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DeMario Davis jokes he might send Pope ‘Man of God’ headband after supportive tweet

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New Orleans Saints linebacker DeMario Davis said he might send Pope Francis one of his signature “Man of God” headbands after the Holy Father tweeted out his thanks for the team’s faith.

“It was a huge blessing,” Davis told Fox Nation host Raymond Arroyo in an interview that aired Friday.

“I liked it even more because I feel like it kind of flowed off our ‘Our Man of God’ thing … so now I got to send the Pope a ‘Man of God’ headband,” he said.

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Davis raised more than $60,000 for St. Dominic Hospital by selling “Man of God” and “Woman of God” headbands after facing a $7,000 fine for wearing his own during a game.

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After the linebacker pledged to give 100 percent of the proceeds away, the NFL revoked his fine and, along with a matching grant, Davis was able to direct $120,000 to the hospital.

Describing his reaction to the initial fine, David said he felt “conflicted.” “Should I continue to wear it because of the messaging or would I follow the rule? Which would bring ultimate glory to God?,” he explained on Fox Nation’s “Laura and Raymond.”

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Pope Francis apparently heard about Davis’ efforts and tweeted thanks on Sunday.

“Today we give thanks to the Lord for our new #Saints,” he said, alongside an emoji with the team’s logo. “They walked by faith and now we invoke their intercession.”

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Jeremy Dys: Religious freedom courageously defended by AG William Barr against militant secularists

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Attorney General William Barr delivered one of the most exceptional speeches in modern memory at the University of Notre Dame recently. Judging from his detractors, it seems his remarks landed heaviest on those mystified by the idea of religious neutrality.

Barr began his remarks by noting that his office not only defends the free exercise of religion, but also guards against “states misapplying the Establishment Clause in a way that discriminates against people of faith.”

He invoked the words of the Founding Fathers to demonstrate that the authors of the Constitution believed that a moral standard was essential to the success of a self-governed people. Indeed, the Framers feared the loss of a common moral restraint on human will.

AG BARR BLASTS ‘MILITANT SECULARISTS’ IN SPEECH ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

Or, as Barr put it: “No society can exist without some means for restraining individual rapacity.”

Abandon a common moral restraint and a formerly self-governed people will turn to either tyranny to forcefully apply such restraints, or licentiousness to unbridle any restraint in pursuit of individualism. Thus Barr laments the modern replacement of the Judeo-Christian moral system with an activated secular creed.

Paul Krugman lambasted Barr in The New York Times for even giving the speech, noting that Barr sounded “remarkably like America’s most unhinged religious zealots” who commit “mass murder because schools teach the theory of evolution.” 

It is “not decay” that plagues our modern society, Barr argued, but “organized destruction.”

“Secularists and their allies among the ‘progressives,’ have marshaled all the force” of the modern era “in an unremitting assault on religion and traditional values,” he said.

So much so, Barr observed, that this “secular project has itself become a religion,” with all the zeal and accouterments of religion, “including inquisitions and excommunication.”

Thus Barr laments the modern replacement of the Judeo-Christian moral system with an activated secular creed.

While the conscientiously defiant may not burn at the stake, today’s high commissions for non-discrimination fine them, gag their speech or threaten their professional existence.

Whereas the First Amendment welcomes all forms of speech, encouraging better speech to counter disagreeable speech, “militant secularists today do not have a live-and-let-live spirit,” Barr said.

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Not surprisingly, the speech was too much for progressive defenders of secularism.

Jeffrey Toobin in The New Yorker bluntly described it as “the worst speech by an Attorney General of the United States in modern history.” Catherine Rampell called it “a tacit endorsement of theocracy” in The Washington Post.

Paul Krugman lambasted Barr in The New York Times for even giving the speech, noting that Barr sounded “remarkably like America’s most unhinged religious zealots” who commit “mass murder because schools teach the theory of evolution.”

Evidently, Krugman believes gangs of anti-evolutionists led by Barr roam the country, chanting the mantra “Guns don’t kill people — Darwin kills people!”

Barr’s critics prefer secularized neutrality, which isn’t neutral at all.

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Modern activists — who Barr calls “militant secularists” — are hell-bent on demanding the redefinition of the term to one in which neutrality may only be achieved through forced secularity.

