Violence Continues as Pakistani Islamists Protest Christian Woman’s “Blasphemy” Acquittal


I am not surprised that Pakistan Muslims are so supremacist that they have reacted with such viciousness toward Asia Bibi due to the Pakistan Court overturning her conviction and I also expect Mullah egged-on violence against Pakistani Christians to follow (if indeed it may have already occurred and not yet reported by Western media).

 

If anyone has an update on Asia Bibi, such as a prison release date, health report, asylum in a nation outside of Pakistan, etc.; please email me at john.houk@gmail.com or those of you who know my private email – you can data there.

 

Below is an IPT report I found on the Asia Bibi situation.

 

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Violence Continues as Pakistani Islamists Protest Christian Woman’s “Blasphemy” Acquittal

 

By IPT News

Nov 2, 2018 at 9:15 am

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Thousands of Islamist demonstrators in Pakistan continue to violently protest the acquittal of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman who was falsely accused of blasphemy and spent the last eight years on death row.

 

Protesters clashed with police, burned cars and disrupted traffic, blocking ambulances. Schools across Pakistan have been closed and a major zone in Islamabad is sealed off.

 

Asia Bibi was charged in 2009 with insulting Islam’s prophet Muhammad after drinking from a cup of water before allowing fellow Muslim farm laborers drink first. After being beaten in her home, Bibi’s accusers say that she confessed to blasphemy. She was sentenced to death in 2010.

 

On Wednesday, Pakistan’s Supreme Court overturned her sentence. For that, the Supreme Court judges “deserve to be killed,” said Muhammad Afzal Qadri, leader of the extremist Islamist Tehreek-i-Labaik party. But Bibi has not been released from prison, as negotiations for her safety broke down between the government and Islamists.

 

“Which government can function like this, blackmailed by protests?” asked Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan, accusing the Islamists for “inciting [people] for their own political gain.”

 

Radical religious groups, including a charity founded by UN-designated terrorist Hafiz Saeed, vowed to join the protests today.

 

Public support for blasphemy laws in Pakistan remains high, driving a wedge between the ruling party and extreme Islamists stoking protests. And that sentiment is not limited to South Asia.

 

A Maryland mosque last year praised the terrorist who killed a former Pakistani governor critical of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. Salman Taseer was targeted by radical Islamists after he defended Bibi. In 2011, his bodyguard Mumtaz Qadri shot and killed him.

 

American Islamist groups said nothing about Taseer’s killing.

 

After Qadri was executed for the killing in 2016, the Gulzar E Madina mosque hosted a celebration in his memory, “attended by dozens of people including young children and teenagers.”

 

Radical Islamists in Pakistan, whether organized terrorist groups or mobs of people, often take matters into their hands.

 

In April 2017, a violent mob beat to death a university student who faced a blasphemy accusation that investigators later deemed false.

 

Sunni terrorist groups connected to extremist Pakistani organizations last year targeted minorities in several deadly attacks including Ahmadi Muslims, the Shi’a Hazara community, and Christians.

 

In December, for example, Islamic State terrorists killed nine civilians in a targeted attack involving a suicide bomber against a Methodist church in Quetta.

 

Pakistan has charged about 1,000 people with blasphemy since 1987, and convictions can carry the death penalty. These laws especially target members of Pakistan’s minority communities. But the law can be also applied to anyone that is seen as a threat to the government.

 

According to the US State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report for 2017, civil society organizations “reported lower courts often failed to adhere to basic evidentiary standards in blasphemy cases.”

 

Asia Bibi’s acquittal highlights the plight of all religious minorities in Pakistan and the destructive power of radical Islamists across the country.

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Halloween Perceptions


John R. Houk

© October 31, 2018

I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid in small town America, Halloween was an event to look forward to. I and friends or relatives walked our neighborhood and neighborhoods our little legs could take us, looking for treats (the hope was candy) to feast on for days to come. And yes my buddies and I dressed up what was then (1960s) considered the traditional monsters, witches/warlocks, goblins, ghosts, etc.

 

My family was not Church-going but we considered ourselves Christians. My relatives were pretty much in the same boat. My founds though were a mix of relative-Christians (as myself) and actual Church-going families (both Catholic & Protestant Denominations).

 

None of us thought we were celebrating death, the occult or some kind of evil anti-Christian Holiday. Indeed, None of us realized as kids that Halloween was the day before All Saints’ Day. Halloween was actually a shortened version of All Hallows Eve.

 

Christianity.com provides Mainline Church perspective of All Saints Day that mentions Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox but really is a Mainline Protestant perspective:

 

What is All Saints Day?

 

All Saints Day, also known as All Hallows’ Day, or Hallowmas, is a Christian celebration in honor of all the saints from Christian history. In Western Christianity, it is observed on November 1st by the Roman Catholic Church, the Methodist Church, the Lutheran Church, and other Protestant denominations. The Eastern Orthodox Church and associated Eastern Catholic churches observe All Saints Day on the first Sunday following Pentecost.

 

The Christian festival of All Saints Day comes from a conviction that there is a spiritual connection between those in Heaven and on Earth. In Catholic tradition, the holiday honors all those who have passed on to the Kingdom of Heaven. It is a national holiday in numerous historically Catholic countries. In Methodist tradition, All Saints Day relates to giving God earnest gratitude for the lives and deaths of his saints, remembering those who were well-known and not. Additionally, individuals throughout Christian history are celebrated, such as Peter the Apostle and Charles Wesley, as well as people who have personally guided one to faith in Jesus, such as one’s relative or friend.

 

In addition to weekly worship gatherings, “All Saints Day” annually reminds us of our connectedness as Christians. It’s commemorated every November 1st. Perhaps, you were taught to think of saints as statues in a church building. But the Bible teaches something completely different. Who is a saint? You are. That is if you’re a follower of Jesus. God calls a “saint” anyone who trusts in Christ alone for salvation. See Acts 9:1326:10Romans 8:27, and 1Corinthians 1:2. (ALL SAINTS’ DAY, NOVEMBER 1 – MEANING AND HISTORY; By Alex Crain; Christianity.com; 10/31/14)

 

The rest of the Christianity.com asserts that all people that believe Jesus Christ is the Risen Savior who died and arose alive offering Redemption to all who choose to Believe ARE SAINTS. This contrasts from the Roman Catholic practice of a Papal designation of an individual as a Saint for whatever those conditions set by the Roman Catholic Church (Frankly I’m uncertain of the Eastern Orthodox – the third largest segment of Christianity – Sainthood practice, but I think it is similar to the Roman Catholic practice).

 

I became a Born Again Christian in 1978 under the Charismatic/Pentecostal traditions of the (too often vilified today) Word of Faith Movement. A huge amount of Mainline Protestant Denominations call the Word of Faith beliefs a New Age Cult EVEN THOUGH Faith people Believe that Christ died on the Cross, was placed in a tomb and arose to Glorified Life to Redeem all who freely choose to Believe – just like all other Protestants (and Catholics and Orthodox for that matter).

 

What is disdained by Mainline Protestants (and many but not all Roman Catholics & Orthodox) Churches is the belief in being Baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in Tongues (diverse and/or unknown languages – Tongues) as well as the belief that the Word of God also states an element of Faith to receive according to Scripture. (I’m not going to go through the anti-Word arguments because that’s another post while Halloween is the point of this post.)

 

Because of how I learned the Christian Faith I became convinced that Halloween was a Satanic deception that should be quite anathema to celebrate in any form. Why? Celebrating a Satan influence holiday obviously dishonors God Almighty’s purpose to Redeem us from the curse upon humankind passed on by Adam accepting Satan’s deception in the Garden of Eden as truth rather than obeying God.

 

The Command

 

16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you[a]shall surely die.” (Genesis 2: 16-17 NKJV)

 

The Lying Deception

 

1 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”

 

And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ”

 

Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3: 1-5 NKJV)

 

Human Reasoning to Self-Justify Disobedience to God

 

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was[a]pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves [b]coverings. (Genesis 3: 6-7 NKJV)

 

Side Note – Yup, Adam was there listening to that conversation between Serpent (i.e. Satan) and Eve. AND Adam didn’t say no to Satan and Eve reminding his wife that God said DON’T DO IT! She gave, he ate.

 

The Result of Opened Eyes: Not Physical Death rather Shame and Separation from God’s Presence – Spiritual Death

 

And they heard the [a]sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the [b]cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

 

Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?”

 

10 So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”

 

11 And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?” (Genesis 3: 8-11 NKJV)

 

Self-Justification Laying the Blame for Wrong on Someone Else, Ending with the falsehood – The Devil Made Me Do It! Reality- It was Free Choice

 

12 Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.”

 

13 And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”

 

The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” (Genesis 3: 12-13 NKJV)

 

The Curse on Adam and Eve to be passed to their Children and Children’s Children until Christ Comes

 

14 So the Lord God said to the serpent:

 

“Because you have done this,
You are cursed more than all cattle,
And more than every beast of the field;
On your belly you shall go,
And you shall eat dust
All the days of your life.
15 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.”

 

16 To the woman He said:

 

“I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception;
In pain you shall bring forth children;
Your desire shall be [a]for your husband,
And he shall rule over you.”

 

17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’:

 

“Cursed is the ground for your sake;
In toil you shall eat of it
All the days of your life.
18 Both thorns and thistles it shall [b]bring forth for you,
And you shall eat the herb of the field.
19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread
Till you return to the ground,
For out of it you were taken;
For dust you are,
And to dust you shall return.” (Genesis 3: 14-19 NKJV)

 

Curse Recap in Simple Terms

 

On Satan:

 

For deceiving humanity in the form of an enticing trustworthy serpent: Satan you are cursed more than a dumb cow (whose future is now meat for food) and like the animal kingdom (for now the animal kingdom is untrusting and many cases dangerous to humanity which will domesticate or kill according to humanity’s darkened nature). Satan will be reviled just like serpents are now for being slithering/creeping beings. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY: Satan some day a woman such as enticed in the Garden, will give birth to a man-child that will one day whoop on your head and smack you around so that even your (i.e. Satan’s) feet will feel the pain. And we now know that man-child born was and is Jesus the son of Mary and the Son of God.

 

On Eve representing all women:

 

In giving birth to children you will have labor pains. In matrimony you-woman will desire the intimacy of your husband, but he will be the person in charge of family decisions (get over feminists).

 

On Adam representing all men:

 

The ground – meaning the earth in nature – is cursed (a Biblical explanation for natural disasters and acts of nature – earth quakes, tornadoes, volcanoes, hurricanes, weather related troubles, etc.). Man will toil to survive in life. Man’s immortality before the curse is transformed to mortality and in death the human body will return to the dust it was created from.

 

Humanity after the Curse is separated from God’s Presence, but because of the promise of Redemption from this curse noted in Genesis 3: 15 – God does not abandon humanity:

 

21 Also for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them. (Genesis 3: 21 NKJV)

 

I believe it’s safe to surmise from verse 21 that God is displeased with disobedience but has not abandoned humankind. “Tunics of skin” means God Almighty took it upon Himself to kill and skin some kind of an animal to make clothes for the now mortal humankind.

 

All Hallows’ Eve of All Saints Day in the Early Church began as an evangelistic program by the becoming dominant Roman Catholic Church. All Saints Day evolved from honoring those that died as martyrs for their Christian faith when Christianity was unwelcome and/or illegal in a pagan dominated society.

 

Pagan domination began to end after Constantine the Great defeated his pagan rival emperors in battle in which Constantine gave credit to Christianity. Constantine ended persecution and set the stage for Christian Evangelization of the Roman world.

