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A Powerful Magnitude 6.6 Earthquake has Struck Tomatlan, Mexico

Posted: 22 Feb 2015 06:47 AM PST

35 things the media reported as FACTS that were later found to be total lies

Posted: 21 Feb 2015 10:09 PM PST

35 things the media reported as FACTS that were later found to be total lies Truth is the greatest enemy of the state, and the purpose of the state-run media is to broadcast a sufficient quantity of lies to suffocate the truth and thereby protect state interests. As Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels once explained: If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State. Here are 35 huge lies the mainstream media repeatedly reported as “facts” that we now know to be total lies: FULL STORY

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Libyan chemical weapons ‘seized by extremists’

Posted: 21 Feb 2015 10:03 PM PST

Libyan chemical weapons ‘seized by extremists’Extremist militias in Libya have taken over stashes of chemical weapons which belonged to the late ruler Muammar Gaddafi, sources in the country told London-based Arabic newspaper Asharq Alawsat on Saturday. The sources expressed concern that the non-conventional weaponry, which included mustard gas and sarin gas, could find its way into the hands of Islamic State fighters. The report added that militias had apparently already conducted an experiment with the captured weapons. On Friday Islamic State terrorists unleashed suicide bombings in eastern Libya, killing at least 40 people in what the group said was retaliation for Egyptian airstrikes against the extremists’ aggressive new branch in North Africa. The bombings in the town of Qubba, which is controlled by Libya’s internationally recognized government, solidified concerns the extremist group has spread beyond the battlefields of Iraq and Syria and established a foothold less than 500 miles from the southern tip of Italy. The militants have taken over at least two Libyan coastal cities on the Mediterranean — Sirte and Darna, which is about 30 kilometers (19 miles) from Qubba. They released a video Sunday that showed the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians who were abducted in Sirte, and Egypt responded Monday with airstrikes on Darna. FULL REPORT

 

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UK Nuclear Sites Warned Of Drone Terror Attack

Posted: 21 Feb 2015 09:53 PM PST

UK Nuclear Sites Warned Of Drone Terror AttackSuch an attack could kill tens of thousands of people, a Government adviser has warned. But authorities are “burying their heads in the sand,” according to John Large. His call for an urgent security overhaul comes as fi gures showed nuclear power plants suffered 37 security breaches last year – the highest numberalso been breached a dozen times since 2011, including by at least one drone. Islamic State terrorists have already recruited chemical weapons specialists and counterterrorism experts say they are intent on building a “dirty bomb”. Last night Mr Large, a nuclear engineer who has carried out work for Britain’s Atomic Energy Authority, demanded a major exercise to test the resilience of the nation’s power stations against acts of terrorism. Mr Large, who has advised the French government after a growing number of mysterious unmanned flights over that country’s nuclear plants, said drones also pose a risk to the UK’s 16 operational reactors. “On application to UK nuclear power plants, I believe that much the same security and vulnerability issues apply,” he told the Sunday Express. “The accessibility of the UK plants to small UAV’s [unmanned airborne vehicles] is relatively unimpeded.”  Asked whether a security review was needed in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Denmark and France, Mr Large said: “Absolutely yes.” Too much focus is placed on the risk assessment surrounding accidents at nuclear power stations, rather than terrorist threats, Mr Large said. The consequences of the attack scenarios he examined would range from one casualty to tens of thousands of deaths, he added. FULL STORY

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Gov. Scott Walker: ‘I don’t know’ whether Obama is a Christian

Posted: 21 Feb 2015 08:59 PM PST

Gov. Scott Walker: ‘I don’t know’ whether Obama is a ChristianWisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a prospective Republican presidential contender, said Saturday he does not know whether President Obama is a Christian. “I don’t know,” Walker said in an interview at the JW Marriott hotel in Washington, where he was attending the winter meeting of the National Governors Association.Told that Obama has frequently spoken publicly about his Christian faith, Walker maintained that he was not aware of the president’s religion. “I’ve actually never talked about it or I haven’t read about that,” Walker said, his voice calm and firm. “I’ve never asked him that,” he added. “You’ve asked me to make statements about people that I haven’t had a conversation with about that. How [could] I say if I know either of you are a Christian?” Walker said such questions from reporters are reflective of a broader problem in the nation’s political-media culture, which he described as fixated on issues that are not relevant to most Americans. “To me, this is a classic example of why people hate Washington and, increasingly, they dislike the press,” he said. “The things they care about don’t even remotely come close to what you’re asking about.”

Walker said he does not believe that most Americans care about such matters.“People in the media will [judge], not everyday people,” he said. “I would defy you to come to Wisconsin. You could ask 100 people, and not one of them would say that this is a significant issue.” After the interview was completed, Walker spokeswoman Jocelyn Webster telephoned The Washington Post to say the governor was trying to make a point of principle by not answering such kinds of questions, not trying to cast doubt on Obama’s faith. “Of course the governor thinks the president is a Christian,” she said. “He thinks these kinds of gotcha questions distract from what he’s doing as governor of Wisconsin to make the state better and make life better for people in his state.” Walker’s comments Saturday came after a week in which he was asked repeatedly whether he agreed with former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani when he said at a private dinner last Wednesday that he was not sure whether Obama loves his country. Walker was a guest at the dinnerMore 

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Mall of America increases security after being named in apparent al-Shabab video

Posted: 21 Feb 2015 08:20 PM PST

Mall of America increases security after being named in apparent al-Shabab videoBREAKING NEWS – A video purportedly released by Somalia-based terror group al-Shabab calls for attacks on the Mall of America and other shopping centers in Canada and England. The nearly 77-minute video, released online, focused mostly on the conflict between Kenya and Somalia and the deadly attack in 2013 at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya. Al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the Westgate attack, in which more than 60 people died. At the end of the video, an unidentified man dressed in camouflage, with his face covered, calls for similar attacks at the Mall of America and elsewhere. “If just a handful of mujahideen fighters could bring Kenya to a complete stand-still for nearly a week, then imagine what a dedicated mujahideen in the West could do to the American or Jewish-owned shopping centers across the world,” the man said. “What if such an attack was to occur in the Mall of America in Minnesota? Or the West Edmonton Mall in Canada? Or in London’s Oxford Street?” He said, “What would be the implications of such an attack? One could only imagine. And all it takes is a man with firm determination ...” Mall of America released a statement in response to the video: “Mall of America is aware of a threatening video that was released which included a mention and images of the Mall. We take any potential threat seriously and respond appropriately. We have implemented extra security precautions. Some may be noticeable to guests, and others won’t be. We will continue to follow the situation, along with the federal, state and local law enforcement and will remain vigilant as we always do in similar situations.” A spokesman for the FBI did not immediately respond to a request for comment. MPR News

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Top-secret military warning on Ebola bio-terror threat

Posted: 21 Feb 2015 07:39 PM PST

Top-secret military warning on Ebola bio-terror threat Scientists at the top-secret military research unit at Porton Down, Wiltshire, have been assessing the potential use of Ebola as a bioterrorism weapon, according to confidential documents. A three-page memo, marked ‘UK secret UK eyes only’, reveals that the unit, where chemical, radiological and biological threats are analysed, was tasked with evaluating whether terrorist organisations such as al-Qaida and Islamic State (Isis) could use the deadly virus to attack western targets. The heavily redacted document, which has been released under the Freedom of Information Act, reveals that the unit was asked last October to provide “guidance on the feasibility and potential impact of a non-state actor exploiting the Ebola outbreak in west Africa for bioterrorism”. It goes on to explain that non-state actor threat assessments are “provided by the joint terrorism analysis centre”, while threats to “UK deployed forces are provided by defence intelligence”. The memo outlines three possible scenarios under which terrorists might seek to exploit the Ebola outbreak, which so far has killed more than 9,000 people in the three most affected countries, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. The first scenario outlined is completely redacted, illustrating the acute sensitivity about the issue. The second scenario is heavily blacked out but, according to the memo, “would be both logistically and technically challenging for a non-state group to undertake”. It observes: “Clearly there are practical issues involved with such a scenario that of themselves are often not insurmountable but taken together add enormously to the complexity of successfully undertaking this attack.” A third, also heavily redacted, scenario “constitutes the most technically challenging of the scenarios considered here”.  Concerns that terrorist groups might look to “weaponise” Ebola have been raised by several thinktanks and politicians. Last year Francisco Martinez, Spain’s state secretary for security, claimed that Isis fighters were planning to carry out “lone wolf” attacks using biological weapons. Martinez said that his belief was informed by listening in to conversations uncovered in secret chatrooms used by terrorist cells. The claim has since been played down by others. Jeh Johnson, the US department of homeland security secretary, said last October that “we’ve seen no specific credible intelligence that Isis is attempting to use any sort of disease or virus to attack our homeland”. Dr Filippa Lentzos, a senior research fellow at King’s College London and an expert on bioterrorism, said terrorists looking to use the virus as a weapon would encounter problems. “It doesn’t spread quickly at all,” she said. “Terrorists are usually after a bang and Ebola isn’t going to give you that.” On average, a person infected with Ebola will infect two more people. In a developed country such as the UK transmission would be even more limited. “People with Ebola are infectious only when they show symptoms,” Lentzos said. “Could terrorists go to west Africa, get infected, then come back and sit on the tube? Sure, but they’re not likely to be functional for very long. They’re going to be very sick and you’ll see that. So they would have only a very small window in which to operate. And in a country with a developed public health system like the UK, there would be plenty of chances to clamp down on an outbreak.” MORE

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Public school has students ‘bowing to the sun god’

Posted: 21 Feb 2015 07:33 PM PST

Public school has students 'bowing to the sun god' A legal case over a public school in California that has students “bowing to the sun god” is looming in an appeals court, where a team of lawyers advocating for student and parental rights is challenging the Encinitas Union School District’s Ashtanga yoga program.  It has broad implications, and it’s getting attention not just in the United States but worldwide. Austria, for example, recently removed a similar teaching from its classes because it conflicts with students’ Catholic beliefs, and the Indian Supreme Court is examining whether the Ashtanga yoga philosophy “would discriminate against the Muslim and Christian minorities.” “At its core, this case is about the American constitutional ideal of religious freedom,” explained Dean Broyles, who runs the the National Center for Law & Policy, which is fighting the school district’s yoga campaign. The case is now before the California Court of Appeals in San Diego. Broyles has been joined by Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute. “This school district has essentially adopted a state religion and is forcing it upon our young children by requiring this class to be taken,” Dacus said. “These actions violate the fundamental right of parents to raise their children according to their beliefs, and they disregard the Constitution that this nation was founded upon.” Read “Yoga Uncoiled – From East to West” and discover the true foundation of Hindu philosophy embedded in the activities. Also filing briefs in opposition to the yoga program were the World Faith Foundation and the Church State Council, while the California School Boards organization and the Yoga Alliance have lined up behind the school. “No court in the past 50 years has permitted public school officials during regular classroom instruction to lead students to actively participate in devotional religious activities or practices like Ashtanga yoga’s Surya Namaskara,” Broyles said. “Public schools may certainly teach about religion because religion is historically and culturally important. But the state is not constitutionally permitted to endorse or promote religion or religious practices,” he said. “Courts are especially sensitive to the coercive pressures involved when the government, because education is compulsory and supported by tax dollars, leads young impressionable children with tender consciences through group liturgical/ritual religious exercises or activities including bowing to the sun god,” said Broyles. Encinitis district officials declined to respond to WND requests for comment. A spokeswoman told WND a statement might be available later. FULL STORY