Hence, Barr says, “The problem is not that religion is being forced on others. The problem is that irreligion and secular values are being forced on people of faith.”

It is indisputable that Judeo-Christian values played a significant role in the founding of this nation.

From pilgrims fleeing religious oppression in Europe to James Madison’s outrage over Anglican Virginia jailing Baptist ministers, America’s founding era is replete with efforts to preserve space for people of faith to be people of faith independent of the government’s preferred religion. Such historic toleration is what should rightly be called “neutrality.”

Yet in the march to secularized neutrality, government agencies force Aaron and Melissa Klein in Oregon to speak a government-approved message or lose their business, Dr. Eric Walsh in Georgia must shed his religiosity in order to qualify for employment, and Christian schools are denied the use of the public loudspeaker to pray before kickoff.

Critics of Barr’s speech would do well to remember the past administration’s efforts to force celibate nuns to purchase birth control. Forced conformance to the government’s ideological position abandons any mask of neutrality.

Firing someone from their government job for something said as a lay minister is hostility toward religion, not neutral toleration of it. Preventing Cambridge Christian School in Tampa, Fla., from pre-football game prayer censors religious speech in preference to government-imposed silence.

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Despite their protestations, militant secularists have convinced themselves that forced secularization is the only path to enlightened neutrality. It is not. The genius of the Constitution — what Barr called a “quantum leap in liberty” — is that it guards against hostility masquerading as neutrality.

If anything, Barr’s speech is a critical call for a return to a time when notions of free speech and religious liberty were embraced by the religious and secular alike in pursuit of freedom.

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Paula White on how she became Trump’s spiritual adviser and why he’ll carry evangelical vote in 2020

President Trump‘s spiritual adviser, Paula White-Cain, told Fox News Thursday that she’s sharing “never-told stories” as his personal pastor in a new book.

The author of “Something Greater: Finding Triumph Over Tragedy” is confident, with a recent Fox News poll showing Trump with 81 percent of support from evangelicals, that he will carry the vote in 2020.

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“We look at these baseless claims. First, it was the Russian hoax, now it’s the Ukranian inquiry of impeachment…and it’s not only against the president…but it’s against the vote of the American people in 2016,” White-Cain said on “Fox & Friends.”

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President Trump’s personal pastor and spiritual adviser, Paula White, kicked off the president’s reelection campaign rally with a fiery prayer.

The president of Paula White Ministries said many Christian voters wondered if Trump would keep his campaign promises, to which she responded that he has.

White-Cain said Trump has been staunchly pro-life and pro-Isreal, strong on religious liberty and preventing human trafficking. She also said that the average American now [has] $1,400 more in their pocket.

“I could go on and on,” she said.

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She promised “a lot of voter registration, organization, and activation.”

On Trump’s tweets and, sometimes vulgar speech, White-Cain said many people disapprove of it, but many voters love the authenticity.

“Number one, he’s a New Yorker, a strong businessman,” she said. “I know him personally, so I know behind what would be seen as the persona and understand the man. I get to see him with his family, with his wife, with his grandchildren, his children. He’s a strong man, no doubt about that, but I also see the compassion, the humanity, the care, the strength in maybe a different way than many other people see it.”

TRUMP’S SPIRITUAL ADVISER, PAULA WHITE, PRAYS TO STOP ‘EVERY DEMONIC NETWORK’ AGAINST HIM

White-Cain said she starts her book, “Something Greater,” by explaining how, after 18 years of knowing Trump, she was connected to him and shares “never-told stories” of pastoring the former New York City real estate mogul.

“He’s watching Christian television and calls me out of the blue,” she said. “I’m joking and I’m like if I’m on ‘The Apprentice’ he’d be like you’re fired.”

Instead, however, Trump’s first words were positive, telling her she had the “it factor,” which she said was like an “anointing.”

White-Cain told “Fox & Friends” co-host Ainsley Earhardt she decided to share her “extreme, vulnerable pain” in the book — including her father’s suicide, sexual and physical abuse, an unwanted divorce, and more — to help others find their purpose as she did.

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“This was not the script that I would’ve written out…I don’t say I like the broken parts…but how can I show you what God can do in your life,” she said. “Looking back now I can see…that it prepared me for such a time as this.”

