Wednesday, March 30, 2011

30 March 2011

Presbyterians Week Headlines

[1] U.S. Foreign Aid Being Given to Refurbish Muslim Mosques Overseas

[2] U.S. Backed Libyan Rebels Killing, Raping, and Otherwise Ethnic Cleansing Black Africans from Libyan Cities

[3] Jerusalem Bomb Kills Scottish Bible Translator In Israel to Study Hebrew

[4] Former URCNA Pastor Charged with Multiple Rapes and Other Sexual Crimes

[5] Creation Museum Founder Ken Ham Disinvited from Cincinnati Home School Convention for Criticism of Biologos Foundation speaker Peter Enns

[6] Resolved: Ten Hours of Debate Competition and Banqueting Keeps the Sabbath Holy?

[7]
English Translation Error Discovered in the 2nd Helvetic Confession

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[1] U.S. Foreign Aid Being Given to Refurbish Muslim Mosques Overseas

A WSBTV.com video report by Justin Farmer titled “Muslim Mosque Makeovers with Your Tax Dollars” reports that the U.S. Department of State has spent hundreds of millions of U.S. dollars overseas in countries including Egypt, Cyprus, Tajikistan, and Mali to refurbish Islamic mosques. The U.S. Department of State sent an email to WSBTV.com saying that the mosque makeover money is being used to fight Islamic extremism by building relationships with Muslim leaders.

Former Muslim and now Christian Nani Darwish, an Egyptian-American human rights activist, says that trying to buy respect in the Middle East just shows American weakness and appeasement. Darwish says the Muslims are “laughing all the way to the bank”. Darwish is a former Muslim from Egypt, where she says most of the mosques are run by radical Islamists that have ordered those like her that speak out against radical Islam to be killed.

U.S. foreign aid has additionally been used by radical Islamists to buy computers and Internet access in some mosques, which Darwish believes are being used by the radical Muslims to fight against what the mosque members call the “Great Satan”, the United States.


+ WSBTV.com, 1601 West Peachtree Street Northeast, Atlanta, Georgia 30309, 404-897-7000, talk2us@wsbtv.com

+ U.S. Department of State, 2201 C Street Northwest, Washington DC 20520,
202-647-6575,


[2] U.S. Backed Libyan Rebels Killing, Raping, and Otherwise Ethnic Cleansing Black Africans from Libyan Cities

A 24 March 2011 RedState article titled “The Racist Revolt in Libya” reports that the U.S.-Backed and al Qaeda-supported Libyan rebels currently fighting to overthrow Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi are killing, raping, stealing the identification papers and property of, and exiling to sub-Saharan Africa the black Africans living in the cities under rebel control.


+ RedState, 1 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest, Suite 600, Washington DC 20001, contact@redstate.com


[3] Jerusalem Bomb Kills Scottish Bible Translator In Israel to Study Hebrew

The 23 March 2011 bomb blast in Jerusalem, Israel, attributed to Palestinian militants, injured fifty people and killed 59-year-old Mary Gardner from Orkney, Scotland, who was studying Hebrew for six months at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University in preparation for returning to Togo and working on translation of the Old Testament into the Togolese language Ife.

Mary Gardner had worked in Togo since 1989 under the auspices of Wycliffe Bible Translators, translating the New Testament into the Ife language.


+ Assist USA, Post Office Box 609, Lake Forest,
California 92609, 949-380-1558, danjuma1@aol.com

+ Wycliffe Bible Translators, 11221 John Wycliffe Boulevard, Orlando, Florida 32832, 407-852-3600, Fax: 407-852-3601, Info_USA@wycliffe.org


[4] Former URCNA Pastor Charged with Multiple Rapes and Other Sexual Crimes

A 26 March 2011 article by Adam Belz in the Des Moines Register titled “Rape Allegations against Former Pella Pastor Leave ‘Lifetime of Hurt’” reports that Patrick Edouard, former pastor of Covenant United Reformed Church (United Reformed Churches in North America) (URCNA) in Pella, Iowa, has been arrested and charged with the rape of three different women from the church, and with three counts of sexual exploitation for two of the rapes and a two-year sexual relationship with another woman from the church – the three women being in a counseling relationships with the pastor.

Edouard resigned as Covenant’s pastor in December 2011 after being confronted by church officers with allegations of sexual infidelity. The URCNA subsequently rescinded Edouard’s ministerial credentials.


+ Des Moines Register,
715 Locust Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50309, 515-284-8000, publisher@dmreg.com

+ United Reformed Churches in North America, c/o the Rev. Bradd Nymeyer, 227 1st Avenue Southeast, Sioux Center, Iowa 51250, 712-722-1965, statedclerk@urcna.org


[5] Creation Museum Founder Ken Ham Disinvited from Cincinnati Home School Convention for Criticism of Biologos Foundation speaker Peter Enns

A 25 March 2011 article by Linda B. Blackford in the Lexington Herald-Leader titled “Founder of Creation Museum Banned from Convention” reports that Creation Museum and Answers in Genesis founder Ken Ham has been disinvited from the 2011 and future Cincinnati Home School Conventions because Ham criticized another convention speaker, Peter Enns of the Biologos Foundation.