 

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US warns it is ready to walk away from Iran nuclear talks

Posted: 21 Feb 2015 07:24 PM PST

US warns it is ready to walk away from Iran nuclear talks  Times of Israel There are still “significant gaps” in negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday, warning that President Barack Obama was not prepared to extend the talks any further if real progress was not being made Kerry’s comments came in a stopover in London before he heads to Geneva Sunday for two more days of talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.  World powers and Iran have set an end of March deadline for a framework agreement, with four further months for the technical work to be ironed out. The talks have missed two previous deadlines, and Obama has said a further extension would make little sense without a basis for continuing discussions. Kerry said there was no doubt Obama was serious. The president, he said, “is fully prepared to stop these talks if he feels that they’re not being met with the kind of productive decision-making necessary to prove that a program is in fact peaceful.” If the talks fail, Obama may be unable to continue holding off Congress from passing new sanctions against Iran. That, in turn, could scuttle any further diplomatic solution to US-led attempts to increase the time Tehran would need to be able to make nuclear arms. Iran denies any interest in such weapons. Skepticism about the negotiations already is strong among congressional hardliners, Washington’s closest Arab allies and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is expected to strongly criticize the reported terms of the deal in an address to the US Congress early next month. Iran and the P5+1 group of Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany are trying to strike a deal that would prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear bomb in return for easing economic sanctions. Negotiators are working against the clock ahead of a March 31 deadline for agreement on the political framework of a deal. “There are still significant gaps, there is still a distance to travel,” Kerry told a press conference at the US Embassy in London. US and Iranian negotiators have been meeting in Geneva since Friday and senior P5+1 negotiators are also set to meet in the Swiss city Sunday in a bid to drive the talks forward. Kerry also used his London stop to stress the international community was “united” and “in lock step” over the negotiations. “There is absolutely no divergence whatsoever in what we believe is necessary for Iran to prove that its nuclear program is going to be peaceful,” he said earlier in the day. US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz flew in to snow-covered Geneva on Saturday to take part in the talks for the first time, at Kerry’s request. Ali Akbar Salehi, the director of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization, was also taking part in the negotiations. But Kerry played down any suggestion that this meant the talks were on the verge of a breakthrough. “I would not read into it any indication whatsoever,” he said, adding that Moniz was present because of the “technical” nature of the talks. The two officials were reportedly meeting Saturday afternoon. Salehi arrived Saturday morning with Zarif and Hossein Fereydoun, the brother and special aid to Iranian President Hassan Rohani, to help coordinate the talks, Iranian media reported. While the political aspects of the deal must be nailed down by the end of next month, the full agreement must be signed by June 30 — a cut-off point that looms all the larger because two previous deadlines have been missed.

 

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Iran says they will destroy Tel Aviv in 10 minutes

Posted: 21 Feb 2015 06:57 PM PST

Iran says they will destroy Tel Aviv in 10 minutesArutz Sheva 7 – A senior figure in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, Mujtabi Du Al-Nour, threatened on Saturday that Iran will destroy Tel Aviv in ten minutes if Israel “makes a mistake” and strikes the Islamic regime’s nuclear facilities. Al-Nour, who is a representative of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in a talk with journalists responded to Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman’s (Yisrael Beytenu) comments from Friday, when he said Israel should stop talking and start acting by striking the facilities said to be developing nuclear weapons. “If the Zionists were sure that they would win in war they would already have initiated it, but they don’t have the strength to do that – so they just threatened,” blustered Al-Nour. According to the Revolutionary Guards leader, Iran has rockets that can reach the heart of Tel Aviv within six or seven minutes, “even before the rockets of the Zionists reach us.” The threat, coming as it does during Iran’s efforts to increase its nuclear output capability by 19-fold and feasibly obtain the ability to equip nuclear warheads on the rockets Al-Nour claims the country possesses, gives extra urgency to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s warnings against a bad nuclear deal. Netanyahu is posed to address the US Congress on March 3 about the Iranian nuclear problem in a speech that has raised uproar among the left in Israel and the US, given its proximity to March 17 Knesset elections. The speech is meant to warn against leaving Iran with nuclear capabilities as talks between world powers and Iran approach a March 31 deadline, with Netanyahu warning the deal in its current formation would leave Iran a nuclear threshold state, and a state which has threatened to destroy Israel as Al-Nour reiterated on Saturday.

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Obama Hatching Schemes To Derail Netanyahu Speech Before Congress On March 3rd

Netanyahu’s plan for a March 3 address to a joint meeting of Congress has further strained already tense ties between the U.S. and Israel.

“Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion.” Psalm 129:5 (KJV)

Barack Obama desperately wants Iran to be allowed to create nuclear weapons. Benjamin Netanyahu does not. Hence what is playing out is the classic battle between good and evil, between God’s people the Jews, and the Devil’s people of Islam. What’s so interesting to watch is that in order for Obama to truly come against Netanyahu and Israel, he is being forced to reveal who he truly is: a Jew-hating, anti-Israel, pro-Muslim, pro-Sharia, anti-American supplanter.

WASHINGTON — In what is becoming an increasingly nasty grudge match, the White House is mulling ways to undercut Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming trip to Washington and blunt his message that a potential nuclear deal with Iran is bad for Israel and the world.

There are limits. Administration officials have discarded the idea of President Barack Obama himself giving an Iran-related address to rebut the two speeches Netanyahu is to deliver during his early March visit. But other options remain on the table.

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Among them: a presidential interview with a prominent journalist known for coverage of the rift between Obama and Netanyahu, multiple Sunday show television appearances by senior national security aides and a pointed snub of America’s leading pro-Israel lobby, which is holding its annual meeting while Netanyahu is in Washington, according to the officials.

The administration has already ruled out meetings between Netanyahu and Obama, saying it would be inappropriate for the two to meet so close to Israel’s March 17 elections. But the White House is now doubling down on a cold-shoulder strategy, including dispatching Cabinet members out of the country and sending a lower-ranking official than normal to represent the administration at the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the officials said.

Vice President Joe Biden will be away, his absence behind Netanyahu conspicuous in coverage of the speech to Congress. Other options were described by officials, who spoke only on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss internal deliberations.

 Congressional Republicans orchestrated Netanyahu’s visit without consulting the White House or State Department, a move the Obama administration blasted as a break in diplomatic protocol. Some Democratic lawmakers say they will boycott the speech. source – AP

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Over 100,000 Birds Perish from Bird Flu Outbreak In China

Posted: 21 Feb 2015 07:15 AM PST

Over 100,000 Birds Perish from Bird Flu Outbreak In ChinaNew outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N8 and H5N2 variants) have been reported to the OIE this week. All but one of the outbreaks was in domestic poultry (mostly geese but also chickens and turkeys). A total of almost 295,000 birds were affected, including 100,000 deaths. The Taiwanese animal health authority has sent two new reports covering new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). There were five new outbreaks of H5N8 avian influenza on poultry farms between 6 and 12 February following abnormal mortalities in Yunlin and Chiayi counties and Tainan City.  One of the farms had turkeys, while the other outbreaks were in geese. In total, 24,790 birds were involved; 4,676 birds died and 20,114 have been culled.  Thirty further outbreaks have been confirmed with the H5N2 variant of the virus as the cause. The outbreaks started between 19 January and 12 February. One of the outbreaks was in a wild bird, found dead in Taitung City in the south-east of Taiwan. The affected bird was a black-crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax; Ardeidae). Abnormal mortalities were also observed on 29 poultry farms – mostly geese but also some chickens and native chickens – in the counties of Changhua, Yunlin, Chiayi and Pingtung as well as Tainan City. A total of 269,894 birds were affected, of which 95,908 died and 168,686 have been or will be culled.  In all cases, the farms have been put under movement restrictions. Thorough cleaning and disinfection will be conducted after the stamping-out operation. Surrounding poultry farms within a three-kilometre radius of infected farms will remain under intensified surveillance for three months. THE POULTRY SITE

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Over 400,000 Birds Perish From Bird Flu In NigeriaPosted: 21 Feb 2015 07:07 AM PST

Over 200,000 Birds Perish From Bird Flu In NigeriaMinister of Agriculture and Rural Development Mr. Akinwumi Adesina has stated that 299.883 birds out of 417,041 killed nationwide as a result of the recent outbreak of the avian influenza are from Kano State’s affected farms. The minister made this known when he led the ministry’s delegation to Kano State Governor, Dr Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, over the bird flu outbreak. He added that out of the total number of 104 farms affected nationwide, Kano State has 58 affected farms which constitutes about 56% of the affected poultry farms in the country. Adesina also stated that in the Federal Government’s attempt to address the situation, it has approved the payment of N140 million as compensation to farmers affected by the outbreak in the 16 affected states of the country, adding that Kano State has the highest share of the approved amount with N100 million allocated to it out of the total amount approved by the government. The minister further stated that the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and agric ministries in the affected states have been working hand-in-hand to see that the spread of the virus is curtailed through taking various preventive measures. According to him, with the avian influenza outbreak on January 8, 2015, there is need for the state governments to improve on the provision of logistic and that of personal protective gadgets to speed up quarantine and other curtailing measures. Governor Kwankwaso in his address reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to the agricultural sector and assured the minister of the state’s cooperation in tackling the menace. AllAfrica

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Possibly thousands of dead turtles wash up along Odisha in IndiaPosted: 21 Feb 2015 07:00 AM PST

