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High School Classmates Wanted to Surprise the School Cleaner with a Gift, But First They Had to Do Something They’ve Never Done Before

Israeli high school students Ofir Guttman and Daniel Wolf tell how they and their classmates surprised their school's custodian not only with a gift but by taking on his job for the night. (Screenshot Channel 2)

A group of Israeli high school students say they have gained new perspective after walking in the shoes of their school’s cleaner one night.

Students at the Amit Kfar Ganim religious school in Petah Tikva in central Israel told Israel’s Channel 2 that it all began last month when their 10th grade class had some money left over from a barbecue they had organized and decided to use it to surprise Natan — the man who cleans their school after they go home every day — with a gift.

Israeli high school students Ofir Guttman and Daniel Wolf tell how they and their classmates surprised their school’s custodian not only with a gift but by taking on his job for the night. (Screenshot Channel 2)

They said they wanted to do something nice for the man who always smiles and wishes them a good day, describing him as “a golden person.”

“We decided one day to look at things from the other direction: How can we help him and give to him? He always gives to us so we wanted to give back to him,” student Daniel Wolf told Channel 2.

The class decided to buy a gift card for a cafe and a movie for him and his wife. They specifically engineered the date night as a nice respite from his night job at the school cleaning after the teens go home.

But who would clean the school?

Well, the kids thought of that too.

“A few of us went up to him at 3 p.m. We brought him the gift card and told him, ‘Natan, today you have vacation. Today we’re cleaning the school,’” Wolf recalled. “He was really touched. He came and hugged us. He said how much he doesn’t deserve it.”

Ofir Gutman, a classmate, told Channel 2, “He said, ‘never in my life has anyone done anything so touching for me.’”

But when the teens picked up the mops and rags, they realized just how much he works.

“When we cleaned we saw how hard the job is,” Wolf said, noting that 15 of his classmates had taken on the job Natan usually does by himself. It took them an hour and a half to clean the school, that is, more than 20 hours collectively to get the job done.

For the date night to work, the teens had to get to work with mops, brooms and rags. (Image source: Channel 2)

It took 15 students to clean the entire school, a job usually done by Natan. (Image source: Channel 2) It took 15 students to clean the entire school, a job usually done by Natan. (Image source: Channel 2)

They said the biggest wakeup call was having to put up the chairs they and their classmates neglected to place on their desks before going home.

“Suddenly you notice the small things. At the end of the school day, you might fly outside; now you might say, ‘Wait. Why don’t I put up my chair, and my friend’s chair next to me who maybe wasn’t here today and that way I’ll save [effort] for the cleaner so he doesn’t have to start putting up all the chairs,” said student Guttman.

The interviewer was stunned by their generous act, asking where she could find a kid like that. (Image source: Channel 2) The interviewer was stunned by their generous act, asking where she could find a kid like that. (Image source: Channel 2)

The Channel 2 news anchor who interviewed them joked with the teens whose generous act made a clear impression on her, telling them in jest: “What kind of kids are you anyway! Be ashamed of yourselves!”

She then added, “How do I get these [kids like this].”

Why a Key Member of the Pope’s Sex Abuse Commission is Taking a Leave of Absence

Pope Francis leaves at the end of an audience with Saint Pio's faithful in St Peter’s Square, at the Vatican, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. Saint Pio is widely venerated in Italy and abroad. He is famous for bearing the stigmata, which are the marks of Christ, and was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2002. He died on Sept. 23, 1968. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis’ efforts to show that he’s tough on clerical sex abuse have suffered a blow after a high-profile abuse survivor took a leave of absence from the pontiff’s advisory commission.

Peter Saunders, a British advocate for survivors, had been highly critical of the slow pace of progress by the Vatican in taking measures to protect children and punish bishops who covered up for pedophile priests.

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The Vatican said that during a meeting of the commission Saturday, “it was decided that Mr. Peter Saunders would take a leave of absence from his membership to consider how he might best support the commission’s work.”

His departure leaves just one other survivor of abuse, Marie Collins, on the commission, which was formed in 2013.

Valentine’s Day Resolutions

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Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching.

In just a few short days the world will celebrate love as they define it. Roses and chocolate will scream at us on the endcaps of stores everywhere, reminding us of the holiday derived from Saint Valentine, a priest, beheaded for his faith on February 14, around the year 278 A.D.

