Christians Fighting Back
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What does the Bible say about being slapped on both cheeks? Nothing, that means it's time to fight back!
Freedom of Religion no longer exist for Christians in America. If you disagree you're blind. Attacks on Christians are intended to destroy the religion.
You do not see the ACLU attacking Judaism or Islam. Why, what nefarious purpose do these attacks on Christains serve.
Are they intent on bringing down Christianity, or this Christian based Nation?
-- Utah Supreme Court Victory in Summum v. Pleasant Grove - 2/04/15
-- Huge Victory For Religious Organizations’ Right To Select Their Leaders - 2/06/15
-- Iraqi Christian Militia Takes Up Arms Against ISIS - 2/07/15
-- EEOC: School Wrong to Fire Teacher Who Gave Bible to Student - 01/07/15
-- Christians, Stand Your Ground Against Homofascism - 12/29/14
-- Bishop Calls on All Christians to Leave Democratic Party - 8/08/12
Sues After His Public School Censored Him From Sharing His Faith on Campus
A student in Georgia has sued his school after he claims the public college prohibited him from sharing his Christian faith on campus.
Lawyers for Georgia Gwinnett College student Chike Uzuegbunam filed a lawsuit against the school on Monday.
Uzuegbunam “believes it is his duty to inform others” of his evangelical Christian beliefs and “for their own benefit, that they have sinned and need salvation through Jesus Christ,” the lawsuit says.
“Today’s college students will be tomorrow’s legislators, judges, commissioners, and voters,” Casey Mattox, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, said in a statement.“That’s why it’s so important that public universities model the First Amendment values they are supposed to be teaching to students, and why it should disturb everyone that [Georgia Gwinnett College] and many other colleges are communicating to a generation that the Constitution doesn’t matter.”
Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian nonprofit legal organization representing Uzuegbunam, says the university cannot censor Uzuegbunam because it would be a violation of his First Amendment rights.
“The First Amendment guarantees every student’s freedom of speech and religion,” Travis Barham, Alliance Defending Freedom legal counsel, said in a statement. “Every public school—and especially a state college that is supposed to be the ‘marketplace of ideas’—has the duty to protect and promote those freedoms.”
The student says officials at his college restricted his ability to share his faith with other students, limiting him to free speech in a small zone and requested he ask permission in advance to use the space.
The lawsuit claims the college “burdens his free speech because he is prohibited from saying anything that might offend, disturb, or discomfort anyone who happens to hear him lest he be punished for ‘disorderly conduct.’”
All students must submit a free speech zone request three days prior to using the two small speech zones on campus, the lawsuit says. The college has a “Freedom of Expression Policy” that requires students to submit a free speech area request form, along with all publicity materials, for all activities in the designated free speech area.
“Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) is committed to providing a forum for free and open expression of divergent points of view by students, student organizations, faculty, staff, and visitors,” the college’s student handbook says. “GGC also recognizes its responsibility to provide a secure learning environment which allows members of the community to express their views in ways which do not disrupt the operation of the college.”
The Freedom of Expression Policy says:
Reasonable limitations may be placed on time, place, and manner of speeches, gatherings, distribution of written materials, and marches in order to serve the interests of health and safety, prevent disruption of the educational process, and protect against the invasion of the rights of others as deemed necessary by Georgia Gwinnett College.The college defines the free speech zones as “the concrete area/walkway between Student Housing and the Student Center or the concrete in front of the Food Court area, Building A.”
The areas are “generally available from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday,” the handbook says.
“On occasion upon written request, other areas and other times may be authorized, and the college reserves the right to modify the free speech areas based on the operational needs of the institution,” the policy adds.
Alliance Defending Freedom calls the zones “ridiculously” small and says they take up less than 0.0015 percent of the campus.
The school stopped the student named in the lawsuit from handing out religious literature and talking to students about his religion this past summer even after he followed the protocol set by the college, Alliance Defending Freedom claims.
