Faith-based tax exempt status in jeopardy

July 1, 2015

Churches under assault for support of traditional marriage

On the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 26th decision to redefine marriage, the tax-exempt status of religious institutions is now in jeopardy.

Mark Oppenheimer, who writes the “Beliefs” column for the New York Times, leaves no room for doubt where his own beliefs are, as he opines, “The Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage makes it clearer than ever that the government shouldn’t be subsidizing religion and non-profits.”

His Time.com article, ”Now’s the Time To End Tax Exemptions for Religious Institutions,” is appalling in its flagrant dismissal of faith-based institutions.

A self-described” gay-rights supporter,” Oppenheimer was “elated by Friday’s Supreme Court decision.” The rest of us should prepare for what appears to be on the horizon as the two issues are mow brazenly linked.

In case you had any doubts, the assault on churches —- along with the schools, hospitals and various services they administer —- is in full bloom and comes in rapid succession to the court’s same-sex marriage ruling.

Katie Pavlich, in her Townhall column says it best: “Religious liberty is under attack in America and the next five years will serve as a battleground to protect or destroy it. If religious liberty is in fact destroyed, America will no longer hold onto one of the most important principles that makes it an exceptional nation more tolerant than the rest in the world. We are at a tipping point.” 


A glimpse into the convoluted thinking at the AZ Republic

June 24, 2015

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake has oddly found himself on both sides of the “political fallout” in the Charleston “church slayings.” That‘s according to the erratic Arizona Republic newspaper’s Page One, above-the-fold article. Flake was one of myriad national office holders and candidates who once accepted campaign donations from a man now identified as the founder of a white rights organization —- since being mentioned in the rabid ramblings of the cold-blooded murderer who slaughtered nine people in a prayer service last week.

Those who read this blog know we hold Flake and his mentor John McCain in low esteem. In that regard, we are not alone. The duo has the worst polling numbers in the country. But it is outside the realm of reasonableness to taint Flake with allegations of racism for accepting the contribution. His office issued a statement saying he would donate the money to a fund set up to aid the church. There’s a lot to dislike about the flaky Flake, but making this link is a stretch too far.

What we do find peculiar is this bizarre aid and comfort provided Flake in the same newspaper.  The brief piece referring to Flake’s “humane immigration reform” [read: amnesty] is written by none other than Phil Boas, director of the editorial department, who presides over the nearly daily decimation of his own wife’s father, Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Boas writes, “Flake has dedicated his career to pursuing humane immigration reform while challenging conservatives to update their views on the issue.” He also gives Flake bonus points for voting for the confirmation of the exceedingly problematic Loretta Lynch as U.S. Attorney General.

When it comes to racism and Flake, it’s his son Tanner who is the offender. In 2013 teenage Tanner was the subject of our post “Generational Flakes.” The younger Flake was exposed for his online spew of vile racist, anti-Semitic, and homophobic slurs. BuzzFeed has more here. For his vulgar rants, there was no woodshed or even a pretense of one for the arrogant brat. Jeff Flake apologized for his son, teaching him that getting off easy is easy when your dad is a U. S. Senator.

That doesn’t make Jeff Flake a racist either. Just a self-absorbed flake who let an important teachable moment pass.

 

 

 


SCOTUS’ unanimous decision against Gilbert (AZ)

June 19, 2015

Decisive victory for free speech

In an unusual unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court decisively affirmed Thursday that the government cannot play favorites when it comes to free speech. Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys represented an Arizona church in Reed v. Town of Gilbert, a case involving restrictions on temporary signs that provided the vehicle for the justices to reaffirm and clarify that the government cannot single out one form of speech over another based on how worthy the government thinks it is. Read more here.

Scottsdale-based Alliance Defending Freedom won a decisive U.S. Supreme Court victory on behalf of 82-year-old Pastor Clyde Reed, his wife Ann —- and all Americans. We owe them a debt of gratitude.

The case was argued January 12, 2015 and decided June 18, 2015. Justice Clarence Thomas delivered the opinion of the Court.


Pope Francis: “Global Political Authority” needed to tackle climate change

June 17, 2015

Pope pushes One World governmental authority in advance of Sept. 25, 2015, U.N. appearance

The UK’s Guardian News carries the report “Pope Francis warns of destruction of Earth’s ecosystem in leaked encyclical.”

The 192-page encyclical comes packed with dire predictions of an apocalyptic future from the religious leader, now masquerading as a far-left scientist. Francis lambastes rich countries for “looting” the world and takes aim at bankers and climate skeptics for accelerating its decline. Further, he warns that the world is facing widespread crop failure, economic ruin, mass migration and the destruction of entire eco-systems as he repeatedly linked climate change with the plight of the poor.

From the Guardian report:

“Pope Francis will this week call for changes in lifestyles and energy consumption to avert the “unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem” before the end of this century, according to a leaked draft of a papal encyclical. In a document released by an Italian magazine on Monday, the pontiff will warn that failure to act would have “grave consequences for all of us. (The Vatican was enraged by the leak accusing the magazine responsible of a “heinous act” that amounted to “sabotage against the pope.”)

Francis also called for a new global political authority tasked with “tackling … the reduction of pollution and the development of poor countries and regions.” While accepting that there may be some natural causes of global warming, the pope will also state that climate change is mostly a man-made problem.

“Humanity is called to take note of the need for changes in lifestyle and changes in methods of production and consumption to combat this warming, or at least the human causes that produce and accentuate it,” he wrote in the leaked draft. “Numerous scientific studies indicate that the greater part of the global warming in recent decades is due to the great concentration of greenhouse gases … given off above all because of human activity.”

