Religious views – Waterloo Band http://waterlooband.net/ Wed, 03 Aug 2022 16:25:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://waterlooband.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/icon.png Religious views – Waterloo Band http://waterlooband.net/ 32 32 ‘SNL’ Veteran Victoria Jackson Shares How Religious Beliefs Put Her On Hollywood’s Blacklist https://waterlooband.net/snl-veteran-victoria-jackson-shares-how-religious-beliefs-put-her-on-hollywoods-blacklist/ Wed, 03 Aug 2022 10:01:14 +0000 https://waterlooband.net/snl-veteran-victoria-jackson-shares-how-religious-beliefs-put-her-on-hollywoods-blacklist/ One of the most shocking moments in a conversation with Victoria Jackson had nothing to do with her far-right beliefs. Toward the end of a roughly 45-minute phone interview, the former ‘Saturday Night Live’ star dropped her signature Betty Boop voice to sound like an older Jewish woman who’s smoked too many cigarettes . Even […]]]>

One of the most shocking moments in a conversation with Victoria Jackson had nothing to do with her far-right beliefs.

Toward the end of a roughly 45-minute phone interview, the former ‘Saturday Night Live’ star dropped her signature Betty Boop voice to sound like an older Jewish woman who’s smoked too many cigarettes . Even though I knew it was coming, I was half convinced that a stranger had interrupted the conversation.

I told her afterwards that she gave me a jerk.

“I say!” said Jackson, who turned 63 earlier this week. “My friends say I scare them.”

Those who attend Jackson’s Friday and Saturday shows at Gutty’s Comedy Club, a relatively new venue in Edina that does not allow artists to use profanity, will be treated to plenty of ukulele impersonations and songs. What they shouldn’t expect is the kind of anti-gay, anti-Muslim views that have driven his once-promising career.

“I don’t do anything about religion or politics,” she said from her home in Nashville. “But I have an inclination because of who I am.”

Religion has always had a strong influence in Jackson’s life, starting with a strict Baptist upbringing in Florida. Her dad thought “gee” and “golly” were swear words.

But her conservatism did not prevent her from making a name for herself in Hollywood, starting with 20 appearances on the “Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson”. Jackson had his fair share of memorable moments during his 1986-1992 run on “SNL,” many of which involved showing off his considerable gymnastics skills on the “Weekend Update” desk.

But she clung to her values ​​whenever she could, even giving audio versions of the Bible to her castmates one Christmas. Jackson was able to cobble together scripts if asked to say an offensive word. She has kind words for executive producer Lorne Michaels, who once allowed her at the last minute to back out of a scene that made fun of prayer.

But there were still conflicts. She had a run-in with “SNL” writer Al Franken, who dumped her after a meeting. He told her that he was embarrassed by her quirky demeanor, especially the fact that she always seemed to play dumb.

“Maybe what I’m really thinking is everybody’s going to hell and I’m supposed to tell them about Jesus,” Jackson told the future Minnesota senator. According to Jackson, Franken turned white as a ghost and walked away.

His 1986 film “Casual Sex?” Rochester co-star Lea Thompson and stand-up comedian Andrew Dice Clay were a minor hit, but she quickly regretted agreeing to appear in scenes that exposed her bare bottom.

“I’ve never been the lead in a feature film again,” she said. “I can’t help but think God was saying, ‘Vicki, you crossed the line. I’m not going to bless your movie career. “”

Television roles have also dwindled. She quit “SNL” to do a sitcom in which she would play a Vegas showgirl who falls in love with a taxi driver. The networks are gone. A few months later, her future co-star, George Clooney, was cast in “ER.”

But Jackson has kept busy, appearing on “Politically Incorrect With Bill Maher” several times and performing at comedy clubs across the country. Then in 2007, she joined a conservative Hollywood group, Friends of Abe, sparking an interest in political activism.

She would later accuse former President Barack Obama of being an “Islamic jihadist” and criticize “Glee” for showing a kiss between two male actors.

“It was sickening,” she said of the scene. “I was thinking of a 4-year-old staring at him and my stomach hurt.”

It became difficult to find work.

“I was blacklisted,” Jackson said. “The only people you can make fun of are blondes – stupid blonde jokes. You can’t make fun of Muslims or you’ll die.”

She’s not a fan of more recent “SNL” seasons.

“Now the agenda is so blatant. It’s obvious they want to push a far-left agenda to indoctrinate a new generation,” Jackson said. “They couldn’t even tell a joke about Obama. When Alec Baldwin does [former President Donald] Trump is done with hate. When we made political figures, it was with love and humor.”

On the contrary, it’s even more difficult these days for comics with controversial opinions to take the stage. Last month, First Avenue folded under pressure from people offended by Dave Chappelle’s transgender material, canceling the comedian’s appearance hours before he was due to take the stage.

But Jackson is finding more opportunities to perform than she has in some time and has about half a dozen bookings so far this year. In July, she shot a role for a 10-minute film from her home.

“I’m sort of retired, but I want to keep my toes in comedy and keep my brain sharp,” Jackson said. “I love the sound of laughter.”

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When: 8:30 p.m. Fri. and Sat.

Where: Gutty’s Comedy Club, 10 Southdale Center, Edina.

