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Never Mind the Bomb, Beware of Islamofascism

By Amil Imani

The National Intelligence Estimate regarding Iran’s bomb project has stirred a great deal of controversy. Some say that there is no reason to abandon the war posturing and start negotiating a live-and-let-live deal with the Mullahs since they have “abandoned” their quest for the bomb. At least, that is what the not-so-reliable report seems to imply. Others, with good reason, remain skeptical of both the validity of the report and the ever-cheating, conniving Mullahs.

This controversy aside, the irrefutable fact is that the Jihadist belief in Islam itself poses an existential danger to the world. Beliefs energize and direct actions. Beliefs are as indispensable as the air we breathe. Even an atheist is a believer in his own system of disbelief. Not believing in anything is a mental breakdown. There is something about humans that demands a belief. A belief can be anything or a combination of many things; it can be well-defined and even rigid or a loosely put-together hodge-podge with considerable latitude. It can be magnificent or the most abhorrent. But it has to be there. Beliefs steer our vehicles in the journey of life.

A peculiar thing about beliefs is that they don’t have to be based on reason. Rationality does not have full charge of the human mind. Emotions, fantasies, misperceptions, and a host of other operations make us the muddling fuzzy-thinkers that we are. A constant upheaval rages in the arena of the mind, where all kinds of clashing forces and conflicting information vie for a place. All along, some mysterious housekeeper of the mind works at maintaining a semblance of coherence and order.

It is in the chaotic, fallible, and conflict-ridden battlefield of the mind that beliefs are subjected to constant assaults as well as reinforcement. Somehow, usually in early life, the foundation for a belief system forms. Once this happens, the person builds on that foundation and protects it against anything that aims to change or undermine it.

The importance of early years in belief formation was recognized centuries ago by Saint Augustine, who said something to the effect: give me a child until he is seven, and he will be forever mine. Sigmund Freud’s entire theory of Psychoanalysis is based on the primacy and importance of childhood experiences and education. The famed behavioral psychologist J.B. Watson went even further by declaring:

“Give me a dozen healthy infants, well-formed, and my own specified world to bring them up in, and I’ll guarantee to take anyone at random and train him to become any specialist I might select – doctor, lawyer, artist, merchant-chief, and, yes, even beggar-man and thief, regardless of his talents, penchants, tendencies, abilities, vocations, and race of his ancestors. I am going beyond my facts, and I admit it, but so have the advocates of the contrary, and they have been doing it for many thousands of years.”

What Watson said may not hold perfectly in every case. Yet, the essence of his boast is indeed supported by numerous studies. Early environmental influences play the primary role in programming and setting the mind on its course. In actuality, the brain says: first come, first served. It is for this reason that Muslims are overwhelmingly born to Muslim parents, Hindus to Hindu parents, Catholics to Catholic parents, and so on.

This is not to say that changes, even major ones, are impossible after the early years. They are possible, and they happen in some instances. However, for significant changes to occur, major re-working must occur in the mind. Change is effortful, and the law of energy conservation also applies to the working of the mind and mitigates change unless the incentives to do so overcome the default mode of inertia.

The parents, other adults and children, and the prevailing culture are powerful teachers and trainers of the young mind. In the Islamic world, for instance, Islam permeates every aspect of life with overbearing severity. The young mind has little access to competing non-Islamic input. As the child’s foundation of belief forms, the mind works to protect it, further, reinforce it, and bar, falsify, or dismiss any ideas that may clash with its already in-place contents.

Humans lack comprehensive preprogrammed software and instincts to direct us in life. We, however, are born with pre-dispositions, which are the rudiments of software programs that will be further elaborated in our interaction with life. We are, therefore, importantly dependent on how we and others, and in what fashion, further elaborate the rudimentary software. Somehow, there has been a trade-off. As our brain evolved both in size and power, what few instincts we may have had gave way. In a real sense, we took more and more charge of our own destiny.

As humans became more autonomous, a brain operation called “Confirmation Bias” evolved to maintain internal harmony within the mind. Studies have shown that when Confirmation Bias is at work, the brain areas ordinarily associated with rational decision-making are inactive. By contrast, an elaborate network of brain structures that process emotion and conflicts is highly activated. In short, confirmation bias has its own brain resources that shut out the reasoning parts in order to protect the already in-place beliefs and preferences.

Confirmation Bias protects beliefs, values, and ideas, be they political, religious, or of any other type; it is also helped in the discharge of its functions by the mind’s defense mechanisms, such as rationalization (faulty reasoning) and denial (refusing to accept the reality of the irrefutable). Allocating extensive brain faculties to content protection demonstrates the critical importance of the mind’s belief to its normal functioning.

The mind, concurrent with fiercely protecting its belief, actively seeks to reinforce it further with whatever supporting evidence it can muster. Total or major replacement of beliefs, particularly as one ages, becomes less likely, yet it happens occasionally. On the other hand, ideas are much more amenable to change, replacement, or discard as long as they do not substantially undermine the integrity of the overall belief.

However, if a person’s ideas keep on changing gradually, they may swing the balance in favor of a total belief change. This is how Muslims usually become apostates, for example. Therefore, it is imperative that the belief of Islamofascism be challenged at every bend to make Muslims start thinking and re-examining their ideas of faith.

Forming a religious belief is primarily an emotional undertaking. Therefore, reason must work extremely hard to override emotion-based belief. Yet, it can be done.

There is nothing inherently wrong with religion. Religion can be a tremendous force for the good. However, when religion, this feeling-based belief, is filled with superstition, intolerance and hatred, then the observer of that religion embodies those qualities and becomes a menace to the self and to others. Feelings energize actions. Destructive feelings energize destructive actions.

Muslims living in theocratic states, in particular, are victims of their religious brains. Their religious brains are indoctrinated from the moment of birth by an extensive ruthless in-power cadre of self-serving clergy who are intent on maintaining their stranglehold on the rank and file of the faithful, who are their very source of support and livelihood.

The mullahs and imams, as well as parents and others, envelop the receptive mind, feed it their dogma, and shield it from information that may undermine or falsify their version of belief.

Islamofascism is a pandemic fiercely-promoted belief system that enjoys a huge advantage over the competition. Some of the reasons for Islamofascism’s longevity and success are listed below.

  • It is a crusading belief. Early on, it forced itself by the sword, and as time went on, it employed any and all schemes to promote itself while destroying the competition.
  • It mandates prolific procreation on the faithful. It allows a man to have as many as four wives concurrently, in part to cater to the lust of the men and in part to produce more children who would, in turn, swell its ranks.
  • It gets the first crack at imprinting its dogma on the blank slate of the child’s mind from the very first day of birth. The imprinting is usually deeply engrained and makes it difficult for the person to erase it, or replace it altogether fully. Even when successful, an ex-Muslim, or a “cultural” Muslim, retains on his slate some traces of the early imprints. It may take more than one generation to erase the Islamic imprints fully.
  • It does not allow anyone the choice of leaving its fold at the penalty of death for apostasy.
  • It holds that the earth is Allah’s and no non-Muslim is entitled to the same rights and privileges reserved for its own members. Even the “people of the book,” Jews and Christians, must pay the religious tax of Jazyyeh to be allowed a subservient place under Islamic rule.
  • It campaigns ceaselessly at propagating itself by any and all means while banning other religions from so doing. Islamic proselytizers invade the lands of the unbelievers and work relentlessly to convert others. At the same time, non-Muslim faiths are even barred from having a place of worship in lands such as the cradle of Islam, Saudi Arabia.
  • It is anathema to many of civilized humanity’s values, such as those enshrined in the First Amendment of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • It is a caste system where the male believer enjoys valued privileges denied to all minorities, women, and slaves. This discriminatory provision guarantees generation after generation of avowed in-power adherents who would shirk at nothing to maintain their privileged status granted to them by Allah.
  • It is a powerful carrot-and-stick system of belief. It maintains its stranglehold on its obedient followers by promising them unimaginable compensations, if not in this world, then assuredly in the next. At the same time, anyone who strays from the mandated path is threatened with a raft of unending horrid torture from a vengeful Allah.
  • The extortion-high oil prices that oil-rich Muslims extract from the addicted and oblivious non-Muslim world fuel the Islamic jihad throughout the world. Muslim kings, emirs, and sheiks enjoy opulent life and aim to have it the same in Allah’s next world by funneling a portion of their huge parasitic income to madrasahs (religious indoctrinating schools), mosques, storefront recruiting centers, and charitable outlets that would enlist and hold masses of choiceless and fanatical believers. By funding these activities in the service of jihadist Islam, these in-power Muslims believe that they can have it both ways: a material existence of great enjoyment here and an eternal life of hedonism in Allah’s promised paradise. In the bargain, these ringleader menaces of the world aim to assuage their guilt resulting from oppressing the impoverished, exploited masses of Muslims with the delusion they are furthering Allah’s cause.

The danger of the bomb in the hands of the Mullahs has not disappeared, despite what the mainstream media and the Useful Idiots claim by misrepresenting the NIE report. The NIE guesses that the Mullahs seem to have ceased the construction of the warhead in 2003. How can the CIA be sure that this is the case and that the Mullahs are not secretly constructing it? Yet, the IRI, by its own admission, is on a crash program to develop long-range missiles and operates cascades of centrifuges to make enriched weapon-grade uranium needed for the bomb.

The handwriting is on the wall. Huge numbers of Muslims, overwhelmingly poor, under-educated, and deeply indoctrinated in the jihadist belief, are invading the world. It is this human bomb that must be diffused as well as keeping a vigilant eye on the other one that Iran’s Mullahs are relentlessly pursuing.

In short, never mind the nuclear bomb if you like. But, we must do all we can to erase the suicide-homicide belief vest that Islamofascists strap on their masses of the poor, the undereducated, and their deluded followers.

“Think globally, act locally” is the rallying cry of the environmentalist movement. The same exhortation even more urgently applies to the fight against the deadly spread and menace of Islamofascism.

This column was originally published on 24 Dec, 2007.

©2024. Amil Imani. All rights reserved.

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All-Female IDF Combat Unit Established for Religious Women

By NEWSRAEL Telling the Israeli Story

Many of these women have said that the events of October 7th inspired them to enroll in combat units.


The IDF announced a new combat unit designed for religious women soldiers.

In the aftermath of the decision to require the conscription of ultra-orthodox Israeli citizens, many women, including religious women, are expressing interest in joining combat units.

Of 3,500 women enlisting in the IDF, around 10%, 350, are enlisting in combat units, 20 have learned in religious seminaries.

According to Makor Rishon, many of these women have said that the events of October 7th inspired them to enroll in combat units.

Among religious women enrolling, a third focused on the Border Police, and this rising demand created a need to establish a women’s only religious combat unit.

The IDF said this combat unit was being established, and more details will be released as the process continues.

The unit will be part of the Combat Intelligence Collection Corps and the women enrolled will receive spiritual support and guidance.

Rabbi Ohad Teharlev, head of Midreshet Lindenbaum, is overseeing the establishment of the combat unit. Female halachic advisers will also meet with the soldiers and provide additional guidance.

Since the new combat unit was announced, 30 women have indicated they are interested in enrolling during the August recruitment cycle.

Before the women are enlisted, they attend a day of preparation at the induction center. They will receive a “religious assessment” from the Meitav unit, the accompanying team, and the Military Rabbinate.

Prior to the religious assessment, women can enroll by contacting Meitav and identifying as religious.

Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander, president and Rosh HaYeshiva of Ohr Torah Stone, said of the new development, “In the face of this new IDF response to the growing number of religious women who choose to enlist in combat units, we are proud … to be able to provide spiritual and halakhic guidance.”

He added, “We are here for all of our beloved soldiers and support all of the young women and men serving our country, especially in these very troubling times of war.”

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Are the Ten Commandments Making a Comeback?

By Jerry Newcombe, D. Min.

