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Anti-Christian Attacks On The Rise In France

90 per cent assaults on places of worship target Christians.

While racist, anti-Muslim, and anti-Semitic attacks have seen a huge fall since 2008, those on Christian places of worship more than doubled in this period of time, France’s interior ministry reported last week.

Having documented a record number of anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim attacks in 2015, the French government spent €100 million on a huge anti-populist campaign to reduce Islamophobia, racism, and anti-Semitism.

Subsequently, racist, anti-Semitic, and anti-Muslim attacks fell sharply in 2016 with the former seeing a decline of 58.5 per cent and the latter a drop of 57.6 per cent. These attacks are defined as being fires, violence, degradation, and threats — comments, inscriptions, insulting letters.

In this year, attacks on Christian places of worship have increased by 17.4 per cent in 2016 compared to 2015. Racist attacks, meanwhile, dropped by 23.7 per cent (608 versus 797).

Attacks On Christian Places Have Increased

Le Figaro reported that acts which target Christians now account for 90 per cent assaults on places of worship.

The newspaper points out that, while it is to be expected that attacks on churches are the most plentiful because they exist in the largest number, cases in which Christian places of worship were defiled saw a huge rise between 2008 and 2016.

The government says the majority of the 949 attacks on churches have “no religious motive”, but that there was a possible “satanic motivation” in 14 cases and an “anarchist” motivation in 25. However, since 2008 assaults on Christian places of worship have risen by 245 per cent.

Last year in Dülmen, following the arrival of well over a million migrants in Germany, local media said “not a day goes by” without attacks on Christian religious statues. Breitbart

As Liberal Churches Dwindle Away, Conservative Churches Thrive

A new study from Canada shows that the liberal Gospel that seems more concerned with liberal issues than Christ is in decline and the authentic Gospel labeled wrongly “conservative” by some is thriving.

Over the last five years, my colleagues and I conducted a study of 22 mainline congregations in the province of Ontario. We compared those in the sample that were growing mainline congregations to those that were declining. After statistically analyzing the survey responses of over 2,200 congregants and the clergy members who serve them, we came to a counterintuitive discovery: Conservative Protestant theology, with its more literal view of the Bible, is a significant predictor of church growth while liberal theology leads to decline. The results were published this month in the peer-reviewed journal, Review of Religious Research.

We also found that for all measures, growing church clergy members were most conservative theologically, followed by their congregants, who were themselves followed by the congregants of the declining churches and then the declining church clergy members. In other words, growing church clergy members are the most theologically conservative, while declining church clergy members are the least. Their congregations meet more in the middle.

For example, we found 93 percent of clergy members and 83 percent of worshipers from growing churches agreed with the statement “Jesus rose from the dead with a real flesh-and-blood body leaving behind an empty tomb.” This compared with 67 percent of worshipers and 56 percent of clergy members from declining churches. Furthermore, all growing church clergy members and 90 percent of their worshipers agreed that “God performs miracles in answer to prayers,” compared with 80 percent of worshipers and a mere 44 percent of clergy members from declining churches.

Great Commission culturally insensitive?

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20

For example, because of their conservative outlook, the growing church clergy members in our study took Jesus’ command to “Go make disciples” literally. Thus, they all held the conviction it’s “very important to encourage non-Christians to become Christians,” and thus likely put effort into converting non-Christians. Conversely, because of their liberal leanings, half the clergy members at the declining churches held the opposite conviction, believing it is not desirable to convert non-Christians. Some of them felt, for instance, that peddling their religion outside of their immediate faith community is culturally insensitive.  Full article at Washington Post.

 

How Christianity Changed the World Book Review

Looking for some post-election reading to get you through until the inauguration?

The book How Christianity Changed the World
by Alvin J. Schmidt explores the many contributions of Christianity to the world. It is interesting to learn the powerful influence Christianity has had and still today has in every area of Western Civilization.

