Pakistan: Supreme Court declines petition to protect Christian girls from forced conversion and marriage to Muslims

BY CHRISTINE DOUGLASS-WILLIAMS

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2021/07/pakistan-supreme-court-declines-petition-to-protect-christian-girls-from-forced-conversion-and-marriage-to-muslims;

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Pakistan is a leading nation in promoting Muslim victimology worldwide and advancing the “Islamophobia” agenda. The manipulative promotion of Islamic blasphemy doctrine is unceasing, while Muslim men continue to kidnap, forcibly convert and rape Christian, Hindu and Sikh girls on a routine basis.

The persecution worldwide by Muslims of both those Muslims who are deemed to be apostates and of infidels is unmatched by any other group. Still, the lie that Muslims are suffering under systemic “Islamophobia” persists. French teacher Samuel Paty was openly beheaded in France while multitudes of Muslims protested against his allegedly committing blasphemy, instead of protesting against the fact that he was beheaded. This kind of behavior would never be tolerated from any other religion but Islam, the so-called “religion of peace.”

“Christians suffer court setback in child marriages in Pakistan,” Morning Star News, July 22, 2021:

Efforts to end the abduction and forced conversion/marriage of minor Christian girls suffered a setback when the Supreme Court of Pakistan last week declined to intervene in the issue, sources said.

Supreme Court Justice Mushir Alam on Wednesday (July 14) rejected an appeal by a senior church leader for a constitutional petition to protect Christian girls from forcible conversion to Islam and marriage to Muslims.

“We had pinned our hopes on the Supreme Court for addressing this longstanding genuine grievance of the Pakistani Christians, but we are deeply disappointed and saddened by this decision,” Bishop Azad Marshall, moderator bishop of the Church of Pakistan and president of the National Council of Churches in Pakistan (NCCP), told Morning Star News. “The court has, however, stated in the order that it will take this issue up if we bring a specific case before it.”

Filed by renowned human rights lawyer Saif Ul Malook on behalf of Marshall, the petition stated that Pakistan accords a degree of permanence to the abduction and forcible conversion of Christian girls by allowing them to marry Muslims without ascertaining the pressures coming to bear on girls when they make declarations of consent before trial and high courts, nor taking into account their intellectual, emotional and social maturity.

The petition asserted that courts fail to consider whether declarations of consent are voluntary or result from threats, psychological abuse and conditioning and fear of social stigma and rebuke.

The petition also asked the court to recognize the difference between Pakistani penal laws and sharia (Islamic law), as the latter is one of the major causes behind the exploitation of Christian girls.

Marshall said the petition was filed under the Pakistani constitution’s Article 184(3), under which the Supreme Court has “original jurisdiction in matters of public importance with reference to the enforcement of any of the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution of Pakistan.”

The court’s objection that the petition improperly invoked Article 184(3) by failing to address an individual grievance, Marshall said, “in our opinion, is not sustainable because the matter is not restricted to an individual case; rather, it relates to the entire Christian population in Pakistan and violation of their fundamental rights.”….

Loudoun County, VIRGINIA Churches Obeying God Rather Than Virginia

BY MARK TAPSCOTT

SEE: https://pjmedia.com/culture/marktapscott/2021/07/15/loudoun-county-churches-obeying-god-rather-than-virginia-n1462074;

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It happened in Jerusalem and it was the greatest blow struck in the ancient world on behalf of the establishment of individual liberty when Peter and the other apostles replied to the order of the Jewish authorities to shut up about the recently executed Jesus.

“We must obey God rather than men,” they said, according to Acts 5:29.

There is nothing else said or done in the ancient world, not in Rome or Athens or anywhere else, that so clearly established that the state is not the ultimate authority and is in fact subordinate to God.

You want to trace the path that led to the “inalienable rights” of the Declaration of Independence? You gotta start with this courageous statement by Peter and the other apostles.

Of course, shortly after uttering those words, the apostles were flogged for their efforts to proclaim that Jesus Christ had been crucified dead and buried, then resurrected as proof that He is exactly what He claimed to be, God Incarnate.

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The state never gives up its presumption of ultimate authority easily and those floggings were succeeded by a dreary succession down through the centuries of persecution, including far more cruel and horrific beheadings, burnings at the stake, and drawing and quartering of Christians who refused to bow down to any but the sovereign Lord.

They don’t face such severe trials in Loudoun County, Virginia, not yet anyway, but Christians there must cope with a new law that constitutes nothing short of official persecution. And they are doing something about it, going to court to challenge the Virginia Values Act (VVA) in the Loudoun County Circuit Court. The case is Calvary Road Baptist Church v. Herring.

What is so bad about the VVA? According to Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), whose lawyers are in court on behalf of a coalition of local churches and faith-based groups, the VVA, the law:

Compels churches, religious schools, and Christian ministries to hire employees who do not share their stated beliefs on marriage, sexuality, and gender identity. A companion law requires the ministries and others like them to include in employee health care plans coverage for sex reassignment and “gender-affirming” surgeries that run contrary to their beliefs. It also prohibits the ministries from offering sex-specific classes for parenting, Christian discipleship, and sports.

The VVA’s most prominent advocate is Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, the liberal Democrat made famous for his collegiate exploits wearing blackface on campus social occasions. Were Northam a Republican who did those things, he would no longer be Virginia’s chief executive, having been run out of office by Cancel Culture’s cacophony of enforcers of contemporary secular progressive orthodoxy.

The ADF barristers have quite an enviable record on behalf of religious freedom, having won 12 significant Supreme Court victories in recent years. They sound confident about this case, too:

“Religious organizations are free to make employment decisions without fear of government punishment, yet a Virginia law is violating this protected freedom by requiring them to abandon their beliefs or pay a devastating price,” ADF Senior Counsel Denise Harle said in a statement announcing the suit against the VVA.

“Virginia communities benefit greatly from the services provided by churches and faith-based schools and nonprofits, and the commonwealth must respect their right—just like anyone else’s—to continue operating by their own internal policies and codes of conduct about life, marriage, and sexuality,” she continued.

Similarly, ADF’s Kevin Theriot, who is vice president of ADF’s Center for Life, declared in the same statement:

Being able to freely live and work according to one’s beliefs is fundamental to who we are as Americans and is protected by the Constitution. What we’re seeing in Virginia, however, are government officials trying to control churches and religious groups and force them to abandon their convictions. The commonwealth has no business dictating how a faith-based organization should handle its employment decisions.

As it happens, there is no predicting how a Virginia state court will rule on such issues these days, but if ADF takes this one to the federal level, odds are quite positive, thanks in no small part to a recent decision by the federal Appeals Court for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago.

There, the judges reversed an appellate panel’s prior decision against the Archbishop of Chicago and Saint Andrew the Apostle Parish in Calumet City, Illinois. The lower court had agreed the Catholic church could not fire former music director Sandor Demkovich.

Demkovich claimed he was terminated because he is gay and married to another gay man, and that he was the victim of a hostile work environment stemming from the same factors.

Demkovich lost because the court ruled, a ruling in his favor “would not only undercut a religious organization’s constitutionally protected relationship with its ministers, but also cause civil intrusion into, and excessive entanglement with, the religious sphere.” The kind of intrusion and entanglement that is barred by the First Amendment.

“Worship is sacred. That’s why worship leaders who select and perform elements of worship are ministers of the faith, conveying its teachings to the faithful,” said Daniel Blomberg, senior counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which also has an enviable litigation record on behalf of religious freedom.

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“That’s also why the church — not the state — gets to make sure that its music ministers are directing its congregation in a way that’s faithful to its beliefs,” Blomberg said.

Between the Seventh Circuit opinion, multiple recent opinions in the U.S. Supreme Court, and an impressive record of litigation compiled by ADF, defenders of the VVA might be well advised to back off in Loudoun County. Their vessel has D-E-F-E-A-T written all over it.

Pastor Received 1,500 Death Threats Over COVID Resistance

Pastor Received 1,500 Death Threats Over COVID Resistance

BY BOB ADELMANN

SEE: https://thenewamerican.com/pastor-received-1500-death-threats-over-covid-resistance/;

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Pastor Brian Gibson, a graduate of Oral Roberts University and founder of HIS Church in Owensboro, Kentucky, has a target on his back. In an interview on Epoch TV’s Crossroads program last Thursday he said he’s being targeted “just for being a vocal proponent of the First Amendment … just for being someone who supported President Trump, and someone who spoke out actively.”

