Posts from December 2015

Lawyer for Christian Bakers Who Were Forced to Pay Nearly $137,000 to Lesbian Couple Reveals Most Shocking Element of the Case

Aaron and Melissa Klein are sending cakes to gay and lesbian groups (Melissa Klein)

An attorney for Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa — the Oregon-based bakery that came under fire for refusing to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple — says that the fight is nowhere near over after the couple paid out a $136,927.07 judgement.

Lawyer Tyler Smith, who is representing the husband and wife, said that the family will continue its quest for religious liberty, telling The Church Boys podcast that he believes the government’s “abuse of power” has been the most shocking element of the ongoing case.

“[The most shocking component is] the abuse of the power of the government to go and prosecute this case, prosecuting it directly, contrary to what’s asserted by the Kleins as their religious practices and their beliefs,” Smith said. “And that being completely ignored by the state agency, when they’re prosecuting based on a statutory classification that this is now a protected status under a statute, when the Kleins have clearly protected constitutional rights that should supersede that and be more protected than a statutory right.”

He said that it is “quite shocking” that state officials and prosecutors have ignored these facts, penalizing the Kleins for “compensatory damages for emotional, mental and physical suffering” over the cake refusal.

Listen to Smith discuss the Sweet Cakes by Melissa battle for religious liberty below:

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Smith also responded to some of the questions that have emerged surrounding the Kleins’ decision to pay the judgment, as some critics have wondered if it is a sign that the Christian bakers are backing away from their battle for religious liberty; he said that this simply isn’t the case.

In fact, the Kleins have filed an appeal and plan to continue pushing back against the monumental financial penalty. But the logistics of continuing their refusal to pay out the judgement simply became too complex and burdensome.

“There was a garnishment action that took place a few weeks ago,” Smith explained. “A couple of accounts were garnished … with the judgment essentially outstanding those collection efforts would probably have continued during the course of the appeal.”

The issue is that, at 9 percent interest on the initial $135,000 judgement, the Kleins would have faced interest of about $35 per day, and with the case continuing on — and with the state seeking assets through garnishment — the family was left with little choice.

To avoid increased interest in the case, the Kleins agreed to pay the $136,927.07, which is currently being held in an account by Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries, and will presumably not be doled out to the lesbian complainants until the case concludes.

Aaron and Melissa Klein (Melissa Klein)

“The Kleins have certainly not given up the appeal,” Smith said. “The appeal has already been filed.”

It’s unclear how long the Kleins’ legal battle will forge on, as Smith said that he plans to argue in court that a “number of constitutional violations” unfolded against the bakers at the hands of the state.

“The appellate process is the place that we will be able to make other and more continuing constitutional arguments asserting and trying to protect the religious liberty, the free speech rights and the other rights that the Kleins have and they should have under Oregon law and United States constitutional law,” he said.

If the Kleins win, the government could be forced to return the $136,927.07, though it’s quite possible that the state will appeal in that instance. Plainly stated: this battle could go on for quite some time.

In the meantime, Smith said that the Kleins — who closed their bakery in the midst of national furor — must continue to provide for their five children, noting that the couple has received generous support from people across the nation.

Smith believes that the case is “keyed up to make some precedent,” pending what happens next in the courts.

As TheBlaze previously reported, problems for the Kleins began in 2013 after they declined to make a wedding cake for lesbian couple Rachel Cryer-Bowman and Laurel Bowman-Cryer based on the bakers’ religious views; the government subsequently awarded damages to the women.

The Kleins were originally ordered to pay the money to the couple on July 13, but repeatedly declined to do so until earlier this month.

“In my heart, I felt like if we give anything we are giving in and giving up this fight and setting this precedent for the next person in line,” Melissa Klein told TheBlaze earlier this year. “We’re still fighting this.”

Listen to the Kleins discuss their case in an appearance on The Church Boys earlier this year below:

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He Had a Message for People ‘Who Are Not Christians.” And Atheists Aren’t too Happy About It.

Merry Christmas message from Wisconsin state Rep. Scott Allen (YouTube)

Atheist activists are lambasting a Wisconsin politician’s video for its inclusion of “Merry Christmas” greetings and an invitation to nonbelievers to “consider the hope offered” by Jesus, calling it an “overtly proselytizing message.”

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed an open records request to determine if government funds were used in the creation of the video, which features Republican state Rep. Scott Allen; it was uploaded to the Wisconsin Assembly Republicans YouTube page on Dec. 18.

