Judge Plays God to Ban ‘Unimportant’ Bible Verse

By Andrew Shirley/Shirley & Banister Public Affairs. This article was recently published at CharismaNews.com and makes clear just how dangerously brazen the enemies of liberty have become.

The military’s highest court ruled yesterday that men and women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces can be punished for exercising their religion if judges deem the practice not religiously “important.” The ruling upholds the government’s criminal prosecution of a U.S. Marine for refusing to discard personal notes that had Bible verses on them. The case may now be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Marine Lance Cpl. Monifa Sterling

In 2014, Marine Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling was ordered to remove from her workstation three pieces of paper with a paraphrase from the book of Isaiah, “No weapon formed against me shall prosper,” even though co-workers were permitted to keep nonreligious messages on their desks. She declined and was court-martialed. A lower court upheld Sterling’s court martial, rejecting her argument that her faith was protected by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

“This is a real-life example of why judges shouldn’t play theologians,” said Daniel Blomberg, legal counsel of the Becket Fund, which filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting the Lance Corporal. “Here, a few judges concluded that keeping Scripture nearby isn’t ‘important,’ even though more than half of the world’s population belong to religions that teach the exact opposite. Avoiding obvious errors like this is why RFRA protects all religious beliefs, not just beliefs that government officials deem ‘important.’’’

Read more at Charisma News.

Intolerant Jennifer Lawrence Insults Her Audience

By Kimberly Bloom Jackson

What is it about Hollywood elites who just can’t help but to show how intolerant and anti-liberty-oriented they really are? It seems like the more fame and fortune they have, the more eager they are to hurl a good insult at the very audiences who have helped them get to where they are.

Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games, 2012

The first time I saw Jennifer Lawrence was in the 2012 hit dystopian adventure The Hunger Games. Kids absolutely loved the movie, as did adults who found themselves taken in by the courageous bow and arrow wielding Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) whose mission was to survive in a violent totalitarian society.

Although highly interpretive, many Christian viewers likened the movie to a Biblical story, complete with self-sacrifice, hope, death, resurrection, and even Bread of Life iconography. For some, the movie was also prophetic in that they now see America increasingly moving further into a “secular, post-Christian cultural space.” Needless to say, The Hunger Games quickly became the centerpiece of many Sunday sermons and Bible studies.

As for Jennifer Lawrence, she couldn’t have dreamed up a better star promoting role. Just one year later in 2013, she won an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Lead Role for Silver Linings Playbook. Today, she’s the world’s highest paid actress having earned a whopping $52,000,000 this year.

Now blessed with her own fame and fortune, Lawrence suddenly got the itch to sound off during a recent interview with Vogue Magazine. Predictably, she towed the same old anti-Christian and anti-Republican line so many other Hollywood celebrities have done before her.

During the interview, Lawrence revealed herself as the ultimate egotistical snob when she told Vogue that she was “embarrassed to be from Kentucky.” Why? Because of a devout Christian woman named Kim Davis, a Kentucky County Clerk, who couldn’t in good conscience issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. “Don’t even say her name in this house,” continued Lawrence.

Policing Culture at the University of Washington

By Kimberly Bloom Jackson

There’s a new wave of hard core political correctness sweeping college campuses. It’s called cultural appropriation. As explained by a University of Washington student, it’s when “you take something from a culture that isn’t yours and basically use it for your own purposes. A lot of times this involves a majority culture taking bits and pieces of a minority culture in a way that trivializes it, in away that misrepresents it and pulls it out of context, or in a way that stereotypes other people.”

Cultural Appropriation at UW

If this leaves you scratching your head, don’t worry. There’s a whole group of UW students who, having crowned themselves with a certain level of elitism, have put together a video instructing the rest of us Cro-Magnon types on how to avoid cultural appropriation. As one might expect, they make fools of themselves in the process.

Nevertheless, as you watch the video, you can almost imagine yourself in a museum walking from one “cultural exhibit” to another as you’re immediately hit with a sense of separatism and victimhood. Of course, it would have been more helpful had the students actually known something about culture before starting their little grievance project.

Still, as an anthropologist who escaped the grips of leftist academia before my own brain could turn to mush, I am somewhat sympathetic to those afflicted with critical thinking attrition, a common byproduct of today’s higher education. Perhaps these students deserve a refund.

It used to be that anyone could take a good Anthropology 101 class and get an honest lesson on cultural diffusion. This simply refers to the natural spreading of cultural traits, mainly through migration, trade, and war. Cultures adopt and tinker with traits that work for them and abandon those traits that don’t. It’s one of the key mechanisms of cultural change and advancement, and the primary reason isolated cultures tend to lag behind everyone else.

While it’s obvious the students never learned about cultural diffusion they do, however, seem to know plenty about cultural isolation. In case you haven’t noticed, college campuses are hotbeds of victim identities, where many students have aligned themselves with a special, separate culture of oppression. Victim cultures wear their victimhood as a badge of moral virtue. They see themselves as innocent and everyone else is out to get them.