Possibly thousands of dead turtles wash up along Odisha in IndiaThe Gahirmatha marine sanctuary in Odisha’s Kendrapara district, considered to be the largest rookery of the endangered Oliver Ridley turtles, has turned into a mass graveyard of these endangered species as hundreds of carcasses were spotted ashore.  Around 800 Olive Ridley turtles were found dead along Barunei, Pentha, Satabhaya, Gahirmatha, Babubali river mouth and other places during the ongoing mass nesting season by February 15, a forest department official said. However, unofficial estimates put the toll over 5000, raising concern among environmentalists. As informed by Rajnagar Mangrove (Forest) and Wildlife Division DFO Bimal Prasanna Acharya, that there have been reports of several Olive Ridley turtles lying dead along the beaches. During this time, the south wind blows fiercely as a result tens of thousands of female Olive Ridley’s climb ashore to lay eggs. Due to this strong wind, dead turtles were seen along the beaches from Habalikhati to Chinchiri, a Satabhaya villager said. Meanwhile, green activists have alleged that the endangered species are dying in large numbers due to illegal trawling at Gahirmatha marine sanctuary as the forest officials have failed to check the fishermen from catching fish inside the prohibited zone. As of now, as many as 25 trawlers have been seized and at least 189 fishermen have been arrested for illegal trawling and venturing into prohibited regions during the ongoing mass nesting season of the turtles, a forest department official said. Notwithstanding the forest department prohibiting fishing within 20 km radius of the sea coast, over hundreds of trawlers have been seen fishing in the restricted zone near Satabhaya. Notably, the endangered Olive Ridley turtles, protected under Schedule 1 of wildlife Protection Act, 1972, die after being trapped and entangled in the nets of mechanized fishing during the mating season. It may be recalled that Olive Ridley turtles were also found dead along the Devi river mouth at Astaranga to Kushabhadra river mouth at Ramchandi in Puri district owing to illegal trawling recently. The mass nesting of Olive Ridley turtles were first witnessed along the 10 KM coastline of Gahirmatha beach for the first time in 1975. As the mating season along the coast continued thereafter, it was accorded the status of Gahirmatha marine sanctuary in 1997 as the first marine sanctuary of the state. Following granting of marine sanctuary status, it was declared a no-fishing zone in 1993 under the Odisha Marine Fishing Regulation Act-1981. The Act prohibits fishing within 20 km radius of the sea coast. Besides, seven laws have been framed and strictures have been passed by Supreme Court of India for protection of these endangered species. ODISHA SUN TIMES

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All The Ways Big Brother Is Watching You!Posted: 21 Feb 2015 06:54 AM PST

http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/2015/February19/192a.html“You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.”—George Orwell, 1984 Today, there’s little room for indiscretions, imperfections, or acts of independence—especially not when the government can listen in on your phone calls, monitor your driving habits, track your movements, scrutinize your purchases and peer through the walls of your home. That’s because technology—specifically the technology employed by the government against the American citizenry—has upped the stakes dramatically so that there’s little we do that is not known by the government. In such an environment, you’re either a paragon of virtue, or you’re a criminal.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, we’re all criminals. This is the creepy, calculating yet diabolical genius of the American police state: the very technology we hailed as revolutionary and liberating has become our prison, jailer, probation officer, Big Brother and Father Knows Best all rolled into one. Consider that on any given day, the average American going about his daily business will be monitored, surveilled, spied on and tracked in more than 20 different ways, by both government and corporate eyes and ears. A byproduct of this new age in which we live, whether you’re walking through a store, driving your car, checking email, or talking to friends and family on the phone, you can be sure that some government agency, whether the NSA or some other entity, is listening in and tracking your behavior.

As I point out in my book, A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, this doesn’t even begin to touch on the corporate trackers that monitor your purchases, web browsing, Facebook posts and other activities taking place in the cyber sphere. For example, police have been using Stingray devices mounted on their cruisers to intercept cell phone calls and text messages without court-issued search warrants. Thwarting efforts to learn how and when these devices are being used against an unsuspecting populace, the FBI is insisting that any inquiries about the use of the technology be routed to the agency “in order to allow sufficient time for the FBI to intervene to protect the equipment/technology and information from disclosure and potential compromise.” Doppler radar devices, which can detect human breathing and movement within in a home, are already being employed by the police to deliver arrest warrants and are being challenged in court.

One case in particular, United States v Denson, examines how the Fourth Amendment interacts with the government’s use of radar technology to peer inside a suspect’s home. As Judge Neil Gorsuch recognizes in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeal’s ruling in the case, “New technologies bring with them not only new opportunities for law enforcement to catch criminals but also new risks for abuse and new ways to invade constitutional rights.”

License plate readers, yet another law enforcement spying device made possible through funding by the Department of Homeland Security, can record up to 1800 license plates per minute. However, it seems these surveillance cameras can also photograph those inside a moving car. Recent reports indicate that the Drug Enforcement Administration has been using the cameras in conjunction with facial recognition software to build a “vehicle surveillance database” of the nation’s cars, drivers and passengers. Sidewalk and “public space” cameras, sold to gullible communities as a sure-fire means of fighting crime, is yet another DHS program that is blanketing small and large towns alike with government-funded and monitored surveillance cameras. It’s all part of a public-private partnership that gives government officials access to all manner of surveillance cameras, on sidewalks, on buildings, on buses, even those installed on private property.

Couple these surveillance cameras with facial recognition and behavior-sensing technology and you have the makings of “pre-crime” cameras, which scan your mannerisms, compare you to pre-set parameters for “normal” behavior, and alert the police if you trigger any computerized alarms as being “suspicious.” Capitalizing on a series of notorious abductions of college-aged students, several states are pushing to expand their biometric and DNA databases by requiring that anyone accused of a misdemeanor have their DNA collected and catalogued.  MORE

 

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Dollar Dump Begins: Russia Unloads 20% Of Its Total U.S. Holdings In One MonthPosted: 21 Feb 2015 06:49 AM PST

Dollar Dump Begins: Russia Unloads 20% Of Its Total U.S. Holdings In One Month.Earlier this week John Williams warned that hyperinflation will begin to appear in America sometime in 2015. He noted that, though the dollar is currently strong compared to other fiat money, signs that a currency collapse is coming will begin with the sell-off of the U.S. dollar. It’s a known fact that the Russians and Chinese have already begun divesting themselves of dollar dependency by implementing trade agreements that completely sidestep the world’s reserve currency, but there has been no overt sign of a sell-off that might be indicative of a coming attack on our currency. Until now, that is.  According to a report from Zero Hedge the Russians have already started unloading their dollar reserves. In the month of December alone they sold a record $22 billion in U.S. Treasurys. While this may not seem like a big number, it is over 20% of their total US dollar holdings. But here’s the kicker: They’re not the only ones getting rid of their dollars in what appears to be a fairly uncommon sell-off over the course of the last 60 days. Back in December, Socgen spread a rumor that Russia has begun selling its gold. Subsequent IMF data showed that not only was this not correct, Russia in fact added to its gold holdings. But there was one thing it was selling: some $22 billion in US Treasurys, a record 20% of its total holdings, bringing its US paper inventory to just $86 billion in December – the lowest since June 2008. It wasn’t just Russia: the country that has ever more frequently been said to be in the same camp as Russia – and against the US – namely China, also sold another $6 billion in Treasurys in the last month of 2014, which would have made its US treasury holdings equal with those of Japan, if only Tokyo hadn’t also sold over $10 billion in the same month. And while we know that Russia used at least some of the proceeds to buy gold, the bigger question is: just what is China buying with all these stealthy USD-denominated liquidations, and how much gold does the PBOC really have as of this moment.  Is Russia, after being under economic attack for the better part of a year, now starting to make its own moves? And are they working in unison with the Chinese in an effort to debase the dollar? World affairs analyst Joel Skousen recently made a compelling case against an imminent economic collapse, while others argue that the end is nigh for the U.S. economic, financial and monetary systems. Whatever the case, remain vigilant and prepare for the worst, because the hammer is going to drop sooner or later. SHTFPLAN.COM

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Are You Ready For Total Currency War?Posted: 21 Feb 2015 06:44 AM PST

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-02-20/are-you-ready-total-currency-warOn February 18, 1943, German Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels delivered a rousing speech at the Berlin Sportpalast, asking the German people, “Sind Sie bereit für totalen Krieg?” or “Are you ready for total War?” Germany had planned for Blitzkrieg and a short war and was unprepared for a world war as the combined military forces of the United States, England and the Soviet Union crushed the Reich relentlessly and systematically. Although the people and economy rallied in defense of Germany, total war only prolonged the horrors of war and delayed their inevitable defeat. Today, 72 years later, another quasi-fascist empire formerly at the pinnacle of world economic power is being taken over, this time on the economic front, by China and the BRICs. Yet it retains the ability to project military power on every continent, with troops deployed in over 150 countries, and is involved simultaneously in regions ranging from Europe and the Ukraine, across the Middle East and Africa to the nations in Asia surrounding China. The leadership of most foreign vassal states are threatened, bought off or blackmailed into doing the empire’s bidding lest they be overthrown and replaced through covert black-ops that often masquerade as homegrown domestic uprisings like the Arab Spring or the Ukraine coup in 2014. Non-cooperating foreign nations, central banks, domestic nationalists and powerful centers of influence are threatened with state trade sanctions, individual sanctions and blacklisting, banking prohibitions and bond-rating downgrades in addition to other economic and outright military threats. The empire’s powerful propaganda machine based in New York and London that, when needed, can within only weeks turn former allies into evil despots without cause, reason or evidence. An unforgiveable crime is to threaten the mountains of government debt and endless trillions in derivatives issued by vassal state governments led by controlled foreign political leaders where old bond offerings are simply rolled over, along with interest owed, into new obligations. This further burdens citizens and taxpayers just so favored global investment banking interests in the US, UK, Germany and others can continue their fee and commission gravy train. MORE

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North Korea holds missile and artillery live firing drillPosted: 21 Feb 2015 06:40 AM PST

North Korea holds missile and artillery live firing drillThe North Korean leader attended battlefield gunnery training near the South Korean border on Friday. The drills took place ahead of the announced US-South Korea joint war games set for March close to North Korea’s border. The exercise simulated the assault and capture of an enemy island, reported the North’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). The drills took place on the islands of Mu and Jangjae “in the biggest hotspot in the southernmost part of southwestern front,” KCNA reported. North Korean detachments involved in the training launched anti-ship Silkworm missiles and ground-to-air missiles, as well as multiple rocket launchers, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported. Korean People’s Army’s artillery units and coastal missile anti-ship missile squads, including the 4th Corps, did the firing. The 4th Corps, while operating from Mu Island, shelled South Korea’s Yeonpyeong border island in 2010, with the incident causing the deaths of four South Korean civilians and servicemen. North Korean troops on Mu Island that took part were honored with the accolade the ‘Hero Defense Detachment’ when Kim Jong-un visited Mu and Jangjae in 2012. A year later, in 2013, he threatened to “wipe out” Yeonpyeong Island and other South Korean islands in the disputed border zone in the Yellow Sea, which saw armed clashes in 1999, 2002 and 2009.  Pyongyang doesn’t recognize the Northern Limit Line, a maritime boundary between the two Koreas unilaterally drawn by US-led United Nations forces following the Korean War in 1950-53. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was reportedly very pleased with the results of the drills and urged the troops to be combat-ready to repel an attack from the US. MORE

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Grandmother Who Refused to Make Gay Wedding Floral Arrangements Could Lose House, Life Savings After Guilty VerdictPosted: 21 Feb 2015 06:31 AM PST

