Persecution of Iraqi Christians garners little notice

July 27, 2014

Reports: There is not a single Christian family left in Mosul

This chilling article detailing the horrors facing Christians in Iraq was printed in The Guardian, a U.K. publication. The U.S. press is mostly silent on the terror being imposed by Islamic militants.

The last Christians in northern Iraqi cities such as Mosul have fled from places where their communities have lived for almost 2,000 years, as a deadline passed for them to convert to Islam, pay an onerous religious tax or be killed.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) recently issued a decree offering Christians the three options accompanied by the ominous threat that, if they did not comply, “then there is nothing to give them but the sword.”

Mosul includes the site of ancient Nineveh, the city to which biblical prophet Jonah was dispatched by God.  It was first mentioned in Genesis 10:11-12.

National Review’s The Corner carries a commentary The Attack on Christians in the Middle East by Rev. Robert Barron, which opens with “Though you would never guess it from the paucity of coverage in the major news media, there is a fierce persecution of Christians going on in the Middle East. In Egypt, convents and churches are being burned to the ground and Copts, members of one of the most ancient Christian communities, are being routinely harassed, tortured, and arrested. In Iraq, the ISIS group, hoping to re-establish a “caliphate” across the northern sector of the Middle East, is brutally persecuting Christians.” 

When Barack Obama recently hosted his sixth Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan at the White House, it would be interesting to know if he brought up the topic of Christians suffering torture and death at the hands of Muslim fundamentalists before or after what the White House blog refers to as the “traditional melodic Muslim call to prayer.”  Then again, it might have slipped his mind during the festivities.

Take some time this Sunday to read the linked news articles and acquaint yourself with the hard facts.

The White House website claims “President Obama is committed to creating the most open and accessible administration in American history.” This site provides contact information.


Obama destabilizes America by colluding with, bankrolling churches

July 13, 2014

Catholic and Baptist churches being bankrolled by HHS

Liberty News reports on the alarming findings that the Obama administration was bankrolling America’s churches back in 2010. The tens of millions were flowing in to prepare for the invasion currently underway.

We urge you to make time to read the shocking report titled, EXCLUSIVE: HHS Bankrolled Catholic and Baptist Church from 2010 to 2013 to Prepare for Obama’s 2014 Invasion!

The following information is lifted in its entirety from the report:

Between Dec. 2010 and Nov. 2013, the Catholic Charities Diocese of Galveston received $15,549,078 in federal grants from Health & Human Services for “Unaccompanied Alien Children Project” with a program description of “Refugee and Entry Assistance.”

Last year, the Catholic Charities Diocese of Fort Worth received $350,000 from Department of Homeland Security for “citizenship and education training” with a program description of “citizenship and immigration services.”

Between September 2010 and September 2013, the Catholic Charities of Dallas received $823,658 from the Department of Homeland Security for “Citizenship Education Training” for “refugee and entrant assistance.”

From Decrmber 2012 to January 2014, Baptist Child & Family Services received $62,111,126 in federal grants from Health & Human Services for “Unaccompanied Alien Children Program.”

Documentation regarding the Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) Project, compiled by the University of Texas at El Paso, can be read here. And, yes, Phoenix is mentioned. Along with the Rio Grande Valley. Texas, we are noted on page 15 as having “the most shelter beds based on DHS request.”


US Supreme Court lobs a major blow at ObamaCare

June 30, 2014

Today’s 5 – 4 U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down ObamaCare’s employer paid contraception and abortificides —- abortion inducing drug  —– mandate is a decisive victory for religious freedom.  Barack Obama’s efforts at the socialization of American health care has suffered a major setback.

This decision is even a more significant triumph since it is the first time that the high court has ruled that for-profit businesses can hold religious views under federal law.

On June 28, 2012, Chief Justice John Roberts stunned conservatives by joining with the liberal Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor—– as he shockingly cast the deciding vote upholding the ‘Affordable Care Act,’ which Obama viewed as his signature domestic achievement. The flagrant and massive federal overreach into American’s personal health care decisions is widely known as ObamaCare. Here is a montage of Obama’s repeated lies.*

In today’s decision, Justice Samuel Alito wrote the majority opinion. Justice Anthony Kennedy, often a swing vote, voted with the majority. The court’s four liberal justices hung tight, with Ginsburg writing the dissent.

The decision in Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services, et al v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., (joined by Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp.) can be read here in its entirety.

* H/T to Abraham Reisman for video 


AZ Republic’s farcical effort “to save marriage”

June 17, 2014

Goal: Expanding the definition of marriage 

The far left daily rarely disappoints. With rampant global chaos and the United States being led by a president who is making good on his promise to fundamentally transform America, the newspaper seizes on an issue near and dear to its heart to editorialize about: Same-sex “marriage.”

The lengthy piece begins by giving the lofty credentials of scholars, intended to impress the newspaper’s dwindling readership, which slipped 11 percent last year.

