Watch and act for your religous rights!

Office Depot Backs Down From Censoring Pro-Life Flyer, Apologizes to Customer
by Steven Ertelt | LifeNews.com | 9/11/15 6:29 PM

After offending pro-life advocates nationwide, the office supply store Office Depot has reversed course and apologized to a customer for its censorship of a pro-life flyer that a pro-life woman wanted it to print copies of to encourage prayers for de-funding the Planned Parenthood abortion business. The company claimed the prayers advocate the persecution of people who support abortion and said that was the reason why it could not fulfill the print order for the flyers.

As LifeNews.com reported, on August 20, Maria Goldstein placed her order for printing at the Office Depot in Schaumburg, Illinois. The item to be printed was a flyer that stated several statistics from Planned Parenthood’s 2013-2014 annual report, mentioned the abortion company’s harvesting of fetal body parts, and included a prayer for the conversion of Planned Parenthood.

Goldstein was told by an Office Depot employee that the printing of her flyer was “restricted by corporate policy” and that her order would not be filled.

Goldstein contacted the Office of the Chairman multiple times to discuss the company’s refusal to fill her order. Diane Demma from the Office of the Chairman stood up for the Office Depot employees’ refusal to print Ms. Goldstein’s flyer and offered no other alternatives.

“Office Depot is discriminating against me based on my religion,” said Maria Goldstein. “If the store can pick and choose what orders it fills based on religious content, it is refusing to treat people of faith equally. In America where we value freedom of religion, this is simply unacceptable.”

The Thomas More Society, a pro-life legal firm, sent a demand letter to Office Depot, challenging the company’s refusal to print religious flyers for customer Maria Goldstein at its Schaumburg, Illinois location as discrimination and a violation of the Cook County Human Rights Ordinance.

Earlier today, Office Depot responded with a letter describing Goldstein’s prayer flyer as falling under the category of graphic material or hate speech.

Now, Office Depot has issued a statement backing down and has apologized to Goldstein. The statement, from Office Depot spokeswoman Karen Denning, says:

Office Depot has contacted Ms. Goldsteins’s representative to explain that the store associate’s decision to decline a print order was in no way based on religious beliefs, but on the fact that it contained certain words and phrases that could be construed as graphic or advocates the persecution of groups of people, which is a violation of the company’s copy and print policy. Office Depot has long maintained a policy of not allowing associates to print items that violate copyright laws, advocate persecution of any group or contain graphic material.

Upon a more detailed review, we have determined that the content of Ms. Goldstein’s flyer is not a clear violation of the company’s policy.

“We sincerely apologize to Ms. Goldstein for her experience and our initial reaction was not at all related to her religious beliefs. We invite her to return to Office Depot if she still wishes to print the flyer,” said Roland Smith, chairman and chief executive officer, Office Depot.

Office Depot will continue to have policies that guide the refusal to reproduce material that is protected under copyright, contains graphic material or advocates the persecution of any groups of people, regardless of the reason. In addition, all customers are free to use the self-service copy machines in our stores without being subject to the policy.

In the letter Office Depot sent earlier today, before backing down, the letter claimed Goldstein was given a chance to print the hundreds of copies of her flyer that she wanted on the self-serve copy machines and declined to do so. It also claimed that store staff thought the prayer she wanted to make copies of was copyrighted and Office Depot admits it understand snow that that is not the case.

The letter went on to say that it found the language of the pro-life prayer flyer offensive and that characterizing those who support abortion as “evil” is the “type of language that led to the decision to refuse your client’s copying request.” The letter said Office Depot has a policy of not reproducing materials it considers “graphic material” or “hate material” and that the pro-life flyer came under that policy thus “making the refusal to print the flyer appropriate.”

The company claimed Goldstein has no religious right to have Office Depot copy the flyer and it claims it violated no laws in prohibiting the copies.

“Anyone can order printing at Office Depot,” said Thomas Olp, Thomas More Society special counsel attorney. “But because Ms. Goldstein’s flyers had religious content—namely calling for prayer for Planned Parenthood—Office Depot refused to complete her order. This is a blatant violation of the Cook County Human Rights Ordinance, which forbids public businesses from discriminating based on religion.”

Thomas More Society’s demand letter stated that Office Depot must cease its unlawful refusal to service Ms. Golstein’s copying order or the Society will act to secure Ms. Goldstein’s rights before the Cook County Human Rights Commission, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, or other appropriate venue.

