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Report: Liberal Canadian Government Plans to House Migrants on Military Bases and Set Up Mosques

Syrian refugees wait at Marka Airport in Amman, Jordan, on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015 to complete their migration procedures to Canada,which has announced that it will take around 25,000 Syrians from Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)

Canadian government documents reveal plans to use seven Canadian military bases to house newly arrived Syrian refugees, including preparing government-funded mosques and purchasing Korans, a conservative news outlet reported.

The Rebel news and commentary site reported Monday that it had obtained government documents through an Access to Information request — the Canadian equivalent of a U.S. Freedom of Information Act request — detailing the plan and budget to house more than 6,000 Middle Eastern migrants on seven military bases in Ontario and Quebec.

Syrian refugees wait at Marka Airport in Amman, Jordan, Dec. 8 to complete their migration procedures to Canada, which has announced that it will take around 25,000 Syrians from Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)

Canadian journalist Ezra Levant reported:

Included in the Department of National Defence budgets are hundreds of thousands of dollars set aside for “religious support,” including the purchase of Muslim Korans, prayer mats and foot-washing towels.

The plans also call for the construction of mosques or “worship centres,” using taxpayers dollars.

Levant reported that the budget for Quebec totaled more than $33 million U.S. dollars for the first six months, calculating that “for a typical migrant family, that’s a $200,000/year [$144,000 U.S.] subsidy — not including medicare or welfare.”

According to the report, the plans call for 3,000 migrants to be housed on the CFB Valcartier base in Quebec.

Other revelations in the documents — which were in English and French — described payments of $155,000 U.S. for “religious support” for migrants arriving in the province of Quebec.

Documents included emails exchanged between officials about buying Korans and Muslim prayer rugs for the new arrivals.

In Ontario, $54,000 U.S. was discussed for setting up a Muslim worship center as well as $4,700 U.S. for prayer rugs at one base and $15,600 for rugs at another base.

“Imagine putting poorly vetted Muslim migrants from terrorist-central in Syria right in the heart of our Canadian military bases. It’s crazy,” Levant opined. “I can’t help thinking I bet there are a lot of homeless Canadian citizens who wish they could get free housing, food, chauffeurs, recreation, the works.”

These government-released documents included prayer rugs (“tapis” in French) and Korans (“Coran” in French) in the budget. Note that 50 Bibles were also budgeted:

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The report emerged on the day that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada would withdraw its planes from coalition bombing missions against Islamic State group targets in Iraq and Syria.

“The people terrorized by [the Islamic State] every day don’t need our vengeance, they need our help,” Trudeau told reporters.

Six Canadian jets had participated in the bombing missions. Canada will keep two surveillance planes and refueling aircraft in the region and triple its soldiers training Kurdish troops in Iraq, Reuters reported.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported in November that soldiers at the military base in Valcartier north of Quebec City had been told they should prepare for eviction to make space for Syrian refugees.

The CBC reported that the base had issued a call for tenders to winterize 10 buildings including heating installation, floor and ceiling insulation and new exterior walls.

Beyond its report on the government plans to place migrants on military bases, The Rebel website appealed to readers to sign a petition calling on the Trudeau government to “hit the pause button” on the plan to bring in new refugees given the migrant challenge currently overwhelming Europe.

The petition is calling on Trudeau to “pause this plan until the safety of Canadians is assured” following revelations that terrorists have entered Europe under the guise of seeking asylum.

Canada aims to settle 25,000 refugees by the end of this month, with about two-thirds expected to be government-funded, according to the Canadian Press.

See the full story at The Rebel, including images of the documents it obtained.

Expert Discovers Porn Trend — and Reveals the Surprising Things That Could Be Driving It

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Craig Gross, founder of XXX Church — a Christian ministry that works to help people escape porn obsession and addiction — said last week that there’s been a notable change when it comes to porn use — one that could show that Christian smut users are feeling some guilt.

“Used to be, Sundays were the biggest days for online porn consumption, but new statistics show this is no longer the case,” Gross recently wrote on his website, describing usage statistics that came from two specific porn sites. “But now the question becomes: are churchgoers using porn less or are they just changing their habits?”

