I just read that President Obama falsely claimed that Jesus Christ died more than 2,000 years ago. My initial thought was, let us not nit-pic this when there are so many other more important things to hold against Obama. However, when I read the comment section I was intrigued.
Obama said at an Easter Prayer Breakfast Monday that “we celebrate the glory of the Resurrection — all so that we might be forgiven of our sins and granted everlasting life. And more than 2,000 years later, it inspires us still.”
Scholars generally agree that Jesus, who lived to about his thirties, died on the cross between 30-36 AD. For Obama’s statement that the Resurrection occurred “more than 2,000 years ago” to be true, Jesus would have had to have died and been resurrected in 13 AD or earlier. (The Daily Caller)
Readers suggested that Obama is a Muslim, or an Atheist, or a Communist, or that he was just reading what was given to him on the teleprompter.
Others thought this was insignificant compared to Obama's other gaffs, like the "57 US States" or repeatedly mispronouncing "corpsman".
Yet others thought the idea of Obama having a gay Bishop speak at the Easter Prayer Breakfast, pushing the killing of innocent unborn babies, gay marriage, the hoax of global warming, etc. was worse than any gaff about 2000 years.
Obama did tell us that HE was "the one we have been waiting for"... Messiah complex?
The subject of taxes was mentioned, how Obama seems so willing to 'contribute' taxpayer dollars to every wicked group that comes along, including promoting Islam, not only around the world, but in our Military as well... (do we ever give taxpayer dollars to support Christianity???) ... and yet he and Michelle give little of their own money to any charity or religious group.
It was also suggested in the comments that everything Obama said and did at the Prayer Breakfast was to please his base of voters or to lure others into voting Democrat in upcoming elections.
So what is Obama? I think saying he is un-American covers it. It is truly too bad that we don't have enough strong Conservatives in Congress to stand up to Obama and his thug administration. The USA is suffering and will continue to suffer for years.
Did Minneapolis's democrat Mayor Betsy Hodges not get it? This was no game, not dress-up playtime or Carnival. Then I wondered if she ever found occasion to dress in the ethnic clothing of her city's other ethnicities - the Germans, Swedes, Norwegians, Danes, English, Poles, Irish, French Canadians, Native Americans? Perhaps she had not done her homework about the Somali immigrants, and it took her only 100 days into office to don a hijab for an alliance.
Surely, she has heard all the recent news about the subjugation and severe treatment of women in the Islamic Middle East; the Honor Diaries film that the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is trying to suppress; the controversy over Brandeis University's bestowing and then rescinding an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the pressure applied by CAIR that forced Disney to cancel a movie that Muslims find "offensive," and more. Then why would she don the quintessential symbol of inequality and bondage - the shroud of the Islamic woman.
Interestingly, the mayor has a strong admiration for Wonder Woman, the most popular female superstar in figure-hugging, stars-and-stripes regalia, with bracelets that make her invincible. Hodges is a collector of Wonder Woman dolls and has recently hung a photograph of this shining symbol of strength and sexual equality on her office wall. Rather than emulate her heroine, however, she abandoned the image with which she allegedly identifies, this icon of bravery and justice, for cowardice and deceit.
Perhaps she is a Lost Soul, one without direction, without ties to ethics or principles, unstable in today's culture and society. Unwilling or unable to stand up for American ideologies, she too easily acquiesced to the preferences or demands of the archenemy of humankind. Whether Hodges was clueless and diplomatically inept or has emerged with a heretofore concealed agenda remains to be seen, but both choices do not bode well for the office she holds.
What began as the 7th century Bedouin woman's attempt at privacy and protection in the desert, these shrouds have become a symbol of woman's indignity and servitude. As Nonie Darwish so aptly explained in her book, Cruel and Usual Punishment, woman has come to represent the totality of evil and inferiority in Islamic teaching. Considered lacking in intelligence and religion, women are seen as half, and sometimes a quarter, of man's worth in a Shari'a court (Islamic law). They may be beaten by their husbands and forbidden to leave the house unless accompanied by a male relative. They may be killed by their fathers if the parent deems his honor compromised. In this oppressive society, women are the ones who preserve the honor of the male, so that he may avoid responsibility and disrepute for any unpleasantness or trouble.
