Canadian Churches burned to the ground in ‘anti-church hate crime wave’

 

In Antifa like style, Canada is going through its wave of unrest and worth paying attention .In similar style of liberal nonsense, those we expect to condemn are strangely missing in action.

‘I think these are dark days for religious freedom in Canada’ says Ezra Levant

In a tweet on July 3, British Columbia Civil Liberties Association executive director Harsha Walia tweeted, “burn it all down,” referencing the churches.  

At least 20 churches in Canada have been burned or vandalized, and Rebel News founder Ezra Levant questioned Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s response to the mounting crime spree Wednesday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

“This is so explicitly an anti-church hate crime wave and yet Justin Trudeau, who is normally the first and the wokest, waited a week before saying anything and he literally said ‘that’s not the way to go,'” Levant stated. 

In the last couple of weeks, a series of arsons have arisen as churches and statues are being destroyed throughout the country. 

Rebel Media founder Ezra Levant reacts to the situation in Canada on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’

 

 

 

Cheering on the arsonists.

 

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Let’s not stop with the churches.

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Happy Easter! He is Risen! Hallelujah

 

Matthew 28:5-6: “The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.'”

resurrection of christ depicted in stained glass

Happy Easter! He is risen! He is risen indeed! Hallelujah!

Hallelujah Chorus, from Messiah – Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Wishing you a wonderful and glorious Easter with many blessings.

Good Friday -“Jesus Remember Me”

A beautiful chant from Taizé, based on the words of one of the men crucified with Jesus, underscores a meditation on the face of Christ, his suffering, death and resurrection

Luke 23:42-43 New International Version (NIV)

42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.[a]

43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

U.S. Church Membership Falls Below Majority for First Time

If we are counting on a moral compass to bring the United States out of the wilderness, it doesn’t appear that our organized churches will provide the leadership. Should we be surprised?

U.S. church membership was 73% when Gallup first measured it in 1937 and remained near 70% for the next six decades, before beginning a steady decline around the turn of the 21st century.

As many Americans celebrate Easter and Passover this week, Gallup updates a 2019 analysis that examined the decline in church membership over the past 20 years.

In 2019, It was noted that a majority of white Democrats had become non-Christian.

In Obama’s first year in office, 68% of white Democrats described themselves as Christians, 7% claimed to be members of other faiths, and 24% said that they had no religious affiliation.

A decade later, only 47% of white Democrats call themselves Christians. 10% are members of other faiths, and 42% have no religion.

That was a Pew survey. The Gallup survey for church membership now is even worse recording the sharpest drop in membership among Democrats.

20 years ago, 71% of Democrats were members of a church. A decade later, in the Obama years, it fell to 60% and is now down to 46%.

That’s the sharpest drop of any demographic group and a quite striking one. While religious affiliation has dropped across the board, the collapse among Democrats is striking.

Meanwhile, the Californication of the West continues apace with membership in the West dropping from 57% to 38%.

One can offer a speculation.

The decline in church membership appears largely tied to population change, with those in older generations who were likely to be church members being replaced in the U.S. adult population with people in younger generations who are less likely to belong. The change has become increasingly apparent in recent decades because millennials and Gen Z are further apart from traditionalists in their church membership rates (about 30 points lower) than baby boomers and Generation X are (eight and 16 points, respectively). Also, each year the younger generations are making up an increasingly larger part of the entire U.S. adult population.

Still, population replacement doesn’t fully explain the decline in church membership, as adults in the older generations have shown roughly double-digit decreases from two decades ago. Church membership is down even more, 15 points, in the past decade among millennials.

Full story at https://news.gallup.com/poll/341963/church-membership-falls-below-majority-first-time.aspx

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CA proposed ethnic curriculum – Chant to the Aztec deity of human sacrifice

 

The state board of education will vote on this Marxist curriculum next week: if it passes, it will install the principles of critical race theory and its related ideologies into the state’s 10,000 public schools, serving 6 million children.

While we focus on D.C and senile Biden, the march to distort history and radicalize our youth continues in high speed in California.

R. Tolteka Cuauhtin, the original co-chair, worked on the early American history material. In the references, he denounces the United States as a “Eurocentric, white supremacist, capitalist, patriarchal, heteropatriarchal, and anthropocentric paradigm brought from Europe.”

In a related “mandala,” Cuauhtin claims that white Christians committed “theocide” against indigenous tribes, killing their gods and replacing them with Christianity. White settlers thus established a regime of “coloniality, dehumanization, and genocide.”

According to Cuauhtin, whites began “grabbing the land,” “hatching hierarchies,” and “developing for [whiteness],” which created “excess wealth” that “became the basis for the capitalist economy.” Whites continue to subject minorities to “domestication” and “zombification.”

