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Crucified Santa On Display Outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral

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(Via NY Post)


It’s ho-ho-horrifying!

An artist displayed a painting of a crucified Santa Claus in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Christmas Eve — a stunt that was ripped as sacrilegious.

The artwork by Robert Cenedella, which depicts a disheveled St. Nick hanging from a cross over a pile of Christmas presents, was removed from a Manhattan gallery after it received complaints.

So the painter took it right to the cathedral in the heart of Midtown on Sunday night — to the dismay of holiday revelers.

“You have to be a real piece of crap to try to ruin Christmas for children and families coming out of Mass,” said Councilman Joe Borelli (R-SI). “For shame!”

People walking down Fifth Avenue hours before Midnight Mass also expressed outrage at the painting.

“It’s a disturbing image — that’s the bottom line,” said Theresa Manly, 54, of Chapel Hill, NC. “I can’t imagine how whoever painted this abomination . . . All he’s doing is being a grinch.”

“If they saw this they’d be asking me, ‘Mommy, what’s Santa doing on the cross? Is Santa dead?’ ” said Cynthia Rodriguez, 29.

Cenedella told The Post that “the painting has been considered controversial from the outset but for the wrong reasons.”

“The thing about St. Patricks is, I always thought if the painting was there on Christmas Eve and people saw this during the service they would realize what has happened — how commercialism has really taken over what’s one of the more religious events in history,” he said. “That was the whole idea.”

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Mass Shootings: The Roots pt. 1

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What are the causes of mass shootings? What are the solutions to prevent these horrific crimes?  What steps do we need to take as a society in order to prevent them? How can someone commit such a horrible crime?

These are some of the basic questions I believe everyone asks whenever these shootings occur, but one question always remains stuck in my head when these tragedies strike the heart of America.

Why do mass shootings happen?

Worldview

All people everywhere will answer the question in different ways depending on what your worldview is.

Your worldview is the way in which you view the world and everything in it. Your worldview answers basic questions such as this:

1. Why am I here?

2. What is my purpose?

3. What is wrong with the world?

4. How can what is wrong be made right?

When it comes to mass shootings, your worldview has the potential to answer the question as to why these tragedies occur, and why murderers commit these atrocities. Your worldview has the potential to objectively call every person who commits these murderous acts evil. This is why your worldview is important, because without a correct worldview, you won’t be able to answer these questions.

Now that I’ve gone over a basic overview as to why your worldview is important, I’m going to go back to the original question and answer that original question through my personal worldview.

Sin

Why do mass shootings happen? Sin. Sin exists, and sin is everywhere. Sin is the reason why we live in such a fallen and broken world. Sin is the reason why so many kids go to school without hope and go home to destroyed homes. Sin is the reason why kids are finding their identity in everything that the world is offering rather than finding their identity in things that could satisfy their hungry soul. Sin is the reason why rampant leftism has spread everywhere, especially within the education system in America. Sin is the reason why parents think they know their kids, but will turn on the news to find that their child was the next school shooter.

Here are a few Bible verses that speak about the sinfulness of man and the destructive nature of sin:

The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. – Genesis 6:5 (ESV)

Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. – Psalm 51:5 (ESV)

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? – Jeremiah 17:9 (ESV)

 For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. – Mark 7:21-22 (ESV)

And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.  For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. – John 3:19-20 (ESV)

Surface Level Symptoms

I’m not here to argue about what you might or might not believe, rather I’m here to simply provide you with the truth.  Without the truth, you cannot come up with a rational explanation as to why mass shootings happen.

You say mental health?  I say the sinfulness of man.

You say broken homes?  I say the depravity of mankind.

Broken homes and mental health issues are all surface level symptoms of the root problems mankind deals with on a daily basis, which is the sinful nature he was born with.

Why do these mass shootings keep happening?  Sin.

How do we prevent these mass shootings from happening?  I will provide the answers to that question in the upcoming articles.

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On his way out the door the Pope decries Christianity

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Tuesday, The New York Post reported that the Pope had made comments signaling he was thinking about his retirement in a message to his followers.

“Pope Francis says he has thought about when it might be time to “take leave” of his flock. Francis made the comment during his morning homily Tuesday; the Vatican didn’t release the full text.

Francis was reflecting on St. Paul discerning when to leave his flock in the care of others, a decision Francis said all bishops must make.

He said: “When I read this, I think about myself, because I’m a bishop and I’ll have to take my leave,” wrote the New York Post.

CONFIRMED:

But before he goes… one last swipe at Christians.  A  leader in Gaza uses the Popes words to condemn Christians as a stab over the existence of the Country of Isreal.

The Pope has been vocal in condemning Isreal for protecting their men, women and children from  Islamic extremist’s violent attacks earlier this week at the dedication of the American Embassy in Jerusalem.

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Trump tells China to let Christians have their Bibles

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Tuesday, the US Department of State issued a statement about President Donald J. Trump’s call to the leaders of China to respect the Religious choices of the people of China, and to uphold their international obligations.

On May 12,  a group of Christians gathered to memorialize the massive destructive toll upon the people of China in a 2008 Earthquake that devastated the region.

From THIS BBC article,  “The impact of the Sichuan quake was not only felt through the death toll and significant economic loss but also in terms of the sheer number of people affected.

Nothing could have prepared the people of Sichuan and the neighbouring provinces for the onset of over two minutes of shaking.”

Poor infrastructure

“The mud-brick houses, and even reinforced concrete buildings near the fault-break, stood no chance and were damaged immediately, many also collapsing.

Schools were unfortunately also not built to withstand such an earthquake, with many collapsed classrooms contributing to the deaths of thousands of children.

The scenes of death and destruction, as well as the massive recovery effort, needed prompted, for the first time in recent history, a request by China for international assistance,” according to the BBC.

THE NUMBERS

 

87,150 people were killed or missing.

4,800,000 people left homesless

10,000,000 needed shelter after the quake

10 YEARS LATER

On the 10th anniversary of China’s earthquake, Police detained an outspoken pastor and blocked a planned service to mourn the destruction and human toil left when whole towns and villagers were crushed.

Reports from locals say that Chinese officials have worked for years to shut down investigations and complaints about the shoddy infrastructure in the areas hit hardest.

A Protestant Pastor named Wang Yi was detained for leading the anniversary memorial ceremony.

TWITTER REACTS

PRESIDENT TRUMP RESPONDS:

 

FULL RELEASE: 

05/15/2018 09:49 AM EDT

Press Statement

Heather Nauert
Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
May 15, 2018

We are deeply concerned by the Chinese government’s reported harassment of the Early Rain Covenant Church, in Chengdu, Sichuan Province after they planned to hold a memorial service on May 12, for the victims of the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake. The United States government joins the people of China in mourning the loss of tens of thousands of lives in the tragedy, and notes the value of memorializing their lives and calling for full accountability to prevent or mitigate future disasters. Regarding reports that Chinese authorities confiscated bibles, we call on China to uphold its international commitments to promote respect for religious freedom for all persons

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