Jeff Landry, the governor of Louisiana, has been stirring a hornets’ nest recently by promoting a law that mandates the Ten Commandments in that state’s public schools. Already the ACLU are suing to block the new bill on behalf of some parents.

Fox News reports on the controversy Gov. Landry has sparked. The governor said: “I didn’t know that it was so vile to obey the Ten Commandments. I think that speaks volumes about how eroded this country has become. I mean, look, this country was founded on Judeo-Christian principles and every time we steer away from that, we have problems in our nation.”

Landry wondered why people object so much. He adds, “Most of our laws in this country are founded on the Ten Commandments. What’s the big problem?”

A big part of the problem came when an activist Supreme Court turned away from all of American history to impose a new secularism. Included in this new “secular fundamentalism,” as Rabbi Daniel Lapin would call it, was the 1980 decision, Stone v. Graham, where the court said that the Ten Commandments should not be seen in public schools.

Here’s what they actually said in that case: “If the posted copies of the Ten Commandments are to have any effect at all, it will be to induce the schoolchildren to read, meditate upon, perhaps to venerate and obey, the Commandments. However desirable this might be as a matter of private devotion, it is not a permissible state objective under the Establishment Clause.” [Emphasis added]

Think about these words—written long before school shootings became virtually commonplace. We can’t have the children reading, meditating on, venerating, and obeying commands like, “Thou shalt do no murder” or “Thou shalt not steal” or “Thou shalt not lie.”

Before the Supreme Court in the mid-20th century went on a crusade against Judeo-Christian expression in the public arena, it was common to support public acknowledgement of God, including the Ten Commandments. Author and historian Bill Federer compiled many examples in his book, The Ten Commandments and Their Influence on America. Here’s a small sampling:

  • John Adams wrote to Thomas Jefferson (Nov. 4, 1816): “The Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount contain my religion.”
  • President Harry S. Truman said in 1950, “The fundamental basis of this nation’s laws was given to Moses on the Mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah and St. Paul.”
  • Ronald Reagan stated in 1973: “With freedom goes responsibility….We might start with the Ten Commandments. If we lived by the Golden Rule, there would be no need for other laws.”

And on it goes.

For this column I asked for comments from a couple of constitutional attorneys. One is David Gibbs III, the founder and president of the National Center for Life and Liberty. He provided me with this statement: “The Ten Commandments serve as the foundational principles of American law, and that is why they are etched in the stone above the Supreme Court.  Allowing school children to be exposed to these historical documents is imperative to preserve culture and law for future generations.  Schools can teach history without violating the constitution, and nations that forsake their heritage are doomed to forget their foundational principles upon which their continued success depends.”

Another comment came from Judge Darrell White of the state of Louisiana, who said that the new law definitely passes constitutional muster: “Louisiana’s new 10 Commandments Law follows in the fine tradition of the majestic ‘Judicial Oath’ (28 USC 453) that dates back to 1789 and necessarily concludes ‘so help me, God.’ Every justice of the United States Supreme Court has taken that Oath before God.”

White noted that we should listen to the words of James Madison, a key architect of the Constitution. While this 1825 quote doesn’t directly mention the Ten Commandments, it has the same effect: “The belief in a God All Powerful wise and good, is so essential to the moral order of the world and to the happiness of man, that arguments which enforce it cannot be drawn from too many sources nor adapted with too much solicitude to the different characters and capacities impressed with it.”

It’s a shame that tens of millions of children in America are somehow left with the notion that to acknowledge God in the schools is somehow not permitted. And so, God was kicked out of the public schools, and the metal detectors were put in place instead.

Good for this governor to try and restore the moral foundation that helped create the framework of the United States of America in the first place.

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

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Expert: Louisiana’s Ten Commandments Law Is Grounded in History and the Constitution

By Family Research Council

Following the recent passage of a bill in Louisiana that requires the Ten Commandments to be displayed in every public school classroom, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other left-wing legal groups filed suit in federal court on Monday to block the measure. But legal experts say that the new Louisiana law should withstand legal challenges in light of American history and constitutional law.

The following is a transcript of “Washington Watch” guest host Jody Hice’s interview with Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel. It has been edited for length and grammar.


HICE: When it comes to constitutional law and our country’s founders, it’s well documented. They had a good understanding of the Ten Commandments being the basis for our laws and our legal system. So with that backdrop, why would someone oppose public school students from gaining a better understanding and appreciation of the foundational documents that our states and our national government really relies upon when it comes to legal matters and how we stand?

STAVER: The ACLU and groups like Freedom From Religion Foundation, they have an agenda, and that is to wipe away anything that has a Judeo-Christian heritage or history. And certainly the Ten Commandments predate America. I wrote a booklet called “The Ten Commandments in American Law and Government” going through all 10 of the commandments, and I did this based on litigation, where we were defending the Ten Commandments displays all the way up to the United States Supreme Court. Since 2005, when the Supreme Court issued some decisions on this issue, we’ve never lost a Ten Commandments case, whether it’s a standalone case or it’s a case in the context of other legal documents like the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Magna Carta, and so forth.

If you go back to the Ten Commandments prior to even the founding of America, they have for thousands of years influenced law and government societies and certainly had a big influence in Europe. That influence carried over here in the United States. And that’s why when you go to the United States Supreme Court, the most prominent display of any symbol in this court, inside and outside, is the Ten Commandments, which appears around 50 times both inside and outside the U.S. Supreme Court. Amazingly, the actual official seal of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals — which has been infamously known to be a very activist court — that particular seal has the Ten Commandments as part of it. It is prominent all over the United States. Why? Because it is critically important and influential in American law and government.

In fact, if you go back to many of our early states and in our judiciary laws and many, many court decisions, they actually referenced the Ten Commandments, when we are referring to laws such as theft, murder, being truthful under oath, and so forth. All 10 of the Ten Commandments have been cited as bases for law, like, for example, blasphemy laws [having to do with] libel or defamation in the context of this would be referring to some of the first four of the Ten Commandments — very influential.

What we have seen, however, is back in the 1970s there was an activist Supreme Court. [Monday] we celebrate[d] the overturning of Roe v. Wade from 1973. Well, two years ago this month, the court also overturned the 1971 decision Lemon v. Kurtzman from that liberal ’70s. And it was that decision that caused all kinds of chaos and havoc. But even under that decision of Lemon v. Kurtzman — which distorted the First Amendment, Free Exercise, Establishment Clause, and free speech clauses — even under that, we won time after time after time Ten Commandment cases. Now, with Lemon being overturned as of two years ago, the Supreme Court says we need to go back to a historical approach to the Establishment Clause. And when you do that with the Ten Commandments, that’s exactly why Louisiana took this opportunity to pass this law. They are on very good legal standing.

HICE: So you feel good with the language that they’ve put into this? As I understand, they’re referencing some U.S. Supreme Court rulings, as you just mentioned, in the language that they have. Why is this case going to be so important?

STAVER: Well, I think it’s very important because it’s one of the first cases post the overturning of Lemon v. Kurtzman in 2022 that actually addresses a religious symbol. Now, we’ve had other cases involving free speech. Our case that was part of overturning Lemon was the Shurtleff v. City of Boston, where they used Lemon to censor private Christian viewpoints. The other case was the Coach [Joe] Kennedy case. Those two combined together, they used Lemon to censor private viewpoints. But Lemon is gone, it’s over. It can no longer be cited. It was cited or referenced 7,000 times in law review articles, and now it’s history. Now we go back to a historical approach. And what the Tennessee legislature did is they actually cited cases such as the Van Orden v. Perry case that came out of Texas that upheld that standalone monument.

But even greater than that is this new sea change. We certainly remember that Roe was overturned two years ago [Monday], which was a huge change in 51 years of bad Supreme Court precedent. And now we’re focused on a historical approach to the First Amendment that is huge, not only for the Ten Commandments in public schools or the Ten Commandments in public places, but nativity scenes and other kinds of expression of religious, particularly Christian, viewpoints, whether they’re Bible clubs or churches. We have more freedom now than we had two years ago, and we need to exercise that freedom. And that’s what we’re seeing in this law. I think we will see many states follow the lead of this particular development.

HICE: We hear a lot about the “Lemon test.” Can you explain what is meant by that phrase, but also just how huge this whole reversal of Lemon is. Let’s begin with what’s meant by the Lemon test.

STAVER: Yeah, it comes from a 1971 case called Lemon v. Kurtzman. And in that case, the Supreme Court developed three tests to determine whether something violates the First Amendment Establishment Clause. And in doing so, they distorted and twisted the First Amendment. So this is the beginning of the ’70s activism. You have ’71 on Lemon. You have ’73 on abortion. You have ’77 with regard to protection for people of faith in the workplace, and that was overturned one year ago. Then you had ’78 the affirmative action admissions to colleges and universities, all from the ’70s activist court because they didn’t like faith, they didn’t like Christianity, they were pro-death. And they had a very liberal activist bent.

So Lemon v. Kurtzman was a case that was used to develop a three-part test. And that test was used to allow a lot of subjectivity. For example, a nativity scene could be constitutional if it was set up by the government, like if the city wanted to have their own nativity display, but it depended upon how many other secular symbols of the holiday were in that display. And it also depended upon how close they were. Was Santa Claus close enough to the nativity scene? Was a Christmas tree secular, or was it sacred? Was it close in proximity to the nativity scene? And sometimes you’d have to get out your measuring stick to decide whether or not this is constitutional. It is really nonsensical. So it allowed a lot of judges to wield autocratic authority based upon their own ideology, to strike down a religious display or to uphold it. I remember a situation where the Ten Commandments was literally etched on the courthouse wall in Philadelphia, and during a lower court decision which struck it down, they covered it while it was up on appeal. And thank God, the Court of Appeals reversed it. But they were going to literally chisel that off the outside of this courthouse where it had been there for decades and decades if the Court of Appeals went the wrong way. So that’s the kind of nonsense that we face now.

Thank goodness we’re looking at the First Amendment from its historical meaning and purpose. And when you look at that in context, the Ten Commandments, more than any other document through thousands of years, but certainly in America, have influenced our American law and government. We don’t have our laws that we have now absent the Ten Commandments. They clearly grew out of the Ten Commandments and were shaped by the Ten Commandments. So no wonder why it would be an appropriate display in schools as well as in public places. And that’s why we’ve seen it in so many different locations.

But they would rather keep the Ten Commandments — about not murdering, not stealing, honoring God, honoring your parents — they’d rather keep that from their view while they indoctrinate them and make people protesters and anti-American. I think this is a great move by Louisiana, and I think it will be upheld. Certainly we will file an amicus brief in support. We have lots and lots and lots of research. I was amazed when we delved into it back in the early 2000 as to how much the Ten Commandments literally have shaped our American law and government. We would not be the same country without the Ten Commandments.

HICE: I’m sure the ACLU’s argument will be you can’t be cramming your morality down the minds of these children. But this is more than that. They are cramming their immorality down the minds of our children with their LGBT ideology. But you bring up the whole historical role of the Ten Commandments and how they have played such an enormous role in the founding of our country and our legal system.

STAVER: Yeah, they really have. It is really surprising when you go into the United States Supreme Court. When you walk in up the big steps to go into the Supreme Court, every fifth symbol is the profile of Moses with the Ten Commandments. When you walk in the double doors, the Ten Commandments are etched on both double doors — a lot of times you don’t see it because the doors are open when you walk in. When you sit in the pew and you exit, the Ten Commandments are at eye level on each pew, both to the right and to the left. The Ten Commandments is the only document that actually is written inside the Supreme Court, and on the outside of the Supreme Court in the back of the building, Moses occupies the very central seat holding the Ten Commandments, with all the other lawgivers looking up to him. And that is because the Supreme Court building was created in the 1930s. But when you go through our country, to places like the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which is 100+ years old. And that’s why it’s there on the seal. It’s a court of law, and the shorthand of that is the Ten Commandments.

