Black Robed Tyranny Lives


There are God-Ordained Inalienable Rights that no man-made law authority over. Even so, the U.S. Constitution affirms Religious Liberty in the First Amendment. Now that the Supreme Court appears to join Dem-Marxists dedicated to ignoring God-Given and First Amendment memorialized Religious Liberty, I’m beginning to wonder why Christians would abide by Godless judicial impositions of law.

 

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Black Robed Tyranny Lives

Religious Liberty: Some Things Are Self-Evident – A Violation of the First Freedom

 

By Justin O. Smith

Sent 8/1/2020 11:05 PM

 

Religious freedom and liberty is the First Freedom and an Inalienable Right granted all by God, enumerated in the Bill of Rights and sacrosanct, but somehow Chief Justice John Roberts, who is supposedly a conservative, barely bats an eye in casting the deciding vote for a ruling and a violation of this right, by which all others flow.

 

On July 24th 2020, [JOS]Roberts joined the four leftist Justices of the Supreme Court to deny the petition brought before the Court, to give Calvary Chapel in Dayton Valley, Nevada relief from Governor Steve Sisolak’s illegitimate and unconstitutional order, that limited attendance for the congregation to only 50 at a time — supposedly over Covid-19 concerns — despite allowing Nevada’s casinos to operate with hundreds of people flowing through its rooms and gaming arenas. And taken in total, this case actually represents one of the most blatant and overt attacks against Christianity and the Church that any American has witnessed in the course of American history, no matter the weak attempts to justify it by the weak, simpering backstabbing Chief Justice, who once again betrays his oath to the Constitution and America and dares to suggest he is upholding any rule of law.

 

The five justices handed out the majority 5-4 ruling in favor of Governor Sisolak and Nevada, and they chose not to write any opinion to explain their decision, probably due to the surreal nature any such explanation would hold in any attempt to defend the indefensible. However, it actually isn’t all that unusual, but their decision did draw three sharp dissents from the Court’s four conservative Justices.

 

Shortly after the ruling was revealed, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) exclaimed: “John Roberts has abandoned his oath.”

 

In his own criticism of Roberts, Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) stated: “Justice Roberts once again got it wrong, shamefully closing church doors to their flocks.”

 

Even the Editorial Board at the Wall Street Journal was left scratching its head on this one, since a normally reliable SCOTUS on matters of religious freedom was now missing in action. Liberal reporters too were baffled and had trouble explaining how Nevada’s churches could mount so strong a challenge to Sisolak’s illegitimate order and still lose.

 

Roberts acted in the same anti-First Amendment manner on May 29th 2020, when he also sided with the four Communist Horsemen of the Supreme Court to deny South Bay Pentecostal Church relief from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s illegal order, that held it to a different and more onerous standard than California’s similar secular businesses. His decision there and most recently with Cavalry Chapel were both wrong-headed and in absolute contravention of any moral interpretation of the Constitution and the law.

 

Some things are self-evident, as noted often by America’s Founders, and nothing should be more self-evident than one’s right to worship in a house of worship when and where one chooses, without the heavy hand of government interfering. This is especially important to both Christians and Jews as we find in Hebrews 10: 22-27 of the King James Bible, that reads:

 

Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for He is faithful that promised; And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works; Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much more, as ye see the day approaching. For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgement and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.”

 

Inalienable rights cannot be superseded or abrogated by any executive order, state legislation or federal order, since they pre-exist government and the Constitution, and any agreement to abide temporarily by any such order is only moral in a fair application across the board. In other words, what’s good for factories in California and casinos in Nevada is good for the Church. But that is not what we have witnessed.

 

Justice Brett Kavanaugh saw the Calvary Chapel case as straightforward, in his dissent, writing:

 

Nevada’s 50-person attendance cap on religious worship service puts praying at churches, synagogues, temples and mosques on worse footing than eating at restaurants, drinking at bars, gambling at casinos or biking at gyms. In other words, Nevada is discriminating against religion.

 

Rightfully so, lawyers for Calvary Chapel contended that Governor Sisolak’s order discriminated against churches and violated the First Amendment, writing in their brief: “This is a straightforward case. If the governor deems it acceptable for secular assemblies to occur at 50 percent capacity at casinos, restaurants, bars, gyms and fitness facilities, indoor and outdoor parks, bowling alleys, water parks, pools, arcades and more, he must apply the same 50 percent capacity rule to constitutionally protected worship services.”

 

[JOS]In his dissent, Justice Samuel Alito, one of the finest minds still on the Court, wrote:

 

That Nevada would discriminate in favor of the powerful gaming industry and its employees may not come as a surprise, but this Court’s willingness to allow such discrimination is disappointing. We have a duty to defend the Constitution and even a public health emergency does not absolve us of that responsibility. It says nothing about the freedom to play craps or blackjack, to feed tokens into a slot machine or to engage in any other game of chance.”

 

The executive order is so unbelievably biased against churches, that Governor Steve Sisolak reveals himself to be one of the most obscene and disgraceful faces of “the Government” and Big Brother. His order goes beyond the pale in its blatant disregard for the Church’s rights and its honest approach to worshiping in a responsible fashion. And so too does Chief Justice John Robert’s affirmation of Sisolak’s evil.

 

All the Church had asked was for the Governor to allow 90 parishioners rather than 50, in a church that holds 200. So, America bears witness to a mentally maladjusted, intellectual midget who is willing to allow thousands of people to pursue the hopes of fleeting riches through the inequities of gambling, while cracking the government whip on the Church for seeking to bring more of their brethren into their building in pursuit of a closer relationship to God.

 

In one sentence, Justice Alito nails the crux of the matter:

 

The idea that allowing Calvary Chapel to admit 90 worshipers present a greater public health risk than allowing casinos to operate at 50 percent capacity is hard to swallow, and the State’s efforts to justify the discrimination are feeble.”

 

During the course of the case, it was discovered that the Governor chose to disregard previous violations of his order by large masses of protesters. Not only did Gov. Sisolak not enforce his own directive, he actually supported and participated in at least one such protest, whereupon he shared a video of the protesters standing shoulder to shoulder. However, upon hearing that some churches might disregard the order, the State’s response from the attorney general came in part with a declarative statement that, “You can’t spit … in the face of law and not expect law to respond.”

 

What hypocrites. What anti-American hypocritical tyrants.

 

Of course all peaceful protests are protected too, by the First Amendment, but they are not any more important than Calvary Church’s Freedom of religion, and the State cannot favor one over another, since such a bias is anathema to the First Amendment, regardless of any imprimatur the Governor has given one in preference over the other. And it is still unconstitutional. [Blog Editor: Peaceful Protest is indeed a First Amendment Right BUT – rioting, looting, vandalism and other acts of violence are not First Amendment protected AND is NOT peaceful. Justin knows that, I just felt the need to reiterate it:

 

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.]

 

And Justice Neil Gorsuch concurred with Alito, writing:

 

In Nevada, it seems, it is better to be in entertainment than religion. … Maybe that is nothing new. But the First Amendment prohibits such obvious discrimination against the exercise of religion. The world we inhabit today, with the pandemic upon us, poses unusual challenges. But there is no world in which the Constitution permits Nevada to favor Caesars Palace over Calvary Chapel.”

 

Is it any wonder that America finds Herself in such dire straits, with Satan and the Enemy standing at Her gates? —  Disguised in many deceptive garbs and speaking many soothing, pleasing and beguiling manners.

 

Of some interest, Chief Justice Robert’s did somewhat explain his reasoning in his South Bay ruling, that may shed some light to his decision on Calvary Chapel. Unlike his associate Republican Justices, he tends to defer to democratically accountable officials during a public health crisis, and suggests the Court on the whole should also. However, one must note, from his rulings records, Roberts’s deference to “the politically accountable officials does not always move in favor of public health, or even democracy, as understood through the prism of republican governance, for that matter.

 

Roberts’s justification is lame as anything we will read this decade, and just as he had to jump through linguistic hoops to discover that Obamacare was a “tax” rather than an unconstitutional penalty, he has had to delve into a whole new Alice In Wonderland delusional alternative universe to negate and disregard the fundamental, inherent truth of the inalienable quality of our religious liberty, the First Freedom. His actions are inexcusable and unconscionable beyond anything any true American should ever hope to never see again.

 

The majority’s decision was worse than if they had simply set the case aside, since their ruling is tantamount to endorsing discrimination against the Church, pure and simple. In an unconscionable manner, this Court is failing in its constitutional responsibilities, and without rhyme or reason, their rulings have taken on an imperial tone, that is both dangerous and antithetical to the rule of law. And this Supreme Court is as close to Black Robed tyrants as America has ever seen, to date.

 

Chief Justice John Roberts has aligned himself with the adversaries of the very virtues, principles and righteous endeavors that stand between man’s freedom and tyranny, and still some attempt to hold him as a fine example of judiciary prudence. They excuse him in what they view as his attempt to prevent the American public from seeing the Court as a politicized body comprised of four Democrats and five Republicans, even though essentially that’s precisely what it is. And regardless of his intent, whether he is a purposeful closet liberal intent on advancing certain Marxist agendas, i.e. Obamacare, abortion and the deviant LGBTQ agenda, and seeks to be loved by Leftist America or he simply seeks to align the Court with the prevailing public opinion of the day, Chief Justice John Roberts is still ruling in ways, especially of late, that will have long reaching and long-lasting effects on America and undermine the rule of law, having the exact opposite effect he seeks, as all Americans who value truth and reality grow to see him as the betrayer of both.