The Biologos Foundation avers that the fall of Adam and Eve can be construed as a symbolic story of Israel's beginnings, rather than a literal description of human beginnings.

Enns left a faculty position at
Westminster Theological Seminary in July 2008 before a scheduled dismissal hearing. Enns had been suspended because of theological issues in his book, Inspiration and Incarnation, and questions as to whether it fell within the bounds of the Westminster Confession of Faith.


+ Lexington Herald-Leader, 100 Midland Avenue, Lexington, Kentucky 40508, 859-231-3221, laustin@herald-leader.com

+ Answers in Genesis, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, PetersburgKentucky  41080, 859-727-2222

+ The BioLogos Foundation, 6549 Mission Gorge Road, Box 251, San Diego,
California 92120, 619-849-2205, info@biologos.org

+ Westminster Theological Seminary, 2960 West Church Road, Glenside, Pennsylvania 19038, 215-887-5511, Fax: 215-887-5404, communications@wts.edu


[6] Resolved: Ten Hours of Debate Competition and Banqueting Keeps the Sabbath Holy?

A correspondent directed the editor to the Schedule of Events of the National Christian College Forensics Invitational 2011, which was held 11-13 March 2011, at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California, and to the schedule of events for Sunday, 13 March 2011.

That particular Sabbath day began at 8:00 a.m. with a forty-five minute worship service, followed by almost ten hours of debate competition before an awards banquet was held at 7:45 p.m. that evening.

Covenant College’s forensics team was one of twenty-six Christian institutions of higher education enrolled in the competition.

The correspondent’s concern can be succinctly summarized with the question: “What is wrong with this picture?”


+ National Christian College Forensics Association, 619-849-2391, SkipRutledge@pointloma.edu

+ Covenant College, 14049 Scenic Highway, Lookout Mountain, Georgia 30750, 706-820-1560, info@covenant.edu

+ Presbyterian Church in America, 1700 North Brown Road, Suite 105, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30043, 678-825-1000, Fax: 678-825-1001, ac@pcanet.org


[7] English Translation Error Discovered in the 2nd Helvetic Confession

Robert C. Davis writes:

“If you use the 2nd Helvetic Confession, the English translations condemn the “Novatians” in Chapter Three.  This translation is in error.  The translation of this section should be “Noaetus” not “Novatians”.  The original Latin is “Noetiani” in Chapter Three, where as in Chapter Fourteen, “Novatians” is spelled “Novatianos”. The Novatians were never known to be heretics in regards to the trinity.  Noaetus was a follower of Praxeas which held to the Modalistic Monarchianism view of the trinity. The editio princeps confirms this. Hall, Cochrane, and numerous English translations pass on the misreading, which stems from a late 16th century copy.  There is a footnote on this in the E. F. K. Mueller ed., Die Bekenntnisschriften der Reformierten Kirche, 5.1, p. 174, a text-criticism problem. Apparently, some later editions of the 2nd Helvetic Confession have “Novatiani” instead of “Noetiani”. I guess that the latter were unfamiliar, and thus someone substituted “Novatiani”.

Robert C. Davis holds the M.Div. degree from Westminster Theological Seminary and serves as an Elder and Sunday school teacher at St. John’s Reformed Church Reformed Church in the United States (RCUS) in Lincoln, Nebraska. Mr. Davis additionally served in the RCUS as a Pastor of the Odessa Charge for five years, which included Artas Reformed Church in Artas, South Dakota, and First Reformed Church of Herreid, South Dakota. Mr. Davis also pastored the then-independent and now Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) Bethlehem Reformed Church in Freeman, South Dakota. Mr. Davis is currently employed in Lincoln, Nebraska, at Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway
as a Licensed Telecommunications Tech.


+ Reformed Church in the United States, Post Office Box 486, Eureka, South Dakota 57437

+ The Orthodox Presbyterian Church, 607 North Easton Road, Building E, Box P, Willow Grove, Pennsylvania 19090, 215-830-0900, Fax: 215-830-0350



Wednesday, March 23, 2011

23 March 2011

Presbyterians Week Headlines

[1] Pakistani Muslim Youths Murder Two Christians at Church Celebration

[2] Florida Judge Uses Sharia Law to Determine Ruling in a Civil Suit by Former Mosque Trustees

[3] Sweden Passes Law that Schools, Including Christian and Muslim Schools, Must Teach Subjects in a “Non-Confessional” and “Objective” Manner”

[4] UK Judge Overturns Advertising Standards Authority Ruling against Sandown Free Presbyterian Church in Ireland Newspaper Ad Deemed “Homophobic”

[5] Former Free Church of Scotland College Principal Says Campaign against 2010 General Assembly Decision Overturning Exclusive A Capella Psalmody is a “Declaration of War” against the Church

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[1] Pakistani Muslim Youths Murder Two Christians at Church Celebration

While the Salvation Army church in Hyderabad, Sindh Province, Pakistan, celebrated their 30th anniversary on 21 March 2011, a group of Muslim youths gathered outside the church playing music loudly on cell phones and teasing Christian women arriving for the celebration. Four men from the church came outside and told the Muslim youths to stop teasing the women and to respect the sanctity of the church. The Muslim youths left to retrieve handguns, then returned to the church and opened fire on the four men, killing two of them and seriously injuring the other two.

