Cure for the Christmas blues

What happens when joy seems to have gone missing?

I took a departure from my usual fare at the LA Church & State Examiner and wrote instead about finding the answer to the question, “Where’s the joy?” Read my story, which may be in part your story this Christmas, by clicking here! You just may find a friend you never knew you had!

Did Twitter ban user for “strange” Limbaugh activity?

Christian businessman James Paris says he never read so much hate on his Twitter feed in more than a year of participation on the micro-blogging site.
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After pointing tweeps (Twitter users) via link to his sarcastic blog post, Why The NFL Was 100% Right In Banning Rush Limbaugh, the tweets (comments) back to him came fast and mean.

“It’s the first time since I have been on Twitter that I started receiving very hateful messages like ‘You are a racist … You are not a Christian … You are the devil,'” Paris said.

Then came something Paris wasn’t expecting: a one-week ban from Twitter.

“There was more than a 150 re-tweets of my article by various people who had come to my blog directly. I can only assume this ban is related to my Rush Limbaugh piece because that was really the only thing that happened last week and that’s what Twitter is claiming as the time frame where I violated their terms of service,” Paris said.

“People that were against Limbaugh were coming to my article after the re-tweets were posted thinking that they were going to read an article that would somehow buttress their viewpoint that the NFL was correct in banning Rush Limbaugh. When they realize they’ve been had … I believe that generated complaints to Twitter. I’ve never had one complaint from Twitter. I’ve never heard from them one way or the other. I honestly don’t understand exactly what the reason is that they are banning me.”

Paris responded to the ban by writing his post, Banned From Twitter For Supporting Rush Limbaugh, in which he states:

Well, I guess I know how Rush Limbaugh feels. This week I posted a blog piece supporting Rush and I received thousands of visits to my blog. I also engaged in probably one hundred ‘debates’ with people on Twitter about the whole Rush Limbaugh/NFL controversy. Today, I received the below message that I have been suspended from Twitter for one week. Obviously, someone did not like what I was saying in support of Rush…

What seems to be most upsetting to Paris is the page notification that comes up when people try to get to his Twitter page, username, “Jameslparis”:

Sorry, the account you were headed to has been suspended due to strange activity. Mosey along now, nothing to see here.

“For me to spend a year-and-a-half building up a Twitter following and then to have my Twitter account shut off and then when people go to my Twitter page it says that I’ve been disconnected for ‘strange activity’ … as far as anyone else knows I could have been involved with child pornography or some type of scam,” Paris said. “It really impugns my reputation for them to leave it so vague. It’s their responsibility to tell me why I was banned in much more clear terms than what they did in that suspension letter.

“The actual suspension is posted up on my blog and it makes reference to the word ‘bunch.’ They don’t use a numerical figure. They say that I violated their policy of spamming by posting to a quote ‘bunch’ of accounts. I’m not even exactly sure what that means. I do know that I personally was engaged with at least 100 people on Twitter about the whole Rush Limbaugh thing,” he said.

Paris said he wasn’t selling anything. “I never received any kind of screen warning that said, ‘you are responding too much … stop.’ I could never imagine that I am somehow dragging down their network or something with my meager activity.

“It was certainly just part of what I felt was the purpose of Twitter, which is social networking … going back and forth on issues and discussions. I had no idea that there was a limit to any of that. Especially something that was on topic,” Paris said.

Paris said he has not received an explanation from Twitter despite sending a request for one to its public relations department by e-mail.

“I’m not a big believer in coincidence and I don’t think this is a coincidence,” Paris said. “And it was all in relation to the spike in activity that happened to coincide with the Rush Limbaugh article that I posted.”

No response to a media request for an interview or statement from Twitter was received at the time of publication of this article.

Image found at James Paris business site, ChristianMoney.com.

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Student Wins Case Against Christian-Bashing Teacher

Orange County high school student, Chad Farnan, has won a lawsuit in which the court ruled Friday against a teacher who was shown to often use his classroom to attack Christian thought.

LA CHURCH & STATE EXAMINER EXCLUSIVE

In the Farnan v. Capistrano Unified School District case, Farnan, a sophomore at Capistrano Valley High School at the time, stated that his Advanced Placement European History teacher, Dr. James Corbett spends a good portion of each lecture attacking Christianity and other religions.

Farnan, who said he often prayed for his teacher, taped a lecture by Corbett in which he stated that “when you put on your Jesus glasses, you can’t see the truth.”

The judge in the case held that Corbett did violate an establishment clause by stating “an unequivocal belief that creationism is ‘superstitious nonsense,'” according to a press release from the group defending Farnan. The court went on to hold that Corbett’s statement “constitutes improper disapproval of religion in violation of the Establishment Clause.”

The Advocates For Faith and Freedom Law group’s statement on the case:

In reviewing hours of statements by Dr. Corbett, we believe he is violating the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution by attacking religion, particularly Christianity, and creating a hostile environment for religious students. We have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to have the teacher removed from teaching this class and to establish precedent that will put teachers on notice that attacking students’ religious beliefs in class is a violation of law.

Following our filing of the First Amended Complaint, the School District and teacher filed a motion to dismiss the case. In opposing the School District, Advocates emphasized the need to interpret the First Amendment in such a way that protects Chad’s right to attend class without being constantly barraged with the teacher’s anti-Christian sentiments.