The student claims that in August, he was allegedly following school rules while “preaching the love of Christ.” Campus police stopped him after about 20 minutes because of “some calls” complaining about him, according to the lawsuit.
“If students want to speak—whether through oral or written communication—anywhere else on campus, then they must obtain a permit from college officials,” the lawsuit says. “Thus, students may not speak spontaneously anywhere on campus. If students violate this policy, they violate the college’s Student Code of Conduct and expose themselves to a variety of sanctions, including expulsion.”
A spokeswoman for the college told The Daily Signal that Georgia Gwinnett College is unable to comment on the lawsuit.
“Officials at Georgia Gwinnett College were not notified of the lawsuit and cannot comment on pending litigation,” the spokeswoman told The Daily Signal in an email.
“When Mr. Uzuegbunam tried to share his religious views in one of the speech zones after reserving it for this purpose, defendants required him to stop because his speech had generated complaints [and] informed him that his speech constituted ‘disorderly conduct’ because it had generated complaints,” the lawsuit goes on to say.
The lawsuit requests that the school suspend its policy on free speech zones.
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Court Victory in Summum v. Pleasant Grove
2/04/2015 By Edward White ACLJ
The Utah Supreme Court has upheld a trial court’s ruling in favor of our client, Pleasant Grove City, Utah, in a state-court lawsuit filed by Summum, a religion established in Salt Lake City in 1975 that, according to its tenets, was founded on teachings that predate the ancient Egyptians and are summarized in the Seven Aphorisms.
In its January 30, 2015, decision, the Utah Supreme Court unanimously rejected Summum’s claim that the Utah Constitution requires Pleasant Grove to install Summum’s proposed Seven Aphorisms monument in Pioneer Park, a historic public park that contains numerous city-owned items, including a Ten Commandments monument.
Each item displayed in Pioneer Park has some connection to the settlement, history, people, or cultural life of Pleasant Grove, which was founded by Mormon pioneers in 1850, or was donated by individuals or groups with a historical connection or strong ties to the community. The City declined to install the Summum monument because Summum and its Seven Aphorisms, by Summum’s own admission, have no historical relevance to Pleasant Grove or its founding.
In contrast, the Ten Commandments monument is displayed in Pioneer Park because of its historical relevance to the community and also the significant contributions to the community of its donor. The United States Supreme Court has recognized that the Ten Commandments have an undeniable historical meaning in light of the role they have played in America’s heritage. This is especially true in Pleasant Grove, as the Ten Commandments were a set of governing principles for the nineteenth-century Mormon pioneers who endeavored to create an orderly society in Utah and in Pleasant Grove. The Ten Commandments monument was donated to Pleasant Grove in 1971 by the Fraternal Order of Eagles and was placed by the City in Pioneer Park in appreciation of its donor and because of its historical relevance. As then-Mayor Jack Cook explained at the time, the monument “would serve to remind citizens of their pioneer heritage in the founding of the state.”
As described in greater detail here and here, Summum first filed its lawsuit against Pleasant Grove, about ten years ago in federal court, arguing that because the City displays a Ten Commandments monument in Pioneer Park, the City must also display Summum’s Seven Aphorisms monument in that same park.
After losing on its claim under the federal free speech clause, a claim that was resolved in the City’s favor in 2009 by a 9 to 0 vote at the United States Supreme Court, Summum amended its complaint and asserted a claim under the federal establishment clause, a claim rejected by a federal trial judge in 2010.
Summum then turned to the Utah state courts, advancing a claim under the Utah Constitution that Pleasant Grove’s denial of its request to accept and display Summum’s Seven Aphorisms monument in Pioneer Park violated the state’s establishment clause.
