African Migrants Auctioned Off in Libya’s Slave Markets

The footage, captured via mobile phone, shows young men being auctioned off like merchandise…

Disturbing video footage of African migrants being bought and sold in a slave auction in Libya was released last week by CNN

The footage, captured via mobile phone, shows young men being auctioned off like merchandise. The auctioneer asks for bids from buyers, with some being sold for the equivalent of $400 and handed over to their “masters.” Every year, thousands of refugees and migrants attempting to escape warfare or poverty cross Libya’s borders, risking everything to reach safety. Due to a recent crackdown by the Libyan coast guard, many end up waiting for additional boats, making them vulnerable to smugglers. Some of these smugglers become “masters,” forcing refugees and migrants into slavery. CNN reports on a man named Victory, who was sold at a slave auction: 

He made it as far as Libya, where he says he and other would-be migrants were held in grim living conditions, deprived of food, abused and mistreated by their captors.

“If you look at most of the people here, if you check your bodies, you see the marks. They are beaten, mutilated.”

“The situation is dire,” Mohammed Abdiker, the director of operation and emergencies for the International Organization for Migration, said. “Some reports are truly horrifying and the latest reports of ‘slave markets’ for migrants can be added to a long list of outrages.”

In light of the footage, the Libyan government has promised to investigate the country’s slave trade. 

ISIS Threatens to Attack Vatican on Christmas

ISIS militants see the Vatican as a prime target because it represents Christianity and the West.

The Islamic State has threatened to attack the Vatican on Christmas, in what they are calling a “Christmas blood” attack.

In a propaganda video released by ISIS supporters, a masked figure is shown driving toward the Vatican with a gun and a backpack, supposedly containing a bomb. The video is accompanied by the words “Christmas blood. So wait…” ISIS AND VATICAN

According to Fox News, Christmas is historically a time when ISIS has stepped up their attacks. One such attack occurred in 2015, when a terrorist who had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State carried out an attack in San Bernardino, California which killed 14 people.

The terrorist group is especially looking for opportunities to be on the offensive since they are losing more and more ground in the Middle East, the seat of their so-called “caliphate.” Terror experts have warned that, because the Islamic State has lost territory they previously controlled, they may focus their efforts on isolated attacks in various parts of the world. 

ISIS militants see the Vatican as a prime target because it represents Christianity and the West. Security is being stepped up in the Vatican and in other places around the world as the holiday season approaches.

Man Accidentally Shoots Wife in Church While Discussing Gun Safety

As he was about to show the gun to the member, however, the 81-year-old church member accidentally pulled the trigger of the still loaded gun hitting his 80-year-old wife

Mayhem erupted at a Tennessee church Thursday after an elderly man celebrating at an early Thanksgiving event with other seniors accidentally shot his wheelchair bound wife during a gun safety discussion.

The couple’s family have asked that they remain unidentified for now but a report in The Washington Post said the man and his wife are members of the First United Method Church in Tellico Plains where the shooting happened.

Police say misinformation about what initially happened at the church sparked a brief lock-down at the local hospital and several local schools before police realized what really happened at the church.

Tellico Plains Police Chief Russ Parks explained that about 20 seniors were at the church having an early Thanksgiving meal. In light of the recent mass shootings that have taken place, including the massacre at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in Texas, the group decided to discuss gun safety.

The 81-year-old shooter quickly volunteered to demonstrate, declaring: “Well, I’ve got my gun on me.” 

Parks said the man pulled out his holster to reveal a .38-caliber Ruger handgun. He then removed the magazine, cleared the chamber and began showing the gun to the other parishioners. 

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Inside the First United Methodist Church in Tellico Plains, Tennessee.

The group later discussed how to bring guns to church safely while lamenting the many people who have been killed in mass shootings across the country.

After the discussion and demonstration, the 81-year-old man replaced the magazine in his gun and put it back safely in his holster.

The group was cleaning up after the meal when a member who had missed the gun safety demonstration asked to see the gun.

As he was about to show the gun to the member, however, the 81-year-old church member accidentally pulled the trigger of the still loaded gun hitting his 80-year-old wife who was sitting next to him in a wheelchair.

