Boko Haram claims Nigeria abductions/WHO warns of global polio outbreak/UN envoy questioned over Vatican abuse/India tribal leaders attack Assam villagers and more signs of JESUS’ soon return

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DAYS OF LOT – Can You Be Gay and Christian? Here Comes the Hate

As expected, within hours of my newest book becoming available online, the hate-fest began, with some of the craziest charges yet, including a reference to my allegedly “rigid Ayatollah-like scripture rants.” (I kid you not). But should be we surprised? Those who are on the wrong side of the Scriptures often respond with venom and anger, and we must overcome their hatred with truth and love. The book of which I speak, Can You Be Gay and Christian? wrestles with the challenges faced by those who are same-sex attracted and want to follow the Lord, putting the reader in their shoes (by quoting from many of their writings), raising their objections to the traditional understanding of the Scriptures on the subject of homosexual practice, and seeking to find the balance of grace and truth in ministering to those who identify as LGBT. More

Nigeria’s Boko Haram Threatens to Sell Kidnapped Schoolgirls on Market

The Islamist militant group Boko Haram claimed responsibility on Monday for the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls in northeast Nigeria last month and threatened to “sell them on the market,” the French news agency AFP reported, citing a video. Boko Haram on April 14 stormed an all-girl secondary school in the village of Chibok, in Borno state, then packed the teenagers, who had been taking exams, onto trucks and disappeared into a remote area along the border with Cameroon. The brazenness and sheer brutality of the school attack shocked Nigerians, who have been growing accustomed to hearing about atrocities in an increasingly bloody five-year-old Islamist insurgency in the north. More

DAYS OF LOT – Three Lesbian Women ‘Marry’ Each Other, Claim to Be World’s First ‘Throuple’


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 – Three women in Massachusetts claim they are the world’s first lesbian ‘throuple,’ after they all exchanged wedding vows and ‘married’ each other last year. Brynn, Doll, and Kitten are three women who range in age from 27 to 34. Last August, they organized a wedding-style ceremony, in which they entered into a threesome “marriage” union. Even though Massachusetts recognizes same-sex “marriages,” polygamy is illegal. However, that did not deter Brynn, Doll, and Kitten from entering into a three-way relationship. “In our eyes we are married,” Brynn told The Sun newspaper. “We had specialist lawyers draw up paperwork so our assets are equally divided.” More

DAYS OF LOT – A Satanic Idol isn’t the only thing contending with Oklahomans!

As the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reviews an Oklahoma lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on same-sex unions, a new statewide television ad sponsored by national advocacy group Freedom to Marry airs Monday in the state. The weeklong commercial features retired Army colonel and Purple Heart recipient Ed Cuyler and his wife Robbie advocating on behalf of their lesbian daughter Deedra, who married her partner Amber in Massachusetts in 2011. The couple and their three children live on Cuyler’s ranch near Fort Sill. “Here in Oklahoma we value family,” Cuyler begins, as the ad shows the family walking around the ranch with their children, a scene set to appeal to the red state’s rural values. “When Deedra told me she was gay, as her dad, I was worried, because I wanted to protect her.” More

Kirk Cameron Says ‘Fornicators And adulterers’ Bigger Problem Than Gay Marriage

Beloved ’80s sitcom star Kirk Cameron is once again making headlines for his controversial views on marriage, and this time he has some pointed advice for Christians. In an interview with AL.com, Cameron said that Christians need to focus their energies on cleaning up their own acts, rather than making the fight against marriage equality their number one priority. ”When people get too focused on redefining marriage, you’re distracted from the bigger problem — fornicators and adulterers,” Cameron stated. “If the people sitting in the pews are fornicators and adulterers, the church will destroy marriages much more quickly than those outside the church. When God’s people mock marriage, God doesn’t take that lightly.” More

Putin Signs Law on National Card Payment System

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a bill to create a national card payment system, the Kremlin press service said Monday. The Russian parliament approved the bill last month. Plans to establish a national card payment processing system emerged in response to Ukraine-related sanctions that saw several Russian banks denied service by global powerhouses Visa and MasterCard, troubling the general public and raising concern over the security of the country’s financial system. As a reaction to Crimea reunifying with Russia in mid-March, the US introduced targeted sanctions against Russian officials and Rossiya Bank, considered by the US Treasury to be a private bank for many Russian government officials. More

