I am not Catholic nor do we at FSM endorse many of their beliefs. Yet anytime free speech (we are not talking about anarchy) is stifled just because you disagree with their view is wrong. Especially considering the hypocrisy of what these media giants do consider “acceptable.”
Top Christian Conservative Social Media Account Reaching Millions Per Week Shutdown by Instagram
HOUSTON, March 4, 2021 /Christian Newswire/ — Instagram shutdown the top Christian conservative social media account in the United States, reaching over five million people per week. Catholic Connect LLC received a copyright infringement notification from Instagram and their account was immediately disabled. Within 48 hours, the Catholic Connect team appealed the Instagram ban showing proof that Catholic Connect does have the rights to use the video that got their account shut down. Instagram has not responded to the Catholic Connect team’s Appeal. The company that licensed the video to Catholic Connect LLC has also reached out to Instagram to retract the copyright infringement and await a response.
First Things First: Religious Freedom! Who influenced Jefferson’s views on Separation of Church & State
On JANUARY 1, 1802, the people of Cheshire, Massachusetts, delivered a giant block of cheese weighing 1,235 lbs. to President Thomas Jefferson, being presented by the famous Baptist preacher, John Leland.
On the block of cheese, they put Jefferson’s motto, which was also on his personal seal: “Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God.”
Today’s BreakPoint: Religious Freedom Isn’t Hypothetical; Federal Judge Tells Washington State
…So, in the process of becoming licensed to care for their own great-granddaughter, the Blaises were asked to react to hypotheticals such as “what if H.V. wanted to undergo hormone therapy to change her sexual appearance,” or “wanted to dress like a boy and be called by a boy’s name.” Again, remember H.V. is a one-year-old…
“An Originalist doesn’t at all mean that the current situation on the ground doesn’t matter. The idea that someone could tell you, ‘Here’s how I’m going to rule on any case having to do with the ACA…is to miss what’s there. There’s a sort of judicial care from Judge Barrett ” ~John Stonestreet~
Today’s BreakPoint: Supreme Court Says States Cannot Discriminate Against Religious Schools
A Victory—at Last—for Religious Freedom
JOHN STONESTREET WITH ROBERTO RIVERA
The past two weeks of Supreme Court rulings have not been encouraging. After the disastrous ruling in Bostockarbitrarily expanded civil rights protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity, the Court, in June Medical, all but handcuffed meaningful state efforts to restrict abortion.
Finally, yesterday, good news. The Supreme Court, by a 5-4 vote, held its ground on discrimination against religious education. In Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, the Court ruled that a state tax credit which “[discriminates] against religious schools and the families whose children attend or hope to attend them” violates the First Amendment’s Free Exercise Clause…
They were the biggest gatherings, by far, but in Washington, D.C., where one reporter said it “felt as if the entire city had emptied into downtown,” the atmosphere felt different. Calmer. Despite the steady stream of crowds outside the White House, there were some signs of summer nights from simpler times. By dusk, there were ice cream trucks and little children playing on the grass. Strollers were parked outside restaurants where families were eating under umbrellas. In some places, people held hands and danced to street musicians — a far cry from the sounds of sirens and shattered glass the weekend before…
On the 46th memorial of Roe v. Wade, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the Reproductive Health Act which repealed legal protections for infants who survive abortion. The celebration of this law in New York City, followed by comments by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam which seemed to endorse infanticide has launched the question of born-alive abortion survivors into the conscience of America.
Congress and state legislatures across the country have responded to these radical positions by putting forth legislation to protect infants who survive abortion. However, Democrat politicians have blocked efforts in Congress and in state legislatures to pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act…
Chinese Churches Can Reopen… If They Preach Party Doctrine
While coronavirus restrictions may be lifting for state-approved churches in China, many find themselves facing an even more dangerous situation — being told what to teach by an officially atheist authoritarian regime.
Catholic churches in the Chinese province of Zhejiang have been told by the state-affiliated Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association that Mass may resume this month provided churches preach “patriotism.” This instruction is deeply problematic. To the Chinese Communist Party, “patriotism” means pledging your loyalty to the Party, which is increasingly hostile to religion under the leadership of Chinese President Xi Jinping…
Dr. Mohler on the Riots, the Church, and America’s Greatest Threat
Dr. Albert Mohler couldn’t have predicted when he started his book that the title would be so tragically appropriate. The storm is most certainly here — in the unrest of one man’s death and the uncertainty from 110,000 more. Most people, Dr. Mohler insists, have no idea about the deepest challenge we face. What is it — and what can we do about it? Find out in his interview on “Washington…
Even though we’re in a presidential election year, liberals have yet to roll out their favorite catch phrase: separation of church and state! Maybe that’s because — in the wake of the coronavirus — some Democratic governors have brazenly crossed that line of “separation,” placing stricter restrictions on church gatherings than other establishments like restaurants, malls, and even casinos. But enough is enough. And on Friday, after hearing from pastors all across the country, President Trump took advantage of his bully pulpit to start getting pastors behind their own…
If there’s one thing that everyone can admit about this virus, it’s how impossible it would be to tackle without churches. From the president to his cabinet secretaries and needy people on the ground, there’s one refrain that keeps echoing across this crisis: ministry, from even the smallest of communities, makes all the difference. “The federal government can provide a role,” Secretary Chad Wolf agreed. But having been on the ground and seeing the deep need, he knows, “it’s the faith-based organizations… that are the backbone of the response.” And now, more than ever, we need to protect them…
Hate “him” or love “him there is no denying the list of things President Trump has managed to accomplish especially considering the hostile environment congress he has been dealing with since elected.
