Eight Republicans Join Democrats to Pass All-Out Assault on Faith

If Democrats get their way religious hospitals would be forced to perform abortions, Christian churches would be forced to host events that are contrary to the Bible’s teachings and Christian schools would be required to accommodate the preferences of transgender students regarding athletic teams and bathrooms.

The House voted 236-173 to approve the “Equality Act,” legislation that would expand the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity. It would also protect on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth or a related medical condition.

But it would also completely obliterate the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a law that stops government from encroaching on a person’s religious liberty. In other words, the Equality effectively puts a bullseye on every person of faith in the nation.

Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) told The Todd Starnes Radio Show that the bill will “erode the First Amendment and totally destroy religious liberties.”

“This is an attempt to silence the Christian voice,” Hice said. “This is going to literally empower the federal government to force people to contrast their deeply held religious beliefs.”

“Christians will be forced to violate their beliefs if the Equality Act passes,” declared a headline on Christian Broadcasting Network.

Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, said no institution or person of faith would escape the Orwellian reach of the law and predicted a” catastrophic loss of religious freedom in America.”

Lawmaker Says Democrats Want to Eliminate God from Oath
“It is an egregious attack on the freedom to believe and live according to those beliefs. It would position the government to lord over churches and other faith-based institutions, dictating potentially who they hire, how their facilities are used, and even punishing them for not falling in step with a view of human sexuality that directly contradicts orthodox biblical teaching,” Perkins said.

Hundreds of pastors and religious leaders have already signed a letter warning that churches could be forced by the government to be opened up as public accommodations to host events and other celebrations against their conscience.

“This is extremely dangerous and I don’t think people realize how bad it is,” Family Research Council’s Travis Weber said on the Todd Starnes Radio Show.

When Democrats introduced the legislation last March they predicted that Conservatives would “use fear” to stop the bill.

“We cannot allow claims of religious freedom to be used to discriminate against an LGBT individual,” Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) said.

In other words, faith-based flower shop owners, bakers and even adoption agencies would be forced to engage in practices that might violate the tenets of their religious beliefs.

Weber told Starnes the Equality Act would not only gut religious liberty, it would also target biological women.

“It should be renamed the ‘Inequality Act’,” Weber said. “When you actually dig beneath the surface and see what it does to women, to children, to families across America (and) what it does to religious freedom – it’s actually incredibly unequal.”

Rep. Hice said he fears Democrats could use the bill, if it becomes law, to “totally silence and to some extent, potentially even criminalize the Christian voice when it comes to the issue of marriage.”

It’s unclear what will happen in the Senate – especially if Establishment Republicans side with Democrats.

So as it now stands, the only thing standing between religious liberty and tyranny may be President Trump’s veto pen.

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PRAY: MIDWEST TORNADO OUTBREAK—MILLIONS OF AMERICANS BRACE FOR 2ND ONSLAUGHT AFTER 4 DOZEN TWISTERS

Schools in parts of the state have already canceled classes today ahead of the expected storm, including Moore County, where six years ago today, a massive tornado killed 24 people and injured more than 200.

[CBN News] Nineteen million Americans are in the path of destruction again today after nearly four dozen tornadoes ripped through six states this weekend leveling homes and tossing trees

The weekend storms brought tornadoes and unprecedented flooding across the central US in the region known as “Tornado alley.” Many are still recovering from the weekend destruction.

“I just kind of shoved her into the closet and put my back against it and just prayed through the whole thing,” one survivor recalled.

In Nebraska, one tornado almost killed the storm chasers who were tracking it. In Kansas, winds from a massive tornado overturned a tractor trailer that was driving nearly two miles away.
At one point there were nearly 50 reports of tornadoes in just 24 hours.
“I really did not think we were coming out of here alive,” another survivor said.

Now, those same people could face “round two.”

The National Weather Service says a “potent spring storm system” is expected to bring more thunderstorms to the region Monday, with tornadoes possible for cities stretching from Kansas to Texas, with Oklahoma at special risk.