He added:

I’ve received closed to 1,500 death threats. People broke into my home, kicked my gate down, hacked all of our accounts.

It’s amazing what they can do and how coordinated some of these intimidation rings can really be. I think I underestimated what that would really be until it happened to me.  

He was forced to move when thugs started intimidating his children, but they found his new location and continued the harassment.

Gibson gained national attention and notoriety back in January for telling the truth about how COVID restrictions, mandates, and lockdowns were greatly infringing upon precious rights guaranteed by the U. S. Constitution. He told NTD’s Focus Talk:

Whenever you watch the church being shut down, you watch the freedom of speech being taken away, you watch the censorship, you watch the ability to assemble together being threatened in the name of COVID.

He then added a phrase that rang all across the internet: “The Constitution has no COVID clause!”

He explained:

The first thing that’s listed there … is the freedom of religion. If it falls, and the First Amendment falls, the rest of the Constitution falls like dominos.

He noted the root cause of the collectivist cancer eating away at America’s foundations: “I think America needs to wake up on who has the mind of your children. Because, if you can shape the mind of a child, you can shape the mind of the future of our nation.” To restore the country’s culture, said Gibson, “We have to first start with the children.”

Gibson founded a group called Peaceably Gather where like-minded pastors could learn how to resist the COVID cancel culture, rapidly reaching more than 5,000 pastors with the message of resistance.

He sees the battle as “a fight for the heart and soul of America,” explaining on the Peaceably Gather website:

There is a constitutional crisis occurring right before our very eyes in America. Many of the governors of various states see the freedom of religion as something they can step over anytime they choose.

In this instance they’ve used public health and safety to silence the church. Opposing scientific opinions have been silenced, big tech is censoring conservative thought.

The last thing that can defeat this giant is the local church.

If we allow the forces that want to take away our first amendment rights to win in America we will be no different than China, Iran, or Vietnam.

Our children and our grandchildren will be raised in a nation where the government controls every aspect of their lives. They will live in a society where Caesar not Christ is God. America would become like any other communistic nation on the earth — totalitarian, ungodly, and impoverished.

The media made much of a selfie Gibson took of himself and another man who later attended the January 6 Capitol incident. The media, said Gibson, tried to frame him by saying that he was “one of the masterminds of the Capitol siege. I wasn’t in the Capitol, but I think what they do when they create these hit pieces, they’re trying to build a narrative against you: No. 1, with the public, and No. 2, they want a legal case against you. The mainstream media works to try to spin the narrative, and to spin public opinion before they’ll ever file charges.”

Gibson says the church in America has become soft and decadent and doesn’t want to give up its privileges by taking controversial stands:

In America we’ve become so comfortable. We don’t want to give up any of our comforts for real truth and real conviction anymore. And that’s why the church remained silent during the lockdowns [with notable exceptions]. So that’s why so many pastors didn’t speak up and push back.

Gibson said believers and pastors have to begin to stand against the encroaching tyranny:

Stand up for what you believe in. Don’t be afraid. Continue to love your enemies, but stand your ground. I think that’s what’s really needed in America.

Stop being afraid of what somebody might do to you. The high cost of living is potentially dying. I don’t want to die. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t have martyr’s complex. I want to live a long life, be an old man, see all of my kids’ kids.

But if somebody has such a grip of fear around you that you can’t live or be who you are, what good is living?

Coffee County, TN: After A two-year investigation for criticizing Islam, Christian DA cleared by Board of Professional Responsibility

Coffee County District Attorney Craig Northcott, the appointed Casada-Jones Special Prosecutor, says he uses "prosecutorial discretion" to refuse to recognize same-sex marriage despite a Supreme Court ruling, and encourages county clerks not to either.

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BY ROBERT SPENCER

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2021/07/tennessee-after-two-year-investigation-for-criticizing-islam-da-cleared-by-board-of-professional-responsibility;

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Freedom of speech? What’s that? If Northcott had said likened being a Christian to being part of the KKK or Aryan Nation, do you think he would have been investigated for two years? Of course not. He would have been made chairman of the local Critical Race Theory implementation board.

“Tennessee D.A. investigated for comments on homosexuality, Islam has case dismissed,” by Adrian Mojica, Fox17, July 12, 2021:

NASHVILLE, Tenn.–A Tennessee District Attorney previously under fire for comments on homosexuality and Islam has been cleared by the Board of Professional Responsibility (BPR) following a two year investigation.

Coffee County District Attorney Craig Northcott was under investigation following comments in 2019 in which Northcott wrote on social media Islam was a “evil, violent and against God’s truth” and likened being Muslim to “being part of the KKK, Aryan Nation, etc.”…

Northcott, who refused to be censured by the BPR and challenged the ruling, now says the matter has been dropped after he was granted a motion to dismiss the complaint against him without appeal from the BPR. Northcott says he stands by his comments in a public statement, calling the investigation against him an “attack.” “It was alleged that I am unfit to serve as District Attorney and to remain an attorney in Tennessee because I taught the Word of God regarding homosexuality from the pulpit of a church in Houston, Texas at a Bible conference primarily for pastors sponsored by a seminary as well as my expressing my thological [sic] belief regarding Islam while commenting on another individual’s Facebook post in my personal capacity,” Northcott writes. “Amazingly, this simple exercising of my God-given, constitutionally protected rights so upset certain groups of people that I made local, national, and international news and had to fight their efforts to have me disbarred for the last two years.”

After fighting the investigation successfully, Northcott says the BPR never alleged the mishandling of a specific case and admitted under oath…they could not find a single case that I or my office mishandled.”…

How to HEAL yourself and the world by embracing God’s most precious gifts~JILL BIDEN TOURS SOUTHERN REPUBLICAN STATES TO SELL VACCINES

BY MIKE ADAMS

SEE: https://www.naturalnews.com/2021-07-12-how-to-heal-yourself-and-the-world-by-embracing-gods-most-precious-gifts.html;

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(Natural News) Consider these questions: Why do people subject themselves to potentially deadly spike protein injections? Why do people engage in self-destructive substance abuse habits? Why do so many people who believe in “science” feel their own lives are worthless and meaningless?

The real answers to these questions, it turns out, aren’t found in the individual actions of people, but rather their core self-image.

People who think they are worthless, pointless and useless tend to pursue self-destructive habits and activities. This includes vaccine suicide, eating junk foods, and substance abuse.

On the other hand, people who have a healthy self-image and a sense of self-worth tend to pursue activities and life choices that protect and enhance their health on all levels: Physical, mental and spiritual.

Key question: What formed these core beliefs? And how can a negative self-image be reversed and transformed into a positive self-image?

How can people come to recognize they are worthy of life?

Society programs people to believe they are worthless

We live in a sick, twisted society that celebrates the mass killing of unborn babies. To any living child paying attention, the message is clear: Young human lives are worthless.

Television ads and propaganda messages encourage people to destroy their health with soda, junk foods and mind-altering prescription medications. Governments demand you submit to acting as a human guinea pig by injecting yourself with experimental spike protein “vaccines.” And so-called “science” claims that life is nothing but a random accident with no purpose.

Any person who falls for these sick, twisted beliefs and propaganda efforts will of course think their own life is meaningless and worthless. It’s not a surprise when they submit to vaccine suicide, junk food self-harm, abusive relationships or substance addictions, because these are the things they have come to believe they “deserve.”

It only takes a simple realization to recognize your very existence has a divine purpose

Despite all the negative programming and suicide messaging from a twisted society, it only takes a simple realization to flip the switch from “worthless” to “divine.” And that profound realization centers around the recognition of conscious awareness and free will, both of which are gifts from God.

Self-awareness is self-evident and requires no external evidence to validate because it is instantly and forever true in a person’s own direct experience. This is a kind of “direct proof” that consciousness is real. Since consciousness is self-awareness, the moment of recognition of one’s own self-awareness is instant proof that consciousness is real.