The hijabs and burqas serve the purpose of enforcing obedience to Shari'a and to men. With the obligation of defending their enslavement under constant threat of their own destruction, they may become very self-justifying when challenged. Some may even try to earn honor and respect by joining the radicals for violent jihad (holy war against the infidel). But there's more. To cultures that relish freedom, these hidden women are deemed victims of sadism, forced to endure the insufferable heat of the subtropics under layers of clothing, and prevented from enjoying the summer sun and cool breezes. In fact, medical experts have noted that women so covered in northern climes, with less sunshine, are suffering more from osteoporosis from the lack of Vitamin D, and experiencing an increased risk of pelvic fracture during childbirth. Their newborn babies are more prone to getting seizures from the same deficiency.
Islamic law is concerned more with raping, beating, flogging, and stoning women than it is in honoring them. The Shari'a demand that women be covered from head to toe is also the Islamic way of solving the problem of male sexual temptations. Rather than teach the men self-restraint and respect, the onus is on the woman to hide herself, her sexuality, her body, her shame. Tragically, because there are women who want to appear as being obedient to their god and faith, it becomes the burden of other women to withstand being hated, ridiculed, or become targets of fatwas. Women face divisiveness or derision at every turn, and their society discourages, and even hinders, women from establishing friendships, particularly where polygamy is practiced.
To have surrendered her dignity, self-esteem, pride in her American heritage and culture. goes beyond Hodges' courtship of a voting bloc or fulfilling a promise to constituents. She is responsible for having her female police chief and city council representatives wear the hijab on February 28, proclaimed Hijab Day at City Hall. Rather than guide these new immigrants in becoming Americans, as previous ethnic groups have done, she is accepting their customs and laws over our own.
When the intruder or invader makes demands (no matter how subtle) that are met with compliance and submission from the host culture, this is conquest, not assimilation. I am deeply concerned as to how Hodges and her administration will address future demands, as they will surely be forthcoming - whether for Islamizing children in the classroom, serving only halal foods in the cafeterias, observing Islamic holidays on the city calendar, or all manner of accommodations in everyday life.
Hodges' decision may well have been meticulously planned. Her hijab is stealth jihad.
I would like to share a great article by Jim Quinn of The Burning Platform blog, entitled Welcome To Terminus (also found at Zero Hedge). Welcome To Terminus is taken from the television series The Walking Dead. Whether you watch the TV show or not, you can relate to the current conditions in the United States of America under Barack Obama and the Zombie virus infected world of the Walking Dead. While readers may not agree with everything in the article, it is very thought-provoking and well worth the read. Here is an excerpt to get you started:
“Life improves slowly and goes wrong fast, and only catastrophe is clearly visible.”
I was a late arrival to the Walking Dead television program. I don’t watch much of the mindless drivel passing for entertainment on the 600 worthless channels available 24/7 on cable TV. I assumed it was another superficial zombie horror show on par with the teenage vampire crap polluting the airwaves. Last year a friend told me I had to watch the show. I was hooked immediately and after some marathon watching of seasons one and two, I understood the various storylines and back stories. What the show doesn’t openly reveal is the deeper meanings, symbolism, and lessons we can learn from viewing human beings trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. In my opinion, the horror and gore is secondary to the human responses to horrific circumstances and the consequences of individual and group decisions to their survival.
As the end of season four approached, the disbursed characters were descending upon a place called Terminus. They were drawn by the intriguing and hopeful signs posted at various railroad junctions promising sanctuary, community and survival. Of course the name Terminus does not sound very inviting or hopeful. There are multiple possible meanings regarding Terminus. The Roman god Terminus protected boundary markers and sacrifices were performed to sanctify each boundary stone. The bones, ashes, and blood of a sacrificial victim, along with crops, honeycombs, and wine, were placed into a hole at a point where estates converged, and the stone was driven in on top. Maintaining boundaries and sacrifice are major themes throughout the series.
