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Is Persecution Coming to America?

This is a sermon that was preached before the SCOTUS decision to approve gay marriage in all 50 states.

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I know there are some cringe-worthy moments in this video for those of us with discernment but I’m posting this video for its overall message to those who call themselves Christians and Americans.

In America Today

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CJS Viewpoint-President Obama’s Cheap Talk on Religious Liberty

By Erica Wanis

Much ado has been made over President Obama’s remarks at the recent National Prayer Breakfast, namely his comparison between the Christian Crusades and the racism of the Jim Crow South and the heinous tactics of ISIS. Christians are outraged, as are most conservatives. Even MSNBC‘s Andrea Mitchell found the President’s condescending (and, it turns out, inaccurate) history lesson in poor taste, coming as it did mere days after a Jordanian pilot was burned alive at the hands of Muslim extremists.Needless to say, enough ink and airtime and bandwidth have been expended excoriating the President on this point. So much so that a second and perhaps more fundamentally problematic issue with his speech has gone unaddressed. A good deal of the President’s talk revolved around the sacred importance of religious liberty. He praised it as a bastion of democratic society and a cornerstone of America’s constitutional order. He lauded the good work done by those who dedicate their lives to caring for “the least of these.” He had a great deal to say about the value of humility, the importance of heeding God’s commandments, and the responsibility to speak out against agents of hate, oppression, and religious perversion. From the speech:“And, first, we should start with some basic humility. I believe that the starting point of faith is some doubt – not being so full of yourself and so confident that you are right and that God speaks only to us, and doesn’t speak to others, that God only cares about us and doesn’t care about others, that somehow we alone are in possession of the truth.

Our job is not to ask that God respond to our notion of truth – our job is to be true to Him, His word, and His commandments. And we should assume humbly that we’re confused and don’t always know what we’re doing and we’re staggering and stumbling towards Him, and have some humility in that process. And that means we have to speak up against those who would misuse His name to justify oppression, or violence, or hatred with that fierce certainty. No God condones terror. No grievance justifies the taking of innocent lives, or the oppression of those who are weaker or fewer in number.

And so, as people of faith, we are summoned to push back against those who try to distort our religion – any religion – for their own nihilistic ends. And here at home and around the world, we will constantly reaffirm that fundamental freedom – freedom of religion – the right to practice our faith how we choose, to change our faith if we choose, to practice no faith at all if we choose, and to do so free of persecution and fear and discrimination.”

To read the above words, you’d think that the President is a man who in his own life and in his own administration accords great respect and deference to religious faith and those who embrace it. You’d think he is a man conscious of his own limitations, humble in the face of what he doesn’t clearly understand and hesitant to use his bully pulpit to impose his own religious beliefs upon others. As with so much of what our President says, however, his actions belie his words. In the same way that his promise of “if you like your health care, you can keep it” was a semantic manipulation that only a lawyer could muster, his proclamations of respect for religious liberty are dubious at best.

The President talks a good game, but when you examine his actions with regard to religious liberty, it’s quickly apparent that his talk is cheap. Unless you subscribe to his particular brand of “faith,” don’t expect this President to lift a pen or a phone in defense of your religious liberty. What you can expect is a man determined to eradicate every last vestige of orthodox religious influence from the public square.

In his book, The Problem of Pain, C.S. Lewis describes the watered-down understanding of the Christian God that prevails in contemporary secular society:

“By the goodness of God we mean nowadays almost exclusively His lovingness; and in this we may be right. And by Love, in this context, most of us mean kindness – the desire to see others than the self happy; not happy in this way or in that, but just happy. What would really satisfy us would be a God who said of anything we happened to like doing, ‘What does it matter so long as they are contented?’ We want, in fact, not so much a Father in Heaven as a grandfather in heaven – a senile benevolence who, as they say, liked to see young people enjoying themselves’, and whose plan for the universe was simply that it might be truly said at the end of each day, ‘a good time was had by all'”

So much of what our President and his ideological ilk mean when they refer to religious faith is contained in the sentiment above. For them, the only kind of acceptable faith and the only kind of acceptable God are those that offer uncritical affirmation. This brand of faith posits only one commandment: If it feels good and can be made to sound “nice,” do it. Any conception of God that includes uncomfortable moral prescriptions is not merely rejected, but targeted for eradication through litigation and cultural warfare. The President invokes a spirit of religious humility when in reality he could hardly be less tolerant. He is an influential agent of what Mary Eberstadt of the Ethics and Public Policy Center calls “the new intolerance.”

President Obama speaks of humility; he pays lip service to compassion and understanding while practicing an insidious form of civil persecution and oppression of those who dare to put their faith into practice. As Eberstadt writes:

“For there is no mercy for putting butchers and bakers and candlestick makers in the legal dock for refusing to renounce their religious beliefs – but that’s what the new intolerance does. There is no mercy in stalking and threatening Christian pastors for being Christian pastors, or in casting out social scientists who turn up unwanted facts, or in telling a flight attendant she can’t wear a crucifix, or in persecuting organizations that do charitable work – but the new intolerance does these things, too. . . . Above all, there is no mercy in slandering people by saying that religious believers “hate” certain people when in fact they do not; or that they are “phobes” of one stripe or another when in fact they are not. This, too, happens all over public space these days, with practically no pushback from anyone. This, too, is the new intolerance at work.”