“It is unclear at this point whether state resources were used to produce this video, but we have included an open records request to determine if this is the case,” the atheist group wrote in a Dec. 24 letter to the Robin Vos, speaker of the Wisconsin House of Representatives. “It’s our understanding that these messages, including Allen’s proselytizing message, were distributed using state resources, specifically state email, which, if verified, is a misuse of governmental media.”

Merry Christmas message from Wisconsin state Rep. Scott Allen (YouTube)

It is the contents of Allen’s speech that have infuriated the Freedom From Religion Foundation, with co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor calling the nearly two-minute clip an “egregious misuse of the machinery of the state.”

“Merry Christmas to me and my fellow Christians celebrating the birth of our savior, our Emmanuel, well, it is one of the most important celebrations of the year,” Allen proclaimed in the video.

He continued, “For those who may watch this who are not Christians, I invite you to consider the hope offered by the prince of peace.”

Allen went on to say that he hopes that everyone who viewed the clip would be “filled with joy and high spirits” and that their life would be full of festivities and rejoicing, concluding that the “world needs more love and more peace.”

He also read from Hebrews 10, saying, “Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another.”

The Freedom From Religion Foundation specifically pushed back against this scripture reading.

“This is actually Hebrews 10:38. The concluding passage, verse 39, proclaims that those who are not Christians — all those who reject Allen’s invitation to worship his particular deity — will be destroyed,” the letter said “‘But we are not like those who turn away from God to their own destruction. We are the faithful ones, whose souls will be saved.’ Verse 31 has already warned that ‘it is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God.'”

Watch the video in question below:

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It was these elements that were seen as particularly problematic by Gaylor and the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

“We at the Freedom From Religion Foundation complained to Assembly Speaker Robin Vos about this egregious misuse of the machinery of the state — not only to promulgate a legislator’s personal beliefs, but to divisively attempt to convert constituents of minority or no religious beliefs,” Gaylor explained in a statement on the atheist group’s website.

She continued, “Vos claims it’s making a ‘mountain over a molehill.’ But we know if the case involved a Muslim legislator, a Wiccan, or an atheist legislator going overboard, Christian legislators and their constituents would be crying foul.”

It is unclear what will unfold if, indeed, it is determined that state funds were used in the creation and distribution of the video.

(H/T: Christian Examiner)

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‘Our Nation Is in Trouble’: Franklin Graham Warns That ‘We’ve Turned Our Back on God’ — but He Has a Bold Plan to Fight Back

Rev. Franklin Graham (AP)

Franklin Graham, president and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, believes that America is “in trouble,” so he’s embarking on a bold, nationwide tour to encourage the masses to appeal to God in an effort to alter the nation’s cultural trajectory.

Graham announced in a Facebook post on Wednesday that he will launch his “Decision America Tour” on Jan. 5 — an effort that will land him in front of every state capitol across America throughout 2016.

“Our nation is in trouble — we’ve turned our back on God. In less than one week from now, I will launch the Decision America Tour with the first stop in Des Moines, Iowa, on January 5,” Graham wrote. “I’m going to the capital of every state in 2016 to hold a prayer rally for our country.”

The goal? To motivate Christians to change the culture.

Decision America Tour

Our nation is in trouble—we’ve turned our back on God. In less than one week from now, I will launch the Decision America Tour with the first stop in Des Moines, Iowa, on January 5. I’m going to the capital of every state in 2016 to hold a prayer rally for our country. I want to challenge Christians to pray, to get out and vote for candidates who support biblical values, and to get involved by running for office at all levels—school board, city council, mayor, state representative, and more. This could be the most important election in our nation’s history. America has got some decisions to make—decisions that will affect our children and our grandchildren! “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,” (Psalm 33:12). Will you stand with me in your state capital?

Posted by Franklin Graham on Wednesday, December 30, 2015

It’s an effort that he’s hoping will encourage Christians across the United States “to pray, to get out and vote for candidates who support biblical values, and to get involved by running for office at all levels — school board, city council, mayor, state representative, and more.”

Speculating that the 2016 electoral cycle could “the most important election in our nation’s history,” he said that it’s essential for Bible-believers to come out en masse to make their voices heard.

“America has got some decisions to make — decisions that will affect our children and our grandchildren!” he said, going on to cite Psalm 33:12, which reads, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”

A current schedule of the tour shows Graham appearing in Tallahassee, Florida, on Jan. 12, Baton Rouge, Lousiana, on Jan. 13, and Concord, New Hampshire on Jan. 19; prayer rallies are currently scheduled through March 31. You can see the full calendar here.

