It’s Not July 4th, It’s Independence Day

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

On July 2, 1776, George Washington sent general orders to his officers explaining the war effort:

“The time is now near at hand which must probably determine, whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their Houses, and Farms, are to be pillaged and destroyed, and they consigned to a State of Wretchedness from which no human efforts will probably deliver them.

The fate of unborn Millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army. Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us no choice but a brave resistance, or the most abject submission; this is all we can expect. We have therefore to resolve to conquer or die. Our own Country’s Honor all call upon us for a vigorous and manly exertion, and if we now shamefully fail, we shall become infamous to the whole world. read more

Separation of Church & State Doesn’t Include Islam

from Creeping Sharia:

Why are ‘Iftar dinners’ being promoted by schools, churches and official government offices?

When powerful people in our communities start promoting one specific religion, giving it special prominence not offered to others, it’s time to wake up and ask questions.

Nowhere is this special treatment more obvious than during the month of Ramadan, the 30 days of fasting and special prayers that ends with the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr. Each night the fast is broken with an Iftar dinner. During Ramadan, we see Iftar dinners being openly promoted and in some cases even co-sponsored by local governments and attended/promoted by politicians.

White House Ramadan dinner

President Trump’s White House even got into the act. Trump hosted an Iftar dinner this week, a truly shocking change of policy over last year when the president decided to break with the tradition started by President Clinton, who hosted the first White House Ramadan meal in 1996 [it was actually Hillary’s idea not Bill’s].

President George W. Bush continued the tradition, as did President Obama, who declared upon being elected that “American is no longer a Christian nation” and was eager to put meat on the bones of that statement by taking advantage of every opportunity to honor Islam.

Ramadan in the schools

New York City public schools have since 2016 remained closed on the Islamic holiday of Eid, even as the school system has eliminated Christian holidays in favor of secular “breaks.” Easter has been replaced by “spring break” and Christmas with “winter break.”

Franklin High School in Seattle rescheduled its prom and senior breakfast to avoid disrupting Ramadan. The school last year also interrupted its late-night graduation ceremony and provided loaves of bread for graduates to break their fast.

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WND Exclusive – THE SUPREME COURT’S INDECISIVE DECISION

Now that all the talking heads and other experts have weighed in on the recent Supreme Court decision – let me add my two cents.

The U.S. supreme Court handed down a rather limp decision this week in the case Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

The justices decided, in a 7-2 decision, that, “a Christian baker didn’t get a fair hearing before a state civil-rights commission and therefore shouldn’t be penalized for turning away a same-sex couple.” So writes the Wall Street Journal. read more

Amazon Makes Accommodations for Muslim Workers

As you read this, just imagine Amazon agreeing to build a permanent Christian chapel or scaled down Synagogue for Jewish employees.

from the Blaze:

Muslim workers at Amazon warehouse complain of ‘unfair’ and ‘dangerous’ workload during Ramadan

Dozens of Muslim workers protested outside of an Amazon warehouse center south of Minneapolis on Monday, voicing their concerns over workplace conditions during Ramadan, Islam’s holy month.

What is going on?

According to WCCO-TV, the workers at the Eagan facility claim their rigorous workload is “unfair” and “dangerous.” That’s because during Ramadan, which ends mid-June, Muslims are required to fast during daylight hours, meaning they are unable to eat or drink. read more

A Different Interpretation of the Easter Story

Emanuel Swedenborg offers us a different interpretation of the Easter story

It is Easter morning – a celebration of rebirth!

The Story of Easter in the Bible:

The Resurrection
After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

Jesus-AscensionThe angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” read more

The Self Imposed Exile of Christianity

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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A few days ago, a friend sent my an article explaining the grim fate of traditional Christianity in Great Britain, as seen through the eyes of “Rev. Peter Sanlon, a young vicar in the Evangelical wing of the Church of England.”

Sanlon argues that, “What British Christians are living with today, American Christians will almost certainly be living with tomorrow,” and adds that being, “Christians in the West today is a lot like passengers on the Titanic – refusing to believe that the ship is sinking.”

But the Christian ship is fast taking on water, as it dilutes its message and core beliefs in an effort to attract, or merely conform to the secular norms of the day. The mantra of, “We must be more inclusive,” are like gaping holes in sides of the Christian Titanic. “The iceberg that has ripped open the Church is composed of not frozen water, but three things. Radical sexual gender ideologies, Islam and governments’ totalitarian instincts.”

He sees the folly in compromise of ones values and core beliefs, while many insist that it will do no harm to give a little. Or even compromise by omission, as in: “… one Church of England bishop told me that he ‘personally believed the Bible’s teaching on sexuality – but I can’t say so in public for fear of upsetting people.’” Yet it is we that believe in those teachings who are mocked like so many Chicken Littles when we posit the “slippery slope” argument. read more

Christian Group Denied Access – School District Covers it Up

from One News Now:

Ky. schools cover-up denying Bible club access exposed

Good News ClubsA Christian legal group issued the Boone County School District (BCSD) an official warning last week that it is discriminating against an evangelical Bible organization by refusing it equal access to school facilities for a K–5 after-school Bible club.

Attorneys with Liberty Counsel sent school officials a demand letter arguing that the district’s facilities use policy is consistent with equal access laws, and therefore cannot be used to keep Child Evangelism Fellowship’s (CEF) after-school Good News Clubs from meeting on the campuses of Stevens Elementary School and Goodridge Elementary School.

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God is No Longer a He

from One News Now:

Episcopal Church votes no masculine pronouns for God

Continuing its freefall to the theological left, the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Washington, D.C., voted last week to pass a resolution that puts an end to the use of masculine pronouns for God as it prepares to update its Book of Common Prayer.

Episcopalian delegates to the Diocese’s 123rd Convention swiftly passed the resolution in the nation’s capital so that “gendered language for God” will no longer be used.

“If revision of the Book of Common Prayer is authorized, to utilize expansive language for God from the rich sources of feminine, masculine and non-binary imagery for God found in Scripture and tradition and, when possible, to avoid the use of gendered pronouns for God,” the diocese’s resolution reads. “Over the centuries, our language and our understanding of God has continued to change and adapt.” read more

Trump’s War on Women Continues

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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The left is once again in melt down mode over Trump’s latest supposed war on something they hold dear. This time it is the President’s wanton disregard for ObamaCare’s mandate requiring free contraception and his “administration’s increasingly bizarre war on abortion.”

The New York Times writes in an article entitled, “Why Judges Matter,” that the Trump administration is attempting to block access to abortions for “undocumented teenagers” and employee access to birth control.

As if right on cue, a leftist hack federal district court judge in Philadelphia, Wendy Beetlestone, stepped in and blocked the administration’s attempt at both saving human life and providing for employer’s religious and moral objection to contraception.

Imagine the lengths the left will go through to get these young illegals to this country safely and insist they stay at any cost, only to authorize and encourage the murder of one after they arrive. This is exactly what they are proposing, by offering free and easy abortions to illegals. read more

The Peaceful Palestinians are at it Again

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Just in case you are still like so many on the left who continue to hold onto the delusion that there can be peace between Israel and the Palestinians, here’s another little wake up call.

A video aired (seen below) recently showing a Palestinian cleric incited an audience to basically make war against the Jews and anyone who speaks of a peace between the Palestinians and Israel.

Muslim cleric, Sheikh Nidhal Siam, is seen up on a stage surrounded by compatriots. Holding a microphone, he begins to chant to the crowd: “Oh Muslim Armies!” The crowd shouts back the same words. “Rise up to support your religion!” Once again, the crowd chants back.

What an odd way to describe one’s religious followers – as “Armies.” read more