Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese Christian who was sentenced to death for leaving Islam, despite never having been a Muslim (according to Sudanese law she is as her father was one), arrived in New Hampshire today. She refused to recant her Christian faith despite the death sentence placed on her by the Sudanese government. Although the death sentence was postponed until her daughter, born in May, reaches the age of two years, the child and her 18 month old brother both lived with their mother in a filthy Sudanese jail. Daniel Wani, Meriam’s husband, is a naturalized American citizen hence she and the children can legally live in the United States.
The Italian government played a major role in helping the family leave the Sudan and also sent a government plane to bring them to Italy. After meeting the pope and spending a week in Rome they flew to Philadelphia were they were greeted by Mayor Michael Nutter who spoke of freedom and about how fitting it is that she should arrive in the United States at Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love, which was founded for people of all faiths. He also presented her with a small replica of the Liberty Bell. I’m sure she understood the symbolism of this gesture, and if she does not know it already, she will soon learn that the Liberty Bell was cast with these words from the bible on it: "Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof." (Leviticus 25:10). From there they headed to Manchester, NH, where there is a community of about 500 Sudanese. Her husband and his brother make their home in Manchester.
It had been speculated, even a few days ago, that the family would somehow go to, or through, Washington, DC, and indeed that could still happen. But the White House has been silent on her release, the American Embassy in Khartoum was most unhelpful (until the story went viral) or she would have arrived here months ago, and their story exposes the truth about Islam and about Christianity. The truth is that Islam is very, very bad, especially for women and children, while Christianity is quite the opposite. It also reveals that people want to live in America and that it is a refuge for the oppressed, while the Sudan (97% Islamic) is a place they want to escape from. Hence, it seems unlikely they will be invited or even want to visit Washington, DC to meet American officials there.
Let My People Go
America is not as free as it once was, and although the decline started decades ago, it has accelerated since 2008. Meriam Ibrahim has two small children and a husband with health issues, so one cannot realistically expect her to become an activist in the near future. However she will most certainly become an American citizen, and even if she never becomes an activist, her story exposes the falsehoods that we are presented with here in America on an almost daily basis. Just as it will be impossible for her children to ignore this history, so too will it be impossible for the Sudanese and evangelical communities in America to conceal the truth. These truths of American greatness and of the superiority of Christianity to Islam are embedded in their story. This was a victory for Christianity, for freedom, for America, and also for Italy.
But what about the many problems we face in America, now headed by a Muslim (or at the least a Muslim-world sympathizer)? The freedom we still have is in marked contrast to what she and her family have known in the Sudan. We can expect that their story will be told and retold to countless numbers of people throughout the land. This is a story that is unfolding now, there is a photograph of them on Facebook mid-flight on their way to Rome, and there are photographs of them in Rome and arriving in Philadelphia. This story needs to be told, far and wide. Let those who learn of their story draw their own conclusions, as the conclusions are obvious.
Any man who wants to line up women to check out their hidden parts is certainly not averting his gaze
Act I: bigots make bad neighbours.
In the first act, the principal character, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, makes his appearance on stage in the flowing black robes of a war-cleric. He is known by his kunya (name given in respect to an elder) ‘bad knees’ and is seen climbing the stairs in the manner of a man whose time is rapidly degrading and whose end is near. As he delivers a fiery oration, a magnificent digital presentation displays a collage of images from Mosul. Convoys of cars are seen leaving the city. Bakeries are closed and shops are shuttered. Schools are vacant and only men are noted outside the homes.
As the principal character leaves the stage we are greeted with a spectacular amplification of music from the orchestra pit. The percussion section releases a cadence that rivets our attention to the dozens of men marching onto the stage. This is accompanied by a spectacular display of pyrotechnics with multi-coloured flashes of light and smoke. Gold and silver glitter is released from the catwalks to represent the looting of 500 billion Iraqi dinars from the central Mosul bank. The audience is then engulfed in the action as the men move from the stage and into the aisles to dance to War Pigs by Black Sabbath (from the live performance track, Paris 1970). With weapons twirling and aiming their rifles at the heads of the audience, ‘Shakespeare in Mosul’ becomes a spectacular adult entertainment venue.
