Thursday, May 26, 2016

Has the Pope Abandoned Europe to Islam?

Has the Pope Abandoned Europe to Islam?

  • In 2006, Pope Benedict XVI said what no Pope had ever dared to say -- that there is a link between violence and Islam. Ten years later, Pope Francis never calls those responsible for anti-Christian violence by name and never mentions the word "Islam."
  • Pope Francis does not even try to re-evangelize or reconquer Europe. He seems deeply to believe that the future of Christianity is in the Philippines, in Brazil and in Africa. Probably for the same reason, the Pope is spending less time and effort in denouncing the terrible fate of Christians in the Middle East.
  • "Multiculturalism" in Europe is the mosque standing on the ruins of the church. It is not the synthesis requested by Pope Francis. It is the road to becoming extinct.
  • Asking Europe to be "multicultural" while it experiences a dramatic de-Christianization is extremely risky. In Germany, a new report found that "Germany has become demographically a multi-religious country." In the UK, a major inquiry recently declared that "Britain is no longer a Christian country." In France, Islam is also overtaking Christianity as the dominant religion.
To scroll the list of Pope Francis's apostolic trips -- Brazil, South Korea, Albania, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Ecuador, Cuba, United States, Mexico, Kenya, Uganda, Philippines -- one could say that Europe is not exactly at the top of his agenda.

The two previous pontiffs both fought for the cradle of Christendom. Pope John Paul II took on Communism by toppling the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain. Benedict XVI took on "the dictatorship of relativism" (the belief that truth is in the eye of the beholder) and bet everything on re-evangelizing the continent by traveling through it (he visited Spain three times) and in speeches such as the magnificent ones at Regensburg, where he spoke bluntly about the threat of Islam, and the German Bundestag, where he warned the gathered politicians against declining religiosity and "sacrificing their own ideals for the sake of power."

Pope Francis, on the contrary, simply ignores Europe, as if he already considers it lost. This former Argentinian Cardinal, a representative of the "global South" Christianity, made spectacular trips to the migrants' islands of Lampedusa (Italy) and Lesbos (Greece), but never to the heart of the old continent. Pope Francis has also made it difficult for Anglicans to enter into the Catholic Church, by downplaying the dialogue with them.

Most importantly, however, in his important May 6 speech for the Charlemagne Prize, the Pope, in front of European leaders, castigated Europe on migrants and asked its leaders to be more generous with them. He next introduced something revolutionary into the debate: "The identity of Europe is, and always has been, a multicultural identity," he said. This idea is questionable.

Multiculturalism is a specific policy formulated in the 1970s. and it was absent from the political vocabulary of Schuman and Adenauer, two of Europe's founding fathers. Now it has been invoked by the Pope, who spoke of the need for a new synthesis. What is this all about?

Today, Christianity appears marginal and irrelevant in Europe. The religion faces an Islamic demographic and ideological challenge, while the post-Auschwitz remnants of Jewish communities are fleeing from the new anti-Semitism. Under these conditions, a synthesis between the old continent and Islam would be a surrender of Europe's claim to the future.

"Multiculturalism" is the mosque standing on the ruins of the church. It is not the synthesis requested by the Pope. It is the road to becoming extinct.

Asking Europe to be "multicultural" while it is experiencing a dramatic de-Christianization is also extremely risky. In Germany, a new report just found that "Germany has become demographically a multi-religious country." In the UK, a major inquiry recently declared that "Britain is no longer a Christian country." In France, Islam is also overtaking Christianity as the dominant religion. You find the same trend everywhere, from Protestant Scandinavia to Catholic Belgium. That is why Pope Benedict was convinced that Europe needed to "re-evangelized." Pope Francis does not even try to re-evangelize or reconquer Europe. Instead, he seems deeply to believe that the future of Christianity is in the Philippines, Brazil and Africa.

Probably for the same reason, the Pope is spending less time denouncing the terrible fate of Christians in the Middle East. Sandro Magister, Italy's most important Vatican observer, sheds light on the Pope's silences:

"He remained silent on the hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram. He remained silent on the young Sudanese mother Meriam, sentenced to death solely for being Christian and finally liberated by the intervention of others. He remains silent on the Pakistani mother Asia Bibi, who has been on death row for five years, because she too is an 'infidel', and [He] does not even reply to the two heartrending letters she has written to him this year, before and after the reconfirmation of the sentence."
In 2006, Pope Benedict XVI, in his Regensburg lecture, said what no Pope had ever dared to say -- that there is a link between violence and Islam. Ten years later, Pope Francis never calls those responsible for anti-Christian violence by name, and never mentions the word "Islam." Pope Francis also recently recognized the "State of Palestine," before it even exists -- a symbolic and unprecedented first. The Pope also might abandon the Church's long tradition of a "just war," one regarded as morally or theologically justifiable. Pope Francis always speaks of the "Europe of peoples," but never of the "Europe of Nations." He advocates welcoming migrants and washes their feet, while he ignores that these uncontrolled demographic waves are transforming Europe, bit by bit, into an Islamic state.



