Monthly Archives: September 2011

REPORT: American-born terror leader killed in Yemen…

REPORT: American-born terror leader killed in Yemen…

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Time getting short for Iranian pastor

The American Family Association (AFA) is calling its members into action on behalf of an Iranian pastor who faces execution. (Time getting short for Iranian pastor )

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani never practiced the Muslim faith and converted to Christianity at age 19, becoming a pastor later. But the courts say that since his mother and father were practicing Muslims, he must recant his Christian faith or die. Thus far, in three court appearances, he has refused to do so — and he could be executed at any time (on or after Thursday, September 29). (See earlier story)

According to an AFA Action Alert, when asked by judges to “repent,” Yousef replied: “Repent meant to return. What should I return to? To the blasphemy that I had before my faith in Christ?”

The judges replied: “To the religion of your ancestors — Islam.” To which Yousef replied: “I cannot.”

Ed VitaglianoAFA’s Ed Vitagliano suggests it’s time for the body of Christ to act. “… Christians in the West need to be praying for our brothers and sisters who are facing, as Pastor Nadarkhani is facing, possible death for their faith,” he states.

Other forms of action can be taken by expressing concern to the U.S. State Department, members of Congress, and the White House.

“I think it’s incumbent on Christians not to let cases like this just simply slip to the back of their minds,” the AFA spokesman suggests. “We’re talking about a brother in Christ, a pastor, who faces immediate execution if people in the West don’t speak up.

(Billy’s Thoughts>>> Yes lets pray for this Pastor and stand up for him. I guess Islam might not be a peaceful faith after all.)

Being ‘salt and light’ costs another priest his parish

Two priests have now been demoted for speaking against homosexuality, as one attorney suggests Catholic bishops are buying into the agenda of activist groups.

Last week, a Canadian priest was suspended from active ministry for speaking in a homily against cohabitation, homosexuality, and abortion. Now, Rev. Michael Rodriguez of El Paso, Texas, has been reassigned as administrator of San Juan Bautista Church to another parish in West Texas for publishing essays in the El Paso Times that explained the Catholic Church’s teaching on homosexuality and urged Catholics to oppose efforts to legalize same-sex unions.

(Being ‘salt and light’ costs another priest his parish )
Those four opinion pieces were run as paid advertisements that were funded by a couple from Plano, Texas. After distancing itself from the ads, the diocese announced the action to be taken against Rev. Rodriguez. But Matt Barber, vice president of Liberty Counsel Action, argues that the priest was simply being “salt and light in a culture that loves darkness” (Matthew 5:3-16).

Matt Barber“Here we have a priest following Christ’s admonition to do just that and to speak out against this creeping moral relativism and sexual anarchy that has infiltrated certainly the Catholic Church, but also various Protestant denominations,” he explains. “There’s a word for that; it’s heresy.”

(Billy’s Thoughts>>. When I was part of the Catholic Church  it took a stand against sin. I know there are still many people in that church who hates sin while at the same time  having love for the sinner. It is just too bad that some leaders in that church no longer cares what God has called sin.)

Conservative Episcopals lose court battle

The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that a 135-year-old local parish that broke away from the Episcopal Church after it consecrated its first openly homosexual bishop cannot keep its building and land.

Justices ruled Friday against the Bishop Seabury Church in Groton, which like dozens of parishes nationwide split from the national Episcopal Church after the 2003 appointment of Bishop V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire.

(Conservative Episcopals lose court battle )

(Billy’s Thoughts>>> Even though the good guys lost this battle  if I was them I would still be happy because it is better to be faithful to God and his word and lose than bless sin and win. God will also reward them his way.)

Kan. judge: Healthcare doesn’t cover abortions

A federal judge has ruled in favor of a Kansas law that deals with abortion coverage in insurance.

 

 

U.S. District Judge Wesley Brown decided yesterday that the ObamaCare exchange does not cover abortion, so he refused to block a law that prohibits insurance companies from offering abortion coverage in general health plans. Mary Kay Culp of Kansans for Life (KFL) says the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) argued that the true intent of the law was to create obstacles for women seeking abortions. (Kan. judge: Healthcare doesn’t cover abortions )

“[Judge Brown] said the ACLU basically had nothin’,” she accounts. “He said that they didn’t prove their case and that they had plenty of time to try. So, they went back immediately after the magistrate ruled and said, ‘Well, can we have some more time?’ And they’re being told, ‘No — you don’t have any proof.'”

(Billy’s Thoughts>>> Yes lets rejoice over this victory but let us not rest until Obamacare is no longer the law of the land.)

