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Ribbons for Rescue April 16, 2015

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Ribbons for Rescue is Love in the Face of Hate

Churches are coming together in solidarity to show their support for the ISIS victims and persecuted everywhere with an orange ribbon campaign and regional rallies. Ribbons for Rescue stands at the center of this effort, coordinating churches, volunteers and rescue organizations worldwide. Our Mission is threefold:

  • To raise awareness of the plight of persecuted Christians worldwide
  • To respond to hate with love, just as Christ would do
  • To provide information and resources to help you get involved – whether it is through prayer, financial donation or action

http://www.ribbonsforrescue.com/

If we don’t have liberty for all, then we have liberty for none. April 8, 2015

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Bill Jack wants to make one thing perfectly clear: Bakers should not be forced to make a cake that would violate their conscience or freedom of expression.

Jack, of Castle Rock, Colo., is making national headlines over an experiment he conducted in the wake of attacks on Christian business owners who refuse to provide services for same-sex marriages.

Last year, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission ruled that the Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood unlawfully discriminated against a gay couple who wanted a wedding cake. Jack Phillips, the owner of the cake shop, is a devout Christian, and his attorneys argued that to force him to participate in the gay wedding would violate his religious beliefs.
The Civil Rights Commission saw it differently.

So if Christian bakers who oppose gay marriage are compelled under law to violate their beliefs – what about bakers who support gay marriage? Would they be compelled to make an anti-gay marriage cake?

 Jack, who is a devout Christian, asked three bakeries to produce two cakes – each shaped like an open Bible.

On one side of one cake he requested the words, “God hates sin – Psalm 45:7.” On the other side he wanted the words, “Homosexuality is a detestable sin – Leviticus 18:22.”

On the second cake he asked them to write another Bible verse: “While we were yet sinners Christ died for us – Romans 5:8” along with the words “God loves sinners.”

And finally, Jack wanted the bakers to create an image – two grooms holding hands, with a red “X” over them – the universal symbol for “not allowed.”

Now if you read the national news accounts of Jack’s experiment – you would’ve read that he wanted gay slurs written on the cakes. But that wasn’t true.

According to the commission’s own report, there’s no mention of Jack using any gay slurs – unless you consider Bible verses to be gay slurs.

Mark Silverstein, the legal director for Colorado’s chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, accused Jack of wanting obscenities written on the cakes.

“There’s no law that says that a cake-maker has to write obscenities in the cake just because the customer wants it,” he told the Associated Press.

Does the ACLU consider the Bible to be obscene?

As you probably guessed, the bakeries rejected Jack’s request for what some would call “anti-gay” cakes.

“If he wants to hate people, he can hate them not here in my bakery,” Azucar Bakery owner Marjorie Silva told 7NEWS. She called the writing and imagery “hateful and offensive.”

So Jack filed a discrimination complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission – just as the gay couple did in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case.

Using the commission’s logic – if a Christian baker is forced to violate his beliefs, shouldn’t all bakers be forced to violate theirs, too?

Absolutely not, says the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

It ruled that Azucar did not discriminate against Jack based on his creed. It argued that the bakery refused to make the cakes because of the “derogatory language and imagery,” The Denver Channel reported.

Jack told me it’s a double standard – pure and simple.

“I think it is hypocritical,” he said. “It’s unequal treatment before the law. The Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act is being used to coerce businesses to participate in events that violate their consciences.”

Jack said he decided to conduct his experiment to prove the Colorado law was “only being applied to Christian business people.”

“Christians need to understand that this is the state of Christianity in the United States,” he said. “We are now second-class citizens. Our free speech is being censored.”

To be clear, Jack believes the bakeries had the right to deny him service. His point was to draw attention to the hypocrisy.

“I stand for liberty for all, not liberty for some,” he said. “If we don’t have liberty for all, then we have liberty for none.”

Alliance Defending Freedom is a religious liberty law firm that represents the Masterpiece Cakeshop.

It believes the Civil Rights Commission reached the right conclusion in Jack’s case, but it blasted the commission’s inconsistencies when it came to the case involving its client.

“The commission’s inconsistent rulings mean that the owners of these three cake shops may run them according to their beliefs, while Jack cannot,” ADF attorney Jeremy Tedesco said.

“These cake artists should not be forced to violate their conscience, but clearly the commission should have done the same for Jack Phillips,” he said. “He risks losing his lifelong business altogether if he continues to run it consistent with his faith. Such blatant religious discrimination has no place in our society.”

That’s a great point. If the owner of Azucar Bakery can run her business according to her beliefs – why can’t the owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop?

Todd Starnes is host of Fox News & Commentary, heard on hundreds of radio stations. Sign up for his American Dispatch newsletter, be sure to join hisFacebook page, and follow him on Twitter. His latest book is “God Less America.”