 

The story of the spread of Christianity in a world dominated by Roman/Byzantine influence on the institutional Christian Church begins the emergence of Christianity transforming pagan traditions as an evangelistic tool to spread the Christian faith.

 

Here are some excerpts that demonstrate this evangelism:

 

On May 13, 609 A.D., Pope Boniface IV dedicated the Pantheon in Rome in honor of all Christian martyrs, and the Catholic feast of All Martyrs Day was established in the Western church. Pope Gregory III later expanded the festival to include all saints as well as all martyrs, and moved the observance from May 13 to November 1.

 

By the 9th century the influence of Christianity had spread into Celtic lands, where it gradually blended with and supplanted the older Celtic rites. In 1000 A.D., the church would make November 2 All Souls’ Day, a day to honor the dead. It’s widely believed today that the church was attempting to replace the Celtic festival of the dead with a related church-sanctioned holiday. (Halloween 2018; By History.com Editors; History.com; Originally published 11/18/09 – Updated 10/5018 – Access Date 10/30/18)

 

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The name Halloween or Hallowe’en – a contraction of All Hallows’ Evening or All Hallows’ Eve – is a reference to the day before the Christian holiday of All Hallow’s Day or All Saints’ Day, an important date in the Christian calendar dedicated to remembering the dead, martyrs, saints, and other departed faithfuls.

 

But, similar to many Christian-adapted holidays, the origin of Halloween is thought to be pagan, blooming in the dark nights of the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (meaning ‘summer’s end’ in Gaelic), when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts.

 

Living around 2,000 years ago in what is modern Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, the Celts celebrated their new year on 1 November as summer and harvests ended and the cold, harsh winter began – a time typical of many deaths. The Celts believed the boundaries between life and death became blurred on the eve of each new year – 31 October – when ghosts of the dead would return to earth causing havoc and destroying crops. But it was also a time when people, typically Druids or Celtic priests, could access future predictions, which became a comfort to the people facing a long, dark winter. But after the Romans invaded around 43AD, Christianity became infused with and supplanted Celtic traditions over the next 400 years of rule.

 

In the 8th century, Pope Gregory III dedicated 1 November to honor all saints and martyrs – and ‘All Saints Day’ was born. By 1000 AD the church introduced All Souls’ Day on 2 November, in what is widely believed to have been an attempt to replace Celtic traditions with an official church holiday; symbols of Samhain were transferred to the Christian holiday, such as bonfires, parades and dressing in costumes such as devils, angels and saints.

 

All Hallows or All Hallowmas comes from Middle English Alholowmesse, meaning All Saints’ Day, and the night before – the traditional celebration of the Celtic religious festival Samhain – began to be called All Hallows Eve and, eventually, Halloween.

 

But over time Halloween has largely left behind its pagan and Christian origins to become a secular community-celebrated holiday, particularly in the US. (The truth about Halloween you didn’t know; Expatica.com)

 

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Halloween as we know it has evolved from a multitude of rituals and cultures. In A.D. 43, the Romans conquered the southern half of Britain and ruled over the Celts for nearly 400 years. During this time it is thought by some that two Roman celebrations may have influenced Samhain. The first, called Feralia, a festival that celebrated the dead, and the second, a day honoring Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees. However, Lisa Morton argues that this is a popular misconception, and Pomona was a minor goddess who did not have her own holiday. She argues, “the Roman celebrations of Feralia (held in February) and Lemuria (held in May) were both festivals of the dead, and may have influenced the evolution of Halloween (especially Lemuria, a three-day event which ended on May 13, the original date set by Pope Boniface IV for the celebration of All Saints’ Day).” It is All Saints’ Day that leads to the final transformation as we celebrate it today.

 

According to the Library of Congress, in A.D. 601, Pope Gregory the First issued an edict to his missionaries. Rather than try to obliterate native peoples’ customs and beliefs, he instructed his missionaries to use them: If a group of people worshipped a tree, rather than cut it down, he advised them to consecrate it to Christ and allow its continued worship.” As Christian leaders began to convert pagan holidays, Samhain was transformed to All Saints’ Day or All Hallows on November 1. Though the holiday was converted to Christianity, the night before, All Hallows’ Eve, became known as Halloween. As Europeans immigrated to the United States, they brought with them many of their traditions. Halloween rose in popularity as the Irish-American population grew in large numbers. Trick-or-treating became popular in the 1930s and is believed to have come from a mix of Guy Fawkes Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and All Souls’ Day traditions, and practices that involve accepting food in exchange for a costumed performance. (A Halloween History Lesson; By Judy Williams; Missouri Historical Society; 10/31/14)

 

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In 609 A.D., Pope Boniface IV heralded the celebration of Christian martyrs when he declared “All Martyrs Day” on May 13, a celebration that endured for 200 years. Fast forward to the eighth century, when Pope Gregory III, the leader of the Christian world, mandated Nov. 1 as a date to celebrate not just all martyrs, but “all saints,” too. Hence the term, “All Saints Day.”

 

This date coincided with the Celtic new year, held also Nov. 1, where celebrants on the British Isles and Ireland would ring in the new year with a twist – lighting bonfires and singing chants that were meant to ward off any evil spirits that might cause harm to the populace.

 

There was a good reason for such precaution, based on the Celtic rituals at the time. Nov. 1 on the Celtic calendar represented the end of summer and the beginning of winter, a period of cold and darkness for mostly poverty-stricken citizens, who had to wait months before they could plant seeds and grow their harvest. That’s where the infamous “black and orange” Halloween motif started, as well. Black was designated by the Celts as the color or winter and orange as celebrated as the color of summer – Halloween hues that remain legendary today.

 

The Celts also were big believers in the supernatural and marked the night before the new year as the official boundary between the living (the “new”) and the dead (“the old.”) The holiday was officially known as Samhain, when “celebrants” believed the dead would return to the land of the living and once again walk the earth. (The History of Halloween and How It’s Different in 2018; By Brian O’Connell; TheStreet.com; 10/5/18 3:29 PM EDT)

 

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The word ‘Halloween’ was first popularized in a poem

 

Scottish poet Robert Burns helped to popularize the word “Halloween” with his 1785 poem of the same name.

 

So where does the name itself come from? According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, it’s actually two words smushed together. “Hallow” — or holy person — refers to the saints celebrated on All Saints’ Day, which is November 1. The “een” part of the word is a contraction of “eve” — or evening before.

 

So basically, Halloween just an old-fashioned way of saying the night before All Saints’ Day — also called Hallowmas or All Hallows’ Day.

 

 

The day’s morbid traditions go back to ancient times

 

Historians have linked Halloween to Samhain, the Celtic festival of the summer’s end celebrated in Ireland, Scotland, and the Isle of Man.

 

According to Celtic mythology, the veil between the Otherworld and our world thins during Samhain, making it easier for spirits and the souls of the dead to return. (The dark history behind Halloween is even more chilling than you realized; By Áine Cain; Business Insider; 10/31/17 2:50 PM)

 

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All Saints Day is a special feast day on which Catholics celebrate all the saints, known and unknown. While most saints have a particular feast day on the Catholic calendar (usually, though not always, the date of their death), not all of those feast days are observed. And saints who have not been canonized—those who are in Heaven, but whose sainthood is known only to God—have no particular feast day. In a special way, All Saints Day is their feast.

 

 

The History of All Saints Day

 

All Saints Day is a surprisingly old feast. It arose out of the Christian tradition of celebrating the martyrdom of saints on the anniversary of their martyrdom. When martyrdoms increased during the persecutions of the late Roman Empire, local dioceses instituted a common feast day in order to ensure that all martyrs, known and unknown, were properly honored.

 

By the late fourth century, this common feast was celebrated in Antioch, and Saint Ephrem the Syrian mentioned it in a sermon in 373. In the early centuries, this feast was celebrated in the Easter season, and the Eastern Churches, both Catholic, and Orthodox, still celebrate it then, tying the celebration of the lives of the saints in with Christ’s Resurrection.

 

Why November 1?

 

The current date of November 1 was instituted by Pope Gregory III (731-741), when he consecrated a chapel to all the martyrs in Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Gregory ordered his priests to celebrate the Feast of All Saints annually. This celebration was originally confined to the diocese of Rome, but Pope Gregory IV (827-844) extended the feast to the entire Church and ordered it to be celebrated on November 1.

 

Halloween, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day

 

In English, the traditional name for All Saints Day was All Hallows Day. (A hallow was a saint or holy person.) The vigil or eve of the feast, October 31, is still commonly known as All Hallows Eve, or Halloween. Despite concerns among some Christians (including some Catholics) in recent years about the “pagan origins” of ​Halloween the vigil was celebrated from the beginning—long before Irish practices, stripped of their pagan origins (just as the Christmas tree was stripped of similar connotations), were incorporated into popular celebrations of the feast.

 

In fact, in post-Reformation England, the celebration of Halloween and All Saints Day were outlawed not because they were considered pagan but because they were Catholic. Later, in the Puritan areas of the Northeastern United States, Halloween was outlawed for the same reason, before Irish Catholic immigrants revived the practice as a way of celebrating the vigil of All Saints Day.

 

All Saints Day is followed by All Souls Day (November 2), the day on which Catholics commemorate all those Holy Souls who have died and are in Purgatory, being cleansed of their sins so that they can enter into the presence of God in Heaven. (All Saints Day: Honoring All of the Saints, Known and Unknown; By Scott P. Richert; ThoughtCo.com; Updated 2/4/18)

 

I have tried to provide in the above excerpts an unbiased demonstration of the relatively early Church use of pagan/polytheistic traditions as an evangelistic tool. I can see it as a slick sales pitch outreach, BUT many Bible-minded Christians today view this as a corruption of Bible-faith. The classic Biblical example is in Deuteronomy (I’m using the Amplified Bible, Classic Edition here):

 

When you come into the land which the Lord your God gives you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of these nations.

 

10 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or daughter pass through the fire, or who uses divination, or is a soothsayer, or an augur, or a sorcerer,

 

11 Or a charmer, or a medium, or a wizard, or a necromancer.

 

12 For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and it is because of these abominable practices that the Lord your God is driving them out before you.

 

13 You shall be blameless [and absolutely true] to the Lord your God.

 

14 For these nations whom you shall dispossess listen to soothsayers and diviners. But as for you, the Lord your God has not allowed you to do so. (Deuteronomy 18: 9-14 AMPC)

 

A Christian believing in the inerrancy of the Holy Bible should have a difficult time to support the temptation of celebrating the inherent Celtic nature in the Christian All Hallows Eve – Halloween.

 

Saying that it may surprise you to discover I don’t have a problem with Church’s changing the theme of devils, witches and demons in Halloween to a Christianized version which have developed alternative names such as Harvest Festival, Hallelujah Night, Reformation Day (Protestant tradition believes Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses on a Catholic Church door on October 31, 1517) and so forth.

 

It is my opinion extricating all things demonic and giving honor to obedience of God is a defeat for the deceitful operations of Satan. Still many disagree. Many are quite vehement about any kind of celebration that took traditionally polytheistic religious celebration of a Celtic festival that used this rough date to commemorate the dead either in celebration or fear that was embodied in Samhain (pronounced roughly as sow-when).

