100 Nigerian Christians killed in April by Fulani militants, Boko Haram: NGO report | The Christian Post

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People react as a truck carries the coffins of people killed by the Fulani herdsmen, in Makurdi, Nigeria

Excerpted from: 100 Nigerian Christians killed in April by Fulani militants, Boko Haram: NGO report | The Christian Post 2 May 2019 | By Samuel Smith, CP Reporter


At least 100 Christians in Nigeria were killed and hundreds of others injured in April, according to a human rights watchdog group warning that Fulani attacks against Christian farming communities seem to be spreading further south.

The Anambra-based nongovernmental organization known as the International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety) released a special report this week stating that the 100 Christians were killed by Fulani herdsmen and armed jihadist groups like Boko Haram in April.

The report details that between 750–800 Christians have been killed by armed jihadist groups in the African nation during the first four months of 2019.

Of those killings, the NGO states that about 550 to as many as 600 killings were perpetrated by Fulani Islamic militias associated with the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria MACBAN, a federally registered group that advocates for Fulani pastoralists whom critics have called for to be labeled as a “terror” organization.  “

In the just past four months of 2019 (January–April), the jihadist group had butchered 550–600 Christians with hundreds of homes and dozens of churches torched or destroyed,” the NGO reports.

The other 200 killings thus far in 2019, Intersociety reports, have been carried out by Islamic extremist group Boko Haram and the Islamic State in West Africa, which has terrorized northeastern Nigeria, parts of Niger, Chad, and Cameroon.

While estimates on the number of people killed in societal violence in Nigeria often vary, Intersociety board chairman Emeka Umeagbalasi, a Christian criminologist and human rights activist, told The Christian Post that the numbers the organization presents are based on “empirical” evidence that can be defended in court.

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Co. Students Walk Out Of School Shooting Vigil After It Turns Political

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Sen. Michael Bennet and Rep. Jason Crow each took a turn calling for gun control at the Douglas County event before students streamed out in protest.

Excerpted from: Co. Students Walk Out Of School Shooting Vigil After It Turns Political | By Mollie Hemingway | The Federalist MAY 9, 2019


 

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Colorado students walked out of an event billed as a vigil for Kendrick Castillo, an 18-year-old killed in a shooting at his school on Tuesday, when prominent speakers attempted to turn it into a rally for gun control. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colorado) and Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colorado) each took a turn calling for gun control at the Douglas County event before students streamed out in protest.

Two students at STEM Highlands Ranch, a K-12 charter school focused on science, technology, engineering, and math, shot nine students, one fatally. The accused students, who were arrested, are an adult male and a juvenile female who identifies as male. The accused male had written anti-Christian social media messages. He drove a car with a pentagram spray-painted on the hood, as well as other graffiti […]

In response to the shooting, a public vigil was announced at another local public high school: Highlands Ranch High School. It was sponsored by the gun control groups Brady’s Team Enough and March for Our Lives and featured Democratic politicians who seek limits on Second Amendment gun rights, but was billed instead as an event to remember and honor Castillo and other victims. As the politicians called for gun control, students left in protest over the politicization of the deaths and injuries.

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Although this ministry is a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment and our right to keep and bear arms, as well as our God given right to defend ourselves and families from evil aggression, I seldom comment on or share articles regarding gun related issues.  However, in my opinion, there is a time to take part in political activism and a time to allow people to grieve.  To schedule an political event under the guise of a memorial service is in and of itself evil.

Liberals and Gun Control activists wallow in the blood of innocents like a pig in a sty, never content to let a tragedy go to waste, they seem to be on the very heels of the perpetrators of these horrendous events that are proven by statistics to be primarily committed by other liberals, or by the mentally deficient that liberals have allowed to slip through the cracks of our legal systems.

If you want to incite hatred for law abiding citizens who own guns, at least wait until the bodies of those killed due to liberal negligence are cold.

