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-- Israel's messianic village ordered to pay $20,000 - 11/01/12
-- Some 200 Christians Killed in Post-Election Violence - 9/16/11
-- Tracing the Marxist Roots of the Assault on the Family - 6/17/15
-- Federal Judge: No Right to Same-Sex Marriage - 10/22/14
-- Benjamin Netanyahu: Middle East Christians facing 'difficult time' - 12/25/14
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 Japan: No Muslims, no terrorists

Bryan Fischer,

There is a simple reason we never read about jihadi attacks in Japan. There are no Muslims there. No Muslims, no terrorists.

This is a significant data point in the public debate over Muslim immigration. Donald Trump, of course, has famously proposed a suspension of Islamic immigration until we can figure out a way to screen out jihadis, and Franklin Graham is backing that suggestion to the hilt.

The primary God-given role of government is to keep us safe. According to Romans 13, this involves the use of lethal force, when necessary, to administer justice and to protect our national security.

The number-one fear today among the American people is a Muslim terror attack. It is our government’s chief responsibility to enact whatever public policies are necessary to reduce that fear and eliminate the threat.

This means there is much we can learn from Japan, which has been virtually free from Islamic unrest. Simple demographics tell the story.

Dr. Mordechai Kedar, writing in The Jewish Press, offers some of the details (emphasis mine throughout):

This country keeps a very low profile on all levels regarding the Muslim matter: On the diplomatic level, senior political figures from Islamic countries almost never visit Japan, and Japanese leaders rarely visit Muslim countries. The relations with Muslim countries are based on concerns such as oil and gas, which Japan imports from some Muslim countries. The official policy of Japan is not to give citizenship to Muslims who come to Japan, and even permits for permanent residency are given sparingly to Muslims.

Japan is a nation of roughly 126 million people. And yet, according to Dr. Kedar, there are only 10,000 Muslims in the entire country. This represents less than one hundredth of one percent. (Other estimates are higher, but none suggest a number above 100,000.) Muslim immigration is officially and culturally discouraged, and a Japanese woman who marries a Muslim man becomes a social outcast.

Contrast this with many European nations who have allowed Muslims with their death-to-the-West ideology to reach 5 to 10 percent of their populations. In France, authorities were relieved disaffected Muslim teenagers only torched 804 cars on New Year’s Eve, down from over 900 the year before. These young devotees of the religion of peace also managed to blow up a public Christmas tree in between firebombing automobiles, and the mere threat of a Muslim terror attack shut down a huge fireworks display in Brussels.

Islamic proselytization is forbidden in Japan, it is very difficult to import Qur’ans into the country, and there are very few mosques. In Japan, Muslim men are expected to pray at home, not in mosques or in the middle of the street as they do in France. Islamic organizations are not allowed, so the Japanese do not have to deal with the incessant stream of propaganda coming from pro-jihadi groups like CAIR. There is only one imam in Tokyo, a city of over 13 million people.

Virtually the only Muslims who are in Japan come as employees of foreign companies. And even that is the exception rather than the rule. “The official policy of the Japanese authorities is to make every effort not to allow entry to Muslims, even if they are physicians, engineers and managers sent by foreign companies that are active in the region.”

The Japanese have a patriotic pride in Japanese exceptionalism, Japanese culture and Japanese traditions, and instinctively recognize that enculturating Islam threatens all that because its value system is so antithetical to what makes Japan Japan.

The resistance to Islamic infiltration is universally shared by the populace at large. “Japan manages to remain a country almost without a Muslim presence because Japan’s negative attitude toward Islam and Muslims pervades every level of the population, from the man in the street to organizations and companies to senior officialdom.”

What’s more, because the Japanese are proud of who and what they are, and because of their allegiance to their own cultural values, they are utterly unapologetic about their resistance to Islam. “The most interesting thing in Japan’s approach to Islam is the fact that the Japanese do not feel the need to apologize to Muslims for the negative way in which they relate to Islam.”

