“A Georgia school district is investigating after video of a mass baptism was posted on YouTube.
The article begins with a quote from the YouTube video,
The video, posted by First Baptist Villa Rica, was shot on school grounds just before football practice. “We had the privilege of baptizing a bunch of football players and a coach on the field of Villa Rica High School! We did this right before practice! Take a look and see how God is STILL in our schools!” the caption with the video reads.”
The usual suspects howl in rage:
The Freedom from Religion Foundation sent a letter to Carroll County Tuesday asking the district to “immediately investigate and take action to ensure there will be no further illegal religious events”. In the letter, the FFRF mentioned its lawsuit against Emanuel County School District for similar practices.
The authorities promptly swing into action to enforce the new state religion: secularism
“The Carroll County School System was made aware of a situation that took place at Villa Rica High School prior to football practice on August 17th. The District is currently looking into the specifics of this situation and will take appropriate steps to ensure all state and federal laws are followed.”
The legal system stands poised to financially cripple the heretics,
The group is now seeking punitive and personal liability damages in that case. “We prefer to settle these matters cooperatively,” the letter ends with a request to detail the steps the school district is taking to comply with the First Amendment.
The obligatory quote from an aggrieved atheist,
“I can’t remember another case like this,” said Annie Laurie Gaylor of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. “It’s really misusing the authority of the coach to promote his personal religious agenda.”
The article mentions that many Georgians remain defiant, and display some backbone,
“The state of Georgia remains a lightning rod for these kinds of cases. A school band in downstate Dublin caught flak last Friday for playing “Amazing Grace. … Those involved with this event have not hidden from it. The Villa Rica Touchdown Club posted the video to its Facebook page with the caption, “Share this with everyone! This should go viral!”
The atheist spokewoman continues,
“Starting this video out, they call it a step of obedience, and then the camera pans to the students,” said Gaylor. “It’s forcing them to undergo a religious ritual to be accepted on a team. How are they going to cross their coach? They have no choice. It’s proselytizing, it’s coercive, and it’s not legal in our schools.”
The 1st Amendment to the US Constitution, ratified in 1788, states,
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Many have argued that atheism is a religion with its own set of dogmas, and which issues its own anathemas. Others would argue that football itself is a religion in certain parts of the USA.
Any thoughts from my readers?
A link to the video is embedded in the news story below:
I don’t have much commentary to add here. A father commissioned this unique monument for his son, who was wheelchair-bound, but is now free of his earthly burdens. It belongs to Matthew Stanford Robison of Salt Lake City. Born with severe disabilities on September 23, 1988, he was expected to live only a few hours. Matthew lived a short, but courageous life, before leaving the world on February 21, 1999, greatly loved by his family and all those who he inspired.
This photo was posted on Facebook and has been “liked” over 2,000, 000 times.
I found this very powerful interview of the former Imam Sulaiman on YouTube which brought tears to my eyes. The man, now called Mario Joseph, claims to be a former Muslim cleric who credits the Koran for his conversion to Christianity. He says his journey to Christianity began when somebody asked him the simple question, “who is Jesus?”. The Koran provided many clues, but it was while comparing the Koran and the Holy Bible that he found his answers, and soon became a believer. I have not checked the references he makes to verses in the Koran, but he has piqued my interest in checking them myself. I have often heard that the Koran refers to Jesus as a prophet, and that Muslims offer respect to his mother Mary (Mariam) because she is mentioned as the mother of a great prophet. I’ve written on the interesting topic of Muslim tolerance at least twice before which you can read for yourself here, and most especially here.
Glory be to God! +++
(Update, December 27, 2015) — Located elsewhere…
A Comprehensive Listing of References to Jesus (‘Isa) in the Qur’an
Among the major world religions, Islam is the only non-Christian faith that recognizes the person of Jesus. Qur’an talks a great amount about Jesus. However, Jesus Christ is the most controversial personality in Islam. In the Qur’an, Jesus is referred to in over ninety verses in fifteen surahs. Islam corroborates that Jesus was born to a virgin, was sinless, performed miracles, and was superior to other prophets. Yet, Islam teaches that Jesus was no more than a prophet. It denies the central message of Christianity by denying Jesus’ divinity, crucifixion, and resurrection.
