Saturday, June 30, 2018

Federal Judge: Police Officers Cannot Pray in Public -TODD STARNES CHARISMA NEWS

The city council of Ocala, Florida, has decided to fight back after a federal judge ruled that the city and its police chief violated the Constitution by promoting and holding a prayer vigil.
U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan ruled in May that Police Chief Greg Graham and city leaders broke the Establishment Clause by organizing, promoting and holding a 2014 prayer vigil after a drive-by shooting injured several children.
"The government cannot initiate, organize, sponsor or conduct a community prayer vigil," Judge Corrigan wrote in his order. "That is what happened here."
The American Humanist Association represented several local residents who were allegedly triggered and suffered microaggressions as a result of the vigil.
The lawsuit claimed the police chief was "reckless and callously indifferent" because of his involvement in the planning and promotion of the event.
The chief and the city were ordered to pay $3 in damages plus attorney fees, reported.
The city council filed a motion to vacate the judgement.
Mayor Kent Guinn told Fox News that about 600 people showed up to pray "for the children that got shot in the drive by shooting."
Renowned evangelist Franklin Graham said prayer is a basic human right and public employees should be able to petition the Almighty.
"George Washington prayed, Abraham Lincoln prayed, and other presidents have called on God publicly in times of war or crisis," the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse tweeted.
"Atheists have the right not to believe and not to call on God," he said. "People of faith have the right to pray, and it should not be taken away."
But AHA legal director David Niose said prayer rallies should be run by churches, not police departments.
"Police departments shouldn't be endorsing religion, yet that's exactly what the Ocala Police Department did here by sponsoring and promoting a prayer vigil," he said in a statement.
It really takes a perverted kind of reprobate to sue a police department for participating in a prayer vigil.
Have mercy.
Todd Starnes is host of "Fox News & Commentary," heard on hundreds of radio stations. Sign up for his American Dispatch newsletter, be sure to join his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter. His latest book is The Deplorables' Guide to Making America Great Again.

King Hezekiah, Prophet Isaiah Debut in Oklahoma - CBN News Julie Stahl,Chris Mitchell

Ophel Excavation, Photo, CBN News, Jonathan Goff
Ophel Excavation, Photo, CBN News, Jonathan Goff
King Hezekiah, Prophet Isaiah Debut in Oklahoma
CBN News Julie Stahl,
JERUSALEM, Israel – King Hezekiah and the Prophet Isaiah worked together in biblical times and 
now thanks to archaeology, they're together again…in Oklahoma of all places!

Personal seal impressions that likely belonged to the two men are on display together for the first time. 
A simulcast linking Jerusalem with Oklahoma's Armstrong Auditorium marked the debut.

"This is a celebration day for all our friends and especially for the lovers of Israel and the Bible," 
Archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar told participants in both Jerusalem and Oklahoma during the opening 
of the exhibit.


Dr. Eilat Mazar, Photo, CBN News, Jonathan Goff
Mazar helped uncover the artifacts in 2009.

"This is one of the bullae that we found," Mazar said pointing to a large poster of the artifact. "It's a 
seal impression, very tiny, as large as you can see it now but this is all of one centimeter [less than 
half an inch] in diameter, even not the nail on my finger."

Workers uncovered both items just a few feet apart at the foot of the Temple Mount, just outside the 
present-day walls of Jerusalem's Old City. Historically that area has been called the "Ophel" meaning 
"a high place to climb to."

King Hezekiah, considered one of Judea's greatest leaders, and the Prophet Isaiah lived some 2,700 
years ago.

"When people wanted at that time, biblical times, to seal a document, they tied the document with 
a string and then they took a little tiny mud and pushed their private seal to the soft mud and made 
[a] seal impression. You could read their names," Mazar told CBN News.

Hezekiah's reads, "Belonging to Hezekiah, [son of] Ahaz, King of Judah."

"To find such a private item, that relates to one of the Judean kings, I believe we've reached kind of 
a peak in that matter. We came so close to that kind of figure," Mazar said.

Isaiah's isn't as clear. It reads: "Belonging to Isaiah"… but the second word is missing a letter that 
could complete the Hebrew word for "prophet."

Exhibit Curator Brad McDonald, from the Armstrong International Foundation, said it sends a message 
when artifacts back up the Bible.

Curator Brad McDonald, Photo, CBN News, Jonathan Goff
"Whenever you find discoveries like this, actual physical items that people can touch and they have 
inscribed on them the names of biblical figures, it's always powerful. This is science proving the 
Bible," McDonald told CBN News.

Mazar's grandfather Benjamin Mazar, led the first excavation after the 1967 Six-Day War that 

Prof. Benjamin Mazar, Photo, GPO archive
"My grandfather excavated 10 continuous years without stopping," Mazar said. "This was a fantastic
project – almost no parallel in dimensions. Hundreds of people worked. They revealed fantastic remains 
of ancient Jerusalem from all periods."

