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Trans Activist Group Pressuring Corporations To Cover Child Sex Change Drugs In Insurance Plans

By The Daily Caller

A transgender activist group is pressuring corporations to provide insurance coverage for child sex change drugs and genital surgeries.

The Humans Rights Campaign (HRC) is an LGBTQ+ activist group that champions pediatric sex change interventions such as puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones and sex change surgeries. Since 2002, the HRC has issued their Corporate Equality Index (CEI) survey, which scores corporations based on their commitment to LGBTQ+ activism and adherence to LGBTQ+ ideology; corporations can score up to 100 points if they fulfill all criteria outlined by the HRC.

The HRC claims the benefits of participating in the CEI survey include gaining positive publicity and attracting top talent, noting that the majority of Fortune 500 companies have participated in the survey. Conversely, receiving a low CEI score can make a company a target of media criticism.

However, HRC recently announced they will be updating their 2026 CEI criteria to require corporations offer insurance coverage for child sex change medications to obtain a top CEI score.

The updated criteria state corporations must offer pharmaceutical coverage for sex changes, specifying this includes “puberty blockers for youth.” Corporations will also have to provide insurance coverage for cross-sex hormones and genital surgeries, as well as offer short-term medical leave to transgender individuals.

Additionally, companies can score 10 of the needed 100 points by offering insurance coverage for at least five other transgender healthcare benefits described as “essential services and treatments.” This list of “essential” services includes hair removal required for reconstructive surgery, tracheal shave/reduction, facial feminization surgeries, voice modification surgery, voice modification therapy and lipoplasty/filling for body masculinization or feminization.

HRC has suspended the CEI score of companies they’ve perceived as faltering in their support of the LGBTQ+ agenda. For example, when Bud Light received pushback over their partnership with transgender activist Dylan Mulvaney, HRC suspended Anheuser-Busch’s perfect CEI score for not standing by Mulvaney during the controversy, according to the Associated Press.

They’ve also publicly chastised companies attempting to distance themselves from the index.

For instance, Tractor Supply Company, who obtained an almost-perfect CEI score in 2023, recently faced public criticism for engaging in LGBTQ+ activism. After receiving significant pushback, Tractor Supply Company issued a public statement on June 27, 2024, suggesting they were ending their relationship with the HRC and would not be participating in the survey.

HRC responded by launching a petition against Tractor Supply Company which was posted their social media pages and accused the company of “caving to right-wing extremists.”

“Tractor Supply is turning its back on its own neighbors, including LGBTQ+ people, by caving to far-right extremists on social media,” the petition stated. “Tractor Supply’s decision to no longer participate in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index, halt its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts, and desert its carbon emissions goals is only going to hurt customers and families in the communities they call home.”

The CEI is related to the trend of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing, a movement that evaluates companies as targets for investment based on how they align with certain left-wing ideas. Companies with low ESG ratings can be viewed as riskier investments by ESG investors.

In fact, the ESG reports of several Fortune 500 companies such as WalmartAmazon, and Disney explicitly cite the HRC’s index, and the companies’ respective scores. Two major investment firms, Blackrock and Vanguard, obtained perfect CEI scores in 2023.

If companies want to remain appealing to investors by obtaining a perfect CEI in 2026, they will be required to cover insurance coverage for pediatric sex change medications, such as puberty blockers.

Puberty blockers, which are given to children as young as eight years old, can have irreversible effects such as infertility, bone density loss and disruption of brain development.

The harmful impacts of puberty blockers were acknowledged by top child sex change doctors in a series of private educational recordings hosted by the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH). The recordings were part of WPATH’s Global Education summit in September 2022 in Montreal, Canada, and exclusively obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation through a public records request.

Several European countries, including England and Scotland, have discontinued treating gender distressed children with puberty blockers citing weak evidence to support their use.

In 2023-2024, 1,384 companies participated in the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index with 595 businesses earning a perfect score by meeting all criteria, according to the “Equality 100” page.”

The HRC recently completed their 2025 CEI survey, according to a copy of the survey on their website. To achieve a perfect score, companies had to have written policies that support employee sex changes, support trans-inclusive restrooms and facilities and offer LGBTQ-inclusive products and services.

The HRC has established LGBTQ+ activism criteria for other domains, including the Healthcare Equality IndexState Equality Index, and Municipal Equality Index.

The Human Rights Campaign did not respond to requests for comment.

AUTHOR

MEGAN BROCK

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Found Inside Gaza City UNRWA HQ — Hamas, War Rooms, Drones, Explosives, Weapons

By The Geller Report

Inside UNRWA’s Gaza City headquarters, the IDF located a war rooms used for surveillance operations along with tactical drones, rockets, machine guns, mortars, explosives and grenades.

The world needs to face facts UNRWA is a front for Hamas. Every country funding UNRWA is funding a terror army.

The UN agency is a terrorist organization.

Israeli Ambassador Amir Weissbrod has asked the UNRWA to fire the 100 employees that the Israeli government had identified as terrorist operatives in a July 4 letter obtained by Fox.

#BREAKING Inside @UNRWA‘s Gaza City headquarters, the IDF located a war rooms used for surveillance operations along with tactical drones, rockets, machine guns, mortars, explosives and grenades.

The world needs to face facts ➡️ UNRWA is a front for Hamas. Every country funding… pic.twitter.com/T9yX8lJF4p

— Aviva Klompas (@AvivaKlompas) July 12, 2024

IDF finds Hamas, PIJ war rooms, drones, explosives, in Gaza City UNRWA HQ

The tunnel, which had been previously exposed and operated against by Israeli troops, served as a major Hamas military intelligence asset, the IDF noted.

By Sam Halpern, July 12, 2024:

Footage of the UAV that was located in the UNRWA building by Maglan troops, July 12, 2024 (IDF Spokesperson’s Unit)

During raids over the last week on a Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad combat complex embedded in a former UNRWA compound, troops of the Commando Brigade’s combat team, operating under the direction of the 99th Division, located significant terror infrastructure embedded in the facility.

Among the weapons and infrastructure located in the UNRWA complex were war rooms used for surveillance operations, parts for UAV assembly, tactical drones, rockets, machine guns, mortars, explosives, and grenades, the IDF added.

Footage of the activities of the Maglan and Egoz Troops in Gaza, July 12, 2024. (IDF Spokesperson’s Unit)
Terror infrastructure in a university

In other scans of the vicinity, during the army’s ongoing operational activity in the area, soldiers reportedly discovered a subterranean weapons and explosives manufacturing facility inside a university building.

On Wednesday, the IDF reported that troops of the 99th Division had, after opening an evacuation route for civilians, engaged and killed terrorists operating on the Gaza City UNRWA headquarters premises in close-quarters combat.
Footage of the weapons found in the UNRWA HQ in Gaza City on July 12, 2024. (IDF Spokesperson’s Unit)

Other terrorists were arrested by the Israeli personnel.

On Monday, the IDF first reported that the operation on the facility began the previous night and was jointly conducted by the 99th Division and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency). At the time, the military had reported that it operated on intelligence, indicating the presence of terror infrastructure in the area.

Troops had previously located a terror tunnel running beneath the facility that had served as a major Hamas military intelligence asset, the IDF added.

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AUTHOR

Pamela Geller

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Iran is No Longer a Majority-Muslim Country

By Jihad Watch

An online survey about the religious beliefs of Iranians, with replies given anonymously so as to prevent any possible retribution, was conducted several years ago in the Islamic Republic.

In June 2020, our research institute, the Group for Analyzing and Measuring Attitudes in IRAN (GAMAAN), conducted an online survey with the collaboration of Ladan Boroumand, co-founder of the Abdorrahman Boroumand Center for Human Rights in Iran.

The results verify Iranian society’s unprecedented secularisation.

Iran’s census claims that 99.5% of the population are Muslim, a figure that hides the state’s active hostility toward irreligiosity, conversion, and unrecognised religious minorities.

Iranians live with an ever-present fear of retribution for speaking against the state. In Iran, one cannot simply call people or knock on doors seeking answers to politically sensitive questions. That’s why the anonymity of digital surveys offers an opportunity to capture what Iranians really think about religion.

Our results reveal dramatic changes in Iranian religiosity, with an increase in secularisation and a diversity of faiths and beliefs. Compared with Iran’s 99.5% census figure, we found that only 40% identified as Muslim.

So Iran, for the first time in more than 1,200 years, is no longer a majority-Muslim country. And just before the Islamic Revolution 80% of Iranians described themselves as very devout. That percentage has been slashed in half. But even among those 40%, who identify as Muslims, as we shall see, many are not Believers but only “cultural Muslims.”

In contrast with state propaganda that portrays Iran as a Shia nation, only 32% explicitly identified as such, while 5% said they were Sunni Muslim and 3% Sufi Muslim. Another 9% said they were atheists, along with 7% who prefer the label of spirituality. Among the other selected religions, 8% said they were Zoroastrians – which we interpret as a reflection of Persian nationalism and a desire for an alternative to Islam, rather than strict adherence to the Zoroastrian faith – while 1.5% said they were Christian.

The opinion takers’ observation that Zoroastrianism is adopted not so much because of the contents of the faith, but as a symbol of disaffection with Islam and of a desire to reclaim the quintessential Persian pre-Islamic faith, is convincing. Nationalism, not deep religious belief, surely explains the nearly 10% of Iranians who now identify with Zoroastrianism.

Most Iranians, 78%, believe in God, but only 37% believe in life after death and only 30% believe in heaven and hell.

In Iran, 22% of the people are now atheists. Worse still for the mullahs, while 40% of Iranians claim to be Muslims, only 30% believe in a central tenet of Islam – the existence of paradise and hell, which could be interpreted to mean that only 30% are true Muslims. The 10% who do not believe in heaven and hell, but claim to be Muslims, are not true Believers, but “cultural Muslims,” a category which has more to do with filial piety — the tug of affection for their devout parents, with fond memories of family iftar dinners, and the deep religiosity of other relatives or friends whom they cannot emulate but still respect. If so, then it would make sense to conclude that only 30% of Iranians are Muslim believers.