Geert Wilders, the Dutch Parliamentarian who has led the worldwide effort to tell the truth about Islam, has said that Western nations must rediscover the vast superiority of Christian civilization over Islamic civilization, and take a justifiable pride in the Christian heritage of their own country before they are swept beneath the waves of the Muslim tsunami now sweeping over Europe and America.

Concluded Dr. Kedar, “Japan is teaching the whole world an interesting lesson: there is a direct correlation between national heritage and permission to immigrate: a people that has a solid and clear national heritage and identity will not allow the unemployed of the world to enter its country; and a people whose cultural heritage and national identity is weak and fragile, has no defense mechanisms to prevent a foreign culture from penetrating into its country and its land.”

Taking humble and grateful pride once again in what God has done to make America the most exceptional nation in history is not only the right thing to do, it is the safest thing to do.

http://www.gopusa.com/?p=3489?subscriber=1
 

 2015: The Year of Anti-Christian Jihad, ‘Christians Are Allah’s Enemies!’

31 Dec 20151130    by Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.    

The year 2015 will go down in memory as a period of unprecedented Christian persecution throughout the world, resulting in thousands of deaths along with continuous targeted acts of violence and terror.

In October, a mob of 700, instigated by the Islamic Defenders Front, marched on government offices in Aceh Singkil, Indonesia, and from there went on to torch the Indonesian Christian Church.

The mob later circulated a message that read: “We will not stop hunting Christians and burning churches. Christians are Allah’s enemies!”

This act was just one among many but is emblematic in the clarity of its stated motivation and determination.

Taking only the specifically targeted acts of terrorism on Christians by religious Muslims during 2015, not including the countless acts of war, combat, or insurgency, the numbers are staggering. A partial list of attacks on Christian civilians who were singled out solely on account of their faith reveals 95 distinct assaults during the course of the year, resulting in 881 deaths and 990 injuries.

Some of these received a fair amount of media attention, such as the videotaped Valentine’s Day slaughter in Libya of twenty-one Coptic Christians who were abducted by Islamists, forced to their knees, and then beheaded. Another was the wholesale massacre of 148 Christians in cold blood by a handful of devout Muslims at a Christian college in Garissa, Kenya, after Muslims at the school had first been separated out.

Many other anti-Christian terror attacks, however, received little attention, seen by many as just the cost of being a Christian in majority Muslim countries.

In February, for instance, Islamic State militants took fifteen Christians hostage and later executed them in the Syrian village of al-Masamier,
including a woman who was beheaded.

In April, Muslims threw a dozen Christians to their deaths from a refugee boat crossing the Strait of Sicily from Libya.

In early May, Muslim herdsmen shot seventeen Christians to death in the Nigerian village of Vat.

In August, ISIS soldiers tortured and murdered 12 Christians for refusing to embrace Islam. They chopped off the fingers of a 12-year-old boy, raped three women, and crucified three others outside of Aleppo.

Because of such targeted persecution, reports now suggest that Christianity risks ceasing to be a truly global faith because of the exodus of
believers from large swaths of the Middle East and Africa, in an attempt to escape violence.

“Christians are fast disappearing from entire regions – most notably a huge chunk of the Middle East but also whole dioceses in Africa. In large part, this migration is the product of an ethnic cleansing motivated by religious hatred,” says the report “Persecuted and Forgotten?” published by the Christian relief group, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).

As 2016 begins, a good New Year’s resolution for the West may be to start paying attention to the plight of Christians throughout the world at the hands of radical Islam and seriously committing to taking the necessary measures to oppose it.

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2015/12/31/2015-year-anti-christian-jihad-christians-allahs-enemies/
 

 Lawmakers call on Obama to recognize Christian genocide By Barbara Boland    9/11/15

A bipartisan group of lawmakers announced a resolution Thursday to recognize the Christian genocide taking place in Iraq and Syria, in hopes that the resolution will force the Obama administration to act.

