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9/30/2014

"19 Kids and Counting's" Jessa Duggar Criticized for Relating Abortion to the Holocaust

Jessa Duggar recently posted a photo from the Holocaust Museum to her Instagram account. In the photo caption, Duggar related the horrors of the Holocaust to present-day abortion.

Jessa Duggar, of “19 Kids and Counting” fame, recently posted a photo from the Holocaust Museum to her Instagram account. In the photo caption, Duggar related the horrors of the Holocaust to present-day abortion.   Duggar wrote, “I walked through the Holocaust Museum again today… very sobering. Millions of innocents denied the most basic and fundamental of all rights—their right to life. One human destroying the life of another deemed ‘less than human.’ Racism, stemming from the evolutionary idea that man came from something less than human; that some people groups are ‘more evolved’ and others ‘less evolved.’ A denying that our Creator—God—made us human from the beginning, all of ONE BLOOD and ONE RACE, descendants of Adam.   The belief that some human beings are ‘not fit to live. So they’re murdered. Slaughtered. Kids with Down syndrome or other disabilities. The sickly. The elderly. The sanctity of human life varies not in sickness or health, poverty or wealth, elderly or pre-born, little or lots of melanin [making you darker or lighter skinned], or any other factor.   May we never sit idly by and allow such an atrocity to happen again,” she wrote. “Not this generation. We must be a voice for those who cannot speak up for themselves. Because EVERY LIFE IS PRECIOUS. #ProLife.” Over 24,000 people liked the photo, but many criticized Duggar’s comparison in comments.    “Do not use the Holocaust as an excuse to preach about your religion. Abortion has nothing to do with the ... read more
9/30/2014

Churches Urge Prayer in Response to Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Rallies

As pro-democracy rallies continue in Hong Kong, churches are urging congregations to pray for those that are protesting, as well as law enforcement officers that are patrolling the rallies.

As pro-democracy rallies continue in Hong Kong, churches are urging congregations to pray for those that are protesting, as well as law enforcement officers that are patrolling the rallies.    The Vine, an international church with a branch in Hong Kong only blocks from the protests, has opened up its doors to be a place of rest and prayer for those involved.    Senior pastor Andrew Gardener said, "As a church we felt that our response should be to have a response. We feel passionate about justice, it sits at the heart of God and we feel God has been stirring it in our hearts over the years, so our building is open as a place of refuge for anybody that needs it...we want to make sure we're open for anybody in need.”    Gardener says that Christians should respond to the proceedings first with prayer. "We feel very strongly that we have to be doing something, and it begins with prayer. Prayer may not be our only response, but it should be the loudest,” he said.    The protests are against the Chinese government’s policy on screening political candidates, ensuring their allegiance to the Chinese Communist Party, Christian Today reports.    Political science professor Joseph Cheng said that many Christians support the protest because "Christians by nature are anticommunist, as the Communist party are atheist and the tolerance for Christians under the Communist regime is extremely limited. Also, Christians believe in the next world, and so are more willing ... read more
9/30/2014

Americans Who Remain Single at an Historic High

A new report from Pew Research predicts that more folks under 35 will be single forever.

*The following is excerpted from an online article from Time. A new report from Pew Research predicts that more folks under 35 will be single forever. The number of Americans who have always been single and will never marry is at a historic high, says a new Pew Research report, partly because they don’t have jobs and partly because marriage is becoming less highly-regarded. Most people think it’s important for couples who intend to stay together to be married, but the number of single Americans who want to get married has dropped significantly even in the last four years. The report, based on census data and Pew’s surveys, is the latest in a series of indicators that marriage’s stock is on a sharp downward trajectory. Fewer young people are getting married and many are getting married later. About 20% of Americans older than 25 had always been single in 2012, up from 9% in 1960. In the black community, the numbers are even starker: 36% of black Americans older than 25 have never been married, a fourfold increase from 50 years ago. Why aren’t people getting married anymore? The three main reasons people give for their singleness are that they haven’t found the right person (30%), aren’t financially stable enough (27%) and are not ready to settle down (22%). Many more young people are eschewing tying the knot, at least for a while, for shacking up. The researchers don’t see that as the new normal yet. “Cohabitation is much ... read more
9/30/2014

Why Chris Christie and Jeb Bush were Snubbed by Social Conservative Leaders

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush were not invited to a major gathering of social conservatives in Washington last weekend in what was viewed as a serious snub.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush were not invited to a major gathering of social conservatives in Washington last weekend in what was viewed as a serious snub of two men considered prominent Republican presidential contenders for 2016.   “They were not invited this year because they just weren’t on the top of the list in terms of what they are doing right now and whether or not it was relevant to the values voters and who they want to hear from,” said Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council and chief organizer of the Values Voter Summit, which opened on Friday and ended Sunday (Sept. 28).   “They shouldn’t take it the wrong way,” Perkins told David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network in an interview taped on Friday.   But in his report, Brody said the two men had been “snubbed” and that’s not good news for any presidential aspirations they may harbor.   The Values Voter Summit is the pre-eminent venue for GOP candidates who hope to showcase their bona fides to the crucial conservative Christian bloc, and Christie and Bush — the elder brother of former President George W. Bush — are seen as Republicans who could appeal to the center of the electorate but who have not won the hearts of social conservatives.   Those voters, predominantly white evangelicals, are key to winning the GOP primaries.   Christie and Bush “are quite frankly not at the top of the ... read more
9/30/2014

Megachurch Pastor Rick Cole Pledges to Live on the Street Until $100,000 is Raised for Homeless

Megachurch pastor Rick Cole has pledged that he will live on the streets of Sacramento for two weeks or until he can raise $100,000 for homeless people in the area.

Megachurch pastor Rick Cole has pledged that he will live on the streets of Sacramento for two weeks or until he can raise $100,000 for homeless people in the area. Cole plans to fund a program called Winter Sanctuary which houses the homeless in churches during winter months and provides meals.    Cole is the pastor of the 4,000-member Capital Christian Center; he also serves as chairman for the nonprofit Sacramento Steps Forward, the group which organized Winter Sanctuary.   The pastor says that he intend to help people with his radical move.    "The ultimate goal is there are some hurting people, really hurting and we're taught by God to help 'em. Go to them, make a difference. When you do this to the least if these Jesus said you done it to me. You want to get close to Jesus get close to some hurting people and when you help 'em in His name then you've just touched him in the most profound way," Cole said.   So far, Cole’s has raised $21,509 for the project. To follow his progress or to donate, visit revonthestreet.com.      Publication date: September 30, 2014 read more