Why Akathleptos?

Why Akathleptos? Because it means Uncontainable. God is infinite. Hence, the whole universe cannot contain Him. The term also refers to the incomprehensibility of God. No man can know everything about God. We can know Him personally but not exhaustively, not even in Heaven.

Why Patmos? Because the church is increasingly marginalized and exiled from the culture.

Why Pen-Names? So the focus is on the words and not who wrote them. We prefer to let what we say stand on its own merit. There is precedent in church history for this - i.e., the elusive identity of Ambrosiaster who wrote in the 4th century A.D.

“Truth is so obscured nowadays, and lies so well established, that unless we love the truth we shall never recognize it." Blaise Pascal



Sunday, July 31, 2016

Recently Recreated Jewish Sanhedrin Warns UN



Israel’s ancient high court, the Jewish Sanhedrin which condemned Jesus, was disbanded about 425 A.D. It was recently recreated and has warned the U.N. not to try to interfere with – or change – the history linked to the Temple Mount. A report here by Breaking Israel News says a U.N. agency wants to adopt a resolution at its current meetings in Istanbul that would declare the Temple Mount, site of the ancient Jewish temples, is “sacred to ‘Muslims only.'”

“The Jewish right to the Temple Mount was established in the Bible, and should therefore be recognized by Christianity and Islam,” the Sanhedrin said in its statement. “In fact, the Jewish claim to Jerusalem is as essential to those religions as it is to Judaism. The biblical connection between the Jews and Jerusalem led to the building of the First Temple by King Solomon, which strengthened our claim to Jerusalem even more.”

The statement from the court, made up of leading rabbis and scholars continued, “A plethora of archaeological evidence in and around Jerusalem is undeniable proof of Jewish settlement in biblical times. Islam did not exist, in Israel or anywhere else, until the year 636 … more than 500 years after the destruction of the Second Jewish Temple.

“If there are any doubts or counter-claims, the Sanhedrin challenges them to establish an objective committee of archeologists to check these facts. On this matter, the Sanhedrin decries the Palestinians’ efforts to destroy the archaeological evidence on the Temple Mount. … These acts, destroying the sites and artifacts of other religions … are intended to create belief in the false historical narrative the Palestinians are trying to spread among the non-Jews, and even among the Jews” of no historical links between Jews and the site.


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The Scripture indicates a central role for Jerusalem at the end of the age with a clear focus on the Temple Mount. There is a Temple Mount Institute here with educational material that is dedicated to preparing for the erection of a third temple and has already completed a number of the required artifacts to renew temple worship.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

The truth is that there is no such thing as "radical Islam"



In contrast to the current American administration, various Muslim writers from across the Arab world are finally admitting that Islam itself is the problem and the cause of global terror. The only way to curb the terror carried out in its name is to conduct a fundamental overhaul of Islamic texts and their interpretations. Islamic Intellectuals from Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt and Morocco are criticizing Muslim leaders and clerics for ignoring the real problems of Muslim society and dismissing terror attacks with faulty platitudes such as the oft-repeated, “Not in Islam’s name.” The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), which monitors Arab-language media, published translations of explosive articles arguing that the ideologies behind terror groups such as the Islamic State stem from Islamic jurisprudence that is no longer relevant today.

Story is here.

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Of course, the problem is that terrorists are simply reading the Islamic texts as the first Muslim did - i.e., they are true to Islamic theology. "Radical" Islamists are simply being true to the text and teachings. The mainstream media works overtime to deceive people in falsely identifying Muslim terrorists as "radical Islam," when these acts of terror have in fact been carried out by Muslims in accordance with the teachings of Islam since its inception 1400 years ago.

The lie of 'radical Islam' or 'Islamic extremists' has also been advanced by Muslim advocacy groups like the terror-linked CAIR and others who have bullied and intimidated the media into presenting a false narrative about Islam and Muslims, claiming that acts of terror carried out here in the US and around the world are the work of a very small minority of 'radical Muslims' and that the vast majority of Muslims are peaceful and just want to live quiet lives.

While the vast majority of Muslims may not engage in jihad or acts of terror, it is noteworthy that their leaders almost never publicly denounce those acts but actually try to justify them. Why? Because jihad is an undeniable central teaching of Islam. The only correct delineation between Muslims is "practicing Muslims" and "non-practicing Muslims". When a Muslim commits an act of terror in the name of 'allah,' they are doing precisely what their religion teaches them. When a Christian commits a heinous act of violence/terror, they are acting in clear violation of the teaching of Scripture.

The term "radical Islam" is meaningless since Islam is inherently radical by nature. The truth is that there is no such thing as radical Islam.  The term is an invention of western politicians in a desperate attempt to confront the problem of Islamic terrorism, without offending Muslims.

The following video does not fall into the multiculturalist narrative that western politicians deceitfully parrot to a gullible populace ...


"That's A Myth That Will Get A Lot Of Civilized People Killed"



Friday, July 29, 2016

“When people stop believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing—they believe in anything.”



M. G. Oprea in her editorial here entitled "Hollande Suggests France Will Finally Defend Its Culture Against ISIS" correctly points out that believing in nothing necessarily means falling for anything.

This was the point of Michel Houellebecq’s 2015 novel “Submission.” The story is set in a near future where a Muslim political party has just been voted into power. The new government begins to move France toward sharia law and away from its own values. All university professors must convert to Islam, and women are no longer allowed to wear pants.

Rather than push back, French society acquiesces, because France, much like the protagonist in the story, no longer believes in anything. So there is nothing with which to fight.

Unfortunately, this is true not only of France, but for much of western civilization including the United States. Having trashed long-held (for millennia) beliefs such as the institution of marriage and gender that are ultimately founded on the bedrock of Scriptural absolute truth, the culture now finds itself in a bottomless abyss.

In 2008, a Wall Street Journal article here entitled "Look Who's Irrational Now" made an astonishing admission,

The reality is that the New Atheist campaign, by discouraging religion, won't create a new group of intelligent, skeptical, enlightened beings. Far from it: It might actually encourage new levels of mass superstition. And that's not a conclusion to take on faith -- it's what the empirical data tell us.

... Even among Christians, there were disparities. While 36% of those belonging to the United Church of Christ, Sen. Barack Obama's former denomination, expressed strong beliefs in the paranormal, only 14% of those belonging to the Assemblies of God, Sarah Palin's former denomination, did. In fact, the more traditional and evangelical the respondent, the less likely he was to believe in, for instance, the possibility of communicating with people who are dead.

This is not a new finding. In his 1983 book "The Whys of a Philosophical Scrivener," skeptic and science writer Martin Gardner cited the decline of traditional religious belief among the better educated as one of the causes for an increase in pseudoscience, cults and superstition. He referenced a 1980 study published in the magazine Skeptical Inquirer that showed irreligious college students to be by far the most likely to embrace paranormal beliefs, while born-again Christian college students were the least likely.

The article goes on to highlight the inevitable gullibility of those that abandon their grip of absolute truth, by pointing to the late-night comic Bill Maher - who for many epitomizes the deadly twins of progressive liberalism and secular humanism.

On Oct. 3, Mr. Maher debuts "Religulous," his documentary that attacks religious belief. He talks to Hasidic scholars, Jews for Jesus, Muslims, polygamists, Satanists, creationists, and even Rael -- prophet of the Raelians -- before telling viewers: "The plain fact is religion must die for man to live."

But it turns out that the late-night comic is no icon of rationality himself. In fact, he is a fervent advocate of pseudoscience. The night before his performance on Conan O'Brien, Mr. Maher told David Letterman -- a quintuple bypass survivor -- to stop taking the pills that his doctor had prescribed for him. He proudly stated that he didn't accept Western medicine. On his HBO show in 2005, Mr. Maher said: "I don't believe in vaccination. . . . Another theory that I think is flawed, that we go by the Louis Pasteur [germ] theory." He has told CNN's Larry King that he won't take aspirin because he believes it is lethal and that he doesn't even believe the Salk vaccine eradicated polio.