These numbers demonstrate that a general process of secularisation, known to encourage religious diversity, is taking place in Iran. An overwhelming majority, 90%, described themselves as hailing from believing or practising religious families. Yet 47% reported losing their religion in their lifetime, and 6% said they changed from one religious orientation to another. Younger people reported higher levels of irreligiosity and conversion to Christianity than older respondents….

Almost half of the children of devout parents in Iran report they have lost their religion. It’s not surprising, given how monstrous the theocracy has become. The Iranian clerics have done more to discredit Islam than any Infidel propaganda could possibly accomplish. They hang homosexuals from cranes, execute political dissenters on trumped-up charges (such as the wrestler Navid Afkari), murder inoffensive members of the Iranian emigration who had been opponents of the Shah (such as Shahpur Bakhtiar, killed in Paris by agents of the Islamic Republic), punish anyone who defends opposition figures (Nasrin Soutoudeh, a female lawyer, was sentenced to 38 years in prison).

The venality of the clerics is also well-known, and has contributed further to the disenchantment with Islam. A long investigation by Reuters revealed what many Iranians suspected. Their Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, has amassed a business empire worth $95 billion, far more than the Shah of Iran’s fortune.

80% of Iranians were very devout before the Islamic Revolution, but there has been a drastic decline, with 60% now reporting that they do not perform the required daily prayers, nor observe Ramadan, meaning that 40%, at most, can still be considered devout.

We found that societal secularisation was also linked to a critical view of the religious governance system: 68% agreed that religious prescriptions should be excluded from legislation, even if believers hold a parliamentary majority, and 72% opposed the law mandating all women wear the hijab, the Islamic veil….

In other words, in a regime that is based on the idea of the Muslim jurist as ruler, and Islam as the only basis for legislation, now more than two-thirds of Iranians utterly reject that very idea: 68% say that religious commands (“prescriptions”) should be excluded as a basis for legislation.

Other research on population growth, whose decline has been linked to higher levels of secularisation, also suggests a decline in religiosity in Iran. In 2020, Iran recorded its lowest population growth, below 1%.

Is the steep decline in Iranian fertility rates not an oblique comment on younger Iranians’ disaffection with the clerical regime? Those who choose not to have children, or have fewer than the replacement level (2.1) are making a statement, signaling that they don’t have much faith in the country’s future. They see on the horizon only the continuation of religious despotism, with the mismanagement, corruption, cruelty, venality, and hypocrisy of the clerical rulers.

The Internet makes it almost impossible for the Iranian regime to prevent those they rule over from finding out what is going on in the world, including in Iran itself. The Iranians learn about American sanctions, about successful attacks on Iran’s nuclear project and other targets, find out about the catastrophic economic condition their country is in, discover the staggering net worth of their rulers – in short, the kind of news that once could be kept from being widely known, when the only sources of information were government-controlled newspapers, radio stations, and television networks. The Internet has made all of this information accessible with a few clicks.

When the Iranian regime finally collapses, we will be able see for ourselves what has been reported by the anonymous participants in these surveys. From 80% believers just before the Islamic Revolution, to 40% — or rather, 30% (with another 10% calling themselves only “cultural Muslims”) — today, its been a decline in belief unparalleled in Iranian, or Islamic, history. We have Ayatollahs Khomenei, and Khameini, and their equally cruel epigones, to thank for freeing so many Iranians — though it was hardly intended — from the mind-forged manacles of Islam. By their savage misrule they have accomplished what no collection of proselytizing Infidels could have managed to achieve. For this relief, ayatollahs, much thanks.

AUTHOR

HUGH FITZGERALD

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Report: DHS Group Called Being ‘Religious’ An ‘Indicator’ Of Domestic Terrorism

By Brianna Lyman

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President Joe Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) brainstormed about infiltrating local communities to spy on Americans, and suggested being “religious” or “in the military” was an “indicator of extremists and terrorism,” excerpts of documents obtained by America First Legal (AFL) purportedly show.

These excerpts, released Thursday by AFL, purport to show how in 2023, the DHS’s newly created “Homeland Intelligence Experts Group” looked for ways to expand their spying on American citizens, including by trying to “get into local communities in a non-threatening way” to get fellow Americans to tattle tale on their neighbors.

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Iranian Officials Acknowledge Iran’s Role In Planning And Executing October 7 Hamas Invasion And Massacres In Southern Israel

By Middle East Media Research Institute

On several occasions, Iranian officials have revealed that the Iranian regime was involved in the planning and execution of Hamas’s “Operation Al-Aqsa Flood,” the October 7, 2023 invasion and massacres in southern Israel in which over 1,200 Israelis were killed and over 240 were taken hostage. Statements by these officials contradict the regime’s official stance, as expressed by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on October 10, 2023, that Iran was not involved in the attack.[1]

Below are recent statements by Iranian regime officials and mouthpieces acknowledging the Iranian regime’s involvement in the October 7 attacks.

Coalition Council Of Islamic Revolution Forces: Zahedi “Played A Strategic Role” In “The Planning And Execution Of Al-Aqsa Flood”

On April 3, 2024, the Coalition Council of Islamic Revolution Forces, which is affiliated with the conservative ideological faction in Iran, published a notice of mourning and appreciation for Gen. Mohammad Reza Zahedi, the IRGC Qods Force commander in Syria and Lebanon, along with his deputy Mohammad Hadi Rahimi and five other senior Qods Force officials, who were all killed in the April 1 airstrike in the Iranian consulate complex in Damascus that has been attributed to Israel.

The Coalition Council of Islamic Revolution Forces is headed by Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, who is advisor to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei as well as the father-in-law of Khamenei’s son Mojtaba Hosseini Khamenei. He is also a member of the Expediency Council, and a former Majlis speaker.

The April 3 announcement clearly indicates that Gen. Zahedi was involved in the planning and execution of the October 7 attack. It stated: “The strategic role of the martyr Zahedi in consolidating and strengthening the resistance front, and in the planning and execution of Al-Aqsa Flood, are part of the great pride that will transform the quiet efforts of this great commander into the eternal history of the struggle against the occupation by the Zionist regime.”[2]

The seven IRGC Qods Force officers killed in the April 1, 2024 airstrike against the Iranian consulate complex in Damascus. Source: Mashregh News (Iran), April 3, 2024.

For more details, see MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 11264, Close Associate Of Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei: The IRGC Qods Force Commander For Syria And Lebanon Who Was Killed In Damascus Was Involved In Planning And Execution Of October 7 Hamas Attack, April 9, 2024.

IRGC Qods Force Deputy Operations Chief Gen. Mohsen Chizari On Qods Force Deputy Commander In Syria And Lebanon Hajj Rahimi, Killed In Damascus Iranian Consulate Compound Airstrike: Under Khamenei’s Command, The Resistance Axis Commanders – Including Hajj Rahimi – Successfully “Advanced The Resistance Front To A Certain Place, The Result Of Which Was Operation Al-Aqsa Flood”

In a May 12, 2024 interview with Iran’s Tasnim News Agency, IRGC Qods Force deputy operations chief General Mohsen Chizari said that Qods Force Deputy Commander in Syria and Lebanon Hajj Rahimi, one of the officers killed in the April 1 airstrike in Damascus, had been responsible for training resistance axis members, and that his command and efforts had “resulted” in the Al-Aqsa Flood.

General Chizari elaborated: “The honorable [Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei] is the commander of the resistance axis, and he alone directs, leads and commands it. At one point, the command in the area was in the hands of Hajj Qassem [Soleimani], who worked under Khamenei. Under this command, other commanders [including Hajj Rahimi] successfully advanced the resistance front to a certain place, the result of which was Operation Al-Aqsa Flood [on October 7, 2023].”[3]

Left: IRGC Qods Force deputy operations chief General Mohsen Chizari. Source: Tasnim News Agency (Iran), May 12, 2024. Right: Hajj Rahimi (center) alongside IRGC Qods Force Commander General Qasem Soleimani (left). At the time this photo was taken, Hajj Rahimi was the commander of the Imam Ali special forces unit. Source: Tasnim News Agency (Iran), May 12, 2024.

For more details, see MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 11392, IRGC Qods Force Deputy Operations Chief Gen. Mohsen Chizari On Qods Force Deputy Commander In Syria And Lebanon Hajj Rahimi, Killed In Damascus: Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei ‘Directs, Leads, And Commands’ The Resistance Axis; Under Him, The Resistance Axis Commanders – Including Hajj Rahimi – Successfully ‘Advanced The Resistance Front To A Certain Place, The Result Of Which Was Operation Al-Aqsa Flood [On October 7, 2023]’, June 11, 2024.

IRGC Spokesman Ramazan Sharif: October 7 Was “One Of The Resistance Axis’s Acts Of Vengeance Against The Zionists For The Killing Of [Qassem] Soleimani”

Marking the third anniversary of the January 3, 2020 killing of the commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Qods Force, Qassem Soleimani, in a U.S. air strike, along with the December 25, 2023 killing of senior IRGC officer Gen. Razi Moussavi in Damascus in an Israeli air strike, IRGC spokesman Ramazan Sharif said that the Hamas massacre of Israelis on October 7, 2023 was “one of the resistance axis’s acts of vengeance against the Zionists for the killing of [IRGC Qods Force commander Gen. Qassim] Soleimani.”[4] Several hours after Fars News published Sharif’s statements on its website, his sentence stating that the October 7 Hamas operation was revenge for Soleimani’s killing was removed.

Screenshot of Fars News publication of Sharif’s statements. Source: Farsnews.ir, December 27, 2023.

For more details, see MEMRI Inquiry and Analysis No. 1736, IRGC Spokesman Sharif Asserts That Hamas’s October 7 Massacre Was ‘One Of The Resistance Axis’s Acts Of Vengeance Against The Zionists For The Killing Of [IRGC Qods Force Commander Qassem] Soleimani’ – And His Statements Were Later Edited In Iranian Media Coverage Of Them, January 2, 2024.

