Friday, July 13, 2012

July Newsletter

The rumblings stirred by record-setting new film in Turkey are triggering alarm bells with students of biblical prophecy, who warn the world system the Antichrist will use to rise to power is already on the march. "Constantinople will surely be conquered one day. The commander who conquers it is a blessed commander. His soldiers are blessed soldiers" – thus opens the film "Fetih 1453." "Fetih" (meaning "conquest") begins in 7th century Arabia with Muhammad, who is presented off camera lest pious Muslims be offended by his physical portrayal, declaring the quote above. The film tells the story of the conquest of the Christian East Roman Empire and its capital Constantinople by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II, thereafter known as Mehmet Fatih, or the Conqueror. Director Faruk Aksoy's film is the now the most watched and highest grossing movie in Turkish history, earning more than $60 million worldwide.

Did Middle Eastern Christians greet/ view Muslims as liberators?
NO! The Muslims persecuted them far worse than the Byzantines did-and the Byzantines worked to create unity and cohesion among diverse Christian groups before the dawn of Islam.

Did Middle Eastern Christians prefer Islamic rule to Byzantine rule or were they shown greater tolerance under Islamic rule than they experienced under Byzantine rule? NO! To know the truth actually read the history of the Eastern Churches-Coptic (Egyptian), Syriac (Aramaic) and Ethiopic. An Islamic military force invaded Christian territory. The Muslim confiscated churches and forced the Christians to pay heavy fines in order to continue to practice their religion. Soon, mobs of Islamic fanatics began attacking the Christians. If you look through Eastern Christian history, you will find major persecutions every fifty years. These facts can be found in the book "The Martyred Church" which gives the history of the Assyrian Church of the East. Even in Islamic Spain, which Muslims try to paint at a center of tolerance and multi-culturalism, Christians were put to death for their faith. (See "The Cordova Martyrs.")

Black Obelisk of Assyrian King Shalmanezer III


This monument is important because it has a bas relief of an Israelite delegation bringing tribute to the Assyrian King. We have a replica at my seminary and I found it interesting to see the tribute of an elephant and human headed cats being brought to the Assyrian king. (Tribute from the land of Musri.)

Dobson to prez: I won't bow to 'wicked' Obamacare

'So come and get me if you must'

Published: 06/04/2012 at 8:30 PM (www.wnd.com)

Dr. James Dobson is taking a defiant stand on Obamacare and issuing a loud and clear message to President Obama: "I WILL NOT pay the surcharge for abortion services. … So come and get me if you must, Mr. President. I will not bow before your wicked regulation."

The evangelical Christian author and founder of Focus on the Family minced no words when he accused Obama of deceiving the American public in his exclusive WND column, "The president's Obamacare lies."

Dobson notes that the president issued the following statement on the night of Sept. 9, 2009, when he gave an address to a joint session of Congress in an effort push members of the House and Senate to pass his health-care bill:

"And one more misunderstanding I want to clear up – under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions, and federal conscience laws will remain in place."

However, he said, "The speech was filled with promises and assurances that have proved to be shockingly false, and the president's premise was based on deception."

In numerous speeches, Obama assured his pro-choice constituency that coverage for abortion would be "job one" within his health-care plan, he noted.

"I knew from deep within my soul that the president was not being truthful about this matter of life and death," Dobson recalled, noting that Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., was so outraged by what he was hearing that he blurted out, "You lie!"

By March 2010, the Obama administration had officially approved the first instance of taxpayer-funded abortions under Obamacare – giving Pennsylvania $160 million to set up a new "high-risk" insurance program under a provision of the legislation in preparation for a $5 billion national roll-out.

"The Big Promise of Sept. 9 had already been abandoned," Dobson lamented.

He also observed that Obama fought language in the legislation that would prohibit federal subsidies for abortion: "This was his plan all along, and pro-life advocates were kept in the dark."

Earlier this year, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sibelius announced an expansion of Section 1303 of the Obamacare law requiring millions of Americans to pay a minimum surcharge for abortion services. The amount to be remitted will be a minimum of $12 per year, but could be much more.

"When an insurance company provides coverage for abortion, it MUST charge all employees an amount sufficient to cover the costs of abortion services, even by those who are horrified at the thought," Dobson explained. "No one can opt out of the provision. That is now written into the law."

Furthermore, the Department of Health and Human Services has announced that businesses and non-profit organizations – including churches and Christian colleges and universities – must provide free contraceptives and abortion pills with health insurance.

"When Catholic and evangelical church leaders objected strenuously to this assault on religious liberty, the president simply announced an 'accommodation,' requiring insurance companies to pay for the contraceptives," Dobson explained. "Of course, they will pass the expense along to their customers, and employees will all be in the abortion business."

He said President Obama never intended to protect the conscience clause and even canceled President Bush's executive order guaranteeing doctors, nurses and health professionals would not be forced to act against their beliefs.

"Abortion is an integral part of Obamacare, and babies will die because of it," Dobson wrote in his column. "Citizens never had an opportunity to be heard on the matter. The abortion component of the health-care bill will go into effect in January 2013. After that date, you could be forced unwittingly to support the killing of babies."

But Dobson vowed to take a stand against Obama's "wicked" surcharge, come what may:

I want to be very careful regarding what I am about to write now. It will not be said flippantly or with malice, but it will reflect the passion of my heart.

I believe in the rule of law, and it has been my practice since I was in college to respect and honor those in authority over us. It is my desire to do so now. However, this assault on the sanctity of human life takes me where I cannot go. I WILL NOT pay the surcharge for abortion services. The amount of the surcharge is irrelevant. To pay one cent for the killing of babies is egregious to me, and I will do all I can to correct a government that lies to me about its intentions and then tries to coerce my acquiescence with extortion. It would be a violation of my most deeply held convictions to disobey what I consider to be the principles in Scripture. The Creator will not hold us guiltless if we turn a deaf ear to the cries of His innocent babies. So come and get me if you must, Mr. President. I will not bow before your wicked regulation.


 


 

Chronological Bible storying AKA (Orality Strategies) Oral Bible Storytelling


Chronological Bible Storying (CBS) is the process of encountering God by telling the stories of the Bible. In CBS we tell Bible stories without interruption or comment and we tell them in the order that they happened in time. Afterward we discuss each story and its significance for our lives. Each story builds on those that came before; as a result, the overarching message of the Bible becomes clear and we discover our own place in God's story.

Oral cultures use many means of communicating. Stories, poetry, music, proverbs, drama, ceremonies, and the visual arts are some of the main ones. In addition, they often enjoy electronic media like radio, audio recordings, and film.


 

This technique was developed by Jim Lewis and Greg Jackson. See: The Story Cloth or "Kanga" (pronounced CAHN gah) is a new tool that Calvary Road Ministries is using
to reach the Maasai people in Kenya and Tanzania, East Africa.
http://granddan.com/pictures/storycloth/storycloth.htm and http://historycloth.com/about/

http://www.oralitystrategies.org/strategies.cfm?id=1

The Loss of Freedom in America (World Net Daily, July 11, 2012)

Outrage over ISLAMIC mob attack in Michigan

'Officers made choice to allow Muslims to silence Christian speakers'

A legal team that has gone to court in the past to protect Christians at Arab events in Dearborn, Mich., is returning to the fray, this time taking on the local sheriff's department over a decision by officers to threaten Christians with disorderly conduct while angry Muslims were heaving chunks of concrete, stones, bottles and debris at them. It happened at the 2012 Arab International festival on Father's Day weekend, and a video of the attacks has gone viral on the Internet. There, an angry mob of Arabs chanting "Allahu Akbar" is seen throwing concrete and eggs at the Christians who were holding signs about their faith. Officials with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office, however, stood idly by during the attacks and then threatened the Christians with arrest if they did not leave, after a leader of the Christian group asked that officers enforce the law. Now that Christian leader, Ruben Israel, has begun working with the American Freedom Law Center on a challenge to the police actions. The AFLC reports that Israel "asked the law enforcement officers present to step in and enforce the criminal law so that the Christians could exercise their right to freedom of speech," but was "given the option of either leaving the festival or facing arrest." WND reported earlier that a video reveals that the crowd – reminiscent of a rock-throwing "intifada" scene from the Middle East – hurled a dizzying barrage of objects at the Christians standing passively with their signs, causing some injuries.