Free will is a natural extension of this consciousness. Since we live in a universe constructed with a preset flow of time, we are able to both observe and initiate cause-and-effect phenomena, thereby allowing us to learn about the consequences of actions pursued within the construct of free will, all inside a universe with laws that were designed to create these opportunities for gaining life experience.

Realize this: God created the cosmos, then granted us the gifts of life, consciousness and free will in order to learn, grow and expand our understanding of the universe. All of these realizations are self-evident to anyone who ponders these topics and recognizes their own conscious awareness.

The existence of all this means that none of it came into being by accident. God didn’t create the universe to be pointless and autonomous. You aren’t a puppet controlled by God, either. The fact that you have free will means God has a purpose for your life, and your life isn’t merely some random accident as described by “science.” The universe was designed with a purpose, and you were brought into this realm to discover and fulfill your divine purpose within this cosmic construct.

While society, pop culture, left-wing propaganda and “science” tells you that your life is meaningless and worthless, God gave you the ability to reject that false programming, and that the real you is here by the grace of God, with a purpose that is aligned with God’s very existence (and the existence of the entire cosmos itself).

In other words, you were granted the gift of life by the same Creator who made the stars and galaxies as well as all the laws of physics that govern cause and effect in the universe. Your existence here is, by definition, important and intelligently designed.

Discard any beliefs that attempt to lead you astray from this profound principle. Do not be swayed into self-destruction by a society dominated by satanic influences and negative energies. Explore and embrace your true purpose, and protect your body, mind and spirit from the forces of destruction that now dominate society.

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Having already convinced most blue states to commit vaccine suicide, Jill Biden now targets RED states to make sure conservatives are exterminated, too 

Image: Having already convinced most blue states to commit vaccine suicide, Jill Biden now targets RED states to make sure conservatives are exterminated, too

BY S.D. WELLS

SEE: https://www.naturalnews.com/2021-07-12-jill-biden-targets-red-states-covid-vaccines.html;

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(Natural News) Including the swing states her husband’s CCP regime stole, Jill “Joe” Biden is touring conservative states to help make the upcoming vaccine-induced death wave look more balanced between red and blue states. Though it’s mostly Democrats who rushed to the vaccine outlets to get jabbed with blood-clotting, heart inflaming “inoculations,” it’s still very important to the psychos in Washington DC that they “infect” as many people as possible, including those darn Republicans and Constitutionalists, before the attempted communist takeover of America.

Just four days after the utter failure of the Biden/CCP regime to meet their 70 percent “threshold” for fully vaccinated Americans by July 4th, Jill went “on the road” to coerce more morons into getting the deadly Covid jabs. The fake president’s wife has been crisscrossing the southern US, pleading with the unvaccinated to get the blood-clotting jabs that are all considered a “medical experiment” under “emergency use authorization only,” well, how long does this emergency last?

The vaccinated are dying off by the thousands from the vaccines and from getting Covid after inoculation for it. How ironic. Still, Jill Biden pleads with the dumbed-down Americans in the Red states who just seem “too lazy” to make the journey to a death-jab-outlet at a vacant mall, or too ignorant of the “benefits” of the deadly lab-made jabs (which are none).

US Covid-vaccinated percentage still under 50%, leaving too many Americans with guns and land that the CDC/CCP can’t kill off so easily

Far past conspiracy theories, we have entered into an age of science-backed bio-terrorism, and it’s all being committed by Americans against Americans. A war is being fought with dirty vaccines, and not one single vaccinated person can see it.

Now, the politicians at the top are working their “playbook” in plain sight, and it must be pointed out in order to save anyone left who is even slightly considering the Covid jabs. There’s one clear message for you: don’t. Jill Biden herself is proof of that. Why else would she tour all the Red states and beg conservatives to get those jabs? It’s all about depopulation, gun control, forced vaccination, and then a communist takeover. Guard your land and your guns, because they’re coming for it all, door-to-door.

Welcome to the Jill Biden Dirty Vaccine Promotion Tour

(for Red states and stolen swing states that all really voted for Trump)

Jill’s Tour states and the fully-vaccinated-for-Covid ratios by state:

Georgia: 37%

Alabama: 33%

Texas: 48%

Mississippi: 33%

Tennessee: 37%

Arizona: 43%

Florida: 46%

Missouri: 39%

West Virginia: 37%

It’s looking dismal for the Biden regime and their puppets at the top. It’s so dismal that she’s coercing high school students, the last people on Earth who need a vaccination for the Covid. Guess the Biden regime wants to get rid of those upcoming voters in Red states before the next big rigged election.

Allopathic medicine and vaccines are purposely designed in laboratories to make you sick and stupid

Hey Jill, your tour isn’t working. Go home. Weird how the “terrorists” used to be those people who flew planes into the World Trade Center. Now it’s bio-terrorists who push deadly vaccines on Americans. There’s always a “boogeyman” for the USA to hide from. Now that boogeyman is Mr. Covid and his gang of variants, and Jill Biden is on tour trying to let everyone know that she cares about you being able to hide from this evil boogeyman named Covid. Wear your mask and get your shots, everybody, especially all you Trump supporters (that’s their plan).

We already know about the mercury in flu shots that damages the brain. We already know the Covid vaccines cause blood clots and deadly heart inflammation. The vaccines sell themselves because they keep you dumb and toxic, unable to think things through and use common sense or critical thinking when it comes to disease “treatments” and viral “threats.” The Bidens are targeting high school girls now because the Covid vaccines destroy reproduction possibilities, just look at the clinical science that proves it (China Flu jabs terminate four out of every five pregnancies).

The “Covid Team” of Jill Biden will be circling back (with Strike Force military-style forced injections at gunpoint) to the Red states to see if any Conservatives are dumb enough to believe her and go get stabbed with mRNA and protein payload injections that have killed over 7,000 people already, including previously healthy adults, teens, children and babies. If, when she comes back around, you haven’t been vaccinated, be ready for armed Federal agents with FEMA goons to knock on your door “to protect you.”

Covid-19 vaccines are not safe or effective; they’re unsafe and defective. Visit CovidVaccineReactions.com if you already got a dirty jab or two and feel like you’re sick and dying. Then call an attorney. Also, check out Pandemic.news for updates on these crimes against humanity and the upcoming vaccine holocaust.

Sources for this article include:

Pandemic.news

NaturalNews.com

TruthWiki.org

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D.C. Elites Weaponize the Tax Code Against Christians

BY TYLER O'NEIL

SEE: https://pjmedia.com/columns/tyler-o-neil/2021/06/25/washington-elites-are-weaponizing-the-tax-code-against-christians-and-its-only-going-to-get-worse-n1456980;

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A decade ago, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) under President Barack Obama targeted tea party organizations for extra scrutiny and even denial of tax-exempt status. Democrats and the IRS seem determined to be even more brazen under Joe Biden.

As PJ Media’s Mark Tapscott reported last week, the IRS denied a 501(c)(3) tax exemption to the Texas-based group Christians Engaged because its Bible-based Christian teachings “are typically affiliated with the [Republican] party and candidates.”

This denial is absurd on many levels. First Liberty Institute appealed the rejection, highlighting three key errors: there is no requirement that tax-exempt organizations be neutral on public policy issues; Christians Engaged does not serve private, nonexempt purposes just because of its Christian worldview; and the rejection violated the First Amendment’s Free Speech, Free Exercise, and Establishment clauses through viewpoint discrimination and religious discrimination.

It seems the IRS has yet to respond to First Liberty’s substantive complaints.

Meanwhile, a sitting Democratic politician threatened to target the Roman Catholic Church’s tax-exempt status if the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) drafts rules on Communion that he doesn’t like.

Specifically, USCCB passed a resolution to draft a rule suggesting whether or not priests should serve Communion to politicians who advocate for moral evils that explicitly contradict Catholic teaching. The measure will not be binding under Canon Law, but it will likely send an important message to faithful Catholics.

The measure is controversial because Biden, who advocates for the killing of unborn babies, the erosion of religious freedom, and the redefinition of marriage and sexuality, nonetheless identifies as Catholic and attends mass.

Biden doesn’t just support liberal policies — he has embraced radical positions that involve outright hostility not just to Catholic teaching but to the Catholic Church itself. Biden has fought to resurrect an Obama-era HHS rule that would force Roman Catholic doctors to perform transgender surgery, in violation of both Catholic teaching on sexuality and the Hippocratic oath. He vigorously supports the Equality Act, which explicitly guts the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Biden has also excluded the Hyde Amendment from his federal budget proposal, fighting to force pro-life taxpayers to unwittingly fund abortion.