I am reminded of President Obama’s infamous remark about bitter Midwesterners clinging to guns and religion. Despite later attempts to clarify his meaning (as usual, everyone misunderstood him and needed re-educating), he made the comments while speaking to a group of progressive liberal supporters in San Francisco, and his meaning was crystal clear: Religion – at least the kind of religion that still embraces ideas of moral absolutes, human sin, immutable truths and the like – is a crutch for the ignorant and disenfranchised, a crutch that needs to be replaced by an ever-evolving social consensus that defines what is politically correct, supported by the benevolent arms of Uncle Sam.. President Obama doesn’t identify with the faith of people like that; he sees them as lost sheep that need to be herded back into the Big Government fold, re-educated to believe that Christ came into the world and died on a cross so that everyone could be free to follow their bliss wherever it may lead.

The contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act is a reflection of this idea. The President and his ideological cohorts view free contraception as a fundamental, inalienable right; call it a penumbra or emanation of the Declaration’s “pursuit of happiness.” Anyone who disagrees with this notion or takes issue with the morality of preventing conception or terminating the life of an unborn child is an enemy of liberty that must be thwarted.

By now we’re all familiar with the cases. In response to the contraception mandate of the Affordable Care Act, certain entities petitioned the Obama Administration for a religious exemption. Hobby Lobby wanted an exemption from four of 20 varieties of contraception. Conestoga Wood Specialties and the Little Sisters of the Poor wanted nothing to do with offering contraceptives and abortifacients to their employees due to strong religious objections to such technology. They didn’t want to pay for it and they didn’t want the government paying for it for them. And they didn’t want extra time, as New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan famously said, to figure out how to violate their consciences.

President Obama refused to accept this. His religious humility wasn’t adequate to imagine that some people believe that God designed sex for the purpose of procreation and that preventing the creation of life, or worse, terminating a newly conceived life, is a grave sin. He was unable to imagine that an employer who holds these beliefs would be troubled by financing the commission of such sins by others. He couldn’t understand why Catholic nuns might have a problem with the morning-after pill, or any pill at all that prevents conception from occurring or terminates it after the fact. (Perhaps this shouldn’t be surprising considering that Mr. Obama twice voted against “born alive” legislation while serving in the Illinois senate).

In light of this inability to identify with those whose religious faith leads them to different conclusions than his own, the President branded these petitioners as foot soldiers in the Progressive-manufactured “war on women” and took them to court. So much for humility. Thankfully, the twelve justices that sit on the highest judicial bench in the land have a bit more appreciation for religious liberty than the current Commander in Chief, and the case for religious exemption to the contraception mandate was vindicated.

How any person of integrity could execute the above actions and then stand before an audience of religious leaders and claim spiritual solidarity with them is beyond comprehension, but that’s exactly what President Obama did. It’s what he does all the time, as consistency, transparency, and honesty don’t seem to rank high on his list of political priorities.

Ultimately, the Prayer Breakfast speech was vintage Obama: A hefty dose of professorial lecturing about the sins of the majority (re. Western, white, Christian) as a means of downplaying the barbarous acts of a perceived minority (remember, to Progressives criticism of Islam is tantamount to racism). Offensive? Absolutely. Insensitive, given the atrocities being committed by ISIS on a daily basis? Yes. Surprising? Unfortunately no.

If Obama had spoken honestly, he would have talked more about his admiration for the separation between Church and State (at least as he understands it to be). He would have told the audience that he thinks religion is swell, so long as any and all vestiges of faithful conviction are checked at the front door. He would have explained that his understanding of God’s love requires an uncritical embrace of the social and political agendas of LGBTQs and feminists at the expense of historically venerated, traditional conceptions about marriage and family.

This is what he should have said because this is how he really feels, at least so far as his actions indicate. In his eyes, the faithful remnant in today’s secular progressive America only clings to guns and religion because government has let them down. The sooner Big Brother can realize its dream of cultivating a nation of Julia‘s, the sooner the need for old time religion and all its pesky notions about God and morality and man’s ultimate purpose will be relegated to the ash bin of history.

Erica Wanis is a consultant for the John Jay Institute’s Center for a Just Society. She resides in Burke, VA, with her husband and two children.

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Obama Gets It Wrong for Islam’s Sake

From ACT for America:

Blaming the Victims:
Disinformation on the Crusades from President Obama

At ACT for America it is no secret that we have not been in agreement with President Obama’s national security policies, but have always been respectful of the office which he holds.

Unfortunately, President Obama has not always been respectful of others and perhaps the worst example of disrespect came on Thursday at, of all events, the National Prayer Breakfast.

It was in that setting that President Obama delivered remarks comparing the actions of the Islamic State to things done “in the name of Jesus Christ.” Among those things according to President Obama: slavery.

He then cited the Crusades.

Not only were his remarks inappropriate for the occasion and insulting to peace loving Christians everywhere, they were historically inaccurate.

