Cake or No Cake – Arizona’s Religious Freedom Bill

“Maybe you are offended that others do not celebrate your relationship, your attractions, and your activities and because of that they should lose their rights. Lose theirs so that others aren’t offended, right?” ASKTHEBIGOT

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Pro-choice, eh? Except for those pesky times that someone wants to exercise their freedoms in a way that offends you. Right. Because pro-choice only applies to abortion. So then.

During my long morning bath, luxuriating with the New York Times (no Bon Bons, mommas jeans are T I G H T) I happened across the news about Arizona’s Religious Freedom Act which would enforce a business’s right to refuse service to gay patrons.

I will generously provide Cliff Notes for you if you are unaware of the reasons this bill has been proposed in the first place. Some Christian businesses have refused to provide services for a gay event and because of it they have been bullied, sued, shut down, and some are lucky enough to have received death threats. There was the printer who declined to produce the gay pride shirt.  A baker who had a policy of

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Some Honest Questions for Andy Stanley

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According to megachurch pastor Andy Stanley, if your religious convictions conflict with your ability to serve those you differ with, that’s your business, but you should “leave Jesus out of it.”

What exactly did he mean by this? And has he thought through the implications of his statement? Continue reading “Some Honest Questions for Andy Stanley”

Obama vacations have cost you $18 million — so far

Written by Allen West on February 24, 2014
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Lately, President Obama has been talking about “austerity” and cutting spending. What a crock.

According to a report by Paul Bedard in the Washington Examiner,
when you total all the reported expenses of the first family’s 22 vacations so far to Hawaii, Martha’s Vineyard, Spain, Colorado, Florida, Africa, etc are combined, the estimate of Obama vacations reaches over $18 million when hotel and resort rent, security hotel and car rentals and airfare are included. Austerity? Continue reading “Obama vacations have cost you $18 million — so far”

Arizona Bill Protects Christians

February 25, 2014
Arizona Bill Protects Christians

Arizona is in the middle of a fierce battle over religious freedom. After years and years of Christians being sued, sanctioned or shut down, a new Arizona bill would protect Christians from legal action for refusing to provide services to homosexuals due to the Christian’s sincerely held religious belief.

The Arizona bill is about protecting religious beliefs, not about discriminating against homosexuals. In fact, most Christian businesses are not refusing to serve homosexuals; rather they are refusing to serve same-sex weddings. Continue reading “Arizona Bill Protects Christians”

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The mere word triggers such differing emotional and personal responses across a landscape of vast ideologies, religious persuasions and experiences.

Abortion. Whether we are adamantly opposed, indifferent, radically for it, or cringe in remembrance of a painful decision of our own once upon a time, the word almost never passes through our consciences without leaving its personal calling card. Continue reading “When Death Becomes More Precious Than Life – More Black Babies Killed In New York Than Born”

Black Christian leaders challenge Michigan courts on marriage definition.

Written by Allen West on February 24, 2014
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Some in the GOP wish to turn their backs on Christian conservatives and say the Republican party should just stop talking about social issues. They seem to believe a collective mea culpa is the best way forward and that social conservatives are causing them to lose. Continue reading “Black Christian leaders challenge Michigan courts on marriage definition.”

If God is in Control, Then Why Does He Allow So Much Suffering in the World?

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God is not in control of everything that man does. If He were, then we would have to conclude that He endorses everything that evil people do.

There is a devil. John 10:10 (NKJV) “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

The wages of sin is death. Romans 6:23 

Proverbs 5:22-23 (NKJV) His own iniquities entrap the wicked man, And he is caught in the cords of his sin. {23} He shall die for lack of instruction, And in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.

We reap what we sow. Galatians 6:7-8 Do not be deceived, God will not be mocked. For whatsoever a man sows the same shall he also reap.

 God gives man a choice. Deuteronomy 30:19 (NKJV)  “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;

 People are destroyed for a lack of knowledge. Hosea 4:6 (NKJV) My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge… Many people, including Christians simply do not know what they do not know.

 

Whoever Loves Instruction Loves Knowledge

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Proverbs 12:1 & 15 (NKJV) Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, But he who hates correction is stupid…{15} The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But he who heeds counsel is wise.

One of the sure signs of a wise person is their desire to learn, especially from their mistakes. A stupid person is too proud to receive correction. Fools are self confident and arrogant. They are so sure that they are right that even when they make a mess of things they refuse to learn from their mistakes.

Correction is a part of success. We actually can learn more from our failures and mistakes than we do when everything goes smoothly with out a hitch. Yet a foolish person refuses to recognize that they need to change and grow.

In sports we have coaches that correct players and constantly point out those areas of their game that need to be corrected and improved. This is why athletes look at film of their performances so that they can see what they did right and what they did wrong. A good athlete looks at their mistakes and works to correct their bad technique. An overly confident athlete ignores the advice of their coaches and refuses to work to improve their performance.

Foolish people seem to never learn. They like to constantly blame others for their failures and will never take personal responsibility for their foolish decisions. This is why they go from one failed relationship after another, and yet can’t see that they are the problem. They are too proud to ask for help and too stubborn to accept the counsel of others.

We all need friends and mentors who can speak openly to us, without fear of offending us. This actually keeps us safe from spinning off into destructive behaviors. A wise person has the good sense to humble themselves and receive the advice of others, even when they may tell them something they don’t want to hear.

Obama’s Ongoing Anti-Christian Agenda

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No administration in modern times has been more hostile to the public expression of religious faith than Obama’s. Consider these facts:

Obama declined to hold public services in the White House commemorating the National Day of Prayer, which had been the practice of his predecessors.

In September 2011, his Department of Health and Human Services terminated funding to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for its extensive program to assist victims of human trafficking and modern-day slavery. The reason? Objections to Catholic teaching on abortion and contraception.

In 2013 Obama’s inaugural committee forced pastor Louie Giglio, whose Atlanta church was nationally known for its efforts to combat sex trafficking, to withdraw from delivering a prayer at the inaugural ceremony after an audio recording surfaced of a sermon Giglio delivered in the mid-1990s referencing biblical teaching on homosexuality. When it came to praying at Obama’s second inaugural, no pastor holding to an orthodox view of Scripture had need to apply.

His Justice Department canceled a $30,000 grant to a program for at-risk youth because it allowed voluntary, student-led prayer, and the oath recited by its young charges mentioned God.

He advocated passage of a version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act prohibiting private employers from declining to hire gays and lesbians that granted no genuine exemption for religious ministries and charities. 

The Defense Department canceled an appearance by Franklin Graham of Samaritan’s Purse at a National Day of Prayer observance because of Graham’s alleged anti- Muslim bigotry. 

Obama’s campaign removed a reference to God from the Democratic Party platform and only moved to reinsert it after news outlets reported the exclusion and controversy erupted. 

Each of these acts of bias against public expressions of faith may have an explanation, but taken together they reveal a pattern of hostility directed at the right of religious people to fully participate in civic life. They also reveal the lie of Obama’s posturing prior to the 2008 election and his comforting assurances that he deplored the Democratic Party’s past insensitivity toward religious belief. Obama’s God-talk, like all his other talk, bore no resemblance to what he actually did as president or the policy agenda he pursued.

 

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