Grandmother Who Refused to Make Gay Wedding Floral Arrangements Could Lose House, Life Savings After Guilty VerdictPutting florist, grandmother and devout Southern Baptist Barronelle Stutzman out of business was not enough for some Washington state officials. She could lose her home and life savings as well after a Washington superior court judge ruled that she violated the state’s anti-discrimination law because she declined to provide flowers for a same-sex couple’s wedding due to her religious convictions. After Benton County Superior Court Judge ruled on Wednesday that Stutzman violated the law when she refused to provide floral arrangements for the wedding of Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed in 2013, the possibility became real that Stutzman can lose her business, home, savings and other personal assets once a summary judgement is reached, according to Stutzman’s lawyer Kristen Waggoner. “The lesson from the court’s decisions is that you put your home, your family business, and your life at risk by daring to defy a government mandate that forces you to promote views you believe are wrong,” Waggoner, an attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom, said in a statement. “A government that tells you what you can’t say is bad enough but a government that tells you what you must say is terrifying.” Although Stutzman, who is the owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, has received thousands of hate letters, insults and threats from LGBT activists who decry her as prejudiced for not providing flowers to Ingersoll and Freed’s wedding, Stutzman willfully served all of Ingersoll’s floral requests for the nine years that Ingersoll came to her shop to buy flowers for Freed.  “She had established a really warm relationship with Rob Ingersoll, who had been in for nine years and come in and spent a good amount of money throughout the years and they had gotten to know each other pretty well,” Waggoner said in a video posted to ADF website. “He has a very creative mind and we just kind of hit it off,” Stutzman admitted. In the video, Stutzman discusses how she prepared many floral arrangements for Ingersoll over the years. She explained that she had no problem making flowers for Ingersoll and Freed to send to one another. But a few months after gay marriage was passed in Washington in 2012, Ingersoll came to the shop and told Stutzman that he was getting married and he wanted her to provide the flowers for the wedding. Stutzman was caught in a tough spot as she did not want to hurt her friend’s feelings and did not want defy her religious convictions that tell her that marriage is only between a man and a woman. MORE

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Believing in the Bible Can Get You Fired in Today’s AmericaPosted: 21 Feb 2015 06:27 AM PST

Believing in the Bible Can Get You Fired in Today's AmericaIf you want to get fired, sued or lose your business in today’s America, stand with Biblical convictions. In Oregon, our friends Aaron and Melissa Klein were found guilty of discrimination by the state just this week, and could face up to $150,000 in fines for not baking a cake for a same-sex wedding. In Wisconsin, a 15-year-old boy was reprimanded and reportedly punished by his school for backing traditional family in adoption cases. In New Jersey, a high school teacher was suspended for stating her Biblical beliefs about homosexuality on her personal Facebook page (while at home, off the clock). In Illinois, a university professor was fired for saying that homosexual acts are “morally wrong.” The list goes on, yet we can’t forget the grandmotherly florist in Washington State being sued by the Attorney General of Washington for refusing to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding (to a man, who by the way, she had faithfully served and befriended for over a decade). Grandma (70-year-old Baronelle Stutzman) summed it all up when she said, “Little by little, they are stripping us of any thought we might have, or any difference. BIBLE PROPHECY BLOG

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Plight of Middle East Christians is the Greatest Tragedy Since World War IIPosted: 21 Feb 2015 06:22 AM PST

Plight of Middle East Christians is the Greatest Tragedy Since World War IIThe Middle East is suffering a “Way of the Cross” that is the greatest tragedy since World War Two, Melkite Catholic Patriarch Gregoire III Laham said in his Lenten message. He said the Church, despite its efforts, is having difficulty meeting the growing needs it faces in the region. “We fail in front of the suffering of our people in all walks of life, Christians and Muslims. It’s a universal suffering,” he said. “We as pastors are with our people, at their side, in front of them, behind them,” Patriarch Laham said, adding that it is “as if we wash the feet of those who are suffering as Jesus washed the feet of his disciples.” “We are in the fifth year of the Way of the Cross,” especially in Syria, Iraq and the Palestinian territories and also in Lebanon, “which is affected in a tragic way by war, which rages around it,” Patriarch Laham said. He continued: “This is a tragedy of the greatest tragedies of history — not just in the region, but in the world — since World War Two. “We call on all citizens and our children (to work together and with Pope Francis) to not let the flame of hope be extinguished in your hearts.” The Syrian-born prelate pointed out that Lebanon has accepted waves of displaced people and refugees: from Palestine since 1949, from Syria since 2011 and, currently and in stages, from Iraq. Lebanon is now hosting more than 1.5 million refugees — mostly Syrians and an increasing flow of Iraqi Christians — putting a strain on the country’s infrastructure and resources for its existing population of around four million people. “How many have heard about all the stories of suffering,” he said. He noted that although the Church encourages the faithful in the region to remain and hold on “with ropes of hope and faith and surrender to the will of God,” at the same time, the decision whether to stay or to leave one’s country “is a personal decision and responsibility of every individual and every family.” MORE

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Did Barack Obama Create ISIS After Failing To Establish Muslim Brotherhood In Egypt?

Obama’s alliance with the Muslim Brotherhood is well-known and thoroughly documented

EDITOR’S NOTE: Follow the Obama breadcrumb trail. There is compelling and nearly overwhelming evidence that not only did Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett and Hillary Clinton create the phony Arab Spring in league with the Muslim Brotherhood, but that they also created, financed and are now shielding ISIS. Are the American taxpayers unwittingly funding the ISIS onslaught?

It is a known fact, and not mere speculation, that Obama has close ties with the Muslim Brotherhood. He has had this terrorist organization in the White House as guests, more times than all other groups.

He has appointed members of the Muslim Brotherhood, to top and very sensitive positions in the Department of Homeland Security, and now he has expanded these appointments throughout his administration.

Obama’s White House Chief of Staff, Valerie Jarrett, is a well known Muslim Communist. It is said many times in editorials that Ms. Jarrett runs the White House. BHO does not make any decisions without first consulting with Valerie Jarrett.

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I recently wrote a piece on Mr. Mohamed Elibiary, who was relieved of his key position at DHS in September of last year. Mr. Elibiary is now in his home state of Texas, and told me via Twitter, that he was now working with border control in Texas, but deleted that tweet after saying it. I questioned him about this, but he would say no more.

In this article, I will present facts about Barack Hussein Obama and Hillary Clinton from reputable sources, which I will name. I will speak about Obama’s close association with the Muslim Brotherhood, but I will also report on his actions for that last five years as relating to the Middle East.

It is up to the reader of this piece, to come to their own conclusions after reading the evidence presented, as to whether Mr. Obama had a hand in the creation of ISIS.

The Phony Arab Spring

The so-called “Arab Spring” began on December 18, 2010. As I watched events in Cairo unfold, I was thoroughly convinced that our president was involved. The man who had served as president of Egypt for 33 years, Hosni Mubarak, was a strong ally of America and had left Israel alone, as did his predecessor, Anwar Sadat. Sadat was assassinated because of his friendship with Israel.

As I have stated in previous articles on the Middle East, most leaders there are not good guys. There are usually two types – bad guys and REALLY BAD guys. Mubarak had taken money from the people, and was living a life of royalty, while many Egyptians were in poverty. But because he was a friend to America, and did not want to destroy Israel, to me he was more of a good guy.

The rioting in the streets of Cairo seemed to go on forever. I felt that this was an organized revolt, and I always suspected the Muslim Brotherhood of being a catalyst. The night that Obama appeared on television and said “It’s time for Mubarak to step down I realized that Mr. Obama was also involved in the uprising. Remember when BHO said that America should stay out of other country’s affairs? This “Arab Spring” would undoubtedly lead to an “Israeli Winter.”

The spokes person for the Muslim Brotherhood was Mohamed Morsi, a good friend of BHO. His commentary on the events happening in Cairo were so misleading. He assured the world that he was not interested in a run for the presidency, should that opportunity arise. He said that he was just concerned for Egypt’s well being. I knew this was not true. Everything is calculated by these workers of iniquity. There are no random events. The Muslims use taqiyya (permissible lying) to further the advancement of sharia law throughout the world.

If you go to the Muslim Brotherhood website, you will see them declare that they are against terrorism and condemn it. Don’t believe a word of it. Muslim Brotherhood is the most organized perpetrators and supporters of Islamist terrorism on the planet.

Mubarak Steps Down

After Obama again demanded that Mubarak leave his office, because it was the will of the people, he finally left. Mohamed Morsi, once again stated that if he had any role in elections, it would be in a supervisory capacity — that he had no aspirations to be Egypt’s new president. And again I knew he was lying.

Proof Obama Behind Muslim Brotherhood Caliphate Conspiracy:

The election was held in 2012 to seek out a new president for Egypt. To no surprise, Mohamed Morsi became a candidate. He won in the democratic election process. I was certain that Obama was elated about this. Everything was going as planned.

Morsi Ousted

On July 3, 2013, a coalition headed by the chief of the military, Abdul Fattah el-Sisi, ousted Mohamed Morsi and placed him under house arrest. Many Muslim Brotherhood members were also arrested and jailed. Morsi was then imprisoned.

In June of 2014, el-Sisi became the new president of Egypt. There were many protests of his appointment, but they were to no avail. I believe that the person most distraught at these events in Egypt was Barack Hussein Obama. His good friend, Mohamed Morsi, was not only ousted by the military in Egypt, but he now sat in a jail cell.

Libya/Arab Spring Redux

During the Arab Spring, Obama had his eye on Libya as fertile ground for major changes. He wanted Muammar Gaddafi taken out of power. In 2011, Obama went over the heads of Congress and sent troops to Libya to make sure that his plan was accomplished. The troops helped the so-called rebels to find Gaddafi. It is said that Quaddafi begged for his life and offered the rebels money and gold. But they killed him. [1] – source

Gaddafi was also one of those bad guys, who was no longer a really bad guy. He had a good relationship with America for many years, and left Israel alone. Are you beginning to see a pattern here?

Benghazi and White House Gun-Running Operations Exposed

On September 11, 2012 – a terrorist attack was made on the U.S. Four Americans were slaughtered that day, while the White House offices watched this unfold, and told military to “Stand Down.” The White House decided to use a false narrative about a video online, disparaging Muhammad, on which to blame the attack. This phony story finally unraveled, so more lies had to be put in place.

This story just broke in the Washington Times on February 1, 2015:

Secret Benghazi Report Reveals Hillary’s Libya War Push Armed al Qaeda-tied Terrorists: Hillary Rodham Clinton is likely to face questions over whether she had an adequate plan for Libya in 2011 and whether her efforts led to the Benghazi tragedy a year later.

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Libyan officials were deeply concerned in 2011, as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was trying to remove Moammar Gadhafi from power, that weapons were being funneled to NATO-backed rebels with ties to al Qaeda, fearing that well-armed insurgents could create a safe haven for terrorists, according to secret intelligence reports obtained by The Washington Times.

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The reports included a 16-page list of weapons that Libyans supposedly tracked to the rebels from Western sources or their allies in the region. The memos were corroborated by a U.S. intelligence asset familiar with the documents as well as former top Gadhafi regime official Mohammed Ismael.