Tickets: $20 to $40. minnesota.guttyscomedyclub.com

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UP conducts business for hurting religious feelings; 81 Chinese nationals receive ‘exit notice from India’ https://waterlooband.net/up-conducts-business-for-hurting-religious-feelings-81-chinese-nationals-receive-exit-notice-from-india/ Tue, 02 Aug 2022 08:13:01 +0000 https://waterlooband.net/up-conducts-business-for-hurting-religious-feelings-81-chinese-nationals-receive-exit-notice-from-india/ Read more and not of his party since he asked MPs from all parties to join the exercise at 8:30 am. At the meeting, BJP Chairman JP Nadda laid out a host of exercises for party members during a week-long program beginning Aug. 9 in the run-up to Aug. 15, the 75th anniversary. of India’s […]]]>

and not of his party since he asked MPs from all parties to join the exercise at 8:30 am.

At the meeting, BJP Chairman JP Nadda laid out a host of exercises for party members during a week-long program beginning Aug. 9 in the run-up to Aug. 15, the 75th anniversary. of India’s independence.

A week after suspending them from the House for “unruly” behavior, Lok Sabha President Om Birla on Monday revoked the suspension of four members of Congress, after asking the opposition for assurances that it would not wouldn’t bring signs into the House. Birla also warned members that he would take strict action against those who violated the House Rules, which prohibit members from bringing “exhibits” into the chamber.

Four members of Congress – Manickam Tagore, Ramya Haridas, TN Prathapan and S Jothimani were suspended last Monday from LS for the remainder of the monsoon session for carrying signs and shouting slogans inside the House.

The monsoon session of Parliament has seen little business since it began on July 18 as the House remained deadlocked amid protests from the opposition who insisted on starting talks on price hikes and other questions.

Members of Congress and the DMK walked out of the Lok Sabha on Monday, expressing displeasure with Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s response to a debate over price hikes. Amid Sitharaman’s response, members of Congress left the House. After a few minutes, the DMK members also came out in protest.

Speaking to reporters outside parliament later, Congressman Manish Tewari, who kicked off the debate, said that according to the government, “no inflation exists like nobody killed Jessica. It’s alright, that’s your (government’s) response to the concerns raised by the opposition.” He also said the minister’s response was arrogant.

Highlighting the issue of the high cost of LPG during the Lok Sabha price hike debate, TMC member Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar bit into a raw brinjal she had brought with her on Monday and said she wondered if the government wanted “we eat raw vegetables”.

As opposition members questioned the government’s seriousness in solving the inflation problem, Dastidar said those who got a bottle under the Ujjwala scheme don’t have the money for a bottle. recharge.

Members of the Lok Sabha took part in the debate over the price hike while the Rajya Sabha will deliberate on the issue on Tuesday.

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Northern Christian group accuses Babachir, Dogara of stoking religious feelings over Muslim-Muslim ticket – The Sun Nigeria https://waterlooband.net/northern-christian-group-accuses-babachir-dogara-of-stoking-religious-feelings-over-muslim-muslim-ticket-the-sun-nigeria/ Sun, 31 Jul 2022 17:46:49 +0000 https://waterlooband.net/northern-christian-group-accuses-babachir-dogara-of-stoking-religious-feelings-over-muslim-muslim-ticket-the-sun-nigeria/ A northern-based religious group under the umbrella of the Arewa Coalition for Good Governance has declared the hardline positions of the former federal government secretary; Mr. Lawal Babachir, Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Lawal Dogara and Adamawa Legislator, Senator Ishaku Abbo on the All Progressives Congress issue, APC’s choice of Muslim-Muslim ticket […]]]>

A northern-based religious group under the umbrella of the Arewa Coalition for Good Governance has declared the hardline positions of the former federal government secretary; Mr. Lawal Babachir, Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Lawal Dogara and Adamawa Legislator, Senator Ishaku Abbo on the All Progressives Congress issue, APC’s choice of Muslim-Muslim ticket is based on selfish interest.

According to the group, their anger is based on the fact that none of them were chosen as running mates and not on the issue of the Muslim-Muslim ticket as was projected.

“At a time when all key players in the APC are expected to work for the unity and progress of the party in the upcoming general elections in 2023, they have decided to deploy religious sentiments as a weapon of war to discourage Christians from Tinubu/Shettima,” the group applied.

In a press release signed by the leader of the Coalition of Christian Groups for Good Governance, Elder Peter Sati Auta, the group opined that “Nigerians, especially the electorate, are wise enough to know that whipping religious feelings against any candidate is not the solution to the challenges of insecurity; declining economy, insurgency, high unemployment, poor governance and other issues that militate against Nigeria’s progress and development.

While stating that the Holy Bible gave Christians a mandate to pray for leaders, she noted that “everything that comes out of it is not only unwholesome, but backslidden.”

This is why, among several reasons, as Christian leaders of various churches, we have decided to come out and denounce the divisive movement of our brothers to create a religious crack in the regime ahead of the 2023 elections.

“Instead of holding nightly meetings to fight the issue of the Muslim-Muslim ticket, we expected them to expend energy talking about how to contribute their quota to finding solutions to the plethora of problems mentioned above which, over the past 20 years, have served as a cog in the wheel of progress.

