Precious In His Sight


Justin reminds readers it’s Christmas – a time for gift-giving. As such Justin looks at orphans, foster children and victims of California fires.

 

JRH 12/10/18

So readers, I’ve been using a seven year old laptop to fulfill the old blogging habit. My lovely wife sprang for a Christmas upgrade. I’m a relatively small-time blogger but with a consistently growing readership despite some token censorship from the liberal-oriented blog and social platforms. Still looking to defray the Christmas costs. Whatever my readers can chip in will be appreciated: https://www.paypal.me/johnrhouk

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Precious In His Sight

 

By Justin O. Smith

Sent 12/9/2018 4:58 PM

 

Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in Heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in Heaven. ~ Matthew 18:10

 

Christmas Day is rapidly approaching for people all over the world, but life and its joy and tragedies doesn’t hold still for Americans, or anyone, on that fact alone. In America, the wealthiest and most powerful nation on earth, there is enough misery to go around for all. Although many are suffering the physical ailments brought on by debilitating disease and old age and seeing their deterioration and decline to a mere shadow of their former selves hurts their loved ones deeply, and there are many thousands of Americans suffering in poverty, or from homelessness, it is the plight of our children that concerns me most this season.

 

Some may call it happenstance, but I like to think of it as God moving Us to act, when we come in contact with great spiritually minded people who have taken on a mission to help others. I had the opportunity to meet just such a wonderful person, Ruth Meyer (Ruthie to her friends) who lives in the Blackman Community of Rutherford County, TN., on December 7th, 2018, by way of a casual question in Walmart and seeming chance.

 

Ruth’s hat read “Mama Bear” and prompted me to ask if that had anything to do with Sarah Palin. She told me “No” and explained her husband had given it to her. And then she entered into one of the most wonderful and precious stories I had heard in many a long year. She and her husband had seven children, all of which she is very protective. Two are their natural born children and five were adopted by them. They started this eleven years ago, after Ruth was “called by God” and led her husband to the same calling. And incredibly, she continued on to tell me that there were many others involved in this effort, like the professional educators in Smyrna, TN with four children of their own who recently adopted a sibling group of seven from infant to seventeen years old.

 

As Ruth explained, “They almost always come to foster care with absolutely nothing”.

 

Today Ruth helps Shepherd’s Closet, also known as Foster Closet, here in Rutherford County, that is an organization operated through the nonprofit Rutherford County Foster Parent Association (RCFPA)and serves to help clothe Rutherford County children in foster care; at-risk children are also helped, but only through referrals. Since the children are already going through such a hard time in their young lives, being uprooted from their homes, Shepherd’s Closet also does the best it can to provide personal hygiene products, school supplies, toys backpacks and other items they can call their own, and it receives some loving help from Lifepoint Church, on Legacy Drive in Smyrna, TN.

 

Ruth’s story moved this old heart of mine to tears, and after we parted ways, I gave the issue a bit more thought. A quick search brought figures from 2013 that suggest, on average, more than two-hundred and fifty thousand children in America enter the foster care system each year, and although approximately fifty percent will return to their parents, the remainder will not. [Blog Editor: Foster Care Stats according to Vittana.org]

 

Struggling the most, there are also more than 100,000 legal orphans in America, who are waiting in foster care in hopes of being adopted by some generous and loving family. Many of these children watch on the sidelines from afar, as the joy of Christmas is celebrated by others, and another year passes them by without any presents, no Christmas tree, and seemingly no affirmation and love from anyone and a family to call their own forever.

 

It was amazing to hear Ruth speak with such passion, as she informed me that she and her husband were going to receive another child on December 20th. What a Christmas present for them all.

 

Even more tragic in many respects, we see far too many young children suffering with cancer. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control in June of this year, about fifteen thousand youths under age twenty are diagnosed with some form of cancer every year in America. Between 2003 and 2014, there were 173.7 pediatric cancer cases per one million people. However, more than eighty percent of these victims of cancer are still alive five years later, which is a vast and dramatic improvement in treatments over the past decades, as noted by the National Cancer Institute.

 

One of the best and foremost warriors in this battle against cancer, America has been blessed by St. Jude’s Hospital [Blog Editor: Ways to give to St. Jude] and its many benefactors, such as Marlo Thomas who is following the example set by her father, Danny. St Jude’s homepage on Google explains quite correctly:

 

“St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and cures childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. … St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs it makes… Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.”

 

And all America can never forget the images of small children and their families, as July’s Carr Fire and November’s Camp Fire claimed a total of 92 lives and displaced over 100,000 Americans raged across our country. Who will ever forget 70-year-old Melody Bledsoe soaking blankets in her kitchen sink to drape over her great-grandchildren, Emily and James Roberts, ages 4 and 5? The Salvation Army, Chico-based Enloe Medical Center Foundation and the Tri-Counties Bank have all set up relief funds for California’s fire victims.

 

[Blog Editor: Info to donate to fire victim causes:

 

Amounts 0f any amount may be submitted via check to: NVCF, 240 Main St Ste 260, Chico CA 95928. Please indicate “Fire Relief” in the memo line – North Valley Community Foundation.

