Welcome to the criminalisation of Christianity

A telling article from WorldNetDaily By Janet L. Folger.

Excerpts:

Before I could go through the metal detectors to get to the courtroom, a Navy official had already taken Jesus’ name in vain. No trial for that. No penalty. No problem. But use the name in reverence, in honour or in prayer, and you’ll find yourself looking in the face of a court-martial. Welcome to the criminalisation of Christianity.

This case is really about Navy Secretary Donald C. Winter, who ordered that every chaplain in the Navy worship his god – the “government god” of “non-sectarian” goodness who has no name and certainly no son by whom someone might be offended. But Chaplain Klingenschmitt told Navy Secretary Nebuchadnezzar, uh, I mean Winter, that he couldn’t bow to his government god and had to proclaim the God of the Bible – who has a Son with an illegal name.

So Chaplain Klingenschmitt spoke the Gospel aboard ship, prayed in that illegal name and preached from that “offensive book” – much to the detriment of his career. But it’s a good thing he did, particularly for a sailor who heard the message of the Gospel and dedicated his life to Christ – just before being killed in a motorcycle accident.

In fact, Klingenschmitt was punished in writing for reading an “illegal verse,” and Naval Judge Anita Blair upheld the reprimand. What was the illegal verse?
[WARNING! If you are a member of the United States Navy, do NOT, I repeat, do NOT read this verse out loud, or face court martial!]

He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him. – John 3:36

Of course, you have “the right to remain silent,” but if you use that right much longer, those are the words you’ll hear before you see the inside of a prison cell. Because if they criminalise Chaplain Klingenschmitt today, tomorrow it’s you.

We have already lost more of our freedoms than we realise, in the West. Political correctness is stripping away our freedoms at an alarming speed.
I was discussing this with a dear friend and brother in Christ just a few days ago. I pointed out that due to the extreme regulating of our lives by the govt bureaucracies, we have lost a lot of freedom via stealth.

We have in Australia lost the right several decades ago to bear firearms. A population of a country must never allow themselves to be disarmed. When leaders become power hungry and lust after complete control, what is among the first things they try to do? To find a way to disarm the people of their country. Look at the histories of all previously free peoples that came under the sway of despots – they always disarmed the people first.

We have had our share of losing the right to speak truth here in Australia – the case of two pastors in the Eastern states of Australia being a good case in point.
They were prosecuted and convicted of a ‘hate crime’ – they preached against homosexuality.
This and many more incidents that will never see the light of day media-wise.

Enjoy your freedoms while you still have them, as we won’t for too much longer unless we stand up to those doing their best to take them away. There is an overarching agenda happening worldwide. Have a read on ‘Agenda 21’ on the UN site – if that doesn’t raise the hackles on the back of your head then not much will.

They will give us many illusory freedoms (they love to keep us entertained) but step outside those bounds and find out just how free we really are. We’re being given the freedom to worship any god we want EXCEPT Jesus Christ the Messiah of the Bible.

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Reform Run Amok: The U.N.’s new Human Rights Council makes the old one look good.

This article from the Washington Post just goes to prove who’s really running the show at the UN. Due to the council’s makeup, it is being dominated by Muslim countries.

Some excerpts:

When the Human Rights Council was approved by the General Assembly in March, we were among the sceptics who doubted that it would be much of a change, mainly because the membership rules still allowed for the election of human rights violators. As it turned out, we were wrong: The council, which completed its second formal session last week in Geneva, has turned out to be far worse than its predecessor — not just a “shadow” but a travesty that the United Nations can ill afford.

For all its faults, the previous U.N. commission occasionally discussed and condemned the regimes most responsible for human rights crimes, such as those in Belarus and Burma. China used to feel compelled to burnish its record before the annual meeting. The new council, in contrast, has so far taken action on only one country, which has dominated the debate at both of its regular meetings and been the sole subject of two extraordinary sessions: Israel.

Western human rights groups sought to focus the council’s attention on Darfur, where genocide is occurring, and on Uzbekistan, where a dictator refuses to allow the investigation of a massacre by his security forces. Their efforts have been in vain. Instead, the council has treated itself to report after report on the alleged crimes of the Jewish state; in all, there were six official “rapporteurs” on that subject in the latest session alone. One, Jean Ziegler, is supposed to report on “the right to food.” But he, too, delivered a diatribe on Israeli “crimes” in Lebanon.

Personally I think the UN is corrupt beyond redemption. I don’t believe this world will find answers in any of it’s humanistic solutions – only the Prince of Peace will bring peace to His world.

As the storm of war approaches

An excellent insightful article by Caroline B. Glick.

Excerpts are in italics.

The clouds of the coming war are converging upon Israel. But the Jewish State’s political and military leaders refuse to look up at the darkening sky.

The Russian bear has awakened after fifteen years of hibernation. Under the leadership of former KGB commander President Vladimir Putin, Russia is reasserting its traditional hostility towards Israel.

I’ve long believed that Putin is a very dangerous man. It’s been obvious for quite some time that he wants to make Russia a centre of power again, at any cost. His allying himself with Islam (Iran, etc) is not surprising,as his hatred of the West is obvious (despite claims of ‘friendship’).

The interesting thing is that the Gog/Magog scenario described in prophecy in God’s Word is coming together quite fast now. Highly interesting times now and just ahead, my friends.

Mosnews news service reported on Wednesday that the engineers will be protected by commando platoons from Russia’s 42nd motorised rifle division permanently deployed in Chechnya. According to the report, these commando platoons are part of the Vostok and Zapad Battalions both of which are commanded by Muslim officers who report directly to the main intelligence department of the Russian Army’s General Staff in Moscow. The Vostok Battalion is commanded by Maj. Sulim Yamadayev who Mosnews refers to as a “former rebel commander.”

