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Political Correctness is the Incubator of Islamofascism

By Amil Imani

Time and again we are told by the politically correct “experts” not to worry about Islam posing a threat to our way of life. We are repeatedly lectured that only a very small minority of Muslims are troublemakers who are giving the peaceful masses of Muslims a bad name. We are also informed that the terrorists, who happened to be Muslims, are disaffected and young. And not to worry, since as the fire of youth turns to ashes of old age the rebellious will mellow, as they always have.

With heavy assurances like this, coming from so many know-it-all authoritative figures, we can sleep soundly without the aid of sleeping pills. After all, people reason that these pundits are “experts” whose job is to know and tell it like it is. Those who voice contrary views must be a bunch of racists, and alarmist hatemongers. Who is right?

Wouldn’t be more prudent to let the facts settle the matter, rather than blindly accepting either position? Of course it would, except for one huge problem. In the face of threats, people tend to go to the mind’s medicine cabinet and take a few denial and rationalization pills, in the same way, that it is the aspirin bottle they turn to when a headache strikes. Why not? We are the Easy Species. We love effortless, quick, and simple solutions. And that’s not invariably bad. It has given us all kinds of labor and time-saving devices.

Yet, the Islam problem is very real and deadly. Neither the pronouncements of the experts nor the tranquilizing pills of the mind can make it go away. It is here and it shows every sign of imposing itself on us. Let us look at some of the facts.

  • Not every Muslim wears an explosive vest ready to detonate in the midst of a crowd of innocent civilians, yet there are more volunteers for the mission than there are explosive vests. The Islamic Republic of Iran, for instance, hasn’t even officially joined this form of jihad. Yet, by its own admission, it has over 10,000 volunteers trained and ready to be deployed, and thousands more queuing to join in. This time around, the jihadists heading for Allah’s heaven might come fitted with nice little suitcases of dirty bombs instead of the bulky explosive vests. Recall that it took only 19 of these killers to launch the aerial mass murder of 9/11 that killed 3,000 people, shattered our open trusting way of life, and cost us billions of dollars.
  • The jihadists are not confined to a minority of disaffected Muslim youth. How young are Bin Laden, his deputy doctor of death Al Zawahiri, Mullah Omar of the Taliban, Khamenei, and Rafsanjani of Iran, just to name a few? How disaffected are they? Muhammad Ata, leader of the 19 airborne thugs and the decapitator of Wall Street Journal reporter Pearl was somewhat younger, yet well-healed and Western-educated.
  • Just coin some terms such as the “Melting Pot,” or “Multiculturalism” and you have the problem solved? Roll out the red carpet for the immigrant Muslims, treat them as you would your own citizens, give them stipends, medical care, and free education and they will integrate seamlessly into society. No such thing at all. The idea of a Melting Pot may work with people who come from different lands to make the new country their home. The Islamists, 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. So much for the Melting Pot comfort pill.
  • The new Islamist arrivals take advantage of the provisions of the most benign system known to humanity, democracy, to implode it from within. Muslims, by sheer numbers, will soon be in a position to vote out democracy in many countries. They are already doing that in bits and pieces. They are imposing many of their values, in a number of societies, even while they are in the minority. Politicians, hungry for votes and devoted to the practice of political correctness bend backward to accede to Islamists’ demands.
  • As for Multiculturalism, it is even more of a delusion than the Melting Pot myth. It is a second-generation Comfort Pill. Since the Melting Pot proved to be worse than a placebo, the politically correct gave us the new pill. A glance at Europe shows how Multiculturalism in fact has served as the incubator of Islamism in no time at all. Europe’s Multiculturalism is rapidly birthing a Uniculturalism, if the Islamists’ medieval way of life can be dignified as a culture.
  • Respect for diversity, separation of religion and state, and freedom of belief and expression, are pillars of democracy, yet anathema to Islam. In no Islamic land do you find an ecumenical organization? It is only in non-Islamic countries that the shameless duplicitous Muslim, be he an imam, a mullah, or a regular run-of-the-mill faithful of Allah, meekly participates in ecumenical feel-good gatherings.
  • To Muslims, no other religion is deemed worthy of recognition, much less accommodation. There is no church, synagogue, or Buddhist temple in all of Saudi Arabia. They are barred. The Islamic Republic of Iran’s raft of genocidal pogroms includes the heinous practice of bulldozing even the cemeteries of its Baha’i religious minority. The Islamic tyranny of the mullahs imprisons Christian Iranians for celebrating Christmas. Egypt denies its own citizens’ identity cards for refusing to lie and fake their religious beliefs or disbelief. The ID cards are required for education, securing work, receiving medical care, and just about every right of citizenship. Without it, a citizen is literally subjected to a slow death.
  • In Islam only Muslim men, and, to a lesser extent, Muslim women, are entitled to certain rights. All non-Muslims, including the so-called people of the book, namely Christians and Jews, are at best second-class subjects, subjects who must pay the back-breaking Jizya, poll tax, for their “sin” of not converting to Islam. So, as Islam makes its inroads in new lands, as its membership swells through explosive birth and conversion, secular democracies will be inevitably replaced by Islamism with its stone-age Sharia laws. The best offer that Islam will make is to spare the non-Muslim’s life if he puts on the heavy yoke of Jizya for the rest of his living days.
  • Not to worry about the horrific things that are happening on the other side of the world? If Muslims act heinously toward non-Muslims, it is just how things are in those countries and is hardly any of our business. This is the same attitude that set the Islamization of Europe on a seemingly irreversible track. One European country after another is rapidly buckling under the weight of Islamism.
  • Most importantly, not to worry about the Islamization of our country? After all, Muslims are about 6-7 million in a population of nearly 300 million, you reason? That even a smaller number of these Muslims are hothead radicals, while the majority is just like everyone else? But small minorities can overwhelm the majority by use of coercion and deadly force. Islamists are notorious for their dedication to the use of force for achieving their aims. The Taliban were a very small minority in Afghanistan, the Islamists were a tiny faction in the 1979 Islamic Revolution of Iran. Both overwhelmed the masses and imposed their reign of terror. The terrorist Hamas is also a “minority” in number, yet it rules the Palestinian Territory. Hezbollah of Lebanon is a minority, yet it has taken the country to the verge of destruction.
  • Islamists are Islam’s locomotive that takes the wrecking-ball Islamic train on its demolition course. Islam and democracy are incompatible. As democracies practice their magnificent accommodating belief, they knowingly or unknowingly lay the track for the advancing wrecking train of Islam. We, in the United States of America, must resist Islam while it is still gathering momentum unless we wish to end up in the same fix as the Europeans.
  • We, in the United States, further need to embark on a comprehensive legal, educational, and social campaign to eradicate the deadly plague of Islam. By effective action, we even save those peaceful Muslims from their own affliction. I am not hatemongering. I would love to see all Muslims become ex-Muslims and full-fledged members of a diverse tolerant democratic society. It is a statement of fact about what Islam is. Islam is a highly communicable pandemic-violent disease that demands urgent and serious containment.

Europe is already badly infected with Islamism. It is the coal miners’ canary. It is telling us that the next stop is America. We must act and act now. We must not sacrifice our cherished way of life and our children’s lives at the altar of political correctness: the incubator of Islamofascism.

©2023 Amil Imani. All rights reserved.


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Just because they shout ‘Death to Jews!’ doesn’t mean they’re anti-Semitic

By Jihad Watch

The line between German procedural punctiliousness and totalitarian arbitrariness is a fine one.

Right from their contrived creation in a KGB meeting room in the 1960s, every excuse has been advanced to place and keep the “Palestinians” on the moral high ground, from helpless little nation under genocidal Jewish attack, to redefining refugees to include all their descendants, to their jihad mass murder of Jews not being terrorism, but “resistance,” and to, the best one of all, their burning desire to finish what Hitler had started repackaged as a wish for their own independent state. Under the latter fraud we encounter in Germany the idea that if they’re not displaying swastikas, they couldn’t possibly be anti-Semitic, let alone Nazis, and it behooves us to be very, very careful, lest we invoke the wrong procedures for dealing with them, or not dealing with them, as the case may be.

