May 04, 2017 // 7:36pm
President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday that will allow churches and other religious organizations to become more active politically without risking their tax-exempt status.
The order relaxes IRS enforcement of the Johnson Amendment, which bans tax-exempt organizations like churches from political speech and activities.
While the executive order signals a promise kept, fully repealing the Johnson amendment would require Congressional action.
Pastor Robert Jeffress told Martha MacCallum on “The Story” that Trump realizes the government needs to halt its “assault” on religious freedom.
FAKE HATE! ORGANIST GEORGE STANG WHO REPORTED SWASTIKA,’HEIL TRUMP’ ON SIDE OF CHURCH ARRESTED – PAINTED IT HIMSELF
Another fake hate crime by anti-Trump voters. And this one is a church organist. His reason? George Nathanial Stang told police that he wanted to “mobilize a movement” because he was disappointed in and fearful of the presidential election results.
The Indy Channel reported:
A church organist who first reported hate-filled vandalism on a Brown County church is now charged with having actually committed the vandalism.
Police say someone spray painted a swastika, the words “Heil Trump” and a gay slur on the side of St. David’s Episcopal Church last November.
George Nathanial Stang, 26, who is employed by the church as an organist, was the first person who claimed to discover the vandalism.
According to the Brown County Prosecutor’s Office, Stang admitted to police that he had purchased the black spray paint at Bloomington Hardware. He told police that he wanted to “mobilize a movement” because he was disappointed in and fearful of the presidential election results.
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Yes, Trump Goes To Church. He Goes To My Church. Here’s What Happens When The President Sits Next To You
There are many conflicting media reports about President Trump and his relationship with the Christian faith, the church, and religion as a whole. As a resident of the President’s beloved Palm Beach community, a place where we have grown accustomed to seeing the ‘real’ Donald, I can tell you the President does attend church.
In fact, he attends my church.
I sat across from the President on Easter Sunday. I’ve worshiped with Trump and his family multiple times in our little stone sanctuary over the last 15 years I’ve been a parishioner. Here are some things I would like to set straight about attending church with President Trump.
Firstly, let’s establish where this church is. My little local church is called the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea. It was built in 1889 and services the Palm Beach community. This is where it sits on a map:
Palm Beach Island was built as a private hideaway for America’s wealthy since it was established as a resort town in the late 1800s. The tiny island quickly became a homestead for New York’s elite. The homes and buildings here were built mostly during the “Gatsby” Gilded Age. Astors, Vanderbilts, and Kennedys called Palm Beach home long before Donald Trump.
Donald has always been a bit more “colorful” than other Palm Beach residents. He does ruffle some feathers on the quiet island occasionally. But what irritates some of his fellow homeowners on the island is what endears him to his voting block: his love of interacting with people and being a grand host.
In Palm Beach, Donald is very accessible. He still greets members at Mar-A-Lago by name. He will exit his motorcade to shake hands with supporters lining the street to wave signs for him. He invites them into his home. None of this is surprising to people who have been neighbors with him on the island for the last 25 years.
So it was no surprise to members of our community church when President Trump casually walked into Easter service. I have attended church with Trump five times, including last Easter when he was a GOP presidential candidate. Donald was married at my church. His son Barron was christened at my church. Melania posts photos of my church, saying it is where she and Donald “celebrate and pray.”
However, when Donald came to worship this Easter Sunday, things were different.
This was the first time Donald Trump attended as President.
Here are some ways your church service changes when the most powerful man in the world attends.
1. You may need to arrive “early” to get a good seat in church when the President is coming to service.
Between the 9am and 11am service, the church was entirely closed off and the Secret Service swept the building with bomb sniffing dogs. The entrance to the building was blocked off during this time, and not open to the public.
2. The lines to get into the church are very long.
As people lined up for the 11am service, parishioners had to go through metal detectors and be searched by Secret Service and bomb sniffing dogs. It’s very much like getting on a plane.
3. A special entrance is set up for the President outside the church grounds.
When the President and his family arrive, everything gets really busy outside. Security swarm. Police block the roads. He may wave, but he is in a ‘bubble’ until he gets in the building.
4. As the President arrives, those of us in the church are on lockdown. No one in or out.
Some people specifically knew Trump would attend, and some didn’t realize what the procedures were for. A lady sitting right next to us in our pew says, “Oh my gosh, I’m so excited Trump will be here today!” We told her to be quiet and discreet, because we didn’t want the Pastor or parishioners to be upset.