With the deployment of former Chechen rebels as Russian military commandos in Lebanon, the report this week exposing Russia’s intelligence support for Hezbollah during the recent war takes on disturbing strategic significance.

According to Jane’s Defense Weekly the Russian listening post on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights provided Hezbollah with a continuous supply of intelligence throughout the conflict.

Much still remains to be reported about the impressive intelligence capabilities that Hezbollah demonstrated this summer. But from what has already been made public, we know that Hezbollah’s high degree of competence in electronic intelligence caused significant damage to IDF operations. Now we learn that Moscow stood behind at least one layer of Hezbollah’s intelligence prowess.

Moscow’s assistance to Hezbollah was not limited to intelligence sharing. The majority of IDF casualties in the fighting were caused by Russian-made Kornet anti-tank missiles that made their way to Hezbollah fighters through Syria. Indeed, as we learn more about Russia’s role, it appears that Russia’s support for Hezbollah may well have been as significant as Syria’s support for the terror organisation. And now we have Chechens in Lebanon.

Russian backing of Hezbollah, like its support for Syria and Iran has been matched by its extreme, Cold War-esque hostility towards Israel. On Tuesday, Channel 2 reported that for the past few months Putin has been obsessively demanding that the government transfer proprietary rights and control to the Russian government over the Russian Compound, which has served as a police station since the British Mandate, and other Russian historical buildings in central Jerusalem.

Putin’s demand, which has no legal foundation or diplomatic precedent, exposes startling disrespect for Israeli sovereignty. According to Channel 2, Russian diplomats have been raising this obnoxious demand at the start of every meeting they have had with Israeli officials for the past several months. This most recently reported slap in the face joins a long list of diplomatic crises that Russia has fomented in the past few months.

In just one example, last month the Russians cancelled the Russia-Israel trade fair in Tel Aviv on the eve of its opening. Russian businessmen who had already arrived in Israel and were unable to get flights home the day of the announcement, were ordered by the Russian embassy to remain in their hotel rooms until they returned to the airport for the first available flight to Russia.

Then there is Russia’s unstinting support for Iran’s nuclear weapons program. During the latest of his frequent visits to Tehran, Tuesday Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced, yet again, that Russia opposes all international sanctions against Iran. Indeed, since Iran’s nuclear program was exposed three years ago, Russia has acted as Iran’s defender against every US attempt to galvanise the international community to take action to prevent Iran from achieving nuclear weapons capabilities.

In 1967 Russia played a central role in fanning the flames of war in Syria. In the months that preceded the Six Day War, Moscow fed Damascus a steady diet of false intelligence indicating that Israel was planning to invade. In the summer of 1973, the Soviets also encouraged Syria to join Egypt in invading Israel.

Whether or not Russia is interested in fomenting the next war, its intentions are less relevant than how Russia’s extreme positions are interpreted by the Arabs. Judging by Syrian President Bashar Assad’s recent bellicose speeches, it appears that Damascus believes that Russia will support Syria if it goes to war against Israel. In his latest address regarding Syria’s willingness to go to war if Israel doesn’t fork over the Golan Heights forthwith in “peace negotiations,” Assad made clear his belief that whatever its level of intensity, a Syrian war against Israel could well advance his interests.

Russian influence is also evident in Assad’s “peace” rhetoric. His protestations of willingness to conduct negotiations with Israel are taken directly from the Soviet playbook. As the reactions the speech elicited from leaders of the pro-Syrian camp in the Israeli Left like Maj. Gen. (ret.) Uri Saguy, Education Minister Yuli Tamir, Ha’aretz columnist Yoel Marcus, and MK Azmi Bishara made clear, all that is needed to manipulate Israeli public opinion regarding Syrian intentions is a hollow and disingenuous Syrian announcement: If we abide by all of Damascus’s demands, (something Damascus will never allow us to do), then Syria will give us “peace,” and if we don’t, then the responsibility for the war that will ensue will be our own.

Same old Russia. The bear hasn’t changed, it just went into hibernation until God puts the hook in their jaw.

And as I’ve said before, the only peace any infidel will get from Islam is the peace of the grave or of the dhimmi, and neither of those will give you the true peace of He whose eyes are always on Israel.

Any objective observer of the developments in our region understands that the storm of war is rapidly approaching us. With Moscow’s blessing, the Palestinians, Hezbollah, Syria and Iran are steadfastly preparing for battle.

As she says, it’s obvious.

Intimidating the West

Another good article by Daniel Pipes.

Excerpts:

What rouses Muslim crowds and what does not is somewhat unpredictable. Rushdie’s novel was not nearly as offensive to Muslim sensibilities as a host of other writings, medieval, modern, and contemporary. Other American Evangelists said worse things about Muhammad than did Falwell (Jerry Vines called the Muslim prophet “a demon-possessed paedophile who had 12 wives,” without violence ensuing). Why did Norwegian preacher Runar Søgaard’s deeming Muhammad “a confused paedophile” remain a local dispute while the Danish cartoons went global?

No conspiracy lies behind these six rounds of inflammation and aggression, but examined in retrospect, they coalesce and form a single, prolonged campaign of intimidation, with more sure to come. The basic message — “You Westerners no longer have the privilege to say what you will about Islam, the Prophet, and the Qur’an, Islamic law rules you too” — will return again and again until Westerners either do submit or Muslims realise their effort has failed.

That last paragraph is a telling one, isn’t it? As long as we give in to this type of bullying by Muslims, we are already in dhimmitude.