U.S.: Military chaplains may perform same-sex unions

The Pentagon has decided that military chaplains may perform same-sex unions, whether on or off a military installation.

The ruling announced Friday by the Pentagon’s personnel chief follows the Sept. 20 repeal of a law that had prohibited homosexual men and women from serving openly in the military.

(U.S.: Military chaplains may perform same-sex unions )

Churches Battle Over If Being Gay Is A Sin

The I-75 corridor through Toledo, Ohio, has become a battleground for the homosexuality debate. Two churches with opposing views on the issue are in a clash of dueling billboards to get out their messages.

 

 

 

Ohio billboard 1Central United Methodist Church posted a roadside billboard in April that said: “Being Gay Is a Gift from God.” That message prompted Rev. Tony Scott of The Church on Strayer to offer a different perspective. The mega-church recently purchased nine billboards that proclaim: “Being Gay is NOT a Gift from God — Forgiveness, Love, and Eternal Life Are.” “I took it all I could take it, and I couldn’t take it anymore and I stood up. So now I deal with it,” he tells OneNewsNow. “… It’s been mean and vicious — and of course I knew it would be — and I wasn’t looking for a crusade and didn’t need one. But sometimes you just have to step up.” Ohio billboard 2Scott, who has pastored The Church on Strayer 37 years, says activists have held demonstrations and have launched a petition drive to get his billboards removed.

(Churches Battle Over If  Being Gay Is A Sin )

“I certainly understand their right to do that, and I don’t know what they intend to accomplish by that,” he says. “I know legally they can get 50,000 names on it — [but] that won’t change my mind … and that won’t take the billboards down.”

(Billy’s Thoughts>>>> So if  you are committed to the Lordship of God’s Word you are not free to voice that view. I don’t understand this do you. I guess if you stand for the Lord or the Bible you are going to suffer. Just look at what they did to Paul, and Jesus.)

Today’s Posts

A culture of death in NYC, made worse by mayoral mandate

Parents ought to have a choice, Rev. Michel J. Faulkner, the pastor of New Horizon Church in Harlem — and a former New York Jet — argued on the steps of City Hall Monday. That is the message of the newly established NYC Parents’ Choice Coalition, of which Faulkner, also involved with the New York Metropolitan Clergy for Better Choices, is a member.

The choice to which he is rallying Big Apple parents is preserving the innocence of New York City schoolchildren, a cause close to the heart of Greg Pfundstein, another Coalition leader and executive director of theChiaroscuro Foundation.

That choice, by the way, is endorsed by the American College of Pediatricians.

“We are pleased that Mayor Bloomberg is responding to the city’s double-the-national-average rate of abortion and high out-of-wedlock birth rate, but we do not believe that sex education in a city as diverse as New York can be one-size-fits-all,” Pfundstein has said. “The NYC Parents’ Choice Coalition is respectfully asking the City to offer a proven, alternative, abstinence-based program for the hundreds of thousands of students coming to school from families who would prefer a more traditional education. This is not an extraordinary request: Abstinence-based sex education is being successfully taught in cities across America.”  (A culture of death in NYC, made worse by mayoral mandate)

 

How bad is that abortion rate? Is abstinence a remotely realistic solution? Is Bloomberg the responsible party here? A) Try high enough for 64 percent of those polled to be outraged. B) Tried, tested, and parent-approved — a sensible alternative to the muddled mess New York is mandating for public-school children (read the extensive report, courtesy of the World Youth Alliance, on teachers’ current options here). C) Currently he is responsible for a bad mandate. He can be a morally responsible steward of his office — if he listens to these Choicers. Pfundstein talks to National Review Online’s Kathryn Jean Lopez about some of these issues that affect the very health and soul of New York and our national culture, never mind our lives.

KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ: You got the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to break down 2009 abortion statistics by ZIP code. Why is that information so important?

GREG PFUNDSTEIN: Many people were shocked to discover how high the abortion ratio is in the city when we publicized those data last January, and quite a few have responded to our call to community-level action. The problem with city-wide and even borough-wide data is that they abstract too much from the places where people live their lives: in their homes, in their communities, in their neighborhoods. Our hope is that people will look at what is going on in their own ZIP codes and think in terms of what they can do to help in their neighborhood. That is a much more manageable proposition than advocating for city-wide action. Ed Mechmann at the Archdiocese of New York wrote a great blog post recently on how surprised he was to find out how high the abortion ratio is in his Bronx neighborhood. We hope many others will have a similar response and begin to ask what they can do.

(Billy’s Thoughts>>>> It is time that the city of New York do something that will cut down on abortions. That should be something all tax payers support.)