 

BRAD PITT's MOTHER RECIEVES DEATH THREATS FOR STATING HER OPINION


 

Jane Pitt, mother of actor Brad Pitt, has been scared into silence by the hate-filled, vulgar and even violent reaction to her public assertion that Barack Obama is "a liberal who supports the killing of unborn babies and same-sex marriage." Pitt has even been the subject of death threats following her letter to the editor of Missouri's Springfield News-Leader in which she asserted failure to vote for Republican presumptive presidential candidate Mitt Romney constituted a vote for Obama. WND spoke briefly with Pitt and asked about the media assault against her for her comments as a private citizen supporting Romney. With inflections in her voice that conveyed fear and despair, she quietly and politely said she was not interested in talking to anyone in the media about the incident. When she was told WND supported her right to speak her mind and is appalled by the threats against her life, Pitt expressed gratitude to WND for being one of the few news agencies doing so. Even her thank you, however, was said in a subdued manner laden with heaviness of heart.

Washington Times, Obama's Sodomite America: President embraces liberal goal of ending marriage and social stability by Jeffery T. Kuhner

Every major religious faith - Christianity, Islam, Orthodox Judaism - teaches that homosexuality is an abomination. Homosexual behavior, especially sodomy, is unnatural and immoral. It is absurd, bordering on social madness, to elevate gay and lesbian relationships to the sanctified status of marriage - a form of moral anarchy characterized by radical individualism, hedonism and sexual liberation. Same-sex marriage is a symptom of cultural decay. Our Judeo-Christian ancestors understood something that postmodern liberals do not: The primary purpose of sexual activity is to procreate - to have children - within the boundaries of marriage. Romantic love, personal fulfillment, burning passion - all of these things are nice, but secondary to the real purpose and mission of marriage. Secular liberals are engaged in social engineering. They are fostering the myth that women and men are the same and interchangeable. According to Mr. Obama, a child needs two committed and loving parents - regardless of their gender. This is fantasy. A child needs a committed mother and father. Women and men are profoundly different; they have distinct natures, with unique biological, emotional and psychological characteristics. It is the fusion of these two divergent genders that provides the balance and harmony necessary for the healthy development of children. Hence, same-sex "marriage" is an oxymoron. It is akin to redefining gravity: an act of hubris destined to fail. For decades, liberals - aided and abetted by the popular culture - have been bringing homosexuality into the mainstream. It is slowly being promoted in public schools and constantly being glamorized in television shows and movies. The more the homosexual agenda is spread, the more militant its advocates become. They no longer want toleration. They seek full social acceptance. Once marriage falls, only one institution will be left standing in their way: traditional Christianity. The ultimate aim of the radical left has been to destroy religion - especially Western Christendom. Once a religion dies, so does the culture and civilization it spawned. America is at a crossroads, enmeshed in a cultural war with homosexual advocates like Mr. Obama who are determined to strike at the very nexus of our civilization. Yet the same-sex-marriage issue is more important than simple politics. It is about the future of America's civilization. Within hours of Amendment One's victory, the pro-homosexual-marriage forces announced they would sue to block North Carolina's constitutional ban. In other words, they repeated the Proposition 8 model: Circumvent defeat at the ballot box by asking leftist judges to trump the democratic will of the people. This is judicial tyranny masquerading as civil rights - a naked attempt by a minority to impose its neo-pagan immorality upon the majority. The homosexual agenda is a manifestation of the totalitarian impulse at the heart of liberalism: the desire by a ruling cartel to impose a social revolution from above.

The liberal media, such as the New York Times, consistently portray anti-gay-marriage advocates as bigots. This is nonsense. Most Americans are neither intolerant nor bigoted. Rather, they understand that marriage is the basic institution of society. For thousands of years in the West, it has had a privileged role. Marriage solidifies the bonds between a man and a woman, laying the foundation for raising children in stable families. It is the glue that binds a functioning, viable social order. Marriage is the natural unit that enables society to perpetuate itself from one generation to the next. This is not hate; it's common sense.

Jeffrey T. Kuhner is a columnist at The Washington Times and president of the Edmund Burke Institute.

Pitt's Mom (continued)

Pitt had every reason to be frightened. Following her letter to the editor in her local newspaper, the mainstream media have painted her comments in a vilifying light.

The Hollywood Reporter published a story headlined, "Brad Pitt's mother pens anti-gay, anti-Obama letter to local newspaper." The New York Daily News went further, penning an article originally titled, "Brad Pitt's mom unleashes anti-gay, anti-Obama fury in letter."

She Knows Entertainment reported that Pitt actually "hates Obama, 'gay' people."

These slants on the story, however, are mild compared to comments posted on Twitter.

Editors of the Twitter-scouring news site Twitchy exclaimed sarcastically, "Time for the left's self-proclaimed arbiters of tolerance to teach her a lesson with their hateful, misogynist slurs and death wishes."

Twitchy then spotlighted some of the tweets it found. "Brad Pitt's mom, die," wrote Twitter-poster Sandy Kownacka.

A tweet from "I Bleed Gaga" echoed similar sentiments, saying, "Brad Pitt's mom wrote an anti-gay pro-Romney editorial. Kill the b—-."

Other comments included, "F— you, brad pitt's mom, the gay community made your kid a star, you whacko," and, "Brad Pitt's mom is a dumb c—."

Many of the comments told her to commit vulgar sexual acts with the commenter.

These statements stand contrary to Pitt's own statements about his mother. In January, Pitt told the Hollywood Reporter that his mother was a very loving person.

"She's very, very loving – very open, genuine, and it's hilarious because she always gets painted in the tabloids as a she-devil," the actor said. "There's not an ounce of malice in her. She wants everyone to be happy."

Jane Pitt originally penned her letter to the editor responding to another reader, Richard Stoecker, who stated that Christians should not vote for Romney based on his Mormonism.

In her rebuttal letter, she acknowledged that there were doctrinal differences between Mormonism and Christianity, but she took issue with the rest of Stoecker's reasoning.

Pitt wrote, "I think any Christian should spend much time in prayer before refusing to vote for a family man with high morals, business experience, who is against abortion and shares Christian conviction concerning homosexuality just because he is a Mormon."

Pitt went on to say, "Any Christian who does not vote or writes in a name is casting a vote for Romney's opponent, Barack Hussein Obama – a man who sat in Jeremiah Wright's church for years, did not hold a public ceremony to mark the National Day of Prayer and is a liberal who supports the killing of unborn babies and same-sex marriage."

Her statements on Obama's record, however, are not opinions, but established facts. Obama himself has come out and said he supports the rights of homosexuals to marry. He has repeatedly backed legalized abortion. While he was a state senator in Illinois, Obama opposed a bill that would have required medical care to be given to infants who survived an abortion.

Unlike his mother, Hollywood actor Brad Pitt has taken a strong stand for same-sex marriage and supports Obama.

Brad Pitt has a long history of support for homosexual causes. He once famously declared he would refuse to marry Angelina Jolie until same-sex marriages were made legal in America in every state.

Following New York's legalization of same-sex marriage, Pitt said, "It is each American's constitutional right to marry the person they love, no matter what state they inhabit. No state should decide who can marry and who cannot."

In 2008, he donated $100,000 to help fight passage of Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment in California that recognized marriage as being between one man and one woman. In March, he portrayed homosexual Judge Vaughn Walker in "8," a play that re-enacted the trial where Walker overturned the amendment.


 

Islamic Mob (continued)

WND later learned that the Christian crowd had been carrying a pole with a pig's head attached to the top, further angering the Muslim crowd.

[NOTE FROM STEPHEN: Now, a pole with a pig's head is provocative-but so what? You can buy a pig's head at any Fiesta! Mexican grocery. If a pig is provocative and we can't display them-then we are going to have to ban pork-which is what Muslims want to do. The pig's head is also protected speech. Throughout history, Muslims have carried and paraded dead bodies of Christians through the streets-before the Battle of Lepanto and even as recently as the Turkish massacres of Eastern Christians in the early 20th century. I have seen photos of such incidents. So, why not display a pigs head on a stick?]

