TRUTH BOMBS: Have they not read? Have they not studied the Word of God? What is their definition of “Equal”. Homosexuality is hatred toward God through rebellion. The saved will not be a homosexual because that is an abomination to the Lord.
If I whet my glittering sword, and mine hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me. “Deuteronomy 32:41 (KJV)
“They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame; and the dwelling place of the wicked shall come to nought. ” Job 8:22 (KJV)
“Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked. ” Psalm 97:10 (KJV)
(CNSNews.com) – French President Francois Hollande was due to hold emergency talks with religious leaders on Wednesday as France grapples with how to protect places of worship after Islamic terrorists took hostages in a Catholic church in Normandy during morning Mass and murdered an elderly priest.
The attack in St.-Étienne-Du-Rouvray by two men claiming allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) was the latest in a spate of violent assaults in Europe and beyond.
It came 15 months after a foiled plot on a church in Paris deepened concerns that radical Muslims sent or inspired by ISIS or other extremist groups would turn their attention to churches in the West. (Terrorists have targeted churches in countries like Iraq and Pakistan for years.)
On that earlier occasion, an Algerian arrested in Paris on suspicion of killing a woman was found to have been in contact with a jihadist in Syria about carrying out an attack on a church in the Paris suburb of Villejuif. Police found handguns, an AK47, bullet-proof vests, and ISIS and al-Qaeda documents.
According to France 24, there are some 45,000 Catholic parishes across France, in addition to approximately 4,000 Protestant, 2,600 evangelical and 150 Orthodox churches.
Of those, just over 1,200 have been given extra security since terrorists attacked the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine and a kosher supermarket in January last year.
“Those places were selected by officials after consultation with police prefects and religious leaders at the local level, and are subject to regular review,” France 24 reported. “Measures range from simple patrols during religious services to round-the-clock surveillance.”
Hollande told Pope Francis in a phone call Tuesday that “everything will be done to protect our churches and places of worship.”
According to a French government statement the president also “restated France’s commitment to the defense of Christians in the East, and in these extremely sad and shocking circumstances, he expressed his wish for the spirit of togetherness to triumph over hatred.”
Christians and other religious minorities have borne the brunt of ISIS atrocities in Syria and Iraq – actions which the U.S. and several other governments have determined amount to genocide.
In its online propaganda, the terrorist group leaves no doubt that it considers Christians to be a primary foe, with Christian terms and symbols frequently used in describing the enemy.
The two most recent editions of the terrorist group’s Dabiq magazine, for instance, refer to “cross-worshippers,” “crusader Europe,” “crusader warplanes,” “crusader nations,” “crusader supporters,” “crusader Belgium,” “crusader coalition,” “American crusaders,” “crusader strategy” and “crusader borders.”
Although ISIS writings also cite other religious adherents, especially Jews but also Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Shi’a and other “apostates,” followers of Jesus appear to be particularly reviled.
“Every Muslim should get out of his house, find a crusader and kill him,” said one article.
“[T]he Islamic State is here to stay. It is a state that inflicts just terror against its infidel, pagan, and apostate enemies,” says another. “And it will continue to expand until its banner flutters over Constantinople and Rome. Until then, let the crusaders get used to the sound of explosion and the image of carnage in their very own homelands.”
The cover of an earlier edition of the magazine featured a photoshopped photo of the black ISIS flag flying over the Vatican. The jihadist group predicted that at some future point “the slave markets will commence in Rome by Allah’s power and might.”
“We will conquer your Rome, break your crosses, and enslave your women, by the permission of Allah, the Exalted,” the magazine quoted ISIS spokesman Mohammed al-Adnani as saying.
The anti-Christian creed is clearly presented as having its roots in the Qur’an and Hadiths – sayings or traditions ascribed to Mohammed – with some of the latter said by one Dabiq writer to “indicate that the Muslims will be at war with the Roman Christians.”