 

Community Disaster Relief Fund at Shasta Regional Community Foundation has been enabled to receive donations for those in the North State impacted by the Carr Fire. This fund will focus on the short and long-term recovery.

 

ENLOE Foundation Camp Fire Relief Donation Form

Salvation Army Butte County (CA) Camp Fire Relief FundGreatest Need Box & Support Wildfire Response Box.

 

Tri-Counties Bank 2018 Camp Fire Fund.]

 

Make an active choice to do something better this Christmas. Give a week, a day, even an hour of your time to an organization that helps these innocent children placed in unfortunate circumstances, through no fault of their own. Give $5000 or more, depending on your circumstances; but I daresay, these organizations will be ecstatic over each $5 bill collected, and God too will be especially pleased and satisfied by those who give, when perhaps they are not in the best place financially themselves. Let’s set aside the concerns of the politicians and government, the greedy and self-serving, and focus solely on our most cherished treasure, our little children, red and yellow, black and white — Oh so precious in His sight.

 

Merry, Merry Christmas and God Bless You All.

 

By Justin O. Smith

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Edited by John R. Houk

Source links and text embraced by brackets are by the Editor.

 

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Frustration Exists yet Peace is Found in Jesus


John R. Houk

© November 9, 2018

I am a Christian, Conservative and Counterjihad blogger. The blogs I post more often than not are usually an expression of my frustration and/or annoyance with what I read, hear and view of events occurring in the public domain.

 

One disclaimer I offer in respect to my Christian faith is that I am definitely not perfect. I get cranky and I have little doubt the crankiness were expressed contrary to the way the Lord Jesus would prefer I respond. And as such I have stepped into sin for anything that God finds displeasing can lead to separating oneself from God. Adam and Eve discovered this terminal effect in the Garden of Eden. Yet God in His Mercy promised a path away from separation and a return to the Presence of God by a Promise within the curse pronounced on the Deceiver – Satan:

 

And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed;
He shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel.”
— Genesis 3: 15 NKJV

 

This is a Promise of a Deliverer for the curse bought upon humanity by choice to restore Communion with God. In the Christian perspective this is Jesus the Son of God and Mary (in this case “the woman”). Jesus has both nature of God and the nature of humanity (yet born without the sin-separating curse bequeathed by Adam and Eve). Jesus’ sinless human nature is what qualified Him as a Deliverer to be a sacrifice to Redeem humanity’s lost-separated life with His sinless Life. AND in the death of Jesus the debt is paid for AND in the Resurrection to Life of Jesus transmutes humanity’s life restored with God via the Resurrected Life of Jesus the Christ yet by the choice to Believe in the efficacy of the Death, Burial and Resurrection.

 

The question becomes: How does a human person discover a choice exists that can restore one in Communion with God as Adam and Eve had before their Fall into a Separated state of existence in relation to God the Creator (which was the death alluded to by eating the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil)?

 

The answer: THE GOSPEL!

 

But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”

 

15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:

 

 “How beautiful are the feet of those who [a]preach the gospel of peace,
Who bring glad tidings of good things!”

 

16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” 17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. — Romans 10: 8-11, 15-17 NKJV (Bold text Blog Editor’s)

 

Call on Jesus and YOU WILL be Saved and find peace.

 

The inspiration for these thoughts is an American Family Association (AFA) email I received yesterday. Below is the linked version of the email which includes a Vimeo video.

 

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Email by Tim Wildmon, President AFA

NOVEMBER 8, 2018 @ 8:16 AM

American Family Association

 

THE GOSPEL

 

Though we deal with people, we don’t wrestle against flesh and blood.

 

We at American Family Association believe that God has communicated absolute truth to mankind, and that all people are subject to the authority of God’s Word at all times. Therefore we believe that a culture based on biblical truth best serves the well-being of our nation and our families, in accordance with the vision of our founding documents; and that personal transformation through the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the greatest agent of biblical change in any culture.

 

The gospel is of first importance. Though we deal with people, we don’t wrestle against flesh and blood. We know this is a spiritual battle for the souls of mankind. The manifestation of spiritual wickedness in God’s world is real, powerful and deceiving. As good as we may be at times, the bottom line is we are all sinners by nature and by choice. But thanks be to Christ who is the sacrifice for our sins. Because of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus we can be born again with the promise of eternal life with God. To be reborn spiritually we must admit we are sinners and believe in our hearts that God raised Christ from the dead. There is no better feeling than to be grafted into the family of God.

 

We see God’s love for us through the sacrifice of His son. It’s because of God’s love for us that we are compelled to share this good news with you and live a life consistent with a biblical worldview. Maybe you have heard this many times, but it has not drawn you to repentance. We want to invite you to do that today! Don’t wait any longer! Or maybe you have experienced salvation but needed a reminder of God’s love for you to restore the joy of your salvation.

 

 

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“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve” (1 Corinthians 15:3-5).