In June 2012, Utah state court judge Fred D. Howard ruled against Summum and in favor of the City. In response to Summum’s argument that because the City displays the Ten Commandments in Pioneer Park, Summum must be allowed to display its own monument in the same park, Judge Howard explained that “[t]his is not a situation in which the City has opened up the Park for private entities to erect monuments in expression of their private speech” and, thus, “[t]he benefit described by [Summum] . . . of one group being allowed to erect a monument while another group is denied the same privilege, simply does not exist.”
Summum appealed Judge Howard’s decision, which the Utah Supreme Court agreed to hear. After extensive briefing, the case was argued on March 4, 2014, (about five years after the United States Supreme Court handed down its unanimous ruling against Summum’s federal free speech clause claim).
During oral argument, the Justices of the Utah Supreme Court were engaged and asked searching and detailed questions. As with the oral argument at the United States Supreme Court (you can listen to the audio of that here), the Utah Justices were concerned by the claim that a private party could have a constitutional right to erect a permanent monument in a public park when only the government displays monuments in that park.
Although a public park is a venue for private individuals and groups to engage in transitory speech activities, such as leafleting, that same general right should not extend to private individuals and groups being allowed to construct permanent displays in that same park.
If such a right did exist, as Summum claimed, any group or individual would be able to force Pleasant Grove to accept ownership of any item of its choosing, and also force the City to permanently display that item in Pioneer Park. Similarly, a host of public properties across Utah, where government displays monuments and the like, would become dumping grounds for an array of monuments, memorials, paintings, sculptures, and other items that private individuals or groups want government to accept and display.
As noted, federal courts have rejected Summum’s request to force Pleasant Grove to install its Seven Aphorisms monument in Pioneer Park and now, too, so has the Utah Supreme Court.
Victory For Religious Organizations’ Right To Select Their Leaders
2/6/2015 Abigail Southerland ACLJ
Today, the Sixth Circuit issued an opinion in favor of our client, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, USA (IVCF), upholding a religious organization’s First Amendment right to select ministers and spiritual leaders free from governmental inference. The decision is a huge victory for religious liberties and puts to rest the unsettled issue of whether the protections afforded a religious organization to choose its own ministers– the ministerial exception – can be waived or set aside. The opinion is the first issued by the Sixth Circuit regarding the ministerial exception since the Supreme Court’s decision in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC which affirmed that it is “impermissible for the government to contradict a church’s determination of who can act as its ministers.”
In our case, the Sixth Circuit adopted our argument that the ministerial exception can never be waived by a religious organization, foreclosing the possibility for a disgruntled employee to pursue a claim against a religious organization under a theory of waiver. The Court explained that because “[b]oth Religion Clauses bar the government from interfering with a religious organization’s decisions as to who will serve as ministers . . . It is impermissible for the government to contradict a church’s determination of who can act as its ministers. This reasoning . . . does not allow for a situation in which a church could explicitly waive this protection.” The Court concluded that “the Constitution does not permit private parties to waive the First Amendment’s ministerial exception.” “The ministerial exception is a structural limitation imposed on the government by the Religion Clauses [of the First Amendment], a limitation that can never be waived.”
The Court also rejected the appellant’s arguments that our client, IVCF, should not be granted the protection of the ministerial exception for claims brought under state law. Again, the Court put to rest any opportunity for an employee to circumvent the ministerial exception through a state law claim, concluding that “[t]he ministerial exception is recognized in Michigan . . . but even if it were not, because the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses apply to States through the Fourteenth Amendment by incorporation, the federal right would defeat any Michigan [or other state] statute that, as applied, violates the First Amendment.”
The Sixth Circuit is one of the first to hold that the ministerial exception cannot be waived. It is our hope that other courts will follow suit and uphold the right of religious groups to shape their own faith and mission through their appointments without interference from the government.
This article is written by ACLJ Attorney Abigail Southerland
Christian Militia Takes Up Arms Against ISIS
2/7/2015 12:45:00 PM - Leah Barkoukis
Iraq’s Christians have had enough. ISIS has destroyed their families, taken their lands, and worse yet, the group’s barbarism shows no signs of abating. Having been abandoned by government forces once last summer, they’re now taking matters into their own hands.