 

Below is the post that inspired me to look into Halloween, All Saints Day and All Souls Day (Today in sequence: 10/31, 11/1 & 11/2). I don’t have a problem with the facts behind the post’s conclusions, I just think the conclusions lean too much to short-sighted by failing to glorify God for fear of honoring a devil-day. Also in the BitChute video (that I’m going to try valiantly to embed on all my blogs, but failing that you have to click the link) below, there is a huge anti-Roman Catholic message. On a personal level I view all Christians of various Denominations (Protestant, Roman Catholic & Eastern Orthodox) that have one central belief that Jesus died on the Cross as a sacrifice of the sins of humanity resulting from the Curse on Adam, buried dead in a tomb and on the third day after Crucifixion Jesus from the tomb bodily as man and God sitting on the Right of the Father. All else, my dogma beliefs, your beliefs, or a Denomination’s belief are irrelevant and will be settled on the unified Resurrection of the dead in Christ.

 

Until that Resurrection I urge all Christians who hold the central tenets of Faith to get along with each other even with differences in dogma (Orthodox, Protestant, Catholic & Charismatic Word of Faith).

 

JRH 10/31/18

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The Pagan Origin of Halloween

 

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The Pagan Origin of Halloween

The name “Halloween” comes from the All Saints Day celebration of the early Christian church, a day set aside for the solemn remembrance of the martyrs. All Hallows Eve, the evening before All Saints Day, began the time of remembrance. “All Hallows Eve” was eventually contracted to “Hallow-e’en,” which became “Halloween.”

As Christianity moved through Europe it collided with indigenous pagan cultures and confronted established customs. Pagan holidays and festivals were so entrenched that new converts found them to be a stumbling block to their faith. To deal with the problem, the organized church would commonly move a distinctively Christian holiday to a spot on the calendar that would directly challenge a pagan holiday. The intent was to counter pagan influences and provide a Christian alternative. But most often the church only succeeded in “Christianizing” a pagan ritual—the ritual was still pagan, but mixed with Christian symbolism. That’s what happened to All Saints Eve—it was the original Halloween alternative!

The Celtic people of Europe and Britain were pagan Druids whose major celebrations were marked by the seasons. At the end of the year in northern Europe, people made preparations to ensure winter survival by harvesting the crops and culling the herds, slaughtering animals that wouldn’t make it. Life slowed down as winter brought darkness (shortened days and longer nights), fallow ground, and death. The imagery of death, symbolized by skeletons, skulls, and the color black, remains prominent in today’s Halloween celebrations.

The pagan Samhain festival (pronounced “sow” “en”) celebrated the final harvest, death, and the onset of winter, for three days—October 31 to November 2. The Celts believed the curtain dividing the living and the dead lifted during Samhain to allow the spirits of the dead to walk among the living—ghosts haunting the earth.

Some embraced the season of haunting by engaging in occult practices such as divination and communication with the dead. They sought “divine” spirits (demons) and the spirits of their ancestors regarding weather forecasts for the coming year, crop expectations, and even romantic prospects. Bobbing for apples was one practice the pagans used to divine the spiritual world’s “blessings” on a couple’s romance.

For others the focus on death, occultism, divination, and the thought of spirits returning to haunt the living, fueled ignorant superstitions and fears. They believed spirits were earthbound until they received a proper sendoff with treats—possessions, wealth, food, and drink. Spirits who were not suitably “treated” would “trick” those who had neglected them. The fear of haunting only multiplied if that spirit had been offended during its natural lifetime.

Trick-bent spirits were believed to assume grotesque appearances. Some traditions developed, which believed wearing a costume to look like a spirit would fool the wandering spirits. Others believed the spirits could be warded off by carving a grotesque face into a gourd or root vegetable (the Scottish used turnips) and setting a candle inside it—the jack-o-lantern.

Into that dark, superstitious, pagan world, God mercifully shined the light of the gospel. Newly converted Christians armed themselves with the truth and no longer feared a haunting from departed spirits returning to earth. In fact, they denounced their former pagan spiritism in accord with Deuteronomy 18:

There shall not be found among you anyone…who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For whoever does these things is detestable to the Lord (Deuteronomy 18:10-13).

 

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Christian perspectives on Halloween are strongly divided. Some feel complete freedom to observe the holiday, while others run and hide from it. Many choose to boycott or ignore it, while a number celebrate it through positive and imaginative observances. Some even take advantage of Halloween’s evangelistic opportunities.

 

Halloween has pagan roots stemming from the ancient Celtic festival, Samhain. This harvest festival of the Druids ushered in the New Year, beginning on the evening of October 31 with the lighting of bonfires and offering of sacrifices. As the Druids danced around the fires, they celebrated the end of the summer and beginning of the season of darkness. It was believed that at this time of year the invisible “gates” between the natural world and the spirit world would open, allowing free movement between the two worlds.

During the 8th century in the diocese of Rome, Pope Gregory III moved All Saints Day to November 1, officially making October 31 “All Hallows Eve,” some say, as a way of claiming the celebration for Catholics. However, this feast commemorating the martyrdom of the saints had already been celebrated by Catholics for many centuries before this time. Pope Gregory IV broadened the feast to include the entire Church. Pagan practices associated with the season persisted and have mixed into modern celebrations of Halloween.

 

No matter what you think of halloween, know that it is the very highest satanic holy day. As a Christian, you should not be observing it in any way, especially IN your church. The catholic church is responsible for this day to be placed in the church. Halloween has never been a Christian holiday, and it has no place in the life of a born again Believer in JESUS CHRIST. In fact, it is an abomination to God, and we should take our stand firmly against it. As we look at its history, we find that its roots go deep into heathenism, paganism, satanism and the occult; and its modern expression is no better.

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Halloween Perceptions

John R. Houk

© October 31, 2018

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The Pagan Origin of Halloween

 

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Intro to Bussel’s ‘The Gospel of Jerusalem – Jewish New Year’


Intro by John R. Houk, Blog Editor

Posted September 10, 2018

The Jewish New Year, better known as Rosh Hashanah in Judaism, in 2018 began on the evening of September 9 and culminates on the evening of September 11.

 

Christianity and Judaism are closer entwined than many Christians (and Jews for that matter) may understand. Here’s a brief reminder for Christians.

 

Christians trace the history of their faith to Jesus the Christ the Son of God and the son of Mary. Essentially Mary’s husband became step-father. Mary and Joseph were Observant Jews following the traditions of Judaism. That means Jesus was raised an Observant Jew following the Judaic Traditions including Festivals of great religious importance in Judaism. The Gospels share over and over about how Jesus preached to the people in relating to the significance of Jewish Traditions and religious Festivals especially hearkening back to the Patriarch Fathers and the Prophets how their actions were a forthtelling of the Christ who is Jesus. (Any Antisemite Christians should think about that before they embark on any Jew-hatred rants.)

 

Ergo with that incomplete bit of Christian faith in relation to Jesus and Judaism, here is a bit of info on Rosh Hashanah from a Judaic perspective according to Judaism 101:

 

Rosh Hashanah occurs on the first and second days of the Jewish month of Tishri.

 

Jewish “New Year”

 

The name “Rosh Hashanah” means, literally, “head of the year” or “first of the year.” Rosh Hashanah is commonly known as the Jewish New Year. This name is somewhat deceptive, because there is little similarity between Rosh Hashanah, one of the holiest days of the year, and the American midnight drinking bash and daytime football game.

 

There is, however, one important similarity between the Jewish New Year and the American one: Many Americans use the New Year as a time to plan a better life, making “resolutions.” Likewise, the Jewish New Year is a time to begin introspection, looking back at the mistakes of the past year and planning the changes to make in the new year, continuing through the Days of Awe and Yom Kippur.

 

You may notice that the Bible speaks of Rosh Hashanah as occurring on the first day of the seventh month. The first month of the Jewish calendar is Nissan, occurring in March and April. Why, then, does the Jewish “new year” occur in Tishri, the seventh month?

 

Judaism has several different “new years,” a concept which may seem strange at first, but think of it this way: the American “new year” starts in January, but the new “school year” starts in September, and many businesses have “fiscal years” that start at various times of the year. In Judaism, Nissan 1 is the new year for the purpose of counting the reign of kings and months on the calendar, Elul 1 (in August) is the new year for the tithing of animals, Shevat 15 (in February) is the new year for trees (determining when first fruits can be eaten, etc.), and Tishri 1 (Rosh Hashanah) is the new year for years (when we increase the year number. Sabbatical and Jubilee years begin at this time).

 

 

Traditions

 

The name “Rosh Hashanah” is not used in the Bible to discuss this holiday. The Bible refers to the holiday as Yom Ha-Zikkaron (the day of remembrance) or Yom Teruah (the day of the sounding of the shofar). The holiday is instituted in Leviticus 23:24-25.

 

The shofar is a ram’s horn which is blownREAD THE REST (Rosh Hashanah; By Tracey Rich; Judaism 101; © Copyright 5756-5771 (1995-2011))

 

With that, I am grateful for Ari Bussel sharing this Jewish New Year’s testimony which includes a prayer for Israel, the Land of the Jews.

 

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The Gospel of Jerusalem – Jewish New Year

By Ari Bussel

Sent 9/9/2018 5:46 PM

 

Dear Friends of Zion and Jerusalem,

 

How quickly time passes!  Here are blessings and curses of the past year – embassy moves, earthquakes, Gaza and Syria.

 

A year ago Christian media professionals from around the world convened unto Zion Jerusalem for the Government of Israel’s First Christian Media Summit (pictured below with Israel’s President Rivlin).  Little did any of the participants envisioned that just months later, the United States of America will move its embassy to Israel’s capital.

 

President Rivlin Addressing Christian Media Summit October 2017

 

This was likely the single most significant action of Israel’s ally and friend, the United States of America; what my colleague Norma Zager calls “a simple reality check.”

 

It was quickly followed by Guatemala and Paraguay, although the latter gave in to pressure and is reversing the move of its embassy.  More countries promised to follow suit, yet the USA remains the one beacon of sanity and stability, an anchor of steadfast resolve.

 

President Cabrera-Mayor Barkat  Congrats Guatemala Embassy Jerusalem

 

Another “reality check” by the US administration and its Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, was to look at the utilization of US funds overseas and to stop the flow of money when it is earmarked to pay convicted terrorists and their families (the greater the dead and wounded, the higher the remuneration); incite terror and educate young children to become martyrs; and perpetuate the myth of “refugeedom” for all eternity instead of focusing on assimilation.

 

Israel celebrated.

 

A new street sign in Jerusalem, the Walls of the Old City with a special tribute, a group giving thanks to God the Almighty

 

There were also several moderate earthquakes in Israel (of the very physical/real type; Israel sits atop the Syrian-African Fault).  Not used to earthquakes and having undergone relatively minor preparedness and nation-wide training, Israelis suffered several waves of anxiety, but quickly returned to normalcy.

 

Then, there were two major developments to which one must pay attention.  On the Gaza border, Hamas is determined to instigate constant mayhem, sending its people to “walk unto the border of Israel and breach that border.”  It also has engaged in a new favorite summer pastime, “Go Fly A Kite.”

 

Most of us will immediate start singing “Let’s Go Fly A Kite” from Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BA-g8YYPKVo).  The song was composed by Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman, two Beverly Hills brothers.

 

VIDEO: Let’s Go Fly A Kite – Mary Poppins (David Tomlinson)

 

A few weeks ago, the City of Beverly Hills celebrated Richard Sherman’s 90th birthday and presented him the Key to the City (https://vimeo.com/282597968).