Police refused to register a case about the murders and attempted murders until the Christians blocked the main expressway of the city for two hours with the bodies of the two dead men. The police have allowed the accused Muslim youths to remain free, but arrested some teenagers having nothing to do with the crimes in order to show police superiors that something was being done.


+
Christian News Wire, 2020 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington DC 20006, 202-546-0054, newsdesk@christiannewswire.com

+ Salvation Army Pakistan, Post Office Box 242, Lahore 54000, Pakistan, 92-42- 758-1644, Fax: 92-42-757-2699, pak_leadership@pak.salvationarmy.org


[2] Florida Judge Uses Sharia Law to Determine Ruling in a Civil Suit by Former Mosque Trustees

A 21 March 2011 article by William R. Levesque in the St. Petersburg Times titled “Judge Orders Use of Islamic Law in Tampa [Florida] Lawsuit over Mosque Leadership” reports that a 3 March 2011 ruling by Hillsborough, Florida Circuit Judge Richard Nielsen, in a civil suit by two former mosque trustees concerning the disposition of US$2.2 million paid to the mosque by Florida for mosque property used in a road project, says that the judge’s decision about one crucial issue in the lawsuit “will proceed under Ecclesiastical Islamic Law,” i.e. Sharia Law. The judge said that he wants to determine whether the litigants properly followed Koranic teachings by obtaining an arbitration decision from an Islamic scholar.

The attorney for the mosque has appealed the judge’s decision, saying: “The mosque believes wholeheartedly in the Koran and its teachings. They certainly follow Islamic law in connection with their spiritual endeavors. But with respect to secular endeavors, they believe
Florida law should apply in Florida courts.”


+ St. Petersburg Times, 490 First Avenue South, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701, 727-893-8111, nealybrown@sptimes.com


[3] Sweden Passes Law that Schools, Including Christian and Muslim Schools, Must Teach Subjects in a “Non-Confessional” and “Objective” Manner”

A 17 March 2011 article in Sightings, a publication of The Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion at the University of Chicago Divinity School titled “Secular Power in Swedish Schools” reports that Sweden has passed a new law compelling schools to teach all subjects in a “non-confessional” and “objective” manner, including independent Christian and Muslim schools, as the independent schools too receive government funds.


+ University of Chicago Divinity School, 1025 East 58th Street,
Chicago, Illinois 60637, 773-702-8200, Fax: 773-702-6048, mmmitche@uchicago.edu


[4] UK Judge Overturns Advertising Standards Authority Ruling against Sandown Free Presbyterian Church in Ireland Newspaper Ad Deemed “Homophobic”

A 22 March 2011 BBC article titled “Judge Overturns ASA Sodomy Ad Ban Decision” reports that a United Kingdom High Court judge has ruled against an Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) 2008 decision that a full page ad titled “The Word of God against Sodomy” placed in the News Letter by the Sandown Free Presbyterian Church in Ireland (FPCI) in the summer of 2008 was “homophobic” and could not again be published in the same manner. The ad was placed by the Sandown FPCI ahead of an August 2008 “Gay Pride” parade in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

The ruling said: “The applicant's religious views and the Biblical scripture which underpins those views no doubt cause offence, even serious offence, to those of a certain sexual orientation. Likewise, the practice of homosexuality may have a similar effect on those of a particular religious faith. But Article 10 (of the European Convention on Human Rights) protects expressive rights which offend, shock or disturb. Moreover, Article 10 protects not only the content and substance of information but also the means of dissemination since any restriction on the means necessarily interferes with the right to receive and impart information. The fact that the advertisement did not condone and was not likely to provoke violence, (it) contained no exhortation to other improper or illegal activity, (and) constituted a genuine attempt to stand up for their religious beliefs and to encourage others to similarly bear witness. Whilst such views and scriptural references may be strongly disdained and considered seriously offensive by some, this does not justify the full scope of the restrictions contained in the impugned determination.”


+
BBC, 201 Wood Lane, London W12 7TS, England, Fax: 020-8008-2398

+
Free Presbyterian Church in Ireland, info@freepres.org


[5] Former Free Church of Scotland College Principal Says Campaign against 2010 General Assembly Decision Overturning Exclusive A Capella Psalmody is a “Declaration of War” against the Church

An 18 March 2011 article by John Ross in The Scotsman titled “Anti-Singing Campaigners 'Declare War' on Free Kirk” reports that in response to a petition being circulated and a newspaper ad placed by opponents of a 2010 Free Church of Scotland (FCS) General Assembly (GA) decision to allow hymns and musical instruments to church worship services formerly limited to exclusive a capella psalmody, former Principal of the Free Church of Scotland College, Professor Donald Macleod, has likened the opponents’ campaign against the 2010 GA decision to a “declaration of war” against the FCS.

The newspaper ad asks people to sign a petition, termed a memorial and protestation, asking the GA to reconsider the “unbiblical, unconfessional and unconstitutional decision” of the 2010 FCS GA.