Iranian Regime Mouthpiece Kayhan: Iran Is The Mind And Hands Behind Hamas; Operation Al-Aqsa Flood Was Planned And Orchestrated By Qods Force Commander Qassem Soleimani Before He Was Killed; Khamenei Hinted In August 2022, August 2023 At “The Complete Conquest” Of Israel

In an October 10, 2023 article titled “[Operation] Al-Aqsa Flood Is the Beginning Of The End Of [Israel’s] 75-Year Occupation,” the Iranian regime mouthpiece Kayhan stated that a plan for Israel’s destruction, formulated and organized by Qods Force commander Qassem Soleimani and dictated by him to the commanders of the resistance organizations just before his assassination by the U.S. in January 2020, has begun to be implemented. Kayhan in fact clarified that Khamenei was party to the plan and hinted twice that a great victory was on the horizon. Kayhan also wrote that Khamenei had hinted at victory in August 2022 and in August 2023 had suggested that a major operation would take place soon, indicating that Khamenei had clearly known about Iranian plans for the attack. The article stated:

“Today it emerges that his powers of planning and operational strategy were boundless. In the last meeting he held before he was martyred, Soleimani spent [seven hours], from 8:00 until 15:00, outlining the future plan for all the resistance factions and the way they would interact with one another. What the resistance factions found unusual in that meeting was that Hajj Qassem [Soleimani] stressed that everybody had to write down [what he said]. ‘Write down what I say, [he insisted]. I am outlining the charter for the next five years!’ The unity of the resistance factions based on this five-year charter is the fruit of Soleimani’s martyrdom and part of the resistance factions’ harsh revenge…

“The significance is that, last year, the Leader [Khamenei] gave ‘the promise of the imminent conquest,’ and this year he gave ‘the announcement of the complete conquest,’ and Operation Al-Aqsa Flood is part of this imminent conquest.”[5]

For more details, see MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 10857, Iranian Regime Mouthpiece Kayhan: Iran Is The Mind And Hands Behind Hamas; Operation ‘Al-Aqsa Flood’ Was Planned, Orchestrated By Qods Force Commander Qassem Soleimani Before He Was Killed; Khamenei Hinted In August 2022, August 2023 At ‘The Complete Conquest’ Of Israel, October 12, 2023.

Iranian Armed Forces Commander Ali Bagheri: The Entire World Is Witnessing How The “Sapling” Planted By Soleimani Has Become A Strong And Stable Tree Waging Resistance That Will Destroy The Zionists

Iranian armed forces commander Ali Bagheri said on November 21, 2023 at the tomb of slain IRGC Qods Force commander Qassim Soleimani, killed in a U.S. airstrike in January 2020:

“These are the days when the entire world is witnessing how the sapling planted by the lord of the martyrs of the resistance front, [Qassem] Soleimani, and his colleagues has become a strong and stable tree that is waging resistance and that will destroy the Zionists. We in [Iran’s] armed forces, along with all the young people who join the army, see Hajj Qassem Soleimani as a role model whose footsteps must be followed and whom we must try to imitate.”[6]

Iranian armed forces commander Ali Bagheri. Source: Tasnim News Agency, November 21, 2023.

For more details, see MEMRI Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 1729, Iranian Regime Officials Praise Iran’s Proxies In The Palestinian Resistance And The October 7 Massacres, Call For Eradication Of Israel, December 1, 2023.

Exclusive Report By Iranian News Agency Tasnim: ‘The “Mighty Pillar” Maneuvers Were The Resistance [Organizations’] Planning For An Attack On Israel; [They Constituted] Four Years Of Training The Palestinians For ‘Al-Aqsa Flood’

The Iranian news agency Tasnim, which is affiliated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), published, on October 15, 2023, an exclusive report titled “The ‘Mighty Pillar’ Maneuvers Were The Resistance [Organizations’] Planning For An Attack On Israel; [They Constituted] Four Years Of Training The Palestinians For ‘Al-Aqsa Flood.’” The report extensively reviewed documentation of Hamas members’ training in maneuvers held in the past four years in advance of the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7, 2023. The report stressed that Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei had declared that the operation’s name would be “Al-Aqsa Flood” many years before its execution, and that he had ordered the establishment of a joint command and control center – commanded by Iran – for the resistance groups, with Iran providing weapons and training under the command of IRGC Qods Force commander Qasem Soleimani, and later by his successor Esmail Qaani.

Left: Simulated capture of “Zionist” soldiers in the “Might Pillar” military exercise. Right: Capture of Israeli soldier during Operation Al-Aqsa Flood on October 7, 2023. Source: Tasnim News Agency (Iran), October 15, 2023.

For more details, see MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 10889, Exclusive Report By Iranian News Agency Tasnim: ‘The “Mighty Pillar” Maneuvers Were The Resistance [Organizations’] Planning For An Attack On Israel; [They Constituted] Four Years Of Training The Palestinians For ‘Al-Aqsa Flood’, October 19, 2023.

SOURCES:

[1] Khamenei.ir, October 10, 2023. It should be noted that on the following day, an editorial published by Aser-i Iran (Iran) called on Iranian regime officials – and specifically the ideologically radical ones – to not say anything about Iran’s ties to the “Hamas-Israel conflict,” since this may harm Iran’s national interests. The article, titled “Beware Of A Own Goal In The Hamas-Israel Conflict,” said that Iranian officials should not deviate from the official stance voiced by Khamenei, which says that Iran is proud of the Palestinian resistance that carried out the attack and encourages its continuation, but is not involved in it. See MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 10860, Iranian Website Asr-e Iran Calls On Iranians Not To Speak Out On Iranian Involvement In ‘The Hamas-Israel Conflict’ – For Fear Of Harming Iranian Interests And International Status, October 13, 2023.

[2] Mashregh News (Iran), April 3, 2024.

[3] Tasnim News Agency (Iran), May 12, 2024.

[4] Farsnews.ir, December 27, 2023.

[5] Kayhan (Iran), October 10, 2023.

[6] Tasnim News Agency (Iran), November 23, 2023.

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A Tale of Two Revolutions

By Jerry Newcombe, D. Min.

Another July 4th is now behind us, but another July 14th (Bastille Day, the initial act of the French Revolution) lies ahead of us.

Superficially, the two “revolutions”—those of the Americans and the French, which occurred just over a decade apart—may seem like two sides of the same coin. But they are not.

The conflicts were very different in their foundations and very different in their effects. And God is at the heart of that. In the simplest of terms: The American Revolution was pro-God. The French Revolution was anti-God.

Ronald Reagan articulated it so well: “Here in this land, for the first time, it was decided that man is born with certain God-given rights. We the people declared that government is created by the people for their own convenience. Government has no power except those voluntarily granted to it by we the people.”

Then he added, “There have been revolutions before and since ours, revolutions that simply exchanged one set of rulers for another. Ours was a philosophical revolution that changed the very concept of government.”

In 1775, the American Revolution began. On July 4, 1776, the United States of America declared independence from Britain, while at the same time, declaring dependence upon God. They mention God four times in the Declaration of Independence. Above all, they note that He is the source of our rights. In 1787, America wrote up its Constitution, which the framers signed “in the year of our Lord.” The Constitution went into effect in 1789.

On July 14, 1789, France began its revolution, with the storming of the Bastille prison in Paris.

The newly invented guillotine was rigorously put to use, as the French revolutionaries beheaded thousands of Frenchmen, who were nobles or churchmen or otherwise deemed as counter-revolutionary. They beheaded the king (an act known as regicide) and the queen. Soon the revolutionaries began consuming their own ranks. Eventually, Maximilien Robespierre, the quintessential French revolutionary, was beheaded himself.

The French Revolution declared war on Christ and the Church, which in France was mostly Roman Catholic. They desecrated many of the churches—including Notre Dame itself. They forbade the mass, but instead lifted a half-naked actress onto the altar of that famous cathedral. They renamed Notre Dame, Ground Zero in the city of Paris, as “the Temple to the Goddess Reason.” And they worshiped her.

In order to declare further independence from Christian influence, they eliminated the seven-day week with its Jewish Sabbath (generally on Saturdays) and the Lord’s Day (always on Sunday, to remember the day Jesus rose from the dead).

Instead, the French changed the week to 10 days, thus jettisoning any Judeo-Christian influence. Furthermore, they changed the counting of the years, from 1791 to Year One of the (French) Republic.

When people say that the founding fathers meant nothing by dating the Constitution “in the year of our Lord,” we should remember that the French not too long after explicitly rejected “the year of our Lord.”

About a dozen years later, Napoleon (whose rise to power ended the revolution) abolished the bulk of these anti-Christian actions.

While the United States, with its Judeo-Christian foundation, grew and flourished, what happened in France? Not only did blood flow in the streets, not only was virtually any Christian expression disallowed, but the government eroded under revolutionary fervor.

A quick Google search on how many governments France has had since their revolution yields this result: “Since 1789 and the French Revolution, France has had 14 constitutions, including 5 republics. General de Gaulle put the current constitution in place in 1958.”

For my series of Providence Forum films on America’s Judeo-Christian roots, I had the privilege of interviewing Dennis Prager. He said, “The American Revolution and French Revolution is the [current] battle in the United States. Which revolution will prevail? Now, they loathed the idea of God in the French Revolution; the secular republic was the ideal.  In America, they believed in secular government—but in a God-based society, because rights come from God in America.”

But tragically, as Dr. Os Guinness, a great Christian writer and thinker, told us in the same series: “The French view has virtually swept the world. Chinese communism, the fruit of 1789.  Russian Marxism, the fruit of 1789.  You know, much of so-called liberal democracy in Europe, the leftwing progressivism, [is] the fruit of 1789.  Most of the American intellectuals, 1789.  And that’s why they have very deficient views of freedom. And the tragedy of America, it’s the one country whose political order was decisively shaped by the Bible and by the Reformation, and yet, it’s rejecting the distinctiveness of its roots.”

Ideas have consequences. And as John Stonestreet of the Colson Center likes to add: “Bad ideas have victims.”

©2024. Jerry Newcombe, D. Min. All rights reserved.

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Gallant: 60% of Hamas gunmen killed or wounded, Gaza situation assessment and more…

By NEWSRAEL Telling the Israeli Story

The defense minister also said that the IDF has dismantled most of the terror group’s 24 battalions.

