NATO Ally?  With Friends Like These… Turkey Airstrikes Target Iraqi Christian Villages; Activists Call for War Crimes Investigation

Seven predominantly Christian villages were targeted by Turkish airstrikes last month.  Christian villages in Iraq have historically faced challenges spurred by the PKK and the Kurdish Regional Government. However, the situation for the Christians in largely agricultural northern Iraq has “worsened while the NATO member continues to gain more territorial control in Iraq’s north.”  “Human rights groups have repeatedly warned that Turkey is using the PKK’s general presence as an excuse to expand its territory: Turkey is in violation of international law,” ICC asserted in its report.  Read more:

Civil War II – America’s left-wing communists openly plot mass assassinations through Twitter groups. 

Already angry over their inability to control the flow of politics in Washington, the militant Left is getting even angrier.  And more militant.  Following a week in which Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee were unable to stop a hugely qualified constitutional jurist, Brett Kavanaugh, from advancing to a vote of the full Senate despite the use of a “hail Mary” sexual assault allegation, the perpetually triggered Left is lurching towards a full meltdown, even to the point of openly calling for violence against all conservatives and supporters of POTUS Donald Trump.  Read more:

Stirring the Cauldron:  Azusa Pacific University Reinstates Ban on LGBT Student Relationships

Azusa Pacific University’s Board of Trustees has reinstated a ban on LGBT relationships. The decision comes one week after the Christian university had announced that it was going to lift its ban on same-sex relationships among students.  In a statement on Friday, the board said officials never got approval to remove language from the student standards of conduct that prohibited same-sex relationships. The board also said they were standing firm in their convictions and will never “capitulate to outside pressures, be they legal, political, or social.”  Now the real pressure begins.  Read more:

Pope Francis Calls for Prayers against ‘Great Accuser’ after Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano Accuses Him of Cover-Up again

The pontiff’s comments echoed his recent claims against those who brought accusations of scandal against the church and her clerics. Francis said that those who uncovered the sins of bishops, thereby “scandalizing” the Catholic Church, performed the work of Satan. He later doubled down on that claim, and asserted that those who did not offer forgiveness toward church officials for their sins operated in the “logic of the Great Accuser.”  Read more:

Why Marriages Made Deliberately Childless are Ultimately Selfish and Unstable

What Marcel is pointing to is the inherent selfishness of wanting to “keep marriage just for the two of us.” This is contrary to its very nature as a good thing, since good things are meant to be shared, spread out, multiplied, and perpetuated. If we do not want to multiply the loaves and fishes that God has given us a natural power to multiply, we are starving ourselves and others.  Read more:

7,000 Evangelicals From around the World March in Jerusalem Awaiting Jesus’ Return

Evangelicals from over 100 different countries marched in Jerusalem as part of a celebration looking forward to Jesus Christ’s return.  The annual Feast of Tabernacles drew locals and foreigners in a celebration of music and flags, with the largest delegations coming from Brazil, with 900 members. Another 500 people came from the Ivory Coast, outnumbering even the U.S. congregation.  Evangelicals from the U.K., the Philippines, South Africa, and many other countries were also present.  The event, organized by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, presents itself as a glimpse of the future, when the Bible says that the world’s nations will be united in Jerusalem.  Read more:

China Trying to ‘Rewrite the Bible,’ Force Churches to Sing Communist Anthems

The Rev. Bob Fu, a former Chinese house church leader who founded the persecution watchdog organization China Aid, provided great detail during a House hearing about a plan enacted by leading state-sanctioned denominations in China to “Sincize” Christianity.  As China’s crackdown on religion has seen many house churches demolished and thousands of crosses removed from churches nationwide, Fu warned that what is happening right now in China represents the highest degree of persecution for independent faith groups the country has seen in decades.  Read more: