TODD STARNES Judge: Cross Must Come Down, Violates Constitution

TODD STARNES Judge: Cross Must Come Down, Violates Constitution

by Fox News Cross in Pensacola park must come down, violates Constitution federal judge rules By Todd Starnes   (Courtesy of the American Humanist Association) Atheists across the fruited plain are rejoicing after a federal judge declared Monday that a cross erected in a Florida park violated the law and must come down. “I am aware that there is a lot of support in Pensacola to keep the cross as is, and I understand and I understand and respect that point of view,” U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson wrote in his ruling. “But, the law is the law.” Click here for a free subscription to Todd’s newsletter: a must-read for Conservatives! Related: the-fatherless-church The lawsuit was filed in 2016 by the notorious Freedom From Religion Foundation and the American Humanist Association on behalf of four Pensacola citizens.  Click here to view photos of the cross. The judge pointed out that park has hosted tens of thousands of people for roughly 75 years without causing anyone offense – until now. “When a city park serving all citizens – nonreligious, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim and Christian – contains a towering Latin cross, this sends a message of exclusion to non-Christians, and a corresponding message to Christians that they are favored citizens,” said Annie Gaylor, the organization’s perpetually offended co-founder. Related: the-two-headed-snake-of-islam The original cross was erected in 1941 in Bayview Park. It was replaced with a 34-foot, white “Latin Cross” in 1969 by the Pensacola Jaycees. Buy a copy of Todd’s latest book and get a copy of “God Less America” for free! Click here! Judge Vinson noted in his ruling the...
The Fatherless Church

The Fatherless Church

It’s Father’s Day. For many, this day settles like an elephant—an immovable weight that steals the air from our lungs. The sorrow of having lost a father, whether by his absence or by his death, is the greatest sorrow I’ve known in my own life. And yet, I keep thinking about Christian children in other parts of the world who have lost their fathers to the sword of Islam. Do they share my sorrow? Time and again, I read stories of Christians whose communities and lives have been targeted and attacked by radical Islamic groups. While I think it is normal to be shocked or to grieve in the wake of such circumstances, what we learn is that the Christians left behind mourn, but are not paralyzed by grief. In February 2015, twenty-one Coptic Christian men were beheaded by ISIS-affiliated extremists in Libya. I’m sure you remember the image of those men. Clad in orange jumpsuits, they had been marched along the beach near Tripoli by men in black, forced to their knees, and beheaded. It’s appropriate, I think, for Americans—and Christians, in particular—to think about the families of these men today. They left behind wives, parents, siblings, children, and friends. Their deaths were no small detriment to their communities. Related: the-two-headed-snake-of-islam Last week, I read an excellent piece from Christian Post about where those families are today and how they are faring. I was surprised and encouraged to read the report—that the children of those twenty-one men are proud today of their fathers for choosing their faith in Jesus over their very lives, and the families reportedly, “…have...
TODD STARNES: Alabama School Facing Possible Lawsuit Over Baccalaureate, Graduation Prayer

TODD STARNES: Alabama School Facing Possible Lawsuit Over Baccalaureate, Graduation Prayer

by Fox News Alabama school facing possible lawsuit over baccalaureate, graduation prayer   By Todd Starnes Opp High School in Opp, Alabama.  (Google Street View) An Alabama school district could be one bowl of banana pudding away from a federal lawsuit. The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a threatening letter the other day to Opp City Schools regarding the high school’s baccalaureate service. For generations, public high schools have held baccalaureate services on the Sunday before graduation. It’s a sacred rite of passage steeped in our nation’s rich Christian heritage – with prayers, Bible readings, religious music and a message from a preacher. Related: todd-starnes-atheists-demand-town-remove-church-welcome-signs But it turns out atheists are not big fans of baccalaureate services or, for that matter,  our Lord and Savior. “The school’s role in sponsoring a baccalaureate on school property would cause any reasonable graduating senior or parent to conclude that the District endorses the religious messages espoused at the service,” FFRF attorney Sam Grover wrote to the Alabama school district. Related: favorite-prey-the-coptic-church The Freedom From Religion Foundation is a perpetually-offended gang of atheists, agnostics and free-thinkers. They typically prey on small towns and communities that do not have the financial resources to fight back against their bogus threats. “Opp City Schools has a legal duty to remain neutral toward religion,” Grover wrote. “It makes no difference how many students want religious speeches or wouldn’t be offended by them at their...
Bernie Sanders attacks Trump nominee for following teachings of Christ

