HARVEY LIVED IN THE HOUSE THAT THE CULTURE BUILT

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by Don Feder on 17 October, 2017 excerpted from Barbwire.com
On expelling disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein over the weekend, the grandiosely named Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences declared with manly firmness that the move would “send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over.” As my father used to say, “That and fifty cents will get you a cup of coffee in a cheap restaurant.”

All kidding aside, Harvey is hideous – but then, so too is the culture that Continue reading

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What Two Former Trans Men Want You To Know About All The Lies

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By Taylor Fogarty OCTOBER 11, 2017 Excerpted from The Federalist

Paul, a computer programmer who is currently unemployed, is 38 years old and in the process of “detransitioning,” undoing steps towards the sex change he began a decade ago.

Paul’s advice to children looking to transition? “Don’t.”

Before “transitioning” from male to female, Paul struggled with Continue reading

“Our Lives Have Turned into Hell” Muslim Persecution of Christians,

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by Raymond Ibrahim October 15, 2017 Excerpted from The Gatestone Institute

Long touted as a beacon of Muslim tolerance and moderation, Indonesia joined other repressive Muslim nations in May when it sentenced the Christian governor of Jakarta, known as “Ahok,” to a two-year prison term on the charge that he committed “blasphemy” against Islam.

The blasphemy accusation is based on a video that Ahok made, in which he told voters that they were being deceived if they believed that Koran 5:51, as his opposition said, requires Muslims not to vote for a non-Muslim when there are Muslim candidates available. The Koran passage states: “O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you — then indeed, he is one of them.”

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Conservative Reporter Claims SPLC Unjustly Put Her on Hate List: ‘Reckless Hate-Labeling Stifles Free Speech’

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By Michael Gryboski , Christian Post Reporter | Oct 2, 2017 | excerpted from The Christian Post

A reporter with the online publication Campus Reform claims that she was unjustly added to a hate list by the liberal Southern Poverty Law Center.

“The goal is to paint any opposition to the far left as morally depraved and, therefore, unworthy of being included in conversation,”

Hannah Scherlacher, program coordinator with the Leadership Institute-organized site, was named in a post on the SPLC website in August listing Continue reading

Newsweek Slammed for Labeling Values Voter Summit ‘Hate Group’

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By Anugrah Kumar , Christian Post Contributor | Oct 15, 2017 9:40 AM | Excerpted from The Christian Post

Newsweek is receiving criticism for calling the Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit a “hate group” in a story highlighting Continue reading

Colorado Baker Asked to Make ‘Birthday Cake’ for Satan

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by Kelsey Harkness 13 October 2017 excerpted from The Daily Signal

 

The Christian baker in Colorado who was sued for declining to make a cake for a same-sex couple’s wedding reception received a strange request last month: Design and bake a cake celebrating Satan’s birthday. Continue reading

THE DEATH OF THE UNIVERSITY AND THE DEATH OF THE WEST

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by Bill Muehlenberg on 15 October, 2017 Excerpted from Barbwire.com

Whereas other civilisations have been brought down by attacks of barbarians from without, ours had the unique distinction of training its own destroyers at its own educational institutions, and then providing them with facilities for propagating their destructive ideology far and wide, all at the public expense.

While it may come as a surprise to many, most of the great universities of the western world were originally founded by and/or for Christians. Theology was often a primary subject, and a combination of ‘pagan’ and Christian learning was involved in most of the early medieval universities.

For example, in the UK we see that this was certainly the case. Oxford University was established during the twelfth century by various religious orders, and Cambridge University was established in 1209 by Christian leaders. The oldest university in Scotland, Saint Andrews was mainly founded to teach and study theology.

The early America universities were also by and large the product of Christianity. Consider Harvard’s original motto, Veritas Christo et Ecclesiae (Truth for Christ and for the Church) which was later changed to simply Veritas. It was founded in 1636 by the Puritans.

Yale University was founded in 1701 and had this as its motto: Lux et Veritas (Light and Truth). Princeton University was founded in 1746 as a Presbyterian school Dei Sub Numine Viget (Under the Protection of God She Flourishes) Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island was founded by Baptist leaders in 1764 with the Latin motto In Deo Speramus (In God We Hope).

