These Texans Were Gunned Down By Muslims… The Reason Why Is Beyond Disturbing

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An Iranian activist in Houston was allegedly murdered by Jordanian Muslim immigrants in an “honor killing,” investigators say, because the activist helped convert the family’s daughter to Christianity.

Gelareh Bagherzadeh, a 30-year-old researcher, was gunned down outside of her parents’ home in 2012 along with her boyfriend’s twin brother, Coty Beavers. Ali Irsan, 57, was charged with her murder on April 22, along with his wife and son.

Bagherzadeh, her boyfriend, and his brother all apparently played a significant role in converting Irsan’s daughter Nesreen to Christianity.

“Nesreen Irsan would not succumb to her father’s complete domination and rule of her. And she left his home without his permission and went into hiding,” Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson told reporters.

“These two murders are linked by the belief on the defendant’s part that his honor as a father and a Muslim has been violated by his daughter, who defied his rule and married a Christian man.”

Also charged were Ali Irsan’s wife, Shmou Ali Alrawabdeh, and his 21-year-old son Nasim. While not implicated in the murder, Irsan’s daughter Nadia is charged with stalking her sister to ascertain her whereabouts.

The family released a statement commending the police department for the arrests.

“The family is overjoyed about the latest development in their daughter’s case,” the statement read.

“They appreciate the tireless efforts of the DA’s office and HPD in Gelareh’s case. Today, they are happy but still extremely sad. They have suffered in the past 39 months and nothing will bring their precious daughter back. Emotions are raw as they relive the the horrific memories.”

Irsan, as well as his wife and daughter Nadia, have already been in custody for over a year as part of what’s described as a “massive fraud investigation.” While they had been suspects in the murder previously, the fact that the Irsans were incarcerated gave the police time to put together a solid case against them in the murder of Bagherzadeh.

“People want justice and they want justice yesterday,” said Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia. “But in order for there to be true justice, it does require meticulous work and detail.”

h/t: Mad World News

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Critics Rip Hillary To Shreds For Suggesting Christians Must Change Their View On Abortion

In an address last week before the 2015 Women in the World Summit, Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton engaged in some pro-abortion rhetoric that many deemed intolerant of those Americans who hold a deep, faith-based aversion to abortion.

During her remarks, she asserted that women in modern America are “denied access to reproductive health and safe childbirth” without offering specifics regarding how many pregnant women are ostensibly turned away from the nation’s hospitals during labor.

In reality, of course, her euphemistic language was widely reported as a reference to abortion and the need for expanded access to prenatal murder. She continued by castigating religious Americans whose faith teaches them that such a deadly procedure is sinful.

“Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will,” she asserted. “And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.”

That remark earned Clinton applause from those in attendance–but scorn from those who felt she directly attacked their values.

“Hillary Clinton may want to change our beliefs,” one Twitter user wrote, “but God’s word never changes!”

Others echoed that sentiment while landing their own blow against the beleaguered 2016 frontrunner.

“We will NEVER change our beliefs on life,” one critic responded, “but it seems u need to change accountants huh?”

One user went as far as to declare that “there is Christian Holocaust going on” in America.

Should religious Americans be forced to accept abortion? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Worshiping Gaia On Her Holy Day

Every year at this time, schools at all levels and all across the nation violate the establishment clause of the First Amendment of the Constitution. That’s the clause that proscribes state-sponsored institutions from advancing any religious organization or movement, and is usually cited (though incorrectly) as the “separation of church and state.” Not only does academia fully embrace religion the week of Earth Day observance, but it actively works, knowingly or not, to indoctrinate a whole new generation of adherents to a pantheist green religion.

The notion that we are stewards of our planet, and that we must nurture and protect it as we utilize the resources she provides us, is both logical and moral, and should be universally embraced. But Earth Day, and the environmental movement behind its evangelism, has advanced far beyond the logical and moral. It is now a full-fledged religion, a worship of Mother Earth, or Gaia.