The editorial attempts to persuade that “gays can save traditional marriage,“ by striking a grand bargain “that if realized would bring together conservatives and liberals, gays and straights, in no less a cause than the preservation of marriage.” The goal of these scholars —- meeting at an Oct. 2 DC Marriage Opportunity Project conclave of national “thinkers/leaders” —- is to construct a “pro-family coalition that builds from the center out instead of the right in.”

 “Gay marriage”, we are told, “is a fait accompli. Whether you like it or not, the facts are stacking quickly in its favor. It will soon be the law across the land. And if not, the next generation will make it so.”

Further the argument goes, if current economic trend lines continue the country we’ve known will unravel. “Imagine,” the editorial states,” if gays saved marriage — saved the institution they fought so hard to get for themselves. How would that look to conservatives who’ve spent the last decade arguing equality would destroy marriage?”

According to the unnamed editorialist, same-sex unions (called “gay marriage” throughout the piece) will help strengthen working-class communities and build consensus that can soothe the culture wars, since they acknowledge that marriage is a bulwark against deprivation and dysfunction in low-income populations. These are populations progressives want dearly to help —- the liberals using their favored descriptive term “progressives,” write.

This new approach is called “marriage opportunity”and the newspaper writes it eagerly looks forward to having a conversation about it.

We’ve already been having the conversation.  This 2010 post Same sex “marriage” given editorial nod by AZ Republic, serves as a reminder that nothing changes with the dual agendas of homosexuality and amnesty. Same sex issues have stepped front and center with the newspaper since January 2008, when Randy Lovely took over as chief editor and VP of News at the daily newspaper, moving to Phoenix with his partner.


SCOTUS approves prayer — John Kerry? Not so much

May 6, 2014

Kerry on Religion: “Not the way I think most people want to live”

In a 5-4 decision Monday, the U. S. Supreme Court upheld denominational prayers at the start of local council meetings, declaring them in line with long national traditions of our Judeo-Christian heritage.

The content of the prayers is not significant as long as they do not denigrate non-Christians or try to win converts, the court said. The decision in the case Greece v. Galloway can be read here.

A federal appeals court in New York had previously ruled that the town of Greece violated the Constitution by opening nearly every meeting over an 11-year span with prayer. Too small for a Mayor, Greece is governed by a town board consisting of a supervisor and four council members.

Senior counsel David Cortman of the Scottsdale-based Alliance Defending Freedom, which represented the town, applauded the court for affirming “that Americans are free to pray.”

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich held a press conference during which he praised the decision saying, “As Americans we are free to pray, we support diversity, we support freedom and we support the Constitution of the United States, where free speech will always prevail.” 

But liberal elitist John Kerry holds a distinctly different view —- not confined to prayer, but the practice of religion, itself.

The Weekly Standard reports that as he addressed the U.S. embassy staff in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Secretary of State Kerry discussed what he called the “different cross-currents of modernity” and the challenges they present on the African continent. The comments contain a veiled reference to religion, and the part that religion might be playing in some of the current conflicts in Africa:

“This is a time here in Africa where there are a number of different cross-currents of modernity that are coming together to make things even more challenging. Some people believe that people ought to be able to only do what they say they ought to do, or to believe what they say they ought to believe, or live by their interpretation of something that was written down a thousand plus….two thousand years ago. That’s not the way I think most people want to live.”

Kerry’s appalling address can be read here.


AZ Republic gives Mormon bashing a thumbs up

April 30, 2014

Arizona’s daily newspaper, known to many as the AZ Repulsive, lives up to its name with the glowing review of “The Book of Mormon,” described as a “cheerfully profane musical.”

Though the newspaper calls the Tony Award winning theater production a “controversial hit,” it goes on to extol the content. 

Most often the term “controversial” is reserved for legislation or politicians the liberals at the daily abhor, but it was actually hauled out for this effusive review of the offensive play, referred to as “critically acclaimed.”

 Readers are told that the executive director of ASU Gammage, which is owned and operated by Arizona State University, claims, “We’ve been fielding hundreds and hundreds of requests for the show, so we’re very fortunate that it will be here.” Others want to know, “Why did it take so long?” and speculate the unexplained delay “has fueled rampant rumors that Gammage avoided scheduling the show because of its controversial content —- perhaps bowing to political pressure from influential members of the local Mormon community.”

If such pressure did exist, let’s hope it also came from segments of the faith-based community beyond the LDS Church.

According to the review, “The plot involves two missionaries from Salt Lake City sent to preach in war-torn Uganda. Woefully unprepared to face the violence and poverty there, they suffer a crisis of faith.

Satirical musical numbers include “You and Me (But Mostly Me),” a duet sung by chipper go-getter Elder Price and geeky companion Elder Cunningham, and “Spooky Mormon Hell Dream,” which features a giant dancing Starbucks cup (a reference to the Mormon prohibition on drinking coffee).

There’s also a spoof of “Hakuna Matata,” the don’t-worry-be-happy anthem from Disney’s “The Lion King,” that is, from nearly any religious perspective, wildly blasphemous. Without question, much of the content is offensive to many members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” says the newspaper report.