"Christianity in the Middle East is shattered," Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., said Thursday at an event introducing the measure. "The ancient faith tradition lies beaten, broken and dying. Yet Christians in Iraq and Syria are hanging on in the face of the Islamic State's barbarous onslaught. This is genocide."

"Last year, the world watched in horror as ISIS initiated a political and religious insurrection in the name of establishing a caliphate across Iraq and Syria," said Rep. Juan Vargas, D-Calif. "We must not mince words, today a genocide is being committed against Christians and other religious minorities in their historic homelands throughout the greater Middle East. These crimes against humanity must be properly acknowledged in order for the global community to appropriately respond to these infringements on religious freedom."

"Does this administration care?" asked former Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va. "This is genocide."

"Christians are in trouble throughout the Middle East and northern Africa — I hope this administration dials up concern for Christians ... I don't know what the administration thought, that things couldn't get worse or whatever," said Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas. "There's a growing segment of our society that doesn't seem to have a lot of respect for the importance of the Christian community and the role it plays."

"The United States should be aggressively protecting these Christians regardless of what the cause of the instability is," continued Poe. "But they should be protected even more because part of that instability was caused by decisions made by the United States."

Wolf pointed out that the Obama administration didn't say that the 21 Coptic Christians beheaded by the Islamic State were killed because of their religion, and instead called them "21 Egyptians." But those calling attention to Christian persecution say this omission was glaring because the Islamic State video showing their beheading was titled "A message signed with blood to the nation of the cross." In it, a masked jihadi points a bloody knife in the direction of the Vatican and warns, "We will conquer Rome."

A year ago, California businessman and Chaldean-American leader Mark Arabo said in a story that went viral: "Christianity in Mosul is dead, and a Christian holocaust is in our midst ... children are being beheaded, mothers are being raped and killed and fathers are being hung."

A year later, Iraq's 1.5 million strong Christian population has been culled to 300,000, as millions of Iraqis and Syrians flee the devastation wrought by the Islamic State.

Iraq boasts the oldest continuing community of Christians stretching back 2,000 years, but they are on the verge of being completely annihilated by the Islamic State. Seventeen Christian families leave Iraq every day, Wolf said Wednesday at a panel discussion held by In Defense of Christians in Washington, D.C.

Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., said Thursday that Iraqi's religious minorities are literally begging on their knees for action.

"The head of the Maronite church got down on his knees [in front of me] and said, 'Please help us get out, or otherwise they're going to kill each one'" of the Christians left in Iraq, said Mulvaney.

Even though millions are being targeted by radical Islamist groups because of their religion, there is currently no way to prioritize refugee status on the basis of religion.

While a resolution does not have the force of law, legislators see naming the tragedy in the Middle East as the first step the United States must take.

"By bringing the authority of the United States Congress, which still is viewed with significant authority around the world, and planting that word in front of the consciousness of the international community, hopefully it compels broader, swifter strategic thinking and action," Fortenberry told the Washington Examiner.

"The United States should provide humanitarian aid, protection and faster refugee processing for these most vulnerable communities, but an official statement of the Congress of the United States must be made to label these atrocities carried out against Christians and other religious minorities for what they are ... genocide," said Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif.

Supporters said they're hopeful the resolution could influence the Obama administration's actions. In August 2014, Fortenberry, joined by Vargas and Eshoo, helped pass a resolution in the House condemning the persecution of Iraqi Christians and religious minorities in August 2014. Three days later, President Obama ordered airstrikes to save the Yezidi religious minority from extermination on Mount Sinjar by the Islamic State.

"It's sad that all we are doing is calling it genocide, but yet at the same time, the power of the word itself ... creates the gateway for additional action by the international community ... to try to stop what's a threat to civilization itself," Fortenberry told the Examiner.

A cadre of lawmakers brought the resolution to the Vatican last week, and Pope Francis promised to present it to fellow Catholic House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, when the two meet later this month. Pope Francis has called the international community's failure to respond to the crisis "a scandal of silence."