The show is set in the metropolitan Atlanta area of Georgia and the surrounding countryside. It just so happens that during the 1830s Terminus was the name of a settlement at the end of the Western and Atlantic railroad line. That settlement is now Atlanta. Terminus is also the title of the final poem ever composed by Ralph Waldo Emerson. The poem focuses on a conversation between the author and the god Terminus, discussing the author’s forthcoming death. The message of the poem is to resist fear and prepare for death. The destination is worth the journey.
“As the bird trims her to the gale,
I trim myself to the storm of time,
I man the rudder, reef the sail,
Obey the voice at eve obeyed at prime:
“Lowly faithful, banish fear,
Right onward drive unharmed;
The port, well worth the cruise, is near,
And every wave is charmed.”
We are only given a short time on this earth and the end of the line will be the same for everyone. What matters is how we conduct ourselves during our own journey towards our personal Terminus. Have we served as a virtuous example for our children, sacrificed for others, and benefited humanity or have we displayed greed, avarice and selfishness during our trek through life? As we approach our own meeting with destiny, the actions and morality of individuals will matter. I don’t know the motivations of the writers creating the themes for the Walking Dead, but the show connects with me on a number of levels. I look around and see hordes of zombies everywhere.
Zombification of America
“The real hopeless victims of mental illness are to be found among those who appear to be most normal. Many of them are normal because they are so well adjusted to our mode of existence, because their human voice has been silenced so early in their lives that they do not even struggle or suffer or develop symptoms as the neurotic does. They are normal not in what may be called the absolute sense of the word; they are normal only in relation to a profoundly abnormal society. Their perfect adjustment to that abnormal society is a measure of their mental sickness. These millions of abnormally normal people, living without fuss in a society to which, if they were fully human beings, they ought not to be adjusted.” – Aldous Huxley – Brave New World Revisited
The vast majority of the population in the post-apocalyptic world of the Walking Dead is mindless zombies driven by only their need to feed upon human flesh. They are infected with a disease that disables the cognitive portion of their brains and leaves them as slobbering predatory zombies seeking to satisfy their vile needs. They are referred to as “walkers” or “biters” as they aimlessly roam the countryside seeking human flesh. Everyone bitten or killed by a zombie is infected and turned into a zombie. The only way to stop them is by destroying their brain. The relentless violence and gore is not for the squeamish, but is probably a realistic portrayal of the brutishness and harsh conditions that will overwhelm this country once the electrical grid goes down, fuel becomes scarce and the global supply chain fails. Our just in time society is about one week from chaos, lawlessness, starvation and death on a grand scale.
A shooting Wednesday afternoon at the Fort Hood Army post has left multiple people injured, and the shooter is believed to be dead, post officials said. The post remains on lockdown.
NBC News reported that eight people were injured, four of them critically, and that the person who died is believed to be the gunman. Officials are still searching and clearing buildings at the post, but a military official told NBC News that the deceased shooter, identified as 34-year-old Ivan Lopez, appeared to be the only shooter despite an earlier report of two gunmen.
NBC News' Pete Williams reported that the shooter was in uniform.
The Associated Press, citing an internal memo from the Justice Department, reported that the Fort Hood shooter died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The AP also reported, citing a defense official, that as many as 14 people had been wounded in the shooting.
From Chicago, President Barack Obama stood in front of a large black curtain Wednesday evening and, with an American flag to his right, addressed the shooting at Fort Hood.
"We're following it closely. The situation is fluid right now ... I want to just assure all of us we are going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened," Obama said. "We're heartbroken something like this might have happened again."
