Nine innocent victims died and nine others are seriously injured after a gunman opened fire at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College on Thursday, October 1st, forcing the nation to face yet another mass shooting. County Sheriff John Hanlin also told reporters the shooter is dead and is not to be given any name recognition for his heinous crime. The community of Roseberg is grappling with the enormity of the tragedy committed by a white atheist supremacist who had an egotistic desire to become a heroic, mass murderer.
Franklin Graham made this statement: “The persecution and targeting of Christians isn’t just in Iran or the Middle East, it’s right here in America. The bold souls at Umpqua Community College who stood up to say they were followers of Jesus Christ were heinously gunned down with no mercy. Jesus said, ‘If they hate you, remember they hated me before they hated you’” (John 15:18).
Evil is senseless, cruel and personal. It seeks to kill precious life… that is most fragile.
Tony Perkins, President of Family Research Council, made this statement: “We should politicize the toxic environment that President Obama’s policies have fostered toward Christians. We should politicize the fact that the President continues to not just tolerate, but fights for policies that further coarsen our culture and devalue human life.”
The root problem is not the availability of guns, but the type of society we are becoming. America needs to go back to Godly principles, which would involve a spiritual awakening.
We are developing a callousness toward life in this country that is extraordinarily dangerous. I have spent time in third world countries where life has little value and is considered dispensable. It is terrifying to see America heading in that same direction. Nonetheless, there still remains a core of faithful people who are willing to stand up and fight for fundamental human rights.
This week, Planned Parenthood is being investigated on Capitol Hill for its activity in selling aborted baby parts. A bill has just passed the House that makes it a criminal offense for an abortionist to allow a born alive infant to die, whether by neglect or actively killing the child. Obviously, this should be common sense in a civilized society. And yet even the President issued an unusually strong statement in advance of the vote, promising to veto this measure should it come to his desk. It is entirely inexcusable that the President would actively work to prevent a bill that protects our youngest and most vulnerable humans!
With each passing week, the United States is edging precariously closer to the tangible and serious loss of our historic freedoms.
There is enough public knowledge to keep citizens informed of the growing clash of worldviews in this country and the need for proactive civic engagement. Still, too many are uninformed or they simply stick their heads in the sand and remain unconcerned.
Furthermore, the effort to reframe and marginalize Christian morality and faith as “hate speech” within the national discourse is cause for concern. Business owners—photographers, bakers, florists, and others—are being sued, some even closing their doors, for simply adhering to their values, beliefs and their rights of conscience in an honorable fashion. Teachers, counselors, city and county officials, our men and women in uniform, chaplains, students, and even government officials, are being reprimanded for acknowledging God or Jesus Christ in almost any public forum.
We must help wake up the sleeping giant—the Church—before it’s too late! Churches are the upcoming battleground.
This past week, defenders of religious freedom, like Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and the Liberty Institute’s Kelly Shackelford, brought real life examples to Washington, D.C. of Americans attacked for their faith. “The media likes to say the persecution of religious liberty, is not real, and it doesn’t exist. They belittle it; they mock it,” Cruz said as he stood before examples of persecuted Christians at a news conference.
Navy Chaplain Wes Modder was present. For months, his fate was unsettled, while he faced getting booted out of the Navy and losing his pension. He was charged with giving biblical answers while counseling sailors about premarital sex and homosexuality at his naval station in Charleston, South Carolina.
Then, there was Liz Loverde who was recently told by her Long Island, New York, public high school she couldn’t have a Bible club at school. “I was denied because my principal said it was a Christian club and that it was illegal,” Loverde stated. “The only club that was denied was when she asked for a Christian club,” Attorney Kelly Shackelford explained. “There was a gay and lesbian club. There were all kinds of clubs.”
These cases are happening all over the country. They are growing dramatically,” Cruz said. Shackelford quantified it, stating, “In the last two years alone, there’s been an over 133 percent increase in attacks on religious freedom in the United States.” But he said if people will stand and fight, they usually win. For instance, Loverde’s school relented and the club formed. And in Modder’s case, the Navy cleared the chaplain, while the commander who attacked him is out.
Freedom of conscience can include nothing less than the way a person lives all aspects of his or her life. As a nation, our laws must encourage and support, not penalize, citizens who seek to adhere to their moral convictions. –Member of the Congressional Prayer Caucus
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