HGTV Stars Reveal Why Being Christians Led To Losing Their Show

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Twin brothers David and Jason Benham revealed what happened when HGTV executives decided to pull their show due to their Christian beliefs. They are pro-life and pro-traditional marriage; and when their network discovered their views, they cancelled their show called Flip It Forward.

“We knew right from the onset that when we accepted Christ into our heart, our dad always raised us – that you’re going to experience persecution,” the Benhams said.

This is not the only act of anti-Christian persecution occurring in America; with the dramatic push for political correctness and the call for “equal rights.”

Another example is a couple in Oregon that is facing fines after being found guilty of discrimination for refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding.

Jesus, in the Sermon of the Mount, addressed this issue:

Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. – Matthew 5:11-12

h/t: CNS News

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Conservative Actor Nick Searcy Slams Obama For National Prayer Breakfast Remarks

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A conservative-leaning actor slammed remarks made by President Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington last week. The president has been criticized across the spectrum since he made the remarks.

The president made the following comment last week:

Unless we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.

Actor Nick Searcy slammed the president on Twitter Sunday. Searcy currently stars in FX’s Justified, and has appeared several films including Cast Away, One Hour Photo, and Moneyball.

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Conservatives have not been the only ones to admonish Obama for what he said. Andrea Mitchell of NBC News lambasted the president on Meet The Press Sunday.

You don’t use the words Crusades, number one, in any context right now. It’s just it’s too fraught. And the week after a pilot is burned alive, in a video shown, you don’t lean over backwards to be philosophical about the sins of the fathers. You have to deal with the issue that’s in front of you or don’t deal with it at all. Talk about faith.

Speaking Monday on Fox News’ Hannity, Star Parker called the president’s words “verbal rape,” while former Fox News host and former Republican Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas asserted that everything Obama does “is against what Christians stand for, and he’s against the Jews in Israel.”

The one group of people that can know they have his undying, unfailing support would be the Muslim community. And it doesn’t matter whether it’s the radical Muslim community or the more moderate Muslim community.

h/t: TPNN

 

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Star Parker: Obama Committed ‘Verbal Rape’ At National Prayer Breakfast

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Last week, President Obama poked the bear at the National Prayer Breakfast by invoking the Christian Crusades. He asked Americans not to get on their “high horse” because terrorism is not “unique” to one religion.

Many have come out and publicly criticized the president and his “high horse” comments; the latest to do so is conservative author, columnist, and activist Star Parker, who joined Sean Hannity on Fox News last night.

She called his comments “verbal rape” because they “pulled the air out of the room,” while “130 different countries” were present and there to unify.

“Let me put it in context then because I was in that room. It was, frankly, verbal rape,” Parker said to Hannity. “We were not expecting it, nobody wanted it. It was horrible to sit through and after it was over, we all felt like crap. Verbal rape is what it was.”

She concluded by saying Obama was trying to “disrupt” everyone there who were trying to unify.

“What he did was said, ‘Don’t ever forget the past guys, keep doing what you’re doing over there in the Middle East,’” she concluded. “That’s what his message was.”

h/t: Gateway Pundit

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We Did Not Hear An Honest Man Of Faith Speak At The Prayer Breakfast

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Reading Obama’s recent prayer breakfast remarks, the first thing that comes to mind is: this man again makes himself the center of attention. Right out of the gate, he poked political opponents in the eye. Trying to curry favor with his audience, he complained about Congress holding up his agenda; and he almost likened himself to the Dalai Lama. Referencing keynote speaker and NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip, who mentioned his critics, Obama had to one-up, telling everyone his critics are exceedingly more vicious–calling Waltrip “a piker.” The title of Obama’s speech should have been: ‘What the national prayer breakfast means to me . . . me . . . me.’

At a traditionally Christian prayer breakfast where other faiths are welcome, in a spiritual setting attended by people agreeing denial of self is a spiritual discipline, Obama instead exalts himself. What a contrast. What hypocrisy. While elevating himself, however, he did condescend to make mention of God, saying the breakfast is an “opportunity to come together in humility before the Almighty.”