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The work of Saint Valentine would later earn him sainthood. While Saint Valentine was a priest the emperor of Rome, Claudius II, issued an edict prohibiting marriage amongst young people. At the time, it was believed young men serve more diligently in the army without love for their wives and families. Saint Valentine didn’t agree with this edict and would secretly marry the young lovers in the Christian church. He was eventually caught and beheaded, but as the legend goes, not before sending a note to his love that was signed, “Love, Your Valentine.” Slowly, the tradition of sending your love flowers and chocolates and sweet notes developed, in an effort to celebrate Saint Valentine’s life.

As much as the tradition is cherished by those who are in love, many loathe the holiday due to the status of their relationships. Those that are single find it only maximizes their desire to be in a relationship, and it often turns out to be a day they wish they could skip.

But what about those who are married, but are in struggling or unhappy marriages. What about those who have recently considered divorce? What about those marriages where there seem to be irreconcilable differences, but the partners remain together for the sake of the children?

Valentine’s Day can be painful when you’re searching for an obligatory card that describes your feelings in such a relationship. You may look through the cards and pick the one with the least amount of hearts and lovey language and head to the check out. Does this describe you?

I know, as my husband and I close in on 12 years of marriage, not every Valentine’s Day was one that oozed with the feelings of romance and passion. I utterly adore my husband and love him to my very core; however, any marriage of longevity will face hard seasons. It is our mindset in those seasons that brings about the hope of celebrating Valentine’s Day together next year.

If you find yourself dreading Valentines this year due to the status of your marriage, I encourage you to make a Valentine’s Day resolution – to focus on your commitment rather than your feelings. In an age obsessed with a surface-level love, we have forgotten that love lived out is a commitment to another person in good times and bad, until death do us part. Commitment is the very character of love and should be celebrated long after the flowers die and chocolate is eaten.

This Valentine’s Day resolve to resurrect your marriage.

  1. Rather than abandoning your commitment, invest in your marriage. Pay attention to things that may have been neglected due to children, busy schedules or life getting in the way.
  2. Start with yourself. What can you do better as a spouse to pour into the needs of your mate?
  3. Look at your husband or wife with a fresh perspective and fresh eyes. What was it about them that originally attracted you to them?
  4. Forgive the offenses that need to be forgiven, rather than meditated on.

Working on these things will no doubt result in a much better outlook for Valentine’s Day 2017. Your marriage is worth your effort.

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‘As An African-American, I Support Him 100 Percent’: Newsboys Lead Singer Michael Tait Endorses Ted Cruz

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Singer-songwriter Michael Tait, the frontman for the Christian pop-rock band Newsboys, has officially endorsed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for president, citing the GOP hopeful’s principles, saying that, as an African-American, he supports him “100 percent.”

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Tait, who is an alumnus of Liberty University, told Fox News columnist Todd Starnes that when he saw the senator launch his campaign from the university in March of last year, that he saw Cruz’s “drive” and “hunger” for “solid principles.”

“I saw him, his family, the way he talked to people in person. I saw his drive, his hunger for solid principles, solid ideas going forward in our country that, even as an African-American, if you want to get really technical about it, I support 100 percent,” Tait told Starnes.

The “We Believe” singer said he has been following Cruz “for a while,” adding that Cruz’s message is one he’s “used to” and one he “believes in.” Tait also seemingly took an indirect shot at Republican candidate Donald Trump by saying that he believes it is Cruz’s leadership that is “going to make this country great again.”

Tait went on to share some advice for fellow Christians who will be entering the voting booth.

“People of faith should vote for a man they believe in,” Tait said. “A man they feel can do the job, not falter, not say one thing before the election and do another whole thing after the election, a man that stands his ground, keeps his word, protects our freedom — that’s who you should vote for.”

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She Once Said She ‘Can’t Get Behind’ the Idea of God Blessing a Gay Relationship. Now, She Has a Surprisingly Different Message.

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A Christian counselor who worked in the chaplaincy office at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, surprised the Christian world last year when she resigned her position after revealing that she supports same-sex marriage. Now, she’s speaking out again to explain her decision.

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“Your beliefs don’t shift in an instant,” Julie Rodgers wrote in the start of a recent blog post. “We research and agonize, bouncing between hope and despair, until one day we hear ourselves say something a former version of ourselves never would have said.”

