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October 22 2011 7 22 /10 /October /2011 12:06

John R. Houk

© October 22, 2011

 

Hmm… Is the Occupy Wall Street crowd as honorable, more honorable or less honorable than the Tea Party Movement? The Occupy Wall Street crowd is just a bunch of American hating kids receiving guidance from Left Wing interests intent on transforming America into a Leftist utopia devoid of the precepts of the Founding Fathers and rational Christian ethics.

 

JRH 10/22/11 (Hat Tip: Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama)

 

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John R. Houk

© October 20, 2011

 

The next step to the Big Brother government to keep tabs and control the populace is the use of Smart Meters being mandated to replace analog electric meters that tracks electricity usage at your home or rental.

 

The analog meter requires a meter reader to come out to record electricity usage that will show up on your electric bill.

 

The Smart Meter is a bill of goods that sounds good because electricity usage is sent to the electric company via a Radio Frequency (RF). Gee, that should increase privacy because you will no longer having a meter reader snooping around your backyard to read your meter, right? Well it might look like that; however the reality is the Smart Meter does more than send Electricity usage. It also can relegate how much electricity you are able to use. So if there is a government law (Federal, State, County or City) that measures electric use and determines you are using too much even if you are paying for it, YOUR electricity can be scaled back even to a complete blackout for a period of time until you meet the law’s guidelines.

 

I don’t know about you but that drives me crazy about government intrusion on privacy and Freedom.

 

Check out this message from my pal NoGuff relating to Smart Meters.

 

JRH 10/20/11

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October 19 2011 4 19 /10 /October /2011 09:40

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John R. Houk

© October 19, 2011

 

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) intimidates a Hyatt Hotel in Texas to cancel a scheduled speaking engagement by Pamela Geller sponsored by a local Tea Party organization.

 

CAIR was listed as an unindicted coconspirator with the convicted Holy Land Foundation (HLF) members that were convicted for channeling Muslim donations to Hamas. Hamas is on the U.S. terrorist list and is also an affiliate of the Muslim Brotherhood representing Arabs that call themselves Palestinians in the Gaza Strip (Gazastan or Hamastan). The primary goal of Hamas is the extermination of Israel and Jews. This is the same Hamas that kidnapped Gilad Shalit and has held him captive for about five years. It is the same Hamas that has extorted Israel to trade over a thousand Islamic terrorist murdering thugs from prison for the returning of Shalit to Israel (Trade occurred yesterday).

 

Unindicted coconspirator means that there is a connection to funneling money through HLF to Hamas AND CAIR has direct connections to the Muslim Brotherhood.

 

Read about this assault on Free Speech aimed at Pamela Geller at WorldNetDaily. Geller is the author of STOP THE ISLAMIZATION OF AMERICA: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO THE RESISTANCE.

 

Video: Stop the Islamization of America - by Pamela Geller


JRH 10/19/11

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October 18 2011 3 18 /10 /October /2011 18:10

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John R. Houk

© October 18, 2011

 

A United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) email describes secret executions taking place in Iranian prisons.

 

The news story shows just how reprehensible justice is in Shia-Islam Iran. Executions happen without notification of lawyers or families. Most disgusting is that a significant amount of Iran’s death row inmates are juveniles.

 

To bring these secret executions into perspective we are talking about hundreds a year. The year 2011 is not over yet and 146 known inmates have been executed in Iran. That number is just the number of those executed in secret and a notification has been provided after the fact. Who knows how many have been executed without notification?

 

At the very end of the article Iran provides its reasoning for executions:

 

Tehran says the death penalty is essential to maintain law and order, and that it is applied only after exhaustive judicial proceedings. (Iran secretly executing hundreds of prisoners: UN; AFP)

 

Now check out the crimes that are capital offenses according to the article:

 

Murder, rape, armed robbery, drug trafficking and adultery are among the crimes punishable by death in Iran. (Ibid.)

 

In my estimation murder is the only crime that should have a death penalty. In Iran one is sent to death row with an unknown date of execution for rape, armed robbery, drug trafficking and adultery.

 

Now let us see just how ludicrous the death penalty is for rape and adultery. Those convicted in rape sent to the gallows are more likely to be the victims rather than the perpetrators. Why?

 

Under Islamic law, rape can only be proven if the rapist confesses or if there are four male witnesses.  Women who allege rape, without the benefit of the act having been witnessed by four men who subsequently develop a conscience, are actually confessing to having sex.  If they or the accused happens to be married, then it is considered to be adultery.

 

… [Several Quranic Suras and Hadith showing the idiocy of Islamic justice]

 

Rape is virtually impossible to prove under Islamic law (Sharia) and even in more moderate countries.  If the man claims that the act was consensual sex, there is very little that the woman can do to refute this.  Islam places the burden of avoiding sexual encounters of any sort on the woman.

 

A recent fatwa from a mainstream Islamic site confirms this rule and even chides a victim of incest for complaining when she has no "evidence"

 

 

Since it is incredibly unlikely that a child molester will violate his victim in front of "four trustworthy men", Islamic law amounts to a free pass for sexual predators.