The Catholic Church has every right to defend its own doctrines against Biden, and the USCCB document may send that very message. If it does, at least one Democrat in Congress has suggested that its tax-exempt status may be revoked.

“If they’re going to politically weaponize religion by ‘rebuking’ Democrats who support women’s reproductive choice, then a ‘rebuke’ of their tax-exempt status may be in order,” Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) threatened.

tax-exempt status Roman Catholic Church Christians
Twitter screenshot.

“Unfortunately, the IRS seems to agree with Representative Huffman, as it demonstrated recently by denying a religious organization’s tax exemption because, as its letter stated, ‘[B]ible teachings are typically affiliated with the [Republican] party.’ But the tax code must not become a weapon for Washington elites to punish churches who hold religious beliefs they dislike,” First Liberty Counsel Lea Patterson told PJ Media on Thursday.

Democrats have already supported a similar weaponization of the tax code. In a congressional hearing in 2019, Democrats cited the far-Left scandal-plagued Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in demanding that the IRS remove tax-exempt status from “hate groups.” The SPLC routinely brands mainstream conservative and Christian organizations “hate groups” due to their opposition to the Left’s narrative and activism on LGBT issues, Islam, and immigration.

In the wake of a scandal involving claims of racial discrimination and sexual harassment that saw the SPLC fire its co-founder and lose its president and legal director, a former SPLC employee outed the “hate-group list” as a “masterstroke of [the founder]’s marketing talents.” This seemed to confirm claims that the hate group list is a cynical fundraising scheme, rather than a legitimate report.

The “hate group” accusation also gives the SPLC a way to destroy its political enemies. Former SPLC spokesman Mark Potok also revealed an animus against the organizations on the list. He said the SPLC’s “aim in life” is to “destroy these groups.” In 2012, a deranged man targeted the Christian non-profit organization the Family Research Council (FRC), aiming to kill everyone in the building and smear a Chick-fil-A sandwich into his victims’ faces. He told the FBI he targeted FRC due to the SPLC’s “hate group” accusation. The SPLC has not dropped that accusation.

Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) led the fight against tax-exempt status for “hate groups,” and she recently led her fellow Democrats to publicly praise the SPLC’s recent “hate group” report.

From the IRS to Jared Huffman to Judy Chu, the Left is gunning for the tax-exempt status of churches and Christian organizations that refuse to toe the Left’s line on abortion and LGBT issues. Americans who value religious freedom cannot stand for this.

IRS Denies Tax Exemption to Texas Religious Group Because Prayer, Bible Reading Boost the Republican Party

SEE: https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_morningbrief/irs-denies-tax-exemption-to-texas-religious-group-because-prayer-bible-reading-boost-the-republican-party_3861757.html

EXCERPT: An IRS official denied tax-exempt status to a Texas group that encourages church members to pray for state and national leaders, regardless of their party affiliation, because it benefits “the private interests of the [Republican] Party.”

Pastors Should Lead Fight Against Evil Deep State

Rumble — Pastors, ministry leaders and the Church should be on the frontlines of the fight against the diabolical Deep State and its evil agenda, says The New American magazine Senior Editor Alex Newman in this episode of Behind The Deep State after returning from the Liberty Pastors Summit. Alex begins by talking about the Black Robe Regiment, the American pastors who helped lead the War for Independence against the tyrannical British regime. At the Liberty Pastors Summit, hundreds of pastors and their wives were educated from a biblical perspective about globalism, the Deep State, medicine, history, climate, law, Critical Race Theory, education, and so much more. This is hopefully the start of a new Black Robe Regiment against the wicked forces working to undermine God, the Bible, America, and liberty.

Pope Francis renews his call for tearing down of ‘walls of indifference’ toward Muslim migrants

BY CHRISTINE DOUGLASS-WILLIAMS

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2021/06/pope-francis-renews-his-call-for-tearing-down-of-walls-of-indifference-toward-muslim-migrants;

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Despite the societal maladies associated with unvetted Muslim migration, including no-go zones, surges in crime, rape gangs, jihad threats, jihad preaching and the like, Pope Francis is a foremost defender of facilitating illegal Muslim migration. He has now renewed his call for “tearing down the walls of indifference” toward migrants but appears indifferent to the multitudes who have fallen victim to many of the migrants. The Pope zeroed in on a shipwreck that claimed the lives of 700 African migrants who willingly tried to cross over illegally into Europe. Many of these ships are operated by people smugglers; this particular ship was “skippered by Mohammed Ali Malek, a member of a network of Libyan people smugglers, who received a jail sentence of 18 years for multiple charges of manslaughter.” The Pope wants to see any and everyone be given a big welcome into the EU no matter who they are, all while he remains secured behind the walls of the Vatican and under tight security when he leaves.

Pope Francis has also said such things as “migrants are like Jesus, forced to flee” and “migrants are warriors of hope.” He compared populists to Hitler for trying to protect their sovereign borders while calling for open doors to ALL migrants. He has also called for the “establishment of pathways” for hundreds of thousands of Muslim migrants to settle in Europe.

“Pope Francis Calls for Tearing Down ‘Walls of Indifference’ Toward Migrants,” by Thomas D. Williams, Breitbart, June 13, 2021:

ROME, Italy — Pope Francis has called for people to become “more supportive” in welcoming migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea from Africa into Europe.

Following his weekly Angelus address in Saint Peter’s Square Sunday, the pope remarked on a ceremony taking place in Augusta, Sicily, to welcome the arrival of the remains of the boat from the massive shipwreck of April 18, 2015 that claimed the lives of some 700 African migrants.

“May this symbol of so many tragedies in the Mediterranean Sea continue to challenge everyone’s conscience and foster the growth of a more supportive humanity, that tears down the wall of indifference,” the pontiff told the crowds.

“Let us think: the Mediterranean has become Europe’s largest cemetery,” he said.

Only 28 people survived the 2015 shipwreck, skippered by Mohammed Ali Malek, a member of a network of Libyan people smugglers, who received a jail sentence of 18 years for multiple charges of manslaughter.

As captain of the vessel, the 27-year-old Malek, a Tunisian, reportedly caused the disastrous collision with a Portuguese ship that had come to its rescue, which led to the shipwreck.

The BBC noted that Malek followed “the regular procedure for migrant boats making the long crossing,” namely, to place a distress call with the Italian coast guard in Rome asking for rescue once the vessel was in international waters.

In those years, the Italians’ willingness to provide a free shuttle service to migrants provided an incentive to many to undertake the perilous journey, causing the deaths of thousands.

In 2017, Frontex, the border control agency of the European Union (EU), released a report revealing that NGOs had been complicit with human traffickers by offering a taxi service from North Africa to Italy.

NGOs engaged in maritime rescue operations “help criminals achieve their objectives at minimum cost, strengthen their business model by increasing the chances of success,” the report stated.

The Italian prosecutor, Carmelo Zuccaro, said at the time that whether or not the organizations in question are operating out of philanthropic motives, “the facilitation of illegal immigration is a punishable offense regardless of the intention.”

Migrant sea deaths in the Mediterranean did not begin falling until 2018, following the election of a center-right government with stricter immigration policies.

According to a report at the time from the Italian daily La Verità, “the Salvini method works,” referring to border controls by interior minister Matteo Salvini, who had insisted that open ports fuel human trafficking and encourage migrants to undertake dangerous sea crossings.

There had been no solution under the former Matteo Renzi government, the newspaper noted, since he tried passed the buck to the European Union and wrung his hands when the EU did absolutely nothing to resolve the problem…..

CANADIAN Pastor Tim Stephens arrested on new charges after ‘underground’ church services

Rumble — Rebel News' Adam Soos and Kian Simone were on scene as police in Calgary, Alberta arrested Pastor Tim Stephens of Fairview Baptist Church for a second time on new charges stemming from his hosting of 'underground' church services the past two weekends.
FULL REPORT from Adam Soos: https://rebelne.ws/2TxRz4h

BY ADAM SOOS

SEE: https://www.rebelnews.com/breaking_pastor_tim_stephens_arrested_on_new_charges;

republished below in full unedited for informational, educational & research purposes:

Pastor Tim Stephens was arrested on Monday afternoon on new charges after Fairview Baptist Church gathered for underground worship for the second week in a row since their church was effectively seized by Alberta Health Services last Saturday.

