Justice Department apologizes, finally admits Obama IRS singled out conservatives

According to Fox News:

The Trump administration, after years of litigation, has settled lawsuits with Tea Party and other conservative groups who say they were unfairly targeted by the IRS under the Obama administration.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced early Thursday that the Justice Department had entered into settlements with Tea Party groups whose tax-exempt status was significantly delayed by the IRS dating back to 2013, “based solely on their viewpoint or ideology.”

The settlements involve payments to the plaintiffs and an apology from the IRS.

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NC Gov. Seeks to Settle Suit by Allowing ‘Transgenders’ to Use Restrooms Aligning With ‘Gender Identity’

According to Christian News:

The Democratic governor of North Carolina has submitted a consent decree allowing “transgender” residents to use the restrooms that align with their “gender identity” in an effort to end a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) over the matter.

“The executive branch defendants, in their official capacities, and all successors, officers, and employees are hereby permanently enjoined from enforcing Section 2 of H.B. 142 to bar, prohibit, block, deter, or impede any transgender individuals from using public facilities under any executive branch defendant’s control or supervision, in accordance with the transgender individual’s gender identity,” the decree reads in part.

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‘Smoking gun’ email reveals Obama DOJ blocked conservative groups from settlement funds

According to Fox News:

Photo credit: South Carolina Tea Party Coalition

The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee claims he obtained a “smoking gun” email that proves the Obama Justice Department prevented settlement payouts from going to conservative-leaning organizations, even as liberal groups were awarded money and DOJ officials denied “picking and choosing” recipients.

“It is not every day in congressional investigations that we find a smoking gun,” Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said Tuesday. “Here, we have it.”

While Eric Holder was U.S. attorney general, the Justice Department allowed prosecutors to strike agreements compelling big companies to give money to outside groups not connected to their cases to meet settlement burdens. Republican lawmakers long have decried those payments as a “slush fund” that boosted liberal groups, and the Trump DOJ ended the practice earlier this year.

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Robert Jeffress Demands Apologies from Critics, Claims Hannity Interview Shared The Gospel

According to Pulpit & Pen:

Recently, Robert Jeffress interviewed Roman Catholic political activist Sean Hannity during the Sunday Morning service at his church (Read more about this here). About this, Nebraska senator Ben Sasse (R) Tweeted about this, “Christians: Are we really this ignorant of the Scriptures?” He then quoted John 18:36 as saying, “Jesus answered, ‘My Kingdom is not of this world.’”

In response to this criticism, Jeffress shared an article and claimed, “You’ve got a Rep. senator who is criticizing what a pastor & his church are doing to share the gospel. Sen Sasse owes our church an apology.” However, when one looks through the interview, the Gospel is entirely absent from the interview.

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FBI Informant Must Be Allowed to Speak on ‘Uranium One’ Deal

According to Kathryn Blackhurst of LifeZette:

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) urged the Justice Department to remove a nondisclosure agreement preventing a confidential former FBI informant from testifying before Congress for the criminal probe into the Uranium One deal.

DeSantis, a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said in an interview on Fox News on Sunday that he has spoken with the informant who “helped the FBI uncover this bribery scheme,” leading to bombshell reports about an Obama-era deal allowing a Russian-backed company to purchase a uranium firm that controls mines in the U.S. At the time of the deal, 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was serving as secretary of state, and several investors in Uranium One were Clinton Foundation donors and had ties to her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

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Beware of Joseph Farrah and Joe Kovacs of WND

Glenn Chatfield of The Watchman’s Bagpipes posted the warning. CRN has also warned our readers to beware of WND (once called Worldnet Daily) as the owner, Joe Farah, is a big time promoter of false teachers and conspiracy theories (here):

Over the past few years there has been an individual providing me information about Joseph Farrah and Joe Kovacs and the Armstrongism heresy.  I get lots of bits and pieces, but collecting it all and making a cohesive article would take too much time since I have no real background knowledge.  I asked the individual if he would consider writing a guest article with all the information he has, and he said he would consider it sometime.  I know he’s busy so I don’t expect anything anytime soon!  At any rate, today’s weekly email from Don Veinot of Midwest Christian Outreach included the item below, which I think gives enough information about these guys to be able to mark and avoid them.  Oh, and I dropped WND as a news source years ago because I found them to have too much sensationalism.

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‘Killer Klown’ Drag Queen Reads to Children at Michelle Obama Library for ‘LGBTQ History Month’

Christian News reports:

Concerns are being raised after a drag queen dressed as a “Killer Klown from Outer Space” recently read to children at the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library for “LGBTQ History Month.”