Illegal Immigration Creates Misery That U.S. Leaders Don’t Want To Fix

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Source: Illegal Immigration Creates Misery That U.S. Leaders Don’t Want To Fix | By John Daniel Davidson | The Federalist MAY 8, 2019

Liberals who think border enforcement is inhumane need to examine the ways mass border trespassing and open borders create misery.


In a recent interview with a French magazine, Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, said it is wrong to use the gospel to defend illegal immigration. The reason many priests, bishops, and cardinals will not say so is because they are “afraid of being frowned upon, of being seen as reactionaries.”
Sarah is not afraid of that. “It is better to help people flourish in their culture than to encourage them to come to a Europe in full decadence,” he said. “It is a false exegesis to use the word of God to promote migration. God never wanted these heartbreaks.”

This is a radical thing to say, and no doubt Sarah will be criticized by people with acceptably liberal views on immigration. But his remarks get to the heart of an uncomfortable truth about illegal immigration, which is this: for many migrants, and especially for families and children now caught up in mass illegal entrance into the United States from Central America, it produces misery.

For some, it means death. Last week, an infant drowned in the Rio Grande when the overcrowded raft he was in capsized. Three others, two of them children, are feared dead. Days earlier, a 16-year-old boy from Guatemala fell ill and died shortly after arriving at a shelter for unaccompanied children. In December, two Guatemalan children, ages 7 and 8, died in Border Patrol custody.

For others, especially women, the journey north means being sexually assaulted by smugglers they paid to keep them safe. Others are extorted by criminal gangs. Still others are kidnapped and held for ransom, trafficked as sex slaves, or pressed into the service of drug cartels, transporting illegal narcotics over the border to pay off a debt or “tax” incurred simply by passing through cartel territory. In some cases, children are rented or sold to adult migrants seeking to present themselves as a “family unit” and thereby claim asylum.

On top of the perils of the journey itself, mass illegal border-crossing tears families apart. Most of the families showing up on the southwest border consist of a man traveling with one child. Many have wives and other children back in Central America, and have no idea how long it will be before they are reunited. Some, having arrived in the United States, regret the decision to leave home and wish they could go back but can’t because they are in too much debt to smugglers and loan sharks.So when Sarah refers to “heartbreaks,” and says  mass migration is a “new form of slavery,” he’s talking about a grim reality that many people, out of a misguided desire to been seen as compassionate, are unwilling to confront.

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It Turns Out We Weren’t Crazy After All | The Stream

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Excerpted from: It Turns Out We Weren’t Crazy After All | By MICHAEL BROWN | The Stream Published on May 7, 2019


What do you know! It turns out that we were not imagining things when we complained about the social media giants’ unequal practices. It turns out we weren’t just being paranoid. It turns out we weren’t crazy after all.

My Troubles With Facebook Censorship

Almost 7 years ago, in June 2012, I wrote an article titled “The Facebook Censor Strikes Again.” (The word “again” indicates that Facebook was already being called out for discriminatory practices against religious conservatives.)

The article began by stating, “I received the news yesterday that the Facebook page for my book A Queer Thing Happened to America was deleted for allegedly violating Facebook’s ‘Community Standards.’ But Facebook pages like ‘Hitler Fetus is our Jesus,’ ‘Zombie Jesus,’ and a host of other grossly offensive pages apparently do not violate these standards.”

To document this, I noted the existence of pages such as:“I Hate Jesus,” with this blurb: “Burning churches, stapling nuns, eating your [expletive], whilst [expletive] your muda”“I Hate Christianity,” described as, “A group for those who hate all the prejudice bull— and ridiculous ideas that come with Christianity… and really any other religions.”

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So, pages like these (along with violence-inciting, anti-Israel pages) were not in violation of Community Standards but a page devoted to discussion of material in my book was in violation.

Thankfully, Facebook restored my page, but only with the help of an inside contact who offered her services to religious broadcasters at an NRB meeting.

The List Goes On

Since then, I have addressed double standards on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter numerous times […]

To this moment, the instant one of my YouTube videos is posted — and I mean the very instant — it gets flagged as unsuitable for most advertisers, which we then have to contest by calling for a manual review. At that point, you genuinely have no idea what the reviewer will decide.