Alberta authorities were forced to drop other charges against Pastor Tim last month, after discovering that Alberta Health Services never served Pastor Stephens with the court order he was accused of having violated, a requirement under the order. That effectively ended the case against Pastor Tim, but he will now be facing another legal battle.

Over the weekend, an ever-growing crowd gathered at the undisclosed location and shared the word, sang songs of praise and heard Pastor Tim preach.

As worship progressed, a police helicopter discovered the gathered congregation.

It is unclear if police were actually searching for the group or simply happened upon it, as the helicopter was significantly north of the location of worship and continued towards the city. It wasn’t until several minutes later that the helicopter returned and completed repeated passes overhead.

Minutes later, police vehicles were seen circling the location, but they never moved in to interrupt worship or make arrests.

Ironically, all efforts to suppress worship by Alberta Health Services, whether at Pastor Artur Pawlowski’s or Pastor Tim’s church have only served to significantly bolster church attendance. As public health restrictions continue to be relaxed, these churches are not facing defeat at the hands of overreaching officials, quite the opposite — they are stronger and larger than ever before.

Despite worship continuing, Pastor Tim was arrested in front of his family on Monday. He is fortunate to be represented by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, who will be working for his immediate release.

To help support pastors like Pastor Tim and Pastor Artur Pawlowski who are fighting for religious freedom, please donate at SaveArtur.com.

This story is developing. Keep checking Rebel News for updates.

 

Polish Pastor Found Guilty of Exercising Free Speech; Sentenced to Community Service, Slapped with Steep Fines

Polish Pastor Found Guilty of Exercising Free Speech; Sentenced to Community Service, Slapped with Steep Fines

BY ANNALISA PESEK

SEE: https://thenewamerican.com/polish-pastor-found-guilty-of-exercising-free-speech-sentenced-to-community-service-slapped-with-steep-fines/;

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On June 10, the government of Poland, a democratic republic, joined the increasingly despotic regimes of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and, oh, Communist China, where the persecution of dissenting voices, particularly Christian pastors, is increasingly on the rise.

In an extraordinary move, the Polish state ruled against evangelical pastor Paweł Chojecki, punishing him for exercising his freedom of speech and for publicly criticizing in his sermons and via his online platform “the remnants of communism” in Polish President Andrzej Duda’s current leadership. Chojecki is also accused of attacking Catholic dogma with which he disagrees as a Protestant.

The 58-year-old founder of New Covenant Church and creator and editor-in-chief of Against the Tide TV was convicted in a District Court in Lublin, Poland, on Thursday of “insulting the religious feelings of Catholics, and insulting President Duda.” Judge Andrzej Klimkowski delivered the guilty verdict, concluding Chojecki’s months-long criminal trial that began this past March.

State Prosecutor Katarzyna Urban accused the pastor of insulting President Duda with the terms “ram,” “traitor,” “coward,” and “sleeping agent,” and demanded Chojecki serve up to five years in prison for such “assaults” on the state. Judge Klimkowski ruled in favor of a lesser but still restrictive sentence of eight months of community service and fines of more than 20,000 Polish złoty, the equivalent of roughly $6,000.

During his TV program on Thursday, Chojecki announced plans to appeal the judgment, which he claims is “not legally valid.”

“The greatest harm that this judgment does is that it has already gone out to the public,” exclaimed Chojecki. “I have been humiliated and stigmatized in front of the whole of Poland. The biggest victim of this verdict is the Polish nation, not me. It is our freedom that has been harmed!”

Dangerous Criminal?

Chojecki has long claimed that the current Polish state bears no resemblance to the once-great Western power of yore, when, in his own words, “religious disputes were separated from patriotism and a common concern for the state’s good.”

“It is the Poland of that period [the 16th century] that is known for its ingesting of religious freedom and tolerance,” he told The New American in May. “Poland was the power of Western civilization in the 16th century, which we know as the Golden Age. It was then that the discoveries of the Reformation about the role of the Bible published in national languages and salvation as a personal decision of faith in Christ reached our freedom-loving nation.”

It is extraordinary that in a free Poland, a pastor would be dragged to the courts over exercising his right to free speech. Yet Chojecki is no stranger to investigation by the Polish authorities; he’s been surveilled for years. A one-time member of the free-market, conservative Real Politics Union — in 2008, Poland’s most libertarian community — which he reportedly left after it adopted pro-Russian rhetoric in the once-communist nation, Chojecki at present exercises his freedoms by tackling controversial social issues via his sermons and online conservative Christian platform. Through this work, he has amassed hundreds of thousands of devoted followers.

On December 31, 2020, an indictment by the District Court in Lublin was issued against the pastor for “insulting the President of the Republic of Poland and inciting hatred on the basis of sectarianism.”

“I have been a Christian since the times of communism,” said Chojecki. “I converted [to Christianity] in 1986…. I was afraid [then] that I would be prosecuted by the Ministry of Public Security or the courts. Thank God this did not happen…. That the Polish State will punish me [now] for my beliefs and words…. I have not experienced something like this in my life. I don’t think any pastor in Poland has been convicted of criticizing the dogmas of another church.”

Allegations against Chojecki involving offending the religious sensibilities of Catholics by ridiculing Catholic dogma specifically involve his criticism of Catholic teachings on transubstantiation — “the change of the whole substance of bread into the substance of the Body of Christ and of the whole substance of wine into the substance of the Blood of Christ” — which he considers a form of idolatry. He also has allegedly suggested that the Catholic belief in the apparition of Our Lady of Fátima is a denial of what Christians know the Word of God says.

He further made this controversial statement: “You eat the little Jesus, and He will stay in you for up to 15 minutes. If someone digests faster, for example, if the priest has drunk wine, the digestion is faster, and Jesus lives in a priest for 5 minutes. As for a poor man who only drinks water, his gastric juices dilute it a little, and Jesus stays for 15 minutes.”

“Honestly speaking,” said Chojecki, “I do not know which object of religious worship is offended here and which words are an insult in this description. It is a humorous paraphrase of a fragment of an article from the Catholic portal Deon.pl: ‘So we can say that after consuming Holy Communion, this physical presence of Jesus lasts from 10 to 15 minutes in our bodies because this is how long the process of digesting takes more or less.’”

What’s Next?

Even if the judgment is overturned by the court of appeal, the punishment has already made a strong impact on the pastor’s reputation and sent a severe message of what will happen to others who dare share his viewpoints.

“The judge sent a clear signal to those who criticize the Catholic Church and the power of Law and Justice to be very careful about the words, because they will share my fate…. This punishment is intended to make me think about how my dogmas are presented. As I understand it, the point is that I have to think about my Christian beliefs. I wonder how the Poles will react. Is it really the court’s job to shape the dogmas of the faith of Poles?”

At the core of Chojeck’s trial is the issue of freedom of speech. Krzysztof Kilian, professor of ontology and theory of cognition at the University of Zielona Góra, offered these remarks in response to the judge’s ruling:

From what I know about it, in any literature on the subject, “religious feelings” have not been defined. If they have not been defined, it is difficult to talk about what has been offended, or what has not been offended…. There is exactly one definition in our Supreme Court that defines religious feelings as a mental state. The question arises, how can one offend someone else’s mental state?

A second query might be, why is the court taking the time to address the potential personal and religious feelings of Catholics throughout Poland?

Though Chojecki says he was prepared for such a verdict, he admits he has accepted it with great sadness. Quoting Philippians 1:29, “For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him but also to suffer for His sake,” Chojecki urged his supporters to continue to stand in solidarity with other Christians and to pray for him.

“Thank you very much to all those who have been with me during this time,” said Chojecki to his supporters. “My family, the crew, you as well. After all, the action #SupportPastorChojecki involved a few hundred people, numerous messages. This has been a great experience. I know we’re entering dark times. This is the [government’s] message: keep your trap shut! But the question now is: Are Poles free people?”