In fact, if you go on a Google search for different kinds of research and you type in “Ten Commandments of” and an ellipsis, it’ll pull up tens of thousands of documents that will say something like “the Ten Commandments of gardening,” “the Ten Commandments of building a better house,” “the Ten Commandments of fixing your roof.” Why is that? Because the Ten Commandments have been shorthand for a rule of law. So we use it in a practical sense, but we’ve used it in a government sense and in a legal sense. It literally has shaped everything about our legal and governmental system in the United States, and not just in the United States, but throughout Europe and throughout millennia of human history.

HICE: Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, I can’t thank you enough. Liberty Counsel has done so much on this issue and so many other issues as well. We all just say thank you for your leadership and the incredible work of Liberty Counsel as well.

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‘Our Allegiance Is Not to Them’: Trump Encourages Christians to Vote

By Family Research Council

Former President Donald Trump is calling on Christians to vote in November, warning that incumbent Joe Biden’s administration poses a serious threat to Christian values. At the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” conference in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, Trump told conservative Christians in attendance, “We have to get out there, we have to vote, we have to make sure everything’s honest.”

Referring to voter fraud, Trump reminded his audience that Americans can “police” their votes.” He quipped, “If I knew there was not going to be corruption, if I knew that everything would be honorable and honest as it should be, I’d stop campaigning right now, we’d have this thing won.”

The presumptive Republican nominee for president continued to tout the work done by the Faith & Freedom Coalition, saying, “You are truly, and I mean, indispensable. This is a great group of people and you’re warriors, in the truest sense.” However, Trump did observe, “The evangelicals and the Christians, they don’t vote as much as they should. … They go to church every Sunday, but they don’t vote.” He proceeded to urge American Christians to vote “just this time,” asking, “Do you know the power you would have if you would vote?” Trump promised to “straighten things out” if reelected and declared to Christian voters, “Working side by side, we’re going to defeat crooked Joe Biden, we’re going to defend our values, and we’re going to make America great again.”

Borrowing a famous line from his former reality show “The Apprentice,” he added, “We need Christian voters to turn out in the largest numbers ever to tell crooked Joe Biden … ‘Joe, you’re fired. Get out of here. You’re no good, you’ve been the worst president ever, you’re fired, Joe. Get out.’”

“The radical Left is trying to shame Christians, silence you, demoralize you, and they want to keep you out of politics. They don’t want you to vote, that’s why you have to vote,” Trump stated, continuing, “If you vote, we cannot lose. They don’t want you to vote. But Christians cannot afford to sit on the sidelines. If Joe Biden gets in, Christianity will not be safe in a nation with no borders, no laws, no freedom, no future.”

“You see what they’re doing?” he asked. Comparing the Biden administration’s actions to those of a “third-world dictator,” Trump went on to note that the incumbent president has violated and undermined the rule of law to target political opponents, has aggressively prosecuted pro-life Americans, and has promoted “radical gender ideology” in schools, concluding, “It’s a disgrace what’s happened to our country in such a short period of time.”

He pointed to the Biden administration’s targeting of American Catholics and asked, “What’s going on with Catholics? They are being persecuted. Catholics. What is that all about?” Under Biden, the FBI has been accused of illegally spying on American Catholics, relying on left-wing think tanks to declare Catholics “racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists” according to a memo leaked last year.

Biden’s Justice Department has also targeted pro-life Catholics like Mark Houck, who was accused of a Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act violation. Houck had previously agreed to cooperate with prosecutors if charges were filed and he was quickly acquitted in court, but not before approximately two dozen FBI agents armed with automatic weapons and riot gear raided his home and arrested him in front of his wife and children.

Although Biden claims to be Catholic, numerous leaders in the Catholic Church have condemned his open opposition to Catholic moral teaching, including on such subjects as abortion, same-sex marriage, and transgenderism. Trump quipped that Biden may have “no idea what the hell is happening,” adding, “I don’t think he knows he’s alive, if you want to know the truth.”

“The reason the radical Left will always come after religious believers is simple,” Trump stated. He continued, “Because they know that our allegiance is not to them, our allegiance is not to them. Our allegiance is to our country and our allegiance is to our Creator. And we do not answer to the bureaucrats in Washington, we answer to God in Heaven.” The former President noted, “You’re not even allowed to say that anymore. Today, if you say that, they want to arrest you.” Referring to a recent Louisiana law requiring the Ten Commandments to be displayed in public schools, Trump laughed and commented, “They think it’s such a bad thing. I said, ‘Has anyone read this? Though shalt not steal, thou shalt not’ — I mean, has anybody read this incredible stuff? It’s just incredible. They don’t want it to go up.”

Trump also touted his presidential record, recounting, “In my first term, I defended Judeo-Christian heritage like no president in the history of our country. And with your help, I will continue to fight for our values and our civilization for four more years in the White House.” He continued, “We’re going to straighten it out, we’re going to straighten it out fast,” highlighting his defense of religious liberty and freedom of speech, as well as his support for conscience protections in the medical field and his role in appointing U.S. Supreme Court justices who overturned Roe v. Wade.

“Thanks to these justices,” he said, “we have also achieved what the pro-life movement fought to get for 49 years and we’ve gotten abortion out of the federal government and back to the states.” He added, “If the radical Democrat extremes [sic] get their way, they will have a federal law for abortion to rip the baby out of the womb in the seventh, eighth, and ninth month and even execute the baby after birth.” Trump also noted that Democrats “are the radical ones on this issue, far and away the radical ones, not us.”

He continued, “Above all, in the Republican Party, we will always support family, babies, life — very, very important to the Republican Party. By contrast, Joe Biden is weaponizing the Justice Department to viciously persecute pro-life activists and Americans of faith.” Referring to pro-life Americans imprisoned by the Biden administration, Trump said, “This is just crazy. We’re going to get that taken care of immediately, first day. But let’s call these brave Americans what they really are: persecuted Christians, that’s what they are, persecuted.”

“I always say we’re a nation in decline, we’re a nation in really serious, serious decline,” Trump lamented. He pledged, “But we will rapidly review the cases of every political prisoner who’s been unjustly victimized by the Biden regime … so we can get them out of the gulags and back to their families where they belong.” The former president also repeated his promise to form a “federal task force on fighting anti-Christian biases.” He explained, “It’s mission will be to investigate all forms of illegal discrimination, harassment, persecution against Christians in America. … Never again will the federal government be used to target religious believers, Americans of faith.”

As Matt Carpenter, director of FRC Action, told The Washington Stand, “The former president is right to remind Christians they ultimately answer to God. As much as the current administration might want us to think we answer to their judges and prosecutors, Christians know who ultimately is in charge.”

He went on to note, “I don’t think in 2020, when these two candidates first met in the presidential election, Christian voters thought for one minute the DOJ would be arresting pro-lifers for praying in abortion clinics or trying to erase Resurrection Sunday with ‘Transgender Day of Visibility,’” he pointed out. “Like the sons of Issachar, I think many of them understand the times we are living in and are ready to send a message to Washington, D.C. in a few months.”

AUTHOR

S.A. McCarthy

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

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JEW HUNTING: Muslims and Their Leftist Running Dogs Roam Jewish LA Neighborhood Attacking Jews

By The Geller Report

For years, I spoke, wrote, lectured, rallied warning about this very thing. My colleagues and I were smeared, defamed, libeled and relegated to the fringes.

Leftwing Jewish organizations joined the enemy to destroy those working furiously to save them i.e. Jewish group cancels speech by controversial author Pamela Geller (LA Times)

And so, here we are.

A Hamas Mob Roamed an LA Neighborhood Attacking Jews

With the complicity of local Los Angeles authorities.

By Daniel Greenfield, FPM, June 24, 2024:

Some people are calling this a “pogrom”. It was at best a low-level riot against Jews by Islamic terrorist supporters and Antifa with the complicity of local Los Angeles authorities. I have an article with more to say about it, but the videos speak for themselves.

The target was Congregation Adas Torah (Congregation of the Bible) but the pro-terror rally spread out to two adjoining synagogues and then the violence spread out past Kosher restaurants, a Jewish school and to nearby residential streets on both sides of Pico Blvd in the Pico Robertson neighborhood where the Hamas rioters freely attacked Jews.

Some Jewish community members stood up to them.

The LAPD was slow to intervene and generally ineffective. The failure to once again confine the hate mob to a protest zone allowed the violence to continue escalating. This was the same thing that had happened at the Museum of Tolerance and in other instances. Despite the killing of Paul Kessler at a protest where the sides were not separated, LA authorities continue allowing Hamas supporters free access to their Jewish targets.

And after 8 months at some point that can’t simply be dismissed as incompetence.

Continue reading.

AUTHOR

Pamela Geller

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Biden’s War on the Jews

By The Geller Report

Any Jew who votes for jihad Joe is the moral equivalent of those pitiable German Jews who invited uniformed Nazis to their charity dinners to garner favor with their executioners and even worse still, the Judenrat.

The President’s War Against the Jews

By: Julie Strauss Levin Tablet Magazine, June 2024;

For some American Jews, the months since Oct. 7 have felt like a horror movie, as they watch, with increasing alarm, as our president—for whom many voted, and in whom many placed inviolable trust—seemed to, moment after crucial moment, throw Israel under the bus.

Earlier this month, a U.N. report from its Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General revealed what Israel has been saying for months, namely that Hamas committed the most vile sexual violence and torture on Oct. 7, and such treatment likely continues to be perpetrated on hostages. Experts from the U.N.—an organization that is routinely hostile to the Jewish state—actually found “clear and convincing information that some [hostages] have been subjected to various forms of conflict-related sexual violence including rape and sexualized torture and sexualized cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and it also has reasonable grounds to believe that such violence may be ongoing.”

In reaction, Joe Biden’s State Department chose to level the charge of sexual abuse—at Israel. Recently, IDF Brig.-Gen. (res.) Amir Avivi recounted his meeting with a senior State Department official—since identified as Jill Hutchings, director of the Office of Israeli and Palestinian Affairs—who proceeded to accuse Israel of “systematically sexually abusing Palestinian women.” The State Department’s claim was based on information from Hamas pushed by Al Jazeera—which ended up deleting the story after it proved to be fabricated.

Indeed, Biden briefly expressed empathy with Israel after the heinous attack. But since then, along with his Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Biden has been working at breakneck speed to undermine, if not fully impede, Israel in its existential battle against the Iran-funded Hamas and Hezbollah terrorists—a campaign that has now extended to official blood libels about deliberate Israeli campaigns of genocide, famine and starvation, killing babies, and sexual abuse—culminating in the administration’s betrayal of Israel and siding with Hamas at the Security Council on Monday. In the blink of an eye, Biden has gone from framing Hamas as “pure, unadulterated evil” to putting immense pressure on Israel to stand down.

That pressure is not of recent origin.

More than 40 years ago, Joe Biden prompted one of the most famous phrases ever uttered by an Israeli prime minister. In a private session with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 1982, Sen. Biden threatened Prime Minister Menachem Begin with cutting off U.S. aid if Israel did not stop its “settlements” in Judea and Samaria.

Begin replied: “Don’t threaten us with cutting off your aid. It will not work. I am not a Jew with trembling knees. I am a proud Jew with 3,700 years of civilized history. Nobody came to our aid when we were dying in the gas chambers and ovens. Nobody came to our aid when we were striving to create our country. We paid for it. We fought for it. We died for it. We will stand by our principles. We will defend them. And, when necessary, we will die for them again, with or without your aid.”

Continue reading.

