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Posted 10/1/14 at 12:51 PM | Mark Ellis

ISIS only 6 mi. from Baghdad — may attack anytime, church leader says

Rev. White

By Mark Ellis

The terror army that calls itself Islamic State is within six miles of the capital of Iraq and may attack at any moment, according to the Rev. Canon Andrew White, sometimes called the vicar of Baghdad.

Rev. White is vicar of St George’s Church, Baghdad, the only Anglican church in Iraq, located just outside the Green Zone.

“People are very fearful. The nation looks as if it has collapsed,” White reported on his Facebook page September 30th. He said 1,000 Iraqi troops were killed by ISIS over the weekend.

Baghdad, the bustling city along the Tigris with 7 million people, is unusually quiet, anticipating the worst. “The usual hectic and crazy streets were this morning almost empty,” he observed. Baghdad is the second largest city in the Arab world after Cairo.

White’s friends and contacts surrounding Baghdad are apprehensive, while a veil of confusion seems to hang in the air. “Islamic State. ISIS, or DAASH as they are known locally, are very close to Baghdad. We do not really know what is happening. All we know is that people are very afraid.” FULL POST

Posted 9/30/14 at 3:43 PM | Mark Ellis

L.A. Area: 91 Arrested for Sex Trafficking; 22 Underage Girls Rescued

O.C. Register
D'Alita Miller and daughter Simone were both victims of sex trafficking

By Mark Ellis

A sex-trafficking task force in Long Beach rescued 22 girls aged 12-17 and arrested 91 people on a variety of sex charges after an eight-month investigation, according to a story in the Long Beach Press Telegram.

Most of those arrested were gang members, Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell told a news conference on September 24th. He said the gangs are selling young women and girls because it’s more profitable than the drug trade.

“They can make about ($600,000) to $800,000 a year,” McDonnell noted. While drugs can only be sold once, a girl involved in sex trafficking can be sold multiple times.

The average age a girl gets involved in the sex trade is 13 – through pornography, stripping, or prostitution, authorities note. A large percentage of the girls came out of the foster care system. FULL POST

Posted 9/29/14 at 12:27 PM | Alliance Defending Freedom

4 Stories You Need to Know: UN Activities (Including Emma Watson’s Speech), #SYATP, and More

AUTHOR: Alliance Defending Freedom Social Content Editor Emily Conley

Here are the stories that caught our attention this week that we think you need to know:

Photo: Georges Biard - Creative Commons

1. The United Nations General Assembly

General Debate began Wednesday. Notable speakers will include President Obama, British Prime Minister Cameron, Palestinian President Abbas, Egyptian President el-Sisi, and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Hot topics are likely to include ISIL (also known as ISIS), Ebola, climate change and the Middle East. Stay tuned for updates about the impact on religious freedom around the world.

2. What You Might Have Missed in Emma Watson’s UN Speech

Speaking of the UN – as you’ve probably already seen, actor Emma Watson gave an impassioned speech on gender equality at a UN event. While her speech has been shared and discussed all over online, some quotes are being swept under the rug. Like when she said: “To date, I’ve seen my father’s role being valued less by society despite my needing his presence as a child as much as my mother’s.”

Somehow, that statement has been mostly ignored, maybe because some would like us to believe it’s just not politically correct to say that children need a mother and a father anymore, as this article by The Daily Signal discusses in depth: “What The Media Totally Ignored in Emma Watson’s Gender Equality Speech.” FULL POST

Posted 9/28/14 at 8:25 AM | Karen Farris

Gold Star Mother’s Day: September 28

Being a Gold Star Mom is not something any mother would seek. But in our nation, there are many of them. Gold Star Mothers share a common tragedy. They have each lost a child who was killed while on active duty with the United States Armed Forces. Today, September 28, our nation recognizes our Gold Star Mothers.

I hadn’t known about Gold Star Mothers until I met one. Betsy Reed Shultz lost her son Captain Joseph Schultz on Memorial Day Weekend 2011. Her son was committed to America—protecting her people and freedoms. Like the devastation any mother would feel, Betsy mourned the loss of her only child. In the days ahead of Joseph’s burial in Arlington National Cemetery, Betsy began formulating a plan to help others shattered by the devastating loss that she was now beginning to fully understand. FULL POST

Posted 9/27/14 at 8:23 AM | Wayne Nall Jr

Oklahoma Beheading: Let's Call It What It Is!

 I was at work yesterday waiting on customers in what was an unusually slow day. During one break, I checked my Twitter feed and began to see all these tweets about a woman being beheaded in Oklahoma. Wow! This must be a huge story!

