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ACLU DEFENDS AMISH COMMUNITY’S RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AGAINST LENAWEE COUNTY’S THREAT TO BULLDOZE HOMES

The home of Joseph and Rosa Graber, clients of the ACLU of Michigan and Wright & Schulte, LLC, in Morenci, Mich.

“The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan (ACLU) and the law firm Wright & Schulte, LLC counter-sued the Lenawee County Health Department for violating the constitutional and civil rights of an Old Order Amish community by threatening to demolish every Amish-owned home in the county, in effect expelling an entire faith community from its borders.”

GUEST: Phil Mayor, Senior Staff Attorney with the ACLU Michigan

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Group wants Detroit police to stop holding graduations in churches

The Freedom from Religion Foundation of Madison, Wisconsin, recently sent [Detroit Police Chief James] Craig a letter complaining that Police Academy graduations are held at Greater Grace Temple on Seven Mile, which it says violates the Constitution.

Despite the group’s objections, [Detroit Police Chief James] Craig said he’ll continue using churches for graduations and other events.

“We stand firm,” the chief said. “As an option, we’ll continue to use houses of worship for our graduations. That doesn’t mean we’re forcing our religious beliefs on anyone. One factor is, these churches donate the space, so there’s no cost to taxpayers.”

Freedom from religion? or just Christianity?

On December 21, 2019 – the same Freedom From Religion Foundation insisting public civic ceremonies held in churches are a violation of church/state separation penned a piece called Away With the Manger – In With the Solstice! in which they write, “For a fact, the Christians stole Christmas. We don’t mind sharing the season with them, but we don’t like their pretense that it is the birthday of Jesus. It is the Birthday of the Unconquered Sun — Dies Natalis Invicti Solis. Christmas is a relic of sun worship. For all of our major festivals, there were corresponding pagan festivals tied to natural events. We’ve been celebrating the Winter Solstice, this natural holiday, long before Christians crashed the party.”

So in other words, the Freedom From Religion Foundation doesn’t want freedom from ALL religions. Clearly they are all in favor of public spaces like civic centers, city halls, police and fire stations, public libraries, et al being decorated with lights and trimmings which they claim are the icons and relics of Sun worship.

Why do the Sun worshipers get a pass from FFRF but the SON worshipers do not? Well, you know the answer.


Where is God When Bad Things Happen:

CT: Died: Lois Evans, Wife of Tony Evans, and Pastors’ Wives Ministry founder

DALLAS, TEXAS – AUGUST 13: Tony Evans and Lois Evans pose for a photo before the premiere of “Overcomer” at AMC North Park 15 on August 13, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images for AFFIRM Films A Sony Company)

DETROIT NEWS: 9-year-old boy among victims killed in Pennsylvania crash


Politics:

Marc Thiessen at the Washington Post: In killing Soleimani, Trump enforces the red line he drew on Iran


Run Sheet for January 2nd


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Dr. Joel Beeke on ‘Blessed New Year’ vs. ‘Happy New Year’

It is a good custom to wish each other a happy new year. Too often, however, what we mean by “Happy New Year” is: I hope…

Posted by Joel Beeke on Tuesday, December 31, 2019

BREAKING: The Pope is human

In viral video, Pope Francis slaps a woman on the hand after he grabbed him and jerked him toward her.

REUTERS: Pope apologizes for ‘bad example’ of slapping arm of pilgrim who tugged him

Richard Bennett: History of the Early Church Invalidates Papal Claim of Apostolic Succession


NPR: Don Larsen, Only Pitcher To Throw Perfect World Series Game, Dies At 90


Meryl Streep insists on a little feminism in the new film version of Little Women

Director Greta Gerwig: “We had a lunch and [Meryl Streep] said, ‘This is what you have to communicate to the audience about the position of women, that they don’t even own their own children. It’s not just that they couldn’t vote, it’s not just that they didn’t have jobs. They didn’t own anything. If you wanted to leave a marriage, you could leave but you would leave with nothing, not even your kids.”

The above exchange between Gerwig and Streep made its way into the movie when Amy says: ” I’m just a woman. And as a woman, there’s no way for me to make my own money. Not enough to earn a living or to support my family, and if I had my own money, which I don’t, that money would belong to my husband the moment we got married. And if we had children, they would be his, not mine. They would be his property, so don’t sit there and tell me that marriage isn’t an economic proposition, because it is. It may not be for you, but it most certainly is for me.