Consider learning more about Chojecki’s legacy in the video below and spreading the word about who he is and why he is fighting for principles of freedom, liberty, and justice for all.

It is imperative that we make our voices heard to the Polish government. To easily contact the relevant Polish officials in favor of the dismissal of charges against Pastor Chojecki, visit The John Birch Society’s action alert here.

Critical Race Theory Is Not Compatible With Christianity. Churches Must Say So

BY ROBERT SPENCER

SEE: https://pjmedia.com/culture/robert-spencer/2021/06/08/if-the-churches-were-doing-their-job-theyd-be-condemning-critical-race-theory-n1453009;

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Critical Race Theory is as an indictment of the United States as a systemically-racist society, but it is also something worse: an all-encompassing worldview, a guiding life philosophy that purports to explain the world in a staggeringly simple manner. With racism, slavery, imperialism, colonialism, and more, white people have inflicted incalculable harm on the world, and in fact are the source of evil in the world. The Nation of Islam has expressed this with devastating succinctness for decades, using the chillingly direct phrase, “The white man is the devil.” With officials all over the country pushing Critical Race Theory upon us in our schools and workplaces, the Nation of Islam is quickly becoming the de facto official religion of the United States. This makes the question all the more urgent: why haven’t the churches condemned it?

The immediate answer is, of course, that the churches are no longer in the business of condemning heresies; that went out around the time the United States stopped fighting wars in order to win them. But nevertheless, Critical Race Theory is a heresy, and one that directly contradicts a core Christian doctrine. Americans are far less Christian than they used to be, but this is one Christian doctrine that is readily verifiable by mountains of empirical evidence: the idea that no one is perfect or behaves perfectly all the time, but “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

The toweringly courageous Soviet dissident Aleksander Solzhenitsyn, a devout Orthodox Christian and an enduring hero of freedom, expressed the same idea in this way: “If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?”

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When Solzhenitsyn said this, it was taken for granted as axiomatic all over the West, among Christians and non-Christians alike. But now it is being forgotten or rejected with jaw-dropping rapidity. The underlying assumption of Critical Race Theory is that there are evil people who are insidiously committing evil deeds, and they are the white people. Racism, or whiteness, is the original sin. This sin manifests itself in all sorts of “systemic” ways, most notably in the alleged police double standard for blacks and whites. In Christian thought, Jesus submitted to death in order to destroy it and enable human beings to enjoy eternal life; now (as Nancy Pelosi recently suggested) George Floyd submitted to racism and police brutality in order to destroy them and enable Americans to enjoy racial justice. Now what remains is to separate the white people from other people and destroy them. Then the non-white world can enter into the messianic age of redemption, with evil eradicated from the planet.

This is the kind of thinking that has led to genocide in the past. Hitler and his National Socialists taught that the Jews were the cause of all the afflictions that Germany and the world at large were suffering, and once they were eradicated, Germany and the world would enter a new age of peace and prosperity. Back in 1937, in the encyclical letter Mit Brennender Sorge, which was pointedly written in German instead of the customary Latin, Pope Pius XI denounced “certain leaders” pushing a “so-called myth of race and blood.” Just after World War II in Europe ended, on June 2, 1945, Pope Pius XII said that National Socialism was “arrogant apostasy from Jesus Christ, the denial of His doctrine and of His work of redemption, the cult of violence, the idolatry of race and blood, the overthrow of human liberty and dignity.”

Pope Pius XII has been accused of not speaking out or acting strongly enough against Nazism. Whatever the merits of these accusations may be, at very least the Roman Catholic Church was on record against “the idolatry of race and blood.” Nowadays, by contrast, Critical Race Theory is being taught in Catholic churches and schools.

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Why isn’t the Catholic Church standing up for the core Christian doctrine that no particular race, ethnicity, nation, or group of people has a monopoly on evil, while the rest of the world is pure? Why aren’t the other churches? This pernicious theory, which could easily lead to and justify all manner of oppression and violence, has only been able to get traction in a post-Christian U.S., in which large numbers of people are ready to accept the idea that all the problems of the world emanate from one group, which should be eliminated for the good of all the non-evil people.

How many people are going to have to die before the nation awakens to just how evil and dangerous Critical Race Theory really is?

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ALSO, SEE OUR PREVIOUS POST:

 https://ratherexposethem.org/2021/06/10/southern-baptist-convention-to-debate-critical-race-theory/

 

Burger King Proudly Donates to LGBTQ Group as It Does Business in Nation That Kills Homosexuals

Burger King Proudly Donates to LGBTQ Group — as It Does Business in Nation That Kills Homosexuals

BY SELWYN DUKE

SEE: https://thenewamerican.com/burger-king-proudly-donates-to-lgbtq-group-as-it-does-business-in-nation-that-kills-homosexuals/;

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“Have it your way,” Burger King’s slogan goes. So if your country’s pseudo-elites pander to sexual devolutionaries, the restaurant chain is all in and will boast of donating to an “LGBTQ” group.

But if your nation kills homosexuals, well, hey, have it your way. Far be it from Burger King (BK) to complain.

Meanwhile, the chain is also fine with mocking Christians.

All these realities could come to mind when considering BK’s latest politically correct, value-signaling marketing campaign. As Breitbart reports, “Burger King recently took a shot at Chick-fil-A amid Pride month, saying it will donate money from its chicken sandwich to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the world’s biggest LGBTQ civil rights group.”

“In a social media post Thursday, the company said 40 cents from every ‘Ch’King’ sandwich sold in June will be donated to the HRC, KXAN reported,” the site continues (tweet below).

Breitbart points out that BK’s reference to Sundays is an apparent shot at Chick-fil-A, all of whose restaurants are closed on the Lord’s Day.

Yet as commentator Monica Showalter mentions, this amounts to the belittlement of Chick-fil-A’s customers. Consider: How would it go over if, when doing business in Israel and alluding to a competitor closed on the Jewish Sabbath, you snidely remarked that you were open on Saturday?

Or imagine you’re seeking customers in a Muslim country and, while trying to one-up a competitor closed on the Islamic day of prayer, you cheekily mention that you’re open on Fridays?

As Showalter puts it, “Isn’t it Marketing 101 to know that while insulting a competitor may be acceptable, insulting a competitor’s customers might just cut into your profits?”

(Here’s a pro tip for the indoctrinated college grads entering the corporate world: Read Dale Carnegie’s book How to Win Friends and Influence People.)

In reality, while Chick-fil-A’s recent years’ move left disturbs many, millions of Christians respect the chain’s Lord’s Day observance.

But BK’s management is as phony as it is dull. You see, the oh-so-woke chain — which no doubt is deeply and painfully offended by traditional sexual mores — does business in Saudi Arabia, which may execute homosexuals.

BK has approximately 400 restaurants in Saudi Arabia, in fact. Apparently, the oil money is good. The chain is slated to set up shop in Nigeria, too, some of whose northern provinces administer the death penalty for homosexual behavior.

BK also has restaurants in Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brunei, Indonesia, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Oman, Pakistan, and the United Arab Emirates. To the best of my knowledge, these Muslim nations have no official death penalty for homosexuality. But something tells me they don’t recognize “Pride” month and that you probably wouldn’t want to parade around their streets looking like a nightclub performer in La Cage aux Folles.

Oh, there’s also no indication that BK’s “Pride” month campaign is operative in any of the above countries. I contacted the chain asking about the endeavor’s reach, but they haven’t responded as of this writing. Perhaps they knew where the question was going.

Yet if Islamic sensibilities aren’t your thing, you can have it your way, too. Note that BK has at least 12,000 restaurants in China, which reportedly has one million Uighur Muslims in concentration camps.

None of this should surprise you. Corporations are like water, taking the shape of the vessel in which they find themselves — even if it’s shaped like Beelzebub himself. Legion now are the stories of the business and individuals who’ve value-signaled over a bathroom bill in North Carolina or some other such thing while simultaneously making millions off lands whose un-woke laws represent everything these wokesters claim to despise.

But, hey, as ex-dribbler Charles Barkley said in 2019 when defending the NBA’s making of millions in China (while sanctimoniously touting BLM “ideals”), “It’s a business decision.” Uh, yes, Chuck — so was slavery.