It is in this way that Rodgers — who is gay — said she “came to support same-sex marriage in the church,” going on to try and explain the theology behind her newfound views.

Rodgers recounted her younger years of hoping and praying that God would make her straight. She also detailed what happened when the reprieve that she sought simply didn’t come.

“Eventually, we learned that even the most dedicated wouldn’t be able to change their orientation. Evangelical Christians shifted their theology a little at that point,” she wrote. “Pastors and leaders decided that perhaps God’s transforming work would not result in orientation change, but it would result in the grace to pursue lifelong celibacy.”

And celibacy, too, is something that Rodgers embraced at one point in her journey, personally committing to it throughout her 20s, though she said that she increasingly became uncomfortable.

“Initially we were told we should become straight, so I tried to become straight. Then we were told a traditional theology meant lifelong celibacy, so I was on the celibate track,” Rodgers wrote. “We were taught that a marriage between a man and a woman is primarily about sanctification: a place to learn how selfish we are in a sort of lifelong mini-monastery.”

She continued, “We were taught that marriage is also about companionship because God said it’s not good for humans to be alone. We heard that the marital bond creates an energizing love that overflows into the kind of hospitality that helps us to welcome the hurting into our homes.”

In the end, Rodgers said that she was once on board with the notion that marriage should be restricted to one man and one woman, but that her views have shifted, as she now believes that many Christian leaders have simply created new arguments in an effort to keep “sexual minorities” from entering ministry, participating in church or building a home with the person they love.

Rodgers said that gays and lesbians no longer have to live in fear, as society is changing and gay Christian couples are emerging from the shadows.

“Same-sex couples are getting married, and many of these couples are decisively Christian, and these Christian couples are a witness to a watching world that’s been disillusioned by the hypocrisy they’ve seen in the church,” she wrote. “No amount of disagreement with these marriages will invalidate their Christ-like example of love and faithfulness.”

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As TheBlaze previously reported, these views are a stark contrast from Rodgers’ past statements, as she spoke with the Washington Post in 2014, telling the outlet that she didn’t believe in reparative therapy — the umbrella term for controversial efforts aimed at curbing same-sex attraction — but that she personally embraced celibacy.

She also told the outlet that she “can’t get behind” the idea that God would bless gay relationships. Rodgers’ role at the time at Wheaton — which lasted only one year and surprised the evangelical world when her hiring was first announced — was to help students who experienced same-sex attraction as an associate for spiritual care in the chaplaincy office, Christian Today reported.

Rodgers has previously written about this issue, penning a blog post last summer in which she addressed what she believes to be the negatives associated with the celibacy movement.

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Unmasking Obama’s Mosque Speech

President Barack Obama speaks to members of the Muslim-American community at the Islamic Society of Baltimore, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Baltimore, Md. Obama is making his first visit to a U.S. mosque at a time Muslim-Americans say they're confronting increasing levels of bias in speech and deeds.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama’s speech at the Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque in Maryland on February 3 masked what the president wanted hidden.

What he hid in choosing this particular mosque, delivering the message he did and not unmasking the one eternal divide between Islam and all other religions is unconscionable. It was an effort to minimize the threat a venomous rattlesnake poses by simply removing its rattle—serving only to reduce one’s reaction time before it strikes.

President Barack Obama speaks to members of the Muslim-American community at the Islamic Society of Baltimore, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Baltimore, Md. Obama is making his first visit to a U.S. mosque at a time Muslim-Americans say they’re confronting increasing levels of bias in speech and deeds.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Lost upon most Americans but not most Muslims was the symbolism attached to the mosque where Obama spoke.

To understand this symbolism, one first must understand Obama’s inexplicable and unholy Muslim Brotherhood alliance.

The Brotherhood’s motto makes no effort to hide its goal: “Allah is our objective; the Prophet is our leader; the Koran is our law; Jihad is our way; dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.”

One might choose to dismiss this goal with the notion, what the Brotherhood does in its own yard is its own business. However, this ignores its game plan—in place now for 25 years—seeking to impose its goal upon us in our own yard.

The Brotherhood secretly wrote an action plan in 1991, known as “the Project,” detailing how to destroy the U.S. from within. Exposed in 2004, it still is being implemented today through various Brotherhood U.S. front companies. It seeks to undermine U.S. laws, gradually replacing them with shariah, using political correctness and our own laws against us.