In 2006, Pope Benedict XVI (left) said what no Pope had ever dared to say -- that there is a link between violence and Islam. Ten years later, Pope Francis (right) never calls those responsible for anti-Christian violence by name and never mentions the word "Islam." (Image source: Benedict: Flickr/Catholic Church of England | Francis: Wikimedia Commons/korea.net)


That is the meaning of Pope Francis' trips to the islands of Lampedusa, Italy, and Lesbos, Greece -- both symbols of a dramatic geographical and civilizational boundary. That is also the meaning of the Pope's speech for the Charlemagne Prize.

Has the head of Christianity given up on Europe as a Christian place?

Giulio Meotti, Cultural Editor for Il Foglio, is an Italian journalist and author.


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Every Person in Ukraine to be Reached With the Gospel in Five Years

Every Person in Ukraine to be Reached With the Gospel in Five Years

EVERY PERSON IN UKRAINE TO BE REACHED WITH THE GOSPEL IN FIVE YEARS

Peter Mehl : May 25, 2016 : Russian Harvest Ministries

"What we see taking place in Ukraine is historic. It is like the early 1990s when the country first opened to the Gospel. The war in the East and the economic crisis have caused people to once again recognize their need of a Savior." -Peter Mehl
(Chernigov, Ukraine)—Russian Harvest Ministries has launched Ukraine-Vision 2020 a five year plan to reach all 42 million people in the nation of Ukraine with the Gospel. Seventy evangelism teams are already reaching over 300,000 people every month with more teams added monthly. Vision 2020 includes raising up evangelism training centers in all 25 states in Ukraine plus: (Photo: Russian Harvest Ministries)
•   Train a minimum 500 partnering churches in evangelism.
 
•   Train and release 1,000 evangelists into ministry.
 
•   Conduct 5,000 outreaches. 
Currently ministry teams reach 300,000 people every month through one-on-one personal witnessing and are given a Gospel Newspaper. This number is increasing each month with a goal to share Jesus with one million people per month by July 2017 then continue until the end of 2020. 
On January 1, 2016 Peter Mehl, president of Russian Harvest Ministries launched this five year evangelism initiative. Testimonies of salvations come in daily and often hourly throughout the day. Churches are being trained in one-on-one personal evangelism every month and released into the vision to reach Ukraine for Jesus Christ. 
In the words of Missionary Evangelist Peter Mehl and president of the ministry "What we see taking place in Ukraine is historic. It is like the early 1990s when the country first opened to the Gospel. The war in the East and the economic crisis have caused people to once again recognize their need of a Savior. We are working around the clock in order to take full advantage of this historic opportunity." (Photo: Russian Harvest Ministries)
Each month the ministry office in Chernigov, Ukraine creates a four-page color Gospel Newspaper. Each issue is full of testimonies of salvations, healing and deliverance with a call to salvation on the last page. This Gospel witness is provided in both Russian and Ukrainian languages.
The ministry also has teams in the war zone of Ukraine reaching soldiers for Christ. To date 20,000 soldiers have been presented the Gospel with over 3,000 making decisions for Jesus.

Atheists Now Outnumber Christians in England and Wales as Sharp Religious Decline Continues

Atheists Now Outnumber Christians in England and Wales as Sharp Religious Decline Continues

Atheists Now Outnumber Christians in England and Wales as Sharp Religious Decline Continues