(One Hadith sometimes cited by radical jihadists says in part, “the Messenger of Allah said: I have been commanded to fight against people so long as they do not declare that there is no god but Allah …”)
Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi said in response to Tuesday’s attack that “the Holy See was “particularly shocked because this horrible violence took place in a church, in which God’s love is announced, with the barbarous killing of a priest and the involvement of the faithful.”
“This is the face of evil,” said Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.). “To invade a sanctuary open to all – a place of worship and refuge – to kill and terrorize innocent people who devoted their lives to the teachings of Christ lays bare the barbarism of radical jihadism.”
“I am outraged for the families of the victims, for our ally France, for the Catholic Church, and for humanity,” Cotton said. “This attack joins a lengthening string of jihadist attacks around the world, and it should steel our collective resolve to defeat ISIS abroad before they attack us at home and put an end to this madness.”
TRUTH BOMBS: So Mr. Scientist…. Which evolved first, male or female? No answer? too bad! Well then how about, why would humans evolve out of asexual into male and female which decreases survival probability? Ah, no answer again. I see, how about what evolved first, the muscle to use the skeletal structure or the skeletal structure that supports the muscular system? No answer again? Wow and you expect me to believe the rest. This information does not even comport with the data on mitochondrial eve.
ARTICLE: Four billion years ago, sometime around Earth’s 560 millionth birthday, Luca was born.Luca is your great-to-an-infinite-degree grandmother and grandfather, as it is your dog’s and your goldfish’s and your ficus’. Every living thing on Earth owes it existence to Luca, whose very name stands for “Last Universal Common Ancestor.” It is the origin of life on Earth, from which the rest of us evolved. And now scientists believe they have mapped a genetic picture of the qualities that would have belonged to Luca, giving us a startling look at how life on Earth might have begun:…By comparing their sequence of DNA letters, genes can be arranged in evolutionary family trees, a property that enabled [Dr. William F.] Martin and his colleagues to assign the six million genes to a much smaller number of gene families. Of these, only 355 met their criteria for having probably originated in Luca, the joint ancestor of bacteria and archaea.Genes are adapted to an organism’s environment. So Dr. Martin hoped that by pinpointing the genes likely to have been present in Luca, he would also get a glimpse of where and how Luca lived. “I was flabbergasted at the result, I couldn’t believe it,” he said.The 355 genes pointed quite precisely to an organism that lived in the conditions found in deep sea vents, the gassy, metal-laden, intensely hot plumes caused by seawater interacting with magma erupting through the ocean floor. [The New York Times]Chemist John Sutherland, of the University of Cambridge, has a rival theory that life formed in shallow pools, not the ocean. Others say that Dr. Martin’s version of Luca is actually the sophisticated descendent of some other original Luca.But regardless of which theory you believe, as James O. McInerney wrote in a commentary about Dr. Martin’s research, Luca is “a very intriguing insight into life four billion years ago.” Read all about it at The New York Times. Jeva Lange
TRUTH BOMBS; Less than 1% of the population is reportedly homosexual yet this agenda is pushed by all networks. Why? This is indoctrination of non traditional principles and not child development.
ARTICLE: A children’s TV network made dubious history last week, airing the first animated show featuring a “married” same-gender couple. And one organization is working to do something about it.
“One Million Moms is extremely concerned that the network that is designed for children will now be exposing them to inappropriate content, content that they’re far too young to comprehend or understand,” comments Director Monica Cole. “And it will likely bring up premature conversations about sexual orientation that is completely unnecessary.”
She accuses Nickelodeon of pushing an agenda.
“Networks, even children networks, are attempting to desensitize children and families in general,” Cole contends. “This is just proof that Nickelodeon had decided to be politically correct instead of just providing clean, family-friendly programming.”
The One Million Moms director adds that the Supreme Court legalizing same-gender marriage does not make it right or morally correct, so her organization, a division of the American Family Association, will be urging the show’s advertisers to pull their sponsorship.
OneMillionMoms is a division of the American Family Association, the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.
(AFP) – Violence against Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Christian minority, one of the largest and oldest groups of Christians in the Middle East, has escalated at an alarming rate in the last several weeks, with little official response.
