Right said Fred


The Australian Financial Review reports…

“The man with the decisive vote in the NSW upper house doesn’t much like the term “balance of power”.

“I prefer to call it the balance of prayer and responsibility,” the Reverend Fred Nile, 80, tells AFR Weekend in an interview in his office in NSW Parliament House.

Despite his emphatic victory in the state election last weekend, Premier Mike Baird will need Mr Nile’s support to privatise half of the state’s electricity network – the so-called poles and wires – to raise the $20 billion slated to fund the rail, roads, schools and hospitals at the core of the Coalition’s second-term agenda.

But as disclosures by Mr Nile make clear, don’t expect the chaos of the Canberra Senate to make its way to NSW Parliament on Macquarie Street. 

The latest meeting between Mr Nile and Mr Baird ended in a prayer session. It’s a far cry from the fireworks that followed Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s infamous post-election meeting with independent Senator Jacqui Lambie.

Mr Nile met Mr Baird and his chief of staff Bay Warburton for an hour on Tuesday afternoon in the Premier’s office on Level 20 of the government’s tower at 52 Martin Place.

“I raised with him the poles and wires, and told him what I thought about it. I think he just wanted to have a friendly chat,” Mr Nile’s recalled.

The Christian Democratic Party leader repeated his insistence on an inquiry in the upper house to gather expert evidence to reassure the public of the benefits of the privatisation. And, once again, he insisted that there be no forced redundancies for workers at the three government-owned firms up for private operation: high-voltage transmission business TransGrid and electricity distribution businesses Ausgrid and Essential Energy.

“At the end of it he said: ‘Do you mind if I have a prayer?’,” Mr Nile said.

“I said: ‘No, I’d love you to’.”

So the Premier, Mr Nile and Mr Warburton – son of prominent businessman Dick Warburton – prayed that God would guide them and help them do his will.

Mr Nile responded by praying for the Premier, “asking God to bless him, and help him in his role as Premier”. 

Mr Nile said his relationship with Mr Baird was friendlier than his good but “businesslike” relationship with his predecessor as premier, Barry O’Farrell.

Is there anything that could turn him into an obstructive upper house force? “If the government said tomorrow: ‘We’ve decided to scrap scripture’, I’d say ‘unless you restore it, we won’t support legislation,” he said, before conceding that scenario is not very likely.”

From http://www.afr.com/news/politics/fred-nile-gives-mike-baird-his-blessing-20150401-1mcryy

Christian robots and Hill$ong


Salon reports…

“Beware, the future of Christianity looks like this: plaid button-ups, skinny jeans and smartphone-accessible bible verses. But rest assured, it’s “super, super, super dope.”

Last night’s “Daily Show” featured a correspondent segment which poked fun at America’s megachurches, zeroing in on the impossibly hip Hillsong church which has long been shaping Christian youth culture.

According to New York Times’ 2014 write-up, Hillsong is remarkable not just because of its hipness but because of what its hipness transcends: “Its target is young Christians in big cities, where faith seems out of fashion but where its services are packing them in,” Michael Paulson writes in “Megachurch With a Beat Lures a Young Flock.”

Diving into this phenomenon, “The Daily Show” presents us with Pastor Carl Lentz, the pastor of Hillsong NYC Church, who has “both believers and Beliebers.” “He had it all,” the segment opens with. “The skinny jeans, the douche beanie and he played Grand Theft auto … in gore mode.”

From http://www.salon.com/2015/04/16/the_daily_show_skewers_hipster_christians_in_pitch_perfect_correspondent_segment/

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.”

From http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2015/04/13/dallas-woman-posts-on-facebook-a-female-shouldnt-be-president/


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.”

From http://woodtv.com/2015/04/15/shop-owner-will-deny-openly-gay-customers/


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 RightWingWatch.org.

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 RawStory.com.

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.”

From http://www.opposingviews.com/i/religion/christianity/pastor-condemns-preacher-who-doesnt-support-death-penalty-gays-video

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.”

From http://crimeblog.dallasnews.com/2015/04/police-say-pastors-at-balch-springs-church-starved-2-year-old-boy-because-they-thought-he-was-possessed-by-demon.html/


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.”

From http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/deputy-senior-pastors-evidence-unbelievable-dpp#sthash.cATYmKCx.dpuf