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Posted 4/17/14 at 11:32 AM | Alliance Defending Freedom

Biased: A Tale of Two Schools

AUTHOR: Alliance Defending Freedom President, CEO, and General Counsesl Alan Sears

“Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Nathaniel asked Phillip, when his friend first invited him to meet Jesus (John 1:46). As it turned out, something very good did, as Nathaniel himself would soon affirm – but not until Jesus helped him confront his entrenched bias against something he didn’t really understand.

The same kind of bias currently holds sway in the Nazareth Area School District in Pennsylvania,where officials recently censored a note a first-grader included in Valentines to his classmates, simply because the note mentioned God and quoted John 3:16.

The story followed a fairly familiar line to Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys, who have filed a slew of similar cases in recent years. The first-grader brought his handmade cards to class to hand out to his classmates. His teacher noted the contents and took them to the principal, who ordered a cease and desist, telling the boy’s parents that the biblical references could be “offensive” to somebody. FULL POST

Posted 4/17/14 at 9:44 AM | Michael Youssef

The Best News Ever in a World Filled With Bad News

Photo: Geograph/Kay Kenyon - Creative Commons

Much of the world will be celebrating Easter this week. Unfortunately, in the West, secular humanism has relegated the Christian Easter to mere “Easter bunnies” and “Easter eggs.”

That degeneration can be closely linked to Western society’s replacement of “thinking” with “feeling.” We have replaced the thermostat with the thermometer. We have given up on rigorous intellectual debate of facts and irrefutable truth and replaced it with “that’s fine if that’s how you feel about it.”

Perhaps the trend is no clearer than when the media—and consequently, the man on the street—expresses an opinion on the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

In the past, people either accepted or rejected Christ’s resurrection as a fact of history. But in today’s post-modern culture—where most of the “thinking” takes place between the nose and the chin—people are apt to say, “Jesus rose from the dead? So what?” FULL POST

Posted 4/16/14 at 2:19 PM | Mark Ellis |

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Pres. Obama lauds Pope, affirms faith in Jesus at Easter Prayer Breakfast

(whitehouse.gov)
President Obama in prayer at breakfast

By Mark Ellis

President Barack Obama spoke to faith leaders gathered at the White House April 14th for the annual Easter Prayer Breakfast, affirming his Christian faith and acknowledging his deep admiration for Pope Francis.

He began his remarks decrying the recent violence in Overland Park, Kansas that took the life of three innocents at Jewish facilities. He noted that two of the victims — a grandfather and his teenage grandson — attended the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, which is led by a pastor close to the president, Reverend Adam Hamilton.

“Some of you may know that during my inauguration, Reverend Hamilton delivered the sermon at the prayer service at the National Cathedral,” the president stated. Rev. Hamilton was part of the Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House last year.

“So this Easter Week, of course we recognize that there’s a lot of pain and a lot of sin and a lot of tragedy in this world, but we’re also overwhelmed by the grace of an awesome God. We’re reminded how He loves us, so deeply, that He gave his only begotten Son so that we might live through Him,” Pres. Obama said. FULL POST

Posted 4/15/14 at 1:35 PM | Alliance Defending Freedom |

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Across America, We Are Fighting the Good Fight Against Killjoys

AUTHOR: Alliance Defending Freedom President, CEO, and General Counsel Alan Sears

Even after 20 years of defending religious freedom, we at Alliance Defending Freedom still marvel at the extraordinary lengths people will go to block even the mildest, most innocuous interactions between Christians and public schools. Three recent cases illustrate the kind of opposition you and your family face in trying to live out your faith in even the most simple, straightforward, non-threatening ways.

In Golden Valley, Minnesota, for instance, children from Robbinsdale Area Schools wanted to help volunteers at Calvary Lutheran Church prepare pre-packed meals to send to starving and malnourished children in Haiti. No worship services, no hymn singing, no Bible lessons – just people from the community working together to help other people.

But the American Humanist Association (AHA) heard about it, and decided feeding hungry people isn’t nearly as important as keeping youngsters away from what one of our attorneys calls the apparent “spiritual asbestos” of a church environment. They sent a letter of complaint. We have sent a letter of their own, reminding administrators that the First Amendment bars the kind of religious discrimination AHA is encouraging them to engage in. FULL POST

Posted 4/15/14 at 10:05 AM | John Dillard

Uncle Sam Gives & Takes Away: Personal Income Tax Returns Due TODAY

Uncle Sam Gives & Takes Away: Personal Income Tax Returns Due TODAY

If you have not yet filed your personal income tax return be sure to file and extension form with the IRS using Form 4868 being SURE to pay all taxes owed. Failure to do so will ensure the IRS will add to your tax bill late payment penalties. Failing to file the extension (if you have not yet filed your return) will result in the IRS adding to your tax bill failure to file penalties.

