After School Satan Clubs 

Satanists are planning “After School Satan Clubs” for elementary children. Satanists are targeting school districts that allow for after school Christian activities, taking advantage of religious liberty rulings to promote their anti-religion.

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Where Christianity is growing the fastest

The world’s fastest growing church is that of IRAN.

Despite–or maybe because of–horrific persecution, the number of Christians in Iran has shot up from around 500 in 1979 to hundreds of thousands, maybe over a million, today.  More people have become Christians in the last 20 years than have done so in the 13 centuries of Islamic domination combined.

In second place: AFGHANISTAN.

So reports Mark Howard and his sources, excerpted and linked after the jump.

All of which is instructive for us depressed and discouraged American Christians.  If God can build His church in lands of such anti-Christian hostiity as Iran and Afghanistan, He can build it here.  And if those Christians can live out their faith in the face of such powerful cultural opposition and government-sponsored persecution, with our far smaller problems, we can too.

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The plight of religious traditionalists

Rachel Lu has written an important essay for National Review on the plight of religious traditionalists.  Donald Trump, she observes, has no interest in religious liberty issues or “fake culture war” causes that traditionalists care about.  And Republicans planning a post-Trump party are going the way of “fiscally conservative but socially liberal.”  And progressives, of course, can’t stand conservative religion.  So both political parties want to disassociate themselves from religious traditionalists.

And yet, she says, despite the efforts to marginalize religious conservatives, they have some cards to play. [Read more…]

Christian dating sites must arrange same-sex matches 

A California judge is requiring a company that operates Christian dating sites to provide its services to same-sex couples.  Affected are,,, and

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Sex as sacrament, abortion as religious ritual

More from Mary Eberstadt and her new book, discussing how sex is the sacrament for the new religion and abortion is its sacred ritual.  She  also notes how if abortion proponents were truly “pro-choice,” there would be times for abortion’s  defenders to choose against it, but this never happens.  She also observes that people aren’t losing their jobs for self-publishing books against, say, stealing.  No one gets in trouble for citing the Book of Ruth.  Rather, virtually all of the opposition to Christianity and to religious liberty today derives from Christianity’s opposition to the sexual revolution.

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Secular progressivism as church

Secular progressivism has assumed the form of an institutionalized religion, complete with orthodox dogmas that may not be questioned, saints and demons, sacraments and rituals.  It has become a church–not the beneficent kind, but the sort that squelches liberty and seeks to punish non-believers.

So argues Mary Eberstadt in a book on the subject and in an article excerpted after the jump. [Read more…]