While noting in the statement that Babachir and Dogara might be the ones working to overheat the political regime and destroy the same party that gave them a platform of political relevance, pointing out that it is just a selfish interest of exhausted forces , which should be purely and simply rejected”.

The statement further reads: “Everyone knows that former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and former Governor of Borno, Alhaji Kashim Shettima are not religious fanatics so sooner they know that the idea of ​​whipping religious feelings against will not work.

“It is in the public domain that Tinubu and Shettima helped a good number of Christians during their days as Governors of Lagos and Borno States respectively.

“Where were they, when the heavy smear campaign of being a ‘Religious Bigot’ was muted against Buhari? Of course, some of them backed him to win and were later rewarded with nominations Even with all the unprintable names Buhari called himself, but they worked for him.

The group also asked, “When Babachir and Dogara held public office, when did they speak or work for Christians?

Reacting to what he described as “Senator Abbo’s outburst on the issue of Muslim-Muslim tickets”, he simply said, “We urge Christians to avoid the divisive strategies of Babachir, Dogara and Senator Abbo and to vote for the candidates of their choice, regardless of religion and tribal origins.

“The most important thing for Nigerians now is to come out in elections and elect good leaders on merit; experience and performance records”. The statement added.

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A model of religious harmony, Thailand still attracts tourists https://waterlooband.net/a-model-of-religious-harmony-thailand-still-attracts-tourists/ Sat, 30 Jul 2022 13:13:46 +0000 https://waterlooband.net/a-model-of-religious-harmony-thailand-still-attracts-tourists/ Damnoen Saduak floating market – BENEDICT LOPEZ Before the pandemic, Thailand was a tourist paradise. In 2019, some 40 million tourists visited the country, captivated by the scenic tourist spots and pristine beaches. In 2019, Thailand ranked eighth in the world, with 40 million international tourist arrivals. Tourism accounted for 11% of the country’s gross […]]]>
Damnoen Saduak floating market – BENEDICT LOPEZ

Before the pandemic, Thailand was a tourist paradise.

In 2019, some 40 million tourists visited the country, captivated by the scenic tourist spots and pristine beaches.

In 2019, Thailand ranked eighth in the world, with 40 million international tourist arrivals. Tourism accounted for 11% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), valued at two trillion baht in 2019. Thailand’s tourism sector created 36 million jobs between 2014 and 2019.

As in most other countries, the pandemic plagued Thailand’s tourism sector in 2020 and 2021. By September 2021, tourist arrivals had plunged and international flights to Thailand were down 95% year-on-year. former. Hotel occupancy has dropped to just 9%.

Tourists flock to the country

Thailand’s tourism industry is rebounding from a disastrous phase. Since July 1, 2022, Thailand has fully reopened to foreign tourists.

In addition to presenting a passport or border pass on entry, vaccinated persons must present a vaccination certificate (taken at least 14 days before travel) on arrival, while unvaccinated travelers or partially vaccinated will need to show proof of a negative PCR test result or occupational antigen. test kit result taken within 72 hours of travel. Those arriving overland using a border pass will be allowed to stay for up to three days in specified areas only.

With relatively low airfares and reasonable hotel rates in Bangkok, I decided to spend five days in the “Land of Smiles”.

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Bangkok is now a hive of activity and tourists are flocking to the country in droves: similar to pre-pandemic days.

Floating markets

Floating markets are a popular attraction in Thailand, and I visited the one in Damnoen Saduak, over an hour’s drive from Bangkok.

On a motorboat, travelers experience daily life on the backwaters of Bangkok’s canals up close (see photo above).

Outlet vendors here sell fresh produce and other foodstuffs, souvenirs, handicrafts and handmade sweets. Floating markets offer tourists a taste of popular Thai culture.

The pandemic has affected the livelihoods of many of these vendors, who depend on tourists for a stable monthly income. Fortunately, as tourists flock to the country again, their incomes will increase.

Bridge over the River Kwai

Bridge over the River Kwai, Kanchanaburi – BENEDICT LOPEZ

Another attraction I always wanted to visit in Thailand was the Bridge over the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi, about two hours drive from the capital.

Built during the Japanese occupation, this railway was built to cross Burma to aid the Japanese invasion of India. I noticed the dexterity of execution as I walked along the stretch of railway crossing the River Kwai.

Stretching for 400 km, it was once called the Thailand-Burma Railway and earned the nickname “Death Railway” because more than one hundred thousand workers died during its 16-year construction period. month.

Some 13,000 POWs died and were buried along the railway. Around 80,000 to 100,000 civilians also died during the construction of the railway, including Malays, Indians and Malaysian Chinese.

Right next to the bridge is the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, which was the main POW cemetery for victims of Japanese imprisonment.

Fallen Soldiers: The Kanchanaburi War Cemetery – BENEDICT LOPEZ

The cemetery contains 6,982 graves, mostly of British, Australian and Dutch prisoners – of which 6,858 have been identified.

As I walked along this well-maintained cemetery, I noticed that most of the fallen soldiers were between 20 and 30 years old. Words inscribed on the headstones paid somber homage to these fallen heroes.

It must have been heartbreaking for the families of these soldiers to know that their sons and brothers gave their lives for their country under such circumstances.