In fact, it was with such a front company, the Council on American-Islamic Relation—a 2007 unindicted co-conspirator in one of the largest terrorist financing trials in U.S. history—Obama colluded to select the Baltimore mosque.

Before CAIR was labeled an unindicted co-conspirator, the FBI had partnered with it to develop a better rapport with Muslim communities. However, the label led the FBI to sever that relationship as it did “not view CAIR as an appropriate liaison partner.” Since then, CAIR has aggressively opposed FBI efforts to counter violent Islamism.

In 2014, even after the Brotherhood and CAIR terrorist designations were issued by the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, Obama continues to embrace both.

The mosque CAIR helped select fell under FBI surveillance in 2010 after a member was arrested for planning to bomb a U.S. Army recruiting center. The mosque previously had been led for 18 years by an imam who taught suicide bombings were sometimes justified.

Rather than selecting a mosque symbolizing Obama’s claim Islam is a peaceful religion, he chose one symbolizing radical Islam.

What message does this convey to non-Muslims wanting to believe Islam is peaceful? What message does it convey to Muslims wanting to distance their religion from violence? And what message does it convey about Obama’s continuing ties to a group still committed to fulfilling “the Project’s” goal?

In his comments, Obama thanked Muslims for their contributions to America “starting in colonial times.” He suggested thank you is something they do not hear enough.

Perhaps America lost sight of such contributions because, as a newly independent nation, we found ourselves fighting our first two wars against Islam’s Barbary pirates. They had attacked our ships and enslaved American crews, claiming Islam sanctioned unprovoked attacks against non-Muslim nations.

What we can thank Muslims for is an ideology that prompted our Founding Fathers to understand, after the first Barbary war, the need to fund a naval force with which to fight, what they foresaw, as a likely second war.

Obama’s Baltimore speech criticized anti-Muslim political rhetoric as “inexcusable” and having “no place” in America—adding that “an attack on one faith is an attack on all our faiths.”

But that begs the question, what rhetoric, then, is appropriate about Islam? As the Koran arguably contains 109 violent verses, are these open to discussion? What about the Koran’s claim Islam is superior to all other religions (3:85)? Do not such statements throughout the Koran suggest Islam, by its very existence, is an attack against all other faiths—or does this discussion, too, constitute inexcusable rhetoric?

Praising America’s tolerance towards all religions—quoting Benjamin Franklin at one point (“even if the Mufti of Constantinople were to send a missionary to preach to us, he would find a pulpit at his service”)—Obama ducked Islam’s own intolerance.

In the past, Obama recalled hearing, as a young boy growing up in a Muslim country, Islam’s call to prayers, describing it as “one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset.” But his Baltimore speech failed to explain the silence of church bells within those same countries. They are silenced by an Islam that bans all other religions. Is discussion of this also “inexcusable?”

Obama spoke of a 13-year-old Muslim girl from Ohio who wrote to him concerning her fears about anti-Islamic sentiment.

While hate crimes against Muslims in the U.S. are on the rise, they still pale in comparison to those against a group Muslims themselves victimize—Jews. Jews have long been so targeted. FBI statistics reveal, for religiously-biased hate crimes in 2012, anti-Jew incidents vastly outnumbered anti-Muslim ones 62.4 percent to 11.6 percent. But Obama has yet to give a speech at a synagogue expressing concerns about young Jewish girls or boys with every right to fear anti-Semitism.

Nor did Obama’s mosque speech challenge Muslims to do their part to distance themselves from Islamism by calling out such extremist ideology.

While quick to challenge Islam’s critics, Obama has failed—or refused—to unmask a major divide Islam’s ideology presents, driving a wedge between it and all other religions. Memorialized in the seventh century and re-asserted in 1991 by Islamic scholars, the “Conditions of Omar” claim Islam’s right to control and eventually eliminate all other religions.

By failing to unmask Islam for what it really is, Obama leaves us a rattlesnake, relieved of its rattle but not of its deadly venom.

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Poll Asks if Muslims Are Anti-American — and How the President Should Address Extremism. Here Are the Responses.

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Do some religions teach or promote violence? That’s just one of the questions that was posed in a recent Pew Research Center survey, with the majority of Americans saying that they believe that the problem is more rooted in people than it is in faith systems.

Islamic extremism was most certainly an expressed concern in the survey, but when respondents were asked which is a bigger problem — “some violent people use religion to justify actions” or “teachings of some religions promote violence” — 68 percent selected the former.

