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‘We Believe in the Christian Civilizational Foundations of Europe’: Hungary’s Orbán

‘We Believe in the Christian Civilizational Foundations of Europe’: Hungary’s Orbán

“We see a growing demand for church institutions,” said Orbán.

QUICK FACTS:
  • Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Monday warned that Europe and Hungary have entered an “era of dangers,” after taking his fifth oath as prime minister in parliament.
  • Orbán spotlighted the COVID-19 pandemic, the Russia-Ukraine conflict, and the economy, as well as what he called the “cultural alienation [that] is growing between the western half of Europe and Hungary.”
  • Hungary’s Prime Minister said such cultural alienation between the two regions hs been brought about because his nation “believe[s] in the Christian civilizational foundations of Europe, and in the nation,” which other nations had “given up.”
  • “Everything that has happened since 2020 points in one direction: Europe and the Hungarian people in it have entered an age of danger. The decade began with the coronavirus epidemic and continued with the war. The sanctions from the war brought an economic downturn,” Orbán said. “The war and sanctions policy caused an energy crisis, and U.S. interest rate hikes brought an age of inflation.”
  • Orbán also highlighted the dangers of unmitigated immigration policy and its implications for the Christian population, saying, “All of this will bring the age of economic downturn, threatening epidemics may recur, migration may deepen and may intensify.” “Such is the program of the great European population exchange, the essence of which is to replace the missing Christian children with migrants,” Orbán went on to say. “Such an experiment is a program of gender madness and a liberal Europe that transcends nation-states and Christianity, and puts nothing in their place.”
ORBÁN SEES PATH TO SUCCESS:
  • The Hungarian Prime Minister was hopeful that Hungary could fend off Christianity’s decline by supporting churches. “It is a difficult task, but we can succeed. We can succeed because the Hungarians were carved out of hard wood, so we stubbornly resist the decline,” he said.
  • “We will provide the conditions for preaching the gospel. We see a growing demand for church institutions, and helping them will be important,” stated Orbán.
  • “Hungarians across the border can count on us, we will continue our work of national unification.”
ORBÁN SWIPES AT GEORGE SOROS:

“I shall strive to be worthy of this enormous trust, which is unprecedented in the whole of Europe,” said Orbán. “It is food for thought that we have won by the largest margin ever, at a time when all human reasoning suggested that we were also competing on the most difficult terrain. The Hungarian left and their international allies, politicians, financiers and the media all rallied against us. Let us make it clear: Brussels and George Soros were also playing to ensure our downfall. They threatened us however they could. No wonder this victory fills us with electrifying energy. My friends, there is nothing so exhilarating as to be shot at without result. We have won four times in a row, despite financial crises, a global pandemic, floods of migrants, and even a war that was – and is – threatening our country. Such a winning streak is unusual in Europe, and even in the wider Western world; and the scale of the victory is unprecedented.”

BACKGROUND:
  • Orbán was reelected as premier in the 199-seat assembly by 133 votes to 27 against.
  • The prime minister has been pursuing close ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying he would not support banning his country’s oil imports from Russia as the European Union has proposed. While speaking on state radio on May 6, Orbán said that such an embargo would drop an “atomic bomb” on Hungary’s economy.

https://youtube.com/watch?v=YkudHhAT8F4%3Ffeature%3Doembed

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Sean Feucht: God is the ‘answer and hope for America’ amid ‘darkness’

Pretty good… mrossol

Sean Feucht: God is the ‘answer and hope for America’ amid ‘darkness’

A prominent musician and worship leader stressed the importance of turning to faith at a time of national strife, describing God as “the answer and the hope for America.”

Nearly two years into the coronavirus pandemic, Sean Feucht reflected on his efforts to bring the Word of God to as many people as possible as cities across the U.S. imposed worship restrictions in an appearance on “Fox News Primetime” Tuesday.

Feucht, who describes himself as a “missionary, artist, speaker, author [and] activist,” founded the “Let Us Worship” movement, a series of outdoor worship events that took place as coronavirus restrictions banned in-person church services and, in some cases, prevented people from singing. https://www.youtube.com/embed/yyGVJZCFJV4?feature=oembed

Feucht discussed his latest endeavor with Fox News host Ben Domenech, where he mentioned that he was “launching a new tour kicking off in Miami on New Year’s Eve.”

After recalling how “it always seemed like religion was coming last for so many of our political leaders” who “didn’t seem to think it was all that important that people actually be able to gather and worship together” during the pandemic, Domenech asked Feucht “why was it important for you to make sure that that still happened?”

“It wasn’t America that founded religious liberty, religious liberty founded America,” Feucht replied. “It’s essential to who we are.”

Feucht concluded that religious liberty was even more essential “especially in a time of a pandemic; especially in a time where there’s such division and there’s such isolation.” He maintained that “we got to get together, we got to worship, we got to seek God. He is the answer and the hope for America.”

