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Let the oil-rich Muslim nations in the region support the Palestinian terrorists.
John Kerry To Prop Up Palestinians With $4 Billion Of US Taxpayer Money
John Kerry has been busy. Speaking at the 2013 World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa held in Jordan, Secretary of State Kerry unveiled a plan to boost the Palestinian economy. The plan involves $4 BILLION in new funding and would seem to carry the endorsement of many foreign leaders.
The idea is that this brilliant plan will buy peace in the Middle East, or at least part of it. Here is an excerpt from Secretary of State John Kerry’s address at the latest World Economic Forum on Sunday:
This group includes leaders of some of the world’s largest corporations, I’m pleased to say. It includes renowned investors and some of the most brilliant business analysts out there – and some of the most committed. One of these senior business leaders actually just celebrated his 69th birthday in Jerusalem at the Colony Hotel after spending a 14-hour day in the West Bank trying to figure it out.
When others ask them, all of them, why they’re here, doing this on their own time, the unanimous answer is: “Because we want a better future for both Israeli children and Palestinian children.”
Their plan begins with encouraging local, regional and international business leaders to, and to encourage government leaders in various parts of the world. I raised this issue with the President of China, with the Prime Minister of Japan, with all of our European leaders, and everywhere – with the Brazilian Foreign Minister a few days ago, with the New Zealand Foreign Minister. All of them have on the tip of their tongues the idea that we can make peace in the Middle East and need to, and all of them are committed to be part of this effort in order to change life on the ground.
The fact is that we are looking to mobilize some $4 billion of investment. And this team of experts – private citizens, donating their time – are here right now. They’re analyzing the opportunities in tourism, construction, light manufacturing, building materials, energy, agriculture, and information and communications technology.
This group will make recommendations to the Palestinians. They’re not going to decide anything. The Palestinians will decide that in their normal course of governance. But they will analyze and make recommendations on a set of choices that can dramatically lift the economy.
The preliminary results already reported to me by Prime Minister Blair and by the folks working with him are stunning: These experts believe that we can increase the Palestinian GDP by as much as 50 percent over three years. Their most optimistic estimates foresee enough new jobs to cut unemployment by nearly two-thirds – to 8 percent, down from 21 percent today – and to increase the median annual wage along with it, by as much as 40 percent.”
If John Kerry were sincere about wanting a better future for all children, perhaps he should stop arming Palestinian terrorists and demand that Palestinian schools not teach hatred.
. . . But does war really transform people, or does it simply make the fleetingly religious more so for a short time? A recent analysis of archived surveys of Army Infantry soldiers after a battle – Samuel Stouffer’s “The American Soldier” World War II research (1) - found self-reported reliance on prayer rose from 42% to 72% as that battle got more intense.“The question is whether that reliance on faith lasts over time,” said Craig Wansink, author and Professor of Religion at Virginia Wesleyan College, who did the analysis and co-wrote the paper with his brother Brian Wansink, food marketing expert and Professor of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University. The World War II generation is a good one for analysis because the interest was religiosity long-term and young people in the 1940s were more religious overall than more recent generations.
A second analysis of survey results from 1,123 World War II veterans showed that 50 or more years after combat, most soldiers still exhibited religious behavior, though it varied by their war experience. Those facing heavy combat (versus no combat) attended church 21% more often if they claimed their war experience was negative, but those who claimed their experience was positive attended 26% less often. . . .
The ever increasing bullying of the gay agenda in America has now resulted in changes for the Boy Scouts of America that are devastating. Now openly gay boys will be allowed to become boy scouts because of the vote of some 1,400 BSA leaders.
The battle is far from over and dozens if not hundreds of lawsuits will be forthcoming in the days ahead. There are about 1.1 million scouts across the nation and many of them will be leaving the scout troops for several obvious reasons. Firstly many parents do not want their boys exposed to gay activity because of their personal and religious convictions.
