Music: Brother 3 – New Slaves Freestyle

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Brother 3 confronts the issue of whether artists should be considered “Christian rappers” or “Christians who rap”. Instead of wasting all this time debating what the label is, Brother 3 believes we need to concentrate on reaching souls rather than debate the label. Brother 3 leaves us with the ultimate question, who do you want to be a slave to?

Court Overturns Atheist Victory on Housing Allowance

 

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a 2013 court decision that said clergy housing was unconstitutional. The tax break allows pastors to exclude the value of their rental home from their taxable income.
The Freedom from Religion Foundation challenged that tax law in 2013 in Wisconsin. The judge decided that the tax break did violate the First Amendment because it was “a benefit to religious persons and no one else, even though doing so is not necessary to alleviate a special burden on religious exercise.”
The housing allowance is “the most important tax benefit available to ministers,” according to GuideStone Financial Resources.
This week, however, the court of appeals overturned that 2013 ruling, writing in an opinion that the FFRF should instead apply for those same church benefits on housing.
Earlier this year, a Kentucky court threw out a challenge to clergy tax benefits, saying that the atheists groups challenging the benefits should try to apply for those same benefits.
“At this point, the Atheists have no idea whether they could gain classification as a church or religious organization under I.R.C. 501(c)(3) because they have never sought such classification,” he wrote, noting “the statutes and regulations pertaining to tax-exempt organizations do not expressly favor certain churches or certain religious organizations, nor do they expressly favor theist organizations over atheist or non-theist organizations.”

Christians Beaten, Jailed in Hindu Extremist Attack

India: Christians Beaten, Jailed in Hindu Extremist Attack

 

Four Christians in Maharashtra state, one 70 years old, were released on bail today after more than two weeks in jail, accused of “rioting” when Hindu extremists attacked them and damaged two of their homes.
The incident in Kamseth village, Nasik District in western India began on Oct. 28 when the Hindu extremists told Christians to remit 300 rupees (US$5) for the celebration of the Hindu festival of lights, or Diwali. The Christians submitted half the amount, which the Hindus later angrily returned to them, area church leader Prem Barnabas told Morning Star News.
The Hindus summoned four Christians from two families – 70-year-old Govind Janu Galat, Gulab Govind Galat, Dilip Laxu Galat and Sakaram Govind Galat – to the village’s Hindu temple and told them to return the rest of the money so that they could use it to buy alcohol, reported the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI).
The Christians readily gave the money back to them, but the extremists began pushing, beating and kicking them as they insulted their Christian faith, according to EFI.
“Somehow three Christians managed to run away after a while, but the one who remained, Dilip Laxu Galat, was severely beaten up,” Barnabas said.
The assailants then hurled stones at the house of Govind Janu Galat and stole items and 10,000 rupees ($US163) from his home. The long-time Christian says he came to Christ 30 years ago after visiting a church service in which his sight was restored after a pastor prayed for him.
They also stoned another house of one of the Christians, breaking wall tiles and half of the roof, and damaged the small shop of another.
Fearing for their lives, the four Christians fled, hid in mountainous terrain, and called the police. Officers reached the site later that evening. Under cover of darkness, the Hindu mob pelted police with stones, breaking their vehicle windows, and roughed them up.
The Christians had come out of their hiding place when the police arrived, and the Hindu extremists resumed their attack on them, a Harsul police official identified only as Kirtekar told Morning Star News.
“The mob wanted to continue beating the Christians, and as a safety measure we took them inside our vehicle, which further agitated the attackers, and they started to stone our vehicles,” he said.
On the basis of the complaint filed by the attackers, however, police arrested the four Christians under accusations of “rioting,” though the police official said they were arrested in order to “protect” them. Police also filed a First Information Report against the 14 assailants.
“We managed to nab eight of them, and we also hope to arrest the others who have absconded,” he said.
On Nov. 1 the Hindu extremists again stoned the houses of the two Christians, and several Christians, including women and children, fled into the mountains in fear. They have since returned to their homes.
“All our people are poor, and we wanted to have a compromise with the villagers,” Barnabas said. “We have talked to the village head, and he is ready to help us in securing a compromise.”
Tension remains, however, and an agreement that would bring peace remained elusive.
The seed of conflict and hatred in Kamseth village appears to have been planted by the area leader of the Hindu extremist World Hindu Council (VHP), Promod Kurkani, according to the church leaders. He was once banned from a neighboring village, Ether, for spreading hateful propaganda against Christians, they said.
“Ether village is a strong Christian community,” Barnabas said. “After the village leaders realized that he had been trying to fill the minds of the simple villagers with his hate agendas, they banned him from staying there one year ago.”
Relatives had fasted and prayed for the four Christians while they were jailed.
“Their faith in the Lord is exemplary and very touching,” Barnabas said.