+
The Scotsman, Barclay House, 108 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AS, Scotland, 131-620-8620

+
Free Church of Scotland, 15 North Bank Street, The Mound, Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 2LS, 0131-226-5286, Fax: 0131-220-0597, catherine@freechurchofscotland.org.uk


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

16 March 2011

Presbyterians Week Headlines

[1]
Christian Observer Highlights for March 2011

[2]
Japan Relief Fund Established by Reformed Presbyterian Global Missions

[3] New Grades 5-12 Confessional Study Course “Life in Christ” to be Available in August 2011

[4] Reformed Presbyterian Church of Scotland Launches New Website

[5] Peter Liethart Presbytery Prosecutor Asks for Contributions for Expert Witness Travel Expenses for the 3-4 June 2011 Trial

[Correction]

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[1]
Christian Observer Highlights for March 2011

New articles in the Christian Observer for March 2011 include:

Unfinished Business for the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) – Editor’s Message by Christian Observer Managing Editor Bob Williams – The February 2008 Chapter 11 bankruptcy of Presbyterian Church in America (PCA)-affiliated Cornerstone Ministries Investments (CMI) resulted in a total loss for stockholders, and almost a complete loss by 3500 investors of US$142 million, in what one bankruptcy court officer termed a “[US]$142 million Ponzi scheme”. The roots of what became this financial, fiduciary, and ethical debacle were such matters of concern to the 1991 19th PCA General Assembly (GA) that a Legal Audit of the PCA was commissioned by said GA, the results of which have been kept secret by the PCA Administrative Committee (AC) and its denominational cronies to this very day, and the PCA Teaching Elders (TE’s) at the center of the debacle continue to be credentialed and were enabled to carry on their nefarious work by cooperation of the same. It is far past time for the PCA GA to biblically, confessionally, and according to the PCA Book of Church Order(BCO), address this decades-long scandal;

It’s Never Just the Economy, Stupidby Brian T. Kennedy, President, The Claremont Institute, republished with permission from Imprimis (January 2011 – Volume 40, Number 1), a publication of Hillsdale College – Contemporary myths about Islam and the actual threats to freedom in the U.S. posed by efforts to establish Islam as the dominant factor in religion and in all aspects of American society, plus current threats posed to the U.S. by Islamic countries, Russia, and China;

The Lesson in Greed by Christian Observer Contributing Editor Dr. Joe Renfro – the lessons about greed being taught to public school students by events such as the public service union efforts in Wisconsin and Ohio to force continued deficit spending in order to maintain the status quo for or increase educational spending;

Plus, regular features including weekly Sabbath School Lessons and Westminster Shorter Catechism lessons by Christian Observer Assistant Editor Dr. Robert LaMay, and Daily Devotionals by T.M. Moore, dean of the Centurions Program of the Wilberforce Forum and principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe.

+ Christian Observer, Post Office Box 1371, Lexington, Virginia 20110, christianobserver@christianobserver.org


[2] Japan Relief Fund Established by Reformed Presbyterian Global Missions

The Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America’s Reformed Presbyterian Global Missions is setting up a “Japan Relief Fund” in response to the earthquake and tsunami that have devastated northern Japan this past week. Checks can be made out to “RP Global Missions” and send to:

RP Global Missions
3004 5th Ave.
Beaver Falls, PA 15010-3671

In the Memo Line, write “Japan Relief Fund” – this part is very important for correct crediting and directing. Donations made this way are tax deductible. If you prefer to donate online, you can do so at http://www.rpglobalmissions.org/.

RP Global Missions plans to route all funds to the RPCNA Japan Presbytery and entrust them to direct funds in any way they see fit, directly or secondarily, further north.

This way, all people in North America who donate can be assured that 100 percent of funds will be responsibly managed on-site by the churches’ pastors, elders, and deacons.


+
Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (RPCNA), 7408 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15208, 412-731-1177, Fax: 412-731-8861


[3] New Grades 5-12 Confessional Study Course “Life in Christ” to be Available in August 2011

Reformed Fellowship Inc. is publishing a confessional study series in eight volumes for grades five through twelve called “Life in Christ.” The new study series is designed to instruct young people in the biblical Reformed faith in a format that uses sections of explanation, memory work from the confessions and Scripture, and questions for discussion. Each lesson also includes space to answer the questions, a highlighted box of key words and concepts, and personal application of the theme. Each of the volumes comprises twenty-five lessons in an 8-1/2" x 11" spiral-bound study-guide/workbook.

The curriculum uses the Three Forms of Unity (Heidelberg Catechism, Belgic Confession, and Canons of Dort), and where possible incorporates references from the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms.

Pre-publication orders at US$10 per volume are being taken until May 15 at http://www.reformedfellowship.net/life-in-christ-preorder-books.htm. The list price of each volume is US$15.


+ Reformed Fellowship Inc., 3363 Hickory Ridge Court Southwest,
Wyoming, Michigan 49418, president@reformedfellowship.net

+ United Reformed Churches in North America, c/o the Rev. Bradd Nymeyer, 227 1st Avenue Southeast, Sioux Center, Iowa 51250, 712-722-1965, statedclerk@urcna.org


[4] Reformed Presbyterian Church of Scotland Launches New Website

The Reformed Presbyterian Church of Scotland has launched a new website at:

http://www.rpcscotland.org/

+
Reformed Presbyterian Church of Scotland, c/o the Rev. Andrew Quigley, RPCS Clerk, Linden House, Westermavisbank Avenue, Airdrie, ML6 0HD Scotland, 01236-753971, SAndrewQ@aol.com


[5] Peter Liethart Presbytery Prosecutor Asks for Contributions for Expert Witness Travel Expenses for the 3-4 June 2011 Trial

Presbyterian Church in America(PCA) Teaching Elder the Rev. Peter Liethart will be tried by the PCA’s Pacific Northwest Presbytery 3-4 June 2011 on five doctrinal charges related to Liethart’s Federal Vision beliefs.