 

VIMEO VIDEO: SUPERCALIFRAGILISTIC! 90TH Birthday Tribute for Richard M. Sherman at the Wallis 07/21/2018 | Beverly Hills This Week

 

The Gazans’ idea of flying a kite is diabolically different.  Israel’s neighbors affix incendiary devices and have caused huge regional fires around Gaza, with devastating results to agriculture and property.

 

Week after week, this favorite summer activity has been taking place, yielding great amusement and thrill to the Gazans.

 

Up north, in Syria, the global superpowers are flexing their arms; the local population suffers and continues to be slaughtered by the Assad regime in the ongoing civil war; and Iran continues to strengthen its presence.  Hizballah, Iran’s proxy in Syria and Lebanon, alongside special forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard of Iran are training in urban-warfare.

 

This, too, is most eye-opening.  Israel’s Defense Forces are training for urban warfare, with specific focus how to safeguard the lives of civilians and of its own soldiers.  Hamas, Hizballah and other like-organizations embed themselves within dense civilian populations, which they use as human shields.

 

In contrast, Iran and Hizballah are focused on conquering Israeli cities and inflicting terror.  Several decades ago it was kidnapping school buses and holding school kids hostage or smashing skulls of very young children in front of their parents.  Several decades earlier it was butchering the Jewish inhabitants in entire towns, slicing open pregnant women, raping children, women and men, young and old, and using heads for soccer games.  (For those to whom this seems very far-fetched, Daesh is doing the very same in recent years; and much worse.)

 

Continued Existence

 

And thus, we see that Tiny-Mighty Israel is constantly on the alert.  Many good things are happening, but Israel exists in a most perilous neighborhood, and her continued existence is never something to be taken for granted.

 

Safeguarding Israel is her Defense Forces, her Government led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the power of prayer.  Israel’s enemies rise not only against Israel but against God Lord of Hosts Himself.  (The Prophet Zechariah told us that he who touches Judea, Israel and Jerusalem – those who negate their very existence – touches the Apple of God’s Eye, for God dwells in their midst.  (Zechariah 2:12, 14))

 

Deuteronomy Chapter 20 דְּבָרִים

ד  כִּי יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם, הַהֹלֵךְ עִמָּכֶם–לְהִלָּחֵם לָכֶם עִם-אֹיְבֵיכֶם, לְהוֹשִׁיעַ אֶתְכֶם. 4 for the LORD your God is He that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.’

 

Recognizing the power of prayer, Jewish people throughout the world say a special prayer (text below, translation by the Jewish Agency for Israel) in which we ask the God will send His light and truth to the leaders of Israel, her ministers and her advisors, and will provide them with good counsel and advice.

 

Prayer for State of Israel

 

Our Father in Heaven, Rock and Redeemer of Israel, bless the State of Israel, the first manifestation of the approach of our redemption. Shield it with Your loving kindness, envelop it in Your peace, and bestow Your light and truth upon its leaders, ministers, and   advisors, and grace them with Your good counsel.

 

Strengthen the hands of those who defend our holy land, grant them deliverance, and adorn them in a mantle of victory. Ordain peace in the land and grant its inhabitants eternal happiness.

 

Lead them, swiftly and upright, to Your city Zion and to Jerusalem, the abode of Your Name, as is written in the Torah of Your servant Moses: “Even if your outcasts are at the ends of the world, from  there the Lord your God will gather you, from there He will fetch you.

 

And the Lord your God will bring you to the land that your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it; and He will make you more prosperous and more numerous than your fathers.

 

Draw our hearts together to revere and venerate Your name and to observe all the precepts of Your Torah, and send us quickly the Messiah son of David, agent of Your vindication, to redeem those who await Your deliverance.

 

Manifest yourself in the splendor of Your boldness before the eyes of all inhabitants of Your world and may everyone endowed with a soul affirm that the Lord, God of Israel, is king and his dominion is absolute.

 

Amen forevermore.

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Intro to Bussel’s ‘The Gospel of Jerusalem – Jewish New Year’

Intro by John R. Houk, Blog Editor

Posted September 10, 2018

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The Gospel of Jerusalem – Jewish New Year

 

Edited by John R. Houk

 

© Ari Bussel

 

Ari Bussel is Vice President of Operations at Saybrex International, a privately held family business specializing in the distribution of fine wines and spirits. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company and has held various positions in the company since 1993.

 

Prior to joining Saybrex, Mr. Bussel served as First Lieutenant in the Center for Systems Analysis at General Headquarters of the Israel Defense Forces, where he led the implementation of the Logistics War Doctrine in the Computerized Wargame Program.

 

Mr. Bussel is involved in a variety of philanthropic and civic activities. Mr. Bussel completed the Team Beverly Hills Leadership Program and served on the Environmental Sustainability Topic Committee of the City of Beverly Hills. He was a member of the Steering Committees of former Beverly Hills Mayor MeraLee Goldman and the current Beverly Hills City Treasurer, the Hon. Eliot Finkel. Mr. Bussel also completed and participated in the Community Emergency Response Training Program of the City of Beverly Hills as well as the Crisis Response Team of the Maple Counseling Center.

 

Mr. Bussel was among the founding members and served on the boards of Gen. Shimon Erem’s Israel Christian Nexus, the Western Region of Friends of Israel Firefighters and the Israel Institute for Alternative Energy Advancement. He completed the Salvin Leadership Program of the Anti-Defamation League.

 

Mr. Bussel writes regularly. For the past decade, his weekly columns appeared in print in Israel Jewish Life, Shalom LA, Muslim World Today and Israeli Week. Mr. Bussel’s articles appear on numerous websites, including Canada Free Press, Free Republic, NewsBlaze, SlantRight and OpEdNews. He is a member of the Los Angeles Press Club.

 

Mr. Bussel received a Master of Science in Operations Research from Stanford … READ THE REST

 

Answering Ren Time’s Defense of Homosexuality


John R. Houk

© May 22, 2018

 

I moderate all comments on my SlantRight 2.0 blog. Unfortunately I don’t always get to them in a timely manner. I approved a comment to the post “If your school allows ‘Day of Silence’, keep your child home this Friday”. The post was a cross post of an AFA announcement that LGBTQ proponents were pushing Public Schools to have a Day of Silence to honor the homosexual movement in America on or around April 27, 2018.

 

Needless to say, I was not pleased that homosexual activists are using the same Public Schools to promote the godless homosexual lifestyle that Christians were told could not pray because Judicial Activism used Thomas Jefferson’s wording in a letter that does NOT appear in the Constitution, to exclude all things Christian from taxpayer supported activities.

 

The Courts is how all things Left-Wing have corrupted all thing moral in the United States of America.

 

I received a comment from a person who indicated he was a proud member of the Lutheran Church. God have mercy on the Lutheran Church if they promote homosexuality of the express condemnation of the practice in the Word of God.

The depravity of a LGBTQ kind-of-Community around Sodom and Gomorrah in Abraham’s day:

 

19 Now the two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them, and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground. And he said, “Here now, my lords, please turn in to your servant’s house and spend the night, and wash your feet; then you may rise early and go on your way.”

 

And they said, “No, but we will spend the night in the open square.”

But he insisted strongly; so they turned in to him and entered his house. Then he made them a feast, and baked unleavened bread, and they ate.

 

Now before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both old and young, all the people from every quarter, surrounded the house.

 

10 But the men reached out their hands and pulled Lot into the house with them, and shut the door. 11 And they struck the men who were at the doorway of the house with blindness, both small and great, so that they became weary trying to find the door.

 

12 Then the men said to Lot, “Have you anyone else here? Son-in-law, your sons, your daughters, and whomever you have in the city—take them out of this place! 13 For we will destroy this place, because the outcry against them has grown great before the face of the Lord, and the Lord has sent us to destroy it.” (Genesis 19: 1-4, 10-13 NKJV)

 

And here:

 

You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination. (Leviticus 18: 22 NKJV)

 

And here:

 

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who [a]suppress the truth in unrighteousness,

 

26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their [a]women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the [b]men, leaving the natural use of the [c]woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. (Romans 1: 18, 26-27 NKJV)

 

Friends this is only a Bible sampling showing homosexuality is not the Creator’s plan for life. No matter how Liberal Christian Churches twist the real meaning of God’s Word or even deny God’s Word by shoving it into the realm of archaic irrelevance, the actual meaning is true, good and righteous.

 

Below is the unedited comment made by Ren Time followed by my answer.

 

Ren Time May 17, 2018 at 10:00 AM

 

where in the Bible does it say that LGBTQ+ is not welcome. I’m Honestly wondering why so many people are against LGBTQ+. The bible does say to “Love thy Neighbor as yourself” Mark 12:31. So why are you against this?

~ A Memeber of The Lutheran Church

 

Hmm… Let’s look at the first sentence:

 

where in the Bible does it say that LGBTQ+ is not welcome.”

 

Let’s be CLEAR what LGBTQ+ represents:

 

LGBTQ+ is an acronym for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, and others. (LGBTQ+ Terminology; University of Central FloridaSocial Justice and AdvocacyStudent Development and Enrollment Services)

 

In order to not be accused too much for source bigotry, note the above quote is from a university that is fully supportive of the homosexual lifestyle as a natural act as opposed to an unnatural act. You can go to the above pdf for the pro-gay terminology, but I am going to use other sources either neutral or pro-Biblical.

 

(L)esbian:

 

a woman who is sexually attracted to other women :a female homosexual (Merriam-Webster Learner’s Dictionary)

 

… where did the term “lesbians” come from. For starters, it did not come from the Bible. It is believed the term came from the reference to residents living on the island of Lesbos. This island, the third largest one in the Aegean Sea, was home in the early 7th century B.C. to a female poet named Sappho. She was known for writing about her passionate relationships with other females. (What does the Bible say about LESBIANS?BibleStudy.org)

 

(G)ay:

 

  1. of, relating to, or exhibiting sexual desire or behavior directedtoward a person or persons of one’s own sex; homosexual: a gay couple.

 

  1. of, indicating, or supporting homosexual interests or issues: a gay organization.

 

  1. Slang: Often Disparaging and Offensive. awkward, stupid, or bad; lame: This game is boring and really, really gay. (Dictionary.com)

 

It should first be noted that the KJV Bible does not use the word gay in its text. The word itself comes from the Middle English word “gai” which came into existence around 1275 to 1325 A.D. (dictionary.com). It originally meant something that was fast, sudden, merry or showy. The use of the word gay as a synonym for a homosexual began sometime around the late 1930s and 40s. (What does the Bible say about being Gay?BibleStudy.org)

 

(B)isexual:

 

Sexually attracted not exclusively to people of one particular gender; attracted to both men and women. (OxfordDictionaries.org)

 

Though the Bible does not directly speak about bisexuality, it frequently addresses issues related to sexual ethics. A look at some of these principles offers clarity regarding God’s view of the practice of bisexuality.

 

First, sexual relationships were created by God to take place within the context of marriage between a man and a woman. Genesis 2:24 teaches, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” Though the Bible records other forms of relationships, it only specifically presents one man and one woman enjoying sexual relations within marriage as God’s design.

 

Second, since bisexuality includes sexual relationships outside of marriage, it is also excluded as a form of sexual immorality. First Corinthians 6:18 clearly teaches, “Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.”

