Free Hill Predates Civil War

Free Hill, Tenn., was around long before the Civil War but those who live there now worry it won’t last much longer.

CHR Comment: The Free Hill black community was established when a slave owner freed her slaves in Tennessee. This remote community lived freely, though in poverty, while the rest of the nation fought over the issues of slavery and states’ rights. The article describes the local Church of Christ as the cornerstone of the community.

Source: Town founded by freed slaves celebrates 200 years

Refugee Resettlement Process Leaves Syrian Christians in the Cold

President Obama said Monday there should be no religious test for refugees fleeing the crosshairs of a bloody Syrian civil war and the expanding reach of ISIS, but critics contend the current refugee placement process is rigged against Christians and the administration has turned a blind eye to the bias.

CHR Comment: Christians are not going to the United Nations refugee camps that would allow them to apply for asylum since those camps include groups that would persecute Christian refugees. As a result, fewer Christian refugees are accepted into the United States. According to reporter Cody Derespina, even though Christians make up 10% of Syrian refugees, Christians only represent 1.6% to 3% of refugees granted asylum since the civil war started in 2011.

Source: Refugee resettlement process leaves Syrian Christians in the cold | Fox News#.VlJvt2Az9g4.email

1860 Rise in Religious Fervor Led to “In God We Trust.”

This article about an atheist’s plans to sue for the removal of “In God We Trust” from U. S. currency explains that the motto was added around the time of our great Civil War, perhaps as an expression of people’s faith that God would lead the nation through that devastating conflict. ‘In God We Trust’: Is the motto on US currency unconstitutional? (+video) – CSMonitor.com.

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