The Wall Street Journal reports:
Hundreds of Christian men are picking up rifles for the first time at a former U.S. military facility in the hills of northeast Iraq and training to reclaim their towns from Islamic State militants who stormed the country last year.
Fresh recruits to a new Iraqi Christian militia said their families were abandoned to militants by government forces last summer and they seek to create a force that will keep their towns and villages safe even after Islamic State is defeated. “I want to defend our own lands, with our own force,” said Nasser Abdullah, 26 years old, who is helping lead younger recruits in training.
Sunni neighbors in nearby villages, the recruits said, supported the Sunni extremists of Islamic State as militants seized one Christian village after another in the Nineveh plains, where Iraqi Christians and other minorities live.
As Islamic State fighters advanced, Kurdish forces assigned to the region fled under attack, leaving exposed vulnerable communities.
“Those who betrayed us won’t be allowed to live among us,” said Firas Metr, a 27-year-old electrician and recruit with no military experience. “We need to protect ourselves, now and in the future.”
Some 30,000 Christians have since fled the Nineveh plains. Just one Christian town there, Al Qosh, and three smaller villages remain free. Across Iraq, more than 150,000 Christians have been displaced since Islamic State began its rampage, according to Iraqi Christian community leaders.
More than 2,000 men have joined the militia so far, which has been operating on donations, mainly from the Assyrian diaspora. The group hopes to receive financial support from the U.S., Kurdish, or Iraqi governments.
In the meantime, however, the WSJ notes that through a nonprofit organization, several Americans who served in the U.S. military are involved in helping train the men, though they declined to give their names or identify the nonprofit to protect them from ISIS.
One of the American trainers, 28 years old, said U.S. officials in Erbil were briefed on the Christian militia but weren’t involved. U.S. officials didn’t respond to requests for comment.
“The Americans want to stay away from this because their view is, if you train the Christians, you’re starting some crazy religious war,” he said. “Well, ISIS beat you to it.”
“This is a fight to take back and come back to our land,” Yonadam Kanna, a member of the political party leading the training, told the WSJ. “It’s as though our roots of thousands of years have been pulled out of the ground.”
School Wrong to Fire Teacher Who Gave Bible to Student
1/7/2015 Todd Starnes Townhall daily
PHILLIPSBURG, N.J -- A New Jersey school district violated the law when it fired a teacher who handed a Bible to a student, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled on December 15, 2014. The ruling was made public Tuesday.
The EEOC determined there was reasonable cause to believe the Phillipsburg School District discriminated against Walt Tutka, a substitute teacher. The EEOC also said religion and retaliation played a factor in Tutka's firing.
"This is a great indication the EEOC is taking religious liberty seriously and they are going to enforce the law—and in this case make sure Walt's rights are protected," Liberty Institute Attorney Hiram Sasser told me.
Liberty Institute is a law firm that specializes in religious liberty cases.
"This sends a message to school districts that their natural allergic reaction to religion is misplaced, and not only is it wrong—but it's also an egregious violation of the law," Sasser said.
As I first reported, Tutka was working as a substitute teacher on Oct. 12, 2013, when he ran afoul of school policies. He told a straggling student at the end of a line, "The first shall be last and the last shall be first."
The student asked on a number of occasions where the line was from, and Tutka told him it was from the Bible. When he discovered the child did not have a Bible, Tutka gave him his personal copy. It was not all that unusual because Tutka is a member of Gideons International, a ministry known for providing Bibles to school children across the world.
On Oct. 18, Tutka was summoned to the principal's office, where he was accused of violating a school policy that bans the distribution of religious materials and another that directs teachers to be neutral when discussion religious material.
He was fired on Jan. 14.
Sasser said he hopes the school district will reinstate Tutka.
