Thursday, September 22, 2016

Inclusion of the Bible in "Missing Man" Table Displays Upheld by Veteran's Administration

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Veterans Affairs recently released a memorandum updating its policy guidance on religious expression and display of religious items.   The policy guidance states that the VA "must remain neutral" regarding the "use of any religious or secular items in the display" offered by outside groups and individuals.The memorandum was released following a string of incidents in which Bibles had been removed from POW/MIA displays. 

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin, former U.S. Army Delta Force commander and current Family Research Council executive vice president, made the following comments:
"I am grateful that the VA finally made the right decision to allow religious items – including the Bible – in displays that honor the sacrifice of those who have suffered through captivity in wartime as well as those who have never been recovered and returned and are still missing as a result of combat while serving in the U.S. military. 

"The VA rightly concluded that honoring our service members through table displays that include religious items does not violate the U.S. Constitution or any other law.
"This guidance is long overdue because, unfortunately, various VA officials have been misled by militant secularist groups that have shown contempt for this display tradition and disregarded the families of the MIAs and the POWs themselves.

"While we are encouraged that the VA has finally done the right thing, it should not require tens of thousands of petitions to pressure the VA to come down on the side of the very freedoms that our service members are fighting to defend," conclude Boykin.

Nigeria: Boko Haram Launches Targeted Attacks Against Christians

09/21/2016 Washington, D.C. (International Christian ConcernInternational Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Boko Haram insurgents killed at least eight Christians in an attack on Kwamjilari village, located in Nigeria's turbulent northeastern state of Borno. According to reports, the Christians were killed while returning home from church on Sunday, September 18, suggesting that Boko Haram targeted these individuals because of their Christian faith.
 
Boko Haram insurgents first attacked Kwamjilari by firing randomly into a crowd of Christians leaving church, reportedly killing eight. The insurgents then burned a pile of newly harvested maize, effectively ruining the villagers' harvest.
 
The Kwamjilari attack aligns with a new Boko Haram strategy announced by Abu Musab al-Barnawi in August. In that announcement, which was published in the Islamic State's Al-Naba magazine, al-Barnawi called for the destruction of Christians in Nigeria by saying Boko Haram would begin "booby-trapping and blowing up every church that we are able to reach, and killing all of those who we find from the citizens of the cross."
 
"The government security forces do not go into the interior where the terrorists' enclaves are," Yakubu, a local resident of Kwamjilari, told ICC. "We feel we are just being deceived by the government. Our villages are still at high risk as another village was also attacked the same day."
 
Due to the attack, villagers from Kwamjilari fled to Chibok, where Boko Haram kidnapped approximately 300 girls in 2014. The exact death toll from the attack on Kwamjilari is still unknown as some villagers remain missing. Boko Haram followed Sunday morning's attack with an assault on a civilian commuter convoy and beheaded the chief and chief's son in Tallari village, also located in Nigeria's northeast, on Monday morning.
 
While the convoy was not explicitly Christian, its route transports civilians from the primarily Christian areas of Maiduguri to Chibok. Reports have confirmed that members of the EYN Church in Nigeria were in the convoy, but they managed to escape unharmed.
 
The Nigerian government has recorded notable military victories over Boko Haram recently, however, the insurgents continue to spread terror among Nigerians with an increasing number of surprise suicide bombings. The famine-like conditions in Nigeria also mitigate the government's success against Boko Haram for many citizens. Although Boko Haram has killed more Muslims than Christians to date, al-Barnawi's public commitment to targeting Christians appears to have shifted Boko Haram's strategy which will continue until Boko Haram has been completely defeated.
 
William Stark, ICC's Regional Manager, said, "We are deeply concerned for the protection of our Christian brothers and sisters in Nigeria. With al-Barnawi's declaration of war against Christians in Nigeria and these recent attacks, Nigerian Christians face a grim and violent future. While ICC applauds the continued military defeat of Boko Haram, we also urge the Nigerian government to take steps to protect vulnerable Christian communities. Many Christians displaced by Boko Haram are considering returning to their home villages. Unless the government can guarantee these Christians security, they will either remain in IDP camps or risk being killed in the next Boko Haram attack."

