Turkey: Muslims hold Santa Claus at gunpoint to protest Christmas celebrations

TRUTH BOMBS: And there are some uneducated people in the world that think muslims can “coexist” with non-muslims. They are the reason why this country needs to put directions on a bottle of shampoo.

ARTICLE: “Our purpose is for people to go back to their roots. We are Muslim Turks and have been banner-bearers of Islam for a thousand years. We cannot see why there is such sensitivity for Christian traditions and not for our traditions like Hıdrellez, Nevruz and other religious and national holidays.”

One wonders if these Muslims were holding Santa at gunpoint for Islam while Guinean President Alpha Conde was in Ankara assuring the Turks that he knew that Islam was a religion of peace.

“Ultranationalist group hold man dressed as Santa Claus at gunpoint to protest Christmas celebrations,” Hürriyet Daily News, December 29, 2016:

A group of men from the youth group of the ultranationalist Alperen Hearts protested Christmas and New Year’s celebrations in Turkey by holding a man dressed as Santa Claus at gunpoint on Dec. 28 in the Nazilli district of the western province of Aydın….

The provincial head of the Alperen Hearths in Aydın, Burak Yaşar, said they were aiming to “bring people back to their roots.”

“Our purpose is for people to go back to their roots. We are Muslim Turks and have been banner-bearers of Islam for a thousand years. We cannot see why there is such sensitivity for Christian traditions and not for our traditions like Hıdrellez, Nevruz and other religious and national holidays. We organized this protest against Christmas celebrations, reminding people that we should be celebrating our own national holidays instead,” he said.

Source: Turkey: Muslims hold Santa Claus at gunpoint to protest Christmas celebrations

California Democrats legalize child prostitution | Washington Examiner

TRUTH BOMBS: I found this very difficult to believe as true until I found it on multiple news sites. So if a person is under 18, they cannot be arrested for prostitution.

ARTICLE: Beginning on Jan. 1, prostitution by minors will be legal in California. Yes, you read that right. SB 1322 bars law enforcement from arresting sex workers who are under the age of 18 for soliciting or engaging in prostitution, or loitering with the intent to do so. So teenage girls (and boys) in California will soon be free to have sex in exchange for money without fear of arrest or prosecution. This terribly destructive legislation was written and passed by the progressive Democrats who control California’s state government with a two-thirds supermajority. To their credit, they are sincere in their belief that decriminalizing underage prostitution is good public policy that will help victims of sex trafficking. Unfortunately, the reality is that the legalization of underage prostitution suffers from the fatal defect endemic to progressive-left policymaking: it ignores experience, common sense and most of all human nature — especially its darker side.

Source: California Democrats legalize child prostitution | Washington Examiner

Poll Reveals 5 Key Findings on Religion in the U.S.

A recent Gallup poll on religion, and particularly Christianity, in America has revealed five specific noteworthy trends.

Gallup.com reports on the findings of the poll, which overall revealed that, at least for the short-term, Americans are becoming less religious.

1. The poll found that while America remains a predominantly Christian nation overall, it is becoming less so than in years past.

While seventy-four percent of Americans identify as Christians, this is down six points from 2008. Also, those who who do not identify with any religion–so-called “nones–have increased by six points since 2008.

Back in the 1940s and ‘50s, when Gallup began collecting data about religious affiliation, nine in 10 Americans identified as Christians, with the only other significant group identifying as Jewish.

2. Although Christianity is still the predominant religion in America, formal religious identification is decreasing.

About one in five Americans say they do not have a formal religious identity and are not members of a church, synagogue, or mosque. In the 1940s and ‘50s, only two to three percent of Americans said they did not have a formal religious identity.

3. Over half of Americans still say that religion plays an important role in their lives.

Fifty-three percent said that religion is a “very important” part of their lives. While this is still a majority, the number was as high as 70 percent in 1965. The number has fluctuated through the years, however, and the current numbers are about equal to those of the years 1978 and 1987.

4. A majority of Americans believe that religion is losing influence in society.

Seventy-two percent believe that religion is declining in American life. This number has gone consistently up over the years, except for specific periods of time such as in 1957, as well as shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

5. Religion tends to correlate to political affiliation.

On the whole, Republicans tend to identify as religious more often than Democrats. Just over half of Republicans are “highly religious” and regularly attend religious services, while only a third of Democrats identify as the same.

Source: Poll Reveals 5 Key Findings on Religion in the U.S.

Why are these birds falling from the sky in South Jersey?

SHILOH, N.J. – Weather-wise, it had been a fairly typical November day, two days before Thanksgiving, in the western Cumberland County agricultural community of Stow Creek Township – mostly sunny, with a bit of a nip in the air.

Source: Why are these birds falling from the sky in South Jersey?