These high principles were put to the test on 8 April 2023, when the “Palestinian” terrorist support group Samidoun held a demonstration on the streets of Berlin, during which they chanted, “Death to Jews!” and “Death to Israel!” Helping us weave our way through this delicate matter was the Anti-Semitism Commissioner for Berlin, Samuel Salzborn. Displaying exemplary level-headedness and statesmanship in an interview with Benjamin Weinthal for Jewish News Syndicate (JNS), Salzhorn said:

“The antisemitic character of the gathering…in Berlin is without question, based on the information available.”

The protest falls in line with “rallies in recent years where anti-Israel [activities] and antisemitism are associated with open hate speech against Jewish women and Jews in Germany,” he added.

“With that in mind, I have asked the Public Prosecutor’s investigative authorities to examine issues of criminal law regarding the gathering,” the Commissioner said.

When asked whether the state of Berlin will outlaw Samidoun within its borders, Salzborn said that “bans on activities” are the responsibility of the Federal Government.

In Germany, Nazis are recognised by their swastikas, boots and Hitler salutes… and by their anti-Semitism. In Germany, anti-Semitism without the swastikas, boots and Hitler salutes cannot be anti-Semitism. In Germany, one has to be extra careful about condemning people shouting “Death to Jews!” as anti-Semitic, just because they shout “Death to Jews!” One has to look carefully at the information available and ask: are they wearing boots? Are they effecting Hitler salutes? Are they sporting swastikas? If the answers to these questions are ‘No’, then, clearly, they do not qualify to be Nazis and therefore cannot be anti-Semitic. Das ist ja logisch.

In a classic knee-jerk reaction, the “far-Right” rushed to accuse the “Palestinians” of anti-Semitism merely for standing on the streets of Berlin shouting “Death to Jews!” putting Berlin’s hapless Anti-Semitism Commissioner in the awful position of having to answer questions. This is grossly unfair on two counts: not only do the “Palestinians” have no swastikas, boots or Hitler salutes, there is strong historic precedent for shouting “Death to Jews!” in Berlin.

Also, things should not be taken out of context. This being the high season for commemorations, you know, Holocausts and such like, the “Palestinians” are simply reminding the world that they, too, were once big players in the Jew-killing business, dining at the top table with the world’s most alpha ultra-bigshot supremo never-to-be-outclassed Jew-killer, brother Adolf himself, right here in Berlin. Yeah!

There’s nothing anti-Semitic about “Palestinians” shouting “Death to Jews!” on the streets of Berlin. They’re just a misunderstood people longing for the good times, and we cannot find it in our hearts to grant them even that. Shame on us.

As a completely irrelevant aside, the line between German procedural punctiliousness and totalitarian arbitrariness is a fine one, as a lone anti-Samidoun protester found out:

Samidoun’s German branch is highly active across the country and the authorities are frequently deferential towards the terrorist entity. In 2020, Israeli violinist Ana Agre, who lives in Frankfurt, mounted a one-woman protest against a Samidoun demonstration. The Frankfurt police issued her a notice to vacate the area due to her Israeli flag and she was ordered to appear for a police interrogation for her pro-Israel activity.

When she asked a police official in Frankfurt why she was not allowed to display an Israeli flag, the officer responded: “Because I don’t like it.”

And so what about that Federal Government responsibility, then? JNS went after them, too. According to Ministry of Interior and Community spokesman Björn Bowinkelmann:

“We ask for your understanding that the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community generally does not comment on deliberations regarding a possible ban, regardless of whether there is reason for such deliberations in individual cases.”

Bowinkelmann added that “the Federal Ministry of the Interior handles it this way because otherwise there would be a risk that those potentially affected would act accordingly and the effectiveness of operational official measures could be impaired or thwarted.”

When Bowinkelmann so humbly “asks for your understanding,” he must have in mind the insufferable Rabbi Abraham Cooper, who just won’t let this “Death to Israel” thing go.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the associate dean at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, told JNS, “I raised the issue of the ‘Death to Israel’ chants on the streets of Berlin etc. with Ministry of Justice on that day and at other anti-Israel demonstrations years ago. Nothing has changed. Fighting antisemitism is hard work, but to be effective there must be consequences for those who publicly shout threats not heard on the streets of Germany since the Nazi Third Reich.”

Cooper continued, “We appreciate the various initiatives announced to combat antisemitism, but of even greater importance is arresting and prosecuting ‘Death to Israel’ protesters. Without it, the mainstreaming of Jew-hatred in German society will only continue to expand, with potentially dire results. If history taught us anything, it is that the words taught and uttered in the 1930s in Germany set the stage for the Shoah.”

That’s where the Rabbi gets things wrong. Those were Nazis – they had swastikas, wore boots and did Hitler salutes. With such a lack of understanding, “the effectiveness of operational official measures could be impaired or thwarted,” you know, like at the Munich Olympics.

Cross-posted with the author’s permission from Murtadd to Human.



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Why Islamists Persecute the Baha’is

By Amil Imani

This is the best of times and the worst of times, as the saying goes. Humanity is struggling on the one hand to free itself from the vestiges of its barbaric past while embarking on an exhilarating new way of life. It is the same story. The old is doggedly fighting the new on many fronts. And the new in this case is a huge paradigm shift of ideas and beliefs that demands total eradication of all.  This has kept mankind in a quagmire of wars, injustice, and misery. In this realm of ideas, religions play pivotal roles, and the old and the new clash, often violently. Ideas and beliefs are the software that determines how we behave. And the software of the past is no longer working because it is out of phase with the needs of the time as well as infected with destructive viruses.

Even a cursory look is enough to show that the software of Islam, over time, is so greatly manipulated by numberless sects, sub-sects, and schools that it can hardly be considered a unitary belief system. And people are their ideas. Any assault on beliefs and ideas provokes the assailed to action.

This clash of beliefs is the reason for Islamists to unleash their power against the upstart iconoclastic Baha’i faith. In fact, the Baha’is revere Islam and respect all other religions. Baha’i faith has many teachings in common with Islam, so much so that some call it “Islam light,” because, while it retains some of Islam’s principles, it also abrogates a number of outdated and counterproductive Islamic laws and practices. Baha’is say their faith is not a wrecking ball that aims to demolish the schoolhouse of God called religion: a badly divided schoolhouse where everyone claims to worship the same God, yet keeps oppressing, fighting, and killing each other in the name of the same God.

Baha’is have a very rosy and possibly unrealistic view of humanity. They say that their goal is for every human being, irrespective of any and all considerations, to be granted all his God-given rights and be allowed to worship his creator the way he sees fit. They have a sort of lovey-dovey vision of the world where everyone will live as a valued member of the larger human family. Apparently, they have hit a responsive enough cord with some 6-7 million people of the world from every ethnic, religious, and national stratum. This vision may not convert the remaining 6-7 billion people any time soon, but it sure beats hands down the Islamists’ idea to force the world under their so-called Ummah with its stone-age Shariah law.

Baha’is believe that God sends his teachers to his school, from time to time with new lessons, to help advance the people to a higher and higher level of humanness. Trouble is, they believe, that people cling to the old school-work and the old teacher and doggedly resist accepting the new teacher and his teachings. Baha’is think of God’s prophets as renovators who come from time to time to tear down walls of separation and to bring God’s children together in an open-air general classroom out of their own foolishly walled-in dungeons of exclusivity and ignorance.