As one Earth Day source proclaims, “Our Earth, as known in Greek mythology is Gaia. The Greeks were considering Earth acknowledgment years before we started our Earth Day Affair. The first Greek god was actually a goddess. She is Gaia, or Mother Earth, who created herself out of primordial chaos. From her fertile womb all life sprang, and unto Mother Earth all living things must return after their allotted span of life is over. Gaia, as Mother Nature, personifies the entire ecosystem of Planet Earth. Mother Nature is always working to achieve and maintain harmony, wholeness and balance within the environment. Mother Nature heals, nurtures and supports all life on this planet, and ultimately all life and health depend on Her. In time, Nature heals all ills.”

In 1979, a NASA employee, James Lovelock, formulated the Gaia hypothesis. It states that “all life, and all living things on this planet, are part of a single, all-encompassing global entity or consciousness,” which he named Gaia. “It is this global consciousness, Mother Gaia, that makes our planet the mother of life.”

Many in the movement have elucidated the mystical relationship of man to Mother Earth. The British writer, William Golding, said: “We are the children of that great blue white jewel [Mother Earth]. Through our mother we are part of the solar system and part through that of the whole universe.”

The eco-theologian Thomas Berry has been perhaps most explicit in defining the divine-feminine relationship of Gaia to man. “What does the Earth Desire? I will put it in just a few short sentences… To be admired in her loveliness, To be tasted in her delicious fruits, To be listened to in her teaching, To be endured in the severity of her discipline, To be cared for as a maternal source from whence we come, a destiny to which we return. It’s very simple…As humans we are born of the Earth, nourished by the Earth, healed by the Earth.”

Clearly, Mother Earth, or Gaia, is ascribed theological properties, with teleological implications, including creation, veneration (worship), and a maternal relationship with earth’s inhabitants, her children.

This relationship is even codified in the resolutions of the United Nations, a full listing of which can be found on the UN website under the title “Mother Earth Day.” These resolutions form the religious equivalent to a catechism on deference toward Mother Earth on a secular philosophical basis.

Another revelatory document from the UN even identifies the natural enemies or apostates to the green religion. In a document that was mandated by the UN-sponsored Convention on Biological Diversity, the Global Biodiversity Assessment, Christianity is explicitly identified as heterodox to Gaia. The document blames Christianity for subverting some indigenous people’s sense of “affinity with the natural world,” leading to destructive practices deemed crucial to saving the planet.

Christianity, to the UN, is therefore antithetical, and constitutes the ideological “root of ecological evil.” The document goes on to praise Buddhism and Hinduism as they “did not depart as drastically from the perspective of humans as members of a community of beings including other living and non-living elements.”

This should not be a surprise to any who are paying attention to the political correctness trends, which make Christianity and Christians acceptable targets as dregs of society and banes to civilization. That’s why it’s the only religion that is acceptable to be criticized, be the brunt of jokes, and even faddishly ridiculed by bigots and secularists.

The Mother Earth religion has its prophets, like Al Gore, James Hansen, Gaylord Nelson, Michael Mann, Kenneth Watt, and Paul Ehrlich. And the EPA appears to serve as the High Council to enforce and regulate all human activities to ensure fealty to Gaia, employing pseudo-science and half-truths as justification.

Unlike organized ecclesiastical organizations, however, Gaia’s followers, and supporting industries and academics, don’t just get a tax break from Uncle Sam. They actually do one better: they are on the receiving end of tax-free loans, seemingly endless tax-credits, and grants for “research” and industries that support the faith.

Some may scoff at the notion of this hallowed international holy day as representative of pantheistic dogma and a veritable religion. But as averred by the inductive-reasoning “Duck Theory,” if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it probably is one. Educators and the government in general certainly should encourage responsible citizenship as it relates to the environment. But it’s gone far beyond that. The Mother Earth pantheism, the essence of a state-sponsored religion, really should be treated no differently than any other religion.

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Georgia Town Defies Lawyers, Returns Christian Flag To City Hall

According to recent reports, threats of a legal challenge were not enough to dissuade one small town’s leaders from replacing a flag that formerly adorned city hall. As WMAZ reported, Cochran, Ga., City Manager Richard Newbern decided to remove the Christian flag after consulting with a lawyer who advised its presence could open the town up to legal challenges.

