By Oregon Faith News Note:
Nearly 4,000 to 5,000 people packed before the Oregon State Capitol on Tuesday as part of a call to prayer by Rev. Franklin Graham. The Rev. Graham has been touring all 50 state capitols.
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Who could ignore the Christian headlines in 1992 when the European Union (EU) was formally created? The unifying of such nations in Europe was surely the sign of the new One World government they saw forecasted in Revelation and the Beast wearing many crowns. Then in 1999 came the European Union single currency which surely was the beginning signs of the Anti-Christ’s Mark of the Beast 666 by controlling people’s money. Instead of a “New World Order” promised in the 1990’s, we know have as my newspaper declared, “New World Disorder” after the British Brexit vote. Instead of a EU powerhouse, Europe has been a lackluster economic family. Now the whole thing looks like a dud.
A Washington Court Judge (Skagit County Superior Court) has ruled that a local hospital district must provide on-site abortions for women who request them. The ruling made it so hospitals could not opt-out or refer them to Planned Parenthood clinics (which the hospital was doing). The court said the ruling was based on the Reproductive Privacy Act of 1991 which states that “the state shall not deny or interfere with a woman’s fundamental right to choose or refuse to have an abortion.” It added that if a hospital provides maternity care it must also provide abortion care.
A reader recently asked me a thoughtful question about something I posted on Facebook that used the term “racial profiling.” As a police officer, he was wondering what I meant by that, and whether I was referring specifically to profiling by law enforcement.
This is an important question, so I will give it a thorough answer.
I Googled “racial profiling” and this is what came up first: “the use of race or ethnicity as grounds for suspecting someone of having committed an offense.” That’s what I meant. I wasn’t thinking specifically of law enforcement.
The California State Assembly is considering a bill that would gut the religious identity of faith-based colleges and universities in the state.
SB 1146, which has already been passed by the state Senate, is sponsored by Sen. Ricardo Lara, one of seven members of the legislature’s LGBT caucus. It’s ostensible purpose is to protect LGBT students against discrimination. In reality, however, it is a heavy-handed exercise in anti-religious discrimination.
Franklin Graham is traveling to all 50 states in 2016 to hold prayer rallies, to preach the Gospel, and to challenge believers to take a stand and take action. He’ll be urging Christians to vote, to live out their faith in every part of their lives, and to pray for our nation just as Nehemiah cried out to God to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem and restore hope to His people.
Eternal Perspectives Ministries,
Iran has the fastest growing church in the world. However, the moment an Iranian says “yes” to Jesus, persecution begins.
Eternal Perspective Ministries recently had the privilege of a visit from an Iranian pastor, Matthew, and his wife Anahita, representing Elam Ministries. Matthew spent 14 months in prison (45 days in solitary confinement), and Anahita spent 34 days in solitary confinement in a 5 x 9 foot empty cell.
When I asked Matthew about the hardest part of his persecution in prison, he said two things: the isolation from people and concern for the people of his church. “It wasn’t easy,” he said, “but I had a really good time with God.” When they were being interrogated, it would last from morning to night with loud voices and cursing. They were told many lies, including that all their friends had returned to the Muslim faith. The interrogators pressured them to do the same and to give up names of fellow believers. Then there would be days and days of no contact with the outside world. Matthew saw the sky once in 45 days.
Bill Donohue comments on the way terrorists are discussed in public life:
It took three stories in the New York Times on Muslim killer Omar Mateen before he was identified as a Muslim. When Robert Dear killed three persons in a Planned Parenthood clinic last year, the first word in the New York Times headline was “Religion”; the reader quickly learned that Dear was Christian.
Thomas Sowell correctly pointed out that “no sooner had blood been spilled at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado than accusations of ‘Christian terrorism’ began to fly across the Internet,” despite the fact that there was no nexus between his religion and his crimes. Indeed, a CBS/AP story concluded, “Those who knew Dear said he seemed to have few religious or political leanings.”
Following a push from U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., the Department of Education published on its website the names and applications of schools seeking religious exemptions under Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 (Title IX).
In January, the Department of Education agreed to publish the names and applications along with a search tool to allow students and parents to easily find which schools have requested religious exemptions. The announcement followed a letter from Wyden and Murray calling for greater transparency for students and more accountability for schools after a recent rise in the number of colleges and universities seeking religious exemptions from Title IX – the law that protects students from discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation and gender identity.
On May 16, 2016 Oregon Governor Kate Brown received a 6-page letter from Dr. Michelle A. Cretella, President of the American College of Pediatricians (ACP), a national organization of over twenty-thousand physicians and health professionals (www.best4children.org/). The ACP letter was in response to a 15-page Oregon Department of Education document titled ‘Guidance to School Districts: Creating a Safe and Supportive School Environment for Transgender Students’ that was sent to all Oregon Superintendents.
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