In terms of slavery, while it is true that Christians owned slaves, slavery is not an integral part of Christian doctrine. Jesus did not own slaves. The same cannot be said of Islam. Mohammed owned many slaves and even shared concubines with his warriors. There are today forty different words in Arabic to describe slaves; that’s how prominent slavery has been in the Islamic world. The slave trade in Africa was largely run by Muslims. And when Western nations finally abolished the evil practice of slavery, that slave trade in Africa persisted without them. Remember, Saudi Arabia, the site of Islam’s holiest sites, did not outlaw slavery until the 1960s. Moreover, slavery is still practiced today in parts of Islamic Africa, notably Sudan.

But Obama’s biggest dose of disinformation came in the form of his remarks on the Crusades.

There is a myth that the Crusades were nothing but an aggressive series of wars in which Christendom attacked the Muslim world and committed atrocities.

The reality is somewhat different.

The Crusades actually began after centuries of Islamic jihad invading, pillaging and conquering Christian lands in present-day North Africa and parts of Europe.

After 400 years of systematic genocide of Christians at the hands of Islamic jihadists, Pope Urban II, acting on a plea from the Byzantine emperor whose people had been attacked by Muslim hoards, finally called on “Christ’s heralds” to sound the call for help for the Christians in the east and free the Holy Land.

So, the first Crusade was a defensive action in response to Islamic jihad.

This is an historical fact that our president unfortunately left out of his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast.

Obama’s Prayer Breakfast Speech

50 Rhetorical Questions for the Sane American to Ponder

Here are 50 rhetorical questions for the sane people remaining in America to consider. After reading them, you also might be convinced that many Americans have been given over to a reprobate mind.

  1. Why did Americans elect and reelect a Godless administration that is leading it to its destruction?
  2. Why do Americans have an unconstitutional tyrannical government in power and why are Americans allowing it?
  3. Why do Americans allow a government that pushes evil on our society and obstructs good?
  4. Why does America get themselves into one war after another?
  5. Why is Marijuana the largest cash crop in this nation?
  6. Why can’t our political leaders recognized the real enemies of our nation? (no mirror?)
  7. Why do Americans allow their government to continually spend much more than it has?
  8. Why have Americans allowed a private bank to destroy the dollar?
  9. Why does one private bank have almost total control over the U.S. economic system?
  10. Why do the people of our nation elect and reelect reprobates to office?
  11. Why do Americans allow their government to spy on everything that they do?
  12. Why do Americans allow government to understate inflation to rob them and overstate employment to deceive them?
  13. Why does the American government prejudicially and selectively choose to enforce or not enforce laws?
  14. Why does the American government pretend that Islam is not a world threat?
  15. Why does the American government allow Iran and N. Korea to develop nuclear weapons that are being devolved to destroy America?
  16. Why has our government not protected us from the threat of an EMP attack?
  17. Why will our government not enforce our borders?
  18. Why do we live in a surveillance state if Islam is not our enemy and the war against terrorism has been won?
  19. Why do most Americans believe that homosexuality is a normal lifestyle when it is obviously abnormal and proves to be deadly?
  20. Why do half the marriages in America end in divorce?
  21. Why do most people shack up when they should be getting married?
  22. Why do woman in America choose to abort their babies?
  23. Why would blacks with sound minds allow themselves to be manipulated by black racists?
  24. Why do blacks overwhelmingly vote for the political party that enslaved them and that still enslaves them to the masters of the government plantation?
  25. Why do most black men abandon their children?
  26. Why is most everything on TV about sex, violence and the abnormal?
  27. Why is porn half the Internet traffic that is not SPAM?
  28. Why do most preachers in America not preach the gospel, and why do most Christians go to these churches?
  29. Why do Christian leaders teach works and humanism when the Bible teaches faith in Jesus Christ?
  30. Why do Christian leaders teach mysticism when the founders of the faith taught biblical doctrine?
  31. Why will most preachers in America not preach about the second coming of Jesus?
  32. Why do Christian leaders in America claim that unregenerate man is basically good when God says that none are good?
  33. Why do American Christians make their pastor an idol? Why do Christians support TBN?
  34. Why does Joel Osteen have the biggest church in the country?
  35. Why are Christian book stores full of heretical books?
  36. Why is the heretical “Jesus Calling” Part onePart two one of the top books in Christianity and why is the SBC sweetheart Beth Moore promoting this new age mystical clap trap?
  37. Why are Christian men allowing woman to feminize their churches?
  38. Why is Wal-Mart the largest employer in the country? Why is Kelly Temporary Services the second largest?
  39. Why are politicians still pretending that global warming is the big threat to the earth when the earth has not warmed in almost two decades?
  40. Why do Americans allow DUI check points that consistently arrest or ticket 95 percent of the citizens for something other than DUI?
  41. Why are the local police militarized? Why are there 50,000 swat raids in America annually?
  42. Why does America have the highest incarceration rate in the world?
  43. Why are inner cities in America controlled by gangs?
  44. Why do Americans allow their schools to indoctrinate their children in Humanism and Marxism?
  45. Why is sex being pushed in our grade schools and morning after pills being made available to children at drugstores without parents even knowing?
  46. Why do parents not protect their children from the most destructive influences in our society?
  47. Why are Americans obsessed with sports, especially on Sunday?
  48. Why is America the second fattest people in the world (Mexico is number one)?
  49. Why do Americans use more illegal drugs than any nation on earth?
  50. Why do Americans use legal mind alternating drugs more than any other nation on earth?