 

And whenever any elected official holds before the people a “law” that is a malformed, cheap, imitation of anything remotely adhering to our founding principles, and it violates our Inalienable Rights in so egregious a manner as this, as un-Christian as it may seem to many, my own first initial response is to, in fact, spit square in the face of said “law” that is no law at all and fill the Church ’til its doors and windows pulsate with the Spirit of the Lord.

 

By Justin O. Smith

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Edited by John R. Houk

Text enclosed by brackets, bold text indicates agreement with Justin and embedded links except where indicated by “JOS” are by Editor.

 

© Justin O. Smith

 

Church Leadership in Pakistan


I have received a rare submission from Shamim Mehmood on the state of Christians in Pakistan. Pakistani Christians are very persecuted peoples by the Muslim majority. In this submission there is the appearance of Christian clergy corruption in property matters and ordination. With all the persecution experienced by Pakistani Christians it is sad the Christian leadership is experiencing this inner turmoil. Below is Shamim’s report.

 

Bishop Humphrey Sarfaraz Peters 10/22/19

 

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Church Leadership in Pakistan

 

By Shamim Mehmood

Sent 7/5/2020 9:52 PM

 

Islamabad – Pakistan: The bishop of Peshawar, Bishop Humphrey Sarfraz [Most media spell “Sarfaraz”] Peters found in hot water – the congregation questioned his consecration as bishop after a decade.

 

Reportedly the bishop Humphrey Peter has been involved in selling the church properties and other proscribed provisions against the rules and procedure of the Church of Pakistan. A number of first investigation reports (FIR) stand filed against him at different police stations all around the province of Khayber Pakhtankhwa [Alternate spelling: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa].  The church also questioned his consecration which reportedly does not fulfil the requirements of the Church of Pakistan’s rules and procedures.

 

Bishop Mano Rumal Shah

 

A decade ago, Humphrey Peters went to England with the help of a dimissorial letter by the then Bishop of Peshawar Diocese, Bishop Mano Rumal Shah. The letter transposed Humphrey S. Peters to the Bishop of England Diocese of Oxford to ordain him in the Holy Orders. In his letter, Bishop Shah said that one of the members of our clergy Humphrey S. Peters was among the leading critics of the blasphemy laws of Pakistan, and very active in efforts to have this law annulled because it is a great hurdle in our missionary purposes. He has written numerous articles against this law and speaks out in open meetings against the legislation. This has put the life of Humphrey S. Peters in great danger and on his request the undersigned has given him this dimissory letter for your Diocese.

 

Later, Humphrey S. Peters came back to Peshawar and claimed the Bishophood of Peshawar Diocese without meeting the requirements of the priesthood. Here it may be in order to give some details of eligibility criteria of a candidate for Bishop. To occupy this important position in Christian hierarchy, one must be a deacon, Presbyter Ordination by diocesan Bishop. He or she must have served as presbyter in-charge at a parish for at least six years and have minimum of a three-year theological degree from a recognized seminary. Bishop must also be in possession of a good moral character.

 

It is to mention that Humphrey Peters took over the seat of bishop in 2011 with the help of some associates illegally.

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Edited by John R. Houk

Text embraced by brackets and embedded links are by the Editor.

 

© Shamim Mehmood

 

Defend Your Castle Against Communist Intruders


John R. Houk

© July 2, 2020

 

On June 30 I posted the Justin Smith submission “A War for the American Way of Life”. In that post I added a large amount of embedded informational links on the rioters, looters and anarchists pretending to be protesters are actually highly organized and well financed Marxist groups trying to tear down the fabric of America itself through chaos, turmoil and violence.

 

As a part of that post I included a photo of Mark McCloskey and Patricia McCloskey, a husband and wife defending their lives and property in a gated community from a Communist mob committed to breaking the law by committing acts of vandalism (already ripping down the gated community barriers). Here is the photo I used:

I have learned – at least prior to the terrorist intimidation they faced – the McCloskeys were committed Dems supportive of the Black Lives Matter protests purportedly resulting from the police murder of George Floyd. Since they exercised their 2nd Amendment Right of self-preservation (a Right often condemned by Dems), I have to wonder where their politics is today.

 

I wonder especially since Dem Party Pols across the nation and in the McCloskey home-city of St. Louis including the Dem Party propaganda machine MSM roundly criticized them as White People who dared to protect themselves of a (cough) “peaceful” mob protesting through a gated community. The St. Louis AG even threatened to prosecute the McCloskeys.

 

Well thanks to 100percentfedup.com I discovered a CNN (is that Communist News Network?) video of Chris Cuomo interviewing Mark McCloskey trying to villainize self-defense. McCloskey sets Cuomo straight and even tells the names of the Communist mob threatening destruction. Here is Twitter video:

 

To this day the Dems & MSM are disputing the claim by the McCloskeys of a violent mob. The lead organizer for the mob was actually a recently elected Dem State Representative Rasheen Aldridge who won a special election for his District in November 2019. I am unclear of who actually leads the BLM St. Louis group calling itself “Expect US”, The Expect US mob organizer Aldridge claim the mob was peacefully protesting (The mob appeared quite agitated in the video). According to a 7/1/20 CBS story Aldridge expresses peace:

 

Rasheen Aldridge helped lead the protest, which was organized by a group called “Expect Us.” He said protesters were peaceful and no threats were ever made.

 

In the same CBS story McCloskey expressed his viewpoint:

“It was like the storming of the Bastille, the gate came down and a large crowd of angry, aggressive people poured through,” Mark McCloskey said. “I was terrified that we’d be murdered within seconds. Our house would be burned down, our pets would be killed.”

 

Mark said they called 911 and grabbed their guns as they heard the crowd approaching their private, gated community on Portland Place.

 

“A mob of at least 100 smashed through the historic wrought iron gates of Portland Place, destroying them, rushed towards my home where my family was having dinner outside and put us in fear for our lives,” Mark McCloskey said.

 

 

The couple also claims they received death threats from the crowd.

 

“One fellow standing right in front of me pulled out two pistol magazines, clicked them together and said, ‘You’re next.’ That was the first death threat we got that night,” Mark McCloskey said.

 

This is Expect US organizer Dem Representative Rasheen Aldridge concept of a peaceful protest from the same CBS story:

 

When asked why the group marched on private property, Aldridge said, “Just like in many disobedient protests, even in the ’60s, you break laws, make people feel uncomfortable.

 

Mark McCloskey took a photo of the damaged wrought iron gate smashed by BLM/Expect US mob that MSM propaganda fails to show [photo caption from BizPacReview – Mark McCloskey: “A mob of at least 100 smashed through the historic wrought iron gates of Portland Place, destroying them, rushed towards my home where my family was having dinner outside and put us in fear for our lives.” (Photo: Mark McCloskey)]:

The Expect US Facebook Page definitely promotes a Black Live Matter ideology, but doesn’t notice the calls for rioting, vandalizing and looting calls typical of BLM actions. The Facebook page serves the purpose of announcing “peaceful” protests and rallies. HOWEVER, if your eyes look to the Facebook Page Menu and scroll down to “Community” then click, you will view the Communist social transformation ideology BLM is noted for. It is a Communism that uses race-baiting that obviously is a Black against White racism. THAT IS WHAT BLM truly represents. Here’s the photo you’ll see in case some Black propagandist removes it:

 

Rasheen Aldridge

 

Here’s a bit of rule of law Dems like Rasheen Aldridge and the propaganda MSM probably will not tell you while condemning the McCloskeys via Guns America Digest:

 

Missourians enjoy a broad castle doctrine that allows residents to use deadly force on anyone unlawfully on their property, according to Anders Walker, a constitutional law professor at St. Louis University.

 

It’s time to examine Missouri’ version of the Castle Doctrine. A pro-2nd Amendment website makes it simple at GunLaws101.com:

 

Missouri’s Castle Doctrine

 

The use of force to defend one’s self is justified when the person believes there is a certain risk of death, or great physical harm. This also applies when someone is trying to break into an occupied vehicle or home. There is no duty to treat inside one’s home or vehicle.

 

What is Castle Doctrine?

Castle Laws are laws that address the use of force when defending one’s self inside their home, or on their property. Some states expand this to vehicles, and the person’s place of work. Castle Laws generally include: the places where this law applies, the requirements for use of deadly force, if there is a duty to retreat, the amount of force that maybe used in defending one’s self or others. These vary widely from state to state.

 

Interestingly typically Left-Wing Yahoo Finance is even more specific on Missouri’s Castle Doctrine:

 

 

The doctrine is a self-defense law allows someone to use physical force when they believe it’s necessary to stop what they think is “stealing, property damage or tampering in any degree.” Missouri’s law gives individuals protecting their property more leeway compared to many states and permits the use of deadly force in cases where the person believes they or others are at risk of death, serious injury or other crime, according to Findlaw.com.

 

“This means that if someone illegally enters your front porch or backyard, you can use deadly force against them without retreating first,” according to the website.