 

Islamic law rejects forensic evidence, such as DNA, in favor of testimony.  An interesting situation thus sometimes develops in cases where a victim alleges rape and the man denies that sex even took place.  In the absence of four male witnesses, rape cannot be proven.  The woman's testimony then becomes a "confession" of adultery.  She can be stoned, even though the male is unpunished, since he never "confessed" to a sexual act!

 

Also, there can be no such thing as rape in marriage, even if the husband has to hit the wife in order to bring about her submission.  Another recent fatwa reminds a woman, she "does not have the right to refuse her husband, rather she must respond to his request every time he calls her." (Islam Q&A, Fatwa No. 33597). (How a Woman Must Prove Rape; The Religion of Peace)

 

Islamic men usually get a pass for a sex-crime because it is impossible to prove under the guidelines of Sharia Law; thus the rape victim is on death row under the accusation it was the woman’s fault for enticing fornication.

 

In Iran adultery is a death sentence but again it is the woman that faces the music more so than the man. The man is included in the penal code for a death sentence; however the law is rigged for the male adulterer to have extenuating circumstances that the Iranian law looks the other way.

 

I find it amusing that Islamic apologists condemn Iran’s death penalty for adultery because Sharia Law calls for 101 lashes rather than death. Sharia even calls for “moderate” lashes. The reality is those 101 lashes often lead to death and they are not so moderate.

 

Even so Iran just outright sentences a gal to death by stoning for the accusation of adultery.

 

The AFP article fails to mention one capital offense that is not only in Iran but in many Muslim nations. That horrendous offense is the act of apostasy; i.e. leaving Islam for another religion like Iran’s Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani that has a death sentence over his head for leaving Islam to be a Christian Pastor in the Iranian House Church Movement.

 

JRH 10/18/11

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John R. Houk

© October 15, 2011

 

If you are a news watcher you are aware that Muslims in Egypt are assaulting, vandalizing and killing Christians. You probably are giving the conflict only a second glance because after all it is religious strife in the far off corner of the world.

 

The reality is the Christians in Egypt represent some of the most stalwart faithful Believers still left residing in a Muslim nation. When the Muslims conquered Egypt the land spoke Egyptian and was a Christian population. The Egyptians were not Arabic nor did they speak Arabic. Muslim apologists love to tell you that the conquering Muslim armies were liberating Egyptians from the oppression of the Byzantine (Eastern Orthodox) Empire. Muslim apologists base this claim on the fact that Egyptian Christians were Monophysite Christians disagreeing with the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic that believe Jesus Christ is both fully human and fully divine. Monophysites believe that Jesus Christ is one nature of the Divine submerging the human nature. Present day Coptics (or Copts) have a problem as being pegged as Monophysites as defined by the Council of Chalcedon in 451 AD. Here is the Coptic Church view of the nature of Christ:

 

However, it should be pointed out that, officially, the Coptic Church has never believed in monophysitism the way it was portrayed in the Council of Chalcedon. According to a statement by the Coptic Church:

 

"Copts believe that the Lord is perfect in His divinity, and He is perfect in His humanity, but His divinity and His humanity were united in one nature called "the nature of the incarnate word", which was reiterated by Saint Cyril of Alexandria. Copts, thus, believe in two natures "human" and "divine" that are united in one "without mingling, without confusion, and without alteration" (from the declaration of faith at the end of the Coptic divine liturgy).

 

These two natures "did not separate for a moment or the twinkling of an eye" (also from the declaration of faith at the end of the Coptic divine liturgy)."

 

This split in the church ended up taking the form of persecution against the Coptic Christians of Egypt. After having survived the persecution of the Roman Pagans, they were once again besieged, now by other Christians. Hence, when the Arabs invaded Egypt in the mid-seventh century AD, they met little resistance form (sic) the native Christian population. (AN OVERVIEW OF THE COPTIC CHRISTIANS OF EGYPT; BY LARA ISKANDER AND JIMMY DUNN; TourEgypt.net)

 

Notice the last part of the above quote asserts the Coptic Christians of Egypt offered little resistance to invading Muslims. There is truth in this because the Byzantine Empire under the auspices of the Council of Chalcedon treated the Monophysite Christians as heretics; however the fact often forgotten by Muslim apologists is that the Coptics soon discovered the Eastern Orthodox persecution of Monophysite Christians was a picnic compared to the Islamic persecution that followed conquest. The Arabic-Muslims went on a transformation binge of Arabizing the Christian-Egyptian population with the typical convert, experience the humiliation of a second class dhimmi or die. Indeed the Coptic-Christian Egyptians rebelled a few times against their conquerors only to be put down in the severest of manners.

 

Now Muslim apologists are attempting to revise history by claiming the Christian Copts of Egypt were not ever Christians because they were rejected by the Eastern Orthodox Church of the Byzantine Empire. These various history revisionist Muslim apologists are calling the Monophysites prototypical Muslims and calling the Monophysites by the name of Arian Christians.