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Pamela Geller

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For Pro-Hamas ‘Within Our Lifetime,’ AOC, Bowman, and Sanders are All ‘Sellouts’

By Jihad Watch

What’s that about a revolution eating its young? The True Believers — deeply pro-Hamas, ardently anti-Israel, and it goes without saying, unshakably antisemitic — who belong to Within Our Lifetime (WOL), will be satisfied with nothing less than the disappearance of Israel and its replacement by a 23rd Arab state. They have now turned on one of the original squadroons, ex-bartender Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose savage criticism of Israel hasn’t been nearly savage enough for the likes of WOL. More on the fury they are now directing at her can be found here: “Antisemitic Pro-Palestine Group Set To Protest Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez at Rally,” by Corey Walker, Algemeiner, June 21, 2024:

“Within Our Lifetime (WOL), headed by Nerdeen Kiswani and Fatima Mousa, staged a protest on June 22, during the appearance of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY at an open-air rally at St. Mark’s Place, where she was trying to drum up support for Jamaal Bowman, who is 17 points behind his Democratic primary rival, George Latimer. Congressman Bowman is even more anti-Israel than AOC; he has accused the Jewish state of “ethnic cleansing” and “genocide,” and now he wants the Biden administration to cut off all weapons support to Israel while that country is fighting a four-front war.

Despite Ocasio-Cortez’s longtime antagonism towards Israel, WOL said that the congresswoman has not shown sufficient support for the Palestinian cause. In particular, the organization takes umbrage with Ocasio-Cortez over her decision to support President Joe Biden’s reelection campaign amid a so-called “genocide” in Gaza….

The Within Our Lifetime fanatics are prepared to see Biden — in their view “Genocide Joe” — lose the election. Their support goes only to those who, like themselves, want nothing less than the destruction of the Jewish state. The others — AOC, Jamaal Bowman, Bernie Sanders — are “sellouts” according to WOL, for they haven’t yet gone that far, though it could be argued that Bowman’s demand for a cutoff of all American military aid to Israel is equivalent to calling for that country’s destruction.

June 22 has come and gone. AOC and Bernie Sanders held their rally in support of Jamaal Bowman at St. Marks Place; 300 people attended. Outside the rally, and held back from surging into it by the police, 150 WOL protesters screamed their rage against AOC, Sanders, and Bowman. They accused AOC of providing “progressive cover” for Israel’s military operations in Gaza. They called her a Zionist “sellout.” They fixed the same epithet on Bernie Sanders and Jamaal Bowman: both of them “sellouts,” despite accusing Israel of “genocide” and calling for a cut in aid to the Jewish state.

Occasio-Cortez [sic] harshly denounced the antisemitic protest, much to the ire of many anti-Israel activists.

“The callousness, dehumanization, and targeting of Jews on display at last night’s protest outside the Nova Festival exhibit was atrocious,” she said on Twitter/X.

Now the war is well and truly on, between the extreme anti-Israel fanatics of WOL and three well-known politicians who are in the anti-Israel camp, but apparently not sufficiently so for the members of WOL, who now describe all three as “sellouts.” To wit, these are: Jamaal Bowman, only a little less extreme than WOL in his anti-Israel animus; the willing-to-allow-Israel-to-live-on-sufferance Bernie Sanders, and the occasionally reasonable squadroon AOC, who has even, once or twice, condemned antisemitism.

In 1934, Hitler sent his jackbooted killers to murder Ernst Röhm, the head of the Stormabteilung (SA), or Stormtroopers, and his henchmen, in what entered history as the Night of the Long Knives. Mao Zedong in 1930 accused his rivals in the Communist Party of belonging to the Kuomintang intelligence agency, the “Anti-Bolshevik League,” and had many of them executed. And Stalin, of course, had Sergei Kirov, head of the party in Leningrad, and a popular figure who dared on occasion to stand up to Iosif Vissarionovich, assassinated in 1934, and following the purge trials in the 1930s, Stalin had most of the remaining Old Bolsheviks executed.

The internecine warfare in the anti-Israel camp of the saints has now begun. Pull up a metaphorical chair, and watch as the war of words — between WOL and Jamaal Bowman, WOL and AOC, WOL and Bernie Sanders — heats up. Hope, for Israel’s sake, that it does not stop within our lifetime.

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HUGH FITZGERALD

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War Causes Israelis to Seek the ‘Hope of Israel’

By Family Research Council

A Christian ministry that supplies Israelis with New Testaments for free has seen a remarkable rise in demand since Hamas’s October 7 terror attack that killed approximately 1,200 Israelis and kicked off both new hostilities with the surrounding nations and a global surge of anti-Semitism. “Israel has prided itself in its ability to defend itself, so October 7 was a real blow to that for people,” said Aaron Abramson, executive director of Jews for Jesus. “I think that’s why a lot of people were starting to sort of dig into those spiritual questions.”

Abramson described a “kind of hopelessness” afflicting Israelis, as they survey their bleak security and foreign policy outlook. “If you can’t put your trust in maybe, let’s say, a political solution, you can’t put your trust in like a military solution, or if you can’t put your trust in an economic solution, then where do you put your trust?” he asked.

At least some Israelis are now turning to the “hope of Israel, its savior in time of trouble” (Jeremiah 14:8). That “hope of Israel” is Jesus Christ, as Paul preached (Acts 28:20). According to Jews for Jesus, they have received 1,230 Israeli orders for New Testaments in Hebrew since the October 7 attack, a little over nine months ago. That’s about 230% as many New Testament orders as they received in 2021, when Israelis ordered 700 New Testaments throughout the entire year.

It’s nothing new that devastating tragedies provoke people to consider their spiritual state. In the U.S., church attendance spiked after the terror attacks on 9/11. What is unusual is for Jewish Israelis to turn to the Christian Scriptures in their search for hope. As recently as 2012, a right-wing Israeli lawmaker made headlines for destroying a copy of the New Testament. Jews reject Jesus as the Messiah, and the New Testament scriptures preach Jesus as the Messiah.

There wasn’t always such a sharp delineation between Jews and Christians. Most of the early church was Jews, and for decades Christian missionaries often taught openly in synagogues (e.g. Acts 19:8). It was only “when some [Jews] became stubborn and continued in unbelief, speaking evil of the Way before the congregation,” that evangelists like Paul “withdrew from them and took the disciples with him” (Acts 19:8-9).

In this, the first Christians imitated Jesus. Jesus was as Jewish as they come, a “son of Abraham, son of David” through both his mother and adoptive father (Matthew 1:1), and there are genealogies to demonstrate this. Jesus’s earthly ministry was first and foremost to “the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matthew 15:24). Jesus opened his ministry by claiming to fulfill the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 5:17), particularly the expectation of a coming Messiah (Luke 4:17-21). And, after his death and resurrection, he explained exactly how he had fulfilled them (Luke 4:27).

In other words, when early Christian apologists set about “showing by the Scriptures that the Christ was Jesus” (Acts 18:28), they were using the books we now call the Old Testament. Their interpretation was informed by the new work God had done in Christ, but the proof was all there already. In fact, the books of the New Testament were only written later, to provide a written record of their argumentation for how the Old Testament expectations and promises of a Messiah were met and fulfilled in Jesus.

The benefit of reading the New Testament (for Israeli Jews, American Christians, or anyone else) is that it provides a clear interpretation of Old Testament passages about the Messiah that would be mysterious, unclear, vague, or completely hidden on their own. The New Testament presents Jesus as:

  • A new Adam who overcomes temptation and thereby defeats sin and death (Genesis 3:6),
  • The seed of the woman who will crush the serpent’s head and reverse the curse (Genesis 3:15),
  • Abraham’s offspring in whom all nations will be blessed (Genesis 12:3),
  • The beloved son who silently submits to become a sacrifice (Genesis 22:9-10),
  • The lion from Judah who will reign over the nations (Genesis 49:9-10),
  • The branch from Jesse who will rule with righteousness (Isaiah 11:1-3),
  • The kingly son of David whose throne will be established forever (2 Samuel 7:12-13, Psalm 18:50),
  • The ultimate law-giving prophet like Moses (Deuteronomy 18:18),
  • The faithful, eternal priest (1 Samuel 2:35, Psalm 110:4),
  • And the servant of the Lord who will both reign and suffer (Isaiah 42, 44, 49, 53, etc.).

How can all these different people, whom God promised to send, be fulfilled in just one man? The New Testament holds the answers. If anything, Jesus is more amazing and fulfills more Old Testament prophecies and types than any summary list I could create. The New Testament untangles the riddles of the Old.

Perhaps most importantly, the New Testament provides clearer revelation of the triune nature of God. Jews will insist — and rightly so — “The Lord our God, the Lord is one” (Deuteronomy 6:1). In the first century, they rejected Jesus precisely because he claimed to be God. Yet even in the Old Testament there are hints of a plurality in God (Genesis 1:26-27; 19:24; Psalm 110:1).

The New Testament presents Jesus both affirming the unity of God (Mark 12:29) and directly claiming to be God (e.g. John 8:58). Other New Testament authors affirm the oneness of God and also Jesus’s equal status (1 Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 4:4-6; 1 Timothy 2:5; Revelation 1:8; 22:13). These texts have led Christians to formulate the doctrine of the Trinity: one God in three persons, Father, Son, and Spirit. Someone who was only reading the Old Testament would not postulate the Trinity because it is not presented clearly there. That does not mean it is inconsistent, only that God reveals himself to man progressively. As he told Moses, “I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by my name the Lord [Yahweh] I did not make myself known to them” (Exodus 6:3).

What this means is that reading the New Testament can cause Israeli Jews to know God in a way they have not known him before — through his Son, Jesus Christ. That is now the only way anyone can come to the Father (John 14:6). Any time that more people are able to read the Word of God for themselves, we should rejoice.

Granted, 1,230 Hebrew New Testaments is a tiny number to distribute among the nearly 10 million inhabitants of Israel — even if each one is read by five, 10, or even 50 people. This is too small to fulfill Paul’s declaration that “all Israel will be saved” (Romans 11:26). Most of the nation “beloved for the sake of their forefathers” (Romans 11:28) remains under the “partial hardening” that will last “until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in” (Romans 11:25).

However, a Jewish rabbi once told this parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches” (Matthew 13:31-32). The rabbi, the Son of God incarnate, continues to build his church, “and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18).

AUTHOR

Joshua Arnold

Joshua Arnold is a senior writer at The Washington Stand.

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‘It’s A Crazy World’: Trump Addresses Evangelicals, Repeats Support For Displaying Ten Commandments In Schools

By The Daily Caller

Presumptive 2024 Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump addressed evangelicals and faith-minded voters Saturday at the Faith and Freedom Coalition Road to Majority conference in Washington, D.C.

The crowd broke out into “U-S-A” chants as soon as Trump took the stage. Trump told the audience they “cannot afford to sit on the sidelines” and to “go and vote, Christians, please!” according to the Associated Press.

During his remarks, Trump repeated his support for displaying the Ten Commandments in public schools. This follows Republican Louisiana Gov. Jeff Landry signing a universal school choice bill into law Wednesday, which includes a provision making the state the first to mandate the display of the Ten Commandments in public school classrooms. Trump then spoke about Democrats who oppose the Ten Commandments being displayed in schools.

“Who likes the Ten Commandments going up in the schools?” Trump asked, prompting the audience to erupt with cheers and applause. “They think it’s such a bad thing. I said, ‘Thou shall.’ I mean, has anybody read this? Incredible stuff. It’s just incredible. They don’t want it to go up. It’s a crazy world.”

Other Republican speakers at the Conference included Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford, Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson and New York Rep. Elise Stefanik.

Trump took to social media earlier Friday to express his support for the Ten Commandments soon after the Louisiana bill was signed.

“I LOVE THE TEN COMMANDMENTS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS, PRIVATE SCHOOLS, AND MANY OTHER PLACES, FOR THAT MATTER. READ IT — HOW CAN WE, AS A NATION, GO WRONG??? THIS MAY BE, IN FACT, THE FIRST MAJOR STEP IN THE REVIVAL OF RELIGION, WHICH IS DESPERATELY NEEDED, IN OUR COUNTRY. BRING BACK TTC!!! MAGA2024” Trump wrote on Truth Social.