Nevertheless, the city council reacted to public outcry by voting on a measure that would replace the flag.

“The people of Cochran came to a city council meeting and said, ‘Let’s put the flag back up,’” explained Councilman Gary Ates, who sponsored the motion.

In the end, the initiative passed with a 5 to 1 vote and the flag is slated to return to its previous perch.

“It was the right thing to do,” Ates said.

In all, nearly 100 locals voiced their support for the flag, which was originally hung to commemorate an annual event – the Bible Reading Marathon – that has taken place in the community since 2003.

While there was plenty of social media backlash over the decision, reader reaction to a BizPac Review article indicated that Cochran residents and council members in support of the flag display have allies outside of the community.

“If the overwhelming majority of the inhabitants of a city or township votes to promote and support Christian doctrine,” one reader wrote, “and to display a flag (properly lower than the American flag) to announce their united support, then it should be of no concern to those who don’t live there.”

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Exposed: National Geographic’s War On Science

The March 2015 cover of National Geographic magazine blares its issue theme, the War on Science. Truth be told, there is a war against science in our culture.  The attack on authentic science is led by entities such as National Geographic. Principal strategies exploit people’s gullibility and general ignorance of scientific methodology and history. Tactics include conflating multiple events and name-calling for those who do not fall in line with politically correct viewpoints, even citing truth while simultaneously ignoring it. Joel Achenbach’s cover story is a case in point.

Achenbach quotes Geophysicist Martha McNutt: “Science is not a body of facts. Science is a method for deciding whether what we choose to believe has a basis in the laws of nature or not.”  Yet he says of skeptics: “Empowered by their own sources of information and their own interpretations of research, doubters have declared war on the consensus of experts.” There is no agreed upon body of facts; skeptics seek independent sources of information and interpretation because they challenge not facts but orthodoxy?

There exists alongside the science described by McNutt a faith called Scientism. Adherents believe a precept true not because they tested it but because they received it from professors with doctoral degrees and grant money. Such faith flies in the face of authentic science from the get-go; yet Achenbach can only tisk-tisk at people who refuse to worship at its altar.

His error is compounded – in monumental ignorance – when he conflates doubt about a round earth and a faked moon landing with skepticism about climate change and evolution. Nobody with an IQ in double digits doubts the roundness of the earth; it has been observed since antiquity. Conspiracy theories of faked moon landings persist, but – again – they are ridiculous; such a conspiracy would require the unbroken silence of literally thousands of NASA employees for half a century and counting. The jury is in.

Evolution and climate change are horses of differing colors. Although evolutionary theories flourished at least a century before Darwin, no scientific proof has ever been offered in the form of – say – DNA samples from various evolutionary stages of the same animal, missing links discovered, or reproducible results under laboratory conditions. Some theorists howl that this bar is set unfairly high, but this bar has never been moved according to the scientific method. Whether evolution is true can be debated; that it has not been proven is beyond dispute. And given the inconsistencies of evolutionary theory down the decades against the changelessness and progressive verification of God’s Word, my money remains on the Creator.

Our science writer makes another sophomoric mistake when he pits young earth creationists who claim an earth thousands of years old against scientists noting four-plus billion years of planetary age. He seems unaware of the growing number of scientists who accept the older age of the world while declaring its created origin at the hands of an Intentional Creator. And then there is climate change.

Achenbach refers several times to people who deny climate change occurs. I have never heard of anyone who denies it. Climate changes from one season to another and from one era to another. The dispute is over whether causation is due to human activity. Skeptics point out two factors. The first is that warming periods have always flanked ice ages. Greenland (for example) was much warmer a thousand years before an industrialized economy than it is today. The second is that recorded changes are simply not catastrophic. Hysterics shriek of shrinking polar ice caps and a reduction in polar bear numbers. However, the northern ice cap has fully recovered from its quarter-century ago retreat, the southern cap grew rather than shrank, and polar bears are up by twenty percent since 1990.