BY STOYAN ZAIMOV , CHRISTIAN POST REPORTER
May 25, 2016|11:04 am
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Members of the clergy enter York Minster before a service to consecrate Reverend Libby Lane as the first female bishop in the Church of England, in York, northern England, January 26, 2015.
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New research into the religious beliefs of people in the U.K. has found that for the first time ever, those without a religion outnumber Christians, at least when it comes to the countries of England and Wales.
"The striking thing is the clear sense of the growth of 'no religion' as a proportion of the population," said Stephen Bullivant, senior lecturer in theology and ethics at St Mary's Catholic University in Twickenham.
"The main driver is people who were brought up with some religion now saying they have no religion. What we're seeing is an acceleration in the numbers of people not only not practising their faith on a regular basis, but not even ticking the box. The reason for that is the big question in the sociology of religion," added Bullivant, who analyzed data collected through British Social Attitudes surveys over three decades.
The Guardian pointed out that while the statement does not hold true for the entirety of the U.K. when Scotland and Northern Ireland are added in, when looking at England and Wales specifically, as many as 48.5 percent of the population stated they have no religion back in 2014. Those who belonged to Christian denominations, on the other hand, made up only 43.8 percent of the share.
Bullivant's report stated that Anglicans and Catholics who have been brought up in their respective religions are most likely to leave the church, with four out of 10 adults raised as Anglicans deciding to abandon their faith.
"Churches need to take this kind of data very seriously," Bullivant said. "When analysing data you see patterns that you might not necessarily notice otherwise. This can flag up areas for further research or groups that need particular pastoral attention."
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Prince George turns to look at the crowds as Princess Charlotte, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge are greeted by Reverend Canon Jonathan Riviere and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, at St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham Estate for the christening of the princess on July 5th 2015.
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A spokesperson for the Church of England who responded to the report said that many of those who identify with having no faith are being drawn to secularism and or humanism.
"In a global context, adherence to religion is growing rather than decreasing. Christianity remains the world's largest religion with over 2 billion adherents. In the U.K. the latest census found the overwhelming majority of people to have a faith," the spokesman added.
Rising trends of secularism have been reported across Europe in the past decade, with a study in March finding that the majority of Norwegians also no longer believe in God.
The Norwegian Monitor/Ipsos Norway found that 39 percent of respondents do not believe in God, and only 37 percent do, with another 23 percent undecided on the question.
"It could be the Christian God, an independent god or one from other faiths. But since we started asking the question 30 years ago, the percentage of those who said they aren't sure has been about the same," said Jan-Paul Brekke, who oversaw the study.

Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/atheists-outnumber-christians-england-wales-sharp-religious-decline-continues-164497/#4SECkzMup48ZmU2Q.99

Christian School a Target of Liberal Efforts for LGBT Laws | CBN.com (beta)

Christian School a Target of Liberal Efforts for LGBT Laws | CBN.com (beta)

Christian School a Target of Liberal Efforts for LGBT Laws

05-25-2016
Due to federal policy changes, private Christian schools may soon have serious decisions to make.
One example is the Pre-K through 8th grade church-affiliated St. John's Lutheran School in Baraboo, Wisconsin. It has 147 students and 10 teachers. It accepts federal money to provide subsidized school lunches, bus services, and other programs for its students.
Since President Barack Obama's recent policy changes concerning Title IX on restrooms, St. John's is now faced with the choice to reject federal money or change its policies. 
In an attempt to find middle ground, St. John's resolved to allow homosexual or transgender students to attend while maintaining the right to discipline the students sinful behavior as defined in the Bible as it does the entire student body population.
In February, the school instituted paperwork discussing new policies for the upcoming year.
St. John's parent handbook encourages parents to attend church and to reflect biblical morality as standards for their children.
"No matter where we are, our students will want to reflect Christian conduct," it says.
Within the parent handbook, administrators express standards of immoral behavior, including "scandalous conduct on or off campus which is a serious violation of Christian behavior (including premarital sex, homosexuality, use of illegal substances)."
In a letter sent to parents principal Craig Breitkreutz wrote, "St. John's Lutheran School is considered a Title IX school in that we receive public funding through the lunch program, busing, and through NCLB (No Child Left Behind)... The Office of Civil Rights now also protects from discrimination against sexual preference and gender identification."
"If we cannot legally refuse students who are struggling with homosexuality or gender identification, we must maintain our right to hold to the truths of God's Word," he said.
The school requests a copy of each child's birth certificate in the new school policy to identify the child's gender. 
Describing the school's policy Breitkreutz describes two ways they want to promote biblical standards.
"First, we have revamped our admissions policy to include the handbook agreement as well as religious orientation for all new students," he explained. "Second, we have revised our discipline policy to more specifically state which behaviors are not acceptable and can lead to dismissal."
"In other words, although we do not have the right to refuse admittance to people choosing an outwardly sinful lifestyle, we do maintain the right to discipline and dismiss students for these choices," he said.
The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation filed adiscrimination complaint in response. 
"The letter informed parents about issues related to gender identity and sexual orientation and said that the school was requesting birth certificates for students to enroll. It makes clear that the school does not intend to allow [homosexual] students to attend," they said.
Opponents of the school's right to create policies in line with church's doctrine argue the schools cannot discriminate against students because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
"It is problematic for a school that receives federal funds to discriminate against students because of their sexual orientation or gender identity," said Patrick Elliott, the attorney and writer of FFRF's complaint in an interview with Baraboo News Republic. 
"Schools that are supported with taxpayer money must comply with minimum civil rights standards. St. John's Lutheran School has indicated that it will dismiss students on an illegal basis under federal law," Elliott went on to say.
On St. John's website, under Philosophy of Education, it states the schools mission:
"Christian education exists so that we can teach our children about God and how to lead God-pleasing lives. We can only find instructions on how to do this in the Bible," it reads.
"At St. John's, we believe that the whole educational experience must be taught in light of God's Word. The Bible must be our main authority. Therefore all subjects are taught from a Christian viewpoint. We follow the command of Jesus to teach the truths of the Bible to all people, so our students are also taught how to share this precious message," the mission statement also said.
When the issue of Title IX and federal funding comes into play, Christian administrators of private Christian schools across the country receiving federal aid will begin to make decisions. Will they continue accepting the federal funding for lunches, or will they reject it?
Children and parents have various education opportunities within their home states. At the same time, private christian schools, whether or not they receive federal funding, still maintain the right to religious freedom and the ability practice it.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