Fort Hood officials have confirmed that a shooting occurred at the post, though the post has not confirmed the number of people injured. Fort Hood's Directorate of Emergency Services said in a news release that it had an initial report that the shooter was dead, but that the report was also unconfirmed. (continue reading, see video, DBCDFW.com)
19-year-old Akeem Cesár Martín posted this video to Instagram, which shows what people living on post heard after the shooting here at CBSDFW Local
An Update on Maj. Nidal Hasan, 2009 Fort Hood shooter:
Following his conviction and sentencing, Nidal Hasan was incarcerated at the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas to await execution. According to Chris Haug, Fort Hood's Chief of Media Relations, Hasan was also stripped of his rank and dishonorably discharged from the US Army. Hasan would only be referred to as "Inmate" while on death row. On September 5, 2013, it was reported in several news media that Hasan had his beard forcibly shaved. Fort Leavenworth authorities justified their decision by citing that Hasan would be subject to army regulations even though he had been dismissed from the Army and stripped of all ranks and pay. Despite Army regulations banning personnel from having facial hair, Hasan had begun growing a beard following the Fort Hood Shooting in 2009 by citing his religious beliefs.  Although no new photos of Hasan have been released since his incarceration, military authorities have confirmed that a video recording of the forced shaving exists, as per military regulations. In response, John Galligan, Hasan's former civilian lawyer, has planned to sue the military for violating his religious beliefs. Galligan argued that a military council in 2012 had allowed Hasan to keep his beard for the duration of the trial and dismissed the Army's actions as vindictive.
Prior to his 2013 trial and conviction, Nidal Hasan collected nearly US$300,000 in military salary. On 18 September 2013, Hasan's civil attorney Galligan disclosed that much of this sum had been donated to charity. This decision outraged several of Hasan's victims, many of whom have struggled to find jobs or pay their medical expenses since the Fort Hood shooting in October 2009. Several of these victims including retired Staff Sergeant Alono Lumsford, who testified against Hasan during the trial, have filed a lawsuit against the US government to get the Fort Hood shooting categorized as a terrorist attack rather than workplace violence. This designation would make the victims eligible for more benefits and support from the government. (Wikipedia)
Only property was damanged, but the purposeful way that the face of Jesus was destroyed in every image tells us something. Why hate and fear something like Christianity, Jesus, if as we are told by many Muslims that they acknowledge Jesus, who He was, even to the point that they try to tell us He is in the Koran?
Although the gunmen are gone, their sectarian fingerprint on Yabrud remains. All you have to do is visit St. Mary's Greek Catholic Church to see the destruction. Icons have had their faces scratched out, church pews have been broken, statues of the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ have been smashed, and the church Bibles have been burned. (Alakhbar)
Syria is like most places in the Middle East, or any country where there is a Muslim majority, Christians are under physical threat every day. Unfortunately our current administration cares nothing for their plight.
See more about Christians under attack around the world at these links:
(ANA) - At least seven militants were killed while making improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan.
The interior ministry following a statement said the incident took place inside a mosque in Deh Yak district on Saturday.
The statement by interior ministry further added that the explosion left seven militants dead and there were no other casualties.
Interior ministry condemned the anti-government militant groups for using religious places for conducting terrorist activities and said such activities show that the militant groups are acting against the principles of Islam.
The anti-government militant groups including the Taliban militants frequently use improvised explosive device (IED) as the weapon of their choice to target Afghan and coalition security forces, however innocent civilians are mostly targeted in such attacks.
We saw the movie Noah this evening and I cannot think of enough negative words to describe it. Save your money, do not support this abomination. No surprise since the director,Darren Aronofsky, is an atheist. Not just an atheist, but a rabid global-warming kook, environmental wacko, who believes that humans are destroying the earth and is against anyone who eats meat or anything other than fruits and vegetables. (Don't even get me started on the "rock monster" in the movie Noah)
You know there is something wrong with a movie when Christians, Jews, and Muslims agree...