Prof. Ben Mazar in 1936, Photo, GPO archive, Kluger Zoltan
Stephen Flurry, vice president of the Armstrong International Foundation and president of the 
Herbert W. Armstrong College in Edmond, Oklahoma, where the exhibit opened, said the foundation 
has been working with the Mazar family for decades.

"We've had a partnership with Dr. Eilat Mazar since 2006, but our relationship with the Mazar family 
actually goes back to 1968 when her grandfather worked with the name sake of our college, Herbert 
W. Armstrong," Flurry told CBN News.

"Since that time we've sent students to volunteer on the excavations, and we've also provided funding 
for some of her work," Flurry said.

Dr. Michael Oren, Israel's minister of diplomacy calls Eilat Mazar "a hero."

Dr. Michael Oren, Photo, CBN News, Jonathan Goff

"She's fought for Israel's future by fighting for its past in the face of a lot of naysayers and particularly 
people in the world today who deny a historical connection between Israel and the city of Jerusalem, 
people who deny there ever was a King David or King Hezekiah or a Prophet Isaiah," Oren told 
CBN News.

"Eilat digs down and she finds it and she proves them all wrong," Oren said.

Ten years ago, while digging in the City of David, Mazar believed she discovered King David's palace.

"It's monumentality is obvious. Everybody can see," Mazar said at the time.

"Also its date - [it has] been constructed sometime around 1,000 BC, the time of King David in 
general based on the pottery that we found underneath and within. These facts brought us to 
understand that we have got [a] fantastic monumental construction," she said.

While many archaeologists dismiss the Bible, Mazar maintains it to be an "important historical source."

"The biblical stories and the New Testament stories by the way, it goes together because [it] just 
prove[s] quite accurately the development of Jerusalem and the way Jerusalem is described is quite 
accurate," Mazar said.

The Oklahoma exhibit provides other artifacts, including a life-size replica of Hezekiah's underground 
water tunnel. It's open to the public through mid-August.

Oren believes the significance of these pieces go way beyond science.

"Archaeology is not just about revealing the past. Archaeology is about securing our present. 
Archaeology is about ensuring our future. Archaeology is about richness; it's about rootedness; and 
as Eilat Mazar will tell you, it's about truth," Oren told participants at the exhibit's opening.

Christian Filmmaker Picked to be Chief Creative Officer for Pixar Animation - CBN News Emily Jones

Christian Filmmaker Picked to be Chief Creative Officer for Pixar Animation
CBN News Emily Jones
Christian filmmaker and animator Pete Docter is now the new Creative Officer of Pixar Animation.

Pete Docter will fill the role left by John Lasseter, who left the company over misconduct allegations.

Docter has been with Pixar for years, and began as one of the writers and animators on Toy Story. 
"I am excited and humbled to be asked to take on this role," Docter said in a statement. "It is not 
something I take lightly; making films at Pixar has been my chronic obsession since I started here 
28 years ago. I am fortunate to work alongside some of the most talented people on the planet, and 
together we will keep pushing animation in new directions, using the latest technology to tell stories 
we hope will surprise and delight audiences around the world."

Docter has spoken openly about his faith and how it impacts his work as a creator.

"Years ago, when I first spoke at church, I was kind of nervous about talking about Christianity and 
my work," he said in an interview with Radix Magazine. "It didn't really connect. But more and more 
it seems to be connecting for me. I ask for God's help, and it's definitely affected what I'm doing. 
It's helped me to calm down and focus. There were times when I got too stressed out with what I 
was doing, and now I just step back and say, 'God, help me through this.' It really helps you keep a 
perspective on things, not only in work, but in relationships."

While Docter deeply values his faith, he says he would not make an explicitly Christian movie.

"To me art is about expressing something that can't be said in literal terms," He said. "You can say it 
in words, but it's always just beyond the reach of actual words, and you're doing whatever you can 
to communicate a sense of something that is beyond you".

Tim Allen Reveals Premiere Date for New Season of 'Last Man Standing' - TRE GOINS-PHILLIPS/FAITHWIRE

Tim Allen in the new trailer for 'Last Man Standing.'
Tim Allen in the new trailer for 'Last Man Standing.' (Fox/YouTube)

Tim Allen Reveals Premiere Date for New Season of 'Last Man Standing'

Comedian Tim Allen's hit comedy "Last Man Standing"—the sitcom ABC canned despite six successful seasons—is finally coming back this fall.
Fox announced in early May it had picked up the series, and on Thursday night, Allen revealed the show's seventh season will be premiering in late September.
While executives at ABC Entertainment have repeatedly insisted the decision to cut the show had nothing to do with politics, Allen said nearly a year ago that the network consistently "dismissed" his successful show's conservative fanbase. 

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