The act concludes with a decree against Christians. The stage is changed to a calmer setting: a narrow street in the city of Mosul. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s Carol of the Bells is the backdrop as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi makes his movement back onto the stage. He nails signs onto the doors of all of the Christian homes. He is followed by men who also spray paint the walls of the residences to assure the homes are targeted.
Act II: rapists make bad lovers.
The act opens with the spotlight on a chorus line of males from the ages of 10 through 18. Each man stands with his fist raised. The spotlight shifts to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who is standing silently at the back of the stage. As he raises his fist and turns, our attention is directed to the middle of the stage. Females from the age of fertility through the age of childbearing are bound to a roughly hewn post. Their wrists are tethered to the top of the post. The orchestra plays the ‘sword dance’, in the tradition of an old Highland dance, the Ghillie Callum. This is an ancient war dance of the Scottish Gael and is said to find its historical timestamp back to King Malcolm Canmore (Shakespeare’s Macbeth). Today the dance is typically done with one dancer performing over two crossed swords. ‘Bad knees’ is unable to perform the intricate steps so the understudy is used for the sword dance. As he performs, the protagonist pulls a decree from under his turban and his shouting is heard in the background.
Re: .(Penelope Cruz, husband Javier Bardem write open letter calling Israel’s actions ‘genocide’; NY Daily News
When people step out of their sphere of familiarity and take on a cause with a background of sheer ignorance, they just can’t connect los puntos (the dots)! Ay, que lastima (what a pity)! Such is the case of Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, director Pedro Almodovar and others.
These “voices of justice,” 100 Spanish activists who have just awakened from a stupor, speak out for the poor Palestinian children, these flores (flowers) who are being killed because they are intentionally placed with the rocket launchers by their fellow jihadists, so that the body count may be increased to sway public opinion.
The Muslim women and children are commanded to stay in their homes, mosques, schools and hospitals that contain the missiles and launchers. They are told not to heed the warning leaflets that Israel sends to give them ample time to leave the war zone. No shelters for them; Hamas uses those millions of dollars in humanitarian funds for tunnel construction and weapon purchase and storage. Even CNN covered the news about the tunnels, the tunnels that were built with the help of many children, resulting in the death of at least 130. Sr and Sra Bardem missed this unconscionable inhumanity.
What of the Israeli flowers, the three Jewish students who were kidnapped and murdered? Not a whisper from these distraught entertainers. What of the first rocket discharged – from Gaza? Not a murmur. What of the thousands of rockets fired from Gaza? No outcry from the Spanish for the Hebraicos. They will not acknowledge the post-traumatic stress syndrome of the Israeli children (Jews, Christians and Muslim), or the depression of the citizens’ living in constant terror or the increased number of miscarriages. The blinders they wear are all-encompassing.
These poor misinformed believe that the blockade prevents entry of foodstuffs and other goods from entering Gaza, when nothing could be further from the truth. The Turkish flotilla was blocked because they contained weapons and explosives; they were shown on television. Gazans live quite well and have ample food and clothing and supplies sent by the UN, Europe and America. Israel supplies their water, electricity and much more. They don’t have to work for any of this, and the deliveries come by truck through Israel. These handouts have been in place for Palestinians for decades, more than for any other people. Muslims deny Jews' entry into their lands, but want entry into Israel (for carrying out jihad) when they are not Israeli citizens and when their Islamic doctrinal texts demand death to the Jews (and Christians). Why is there a blind spot? Israel recently opened a hospital for Palestinians in need of better healthcare. Was this ever done anywhere else by victims for their attackers? Israel is one of the most humane and caring civilizations on Earth, and may be judged by their deeds as first responders in worldwide crises and their treatment of patients regardless of identity.
The French prime minister recently announced his recognition of the scourge of Islam, and vowed to fight anti-Semitism, warning of the connection between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism (what’s happening in Israel today). The Spanish can’t make the connection. They have forgotten what happened to their ancestors, when the Mohammedans conquered Spain in 711 AD and taxed, subjugated, and mistreated Christians and Jews until the Reconquista in 1492. Do these entertainers realize that the Muslims have returned to Spain and that this new invasion is well underway to becoming conquest?