Archbishop Ben Kwashi: Boko Haram Terrorism Due to Islamic Extremism Not Poverty

 

Northern Nigeria senior Archbishop Ben Kwashi has said that people need to understand that the terrorism of Boko Haram is not a result of poverty, but of Islamic extremism.
Kwashi continued that Boko Haram’s abduction of over 200 girls from Chibok was due to poverty, nor was the recent bombing of a school in Potiskum that killed 40 children.
“To say that this is the result of poverty and corruption is to play down the evil of Boko Haram, and their form of Islam – an Islam we do not know from the Koran, or from the Muslims of my generation,” Kwashi said.
“Boko Haram and their kind delight in massacres, slaughters, rape and murders – this is not the face of poverty, but the face of radical Islamist jihad. Many world governments are increasingly recognising this global terror movement – from ISIS to Al Qaeda to Boko Haram.
“To hide behind the issues of poverty or corruption, which do not figure in extremist ideology, is a red herring. To do as this report has done is to put both Christians and non-extremist Muslims in jeopardy.”
“Poverty is real, corruption is global, complex and also real. But so is the global terror ideology of which Boko Haram is a practitioner, and the global terror network of which it is a part. It is both untrue and unhelpful to conflate and confuse these issues,” Kwashi said.

Bible Surpasses Darwin as Most Valuable Book to Humanity

 

By a slim margin The Bible beat out Charles Darwin as the ‘most valuable to humanity’ in a survey of influential books.
The Bible received 37 percent of those survived, while Darwin’s 1859 “On the Origin of Species” received 35 percent, according to The Guardian.
The YouGov poll of 30 books surveyed 2,044 British adults. The Folio Society selected the books that were included in the poll.
1) The Bible (37%)
2) The Origin of Species (35%)
3) A Brief History of Time (17%)
4) Relativity (15%)
5) Nineteen Eighty-Four (14%)
6) Principia Mathematica (12%)
7) To Kill a Mockingbird (10%)
8 ) The Qur’an (9%)
9) The Wealth of Nations (7%)
10) The Double Helix (6%)
“The first question I had was whether the similar figure for Darwin and the Bible does show a continuing polarisation between the realms of science and religion, or whether in fact it reveals a more balanced approach to ideas for the modern reader,” Tom Walker, editorial director at The Folio Society, told The Guardian. “They are the two ideas which have clashed in the 20th century – this shows, I think, that we can take understanding from both of them.” The Qur’an, he added, is “probably relatively recent to many UK people’s top 10 because of the impact of global debates around Islam.”

Pastor Would Rather Go to Jail than Obey State Mandate to Provide Abortion Coverage

 

A pastor in California says that he would choose jail time over providing church employees with abortion coverage in their health insurance. Pastor Jack Hibbs is strongly opposed to the state mandate which requires all employers to cover abortion procedures in employee health plans.
Christian Today reports that the pastor of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills has now joined forces with six other churches to challenge the new mandate. The churches hired Alliance Defending Freedom and Life Legal Defense Foundation to argue that the state mandate is a violation of their religious freedom.
Hibbs said, “I felt violated; I felt forced. I love America and I love American history, and I have a lot of invested interest in defending the unborn.”
The pastor said he will stop at nothing to maintain his biblical stance on abortion.
“We will take this to the point of being jailed, if necessary, being arrested, if necessary – whatever it takes,” he said. “I cannot violate my biblical worldview.  Once I have to do that, I no longer live in the United States our founding fathers gave me.”
“God is the engineer of life – he’s the giver of life.  I cannot think of a human being more defenseless than an unborn baby.”

Maryland School District to Remove Religious Holidays from School Calendar

 

Montgomery County schools in Maryland will no longer recognize Christian or Jewish holidays on school calendars after members of the Muslim community campaigned for their holy day of Eid al-Adha so to receive equal treatment.
Fox News reports that starting in the 2015-2016 academic year, students will still have days off from school for holidays such as Christmas and Easter, but the calendar will refer to the days as “Winter Break” and “Spring Break.” For Jewish holidays such as Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah, the school calendar will be marked as “no school for students and teachers” but not be associated with the religious holidays.
The decision was voted upon by the school district’s board. Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Joshua Starr reportedly recommended the move after feeling pressure from Muslim leaders to give students the day off of school to observe Eid-al-Adha.
Saqib Ali, the co-chair of the Equality for Eid Coalition said, “By stripping the names Christmas, Easter, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, they have alienated other communities now, and we are no closer to equality. It’s a pretty drastic step, and they did it without any public notification.”

Methodist Pastor Facing Charges to Refusing to Officiate Gay Wedding

 

A United Methodist pastor is now facing charges for refusing to marry a gay couple. According to the UMC, pastors may not officiate weddings in church sanctuaries but does permit pastors to conduct blessings of relationships which do not include vows, rings or a pronouncement of marriage.
Rev. Kelly Carpenter offered to provide this service for Kenneth Barner and Scott Chappell, but the couple refused. They requested that Carpenter perform a marriage ceremony off church property, to which Carpenter declined, understanding that the church’s Book of Discipline prohibited it.
Barner and Chappel have now turned in an official complaint against Carpenter for “failure to person the work of ministry” and “gender discrimination,” both offenses also violate the church’s Book of Discipline.
Christian Today reports that Carpenter is in support of UMC clergy marrying gay couples but refused to officiate the ceremony to start a discussion in the church.
The pastor said, “This may get me in some trouble, but it may be the kind of trouble I’ve been looking for.”