Rev. Franklin Graham (AP)

Graham has made headlines of late for stating his views on the Muslim faith and immigration, among other subjects, specifically calling for a halt to Islamic immigration into the U.S.

In a Facebook post written last month, Graham specifically proclaimed that “Islam is not a peaceful religion as George W. Bush told us and as President Barack Obama has said — that is just not true.”

He also defended his immigration stance in an October interview with The Church Boys podcast.

“By letting Muslims come into this country at this time [there’s] the potential for some of these people to turn on this nation for our kindness and our gratitude and commit murder,” Graham said in an interview that was conducted at TheBlaze’s New York City newsroom this fall. “And it’s not just the murder of just one or two, but it could be a large event that could take the lives of many people.”

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Harvard Professor and Physician Loses Medical Job for Voicing Objections to LGBT Practices

Paul Church, Md. Image source: Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital

Can a hospital fire a physician who doesn’t support LGBT views and practices? One Boston hospital just did.

After a legal battle that lasted more than 10 years, Dr. Paul Church of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) lost his final appeal to the hospital’s Board of Directors to reconsider the center’s decision to fire him and revoke his medical privileges.

Church, a urology professor at Harvard University, disagreed with BIDMC’s institutional endorsement of LGBT causes.

Dr. Paul Church (Image source: Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital)

The hospital ordered his expulsion after discovering that Church had expressed concerns about the health dangers related to same-sex activity on the hospital’s internal online portal.

The board’s final judgment on Dec. 8 ended Church’s 28-year-long tenure at the hospital.

Over the past decade, Church has voiced his concerns regarding BIDMC’s overt support of LGBT events.

“In doing so, the medical center ignores and marginalizes opposing worldviews on morality and sexual behaviors often based on strong religious convictions that are represented within the diversity of its staff and larger community,” Church wrote in a statement he prepared for his hearing in February 2015. “Furthermore, it indicates a peculiar willingness to overlook high risk behaviors common to the LGBT community, which is contradictory to the larger mission of a healthcare institution to promote and model healthy choices and lifestyles.”

According to Church’s testimony, after he was told that he would be subjected to an investigation if he did not resign, he received a “Letter of Reprimand” from a peer-review committee demanding that he discontinue “any further communications regarding [his] views on homosexuality.”

Church called the aggressive letter a “gag rule” that assaulted his freedom of speech and violated his public and private rights under the Massachusetts Civil Rights Act.

He requested that he not receive the hospital’s emails promoting LGBT pride events, but when he continued to receive the notices more frequently, he continued to speak out.

“Celebrating sexual perversions is highly inappropriate, especially in the context of a medical center that should be aware of the negative health consequences of high risk behaviors,” Church wrote in 2013.

In September 2014, BIDMC launched a formal investigation. A 25-member Medical Executive Committee reviewed the findings and decided in March to expel Church for holding “unsolicited views about homosexuality that were offensive to BIDMC Staff” and for violating the hospital’s discrimination policy.

Church appealed, but the panel upheld the expulsion in September. In a statement released in December, Church announced that a final ruling from the hospital’s Board of Directors had likewise upheld the decision.

“Voicing medical facts, religious convictions, or traditional morality is now apparently punishable by dismissal, should a member of the staff claim to be offended by such views,” Church wrote. “While I am deeply disappointed in the outcome from these decisions, I feel that we have fought ‘the good fight’ and brought these valid concerns into the spotlight of the public arena.”

He concluded the statement by voicing his “sincere regrets” that the BIDMC administration and directors “departed from the institution’s higher mission and calling to follow a highly controversial social agenda.”

Church said that he intends to continue his medical practice elsewhere while striving to fulfill his professional duties “by advocating for healthy and moral choices.”

What a Christian Conference Speaker Just Said About Abortion and Planned Parenthood Really Irks One Pro-Life Advocate

Michelle Higgins, director of Faith for Justice, a Christian advocacy group in St. Louis, Missouri, and an active member of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, grabbed attention this week for a speech that she delivered at Urbana, a student missions conference that is co-sponsored by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

As TheBlaze previously reported, Higgins delivered favorable remarks about the #BlackLivesMatter movement throughout the keynote address, but it’s something that she said about adoption and abortion that drew the ire of at least one pro-life advocate.

Higgins essentially charged that Christians could end the “adoption crisis” if they wanted, but that they are too consumed with anti-abortion arguments and activism to do so, thus “withholding mercy from the living.”

