The government of Indonesia has said it will deploy close to 1,500 officers to guard Christian churches this coming Christmas season, reportedly fearful of possible ISIS attacks.
Today Online reported that the officers have been dispatched across Indonesia's North Sumatra province, with a mission to protect churches during Christmas and New Year celebrations.
"The security operation has already started at every church," said Commissioner Hamam Wahyudi of the Medan Police. "We're also coordinating with the Mobile Brigade (riot police unit)." more >>
God bless them, Atheists are at it again.
It is Christmas time, the season of good cheer where we celebrate Jesus' birth, but rather than doing that, a group called American Atheists invite us by way of their new billboard campaign to "Go ahead and skip church! Just be good for goodness' sake." As if that's even possible.
Sure, anyone, including atheists, can do good works without acknowledging God, but that doesn't mean they do those good works apart from God because it's impossible to define "good" without also acknowledging good's creator, the moral law giver. If an objective standard of right and wrong or good and evil does not come from that moral law giver then clearly everything is subjective, based on the whims of whenever, however, and on whomever the wind might blow on any given day. more >>
A recently released study from LifeWay Research found that church attendance during the Christmas season is still an important part of the observance.
In a report titled "American Views on Christmas," LifeWay found that 61 percent of adults typically attend church during the Advent season.
LifeWay Research Director Scott McConnell told The Christian Post in an interview that the findings were similar to last year's survey data. more >>
Secular organizations will place a group of displays at the Nebraska capitol that will remain up on Christmas day, effectively muscling out a nativity scene.
Dubbed the "Reason This Season", the displays come courtesy a coalition of groups that include Lincoln Atheists, Omaha Atheists, Omaha Coalition of Reason, and UNO Council for Humanist Thought.
"Reason This Season" will be at the rotunda from Dec. 19-26, taking over all the spaces reserved for displays by any group that applies. As a result, the nativity scene currently on display at the capitol rotunda will be taken down on Dec. 18. more >>
Candace Cameron Bure has often expressed her Christian views on the popular ABC television show "The View." A recent holiday Billboard funded by the American Atheists provided the actress an opportunity to debunk the good works ideology and promote salvation through grace by faith.
In a panel consisting of Bure, Raven-Symone, Paula Faris, Sunny Hostin and Veteran co-host Joy Behar, Behar introduced the controversial segment pointing out that American Atheists placed the billboard in a predominantly Christian town in North Carolina.
The Santa Claus plastered billboard reads, "Go ahead and skip church! Just be good for goodness sake." more >>
A major atheist group is marking Bill of Rights Day on Tuesday with a two-page ad in The New York Times celebrating America's "godless and entirely secular Constitution."
The Freedom From Religion Foundation shared an image of the ad in a press release, which depicts a "nativity scene" of some of the founding fathers and the Statue of Liberty, who replace biblical figures, in a manger.
"The framers of our godless and entirely secular Constitution, revering freedom of conscience, wisely created a government free from religion. They understood there can be no religious liberty without the freedom to dissent," the ad reads. more >>