After delivering his remarks in D.C., Trump held a rally in Philadelphia. The Republican candidate visited Tony and Nick’s Steak before taking the stage, signing merchandise and posing for pictures with supporters, who he embraced as “his people.”

Social media circulated video of Trump’s interaction with a young boy dressed as Trump who was reportedly “brought to tears,” according to Trump’s deputy director of communications, Margo Martin. Trump was also recorded signing gold campaign sneakers for law enforcement officers begore he departed on “Trump Force One.”

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JULIANNA FRIEMAN

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Gaza: IDF destroys Palestinian Islamic Jihad rocket launch site that was placed inside a humanitarian zone

By Jihad Watch

Next Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the UN and the establishment media will excoriate Israel for launching an attack against a humanitarian zone. That’s how this scam works, and it’s working well.

IDF destroys launch site placed in humanitarian zone, escalates operations in Rafah

Jerusalem Post, June 21, 2024:

The IDF destroyed a launch site on Thursday that was placed inside a humanitarian zone in Khan Yunis by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and has continued its operations in Rafah, the IDF announced on Friday morning.

The launch site was placed inside a shelter located in the humanitarian zone. The Israeli Air Force then struck it from an aircraft. The IDF emphasized that before the strike, various measures were taken to mitigate harm to civilians.

“Terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip continue to place weapons and terrorist infrastructure amid the civilian population, endangering them and using them as a human shield,” the IDF said.

Additionally, the IDF said that troops have been continuing to operate in the area of Rafah and have been working to eliminate terrorists there in close-quarters combat, conducting “precise, intelligence-based” actions in the area.

Residents in the area said that Israelis appeared to be trying to complete their capture of Rafah, the city on the enclave’s southern edge that has been the focus of an Israeli assault since early May….

Continue reading.

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ROBERT SPENCER

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Why Is America Doomed?

By Amil Imani

Because we are our own worst enemy. Because it is going to take more than 9/11 to wake us up. Because our politicians don’t have the stomach to tell the truth. Because we have lost our will to call a spade a spade. Because we are ignoring the most important element of intelligence — understanding the mindset and dedication of our enemies — and because being politically correct has become our norm.

America is doomed to failure in this war of ideology, an ideology that would turn a loving mother into a “launching pad of death.” We are doomed unless we stand up and identify the real enemy: Islam itself.

History has shown time and again that you can kick the truth, bend it, gag it, or hide it, but you can never kill it. Truth has a bad habit of hanging around until everyone can see it.

Iraq is an inferno, Palestinian Territory is ready to ignite, the Syrians are busy with their machinations, the Lebanese Hezbollah is stirring, the Taliban in Afghanistan is resurging, and the Iranian Mullahs are working overtime fanning any and all fires while furiously racing to make the bomb.

The common denominator in all these troubles is Islam, with Iran’s Mullahs as its linchpin. The petrodollar-rich Shiite Mullahs are busily bankrolling any and all who are fighting the “infidel” world while their Sunni kin try to outdo them and claim the mantel of leadership for the Ummah.

Islam is rapidly advancing on two fronts. Every Islamic country is cowing the non-radicals while recruiting more and more radicals into its own ranks. In non-Muslim lands, flush with Petrodollars, Islamism is establishing itself as a formidable force by enlisting the disaffected and attracting the delusional liberals with their promises. For the faithful, there is the added incentive of Allah’s heaven and its irresistible attractions.

Alright, let’s roll out the red carpet for the immigrant Muslims, treat them as you would your own citizens, and give them stipends, medical care, and free education, and they will integrate seamlessly into society. Wrong! There is no such thing at all. The idea of the Melting Pot may work with people who come from different lands to embrace the new country as their home. The Muslims, on the other hand, come with the belief that they already own the place and want to make it part of the Ummah. Some forty percent of second and third-generation Muslim Britons reject British democracy, express their allegiance to Islam, and want to live under Sharia.

“Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith but to become dominant. The Qur’an should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on earth” – Omar Ahmed, Chairman of the Board of CAIR (Council of American Islamic Relations), San Ramon Valley Herald, July 1998.

So much for the Melting Pot daydreamers!

Many universities in the U.S. are bastions and incubators of many Useful Idiots. Far-left professors do more than teach their subjects of specialty. They feel they have a license to pontificate on all matters. That is why they are called “professors.” These self-appointed prima donnas cover themselves with the shield of academic freedom. Academic freedom is like liberty—it can be abused often and intensely. That is the price of freedom. Yet, these abusers of liberty, the far left, will be among the first to be buried under the rubble of the free society’s collapse they work so doggedly to bring about.

Muslims love our liberal politicians and will happily ally with them, who then will gladly cede some of their power to this group of enforcers so that conservative politicians and Christians who advocate self-defense and sane social policies are kept out of office. On university campuses, Islam will be portrayed as righteous and peaceful, while Christianity will be associated with evil Western and American values. What does the rebellious American youth do? They will eat it up.

The revisionists (Moderates) wish to believe that Islam is wrongly accused by a “tiny minority” so people can realize that the terror phenomenon will never go away, and, as a matter of fact, they immediately join the ranks of the jihadists. This is why it is essential to name the alternative positions for the moderates, as most people refuse to accept that my side of the story even exists. I consider myself a realist by default. I have experienced firsthand the reality of Islam. The mainstream media must pay close attention to the revelation of the apostates. They lived to tell. Arguments can come not just from Christians but from all philosophical and political perspectives.
Islam’s manifestation is the source of the jihadists’ manual:

“Against them (the unbelievers), make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies, of Allah and your enemies, and others besides, whom ye may not know, but whom Allah doth know. Whatever ye shall spend in the cause of Allah shall be repaid unto you, and ye shall not be treated unjustly.” Quran 8.060

Americans are always accustomed to thinking in bipolar/dualistic paradigms, and at one time, they felt that Shiites were the violent and ”extreme” ones and that Sunnis were liberal and pacifists. Well, I hope that at least Iraq has exposed this lie. It is important to educate people that all Islamic sects agree on the fundamental principles of evil.

It is time to take a stand and shift the debate to orthodox Islam. Islam realists do not have to investigate every other religion on earth in order to compare them or offer opinions about their relative “goodness” to declare that, on the whole, Islam perpetuates evil. Let others devolve into religious disagreements. But for those commentators who would respond: “Great, so now what…to you, Islam is evil. How do we combat that?” Your response is already clear: Through the spread of truth, not deceit. Through voluntary social sanctions and laws in every civilized country that forbid evil practices like Sharia, coercion and violence against women, threats against those who disagree, honor killings, and other hate crimes. Let the world know the truth and decide for itself. Let Muslims who come to their senses opt-out.

Another thought: let’s separate arguments that impugn Islam based on the (weird to me) liturgical conduct that is required of them. All religions have rituals, but who cares? The real story is not whether they wash their feet, sign a cross with holy water, or whirl like a Dervish. The issue is how they treat those who disagree with or stray from their sanctioned behaviors. Islam seeks to conquer the world by force and force all subjects to accept a global Islamic theocracy in which its antisocial policies can be imposed without question or alternative. Violators are cruelly punished. Abrogators are murdered. No wonder the communists love these guys. It’s the same “god,” the god of mandatory surrender of all rights to the State…submission!

Islam is an example of a belief system that perpetuates both force and fraud, sanctioned and prescribed within its scripture. It has a perfect legacy of bloody conquest. It stands as an example of one of the few religions of mankind that mandates violent human death and destruction as a modus operandi (shared with Aztec and Mayan religions). Islam’s founder waged dozens of bloody wars of aggression and spouted ugly and damning diatribes against unbelievers — Christians and Jews in particular.
Today, the most devout and knowledgeable Muslims are all Jihadists. And other than communist nations, the least accessible and most impoverished societies, and the places in which there is the greatest difference between rich and poor, are all Muslim nations. The only major religion that still sanctions slavery, the beating of women by men, and forced female circumcision is Islam. And the Quran specifically encourages bloody, violent, eternal Jihad against unbelievers. It requires all devout Muslims to lie “Taqqye” and wait in readiness to attack with terrorism (sleeper cells are prescribed in the Quran).

“Fight and kill the disbelievers wherever you find them, take them captive, harass them, lie in wait, and ambush them using every stratagem of war.” Qur’an:9:5

We must confront Islam on all fronts. All free people must demand that their governments, at all levels, abandon the practice of political correctness and act to safeguard liberty against the truly deadly assault of Islam on the rest of the World.

©2024. Amil Imani. All rights reserved.

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The Truth about Jihad

By Matthys van Raalten

We are writing the year 2012. President Obama has been in power for some time, He has reformed the armed forces. All the old-fashioned generals have been worked out. American soldiers who do not agree with Obama’s policies should watch out!

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The main character of this story is a learned man from New York. He was a lecturer at a university, but because he criticized Obama too much, he lost his job. Because he is also a follower of Arabist Robert Spencer, he also lost all his friends. Still, he is not in a bad mood. After all, he is a freethinker!

With his last money, he has bought a ticket to Baghdad. He is flying via Cairo, the capital of the African country of Egypt.

The purpose of his trip: to explain to American soldiers what exactly Jihad is. (He learned this himself from Robert Spencer).

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Once the learned main character of this story, actually a hero, arrives in Baghdad’s Green Zone, he requests a meeting with the commander of the American forces. He gets what he asks for.

Soldiers roughly bring him into a control room. He is immediately welcomed by a screaming general. The general is furious with him because a security check revealed that the hero is a member of the GOP (Republican Party) and is vehemently opposed to abortion.

The hero of this story finally gets to speak. He is allowed to speak to everyone present in the control room. Of course he accepts this offer!

For 15 minutes he explains how the Quran calls for Jihad, and how Jihadists read and interpret the Quran.

Then he is denied the floor. The general grabs the microphone from his hands, and now addresses him:

“It’s quite clear that you do not understand a thing about Islam. Islam is a Religion of Peace”.

The hero wants the floor again, but doesn’t get it. He must now leave the room. His request has been granted, so he cannot complain, the general thinks.

As he stands outside, in the burning heat, an Iraqi soldier comes walking up to him. This one says he heard and saw everything, and wants to thank him:
“I learned a lot about my religion Islam today. My Imam keeps the information that you gave me today completely secret”.

The New Yorker is amazed! He introduces himself. The Iraqi soldier hugs him, saying:

“I want to be converted to your faith in Jesus. Can you baptize me?”

The New Yorker grabs a bottle of mineral water from India, which he had bought at the Baghdad airport, and baptizes the Iraqi soldier, in the name of Jesus to Christianity.

Now the baptized man pulls out a photo from his wallet. It is a small photograph of a Russian icon. It is a depiction of the Mother of Jesus with a golden Aura around her head. He proudly shows it to the New Yorker.

[ *** ]

The two have become friends and walk through the Green Zone while talking. At one point, the Iraqi soldier says:

“I am not safe in my country. I am going to live a secret life. I will remain officially a Muslim; You are not safe either. In your country you are hated by your government!”

The New Yorker confirms that he already has a lot of problems with the U.S. government. The Iraqi soldier tells him, that out of thanks he will do something for him so that his life in New York will be better.

The two friends say goodbye to each other with a firm handshake.

[ *** ]

The Iraqi soldier returns home, somewhere in Baghdad. At home, he goes to a small room. There he uses a landline phone to call the Russian embassy. There is an immediate answer; they know who is calling.

The Iraqi soldier now says in English:

“Please help my friend from New York. Make his life better. He made my life better”.

A Russian voice replies:

“No problem young man. It will be taken care of.”

[ *** ]

Within an hour, a team of hackers from the FSB in Moscow launches a covert operation. They log into the CIA’s site with stolen passwords, and begin erasing the New Yorker’s dossier. The latter does not even know this dossier exists. A total of 90 pages of slander are erased.

The operation is completed within 10 minutes. Before anyone realizes it. As a precaution, the FSB agents evacuate the home near the Red Square, where they carried out the operation.