2:87 We gave Jesus the son of Mary Clear (Signs) and strengthened him with the holy spirit.
2:136 We believe in Allah, and the revelation given to us, and to Abraham, Isma’il, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and that given to Moses and Jesus, and that given to (all) prophets from their Lord: We make no difference between one and another of them . . .
2:253 . . . To Jesus the son of Mary We gave clear (Signs), and strengthened him with the holy spirit.
3:45 O Mary! Allah giveth thee glad tidings of a Word from Him: his name will be Christ Jesus, the son of Mary, held in honour in this world and the Hereafter and of (the company of) those nearest to Allah.
3:46 “He shall speak to the people in childhood and in maturity. And he shall be (of the company) of the righteous.”
3:48 And Allah will teach him the Book and Wisdom, the Law and the Gospel.
3:49 And (appoint him) a messenger to the Children of Israel, (with this message): “I have come to you, with a Sign from your Lord, in that I make for you out of clay, as it were, the figure of a bird, and breathe into it, and it becomes a bird by Allah’s leave: And I heal those born blind, and the lepers, and I quicken the dead, by Allah’s leave; and I declare to you what ye eat, and what ye store in your houses. Surely therein is a Sign for you if ye did believe.”
3:50 (I have come to you), to attest the Law which was before me. And to make lawful to you part of what was (Before) forbidden to you; I have come to you with a Sign from your Lord. So fear Allah, and obey me.
3:52 When Jesus found Unbelief on their part He said: “Who will be My helpers to (the work of) Allah?”
3:55 Behold! Allah said: “O Jesus! I will take thee and raise thee to Myself and clear thee (of the falsehoods) of those who blaspheme; I will make those who follow thee superior to those who reject faith, to the Day of Resurrection: Then shall ye all return unto me, and I will judge between you of the matters wherein ye dispute.”
3:59 The similitude of Jesus before Allah is as that of Adam . . .
3:84 . . . and in (the Books) given to Moses, Jesus, and the prophets, from their Lord.
4:157 That they said (in boast), “We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah”;-but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not.
4:163 We have sent thee inspiration, as We sent it to Noah and the Messengers after him: we sent inspiration to Abraham, Isma’il, Isaac, Jacob and the Tribes, to Jesus, Job, Jonah, Aaron, and Solomon, and to David We gave the Psalms.
4:171 O People of the Book! Commit no excesses in your religion: Nor say of Allah aught but the truth. Christ Jesus the son of Mary was (no more than) a messenger of Allah, and His Word, which He bestowed on Mary, and a spirit proceeding from Him: so believe in Allah and His messengers. Say not “Trinity”: desist: it will be better for you: for Allah is one Allah: Glory be to Him: (far exalted is He) above having a son. To Him belong all things in the heavens and on earth.
4:172 Christ disdaineth nor to serve and worship Allah . . .
5:17 In blasphemy indeed are those that say that Allah is Christ the son of Mary.
5:46 And in their footsteps We sent Jesus the son of Mary, confirming the Law that had come before him: We sent him the Gospel: therein was guidance and light, and confirmation of the Law that had come before him: a guidance and an admonition to those who fear Allah.
5:72 They do blaspheme who say: “Allah is Christ the son of Mary.” But said Christ: “O Children of Israel! worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord.” Whoever joins other gods with Allah,- Allah will forbid him the garden, and the Fire will be his abode.
5:75 Christ the son of Mary was no more than a messenger; many were the messengers that passed away before him. His mother was a woman of truth. They had both to eat their (daily) food.
5:78 Curses were pronounced on those among the Children of Israel who rejected Faith, by the tongue of David and of Jesus the son of Mary: because they disobeyed and persisted in excesses.