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Minorities Rights Journalist attacked in Pakistan


Intro to ‘Minorities Rights Journalist attacked in Pakistan

Edited by John R. Houk

By Shamim Mahmood

 

Shamim Mahmood (Masih) is a frequent contributor to this blog reporting on the Islamic Supremacist persecution of Christians in Pakistan. The plight of Christians in Muslim dominated areas of the world tend to get more publicity of Egyptian Muslims persecuting Egyptian Coptic Christians and the mega-brutality of Daesh (ISIS) murdering or enslaving Christians in the Syria/Iraq part of the Muslim world. Yet, Pakistan brutalizes Christians on a near state sanctioned level with the Blasphemy Law is often used as a method of Muslim/Christian retribution more than a blasphemy (according to Sharia Not Free Speech) actually occurring.

 

Knowing that Shamim’s journalism takes place in a hostile situation, I often post his requests for support from Western sources. To those of you that use Pay Pal for such contributions, it will not work in Pakistan. You will have to use a direct money transfer from your bank to Shamim’s bank. The least expensive method I have found is using Western Union for a wire transfer of money. Western Union will exchange your nation’s currency into Pakistani Rupees for you.

 

Here is the standard info that I share with readers that links to Western Union with Shamim’s info for the wire transfer:

 

SUPPORT Shamim’s Christian advocacy in Pakistan. First contact Shamim in case he has found an easy way to donate. I like to use Western Union sending money with this LINK to the destination of Islamabad (Contact Shamim in case he has changed cities). Shamim’s email is shamimpakistan@gmail.com, Western Union may ask for Shamim’s phone – +92-300-642-4560

 

Shamim’s submission below brings to reality the danger he faces as a Human Rights Activist and Christian journalist in Pakistan. If my meager efforts failed to interest you in being a supporter of Shamim Mahmood (Masih) at least consider a one-time contribution and share Shamim’s need with your friends and family.

 

JRH 7/26/17

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Minorities Rights Journalist attacked in Pakistan

 

By Shamim Mahmood

Sent 7/26/2017 5:21 AM

 

Shamim Mahmood (Masih)

 

Dear Friends, Greetings, I hope this email will find you in your best health and spirit. I am writing this email with a heavy heart and in an alarming situation prevailing around. I hope many of you may be aware of that since 2010, I am working as a journalist and as long as I fulfillll my official responsibilities, I’ve been writing on persecution and minorities’ rights in Pakistan. Especially after Gojra incident, when eight Christian family members were burnt alive including two children and dozens of the houses were set ablaze on blasphemy allegation. Since then I devotedly writing against unlawful killings of the Christians especially in the Punjab province and persecutions.

 

Living in Pakistan as member from the minority segment, is too hard and it became more difficult when you raise voice for your rights. But living in the same society I keep writing on and facing problems on a routine basis. Now this episode of attack has shaken me and my family. Let me tell you the story.

 

On Saturday late evening, when I was travelling towards my house in my car, unknown assailants opened fire on me that hit the car. The bullets hit my car but I managed to escape. Earlier I was being beaten for writing on minorities issues after Youhanabad twin Churches bomb attack in 2015, by two unknown motorcyclist as a result my left arm was fractured and motorbike damaged.

 

It was about 2130 hours, on July 22, when I was on the way back to my home on my car Suzuki Bleno, while driving the nearby street to my house, I noticed that something hit hard on car, I was shocked and scared and managed to escape. On reaching the house, I found the dent of bullet fired on the car”. “I was as scared as it was first time that somebody attacked me and soon after parking the car and went inside the house. Next morning, I took one of my colleagues and a relative with me visit the nearby police station and filed an application narrating the whole episode. But no FIR was registered, he added.

 

Suzuki Bleno and close-up of bullet dent

 

After writing a story “Qadri Supporters have becomepolitical power, claimed Sheikh Rasheed” [Link provided by Shamim. Updated 7/27/17] I received threatening phone calls. But thought of usual matter as it is routine matter for me receiving such type of phone calls for writing on minorities’ issues and rights as Pakistani citizen.

 

It is pertinent to mention here that it is not the first threat as journalist I am facing. There are number of threatening phone calls and even harsh words exchanged with some religious extremists which has become a routine matter for writing on rights of the minorities, especially Christians. But the latest episode is unique which made my whole family worried as my wife is asking me to leave this profession, which I cannot at any cost. Though this incident has put me and my family under constant threat but I believe that God wants me to write for His people even if under stress and strain. God will take care of it.

 

I know that my credibility and objectivity rest on my ability to be proactive in highlighting issues revolving religion and victimization of religious minorities.  What has alarmed us is the fact that authorities do not extend any help or support.

 

After this incident, I planned to shift my rented house as the landlord advised me to evacuate the house. Since I am paying Rs. 21000/month in house rent, to hire a new house requires to pay at least three months advance and some other shifting expenses required to settle down at new place. At the same time, I need to look for a new school for my children studying in Grade 10, grade 6 and grade 2. My oldest son has recently passed his Secondary School Examination and is looking for college admission.

 

I am poor but passionate Christian journalist and hardly making the both ends meet, it would be hard to meet the expenses required. In this situation, if any of you can support me to shift to another house and schooling of my children. I would be highly grateful to your contribution.

 

The total cost required is approximately $2000/ U.S., including shifting and schooling of the children. If you would like to contribute please note down the bank details or you can send your contribution through Western Union.