At the beginning of the video, Christian street preachers shout, "God is good, and God is not Allah!"

Police approached Israel, of OfficialStreetPreachers.com, warning him, "The city of Dearborn has an ordinance, OK, that you guys can't use the megaphone. So, if you guys continue to use that, you will get a citation."

Israel noted that the group was allowed to use the megaphone in 2011. Then he asked the officer, "So, if we don't use a megaphone, can we throw water bottles at the crowd?"

The officer shook his head no.

"So what are you going to do if they throw water bottles at us?" Israel asked.

"If that happens, we will take care of that and address it," the officer promised.

When Israel said he had captured the mob's assault on the Christians on video, the officer suggested he "take it through the proper channels, and we'll try to find them."

However, at the 2:17 mark of the video, the mob can be heard screaming, "You want to jump 'em? C'mon, let's go!"

One boy yells, "Let's beat the sh-t out of them!"

A girl shouts, "Go home! Do you understand English?!"

The Christians are no longer using megaphones, as the mob advances on them from all angles – hurling bottles, cans, eggs, chunks of concrete and even milk crates toward their heads.

Even young children shout obscenities such as, "F—k you, b-tch!"

Meanwhile, police are nowhere to be seen in the video: (Editor's note: The following 22-minute video contains profane statements shouted by an angry mob and may be offensive to viewers.)


 

Despite the attacks the Christians endured, a man identified in the video as Deputy Chief Dennis Richardson of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office tells them, "You're a danger to the safety right now."

Officers claim they don't have the manpower to protect the Christians at the festival.

"Your safety is in harm's way. You need to protect everybody," said Deputy Chief Mike Jaafar of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office. "You do have the option to leave. I just want to make that clear."

Israel replied, "You have the option to stand with us" as Jaafar walked away, leaving the Christians to the mob.

When police leave, the crowd continues harassing the Christians and screaming profanities.

Then police begin escorting the Christians away from the crowd.

Deputy Chief Richardson tells Israel, "We have the responsibility of policing the entire festival, and obviously your conduct is such that it's causing a disturbance and is a direct threat to the safety of everyone here. Someone could get hurt. You already have blood on your face. One of the festival people, one of my officers, anybody can get hurt. Now we're going to escort you out."

Robert Muise, senior counsel for the AFLC, said, "Whether you agree to disagree with the Christians' message, there is one issue to which there is no dispute: no citizen should be stoned in a city street in America for exercising his constitutional right to freedom of speech. And what makes this case so egregious is that law enforcement officers were present and made the conscious choice to allow the Muslim mob to silence the Christian speakers through violence. Indeed, the video of the incident looks like something you would see in the Middle East, not in the United States."

David Yerushalmi, an expert on Muslim law and a co-founder with Muise of the SFLC, said, "While it is shocking to see video of Christians being stoned in the United States for criticizing Islam, it is not necessarily surprising that this incident occurred in Dearborn, Mich., a city where the mayor and law enforcement have consistently violated Christians' free speech rights in favor of appeasing a large Muslim population and where, in line with the Islamic legal dictates of Shariah, the Christian Gospel is treated as criminally offensive speech, and violence 'for the sake of Allah' is reinforced by arresting or removing the Christians. What you are witnessing on the video is the enforcement of Shariah by a hostile mob and law enforcement aiding and abetting," he said.

Following an attack on Christian pastor George Saieg at the festival in 2009, when he was prohibited from distributing information about Christianity, a lawsuit was filed and at its conclusion, a court awarded Saieg more than $100,000.

Then in 2010, four Christian missionaries were cuffed and jailed for peacefully preaching to Muslims. The city accused the Christians of "breach of the peace."

After they were found innocent, a civil rights complaint was filed again the city and its officials and a judge recently rejected a request by the defendants to dismiss the complaint.

In 2011, a controversial Christian pastor proposed a peaceful demonstration against Shariah and the city and county hauled him into court, demanded a "peace bond" and jailed him until it was paid.

In that case, the AFLC said, "The prosecutor argued that because Muslim counter-protestors threatened violence if the Christians were allowed to hold their protest, the imposition of a 'peace bond' to prevent the demonstration was justified. A local state court judge agreed. Following a two-day trial, the court imposed a 'peace bond,' issued an order preventing the Christians from going near the mosque for three years, and jailed them until they paid the bond."

Yerushalmi said the actions of authorities are not new; they have been seen before in locations where Islam demands those of other faiths have a lower standard of rights.

"The city of Dearborn and now the Wayne County Sheriff's Office appear to be serial violators of the Constitution when it comes to defending the free speech rights of Christians who seek to evangelize Muslims or criticize Islam. Under Shariah, this is known as dhimmitude, which is the status that Islamic law mandates for non-Muslims, primarily Jews and Christians, that deprives them of equality of rights and seeks to subdue them under Islamic rule," he said.

Muise said in America, speech serves "its 'high purposes' when it stirs people to anger."

"Speech is often provocative and challenging, and it may have profound unsettling effects as it presses for acceptance of an idea. That is why freedom of speech is protected against censorship or punishment. There is no room under our Constitution for a more restrictive view. Additionally, the courts have made clear that a police officer has the duty not to effectuate a heckler's veto, nor may he join a violent mob intent on suppressing speech. Instead, the officer must take reasonable action to protect persons exercising their free speech rights," he said. "The Wayne County Sheriff's Office egregiously breached its duty in violation of the U.S. Constitution."

The center confirmed a legal action is being prepared.


 

What the Koran says about it:

Excerpts from the Qu'ran


 

In the Name of Allah…Praise be to Allah, Lord of worlds...the King of Judgment Day. Only You do we worship, and to You alone do we ask for help. Keep us on the straight and narrow path. The path of those You favor; not the path of those who anger You [the Jews] nor the path of those who go astray [the Christians]. ("The Exordium" Sura 1:1-5)


 

The Koran is only a tenth of the length of the Bible and is roughly the same length as the New Testament. It is a very difficult book to read. Edward Gibbon said that the Koran is "an endless incoherent rhapsody of fable and precept." Thomas Carlyle said that his reading of the Koran was "as toilsome reading as I ever undertook; a wearisome confused jumble, crude, incondite." According to Islamic historians, Muhammad was not able to read or write and was illiterate. Therefore, Mohammed did not write the Koran-he recited it to others. When you read the Koran it is obvious that Mohammed was illiterate. The Koran is the product of an unlearned mind. Mohammad died in the year 632 after the birth of Jesus. The Battle of Tours took place one hundred years after the death of Mohammad. The Qur'an was originally memorized by "professional remembrancers." Then certain texts were written on palm leaves and stone. During the caliphate of Omar, the second Kaliph, who reigned over the Islamic Empire from 644-656, all copies of the Koran were collected and an authorized version was made. All the earlier Korans with divergent and alternate reading were burned. However, certain variant readings are recognized by Muslims. A "Sura" is a chapter of the Koran. The sura is a "revelation" or a speech given though Muhammed in which Allah is the speaker. The Koran is organized basically with the longest Sura in the front and the shorter Suras in the back. Mohammed rambles on inherently throughout the Koran. It seems jumbled and repetitive. The Koran is a book full of anger and threats against non-believers. I have spoken to people who have read the Qur'an and think that it is similar to the Bible. The first thing that such a person needs to realize is that the blood-curdling cries for the death of the unbeliever applies to you-the non-Muslim. The text of the Koran is calling for your death or subjugation and your reduction to a state of persecution and humiliation as a non-Muslim. I think another problem is that many readers are not engaging the text. The Koran is so poorly written that it is easy to get lost in its sea of words and to read without comprehending. Such a reader, who is familiar with the Bible will notice the allusions to persons from the Holy Bible and be confused and uncertain about the rest of what he is reading. Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren wrote How to Read A Book which encourages readers to engage the text that they are reading. We know the different between hearing and listening. Sometimes we can hear someone speaking but our mind drifts off and we are not listening to what they are saying. Adler and Van Doren also note the difference between a superficial reader and an active reader who analyzes what the reader is reading. Since the Koran is so difficult to read, it is good to find a "user-friendly" version of the Koran. I recommend "An Abridged Koran." Center for the Study of Political Islam has published An Abridged Koran: Readable and Understandable (CSPI Publishing, 2006). (The same book, but with the entire text of the Koran, is entitled A Simple Koran.) According to the Center for the Study of Political Islam, "Islam is a political system, a culture, and a religion based upon the Koran, Sira¸ and Hadith. To understand Islam, know the Trilogy. The Center for the Study of Political Islam is dedicated to making the political doctrine or the Koran, Sira, and Hadith (the Trilogy) available to the world, establishing authoritative/verifiable fact-based knowledge-statements that can be confirmed by the use of reference numbers, and integrating knowledge-using primary sources to give the complete picture of Islam's political doctrine." The "Islamic Trilogy" is an eight volume series which includes "A Simple Koran" and "An Abridged Koran." The "Simple Koran" puts each of Mohammed's Suras in chronological order and explains the context of each of these so-called "revelations." Since there is a great amount of repetition in the Koran, "An Abridged Koran" that removes duplicate stories and verses found in the Koran is available. It also incorporates the biography of Muhammed into the text of the Koran. This is helpful because whenever any shocking and horrific verse from the Koran is brought up, Muslims claim that it is taken "out of context." This version of the Koran has the historical context referenced to authoritative Islamic texts incorporated into the text of the Koran. (The fonts clearly differentiate the Koran from the Islamic historical sources.) "An Abridged Koran" arranges the Suras (chapters) of the Koran chronologically and supplements it with historical and contextual information. There are two phases to Mohammed's career, Mecca and Medina. In Mecca Mohammed threatened damnations to anyone who refused to accept him as Allah's prophet. In Medina, the suras are mostly calls to wage Jihad ("fighting in Allah's cause") against unbelievers. Once you read the Koran in context, you can understand what motivates Moslems around the world to commit acts of violence against non-Muslims.