HELP DEFEND THE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM RESTORATION ACT! April 3, 2015

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Passage of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) has touched off an angry firestorm that is being fanned by both the pro-homosexual community and the liberal media — both crying the law advocates widespread discrimination against one group of people, the LGBT community.

In short, it is a gross misrepresentation.

But the truth doesn’t matter to the zealots screaming “discrimination” with vitriolic accusations. To the uneducated, one would think that the RFRA law enacts Sharia-type mandates of death, stoning, or dismemberment against homosexuals.

Listening to their rants, one could easily be led to believe that every Christian or person of faith has a personal vendetta against homosexuals. Their rhetoric is rooted in distortion.

The fact is that radical anti-Christian LGBT activists look for opportunities to portray people of faith as fear-mongering bigots. Doing so advances their cause and tears at the moral fabric of our nation.
+ + The facts belie the sordid accusations of radical pro-homosexual activists.

Here are the facts. The federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) was passed overwhelmingly by the United States Congress in 1993, and signed into law by then-President Bill Clinton. Among the lawmakers advocating the RFRA were liberal icons like the late Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and then-Representative Charles Schumer (D-NY).

The RFRA states that the “Government shall not substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability (with certain noted exceptions).”

The reason Congress passed the bill was to acknowledge that….

(1) the framers of the American Constitution, recognizing free exercise of religion as an unalienable right, secured its protection in the First Amendment to the Constitution;
(2) laws “neutral” toward religion may substantially burden religious exercise as surely as laws intended to interfere with religious exercise;
(3) governments should not substantially burden religious exercise without compelling justification.
If a citizen believes their religious rights have been violated, they have the right to go to court and make their case. That’s the simple basis of the law that is under attack.

The federal RFRA does not, nor has it ever, advocated discrimination against anyone.

In 1997, the Supreme Court ruled that the RFRA was constitutional concerning federal actions, but was too broad to be applied to the states. State legislatures then enacted their own versions of the law. To date, 20 states have enacted RFRA laws. And an additional twelve states are reportedly considering similar laws. In some cases, such Acts have been expanded to fit a state’s own unique citizenry.

Right now, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, reacting to the Indiana backlash, has asked his legislators to redefine the state’s newly-passed RFRA, but opposition is already brewing by misinformed organizations like retail giant Walmart.

What’s changed since the RFRA was enacted in 1993? The powerful pro-homosexual community has all but codified homosexuality and gay marriage in our nation, putting their ultra liberal culture at odds with religious liberties, rights of conscience, and God-ordained institutions.

Now, because of the Indiana law, they want us to believe that the RFRA will promote discrimination against their supporters. This is a widespread campaign of misinformation and leftist propaganda that, sadly, is working.
+ + HELP DEFEND THE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM RESTORATION ACT!

Liberty Counsel is calling on grassroots Americans to Stand Your Ground against the leftist bullies and the media who have used propaganda to totally distort the facts. We are urging patriots to resist the baseless attacks of the pro-homosexual community.

Friend, to counter their effort:

• Liberty Counsel will send thousands of Open Letters to the state governors who have passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, encouraging them to stand their ground.

• We will send tens of thousands of Open Letters to the governors who have vetoed similar legislation calling for a reasonable dialog over this profoundly mischaracterized law.

• We will send thens of thousands of Open Letters to the heads of the organizations which are embracing the deception that the RFRA laws are discriminatory and exclusionary, such as Angie’s List and Walmart.

By clicking on the graphic below, you will add your name to these Open Letters, showing support for the RFRA.Help us build a coalition of at least 100,000 citizen signers who won’t allow themselves to be tricked by the pro-homosexual community!

Click YES to have your name immediately included in the total number of signers:

RFRA Yes

Click here if you are undecided about the RFRA, and need additional information.

After you vote, you will be given access to a list of organizations which are maliciously demonizing state governors and legislators and threatening boycotts or similar actions against the RFRA states.

Please be sure to vote YES or UNDECIDED.

We need a massive groundswell of grassroots Americans who will help stop the malicious propaganda being advanced by radical pro-homosexual activists and their supporters.

God bless you for taking action with us,

Mat Staver, Chairman
Liberty Counsel Action

The Thorn March 27, 2015

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Spent the evening at “The Thorn” and must say it was fantastic:

Ted Cruz for President? Preferably but very unlikely March 26, 2015

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All of us know by now, or should know if we’ve listened to any news reports, that Senator Ted Cruz has thrown his hat into the ring as a candidate for POTUS.