Below are some of the Baha’i teachings that clash heads on with Islam’s and provoke the Islamists to do all they can to destroy the new religion:

  • The people of God. Muslims believe that they are the chosen people of Allah and recognize no other system of belief as legitimate. Baha’is believe that all people are the chosen people of God: that there is only one God, one religion of God, and one people of God, the entire human race.
  • Pearls on a string. Muslims contend that Muhammad is the seal of the Prophets; that God sent his best and final messenger to mankind, and that any other claimant is an imposter worthy of death. Baha’is believe that God has always sent his teachers with new and updated lessons to educate humanity and shall do so in the future. There have been numberless divine teachers in the course of human history who have appeared to various people. They say that these teachers are like pearls on a string and that Baha’u’llah is the latest, but not the last pearl.
  • Independent thinking. Blind imitation is anathema to Baha’is. Baha’is believe that the human mind and the gift of reason should guide the person in making decisions about all matters. To this end, they place a premium on education and independent investigation of truth. Baha’is consider the education of women as important as that of men since women are the early teachers of children and can play their valuable part by being themselves educated. By contrast, Muslims look to religious authorities for guidance and often deprive women of education and independent thinking. In recognition of the importance of independent thinking, no one is born Baha’i. Once one is born to a Muslim, he is considered Muslim for life. If he decides to leave Islam, he is labeled apostate and, apostates are automatically condemned to death. By contrast, every child born in a Baha’i family is required to make his own independent decision regarding whether or not he wishes to be a Baha’i. Freedom to choose and independent thinking are cherished values of the Baha’is, in stark contrast to that of the closed-minded Islamists.
  • Religion or science. Baha’is believe that truth transcends all boundaries. Scientific and religious truth emanates from the same universal source. They are like the two sides of the same coin. To Baha’is, science and religion are like two wings of a bird that enable humanity’s flight toward the summit of its potential; any religious belief that contradicts science is superstition. Muslims believe that their religious scripture and dogma, irrespective of their proven falsehood, are superior to that of science.
  • Gender equality. Muslims hold the view, expressly stated in the Qur’an, that men are rulers over women. Baha’is reject this notion and subscribe to the unconditional equality of rights for the two sexes. This Baha’i principle emancipates one-half of humanity from the status of subservient domestic to that of a fully participating and self-actualized human. It aims to put an end to the heartless exploitation of women and demands that women be treated with all due respect under the law.
  • Participatory decision-making. Islam, by its very nature, is patriarchal and authoritarian. Baha’is believe in the value of decision-making through the practice of consultation; a process where everyone, irrespective of any and all considerations, has a voice in making decisions. This participatory decision-making principle abrogates a major prerogative of Islamic clergy who have been dictating matters to their liking and advantage. Also, at all levels of society, including the family, all affected members have the opportunity, even the responsibility, to make their views known without fear. Baha’i teachings clearly emphasize this commitment to democratic decision-making in their scripture, “The shining spark of truth cometh forth only after the clash of differing opinions.”
  • World-embracing outlook. Baha’is love their native countries, yet extend that same love to the entire planet and its people. Baha’is believe that love has no limit and need not have limits. One can love his country and love the world at the same time. This love of the world is frequently used as a pretense by the Islamists to accuse the Baha’is of Iran as traitors to their own homeland. It is for this reason that the present mullahs ruling Iran falsely claim that the Baha’is are agents of Zionist Israel and its American sponsor.
  • Eradication of prejudice. Prejudice of any type is alien to the Baha’i faith and severely undermines its pivotal principle of the oneness of humanity. Muslims are notorious when it comes to prejudice. Prejudice against others is thoroughly exploited by Islamists. In contrast, Baha’i scriptures say, “…again, as to religious, racial, national and political bias: all these prejudices strike at the very root of human life; one and all they beget bloodshed, and the ruination of the world. So long as these prejudices survive, there will be continuous and fearsome wars.”
  • Abolition of the priesthood. A major point of conflict involves the abolition of the clergy. Baha’is believe that humanity has matured enough that it no longer needs a cast of professional clergy to serve peoples’ religious needs. With one stroke, this Baha’i teaching puts hundreds of thousands of mullahs and imams out of business and arouses the powerful cast of the do-nothing clergy to fight to retain their highly privileged parasitic positions.

It is imperative for the free people of the world to defend freedom of conscience, including freedom of religion, irrespective of one’s own personal belief. It is for this reason that as a person who is not a Baha’i, I find it my solemn duty to speak up on behalf of a peaceful people, severely-persecuted by the savage Islamists.

2023 Amil Imani. All rights reserved.

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Jean-Pierre Responds To Outrage Over Bud Light’s Partnership With Dylan Mulvaney

By The Daily Caller

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre responded to the ongoing outrage revolving around Bud Light’s partnership with transgender TikTok influencer Dylan Mulvaney.

Bud Light partnered with Mulvaney in early April and created a specialized can depicting the influencer’s face and the slogan, “Celebrate Everyone’s Identity.” This partnership prompted outrage and a widespread boycott by conservatives and opponents of transgender ideology and reportedly caused the company to lose $6 billion.

“When a transgender American posts a video about a brand of beer they enjoy, and it leads to bomb threats, it’s clear that level of violence and vitriol against transgender Americans has to stop,” the press secretary said. “And the president has been very clear, the administration is going to do everything that they can to protect LGBTQI+ people who are under attack and that’s what we’ve been seeing across the country, especially in state houses. So we’re going to fight alongside them to protect their rights, they should be allowed to be who they are, who they want to be and they should be able to speak out, and we should be able to speak out, and others should be able to speak out against hate and discrimination.”

“Look, that type of dangerous rhetoric, that type of vitriolic language and violence, that needs to stop,” she concluded.

President Joe Biden granted Mulvaney the opportunity to conduct an interview about transgenderism in October, in which the president came out in support of irreversible sex change operations for minors. He added that states do not have the right to ban so-called “gender-affirming healthcare,” which includes hormone procedures, puberty blockers, and surgeries including mastectomies and hysterectomies.

The White House also faced backlash for conducting several Transgender Day of Visibility events just days after transgender shooter Audrey Hale killed six people, including three 9-year-olds, inside Covenant Presbyterian School in Nashville, Tennessee, on March 27.

Jean-Pierre has persistently accused Republicans at the state and national level of attacking transgender people by legislatively banning biological males from competing in women’s sports and prohibiting medical professionals from conducting transitioning procedures on minors. Biden promised to veto legislation passed by House Republicans on Thursday that would interpret Title IX to make sports almost completely sex-based, and ultimately ban biological males from women’s sporting competitions.

Bud Light doubled down on its partnership with Mulvaney by saying its parent company, Anheuser-Busch, partners with several demographics and produces “unique commemorative cans for fans” in an April 3 statement. Anheuser-Busch CEO Brendan Whitworth later said the company did not intend to cause any upset, and claimed to be “in the business of bringing people together over a beer.”



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Faith on the Floor: House Members Honor April as Faith Month

By Family Research Council

“Why is Pride Month celebrated in June yearly, but practicing Christians don’t have their own month to celebrate their faith?” thought Penny Nance, CEO and president of Concerned Women for America as her Peloton bike asked if she would like to participate in a “Pride Ride” to celebrate LGBT identity.

In April 2022, her wish came true when Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) and Rep. Mary Miller (R-Ill.) submitted a proclamation into the federal register declaring April “Faith Month.”

“Join Concerned Women for America as we make April ‘Faith Month’ — and raise your Christian flag in honor of faith and freedom.” Nance said, announcing the launch of her new campaign.

Sandwiched between Black History Month in February and Pride Month in June, Faith Month has garnered most attention from evangelical Christians. Carving out the month to celebrate the gospel, several Christian organizations are giving it attention, including CWA and Family Research Council.

The nationwide initiative continues to be spearheaded by CWA’s legislative action committee. Thankfully for Nance, the push has a large pool of supporters on which to draw since Christians continue to comprise the majority of the adult population in the United States, 63%, according to a recent Pew Research Center study from 2021.

“We are proud of our faith, of our Judeo-Christian heritage, and are calling on Americans to show their support. April is the month when millions will be celebrating the holiest time of the year through Holy Week, Easter, and Passover, and it is an opportune time to show how important our faith is to our daily lives.” Nance stated.

This week, several members of the House of Representatives led by Miller answered Nance’s call to openly proclaim their faith. Some of the participating members included Reps. Diana Harshbarger (R-Tenn.), Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.), Rick Allen (R-Ga.), Bob Good (R-Va.), Russ Fulcher (R-Idaho) and others. Congressman Mike Johnson (R) of Louisiana took the opportunity to discuss the separation of church and state. Having successfully litigated religious liberty cases for nearly 20 years, Johnson described the separation of church and state as “one of the most misunderstood subjects in our entire culture.”

“… Jefferson clearly did not mean that metaphorical wall was to keep religion from influencing issues of civil government. To the contrary, it was meant to keep the federal government from impeding the religious practice of citizens,” he explained.

Many of the representatives cited the faith of the Founding Fathers as precedence for their actions, including Rep. Good.

“That is why those very Founders, those signers of the Declaration, many of them, are the ones who started the practice of opening Congress every day in prayer. A practice we continue today,” he said after similarly dismissing common perceptions of the separation of church and state.

“You know, it doesn’t matter what Bob Good believes; Bob Good has no more right to the truth or corner on truth than anyone else does. But it does matter what the Bible says,” said he insisted, citing Romans 5:8. Good went on to give his personal testimony of coming to Christ.