Decentralize the public school system and give parents the $15,000 a year per child to choose their own education. Families deserve the chance to educate their kids—not subject them to this taxpayer-funded poison.

Here we go:

Revenge of the Gods

California’s proposed ethnic studies curriculum urges students to chant to the Aztec deity of human sacrifice.

 

Next week, the California Department of Education will vote on a new statewide ethnic studies curriculum that advocates for the “decolonization” of American society and elevates Aztec religious symbolism—all in the service of a left-wing political ideology.

The new program, called the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum, seeks to extend the Left’s cultural dominance of California’s public university system, 50 years in the making, to the state’s entire primary and secondary education system, which consists of 10,000 public schools serving a total of 6 million students.

In theoretical terms, the new ethnic studies curriculum is based on the “pedagogy of the oppressed,” developed by Marxist theoretician Paolo Freire, who argued that students must be educated about their oppression in order to attain “critical consciousness” and, consequently, develop the capacity to overthrow their oppressors.

Following this dialectic, the model curriculum instructs teachers to help students “challenge racist, bigoted, discriminatory, imperialist/colonial beliefs” and critique “white supremacy, racism and other forms of power and oppression.” This approach, in turn, enables teachers to inspire their pupils to participate in “social movements that struggle for social justice” and “build new possibilities for a post-racist, post-systemic racism society.”

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The religious narrative is even more disturbing. Cuauhtin developed a related “mandala” claiming that white Christians committed “theocide” against indigenous tribes, killing their gods and replacing them with Christianity. White settlers thus established a regime of “coloniality, dehumanization, and genocide,” characterized by the “explicit erasure and replacement of holistic Indigeneity and humanity.”

The solution, according to Cuauhtin and the ethnic studies curriculum, is to “name, speak to, resist, and transform the hegemonic Eurocentric neocolonial condition” in a posture of “transformational resistance.” The ultimate goal is to “decolonize” American society and establish a new regime of “countergenocide” and “counterhegemony,” which will displace white Christian culture and lead to the “regeneration of indigenous epistemic and cultural futurity.”

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California parents should be concerned. Under the guise of “equity” and “empowerment,” activists within the public education system have developed this radical new curriculum in order to transform California schools into factories for left-wing political activism.

They have recast the United States as an oppressor nation that must be deconstructed and subverted through politics. The curriculum’s vision statement makes this aim explicit: it presents education not as a means of achieving competency, but as a “tool for transformation, social, economic, and political change, and liberation.”

Read more  City Journal

The original source materials can be found  here

 

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Christmas Eve

 

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” Micah 5:2

Matthew 2:5
“In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:

Matthew 2:6
But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah, for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of My people Israel.’”

Josh Groban – O Holy Night

 

 

Wishing everyone a blessed and Merry Christmas!

1 in 5 churches facing permanent closure over the next 18 months

One of the little discussed fallouts of the pandemic is the impact upon churches. More factually, rather is the impact of the government in placing unreasonable restrictions upon the churches and synagogues. No need to provide a soliloquy of events, you know the drill. Progressives are not fond of religion. Their religion is the “State.” Marxism does not co-exist with religion. I suggest one of the intended consequences of what appears to be irrational closers of Houses of worship.

NPR has a story that suggested that perhaps as many as one in five churches will close in the next 18 months. Against this backdrop, Tucker Carlson had a disturbing story last night.

Eric Metaxas joined Tucker Carlson to discuss a New York City Priest leading his congregation in a “white privilege” prayer of repentance. Metaxas says Christians have always been at the forefront of fighting racism, but what we are seeing here is something different entirely — it’s a power play by marxists to co-opt the church.

As Metaxas said, real believers are the ones that the progressive see as the real threats to their agenda.

NYC Pastor’s “White Privilege” Prayer | Eric Metaxas on Tucker Carlson

Kind of reminds me of this:

Look familiar?

As many as one in five churches could permanently close as a result of shutdowns stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, according to David Kinnaman, president of the prominent Christian research organization Barna Group.

In an interview with NPR  (You can listen to it there) Monday regarding the status of American churches after months of shutdowns, Kinnaman said although churches were handling things “pretty swimmingly” at first, circumstances have changed for some.

He noted that although many churches have opened as states’ shutdown orders are loosened, their services have had “a lot less people coming.”

“They’re recognizing that the relationships that they thought were much deeper with people were actually not as deep as they expected,” Kinnaman told NPR.

Kinnaman then explained that, in keeping with research from earlier this year, he still expected to see about one in five churches permanently close within the next 18 months.

