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School Board Fires Christian Teacher by 5-0 Vote for Refusing To Use Kid’s Preferred Pronoun


Reported By Benjamin Arie | December 9, 2018 at 5:22pm

A widely respected teacher in Virginia is out of a job and his family now has no income after he committed the gravest of politically-incorrect sins: He used the word “she” to refer to a girl.

On Thursday, Peter Vlaming was released from his teaching position at West Point High School after all five board members voted that his objection to using male pronouns for a female student was a fireable offense.

According to WRIC News, a girl at that school decided that she is transgender, and insisted that everyone call her by a new name. Vlaming had no problem with this, but drew the line at saying “him” and “his” to refer to a student who is biologically female. The teacher and students who know him explained that this wasn’t about purposely insulting the transgender person, but rather about being honest and true to his personal beliefs.

“My religious faith dictates that I am to love and respect everyone, whether I agree with them or not. Because we are all made in God’s image,” Vlaming said in an opening statement at the board meeting which decided his fate.

“I am also aware of, and agree, with speech limits that are placed on public school teachers, concerning matters of religious faith,” the teacher continued. “However, we are here today because a specific worldview is being imposed upon me.”

By all accounts, the teacher tried to accommodate the trans student in many ways but does not believe his faith or personal code permits him to pretend that a girl is now a boy.

“I won’t use male pronouns with a female student that now identifies as a male though I did agree to use the new masculine name but avoid female pronouns,” Vlaming said, according to an online petition that circulated to protect his job. Over 2,500 people sided with him.

“Administration is requiring that I use masculine pronouns in any and every context at school. I was informed that any further instances of using female pronouns would be grounds for termination,” the teacher continued.

For their part, the school is claiming that it’s an issue of tolerance … yet they seem to be demonstrating intolerance themselves.

“We do not and cannot tolerate discrimination in any form, or actions that create a hostile environment for any member of our school family,” declared the school board.

It apparently didn’t dawn on them that firing a member of their “school family” for his personal views was fairly hostile.

“What could be worse for your family than being fired from your job for not lying and violating conscience?” wondered Robert A. J. Gagnon, a Harvard-educated theology expert who is following the controversy.

A large number of students and parents apparently agree. “The public hearing was held in the Chorus Room, only allowing 38 members of the public to sit in on the meeting,” explained The Family Foundation.

“There were well over a hundred people who tried to attend the meeting in the middle of a Thursday afternoon. Students and parents sat in the hallway watching a live-stream of the hearing when they learned they could not get into the room,” the pro-family group continued.

Here’s the bottom line: Schools are supposed to be places where facts, reality, and critical thinking are held up as high standards. Young and often rebellious students should have a voice, but they are not the ones who run our schools.

The female student can still be treated with respect, as this teacher reportedly tried to do. She can still choose for herself how she wants to live outside of the school and make choices for herself when she’s an adult graduate.

But the reality is that this student is biologically a female, try as she might to pretend otherwise. Forcing the rest of the school and society as a whole to bend to her whims is not only contradicting scientific facts, it imposes her views onto other people. In a word, it’s dishonest.

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Like Nobody Else: God Loves You in Amazing Ways [Video]


Posted by Phil Bailey |

URL of the original posting site: https://www.electionforum.org/uncategorized/like-nobody-else-god-loves-you-in-amazing-ways/

If people really understood the intensity of God’s love for them, the world would be an entirely different place today…

Chris Tomlin’s new song, “Nobody Loves Me Like You,” captures a fraction of that intensity. The chorus of the song ends with the words, “Your love invades, and I brace for the impact.”

The song will be on his new album, Holy Roar, set for release on October 26th. For concert information … or to sign up for his newsletter … visit Chris Tomlin’s website here.

Watch the official music video of “Nobody Loves Me Like You” (4:43): http://www.coolestone.com/media/20206/Chris-Tomlin—Nobody-Loves-Me-Like-You-(Official-Music-Video)/#.W8Nw90DeDcs

Share the video with some friends who need a reminder of how much God loves them.