The Spanish have forgotten the stories of the Visigoth king, whose head was severed with the Sword of Allah, impaled on a pole, and paraded through town. Rather, these “stars” would encourage the Islamists to succeed in Israel and, emboldened, continue their destruction through the rest of the Middle East and Africa, progressing through Europe and the Americas, until the global caliphate is established.
If Hamas were to cease fire, there would be peace. If Israel were to cease fire, there would be Jewish bloodshed, as there has been since the beginning of Islam, and at the moment Israel was voted a sovereign state. The Palestinians have created a propagandist tale of Israeli occupation, also untrue. Israel left Gaza in 2005. The Palestinians are the squatters and Hamas is the occupier in the land that was designated for the Jews in the Ancient Bible and by the Balfour Declaration (1920), the League of Nations (1922), and formally by the United Nations (1948).
Did these heroes of the silver screen describe the 23,519 attacks by Muslims, since 9/11, as genocide? Or the 2500 Syrians killed during Ramadan alone? Where is the conscience of these artistes who cannot grasp that Islam is against them, their craft, and their children? Islamic law does not permit their films or welcome their talents. However, perhaps these talents are truly not worthy of veneration if they cannot even connect some very simple dots.
I read the news this morning that a mission group from the First Congregational Church of Hamilton, Massachusetts were 'robbed and assaulted' earlier this weekin Guatemala. I found the wording of reports lacked certain details of the event, so I searched further. There are indications that in addition to one van being carjacked, the adults and teenagers on board were robbed and some of the assaults were of a sexual nature.
“On the way back to Guatemala City Tuesday night they were carjacked, one of the vans was carjacked. They were robbed and assaulted but we’re happy to say they’re safely home,” Dorington Little, pastor of the First Congregational Church of Hamilton, said.
Sources tell 7News some of the assaults were sexual.
“I can’t comment on that because everything that happened right now is private and being handled by our church. Everyone is safe and everyone is sound and everyone is healthy right now,” Krason said.
Krason said she wasn’t in the van that got attacked but the group had just spent eight days in a rural village building houses and leading bible study groups.
Her husband says the congregation is coming together to support each other.
“At first there’s going to be lots of grief and process. It’s a bad thing, when you see this it’s bad. But God is good and we’re going to come together as a church like we never have and we’re going to be there for each other,”David Krason said.
New procedures will be put in place if the trip occurs again next year.
“They were driving at nine at night, so we decided we will never drive at night again. When you do this kind of work, it doesn't guarantee safe passage so you do everything all of the time to make sure everything is safe,” Gail Hull, one of the trip organizers, said.
The group reported to the attack to the US Embassy in Guatemala and they said Guatemalan police would be handling the incident. (WHDH News)
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people involved. They went to Guatemala to build a house for a homeless family, to conduct Bible studies, to conduct Vacation Bible School for the children, to share the love of God, and to do whatever labor was needed in the village.
Please keep these adults and youth in your prayers.
There is evil in this world no matter where you go and no doubt Satan uses evil people to try and stop the spread of God's Word.
Additional thoughts and questions I would like to see answered:
I realize this was first reported as a local story until Drudge posted a link. This should be a world news story. I would like to see the following questions answered:
Who were the perpetrators of this attack?
How many attackers were there?
What weapons did they have?
What exactly are the local Guatemalan police doing to find the criminals?
What will the process be in the Guatemalan legal system to try and punish these evil people?
What can be done in the future to stop such vile attacks on missions groups, not just in Guatemala but in other mission fields around the world?
Hubby and I saw the movie Persecuted yesterday. I'm not going to say the movie was great, because it was not, but the truths that the movie was trying to get across to viewers are valid. Those truths include the facts that Christians are being persecuted and our current political leadership continues to work against Christianity.
What I will say is if you want to go see a movie, be entertained, be made to think and come to your own conclusions in spite of some obvious inconsistencies, go see Persecuted. We need to support actors, directors, writers, etc. who make the effort to stand up for what they believe and their Christian faith.
