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  • Pentagon makes provisions for same-sex marriage

    09/30/2011 7:58:40 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 18 replies
    Pentagon makes provisions for same-sex marriage mug.cnn By: CNN Wire Staff (CNN) - Ten days after the military dumped its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays and lesbians in the military, the Pentagon has issued new rules allowing military chaplains to perform same-sex marriages....
  • Iranian Pastor Faces Execution for Refusing to Recant Christian Faith

    09/28/2011 5:29:38 PM PDT · by bibletruth · 5 replies
    foxnews ^ | 2011 | Bibletruth
    Nadarkhani, a pastor in the 400-member Church of Iran, has been held in that country's Gilan Province since October 2009. Now Nadarkhani was sentenced to death for apostasy for the grace of God and freedom In Christ which he believes. Here is how a real Christian suffers under the name of Christ Jesus.
  • US: military chaplains may perform same-sex unions

    09/30/2011 9:45:36 AM PDT · by ConjunctionJunction · 32 replies
    AP ^ | September 30, 2011
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon has decided that military chaplains may perform same-sex unions, whether on or off a military installation. The ruling announced Friday by the Pentagon's personnel chief follows the Sept. 20 repeal of a law that had prohibited gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.
  • A Call For Mercy (Please sign this petition)

    09/29/2011 9:21:59 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 11 replies
    “Our Christ sacrificed His lifeon the cross for our sins.... Our Christ is alive.” Asia Bibi, a wife and mother, used these words to defend her faith against mocking co-workers who tried to make her convert to Islam. She was later convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to death. In Pakistan, more than 150,000 Christians have signed a petition demanding justice for persecution victims, including Asia Bibi. Now you can join with The Voice of the Martyrs and our Pakistani brothers and sisters in a call for mercy. We hope to gather 1 million signatures on behalf of our sister Asia,...
  • IRAN: Next 24 hours critical to stop the execution of Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani

    09/28/2011 5:48:35 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 46 replies
    CSW is urgently calling for action on behalf of Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani who faces execution anytime from Thursday onwards after refusing to renounce his faith. Pastor Nadarkhani is currently on trial in Rasht. He has appeared in court three times this week and each time has refused to renounce his faith when asked to do so by the court.
  • Cutting out the Cheese Maker

    09/28/2011 3:54:01 PM PDT · by Caleb1411 · 9 replies
    Rose Marie Belforti, a small town cheese maker in rural New York, is at the epicenter of the effort to banish Christians from living out their faith in public office. Belforti, a Bible-believing Christian, has been the elected town clerk for nearly a decade. After the New York legislature redefined marriage and ordered clerks to issue same-sex "marriage" licenses, Belforti had a surprise visit from a lesbian who wanted a marriage license. Rose did what she would do for anyone--she offered an appointment. Just not with her. The women weren't denied a license, but Rose, in anticipation of a conflict...
  • Christians now 'most persecuted religious group in world', Vatican tells UN

    09/28/2011 12:22:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Sofia Echo ^ | September 28, 2011
    Christians currently suffer more persecution because of their faith than any other religious group, Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Secretary for Relations with States for the Holy See, told the annual United Nations General Assembly general debate on September 27 2011, the UN News Centre said. Mamberti said that the denial of religious freedom threatened peace and security and precluded integral human development. "Respect for religious freedom is the fundamental path for the construction of peace, the recognition of human dignity and the safeguarding of human rights," he said. "The particular influence of a specific religion in a nation should never imply...
  • Homosexual bigots commit hate crimes, Part 11 -- Vanderbilt University

    09/28/2011 2:46:55 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 10 replies
    RenewAmerica.com ^ | Sept. 28, 2011 | Bryan Fischer
    The parade of hate crimes continue. This time the perpetrator is Vanderbilt University which has put five Christian student organizations on provisional status for being, well, Christian clubs. Vanderbilt was founded by the Methodist Episcopal Church in the 1870s, with a donation from philanthropist Cornelius Vanderbilt. Thus, as is the case with 106 of the first 108 colleges and the universities in the United States, Vanderbilt was brought into existence by followers of Jesus Christ. Now his followers are being tagged as homophobic bigots and threatened with expulsion from campus because of their sincerely held religious beliefs. Worse, Vanderbilt has...
  • Where is Obama on Christian Pastor About to be Executed?

