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This is from Bizpac Review.

I resent being called a religious extremists.

The Religion of Peace is the extremists.

No one in the Evangelical Community advocates killing our female relatives because they are out without a male family member.

 The Catholic Church does not recommend murdering their members 

for leaving the Catholic faith.

Islam says this and more.

U.S. Army reserve unit in Pennsylvania lumped Catholicism and evangelical Christianity along with Hamas and al-Qaida as examples ofreligious extremism during an Equal Opportunity training brief.

The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty disagrees.

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A religious extremist? Photo creditgalatiansfour.blogspot.com

“We find this offensive to have Evangelical Christians and the Catholic Church to be listed among known terrorist groups,” said its executive director, Ron Crews, Fox News reported. “It is dishonorable for any U.S. military entity to allow this type of wrongheaded characterization.”

Oddly, the Army also listed “Islamophobia” as an example of religious extremism, which, of course, is not a religion, but a fear.

Fox News contracted Army spokesman George Wright regarding the incident. He advised the agency that this was an “isolated incident not condoned by the Dept. of the Army.”

“This slide was not produced by the Army and certainly does not reflect our policy or doctrine,” he said. “It was produced by an individual without anyone in the chain of command’s knowledge or permission.”

The program’s presenter apologized and removed the slide after someone complained.

“We consider the matter closed,” Wright said.

The presentation first came to light by a participant who “considers himself an evangelical Christian and did not appreciate being classified with terrorists,” Crews told Fox News.

“There was a pervasive attitude in the presentation that anything associated with religion is an extremist.”

Fox News Radio’s Todd Starnes wrote that “The Archdiocese for the Military Services was shocked to learn that the Army considered Catholicism to be an example of extremism.”

Given that Catholicism is the world’s oldest form of Christianity, I can well imagine.

extremeists sign“The Archdiocese is astounded that Catholics were listed alongside groups that are, by their very mission and nature, violent and extremist,” the Archdiocese said in a statement.
They are calling for the Defense Department to “ensure that taxpayer funds are never again used to present blatantly anti-religious material to the men and women in uniform.”

It took very little digging to discover that the presenter, not an expert in the subject matter, got her information from an internet search — primarily from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

“Why is there such dependence upon the work of the SPLC to determine hate groups and extremist groups,” Crews said. “It appears that some military entities are using definitions of ‘hate’ and ‘extreme’ from the lists of anti-Christian political organizations. That violates the apolitical stance appropriate for the military.”

We used to refer to the future as “a brave new world,” from the title of an Aldous Huxley novel. There’s nothing “brave” about religious bigotry, and there;s nothing “new” about hate and distrust.

 

 

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Evangelical Christian Family Sues HHS to Protect Their Business from Sterilization-Contraception-Abortifacient Mandate

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This is from CNSNews.

hope that more companies join Hobby Lobby’s fight.

This is why we must elect Romney/Ryan in November.

How many companies will be destroyed because of Obamacare?

If Obamacare is not destroyed completely medical rationing will happen.

Obamacare will cause doctor shortages.

(CNSNews.com) – Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. has become the first non-Catholic private business to file a lawsuit against the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department preventive services mandate that went into effect on August 1.

The Oklahoma City-based arts-and-crafts supply company, which was founded in 1970 by David Green and is operated by his family, has 514 stores in 41 states and provides jobs for 13,240 full-time employees.

Eric Baxter, senior counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, said as a result of the mandate, the Greens would pay $26 million annually to the U.S. government for not providing a health insurance policy to their employees.

“The HHS mandate puts the Green family and Hobby Lobby in the position where they are facing millions of dollars of fines per day unless they violate their religious conscience,” Baxter told CNSNews.com.

The Becket Fund, which is representing the Green family, is the same group representing multiple organizations that have also filed lawsuits to challenge the HHS mandate.

Baxter says the members of the Green family are “committed evangelical Christians,” who operate their businesses in accordance with the tenets of their religious faith.

The HHS mandate requires nearly all health insurance policies in the U.S. to provide free coverage of sterilizations, abortion-inducing drugs and contraceptives to all women of “reproductive capacity.”

According to the lawsuit, Hobby Lobby has always operated as a family business and provides health plans to employees through a self-insured policy.

In addition, the Greens pay their employees at least 80 percent above the minimum wage, give a portion of their profits to charity and close their stores on Sundays in accordance with their beliefs, according to the court document.

“Certain nonprofit religious organizations have been exempted from the mandate altogether, and others have been given extra time to comply with it. But the government refuses to give any accommodation whatsoever to families like the Greens, who simply want to run their businesses in accordance with their beliefs,” the lawsuit states.

Should the Greens decide to provide an insurance policy that excludes the services that violate their religious faith, they could be facing fines of up to $1.3 million per day, according to Baxter.

“And the government’s position throughout this has been that if you go into business, if you’re making a profit, you lose your religious freedom, your First Amendment rights. And that’s really outrageous,” he said.

Hobby Lobby will be subject to these fines on January 1, 2013

Baxter added that as the first non-Catholic private business to challenge the mandate, Hobby Lobby demonstrates how this issue is not limited to Catholic organizations.

“This just reinforces that this is not just a Catholic issue,” he told CNSNews.com. “There are many religious organizations — Christian and non-Christian — throughout our country that object to abortion. And even if they don’t object to preventive contraception like the Greens, they do object to contributing or paying for drugs that will induce an abortion.

“Not only that but whether you share those religious convictions or not, all people who love liberty should be concerned that the government is encroaching on First Amendment rights in this manner,” he added.

So far, over 43 plaintiffs including the Archdioceses of New York and Washington, DC, as well as the University of Notre Dame, have sued the Department of Health and Human Services over the mandate.

In addition to Hobby Lobby, the Greens also own an education and bookstore business, Mardel Inc., which operates within the Hobby Lobby headquarters and has approximately 372 full-time employees.

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