Bernie Sanders attacks Trump nominee for following teachings of Christ

By Todd Starnes  Published June 09, 2017 Fox News First they came for the wedding planners and the bakers. Then they came for the Catholic farmers and the Baptist high school valedictorians. And now, the secularists are coming after the evangelical public servants. On Wednesday, Russell Vought, President Trump’s nominee to be deputy director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, was viciously attacked by Sen. Bernie Sanders over his Christian faith. Click here for a free subscription to Todd’s newsletter: a must-read for Conservatives! Sen. Sanders deemed Vought unsuitable for office because he believes that salvation is found alone through Jesus Christ. He said someone with that kind of a religious belief system is “really not someone who this country is supposed to be about.” Sen. James Lankford warned that Sander’s comments “dangerously close to crossing a clear constitutional line for how we evaluate qualifications for public service.” “The First Amendment is crystal clear that the federal government must protect every American’s right to the peaceful and free exercise of religion,” the Oklahoma Republican said. “We cannot say we have the free exercise of religion and also require people to practice their faith only in a way that government officials prefer.” The Vermont senator’s comments brought strong condemnation from Christians across the nation – including Family Research Council President Tony Perkins. “Senator Sanders is taking the Obama era’s religious hostility and putting it on steroids,” Perkins said. Thousands have signed a Family Research Council petition demanding Sanders apologize for his outburst of religious bigotry. Robert Jeffress, the pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas (and a Fox...
Home Away from Home

Home Away from Home

As a newlywed, I lived 12 hours from my parents and five from my in-laws. I moved there knowing only my fiancé. My husband and I have moved to three more cities since then. Each time, we’ve known no more than a handful of people. Starting over is hard, especially if you’re an introvert who feels awkward in social situations. I’m just not the kind of person who makes friends easily. My husband’s long, sometimes crazy hours at work can make a new city feel like a place of isolation for me. Each move brought with it the stress of starting over with no family and few friends. In every city, there has been one thing that has made it home. God has always led us to just the right church. Our first church taught the Bible verse by verse. This is exactly what I needed as a new Believer. He taught me that every word of the Bible was valuable and worth reading. The preacher was exceptionally educated and challenged us to think deeply, to dig deeper in the Scriptures-  to know what we believe and why we believe it. He challenged us to walk by faith which is based on knowledge of God’s character. Our second church was a respite from my week of solitude with my precious new baby. It was my two hours of the week to focus on being fed rather than feeding. It was my place to connect with other adults and have fellowship with Believers. Our third church was almost a miracle. We settled into it the very first week we visited. Though we knew no one, we immediately connected...
Egypt attack: Gunfire on bus carrying Coptic Christians kills at least 26

Egypt attack: Gunfire on bus carrying Coptic Christians kills at least 26

FILE: An armed policeman secures the Coptic church that was bombed in Tanta, Egypt.  (Reuters) A team of gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying Coptic Christians traveling just south of Cairo Friday, killing at least 26 people, including children, and wounding 25 other people, Egyptian officials confirmed. As many as 10 attackers stormed the bus dressed in military uniforms, according to witnesses. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but Egypt’s Coptic Christians have become the preferred target of the Islamic State in the region. Egypt’s Copts, the Middle East’s largest Christian community, have repeatedly cried out for help from discrimination, as well as outright attacks, at the hands of the country’s majority Muslim population. ISIS RIGGED EXPLOSIVES TO HOME WHERE 100 CIVILIANS DIED IN U.S.-LED AIRSTRIKE, MILITARY SAYS Among the wave of recent attacks on Egypt’s Christians: twin suicide bombings in April and another attack in December on a Cairo church that left over 75 people dead and dozens more wounded. ISIS in Egypt claimed responsibility for them and vowed more attacks. Many of Egypt’s Christians rallied behind the general-turned-president, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, in 2013 when he ousted his Islamist predecessor Mohammed Morsi, who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood group. Attacks on Christian homes, businesses and churches have surged in the ensuing years, especially in the country’s south. In February, members of an ISIS affiliate released a video saying that Egyptian Christians were their “favorite prey.” The video showed images of a suicide bomber who killed nearly 30 people inside a packed Cairo church in December. COALITION AIRSTRIKES IN EASTERN SYRIAN TOWN KILL 35 “God gave orders to...