Israeli forces have killed or wounded 60% of Hamas’s combatants since the war in Gaza began on Oct. 7, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said on Wednesday.

Speaking at the Knesset in Jerusalem, Gallant also revealed that the IDF had broken up a majority of the Al-Qassam Brigades’ 24 battalions entrenched across the coastal enclave. (The Al-Qassam Brigades is Hamas’s so-called “military” wing.)

“The action of the IDF that has so far led to the elimination of over 14,000 terrorists and the collapse of the military frameworks of Hamas is, in fact, the testimony of what I am saying—everything will be done in accordance with the law and in accordance with the operational need,” Gallant said.

Israel’s air force began pounding Hamas targets immediately after the terrorist group led the bloody invasion of the northwestern Negev on Oct. 7, killing, wounding and kidnapping thousands, while committing widespread atrocities. IDF ground troops entered Gaza on Oct. 27 and are continuing operational activities across the territory.

The goals as set forth by the War Cabinet at the start of the war and which remain in place are to dismantle Hamas as a military and governing entity in Gaza, return the hostages and ensure that Gaza can never again threaten Israel.

The Chief of Staff in Gaza held a situation assessment

The Chief of Staff in Gaza: We apply military pressure in various forms, the common denominator is determination.

The Chief of Staff, Major General Herzi Halevi yesterday (Tuesday) held a situation assessment in the central corridor of the Gaza Strip with the commander of the 99th Division, Lieutenant Colonel Barak Hiram, the commander of the 3rd Brigade, Lieutenant Colonel Gil Werner and other commanders.

“What is the common denominator between the different places – the common denominator is determination, the common denominator is really in a very high-quality way that these things are done and in the end, we also go on missions to destroy as much infrastructure as possible, kill as many Hamas operatives as possible, kill as many commanders as possible. In the end, it lowers the capabilities of Hamas.”

Company D destroys tunnel in Shejaiya

“There is not one square kilometer in Gaza without terror infrastructure.”

Soldiers of Company D of the Alexandroni engineer battalion in action in the Shejaiya neighborhood.

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Chicago Mosque Class For Children: Your Number One Goal In Life Is To Die As A Muslim And Go To Paradise

By Middle East Media Research Institute

Colorado Imam Karim Abuzaid taught a children’s class at Chicago’s Darul Quran Mosque on June 30, 2024, in which he instilled into the children that their number one goal in life is to die as a Muslim and go to Paradise. He also instructed the boys in the class not to look at the girls while they were delivering their answers. Video of the class was streamed live on Karim Abuzaid’s YouTube channel.


Karim Abuzaid: “What would be your number one goal in this life? What do you want to achieve out of this life?

[…]

“One goal – what do you want from this life? Okay, we said no collective answers, raise your hand and I’ll pick you. I am going to pick the sisters sometimes, but I expect you not to look at the sisters, and if a sister speaks, you are not going to look at her, right? Because you are supposed to lower your gaze, right?

[…]

“What is your number one goal in this life?”

Children: “To go to Paradise!”

[…]

Abuzaid: “What does it take to get to Paradise? Here is the answer – to die as a…”

Children: “Muslim!”

Abuzaid: “…Muslim.

[…]

“Now, I am going to ask the question, and I want you to answer collectively. What does it take to get to Paradise?”

Children: “To die as a Muslim.”

Abuzaid: “By Allah, Sheik Faysal, is that people who want to die as Muslims? Come on, say it like you mean it, man. I want to die as a Muslim, man.”

Children: “To die as a Muslim!”

Abuzaid: “No, no, no, the second one, I want to die as a Muslim.”

Children: “I want to die as a Muslim!”

Abuzaid: “I want to die as a Muslim. I want to die as a Muslim. Why do I want to die as a Muslim? Why? Why? Why? Because I want to go to Paradise. I want to go there and live forever. I want to eat and drink without having to go to the bathroom.”

Source: Online Platforms – “Karim Abuzaid on YouTube”

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IDF BATTLE VIDEOS: IDF Ends Nur al-Shams Operation and More…

By NEWSRAEL Telling the Israeli Story

IDF BATTLE VIDEO: IDF ends Nur al-Shams operation

At the end of 15 hours of operation; IDF and Police Border forces destroyed dozens of explosives that were buried under civilian infrastructure in Nur al-Shams in the Menashe Brigade.

In an extensive engineering operation conducted in Nur al-Shams, the units, under the intelligence guidance of IDF Intelligence and the Shin Bet, destroyed dozens of explosives planted in traffic routes with the aim of harming our forces and putting the residents living in the area at risk.

In addition, as part of the operation, the fighters destroyed two “war rooms” used for local terrorist organizations, arrested a wanted terrorist and destroyed a vehicle in which several explosive charges were stored.

Also, during the night, the IDF, Shin Bet and Border Police forces arrested 15 wanted terrorists throughout Judea and Samaria and confiscated weapons.

The wanted terrorists who were arrested and the means of warfare that were confiscated were transferred to the security forces for further treatment, there were no casualties to our forces.

IDF BATTLE VIDEO: Hezbollah terrorists detected and hit

After identifying the source of the shooting, the IDF attacked a building where two Hezbollah terrorists suspected of carrying out the shooting at Meshgav were identified earlier today.

Earlier today, a number of launches were detected from Rav a-Taltin area in Lebanon to the Mashgab area, the air defense fighters successfully intercepted most of the launches.

Shortly after the launches, the forces of Division 91 identified two terrorists entering a military structure of the Hezbollah terrorist organization in the area of ​​the source of the shooting, Air Force fighter jets attacked the structure containing the terrorists.

IDF BATTLE VIDEO: Yahalom fighters destroyed tunnels in Shejaiya

The combat teams of the 7th Paratrooper Brigade and the Yahalom Unit have been fighting for over a week above ground and underground in the Shejaiya area under the command of Division 98.

The forces of the division conducted face-to-face battles with terrorist squads, eliminated more than 150 terrorists, destroyed terrorist infrastructure and encountered trapped buildings and destroyed charges.

In addition, the forces located dozens of weapons and intelligence documents that the terrorists left behind.

The forces located, with intelligence guidance and an engineering effort, tunnel shafts and significant underground routes that were destroyed. In the divisional activity, six offensive tunnels with a length of about six kilometers were located and destroyed. The forces continue to explore and destroy the signs in the area.

In exploring the tunnels, the fighters of the Yahalom (who specialize in explosives and underground fighting) unit located underground tunnels that make up a branching tunnel system, in some of which the terrorists’ living and command rooms were located, in one of the tunnels weapons and intelligence documents were located.

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Sharp jump in number of Ultra-Orthodox joining Israeli national service

By NEWSRAEL Telling the Israeli Story

While encouraging, the 65% increase over last year does not address the basic need for thousands more soldiers. 

There has been a significant increase in the number of haredim (ultra-Orthodox Jews) joining the national civil service over the past year, Ma’ariv revealed in a report Tuesday.

There has been a 65% increase between July 2023 and June 2024 over the previous 12-month period.

In real numbers, this meant 811 men signed up for the voluntary program that is an official substitute for military service, versus 492 in the previous similar period.

The jump was especially noticeable in the security service track, where people work in such places as the police, security services, emergency rescue services and terror-victim identification units. The number more than doubled, from 134 to 279 volunteers.

This is 34.4% of the total new recruits, in a track that in 2022 was made up of only 20% ultra-Orthodox, according to the Knesset Research and Information Center.

In all, said the report, some 1,500 haredim are currently serving in the various fields offered by the authority.

This could be an encouraging sign considering that in 2022, there were just over 1,200 haredim enrolled in the national service program in either the security service track or a social service track that includes the internal security, health, welfare and education sectors.

On the other hand, a quick look at the history of haredi national service reveals that there were times when haredi involvement was much higher.

Twelve years ago, for example, the Civil Service Commission reported that there were 3,885 ultra-Orthodox young men in its ranks.

Whatever the numbers are, critics point out that the overwhelming need today is for thousands more men to serve in the military, not the civilian sphere.

It is generally acknowledged that the IDF needs to be beefed up with several more brigades in order to protect the country at a time when there is an ongoing war with Hamas in the south, a potential full-out war with Hezbollah in the north, and constant threats coming from Iranian terror proxies in both the near abroad (Syria, possibly Jordan) and overseas (Yemeni Houthis).

It also does not solve the issue ruled upon by Israel’s Supreme Court, that haredim must be drafted into the IDF due to the laws against discrimination, as the secular and national-religious sectors of society are currently unfairly bearing the bulk of the burden of military service.

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Are Publishing Giants Pulling Back from Pushing LGBT Material?

By Family Research Council

In June, Scholastic, the world’s largest children’s book publishing company, put their push for LGBT ideology front and center when they released their 2024 guide to their “Read with Pride” initiative. As reported by The Washington Stand, the guide was to be a “resource” for “supporting LGBTQIA+ youth” by promoting books with radical ideological themes, including transgenderism and taking relationships “to the next level” with sexual intercourse. It also had a glossary of definitions for LGBT terminology such as “agender,” “allocishet,” and “genderfluid.” And yet, despite their unapologetic stance on this agenda, recent developments have caused some to wonder if the company has begun to pull back.

In addition to Scholastic, Pearson, the world’s largest academic publisher, has also prominently promoted LGBT material. But as The Washington Times reported last week, both publishing giants seem to “have distanced themselves from a push to replace biological sex with gender identity in K-12 classroom discussions.” This came after The Heritage Foundation’s Senior Research Fellow in Education Policy Jonathan Butcher exposed Scholastic’s promotion of LGBT ideology to “small children.” As The Washington Times added, Scholastic’s controversial guide “vanished” from their “website at the end of June without explanation, leaving only the ‘Read with Pride’ page” — the section containing the book recommendations.

Scholastic spokeswoman Anne Sparkman insisted the “Read with Pride Guide was a resource for adults available for Pride Month and is not a textbook for students.” However, those who saw the guide while it was still available online have pointed out that it specifically emphasized it had information and recommended materials geared toward “educators, caregivers, and advocates” and children as young as pre-school.