Since late May, Christians in Egypt have been the victims of at least a dozen sectarian attacks, and activists and politicians say the government has done little to stop it, despite Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi’s early overtures to the Coptic community and their staunch support of him.
“It is escalating in a very short time,” said Mina Thabet, programme director for minorities and vulnerable groups with the Egyptian Commission of Rights and Freedoms.
Among the assaults was one in late May on an elderly Coptic woman in Minya, who was stripped, beaten and paraded naked because of a rumour that her son was having a relationship with a Muslim woman. Seven homes in the town were set ablaze.
Victims said the police response was late and insufficient.
Sectarian tensions heated up even more on June 30, three years to the day after the beginning of the protests that led to the overthrow of Egypt’s first democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi, when a Coptic priest was gunned down in Al Arish, North Sinai in an attack claimed by the IS group. The group accused the priest of “waging a war against Islam”.
As gruesome as that attack was, the majority of the incidents have not taken place in the IS stronghold in northern Sinai, but in the Governorate of Minya, which is nestled along the Nile river about 250 kilometres south of Cairo.
Minya has the highest concentration of Christians in Egypt, with some estimates as high as 50 percent of the population there. There are no reliable statistics about the Christian community in Egypt, but they are widely believed to make up about 10 percent of the country’s overall population.
Hours before the priest in Al Arish was shot, the under-construction house of a Coptic man in Minya was torched by a mob who thought he was building a church – despite his having signed an affidavit in the presence of police, the mayor and the local sheikh saying the structure would be a residence and would be used for no other purpose. The four adjacent homes, which belonged to his brothers, were also burned.
The building of churches is a flashpoint for sectarian tensions in Egypt. Per capita, there are far fewer churches serving the Christian community than there are mosques serving the Muslim community, and the building of new churches is strictly restricted under Egyptian law and requires special permissions. Christians for decades have had difficulty obtaining the necessary approvals and often face fierce opposition from Muslim neighbors.
While the recent violence has been concentrated in and around Minya, other Christian strongholds in the country have suffered as well. For example, an attack occurred on July 2 in the governorate of Sohag, which is about 500km south of Cairo and also has a large Christian population, when the teenage daughter of a priest was grabbed from behind by the hair and stabbed in the neck in what appeared to be a failed attempt to slit her throat. She was rescued by a bystander and survived the attack.
And on July 9 in Tanta, a town 90km north of Cairo that also has a sizable Coptic population, a pharmacist was stabbed to death and beheaded. His body was found in a house across the street from his own. According to Egyptian media reports, he was lured there by a request for a medicine delivery. The reports also said the house is owned by Salafists, members of an ultra-conservative sect of Islam.
The clashes flared up again in Minya later that week when homes of five Copts were looted and torched on July 15 after a rumour that a building that served as a kindergarten was being turned into a church. Security forces were notified as soon as the attacks began but didn’t arrive until an hour later. The fire engine that responded to the scene had no water.
Two days later, on July 17, the cousin of a priest in Minya was fatally stabbed in the heart and three others injured after a dispute that started outside the priest’s home.
While clashes occur throughout Egypt, Minya has been an area of particular concern, both historically and of late. It was the first spot where violence erupted after Sisi’s speech on July 3, 2013 in which he announced the overthrow of President Morsi, who hearkened from the ranks of the Muslim Brotherhood and whose followers blamed Christians, at least in part, for his ouster. Minya also has high, if not the highest, rates of ransom kidnappings of Christians, which occur sporadically throughout the country.
Many factors contribute to the recent escalation of violence in Minya, Thabet said. Radical Islamists have long had a strong, deeply rooted presence in the governorate and control schools and therefore the dissemination of ideology. That isn’t helped by an illiteracy rate that approaches 40 percent, nor the fact that about 30 percent of the poorest villages in Upper Egypt, the rural south of the country, are there.
“They are all factors,” Thabet said. “You can’t separate the economic and social factors from the equation. It’s a complicated equation.”