The wife of Jonathan Cain, who is on tour with the band Journey right now, further explained, “It prepared me to stand in a position and understand what’s really happening, from both a spiritual perspective and in a natural way, like how the system fights you when you stand for righteousness, how unfair our ‘supposedly’ fair democracy can be.”

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AG Barr blasts ‘militant secularists’ in speech on religious freedom

Attorney General William Barr blasted “militant secularists” and their attacks on Judeo-Christian values in a blistering speech at Notre Dame Friday, saying “religion has been under increasing attack” over the past five decades.

Barr, a devout Catholic, told students and faculty at the university’s law school that “the problem is not that religion is being forced on others, the problem is that irreligion is being forced — secular values are being forced on people of faith.”

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“Among the militant secularists are many so-called progressives,” he said. “But where is the progress? We are told we are living in a post-Christian era, but what has replaced the Judeo-Christian moral system? What is it that can fill the spiritual void in the hearts of the individual person? And what is the system of values that can sustain human social life?”

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United States Attorney General William P. Barr speaks to Notre Dame Law School students and faculty on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, inside Notre Dame’s Eck Hall of Law in South Bend, Ind. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP)

Barr contends that many of society’s ills are caused because of the breakdown of religion in society.

“This is not decay,” he said. “This is organized destruction. Secular forces and their allies have marshaled all the forces of mass communication, popular culture, the entertainment industry, and academia, in an unremitting assault on religion and traditional values.”

Barr said “ground zero” for the attacks is the schools, pointing to New Jersey’s passage of a law requiring public schools to adopt LGBT curriculum.

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United States Attorney General William P. Barr speaks to Notre Dame Law School students and faculty on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, inside Notre Dame’s Eck Hall of Law in South Bend, Ind. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP)

Barr said the Trump administration “firmly supports” religious freedom. Then he made a promise to those in attendance.

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“I can assure you that as long as I am attorney general, the Department of Justice will be at the forefront of this effort, ready to fight for the most cherished of all American liberties: the freedom to live according to our faith,” he concluded.

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Paul Batura: Leftist bullies wrong about ‘prayer lockers’ in schools. Here’s why

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Imagine you’re a struggling high school student. Maybe your parents have recently divorced or a love interest has just broken your heart. Worse yet, someone you care about has been given a terminal diagnosis.

You’re flailing in the classroom, desperate to find your place on campus.

There are hundreds of kids around you, but somehow you feel all alone.

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It’s between classes and you’re walking past a row of metal lockers, each one just the same as the next. Your head is down and so are your spirits.

But then you suddenly see a sign – literally and figuratively – on one of the locker doors.

The white paper says “prayer locker” and invites you to anonymously and confidentially submit prayer requests on slips of paper. No questions will be asked and every petition is promised to be prayed for.

This exact scenario has been playing out in Pike County Schools in eastern Kentucky. Nobody seems to know how it began, though some suspect it was first organized by a teacher. What started in one school spread to others in the district.

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“It’s really helped a lot of people throughout the year get through stuff, get their thoughts out,” said East Ridge High School sophomore Joseph Slone. “A lot of people that I know, they have troubles. They have family troubles; struggles that they need to get through.”

Those troubles were being praying for until the Americans United for Separation of Church and State stepped in, claiming the “prayer locker” somehow violated the First Amendment.

In response, Pike County School Board Superintendent Reed Adkins stood down, ordering the prayer lockers removed.

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Radical groups including Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the Freedom from Religion Foundation have perfected the art of bullying by trading in specious arguments revolving around the legality of faith expression in public places like schools and other government institutions.

They use the threat of a lawsuit and court like a club. Rather than fight it, many groups buckle to the leftist bullies.

Lost in the debate is good old common sense, something that seems to be in increasingly short supply these days.

Suggesting that the procurement of an unused locker for the collection of prayer requests somehow constitutes the endorsement of a state-sponsored religion is absurdity to the extreme.

We’re not talking about mandatory, formal, school-led prayer over a loudspeaker. We’re talking about taking anonymous prayer requests on small slips of paper. Participate or not. It’s the student’s choice.

At a time when violence in schools is growing and children find themselves navigating a myriad of complex personal problems, prayer is a powerful mechanism that not only brings comfort and help to those who request it – prayer also profoundly changes those who pray.

