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Faith Today

 Return America May 27, 2014 Students Won’t Take “No” for an Answer Last week, several students at Pima Unified School in Arizona joined together in prayer after learning that the school district discontinued i

Students Won’t Take “No” for an Answer

Last week, several students at Pima Unified School in Arizona joined together in prayer after learning that the school district discontinued its tradition of praying during graduation ceremonies. Esperanza Gonzales and Calleigh Summers led the students in prayer soon after the district officials announced the removal of prayer from the commencement ceremony this year.

Superintendent Sean Rickert claimed he made the choice to remove prayer at this year’s graduation ceremony to keep the district in compliance with the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution. He also argued that school-sponsored prayer could set the district up for a lawsuit, but said that potential legal action was not the reason for his decision. “Our primary reason is to make sure we are not violating student’s rights,” he alleged.

Board President Tom Sullivan agreed with Rickert, claiming that the district’s legal counsel advised the board to do away with prayer from any official ceremony. “It doesn’t matter what my opinion is. Our lawyers, both of them, have told us this is a practice we need to not do anymore,” Sullivan stated.

However, the school officials’ decision to remove prayer ruffled quite a few feathers. Last month, local residents flooded the board meeting to voice their opinions on the issue. Over twenty residents spoke on the issue at the meeting. The majority of the speakers expressed their desire to keep prayer in the graduation ceremony.

Despite the majority of the people wanting to keep prayer, school officials would not overturn their decision. Therefore, students decided to pray during the ceremony anyway. According to reports, some students handed Rickert a marble upon receiving their diplomas, implying he had lost his marbles by removing prayer from the ceremony.

Rickert claimed he appreciated the students “rebellion.” He stated:

“I’ve been to lots of high school graduations and seen students do some pretty outrageous things to show their rebellious nature at this age. The fact that the students here at Pima High School felt that they wanted to show their true colors, as it were, by saying a prayer at the beginning and end of their graduation ceremony makes me very proud.”

Esperanza Gonzalez asserted:

“My class wanted God in our graduation, and we weren’t going to take no for an answer. The world keeps saying, ‘No to God, no to God’ unless you’re in prison, so we said yes to God because He has helped us throughout our entire high school career.”

Lesbian Promoted by Christian Book Publisher

 Howard Books, a Christian publishing company, has decided to publish a new book by Jennifer Knapp, a former Christian music singer.

 Jennifer Knapp was a popular Christian singer during the late 1990s and early 2000s who won Dove Awards and a Grammy Nomination. Twelve years ago, Knapp suddenly left the Christian music industry, moved to Australia, and entered into a relationship with another woman. Knapp claims she now identifies as a Christian lesbian.

In an interview with TheBlaze in 2012, Knapp stated:

 “I am who I am. If God is a God who judges and strikes people of same sex attraction – the He’s going to strike me down. This is the way that I am and now I know what it means to fear God. I’ve never heard an audible voice from the Heavens – and you go ahead with as much as you can with your head and heart. There’s a point where I just accepted who I am, and that may be right – or that may be wrong.”

Recently, Knapp started “Inside Out Faith,” a website designed to help homosexuals reconcile their behavior with their so-called faith. Knapp promotes the “inclusion and affirmation” of homosexuals within religious groups and condemns churches that seemingly show “rejection and judgment.”

The website explains:

“Through her passionate music and disarming charm, Jennifer speaks of the challenges she has faced in claiming her unique identity. It is the story of an honest, vulnerable and questioning soul, living out a journey of life, love and faith.”

This year, Howard Books, the faith-based publishing arm of Simon and Schuster, will release Knapp’s new book entitled Facing the Music: Discovering Real Life, Real Love, and Real Faith.

 The books description states:
“This is Knapp’s story—of coming to Christ, of building a career, of admitting who she is, and of how her faith remained strong through it all.

Now an advocate for LGBT issues in the church, Jennifer has witnessed heartbreaking struggles as churches wrestle with issues of homosexuality and faith. This engrossing, inspiring memoir will help people understand her story and to believe in their own stories, whatever they may be.”

Many people are rightfully criticizing Howard Books for publishing Knapp’s book. However, Jennifer Smith, publicity director for Howard Books, stated:

“We know it’s her story and obviously the position she’s found herself in as a recognizable Christian artist coming out as gay. She shares about how she has come to terms with herself and her own sexuality and is able to speak on the topic and say, ‘Look, God loves me through this.’

This is simply a vehicle for us to encourage Christians to open their hearts and minds to having the discussion openly. At the end of the day, this book is an opportunity for Jennifer to tell her story and we want to be part of that conversation.”

One commentator voiced his opinion, asserting, “Knapp does not speak for God. At no point does Scripture ever promote homosexuality, but in many places it is explicitly condemned and it is implicitly rejected from Genesis to Revelation. You’re playing with fire here.” 

Abortion Reaches High Rates 

A new report released shows an exceeding high number of abortions performed in Detroit, Michigan. An estimated 31 percent of all pregnancies in Detroit end in abortion.

Dr. Susan Schooley, head of the Department of Family Medicine at Henry Ford Hospital, said, “We’re seeing a picture that looks more like some Third World country than someplace in the United States.” 

Detroit is now considered to have one of the worst abortion rates in the world. In Vietnam there are 83 abortions performed for every 1,000 pregnancies. The Russian Federation performs 68 abortions for every 1,000 pregnancies. The Ukraine has a rate of 57 abortions for every 1,000 pregnancies.

These numbers are tragic. Unfortunately, many cities in America are aborting more and more babies every year. Soon, America will be called the abortion nation of the world. The innocent blood of millions of babies is on America’s hands. “Be not deceived, God is not mocked.” America will soon reap her judgment.

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