 

Third, bisexuality is also excluded from Christian practice since it includes same sex relationships that are prohibited in the Bible. In the Old Testament, same sex activity was called an abomination (Leviticus 18:22). In the New Testament, Jesus speaks directly of marriage (and sexual relations) between one man and one woman in marriage (Matthew 19). The apostle Paul mentioned that some of the believers in Corinth had been involved in same sex relations before becoming believers, saying, “And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:11). Same sex activity is clearly excluded from the lifestyle of those who follow Christ. This would certainly also include bisexual relations. (Does the Bible say anything about bisexuality? Is being bisexual a sin?CompellingTruth.org)

 

(T)rans or Transgender:

 

used to describe someone who feels that they are not the same gender (= sex) as the one they had or were said to have at birth (Cambridge Dictionary)

 

Someone who is transgender has a gender identity which does not fully correspond to the sex assigned to them at birth. (CollinsDictionary.com)

 

 

The biggest claim of the transgender movement is that a man who thinks he’s a woman can really be a woman, and vice versa. You see this in many ways — from preferred pronouns, sex reassignment surgeries, and demands to use the restroom of perceived rather than given gender.

 

The problem is that this is a philosophical claim that is not true, and can never be true, in any way or form. A man’s chromosomes cannot be engineered into female chromosomes. Altering one’s appearance cosmetically or surgically cannot change the underlying reality of a person’s biological make-up. The psychology of the mind cannot override the facts of a person’s biological markers. The transgender revolution demands that we believe falsehoods about human nature. And truth and falsehood have never been a matter of majority vote, because we know that there is a Creator who has the authority to decide and state what is right and wrong.

 

… (5 Things Every Christian Must Know About the Transgender Debate; By Andrew T. Walker; TheGoodBook.com; 7/28/17)

 

(Q)Queer/Questioning:

 

Dictionary.com has 12 definitions for “Queer.” The definitions are divided between adjective, noun, verb and the slang of those grammatical divisions. Under adjective, there are four definitions of “queer” that were normal before the homosexual lifestyle appropriated the term. My focus is what dictionary.com calls slang –

 

5. [Adjective] Slang.

a. Usually Disparaging and Offensive. (of a person) gay or lesbian.

b. noting or relating to a sexual orientation or gender identity that falls outside the heterosexual mainstream or the gender binary: queer subcultures.

 

10. [noun] Slang.

a. Disparaging and Offensive. a term used to refer to a a person who is gay or lesbian.

b. a person whose sexual orientation or gender identity falls outside the heterosexual mainstream or the gender binary.

 

Merriam-Webster.com:

 

2. d. often disparaging + offensive

 

(1) : sexually attracted to members of the same sex : homosexualgay

(2) : of, relating to, or used by homosexuals : gay 4b

 

“(Q)ueer/Questioning” is a bit difficult to locate via a Biblical perspective. Search engines typically go the homosexual issue when looking for a Biblical perspective of the term. Hence, I’ll use the definitions from the pro-homosexual “LGBTQ+ Terminology”:

 

Queer

 

  1. An umbrella term for the LGBTQ+ community (ex: the queer community).

 

  1. A sexual orientation that is intentionally left vague. Many people identify as queer because they feel that no other sexuality term applies to them. People who identify as queer might also do so for political reasons: to specifically and publically [sic] reject society’s prevailing view of sexuality. Some people experience “queer” as a slur, so use this term with care.

 

Questioning-

 

Being unsure of your gender identity, being unsure of your sexual orientation, or both. Many people go through a stage of questioning during their lives, sometimes several times. This can be because they learn new words that fit them better, or it can be that their actual feelings of gender or attraction change over time.

 

Evidently the homosexual community keeps adding initials to their acronym as indicated by the last character “+”.The “LGBTQ+ Terminology” pdf translates the “+” as “and others”. Unfortunately, the “and others” is not addressed in the terminology pdf. There are plenty of terms however that a Biblical Christian more than likely have an unfamiliarity.

 

The Urban Dictionary defines “+” as “  meaning other sexualitys such as pansexual, asexual and omnisexual extra.”

 

Pansexuality according to Merriam-Webster:

 

1: of, relating to, or characterized by sexual desire or attraction that is not limited to people of a particular gender identity or sexual orientation

 

  • Pansexualpeople are attracted to all kinds of people, regardless of their gender, sex or presentation. —Farhana Khan

 

Also: not solely homosexual or heterosexual

 

  • The famous 0-6 scale … was devised to chart sexual proclivities, from purely heterosexual (0) to purely homosexual (6). Kinsey felt humans are pansexual(most falling somewhere between 0 and 6), and restrictions imposed by society and religion lead to sexual maladjustments. —Lisa C. Hickman

 

2: tending to suffuse all experience and conduct with erotic feeling

 

  • Although Whitman’s impulses were homoerotic, he was pansexual in the sense that he could find the driving force of something such as sex in almost everything …  —Peter Craven

 

— pansexual noun

 

  • pansexualis someone who can be attracted to males, females, transgender people and those who identify as non-binary (not female or male). —Mel Evans

 

Evidently “pansexual” and “omnisexual” are similar yet distinct. Check out this explanation from Affinity Magazine:

 

Throughout pride month I saw the terms pansexual and omnisexual being used interchangeably. However, they are not synonyms of each other (thus being why they each have their own day during pride month); there is a big difference between the two that needs to be acknowledged.

 

 

Both pansexual and omnisexual are rather new words in relation to labeling sexualities, but both stem from different languages. The prefix pan- comes from the Greek word ‘pan’ meaning all, while the prefix omni- comes from the Latin word ‘omni’, which also means all. But despite the fact that both of the terms contain a prefix meaning ‘all’, there is still a key difference between the two.

 

The key difference being the fact that pansexuality is the attraction to people regardless of gender, meaning that they could date a man, a woman, someone identifying as non-binary or anyone else without said person’s gender playing a part in whether they date them or have the capacity to love them. Whereas omnisexual is the attraction to anyone despite their gender, meaning they could also date a man, a woman, someone identifying as non-binary or anyone else, while noticing their gender but not caring how they identify. (What Is The Difference Between Pansexuality And Omnisexuality? By PIPPA LACEY; Affinity Magazine; 7/11/17)

 

WHAT in the godless world are these guys trying to justify as natural!!!????

 

These explanations are NOT natural. They are not only unnatural; these explanations literally demonstrate what rebellion against the Creator looks like.

 

So Ren Time (I’d be surprised if this is not a pseudonym), one may not find “LGBTQ+” in the Bible, But those descriptions are definitely written off as ungodly counter-Creator separating from the Presence of God practices.

 

The next question by Ren Time is a bit perplexing to Christians that are fully aware that homosexuality is ungodly but and versed well enough in the Word of God to respond with firm compassion. Ren Time then asks, “The bible does say to “Love thy Neighbor as yourself” Mark 12:31. So why are you against this?

 

In rightly discerning God’s Word, one should discover that under the New Covenant established by the Blood of Jesus in the torturous whipping and Crucifixion of Jesus the price was paid for humanity’s inherited sin bequeathed by Adam by believing Satan in Eden rather obeying God pertaining to the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

 

Christians should love the godly and the ungodly alike. BUT, Christians should NOT support the practices of sin that separates humanity from God’s Presence. That means Christians should freely condemn sin without being the Judge/Executioner of sin. Redemption is about Forgiveness of sin, Acceptance of contrition for sin and Restoration to the Presence of God.

 

This is when such oft used phrases as “Hate the sin and not Sinner” should mean something. It is the place of Christians to use acts of violence against the sinners that practice the various forms of homosexuality especially after the law of the land has legalized the godless practice.

 

The duty of a Christian is to pray for the ungodly just as Jesus did even right from the Cross before spirit left His body:

 

Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”

 

And they divided His garments and cast lots. (Luke 23: 34 NKJV)

 

Jesus the Son of God and the son of Man via Mary, even after humanity reared its undeserving head in the death of the Christ on the Cross. For this context take the time to read: Matthew 27: 32-44; Mark 15: 25-32; Luke 23: 32-43 NKJV.

 

So indeed Ren Time, love your neighbor as yourself, but also the heed the rest of the Word of God:

 

17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one [a]jot or one [b]tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5: 17-20 NKJV)

 

Here are some parting Words written in the Word of God about the mission of Jesus Christ the Son of God to a world enveloped in darkness:

 

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not [a]comprehend it.

 

That[a] was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.

 

10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His [b]own, and His [c]own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the [d]right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

 

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1: 1-5, 9-14 NKJV)

 

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John R. Houk

© April 17, 2018

 

It’s time to address phobias – again. Here is the Merriam-Webster definition of phobia:

 

an exaggerated usually inexplicable and illogical fear of a particular object, class of objects, or situation

Apparently, i.e. listening to the Left, Social Conservatives, Conservatives understanding Islamic revered writings and Counterjihadists all over the political spectrum are peopled filled with “inexplicable and illogical fear.”

 

People that believe the Word of God (i.e. the Holy Bible) and condemn the homosexual lifestyle because God calls the practice an abomination in the Old Testament and deserving death unless the homosexual lifestyle is repented by looking up to Jesus the Redeemer in the New Testament are vilified as homophobes. The problem I have with the epithet “homophobe,” is that Biblical Christians DO NOT have an inexplicable and illogical fear of those who practice a homosexual lifestyle.

 

Rather the view of a Biblical Christian is lining up with God in loathing the practice which as an unrepentant action separates one from the Presence of God. Incidentally, a spiritual state restored by believing in the price paid in death of Jesus Christ and enabling eternal life in the Presence of God participating by faith in the Resurrection to glorified Life by the man-God (both natures in one) Jesus Christ.

 

Christians (AND any non-Christian not a Muslim) must understand the revered writings of Islam deal in exacting death to anyone who does not submit to the authority of Islam. This especially the case in a region where Islam is the basis for the rule of law. In non-Muslim dominated areas, the Muslim is entreated to tolerate the inferior infidels until such a time Islam is the dominant theo-political reality.

 

It is at this point that a Leftist and Muslim apologist will scream my assertion is a lie and thus I must be a racist hater Islamophobe (expressing hatred out of an “inexplicable and illogical fear” of all things Islam).

 

Let me be clear! As a Christian I have zero fear of Muslims or of the theo-political ideology of Islam. Rather I loath the doctrine because in its essence the theo-political Islamic revered writings promote all things that separate humanity from God by denying the death, burial and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. FURTHMORE, Islamic revered writings deny that God Almighty emptied His Divine prerogatives to be born a human to be the perfect sinless man enabling His life to be the price that Redeems humanity from the inherited fallen-sin nature bequeathed by the first man Adam who switched allegiance to Satan by disobeying God.

 

As opposed to the Truth of the Holy Bible I linked to above, Islamic revered writings deny it all claiming Muhammad’s lying words (or if Mo heard from a spiritual being, Muhammad’s gullible allegiance to a devil disguised as an angel of light) are superior to Holy Spirit (3rd Person of the ONE True God) inspired Holy Scripture.

 

Most egregious example – Quran 23: 91 – various translations:

 

Sahih International: Allah has not taken any son, nor has there ever been with Him any deity. [If there had been], then each deity would have taken what it created, and some of them would have sought to overcome others. Exalted is Allah above what they describe [concerning Him].

 

Yusuf Ali: No son did Allah beget, nor is there any god along with Him: (if there were many gods), behold, each god would have taken away what he had created, and some would have lorded it over others! Glory to Allah! (He is free) from the (sort of) things they attribute to Him!

 

Muhammad Sarwar: God has never given birth to a son and there is no other god besides Him. If there were, each god would have taken away his creatures and claimed superiority over the others. God is too exalted to be as they believe Him to be.

 

Mohsin Khan: No son (or offspring or children) did Allah beget, nor is there any ilah (god) along with Him; (if there had been many gods), behold, each god would have taken away what he had created, and some would have tried to overcome others! Glorified be Allah above all that they attribute to Him!