Click here for safety instructions by the National Weather Service.https://www.weather.gov/safety/thunderstorm-prepare

Schools in parts of the state have already canceled classes today ahead of the expected storm, including Moore County, where six years ago today, a massive tornado killed 24 people and injured more than 200. Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here

Violent’ tornado, severe thunderstorm outbreak expected in Texas, Oklahoma as schools shutter over risk

National Weather Service issues severe weather warnings for central US

A dangerous and potentially “violent” day of weather is developing across the Southern Plains on Monday, as forecasters warn a tornado outbreak and severe thunderstorms could lead to life-threatening conditions — prompting schools across the region to close.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Storm Prediction Center issued a “high risk” assessment for the area from northwest Texas into western and central Oklahoma, a huge swath of land with the greatest risk of “potentially long-track and violent” tornadoes developing during the day.

“They have issued a rare high-risk area today, and that means all of the conditions are favorable for tornadoes,” Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean said on “FOX & friends.” “Long-track, potentially damaging and deadly tornadoes.”

Some of the tornadoes may reach EF-4 or EF-5 strength, with winds between 166 and 200 mph and could cause anywhere from “extreme” to “incredible” damage on what Dean warned could be a “potentially deadly day.”

By midday on Monday, the SPC expanded the area of high risk to include Oklahoma City, and increased the tornado probabilities from 30 percent to 45 percent from northwest Texas into central Oklahoma.

The latest forecast from SPC has increased the tornado probabilities from 30% to 45% from northwest Texas into central Oklahoma.

The last time a 45% tornado outlook was issued was during the Tornado Outbreak in Oklahoma and Kansas on https://www.spc.noaa.gov

Besides potentially spawning powerful tornadoes, the severe thunderstorms are expected to lead to large hail, damaging wind gusts and flash flooding. The punishing wind gusts could reach hurricane-force and the hail may be the size of baseballs, according to the NWS.

For residents in the Texas cities of Lubbock and Wichita Falls, a “moderate” risk remains through the day Monday. The NWS said more-isolated but still potentially dangerous severe weather, including tornadoes, is possible in surrounding parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas.

Tornadoes on Monday could reach between EF-4 and EF-5 strength, according to Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean
Tornadoes on Monday could reach between EF-4 and EF-5 strength, according to Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean (Fox News)

“These dangerous storms will continue after sunset and into the overnight hours,” Dean said.

The severe weather outbreak is happening on the sixth anniversary of the tornado that devastated Moore, Oklahoma. The 2013 EF-5 twister killed 24 people as it ravaged the Oklahoma City-suburb with brutal winds estimated at 210 mph.

Schools throughout the Oklahoma City area closed Monday due to the anticipated severe weather.

“We believe this is the best decision for our students, staff and families as their health and safety are priority,” Moore Public Schools said in a statement posted to Twitter. “Please ensure safety plans are in place for your family in case needed for severe weather.”

Moore school officials added that all safe rooms will be completed by the end of July 2019. The district currently has four safe rooms that are near completion and has 31 completed.

Oklahoma City Public Schools also wrote on Facebook they decided to cancel all classes and activities have been canceled for Monday due to the risk of severe weather.

A U.S. Air Force base in Oklahoma moved aircraft to other military installations and is recommending staff don’t come to work in anticipation of storms expected to batter the state.

A spokesman told the Associated Press that planes at Tinker Air Force Base were moved to other bases over the weekend. The base outside Oklahoma City remains open, but nonessential staff were given leave to stay home Monday as the region braces for storms forecasters say could bring hail, flooding and wind gusts of up to 80 mph.

Global food crisis ahead as extreme weather events devastate crops and fields around the world

It’s not just happening in the USA. Nope! Extreme weather events are devastating crops and thus the food business around the world. From Australia to North Korea and Argentina here are the latest reports of food shortage around the world.

Australia imports wheat for first time in over a decade after worst drought in 116 years

Australia is normally the biggest wheat exporter in the Southern Hemisphere, but the prolonged drought has fried its grain crop in recent years. In 2018, output tumbled 20% to just over 17 million tonnes, the lowest in more than a decade, according to the US Department of Agriculture. On May 9, 2019 the Australian government had no choice but to import 60,000 tons of wheat from Canada.

“Due to the worst drought in 116 years, high-protein wheat is in short supply which is critical to the Shoalhaven Starches wheat-processing plant,” a spokesman for the plant said.

“The reason this announcement has garnered so much attention is that it just doesn’t happen,” said James Maxwell, an analyst for Australian Crop Forecaster.

The cargo is expected to arrive in the next 6 to 8 weeks and will be processed at Manildra Group’s Shoalhaven Starches plant in NSW.

