opposed to the “appalling and unacceptable” discrimination imposed by them. He backed down only after minority students complained that the bill’s crackdown on financial aid would hurt them, but he vowed to push the bill later.

“There is an encroaching effort,” Kirsanow warns, “to circumscribe the ability of faithful religious to practice their religion in a way that had been taken for granted for 200 years in this country.”

That effort, he further explains, is couched in terms such as “freedom of worship,” when what the Left really means is to confine such beliefs to a church or your home.

“And once you step out of those confines,” warns the commissioner, “then you better check your religion at your door.”

Source: Will churches pay attention to another Orwellian warning?


Felons in county jails to be allowed to vote in California elections – LA Times

 

TRUTH BOMBS: Well the liberals need all the help they can get.

ARTICLE:

Despite widespread opposition from law enforcement, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed a bill that will allow thousands of felons in county jails to vote in California elections as part of an effort to speed their transition back into society.

Through a representative, Brown declined to comment on the bill by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), who said it would reduce the likelihood of convicts committing new crimes.

“Civic participation can be a critical component of re-entry and has been linked to reduced recidivism,” Weber said when the bill was introduced.

On Wednesday, Weber said California is setting an example at a time when other state’s are trying to limit voting rights.

“I wrote AB 2466 because I want to send a message to the nation that California will not stand for discrimination in voting,” Weber said Wednesday after the bill was signed.

Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) criticized the approval of the legislation, which takes effect Jan. 1.

Bates said the new law will undermine the integrity of elections by allowing people in jail to decide close contest.

“It is very disappointing that felons still serving their sentences behind bars will now be able to vote since Governor Brown failed to veto this really bad bill,” Bates said in a statement.

However, the action was praised Wednesday by Daniel Zingale, senior vice president of The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation.

“California is stronger and healthier when more people participate in the electoral process,” he said. “Mass disenfranchisement for minor offenses is a tragic legacy of the Jim Crow era that disproportionately affects and diminishes the power of communities of color.”

The measure is opposed by the California State Sheriffs’ Assn. the California Police Chiefs Assn., which argued the state should not be restoring a right traditionally lost when people commit serious crimes until after they leave incarceration.

Source: Felons in county jails to be allowed to vote in California elections – LA Times

Felons in county jails to be allowed to vote in California elections – LA Times

 

TRUTH BOMBS: Well the liberals need all the help they can get.

ARTICLE:

Despite widespread opposition from law enforcement, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed a bill that will allow thousands of felons in county jails to vote in California elections as part of an effort to speed their transition back into society.

Through a representative, Brown declined to comment on the bill by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), who said it would reduce the likelihood of convicts committing new crimes.

“Civic participation can be a critical component of re-entry and has been linked to reduced recidivism,” Weber said when the bill was introduced.

On Wednesday, Weber said California is setting an example at a time when other state’s are trying to limit voting rights.

“I wrote AB 2466 because I want to send a message to the nation that California will not stand for discrimination in voting,” Weber said Wednesday after the bill was signed.

Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) criticized the approval of the legislation, which takes effect Jan. 1.

Bates said the new law will undermine the integrity of elections by allowing people in jail to decide close contest.

“It is very disappointing that felons still serving their sentences behind bars will now be able to vote since Governor Brown failed to veto this really bad bill,” Bates said in a statement.

However, the action was praised Wednesday by Daniel Zingale, senior vice president of The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation.

“California is stronger and healthier when more people participate in the electoral process,” he said. “Mass disenfranchisement for minor offenses is a tragic legacy of the Jim Crow era that disproportionately affects and diminishes the power of communities of color.”

The measure is opposed by the California State Sheriffs’ Assn. the California Police Chiefs Assn., which argued the state should not be restoring a right traditionally lost when people commit serious crimes until after they leave incarceration.

Source: Felons in county jails to be allowed to vote in California elections – LA Times


School adopts gender-neutral homecoming court, so there might be no ‘king’ or ‘queen’ – The Washington Post

TRUTH BOMBS: We just don’t see the moral flaws in gender bending do we? This is an evil that has destroyed many countries in history but we don’t learn from that.

ARTICLE: Breaking with the tradition at many of the nation’s schools, students at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School will adopt a gender-neutral homecoming court this year, moving away from the longtime practice of electing a boy as “king” and a girl as “queen.”

Students in each grade will vote for two classmates from a ballot of finalists, with the top vote-getters crowned at the school’s homecoming football game. It’s a change that means those honored at halftime on Oct. 7 could include two boys, two girls, transgender students or a boy-girl duo.

“It provides an opportunity for all students to be involved in something that was exclusionary,” said Jacob Rains, president of the schoolwide Student Government Association. “It is really not our job, especially with a gender-neutral and transgender population at B-CC, to tell people that boys have to be kings and girls have to be queens. Who are we to put people into those categories?”

The change at the high-performing school in Montgomery County comes as others across the country have begun to rethink how gender classifications affect students. Many Montgomery high schools changed how they assign graduation robes: Instead of using one color for girls and another for boys, they have all students wear the same color.