Before it backed down, Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life,told LifeNews.com he’s upset by Office Depot’s decision to refuse to print the pro-life materials — and noted the flyer was meant for a prayer campaign his group is sponsoring.

“One of the prayers I wrote for this campaign was taken to an Office Depot in a Chicago suburb by Maria Goldstein, who wanted to make a few hundred copies for her parish,” explained Fr. Frank. “The store refused to print it and the Chicago Tribune reports that an Office Depot spokeswoman said this is because the prayer ‘advocates the persecution of people who support abortion rights.’ Actually, the opposite is true: the prayer advocates their conversion, enlightenment, and salvation.”

“I am proud of Maria Goldstein for standing up for her rights, and I call upon Office Depot to reconsider this decision by evaluating more carefully the words of the prayer and the intent of its author,” he said.

The prayer campaign that utilizes this Prayer for the Conversion of Planned Parenthood, and several other prayers with a similar theme, launches again this Saturday, September 12 and runs through the 20th. It will take place again from October 10-18th.

ACTION: Contact Office Depot here.

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What to use when studying the Torah

Torahis4Today recommends the following resources to use when studying the Torah, Tanakh, and Brit Chadashah. We don’t necessarily agree with every single thing stated in extra Biblical literature and where people give their own commentary. Personal application: you believe that someone you know tells the truth but you don’t agree with everything they say but you still trust them.

Onkelos Torah
Book of Jasher/Yasher
The Chumash
The Tikkun
Book of Enoch
Midrash Rabbah
Mishna
Artscroll Siddur
Ancient Near Eastern Themes in Biblical Theology by Jeffrey Niehaus
Essential Papers on Israel and the Ancient Near East (article by Moshe Weinfeld)
Treaty of the Great King by Meredith Kline
Ancient Near Eastern Texts: by Pritchard
The Encyclopedia of Talmudic Sages by Gershom Bader
Background of Early Christianity 3rd Edition by Everett Ferguson

Weekly Parashah

Deut 26:1-29:9 Is 60:1-22 Col 3:1-17

The Unanswerable Questions

UQ Tract 2

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September 23 2015

September 1 – This marks the beginning of FEMA’s annual “National Preparedness Month”

September 7 – Labor Day

September 11 – The 14th anniversary (7+7) of 9/11

September 11 – The last day of trading on Wall Street before the end of the Shemitah year

September 12 – Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour opens in the United States. The first stop is in Washington D.C. and according to Holly Deyo the “opening theme is Desecration of The Bride and Arrival of Fallen Angels”

September 12 and September 13 – Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, a leading authority in Ultra-Orthodox Judaism, has indicated that the Messiah that the Jewish people are expecting could come at this time

September 13 – The last day of the Shemitah year. During the last two Shemitah cycles, we witnessed record-breaking stock market crashes on the very last day of the Shemitah year (Elul 29 on the Biblical calendar). For example, if you go back to September 17th, 2001 (which was Elul 29 on the Biblical calendar), we witnessed the greatest one day stock market crash in all of U.S. history up until that time. The Dow plunged 684 points, and it was a record that held for exactly seven years until the end of the next Shemitah cycle. On September 29th, 2008 (which was also Elul 29 on the Biblical calendar), the Dow plummeted 777 points, which still today remains the greatest one day stock market crash of all time in the United States. Now we are in another Shemitah year. It began in the fall of 2014, and it ends on September 13th, 2015.

September 13 – Partial solar eclipse

September 14 – Rosh Hashanah

September 14 – The first day of trading on Wall Street after the end of the Shemitah year

September 15 – The 70th session of the UN General Assembly begins on this date. It has been widely reported that France plans to introduce a resolution which will give formal UN Security Council recognition to a Palestinian state shortly after the new session begins. Up until now, the U.S. has always been the one blocking such a resolution, but Barack Obama has already indicated that things may be different this time around. It would be extremely difficult to overstate the significance of this.

