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Men Love Darkness Rather Than Light
Jan 4th, 2016
Commentary
Maria Kneas
Categories: Contemporary Issues

Things have now gotten to the point that there is a movement to normalize pedophilia. Instead of wanting to protect children from sexual predators, some psychologists and academics want to protect the sexual rights of pedophiles, which they have rebranded as being “minor-attracted persons” who have a sexual orientation that should be respected.15

As a result of America’s moral and spiritual free fall, we now see blatant hostility towards Christianity. For example, in 2001, a man in my church was sent to prison. Some of us visited him and asked if we could give him a magazine. The prison officials told us we could do that, as long as it came directly from the publisher and the magazine was “appropriate.” I asked them what “appropriate” meant and was told that pornography and violent material were not allowed.

We subscribed to a Christian magazine to be sent to him directly by the publisher. The prison refused that magazine and sent it back. Evidently, somebody at that prison considered Christian writings to be “inappropriate.” They treated it the same way they treat pornography, by refusing to let him have it.

I talked about this with a friend from church whose son was in prison. She told me her son was not allowed to have a Bible. His prison was full of Muslim literature and Wiccan writings, but Bibles were not allowed.

Some persecution takes the form of pressuring people to do things contrary to their religious convictions. For example, a Catholic nurse was forced to assist in performing an abortion. If she refused, she would be fired. She complied, but regrets it and is now suing the hospital. This is part of a larger problem. The ACLU is trying to force Catholic hospitals to perform abortions.16

Sixty-three businesses have lawsuits about provisions in ObamaCare that would force them to go against their religious convictions. One attorney said:

The United States government is taking the remarkable position that private individuals lose their religious freedom when they make a living.17

Jack Phillips is a Christian baker from Denver, Colorado. He politely refused to bake a wedding cake for a homosexual couple, saying he would be happy to bake things for them “for any other occasion.” There were demonstrations outside his shop, and he received so many death threats he called the police. Then the couple charged him with discrimination. The judge ruled that if he refuses to make wedding cakes for homosexual marriages, he will be fined, and he might be sent to prison. The baker said he would rather go to jail than violate his religious beliefs.18

Elaine and Jonathan Huguenin are Christians and the owners of Elane Photography. In 2006, they turned down a request to do wedding photos for a same-sex marriage. This case went all the way to the New Mexico Supreme Court, which ruled against them. One of the judges said the Huegenins are “compelled by law to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives.” Their attorney said:

If Elane Photographer does not have her rights of conscience protected, then basically nobody does. Americans are now on notice that the price of doing business is their freedom.19

If such things can be done to bakers and photographers and florists, then what will happen to pastors and other religious clergy who refuse to marry homosexual couples? What will happen to freedom of religion?
Using the courts to try to force people to endorse homosexuality is done by militant homosexual activists. These radical activists want to force everybody else to actively support what they are doing.
In contrast, that baker had turned down requests for wedding cakes from a number of other homosexual couples who respected his right to see things differently than they do. They just quietly looked for another baker who would be happy to get their business.

When I was a freshman in college (1961-1962), I had a friend there named Jessica. She was bisexual. Back then, I had never heard that term before. I didn’t even know that such a thing existed before I became friends with her.

She was desperately looking for love and had become promiscuous. Men would use her and treat her like trash. When that became too painful, then Jessica would turn to women. But then she would get hurt by them and go back to men again. It was a cycle of pain, going back and forth between men and women and getting hurt by them all.

Jessica was a sweet, vulnerable girl, and her heart was broken by so many people. I wish I could have helped her back then, but I didn’t know how. If Jessica married a lesbian, she would never try to force a baker to make a wedding cake for her. She cared about other people, and respected them.

I’ve often thought about Jessica over the years and prayed for her. I hope she found the Lord.

During the 2014 U.S. government shutdown, the military chaplains were banned from performing any kind of services or ministry on military bases. They were not even allowed to minister as volunteers (which would not have cost the Pentagon a penny), and they were threatened with arrest if they did any ministry on base. Congressman Tim Huelskamp said:

Time and time again this Administration demonstrates it is waging a war against the very religious freedoms upon which America was founded.20

Obviously, this had nothing to do with saving money, because the chaplains offered to serve for free as volunteers. In addition, it costs money to arrest people and hold them in jail, and it is expensive to have lawyers prosecute them. So this was overt persecution of Christians. And it was done by our government to the men and women who risk life and limb in order to protect our nation and who also risk having post-traumatic stress, which is very difficult to live with.