The last such shipment was back in 2007 (solar minimum of cycle 23). – ABC.net.au

Floods, hail and bad weather affect fruits and vegetables in Italy
According to some sources, it is estimated that over 70% of Basilicata stone fruit has been lost. Alarming percentages, considering that the agricultural sector is the cornerstone for the economy of this region.

“Whole stone fruit fields have been destroyed. The watermelon seedlings planted a few weeks ago have been broken by hail,” says Francesco Musillo, director of Agorà PO, who adds: “Even on the covered vineyards, the hail weighed down the covers, breaking the structures.” – Fresh Plaza

Planting in France slowed down by extreme cold temperatures
Corn sowing in France slowed again this week, losing its lead to last year, after persistent cold weather continues to hamper the central European nation’s planting efforts.

France is the third largest corn exporter in the world, meaning a delayed or poor harvest will have a pronounced impact on global markets. – ElectroVerse

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Severe drought devastates crops in Yucatan, Mexico
The drought in the Mexican state of Yucatan has put the agrarian sector up against the ropes. More than three thousand producers have been unable to save their crops due to the lack of irrigation infrastructure.

According to the president of the Association of Horticulturalists of Yucatan, Jose Filomeno Tejero Poot, if the drought lasts longer, a large part of the state’s harvest will be lost and they will have to bring food from other parts of the country to supply the demand of the population of Yucatan. – Fresh Plaza

Lowest rainfall in 100 years leaves millions at risk of starvation in North Korea

North Korea’s worst drought in decades is being driven by the lowest rainfall in a century, according to the country’s official state newspaper.

North Korea received just 56.3 millimeters (2.21 inches) of rain or snow from January to May 15, the lowest amount since 1917.

Water is running out in the country’s lakes and reservoirs, and explained the lack of rainfall “is causing a significant effect on the cultivation of wheat, barley, corn, potatoes and beans. – Newsweek

Spring’s record-late arrival in parts of the U.S. has catastrophic consequences for food industry – Food prices set to rise!

The calendar might have said it was spring more than a month ago, but the physical signs of it around us told a much different story. According to officials data, this was the latest arrival of spring in 38 years of records for parts of Kansas and Oklahoma. Portions of Washington and Oregon also saw the latest spring start on record.

In parts of the Plains, in places like South Dakota, Nebraska and even into Oklahoma, a late spring like this year’s only happens once every 10 or more years. Many farming fields are ruined and will not be planted this year. Otherwise, planting has been dramatically delayed. –

Cracks are appearing in the edifice of modern agriculture: Australia’s biggest grain producer’s revenue collapses after horrific crop losses

Floods leave 600 000 ha (1.5 million acres) of crops damaged in Argentina
In a recently released report, the National Institute of Agricultural Technology estimated there are 600 000 ha (1 480 000 acres) of crops affected by heavy rain and flooded roads, which interrupted the harvest of soy, corn and alfalfa crops.

In some areas, crops were under 40 cm (15.7 inches) of water, so owners decided to abandon them. – Telam

Food demand is steadily increasing, but food production is decreasing. There is a clash between demand and offer… And at the end we will pay the price.

Food shortage around the world is true. Prices are set to rise. Be ready!

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SAUDI ARABIA INVITES ARAB STATES TO EMERGENCY SUMMITS

The invitation comes after four commercial vessels were sabotaged off the coast of the UAE and Houthi militias used explosive-laden drones to attack two oil pumping stations in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud invited Arab states and Gulf leaders to two emergency summits that will take place on May 30 in Mecca, according to Al Arabiya. The summits are intended to discuss “aggressions and their consequences” in the region.

“That attack on ships in the territorial waters of the United Arab Emirates and the terrorist-backed, Iran-backed Houthi militias’ attack on two oil pumping station in the Kingdom have serious implications for regional and international peace and security and for the supply and stability of world oil markets,” the Saudi foreign ministry wrote in a statement through the Saudi Press Agency.

The invitation comes after four commercial vessels were sabotaged off the coast of the UAE and Houthi militias used explosive-laden drones to attack two oil pumping stations in Saudi Arabia.

Last week, an anonymous US official said that an initial assessment showed that “Iran or Iranian-backed proxies” had blown holes in four ships in the Gulf of Oman off the coast of the United Arab Emirates.

An Iranian parliamentary spokesman claimed that “the events that took place in the Emirates were Israeli mischief,” according to the Islamic Republic News Agency.

