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Faith moments during Kavanaugh hearing

September 28, 2018 --

By Jim Miller,

It is always interesting to see how God and spirituality find themselves into the language of important historic moments. It must be said that invoking God, faith or prayer does not equate to someone’s innocence or righteousness, but interesting nonetheless.  After watching three hours of the hearing I saw only two moments that stood out.

The first was Brett Kavanaugh’s opening statement where he shared about his family personal moments,

“I intend no ill will to Dr. Ford and her family. The other night, Ashley and my daughter, Liza, said their prayers. And little Liza — all of 10 years old — said to Ashley, “We should pray for the woman.” It’s a lot of wisdom from a 10-year old. We mean — we mean no ill will.”

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26,000 Oregonians turnout for Rev. Graham

September 26, 2018 --

By Christian News NW,

Three of Graham seven evening events in the Decision America Pacific Northwest tour took place in Oregon, and the remainder in Washington. The first Oregon gathering was Wednesday, Aug. 1, at the Jackson County Fairgrounds and Exposition Park in Medford, with an estimated 8,700 attending despite a thick haze in the air due to wildfires in both Oregon and northern California.

According to the Medford Mail Tribune newspaper, Graham described himself as “not a politician,” and said he is not involved with either major political party. He said Republicans and Democrats are both incapable of solving the nation’s current divide. and that only God can heal the rift, but that His people must pray.

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Youth pastor arrested over minor he met at church, online corruption

September 25, 2018 --

By Faith News Note,

Beaverton police arrested 30-year-old Lake Oswego Youth Pastor Ryan Mutchler this week. The suspect drew suspicion from parents fo a minor who were alarmed over texts to their daughter. The police set a sting operation over the phone and then apprehended Ryan Mutchler.  Ryan Mutchler was a youth pastor at Mountain Park Church in Lake Oswego, Oregon, and he also volunteered with the marching band at Aloha High School.

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‘Aid, Advise, Encourage’ suicide bill passes

September 24, 2018 --

Life Legal Defense Foundation,

California governor Jerry Brown signed into law  a bill (SB 282) that allows any person to “aid, advise, and encourage” suicide under the state’s assisted suicide law. Until now, these actions were felonies, as the state had a longstanding policy to protect people from self-harm.

The bill was introduced in the wake of Life Legal’s challenge to California’s End of Life Option Act. We have said from the outset that physician-assisted suicide is only the beginning. California is following other forced death jurisdictions like Canada, Belgium, and the Netherlands, which garnered support for assisted suicide before legalizing voluntary and involuntary euthanasia.

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Innocent man freed after 27 years, praises God

September 22, 2018 --

Faith News Note,

Valentino Dixon just spent 27 years behind bars and is now free thanks to a man who confessed. His artwork and a Gold magazine helped play a key role in his unlikely release. Watch the interview on Today show and be encouraged by his praise and thanks to God for helping him.

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China closes church for refusing surveillance demands

September 21, 2018 --

China Aid,

Photo: People gather outside Zion Church on Sept. 9 after it was banned by authorities. Photo courtesy of Zion Church

When one of Beijing’s largest underground churches first refused to install surveillance cameras that would allow authorities to spy on their activities, they didn’t know it would end with officials storming into their church building and legally shutting it down.

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Poll: How Americans view organized religion

September 19, 2018 --

Pew Research,

The highly religious typology groups – Sunday Stalwarts, God-and-Country Believers and the Diversely Devout – tend to have positive views of churches and other religious institutions. Majorities in each of these groups say that religious organizations strengthen morality, bring people together and do more good than harm.

By contrast, the nonreligious groups – the Solidly Secular and especially the Religion Resisters – are far less positive about the role organized religion plays in society. A majority in each group says that churches have too much influence in politics, and substantial shares say religion pushes people apart and does more harm than good.

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Oregon Ad Battle: Atheist vs. Hobby Lobby

September 16, 2018 --

By M. Martin, Oregon writer,

The nature and narrative of America’s religious history is being battled out with full page ads in the state’s largest newspaper.  First it was Hobby Lobby placing a full page in The Oregonian on Independence Day (Independence Day ad here). Now this weekend, the Freedom from Religion Foundation, used the upcoming Constitution Day, September 18th, as perfect timing to place a full page ad in the Sunday Oregonian and Monday’s Oregonian entitled “Celebrate our Godless Constitution”. The ad also highlights the phrase “In Reason We Trust” and features six American Founding Father quotes that speak about their secular observations or their criticism of modern religion.

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Christian ad barred from Football field

September 14, 2018 --

Press Release by 4 Winds USA,

Before a Louisiana high school football game, two Benton High School students were told they had to remove Christian logos from the end zones. The two students left the field and did not help those who removed the logos.

The “Christ Fit Gym” logos included a cross and Bible verse. A business, Christ Fit Gym, paid the football booster club $3,500 for the 2018-19 season to display the logos.

In February, Americans United for Separation of Church and State filed a federal lawsuit against the school district. They complained the district promoted Christianity and was trying to convert students.

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Child pornographers holding each other hostage

September 12, 2018 --

Oregon US Attorney General,
Press Release,

Andre Eugene Shaw, 34, of Portland, was sentenced to 63 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for extorting child pornographers for money and services.

Shaw previously pleaded guilty to extortion, transmitting extortionate communications in interstate commerce, money laundering and possessing an unregistered short-barreled assault rifle in May 2018. The victims of the extortionate acts and communications were people who produced, traded in or collected child pornography.

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