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“In the United States, there are 100,000 children in foster homes. In the United States, there are 300,000 churches who identify as Protestant, so our Catholic brothers and sisters — they’re not even on that list,” she said. “We can wipe out the adoption crisis tomorrow. We could wipe it out this week, but we’re too busy arguing to have abortion banned, we’re too busy arguing to defund Planned Parenthood.”

And she wasn’t done there.

Huggins continued, “We are too busy withholding mercy from the living, so that we might display a big spectacle of how much we want mercy to be shown to the unborn. Where is your mercy? … What is your goal in only doing activism that makes you comfortable?”

Watch her remarks at the 13:30 mark below:

As TheBlaze previously reported, Higgins defended the Black Lives Matter movement throughout her speech, encouraging members of the audience to take part as well.

“Black Lives Matter is not a mission of hate. It is a not a mission to bring about incredible anti-Christian values and reforms to the world,” she said. “Black Lives Matter is a movement on mission in the truth of God.”

This led author Chelsen Vicari to push back in a column published on Life Site News, writing:

Deepening evangelicals passion for racial reconciliation is admirable, but need not come at the condemnation of the pro-life movement, a social justice movement all its own. Higgins might have mentioned to her young Christian listeners that within the pro-life movement is a unique and beautiful Black Lives Matter movement already in motion.

Just ask Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Director of African American Outreach with Priests for Life. King openly shares her testimony of two abortions and God’s healing as she advocates against abortion’s racist intent. “Abortion and racism are evil twins, born of the same lie. Where racism now hides its face in public, abortion is accomplishing the goals of which racism only once dreamed,” wrote King. “Together, abortionists are destroying humanity at large and the black community in particular.”

Higgins correctly noted that followers of Jesus cannot hid the truths of history. Pro-lifers agree. That’s one reason why we want to see an end to the racial injustice perpetuated by abortion and Planned Parenthood.

Vicari continued by noting that the pro-life movement will continue working to ban abortion and defund Planned Parenthood — and will be busily doing so, because members “believe every life matters.”

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During the 2014-2015 school year, over 41,000 students and faculty participated in InterVarsity chapters across the country.

(H/T: Life Site News)

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German Cardinal Pleads With Soccer Fans to Boycott 2022 World Cup in Qatar

Paris Saint-Germain (PSG)'s Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic (L) fights for the ball with Inter Milan's Spanish defender Martin Montoya during the friendly football match between PSG and Inter Milan at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in the Qatari capital Doha, on December 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / KARIM JAAFAR / AFP / KARIM JAAFAR        (Photo credit should read KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty Images)

A German cardinal has asked soccer fans to boycott the 2022 World Cup if the event cannot be relocated from Qatar.

In an interview with the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, archbishop of Cologne, accused Qatar of luring migrant workers to the country with false promises of high wages, then exploiting them and treating them “like animals.”

Paris Saint-Germain (PSG)’s Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, left, fights for the ball with Inter Milan’s Spanish defender Martin Montoya during the friendly soccer match between PSG and Inter Milan at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in the Qatari capital Doha on Dec. 30. (Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty Images)

Cardinal Woelki, a dedicated soccer fan, said he could not understand how it had been possible to choose Qatar in the first place as its reputation for exploiting migrant workers is not hidden knowledge, the Tablet reported.

“On arrival, migrants have their passports taken away and are humiliated and dehumanized,” he said.

A 2015 report from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees criticized the strict labor laws in Qatar and other countries in the Persia Gulf, while an Amnesty International report in 2013 said that migrant workers in Qatar were “treated like cattle”.

In Qatar, a conservative Wahhabi Islam country, freedom of speech is very limited. It is illegal for citizens to criticize the government or Islam. Though other religions are permitted, the sharing of one’s religion is strictly forbidden. It is also illegal to convert from Islam to another religion as apostasy is a capital offense under Shariah law.

Christian Printer Punished by the Gov’t for Refusing to Print Gay Pride T-Shirts Scored a Major Victory Earlier This Year. But the Battle Isn’t Over.

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Much attention this week has surrounded Christian bakers who were forced to pay nearly $137,000 after refusing to make a lesbian wedding cake, but there’s also a noteworthy development in a separate case involving a printer who declined to make gay pride-themed T-shirts.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a First Amendment watchdog, filed an amicus brief in the Kentucky Court of Appeals on Monday, against Blaine Adamson, owner of Hands on Originals, a printshop based in Lexington, Kentucky, according to the Christian Post.

As TheBlaze previously reported, Adamson’s case began when he refused to print T-shirts for the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization of Lexington and the group subsequently filed a discrimination complaint in March 2012.

