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Rising Persecution in the Land of the Free

Source: Berit Kjos - (excerpts), Friday May 10th 2013

Hating God and His Truth

A spiritual war has been raging since the beginning of time. The Old Testament points to a cycle that appeared again and again in ancient Israel. As long as the people trusted God, He met their needs. But when they grew strong and proud, they ignored their Provider and forgot His guidelines. When He finally withdrew His hand of protection, they faced droughts, famines, wars and cruel invaders.

Does that sound familiar? The New Testament warns us that we will face similar consequences if we reject His guidelines. Are we prepared to follow our Lord no matter what happens?

The following news items offer clues to the battles ahead:

Christians [are] victims of rising 'hostility' from gov't and secular groups: "The 140-page 'Survey of Religious Hostility in America,' prepared by the Liberty Institute and the Family Research Council, highlighted more than 600 examples illustrating what it characterized as religious animosity shown by judges, government bureaucrats, schools and secular groups. Among the examples listed in the survey:

 ~ Matthew Reynolds, valedictorian for HLV Junior-Senior High School in Victor, Iowa, was told he had to give a 'secular' speech after he wished to attribute his success to his faith in Jesus Christ during his graduation speech....

  ~ Dr. Frank Turek, a Cisco employee, was fired for expressing his views on traditional marriage in his book, even though he never voiced his religious opinions at work.

  ~Samantha Schulz, 8, was barred from singing 'Kum Ba Yah' at a Boys and Girls Club in Port Charlotte, Fla., because the song included the words 'Oh, Lord.'

 ~Lorena Cenzon-DeCarlo, a nurse at Manhattan's Mount Sinai Hospital, was forced to participate in a late-term abortion against her religious convictions, and was threatened with job termination and loss of license. "

Persecution of Christians on Rise -- in U.S.: "A report by two U.S.-based religious freedom groups says anti-Christian persecution is on the rise in America....[Liberty Institute Founder Kelly] Shackleford says government, from schools to social programs, is the ringleader. 'There are children being prohibited from writing Merry Christmas to the soldiers, senior citizens being banned from praying over their meals in the Senior Center, the VA banning the mention of God in military funerals....

      "Christian civil rights organization ACLJ senior counsel David French says the exact rate of increase is hard to determine, but many of the new cases come from colleges.... 'One of the most strident examples: the misuse of the Establishment Clause to attempt to ban any mention of God from historical markers, monuments or even museum exhibits,' French says. 'This represents an effort to whitewash God from American history and change our national identity.'”

Pentagon: Religious Proselytizing is Not Permitted: "...Mikey Weinstein [the anti-Christian founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation] and others from his organization met privately with Pentagon officials on April 23. He said U.S. troops who proselytize are guilty of sedition and treason and should be punished – by the hundreds if necessary – to stave off what he called a 'tidal wave of fundamentalists.'... 'Until the Air Force or Army or Navy or Marine Corps punishes a member of the military for unconstitutional religious proselytizing and oppression, we will never have the ability to stop this horrible, horrendous, dehumanizing behavior.'...

     "[Tony] Perkins said it was troubling the Obama Administration would place so much trust in someone like Weinstein. 'Unfortunately, it appears our military is on a forced march away from the very freedoms they are sworn to protect."

Pentagon Consults Extremist Who Calls Christians Monsters and Enemies of the Constitution to Develop Religious Tolerance Policy: “[Weinstein wrote,] 'Today, we face incredibly well-funded gangs of fundamentalist Christian monsters who terrorize their fellow Americans by forcing their weaponized and twisted version of Christianity upon their helpless subordinates in our nation’s armed forces.' ... Weinstein will be a consultant to the Pentagon to develop new policies on religious tolerance, including a policy for court-martialing military chaplains who share the Christian Gospel during spiritual counseling of American troops."

Winning High School Runner Disqualified for…Giving Thanks to God?  "...Derrick Hayes was preparing for sweet victory — but, despite his win, the excitement was ripped away after he was disqualified for making an apparently unacceptable gesture. His offense? ...offering up a simple praise to God while crossing the finish line."

Elderly Christian florist faces thousands in fines for refusing to provide flowers for gay ‘wedding’: "Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene’s Flowers and Gifts in Richland, refused to sell flowers to Robert Ingersoll for his 'marriage' to Curt Freed. ... 'I grabbed his hand and said, ‘I am sorry. I can't do your wedding because of my relationship with Jesus Christ,’ Stutzman said."

'Gay' case puts speech in category with torture: “'This lawsuit against Rev. Scott Lively is a gross attempt to use a vague international law to silence, and eventually criminalize, speech by U.S. citizens on homosexuality and moral issues..."

No wonder people feel intimidated and afraid!  An article titled "Americans Fear Government More Than Terror" provides some statistics:

"According to a pair of recent polls, for the first time since the 9/11 jihadist hijackings, Americans are more fearful their government will abuse constitutional liberties than fail to keep its citizens safe....

    • Bucking the trend, 51 percent of Democrats responded they would give up personal freedom to reduce the threat of jihad....

    • Forty-seven percent of Republicans, on the other hand, opposed giving up freedoms, compared to only 43 percent in favor.

    • Yet independents were the most resistant, with only 29 percent willing to sacrifice freedom, while 58 percent stood opposed."

So, why is our government so hostile to the Christian message of hope and love?  Why would our leaders trade our Constitutional freedoms for terror and tyranny? Was this agenda planned long ago?

Indeed, it was! Our leaders have been following a global blueprint kept hidden from the public. Step by step, decade by decade, we have been headed for a world government and a global education system that would ban any positive public reference to Jesus Christ and His Word.  And that applies to Jews as well as Christians -- to Europe as well as America. Both have opened their gates wide to anti-Christian migrants who want more than just "asylum."

Ponder the following quotes from two leading globalists in the last century:

 "[In 1933], John Dewey, 'father of progressive education' and honorary president of the National Education Association (NEA), co-authored the Humanist Manifesto I. Its introduction warned against identifying 'religion' with existing doctrines which 'are powerless to solve the problems of humans living in the Twentieth Century...'"

Back in 1946, Canadian psychiatrist, General Brock Chisholm, M.D. became the head of the World Health Organization (WHO). He wrote the following message, which was published in two magazines: the Psychiatry and the socialist International Conciliation. (The latter was published by Alger Hiss (1943, 1945), the Communist leader who co-authored the UN Charter and served Secretary-General at the United Nations organizing conference in 1945.)

"We have swallowed all manner of poisonous certainties fed us by our parents, our Sunday and day school teachers... The results are frustration, inferiority, neurosis and inability to... make the world fit to live in. ...

"The re-interpretation and eventually eradication of the concept of right and wrong which has been the basis of child training... these are the belated objectives of practically all effective psychotherapy....

"...it has long been generally accepted that parents have perfect right to impose any points of view, any lies or fears, superstitions, prejudices, hates, or faith on their defenseless children. It is, however, only recently that it has become a matter of certain knowledge that these things cause neuroses....

"[Individuals with] guilts, fears, inferiorities, are certain to project their hates on to others.... Any such reaction now becomes a dangerous threat to the whole world. ... We must be prepared to sacrifice much....  If it cannot be done gently, it may have to be done roughly or even violently."