    09/28/2011 12:30:35 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 22 replies
    godfatherpolitics.com ^ | 9/28/2011 | Godfather of Politics
    When President Obama came into office, we were assured that our relationship with Islamic nations would improve. Islam is really a religion of peace. He said the following in his remarks to the Muslim world, delivered on June 4, 2009 in Egypt. “I have come here to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world; one based upon mutual interest and mutual respect; and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive, and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles – principles of justice and progress;...
  • Rights Collide as Town Clerk Sidesteps Role in Gay Marriages

    09/28/2011 2:45:23 AM PDT · by markomalley · 80 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | 9/27/11 | THOMAS KAPLAN
    Rose Marie Belforti is a 57-year-old cheese maker, the elected town clerk in this sprawling Finger Lakes farming community and a self-described Bible-believing Christian. She believes that God has condemned homosexuality as a sin, so she does not want to sign same-sex marriage licenses; instead, she has arranged for a deputy to issue all marriage licenses by appointment. But when a lesbian couple who own a farm near here showed up at the town hall last month, the women said they were unwilling to wait. Now Ms. Belforti is at the heart of an emerging test case, as national advocacy...
  • Same-sex “Marriage”: Accept it or Resign!

    09/27/2011 11:59:59 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 50 replies
    TFP ^ | 9/21/2011 | John Horvat II
    When the New York state legislature rammed through a law “legalizing” same-sex “marriage” this last summer, countless New Yorkers disagreed with the decision. Among them were Christian town clerks who could not in good conscience sign marriage licenses for a union they consider sinful. Clauses were written in the law that supposedly protect clergy from being forced to act against their faith. However, such clauses do not apply to town clerks or any other government official. Clerks are told point blank, either accept the law, or resign. Town clerk Rose Marie Belforti of Ledyard, New York found out the hard...
  • Video: Police Ban Bible from Christian Café [UK]

    09/26/2011 10:48:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Police in Lancashire have told the owner of a Christian café to stop displaying Bible texts on a video screen, because it breaches public order laws. Officers attended the Salt & Light Coffee House on Layton Road, Blackpool, on Monday 19 September, following a complaint about “insulting” and “homophobic” material. The café’s owner, Mr Jamie Murray, says the officers did not specify which Bible texts had caused the offence. BreachHe says the officers told him that displaying offensive or insulting words is a breach of Section 5 of the Public Order Act, and told him to stop displaying the Bible....
  • Same-Sex Marriage: Equality or Burning Consciences?

    09/25/2011 7:46:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 25, 2011 | Michael Youssef
    The Christian Post reported that on August 21, 2011, Mike Weatherley, a MP [Member of Parliament] for Hove, wrote a letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron saying, "As long as religious groups can refuse to preside over ceremonies for same-sex couples, there will be inequality." In 2004, The United Kingdom passed laws legalizing same-sex unions, but churches were not required to participate in these unions. In 2010, the Conservative - Liberal Democrat Coalition proposed an amendment to those laws which allowed places of worship to "opt-in" to register same-sex ceremonies, something that MP Weatherley called a "messy compromise." But...
  • Video: Police ban Bible from Christian café

    09/25/2011 5:13:33 PM PDT · by massmike · 51 replies
    christian.org.uk ^ | 09/25/2011 | n/a
    Police in Lancashire have told the owner of a Christian café to stop displaying Bible texts on a video screen, because it breaches public order laws. Officers attended the Salt & Light Coffee House on Layton Road, Blackpool, on Monday 19 September, following a complaint about “insulting” and “homophobic” material. The café’s owner, Mr Jamie Murray, says the officers did not specify which Bible texts had caused the offence. He says the officers told him that displaying offensive or insulting words is a breach of Section 5 of the Public Order Act, and told him to stop displaying the Bible....
  • Gay hackers attack pro-family petition in defense of Julio Severo and other Christians