 

The name of the castle doctrine comes from the old saying: “A man’s home is his castle.” But under Missouri law, that can also include any kind of residence, a vehicle, other private property or “any other location where they have the right to be,” according to Findlaw.com. … (What is Missouri’s castle doctrine? By James Leggate via Fox Business; Yahoo Finance; 6/30/20)

 

Missouri just might have one of the best protect your property laws in the nation.

 

MY FELLOW AMERICAN PATRIOTS if you love the American way of life and are at least as wise as a couple of Dem supporters willing to arm to protect life and property – DO THE SAME and defend against Communists (red, yellow, black or white) assaulting your interests to make you change to their Communist interests.

 

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Lies Still Told as Leftist Liars Lie


Flynn is Innocent & Left Still Desires Injustice

 

John R. Houk, Blog Editor

© May 8, 2020

 

The Department of Justice has dropped its case against Michael Flynn. Now its up to Judge Emmet Sullivan to seal actual justice rather than Deep State/Dem Party/Lamestream Media justice which any person with half a brain knows really is injustice.

 

Since all the news networks, Dems and Deep Staters lie believing they have enough power to not be called out, here are some prime time facts you won’t hear elsewhere on Fox News (and to be clear, Fox News allows its Leftie contributors to blatantly).

 

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VIDEO: Trey Gowdy shreds Comey: ‘His arrogance, hubris wrecked the FBI’

 

Posted by Fox News

5M subscribers – May 7, 2020

 

Former congressman and Fox News contributor, Trey Gowdy, weighs in on the Department of Justice’s decision to drop Michael Flynn charges.

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VIDEO: Tucker: The unraveling of the Michael Flynn case

Posted by Fox News

5M subscribers – May 7, 2020

 

Michael Flynn did not commit a crime and they knew it.

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VIDEO: Hannity: Comey used Logan Act to squeeze Gen. Flynn

Posted by Fox News

5M subscribers – May 7, 2020

 

Comey’s investigation found no collusion from anyone associated with Trump.

 

The Attempted Censorship of Dr. Judy Mikovits


Dr. Judy Mikovits

 

John R. Houk, Blog Editor

© May 7, 2020

 

This documentary video (Plandemic) about Dr. Judy Mikovits being framed and incarcerated for exposing Dr. Anthony Fauci as a fraud went viral on Facebook via the Youtube format. I also noticed Youtube censored the video as fast as anyone could place it on their Youtube channel.

 

GOOD NEWS!

 

Thanks to the Bitchute video format Left-Wing lying censors at Youtube are thwarted.

 

Interestingly, Christina Aguayo interviewed Dr. Mikovits on much of the same subject matter as the Youtube censored documentary. The Aguayo interview is on a Youtube format and I suspect censorship is in that video’s future.

 

Fauci is an intellectual thief in bed with the World Health Organization and Communist China as in cooperating with ChiCom patents (SEE ALSO: “China, W.H.O. & UN Coverup Part Two”, China’s Wuhan biolab and W.H.O.’s Director ChiCom puppet Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

 

AND NOW, the Bitchute video censored extensively by Youtube and pooh-poohed by Leftist Globalists and the Youtube (while it lasts) Aguayo-Mikovits interview.

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Bitchute VIDEO: Plandemic Part 1 (Dr. Judy Mikovits)

https://www.bitchute.com/video/PYD8crtKe8XY/

 Posted by 2020Truthseeker

May 5th, 2020 10:48 UTC

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VIDEO: Former AIDS Scientist Judy Mikovits PhD EXPOSES Anthony Fauci, Dr Birx & UNCOVERS Medical Corruption

Posted by ChristinaAguayo

42.4K subscribers – May 4, 2020

 

“AIDS Scientist Judy Mikovits PhD SLAMS Dr. Anthony Fauci & Deborah Birx EXPOSES Medical Corruption”

 

Dr. Judy Anne Mikovits is an American researcher.

 

Dr. Judy A. Mikovits earned her BA in chemistry with a specialization in biology from the University of Virginia in 1980 and her PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from George Washington University in 1992. In her 35-year quest to understand and treat chronic diseases, she has co-authored seminal papers culminating at least a decade of research in each of four fields: immunology, natural products chemistry, epigenetics, and HIV/AIDs drug development.

 

Site: Plague of Corruption https://bit.ly/2Yg3Tqn (link directs to plaguethebook.com which failed to load when I tested it.)

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Bonus video on Dr. Anthony Fauci corruption:

 

VIDEO: Dr. Fauci and COVID-19 Priorities: Therapeutics Now or Vaccines Later?

Posted by Children’s Health Defense

14.2K subscribers – Mar 27, 2020

 

There is a raging debate in our government. How should America respond to the Coronavirus crisis? With therapeutic drugs? Or with a vaccine? Dr. Anthony Fauci is predictably shining a spotlight on risky and uncertain coronavirus vaccines that may not be available for two years, rather than prioritizing the short-term therapies that patients need right now. In light of the immunity from liability guaranteed by the PREP Act during declared emergencies, fast-tracked vaccines are a sweetheart deal for both biopharma and government. Will Big Pharma and biotech companies be allowed to cash in on this catastrophe with speculative, patentable vaccines at the expense of the therapeutics needed to save lives now? To keep updated on this issue and others, sign up for our free emails: ChildrensHealthDefense.org

 

The Conspiracy & The Goal


THINK OF THIS! If what happened to Lt. General Michael Flynn goes on without actual justice, what shot at maintaining Liberty does the average American possess when a corrupt Left-Wing government comes after them for not towing the State-line of thought? Justin Smith thoughts below.

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The Conspiracy & The Goal

The Plot of the Unelected Anti-American Traitors

 

By Justin O. Smith

Sent  5/3/2020 12:25 AM

 

As God as my witness, the truth is I am innocent.”  ~ Lt. General Michael Flynn

 

Nearly four years after the Deep State and senior Obama administration officials framed Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, former National Security Advisor for President Trump, in a pre-emptive strike, to remove Flynn and prevent him from reforming the assorted sixteen intelligence agencies, and a conspiracy to cripple the Trump administration, there now seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel through this sordid denouement. New evidence was turned over to Sidney Powell, Flynn’s defense attorney, by U.S. Attorney Timothy Shea, after U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Jensen and other attorneys appointed by U.S. Attorney General William Barr found it, shredding the last defenses of the Deep State’s rogue Intelligence forces and their years of deceit, juridical depravity and treachery; and, it has begun to unravel the vast tapestry of this sedition and the malicious prosecution of General Flynn, fully exonerating this fine American Patriot.

 

Reported by the amazing ##Sara Carter, investigative journalist, on April 24th of this year, Carter quotes Shea’s letter to Powell: “The enclosed documents were obtained and analyzed by USA EDMO in March and April 2020 and are provided to you as a result of this ongoing review; additional documents may be forthcoming. These materials are covered by the Protective Order entered by the Court on February 21, 2018.”

 

Flynn’s “crime”? A supposed illegal communication — a violation of the never used Logan Act — with the Russian Ambassador to the U.S. in the last days of December 2016, that was only discovered by way of an illegal surveillance of the Good General and then leaked to Trump-hating journalists in the New York Times and the Washington Post. Oh … and lying to the FBI for not being able to fully recall every detail of the phone call he made to Ambassador Kislyak.

 

Obama’s criminal conspirators started looking hard at Flynn in 2016, when he joined the Trump campaign as a foreign affairs advisor and made the mistake of leading the “Lock her up” chant in front of a deliriously enthusiastic crowd at the Republican Convention. He more than likely knew more than a thing or two about the Clinton Foundation’s activities, and maybe even where the bodies are buried so to speak.

 

Donald J. Trump did the “impossible” and pulled out the win, General Flynn was appointed as National Security Advisor, and the immeasurable anxiety and panic that rushed through the Deep State set off deafening alarm bells and prompted the Intelligence Community to create the operation “Crossfire Razor”.  And not long afterwards on December 29th 2016, Obama shook U.S.-Russia relations by confiscating country retreat properties in Long Island and Maryland that were owned by the Russian Embassy, expelling 35 embassy employees as payback for supposed Russian interference in the 2016 election; this prompted the conversation between Flynn and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and put Flynn’s entrapment by the FBI in motion.

 

One should also note that General Flynn was loathed and despised by the Obama political and national security bureaucrats for properly criticizing them for politicizing intelligence. The FBI was not a fan either, especially Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, due to Flynn’s support of an agent who alleged the Bureau had subjected her to sex discrimination..

 

K.T. McFarland ##documents her recollection of those days, because she was there from the start, as the Deputy National Security Advisor for President Trump. McFarland notes in her May 1st Fox News article: “When I talked to Flynn about these events at the time he was still national security adviser, he didn’t strike me as someone who had deliberately lied or tried to dissemble precisely what he said to Russian Ambassador Kislyak on what call or on exactly which day.”

 

https://video.foxnews.com/v/embed.js?id=6153302975001&w=466&h=263

 

Flynn, the incoming National Security Advisor, had committed no crime whatsoever, by speaking to the Russian Ambassador, because the Logan Act of 1799 was never intended to criminalize communications during a presidential transition, as it only outlawed NEGOTIATIONS BY UNAUTHORIZED AMERICAN CITIZENS WITH FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS. As the President Trump’s newly appointed and authorized agent, the call to Ambassador Kislyak was simply business as usual and nothing out of the ordinary or different from what incoming presidents and their staff and Cabinet have done for decades.