 

Muslim apologists are doing some big stretching because the Arian theological nature of Christ is vastly different than the predominating Monophysite-Coptic theological nature of Christ. Monophysites placed Jesus as one nature with the emphasis that was born a human but at the Resurrection Jesus assumed full Divinity absorbing His human nature; hence the human nature disappeared. Arians believed that Christ was born a human and thus was not an uncreated Divine being. For Arians the Lord Jesus Christ is a separate created entity from the uncreated Father God; thus Christ is created and the Father is uncreated (There is a lot of similarities to the present day Mormons).

 

Muslim apologists like to claim the ancient Egyptian Christians conquered by Islam circa 640s AD were Arians because a Jesus created by God is akin to Islamic theology of Jesus is a created human being that was a great prophet; hence the appellation of prototypical Muslims. The problem for these Muslim apologists is that the Christians of Egypt that were conquered were of the Jesus is one Divine nature of God. Oops, Muslim apologist revised history simply does not work and is yet another example of present day Islam deceiving Westerners about the reality of Islam.

 

Diana West takes into account the history of Islam pressing Coptic Christians into a persecuted group of people by the so-called religion of peace – Islam – that is something that has occurred ever since Egyptian Christians were conquered by Islam. The Muslim-Egyptian persecution and killing of Egyptian Christians is merely a continuation of the Islamic rules of conquest in which Islamic Supremacism overrules all other religions. In the case of Egypt that means Christians must know their place or be open to violence and murders.

 

JRH 10/15/11

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October 14 2011 6 14 /10 /October /2011 17:40

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John R. Houk

© October 14, 2011

 

Amin is displeased that I forgot to edit his English in a comment I posted for him:

 

Comment Sent: Oct 11, 2011 at 4:03 AM

 

Comment: You promised to delete unedited posts from me and not to mentioned I am not strong in English, but still you call me down by repeating I am weak in English.

 

Now in Egypt 25 Christians were murdered. Make a judgment: which one is worse - Iran or Egypt?

 

You hate Iran because Iran has no relationship with Israel. I hate Israel because Israel has fans like you.

 

I do not believe in any religion, but I am glad you are angry over Islam.

 

You are cruel John.

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Oops, sorry about that Amin I forgot to remove the unedited English of a comment you made. I will edit that comment and update it. When I edit anyone’s comment or post it is not to make of their command of the English language. The purposed of editing is to make a post readable. Amin your grasp of the English language is weak. It is nothing to be embarrassed about. You are from a foreign nation in which your native tongue is Farsi. So get over the editing and the lack of the command of the English language.

 

Well Amin, Egypt is far worse; however Egypt is worse because the Christian population there is 10% of the Egyptian population while the Christian population in Iran is less than 1%. Do you think the psycho-Mullahs would tolerate a Christian demand for civil rights if Christians represented 10% of the Iranian population? There would be a massive genocide of the ethnic cleansing of Christians if they represented 10% of the Iranian population.

 

Truly I am not pleased that there are no diplomatic relations between Israel and Iran. Iran’s hatred for Jews is not the primary reason for disgust for Iran. In 1979 Ayatollah Khomeini allowed his followers to disregard diplomatic immunity and did nothing after a bunch of Shia hooligans crashed into the U.S. Embassy and took hostages for nearly a year. When the Shias stormed the Embassy it was in affect capturing U.S. territory that was guaranteed by international protocol to be under the protection of the Iranian government. If the Iranian government had so much hatred for America it should have kicked the American diplomatic mission out of Iran and then break diplomatic relations U.S. government.

 

Instead Khomeini gave his tacit approval for this act of war by first allowing the situation to happen and then doing nothing to remove the perpetrators of the violation of international protocols of diplomatic immunity. How would it run for you if President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was arrested in New York City for his youthful involvement in the 1979 Iranian invasion of American territory by virtue of delegating land for the U.S. Embassy?

 

Recently Iran AGAIN has been exposed perpetrating an act of war by hooking up with Mexican illicit drug cartels to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador to the USA on American soil. I do understand that the Iranian government denies any involvement in the assassination plot; however Iran does not exactly have a global track record of telling the truth to Western nations, particularly with the United States of America.  

 

I despise the Iranian government because it is a regime of psycho-Shia Mullahs. The Iranian people are great because they represent the remnants of a very ancient group of people. The Iranian leaders are Jew-hating, Christian-hating and American-hating group of people that is willing to risk global conflagration in the name of their Allah.

 

JRH 10/14/11

 

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October 14 2011 6 14 /10 /October /2011 08:41

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John R. Houk

© October 2011

 

I am a Christian. Christians are those that believe Jesus Christ was crucified, buried for three days and Resurrected to ultimately sit at the right hand of the Father. Christians believe that Jesus is God incarnate as son of the Father hence the Son of God; the same yesterday, today and forever as the eternal God without beginning or ending. Christians believe that the Holy Spirit was the vehicle that impregnated the then virgin Mary that made Jesus human (I believe fully human and fully God) to have the ability to redeem humanity from the grip of Satan attained by the betrayal of Adam in the Garden of Eden.