In fact, the so-called “spoof” is filled with “F-U God” references. 

Would a musical defaming Islam receive the same praise from the leftist newspaper? Would Muslim male characters portrayed as effeminate geeks receive rave reviews and awards? Though the Obama administration fabricated the underlying reason, tragic events at the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya and death threats against author Salman Rushdie, who dared write a book critical of  Mohammad, provide the unambiguous answer.

This is the opening number. Side-splittingly funny, huh? At the conclusion, comes this raucous introduction from Neil Patrick Harris: “Welcome everyone to the 66th annual Tony Awards, or as we like to call it, Fifty Shades of Gay.”

And this is the measured response from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


Obama asks imam‘s prayers, seeks to end oppression of Muslims

April 28, 2014

Obama visits triumphal mosque built on site of church, asks imam to pray for him

This Thursday May 1, ushers in the 2014 observance of the National Day of Prayer.

In his first Inaugural Address, President George Washington prayed that the Almighty would preserve freedom of all Americans. On this 63rd annual National Day of Prayer— an observance initiated by President Harry Truman —- we celebrate that freedom and America’s great tradition of prayer. We are encouraged to give thanks for God’s many blessings and to pray for each other and our Nation.

CNSNews reports on a prayerful moment Barack Obama had while visiting Malaysia’s National Mosque on Sunday. While there, and after removing his shoes as a sign of respect, Obama was asked by the Grand Imam Ismail Muhammad to end oppression against Muslims worldwide.

“Pray for me,” Obama replied, according to the imam who took him on a 25-minute tour of the mosque.

Obama’s a busy man.  He travels and golfs a lot.  No wonder he’s missed the news detailing Muslim violence against Christians and the fact that Muslims have long vowed to annihilate the Jewish people.

The 70-year-old cleric said Obama frequently replied with “Insy Allah” (Malay for “Allah willing”) and “terima kasih” (“thank you”) during the tour. The Straits Times reports that Obama was a hit during his trip due to his familiarity with the Malay language.

“This is out of the ordinary as I cannot recall any non-Muslim world leader visiting the National Mosque and this is a good start for Muslims here,” said Ustaz Wan Akashah Wan Abdul Hamid, a Muslim scholar.

The National Mosque was built in 1965 — after Malaysia won independence from Britain in 1957. It was constructed on the site of a Brethren Church built in 1922 that had been appropriated by the Malaysian government for the specific purpose of replacing the church with a mosque.

Although Malaysia is a multi-religious society, and the Malaysian constitution theoretically guarantees freedom of religion, Islam is the official religion of the nation, as well as the legally presumed faith of all ethnic Malays. Ethnic Malays are forbidden to leave Islam. Non-Malay Muslims seeking to renounce Islam require permission from a Sharia court, which is rarely granted.

The Live broadcast of the National Day of Prayer, which includes Americans of all faiths, can be seen here — 6:00 a.m. AZ Time/ 9:00 a.m. EST. Local events can be found here.


Sending best wishes for a joyous Easter

April 20, 2014

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Say “No” to ‘Noah’ — Green politics minus God

March 29, 2014

No mention of God in the entire two hour movie

Breitbart News’ Senior Editor-At-Large Ben Shapiro has done a masterful job in his review of the newly released film, Noah —- widely anticipated as a family film with a rich Biblical morality factor. 

If you’ve been planning on taking the family and dropping more than a few bucks on tickets, Shapiro’s commentary, 9 Problems with Aronofsky’s ’Noah is a worthy read.

The traditional Biblical morality epic has been turned on its ear, with fanciful dramatic fabrications by director and co-writer Darren Aronofsky, an admitted atheist. The concept of sin has been transformed into destruction of the environment and animals. Further, Noah and his family are unrecognizable as the righteous beings chosen by God, as portrayed in the Biblical account.

The weather is idealPlan a bike ride. Go on a picnic. Plant a tree. Take a hike — away from Noah.


Crazed porn prof attacks teen pro-life activist

March 22, 2014

University of California at Santa Barbara Associate Professor Mireille Miller-Young, is facing criminal charges after a videotaped confrontation with a teenage pro-life demonstrator in which she snatched an anti-abortion sign, harassed and tussled with the 16-year-old girl. 

Miller-Young, whose faculty web page says she specializes in black cultural studies, pornography and sex work, claims she was “traumatized by the graphic imagery.”

Thrin Short, her older sister Joan, 21, and other young pro-life supporters are members of the Christian pro-life group Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust. They were holding signs and demonstrating in a free speech zone on the campus earlier this month when Miller-Young went berserk.

The professor was charged with one misdemeanor count each of theft, battery and vandalism in the March 4 incident, Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley announced Friday. Read the police report courtesy of the Santa Barbara Independent newspaper.

This video of the assault and theft was made by the young victim.

The newspaper also has the full report, including a comment from the wordsmith lawyer representing Miller-Young, who called the pro-life supporters, “anti-choice.”


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