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The News In Review newsletter is a service provided by Understand The Times that is a compilation of the news articles previously posted on our site . Understand The Times does not endorse these events but rather is showing the church the current events.  Our purpose of posting these articles is to warn the church of the Biblical deception.

 March 18 - Outlawing Home Bible Studies Becoming Popular
 Article: Misc.

First, a San Diego pastor was told that he could not have home Bible studies without a Major Use Permit. Then, a church in Gilbert, Arizona was told that they were violating zoning codes by meeting in a home. Now a third church is being told they cannot have home meetings. Rancho Cucamonga in Southern California is attempting to stop Friday night church meetings at a home after receiving a complaint in February from a neighbor that 40 to 60 people were getting together weekly in the San Bernardino County location. According to officials, the homeowner needs a conditional use permit by April 2, to operate a church in a residential area.

A nonprofit legal defense group that specializes in conservative Christian issues called Pacific Justice said the meetings were a Bible study group that usually has around 15 people involved.

The permit requires public hearings, traffic studies, and other costly procedures. According to a statement Tuesday from Brad Dacus, president of the Sacramento-based institute, requiring a permit would be "manifestly absurd and unjust." The city does not require permits for other similar-sized gatherings, "everything from birthday parties to the weekend beer bash," added Matt McReynolds, an institute attorney.

His organization plans on filling an appeal with the city and is hoping to avoid going to court, McReynolds said.

Kurt J. Keating, the city's code enforcement supervisor, said the city is attempting to keep church services from being held in homes, not Bible studies.

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 March 29 - Michigan Militia Group Preparing for Antichrist, Web Site Says
 Article: Misc.

The Michigan-based Christian militia group raided by the FBI over the weekend is preparing for battle with the Antichrist, according to a Web site purportedly run by the group.

"Jesus wanted us to be ready to defend ourselves using the sword and stay alive using equipment," Hutaree.com reads. "The only thing on earth to save the testimony and those who follow it, are the members of the testimony, til the return of Christ in the clouds. We, the Hutaree, are prepared to defend all those who belong to Christ and save those who aren't. We will still spread the word, and fight to keep it, up to the time of the great coming."

A two-minute video on the Web site depicts several camouflaged, armed men firing high-powered rifles as they move throughout open wilderness. At one point, three men can be seen firing weapons from behind a parked vehicle. Several other videos of the militia's training activities, including one that has been viewed more than 21,000 times, can be found on its YouTube channel.

Michael Lackomar, a spokesman for the Southeast Michigan Volunteer Militia, told the Associated Press that one of his team leaders got a frantic phone call Saturday evening from members of Hutaree, which the Web site says means "Christian soldier." The callers said their property in southeast Michigan was being raided by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Lackomar said.

FBI spokeswoman Sandra Berchtold confirmed that the FBI had been working in two southeast Michigan counties near the Ohio state line, but she declined to indicate whether the raids were connected to Hutaree.

According to the militia's ranking system, members of the group can hold titles such as senior gunner, gold rifleman, "zulif" and "arkon." "Respect the officer above you and obey your commander with dignity," the Web site reads. "Each man holds his place in flesh and spirit, heaven and earth."

Hutaree was named in a list of 512 so-called active "patriot" groups in the U.S. last year by the Southern Poverty Law Center in its spring intelligence report on extremist organizations. Of those groups, 127 were militias, including Hutaree. The remaining groups, according to SPLC, engage in "groundless conspiracy theorizing" or advocate anti-government doctrines.

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 March 28 - Iran Suspected of Planning More Nuclear Sites
 Article: Wars And Rumors Of Wars

Western intelligence agencies and U.N. inspectors suspect Iran is planning to build more nuclear sites despite international demands that it open up its operations for inspection, The New York Times reported. Comments recently made by a top Iranian official reportedly prompted inspectors to search for at least two more sites.

Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, said in an interview with the Iranian Student News Agency that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ordered building to begin promptly on two new plants inside mountains.

"God willing," Salehi told the News Agency, "we may start the construction of two new enrichment sites" in the Iranian new year, which began March 21.

The Times reported that U.S. officials are also suspicious of continued nuclear building by Iran and are examining satellite evidence about a number of suspected sites in the country. They have not yet determined the sites are being used to produce nuclear fuel.

Last September, President Obama revealed the evidence of a hidden Iranian nuclear site at Qum.

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 March 29 - Christians Concerned Over Mandatory Sex Lessons for 5-Year-Olds
 Article: Perilous Times

LONDON - Church and faith school leaders in the United Kingdom have criticized a bill passing through Parliament that seeks to make sex and relationships education compulsory for schoolchildren from the age of five.

In a letter to The Sunday Telegraph, the faith leaders said parents and guardians should be allowed to bring up their children in accordance with their own values and culture.