 

The Koran on Holy War and the Relations between Muslims and non-Muslims


 

Make war against those who have been given the Scripture [the Jews and the Christians] but do not believe in Allah nor in the Last Day. They do not forbid what Allah and his Messenger had forbidden and they do not follow the way of truth. Fight against them until they pay the jizya tax in acknowledgement of the superiority of Islam and they are reduced to a state of humiliation. (Koran 9:29)


 

"Do not take for friends or helpers unbelievers rather than believers. If any do that, in nothing will there be help from Allah; except by way of precaution, that ye may guard yourselves from them." (Qur'an 3:28)


 

"O Believers! Take not the Jews or the Christians as friends. They are but one another's friends. If anyone of you taketh them for his friends, he surely is one of them? God will not guide the evil doers." (Koran 5:51)


 

"The unbelievers, both the people of the Book [Jews and Christians] and the polytheists, shall go into the fire of hell and abide there forever. Surely they are the vilest of creatures." (Qur'an 98:6)


 

"Make ready then against them what force ye can, and strong squadrons whereby ye may strike terror into the enemy of God and your enemy, and into others beside them whom ye know not, but whom God knoweth. All that you shall expend for the cause of God shall be repaid you; and ye shall not be wronged…O prophet! Stir up the faithful to the fight. Twenty of you who stand firm shall vanquish two hundred: and if there be an hundred of you they shall vanquish a thousand of the infidels, for they are a people devoid of understanding." (Qur'an 8:60-70)


 

"Muhammad is the prophet of Allah. Truly those who follow him are tender one to another, but are ruthless to the unbelievers." (Koran 48:29)


 

"Fight them until there is now more Fitna (disbelief and "polytheism," meaning all other religions besides Islam, such as Christianity), and the religion will be for Allah alone [in all of the world]." (Mohammad, Muslim 1:53)


 

"O Prophet! Strive hard (Arabic "jahidi") against the unbelievers, and be firm against them. Their abode is Hell, and evil refuge indeed." (Koran 9:73)


 

"When you meet the unbelievers in the field of battle, strike off their heads and, when you have laid them low, bind your captives firmly." (Koran 47:4)


 

"Believers! Wage war against those of the infidels that are your neighbors and let them find in you a firmness and know that God is with those who fear him." (Koran 9:123)


 

Koran 5:55-64 Jews and Christians will be changed by Allah into "pigs and apes."


 

Other verses threatening/celebrating violence are found in Koran 9:29, 9:73, 9:88, 9:123,47:4


 

The Qur'an on John the Baptist


 

Koran 19:7 In the Bible, the child John the Baptist is named John, which is a name no one in his family ever had before. The Koran states that John is a name that did not exist before. According to the Koran, no one was named "John" before John the Baptist. However, the name is attested before. Important Johns existed such as John the brother of Judah Maccabee. The name is in the Old Testament. Was the Bible changed? But why would the Jews go back and insert the name John where it wasn't before? We also have other ancient and historical texts containing the name John that have been scientifically confirmed to pre-date John the Baptist. This seems like a minor point but it isn't. Moslems claim that the Koran is perfect and totally free from error. Many Moslems believe that God composed the Koran in heaven before he created the Universe. (Oddly, God was concerned with Mohammed's sex life before he created the world. See Sura 33:37.)


 

The Koran on Jesus Christ:


 

Muslims claim that they accept Jew as a prophet and yet the Koran contains many comments about Jesus that are from a Christian's point of view sacrilegious and blasphemous and from a historical perspective historically untrue.

"Infidels now are they who say, "Verily God is the Messiah Ibn Maryam (the Son of Mary)! SAY: And who could aught obtain from God, if he chose to destroy the Messiah Ibn Maryam, and his mother, and all who are on the earth together." (Sura 5:19). According to this passage God could have caused Jesus Christ and his mother Mary to cease to exist if he so chose. (Also note that according to this verse in the Koran, Christians are indeed infidels.) In the Koran, Jesus denies that He is God Incarnate, "And when God shall say, "O Jesus, Son of Mary: hast thou said unto mankind-"Take me and my mother as two Gods besides God"?" He shall say, "Glory be unto Thee! It is not from me to say that which I know to be not the truth; had I said that, verily thou wouldest have known it." (Sura 5:109). Here the Koran also claims that the Christian Trinity is God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Virgin Mary! (Koran 5:73-75, 116). Mohammed says the Christian Trinity is God, Jesus and Mary!


 


 


 


 

Denial of the Doctrine of the Fatherhood of God


 

"It beseemeth not God to beget a son. Glory be to Him! When he decreeth a thing, He saith to it, Be, and it is." (Sura 19:36). The Sonship of Jesus Christ is denied in Sura 3:73 and in many other passages in the Koran. "O ye people of the Book! Overstep not bounds in your religion; and of God, speak only truth. The Messiah, Jesus, Son of Mary, is only an Apostle of God, and his Word which he conveyed into Mary, and a spirit proceeded from himself. Believe therefore in God and his apostles, and say not "Three:" (there is a Trinity)-Forbear-it will be better for you. God is only one God! Far be it from His glory that He should have a son." (Sura 4:169)


 

The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ denied:


 

"And for their saying, "Verily we have slain the Messiah, Jesus the Son of Mary, an Apostle of God," Yet they did not slay him, neither did they crucify him, only one who resembled him…they did not really slay him, but God to him up to Himself." (Sura 4:156) This passage reads as if Muhammed was a Docetist, a believer in the heresy that the sufferings of Christ were an illusion that didn't actually occur. Muslims interpret this passage to mean that God took Jesus away before he could be tormented. Muslims either understand the Passion to have been an illusion or that God transformed Judas Iscariot to look like Jesus Christ and that it was actually Judas who was crucified and not Christ. This is the majority opinion of the Muslims. Koran 41:157 teaches Jesus was not crucified!


 

The Koran Teaches that Jesus Christ spoke from the Cradle


 

According to the Gospel of John, the first miracle Jesus performed was turning water to wine. In the second century, fantastical mythological stories about the Christ child developed. Some of these stories are found in the apocryphal Infancy Gospel of Thomas.