Fury as UK Church Offers to ‘Cover up’ Jesus and Crosses for Muslim Prayer

A former chaplain to the Queen argued that covering up the image of Jesus would be tantamount to disrespecting him in his own house.

An Anglican parish church in the UK has courted controversy over its plans to cover up religious imagery while hosting a Muslim prayer.

The vicar of the St. Matthew and St. Luke’s church in Darlington had invited Muslims attending a nearby mosque to commemorate the holy month of Ramadan in her church, The Times reports.

Male worshippers were expected to say prayers in an aisle while women would be separated off into smaller rooms.

According to records of a meeting between Reverend Lissa Scott and Muslim representatives, the church pledged to cover up Christian crosses and photographs as well an image of Jesus.

Ironically enough, it appears that the picture was a copy of The Light of the World, a world-famous painting by English pre-Raphaelite William Holman Hunt, which depicts Jesus Christ knocking on a closed door, which is thought to symbolise the closed human mind.

However the Diocese of Durham is said to have pulled the plug on the plans, saying that “an act of worship from a non-Christian faith tradition is not permitted within a consecrated Church of England building”, according to canon law.

The decision came after a high-profile cleric called the proposal to place religious symbols under cover a “shameful cover-up”.

Gavin Ashenden, who served as chaplain to Queen Elizabeth between 2008 and 2017, said: “When Muslims come into our church, we invite them to come in and respect Jesus. If we accepted an invitation to go into a mosque, we would respect Muhammad.”

“We do not expect them to disrespect Jesus by covering him up and no vicar should either.”

His comments garnered support from both worshippers and non-believers on social media.

“Shameful indeed. I’m not even religious but find this disgraceful. Every pillar of society is at risk of a combination of politicisation and meek surrender, even our very own church,” wrote a user.

Another said: “Just astonishing, by all means promote peace across the faiths but acceptance is part of that process. I don’t know why but as a Christian I feel deflated reading this.”

Although Muslims were no longer invited to pray, they will still join Christians and other faiths inside the church on 2 June for Iftar, an evening meal breaking the day’s fast.

Trump Peace Plan Economic Component to Be Revealed in June in Bahrain

The economic component will be released before the political part of the plan, which is still in discussions, White House says

administration is going to release the economic component of its plan for Middle East peace in late June, the White House said Sunday.

The economic component of the plan will be revealed before the political component, which is still being discussed.

Its release will coincide with an international summit in Bahrain which will be hosted by the local government together with the United States, and will focus on ways to promote the Palestinian economy.

Israel’s Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon is expected to head the Israeli delegation to the summit. The Palestinian Authority, which has had no official contacts with the Trump administration since it moved the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem last year, is expected to boycott the initiative. Private Palestinian businessmen are expected to attend.

The United States and Bahrain released a joint statement on Sunday saying that the summit will be titled “Peace to Prosperity” and will be “a pivotal opportunity to convene government, civil society, and business leaders to share ideas, discuss strategies, and galvanize support for potential economic investments and initiatives that could be made possible by a peace agreement.”

A senior White House official said on Sunday that the plan includes significant investments in the economy of Gaza, and that investments in Gaza will require a “stable” ceasefire agreement to remain in place. “There’s a tremendous amount of opportunity, the world is willing to step up and work on this,” the official said. “But that only happens if we can resolve some of the political issues. The two things go hand in hand. There is a real future that can be very exciting, but we have to work on these hard issues.”

The summit, named a “workshop” by some U.S. officials, will bring together finance ministers and global and regional business leaders.

One of the plan’s co-authors, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner said on Sunday that the Trump administration was “grateful” to Bahrain for agreeing to host next months’ gathering.

“We look forward to engaging with business and thought leaders from throughout the region and the world to build consensus around the best steps the international community can take to develop the foundation for a prosperous future,” Kushner added. “The Palestinian people, along with all people in the Middle East, deserve a future with dignity and the opportunity to better their lives.”

Last week, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki dismissed the effort in the United Nations, saying all indications are that Trump’s Mideast peace plan will be “conditions for surrender.” The Palestinians pre-emptively rejected any peace proposal amid concerns it would fall far below their hopes for an independent state. Their demand for a two-state solution is supported by the UN and almost all of its 193 member-states.

Israel currently has no official relations with Bahrain, but Israeli delegates will be allowed into the Gulf country for the summit. In November, Haaretz reported that Israel is working to establish diplomatic ties with Bahrain.