 

This Quranic Surah is only a small example of Islam’s specific antipathy of the Christian faith.

 

More treatment of non-Muslims that decide submission is oppression at the hands of Muslims – Quran 9:12-14 (QuranBrowser.org – under Yusuf Ali):

 

9:12

But if they violate their oaths after their covenant, and taunt you for your Faith,- fight ye the chiefs of Unfaith: for their oaths are nothing to them: that thus they may be restrained.

9:13

Will ye not fight people who violated their oaths, plotted to expel the Apostle, and took the aggressive by being the first (to assault) you? Do ye fear them? Nay, it is God Whom ye should more justly fear, if ye believe!

9:14

Fight them, and God will punish them by your hands, cover them with shame, help you (to victory) over them, heal the breasts of Believers,

 

Quran 9: 28-33 (QuranBrowser.org – under Shakir):

 

9:28

O you who believe! the idolaters are nothing but unclean, so they shall not approach the Sacred Mosque after this year; and if you fear poverty then Allah will enrich you out of His grace if He please; surely Allah is Knowing Wise.

9:29

Fight those who do not believe in Allah, nor in the latter day, nor do they prohibit what Allah and His Apostle have prohibited, nor follow the religion of truth, out of those who have been given the Book, until they pay the tax in acknowledgment of superiority and they are in a state of subjection.

9:30

And the Jews say: Uzair is the son of Allah; and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Allah destroy them; how they are turned away!

9:31

They have taken their doctors of law and their monks for lords besides Allah, and (also) the Messiah son of Marium and they were enjoined that they should serve one God only, there is no god but He; far from His glory be what they set up (with Him).

9:32

They desire to put out the light of Allah with their mouths, and Allah will not consent save to perfect His light, though the unbelievers are averse.

9:33

He it is Who sent His Apostle with guidance and the religion of truth, that He might cause it to prevail over all religions, though the polytheists may be averse.

 

The Quran, Hadith and Sira are full of this hatred and oppression at non-Muslims. Although the early suras instructed Muslims to respect the People of the Book (i.e. Jews and Christians) the later suras in date (NOT chronologically) reflects Mo’s disappointment in Jews and Christians rejecting Muhammad as a false prophet. Ergo, respect degenerated into oppression followed by destruction if there was any refusal to submit to allah as a convert or a subhuman existence. Sounds more like human emotional directives rather than divine prophecy.

 

The Word’s of Jesus in false prophets:

 

13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.14 Because[a] narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

 

15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them. – Matthew 7: 13-20 NKJV

 

And this God-Breathed Word found in 1 John:

 

2 18 Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the[a]Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.

 

1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that[a] Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. – 1 John 2: 18-19; 4: 1-3 NKJV

 

Do I have an inexplicable and illogical fear of Islam? NOPE!

 

I have a very explicable and logical loathing of Islam. The very tenets of Islam are aggressively antipathetical not only against Christians, but against ALL people who want nothing to do with the Islamic despotic totalitarian theo-political ideology.

 

You may wonder what motivated me to clarify my thoughts on how “phobia” is a sadly misused application to stalwart Biblical Christians. The motivation is derived from an email I received from Brigitte Gabriel of ACT for America expressing displeasure with Senator Cory Booker’s grilling of Mike Pompeo during the Senate nomination hearing for becoming Secretary of State. In the course of the grilling Booker equated Brigitte Gabriel and Pompeo as Islamophobes.

 

In response to Booker’s grilling, Gabriel penned a response explaining her contempt for being wrongly called an Islamophobe.

 

Just as a side thought. Gabriel is in the camp that only Radical Muslims need be exposed. That is a fair point as an American supporting the 1st Amendment of Religious Freedom.

 

Unfortunately, Gabriel and others in her camp are failing to see the big picture pertaining to Islam and the theo-political religion’s history of overt conquest and stealth eradication of cultures and faiths that are contrary to Islamic tenets. The more accepted Islamic tenets are become, the greater the potential that Islamic domination occurs ending the very Constitutional Rights guaranteed as inalienable.

 

With that minor divergence of thought between and Brigitte Gabriel, below is here Townhall article written on 4/14/18.

 

Here is the email intro from Brigitte Gabriel dated 4/16/2018 11:30 AM:

 

Dear John, 

 

Last week, during the Secretary of State Nomination Hearings, Senator Cory Booker decided to use his time as a way to advance his own political career. I lived in an 8×10 bomb shelter for almost a decade because of Islamic terrorism. Yet, Cory Booker and the fake news media had the audacity to call me an Islamophobe and a Hate Monger on the Senate floor.

 

These shameful, baseless lies will not slow me down. As someone who has lived through terrorism, and experienced it firsthand – I will not be silenced by these leftist scare tactics. Over the weekend I published an op-ed on Townhall.com to give my perspective on what happened.

Thank you for support. I hope you enjoy my article!

 

Un-apologetically Patriotic,

Brigitte Gabriel

 

 

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By Brigitte Gabriel

Apr 14, 2018 12:01 AM

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Cory Booker – sourpuss

 

Senators grilling CIA Director and Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo threw out a number of charged words in an attempt to taint his reputation. Senator Cory Booker used words like “anti-Islam,” “Islamaphobe,” and the other absurd and completely unfounded clichés to describe myself, my organization, ACT for America, and anyone else whose beliefs do not conform to their politically correct fantasyland that have worked with patriots like Mr. Pompeo to expose terrorist activities both within the United States and abroad.

 

For the last fifteen years I’ve been traveling the world, exercising freedom of speech, as is my human right, in an effort to educate others about the threat of terrorism and radical Islam. I expose the truth behind a warped ideology that legitimizes decapitation, stonings, rape, domestic violence, female genital mutilation, and a number of other abhorrent human rights atrocities. All of these appalling acts are frequent in one particular part of the world, the Islamic world. Radical Islamists will openly cry out “Allahu Akhbar,” before committing a terrorist attack, or any of the other human rights violations aforementioned, as if their God would be pleased with their barbaric actions. I’ve got news for these politically correct senators trying to score cheap political points by slandering both myself, and patriotic officials like Mr. Pompeo; this is not a partisan issue, it’s a human issue.

 

But the fact that I’ve dared to call out these terrorists, and spoke the truth about the roots of their radical rage, has placed me, and those who associate with me, in the crosshairs of political smear merchants. Cliché accusations of “Islamophobia” thrown at myself and my organization, still seem to be the only defense for far-left frauds.

 

The term “hate group,” is another term the radical left has used to attempt to delegitimize others. The definition of this term includes “intolerance or aversion for” the object of the phobia. Am I intolerant of mass murder, justified and glorified in the name of Allah? Yes. Do I have an aversion to subway and train bombings?  Yes. Do any of these locations ring a bell? Fort Hood, Texas (Nidal Hasan – NOV, 2009); the Boston Marathon bombing (APR, 2013); Charlie Hebdo massacre, Paris (JAN, 2015); the multiple restaurant and Bataclan concert massacres, Paris (NOV, 2015); the San Bernardino Christmas Party massacre (DEC, 2015); the Brussels simultaneous airport and subway attacks (MAR, 2016); the Pulse Nightclub massacre, Orlando, FL (JUN, 2016) ; Nice, France, Bastille Day truck massacre (JUL, 2016). They are all places where horrendous terrorist atrocities were committed by radical Islamists, with scores of civilian fatalities and hundreds maimed.

 

Senator, if my intolerance of mass murder and my aversion to human rights atrocities makes me an “Islamophobe,” then I submit that I, and everyone else with any common sense or moral compass, would fall into this category.

 

I am not, however, fearful of moderate, Western loving Muslims, and consequently, I’ve worked with them, and continue to do so.  Most Muslims are as concerned as I am about the radicalized element of Islam, and how terrorists all over the world are perverting their hope of living in peace.  ACT for America has more than a million members from all walks of life. We work with moderate Muslims, members of the LGBTQ+ community, Republicans, Democrats, and anyone willing to stand for what is right in the face of evil, and the enabling of it by the regressive left.

 

We defend the defenseless, those who have been terrorized for being “infidels.”  Our organization works to protect women, children, homosexuals, and anyone else endangered by the radical elements that threaten their very dignity and existence in the name of their religion.

 

As for the moniker, “hate group,” let’s be clear, there is nothing hateful about patriotism. There is nothing hateful about defending the defenseless. There is nothing about opposing hatred, only enabling it the way that an appalling number of senators on Capitol Hill, in conjunction with the media, and anti-American political organizations do so continuously.

 

For years, true hate enablers, like the outrageously biased Southern Poverty Law Center, have recklessly labeled dozens of mainstream conservative organizations as “hate groups,” which has led to violent and dangerous attacks on such organizations. In fact, the SPLC has been named in court as the cause of an act of domestic terrorism, when one of their loyal followers, who soaked up their dangerous propaganda like a sponge, shot up the Family Research Council headquarters in Washington, D.C. Yet, the mainstream media still uses this disgraced organization as a neutral arbiter of hate?  On what authority do they make these proclamations?

 

Another group which frequently traffics in false accusations such as “hate group” is the Council on American Islamic Relations. CAIR is an organization whose spokespersons have been linked to terrorist groups Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, and who have been designated as a terrorist organization in Islamic countries such as the United Arab Emirates, which itself abides by Islamic law. Let me guess, the United Arab Emirates is also “Islamophobic?”

 

Apparently, a Muslim brotherhood front-group like CAIR can throw out accusations such as “hate group,” but accurately calling them a terrorist organization, and stating facts about their leadership and members is a bridge too far. Give me a break.

 

This week, in an ironic twist, the American Defamation League sent a letter to senators, yet again making this false claim about myself, and ACT for America. These days, I suppose facts are considered the new hate speech. Should anyone be surprised? The only ammunition these anti-free speech bullies have is to cry bigotry whenever facts contradict their feelings. I’ve been defamed many times over the years, and had my life and that of my family’s threatened, with public figures like the media’s favorite jihadist Linda Sarsour calling for the mutilation of my, and FGM survivor Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s, body.

 

We’re living in a dangerous time more akin to the Twilight Zone than reality. A time when the aggresors are the victims, and opposition to hate is considered hateful.

 

For the record, ACT for America is a grassroots national security grassroots advocacy organization focused on protecting our nation’s security, western democratic values, and basic human rights. ACT for America has never, and will never, tolerate any bias, discrimination, or violence against anyone, based on their religion, gender, race, or political persuasion.

 

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again-political correctness must die so that freedom and truth can live.

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Cedars-Sinai’s Yom Ha’Shoah Holocaust Remembrance Day Program – 4/11/2018


Yesterday at 10:00 AM Israel-time entire Jewish communities stopped what they were doing no matter where or what they were doing to remember that Hitler’s Nazi regime murdered about 6,000,000 MILLION Jews for no other reason than Aryan supremacist beliefs that Germans are a superior race and Jews are among the most evil sub-species of humans on earth. THE BELIEF IS JEW-HATRED POPPYCOCK!

 

Here is an excerpt from the Times of Israel including a two-minute video of the occasion:

 

Israel came to a standstill at 10 a.m. Thursday as sirens wailed throughout the country in memory of the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis during World War II.

 

Buses and cars halted on streets and highways as Israelis stepped out of their vehicles and stood with heads bowed.

