Monthly Archives: December 2018

Bre Payton: Fox News pundit and The Federalist writer dies suddenly aged 26

Bre Payton, a journalist and Fox Newscommentator, has died at the age of 26.

She passed away on Friday in San Diego following a sudden illness, her employer — conservative online magazine The Federalist — said on its website.

A friend, Morgan Murtaugh, said on Twitter she found Ms Payton unconscious on Thursday morning before doctors diagnosed her with meningitis and H1N1 influenza – also known as swine flu.

“Thank you everyone for your prayers,” Ms Murtaugh wrote later. “It is with a heavy heart that I type this. Unfortunately Bre has passed.”

In recent appearances on Fox News, Ms Payton had condemned what she called “fake news” media coverage of Donald Trump and “sexist and bigoted” coverage of first lady Melania Trump. 

An obituary in The Federalist called Ms Payton “joyful, hard-working, and compassionate.” It said she had a deep Christian faith.

In a tweet, Meghan McCain, daughter of late senator John McCain, called Ms Payton “a wonderful, fearless, vibrant, intelligent young woman”.

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3 alleged leaders of New York-linked Jewish sect arrested on charges of kidnapping 2 children

The three men brought the total arrested number to four, with Aron Rosner being arrested in New York on Dec. 23. Nachman Helbrans, Mayer Rosner and Jacob Rosner were arrested on Thursday following their deportation from Mexico to New York, the New York Daily News reported.

Michigan middle school teen boldly proclaims Christ through football

It’s Wednesday morning in Hudsonville, Mich. For Ethan Abberger, that means getting up at 6:15, putting on his No. 5 jersey, getting his work together and grabbing his backpack. It also means making sure he doesn’t forget his Bible. That’s because for Ethan, Wednesdays also mean he gets to lead a Bible study with fellow students at Baldwin Middle School.

Ethan is a seventh-grader and a standout wide receiver for the middle school team. His father, Dave, is a former Arena Football League quarterback turned pastor and moved back to Michigan from Memphis, Tenn., in July to plant a new church. Upon Ethan arriving at the school for orientation, a teacher mentioned to the students that he allows a Bible study to be held in his classroom each week at 7:15 a.m.

Bible study before school was something both Ethan and his little brother, Evan, wanted to attend. As they went to sign up, Ethan saw that there wasn’t anyone who had agreed to lead the study on that first morning. So the seventh-grade wide receiver for the Eagles jumped on the opportunity.

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Oprah Winfrey used pro life words

“Lots of people would’ve told you to abort that baby. You didn’t do that. I know that was hard. I want you to know that no matter what, I know that you always did the best you knew how to do. And look how it turned out.”

Those are the touching words Oprah Winfrey used to say goodbye to her mother who passed away on Thanksgiving Day this year.

( Read more of this powerful commentary here or listen to the

audio.)

Justice Kennedy according to himself wanted to make policy in same sex marriage case

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Penna Dexter :Over three years ago, the US Supreme Court ruled that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples. The ruling has resulted in all states being required to perform and recognize same-sex marriages. This was a 5-4 decision, along liberal/conservative ideological lines. The swing vote was now-retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. He wrote the opinion for the majority. It turns out Justice Kennedy’s thinking had little to do with the Constitution. He sat down recently with Bloomberg…

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BreakPoint: President Trump, Grant Asylum to Asia Bibi #AsylumforBibi

Earlier this month, we asked you to petition your elected leaders and the President to grant asylum to Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi. To wrap up 2018, here’s that BreakPoint commentary again. And again, I urge you to speak up for Asia Bibi.

On Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, reports surfaced that Islamic radicals in Pakistan were “hunting house to house” for Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi.

Her story should be painfully familiar by now.

Bibi has been in hiding since Pakistan’s supreme court acquitted her of blasphemy charges–this after a 9 year imprisonment and legal battle that left at least two of her supporters dead. She now faces a vigilante campaign for her execution, the execution of her family, and the three high court judges that rendered the verdict. Her attorney has already fled the country.

A few countries, including Canada and Australia, seem to be working with Pakistan to grant her asylum, but so far the United States has remained silent.

This should . . . not . . . be.

On Friday, my BreakPoint This Week co-host Ed Stetzer and I, using the social media hashtag #AsylumforBibi, called on President Donald Trump to fulfill recent promises made by his administration to persecuted Christians and to grant asylum to Asia Bibi and her family;  and to pro-actively work with Pakistani officials to ensure safe transport to the United States. Please join us in petitioning the President to act now.

So far, the response to #AsylumforBibi has been strong, but Asia Bibi and her family need you to not only help raise social media awareness, but to also send a letter to your congressman, senators, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Our colleague Roberto Rivera has provided a sample letter that you can find at BreakPoint.org.

Now, as I have said often on BreakPoint, the Trump Administration has, for the most part, been a stout defender of religious freedom at home and abroad. The appointment of Sen. Sam Brownback as America’s Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, and hosting the first-ever State Department Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom are both great things. And, the rhetoric has been strong. Both President Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence are on record that America needs to do more to aid Christian refugees.

So why the silence now, when Asia Bibi’s life is so clearly in danger? Asia Bibi and her family fit perfectly with the U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services definition of refugees eligible for asylum.

Let me quote from their website: “Refugee status or asylum may be granted to people who have been persecuted or fear they will be persecuted on account of race, religion, nationality, and/or membership in a particular social group or political opinion.”

So far, so good. Reading on, the USCIS says, “Refugee status is a form of protection that may be granted to people who meet the definition of refugee and who are of special humanitarian concern to the United States. Refugees are generally people outside of their country who are unable or unwilling to return home because they fear serious harm.”

There should be absolutely no legal reason not to offer refugee status and offer asylum to Asia Bibi. And, there is every humanitarian and moral reason to do so.

Of course, the attention of the administration—and certainly the media—is focused on the crisis at our southern border. Even under calm conditions, hundreds or thousands of people applying en masse for asylum would overwhelm the system. We’ve reached the point where the Administration felt, rightly or wrongly, that it had to close the busiest border crossing between the U.S. and Mexico.

Even so, closing our borders and our hearts to Asia Bibi and her family forfeits our moral leadership and is unacceptable.

President Trump, please, offer asylum for Asia Bibi.

Christian friends, pray for her and her family. Check out the sample letter at BreakPoint.org. And join our social media campaign, #AsylumforBibi.

(This commentary originally aired November 28, 2018.)

Resources:

Asia Bibi Vindicated—But Still in Danger: Pray for All Believers in Pakistan

  • John Stonestreet | BreakPoint.org | November 1, 2018
Save Asia Bibi, sample letter

  • Roberto Rivera | BreakPoint.org | November 13, 2018

We should never forget

Is Kavanaugh Keeping a Promise to Pro-Choice Susan Collins?

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The majority of leaders Ohio show they are are not pro life ( remember that voters )

As he promised to do, Gov. John Kasich delivered a veto of the Heartbeat Bill, which would make illegal an abortion if the abortionist detects a heartbeat.

Yet the pro-life state legislature attempted an override: the state House on Thursday voted 60-28 to successfully override the veto, and a vote in the Senate followed hours later and failed by one vote.

Kasich is term-limited and the governor-elect, Mike DeWine, has said he will sign the bill if it passes again. 

( Billy’s thoughts -Let’s hope and pray this bill will pass this new year.Because the gov. elect says he will sign it. All pro lifers should remember what Gov. Kasich did to this bill. The Gov. once claimed to be pro life. ( Read more. )

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