The bullet, according to The Washington Post, tore through the woman’s lower left abdomen, exited the right side of her abdomen, then ripped through her right forearm before exiting through the backside of her forearm.

Parks said the bullet then hit a wall and ricocheted to land under the wheelchair of the shooter’s wife.

Most of the members who were there did not realize the church member was showing the gun again, so many assumed they were dealing with an active shooter at the church.

“They had their backs to it,” Parks told The Washington Post. “Somebody hollers, ‘He’s been shot! She’s been shot! Call 911!’ So someone grabs their cellphone and calls 911, and says we’ve had somebody shot at church.”

On Nov. 5, Air Force veteran Devin Kelley, 26, entered First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in Texas and executed 26 members and seriously injured 20 others in a 7-minute long attack.

Authorities say Kelley began firing his Ruger AR-556 rifle at the church building shortly after the 11 a.m. service began. He emptied more than 15 magazines, holding 30 rounds each.

 

Drag Queens to Visit Nursery Schools to Teach About LGBT in United Kingdom

They want to target two and three-year-olds to influence them early. The drag queens, including Donna La Mode, will read stories to the children.

Drag queens are being brought into taxpayer-funded nursery schools to teach children about sexual diversity.

The Drag Queen Story Time organisation, based in Bristol, was formed ‘to teach children about LGBT tolerance’.

Nursery bosses say the sessions will help children to ‘see people who defy rigid gender restrictions’ and grow up to combat hate crime.  

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Donna La Mode is one of the drag queens who will be sent in to read stories to children at nursery

 

They want to target two and three-year-olds to influence them early. The drag queens, including Donna La Mode, will read stories to the children.

The sessions are being held at seven London Early Years Foundation nurseries over the winter – and if they are successful they will be rolled out across all the LEYF’s 37 sites. 

But leading child psychotherapist Dilys Daws, feared they could sow the seeds of confusion in young children about their own sexual identity.

 

Let Little Boys Wear Tiaras, ‘Church of England’ Tells Anglican Schools in New Guidance

Male pupils should also be free to dress up in a tutu or high heels without attracting any comment or observation, according to anti-bullying rules sent out by the Church yesterday.

(Daily Mail)  Boys as young as five should be able to wear tiaras at school without criticism, teachers in Church of England schools are to be told.

Male pupils should also be free to dress up in a tutu or high heels without attracting any comment or observation, according to anti-bullying rules sent out by the Church yesterday.tutu1

The instructions for the CofE’s 4,700 schools said they should not require children to wear uniforms that “create difficulty for trans pupils.” This appears to give official backing to schools that ban skirts to avoid discrimination against transgender children.  

Schools are also told they cannot use the Christian faith or Bible teachings to justify behavior that is considered to amount to bullying – for example, identifying a transgender pupil by a sex other than the one they have chosen. The advice contains instructions on how to report bullying, including sample forms on which teachers are encouraged to name the alleged bully and their target, and use tick boxes to describe what happened.

Examples include name-calling, social media trolling, or insulting gestures.

The rules to ‘challenge homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying’ follow initial guidelines published by the Church three years ago which said being gay can be good and pupils should ‘revere and respect all members of the diverse community’.

The official teaching of the CofE, however, remains that gay sex is sinful and that members of the clergy should not be in an active sexual relationship with someone of the same sex. The Church also says marriage must continue to be between a man and a woman. 

Conservative Christian activists condemned the new rules yesterday.

Andrea Minichiello Williams of Christian Concern – an evangelical member of the CofE’s parliament, the General Synod – said: ‘These rules are unkind, unloving and lacking in compassion. We are all against bullying, but the Church is using these guidelines to pursue an agenda that runs counter to the Church’s teaching.’  

She added: ‘We are getting to the point where if you are not careful the slightest slip from the correct agenda in a Church of England school will get you punished. The anti-bullying agenda is aimed against people who step out of line – the anti-bullies are becoming the bullies.’

The new guidance came as a Christian teacher was suspended from a school in Oxfordshire after accidentally calling a transgender pupil ‘girl’ instead of ‘boy’. Joshua Sutcliffe, 27, faces a disciplinary hearing this week in which he could lose his job, after the parents complained.  

