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RELIGIOUS CHANGE, CONFLICT AND/OR INTOLERANCE

News items during 2006-August

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We also have a list of religious tolerance & information news for this month. 
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bullet2006-AUG-04: USA: Rising concern about the end of the world: WorldNetDaily, a conservative Protestant news organization noted:

"Prophecy-related products continue to be popular among WorldNetDaily readers, with two books on Israel’s involvement in end-times predictions coming in at No. 2 and 3 on ShopNetDaily’s weekly best-seller list—Dave Hunt’s 'Judgment Day! Islam, Israel and the Nations' and Greg Laurie's 'Are We Living in the Last Days?' " 1

Gary DeMar, writing for American Vision, a "biblical wordview ministry" commented:

"Why shouldn’t Christians snatch up these end-time books? They’re being told by prophetic writers that this is the generation that will see the rapture. Of course, previous generations of Christians were told the same thing. I predict that the prophetic scenario outlined by the authors of the books that appear on WorldNetDaily’s list will not take place as predicted. And when they don’t, memories will fade, and a new group of authors will join well-established prophecy writers and publish books that will start the cycle all over again that a Middle East Armageddon is inevitable and on the horizon." 2

We can confirm the interest by the public in TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It). We have a list of 24 end-of-the-world prophecies on our web site which predict that TEOTWAKI will happen before the year 2010. It rose from the tenth most popular essay among the 3,425 essays on our web site in June and July to the most popular last week. It remains at this position this week.

bullet2006-AUG-06: KY: Southern Baptist minister preaches about "Islamofascists:" The Rev. Paul Sisk, pastor at Anchor Baptist Church in Lexington, warned that "evil" immigrants pose a threat to the U.S.. He warned that "Islamofascists" have declared war on Jews and Christians around the world. He recommended that Americans support Israel in their Lebenese war. He wrote:

The "Islamofascists will not stop coming. They cannot be reasoned with or appeased. ... This is indeed World War III....We believers are also surrounded. It is becoming more and more difficult to be a professing Christian in this world. It is not very bad in America yet! But there are forces of evil who are hell-bent on changing that. They are crossing our borders, infiltrating our schools, birthing children at a far greater rate, and they are influencing the government and the courts. Many Americans are aiding them and under the umbrella of tolerance are giving away our security. It will not be long before we may feel surrounded."

Holding a different view are:

John Parks, chairman of the board of trustees of Bilal Mosque in Lexington. He said:

"I know a lot of immigrants who are Muslim. The ones I've run into are all people that teach peace."

Rabbi Marc Kline of Temple Adath, in an earlier interview, suggested that Christians shouldn't refer to Jews as the "Chosen People" He said:

"I don't think that there's anything unique about one people over another that entitles them to greater status because of God or religion. If we don't believe that we're all God's children, then we're part of the problem." 5

bullet2006-AUG-09: USA: Over-the-counter-sales of morning-after-pill may be implemented: Barr Laboratories and the FDA have agreed on a plan to allow over-the-counter sales of emergency contraception. Under the new plan, women under the age of 18 would still need to provide a prescription. The pills would only be sold in pharmacies and licensed clinics. The FDA will require Barr to use different packaging for the over-the-counter and prescription sales. There is some concern that pharmacies would not stock the latter packages because most of the sales would be over-the-counter. As always, most pro-life groups oppose EC because they feel it can operate as an abortifacient. Pro-choice groups promote EC partly in order to reduce abortions. 3
bullet2006-AUG-10: USA: Newsweek's interview of Billy Graham raises objections: In an article titled "Billy Graham's Apostasy," Tom Flannery of WorldNetDaily wrote:

"After more than six decades spent preaching the Gospel – the truth that we can only be saved by God's grace through faith alone in Christ – Billy Graham now says non-Christians in other faiths (false religions) and secular humanists may be going to heaven."