All in all, the script for Noah is an uninteresting and unbiblical waste of a hundred and fifty million dollars that will ruin for decades the possibility of making a really great and entertaining movie of this Bible hero beloved by billions of religious believers, Jewish, Christian, and Muslim. (more)
In fact, there was no meat, only vegetables, at the "Noah" party at the Boathouse in Central Park.
The buffet tables were loaded with various forms of edible vegetable matter, but there was no meat, fish or cheese — because director Darren Aronofsky is vegan, as was the hero of his biblical epic, as played by Russell Crowe.
To underscore the point in the movie, which also stars Emma Watson and Jennifer Connelly, villain Tubal-cain (Ray Winstone) eagerly bites the head off an unidentified reptile and devours it raw. Meat = evil. Got it. (Page6, via Drudge)
In Genesis 9:3 God says: Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you.
Darren Aronofsky, the atheist director, bragged on more than one interview that Noah is "the least biblical biblical film ever made." Boy was he right.
The Noah movie is ugly. It's anti-human exceptionalism. It's enviro-agitprop. And it's poorly done. I can't recommend this movie, not just because of it's godawful theology (or should I say "earthology"), but because it's godawful filmmaking. (The Christian Post)
Noah is described as a $130-million retelling of the Old Testament account. Nothing could be further from the truth. There isn't a thimble full of Biblical truth in this movie.
If you were expecting a Biblically faithful retelling of the story of the greatest mariner in history and a tale of redemption and obedience to God you’ll be sorely disappointed. Noah paints the primeval world of Genesis 6 as scorched arid desert, dry cracked earth, and a gray gloomy sky that gives no rain – and all this, caused by man’s “disrespect” for the environment. In short, an anachronistic doomsday scenario of ancient global warming. How Neolithic man was able to cause such anthropogenic catastrophic climate change without the “evil” carbon emissions of modern industrial revolution is not explained. Nevertheless, humanity wanders the land in nomadic warrior tribes killing animals for food or wasteful trophies.
In this oppressive world, Noah and his family seek to avoid the crowds and live off the land. Noah is a kind of rural shaman, and vegan hippy-like gatherer of herbs. Noah explains that his family “studies the world,” “healing it as best we can,” like a kind of environmentalist scientist. [snip]
It is no secret that Aronofsky set out to make a political propaganda piece for environmentalism. He said so himself to entertainment reporters:
“It’s about environmental apocalypse which is the biggest theme, for me, right now for what’s going on on this planet. So I think it’s got these big, big themes that connect with us. Noah was the first environmentalist.” (see here: SlashFilm.com) [snip]
... postmodernists fancy playing God and changing the meaning of texts to suit their agenda because they believe language creates reality. Therefore, it’s okay to “make the Bible say what we want it to say.” This is manipulative narcissistic nonsense, (Godawa's Movie Blog)
Don't believe some reports that the movie is winning over faith-based movie-goers. The theater where we saw Noah was only about 1/4 full, compared to when we saw God's NOT Dead and the theater was packed.
At least two couples got up and left Noah about half way through the movie. I can't blame them. There was NO clapping at the end, NO cheers of approval, only dead silence, unlike God's NOT Dead where everyone was applauding at the end.
... according to Pew, just 58% of millennials believe in God
Why not make a movie that is factually based on the Bible account of Noah and the flood. Why not make a movie that those 58% could relate to. Why not make a movie that might lead viewers to read more of the Bible or that might lead them to God?
We know the answer to that. Atheists are not happy in their own belief, they must try to destroy the faith of those who believe differently than they do.
Yes this is a short story when taken in the full context of the Bible, but it is full of truths that need to be stressed. Not made up rock monsters.
Now to the specifics...
First, let me say that no Christian that I am aware of believes that we should carelessly pollute the environment and kill animals without concern for the consequences of our actions. Those kind of accusations are straw man caricatures from ignorant anti-Christian bigotry. The Bible itself is where we get the notion of being responsible stewards of the earth. Genesis 2:15 says that God put man in the Garden “to work it and keep it.” The basic meaning of the Hebrew text is to exercise great care while cultivating it. If anything, Adam was the first conservationist, not environmentalist, because he was to work the land, use human planning to overcome the thorns and thistles of nature. Which brings us to the next command that God also gives to mankind relating to the environment.
