WASHINGTON, June 22, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ — Family Research Council, along with a coalition of forty-one conservative leaders and organizations, released a letter sent to GuideStar USA “to express our strong disagreement with GuideStar’s newly implemented policy that labels 46 American organizations as ‘hate groups.'” GuideStar bills itself as a neutral organization that seeks to “gather and disseminate information about every single IRS-registered nonprofit organization.”
Recently, GuideStar began using the Southern Poverty Law Center’s defamatory “hate group” label on profiles of 46 non-profit organizations, including FRC’s GuideStar page.
The letter reads, in part:
“The SPLC has no bona fides to make such determinations. It is not a governmental organization using a rigorous criteria to create its lists, and it is not a scientifically oriented organization. The SPLC is merely another ‘progressive’ political organization.
“The ‘hate group’ list is nothing more than a political weapon targeting people it deems to be its political enemies. The list is ad hoc, partisan, and agenda-driven. The SPLC doesn’t even pretend to identify groups on the political left that engage in ‘hate.’ Mosques or Islamist groups that promote radical speech inciting anti-Semitism and actual violence are not listed by the SPLC even though many have been publicly identified after terrorist attacks. Radical, violent leftist environmentalists or speech suppressing thugs — like the rioting “antifa” movement — receive no mention from the SPLC.
“Can it be of any surprise then that SPLC’s hate map was used by a political activist and domestic terrorist to perpetrate the very sort of hate crimes SPLC claims to oppose? In 2012, a shooter entered the Family Research Council headquarters in Washington, D.C., to ‘kill as many as possible’ because SPLC had identified FRC as a ‘hate group,’ and the killer-to-be relied on SPLC’s website to identify targets, according to his sworn testimony. The SPLC continues to list on its website people such as House Majority Whip Steve Scalise who was recently shot by James T. Hodgkinson who ‘liked’ SPLC’s Facebook page. Does it not concern you that within the past five years, the SPLC has been linked to gunmen who carried out two terrorist shootings in the DC area?
“…We think it is a reasonable point that an aggressive political partisan like the SPLC should not be allowed to be the judge and jury of its opponents’ character and motivations. The fact that the SPLC only targets groups on the political right supports this contention. As Karl Zinsmeister notes, while it is entirely acceptable to disagree vigorously with one’s political opponents, it is ‘utterly unfair to insist they are hate criminals.’ He reproduces a statement made by SPLC’s Mark Potok: ‘Sometimes the press will describe us as monitoring hate crimes and so on…. I want to say plainly that our aim in life is to destroy these groups, to completely destroy them.'”
To read the full letter, please see: downloads.frc.org/EF/EF17F36.pdf
Faithinspires.Org the internationally known Christian news and information blog, recently launched a YouTube channel featuring its founder and editor Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield. Videos being produced for the channel include biblical subjects, as well as occasional secular topics that many Christians will find interesting.
The new channel is an effort to expand FaithInspires.Org’s ministry to those who might not read its existing blog. Many of the videos will be based on articles that have already appeared on the blog and been read by people all over the world, others will contain completely new material. It is hoped the channel will also grow into an independent revenue stream through an advertising partnership with YouTube.This will allow critical funding allowing FaithInspires.Org to grow not only its media ministry around the world, but in its home community of Katy, Texas.
Crutchfield in addition to his role at FaithInspires.Org serves as a Christian Growth and Healing Expert at SelfGrowth.Com, the world’s leading self help website. He was Scriggler Author of the Month in October 2016 beating out hundreds of writers from several countries. He also won Article of the Month there in October and December of that same year.
He also has a variety of leadership experience having served as Chairman, Republican Party Sixth State Senate District, “Keyholder” for a retail electronics chain, Team Leader in a P.C. support call center, Vice president of a local recreation board, Division Staff Officer in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary etc.
The channel will also include “playlists” curated by Rev. Crutchfield, along with online discussions moderated by him. Be sure and subscribe to the channel so you don’t miss a thing !
Katy, Texas) Ariana Grande was just finishing her concert when things went horribly wrong. Some report hearing one explosion, some heard only one. People began fleeing. The explosions are thought to be the work of a suicide bomber, most likely a terrorist one. It certainly was terrorist-like striking when and where people have every right to feel safe and relaxed.
Faithinspires.Org Founder Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield had the following reaction when hearing of the attack,
“ First of all I want to thank the emergency services workers who so bravely rush to assist those who were injured. I thank God every day that he has blessed us with such incredibly special people such as yourselves to protect us. To the families of the 23 killed, to the dozens injured, and their families. I assure you that my followers around the world pray for you, and mourn with you. May God grant you his comfort and strength as you journey through grief for those you lost, or recover from your injuries. We stand with you at this tragic time.”