“NATO has given permission to a number of weapons-loaded aircraft to land at Benghazi airport and some Tunisian airports,” the intelligence report said, identifying masses of weapons including tanks and surface-to-air missiles.

That report, which was prepared in English so it could be passed by a U.S. intelligence asset to key members of Congress, identified specific air and sea shipments observed by Libyan intelligence moving weapons to the rebels trying to unseat the Gadhafi regime.

“There is a close link between al Qaeda, Jihadi organizations, and the opposition in Libya,” the report warned.

In the documents and separately recorded conversations with U.S. emissaries, Libyan officials expressed particular concern that the weapons and training given the rebels would spread throughout the region, in particular turning the city of Benghazi into a future terrorist haven.

Those fears would be realized a little over a year later when a band of jihadist insurgents attacked the State Department diplomatic post in Benghazi and a related CIA compound, killing four Americans including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. Today, more than three years after Gadhafi fell from power and was killed, Benghazi and much of the rest of Libya remain in chaos, riddled with violence among rival tribes and thriving jihadi groups. source

How ISIS Came To Be

“President Obama’s ongoing antipathy towards Egypt is no accident. Our feckless president has long had a soft spot in his heart for the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), and Egypt’s removal of the terror group from the corridors of power has rankled the administration. So what is it the Egyptians understand and our president denies? The Egyptian Minister of Religious Endowments insists that ISIS was birthed by the MB.”

On 25 December, Egypt declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, with the Egyptian courts dissolving nearly all of its institutions, organizations and charities. By contrast on Feb. 4, Obama hosted a meeting at the White House with 14 Muslim leaders, including Azhar Azeez, President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and Hoda Elshishtawy of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC).

Both groups were founded by members of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Former congressman Pete Hoekstra was incensed. The Michigan Republican insisted it was “absolutely outrageous” for Obama to invite “the Muslim Brotherhood into our government to meet with the White House.” “These are people who are committed to destroying our way of life,” the Michigan Republican warned. “The policy failures go on and on and on, and that’s how we need to be addressing this president and challenging him that his policies are just not working.”

Such challenges will have to overcome that complicity, as well as the grim determination by this administration not to link terror with Islam. Both challenges are epitomized by the Summit on Countering Violent Extremism beginning today. As the AP explains, the Summit will “highlight domestic and international efforts to prevent extremists and their supporters from radicalizing, recruiting and inspiring others, particularly disaffected young people.”

The words “Islamist” or “terror?” Nowhere to be found. As for complicity, one of the Summit’s attendees is the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB) an organization with extensive ties to terror, including former Cambridge mosque worshipper Ahmad Abousamra who is currently ISIS’s top propagandist, as well as the Tsarnaev brothers who carried out the Boston Marathon bombing. The Cambridge mosque, ISB’s first house of worship was founded in 1982 by Abdulrahman Alamoudi, currently serving a 23-year prison term for his conviction as an al Qaeda fundraiser. Yusuf Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, was a founding trustee at the ISB’s second mosque in Roxbury.

One of the Obama administration’s ostensible ideas for preventing recruitment and radicalization? State Department spokesperson Marie Harf, epitomized their enduring recklessness, insisting we cannot “kill” our way to victory against ISIS. “We need, in the longer term, medium and longer term, to go after the root causes that lead people to join these groups, whether it’s lack of opportunity for jobs,” she declared.

Jobs? Twenty-one Egyptian Christians went to Libya in search of jobs. ISIS decapitated every one of them.

The Obama administration is morally bankrupt. And as the history of the MB-ISIS connections presented here suggests, it is only a matter of time before Americans pay an unconscionable price for that bankruptcy.” [2] – source

DID ISIS FIND $420 MILLION IN LOST US MILITARY SUPPLIES IN AFGHANISTAN?

“How does the military lose half a billion dollars worth of equipment in one year? That’s the question Pentagon auditors are asking after it was revealed that US military equipment worth $420 million went missing in action in Afghanistan last year.

According to a recent Pentagon report, 156,000 pieces of hardware, including sophisticated weapons systems, vehicles and communications gear vanished into thin air in fiscal year 2013. The report also revealed that between 2006 and 2010, 133,557 pieces of equipment valued at $238.4 million could not be accounted for.” [3] – source

MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD WRITES TO BHO TO DENOUNCE THE STRIKES ON ISIS

After 21 Coptic Christians were beheaded by ISIS, the Muslim Brotherhood wrote an open letter to Obama, asking him to denounce retaliatory airstrikes by Egypt on ISIS. The startling thing is that our president did in fact do as they asked!!! To the shock of many, he came onto American television and reprimanded Egypt for striking ISIS!! You really cannot make this stuff up!

Why Does Obama Say ISIL When Everyone Else Says ISIS?

Believe it or not, this may be the most damning evidence of Obama’s involvement with ISIS. You see, the “L” in ISIL stands for the Levant. What is the Levant, you ask?

The Levant includes Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, the southern part of Turkey, and some include Cyprus in this. When Obama insists on using this term ISIL, he is showing further disdain for Israel, and his support of the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS, Al Qaeda, Hamas and Hezbollah.

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This man TRULY hates Israel, and I believe that he wants her annihilation as much as any of these terrorist groups.

OBAMA HOLDS MEETING ON TERRORISM ON 2/19 AND DOES NOT INVITE HEAD OF FBI BUT DOES INVITE HIS RUSSIAN COUNTERPART

It is no secret that as a conservative, I despise the NY Times. But I am using them here as a source of information:

“Obama held a meeting on terrorism on 2/19 and our FBI chief was NOT invited BUT his Russian counterpart was invited and was there!

“WASHINGTON — The White House did not invite the most senior American official charged with preventing terrorist attacks — the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey — to the three-day conference this week on countering violent extremism in the United States and abroad because the administration did not want the event too focused on law enforcement issues, according to senior American officials.

But Mr. Comey’s Russian counterpart — Aleksandr V. Bortnikov, the director of the Russian Federal Security Service, the post-Soviet K.G.B. — was at the meeting, even though international human rights groups have repeatedly accused the Russian security service of unjustly detaining and spying on Russians and others. [4] – source

Egyptian Lawsuits Against Obama For Muslim Brotherhood Meddling

“The charges also allege Obama is an accessory to the Muslim Brotherhood, a group that has spread violence in Egypt before and after the June 30 coup. Along with Obama, El Watan mentions several members of the Muslim Brotherhood by name, Raymond Ibrahim said, beginning with Muhammad Badie, the leader of the organization, and other top ranking individuals like Mohamed al-Beltagy, Essam al-Erian, and Safwat Hegazi.

The complaint says that “Obama cooperated, incited, and assisted the armed elements of the Muslim Brotherhood in the commission of crimes against humanity in the period from 3/7/2013-8/18/2013, in the Arab Republic of Egypt.”

According to Ibrahim, the complaint cites Article 7/1 of the Statute of the International Criminal Court, which he reproduced at CBN. The complaint then explains how the Muslim Brotherhood violated the statute.

The English translation of El Watan then says Obama “teamed up” with leaders of the Brotherhood and assisted by providing “firearms and cartridges.”

Ibrahim added:

“Above and beyond the accusations of crimes against humanity that the lawyer-drafted complaint cited by El Watan levels against the Brotherhood, one need only look to the fate of Egypt’s Christian minority, who were especially targeted by the Muslim Brotherhood—and thus, by extension, their supporter, Obama—to see numerous examples of nearly every aforementioned definition of crimes against humanity…”

He goes on to explain that the Brotherhood engaged in religious persecution against Christians, murdered and threaten to exterminate Christians in Egypt, engaged in mass destruction of churches and mass deportation of Christians.”[5] – source

Is Obama Shielding ISIS?

Entertainment Is Obama Protecting ISIS? New Shocking Report Raises Serious Questions Of Treason”

Anyone in the military will tell you Obama is more than just “cautious” when it comes to ISIS. He refuses to attack the terrorist group head on, and instead chooses to “lead from behind”. New reports just surfaced, however, that say he isn’t even doing that. Sources say Obama is leading our allies away from ISIS, not leading an effort to fight them.

Oliver North has been a trusted source when it comes to military action in this administration. He is the former deputy-director of the National Security Council and a recipient of the Silver Star and Purple Heart. He revealed on Fox news news tonight that the Egyptian government asked the US for information on ISIS targets in Libya yesterday after ISIS beheaded 21 Christians. But, the Obama Administration refused the request. The Obama administration also refused to give Jordan information on ISIS targets in Syria after their pilot was burned alive in a cage.

“President El Sisi asked for American intelligence targeting intelligence before today’s strikes and didn’t get it. King Abdullah of Jordan asked for Intelligence data on targets to respond to the murder of a Jordanian aircraft pilot. The Kurds are begging for arms and ammo from the United States, not one bullet has been delivered by the United States.”

Why would a president claim to want to “destroy” ISIS , but REFUSE requests from allies who are eager and ready to commit that destruction? If we know where the targets are, why would we refuse to give them up? The airstrikes he has ordered so far are said to be doing very little against ISIS. Some even claim we are only striking empty buildings. Why would our president want to mitigate the damages done to our enemy? These are serious questions we need to be asking, and we need answers now.” [6] – source

IN CONCLUSION

I have provided much information here, in hopes that the reader will connect the dots, and understand that we have a president who cares not for our country, and is hostile towards Israel. I also believe that I have given much “food for thought” about ISIS and how they have grown into a worldwide threat – how much of their growth and funding has come from the hand of Barack Hussein Obama and his administration.

MARANATHA!

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The Costly Asylum Racket | Worldview Weekend

We’ve had a lot of media comment about the bad effects of Obama’s executive orders admitting millions (yes, millions) of illegal immigrants and giving them welfare, Social Security, driver’s licenses, and a path to citizenship. Like many Americans, I realized the importance of this when thousands of unfamiliar people from a foreign country, without any advance notice, appeared in my community.

Then I attended an education conference where the asylum racket to admit millions of foreigners (long ignored by the media) was described by a knowledgeable speaker, Ann Corcoran. She started by asking questions of her audience.

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Obama appoints Muslim Brotherhood-linked Muslim to head ‘Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications’

Rashad Hussain was previously the Obama administration’s special envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the thuggish international organization that is engaged in a full-scale campaign to intimidate Western governments into adopting hate speech codes that will effectively quash criticism of Islam – including jihad violence perpetrated in its name. Rashad Hussain is an apposite choice for this position, since several years ago he defended a notorious U.S.-based leader of a jihad terrorist group.

But someone doesn’t want you to know that, and made a clumsy attempt to cover it up.

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Rudy Giuliani: President Obama doesn’t love America

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani says he believes President Barack Obama does not love the United States — or the people in it.

“I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America,” Giuliani said Wednesday during a private group dinner in Manhattan, Politico reports. “He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country.”