For decades, progressive liberalism together with secular humanism have quietly sown their deadly seed throughout the culture from the top-down. Espoused primarily by authority figures (i.e., politicians, educators, entertainers, judges, mainstream media, an increasing number of the clergy, etc.), these philosophies bore their poisonous fruit in an increasingly more significant percentage of the population, finally reaching a tipping point after the turn of the century with the election in 2008 and 2012 of the chief architect focused on the "transformation" of America ... a transformation ultimately characterized by a transition from orderly, rational common sense to lawless insanity.

Nonsense thrives whenever and wherever the Bible (a powerful antidote to superstition) is rejected or weakened. The form of Christianity that holds Scripture as the revealed, absolute truth and an authoritative revelation from the Creator God, was the driving force behind the birth of modern science. It also liberated countless people from all manner of superstition, harmful practice and fear. But with the wholesale rejection of Scripture now underway among the cultural elite, it is not surprising to witness an unprecedented flourishing of all manner of insanity, occult practice, bizarre superstition, and outright rejection of common sense among the intelligentsia. The "religious" among the progressive liberals with their supposed ‘superior minds of great rationality’, are in fact much more prone to superstition and delusional irrationality.

With western civilization descending into madness, G.K. Chesterton was right when he warned: “When people stop believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing—they believe in anything.”

An Islamic Antichrist?



There is an intriguing prophetic view held by some that the 4th kingdom in Nebuchadnezzar's Dream as interpreted by Daniel is not Rome, but the Ottoman empire.


More than 3 years ago, in 2013, The Atlantic published an article here entitled "Sultan Erdogan: Turkey's Rebranding Into the New, Old Ottoman Empire". At the time, the author said,

In the eyes of secularists, the Europe-facing, Western-dressing, cocktail-toasting modern nation-state is being replaced by a religiously conservative one, headscarf by headscarf.

Now, after the recent failed coup attempt by the military, Erdogan has unleashed his agenda full-force, accelerating his purge of dissidents and shutting down 130 media outlets (see here.)

The increasingly authoritarian regime has purged the media, universities, schools, the police, judiciary and military of potential opponents since the failed coup attempt

And now Erdogan wants the armed forces and national intelligence agency brought under the control of the presidency (see here.)

There is the increasingly likely possibility that Erdogan himself sparked the coup as a sort of Reichstag fire. Sustaining this theory is the sheer incompetence (see here) of the coup plotters, as well as the fact that Erdogan apparently had lists of thousands to detain compiled ahead of time (see here). His reference to the coup plot as a "gift from God" feeds the conspiracy further. So too does the fact that Erdogan's supporters were armed and ready to go immediately after his televised call to take to the streets. There is little spontaneity in Turkish politics. For example, after Erdogan went off on Shimon Peres in Davos in 2009 (see here), thousands greeted him at the airport waving Palestinian flags, the metro hours having been mysteriously extended for that day only (see here). Even in a city as bustling and cosmopolitan as Istanbul, it would challenging to find thousands of Palestinian flags at 3 a.m.

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The messianic-Jewish web site Natzarim Hatorah espouses the theory of a Muslim Antichrist and offers the following observations:
  • The beheading of innocents by the end time beast is happening today with Islam.
  • The beast that suffers the deadly wound was the Ottoman Empire(Turkey) and that beast is on the rise as prophesied as it would be, Turkey will once again be the Caliphate of Islamic power here in the near future.
  • The beast would come from Arabia, Mecca is in Arabia.
  • The beast will worship a stone from heaven. Islam worships the black meteorite in Mecca.
  • Arabia will be the harlot that rides the beast with cup full of wine(oil) that controls the world.
  • Persia(Iran) will turn on Arabia and destroy it because of Arabia's luxurious lifestyle while not sharing with the others of her faith. (Many Islamic Nations have complained about this already and wants to know why they are not getting what was promised to them. Why is Saudi Arabia not sharing with them.)
  • The end time beast wants one government. Islam wants to be the only government.
  • The end time beast wants only one law. Islam wants Sharia as the only law.
  • The end time beast only wants one language. Islam wants Arabic as the only world language.
  • The end time beast wants only one religion. Islam wants to be the only religion.
  • The end time beast wants to rule the world. Islam wants to rule the world.
  • The end time beast attacks the strongest of fortresses. Islam has attacked the strongest nations such as America, Britain, Canada, and so forth. Does not say that the beast defeats them, only attacks them.
  • The end time beast has it's power in Pergamos, where the seat of Satan is. The seat of Satan and Pergamos is in Turkey the Seat of power for the Ottoman Empire and future Islamic Caliphate.
Joel Richardson also argues here for an Islamic Antichrist. suggesting the biblical Antichrist and Islam's primary Messiah figure, the Mahdi, could be the same person.

“I understand that I’m going to be viewed as a fringe, apocalyptic Christian,” said Richardson. “But I fully own the idea that the Antichrist will be a Muslim and will come out of the Muslim world.”

Time will tell.

It is interesting and worth noting that the Scripture speaks of all nations coming against Israel at the end of the age (Zech 12:3; 14:2; Matt 24:9; Rev 20:8; etc.). Assuming an Islamic Antichrist, this means that any nation that aligns itself with the Islamic world (i.e., as much of Europe already has done and the United States seems to be now doing), ally themselves against God.




The 21st Century Wedding



Thursday, July 28, 2016

6 Things Obama Doesn't Want Americans To Know About The Islamic State



The Federalist Radio Hour spent an hour interviewing Dr. Sebastian Gorka, national-recognized expert on national security and terrorism. [Sebastian L. Gorka, Ph.D. serves as the Major General Matthew C. Horner Distinguished Chair of Military Theory at Marine Corps University where he provides courses and lectures on Irregular Warfare. Previously he was Associate Dean of Congressional Affairs and Relations to the Special Operations Community at National Defense University. He is an internationally recognized authority on issues of national security, irregular warfare, terrorism and democratization and has testified before Congress and briefed the CIA, ODNI, NCTC, & NIC.]

ISIS is more powerful than Al-Qaeda ever was and is the most significant jihadi resurgence since the Ottoman Caliphate was dissolved said Gorka.

“What we are seeing–the murder of this priest, the murder of this pregnant woman–this is executed by people who are the incarnation of evil,” he said. “These aren’t random acts. These aren’t psychologically disturbed. This is evil incarnate and we must recognize that.”

“These people aren’t crazy…they have a plan. They’re not capricious and they’re not making it up as they go along,” he said.

As he points out, our national security is cross-wired with a political agenda that is endangering Americans. “These things have become hot button issues inside the intelligence community, and you touch upon them, you discuss them at your own peril and at a risk to your career."

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On his web site here, Gorka says,

With the recent attempt at the Cabinet level of the U.S. Government by Attorney General Loretta Lynch to censor what the terrorist responsible for the greatest terror attack since 9/11 was saying on the phone to the 911 dispatcher during the Orlando massacre, we have the smoking gun of Orwellian “Newspeak” in America.

Barack Obama and his political appointees and cabinet members have been trying for more than five years to explain away the jihadi threat to America and misdirect your understanding of how serious the dangers are. To quote my good friend Tom Joscelyn at The Long War Journal, it is a systematic effort to make you, “disconnect the dots.”