September 15 – The Jade Helm military exercises are scheduled to end

September 17 – If there is going to be a rate hike in September, this is probably when the Federal Reserve will do it

September 17 – This is the deadline for Congress to vote on Obama’s deal with Iran

September 17 – Constitution Day – most Americans do not even know that this holiday exists

September 18 – The Days of Awe conference in Sandpoint, Idaho – Christians from all over the nation will be gathering to call out to God in prayer and to repent for the sins of our country

September 20 to September 26 – The “World Week For Peace in Palestine Israel” sponsored by the World Council of Churches

September 21 – This is when the Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca) is projected to begin

September 21 – The UN International Day Of Peace

September 22 – In Islam, “the Day of Arafat” falls on this day

September 23 – The last day of the summer

September 23 – Yom Kippur

September 23 – The Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, also known as “the Feast of the Sacrifice”, begins

September 23 – Pope Francis arrives at the White House to meet with Barack Obama

September 23 – The 266th Pope will be meeting with the president of the United States on the 266th day of the year. Some have suggested that “something is being birthed” on that day since 266 days is the average length of the human gestation period.

September 24 – The Pope addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress

September 25 – On May 14th, 2014 French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius famously proclaimed that we had only 500 days to avoid “climate chaos”. His time frame of 500 days ends on September 25th.

September 25 – The Pope will hold mass in Madison Square Garden in New York City

September 25 to September 27 – The United Nations launches a brand new “universal agenda” for humanity known as “the 2030 Agenda”

September 25 – The Pope appears at the UN to deliver an address to kick off the conference at which the 2030 Agenda will be unveiled

September 26 and 27 – The Pope will be traveling to Philadelphia for the “2015 World Meeting of Families”

September 28 – The first day of the Feast of Tabernacles

September 28 – This is the date for the last of the four blood moons that fall on Biblical festival dates during 2014 and 2015. This blood moon will be a “supermoon” and it will be clearly visible from the city of Jerusalem.

In September [2015], Europe’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) / [CERN] will smash together sub-atomic particles at nearly the speed of light, an unprecedented experiment that has some of the leading voices in the world of science – and religion – sounding the alarm on the risks involved. Why is everyone so concerened: Massive gravitational pull will be generated, CERN generates extreme temperatures, Stephen Hawking is worried, possibly will open the door to other dimensions, CERN’s curious choice of geographic location [is demonic], tapping into ‘Dark Matter’, CERN logo, Deity of destruction as corporate mascot, and no Democratic debate (http://www.rt.com/op-edge/313922-cern-collider-hadron-higgs/).

If you haven’t started to pray, start now and share this blog post with everyone you know so they can start praying to!

Hebrew
Sh’ma Yisra’eil Adonai Eloheinu Adonai echad.
Hear, Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One.
In an undertone:
Hebrew
Barukh sheim k’vod malkhuto l’olam va’ed.
Blessed be the Name of His glorious kingdom for ever and ever.
Hebrew
V’ahav’ta eit Adonai Elohekha b’khol l’vav’kha uv’khol naf’sh’kha uv’khol m’odekha.
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
Hebrew
V’hayu had’varim ha’eileh asher anokhi m’tzav’kha hayom al l’vavekha.
And these words that I command you today shall be in your heart.
Hebrew
V’shinan’tam l’vanekha v’dibar’ta bam
And you shall teach them diligently to your children, and you shall speak of them
Hebrew
b’shiv’t’kha b’veitekha uv’lekh’t’kha vaderekh uv’shakh’b’kha uv’kumekha
when you sit at home, and when you walk along the way, and when you lie down and when you rise up.
Hebrew
Uk’shar’tam l’ot al yadekha v’hayu l’totafot bein einekha.
And you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be for frontlets between your eyes.
Hebrew
Ukh’tav’tam al m’zuzot beitekha uvish’arekha.
And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Hebrew
V’hayah im shamo’a tish’m’u el mitz’votai
And it shall come to pass if you surely listen to the commandments
Hebrew
asher anokhi m’tzaveh et’khem hayom
that I command you today
Hebrew
l’ahavah et Adonai Eloheikhem ul’av’do b’khol l’vav’khem uv’khol naf’sh’khem
to love the Lord your God and to serve him with all your heart and all your soul,
Hebrew
V’natati m’tar ar’tz’khem b’ito yoreh umal’kosh
v’asaf’ta d’ganekha v’tirosh’kha v’yitz’harekha.
That I will give rain to your land, the early and the late rains,
that you may gather in your grain, your wine and your oil.
Hebrew
V’natati eisev b’sad’kha liv’hem’tekha v’akhal’ta v’sava’ta.
And I will give grass in your fields for your cattle and you will eat and you will be satisfied.
Hebrew
Hisham’ru lakhem pen yif’teh l’vav’khem
v’sar’tem va’avad’tem Elohim acheirim v’hish’tachavitem lahem