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Justin Welby said: ‘This guidance helps schools to offer the Christian message of love, joy and celebration of our humanity without exception or exclusion.

The CofE rules say children in nurseries and the primaries that make up the majority of Church schools should be free to follow their own inclinations when they dress. They state: ‘In the early years context and throughout primary school, play should be a hallmark of creative exploration.  

‘Pupils need to be able to play with the many cloaks of identity … Children should be at liberty to explore the possibilities of who they might be without judgment or derision. For example, a child may choose the tutu, princess’s tiara and heels and/or the fireman’s helmet, tool belt and superhero cloak without expectation or comment.’  

The guidance adds that there can be ‘no justification for this negative behaviour based on the Christian faith or the Bible’. It states that ‘the Church of England’s teaching on human sexuality and a range of Christian views should be taught, as well as a range of perspectives from other faiths and world views’.

The Most Rev Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, said: ‘Central to Christian theology is the truth that every single one of us is made in the image of God. Every one of us is loved unconditionally by God. This guidance helps schools to offer the Christian message of love, joy and celebration of our humanity without exception or exclusion.’

Roman Catholic schools are to cut the terms ‘mother’ and ‘father’ from admissions forms to avoid offending step-parents and same-sex couples.

It follows a complaint by a parent against Holy Ghost Roman Catholic Primary School in Wandsworth, south London, after it used ‘mother/guardian’ and ‘father/guardian’ on a form.

The Office of the Schools Adjudicator upheld the complaint, saying the wording might ‘be taken to imply that the school is restricting its definition [of parent]’.

The Catholic Education Service is understood to be preparing a form using ‘the family’ instead.

 

Knife Attacker ‘Wanted to Kill As Many Christians As Possible’

The man walked into a supermarket, grabbed a kitchen knife from a store shelf and started attacking people

German prosecutors say a Palestinian man who fatally stabbed one person and wounded six others at a Hamburg supermarket in July wanted to kill as many Christians as possible to avenge what he considered injustices against Muslims worldwide.
 
Federal prosecutors say 26-year-old Ahmad A., whose last name wasn’t published due to German privacy rules, considered his actions a “contribution to a worldwide jihad.”

In a statement Friday, prosecutors said they were formally indicting the failed asylum-seeker, who was born in the United Arab Emirates, on one count of murder, six counts of attempted murder and six counts of serious bodily harm.
 
The man walked into a supermarket, grabbed a kitchen knife from a store shelf and started attacking people before he was subdued by passers-by and arrested.
 
Prosecutors said investigators found no “credible evidence” that A. was involved with or under the direction of a terrorist group such as the Islamic State.
 
Officials in Hamburg have said that he was known to authorities as a suspected Islamic radical but not as a “jihadist.” They also considered him psychologically unstable but decided he did not “pose any immediate danger.”
 
Federal prosecutors said he decided on the day of the attack to kill Christian Germans indiscriminately, and that he cited tensions over a contested Jerusalem holy site as his motivation.
written by Dale Hurd

First openly transgender state legislator elected in Virginia

Marshall previously authored the “Physical Privacy Act,” a bill that would require people to use the restroom that corresponded with the sex on their birth certificate.

Virginia House of Delegates candidate Danica Roem (D) has defeated longtime Del. Robert Marshall (R), becoming Virginia’s first openly transgender elected official, according to The Washington Post.

Roem’s win in Virginia’s 13th District also means she is poised to become the first openly transgender person to be elected and seated in a state legislature, advocates say.

Her win comes alongside Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam’s (D) victory in the governor’s race Tuesday, the first major victory for Democrats since President Trump took office earlier this year.

Roem, 33, was up over Marshall, 73, by more than 10 points with roughly 90 percent of votes counted in preliminary estimates. Hillary Clinton won the district by 14 points, 54 to 40 percent, over President Trump last year.  

Before venturing into politics, Roem was a reporter for the Gainesville Times and the Prince William Times. She defeated Marshall, a social conservative who has been in office since 1992.

“Danica will bring a reporter’s eye to Richmond, and we eagerly anticipate her results-oriented approach to deliver for her constituents in the 13th,” Virginia House Democratic Caucus Leader David J. Toscano and Caucus Chairwoman Charniele Herring said in a statement. 