In the near final scene of the movie, when Jo is negotiating with a publisher over who will own the copyright to her book, she says: “I suppose marriage has always been an economic proposition, even in fiction.”

While Louisa May Alcott was most certainly a feminist, the words which Director Greta Gerwig puts into the mouth of Alcott’s protagonist about marriage being merely “an economic proposition” most certainly cannot be found in Alcott’s book.

Below is the ONLY dialogue about marriage in the actual book ‘Little Women.” This exchange takes place between the married and happily domesticated Meg and her wildly independent sister Jo:

As they sat sewing together, Jo discovered how much improved her sister Meg was, how well she could talk, how much she knew about good, womanly impulses, thoughts, and feelings, how happy she was in husband and children, and how much they were all doing for each other. “Marriage is an excellent thing, after all. I wonder if I should blossom out half as well as you have, if I tried it?” said Jo, as she constructed a kite for Demi in the topsy-turvy nursery. “It’s just what you need to bring out the tender womanly half of your nature, Jo. You are like a chestnut burr, prickly outside, but silky-soft within, and a sweet kernal, if one can only get at it. Love will make you show your heart one day, and then the rough burr will fall off.”

From Alcott, Louisa May. Little Women: The Original Classic Novel Featuring Photos from the Film! (p. 415). Harry N. Abrams. Kindle Edition.

Jo’s feminist ideals are fully on display in one of the most oft-cited quotes from the film. “Women, they have minds, and they have souls as well as just hearts, and they’ve got ambition, and they’ve got talent, as well as just beauty. And I’m so sick of people saying that love is just all a woman is fit for. But I’m so lonely,” Jo tells Marmee near the end of the movie, her voice breaking. [Jenni Miller: NBC NEWS]


Louisa May Alcott was a feminist who was attracted to women

WIKIPEDIA: In Little Women, Alcott based her heroine “Jo” on herself. But whereas Jo marries at the end of the story, Alcott remained single throughout her life. She explained her “spinsterhood” in an interview with Louise Chandler Moulton, “I am more than half-persuaded that I am a man’s soul put by some freak of nature into a woman’s body. … because I have fallen in love with so many pretty girls and never once the least bit with any man.” [14] However, Alcott’s romance while in Europe with the young Polish man Ladislas “Laddie” Wisniewski was detailed in her journals but then deleted by Alcott herself before her death.[15][16] Alcott identified Laddie as the model for Laurie in Little Women.[17]

Greta Gerwig casts Jo and Laurie as ‘androgynous’ in new film ‘Little Women’

“There’s all this neat gender stuff about it, like Laurie is a boy with a girl’s name and Jo (Saoirse Ronan) is a girl with a boy’s name. I have them the whole movie swap clothing and they are each other’s androgynous twin,” Gerwig said. “He was always the person to play this part for me because has that — he’s beautiful. He’s handsome, but he’s also beautiful. And Saoirse is beautiful, but she’s also handsome. … To me, he was always the Laurie.”


Princeton’s Robert P. George on the Reasons Why Most Evangelicals support President Trump

Whatever one thinks of Donald Trump (and my own views about the President's delinquencies are well known) surely it's…

Posted by Robert P. George on Friday, December 27, 2019

Judge in UK rules that those who oppose transgenderism are ‘not worthy of respect in a democratic society”

THE GUARDIAN: JK Rowling in row over court ruling on transgender issues

Robert P. George on Transgenderism:

“I have a friend who thinks that my critique of transgenderism misfires because I use the words “man” and “woman” (and “male” and “female”) to refer to biological facts, while believers in transgenderism use those words to refer to something else, namely, “one’s inner sense of gender.” For reasons I and others (e.g. Ryan Anderson, Paul McHugh) have set forth in various writings, I think no coherent account can be given of what the alleged reality (“gender”) is that people are supposed to have some sort of “inner sense” of. So Lincoln’s famous story applies: “If we call a tail a leg, how many legs does a dog have? The answer is four. That’s because a tail is a tail, not a leg, no matter what you call it.”