Homecoming is another front. Montgomery school officials say B-CC is the first of the county’s 25 high schools to adopt a gender-neutral approach to homecoming court. In recent years, the idea also has taken hold elsewhere.

At Madison West High School in Wisconsin, students from its gay-straight alliance launched a petition urging the change, and more than 1,000 students and staff members signed on, said Beth Thompson, the principal. Thompson said the idea appears to be more common at universities but has worked well at the Wisconsin high school.

“We have a new tradition,” she said.

At Bethesda-Chevy Chase, the change came in a 4 to 1 vote last week among officers of the schoolwide SGA.

“I’m honestly overjoyed,” said Nadia Gaylin, a B-CC senior who said that the top two vote-getters for each class could still end up being traditional boy-girl duos but that just opening the door to other scenarios is a positive step.

“It’s so important for kids to see the school is accepting and that we recognize they exist,” she said. “That is so huge and can honestly change lives.”

Rains said the change came as student leaders sought to be more inclusive. B-CC has an active LGBT club, called Spectrum, and the student newspaper profiled the experiences of a transgender student last year, something that was “an eye-opener” for many, he said.

“It just felt like this was the right time to do this,” Rains said. “We looked closely and decided: ‘Hey, this is a problem with the current system, and we should go and solve it.’ ”

Six years ago, Aiden Rivera Schaeff, a transgender student who began his transition from female to male at B-CC, committed suicide just shy of his 18th birthday. According to his mother, Cathy Schaeff, the teen was bullied at school and elsewhere and had stopped attending classes at the time of his death. Schaeff lauded the homecoming change in an interview Tuesday, saying it’s important to shift the culture at schools “in a systemic way that supports everybody.”

Among B-CC’s student body of more than 2,000, not everyone immediately welcomed the change. Responding to Rains’s post about the decision on Instagram, some students mocked issues of gender identification. Some raised objections.

Source: School adopts gender-neutral homecoming court, so there might be no ‘king’ or ‘queen’ – The Washington Post

School adopts gender-neutral homecoming court, so there might be no ‘king’ or ‘queen’ – The Washington Post

TRUTH BOMBS: We just don’t see the moral flaws in gender bending do we? This is an evil that has destroyed many countries in history but we don’t learn from that.

ARTICLE: Breaking with the tradition at many of the nation’s schools, students at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School will adopt a gender-neutral homecoming court this year, moving away from the longtime practice of electing a boy as “king” and a girl as “queen.”

Students in each grade will vote for two classmates from a ballot of finalists, with the top vote-getters crowned at the school’s homecoming football game. It’s a change that means those honored at halftime on Oct. 7 could include two boys, two girls, transgender students or a boy-girl duo.

“It provides an opportunity for all students to be involved in something that was exclusionary,” said Jacob Rains, president of the schoolwide Student Government Association. “It is really not our job, especially with a gender-neutral and transgender population at B-CC, to tell people that boys have to be kings and girls have to be queens. Who are we to put people into those categories?”

The change at the high-performing school in Montgomery County comes as others across the country have begun to rethink how gender classifications affect students. Many Montgomery high schools changed how they assign graduation robes: Instead of using one color for girls and another for boys, they have all students wear the same color.

Homecoming is another front. Montgomery school officials say B-CC is the first of the county’s 25 high schools to adopt a gender-neutral approach to homecoming court. In recent years, the idea also has taken hold elsewhere.

At Madison West High School in Wisconsin, students from its gay-straight alliance launched a petition urging the change, and more than 1,000 students and staff members signed on, said Beth Thompson, the principal. Thompson said the idea appears to be more common at universities but has worked well at the Wisconsin high school.

“We have a new tradition,” she said.

At Bethesda-Chevy Chase, the change came in a 4 to 1 vote last week among officers of the schoolwide SGA.

“I’m honestly overjoyed,” said Nadia Gaylin, a B-CC senior who said that the top two vote-getters for each class could still end up being traditional boy-girl duos but that just opening the door to other scenarios is a positive step.

“It’s so important for kids to see the school is accepting and that we recognize they exist,” she said. “That is so huge and can honestly change lives.”

Rains said the change came as student leaders sought to be more inclusive. B-CC has an active LGBT club, called Spectrum, and the student newspaper profiled the experiences of a transgender student last year, something that was “an eye-opener” for many, he said.

“It just felt like this was the right time to do this,” Rains said. “We looked closely and decided: ‘Hey, this is a problem with the current system, and we should go and solve it.’ ”

Six years ago, Aiden Rivera Schaeff, a transgender student who began his transition from female to male at B-CC, committed suicide just shy of his 18th birthday. According to his mother, Cathy Schaeff, the teen was bullied at school and elsewhere and had stopped attending classes at the time of his death. Schaeff lauded the homecoming change in an interview Tuesday, saying it’s important to shift the culture at schools “in a systemic way that supports everybody.”

Among B-CC’s student body of more than 2,000, not everyone immediately welcomed the change. Responding to Rains’s post about the decision on Instagram, some students mocked issues of gender identification. Some raised objections.

