Christian woman believes hormones disqualify Hillary


KTVT reports…

“A female shouldn’t be President,” is a direct quote from a Dallas woman’s Facebook page.

As you might imagine, the post has attracted quite a bit of attention from people across the country.

CBS 11’s Steve Pickett caught up with Cheryl Rios, the CEO of Go Ape Marketing, and asked her to explain the comment.

“I believe in what I said,” she told Pickett. “There’s an old biblical sound reasoning why a woman shouldn’t be President.”

Here’s the full text of her post:

“If this happens – I am moving to Canada. There is NO need for her as she is not the right person to run our country – but more importantly a female shouldn’t be president. Let the haters begin . . . but with the hormones we have there is no way we should be able to start a war. Yes I run my own business and I love it and I am great at it BUT that is not the same as being the President, that should be left to a man, a good, strong, honorable man.”

Rios posted her opinion in opposition to Hillary Clinton’s announcement as a Presidential candidate for the 2016 election. But Rios went well beyond a political position. She says a President should always be a man.

“We’re built differently, we have different hormones,” she said. “In the world we live in, we have equal rights…and I support all of that.  I don’t support a woman being President.”

Rick Fairless is one of Rios’ clients, and he depends on her marketing skills to promote his custom motorcycle store, Strokers Dallas. But he can’t understand her stand on women running a nation.

“I can’t comprehend someone who thinks a woman can’t do anything a man can do. They can. I promise you they can,” he said.

Several people have responded to Rios’ post on Facebook.  Some supporting her views and others criticizing them.”



Christian mechanic won’t fix gays’ cars


WOOD reports…

“The owner of a Grandville auto repair shop says he won’t hesitate “to refuse service to an openly gay person or persons.”

Brian Klawiter, the owner of Dieseltec on Ottawa Avenue in Grandville, posted the statement to his company’s Facebook page on Tuesday because he says the voices of those who have Christian, conservative values are often overshadowed by those who do not.

“I want to have a voice about this,” Klawiter told 24 Hour News 8 Wednesday. “I want to be heard about this… It’s challenging to decide to say I’m on the opposing side of what’s seen as the popular view.”

The post in question starts with “Enough is enough.”

“Apparently if you are white (or close to it), you have a job, go to church, and own a gun…That translates into racist, privileged, bigot… Our rights as conservative Americans are being squashed more and more everyday…” the post reads in part.

The line that’s drawing the most conversation is the one that addresses “openly gay” individuals.

“I would not hesitate to refuse service to an openly gay person or persons. Homosexuality is wrong, period,” Klawiter wrote. “If you want to argue this fact with me then I will put your vehicle together with all bolts and no nuts and you can see how that works.”

The post had gotten a couple dozen comments and about two dozen shares as of Wednesday evening. Many commenters criticized his views, but some were supportive.

While Klawiter acknowledges that the post could be viewed as offensive, he says he doesn’t regret writing it.

“I think I exercised a little more freedom than I would on a news broadcast,” Klawiter said of his post, adding that he didn’t expect the post to get the attention it has. “If you have a vehicle that needs to be repaired, we’d be happy to do that for you. But if you want to come in here with your boyfriend and you want to openly display that, that’s just not going to be tolerated here. We don’t believe that here.”

Klawiter says he isn’t asking clientele about their sexuality, but is emphatic that he won’t tolerate “outward” affectionate behavior between same-sex couples.

Asked to consider his post from the eyes of a person who is gay, Klawiter responded:

“I think it would be made pretty clear to me that I’m not welcome there, which I would almost consider that enlightening. I would know exactly where not to go.”

Discrimination based on sexual orientation has not been outlawed in Michigan, though several municipalities have local ordinances on the matter. Grand Rapids and East Grand Rapids are among the West Michigan cities that have ordinances that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Grandville, however, has no such ordinance.

Grandville Mayor Steve Maas said he’s open to discussing one, but that the citizens would have to ask for it.