Ted Cruz is a junior Senator from Texas, an Evangelical Christian, fiscal conservative, staunch supporter of the US Constitution and a firm believer in American Exceptionalism and is simply the best example of right-leaning Presidential hopeful that we have in the mix today. Unfortunately for him, and the country, he is unlikely to garner the Republican nomination for President, and twice as unlikely to be elected.

I say this not because his isn’t qualified (he is so much better qualified to be president than the individual currently holding office). It is simply the sad truth that the Republican establishment hates Senator Cruz. Senator McCain, the perpetual presidential wanna be “hates” Senator Cruz, referring to him as a “wacko bird”.

Why do they hate him? Firstly, he is an Evangelical Christian. He holds to biblical values in his life and in his politics, something which is undeniably detested in the political world. Secondly, he stands against both sides of the aisle, democrat and republican, when it comes to anything government has not done well (which is realistically just about everything government puts its hands into).

Here’s my take: Senator Cruz has a snowball’s chance of being nominated, much less being elected. However, he has the perfect opportunity (and perhaps he knew this when putting in his bid) to frame the entire debate platform of the 2016 Presidential campaign. He has the opportunity to shine a light on the utter and complete failure, and duplicitous empiricism, of the Obama administration, the realistic expectation that Hillary, or anyone else considered a democratic hopeful, will continue the same. He has the opportunity to illuminate that the majority of the republican hopefuls will perform a little better, but not nearly enough so.

He can push topics into the front of the conversations by campaigners, such as: decreasing government – across the board, reducing the reach, control, and impunity of the IRS, holding elements of the government (State Dept, DEA, FBI, et al) responsible for their failures, returning to America’s place of standing against terrorism and taking action against those engaging in terror (yeah… ISIS), and perhaps even hopefully turning back the tide of governmental oppression of Christianity and religious freedom.

“My Tribute” surprise March 25, 2015

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A few favorite songs… March 25, 2015

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Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives, all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living,
Just because He lives!

 

When you’re up against a struggle, that shatters all your dreams
And your hopes have been cruelly crushed by Satan’s manifested schemes
And you feel the urge within you to submit to earthly fear
Don’t let the faith you’re standing in seem to disappear
Praise the Lord, He will work through those who praise Him
Praise the Lord, for our God inhabits praise
Praise the Lord, for the chains that seem to bind you
Serve only to remind you, that they drop powerless behind you
When you praise Him
Now, Satan is a liar and he wants to make us think
That we are paupers, when he knows himself we’re children of the King
So lift up the mighty shield of faith for the battle must be won
We know that Jesus Christ has risen and the work’s already done
Praise the Lord, He will work through those who praise Him
Praise the Lord, for our God inhabits praise
Praise the Lord, for the chains that seem to bind you
Serve only to remind you, that they drop powerless behind you
When you praise Him
Praise the Lord, He will work through those who praise Him
Praise the Lord, for our God abides in our praise
Praise the Lord, for the chains that seem to bind you
Serve only to remind you, that they drop powerless behind you
When you praise Him
When you praise Him
When you praise Him
When you praise
When you praise, you praise the Lord
Praise the Lord

 

In Christ alone will I glory
Though I could pride myself in battles won
For I’ve been blessed beyond measure
And by His strength alone I overcome
Oh, I could stop and count successes
Like diamonds in my hand
But those trophies could not equal
To the grace by which I stand

In Christ alone I place my trust
And find my glory in the power of the cross
In every victory let it be said of me
My source of strength, my source of hope
Is Christ alone

In Christ alone will I glory
For only by His grace Am I redeemed
Only His tender mercy
Could reach beyond my weakness to my need
Now I seek no greater honor
Than just to know Him more
And to count my gains but losses
To the glory of my lord

In Christ alone I place my trust
And find my glory in the power of the cross
In every victory let it be said of me
My source of strength, my source of hope
Is Christ alone I place my trust
And find my glory in the power of the cross
In every victory let it be said of me
My source of strength, my source of hope
Is Christ alone

My source of strength, my source of hope
Is Christ alone

 

Quotiness…. March 24, 2015

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“Life does not have a remote control; you need to get up and change it yourself.”

“Focus on making yourself better, not on thinking that you are better.”

“If you want to fly you must leave the ground, if you want to move forward you must let go of the past.”

“Stop waiting for Friday, for summer, for someone to fall in love with you, for life. Happiness is achieved when you stop waiting for it and make the most of the moment you are in now.”

“Too many people undervalue what they are and overvalue what they are not.”

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”

C.S. Lewis

Yesterday is ashes; tomorrow is wood. Only today does the fire burn brightly.

