Iraq Declares Christmas A National Holiday

25 Dec 2018

For the first time, Iraq declares Christmas a national holiday – Kurdistan 24, 2018/12/25

As members of the Iraqi Christian community celebrated Christmas, the Council of Ministers agreed to make Dec. 25 an annual public holiday throughout the country.

This is the first time that the Iraqi government has announced the observance as a national holiday that includes all citizens after being limited only to Christians for decades. In doing so, the rest of the nation joins the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region that has long included Christmas in its public holidays.

A statement issued by the office of the Iraqi Prime Minister mentions that the cabinet decided to suspend official work on Dec. 25 and also voted to amend the official holiday law to include Christmas. It is expected to be approved by parliament, the last step in the process.

The Christian community in Iraq has, for decades, suffered persecution for their faith. In 2014, when the so-called Islamic State (IS) emerged in Iraq, tens of thousands of Christians were forced to flee their homes, with many seeking refuge in the Kurdistan Region. The jihadi group killed Christian civilians, forced some to convert to Islam, and destroyed or desecrated churches in cities like Mosul which it controlled.

“We have militarily defeated Da’esh [Islamic State (IS) group] and continue to erase their terrorist ideology,” Abdul-Mahdi continued, adding that his government will continue to rebuild the country after years of war and will help those displaced to return to their homes.

“We support your efforts to meet the challenge of reconstruction and the achievement of peace,” the prime minister said, calling on Christians and Muslims to “sow the seeds of love, peace, and coexistence and diversity as a source of strength for all.”

Merry Christmas.


God is Back in Florida…

14 Aug 2018

… at least on the outside of the buildings. Now we just have to get Him back inside of the buildings, and inside of the people in the buildings. I’m sure there’s a sermon in there somewhere…

With school back in session, Florida schools must display ‘In God We Trust’ – Fox 35 Orlando, 2018/08/14

The 2018 Florida Statue, Title XLVIII Chapter 1003, starts that “Each district school board shall adopt rules to require, in all of the schools of the district and in each building used by the district school board, the display of the state motto, “In God We Trust,” designated under s. 15.0301, in a conspicuous place.”

In February, the House approved a bill stating that every Florida school and school administrative building will have to prominently display “In God We Trust.”

Passed after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Rep. Kimberly Daniels, a Jacksonville Democrat and sponsor of the bill, cited the recent shootings at a Florida high school during her closing speech on the bill.

North Korean Prisoners Give VP Pence a Note Quoting Scripture

11 May 2018

How much do you think they prayed about being released? God granted their request.

Saudi Arabia Agrees To Build Christian Churches

4 May 2018

Saudi Arabia ‘agrees deal with Vatican to build churches for Christians living in the Muslim country’UK Daily Mail, 2018/05/04

Saudi Arabia has agreed a deal with the Vatican to build churches for Christian worshippers in the Arab country, it is claimed by Middle Eastern media.

If confirmed, the supposed agreement between Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran and Mohammed bin Abdel Karim Al-Issa of the Muslim World League would mark a historic first in Saudi history.

Saudi Arabia’s anti-extremism Etidal centre hosted Cardinal Tauran last month as the crown prince pushes for inter-religious exchange in the ultra-conservative Sunni kingdom.

There are no Christian churches in Saudi Arabia, the only country in the region without one.

Services for Billy Graham Today

2 Mar 2018

Billy Graham is laid to rest – Yahoo, 2018/03/02

Evangelist Billy Graham, who preached to millions around the world in a 70-year career, will be laid to rest on Friday in his native North Carolina following a funeral service that will draw thousands of mourners including President Donald Trump.

The service for Graham, who died on Feb. 21 at age 99, comes after he lay in honor at the U.S. Capitol in recognition of a clergyman who counseled presidents and was the first noted evangelist to take his message to the Soviet bloc.

The 90-minute funeral service is scheduled to start at 12 p.m. EST.

First Crusade

Last Crusade

Chik-Fil-A Open Sunday – Why?

3 Jan 2016

Texas Chick-fil-A Locations Open Sunday to Deliver Free Food for Tornado Victims

Despite the fact that the Christian fast-food chain Chick-fil-A is notorious for being closed on Sundays, several Texas Chick-fil-A locations operated on Sunday to prepare and distribute free food to victims impacted by the deadly tornadoes that created havoc and destruction throughout the state.

Chick-fil-A spokeswoman Amanda Hannah clarified to CNBC that the restaurants were not open to the public but the kitchens were in operation to provide food to those in desperate need.

Chik-Fil-A continues to be a solid representative of Christianity. Putting their own rules aside, they understand the loving response is helping those severely impacted by the storms.