The list showing that America is becoming a nation of reprobate minds can be almost as endless as our news headlines. If you agree, don’t worry so much about some specific judgment coming upon America, although they may come. Those with reprobate minds bring continual judgment on America through their own insane destructive choices. How do you turn a nation around when the reprobate minds say that they do not care about God –  just give us more bread and circuses? No nation can survive when the majority have been given over to a reprobate mind. ~ Don Koenig, from his article, Many exhibit insanity because God gave them over to a reprobate mind

 

 

 

Good Points!-Charlie Hebdo Comes to Speaker’s Corner

Hollywood Condemns Muhammad

Israel Lives!

Psalm 36

I have a message from God in my heart
concerning the sinfulness of the wicked:
There is no fear of God
before their eyes.

In their own eyes they flatter themselves
too much to detect or hate their sin.
The words of their mouths are wicked and deceitful;
they fail to act wisely or do good.
Even on their beds they plot evil;
they commit themselves to a sinful course
and do not reject what is wrong.

Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
your justice like the great deep.
You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.
How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house;
you give them drink from your river of delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.

10 Continue your love to those who know you,
your righteousness to the upright in heart.
11 May the foot of the proud not come against me,
nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.
12 See how the evildoers lie fallen—
thrown down, not able to rise!

D14723_3Israel Lives!

#saveMiriam

A Christian Woman is waiting in a Prison, in Sudan, to be executed with her 20 month old baby, and, she is pregnant. Her Christian Husband is an American, and is in a Wheel Chair. He cannot see his Christian American Wife. She is to be executed after the baby is born for refusing to renounce her Christian Faith, and be a Muslim. The Obama Administration has done nothing to help and without public outcry I feel he will not get involved. We need everyone to stand up for this woman and write their senators and congress persons. We need some action now. She needs to be out of jail and to be home taking care of her husband and children. She is having a complicated pregnancy and they refuse to give her medical help. This has to be stopped. Please help. Get this information out to anyone who can help. Let all Christians Pray!

 

#saveMiriam

John 15:18-19

The Hatred of the World
18“If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. 19“If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.…

 

 UPDATE: Sudanese woman facing ‘barbaric’ death sentence for marrying a Christian will be FREED after U-turn from authorities…

To be freed: Meriam Ibrahim, pictured here holding her newborn daughter, will be released from prison, according to reports

Read more here

Our Creator Was Subjected to Extreme Humiliation by Us for Us

No other god of any religion has been subjected to humiliation for their followers’ sake but our only true God, our Lord and Savior, Jesus, the Christ. No man-made religion makes their god suffer as Christ did. It just doesn’t sell.

 

 

…tears of sorrow and joy with chillbumps…A wonderful presentation of our Lord and Savior’s passion…thank you, Jesus…

 

Former Muslim Shares His Journey from Islam to Christianity

Church of Tares – Purpose Driven Life, Seeker Sensitive

The false Gospel Rick Warren presents, or doesn’t present. This is not true Christianity! Beware!

Avi Lipkin Interview (4 parts)

Part One: Myles talks with Avi Lipkin about the UN and the Balfour Declaration..

Part Two: Myles talks with Avi Lipkin about The Arab Spring

Part Three: Myles talks with Avi Lipkin about the new Al Jazeera Cable News network.

Part Four: Myles talks with Avi Lipkin about current and future events, and Jewish outreach to Christians

Commentary: Choosing Sides in Nations Indoctrinated by Islam

A Commentary by Don Koenig~

PakistanWith the rise of violence that we see taking place in most Muslim Middle East nations, conditions on earth are obviously taking a  radical turn for the worst. These military and mob actions in the Middle East are not going away anytime soon, and there really is nothing America can do about them but get out-of-the-way. What America does have to do, is to stop the Islamists from ever getting nuclear weapons because it is pretty obvious that they would use them if they had them.

All sides are blaming America for the bloodshed and there is even some degree of truth to that claim because we should have kept out of the affairs of Islamic nations as much as is possible. America’s choosing sides in nations that are indoctrinated by a religion of hate has got us involved in warfare for over two decades.

If America did not try to nation build in Iraq and Afghanistan, and help overthrow Mubarak, Gaddafi, and Assad for the facade of some “democracy”, America would not be in these military actions and hundreds of thousands of people might still be alive. Instead the families of those killed curse our name and resort to even more violence. If this hate spiral continues to spread, many millions will die in World War III before all is said and done.

What we need to concern ourselves with now,  is to make sure that the Islamists never get access to nuclear weapons. We can do that with the use of our air power and special forces. We need to start with Iran and then think long and hard about how to keep Pakistan’s nuclear weapons out of the hands of the Islamists that have a religion of hate.

The utopia that the twentieth century humanists created has actually become Bizarro World. It was not supposed to be like this. World War I was advertised as the war to end all wars. After World War I, the League of Nations was formed to bring about some world order. That failed as the rise of national socialism brought about World War II.

After the second World War, some thought and still think that their dream of a humanist utopia on earth could only come through global governance. That is why the United Nations was formed. However, the U.N. has done little to establish peace on earth. That is because there are forces of hate in this world that are far beyond the control of the humanistic elite.

Sixty-five years after the creation of the U.N. we see the world is breaking down once again into what will become World War III. This war is being brought to us by the Islamist quest to conquer the world and force their religion of hate down the throat of all on earth.