 

"O Jesus! Son of Mary! Call to mind my favor upon thee and upon thy mother, when I strengthened thee with the Holy Spirit, that thou shouldest speak to men alike in the cradle, and when grown up" (Sura 5:109) In Sura 19:20-38, it states that Jesus was born under a palm tree and again it states that he spoke from the cradle, declaring Himself to be a prophet. In the Koran, Jesus makes a bird out of clay and it comes alive (Koran 5:110). These are unbiblical and untrue myths.


 

Mary the Mother of Jesus is the Sister of Moses?


 

In Arabic, the names "Mary" and "Miriam" are the same. Mohammad believed that Miriam the sister of Moses and Mary the mother of Jesus to be the same person. In Koran19:29, Mary is called "sister of Aaron." Aaron was the brother of Moses. According to Exodus 7:20, "Amram took for himself Jochabed…and she bore him Aaron and Moses." Sura 3 is entitled "The Family of Amram" and states that "the wife of Amram…brought forth a female…and named her Mary." This Sura specifically identifies Mary, the mother of Jesus, as the daughter of Amram and sister of Moses and Aaron (Sura 19:30-42). In reality, Moses and Jesus lived over one thousand years apart! J.M. Rodwell noted in his translation of the Koran, "This passage is one of the numerous anachronisms which abound in the Koran and prove the gross ignorance of the Arabian prophet." Koran 19:28, 66:12 Mary the mother of Jesus is the sister of Aaron and Moses as the daughter of their father Amran. This is another anachronism and case of identity confusion found in the Koran.


 

Mohammed Confused Gideon the Prophet with Saul the King


 

"And when Saul marched forth with his forces, he said, "God will test you by a river: He who drinketh of it shall not be of my band; but he who shall taste it, drinking a drink out of the hand excepted, shall be of my band." And, except a few of them, they drank of it" (Sura 2:240). According to the Bible, it was Gideon the Judge and not Saul the King who tested his men by the river (Judges 7:4-8).


 

A Samaritan at Mount Sinai


 

"The Samaritan had led them astray" (Koran 20:80-90). In the Koran, it is a Samaritan who compelled the Israelites to build the golden calf. According to the Bible, the Samaritan people did not emerge until long after the time of Moses or even David. An Israelite king named Omri established the city of Samaria from which the name "Samaritan" is derived. See 1 Kings 16:24. Koran 20:85-75: 95 states that Samaritan built the Golden Calf. Samaritans as a people didn't exist until after the time of King Solomon (centuries later).


 

Haman in Pharoah's court?

Haman is a vizier in Pharaoh's court in Sura 28:5, 29:38, 40:25 and 40:38. According to the Bible, Haman was an official who served in the court of King Xerxes after the time in which the Judeans were exiled from Israel and were settled in Babylonia (Esther 3:1). Haman lived centuries after the time of Moses. In Koran 40:36-37, Haman from the book of Esther is found in the court of Pharaoh of the Exodus-one thousand years previously. This is yet another anachronism.

Alexander the Great, the Flat Earth and the Pool in which the Sun sets:


 

"They will ask thee of Dhoulkarnain [Alexander the Great, the "two-horned one"]. SAY: I will recite to you an account of him. We established his power upon the earth, and made for him a way to everything. And a route he followed. Until when he reached the setting of the Sun, he found that it set into a muddy pool, and he found nearby a people (Sura 18:82-84) Thereafter he bound Gog and Magog behind a gigantic wall of Iron" (Sura 18:90-97). Many other verses in the Koran state that the earth is flat. These include Sura 36:38, 39:5, 13:2, and 21:33. These are not figures of speech. It is very clear from the precise language of the Koran, that Mohammed believed that the Earth is flat and that the Sun moves around the Earth. Koran 18:83-97 says that Alexander the Great (called in Arabic "Dhul-Qarnayn") was a prophet of Allah. Historically Alexander the Great worshipped many gods and was bisexual. Koran 18:86 Alexander arrives at the edge of earth and sees the sun setting in a pool of black mud! I have personally heard Muslim leaders argue that the world is flat and cite the Koran as evidence.


 

The Koran Teaches the Bible has been altered by Christians and Jews


 

The Koran quotes Jesus as saying that he is not the son of God. The Koran denies the doctrine of the Fatherhood of God. There are numerous contradictions between the Bible and the Koran. How do the Moslems respond to this? The Moslems react by saying that the Bible was altered by Christians and Jews. Originally, according to the Muslims, the Bible was in complete agreement with the Koranic revelation, which was "revealed" centuries after the Bible was completed. Moslem reference the Koran 2:75 and 4:46 to prove the Bible was "corrupted." The Koran actually commands Muslims to believe the Torah of Moses, the Psalms of David and the Gospel of Jesus in Sura 5:44-48 and Sura 4:163-170. From the Muslim perspective, the Bible is at best, an incomplete revelation. To them, the Koran is the true and final revelation. So, from their perspective, the Bible is untrustworthy and whatever value it has, has been superseded by the Holy Koran, the ultimate and final revelation of God to man.


 

The Koran on Women:


 

"Men are superior to women on account of the qualities with which God hath gifted the one above the other, and on account of the outlay they make from their substance for them. Virtuous women are obedient, careful, during the husband's absence, because God of them hath been careful. But chide those whose disobedience you have cause to fear; remove them into beds apart and beat them: but if they are obedient to you, then seek not occasion against them: Verily, God is High, Great!" (Sura 4: 34) A man may marry "women who seem good in your eyes, but marry two, or three or four" (Sura 4:3). The command for Muslims to beat their wives is found in Koran 4:34. Men superior to women according to Koran 2:228, 4:11, 2:282.


 

Mohammed steals his son's wife


 

Mohammed adopted a man named Zeid as his son. One day, he paid an unexpected visit to Zeid. Zeid was not home, however, his wife Zaynab was and she wasn't expecting visitors and Mohammed caught a glimpse of her unclothed. Soon, he received an oracle from Allah commanding him to add Zaynab to his harem. Now, this behavior was seen as degenerate. Many were offended by Mohammed's act of taking his son's wife as his own. Allah then gave Mohammed a new oracle stating that when a man adopts a son it isn't the same as making the adopted boy as his own son! But isn't that what adoption is all about? Also, in the New Testament, Paul uses adoption to explain how lost people become part of God's family. According to the Quran itself Allah caused Muhammad to have desires for another man's wife, namely his adopted son Zaid ibn Haritha's spouse Zaynab bint Jash. This led to his adopted son divorcing her so that Muhammad could marry her. The alleged reason why Allah commanded this to happen was so that Muhammad could set the example for others to emulate, making it permissible for adoptive fathers to marry their adopted children's divorcees:

    And when you said to him to whom Allah had shown favor and to     whom you had shown a favor: Keep your wife to yourself and be     careful of (your duty to) Allah; and you concealed in your     soul what Allah would bring to light, and you feared men, and     Allah had a greater right that you should fear Him. But when Zaid     had accomplished his     want of her, We gave her to you as a wife,     so that there should be no difficulty for the believers in respect of     the wives of their adopted sons, when they have accomplished     their want of them; and Allah's command shall be performed.     There is no harm in the Prophet doing that which Allah has     ordained for him; such has been the course of Allah with     respect to those who have gone before; and the command of Allah     is a decree that is made absolute: Sura 33:37-38

Note carefully what these references are actually saying. Muhammad was hiding within himself what Allah supposedly was to bring to light, namely that Muhammad was to marry his adopted son's wife. This means that even before the divorce occurred Allah had already caused Muhammad to desire a married woman and that it was Allah who caused Zaid to divorce his wife so that Muhammad could then marry her! Zeid and Zaynab were happily married and the only reason Zaid divorced her was that he knew that his father was consumed by lust for her. It is amazing that this wicked act committed by Mohammed is actually justified by Allah and is found in the Koran.


 

Monday, July 9, 2012

Next issue…

Did Middle Eastern Christians greet/ view Muslims as liberators?
NO! The Muslims persecuted them far worse than the Byzantines did-and the Byzantines worked to create unity and cohesion among diverse Christian groups before the dawn of Islam.