Both Feucht and Domenech lamented that many professing people of faith elected to “go along with the policies that were put in place without any kind of objection.” According to Feucht, “We sing these songs, we preach these sermons and yet, when the moment comes, when we got to practice them, it’s like people were … deserted, they just … fell at the feet of the government.”

Feucht also pushed back on the misconception that the Let Us Worship movement was political in nature: “This is not political, this is biblical. … We have a mandate as believers, we’ve been doing it for 2,000 years. We’ve been gathering together … despite pandemics and persecution and fear and crazy tyrannical governors like we have here in California.”

“We’ve been gathering together … and we’ve been worshiping,” he added. “Now more than ever, when Americans are facing such darkness, you know, the light shines in the darkness and the darkness cannot overcome it.”

Feucht elaborated on how the Let Us Worship movement held events in cities ravaged by riots in the weeks after George Floyd’s death in May 2020. Violent rioting nationwide led to over 20 murders, and the torching of homes and small businesses, leaving many people homeless and causing billions of dollars in damages. 

“We went to some of the hardest and darkest cities, cities of rioting like Seattle and … Portland. We went through Los Angeles, South Chicago, and everywhere we went, the story was the same: people gathered needing hope, people gathered needing life.”

“It was like there’s this connection that comes in community that people didn’t have but also a connection to God. And the testimonies are crazy,” Feucht said. “People getting saved, people getting healed, people giving their life to Jesus, getting rid of their addictions. I mean, this is why we did this. This is why we launched Let Us Worship, and we’re not stopping now.” 

Feucht’s appearance on “Fox News Primetime” comes as states and cities across the U.S. are re-implementing coronavirus restrictions, specifically mask mandates, as the Omicron variant of the virus spreads and the U.S. sees a doubling of COVID-19 infections since 2020, setting a new record this week for the average number of daily cases.

In addition to the New Year’s Eve event in Miami mentioned by Domenech, Feucht has already scheduled several Let Us Worship events in 11 states throughout 2022.

In addition to attending Let Us Worship events, Americans had the opportunity to weigh in on restrictions on religious worship at the voting booth. Earlier this year, 62% of Texas voters supported Proposition 3, which bans the state from prohibiting or restricting religious services in the future during any pandemic or natural disaster.

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How will Muslim Nominee Protect Other Faiths?

Christianity Daily  11/21/2021

A Colorado-based group promoting religious freedom asked President Joe Biden’s Muslim nominee, Rashad Hussain, how will he and the administration protect other faiths and their rights.

WND said JihadWatch, through its director Robert Spencer, highlighted the 7-page open letter sent by Save The Persecuted Christians Coalition to Hussain questionimg his capacity to be truthful to his role as an “Ambassador-At-Large for International Religious Freedom” even to other religions, especially those being persecuted by Muslims.

The coalition is comprised of 124 American Christians and Jews that aims “to engage public officials and spread news of persecution” at the grassroots.

“He is, by all accounts, a devout Muslim. As Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, will he speak out and act for the religious freedom of non-Muslims in Shariah states who are discriminated against according to Shariah provisions? The establishment media will never ask him. So Save the Persecuted Christians has done so,” Spencer said.

The open letter pointed out some unaddressed areas on Hussain’s nomination to the post of Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. The coalition raised the said areas out of its desire that clarity be made on the matter prior to Hussain receiving the United States Senate’s vote on his nomination.

Save The Persecuted Christians’ letter pointed out that one of the areas that were not addressed was Hussain’s beliefs on “certain tenets of Islamic Law.” One of the said tenets pertain to Islam having a “supremacist position” over other religions. This tenet compels Muslims adherance to the treatment of “infidels” or those who are non-Muslims as “inferior” to them such that they have limited rights and are subject to “severe punishment.”

Another tenet involves considering converts as “apostates” subject to death penalty. While another considers Muslims with a different interpretation of Islam as “apostates” who are similarly subjected to the same punishment as converts.

“As a committed Muslim, in the execution of your office as AAL, will you be able to consider members of all faiths or of no faith equally worthy of U.S. protection from persecution by state and non-state actors?” Save The Persecuted Christians said.

“In light of differences in the understanding of personal rights and freedoms under Sharia rules versus those protected under international laws concerning human rights and religious freedom, what standard would you advocate for when issues arise affecting the freedom of non-Muslims to practice their faith–especially in Muslim-majority nations–if confirmed as Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom?” they added.

The letter also sought clarity in 17 other areas on Hussein’s history, ideologies, and statements, such as using the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as his guide in implementing his role. The coalition said that this differs significantly” from the Cairo Declaration of Human Rights that was used by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to which Hussein was appointed to by former President Barack Obama as a Special Envoy.

The difference lies in the “legal and practical implications of its caveat that all human rights are to be observed only to the extent they are consistent with Sharia,” which is the Arabic name for the Islamic Law.

The coalition particularly cited that as OIC Special Envoy, Hussein was one of those who promoted a false narrative that a jihadist attack in Benghazi was “spontaneous” instead of it being “murderous and pre-planned.” The said attack actually led to the death of a U.S. Ambassador to Lydia among others. The coalition asked Hussein if he still holds the same position today.