Former Trump Enemy Ted Cruz Pushes 7 Major Trump Victories for Faith, Family and Life



Reported By Joshua Gill | June 7, 2018 at 2:42pm

URL of the original posting site: https://www.westernjournal.com/former-trump-enemy-ted-cruz-pushes-7-major-trump-victories-for-faith-family-and-life/

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas praised the Trump administration Thursday for seven major victories he said it accomplished “for faith, for family — for the values that we share.” Cruz made the remarks at the 2018 Road to Majority conference hosted by the Faith & Freedom Coalition.

He lauded the current presidential administration for making significant advances for the protection of religious liberty, individual rights concerning education and family, the defense of the unborn and foreign policy that reversed Obama-era deals.

“Let’s start with number one — judges,” Cruz said. “Principled, constitutionalist judges.”

Cruz mentioned the Trump administration’s victory concerning the nation’s courts with the appointment of Justice Neil Gorsuch, as well as the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in the Colorado bakery case.

“The so-called Colorado Civil Rights Commission demonstrated an antipathy, an animosity to faith that was visceral,” Cruz said. The Supreme Court, however, ruled that “you cannot discriminate against religious faith,” he added, instead of ruling they must be forced to violate their consciences.

“That is not narrow,” Cruz added. “That is a bedrock principle of our First Amendment and of our nation.”

“A second victory concerns life,” Cruz continued, lauding the Trump administration’s “return of the Mexico City rules,” which prevented the U.S. from providing foreign aid to fund abortions in other countries.

Other facets of the administration’s victory for life, according to Cruz, include the new Health and Human Services rules preventing tax funding for health clinics that provide abortions, as well as the dismissal of the litigation against the Little Sisters of the Poor and the repeal of the “abhorrent so-called contraceptive mandate in Obamacare.”

“Here’s a really good rule of thumb,” Cruz said. “If you’re litigating against nuns, you’ve probably done something wrong. It’s a wonderfully reliable checklist.”

The third victory for Cruz was the historic tax cut Congress passed in December, which he said provided more money for the majority of American citizens by “cutting taxes on small businesses, cutting taxes on farmers, cutting taxes on families.”

Cruz then advocated for the implementation of a flat tax and declared Americans “should abolish the IRS.”

The Trump administration scored a fourth victory, according to Cruz, with the repeal of the Obamacare individual mandate. He acknowledged, however, that the repeal of the Affordable Care Act was “the Republican Party’s biggest unkept promise” and urged the party to keep fighting for that outcome.

The final three victories Cruz said the Trump administration achieved for the nation and its values were the passage of “school choice” legislation, Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and Trump’s “right decision to withdraw from the disastrous Obama Iran nuclear deal.”

“Seven victories and more to come,” Cruz said in closing.

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10 Tweets About Billy Graham’s Death That Show Liberal Intolerance


Authored By Jonathan Pincus | March 1, 2018 at 10:16am

URL of the original posting site: https://www.westernjournal.com/10-tweets-billy-grahams-death-show-liberal-intolerance/

The recent passing of American evangelist Rev. Billy Graham sent shockwaves throughout the world, with many offering their condolences and kind words to the man on social media.

However, some liberals had to make their dislike of Graham known, even in his death, displaying that even a late pastor isn’t safe from the ugly head of the intolerant left.

WARNING: SOME TWEETS BELOW CONTAIN STRONG LANGUAGE.

Teen Vogue columnist Lauren Duca used the social media platform to offer her not-so-kind words to Graham, telling him to “have fun in hell, b—-.”

Dan Arel, author and self-proclaimed anarchist, joined in the hate-parade aimed at the dearly departed Graham, calling his death “good news.”

While Duca and Arel’s comments seem over the line, they are one of many tweets displaying liberal’s lack of tolerance for Christianity and prominent figures in the faith. A post from former President Barack Obama actually fueled a flurry of intolerant responses from leftists who appeared to have a major dislike for Graham.

“Billy Graham was a humble servant who prayed for so many — and who, with wisdom and grace gave hope and guidance to generations of Americans,” Obama wrote on Feb. 21, much to the chagrin of liberals.

“Delete this,” one Twitter user wrote.