They said the Labour Party's Children, Schools and Families Bill undermined this principle and was seeking to "impose a particular ideology" by introducing statutory sex and relationships education, something primary schools do not currently have to teach.

Signatories of the letter included the director of the Family Education Trust, Norman Wells, the Catholic Bishop of Shrewsbury, the Rt Rev Brian Noble, and Chairman of the Muslim Council of Britain's Education Committee, Shahid Akmal. "Parents and guardians have the primary responsibility for bringing up their children in accordance with their own values and culture. A state which seeks to centralize responsibilities which are properly fulfilled by families is acting in an unjust manner and undermines the basis of a free society," they said.

Under the proposed bill, all publicly-funded primary and secondary schools will be forced to teach children as young as five about puberty and relationships in Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education lessons. From the age of seven, children will learn about same-sex relationships, civil partnerships, marriage, divorce and separation, while secondary school children will learn about sexual activity, same-sex relationships, STDs and contraception.

If the government manages to pass the bill before the general election is called, the legislation will come into effect across England in 2011.

The bill covers a other issues including homeschooling. Under the legislation, homeschooling parents will be required to be registered with local authorities and criminal background checks will be mandated for parents who wish to homeschool. Local governments will also have the authority to monitor homeschooled children.

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 March 19 - Asheville Mother Grove Goddess Temple to celebrate spring equinox
 Article: Ecumenical Movement - Misc.

After making it through the harsh winter, people in Western North Carolina are looking forward to the warm sun of spring. Some are preparing to celebrate the season's change with an ecumenical ritual. Saturday officially marks the first day of spring, being the day of the spring equinox.

Members of Mother Grove Goddess Temple will celebrate at 7 p.m. Saturday with A Breath of Appalachian Spring: A Ritual in Celebration of the Spring Equinox, in the parish hall of the Episcopal Cathedral of All Souls in Biltmore Village.

Saturday's event is open to all faith traditions, said Byron Ballard, wiccan priestess and a member of the temple. Mother Grove "isn't a wiccan group, though some of us are wiccans," she said.

"Mother Grove is an outgrowth of the work of several people in the goddess/earth religions community," Ballard said. "Its goal is to create a permanent sanctuary, where people of all faith traditions may openly and safely celebrate the divine feminine, the goddess." Wicca is a modern religion built on the ancient agricultural religions of Europe, she explained. "Wiccans may also refer to themselves as witches."

Boyer believes people have an ancient and human need for ritual and celebration in groups, and to acknowledge the changing of the seasons.

The celebration will consist of raising a circle, singing, "whistling up the wind" and flying prayers written on paper airplanes. Ballard will lead the ritual, explaining that it is a joyful expression of the beginning of spring and coming together as a community.

Ballard said that "whistling up the wind" is an old English and Appalachian tradition. March is usually the windiest month, so the element of wind will be emphasized at the celebration. One person will whistle while three others honor the elements of earth, fire and water.

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 March 30 - Pope Benedict being 'scourged at the pillar,' says New York archbishop
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

In remarks following Palm Sunday Mass, Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York urged Catholics "to express our love and solidarity" for Pope Benedict, who, given the recent media onslaught over sex abuse allegations, is "now suffering some of the same unjust accusations, shouts of the mob, and scourging at the pillar, as did Jesus."

But the Archbishop of New York found a more troubling aspect of the recent spate of news. "What deepens the sadness now is the unrelenting insinuations against the Holy Father himself, as certain sources seem frenzied to implicate the man who, perhaps more than anyone else has been the leader in purification, reform, and renewal that the Church so needs," the archbishop asserted.

"Sunday Mass is hardly the place to document the inaccuracy, bias, and hyperbole of such aspersions," he added."But, Sunday Mass is indeed the time for Catholics to pray for    Benedict our Pope."

"And Palm Sunday Mass is sure a fitting place for us to express our love and solidarity for our earthly shepherd now suffering some of the same unjust accusations, shouts of the mob, and scourging at the pillar, as did Jesus."

"No one has been more vigorous in cleansing the Church of the effects of this sickening sin than the man we now call Pope Benedict XVI," Archbishop Dolan stressed. "The dramatic progress that the Catholic Church in the United States has made - documented again just last week by the report made by independent forensic auditors - could never have happened without the insistence and support of the very man now being daily crowned with thorns by groundless innuendo."

"Sorry to bring this up," Archbishop Dolan concluded, "    but, then again, the Eucharist is the Sunday meal of the spiritual family we call the Church. At Sunday dinner we share both joys and sorrows. The father of our family, il papa, needs our love, support, and prayers."

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 March 3 - Calvary Chapel Pastor Chuck Smith Announces Support for California Amendments to Protect Religious Freedom

Chuck Smith, senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, has urged his congregation and fellow pastors to support two religious freedom amendments to the California constitution proposed by www.YesJesusIsLord.org, a not-for-profit Christian organization.