"My parents and I became human rights defenders precisely to ensure that nothing like the Holocaust would ever happen again," said Katrina Lantos Swett, former chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, during the panel discussion Wednesday. "What the world promised would never happen again is happening today — mass murder, mass rape, mass torture. All of this is happening ... as I speak."

This article appears in the Sept. 14 edition of the Washington
Examiner magazine.


 Israel's messianic village ordered to pay $20,000

November 1, 2012

Facing legal assault after lesbians not allowed to use facility.

A new report in Israel Today reveals that a small communal village started by Christian lovers of Israel and run today by Israeli messianic Jews is facing a legal assault for not allowing lesbians to use its facility for a “wedding.”

The report by Ryan Jones in Israel Today describes the plight of Yad Hashmonah as similar to that of several businesses in the United States where same-sex duos have brought legal action over the refusal by Christians to support their lifestyle. One prominent case involved a New Mexico photographer who was assessed some $6,000 by the state for declining to photograph a lesbian ceremony.

Similar cases have developed in the United Kingdom, too.

Yad Hashmonah was set up in 1974 and over the years, the children of the original pioneers married into the local believing community, the report said.

But its identity as a “beacon of messianic Jewish faith” has had its price, the report said.

Israel Today described how Yad Hasmonah was sued for refusing to host a lesbian wedding at its event hall and biblical gardens.

“Liberal elements opposed to the interference of biblical faith in this land saw an opportunity, and struck. Beyond the $20,000 in damages Yad Hashmonah was ordered to pay the lesbian couple, the village has now become a target for the more extremist elements in the homosexual community, and may end up losing the use of its hall and gardens as a business,” the report said.

Ayelet Ronen, a director, said the issue arose for a part of the village that is registered as a business.

Check out ‘Israel Today’ today!

“Though we stressed at court that we are a Bible-believing village, the judge said that was not enough, and that based on the law our public service facilities (which are registered as a business) are not a religious institution and therefore must serve everyone equally,” Ronen told the publication.

He said the end result may be that the facilities will be closed to everyone.

“These facilities might have to be closed as a general public service. If we decide against our own legal action, we will have to rethink what we have here. Already we are receiving many phone calls from other gay couples asking to be married at our facilities. They want to force us (as believers) to facilitate this kind of event, but we cannot and will not do so. For now we have to simply turn down all new bookings,” Ronen said.

“Our goal was always to be a living testimony to the Israeli public. Many believers work in the ‘Christian’ field, in ministries, in organizations from abroad, but our desire was to be integrated into mainstream Israeli society by offering a quality little guest-house service (a concept very popular with Israelis) where our faith is openly declared. And hundreds of Israelis go through this place every month. We get a chance to share openly about our faith on a daily basis, and we do it with love, despite the fact that it’s not always easy,” he continued.

Ronen explained the options are limited.

“We are down on our knees praying about how and where to turn, for a change in direction. I really believe that God is doing something here and I am willing to follow, even if it means closing the facilities completely or re-opening them solely as a messianic center. But we need help, and if brothers and sisters around the world can stand with us in practical support, now is the time!” he said.

The organization is online at www.yad8.com.

http://www.wnd.com/2012/11/israels-messianic-village-ordered-to-pay-20000/
 

 Some 200 Christians Killed in Post-Election Violence

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2011

ACLJ to Nigerian Gov’t: Take Corrective Action Following Election Violence that Targeted Christians

Following the discovery that some 200 Christians have been killed and more than 500 churches attacked, America's leading conservative public interest law firm is calling on the government of Nigeria to take action. The American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ), which provides assistance in several African countries through its international outreach, is in the early stages of its work in Nigeria and the violence was uncovered during a fact-finding mission in the African nation.

The attacks occurred in 12 northern states in Nigeria in an outbreak of post-election violence last April.

"It is very disturbing to find that Christians were specifically targeted and, in many instances, killed because of their religious beliefs," said Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the ACLJ. "We're calling on the Nigerian government to take corrective action and to prosecute those responsible for these crimes. At a time when Christians face persecution in so many parts of the world, it's important that Nigeria step up and take the corrective action necessary to ensure that the religious and civil rights of Christians are protected."

