Shifra on October 20, 2017
The judges ruled that this Maryland monument is in violation of the Constitution’s First Amendment Establishment Clause. According to The Heritage Foundation: None of the Framers believed that a governmental connection to religion was an evil in itself. Rather, many (though not all) opposed an established church because they believed that it was a threat to the free exercise of religion. Their primary goal was to protect free exercise. That was the main thrust of James Madison’s famous Memorial and Remonstrance (1785), in which he argued that the state of Virginia ought not to pay the salaries of the Anglican clergy because that practice was an impediment to a person’s free connection to whatever religion his conscience directed him. How...
Shifra on October 17, 2017
On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in Jerusalem with the Christian Media Summit. HT i24News. SHARE THIS: Stop Iran's War on Christians. pic.twitter.com/paOSGDnLZ2 — PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) October 16, 2017
Shifra on August 1, 2017
One day, when I was in the fifth grade, my teacher walked into class, holding a large book. Flipping through the pages, he said he wanted to show us a picture. “It’s called the Arch of Titus,” he told us. “It’s in Rome.” As the book was passed from student to student, my teacher asked us to look closely at the top of the Arch. He explained that the Arch was built to celebrate the destruction of Jerusalem at the hands of Emperor Titus.in 70 A.D. Carved onto the top of the Arch, Jews being taken into captivity are depicted. And the conquering Romans mocked the captured Jews by calling out: “Hierosolyma est perdita” (“Jerusalem is lost”). Then he asked...
Pat_S on April 2, 2016
Air France will be resuming flights to Tehran later this month after an eight year ban. The airline ordered female flight attendants to wear headscarves while in Tehran but the women say they would rather refuse to be part of those flights. Iranian women have been required to wear headscarves since 1979. Air France stewardesses mutiny over order to wear headscarves Female members of flight crews have been ordered to cover their hair once they disembark in Tehran and unions are demanding that the flights be made voluntary for women. French women see Islamic headscarves and veils as an affront to their dignity. Headscarves are banned in French state schools and offices, and it is illegal to wear the full-face...
Shifra on March 28, 2016
Outrageous. This family has suffered enough. Via Telegraph: The family of a popular Muslim shopkeeper who was murdered after posting an online Easter message to “my beloved Christian nation” has disclosed they fear for their lives following the brutal attack. Asad Shah’s wife and siblings said they had been left “heartbroken” by the killing and they had been overwhelmed by the messages of support they had received from the local community in the Shawlands area of Glasgow. But they only spoke on the condition their names were not published for fear of retribution and disclosed they have been advised by the police to be careful what they say in order to protect their security. The family, originally from Pakistan, are...
Tammy on March 3, 2016
Good. Now, there is some risk here if the court rules against the florist, but there’s a good chance there may be a ruling defending religious freedom. If you’re not familiar with my position on this issue in general, please see my column from April 2015: Blessed are the pizza proprietors who are reviled for their faith. Via Washington Times. The Washington Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case of a florist penalized for declining to prepare floral arrangements for a same-sex wedding. The court announced Wednesday that it would take up the appeal of Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Washington, who has been at the center of a high-profile legal battle pitting the First Amendment...