He goes on to list 6 critical things he believes Obama doesn't want American citizens to know about the Islamic State:
  1. America is losing the war against the global jihadi ideology (... the facts detailed in a recent report published by Duke University titled “Muslim-American Involvement in Violent Extremism, 2015” cannot be denied.)
  2. There is no such thing as lone wolf terrorism (The idea that we have disparate individuals across America that just decide one day to kill their fellow Americans is utterly and absolutely fallacious ... these individuals are all connected.)
  3. ISIS is much more powerful and much more dangerous than al Qaeda (This is no “JV Team.” ISIS has taken their team to the Superbowl.)
  4. ISIS is here in America. (This is not a question of a threat 8,000 miles away in Mesopotamia or in Afghanistan; this is a threat that is already well entrenched on the shores of the United States. If you examine the details in the report I co-authored with my wife, ISIS: The Threat to the United States, the most disturbing fact of all is that, of all the people we have interdicted on U.S. soil, a full third of them had no interest in traveling to the Middle East to be jihadis in Iraq or Syria, but had decided the best way to serve the new caliph, the new emperor of Islam, would be to kill American infidels on U.S. soil.)
  5. As a nation, we are weaker than we have ever been since September 11th (Although America is the most powerful nation the world has ever seen, the systematic subversion of our national security establishment under the banner of inclusivity, cultural awareness, and political correctness has continued to increasingly endanger Americans. In a memo sent from the White House in 2011 to the then-Attorney General and the General of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Executive ordered that, in the name of multiculturalism and mutual respect, any mention of Islam was to be excised from government counterterrorism training within all of the armed services, and even federal law enforcement, including the FBI, and our various intelligence agencies. This means that even words like ‘jihad,’ which are the terms used by the terrorists to describe themselves, are and have been banned from use within the U.S. federal government. This means that our law enforcement, intelligence, and military operators have been denied access to accurate information and relevant training for several years. Subsequently, they are not in a position to understand our Enemy and defeat them.)
  6. Lastly, the Obama Administration does not want you to know that the ideology of global jihad is more powerful than it has ever been (ISIS has captured the brand of Global Jihadism from its former master, al Qaeda. Today, not only has it established a Caliphate in the Middle East, but it has also convinced tens of thousands of young Muslims that the End Times have begun, since the territory they have captured—referred to as “al Sham” in the Islamic eschatology—is the equivalent of Megiddo for Muslims, i.e. the site of the last Holy War before Judgement Day. As a result of this very effective exploitation of an apocalyptic religious theme being broadcast daily over social media (ISIS posts more than 55,000 social media posts every 24 hours), ISIS now has at least 43 affiliates in 19 countries, and they show no sign of losing momentum. Loretta Lynch said this week, after the Orlando massacre, that our most powerful weapon against people like Omar Mateen is “love.” She is wrong. Love would not have worked against the Nazis or the totalitarians in the Kremlin. We are facing another totalitarian enemy that will not be negotiated with and that will not stop unless every “infidel” is enslaved or crushed. That truth is impossible for the President and his bubble-dwelling coterie to believe. As a result, Americans will continue to face an escalating risk until we have a change of administration.)

Muslim Brotherhood Has Infiltrated All U.S. National Security Agencies



"The bottom of the barrel has been located"



The article here in the UK's Guardian postulates that television has reached the bottom of the barrel with the rise of "naked" dating shows - "a terrible new dawn, where desirability is judged by genitalia."

...Unless ITVBe surprises everyone by commissioning a series where two crying strangers are forced to have sex at gunpoint in a dungeon, that’s it. The bottom of the barrel has been located.

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Cultural "entertainment" is but a reflection of its ethics and morality. Widespread moral decay is one of the key signposts of the approaching end of age. An epidemic of pornography, crime, terrorism, political corruption, greed, moral relativism, illegal drugs, homosexuality, gender confusion and moral degeneracy are overwhelming both America and much of the rest of the world. Suicide is fast becoming a popular solution for many. Ultimately, nothing short of the second coming of Christ will stem the tide of surging evil now engulfing the world.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Explosion Of Heresies, Anti-knowledge & Willing Ignorance

This is an outstanding expose from Henry Morris III at a talk given in 2005 at Dallas Theological, warning on the dangerous tendency of people to move into willing ignorance.

Now - 11 years later - it's all too apparent just how prophetic his warning was as we witness a flowering apostasy throughout much of Christendom with many gravitating into anti-knowledge. The willingness to accept "scientific" claims that are clearly contrary to common sense, releases the brakes on the ever-steepening road ending in apostastic disaster. One of the best contemporary examples is the upheaval in traditional gender identification.

Ultimately, as he skillfully argues, apostates willfully choose destruction.



Few Black Americans Know The Sordid Racist History Of The American Democratic Party



(Disclaimer: I am neither a Democrat nor Republican. If I had to choose a political party, it would be Libertarian.)

Ben Kinchlow (a black American) talks here about how American blacks have become the "house slaves" to the Democratic political party.

“When Lyndon Johnson came to power, blacks, who traditionally voted 95 percent Republican, suddenly switched over to the Democrats,” Ben Kinchlow told WND. “Why? Because now the Democrats were promising to give them all this free stuff, and it’s a hard thing to get people to turn down free stuff.”

Kinchlow, who cohosts “FrontPage Jerusalem’ and previously cohosted CBN’s “The 700 Club,” explained there were two types of slaves in the old American South – house slaves and field slaves.
Field slaves, who lived miserable lives of hard outdoor labor, were always looking for the chance to escape. House slaves, on the other hand, wore their master’s cast-off clothes and received free meals left over from the master’s table. When field slaves would say, “Let’s run,” the house slaves would say, “Run where? Where are we going to get something better than this?”

So it is with modern-day black people, according to Kinchlow.

“Today you find the African-American community saying, ‘Why should I go to people that are going to make me self-reliant when I can just stay here in the Democrat Party and they will reward me for doing nothing?'” Kinchlow said.

... the Democrats’ hundred-year history of obstruction – all civil rights legislation from 1865 to 1965 was passed over the objections of Democrats. Every civil rights initiative during that period, from the Civil Rights Act of 1866 to the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments to the Civil Rights Act of 1875, was proposed and passed by Republicans. Democrats did manage to successfully block at least three federal anti-lynching measures during this period.
In fact, as Kinchlow noted, it was the GOP that shepherded the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965 through Congress and forced them onto President Lyndon Johnson’s desk. Johnson attached his name and his party to their legacy by signing them into law.

Not only did the Democrats try to derail civil rights legislation, but they introduced segregation, Jim Crow laws and various other forms of discrimination against blacks. In fact, as Kinchlow wrote in “Black Yellowdogs,” “Historical facts from original sources, along with documented research, show that the Democratic Party has perpetrated virtually every anti-black, pro-segregation legislative initiative from 1871 to 1965.”

The Ku Klux Klan was a significant Democratic constituency, Kinchlow revealed, helping to elect legislators, sheriffs, judges and mayors who went on to become Klan members. Meanwhile, Klansmen targeted white Republicans for being “n—- lovers” who wanted to help blacks secure their constitutionally guaranteed rights.

Unfortunately, as Kinchlow acknowledged, not enough blacks know the sordid history of the Democratic Party regarding race relations.

“One of the transcendent principles [in the Bible] is, when you know what the truth is, truth sets you free,” Kinchlow declared. “Blacks do not know what the truth is.”





Creeping Sharia: The ISLAMIZATION of the WEST


Monday, July 25, 2016

Clinton VP Pick Tim Kaine's Islamist Ties



A new report out by a national-security expert suggests maybe VP nominee Tim Kaine's record isn’t so clean after all. Ryan Mauro reveals here Kaine's Islamic ties ...

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s newly-announced running mate, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, has a history of embracing Islamists. He appointed a Hamas supporter to a state immigration commission; spoke at a dinner honoring a Muslim Brotherhood terror suspect and received donations from well-known Islamist groups.
 
Appointing a Muslim Brotherhood Front Leader Who Supports Hamas

In 2007, Kaine was the Governor of Virginia and, of all people chose Muslim American Society (MAS) President Esam Omeish to the state’s Immigration Commission. A Muslim organization against Islamism criticized the appointment and reckless lack of vetting.

Federal prosecutors said in a 2008 court filing that MAS was “founded as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America.” A Chicago Tribune investigation in 2004 confirmed this, as well as MAS’ crafty use of deceptive semantics to appear moderate. Convicted terrorist and admitted U.S. Muslim Brotherhood member Abdurrahman Alamoudi testified in 2012, “Everyone knows that MAS is the Muslim Brotherhood.”