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Pakistan: Schools Teaching Hate Towards Christians

09/20/2016 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) - In July, teenagers killed their classmate, Wajaish Kumar, with their teacher's help. 12-year-old Kasheesh suffered a fractured elbow after her teacher beat her in school. Several months before that, Faisalabad teachers locked a young Christian girl in the school washroom because they accused her of using "Muslim" washrooms. What do these attacks have in common? Christian schoolchildren in Pakistan's education system.

These stories are only a few of the many persecution stories told by Christians in the Pakistani school system and they fit within the broader pattern of nationwide Christian persecution. The recent Easter bombings in Lahore and armed attacks in Peshawar represent the horrible end product of Pakistan's deep-seeded intolerance toward Christianity which is unfortunately nurtured in schools.
Maqbool Masih, a Christian student, describes how teachers encourage Christian persecution in class. "Weeks back, a teacher was lecturing on Islamic history," Masih told Internaitonal Christian Concern (ICC). "However, he started provoking the students against the 'non-believers.' He passionately encouraged hatred against Christians. If he knew I was a Christian, he would have sent me to heaven."
Unfortunately, this verbal, anti-Christian teaching can materialize into physical persecution and social discrimination. One Christian girl, for example, was beaten by her teacher at a private school in Lahore until two of her fingers were fractured in February 2016. Other teachers force their Christian students, some as young as eight-years-old, to clean the entire school building including offices and washrooms every day instead of attending class. Some students even report that some teachers force the Christian students to clean the teachers' homes as well.
In addition to physical persecution, some schools practice social discrimination including segregation. For example, a 12-year-old student told ICC that, "We [Christian students] are not allowed to drink water from the school tap throughout the schooling hours and have to keep our mugs separate from the other students." One teacher beat a Muslim student because she drank water from her Christian friend's bottle because "she wanted to know the 'difference of taste' of Christian's water [from the Muslims' water]."
While Christian students are not allowed to practice their faith at school, teachers force all students to learn Islamic teachings. If not, they are punished. This month, in a village near Faisalabad, a teacher hit an eight-year-old Christian female student in the eye with a stick because she did not memorize the assigned Islamic verses.
Students are not the only victims of persecution in Pakistan's school system. Nabela Nadeem, a female Christian teacher, notes that "Christian teachers are also targeted by school officials for conversion to Islam." Nadeem continued, "A Christian teacher is never accepted as a higher ranked official at schools. A few months ago, a Christian headmaster was beaten and abused by the school's junior teachers because they refused to accept a Christian as a school administrator."
Another teacher acknowledged the social discrimination against Christian educators, "Teachers belonging to the majority religion [Islam], glorify their faith as the holiest and they paint other religions as inferior and show no respect to them."
Human rights leaders denounce Pakistan's education system. Peter Jacob, head of the Lahore-based Center for Social Justice, argues that "besides imparting knowledge and textbooks, the educational institutions and teaching at schools should focus on educating young minds about universal humanity, religious harmony, diversity, dignity of human beings, and equal citizenship." Instead of religious harmony, Jacob contends that "there are several layers of religious discrimination in Pakistan's education system, policy, and textbooks that authorities need to address."
One Christian teacher, Atta Urehman Saman, aptly summarizes the heartbreaking situation for Christian students in Pakistan's schools, "Students that identify with a minority religion experience various discriminations and persecutions in educational institutions throughout the country. Most of the discrimination is physical and mental torture, hate speech, and forced conversion of female students by their teachers or classmates."
No child should have to sacrifice their faith or risk their life for an education, so ICC continually seeks to support the innocent children and their families through medical, educational, and other forms of assistance.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Democrat Senator Sought DOJ and IRS Criminal Prosecutions of Conservatives in 2013

(Washington, DC) Sept. 13, 2016 – Judicial Watch today released 72 pages of Department of Justice documents revealing email conversations between Department of Justice officials and the staff of Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) regarding the criminal prosecution of Tea Party groups for alleged violation of IRS rules.

