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Political Pope deems himself Godlike, judges who is Christian
“Mr. Gorbachev – tear down this wall.” – Ronald Reagan, Berlin, 1987
Nearly three decades ago, President Ronald Reagan — in no uncertain terms — called on Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin wall. It was specifically built through the city of Berlin to separate the East and West Germans within their own nation. Reagan’s forceful message was heard, celebrated around the world and was instrumental in the demolition of the wall.
Fast forward 30 years. After he made what was a purposefully and politically timed trip to the Mexican side of the U.S. / Mexican border, reporters gathered to question Pope Francis regarding presidential candidate Donald Trump’s vow to build a border fence to control the invasion of illegal foreign nationals into the United States.
In an hour-long interview, Francis responded using the slipperiest of language intended to influence American Catholic voters by saying:
“I am a pawn? Well, maybe, I don’t know. I’ll leave that up to your judgment and that of the people. And then, a person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not in the Gospel. As far as what you said about whether I would advise to vote or not to vote, I am not going to get involved in that. I say only that this man is not Christian if he has said things like that.”
The massive 50-foot-tall, ten-feet thick wall surrounding the fortress that is Vatican City, and presumably the Swiss Guard that function as its private military force, were defended by the Rev. James Martin who said:
“The fortifications were built a very long time ago. This Pope didn’t build them — and he certainly didn’t build them to keep out poor migrants.”
Fair enough. Then let’s see him tear them down. Count on this: That won’t be happening.
Seeing Red AZ recently covered the Phoenix City Council’s plan — on the advice of its legal council — to allow a Satanist to deliver the “invocation” (formerly known as the opening prayer), at the Council’s Feb. 17 meeting.
As might be expected, all hell broke loose. The majority of council members were not onboard with this affront. Satanist Stuart de Haan, a Tucson lawyer equipped with a king-sized agenda, initially made the request, saying his group is opposed to “religious tyranny” — presumably his view of prayer. The Satanists threatened a lawsuit.
The daily reported that Phoenix City Attorney Brad Holm’s statement provided no recourse:
“Consistent with the U.S. Supreme Court’s direction, the city cannot dictate religious viewpoints or the content of a prayer, Holm wrote. “In addition, government may not exclude a denomination or a religion from praying under these circumstances.”
In response, the council, after hearing testimony from both sides, voted to replace the traditional prayer with a moment of silence, according to this Fox News report.
But the saga doesn’t end there. On Thursday, AZ GOP Chairman Robert Graham’s spokesman blasted out an email titled, “We Need Prayer!” There’s nothing to disagree with in the content of Graham’s message, but the last paragraph and follow-up sentence were puzzling:.
“If a show of humility to God, rich in the American tradition, is to be ended because of a few satanic bullies, how are we going to fix some of our community’s and nation’s most pressing problems? Maybe it is time we send a message to the Phoenix City Council that they are out of touch with the people of Phoenix.”
Graham is collecting information necessary to create a ballot initiative to reinstate public prayer, as well as for the recall of elected Phoenix public officials.
Is Graham aiming for the mayor, the city attorney or the council members?
Will Mayor Greg Stanton bow his PC head in reverence?
Political correctness is in full bloom in Phoenix. The blue city in a red state has struggled under liberal Democrat mayors since the embarrassing Phil Gordon held sway at City Hall from 2004 — until the equally left-wing Greg Stanton was elected in 2012.
Phoenix city government promotes the sham of non-partisan elections though it’s always been clear where political allegiances lie.
In typical liberal fashion, Stanton, who led the 2014 “gay pride” parade and officially recognized the Greater Phoenix Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, has now approved representatives of a local Satanic group delivering the invocation — previously known as the opening prayer — at the Council’s Feb. 17 meeting.
Read the Fox News coverage, which includes a reassuring claim from one of the Satanists who refused to disclose what the group was planning for the invocation, but said, “We don’t intend on doing anything offensive.”
By whose standards?
Muslim “refugees” entering Europe expect acquiescence to their lifestyles, not the other way around
When Pope Francis traveled to the United States last September — after first visiting with and warmly greeting the Cuban Communist dictator Raul Castro — he used the occasion to chastise the United States on various issues, among them his fervent plea for us to accept more refugees fleeing Syria. He also urged compassion for the hordes of illegal aliens flooding through our southern border, advising that we should graciously accept them.
“Let us remember the golden rule: ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,’” he directed.
Francis oddly urged Americans to reject blind adherence to ideology, be it religion or capitalism. Redistribution of wealth, a Marxist principle, is one of his frequent themes along with the disputed science of climate change. He previously blasted ‘trickle-down’ economics, a basic tenet of President Reagan’s economic policy as a “crude and naive theory,” and stated “inequality is the root of social evil.”
Monday, in his annual address to diplomats in Vatican City, Francis initially appeared to evidence a bit of a change of heart, as he warned that the recent influx of Muslim refugees risked overwhelming European values and traditions. He concluded, however, by saying he was confident the continent could successfully integrate the newcomers.
Even the pope knows integrating the newcomers will be an impossible task, (video) since Europeans, with low birth rates, are not even replacing themselves. Middle Eastern and African Muslims have large families. Moreover, Islam is not a counterpart of what we regard as our Judeo-Christian religious heritage. It strictly dictates every aspect of life — moral, economic, political, legal, social and cultural — requiring compliance with Sharia law for its adherents. The immigrants entering Europe expect acquiesce to their lifestyles, not the other way around.
European women and girls are targeted by the male refugees. Rape in Germany has been described as reaching epidemic levels. Sweden is now known as the rape capital of the West. Vetting those bent on terrorism is impossible.
Francis made headlines last year for taking a Melkite Greek Catholic refugee family from Damascus, Syria into Vatican City. He did not bring Muslims into his cloistered world. No further news of their whereabouts has been made available.
In February he will travel to Mexico and Juarez, on the border with Texas, to draw attention to the issue of illegal immigration, which has become a focal point of U.S. presidential campaigns. It’s a sure bet the pope is not in favor of a border wall, though he is secure in Vatican City, a virtual fortress contained behind four-foot thick stone walls which rise 39-feet high.
Yep. He’s got a border wall.
Remember Somalia? In 1992, American troops on a humanitarian mission known as ‘Restore Hope,’ began assisting in relief operations in the famine plagued African nation. Ultimately thirty American military personnel lost their lives and 153 were wounded. The vision that remains is the horrific spectacle of the mutilated bodies of dead U.S. soldiers being dragged through the streets by cheering Somali mobs — the very people Americans thought they had rescued from starvation.
Fast forward to Dec. 2015. The government of Somalia has issued an edict prohibiting Christmas and New Year’s celebrations in the Muslim country of approximately 10 million, saying the festivities “have nothing to do with Islam.”
“We warn against celebration of Christmas, which is only for Christians,” Sheikh Mohamed Kheyrow, director of Somalia’s ministry of religion, said on state radio. “This is a matter of faith. The Christmas holiday and its drum beatings have nothing to with Islam.”
Kheyrow said the ministry has sent letters to the police, national security intelligence and officials in the capital Mogadishu instructing them to “prevent Christmas celebrations.”
The announcement had echoes of Islamist militants al Shabaab, which controlled the capital Mogadishu until 2011. Among their edicts was to ban Christmas celebrations.
It is now being reported that Somalia, two thousand miles from Syria, is a new recruiting hotbed for ISIS terrorists.
With sincere best wishes for a Merry Christmas to all of our readers.
May the peace and goodwill of this season be with us all. We express our gratitude to our service personnel, many stationed far from their own families, who ensure our countless freedoms.
May God continue to bless America.
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