Exemplary religious harmony

Most Thais are Buddhists and some of the most renowned Buddhist temples are found throughout the country.

In Bangkok, I visited the Traimit Witthayaram temple, where I saw the largest golden Buddha image in the world (made of pure gold). I noticed that even Hindu tourists from India were praying in this temple in front of the Buddha statue.

Later, as I passed the Sri Mahamariamman Hindu Temple, I observed that it was filled with Thai Buddhists making offerings and praying.

Crossing the religious divide: Thai Buddhists pray and make offerings at the Sri Mahamariamman Hindu Temple in Bangkok – BENEDICT LOPEZ

Upon entering the temple, I inquired with a Thai woman about these devotees.

She replied that it was quite common to see Thai Buddhists praying in this Hindu temple.

Even for a Catholic like me, the sight of faithful Buddhists and Hindus worshiping each other’s religions was moving, as it reflected the exemplary religious harmony that reigned there. Such types of worship bring out the best in humanity, and these believers dominate those who are narrow-minded and bigoted.

Despite being a predominantly Buddhist nation, Thailand is steeped in Hindu influence and many Thais have names of Indian origin. Their kings were called Rama IV, Rama XI, Prem, Anand and Supatra. In 2019, the coronation ceremony of King Vajiralongkorn of Thailand was punctuated by Hindu and Buddhist rituals.

Apart from its scenic sights and delicious cuisine, many tourists also enjoy shopping in the country. In the Sukhumvit area, more than a dozen tailoring shops cater to customers who want pants, shirts and blouses made within 24 hours. Almost all the tailor shops here are owned by ethnic Indians, some of whom are third and fourth generation Thai citizens.

What makes Thailand so attractive? Considered the most popular tourist destination in Southeast Asia, Thailand offers tourists a variety of clean beaches, a vast expanse of flora and fauna, tasty Thai cuisine, cheap beer and a range of hotels, including one of the best luxury hotels in the world. Literally speaking, there is always something for every taste and budget.

Even during times of political uncertainty, such as the clashes between the yellow shirts and the red shirts some time ago, the influx of tourists to the country has remained unchanged. Perhaps even then tourists did not feel insecure, as they believed it was purely domestic politics and the country was still a safe destination for vacation.

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AMERICA/CHILE – Men and women religious invited to a “responsible and enlightened discernment” on the new Constitution https://waterlooband.net/america-chile-men-and-women-religious-invited-to-a-responsible-and-enlightened-discernment-on-the-new-constitution/ Fri, 29 Jul 2022 11:46:22 +0000 https://waterlooband.net/america-chile-men-and-women-religious-invited-to-a-responsible-and-enlightened-discernment-on-the-new-constitution/ AMERICA/CHILE – Men and women religious invited to a “responsible and enlightened discernment” on the new Constitution Santiago (Agenzia Fides) – An invitation to the communities, and in a personal way to each consecrated person, to participate “responsibly in the exercise of discernment which commits us to the process that our country is living”, was […]]]>

AMERICA/CHILE – Men and women religious invited to a “responsible and enlightened discernment” on the new Constitution

Santiago (Agenzia Fides) – An invitation to the communities, and in a personal way to each consecrated person, to participate “responsibly in the exercise of discernment which commits us to the process that our country is living”, was addressed by the President of the Conference of Men and Women Religious of Chile (Conferre), Father Mario Salas O. de M., in view of the consultation on September 4, where the Chileans will be called upon to express themselves on the text of the new Constitution (see Fides 03/11/2022; 03/14/2022; 04/08/2022; 25/07/2022).
“We live in a time marked by different perspectives and reflections, positions and debates, and in this line, as members of the Church, assuming even more our consecrated life in a prophetic perspective, it becomes imperative to participate in this process”, writes the President of Confirm in a letter to the religious, sent to Agenzia Fides. God sends us his Holy Spirit – he continues – “because a healthy discernment according to the heart of a believer, is made not only by the reality that we place in the hands of God, but above all by listening to the will of God for our reality”.
Two spaces for reflection will be held virtually, via zoom, in the coming days: the first on August 2, from 10 to 12, on the theme “Denominational educational projects for the new Chile? organized by the Education Commission of the Conference and by the Education Sector of the Episcopal Conference. The second meeting, on August 9 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., is organized by the Department of Justice and Peace, on the theme “New opportunities and constitutional weaknesses, in terms of discernment”.
The President of the Conference underlines: “the current times in which we find ourselves as a country oblige us as religious life to take this process seriously” and recalls the message of the Bishops of a few days ago on this subject (see Fides 25/7/2022). He then noted the importance of reading and studying the proposal for a new Constitution, expressing his concern about the polarization of society: “We are faced with a choice between two options with strong connotations, one against the other, which makes the decision of each citizen Hence the importance of making a good enlightened discernment and not being taken in by radical positions in both sectors, which make civic dialogue impossible, which is the basis of a democratic society”.
Religious life, present since the origins of the nation, as well as missionary and evangelizing activity have contributed to the life and development of our people in many other areas, writes Father Salas. “These historical certainties lead us once again to put ourselves at the service of our country, contributing to the development of our people”, wishing to unite the human family in the search for sustainable and integral development, as our Bishops wish.
The President of the Conference appreciates “the effort to include the proposal of social rights, the environment and the recognition of indigenous peoples in the constitutional text” because they place at the center of all the human being, his care and its promotion in society. On the other hand, the approach to certain values ​​that we consider fundamental, “which go beyond a specific religious vision”, as the text says on the value of human life, on the “right” to abortion, like the approach to education, is religious freedom, gender identity, among other concerns. Father Salas concludes by inviting men and women religious to carry out a good process of discernment, so that “the option that each one will have to take is made in a conscious way, seeking the best for Chile”.
According to the latest Church Statistical Yearbook, 190 non-priests and 3,353 nuns live in Chile. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 07/29/2022)