“God shapes the world by prayer,” wrote the late Mother Teresa. “The more praying there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil.”

A friend of mine recently observed, “As the mother of a teen, I know that kids in school could use a prayer – or two.”

I’ve always been perplexed by the energy behind the agitators who want to curtail a person’s freedom of private religious expression, especially their right to pray silently. In many ways, I feel sorry for them because it’s obvious they’ve never been warmed or overwhelmed by the power of answered prayer.

In my own life, I have seen miracles follow prayer – some instantly. I’ve seen prayer radically change hearts, deliver people from addictions, heal hurts and illnesses – and help lifelong hopes and dreams come true.

Why would any reasonable person want to withhold that blessing from someone else, especially vulnerable young people?

If you’re struggling today, and you’re a person of faith, I would encourage you to bring your concerns directly to God. Don’t worry about your choice of words. Talk to Him like a child talks to a parent.

But petitionary prayer, which is at the center of the locker controversy, is a wonderful magnifier and a multiplier. So go ahead and don’t be shy about asking others to pray for you. Many would consider it a privilege, including me.

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Prayer gives perspective. Prayer provides hope. Prayer is the comforting balm that the burns of the world desperately need right now.

Pray to be blessed. Pray to be a blessing. If you ask me, that’s a winning combination.

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Five feel-good stories from this week you don’t want to miss

Grab the tissues.

Here are some good stories of surprises, inspiration, and giving back that we could all use this week.

1. STOP! IT’S BIRTHDAY TIME!

Community surprises crossing guard for this 80th birthday

Crossing guard Alec Childress got a big surprise Thursday when he showed up to the corner of 9th and Lake streets in Wilmette, Ill., where he greets children with a smile and the phrase, “Peace, I gotcha!”

But after 14 years of doing this job after retiring, the man who always has something to say was left speechless.

“It was awesome!” Childress told Fox News of the community surprise. “All the kids, the parents…It’s beyond comprehension. I told somebody I need to sit down before I fall down.”

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2. GIVING BACK

Cured patient returns to hospital as employee

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Cancer survivor Katy Payne, 21, has just graduated as a nurse – and is set to work as a children’s nurse at the hospital where she was diagnosed with leukemia aged two. 

A nurse returns to work at the same hospital she was treated for leukemia as a child.

Katy Payne, 21, is a cancer survivor who grew up to become a pediatric nurse, starting her work at Colchester Hospital in Essex, in southeast England, as the newest employee.

“I remember patches of my time in hospital and some of the highs and lows,” Payne told SWNS of her cancer treatment. “The things I experienced have made me stronger, and I have always said I would like to give something back to the hospital, the doctors and the nurses, and everyone that’s been part of my journey.”

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3. ‘EXCEPTIONAL COMMUNITY’ 

California ‘team of junior detectives’ find missing woman, 97, with dementia

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The search party that helped located the 97-year-old woman. (City of Roseville, California Police Department)

A group of young neighborhood sleuths surprised the Roseville Police Department when they called 9-1-1 in response to a missing woman’s notice.

Glenneta Belford, 97, who suffers from dementia and is non-verbal, was found just a few hours after police posted her missing online.

Logan Hultman, Kashton Claiborne and Makenna Rogers, who are all 10, and 11-year-old Hope Claiborne set out and eventually found Belford, several hours after she was reported missing, hiding in bushes a few blocks away from their homes.

“This is a great example of our exceptional community coming together to lend a helping hand. This proves a great point, age is just a number and anyone can help out in a time of need,” police said in a Facebook post.

Read the full story here.

4. ‘JUST ANOTHER DAY’

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Chick-fil-A has been voted America’s favorite, cleanest and most polite fast-food chain — and now, it might have clinched another victory as the most helpful.

Shauna Hall was visiting the restaurant in Stafford, Va., last week with her son, but as soon as Hall got out of her van, she dropped her iPhone into a storm drain and she was especially upset because she “just paid off” the phone and had purchased a new Otterbox phone case only days before.

Seth, a Chick-fil-A employee, offered to help.

“Not only did he slice his finger and was filthy from laying on the ground and climbing in the hole, I find out he had actually just gotten off shift and was still willing to help me,” Hall said. “Service with a smile. Just another day at Chick-fil-A.”