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That said, 22 percent did say that the larger problem is rooted in religious teachings rather than individuals, with Islam coming in as the most commonly referenced religion among those who selected this option.

The survey also found deep divides in how the public views the way in which the next president should address Islam, with 50 percent saying that he or she should try not to offend Muslims, and 40 percent calling on the president to “speak bluntly even if critical of Islam as a whole.”

Along party lines, this divide was profound. Among Republicans and Republican-leaning Americans, 29 percent would want the president not to offend Islam as a whole, with 65 percent calling for blunt talk. On the flip side, 70 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning Americans would want the president to take care not to offend Islam, with 22 percent backing blunt discussion.

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The survey also measured perceptions of the Muslims population in the U.S., with 42 percent saying that “few” if any Muslims are anti-American, though that proportion is balanced by the 38 percent who said “about half” or at least “some” are indeed anti-American.

An additional 11 percent believe that “most” or “almost all” Muslims are anti-American.

Read the entire report here.

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‘Islamophobia Is Real’: HuffPo Says ‘Enough Is Enough.’ Here’s What the Outlet Is Doing About It.

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The Huffington Post has launched a new website in an effort to track “Islamophobic incidents across the U.S.,” proclaiming that “the only way to stop hate is to confront it.”

The site offers up a timeline of the comments and acts that are deemed to be anti-Islamic in nature.

A brief explainer on the website says that anti-Muslim sentiment has been on the rise following terror attacks in Paris, France, and San Bernardino, California, as “reports about Muslims in America facing violence, harassment, intimidation and bigotry have become omnipresent.”

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So, the Huffington Post is attempting to gather all of these incidents in one place, providing an interactive tracker for its readers.

“A comprehensive list of discriminatory acts against American Muslims might be impossible, but The Huffington Post will document this deplorable wave of hate for all of 2016 using news reports and firsthand accounts,” a statement reads. “The breadth and severity of Islamophobia in America can no longer go unnoticed. Enough is enough.”

The website is currently documenting 28 “anti-Muslim acts,” and is encouraging readers to send incidents in for inclusion.

So far, the headlines of purported anti-Islam incidents include: “Presidential Candidate Says Islam Has ‘Aocalyptic Vision,’ Is Not a Religion,” “Megyn Kelly Wonders if Seeing Muslims Justifies a Call to Police” and “State Senate Committee OKs Bill to Track Refugees.”

Assembled by Huffington Post reporter Christopher Mathias and social media editor Rowaida Abdelaziz, the website encourages readers to stand up to bigotry.

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“Don’t tolerate hate. Stand up for your Muslim neighbors,” a message reads at the bottom of the page. “Visit your local mosque. Write your local lawmaker today, and tell them to fight Islamophobia.”

We’ll leave you with some of what Mathias and Abdelaziz have been saying about the project on Twitter:

Already getting our first hate mail for our Islamophobia project! So proud. pic.twitter.com/bEJkUl30xT

— Christopher Mathias (@letsgomathias) February 4, 2016

Our Islamophobia project on top of the @HuffingtonPost front page right now https://t.co/tsG0nhTrzK pic.twitter.com/00gAoHp8Ye

— Christopher Mathias (@letsgomathias) February 4, 2016

Its wild that some think Islamophobia isn’t real. So @HuffingtonPost will be tracking it https://t.co/2BOXNn2hiK pic.twitter.com/aTgHusc35b

— Rowaida Abdelaziz (@Rowaida_Abdel) February 4, 2016

The amount of the hate mail that’s began to flood my inbox has reached new records. Congratulations, bigots.

— Rowaida Abdelaziz (@Rowaida_Abdel) February 5, 2016

(H/T: Mediaite)

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Church Unveils Controversial Transgender Baptism Ceremony — and It’s Believed to Be the First-Ever in the U.K.

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A U.K. church has seemingly become the first-ever in Britain to offer ceremonies that would baptize — or re-baptize — transgender children and adults based on their preferred gender identification.

The New Chapel Unitarian and Free Christian in Denton, U.K, made the decision to offer transgender baptisms after getting to know a family who had a transgender child, and learning that the family was having a hard time finding an accepting church, the BBC reported.