The Judge denied the School District’s motion to dismiss. Subsequently, the California Teachers Association filed a motion with the Court seeking to intervene on behalf of the School District and Dr. Corbett. The judge has permitted the intervention. Both sides filed a motion for summary judgment, asking the Court to rule in their favor. On May 1, 2009, the Court issued rendered a first-of-its-kind decision in Chad’s favor.

In a Web site Farnan setup to defend himself he previously wrote: “This was not an easy thing for me to do. As my family and I listened to the tapes of Dr. Corbett and his anti-christian views, we prayed for him everyday and hoped that he would stop.”

Jesus Glasses and Bloggers For Chad Farnan

California schools pushing ‘multisexual agenda,’ exclude parents

Family advocacy group, Capitol Resource Institute, reports that lesson plans and educational policies in many California schools are pushing the “multisexual agenda” and excluding parents.

LA CHURCH & STATE EXAMINER EXCLUSIVE

Karen England, Executive Director of CRI, issued a strong warning to parents that school administrators are implenting policy on sexual orientation issues without notifying parents.

“Opponents of Prop 8 claimed that legalizing same-sex marriage would have no impact on school curriculum. But this proves that even with the traditional definition of marriage in the constitution, school curriculum uses a false definition. Homosexual activists lost at the ballot box, but now they are using schools to re-define marriage–while excluding parents,” England said in the report… MORE

Alexander: Is Kabbalah OK to teach in public schools?

The word “kabbalah” was not mentioned in the Kester class, but its presence seemed unmistakable. Zucker and facilitator wore red knotted strings – frequently used by kabbalah practitioners to ward off the evil eye – around the left wrists. They also used terms – such as “light” and “the opponent” – that are found throughout the L.A. Center’s website and its IRS filings. – L.A. Times story, Seema Mehta reporter

Alexander Murashko asks as the LA Church & State Examiner: Is Kabbalah OK to teach in public schools?

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LA Church & State Examiner Debuts

The Scrooge Report’s church and state stories with a focus on Los Angeles can now be found at Examiner.com.

The LA Church & State Examiner kicked off with Christian college club exists on campus ‘unofficially’

Here’s the lead:

LONG BEACH – An on-campus Christian club at California State University Long Beach is vowing to continue its Bible-based ministry despite losing a federal lawsuit accusing campus officials of violating its constitutional rights by denying the group official status.

Full Story at LA Church & State Examiner

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Newsweek: ‘Christian God’ is Less of a Force

Newsweek writer, Jon Meacham, armed with an erroneous survey, first assures us that the ‘Christian God’ is not dead, then proclaims him as “less of a force in American politics and culture.”

NEWSWEEK’S TWEAKING OF AMERICA: part two in a series
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By ALEXANDER
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Thank you, Newsweek! I was beginning to worry God was a no-vote in the 2008 U.S. election, and just when us dumb Americans were trying to figure it all out, you comforted us by saying God was OK and that he is only “less of a force.”

Here’s how Meacham put it after painting a dreary picture of a Southern Baptist school president, about to suffer clinical depression from the survey news of a “less Christian” nation:

There it was, an old term with new urgency: post-Christian. This is not to say that the Christian God is dead, but that he is less of a force in American politics and culture than at any other time in recent memory.

And all though the story headline proclaims, “The End of Christian America,” Meacham, like some Santa Claus listening to our wish list while we are sitting on his lap, attempts to throw us Christians a candy cane to suck on…

Let’s be clear: while the percentage of Christians may be shrinking, rumors of the death of Christianity are greatly exaggerated.

Again, Meacham does not know that Christianity, a faith in Christ, has nothing to do with religion or denomination. In fact the survey is equally misinformed about it’s so-called conclusions.

For example, the survey says:

“The challenge to Christianity in the U.S. does not come from other religions but rather from a rejection of all forms of organized religion.”

FALSE because Christianity is not “challenged” at all. The body of Christ, His Church, survives eternally. Christianity is not about some membership drive either. There will always be challenges to individual Christians because Jesus was challenged some 2,000 years ago. Why should anything be different now?

“One sign of the lack of attachment of Americans to religion is that 27% do not expect a religious funeral at their death.”

Perhaps a better question to determine a growth or decline in the number of Christians, would be to ask, “When you die, where do you think you will go?” Whether someone wants incense burning, a pastor’s message, or gospel music playing at their funeral has no bearing on whether they have a relationship with Christ or not. The “attachment” anyone should desire before death is to Jesus, not religion.

And so it goes… the survey is skewed, the media misinterprets and bangs the drum of ignorance, and Americans are dished a load of nothing.

Although Meacham surmises:

To the surprise of liberals who fear the advent of an evangelical theocracy and to the dismay of religious conservatives who long to see their faith more fully expressed in public life, Christians are now making up a declining percentage of the American population.

He is wrong because theocracy is the furthest thing from the mind of a follower of Christ. Christians express their faith…whether it is understood or seen in public or not. And certainly, no stray survey or misguided journalist can conclude that Christians, those that have experienced the transforming power of Jesus, are “making up a declining percentage.”

Part One: Newsweek Misuses Poll, Flies ‘The End of Christian America’ Banner

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LA CHURCH & STATE EXAMINER:
Christian college club exists on campus ‘unofficially’