And this was just the tip of the iceberg.

Graham, an evangelical pastor and personal advisor to Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard Nixon, passed away on Feb. 21, 2018, at the age of 99, as reported by Fox News.

New Religion In California Will Worship Man Made ‘Messiah’


Posted By http://www.westernjournalism.com | December 11, 2017 at 4:45pm

URL of the original posting site: https://www.westernjournalism.com/new-religion-forming-california-worship-man-made-ai-messiah/?

Former Google and Uber engineer Anthony Levandowski has reportedly created a new religion called Way of the Future, which involves worshiping an artificial intelligence robot. The papers filed with the Internal Revenue Service in May state that the religion’s activities will revolve around “the realization, acceptance, and worship of a Godhead based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) developed through computer hardware and software,” according to Wired.

This also includes funding the research to create the divine AI itself.

“What is going to be created will effectively be a god,” Levandowski told Wired. “It’s not a god in the sense that it makes lightning or causes hurricanes. But if there is something a billion times smarter than the smartest human, what else are you going to call it?”

The documents also say that the church will conduct workshops and educational programs throughout California’s Bay Area beginning this year, Wired reported.

“The idea needs to spread before the technology,” he told Wired. “The church is how we spread the word, the gospel. If you believe (in it), start a conversation with someone else and help them understand the same things.”

Similar to other religions, Way of the Future will reportedly have a gospel called “The Manual,” public worship ceremonies and a place of worship, according to Wired.

Levandowski reportedly wants the newly created religion to ease the “inevitable” transition of computers exceeding human intelligence.

As reported by The Daily Wire, lawyer and AI expert John Mitchell expects the church would be successful because of human compulsion to “worship supreme understanding.”

“We (believe) there must be some higher power that causes lightning, sunsets, and crashing waves — or at least speaks to the bottom of our beings, rather than ignore them as ho-hum background,” Mitchell said.

The new AI church doesn’t believe in supernatural powers, but instead, believes in the idea that everything can be solved with science, according to the Daily Star. They also claim that machines have rights, including the right to become “super intelligent.”

The Way of the Future‘s website says it is important for machines to know who is friendly to their cause and who is not, so that there can be a “peaceful and respectful transition.”

“We’d like to make sure this is not seen as silly or scary,” Levandowski told Wired. “I want to remove the stigma about having an open conversation about AI, then iterate ideas and change people’s minds.”

He also wants the AI machine to see humans as its “beloved elders that it respects and take care of” so that it would say, “‘Humans should still have rights, even though I’m in charge,’” Wired reported.

In response to the question of when the Way of the Future’s AI will take charge, Levandowski replied: “I personally think it will happen sooner than people expect. Not next week or next year; everyone can relax. But it’s going to happen before we go to Mars.”

Islamists Won’t Tell You About “Taqiyya” And Its Dark Secrets


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URL of the original posting site: http://conservativetribune.com/islamists-wont-tell-taqiya-secrets/

Some of our readers may have heard reference here or elsewhere to a particular concept of the Islamic faith known as “Taqiyya.” According to the al-Islam Digital Islamic Library, sort of a Shi’ite encyclopedia, it is a “thorny” topic that nevertheless requires “discussion.”

The word “taqiyya” quite literally translates as: “Concealing or disguising one’s beliefs, convictions, ideas, feelings, opinions, and/or strategies at a time of eminent danger, whether now or later in time, to save oneself from physical and/or mental injury.”

In other words, dissimulation, which means to purposefully hide something underneath a false appearance.

The concept of concealing one’s faith and the goals associated therewith from those who don’t share said beliefs is believed to have arisen early and become accepted on the Shia side of the Islamic split. It was used in order to counter persecution or threats coming from the Sunni side of the split, though Sunnis have also embraced the concept over the centuries as well, and adapted its use to further their own jihad.

Many Islamic scholars have gone to great effort to cite specific instances in the Quran that would support the belief that it is not only permissible, but even encouraged, for a Muslim individual to deliberately lie to non-Muslims about their faith or intentions, if doing so would save them from potential harm while at the same time not causing any harm to the Islamic faith as a whole.