Europe, Globalization, & The Coming Universal Caliphate

 
 
"No writer has done more than Bat Ye'or to draw attention to the menacing character of Islamic extremism. Future historians will one day regard her coinage of the term 'Eurabia' as prophetic. Those who wish to live in a free society must be eternally vigilant. Bat Ye'or's vigilance is unrivalled." —Niall Ferguson

In 2011, Bat Ye'or published prophetic insight in her extraordinary book here of the loss of national sovereignty for European nations to the European Union, and the complex strategy of the Islamic world to Islamicize Europe. She was the first to coin the term "Eurabia". Neither light reading nor a quick read, this remarkable book stands as a sobering warning for Western civilization. Calling the Islamization of Europe then irreversible, Ye'or exhaustively outlines an Islamic strategy published in 2001 that was intended for the West - which no western politician had ever publicly acknowledged even 10 years later. With tentacles reaching into virtually every arena of western civilization (i.e., education, arts, communication, law enforcement, military, media, medical, politics, law, housing, employment, public services, etc.), the Islamic world has a detailed and focused agenda for what amounts to soft jihad of the west. After the 9/11 Islamic terrorists attacks, she points out that western politicians largely publicly adapted the OIC (Organization of Islamic Conference) vision that was being propagated - i.e., that Islamic terrorism is the result of western aggression and only involves a minute fringe of Muslims, who themselves are victims of poverty and are indignant at the injustices of the West. A key aspect of this Islamic strategy was the inculcation of guilt-ridden "Islamophobia" in the West. With eerie accuracy, she prophesied in 2011 the now-emerging resurgence of Erdogan's caliphate in Turkey.

The author further warned in 2011 that creeping Islamization of liberal Christian theologians is weakening the Church which is facing a monolithic Islam convinced of its own perfection ... and America with Obama at the helm, is rapidly proceeding down the dangerous path of capitulating to the Islamic strategy.

She summarizes the main points of Islamic strategy in Europe that is simultaneously being championed in America by Obama:
  1. 9/11 was the start of persecution of Muslims in the West (not an unjustified attack on the west by Muslims), aligning with the sense of guilt tactics for the infidel, in line with jihad theory.
  2. Islam is the root of European civilization justifying its return to European soil.
  3. Impose multiculturalism in Europe with Islam's entire religious context (punishment for blasphemy) and the establishment of shari'a whenever possible.
  4. Replace western criteria for knowledge with Islamic myths of a "golden age". Affirm that the Renaissance and modern science emerged from Muslim civilization.
  5. Venomous relentlessness against the Bible, negating both its spiritual and historical reality.
  6. Portray Israel as an instigator of war, terror and injustice. Israel is the source of terror, not its victim.
As one reviewer on Amazon notes,

This secular and academic scholarly work is also clearly prophetic in its' outlook. As Prof. Michael Curtis, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science for Rutgers University notes in the foreword for this book, "It is good to ponder (the author's) argument that people hold on to destructive myths as if they were the only guarantee for their survival when, in fact, they are the path to destruction." With laser-like precision, the author zeroes in on the real reasons for divide between the world of Islam and the West.
For Americans who have largely been sold a bill-of-goods by the romantic, fanciful portrayals of Islam in American media and entertainment, it's a wake-up call.

Janet Levy summarized her 2011 review of the book in American Thinker here with the following warning,

In summary, in Europe, Globalization and the Coming Caliphate, Bat Ye'or observes that the EU experience, which began as a bulwark for security and defense, a means to fuel its economy and a quest for global empowerment, has become a foolhardy enterprise that has led to Eurabia, the subjugated status of dhimmitude. Under Eurabia, Europe is now experiencing the gradual eradication of human rights, the legitimization of jihadist terrorism and the demise of the democratic values of freedom, justice, tolerance and equality.  Bat Ye'or's observations of Europe's descent into Eurabia and dhimmitude are a caution for Americans facing the threat of Islamization.  A clear and present danger is building in our midst that could take the same shape and direction of Eurabia if Americans fail to be vigilant. 

Five years later, it's sadly clear that American citizens have not been vigilant but largely allowed an out-of-control government to release unchecked upon America the dark forces of Islam.

Nothing Infuriates A Heretic More Than The Truth



Eric Metaxas points out here the "Jesus Wife" papyrus that the mainstream media triumphantly blasted at the time is now acknowledged to be a fake. (Of course, you won't hear the retraction in the lamestream media.)

The Harvard Divinity professor that was so enamored with it now says she was duped - see here.

The article called into question the provenance and authenticity of a papyrus fragment, purportedly stating "Jesus said to them, My wife" that is the subject of research by Professor Karen King of Harvard Divinity School.

Reached for comment by The Boston Globe after publication of the Atlantic article, Professor King was quoted as stating that "It appears now that all the material [owner Walter] Fritz gave to me concerning the provenance of the papyrus ... were fabrications."

Metaxas wrestles with a very good question - Why were some people so eager to believe in it in the first place?

He provides the simple and logical reason ...

And in the case of the "Jesus's Wife" fragment, it is clear that people failed to do their homework. If they had, alarms would have gone off, starting with the fact the alleged original owner was a "onetime Florida pornographer" who had studied Egyptology in Germany and had money troubles.

In other words, the source was a financially desperate man with the knowledge needed to forge this fragment who had already shown that he was willing to do almost anything to make a buck.

Within days of the article's publication, King admitted that the fragment is probably a forgery. Even more damaging, she told Sabar that "I haven't engaged the provenance questions at all" and that she was "not particularly" interested in what he had discovered.

Coming from the holder of one of Harvard's oldest endowed chairs, this behavior is shocking. But maybe it's not surprising. King's work posits the existence of "other" forms of Christianity that were suppressed by Church authorities. Thus, she was an easy mark for a forger. She saw what she expected to see, even as others were sounding the alarm bells.

In other words, the Harvard Divinity Professor (see here) was looking (and continues to desperately search) for evidence that verifies her suspicion that orthodox Christianity is a myth.

Nothing infuriates a heretic more than the truth.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Migrant Muslims 'Adapting' to European Societies

As the poster of this video says ...

When media misreports or under reports, when authorities disregard long understood truths for temporal correctness, and when GOOD MEN STAND BY AND DO NOTHING...evil has space and time to grow. Social Petri dishes from Hell are growing all over Europe. Won't be long before scientists responsible are forced to claim Muhammad or give up their laboratories. Darkly comical liberal elites engaging in national suicide. Good bye Europe.


In America, citizens at least still have the right (for now) to arm oneself - a wise course of action. Particularly as the political elites and media cover it up.

Islamists Force Mother To Watch Beheading Of Her Son


The video above is the story of a refugee forced to watch her mother burnt alive.

Jummai Ibrahim fled from her house, but she lost everything including her 21-year-old son. Her story is shocking since Boko Haram insurgents forced her to see how her son was beheaded. Read that story here.

Islam. The religion of peace.

Islam - The "Religion of Peace"

A boy in Syria is pictured a few minutes before being beheaded (see here) by "good" Islamists (the ones fighting the "bad" Islamists). Moral lines have always been a bit vague in the Religion of Peace.


Saturday, July 23, 2016

Muslim Pilot of MH370 Flew Suicide Route on Home Simulator; Info Suppressed



New York magazine obtained a confidential document from the Malaysian police investigation into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that shows that the plane’s captain, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, conducted a simulated flight deep into the remote southern Indian Ocean less than a month before the plane vanished under uncannily similar circumstances. The revelation, which Malaysia withheld from a lengthy public report on the investigation, is the strongest evidence yet that Zaharie made off with the plane in a premeditated act of mass murder-suicide. See here.