On a regular basis, my colleague Bill Muehlenberg, an articulate and learned cultural commentator in Australia, is put in what he calls “Facebook prison,” banned for 30 days because of his posts.

Last month, Google labeled the pro-life movie Unplanned as “propaganda,” reversing itself only after an outcry.

This past week, Hollywood actor and political conservative James Woods was “locked out of his Twitter account for over a week now for ‘abusive behavior.’” As Breitbart reported, “James Woods Banned from Twitter Amid Silicon Valley’s Conservative Blacklisting Campaign.”

The allegedly offensive tweet read, “‘If you try to kill the King, you best not miss’ #HangThemAll.”

According to Breitbart, “The tweet was apparently in reference to the Mueller report, which found no conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia. The quote is from Ralph Waldo Emerson and has been used in various forms in movies and TV shows like The Wire.”

In contrast, “Actor Peter Fonda said that Barron Trump should be taken away from his Melania and put in a cage with pedophiles. Fonda also called for Kirstjen Nielsen to be whipped. He later apologized. Hollywood star Jim Carrey posted a drawing of Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr. getting bludgeoned to death by an elephant last year. The tweet is still up.”

Yet Woods, not Fonda or Carrey, got locked out of his account.

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No, Christianity Doesn’t Need To Endorse Homosexuality To Grow

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Excerpted from: No, Christianity Doesn’t Need To Endorse Homosexuality To Grow | By Glenn T. Stanton | The Federalist MAY 6, 2019


Rev. Oliver Thomas is simply one in a long line of terribly misguided clergy who believe the best thing for the church is to stop being Christian.

Stop accepting the Bible as true and admit Christianity has gotten it terribly wrong on homosexuality. This is the advice Rev. Oliver Thomas gives in a recent opinion article in USA Today for how the church can stop “hemorrhaging members” and see brighter days.

He warns that “the church is killing itself” because it has painted itself into a corner by actually believing what the Bible says. He contends that Christians should just admit that the Bible gets it wrong on so many important issues and that “reason and experience” should be our new guide, as if this is a new idea. He says the church is terribly wrong about sexuality, particularly homosexuality, and would do very well to wise up, lest it find itself reduced to a warehouse for cobwebs.“ Churches will continue hemorrhaging members and money at an alarming rate until we muster the courage to face the truth: We got it wrong on gays and lesbians,” he says.

We don’t have to wonder whether Thomas is correct. Not only is he wrong, but an impressive body of very strong data and experience demonstrates the precise opposite of what he claims is true.

Ironically, those rainbow flags you see flying outside some churches proudly announcing “We welcome all!” are not appealing to the very people they are intended to attract. It’s the churches that so many on the left mistakenly and irresponsibly accuse of “hating the gays” that are actually where many gay people find what they’re really looking for.

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Rev. E.W. Jackson: Given the ‘Right Circumstance,’ The ‘Left Would Kill Us’ Christians Today

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Excerpted from: Rev. E.W. Jackson: Given the ‘Right Circumstance,’ The ‘Left Would Kill Us’ Christians Today | By Michael W. Chapman | April 30, 2019 CNSNews


Rev. E.W. Jackson, a Protestant pastor, Marine, Harvard Law grad, and great-grandson of Virginia slaves, said that under the “right circumstance,” the left “would kill” Christians today because, like the Communists, their hatred is “profound” and they rationalize that in killing Christians they are doing the world a favor.

“I really believe this with all my heart — I’m serious,” said Rev. Jackson on his talk-radio program The Awakening on April 19.  “I believe that if the right circumstance presented itself, people on the left would kill us.”

“I’m not saying all of them,” he added, “but I think many of them would kill us because their hatred is so deep. It is so profound, it is so toxic that I think they would rationalize it to themselves that the world would be a better place [without Christians], which is what Communists always do.”