I say, if you want to go see a movie, be entertained, be made to think and come to your own conclusions in spite of some obvious inconsistencies, go for it. We need to support actors, directors, writers, etc. who make the effort to stand up for what they believe and their Christian faith. - See more at: http://righttruth.typepad.com/right_truth/2014/07/persecuted.html#sthash.Rc0E4uSp.dpuf
The Director of Persecuted, Daniel Lusko, when asked by CBN News what inspired him to write this movie, said:
The Holy Spirit inspired me to write "Persecuted" - I woke up one morning, and it was there. The government is trying to take control of everything, including the very source that gave our country its foundation, which is Biblical truth.
It really is beginning, because we allow ourself [sic] to be silenced, in the name of political correctness. In fact, a very close friend, who is highly involved in levels of government, looked at the story and he said, "This scenario of religious reform is happening; at the United Nations there is a bill that is exactly what you're talking about."
If you are a Christian, individual, business, organization in the United States and you accept any funds from the government, they in essence own you and can control what you do and how you go about it. It is hoped that the film will highlight the clash between religious freedom and government power.
Nationally acclaimed evangelist John Luther is the last obstacle in the way of sweeping religious reform in the States. When a U.S. Senator and Luther's own supporters abduct and frame him in the murder of an innocent teenage girl, an unprecedented era of persecution is unleashed. Out on personal recognizance, Luther escapes police surveillance in search of the truth. And suddenly a once-normal life is targeted by a team of ex-military operatives who wage a relentless campaign to eliminate the incriminating evidence. As evangelist turned fugitive, Luther vows to expose anyone involved with, or profiting from, the girl's murder. It's a mission that brings him face-to-face with the coming storm of persecution that will threaten the entire American Christian community.
An evangelist finds himself framed for murder and on the run after he refuses to back a senator's proposition calling for sweeping religious reform.
"... the notion of a religious person preaching the gospel running up against the government and governmental policies -- or those who want to carry out a business and running up against governmental regulations and rules -- is not far-fetched at all. In fact, we're seeing that happen as we speak in the Hobby Lobby case and in some other cases coming down the pike."
What is that sweeping religious reform called the Faith and Fairness bill mentioned in Persecuted?
Think of the word ecumenical. Most think of it as promoting worldwide Christian unity or cooperation. All Christian denominations coming together. But that's not it at all. There can be no unity among denominations where there is not unity in the faith once-for-all delivered by Jesus Christ and Him alone.
Now think beyond ecumenical and think interfaith. The word ecumenical contrasts with interfaith dialogue or interfaith pluralism aimed at unity or cooperation among diverse religions and referring to a worldwide "religious unity". But how can diverse religions act as one body when their faith, their beliefs, their view of salvation and how that is achieved, differs so drastically? They can't, without watering down Christianity.
And that's what it is all about folks -- watering down Christianity.
The Faith and Fairness bill being proposed in the movie Persecuted is a law where all lines between Christians and Muslims and Jews and Buddhists, etc. are removed by government and government is allowed not ony access to, but control over, all those religions.
"This is no longer a Christian nation; in fact, it never has been," Davison's politician tells an ecumenical gathering of supporters. (JSOnline)
That is a quote from the movie Persecuted, but I've heard that statement more than once by people in the media and on the Left in the USA. Perhaps that statement is true, or perhaps it is the goal of certain people inside the US. The group portrayed in the movie as ecumenical is anything but ...
Look at how certain departments in our government give special investigation to Christian organizations, to Conservative businesses. But more important, look at what is going on around the world today.
Christians in Mosul Iraqare being killed, forced to convert to Islam, kept from getting food rations, and the lucky ones are fleeing.
I could go on and on listing places around the world where Christians are being threatened, abused, tortured, starved, killed and houses of worship looted and destroyed. However, thousands of people are coming to Christ in Egypt in spite of the persecution there. We can only pray that this is the case in other countries.
The reviews of Persecuted are not good in left-wing publications, which is to be expected, mainly because Fred Thompson and Cretchen Carlson of Fox News are in the movie. Anything with a Fox News connection, however small, is automatically poo-pooed.