The conversations were in preparation for a briefing by Justice Department officials for Sen. Whitehouse’s staff and for a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism hearing on April 9, 2013. One internal agency email exchange indicates Sen. Whitehouse’s interest in seeking criminal prosecution of groups targeted by the IRS:

From: Erb, William (OLA)
Sent: Monday, April 08,  2013 4:54 PM
To: Raman, Mythill (CRM) [REDACTED] (CRM);Wroblewski, Jonathan (CRM); Hulser, Raymond (CRM); Smith, Jack (CRM);   Burton, Faith  (OLA);  Levine, Doug  (OLA);  Suleiman,  Daniel (CRM); Lenerz,  Daniel J. (CRM); Shatz, Eileen M. (TAX); OBrien, Paul (CRM); [REDACTED] (CRM); [REDACTED] (CRM); Cimino, Ronald A. (TAX)
Cc:  Buretta, John (CRM): Agrast, Mark D. (OLA); [REDACTED] (CRM)
Subject: RE: New Whitehouse question regarding Campaign Finance Investigation and Prosecution
Importance: High
All: New question from Sen. Whitehouse. Sen. Whitehouse is likely to ask AAAG Raman whether the Department of Justice is too deferential to IRS in deciding to prosecute 501(c) organizations that make false statements regarding their political activities in their IRS filings. Sen. Whitehouse is curious why, for example. if a 501(c) tax organization files were leaked, and they clearly showed that make false statements, why the Department of Justice wouldn’t prosecute the case by itself and not wait for the IRS. Looping in the Tax Division who also can help CRIM come up with a quick  response.  Thanks, Bill.

Judicial Watch obtained the documents through a federal court order in a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit (Judicial Watch v Department of Justice (No. 1:14-cv-01239)).
Later, at the Judiciary Subcommittee hearing, Sen. Whitehouse asked why the Department of Justice wasn’t prosecuting political groups on its own, independently of the IRS.

“I would urge that the Department and the Service get together and rethink whether in these two specific areas, which I think bear little resemblance to traditional tax violations and are in fact very plain-vanilla criminal cases, whether or not that deference to the IRS is actually serving the public interest at this point, or whether the Department could not proceed to… put together a criminal case showing a fairly straightforward false statement or a fairly [straightforward] shell corporation disclosure violation.”

The newly released emails show that following the hearing, at the request of Justice Department lawyers, Sen. Whitehouse’s staff sent over examples of the organizations Whitehouse had in mind for prosecution. They included American Future Fund, Crossroads GPS, Americans for Responsible Leadership, Freedom Path, American is Not Stupid, Inc., RightChange.com II, and A Better America Now. All of these are conservative organizations.

The new emails also show collaboration in the Department of Justice with officials in the IRS in preparing for the hearing. The IRS sent a draft of its planned testimony for the hearing to the Justice Department.  Judicial Watch previously exposed a plan by the Obama IRS and Justice Department prosecutors to pursue criminal charges against the very Tea Party and anti-Obama groups that the IRS was targeting.

The Obama administration prosecution effort seemingly ended with the exposure of the IRS targeting in a May 2013 report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).  IRS official Lois Lerner did not reveal the targeting until just before the report’s release, in response to a planted question at an American Bar Association conference.

“The Obama IRS scandal includes abuse of power by Democrats in Congress who wanted to jail Obama’s political opponents to help secure Obama’s reelection,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.  “And Americans should know that the courts have recently concluded the Obama IRS abuses haven’t stopped – even as we approach another presidential election.”
A 2013 study by scholars from the American Enterprise Institute and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University found that, “had the Tea Party groups continued to grow at the pace seen in 2009 and 2010, and had their effect on the 2012 vote been similar to that seen in 2010, they would have brought the Republican Party as many as 5 – 8.5 million votes compared to Obama’s victory margin of 5 million.

In March 2010, the IRS decided to single Tea Party groups out for special treatment when applying for tax-exempt status by flagging organizations with names containing “Tea Party,” “patriot,” or “9/12.” For the next two years, the IRS approved the applications of only four such groups, delaying all others while subjecting the applicants to highly intrusive, intimidating requests for information regarding their activities, membership, contacts, Facebook posts, and private thoughts.
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Source:  http://www.judicialwatch.org

Monday, September 12, 2016

Appeals Court Rules That Non-Serious Convictions Do Not Erase 2A Rights

BELLEVUE, Wash., Sept. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that individuals convicted of certain non-serious misdemeanor crimes do not lose their fundamental rights under the Second Amendment in a decision involving two separate cases brought by the Second Amendment Foundation.