    09/25/2011 10:36:01 AM PDT · by juliosevero · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Gay hackers attack pro-family petition in defense of Julio Severo and other Christians By Julio Severo A pro-family petition website to support me and other Christians has been hacked today. Attack by hackers on Sunday, September 25 The petition was created by LifeSiteNews in response to a massive campaign by homo-fascist group AllOut, which boasts more than 500,000 adherents. The campaign of AllOut pressured PayPal to block services to me and pro-family groups. PayPal readily yielded, firstly blocking my account, effectively hindering me from receiving voluntary donations from friends. Now, to make sure that a positive pro-family campaign may pressure...
  • This is how protected beliefs become prosecuted "bigotry"

    09/25/2011 3:59:09 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Insight Scoop ^ | September 25, 2011 | Carl Olson
    Sister Mary Ann Walsh, director of media relations for the USCCB, wonders if "late night comics who mock the church ... have set the tone of the government's current salvos against religious freedom", and then warns:In the effort to redefine marriage, we see the government threatening religious discrimination in the name of--you guessed it--preventing discrimination. The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton, declares that marriage is between one man and one woman. But the Department of Justice, which is charged with defending Acts of Congress like DOMA against constitutional challenge, declared in March...
  • Pakistan: Christian Girl Accused Of Blasphemy Over Spelling Error

    09/25/2011 7:13:32 PM PDT · by Just4Him · 52 replies
    The Express Tribune ^ | 9/25/2011 | Muhammad Sadaqat
    ABBOTTABAD: It may have been a mere misplaced dot that led to accusations of blasphemy against a Christian eighth-grader, whose miniscule error led to her expulsion from school and uproar amongst local religious leaders. Faryal Bhatti, a student at the Sir Syed Girls High School in Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF) colony Havelian, erroneously misspelt a word in an Urdu exam while answering a question on a poem written in praise of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). The word in question was ‘laanat’ instead of ‘naat’ – an easy error for a child to make, as the written versions of the words...
  • End of DADT paves way for new discrimination

    09/23/2011 8:05:57 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 35 replies
    http://www.stripes.com ^ | September 22, 2011 | ByAlexander F.C. Webster
    On Sept. 20, 2011, a date that will live in infamy, the U.S. armed forces were deliberately and successfully attacked by advocates of the scourge of homosexuality. The elimination of the last vestige of moral restraint on sexual perversion in the U.S. military, commonly known as the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, ushers in a new Orwellian era in which the military leadership of our nation will proclaim the unnatural as natural, the unhealthy as healthy and the immoral as moral. On Aug. 25, 2010, before the DADT policy was rescinded by Congress and the current president of the United...
  • Catholics warn of ‘national conflict’ over gay marriage

    09/23/2011 5:34:20 AM PDT · by Cronos · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 22 Sep 2011 | David Gibson
    The nation’s top Catholic bishop issued a stern challenge to the Obama administration’s decision not to support a federal ban on gay marriage, and warned the president that his policies could “precipitate a national conflict between church and state of enormous proportions.” .. Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, said he and other prelates have grown increasingly concerned since the administration announced last February that it would no longer defend the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act in court. The Obama administration says it believes the law that defines marriage as between one man and one woman is unconstitutional.Dolan said the...
  • Student Suspended For Saying Homosexuality Is Wrong (Local TV news video)

    09/22/2011 3:43:07 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 57 replies
    Myfoxdfw.com (Dallas TV news) ^ | 9/21/2011 | Lari Barager
    A Fort Worth high school student was sent to the principal’s office earlier this week for telling another classmate he believes homosexuality is wrong. Fourteen-year-old Dakota Ary spent most of the day Tuesday serving an in-school suspension. It was punishment for discussion in his German class at Fort Worth’s Western Hills High School. “We were talking about religions in Germany. I said, ‘I’m a Christian. I think being a homosexual is wrong,’” he said. “It wasn’t directed to anyone except my friend who was sitting behind me. I guess [the teacher] heard me. He started yelling. He told me he...