Crutchfield was Scriggler Author of the Month in October 2016, where he beat out several hundred writers from many different countries. He is also a Christian Growth and Healing Expert at SelfGrowth.com, the world’s leading self help website. His The First Responders Prayer was included in all three novels of Best Selling Christian Author Loree Lough’s First Responder Series.
By Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield, Founder FaithInspires.Org
This afternoon President Trump leveraged off the National Day of Prayer to sign a much anticipated Executive Order expanding and expressing support for religious freedom. Many Christian leaders welcomed his action as signaling a welcome change in the Washington mindset, or at least a step in the right direction.
Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel had this reaction “We commend President Trump for sending a message to Congress and the rest of America that religious freedom must be protected. This is an appropriate way to commemorate the National Day of Prayer as our President commits to protect and promote religious freedom,”
Meanwhile Carl Anderson CEO of the Knights of Columbus had this to say, “We applaud President Trump’s executive order on religious liberty. While there is still work to be done to restore the reverence for religious freedom enshrined in the First Amendment, this order marks an important step in restoring those constitutional principles guaranteed to every American. Guided by their beliefs, people of faith contribute in important ways to every aspect of this country, and this order will begin to restore the principles upon which this country was based: that people of faith should be able to exercise that faith with the protection rather than the opposition of their government.”
A leding Hispanic Evangelical added, “This new executive order not only signals President Trump and Vice President Pence’s commitment to fighting for and representing the Evangelical community, but also the larger struggle for religious liberty. For years now, people of faith—especially Christians—have been essentially told that their faith has no place beyond their front door. A subversive oppression has taken a hold of our nation and sincerely held beliefs are subject to not only social ridicule but also legal retribution.” Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez President National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.
Today’s executive order among other things provided relief from the so called Johnson Amendment. This provision enacted in the 1960’s greatly restricted endorsements of political candidates by non-profit groups including churches. This has been a very unpopular provision among evangelical Christians and others since. So rolling it back even if by a bit will meet with at least some pleasure among those groups.
But will it be enough. An earlier draft of the executive order would have provided a much wider range of protections. Especially for average Christians ( as opposed to clergy, churches and ministries.) who acted or refused to act out of religious conscience. From what I can gather it was Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump that convinced the president to leave these additional protections out of the EO. Over time I fear this will be seen as the loss of an opportunity to cement the president’s relationship with a core part of his winning coalition.
My personal opinion is that as time passes today’s order will be seen as doing very little to advance the wishes of evangelical Christians, and will have done much more to anger those on the left. The result will be to leave us father from common ground on some issues not closer. For someone who sees himself as a master negotiator, this move seems like more of a weak compromise than anything else. Evangelicals are growing tired of weak compromises and disappointments. Today’s executive order may cost the administration more than it gains.
Rev. Franklin Graham Joins Tony Perkins on the Radio to Discuss the World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians
WASHINGTON, May 3, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ — Yesterday, Rev. Franklin Graham appeared on Washington Watch with Tony Perkins, a national radio show which airs on more than 240 stations across the country. On the show, Graham discussed the persecution of Christians around the world and the need to stand for religious liberty both at home and overseas.
Rev. Graham has worked to respond to the genocide against Christians around the world by putting a spotlight on this issue, “It’s because of what is happening at an alarming rate around the world, where thousands of Christians have been killed, it’s around a 100,000 a year are being killed just for their faith. We’re seeing entire areas of the Middle East that are being eradicated.” Graham went on, “This is happening not just at the hands of Islam but, we see around the world where Christians, where they’re the minority, where they’re being persecuted. I want our politicians to see what’s happening and I want the voices of these people who have been persecuted, I want their voices to be heard. I want to give them a stage for them to be able to tell their stories and do it right there in Washington where hopefully we can see some policy changes.”
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, the host of Washington Watch, added, “I’m not sure people realize just how significant this problem is, Christians throughout the world were killed for no other reason than that they follow Jesus Christ. And that has been growing over the last few years.”
“I think in large part it’s driven by the indifference toward religious freedom here at home. It’s sending a message to the terrorists and tyrants abroad that they’re free to do as they please when it comes to Christians.” concluded Perkins.
LOS ANGELES, May 1, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ — The Chrisagis Brothers hit radio success with “It’s A God Thing.” The show is being heard by 6 million listeners a week. The Brothers have had the biggest names in both the Christian world and the Hollywood world of legends and iconic stars speaking about Jesus. The show runs every week on both Wilkinsradio.com and WTYM Radio. The show started as a whim that Evangelist Sherry Caudill told the brothers about and Dr. John Bashline saw the vision and felt it was needed in this time and season. So Dr. John decided to put the Brothers on the air. This was the 4th time the Brothers did their own radio show but this time it is gold.