And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:28)
The Hebrew words for subduing the earth and having dominion are military terms of conquest. So, we see that man is to use his technological insights to forcefully harness the wild and chaotic forces of animals and the environment to bring them into good use. This is not a command to pollute or pillage the earth, but neither is it a subordination of man as a servant of the earth. The earth was made for man, not man for the earth, unlike pagan earth religion or environmental extremism, which claims that man is made for the earth, not the earth for man. (Gadawa's Movie Blog)
The director mentions Noah, his wife, his three sons, and their wives .... however in the movie the three sons do not have three wives, only one son has a wife. Not Biblical.
On that very day Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, together with his wife and the wives of his three sons, entered the ark. --Genesis 7:13
Then God said to Noah, 16“Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives. -- Genesis 8:15
'God says to Noah', or the 'Lord Says to Noah', is repeated over and over in the account of Noah and the flood. God doesn't get mentioned in this movie. You never hear he word "God" or "Lord" in the movie Noah.
In the movie Noah and his wife mix up some green concoction that makes a smoke that puts ALL the animals, birds, etc. to sleep for the trip. But by some coincidence doesn't bother the humans on board.
In the Bible, Genis 6:21, it says:
You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.”
So in the Bible the animals were not put to sleep for the ride.
Turning the tale of Noah into an environmentalist screed and animal rights diatribe does violence to the Biblical meaning and turns it into something entirely alien to the original meaning of the text. Admittedly, the script does include murder and violence against man as an additional “evil,” but this is secondary in the story. The primary sin of the script Noah is man’s violence against the environment. Which is kind of contradictory, don’t you think? Claiming that God destroys the entire environment because man was — well, destroying the environment?
And how in the world was Neolithic man able to destroy his environment and cause global warming anyway? Exactly where did the carbon emissions come from? Fred Flintstone SUVs? Industrial campfire smokestacks? The number of people on the planet in that distant age would have less impact on the climate than bison farts. It’s really quite ludicrous, but inadvertently hints at the historical and scientific fact that far greater global warming and cooling cycles have occurred in the past without man. It’s quite natural. Consider it the Circle of Life.
In the movie Noah believes God wants all humans to die, that he wants Noah to kill the new twin granddaughters (that are not mentioned in the Bible so far as I know). However, the Bible account God tells Noah and his family to come out of the ark on dry land.
Then God said to Noah, 16“Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives. --Genesis 8:15
And they did just that. They also did other things. He built an altar, sacrificed an animal to God, and God was pleased.
18 So Noah came out, together with his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives....
20 Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. 21 The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done. Genesis 8 18-21
This is a vile and wicked movie directed by an atheist wacko. God must be weeping.
... could anything make Satan happier than something that leads people to believe they are saved when they are not? [snip]
What does matter, though, is The Message. The Message is everything. And this is where Aronofsky is the snake in the garden. Using $135 million, he and Paramount have brilliantly and deviously disguised the Pagan god Gaia as the God of the Old Testament … as THE God.
And let's give the Devil his due: using the story of Noah to twist Christianity into something it is not, is a genius piece of propagandizing that is sure to lead many away from God under the mistaken belief that through left-wing environmentalism they are coming closer to Him. [snip]
Every glimpse of those God will wipe out shows these "sinners" exploiting Mother Nature. They butcher meat, tear live animals to pieces, hunt, mine, and cut trees. According to Aronofsky, that is all these people are guilty of and that is enough to justify the coming biblical genocide.
Every action taken and piece of dialogue spoken by the "sinners" (as personified by the strip-mining villain Tubal-Cain, a hale and hearty Ray Winstone) is about man's right to dominate the earth. Tubal-Cain even goes so far as to eat an endangered species alive, one of two lizards left on earth. The brute.