“I felt saddened by the fact that this family were being shunned by many mainstream churches,” worship leader Jean Clements told the outlet. “However, when the family came to New Chapel, the congregation welcomed them with open arms. ”

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The ceremony was framed as being similar to adult baptisms. The website for New Chapel Unitarian describes baptisms as follows:

Baptismal services do not seek a child’s salvation but dedicate the parents to their task to raise the child to have virtues and principles by which to live. Ancient symbols may be used but they will reflect modern ideas and beliefs. Sometimes parents ask for a ceremony that is not a baptism but a Naming Service of a Blessing of a Child. This is quite acceptable and can be arranged with the Chapel.

Clements told the Manchester Evening News that the church was also the first Unitarian chapel in the area to register itself to perform same-sex marriages as well. In fact, the first gay wedding that she presided over last year reportedly involved the parents of the transgender child.

Members of New Chapel Unitarian and Free Christian reportedly unanimously decided to allow the 10-year-old who identifies as a girl to be baptized at the chapel, with Clements saying that there was absolutely no controversy surrounding the matter.

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“It felt entirely natural, There was no controversy when they voted at our annual general meeting,” she told the Independent. “They spent more time discussing the autumn fair and whether we might move it to the summer. Now that was controversial.”

The unnamed child also released a statement expressing excitement over the impending baptism.

“I am so happy that they have now said I can be baptised because although I was previously baptised, it was as a boy, with a different name,” it read. “I feel as though it was not really me who was baptised, but somebody else. At the moment I feel separate from God and as a child who has a strong faith I want to be close to Him.”

Unitarian universalists do not share a common set of theological beliefs, though they do share various values embedded in a humanist framework and assemble to form a diverse community surrounding those sentiments.

“Our beliefs are diverse and inclusive. We have no shared creed. Our shared covenant (our seven Principles) supports ‘the free and responsible search for truth and meaning,'” reads a description from the Unitarian Universalist Association. “Though Unitarianism and Universalism were both liberal Christian traditions, this responsible search has led us to embrace diverse teachings from Eastern and Western religions and philosophies.”

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Fiery ‘Christian Patrol’ Group That Clashed With Muslims Takes to the Streets Again for ‘Victims of Terror’ March. Here’s What Happened.

More than one hundred protesters took to the streets in Dewsbury, Britain, over the weekend to take part in a “Justice for the Victims of Terror!” march, with participants chanting “Britain First! Fighting back!” as they made their way through the neighborhood.

The protest, which was organized by Britain First, a controversial U.K. political movement, featured speeches that took aim at “Muslim appeasement” in the U.K., with leaders attempting to rally the crowd against certain cultural tides that have purportedly taken form.

“I’ve had enough of no-go zones. I’ve had enough of Muslim appeasement. I’ve had enough of burqas and being told I look like an [inaudible] because my eyes aren’t the only thing you can see,” group leader Jayda Fransen shouted from a podium. “I’ve had enough of going to every eating establishment and being told they’re selling halal. Why are they selling halal? This is Britain! We don’t eat halal meat in Britain!”

She continued, “Their ideology prevents integration into our way of life. It does not conform with western values. It never will.”

Watch the march and Fransen’s words below:

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Fransen told the International Business Times that 2016 will be a year of great growth for her organization; critics accuse Britain First of Islamophobia for its controversial protests against Islamic extremism.

“In recent months, our group has grown enormously, with membership swelling by the thousands,” she told the outlet. “We now have Britain First brigades across the country and it’s common knowledge our social media reach is bigger than any other political party.”

Dewsbury has reportedly been home to past Islamic extremists, which is presumably why Britain First chose it as a march location.

As TheBlaze previously reported, this protest follows Britain First’s contentious “Christian Patrol” event that was held last month in Bury Park, Luton, in which group members carried Christian crosses and handed out literature, boisterously clashing with local Muslims.

In heavily edited footage, men who are reportedly Muslim were seen yelling things at the demonstrators like, “You’re jealous that we’re taking over.” The same man who said that later barked, “F**k you. It’s our country.”

Fransen was also seen responding, ”It’s a Christian country!” with the man continuing to push back, “No, it’s not … it’s not a Christian country.” Unmoved, Fransen pressed on, gesturing to a large, white Christian cross she was holding and proclaiming, “See this cross. This will prevail.”

Another woman who appeared to be siding with the Muslim men shouted, “The Muslims will take over! Watch!”

Watch that event below:

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