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Letter Shows Religious Community’s Diverse Views on Abortion | Policy https://waterlooband.net/letter-shows-religious-communitys-diverse-views-on-abortion-policy/ Mon, 25 Jul 2022 22:06:29 +0000 https://waterlooband.net/letter-shows-religious-communitys-diverse-views-on-abortion-policy/ Pro-abortion protesters demonstrate outside the Indiana Statehouse following the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade. Photo by Zachary Roberts, TheStatehouseFile.com. INDIANAPOLIS – “Our country is not your church.” It’s a popular argument that’s been heard and seen at pro-abortion protests – a reaction to abortion advocates citing Christianity in particular but religion in […]]]>






Pro-abortion protesters demonstrate outside the Indiana Statehouse following the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade.




INDIANAPOLIS – “Our country is not your church.”

It’s a popular argument that’s been heard and seen at pro-abortion protests – a reaction to abortion advocates citing Christianity in particular but religion in general as a motive to “protect the sanctity of life.”

Zachary Roberts is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

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‘The work is already done. . . the war is already won https://waterlooband.net/the-work-is-already-done-the-war-is-already-won/ Sun, 24 Jul 2022 12:40:09 +0000 https://waterlooband.net/the-work-is-already-done-the-war-is-already-won/ Religious point of view: Reverend Patrick Serna First of all, I would like to say blessings to everyone reading this article. Please believe and receive in the “spirit” in which it is offered, which is the spirit of love. I base my opinions on my personal experiences and on the revelation (the Holy Bible) that […]]]>

First of all, I would like to say blessings to everyone reading this article. Please believe and receive in the “spirit” in which it is offered, which is the spirit of love.

I base my opinions on my personal experiences and on the revelation (the Holy Bible) that allowed me to believe and live the eternal principles presented therein.

Sir Isaac Newton, a renowned scholar and teacher, believes that the origin date of what we now call the universe, specifically the planet called Earth, is between 3,000 and 5,000 years ago. The phrase “in the beginning” clearly states that there was a “beginning” and that there was also an experience before that time in which God dwelt, hence the phrase “in the beginning.”

Some of the most significant concepts (truths) established in this first scripture (given to Moses and later to others) were recorded, written on animal skins and papyrus, or chiseled in stones, preserved for that we can study and learn from our first beginnings.

1. There was a beginning in which God spoke these mighty, mighty words, “Let it be.” Under his command what we call the universe was established, the planets, the stars, all matter and the invisible forces that produce energy, i.e. wind, gravity, the elements radiant, etc.

2. There remains a record of how and when these things took place recorded in ancient writings.

I had the powerful experience of standing inches from one of these “testaments” called the Dead Sea Scrolls which got their name from the area where they were discovered, estimated to be over 1000 years. Wow! I was amazed to see the evidence of God’s sacred words imparted to men.

You see, God has a greater plan for mankind than the time we have here on earth. Along the way, He had chosen certain men whom we today call prophets and teachers to ensure that all men would know of His existence and also for the glorious and eternal plan of redemption (Jesus) that He has for each from U.S. He revealed this plan to men through prophets and apostles by calling them to service to witness to the nature of his divine plan and future for mankind.

This all sounds pretty good until an adversary, a mighty angel named Lucifer (Satan) seduced by pride and arrogance decides to challenge and overthrow God and there is war in heaven. Satan and many of his followers were defeated and cast out of heaven and down to live on earth. And know it, he, Satan, remains at work. He is a liar and the father of lies and does his best to deceive those he can. Yet his future is secure, and not good.

There is so much more to say and I invite you to call me for coffee or just to visit if you have any questions or comments. May God bless you abundantly.

“What if I told you that the work has already been done; What if I told you that the war is already won?

This is the best news ever! (lyrics from a contemporary Christian praise song).

Reverend Patrick Serna is the Senior Pastor of Highway International Christian Fellowship/Christian and Missionary Alliance in Fairfield. Contact him at 707-372-1281.

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House Approves Birth Control Bill Despite Religious Freedom, Abortion Issues | Baptist life https://waterlooband.net/house-approves-birth-control-bill-despite-religious-freedom-abortion-issues-baptist-life/ Sat, 23 Jul 2022 13:25:00 +0000 https://waterlooband.net/house-approves-birth-control-bill-despite-religious-freedom-abortion-issues-baptist-life/ WASHINGTON (BP)—The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation Thursday (July 21) to protect contraceptive rights that opponents say will actually violate religious freedom and promote abortion. The Democratic-controlled House voted 228 to 195, largely along party lines, for the Birth Control Act. Eight Republicans joined every Democrat in the chamber in endorsing the proposal. The […]]]>

WASHINGTON (BP)—The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation Thursday (July 21) to protect contraceptive rights that opponents say will actually violate religious freedom and promote abortion.