Islamic Anti-Christian violence spills over to Kenya (1 July 2012)

NAIROBI, Kenya – Gunmen killed two policemen guarding a church, snatched their rifles and then opened fire on the congregation with bullets and grenades on Sunday, killing at least 10 people and wounding at least 40, security officials said. Militants from Somalia were immediately suspected. Police commander Philip Ndolo said the bloodiest attack was on the African Inland Church in Garissa, a town some 195 kilometers (120 miles) west of the Somali border. Attackers threw two grenades inside the church, only one of which exploded, Ndolo said. But as the congregation stampeded out of the church, gunmen opened fire, doing significantly more damage. Ten people died and about 37 were wounded at the church, Ndolo said. Another security official, though, said that two attackers walked up to the two policemen guarding the church, shot them at point-blank range and took their rifles. The gunmen then opened fire on the church and threw the grenades. The official spoke only on condition he wasn't identified because he is not allowed to speak to media. The police were guarding the church because of the perilous security situation near the border with Somalia and because Somalia's Islamist militants have made Christian churches a common target.

The Assyrian and Armenian genocide of 1915

Another book I strongly recommend is "Screwed: How Foreign Countries are Ripping America Off and Plundering Our Economy-and How Our Leaders help Them do it" by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann. On pages 308-309, "In 1915, there were 2.5 million Armenians living in Turkish controlled Ottoman Empire. By 1923, only 1 million wre left alive. The other 1.5 million had been murdered by the Turkish government. According to the Knights of Vartan Armenian Research Center at the University of Michigan-Dearborn: "The Armenians were called from their homes, told they would be relocated, and then marched off to concentration camps in the desert…where they would starve and thirst to death in the burning sun. On the march, often they would be denied food and water, and many were brutalized and killed by their 'guards' or by 'marauders.'" In one area, the Turks "loaded Armenians on barges and sand them out at sea." To this day, the Turkish government denies that there was any Armenian Genocide. The House resolution was an effort to move Turkey to do so." Dick Gephardt made efforts to condemn the Armenian genocide when he was in congress. When he left office, he was bribed by the Turks and now has done everything in his power to cover up and deny the Armenian genocide. It must be remembered that Aramaic Christians also perished in the "Armenian" genocide. From the late 1880s-1925 over a million Assyrians, Armenians and Greeks were killed by the Turkish Moslems.

The Islamic world will soon be as elderly as the industrial world, but it will not be industrialized

National Review (June 25, 2012) has an interesting review of "How Civilizations Die (and why Islam is dying too)" by David P. Goldman. The reviewer discovered that Goldman is correct-Islam is suffering a population decline-and not only in the Arab world-it is in the entire Islamic world. The point is made that this in the future (a decade or so?) may result in a problem for Muslims-but for now-"the Islamists…think it is all going swimmingly and according to plan…the sentiment may be different in ten years or twenty, but as of today, the danger emanating from the Islamic world is an excess, not a deficit, of confidence in its prospects." What the Muslims mean to do is to dominate the world and wipe out Jews, Christians, and all other non-Muslims. Non-Muslims (Christians, Hindus, ect.) need to unite to save the future for all mankind.


 

Obama: Middle Eastern Christians bring violence upon themselves

I strongly recommend Michael Savage's "Trickle Down Tyranny: Crushing Obama's Dream of the Socialist States of America." In it, he discusses Obama's policy towards Middle Eastern Christians. Page 176-179: "When a genuine democratic uprising against an illegally elected Islamist government in Iran began in 2009, Obama stood mute as Iranians were murdered by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's military in order to quell the uprising. Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky called Obama's inaction "maybe one of the biggest betrayals of people's freedom in modern history…At the moment when millions were deciding whether to go to the barricades, the leader of the free world said "For us, the most important thing is engagement with the regime, so we don't want a change of regime." After Syria's Iranian puppet dictator Bashar al-Assad's forces had attacked and killed dozens of unarmed citizens as they protested against his regime, Hillary Clinton praised him as a "reformer."…Either he and his Ivory Tower advisors are hopelessly na├»ve regarding what's going on, or he is secretly on the side of Muslim radicals and believes that the overthrow of our allies will hasten them to power…As I have told you in the previous chapter, Obama is an avowed anti-Semite. He's pro-Muslim, anti-Judaism. He's also anti-Christian, and his ongoing attack on Christianity is not confined to the United States. His support of the outer of Mubarak-under whom Coptic Christians were allowed to worship in peace-has led to the rise of violence toward Christians by Muslims. In October 2011, 26 Coptic Christians were killed and hundreds more wounded in attacks by the Egyptian military. The attack occurred as Christian groups marched through Cairo in protest against the burnings of their churches. Egyptian Muslims pelted them with rocks as they moved along, and by the time they had reached their destination at a radio and TV broadcasting facility, the army started shooting into the crowd and trying to run over the protesters with their vehicles. Observes predicted that the even would cause a massive emigration of Christians from Egypt. Obama's response left me disgusted. In the wake of the murder of more than two dozen unarmed Christians by the Egyptian military, the president called on Christians to show restraint. How were they supposed to do that? By allowing more of their brethren to be murdered by the military? The President continued: "Now is the time for restraint on all sides so that Egyptians can move forward together to forge a strong and united Egypt." The loss of life was "tragic," but Christians need to put it behind them?

No international sanction against the Egyptian military?

No condemnation of an obvious hate crime against Christians?

No withdrawing of U.S. foreign aid from Egypt?

Don't tell me Obama didn't know something like this would happen.

After Mubarak's ouster, the Egyptian military demonstrated that it was incapable of maintaining order. Reports began to emerge out of Egypt that indicated that there were no police on the streets in Cairo and other cities. Coptic Christians, who make up about ten percent of Egypt's population, were clashing with Muslims, and the result was extensive causalities. Ambulances were nowhere to be seen, and the wounded were transported to medical facilities in garbage trucks. Roadblocks were set up, not by the government, but by lawless thugs who stopped traffic and stole valuables from the occupants of the automobiles they detained."


 

New Egyptian President Demands America Release WTC Bomber

Egypt's president-elect Mohammed Morsi has vowed to free the blind sheik jailed in the U.S. for a plot to blow up New York City landmarks. In his first public speech addressing tens of thousands of mostly Islamist supporters, Morsi promised Saturday to work to free Omar Abdel-Rahman, the spiritual leader of men convicted in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

Iran threatens to destroy U.S. bases

Iran declared Wednesday that it can destroy nearby U.S. military bases and strike Israel within minutes of an attack on the Islamic Republic, reflecting tensions over Iran's suspect nuclear program. The veiled threat came during a military drill that has included the firing of ballistic missiles. The elite Revolutionary Guards, conducting the war games in Iran's central desert, said that the missiles were aimed at mock-ups of foreign military bases. Israel and the U.S. have hinted at the possibility of military strikes against Iran if sanctions and diplomacy do not rein in Iran's nuclear development program. The West suspects Iran may be aiming to build nuclear weapons. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/07/04/iran-threatens-swift-retaliation-on-us-bases/#ixzz1zhD4F0CA

Muslim radical attack and stone Christian while police watch-in AMERICA! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnJBW49afzg

It happened in an American city: Hundreds of angry Muslim children and adults rioted against Christians, throwing chunks of concrete and eggs at their heads, spraying them with urine and cursing at them – while police stood by and threatened the Christian victims with "disorderly conduct." The city of Dearborn, Mich., hosted its annual 2012 Arab International festival on Father's Day weekend. As can be seen in a video of the attack, a group of Christians holding signs were viciously assaulted by an angry mob of Arabs – as the crowd chanted "Allahu Akbar!" – Arabic for "God is the greatest!" Starting at the 9:00 mark and continuing to about the 10:30 mark, the crowd – reminiscent of a rock-throwing "intifada" scene from the Middle East – can be seen hurling a dizzying barrage of objects at the Christians standing passively with their signs, causing some injuries. At the beginning of the video, Christian street preachers shout, "God is good, and God is not Allah!"First, police approached Ruben Israel of OfficialStreetPreachers.com, warning him, "The city of Dearborn has an ordinance, OK, that you guys can't use the megaphone. So, if you guys continue to use that, you will get a citation."