Rep. Miller took the opportunity to reaffirm her commitment to America’s Judeo-Christian values and freedom of religion.

“I will always proudly stand up for faith and for our families, in congress,” she told the House, calling on others to join in prayer and celebration.

After leading the charge in the House, Miller appeared as a guest on “Washington Watch with Tony Perkins” the following evening.

“I love to go back to my district and give people the good news that there are a lot of believers in Congress,” she told Perkins.

“…[I]f we want to see our country flourish, we need to uphold the foundations of faith and family. … April is Celebrate Faith Month, and our First Amendment right to exercise our faith is joined by multiple members who talked about the importance about how our founding, our government was founded on these principles.”


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Revisiting the September 5, 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre — Let Us Never Forget!

By Dr. Rich Swier

“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” — Thomas Jefferson

I originally published the article below in 2017 in memory of those 11 Israeli athletes slaughtered by the Islamic terrorist group Black September. I am republishing it because Germany has just set up a panel to review the 1972 Munich Olympic massacre of Israeli athletes. It is only fitting that I do this since I was stationed in Germany when this first attack against Jews by radical Muslims happened.

We must understand that this one act, this one attack, was the beginning of a series of acts and attacks have been and are happening up to today April 21st, 2023 as I write this. Those Islamist terrorists in Munich were trained and sent on their mission to kill innocent Jews. They accomplished their mission and Islamist terrorists continue to kill Jews, Christians, non-believers and even their fellow Muslims to this day in places like Iran, India, on the African continent, in the United States and in Afghanistan.

Nothing has changed in 51 years because our world leaders are more worried about being labeled “Islamophobic” rather than facing the real and present danger of Islamic jihadists to Western Civilization. History keeps repeating itself since Islam was established 1400 years ago. It will never end unless we end it.

Sad, but true.

As Americans begin holding ceremonies in remembrance of the terrorist attach by al Qaeda on September 11, 2001 perhaps it is important to go back and remember another attack, which took place in Munich, Germany in 1972. The attack was planned and executed by the Palestinian terrorist group Black September.

I was a young U.S. Army Captain and commander of a field artillery battery in Augsburg, Germany when this internationally televised terrorist attack happened. After the Munich attack my unit, the 1st Infantry Division (FWD), provided additional security for the Olympic village.

I learned a harsh lesson during those days, as Benjamin Franklin wrote, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Jeff Dunetz in his article “The Munich Olympics Massacre 45 Years Later” wrote:

Yassir Arafat sent five Palestinian Terrorists into an Olympic Village dedicated to peace and international cooperation. The funding for the terrorist team was arraigned by the future President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas.  Their successful mission was to shock the world–kidnapping and killing the Israeli Olympic team. This was the first terrorist tragedy played out live and worldwide on TV which is probably why we all remember that picture of the Ski-masked terrorist on the balcony. The Olympic committee did not feel the massacre of 11 Israeli athletes were important enough to cancel or even delay the Olympic games, after all, they were only Jews.

“Incredibly, they’re going on with it,” Jim Murray of the Los Angeles Times wrote at the time. “It’s almost like having a dance at Dachau.”

In his book Abu Daoud, who was the mastermind behind the Munich attack stated:

“After Oslo in 1993, Abu Mazen [Mahmoud Abbas] went to the White House Rose Garden for a photo op with Arafat, President Bill Clinton and Israel’s Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres.

“Do you think that … would have been possible if the Israelis had known that Abu Mazen was the financier of our operation? I doubt it.”

When Abu Daoud died, Abbas has eulogized him as he has done with many terrorists since:

He is missed. He was one of the leading figures of Fatah and spent his life in resistance and sincere work as well as physical sacrifice for his people’s just causes.

Read more.

At 4:30 a.m. on September 5, 1972, a band of Palestinian terrorists took eleven Israeli athletes and coaches hostage at the Summer Olympics in Munich. More than 900 million viewers followed the chilling, twenty-hour event on television, as German authorities desperately negotiated with the terrorists. Finally, late in the evening, two helicopters bore the terrorists and their surviving hostages to Munich’s little-used Fürstenfeldbruck airfield, where events went tragically awry. Within minutes all of the Israeli athletes, five of the terrorists, and one German policeman were dead.

Why did the rescue mission fail so miserably? And why were the reports compiled by the German authorities concealed from the public for more than two decades?

Simon Reeve takes on a catastrophe that permanently shifted the political spectrum with a fast-paced narrative that covers the events detail by detail. Based on years of exhaustive research Reeve, in his book One Day in September gives a definitive account of one of the most devastating and politically explosive terrorist attacks of the late twentieth century, one that set the tone for 45 years of renewed conflict in the Middle East and beyond.

September 5th, 1972 set the stage for September 11th, 2001.

As George Santayana wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

Watch Simon Reeve discussing his book One Day in September.

Watching One Day in September: 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre @CSPAN https://t.co/nLnYUjY0Uf

— Dr. Rich Swier (@drrichswier) April 21, 2023

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The Great Historian Who Understood that Religion is the Key to Understanding History

By MercatorNet – Navigating Modern Complexities

A guide to making sense of two thousand years of Western civilization.

The impact of Christopher Dawson’s thought has long reflected the boldness of his books and the modesty of his character. His books radiate the intellectual power of his historical vision, while his quiet personality has been apt to work at the personal rather than the corporate level, inspiring individual minds rather than institutional movements.

Dawson died in 1970 after half a century of significant publication. His reputation fell into the usual trough of posthumous neglect, but by the 1990s it had recovered, leading to various studies of his thought, new editions of his books (including a Collected Works series published by the Catholic University of America Press), and several educational initiatives to implement his ideas on the study of Christian culture as the vitalising source of Western civilisation.

Joseph Stuart has played an active role in this revival, both as a history professor at the University of Mary in North Dakota and through his academic writing, including a new Introduction he wrote in 2015 to Dawson’s book on the French Revolution, The Gods of Revolution.

He has now produced a full-length — and much-anticipated — study of Dawson, which is a biography in two senses. On the one hand, it sheds light on Dawson’s life, which was that of a reclusive scholar who became publicly prominent on rare occasions; and thus it provides a valuable supplement to the definitive biography of Dawson, A Historian and His World (1984), by his daughter, Christina Scott.

On the other hand, it is an intellectual biography. It unfolds Dawson’s ideas in exhaustive detail, revealing that he was an intellectual trailblazer whose vital insights into the role of religion in historical development and cultural change have yet to be widely appreciated.

Stuart’s approach is admirably expressed in the subtitle of his book. He explores Dawson’s life and intellect in terms of his “cultural mind”, tracing in the opening chapters its formation in the aftermath of the First World War (1914-18), and in the later chapters its application to the two crucial areas of politics and education.

While “The Age of the Great War” may at first seem limiting, as though the author is confining his study to a remote event a century ago, he presents a convincing case of the Great War’s profound and permanent impact on subsequent history. This tumultuous event in the first half of the century set in train a vast unravelling of the culture of the West — spiritually, morally, and politically – and paved the way for the dramatic changes more usually associated with the second half, particularly from the 1960s onwards.

Dawson was an unconventional historian. He focused on the life and experience of cultures rather than nations or states, on large themes instead of narrow topics, over long historical periods, not short time frames.

His most influential books bear titles such as The Making of Europe: An Introduction to the History of European Unity (1932), which showed how the slow and silent dissemination of Christianity in the Dark Ages brought about the bountiful culture of medieval Christendom; The Movement of World Revolution (1959), which explored the religious and cultural effects of Western and Christian global expansion; and The Dividing of Christendom (1965), which revealed the contributions of the Reformation and the Enlightenment to the divorce of faith from life and thought that culminated in the secularisation of the modern West.

Dawson’s cultural mind was formed at a time when the social sciences were emerging as new fields of study. The perspectives of sociology and anthropology, as Stuart explores thoroughly in separate chapters, illuminated Dawson’s approach to history. They helped him to develop a highly integrated mind, best described by John Henry Newman (whose thought influenced Dawson deeply) as “the power of viewing many things at once as one whole”.

These new disciplines made clear to Dawson the formative role of religion in human history. As he wrote in 1948:

“Religion is the key to history. We cannot understand the inner form of a society unless we understand its religion. We cannot understand its cultural achievements unless we understand the religious beliefs that lie behind them. In all ages the first creative works of a culture are due to a religious inspiration and dedicated to a religious end.”