Huffington Post says Persecuted gives faith-based films a bad name.
This terrible attempt at a political thriller for the religious right is aimed not at Christians in general but at a certain breed of them, the kind who feel as if the rest of the world were engaged in a giant conspiracy against their interpretation of good and truth.
This is an election year, and the most important race in America is the 23rd Congressional District of Florida. EVERY member of the House of Representatives is up for re-election – that means that Debbie Wasserman Schultz (DWS), best known for her 1980s’ cheerleader hairstyle and her lies, must run. She currently represents the 23rd district and is also Chairman of the Democrat National Party; hence I say this is THE MOST IMPORTANT POLITICAL RACE in America.
Opposing her in November will be one of two Republicans running in the August 26th primary (early voting is August 15-24, and absentee ballots will be mailed July 22). For all Americans not just conservatives, and not just Floridians, the choice is obvious, what is needed is a candidate who is opposed to amnesty (history demonstrates appeasement never works). Both Republican candidates make some nice statements about the issue on their websites, but Juan Garcia’s recently revealed that he actually supports amnesty, a position more in line with Debbie Wasseman Schultz and the current occupant of the White House. Joe Kaufman on the other hand makes it quite clear on his website, just below the “we are a nation of immigrants” statement that: “As a member of Congress, Joe Kaufman will fight for the rights of legal immigrants and insist we never reward those who break our laws.” WOW – someone who gets it, and he is running for Congress.
This is the man who must run in November to defeat DWS. Florida is often shown on election maps as blue, but in fact it is closer to purple (a mixture of blue and red) so this is a race that needs to be taken very seriously. The 23d Congressional District covers an area of South Florida from Weston to Miami. So I urge you to tell everyone you know in Southern Florida about this election.
Most of the illegal immigrants who are in, or who are headed for, the United States are under 18, and about 80% are not exactly children, they are 14-17 year old males – the ideal recruiting age for gangs. Not only that but many have contagious diseases. Furthermore, the economic impact of a surge of low-skilled, uneducated, non-English speakers who come to this country for whatever benefits available to them is not something any the United States really afford, even at the best of times.
Now I have a question for all of those who think that if someone breaks into your house or takes your wallet they should be arrested because it is a crime. What about people who come into your country in violation of the law?
Now some people don’t like the term “illegal immigrants.” In Maryland for example Democrat Governor Martin O’Malley believes that illegal immigrant children should be called “refugees.” Hey, Gov. O’Malley, those “children” are nearly adults legally, and you only have to keep up on the news to know that. Fortunately Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) discovered that the federal government was attempting to bring some to Maryland and took action forcing HHS (Health and Human Services Department) to cancel their plans to send illegals to Westminster, Maryland just 35 miles from Baltimore. Even the black community in Baltimore, which usually supports this administration, is opposed to the idea.
The Obama administration uses a short-lived cartoon series template to manage its affairs. There is no end of repercussions for the US public
The Obama administration has suffered so many epic scandals that it is hard for any newsroom, much less an individual journalist, to keep up with what is boiling over on the political stove. Unfortunately, White House tethers to the mainstream news media are at an all-time high. Perhaps using the word ‘tethers’ is too passive an analogy. The current relationship between our ‘free press’ and the White House is an umbilical cord. A few media giants readily take the stem cells (talking points) offered by the host and happily embark on creating tissues of lies.
What is the look of this umbilical cord? Let us start with the recently departed White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. He is married to Claire Shipman, an ABC network senior correspondent. Personally, I am glad the man has vacated the podium. He was a master of platitudes. President Obama’s Special Advisor Elizabeth Sherwood? Is her husband a tinker, tailor, soldier or sailor? Nope. Ben Sherwood is the president of the ABC news network. What about Ben Rhodes, the man who was the architect of the Benghazi “talking points”? His brother is the CBS network president. So, it comes as no surprise when in a June 26 CBS news video we are asked to endure another assault on our common sense as the President of the United States (POTUS) reminds US citizens there are “phony scandals” afloat in Washington and we should not be “cynical”. At this point, I envision the naked man in the closet and the wife grasping the sheets. Do not be cynical. It is not what it seems.