A suspected gunman is in custody on Monday after police say he opened fire and injured one man at a Department of Veterans Affairs medical complex in Dayton, Ohio. The gunman, 59-year-old Neil Moore, is a retired employee of the VA hospital. At approximately noon local time, witnesses heard gunfire in the basement of the facility, authorities said at a press conference. The VA campus, which has at least ten buildings, was immediately placed on lockdown. Regional dispatch received a call for an active shooter situation at 12:10 p.m. More

DAYS OF LOT – Is It Time To Change Our Views Of Adultery and Marriage?

In today’s society, marriage happens when two people (usually a man and a woman) fall in love and decide to spend the rest of their lives together in monogamy. But did you know that wasn’t always the case? In fact, the modern version of marriage emerged a mere couple of hundred years ago. In the past, marriage rarely involved love (most marriages were arranged based on income and social status), and the majority of societies allowed and expected plural marriages, with either multiple wives or multiple husbands. Clearly the concept of marriage has changed greatly over the years. And with today’s rate of divorce between 40 and 50 percent, coupled with the prevalence of adultery in many marriages, perhaps it’s time for the concept of marriage to continue to evolve. According to Associated Press, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 41 percent of spouses admit to infidelity, either physical or emotional. This leads me to ask, “Are we really supposed to be with just one person our whole life? And if not, must we get re-married five times? Are there alternative ways to perceive and participate in a marriage that will guarantee its success?” More

WAR DRUMS – Ukraine sends special forces as fighting intensifies.

Pro-Russian rebels shot down a Ukrainian helicopter in fierce fighting near the eastern town of Slaviansk on Monday, and Kiev drafted police special forces to the southwestern port city of Odessa to halt a feared westward spread of rebellion. Ukraine said the Odessa force, based on “civil activists”, would replace local police who had failed to tackle rebel actions at the weekend. Its dispatch was a clear signal from Kiev that, while tackling rebellion in the east, it would vigorously resist any sign of a slide to a broader civil war. More

Florida School Bans Bible During ‘Free Reading’ Time.

Officials at Broward County Public Schools banned a fifth grader from reading the Bible during “free reading” time, according to lawyers from the Liberty Institute who are threatening to sue the school for violating the First Amendment. Giovanni Rubeo is a fifth-grade student at the school, who had been given a Bible at church as a Christmas gift. It’s his favorite book, so he decided he’d like to read it during the time in class where students are allowed to read anything they choose. Swornia Thomas is Giovanni’s teacher. On April 8, Thomas told Giovanni he’s not allowed to read the Bible in her class and ordered him to put it away. Giovanni asked her to call his father, Paul Rubeo, about the incident. Thomas did so, leaving a voicemail that included, “I noticed that he [Giovanni] has a book—a religious book—in the classroom. He’s not permitted to read those books in my classroom.” Rubeo then contacted the school’s principal, Orinthia Dias, who brought in the school’s legal department. None of them are willing to acknowledge that Giovanni has a constitutional right to read the Bible. More

 

 

90,000 Nevada Residents Could Lose Health Insurance Due To Obamacare.

Local business owners might be hoping the Affordable Care Act’s insurance mandates cover sticker shock. The law’s employer coverage mandate doesn’t take effect until 2015, but early plan renewals are starting to roll in. And for some businesses, the premium jumps are positively painful. Local insurance brokers are reporting spikes ranging from 35 percent to 120 percent on policies that renew from July to December. The increases are especially acute among employers with workforces made up of younger, healthier men. That’s because Obamacare prohibits offering lower rates to healthier groups. It also narrows the allowed premium gap between older and younger enrollees. “It’s like if there were no more safe-driver discounts with State Farm,” said local insurance broker Frank Nolimal of Assurance Ltd. “Everybody has the same rate, whether you have three DUIs, or you’re a (nondrinking) churchgoing Mormon.” More