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Rob Bell to Oprah: Church Is ‘Moments Away’ from Embracing Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

(CN) — This past Sunday, during an episode of Oprah’s “Super Soul Sunday,” Rob Bell, the former head “pastor” of Michigan’s Mars Hill Bible Church and author of “Love Wins,” a book questioning the orthodox Christian view of Hell, told the talk show host that he believes the Church is “moments away” from embracing same-sex “marriage.”

Bell had appeared on the broadcast with his wife Kristen to discuss their book “The Zimzum of Love: A New Way of Understanding Marriage.”

ISIS Beheads 21 at Beach: We Will Mix ‘Crusaders’ Blood With Osama Bin Laden’s in Sea

(CN) — A newly released video by the barbaric Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group shows the mass beheading of 21 people and condemns the opposition as “crusaders.”“All crusaders: safety for you will be only wishes, especially if you are fighting us all together,” a man states on the video with a North American English accent. “The sea you have hidden Sheikh Osama Bin Laden’s body in, we swear to Allah we will mix it with your blood.”

Study Finds Homeschoolers Less Likely to Leave Faith Than Public, Private Schooled Students

(CN) — The recently-released findings from an in-depth study of nearly 10,000 young adults show that Millennials who were homeschooled are less likely to leave the faith than individuals who attended private or public schools.Late last month, Generations with Vision and the National Home Education Research Institute published the results of their Gen2 Survey. The study explores the correlations between different educational methods and the spiritual decisions of Millennials who were raised in the church.

Southern Baptist Leader Russell Moore: Alabama Judges Must Uphold ‘Gay Marriage’ Ruling or Resign

(CN) — A prominent Southern Baptist leader who raised concerns last year after he advised that Christians should support the rights of other religions and also traveled to the Vatican for an interfaith conference on marriage is now stating that probate judges in Alabama should either follow the recent federal ruling in favor of “gay marriage” or resign.Russell Moore, the president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, made the statement recently to the Baptist Press when asked about his prediction on which way the U.S. Supreme Court might rule on the issue of same-sex “marriage.” He opined that the court will likely legalize the practice, contradicting previous statements made in 2013 regarding the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

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The Hal Lindsey Report

So what has changed since 1954? Lots of things, obviously, but two stand out: 1. These are the last days. 2. Mikey Weinstein.

You probably remember Mr. Weinstein from previous programs. He heads the benignly and misleadingly named Military Religious Freedom Foundation or MRFF. (A more appropriate name would be the Military Freedom FROM Religion Foundation.)

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Christian Unity: Are We All on the Same Team?

Jan Markell, Eric Barger and Jill Martin Rische open with a segment responding to Pastor Rick Warren’s suggestion that many religions “are on the same team.” What is wrong with this and what is it heralding? Then they interview Dr. Ron Rhodes about issues relating to his new book, “40 Days Through Genesis.” Find it here Why are the book ends of the Bible, Genesis and Revelation, marginalized? Hear “Christianity Today” magazine suggest that Adam and Eve are not the parents of us all. We use the mobile app found at http://www.oneplace.com.

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It’s Already Begun

Right now it’s the Internet blogs and informative websites that are being targeted as well, especially those who speak out about the injustice of our political leaders. Christian websites will probably be next to be targeted. Amazingly, these outlets only crime is to convert sinners into saved sinners and make the world a better place to live. That would mean that the handful of “watchmen on the wall” would be silenced and/or prosecuted unjustly. But websites that promote killing and Jihadist activities aren’t even mentioned by the SPLC organization.

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The Danger of Popular Pastor Idolization | Worldview Weekend

One of my very first memories of Sunday school was when I was probably no more than six years old. I was rocking a killer button-up (untucked of course because I was fashionably ahead of my time), a sweet clip-on necktie, and velcro strap kicks. My wardrobe has nothing to do with this article other than to convey to you the sheer awesomeness that was Landon circa 1987. I digress.

I remember the Sunday school teacher saying to us, “There will always be someone better than you. For instance, if you’re a football player, there will always be someone who’s better at that. If you’re an artist, there’s always a better artist.” I remember at the time being heartbroken that I would likely never be the best at something. However, through the years, that one moment at that young age brought patience and mature expectations to my life that would have otherwise not been present.

We’re always looking to be the best at something and if we can’t be, we gravitate to whomever fills that role. The obvious example of such idolization is in the sports and entertainment industries where we elevate millionaires to a higher level of respect, influence, and reverence than God. We want to align ourselves with people who are seemingly successful and whom we can follow. Pastor Steve Reeves once wisely observed, “Everybody is religious. We are so designed, we are incurably religious! We can’t help but worship something. It’s just the way we’re wired.” Often the “something” that becomes the affection of our worship is other fallen, sinful humans.

Enter the celebrity or rock star Pastor.

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May I Participate in the Lord’s Supper? | Worldview Weekend

Who should participate in Lord’s Supper when it is offered in the church meeting? Though there are some differences between churches on this question, many leaders agree on the following statements as requirements from the Bible on this important practice.

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REVELATION 12 AND THE FUTURE OF ISRAEL | Worldview Weekend

Some critics of our futuristic views of Bible prophecy say that the New Testament does not speak prophetically about a future national Israel. “There is not a single verse in the New Testament that supports the claim that there is prophetic significance in Israel’s restoration as a nation,” declares replacement theologian Gary DeMar. “Beyond a.d. 70, Israel as a nation plays no prophetic role. The New Testament only addresses Israel’s near destruction never its distant restoration.”[i] While I believe that there are a number of references, especially in Revelation, that clearly implies that a future nation of Israel is doing various things in their land, Revelation 12 is a whole chapter that deals with national Israel during a future time.

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Forever Or 1,000 Years?

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Q.  Why do people insist Ezekiel 40-48 is the Millennium when in 43 Yahweh twice says exactly how long this condition will last? He never says a Thousand years, He says For Ever.

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Is It Conviction Or Guilt?

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Q. I have a quick question.  How do we know if it is the Holy Spirit convicting us when we sin, or if it is Satan working on us to make us feel guilty and draw us away from God?

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Understanding Hosea 6:1-2

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Q. I always enjoy your site.  My question is does the phrase “in two days the lord will regain you and on the third day He will restore you” in Hosea make reference to the two thousand  years for the church age and one thousand years for the millennium?
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All These Things

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Q.  My question is regarding the correlation between “all these things” (Matthew 24:34) and Satan’s final doom at the end of the millennium.  If a generation will not pass until “all these things” have been fulfilled, is Satan’s doom not considered an end times prophecy since it is well outside of the length of a generation from the beginning of the end time?

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Three Steps to Being Born Again?

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Q.  You state that the new birth consists in asking Jesus to be your savior.  However, that merely makes you saved.  While prerequisite to being born again, the new birth is not salvation. One must first ask the risen High Priest to cover you with his blood to make you permanently holy. Then you can ask the Holy Father for the Holy Spirit to permanently indwell  you, which is the new birth. Luke 11:13.

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Is The Bible Just For Christians?

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Q.  Is the Bible for everyone or just for Christians only, and how can I know what version is true and what one is false? What version do you use for your studies? I’m a born again Christian that believes in everything on your website and I what to know more so I can study and witness by my faith only!

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Our Time is Short

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February 21-22, 2015 Weekend Blogroll Collection

Crumble into dust

“If we work on marble, it will perish; if on brass, time will efface it; if we rear up temples, they will crumble into dust; but if we work on immortal minds and imbue them with principles, with the just fear of God and the love of our fellow men, we engrave on those tablets something that will brighten to all eternity.” Daniel Webster

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Weekly Blog Highlights

The one really good reason I serve in children’s ministry

America’s Most Tolerated Sin | Desiring God

On Praying Publicly

A Great Teacher Can Simplify without Distortion by R.C. Sproul | Ligonier Ministries Blog

A Good Assistant Pastor–Easier Said Than Done | The Christward Collective

One of President Obama’s Greatest Failures as the First Black President – Reformed Afr ican American Network

What do mad Christians sing? | Gentle Reformation

ISIS and the Imprecatory Psalms – Reformation21 Blog

James Gilmour of Mongolia « THE CHRISTIAN PUNDIT

Where a Desperate Small-Town Pastor Found Hope | TGC | The Gospel Coalition

Credo Magazine » Thomas Schreiner gives reading advice to young pastors

The progressive wish to replace marriage | Denny Burk

‘We Are All Messy’: Rosaria Butterfield on Loving Our Gay and Lesbian Friends | TGC | The Gospel Coalition

Mental Illness and the Church

God’s Nouthetic Confrontation of Uncaring Shepherds


 

Four Qualities Millennials Look for in a Church

abstract watercolor strokesOk, so I know what you might be thinking if you have ever read any articles about Millennials and the Church: “Seriously, don’t we have enough articles and blog posts on this topic?”

 

In my opinion, yes and no.

 

For those of you who are unsure of what I am referring to, let me briefly explain: Researchers use birth years ranging from the early 1980’s to the early 2000’s to talk about the Millenial Generation (sometimes called Generation Y). Around six months ago, the relationship between the Millenial Generation and the Church became a hot topic on the blogosphere when Rachel Held Evans wrote an article about why Millennials leave the Church. Her article exploded through social media and ever since, other voices have contributed their voice to the discussion.

That said, I have read many of these articles and as a whole, have found them to be inconsistent and confusing when viewed side-by-side. One author will say that Millenials are leaving the church because they are stuck in the past while another will say that the church is trying too hard to be progressive. Another will say churches are not making use of technology the way they should be, yet another says they are trying too hard with the flashiness of the worship or technology. One author will say that Millenials are leaving evangelicalism and for liturgical traditions, while another will say that they are trading in the traditional church for simple church.

Like I said, inconsistent and confusing.

Considering that I am a Millenial myself and happen to be on the pastoral staff of a church that continues to grow with Millenials, I would like to offer four qualities that I believe Millenials are truly looking for in a church that transcends stylistic preference:

  1. Authenticity

First and foremost, we do not want mundane ritualistic services, nor do we want flashy and showy services. We just want the real deal. Sometimes the real deal can be boring, and sometimes it can be exciting, and we are okay with that. We want to see that the Church of Jesus Christ is more concerned with presenting the holistic Gospel of the Kingdom than chasing after the latest fad. We want to be involved in a church that is holistic in its focus and approach, seeing that discipleship and evangelism are both key in carrying out the church’s mission. With this in mind, we are seeking a church environment that is transparent and genuine in nature!

  1. Relationships

Secondly, we do not need more consumerist or entertainment-based church models. We have entertainment all around us, but often we lack something much more meaningful: true community. We no longer want to follow the trend of individualistic Christianity, where we compartmentalize our faith and walk it alone. We want to be apart of a community that journeys through the thick and thin together. We desire to see “iron sharpen iron” through challenging and encouraging each other. With this in mind, we are seeking a church that will reach out to us, help us get connected and encourage small group environments where we can grow together!