As much as it is still possible, it is best to let the violent haters self destruct in their wars against each other. As long as these hate mongers exist, there will be wars and civil strife. If America chooses sides when both sides are evil, we will reap the consequences of supporting that evil.

I am fed up with disingenuous leaders in the West telling us that Islam is a religion of peace. The proof is in the pudding. Almost all violence on earth is now being carried out by Islamists. There is no peace in Islam when people live under the tyranny of control freaks that enforce their religion of hate through a harsh system of laws that are unjust and that show no mercy.

The Shia version of this “religion of peace” led by the theocracy of Iran is claiming that they will soon bring the Apocalypse on earth along with a Mahdi and their own version of Jesus that will kill all Jews and all Christians unless they convert to Islam. The Iranian nuclear weapons program is being built toward that purpose and the Obama administration had better get a reality check.

The Sunni version of this “religion of peace” brings the world Wahhabism, Al Qaeda, Taliban, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, and other spin offs, that all support Jihad through violence. The Muslim Brotherhood likes to pretend to be moderate, but they are anything but. They tried to make Egypt a Sunni Theocracy but secular Egyptians, Christians, and the Egyptian military opposed them and now the Muslim Brotherhood is bringing civil war to that nation. Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood are also the key players in the war in Syria against Assad. The Sunni Islamists are trying to take theocratic government control in Turkey, Pakistan, Afghanistan, half of Africa and in parts of Asia.

We see violence and death wherever this “religion of peace” spreads on the earth. When the Islamists are not fighting other Muslims, they are fighting against Christians and against all those that will not submit to their version of an Islamic theocracy. So, don’t insult my intelligence by telling me that Islam is a religion of peace. Islam is a religion of hate that has many Satanic verses.

People in our nation had better wake up or they will let the fools in Washington get us into a world war that will make World War II look like a military scrimmage that was just rehearsing for the mother of all wars. Let the violent of this religion of hate kill each other off. Then the really peaceful people in the Muslim nations might wake up and see that their nations are in wars all the time because their Islamic religion of hate enables predators to conspire to make Muslims cannon fodder for Allah. When or if that great awakening happens, they finally might do something about the great evils within Islam.

(minor spelling edits were done to article-couldn’t fix the error in the image tho   :???:   )

The Revived Ottoman Empire?

This Week’s Feature Article by Jack Kelley

The Ottoman Empire existed from 1299 until 1922. It was in many respects the Islamic successor to the Eastern leg of the Roman Empire and like the Roman Empire it had its headquarters in Constantinople (Istanbul). At the peak of its power and influence, the Ottoman Empire extended from the Adriatic Sea in the west to the Caspian Sea in the east and from Austro-Hungary in the north to the southern tip of the Red Sea. It was at the center of interactions between the Eastern and Western worlds for 6 centuries. The Ottoman Empire was defeated in World War 1, having aligned itself with Germany. Its dissolution at the end of the war led to the formation of 40 new nations in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Northern Africa, many of them on land once claimed by the Romans.

 

Suleiman The Magnificent

The Empire’s greatest days occurred under the rule of Suleiman the Magnificent who reigned from 1520-1566. Only 25 years old when he came to power, Suleiman began his reign by performing many acts of kindness and mercy toward his people. He freed hundreds of slaves, showered his officers with gifts, and built a school for slaves. To the Ottomans he was known as The Lawgiver, having re-written the non-Shariah portions of the law. This was the law by which the Ottoman Empire was governed for all of the remaining years of its existence. Because of the humanitarian nature of his laws he was also called Suleiman the Just by his subjects.

Suleiman was a powerful conqueror for Islam. His armies pushed the boundaries of the Empire nearly to Vienna and his powerful navies controlled the Mediterranean. Because of the tribute he received Suleiman became one of the wealthiest men of all time. He never wore the same clothes twice, he ate from solid gold plates with jewel encrusted utensils and had a harem of over 300 women.

The Ottomans were tolerant toward the Jews and welcomed thousands of them into the Empire after King Ferdinand expelled them from Spain in 1492. Suleiman’s father had wrested control of what is now Israel from Egypt in 1517 and Suleiman fell in love with Jerusalem, ordering its walls rebuilt in 1535. It was the first successful rebuilding of Jerusalem’s walls since the Romans destroyed the city in 70 AD and Suleiman’s walls can still be seen surrounding the Old City today.

According to Nehemiah, the Persian King Artaxerxes Longimonus issued a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem following the Babylonian destruction. He did this in the spring of the 20th year of his reign (Nehemiah 2:1). On our calendar it would have been March of 445BC. On the 483rd anniversary of this decree Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey on what we know as the first Palm Sunday, fulfilling the prophecy from Daniel 9:25 of the Lord’s 1st Coming as Israel’s Messiah. Then in 68-70 AD the city was destroyed by the Romans.  After centuries of being rebuilt and then torn down by various conquering groups, the walls around Jerusalem were finally rebuilt for good by Suleiman beginning in 1535 AD, and during his reign the city enjoyed an exceptional period of peace and religious tolerance.