Dawson’s distinctive approach was to penetrate the inner life of a culture. He saw a culture from within, recognising that its traditions and customs, its feasts and rituals, its art and architecture, its literature and music, are inspired by the deepest human impulses. He did not discount the importance of external factors, such as economic structures or social conditions, but he knew that it was spiritual needs which inspire and guide human beings who inhabit those structures and conditions – that, finally, a culture is not only a material way of life but a spiritual and moral order.

Dawson recognised that, when the religious impulse is disregarded or else privatised and deprived of any public role, as in the contemporary West, the effects will be profound and disturbing. The yearning for transcendental meaning and purpose does not simply fade away. It finds new and menacing expression in substitute faiths, usually in philosophical and political forms.

Stuart devotes two excellent chapters to the rise of “political religions” as the characteristic form of substitute faith in our time. With painstaking scholarship he shows how Dawson’s insights into the cultural importance and power of religion enabled him to interpret the appeal of secular ideologies, such as Nazism and Communism, which function culturally like religions. They convert earthly causes into transcendental faiths, which finally fail because they do not correspond to genuine transcendental realities.

Dawson’s insights into political religions, as Stuart shows from his wide research, have been endorsed by present-day scholars as the spiritual appeal of totalitarian control has become unmistakable. Dawson was prophetic in seeing that a totalitarian solution would appeal to democracies, not just to authoritarian societies – an extension of power recently seen in the Covid response of Western countries, where the promise of social protection was used politically to crush long-cherished freedoms.

The final chapter of Stuart’s book is devoted to the seminal influence of Dawson’s cultural mind on education. In Dawson’s view, the survival of a culture depended on the continuity of its educational tradition, which supplied a common world of thought and moral values and a shared inheritance of knowledge and memory. Any rupture of this educational tradition was far more destructive than any political or economic change, for it finally meant the death of the culture itself.

Dawson believed the secularised West could not survive without a recovery of Christian faith, and that the pathway to this recovery would be educational, especially in the American system of Catholic higher education. He proposed the study of Christian culture as a social reality across the centuries, which could reanimate a Christian sense of identity in a culture no longer friendly to religion and make possible the passing on of a heritage of faith to new generations.

As Stuart documents in depth, Dawson’s educational ideas did not strike root during his lifetime, for reasons of the dual focus on the Graeco-Roman classics in the humanities and on philosophy and theology in Catholic institutions, both of which were threatened by a cultural approach to the centuries of Christian history. Yet in the half-century since Dawson’s death, various programs inspired by his ideas have been implemented – at several Catholic universities in America and at Campion College in Australia.

The 19th century French scholar Ernest Renan foresaw the ramifying effects of the abandonment of Christianity in the West. It began with the collapse of supernatural belief and would inevitably lead to a collapse of moral convictions. “We are living,” he wrote, “on the perfume of an empty vase.”

The cultural perspectives of Christopher Dawson help to explain why even the perfume is now evaporating. They make the reading of Joseph Stuart’s impressive study not only timely but insistently urgent.


Karl Schmude is co-founder of Campion College in Sydney and a former university librarian. He is the author of short biographies of Christopher Dawson (2022) and G.K. Chesterton (2008) and has published… More by Karl Schmude

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NEW YORK CITY: Pro-Jihad Rallygoers Chant for the Total Destruction of Israel [Video]

By Jihad Watch

This would result in a new genocide of Jews. Leftists, heedless of that fact or indifferent to it, happily join in the chant.

MEMRI, April 8, 2023:

On April 8, 2023, a rally titled “Hands Off Al-Aqsa” was held by several pro-Palestinian organizations in New York City. At the rally, footage of which was posted to the Christopher Leon Johnson YouTube channel on April 8, 2023, speakers praised the Palestinian “resistance” and its “martyrs.”

American-Palestinian activist Sireen Sawalha, the sister of Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist Iyad Sawalha, praised her brother, saying he had been a “hero” and a “freedom-fighter”. Iyad Sawalha, killed by Israeli security forces in 2002, had been responsible for the deaths of dozens of Israelis in several terrorist attacks, including two bus bombings. Sireen Sawalha led the crowd in the chant: “With our spirit and our blood, we will redeem you, oh Palestine!”

An American activist named “Ruqayya” from Al-Awda NY praised “martyrs” and “heroes” Bassel al-Araj (killed in gunfight with Israeli forces in 2017), Ibrahim Al-Nabulsi (killed by Israeli forces in August 2022), and Iyad Sawalha. She said: “We will continue to applaud the bravery and the resilience of the resistance and freedom fighters.” She added that there will never be peace until the Palestinian people have the right to “return to their homes and lands […] in every corner of the land of Palestine from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea.” An activist named “Nay” from the Palestinian Youth Movement said: “We proudly uplift our people’s resistance and commend their steadfastness […] until every inch of the colonized land is liberated.”

The rally was endorsed by several organizations, including NY4Palestine, Palestinian American CC, Within Our Lifetime, Samidoun, CAIR NY, CAIR NJ, ICNA CSJ, Jewish Voices for Peace NYC, Jews for Palestine Right of Return, MAS NY, NNJ DSA BDS & Palestine Sol. WG, and United American Indians of New England.

Sireen Sawalha: “I want you to know Iyad Sawalha from Jenin, this was my brother.


“I want to condemn the media when they say he was a terrorist – he was a freedom fighter.


“He was a hero, he lived all his life to see his country free. So, free, free Palestine!”

Crowd: “Free, free Palestine!”

Sireen Sawalha: “With our souls and our blood, we will redeem you, oh Palestine!”

Crowd: “With our souls and our blood, we will redeem you, oh Palestine!”


Ruqayya: “It is the Palestinian vanguard, which are our freedom fighters and political prisoners, who are the future of a liberated Palestine. This also [includes] our martyrs, who are honored every day. We remember our heroes, Bassel Al-Araj, Ibrahim Al-Nabulsi, also Sireen’s brother Iyad, and countless others, for their bravery, resistance, and resilience.


“We will continue to applaud their bravery and the resilience of our resistance and freedom fighters who are on the frontlines, facing the brutal violence committed by the paramilitary colonial forces. While they are resisting in Palestine, we must resist and do our part here.


“There will never be peace in the region until that injustice is ended, until the Palestinian people have the right to return to their homes and lands and live safe in freedom in every corner of the land of Palestine from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea!”


Nay: “How much violence are Palestinians expected to endure before their right to resist is acknowledged? Their right to resist – again – by any means necessary. Why are Palestinians expected to take their oppression in silence, and why do some people only speak of Palestinians’ oppression, but denounce or stay silent when it comes to their resistance? We are witnessing a shift in the regional orientation to Palestinian resistance. The legacy of the May 2021 uprising has shifted the equation from one isolated Palestinian faction versus the Zionist forces, to multiple unified fronts confronting a broken and internally fragmented entity. Once again, we cannot shout: ‘Free Palestine,’ and then fall silent when it comes to uplifting resistance and acts of decolonization. We proudly uplift our people’s resistance and commend their steadfastness in the face of colonial aggression, until every inch of colonized land is liberated. From the water [of the Jordan River] to the water [of the Mediterranean Sea] Palestine is Arab!”

Crowd: “Palestine is Arab!”

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Iranian Regime Directly Involved in Poisoning Hundreds of SCHOOLGIRLS

By The Geller Report

And Biden wants to give these monsters nukes. If the fraudulent regime in the White House continues down these terrible paths, we are on the precipice of real horror.

Today has been the worst day of the alleged “poisonings” so far, with several videos of schoolgirls in different cities reporting breathing issues and being hospitalised. Some schools have shut down.

It’s unclear what exactly is happening, or why.pic.twitter.com/jrh11t9Gcm

— Shayan Sardarizadeh (@Shayan86) March 1, 2023

Iranian regime directly involved in poisoning hundreds of students in effort to stifle protests: report

Attacks appeared to overwhelmingly target schoolgirls

By Peter Aitken | Fox News April 17, 2023:

Iran sees itself as ‘the big dog’ in Middle East: Boykin

More than 300 poisoning incidents have occurred at schools around Iran, which critics argue could not happen without Tehran’s acknowledgment or approval.