...  This is not entirely surprising: There is a history in aircraft investigations of national safety boards refusing to believe that their Islamic pilots could have intentionally crashed an aircraft full of passengers. After EgyptAir 990 went down near Martha’s Vineyard in 1999, for example, Egyptian officials angrily rejected the U.S. National Transport Safety Board finding that the Muslim pilot had deliberately steered the plane into the sea. Indonesian officials likewise rejected the NTSB finding that the 1997 crash of SilkAir 185 was an act of pilot suicide.

"Allāhu Akbar" Is Now The Codeword For "Workplace Violence" & Other Assorted Non-Muslim Terror



Consider the verbal gymnastics that western leaders and media use to avoid linking Islam with the endless terrorist shootings and murders. For example, take a look here at the coverage of the Munich massacre yesterday. Despite repeatedly yelling "Allāhu Akbar" as the gunman perpetrated his madness,

"Police earlier claimed Sonboly had no political motivation, "absolutely no" link to refugees and no affiliations to ISIS .... They added there was currently no evidence to suggest the attack was motivated by Islamic extremism."

Whether western political elites and media are willing to publicly acknowledge it, the overwhelmingly vast majority of terrorist attacks are in fact committed by Muslims. Not Christians, Not Jews. Not Hindus. Not Buddhists. Not atheists. Not agnostics, nor anyone else. They are almost all perpetrated by the followers of Mohammed. The DNA of Islam is encoded with violence.

But, following the lead of the U.S. President with his comical declaration of the deadly 2009 Ft Hood murders by Maj. Nidal Hasan (who was clearly motivated by his radical Muslim beliefs) as "workplace violence", the continued refusal to acknowledge Islam as the prime catalyst for these terrorist acts is the death knell for western civilization. The insanity knows no bounds as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in Vienna on Friday that air conditioners and refrigerators are as big of a threat to life as the threat of terrorism posed by groups like the Islamic State.

Ironically, the political elites and media will find themselves the first on the chopping block when Sharia is finally implemented.

Here comes the (real) caliphate



Ralph Peters wisely and correctly observes here that ISIS was but a preview of the real caliphate that now seems to be emerging in Turkey.

If today’s Western leaders possess one general trait, it’s a genius for self-deception. Insisting that Islamist terror has nothing to do with Islam, or that religion has no strategic impact, or that all human beings want freedom and democracy, amounts to declaring that up is down, right is left and night is day.

And midnight is coming for millions in Turkey, even as we insist that a dying flashlight is the sun.

... Convinced that history has no relevance, those same self-deluded Western leaders and diplomats refuse to recognize President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s vision for “his” Turkey. He dreams not only of neo-Ottoman glory, but of a caliphate reborn and led by a Turk. (Might anyone venture a guess as to his candidate?) Essentially, the sultan and caliph both would be back on a Turkish throne.

Today, Istanbul. Tomorrow, the world.

... The immense and destructive crackdown underway in Turkey now, with at least 10,000 Turks taken into custody and as many as 100,000 others dismissed from their positions — not only soldiers, but judges, civil servants, police and academics — isn’t an end-game. It’s a beginning.

... Various observers have likened the coup’s effect to that of the Reichstag Fire, the murky arson at the German parliament that provided Hitler with the excuse to stamp out all political opposition. The parallel is chillingly precise. The Turkish intelligentsia is about to find itself in the precarious condition of Germany’s intellectuals and Jews in the 1930s.

... Erdogan wants power for himself, but he also, sincerely, wants it for his faith. He’s a true believer and a megalomaniac. His ambitions will ultimately lead Turkey, its neighbors and, quite possibly, its blind, bewildered allies into a succession of bloody tragedies, but for now he has real support among half of the population, those for whom the fever of faith is the ultimate intoxicant. He polls better than Hitler did. “Mein Kampf” is no match for the Holy Koran.

Friday, July 22, 2016

France’s Recipe for Endless Islamic Terror

What he says is also true for Germany and other European countries ...



Christians who live in the spotlight are always challenged to publicly live out their sanctification



Steve Turley has an interesting editorial here arguing that Kirsten Powers is wrong in her recent public assertion that conservative white evangelicals support Donald Trump

"because they are mad that they can't impose their worldview on the rest of the country, whether it relates to gays and lesbians, transgender people and non-whites." Far from being an expression of fidelity to Christianity, such support is merely pragmatic and indeed wrongheaded. "This is not about God. It's about power."

In his editorial, Prof. Turley offers the following ....

My concern with Ms. Powers' article is that she offers a cynical, reductionist, and condescending generalization of white evangelical support for Trump.

... From its earliest moments, the church affirmed that Christ was supreme over all earthly powers, that he had in fact conquered sin, death, and the devil, and has thus placed every earthly authority under his rule and reign. This unwavering belief was highly effective in radically redefining the nature of kingship and civil government in Christ-centered terms over the course of 1,500 years in the West. Indeed, our republican form of government and notion of religious liberty were fruits of the Reformation.

I therefore fail to see the infidelity in seeking to align political authority and Christian standards and norms into some kind of congruency. Powers may see this as "imposing our worldview" on others, but I'm curious as to the worldview she uses to fault Christians for this?

As the Supreme Court sanctifies abortuaries, as bakeries are harassed and threatened for not celebrating sodomy, as grown men are allowed to use the same bathrooms as prepubescent girls, and as police officers are gunned down by black nationalists, many Christians have come to the conclusion that there is always going to be a worldview which reigns supreme over our society; and they simply think that the current politically-correct one stinks.

... Regardless as to whether a Christian supports Trump, I see little justification to disparage those who do with cynical and reductionist generalizations. For right or wrong, what matters to a significant number of Christians is that Trump stands up as one of them, and has declared an end to a number of public policies that many believe have contributed inordinately to the moral degeneration of the nation.


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Kirsten Powers is a relatively-new Christian and a long-time activist Democrat with a worldview largely formed from her political and professional experience. (She began her career as a Democratic Party staff assistant with the Clinton-Gore presidential transition team in 1992, followed by an appointment as Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Public Affairs in the Clinton administration from 1993-1998. She subsequently worked in various roles including press secretary, communications consultant and party consultant.)

As Krissah Thompson reported in 2015 after an interview with Kirsten,

“I was a Kool-Aid-drinking Democrat,” Kirsten Powers recalls wryly.

That was in her 20s and early 30s, when she was an operator on the rise — first in the Clinton administration, when she handled media strategy for the U.S. trade representative, and later in New York City, where she threw herself into the state’s electoral politics. Her self-identity was built around being a loyal team player, with all the pressures and camaraderie that came with it. She thrived in the game of us vs. them, viewed her ideological opponents as “stupid and evil,” she says, and woke up every morning determined to beat them.

She doesn’t recall knowing a single conservative during those years.

As with all Christians, Kirsten's worldview should gradually conform over time to the Biblical perspective in direct proportion to the amount of time that she soaks herself in Scripture and the communion of the Saints. But as someone still deeply immersed in the toxic political arena and strongly pressured to conform to her political party ideals, she faces significant challenges. While clearly advocating for Scriptural positions on some issues (i.e., she is anti-abortion), she also is naturally still heavily influenced by the secular, progressive worldview commonly espoused throughout her professional community.

Young Christians who live in the spotlight are always challenged to publicly live out their sanctification. Contemporary Christian recording artists are often tragic examples of young believers put on a public pedestal when their worldview is still in the process of conforming to the divine perspective. The process of change for such Christians can sometimes be quite messy, especially if they are coming out of a worldview that is diametrically opposed to Scriptural truth in virtually every area.

Michael Brown cautioned her in June 2014,

It is wonderful to read the account of Kirsten Powers' conversion from atheism to Christianity. But that doesn't make her into a Bible scholar or theologian, and Powers has made some grave errors in her recent article on Christianity's new look on gays.

She begins by asking the question, "Could there be a future where most American Christians support same-sex relationships?"

The obvious answer is, "Only if these Christians renounce the Word of God and the God of the Word."

But that is not how she answers her question. Instead, she writes, "If so, it will be due to the emergence of conservative Christians who say orthodox believers can support life-long, monogamous gay relationships without undermining their commitment to biblical authority."