5. When the President walks it, everyone is awestruck.
It’s neat to see the President, no matter who you are. When Donald walked in, some of the parishioners were very excited. The family came in from the side door, with Barron, Tiffany and Melania and her parents. They were shown to their pew in the fifth row by one of the clergy. The energy was palpable.
Donald was friendly as usual. He tried to keep the fuss down around him so the Pastor wouldn’t be too perturbed. The Pastor noted that the day is intended to celebrate Christ, who has risen from the grave —- not Donald who has seated himself in the fifth pew.
6. The President worships with Secret Service.
Donald couldn’t really walk around and pose with any of us, but he was kind and friendly, and looked directly into our cameras and smiled for us.
Two Secret Service sat behind him, two in front of him, and maybe even more that we didn’t know about. The entire church was watched over by Secret Service. One agent stood at the front of church on her walkie-talkie communicating with the agent next to him. The entire church and grounds were covered with bomb-sniffing dogs and agents during the entire service, we later found out.
7. Trump will still shake your hand.
Many parishioners did shake Donald’s hand quietly on the way up to take Communion. Some walked right by him. But he was friendly and shook everyone’s hand who reached for his.
8. The President sings in church.
Donald Trump sang hymns in church. I saw it.
9. The First Lady and her son were proud parishioners.
Melania was cheerful and beaming. She prayed fervently with the Pastor during hymns. Melania’s parents were there with the family. Barron was a good boy for being an 11-year-old in a church service. He was dutiful and attentive.
10. The President leaves quietly, just before the end of the service.
Donald and his family left when the final hymn played. He waved at everyone, and everyone waved back, then his Secret Service and family all left out of a side door.
Some people were outside, so hyped up, they were literally crying to see the President as we walked out at the end of service. So the word was out that he was there by the end of service.
I’m proud to be a member of the same church as Donald Trump. During this service, you can imagine a lot is on his mind, now that he is no longer just the owner of a club on the island, but rather the Commander in Chief for the most powerful country in the world.
I think I saw him praying, just a bit more this year.
SOURCE: Yes, Trump Goes To Church. He Goes To My Church. Here’s What Happens When The President Sits Next To You – Independent Review Journal
MUSLIM MOB KIDNAPPED PASTOR, RAPED 15 WOMEN INSIDE CHURCH, EIGHT STILL MISSING IN UGANDA – ANGRY AFTER PASTOR CONVERT MUSLIMS TO CHRISTIANTY…THE DEVIL UPSET EH!
In Islam, it’s death penalty to convert to other religion and to proselytize. In Uganda, a group of Muslim men, angry at a pastor for converting Muslims to Christianity, entered a church, gang raped 15 women and beat up the men. Pastor Moses Mutasa and eight other Christians are still missing, while others who managed to escape were killed by other Muslim radicals waiting outside.
Although Uganda is about 85 percent Christian and only 11 percent Muslim, some eastern areas of the country have Muslim majorities, such as the district where the church attack occurred.
From The Christian Post:
Morning Star News reported that two weeks after the attack on Katira Church in Budaka District on Jan. 15, Pastor Moses Mutasa and eight other Christians are still missing.
The Islamic radicals, who attacked the 500-member congregation during an evening prayer meeting with clubs and sticks, reportedly blamed the pastor for leading people to Jesus Christ.
“Away with the pastor who is converting our Muslims to Christianity,” one of the witnesses, a church leader, recalled of what the attackers shouted.
The Muslim mob locked up the Christians in attendance inside the church, beating the men and raping several women. Some of the Christians who managed to escape the building were ambushed and assaulted by other radicals waiting outside.
Pedophile dies after angry parents attacked him during church concert: report
MORÓN, Argentina – A 42-year-old pedophile who was convicted of molesting five preschool children died this week, more than a month after he was beaten by a group of angry parents at a church concert in Argentina, according to multiple reports.
Marco Fabian Pecollo was playing the trumpet in an orchestra at a church in the Buenos Aires suburb of Morón on Oct. 30 when the group of parents stormed the cathedral yelling, “There is a pedophile and a rapist in the church and he is playing in this orchestra,” AFP reported.
Pecollo tried to run away, but the group chased him down, blocked his path and started beating him, according to the report. Witnesses told AFP that at one point, he was hit by one parent with his own trumpet.