“There are many people who have deeply held, sincerely held, very conservative religious and political beliefs. But on the other hand, that same group of people is a very kind group of people that does not tolerate bigotry and intolerance, so it would be very interesting to see that debate,” Maas said.

Klawiter is among those who doesn’t think the city should have a non-discrimination ordinance that includes sexual orientation.

“I’ve chosen to put God first in my life and that he owns everything in me and my business and beyond,” Klawiter said. “Since that becomes a priority, I can’t sacrifice on those morals.”



Yet another pastor wants gays executed


Opposing Views reports…

“Pastor David Berzins recently slammed a fellow pastor for not supporting Pastor Steven Anderson’s call for homosexuals to be put to death per the Bible.

Pastor Anderson said in December 2014 that the “cure” for AIDS was for homosexuals to be put to death, per Leviticus 20:13 in the Bible.

Pastor Anderson also said gay people were to be put to death in 2009, per the Bible, because they recruit via rape and molestation, noted

Pastor Berzins, of the Word of Truth Baptist Church in Prescott, Arizona, was furious that an unidentified preacher asked to have his church removed from Pastor Anderson’s Faithful Word Baptist Church directory web site, noted

Pastor Berzins called the offending pastor and (pastors like him) “limp-wristed,” reports the Daily Kos, for not standing “against the homosexual agenda.”

Pastor Berzins said that he liked the offending pastor, but added, “Look, God came up with the laws of the Old Testament. They’re breathed by the Lord. And if you think that you know better on how to run a country than God has ordained, you think that your laws are better!”

Pastor Berzins also complained about Christians who lamented that the Old Testament law (Ten Commandments) was being removed from public, but don’t support the judgment against “sodomites” in the same Old Testament law.”


Pastors try to resurrect boy they starved


The Dallas Morning News reports…

“Police say the pastors at a Balch Springs church starved a 2-year-old boy they said was possessed by a demon, and later held a ceremony to resurrect the boy.

Several people told police the boy was given water four to five times a day, but no food for 25 days before he died on March 22. A church member tried to feed the boy, but the pastors scolded her and forbade her from doing so, according to court records.

Aracely Meza, 49, was arrested Monday and charged with injury to a child causing serious bodily injury by omission. Lt. Mark Maret, a spokesman for Balch Springs police, said police expect to make more arrests as the investigation continues.

The church, named Iglesia Internacional Jesus es el Rey, is operated out of a house in the 12300 block of Duke Drive.

“We didn’t even know it existed until this [case],” Maret said.

Court records say Meza, her husband and several others lived in the house. Meza acted as the church’s vice president and claimed to be a prophet who could communicate directly with God, according to court records.

The morning of March 22, police said, Meza and three other people — listed as suspects in court records — held a ceremony to revive the boy.

A video of the ceremony shows Meza reciting prayers while holding the boy, whom she refers to as Benjamin, in her arms.

“In the name of Jesus, I’m utilizing this oil to try to get him back to life,” she explains in Spanish.

After applying oil to his head, she says it’s time for him to wake up, “right now.”

Meza later told police she believed that was the day God was going to wake up the boy, court records say.

The next morning, Meza, the boy’s parents and other church members took the boy to Mexico for burial.

Police started looking into the boy’s death on March 26, after receiving a tip about his death.

The boy was a U.S. citizen, said Pedro Gonzalez, a spokesman for Balch Springs police.

Police believe the boy’s parents and his body are in Mexico. They are working with Mexican authorities to contact the parents, Gonzalez said.

“We are concerned with finding out what happened, and why the boy passed away,” Gonzalez said. “We still need to conduct an autopsy.”



Kong Hee on trial – updated*

City Harvest Church video


The Straits Times reports…

“The prosecution [Friday] labelled evidence given by City Harvest Church deputy senior pastor Tan Ye Peng as “unbelievable” in the ongoing trial of Tan and five others over the misuse of church funds.

Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Mavis Chionh did not buy Tan’s insistence that Indonesian tycoon Wahju Hanafi was using his own money to fund a project to spread the Gospel through the music of church founder Kong Hee’s wife, pop singer Ho Yeow Sun.

