Why We Did Not Stay Silent on Houston’s “Equal Rights” Ordinance

By Alliance Defending Freedom Posted on: | October 25, 2016

By: Pastor Nathan Lino
Lead Pastor of Northeast Houston Baptist Church

I was stunned to wake up one 2014 day in Houston, Texas, to discover that our mayor had subpoenaed the sermons of five pastors. These pastors were leading voices in a formidable legal effort to block her so-called Houston “Equal Rights” Ordinance that would allow transgender people access to any locker room, shower facility, restroom, or similar space of their choosing. An ensuing decision by the Supreme Court of Texas set the stage for a citywide vote on the ordinance.

It was a high profile issue in our city and every pastor had a decision to make: Was this a time to speak or a time to be silent?

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Terminally ill mom denied treatment coverage — but gets suicide drug approved

Stephanie Packer wants to be the face of a Right to Live movement — for as long as she draws breath.

“I just want to spend every last second with my kids,” Packer, a terminally ill, married mother of four kids, ages 7 through 13, tells me.

Nearly two years ago, Brittany Maynard, at just 29 years old, became the face of the Right to Die movement now sweeping across the United States. In Oregon, surrounded by loved ones, she took her own life, legally, before a brain tumor could do it for her, with a self-administered overdose of physician-prescribed barbiturates. I supported her choice to end her agony.

But at what cost?

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State of Georgia Demands Pastor Turn Over Sermons

By Todd Starnes
October 26, 2016 

A lay minister who is suing the Georgia Department of Public Health for religious discrimination has been directed by the state’s attorney general to relinquish his sermons to the government, according to federal court documents.

“Please produce a copy of your sermon notes and/or transcripts,” Attorney General Samuel Olens wrote to attorneys representing Dr. Eric Walsh.

Dr. Walsh said he will not comply with the request.

“No government has the right to require a pastor to turn over his sermons,” Walsh said. “I cannot and will not give up my sermons unless I am forced to do so.”

Walsh, a Seventh-day Adventist lay minister had been hired in May 2014 by as a District Health Director with the Georgia Department of Public Health. A week later, a government official asked him to submit copies of his sermons for review. He complied and two days later he was fired.

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Appeals Court Upholds California Law Forcing Pregnancy Centers to Promote Abortions

STEVEN ERTELT, JAY HOBBS   OCT 14, 2016

The federal appeals court that is considered the most liberal in the country has upheld an onerous California law that forces pregnancy centers to promote abortions. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is one of the most overturned appeals courts in the country because of the left-wing positions that it often takes on issues such as abortion.

Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit upheld AB 775, a California law that forces pro-life resource centers to promote abortion.

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I Used To Work For Planned Parenthood. Yes, Late-Term Abortions Happened Regularly.

BY ABBY JOHNSON
October 2016

Ever since the third and final presidential debate last week, many questions have been circulating online about the truth behind late-term abortions (performed in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy). As a former abortion clinic director, I can help answer some of these questions.

Yes, late-term abortions are legal in the U.S. and do take place through the entire 3rd trimester, including through the 9th month of pregnancy. According to the latest Guttmacher data, about 18,000 3rd trimester abortions are performed every year.

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Boy’s Arrest Thwarts Major Terror Attack in Australia

A 17-year-old boy was taken into custody this weekend after police found three homemade bombs in his home in Melbourne, Australia.

“These are extremely serious offenses and they did involve the use of improvised explosive devices,” Deputy Commissioner Mike Phelan, with the Australian Federal Police, said. “Had we not intervened, there was a real threat of action being taken.”

“We know that we face a very serious terror threat, a very serious terror threat,” Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said.

The suspect is the son of a Syrian-born doctor. He’s been charged with planning a terrorist act and with possessing items connected with terrorism.

He is the twenty-third person to be charged in counterterrorism raids since September. Last month, five Australian teens were arrested, accused of plotting an Islamic State-inspired terrorist attack at a Veterans’ Day ceremony, also in Melbourne.

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ISIS-Inspired Attack Could Come without Warning

Government officials are deeply concerned about the threat ISIS poses in the United States and that it’s getting worse. The recent deadly assault on a cartoon exhibit in Texas has only heightened the alarm.

Now, a top CIA veteran is warning that it’s only a matter of time before the jihadist group launches a 9/11-style attack on American soil.

“If we don’t get ISIS under control, we’re going to see that kind of attack,” Michael Morrell, former acting director of the CIA, said in a USA Today interview.

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said Americans should continue to go to public events, but be vigilant at the same time. 

Last week the Pentagon ordered U.S. military bases to upgrade their force protection condition status because of concerns about ISIS.

Public officials say one reason the terror group poses such a threat is because of its clever use of social media.