 

This is the simplicity of Christ that all Christians believe. It is on minor theological points that Christians disagree on such theology as whether or not the Holy Spirit proceeds from just the Father or both the Father and the Son. These are the minor points that Christians have warred over and persecuted each other even though there was agreement on the major points that define a Christian, Christ the Lord and Redemption.

 

Now there have been authentic heresies that have sprung from Christianity that not only disagreed on the minors but also on the majors. Christian Gnosticism is one example:

 

A one-sentence description of Gnosticism: a religion that differentiates the evil god of this world (who is identified with the god of the Old Testament) from a higher more abstract God revealed by Jesus Christ, a religion that regards this world as the creation of a series of evil archons/powers who wish to keep the human soul trapped in an evil physical body, a religion that preaches a hidden wisdom or knowledge only to a select group as necessary for salvation or escape from this world.

 

The term "gnostic" derives from "gnosis," which means "knowledge" in Greek. The Gnostics believed that they were privy to a secret knowledge about the divine, hence the name. (Huxley coined "agnosticism" on the basis that all knowledge must be based on reason. We cannot rationally claim to have access to knowledge that is beyond the powers of the intellect.) [Gnostics, Gnostic Gospels, & Gnosticism; Early Christian Writings – link above]

 

Now I have thought of Mormonism as a modern offshoot of Christianity through a Gnostic lens. Check this out from author Lance S. Owens:

 

The intrinsic and true American religion, pronounces Bloom in his widely reviewed book, is a kind of Gnosticism – alone a surprising enough declaration. But in evidence of this American Gnosis and as first hero of his story, Bloom gives us Joseph Smith. Of the man himself, he judges:

 

Other Americans have been religion makers....but none of them has the imaginative vitality of Joseph Smith's revelation, a judgment one makes on the authority of a lifetime spent in apprehending the visions of great poets and original speculators.... So self-created was he that he transcends Emerson and Whitman in my imaginative response, and takes his place with the great figures of our fiction."1

 

And of his religious creation,

 

The God of Joseph Smith is a daring revival of the God of some of the Kabbalists and Gnostics, prophetic sages who, like Smith himself, asserted that they had returned to the true religion....Mormonism is a purely American Gnosis, for which Joseph Smith was and is a far more crucial figure than Jesus could be. Smith is not just 'a' prophet, another prophet, but he is the essential prophet of these latter days, leading into the end time, whenever it comes.2

 

Brooke notes the "striking parallels between the Mormon concepts of coequality of matter and spirit, of the covenant of celestial marriage, and of an ultimate goal of human godhood and the philosophical traditions of alchemy and Hermeticism [SlantRight Editor: HERE is a great concise article on Hermeticism], drawn from the ancient world and fused with Christianity in the Italian Renaissance." Of course, in this light Harold Bloom's poetic reading of Joseph Smith as a "Gnostic" takes on broadened nuances: though unnoted by Bloom, Smith's religion-making imagination was allied in several ways with remnants of an hermetic tradition frequently linked to gnosticism. (Joseph Smith: America's Hermetic Prophet; Lance S. Owens; Gnosis Archives)

 

 

Below is the part of the article linking Joseph Smith to Gnosticism:

 

A "Gnostic" Joseph Smith?

 

… Within humankind there is an immortal spark of intelligence, taught the Prophet, a seed of divine intellect or light which is "as immortal as, and coequal with, God Himself." God is not, however, to be understood as one and singular. Turning to Hebrew and an oddly Kabbalistic exegesis of the first three words of Genesis (an exegesis probably taken directly from the Zohar), Smith pronounced there are a multitude of Gods emanated from the First God, existing one above the other without end. He who humankind calls God was Himself once a man; and man, by advancing in intelligence, knowledge – consciousness – may be exalted with God, become as God.

 

Near the beginning of his ministry in 1833, Smith declared "the glory of God is intelligence", eternal and uncreated. Those who wish to find in him a Gnostic have pointed out that Smith used the word "intelligence" interchangeably with "knowledge" in his prophetic writings during this period. Indeed, they suggest, his words might be read poetically to proclaim God's glory is Gnosis – a Gnosis that saves woman and man by leading them together to a single uncreated and intrinsically divine Self.

 

I have led up to this point on Mormonism because in my estimation the religion is a cult that aims to be grouped with Christianity yet is apart from the major tenets that defines Christianity.

 

It may be offensive to Mormons that I point out that their faith is not a Christian faith and hence I stand against it. As a Christian it is my right to stand against the LDS just as it is the right of followers of Mormon cultism to have the right to propagate their religion. That last sentence is a very salient because it has to do with Religious Freedom and Free Speech in America. The only problem I have with Mormonism is its aim to evangelize Christians as if they are deceived. It is up to the Christian to buy into the deception or register “no sale”. A follower of Mormonism absolutely has the right to follow and proclaim their faith to America and humanity as far as I am concerned.

