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Posted by Chris Cline on September 13, 2009

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Academia to high schools: No God allowed

Posted by Chris Cline on July 19, 2008

Arguments were heard today in a federal district court case to determine whether a state university system can dictate that private Christian schools in the state teach their college prep courses from exclusively secular, Bible- and God-free textbooks.

As WND reported earlier, the University of California system adopted a policy last year that basic science, history, and literature textbooks by major Christian book publishers wouldn’t qualify for core admissions requirements because of the inclusion of Christian perspectives.

Robert Tyler, who is representing Calvary Chapel Christian School and five students in the case against the University of California, told WND that the university’s discriminatory policy creates an ultimatum for Christian schools. “If you want courses to be approved in private education, so your students are qualified to attend (UC) institutions, you must teach from a secular point of view,” he said.

“Christian schools will have to decide: teach from a Christian worldview and eliminate your student’s ability to attend a UC school, or teach from a secular worldview, so that the kids can enter the UC school system,” he explained.

“Essentially what’s happening is the UC has to pre-approve courses taught in high school,” Tyler said. “It’s pretty shocking, because in depositions UC reps made it clear: whether it be English, history or science, the addition of a religious viewpoint makes it unacceptable.”

Tyler also told WND that though a decision from Federal District Court Judge Otero is expected in the next two to three weeks, he fully expects the case to be appealed to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and perhaps even the U.S. Supreme Court, since both sides are firmly entrenched and likely to appeal if Otero decides against them.

“We believe that UC’s discrimination is clearly unconstitutional and violates the First Amendment, because UC is attempting to secularize Christian schools,” Tyler said.

“The UC is intent upon defending some ‘right’ to discriminate unlawfully,” he said. “They seem steadfast that students will not be adequately prepared for college because a Christian worldview was added to their curriculum.

“We won’t accept that, and we’re resolved to take this to higher court if necessary.”

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Report: 92 Percent of Americans Believe in God

Posted by Chris Cline on June 28, 2008

A study released June 23, 2008, found that 92 percent of Americans believe in God, including about one in five who say they are atheists.

The survey1 by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life is the organization’s second report based on the U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, one of the largest polls ever conducted on Americans’ religious views, with more than 35,000 adults interviewed.

The first report,2 released in February, examined the religious makeup of America.3 The second report states that 74 percent of Americans believe in heaven and 59 percent believe in hell. And a majority of people also believe that both angels and demons are working in the world, and that miracles occur today as they did in ancient times.

Politically speaking, evangelical Christians and Mormons tend to be Republican or favor the Republican Party. More than three-quarters of members of historically black churches favor the Democratic Party, as do two-thirds of Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists.

The report confirmed that those who attend church and pray frequently are most likely to oppose legalized abortion and discourage homosexuality. Less division exists between Christians and non-Christians on other issues. Majorities across both religious and secular groups support more government initiatives to help the needy and the environment. Also, majorities in most religions said the United States should concentrate more on solving domestic issues and less on problems abroad.

Twenty-one percent of those polled said they were atheists but expressed belief in God or a universal spirit, as did more than half of those who said they were agnostic.

If religion and belief in God play such a vital role in Americans’ lives, why are they constantly inundated with atheistic-naturalistic, evolution-based science in the media, laboratories, and classrooms?

References

  1. U.S. Religious Landscape Survey: Religious Beliefs and Practices: Diverse and Politically Relevant. June 2008. The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. Available on religions.pewforum.org, accessed June 23, 2008.
  2. U.S. Religious Landscape Survey: Religious Affiliation: Diverse and Dynamic. February 2008. The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. Available on religions.pewforum.org, accessed June 23, 2008.
  3. Summaries for the February and June reports can be viewed here.

* Ms. Dao is Assistant Editor.

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How Do I Measure Up?

Posted by Chris Cline on June 17, 2008

Quite often, Christians are so busy seeing the faults of others that they have no time to look into the mirror of God’s Word to check their own spiritual condition. It never hurts to take time periodically to see how we measure up to the Word of God in our own Christian life. Every Christian should ask himself the following questions at regular intervals:

How much time do I spend in prayer and Bible study each week?

What is there in my life that I am not willing to yield to the Lord?

How much do I actually give to the Lord’s work each month?

Am I praying and working for the salvation of anyone in particular?