According to NARTH (National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuals) a recent report says that there is no doubt that “homosexual youth are sexually active than their heterosexual peers.” The study was based on a sampling of teens in Massachusetts and the results are published in an article written by Michelle Cretella, MD and David C. Pruden, MS, entitled “Research Pertinent to the Boy Scouts of America Policy Change Debate.” May 20, 2013
Another cause for future exits from the BSA is due to the fact that many of the troops across the nation are sponsored by churches and religious ministries that are strongly opposed to the promulgation of the gay agenda. Sponsorship will be pulled and not offered again in many cases.
What never seems to occur to either the President who announced for everything gay since his first term, to the beleaguered congress that are being bombarded by gay activist groups is that; the words of the Bible about the sinfulness of homosexuality are written in their hearts, not just the pages of the world’s most revered and trusted book.
We do not accept because it has become vogue the call to everything LBGT and by no means do Christians equate the gay agenda as the just cause of a civil group that is being denied their rights. They are not a race, or a particular religion or creed but simply a people who want to put their preferences and choices on a level as normal, acceptable and moral. This world will come to its ignominious end before real Christians ever accept the perversion of the LBGT as something as normal.
True believers are well beyond worrying about whether people can see the troubles, catastrophes and disasters as part and parcel to the judgments that follow our worst national behavior.
Not long after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down California’s Prop-8 as unconstitutional most of the western states, but especially California began burning and homes and property was devastated.
Only days before Southern Decadence was to begin its celebrations in New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina came to end it and anything else planned in that area for years to come.
Only one day after the State of Oklahoma began its ‘Gay Pride Week” the worst tornado in the history of the planet touched down to flatten over 12,000 homes and properties.
People may doubt that God would do these kinds of interventions, they blame global warning, solar flares, coincidence and shear bad luck, but according to the Bible these kinds of interventions will come from God with ever increasing frequency until they become even more frequent and far more intense.
Certain questions among believers have been with us since the Lord’s departure and his promise to return. Some of the questions are why denominations and sects have arisen, but when they are not questions having to do with salvation through Christ’s finished work we must approach with caution.
The Rapture Controversy – Are We Asking the Wrong Question?
All three views of the rapture come with their own Biblical proof texts and separate arguments. When all the input is taken in to account one thing emerges beyond doubt; most Christians believe in a pre-tribulation rapture.
Those who think we will not be taken up by the Lord until halfway through the last seven year dispensation of the antichrist make up roughly a quarter of all believers. About three quarters are pre-tribulationists and a very small number are post trib. There is no scientific poll from which to be sure of these estimates, but few would argue against them.
While a post-trib seems unlikely, those who hold to this view have perhaps the strongest proof text of all, to wit:
“Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” (Mt 24: 29-32)
The sequence here is simple. First we see a tribulation period that comes and completely finishes. Second is a gathering of his people from every corner of the world. This one verse we may say does rings around any attempt to place the church in the book of Revelation as here, then gone, especially since silence about something has less of a chance to be properly interpreted than an actual statement made by the Lord Jesus Christ. To gather meanings from the silence of passages is called an ‘interpolation.’ Better exegesis is to interpret only what is said and not what is inferred by silence.
Just like not knowing the day or the hour of Christ’s return, knowing the time and sequence of the rapture in proximity to unfolding events remains a conjectural matter at best. This writer hopes the pre-tribs’ are right, but I will not teach nor hold close to my heart this viewpoint for reasons that are very easily understood.
I firmly believe that this view is too easily accepted for all the wrong reasons. Rather than arguing one proof text against another it is apparent that we are raising the wrong question entirely.
We should be asking this question, but leaving the actual timing of the event in the omniscient and loving hands of our Savior. The question is simply stated, and has but one answer.
The radical-moderate continuum that has defined the dialogue on Islam in the War on Terror is not an authentic perspective, it is an observer perspective.