It is the prosecution’s contention that church building funds were used for this via sham bond investments in firms owned by Mr Wahju.

On the stand for the 13th day, Tan maintained that Mr Wahju, the owner of Firna as well as Ultimate Assets, and former director of music production firm Xtron, was a “very firm supporter” of the project, called the Crossover.

But Ms Chionh called into question the phrasing in an e-mail sent in 2009 by Serina Wee, the church’s former finance manager, in which she referred to Mr Wahju “owing” them a sum for the Crossover Project.

Wee had sent the e-mail to Tan, Kong and former fund manager Chew Eng Han. All four face charges, along with two others.

Ms Chionh said: “If it is Wahju’s money… it makes no sense for you and the others to talk about him owing you the money… He’s entitled to delay sending the money for as long as he likes – or, in fact, to change his mind and not send it at all.”

But Tan said it meant Mr Wahju had committed the sum.

He said: “If Serina uses the word ‘owe’… she’s just keeping an account of how much has been sent and how much has not yet been sent.”

Ms Chionh also asserted that Firna’s role was, likewise, “simply that of a conduit used for passing money” from the church’s building fund to bankroll Ms Ho’s music career.

She brought up an audit meeting in April 2009, in which Tan said auditor Sim Guan Seng had given him the impression that the church needed to redeem its Xtron and Firna bonds to get them off the books.

Tan said: “Mr Sim didn’t force us, but… I know that his preference was that we shouldn’t have bonds, and there would be difficulty in valuing these bonds.”

The DPP then asked how he had that impression, as Mr Sim had not stated the requirement explicitly.

Tan replied: “It was from Mr Sim’s… facial expression, he’s very emphatic about it.”

Ms Chionh said that if the investments were genuine, they would not have redeemed them based on a facial expression. “I’m putting it to you, Mr Tan, that it is unbelievable.”


Christian Scientists get vaccination exemption


The Sydney Morning Herald reports…

“It is the question that Scott Morrison has repeatedly refused to answer. 

Which is the religious organisation that qualifies children for an exemption from vaccination? 

The Social Services Minister has said there was only one registered organisation that could be exempted for religious grounds, but would not say who. 

“I’m not about to advertise it for fear of it having a lot of new followers on a fairly unfair basis,” he said at the weekend, after announcing other loopholes would be tightened to stop parents claiming childcare and family benefits if they refused to vaccinate their children. 

An online guide produced by Mr Morrison’s own department clearly states that the exempt organisation is Church of Christ, Scientist – more generally known as the Christian Scientists.

This information is also available on the government’s ComLaw website, where an explanatory statement about exemption from immunisation requirements states that “children of practising members of the Church of Christ, Scientist are exempt”. 

It explains that this “clearly advances” freedom of religion for Christian Scientists as “their religious beliefs mean they may be unwilling to access western medicine”. 

This is under a determination made by Labor’s Jenny Macklin in 2012, when she was families minister. But Christian Scientists have long been seen as a special case, with the Australian Democrats arguing in Federal Parliament as far back as 1998 that the group should be exempt from penalties for not vaccinating their children. 

On Tuesday, Christian Science Australia spokeswoman Kay Stroud told Fairfax Media that the church was in fact “very neutral on the subject of vaccination” and did not make a suggestion to followers either way. 

Ms Stroud also said the church would be able to determine if people were joining it simply to get out of vaccinating their children. 

“We’re not silly,” she said. 

In order to claim religious exemption, parents need to provide the government with a letter from an official of the church, declaring that the parent is a practising member. 

A spokesman for Mr Morrison said information about religious exemptions “has been available on the department’s website”. 

He said the Social Services Minister’s previous comments on not stating who the church group was “related to not promoting this exemption”. 

“The exemption for this religious body was not authorised by the current government,” he added. 

“There is no evidence to suggest that this exemption has been abused or is the reason for the strong increase in conscientious objections to immunisation during the past 10 years. 