The Pentagon has threatened to court martial soldiers who share their faith. This includes military chaplains.21

On March 21, 2014, the Family Research Council published a report titled A Clear and Present Danger: The Threat to Religious Liberty in the Military. It is 21 pages long and very thoroughly documented. You can get a free PDF file of it online.22

There have been some cases where American Christians have been murdered for their faith. On September 15, 1999, there was a rally at Wedgewood Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas. A gunman entered the church and methodically shot Christians who were attending the service and then shot himself. Seven people died and others were critically wounded. The gunman was shouting, cursing Christianity, and cursing the Christians for believing it. The FBI found anti-Christian writings in his home.23

However, in spite of this evidence, when CBS and CNN reported the shooting, they were “unable to assign any motive to the shooter.”24 Why? Because it is not politically correct to portray Christians as being persecuted. The mainstream media avoids such stories or else covers them in ways that omit or deny the element of persecution.

I found out about that twenty years ago when I learned that Christians in Sudan were being slaughtered by Muslims. I contacted every newspaper I knew to tell them about it. None of them responded, with one exception. One reporter told me, “I wish I could write about it.” So evidently he wanted to cover the story but was not allowed to.

On April 20, 1999, two students at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado shot and killed twelve of their classmates and a teacher, and wounded 23 other people. They also killed themselves. They asked three Christian girls if they believed in God and killed them when they said “Yes.” The girls were Cassie Bernall, Rachel Scott, and Valeen Schnurr. Rachel had shared her Christian faith with the boys several weeks earlier. (Some classmates overheard the conversation.) The boys made a video in which they cursed Jesus Christ and cursed Christians. They singled Rachel Scott out for an insulting tirade, mocking her by name.25

I read about the shootings in the newspaper, but those reports didn’t mention the element of persecuting Christian students. It took me years to find out about that, and I got the information from a story on a Christian website about Rachel Scott’s father. I never heard anything about it from the mainstream media. Did you?

And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light . . . But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest. (John 3:19-21)

Let the Headlines Speak
Jan 4th, 2016
Daily News
From the Internet
Categories: Today's Headlines

ISIS Receives a Blow in Sinai as Egypt Attacks Terror Stronghold with Airstrikes
The Egyptian air force launched a series of airstrikes on Saturday that killed up to 60 ISIS militants who had been operating from bases in northern Sinai, local media reported. Apache helicopters belonging to the Egyptian air force targeted structures belonging to an ISIS-affiliated terror group which has been attacking Egyptian soldiers and civilians for the past two years.  

Aliens may have visited: Shock Hillary Clinton claim as she vows to open 'UFO cover up'
US PRESIDENTIAL hopeful Hillary Clinton has vowed to disclose all the US Government knows about unidentified flying objects and aliens if she makes it into the White House. Clinton claimed she would “get to the bottom” once and for all of questions and controversy over what the US Government does or does not know about the mysterious subject.  

Islamic State battles to seize control of key Libyan oil depot
Islamic State militants in Libya have begun a battle to seize the country's largest oil depot, it was claimed on Monday. The terror group, which already controls Colonel Gaddafi's home city of Sirte on the Mediterranean, was said to be in engaged in fierce clashes with armed guards protecting the Sidra oil port, 130 miles further east.  

China fears regional conflict as Saudi Arabia cuts ties with Iran
China said on Monday it was concerned about the prospect of an intensification of conflict in the Middle East after Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic relations with rival regional power Iran.  

Bahrain severs ties with Iran after attacks on Saudi missions
Bahrain announced on Monday it was cutting diplomatic ties with Iran, state news agency BNA reported, a day after its ally and neighbour Saudi Arabia also severed relations with Tehran.  

Will Japan and Russia finally sign WW2 peace treaty?
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe courted Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, holding out the prospect for a summit as he renewed his call for progress on an elusive World War II peace treaty. The two countries have never officially struck a peace accord more than after 70 years after the end of the conflict amid a territorial dispute over four Japanese islands seized by Soviet troops at the war's conclusion.  

Middle East tensions boil as Saudi Arabia cuts ties with Iran
Iran accused Saudi Arabia on Monday of using an attack on its embassy as a pretext to sever ties in a diplomatic crisis deepening their often violent struggle for influence across the Middle East. Saudi Arabia cut ties with Iran on Sunday and fellow-Sunni Bahrain followed suit on Monday, two days after Iranian demonstrators stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran in protest at Riyadh's execution of a senior Shi'ite cleric.  

Uproar in Middle East after Saudi Arabia executes top Shiite cleric
Shiite Muslims across the Gulf region have reacted with disgust and condemnation after Saudi Arabia executed a leading Shiite cleric, Sheikh Al-Nimr, on terror charges Saturday. He was one of the 47 people who were put to death.  

Moscow offers to mediate between Saudi Arabia, Iran
Russia says that it is willing to serve as a mediator between Saudi Arabia and Iran, according to official Russian news.  

Sweden to set up border checks to stop refugees from Denmark
Sweden has announced that it is instituting border controls for travelers entering from Denmark. The controls are aimed at limiting the number of refugees reaching Sweden. As part of the changes, there will be no more direct trains from Denmark...  

