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The Irony Of Conservative Christians’ Opposition To Immigration

This piece is part of TPM Cafe, TPM’s home for opinion and news analysis. President Donald Trump’s base simultaneously cares deeply about defending Christianity and restraining immigration. It’s a stance we’ve come to expect, but there’s an irony to this. At a moment when more and more Americans are unaffiliated with religion, immigration is providing a counterbalance. In fact, nothing would do more to strengthen Christianity than embracing undocumented immigrants. Most undocumented immigrants come from Latin America, so 83 percent are Christian. If they were…

Music and Christianity: What’s it all about?

*Brief disclaimer: I have focussed on Christian worship music, because it is my own personal experience. I cannot speak for any other faith, but I would always be interested to listen. When you hear the words ‘Christian worship music,’ what’s the first thing that springs to mind? Maybe a modern Christian song with a repetitive tune and incessant choruses about how ‘Jesus loves us.’ Or a stereotypical village church where the congregation mumbles the hymns, out of time with the organ, and with varying…

Letter to the Editor: Understanding political polarization through Christianity

Today’s society is becoming more and more secular as the movement away from a belief in the existence of God and his influence in human affairs accelerates, especially in the halls of government and in the media. As television’s Dr. Phil frequently asks, “How’s that working out for ya’?” Indicators like the recent mass shootings, chaos in immigration and international relationships and uncertainties in almost every important aspect of our daily lives show that it is not working out well at all. Ironically, the…

‘Christian left’ is reviving in America, appalled by treatment of migrants

Holding pictures of migrant children who have died in U.S. custody and forming a cross with their bodies on the floor of the Russell Senate Office Building, 70 Catholics were arrested in July for obstructing a public place, which is considered a misdemeanor. The protesters hoped that images of 90-year-old nuns and priests in clerical collars being led away in handcuffs would draw attention to their moral horror at the United States’ treatment of undocumented immigrant families. American Catholics, like any religious group, do…

Christian persecution MAPPED: The 50 countries where Christians face EXTREME danger

Each year, Open Doors UK publishes a World Watch List of places around the world where it is the most dangerous to be a Christian. In these countries, Christian’s face detention, violence and abuse for their religion. The number one most dangerous country on the list is North Korea, which has held the top spot for 18 years. Related articles Christian crackdown: Man jailed in Nepal for handing out bibles Christianity crackdown: Wedding party attacked by mob ‘with rods’ There are estimated to be…

Some white evangelicals are difficult to recognize as Christians at all

August 15 at 5:04 PM I have a confession to make. I am one of the five remaining Americans who is uncomfortable with vulgarity, put off by profanity and offended by blasphemy. Swearing is now generally taken as a sign of authenticity; it is more often the expression of anger and aggression. I don’t think political discourse is improved by language more appropriate to a bar fight. I do think the presidency is diminished by public scatology and sacrilege. And I really don’t give…

In ‘God Land,’ Lyz Lenz Explores Midwest Christianity — And Those Who Are Welcomed Versus Those Who Are Not

Lyz Lenz thinks the term “Heartland” is “so dumb.” “It over-romanticizes [the Midwest] and gives it a kind of soft focused filter like, ‘Oh, it’s the Heartland,’ which downplays the messy complications of the space,” she tells Bustle. “This is something I think we have a tendency to do, especially in politics. Politicians say, “We need to talk about the average person in Middle America!'” But who, Lenz wondered prior to the 2016 election, is the average Middle American? After all, the Midwest is…

Bibles Escape Trump’s Tariff Fight with China……

The Good Book got good news from the Trump administration today: America’s Bibles—most of which are printed in China and imported to the United States—are now exempt from the burgeoning trade war between the two nations. With a 10-percent hike on $300 billion worth of Chinese goods looming next month, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) posted two long lists of items: one of imports from China that will become subject to tariffs on September 1, and one of imports whose proposed…

Rare Sightings of Foxes Near Temple Mount a Fulfillment of Biblical Prophecy?

JERUSALEM, Israel – While the Jewish people mourned the destruction of the two Temples in Jerusalem during the Tisha B’Av fast over the weekend, many believe a rare sighting of foxes near the Temple Mount is a fulfillment of biblical prophecy. Video posted online last week shows what appears to be several foxes walking near the Western Wall and the Temple Mount. [embedded content] For some Jews, the sighting of foxes near the Western Wall is a grave reminder of Lamentations 5:18, which reads:…

Foxes seen near Temple Mount reminder of destruction, biblical prophecy

By Brandon Showalter, CP Reporter | Saturday, August 10, 2019 A footbridge leads from the Western Wall to the compound known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem’s Old City June 2, 2015. Picture taken June 2, 2015. | (Photo: REUTERS/Ammar Awad) The presence of foxes near the Western Wall of the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism in the Old City of Jerusalem, has some saying that fulfillment of biblical prophecy is materializing. Video footage posted…