 

“Save My Life” – Sidewalk Prophets March 24, 2015

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“Save My Life”

We’ve met half a dozen times
I know your name I know you don’t know mine
But I won’t hold that against you

You come here every Friday night
I take your order and try to be polite
And hide what I’ve been going through

If you looked me right in the eye
Would see the pain deep inside
Would you take the time to

[Chorus:]
Tell me what I need to hear
Tell me that I’m not forgotten
Show me there’s a God
Who can be more than all I’ve ever wanted
‘Cause right now I need a little hope
I need to know that I’m not alone
Maybe God is calling you tonight
To tell me something
That might save my life

I’m the pastor at your church
For all these years you’ve listened to my words
You think I know all the answers

But I’ve got doubts and questions too
Behind this smile I’m really just like you
Afraid and tired and insecure

If you look me right in the eye
Would you see the real me inside
Would you take the time to

[Chorus]

Save my life

I am just like everyone
Jesus I need You, I need Your Love
To save my life

[Chorus]

 

House GOP budget plan gets it right. March 19, 2015

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Tom Price, the new chairman of the House Budget Committee, has just released the GOP budget blueprint for the years ahead this week. This will have a big impact on how the government spends more than 20 percent of our economy, and where the revenues will come from to fund this behemoth operation.

I got an advance copy of budget Monday night. My sneak preview finds it packs a conservative punch. It is a pro-growth, pro-fiscal discipline game plan that would put the nation on a path to a balanced budget and stay true to the Republican principles that won them majorities in the House and Senate in the first place.

Mr. Price tells me: “My budget stays faithful to the budget caps. We repeal ObamaCare. We eliminate hundreds of programs. We make room for tax reform. And we block grant many of the welfare programs back to the states.” The goal here, the Georgia Republican says, “is faster economic growth and more spending discipline. That is what our party should stand for.”

Mr. Price has it right. One of the greatest long-term threats to our nation’s security is our out-of-control economy — our massive $4 trillion budget and the $18 trillion national debt that keeps growing by nearly $1 trillion a year.

It’s pretty much the antithesis of the Obama budget that was released last month. President Obama wants to grow the government by $500 billion through 2017 and raise tax rates across the board on workers, investors and employers to pay for it. Mr. Price doesn’t run from that fight. He ‎tells the White House, in effect: Bring it on. Just three months ago voters went to the polls and flat out rejected the Obama-Pelosi-Reid vision of income redistribution and government expansionism in Washington.

But the highest hurdle Mr. Price must clear may not be the liberal Democrats – but the spenders in his own party. Appropriators want to eliminate the 2011 Budget and Control Act spending caps and sequester cuts. These caps have been an effective electric fence around the Obama spending ambitions of late. Thanks to the caps, spending is lower today than it was in 2011. This is the first time that has happened since the 1950s.

Holding the sequester is essential to keeping the budget under control. Before the sequester, federal expenditures from 2007-11 exploded by $874 billion, a one-third blowout rise in spending. But with the sequester in place, federal outlays have fallen by $168 billion – a 16 percent decline relative to inflation.

To some Republicans that’s too much of a good thing. They want to return to the days of that old hit song, “Let’s Twist again, like we did last summer.” But in their case it’s a new version, “Come on let’s spend again, like we did last summer…”

Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, wrote last week in the Wall Street Journal that “the country cannot meet its national security responsibility within the caps on defense spending imposed by the 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA) and sequestration.”

What he didn’t say was that during the six full remaining years subject to the BCA caps (2016-2021), baseline defense spending is permitted to rise every year, and by $68 billion over the period – a 13-percent increase.

Only inside Washington is that considered a cut.

Can it really be true that a more than half-trillion-dollar annual Pentagon budget – at least twice what any other nation spends – is not enough to keep us safe? Why not start by cutting the $7 billion of green energy programs in the DOD budget?

Mr. Obama desperately wants to repeal the spending caps and sequester as well. He calls it a “mindless” budget reduction tool because it cuts spending across the board. But this is only because the White House and Congress won’t cut spending in any other responsible way.

Here’s the worst-of-all-worlds option that Mr. Price hopes to avoid. ‎President Obama has offered Republicans as much as $70 billion more in defense spending in exchange for as much as $70 billion more for liberals to pass out on domestic programs. That’s the typical Washington insider’s deal: All the lobbyists go away happy – and taxpayers get shafted.

Mr. Price has it right. One of the greatest long-term threats to our nation’s security is our out-of-control economy — our massive $4 trillion budget and the $18 trillion national debt that keeps growing by nearly $1 trillion a year. As Ronald Reagan taught us all so well: When you’re weak at home, you’re weak abroad.”

“Every percentage point of added GDP growth reduces the budget deficit by $3 trillion over the next decade,” Mr. Price says.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who supports more money for the Pentagon, says this budget is “a defining moment for our party.” But if fiscal restraint, balanced budgets, growth and tax cuts don’t define the GOP, what does?

Stephen Moore is a Fox News contributor

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