“I got to read to the children today and it was one of the best experiences I’ve been given as a drag queen,” wrote the entity who goes by the name Xochi Mochi following the event on Oct. 14. “It’s so important to have representation and normalize all the letters in LGBTQIA+ in everyday lives.”

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Media Blackout of Clinton-Uranium Scandal Senate Probe

Brent Bozell of CNSNews blasts the media blackout of the scandal that involves millions in kickbacks to the Clinton Foundation. The Big Three Networks have devoted zero coverage to what is clearly big news. Craig Bannister has the story:

Media bias is currently “on full display,” Media Research Center President Brent Bozell warned Thursday as network news continued to ignore the Senate probe into the Clinton-Uranium scandal.

On Tuesday, The Hill revealed the FBI had found evidence of a Russian bribery plot before the Obama Administration’s controversial 2010 nuclear deal with Moscow. The Senate Judiciary Committee has opened an investigation into the scandal which reportedly involves millions in kickbacks to the Clinton Foundation.

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Jim Bakker: God Will Punish Those Who Make Fun Of Me

Richard Haas of Pulpit & Pen has the story:

Recently on the Jim Bakker Show, on October 17, 2017, Jim Bakker decided to speak for God. During the show, Bakker berated and belittled those who dare question his authenticity as a “profit.” Baker tried defending his past pathetic prophetic utterances by declaring that “when God says something to you, you don’t always know the exact time it is going to happen.” Then he went on to declare that God gave him 31 prophetic visions. What Bakker does not mention is how many of the 31 vision he got wrong. The Bible is clear about what we should do to those who claim to be prophets of God in Deuteronomy 18:22 and get but even one prophecy wrong. While I am not advocating anyone stone Bakker, it is clear that Bakker should be removed from any form of “speaking” for God or ministry work.

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Actor Tim Allen Finally Speaks About ‘Last Man Standing’ Sudden Cancellation

The following story is posted for informational purposes and is not an endorsement of the source of the story or the TV show.

According to Tim Allen, “There is nothing more dangerous, especially in this climate, than a funny, likable conservative character.” Christian Headlines has the story:

ABC’s sudden ‘Last Man Standing’ cancellation caught everyone off guard, including the show’s star, Tim Allen. And now, the actor is finally speaking out about the way the network handled the unexpected decision.

In “The Last Man Standing,” Tim Allen plays a man outnumbered by his wife and three daughters. And according to Fox News, the show was the television network’s second highest comedy this season. It averaged 8.1 million viewers.

When news of the ‘Last Man Standing’ cancellation hit, it surprised everyone — including the show’s star, Tim Allen!

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U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear Appeal of Ruling Declaring Ten Commandments Monument Unconstitutional

According to Christian News:

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal of a ruling out of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals that declared a New Mexico Ten Commandments monument unconstitutional. Two Wiccan women who took offense at the display had filed suit against the Decalogue placement in 2012, stating that it made them feel “alienated.”

The nation’s highest court gave no reason on Monday for its decision to not to take the case.

“This is a victory for the religious liberty of people everywhere,” Peter Simonson, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico, remarked in a press release. “The Supreme Court’s decision to let the rulings against the monument stand sends a strong message that the government should not be in the business of picking and choosing which sets of religious beliefs enjoy special favor in the community.”

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Co-ed Pastors, Male and Female, to Succeed Bill Hybels

Not surprisingly Willow Creek has selected two people, male and a female, to replace celebrity pastor Bill Hybels. In her piece for Christianity Today Astray, Kate Shellnutt failed to mention that the Bible restricts women from having spiritual authority over men. Speaking on behalf of God, the Apostle Paul proclaims “Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet.” (1 Tim 2:11-12)  Clearly, women are not to have spiritual authority over men. Why? Paul continues: “For Adam was formed first, then Eve;  and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.” (vs 13 & 14.)  Women have been given many gifts including the gift of hospitality, evangelism, mercy, helps, teaching — but they are not to teach men.

Here’s the story:

Since “no one person can replace” Willow Creek Community Church founder Bill Hybels, the influential megachurch has named two people: its current executive pastor Heather Larson and teaching pastor Steve Carter.

Hybels announced on Saturday that the pair will succeed him as lead pastors when he steps down in October 2018.

The historic transition will make Willow Creek one of the largest churches in America with a woman in the lead pastor position, as well as the only major evangelical megachurch with male-female lead pastors who aren’t married.

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Boys Who Identify as Girls Allowed to Wear Skirts, Be Addressed as ‘Zie’ at Surrey Boarding School

Evening Standard has the story:

A boarding school in Surrey will let boys who question their identity wear skirts and sleep in girls’ boarding houses.