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5. FAITH ON THE FIELD

Students across the nation celebrate faith on football fields

Over 250,000 students participated in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ student-led “Fields of Faith” event, tackling tough issues like suicide and depression and giving students the opportunity to “open up their life to Christ.”

Julianna Braniecki, president of the FCA chapter at her university, Huddle at Hofstra, shared on “Fox & Friends” Thursday how students had speakers, musicians (including rappers), and student testimonies during the “Fields of Faith” events.

“Last night at Hofstra, we had the pleasure of hosting our first Fields of Faith event…It was really a powerful experience,” she added. “My faith is something that is very important to me, and through my experience with FCA, that has greatly increased that and grown in my love for Christ.”

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Tyler Perry says he’s ‘ignored’ in Hollywood, opens new studio in Atlanta: ‘I know what I do is important’

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Tyler Perry has long been a proponent of non-conformity and in Hollywood, the seemingly prolific one-man band says because of this, the industry has overlooked the magnitude of his impact.

“I clearly believe that I’m ignored in Hollywood, for sure, and that’s fine. I get it,” Perry told Gayle King in an interview for “CBS This Morning” ahead of the opening of his new film studio Tyler Perry Studios, which he owns outright.

“My audience and the stories that I tell are African-American stories specific to a certain audience, specific to a certain group of people that I know, that I grew up, and we speak a language,” he added. “Hollywood doesn’t necessarily speak the language. A lot of critics don’t speak that language. So, to them, it’s like, ‘What is this?’”

Perry, 50, said he knew the reach of the work he’s done and understood the industry’s hesitation over his projects, adding that it’s been his mission to speak to the people with whom he identified since he broke into the fold as the beloved Madea, one of a litany of characters he created early on.

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“I know what I do is important. I know what I do touches millions of people around the world,” he added. “I know how important every word, every joke, every laugh [is]. I know what that does for the people where I come from and the people that I’m writing for. So, yeah, I get that.”

Perry welcomed a who’s who of celebrity talent to usher in the new headquarters for his TV and film studio in Atlanta – including Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, a Destiny’s Child reunion.

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Oprah Winfrey, Ava DuVernay, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Will Smith, Halle Berry, Spike Lee, Whoopi Goldberg and Viola Davis also were on hand to ring in the affair with the “Alex Cross” star who became the first African-American filmmaker to own his own major film studio.

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Last month, Perry opened up about Georgia’s controversial “heartbeat” abortion law that has angered many in Hollywood and sparked calls to boycott filming in the state. Perry said he disagrees with the sentiment.

“Atlanta has been the dream. It has been the promised land,” Perry told The Associated Press last month. “So, when I got here, this whole state and city has been amazing to me and I wouldn’t trade that for anything. Also, I put $250 million in the ground here and in the studio. So, when you have a quarter of a billion dollars sat down in the ground, you can’t just up and leave.”

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The law bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which could happen as early as six weeks into pregnancy before many women realize they’re expecting. The law is set to become enforceable Jan. 1, although a judge temporarily blocked it last week.

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Joshua Rogers: Families in pain deliver powerful courtroom lessons in forgiveness

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On the night of Feb. 7, 2003, Coco and David Treppendahl got the news that no parent ever wants to hear: their 19-year-old daughter, Laura Treppendahl, had been killed by a drunken driver as she drove home from a Bible study.

The driver, one of Laura’s fellow students at the University of Mississippi, had just driven away from a bar in an SUV with eight passengers inside. Within minutes of leaving, he sideswiped one car and then ran head-on into Laura, who died at the scene of the accident.

I was a law student at the University of Mississippi at the time and recall the way the accident rocked the town of Oxford. Although I didn’t know Laura, countless others did and described her as a vivacious, lovable young woman who was intensely serious about her faith in Christ. Her loss sent a pall over the town.

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What rocked the town as much as her death happened a year later at the sentencing of the driver, who pled guilty to aggravated DUI death and expressed deep remorse for his actions. Although he faced a sentence of up to 10 years, the judge suspended nine of them, resulting in one year of jail time. The leniency of the sentence got everyone’s attention, but the real shock was a letter to the judge from Laura’s family.