Liethart’s presbytery trial is being prosecuted by the Rev. Jason J. Stellman, who is asking for contributions for a fund to cover the lodging and airfare expenses of the expert witnesses Stellman plans to have testify. Contributions can be sent and checks made out to:

Exile Presbyterian Church
PMB 132
14241 Woodinville-Duvall Rd.
Woodinville, WA 98072
Attn: Prosecution Fund



+ Creed Code Cult Blog, j.stellman@comcast.net

+ Presbyterian Church in America, 1700 North Brown Road, Suite 105, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30043, 678-825-1000, Fax: 678-825-1001, ac@pcanet.org


[Correction]

In the
2 March 2011 Presbyterians Week article [12] Reformation Presbytery of the Midwest Expands Its Ministries, Pursues Fraternal Relations”, the Rev. J. Bruce Martin was identified as the Stated Clerk of the Reformation Presbytery of the Midwest, when in actuality Mr. Martin is the Clerk of Synod for the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, and Elder Jim Brown is Stated Clerk of the Reformation Presbytery of the Midwest.

There is no truth to the rumor that the editor is trying to speed up a possible organic union of these two august bodies.


+
Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (RPCNA), 7408 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15208, 412-731-1177, Fax: 412-731-8861

+
Reformation Presbytery of the Midwest

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

9 March 2011

Dear Presbyterians Week Readers - Due to the editor having to take a few down days related to the fall and the curse, i.e. routine middle-age medical matters, Presbyterians Week for 9 March 2011 will consist only of this brief flight of theological and euphemistic fancy.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

2 March 2011

Presbyterians Week Headlines

[1] PCUSA Minister Acquitted of Violating PCUSA Constitution for Getting “Married” to Same-Sex Partner

[2] British High Court Upholds Disqualification of Christian Foster Parent Applicants that Refused to Promote Homosexual Practice to Foster Child

[3] U.S. Troops to Receive Battlefield Homosexual Sensitivity Training

[4] Afghan Christian Convert Released after Foreign Intervention While Another Afghan Christian Convert Remains Jailed

[5] India to Deport Six Afghan Christian Converts from Islam Denied Refugee Status

[6] Somali Islamists Kill Twenty-Fourth Christian Convert from Islam since 2009

[7] Dearborn, Michigan, Law Enforcement Alleged to be Covering Up Muslim “Honor Killings”

[8] Saudi National on Student Visa Arrested for Attempted Use of a Weapon of Mass Destruction

[9] Useful Idiocy at the University of Central Florida

[10] Nation of Islam Leader Lewis Farrakhan Predicts Revolution in U.S. Similar to Current Mideast Uprisings

[11] BOND Leader the Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson Asks: “Why Are Christians Allowing Muslims To Worship In Their Churches?”

[12] Reformation Presbytery of the Midwest Expands Its Ministries, Pursues Fraternal Relations

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[1] PCUSA Minister Acquitted of Violating PCUSA Constitution by Getting “Married” to Same-Sex Partner

A 28 February 2011 article by Mary Jane Smetanka in the Star Tribune titled “Church Declines to Discipline Gay Pastor” reports that on 28 February 2011, the Rev. Erwin Barron was acquitted by a six-member panel of the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA)’s Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area in a trial on whether or not Barron violated the PCUSA constitution by getting married in 2008 in California to his same-sex partner. The voting deadlocked at 3-3, which was one vote less than the two-thirds majority needed to convict.


+ Star Tribune, 425 Portland Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55488, 612-673-4000

+
Presbyterian Church (PCUSA), 100 Witherspoon Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40202, 888-728-7228, Fax: 502-569-8005

+ Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area, 122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 508, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404, 612-871-7281, Fax: 612-871-0698, office@ptcaweb.org


[2] British High Court Upholds Disqualification of Christian Foster Parent Applicants that Refused to Promote Homosexual Practice to Foster Child

A 28 February 2011 article Christian Concern article titled “Breaking News: High Court Judgment Suggests Christian Beliefs Harmful to Children. Fostering Christians Now in Doubt” announced that The High Court of the United Kingdom’s Royal Court of Justice on 28 February 2011 ruled that a Christian couple whose application to become foster parents was rejected by the Derby [England] City Council because the couple was not willing to promote homosexual practice to a young child. The High Court ruled that Christian beliefs on sexual ethics may be ‘inimical’ to children, and they implicitly upheld an Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) submission that children risk being ‘infected’ by Christian moral beliefs.

Christian Concern commented: “The nature of the judgment means that Christians who hold orthodox Christian views on the family, marriage and sexuality will continue to face difficulties in the fostering and adoption process and the Courts will not intervene to stop this from happening. In fact, the summary contained in the judgment sends out the clear message that orthodox Christian ethical beliefs are potentially harmful to children and that Christian parents with mainstream Christian views are not suitable to be considered as potential foster parents.”