Similarly, Pearson’s editorial guidelines on “genderism” and “antiracism” were also exposed by Butcher last year, which they removed shortly after. According to Butcher, “The pushback on these ideas is strong and the publishers don’t know how to defend them when reporters, policy analysts or parents question what they are doing.” Considering this, he finds it unsurprising that they’re slowly removing some of their most controversial content. And as Sheri Few, founder and president of U.S. Parents Involved in Education, emphasized, “Not everyone is going along with this illusion that there are more than two sexes, both of which are biologically determined.”

In comment to TWS, Joseph Backholm, Family Research Council’s senior fellow for Biblical Worldview and Strategic Engagement, added to Butcher and Few’s sentiments: “We’ve seen a lot of evidence the public is pushing back against the Sexual Revolution.” As he explained, “The public was convinced to go along with it on the basis of ‘tolerance,’” but as time goes on, it’s become increasingly clear this is “a movement that aggressively recruits children.”

According to Backholm, “The public didn’t want it then and doesn’t want it now,” which could likely “be part of the reason we are seeing modest retreats in cases like” Scholastic and Pearson. Ultimately, “They’ve reached further than the public is willing to tolerate.” But even amid what seems to be a drawback from these leftist publishers, Backholm noted that “it might be one step back before they take two steps forward.”

“Of course,” he continued, “it’s good they’re being less aggressive, but … the Sexual Revolution has made most of its progress by behaving in ways that are shocking, retreating slightly, and then doing the same or worse in the near future when the public is no longer shocked.” Given this pattern, Backholm explained that “if we’re really going to solve the problem of grooming kids, we’re going to have to start actively pursuing what is good rather than focusing on how much evil we’re willing to tolerate.”

Backholm noted “human history teaches us” that enough exposure to something — even something harmful — can cause that practice to become normalized. For instance, “If we see children’s books grooming kids enough, it ceases to be shocking so we cease to resist.” However, he added, “if our standard is creating an environment that is good for children,” then “we won’t get used to things that harm them” — even if a large portion of society has allowed it to become commonplace.

“We must resist evil,” Backholm concluded, “but more than that, we must pursue what is good. If we are actively pursuing what is good, we’ll never get used to what is evil.”

AUTHOR

Sarah Holliday

Sarah Holliday is a reporter at The Washington Stand.

EDITORS NOTE: This The Washington Stand column is republished with permission. All rights reserved. ©2024 Family Research Council.


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A Catholic Crash Course in American Politics

By The Catholic Thing

Auguste Meyrat: One of the many benefits of Christian belief is the ability to transcend partisanship and seek solutions that respect the dignity and value of all people.


Last year, Pope Francis complained that the American Catholic Church has become too political. Instead of preaching the true faith, he claimed, certain clergy will use their spiritual authority to tell congregations how to vote and even weaponize the sacraments to pressure politicians into adopting certain policies.

If only that were true. In reality, most priests today avoid politics, leaving most Catholics to decide public questions for themselves. This has led to a broad political divide among today’s Catholics, resulting in numerous clashes between progressives and conservatives in recent years.

In all likelihood, many of these political differences could be reconciled and many public scandals avoided if Catholics were better informed. They could find common ground with their brothers and sisters in Christ, vote for policies and politicians that follow Church teachings, and support initiatives that improve the material and spiritual well-being of all Americans.

To this end, Catholic Vote, an organization devoted to educating Catholics on today’s political issues, has published For God, Country, and Sanity: How Catholics Can Save America, a collection of essays addressing some of the controversies facing voters this election year. It has something for every reader, and better still, it’s relatively short (180 pages). Overall, it’s exactly the kind of book that Catholics should read if they hope to save the nation before it descends into terminal decline.

In the introduction, Catholic Vote’s president, Brian Burch, lays out the stakes: “Some elections are huge turning points. 2024 is one of them.” This is because crime, poverty, drug abuse, illegal migration, suicide, and inflation have skyrocketed in the past few years while birthrates, church attendance, and institutional trust have plummeted. Burch makes it clear that this might be the last opportunity for American Catholics and their allies to make their voices heard and vote for change.

Two profound essays from First Things veterans Rusty Reno and Matthew Schmitz follow, which analyze today’s political landscape.

Reno argues that both political parties have been stuck in the 20th century, subscribing to “an ‘open society’ and ‘open economy’ consensus.” This approach made sense when confronting racial segregationists and communist dictatorships, but it is now undermining the very structures and ideas that enabled Americans to thrive: “our country suffers from the disintegration of moral, social, and political institutions, and the sound economic basis for middle-class prosperity has eroded.” Politicians and their constituents should finally abandon the old consensus, says Reno, and adopt a “politics of solidarity” that emphasizes “stability, order, and a sense of ‘home’ to the American people.”

In “How Gay Marriage Changed America,” Matthew Schmitz explains how today’s gender ideology, religious intolerance, political polarization, and radicalization are the direct consequences of Obergefell v. Hodges which legalized same-sex “marriage” in 2015. According to Schmitz, this was because “Gay marriage was the first great triumph of cancel culture,” giving an ongoing advantage to leftist activists willing to play dirty. Opponents of gay marriage didn’t lose the argument so much as they were “silenced, fired, or forced out of important institutions.”

Nine years later, the same cancellers now make up the radical Left, using the same tactics to pressure moderate liberals into increasingly extreme positions.

Other essays in the volume cover more specific issues: wokeness, feminism, environmentalism, education, immigration, the deep state, and abortion. Each does the important work of setting the record straight about where the Church stands on these issues. In short, the Church is always on the side of life, true happiness, and the common good – even as the Church’s reasoning is nuanced, appreciating the complexities of these subjects.

Two personal accounts that stand out: “Arrested by the FBI” by Mark Houck; and “Catholic in the FBI: How the Feds Weaponized Against the Church” by Kyle Seraphin. Both essays illustrate how the FBI and the DOJ are being mobilized against political opponents. Houck was a pro-life activist and father of seven whose house was invaded by FBI agents at dawn. Despite cooperating and posing no threat to anyone, FBI agents roughly took him into custody and threatened him with years in jail for a minor altercation he had with an abortion worker years earlier. Although he won his case and is now running for Congress, many others are currently languishing in jail for the crime of peacefully opposing abortion.

A former FBI agent, Seraphin describes how the agency has begun to surveil, harass, and intimidate law-abiding Americans. During his time as an agent, Seraphin first objected to taking the COVID-19 vaccine, citing religious exceptions, and later blew the whistle on the FBI targeting parents at school board meetings, pro-life activists, and “radical traditionalist Catholics.” For speaking out, he was suspended indefinitely without pay while the FBI continues these operations.

Two essays conclude with recommendations about how to help bring faithful Catholics to political engagement – beyond mere voting. In “Fake News: How to Navigate the Media,” Daily Signal reporter Mary Margaret Olohan offers ways for Catholics to read the news without falling prey to propaganda. And in the final essay, “So You Want to Be a Catholic Activist,” Peter Wolfgang gives practical guidance on how to actually fight the good fight – which includes reading Catholic commentary from The Catholic ThingCrisis Magazine, and First Things – three publications I happen to write for.

Although the book is far from comprehensive – I would have appreciated more input on the economy and culture – it manages to cover many crucial issues.

More importantly, each argument proceeds from a faith-centered perspective, not a partisan one. And this is as it should be. One of the many benefits of Christian belief is the ability to transcend partisanship and seek solutions that respect the dignity and value of all people. This is difficult in any age, but particularly the current one.

As the essays of For God, Country, and Sanity show, it’s still possible – indeed necessary – for all Americans, especially Catholics, to try.

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AUTHOR

Auguste Meyrat

Auguste Meyrat is an English teacher in the Dallas area. He holds an MA in Humanities and an MEd in Educational Leadership. He is the senior editor of The Everyman and has written essays for The FederalistThe American Thinker, and The American Conservative as well as the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture.

EDITORS NOTE: This The Catholic Thing column is republished with permission. © 2024 The Catholic Thing. All rights reserved. For reprint rights, write to: info@frinstitute.org. The Catholic Thing is a forum for intelligent Catholic commentary. Opinions expressed by writers are solely their own.

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With 161 Dead, Biden Welcomes Islamic New Year of ‘Peace’

By Jihad Watch

“Jill and I wish a Happy Islamic New Year to all families who celebrate.”


“Jill and I wish a Happy Islamic New Year to all families who celebrate. May the arrival of the 1446 Hijri New Year bring you love, peace, and prosperity,” Joe Biden tweeted.

If there’s anything that a new Islamic year is least likely to usher in, it’s “peace.”

As The Religion of Peace reports, the June 29 through July 5 week already marked 28 attacks, 161 deaths, 162 injuries, and 6 suicide blasts in 11 countries.

In June, there were 63 attacks, 562 were killed and 559 wounded.

Islam, we are repeatedly told, means peace. But peace in Islam means submission. And the only way to achieve submission is through conquest. When Muslims kill non-Muslims, they’re fighting for peace. And the Koran tells them that only when all non-Muslims are conquered, enslaved or converted will there be peace.

Islamists devoutly wish for peace and that’s why Jihadists killed over 500 people in June. How many people will die in the Islamic new year? As many as it takes in Islam’s thousand-year genocidal quest for peace.

Peaceful massacres are constantly either breaking out or on the verge of breaking out.

French intelligence agents have arrested would-be ISIS suicide bombers after they thwarted two terror plots targeting the Paris Olympics.

I’m not sure how much more peace we can take.

AUTHOR

DANIEL GREENFIELD

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The Antisemitism Of The Sánchez Government Does Not Reflect The Reality Of Spain

By Middle East Media Research Institute

MEMRI Daily Brief No. 617

Spain is not an antisemitic country, but our government has embraced the most radical antisemitic positions as a political strategy. Taking a stand in favor of Hamas’ demands is not defending the Palestinians – it is defending their submission to a terrorist group. Taking a stand in favor of Hamas is also taking a stand against the Arabs in the region who want peace and freedom. It is shameful that the government of Spain uses the term “genocide” to talk about the legitimate defense of Israel against the attacks of a terrorist group that demands the annihilation of the state of Israel. That is the meaning of the phrase “from the river to the sea,” which is repeated with childish ignorance by some young Spaniards.