To the Western observer, a suicide bomber is radical, a Muslim Imam willing to perform gay weddings is moderate and the Muslim Brotherhood leader who supports some acts of terror, but not others, is moderately radical or radically moderate.
These descriptions tell us nothing about Islam or about what Muslims believe, but do tell us a great deal about its observers and what they believe. They turn Islam into inkblots that reveal more about the interpreter than the splotch of ink being interpreted.
Muslims are not radical or moderate. The radical-moderate continuum is how liberal countries rate individuals and countries to decide how well they will harmonize with the national and international consensus. Even if that consensus only exists in their own mind. The label of moderate does not mean a rejection of violence. Otherwise it could hardly be applied to the Muslim Brotherhood. What it means is a willingness to collaborate with Western governments and progressive organizations.
The radical-moderate labels are useful for liberals, but useless for anyone who wants to asses reality. It is tied into a number of false notions that are necessary for maintaining the status quo of liberal democracies. Notions such as the equal moral stature and interchangeability of all religions and peoples are key to running a liberal democracy, but they make it impossible to have a rational conservative about Islam.
In liberal democracies, no one really discusses Islam as a religion. That discussion is preemptively aborted by the defense of the general category of religion. To criticize Islam is to challenge the category of protection for all religions, much as to attack Communism during the Cold War was to attack the First Amendment.
The general category makes it necessary to subdivide the specific religion or ideology into a moderate majority and a tiny minority of extremists. This categorization tells us nothing about Islam and everything about the political and intellectual classes that refuse to rationally discuss it.
Islam is neither moderate nor extreme. It simply is. Extremism and moderate are an observer perspective. That does not mean that Islam is all one thing, an impermeable block. But the one thing that it is not, is liberal.
Liberal Islam is secular Islam, in the same way that liberal Christianity and liberal Judaism are both secularized in their subservience to liberal values. There are indeed secular Muslims out there, but they are a tiny minority of secularists even in the secular West. Their influence is minimal. And it likely would be minimal even if the Saudis weren’t spending fortunes in oil money to control the expressions of Islam in the West.
Even these secular Muslims are not necessarily non-violent. What they lack is the broader worldview of Islamic nationalism, that some label Islamism. They will support Arab Nationalist terrorism, which defines peoples by nation, rather than the Islamic Nationalism, which defines them by religion.
Islamic nationalism is not a religion. Nor is it a separate branch of Islam. It is influenced by movements within Islam, but those movements are largely reformist efforts aimed at returning to a more uncompromised Islam. And it is not limited to these movements.
The IRS Bullying tactics currently in the news is not a new thing. This individual, who was targeted by the U.S. version of the KGB, learned that the IRS is totally directed by the government to harass those with political ideology other than their own, which is Marxist. The government uses the IRS as a chain-saw to silence those with whom they disagree, especially ministers who believe in God.
In early 2000, an application for a 501c3 tax exemption for a valid ministry resulted in an avalanche of form after form requiring excessive information. This continued for several months after the demanded $400.00 had been sent to them to process the application.
After several months it became evident that they would never grant me the exemption even though this ministry has proved to benefit society with a 100% success rate in suicide prevention, crisis counseling, chaplain work in all areas, the training of chaplains and homeless ministry. They had no intention to grant the exemption and they kept my $400.00, which, for a devoted minister, is a sacrifice.
At the very same time, a perverted organization called, North American Man Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) whose goal it is [to] make it legal, for older men to have sex with little boys, which they refer to as inter-generational sex, applied for tax exempt status and that was immediately granted without delay.
The government then zeroed in on its quest to close down this ministry. California Governor Gray Davis, a Democrat, launched a full frontal assault. My driver’s license Renewal Notice came in the mail at the usual time. I sent back the signature, again as usual, and BAM! The DMV wrote back that I had to provide identification to renew my license, which was strange since I had been living and driving in the State of California for 16 years with no violations.
Identification was sent and it was rejected even though it had been accepted before. I sent them a copy of my passport and even that was not accepted. The demand for massive identification was such that nobody could have provided what they insisted on having.