 

SUPPORT Shamim’s Christian advocacy in Pakistan. First contact Shamim in case he has found an easy way to donate. I like to use Western Union sending money with this LINK to the destination of Islamabad (Contact Shamim in case he has changed cities). Shamim’s email is shamimpakistan@gmail.com, Western Union may ask for Shamim’s phone – +92-300-642-4560

 

Bank-to-Bank Money Transfer

 

Account Name: SHAMIM MASIH, Account Number:  PK72ABPA0010025935800015

ABPAPKKA (Swift code)

Allied Bank Ltd. Sitara Market, Sector G-7 Markaz, Islamabad

Contact Number. +92 300 642 4560

 

Yours in Jesus,

 

Shamim Masih

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Edited by John R. Houk

All source links are by the Editor

 

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Comment to ‘Walaa wal Baraa & Kafir’


Emmanuel Christian shares his experience with the Islamic concept of Walaa wal Baraa.

 

Just a small refresher: Walaa wal Baraa = Islamic Apartheid. The essay is an intro to an Elsa Schieder newsletter which she explains how this Islamic Apartheid works. My intro makes the effort to show the Moderate Islamic thinking (or is propaganda thinking) as well as it used often used brutally in this day and age.

 

Here is negative concept of Islamic Apartheid that is essentially practiced in Muslim majority nations from my intro:

 

You can imagine that Islamic Apartheid is the practice of Muslims relegating minority religions to discriminatory second-class citizens which is a horrible life under Islamic Supremacist Sharia Law.

 

I think that is enough info to feel the distress that Emmanuel Christian (this might be a pseudonym) feels as a Christian living in Muslim majority Indonesia.

 

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Comment to ‘Walaa wal Baraa & Kafir

 

Emmanuel Christian

July 4, 2017 at 1:44 AM

 

I live in Indonesia, and I just found out about this phrase today.

 

So, in December 2016 a huge mob of Muslims stopped a Christmas service in Bandung City, Indonesia. The local police helped the mob in dispersing the Christians having Christmas service on ground of “doing a religious activity on public space”. It was held in a function hall of a public government university.

 

Several months later, Zakir Naik came to Indonesia and preaches hatred, and promotes ignorance towards people who are not Muslims in the same type of function hall in another public government university, and the police stood guard to help Zakir.

 

Just today, daughter of Indonesia’s 4th president, criticized the government officials (civil servant and police force, etc.) for hindering people of minority religion of their equal right and having freedom to perform religious duties.

 

you can see the news article about it here ==> http://nasional.kompas.com/read/2017/07/04/09442431/yenny.wahid.pelanggaran.kemerdekaan.beragama.masih.terjadi ***

 

And there you have it, on the comments section, someone had commented that Yenny Wahid should have not criticized the officials, because the officials are Muslims and the deed are done to non-Muslims. The comment also quotes “al wala wal bara” in justifying his thoughts.

 

So, hello truth. I was born in Indonesia to a Christian family, and now I know so much more about what was happening all around me. This walaa stuff is the cause of so much things that happened to me and went unanswered and repressed.

 

***Blog Editor: The link Emmanuel provide is in a language from Indonesia. Here is the Google Translation into English.

 

Yenny Wahid: Violations of Religious Freedom Still Happen

 

Yenny Wahid

 

By NABILLA TASHANDRA

July 4, 2017 0 9:44 WIB

Kompas.com

 

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Director of the Wahid Foundation, Yenny Wahid see violations of religious freedom is still a lot happening. He also regretted how the Government and officials also became actors in the practice.

 

The Wahid Institute survey in 2016 revealed that the Government and many apparatus became perpetrators of freedom of religion.

 

At least, there have been 130 violations of the actor being part of the Government and the authorities. While 74 violation events conducted by community organizations.

 

“We still see the majority of minority tyranny,” Yenny said in a discussion of “One Table” in Kompas TV entitled Fitrah, Tolerance and Diversity, Monday (3/7/2017) night.

 

(Read: Obama: My Step Father Is A Tolerant Muslim)

 

In the regions, he continued, minority religious groups are often the victims of the majority clothe in the region. For example, in areas in Java where Muslims are the majority, non-Muslims are often victims of violations of religious freedom.

 

Another small example is the exclusion of the right of a group of people who are considered to be perverted or perverted.

 

“For example not given ID cards, or other rights to build houses of worship,” he said.

 

He sees, there is a wrong concept related harmony. Such harmony often gives too much rights to society.

 

(Read: Adjacent to 45 Years, Church and Mosque Mutual Tolerance)

 

“Instead of a conflict in the area saying ‘yes it’s a minority problem’, it’s a sacrifice. This is a misconception,” he said.

 

According to him, the need to grow an awareness in society that all citizens have the same rights in the eyes of the law.

 

Such awareness, not exceptions, must also be demonstrated by the Government and the apparatus who are involved as actors of religious freedom violators.

 

That awareness is considered not yet grown in the hearts of citizens who are still perpetrators of violations of religious freedom.

 

“I think because these actors have no awareness, the basic constitutional rights of the state that every citizen should have in any background,” Yenny said.

 

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Emmanuel Christian’s commented is edited by John R. Houk and spellcheck. I left the Google Translate “Yenny Wahid: Violations of Religious Freedom Still Happen” as is.