Moral and sexual depravity aren't even hinted at as sinful. Nor is idolatry. Tubal-Cain and his hordes of follower have not built a golden calf. In fact, they believe in God. (read it all)
I forgot to mention that the costumes were completely wrong for the era. Women wore pants, so did the men. Noah had what looked like a worn out suit coat at one point. They all wore boots, even Noah had on what looked like modern day leather men's boots.
The women wear pants — they all dress like they are in a ‘modern day, after the bomb dropped,’ movie. [If you look at Biblical history in pictures, no one wore pants. Men wore loin clothes, robes or wrappings that resembled what we think of as robes.] [snip]
... it was just so amazingly bad — the whole movie — I mean the final vest or jacket Noah is wearing has lapels.. LAPELS! (review by artist David Lemon, read it here at Maggie's Notebook)
One radio station that I seldom listen to, in order to keep my blood pressure at its normal low, is NPR, National Public Radio, which I once renamed, "Notorious for Palestinian Revisionism." However, while surfing the stations the other day, I paused at NPR long enough to hear, "settlements," a term exclusive to Israel's housing developments. Someone was spewing the usual Islamic propaganda about Israelis constructing housing for Israelis in Israel. It was one of the station's fundraising programs, and the guest spewer was Rick Steves, a Washington state-based, self-proclaimed travel guru.
He then proceeded to assure the listeners that the "settlements" are illegal, which is absolutely not the case. He probably knows, but emphatically denies with purpose, that Israel's boundaries are explicitly defined for the Jews in the ancient Hebrew Bible, the Torah, and established by the League of Nations in 1920 and the United nations in 1948.
Meanwhile, Jordanian Muslim scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Adwan, has joined others who declare, "Allah gave Israel to the Jews. There's no Palestine," admonishing those who distort the Koran. Blogger Elder of Ziyon quoted the Koran, saying Allah assigned Israel to the Jews until the Day of Judgment (Sura 5:21), and that the Jews are the inheritors of Israel (Sura 26:59). Adwan continued, "I say to those who distort . the Koran: from where did you bring the name Palestine, you liars, you accursed, when Allah has already named it 'The Holy Land' and bequeathed it to the Children of Israel until the Day of Judgment. There is no such thing as Palestine in the Koran."
These settlements - more aptly, neighborhoods - in the territories are entirely legal, although politically contentious. Most of these communities were built on undeveloped land during 1967-77 (after Israel won the defensive wars) in order to provide security for the Jews from their aggressive Muslim neighbors. After 1977, communities were built on unallocated government land, and by 2005, there were about 150 communities -about 200,000 Israelis - living on less than two percent of Judea and Samaria (aka West Bank). The Jews' right to settle is a "legal right assured by treaty and specifically protected by Article 80 of the UN Charter, and precisely equal to the right of the existing Palestinians living there."
Nevertheless, the Palestinians thrive on public relations and propaganda, not unlike the Nazi propaganda that led up to World War II, to make their claim for the land they covet, just as Muslims have done to conquer the rest of the Middle East over 1400 years. And revisionists and anti-Semites are more than eager to broadcast those assertions against the 3500-year-historical, legal, and security-related claims of the indigenous Jews.
Without his ingrained mindset, Steves might have acknowledged history - that the Gazan Muslims and their descendants (not citizens of Israel) who chose to leave Israel when their fellow-Arabs attacked, were indeed from Lebanon, Yemen, Syria, Egypt, and Jordan. The Muslims who chose to stay in Israel are now, with their descendants, two million-plus citizens of Israel. He might then have concluded that despite originating from those warring countries, they were not permitted to return to them for, as squatters, they are regarded as valuable pawns in the never-ending Muslim jihad war against the Jews - the quintessential way of harnessing world opinion against them.