He proceeded to offer up three potential conclusions as to what’s behind this perceived drop in Sunday porn consumption, wondering whether there’s a rise in guilt, a rise in alternative activity and a “change in the air.”

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“Porn used to be the thing no one talked about – especially at church,” he said. “But now, thanks in part to our efforts here at XXXchurch, more and more pastors have decided this is something that needs to be talked about. And so they are.”

The idea here is that Christians might be increasingly hearing about porn in church and are possibly starting to feel convicted, so they avoid it on Sundays; this doesn’t mean that they don’t start using it again on Monday, but it does potentially show that guilt is changing habits.

Gross also proposed that it’s possible that porn users are finding other activities to engage in on Sundays.

“The church isn’t the only thing that rules Sundays; so does the NFL, so does the box office, so does the family,” he wrote. “Colloquially, family gatherings largely happen on Sunday afternoons (usually after church), and we all know plenty of folks who put everything on hold during football season to root for their favorite NFL team.”

Cross continued, “And finally, Sunday nights are traditionally the highest-rated nights for television programming.”

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His third and final proposed possibility is that attitudes about porn are “slowly changing,” explaining that there isn’t evidence that porn use has moved from Sunday to another day, meaning that the perceived decrease on Sundays could be a positive move.

“It’s not like people changing the day they fill their gas tanks; this is like people driving less,” Gross wrote.

Read his piece here.

As TheBlaze previously reported, Gross has been an anti-porn advocate for quite some time. Listen to him discuss porn during a 2015 episode of The Church Boys podcast below:

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Gross’ piece comes after Christian apologist Josh McDowell expressed his belief that rampant and unrestrained pornography use is the “probably the greatest problem or threat to the Christian faith in the history of the world,” explaining his reasoning in a recent interview with The Church Boys podcast.

More specifically, McDowell sounded the alarm on how virtual reality products hold the power to exponentially increase porn consumption, imploring faith leaders to take a bold stand against smut.

“If pastors don’t wake up and Christian leaders … [and] do something — and I mean radical, then the devastating consequences [for] our children will be upon the shoulders and conscience of those pastors,” McDowell said.

Listen to what McDowell had to say below:

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(H/T: XXX Church via Christian Today)

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Gay Man Confronts Marco Rubio in Tense Exchange: ‘Why Do You Want to Put Me Back in the Closet?’

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. greets people during a campaign stop at Village Trestle Restaurant, in Goffstown, N.H., Monday Feb. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio found himself in an awkward back-and-forth with a middle-aged gay man during a campaign event at a New Hampshire diner on Monday afternoon after the individual asked Rubio, “Why do you want to put me back in the closet?”

Rubio responded to the New Hampshire resident — identified as Timothy Kierstead — by saying that people have the right to live as they chose, but that he personally embraces a traditional view of marriage, the Washington Post reported.

“I don’t,” he responded to the “closet” question. “You can live any way you want. I just believe marriage is between one man and one woman.”

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. greets people during a campaign stop at Village Trestle Restaurant, in Goffstown, N.H., Monday Feb. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

But the dialogue didn’t end there, with the man continuing to push back.

Kierstead, 50, who said that he has been married for quite some time, accused Rubio of saying that gays “don’t matter,” according to the Post.

“No, I just believe marriage is between one man and one woman,” Rubio reiterated, to which Kierstead said, “But that’s your belief.”

When it was clear that the two wouldn’t come to an agreement, Rubio said, “I respect your view” and then proceeded on to talk with others in attendance — a response that left Kierstead — who said he would likely not be voting for a Republican — to call him a “typical politician.”

“Walk away,” Kierstead added.

In an interview with the New York Times after the encounter, Kierstead, who was at the diner with his mother and husband, said that he believes that people like Rubio want to take his rights away.

“Love is love,” he said. “People don’t choose who they are going to love.”

(H/T: Washington Post)

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‘Full House’ Reboot Starring Candace Cameron Bure Set to Premiere. Here’s a First Look.

Candace Cameron-Bure arrives at the 2015 Entertainment Weekly Pre-Emmy Party at Fig & Olive on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP)

Netflix has released the first official trailer that features exclusive scenes from the “Full House” reboot that is set to premiere on Feb. 26.