“We’re very definitely in a new environment because of ISIL’s effective use of social media, the Internet — which has the ability to reach into the homeland and possibly inspire others,” Johnson said on ABC’s “This Week” show.

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said the United States should not underestimate ISIS’ social media power. She’s especially concerned about the trend of ISIS leaders encouraging sympathizers around the world to carry out attacks for which the group then claims responsibility.

“It is putting the lone wolf in a position [that says] you do it and we take credit for it,” Feinstein told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Some lawmakers are also concerned that a recent ruling against the National Security Agency and its collection of phone records will hamper the country’s ability to counter ISIS.

On ABC’s “This Week,” Sen. Richard Burr, D-N.C., said, “It’s really simple. That turns us back to pre-9/11.”

Some public officials say the restrictions on phone record collections, together with the Internet and lone wolf actors, means an ISIS-inspired attack could come without warning.

That’s why vigilance is a key ingredient for law enforcement and the public.

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Tornadoes, Spring Snow Hit Midwest States

Wild weather struck many parts of the country over the weekend, with tornadoes terrifying residents from Iowa to Texas.

In Lake City, Iowa, helpless bystanders watched as a public building was destroyed.

“There goes the school!” one witness exclaimed.

In the small town of Van, Texas, about 70 miles from Dallas, what appears to have been a tornado injured about two dozen people Sunday night, destroying homes and downing trees.

In South Dakota, nine people were injured in one town and a church destroyed Sunday morning while members were gathered for Sunday school.

Parishioner April Will said they were trying to keep calm because of the children.    

“[We were] trying to keep it together and not get scared because there were a lot of kids,” she said.

Resident Barb Will said, “We huddled in the basement in the bathroom. We huddled down we held onto our knees. We said the Lord’s Prayer. And we felt the pressure. You could hear the bricks falling and we knew it wasn’t good.”

Meanwhile, a spring storm in Colorado dumped as much as 8 inches of snow in and around Denver Sunday. Many tree limbs snapped under the weight of the snow.

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US Defends Human Rights Record at the UN

The United States is defending its human rights record before the U.N. Security Council Monday.

Recent incidents of police officers killing unarmed black men have stirred debate about fairness in the justice system.

U.S. Ambassador Keith Harper said he’s proud of America’s record, but admits she’s not perfect.

Recent events have challenge law enforcement to improve relations with the black community and to change some procedures.

“These events challenge us to do better and to work harder for progress through both dialogue and action,” Justice Department official James Cadogan said.

Cadogan said the government has the authority to prosecute officials who willfully use excessive force.

This is the second time the Security Council has held hearings on human rights in the United States.

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Nun: ‘Islam Is ISIS. Whoever Says Otherwise Is a Liar’

WASHINGTON — The Islamic terror group ISIS is leaving a trail of destruction across large parts of Syria and Iraq with a specific target in their crosshairs.
 
Hundreds of thousands of Christians have been displaced from their homes and countless others have been murdered or enslaved by the jihadist army, with no end in sight.
 
Sister Hatune Dogan has been on the ground and witnessed the devastation of these ancient Christian communities. She’s listened to survivors tell how Christians and Yazidi women are being sold into sex slavery.
 
“They choose the most beautiful one, even if they have a small child, and they sell these women, these ladies to each other. They don’t sell to another religion — only Sunni Muslim,” Dogan said.

“There have been 12,000 kidnapped at the hands of ISIS – Yazidi alone. What is going on there, what I was hearing, is the highest barbarism on earth in the history until today,” she added.
 
Her foundation helps the poor and persecuted in 35 countries, providing them with food, clothing, medicine and shelter.

She travels constantly with a special focus in the Muslim world.

“I’m not coming here for a holiday. I’m coming here to bring a voice to the voiceless so that the world can hear their voice. They don’t have a voice. I am the channel for them. That is my mission,” Dogan declared.
 
Sister Dogan is no stranger to Islamic persecution. As a young girl, threats from local Muslims forced her family to leave their home in Turkey.

They relocated to Germany, where she operates her foundation and sounds the alarm about the gathering Islamic storm.
 
“The mission of (Abu Bakr) Baghdadi, of ISIS, is to convert the world completely to the Islamic religion and bring them to Dar Al Salaam, as they call it. And Islam is not peace, please. Whoever says ISIS has no connection to Islam or something like this is, he’s a liar. ISIS is Islam; Islam is ISIS,” Dogan explained.
 
She’s disappointed by what she calls a weak reaction from the West.
 
“We know that in Islam, there is no democracy. Islam and democracy are opposite, like black and white. And I hope America will understand. America today has the power that they can stop this disaster on the earth, with other Western countries,” she argued.
 
As for Sister Dogan, she says she’ll keep calling attention to the plight of followers of Jesus around the world whether the West wants to hear it or not.

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