5:110 O Jesus the son of Mary! Recount My favour to thee and to thy mother. Behold! I strengthened thee with the holy spirit, so that thou didst speak to the people in childhood and in maturity. Behold! I taught thee the Book and Wisdom, the Law and the Gospel and behold! thou makest out of clay, as it were, the figure of a bird, by My leave, and thou breathest into it and it becometh a bird by My leave, and thou healest those born blind, and the lepers, by My leave. And behold! thou bringest forth the dead by My leave. And behold! I did restrain the Children of Israel from (violence to) thee when thou didst show them the clear Signs, and the unbelievers among them said: ‘This is nothing but evident magic.’
5:112 Behold! the disciples, said: “O Jesus the son of Mary! can thy Lord send down to us a table set (with viands) from heaven?” Said Jesus: “Fear Allah, if ye have faith.”
5:114 Said Jesus the son of Mary: “O Allah our Lord! Send us from heaven a table set (with viands), that there may be for us-for the first and the last of us-a solemn festival and a sign from thee; and provide for our sustenance, for thou art the best Sustainer (of our needs).”
5:116 Allah will say: “O Jesus the son of Mary! Didst thou say unto men, worship me and my mother as gods in derogation of Allah’?” He will say: “Glory to Thee! never could I say what I had no right (to say). Had I said such a thing, thou wouldst indeed have known it. Thou knowest what is in my heart . . .”
6:85 And Zakariya and John, and Jesus and Elias: all in the ranks of the righteous.
9:30 The Jews call ‘Uzair a son of Allah, and the Christians call Christ the son of Allah.
9:31 They take their priests and their anchorites to be their lords in derogation of Allah, and (they take as their Lord) Christ the son of Mary; yet they were commanded to worship but One Allah: there is no god but He. Praise and glory to Him: (Far is He) from having the partners they associate (with Him).
19:19 He said: “Nay, I am only a messenger from thy Lord, (to announce) to thee the gift of a holy son.”
19:20 She said: “How shall I have a son, seeing that no man has touched me, and I am not unchaste?”
19:21 He said: “So (it will be): Thy Lord saith, ‘that is easy for Me: and (We wish) to appoint him as a Sign unto men and a Mercy from Us’: It is a matter (so) decreed.”
19:22 So she conceived him, and she retired with him to a remote place.
19:27 At length she brought the (babe) to her people, carrying him (in her arms). They said: “O Mary! truly an amazing thing hast thou brought!”
19:30 He said: “I am indeed a servant of Allah: He hath given me revelation and made me a prophet.”
19:31 “And He hath made me blessed wheresoever I be, and hath enjoined on me Prayer and Charity as long as I live.”
19:32 “(He) hath made me kind to my mother, and not overbearing or miserable.”
19:33 “So peace is on me the day I was born, the day that I die, and the day that I shall be raised up to life (again)!”
19:34 Such (was) Jesus the son of Mary: (it is) a statement of truth, about which they (vainly) dispute.
19:88 They say: “(Allah) Most Gracious has begotten a son!”
19:91 That they should invoke a son for (Allah) Most Gracious.
19:92 For it is not consonant with the majesty of (Allah) Most Gracious that He should beget a son.
21:91 And (remember) her who guarded her chastity: We breathed into her of Our spirit, and We made her and her son a sign for all peoples.
23:50 And We made the son of Mary and his mother as a Sign: We gave them both shelter on high ground, affording rest and security and furnished with springs.
33:7 And remember We took from the prophets their covenant: As (We did) from thee: from Noah, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus the son of Mary: We took from them a solemn covenant.
42:13 The same religion has He established for you as that which He enjoined on Noah-the which We have sent by inspiration to thee-and that which We enjoined on Abraham, Moses, and Jesus: Namely, that ye should remain steadfast in religion, and make no divisions therein: to those who worship other things than Allah, hard is the (way) to which thou callest them. Allah chooses to Himself those whom He pleases, and guides to Himself those who turn (to Him).
43:57 When (Jesus) the son of Mary is held up as an example, behold, thy people raise a clamour thereat (in ridicule)!
43:61 And (Jesus) shall be a Sign (for the coming of) the Hour (of Judgment): therefore have no doubt about the (Hour), but follow ye Me: this is a Straight Way.