 

 

Ignoring Former Muslims To Our Detriment


Understanding the nature of Islam apart from the propaganda of Leftist Multiculturalists and Muslim Apologists will be the key to protecting American values and American Liberty. Succumbing to the Multiculturalist and the Muslim propagandist will be the demise of America.

John Guandolo of Understanding The Threat has found a story about a former Islamic Imam that converted to Islam that highlights Islam’s danger.

 

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Posted by John Guandolo

UTT email sent 5/1/2017 5:04 AM

Posted at UTT April 30, 2017

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Many men and women have left Islam and courageously speak truthfully about what Islam teaches and the threat it poses to the civilized world.

 

These are people grew up being taught about the obligation to wage jihad, that taking Jews and Christians for friends is unlawful because it is prohibited by Allah in the Koran, that non-Muslims are the “worst of all creatures” (Koran 98:6), and that the purpose of Islam is to impose sharia (Islamic Law) on the entire world.

 

We in the non-Muslim world can learn a lot from these people.  Are we hearing them?

 

As a Special Agent in the FBI (1996-2008), UTT Founder/President John Guandolo worked with muslim assets/informants who did dangerous and difficult work on behalf of our nation and the FBI.  While they did not adhere to sharia, they identified themselves as “muslims.”

 

Through this work, Mr. Guandolo came to know about an Imam from Uganda who converted to Christianity. The Imam wrote his story in March of 2007, and it included details of growing up in Islam, training to become an Imam, and what Islam teaches.  John Guandolo had this story translated into English and then disseminated it inside the FBI as well as to Christian organizations to support their work in Islamic nations.

 

A brief summary of the story is below which gives readers an insight into the true intentions of Islam.  It reveals Islam is a totalitarian system which enslaves people who are a part of it.

 

“My name is Mayanja Yiusf.  I was born into a Muslim family in Uganda…When I came of age, I enrolled for studies in Islam and Arabic which took six years:  three years of Islam and three years of Arabic.  I trained in Uganda and Sudan and I became a prominent Imam and spoke at many mosques in and outside Kampala.  I was a leader of a Muslim Association called Al-Dawahti…I was on the council of Tabliqs and my paternal uncle is the leader of that sect in Uganda.

 

“I was born and raised a Muslim, but now I have left that life behind…In light of the crisis in the world today, and because of the ongoing strategies to attack Christians at every level, may this also be a warning to all peoples everywhere, that Islam is obtaining dominance and is arming itself for continued war on all things not of Islam.  There is little time left to reach the many innocent Muslims who wish they could escape from the violent slavery of Islam.

 

“I tell you my story while I am still alive.  You see, as a Muslim who has left the faith, my days may be numbered.  I have lived under the threat of death since I left my father’s household, only until now, they have not succeeded.

 

“Lest you think that the religion of Islam is promoting the love of God and fellow man, here are just a few of the works that Islam engages in today:

 

“It is not just the “radical fundamentalists” or jihadis who participate in the terror of today.  Do you not know that it is against the Koran to refuse help to those who are in Jihad?

 

“There is a strategy called the “New Mosque Movement” which seeks to begin building mosques and schools and clinics all over the world.  Just look around and you can see, in Africa, South America, England, and France, and even in America.  The mosques are the centers of political thought as well as religious practice, but then again, those two are inseparable in Islam.

 

“Muslim fathers will gladly kill their sons and daughters if they disobey or leave the religion.

 

“Muslim groups are sending Muslims to Christian places for information.  They spy everywhere, especially where there is freedom of movement…They start non-profits and organizations everywhere, many with the purpose to intimidate Western societies.  In the US, CAIR and organizations like them are funded to push the free countries to accept them and their religion and practices.  They threaten to sue and intimidate if they don’t get their way.

 

“Wherever they begin to operate in villages, towns, etc they threaten others, especially moderate Muslims, and even other Imams who are not as aggressive as the jihadists…Peace in Islam means that the countries are operating under the rule of Islam, Sharia Law, and with religious leaders in charge.  That is their peace.

 

“There are no innocent civilians for the jihadist.  All may be killed because they are merely part of the evil societies to be cleansed.

 

“I am proud to be a Christian now because the Almighty God of the Christians fights for himself.  he doesn’t request or persuade anybody to fight, but instead reconciles people to Himself.  He says that vengeance should be left to him alone.  I hope the reader is able to distinguish between the God of Christians, Jehovah, and Allah…You are hereby invited to think about this:  the Islamic faith does not encourage any believer to reason out who Allah is.  The day you will reason about what you were taught in Islam, will be the day you are released from bondage and you will see the light of Christ.”

 

UTT believes there is a lot to learn from individuals who leave Islam and speak truthfully about the threat it poses to those inside and outside Islam who do not adhere to the sharia and all of its obligations.

 

To defeat an enemy we must clearly identify the threat.  The threat the civilized world faces today is not from “violent extremists” or “radical Islam” or any other euphemism we put on the face of it.  The threat, as 100% of the enemy clearly states, comes from Islam which commands its adherents to impose sharia on the earth through all means necessary.

 

Speaking truth is never wrong.  For the sake of those enslaved by Islam, it is the loving thing to do.