[ *** ]

The hero of the story returns to the US. As he came, so he returns: via the capital of Egypt.

At the New York airport, he receives a warm welcome. He does not have to explain why he wanted to go to Iraq.

He himself does not understand any of this. A month later he receives word from an old colleague at the university that there is a vacancy. There are all kinds of conditions attached, but at least he will be able to get paid work again.

The End

©2024. Matthys van Raalten. All rights reserved.

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BREAKING: Terror plot aimed at Jews during Paris Olympics foiled

By NEWSRAEL Telling the Israeli Story

The French paper JDD reports today that a 19-year-old young man was indicted, then imprisoned, this Friday.

He was suspected of planning attacks targeting people of the Jewish faith during the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

He is suspected of being in contact on the social network Telegram with another young man (18 years old), who was indicted last May for planned attacks on the sidelines of football events at the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium of Saint-Étienne.

This time it was a question of attacking people of the Jewish faith during the sporting event, the daily informs.

Arrested at his home at the beginning of the week by investigators from the General Directorate of Internal Security (DGSI), the young man confessed during the hearings.

He thus proclaimed that these were only “fantasies” and “delusions” in which he dreamed of fighting for Islam on behalf of Palestine in the war against Israel.

France files preliminary terrorism charges against teenager accused of plan to attack Olympic fans

PARIS (AP) — French authorities on Friday raised preliminary terrorism charges against an 18-year-old accused of a plot targeting spectators attending soccer games at the upcoming Paris Olympics. The interior minister said it was the first such thwarted plot targeting the Games, which start in eight weeks as France is on its highest threat alert level.

The man is accused of planning a ‘’violent action’’ on behalf of the Islamic State group’s jihadist ideology, the national counterterrorism prosecutor’s office said in a statement Friday. The man, who was not identified, is behind held in custody pending further investigation.

Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said in a statement that members of the General Directorate of Internal Security arrested an 18-year-old man from Chechnya on May 22 on suspicion of being behind a plan to attack soccer events that will be held in the southern city of Saint-Etienne.

According to the initial investigation, the man was preparing an attack targeting the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne that will host several soccer matches during the Summer Games. The planned attack was to target spectators and police forces, the statement said. The suspect wanted to attack the Olympic events “to die and become a martyr,” the statement also said.

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‘Israeli Parents Aren’t Willing to Endanger Their Children Just to Help Biden Win Michigan’: Expert

By Family Research Council

Joe Biden may think he’s scoring points with his anti-Semitic base, but his Israeli approval rating is probably taking on more water than his Gaza floating pier. For months, the Jewish state has watched the president boast of his “ironclad” support of Israel, only to undermine their war efforts at every turn. It’s “inconceivable” that the Biden White House would keep withholding weapons from Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared this week. But not when you consider that Biden only cares about winning one thing this year — and it isn’t the war against Hamas.

“Prime Minister Netanyahu wouldn’t have given that message if he didn’t feel that it was absolutely necessary,” Israeli affairs expert Caroline Glick insisted on “Washington Watch” Wednesday. “And the Biden administration’s response, which was really effectively to have a temper tantrum against the prime minister and insult him in just the most obnoxious ways” shows where their loyalties really lie.

After Netanyahu called out Biden’s munitions delay in a public video, an “enraged” White House retaliated by canceling a meeting with the prime minister on Iran. “… [T]here are consequences for pulling such stunts,” a U.S. official relayed to Axios.

It’s quite a contrast to how the president bends to Ukraine’s every whim, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins pointed out. “The Biden administration is telling Ukraine, ‘Yeah, you can go ahead and use our munitions to strike directly into Russia,’ but at the same time tying the hands of our most strategic ally, Israel. How do you square that?” he asked Glick.

You can’t, the senior contributing editor at the Jewish News Syndicate replied. The reality is, “The administration is advancing a policy that opposes Israeli victory in this war. They’re willing to allow Israel to defend itself. But the only way that we can defend ourselves is by going on offense and actually defeating our enemies. And that’s something that the White House does not want to countenance — that [it] will not countenance — whether it’s in relation to Hamas or it’s in relation to Hezbollah, which is the looming threat in the North.” And frankly, she pointed out, that’s not just looming, “it’s escalating before our eyes.”

The threat of Hamas, Glick reminds people, is small compared to the danger of Hezbollah in the north. “Israel is being shelled every day, and it’s civilian homes that are being shelled. Over a thousand of them have been destroyed over the months of the Hezbollah missile offensive,” she shook her head. “But it’s not only that. It’s military bases, it’s forest preserves, it’s agriculture. And most important, from a military perspective, it’s also strategic sites in Israel. Just [this week], Hezbollah released drone footage … taking pictures of strategic sites. … So we’re talking about a [grave] threat … given the fact that Hezbollah has 150,000 projectiles pointed at Israel, more if you count their drones, which you should.”

The danger, she warns, rises to a nuclear level with the amount of firepower they can bring to bear in a full-scale war. “This is not theoretical,” Perkins reiterated. “This is happening. It’s been happening since October.” And there will be “no future for Israel as a free and safe nation without addressing this threat.”

A lot of people wonder if the internal shake-up of former Minister of Defense Benny Gantz stepping aside is a cause for concern. Glick reassured people that none of this weakens Netanyahu or Israel. “It doesn’t mean anything in terms of the stability of the government,” she insisted. “The Left and a lot of the people in the United States … want very badly to overthrow Netanyahu. It’s funny because the same forces [have no problem leaving] Hamas in charge of Gaza. So it shows you where their brain is. … So they’re making it seem as though Benny Gantz’s departure from the War Cabinet is going to destabilize the government. But we had a stable 64-member majority coalition making up the government before October 7th and before Benny Gantz came in on October 11th. And that coalition still remains now.”

If you talk to the Israeli people, they still care about the same two things that they did on October 7: national unity and victory in the war. But if the choice is between Benny Gantz staying in the War Cabinet and beating Hamas, the majority, Glick says, want to eradicate the terrorists.

“The majority of Israelis recognize that this is a zero-sum game,” Glick said. “Either we stay alive and they die, or they’re defeated and their ability to kill us is removed, or we’re dead. … There’s no happy middle. … [W]e are facing genocidal foes. They showed that very clearly on October 7th. … Nobody was able to delude themselves into thinking that what happened was something else.”

As for the chaos Biden is causing, the White House’s real priorities are no secret. “I think that the sense among Israelis is that the American election is playing into the American antagonism — meaning, it was one thing when most Israelis trusted Biden and felt that he was our ally in this war, and that he meant it when he said that he had Israel’s back, and that his commitment to Israel’s security was ironclad,” Glick acknowledged. “… But what Israelis have seen over the past three months … is that Biden is openly hostile to Israel’s goal of victory.”

It’s all a very transparent political ploy, she knows. “The widespread sense among Israelis is that what’s motivating him is not some sort of a substantive, understandable, rational disagreement about tactics to reach the common end with Netanyahu, but rather his electoral fortunes. And Israeli parents aren’t willing to endanger their children just to help Biden win in Michigan.”

AUTHOR

Suzanne Bowdey

Suzanne Bowdey serves as editorial director and senior writer at The Washington Stand.

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CAIR Executive-Director: There Are 9 Million American Muslims Who Can Tip The Balance In Michigan, Minnesota, Washington State, Wisconsin

By Middle East Media Research Institute

Nihad Awad, the executive-director of CAIR — the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said in an April 26, 2024 sermon at the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Virginia that there are nine million Muslims in the United States, but that they were unable to “stand up to the lies” of the U.S. government and prevent the invasion and destruction of Iraq and Afghanistan, nor were they able to stop the “genocide” that is currently taking place in Gaza, and he warned that in India, “the Modi government and the Hindutva party are planning and getting the Muslim community to face the destiny of other communities who have been exterminated.”

Dr. Awad said that the Muslim-American community must be politically active, because even though they are a minority, they are having a political impact, as has been seen in key states like Michigan, Georgia, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Washington, and elsewhere. He also prayed to Allah to grant victory to the people of Gaza.

To view the clip of CAIR Executive-Director Dr. Nihad Awad, click here or below:

In The Past, American Muslims Could Not Stand Up To The Lies Of The U.S. Government, Which Were Put Forth To Invade And Destroy Afghanistan And Iraq, And Kill Millions Of People

 Nihad Awad: “According to my organization and the most reputable organizations in the country, the Muslim community is at least nine million people in the United States.

[…]

“We have not, and could not, stand up to the lies of our government [which were] put forth to invade and destroy Afghanistan and Iraq and kill millions of people.

[…]

“We could not prevent the massacre, the genocide in Gaza from happening.

[…]

“If you think you are powerless more massacres will happen. More genocides will happen. Do you know what’s in the pipeline in addition to Gaza? India. The Modi government and the Hindutva party are planning and getting the Muslim community to face the destiny of other communities who have been exterminated.

[…]

“And we are a minority, like in Mecca. And also, we are like in Medina, because we are also well established. We have resources we have voices and people are taking note of the Muslim community.

Millions Of American Muslims Can Tip The Balance In Michigan, Georgia, Minnesota, Washington State, Wisconsin

“And if you don’t know that, just watch what happened in Michigan, in Georgia, in Minnesota, in Washington state, in Wisconsin. The uncommitted. The millions of people who are voting and sending a clear message to this administration that they are going to hold them accountable in November.

[…]

“You have to be politically involved, because the ummah is waiting for you.

[…]

“In the swing states, you may not be the margin of victory, but you can tip the balance.

[…]

“We ask you Allah to empower us to give us the victory with the people of Gaza.”

EDITORS NOTE: This MEMRI column with video is republished with permission. ©All rights reserved.

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Over 50 Florida Synagogues Targeted with Bomb Threats

By The Geller Report

Synagogues in Miami, Broward County, Palm Beach County, were targeted.

It’s only a matter of time.

50+ Florida Shuls Targeted With Bomb Threats; FBI Investigating

By: Yeshiva World News, June 19, 2024:

Over 50 shuls across Florida were forced to evacuate on Tuesday after receiving bomb threats via email, sparking a massive response from law enforcement and concerns about rising antisemitism.

The threats, which were deemed harmless after police sweeps and evacuations, targeted shuls in Miami, Broward County, Palm Beach County, and elsewhere.

This incident is the latest in a string of antisemitic hate crimes in Florida, including a cyber attack on a synagogue last September and recent vandalism at a Miami kosher bagel shop.

Paul Morris, 26, was arrested in Boca Raton on Tuesday for posting threats on social media, but it’s unclear if he’s connected to the bomb threats or other hate crimes.

Governor Ron DeSantis has vowed to combat rising antisemitism, allocating tens of millions of dollars to address the issue. “If anyone attempts to bring it here, they’ll face significant resistance,” he said.

The FBI is investigating the bomb threats and other incidents.

AUTHOR

Pamela Geller

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The Bible and Public Policy

By Jerry Newcombe, D. Min.

How much influence, if any, should the Bible have on American public policy? There is a wide divergence in the answer to that question, depending on who is asked.

Last week, Pew Research Center reported on such differences.  They write about those on the right: “Most Trump supporters (69%) would like the Bible to have at least some influence on the laws of the U.S., including 36% who say it should have ‘a great deal’ of influence.”

As to those on the left, Pew writes, “About seven-in-ten Biden supporters (69%) say the Bible should have little or no influence on the laws of the U.S., including 53% who say it should have no influence.”

Gary Bauer, who served in the Reagan administration and now runs American Values, reacted to this survey: “Why does this matter?….And as we are seeing now with the absurd smears of ‘Christian nationalism,’ those who say the Bible should have no influence quickly morph their religious bigotry into the belief that Christians are ‘a danger to democracy.’”

And Bauer adds, “Once again, pastors and Christians who say, ‘I’m not interested in politics because it’s divisive,’ are sorely mistaken. The government and the neo-Marxist left are very interested in you!”