This is a truly unfortunate statement, as riddled with self-contradictions as it with theological fallacies.

Turley's gentle admonition is spot-on.

The Muslim Brotherhood in American Schools


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Popular Culture, Even If Armed With Political & Economic Power, Doesn't Have The Power To Reinvent Reality



In June 2015, Mark Tooley warned here that dictatorships, especially totalitarian ones, recognize no objective truth, only what is determined or accepted by the state or ruling elites.

A new biography of Stalin's daughter records that her understanding of him as a monster solidified when she overheard her father on the phone, when hearing that a Soviet Jewish leader was murdered on his own orders, instructing that "Mikhoels was killed in an automobile accident." After hanging up, Stalin repeated to his daughter, "Mikhoels was killed in an automobile accident." And so he was! Stalin and his police state had the authority to decree reality, and any who openly doubted that supposed reality were treated as the executed Jewish leader.

Dictatorships, especially totalitarian ones, recognize no objective truth, only what is determined or accepted by the state or ruling elites. Truth is a tool of control, enforced by coercion. The primary tools against this subversion of fact are the transcendent authority of religion, and what is observable in nature, confirmed by conscience.

... our postmodern secular culture, as it becomes more divorced from the constraints and wisdom of religion, is becoming more detached from reality and more angrily intolerant of any dissent from its evolving fantasies. Any skepticism about the secular elites's latest shibboleths is treated with horror and vociferous denunciation, followed sometimes by coercive efforts to silence or drive from public life the dissenters if they refuse to go silent.

... Transgender ideology does not have a police apparatus per se, but it has captured one of our great political parties, much of the media, academia, eventually much of government, including probably the judiciary, and of course much of corporate America, which is never slow to prostitute itself to avant guard forces of popular culture. Children will be instructed in public schools that gender is malleable and divorced from physical reality. Liberal clergy will preach it to their empty churches. Professional witch hunters will expose, attack and try to browbeat into silence, if not criminalize, dissent from transgender orthodoxy.

Ideologies premised on deep falsehood by definition require coercion and threats.

... The Church, if committed to the Gospel and to genuine service to humanity, will be bold in reminding us all, despite the threats and harangues against it, that popular culture, even if armed with political and economic power, doesn't have the power to reinvent reality.


When a middle-class, middle-aged Frenchman decides it’s time to buy a gun out of fear of what’s coming next, you know things are bad



Rod Dreher has insight here in his editorial entitled "The Impotents"

So, the other day, an axe-wielding Afghan teenage refugee maniac starts swinging at people on a German train. He wounded four people before police shot him dead. Police searching his living quarters found a hand-painted ISIS flag.

What’s the response from some German authorities? Local authorities are calling for classes on Islam to be brought in at schools across the country after a radicalized Muslim youth attacked passengers on a train with an axe on Monday. “It is appropriate to bring in classes on Islam in state schools or schools overseen by the state,” Gerd Landsberg, head of the association of local councils, told the Rheinische Post on Wednesday.

... I spoke with a French friend this week, asking him what his take on the situation in his country is, post-Nice. It was extremely grim. He reports that the country is very much on edge, spiritually exhausted, and losing faith in the authorities’ ability to protect them. The problem of radicalization of France’s large Muslim population is overwhelming. He predicts violent conflict in the near future. And he has bought a gun for protection.

... Plainly, adding Islam classes to German school curricula would nip this kind of unpleasantness in the bud. (/sarcasm)

Major Rabbis Predict Imminent Coming Of The Messiah & Role Of Christians



Two of the most distinguished rabbis in Israel see unmistakable signs of the coming of the Messiah, and that in the Messianic era, Christians will become a source of Torah learning. See here.

On Wednesday afternoon, two of the greatest rabbis of the generation met and discussed how very close the Messiah is, and how Christians and Muslims have an important role to play in that process.

Rabbi Moshe Sternbuch,Vice-President of the Rabbinical Court and the Head of the Edah HaChareidis in Jerusalem, paid a rare visit to Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky at his home in Bnei Barak. They are two of the most prominent Torah figures alive today. Conversations between such great men have enormous significance and the Hebrew-language website Kikar Shabbat recorded the dialogue between these two great rabbis.

After warm greetings, the rabbis began to discuss the problems facing the Jews in this generation. Rabbi Kanievsky said that troubles were to be expected. “It is the days before Messiah,” he explained.

Rabbi Sternbuch agreed. “In the End of Days, those who fear God will despair and their hands will loosen from fighting God’s war against the sinners, and there will be no one to rely upon except God,”

... Rabbi Kanievsky answered that the Messiah should be arriving in the very near future. He quoted the Talmud (Megillah 17b) again, saying, “In the year after shmittah the Son of David will come.”

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The First Food & Liquid Consumed On The Moon Were Communion Elements



A little known fact:  on the Apollo 11 mission that first put men on the moon, Buzz Aldrin (he lunar module pilot) celebrated communion on the lunar surface after landing. (Link to the video above is here.)

Now Neil and I were sitting inside Eagle, while Mike circled in lunar orbit unseen in the black sky above us.  In a little while after our scheduled meal period, Neil would give the signal to step down the ladder onto the powdery surface of the moon.  Now was the moment for communion.

So I unstowed the elements in their flight packets.  I put them and the scripture reading on the little table in front of the abort guidance system computer.

Then I called back to Houston.

"Houston, this is Eagle.  This is the LM Pilot speaking.  I would like to request a few moments of silence.  I would like to invite each person listening in, wherever and whomever he may be, to contemplate for a moment the events of the past few hours and to invite each person listening, wherever and whomever he may be, to contemplate for a moment the events of the past few hours and to give thanks in his own individual way."

I poured the wine into the chalice our church had given me.  In the one-sixth gravity of the moon the wine curled slowly and gracefully up the side of the cup.  It was interesting to think that the very first liquid ever poured on the moon, and the first food eaten there, were communion elements.

And so, just before I partook of the elements, I read the words, which I had chosen to indicate our trust that as man probes into space we are in fact acting in Christ.

I sensed especially strongly my unity with our church back home, and with the Church everywhere.

I read: "I am the vine, you are the branches.  Whoever remains in me, and I in him, will bear much fruit; for you can do nothing without me" (John 15:5).

See here.

There's a Simple Explanation Why Incompetent Politicians Are The Rule Rather Than Exception



Michael Ginsburg doesn't pull any punches here in his editorial opining that political "experts" know nothing.

... Yet throughout my time in school, it always gnawed at me that my fellow classmates in other disciplines—the students of government, political science, and policy, masters of words, theories, and rules—were going to graduate, occupy positions of power, and determine how I would be able to live my life and run my career. Never mind that many of them started their weekends on Thursdays and probably never took a class in the hard sciences while I was sweating away night and day in the engineering library. They were going to grow up and make decisions that would control my life.

... the piece of parchment with the school name was going to open the doors to the gilded life that would allow them to, as one of my schoolmates put it, “rule the world.”

... Americans are governed by politicians who see fit to reimagine entire sectors of our economy and, indeed, our lives despite having little, if any, experience in the areas of life they seek to reform wholesale. This means Americans, seeing the failures of government from Obamacare to the Veterans Affairs, from the Environmental Protection Agency dumping toxic materials into a Colorado river to the Dodd-Frank regulations strangling local community banks, have had just about enough of their credentialed but utterly inexperienced supposed betters reordering their lives and livelihoods.

... It was my nightmare scenario come to life. Hard-working, industrious doctors, who spent years in training, often taking on debt to complete their education, having their careers and lives upended by highly educated, highly credentialed, and galactically inexperienced policy “wonks” who had little to no real idea of how their reforms would work in the real world. Obamacare essentially was a case of inexperienced legislative and executive branch staffers, lobbyists, and academics, all of whom had fancy degrees from fancy schools but little to no understanding of the health care industry they were reshaping, going ahead and reshaping it anyway.