The new, 13-episode show, titled, “Fuller House,” will star original cast members Candace Cameron Bure (who portrayed D.J. Tanner), Jodie Sweetin (who played Stephanie) and Andrea Barber (who portrays Kimmy Gibbler).

See the trailer, which premiered this week on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” below at the 2:30 mark:

An official description of the show from Netflix reads, “The Full House adventures continue when D.J. Tanner-Fuller calls upon her sister, Stephanie, and her friend, Kimmy, to move in and help raise her three boys.”

As TheBlaze reported last year, the show is expected to be friendly for all ages — an intentional effort to maintain the scope and feel of the original series.

“We want to protect the image of ‘Full House,’” Bure, who came of age on TV as D.J., told TheBlaze in April. “We’re all going into this with the understanding that we’re going to give the fans what the original show gave, which was good family programming that you’ll want to watch with your children.”

Candace Cameron-Bure arrives at the 2015 Entertainment Weekly Pre-Emmy Party at Fig & Olive on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP)

As for the decision to retain the show’s positive vibe, Bure said the producers and cast have talked about it for quite some time, and she believes this type of family show was attractive to Netflix.

“It is a family show,” she said. “I’m not concerned about the show taking a turn that the fans would be disappointed in.”

Read more about the new show here.

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Big Development in the Battle Over Hijab-Wearing Christian College Professor’s Claim That Muslims and Christians Worship the ‘Same God’

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After nearly two months of public wrangling between a well-respected evangelical college and one of its political science professors, the two parties have announced that they have “come together and found a mutual place of resolution and reconciliation.”

The proclamation, which came in a joint press release that was released on Saturday, follows intense debate over a Dec. 10 Facebook post in which Dr. Larycia Hawkins, a political science professor at Wheaton College, an evangelical institution in Wheaton, Illinois, announced that she would be wearing a hijab in solidarity with Muslims and proclaimed that Christians and Muslims “worship the same God.”

“I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book,” she wrote. “And as Pope Francis stated last week, we worship the same God.”

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While Wheaton College officials said that they had no problem with her donning the Muslim headscarf, they did find her comments about Islam and Christianity to be theologically problematic, placing Hawkins on administrative leave during an impending investigation.

What followed was a public back-and-forth and internal recommendations that the professor be terminated.

Now, nearly two months after the dispute first began, the two parties said over the weekend that they have reached a mutual understanding in a “confidential agreement” in which Wheaton College and Hawkins have decided to “part ways.”

“Wheaton College sincerely appreciates Dr. Hawkins’ contributions to this institution over the last nine years,” Wheaton College President Dr. Philip Graham Ryken said in a statement. “We are grateful for her passionate teaching, scholarship, community service and mentorship of our students.”

Hawkins, too, expressed her gratitude for her years at the school, saying, “I appreciate and have great respect for the Christian liberal arts and the ways that Wheaton College exudes that in its mission, programs, and in the caliber of its employees and students.”

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The statement went on to say that both parties “wish the best for each other in their ongoing work,” announcing a Feb. 10 press conference that will be held at Chicago Temple First Methodist Church, making it clear that no additional statements will be made until that time.

“Neither Wheaton College nor Dr. Hawkins will speak to the press about their relationship or their reconciliation before the scheduled press conference, and there will be no questions taken by the parties at or after the press conference,” the statement concluded.

The question at the center of the debate — Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God? — is one that continues to spark intense theological debate. TheBlaze extensively explored this biblical battle last month, which you can read here.

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Did the Super Bowl Halftime Show Promote Gay Marriage? The Moment That Has Some Claiming That ‘LGBT Love’ Was Touted.

Coldplay singer Chris Martin performs during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Beyonce might not have been the only performer to seemingly embed political messages in the Super Bowl 50 halftime show on Sunday, with Coldplay joining her and Bruno Mars in concluding their performance by having spectators hold up rainbow-colored cutouts.

Those placards collectively spelled out the words “Believe in Love.”

While AFP reported that Coldplay was paying tribute to the “1960s counterculture” in San Francisco, the host city of Sunday’s Super Bowl, others saw a more specific and pointed message embedded in the performance: one that backed same-sex relationships.

