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Blood Moon This Weekend

I have written about the Blood Moons several times. Sunday night we get the final Blood Moon this weekend of four in the last two years.

Hang on to your hats. According to “Two Christian preachers with huge followings in the US claim the date of the last of four ‘blood moons’ over the past 18 months, due to occur on September 28, and following a papal visit to the US, will signal the second coming of Jesus Christ.

“At the same time, the world as we know it will be destroyed by major earthquakes amid heightened tensions in the Middle East and the possibility of a third world war.

“The two evangelists have been accused of peddling the false warnings in order to cash in on books they have penned about their predictions – one of which was turned into a movie.

“The pair claim Armageddon will occur at the conclusion of the ongoing ‘tetrad’ of blood moons, which began on April 15 last year, followed by another red-coloured lunar eclipse on October 8 last year, and a third on April 4 this year.”


Written by Jack Kelly Wednesday, 13 August 2014 on To The Point News

I can’t imagine how a father could contemplate killing his ten year old daughter because a mullah had raped her in a mosque, but I know it is evil

It is evil, too, to behead or bury alive helpless people because they are of a different faith; to blow up little girls because they went to school. But many prominent liberals have criticized Islamists only when making false and invidious comparisons between them and Christians, or Republicans.

Liberals tend to conflate Islamists with Moslems generally, which is like conflating Germans with Nazis, Italians with the Mafia.

The term was coined to distinguish between those who seek to impose a worldwide “caliphate” ruled by Islamic law, and most Moslems.

The Islam Islamists seek to impose is essentially unchanged from what Mohammed preached 1,400 years ago. Men required to wear beards. Women denied education, forced to have clitorectomies. Homosexuals put to death.

All must worship Allah in the manner they do, Islamists demand. “Infidels” who don’t convert are to be enslaved (dhimmitude), expelled, or exterminated. But for every Jew, Christian, Hindu or Yazidi they’ve killed, Islamists have murdered a thousand Moslems they consider heretics.

There’s a schism in Islam which dates from 661, when Ali, cousin and son in law of the Prophet, was murdered in Najaf in what is now Iraq. The Shia (about 15 percent of all Moslems) believe the true succession of Islam’s caliphs runs through Ali.

Most Moslems have come to terms with modernity, and with each other. In Iraq, where intermingling of Sunni and Shia is greatest, intermarriages have been common. But Sunni and Shia Islamists hate each other every bit as much as they hate infidels and moderate Moslems.

It’s as puzzling as it is appalling so many liberals – who trumpet their support for women’s rights and gay rights – are unable or unwilling to distinguish between the majority and the Islamists.

“Islamist” is a racist term, according to “media critic” Kay Sokolowski. Which is preposterous, because Islam is a religion with adherents in virtually every ethnic group.

Ignorance goes a long way toward explaining why liberals believe such nonsense. But ignorance alone can’t explain the willful blindness of so many to the evil proudly displayed by ISIS, Boko Haram, Hamas and other Islamist groups.

Liberals tend to be moral relativists. Until ISIS rubbed it in their faces, many were unwilling to acknowledge such evil exists.

I suspect it’s their touching faith in diplomacy – illustrated by the hopes they invest in each new Middle East cease fire, despite innumerable disappointments (We cease, they fire, noted Bernard Lewis) –that makes liberals reluctant to acknowledge the existence of such evil as we’re witnessing in Iraq today.

Liberals desperately want to believe there’s no problem in the world that can’t be ameliorated by diplomacy. But even liberals understand that for negotiations to succeed, there must be some basis for compromise. With the likes of ISIS, there is none. Either we kill them, or they’ll kill us.

Unwilling to acknowledge that in dealing with Islamists, only military force will do, many liberals shut their eyes to their true nature. Rather than give up their fond illusion, they embrace a deadlier one.

Cowardice may be a factor. Liberals can – and do – say vile things about Christianity, confident no Christian will respond to their blasphemy with violence. But if provoked, Islamists might murder them. (Many liberals have yet to figure out Islamists may murder them even if they’re not provoked.)

In a Pew poll June 26, just 40 percent of “solid liberals” said they “often feel proud to be an American.”

Perhaps some took a rosier view of Islamists because they consider Islamist criticisms of America to be justified.