“As a journalist, Danica Roem has covered the issues critical to Virginians and listened to a wide range of perspectives. During her campaign, Danica expanded this approach by listening to area residents’ concerns and making them integral to her own policy platform,” they added.

Marshall thanked his supporters in a statement posted to Facebook.

“For 26 years I’ve been proud to fight for you, and fight for our future. Though we all wish tonight would have turned out differently, I am deeply grateful for your support and effort over the years,” he said. “I’m committed to continue the fight for you, but in a different role going forward.”

Marshall previously authored the “Physical Privacy Act,” a bill that would require people to use the restroom that corresponded with the sex on their birth certificate.

The GOP delegate said the bill, which failed in a silent committee vote, was mainly aimed at protecting young girls from changing in locker rooms alongside men who identified as transgender.

Marshall, who referred to himself as Virginia’s “chief homophobe,” refused to publicly debate Roem. Ads by Marshall’s campaign also referred to Roem by her birth gender.

LGBTQ advocates hailed Roem’s victory on Tuesday evening, with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) calling it “a clear warning to anti-equality lawmakers across the country.”

“HRC was proud to mobilize voters to support Danica Roem’s trailblazing candidacy, and we look forward to working with her to help continue moving equality forward in Virginia,” HRC President Chad Griffin said in a statement. 

 

72-Y-O Pastor Charged With Abusing Underage Girls After Luring Them With Candy, Attempts Suicide

Chief Tucker noted that an adult woman also came forward and claimed that Evans also molested her prior to him becoming pastor of the church.

A longtime Indiana pastor arrested last month on charges of sexually molesting several underage girls after luring them to his office with candy tried to commit suicide on Friday.

Pastor Garry Evans, 72, led Rushville Baptist Temple in Rushville, Indiana, for some 30 years before he was arrested and charged with three counts of child molestation, four counts of sexual battery and five counts of child solicitation last month after he was accused by a 3-year-old girl of sexual abuse.

WBIW report said Evans attempted to kill himself last Friday, a day after he was slapped with additional counts of child molesting and child solicitation.

Police say that at around 5:30 p.m. Friday, they were called to the pastor’s residence about the attempted suicide and found him unresponsive. He was resuscitated and transported to Rush Memorial Hospital. His condition is currently unknown.

Police began investigating Evans on Sept. 4, according to Fox 59, after a 3-year-old girl told police that Evans took her to his office for candy but pulled down his pants instead and made her touch his penis. He warned her not to tell anyone.

Once word got out about Evans’ behavior, other mothers began questioning their daughters about their encounters with the pastor and four more girls under the age of 10 came forward with molestation charges.

One girl said in court documents that Evans touched her “nearly every time she went to church.” She said he just laughed when she told him “no.”

Another girl who said she was regularly touched by the pastor said she told him to stop and left his office because his touching made her uncomfortable.

Another girl said Evans regularly touched her; one time she told him to stop and left the room because it made her uncomfortable.

Camishe Nunley of Healing with Hidden Hurts told Fox 59 that pedophiles, especially those in positions of power, have an “unquenchable” desire for intimacy with children.

“If they can find a way to develop some relationship where they’re in power, where they’re in control they will utilize that, with pedophiles, they have this unquenchable desire and thirst for that level of intimacy with children,” she explained.

Police also believe more victims could be suffering in silence and urged parents to look out for potential signs of abuse.  

“If you have a child who has exhibited unusual behavior after being in the vicinity of the church or this pastor and you believe there has been something that has happened to this child that might indicate something inappropriate happened, we definitely want them to give us a call,” Rushville Police Chief Craig Tucker said earlier.

When residents who live near the church heard of the allegations last month, some expressed pity for the pastor because the church attracts a large following.

“I don’t condone that but I feel sorry for him,” Martha Scheyer, who lives across the street from the church with her family, told WTHR. “I don’t know nothing about that church but I was saddened, that’s sad to hear at any place.”

Chief Tucker noted that an adult woman also came forward and claimed that Evans also molested her prior to him becoming pastor of the church.

“Some 30 year ago she was also victimized by the pastor at Rushville Baptist Church, although at that time he was not the pastor there, he was pastor in a different community,” Tucker said.