I strongly recommend that you watch this video. America is no longer a free country. The Supreme Court is a big joke. John Roberts said that it isn't the Supreme Court's job to overturn unconstitutional laws! This has been all that the Supreme Court has been doing for 200 years. Now, Obamacare will stand-but what about the duly passed abortion laws thrown out by the Supreme Court in "Roe vs. Wade"? In this Muslim stoning incident, Christians holding signs proclaiming the Gospel were told that they were going to be arrested for disruption, while the police refused to take action against those who violently assaulted them. The Christians asked for two police officers to protect them while they held signs in accordance to their first amendment liberties. When threatened with arrest, they left, as the police asked them to-only to be pulled over and harassed by over twelve officers!

Houston Chronicle features story on the Smiling face of Islam


 

Kudos to the Houston Chronicle, a newspaper that I despise as a liberal rag, for doing a front page story on the persecution of Pakistani Christians by Muslims.

Pakistani acid-attack victim finds new life in Houston Susan Carrol, Houston ChronicleCopyright 2012 Houston Chronicle. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

By Susan Carroll, July 8, 2012, for rest of the story see: http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Pakistani-acid-attack-victim-finds-new-life-in-3690925.php

She was 16 years old, working as an operator in a tiny, public call office in Pakistan, when a man walked in and saw the silver cross dangling around her neck. He asked her three times: "Are you a Christian?" Julie Aftab answered, "Yes, sir," the first two times, and then got frustrated. "Didn't you hear me?" she asked. They argued, and the man abruptly left the little office, returning 30 or 40 minutes later with a turquoise bottle. Aftab tried to block the arc of battery acid, but it melted much of the right side of her face and left her with swirling, bone-deep burns on her chest and arms. She ran for the door, but a second man grabbed her hair, and they poured the acid down her throat, searing her esophagus. A decade and 31 surgeries later, Aftab is an accounting major at the University of Houston-Clear Lake with a melodic laugh. She spoke no English when she arrived in Houston in February 2004, but is poised to take her citizenship test later this month. Doctors in Houston have donated their time to painstakingly reconstruct her cheek, nose, upper lip and replace her eyelids. Over time, her scars have faded from hues of deep wine to mocha. And, with time, the 26-year-old said, she has learned to forgive. "Those people, they think they did a bad thing to me, but they brought me closer to God," Aftab said. "They helped me fulfill my dreams. I never imagined I could be the person I am today." Aftab was born in Faisalabad, Pakistan, the eldest of seven children in a Christian working-class family. She dreamed of becoming a doctor, but dropped out of school at age 12 to work in a sewing factory after her father, a bus driver and the family's sole breadwinner, broke his back in an accident. After the sewing factory closed when Aftab was 16, she took a job as a telephone operator helping people place phone calls from the small office in the city's center. It was June 15, 2002, two weeks into her new job, when the customer spotted her silver cross, a gift from her grandfather. She wore it despite knowing it branded her as Christian, a tiny minority in the Muslim-majority country. You are living life in the gutter, the Muslim man told her.

She tried to ignore him, remembering what her mother had taught her since she was a child: "You are no one to insult someone's religion. If someone is insulting religion, they have to answer to God." You are going to hell, the man told her. You are living in darkness. "I am living in the light," Aftab replied. So you think Islam is in darkness? the man demanded. Aftab was frightened. She knew Christians had been accused of violating Pakistan's strict blasphemy laws in the past when others had twisted their words, to make it sound as though they had attacked Islam. "No, you said that," she replied. "Not me." But the man was enraged and returned with the battery acid and his friend. When she finally broke away from them, the acid searing her skin and throat, she ran down the street. As she screamed, teeth fell from her mouth and hit the ground. A woman heard her screams and threw her head cover on Aftab so she could touch her without getting burned. The woman took Aftab to her home and poured water on her. Others eventually came to help take her to the hospital. People in the neighborhood detained the two men who assaulted her until police arrived. Why did you do that? the men were asked. They said Aftab insulted Islam, that she said Muslims are living in the darkness and are going to hell. "They all turned against me," she said. "Even the people who took me to the hospital. They told the doctor they were going to set the hospital on fire if they treated me." The police let the two men go, and did not even file an official report on the assault until Christian leaders complained, she said. Aftab's family was turned away from one hospital, and then another. Her mother begged a doctor at a third hospital to treat her, and he relented. Aftab could not speak or move her arms. Doctors said 67 percent of her esophagus was burned. She was missing an eye and eyelids. Her remaining teeth could be seen through her missing cheek. The doctors predicted she would die any day. She was angry at first, she said. "God, why did you do this to me? Why did you put me through this?" Slowly, she started to heal. Three months and 17 days after being burned, she spoke again and was able to see through her left eye. She spent almost a year in the hospital. Aftab quickly learned that in her old neighborhood, she was a pariah. Her mutilated face was plastered on the news, associated with insulting Islam. Her family was persecuted, and their house was burned down. "They wanted to hang me," she said. "They thought it would be an insult to Islam if I lived." Aftab and her parents went to a nondenominational bishop in Pakistan, who said he would try to help. He took her in, contacted Shriners Hospitals for Children, and arranged for her treatment in Houston.

Gender-cide

Recently, a pro-life activist named Ms. Rose exposed Planned Parenthood participating in sex-selection abortions. This means that they were advocating killing an unborn baby because it was female. Congress voted to restrict this heinous practice but it failed. Libertarian "Ron Paul" who is supposedly pro-life voted in favor of sex-selection abortions.

"Unfair" campaign attacks White Americans

Self-loathing liberals have produced a public service announcement featuring White liberals complaining how unfair it is that they were born as white people and how ashamed they are to be evil white people. Very weird. Ann Coulter once said that only skinheads and liberals view reality through the prism of race. This is apparently true.

RIP The American Republic 4 July, 1776-28 June 2012

"A Vast New Federal Power" by Judge Andrew Napolitano

If you drive a car, I'll tax the street, If you try to sit, I'll tax your seat.
If you get too cold, I'll tax the heat,
If you take a walk, I'll tax your feet.
-- The Beatles in "The Taxman"

The reasoning underlying the 5 to 4 majority opinion is the court's unprecedented pronouncement that Congress' power to tax is unlimited. The majority held that the extraction of thousands of dollars per year by the IRS from individuals who do not have health insurance is not a fine, not a punishment, not a payment for government-provided health insurance, not a shared responsibility -- all of which the statute says it is -- but rather is an inducement in the form of a tax. The majority likened this tax to the federal taxes on tobacco and gasoline, which, it held, are imposed not only to generate revenue but also to discourage smoking and driving. The statute is more than 2,400 pages in length, and it establishes the federal micromanagement of about 16 percent of the national economy. And the court justified it constitutionally by calling it a tax. The logic in the majority opinion is the jurisprudential equivalent of passing a camel through the eye of a needle. The logic is so tortured, unexpected and unprecedented that even the law's most fervent supporters did not make or anticipate the court's argument in its support. Under the Constitution, a tax must originate in the House (which this law did not), and it must be applied for doing something (like earning income or purchasing tobacco or fuel), not for doing nothing. In all the history of the court, it never has held that a penalty imposed for violating a federal law was really a tax. And it never has converted linguistically the congressional finding of penalty into the judicial declaration of tax, absent finding subterfuge on the part of congressional draftsmanship. I wonder whether the chief justice realizes what he and the progressive wing of the court have done to our freedom. If the feds can tax us for not doing as they have commanded, and if that which is commanded need not be grounded in the Constitution, then there is no constitutional limit to their power, and the ruling that the power to regulate commerce does not encompass the power to compel commerce is mere sophistry.