I think the biggest reason why liberals are reluctant to acknowledge the true nature of Islamists is because to do so would be a tacit admission they’ve been really, really wrong – about reaching out to Islamists, about cuts in defense, about their entire philosophy of moral realtivism. That would be a blow to the substantial egos most liberals have.

And for most liberals, nothing is more important than clinging to political power. To admit – even tacitly – their screwups have caused a humanitarian catastrophe and put America at risk might have adverse consequences at the polls.

Jack Kelly is a former Marine and Green Beret and a former deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration. He is national security writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 

Boko Haram

Is this why Hillary Clinton refused to put Boko Haram on the terrorist list when she was Sec of State, even though Congress was begging for its inclusion? Moveon.org had a petition “… calling on the U.S. government not to designate the jihadist group Boko Haram a terrorist organization…” 

When State Department officials finally did designate Boko Haram as a foreign terrorist organization, they did so while never mentioning that the people being terrorized were Christians, who are being targeted for their beliefs. The media doesn’t mention it, but the kidnapped schoolgirls who have finally brought this evil group to international attention are Christians.

“Old Scratch riles the unschooled”

With all this talk about evil and Satan recently by Rick Santorum et al, I thought Wes Pruden’s words were fitting:

Old Scratch has had a really good week. The Prince of Darkness has everybody talking about him. The Satanic force may not be driving the Republican primary campaign, but old Beelzebub is having a high old time confusing the natives.

Rick Santorum, who might have been a priest if he had not fallen so low as to become a politician, started the theologification of the campaign with loose talk about doctrinal issues best expounded in cathedral and chapel. But the devil talk of the past fortnight began as the work of the minions of the mainstream media who have no idea of what they’re talking about. The only thing they know about the concept of Satan is something they picked up trick-or-treating.

It was one of these minions who discovered remarks Mr. Santorum made four years ago to chapel students at Ave Maria University, a small Roman Catholic school in Florida. He told the students that “Satan has his sights on the United States of America,” and is “attacking the great institutions of America, using those great vices of pride, vanity and sensuality as the root to attack all the strong plants so deeply rooted in the American tradition.”

The Father of Lies, he said, “has his sights on what you would think the Father of Lies would have his sights on: a good, decent, powerful, influential country—the United States of America. If you were Satan, who would you attack in this day and age?”

You could hear echoes of such an admonition from the pulpits of thousands of churches across America on any Sunday morning. But this is unfamiliar imagery to the ladies and gentlemen of the media, who are more comfortable taking their cues of culture and enlightenment from the gore of the movies, the trash of rap and music disguised as noise.  Besides, who says pride and vanity are vices? Aren’t pride and vanity cultivated with unrelenting enthusiasm in media and politics?

The reaction to the publication of Mr. Santorum’s remarks of four years ago has been outrage. The ignorant and the unschooled scream as if Rick Santorum is trying to force alien doctrines on the weak and helpless. The reality of Satan is at the core of the teachings of most religious faith, though much ignored by modern divines. It was not always so. The Dog of Hell is real to Christians of most denominational stripes. “Whenever God erects a house of prayer,” observed Daniel Defoe, the 17th century author of “Robinson Crusoe,” “the devil always builds a chapel there. And ‘twill be found, upon examination, the latter has the larger congregation.” John Bunyan, the author of “Pilgrim’s Progress,” observed that “the devil is nimble, he can run apace; he is light afoot, he hath overtaken many. They that would have heaven must run for it.”

Lost in the racket is the fact that Mr. Santorum did not make his remarks on the stump but to a congregation of fellow Catholics, in a chapel service at a small school in a small town in southwest Florida. He was admonishing like-minded students to be good Americans and to beware of the sirens dispatched by Satan to destroy their faith. He made no demand that anyone be required to see his reality as their own.

There is no religious test for office in America, and God forbid there ever will be. But if the nation survives,  there will always be a conscience test. Conscience, that wee small voice that instructs in right and wrong, good and evil, is tutored by moral and ethical codes born of knowledge and fear of God. Every president so far has acknowledged his debt to a power greater than anything in himself, understanding that if he forgot that debt there would be the devil to pay.