Part 3 of al-Islam’s dissertation on dissimulation quoted several different suras from the Islamic holy book, two of which were suras 3:28 and 16:106.

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“Let not the believers take for friends or helpers unbelievers rather than believers: if any do that, (they) shall have no relation left with Allah except by way of precaution (“tat-taqooh”), that ye may guard yourselves (“tooqatan”) from them,” read 3:28, which essentially stated that lying by way of precaution to guard oneself was acceptable and wouldn’t draw the wrath of Allah.

Sura 16:106 stated nearly the same thing, as “Any one who, after accepting Faith in Allah, utters unbelief, EXCEPT under compulsion, his heart remaining firm in faith — but such as open their breast to unbelief, — on them is Wrath from Allah, and theirs will be a dreadful Chastisement.”

The al-Islam site further sought to justify the deliberate use of deception by Muslims as being perfectly natural and merely the inherent instinct of self-preservation and survival shared by virtually all living things.

So there you have it, not from some supposedly Islamophobic right-winger,” but straight from the Quran and the Islamic scholars that interpret and explain it on behalf of their faith to enlighten their followers, that Muslims are permitted to lie to non-Muslims in certain circumstances that are rather loosely defined.

H/T Wikipedia

Pastor: New Film Makes Steve McQueen’s Wish About Christ Come True


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URL of the original posting site: http://www.westernjournalism.com/new-film-makes-steve-mcqueens-wish-christ-come-true/

Legendary actor Steve McQueen returned to the screen Sunday before an audience of 38,000 packed into a Phoenix stadium for the Harvest America Crusade as Pastor Greg Laurie shared the most important part of McQueen’s saga.

Laurie, a McQueen fan whose book, Steve McQueen: The Salvation of an American Icon has now been made into a documentary, gave the audience a preview of his film.

“I thought this is a story that needs to be told,” Laurie said. “It’s a story McQueen, in his own words, worried he’d never be able to share with the world. Now, almost 40 years after his step into heaven, he’ll finally get the chance.”

“And one thing Steve said before he died was, ‘My only regret in life is that I was not able to tell people about what Christ did for me,’” he added.

McQueen, who starred in more than two dozen films from 1953-1980, died in 1980 at the age of 50 from mesothelioma.

“In a significant turn toward the end of his life, ironically, just before he found out that he had cancer and while still the top movie star on earth, Steve did something that showed me that he really was ‘the coolest of them all.’ He put his faith in God and became a believer in Jesus Christ,” said Laurie.

“He was simultaneously the most unlikely and then again maybe the most likely person to come to faith in God,” Laurie said.

Despite being one of the most in-demand actors in Hollywood at the peak of his career — and one of its highest-paid — Laurie said McQueen sought out a spiritual significance in his life.

“When you’ve experienced everything that this culture offers, you will see how empty it is,” Laurie said. “That was true of Steve: He had it all, but something was missing, and that led him to a little church in Santa Paula, California, where he heard the message of Jesus Christ for maybe the first time in a way he understood it.”

Laurie said McQueen’s experience was like that of many others: He asked a church-going friend if they could attend church together. In this case, Laurie noted, the friend was flight instructor Sammy Mason, who was teaching McQueen to fly a biplane. Leonard DeWitt, the pastor of Ventura Missionary Church at the time, helped McQueen accept Christ, Laurie said.

“I know this because Pastor DeWitt met with Steve maybe a month after that, and they had a long discussion where the pastor answered a lot of Steve’s questions,” Laurie said. “The pastor asked Steve, ‘Have you become a born-again Christian?’ And Steve said he had.”

Laurie said there is a message in McQueen’s journey.

“Steve had the statistical cards stacked against him — no father in his life, an alcoholic mother who really didn’t have time for him,” Laurie said. “The fame and all the power he acquired actually, in some ways, made his life worse. It was like throwing gasoline on a fire.

“He could have ended up overdosing on drugs or killed behind the wheel of an automobile, but yet he made his way to hear the gospel and so I think the takeaway truth is, ‘Wow, if God can reach someone like Steve, he can certainly reach me,’” he said.

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