Pupils may also request to be addressed by different names or gender-neutral pronouns such as “zie” at Gordon’s School in Woking, the Sunday Times reported.

The £15,000-per-year school which has five boarding houses for girls and five for boys will also allow students to use gender-neutral bathrooms.

Head teacher Rob Pavis told the newspaper one boy had worn light make-up and a dress to the prom and added that several others had explored their gender identity.

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Life Begins at Conception, Improving Healthcare Includes Unborn

Christian News reports:

In a development that has drawn ire from abortion supporters and praise from pro-life groups, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has affirmed in a new document that life begins at conception and that improving healthcare in America includes the unborn.

The Department’s recently-released draft of the agency’s strategic plan for fiscal years 2018-2022 includes language expressing a commitment to caring for unborn children.

“The mission of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is to enhance the health and well-being of Americans, by providing for effective health and human services and by fostering sound, sustained advances in the sciences underlying medicine, public health, and social services,” the plan’s introduction says.

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Where’s the Proof That Mindfulness Meditation Works?

Scientific American reports that the highly touted technique that allegedly relieves stress and pain has very little scientific evidence backing it. Bret Stetka informs us that “only around 9 percent of research into mindfulness-based interventions has been tested in clinical trials that included a control group.”

The concept of mindfulness involves focusing on your present situation and state of mind. This can mean awareness of your surroundings, emotions and breathing—or, more simply, enjoying each bite of a really good sandwich. Research in recent decades has linked mindfulness practices to a staggering collection of possible health benefits.

Tuning into the world around you may provide a sense of well-being, an array of studies claim. Multiple reports link mindfulness with improved cognitive functioning. One study even suggests it may preserve the tips of our chromosomes, which whither away as we age.

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Pro-Life Students Should Have Same Rights as Superstar Athletes

Shouldn’t pro-life students have the same rights as superstar athletes? Clearly they don’t. According to Kristan Hawkins, student voices that favor life over abortion are forcible being silenced. LifeZette has the story:

The uproar over Vice President Mike Pence’s decision to leave the Colts-49ers game after some NFL players took a knee during the national anthem again highlights the intense cultural debate over free speech that seems of utmost importance to the media and activists. Yet not all “speech” is treated as equal in coverage and attention.

Over the last few weeks, the free speech rights of students on college campuses have been violated, as peaceful chalk messages from students have been destroyed, flyers pulled down, and permits for new pro-life groups and speakers slow-walked through the approval process to prevent voices from being heard.

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Charismatic Hippies Take a Knee for Racial Disharmony at D.C. Event

Pulpit & Pen News has the story:

They billed the event as a “Holy Spirit Woodstock.” The term hippies might be a broad brush to describe the charismatics flocking to the National Mall to take part in the ecstatic mind-altering worship experiences led by New Apostolic Reformation gurus like Lou Engle, but it’s hard to deny that the experience-driven, rhapsodic worshipers have something in common with the intoxicated celebrations in 1969 New York.

Steven Kozar writes of the futility and pointlessness of such a vaguely-objectiveless event at Messed Up ChurchDescribing the attendees singing nonsensical songs and blowing shofars to “blast away the darkness, Kozar writes…

Let’s be honest, folks, nothing is really happening here. Many of these people are wearing t-shirts from the last “world-changing” conference or rally that they attended. This is sad, delusional and useless activity being passed off as a “revival.” Do these people really believe that darkness has now been officially driven out because they gathered and clapped and stomped and chanted?

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Former Megachurch Minister Refuses to Exclude Profanity From Social Media Post: ‘I Will Not Sanitize This’

Christian News reports on disgraced pastor Perry Nobel’s latest attempt to draw attention to himself:

A former megachurch pastor who says he has been struggling with guilt since being fired last year due to problems with alcohol abuse recently refused to exclude profanity from a social media post that transparently expressed how badly he feels about his sins and the consequences of his choices. His language has generated a variety of reactions, including concern from those who note that profanity is not to proceed from the mouths of those who profess Christ.

“I know it’s harsh, but I will not sanitize this article to appease those who may be offended at the language and want a scrubbed and safe version of Christianity that simply doesn’t work for the world!” Perry Noble of NewSpring Church in Anderson, South Carolina recently wrote on social media.

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Roman Catholic Dioceses Nationwide Being ‘Consecrated’ to ‘Immaculate Heart of Mary’

According to Christian News:

A number of Roman Catholic dioceses nationwide—and also globally—have been consecrating themselves to the “immaculate heart of Mary” throughout 2017, a practice that evangelicals say is unbiblical and gives to the earthly mother of Jesus the devotion that should be bestowed to Christ alone.