The ACLJ findings were also corroborated by a report prepared by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), which submitted its data to a presidential panel.

The ACLJ's fact-finding mission observed specific instances of extreme prejudice against people of faith:

In Bauchi state, Muslim youths accosted a rural missionary at a roadblock and dragged him into a mosque after being singled out as the sole Christian in the taxi. After repeated orders to renounce his faith, the Muslim youth gouged out missionary’s eyes and stabbed the missionary before incinerating his body in flames.

In Kano state, a church secretary ran to a police station three times for help when Muslim youths converged on his church office. The police refused to respond and, as a result, the Muslim youths systematically burned 15 churches. The Muslim youths returned several days later to finish off one building they had missed.

In Jigawa state, a senior police officer visited a conclave of Christian churches and promised them protection. Moments later, while he was still within the vicinity, a band of attackers besieged the churches and burnt them in full view of the police. After protests by the pastors, some of the suspects were arrested; however, the police immediately released the suspects.

In Gombe state, a woman and her family were set ablaze in their own home. Though she was rushed to a hospital, the hospital refused her admission. Subsequently, another hospital accepted her for treatment, but she eventually died from 3rd degree burns over 80% of her body.

In Kaduna state, Muslim youths invaded a federal university and destroyed the Christian chapel directly adjacent to campus security building. At off-campus residences, the Muslim youths targeted only Christian students by throwing their belongings into the street before setting them ablaze.

These are just a few of the more egregious instances documented during a three-month investigation from May to July 2011 that included travel to most of the 12 states that experienced the worst of the violence. These attacks were replicated on a similar pattern in all 12 states.

The ACLJ notes that there were backlashes from Christians in one state. In Kaduna state, the ACLJ noted Mosques burnt in the southern "Christian" side of the state capital and also in the southern part of the state. Reprisal attacks occurred in some communities while defensive actions were carried out in others. As a result, Kaduna has the worst overall impact with thousands of people losing commercial and personal property and tens of thousands across the north displaced.

While commending the federal government for appointing a panel to look into the crisis, the ACLJ is concerned that this panel will mimic the plethora of similar panels appointed in Nigeria over the last quarter century of sectarian persecution. Nothing much has come out of these inquiries. Indeed some of the churches burnt in recent months had been rebuilt after being burnt in 1987.

The ACLJ is particularly concerned that the current panel is handicapped by:

Too little time to effectively gather comprehensive data;

Overly restrictive terms of reference that focuses on damage assessment but not perpetrator identification;

Overly burdensome requirement for Internally Displaced Persons to provide professional bills of quantities for their lost houses; and

Inadequate information and public awareness of the public hearings held by the panel.

The ACLJ urges the Nigerian government to:

Compensate the victims in a timely manner to facilitate a quick recovery;

Promptly and diligently prosecute offenders to end impunity in the worst cases of religious discrimination cloaked as political protests;

Investigate and punish instances of reported complicity, negligence or inaction by law enforcement authorities;

Clearly redefine rules of engagement during civil strife to ensure the protection of civilian populations, especially vulnerable and endangered minorities;

Release a comprehensive report of its findings; and Initiate an action plan to implement recommendations for resolutions.

The ACLJ and its globally affiliated organizations are committed to ensuring the ongoing viability of freedom and liberty in the United States and around the world. Led by Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, the American Center for Law and Justice focuses on constitutional law and is based in Washington
 

 Tracing the Marxist Roots of the Assault on the Family

6/17/2015 12:01:00 AM - Jerry Newcombe

Aristotle once said, “Men start revolutionary changes for reasons connected with their private lives.” Is there a link to Karl Marx and his own abysmal failure as a family man and the all-out assault on the traditional family today?

Yes, says New York Times bestselling author, Dr. Paul Kengor, in his brand new book called Takedown: From Communists to Progressives, How the Left Has Sabotaged Family and Marriage.