It is to be noted that the DMV, under direction of Gov. Davis took a very defensive stance against me, were rude and downright insulting when I called them, and in letters they wrote to me. Some of the things they said to me were downright stupid, something not expected from a government office.
They then asked for a birth certificate which I sent, but that was rejected since they would not accept a copy of a birth certificate. It had to be the original one. Since I was born in Houston I contacted the Texas Bureau of Vital Statistics. Gov. Davis had already contacted them with instructions not to cooperate with me.
That bureau stated that I had to provide identification to prove who I was in order to be issued the certificate. I had sent them copies of the original birth certificate but that was not acceptable, it didn’t prove a thing, they said. I then sent them copies of my passports over the years and those were refused. They had made it impossible for me. The government was firing its best shots to force me out of public life.
As U.S. lawmakers continue to peel away layers of the Benghazi cover up, the partisan politics involved during the Congressional probes that have been twisted and maligned by members of the news media appear to be the only stories most news organizations are covering, said a former Marine officer, Steven Klein, a producer of the motion picture blamed for the Benghazi attack, during an exclusive interview with Law Enforcement Examiner on Tuesday.
Sadly, little attention is being paid to the mysterious filmmaker who created the motion picture, “Innocence of Muslims,” which President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other administration minions blamed for the deaths of a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya, according to the former U.S. Marine, who worked on the now infamous motion picture.
While the filmmaker was first identified as Sam Bacile immediately following the terrorist attack in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, it was later learned, through court documents from a 2009 indictment and conviction for bank fraud, that the filmmaker’s real name is Nakoula Basseley Nakoula.
Sam Bacile is a pseudonym and he uses aliases — Mark Basseley Youssef, Yousseff M. Basseley, Nicola Bacily and Malid Ahlawi — to avoid being victimized by Muslims from his homeland, which many believe is Egypt, according to the Vietnam veteran.
Klein said he was one of the producers and the military consultant for the movie project and that he and Bacile the filmmaker wished to make a film that would expose the truth about the Prophet Mohammed to radical Muslims throughout the world.
“The Obama administration is using “Innocence of Muslims” as a smokescreen to hide the fact that al-Qaeda and its affiliates are as strong as ever. Obama, Clinton, Panetta and the rest knew the film was not responsible for the deaths of four Americans,” said the decorated Marine veteran.
Klein said he had promised to help Bacile produce the feature film but cautioned him that “you’re going to be the next Theo van Gogh.” Van Gogh was a Dutch filmmaker killed by a Muslim extremist in 2004 after making a film that was perceived as insulting to Islam.
“We went into this knowing this was probably going to happen,” Klein said.
In trailers posted on YouTube in July 2012, there were scenes of the Prophet Mohammed portrayed as a womanizer, ruthless killer and child molester. While Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama said the film was “disgusting,” most Americans are aware of its truthfulness, said former police detective Mike Snopes who watched the movie trailers.
“The facts are that Mohammed married a nine-year old girl which makes him a pedophile and rapist if he consummated that marriage with the child. He took part in the slaughter of infidels — non-believers — which makes him a ruthless killer. And during his era, what Arab leader had only one wife?” asks Snopes.
Intelligence officials and others working in the field of counterterrorism were aware almost immediately that the Benghazi attack had nothing to do with Bacile’s film, here’s how CNN reported the story two days after the Benghazi attack:
Protesters aired their anti-American anger in Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia, Morocco, Sudan, Iran, Iraq, Israel and the Palestinian territories. Violent mobs attacked the U.S.
A group of influential pastors and ministers recently met with Vice President Joe Biden at the White House where the Vice President called on them to use their influence to help pass President Barack Obama’s new gun control measures. Of course, these measures include the outlawing of all semi-automatic rifles, outlawing high-capacity magazines, and establishing a government-mandated national gun registration policy, which is subtly identified as “Universal Background Checks.” These measures were recently defeated in the US Senate, so now the White House is calling on the clergy to help sell this gun grab to America’s churches.