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Princeton’s Robert P. George on the Reasons Why Most Evangelicals support President Trump

Whatever one thinks of Donald Trump (and my own views about the President's delinquencies are well known) surely it's…

Posted by Robert P. George on Friday, December 27, 2019

Judge in UK rules that those who oppose transgenderism are ‘not worthy of respect in a democratic society”

THE GUARDIAN: JK Rowling in row over court ruling on transgender issues

Robert P. George on Transgenderism:

“I have a friend who thinks that my critique of transgenderism misfires because I use the words “man” and “woman” (and “male” and “female”) to refer to biological facts, while believers in transgenderism use those words to refer to something else, namely, “one’s inner sense of gender.” For reasons I and others (e.g. Ryan Anderson, Paul McHugh) have set forth in various writings, I think no coherent account can be given of what the alleged reality (“gender”) is that people are supposed to have some sort of “inner sense” of. So Lincoln’s famous story applies: “If we call a tail a leg, how many legs does a dog have? The answer is four. That’s because a tail is a tail, not a leg, no matter what you call it.”


Texas Church Shooting: Is Your Church Prepared?

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Gunman kills 2 at White Settlement church before 2 members fatally shoot him

TIME: Armed Parishioners Killed the Gunman in a Texas Church Shooting. Here’s What to Know

GUEST: Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard runs one of the nation’s largest Sheriff’s Offices, overseeing over 1,400 employees and managing an annual budget of over $163 million dollars. Sheriff Bouchard brings the experience of 32 years of law enforcement and 32 years as an elected official to the position.


GUEST: Ryan Dobson partnered with Cove Security to create the cutting-edge seminar that comprehensively addresses the key security concerns that families face today and gives parents the tools and resources they need to feel safe at home, online, and in public spaces. Hosted in churches throughout the United States, the new half-day Home Safe™ Seminar is educating participants about safety and security issues, equipping them with strategies to handle current and future threats.


CT: Outspoken Chinese Pastor Wang Yi Sentenced to 9 Years in Prison

TGC: China Sentences Pastor Wang Yi to Nine Years in Prison

“Most persecuted Christians around the globe will never be known to western Christians, but Pastor Wang Yi happens to be an unusually prominent unregistered church leader, whose work garnered a visit to the Bush [43] White House in 2006. Perhaps most importantly, Wang Yi and the Early Rain Covenant Church were featured in Ian Johnson’s brilliant The Souls of China, arguably the most important book written on the modern growth of religion (again, not just Christianity) there. “

“Our churches will not know the name of every persecuted pastor in China, but we certainly should pray for Pastor Wang Yi, his church, and all those like him who are suffering today in China, the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, and elsewhere. In doing so, we obey the command of Hebrews 13:3, “Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.” By praying for Wang Yi, we also take a small step toward broadening our too-narrow American vision by remembering our beloved brothers and sisters in the global church.”

Pastor Wang Yi: My Declaration of Faithful Disobedience:

// […] I hope God uses me, by means of first losing my personal freedom, to tell those who have deprived me of my personal freedom that there is an authority higher than their authority, and that there is a freedom that they cannot restrain, a freedom that fills the church of the crucified and risen Jesus Christ.

Regardless of what crime the government charges me with, whatever filth they fling at me, as long as this charge is related to my faith, my writings, my comments, and my teachings, it is merely a lie and temptation of demons. I categorically deny it. I will serve my sentence, but I will not serve the law. I will be executed, but I will not plead guilty.

Those who lock me up will one day be locked up by angels. Those who interrogate me will finally be questioned and judged by Christ. When I think of this, the Lord fills me with a natural compassion and grief toward those who are attempting to and actively imprisoning me. Pray that the Lord would use me, that he would grant me patience and wisdom, that I might take the gospel to them.

Separate me from my wife and children, ruin my reputation, destroy my life and my family – the authorities are capable of doing all of these things. However, no one in this world can force me to renounce my faith; no one can make me change my life; and no one can raise me from the dead.

Jesus is the Christ, son of the eternal, living God. He died for sinners and rose to life for us. He is my king and the king of the whole earth yesterday, today, and forever. I am his servant, and I am imprisoned because of this. I will resist in meekness those who resist God, and I will joyfully violate all laws that violate God’s laws. //


CT: 11 Nigerian Christians Executed in ISIS Christmas Video

Wearing the orange jumpsuits made familiar by similar executions of Egyptian and Ethiopian Christians in Libya, the first Nigerian victim was shot in the head by the black-clad terrorists who then slit the throats of the remaining ten. It is understood to be the largest group killed by ISWAP, a Boko Haram splinter group, so far.

“This message is to the Christians in the world,” stated the 56-second propaganda video, released December 26, in both Arabic and Hausa, according to The New York Times.

“Those who you see in front of us are Christians, and we will shed their blood as revenge for the two dignified sheikhs.”