Are you one of the many viewers who depend on ABC or CBS for an unbiased cavalry-charging attempt to get at the truth regarding the preventable death of an ambassador in Benghazi? Do you look to them for clarity regarding any number of bumbling international mishaps by the current administration? Do you love Meet the Press because they court the unvarnished truth? Imagination is not inspiration. And neither imagination nor inspiration are the bedrock of healthy policy initiatives.
The scandals that continue to rock the people of the US are of immense importance for the future of our Republic. As the latest scandal flashes on the screen, I can now be found muttering, “Diaper Man flies again.” Diaper Man was the leader of a short-lived cartoon series titled Mighty Heroes. He was a fully articulate baby and the brains of the heroic group. He is joined by Strong Man, Rope Man, Tornado Man and Cuckoo Man. Together these mighty heroes find themselves engulfed in ludicrous situations, which are then orchestrated into even worse situations. Combat ineffective, they fall prey to a villain but (continue reading at Daily Times Pakistan)
The perpetrator, Elliot Rodger, is the son of filmmaker Peter Rodger. The elder Rodger is being linked to the "Hunger Games" series but he also recently made a film about God, going around the world challenging people to tell him the meaning of God, playing some moral equivalency games between Bush 43 and the 9/11 bombers, then later telling humanist Eldon Taylor in an interview:
We are primitive organisms on a big rock in a scary vacuum, driven by fear and desperately trying to find something to hold onto.
The son expressed a similar, albeit more grisly view in the bizarre evidence springing forth about his background. The stuff on YouTube and in his writings is certainly chilling beyond belief, but there's almost a weird quality about it that reads more like a screenplay for the next slasher movie on the Chiller channel. Most of the manifestos written by crazy people tend to be rambling streams of consciousness, often poorly written without attention to grammar, but his stuff doesn't read that way. He also hit on some hot button issues, inadvertently perhaps, or not.
For instance, readers of his manifesto will not doubt come away hearing what they want in certain areas. Those opposed to violent movies and video games will point to his blaming high-speed internet and an XBox for taking away his social life, which made him an empty shell. Obviously the gamers won't like that. That he used the internet not for good, but as a tool to research and plan his crime will disappoint internet freedom advocates but provide fodder for those who think the net is too open. He even used the term "War on Women" in his manifesto, capitalizing it, as if a reality play off the political meme of the same name, maybe a sarcastic message.
Narendra Modi just won the election for Prime Minister of India in a landslide, and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which won 278 seats, has enough seats to make a coalition in parliament unnecessary, thus giving BJP control. This will result in a more decisive government that quite probably will transform India, which has been modestly successful, into a powerhouse. Modi , who has attracted an enormous amount of investment and built a modern infrastructure in Gujarat (population 60 million), was governor for 12 years. Gujarat is the most forward thinking of all the states in India with 85-100% of the state connected to all weather roads, gas, electricity, the internet and so forth. Gujarat outpaces growth in all other Indian states and has a booming entrepreneurial economy.
The BJP is conservative, UKip (United Kingdom Independence Party) is conservative, and the Tea Party is the conservative wing of the American Republican Party (once thought to be conservative). BJP just won the election in India with a solid majority, in the United Kingdom (UK) Ukip is expected to win big on Thursday, and in America the Tea Party is gearing up for a win in the mid-term elections in November. Is this the wave of the future? Quite possibly – at least it sure looks that way.
Modi and the BJP are committed to ‘less government and more governance,’ as the saying in India goes. Not sure what exactly ‘more governance’ means, but less government is certainly a good idea. Since achieving independence from the UK in 1947 India has been controlled the Congress Party, more specifically it has been led by members of the Gandhi family.