The First Genocide, In Which The Population Is Increasing

Genocide? It must be the most incompetent genocide in history. In 1948, 156,000 Arabs lived in Israel.[1] At the end of 2020, the number of Arab citizens of Israel was 1,595,300, constituting some 17.2% of the total population.[2] Furthermore, in 2022, the U.S. government estimated the total Palestinian population at 3 million in the West Bank and 2 million in the Gaza Strip.[3] According to 2023 data, Gaza has an annual population growth rate of 1.99%,[4] while the West Bank has a population growth rate of 2.07%.[5] Hence, this would be the first genocide in which the population is increasing instead of decreasing.

Moreover, during the current war in Gaza, in order to minimize civilian casualties, the IDF made phone calls and sent text messages to the residents of buildings designated for attack.[6] Giving warnings of an attack in advance, helping to evacuate civilians, and providing aid is the opposite of a genocide.

What Is A Proportionate Response To A Massacre?

Some governments paternalistically accuse Israel of a “disproportionate” response to the October 7 attacks. Yet, what is a proportionate response to murder, rape, and burning babies? Did governments ever demand a “proportionate response” from the Allies in World War II against Nazi Germany or from Ukraine against Putin’s Russia? What is the proportionate response to the daily incessant missile attacks on Israeli territory? What should Israel have done? To rape, torture, kidnap, and murder innocents in the exact numbers that Hamas did?

The high number of casualties is the result, first and foremost, of the fact that Hamas uses civilians as human shields and hides terrorists and weapons in hospitals and schools.

If the members of the Spanish government and their political allies believe the figures of dead women and children provided by Hamas, they should ask themselves several things. Whose fault is it for keeping, supposedly, thousands of children and women in a war zone where an attack has been announced? It is worth noting that the Geneva Convention prohibits the use of civilian centers for military activity. Using civilian facilities to launch attacks is a war crime.

Nevertheless, Hamas political bureau member Mousa Abu Marzouk said in an October 27, 2023 interview that aired on Russia Today TV that the tunnels in Gaza were built to protect Hamas fighters from airstrikes, and not civilians.[7] In an October 26, 2023 address, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh also said: “The blood of the women, children and elderly […] we are the ones who need this blood, so it awakens within us the revolutionary spirit, so it awakens with us resolve.”[8] Most recently, Hamas leader in Gaza Yahya Sinwar exalted the deaths of Palestinians as a way to help increase pressure on Israel.[9]

Double Standards

It is shameful that the Spanish government repeats, as if they were valid, the death tolls released by the Hamas Ministry of Health, and does not take into consideration tolls provided by independent entities or even by the UN, which revised down the casualty figures.[10] Could you imagine the diplomatic conflict that would have been generated if the “torture” figures that the Basque nationalist political party Batasuna invented had been accepted in Spain’s war against the ETA?

Spreading false figures provided by a terrorist organization should be embarrassing in a country like Spain that has fought for decades so that the disinformation provided by the ETA and Batasuna would not be accepted by foreign media.

No Israeli Blockade

Gaza also lives off Israel. In 2021, Israel’s Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories announced that from January 31, 2021 to February 6, 2021, 2,116 trucks had entered to Gaza from the Kerem Shalom crossing, carrying 61,858 tons of goods and equipment and 3,229,601 liters of fuel and diesel. Furthermore, the activity of the Gaza Coordination and Liaison Administration in the first half of 2023 focused on bringing money into Gaza, in a sum exceeding 110 million shekels, increasing the number of workers from the Gaza Strip in Israel (the quota increased to 18,500 workers), streamlining the acceptance procedure for medical treatment in Israel, operating shuttle buses to transport patients from the Erez crossing to hospitals in Israel, establishing an oncology clinic in a hospital in Gaza, and more.[11]

If anyone is blockading Gaza and wants nothing to do with Hamas, it is clearly Egypt, which, along with many other Arab countries such as Jordan, is unwilling to take in Palestinian refugees from Gaza. It is no coincidence that Egypt built a large wall along the border with Gaza, as the El-Sisi regime doesn’t want to import terrorism and doesn’t want to strengthen the fundamentalist ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood in the country.

Queers For Palestine

When we hear pro-Hamas slogans at an LGTBQ or feminist protest, one cannot stop thinking about the fact that Gaza, under the dictatorship of Hamas, a terrorist organization that has refused to hold elections since 2006, executes homosexuals and oppresses women and children. As Bill Maher said, can you tell me where there is a gay bar in Gaza? Israel has freedom and Pride celebrations, but in Gaza, if you are gay, you get killed. Show up in Gaza with a Queers For Palestine banner and see what happens.

Ironically, were members of movements such as “Gays for Palestine” and “Queers for Palestine” to live in Gaza, they would probably need to seek asylum in Israel. In February 2024, amid the current Gaza war, an Israeli court decided that Palestinian LGBTQ individuals may do so. Tel Aviv District Court Judge Michal Agmon Gonen ruled that “Palestinians threatened due to their sexual orientation can apply for asylum.”[12]

Many protestors say that they are not antisemitic, only anti-Zionist – as if that were a justification. And what is Zionism? Zionism is the fight and defense of an independent Jewish state, and comes from Zion, a hill in the city of Jerusalem. It is surely then antisemitism to demand that a democracy like Israel – which offers freedom of speech and freedom of religion for all, as stated in the 1948 Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel – justify its defense of its right to exist, while accepting all the lies spread by Hamas’ terrorist dictatorship.

The Spanish Government Recognizes Palestine

It is shameful that the Spanish government has announced its recognition of the nonexistent Palestinian state, when no agreement conditions have been given for such a state. Hamas has neither renounced its goal of annihilating and destroying the State of Israel nor demonstrated its will for a peace agreement. Furthermore, Hamas and its ally Hizbullah continue to attack Israel. At this stage, recognition of a Palestinian state is remuneration for terrorism. Calling it an essential step for peace is nonsense.

Arabs have rejected the sharing of the land with Jews five times, in 2008, 2000, 1967, 1947 and 1936. As long as Palestinian leaders continue to stand by the slogan “from the river to the sea” – meaning the destruction of Israel – it is not possible to believe that they will accept a two-state solution.

It is laughable that Spain’s second Deputy Prime Minister Yolanda Diaz said that the “river to the sea” slogan endorses the two-state solution. This is simply a way of whitewashing Hamas, which considers Palestine to comprise the entire territory from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, with no rights for the Jewish people. This appears clearly in the Hamas Charter – a religious,  antisemitic document calling for uncompromising war against Jews until Judgement Day and rejects ceding even an inch of the land of Palestine.[13]

The recognition of a Palestinian state without a qualified majority in the Spanish parliament, and without an agreement that Hamas should end its terrorist policies and relinquish its goal to eliminate Israel, is antisemitic and rewards terrorism.

From The River To The Sea – Free Of Hamas

Yes, the Spanish government and its political allies are antisemitic. Spain itself is not. When the Spanish government takes sides with a terrorist dictatorship that murders homosexuals, oppresses women, and attacks the only democracy in the Middle East, it means that the Sanchez government is allying itself with the enemies of the West and of liberal democracies in furtherance of its own political interests.

Defending Israel and fighting Hamas mean defending freedom – especially for the Palestinians, who are being intimidated and held hostage by an Islamist dictatorship. Hence, in order for Muslims, Jews, and Christians to live in freedom, we need from the river to the sea to be free of Hamas.

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DR. DANIEL LACALLE

Dr. Daniel Lacalle is a member of MEMRI Board of Advisors. He is a renowned Spanish economist, author, and commentator on political and economic world affairs.

Sources:

[1] Jewishvirtuallibrary.org/israeli-arab-statistics

[2] En.idi.org.il/articles/38540, March 17, 2022.

[3] State.gov/reports/2022-report-on-international-religious-freedom/israel-west-bank-and-gaza/west-bank
-and-gaza/#:~:text=The%20U.S.%20government%20estimates%20the,Gaza%20Strip%20(midyear%202022).

[4] Cia.gov/the-world-factbook/countries/gaza-strip/

[5] Cia.gov/the-world-factbook/countries/west-bank/

[6] Bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-67327079, November 8, 2023.

[7] See MEMRI TV Clip No. 10585, Hamas Official Mousa Abu Marzouk: The Tunnels In Gaza Were Built To Protect Hamas Fighters, Not Civilians; Protecting Gaza Civilians Is The Responsibility Of The U.N. And Israel, October 27, 2023.

[8] See MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 10911, Hamas Leader Ismail Haniyeh: We Need The Blood Of Women, Children, And The Elderly Of Gaza – So It Awakens Our Revolutionary Spirit, October 27, 2023.

[9] Wsj.com/world/middle-east/gaza-chiefs-brutal-calculation-civilian-bloodshed-will-help-hamas-626720e7, June 10, 2024.

[10] Bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-69014893, May 16, 2024.

[11] Facebook.com/COGAT.ARABIC/videos/272993988794892/?extid=CL-UNK-UNK-UNK-AN_
GK0T-GK1C&ref=sharing&mibextid=Nif5oz, August 15, 2023.

[12] Haaretz.com/israel-news/2024-02-07/ty-article/.premium/foreign-ministry-boasts-lgbtq-palestinian-asylum-ruling-
interior-minister-seeks-reversal/0000018d-83fb-dfd5-adff-dbfbc7a00000, February 7, 2024; Jpost.com/israel-news/article-785171, February 5, 2024.

[13] See MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 10897, The Hamas Charter – The Ideology Behind The Massacre, October 23, 2023.

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The Biblical Roots of American Law and Why It’s Necessary to Return to Them

By Family Research Council

America is at a crisis point. While it’s easy to dismiss presidential candidates brashly proclaiming November to be the most important election in the nation’s history as mere votemongering, their words may have a kernel of truth at their center. At present, America is facing something of an identity crisis: the principles and truths upon which the nation was founded have been largely shouldered out of the public square, leaving a sort of vacuum which demands to be filled.