"If they don't do the right thing, they will face some serious consequences," he told me. "They are going to be liable for damages."
I reached out to George Chando, the superintendent of the Phillipsburg School District. He declined to return my call.
My advice to him is to do the right thing, or Liberty Institute will go after him like a pit bull going after a pork chop.
Sasser said the EEOC ruling should serve as a warning to other school districts around the nation.
"You can't just fire people because they happen to hand a Bible to somebody while they are at work," he said.
Sasser said he believes the school district was out to get Walt because he is a Gideon. I obtained a copy of an email from Phillipsburg Middle School Assistant Principal John Stillo that suggest the school district had an issue with the well-known religious group.
"It has been brought to the administration's attention that Gideons may be near our campus to distribute literature to our students," Stillo wrote in a memo to the school's staff. "Please make sure they DO NOT step foot onto our campus at any time. There will be added police and security presence at dismissal."
Gideon International has a long history of providing Bibles to public school students, but many districts have banned the religious society in recent years. Ironically, the Gideons are welcome to distribute Bibles and deliver speeches in Russian schools.
The Phillipsburg School District should rehire Walt. And it owes him a big apology. They waged a disgusting public war against this fine, upstanding man simply because he gave a child a Bible. Shame on you, Phillipsburg School District. Shame on you.
Christians, Stand Your Ground Against Homofascism
Matt Barber 12/29/2014 For Townhall Daily “For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him.”
– Philippians 1:29
Defense of God’s design for natural marriage – along with the God-given, constitutional freedom of conscience to decline participation in and, thereby, endorsement of, its unnatural and sin-based counterfeit, so-called “gay marriage” – is now among America’s premier civil-rights struggles. I know from whence I speak, as 10 years ago I was fired from a major fortune 100 company for writing, on my own time and on my home computer, an op-ed acknowledging the requisite binary male-female nature of authentic marriage and human sexuality.
Rather than rolling over and accepting this injustice, I sued in federal court. God used that situation not only to bless me and my family with a significant monetary settlement, but to place me on the front lines in the fast-escalating war against religious liberty. I share this not to boast, but, rather, to encourage you – to illustrate God’s marvelous faithfulness in my own life.
As Christians, we are called to stand our ground, in love, against all wickedness. We do so not because we are righteous – we are not – but because of Christ’s righteousness in us. As Christ followers, we are to follow Christ. We are to stand for His truths. When we do, and while we may face persecution, He will ultimately honor our faithfulness for His own glory and purpose.
It’s getting ugly out there, and it will only get worse. The cases are piling up. We’ve now seen dozens of bakers, photographers, florists, inn keepers, magistrates, county clerks and other people involved in various vocations surrounding marriage suffer persecution for merely declining to become complicit in sin. Christians are being financially ruined and even facing jail time for refusing to lend their time, talents, gifts and abilities to sanction unnatural marriage rituals.
Let us be abundantly clear. Same-sex “marriage” is sin. All good things come from God the Father, and all wickedness comes from the father of lies. If God designed biblical marriage and natural human sexuality, and He did, then we are left no doubt as to who designed its counterfeit – as to who fabricated counter-biblical “gay marriage” and otherwise perverted God’s perfect purposes for human sexuality.
As faithful Christians we cannot, indeed we must not, endorse or participate in that which God calls evil. “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil” (see Isaiah 5:20). We must reject sin.
There have been a number of good and well-intentioned folks who, rather than participating in these pagan “gay marriage” rituals, have either resigned employment or, if business owners, closed their doors altogether. While this is admirable, I submit that, if and when you, dear Christian, are placed in a situation that compels you to choose between obedience to God’s just laws or man’s unjust laws, that you not only refuse to obey the unjust laws, but refuse to quit.
Stand your ground.
I suggest that when any Christian business owner, magistrate or county clerk is told that he must participate in a sinful “gay marriage” ceremony, that he not only refuse to do so, but that he refuse to step down. Do not resign your post. Force the government to overtly persecute you – to take punitive action against you for your righteous stand. Even if you face chains.