The unanimous ruling came from an en banc panel in the combined cases of Binderup v. the U.S. Attorney General and Suarez v. the U.S. Attorney General. 

In 1990, Julio Suarez was stopped on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. At the time he was carrying a handgun and spare ammunition without a permit. He pleaded guilty in Maryland state court to the charge and received a 180-day suspended sentence and $500 fine. Daniel Binderup pleaded guilty in 1996 to a misdemeanor charge related to a consensual relationship he had with a 17-year-old female employee and received three years' probation and a $300 fine. Neither man was ever incarcerated.

However, in both cases, the crimes could have resulted in jail time for which the federal gun law blocks firearms possession. Binderup and Suarez petitioned the Pennsylvania court in 2009 to remove the state prohibition against firearms possession, but federal law "continues to bar them from possessing firearms because their convictions have not been expunged or set aside, they have not been pardoned, and their civil rights have not been restored," the court noted. 

"Where the Second Amendment's guarantees apply, as they do for Binderup and Suarez, 'certain policy choices' are 'necessarily' taken 'off the table.' Forever prohibiting them from possessing any firearm is one of those policy choices," the appeals court said in today's ruling.

"Today's victory confirms that the government can't simply disarm anyone it wishes," stated SAF attorney Alan Gura. "At an absolute minimum, people convicted of non-serious crimes, who pose no threat to anyone, retain their fundamental rights. That this is even controversial is a matter of some concern."

SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb cheered the ruling, adding that, "In an era where government officials want to disqualify as many people as possible from gun ownership, this ruling is monumental. This case will lead to the restoration of people's civil and constitutional right to own a firearm that is long overdue."

Gottlieb noted that today's victory once again reinforces SAF's long-stated mission of "Winning firearms freedom, one case at a time."

The Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is the nation's oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms.  Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.  
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Tony Perkins' Statement on Hillary Clinton's 'Basket of Deplorables'

WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Yesterday afternoon, Donald Trump became the first GOP presidential nominee to address Family Research Council Action's (FRC Action) Values Voter Summit. Hours later, Hillary Clinton spoke at an LGBT fundraiser where she indirectly referenced the Summit and smeared half of Donald Trump supporters as belonging to a "basket of deplorables."

Family Research Council Action President Tony Perkins released the following statement:

"Hillary's use of the phrase 'deplorable' is as revealing as it is insulting. Hillary Clinton's foundation has received donations from countries all over the world that imprison and even execute those they deem 'deplorable.' Christians and other Americans who refuse to embrace the Obama/Clinton vision of America should be very concerned and should ask what Hillary Clinton has planned for those she deems 'deplorable?'

"Clinton's view of her fellow Americans shouldn't be a surprise. The policies of Obama/Clinton are rooted in their shared contempt for the traditional values of tens of millions of Americans. In the last eight years, this administration has increasingly tried to marginalize those who do not surrender to a progressive agenda."

"Clinton's comments provide yet another contrast between her and Donald Trump. Donald Trump has treated Democratic voters, like those who supported Bernie Sanders, with respect by inviting them to join him in restoring Americans' freedoms, where Clinton has shown utter contempt," concluded Perkins.
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SOURCE:  Family Research Council Action

Friday, September 9, 2016

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman: Saudi Arabia has funded 20% of Hillary Campaign

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-06-13/saudi-arabia-has-funded-20-hillarys-presidential-campaign-saudi-crown-prince-claims
Tyler Durden of Zero Hedge is reporting that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has publicly stated that Saudi Arabia has already funded 20% of the Hillary Clinton Presidential campaign so far, having laundered the money through the Clinton Foundation to get around US campaign finance laws. This important admission is being ignored by the mainstream media, which is why I want to draw the attention of readers of Red Pill News to it. You can read Mr. Durden's full article Zero Hedge.