 

There is the gigantic Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS), the much lesser Reformed Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS) and a handful of splinter Mormon groups that are determined to follow the Mormonism of the LDS founder and the LDS next in command. The first two Mormon groups especially are supportive of the U.S. Constitution at least as far as the First Amendment goes. They are supportive of American Liberty, Freedom and the Pursuit of Happiness.

 

Now I will rail against Mormonism as an anti-Christ theological movement; however the followers of Mormonism that are devout plug into Christian values of right and wrong as well as to what is sin and that which is not sin. I will not vote for a Mormon for a political Office because of my Christian beliefs UNLESS the only alternative is a greater evil. The example of a greater evil is intolerant Islam that would propagate by the sword if it had the strength to do so. Another example of a greater evil is a godless atheist (usually with Marxist underpinnings) that has a vision to eliminate Christianity as well as all religious faiths which would include the limitation or the elimination of First Amendment rights in order to transform America into a Left Wing utopia. Incidentally a Left Wing utopia will always be the goal presented to the people but will never arrive because a godless human nature can never give up the notion of absolute power to bring about an actuation of utopia. Hence, the utopia goal will always be presented but the perpetual use of authoritarianism will be maintained in the name of transformation to get to the elusive utopian goal.

 

Now that I have established will look at a Conservative Mormon candidate for anything, let’s look at Mitt Romney.

 

I am never going to vote for Mitt Romney in any primary I am able to vote in. Why? If you have read this far the answer is obvious – Romney is a Mormon. On the other hand of Romney is unwisely selected by the rest of the Republican Party to face President Obamunist, I will vote for Romney.

 

I will vote for Romney even if his Conservative credentials are not exactly stellar. President Obama has placed such a burden of guilt to the entire world by globetrotting with an apology for American past actions for all the evils that have beset the world that he projected that America is evil rather than the fact that America is more responsible for spreading Liberty globally than any other nation. Were international toes stepped on as we proceeded or continue to proceed with American largesse? Sure, toes were stepped on. If American National Interests are not preserved, the America that has given tons of money both as a government and as individual donors would disappear. Americans do not want to disappear. If the nations that spew hatred toward America would examine their past (ESPECIALLY EUROPEANS), a greater appreciation of America’s largesse should be appreciated. Without the American military umbrella and post WWII reconstruction on the American taxpayer dime, most of Europe and Germany in particular, would not have attained a Western standard of prosperity that it now has. Sure Europe is suffering a bit in the economic realm; however that is more because they invested their economy in developing a democratic socialism (money freed from spending military defense from the likes of the USSR and present day Russia) than in building free market sustainability.

 

Frankly I am looking at Herman Cain or Michele Bachman as choices for the GOP nomination before I vote before Romney. As much as I loathe Libertarian slanted Ron Paul, I would even vote for him before I would vote for Romney. Nonetheless, if Romney wins the nomination I will vote for him to make sure President BHO does not win.

 

The inspiration for these thoughts on a Romney candidacy comes from a WND Article by Joe Kovacs entitled “Mormon bishop's daughter spills Romney's 'secrets' ...” The article delves into a Mormon Conspiracy Theory that there is a Mormon agenda to get Mitt Romney elected for some purpose to benefit Mormons in America. Is that true? You will have to read that and decide for yourself.

 

JRH 10/14/11

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John R. Houk

© October 12, 2012

 

One has read for years about those poor Arabs calling themselves Palestinians about a victimhood blamed by most people on Israel. I have always contended the existence of these populations of Muslim-Arabs in Gaza, Judea and Samaria was the result of the 1948 invasions of Arab armies of the free sovereign Jewish State of Israel. These invading Arab armies are the primary reason Muslim Arabs fled their homes with the understanding they would return after the butchery of Jews. Guess what happened though? The fledgling Israel with the union of Jewish militant underground groups that existed to protect Jews from Jew-hating Muslims and a leaving British military that had swung to an affinity to Arabs over the Jews, miraculously came together to hold off and defeat the far numerical forces of the invading Arab armies.

 

The result of the Arab loss was the creation of Arabs that were homeless for supporting the invading Arab armies. The irony of the newly created 1948 Arab refugees was that the repulsed Arab nations refused to absorb the refugees they created. Indeed there was by design a plan to keep these Arab refugees in flux as an excuse for future invasions of Israel to champion the return of Jew-hating Arab refugees to homes they previously lived in (but not necessarily owned).

 

The truth is the invading Arab armies had the intention of creating a sovereign Arab Palestine on the backs of the slaughter of Jews. The Arab nations behind the invading armies had the intention of establishing sovereign Palestine out of the former British Mandate for Palestine; however there was mistrust of each other among Arab nations that participated in the invasion: primarily Egypt, Jordan and Syria (with perhaps some small spoils going to Lebanon and Iraq).

 

True, Arab armies in 1948 were badly led, badly trained, and uncoordinated. Arab regimes distrusted and disliked the Palestinian leadership and bickered among themselves, striving for individual advantage. This pattern, too, was often repeated in later years. Abdallah secretly negotiated with the Zionists but they distrusted him, knew he couldn't control the other leaders, and he offered too little.