 

Notes taken by William Priestap, former FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence, were ordered to be released late Wednesday, April 29th, by U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, and the Justice Department released eleven more pages the same day. They reveal a perjury trap created by the FBI and the senior members of the bureau and the agents in charge of the fabricated allegations that President Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia.

 

The agents involved discussed refraining from any mention of the General’s Miranda rights, before conducting their January 2017 interview with him, a practice regularly used by the FBI, in order to get “suspects” to incriminate themselves and to be charged with a crime, if they mislead agents.

 

In part, the notes read: “What is our goal? Truth/Admission or get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired?”

 

Even more disturbing, we now also know that the Special Counsel and Mueller’s “investigation” was always just a part of the larger effort to conceal this conspiracy, allowing FBI and DOJ officials involved in the conspiracy to hide all of the evidence inside Mueller’s operation, thus making it impossible for defense lawyers to access and impeding efforts by Congress too. This ploy also prevented the Trump administration from being able to conduct a proper investigation, even as Flynn’s original defense team, Covington & Burling, was selling him down the river and helping his antagonists frame him.

 

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All documents that could have helped Flynn’s defense were systematically withheld by the FBI and the Department of Justice, preventing anyone — not just Flynn’s defense team — from uncovering the plot. Covington & Burling’s sudden release of long hidden documents suggests that they may have been part of this entire sorry plot, making them guilty of many crimes themselves.

 

To date and many tribulations later, the Good General is out $3.5 million to Covington & Burling, and he still had $4.6 million in unpaid legal bills as of last year. He was forced to sell his house in September 2018 to pay legal expenses, receiving $819,995, confirmed by Powell and Fox News. [Flynn Legal Defense Fund]

 

Highlighting just how vast this plot might actually be, on April 29th, Katie Pavlich asked two very important questions: “What did FBI Director Christopher Wray know and when? And why has he been covering for these scum bags?” Ms. Pavlich is an editor at the conservative news outlet of Townhall and a regular Fox News contributor.

 

Even more intriguing, there is now a whistleblower inside the FBI who has given information to The Federalist and the Daily Caller that claims Christopher Wray and his general counsel, Dana Boente, moved heaven and earth to try and prevent U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Jensen’s discoveries from being given to Sidney Powell, Flynn’s lawyer. Supposedly it was also Boente, who convinced Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from the Trump/Russia collusion case, when he was then-Acting Deputy Attorney General, according to Joe DiGenova, former U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.

 

DiGenova exclaimed: “This story is like a Russian novel. I mean, this is Dostoyevsky, it’s even better than Dostoyevsky.”

 

Other documents notably show that the FBI was prepared to formally close their investigation of Flynn and the case against him on January 4th 2017, but 20 minutes after the memorandum circulated, Peter Strzok, a rabidly anti-Trump agent, and other agents intervened and managed to keep the “case” ongoing. And this was immediately followed on January 5th by a meeting between President Obama, V.P Biden, FBI Director James Comey, Susan Rice — Flynn’s predecessor, and Attorney General Sally Yates, regarding how Comey would brief President-elect Donald Trump the next day, feeding him the false information contained in the fabricated Steele Dossier paid for by the Clinton campaign.

 

Remember also how Susan Rice would later write a memo on January 20th about the meeting, in a blatant attempt to cover her own ass, stating, “President Obama said he wants to be sure that, as we engage the incoming team, we are mindful to ascertain if there is any reason that we cannot share information fully as it relates to Russia.” Rice wrote this during the very moments the FBI was preparing to go after Flynn in an all-out frontal assault.

 

These criminals in the upper echelons of the Obama administration had to find a way to remove Flynn, since he was the only member of President Trump’s inner circle who would immediately recognize what was being plotted against the new president. Flynn had also been the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency under President Obama and he knew all the dirty secrets of the intelligence community, and he had enough scars from battles with the intelligence services to understand the underlying dynamics and the manner information was withheld and exploited by intelligence operators.

 

Flynn’s understanding of what was actually transpiring also moved him to initially offer a guilty plea, although he did not really believe he was guilty, and neither did the FBI agents who interviewed him; however, after Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s staff threatened to go after his son for failing to register with the Justice Department as a foreign agent, he felt he had no good choice. This government coercion by way of threatening one’s family crosses many lines and should be setting off warning bells across the land, since the charge was once again a fabrication of a most foul nature.

 

Not long after the Good General was briefed by Sidney Powell, his defense lawyer, on the evidence revelations, he posted a video of the American Flag waving at his home, prompting Donald Trump, Jr. to write in a tweet: “Imagine having your life and reputation ruined by rogue US govt. officials. Then years later when the plot finally comes to light the first thing you do is post an American flag. This is the guy they want you to believe was a Russian asset.”

 

President Trump recently stated that Michael Flynn was victimized by “dirty, filthy cops at the top of the FBI.”

 

Utilizing tactics that would have made the Soviet NKVD of **Lefortova proud, these agents set off in search of a crime without the slightest concern for destroying the life of this fine brave man, a three star general, who had passionately fought America’s enemies and terrorism and dedicated his entire life to serving America. They placed their evil Machiavellian plot above their duty and above God and country, as they simultaneously acted to leverage General Flynn to testify against the President and others about alleged wrongdoing, in order to advance the Russia hoax to discredit President Trump and oust him; and, although they thought they were going to get away with their conspiracy, thanks to Sidney Powell’s tireless never-ending efforts, their gambit and conspiracy is on full display.

 

[**Blog Editor: Since polls have indicated that American Millennials are warming up to Communism, one should examine the life of a political prisoner in Lefortova Prison still in use today by the Russian Federation:

 

 

 

 

 

“Why does this even matter anymore?”, some may ask.

 

So many of America’s current troubles are due to the culture of pervasive dishonesty, corruption and criminal activity across all levels of U.S. government, every area of our national life, and, most arrogantly and insidiously, the anti-American lawlessness around the CIA, FBI and Department of Justice during and after the 2016 election. Anything goes and nothing matters in this war of politics that is sure to become a hot one with lead flying in all directions one day in the not too distant future, if we don’t reform our government and eradicate the vile vermin from its ranks and try with all our might to go on as a credible and moral nation.

 

K.T. McFarland explains it best: “Take politics out of it for a moment and consider this: a cabal of senior leaders of the FBI — unelected and accountable to no one — plotted against a newly elected President of the United States.”

 

The morning of April 30th, President Donald Trump tweeted: “What happened to General Michael Flynn, a war hero, should never be allowed to happen to a citizen of the United States again!”

 

America will never return to normal, until the American people are shown that real justice exists in this country, even as we note federal attorney John Durham’s investigation looms in the background and strives to do just that; and yet, Barr seems reluctant to go after the collaborators in Congress and the media. Every damned traitor to America, who took part in this seditious conspiracy operated by several agencies of the federal government against a decorated three star general — a conspiracy that extended to members of Congress who are not immune from prosecution for felony crimes — in an explicit effort to overthrow President Donald J. Trump, such as Barack Obama, Susan Rice, John Brennan, James Clapper, James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Rod Rosenstein, Michael Atkinson, Loretta Lynch, Sally Yates, Dana Boente, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Colonel Alexander Vindman, William Priestap, James Baker (DOJ), James Baker (DOD), Eric Ciaramella, Robert Mueller, Senator Richard Burr, Representative Adam Schiff and a huge litany of many others, must be charged, prosecuted and imprisoned or executed, according to the depth of their complicity, before the regular wheels of justice and faith in the system can ever be reestablished. [Bold text agreement by the Editor]

 

If nothing is resolved and the status quo stands ….. if they are allowed to get away free and clear from these terrible deeds against a fine man such as General Flynn and a sitting U.S. President, rogue agents of any future administration will remain free and clear to do the same, and much worse to the average American, and no one should want that to be America’s future.

 

By Justin O. Smith

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The Birth of COVID-1984


Are you an American? Do you – AN AMERICAN – want a life of fear and submission to government edicts? If you answered yes (wittingly or unwittingly), then a Globalist government is awaiting your citizenship … AND that ain’t American citizenship.

 

If you answered no (as in HELL NO), It is time to stand against the tyranny of an unconstitutional rule of law. There is a COVID-1984 fear agenda that needs to be withstood by some good old fashioned American rebellion.  READ Justin Smith to know what I mean.

 

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The Birth of COVID-1984

We Have A Duty to Stand Up to Tyranny!