 

The sirens were followed by ceremonies marking Holocaust Remembrance Day in schools, public institutions and army bases. …

VIDEO: https://content.jwplatform.com/players/JDTAPW6g-U4CTA3JQ.html

In the wee hours of yesterday morning, Ari Bussel shared an email of his remembrance of the Holocaust.

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Cedars-Sinai’s Yom Ha’Shoah Holocaust Remembrance Day Program – 4/11/2018

 

By Ari Bussel

Sent 4/12/2018 1:00 AM

 

I am the son of Holocaust Survivors, but this story is not about my parents, rather about their generation, about those who survived the Holocaust.

 

My father’s mother left one day, and did not come back.  One of the Polish neighbors informed the authorities.  The Poles did not only “follow orders;” the atrocities were not perpetrated only by the Nazis and at their direction.  The Poles were willing and often eager participants.  If I were in Poland today, such pronouncements would be punishable by law, for according to the new law, the Poles were themselves just innocent victims of the Nazis, nothing more.

 

Display of Holocaust Era Family Photo

 

On this Remembrance Day to the Holocaust and the Bravery (as it is called in Israel), we remember my grandmother on my father’s side (both seen in the picture above), my grandfather on my mother’s side and the entire extended family who perished during the Holocaust.

 

Yesterday you received from me a reminder of Cedars-Sinai’s Yom Ha’Shoah Holocaust Remembrance Day Program that took place today, April 11th, 2018.

 

I wrote that to me, Dr. Joel Geiderman’s 34th annual program is likely the most significant of all.  Doctors (MDs), nurses, staff, the general public and Holocaust Survivors gather year after year, for three and a half decades, to hear a lecture, have a box lunch, witness Survivors lighting six candles commemorating the Six Million Jews who perished during the Holocaust in WWII (1939-1945) – among which were more than one million children – and hear the recitation of Kadish [aka Kaddish] and El Maleh Rachamim (“God Full of Mercy”) prayers.

 

Dr. Geiderman graciously gives credit to others, but it is his program, and the generosity of an enduring gift by the Feintech family that enables this program.  Will it survive after Dr. Geiderman?  What will happen when there will be no more Survivors still living among us?

 

Today, Dr. Guiderman asked the children of Holocaust Survivors to stand up.  We stood and looked around – there were many of us; as many as the number of Survivors when I started attending this program so many years ago.

 

We gathered to bear witness, promising “Never Forger; Never Again.”

 

Yom Ha’Shoah 2018 at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles.

 

Beverly Hills, Jerusalem of Gold and Holocaust Survivor Max Webb

 

Prior to the start of the program, members of the Jerusalem of Gold Committee (the official celebration in 2017 of “The City of Angels Saluting the City of God” marking 50 years of the Reunification of Jerusalem, Israel’s capital) presented a proclamation issued by the City of Beverly Hills to Max Webb, a Holocaust Survivor.

 

The City Council headed by (then Mayor) Lili Bosse issued 100 individual proclamations to 100 Holocaust Survivors who were still alive at that time, vowing and promising “We Will Never Forget You!

 

Max Webb, who was unable to attend at that time, received his Proclamation today.

 

Holocaust Survivor Max Webb received his Proclamation 2018

 

Members of the Jerusalem of Gold Committee:

 

(Standing) Dr. Pablo Nankin, Susanne Reyto, Marina Waks, Zohreh Mizrahi (Seated) Ari Bussel, Max Webb, Shahla Javdan

 

Max Webb is either the last or one of only two or three surviving members of the 1939 Club.  Years ago, when Pastor John Hagee (the most famous Evangelical Christian supporter of Israel and the Jewish people, founder of CUFI) was still not known, the Israel Christian Nexus hosted his visit to Los Angeles.  We had three events scheduled in his honor.  A morning event, followed by a meeting with the Board of Rabbis at the Jewish Federation of Greater LA (where Rabbi Kravitz, the father, of Jews for Judaism, asked Pastor Hagee about proselytization attempts; Pastor Hagee did not blink as he replied:  “Teach your young ones; and then nothing will succeed to sway them from their beliefs” and added unequivocally “we support you, no strings attached; we do not want to proselytize your children”).  From there we continued to the Hillcrest Club, where the 1939 Club hosted a reception for Mrs. and Pastor Hagee.

 

I remember as we arrived with the guests and entered the hall where the reception took place, the members of the 1939 Club were already waiting for us.  The picture in my mind is of “small” and frail people, who were already “old” at that time, very old.  Alas, memories of a young man.

 

Max Webb, as you can see from the pictures, looks fantastic, although he has passed the 100 year mark either a year or two years ago!

 

In Israel, in each university, there is at least one building with his and his wife’s name on it.  He has always given most generously.  As he told Shlomo z”l and Frida Rosenblatt long ago:  “I have, so I am giving.”

 

This spirit of given has not diminished.  Its meaning is magnified when one learns (as I did from Mrs. Rosenblatt, herself and her late husband both Holocaust Survivors) that at home, before WWII, Max Webb’s family was extremely poor.  When he was walking to the Cheder (place of learning, the equivalent of elementary school), as he was lifting one foot after another, the water was pouring out from the bottom of the shoes (I am not sure if they even had soles).

 

Nate Shapell z”l

 

As a kid, I knew of Nate (Nathan) Shapell, for he used to underwrite the State of Israel Independence Day official Consulate reception in the Beverly Hills Hotel.

 

He and brother David (also deceased) have supported Israel in numerous ways.  The Beverly Hills annual extravagance was not even the cherry at the top; it was simply something they most generously did.

 

For members of the Israeli community, it was the most coveted invitation at that time, likely similar to receiving an invitation to the Oscars today.  I was fortunate to accompany my father year after year (as my mother shies away from such events).

 

Shapell continued to underwrite the reception until Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a world-wide directive to all its diplomatic missions prohibiting individual sponsorships of official events.

 

Several years ago, one of the leaders of the local Israeli community passed away.  General Shimon Erem founded and headed to his last day the Israel Christian Nexus, on whose founding board I had the privilege of serving (until Gen. Erem’s death).

 

Shimon’s wife Danielle, who will be 98 on September 22, 2018, has given me much of Shimon’s very extensive library, which we distributed among Jewish and Christian community- and religious leaders.

 

Among the books were two copies (second printing, 1974) of “Witness to the Truth” by Nate Shapell.

 

1974 2nd Printing Witness to the Truth by Nate Shapell

 

Here is an excerpt from the jacket to the book:

 

Nathan Shapell was 17yo when he Germans occupied his hometown in Poland.  Ordinary life vanished from the face of Europe; there was only survival and horror or death to choose between.  Shapell fought with every weapon at his command – his ingenuity, his resourcefulness, and his incredible courage – not for himself but for the lives of his family and friends.

 

After managing to outwit the Nazis hour by hour with his fellow Jews in the ghettoes, he was taken at last to Auschwitz, and from the summer of 1943 on, he endured was two few lived to tell.  He survived Auschwitz, death marches, and two more concentration camps.  Then his story, and Witness to the Truth, begins.

 

The book tells that story, and it also conveys a vote of thanks to those ordinary American soldiers and officers who found themselves in an unexpected role.  He bears witness to their humanity and decency; he also bears witness to eh survivors and to the silent dead.  Finally, he reaches out to all people, especially young Americans, to show them that a man can go through the worst hell imaginable, survive it, still love his fellow men, and even go on to become a part of what is now called “the establishment.”

 

Nate Shapell’s daughter, Vera Guerin, participates in the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day Program, until this year as the Chair of Cedars-Sinai board of directors.  So today I brought a copy of the book to her.  I suspected she has many copies at home, but she was grateful to have it.

 

Her aunt (Nate’s sister) was Max Webb’s wife.  Nate z”l and Max are brothers-in-law.  A small world indeed.

 

[Dr. Geiderman:  I do not have Vera’s or Max’s e-mail addresses; kindly please forward this to them.]

 

This is the story of One Proclamation, One Book and a ceremony in its 34th year, a commitment that keeps on going.  It seems that by design, they are all connected.  Likewise, in life, we – the Jewish People – are all connected; and we – the Saturday and Sunday People, Jews and Christians – are all connected.  We are one, all created in the image of our God the Almighty.

 

Always,
Ari Bussel
bussel@me.com

Ellie and Dr. Pablo Nankin, Dr. Nepune Mizrahi, Esther Hezghian

 

Susanne Reyto, Janet Kirt

 

Beverly Hills Synagogue (YINBH) Cantor Nati Baram singing El Maleh Rachamim 

 

Lighting Six Candles [Representing 6,000,000 Murdered Jews], remembering the Six Million Jews who perished during the Holocaust [1 & 2]

 

 

Suzee and her mother, Holocaust Survivor Lili Markowitz

 

 

Esther Blaugrund, Zohreh Mizrahi and Shahla Javdan, a prominent leader of the Jewish Iranian community

 

 

Zohreh Mizrahi, Cantor Nati Baram, Dr. Pablo and Ellie Nankin

 

 

Below picture is from March 2, 2017, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Los Angeles Dinner “What You Do Matters:  Celebrating Max Webb’s 100th Birthday with a special tribute”

 

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Minor editing by John R. Houk

Source links are by the Editor embedded for non-Jewish understanding.

 

© Ari Bussel

 

Ari Bussel Bio via BeverlyHills.org

 

Ari Bussel is Vice President of Operations at Saybrex International, a privately held family business specializing in the distribution of fine wines and spirits. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company and has held various positions in the company since 1993.

 

Prior to joining Saybrex, Mr. Bussel served as First Lieutenant in the Center for Systems Analysis at General Headquarters of the Israel Defense Forces, where he led the implementation of the Logistics War Doctrine in the Computerized Wargame Program.

 

Mr. Bussel is involved in a variety of philanthropic and civic activities. Mr. Bussel completed the Team Beverly Hills Leadership Program and served on the Environmental Sustainability Topic Committee of the City of Beverly Hills. He was a member of the Steering Committees of former Beverly Hills Mayor MeraLee Goldman and the current Beverly Hills City Treasurer, the Hon. Eliot Finkel. Mr. Bussel also completed and participated in the Community Emergency Response Training Program of the City of Beverly Hills as well as the Crisis Response Team of the Maple Counseling Center.

 

Mr. Bussel was among the founding members and served on the boards of Gen. Shimon Erem’s Israel Christian Nexus, the Western Region of Friends of Israel Firefighters and the Israel Institute for Alternative Energy Advancement. He completed the Salvin Leadership Program of the Anti-Defamation League.

 

Mr. Bussel writes regularly. For the past decade, his weekly columns appeared in print in Israel Jewish Life, Shalom LA, Muslim World Today and Israeli Week. Mr. Bussel’s articles appear on numerous websites, including Canada Free Press, Free Republic, NewsBlaze, SlantRight and OpEdNews. He is a member of the Los Angeles Press Club.

 

Mr. Bussel received a Master of Science in Operations Research from Stanford University and Bachelor’s degrees from UCLA in Applied Mathematics and in Economics with a specialization in Computing.

 

Mr. Bussel was an avid runner who completed the 2005 and 2006 Los Angeles Marathon.

 

Mr. Bussel divides his time between Israel and the United States, writing about the social, political, military and foreign policy fabrics of the two countries. Mr. Bussel is a member of the foreign press corps in Israel. Since 2008, Mr. Bussel has cooperated with award winning investigative journalist and author in a series of essays “Postcards from America – Postcards from Israel,” and since 2011 in a series of radio broadcasts “Conversations Eye to Eye.”

