On yesterday’s broadcast of the “Today’s Issues” radio program, American Family Association president Tim Wildmon voiced his displeasure with those “ignorant people” who claim that Islam and Christianity are both “peaceful religions.”
As Wildmon sees it, Christianity is very obviously a peaceful religion while Islam very obviously is not and so anyone who attempts to equate the two does so either out of ignorance or intentional deceit because, unlike the Quran, there is nothing in the Bible that calls for non-believers to be put to death.
“The Quran has explicit admonitions or instructions for followers of Allah to do violence and harm against the infidel,” Wildmon fumed. “There’s nothing like that in the Bible, that tells the Christian to go out and decapitate the infidel”:
This makes us wonder if Wildmon has ever read the Bible, especially Deuteronomy 13:6 If your very own brother, or your son or daughter, or the wife you love, or your closest friend secretly entices you, saying, “Let us go and worship other gods” (gods that neither you nor your ancestors have known, 7 gods of the peoples around you, whether near or far, from one end of the land to the other), 8 do not yield to them or listen to them. Show them no pity. Do not spare them or shield them. 9 You must certainly put them to death. Your hand must be the first in putting them to death, and then the hands of all the people. 10 Stone them to death, because they tried to turn you away from the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 11-Then all Israel will hear and be afraid, and no one among you will do such an evil thing again.12- If you hear it said about one of the towns the Lord your God is giving you to live in-13 that troublemakers have arisen among you and have led the people of their town astray, saying, “Let us go and worship other gods” (gods you have not known), -14 then you must inquire, probe and investigate it thoroughly. And if it is true and it has been proved that this detestable thing has been done among you, 15- you must certainly put to the sword all who live in that town. You must destroy it completely, both its people and its livestock. 16- You are to gather all the plunder of the town into the middle of the public square and completely burn the town and all its plunder as a whole burnt offering to the Lord your God. That town is to remain a ruin forever, never to be rebuilt.
Christians Freak Out After City Subpoenas Sermons in Anti-HERO Lawsuit | Houston Press. article debunking cal thomas dj artiicle
In a tone-deaf moment of legal strategy, the City of Houston last month sent local pastors critical of the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance sweeping subpoenas for notes and sermons.
The move comes in a lawsuit challenging the City of Houston for throwing out a petition from anti-HERO (Houston Equal Rights Ordinance) Christians that sought to repeal the law and put it to a ballot referendum. In their vociferous opposition to the ordinance, which bans anti-gay discrimination (with an exemption for religious organizations), religious-right groups were most riled up about the provision allowing transgender people barred from a restroom to file a complaint with the city. In circulating their petition, the group — led, in part, by Jared Woodfill, former Harris County Republican Party chairman — claimed that the ordinance threatens “the physical and emotional safety of our women and children!”
But last month’s subpoenas by the City of Houston, which only came to light this past week when attorneys filed a motion to quash the request, weren’t lobbed at any of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the city. The subpoenas targeted pastors who have been vocal critics of the anti-discrimination ordinance, including Hernan Castano, Magda Hermida, Khan Huynh, Steve Riggle, and David Welch.
And the subpoenas were far reaching. Among other documents, the city asked the pastors to turn over records related to…
— Mayor Annise Parker, City Attorney David Feldman, HERO or any HERO drafts, and any copies or drafts for the petition to repeal the ordinance
— Anything related to “the topics of equal rights, civil rights, homosexuality, or gender identity”
— Any language related to restroom access or “any discussion about whether or how HERO does or does not impact restroom access”
— Communication with anyone at the religious right group Alliance Defending Freedom, which has criticized the ordinance
— AND (here’s the kicker) “all speeches, presentation, or sermons related to HERO, the Petition, Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuality, or gender identity prepared by, delivered by, revised by, or approved by your or in your possession.”
On Tuesday, Feldman took a tough stance when he talked to the Chron‘s Katherine Driessen. Feldman (neither he nor the mayor’s office returned our calls) referred to a video that surfaced this summer, showing Welch, pastor of Bear Creek Church and director of the Houston Area Pastor Council, leading his flock through the anti-HERO petition signature-gathering process. “If someone is speaking from the pulpit and it’s political speech, then it’s not going to be protected,” Feldman told the daily.
Cue the religious right backlash, and claims from the Alliance Defending Freedom – which is representing the pastors, and has asked a judge to quash the city’s request – that the City of Houston, led by its first lesbian mayor, is infringing on the rights of religious groups. Attorney General and frontrunner for governor Greg Abbott asked Feldman to “immediately withdraw” the request. The Chron’s editorial board, which has supported the equal rights ordinance, called the subpoenas “Orwellian.” U.S. Senate blowhard Ted Cruz jumped in, saying Mayor Parker “should be ashamed.”
Russel Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission,wrote: “A government has no business using subpoena power to intimidate or bully the preaching and instruction of any church, any synagogue, any mosque, or any other place of worship. The pastors of Houston should tell the government that they will not trample over consciences, over the First Amendment and over God-given natural rights.”
Feldman and Parker have since softened their tone (sort of), blaming the overly-broad subpoena on one of Houston’s highest-priced law firms, Susman Godfrey, L.L.P., which is helping represent the city in the anti-HERO lawsuit and apparently filed the subpoenas. And on Wednesday, Feldman narrowed the subpoena to any communications the pastors had specifically regarding the petition process.
by Rukmini Callimachi, Oct. 25, 2014, NY Times.
As a human rights advocate, I want to share this moving human interest story with the Tupelo Daily Journal readers.–Al Bratton, ABratt’s Perspectives
Callimachi: “The hostages were taken out of their cell one by one.
In a private room, their captors asked each of them three intimate questions, a standard technique used to obtain proof that a prisoner is still alive in a kidnapping
James Foley returned to the cell he shared with nearly two dozen other Western hostages and collapsed in tears of joy.” […]
3. ‘Big Sodomy’ On The March
Not only are immigrants and President Obama trying to destroy America, but so is “Big Sodomy.”
According to far-right activist and BarbWire columnist Lee Duigon, “wicked officials in thrall to Big Sodomy” will “force churches to perform same-sex ‘marriage’ exercises” and make sure “pastors and priests will be punished if they speak against it.”
He goes on to warn that religious freedom and free speech will be banned due to “insatiable and unappeasable” gay rights advocates, who will force Christians in America to “form house churches, as the Christians do in China.”
“Never, never speak of a same-sex coupling as ‘marriage.’ It is no marriage, and will never be,” Duigon writes. “The hard part will be to decide what to do when they come for your children.”
Shortly after the 2004 publication of his book, Random Designer, biologist Richard Colling was prohibited from teaching introductory biology courses at Olivet Nazarene College in Illinois and his book was banned from the campus. Peter Enns, who earned his PhD from Harvard University in Near Eastern languages and civilizations, claimed that the first chapters of Genesis are firmly grounded in ancient myth, which he defines as “an ancient, premodern, prescientific way of addressing questions of ultimate origins in the form of stories”; in 2008, the board of Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia forced Enns, a tenured faculty member, to resign after fourteen years. In 2010, Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando fired biblical scholar Bruce Waltke for stating that evolution is true. In 2011, Calvin College fired theologian John Schneider and silenced biblical scholarDan Harlow for challenging the traditional Christian understanding of a literal Adam and Eve.