 

By Justin O. Smith

Sent 4/30/2020 2:59 AM

 

Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”  ~ George Addair

 

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”  ~ Marie Skiodowska-Curie (1867-1934)

 

The dilemma of simply trying to pursue one’s unalienable God Given Rights of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness is growing ever more difficult in America, as our governments at all level have become much less interested in protecting our rights, their sworn duty, and more interested in doing anything and everything to suppress our Bill of Rights and grow their own power, through both legal and illegal measures and actions. The people who run these local and state governments, along with the federal government, at this juncture, seem to be not accountable for their actions, in such a way, that a potentially greater threat than this virus is rising in the form of newly emerging police state, filled with officers, who do not have a proper understanding of their constitutional duty and have fallen to employing the State’s illegal orders with an ease unparalleled in recent history, and run by medical doctors and technocrats anxious to use fear as a tool to encourage the birth of their new baby, COVID-1984. [Blog Editor: Interesting thoughts utilizing a COVID-1984 political scenario to transform not only the U.S. but the world:

 

 

 

 

 

 

My father, his father and their fathers before them, all were raised in a world among people of sound mind and reason, more than capable by way of cogent thought processes and analytical skills. My ancestors understood that life itself carries risk and every day one went out in public a chance existed that something bad might come their way, including some new or old disease. Never in U.S. history have Americans asserted they somehow have a right to demand that all other Americans make the public domain absolutely risk free, whatever the cost to themselves. And, if we now accept that the petty tyrants in our governments and the segment of society in agreement with them can do this, what else can they demand of us?

 

Those people telling us to stay home are cowards, and they want us to be cowards. Our so-called “leaders” [I want to puke every time I write the word], such as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, are telling us to live in fear. Cuomo said, “I need you to stay home because the virus may kill me.”

 

On Wednesday, April 15th 2020, ##two women in Laredo, Texas were arrested by undercover police, on an anonymous tip, for violating Laredo’s COVID-19 shutdown order. They were operating a “prohibited” cosmetology business from their home, and, as luck would have it, the Laredo shutdown mandates that “non-essential” services, including cosmetology services, must close; their charges carry a maximum 180 days in jail and a $1000 fine.

 

That’s the other side of this coin. In unbelievable unwarranted, egregious acts of betrayal, unprecedented in American history, far too many have decided to be collaborators and informers in the tyrant’s cause to squash liberty, in a fashion far too similar to East Germany. New York City Mayor DeBlasio has a “snitch line” in place and he has asked for people to send photos to law enforcement of anyone violating quarantine “laws”. Likewise, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti enthusiastically encouraged “snitching”. And all of America’s good and decent citizens should be sickened to their very core to see such operations in the open, in our country — America — with Her long tradition of upholding and defending freedom and liberty.

 

One mother, Sarah Walton Brady, was recently arrested in Meridian, Idaho, for trespassing on a closed playground with her children. It’s highly questionable whether the playground should have been closed over this virus in the first place, but however one sees it, there wasn’t any real good reason to arrest her. Although she has since apologized for trespassing, probably coerced through threats of heavy fines and jail, she initially stated: “I didn’t wake up today thinking, I’m taking my kids to the park to get arrested, but when tyranny becomes law, rebellion becomes duty! We have a duty to stand up to tyranny, or we’re gonna lose our republic.”

 

America has also witnessed a lone California surfer in the ocean by himself arrested. Another man was arrested for playing cards with three friends inside a closed bar, and he now faces 90 days in jail and a $1000 fine. These are just two of hundreds of similar cases.

 

What are some other risky practices Americans should no longer tolerate in society? Going out in public if their allergies trigger the sniffles?

 

More than this, some idiots in the federal government seem to believe, erroneously I might add, that the use of our outstanding military to repel an invasion of illegal immigrants is a violation of the Posse Comitatus, which only forbids the use of the military to enforce domestic laws. And yet on March 31st 2020, Secretary of Defense ##Mark Esper, suggested that state governors can use the National Guard  to enforce house arrest orders.

 

On April 28th 2020, New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio tweeted [Red State]: “My message to the Jewish community, and to all communities, is this simple: the time for warnings has passed. I have instructed the NYPD to proceed immediately to summons or even arrest those who gather in large groups. This is about stopping this disease and saving lives. Period.”

 

Is it really?!!?

 

More than eighty to ninety percent of the U.S. population has already been “sheltering-in-place” for more than a month. At this point, it is a near certainty that aside from known cases, everybody has either had it and didn’t know it, or they haven’t been infected yet. But in any case, the virus in America, for all practical considerations is now largely of little concern to healthy people not wanting to face starvation in the near future and who are anxious to start back to work.

 

On April 20th, ##Dr. Dan Erickson, of Bakersfield, California started speaking out quite loudly against the current COVID models as being deeply flawed, and as noted on April 26th in the American Institute for Economic Research, he stated: “If you’re going to dance on someone’s constitutional rights you better have a good reason, you better have a really good reason, not just a theory. The data is showing us it’s time to lift (the stay at home orders) so if we don’t lift, what is the reason?”

 

Erickson added, “Typically you quarantine the sick. When someone has the measles you quarantine them. We’ve never seen where we quarantine the healthy.”

 

In a similar rejection of the One-Worlder’s COVID models, Professor Johan Giesecke, former State Epidemiologist and currently an advisor to the Swedish government, stated that most of the policies imposed by other governments, including the United States, are not evidence based.

 

Although U.S COVID deaths are now reportedly over 60,000, on April 25th, the count was right at 53,000. Of that number, 42,400 were discovered to have resulted from age-related deaths, like cancer, heart disease and diabetes, and only 10,600 were actually verified by laboratory tests, with a lot of false positives. The COVID event has been a smoke and mirror trick of such size to make the Wizard of Oz look like a piker. [Bold text Blog Editor’s]

 

Here’s what happened when people didn’t social distance: Out of the entire 4600 member crew tested aboard the USS Roosevelt, only 710 tested positive, only 52 needed treatment and only one died [Blog Editor: one death reported as of 4/24/20 on Popular Mechanics]. Forty-two recovered fully, and nine are in the process of recovering. So, thousands of sailors packed tightly together all day long and everyday only exhibited 1.13% of the crew needing any treatment whatsoever, and only one out of 4600 died. [Blog Editor: Updated statistics (without report of sailor’s death) 4/30/20 at Times of San Diego]

 

Very few of the hospitals in America are overwhelmed with COVID cases, with the exception of New York City. Many hospitals are actually shutting down or handing staff their lay-off slips, because COVID has delayed all elective procedures, for a litany of reasons. However, in the aspiring Communist state of California, Governor Newsom has assembled a task force to examine the best way to end the shutdown, even though he didn’t need such an entity to declare it.

 

Why? And the real shame is that he will never be made to pay for the human and economic costs of these unprecedented moves, nor will the others who used the most draconian measures to force compliance.

 

The impeccable and bright Ann Coulter nails it in her commentary  today (April 29th), ##stating: “The shutdown is airport security for the whole country. Nineteen Muslim immigrants flew planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and suddenly little old ladies from Oklahoma had to be goosed at airports. We have to be safe!”

 

Safety comes at a high price. Look at the price already: Joblessness, poverty, crushed dreams, the evaporation of all our accumulated achievements and the suppression of our liberty. Safety comes at the price of life having meaning; safety comes at the cost of adventure and a life well lived, and staying safe and “sheltering at home” would not have stopped Hitler during the 1940s.

 

So many Americans are so afraid of dying, that they have stopped living, and in the process they are hurting others and themselves. In a country so interdependent state by state, the consequences of their fear is seen in lost jobs, homes and cities and towns already headed towards bankruptcy driven further into the ground. Their failure to understand the full ramifications of their unfailing cooperation and collaboration with the lockdown is causing the collapse of our society. It is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

 

Those globalists and technocrats currently advocating hard and intensely for the World Health Organization to be followed without question, such as Dr. Fauci and Bill Gates and many other One-Worlders, have succeeded in pushing the United States Federal government to accept the model that sees every other person as a threat and a possible carrier of a deadly germ that cannot be controlled, and there couldn’t be a better way for the Communists and Socialists of America to justify imposing sweeping restrictions on everyone’s activities. All of a sudden, ordinary everyday life is viewed as dangerous, and the government says that not a single one among us can defend ourselves from this “scary” virus. We supposedly need the government to protect us, and this has been a test run to shake lose any flaws in their plans to achieve their ultimate goal of total government control and the end of freedom and liberty in America.

 

[Blog Editor: Justin ain’t jokin’ using the word “One-Worlder”. Check this out:

 

 

 

 

AND if you think the One World Government/New World Order links are the works of Right-Wing conspiracy nutjobs, check out these two links from more Left oriented website and a report on a former UK Prime Minister promoting Globalist ideals:

 

 

 

Liberty is now at risk in America more than it has ever been at any juncture in history, to the point we have even seen churches closed by COVID Communism, a feat never even accomplished in the old Soviet Union, and the time calls for us all to be as courageous as possible and dissent as loudly as possible against these shutdowns. Demand a full and rapid reopening in opposition to the current limited plans to reopen slowly, especially in light of the damage to our food supply chain that is currently emerging, even as President Trump has ordered meat packing plants to reopen.

 

The anti-American, anti-Founding mobsters in our federal and state governments and the Federal Reserve Bank have savaged the economy, over 26 million Americans have lost their jobs, an untold number of small business will close forever, trillions of dollars of property have been stolen, and they have the largest segment of the American people cowering at home, BAaaaing at the moon, stripped of the most basic freedoms to do just about anything. They even seek to track us through special devices and chips through national health databases and immunization certificates, and our governments have seized the moment to vastly expand their powers, doing whatever they want, in a manner unseen since September 11th 2001, because some people are terrified. And these seized powers will never be relinquished without a fight.