... Obamacare was clear evidence that the governing class treats Americans as playthings, as guinea pigs for their social engineering experiments on how to order Americans’ lives.

... Students can get a fancy degree in a “more luxurious, socially superior major” (as the blogger Ace of Spades perfectly put it), quickly rush to DC, and get a job in a policy shop, on the Hill, or in an administration, and make their way to dictating other people’s lives by drafting legislation and crafting regulatory policy affecting areas of the economy in which they have never personally participated. It does not seem to require years of experience in a particular field to be making policy in that field.

.. There is perhaps nothing more galling to someone who sweated away in the engineering library for most of his academic career than to hear politicians lecture others on what “science” supposedly says.

... They are happy to stick their hands in companies’ profits. Yet they speak from having absolutely no experience ever having run a company. They have never had to meet a payroll or make business decisions. They view businesses as bottomless pots of money they can simply raid to provide more goodies for one favored group or another.

... But to hear politicians like Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders who have never built anything in the private economy criticize Trump for his business failures and economic policies is just too much. She’s a millionaire a hundred times over who wears clothes over the course of a week that cost more than the average American income, not because she helped build a building or an industry, but because she gave speeches. That is, she just had to talk to get rich.

As I said, I haven’t been on the Trump train. But his rise seems to me a testament to Americans’ hunger for the America whose disappearance Sobotka lamented. Americans are tired of word-gaming politicians who craved power from the moment they graduated school and have never experienced what it is like to be among the governed.

Portland, OR – Home To Swingers’ Clubs, The Most Strip Bars Per Capita, & Annual Porn Festivals


 
 
Melanie Sevcenko reports here in the Guardian the city that makes "open" polyamorous relationships easy.

In Portland, Oregon – one of America’s most sexually tolerant cities – it seems you can’t throw a stone without finding a consensual non-monogamous relationship

... “Portland is an amazing place if you’re poly, oh my god,” laughed Franklin, who is rarely seen without his bunny ears. (Given to him by a lover, he refers to the ears as “sexually transmitted”, meaning his other girlfriends now wear them too.) “It’s actually one of the most poly friendly cities I’ve been to,” he said, listing Boston, Tampa, San Francisco and Vancouver, British Columbia, as other poly hotspots. As for its social acceptability, Franklin said, “a lot of it is just exposure. It was almost impossible before the advent of the internet to find other people that were polyamorous.”

... “I realized pretty early on that I wanted freedom and I also wanted to be an ethical person, so I didn’t want to make commitments that I couldn’t keep … But I didn’t have a word for what I wanted,” said Tamela, who lives with her partner of seven years, Jeffry Lords, 39.

Jeffry has another partner – Gaile Parker, 31, also a psychology major – who he met on OkCupid 14 months ago. All three are in a “V” dynamic, with Jeffry as the pivot person. Gaile and Tamela are not romantically or sexually involved; they refer to each other as a metamour – the partner of one’s partner – which is similar to a family bond.

In 2010, Peter Carlin reported here on the sexual obsession of Portland.

It's a late afternoon, midweek, and at least one of the 55 strip clubs in Portland's city limits is in session. Closer to the Willamette River, Ron Jeremy's Club Sesso -- whose frontman is the adult film star -- prepares to host another evening of intra-, inter- and extramarital antics. And in Gresham, Dr. Ted Roberts, once the minister at East Hill Church, has launched a sex counseling ministry, Pure Desire, offering "Sexy Christians" workshops, which soon will be available in book form.

All of which only skims the surface of the sex-centric culture in Portland and, to varying degrees, throughout Oregon, where a unique state constitution protects, and perhaps fuels, libidinous pursuits.

... "They decided obscenity was protected," Kanter says. Subsequent majorities in the Oregon Supreme Court extended that to nude dancing and simulated sex acts.
Which, according to Oregon State University historian Robert Nye, sounds like a clarion that draws iconoclasts, radicals and other freethinkers to the state.

"Combining political and social radicalism with sexual radicalism is a classic model," Nye says. "People try to change the norms. The problem for strait-laced people is that combining all that radicalism seems daunting and strange and hard to understand."

... It seems like the sexually radical is happening everywhere, all the time.

As idealistic as all this may sound to the naïve, the curtain is pulled back on what's really happening in the city by the police:

Doug Justus, the lead officer in the Portland Police Bureau's three-person vice squad, describes the city's sex industry as a hell zone where women are abused and the use of drugs and alcohol is rampant. And that's not the worst of it.

"If the citizens of Portland knew how many teenaged girls are out here having sex with guys in their 40s, they'd be appalled," Justus says. "And it happens every day."

Keith Bickford, director of Multnomah County's Human Trafficking Task Force, says young women are being brought to Oregon from Seattle, Los Angeles and as far away as Guatemala.

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The "freedom" that Tamela espouses is not freedom at all and cannot coexist with morally good ethics. Tamela, like so many others, has bought into the ancient lie that "freedom" is doing anything that anyone wants. In reality, she has been seduced into bondage.

True freedom in this fallen world exists in and through only one Person:  Jesus Christ. In Christ alone, the believer is finally set truly free - not to do anything he/she wants - but free to finally reach their full potential and become the person God intended.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Whose Version Of Truth?

 
The father of Dallas assassin Micah Johnson who gleefully shot 12 policemen (killing 5) was quoted as saying in an interview with The Blaze (here) that, "his son began thoroughly studying black history".

The question is - whose version of history?

[On a related note, there is an excellent article here published by CRI entitled "What's Wrong With Black Theology?"

Reading Scripture through a racial lens meant the doctrines of God, sin, salvation, the church, and the like, were affected. For example, Cone asserted Christ was black and that blacks should see Him as such. “That’s important to the psyche and to the spiritual consciousness of black people who live in a ghetto and in a white society in which their lord and savior looks just like the people who victimize them." Cone called sin “a condition of human existence in which man denies the essence of God’s liberating activity as revealed in Jesus Christ.”

While black theology may not be quite as radical as it once was, its message reverberates even among blacks born after legal segregation was dismantled. Jeremiah Wright, President Barack Obama’s former pastor, is an example of someone who preached race and politics from the pulpit and was admired by Obama, who grew up in a racially mixed environment.

The Truth. The black Jesus/black liberation theology of the 1960s sounds dated in 2010. Blacks in America have made enormous social progress. Arguably, the church’s growing secularism is a more pressing problem today than unbiblical race-based theology. As the black church in particular sought to view the Bible through a racial and political lens, it has undermined the central role Scripture should play in our lives.

Filtering Scripture through race or sex should instinctively strike Christians as problematic; labeling theology “black” or “white” or “Latino” or “feminist,” even more so. The most wonderful enduring truth about Christ is that He’s no respecter of persons. It is not unbiblical to recognize differences or to incorporate them into worship, as long as Christ and Scripture remain the supreme authority of our faith and practice.

...... There is no black or white or feminist gospel. Christians should be familiar with Galatians 3:26-29: “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (NKJV).

While these words don’t deny that God created us with differences, those in Christ are equal spiritually. We are one in Him as part of a dynamic body, and a theology that elevates race above faith is unbiblical.]

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In fact, Black Liberation Theology has Marxist roots with no basis in Scripture. See a detailed analysis here by Anthony B. Bradley, research fellow at the Acton Institute and assistant professor of theology at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis. His Ph.D. dissertation is titled, "Victimology in Black Liberation Theology."

Here's an extract:

Black Liberation Theology actually encourages a victim mentality among blacks. John McWhorters' book Losing the Race, will be helpful here. Victimology, says McWhorter, is the adoption of victimhood as the core of one's identity -- for example, like one who suffers through living in "a country and who lived in a culture controlled by rich white people." It is a subconscious, culturally inherited affirmation that life for blacks in America has been in the past and will be in the future a life of being victimized by the oppression of whites. In today's terms, it is the conviction that, 40 years after the Civil Rights Act, conditions for blacks have not substantially changed. As Wright intimates, for example, scores of black men regularly get passed over by cab drivers.

