Attacks against Christians and Christian churches in Europe reached records highs in 2019. New research from GIIPC found approximately 3,000 violent acts against European Christians in 2019, including looting, vandalism, and arson. Many of the incidents went unreported by the media. According to the report: “Violence against Christian sites is most widespread in France, where churches, schools, cemeteries and monuments are being vandalized, desecrated and burned at an average rate of three per day, according to government statistics. In Germany, attacks against Christian churches are occurring at an average rate of two per day.” According to the report, in countries such as France and Germany, violence against Christians often derives from competing religious groups. In Spain, by contrast, attacks against Christian churches are often carried out by anarchists
Sabold Elementary School in Springfield, Pennsylvania has always allowed students and teachers to announce “God Bless America” after the morning Pledge of Allegiance. Faculty and students enjoyed the opportunity to show their patriotism while proudly expressing an important aspect of their lives - religion. That changed this month when Principal Peter Brigg’s school bowed to demands from the nationwide atheist organization, Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF). According to FFRF, the organization received a complaint from a parent and contacted superintendent Anthony Barber claiming that “God Bless America” is a form of prayer and according to FFRF, “a prayer hosted by a publicly supported school does not pass constitutional muster.” With embarrassing little effort to fight for the school district’s right to say “God Bless America”, the
How do we know there is a God? Because logic tells us God is real (and atheist arguments are illogical).
There are a multitude or arguments seeking to prove there is a god. The complexity of our great planet, the complicated laws of nature, the intricate DNA encoding in living animals, and the miracles Jesus presented on earth are all offered as proof that God is real. But logically, could there really be a power higher than us that seeded our planet, provided guidance we should live by, and stepped in to influence events when things got out of hand? Logic tells us – yes, God is real - and atheist arguments are illogical. Philosophical proofs Philosophy operates under philosophical proofs. A proof is evidence that an argument is true. Philosophy uses philosophical proofs in schemes such as “X has Y therefore Y is Z” in order
The parable of the sower and why Jesus used parables – Christian development depends on character. (Matthew 13:1 – 13:23)
After chastising the Pharisees because they asked for a sign, Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. Large crowds gathered around him, so he got into a boat while the people stood on the shore. He told them many things in parables, including the parable of the sower. A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path and the birds came and ate it. Some fell in rocky places where there was not much soil. The plants sprang quickly but because the soil was shallow, when the sun came up the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns which grew up and choked
Did John the Baptist and Jesus conspire to create the Messiah story? Here’s where atheist logic breaks down.
Detractors and non-believers claim that John the Baptist and Jesus conspired to create the Messiah story. They point out that John the Baptist and Jesus were cousins, born only months apart. They highlight that the two grew up together, played together, and naturally would have had their systems of belief coalesce as part of their close relationship. During their time together, based on their shared beliefs, the two cousins created a storyline that required John the Baptist pave the way for his cousin, Jesus, to proclaim he was the Messiah. The problem with this supposed narrative, regardless of several obvious breakdowns of logic, is that much of this storyline is untrue, never mentioned in the biblical verses nor outside historical references. Only Luke mentions the relationship
The Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) (and their employees) lead newsworthy anti-Christian campaigns against schools, government bodies, religious organizations, and anyone else they feel violates their atheistic (or as they would call it, non-theistic) principles. Outwardly, they claim to fight for the separation of church and state using the Establishment Clause as their primary tool. However, upon closer examination, their attacks often have no clear relationship to separation of church and state but rather, are targeted attacks against Christian principles we hold dear. For instance, FFRF attorney Sam Grover, under the cartoony moniker “GodlessGrover” refers to Christians as “Xtians”, publicly rages against “scumbags”, and goes off-track with threats to go after schools who make students stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. FFRF attorney Andre w Seidel similarly
Don’t mess with Texas – Students at Texas school fly Christian flags to spite atheist organization’s legal campaign against their school
FFRF (Freedom from Religion Foundation) has slithered back into Texas, this time to battle LaPoynor High School in an attempt to force the LaRue, Texas school to remove a Christian cross flag flown during a “See You at the Pole” event. However, students at the school refused to back down and took it upon themselves to fly the Christian flag on their personal vehicles. The attack against the school began on October 11, 2017 when FFRF attorney Sam Grover sent Superintendent Jame s Young a letter outlining “several constitutional violations occurring in La Poynor Independent School District”. According to the letter, displaying the flag during the SYATP event violates the Establishment Clause. The group also complained about the school's use of Facebook to allow students the
The big list of anti-religious/un-Christian businesses, celebrities, and geographic locations in the U.S.
The Christian tenets to love and forgive guide us to “hate the sin, not the sinner”. However, with morality seemingly collapsing all around us, Christians must recognize that tolerance and acceptance of ever-changing societal “norms” can never be allowed to infringe upon our beliefs and when they do, we must make our voices heard. Admittedly, this is difficult to do in a day when Christianity is being shunned, ridiculed, and attacked. The Bible never said being a Christian would be easy. As big-money organizations use their wealth and resources to persuade lawmakers to support changes in laws that would infringe upon Christian beliefs, we must be conscious of their actions and act in our business dealings with them accordingly. This is especially important if a company chooses to take a moral stance in
An atheist activist for the separation of church and state has placed a purposefully-disrespectful update-down cross on the lawn of Hallandale Beach City Hall in Florida. The man, Chaz Stevens, told the Sun Sentinel: “This is terrible, isn’t it? It’s pretty tacky. We were going for tacky. It’s horrible looking. I love it.” The 6-foot tall cross, black with white lettering that glows red at night, bears the words “In Chaz we trust, all others pay cash”. Stevens sought permission for the display after seeing a Christian Nativity scene and Jewish Menorah displayed on City Hall property. He plans on seeking permission from other cities for similar displays in an effort to have tax code “favoritism” for religious organizations revoked. Stevens, who lives in Jupiter, Florida, says he
The Devil inside – Georgia city bows to pressure to remove Christian flag flown to promote Bible-reading marathon
A flag controversy has forced Cochran, Georgia officials to bow to pressure and take down a Christian flag flown to promote a local Bible-reading marathon sponsored by the International Bible Reading Association. The flag was flown at city hall and officials say local residents supported the decision to fly the cross-bearing banner over the government facility. The act caught the attention of the Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AUSCS) who claimed they received several complaints over the matter (no examples of the complaints were provided). The group sent letters to the city of Cochran and Bleckley County declaring ironically, that “flying the Christian flag on public property violates the First Amendment”. AUSCS was careful to provide several subtle monetary (lawsuit) threats in the letter