Girls Becoming Boy Scouts… Why should this Surprise Anyone?

These women want so badly to be men, and don’t even realize how this desire is fueled by a rejection of their own fundamental nature.

Last month, another bastion of male exclusivity vanished as the Boy Scouts of America reversed its long-standing policy and announced it will admit girls. As a woman, I should be happy – at least according to some feminists.

Toni Van Pelt, President of the National Organization for Women (NOW), said in response to the decision, “I think it’s a good thing in that the Boy Scouts have a long history of discrimination and they are taking action.” Responding to a Change.org petition launched by Sydney Ireland, a 15-year-old girl who said she wants to become an Eagle Scout, NOW passed a resolution in February calling on the Boy Scouts to admit girls.

Girl Scouts, however, weren’t so thrilled. They see the move as simply adding the Boy Scouts as a potential competitor for an already dwindling pool of girls interested in scouting. “Why not ask us how we could help them serve the 90-percent of the boys they’re choosing not to serve instead of pursuing girls?” said Girl Scouts’ Chief Customer Officer Lisa Margosian.

Of course, Girl Scouts could follow suit and begin competing with Boy Scouts for boy members. But everyone knows that initiative would fail. After all, girls are clamoring to be boys; boys aren’t clamoring to be girls.

As sex and dating columnist Jennifer Wright lamented, “(G)irls doing boy stuff is considered cool, but boys doing girl stuff is frowned upon. A girl can dress up as Spider-Man and everyone will think it’s fantastic, but if a boy dresses up as Wonder Woman, well, not so much.” Similarly, Wright noted that “being one of the boys” is a compliment for girls, but “playing like a girl” is considered an insult for boys.

So it’s cool to be a guy, but it’s uncool to be a girl. And much of culture, even many feminists, are completely fine with that.

Well I’m not.

I was disgusted by the Boy Scouts’ decision to admit girls. I’m even more disgusted that girls would clamor to be admitted to this all-boys club.

It’s not that I have any problem with girls developing camping skills. I loved camping as a kid and actually developed lots of camping and survival skills while attending an all-girls camp during my childhood summers. The Boy Scouts don’t have a monopoly on these activities and there are plenty of options for girls to participate in them beyond even the Girl Scouts.

What bothers me is that society, even women and girls, have an apparent aversion to identifying with the female gender and/or feminine virtues. I’m proud of being female and I think every girl should feel the same way. Instead of trying to be like men, we should boldly uphold womanhood.

Yet we’re aping men in practically every way, and have been for decades. Girls wanting to become Boy Scouts is simply the latest manifestation of this regrettable trend.

A History of Women Rejecting Womanhood

Three decades ago, feminist icon Gloria Steinem proudly declared, “Some of us are becoming the men we wanted to marry.” She and many of her fellow feminists saw this as progress, but is it?

And as I detail in Redeeming the Feminine Soul, women look and act more like men today than women have at any other time in Western history – perhaps all of history. In the past 40-50 years, we have relinquished many of the roles and characteristics considered uniquely feminine and have acquired many roles and characteristics considered uniquely, or primarily masculine.

Certainly, if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, we women have greatly flattered men, while simultaneously insulting ourselves

About 50 years ago, nearly half of all mothers stayed home; now less than 30-percent do. We also used to comprise 38-percent of the workforce; now we comprise about half. But perhaps most telling, we now are entering professions once reserved for men, and are even serving in combat positions in the military.

A similar transformation has also occurred in the world of athletics. Since 2000, the Olympics have added to women’s competition the traditionally male sports of weightlifting, wrestling, and boxing – and female competitors now display bulging biceps and six-pack abs that exceed many men.

Interestingly, men don’t seem to be clamoring in mass to enter traditionally feminine spheres. The transformation has been almost entirely one-sided. And what’s been lost is the beauty and presence of feminine virtues in society.

Gymnastics is a case in point. This sport once valued artistry, but now has been reduced to performing the most spectacular and athletic twists and tumbles. As author Dvora Meyers mused, “(I)s it true that the women’s floor exercise has transformed from lovely performance art on par with Cirque du Soleil to a graceless exhibition of athleticism at the expense of beauty?”