A slap on the wrist
But perhaps the biggest problem, according to activists, is the lack of prosecution. In none of the recent cases were the perpetrators given anything more than a slap on the wrist, points out Sherif Azer, Egyptian civil rights activist and PhD researcher at the University of York, UK.
Traditionally, instead of filing criminal charges, local authorities pressure Christians into “reconciliation” sessions, in which the opposing parties come together to negotiate a settlement outside of the criminal justice system. Copts are often pressured into surrendering their legal rights and sometimes even forced to leave their communities.
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) issued a statement earlier this week in which it called the reconciliation process “an instrument that only serves to perpetuate tensions and create a climate in which any dispute between citizens is liable to escalate into sectarian violence and collective punishment”.
Instead, activists and politicians say they would like to see the law applied in cases of sectarian violence. Member of Parliament Haitham El-Hariri was cited in The Daily News Egypt newspaper saying that reconciliation session are unconstitutional and illegal. “The law should be applied on any violators, without arresting innocent people just for the sake of making balanced cases,” the article said he commented on Facebook.
The Coptic Bishop of Minya, Bishop Makarios, agrees. He urged the victims of the attacks to resist reconciliation because it often leads to perpetrators escaping without punishment. He instead is pushing for the incidents to be handled by the legal system.
But that rarely happens.
In the incident of the elderly woman in Minya, she was pushed into reconciliation. According to some news reports, the eight defendants were eventually fined 10,000 Egyptian pounds each (slightly more than 1,000 euros) and released.
In the case of the June 30 house burnings in Minya, several people were arrested, but no charges have been reported. The young man who tried to slit the neck of the teenage girl has been placed under psychiatric evaluation. Two men covered in blood were caught on surveillance video leaving the house where the pharmacist was beheaded, but according to most media reports no arrests have been made.
In the July 15 incident, about 15 people were arrested, a mix of Christians and Muslims. According to media reports, the Muslims were released in time for the Ramadan meal; the Christians were detained longer and charged with minor offences. Five suspects were detained in connection with the stabbing at the priest’s home; it is unclear if charges have yet been filed.
Even when Christians refuse reconciliation, few crimes against Copts go to trial and those that do are often dismissed because of a claimed lack of evidence, according to Ishak Ibrahim, researcher of religious freedoms at EIPR.
“This sends a message that there is no equality, and no matter what you do and how you break the law you will not be punished,” he told Egyptian newspaper Mada Masr.
The frustration was evident when Bishop Makarios sent a tweet “reminding” President Sisi that Copts are Egyptian citizens and the diocese of Minya “falls within the country’s jurisdiction”.
Sisi responded on July 21 during a speech at a military graduation ceremony saying: “We will not accept the differentiation between an Egyptian Muslim and an Egyptian Copt.”
A first step toward calming tensions would be to loosen restrictions on church building, activists say. But without the imposition of the rule of law, little will change.
“What happened in Minya is nothing but a natural result of not enforcing the law in previous sectarian attacks against the Copts, and forcing the Copts to go through reconciliation meetings and obey illegal solutions that are demeaning,” Ibrahim said.
TRUTHBOMBS: Yeah Sure! Would they do this to open a Church? Nope!
The Justice Department is taking a Pennsylvania town to court over a municipal board’s denial of a zoning application for a mosque, accusing officials of discriminating against a local Muslim organization on the basis of religion.The Bensalem Township violated the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act when its zoning board in 2014 rejected a zoning request that would have allowed the Bensalem Masjid to build a mosque in the town, Justice Department attorneys wrote in a complaint filed Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.“Our Constitution protects the rights of religious communities to build places of worship free from unlawful interference and unnecessary barriers,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. “The Department of Justice will continue to challenge unjustified local zoning actions around the country when they encroach upon this important civil right.”Members of the local Muslim community sought to build a mosque after years of renting a local fire hall for worship services. In 2012, the Bensalem Masjid organization met with elected officials to discuss options for building a 17,000-square-foot mosque on land adjacent to the township.But as plans moved forward and the group attended a series of meetings before the Bensalem Township Zoning Hearing Board, the complaint alleges that Bensalem Masjid was treated differently than other religious and non-religious groups that had sought similar zoning variances. The board, which ultimately rejected the application in a 4-0 vote, treated other groups “more favorably than it treated the Bensalem’s Masjid’s application throughout the variance process.”