What This Security System Allows Cops to Do Has Some Worried | CBN.com

What This Security System Allows Cops to Do Has Some Worried | CBN.com

Lawmakers Seek to Strip Religious Freedom Act of Its Protections

05-24-2016
Lawmakers in Congress are seeking to gut the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a move that's causing concern over the future of American religious liberties.
Rep. Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass., and Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., have introduced the Do No Harm Act which would strip RFRA of its given religious freedom protections. Presdent Bill Clinton signed the bill into law in 1993.
The bill reads that its goal is "to amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 to protect civil rights and otherwise prevent meaningful harm to third parties, and for other purposes."
"The right of Americans to freely and fully express our faith is sacred in this country," Kennedy said in a statement. "But in order to guarantee that liberty for every citizen, our system must ensure that my religious freedom does not infringe on yours or do you harm."
"While not its original intent, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act has become a vehicle for those seeking to impose their beliefs on others or claim that the tenants of their faith justify discrimination," he continued.
However, in a blog for National Review, Wesley J. Smith says not so fast. He calls the Do No Harm Act a bill "to gut" RFRA and a measure that would do irreparable harm to religious freedom.
"If this bill passes, one of the last vestiges of (religious) liberty in this country will be obliterated in the name of furthering a particular social agenda favored by the left," Smith writes.
He says even though Democrats played a key role in passing RFRA in the early 1990s, many oppose it now because they believe it's a road block to gay rights.
When Clinton signed RFRA into law, he said, "The free exercise of religion has been called the first freedom, that which originally sparked the development of the full range of the Bill of Rights."
"What this law basically says is that the government should be held to a very high level of proof before it interferes with someone's free exercise of religion," he continued. "This judgment is shared by the people of the United States as well as by the Congress. We believe strongly that we can never, we can never be too vigilant in this work."
Now, Kennedy and Scott are working to change RFRA, and they have the support of organizations including: 
- the American Civil Liberties Union,
- Center for Reproductive Rights,
- House of Representatives LGBT Equality Caucus,
- Human Rights Campaign,
- NAACP,
- NARAL Pro-Choice America,
- National Abortion Federation,
- National Center for Lesbian Rights,
- National Center for Transgender Equality, and
- Planned Parenthood.
Does the Do No Harm Act have a chance of passing? Kimberly Atkins, the chief Washington reporter and columnist at the Boston Herald, says not right now.
"In a presidential year, with Congress locked in a partisan stalemate and even the U.S. Supreme Court hopelessly deadlocked, this measure doesn't have a prayer," she wrote. 

