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Get your Reformation Day costume ready

October 30, 2017 --

Who Will You Be on Halloween & Reformation Day—A Repentant Monk?

By Paul Louis Metzger


In addition to Halloween, Tuesday, October 31st marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The story goes that the date marks the occasion when the Catholic monk Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses on a church door in Wittenberg, Germany. Although the historicity of the event has been debated, there’s no debate regarding the impact (positive or negative) of Luther’s reforming zeal.

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Administration promises to defend Christians in the Middle East

October 27, 2017 --

Trump Offers New Hope To Middle East Christians

Catholic League

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on President Trump’s decision to begin providing direct assistance to persecuted Christians in the Middle East:

Vice President Pence’s Wednesday night announcement is welcome news indeed. As he pointed out, while “radical Islamic terrorists” continue to wage a campaign of genocide against Christians throughout the Middle East, the UN has been woefully ineffective in providing help to the terrorists’ Christian victims. A number of faith-based groups with proven track records stand ready to help, the Vice President said, but “the United Nations too often denies their funding requests.”

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The dark side of after school clubs

October 25, 2017 --

Is fate of After-School Satan Clubs in region an indicator the concept will flop nationally?

Christian News Northwest

Not surprisingly, the unusual if not shocking concept of an After-School Satan Club for children last year drew much national attention to the Pacific Northwest, but it seems the clubs face an uphill battle nationally, based on a lack of success here.

Last month, regional media reported that after less than a year, the controversial program that operated since last December out of Point Defiance Elementary School in Tacoma is now on hold. The club decided not to renew its application for the new school year this fall.

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Reassignment of responsibility

October 23, 2017 --

Boys will be boys?

Note: The following is an excerpt from Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower (Convergent, 2016). I offer it to lend perspective to the galling revelations about Harvey Weinstein and other sexually predatory men.

“It’s like ordering Seamless. But you’re ordering a person.”
— A user of the hookup app Tinder, comparing it to the meal- delivery service popular in his city.

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Christian persecution on the rise

October 20, 2017 --

Christian Persecution Spikes

Catholic League

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on a new report on Christian persecution:

All across the nation, students are learning about genocide committed in the twentieth century, yet most know next to nothing about genocide taking place right now. That’s partly because the victims are Christians: many academics and journalists have become accustomed to seeing Christians as victimizers, not victims, thus leaving them unmoved when reports surface about genocide against the faithful.

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Multi-faith Portland rally for the persecuted

October 18, 2017 --

By Faith News Note,

On a late September Sunday, Portland’s Pioneer Square filled with demonstrators protesting the brutal treatment in Southeast Asia of the Rohingya, often referred to as the most persecuted people in the world.

Who are the Rohingya? They are the 1.1 million Muslim natives of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, living in the primarily Buddhist nation of 53 million. Myanmar’s military government in 1982 recognized specific races as citizens, but not the Rohingya, who remain oppressed.

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Financial report links Planned Parenthood to lawmakers

October 16, 2017 --

Paybacks to Planned Parenthood massively increased in 2015-17 biennium

Oregon Right to Life

In passing HB 3391 this summer, Oregon’s governor, Kate Brown, and legislative Democrats massively expanded taxpayer-funded abortions. The bill was the self-stated top priority of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon. Suspecting financial motives, one of the pro-life members of the Oregon House made a public information request. The resulting information proves that no other entity stands to benefit financially more because of this new law.

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Sex, lies, and coverups: The true Hollywood story

October 13, 2017 --

Drain Hollywood’s Cesspool

Catholic League

Revelations about Harvey Weinstein’s predatory behavior should inspire others in Hollywood to come forward. We have known for decades that Hollywood is infested with sexually abusing men in senior positions, but there has been a reluctance to come forward. Weinstein has provided an opening that must be seized.

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Salem restaurant serving up more than just a meal

October 11, 2017 --

Innovative Restaurant Model Serves up Affordable Dining Experience for the Needy

The Oregon Optimist

A motivated quintet of local community advocates and business owners plans to offer Willamette Valley residents a new dining experience. The group intends to open a for-profit restaurant, dubbed “Food for Thought Cafe and Infoshop,” in downtown Salem. There, diners will be able to sample locally-sourced, multi-cultural cuisine–but at a fraction of the price other restaurants might charge.
What will guarantee the restaurant’s affordable offerings? A pay-what-you-want business model which allows customers to pay according to their financial means.

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Patron saint of euthanasia waves red flag

October 9, 2017 --

Euthanasia Pioneer Having Second Thought

Oregon Right to Life 

There are red flags. And then there were are really big red flags.

Dr. Boudewijn Chabot is considered the patron saint of euthanasia in the Netherlands, which he still supports. But he’s now sounding the alarm that the killing has gone too far.
This should be a glaring wakeup call for Americans who are complacent about physician-assisted suicide or euthanasia, or actually support it.

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