The question before the nation now is whether to restore those principles and truths to their rightful place or attempt to retroactively replace the country’s foundation, which will likely result in chaos and will certainly result in the creation and proliferation of an entity radically different to the United States which has stood for nearly 250 years.

American Founding Father and the nation’s first vice president John Adams famously declared, “Our [C]onstitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” This truth seems to have been largely forgotten and even inverted today. To read frequent disappointing judicial opinions and listen to the lectures and arguments of legislators, one might think that the Constitution was rather made to tame or shape an otherwise moral and religious people.

Maryland Democrat Jamie Raskin expressed this point of view when he chided a fellow state legislator for supporting the biblical definition of marriage. Raskin quipped, “Senator, when you took your oath of office, you placed your hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution. You did not place your hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible.”

Yet America’s founding principles are rooted in that Bible and in centuries of Christian theology, philosophy, and morality. It is not so much, as Raskin implied, that the Bible and the Constitution are mutually exclusive doctrines, but rather that the Bible itself upholds the Constitution. An attempt to use the Constitution to suppress the Bible is the proverbial attempt to saw off a tree branch that the man with the saw is sitting upon at that very moment.

Who devised the idea of community and society if not God — the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost — who is Society itself? The very first thing in the created world that God named “not good” was solitude, an absence of community and society (Genesis 2:18). Who devised the idea of law, of right and wrong, if not God, who gave to Moses the Ten Commandments and who, through the prophets and finally in the Person of Christ, declared unequivocally what was right and what was wrong? Who devised the idea of government if not God, the King of Kings and Prince of Peace? And who determined that man was fit to rule if not God, who made man in His image and likeness, who gave to him free will, who granted him dominion over all other creatures?

The very tenets which the American Constitution is founded upon were established by God Himself and are in fact rooted in the teachings and truths enumerated in the Bible. Without those teachings and truths, chaos alone would reign. How could society possibly be defined — much less defended and bettered — by its own self? On what authority could a society or a portion of a society claim to enact and enforce law, to govern, or to give or deny others a say in law and government?

Without God and the truths He established in the Bible, there would be no authority. What man may claim to rule or argue that his notion of right and wrong is more right than another man’s if the highest authority he might cite is just his own self? All arguments would become circular then, resolved only by violence, by brute force. The only truth which could be relied upon, as C.S. Lewis so brilliantly explained in “The Abolition of Man,” would be fickle feelings and irrational appetites.

But those very tenets which the American Constitution was founded upon have been crowded out, silenced, and labeled second-rate. The Jamie Raskins of the world insist that a man’s sacred duty is not to uphold a sacred and divinely-ordained moral code, but a legal document written by demonstrably flawed and imperfect men nearly three centuries ago. Turning again to the wisdom of Lewis, we can see, “Where men are forbidden to honor a king they honor millionaires, athletes, or film-stars instead: even famous prostitutes or gangsters. For spiritual nature, like bodily nature, will be served; deny it food and it will gobble poison.” Today, men are forbidden to honor the sacred scriptures, and so they honor instead an ever-expanding legal document which, cut off from the Word of God, is rapidly becoming poisonous.

This is not to disparage the Constitution, of course. The men who wrote it were learned and sincere, and many of them were wise. They were largely brought up on the classics, studying both the good ideas and the bad of the past several thousand years, but careful not to confuse the former for the latter or vice versa. Most prudently of all, they based their notions of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness on the truth and morality which Christianity has lovingly preserved for some 2,000 years. The document they wrote, the Constitution, was a good one, but not a divinely-inspired one.

In fact, without the Bible and the truths it safeguards and passes down from generation to generation, the Constitution could not have been written and the American experiment never tried. It was the Christian understanding of the imago Dei which emboldened the Framers to declare that man might participate in government. It was the Christian notion of human dignity which enabled the Framers to rule that your vote counts the same as mine. And it was the example of Christ crucified which encouraged these men to not merely write down their ideas but to fight and, in many cases, die for them. A man would not go to war for the sake of a poem he has written, nor would he die for an ingenious work of fiction. It is the biblical truths upon which the Constitution is based which inspired the Founding Fathers to fight and die, in the hopes of preserving and safeguarding these truths for future generations of Americans.

But now the saw is nearly through the branch, and America is hanging precariously by a thread. The demonic anti-sacrament of abortion, the worship of the chief of the seven deadly sins in Pride Month, the diabolical practices of transgenderism are all clear and sure signs that a ghastly new religion has arisen from Hell to challenge Christianity and supplant it as the basis of Western civilization. If the American Constitution remains rooted — or is rather re-rooted — in Christianity, America will survive, prosper, and thrive. If not — if the cult of leftism has its way — if sin and degeneracy, butchery and debauchery are worshipped and idolized — if the word of man is placed on a par with or higher than the Word of God — then America, and indeed the whole of Western civilization with it, will be plunged into the abyss.

In its place will be erected a soulless facsimile, devoid of life, devoid of virtue, devoid even of the knowledge of virtue or the acknowledgement of the difference between virtue and vice. It will bear the same name, it will have many of the same buildings, the same domed Capitol, the same White House, the same Statue of Liberty, but it will be a radically different entity. The America of the past 250 years will have died, and something else entirely will have taken its dead skin and put it on like a suit, like a costume.

A return to the nation’s roots, to the Word of God, to an understanding of goodness and not virtue as defined by God — not by man! — is an urgent necessity if the nation is to live.

AUTHOR

S.A. McCarthy

S.A. McCarthy serves as a news writer at The Washington Stand.

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Poll: GOP Voters Seek Strong Party Platform on Life, Family, Religious Freedom

By Family Research Council

As Republicans converge upon Milwaukee, Wisconsin next week to work out their party platform as part of the lead-up to the GOP’s national convention, it’s clear that the big question for delegates will be the issues. In recent days, some party officials have hinted at “paring down” the GOP platform, causing many to wonder which issues will be left on the table.

A new poll released today shows that the issues of life, the family, and religious liberty are still at the forefront of GOP voters’ minds. The survey, conducted by WPA Opinion Research, showed continued concern about these issues, which have been core to the Republican platforms for decades.

WPA put this question to 1,000 likely voters: “Leading up to 2024 the Republican Party Platform has included strong positions on unborn human life, strengthening the family, and religious freedom. Would these issues impact your vote this fall a lot, just some, not too much, or not at all?”

The poll found 62% of Republican voters said that the party platform positions on these issues would impact their vote (37% said it would impact it “a lot,” and 25% said it would impact it “just some”).

On the issue of life, the survey showed that 66% of GOP voters think that Republicans should keep (32%) or strengthen (34%) the party’s current platform position on the protection of unborn life. The 2016 Republican Platform contains a substantial statement on the life issue, including calling for a constitutional amendment protecting unborn life, and both federal and state protections for the unborn.

Regarding the issue of families and religious freedom, GOP voters likewise were not backing down. Of the likely Republican voters, 74% said that the party should either keep the current positions (23%) or adopt a stronger position (51%).

The polling was commissioned by FRC Action, which earlier this week launched its Platform Integrity Project to influence the platform committee to keep or strengthen its conservative planks. FRC Action Chairman Tony Perkins, who will also be serving as a delegate from Louisiana to the Republican Platform Committee, made these comments about the polling:

“This survey demonstrates a bold, clearly articulated platform that continues to embrace life, promotes the family, and defends religious freedom matters to voters.

“The platform not only gives insight to voters, it gives direction to Republican elected officials. According to research by Dr. Lee Payne, the parties follow their platforms. Between 1980 and 2004, Republican lawmakers followed their platform 82 percent of the time.

“As Ronald Reagan noted, ‘There are cynics who say that a party platform is something that no one bothers to read, and it doesn’t very often amount to much.’ But he said ‘a banner of bold unmistakable colors with no pale pastels’ would reveal the difference between Republicans and the other party.

“America is in an unprecedented place of moral and cultural confusion and is in dire need of leadership and moral clarity. The Republican Party must once again communicate a clear and hopeful contrast between the parties by painting a message for voters on the foundational issues — life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness — not in pale pastels but in bright, bold colors.”

The Republican Platform Committee will begin meeting Monday, July 8 in Milwaukee.

AUTHOR

Jared Bridges

Jared Bridges is editor-in-chief of The Washington Stand.

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On Christian Nationalism

By The Catholic Thing

David Carlin: American Catholics don’t have a choice of whether or not to be Christian nationalists.  We are condemned to be Christian nationalists.  Our only choice is between (a) being a good and wise Christian nationalist and (b) being a bad and foolish Christian nationalist.


I have a confession to make: I am a Christian nationalist.

Or to put this in terms I am more comfortable with: I am a patriotic American who finds theoretical justification for his patriotism in his Christianity – or to be more precise, in his preferred version of Christianity, the Catholic faith.

Being a Christian nationalist, I am, in the eyes of my “progressive” fellow Americans, guilty of a double sin.  (I’m not sure “sin” is the right word in this context, at least not if sin is understood to be an offense against God, since the average progressive either doesn’t believe in God or believes only barely.)

My first sin is the sin of nationalism.  From a progressive point of view, nationalism is always a bad thing, since the spirit of nationalism has been the cause of immense human suffering.  For it was this spirit that was the predominant cause of World War I and World War II, the two most destructive and most homicidal wars in the history of the human race.

Since the end of WWII, all wise persons – says the progressive narrative – have understood that the spirit of nationalism must be replaced by a cosmopolitan spirit.  We must learn to think of ourselves, not so much as citizens of this or that particular nation, but as citizens of the world.  In Europe, the great cockpit of almost limitless war, nations must be replaced with a United States of Europe, toward which ultimate goals, the Common Market and the European Union, have been only intermediate steps.

The trouble with this critique of nationalism is that it fails to make the classic Aristotelian distinctions among (a) a good thing and (b) its excess and (c) its deficiency.  If we were to ask Aristotle how much aspirin we should take for a headache, he would reply: “Take just the right amount, not too much and not too little.”  And if we were to ask him how nationalistic we should be, he’d answer: “If you have too little nationalism, your nation will fall apart.  If you have too much, your nation will become a bully to its neighbors.  Seek the golden mean of nationalism.”