Of course, though, “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!” as Upton Sinclair wrote. And it’s even less likely to happen when people spend their time kneeling during the Anthem instead of before God.

FEDERAL JUDGE FORCES CHRISTIAN COLLEGE TO VIOLATE RELIGIOUS CONVICTIONS, CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS

Rumble — Real America - Dan W/ Campus Reform Reporter & University of Florida Student, Ophelie Jacobson (June 4, 2021)

TRANSGENDERISM FORCED ON CHRISTIAN COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES, SCHOOLS DUE TO BIDEN'S EXECUTIVE ORDER

District Must Reinstate Teacher Who Opposed Transgenderism

Rumble — Real America - Dan W/ Virginia Elementary School Teacher, Tanner Cross & Attorney representing Tanner, Tyson Langhofer (June 8, 2021)

Judge Orders School District to Reinstate PE Teacher Who Opposed Transgender Policy

BY TYLER O'NEIL

SEE: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/tyler-o-neil/2021/06/08/breaking-judge-orders-school-district-to-reinstate-pe-teacher-who-opposed-transgender-policy-n1452994;

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On Tuesday, a judge ordered the Loudoun County, Va., school district to reinstate a physical education teacher who dared to speak out against a policy that would require teachers to endorse transgender identity by using female pronouns to refer to male students and vice versa. Roughly 24 hours later, the district suspended the teacher and barred him from setting foot on school property. The judge ruled that this suspension likely violated the teacher’s First Amendment right to free speech.

“The Court finds that the Plaintiff’s speech and religious content are central to the determination made by the Defendants to suspend Plaintiff’s employment. The Court further finds that the weight of the evidence and the totality of the circumstances, clearly show that the four prongs for issuance of a temporary injunction have been satisfied,” Judge James E. Plowman, Jr. of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit of Virginia, wrote in his order.

Plowman granted Byron [Tanner] Cross, the PE teacher, the temporary injunction he sought. Under the terms of the injunction, the school district “shall immediately reinstate [Cross] to his position as it was prior to the issuance of his suspension and remove the ban that was placed upon him from all buildings and grounds of Loudoun County Public Schools.” The injunction will remain until December 31, 2021.

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“Nobody should be punished for expressing concern about a proposed government policy, especially when the government invites comment on that policy. For that reason, we are pleased at the court’s decision to halt Loudoun County Public Schools’ retaliation against Tanner Cross while his lawsuit continues,” Michael Farris, president and CEO of Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the law firm representing the teacher, said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Educators are just like everybody else—they have ideas and opinions that they should be free to express. Advocating for solutions they believe in should not cost them their jobs,” Farris added. “School officials singled out his speech, offered in his private capacity at a public meeting, as ‘disruptive’ and then suspended him for speaking his mind. That’s neither legal nor constitutional.”

“Dozens of other teachers have shared their beliefs on various policies without retaliation; Tanner deserves to be treated with the same respect,” the ADF president concluded.

Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) suspended Cross less than 48 hours after he dared to speak out against LCPS Policy 8040 and the proposed changes to LCPS Policy 8350, which would require teachers to refer to students by preferred gender pronouns, rather than the pronouns that correspond to a student’s biological sex as male or female.

“My name is Tanner Cross, and I am speaking out of love for those who suffer with gender dysphoria,” Cross, the PE teacher at Leesburg Elementary, said during the public comment segment of the school board meeting. “Sixty Minutes this past Sunday interviewed over 30 young people who transitioned but they felt led astray because lack of pushback or how easy it was to make physical changes to their bodies in just three months. They are now detransitioning.”

Cross referenced the 60 Minutes segment on detransitioners in order to highlight the danger of transgender ideology. In pursuit of false gender identities, men and women have permanently mutilated their bodies, only to later reject the transgender identity.

“It’s not my intention to hurt anyone, but there are certain truths that we must face when ready,” Cross insisted. “We condemn school policies like 8040 and 8350 because it would damage children, defile the holy image of God. I love all of my students, but I will never lie to them, regardless of the consequences.”

“I’m a teacher but I serve God first and I will not affirm that a biological boy can be a girl and vice versa because it’s against my religion, it’s lying to a child, it’s abuse to a child, and it’s sinning against our God,” Cross concluded.

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LCPS claimed Cross’s remarks had been “disruptive,” but Judge Plowman noted that the school had received only five emails from parents complaining about Cross’s remarks before the district suspended him. The school has at least 391 students, so “the Court views the magnitude of parental complaints to be de minimis given the size of the Leesburg Elementary School community.” Therefore the complaints “could not reasonably be construed as so disruptive to school operations to justify the decision taken by [LCPS].”

Since Cross spoke out on a matter of public concern, in his own private capacity outside of his duties at work, Plowman ruled that LCPS’s “retaliatory action adversely affected [Cross’s] constitutionally protected speech.” The judge ruled that Cross is likely to succeed on the merits of his case, that failure to issue the order would cause Cross “irreparable harm,” that Cross posed no serious threat to justify the suspension, and that granting him relief from the suspension is in the public interest.

It is heartening to see Cross restored to work after LCPS egregiously violated his rights. While school districts across the country may seek to enforce transgender ideology, this ruling sends a clear message that school districts cannot retaliate against employees who voice their disagreement with transgenderism.

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Cross’s legal battle is far from over, but at least LCPS cannot bar him from school property for the duration of this case.

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SEE ALSO: https://thenewamerican.com/judge-orders-reinstatement-of-virginia-teacher-suspended-for-opposing-trans-policy

Constantinople Victory Day: Erdogan’s Day of Shame

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SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2021/06/day-of-shame;

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May 29 is a holiday in Turkey. It is celebrated with great pomp and ceremony, especially in Istanbul because it marks the anniversary of the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople on that day in 1453. After a 53-day siege, the forces of Sultan Mehmet II were able to breach the walls of the city, following weeks of intense bombardment. Public prayers are held at the mausoleum of Sultan Mehmet II and ceremonies are conducted at three locations where the sultan’s statues are located. A re-enactment of the final battle, a musical laser show, fireworks, dances, music, adulatory speeches and a parade by colorfully dressed Ottoman soldiers highlight the Istanbul celebrations. Meanwhile, bookstores do a roaring trade selling books, commemorative albums, and magazines about the Ottoman victory nearly six centuries ago.

Last May, President Erdogan described Mehmet II’s victory as “not only one of the greatest victories in history but also a turning point that ushered a new era.” The man who has the integrity of a hyena and the style of a poison toad added that Mehmet the Conqueror and others had helped Turks “call these lands our home.” A typically strange phrasing when Constantinople is 2,600 miles (as the crow flies) from the Turks’ arid homeland in Central Asia. But then again, May 29th in Turkish-occupied Anatolia is a day full of hot air, chest-thumping, racism, and nostalgia for the good old days when slaughtering Christians brought one closer to the 72 celestial houris.

A person who respects the truth and is honorable would think twice about celebrating the sham and shameful “victory” on May 29, 1453.

What kind of victory was it when the Byzantine defenders numbered 7,000 (about 2,000 were Italian) while the Ottoman forces had 80,000 fighters. According to various European sources, the Ottoman army numbered 300,000. In every category (ships, cannons, bombards, cavalry, horse transport, large rowing boats), the Ottomans vastly outnumbered the defenders who were led by Emperor Constantine XI Palaiologos. Despite their huge military advantage, it took the Turks almost two months to conquer the city.

What kind of victory was it when the Byzantium “Empire” was just the city of Constantinople and several villages? Turks boast they vanquished the Byzantium Empire but the “empire” they vanquished was a city of 50,000. It wasn’t the empire of Emperor Basil I and II and General Narses or the empire that ruled over the lands from the Euphrates to Gibraltar? It wasn’t the empire whose capital was the most sophisticated in Europe and had a population of 400,000. A great city where women taught at the universities.

Byzantine Empire had fractured long before the Ottoman hordes showed up at the gates of Constantine the Great’s city. Throughout its history, Byzantium had overcome close to 30 sieges but had been severely wounded by the sacking (1204) of Crusaders. In the previous decade, it had also been ravaged by the Black Death (bubonic plague).

By 1450—a few years before the Turk turned up, the empire—actually city-state–was impoverished and exhausted. The Turks conquered a shrunken city and not an empire.

What kind of Turkish victory is it when mostly Spanish sailors manned the Turkish ships, the Ottoman sappers were Serbs and the Ottoman cavalry had a great many Serb mercenaries?

What kind of Turkish victory is it when single cannon, built by a Hungarian named Orban, played a decisive role in breaching the city walls? Orban’s cannon was an unheard-of 27 ft long and could deliver 600 lb. stones over a mile.

What kind of glorious victory is it when just before the Ottoman attack the sultan beheaded the Byzantine ambassador sent to negotiate with him?

What kind of victory is it when “blood flowed through the streets like rainwater after a sudden storm, corpses floated out to the sea like melons along a canal,” according to Greek historian George Sphrantzes? The corpses were mostly those of Greek civilians. As one historian put it, they had become “food for the [Turkish] sword.”

What kind of victory is it when the winners’ losses are far higher than that of the defeated? Because of their vast number, Turks could absorb the losses while the 7,000-Byzantium army couldn’t.

What kind of victory is it when Turks raped teenage girls and good-looking teenage boys? It’s documented that after the city was conquered, soldiers’ tents were full of teenagers (girls and boys) waiting to be raped and sold as slaves. After three days of looting and desecrating churches, about 30,000 of the inhabitants were sold into slavery.

What kind of victory is it when old people and the infirm who had sought shelter in their churches were hacked to death?

What kind of victory is it when the winner occupies the main cathedral (Hagia Sophia) of the vanquished and converts it to a mosque? Didn’t the Turks have the creativity, discipline, craft, and dedication to build a mosque for their God rather than steal a holy place Greeks had built for their God? Any thinking or honorable Turk would feel humiliated that one of its greatest leaders saw fit to steal his enemy’s sacred ground. We are not talking about shameless Erdogan who recently converted the church to a mosque.

Emperor Constantine XI died while leading a final charge in defense of his city. Sultan Mehmet lived till the age of 48. By then, he was emaciated and looked twenty years older. In the Ottoman tradition of patricide and fratricide, he was killed by poisoning upon the orders of his son. Bayezid II paid his father’s Persian doctor to poison the “conqueror” of the Byzantium “Empire”.

This year, too, “sultan” Erdogan celebrated the shameful victory of Mehmet II and filled the air with his usual rancid proclamations and awkward braggadocio. Of course, the man who looks as if he has been weaned on pickle has no honor or sense of shame. Over the years, consistent with his style, he has exaggerated the power of the Byzantium’s defenders so as to inflate the reputation of Mehmet II and the horde of 300,000 which was preoccupied with raping infidel girls and boys and hacking to death defenseless old people in Hagia Sophia.

CALIFORNIA: GOVERNOR Newsom to Pay More Than $2 MILLION For Violating Religious Freedom

Churches Wrestle $2M From Gavin Newsom Over COVID Lockdowns

BY TYLER O'NEIL

SEE: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/tyler-o-neil/2021/06/02/churches-wrestle-2m-from-gavin-newsom-over-covid-lockdowns-n1451576;

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The State of California has agreed to pay more than $2 million to a San Diego church and a Catholic priest who challenged Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom’s unconstitutional COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, which violated the Christian leaders’ religious freedom. In two separate settlements, the state agreed to pay $1.6 million to South Bay United Pentecostal Church and $550,000 to Catholic Priest Father Trevor Burfitt. Judges also granted permanent injunctions to protect their religious freedom rights.

“The South Bay case represents an unprecedented three trips to the United States Supreme Court in a one-year period, which resulted in a landmark decision that opened up the churches in California for 40 million people,” Charles LiMandri, a special counsel at the Thomas More Society who represented South Bay, said in a statement on the settlement. “The permanent injunctions in these cases uphold and protect one of the most cherished principles of our republic: The Free Exercise of Religion.”

“Restrictions on churches cannot be more severe than restrictions on retail. We are pleased with the final results in these two important cases,” Paul Jonna, another South Bay lawyer, added.

South Bay challenged Newsom’s “Blueprint for a Safer Economy,” which lifted some COVID-19 restrictions but treated religious services more harshly than retail and dine-in restaurants. The church’s challenge ultimately prevailed when the Supreme Court ordered the lower court to reconsider the case according to the precedent in Tandon v. Newsom (2021). In that case, the Supreme Court overruled the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, granting an injunction allowing in-home prayer meetings.

The Burfitt case, meanwhile, paved the way for Tandon. Father Burfitt challenged Newsom’s Blueprint and Judge Gregory Pulskamp issued a preliminary injunction in the priest’s favor, ruling that the Blueprint had failed to treat houses of worship in a manner “equal to the favored classes of entities” referred to as “essential businesses.”

Thomas More Society lawyer Christopher Farrah cited that injunction while celebrating California’s ultimate capitulation to Burfitt’s religious liberty claim.

“The injunction in Burfitt was the first of its kind in the country, anticipating what the Supreme Court would later hold definitively, that houses of worship must receive the same treatment as the most favored secular comparators,” Farrah noted. “If favored businesses are allowed 100% occupancy during a pandemic, so must churches be allowed.”

LiMandri and Jonna are currently representing Grace Community Church Pastor John MacArthur, who is still fighting COVID-19 injunctions against the church.

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These hefty settlements send a powerful warning to governors like Newsom. Violations of religious freedom will not be taken lightly. These two cases have cost Newsom’s government more than $2 million, and they likely won’t be the last.

Elementary School Teacher Placed on Leave After Insisting Biological Boys Can’t Become Girls

BY MATT MARGOLIS

SEE: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/matt-margolis/2021/05/28/elementary-school-teacher-placed-on-leave-for-insisting-biological-boys-cant-become-girls-n1450492;

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A Virginia elementary school gym teacher has been placed on leave after delivering a speech to his school board announcing that he will not “affirm that a biological boy can be a girl and vice versa,” according to a report from Fox News.

“My name is Tanner Cross and I am speaking out of love for those who are suffering from gender dysphoria. ’60 Minutes’ this past Sunday interviewed over 30 young people who transitioned but they felt led astray because of lack of pushback or how easy it was to make physical changes to their bodies in just three months. They are now de-transitioning,” he pointed out.

Cross proceeded to speak out about a new school policy, 8040, requiring staff in Loudoun County, Va., schools to use the preferred pronouns of students.

“LCPS staff shall allow gender-expansive or transgender students to use their chosen name and gender pronouns that reflect their gender identity without any substantiating evidence, regardless of the name and gender recorded in the student’s permanent educational record,” policy 8040 reads. “School staff shall, at the request of a student or parent/legal guardian, when using a name or pronoun to address the student, use the name and pronoun that correspond to their gender identity. The use of gender-neutral pronouns are appropriate. Inadvertent slips in the use of names or pronouns may occur; however, staff or students who intentionally and persistently refuse to respect a student’s gender identity by using the wrong name and gender pronoun are in violation of this policy.”

Another policy, 8350, instructs staff to “allow gender-expansive and transgender students to participate in such activities in a manner consistent with the student’s gender identity.”

“It’s not my intention to hurt anyone,” Cross continued in his speech to the school board. “But, there are certain truths that we must face when ready. We condemn school policies like 8040 and 8035 [sic] because [they] would damage children, defile the holy image of God. I love all of my students but I will never lie to them regardless of the consequences. I’m a teacher but I serve God first and I will not affirm that a biological boy can be a girl and vice versa because it’s against my religion. It’s lying to a child, it’s abuse to a child, and it’s sinning against our God.”

Fox News obtained an email from the school’s principal announcing Cross had been put on leave.

“I’m contacting you to let you know that one of our physical education teachers, Tanner Cross, is on leave beginning this morning,” Principal Shawn Lacey wrote. “In his absence, his duties will be covered by substitute staff already working in our building.”

“I wanted you to know this because it may affect your student’s [sic] school routine. Because this involves a personnel matter, I can offer no further information,” Levy continued.

The email did not explain why Cross was put on leave.

CANADIAN Pastor Henry Hildebrandt: We’re back in court on May 31st – what’s next?

Another week another hearing, please pray for the Judge to make the right decision. Will it be jail, house arrest, or more fines, God knows.

Pastor Henry Hildebrandt The Church of God Aylmer Ontario Canada

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