Ekklesia, in a 1 March 2011 press release titled “Misleading Claims about Discrimination against Christians” countered: “The argument of the socially conservative Christians who are pursuing these cases to seek to demonstrate 'discrimination' or 'persecution' against Christians in the UK appears to rest on two false premises. The first is that theirs is the only Christian view and should be backed up by law, irrespective of the dignity and rights of others. The second is that discriminatory actions justified on religious grounds should provide immunity from fulfilling legal requirements over equality and justice towards others in the public sphere. That cannot be right….However, it does further confirm what we at Ekklesia have been arguing for many years - which is that the era of Christendom, when Christian institutions and beliefs might be given special privilege, regard and exemption denied to others, is now over. For many - including Christians who wish to recover the levelling core of the Gospel message - that is good news, not a threat.”

Colin Hart, director of The Christian Institute, in a 1 March 2011 press release titled “Christian Institute Responds to Foster Carer Court Case” commented:

“The media has reported the case of Mr. and Mrs. Johns, a Christian couple who faced difficulties in fostering children because of their views on homosexuality.

“Much media reporting on this issue, and even some comments by Christians, have, in our view, been wide of the mark.

“The impression has been given that the High Court has ruled that Christians who believe that homosexuality is morally wrong cannot foster children. This is not true. No such ruling has been made.

“Christians are deeply concerned about the dramatic comments by the High Court judges in this case. It is no surprise that national newspapers are drawing attention to what has been said. Derby City Council seems to want a gay rights test to assess any potential foster parent. If so, this Council will be encouraged by the High Court, but thankfully other councils are free to take a different view.

“Equality laws have closed down adoption agencies and are now being used against pillars of the community, such as Mr. and Mrs. Johns in this case and Mr. and Mrs. Bull, the Christian B&B owners from Cornwall.

“The last government created a conflict of laws. It is for Parliament to unscramble this conflict. That is what we want to see.

“Let us pray for those in authority that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. (1 Tim 2:1-4).

“Let us also pray that those in authority will defend vulnerable children and give them the opportunity to be raised in a loving home.”


+ Christian Concern, 70 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8AX, England, 020 7935 1488, Contact Page

+ Ekklesia, 2nd Floor, 145-157 St. John Street, London EC1V 4PY, England, 0845 056 5445, press@ekklesia.co.uk

+ The Christian Institute, Wilberforce House, 4 Park Road, Gosforth Business Park, Newcastle upon Tyne NE12 8DG, England, 44-0-191-281-5664, Fax: 44-0-191-281-4272, info@christian.org.uk


[3] U.S. Troops to Receive Battlefield Homosexual Sensitivity Training

A 24 February 2011 article by Rowan Scarborough in The Washington Times titled “Combat Troops to Get Gay Sensitivity Training: New Policy OK’d for Battlefield” reports that Sgt. Maj. Marvin Hill, the top enlisted U.S. soldier in Afghanistan, announced 24 February 2011 that sensitivity training on respect for homosexual rights will be brought to all 100,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan including those at forward bases fighting Taliban militants.


+ The Washington Times, 3600 New York Avenue Northeast, Washington DC 20002, 202-636-3205


[4] Afghan Christian Convert Released after Foreign Intervention While Another Afghan Christian Convert Remains Jailed

A 24 February 2011 Compass Direct News Service article titled “Afghan Convert Musa Released; Another Christian Still in Prison” reports that Afghan Christian Said Musa was released after nine months in prison and a pending death sentence for apostasy for the Muslim crime of leaving Islam. Musa left Afghanistan 21 February 2011 an unnamed country after visits from several Kabul embassy representatives offering asylum. Musa was heavily pressured by Afghan officials to renounce his Christian faith, but remained faithful. Musa wrote in a letter: “I told them I cannot [follow] Islam. “I am Jesus Christ’s servant. They pushed me much and much. I refused their demands.”

Another Afghan Christian convert from Islam, Shoib Assadullah, has been in a holding jail in a district of Mazar-e-Sharif, in northern Afghanistan, since October 2010, after he was arrested for giving a New Testament to a man who reportedly turned him in to authorities. Assadullah wrote of his upcoming trial: “The court’s decision is most definitely going to be the death penalty for me, because the prosecutor has accused me under the Clause 139 of the criminal code which says, ‘If the crime is not cited in the criminal code, then the case has to be referred to the Islamic [S]haria law.’”

As of 27 February 2011, 1485 U.S. soldiers have been killed in the Afghanistan war officially called “Operation Enduring Freedom”.


+ Compass Direct News Service, Post Office Box 27250, Santa Ana,
California 92799, 949-862-0304, Fax: 949-752-6536, info@compassdirect.org

+ ICasulties.org


[5] India to Deport Six Afghan Christian Converts from Islam Denied Refugee Status

A 24 February 2011 Barnabas Aid report titled “Christians Facing Death in Afghanistan Denied Refuge” reports that six Afghan converts to Christianity from Islam who fled to India and applied for refugee status have been denied said status by India and now face deportation to Afghanistan, where they risk arrest and possible execution for apostasy under the country's Sharia-based law.