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“We are Christians,” wrote the Treppendahls. “Forgiveness is an integral part of our Christian faith. We have asked Christ and He has enabled us to fully forgive [the driver] and the other young men involved in this tragedy. Therefore, from our own personal perspective, we have no need for nor will we gain any satisfaction from seeing [him] further punished.”

People were moved to tears – amazed that the Treppendahls pardoned the driver so freely and completely. It was the kind of thing you couldn’t help but admire, yet wonder if you could be so extravagantly forgiving if you were in their shoes.

In a follow up letter to the local newspaper, David revealed that he and Coco had met with the driver and forgiven him in person.

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“He is a fine young man who has been broken and humbled,” David wrote. “He has come to the end of himself and feels completely helpless. In other words, I found [him] to be just the kind of person that God can really use to accomplish mighty things.”

Not everyone was touched by the graciousness of the Treppendahls though. Some expressed disappointment in the Treppendahls’ decision to advocate for the driver. In their view, the Treppendahls were sending the message that you can get plastered, end the life of an innocent driver and get away with it.

The episode reminded me of what happened in a Texas courtroom this week when 18-year-old Brandt Jean spoke at the sentencing of Amber Guyger, who had been convicted of murdering his brother, Botham.

“If you truly are sorry,” Jean said, “I know I can speak for myself. I forgive you. I think giving your life to Christ would be the best thing that Botham would want for you,” he said. “I love you as a person, and I don’t wish anything bad on you.”

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In a stunning moment that left people in the courtroom sobbing, Brandt got permission from the judge to hug Guyer. It was the embrace felt around the world as the two clung to each other and cried.

It has been both heartening and heartbreaking to look at my social media newsfeeds as people continue discussing Brandt’s extension of grace. The vast majority of people are still overwhelmed by the beauty of the moment, but a crop of others stood up to raise their fists at injustice, to analyze to pieces Brandt’s apology – to try to put it in perspective for the rest of the world.

As if it’s any of our business to assess the rightness of mercy, the genuineness of apologies or the social repercussions of grace. The Treppendahls extended it. Brandt Jean extended it. It was theirs to give, not ours to evaluate.

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Grace defies logic. It’s just so – unfair. Like the thief hanging on the cross next to Jesus, making his last-minute confession to the Lord and gasping out the simple request, “Remember me.” He had done nothing to deserve pardon and yet, in response to this deathbed conversion, Jesus says, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with Me in paradise” (Luke 23:43).

At the heart of our reaction to the Treppendahls and Brandt Jeans of the world is a reaction to Jesus, who issued the pardon of all pardons to everyone through His sacrifice on the cross. Those who fully appreciate the magnitude of that eternal pardon know the great secret behind forgiveness: None of us deserve it and the most freeing thing we can do is give it.

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Dominican Republic doctor helps impoverished community he grew up in: ‘God answered my prayers’

Today, Dr. Jose Frank Piña, 30, has a wife and a daughter in his native Dominican Republic. He is a medical missionary who shares medical advice every Saturday on television.

But when he was growing up in an impoverished community, none of this seemed possible.

Piña grew up in the city of San Juan, in a home that had just two rooms, sharing a bed with two siblings, in an area ravaged by gang violence and frequent flooding.

At 4 years old, he was registered in a local church’s Compassion International, a Christian sponsor program center where he received medical care, nutrition and vocational courses like English and computers.

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“When I was a child living in a dangerous environment where gangs used to fight with machetes and guns, the letters from my sponsors helped me see a different reality of the world,” Piña told Fox News. “We saw hope.”

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Dr. Jose Frank Piña Montero grew up in extreme poverty, but today he is an outstanding doctor and role model in the same community he grew up in. (Compassion International)

He added: “I thank God for Compassion because being a kid in poverty, you can’t have dreams or sometimes you have dreams but you can’t make them come true because of the needs you have. They gave me the opportunity to dream and make those dreams come true.”

Speaking to Fox News from the hospital where he works now, Piña shared how he is helping others in his community break the cycle of poverty.

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“I am trying to help others, not only to restore their physical health but to restore their spiritual health and help restore their relationship with God,” he said.

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Doctor Piña received an award for delivering the first baby in an ambulance. They were called the “angels of the roads.” (Compassion International)

It was through Compassion that he met his wife, Yaneli, also a doctor. The two met in high school and they got to know each other better during a Compassion trip.