What is there in my life that might be a stumbling block to someone else?

Am I doing more or less for the Lord than I was a year ago?

How many Bible verses have I memorized in the past six months?

Am I using my time wisely and for the Lord’s glory?

What is my greatest weakness and source of temptation?

What does the Lord want me to do for Him today?

The answers to these questions will be answered as we search our own hearts before God. If the answers are discouraging, as they may be, it is not cause for distress. but rather for asking for forgiveness and strength. Our joy will then be the sound of His voice saying, ”Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” God’s Word has said, “If we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.”

This tract is available from the Fundamental Evangelistic Association.

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Trial set for pastors with signs wider than torsos

Posted by Chris Cline on June 7, 2008

Nearly a year ago, five Christians were arrested by police in St. Petersburg, Fla., for carrying signs wider than their torsos outside the city’s designated free speech zone at its annual “gay” fest. Now they’ve been given a trial date of June 26. And two days later they plan to be back at the festival, protesting homosexuality.

WND reported at the time when Pastor Billy Ball, Assistant Pastor Doug Pitts, Frankie Primavera and Josh Pettigrew, all of Faith Baptist Church in Primrose, Ga., were arrested after leaving an area set aside by city officials for protest activities. Bill Holt, of Lighthouse Baptist Church in Jefferson, Ga., was also taken into custody.

Primavera today told WND the defendants have been informed that they finally will get to argue their case in court on June 26. He said then two days later, the five, with additional personnel reinforcements, plan to be back at the St. Petersburg event.

“Basically we’ll do the same thing, go back to the gay pride event, hold up signs and preach,” he told WND. He said the same five men are planning to be on hand, and “probably there will be some more people too.”

The story made headlines a year ago because of the city’s novel restriction that the men were told by police their signs were not allowed outside a designated protest area because they were wider than their torsos.

Primavera confirmed, in fact, that in 2007 when the five men were arrested, another church member was not, even though he also was carrying a sign, because physically his torso was wider than the other men.

Lighthouse Pastor Kevin Whitman, who returned to the “protest area” designated by the city instead of being arrested, reported that at last year’s event police officers told them “bigger people could carry bigger signs than smaller people – it all depended on how big your torso was.”

“Our signs were just standard foam-poster board,” he said. “Nothing big – maybe six inches wider than our torsos. If we had just rotated them, the police would have been OK with them. But then, you couldn’t read the message.”

Primavera said the five have had several pretrial hearings, and had been given an earlier trial date that was changed. His lawyers say the date on June 26 now is confirmed.

“We’re kind of hoping that the outcome of our court case might change the ordinance they had,” he told WND. “We’re kind of in limbo until after the court case.”

He said, however, the men believe they did nothing wrong.

“We have all come together,” he said. “If we lose we’re not paying the fine. Either we have a Constitution or we don’t.”

As WND reported, St. Petersburg officials, following disturbances at previous homosexual festivals, implemented rules governing outdoor events that set aside “free speech zones,” where protesters are allowed.

The resulting ordinance came under fire by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Alliance Defense Fund for being too broad. It allows the city to create prior restraints of speech on an event-by-event basis, with virtually no predictable limits. It also criminalizes certain free speech behavior around public events and authorizes the police to enforce breaches of permits – the penalty for such breaches being arrest.

Under the rules enforced in 2007, demonstrators were permitted to use amplified sound and wave banners of any size, including in the restricted event area, only during the pride parade and for a few minutes before and after. During other times, they could be used only in the set-aside area. The policy for large signs and signs mounted on sticks limited their bearers to the restricted zone.

Ball is no stranger to the conflict between homosexual activism and the First Amendment. He and several others were arrested at Atlanta’s homosexual festival in 2006 after walking, accompanied by several other pastors, within 300 yards of the Dyke Parade. The arresting officer, an avowed lesbian, responded to his inquiries about compelling governmental interest with an angry brush-off: “I’m not taking questions today, I’m giving orders.”

Within minutes, five of the men were handcuffed and locked in a stainless steel paddy wagon across the street, where they waited in 100-plus degree heat until they were paraded through an Atlanta precinct. Ball required medical attention after his stay in the steaming, unventilated paddy wagon, and said the men were required to remain handcuffed even when they needed to use the restroom.

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