One key issue is: What is the source of our rights? God or government?

Rabbi Daniel Lapin, president of the American Alliance of Jews and Christians, told me once in a television interview: “There is obviously in today’s society, a very strong desire to suggest that the rights enjoyed by citizens are graciously granted by government.” And he went on to say that what the government grants, it can also take away.

The rabbi continued, “And it is precisely for that reason that anybody who spends the slightest amount of effort on finding out what the founders of the United States of America believed will know that they stressed and emphasized constantly and reliably, that these rights were from God. They were God given, not government given.”

What did the founders of America have to say about such matters? How much influence should the Bible have on the nation’s laws, if any?

Well, for starters, the Bible is the source of the notion of covenant, which ultimately gave rise to our governing document, the Constitution. And many scholars, like the late Dr. Donald S. Lutz, of the University of Houston, have noted the vital role of the Biblical concept of covenant in helping to frame our two key founding documents, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Both of which have the same structure: A written agreement under God that bears signatures.

Writes Lutz in his classic book, The Origins of American Constitutionalism: “The American constitutional tradition derives in much of its form and content from the Judeo-Christian tradition as interpreted by the radical Protestant sects to which belonged so many of the original European settlers in British North America.” And their chief guidebook was the Bible.

Lutz adds, “God is called on as a witness to the agreement…Wherever dissenting Protestantism went, so too went their church covenants.” And those church covenants eventually morphed into political agreements. The Mayflower Compact is one such example.

No wonder Newsweek wrote (12/27/1982), on the eve of the Year of the Bible: “Now historians are discovering that the Bible, per­haps even more than the Constitution, is our founding document: the source of the powerful myth of the United States as a special, sacred nation, a people called by God to establish a model society, a beacon to the world.”

The Scriptures teach the sinfulness of man, so the founders carefully separated political power to avoid tyranny. As Alexander Hamilton, a New York representative at the Constitutional convention, once noted on man’s corrupt nature: “Till the millennium comes, in spite of all our boasted light and purification, hypocrisy and treachery will continue to be the most successful commodities in the political market.”

Another point of the founders’ view is that for self-rule to work, the people must be virtuous. How could they maintain virtue? Through the voluntary free exercise of religion, which usually meant Christianity in one version or another.

As George Washington famously worded it: “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.”

Lutz comments on how important the idea of virtue was to the founders of America, and, of course, the Bible was their basis for virtue: “Without the belief in a virtuous people, the federal republic would not have been tried.”

It’s amazing that millions of Americans today think that the Bible should have no place in influencing public policy. The Bible helped produce the freest and most prosperous country in world history. As President Andrew Jackson declared, “The Bible is the rock on which this Republic rests.”

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

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REPORT: Anti-Israel Education in NYC’s K-12 Schools

By Canary Mission

An antisemitic “bait and switch” appears to be happening in New York City’s Department of Education (NYC DOE). The ruse, facilitated by the department and its Chancellor David Banks, claims they are addressing the rampant antisemitism in its public schools while at the same time, facilitating it.

Specifically, the department is taking steps to educate the next generation of New York City’s children against Israel and into the pro-Hamas, “anti-colonialist” ideology now prevalent on the city’s streets.

The NYC DOE, over which Bank presides, is the largest K-12 public school system in the United States and among the largest in the world. NYC’s public schools serve over 1.1 million students across the city’s five boroughs in 1,800 separate institutions.

A month after the Hamas’ October 7, 2023 massacre of 1,200 Israelis and the kidnapping of 250 more, Chancellor Banks sent an email to teachers prior to a planned November 9, 2023 student and staff walkout billed as part of a national “shutdown for Palestine” event.

In the email, Banks cautioned teachers about violating the education department’s rules on political speech, even going so far as to warn them that this type of activity, “even on one’s personal time,” can violate city rules if it “disrupts…the school environment.”

“All employees should ensure that expressions of their personal political views are kept separate from their NYCPS job. School leaders, teachers, and other school staff should not express their personal views about political matters during the school day, while on school grounds, or while working at school events, and it is critical that they set aside their personal views during class discussions about current events.”

However, what has happened in practice tells a different story. Not only did staff participate in the November 9 walkout, but there have been no perceivable consequences for their actions. In addition, instances have been reported where teachers directly facilitated student involvement in the protests.

Teachers have not only been emboldened by Banks’s lack of disciplinary action, but some consider themselves impervious because they are tenured. (Unlike many public school systems around the country, the NYC DOE has a system of quasi-tenure, which makes it harder to fire a teacher who has been granted this status.)

But arguably some of the most egregious violations of the NYC DOE’s rules have come from the chancellor himself. Since the conflict began, Banks has hired or rewarded a number of blatantly anti-Israel activists, some for the explicit purpose of educating students and staff on Israel and the war.  

On Nov 25, 2023, students rampaged through Hillcrest High School in Jamaica, Queens, after it was discovered that a teacher had attended a pro-Israel rally. It took 24 police officers to rescue the teacher and nearly two hours for staff to bring order back to the school.

During the riot, students stormed through the hallways yelling, “F**k the Jews,” ripped a water fountain out in a hallway and shattered tiles in a bathroom.

[PHIL – We are looking for a video of this now]

The teacher, a veteran educator of 23 years who has taught at Hillcrest for the last seven, was whisked away shortly before the riot started and left locked in an office as students attempted to force their way into her classroom.

At a press conference following the incident, Banks defended the students from accusations that they had been “radicalized” at the school.

“This notion that these kids are radicalized and antisemitic is the height of irresponsibility,” he said. “I, for one, will not accept that at all.”

At a “both sides” meeting in January 2024 with a group of education and faith leaders about antisemitism and Islamophobia, Banks said he found the student protest “deeply concerning,” but countered that, “The way through this moment is not to malign our students or to impose our own ideologies on them. We must distinguish between truth and misinformation, and between disagreement and hate.”

Following the incident, Banks reassigned Scott Milczewski, Hillcrest’s principal, and appointed him director of teacher development and evaluation within the NYC DOE. At a May 8, 2024 Congressional hearing that zeroed in on the antisemitism problem in New York City’s public schools, Banks claimed that incidents have been dealt with “in an appropriate fashion.”

Referring to Hillcrest and Milczewski, Banks was pointedly asked by Rep. Brandon Williams (R-NY), “How can Jewish students feel safe in New York City public schools when you can’t even manage to terminate the principal of ‘open season on Jews High School?’”
Banks replied, “We considered his leadership to not be strong enough in that school.” Williams countered, “Is he strong enough to be on your payroll?”

Reporting on the hearing, the New York Post wrote, “Critics called Banks’ testimony dishonest.” The Post then cited NYC Councilwoman Inna Vernikov, who said that Banks’s comments “make it seem as though NYC has somehow got a handle on antisemitism.”

“He wasn’t transparent. He danced around direct questions and couldn’t say what disciplinary action was taken against antisemitic students and teachers,” she added.

DEBBIE ALMONTASER “INTIFADA HIGH”

Shortly after Banks’ congressional testimony, where his school system was singled out along with two others in the country for antisemitism problems, NYC DOE hired Debbie Almontaser, the notorious former principal of what became known as “Intifada High.”

Almontaser earned the moniker and outrage when, in 2007, interview when she condoned T-shirts that read “Intifada NYC,” causing her to resign as head of the city’s newly formed Khalil Gibran International Academy.

Further, the city has paid Almontaser through her firm at least $235,000 in taxpayer money since fiscal year 2021, according to city records. On June 6, 2024, Bridging Cultures Group conducted professional development training sessions in at least 10 NYC public schools.

Speaking to the New York Post, Sharon Malkin, a teacher at Horace Greeley IS 10Q in Astoria, Queens, said the workshop makes no mention of the Israeli hostages kidnapped by Hamas and being held in Gaza or the missile strikes launched by Iran and other terror groups at Israel.

Based on a video of the workshop, the Post reported that another presenter “snickered before providing her group data on the 1,200 Jewish deaths on Oct. 7 compared to over 37,000 Palestinian deaths over the past eight months.” Malkin also confirmed this information.

It should also be noted that Almontaser is:

  • Currently the board president of the Muslim Community Network, an organization that has been active in backing anti-Israel protests and offers “safety-training” seminars to protesters
  • Promotes hatred of Israel and spreads anti-Israel content on her social media accounts
  • Promotes anti-Israel rallies and student walkouts on U.S. college campuses on social media
  • Endorses and promotes antisemites Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Linda Sarsou
  • Endorses and promotes antisemite Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and her daughter who was suspended from Barnard College for disruptive anti-Israel protests

BROOKLYN PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER RITA LAHOUD

Rita Lahoud is a teacher at PS 261, an elementary school in Brooklyn where she runs an Arab Culture Arts program and also teaches Arabic to grades 1-4. As late as January 2024, a map of the “Arab World” hung in her classroom, in which she affixed a handwritten label over Israel, renaming it “Palestine.”

The arts program is funded by the Qatar Foundation International (QFI), the American affiliate of the Qatar Foundation) which is known to be bankrolled by Qatar’s royal family. In 2019, it was reported that QFI “gives grants to public K-12 schools, academic programs and colleges” in order to “support education in Arabic language and about the Arab world.”

In the May 2024 congressional hearing in which the issue of Lahoud’s map was raised, Banks admitted that the “Qataris write the checks,” but denied that the map was part of the program. He further claimed that the foundation “has had no impact…on the curriculum that’s been developed and how it’s been implemented.”

In April 2024, after the map incident, QFI gave Lahoud its 2023 Arabic Teacher Excellence Award.

As of June 2024, Lahoud still retains her position at PS 261.

In November 2023, close to 200 parents signed a petition against Siriana Abboud, the only preschool teacher at PS 59 Beekman Hill International School in Midtown Manhattan, for her “ongoing campaign against Jews.”

The parents’ petition asked the NYC DOE to investigate Abboud, whose Instagram account was filled with anti-Israel hate. The parents had discovered posts, such as, “For 100 years European Zionists have tried to wipe Palestine off the map,” (May 15, 2021) and “There can be no peaceful Zionism. There can be no peace so long as Zionism exists…” (June 30, 2021)

In addition, Abboud also runs the Allusio Academy, an online business that provides at-home curricula for kids as well as consultations, webinars and workshops for parents, teachers and activists to “unlearn” wrong information about “Palestine.”

Her recommendations include the notorious antisemitic children’s book “P Is for Palestine” (by Golbarg Bashi).

Abboud’s social media guides offer advice on how to talk to 4-year-olds about “land theft, displacement and ethnic cleansing.” As reported by the New York Post, after October 7, “She encourages parents to take them [young children] to pro-Palestinian protests — while blasting Israel as a ‘fascist ethnostate.’”

Yet, despite Abboud’s egregious Instagram posts, NYC DOE took no action. In fact, the department failed to even respond to the allegations against Abboud. Quoting parents with children in the school, the Post reported that PS 59 principal Nekia Wise had “flatly refused to discuss Abboud, becoming hostile when asked about the school’s sole pre-K teacher.”

Shockingly, in mid-November, NYC DOE selected Abboud for the 2023-2024 Big Apple Award, the highest possible honor for an NYC public school teacher. The award also affords the recipient a seat on the Chancellor’s Teacher Advisory Council.

Abboud came under public scrutiny as early as 2022 when she was called out for pinning a drawing of noses outside her classroom with a note asking, “Why do people have different noses?”

Jewish staffers complained at the time that the display evoked antisemitic stereotypes, yet no disciplinary action was taken against Abboud.
Without explanation, Abboud quit her teaching position at PS 59 in Feb 2024.

WALKOUTS IN SUPPORT OF HAMAS

The November 9, 2023 walkout was billed as an event advocating for a ceasefire. However, calls for a ceasefire just weeks after the beginning of Israel’s actions to eradicate the Hamas terrorists on their border are broadly understood as code words for support for the terrorist group and its machinations.

