Red Cross Demands Branches Remove Crucifixes to Be More Secular

Red Cross Demands Branches Remove Crucifixes to Be More Secular:

Volunteers have criticised the Red Cross charity after receiving a communication telling them to remove crucifixes from the walls of their branches as the organisation looks to become more secular.

The Belgian branches of the international aid organisation received an email from the Provincial Committee of the Red Cross in Liège to remove all crucifixes. André Rouffart, president of the Red Cross in Verviers, said: “We were asked to respect the principles of the Red Cross”, and not to distinguish between race or religious belief 7sur7 reports.

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AND NOW: Swedish church gets new gender handbook instructing bishops to not call God for “him” or “Lord”

FYI.

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https://twitter.com/PeterSweden7/status/933721191239561216

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French “Free Thinkers” who denounced Christian cross now plead for Islamic mosque French “Free Thinkers” who denounced Christian cross now plead for Islamic mosque

French “Free Thinkers” who denounced Christian cross now plead for Islamic mosque:

In a bizarre turn of events, the group of “free thinkers” that fought to have a cross removed from public property in northwest France is now fighting to save a mosque.

For years, the National Federation of Free Thought (FNLP) has been leading the legal battle for the removal of a monument to Pope John Paul II situated on public land in the Breton town of Ploërmel. The group proclaimed victory earlier this month when the French administrative court ordered the removal of the stone cross that surmounts the statue, saying it violated the secular nature of the state.

“Since the cross is a religious sign or emblem within the meaning of Article 28 of the Law of 9 December 1905 and its installation by the municipality does not fall into any of the exceptions provided by this article, its presence in a public location is contrary to this law,” the French court argued.

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Irish Catholic priest urges Christians to ABANDON the word CHRISTMAS

Irish Catholic priest urges Christians to abandon the word Christmas:

Father Desmond O’Donnell says the words Christmas and Easter have lost all sacred meaning

An Irish Catholic priest has called for Christians to stop using the word Christmas because it has been hijacked by “Santa and reindeer”.

Father Desmond O’Donnell said Christians of any denomination need to accept Christmas now has no sacred meaning.

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FRENCH MAYOR’s got some big brass ones…refuses to cave to secularist pressure, WILL NOT remove nativity scene from City Hall

FRENCH MAYOR’s got some big brass ones…refuses to cave to secularist pressure, WILL NOT remove nativity scene from City Hall:

Robert Ménard, the “populist” mayor of Béziers in France, has been told by a court to permanently remove a nativity scene from city hall, but Ménard has vowed that “We will never yield on our culture!”

Breitbart  The controversy surrounding the placement of the nativity scene began in 2014 shortly after Ménard had been elected mayor of the city. Complaints were lodged against the religious scene, with some claiming that it violated the strict secularisation laws in France, and now the administrative court of appeal of Marseille has judged that the 2014 nativity had no place in the city hall, L’Express reports.

Ménard, despite the court case, also put up a nativity scene in 2015, 2016, and plans to have one this year, as well. According to the Béziers mayor, the new scenes will reflect local regional customs.

H/t reader kevin a.

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China Urges Rural Christians to Replace Jesus Images with Xi Jinping

China Urges Rural Christians to Replace Jesus Images with Xi Jinping:

Chinese officials and residents in a rural area of Jiangxi province have revealed a government plan to “melt the hard ice” in the hearts of Christians towards communism by denying them pivotal poverty relief packages if they do not replace images of Jesus in their households with photos of President Xi Jinping.

One official stated that the move was necessary because Christians are “ignorant” and need to be taught to worship the state, not God.

The move is the latest in a string of crackdowns against Christianity in the Xi era. Xi’s regime views Christianity, which has experienced a popularity boom in the past decade, as a challenge to the supremacy of the Communist Party’s growing cult of personality around Xi himself.

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Common Era (CE) & Before The Common Era (BCE) – “The New Politically Correct De-Christianisation of Language, in Preparation For 666.” * * *

– Common Era:

Common Era or Current Era (CE)[1] is a year-numbering system (calendar era) for the Julian and Gregorian calendars that refers to the years since the start of the present era, that is, the years beginning with AD 1. The preceding era is referred to as before the Common or Current Era (BCE). The Current Era notation system can be used as an alternative to the Dionysian era system, which distinguishes eras as AD (anno Domini, “[the] year of [the] Lord”)[2] and BC (“before Christ”). The two notation systems are numerically equivalent; thus “2017 CE” corresponds to “AD 2017” and “400 BCE” corresponds to “400 BC”.[2][3][4][a] The year-numbering system as used for the Gregorian calendar is the most widespread civil calendar system used in the world today. For decades, it has been the global standard, recognized by international institutions such as the United Nations and the Universal Postal Union.

The expression has been traced back to 1615, when it first appeared in a book by Johannes Kepler as the Latin usage vulgaris aerae,[5][6] and to 1635 in English as “Vulgar Era”.[b] The term “Common Era” can be found in English as early as 1708,[7] and became more widely used in the mid-19th century by Jewish academics. In the later 20th century, the use of CE and BCE was popularized in academic and scientific publications, and more generally by authors and publishers wishing to emphasize secularism or sensitivity to non-Christians, by not explicitly referencing Jesus as “Christ” and Dominus (“Lord”) through use of the abbreviation[c] “AD”.[9][10]

H/t reader squodgy:

“Just reading about Mexico’s Smoking Mountain, and noticed the designated dates suffixed CE (current era) instead of AD. Similarly pre AD dates are now BCE (before current era).
The new Politically Correct de-Christianisation of language, in preparation for 666.”