High court ruling favors prayer at council meeting

A narrowly divided Supreme Court upheld decidedly Christian prayers at the start of local council meetings on Monday, declaring them in line with long national traditions though the country has grown more religiously diverse. The content of the prayers is not significant as long as they do not denigrate non-Christians or try to win converts, the court said in a 5-4 decision backed by its conservative majority. Though the decision split the court along ideological lines, the Obama administration backed the winning side, the town of Greece, N.Y., outside of Rochester. More

Fed to continue tapering but interest rate decision remains on hold, says Fisher

The US Federal Reserve is likely to continue tapering its multi-billion dollar bond-buying program at a similar pace, despite signs that the recovery might be slowing, one of its top officials has said. Richard Fisher – who is the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas – said the central bank remained on course to wind down its monetary stimulus by the end of the year. However, he said policymakers would not consider raising interest rates until its balance sheet stopped expanding. “I personally expect us to end [quantitative easing] in October. That’s the first step,” he told Fox News. “Then we have to see how the economy is doing, including these broader measures of unemployment, and where we stand, before we can talk about how we might move the short-term rate.” More

Russia can switch to payments with India, China in national currencies crushing dollar amid sanctions

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Experts believe that the wish of the West to restrict Moscow’s cooperation with Brussels and Washington will play into the hands of the Russian economy. Wisdom and presence of mind are two components that will guarantee success for a new spiral of Russia’s cooperation with eastern countries. Also, this will allow us to counter-balance the risks that the European market is exposed to. The European economy, experts point out, still remains in the grip of a crisis, while China, for example, is prosperous. The West, including the US, has begun to curtail the profitable relations with Russia on the background of Ukrainian problems, which has nothing to do with the East. And business always develops in the environment of stability and mutual interest. It is reasonable that at present the Russian economy – that is investments, exports, imports and technology – is speeding up its advance in the eastern direction, President of the Centre of Strategic Communications Dmitry Abzalov says. Instead of America and Europe, our target is South-East Asia now. More

 

New Evidence Links U.S. Federal Government To Filmmaker Behind Benghazi Fiasco

The explosiveness of a ‘smoking gun’ email from a White House Deputy who directed then U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to blame a video for the Benghazi attack is missing an essential link, a U.S. Federal informant. The man who made the inflammatory movie himself – Nakoula Basseley Nakoula. Nakoula became an informant for U.S. Federal agents in a deal (which we have court records) to capture his recruiter in exchange for leniency; this was granted. When Nakoula’s recruiter was caught, he was amazingly let go by U.S. Federal agents. More

An organizer of the major Christian-oriented pro-Hillary Clinton organization Faith for Hillary and Clinton faith adviser works for a liberal super PAC that attacks Christian values and was formed by a liberal operative that accepts money to attack Christians. Faith for Hillary’s co-leader Burns Strider is vice president of the super PAC American Bridge 21st Century, which was formed in 2010 by Media Matters for America founder David Brock. Strider, a former senior adviser to Nancy Pelosi, served as Hillary Clinton’s senior adviser and director of faith outreach during Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign. Faith for Hillary, which is applying for PAC status, recently launched the website Faith Voters for Hillary. But Strider’s work for Brock might present some complications for Clinton’s Christian outreach, considering that Brock is in business to target Christians. Brock admitted as much when he applied to the IRS for Media Matters’ tax-exempt nonprofit status. More

The bible was already in custody of Turkish authorities after having been seized in 2000 in an operation in Mediterranean area in Turkey. The gang of smugglers had been charged with smuggling antiquities, illegal excavations and the possession of explosives and went to trial. Turkish police testified in a court hearing they believe the manuscript in the bible could be about 1500 to 2000 years old.After waiting eight years in Ankara the ancient bible is being transferred the Ankaran Ethnography Museum with a police escort. More

A meteor may have made a fiery entrance into the earth’s atmosphere on Sunday after a number of people in Ontario reported seeing a flash of blue in the sky and hearing a loud boom. Scientists have not confirmed the event, but the American Meteor Society currently has at least a dozen pending investigations in connection with the reported meteor strike. On Sunday afternoon, several people in the Greater Toronto Area reported seeing something resembling a meteor trail. More