Tellingly, the November 9 walkout was scheduled to coincide with Kristallnacht, the 1933 pogrom against Jews in Nazi Germany that marked the beginning of the mass deportation of Jews to concentration camps.

The November 9 walkout was the first in a series of anti-Israel protests in NYC’s schools that are part of pro-Hamas campaigns led by multiple national anti-Israel organizations, including Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM), where students are taught to chant for “intifada,” i.e., a call for the violent destruction of Israel.

At the November 9 protest, in which 770 NYC public education students participated during school hours after walking out of their classes, one teacher told The Daily News that she is tenured and thus plans to continue protesting.

“I’m not going to let the chancellor scare me into silence. No way, no how,” said the middle school teacher from Manhattan’s School District 1, who spoke to the News on the condition of anonymity. The teacher related that she has been wearing a keffiyeh (a symbol of intifada) to school every day, but mentioned no consequences from that behavior.

As late as May 2024, with the School Walkout & Rally at the NYC DOE and Banks headquarters, NYC’s public schools have allowed students to leave class and allow students to leave class to protest the Israeli “genocide” of Palestinians and call for BDS.

EDITORS NOTE: This Canary Mission report is republished with permission. ©All rights reserved.

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Defeating Islam at Home

By Amil Imani

The world is rapidly crumbling under the combined political, economic, and religious assaults. Politically, nations are at each other’s jugglers. Economically, there are more people than humanity can adequately feed, house, and care for them. Our numbers keep on exploding while resources of all sorts are depleting, the environment is degrading, and other life forms are being pushed toward extinction.

To exacerbate the problem, humanity’s genius needed for addressing its monumental challenges is severely sapped by the religious menace of Islamism.

Let’s trust the forever distrustful, self-serving politicians to deal with the political conundrum. In their for-sale hands, they are bound to make matters worse politically.

And the effete academes can sit in their ivory tower offices, smoke their pipes, and divine good as gold solutions (read, hallucinations) to the morass of the economy.

On the religious front, we are faced with the corrosive and deadly menace of Islamism. This is the subject of great concern to me, and I have specific suggestions on how to deal with this ever-expanding threat to our collective and personal liberty.

Several million Muslims live in this welcoming land. Muslims are everywhere. How are we to deal with them? Right at the start, let’s abandon some idiotic proposals that occasionally pop up. Deport the Muslims, herd them into concentration camps since they are enemies of the nation, and brand them like the dastardly murderer Nazis did the Jews. And on and on and on.

Those Muslims who are here legally are entitled to live here and enjoy the beneficence of this great country to the fullest of a citizen’s rights.

At the same time, we have every right and even responsibility to be concerned about the danger of Islamism to our way of life. It is a way for free people to live peacefully and respectfully with one another without in any way posing threats to the fundamental ideals that birthed this nation and sustained it to the present.

Moslems are not our enemies. Islamism is. Below are some specific suggestions on how to defeat Islamism at home.

Don’t kill the patient; eradicate the disease.

A Muslim is the patient; Islamism is the disease. The overwhelming majority of Muslims contract the viral virus of Islamism at birth when they are most vulnerable. Once this virus takes hold, it either completely destroys the individual’s cognitive immune system’s ability to reject the disease or makes it most difficult for the person to see the pathology. That’s why the great majority of born Muslims remain Muslim for life. It is a fact that a significant percentage of Muslims contract the virulent form of the belief, Islamism.

Islamism is a jihadist, intolerant of the “other,” and is rooted in most base beliefs and practices.

Defeat the creeping sharia law. I cannot overstate the dangers of Sharia law and its insidious, creeping nature. Regrettably, some provisions of sharia are already on the books in some states.

This Sharia intrusion is a monumental threat to our laws that are grantors of our liberty. No effort should be spared at denying the stone-age misogynistic body of Islamic laws from invading our legal system and purging the ones that have already sneaked in.

In infidel lands, the slow-acting yet deadly cancer of invasive sharia is wedged into our laws by powerful, moneyed Islamic organizations coaxing and greasing the politicians to issue ordinances or legislate seemingly harmless provisions of the sharia. Islamic organizations and vested-interested clerics begin their Sharia campaign by asking for ordinances or legislations for seemingly inconsequential little things, such as requiring stores to clearly designate and completely separate halal food and meat from nonhalal. What is important here is that ordinances and laws like this are the beginning of getting the government into the business of enforcing sharia laws. That’s the way they get a toehold, and the camel’s head pokes into the room, so to speak. Little by little, the rest of the terribly ugly stinking camel gets in the room, and there will be no way to get it out.

Islamism is a hydra, and every head of this deadly creature, no matter how small, must be severed. If not, before long, we end up in the same irreversible horrible mess that countries such as Great Britain find themselves, with full sharia law and sharia courts.

Unless you want yourself or your children to be treated/litigated under Sharia Law, you want to make sure that none of its provisions get on the books and that no mercenary politician does anything as an Islamist enabler. The separation of religion and state is the First Commandment of our Constitution that should not be violated or compromised. And you, the individual, are the best guardian of the Constitution.

Don’t do as Islamists do. Don’t vilify, persecute, or even harass the Muslims. They are entitled to be treated fairly, although they don’t feel they should also treat non-Muslims fairly. Believers in liberty want the God-given gift for all of mankind and not just for themselves. We want Muslims to be free also, without threatening our liberty. First and foremost, we must do what we can to empower them to exercise their gift of reason and free will and cast off the shackles of radical belief. We must remain true to our Pledge of Allegiance: “…justice and liberty for all.”

Don’t lie about Islam. Lying and dissimulation are—taqiyya is ordained by Muhammad for use by Muslims only. Muslims have the patent and copyright on the practice, and the non-Muslims do not need it. You lie when you aim to deceive, are ashamed of something, or wish to distort things. Free people need not resort to any such practice. The contents of the Quran that feed Islamism are the proof you need to present to Muslims.

Muslim women are the second-class victims of the beliefs and practices that date back some fourteen centuries to the primitive practices of the Arabian Peninsula. Beliefs and practices that have formed the foundation of Islam.

Be firm but kind. Do honor your conviction, a conviction worth defending with unshakeable resolve yet with kindness. Avoid belligerence when challenging Muslims. Sincere kindness works much better than hostile confrontation. Attacking a person’s belief can often backfire and serve to further confirm him in the ideology. Challenging individual Muslims with an open mind and heart is much more likely to make them rethink the pathological belief and hopefully abandon it.

Don’t believe the sanitized versions of Islam. Paid mercenaries, Islamic apologists, and many others trip over each other, overwhelming us with distorted and highly sanitized versions of Islam. The distortions and lies are frequently so blatant that we take them as truth, particularly when our own Presidents throw them at us. Islam is a religion of peace, they keep telling us. It is not, and it has never been. Study the facts. Read the Quran, study the Sunna and Hadith from Islam’s own historical documents, and find out for yourself why Islam is not what its apologists claim and, in fact, what a menacing scourge Islamism is. You need nothing more. Their very own sacred book and other records are your best proof to reason with Muslims and help them abandon the fold.

Drain Islam’s source of funds. Money is the lifeblood of every enterprise. It is money, much of it from oil sold to the kafir world by oil-bloated Islamic countries. We, the kafir are literally financing our own destruction by heedlessly continuing our addiction to oil. We are forced to buy oil from our very own enemies because oil is oil. If we boycott the oil from the Persian Gulf area, then we have to buy it elsewhere unless we buckle down and do what we must to become self-sufficient in energy. We indeed have the resources to become self-sufficient in energy but don’t seem to have the will to do it.

Challenge the professors, the preachers, and individual Muslims. Don’t get cowed in by the professor. Challenge him to document his claims and provide him with your own evidence that clearly falsifies his propaganda. Attend mosques and Islamic centers and do the same without being discourteous or belligerent. Do the same with the Muslims you know or meet. Keep in mind that many of these people are very hard nuts to crack. Yet, we must slowly wipe out Islamism from our homeland slowly.

Work with the media. A great majority of the media either sings the praises of Islam or avoids saying or publishing anything that might offend the Muslims. Money and fear are operating here. Threats of boycotting businesses and withholding advertisements are effectively used by Islamic organizations to intimidate the media. Legal actions are also threatened against the media as well as any individual who dares to speak the truth about Islam. These litigations can be immensely costly to individuals and companies, while the flush-with-funds Islamist outfits can boldly carry out their threats without worrying about the costs.

Define and defend freedom of religion. Freedom of religion is a two-edged sword. On the one hand, it grants the diverse people of this nation the right to worship according to their own beliefs. On the other hand, it becomes a license for Islamist clerics to preach hate about non-Muslims and indoctrinate their young in the intolerant, violent, and jihadist doctrine of Islamism. Thousands of mosques, Islamic centers, and university academic departments dot the land with thousands of preachers, politicians, and paid professors pushing Islam. We must make it a criminal offense to preach hate under the rubric of religion, to misrepresent and lie about religion.

Islamic clerics have a great vested interest. They make a very good living with lifetime job security. They do all they can to keep the charade going. So do the others who sing the praises of Islam. We must make sure that they do not practice dispensing misinformation, disinformation, and flaming the fire of hatred for non-Muslims.

Islam is a religion of peace. That’s not the way it is operating in Muslim lands with daily free-for-all mayhem and massacres. If Muslims want to have a place in the home of the free, they absolutely must live by the rules of this welcoming nation and abandon the attempt at subverting our cherished way of life and replacing it with theirs.

Retaining what is human. We believe the Creator has endowed human beings, both men and women equally with the gift of intellect. We are also endowed with a measure of freedom to think, choose, and act. As individuals, we are responsible for how we use these resources, for the good, for the bad, or the indifferent.

Islamic doctrine is diametrically in conflict with the above belief. According to Islam, the individual is a mere choice-less vessel in the hand of all-everything Allah. Islam strips the individual from self-reliance and replaces it with unconditional surrender to Allah. Not a leaf falls without Allah so decreeing, asserts the Quran unequivocally. Inshaallah (Allah decreeing, Allah ordaining, or Allah willing) precedes every commitment of the faithful Muslim. It is all up to Allah, as Muslims are led to believe. No wonder the Islamic world is in such a chronic state of backwardness. Muslims sit around waiting for Allah to decree and even do everything. It is a true belief of nihilism.

Resist multiculturalism. For a variety of reasons, during the past decades, Western societies opened their doors to a flood of Muslims from Islamic lands. They aimed to make the newcomers feel at home, retain their way of life, and live in harmony with the endogenous population. Some call it a practice in Christian charity. But the good-heartedness not only failed, it boomeranged to hurt the welcoming hosts severely. It is wonderful to be charitable. It is great to be good-hearted. But being charitable and accommodating evil can empower evil to tear your good heart out literally. Islamism and jihadism are on the rampage, playing out all over the world and literally tearing out the hearts of innocent people, many of them Muslim. We don’t want to repeat the European mistakes. No multiculturalism fantasy to create a nightmare reality. Muslims who live here must become part and parcel of America just like all the other diverse people who have come to this welcoming land. Muslims must abide by and honor the same values and laws that have made this nation a beneficent refuge for all people. No separate but equal foolishness was the banner cry of the segregationists for Muslims. Together, equal, and under the same law.

Challenge all politicians. The naked truth is that politicians are paid agents. They do and say what gets them elected and keeps them in office. As a voter and fund contributor, you are important. Let them know how you feel and how you are going to treat them if they sell their services and become Islam enablers. Hold them accountable at all levels of government, from the local city council to the occupier of the White House.

In short, we have a great country troubled by numerous challenges. We can ill afford to become complacent or disheartened. If we band together in a common cause with devotion to our nation’s principles and values, we can meet and defeat any threat of any nature or magnitude. Past generations of Americans have always done so, and this generation of Americans should do no less

©2024. Amil Imani. All rights reserved.