“The government will monitor this arrangement closely and reserves the right to cancel this registration if the integrity of the scheme is believed to be compromised.”

Mr Morrison has said the religious exemption related to a ” very, very, very small proportion of people – it’d be lucky to be in the thousands, if that”. 

Christian Scientists do not come up as an individual category in the 2011 Census, but are included in the general “other Christian” group, which makes up about 4.5 per cent of the population and includes groups such as the Quakers. 

On Sunday, Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Mr Morrison announced the new measures to boost vaccination, noting that the rate of objection to immunisation had risen from under one per cent to about 2 per cent over the past decade. 

Under the new policy, families with children who are not immunised will only be able to keep receiving childcare payments and Family Tax Benefit Part A if they have religious or medical grounds for objecting.


What is it?

Christian Science is based on the Bible and explained in writings by 19th century US founder Mary Baker Eddy. Among other things, it believes there is a link between prayer and health – as well as other issues such as global issues and employment.

The religion states it is up to each Christian Science follower to “choose” what health care they want. But many “decide to pray first about every challenge … and find it effective”.

It is not Scientology.

Who is involved?

The Mother Church is in Boston but there are Christian Science churches around the world, including Australia.

Exact numbers of Australian followers are difficult to pin down but, when asked who the religious exemption would apply to, Scott Morrison has said it would be “lucky to be in the thousands”.



Christian band in deadly brawl – updated*


The New York Daily News reports…

The Christian family band that brawled with police in an Arizona Walmart parking lot were not slowed down by repeated hits from Tasers, pepper spray and batons, newly released dashcam video shows.

The fighting stopped only after a 21-year-old member of the Gaver family was fatally shot, his brother was struck in the stomach and a cop took a bullet to the leg.

The melee broke out March 21 after eight officers responded to a report that a member of the Gaver family — which had been living out of their car in the parking lot — had pushed a Walmart employee in a store bathroom, police said.

When police tried to separate the family band for questioning, they attacked, Cottonwood Police Chief Jody Fanning said Friday.

Punches flew as officers and Gavers got knocked to the ground. One officer was put into a headlock.

The Gavers knew hitting police in the torso would not be effective because of their protective gear, Fanning said.

“Their main mode of fight is to grab the officers’ faces, eyes, ears and mouth and try and pull as hard as they can,” Fanning said, according to AZFamily.

Throughout the fight, there were screams of, “Get down!” and “Get off me!”

Cops tried to subdue six Gavers with Tasers and pepper spray. But the family rolled on the ground to break Taser strings, wiped pepper spray away and got right back up, Fanning said.

“I’ve personally never seen that tactic applied, Fanning said, according to CNN. “Somebody has taught them that.”

“Nothing that they do, no punches, no kicks, no strikes with the (batons) seem to deter them.”

A Walmart employee jumped into the brawl to try to help police, and his efforts were appreciated, Fanning said.

At one point, Enoch Gaver got on top of Sgt. Jeremy Daniels on the ground and struggled for his gun, Fanning said.

Officer Rick Hicks tried to get Enoch Gaver off of Daniels by kicking him in the head, but he continued to reach for the gun, Fanning said.

The gun went off, shooting Daniels in the leg.

Hicks shot David Gaver, 28, in the stomach before fatally shooting Enoch Gaver, Fanning said.

“I believe it was justified,” Fanning said of the shooting, according to NBC News. “(Enoch Gaver) still had control of Sgt. Daniels’ weapon. He was on top of Sgt. Daniels and Sgt. Daniels had been shot.”

The officers did not “administer any kind of street justice,” he said.

The Gavers eventually surrendered, with one man yelling, “You’re being a Nazi!”

Peter Gaver, 55, Ruth Gaver, 52, and their sons Jeremiah, 29, and David were arrested after the fight. Their 15-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter were placed in a juvenile facility.

Daniels is recovering at home.

The Gavers, from Boise, Idaho, formed the band called Matthew 24 Now, which refers to the second coming of Christ. They performed in front of grocery stores.”