The Democratic-controlled House voted 228 to 195, largely along party lines, for the Birth Control Act. Eight Republicans joined every Democrat in the chamber in endorsing the proposal.

The House action was the majority party’s latest effort to codify into law U.S. Supreme Court precedents they say are under threat after the justices overturned Roe v. Wade of 1973 which legalized abortion nationwide. The Contraceptive Rights Act is necessary to protect the freedom to use contraceptives that was granted by high court decisions in the 1960s and 1970s, Democrats said.

The bill, however, specifically prohibits the application of the Restoration of Religious Freedom Act (RFRA), a 1993 federal law that prohibits the government from significantly interfering with the free exercise of religion. This provision drew a strong rebuke from Brent Leatherwood, acting chairman of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

“While from afar this legislation may seem innocuous, an examination of the details reveals that it is nothing less than an affront to religious freedom,” Leatherwood told The Baptist Press in written remarks. “I realize that some congressional leaders are going after the Dobbs decision in different ways, but creating an exclusion from RFRA protections and a pathway to pave consciences with sincere religious objections is simply extreme. “

Leatherwood reiterated a request he has made several times since the Supreme Court overturned Roe in its June 24 decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

“I once again implore our policy makers to focus on ways to develop a culture of life where lives are saved, mothers are served and families are supported,” he said.

The stated purpose of the Right to Contraception Act is to “protect a person’s ability to access contraceptives and practice contraception, and to protect a health care provider’s ability to provide contraceptives , contraception and contraceptive information”.

The bill’s enemies, however, say the language of the 14-page bill goes beyond support for contraceptives and presents multiple problems. Among the concerns expressed by at least some opponents:

– The proposal would replace the RFRA and any federal or state law that conflicts with the Right to Contraception Act, thereby removing conscience protections for health care providers who object to the provision of certain types of contraceptives. contraceptives, including those that may have the ability to induce abortions.

– The measure would ban the banning of government money for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers who refuse to separate the performance of the procedure lethal to unborn children from taxpayer-funded family planning facilities.

— Its expanded definition of contraceptives could undo restrictions on medical/chemical abortions.

“Far from being a bill that simply allows access to contraception, this bill aims to bail out the abortion industry, trample on conscience rights and demand unfettered access to medication. chemicals dangerous to abortion,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of Susan B. Anthony Pro-life America, said in a letter to House members.

Meanwhile, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the nation’s leading abortion provider, applauded the House “for taking the first steps necessary to enshrine our right to contraception in addition to the critical steps they have taken to protect access to abortion,” Alexis said. McGill Johnson, president of the organization.

Proponents of the Birth Control Act cited language from a concurring opinion by Associate Justice Clarence Thomas to push for passage of the proposal. A member of the 5-4 majority that overturned Roe, Thomas wrote in a separate opinion on June 24 that the High Court “should reconsider” all precedents regarding “substantive due process”.

Among these precedents, Thomas mentioned Griswold v. Connecticut, a 1965 decision that protected the right of married couples to use contraception. The Supreme Court extended this right to unmarried persons in its 1972 decision Eisenstadt v. Baird.

Associate Justice Samuel Alito, however, said in the majority opinion that the decision to overturn Roe did not overrule the judges’ rulings in other cases. “[W]We have stated unequivocally that “[n]nothing in this opinion should be understood as calling into question precedents that do not relate to abortion,” he wrote. Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh reiterated this view in his own concurring opinion.

In a floor debate Thursday, Rep. Frank Pallone, DN.J., said some state lawmakers followed the judges’ overturning of Roe and Thomas’ comments in working to ban specific contraceptives. . “[W]while the right to contraception is legal today, we must act to ensure that it remains so in the future. This legislation does exactly that, enshrining the right to contraception in federal law,” he said.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused Republicans “of being against birth control, but they are for controlling women. It is a matter of bondage.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., said Republicans support access to contraceptives, but the bill should be called the “Payouts for Planned Parenthood Act.”

“It would send more taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood, freeing up more funds so they can have abortions and end vulnerable lives,” she said during an indoor debate. “This allows Planned Parenthood and abortion providers to prescribe on- and off-label drugs to be used for abortions without any restrictions.”

Approval of the Right to Contraception Act followed the House passing at least three other bills in reaction to the Supreme Court’s opinion in Dobbs and/or Thomas’s agreement:

– The Women’s Health Protection Act, which would surpass Roe in banning federal and state regulations of the procedure authorized by judges under the 1973 ruling, and the Abortion Access Act, which would ban pro-life efforts to ban abortion tourism to other states and block the shipment of abortion pills across state lines. The House approved the proposals by 219-210 and 223-205 votes on July 15, respectively.

– The Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 and require federal and state recognition of same-sex marriages deemed legal in the jurisdiction where they took place. It passed the House on July 19 in a vote of 267 to 157.