Four of the six Afghan Christians had their 2008 baptisms shown on Afghan television in May 2010, which was followed by angry responses from Muslims and the Afghan government, including Deputy Secretary of the Afghan Lower House of Parliament Abdul Sattar Khawasi calling in parliament for the public execution of the Afghan Christians shown in the television program.

As of 27 February 2011, 1485 U.S. soldiers have been killed in the Afghanistan war officially called “Operation Enduring Freedom”.


+ Barnabas Aid, 6731 Curran Street, McLean,
Virginia 22101, 703-288-1681, Fax: 703-288-1681, usa@barnabasaid.org

+ ICasulties.org


[6] Somali Islamists Kill Twenty-Fourth Christian Convert from Islam since 2009

A 23 February posting by International Christian Concern titled “Somali Islamists Kill 24th Christian Convert, Another Convert Escapes” reports that on 26 January 2011, members of the Somali Islamic radical group Al-Shabaab killed Christian convert from Islam, Abdirahman Hussein Roble, in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, after being accused of spying and “fitna” (religious discord) among Muslims, a pejorative Islamic term used to describe Christian evangelism among Muslims. Roble leaves a widow and two children, and is the twenty-fourth Christian convert from Islam killed by Somali Islamists since 2009.

Another Somali Christian convert from Islam was arrested 8 January 2011 by Al-Shabaab Islamists in the Afgoye district of
Somalia, but managed to escape his makeshift prison while the Islamists attended an evening prayer.


+ International Christian Concern, 2020 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest #941, Washington DC 20006, 800-422-5441, Fax: 301-989-1709, superadmin@persecution.org


[7] Dearborn, Michigan, Law Enforcement Alleged to be Covering Up Muslim “Honor Killings”

The Thomas More Law Center on 22 February 2011 filed a lawsuit against the City of Dearborn, Michigan, its Mayor, John B. O’Reilly, its Chief of Police, Ronald Haddad, seventeen City police officers, and two executives of the American Arab Chamber of Commerce for violating the civil rights of four Christian missionaries who were arrested 18 June 2011 after police officers witnessed Dr. Nabeel Qureshi, a Muslim convert to Christianity, peaceably discussing his Christian faith with Muslim youths, charged with “breaching the peace.” The Christians were led away in handcuffs to the applause and cheers of Muslim onlookers who had just witnessed a victory of Sharia law over the Christians.

A second incident occurred on 20 June 2011, as two missionaries, Rezkalla and Josh Hogg, stood on the public sidewalk handing out the Gospel of John to passersby willing to take them. The Christians were there for approximately five minutes when eight City of Dearborn police officers descended upon them, seized them, and brought them to the police command trailer located inside the Arab festival where the Christians were admonished, photographed, and ordered to stop their peaceful religious activity.

The arrested missionaries were later found not guilty of all charges after a jury trial.

The ninety-six page lawsuit contains 450 allegations against the defendants, including:

“265. During the “booking” at the City jail, a sympathetic City police officer told
Plaintiffs Qureshi and Rezkalla that some of the police officers were “on their side,” “agreed with what they were doing,” and “didn’t think they did anything wrong,” or words to that effect, demonstrating further that Defendants retaliated against Plaintiffs for their religious speech activity.

“266. The sympathetic police officer told Plaintiffs that the security personnel hired for the Arab Festival were mostly “criminals and gang members.”

“267. The sympathetic police officer told Plaintiffs that there were instances in the City [of Dearborn, Michigan,] where “honor killings” permitted by [S]haria law had taken place, but they were covered up.”


+ Thomas More Law Center, 24 Frank Lloyd Wright Drive,
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106, 734-827-2001, Fax: 734-930-7160, info@thomasmore.org


[8] Saudi National on Student Visa Arrested for Attempted Use of a Weapon of Mass Destruction

A 25 February 2011 article by Laura Garsea in the Richland Chronicle titled “College Student Targets North Texas, Bush Residence” reports that former Texas Tech chemical engineering student and current business student at South Plains College near Lubbock, Texas, Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, was arrested on 23 February 2011 for attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction after trying to buy bomb making chemicals over the Internet with the intent of blowing up several targets in the U.S. including dams, nuclear plants, and the home of former U.S. President George W. Bush.

Aldawsari had written in his journal that he had been planning for years to wage jihad, or Muslim holy war, against the United States by launching terrorist bombing attacks.


+ Richland Chronicle, El Paso Hall, Rm. E-020, 12800 Abrams Road, Dallas, Texas 75243, 972-238-6079, Fax: 972-238-6037, chronicle@dcccd.edu


[9] Useful Idiocy at the University of Central Florida

A 24 February 2011 article by Ben Howe of RedState titled “University of Central Florida Hosts Terrorists & Forcibly Removes Their Detractors” reports that in November 2010, Randy McDaniels, a chapter leader of ACT! for America, attended a panel discussion at the University of Central Florida (UCF) where members of the Muslim Public Affairs Council were invited to speak.

Mr. McDaniels politely asked Jamal Badawi, a member of the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA), about the Islamic law book “Reliance of the Traveller: The Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law Umdat Al-Salik,” which contains the FCNA stamp of approval, whether Badawi endorses the laws in the book which call for the stoning and execution of apostates who leave Islam as well as all non-Muslims.