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Adamson and his attorneys have consistently argued that Hands on Originals is a Christian business and that the views presented on the proposed T-shirts — which advertised a gay pride festival — violated his religious beliefs.

The case has volleyed back and forth in the courts over the past few years. In 2014, Greg Munson of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission announced that Hands on Originals discriminated against the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization of Lexington when it refused to print the shirts.

A recommended ruling at the time called for Hands On Originals to no longer discriminate based on gender identity or sexuality, and to also force some employees to go through diversity training.

But in April 2015, a Fayette County Circuit Court ruling overturned a previous decision by the human rights commission, finding that Adamson was within his rights when he declined to make shirts for the Lexington Pride Parade. Now, the case is on appeal, as the battle continues.

“The court rightly recognized that the law protects Blaine’s decision not to print shirts with messages that conflict with his beliefs, and that no sufficient reason exists for the government to coerce Blaine to act against his conscience in this way,” Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Jim Campbell said in a statement at the time.

Despite Adamson’s latest victory, though, Americans United said in a statement this week that Adamson and Hands on Originals do not “have a free-speech or free-exercise right to violate Lexington-Fayette Urban County, Ky., anti-discrimination laws.”

It is a sentiment that was also included in a friend-of-the-court brief that was filed against both Adamson and his business.

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“Lexington-Fayette Urban County’s anti-discrimination law means no one has the right to treat LGBT people as second-class citizens,” the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United, said in a statement. “Hands On Originals does not get a special exemption from this regulation simply because of its owner’s religious convictions.”

Lynn and Americans United for Separation of Church and State claimed in the brief that acceptance of Adamson‘s arguments would “put Kentucky courts in conflict with First Amendment decisions from across the country” and “allow nearly any business alleging that its provision of goods or services is expressive to discriminate as it pleased.”

“Gay men, lesbians, and members of other protected classes (and their children) would not know which businesses they could patronize and could not expect the law to protect their rights of access to public accommodations,” the brief states.

But in arguing for Adamson’s rights, the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative legal firm, has raised a related issue: if Christians like Adamson are forced to print shirts that violate their religious beliefs, this would also mean that gay and lesbian-owned businesses will be forced to print messages from groups that they, too, disagree with — something the firm believes violates the First Amendment.

“In America, we don’t force people to express messages that are contrary to their convictions,” Adamson‘s co-counsel Bryan Beauman of Sturgill, Turner, Barker & Moloney, PLLC said last year. “America should not be a place where people who identify as homosexual are forced to promote groups like the Westboro Baptists and where printers with sincere religious convictions are forced to promote the message of the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization.”

This is the very issue that was also raised last year by Kathy Trautvetter and Diane DiGeloromo, a lesbian couple who own and operate BMP T-shirts, a New Jersey-based printing company.

Trautvetter told TheBlaze that she and DiGeloromo — who spoke with TheBlaze.com and appeared on The Glenn Beck Program — launched their part-time business back in 2003 when they began doing graphic design and visual arts work for gay pride events.

Despite disagreeing on the finer details surrounding homosexuality, they support Adamson’s right to defend his Christian views and his business.

“The idea is that when you own your own business, it’s your own art and creation — it’s very personal … it takes a long time to build a business,” Trautvetter said. “When someone wants to force you to go against it — that’s what stuck me right in the heart. I really felt for Blaine.”

Read more about the case here.

(H/T: Christian Post)

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In New Year’s Eve Message, Pope Francis Tells the Faithful Not to Be Discouraged: ‘The Good Always Wins’

Pope Francis delivers his speech as he celebrates a new year's eve vespers Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope Francis delivered an end-of-year message to the faithful in St. Peter’s Basilica on New Year’s Eve.

“How meaningful it is to be gathered together to give praise to the Lord at the end of the year!” Francis said, according to Vatican Radio.

Pope Francis delivers his speech as he celebrates a New Year’s Eve vespers mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican Dec. 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

“The Church on so many occasions feels the joy and the duty of lifting up her song to God with these words of praise,” he continued.

Francis encouraged the faithful not to be discouraged by the bad news of the year, such as the numbers of people who are homeless, hungry and victims of violence. He encouraged the faithful to seek to help those who are suffering and not to allow acts of kindness, love and charity to be obscured by “the arrogance of evil.”

“The good always wins,” Francis said, “even if at times it can appear weak and hidden.”

He remarked that the final words of a hymn sung during the service — “Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, for we have hoped in Thee” — have a special meaning during the Catholic Church’s Jubilee Year of Mercy.