“These attacks are most probably designed to punish and scare the Iranian people for the widespread protests that erupted in September 2022 after the murder of Mahsa Amini,” Saeed Ghasseminejad, senior Iran and financial economics adviser at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), told Fox News Digital.

The FDD, a Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan think tank, tracked attacks across Iran and counted 328 chemical attacks as of April 14, sourcing information from local reports and videos posted on Twitter. Most reports included the number of victims, ranging from a dozen to almost 100 in some cases.

Ghasseminejad, who was a prisoner in the infamous Evin Prison in Tehran for opposing the clerical regime in Tehran, squarely blamed the incidents on Iran’s government and argued that such attacks could not have happened – especially in the significant numbers they have – if the government was not at least supportive of them.

“The sustained, sophisticated and widespread chemical attacks against schools, primarily targeting girls, have the regime’s fingerprints on them,” Ghasseminejad said.

“Given the totalitarian nature of the regime in Tehran and its massive investment in and obsession with monitoring and controlling the society, it is preposterous to believe that such attacks could have happened without the green light from the security and intelligence establishment.”

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in March ordered authorities to investigate some of the poisonings, which occurred at girls’ schools, describing them as “noxious fumes” that made the girls sick. Authorities at the time suggested the attacks mainly targeted women’s education, but the FDD report noted at least half a dozen incidents targeting boys’ and mixed schools as well.

This map of Iran shows sites of purported poisonings over the past months, totaling 328 as of April 14, 2023.

Keep reading.


Pamela Geller


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The Invisible Politicians

By Bud Hancock

The following definition of politics was taken from several of the top dictionaries in use today:

  • Use of 1intrigue or 2strategy in obtaining any position of 3power or 4control, as in business, university, government etc.
    • 1Intrigue: the use of underhanded 5machinations or deceitful 6stratagems
  • 5machinations: crafty schemes; plots; intrigues
    • 3power: the ability to do or act
    • 4control: the act or power of controlling; regulation; domination or command
    • 6strategems: plans, schemes or tricks for surprising or deceiving an enemy
  • 2strategy: a plan, method, or series of maneuvers or stratagems for obtaining a specific goal or result
  • The practice or profession of conducting 8political affairs
    • 8political affairs: exercising or seeking power in the governmental or public affairs of a state, municipality, etc.

 After sixty years of following politics, one premise I have developed in my personal life is this: Money and Politics CANNOT be separated. They fuel each other and trap the participants in a life of greed for power and money…..always more money, because money buys votes.

Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd president of the US, once stated: “In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.” Truer words have never been spoken.

Politics is, always has been, and always will be the most corrupt human control system ever conceived. It exists for one reason and ONLY one reason: to enrich those who control the system, and those who allow the system to control THEM, in order to promote the system as a necessary part of human life.

Politics is an international system that works to determine the future of nearly every person on the planet. There are those who believe that politics is simply the American system whereby politicians are either elected or appointed to positions that give them a certain amount of authority (power), or influence, in the decision-making processes that our government uses to run the nation, and while partially true, that  is far from the major truth about politics. While there may actually be some honest, resolute, and moral people who have a real desire to take part in the legislative process of a nation in order to improve life for the populace, they are only a small minority of all who enter politics.

Like every other system, politics has a hierarchical structure that determines just how much power or influence is granted to all who are a part of the system. To truly understand  the system it is critical to see the structure of international politics.

The ‘visible’ politicians, those who publicly run for political office at the local, state and federal levels, are often the only faces or voices of politics that people  see or hear. They are the ones who are contacted by their ‘constituents’ when issues that affect the public are up for debate. But what actual power or influence do they have in directing the policy of a nation? Are they the ones who can direct the outcome of political discourse and make or change policies that affect the whole world?

Hardly. Just as every organization has ‘managers’ at every level, with each level having only a specified amount of authority or influence over the functions of the organization, so the political structure of the world has power levels as well.

Satan initiated the world system of politics when he lied to, and deceived, Adam and Eve and stole their authority in the world and since that time he has tried, somewhat successfully, in the past fifty years, to unite the entire world under one political control organization.

Who Are the Invisible Politicians?

We all know the politicians we can see and hear, even though they seldom have anything to say worth listening to, and in most cases, watching them is like watching a bunch of demons at play. But who are the ‘invisible politicians’ who REALLY control the system?

Let’s examine a premise concerning the financial world, and specifically the banking ‘industry’, shared by most people in everyday life; because of the close connection politics has to money, no part of the financial world can ever be separated from the ‘political world’.

Premise: Banks are good corporate ‘partners’ with the general public whose main aim is to help people better manage their money and become prosperous. This is a false premise, since the banks of the world, especially the central banks of each nation, own nearly everything on earth. Banks have ONE priority: to increase their revenue, and thus, their wealth, at the expense of the public. The people who control banks are some of the ‘hidden politicians’ whose agenda, (though not accomplished by direct involvement in governmental politics, e.g., running for high public office) is as much geared toward total world domination as is that of most visible politicians in their desire for control over their level of authority.

Regional and National banks occupy several higher levels of authority in the world of international politics. The notion of a bank being a “local business” that exists to assist the local populace with their financial needs is a complete fallacy. Most of the small local banks, located in small towns across America, disappeared many years ago, either having gone bankrupt or having been bought by much larger, regional, or national banks. As such, even though they may still retain the local bank name, they are under the complete control of the “parent bank” which determines the monetary policies that guide the operation of the parent and all its subsidiaries.

In the next level above the regional and national banks are the “Central Banks” of the world, the organizations that control monetary policy for the  nations with which they are connected. In the United States, this would be the Federal Reserve Bank and the Federal Reserve Banking system.

The people who run the Federal Reserve Bank and the Federal Reserve Banking system are NOT employees of the US government nor are they elected representatives, chosen by the people to represent their interests. In reality, the Federal Reserve Bank in the United States is not ‘federal’ in any sense, in that it is an independently owned bank that prints its own notes and “loans” them to the United States government to use as a currency. Look at one of the pieces of “money” you may have in your wallet or purse. At the top it states: Federal Reserve Note. It is NOT backed by any gold that may have been owned at one time by the American people, nor is it backed by any other asset. When asked what backs those notes you might hear: they are backed by the “full faith and credit of the United States”. In case you have not been paying attention to the reckless spending of the US Congress for the past 100 years, the United States government is now approximately $33 trillion in debt; so much for the faith and credit issue. Essentially, those notes are not backed by anything, as in NOTHING.

When the United States had a monetary system based on ‘real money’, our US dollar currency,  was backed by gold and silver, and it mattered not how many of those notes were in circulation, since any person holding them could walk into a bank and demand an amount of silver or gold equal to the denomination stated on the note. Since the US went off the gold standard in 1971, the actual dollar value of Federal Reserve notes is determined by how many of them are in circulation, and the Federal Reserve can print them in any quantities they desire to 1), set and control inflation and 2), determine the actual value of our currency (actually, THEIR currency, since the notes are owned by the Federal Reserve system, and NOT by the American people).

The Power Structure

It has long been stated that “Money is Power”, and it would be difficult, if not impossible, to separate money from power and vice versa when trying to understand the structure of world politics. The two go hand in hand in the International Political Power Structure.

While the large national banks may appear to be at the pinnacle of the International Political Power Structure, there are other, much more hidden, and far more sinister, entities who occupy that perch. The Central Banks of each nation are close to the top of that structure, but the entity at the top is the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), located in Basel Switzerland, and having branches in Hong Kong and Mexico City.

A quote from an article titled Who Controls The Money? An Unelected, Unaccountable Central Bank Of The World Secretly Does, dated 11/28/2016,  states:

“….the main purpose of the BIS is to guide and direct the centrally-planned global financial system.  Today, 58 global central banks belong to the BIS, and it has far more power over how the U.S. economy (or any other economy for that matter) will perform over the course of the next year than any politician does.

“Every two months, the central bankers of the world gather in Basel for another “Global Economy Meeting.”  During those meetings, decisions are made which affect every man, woman and child on the planet, and yet none of us have any say in what goes on.  The Bank for International Settlements is an organization that was founded by the global elite and it operates for the benefit of the global elite, and it is intended to be one of the key cornerstones of the emerging one world economic system”.

Professor Carroll Quigley who taught history at Georgetown University for 35 years, once stated:

The powers of financial capitalism have another far-reaching aim . . . to create a world system of financial control in private hands, able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the whole world.” (quoted from Quigley’s 1966 book, “Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time”).