Rick Santorum may or may not make it to the White House; the likeliest way he’ll see the Oval Office is at the invitation of Mitt Romney. His views on sex and contraception lie far outside the American mainstream. For his own good, he ought to keep his lip buttoned until he is sure of what he wants to say (and then not say some of it). But even a presidential candidate has the right to teach dogma and creed in chapel and Sunday school. If that gets the skeptics, in Sarah Palin’s felicitous phrase, “all wee-weed up,” they’ll just have to get over it.

Wesley Pruden is editor emeritus of The Washington Times.

Andrew Klavan Remembers Gary Carter

“Gary Carter Showed Me How to Play the Game”

by Andrew Klavan

I never met baseball Hall of Famer Gary “Kid” Carter, but his death last week from brain cancer at age 57 moved me deeply. Some 25 years ago, his life and his style of play spoke to me and inspired me in a moment of terrible need. It was an example of what celebrity can do when it’s done well.

The second half of my life has been so bright with blessings that it’s difficult for me to think back to the 1980s, when I could see no end to my emotional pain. Personal demons left me blind to the gifts that God had showered on me so generously. I began to think my beautiful wife and baby daughter would be better off without me.

I can’t really say how serious I was when I began to contemplate suicide. But I remember one night, sitting alone in my room in darkness, smoking cigarette after cigarette as I considered the ways in which I might put an end to myself.

The radio was on, playing a Mets game. I’d been trying to listen before the dark thoughts took over. By the time the ninth inning came around, I wasn’t paying attention at all.

One sentence ran through my mind again and again: “I don’t know how I can live.”

Before I knew it, the game had ended and Carter—who apparently had beaten out a grounder to reach first base—was giving a postgame interview. The interviewer asked him how he managed to outrun the throw when his knees were so bad from years of playing catcher, squatting behind home plate.

Associated Press

New York Mets player Gary Carter in 1985

Carter was a devout Christian with just the bright, inspiring Tim Tebow sort of personality our media can’t stand. He was forever thanking Jesus Christ in postgame interviews. He once remarked that he could see the smiles curdle on the faces of unbelieving journalists when he did it, but he felt he had to tell the truth.

I was not a Christian then—not yet—and if Carter had preached religion at that moment, it would have gone right past me. But he didn’t. He said something else, something much simpler but also true. I don’t remember the words exactly but a fair translation would be this: “Sometimes you just have to play in pain.”

Carter’s words somehow broke through my self-pitying despair. “Play in pain?” I thought. “Hell, I can do that. That’s one thing I actually know how to do.”

I had been looking for answers but I didn’t know the answers. I had been looking for solutions, but solutions were for another day. It hadn’t occurred to me that maybe, for now at least, the only way to go on living was to do like the great athletes do and just tough it out.

I did tough it out, and I got therapeutic help, and I abandoned lifelong self-destructive habits and thoughts. And had I known in that moment how very close I was to genuine mental health and happiness, I would have slapped myself stupid for ever thinking to end it all.

Gary Carter didn’t save my life. He was just a ballplayer I’d never met. He didn’t have that power. But because he was how he was and played how he played and spoke with a brash, sunny optimism that made journalists hate him—well, let’s say he lit a candle when a little bit of light made all the difference.

Celebrities don’t owe us entry to their personal lives in payment for their fame. They have the same right to fail and sin and learn that the rest of us do. But when I see athletes behave like thugs on the field—when I hear pop stars romanticize alcohol and drugs and cheap sex with hummable tunes that make self-destruction palatable to the young, or when I see actors star in films that make recklessness and stupidity look cool and admirable—I think they are throwing away a precious opportunity to be something better than they are.

No one can demand that celebrities live well, but I don’t think it’s too much to ask them to behave well and be a little bit careful about what they say and represent. They are role models whether they like it or not. And someone might be listening to them in the dark.

So goodbye, Kid. And thanks. You did it the way it ought to be done.

Mr. Klavan is a novelist, screenwriter, and contributing editor to City Journal.

God and Evil

I was reminded this morning by Rush Limbaugh that this country was founded by spiritual men of a Judeo-Christian background and believed they had God’s protection. They signed their names to The Declaration of Independence under these last words:

And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

You could argue that the Constitution establishes a new nation in which we have secured from God the Blessings of Liberty.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Does it not follow that based on our continued good behavior we have a nation protected by God and God’s blessed Liberty/

Gradually, this nation has turned away from God. He is no longer allowed in our schools. Just today the “The U.S. Air Force has provoked outrage by removing a Latin reference to God on one of its logos after complaints from a military atheist group.”