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“We Are Going to Burn You Alive!” – Muslim Persecution of Christians, June 2017 – #ReligionofPeace, #Islam, #Muslims

“We Are Going to Burn You Alive!”:

Muslim Persecution of Christians, June 2017

  • “They defend freedom of worship in the West in order to ban it in their homeland. They fight to build mosques in someone else’s homeland whilst destroying churches and synagogues where they have power.” — Kamel Abderrahmani, Arab journalist, Algeria.
  • “ISIS publicly caged and burned alive 19 Yazidi girls for refusing to have sex with ISIS fighters, according to local activists. Yazidi leaders last year showed Fox News photographs of the Islamic jihadists burning babies to death on a slab of sheet metal, photos that show tiny, roasted bodies side by side as flames engulfed them.” — ISIS in Iraq, Fox News, June 14.
  • The Erdogan government seized at least 50 Syriac churches, monasteries, and Christian cemeteries, many of which were still active, in Mardin province, and declared them “state property.” — Turkey.
  • A presidential order replaced Christian education with Islamic Studies in secondary schools. While the subject, “Christian Religious Knowledge,” no longer exists, Islamic, Arab, and French studies have been introduced in the new curriculum…. The Christian Association of Nigeria further denounced this move “to force Islamic studies down the throats of non-adherents of the religion,” as being an “agenda deliberately crafted towards Islamization.” — Nigeria.

Jesuit Father Henri Boulad, an Islamic scholar of the Egyptian Greek Melkite rite, pulled no punches in an interview concerning the motives of Islamic terror and Western responses to it. “Islam is an open-ended declaration of war against non-Muslims” and those who carry out acts of violence and intolerance are only doing what their creed requires, said the priest. The interview continues:

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After France Orders Cross Removal, Hungary Asks ‘Is Everyone Entitled to Religious Freedom Except for Christians?’

Hungary Asks ‘Is Everyone Entitled to Religious Freedom Except for Christians?’ After Anti-Cross Ruling:

Hungary has offered to take a Christian cross which the French authorities say must be removed from a statue of Pope John Paul II in Brittany.

The courts had originally ruled that the entire statue, donated to the small town of Ploërmel by a Russian artist, must be torn down, but now say it may remain provided the cross is decapitated, prompting the mayor who received it to complain of “an attack on a part of our culture”.

The ruling has also caused considerable upset in the late pontiff’s native Poland, where he is revered as a symbol of Poland’s struggle to free itself from the Communist yoke by many, including the current government.

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Report: 75% of Victims of Religious Persecution Are Christians

Report: 75% of Victims of Religious Persecution Are Christians:

A grim new report on Christian persecution around the globe suggests that rather than improving, the situation of Christians worldwide is worsening, a fact whitewashed by mainstream media.

“Christians are the victims of at least 75 percent of all religiously-motivated violence and oppression,” declares the 2015-2017 report from Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), and moreover “the extent of this persecution is largely ignored by our media.”

In their report titled “Persecuted and Forgotten?”, ACN noted that in Iraq more than half of the country’s Christian population have become internal refugees, while in the Syrian city of Aleppo, the Christian population has fallen by more than 75 percent. Up until 2011 Aleppo was home to the largest Christian community but in just 6 years numbers have dropped from 150,000 to just over 35,000.

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While Christian Church in #Pakistan’s Mardan Is Burning, Hundreds Of #Muslims Are Celebrating – #Islam, #ReligionofPeace

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Oldest #Christian church in the world, #Damascus. St Ananias chapel. Washington’s jihadists would have destroyed it. #Syria.

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Syrian Presidency: #Assad: Christians are not guests or migrating birds. They are from the origins of the nation and without them, there is no #Syria

This is the official Twitter account for the Presidency of the Syrian Arab Republic, offering updates on Presidential news and events:

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Syrian Orthodox Christians celebrate the Feast of the Lord in Syria’s Saidnaya… File this under things that you’ll never see in Saudi Arabia

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UK: Christian woman prosecuted for talking about Christianity to a Muslim colleague

UK: Christian woman prosecuted for talking about Christianity to a Muslim colleague:

A Christian therapist in England who was suspended after being accused of evangelizing to a Muslim colleague has suffered another loss in court.

Would a Muslim be taken to court for sharing his or her faith with a coworker? Whether or not Victoria Wasteney was proselytizing to her Muslim colleague on the job or not is to be determined in court. However, there remains a larger issue: Western authorities are giving the impression that while Christians are studied under a microscope for accountability, Muslims are not. Some examples:

  • University of California Berkeley Muslim professor Hatem Bazian has been openly calling for an intifada in America, and he has issued these violent calls at several venues throughout the United States.
  • Nadia Shoufani, a Toronto-area school teacher who called a Palestinian jihadist who crushed the skull of a four-year-old Israeli girl a hero and martyr, was said to have been investigated by her school board and by Toronto Police. But there has been no followup.
  • Farrah Marfatia, a principal of a Muslim academy in Mississauga, near Toronto, Canada was instructing parents to teach their children that “homosexuals are cursed by Allah as are the men who imitate or dress up like women.” Once again, there was no followup.

One can imagine the public outcry if Christians or Jews were preaching those same words — the court battles, the disdain. But where is the same reaction when Muslims say this? Instead, we see Victoria Wasteney, a Christian woman, in court for imparting messages about her faith’s love and healing to a Muslim colleague with whom she developed a relationship (or so she thought). While there are rules against proselytizing in places of employment, Wasteney was discussing her faith to a colleague, not to a client.

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