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Posted 4/15/14 at 8:28 AM | Karen Farris

Tax Day: Fiscally Fit or Fat?

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Fellow Americans, we recognize Tax Day April 15th and we appreciate many of the things our taxes purchase.

Yet we know that not all our working dollars are spent wisely. Worse, we're still working for our 2014 tax burden until April 21st. FULL POST

Posted 4/14/14 at 1:42 PM | Michael Bresciani |

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More on the Blood Red Moons – The Tetrads are Not Biblical Signs

It amazes me that every day more hype and excitement is added to the upcoming business of the tetrads. The four blood red moons are an astronomical event that is aligned to Jewish celebrations such as the Feast of Trumpets, Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles.

Pastor John Hagee’s books and messages has everyone buzzing and that is why I addressed this phenomenon in my article “Four Blood Moons – Let’s Stop the Hype”

I have poured over these events much further than I care to and my conclusions are always the same – beware!

I don’t need to add very much to what I have already said in my articles, but three significant points should be emphatically reiterated.

1.) If astronomical signs that can be determined by ordinary science are the fulfillment of the second coming signs of the return of the Lord Jesus Christ, then there is not one stitch of truth to the words of our Lord’s proclamation that no man will know the day or the hour of his return. FULL POST

Posted 4/14/14 at 1:18 PM | Alliance Defending Freedom

Is Money Worth a Fight? Jefferson Thoughts

On April 13, we will celebrate Thomas Jefferson’s 271st birthday, our third president and one of our Founding Fathers.

I often wonder what our founding fathers would think of our culture today. A culture that tells us we must not question or go against our governing authority, even if it means going against our deeply held religious beliefs.

These are men who started a war because they believed in religious freedom and wanted England to stop imposing ridiculous taxes on them. They wanted their money to go to something they believed in and not the power-hungry coercive government that England was becoming.

Thomas Jefferson once said, “To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”

Interesting point, Mr. Jefferson.

Scott Southworth, a second year law student, discovered that he was forced to pay student fees that went to fund student groups that supported ideas he didn’t agree with. We took this eight-year-long case all the way to the Supreme Court, where the ruling seemed to be a loss for Scott, until they read further into it. Scott and his fellow students were required to pay the student fees, BUT the school could no longer refuse to fund groups based on their view point. This meant that Scott’s money would also be going to groups he supported! FULL POST

Posted 4/11/14 at 5:30 PM | Prayer Concerns

Prayer List: Ten People Killed in Accident Involving School Bus

Photo: Patrick Hoesly - Creative Commons

Ten people were killed in a traffic accident in California when a truck struck a school bus carrying high school students.

The Los Angeles Times reporter, "A California Highway Patrol dispatcher told The Times that the 10 victims included five students, three adult chaperones, the driver of the truck, and the driver of the bus."

The Enloe Medical Center announced that two passengers were critically injured.

Prayer List

  1. Pray for the Holy Spirit to comfort the families and friends of the deceased.
  2. Pray for healing for the injured.
  3. Pray for the safety of truck drivers, bus drivers and their passengers.

Posted 4/11/14 at 11:28 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices |

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Bullies And Censorship

The worst thing about cesorship is ...
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By Phillip Jensen

The fear of words is rational because words are powerful. But censorship is generally the response of irrational fear by powerful people.

The powerful person who is fearful is the person most to be feared. Out of fear they attack any perceived threat, as they use their power to protect themselves. They fear others and do not understand how powerful they are, or how other people perceive their power or how they are misusing their power in self-interest. Sadly, even Christians have misused power for self-protection.

Censorship is one of the tools of powerful people or groups. History is replete with tyranny-censoring criticism, for censorship is the tool of fear: fear of ideas; fear of truth; fear of words.

There is some protection that is right and needed. False witness and perjury cannot be tolerated or justice will be undermined. Slander and libel should come at a cost, for they cost the victim. Publishing somebody’s private information is a form of theft. Individuals, businesses, Governments, groups and families need some privacy to speak amongst themselves without fear of their words and ideas being reported to others. It was Hezekiah’s folly to show his wealth to the Babylonians (2 Kings 20:12ff). FULL POST

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