 

If the current spate of protests and dissent across the nation fail to bring the entire government structure to its senses, forcing them to reopen immediately, this month of shutdowns will turn into two, maybe three, and then it will most certainly be pushed on to the suggested 18 month mark, for a good reason that will be soon be discovered, more likely fabricated, such as the possibility of a resurgence and needing to await the much touted Gates Vaccine. So, open your businesses today, immediately, orders lifted or not. Go back to work, those who can, orders lifted or not. Free your minds and your bodies and scream your dissent to the Heavens against any continuance of this shutdown, that guarantees many more deaths through poverty and starvation, loudly enough to be heard in D.C. and all across America, and don’t wait for anyone else to free you, especially anyone from the government: To do so only legitimizes their acts of tyranny, that are not legitimate under our Bill of Rights — by our Constitution — any ethical principle, any moral compact. [Bold text is the Blog Editor COMPLETELY agreeing with Justin]

 

By Justin O. Smith

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Choose Your God Wisely


Justin Smith submitted an Easter/Christian Rights message. The Easter part probably could have waited to next week because tomorrow is Palm Sunday rather than Easter. Palm Sunday represent the triumphal of Jesus into Jerusalem on a white donkey colt with the populace hailing the Lord Jesus with Hosanna to the son of David with palm branches and clothing laid in the path to honor Jesus. One week later a Sadducee/Pharisee Sanhedrin infused crowd shouted for the Lord’s crucifixion.

 

AND thank God for that Crucifixion because that led to the Resurrection of the Lord and Salvation for every person who believes in every generation.

PAY ATTENTION to the Christian Rights portion of Justin’s message. There are large numbers of Christians trying to congregate to worship the Risen Savior. Those Christians are being vilified by the MSM, the Dem Party and ironically vilified by many Christians gripped by the fear of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

In full disclosure on a personal level, I don’t have a lot of hitch in my get-along anymore. The result is I’ve been attending my Church online long before the ChiComs unleashed COVID-19 on the world.

 

BUT in this time of social distancing if Churches can figure how to meet without infecting others after Church, then BY GOD – congregate and worship even as fear is spread to hamper Christian worship.

 

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We Call Ourselves “The Faithful”

 

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Sent 4/4/2020 11:41 AM

 

Christ is risen! Truly, He is risen! Alleluia!

 

Today, faithful Christians in America are being tried and tested more than they ever have been in recent years, even the past century, as we prepare to worship God at this most holy season that commemorates Passover, the Last Supper and the Resurrection on Easter Day. Many troubling earthly matters have made life difficult for millions of our countrymen and people across the globe, as difficult as any time many have seen in this lifetime, and as one may think on the influence, or lack thereof, of the Spirit of God in our daily lives, one must wonder that we are not more concerned and anxious in preparing ourselves and our families for the events and inherent government evils currently lurking at our doors; for although this world is temporary, not one jot or tittle of the Lord will go unfulfilled.

 

With that said, every single Christian man, woman and child and every hungry questioning and inquiring soul seeking comfort and solace should be in attendance in Church this Easter Sunday, despite any and all “orders” and “mandates” handed down, after a grim cavalcade of data sheets, bad and false information and “experts” seemingly enabled the reins of power to be snatched from the executive, during this so-called “crisis”.

 

We call ourselves “the Faithful” and Christianity “the Faith”. Isn’t now the best time to exhibit some of that faith we are always holding up for the non-believers to see?

 

Are we so afraid of this virus, that we will actually comply with government orders and allow our right to assemble to be suppressed and essentially removed, based on an arbitrary whim of a politician? Can we not at the very least gather and hold hands in front of the Church altar for the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who came to earth and shed His blood in sacrifice, so that we might all be redeemed of our sins and receive salvation? You can always wash Your hands before and after.

 

Everybody certainly is free to worship as they see fit; however, don’t say you are “faithful” if you are living in such fear of death that you cannot or will not even walk through the Church doors to worship the God you say you love, or you, the pastors and priests, cannot stand before your congregations and deliver your Easter sermon in person over fear of the virus or fear of what the government response may be.

 

Is it so easy to turn your back on Your faith?

 

Recall that Jesus first received and endured a public flogging before his crucifixion. The Roman centurions flogged Jesus repeatedly with whips made of leather, jagged pieces of bone and iron balls, heavily bruising and lacerating His flesh, as they tore into his underlying muscles and cut Him into a horrific mass of bleeding flesh, so terrible to see for anyone with any compassion and a trace of love for their fellow man and all humanity.

 

As Isaiah 52:14 in the King James Bible recorded for posterity: “As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men“. Basically this tells us Jesus was so disfigured that the people were astonished, because one could barely recognize a person was underneath all the visible brutality and blood.

 

Following His Resurrection, Jesus first appeared to Mary Magdalene, as we know from many accounts such as Mark 16:9-10: “Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils. And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept.” But, He also remained on earth for the next forty days speaking to His followers, and there are no less than ten infallible proofs of His Resurrection offered in Scripture; Scripture also records that He ascended into Heaven, from Mount Olivet near Jerusalem, flanked by two angels as his Apostles stood by and witnessed it all.

 

We Christians understand the fellowship necessary in the Church to keep it alive and flourishing, and we train and teach our children in our ways, until the day they are baptized and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, which brings me joy as I recall my own grandchildren’s baptisms, in the Church and, when the weather permitted, outside in Drake’s Creek, with the frogs and snakes and all. We are baptized, we die and we rise with Christ.

 

And yet, the authorities would have us turn our backs on the One True God and our faith, without so much as a nod towards our right to freely assemble and worship, as we see fit. As reported by OneNewsNow on April 3rd, Mayor Bill de Blasio has threatened to close the Church down permanently if they refuse to abide and comply with his orders to close their doors: “(The police will) inform (church leaders) that they need to stop the services and disperse. If that does not happen, they will take additional action up to the point of fines and closing the building permanently.”

 

Attorney Brad Dacus, fellow at the Pacific Justice Institute, declared: There is absolutely no authority for the mayor (de Blasio) to engage in such a draconian, tyrannical practice, and to make such a threat in times like these shows a complete insensitivity to the rights of citizens in his town.”

 

On Monday, March 30th, in Florida, Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister arrested Dr. Rodney Howard-Browne, after receiving an “anonymous tip” that he was still holding large church services at The River at Tampa Bay Church, in violation of a local “safer-at-home” order, that is obviously so illegitimate, illegal and UnConstitutional on more levels than one can mention here. He was arrested at his home and charged with “unlawful assembly” and violating public health emergency rules, misdemeanors carrying a 60 day jail sentence and a $500 fine.

 

Also recently, according to WAFB-TV (CBS News), Pastor Tony Spell of Life Tabernacle Church, near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was charged with six misdemeanors, after he repeatedly and rightfully defied Governor John Edwards orders prohibiting gatherings of ten or more people in one location. This past Sunday, March 29th, there were 1,265 people in attendance, and for each ten people, according to authorities, a separate charge can be placed that carries a 6 month jail sentence.

 

In a March 30th email and a separate statement to WAFB, Pastor Spell declared: “We have a constitutional right to congregate. We will continue. … The virus, we believe, is politically motivated (and I agree ~ JOS). We hold our religious rights dear and we are going to assemble no matter what someone says.”

 

Thank God at least two state governors, Gregg Abbott of Texas and Ron DeSantis of Florida, are exhibiting a bit of good common sense and pushing back against the harsh tactics of many so-called “leaders”. Both men have noted that “attending religious services conducted in churches … and houses of worship” are essential services and activity.

 

But how despicable it is to find that people are pointing their finger at others who are not causing them harm in the slightest, as these accusers hide behind a mask of anonymity, cowards that they are. A gathering of Christians doesn’t affect anyone who is standing on the outside, looking in and acting as a government informant on the Christians terrible “crime” against the state, unless the informant should accidentally hear the Word of God in the process. And how repugnant it is that one of our Fundamental God Given Rights is now frowned upon and penalized by the Leviathan as “unlawful assembly”.

 

The government, the Leviathan, and its new “Law” pleases those among us too innocent and dumb to know better, as it compares its small power to God’s Eternal Might and demands that Christians, and all Americans, accept the delusion of the State as our God, with instant and unquestioning obedience, while it also tries to justify lockdowns through this “pandemic”.  And, it has been emboldened by those large numbers of clergy genuflecting to the State, and many within its ranks today proceed to use the “safer-at-home” orders to eviscerate the remainders of our shredded liberty.

 

I’ll be in Church Easter Sunday, or kneeling in prayer outside its locked doors, and I hope many of You will join me there. Do not follow the Leviathan into any betrayal of Jesus Christ. Stand as one Church for Our Lord and Savior and take joy in the salvation that has come through His sacrifice upon the Cross for us all, all who acknowledge Him as the One True God, who came to earth and defeated Satan and Death, in order to usher in a new age and a New Covenant with Man.