The IRS chief who ‘absolutely lied’ to Congress didn’t show up for hearings, one lawmaker knows why | BizPac Review

The IRS chief who ‘absolutely lied’ to Congress didn’t show up for hearings, one lawmaker knows why | BizPac Review

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A GOP congressman had no reservations about the dishonesty of the Internal Revenue Chief John Koskinen.
Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis said Koskinen “absolutely” lied amid allegations that he misled Congress about the political targeting of Tea Party groups by the agency, Fox News reported.
The effort to impeach the Cabinet member is historic as it has not happened in Washington in over 140 years, according to Fox.
DeSantis blasted Koskinen’s conduct, saying if past Cabinet level officers “were to commit the kind of misconduct that Koskinen committed, they probably just would have resigned.”
“If the IRS audited a taxpayer and the taxpayer responded to that audit by destroying documents that had been summoned by the IRS,” DeSantis said, “There’s not a taxpayer in this country that would be able to get away with that.”
Koskinen will not be attending the impeachment hearings and DeSantis said he is not at all surprised.
“I think it would be very difficult for him to explain his conduct,” he said,  “and so I am not surprised at all that he is not availing himself to testify today.”

Congress Armed Services Cmte. Slams Obama’s Flip-Flopping On Military Readiness | American Military News

Congress Armed Services Cmte. Slams Obama’s Flip-Flopping On Military Readiness | American Military News

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CONGRESS ARMED SERVICES CMTE. SLAMS OBAMA’S FLIP-FLOPPING ON MILITARY READINESS

 

The Congressional House Armed Services Committee slammed the White House and Obama earlier this month for saying completely opposite different things on military readiness showing that the White House either doesn’t know how to properly address and lead on the issue or that they purposefully don’t want to.
The Committee send out an email on May 9th, with the following which exposes a dramatically hypocritical position:

On Friday, the White House Press Secretary described House efforts to restore military readiness as “grossly irresponsible.” House efforts to invest in readiness in the near term, while providing the next administration the flexibility to determine their own strategy and funding for ongoing operations are very similar to the approach a Democrat-led Congress took in 2008. President Obama, Vice President Biden, Secretaries Clinton and Kerry, and Senator Sanders all voted for this approach. (Senate Roll Call Numbers 161, 162; H.R. 2642; June 26, 2008)
  • While the White House spins from the podium, here is a snapshot of our Military’s readiness crisis:
    • Of the 271 strike aircraft across the Marine Corps, 87 are available for flight operations.
    • Last year, the Navy had a significant carrier gap in the Persian Gulf.
    • Army units are not achieving equipment maintenance standards due to OPTEMPO constraints.
    • The Air Force is short 4,000 maintainers and more than 700 fighter pilots this year.
What brought this about?
The White House Press Secretary has described a readiness solution that Obama actually voted for in the past as “grossly irresponsible.” The attack on Obama came after he approved an insufficient readiness plan for the second time during his presidency.
The solution recently approved by the Obama administration is strikingly similar to the solution passed in 2008 that led to the current readiness crisis. The House Press Secretary believes it will continue to negatively affect our military and blames Obama for passing a blatantly ineffective solution. A lack of funding, resources and personnel are leading the military’s “readiness” down a steady path of decline.
Years of budget cuts and troop cuts are starting to have a visible effect on our military. Cannibalizing, or tearing apart similar aircraft to salvage the parts, has become a common practice. Air planes that are supposed to fly for 6,000 hours are having their lifespans extended to 8,000 hours to accommodate the lack of new aircraft and aircraft parts being supplied to our soldiers. One service member provided this analogy to Fox News to describe the predicament:
“IMAGINE TAKING A 1995 CADILLAC AND TRYING TO MAKE IT A FERRARI.”
Experts blame the lack of readiness on wars that lasted longer than originally planned, an ever-aging air fleet and massive budget cuts. The Marine Corps air fleet has been severely effected. Only 30% of their F/A-18 Hornet strike fighters and 42 of 147 heavy-lift CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters are air-ready. This is in part due to the U.S. Military budget dropping from $691 billion in 2010 to $560 billion in 2015.
Marines have been so desperate for parts that they have scavenged parts from aircraft on display in museums rather than wait the standard 18 months it takes to receive specific parts. They have recently gone as far as taking a door from a display aircraft located on the flight deck of the World War II-era USS Yorktown.
The constant repairs have forced operational units to take on some of the responsibilities of maintaining the aircraft. This has caused pilots, who should be using the time to practice flying the aircraft, to spend their time performing standard maintenance procedures on the planes. Several service members claim that this gives an edge to Chinese and Russian pilots who are now flying more hours than their U.S. counterparts.
In 2014 Fox News traveled to several Marine Aviation Squadrons to interview service members on the issue. The video can be seen below.  
How can we end continued budget cuts to our military forces? Share your ideas in the comment sect