The second sin committed by Christian nationalists, again according to the progressive perspective, is that by blending Christianity with nationalism we corrupt Christianity, the essence of which is love of one’s fellow human beings, regardless of race, religion, nationality, gender, economic status, sexual orientation, etc.

This “true” spirit of Christianity bears a striking resemblance to the spirit of cosmopolitanism.  By contrast, say the critics, Christian nationalism encourages an attitude of “my country right or wrong” – a decidedly un-Christian (and un-cosmopolitan) attitude.  What’s more, in blending Christianity and nationalism, the nationalistic element of the blend will almost always overwhelm the Christian element.

Let us once again don our Aristotelian thinking caps.  In any combination of Christianity and American nationalism, there’s always the risk that the nationalistic element of the combination will be too great and the Christian element too little, and this may well produce un-Christian national policies.  Likewise, there is the risk that the Christian element will be too great and the nationalistic element too little, and this will lead to a kind of theocracy at home and a naiveté in foreign affairs.  We must seek the golden mean, the “just right” mix of Christianity and nationalism.

“However,” it will be objected, “this is hard.”  To which objection Aristotle replied long ago: “It’s hard to hit the target, very easy to miss it.”  But he didn’t think that difficulty was a good reason for not aiming at the target.  We may also remember what another philosopher, Spinoza, once said: “All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare.”

If you are both a Christian and an American nationalist, it will be psychologically impossible not to combine the two, not to be a Christian nationalist.  Maybe you’ll be a good Christian nationalist or maybe a bad one, but in any case, it will be impossible for you to refrain from blending your religion and your nationalism.

By contrast, it’s quite possible to put your Christian convictions and feelings on the shelf while working on a mathematical problem.  When it comes to mathematics, there is no difference between a Christian mathematician and an atheistic mathematician.  But if you are trying to solve a problem in politics, there will generally be a difference – often a very big difference – between atheistic and Christian political thinkers.

In theory (or rather, in imagination) a Christian thinking about politics can put his Christian beliefs and sentiments on the shelf while attempting to solve a political problem – like a Christian mathematician.  But in practice it’s impossible – at least if the Christian in question is the least bit serious about his religion.

The same is true of atheists who think about political issues.  Many an atheistic political thinker will say, “I am not an atheistic political thinker.  I am a political thinker who just happens to be an atheist.  When I try to solve a political problem, I don’t look for an atheistic solution.  I just look for a good solution – good for all Americans regardless of their religious or philosophical persuasions.  Like a good scientist or mathematician, I try to do my thinking in a metaphysically neutral way.”

But this is self-deception.  Your metaphysical worldview, whether Christian or atheist or something else, cannot be prevented from seeping into your political thought.  The mind of a human being is not constructed that way.  It is not made of hermetically sealed compartments in which the contents of one compartment will never “bleed” into adjoining compartments.  The human mind is composed of hundreds of leaky compartments.

American Catholics don’t have a choice of whether or not to be Christian nationalists.  We are condemned to be Christian nationalists.  Our only choice is between (a) being a good and wise Christian nationalist and (b) being a bad and foolish Christian nationalist.

David Carlin

David Carlin is a retired professor of sociology and philosophy at the Community College of Rhode Island, and the author of The Decline and Fall of the Catholic Church in AmericaThree Sexual Revolutions: Catholic, Protestant, Atheist, and most recently Atheistic Humanism, the Democratic Party, and the Catholic Church.

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EXCLUSIVE: Conservative Women’s Group Launches ‘She Prays She Votes’ Bus Tour Ahead of 2024 Election

By The Daily Signal

With only four months until the 2024 presidential election, Concerned Women for America is launching a bus tour through 12 states calling on U.S. women to pray for the nation and vote on Nov. 5.

“We recognize the impact of a woman who prays for her country, her community, and her family,” Penny Nance, CEO and president of Concerned Women for America, said in a press release Monday.

When prayer is combined “with political activism, it is a powerful force,” Nance added.

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The “She Prays She Votes” bus tour kicks off Monday at the U.S. Capitol before beginning the drive to Milwaukee for the Republican National Convention July 15 – 18.

The big pink bus will make tour stops in battleground states like Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona, and Nevada. In church parking lots and event halls, Concerned Women for America, in partnership with Patriot Mobile, will host rallies encouraging conservative Christian women to serve as poll workers or poll watchers on election day, and seek the face of God for the future of the country.

“This year, the stakes could not be higher, and CWA is doing everything in its power to motivate and activate Christians across the country to get to the polls and vote for men and women who champion their values,” Nance said.

“Unfortunately, Americans have learned the hard lesson over the last three and half years that elections have consequences,” she said. “The policies of the Biden administration and their amen corner in Congress have disrupted our economic security, our national security, and the security and safety of our families.”

Nance warns that the sitting president and “elites in Washington would rather shut Christians out of the political process, raiding their homes, spying on their activities, and calling them extremists,” likely referring to incidents such as the Biden administration’s arrests of pro-life Americans such as Mark Houck and Paul Vaughn.

“The only way to stop these attacks on Christians is to get involved, securing their vote on Election Day, Nov. 5,” Nance said.

Founded in 1979, Concerned Women for America is the largest public policy women’s organization in the U.S.

The 2024 prelection tour marks the fifth bus tour the conservative Christian nonprofit has undertaken and aims to be its largest yet.

In 2012, Concerned Women for America launched its first bus tour to pray for the coming election and encourage women to practice their right to vote.

The nonprofit launched similar tours in 2018 and 2020 to support and pray for now Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett during their Senate confirmation hearings.

Photo 1: Concerned Women for America

Photo 2: Concerned Women for America

During the midterm elections in 2022, Concerned Women for America again loaded up a large bus and called on U.S. women to vote and pray for the nation’s future.

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AUTHOR

Virginia Allen

Virginia Allen is a senior news producer for The Daily Signal and host of “The Daily Signal Podcast” and “Problematic Women.” Send an email to Virginia. Virginia on X: @Virginia_Allen5/

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Debate Takeaways For Israel

By Center For Security Policy

There was nothing remotely surprising about U.S. President Joe Biden’s performance at the presidential debate in Atlanta on Thursday night. The doddering, muttering, angry and seemingly confused man staring emptily, with mouth agape who stood on the CNN debate stage was the same man who has shown up before the cameras nearly every day since Biden was sworn into office on Jan. 20, 2021.

The Democratic commentators on CNN and the other Democratic Party-aligned media could have pretended that there was nothing off about Biden’s performance. They have been doing that for the past three-and-a-half years. The question is why they chose to respond to the debate by unanimously panning his performance. Why did every single CNN commentator insist that Biden cannot continue as the Democratic candidate for president?

The second question is: What does this mean for Israel?

On the first question, it has been clear from the outset that American voters like neither former President Donald Trump nor Biden. The race has always hinged on who it’s about. Would it be a referendum on Trump or Biden? If it is a referendum on Biden, then Trump wins and vice-versa. Trump was leading going into the debate because until Thursday night, Biden’s efforts to make the race a referendum on Trump had come up short.

The commentators’ immediate condemnation of the president’s performance and the widespread reports of “panic” among the Democratic Party leadership from the first moments of the debate made clear that the party’s leadership decided that the race was indeed a referendum on Biden. If he is the candidate on the ballot in November, then Trump will be the next president.

Since the Democrats don’t want that, having made the race a referendum on Biden, the only move left is for Biden to be forced to step aside and for someone else to be selected as the party’s nominee at the Democratic convention in Chicago in late August.

Whether Biden’s replacement is former first lady Michelle Obama, California Gov. Gavin Newsom or Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro, the nominee will immediately become the hands-down favorite to win in November. Untainted by the president’s baggage as an incumbent, his replacement will be able to make the race a referendum on Trump, and he or she will win.

Read more.

AUTHOR

Caroline Glick

Caroline B. Glick is a Senior Fellow with the Center for Security Policy. She is a senior columnist at Israel Hayom and the author of The Israeli Solution: A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East, (Crown Forum, 2014). From 1994 to 1996, she served as a core member of Israel’s negotiating team with the Palestine Liberation Organization.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Independence Day Message to the American People

By Dr. Rich Swier

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu posted the following Independence Day message to the America people on X:

On this Fourth of July, I want to thank the American people for being true to their birthright, the Spirit of 1776, and wish them a happy and blessed Independence Day.

Through thick and thin, for the past nine months, Israel has deeply appreciated vital American support.

In these times of national crisis, as the people of Israel fight a seven-front war for our national survival against Iran and its terror proxies, it is heartening to know that far from standing alone, we have the support of the greatest democracy the world has ever known.

Character is revealed in times of crisis. In the face of Hamas’s savagery on October 7, the people of Israel connected to the deepest foundations of our national being. As one, we rose to fight our enemies with the heroism, determination, and resilience that characterized our heroes from the days of Joshua and the Maccabees, passed down across time to the warriors of the modern State of Israel.

America stands with Israel because Americans are similarly moved by the legacy of their forefathers. At their base, Israel and America are guided by the same twin insights. Freedom is the most precious gift humanity will ever know. And freedom isn’t free. You have to be willing to fight for it.

Israelis saw on October 7 what it would mean if we ever lost our freedom. We understood this is not a war of choice but a war for survival.

Americans saw the atrocities of October 7, and they understood the stakes as well, not just for Israel but for the free world as a whole. Israel, a peace-loving democracy and America’s closest ally in the Middle East, was invaded by an army of jihadists bent on annihilation and subjugation. The same forces attacked America on September 11. Standing with Israel came naturally and immediately for Americans. They understood that for this march of murder and tyranny to end, Israel must win this war.

Tyrannical ayatollahs that rule Iran stand at the apex of the axis of jihad, murder, and war. They and their henchmen view Israel and the United States as their mortal enemies.

The outcome of this war is not in question. Israel will remain true to our ancient and modern legacy.

We will win this war. We are strengthened with the sure knowledge that as we move forward toward victory we will be supported by our great friend, the United States of America.

©2024. Dr. Rich Swier, All rights reserved.

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