The RFRA, which was a legislative response to a 1990 Supreme Court ruling that weakened religious freedom protections, passed unopposed in the House and 97-3 in the Senate before President Clinton signed it into law. . In recent years, however, many Democrats have begun to oppose RFRA’s demand when it clashes with abortion or gay and transgender rights.

Under the RFRA, the government can obtain an exemption from the requirement not to substantially interfere with the free exercise of religion if it can demonstrate that it has a compelling interest and is using the “least restrictive means.” to promote this interest.

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Sending mono-religious standard bearers to rule multi-religious nation shows APC is deaf and dumb, says Mbazulike Amechi – The Sun Nigeria https://waterlooband.net/sending-mono-religious-standard-bearers-to-rule-multi-religious-nation-shows-apc-is-deaf-and-dumb-says-mbazulike-amechi-the-sun-nigeria/ Thu, 21 Jul 2022 16:14:41 +0000 https://waterlooband.net/sending-mono-religious-standard-bearers-to-rule-multi-religious-nation-shows-apc-is-deaf-and-dumb-says-mbazulike-amechi-the-sun-nigeria/ By David Onwuchekwa Nnewi First Republic Aviation Minister Chief Mbazulike Amechi has accused the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) of being insensitive to the plight of Nigerians in choosing their candidates for the presidency for the 2023 elections. The eldest statesman said that since 1999 both political parties had plunged […]]]>

By David Onwuchekwa Nnewi

First Republic Aviation Minister Chief Mbazulike Amechi has accused the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) of being insensitive to the plight of Nigerians in choosing their candidates for the presidency for the 2023 elections.

The eldest statesman said that since 1999 both political parties had plunged Nigeria into what he described as a stinking catacomb of corruption, plunder and religious and tribal fanaticism.

He blamed the APC and the PDP for misselecting their presidential candidates and running mates due to their inability, he said, to feel the pulse of the Nigerian masses.

Speaking to reporters at his home in Ukpor in Anambra State of Nnewi South Local Government Area, Chief Amechi said the PDP had played a smart game but remained half smart in selecting its standard bearers, while APC introduced what it called an expired drug to cure a patient who is nearing a point of coma.

“PDP acted without wisdom or foresight and rejected the principle of fairness and balance in selecting a candidate from the North who may be capable, but it is not his tern, and in selecting a running mate he demonstrated half intelligence APC blundered by throwing a bullet casing and expired medicine to treat a near-comatose patient.

“APC has turned a deaf ear to the cry of the nation. The party has suicidally sent mono-religious standard bearers to rule a multi-religious nation. INEC and the Supreme Court should not repeat what they did last time,” he said.

He described the Labor Party (LP) as a third force, rising up, saying it seemed God now wanted to act openly and save his people. He noted that the emergence of Mr. Peter Obi and Datti Baba Ahmed was a God-given opportunity for the long-suffering Nigerian people to save and take back their country which he said had been economically and politically violated for many years. years.

Chief Amechi’s statement read: “Last week my special assistant, Sir Mortimor Mojekwu, brought to my attention that a particular press man wanted an interview to ask me for my views on the developments and the situation in the country. I told them that I had just recovered after nine days of hospitalization, but that I would meet the press next week.

“I don’t know what questions you can ask, but for me the two most powerful and current issues in the country are the upcoming presidential election and the growing insecurity in the country.

“In the next presidential election, I am no longer a politician but I cannot remain silent when I see the country I gave all my youth and blood to co-found being pushed into an irreparable abyss of disintegration and destruction. anarchy.

“Since the entry into force of the Constitution imposed by the army in 1999, two major political parties have ruled the country. These are PDP and APC. In their preparation for the 2023 presidential election, both parties have blundered in their selection of their presidential candidates and running mates. Since they ruled the country in 1999, the nation has sunk into a stinking catacomb of corruption, plunder and religious and tribal bigotry.

“The PDP, acting without wisdom or foresight, has rejected the principle of fairness and balance in selecting a candidate from the North who may be capable but it is not his turn and in selecting a running mate has shown intelligence half.

“On behalf of APC, they blundered by projecting the shell of a spent bullet and an expired drug to cure a patient in the nation who is close to a coma. Turning a deaf ear to the cry of the nation, they have suicidally deployed mono-religious standard-bearers to govern a multi-religious nation.I hope the CENI or the Supreme Court will not do what they did last time.

“A third force is arising and it seems that God now wants to act openly and save his people. It would seem that the emergence through the Labor Party of Peter Obi and Datti Baba Ahmed ticket is a God given opportunity for the long-suffering Nigerian people to save and reclaim their country which has been economically and politically violated for many years. .

“I will advise the long-suffering people of this country, the young, the women, the underpaid workers, whatever their religion, tribe, region or party, to reclaim your country from the insatiable looters and fanatics and to hand it over to Peter and Ahmed to lay the foundations for a new nation, a clean nation, a happy and united nation that will give satisfaction and pride to its citizens and earn the respect of other great nations of the world.