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Catholic Scholars Accuse Pope Francis Of Heresy Concerning Marriage And Sexuality | The Daily Caller

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Excerpted from: Catholic Scholars Accuse Pope Francis Of Heresy Concerning Marriage And Sexuality | by Joshua Gill | Religion Reporter | The Daily Caller 4-30-2019


A group of Catholic scholars and theologians pronounced Pope Francis guilty of heresy in an open letter urging bishops to investigate their accusations.

The signatories of the open letter, which include clergy, argued that Francis’ refusal to clarify his teachings on marriage, divorce, and Holy Communion in Amoris Laetitia, and what they see as his inappropriate handling of the sex abuse crisis constitutes heresy. The letter exhorts bishops to investigate the claims of heresy against Francis and, if they find them valid, to admonish him to renounce those heresies or remove him from the papacy.

Taken together, the words and actions of Pope Francis amount to a comprehensive rejection of Catholic teaching on marriage and sexual activity, on the moral law, and on grace and the forgiveness of sins,” the open letter states.

The letter’s authors clarified that there is a demonstrable link between Francis’ “rejection of Catholic teaching” and what they see as his preferential treatment of clergy friendly to his views who have been accused of sexual misconduct.“

The Open letter also indicates the link between this rejection of Catholic teaching and the favour shown by Pope Francis to bishops and other clergy who have either been guilty of sexual sins and crimes, such as former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, or who have protected clergy guilty of sexual sins and crimes, such as the late Cardinal Godfried Danneels,” the authors said, according to CNS News.

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2019 Witnesses Widespread Attacks on US Catholic Churches

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Excerpted from: 2019 Witnesses Widespread Attacks on US Catholic Churches | by Bruce Walker • ChurchMilitant.com • April 26, 2019


The recent rash of vandalism and desecration of religious statues and church buildings plaguing European Catholic parishes has spread to U.S. counterparts. News reports from this Easter Sunday alone depict three different incidents of hateful crimes committed against Church-consecrated properties.

Thousands of dollars of damage was performed in the holiest 24-hour period of the Catholic calendar against three buildings and possessions in Lakewood, Ohio; Fresno, California; and Maui, Hawaii.

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On the Targeting of Churches and Christians » BarbWire

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Excerpted from: On the Targeting of Churches and Christians By Dr. Jerry Newcombe – April 28, 2019 | BarbWire


The Easter bombings of churches and hotels in Sri Lanka remind us that it is dangerous to be a practicing Christian today in many parts of the world.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

“There were at least eight explosions, most blamed on suicide bombers. Six of the attacks were coordinated and were carried out by seven suicide bombers, according to a preliminary examination of scattered body parts by the country’s official experts.”

The bombs, of course, went off on the high Christian holiday of Easter, killing almost 300 people.

And the Journal adds:

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European Churches: Vandalized, Defecated On, and Torched “Every Day”

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Excerpted from: European Churches: Vandalized, Defecated On, and Torched “Every Day” by Raymond Ibrahim | The Gatestone Institute
April 14, 2019


Countless churches throughout Western Europe are being vandalized, defecated on, and torched.

In France, two churches are desecrated every day on average. According to PI-News, a German news site, 1,063 attacks on Christian churches or symbols (crucifixes, icons, statues) were registered in France in 2018. This represents a 17% increase compared to the previous year (2017), when 878 attacks were registered — meaning that such attacks are only going from bad to worse.

Among some of the recent desecrations in France, the following took place in just February and March:

  • Vandals plundered Notre-Dame des Enfants Church in Nîmes and used human excrement to draw a cross there; consecrated bread was found thrown outside among garbage.
  • The Saint-Nicolas Church in Houilles was vandalized on three separate occasions in February; a 19th century statue of the Virgin Mary, regarded as “irreparable,” was “completely pulverized,” said a clergyman; and a hanging cross was thrown to the floor.
  • Vandals desecrated and smashed crosses and statues at Saint-Alain Cathedral in Lavaur, and mangled the arms of a statue of a crucified Christ in a mocking manner. In addition, an altar cloth was burned.
  • Arsonists torched the Church of St. Sulpice in Paris soon after midday mass on Sunday, March 17.

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