Beware, lest your heart be deceived
and you turn and serve other gods and worship them.
Hebrew
V’charah af Adonai bakhem v’atzar et hashamayim v’lo yih’yeh matar
v’ha’adamah lo titein et y’vulah

And anger of the Lord will blaze against you, and he will close the heavens and there will not be rain,
and the earth will not give you its fullness,
Hebrew
va’avad’tem m’heirah mei’al ha’aretz hatovah asher Adonai notein lakhem.
and you will perish quickly from the good land that the Lord gives you.
Hebrew
V’sam’tem et d’varai eileh al l’vav’khem v’al naf’sh’khem
uk’shar’tem otam l’ot al yed’khem v’hayu l’totafot bein eineikhem
.
So you shall put these, my words, on your heart and on your soul;
and you shall bind them for signs on your hands, and they shall be for frontlets between your eyes.
Hebrew
V’limad’tem otam et b’neikhem l’dabeir bam
And you shall teach them to your children, and you shall speak of them
Hebrew
b’shiv’t’kha b’veitekha uv’lekh’t’kha vaderekh uv’shakh’b’kha uv’kumekha
when you sit at home, and when you walk along the way, and when you lie down and when you rise up.
Hebrew
Ukh’tav’tam al m’zuzot beitekha uvish’arekha.
And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Hebrew
L’ma’an yirbu y’maychem vi-y’may v’naychem al ha-adamah
asher nishba Adonai la-avotaychem latayt lahem ki-y’may ha-shamayim al ha-aretz.

In order to prolong your days and the days of your children on the land
that the Lord promised your fathers that he would give them, as long as the days that the heavens are over the earth.

The Pope AND Abortion

Who is the Pope? Biblically speaking he just another human being who has no authority invested in him by YHWH.

Recently he said, “notwithstanding anything to the contrary, to concede to all priests for the Jubilee Year the discretion to absolve of the sin of abortion those who have procured it and who, with contrite heart, seek forgiveness for it” (http://www.latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg-pope-abortion-20150901-story.html).

“The Jubilee Year, which starts in December, is traditionally a period during which Catholics can seek redemption from their sins by visiting St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Such holy years are normally celebrated every quarter of a century, but popes are allowed to call special ones. The last was in 2000, during John Paul II’s reign” (http://www.latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg-pope-abortion-20150901-story.html).

I am sorry but the Word of YHWH says:

“For God is one; and there is but one Mediator between God and humanity, Yeshua the Messiah” (1 Timothy 2:5 Complete Jewish Bible).

Yeshua, seeing their faith, said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” But some of the Torah scholars were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, Why does this fellow speak like this? He blasphemes! Who can pardon sins but God alone?” Immediately Yeshua, knowing in His spirit that they were raising questions this way within themselves, said to them, “Why are you questioning these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, and take your mat and walk’? But so you may know that the Son of Man has authority to pardon sins on earth….” He tells the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home!”  (Mark 2:5-11 TLV)

“Mercy is the very foundation of the church’s life,” Francis said. “The church’s very credibility is seen in how she shows merciful and compassionate love” (http://www.latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg-pope-abortion-20150901-story.html).

No, mercy is a part of it. Apart of what … keeping Torah. These people don’t know their Bible just the Dogma they have learnt and/or programmed with.

Yeshua said, “Don’t think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete. Yes indeed! I tell you that until heaven and earth pass away, not so much as a yud or a stroke will pass from the Torah – not until everything that must happen has happened (Matthew 5:17,18 CJB).

“During the year, bricked-up “holy doors” in Rome’s four basilicas, including St Peter’s, are opened, granting pilgrims a special route to salvation, before they are closed once again at the end of the Jubilee Year” (http://www.latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg-pope-abortion-20150901-story.html).

Ah … “a special route to salvation,” did we read that correctly? Yes, we sadly did. Sorry false brethren, Yeshua is the door and it isn’t bricked up, whooo!!!

“… let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Yeshua ha-Mashiach ha-Natzrati—whom you had crucified, whom God raised from the dead—this one stands before you whole. This Yeshua is ‘the stone—rejected by you, the builders—that has become the chief cornerstone.’ There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved!” (Acts 4:10-12 TLV)