The amendments would ensure the right for Christians in California to share freely their faith in Jesus Christ without it being a crime, hate crime or unlawful to do so.

In a February 19 letter addressed to "Fellow Servants" Smith wrote, "It is time for thee, Lord, to work: for they have made void thy law. (Psalm 119:126)   The time is fast approaching when we are seeing the move to impose restrictions on declaring the full council of God's Word   The core issue is that we desire to continue to freely share our faith in Jesus Christ as well as every part of the Bible."

Smith said he believes this effort to preserve religious liberty in California is "from the Lord," and urged members of Calvary Chapel churches to sign petitions by April 1 to get the amendments on the state's November ballot.

"We are greatly encouraged by the outpouring of support we are seeing for these amendments," Esses said. "Anyone who believes in freedom of religious expression should be in favor of them."

To view the amendment, visit: http://www.yesjesusislord.org/proposed_amendments.html or http://ag.ca.gov/cms_attachments/initiatives/pdfs/i829_initiative_09-0032_(a1-s).pdf

To obtain a petition, contact Allan Esses at PastorAllan@YesJesusIsLord..org 

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 March 31 - The Surprise of a Common Ground
 Article: Ec8menical Movement = Roman Catholics Uniting With Other Religions

The city of Rome has long been a crossroads of cultural and religious dialogue, frequently under the patronage of the Holy See over the last two millennia.

It is the only city in the world that welcomes two ambassadors from each foreign country, one accredited to the Italian state and the other to Vatican City State, or more accurately, to the Holy See. The ambassadors to the Holy See possess a unique mandate -- to discover and develop areas of common ground and collaboration not concerning commerce and trade, but rather in the realm of ethics, service, and culture.

In the context of Egypt, she said the challenge is how to make the secular model of government survive a possible takeover by "rampant religious hegemony." The goal, then, is to promote a secular model that functions as a common platform where the collective aim is the public interest. Religion should neither be considered the "sole reservoir of morality" nor a "direct source of legislation," but rather a source for, and contribution to, legislation, as it always has been in all legal systems.

Ambassador Mekhemar said a new model of secularism should accommodate the aspirations of religious groups while, at the same time, rigorously protecting basic freedoms, human rights, and the legal system.

In the United States, secularism has not resulted in a decrease of faith, the ambassador noted, nor has it resulted in lessening the contribution of faith to the social order. Faith should bring a diverse people together in service, whether it be fighting malaria in Africa or earthquake relief in Haiti. Religious radicalism, however, hinders this interfaith cooperation.

Ambassador Kenan Gursoy of Turkey, a professor of philosophy, dwelt upon the need to be aware of one's own identity and beliefs and that to understand one's religious identity is only possible in a situation of coexistence with others of different faiths. To live with the other, we must understand what is essential and what is transitory, and recognize that universal ethical values do exist. 

We are on the threshold of a new era, he said: Ideas or approaches that worked before no longer work today because society has changed due to globalization, and this has exposed a lack of solidarity. What has changed for the better is a recent discovery of fraternity from a recognition of the common elements in monotheistic traditions, which are the transcendence of God and the individual's private relationship with God.

Peace between peoples, the cardinal concluded, is never achieved through violent means, but always through dialogue and mutual contribution.

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 March 31 - Scientists Hail 'Genesis Machine' Milestone, Seek 'God Particle'
 Article: Creation/Evolution - Creation/Evolution Debate

It's being touted as "a Genesis machine" - the Large Hadron Collider, which on Tuesday forced two proton beams to cross in an effort to bring scientists one "huge step" closer to seeing how the creation of the universe might have looked like.

With the record-shattering collision energies created Tuesday, scientists say the hunt has officially begun for dark matter, new forces, new dimensions and the Higgs boson, a hypothetical particle - often called the God particle - that scientists theorize gives mass to other particles and thus to other objects and creatures in the universe.

They say results from Tuesday's proton collisions by the world's largest atom smasher and the upcoming lead-ion collisions later this year will give them new insights into the nature of the strong interaction and the evolution of matter in the early Universe.

"We'll address soon some of the major puzzles of modern physics like the origin of mass, the grand unification of forces and the presence of abundant dark matter in the universe," reported Guido Tonelli, spokesperson of the Compact Muon Solenoid(CMS) experiment, one LHC's four major experiments. "I expect very exciting times in front of us."

For over 15 years, scientists have been looking forward to using the LHC to accelerate two beams of protons to near light speed around its 17-mile chamber and then smash the particles into each other in hopes of creating concentrations of energy which they believe would mimic the seconds after the Big Bang. 

As soon as they have "re-discovered" the known Standard Model particles, a necessary precursor to looking for new physics, the LHC experiments will start the systematic search for the Higgs boson with the hope of gaining insights into the nature of the strong interaction and the evolution of matter in the early Universe.

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