Christ Jesus prayed that all those who would believe in Him would be ONE, just as He and the Father are ONE; that they be brought to complete unity so that the world would know that He was sent by the Father. (John 17:20-23)
Heaven Is Our Destination Where We Will Be ONE With The Lord Forever
Today, we are in The Season Of The Last Generation. The Birth Pains that Christ Jesus spoke about are currently under way, including natural and unnatural disasters. They will be ever increasing. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold. Social, economic and political turmoil will be ever increasing, causing people's hearts to be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life. An apostasy within the Church of God is currently under way. This will all reach a climax with Satan revealing his Antichrist and requiring that everyone worship him; That every one receive his "mark" in order to buy or sell; The new currency of the New World Order, the New Tower of Babel.
Today, it is criticalthat those who have a heart for God are aware of what God is doing and speaking today. God is opening up His Word like never before in preparation for The Time Of The END. I exhort you to open up your heart and your eyes to see what He is doing and your ears to hear what God is speaking at this time. My prayer is that we will be able to stand before the Son of Man at His appearing, without fault and with great joy. I encourage you to read David Wilkerson's book, America's Last Call at davidwilkersontoday.blogspot.com. Also, Google, Tommy Hicks Prophecy, 1961 for a view of the End Times.
Tom's books include: Called By Christ To Be ONE, The Time Of The END, The Season Of The Last Generation, Worship God In Spirit And In Truth, Daniel And The Time Of The END, and Overcoming The Evil One. They are available at amazon.com. They can also be read without cost by clicking on link: Toms Books.
Other publications by Tom at the same link include: You Are Unique In Christ, Demonic Activity Increasing, America: A Nation Of Cowards, LIFE: Knowing The Voice Of God, The Earth Full Of Violence: Christ's Sign, Reality: The Realm Of The Spirit, What Is Detestable To God, America At The Crossroads, Many Are Invited but Few Are Chosen, Christian Beware, The Antichrist of Scripture, The Marks Of A Christian, The Apostasy/Rebellion, Satan's Scheme, The Anointing, The Good News, The Water of LIFE, The World Against Christ, The Commands Of Christ, America's New Civil War, America Is Cursed Because Of Its Abortion Murder, America Unprotected, America's Irreconcilable Differences, Evil Begets Evil, America's War Against Christ, America Is Babylon and IN Christ: There Are No Limitations.
To receive Christ Jesus as a child by faith is the highest human achievement.
Today, the Bride Of Christ is rising up in every nation in the world! Giving Glory to Her Savior and King, Christ Jesus!
Today, the world is Raging against God, Rushing toward Oblivion! Save yourself from this Corrupt Generation!
Today, America is being ground to powder because of it's SIN against God!
Saturday, July 15, 2017
COURT: RELIGIOUS GROUPS PICK THEIR LEADERS, NOT THE STATE
COURT: RELIGIOUS GROUPS PICK THEIR LEADERS, NOT THE STATE
Judges shoot down principal who compared school's beliefs to 'Stalinist communism'
WASHINGTON – A New York court has ruled that a Catholic school is legally permitted to choose a principal who shares and advances its faith, dismissing a plaintiff’s argument that promoting religion in school is indoctrination akin “to protecting jihadists.”
Administrators of St. Anthony Catholic School claimed their former principal, Joanne Fratello, was ineffective in promoting the school’s Catholic values and did not renew her contract.
Fratello sued St. Anthony and the archdiocese, alleging she was wrongfully fired by the school due to gender discrimination.
A New York federal district court last year dismissed the action against the archdiocese, ruling that the church could invoke “ministerial exception” when firing Fratello, a precedent set by the Supreme Court which exempts religious institutions from anti-discrimination laws in hiring employees.
But Fratello subsequently appealed to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, claiming the school was not legally permitted to hire a principal based on whether the individual would promote the church’s teachings.
Fratello’s attorney, Michael Diederich Jr., argued that the Catholic church is “dangerous to society” and compared the school’s adherence to its beliefs to “indoctrinating children with Stalinist communism.”
“Ms. Fratello and her attorney urge this court to recognize what the Founding Fathers knew, corroborated today by our increasing knowledge in the sciences, namely, that organized religions and religious dogma are dangerous to a society, and what a society needs is enlightened rationality,” Diedrich claimed in a brief to the court.
“Religion is always self-serving to the religious group (the church), and to the extent that secular courts protect religious practitioners outside the church house, the courts advance and endorse faith over reason,” he continued
But on Friday, a three-judge panel at the appeals court said the archdiocese has the right to fire Fratello for their stated reason of insubordination.
“We conclude that although Fratello’s formal title was not inherently religious, the record makes clear that she held herself out as a spiritual leader of the school and performed many important functions to advance its Roman Catholic mission,” the court concluded in its ruling. “The ministerial exception thus bars her employment-discrimination claims because she was a minister within the meaning of the exception.”
The court explained the law permits religious groups, not the state, to choose leaders who agree with their mission.
Eric Rassbach, deputy general counsel at Becket, a Washington-based legal institute, had argued the case for St. Anthony and the Archdiocese.
In an interview with WND, Rassbach blasted the attorneys representing Fratello for comparing Christianity to Stalinism.
“Attorneys representing Fratello made a lot of extreme arguments, essentially saying that religious schools are something dangerous and should be carefully controlled by the government because they would indoctrinate children,” Rassbach said. “Essentially, he made comparisons to Stalinism, jihadists, and a number of other groups that we thought were outrageous.”
He said it’s a victory for schools of all faiths.
“If a religious school is going to have the government come in and say ‘you can’t do that’ –that’s what you see in communist countries or other dictatorships that don’t like religion,” he said. “They will say ‘you can have a school’ and ‘you can even found a school, but whatever you do, don’t include the religious message’ – well that’s not the system in this country.”
He said, “The court saw right through this blatantly anti-Catholic lawsuit, agreeing with the Supreme Court that the church, not the state, should pick religious leaders. Now St. Anthony’s can go back to giving their students a quality education in the arts, science and faith.”
The precedent comes from the EEOC v. Hosanna-Tabor, about a Lutheran school’s right to choose teachers free from government intrusion.
Rassbach argued Fratello’s lawyers were trying to roll back the clock – and insert government players into the process through which a church school chooses leaders.
“Our argument is that a principal of a religious school, in this case a Catholic parish school, is an important religious leader,” he said. “They have a role in spreading the message of that particular faith. It’s outrageous, wrong and simply dumb for the government – whether it be a government agency or a government court to come in and try to decide who the messenger is for the church. The church gets complete control over who its leads its message and to do that it needs control over who its messengers are.”