Archive for November, 2006

More on College of William & Mary

Posted in America with tags , , , , , , , on November 30, 2006 by Mike

Retired Air Force Brigadier General George Forschler has written a letter to the editor of the Alexandria Gazette in response to the president of the College of William and Mary ordering a cross removed from the campus chapel in an effort to promote diversity. I posted on this a few days ago. A few lines from his letter:

William & Mary, one of America’s oldest universities, [now a public university] was founded as a school of divinity in 1693. That Christian tradition lives today, and any student or parent sending a student to the college is undoubtedly aware of that. Freedom of association is one of this Nation’s founding principles. If students enter or avoid William & Mary due to its Christian roots, that is their choice.
The only religion being persecuted by Nichol’s decision is Christianity itself. A Muslim or Jewish school would not remove holy symbols from a mosque or synagogue to make room for other faiths, nor should they be expected to.

Hopefully, those in Virginia with a little common sense will join General Forschler and help president Nichol see the light.


Indian converts forced out of homes

Posted in Overseas with tags , , , , , on November 24, 2006 by Mike

Compass Direct News tells of nine families that were attacked and forced from their homes in the northeast region of India because they had converted to Christianity.

Their ordeal began when Christians attended a Pentecostal meeting held in Haldibari village last Monday (November 13).“This meeting infuriated the Bodo tribals, who organized their own religious gathering the next day,” a source told Compass.

At 8 a.m. on Tuesday morning (November 14), the tribal people of Haldibari gathered for their own meeting at the village council hall, said the Rev. Madhu Chandra, Delhi regional secretary of the All India Christian Council.

“Some of them were sympathizers of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh [RSS, a Hindu extremist group],” Rev. Chandra said. “Under their influence, the group resolved to evacuate Christian families from the village.”

At around 2:30 p.m. that day, 25 Bodo villagers went to the homes of three Christian families in Haldibari and attacked their houses. The violence soon spread to the neighboring villages of Moflabari, Jamduguri and Basdari.

Sadly, on 16 May, Compass reported that the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom failed to include India on it’s recommended list of Countries of Particular Concern (CPC) for 2006. Contact the Commission here to urge them to include India in its list for recommended CPCs for 2007.

Prayers regarding the persecuted church

Posted in America, Overseas with tags , , , , , on November 24, 2006 by Mike

Glenn Penner has an excellent post at The Persecuted Church. He asks how we react when we hear stories of Christians being persecuted in other countries. Do we simply say, “Thank God we don’t have to live like that”?

Let me state it plainly. If your first and primary response to the Persecuted Church is to feel grateful for the freedoms we enjoy in this country then, like me, you have probably missed the whole point of what God wants to say to you through the testimony of His Suffering Church. Simply put, the Persecuted Church does not exist so that we can feel grateful, and they deserve to be more than a prayer item or sermon illustration designed primarily to elicit thanksgiving.

I have to admit that my first reaction is to be thankful for being able to live in the U.S. But when I hear specific stories of brothers and sisters in Christ suffering for Him, I do try to lift them up with my prayers, asking Him to give them strength and courage during their trials.

May I continue to have more of the mind of Christ…

Muslims monopolize “multifaith” room at Ryerson U.

Posted in America with tags , , , , , , , , on November 24, 2006 by Mike

Little Green Footballs has this story about Ryerson University in Toronto. Apparently, the Muslim Students’ Association (MSA) has become the largest student group on campus. Well, now they’ve totally booked the “multifaith” room on campus so that no other student groups can ever book time in it. According to the article in The Eye Opener , an independent Ryerson newspaper,

Eric Da Silva, president of the Catholic Student Association, says the group looked into using the room for mass but was told by RSU front desk staff that the room was “permanently booked” by Muslim students.“No one is trying to take away the space from the Muslims, we just don’t want to be stepping on their toes,” says Da Silva. He stresses that the group found another space to hold mass and the conflict was quickly resolved. Da Silva acknowledges that Muslims have a stricter prayer schedule than Catholics, but he challenges whether the room should be called a multifaith one. The space, which is divided to separate males from females, has rows taped on the floor for prayer and Islamic decorations adorning the walls, is only accommodating to Muslims.

Why are they afraid to press the issue? It sounds like the non-Muslims are walking on eggshells, afraid that if they upset the Muslims, their campus will be visited by suicide bombers. It’s not a surprising reaction, really. When all that you hear in the news are stories of radical Muslims practicing their religion, blowing up all non-believers. If it was the other way around, with Christians not allowing Muslims to have any time in the multifaith room, I think the university administration would waste no time in forcing equal opportunity. Any bets on whether Ryerson will do anything about this situation?

College removes cross from chapel in “spirit of diversity”

Posted in America with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 19, 2006 by Mike

And from today’s Political Correctness Run Amok files, WTKR, a TV station in Virginia, is reporting that the President of the College of William and Mary has ordered a cross removed from an altar in the Sir Christopher Wren Chapel “in the spirit of diversity and to make the chapel ‘more welcoming to all’ “.

The cross had been a part of the chapel for the past 60 years. The president stated that “If you’re not a Protestant Christian and you go into that room and see the symbol that’s there, to some, it’s a message that, yes, this is a beautiful space, but it really isn’t mine.”

I’m sorry, but isn’t a Christian chapel supposed to be about Christ? The cross is the symbol of Christ’s death for us and our sins. The very idea that we are sinners in need of a savior is offensive to many. If you want to remove a symbol that helps make a building a chapel, why even call it a chapel? Do they have to remove all the Bibles when it is used for a secular purpose?

The student senate introduced a bill to reverse the decision, but it was rejected. A student group is still trying to get the cross restored. See their website:

Christians plea for help in India

Posted in Overseas with tags , , , , , on November 19, 2006 by Mike

In an article posted today on Spero News, Christians in Southern India are pleading with authorities to protect them and their churches in the wake of a rash of incidents that have occurred over the last several days. In one incident, the police were present, but did nothing. The article doesn’t say exactly what group(s) the militants are with.