CHANCE OF STORMS, DELAYED
NOAA forecasters estimate a 40% chance of polar geomagnetic storms on Jan. 4th in response to the impact of a late-arriving CME. The storm cloud was originally expected to reach Earth on Jan. 3rd, but it is approaching us more slowly than previously thought.  

Japan PM Shinzo Abe urges talks for Russia peace treaty
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for talks with Russia's President Vladimir Putin so that the two countries can negotiate a peace treaty. The two never signed a treaty after the end of World War Two because of a dispute over four islands. Mr Abe told reporters that both leaders recognised that the lack of such a document for 70 years was "abnormal".  

Migrant crisis: Sweden border checks come into force
Sweden has introduced identity checks for travellers from Denmark in an attempt to reduce the number of migrants arriving in the country. All travellers wanting to cross the Oresund bridge by train or bus, or use ferry services, will be refused entry without the necessary documents. Rail commuters heading to Sweden will now have to change trains at Copenhagen Airport and go through ID checkpoints.  

China share trading halted after 7% plunge
Trading on China's stock markets has been suspended after the market dramatically plunged and triggered a new system meant to limit volatility. The blue-chip CSI 300 Index dropped 7% while the benchmark Shanghai Composite index fell 6.9%. The technology-heavy Shenzhen Composite was the worst performer and fell by more than 8%.  

Islamic State fighters target Libyan oil port of Sidra
Islamic State (IS) fighters have clashed with guards near Libya's Sidra oil port east of its Sirte stronghold, Reuters news agency is quoting witnesses as saying. There was no confirmation of how close the fighting is to the port, but IS says it now controls Bin Jawad, on the road to Sidra from Sirte. In December, France said IS was aiming to control the country's oil wells.  

'After cutting Iran ties, Saudis don't care if they anger White House'
...Saudi Arabia's position toward Iran is that "enough is enough," a source...said on Sunday after protesters stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran over the execution of a Shi'ite Muslim cleric and Riyadh cut diplomatic ties with Tehran. The source...suggested the Saudi government was upset...with the United States for a perceived failure to respond to what Riyadh sees as Tehran's interference throughout the region.  

ISIS video threatens Britain, 'mule of the Jews' David Cameron
Britain was on Monday examining an Islamic State video showing a young boy in military fatigues and an older masked militant who both spoke with British accents. The propaganda video...shows the killing of five men accused of spying for the West. The masked man threatens Prime Minister David Cameron and vows that Islamic State will one day occupy Britain before shooting one of the alleged spies in the head.  

Liberman receives death threats in Arabic - 'Your murder is imminent, son of a Jewish woman'
The Knesset’s top security officer filed a complaint Monday with the Israel Police on behalf of Yisrael Beytenu chief MK Avigdor Liberman after the former foreign minister received threats to his life on his Facebook page. “You are our target,” read one message in Arabic, which was emblazoned on a photograph with a masked man holding a knife. “You murder is imminent, you son of a Jewish woman.  

Japan's Abe: Talks with Putin needed; Russia must play constructive role in Iran, Syria crises
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday that summit talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin must take place in order for the countries to forge a peace treaty.  

3 held in slaying of Mexico mayor a day after taking office
Three people, including a minor, were being held Sunday in the slaying of a newly inaugurated mayor just hours into her term in a gang-troubled central Mexican city. Morelos Gov. Graco Ramirez ordered flags on state buildings flown at half-staff and called for three days of mourning following the killing of Temixco Mayor Gisela Mota.  

As Saudi Arabia severs ties with Iran, questions loom in volatile region
Saudi Arabia kicked out Iran's diplomats on Sunday, saying an attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran was the last straw.  

The myth of the cop killing ‘epidemic’
o hear the media tell it, America is in the grip of an unprecedented crime wave, an orgy of wanton murder in which heavily armed thugs randomly gun down innocent unarmed people, some of them teens, just for sport.  

France gears itself for solemn tribute to Charlie Hebdo victims
France this week solemnly marks the anniversary of the Islamist assault on the Paris offices of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, the first of two such deadly attacks which bookended a bloody 2015 of unprecedented violence in the French capital.  

Volcano in Nicaragua spews gas and lava
A volcano in Nicaragua that has been dormant for 110 years spewed gas and lava Sunday for the second time in a month. The volcano known as Momotombo in the west of the Central American country rumbled into activity before dawn, but then calmed down again, the Nicaraguan Institute for Territorial Studies said.  

Jeb Bush's super PAC is burning through money to destroy other candidates
One would be hard-pressed to find a better year-end encapsulation of how the Republican establishment has screwed up the presidential contest than news of a certain ad-buy Tuesday. Jeb Bush’s super PAC, Right to Rise—after burning through $40 million already—has made a $1.4 million buy in ... Iowa? To go after Sen. Marco Rubio?  

6.7-Magnitude Earthquake Recorded Near India-Myanmar Border
A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.7 was recorded before dawn Monday near the India-Myanmar border, the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed. There was no immediate information on casualties or damage. 


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