 

That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”  John 3:15-17 King James Bible

 

Let us praise God for the bold believers and our courageous Christian Brothers and Sisters and Church leaders rebelling against tyrants and defying our “Rulers”, and in addition, we must pray that the Faithful throughout America follow their lead, challenging this arrogance of elected government officials and unelected bureaucrats, just as Believers across history have done. And let us stand firm, strong and staunchly together with friends and family, in defiance of government diktats, and open the churches to millions across America on Easter Sunday, throwing off the government’s chains of deceit and fear, as we, the Church, gather for the most precious and wonderful of Christian celebrations, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior.

 

And don’t forget. He has promised to return.

 

And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him; and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.”  ~ Revelation 6:1-2

 

In closing, I will leave You all with the one most important question You will ever answer in Your lifetime, as it was once put to all America in song, ‘When the Man Comes Around’ by Johnny Cash, who sang: “The hairs on your arm will stand up at the terror in each sip and in each sup. Will you partake of that last offered cup or disappear into the potter’s ground when the man comes around?

 

And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, it is not unlawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood. And they took counsel, and brought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in.”  ~ Matthew 25:5-7 King James Bible

 

And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”  ~ Matthew 26:26-28 King James Bible

 

He is risen. He is risen, indeed! Alleluia!

 

By Justin O. Smith

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Islamic Hatred of Christians in Pakistan Evident


Saleem Masih murdered by Sher Doga in Pakistan (Photo foundIndependent News Coverage Pakistan)

 

Posted by John R. Houk

© March 12, 2020

 

Do you think Islam is evil? Here is a video from Peace Worldwide on Youtube (it’s in Urdu but you get the picture of anguish) which a Muslim murdered a Christian Gospel singer. Below is the video and below the video is the description of how the murder occurred written in English.

 

VIDEO: CHRISTIAN MAN MURDERED BY A PAKISTANI MUSLIM LANDLORD BECAUSE OF HIS FAITH IN CHRIST

Posted by Peace Worldwide

260 subscribers –  Mar 12, 2020

 

#PakistaniChristians #Genocide #persecution

 

This happened in Pakistan’s village called Bughyana in Kasur District. A Muslim landlord who is also a member of current government’s man Political Party killed a Christian man from that village because he was a Gospel Singer and that Muslim landlord didn’t like Gospel songs. He attacked his house, kidnapped him and tortured him in different ways including electrocution for days until he died. Now the government, Police or Courts of Pakistan are not doing anything because the man who died is a Christian and they just don’t care about a Christian. Pakistani Christians are facing genocide right now. Pakistani Government is actively involved in killing Christians everyday, they specifically target young Christian men. It seems like a crime to be a Christian in Pakistan. Please pray for this man’s family and share this video so more people can see the true face of Pakistan. You can’t find that kind of news on Mainstream Media which is why we need your help in spreading it. Pakistani Media always criticize India and other countries but at the same time they hide news in their own countries. This Christian woman who is speaking in the video has to hide her face because if she is recognized then Pakistani secret agencies will kidnap her and she will be disappeared forever.

 

When I finger point the reality of Islam, the race-baiters

Come out of the woodwork like cockroaches and scream, “ISLAMOPHOBE!” I’ll get over it but I expect the usual Social Media banning. In fact I would not be surprised if Youtube censors this 2 minute and 45 second video in one fashion or another.

 

If you think the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic is bad, try being a committed Christian in an Islamic dominated nation.

 

The Youtube description lacks details such as names and specific motives. I believe I have found more details from a Vatican News post from 3/5/20:

 

Pakistan’s religious leaders condemn brutal murder of young Christian

Pakistan’s Christian and Muslim leaders are calling for justice for the killers of Saleem and for stopping violence against Christians.

 

March 5, 2020 – 17:20

Vatican News

 

Outrage and condemnation are running high in Pakistan’s Christian communities following the brutal murder of a 22-year old young Christian in Kasur district, in Punjab Province.

 

Saleem Masih was attacked whilst taking a bath in a tube-well pool belonging to an influential local Muslim landlord.  Accusing him of polluting the pool water, his killers tortured him brutally causing multiple fractures and internal and external injuries all over his body.

 

The murderers kept him for about three days before returning the body to his family.  Taken to a hospital in Lahore Saleem succumbed to death on 28 February after three agonising days.

 

Several Christian and Muslim religious leaders met in Lahore on Wednesday to address the issue and plan their action, the Vatican’s Fides news agency reported.

 

At the meeting, chaired by Anglican Bishop Azad Marshal Raiwind of the Church of Pakistan, were present, among others, Father Francis Nadeem OFM Cap, Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Interreligious Dialogue and Ecumenism (NCIDE) of Pakistan’s Catholic Bishops’ Conference (PCBC), Pastor Emmanuel Khokhar and Islamic leader Muhammad Asim Makhdoom.

 

All present “expressed deep regret” over the episode, a sign of widespread intolerance towards Christians, and also over the inaction of the police to prevent the crime and releasing the perpetrators soon after.

 

“It is the state’s responsibility to provide security to all citizens of the country without any kind of discrimination. All citizens, of all religions, are equal, contribute to the development of their beloved nation and deserve equal rights,” Fr Nadeem told Fides.  “We are a nation and live under a single Constitution and a single flag. The state must enforce these fundamental principles,” he added.

 

Bishop Azad Marshal declared he will file a “First Information Report against the criminals and will not step back until the perpetrators receive the appropriate punishment”.

 

The assembly of religious leaders expressed While expressing pain and bitterness at the persecution of Christians in Pakistan, the assembly of religious leaders also recalled the sufferings of Muslims in India, inviting both countries to avoid discriminatory laws and behaviour and respect the “principle of citizenship”.

 

The assembly decided to appeal to human rights organizations of the world “to take immediate action to stop violence against Muslims in India and against religious minorities in Pakistan”.  It also planned to appeal to the government of Pakistan take practical measures to avoid this type of incident in the future and bring the perpetrators of Saleem Masih’s murder to justice and actively promote interreligious harmony in Pakistan.  (Source: Fides)

 

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The Christian Post (CP) provides even more details. Search engine examinations only points to Peace Worldwide on Youtube about the murder victim being a Gospel Singer. Either Peace Worldwide video dated 3/12/20 got the details wrong or yet another incident of persecuting Christians in Pakistan has taken place. Below are the CP details:

 

Pakistani Christian man tortured to death for bathing in well water; family wants justice

 

By Samuel Smith, CP Reporter

MARCH 04, 2020

Christian Post

 

A 22-year-old Christian man was beaten to death in Pakistan’s Punjab province by men who accused him of “contaminating” water in a well owned by a Muslim farmer.

 

Sources have told human rights organizations that Christian laborer Saleem Masih from the Kasur district of Punjab was chained, dragged, and beaten with rods by a landowner and four other men around Feb. 25.

 

Masih died from his injuries on Feb. 28 at Lahore General Hospital, according to the U.K.-based Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement.

 

Masih’s older brother told the Union of Catholic Asia News that Masih was tortured for two hours for washing himself off in a tube well owned by a Muslim landowner who has been identified as Sher Doga.

 

“We have to take a bath after unloading husk from a trolley. Even the cold weather doesn’t matter. The itching from chaff, stuck in our clothes, disturbs our sleep,” Nadeem Masih was quoted as saying.

 

“They threatened him with dire consequences when he cleaned himself after unloading a vehicle last week. They accused him of desecrating their water. He was already being warned about making TikTok videos in farms belonging to Muslim landlords.”

 

Masih was discovered lying in Doga’s cattle farm with serious injuries on Feb. 25 in Bhagiana village, where many Christians work as farm laborers.

 

Nadeem Masih said local women informed him that they heard Masih moaning in pain around 7 a.m.

 

“He told the police about being chained, beaten and electrocuted by four men,” Nadeem Masih said. “They rolled a thick iron rod over his entire body. He was like a crushed sugar cane from a juice machine.”

 

Although Masih was taken to a hospital for surgery, he died from organ failure.

 

According to UCANews, Doga was arrested but later released. The high court in Lahore accepted a bail petition from the suspects who accused the Masih of stealing.

 

CLAAS Director Nasir Sayeed said in a press release that Doga summoned the police himself. Sayeed accused Doga of bribing police since police pressed Masih’s family to settle the matter.

 

According to Sayeed, Doga justified the crime by saying that Masih “committed a crime by dirtying” the well water.

 

“The Masih family had to plead with the landowner to free Saleem Masih so they could take him to a hospital for medical treatment,” Sayeed reported.

 

Ghafoor Masih told CLAAS that he wants justice for his son.

 

“Those who have killed my son must be punished for taking the law into their own hands and killing him for nothing but for being Christian,” Ghafoor Masih was quoted as saying.

 

According to Sayeed, it will not be easy to get justice for Masih because the “perpetrators are so influential.”

 

“The Pakistani police is often biased when it comes to the matter Muslims and non-Muslims,” Sayeed said.

 

Michelle Chaudhry, president of the Cecil and Iris Chaudhry Foundation, said in a statement that the “horrific act of violence is once again a grim reminder that intolerance in the name of religion in Pakistan has escalated beyond the rule of law.”

 

“Unfortunately, in Pakistan, when it comes to the religious minorities anyone is free to act as a prosecutor, judge and executor,” Chaudhry explained. “We cannot allow this to go on; impunity around violence against religious minorities in Pakistan has to end.”