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

Turkey is the surviving remnant of the Ottoman Empire. Following their defeat in WW1 the Empire was divided up by the victorious Western powers. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk had been a high ranking Ottoman officer and led the effort to found the Republic of Turkey. He set about to make it a secular nation in the style of western democracies. While endorsing Islam, he limited it to the status of a religion instead of allowing it to be the political force it had been. He saw to the suspension of the Ottoman Caliphate and Sultanate, clearing the way for the newly formed National Parliament to assume ultimate power. Among the many changes he enforced were the institution of a new language and alphabet, the adoption of western style of dress and mandatory 2nd names for men, and the granting of full political rights to women.

Until recently, Turkey has been viewed as a western nation. With membership in NATO and more than a dozen military and commercial treaties with Israel, Turkey has been an important western ally in the Middle East. In fact, many students of prophecy have seen Turkey’s alignment with the west as a major obstacle to an early fulfillment of Ezekiel 38-39. It appears from a study of the modern equivalents to the Biblical names mentioned there that Turkey has to be among the Islamic forces that will invade Israel in the future.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Lately there’s been a major shift in Turkish politics in what could be a dramatic step toward the fulfillment of Ezekiel 38. After stalling for years, the EU has put Turkey’s application for membership on the back burner and as of now a majority of EU ministers oppose Turkey’s admission to the Union.

Perhaps as a result of this Turkey has begun to look to the East, and current Prime Minister Erdogan is fast becoming a regional Muslim leader by criticizing Israel—particularly after the Gaza war. His clout is spreading from the streets of Gaza to Beirut, Damascus, and Cairo—the traditional strongholds of Arab nationalism.

PM Erdogan is by far the country’s most popular political leader enjoying wide support among the Turkish people, due in part to his frequent criticism of Israel. He’s become convinced that instead of relying on outside powers to bring peace to the Middle East the Ottoman Empire should be re-born to take the lead. He’s been quoted as saying, “Turkey’s goal is to live in peace with all countries and restore the might of the Ottoman Empire.”

In this regard, a recent article by historian Robert E. Kaplan entitled ,”The US Helps Reconstruct The Ottoman Empire” has been getting some attention.  Dr. Kaplan’s specialty is modern Europe and he received his doctorate from Cornell University.  His article was published by the Gatestone Institute, “an international organization dedicated to educating the public about what the mainstream media fails to report.”

In the article Dr. Kaplan shows that with the exception of Iraq, the ultimate outcome of each American military intervention in Europe and the Middle East since the mid 1990′s has been the replacement of a secular government with an Islamist regime in an area that was formerly part of the Ottoman Empire. Providing detailed documentation, Dr. Kaplan wrote the article more to raise awareness of what he sees as US strategy in the region rather than to draw any conclusions.

It turns out that there are three primary beneficiaries of a revived Ottoman empire.  Turkey is an obvious one because Turkey is the surviving remnant of the original empire and is the logical choice to head up a revived version.  Germany is another beneficiary.  Germany had a close and beneficial relationship with the Ottomans in the years leading up to WW1 and is working behind the scenes with the US in the hope of regaining its influence in the Muslim world.  And the US benefits because like Turkey the New Ottoman Empire would be primarily composed of the Sunni sect of Islam.  Helping the Sunnis get control of the Middle East would further marginalize Shiite Iran, something the US sees as being strategically important.

If this is what’s really going on, it could help to explain Pres. Obama’s efforts to reconcile with the Islamic world,  why he included Turkey in his first overseas tour upon taking office, and why he seemed to be so obviously on the side of the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood in their efforts to unseat Hosni Mubarak’s secular government in Egypt.  It would also help to explain Turkey’s decision to build a $100 million mosque/cultural center in Lanham, Maryland,  about 30 minutes by car from the White House.  It is expected to “be the largest and most striking example of Islamic architecture in the western hemisphere” when it is finished in 2014.

The Man With No Name (Yet)

A Revived Ottoman Empire would send students of prophecy scurrying back into their Bibles to see if the re-birth of the Ottoman Empire could fulfill the prophecy of the so-called revived Roman Empire. There are already some who believe the 7th Kingdom of Rev. 17:10 is the Ottoman Empire, and they point out that Constantinople is also a city on seven hills. If so, its Islamic heritage would confirm the identity of the one world End Times religion as Islam.  It would also support the idea that the end times Islamic leader called al-Mahdi could be the anti-Christ.

As details of Islamic eschatology become more widely known, prophecy students are discovering a striking similarity between Islamic prophecies of al Mahdi and Christian prophecies of the anti-Christ. I’ve made mention of these in several previous articles, how both come on the scene during a time of great turmoil on Earth, both come claiming a desire to restore peace, both have a seven year reign, both head a one world religion and one world government, both claim supernatural origins, and both reigns end in a battle between good and evil that brings Earth’s final judgment. Could they be one and the same? The legend surrounding al-Mahdi as being in occlusion (supernaturally hidden) since the 10th century could make him the 8th king who belongs to the seven, just like Rev. 17:11 says.

