Thursday, July 31, 2008

Choosing Booze or a Church

“The Planning and Zoning Commission of Yuma, Ariz., denied a use permit to a church because, in part, it worried them that the church would cost the city liquor license money. City staff informed the commission in a report that the church would not be ‘beneficial to overall economic health’ of the area, a condition necessary for granting a conditional use permit. Why not? The staff report cited worries about parking and about lessened tax revenue, but also warned that an Arizona statute forbidding liquor licenses within 300 feet of a church might prevent certain businesses from moving near the church’s proposed new location. The commission voted 5-0 to block it. Now attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund and the Center for Arizona Policy have initiated a lawsuit to ask a federal court to step in. ‘Churches should not be singled out for discrimination by
a city’s zoning restrictions,’ said ADF Senior Legal Counsel.” (WorldNetDaily. 5/31/08.)

Stained Glass Christian Violation

“For eight years Daniel and Sharon Dixon, apartment managers in Lake City, Florida, displayed in the apartment complex’s management office a stained glass depiction of lowers with the words ‘Consider the lilies...Matthew 6:28’ written in the lower left corner—an act for which they were suddenly fired from their management jobs and evicted from their apartment. Matthew Staver, Liberty Counsel lawyer, is their representation.” (WorldNetDaily. 6/21/08.)

Library Bans Bible Reading

“Quoting from the Bible has been banned in a community room at the public library in Clermont County, Ohio, and now a couple who sought to use the facility for a financial planning seminar has brought a court case. ‘What’s next? Will the library board attempt to keep patrons from checking out Bibles and reading them on government property?’ asked Tim Chandler, a legal counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund, which is working on the case involving George and Cathy Vandergriff.
When Mrs. Vandergriff indicated that the seminar would be a free ministry to the general public, the employee asked if she would be quoting the Bible in the presentation. Mrs. Vandergirff answered that she would be using the Bible, and the employee informed her that the Library’s Policy would therefore not permit her to use the meeting room.” (WorldNetDaily. 6/10/08.)

Gay Man Sues Bible Publisher

“A homosexual man who has a blog on Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign website is suing two major Christian publishers for violating his constitutional rights and causing emotional pain, because the Bible versions they publish refer to homosexuality as a sin. Bradley LaSawn Fowler, 39, of Canton, Mich., is seeking $60 million from Zondervan and another $10 million from Thomas Nelson Publishing in lawsuits filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, the Grand Rapids Press reported. Fowler, who is representing himself in both lawsuits, says in his complaint that the Bible companies are ‘causing me, and others, who is homosexual to endure verbal abuse, discrimination, episodes of hate and physical violence—including murder.’” (WorldNetDaily. 7/10/08.)

The Reason for this Blog

The following articles serve as reminders that we are in a cultural war and atheists, liberals, leftists, progressives, Free Thinkers, secularists, humanists, and the like, want to purge any Christian worldview from the marketplace of ideas. There is a movement to restrain Christian expression and demonize or marginalize Christianity. The present "spirit of godlessness" is rampant in America and gaining momentum with a vengeance especially toward those who believe the Bible. It's more than time to stand firm and resist the anti-christ onslaught.