Mr. McDaniels then sat down and proceeded to listen to Badawi answer the question. Mr. McDaniels was then asked to leave, and then forcibly removed from the event by uniformed policemen.

On 25 February 2011, the UCF hosted a visit by Sirhaj Wahajj, an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombings.

Badawi, the November 2010 speaker, was a member of the Board of Directors of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States, a Hamas front group, and was listed as a co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation Trial, otherwise known as the largest terrorism fundraising trial in American History


+ RedState, 1 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest, Suite 600, Washington DC 20001, contact@redstate.com

+ Muslim Public Affairs Council, 110 Maryland Avenue Northeast, Suite 210, Washington DC 20002, 202-547-7701, Fax: 202-547-7704, contact@mpac.org


[10] Nation of Islam Leader Lewis Farrakhan Predicts Revolution in U.S. Similar to Current Mideast Uprisings

A 28 February 2011 Newsmax article by Mike Tighe titled “Farrakhan: Mideast-Like Revolution Headed for US” reports that Nation of Islam leader and avowed friend of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, Lewis Farrakhan, is predicting that revolution like that currently happening in the Mideast will soon come to the U.S.



+ Newsmax, Post Office Box 20989, West Palm Beach, Florida 33416, 561-686-1165, Fax: 561-686-3350


[11] BOND Leader the Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson Asks: “Why Are Christians Allowing Muslims To Worship In Their Churches?”

Brotherhood Organization of A New Destiny (BOND) founder and leader the Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson on 24 February 2011 issued the following press release:

Los Angeles—As reported on FoxNews.com, two Protestant U.S. churches are creating a stir by opening their church buildings to Muslims for worship. According to the report, Heartsong Church in Cordova, [Tennessee], let members of the Memphis Islamic Center hold Ramadan prayers there. And the Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Alexandria, [Virginia], allows the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) to hold regular Friday prayers in their building. Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, Founder and President of BOND, the Brotherhood Organization of A New Destiny, called this a dangerous and foolish trend being promoted by weak Christians. The following is Rev. Peterson's statement regarding this matter:

"This is an example of tolerance gone wild. I see many so-called 'Christians' misrepresenting Christianity as a timid and passive faith. The Bible says love thy neighbor, but it doesn't say anything about turning Christian sanctuaries over to Muslims. This is a dangerous and foolish trend.

"ICNA, one of the groups using church buildings for worship, describes themselves as 'a leading American Muslim organization dedicated to the betterment of society through the promotion of Islamic values.' What 'Islamic values' are they referring to? Are they promoting Sharia? Is this group affiliated with the extremist Muslim Brotherhood? These are legitimate questions.

"These churches don't understand their own faith, and they're ignorant about Islam. The Quran tells Muslims that Christians and Jews are infidels and worthy of death. If Christians allow Muslims groups to take over their churches—it's just a matter time before they will overrun these communities.

"According to the Pew Forum, mosque construction is at an all-time high. As of September, there were 1,897 mosques in the United States, a 57 percent increase since 2000. Organizations like CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) are using our laws and Constitution to infiltrate and to try and conquer this nation from within.

"Unless Christians in America wake up and recognize this domestic threat, it's only a matter of time before America, like Europe, will be forced to make concessions to radical Muslims. I can assure you that Muslims would not allow Christians to worship in their mosques. The threat of radical Islam is real both abroad and at home. God has given Christians the power and authority to overcome the darkness of this world, where is that authority today?"


+ Brotherhood Organization of A New Destiny, Post Office Box 35090, Los Angeles,
California 90035, bond@bondinfo.org


[12] Reformation Presbytery of the Midwest Expands Its Ministries, Pursues Fraternal Relations

Reformation Presbytery of the Midwest (RPM) held its annual stated meeting on Saturday, 26 February 2011. The gathering was hosted by Falls Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. In addition to the members of the court, churchmen from at least two other communions, the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) and the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (RPCNA), were present.

RPM is a regional court with an organized congregation in New London, Wisconsin. Two new mission churches, in Milwaukee and Antigo, Wisconsin, were established by the Presbytery.

Besides hearing reports on the various ministries of RPM, the other major item of business was with regard to fraternal relations. The Synod of the RPCNA last June referred to its Great Lakes-Gulf Presbytery a request from RPM for fraternal relations with a view toward full organic union. Representatives of RPM are expected to attend the meeting of Great Lakes-Gulf Presbytery, which is being held in Indianapolis,
Indiana, 3-5 March 2011.


+ Frank J. Smith, Ph.D., D.D., Pastor, Northminster Reformed Presbyterian Church (RPCNA), 5830 Millstone Drive, Cumming, Georgia 30028, 770-241-3946

+ Reformation Presbytery of the Midwest, c/o Rev. J. Bruce Martin, Clerk of Synod, JBruMar@hotmail.com

+ Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (RPCNA), 7408 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15208, 412-731-1177, Fax: 412-731-8861

+ The Orthodox Presbyterian Church, 607 North Easton Road, Building E, Box P, Willow Grove, Pennsylvania 19090, 215-830-0900, Fax: 215-830-0350