The group also cited several instances that Hussein acted against justice by defending Muslims even though it was not the truth such as silencing those who spoke against persecution done by Islamic groups as “Islamophobic” during his stint as OIC Special Envoy.

https://www.christianitydaily.com/articles/13874/20211109/group-promoting-religious-freedom-asks-biden-administration-how-muslim-nominee-will-protect-other-faiths.htm

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Calls Mount For ‘the gospel coalitian’ To Retract Article Likening Kyle Rittenhouse To ‘Mass Shooter’

I read this with interest. There is probably “more to the story” so I withhold comment for now. mrossol

The Daily Wire, Nov 20, 2021  by Ben Zeisloft

Calls are mounting for evangelical publication The Gospel Coalition to address a piece that called Kyle Rittenhouse an “armed mass shooter,” like the Charleston church shooter.

On Friday afternoon, Kyle Rittenhouse — an eighteen-year-old who killed two men and injured a third while defending himself during a riot in Kenosha, Wisconsin — was cleared of multiple murder charges. Since the August 2020 incident, left-leaning journalists, politicians, and celebrities have used the Rittenhouse case as evidence that the United States and its institutions are irreparably and systemically racist.

 

Among these voices was The Gospel Coalition — which, before the onset of COVID-19, the death of George Floyd, and the most recent presidential election, largely had a reputation for upholding conservative theological convictions grounded in the Reformed tradition. Amid the tumult of 2020, however, The Gospel Coalition accelerated its surrender to “wokeness” — more regularly publishing content that borrows progressive terminology like “systemic racism” and “microaggression.”

In this context, K. Edward Copeland — a council member of The Gospel Coalition and an Illinois-based pastor — published an article called “Why I Hate August” that joined the Left in arguing that Rittenhouse benefited from an implicit form of privilege:

Kyle Rittenhouse killed people in the middle of the street (on camera and in front of witnesses) and then, smoking rifle at his side, casually strolled past law enforcement. He didn’t run away. He didn’t hide. He showed no fear. He assumed there was something about his person that would allow him to approach law enforcement with a visible semi-automatic weapon that had just taken lives — and live to tell about it. More than a few witnesses pointed out that he had just shot several people. Yet he was able to leave the scene and the state.

Copeland placed Rittenhouse in the same category as the Charleston church shooter — a white supremacist who murdered nine African American churchgoers during a 2015 service in Charleston, South Carolina:

When armed mass shooters (Kyle Rittenhouse, [Charleston church shooter], etc.) are apprehended without incident, and unarmed black people are killed out of fear that they might be armed, we have a more insidious problem than “a few bad apples.” This thing is cultural, pervasive, and abominable.

Per Daily Wire policy, the Charleston church shooter will not be named, and quotes containing his name have been altered to read: [Charleston church shooter].

Despite Rittenhouse’s acquittal, Copeland’s assertion has neither been removed nor addressed by The Gospel Coalition.

Though The Gospel Coalition was, unfortunately, not the only Christian publication to negatively characterize Rittenhouse, others have retracted their statements. Mere Orthodoxy recently added an editor’s note to its November 2020 piece entitled “Death Does Not Come For The Deserving,” apologizing for using words like “murderer” and “criminality” to describe Rittenhouse and his actions.

But there has been no similar action from The Gospel Coalition, despite several calls to repentance from many Reformed and evangelical theologians, ministers, and writers.

“The Kyle Rittenhouse trial is a shocking and depressing example of injustice. It’s especially saddening that Christian organizations like the Gospel Coalition joined the mob and falsely labeled Rittenhouse a ‘mass shooter like [the Charleston church shooter],’” commented blogger Samuel Sey. “It’s shameful.”

“This article by @TGC is one of the reasons why evangelicals have remained divided by social justice. This article ignores the law & villainizes an innocent man by promoting the CRT / BLM talking points,” added G3 Ministries director Josh Buice, calling The Gospel Coalition’s actions “irresponsible” and “anti-gospel.”

As described by Grace Bible Theological Seminary provost Owen Strachan in a recent interview with The Daily Wire’s Megan Basham, many evangelicals “tragically are being taken captive by an ideology that has nothing to do with Scripture.”

“Pastors who formerly had a reputation for staunch Reformed doctrine that defied the world and made many disciples now are giving lukewarm lectures based in godless sociology texts,” he argued. “It is an absolute abdication of biblical conviction.”

Instead, pastors should proclaim “the uniting gospel of Jesus Christ that brings people together from every background, every skin color, every ethnicity, and proclaims that they are presently one family, by virtue of the death of Christ, and saving faith given us by God.”

“What we are now taught today,” explained Strachan, “is that white people have more sin to confess than they thought they did. They may have thought they had become Christians, and are free now from condemnation. But instead, because of this newfound structural guilt, white people who have been Christians for years and have individually committed no sin of racism are still condemned. Not personally, but structurally. They are not free in Christ, as they once believed.”

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