 

Still, the consensus was, in the words of a U.S. intelligence report, "The loosely organized, ill-equipped armies of the Arab nations do not have any capabilities against a modern opponent but they do have the strength to overrun Jewish resistance in Palestine...."

 

It didn't work out that way. The nascent Israeli forces gained ground against the Husseini and Qawukji forces before the Arab states' invasion then largely won the ensuing international war. (SELF-MADE NAKBA by Barry Ruben; Think-Israel; May-June 2008 Featured Stories – Emphasis Mine)

 

Now that most Evangelical Christians are supportive of the existence of Israel, Christians residing in Muslim dominated nations are beginning to experience rising persecution by Muslim rioters oft time instigated by radical Islamic religious elements within Muslim nations.

 

Does anyone in the West stand up for Christians that are experiencing ethnic cleansing in Muslim nations? As far as I know the closest group of people exposing Islamic persecution of Christians are anti-Islamist educators and the Evangelical Christians often labeled as Christian Zionists due to their support for a strong Israel. NO ONE ELSE in the West in governments or in the private sector has condemned the decimation of Christian communities in the Muslim world.

 

Carolyn Glick has pointed out that many Christians are supportive of some the despotic governments in the Muslim world because they perceive a modicum of protection from the actions of Islamist inspired hatred toward Christians in Muslim nations. The perception is inaccurate and is based on centuries of dhimmitude.

 

The basis of Muslim nation dictatorships protecting Christians is based on the ability of Christians using their feet to flee nations because of persecution. Since Iraq was liberated from the brutal dictatorship of Saddam Hussein the focus of religious strife has been on the minority Sunni Muslim population and the majority Shia Muslim population. Little has been said about the near million person Christian population being decreased by acts of Islamic terrorism with very little protection of the current Iraqi regime.  

 

Recently the head of the Lebanese Maronite Church visited Paris and publically decried if the West topples the Syrian regime of Assad, he fears that Christians will receive the same persecution that other Muslims nations have executed with the toppling of a dictator. This prediction seems to be backed up by Missionary Terry Law that has shared from his experiences in preaching the Gospel in Middle Eastern nations that Christians fear the results of the Arab Spring. The Arab Spring is developing into a Christian Winter for Middle Eastern Christians.

 

The European Centre for Law and Justice (ECLJ) submitted a report on Christian persecution in Muslim nations to European nations on January 25, 2011. The report (PDF) demonstrates the cruelty that these Christians face as a whole.

 

One of the largest Christian populations among Muslim nations is in Egypt. Egyptian-Coptic Christians represent 10% of the Egyptian population. With the Obama abandonment of Hosni Mubarak there has been a greater and greater influence of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) over the Muslim-Egyptian population. The MB influence is evidenced by the Egyptian government and military either looking away as persecution happens to Christians or outright aiding in the persecution of Christians.

 

The West is so hampered by political correctness and the fear of offending Muslims that there is all the appearance that Muslim nations are enabled to the ethnic cleansing of Christians in Muslim nations.

 

THE MUST STOP!

 

It is time for Western governments – especially the American government – to become more involved in protecting the rights of Christians in Muslim nations. Protection means more than the occasional press conference publically announcing the verbal displeasure and verbal denunciation of the ethnic cleansing of Christians.

 

JRH 10/12/11

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October 10 2011 2 10 /10 /October /2011 15:45

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John R. Houk

© October 10, 2011

 

I have been having a discussion with a pro-Palestinian-Arab individual relation to the Jews having a right to the national heritage. The discussion has been ongoing. It was based on a Prime Minister Netanyahu speech where he proclaimed that Jerusalem is not a Settlement but the Capital of the Jewish Homeland.

 

The discussion surrounded around the point of argument between Jews being a religion or a race. Chugalongway said this in her last comment:

 

Judaism is a religion of converts. I wonder what ethnicity a American Indian is if he became Jewish???????

 

No such thing as the Jewish People. The Jews are made up of many ethnicities from the Lemba Jews, Chinese Jews , Berber Jews to the European Jew. The list is endless because Judaism is a world-wide religion just like Christianity and Islam.

 

So let’s begin to look at the reality of a Jewish race:

 

The new analysis shows that Jewish ancestry reflects a mosaic of genetic sources.  While earlier studies focused on the Middle Eastern component of Jewish DNA, new research has revealed that both Europeans and Central Asians also made significant genetic contributions to Jewish ancestry.  Moreover, while the DNA studies have confirmed the close genetic interrelatedness of many Jewish communities, they have also confirmed what many suspected all along: Jews do not constitute a single group distinct from all others.  Rather, modern Jews exhibit a diversity of genetic profiles, some reflective of their Semitic/Mediterranean ancestry, but others suggesting an origin in European and Central Asian groups.  The blending of European, Semitic, Central Asian and Mediterranean heritage over the centuries has led to today’s Jewish populations. (A MOSAIC OF PEOPLE:  THE JEWISH STORY AND A REASSESSMENT OF THE DNA EVIDENCE; by Ellen Levy-Coffman; http://www.jogg.info)

 

Studies show that a significant majority of global Jewry can trace their DNA back toward the ancient Israelites. It is true that the Diaspora Jews have blended into the races in which they resided for centuries; nonetheless the DNA heritage is still there. Ergo, since Judaic culture maintained itself plus the DNA is there no matter how minute, especially European Jews do have a claim to Israel.