Personally I find him brash and many times outright obnoxious, I wish he would stop the tweets and act more presidential, yet that is not Donald Trump and that does not define his ability to lead. In fact those characteristics would have made him a great general officer in the military. – Mike
In one of his first actions as president, Trump reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy, which blocks funding for international organizations that perform or promote abortions. He promoted the nuclear family by signing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law. And his administration has taken a special interest in protecting religious liberty on both the home and international fronts. President Trump has shown consistent concern for protecting life, the natural family, and religious liberty and has taken steps to advance our shared values unlike any other modern president.
Check out thisextensive listof the Trump administration’s accomplishments. Then, share this list with your friends, family, and community to let them know why the 2020 election is so important to continuing these policies.
Republicans have already got black voters on board with them regarding the importance of religion, faith and morality. But they’ve got a big job to change black attitudes about reliance on big government.
The proposed $4.8 trillion budget proposal from President Donald Trump is being praised for tackling national debt, and for attacking waste and fraud, but a conservative think tank is raising concerns about the proper role of government.
When Democrats get done impeaching Donald Trump, maybe they’ll move on to Neil Gorsuch. After all, the Supreme Court justice probably met their definition of “high crimes and misdemeanors” just by saying “Merry Christmas!” Judging by the hysterical reaction to his transcript this week, it won’t be long until the subpoenas start flowing. How dare a public official invoke the real reason schools, governments, and businesses close their doors on December 25. Doesn’t he know it’s supposed to be a merry non-religious specific day off in winter?
Of all the things that people could be irate about, a Christmas greeting never crossed Neil Gorsuch’s mind. But I guess it wouldn’t be winter without a few liberal snowflakes. When the justice dropped by Fox News to talk about his new release, A Republic, If You Can Keep It, he only made it 15 seconds into his interview before managing to prove the book’s point. The freedoms he talks about came under attack almost the instant he wished host Ainsley Earhardt “Merry Christmas!” “I love that you say that!” she responded, hinting at how political correctness has made an ordinary greeting taboo.
The interview ended, but the controversy on social media had just begun. Irate leftists were foaming at their keyboards, insisting that Gorsuch was somehow “furthering the GOP narrative.” Since when did a holiday that 95 percent of Americans observe become Republican? Jesus didn’t come to earth to save one party. He came to save everyone who believes.
Still, Playboy writer and BBC commentator Amee Vanderpool fumed, “Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch just appeared on Fox and Friends this morning, making a point to parrot the ‘Merry Christmas’ talking point of the GOP… [W]hat else is he willing to do?” she seethes, like mentioning Christmas is on par with espionage. Other smart-alecky critics piled on, accusing Gorsuch’s holiday hello of somehow “validating the ‘War on Christmas’ conspiracy.” “Gorsuch appeared to dive into the narrative about an alleged ‘War on Christmas,'” Salon argues, “when he pointedly smiled and wished Earhardt a “Merry Christmas” at the top of the segment on the president’s favorite morning show.”
If anyone’s validating the War on Christmas, it’s the people waging it! A congenial greeting wouldn’t be headline news if the Left weren’t triggered by the subtlest reference to faith. Because in the end, this isn’t a war over Christmas. It’s a war over Christ. Every time the nine letters of Christmas are used, people come face to face with the first six that secularists are trying to drive out. So while liberals say the holiday hubbub is a silly little controversy invented by hypersensitive Christians, they know as well as we do: it’s the epitome of the fight for faith in America. If it weren’t, people like Amee Vanderpool wouldn’t be sitting at their laptops losing their minds.
Unlike the Grinch who stole Christmas, they know Christmas is not about the trees and the toys. It’s about who we are as a nation. And the Christian foundation of this country hits them square in the face every December we hang our stockings. They’re out to steal that foundation, just like they’re out to steal the freedoms it’s built on.
Donald Trump gets it. He’s been leading the free exercise parade since he moved into the office, making “protecting religious liberty” one of the biggest priorities of his term. For reasons the liberal media will never understand, his crusade to save Christmas in 2016 is a success for the same reason the real estate mogul is president: because it taps into a deep frustration that America’s common values are being mocked and marginalized.
“Something I said so much during the last two years, but I’ll say it again, as we approach the end of the year, you know we’re getting near that beautiful Christmas season that people don’t talk about anymore,” he said at 2017’s Values Voter Summit. “They don’t use the word Christmas because it’s not politically correct. You go to department stores, and they’ll say ‘Happy New Year,’ and they’ll say other things. It’ll be red. They’ll have it painted. Well, guess what? We’re saying Merry Christmas again.”
The crowd erupted in cheers — completely baffling the media. Like other liberals, they couldn’t understand why the issue resonated so much with Americans. Other reporters almost mocked the line, latching on to it as another silly soundbite on an issue they consider so trivial. Maybe they didn’t notice how stifled Christians were under Barack Obama’s government — how everything they said or wore or posted was scrutinized (or worse, punished). After two terms of the most hostile administration to faith the country has ever seen, I guarantee no one takes the expression — “Merry Christmas” — for granted. Least of all, under one term of this president, the American Left. To them, to us, and to everyone in between, the meaning is no longer lost. This isn’t just about putting Christ in a day. It’s about putting faith in American life. Something this administration has welcomed back in with gusto.