In a court decision that takes euthanasia – the deliberate killing of people sometimes with their approval – to an entirely new level, judges in Belgium have ordered a nursing home to pay a fine and damages to the family for refusing to allow a fatal injection for a patient.
“It is now black and white that an institution cannot intervene in an agreement between doctor and patients,” Sylvie Tack, a lawyer for the family of the 74-year-old woman told Catholic Herald.
The case developed for the St. Augustine rest home, a Catholic facility, in Diest when Mariette Buntjens, reportedly agreed to euthanasia with her doctor.
However, the rest home officials refused to allow the procedure, so the woman instead was moved to a private address where shortly later she died.
The woman’s family then sued, alleging the nursing home caused “unnecessary mental and physical suffering,” the Herald reported.
“A civil court in Louvain upheld the complaint and fined the home 3,000 (euros) and ordered it to pay compensation of 1,000 (euros) to each of Mrs. Buntjens’ three adult children.”
The report said the judges found the nursing home “had no right to refuse euthanasia on the basis of conscientious objection.”
The Herald warned of the consequences of the ruling, explaining, “The judgment could spell the closure of scores of Catholic-run nursing and care homes across Belgium because the church has stated explicitly that it will not permit euthanasia ‘under any circumstances.’”
According to the Christian Institute, Labour MP Robert Flello said the result of the court ruling is “worrying.”
“It shows yet again that life is held in such low regard in Belgium,” he said.
And UK Baroness Finlay, professor of palliative medicine at Cardiff University, responded by calling for Britain to “learn from the exerience of others” and continue to reject euthanasia.
Just last year, parliament there voted 330-to-118 to decline a bill to legalize the killing procedures.
Finlay noted that where euthanasia has been adopted, such deaths have risen dramatially.
“She noted that between 2014 and 2015 in Oregon, assisted suicide deaths rose by a staggering 80 percent. In the Netherlands, assisted suicide or euthanasia accounted for one in every2 6 deaths in the country last year,” the report said.
Finlay noted, “Every doctor has been faced with the question: how long have I got? The answer in many cases is only a best guess. Yet accurate prognosis is an important factor in any decision to end it all. The assisted dying bills presented to parliament in the UK treat prognosis as if it’s a scientific tool. It isn’t.”
The Herald said a euthanasia advocate in Belgium, Wim Distelmans, said, “This is an important case because the judge sees the nursing home as an extension of a private home. When other institutions now want to reject euthanasia, they will think twice before they prohibit access to a doctor.”
Flello, however, warned about looking at euthanasia as “a right.”
“If you look around the world, anywhere assisted suicide has been introduced there is a constant erosion of any safeguards that have been put in place. This a further leap down the slippery path warned about time and time again and it shows that those warnings were true,” he told the Herald.
Euthanasia has been legal in Belgium since 2003. Critics allege the law is so liberal lethal injections literally are available on demand, with known cases of those who are disabled or mentally ill.
“Deaf twins Marc and Eddy Verbessem, 45, were granted their wish to die in December 2012, for instance, after they learned they were likely to go blind, and Nancy Verhelst, 44, a transsexual, was also killed by lethal injection after her doctors botched her sex change operation, leaving her with physical deformities she felt made her look like a ‘monster’,” the Herald reported.
The report said there were 2,021 such deaths in 2015.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2016/07/nursing-home-fined-for-keeping-patient-alive/#8B0LLA2ZzAQepVKF.99
A new fight has erupted in Vermont that has doctors and other health-care providers there fighting a state mandate that they tell their patients suicide is one treatment option for health problems. A lawsuit has been filed by officials with Alliance Defending Freedom against the Vermont Board of Medical Practice and the Office of Professional […]