Today they work as medical missionaries helping different communities in the area through their church, called “Jehova Fuerte y Valiente.”

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But his favorite role of all, in helping change his community for the better, is that of a father.

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Jose Frank Piña with his wife, Yaneli, and their 10-month-old daughter, Sofia Arlette. (Compassion International)

“Compassion gave me the best things I’ve ever had. They gave me love, hope and the opportunity to dream and overcome,” he told the organization. “Because of Compassion, I met the most beautiful woman on the planet, my wife, and now I am enjoying the fruit of our love: our daughter, Sofia Arlette.”

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Holding his 10-month-old reminds him of the incredible changes he’s experienced in his life.

“For me, for my family, for my little daughter, it’s something I can’t describe because I know it’s not something my daughter has to live,” he said.

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Jose Frank holds one of his sponsorship photos from childhood. (Compassion International)

And it’s all coming full circle now, as the family is preparing to sponsor their first child through Compassion, the program that helped lift him out of poverty and connect wirh his now-wife.

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“God is going to impact more lives through Compassion,” he said. “Me and my wife are planning to sponsor a girl in Haiti … We are close to her so we can go and meet with her many times and show her love, so we are trying to do that.”

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Texas judge’s gift of Bible to Amber Guyger draws complaint from atheist group

An atheist group that has counted Ron Reagan Jr. among its members says it was inappropriate for a judge to give a Bible to Amber Guyger, the former Dallas police officer who convicted this week of murdering a neighbor last year.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) – the atheist group for which the 61-year-old son of former President Ronald Reagan has appeared in television ads – filed a formal complaint Thursday with the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct, FOX 4 of Dallas-Fort Worth reported.

The Wisconsin-based group objected to Judge Tammy Kemp giving one of her Bibles to Guyger after the former officer was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday for the shooting death of Botham Jean, a 26-year-old accountant.

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“You just need a tiny mustard seed of faith,” Kemp said to a tearful Guyger, handing the Bible to her before the convicted former officer left the courtroom. “You start with this.”

Kemp also hugged Guyger – as did a brother of the murder victim, in actions that some observers said showed compassion for the newly convicted defendant.

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State District Judge Tammy Kemp gives former Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger a hug before Guyger leaves for jail, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, in Dallas. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP, Pool)

But in a letter Thursday to the Texas commission, the atheist group objected to what it termed the judge’s “proselytizing actions,” saying they “overstepped judicial authority,” and were “inappropriate” and “unconstitutional.”

“It is perfectly acceptable for private citizens to express their religious beliefs in court,” the letter states later, “but the rules are different for those acting in a governmental role.”

In a separate Twitter message, FFRF attorney Andrew L. Seidel further explained the group’s position.

“We need more compassion in our criminal justice system,” Seidel wrote, “but here, compassion crossed the line into coercion. Judges cannot impose their personal religion on others.”

“We need more compassion in our criminal justice system, but here, compassion crossed the line into coercion. Judges cannot impose their personal religion on others.”

— Andrew L. Seidel, attorney, Freedom from Religion Foundation

Seidel is the author of “The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism is Un-American.”

Neither the group nor Seidel appeared to demand punishment for the judge. Their messages seemed aimed only at drawing attention to a “possible violation” of rules of judicial conduct.

However, another group – the Texas-based First Liberty Institute, which supports religious freedom – came to the judge’s defense.

“We should all be thankful the law allows Judge Kemp’s actions,” said Hiram Sasser, legal counsel for the First Liberty Institute. “We stand with her and will gladly lead the charge in defending her noble and legal actions.”

“We should all be thankful the law allows Judge Kemp’s actions. We stand with her and will gladly lead the charge in defending her noble and legal actions.”

— Hiram Sasser, legal counsel for the First Liberty Institute

Guyger claimed she mistakenly entered Jean’s apartment, one floor above hers, thinking it was her own home, and shot Jean because she believed he was an intruder in her apartment.

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But on Tuesday, a jury decided that Guyger, 31, was guilty of murder. Guyger had been a member of the Dallas force for nearly five years.

Also on Thursday, the atheist group posted a Twitter message objecting to Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s support of “Bring Your Bible to School Day,” saying the Republican governor’s stand was “narrow-minded and totally inappropriate.”

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