If you saw Dinesh D’Souza’s first movie on Obama, then you have seen a cameo of Paul Kengor. He was discussing his book The Communist, which documents that President Obama as a young man was mentored by a card-carrying member of the Communist Party USA.

Frank Marshall Davis was the “Frank” Obama mentions 22 times in his own memoir, Dreams of My Father. He started mentoring young Barack when the future president was nine years old. Davis also happened to be Communist Party USA member #47544.

None of this means that everyone currently supporting same-sex marriage or other alternatives to the traditional family, including the president, are communists. Of course not. But there is an historic link, and it ought to be known.

I spoke recently with Paul Kengor on my radio show, and he said that he wrote the book because he was looking for a book like it and couldn’t find one. So he decided to write it.

Kengor said on my radio show: “I read People’s World, the successor to the Daily Worker, every day. To see them suddenly so gung ho, celebrating LGBT pride month, constantly writing articles in support of gay marriage…to see even Castro’s Cuba, where they used to throw gays in prison, to see them holding gay pride marches, signing onto gay marriage---I realized all of this makes sense when you see the left’s 200 year effort to abolish the family, to redefine marriage, and to take down the natural, traditional, biblical marriage.”

The father of Communism, Karl Marx (1818-1883), dared to teach the world how to conduct their financial affairs, but he couldn’t run his own household and keep food on the table. He had a disastrous family life---both in his family of origin and then in his marriage. He lived in squalor as a leech off of his writing partner, Frederick Engels, who had inherited money.

Kengor notes that “Four of Marx’s six children died before he did, and at least two of the daughters committed suicide, one of them reportedly in a suicide pact with her husband---a son-in-law that Marx ridiculed.”

Kengor says this of the father of Communism’s marriage: “…in 1862 Marx wrote a letter to Engels noting that every day his wife expressed a wish to die; such was her misery. In another letter to Engels during one of Marx’s many financial crises, Marx asserted to his partner, ‘Blessed is he who has no family.’”

Kengor told me, “Engels never got married. He refused to marry these poor women, his mistresses, who were begging him to marry them.”

One of the tenets of the classic book Marx wrote with Engels in 1848, The Communist Manifesto, states: “Abolition of the Family! Even the most radical flare up at this infamous proposal of the Communists.”

Kengor notes how the results were devastating to the traditional family in the heyday of the Soviet Union, where Marxism was fully tried and found wanting. Divorce was rampant. Abortion was so common that for every live birth, there were about three abortions. Yet for decades, the USSR represented the future to many progressives from the West.

Many liberals in America bought into the Marxist notion that the traditional family was oppressive by nature. Kate Millett, a Columbia grad, and the author of the popular Sexual Politics, held a meeting with fellow liberals where they declared their goal to “destroy the family” in order to “destroy the American Patriarch.”

How would they do this? The answer was “By promoting promiscuity, eroticism, prostitution and homosexuality!”

Millett made the cover of Time (8/31/70) as “the Mao Tse-Tung of Women’s Liberation.” Kengor quotes Millett’s sister, years later, on the impact of this Marxist feminist pioneer: “I’ve known women who fell for this creed in their youth who now, in their fifties and sixties, cry themselves to sleep decades of countless nights grieving for the children they’ll never have and the ones they coldly murdered…”
Takedown helps connect some crucial dots in this long struggle against God’s design for the family.

Kengor notes that even if the Supreme Court “re-defines” marriage for all Americans, signing on to gay marriage for the whole country, they will still be defying (to paraphrase Jefferson) the laws of nature and of nature’s God.

http://townhall.com/columnists/jerrynewcombe/2015/06/17/tracing-the-marxist-roots-of-the-assault-on-the-family-n2012948?
 

 Federal Judge: No Right to Same-Sex Marriage

The Daily Signal    10/22/14

On Tuesday, United States District Judge Juan Pérez-Giménez upheld Puerto Rico’s law defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. He concluded that the U.S. Constitution does not require the redefinition of marriage.