Reducing black identity to "victimhood" distorts the reality of true progress. For example, was Obama a victim of widespread racial oppression at the hand of "rich white people" before graduating from Columbia University, Harvard Law School magna cum laude, or after he acquired his estimated net worth of $1.3 million? How did "rich white people" keep Obama from succeeding? If Obama is the model of an oppressed black man, I want to be oppressed next! With my graduate school debt my net worth is literally negative $52,659.

The overall result, says McWhorter, is that "the remnants of discrimination hold an obsessive indignant fascination that allows only passing acknowledgement of any signs of progress." Jeremiah Wright, infused with victimology, wielded self-righteous indignation in the service of exposing the inadequacies Hilary Clinton's world of "rich white people." The perpetual creation of a racial identity born out of self-loathing and anxiety often spends more time inventing reasons to cry racism than working toward changing social mores, and often inhibits movement toward reconciliation and positive mobility.

McWhorter articulates three main objections to victimology: First, victimology condones weakness in failure. Victimology tacitly stamps approval on failure, lack of effort, and criminality. Behaviors and patterns that are self-destructive are often approved of as cultural or presented as unpreventable consequences from previous systemic patterns. Black Liberation theologians are clear on this point: "People are poor because they are victims of others," says Dr. Dwight Hopkins, a Black Liberation theologian teaching at the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Second, victimology hampers progress because, from the outset, it focuses attention on obstacles. For example, in Black liberation Theology, the focus is on the impediment of black freedom in light of the Goliath of white racism.

Third, victimology keeps racism alive because many whites are constantly painted as racist with no evidence provided. Racism charges create a context for backlash and resentment fueling new attitudes among whites not previously held or articulated, and creates "separatism" -- a suspension of moral judgment in the name of racial solidarity. Does Jeremiah Wright foster separatism or racial unity and reconciliation?

... Black Liberation theologians James Cone and Cornel West have worked diligently to embed Marxist thought into the black church since the 1970s

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Most people today are being sucked into revisionist history with no basis in fact. But it's not just the secular progressives that are busy re-writing the past. Islam is notorious for fabricating history, to the point of lunacy. As I wrote in 2013,

It's not that Islamic history should not be studied; the problem is that the Islamic "history" to be taught in British schools will certainly be the fanciful Islamic version - based not on historical fact - but Islamic deceit.  (Islam is the only major religion in the world that permits its adherents to practice deceit.)  For examples on how Islam revises history, check out the truth on numerous claimed Islamic inventions.  One of the most notorious examples of their historical revision is Islam's repeated (even comical) denial that a Jewish temple ever existed in Jerusalem - an assertion clearly refuted in both archeological and secular historical records.

In this age of rampant deception, it becomes more and more obvious every day that there is ultimately only one perfectly reliable, unchanging source of truth. But unfortunately, the vast majority of people don't have a clue what the Bible reveals, or they purposely twist the context and clear meaning like malleable clay to make it say anything they want - and are thus doomed to wander in an increasingly barren and hostile wilderness. By ignoring the one thing that can enable them to accurately gauge all other claims to truth, they are using a bad GPS to navigate through life. Too late, they are going to be shocked into reality at their final destination.



Monday, July 18, 2016

Pentagon Issues Sex Change Manual



In a move divorced from any sane concept of reality whatsoever, the Pentagon has released a "Sex change" manual.  See here.

... the Pentagon has sent out a detailed written instruction to commanders on how a service member can change his or her sex in a step-by-step process that allows for extended time off.

The directive restricts personnel from living their “preferred gender” lifestyle, or “Real Life Experience,” on a military base among peers until the sex change transition is complete.

The Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy must set up a bureaucracy — dubbed the Service Central Coordination Cell — to guide commanders overseeing sex change transitions.

A service member’s commander plays a big role in shepherding the patient through the sex transition. This starts with approving government-funded medical treatment of genital reconstruction surgery and hormone therapy, and then recovery, and then the final phase of determining the member’s fitness to return to duty after he or she receives a new official “gender marker.”

Commanders must hold training sessions to indoctrinate troops on transgender issues and nondiscrimination.


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Any flag-rank officer who does not immediately resign their commission in protest is a sycophant coward. (Of course, virtually all the senior officers with any principle whatsoever have already either left in disgust or were fired long ago.)

Germany’s Secret Islamic Horror: How Blind Elites Are Destroying A Once-Great Nation



In a preview of America's future given the track we're currently on, Marc Geppert has in-depth analysis here on how the political elite are destroying modern Germany.

Sexual assault of women en masse was unheard of in modern Germany since the rape of Berlin in 1945, following the invasion of Soviet troops. But it became an abrupt reality again in 2016.

The news from Cologne shocked Europe, though the incidents were at first covered up to protect migrants. Police reports show that more than 2,000 men were involved in the sexual assaults. Only 120 of them were ever identified by the authorities. Those who were found were given suspended sentences of a year or less.


... Muslim leaders such as Imam Abu-Yusuf in Cologne have publicly said:”The women themselves carry responsibility for the attacks, when they run around half-naked and perfume themselves.”

It seems he isn’t alone in his assessment of his situation — nor in his fondness for victim-blaming. Austrian police, months later, took a similar stance, telling female assault victims to dye their hair dark and not to dress provocatively. Cologne’s mayor, Henriette Reker, was the quickest to propose that, “women in the city should adhere to a dress code to prevent further attacks.”

... In Germany today, accusations of racism and Nazi affiliations are quickly deployed if someone refuses to tow the party line, or becomes too politically incorrect.

... Additionally, social media in Germany is heavily censored and has been for some time, in a manner unknown even in the UK and to an extent unimaginable to American citizens: Facebook has hired ex-Stasi agents to find and delete “hate speech.” Twitter and Google collude with the government to delete discussion of immigration.

Now the German government has begun raiding the homes of people who leave comments that the police interpret as hate speech, focusing almost solely on anti-immigration commentary.

... Germans have started taking their protection into their own hands. Pepper spray, stun guns and gas pistols are now in high demand. One arms dealer reported he sold as much in four months as he’d usually sell in four years. Young women, ranging from 14 to 30, are so worried they are enrolling in self-defence classes.

The common German citizen does not believe the police are willing or able to protect them and feel alienated from their own government.

... Accusations of racism and far-right politics were instantly dished out by the government. In other words, Germany’s elected representatives have begun to punish Germans attempting to protect themselves because the government won’t do its job. Again, the media has been complicit in spreading the party line.

... hospitals now need professional security and police to treat their patients, to stop assaults on hospital staff and to prevent sexual attacks on female employees. One Czech doctor describes the conditions in German Hospitals in a letter to Czech media, detailing that Muslims refuse to be treated by female staff and insult doctors.

In one case, a child died in one of the best clinics after two days in Germany following the migrant family’s 3 month-long travel. The doctor was stabbed. According to the Czech broadcaster, German media was forbidden from writing about the incident and nobody was punished.

... There are constant calls of racism, sexism, Nazism, “hate speech” and “islamophobia” while far-left activists, as reported in Focus, physically attack AfD with knuckledusters for putting up campaign posters and throw bricks into offices belonging to the AfD (conservative party).


... Britain’s exit from the EU will only make the establishment’s problems worse as Merkel will have to try and pull every string to keep the EU together and the Euro afloat while chorus of raging voices tears her party apart from within.

Germany likely will be one of the last countries to leave the euro and therefore it will receive the full financial fall-out as the currency becomes worthless, dealing what is sure to be a death blow to Germany’s economy and overburdened social services.

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What's happening in Germany is a preview of what's now quickly emerging in America. Even the ultra-liberal web site Salon acknowledges this in a piece published in May 2016 entitled "Our awful elites gutted America. Now they dare ring alarms about Trump, Sanders — and cast themselves as saviors"

... the danger is the elites, who have made such a joke of the democratic process, who have so perverted and rotted it from within, that the entire edifice is crumbling (to the consternation of the elites).