Although there was violence against Muslims a few years ago in Gujarat during Modi’s governorship and concern that his politics are Hindu-centric, it seems to me that this concern is mostly coming from the West. The fact is that India IS a Hindu country, and that it HAS HAD a problem with its Muslim population going back centuries (hence the creation of Pakistan and Bangladesh – both once part of India). In addition Gujarat borders Pakistan, well known for its radical Islamic ties. Hence it is hardly surprising that violence broke out in Gujarat during Modi’s term of office there. But what draws Indians (not just Hindus) to BJP and Modi is the success he has made of Gujarat. The entire country wants to see more of that success, and see it everywhere. It is a success based on freedom, the free-enterprise system, a rejection of tyranny, and all that modern man wants and expects.
Although socialism in India has, as in Israel, become more benign there than it once was, there is a growing awareness that only free markets and free enterprise will lift the entire country out of its current slump and propel it forward. Mr. Modi need look no further than Israel to see what it has done/is doing and then emulate its success. India is Asia’s third-largest economy and must create 10 million jobs for the young people there entering the workforce, with Modi at the helm this looks very do-able.
Part way around the world European Parliamentary elections are being held on May 22 in the UK and the Netherlands, while in France the elections will be on May 25. All three expect to see a strong showing in favor of conservative parties. While Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have little power, and these elections may only signal opposition to party/parties now in office, there is little doubt that success in these elections is evidence of a growing strength.
The main platform of the Ukip, which has been likened to the American Tea Party, is to remove the UK from the European Union, but it also has a stronger, clearer platform on other issues that are evidence of its conservative philosophy and pride in the UK. It is a party that has rejected the multi-cultural PC babble of their opponents for a patriotic stance in favor of the UK - and that is a good thing. Nigel Farage, leader of Ukip, who has a German wife, has openly proclaimed his love of Europe, but he loves his own country more. In fact Farage not only wants the UK out of the EU, he would like to see Europe out of it as well. Farage has claimed that 75% of laws in UK are now made in Brussels, a likely figure given that 72% of regulation in the UK is driven by EU rules.
MEPs do not control the European Union however, that is done by unelected officials. The United Kingdom has lost much of its sovereignty through joining the EU and can only regain it by leaving. When Prime Minister, Lady Thatcher was roundly criticized for not abandoning British currency in favor of the Euro – now no one doubts her wisdom on this issue. So why is the UK still in the EU? Nigel Farage, Ukip, and many others are asking the same question.
One might say that the value of sovereignty and independence on a national level are gaining strength, and that rejection of massive alliances with their tendency to interfere on almost every issue are on the wane. At the same time there is a growing realization that Marxism and socialism, both political philosophies gained headway in the 19th century, barely suited the 20th century and are completely at odds with it in the 21st century. This is as true in India as it is in any first world country. The Indian people rejected the tyranny of socialism at the poles in favor of the flexibility of the free market and the opportunities it provides. This week we will see, and it seems likely, if the same holds true in Europe, particularly in the UK. Americans will have their turn to do the same in November.
A November success by the Tea Party will be confirmation that America also stands for the free market, for freedom, and for opportunities. We must defeat the forces of Marxism and socialism that are now attempting to control America in defiance of the American Constitution.
Patriots, to paraphrase the late, great Andrew Breitbart – this is WAR.
So should every American citizen have the right to express their opinions and beliefs without being labeled a bigot or being accused of using hate speech. But apparently it is not that way any more. We still supposedly live in a free country, but our right to freely express our personal opinions is being snuffed out on a daily basis. The latest example is the situation with Michael Sam, the first openly gay football player. While he is most assuredly not the first gay football player, just the first to announce that he is gay.
The effort to limit free speech does not just apply to those who believe LGBT is wrong, it is reaching out to every aspect of our society.
Edward Cline writes:
On May 5th, Tim Cushing of TechDirt reported that the federal government is experimenting with mandatory "driver's licenses" for Internet users in Michigan and Pennsylvania. On May 6th, the Washington Post ran an article in its Religion section by a fellow I'd never heard of before, Omar Sacirbey, who suggested that Sharia gags should be imposed on Internet speech to prevent "hate speech." And, on May 7th, in a Washington Examiner article, Paul Bedard reported that the chairman of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) warned that the sentiment in the federal government is to classify "conservative" Internet sites and talk shows as Political Action Committees (PACs) and to regulate what they say and perhaps when they say it.