“If anything, I think that prediction was based on data about two, two-and-a-half months ago, and I think we’re even more likely to see that to be the case today,” he noted.

More at  Christian Post

“Imagine there’s no Heaven.” “Imagine no religion.” Excellent subjects for liturgical dance.

Lessons and Carols for Peace Church of St. Francis Xavier Sunday May 20, 2012

For the full screed  with an excellent and thoughtful thread:

Earlier post:

In addition to banning worship services this man has taken it to the next level by banning in home Bible studies. The State is now being sued over this outrageous order, here is more:

A California church is suing Gov. Gavin Newsom for banning all indoor worship services, including Bible studies, and singing, saying the restrictions violate their religious freedom.

Pasadena-based Harvest Rock Church and Harvest International Ministry filed the lawsuit in an attempt to block enforcement of Newsom’s orders which target churches.

The church has many “Life Groups” which are home Bible studies and fellowship groups where people come together to share and learn about the Word of God. These are now forbidden under Gov. Newsom’s recent orders.

Governor Newsom bans home Bible studies

 

At the same time Trump is being called a tyrant for attempting to quell the violence that is tearing our cities apart, the march toward totalitarianism goes forward by the Democrats without abatement. With few responding to the charges.

But fear can do many things. This COVID thing was the thing that has shown us just how far a “State” can go without its subjects rising up. Here is a post from fellow blogger Steve that shows us just how far they have gone.

First a refresher:

New King James Version
For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”

 

Jesus at the home of Martha and Mary

 

America’s Watchtower:

We have seen different States issue varying degrees of totalitarian measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. I would argue that most, if not all, of the measures are unconstitutional but even if we grant extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures some of these Governor are still pushing the envelope. A couple of quick examples come to mind such as Governor Cuomo deploying enforcement teams to check the papers of out-of-state travelers to New York, the couple under house arrest in Kentucky, but in California Governor Newsom might have taken the cake.

In addition to banning worship services this man has taken it to the next level by banning in home Bible studies. The State is now being sued over this outrageous order, here is more:

A California church is suing Gov. Gavin Newsom for banning all indoor worship services, including Bible studies, and singing, saying the restrictions violate their religious freedom.

Pasadena-based Harvest Rock Church and Harvest International Ministry filed the lawsuit in an attempt to block enforcement of Newsom’s orders which target churches.

The church has many “Life Groups” which are home Bible studies and fellowship groups where people come together to share and learn about the Word of God. These are now forbidden under Gov. Newsom’s recent orders.

“Governor Gavin Newsom cannot disregard the First Amendment and ban all in-person worship in private homes and churches,” said Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver. “Nor can the state micromanage the form of worship by banning singing or chanting. The governor is not the High Priest over all religions.”

“There is not two First Amendments – one for protests and one for houses of worship. Gov. Newsom encourages thousands of protesters to gather in the streets but bans in-person worship and home Bible studies and fellowship. This discriminatory treatment is unconstitutional,” Staver added.

As Steve concludes:

In a communist State the authority has to be the highest power if the people are to be controlled, any belief in God is forbidden because God would be a higher power than the State and man would be answerable to God first. So God must be eliminated from the minds and hearts of the people, and what better way to do that than stop the people from even talking about the Word of God? Governor Newsom is trying his hardest to accomplish that goal.

 

 

Everything just swell in the swamp today.

Meet The Little Sisters of the Poor

 

With so many stories of gloom and doom these days it is easy to forget there are true heroes toiling in the fields. Good people living their faith. Let’s visit the latest victors in their quest to live their faith. Role models for all of us. They just won a Supreme Court victory 7-2.

The Little Sisters of the Poor have reiterated their commitment to following their conscience as they care for the poor and dying, following a federal appeals court ruling that they must obey the federal contraception mandate.

“As Little Sisters of the Poor, we simply cannot choose between our care for the elderly poor and our faith,” said Mother Provincial Sr. Loraine Marie Maguire.

“And we should not have to make that choice, because it violates our nation’s commitment to ensuring that people from diverse faiths can freely follow God’s calling in their lives. For over 175 years, we have served the neediest in society with love and dignity. All we ask is to be able to continue our religious vocation free from government intrusion.

Employers who fail to comply with the mandate face crippling penalties. In the case of the Little Sisters, the fines could amount to around $2.5 million a year, or about 40 percent of the $6 million the Sisters beg for annually to run their ministry.

Meet Sister Veronica of the Little Sisters of the Poor

Meet Sister Georgia of the Little Sisters of the Poor

The swamp just lost a big one.