Today, many heap criticism on Christians and
argue the church is blocking progress to a more enlightened world. The impression from the secular critics is Christianity is a negative force in today’s world of non-Christian and non-religious alternatives.

Schmidt’s well-documented evidence shows
the transforming power of the Christian faith in western society. Values and customs and institutions that are a part of Western society, that people take for granted without thinking about were those values and customs came from. Where the beginning of institutions in western society began – charity, hospitals, sign language for the deaf, the teaching of both sexes, compulsory education for children, kindergarten, public libraries, care for the mentally ill, care for orphans, the sanctity of human life… Schmidt also does include some the anomalies that crept later into the church’s history.

The benefits in western society we enjoy are directly due to the influence of Jesus Christ -cultural, political, artistic, institutions – Christ who transformed men who in turn transformed society.

A very insightful read.

How Christianity Changed the World by Alvin J. Schmidt is available at Amazon.

Americans Fail Theology 101

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Church’s need to toss out shallow messages and focus on sound Bible study and doctrine, critical thinking, Apologetics, and a biblical worldview.

One thing is certain: Americans love the Bible. A recent report from The American Bible Society and Barna Group finds that two-thirds of the nation believe the Bible contains “everything a person needs to know in order to live a meaningful life.”

And a vast majority of folks in this country still consider themselves Christians. But just how deep does their Christianity run?

Not very, according to the results of a survey released late last month by LifeWay Research. The survey, commissioned by Ligonier Ministries, asked 3,000 participants a set of 47 questions about foundational Christian beliefs.
Many of the answers revealed a mishmash of heresy and confusion about Christianity’s most basic doctrines.

Seventy percent of Americans agree there’s only one true God–one in essence, three in person: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Yet almost the same number believe God accepts the worship of all other religions, even those that deny the Trinity or worship other deities.

Sixty-one percent correctly say Jesus is both human and divine, but half think that He’s also “the first and greatest being created by God,” rather than existing eternally, as Scripture and the ancient creeds of the faith teach.

More bizarre contradictions emerged: Over sixty percent of Americans say that God, Who cannot err, is the Author of the Bible. Yet fewer than half are willing to affirm that the Bible God wrote is “one hundred percent accurate in all it teaches.” Full article at PNW

Hillary Clinton – A Threat To Religious Liberty

Hillary Clinton shows her open hostility toward religious liberty.

This reveals how Hillary truly perceives people of faith in America.  No respect for the views of religious conservative Americans, but their beliefs must change  and bend to her progressive radical agenda.

I don’t think so!

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In a speech not long before she launched her 2016 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton made a stunning declaration of war on religious Americans. Speaking to the 2015 Women in the World Summit, Clinton declared that “deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.”

Religious beliefs have to be changed? This is perhaps the most radical statement against religious liberty ever uttered by someone seeking the presidency. It is also deeply revealing. Clinton believes that, as president, it is her job not to respect the views of religious conservatives but to force them to change their beliefs and bend to her radical agenda favoring taxpayer-funded abortion on demand.

This is the context in which we must read a recently released trove of emails — which, according to WikiLeaks, come from the accounts of Clinton staff — showing the rampant anti-Catholic bigotry that permeates Clinton World.  WaPo

WikiLeaks: Soros Millions Funding Clinton Effort to Undermine Catholic Faith

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George Soros is funding much of the anti-Catholic bigotry by high-level Clinton campaign staffers.

Among the disturbing WikiLeaks emails was evidence of a liberal agenda to undermine the Catholic faith. And billionaire George Soros is funding much of that agenda.

Sandy Newman, president of liberal Voices for Progress, and John Podesta, then chair of the Soros-funded Center for American Progress, discussed promoting contraception as a way to create a “revolution” and undermine the “middle ages dictatorship” of the Catholic Church in a 2012 email exchange. Contraceptives are morally unacceptable, according to Church teaching.