Further to Steves' lies, his website illustrates that he has joined the Muslim jihad at war with the West. He indulges in Islamic taqiyyah (lies for Allah) by choosing the most anti-Israel groups to reinforce his accusations, by referring to a distorted PBS documentary about the "Holy Land" (whose very name aims to discredit Israel's sovereignty), and the George Soros-supported, pro-Hamas, virulently anti-Israel lobby in Washington, DC, J-Street, that solicits funds for the congressional candidates who are openly hostile to Israel.
In his brief time on NPR, he used guile to deceive his audience by speaking of the Israeli children who played with toy guns, as he, himself, "once had as a young boy, " in order to shoot at the Palestinians, adding that it would be so much better if "the wall" were dismantled so that the children could get to know each other. He failed to mention that the Palestinian children do not play with toy guns. Rather, they indulge in the deadly drive-by, rock-throwing attacks at Jews.
For the sake of misinformation, he did not acknowledge that Jewish, Christian and Muslim children do attend school and play together in Israel, but that Mahmoud Abbas vowed that no Jews would ever live in a future Palestinian state. Palestinian children are taught by their teachers, TV programs, imams and the Qur'an that Jews are "dogs and pigs" to be hated and killed, and their leader refuses to recognize that the Jewish children are there, so playing together in a Palestinian state is entirely out of the question.
As a world traveler, Steves undeniably knows that there are walls throughout the world that keep one people safe from another, and this wall and fence combination is actually a protective shield that Israel had to erect to keep her citizens safe from those whose raison d'etre is to kill the Jews who will not accept Allah as their god. In fact, since the erection of the barrier, the number of attacks is said to have declined by more than 90 percent. So, surely, Steves understands that removing the wall would provide easy access for the Palestinians to attack and kill Israelis, but perhaps that is his objective.
If Steves could face reality, he would grasp that Muslims are in the United States for the same reason that Israel built the shield. They showed their hand when they bombed the World Trade Center on September 11, with the Fort Hood massacre, and with the Boston bombing, to name the most infamous. Another sign of "arrival for a purpose" is the increased number of mosques nationwide, requiring footbaths in public places, allocating Islamic books to libraries throughout the US, and funding and distributing Islamized textbooks to our K-12 schools and universities.
If he were functioning properly, Rick Steves would realize that Muslim emigration to foreign countries results in gradual changes, from non-assimilation to riots, terrorism, violence and death, to Islamic rule, as they institute Shari'a law. He would then come to understand that the bloodshed throughout the Middle East, Africa and Asia are a natural outcome of more than 14 centuries of such invasions and arrive at the realization that unless he too fully acquiesces, he will surely bleed as did all the others when they were decapitated, a favorite Islamic technique. ☼
VATICAN CITY (CBS St. Louis) — The Vatican’s chief justice feels that President Barack Obama’s policies have been hostile toward Christians.
In an interview with Polonia Christiana magazine –and transcribed by Life Site News — Cardinal Raymond Burke said that Obama “promotes anti-life and anti-family policies.”
“It is true that the policies of the president of the United States have become progressively more hostile toward Christian civilization. He appears to be a totally secularized man who aggressively promotes anti-life and anti-family policies,” Burke told the magazine.
The former archbishop of St. Louis stated that Obama is trying to “restrict” religion.
“Now he wants to restrict the exercise of the freedom of religion to freedom of worship, that is, he holds that one is free to act according to his conscience within the confines of his place of worship but that, once the person leaves the place of worship, the government can constrain him to act against his rightly-formed conscience, even in the most serious of moral questions,” Burke said.
Burke took a swipe against Obama’s Affordable Care Act over the law’s birth control mandate, saying “such policies would have been unimaginable in the United States even 40 years ago.”
“In a democracy, such a lack of awareness is deadly,” Burke told the magazine. “It leads to the loss of the freedom which a democratic government exists to protect. It is my hope that more and more of my fellow citizens, as they realize what is happening, will insist on electing leaders who respect the truth of the moral law as it is respected in the founding principles of our nation.”
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