 

Pakistan is ranked as the fifth-worst country in the world when it comes to Christian persecution, according to Open Doors USA’s 2020 World Watch List. Christians have often been victimized by societal persecution in the predominantly Muslim country.

 

In 2014, two Christians from Kasur were burned alive in a brick kiln by a Muslim mob after they were accused of desecrating a copy of the Quran.

 

“It is unacceptable that Christians in Pakistan still face discrimination and hatred on account of their religious identity,” CSW Executive Mervyn Thomas said in a statement.

 

“The government of Pakistan must take decisive action against the perpetrators of hate and those who carry out such crimes. We also urge the authorities to fully commit to the long-term work of overcoming the prejudiced mindset toward religious minorities in society.”

 

In a Feb. 26 tweet, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan warned that ” anyone in Pakistan targeting our non-Muslim citizens or their places of worship will be dealt with strictly.”

 

“Our minorities are equal citizens of this country,” Khan wrote.

 

According to UCA News, over 1,000 Christians attended Saleem Masih’s funeral held at an evangelical church in front of his home. Reportedly among those in attendance was Ejaz Alam, Punjab’s minister on human rights and minority affairs.

 

Masih’s killing has inspired the social media hashtag #JusticeForSaleemMasih.

 

© 2020 The Christian Post, INC. All Rights Reserved.)

 

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Lessons From Palestinian Rule Over Bethlehem


The facts on Muslim rule over Christians (many if not most of Arab descent) where pseudo-Palestinians have governed are disturbing. It would make a Leftist Multiculturalist proud because the facts include the horrors of depopulation.

 

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Lessons From Palestinian Rule Over Bethlehem

 

By Dov Lipman

January 28, 2020

Honest Reporting

 

The minaret of a Muslim mosque at Bethlehem’s Manger Square is reflected in a gold crucifix during the 2002 Christmas Eve procession outside the Church of the Nativity. (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)

 

What is so special about Bethlehem?

 

For Jews, the town’s holiness stems from its description as the burial place of Rachel, Jacob’s beloved wife (Genesis 35:19). Later on, the story of Ruth largely revolves around Bethlehem as the childhood home of King David and the place where he was anointed as king (Samuel I 16:1-13). Jewish tradition teaches that the Messiah will come from Bethlehem (Micha 5:2-5).

 

Christian tradition teaches that Bethlehem was the birthplace of Jesus (Matthew 2:1–12, Luke 2:4–20, and John 7:42). The Church of the Nativity was built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century CE over a cave believed to be the very spot where Jesus was born.

 

Bethlehem Now and Then

 

Sadly, this holy city has also become a city of contention.

 

The 1947 United Nations Partition Plan proposed placing Bethlehem, which is just six miles southwest of Jerusalem, under UN control as part of the Jerusalem international zone. During the War of Independence in 1948 which broke out after the Arab countries rejected the partition plan, the Arab Legion took control of Bethlehem. During these 19 years the Christian population declined from in the thousands.

 

Israel took control over the city in June 1967 during the Six Day War. The Christian residents asked Israel to annex the city and make it an official part of Israel but Israel rejected the idea, holding out for the possibility of it returning to Arab hands in the context of a peace agreement.

 

Bethlehem-Jerusalem Map

 

From 1967 until 1995 Bethlehem thrived. Christians came on pilgrimages to the Church of the Nativity in the millions and Jewish worshippers flocked to the revered Tomb of Rachel. Local vendors, restaurants, and hotels experienced great success as people from all faiths felt free to visit and walk the city streets.

 

But then in 1995, Israeli negotiations with the Palestinian leadership led to the Oslo II Accords in which Israel agreed to hand over civilian and security control to six cities – Jericho, Tulkarem, Nablus, Qalqilya, and Bethlehem.

 

Bethlehem’s longtime Christian mayor, Elias Frej, begged Israeli Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin not to give the city which has a majority Christian population over to the Palestinian Authority. He was afraid what Muslim rule would do to the Christians living there. But Israel, seeking a breakthrough in its relationship with the Palestinians, handed Bethlehem over to Palestinian rule on December 21, 1995.

 

Rachel’s Tomb

 

This led to a period of horrific unrest in and around the holy city. Palestinian snipers began shooting at Jewish visitors to Rachel’s Tomb and even killed IDF soldiers who were protecting those worshippers. At times, the holy site which was fortified with concrete walls and roofs, had to be closed because of the threats from Palestinian terrorists.  At other times visitors could only travel to the holy site in armored vehicles.

 

Aside from the attacks against Rachel’s Tomb, Bethlehem became a home base for terrorist cells and the launching pad for terror attacks against Israeli citizens. Its proximity to Jerusalem made the capital vulnerable. A few examples:

 

  • Dec. 5, 2001: Palestinian terrorist Daoud Ali Ahmed Saad was sent by the Islamic Jihad base in Bethlehem to blow himself up in the heart of downtown Jerusalem. He did so, seriously injuring five civilians.

 

  • Feb. 18, 2002: Palestinian terrorist Yasser Said Moussa Uda was sent by a Fatah/Tanzim terror group in Bethlehem to blow himself up next to a roadblock on a highway outside Jerusalem. He killed an Israeli police officer and seriously injured two civilians.

 

  • March 2, 2002: Sent by a Fatah/Tanzim terror cell in the Bethlehem district, Muhammad Ahmed Abd El-Rahman Derameh was transported to Jerusalem where he blew himself up next to worshippers leaving a Jerusalem synagogue. He was driven there by Ashraf Hajajara who also lived in the Bethlehem district.

 

  • March 17, 2002: Sent by an Islamic Jihad terror cell in Bethlehem, Akram Ishak Abdullah Nabatiti blew himself up at a major Jerusalem junction, seriously injuring 25 people.

 

  • March 29, 2002: Palestinian terrorist Ayat Mohammed Latfi al-Akhras from the Bethlehem district blew herself up in a main Jerusalem supermarket, killing two civilians and injuring 22.

 

  • March 31, 2002: Fatah operatives in Bethlehem prepared a bomb in a backpack and sent a 16-year-old boy to Jerusalem. The boy  blew himself up next to a health clinic, injuring six civilians.

 

Thus, Bethlehem became a base for Palestinian attacks against Israelis in Jerusalem. The mounting  casualties forced the Israel Defense Forces to enter the city repeatedly to search and arrest the terrorists. Israeli forces also worked to dismantle the terrorist infrastructure in the city. Not only were numerous suicide bombings thwarted, security forces also uncovered mortars and infrastructure for the production of rockets.

 

Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity

 

Israel also had no choice but to construct the security barrier which envelops Bethlehem, giving it the feeling of a city under siege. These measures sharply reduced the number of successful terror attacks, but with a Hamas terror cell strongly entrenched in Bethlehem, attempts continue.

 

Christians and their holy sites suffered terribly from the fighting, especially the Church of the Nativity during a month-long siege. On April 2, during the IDF’s Operation Defensive Shield of 2002, Israeli forces moved to arrest a number of Palestinian fugitives in the city. Fifty fled to the church compound where they held 200 monks hostage. After 38 days, the siege ended peacefully with the Palestinian fugitives agreeing to go into exile, some to Gaza and others to Europe. Israeli security forces found 40 explosives left behind in the church compound, a number of which were booby trapped.

 

Bethlehem’s Declining Christians

 

Aside from the challenges created by the security conflict, Christians see how radical Muslims persecute Christians throughout the Middle East and see that this has been happening since the Palestinian Authority was given control of the city. Examples of Palestinian Muslims intimidating their Christian neighbors include:

 

  • Land theft either by force or by forged documents, with little to no recourse in the PA justice system.

 

  • Muslim men harassing Christian women verbally or sexually.

 

  • Christian businesses forced to pay protection money.

 

  • Discrimination against Christians in job opportunities.

 

  • Churches being broken into, looted or vandalized.

 

  • Muslims who convert to Christianity face ostracism, assaults, even murder.

 

  • Kidnapping and forced conversion of Christians.

 

 

All of this has led to a significant decline in the Christian population in Bethlehem.

 

Bethlehem’s Shepherd’s Field

 

Whereas Christians used to make up a majority of Bethlehem’s residents, today, after 25 years of Palestinian control over the city, Christians make up only 20% of its population. (A similar occurrence took place in Gaza where 5,000 Christians lived in 2005 when Israel pulled out. After 14 years of Hamas rule,  only 1,000 Christians remain, and churches are often demolished.)

 

The situation in now Palestinian controlled Bethlehem stands in stark contrast to Israeli controlled Jerusalem, just six miles to the north. In Jerusalem the Christian population can practice their faith freely and securely. The Jerusalem municipality even provides free Christmas trees to Christian residents.

 

In fact, Israel is the only country in the Middle East in which the native Christian population increased since 1948. By the end of 2019, Israel’s Christian population stood at 177,000, having grown 1.5 percent according to the Central Bureau of Statistics.

 

The lesson is clear. Christians thrive with total religious freedom in Israeli-controlled areas, and suffer when Israel yields control to radical Palestinian forces.

 

Featured image: Rachel’s Tomb via Wikimedia Commons; Church of the Nativity CC BY-SA Dan; Shepherd’s Field CC BY-NC fabcom;

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