Source: School adopts gender-neutral homecoming court, so there might be no ‘king’ or ‘queen’ – The Washington Post


Ex-nuns get married in Italy in challenge to Pope’s stance on gay unions

TRUTH BOMBS: Homosexuals are trying to bring down any Christian organization. I have not heard this being done outside a mosque. It is Ironic that the Pope is named Francis and the homosexuals are protesting him. He who has ears to hear let him hear.

ARTICLE: Two former nuns married each another in northern Italy on Wednesday in the latest challenge to the Catholic Church’s opposition to same sex unions.

The women, named only as Federica and Isabel by Italian media, were married in a civil ceremony by the local mayor, Luca Salvai, in Pinerolo near Turin following the legalization of gay marriage in Italy this year.

“God wants happy people who live love out in the open,” Isabel told the Italian daily, La Stampa.  “We are asking our church to welcome all people who love each other.”

The women, both aged 44, were to have been married in the small town on Thursday but they brought the service forward 24 hours in a bid to avoid mass media coverage after they gave a discreet interview to La Stampa published Wednesday.

“It was a very simple ceremony,” said Mr Salvai. “It is their celebration and I am happy to have helped them to achieve their wish.”

Federica comes from southern Italy and Isabel is from South America.  Both belonged to the Franciscan order, named after Pope Francis’ namesake St. Francis of Assisi.

The women had to formally notify the Vatican of their decision to leave their vocation but say they have no intention of abandoning their faith.

“We don’t want to become celebrities, but live peacefully together,” Federica said. “We are leaving the convent, but we are not leaving the church and we will not forget our faith.”

The women are also planning to celebrate their union with a separate religious service to be performed in few weeks by Franco Barbero, a former priest who was excommunicated from the church by Pope John Paul II in 2003 for his controversial views on gay marriage and other issues.

Their union will be the 20th civil union Barbero has conducted this year. He said their story was “like all the love stories in the world”.

“They got to know each other slowly… and in the end they discovered deep feelings,” Barbero told La Stampa.

“They are two beautiful people, with very deep faith. They thought about it for a long time and took their decision courageously, knowing it wouldn’t be widely accepted.”

He said the couple had delayed the religious service ” for a few weeks” to maintain privacy and that this was not the first union of former nuns he had blessed.

Source: Ex-nuns get married in Italy in challenge to Pope’s stance on gay unions

Ex-nuns get married in Italy in challenge to Pope’s stance on gay unions

TRUTH BOMBS: Homosexuals are trying to bring down any Christian organization. I have not heard this being done outside a mosque. It is Ironic that the Pope is named Francis and the homosexuals are protesting him. He who has ears to hear let him hear.

ARTICLE: Two former nuns married each another in northern Italy on Wednesday in the latest challenge to the Catholic Church’s opposition to same sex unions.

The women, named only as Federica and Isabel by Italian media, were married in a civil ceremony by the local mayor, Luca Salvai, in Pinerolo near Turin following the legalization of gay marriage in Italy this year.

“God wants happy people who live love out in the open,” Isabel told the Italian daily, La Stampa.  “We are asking our church to welcome all people who love each other.”

The women, both aged 44, were to have been married in the small town on Thursday but they brought the service forward 24 hours in a bid to avoid mass media coverage after they gave a discreet interview to La Stampa published Wednesday.

“It was a very simple ceremony,” said Mr Salvai. “It is their celebration and I am happy to have helped them to achieve their wish.”

Federica comes from southern Italy and Isabel is from South America.  Both belonged to the Franciscan order, named after Pope Francis’ namesake St. Francis of Assisi.

The women had to formally notify the Vatican of their decision to leave their vocation but say they have no intention of abandoning their faith.

“We don’t want to become celebrities, but live peacefully together,” Federica said. “We are leaving the convent, but we are not leaving the church and we will not forget our faith.”

The women are also planning to celebrate their union with a separate religious service to be performed in few weeks by Franco Barbero, a former priest who was excommunicated from the church by Pope John Paul II in 2003 for his controversial views on gay marriage and other issues.

Their union will be the 20th civil union Barbero has conducted this year. He said their story was “like all the love stories in the world”.

“They got to know each other slowly… and in the end they discovered deep feelings,” Barbero told La Stampa.

“They are two beautiful people, with very deep faith. They thought about it for a long time and took their decision courageously, knowing it wouldn’t be widely accepted.”

He said the couple had delayed the religious service ” for a few weeks” to maintain privacy and that this was not the first union of former nuns he had blessed.

Source: Ex-nuns get married in Italy in challenge to Pope’s stance on gay unions


Israel: New Discovery Confirms King Hezekiah Really Did Destroy Idols – Christian News Headlines

TRUTH BOMBS: What you mean the Bible is historically accurate too!! WOW what a concept [sarcasm]

ARTICLE: A new archaeological discovery in Israel revealed that the biblical King Hezekiah really did destroy pagan idols, consistent with the Bible’s account.

Source: Israel: New Discovery Confirms King Hezekiah Really Did Destroy Idols – Christian News Headlines