Today however most Western universities are hardly known as institutions of religious fervour or the Christian worldview. Indeed, they have become places hostile to Christian teaching and values, and are mainly hotbeds of secularism and leftism.

Let me offer just one very recent illustration of this. It concerns Oxford University, and one news report covers the shocking story this way:

An Oxford College has banned the Christian Union from its freshers’ fair on the grounds that it would be “alienating” for students of other religions, and constitute a “micro-aggression”. The organiser of Balliol’s fair argued Christianity’s historic use as “an excuse for homophobia and certain forms of neo-colonialism” meant that students might feel “unwelcome” in their new college if the Christian Union had a stall.
Freddy Potts, vice-president of Balliol’s Junior Common Room (JCR) committee, said that if a representative from the Christian Union (CU) attended the fair, it could cause “potential harm” to freshers. Mr Potts, writing on behalf of the JCR’s welfare committee, told the CU representative at Balliol, that their “sole concern is that the presence of the CU alone may alienate incoming students”.

In email correspondence, seen by The Daily Telegraph, he went on: “This sort of alienation or micro-aggression is regularly dismissed as not important enough to report, especially when there is little to no indication that other students or committee members may empathise, and inevitably leads to further harm of the already most vulnerable and marginalised groups.

“Historically, Christianity’s influence on many marginalised communities has been damaging in its methods of conversion and rules of practice, and is still used in many places as an excuse for homophobia and certain forms of neo-colonialism.” He said that barring the Christian Union from the fair “may be a way of helping to avoid making any students feel initially unwelcome within Balliol”.

 

Thankfully not everyone was happy with this draconian move:

The move sparked a backlash among students, with others within the College criticising it as a “violation of free speech”. The JCR passed a motion on Sunday evening condemning the JCR committees for “barring the participation of specific faith-based organizations”. The motion said the ban was a “violation of free speech, a violation of religious freedom, and sets dangerous precedents regarding the relationship between specific faiths and religious freedom”.

Dr Joanna Williams, a university lecturer and author of Academic Freedom in an Age of Conformity, said the decision to ban the Christian Union was “completely bizarre”. “It is intolerance being exercised in the name of inclusion,” she said. “They are saying: ‘Your religious society is not welcome here’. Essentially they are saying that the Christian Union is not allowed to recruit new members.”

 

Read the remainder of this at Barbwire.com

Why Do Some People Love Jesus but Don’t Like the Bible?

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By Shane Pruitt , CP Op-Ed Contributor, excerpted from The Christian Post
Oct 3, 2017

My wife, Kasi, and I have five children. Our oldest two are both girls, eleven and six, and they both love to play with Play-Doh. They have all the colors and all the tools necessary to mold, shape and build anything their vivid imaginations can come up with. OK, now for a moment of confession. I love to Continue reading

ISIS Sex Slave Survivor Tells Congress About Horrors of Her Captivity: ‘It Was Like Hell’

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By Samuel Smith , CP Reporter | Oct 4, 2017 Excerpted From The Christian Post

WASHINGTON — A Yazidi victim of the Islamic State’s genocide in Iraq detailed for members of the U.S. Congress on Tuesday the horrors she experienced during the nine months was held as a slave.

Using the pseudonym Shireen, the 31-year-old Yazidi woman told a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee hearing on genocide in Iraq and Syria that her captivity under IS (also known as ISIS, ISIL or Daesh) was “like hell.”

In her written testimony, Shireen said that her family was preparing to Continue reading

I used to think gun control was the answer.

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I used to think gun control was the answer. My research told me otherwise.

By Leah Libresco  Excerpted from The Washington Post

Before I started researching gun deaths, gun-control policy used to frustrate me. I wished the National Rifle Association would stop blocking common-sense gun-control reforms such as banning assault weapons, restricting silencers, shrinking magazine sizes and all the other measures that could make guns less deadly.

Then, my colleagues and I at FiveThirtyEight spent three months analyzing all 33,000 lives ended by guns each year in the United States, and I wound up frustrated in a whole new way. We looked at what interventions might have saved those people, and the case for the policies I’d lobbied for crumbled when I examined the evidence. The best ideas left standing were narrowly tailored interventions to protect subtypes of potential victims, not broad attempts to limit the lethality of guns. Continue reading