 

JG 

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Understanding the Threat provides threat-focused strategic and operational consultation, training, and education for federal, state, and local leadership and agencies in government, the private sector, and for private citizens. UTT is the only organization in America which is training leaders, elected officials, law enforcement, military personnel, and citizens, about the Global Islamic Movement and the jihadi networks in communities around the nation.  UTT is also the only organization showing security professionals and state leaders how to locate and map out jihadi organizations, locate jihadis, and dismantle the network at the local and state level. While UTT briefs and teaches about many of the threats external and internal to the United States, its primary concern is the threats to the Republic and the West in general from the Global Islamic Movement.

 

About John Guandolo

 

John Guandolo is the Founder of UnderstandingtheThreat.com, an organization dedicated to providing strategic and operational threat-focused consultation, education, and training for federal, state and local leadership and agencies, and designing strategies at all levels of the community to defeat the enemy.

 

Mr. Guandolo is a 1989 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy who took a commission as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps. He served with 2d Battalion 2d Marines as an Infantry Platoon Commander in combat Operations Desert Shield/Storm. From 1991-1996, he served in 2d Force Reconnaissance Company as a Platoon Commander, Assistant Operations Officer, and the unit’s Airborne and Diving Officer. During this time, he also deployed to the Adriatic/Bosnia. He served for one year as the Unit Leader for the CINC’s In-Extremis Force, directly reporting to a Combatant Commander in a classified mission profile. Mr. Guandolo was a combat diver, military free-fall parachutist, and a graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School.

 

More about Mr. Guandolo here.

 

Mr. Guandolo’s experience on 911 here.

 

[Chris Gaubatz]

 

As the son of a career Air Force OSI Special Agent, Chris Gaubatz grew up in England, Korea, California, and Utah, and today calls southwest Virginia home.

 

Chris worked for several Fortune 500 companies conducting fraud investigations and asset protection, as well as insurance sales.

 

In 2007, Chris began researching the threat of jihadi organizations in the United States by posing as a Muslim convert and attending Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas conferences gaining access as an intern with the Hamas organization Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Virginia.

 

While working at the CAIR MD/VA office, Chris uncovered a fraud scheme being perpetrated by CAIR’s “immigration attorney” who was defrauding Muslims in the community and lying about handling their immigration proceedings. In fact, he was READ THE REST

 

The Radical Jesus: How Would the Baby in a Manger Fare in the American Police State?


You may have heard of “WWJD”. Which is an acronym for “What Would Jesus Do?” This interesting kind-of Christmas essay from John W. Whitehead might create a new acronym: How Would You Support Jesus in a Police State? (Perhaps HWYSJPS?)

 

The baby Jesus grew up in a no-tech yet harsh Roman police state. Whitehead speculates on the challenges Jesus would face in a high-tech police state. The overregulated police state that America has evolved toward, especially under the guise of America’s Leftist control. (But Whitehead takes a few stabs at issues Conservatives might be supportive of as well.)

 

JRH 12/19/16

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The Radical Jesus: How Would the Baby in a Manger Fare in the American Police State?

 

By John W. Whitehead

Sent December 19, 2016 8:03 AM

Rutherford Institute

 

“Jesus is too much for us. The church’s later treatment of the gospels is one long effort to rescue Jesus from ‘extremism.’”—author Gary Wills, What Jesus Meant

 

Jesus was good. He was caring. He had powerful, profound things to say—things that would change how we view people, alter government policies and change the world. He went around helping the poor. And when confronted by those in authority, he did not shy away from speaking truth to power.

 

Jesus was born into a police state not unlike the growing menace of the American police state.

 

But what if Jesus, the revered preacher, teacher, radical and prophet, had been born 2,000 years later? How would Jesus’ life have been different had he be born and raised in the American police state?

 

Consider the following if you will.

 

The Christmas narrative of a baby born in a manger is a familiar one.

 

The Roman Empire, a police state in its own right, had ordered that a census be conducted. Joseph and his pregnant wife Mary traveled to the little town of Bethlehem so that they could be counted. There being no room for the couple at any of the inns, they stayed in a stable, where Mary gave birth to a baby boy. That boy, Jesus, would grow up to undermine the political and religious establishment of his day and was eventually crucified as a warning to others not to challenge the powers-that-be.

 

However, had Jesus been born in the year 2016…

 

Rather than traveling to Bethlehem for a census, Jesus’ parents would have been mailed a 28-page American Community Survey, a mandatory government questionnaire documenting their habits, household inhabitants, work schedule, how many toilets are in your home, etc. The penalty for not responding to this invasive survey can go as high as $5,000.

 

Instead of being born in a manger, Jesus might have been born at home. Rather than wise men and shepherds bringing gifts, however, the baby’s parents might have been forced to ward off visits from state social workers intent on prosecuting them for the home birth. One couple in Washington had all three of their children removed after social services objected to the two youngest being birthed in an unassisted home delivery.

 

Had Jesus been born in a hospital, his blood and DNA would have been taken without his parents’ knowledge or consent and entered into a government biobank. While most states require newborn screening, a growing number are holding onto that genetic material long-term for research, analysis and purposes yet to be disclosed.