From an earlier post

Obama overrides Hobby Lobby Supreme win, Little Sisters of the Poor lose

Indiana Priest Suspended for Condemning BLM’s Violence, Marxism and Destruction

 

We are witnessing the wholesale capitulation of the bishops before the Marxist mob.

Father Theodore Rothrock from St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Carmel, Indiana was suspended this week after his condemnation of the radical Black Lives Matter protest movement published in the parish’s Sunday bulletin on June 28, 2020.  Liberal media outlets almost immediately published excerpts from the bulletin article and called for Rothrock’s removal.

 

Doherty-Rothrock

 

Here is the Father Rothrock’s column in its entirety:

The lady (doth) protest too much, methinks

Today in Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
28 June 2020

This dialogue from Hamlet is taken from Act 3, scene 2 and is a response to Hamlet’s query: “how like you this play?” The line suggests a hidden agenda that is revealed in the objections, where the accuser is actually the perpetrator. History is replete with examples of misdirection. In 2001 the Taliban destroyed the Buddhas of Bamyan, the 6th century monumental statues of Gautama Buddha in central Afghanistan, claiming them to be pagan idols. The world was horrified, but did nothing about it.

Despots and tyrants have always employed accusation and distortion to achieve all manner of mischief in an effort to shape and mold public opinion. Anyone currently doing business with Amazon could not help but notice the prominent banner headline from the internet giant touting their proud support for “Black Lives Matter.” But do those black lives really matter to the community organizers promoting their agenda? Is “Antifa” concerned with the defeat of fascist right-wing nationalism or more interested in the establishment of left-wing global socialism?

The brutal murder of a black man in police custody has sparked a landslide of reaction to the alleged systemic racism in America. We are being told that the scars of race relations in this country are really unhealed wounds that continue to fester and putrefy; amputation is required! Reforms must be sweeping and immediate to crush the rising wave of racism that pervades the nation and perverts the body politic.

On the heels of the Covid sequestration, the bottled-up tension of an isolated population has exploded into riots and demonstrations that we have not seen the like in fifty years. What would the great visionary leaders of the past be contributing to the discussion at this point in time? Would men like Fredrick Douglas and the Reverend King, both men of deep faith, be throwing bombs or even marching in the streets? Would they be pleased with the murder rates in our cities or the destruction of our families by the welfare system? Would they see a value in the obliteration of our history to re-write a future without the experience and struggles of the past? Would we tear down their monuments?

Who are the real racists and the purveyors of hate? You shall know them by their works. The only lives that matter are their own and the only power they seek is their own. They are wolves in wolves clothing, masked thieves and bandits, seeking only to devour the life of the poor and profit from the fear of others. They are maggots and parasites at best, feeding off the isolation of addiction and broken families, and offering to replace any current frustration and anxiety with more misery and greater resentment.

The message of peace that comes to us in Christ is the gospel we carry in common with the Orthodox Churches and other Christians. We must stand in solidarity with our brethren across the world to oppose this malevolent force. Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and the other nefarious acolytes of their persuasion are not the friends or allies we have been led to believe. They are serpents in the garden, seeking only to uproot and replant a new species of human made in the likeness of men and not in the image of God.  Their poison is more toxic than any pandemic we have endured. The father of lies has not just been seen in our streets, we have invited him into our home. Now he is prowling like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, strong in your faith.

On Tuesday, Fr. Rothrock was forced to issue an apology, stating “It was not my intention to offend anyone and I am sorry that my words have caused any hurt to anyone.”Apparently this was not enough for the “frothing at the mouth” Marxists calling for his removal.  On Wednesday, Bishop Timothy Doherty removed Fr. Rothrock from public ministry. The diocese of Lafayette issued the following statement:

By decree of Bishop Doherty, effective 12 p.m. noon July 1, 2020 Father Theodore Rothrock is suspended from public ministry according to Canon 1333. The suspension comes in the wake of Father Rothrock’s June 28 bulletin article. The Bishop expresses pastoral concern for the affected communities. The suspension offers the Bishop an opportunity for pastoral discernment for the good of the diocese and for the good of Father Rothrock. Various possibilities for his public continuation in priestly ministry are being considered, but he will no longer be assigned as Pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel as his next appointment. Deacon Bill Reid will serve as Administrator of St. Elizabeth Seton as of 12 p.m. noon July 1, 2020.

From Complicit Clergy

This is not limited to the Catholics. I cannot tell you how many churches I have attended with the same stripe and wallowing in social justice to the point of extreme. The last church I belonged brought in a new minister. How many times were we as members held accountable for not having Black members.

This will not end well. Next they will destroy these same churches who support them and their political agenda.

 

Other than that all is well in the swamp.

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