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Former leader of the religious right: I saw our sentences in Alito’s opinion on abortion https://waterlooband.net/former-leader-of-the-religious-right-i-saw-our-sentences-in-alitos-opinion-on-abortion/ Thu, 21 Jul 2022 00:27:59 +0000 https://waterlooband.net/former-leader-of-the-religious-right-i-saw-our-sentences-in-alitos-opinion-on-abortion/ Schenck’s latest claims fuel a heated debate about outside influences on the court and whether the judges’ family and social connections drive the court’s agenda and its increasingly conservative bent. The High Court has often been seen as immune to the lobbying that is commonplace in Congress, the White House and executive agencies, but some […]]]>

Schenck’s latest claims fuel a heated debate about outside influences on the court and whether the judges’ family and social connections drive the court’s agenda and its increasingly conservative bent.

The High Court has often been seen as immune to the lobbying that is commonplace in Congress, the White House and executive agencies, but some of the recent revelations indicate that activists have sought to steer some judges in a way that goes beyond the usual advocacy. in legal briefs and pleadings.

For nearly two decades, Schenck led Faith and Action, now known as Faith & Liberty, which he described as an activist group aiming to penetrate the walls of the Supreme Court and persuade justices to be bolder in their denominational conservatism. He broke sharply with the religious right over the past decade over what he saw as his extreme tactics and unwillingness to support restrictions on gun ownership.

Schenck said Judge Samuel Alito’s 79-page opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization included language and framing that Schenck and other anti-abortion activists had touted for years in their efforts to stoke sentiment to ban abortion in the United States

“It was a controversy on our side of the movement, which made me jump, took my breath away,” the reverend said. “He was using phrases we made up as bumper sticker slogans in a Supreme Court decision. It was breathtaking for me.

POLITICO reported earlier this month that the Supreme Court-focused campaign Schenck mounted, known as “Operation High Court,” sought to use social interactions with large numbers of religiously conservative couples to persuade judges to be more vocal in defending and promoting conservative religious views. and values ​​in their opinions.

The couples built relationships with the judges through dinners at private homes, vacation getaways and fancy restaurants and subtly suggested the judges were the country’s last line of defense against rising liberalism, Schenck said. , which pointed to Justices Alito, Clarence Thomas and the late Antonin Scalia as the most frequent targets of Faith and Action overtures.

“We coined a phrase that we called at the time the ministry of emboldening. And what we meant by that was to strengthen sympathetic judges to use stronger language,” the former ordained Assemblies of God minister said in the podcast. “We were there to bolster their courage.”

A spokesperson for the court did not respond to requests for comment on Schenck’s interactions with judges, the low-key influence campaign he described or his claims about the broader effort affecting the work of the court.

Schenck described the effort to seize opportunities to talk, pray and dine with the judges as a rather traditional, if unusually focused, lobbying campaign in Washington.

“You know, Washington is built on relationships. So you build relationships and Supreme Court justices have a very close constellation of people that they keep company with,” he said. “I set out to meet with these people and build relationships with them and put in place arrangements where there were reciprocal debts owed. And one of the ways to pay a debt to Washington is to provide access – you open doors to people who are in some cases, like with the court, who are otherwise inscrutable. I took advantage of that. It took a long time to do that. At least a decade.

Schenck said the effort was rather haphazard at first, but has become more organized.

“The first decade I was on the court was mostly serendipitous. The second decade was mostly gaining from the investment. And so I was able to speak with the judges, visit them often in their cabinet,” he said, later clarifying that he didn’t often see the justices in their offices, but mostly at various functions, including meetings elsewhere in the Supreme Court, the Capitol and around Washington.

Schenck said the group and its emissaries tried to be subtle in their approach to avoid alienating the judges or their aides.

“We were careful,” he said. “You had to respect the limits with the judges always and even in your language. So, for example, it would be a big no-no to pray something like, “Lord, we pray that same-sex marriage will never be legalized in America. That would be too direct. It would be anything from rude to a technical violation of their quasi-ethical rules.

Instead, Schenck said, he or others enlisted by the group would offer a prayer along the lines of, “Lord, we thank you that justice so-and-so is in the pew when we must uphold the sanctity of marriage and family”. He said it was ‘coded language’ – meaning the court would have to block same-sex marriage and other measures he considered part of what he considered at the time as the “homosexual agenda”.

Still, some judges sometimes seemed uncomfortable with the band’s overt references to social issues.

“We would have a bit of a step back,” Schenck said on the podcast. “Even on occasion, a judge may uncomfortably squirm, turn and leave a small circle that started out as a talking circle and turned into a prayer circle. So we pushed the limits. I certainly did.

While Faith and Action’s parallel efforts to urge members of Congress to be more outspoken supporters of social conservatism were more overt, the group’s work with judges was more secretive. Yet such prayer sessions were sometimes mentioned in newsletters and similar publications.

And last month, Rolling Stone reported what appeared to be an audio recording outside of court at the time of the recent abortion ruling. The recording of Peggy Nienaber, who worked with Schenck at Faith and Action and is now vice president of Faith and Freedom, captured her appearing to boast about holding court prayer sessions with judges. She later backed off from her apparent comments, insisting she hadn’t attended such sessions in recent years.

Schenck, who is now president of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Institute, criticized the court’s ethical rules as lax and said he hoped his revelations about previously opaque efforts to influence judges would prompt reforms either by Congress, or by the court itself.

“I think things have to change in court,” he said. “I’m not the best messenger for this and I realize that, but someone has to deliver this message.”

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