 

Then again, had his parents been undocumented immigrants, they and the newborn baby might have been shuffled to a profit-driven, private prison for illegals where they would have been turned into cheap, forced laborers for corporations such as Starbucks, Microsoft, Walmart, and Victoria’s Secret. There’s quite a lot of money to be made from imprisoning immigrants, especially when taxpayers are footing the bill.

 

From the time he was old enough to attend school, Jesus would have been drilled in lessons of compliance and obedience to government authorities, while learning little about his own rights. Had he been daring enough to speak out against injustice while still in school, he might have found himself tasered or beaten by a school resource officer, or at the very least suspended under a school zero tolerance policy that punishes minor infractions as harshly as more serious offenses.

 

Had Jesus disappeared for a few hours let alone days as a 12-year-old, his parents would have been handcuffed, arrested and jailed for parental negligence. Parents across the country have been arrested for far less “offenses” such as allowing their children to walk to the park unaccompanied and play in their front yard alone.

 

Rather than disappearing from the history books from his early teenaged years to adulthood, Jesus’ movements and personal data—including his biometrics—would have been documented, tracked, monitored and filed by governmental agencies and corporations such as Google and Microsoft. Incredibly, 95 percent of school districts share their student records with outside companies that are contracted to manage data, which they then use to market products to us.

 

From the moment Jesus made contact with an “extremist” such as John the Baptist, he would have been flagged for surveillance because of his association with a prominent activist, peaceful or otherwise. Since 9/11, the FBI has actively carried out surveillance and intelligence-gathering operations on a broad range of activist groups, from animal rights groups to poverty relief, anti-war groups and other such “extremist” organizations.

 

Jesus’ anti-government views would certainly have resulted in him being labeled a domestic extremist. Law enforcement agencies are being trained to recognize signs of anti-government extremism during interactions with potential extremists who share a “belief in the approaching collapse of government and the economy.”

 

While traveling from community to community, Jesus might have been reported to government officials as “suspicious” under the Department of Homeland Security’s “See Something, Say Something” programs. Many states, including New York, are providing individuals with phone apps that allow them to take photos of suspicious activity and report them to their state Intelligence Center, where they are reviewed and forwarded to law-enforcement agencies.

 

Rather than being permitted to live as an itinerant preacher, Jesus might have found himself threatened with arrest for daring to live off the grid or sleeping outside. In fact, the number of cities that have resorted to criminalizing homelessness by enacting bans on camping, sleeping in vehicles, loitering and begging in public has doubled.

 

Viewed by the government as a dissident and potential threat to its power, Jesus might have had government spies planted among his followers to monitor his activities, report on his movements, and entrap him into breaking the law. Such Judases today—called informants—often receive hefty paychecks from the government for their treachery.

 

Had Jesus used the internet to spread his radical message of peace and love, he might have found his blog posts infiltrated by government spies attempting to undermine his integrity, discredit him or plant incriminating information online about him. At the very least, he would have had his website hacked and his email monitored.

 

Had Jesus attempted to feed large crowds of people, he would have been threatened with arrest for violating various ordinances prohibiting the distribution of food without a permit. Florida officials arrested a 90-year-old man for feeding the homeless on a public beach.

 

Had Jesus spoken publicly about his 40 days in the desert and his conversations with the devil, he might have been labeled mentally ill and detained in a psych ward against his will for a mandatory involuntary psychiatric hold with no access to family or friends. One Virginia man was arrested, strip searched, handcuffed to a table, diagnosed as having “mental health issues,” and locked up for five days in a mental health facility against his will apparently because of his slurred speech and unsteady gait.

 

Without a doubt, had Jesus attempted to overturn tables in a Jewish temple and rage against the materialism of religious institutions, he would have been charged with a hate crime. Currently, 45 states and the federal government have hate crime laws on the books.

 

Rather than having armed guards capture Jesus in a public place, government officials would have ordered that a SWAT team carry out a raid on Jesus and his followers, complete with flash-bang grenades and military equipment. There are upwards of 80,000 such SWAT team raids carried out every year, many on unsuspecting Americans who have no defense against such government invaders, even when such raids are done in error.

 

Instead of being detained by Roman guards, Jesus might have been made to “disappear” into a secret government detention center where he would have been interrogated, tortured and subjected to all manner of abuses. Chicago police “disappeared” more than 7,000 people into a secret, off-the-books interrogation warehouse at Homan Square.

 

Charged with treason and labeled a domestic terrorist, Jesus might have been sentenced to a life-term in a private prison where he would have been forced to provide slave labor for corporations or put to death by way of the electric chair or a lethal mixture of drugs.

 

Either way, whether Jesus had been born in our modern age or his own, he still would have died at the hands of a police state. Indeed, as I show in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, what Jesus and other activists suffered in their day is happening to those who choose to speak truth to power today.

 

Thus, we are faced with a choice: remain silent in the face of evil or speak out against it. As Nobel Prize-winning author Albert Camus proclaimed:

 

Perhaps we cannot prevent this world from being a world in which children are tortured. But we can reduce the number of tortured children. And if you don’t help us, who else in the world can help us do this?

 

WC: 1495

 

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Constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead is founder and president of The Rutherford Institute. His new book Battlefield America: The War on the American People (SelectBooks, 2015) is available online at http://www.amazon.com. He can be contacted at johnw@rutherford.orgClick here to read more of John Whitehead’s commentaries.