God has not abandoned us. We have abandoned Him. Now it’s a battle between God and evil.

There Are No Coincidences!

Tim Tebow had “John” and “3:16” painted under his eyes three years ago. Yesterday, He threw for 316 yards and he averaged 31.6 yards per completion AND and the TV rating on CBS peaked between 8.00-8.15pm ET with a rating of 31.6 in the Bronco’s upset win in OT over the Steelers.

And what does John 3:16 say? Tebow is a Christian. He wears his faith for all to see:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Book Review: The Tehran Initiative by Joel Rosenberg

I bought for my Kindle Joel Rosenberg’s new novel Tuesday.

Rosenberg writes, “I wrote “The Tehran Initiative” to encourage the American people to imagine the chilling implications of the Iran threat and to imagine a world in which the U.S. and our NATO allies don’t take decisive action to neutralize Iran’s nuclear program and terror infrastructure. What could happen if the West waits too long and Iran does, in fact, get the Bomb? Would Iran attach nuclear warheads to ballistic missiles and fire them at the U.S. and Israel? Would Iran give nuclear warheads to terrorists and smuggle such bombs inside the U.S. to annihilate several American cities and decapitate our government? Or would Israel launch a preemptive military strike against Iran so as to thwart a Second Holocaust? And if so, would Washington back up Israel, our most faithful ally in the Middle East, or cut her loose? These are critical questions. Unfortunately, they are not fictional. They are real and pressing.”

What is an Infidel?

JohnAdams aka Rev. Larry Wallenmeyer wrote this andf I’m passing it on for your thoughts:

This is a true story and the author, Rick Mathes, is a well-known leader in prison ministry.

The man who walks with God always gets to his destination. If you have a pulse you have a purpose.

The Muslim religion is the fastest growing religion per capita in the United States, especially in the minority races!!

Last month I attended my annual training session that’s required for maintaining my state prison security clearance. During the training session there was a presentation by three speakers representing the Roman Catholic, Protestant and Muslim faiths, who each explained their beliefs.

I was particularly interested in what the Islamic had to say. The Muslim gave a great presentation of the basics of Islam, complete with a video.

After the presentations, time was provided for questions and answers. When it was my turn, I directed my question to the Muslim and asked: ‘Please, correct me if I’m wrong, but I understand that most Imams and clerics of Islam have declared a holy jihad [Holy war] against the infidels of the world and, that by killing an infidel, (which is a command to all Muslims) they are assured of a place in h eaven. If that’s the case, can you give me the definition of an infidel?’

There was no disagreement with my statements and, without hesitation, he replied, ‘Non-believers!’

I responded, ‘So, let me make sure I have this straight. All followers of Allah have been commanded to kill everyone who is not of your faith so they can have a place in heaven. Is that correct?’ The expression on his face changed from one of authority and command to that of a little boy who had just been caught with his hand in the cookie jar.’

He sheepishly replied, ‘Yes.’

I then stated, ‘Well, sir, I have a real problem trying to imagine The Pope commanding all Catholics to kill those of your faith or Dr. Stanley ordering all Protestants to do the same in order to guarantee them a place in heaven!’

The Muslim was speechless!

I continued, ‘I also have a problem with being your friend when you and your brother clerics are telling your followers to kill me! Let me ask you a question: Would you rather have your Allah, who tells you to kill me in order for you to go to heaven, or my Jesus who tells me to love you because I am going to heaven and He wants you to be there with me?’ You could have heard a pin drop as the Imam hung his head in shame.

Needless to say, the organizers and/or promoters of the ‘Diversification’ training seminar were not happy with my way of dealing with the Islamic Imam, and exposing the truth about the Muslims’ beliefs.

In twenty years there will be enough Muslim voters in the U.S. to elect the President!

I think everyone in the U.S. should be required to read this, but with the ACLU, there is no way this will be widely publicized, unless each of us sends it on! This is your chance to make a difference.

FOR The SAKE of The LORD Jesus Christ….SEND THIS ON.

-JohnAdams aka Rev. Larry Wallenmeyer.

Speaking The Truth About Islam

Pastor Jeffress speaks up about Islam, and more Christians of this nation need to be bold about speaking the truth.

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