Notice who, and whose agenda, is mentioned in his quote: ”the powers of financial capitalism”….. “…control of a world system in private hands”.

But who are these “powers of financial capitalism”? We mentioned the members of the BIS, but who actually controls the BIS?

Per Wikipedia, The BIS was established in 1930 “by an intergovernmental agreement between Germany, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, the United States and Switzerland”. Since its inception in 1930, it has undergone several transformations, such as, from being originally owned by both the member central banks and some private investors, to being wholly owned by the large number of central banks who are BIS members, while at the same time operating in the private markets of the world.

So, the largest, and likely most important financial institution in the world is owned by the central banks of the world, with the BIS (the Central Bank of the central banks) at the top who do not answer to any government, at least not to any large extent.

Politics: the Foundation of the Power Structure

The idea of politics being a ‘necessity’ that allows governments to run properly is one that has been popularized for many decades, even hundreds of years. Unfortunately, that idea, along with the idea that the world MUST have a political system to make things work, is generally accepted as being true, but since politics has been in existence since the creation of man, how would anyone know whether the entirety of world society would decline and fail if politics completely disappeared?

With the current political situation in the world, one should ask the question: “To what extent has politics made life better for the masses of people who live UNDER one or more political systems”? And the reference to “one or more” systems is deliberate. The best-known and most widely accepted ‘system’ is that of the ‘visible’ political system directly connected with governments and their functions. How many benefits have you been aware of that resulted from the role of the ‘visible’ politicians in government? For the amount of money invested by the citizenry to keep a political system functioning, what have you seen in the form of a monetary return from said investments? Of course, those running the ‘visible’ political system MUST periodically provide something that can be seen as beneficial in order to justify their existence, and those minor benefits seem to satisfy most of the voting public.

Politics, by its very definition, is about deception, and deception is based on lies, so most politicians, at least those who remain in that foul game the longest, are those who have learned to lie extremely well and become expert deceivers. They are among the most dangerous visible humans on earth, right up there with mass murderers and child molesters.

But, as dangerous as they are, they cannot hold a candle to the REAL politicians, those who have previously worked diligently to remain ‘invisible’. What we are now seeing is a group of international politicians, mostly those who desire to control the world through financial manipulation, becoming much more open about their plans for us. If one were to fear politicians, they would be among that group.

With what is now known of the ‘invisible politicians’, those who control the top levels of the financial/banking world, can it actually be said that they exist to provide any benefits to the people they claim to ‘serve’? These are the people who, in collaboration with many wholly owned visible politicians occupying positions of power and influence in our government and indeed all the governments of the world, have totally destroyed the United States monetary system. For an encore, they are getting ready, once again in collaboration with the visible politicians, to introduce a digital currency that will be backed, again, by NOTHING, a monetary system comprised of ones and zeros in a huge computer database. If successful, their plan will allow the REAL politicians, the invisible ones, to assume total control over nearly every human being on earth.


The agenda of the globalist politicians is now well-advanced, indicating just how close we are to the end of this age. All the events we are seeing converge upon the scene were foretold in the Bible by the prophets of the Old Testament as well as Jesus Himself (read Matthew 24), so no true believer should be surprised by this.

I am not urging anyone who reads this to become bogged down in fear of what is coming, but to be aware and prepare for it to the extent possible. I strongly urge believers to study God’s word to find out what He said about this particular time in history.

Jesus constantly urged His followers to beware of ANY man (or woman) using lies and deception to gain control of one’s mind and most of the Apostles also warned about the dangers of deception. Paul stated, “Let no man deceive you by any means……”. In today’s language we would hear: “Do not ALLOW any person to deceive you, no matter what you hear them say, or see them do”.

The bankers and their marketing experts use clever wording and catchphrases to lure their victims in and gain control over them through debt. After that ensnarement, it is extremely difficult to break free from their control. I urge all believers to become aware of just how foul and corrupt ALL politics is and to avoid any involvement in any political system, if possible. Instead, allow God’s word to guide you in all that you hear and all that you see. Only by doing so will you be able to avoid the coming deception and remain free from Satan’s traps.

Blessings and Maranatha!

©2023 Bud Hancock. All rights reserved.

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Remembering the Murder of Theo van Gogh by Mohammed Bouyeri in 2004

By Matthys van Raalten

Sharia Replaces Constitution!

Occasionally I take a walk through the Oosterpark, close to where I live. Then I sometimes stop at the monument entitled De Schreeuw (The Scream).

This monument was erected in honor of Theo van Gogh, who was cold-bloodedly murdered by Mohammed Bouyeri in 2004.

Few people today dare to criticize Islam. This is partly due to the fear that was sown with the murder of Van Gogh.

What exactly had Van Gogh done wrong in the eyes of the Muslims? He regularly called Muslims “goat fuckers” on TV. He has made a film with Ayaan Hirsi Ali about violence against women in Islam.

According to Islam you are not allowed to criticize Muhammad. The founder of this primitive religion is seen as the last prophet, and a perfect human being.

Mohammed, of course, was far from perfect. If he were alive today, he would be immediately arrested and imprisoned in a mental institution.

Geert Wilders and myself are among the very few who still dare to criticize Islam openly. Of course you can say, I’ll keep quiet about that primitive religion, then I’ll be safe.

However, do we want to live in a country where you can no longer speak freely? Then Islam wins.

©2023 Matthys van Raalten. All rights reserved.

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A Trans Mohammad Trading Card is Unacceptable to Leftists Who Often Write of a Trans Jesus

By Jihad Watch

I just created my eighth Mohammad trading card, a Trans Mohammad trading card, in the face of the trans madness that the left has unleashed on the world. And trans madness it is, as even in the face of one trans terrorist after another murdering innocents, leftists skip right over the dead bodies and push trans as if nothing happened. And Biden, right after the latest trans terrorist murdered innocents, including children, declared a “Transgender Day of Visibility” at a time where there’s nothing more visible than trans. And it’s been going on for years, with The Huffington Post publishing an article in 2016 titled Jesus: The First Transgender Man, because they know that the pleasure they get from mocking Christianity is as deep as the fear they would have over publishing an article titled Mohammad: The First Transgender Man.

And I’ve been told by leftists who hate religion that I “shouldn’t mock religion,” which is their gutless way of saying that I shouldn’t mock Islam. And then I’m told by both leftists and Muslims, in a world where Muslims have murdered human beings over cartoons, that I shouldn’t be “insulting a religion”. Those who tell me that I should refrain from drawing Mohammad in order to show respect to Islam, in the face of savages who’ve murdered over Mohammad cartoons, are savages.

And I’m sure that the Ottawa school board’s “gender consultant” who calls Jesus a “drag queen” for wearing a “dress,” a.k.a. religious robes, would say the same about Mohammad, who wore religious robes. No, she never would. Leftists exclusively attack a religion whose followers don’t attack them, when the religion that most deserves criticism and condemnation is allowed to get away with mass murder without a word from them. It’s to be expected, but it doesn’t make it any less repugnant.

If you’re interested in my Trans Mohammad trading card, you can order it at my new website here.




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Disney Film Features Pope Francis with Porn Creator

By Church Militant

Pontiff approves Tinder, says Catholic sexual catechesis is ‘still in diapers’.

VATICAN CITY (ChurchMilitant.com) A radical pro-LGBT media giant has released a controversial film featuring Pope Francis in conversation with 10 young adults — including a porn creator, a Catholic pro-abortion activist and a nun who lost her faith.

The Catholic Church’s catechesis on sex is “still in diapers,” Francis tells his interlocutors in an 83-minute Spanish documentary titled Amen: Francis Responds, featured by Disney+ on its streaming service on the Wednesday of Holy Week.

“We Catholics have not always had a mature catechesis on sex,” the pontiff noted when asked about the morality of masturbation.

“But the expression of love is probably the central point of sexual activity. Anything that drags it to you and takes it away from that direction detracts from your sexual activity,” Francis explains. “Sex has its own dynamics; it has its own raison d’être.”

Francis listened attentively to Alessandra, a Colombian, who argued that she is justified in creating pornography and selling it on the internet because it allows her to value herself more and spend more time with her daughter.