All three articles, of course, simply report the presence of Ninja censors in our midst. Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs broke the Sacirbey story that appeared in the Post, but one must read the original story to believe the brazenness of the suggestion. And not be startled by the goofy photograph of Omar Sacirbey, who looks like he's gritting his teeth in expectation that Geller is about to deliver a roundhouse that will knock him flat on his keester, or posing for a "Big Brother is Watching You" poster. Creepy.
A few years back, the White House had a brilliant idea: Why not create a single, secure online ID that Americans could use to verify their identity across multiple websites, starting with local government services. The New York Times described it at the time as a "driver's license for the internet."
The NSTIC program has been in (slow) motion for nearly three years, but now, at a time when the public's trust in government is at an all time low, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST - itself still reeling a bit from NSA-related blowback) is testing the program in Michigan and Pennsylvania. [big snip]
In short, the report is calling for stealth or outright censorship, mandated by the federal government, and farmed out to Internet companies. [big snip]
... The stealth censors are a tat less cautious than they used to be. They look forward to the day they can jump us and throw a black bag over our heads.
It is interesting that Michael Sam made his announcement before the NFL draft and in plenty of time to get into the pre-draft news cycle. Also giving the pro-gay supporters plenty of time to start the push to get him drafted... drafted by some team, any team, in spite of the fact that according to those in the know, he isn't a very good player.
We all knew that he would get drafted eventually by somebody, and he did. We also knew that if anyone who dared to speak a negative word about the situation would instantly be lambasted by the media and pro-LGTB groups.
You all know what happened.
Both the Miami Dolphins’ Don Jones and former Mississippi basketball player Marshall Henderson took to Twitter to denounce Sam kissing his boyfriend during the NFL Draft broadcast. (CBS Local)
They Tweeted. Let me repeat that, two American citizens Tweeted something negative.
I don't know anything about Jones or Henderson, but that doesn't matter. They were referred to as bigots. This is not just about adults, this is also about children and the right of adults to decide what the children see and what they are told about, well, everything, including Islam, Sharia, gays, lesbians, trans-genders, religion, politics.
Marshall Henderson's two brothers, age 7 and 11 were watching news coverage of the NFL draft. Henderson said:
"Im sorry, but I DO NOT AGREE WHATSOEVER that should be shown to where innocent eyes can see!!!— "
Keep in mind that Henderson is a former basketball player.
Following Henderson’s tweets, Ole Miss athletics director Ross Bjork tweeted out a statement.
I'm extremely disappointed & we do not condone the statements made by our former bball player. We believe in respect & dignity for all……— Ross Bjork (@RossBjorkAD) May 12, 2014
We use significant resources to educate our student-athletes about respect & dignity for all people & unfortunately not everyone gets it….— Ross Bjork (@RossBjorkAD) May 12, 2014
What about some respect and dignity for those who have a different opinion, different morals? Oh, no, can't have that. Henderson backed down and started making excuses for his original comment.
I'm a Christian. I believe in the Bible. I believe same sex marriage and same sex relationships are wrong. A large majority of Americans felt the same way I did when they saw that kiss, repulsed. Am I a bigot? No. However, I'm a nobody. The media and speech police don't really care about what I say, ... yet. They want to go after those who are easily recognized, those in positions, so that they can bring them down, put them in their place, re-educate them.
And if you don't think Common Core curriculum being taught to our children is part of this re-education, you are greatly mistaken.
Michael Sam has every right to be hired, or not, by an NFL team.
The media has every right to cover him in the news.
And he had every right to kiss whomever he wanted. But I should have the right to speak my thoughts on the situation too.
Other players should have the right to express their opinions and beliefs without being labeled a bigot or hater.
But there is a double standard when it comes to LGBT, Christianity, Islam, Conservatives, Liberals, ...
ESPN producer Seth Markman, who oversaw the network’s draft coverage, called it an emotional and historic moment. (CBS Local)
So now, anything that is 'historic', like say the first half Black president or the first openly gay football player, is off limits to free speech?
Only if we allow it to be so.
Nothing will change unless the citizens of this country stand up and make it so. I'm not hopeful that they will.
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