If the jury is in on the shape of the earth and our journeys to another body, we must say – with respect to evolution and climate – the case has yet to reach a jury. Achenbach concedes that “Scientific results are always provisional, susceptible to being overturned by some future experiment or observation.” His own words make his arrogant condemnation of those who do not bow at the altar of scientism absurd.

Of course, this drivel is not limited to National Geographic. The February 19 edition of Reasons to Believe addresses the newest darlings of Scientism and their assertion – trumpeted by mainstream media as though it were a Holy Grail – that the universe is itself eternal and therefore uncreated. Physicists Ahmed Farag Ali (Benha University, Egypt) and Saurya Das (Lethbridge University, Canada) and their paper, “Cosmology from Quantum Potential,” are “supposed” to have “corrected” Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. Their paper originally appeared in the February 2015 issue of Physics Letter B.

Of course, if this is true, it also corrects the Bible and its opening statement–“In the beginning God created…”–right out of any authority. Dr. Hugh Ross, Founder and President of the Reasons to Believe Foundation, is an internationally recognized astrophysicist who believes in Intelligent Design. Ross offers four reasons why we need not shred our Bibles just yet.

First, the paper was published in the journal’s theory section, not in the astrophysics and cosmology section. The theory section is intended for speculative work, and the authors make no claim to have proven anything; they do not even go so far as to offer a new theory.

Second, the authors do replace so-called classical geodesics with so-called quantum trajectories. A geodesic is a standard way of looking at space; it is the shortest distance between two points, and cosmologists always think in such terms because alternatives are by definition untestable. According to standard classical Physics, all geodesics lead at some point to what is called the Singularity – the beginning or go-spot from which the universe begins. These authors say something like, “But if we could believe in the new way of tracing trajectories, there would be no point of origin and thus no beginning of the universe.” “If” is the operant term; the reasoning is circular to the effect that if the authors were correct, they would be correct. Whatever.

The third reason is that Farag Ali and Das posit a tiny particle called a gravitron as able to account for the new perspective. This is a hypothetical particle because its theorized mass is orders of magnitude tinier than what could be tested. Science deals with observed phenomena; what cannot be observed might make dinner conversation but is mere speculation for scientific purposes – like elves and orcs. Without a testable feature, the existence of a gravitron is scientifically irrelevant.

Finally and fourthly, Farag Ali and Das appeal to Quantum Physicist David Bohm’s quantum potential theory – the operant term being “potential” here. Bohm was known for his intense interest in New Age Mysticism and the paranormal. The quantum potential he cites is his term for a reality buried beneath physical reality. Bohm simply re-defines space, time, and causality to make possible an argument for an eternal Universe – as opposed to an eternal and loving God. Ross says: “One can always appeal to the unknowable to argue against something’s existence…However, arguments regarding the universe’s origin, God’s existence, and God’s hand in creation must be founded on what scientists (can) know, not on what we don’t (or cannot) know.”

Authentic science provides an excellent platform for discovering what is and is not real. No one should believe this or that solely because the Bible says it – much less because this or that scientist says it. The Bible exhorts readers – in 1 John 4:1 – to test the spirits, to subject even Its revelation to tests of authenticity. The book is not a science text; yet it stands up to scientific scrutiny well. Such phenomena as cyclonic wind patterns – instead of the wall front patterns posited until the nineteenth century – were first revealed in the Old Testament and later tested and found accurate.

Even the first verses of Genesis give a correct order of creation when we consider that an earthbound observer would see the creation unfold just as depicted. Yes, this observer is symbolic – there were no human observers in the first days or epochs of creation – but we need to remember God’s oft-stated purpose in composing His Book is to reveal Himself to His people. As I mentioned earlier, I’ll put my money on God – and especially when scientific verity is the point of challenge. He sticks to His story and depends on a straightforward presentation of what we are seeing while having the mental discipline to think skeptically about it.

There is a war on science underway. The best response is to observe, measure, test, and evaluate with the rational capacities God gave us and rely on His Spirit to guide our faculties. It would be awesome if the practitioners of scientism called off the war and let the best ideas win in the marketplace of authentic science. It is best of all to reflect that God is at peace on His throne in spite of their rantings.

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