News of Note: “Christian Airman Relieved of Duty Due to His Stance on Homosexuality”

Air_Force_Chapilancy (2)

1. Christian Airman relieved of duty by the Airforce

“Christian Air Force Veteran Relieved of Duties for Refusing to Affirm Homosexual ‘Marriage’” – Airman Phillip Monk is relieved of his duties by the Air Force for his Christian beliefs about homosexuality. (Christian News)

“The Liberty Institute, a Christian legal organization in Plano, Texas, is now representing (Airman Phillip) Monk. Attorney Hiram Sasser told reporters that he believes that the military that while homosexuals are coming out of the closet, Christians are getting shoved into the closet. “Are we going to have a ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy for Christians so we don’t get harassed for our beliefs?” he asked. “Here’s a guy who wants to have his religious liberty and serve in the military. He shouldn’t have to believe in gay marriage in order to serve.” – Heather Clark, Christian News

“Sergeant dismissed for saying … nothing” – The Baptist Press’ commentary Air Force Sergeant Phillip Monk’s situation. (Baptist Press)

“Airmen Punished for Objecting to Gay Marriage” – Todd Starnes’ column on Air Force punishing Christian airman . (Fox News)

Fox News interview with Airman Phillip Monk and his attorney about the incident:

2. Christian persecution in Egypt

“Egyptian Christians, Copts Endure Horrific Persecution As Violence and Unrest Continue” – Garrett Hayley reports on Christian persecution by radical Islamists in Egypt. (Christian News)

“As violent unrest continues to throw Egypt into chaos, Christians are increasingly finding themselves to be the targets of persecution and abuse. Presently, the greatest threat to Egyptian Christians comes from supporters of Mohamed Morsi—the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated president who was ousted last month. According to recent statistics, only 13% of Egypt’s 85 million residents are Christians, while 85% are Muslim. This week, the Maspero Youth Union (MYU)—a Coptic activist organization—have been providing detailed reports of violence committed against Christians and Catholics. On Friday, the group posted a thorough list of the many buildings that have been attacked and terrorized in recent days, saying that some Copts have even been killed while attempting to defend their church buildings.” – Garrett Hayley, Christian News

“‘Horrible’: Christian churches across Egypt stormed, torched” – Christian churches are being burned throughout Egpyt. (CNN)

“Bookshops of the Egyptian Bible Society Burnt and Destroyed” – Muslim Fundamentalists burn and destroy Christian churches and schools in Egypt. (Aquila Report)

3. “Church of England creating ‘pagan church’ to recruit members” – The Telegraph U.K.’s report on the Church of England creating pagan church to bring in new members. (Telegraph U.K.)

“The church is training ministers to create “a pagan church where Christianity [is] very much in the centre” to attract spiritual believers. Ministers are being trained to create new forms of Anglicanism suitable for people of alternative beliefs as part of a Church of England drive to retain congregation numbers. Reverend Steve Hollinghurst, a researcher and adviser in new religious movements told the BBC: “I would be looking to formulate an exploration of the Christian faith that would be at home in their culture.” He said it would be “almost to create a pagan church where Christianity was very much in the centre.” The Church Mission Society, which is training ministers to “break new ground”, hopes to see a number of spiritual people align themselves with Christianity.” – Radhika Sanghani, Telegraph U.K.

4. “10 Things I’ve Learned after 26 Years of Marriage” – Ed Stetzer gives ten things he’s learned after twenty six years of marriage. (Christianity Today)