“Our eyes need to focus on the particular signs God has given us, to see His merciful love first-hand,” Francis said.

The remarks were delivered as Francis celebrated First Vespers for the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God, a feast day the Catholic Church observes on New Year’s Day.

Farrakhan’s Warning About What Will Happen If Donald Trump Becomes President — and His Message About the ‘Character of the Whites’ Who Follow Him

The Minister Louis Farrakhan has a warning for the American public: “If Donald Trump becomes president, he will take America into the abyss of hell.”

That’s the message that the controversial Nation of Islam leader delivered in a recent video that was posted to his Facebook page.

In it, Farrakhan said that Trump has certainly “done great things in the business world,” but charged that the Republican presidential candidate is “exacerbating the race situation in America.”

“Mr. Trump is tearing away the skin of the onion of white civility and the more he pulls the skin of that onion back, he’s beginning to show something in the character of the whites that follow him, that they don’t care what he says,” Farrakhan said. “He could say one thing this minute, another thing the next minute and you can see that the man has a little problem.”

He then proceeded to warn about what he believes will happen if Trump becomes president.

“He’ll take America exactly where America is heading. He’ll take you there on a rocket ship,” Farrakhan continued. “If he becomes your president, you’ll be just like him. … When you get leadership that is not rooted in justice, then they begin to make the people just like themselves.”

At the end of the segment, he warned that America should be careful before choosing Trump.

“You’re headed into the abyss of hell, and if you make a mistake in choosing your leaders, maybe you’ll go there faster,” Farrakhan said.

Watch the clip below:

Donald Trump Will Take America Into The Abyss of Hell!

If Donald Trump becomes president, he will take America into the abyss of hell.

Posted by Minister Louis Farrakhan on Thursday, December 31, 2015

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Feminist Founder of Femen Brazil Apologizes to Christians and Declares Herself Pro-Life

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Three years after founding the Brazilian feminist group Femen Now, Sara Fernanda Giromin, better known by her alias, “Sara Winter,” has declared war on feminism and abortion.

Giromin, who was formerly known for holding topless marches, largely attributes her radical shift to the birth of her second child, LifeSite News reported. Back in October, a month after her child was born, the former feminist shared about the regret she experienced after aborting her first child.

“I have repented of having had an abortion and today I ask for forgiveness,” Giromin wrote, claiming that after the birth of her baby, “life has taken on a new meaning.”

“Please, women who are desperate to abort, think carefully about it. I was very sorry I did it. I don’t want the same for you,” she added.

In the months following her post, Giromin has exhibited a growing disillusionment with the feminist movement. Giromin, who formerly identified as “bisexual,” has also apologized to Christians for kissing another seminude girl in front of the Church of Our Lady of Candelária in Rio de Janeiro back in January 2014. The photo of the two women became iconic of homosexual contempt for Christianity in Brazil, LifeSite News reported.

In a YouTube video published earlier this month, Giromin, who founded Femen Now at age 19, apologized to Christians for her past transgressions.

Sarah Fernanda Giromin. Image source: Instituto Liberal.

“We went way too far and ended up offending many religious and non-religious people,” she added, labeling her actions “blasphemy.” Giromin also indicated that she continues to progress in her own spiritual walk, though her current beliefs remain unsettled.

Giromin left Femen in 2013 in order to form a new feminist group, “Bastardxs,” which retained much of Femen’s goals and topless protests, but included men and women.

She now has denounced her affiliation with feminism entirely, rejecting the movement as a religious “sect” that objectifies women, promotes lesbianism and overlooks pedophilia in its midst.

“For the feminist sect women are not the inspiration; they are prime matter in the worst sense of the term. They are convenient objects useful for the purpose of inflaming hatred against the Christian religion, hatred against men, hatred against the beauty of women, hatred against the equilibrium of families. That’s what feminism is, and I can guarantee it is like that because I was on the inside!”

Giromin recently published a short book that tells of the abuse she endured from fellow feminists. Her new book, “B*tch, no! Seven times I was betrayed by Feminism” (Vadia não! Sete vezes que fui traída pelo feminismo), details how Giromin was pushed to do drugs, have sex with strangers and even endure molestation by a lesbian, all because of feminists claiming the actions to be in the name of women’s equality.

“I left that movement of which for four years I was one of the principal symbols in Brazil, and no one can say the contrary!” Giromin wrote. “The result? Today I’m much happier and I’m able to help women more.”

(H/T: LifeSite News)