 

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About The Rutherford Institute

 

The Rutherford Institute, a nonprofit civil liberties organization based in Charlottesville, Va., is deeply committed to protecting the constitutional freedoms of every American and the integral human rights of all people through its extensive legal and educational programs. The Institute provides its legal services at no charge to those whose constitutional and human rights have been threatened or violated.

 

Founded in 1982 by constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead, The Rutherford Institute is one of the nation’s leading advocates of civil liberties and human rights, litigating in the courts and educating the public on a wide spectrum of issues affecting individual freedom in the United States and around the world.

 

The Institute’s mission is twofold: to provide legal services in the defense of civil liberties and to educate the public on important issues affecting their constitutional freedoms.

 

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Religious Freedom in Elementary School


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John R. Houk

© December 1, 2016

 

Just the other day I had a conversation with my 3rd grade grandson about his reading regimen. He was trying to squirm out of his daily reading by telling me he forgot to bring his book from school.

 

I told him to get a book from home. He tried to tell me we didn’t have any. I knew better. So I told him we many versions of the Bible to read.

 

He told me his teacher said he couldn’t read religious books.

 

I said, “Tough! Get a Bible. I’m going to have to talk to your Public School teacher about Religious Freedom in the First Amendment.”

 

My wife saved our grandson’s bacon by assigning something I can’t recall right now. BUT it really chapped my hide that a Public School teacher said reading the Bible was unacceptable.

 

It’s a good thing I didn’t fly-off the handle. I checked my email later in the day and had received an email from the 3rd grade teacher. Lo and behold – she was asking why I hadn’t been turning in my grandson’s reading record.

 

Oops, my bad I had not kept up with that. Reading the email further reading suggestions were included. Guess what. Religious literature was a part of the approved reading. Now the word “Bible” was not used specifically, but as far as I am concerned “religious” included the Bible.

 

I wish my grandson was as bright in doing homework as he is in slipping out of homework.

 

I was thinking about all this Religious Freedom vs. the mythical Separation of Church and State (See Also HERE and HERE)and I ran into the article I am cross posting below from United Families International about preserving Religious Freedom for our children or in our case grandchildren that we are raising.

 

JRH 12/1/16

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PRESERVING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM FOR OUR CHILDREN

 

By Diane Robertson

November 30, 2016

United Families International

 

This week I received an email from Alliance Defending Freedom, a group of lawyers who defend religious freedom, that began thus:

 

“Dear Diane,

 

Do you ever wonder what the future will look like for your children and grandchildren?

 

We live in a world where religious freedom for future generations cannot be assumed. It must be fought for—every day.”

 

As I have studied the issues, written for UFI, discussed the issues with friends, family, and strangers, and written and spoken with lawmakers, I have often thought, “Have we so little compassion for the destinies of our own children that we can feel just about ignoring the destruction of the freedoms we have enjoyed?”

 

There are so many reasons people give to ignore the current erosion of religious freedom– we are too busy; losing our freedom is inevitable; religious freedom marginalizes people with other beliefs; religion itself is bigoted and old fashioned, and so on. The fight for religious freedom is not a friendly fight.

 

It’s true that those on the side of religious freedom are continually disparaged. They are told that their views are based on bigotry and hate for certain groups of people. It’s hard to stand up against such demeaning accusations. And it is certainly not true for most. Most people fighting for religious freedom do so because they believe that everyone should be allowed to live and work according to the dictates of their conscience. They believe in property rights, freedom of belief, and freedom of conscience. They oppose laws that limit the ability of people to live, work, and worship as they believe.

 

In the same email mentioned above, ADF reported that their:

 

“Clients are regular people who were going about their daily business—work, school, church—until they were confronted by a culture intolerant of their faith. A Christian printer faced a boycott and lawsuit because he politely declined to print t-shirts promoting the local ‘pride’ festival. A decorated firefighter was suspended because of a Christian book he wrote in his spare time. A college student was threatened with expulsion because of her Christian beliefs. A church was told that their house of worship is no longer sacred, but just another public accommodation.”

 

These are a few of the ways religious freedom is eroding in North America. It has hit some individuals hard. There are forces working to establish laws that would limit what churches can do in their buildings and even what religious leaders are allowed to preach. There are forces working to regulate private property as if it were public or government property.

 

To help our children and grandchildren enjoy the same freedoms we have enjoyed, we must study the issues, understand current events, and speak up. Losing our religious freedom is only as inevitable as we allow it to be. If enough people act, freedom can still be preserved for the generations to come.

 

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Religious Freedom in Elementary School

John R. Houk

© December 1, 2016

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PRESERVING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM FOR OUR CHILDREN

 

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Family

Family is the foundational unit of society

 

Marriage

Marriage between a man and woman, is founded on chastity before marriage and fidelity in marriage

 

Life

Life is sacred and should be protected including the life of unborn children.

 

Parents

Parents have the right and obligation to love, protect, provide for and teach their children.

 

Religious Liberty

Religious Liberty emphasizes the right to live our lives according to our religious convictions, and the importance of religion to individuals and society.