 

An Easter Message to Our Christian Friends


Ari Bussel is a frequent contributor to this blog. I have never met Ari in person, even so he has been a special Internet friend to me. Ari is Jewish and I am Christian and he is fully aware of my religious affiliation. In saying all this, Ari sent an Easter message to me as one of his list he addressed as “friends”.

 

Yeah, I know, it’s April 3 and a bit late for an Easter message. Christians should always keep the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and the call for eternal Salvation for arising bodily leaving the tomb empty. AND Christians must realize this Salvation is of the Jews and respect the Chosen People knowing God’s plan still interwoven with all Jewish people even if Christian and Jews have no clear understanding of this intersecting path.

 

Without further ado, here is Ari Easter message sent on Easter Day 2018.

 

JRH 4/3/18

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An Easter Message to Our Christian Friends

 

By Ari Bussel

Sent 4/1/2018 5:20 PM

 

Dear Friends,

 

The Story of Easter originates with Passover, and the Story of Passover can be found in the Bible (the Book of Exodus).

 

Read it, for not only is it interesting, it was true in ancient times and it is happening in these very times, at present, as well.

 

As you celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus, we remember Jesus, a descendant of King David, was a Jewish Rabbi.

 

We further remember that King David’s great grandmother was Ruth, a Gentile (non-Jewish) Moabite woman [Let us read the Scroll of Ruth, for there are many lessons there too, values that should be emulated yet are so uncommon today.]

 

Jesus of Nazareth taught at a synagogue along the northwestern shores of the Sea of Galilee, and the remains of this synagogue can be visited till today.

 

Jesus celebrated Passover, in exactly the same manner that all Jewish people celebrate it to this very day and the Seder – the opening meal of the seven-day festival – is what has become known as The Last Supper.

 

One without the other cannot exist for they are intertwined, they are one Judaism and Christianity celebrating and worshipping one and the very same God the Almighty, Lord of Hosts.

 

It is our God who brought us from slavery to freedom and from that time forward we are commanded to tell our children and they to their children of this Deliverance with a strong hand “and he who tells more of the story of the deliverance from Egypt, it is praiseworthy.”

 

 

Crucifixion

 

Crucifixion was a usual form of punishment-by-death by the Romans.  Below is the only archeological remain of an actual crucifixion (iron nail in the heel bone) of a Jewish person [Yehochanan son of Hagkol] in the first century A.D.  Displayed in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, Israel.

 

1st century AD Crucifixion iron nail in the heel bone of Jewish victim Yehochanan son of Hagkol

 

Museum Display of Crucifixion Nail

 

The Story of Passover

 

After 430 years in Egypt, God delivers the Israelites from slavery in Egypt to freedom.

 

“And it came to pass at midnight” (Exodus 12:29), that the Tenth Plague was inflicted upon the Egyptians, from the first born of Pharaoh who sat on the throne, unto the first born of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the first born of the livestock in the field.  Only the first borns of the Israelites, who marked their houses with the blood of a year old male sheep or goat that afternoon, were spared.

 

The Passover Haggadah [Reference link is by the Editor thus the text may differ a bit from Ari’s below] (narrative booklet) explains the following verse, to emphasize it was God Himself who was present, He and not an angel:

 

“And the Lord brought us forth from Egypt with a strong hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with great terror, and with signs and wonders.”

 

“And the Lord brought us forth from Egypt” – not by a ministering angel, not by a fiery angel, and not by a messenger, but by Himself, in His glory, did the Holy One, blessed be He, do so, as it is written:  “And I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and I will smite all the first born in the land of Egypt, both man and beast, and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgement.  I am the Lord.”

 

“And I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night” – I, and not a ministering angel; “and I will smite all the first born in the land of Egypt” – I, and not a fiery angel; “and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment” – I and not a messenger; “I am the Lord” – It is I, and no other.

 

It is this momentous event that has become a memorial for eternity, and we are celebrating it as a feast to the Lord for all generations.  Passover is celebrated for seven days, of which the first and the last are holy-days, no manner of work shall be done in them.  It starts in the middle of the first month of the Hebrew calendar in Biblical times (the month of Nissan), which is also the month that Spring arrives.

 

Knowing that future generations will be curious or even skeptical about observing the holiday, the Torah tells us (ibid:26):

 

כו  וְהָיָה, כִּי-יֹאמְרוּ אֲלֵיכֶם בְּנֵיכֶם:  מָה הָעֲבֹדָה הַזֹּאת, לָכֶם. 26 And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you: What mean ye by this service?

 

כז  וַאֲמַרְתֶּם זֶבַחפֶּסַח הוּא לַיהוָה, אֲשֶׁר פָּסַח עַלבָּתֵּי בְנֵייִשְׂרָאֵל בְּמִצְרַיִם, בְּנָגְפּוֹ אֶתמִצְרַיִם, וְאֶתבָּתֵּינוּ הִצִּיל; וַיִּקֹּד הָעָם, וַיִּשְׁתַּחֲווּ. 27 that ye shall say: It is the sacrifice of the LORD’S passover, for that He passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when He smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses.’ And the people bowed the head and worshipped.

 

Why?  For it is “in this very day, that God has bought the Israelites from the land of Egypt.”

 

Except the Egyptians quickly recuperated from the loss of their first borns and set out to pursue the Israelites.  The Pharaoh, leading the strongest military of the time soon caught up with the Israelites who were standing in front of the Red Sea, trapped between the chaser and the impenetrable sea.

 

What is about to happen is utterly miraculous, as the God obliterates the entire Egyptian army.  The entire army drowns, not a single person survived.

 

יט  וַיִּסַּע מַלְאַךְ הָאֱלֹהִים, הַהֹלֵךְ לִפְנֵי מַחֲנֵה יִשְׂרָאֵל, וַיֵּלֶךְ, מֵאַחֲרֵיהֶם; וַיִּסַּע עַמּוּד הֶעָנָן, מִפְּנֵיהֶם, וַיַּעֲמֹד, מֵאַחֲרֵיהֶם. 19 And the angel of God, who went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud removed from before them, and stood behind them;
כ  וַיָּבֹא בֵּין מַחֲנֵה מִצְרַיִם, וּבֵין מַחֲנֵה יִשְׂרָאֵל, וַיְהִי הֶעָנָן וְהַחֹשֶׁךְ, וַיָּאֶר אֶתהַלָּיְלָה; וְלֹאקָרַב זֶה אֶלזֶה, כָּלהַלָּיְלָה. 20 and it came between the camp of Egypt and the camp of Israel; and there was the cloud and the darkness here, yet gave it light by night there; and the one came not near the other all the night.
כא  וַיֵּט מֹשֶׁה אֶתיָדוֹ, עַלהַיָּם, וַיּוֹלֶךְ יְהוָה אֶתהַיָּם בְּרוּחַ קָדִים עַזָּה כָּלהַלַּיְלָה, וַיָּשֶׂם אֶתהַיָּם לֶחָרָבָה; וַיִּבָּקְעוּ, הַמָּיִם. 21 And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all the night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.
כב  וַיָּבֹאוּ בְנֵייִשְׂרָאֵל בְּתוֹךְ הַיָּם, בַּיַּבָּשָׁה; וְהַמַּיִם לָהֶם חוֹמָה, מִימִינָם וּמִשְּׂמֹאלָם. 22 And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.

 

Moses, the leader of the Israelites, and his people then sang the following to God (ibid, 15:11, 18):

 

יא  מִיכָמֹכָה בָּאֵלִם יְהוָה,  {ס}  מִי  {ר}  כָּמֹכָה נֶאְדָּר בַּקֹּדֶשׁ;  {ס}  נוֹרָא תְהִלֹּת, עֹשֵׂה  {ר}  פֶלֶא.  {ס} 11 Who is like unto Thee, O LORD, among the mighty? who is like unto Thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?

 

יח  יְהוָה יִמְלֹךְ, לְעֹלָם וָעֶד.  {ס} 18 The LORD shall reign for ever and ever.

 

Forty more years will be required until the Israelites will reach the promised land.  It was not the physical distance, rather the time required for an entire generation to pass.

 

 

Jesus in Israel

 

And here, in Israel, many years later, a Jewish Rabbi, Jesus of Nazareth, a descendant of King David, himself the great-grandson of Ruth, was celebrating Passover.  That Seder night, of Jesus and the 12 apostles, is what we know as the Last Supper.  Followed was the betrayal, arrest, Crucifixion and Resurrection.

 

In Jerusalem, Israel’s capital, one can retrace each and every one of these steps.  And throughout the Land of Israel, one can walk in the footsteps of Jesus.

 

 

Overlooking the Sea of Galilee:

 

Overlooking the Sea of Galilee – Jesus & Apostles Sculpture

 

Overlooking the Sea of Galilee – Jesus & Apostles Sculpture Close-up

 

Now, let us get closer to the water:

 

closer to the water

 

We can actually touch the water, immerse ourselves in it, walk on water:

 

actually touch the water

 

And this is me several years ago standing in the very same synagogue where Jesus of Nazareth taught some two millennia earlier, wishing you in 2018 a Happy and Meaningful Easter!

Ari Bussel standing in same synagogue where Jesus of Nazareth taught

 

Always,
Ari Bussel
bussel@me.com

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Minor editing by John R. Houk

Any text embraced by bold brackets are by the Editor.

 

Ari Bussel Bio via BeverlyHills.org

 

Ari Bussel is Vice President of Operations at Saybrex International, a privately held family business specializing in the distribution of fine wines and spirits. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company and has held various positions in the company since 1993.

 

Prior to joining Saybrex, Mr. Bussel served as First Lieutenant in the Center for Systems Analysis at General Headquarters of the Israel Defense Forces, where he led the implementation of the Logistics War Doctrine in the Computerized Wargame Program.

 

Mr. Bussel is involved in a variety of philanthropic and civic activities. Mr. Bussel completed the Team Beverly Hills Leadership Program and served on the Environmental Sustainability Topic Committee of the City of Beverly Hills. He was a member of the Steering Committees of former Beverly Hills Mayor MeraLee Goldman and the current Beverly Hills City Treasurer, the Hon. Eliot Finkel. Mr. Bussel also completed and participated in the Community Emergency Response Training Program of the City of Beverly Hills as well as the Crisis Response Team of the Maple Counseling Center.

 

Mr. Bussel was among the founding members and served on the boards of Gen. Shimon Erem’s Israel Christian Nexus, the Western Region of Friends of Israel Firefighters and the Israel Institute for Alternative Energy Advancement. He completed the Salvin Leadership Program of the Anti-Defamation League.

 

Mr. Bussel writes regularly. For the past decade, his weekly columns appeared in print in Israel Jewish Life, Shalom LA, Muslim World Today and Israeli Week. Mr. Bussel’s articles appear on numerous websites, including Canada Free Press, Free Republic, NewsBlaze, SlantRight and OpEdNews. He is a member of the Los Angeles Press Club.

 

Mr. Bussel received a Master of Science in Operations Research from Stanford University and Bachelor’s degrees from UCLA in Applied Mathematics and in Economics with a specialization in Computing.

 

Mr. Bussel was an avid runner who completed the 2005 and 2006 Los Angeles Marathon.

 

Mr. Bussel divides his time between Israel and the United States, writing about the social, political, military and foreign policy fabrics of the two countries. Mr. Bussel is a member of the foreign press corps in Israel. Since 2008, Mr. Bussel has cooperated with award winning investigative journalist and author in a series of essays “Postcards from America – Postcards from Israel,” and since 2011 in a series of radio broadcasts “Conversations Eye to Eye.”