Sadly, our culture no longer values feminine virtues. Yet instead of upholding and arguing for the worth of what women uniquely embody and express, we women have joined culture’s misogynistic chorus.

How ironic that feminists rail against misogyny – literally, the “hatred of women” – in men, calling out horrific abusers of women like Harvey Weinstein. Yet these same women seem oblivious to the way misogyny is manifest in themselves.

They may not hate actual women, but they despise being women. They’re portraits in self-hatred, much like Michael Jackson – the adult, black man who looked like a white woman and attempted to live as a child. These women want so badly to be men, and don’t even realize how this desire is fueled by a rejection of their own fundamental nature.

Originally written by By Julie Roys

Title Edited by Babylon Today

Texas Massacre Prompts Some Churches to Consider Concealed Guns and Armed Security

“God is our protector,” said Burdette, 62, “but I do still think that we need to have people with conceal carry.”

After one of the nation’s deadliest mass shootings unfolded on their doorstep, pastors and parishioners around the tiny Texas hamlet of Sutherland Springs have begun asking whether guns have a rightful place inside their houses of worship.

It is a debate that is echoing across the United States as security experts and some politicians ask churches to consider a wide range of enhanced measures to thwart tragedies like Sunday’s deadly rampage at the First Baptist Church.

Barbara Burdette, who knew the 26 people killed in the massacre and as well as the 20 wounded, is ready to see her church hire armed security, or allow congregants to carry their own concealed firearms for self-defense.

“God is our protector,” said Burdette, 62, “but I do still think that we need to have people with conceal carry.”

Her pastor at the First Baptist Church of La Vernia, a one-story brick sanctuary 7 miles from the shooting scene, said the issue of guns in church requires a delicate balance between providing safety instead of fear.

Arming parishioners is not the only option. At the historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, where a white gunman killed nine at a June 2015 bible study session, uniformed police officers now attend regular worship services.

“It’s part of our new normal,” said Reverend Eric Manning at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, by phone. He said the church also created in-house security, as have most black churches in the region.

Muslim and Jewish institutions for years have added security measures to address the threat of violence and hate crimes. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) stresses the importance of security cameras, strong doors and clearing brush away from buildings so attackers have no place to hide.

A law enforcement vehicle prominently parked in front of a house of worship is also a strong deterrent to crime, said Claude Pichard, director of Training Force USA, which worked with churches across the country to improve security after the Charleston shooting.

The question of enabling, or even encouraging, parishioners to shoot back is a discussion particularly important to communities where guns are a part of life, such as rural Texas.

In Sutherland Springs, the shooter was confronted as he left the church by a resident who shot and wounded him.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton told Fox News that churches should consider whether they wanted parishioners to be armed as a way of preventing another tragedy.

His state allows for the concealed carrying of handguns by licensed owners. It is not clear exactly how First Baptist Church, where the shooting occurred, addressed gun issues.

A sheriff in Williamson County, Texas, a two-hour drive from the massacre, expects to discuss arming parishioners at a church security summit he is organizing in the wake of the attack. He said churches have a responsibility to ensure that responding officers can distinguish a protector from the assailant.

“What are you doing to make sure we don’t have a friendly on friendly fire?” said Sheriff Robert Chody by phone.

New Life Church, a congregation of 10,000 people in Colorado Springs, Colorado, requires churchgoers to leave their guns in their vehicles, a decade after it was the scene of a deadly shooting that killed two. A parishioner trained in church security used a firearm to wound the shooter, preventing greater carnage, said pastor Brady Boyd.

“Pastors are now waking up to this reality that we are not living in Mayberry anymore,” he said, referring to the fictitious North Carolina hometown on the “Andy Griffith Show,” a long-running 1960s television comedy.

He pointed out that no church could have security in place to withstand an attack by a military-trained shooter using an assault rifle, the scenario that unfolded this weekend in Texas.

About 10 miles from the shooting, Floresville Christian Fellowship Pastor Bennie Herrera said he needed to re-examine security but knows there is only so much that can be done.

“We will not be gripped by fear,” he said. “Faith will rise up and we will come together,” he said.

 by Reuters