As you can see we might have an interesting circumstantial case here for a revived Ottoman Empire. It’s not something to build doctrine on just yet, but it certainly bears watching. One nice thing about our times is we won’t have long to wait before we find out how these prophecies are fulfilled. You can almost hear the footsteps of the Messiah. 06-01-13

The Responsible Thing to Do

AmericaIslamBy Ken Connor
America’s obsession with political correctness is undermining our security and our Constitution. So argues newly-initiated American citizen Ayaan Hirsi Ali in an article suggesting that the United States do more to screen out “political Islamists” from its pool of aspiring citizens.
Famous for her controversial book, Infidel, Ms. Ali knows better than most the potent influence that political Islam wields. Raised in a Muslim home and living in several Muslim dominated countries, she experienced the outworking of Islamic thought in her own life and found its subjugation of women to be intolerable. When she and her friend, Dutch filmmaker Theodore van Gogh, produced a film detailing the exploitation of women under Islam, they experienced the backlash firsthand. Van Gogh was murdered by Muslim avengers for daring to criticize Islam, and Ali was forced into hiding to avoid the same fate.
The kind of radicalism on display in the murder of Van Gogh, the hacking to death of a British soldier last week in London, the Fort Hood massacre, the 9/11 terror attacks, the Boston bombing and similar terror attacks are the outworking of what Ali refers to as “political” Islam. Different from a purely spiritual interpretation of the Prophet’s teachings (which was, for a time, the more common expression of Islam in the Middle East), political Islam “prescribes a set of specific social, economic and legal practices in a way that is very different from the more general social teachings (such as calls to practice charity or strive for justice) found in the spiritual dimension of Islam, Christianity, Judaism and other world religions.”
For this reason, Ali concludes, political Islam is fundamentally incompatible with liberal democracy and the kind of pluralistic society that flows from it. America is a land that cherishes equality and freedom and provides a legally protected sphere for these things. So long as the rule of law is observed and no harm is done to their neighbor, Americans have a great deal of latitude in how they live their lives and what they believe. They are free to worship God or not. They are free to live lives of moral purity, or to engage in what some would call sin and licentiousness. Women can choose to remain in the home, or they can pursue a career. The list goes on and on.
Of course, everyone has their own ideas about what constitutes the “right way” to live. Many devote their time to speaking and writing publicly about which values best foster a free and just society. I happen to believe that the morals and ethics that emanate from the Judeo-Christian tradition serve liberty and justice better than those which are derived from other faith traditions. Heaven knows, however, there are many who disagree. The great thing about living in America is, we can disagree vehemently about these things without having to fear that our ideological detractors will kill us.
Back to Ali and her point about political Islam. The young brothers who plotted the Boston marathon attack are perfect examples of why a person who embraces their brand of political Islam ought not to be embraced by America. These immigrant brothers had completed, or were on the track to complete, the naturalization process. In the meantime, they benefited from the best America had to offer, but because of their adherence to political Islam they spurned Lady Liberty’s gift of freedom in favor of the violence and hatred of jihad.
no democracy we want just islamThis growing phenomenon is no trivial matter, and it’s time for the American government and its people to wake up and to take meaningful action to protect our country from political Islam and its devotees. Ali explains why:
“It is reasonable to ask yourself: How many more young men like Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are already living a double life in America, ready to take up arms for the cause of political Islam? And how many more will be naturalized this year? None? That seems pretty unlikely.In a 2011 Pew survey, 1% of American Muslims said that suicide bombings were “often justified”—a tiny proportion, to be sure. The overwhelming majority of American Muslims want to lead peaceful lives. But 7% of those surveyed said that suicide bombers were “sometimes justified,” and 5% said they were “rarely justified.” Taking Pew’s conservative estimate that Muslims now constitute 0.6% of the adult population of the U.S., this means that more than 180,000 American Muslims regard suicide bombings as being justified in some way.Still more worrisome, a 2007 survey by Pew revealed that Muslim Americans under the age of 30 are twice as likely as older Muslims to believe that suicide bombings in defense of Islam can be justified. The same survey revealed that 7% of American Muslims between the ages of 18 and 29 had a “favorable” view of al Qaeda.To repeat: The proportion may be small, but the number of Americans committed to political Islam and willing to contemplate violence to advance it is surely not trivial. And rising immigration from the Muslim world is likely to increase the proportion of Americans sympathetic to political Islam.”

Ms. Ali, an American citizen for less than half a year, understands what so many Americans increasingly fail to appreciate: The conferral of American citizenship on those who are not born here is not a right, it is an ENORMOUS privilege. Screening would-be citizens for beliefs that are antithetical to the American Constitution and democratic way of life is not immoral, or racist, or xenophobic; it is the responsible thing to do. As Americans, our foremost obligation is to the Constitution and the citizens it protects, not to radicals who feign allegiance even as they plan to undermine this country and all it represents.
Hirsi Ali’s article is sure to provoke angst and consternation among liberals who embrace notions of moral and religious relativism, but for those who want to keep Americans safe from the Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s of the world, we would do well to give her ideas thoughtful consideration. That is, of course, if our government isn’t too busy investigating the nefarious motives of the Tea Party and branding anyone who dares cast a critical eye at the Obama Administration as a potential enemy of the state.
CJS Forum: Trevor Thomas suggests that a decaying culture with a waning appreciation for the value of human life is what allowed Kermit Gosnell to do what he did: What Gave Us Gosnell?
CJS Blog: Zachary Gappa writes about the Obama Administration’s use of drones to target American citizens, the rising cost of suburban sprawl, the media’s incompetence in reporting on the latest in human cloning technology and more: Check out the CJS Blog.