  1. Honesty

Thirdly, we are looking for a church that embraces the full mystery of our faith and our God. Millenials do not want to run away from tough questions and discussions; likewise, we do not want our inquiries to be discouraged or shut down with shallow answers or dismissive comments. What we want is something of a “pre-modern” faith-seeking-understanding position that takes Orthodoxy and mystery seriously. Churches that embrace the mystery of God and allow diversity in Orthodoxy will provide a place for Millenials to learn and grow. With this in mind, we are seeking a church that will reinforce the mystery of our faith and encourage us be honest about our questions!

  1. Depth

Lastly, we do not want a watered-down Christianity that merely blends a message of prosperity and piety. If we wanted what televangelists offered, we would stay home in our pajamas with the remote in hand. We want to go deep into our faith and understand what it truly means to be a follower of Jesus. We want to be taught how to contextualize the truth of the Gospel of the Kingdom into our everyday lives. We like it when we find a church that values well-researched teaching paired with timely application. With this in mind we are seeking a church where leaders see the value in studying, teaching, challenging and encouraging their congregation!

Have any other qualities you think are essential? Comment below and let’s talk about them!

 

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Notable Voices: February 21, 2015

The Difference between a “Can Do” Church and a “Can’t Do” Church — Sam Rainer

Attitude and outlook are important factors for churches. Negative attitudes and pessimistic outlooks do not foster the growth opportunities like a positive attitude and optimistic outlook do.

 


Is Your Church a Landmark or a Lighthouse? — Danny Franks

Churches focused on their community are lighthouses. A church focused on itself is a landmark. Which is yours church?

 


Best 400+ Online Resources For Pastoral Ministry — David Murray

David’s compilations include some of the best resources available for pastors. This list is no exception.

 


9 Thoughts on Receiving and Responding to Criticism — Chris Hefner

Chris provides a helpful framework for handling criticism and how to respond when needed.

 


Biggest Mistakes Preachers Make #3 – Not Preaching to the People Present — Peter Mead

This is Peter’s third part of the series. In it, he explains the importance of preaching to the group gathered with you.

 


Pastor, Don’t Let One Critic Control Your Preaching — Paul Tautges

This is a common issue with many pastors. A vociferous critic causes you to rethink your sermons or your wording to avoid their criticisms. Paul encourages pastors to please God with their sermons, not avoid the criticism of men.

 

The post Notable Voices: February 21, 2015 appeared first on ThomRainer.com.

 


How “free public schools” make us all renters from the State.

by Scott Alan Buss

Remember when you could actually own a home in America? The answer is: No, you do not. Even if you think that something like true home ownership was recently or is presently allowed here in “the land of the free” and the home of the NSA, you are simply wrong. As with most of the […]

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A Presidential Blunder: My Response To Obama’s Address At The National Prayer Breakfast

The President obviously does not understand the primary sources of either faith for him to make such a tendentious parallel. The predominant delight in his remarks would be in the Muslim world and the irreligious. The next day Geraldo Rivera, opining favorably, made the oft repeated lie that more people have been killed in the name of God than in any other cause. Try telling that to the Chinese and the Russians and the Cambodians and the victims of the Holocaust! ‎Such intellectual ignorance gains the microphone with pitiable privilege.

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Same-Sex Attraction and the Conservative Church

Surely the greatest days of testing are upon us for our Christian same-sex attracted brothers and sisters. We must stand firm with them and pray for them. Their willingness to remain celibate despite their fleshly desires is perceived as a slap in the face to the homosexual community who prides itself on living outside of God’s bounds. It is viewed as absolute absurdity to not act on your impulses. The condemnation that they experience for striving to subdue this particular struggle extends beyond what most of us might ever face.

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Why Does the Bible Matter?

Many implications for our approach to the Bible flow from the doctrine of the inspiration of Scripture. For example, the Bible is authoritative, along the lines of Sola Scriptura. And the Bible is sufficient, meaning that it contains in its pages all that we need for faith and practice.

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Preparation For the Lord’s Service

If you do not prepare yourself to come before the Lord on His Sacred day and attend to His ordinances with a right heart and a right mind then what can you expect, but for them to have the same effect on your spiritual life as the “customary” things and why then should you be surprised to see the base things of the flesh becoming normal in the culture, not just surrounding, but in the church itself? If you cannot take seriously enough the holy things of God to prepare for them, why should the world then seek to know the things of God that have so little effect on your life?

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The Top Ten Most Fiercely Defended Traditions in Churches

By “traditions,” I am referring to those extra-biblical customs that become a way of life for many congregations. A tradition is neither inherently good nor bad. Its value or its distraction in a given church really depends on how members treat the traditions.

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No Fuss Parenting – Teach Kids to Sit Still

Here’s the key: When we left a service because he wasn’t quiet or sitting, I held him the entire time we were out of the service. I didn’t put him down and let him run around, because I didn’t want leaving to become a fun escape. I know this probably sounds like child torture, but it wasn’t at all. It was simply learning a new skill.

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Liturgy Is Cool

It is helpful to recognize the difference between liturgical narrative and liturgical elements. I am convinced from Scripture that the only liturgical elements we should include in worship are those with New Testament warrant. But I am a big advocate of giving more careful attention to the liturgical narrative of our corporate worship services exactly because of the biblical example. What I mean by narrative is the story the order of our corporate worship tells.

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What’s The Difference Between Christianity And Islam?

The theological gulf between Islam and Christianity is immense, and this means that any contact between the two religions is bound to be fraught. The easy way would be for Christians to avoid saying anything that would be offensive to Muslims, but that would amount to a vow of silence, and would make contact dishonest and pointless. It is the offensive bits, like Christ being God’s Son, we have to talk about.

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Is Homosexual Affirmation an Inevitability for Andy Stanley?

Back in 2012, I was not too familiar with pastor Andy Stanley of North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia. I was, however, familiar with his father, pastor Charles Stanley of FBC Atlanta. In fact, I had bought several of the elder Stanley’s books. Some minor disagreements aside, I have always viewed him as a faithful teacher and preacher. I mistakenly expected the same faithfulness to God’s Word from his son. It took me by surprise when in April 2012, Andy Stanley delivered his “When Gracie Met Truthy” sermon. From the Christian Post:

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Cataracts of Unbelief

God knows our vision problem and the cataracts of unbelief that can develop over our eyes of faith. As a Father and Physician, He ministers to us. He knows how unbelief can plague us, how our faith can become distracted and unfocused, and He knows the problems associated with that unbelief—problems like lack of joy and losing our way.

That’s why He gives us His Word.

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Top Ten Reasons to Attend Evening Worship

Recently, in my weekly email to my congregation, I gave my people my “Top Ten Reasons to Attend Evening Worship” in an ongoing effort to educate, encourage, and exhort. They are not exhaustive and they apply to my context, in particular, but the principles should be applicable to any who reads this. May God move his people in our time to sanctify the Christian Sabbath, leading to a renewal of evening worship.

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Islamic State’s Horrible Healing Power In Egypt

This week, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Sisi responded to the beheadings with acts that unequivocally recognized the Copts as “innocent victims” and true sons of Egypt. He declared a week of national mourning, dispatched envoys to appeal to the United Nations and ordered air force bombers to “deliver swift justice in retribution.” Sisi’s visit to St. Mark’s Cathedral to offer condolences to Pope Tawadros II, the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Cairo, was another welcome gesture of solidarity. Whatever the strategic value of Sisi’s moves, his display of respect is precisely what Copts have been yearning for.

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Therapists Who Say Gays Can Be Cured Are Committing Consumer Fraud, NJ Judge Says

In his ruling last week Bariso wrote: “It is a misrepresentation in violation of the Consumer Fraud Act, in advertising or selling conversion therapy services to describe homosexuality, not as being a normal variation of human sexuality, but as being a mental illness, disease (or) disorder.” The ruling also said conversion therapists could not advertise their “success rate” of turning people into heterosexuals because “there is no factual basis for calculating these statistics.”

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Confusion and Distortion Regarding the Gospel

Those who harp on the gospel only being about Jesus and set this off against what took place prior to Jesus’ earthly accomplishments and what took place after it have not only a very narrow and rigid understanding of the gospel, but also operate with a grave distortion of the biblical view of history.

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Will the Real Bonheoffer Please Stand Up? Part 2

Bonhoeffer recognized this background and accepted it as the Sitz im Leben of the German theological and philosophical landscape. We might even say that Bonhoeffer believed Kant to be asking the right questions—questions worthy of a theologian. In fact, while in America studying at Union Theological Seminary, Bonhoeffer critiqued his American students, saying, “questions such as that of Kantian epistemology are “nonsense,” and no problem to them, because they take life no further” than what is pragmatic. America focused on William James not Immanuel Kant.

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How I Misused Nouthetic Counseling

I learned a long time ago that in some cases, like the poor who will always be with us, the weak and faint-hearted will always be with us, too. Yes, I have seen many counselees changed with nouthetic counseling. Nouthetic counseling offers much hope. However, I had to realize that sometimes more than admonishment is needed.

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George Whitefield, Principled Calvinist 2: Defending Calvinism

Whitefield may have adopted modern marketing and communication methods, then, but his message was traditional and Calvinist, standing against the “humanitarian” challengers of the day. Instead of softening his view on the depravity of man in response to critics, he emphasized original sin even more. Whitefield spoke regularly of how in their lost state, people became “sunk into the nature of the beast and the devil.”

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Evangelicals Must Resist Mainline Protestant Trajectory

But before their demise, liberalizing egalitarian post evangelicals may wreak a lot of damage in the church, mislead a lot of people, inflict spiritual harm in society, and portray a disfigured face of Christianity to the world far more erroneous than any of the mistakes of old style rambunctious conservative evangelicals. For this reason, we are all called to avoid the passivity and silence of orthodox Mainline Protestants 80 and 90 years ago who were mostly too polite to resist the subversion of their venerable church institutions. The sad Mainline Protestant trajectory has already evinced the fruits of compromised Christian witness.

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Difficult Bible Passages: James 2:13

by Bill Muehlenberg

The last half of James 2:13 says this: “Mercy triumphs over judgment”. This passage is not so much a difficult passage as it is one which is regularly misused and abused. It is often hauled out to say something which it never intended to say.

Primarily, many Christians drag up this text when discussions of public justice are being mooted. They will argue that the state must always show mercy, because this is the “Christian” thing to do. But is this the case? Is this how we are to understand this passage?

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Challenge: Believe Something for Which There is Absolutely No Evidence

by Jason Wisdom

In recent years, I have heard many atheists say that faith means believing something for which there is no evidence. Some have even suggested that faith means persisting in belief despite good evidence to the contrary. Even more alarming to me is the fact that I have recently interacted with a number of Christians who agree that faith is (at least primarily) about choosing to believe when there is no evidence.