So I pop over to the home page of CNN...Nothing

 Fox...nothing yet.

 ABC, CBS, NBC...Nothing

 Must have just happened...

 We got busy and I checked back a few hours later...

 Well, there it is front page on Fox...fairly detailed article.

 CNN...Crickets (you've got to be kidding me!) FULL POST

Posted 9/26/14 at 3:17 PM | Mark Ellis

Recent Convert to Islam Beheads Woman in Oklahoma

Alton Nolen

By Mark Ellis

The FBI is investigating the beheading of a 54-year-old woman at an Oklahoma food plant yesterday after co-workers said the alleged killer tried to convert them to Islam following his own conversion.

Alton Alexander Nolen, 30, was fired from Vaughan Foods in Moore, Oklahoma, immediately prior to Thursday’s workplace rampage. Nolen walked inside the front office and attacked Colleen Hufford, apparently choosing her at random. He stabbed Hufford repeatedly before beheading her.

He may be the first Islamist sympathizer to copycat the gruesome beheading tactics of ISIS within the United States.

He also stabbed another woman at the plant, 43-year-old Traci Johnson, and may have beheaded her if not for the heroic actions of Mark Vaughan, the chief operating officer of Vaughan Foods, also an Oklahoma County reserve deputy.

Vaughan grabbed his pistol and shot the attacker twice, stopping the horrific incident from any further escalation. FULL POST

Posted 9/24/14 at 3:43 PM | John Dillard

Who Is the Anti-Christ?

Photo: Fibonacci Blue - Creative Commons
Atheists walk in Minneapolis, Minnesota gay pride parade.

I know all of you have heard about the anti-Christ especially spoke of in Daniel 7 as the little horn and the first beast in Revelation 13. Many people think of these as being the only anti-Christ when that is far, far from the truth. Even though as when we study these individuals they appear to be very scary people but most of us do not think of them as present day beings. They or he is someone for some time in the future not yet arrived although we know it is not far off when the final anti-Christ is to come. Now I say final and what do I mean by final? Well here is why.

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Posted 9/24/14 at 11:51 AM | Alliance Defending Freedom

Putting It in Writing

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

It’s not as “glamorous” or exciting as a showdown in the courtroom, but often the most effective thing our Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys do in their ongoing fight to preserve your family’s religious freedom is “simply” write a letter. A letter, of course, backed up by years of frontline experience on the legal battlefield, made possible by your encouragement and support.

As it turns out, not everyone who opposes religious liberty or tries to silence the free expression of faith is a hard-nosed opponent with an unswerving agenda. Many, many people in positions of authority all over our country are genuinely uninformed when it comes to the Constitution and its clear legal protections … making them easy prey for the intimidations of those like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) who like to browbeat them with ominous threats and “separation of church and state” propaganda.

A great many of these people, reminded of what the Constitution’s Bill of Rights actually says, find the courage and confidence to stand up to these intimidations, and allow free discourse to continue. FULL POST

Posted 9/23/14 at 9:40 AM | John Dillard

Join us for Prayer at the Pole

Join us for Prayer at the Pole

This Week is the Global Week for Student Prayer

If you can join us at Hull Middle School in Duluth GA tomorrow at 7 a.m. for Prayer at the Pole as we invite God to lead our lives, our students and our country.

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Posted 9/22/14 at 11:14 AM | Alliance Defending Freedom

4 Stories: No Nike, No Jesus, No Chick-fil-A For You, and More

Photo: Flickr/m01229 - Creative Commons

 AUTHOR: Alliance Defending Freedom Social Content Editor Emily Conley

1. No Nike, No Jesus

Because it’s football season (or as I like to call it, “That Time of Year When All Anyone Talks About in the Break Room Is Fantasy Football,”) it just makes sense to lead with a story about RG3. Yes, he’s injured again. But while most people were focused on his wrapped up ankle during the press conference after the Jacksonville Jaguars’ win, others were more concerned about his shirt.

In fact, between the time RG3 entered the room and when he spoke at the podium, he flipped it wrong-side out so that the message (K[no]w Jesus, K[no]w Peace) couldn’t be read.

The reason? Some at the press conference said he was asked by a uniform inspector to turn it around because it wasn’t Nike, and the NFL rules require him to rep only Nike apparel. Last year, RG3 was fined $10,000 for appearing in a press conference wearing Adidas.

Ok fine. But then, why did fellow player Ryan Kerrigan speak at the podium with his shirt right-side out? FULL POST

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