 

Judaism is more than a religion. Judaism is a community derived from ancient Israel that found itself expelled from their homeland first by Assyrians, then Babylonians and lastly by European Romans. Since intermarriage also occurred in the Middle East between Jews and Middle Eastern non-Jews, it appears Middle Eastern Jews retained a larger amount of the ancient Israelite DNA.

 

According to a study that I read it appears that Jews from Asia and India have the least have the least provable amount of Israelite-Jewish DNA. In most cases geneticists cannot make the direct link to most Asian and Indian Jews to the Israelites. This begs the question: Who or Why would someone convert to Judaism with its stringent qualifications to become a Jew and maintain enough of Jewish culture to call their community Jewish? The question is significant because Orthodox Rabbis will not define Chinese Jews and Indian Jews as Jewish because of the lack of heritage followed matrilineally and the Jewish cultural community is diluted to non-existent.

 

In 2010 respected geneticists from America determined that the majority of Jews indeed have a common gene making them a Jewish race beyond a religious culture:

 

Two new genome studies of Jews worldwide prove that the Jewish people — long called the “People of the Book,” the “Chosen People” or, in unkind circles, “those people” — are, indeed, a people after all.

 

The first study, by researchers at New York’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, found that Jews across the globe share distinct genetic traits that are different from other groups and that trace back to the ancient Middle East.

 

Researchers say the study, published in the American Journal of Human Genetics, puts to rest age-old questions about whether Jews are a group of unrelated people who share a religious ideology or a distinct ethnicity with common ancestry.


“The debate is over,” said Dr. Edward R. Burns, one of the lead authors of the study. “The Jewish people are one people with a common genetic thread that evolved in the second or third century BC.”

 

The study, “Abraham’s Children in the Genome Era,” compared the genetic analyses of 237 Jews, including Sephardic (Middle Eastern) and Ashkenazi (Eastern European) Jews — as well as an analysis of 418 non-Jews worldwide, and found that the Jews were more closely related to each other than to their fellow countrymen.

 

Past studies have reached similar conclusions, but they looked at smaller populations and considered only blood groups, mitochondrial DNA (a type of DNA passed down by mothers) or Y chromosomes (passed down by fathers).

 

For this inquiry, researchers conducted a genome-wide analysis of the major groups of the Jewish Diaspora — Ashkenazi Jews; Italian, Greek and Turkish Sephardic Jews; and Iranian, Iraqi and Syrian Jews.

 

The study — and a second genetic study published Friday in the journal Nature — scientifically undermines arguments made by those who challenge Jews’ historical relationship to Israel, such as former White House correspondent Helen Thomas, who resigned last week after saying Jews in Israel should “go home” to Germany, Poland and the United States.

 

Turns out, the Jews in Israel are already there.

 

… (Genetic testing raises an age-old question — are the Jews a people, or a religion? By MAYRAV SAAR; Posted: 12:15 AM, June 13, 2010 - Last Updated: 5:15 AM, June 13, 2010; New York Post)

Is there a Jewish faith? Yes. Is there a Jewish race? Yes. Are all Jews religious Jews? Not necessarily; indeed some may be Jewish and participate in another religion. Check this out:

 

A big number of Palestinian Muslims have decided to convert from Islam to Judaism. Barukh HaShem. Besides the fact that some are aware of their Jewish ancestry, a increased number of Palestinian Muslims in cities such as Hebron and Shekhem (Nablus) have converted back to Judaism and Samaritanism as well as learning the truth in Judaism and the Torah. Because of their fear of Hamas persecuting them for accepting the one and only G-d, where all prophets are equally loved by him in Judaism, many of them practice secretly in their homes, other have gone to live in Israel. G-d bless them and guide them to Torah learning. Amen

 

This is the summary to part one of a two part video on YouTube:

 

Palestinian Muslims convert to Judaism Part 1

 

Palestinian Muslims convert to Judaism Part 2

 

Science doesn’t lie, it is the human conclusions that are manipulated. From the data I have just shown it would be moronic not to conclude that there is a Jewish race:

 

In some of the dry and dusty Palestinian and Bedouin villages they still circumcise their boys after the seventh day. Hidden away in some Palestinian homes are Jewish mezuzahs and tefillin. Some older residents can recall lighting candles on the Sabbath.

 

“Many of the Palestinians know it, but it’s not politically correct to acknowledge this publicly among Muslims,” says Steve Hagerman, founder of Turkish World Outreach. “There are two houses of Israel in the Holy Land: one aligned with the West and primarily secular or Jewish and the other aligned with the East and primarily Islam.”