PLA prepares border plan for North Korean collapse

China has formed numerous special teams as part of an emergency plan to deal with the aftermath of a potential collapse of North Korea’s political regime, reports the Tokyo-based Kyodo News. Citing internal Chinese military documents compiled last summer — several months after North Korea conducted its third nuclear test in February — Kyodo News claims that the People’s Liberation Army has called for boosting surveillance capabilities across the China-North Korea border in the event that a collapse of Kim Jong-un’s regime will spark a massive influx of refugees into China. The measures reportedly include setting up numerous teams at the border, including a “reconnaissance team” responsible for collecting intelligence, an “inspection team” to investigate new arrivals, a “blockade team” to stop dangerous or undesirable persons from entering, and a “firepower team” to counter oppositional forces. More

WAR DRUMS – ODESSA JEWS PREPARE FOR EMERGENCY EVACUATION

Odessa’s Jews are prepared to evacuate should the violence in the western Ukrainian city get significantly worse, several community leaders told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday. Odessa’s Jewish community numbers some 30,000, down from nearly 40 percent of the city’s population before the Holocaust. Running street battles between pro-Russian and nationalist forces claimed dozens of lives in the Black Sea port this weekend, culminating in the burning of dozens of pro-Russian protesters in the city’s trade union building on Friday evening. The Odessa bloodshed came on the same day that Kiev launched its biggest push yet to reassert its control over separatist areas in the east, hundreds of kilometers away, where armed pro-Russian rebels have proclaimed a “People’s Republic of Donetsk.” More

 

FALLING AWAY – MAJOR CHRISTIAN CONFERENCE ‘PUSHING MYSTICISM’

A major Christian church-leadership organization, which brought thousands of pastors and church workers together in Carrollton, Texas, this week, succeeded in raising eyebrows from some of the attendees – over so-called “contemplative spirituality.” The event, called “Catalyst Dallas,” was sponsored by Atlanta-based Catalyst, and featured speakers Craig Groeschel of LifeChurch.tv, filmmaker Ryan Leak, corporate management expert Patrick Lencioni and author Jen Hatmaker, among many others. During a workshop Tuesday afternoon, contemplative proponent Phileena Heuertz led the audience in a “centering prayer,” which detractors argue opens the door to altered states of consciousness. A common theme throughout Catalyst Dallas was references to mystics Thomas Merton, Thomas Keating and Henri Nouwen. Warren Smith, a writer specializing in the New Age movement, notes that mainstream Christian leaders have been promoting such mysticism for decades: More

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China Is Preparing For “Short And Sharp” War With Japan Over Disputed East China Sea Islands:


RUMORS OF WAR
 – China’s military has been beefing up training as the country continues keeping an unwavering stance on various territory disputes with its neighbors. In particular, according to a U.S. naval officer China has been preparing for possible military action over the ongoing dispute with Japan over a small cluster of islands in the East China Sea, and the more recent air-defense zone dispute. According to a report by the United States Naval Institution, part of China’s Mission Action 2013 exercise, a military drill that includes all branches of the country’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), included preparation for combat to take over the Senkaku/ Diaoyu Islands, Capt. James Fannell, deputy chief of staff intelligence and information operations for the U.S. Pacific Fleet, said. More

 

Storm Threat Returns to Central U.S. Later This Week

 

The severe weather threat Sunday and Monday should remain minimal. This is welcome relief for areas of the South and East still recovering from this week’s tornadoes and flash flooding. A corridor of showers and a few embedded thunderstorms will rumble from the interior Northwest and northern Rockies to the northern Plains, Ohio Valley, central Appalachians and parts of the Mid-Atlantic through Monday. Expect little, if any, severe weather in this zone. More

California city looks to sea for water in drought


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  — This seaside city thought it had the perfect solution the last time California withered in a severe drought more than two decades ago: Tap the ocean to turn salty seawater to fresh water. The $34 million desalination plant was fired up for only three months and mothballed after a miracle soaking of rain. As the state again grapples with historic dryness, the city nicknamed the “American Riviera” has its eye on restarting the idled facility to hedge against current and future droughts. More

 

 

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