Notably, Pérez-Giménez becomes the first Democrat-appointee to the federal bench to uphold marriage law since the Supreme Court’s Windsor decision on the Defense of Marriage Act case.

And it is the Supreme Court’s Windsor decision that Pérez-Giménez highlights as to why states have constitutional authority to make marriage policy:

The Windsor opinion did not create a fundamental right to same gender marriage nor did it establish that state opposite-gender marriage regulations are amenable to federal constitutional challenges. If anything, Windsor stands for the opposite proposition: it reaffirms the States’ authority over marriage, buttressing Baker’s conclusion that marriage is simply not a federal question.

Pérez-Giménez goes on to cite Windsor: “the definition of marriage is the foundation of the State’s broader authority to regulate the subject of domestic relations with respect to the ‘protection of offspring, property interests, and the enforcement of marital responsibilities.’”

The judge also appeals to an earlier Supreme Court case, Baker v. Nelson, where the Court rejected a challenge to a state’s marriage law because, the Court said, the challenge lacked a “substantial federal question.” Pérez-Giménez explains:

Contrary to the plaintiffs’ contention, Windsor does not overturn Baker; rather, Windsor and Baker work in tandem to emphasize the States’ “historic and essential authority to define the marital relation” free from “federal intrusion.”

Pérez-Giménez, a federal district court judge, also points out that his Circuit Court has cited the authority of Baker: “The First Circuit expressly acknowledged—a mere two years ago—that Baker remains binding precedent ‘unless repudiated by subsequent Supreme Court precedent.’” And, the judge points out, he “cannot see how any ‘doctrinal developments’ at the Supreme Court change the outcome of Baker or permit a lower court to ignore it.”

Indeed, the judge has harsh words for other judges who have struck down state marriage laws: “It takes inexplicable contortions of the mind or perhaps even willful ignorance—this Court does not venture an answer here—to interpret Windsor’s endorsement of the state control of marriage as eliminating the state control of marriage.”

Just so. And if state marriage laws ever make it back to the Supreme Court, this is precisely what the Court should rule. Indeed, Pérez-Giménez highlights what other courts have frequently forgotten about the rationale underlying marriage laws:

Recent affirmances of same-gender marriage seem to suffer from a peculiar inability to recall the principles embodied in existing marriage law. Traditional marriage is “exclusively [an] opposite-sex institution . . . inextricably linked to procreation and biological kinship.” Traditional marriage is the fundamental unit of the political order. And ultimately the very survival of the political order depends upon the procreative potential embodied in traditional marriage.

Those are the well-tested, well-proven principles on which we have relied for centuries. The question now is whether judicial “wisdom” may contrive methods by which those solid principles can be circumvented or even discarded.

Pérez-Giménez thus concludes:

Baker, which necessarily decided that a state law defining marriage as a union between a man and woman does not violate the Fourteenth Amendment, remains good law. Because no right to same-gender marriage emanates from the Constitution, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico should not be compelled to recognize such unions. Instead, Puerto Rico, acting through its legislature, remains free to shape its own marriage policy. In a system of limited constitutional self-government such as ours, this is the prudent outcome.

As Pérez-Giménez points out, “The people and their elected representatives should debate the wisdom of redefining marriage. Judges should not.”

Someone should let POTUS know.

Credit:  Ryan T. Anderson / October 22, 2014
 

 Benjamin Netanyahu: Middle East Christians facing 'difficult time'

By Zack Colman December 25, 2014 For WEX

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu extended sympathies to Christian communities across the [Middle] East that have faced "violence, persecution and fear" for the religion they practice.

"Christian communities in the Middle East are experiencing a particularly difficult time," he said in a Christmas message.

Christians have been targeted by the militant Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, putting communities in the area on the defense — in Iraq, there are still 400,000 Christians. Many are on the run from Islamic State. Here in Israel, freedom of religion is a sacred principle.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=xh80vhMG6MM
 

 

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