Is Religious freedom Free?

Written by Terry Dashner

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In his book, Islam, Muhammad andrepparttar Koran, Dr. Labib Mikhail, an Egyptian who moved torepparttar 132230 United States in 1973, notes: ‘”The Koran commands Muslims to fight non-Muslims until they exterminate all religions so that Islam will berepparttar 132231 world’s only religion.’” Inrepparttar 132232 Koran, Surat Al-Baqarah 2:193 says, ‘”And fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief and worshipping of others along with Allah) and (all and every kind of) worship is for Allah (alone). But if they cease, let there be no transgression except against As-Zatimun (the polytheists and wrongdoers).”’ To a devout Muslim, a polytheist is a Christian, who believes that God is three persons in one.

While we are exploring this topic, we must not overlookrepparttar 132233 persecution of Pentecostal congregations in many European countries. France has many Catholics and Protestants, but France, as well as Germany and other European nations, is a secular society. France’s Revolution inrepparttar 132234 18th century forcedrepparttar 132235 religion of Enlightenment onrepparttar 132236 country and trivialized Christianity. Today, if you go to a secular European country to start a Pentecostal mission, you won’t find religious tolerance forrepparttar 132237 Pentecostal faith. Most likely you will be harassed and badgered byrepparttar 132238 secularists to comply withrepparttar 132239 norm or you will become discouraged and probably leaverepparttar 132240 country on your own.

America’s Constitution protects all religions throughout our Nation, even those that are different from mine. This is a great liberty that many God-fearing Americans take for granted and ignore through indifference. I’m concerned, and I know that you are too. That’s why I’m honored to network with you through e-mail for encouragement and prayer for America. Please pray forrepparttar 132241 Body of Christ aroundrepparttar 132242 world also. Will you continue your support of religious assembly by supporting a church or synagogue of your choice? Remember this, if you don’t exercise your right to worship, you may lose it. Someone might tell you someday by authority of law how or what to worship. May this never happen in America.

Pastors a small church in Broken Arrow, OK. 918-451-0270

Getting Older, Getting Better

Written by Virginia Bola, PsyD

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3. Personal witness.

We need to practice constant vigilance to bear witness to our beliefs. We must repeatedly re-assess ourselves to ensure that we have not inadvertently bought intorepparttar bias and prejudice that colors so much human thought. We cannot stand silent while others talk or joke about ethnicity, or religion, or sexual preferences. The need to get ahead does not requirerepparttar 132229 sacrifice of all that we hold dear --repparttar 132230 winner ofrepparttar 132231 rat race is, after all, a rat. We must consider our families and ensure that our children are fully exposed torepparttar 132232 potential and worth of every individual, no matter how different from us they may appear. Our expectations and demands of coworkers and subordinates needs to be fair and consistent, regardless or race, gender, or cultural differences. We can stand up and speak out, letting all know that nothing less than equal opportunity and fair evaluation will be tolerated in our personal sphere. We will continue to look for quality of character, knowing that little else matters.

As each generation ages,repparttar 132233 qualities it represented in youth tend to dissipate. Withrepparttar 132234 addition of multiple personal and occupational responsibilities andrepparttar 132235 acquisition of assets and at least a degree of wealth,repparttar 132236 earthquake of social revolution is no longer a promise but a threat. We jealously guard what we have worked so hard to obtain. We become a force for conservancy rather than a force for change.

The baby boom generation hasrepparttar 132237 potential to shatter that familiar pattern. Born onrepparttar 132238 cusp ofrepparttar 132239 most horrifying warrepparttar 132240 world has ever seen, we continue to represent an opportunity forrepparttar 132241 world to evolve, for mankind to rise aboverepparttar 132242 baseness of his bestial nature and to internalizerepparttar 132243 human capacity for true civilization. As we enterrepparttar 132244 autumn of our lives, we are presented withrepparttar 132245 opportunity to finally, and lastingly, make a difference. It is up to us to stand together now, as many years ago we stood inrepparttar 132246 streets of Chicago, Washington, and Birmingham, forrepparttar 132247 rights and liberties of all.

Virginia Bola is a licensed clinical psychologist with deep interests in Age Discrimination and the challenges of maturity. Performing therapeutic services for 30 years, she has researched the effects of cultural forces, employment and aging on the individual. The author of an interactive workbook, The Wolf at the Door: An Unemployment Survival Manual, she can be reached at

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