Read that to mean that those in industrialized nations, especially Americans, must drastically scale back their standard of living. His provocative mastery of Marxist, anti-capitalist  buzzwords is disturbing, with redistribution of wealth one of his frequent themes. Yet he does not deny himself the latest technology as he travels the globe like a jetsetter, frequently tweets and even takes selfies. Last year his tweet, “inequality is the root of social evil,” set off a heated debate in which he was  criticized for increasingly driving a wedge between conservatives and the Catholic Church. Francis previously slammed “trickle-down” economics, a basic tenet of President Reagan’s economic policy as a “crude and naive” theory.

Seeing Red AZ posted, “Pope Francis embraces leftist doctrines,” May 14, just one month ago.

We concluded that post with these words: Income redistribution is the main theme of Karl Marx’ Communist Manifesto: “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.”


Boy Scouts victims of homosexual agenda

May 23, 2015

 Bizarro world of gay activism incrementally pushes agenda, sets standards

Homosexuality, which until 1973 was defined as deviant behavior by the American Psychiatric Association, has —- 42 years later —- become “gay” and trendy. Celebrities stumble over themselves to be the latest to declare their inclinations for members of the same sex. We are treated to countless characters in movies, on stage, coming into our homes via comedy programming and even the cartoons children watch.  Who doesn’t know that 65-year-old Bruce Jenner, a three times married father of six and stepfather of four is “transitioning into womanhood?” We are told this is worthy of celebration.

How do the Boy Scouts of America fit into this scenario? Start with their oath:

“On my honor, I will do my best: To do my duty to God and my country, and to obey the Scout Law. To help other people at all times. To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.”

The Scout Law states: A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.

Founded in 1909, scouting taught boys various survival skills, patriotism and morality. They earned merit badges for completing projects. Many city kids went camping for the first time in their lives. Public schools were happy to sponsor troops. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge commended the three fundamentals of scouting: reverence for nature, for the law and for God.

Fast forward: Since the 1990’s, Scouting has been at the center of a firestorm. Homosexual activists and their surrogates have instituted several high-profile lawsuits, citing the BSA’s core belief that homosexuals cannot serve as scout leaders since that violates the traditional moral values defined in the Scout Oath and Law.

As an example, the ACLU of San Diego claimed that the organization’s practice was discriminatory and should make them ineligible for the use of public funds or public lands.

In 2005, the BSA removed the charters of thousands of scouting units from public schools after the ACLU threatened to sue taxpayer-funded institutions that charter the troops.

The city of Philadelphia, citing the Scout’s “anti-gay policies” pressured the Cradle of Liberty Council Boy Scouts of America to vacate the building the BSA built on city property in the simpler times of 1928 and has used rent-free for decades. In 2013, the city bought the building from the Scouts. At the time, more than 17,000 boys were served by the Council in Philadelphia and Montgomery and Delaware Counties.

Gay rights activists in dozens of cities persuaded United Way to stop supporting the Scouts, though UW distributed nearly $2 million to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, and no voices were raised in protest.

Now we learn that Robert Gates, former Secretary of Defense and President of Boy Scouts of America, has called for an end to the group’s ban on homosexual troop leaders. Gates, a former Eagle Scout (the highest scouting rank), declares, “We cannot ignore the social, political and judicial changes taking place in our country. We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be. The status quo….cannot be maintained.” 

A righteous organization providing guidance to countless boys, many from fatherless homes, becomes the villain in this topsy-turvy world of sexual politics.

The kids lose.


AZ Republic selectively redefines marriage

May 15, 2015

The local newspaper has once again gotten its dander up on the topic of marriage. This time it is not carping about family owned bakeries, florists, wedding photographers or pizzerias whose religious views cause them to decline serving same sex ceremonies —- making the small businesses ripe targets for ruinous lawsuits. 

Editorialists at the Arizona Republic have set their sights on the FLDS a fundamentalist polygamous sect which broke away from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) over a hundred years ago. It operates out of a small, one-school town in Mohave County now known as Colorado City. Back in the 1950’s then-Gov. Howard Pyle made headlines after authorizing state police and National Guard raids on the town when it was known as Short Creek.

The newspaper has swung into high gear headlining an editorial “Polygamous town an affront to justice.” 

Make no mistake, Seeing Red AZ is not onboard with numerous wives allowed in patriarchal polygamous societies. Multiple spouses do not constitute our idea of marriage. Polyandry, where women have multiple husbands falls into that same unacceptable category, as do deplorable forced marriages and child brides in Colorado City.

Yet as  marriage is redefined, we witness the unprecedented spectacle of “anything goes” simultaneous trio and quintet egalitarian “marriages” as evidenced by these reported in Brazil, and the Netherlands.

For the Arizona Republic, which glorifies the redefinition of marriage when it involves same-sex couples —- declaring the concept of family has evolved —- to editorialize about the lawlessness presented by polygamy is beyond disingenuous.

The newspaper has toiled tirelessly to create this reckless affront to traditional moral principles. It can’t have it both ways.


Wise Mom delivers alarming message

May 10, 2015

Muslim colonization in USA under auspices of United Nations, US State Dept. and influenced by powerful Muslim supremacist group, Organization of Islamic Cooperation

Ann Corcoran, Editor of Refugee Resettlement Watch, and author of Refuge Resettlement and the  Hijra to America, is a Mom on a mission. We share her vitally important message on this Mother’s Day.

In the clearest of terms and armed with ample information, this remarkable woman delivers a message that should be shared with everyone on your list.

What she has to say is alarming in its scope and ultimate impact on the security of the United States, our families and liberty. Truth is not “Islamophobia.” Do not be intimidated by meaningless labels hurled by the agendized left. Be concerned about disturbing facts.

 H/T:  SRAZ Commenter Conservative Since Birth


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