Even The Beatles understood this

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/07/02/vast-new-federal-power/#ixzz1zT8QbJM7

Obama's autobiographies are proven to be literary forgeries

Fake memoirs form a category of literary forgery in which a wholly or partially fabricated autobiography, memoir or journal of an individual is presented as fact. Often, the purported author of the work also is fabricated. In recent years, there have been a number of such memoirs published by major publishers, some of which were well received critically and even became best sellers, but which subsequently were shown to be partly or completely fabricated. A number of recent fake memoirs fall into the category of "misery lit," where the author claims to have overcome illness, abuse, drug or alcohol addiction or other serious trauma. Several similarly are fabricated stories about the Holocaust, in at least one case written by an actual Holocaust survivor. As a result of the recent series of best seller memoirs that have turned out to be fabricated, there have been calls for stronger vetting of new authors and fact checking of their books. A number of fake memoirs in recent years have been published by renowned publishing houses and received critical acclaim before being exposed as partial or complete fabrications. Five of the memoirs, Fragments: Memories of a Wartime Childhood (Binjamin Wilkomirski),The Blood Runs Like a River Through My Dreams (Nasdijj), Love and Consequences (Margaret Seltzer), The greatest, my own story (Muhammad Ali and Richard Durham) and Go Ask Alice (Anonymous) were praised by the New York Times before being exposed as fabrications. Three of the memoirs, Love and Consequences (Margaret Seltzer), Angel at the Fence (Herman Rosenblat) and Odd Man Out (Matt McCarthy) were published, or in the case of Angel at the Fence, scheduled to be published, by Penguin Group USA. Two of the memoirs, A Million Little Pieces (James Frey) and The greatest, my own story (Muhammad Ali and Richard Durham) were published by Random House. Two of the authors, James Frey (A Million Little Pieces) and Herman Rosenblat (prior to writing his Angel at the Fence), as well as someone posing as Anthony Godby Johnson (A Rock and a Hard Place), appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, only to have their fabrications exposed, their book deals cancelled, and/or be confronted by Oprah on her show. The dust-up over falsified memoirs even inspired the title of Andrea Troy's satiric novel, "Daddy-An Absolutely Authentic Fake Memoir".

James Frey, A Million Little Pieces,
Doubleday Books (a division of Random House) (2003), a best selling memoir in which the author created and exaggerated significant details of his drug addiction and recovery. The author appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and in September 2005, the book became an Oprah's Book Club selection. However, when the book's authenticity was called into question, the author and publisher Nan Talese were invited back and publicly scolded by Winfrey in a live face-to-face confrontation. The media feasted over the televised showdown. David Carr of the New York Times wrote, "Both Mr. Frey and Ms. Talese were snapped in two like dry winter twigs." "Oprah annihilates Frey," proclaimed Larry King. New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote, "It was a huge relief, after our long national slide into untruth and no consequences, into Swift boating and swift bucks, into W.'s delusion and denial, to see the Empress of Empathy icily hold someone accountable for lying," and the Washington Post's Richard Cohen was so impressed by the confrontation that he crowned Winfrey "Mensch of the Year." Obama suck-up Maraniss inadvertently has proven that Obama's two biographies are literary forgeries. What amazes me is that while James Frey was vilified and ostracized for his fake memoir, Obama is, as usual, being praised for his deceit.

The Maraniss book is reviewed on pages 37-38 of the June 25, 2012 edition of "National Review," which states that "Barack Obama: The Story," "is an account of how the future president recast himself, in his college and post-college years, as a bi-racial outsider, an exotic golden child tormented by the perplexities of racial allegiance…Maraniss shows that long before Obama entered politics, he fashioned a heroic myth of himself. It went something like this: Only by solving the riddle of his racial identity could he take up the struggle that was to be his life's work." But, Maraniss proves that the "heroic myth" is just that, a myth and that Obama's biographies were written to deceive.

There is no difference between what Obama did and what Frey did in a million little pieces-wrote fiction and tried to pass it off as fact. Also, through literary analysis, it has been argued that the book was actually written by the terrorist Bill Ayers.

Even Fox News is serving as an apologist for the president, see Obama's 'American story' faces fresh scrutiny by James Rosen: (Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/07/04/obama-american-story-faces-fresh-scrutiny/#ixzz1zkeFNwH7) Obama openly admitted changing some people's names and compressing both characters and chronology, mostly for the sake of narrative flow. Over the years, the president's biographers have made inroads piecing together which characters were based on which real-life individuals, and which events were compressed or conflated. That process has now reached a kind of zenith, with the publication last month of Barack Obama: The Story, a deeply researched, 600-page study of the president's ancestry and early life by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and Washington Post editor David Maraniss. The result reflects the hyper-scrutiny that attaches to our chief executives. It also offers a window into how much of the life story of this self-made man may have been made up. By some counts, The Story presents more than three-dozen instances of material discrepancy where Dreams fails to align with the facts as Maraniss reports them. Case in point: Maraniss confirmed that Mr. Obama's mother, Ann Dunham, left his father, Barack Obama, Sr., a volatile bigamist, and not the other way around, as related in Dreams. Dreams also related the tale of Obama's paternal grandfather, Hussein Onyango, who was… said to have been detained and tortured in a prison outside Nairobi for six months because of his brave defiance of British colonialists. But after a half-dozen interviews and other research, Maraniss deemed the tale "unlikely." Maraniss did not respond to several calls requesting an interview, but Fox News caught up with him outside a Washington book signing. "I think there's a difference between a memoir and the serious, rigorous factual history of a biography," he said. "Some of what he did was the result of mythologies that were passed along from his family, and some were for the purposes of advancing themes in his book which had more to do with finding his racial identity." Still, Maraniss never accuses the president of having fabricated anything or of having lied to his readers. "I consider his book very valuable in terms of understanding his interior dialogue, his struggle that he went through," the author told Fox News. Gerald Early, a noted professor of English literature and African-American studies at Washington University in St. Louis, agreed. "It really doesn't matter if he made up stuff," Early told Fox News. "I mean, after all, it's like you going to a psychiatrist and you make up stuff, and the psychiatrist can still psychoanalyze you because they're your lies." David Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker magazine and author of a previous biography, The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama, published in 2010, judged Dreams to be "a mixture of verifiable fact, recollection, recreation, invention, and artful shaping." Remnick concluded that Author Obama wanted his life story to fit into a long tradition of African-American literature: a "narrative of ascent" discernible in early slave memoirs right up through contemporary classics like Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man (1952) and The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1965). But Obama's early life, while sad in many respects, was too marked by privilege -- recreational drug use, a Hawaii upbringing with financially comfortable white parents, enrollment in elite private schools and universities -- to mesh neatly with the aggrieved black literature in which the young author was so well read and conversant. "Obama seems to sense this problem and, at the very start of his book, darkens his canvas as well as he can," Remnick wrote. Maraniss confirmed this. For example, the back story offered for a composite character in Dreams known as "Regina," another black student at Occidental who helped the young Obama embrace his African heritage, Maraniss found to have been based in large part on Michelle Obama. The future president would not meet Mrs. Obama until eight years after he had left Occidental for Columbia. And where Dreams related the story of Obama quarreling with a white girlfriend after the two attended a black theatre production in Manhattan -- a searing experience that left the author feeling more acutely estranged from white people at the time -- Maraniss found that the incident actually happened with a different girlfriend, in Chicago. The false portrayal of the incident as having happened with Obama's white girlfriend in New York was startling to Australian native Genevieve Cook, who confirmed to Maraniss that she was that girlfriend. Cook, who provided to Maraniss the love letters she and the future president exchanged, also told Maraniss that Obama had "greatly exaggerated" in Dreams the details of another encounter between them. Henry Ferris, the editor who helped Obama shape his rough and overly long manuscript nearly two decades ago, told Fox News he does not remember discussing with the author his use of literary license. "I was immediately struck by how talented the writer was and what an unusual story it was," said Ferris, now a vice president and executive editor at the New York publisher William Morrow. As for the departures from the facts, Ferris cautioned that it is "not uncommon" for memoirists. "I think there's the very good possibility...that what he intended to do is to protect the privacy of these people he writes about in his book." "Autobiographies are not really good sources if you're looking for absolute complete factual accounts of someone's life," agreed Professor Early. "Autobiographies serve another kind of purpose for the person writing the book. I don't think it much matters whether Barack Obama has told the absolute truth in Dreams From My Father. What's important is how he wanted to construct his life."