The Brothers started with guests that are dear friends of theirs like legendary Christian recording artists: Scott Wesley Brown, Russ Taff, Farrell & Farrell, David Meece, Steve Camp, Leon Patillo, Dave Boyer, Chuck Girard, Steve Archer, Stephanie Boosahda, and Chris Christian. Now the show has taken new flight and a bigger audience. With the bigger audience comes some of the world’s biggest iconic legends of TV, film and music like Dolly Parton (photo left), Cheryl Ladd (photo right), Loni Anderson, Lindsay Wagner, Erik Estrada, Joe Penny, Jennifer O’Neill, Jack Scalia, Kevin Sorbo, Corbin Bersen, Cristina Ferrare, Melba Moore, Pat Boone, Mariette Hartley, and the list goes on. Some of these famous stars have known the Brothers for a lifetime and love them as does their 6 million listeners. Each star talks about their lives, struggles, family, their successful careers, and their faith in Jesus Christ.
This show is an up-lifting inspirational show like no other. A lot of it has to do with the loving hearts and personalities of the Brothers. They are very loved hosts, who the guests respect and know that the Brothers have integrity and love for each person being interviewed. The series runs every Friday on Wilkins radio at 10:30 am and on WTYM Radio every Sunday at 11 am.
Keep checking at chrisagisbrothersministries.org for the Chrisagis Brothers latest guests and projects like the Legends Concert August 19th in Wheeling West Virginia at the Performing Arts Center at Wheeling Park High School at 6:30 pm with the greatest Grammy and Dove Christian recording artists like Phil Keaggy, Dino, Michael English, Wayne Watson, and Scott Wesley Brown. The show will be hosted by the Brothers and beautiful legendary actress and model Jennifer O’Neill.
International Award winning Christian Writer/Blogger Issues Statement Strongly Condemning Egyptian Church Bombings.
Katy, Texas) In response to ISIS’s claim of responsibility for the bombing of two Egyptian churches, Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield, Founder of FaithInspires.Org and an international award winning writer and blogger issued the following statement.
“ In attacking two churches on Palm Sunday, the Islamic State did not just attack two churches, but attacked the ideals that all people of faith share. They have shown us again that they have no respect for human life, or any faith but their own. Their actions are a disgrace to their faith or any other, and cannot be condoned for any reason or at any level. “
Crutchfield turned his attention to compassion for the victims adding, “ I begin by thanking God for the mercy he showed Coptic Pope Tawadros II, and all those who were spared from the attack. My heart is crying for those who were killed and injured. I encourage fervent prayer for those killed and their families, the injured, and those who were called to assist them all.”
The statement was issued through the FaithInspires.Org website, and released to the media Sunday afternoon following the attacks.
Crutchfield is the founder of FaithInspires.Org an internationally known Christian news and information blog. He was winner of the Author of the Month Award at Scriggler. Com in October of 2016. He also won the Article of the month title there both in October and December of 2016. He also is a Christian Growth and Healing Expert at Selfgrowth.com. He and his work have been seen in GoogleNews, MotivateAmazeBeGreat.com, Katy Christian Magazine, and elsewhere.
Texas Attorney General Releases Statement Supporting Justice of the Peace in Dispute with the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
March 23, 2017) Montgomery County, Texas includes many of the suburbs north of the City of Houston in the Southeast part of the state. A Justice of the Peace there, Wayne Mack has a guest chaplain program. These volunteers offer support and counsel at the scene of death investigations. These volunteers are also called upon to lead a brief prayer at the beginning of Judge Mack’s court proceedings.
Last year Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick asked the Attorney General for a legal opinion on Judge Mack’s practices. It is worth noting that Lt. Governor Patrick has always enjoyed a large amount of support from Texas’ Pro Family/Christian Conservative movement. So it is likely that he requested the opinion to grant Judge Mack a degree of legal cover, not to stop the practices. In August of last year AG Paxton released opinion KP-0109. In this six page opinion AG Paxton held that Judge Mack’s actions were in line with the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Town of Greece V. Galloway, and other precedents, and therefore were not in violation of the state of federal constitutions.
On this past Tuesday March 21st. The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed suit against Judge Mack seeking to end his use of chaplains. Paxton responded the following day with an official statement saying
“Judge Mack is fully complying with the Constitution by adhering to the model for opening prayers the Supreme Court endorsed just a few years ago,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The Freedom from Religion Foundation’s quest to expunge any vestige of religion from public life flies in the face of the Supreme Court’s holdings. I am confident our courts will follow years of precedents and not indulge a litigious group’s plea to rewrite the Constitution.”