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Obama’s Defrauding of America-The Pigford Case

A repost!

hattip: Kim

Andrew Breitbart vindicated!

He called attention to this fraud and had  been chided for it. But he wasn’t wrong!

Islamophobia or Islamo-Reality?

On Obama and the Saudis and the Saudis and Al Qaeda from Walid Shoebat’s Educated Perspective

This is one scary interview.

http://shoebat.com/

The Reason Behind All of Those Wars Fought in the Name of “God”

The history of Islam in Europe and how it effects us to this day.  This is a history based on numbers and facts that you may not see anywhere else and explains why we may be afraid to see Islam for what it is based on its own doctrine and practice.

http://www.politicalislam.com

The Punishment for Opposing Allah? Only Crucifixion

Originally posted on De Profundis Clamavi ad Te, Domine:

You know that really beautiful verse from the Quran that you always hear about on TV, about how if someone kills another person unjustly, it’s like he killed all mankind? 

 
Well, we didn’t get the whole context of the verse in the soundbite.
 
Quran 5:32-33
5:32
5:33
 
 
 
Muhsin Khan

Because of that We ordained for the Children of Israel that if anyone killed a person not in retaliation of murder, or (and) to spread mischief in the land – it would be as if he killed all mankind, and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind. And indeed, there came to them Our Messengers with clear proofs, evidences, and signs, even then after that many of them continued to exceed the limits (e.g. by doing oppression unjustly and exceeding beyond the limits set by Allah by committing…

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Mrs. Nordman’s List from 50 Years Ago Today

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Communist Goals (1963)

Congressional Record–Appendix, pp. A34-A35

January 10, 1963

CURRENT COMMUNIST GOALS

EXTENSION OF REMARKS OF HON. A. S. HERLONG, JR. OF FLORIDA

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Thursday, January 10, 1963

Mr. HERLONG. Mr. Speaker, Mrs. Patricia Nordman of De Land, Fla., is an ardent and articulate opponent of communism, and until recently published the De Land Courier, which she dedicated to the purpose of alerting the public to the dangers of communism in America.

At Mrs. Nordman’s request, I include in the RECORD, under unanimous consent, the following “Current Communist Goals,” which she identifies as an excerpt from “The Naked Communist,” by Cleon Skousen:

[From “The Naked Communist,” by Cleon Skousen]

Current Communist Goals

1. U.S. acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.

2. U.S. willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.

3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament [by] the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength.

4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.

5. Extension of long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites.

6. Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.

7. Grant recognition of Red China. Admission of Red China to the U.N.

8. Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev’s promise in 1955 to settle the German question by free elections under supervision of the U.N.

9. Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests because the United States has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.

10. Allow all Soviet satellites individual representation in the U.N.

11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces. (Some Communist leaders believe the world can be taken over as easily by the U.N. as by Moscow. Sometimes these two centers compete with each other as they are now doing in the Congo.)

12. Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.

13. Do away with all loyalty oaths.

14. Continue giving Russia access to the U.S. Patent Office.

15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.

16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.

17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.

18. Gain control of all student newspapers.

19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.

20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policymaking positions.

21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.

22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to “eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms.”

23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. “Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art.”

24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press.

25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.

26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”

27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a “religious crutch.”

28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.”

29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.

30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the “common man.”

31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the “big picture.” Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.

32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture–education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.

33. Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.

34. Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

35. Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.

36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.

37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business.

38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand [or treat].

39. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.

40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.

41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.

42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use [“]united force[“] to solve economic, political or social problems.

43. Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.

44. Internationalize the Panama Canal.

45. Repeal the Connally reservation so the United States cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction [over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction] over nations and individuals alike.

See also: Ten Planks of the Communist Manifesto

The American people have truly been “buried in Communism” by their own
politicians of both the Republican and Democratic parties. One other thing to
remember, Karl Marx was stating in the Communist Manifesto that these planks
will test whether a country has become commmunist or not. If they are all in
effect and in force the country IS communist. Communism, but by any other
name…??

See also: Progressives and the Communist Agenda

http://lightfortheway-pen.blogspot.com/

The above url is Patricia Nordman’s website. Please see her comment below in the comments thread. God bless you, Mrs. Nordman!

Progressives and the Communist Agenda

WHY IS IT THAT NOBODY WANTS THE Palestinians

Sherry:

An excellent history lesson! Well resourced, too.

Originally posted on GOD, GUTS,OLD GLORYand AMMO:

Got this peice from middle east forum  , read this and then you will see that nobody wants them. The Palestine have a right to hate Israel , but why do they not complain about their own Arab nations expelled them??????????? This is history and there is no decent Arab counties  they  hate their own .

Kuwait Expels Thousands of Palestinians

by Steven J. RosenMiddle East Quarterly Fall 2012, pp. 75-83 (view PDF)

http://www.meforum.org/3391/kuwait-expels-palestinians

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Much has been made of the Palestinian exodus of 1948. Yet during their decades of dispersal, the Palestinians have experienced no less traumatic ordeals at the hands of their Arab brothers. As early as the mid-1950s, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Libya expelled striking Palestinian workers. In 1970, Jordan expelled some 20,000 Palestinians and demolished their camps; in 1994-95, Libya expelled tens of thousands…

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A Dry Bones Quiz on the State of Palestine

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