 

When the northern kingdom of Israel was deported by the Assyrians in 745-702 B.C., most were sent to the east, Hagerman notes. After the Roman conquest, many Jews were carried away as slaves or fled to the west. “Many of the people in southern and central Italy are of Jewish origin, because so many slaves were carried away by the Romans to big estates in southern Italy.”

 

Hagerman cites a documentary that appeared on Israeli television in 2009 that established many common links. The documentary, produced by Nissim Mossek, quotes Rabbi Dov Stein, secretary of the New Sanhedrin, “It becomes clear that a significant part of the Arabs in the land of Israel are actually descendants of Jews who were forced to convert to Islam over the centuries,” he says. “There are studies which indicate that 85% of this group is of Jewish origin.”

 

Genetic studies have confirmed the connection. Ariella Oppenheim PhD, a researcher at Hebrew University and the Hadassah Medical School labs, did several important studies in 2000 and 2001. She was able to demonstrate common origins and a number of surprising relationships. Oppenheim established that both the Palestinians and the Jews descended from the Kurds of Babylon, homeland of the patriarch Abraham.

 

Perhaps more surprising, she found the Ashkenazi Jews from Europe are genetically closer to the Palestinians than Middle East Jews.

 

… (Many surprised by genetic and cultural links between Palestinians and Jews; By Mark Ellis, September 16, 2011; CN Publications)

 

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By Adam Houk

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Sent: 8/16/2011 12:38 PM

Posted to October 9, 2011

 

Up until recently I always had the impression that lying/deception was always wrong 100% of the time.  I was forced to reexamine this by a few events.  Recently I was arguing with another physics grad student about the apparent contradiction of thou shalt not kill.  I had explained to him immediately that properly translated it is explicitly saying not to murder.  I thought about it further just in case I was wrong because I'm not a translator and it came to an argument that satisfied me whether it was translated that way or not.

 

Commands on actions can have exception clauses.  Exceptions are clear to this as written in the same books of Exodus and Deuteronomy that God commands the Israelites to go to battle and make a punishment system that includes the Death Penalty.  After thinking about this argument it reminded me of a debate I was having with myself once about an event I was both rejoicing about and was unsure of whether it was ok because it involved deception.  This was Lila Rose and the Planned Parenthood undercover operations [SlantRight Editor: Lila Rose ran an exposé on Planned Parenthood. Leftists make an effort to discount the exposé.].  I again wanted to resolve this. 

 

This is the conclusion I came up with: Only under a righteous motive, but not as a way to find a hole in the system. here is a list of 4 cases I found it appeared to be ok biblically:

 

1) Hiding an innocent from the tyrannical intention to slaughter. -- 2 cites: Moses as a baby hidden from the intention to kill all male children; Samuel was told to say a half truth in his fear of being killed by Saul.

 

2) War measures. -- 2 cites: In the book of judges God commands the Israelites to commit an action of 300 men breaking jars having while these men were running around at night with torches and this deceived the enemy into thinking they were being attacked and they killed each other;  Rahab in the book of Joshua when she hides the spies.

 

3) Testing of genuineness of the heart. -- 1 cite: Abraham in the sacrifice of his son Isaac. (It was never God's intention to sacrifice Isaac but to test Abraham).

 

4) Uncover the truth.  -- 1 cite: Jesus in John chapter 7 tells his brothers he is not ready to go to the feast that they should go ahead, then sneaks in behind them to hear what they were saying about him in secret.

 

I ran into a webpage in which I was contemplating this

http://www.fortifyingthefamily.com/Righteous_Lying.html

 

Once upon a time four brothers decided to go on a trip. They told their big brother about their plan and asked if he would like to join them. He said no, he didn’t feel like going yet and told his brothers to go without him. However, as soon as they left, their brother packed his bags and followed them in secret. 

Why did this man deceive and lie to his brothers? What type of man would do such a thing? Do you know who this man was? It was Jesus, and this story can be found in John 7:2-10.

My purpose in this article is to prove that lying is not automatically a sin by showing examples where God commended lying in certain circumstances and even lied Himself.

There are differing opinions about the sinfulness of lying. One example can be found in the case of Exodus 1, where the midwives refused to kill the Hebrew babies as Pharaoh commanded. When confronted by Pharaoh they lied, saying that the babies were born before they could get there. Exodus 1:20, 21 says, “Therefore God dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied, and waxed very mighty. And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God, that he made them houses.” 

On the one hand, John Calvin writes
… Go to the Link above to read the rest.

 

I would appreciate your thoughts on this, as I am still unsure to a conclusion, but these seem to be the cases.  Maybe this is also why the bible says that God would write his law into their hearts.

 

Before contemplating on this if I had ever become President I would have felt obligated to remove spies and undercover work.

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SlantRight Editor: I haven’t had time to address Adam with my thoughts. If Adam provoked you to think about if there is a right time to lie then feel free to add your thoughts so I can post them.

 

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