Here’s how the Guardian’s Needham described the show’s finale: “Finally, the whole stadium held up a rainbow of cards, some spelling out the words ‘Believe in Love,’ perhaps also a sweet affirmation of same-sex marriage.”

Coldplay singer Chris Martin performs during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

But Mic’s Tom Barnes went even further, claiming that the halftime show was “a 12-minute tribute to LGBT love” and adding that Beyonce’s performance constituted “an epic Black Lives Matter interlude.”

These assessments were based on a number of factors, including the “colorful” nature of the stage while Coldplay was on it as well as the “Believe in Love” message that came at the end of that performance.

Another moment, though, according to Barnes, came when Martin went up to someone in the crowd who was waving a gay pride flag — something that he said convinced him that the show was a tribute to “LGBT love.”

Watch the Super Bowl halftime show below. The “Believe in Love” placards pop up at the end of the clip:

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Not everyone agrees that these facets of the performance were political in nature, with some saying that the rainbow colors were simply related to the color scheme used in promotional materials related to Coldplay’s new music. What do you think?

As TheBlaze previously reported, Beyonce is capturing attention for controversial political messages that were embedded in her portion of the halftime show, with critics and fans debating over her dancers presumably being dressed like Black Panthers and making a black power salute.

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Ben Carson Reveals What’s Truly Shocked Him on the Campaign Trail: ‘I Knew the Press Was Dishonest, But…’

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson speaks at a rally, Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, in Pahrump, Nev. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson told The Church Boys podcast on Friday that the biggest lesson that he’s learned on the campaign trail is just how “dishonest” he believes the media are — something that he said has truly “shocked him.”

“I knew the press was dishonest, but the level of dishonesty, I guess, shocked me a little bit,” Carson said. “They came out with all these stories about my temper, West Point, courses at Yale psychology … and implied that they were all lies — and then, when all the evidence was found to demonstrate that they were true, they never seemed to come back and say, ‘We were wrong about that.'”

When asked about why he believes the media have asked so many questions about his theological beliefs on issues such as the end times of creationism, Carson said that these subjects take root because “it’s hard for them to find anything else.”

“You’ve got to try to create some sort of controversy,” Carson said. “They try to make you look like you have strange ideals.”

Listen to Carson discuss his candidacy at the 1:03:30 mark below:

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The retired neurosurgeon didn’t shy away from discussing at least one of the specific stories that fanned the flames of controversy while on the campaign trail.

“They go back and find this talk that I gave 20 years ago where I was speculating about Joseph and Egypt and how were they able to store the corn for 7 years,” he said. “And I said, ‘Well the pyramids are a possibility there’ and actually theres a number of things to support that.”

Carson continued, “But they go back and say, ‘One of Carson’s major tenets in life is that they stored corn in the pyramids.’ It’s just so ridiculous the stuff that they do. It’s really absurd.”

You can read more about the grain-pyramid debate here and here.

Carson told The Church Boys that, if elected president, he believes that he would bring several elements to the table that are currently lacking, including “a wealth of experience in America, going from the bottom 1 percent to the top 1 percent,” experience from numerous jobs across different sectors as well as the ability to solve problems and think outside of the box.

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson speaks at a rally, Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, in Pahrump, Nev. (AP Photo/John Locher)

He also emphasized the importance of honesty to his campaign, and his rejection of rampant political correctness.

“I would much rather lose than tell a lie, because what good does it do a man to gain the whole world [yet] lose your soul?” Carson said, paraphrasing scriptures found in the gospels. “I don’t believe in political correctness. I do think there’s such a thing as right and wrong.”

Carson added that “people of faith have stood down and the secular progressives really don’t care whether you agree with them or not, as long as you sit down and shut up.”

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Giuliani Blasts Beyonce’s Super Bowl Halftime Performance: ‘Really Outrageous!’

Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani wasn’t too fond of Beyonce’s Super Bowl halftime performance on Sunday night, saying that it was “really outrageous” that the singer used the opportunity to “attack police officers.”

“I thought it was really outrageous that she used it as a platform to attack police officers, who are the people who protect her and protect us and keep us alive,” Giuliani said during a “Fox & Friends” segment on Monday morning.