Here is how Breitbart.com covers the story: “Vice President Joe Biden wants pastors, rabbis and nuns to tell their flocks that enacting gun control is the moral thing to do. But another vote may have to wait until Congress wraps up work on an immigration overhaul.
“Biden met for two-and-a-half hours Monday with more than a dozen leaders from various faith communities –Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh, to name a few. Both Biden and the faith leaders encouraged each other not to give up on what has been an arduous and thus far fruitless effort by Biden and President Barack Obama to pass new gun laws in the wake of December’s schoolhouse shooting in Connecticut.
“Around a large, circular table in a conference room on the White House grounds, Biden waxed optimistic about prospects for passing a bill, according to four participants who spoke to The Associated Press after the meeting. Biden’s chief of staff, Bruce Reed, joined the group, as did a handful of Obama aides who work on faith-based outreach. The meeting closed with a meditation and a prayer for action.”
The report continued saying, “Monday’s session reflects an attempt to broaden the coalition calling for new gun laws to include a wide array of religious groups–including evangelicals and conservative faith communities.”
The report concluded by saying, “A spokeswoman for Biden declined to comment on the meeting. But Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, executive vice president of the Rabbinical Assembly, said a diverse spectrum of denominations and religious orders were represented. She said they included evangelical leaders Richard Cizik and Franklin Graham, the son of evangelist Billy Graham, as well as Sister Marge Clark of Network, a Catholic group.”
See the report here:
There is nothing new about the White House attempting to use America’s pastors to promote gun control. Both the G.W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations have had the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) conduct pastor training programs whereby pastors are instructed to use their influence to convince citizens to completely surrender any and all rights and liberties to the federal government in the event of a national emergency or crisis. Submission to tyrannical actions such as forced relocation and gun confiscation is taught in these training programs.
See this report:
And here is a local Louisiana television news report on the FEMA “Clergy Response Teams”:
Obviously, the Obama administration’s effort to enact more gun control has already enjoyed the support of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Richard Land (who is a member of the CFR) and evangelist Franklin Graham. It is noteworthy that Mr. Graham was in attendance at Vice President Biden’s private meeting.
Members of the al-Qaeda-affilated Boko Haram allegedly assassinated a Christian leader on Tuesday in Nigeria’s northeast Borno State, according to an Israeli police intelligence analyst who monitors African Islamist groups.
According to a spokesman from the National President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev Ayo Oritsajafor, Rev Faye Pama Musa was shot dead at about 7:30 p.m. local time on Tuesday at his residence in Maiduguri by Boko Haram jihadists.
“The Borno CAN secretary has been killed. We’ve got the report and the national president received it with heavy heart. It is very sad,” the spokesperson added in a statement.
The Israeli police source, Jacob Moskowitz, said that there were reports that the deceased Christian pastor had “attempted to run away but his assailants caught him and they “shot him at close range.”
The killing of the popular Christian pastor occurred shortly after Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in the most troubled states in the northeast part of the country where Boko Haram is believed strongest.
The states most at risk for Boko Haram attacks are Yobe, Adamawa, and Borno, the source noted.
Also on Monday, the Boko Haram sect claimed responsibility for the recent major assault on Baga and Bama, in Borno state, in which up to 200 people, including soldiers, policemen, prison warders and civilians, were massacred.
The Islamic jihad in Nigeria started as a riot in 2009 by members of an Islamist group known as Boko Haram. That first encounter turned into a full-blown gun-fight between Boko Haram and its supporters and the police and the military.
Since 2010, Islamists have perpetrated drive-by shootings and suicide bombings that have killed 1,548 people. Boko Haram, which means “Western education is sacrilege,” has said it wants its imprisoned Islamists released and for the current Nigerian government to institute Sharia law throughout the nation.