43:63 When Jesus came with Clear Signs, he said: “Now have I come to you with Wisdom, and in order to make clear to you some of the (points) on which ye dispute: therefore fear Allah and obey me.”
57:27 We sent after them Jesus the son of Mary, and bestowed on him the Gospel; and We ordained in the hearts of those who followed him Compassion and Mercy . . .
61:6 And remember, Jesus, the son of Mary, said: “O Children of Israel! I am the messenger of Allah (sent) to you, confirming the Law (which came) before me, and giving Glad Tidings of a Messenger to come after me, whose name shall be Ahmad.” But when he came to them with Clear Signs, they said, “this is evident sorcery!”
61:14 O ye who believe! Be ye helpers of Allah: As said Jesus the son of Mary to the Disciples, “Who will be my helpers to (the work of) Allah?” Said the disciples, “We are Allah’s helpers!” then a portion of the Children of Israel believed, and a portion disbelieved: But We gave power to those who believed, against their enemies, and they became the ones that prevailed.
N. S. R. K. Ravi
It appears that even brief, casual sex creates a lifetime bond with your partner which cannot be broken. A recent study indicates that many women have trace amounts of male DNA in their bodies. Some of it comes from the male children women give birth to, but often it is from their sexual partners which is kept forever inside them.
“…every time you sleep with somebody you are taking on a part of them within you.”
“…The idea that as women we are capable of taking on actual physical DNA from the men that we sleep with was an extremely eye opening piece of information to stumble across.”
“This science puts a whole new meaning on sexual intercourse as a whole. It is a very sacred and spiritual act…”
“A lot of people are misusing sex and have forgotten what it is meant for and how important and consecrated it really is. “
“…sex is not something that is meant to be thrown around and given out so freely, it is a sacred act that creates a bond between two people that love and care about each other….There is a lot of power and amazing potential within this act and it has the ability to connect us with our true selves.”
Click on this link to read the full article at Collective Evolution:
UPDATE: I was discussing this article with someone a few days ago, and found myself surprised that people find it to be controversial. Some people think so. I made an observation that prior to the ‘1960s Sexual Revolution, it was common for a woman to be considered “spoiled goods” if she had been unfaithful in marriage, engaged in pre-marital sex, or been victimized and defiled by rape. Even today, the identities of rape victims are usually shielded by news organizations, and marital infidelity is still considered grounds for divorce as the marital bed itself is considered defiled. This despite the secularized culture of the West having become very tolerant of high levels of illegitimacy and premarital sex. Such is now the rule, rather than the exception. There are many examples in law, and our culture, of husbands, suitors, and families rejecting a woman once they learned that she has been sexually active with someone other than her husband. Fair or not, the stigma stretches back centuries, and seems to point to a cultural awareness that something tangible is left behind during the sexual union even if a child is not produced. The next time some child says that he resembles the postman, it may have some basis in biology.
Rod Dreher, writing for Time.com, echoes the four US Justices who dissented against legalizing homosexual “marriage”. He predicts the beginning of open persecution of orthodox Christians. The safe refuge for those who hold to traditional values, he says, is to find ways to preserve them in community. Basically, to form a counterculture.
Excerpt: “For one, we have to accept that we really are living in a culturally post-Christian nation. The fundamental norms Christians have long been able to depend on no longer exist. To be frank, the court majority may impose on the rest of the nation a view widely shared by elites, but it is also a view shared by a majority of Americans. There will be no widespread popular resistance to Obergefell. This is the new normal.
For another, LGBT activists and their fellow travelers really will be coming after social conservatives. The Supreme Court has now, in constitutional doctrine, said that homosexuality is equivalent to race. The next goal of activists will be a long-term campaign to remove tax-exempt status from dissenting religious institutions.”
The complete article can be read at Time.com. Click on this link:
It really makes you stop and think about the gift that God has given to any man and woman who join together in a Christian marriage. Click on this link and scroll down through the whole strip through to its conclusion. It’s quite beautiful. (Note: Click on this link, not the picture -JS)