Displaying that humility further, he continued:  “ . . . certainly for me, this is always a chance to reflect on my own faith journey.”  At this point, he told the crowd the burden of his office is unbearable, invoking a prayer by Eleanor Roosevelt asking God for power and wisdom, wisdom and power he has appropriated “not just in my own life but in the life of our nation.” He would proudly return to the theme of ‘humility’ throughout the speech, beseeching us to become likewise humble.

As to wisdom and power, one must ask: did the power bestowed and the wisdom imbued lead Obama to break the law at least 25 times, lie to the people over and over, provide aid and comfort to the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda, bankrupt the nation, engage illegal wars and revolutions, demoralize the citizenry, inflame racial tensions, encourage our enemies, and discourage our allies? What kind of god gives that kind of power and wisdom?

Obama went on recounting the atrocities committed by ISIS, carefully attempting to separate those atrocities from the teachings of Islam, a separation only possible if one separates one’s eyes from the pages of the book and the murders recorded on videotape.  Then, as if to excuse Islamic atrocities, and draw comparisons to Christianity, Obama said:  “ . . . lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.  In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was (sic) justified in the name of Christ.”

Obama would have us believe that 1,400 years of Islamic aggression and invasion driven by a theology of world domination are comparable to a few years of the Crusades and Inquisitions, both contradicting biblical theology in many ways. He would have us ignore the self-correcting function of the church to disavow the Crusades and the Inquisition, based on the theology of love and service.  But never let a good crisis, or an errant comparison, go to waste.

Christians ended their Crusades and the Inquisition hundreds of years ago. The Muslim Crusade never ends. ISIS is simply the latest edition of the ongoing Inquisition. Despite these truths, Obama would have us accommodate Islam and feel guilt over Christianity.  He urges us to follow his example: deny reality, embrace fantasy, then call it spiritual, morally correct, and intellectually sound.  The man is insane.

And in typical fashion, he played the race card, without the slightest mention of the hundreds of thousands of Christians in America and Great Britain who worked, fought, and died to end the sin of slavery, working thereby to end the scourge of racism, a resurgent racism conjured up by this President to use as a political weapon. (“Lest we get on our high horse,” indeed.)

Obama is a master of smoke and mirrors and divisive rhetoric. In this speech, he spoke of being true to God’s word, a word he constantly misrepresents, talking about humanistic universalism when God’s word is exclusive to His divine nature. He spoke of “pushing back against those who try to distort our religion,” even as he distorts both the nature of Islam historically and the temporal anomalies of Christianity regionally.  He invoked the “wisdom of our founders,” people he ignores or insults. He hailed religious liberty after years of promoting anti-Christian policies that undermine that very liberty.

And he urged us, “As children of God, let’s stand up for the dignity and value of every woman, and man, and child,” ignoring the fact his administration has worked overtime to secure public funding of abortion, even to the point of endorsing the murder of full-term babies actually being born and the willful killing of babies surviving excruciating abortion procedures.  He further ignores the devastation done men and women by the cruel practice of government playing god with the lives of others.

This is how Obama slows down and pauses for “prayer and fellowship.”  Like Narcissus, he pauses to reflect on his own reflection. We did not hear an honest man of faith speaking at the prayer breakfast.  Instead, we heard the forked-tongue of the faithless usurper, an egomaniac preaching to us about humility, a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

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Exclusive: How Technology Revolutionized The Abortion Debate – And Made Americans More Pro-Life

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In the age of the Internet, virtually any business or organization that shuns technological advances does so at its own peril. In some cases, however, a strong online presence serves an even higher purpose than protecting market share or increasing a company’s bottom line.

For those whose mission it is to protect the lives of the unborn, the Internet has provided a level playing field for the free exchange of ideas. This trend has correlated with surveys indicating that Americans in general are growing less supportive of abortion on demand.

Western Journalism recently spoke to officials involved in two leading pro-life groups who explained the benefits of sharing their message online. Online for Life President Brian Fisher has made it his mission to leverage the power of the Internet while Pro-Life Action League assistance communications director Matthew Yonke explained his organization utilizes technology to expand its reach.

“Prior to the expansion of digital communications,” Yonke said, “the Pro-Life Action League had to communicate through print and phone exclusively, and often by our National Director, Joe Scheidler, traveling across the country to meet with individual right-to-life groups to inspire more people to activism.”