"In a profile of Graham in the current issue of Newsweek, managing editor Jon Meacham asks the 87-year-old evangelist whether those who belong to religions that reject Christ as savior (Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, etc.) and secularists will be saved. 'Those are decisions only the Lord will make,' Graham replied. 'It would be foolish for me to speculate on who will be there [in heaven] and who won't. ... I don't want to speculate about that....I believe the love of God is absolute. He said He gave His Son for the whole world, and I think He loves everybody regardless of what label they have'." 4

bullet2006-AUG-24: Australia: Two pastors may go to jail for speaking at a seminar: Michael Higgins, a judge in Victoria, Australia had ruled in mid-2005 that Rev. Danny Nallia and Rev. Daniel Scot had incited "hatred and fear" against Muslims at their seminar of Catch the Fire Ministries. They allegedly discussed the differences between Christianity and Islam. The case was heard by the Court of Appeal. More details
bullet2006-AUG-24: AL: Christian Coalition state group leaves national organization: The Christina Coalition of Alabama is leaving the national group and will adopt a new name. The state president, John Giles, is concerned that the national group is moving too far to the left, with its concerns over minimum wage, the environment and Internet neutrality. There was also a conflict over voter guides. State chapters in Alabama and Iowa have already left the national organization. Giles said: "The Christian Coalition has left us, we have not left them."
bullet2006-AUG-26: FL: God wants everyone to vote for Christian candidates: U.S. Representative Katherine Harris was quoted in the Florida Baptist Witness -- the weekly journal of the Florida Baptist State Convention. She allegedly said:

"If you are not electing Christians, tried and true, under public scrutiny and pressure, if you're not electing Christians, then in essence you are going to legislate sin. Whenever we legislate sin and we say abortion is permissible and we say gay unions are permissible, then average citizens who are not Christians, because they don't know better, we are leading them astray and it's wrong. ...

The article generated a firestorm of opposition. More details.

bullet2006-AUG-30: AB: Same-sex marriage bill defeated in Legislature: Conservative Member of the Alberta Legislature, Ted Morton, introduced Bill 208 which would have:
bulletAllowed marriage commissioners in the province to refuse to marry same-sex couples.
bulletGranted parents the right to prevent their children from hearing discussions in public schools on same-sex relationships.
bulletPermit teachers to refuse to teach the curriculum topics about same-sex relationships.

For the second time, Liberal and New Democratic Party MLAs blocked the bill from proceeding. It is now dead, at least for the current legislative session. 8

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. "Readers snatch up End-Times books while ultimate homeschooling curriculum surges among top products," WorldNetDaily, 2006-JUL-31, at: http://www.worldnetdaily.com/

  2. Gary DeMar, "Snatching Up End-Time Books," American Vision, 2006-AUG-03, at: http://www.americanvision.org/

  3. Gardiner Harris, "F.D.A. Gains Accord on Wider Sales of Next-Day Pill," The New York Times, 2006-AUG-09, at: http://www.nytimes.com/
  4. Tom Flannery, "Billy Graham's apostasy," WorldNetNews, 2006-AUG-10, at: http://www.worldnetdaily.com/

  5. Frank Lockwood, "Minister warns of 'evil' immigrants," Herald-Leader, Lexington KY, 2006-AUG-12, at: http://www.kentucky.com/

  6. "Alabama Christian Coalition leaves national group. Voter guides, IRS rules, broadened agenda cited as reasons," World Net Daily, 2006-AUG-24, at: http://www.worldnetdaily.com/

  7. Jim Stratton, "Harris' comments draw fierce reaction. Political and religious officials criticize the candidate's comments on electing Christians," Orlando Sentinel, 2006-AUG-26, at: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/

  8. "Freedom-of-conscience bill killed," Today's Family News, Focus on the Family Canada, 2006-AUG-30

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Copyright © 2006 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2006-AUG-04
Latest update: 2006-AUG-27
Author: B.A. Robinson

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