“We are uniting ourselves to her who opens up the way for God to enter, and we are uniting our hearts to her immaculate heart, the one heart that is perfectly united to the Sacred Heart of Jesus,” James Johnston Jr. of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Missouri told the National Catholic Register.

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Mike Huckabee brings star power and a shot of news to TBN’s Christian lineup

Mike Huckabee has a long list of accomplishments. For one thing he was the governor of Arkansas. Before he became governor he was a SBC pastor. Huckabee also hosted his own show on the Fox News channel, now he’s a Fox commentator. You may remember him as one of many GOP candidates in the 2008 and 2016 primaries. Huckabee’s newest venture is to host a TV show on TBN, the “world’s largest religious network.”

According to pastor-teacher John MacArthur “TBN has been dominated by faith-healers, full-time fund-raisers, and self-proclaimed prophets spewing heresy.” In other words, TBN is dominated by heretics. Heresy spewers include Kenneth & Gloria Copeland, Benny Hinn, TD Jakes, Creflo Dollar, Paula White and Joyce Meyer. Faith teachers such as these are notorious for fleecing the Christian flock. TBN is rightly referred to by some as Trinity Blasphemy Network.

This begs the question. Why does it not bother Mike Huckabee that he’s linking arms with a “religious network” that shamelessly airs programs hosted by wolves in sheep’s clothing who prey on Christ’s sheep?

Tennessean has the story:

Mike Huckabee’s weekly talk show premieres Saturday on Trinity Broadcasting Network, representing a programming shift for the Christian television giant.

Hosted by the two-time Republican presidential candidate and taped just outside of Nashville, “Huckabee” will offer news commentary and feature political, musical and religious guests. Its look at current events from a practical and Biblical world view is a departure from TBN’s typical lineup flush with well-known Christian ministers, like Joel Osteen.

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Presbyterian Megachurch ‘Pastor’ Says God Isn’t Male, Denies Exclusivity of Christ

According to Pulpit & Pen News:

Shannon Johnson Kershner is the impastor of the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago, a 5,500  member megachurch. The church just happens to be the second-largest church belonging to the Presbyterian Church of the United States of America (PCUSA). In a podcast with the Chicago Sun, she recently denied that Jesus is the only way to Heaven.

Known as the “Exclusivity of Christ,” this doctrine teachers that the only means of salvation is through Christ. This is a benchmark doctrine of virtually all Protestant Christian thought, and is enshrined in Reformation theology as Sola Christus. Denying the Exclusivity of Christ is tacitly a form of Universalism or pseudo-Universalism, which teaches that ultimately, everyone (or most) will be saved whether or not they come to Christ for their salvation.

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Forty percent of cancers linked to obesity, overweight

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According to Fox News:

An unhealthy diet may affect more than just your waistband, a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ‘Vital Signs’ report shows. In a press release on Tuesday, the CDC stated that 40 percent of all U.S. cancer diagnoses can now be linked to overweight and obesity.

The study presents daunting results, as nearly two-thirds of American adults are currently defined as overweight or obese.

“A majority of American adults weigh more than recommended – and being overweight or obese puts people at higher risk for a number of cancers – so these findings are a cause for concern,” said Brenda Fitzgerald, CDC director. “By getting to and keeping a healthy weight, we all can play a role in cancer prevention.”

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Up to 50 witnesses for Cardinal Pell sex abuse hearing

The Local reports:

The 76-year-old, a top adviser to Pope Francis, is accused of multiple historical sexual offences relating to incidents that allegedly occurred long ago.

He is the most senior Catholic cleric to be charged with criminal offences linked to the church’s long-running sexual abuse scandal.

The exact details and nature of the allegations against Pell have not been made public, other than they involve “multiple complainants”.

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Hollywood Producer Hides Lewd Behavior Behind Liberal Politics

According to Zachery Lehman, “Charges against Harvey Weinstein and his own admissions reveal the man to be anything but the liberal feminist he’s claimed to be.”

LifeZette has the story:

Sixty-five-year-old Harvey Weinstein co-founded the successful studios Miramax and The Weinstein Company, and jump-started the careers of such filmmakers as Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith. He has arguably been Hollywood’s biggest producer for decades.

The mega-producer has also been an outspoken liberal over the years. He’s long been a critic of the National Rifle Association, and he was a major donor to Hillary Clinton’s 2016  presidential campaign. He even participated in the Women’s March in January of this year.

A new report from The New York Times reveals that, aside from his professional accomplishments and political advocacy over the past decades, Weinstein has also been leading a secret life.

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