He said that, while those techniques are still being employed across the nation, the Internet has allowed the organization to use its human resources more effectively while recruiting and equipping “hundreds of thousands more people to fight abortion through direct, grassroots activism and prayer presence at abortion clinics.”

In addition to the group’s website, Yonke stressed the importance of social media sites, which he said plays a significant role “both in sharing the kind of activism we’re doing with the world and in allowing people to reach out to us for help getting involved.”

Fisher echoed Yonke’s sentiment regarding the potential for social impact the Internet provides those in the pro-life movement, recalling the motivation behind creating Online for Life.

“There are over two million Internet searches a month in the U.S. for abortion-related terms,” he explained, “so we just determined many hurting women were using the Internet to find abortion options or just information.”

He too touted social media, calling sites like Facebook “probably our strongest way to connect with like-minded communities.”

With hundreds of thousands of Facebook users interacting with his group, he said his is “the most active pro-life social community in the world.”

By taking feedback seriously and encouraging that interaction, he said the group has been able to extend its influence and partner with many other groups.

Another unique aspect of a strong online presence, Fisher noted, is the promise of “virtually instant feedback.”

He described the organization’s leadership as “data junkies,” individuals from the private sector interested in quick results and open to trying new approaches based on the data they receive.

“That knowledge helps us to improve our outreach over time,” he said.

Pro-Life Action League offers links to a litany of other groups with an online presence, signaling a level of partnership unimaginable prior to the Internet.

“It certainly is easier to work together with other organizations these days,” Yonke acknowledged. “For example, the Pro-Life Action League collaborated with dozens of other pro-life and pro-religious freedom groups on our ‘Stand Up for Religious Freedom’ rallies against the [Department of Health and Human Services contraceptive mandate] in 2012. Almost all of the work that went into rallying hundreds of thousands of people to nationwide rallies in hundreds of cities was organized from our offices here in Chicago.”

If not for the Internet, he insisted, “that kind of collaboration would have been impossible.”

While technology’s inherent democracy does not specifically favor the pro-life position, Yonke explained that it does make it easier to combat the misleading rhetoric emanating from the pro-abortion camp.

“Certainly the expanded reach technology has given us has made it harder for pro-abortion forces to push their obfuscations like claiming a baby in the womb being ‘just a blob of tissue,’” he said. “Ultrasound photos and in-utero photography can now be easily shared, as well as photos of abortion’s victims, which are easily available on pro-life websites including the Pro-Life Action League’s site.”

Both men recognized a shift toward the pro-life position among Americans, a trend documented in the results of several recent surveys. Furthermore, they predict the nation will continue to grow wearier of the permissive attitude toward killing the unborn.

“Young people becoming adults these days have grown up under the threat of legal abortion,” Yonke said. “They know that many of their peers, classmates, and siblings have not made it out of their mother’s womb alive, and I think that affects the way they think about the issue.”

Fisher agreed, forecasting his belief that “we will see abortion become unthinkable and unavailable in our lifetimes.”

He concluded that there exists “a convergence of science, medicine, cultural opinion, and logic, and that convergence will lead to the end of this terrible blight on America’s history.”

In the meantime, however, Yonke and Fisher stress the importance of pro-life Americans to remain active in their communities and beyond, using technology to amplify their voices.

“You can help spread the pro-life message online in lots of ways,” Yonke said. “Post pro-life news stories on your Facebook, Twitter, blog or other social media sites – particularly helpful stories that expose the depravity of the abortion business or the help available for women in difficult pregnancies.”

Additionally, he noted that Pro-Life Action League – as well as most other related organizations – offers an email list with the latest news affecting the nation’s abortion policy.

“Get email alerts from your local pro-life/pro-family lobbying organization so you are alerted when you can make an important phone call to your legislator that can make a huge impact on the laws of our land.”

He encouraged advocates, however, to share their convictions in a loving way without making accusations or moral judgments.

“Pro-abortion people are not our enemy,” he concluded. “They’re children of God who are wrong about this issue but nevertheless deserve to be treated with the kind of love Jesus showed to all people in His earthly ministry.”

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