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Anti-fascists attack Christians at city hall demonstration

A "Defense of Christianity" demonstration in front of Calgary's City Hall turned violent.

Street Church had a valid permit and was ready to begin when angry members of Calgary's "Anti-Fascist Action" group started screaming in the faces of demonstrators.

The "Street Church" demonstrators screamed back, "Jesus loves you and wants to save your soul," and similar messages. Confrontations escalated, culminating in the "Anti-Fascist" group starting several mixed martial arts fights.

The rally disintegrated into a mass brawl quickly as counter-protesters cursed at, pushed, threw down, kicked, and began punching Street Church members.

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Christian Grandma Florist Fined for Not Working Gay Wedding Takes 'Last Stand' at Supreme Court

Barronelle Stutzman, also known as the "Christian grandma florist," is now asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear her appeal to reverse a Washington court's decision earlier this year that found her guilty of discrimination for refusing to provide flowers for a gay wedding.

The Associated Press reported on Sunday that lawyers for Stutzman are claiming that Washington's high court violated her First Amendment protection for artistic expression in its ruling in February.

Alliance Defending Freedom positioned in a post on Friday that Stutzman is taking her "last stand" at the Supreme Court.

"For more than four years, Barronelle has endured the litigation in this case with unwavering grace, humility, and faith — even as she faces losing everything she owns," ADF wrote.

"Now she will take her last stand before the U.S. Supreme Court, asking it to preserve her religious freedom and her right not to be forced to speak a message about marriage that violates her beliefs."

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Missouri School Superintendent Forced Out After 'Offending' Students for Praying at Graduation

A retiring school district superintendent in Missouri has been forced out of his job after students complained about him inviting the crowd at a high school graduation ceremony last month to stand while he prayed.

Willard School District Superintendent Kent Medlin has been suspended by the school board on grounds that he violated policy and possibly the establishment clause of the First Amendment with his prayer during the May 13 Willard High School graduation ceremony at JQH Arena in Springfield.

The Springfield News-Leader reported Tuesday that the Willard School Board voted in a special meeting on May 26 to place Medlin on a paid leave of absence because of "the blessing" he offered at the school-sponsored ceremony, which is something he has done at school graduation ceremonies in past years.

The board's action was based on its belief that "Dr. Medlin's high school commencement speech violated Board of Education policies regarding prayer at school-sponsored events." The school board immediately notified Medline of his suspension.

The suspension comes as Medlin was set to retire at the end of the school year. According to the News-Leader, Medlin was forced to clean out his office weeks before his June 30 retirement date.

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Ramadan 2017: 161 Terror Attacks, 1,483 Dead, 1,557 Wounded

For a "religion of peace," Muslims sure do a lot of killing.

Islam's holiest month of fasting and prayer began May 26 and runs until tomorrow, June 24. So far, there have been 161 terror attacks and 1,483 killed, reports The Religion of Peace website, which keeps a running tally. Another 1,557 were wounded.

Among the attacks: A dozen people were killed in Pakistan by a Fedayeen suicide bomber; A suicide car bomb outside a bank killed 30 in Afghanistan; a Shahid suicide car bomber rammed a police station in Somalia, killing eight; Eight more were killed by a Fedayeen suicide bomber in Cameroon; A police officer at a Michigan airport was stabbed in the neck by a man shouting praises to Allah; and 

A Shahid suicide car bomber posing as a milk delivery man killed 15 in Somalia.

And that's just the last three days.

Islamist terrorists use the holy month to ramp up attacks on non-believers because they get additional rewards for becoming martyrs during Ramadan. While many of the attacks are in the Middle East, a slew have happened in the West, including two deadly attacks in England and another in Australia. In all, 29 countries have been sites of terrorist attacks.

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Teacher Files Lawsuit After School Threatens to Fire Her for Saying 'I Will Pray for You' Richardson, a devout Christian teacher and mother of two who was warned by the Cony School in Augusta, Maine, that she could be fired for using phrases such as "I will pray for you" and "you were in my prayers" while at work has filed charges of religious discrimination and retaliation with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The charges were filed on behalf of Richardson last Tuesday by Eaton Peabody and First Liberty Institute, the largest legal organization in the nation dedicated exclusively to defending religious freedom for all Americans.

A memo warning Richardson about her use of religious language in school, notes that the Christian teacher had lodged a complaint against a male teacher whom she alleged had behaved aggressively toward her during a disagreement.

The school charged that their investigation revealed that Richardson was alleged to have imposed her religious belief on the male teacher by using phrases such as "I will pray for you," during their interactions.

"An investigation of your concerns indicated that you may have imposed some strong religious/spiritual belief system toward Mr. [redacted]. Stating, 'I will pray for you,' and 'you were in my prayers' is not acceptable - even if that other person attends the same church as you," school officials warned Richardson.

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