He added, “What we should be doing in the African-American community and all communities is build up respect for police officers and focus on the fact that when something does go wrong, okay we’ll work on that, but the vast majority of police officers risk their lives to keep us safe.”

Overall, Giuliani said that he didn’t like the halftime show, calling it “ridiculous” and proclaiming that he didn’t “know what the heck it was.”

“A bunch of people like bouncing around and doing strange things – it was terrible,” he said. “I actually don’t even know why we have this – this is football not Hollywood.”

Watch Giuliani’s comments below:

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As TheBlaze previously reported, Beyonce is capturing attention for controversial political messages that were embedded in her halftime performance, with critics and fans debating over her dancers presumably being dressed like Black Panthers and making a black power salute.

Performing her new song “Formation,” Beyonce and her dancers were dressed in all black, wore black berets and, at one point, positioned themselves in an “X” on the field — something that some observers said was done in reference to Malcolm X, the Daily Mail reported.

Island Off Europe Offers Original Argument Why It Can’t Take in Migrants: We Have ‘A Lot of Islamophobia’

The leader of the British dependency of Guernsey backed up his island’s rejection of asylum seekers, due to what he described as “Islamophobia” and “negativity” among its residents.

The BBC on Saturday quoted Guernsey Chief Minister Jonathan Le Tocq saying, “There’s certainly a lot of Islamophobia and negativity that’s been around and that would entail that it would be difficult for us to ensure that [the refugees] would find the sorts of security and stability here in Guernsey, were they to be resettled here, in the same way as they are, say, in other parts of the U.K.”

In addition to being unable to ensure their security, Le Tocq expressed concerns about insufficient infrastructure for an influx of refugees.

Guernsey’s chief minister used a novel argument to defend his island’s rejection of Syrian migrants’, suggesting residents hold attitudes of “Islamophobia” and “negativity,” which could threaten the migrants sense of security. The Guernsey flag shows a red and yellow cross on a white background. (Shutterstock/Ufuk Zivana)

Le Tocq made his remarks following the announcement Thursday that Guernsey would not accept Syrian refugees, the BBC reported.

Jersey, another British dependency in the Channel Islands, has already announced it would not accept Syrian asylum-seekers.

Guernsey sits in the English Channel about 30 miles off the coast of France. AFP noted that its population is 65,000.

‘May God Grant Him Long Life’: Mother of an Arab Teen Stabbing Suspect Expresses Profound Gratitude to the Armed Guard Who Held His Fire

The mother of a 13-year-old Israeli-Arab girl this weekend expressed immense gratitude and offered a blessing to an Israeli security guard for not shooting her daughter after the girl stabbed him on Thursday.

“May God grant him long life. I apologize to him,” the mother said. “I’m sorry: to him, and to the mayor and to all the people of Israel. … May God grant all the people of Israel peace.”

Israel’s Channel 2 News interviewed the 8th grader’s mother, withholding her name, and the Times of Israel posted translated excerpts.

According to Israeli police, the 13-year-old along with another girl of the same age stabbed the security guard in the hand and leg, injuring him lightly, after the guard asked them to identify themselves at the entrance to the central bus station in Ramle, a mixed Arab-Jewish town in central Israel.

Both girls were arrested at the scene after a soldier and an armed civilian subdued them without using their weapons, the Times of Israel reported. In many previous stabbing attacks during the recent 5-month wave of nearly daily Palestinian violence, the assailants have been either stopped or killed by security forces or armed civilians at the scene.

The mother was well aware of the alternate fate her daughter may have suffered, given that the teens pulled these weapons on the guard.

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“I can’t believe it, honestly,” said the stunned mother, who reportedly works for the Ramle municipality. Channel 2 reported that she is raising six children on her own after her husband allegedly moved to Gaza.

The girls told police they were out to get “revenge for the situation in the Al-Aqsa Mosque,” and for Israel’s “killing of Palestinians,” the Times of Israel reported.

But the mother said that her daughter told her a few weeks ago “that she wanted to die” because of the family’s impoverished situation.

“I told her, ‘Don’t be depressed. Don’t take it to heart so,’” the mother told Channel 2.

She said that she raised her children to accept all Israelis as a “family” and that “there is no difference between Jews and Arabs.”