“We created Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good to organize for a moment like this,” Podesta revealed, exposing the group’s anti-Catholic intentions. The group, along with at least 16 others, have received  more than $4.5 million from Soros.

Catholics for a Free Choice and the Quixote Center — also funded by Soros — use Catholicism to promote liberal values like “truly accessible” abortion, condemning contraceptive opposition as “disastrous” to women, and supporting “gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender” policies, which are contrary to Church teaching. NewsBusters

Catholic Bishop Rebukes Clinton Over Anti-Catholic Bigotry Emails

Archbishop Charles Chaput
Archbishop Charles Chaput

In his weekly column for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Archbishop Charles Chaput weighed in to call out the bigotry exposed by the emails of by high-level Clinton campaign staffers.

One email mocked Catholic beliefs as “backwards” and conservative Catholics are termed responsible for “an amazing bastardization of the faith.”  Another email called for a “revolution” in the Catholic Church, to subvert Catholic teachings

the contemptuously anti-Catholic emails exchanged among members of the Clinton Democratic presidential campaign team and released this week by WikiLeaks. A sample:  Sandy Newman, president of Voices for Progress, emailed John Podesta, now the head of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, to ask about whether “the bishops opposing contraceptive coverage” could be the tinder for a revolution. “There needs to be a Catholic Spring, in which Catholics themselves demand the end of a middle ages [sic] dictatorship,” Newman writes.

Of course, Newman added, “this idea may just reveal my total lack of understanding of the Catholic church, the economic power it can bring to bear against nuns and priests who count on it for their maintenance.” Still, he wondered, how would one “plant the seeds of a revolution”? John Podesta replied that “We created Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good to organize for a moment like this . . . likewise Catholics United” (emphasis added).

Another Clinton-related email, from John Halpin of the Center for American Progress, mocks Catholics in the so-called conservative movement, especially converts: “They must be attracted to the systematic thought and severely backwards gender relations and must be totally unaware of Christian democracy.” In a follow-up, he adds “They can throw around ‘Thomistic’ thought and ‘subsidiarity’ and sound sophisticated because no one knows what . . . they’re talking about.”

On the evening these WikiLeaks emails were released, I received the following angry email myself, this one from a nationally respected (non-Catholic) attorney experienced in Church-state affairs:

“I was deeply offended by the [Clinton team] emails, which are some of the worst bigotry by a political machine I have seen.  [A] Church has an absolute right to protect itself when under attack as a faith and Church by civil political forces. That certainly applies here . . .

“Over the last eight years there has been strong evidence that the current administration, with which these people share values, has been very hostile to religious organizations.  Now there is clear proof that this approach is deliberate and will accelerate if these actors have any continuing, let alone louder, say in government.

“These bigots are actively strategizing how to shape Catholicism not to be Catholic or consistent with Jesus’ teachings, but to be the ‘religion’ they want.  They are, at the very core, trying to turn religion to their secular view of right and wrong consistent with their politics.  This is fundamentally why the Founders left England and demanded that government not have any voice in religion.  Look where we are now.  We have political actors trying to orchestrate a coup to destroy Catholic values, and they even analogize their takeover to a coup in the Middle East, which amplifies their bigotry and hatred of the Church.  I had hoped I would never see this day — a day like so many dark days in Eastern Europe that led to the death of my [Protestant minister] great grandfather at the hands of communists who also hated and wanted to destroy religion.”

Of course it would be wonderful for the Clinton campaign to repudiate the content of these ugly WikiLeaks emails. All of us backward-thinking Catholics who actually believe what Scripture and the Church teach would be so very grateful. ArchPhila

Podasta Email: Opening for a Catholic Spring?

This is  unbelievable.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta and a Left-wing activist casually discussing a “revolution” in the Catholic Church, subvert Catholic teachings.

John Podesta
John Podesta

Hillary Clinton’s campaign chief helped to create campaign groups to press for a “revolution” in the Catholic Church, according to leaked emails.