Pray for courage, and God will provide it.
The Apostle Paul set the example when, while chained to a wall in a Roman prison, he wrote the following to the church in Philippi: “Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.” (Philippians 1:12-14)
Not only did Paul supernaturally face anti-Christian persecution without fear. He faced it with great joy.
“Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:18-21)
After several magistrates in North Carolina recently stepped down rather than being forced to preside over same-sex “marriage” rituals, Mat Staver, chairman and founder of Liberty Counsel, one of America’s fastest-growing civil-rights law firms, pledged the following: “I appreciate the conviction of these magistrates, but rather than resign they should remain at their post. Liberty Counsel will represent them, but once they resign there is not much we can do to help.”
Staver noted that in 2004, after the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court unconstitutionally imposed same-sex “marriage” on the Commonwealth, Catholic Charities ceased its adoption ministry because it refused to place children in same-sex households.
“The commitment to Church teachings and conscience is commendable,” said Staver, “but Catholic Charities should not have voluntarily ceased its adoption ministry. If the government wants to impose an intolerant agenda on people of faith and trample their religious convictions, then let it happen in public for all to see. I cannot believe the American people will long tolerate this intolerant agenda.”
“Where would the civil-rights movement be if Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. voluntarily went home when he faced opposition?” asked Staver. “Where would we be today if Rosa Parks had voluntarily moved to the back of the bus? The quest for religious freedom was the reason American was born. We cannot voluntarily give up this unalienable right,” he said.
As Paul concluded, “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ … without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved – and that by God. For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him.” (Philippians 1:27-29)
When standing for truth, be not ashamed. Be of great courage and great cheer no matter what trials you may face. http://townhall.com/columnists/mattbarber/2014/12/29/christians-stand-your-ground-against-homofascism-n1936186?utm_source=thdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl&newsletterad=
Calls on All Christians to Leave Democratic Party
8/8/2012 By Charisma News Staff
Bishop E.W. Jackson is making a war cry: “Let God’s people go!”
Jackson, a Marine Corps veteran, graduate of Harvard Law School and adjunct professor of law, is echoing the words of Moses in a campaign to persuade Christians of all races that the time has come for a wholesale exodus of Christians from the Democrat Party.
Beyond all of this, Jackson says, Democrat operatives are also attacking Gabrielle Douglas, the 16-year old black American who won the 2012 gold medal in gymnastics. “The accomplished young lady had the nerve to give glory to God for her win,” Jackson says. “This apparently offended liberals.” Case in point: Mary Elizabeth Williams, journalist for the progressive online magazine Salon.com , wrote, “I've often wondered what it is about Christians like Douglas that unnerves me so ... Douglas and her ilk seem to espouse a faith based on what is commonly referred to as
'The God of Parking Spaces.'”
Jackson, founder and president of STAND (Staying True to America 's National Destiny), responds: “Progressives are indeed 'unnerved' by devout Christians. That's why they resort to ridicule, even of a 16-year-old Olympic medal winner. Williams says we worship 'The God of Parking Spaces,' but I would prefer Gabby's God of grace and kindness
to the leftist's god of ridicule and persecution. “Our Heavenly Father loves us and helps those who are humble enough to ask Him.”
Later this month when Democrats make same-sex marriage part of their official Party Platform, the former practicing attorney says they will be spitting in the face of every Bible-believing Christian in America : “They will be saying, 'We don't care what you think, what you believe, or what the Bible or the God of the Bible says. We know better than God.'”
Jackson 's message to Christians is, “The Democrat Party has turned its back on Christians. It is time to turn our backs on the Democrat Party.”
“If not us, who? If not now, when?” – Ronald Reagan
All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
Work for a cause NOT for applause. Live life to express NOT to impress.
Don't strive to make your presence noticed, just make your absent felt
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