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Addressing the Concerns of a Critic and the Case for Intelligent Design

By Dr. Fazale Rana

In 2008, Baker Books published my book, The Cell’s Design. Overall, the reaction to the book has been positive. But there have been a few reviews that were critical. One of note was written by microbiologist Frank Steiner. A recent discovery regarding the structure of an enzyme by researchers from Germany helps address the central point made by Steiner, and in doing so actually strengthens the case for the intelligent design of biochemical systems.

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Jesus vs. Muhammad: 33 striking differences

by James Bishop

Introduction: I think many will be surprised at just how divergent Jesus and Muhammad really were on just about every level of their existence. Because of the controversial teachings of Muhammad it is no wonder that 70% (IHRC) of the world’s refugees are Muslims attempting to flee Islamic theocracies. We also find that most of these Muslims are fleeing to traditionally Christian strong nations, and I believe this set of 33 differences will vividly illustrate why this is so. All that really needs to be done is to go straight to the very founder of each of the Christian and Islamic religions, that it the purpose of this blog article.

Just a brief side note, the first seven points are fleshed out more than the rest (points 8-33) as they needed more detailing and a fuller context, whereas points 8-33 are usually two or three sentences long as they are much easier to understand, and come straight from the Koranic, Biblical texts themselves.

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Distinctions Unique to Christianity

by Pamela Christian

God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit… How can Christianity claim to believe in One God?

The God that Christian’s worship is revealed in Scripture as a trinity of distinct persons. This understanding about God, as revealed in the Christian Bible, is unique to Christianity, and woefully misunderstood by many people groups.

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A Different Jesus? – Looking At The Mormon Teachings of Christ.

by Bobby Gilpin

In the Book of Mormon 2 Nephi 25:26 says: And we atalk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we bprophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our cchildren may know to what source they may look for a dremission of their sins. On Mormonism 101 a recent […]

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Cold Case Christianity: Stop Teaching Young Christians About Their Faith

In my last post, I summarized the studies and publications that describe the flight of young people from the Church. A compelling cumulative circumstantial case can be made to support the fact that young college aged Christians are walking away from Christianity in record numbers. What can we do about it? What can be done? Whenever people ask me this question, I always say the same thing. STOP TEACHING YOUNG CHRISTIANS. Just stop it. Whatever Christendom is doing in its effort to teach it’s young, the effort appears to largely be a failure. In fact, Ken Ham (in his book, Already Gone:Why Your Kids Will Quit Church and What You Can Do To Stop It) found that young Christians who faithfully attended Bible classes were actually more likely to question the authority of Scripture, more likely to defend the legality of abortion, same-sex marriage, and premarital sex, and more likely to leave the church! What’s going on here? I think I know. It’s time to stop teaching our young people; it’s time to start training them.

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The imperfections of the Quran – Part 1

by Samuel Inbaraja

Muslims generally believe that the Quran is perfect meaning it is complete and error free. However, a close examination of the evidence suggests that the Quran is incomplete and therefore imperfect. 1. Part of Quranic revelation was eaten by a goat Sunan Ibn Majah, Book of Nikah, Hadith # 1934 “Narrated Aisha ‘The verse of […]

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Carl Trueman has wise words about Bondage to Pornography. “One would not allow alcoholics to have the last word on liquor licensing laws or crack addicts on drug policy. Yet when it comes to sexual morality, that is the kind of world in which we now live.”

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Our Time is Short

Read: Recommitting Your Life To God and Jesus Christ – Restoration and Forgiveness With God and Jesus Christ (Updated Version)


Difficult Bible Passages: Matthew 11:19

by Bill Muehlenberg

This is another one of those biblical texts which is not so difficult as it is one which is so widely and so often misused and misunderstood. Perhaps I may need to rename this series and call it something like “Twisted and Abused Bible Passages”.

But I refer to the words of Jesus in Matthew 11, beginning with verse 18: “For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by her deeds.” See also the parallel passage in Luke 7:33-34.

It is specifically the phrase ‘friend of sinners’ which I want to address here. We hear it all the time, and it is tossed around so very cavalierly and sloppily. It is used time and time again to cover a multitude of sins. How often, for example, are we told to embrace homosexuality and homosexual marriage because this is somehow something Jesus would do.

‘After all, he was a friend of sinners you know.’ The idea by so many clueless believers and ‘progressive Christians’ is that all lifestyles must be accepted and embraced because Jesus was a ‘friend of sinners’. After all, he hung around with prostitutes and so on, so we should stop being so judgmental and just accept everyone just as they are.

So how might we reply to this sort of thinking?

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The Mall: A Great Fishing Pond….. While it Lasts

After reading Ray Comfort’s Militant Evangelism, being convicted by the Holy Spirit for my sins of evangelistic apathy and depraved indifference, I was determined to engage in biblical evangelism. Through the Living Waters website, I discovered there were other people (not many) in my area for whom the evangelism light bulb was now illumined.

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Five Reasons to Not Observe Lent

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“The truly wise man is he who always believes the Bible against the opinion of any man.”  – R.A. Torrey

No more than 24 hours into the 2015 Lenten season and a plethora of Evangelical #lent posts began appearing in the social media world.  The Lenten season and Evangelical’s strange desire to participate, is as confounding as it is misguided.  This strange situation is undoubtedly the unholy fruit of rapidly increasing Biblical and confessional illiteracy within the overall Protestant church and its many denominations.

Here are five Biblical reasons as to why we ought not observe Lent:

  1. Protestantism and Roman Catholicism do not share the same Gospel.  While some Lutherans also observe Lent, it’s fair to say that Roman Catholics comprise the majority of participants.  Protestants subscribing to Sola Scriptura would do well to avoid, in the eyes of unbelievers, seeming to equate oneself with Roman Catholicism and their false gospel.  In fact, most Protestants…

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No More Chemo

The Reformed Reader

Bioethics and the Christian Life: A Guide to Making Difficult Decisions Cancer destroys (too) many lives.  Most of us know someone who has struggled or is struggling with some form of cancer; some of our readers are perhaps dealing with it right now.  In this context, the question sometimes arises: should I undergo or forgo chemotherapy?  This is a tough question to answer for everyone involved.  There are no easy answers and it takes biblical wisdom, prayer, and counsel to come to a conclusion.  I appreciate David VanDrunen’s notes on this in his book, Bioethics and the Christian Life.  The following specifically has to do with the choice to forgo more chemo when it is an end of life issue.

“Actively bringing about a person’s death – by drowning, lethal injection, or whatever – is quite simply not the same thing as deciding not to intervene when something else is bringing death upon a person.  One of the most important…

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Naturalism, The Bible, and the Sixth Mass Extinction

WhyJesus

Did you know that there have been five major mass extinction events in earth’s history? Did you also know that there is a mass extinction underway right now in 2015? It is thought that this extinction event, called the Holocene extinction, will end up being the sixth major mass extinction event on earth. With an estimated 140000 species being snuffed out per year, the full extent of the losses are not yet know.

The proposed causes of the first five mass extinctions have been various: volcanoes, oceanic overturn, geomagnetic reversals, climate change, asteroid or meteorite strikes. But the sixth extinction, we are told, is being driven by something different than those that came before: Mankind.

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What Emergents and Seeker Sensitives and Christianity’s Panderers to The World Don’t Comprehend

Zwinglius Redivivus

richard_baxterBut Richard Baxter did-

If a hardened heart be to be broken, it is not stroking, but striking that must do it.… The heart is not melted into godly sorrow, nor raised to the life of faith and love, by the bubbles of a frothy wit, or by a game at words, or useless notions, but by the illuminating beams of sacred truth, and the attraction of divine displayed goodness, communicated from a mind that by faith has seen the glory of God, and by experience found that he is good, and that lives in the love of God: such a one is fitted to assist you first in the knowledge of yourselves, and then in the knowledge of God in Christ.

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40 Days to the Cross: Reflections from Great Thinkers (Week of Ash Wednesday: Saturday)

Saturday

Day 4: What information about the resurrection of Jesus can be found in the apostle Paul’s writings? Is there any evidence for the resurrection outside of the Bible?

Confession: Psalm 51:13–19

Then I will teach transgressors your ways,

and sinners will turn back to you.

Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed,

O God, the God of my salvation;

then my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.

O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will proclaim your praise.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;

A broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Do good in your favor toward Zion.

Build the walls of Jerusalem.

Then you will delight in righteous sacrifices,

burnt offering and whole burnt offering.

Then bulls will be offered on your altar.

Reading: Mark 9:14–29

And when they came to the disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and scribes arguing with them. And immediately the whole crowd, when they saw him, were amazed, and ran up to him and greeted him. And he asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?” And one individual from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought to you my son who has a spirit that makes him mute. And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down and he foams at the mouth and grinds his teeth and becomes paralyzed. And I told your disciples that they should expel it, and they were not able to do so.”

And he answered them and said, “O unbelieving generation! How long will I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring him to me!” And they brought him to him. And when he saw him, the spirit immediately convulsed him, and falling on the ground, he began to roll around, foaming at the mouth. And he asked his father how long it was since this had been happening to him. And he said, “From childhood. And often it has thrown him both into fire and into water, in order that it could destroy him. But if you are able to do anything, have compassion on us and help us!” But Jesus said to him, “If you are able! All things are possible for the one who believes!” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe! Help my unbelief!”

Now when Jesus saw that a crowd was running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “Mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and enter into him no more!” And it came out, screaming and convulsing him greatly, and he became as if he were dead, so that most of them said, “He has died!” But Jesus took hold of his hand and raised him up, and he stood up. And after he had entered into the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why were we not able to expel it?” And he said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing except by prayer.”

Reflection

The praying sinner receives mercy because his prayer is grounded on the promise of pardon made by Him whose right it is to pardon guilty sinners. The penitent seeker after God obtains mercy because there is a definite promise of mercy to all who seek the Lord in repentance and faith. Prayer always brings forgiveness to the seeking soul. The abundant pardon is dependent upon the promise made real by the promise of God to the sinner.

While salvation is promised to him who believes, the believing sinner is always a praying sinner.… “Behold he prays” is not only the unfailing sign of sincerity and the evidence that the sinner is proceeding in the right way to find God, but it is the prophecy of abundant pardon. Get the sinner to praying according to the divine promise, and he then is near the kingdom of God. The very best sign of the returning prodigal is that he confesses his sins and begins to ask for the lowliest place in his father’s house.

It is the divine promise of mercy, of forgiveness and of adoption which gives the poor sinner hope. This encourages him to pray. This moves him in distress to cry out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy upon me” (Luke 18:38).

—E. M. Bounds

The Possibilities of Prayer

Response

Like the father of the child in Mark 9:14–29 and the prodigal son—needy and at the end of themselves—may you, too, cry out, “I believe! Help my unbelief!” Confess your sin today, seek God, and know that you find mercy because He is merciful.[1]

 

[1] Van Noord, R., & Strong, J. (Eds.). (2014). 40 Days to the Cross: Reflections from Great Thinkers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

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