John Podesta, head of Clinton’s campaign, says he helped to found two Catholic organisations to press for change in the Church.

In emails from 2011 released by Wikileaks, Podesta responds to an email from Barack Obama’s friend and former boss, Sandy Newman, about an “opening for a Catholic Spring”. CatholicNewsLive

Sandy Newman
Hi, John,

This whole controversy with the bishops opposing contraceptive coverage even though 98% of Catholic women (and their conjugal partners) have used  contraception has me thinking . . . There needs to be a Catholic Spring, in which Catholics themselves demand the end of a middle ages dictatorship and the beginning of a little democracy and respect for gender equality in the  Catholic church. Is contraceptive coverage an issue around which that could happen. The Bishops will undoubtedly continue the fight. Does the Catholic Hospital Association support of the Administration’s new policy, together with “the 98%” create an opportunity?

Of course, this idea may just reveal my total lack of understanding of the Catholic church, the economic power it can bring to bear against nuns and priests who count on it for their maintenance, etc. Even if the idea isn’t  crazy, I don’t qualify to be involved and I have not thought at all about  how one would “plant the seeds of the revolution,” or who would plant them.  Just wondering . . .

John Podasta is Catholic.  Podasta, is he a believer of the KGB created “Liberation Theology” n Latin America?

We created Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good to organize for a moment like this. But I think it lacks the leadership to do so now. Likewise Catholics United. Like most Spring movements, I think this one will have to be bottom up. I’ll discuss with Tara. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend is the other person to consult.

Podesta email – February 10, 2012

Perhaps  Clinton, Podesta and their ilk should look at the Middle East for a middle ages dictatorship to reform.

 

Wikileaks: Clinton Campaign Mock Catholicism, Evangelical Christianity

Hillary Clinton and her staff’s disdain for Catholics and evangelicals is deplorable and very concerning.

John Podesta & Hillary Clinton
John Podesta & Hillary Clinton

Conservative Catholics” are the latest Americans to be smeared by members of Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign, leaked emails revealed on Tuesday show.

Catholic beliefs are bashed as “backwards” and conservative Catholics are termed responsible for “an amazing bastardization of the faith” in one of the more than 1,000 hacked emails from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta released Tuesday afternoon by WikiLeaks.

“I imagine they think it is the most socially acceptable politically conservative religion,” writes Clinton campaign Director of Communications Jennifer Palmieri.  “Their rich friends wouldn’t understand if they became evangelicals.”

The exchange between Palmieri, then president of the leftist Center for American Progress (CAP), John Halpin, a senior fellow for CAP, and Podesta, occurred in April 2011 and was entitled “Conservative Catholicism.”

“They can throw around ‘Thomistic’ thought and ‘subsidiarity’ and sound sophisticated because no one knows what the hell they’re talking about,” Halpin wrote Palmieri and Podesta. LifeSiteNews

Instead of scoffing, Podesta and his ilk would do better to reflect on the thoughts and concepts, which are intertwined with the history, culture,  and formation of Western society and has kept Western civilization stable.  Much of American society is based on Christian thought; our rights, freedoms, ethics, medicine, science, education, literature, law, values, and the founding of the United States… have a Christian source.

JHalpi:  Friggin’ Murdoch baptized his kids in Jordan where John the Baptist baptized Jesus.

Many of the most powerful elements of the conservative movement are all Catholic (many converts) from the SC and think tanks to the media and social groups.

It’s an amazing bastardization of the faith. They must be attracted to the systematic thought and severely backwards gender relations and must be totally unaware of Christian democracy. email to Podesta 2011

Father Morris: Clinton camp mocking Catholics is ‘bigotry’.  Roman Catholic priest shocked by ‘anti-American talk’ in leaked emails.

Recommended Resource:

How Christianity Changed the World by Alvin J. Schmidt available at Amazon. Book review by Larry D. Paarmann.