The pope praises the potential of social networks as a tool to facilitate communication and establish human relationships but insists that “the morality of the media depends on how you use it.”

“If you sell drugs through the network, you are intoxicating young people, you are causing damage, you are fomenting a crime. If you establish mafia contacts through the network to create social situations, it is immoral,” Francis maintains.

Milagros, from Argentina, tells the pope that she is a Catholic catechist and, at the same time, a proud pro-abortion activist. She handed Francis a green scarf inscribed with this slogan: “Free, safe and voluntary abortion.”

The pope accepts her gift and tells the youth how he has always urged his priests to be pastoral in accompanying women who have had abortions by “not asking too many questions and being merciful, as Jesus is.”

Francis added that abortion must be viewed scientifically and objectively because any embryology book teaches that at conception the DNA is already outlined, and the organs are all already defined. “So it’s not a cluster of cells that come together but a human life,” he replied.

“Is it permissible to eliminate a human life to solve the problem? Or if I go to a doctor, is it permissible to hire a hit man to eliminate a human life to solve a problem?” the pontiff asks the young adults. “It’s one thing to accompany the person who did it, quite another to justify the act.”

Celia, a Catholic girl who identifies as nonbinary, asks Francis if he knows what a nonbinary person is and if there is space in the Church for sexual and gender diversity.

“Every person is a child of God, every person. God does not reject anyone; God is father. And I have no right to kick anyone out of the Church. Not only that, my duty is also to always welcome. The Church cannot close the door to anyone, to nobody,” the pope responded.

Francis attacks those who use the Bible to justify excluding LGBT persons from the Church: “These people are infiltrators who take advantage of the Church for their personal passions, for their personal narrow-mindedness. It is one of the corruptions of the Church.”

Lucía, an ex-nun from Peru, explains why she lost her faith in Christ after suffering years of abuse in a religious community. She tells the pope she is happier now that she is neither a Catholic nor a believer. On the screen, images of her embracing another girl scroll by.

“This doesn’t scandalize me,” the pope tells her. “This bad place, this place of corruption, this convent dehumanizes me. I go back to where I started to seek the humanity of my roots.”

The tension in the film increases when Juan, a Spaniard, tells Francis he was abused at the age of 11 by an Opus Dei numerary who worked as a teacher in his school. The perpetrator was convicted by a civil court but with a reduced sentence.

Francis is taken aback when Juan hands him the pope’s own personal reply addressed to the young man’s father, in which Francis told him that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith would deal with the case at the canonical level.

The young man, who confesses he is no longer a believer, tells the pope that the CDF has decided that the teacher should be reinstated, exempting him from responsibility.

Stunned when he is challenged by the young adults over clerical sex abuse, the pontiff agrees to review the case: “These cases of abuse of minors do not become statute barred. And if they become statute barred over the years, I automatically remove that statute of limitations. I don’t want this to ever go statute barred.”

Maria is an exception to the nonbelievers in the documentary. She tells the pope that she is proud of her Catholic faith. Addressing the other nine young adults who constantly disagree with her in the film, Maria explains how her relationship with Christ gives her life meaning.

Francis listens to her attentively and admiringly but warns her that her journey will be difficult: “The testimony of faith you give touches my heart because it takes courage to say what you are saying in this meeting. Thanks for your testimony.”

“I don’t want to scare you, but gather your strength and prepare for the test. Continue to do these things well, but when the test comes, don’t be frightened, because even in the moment of darkness, the Lord is there, Who is hidden there,” the pope assures her.

When asked about relationships, Francis assures the young adults that using dating apps like Tinder to meet potential partners is “normal,” despite the designers of the app promoting it as a tool for married people to engage in secret adulterous relationships.

Theologian Larry Chapp blasted the pope for responding to the questions in the documentary with “a melted gelato of word salad deflection.”

Chapp wrote:

The Pontiff, probably out of a desire to truly engage the young people in a pastoral manner, comes across as a pastor who is pandering to his audience — and in so doing has “made a mess” of the Church’s clear teachings on these matters.

Faithful Catholics have questioned why the pope consented to be filmed in a documentary for Disney, an organization that has intensified its war on the traditional family in its promotion of LGBT ideology.

Disney threatened to block programs in support of the Boy Scouts because of the organization’s earlier policy that prohibited gay squadron leaders.

Provita & Familia, an Italian Catholic pro-life organization, has issued a petition asking Disney to stop LGBT propaganda in its cartoons.

Karey Burke, the president of the Disney General Entertainment Content and the “mother of a transgender child and of a pansexual child,” said she hoped that soon “50% of Disney cartoon characters would be LGBT.”

In February, Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., signed a bill depriving the Walt Disney Company of control of a special tax district surrounding Walt Disney World due to its opposition to his so-called “don’t say gay” law.


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Islamic Republic of Iran: Prison guards break kneecaps of 70-year-old woman who participated in protests

By Jihad Watch

Iran’s Islamic regime has only one tool, the tool that the Qur’an gives it: terror.

“Make ready for them all that you can of force and of warhorses, so that by them you may strike terror in the enemy of Allah and your enemy…” (Qur’an 8:60)

Iranian guards ‘break kneecaps of pensioner, 70, during interrogation in hellhole jail after she was jailed for anti-governmental protests

by Christian Oliver, Daily Mail, April 11, 2023:

A 70-year-old grandmother has reportedly had her kneecaps broken by Iranian prison officials in Tehran’s notorious Evin jail.

Human rights campaigner Mahvash Sabet Shahriari was said to have been under interrogation by officials when she was inflicted with the barbaric punishment.

She had been serving a 10-year prison sentence in Evin jail for participating in anti-government protests.

The news of the attack emerged from independent Iranian media which said the activist’s knees had been broken by an interrogator during questioning.

Evin jail has a brutal reputation for its inhumane living conditions and merciless treatment of its detainees, with prisoners frequently subject to beatings and torture.

Mahvash Sabet Shahriari was said to have been under interrogation by officials when she was inflicted with the barbaric punishment.

Frud Sabet, son of Shahriari, said he was yet to hear of his mother’s condition since her initial trial.

He told RFERL Radio Farda: ‘The family is very worried about her health. We don’t know where she is, and we don’t know if she’s alive.’

Shahriari, a poet, was seized last summer as part of the Iranian regime’s repression of the Baha’i community that saw several community leaders detained.

The Bahaʼi faith is a religion that counts up to eight million members in the world….

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Does Islam Breed Violence?

By Amil Imani

here is a division of the house. On one side are the politically correct in government, the leftist mainstream media, and a raft of Islamist apologists. One and all are tripping over each other in reassuring us that the mass murderers such as Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan and suicide bombers who detonate their explosive vests in crowded marketplaces and even mosques are individual anomalies and Islam is not responsible for what they do.

On the other hand, are those who have been fed up with the numberless daily horrific acts that are clearly committed under the banner of Islam throughout the world. In all fairness, there needs to be a distinction. Numerous criminal acts are also committed, on a daily basis, by non-Muslims. The critical difference is that non-Muslim criminals do not hoist a religious banner to justify their misdeeds, while Muslims proudly claim that they commit their heinous acts in obedience to the dictates of their religious faith.

“Investigators in the FBI and U.S. Army determined that Hasan acted alone and as of yet have found no evidence of links to terrorist groups, satisfied that his communications with Awlaki posed no threat. Regretfully, Attorney General Eric Holder has declined to state that radical Islam was the major motive for Hasan’s attack.”

Would someone, please, explain what motivated Nidal Hasan who had been, at tax payer’s expense, educated from college all the way through medical school and post-medical-school training, to turn his deadly weapons against a nation that gave him everything he had?

If Islam had nothing to do with what Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan did, why:

  • had he repeatedly preached the ascendancy of Islam to the U.S. Constitution?
  • had he publicly supported Islamic suicide bombing?
  • had he proclaimed his highest loyalty to Islam?
  • had he been in contact with violent anti-U.S. Islamists and a virulent Yemeni Imam?
  • did he distribute copies of the Quran to people on the morning of his bloody attack?
  • did he keep screaming “Allah-o-Akbar” as he heartlessly sprayed over a hundred bullets, killing thirteen and injuring some thirty innocent men and women?

Here is the truth, as bitter as it may be. Islam is the culprit. Islam is anything but a religion of peace. Violence is at the very core of Islam. Violence is institutionalized in the Muslim’s holy book, the Quran, in many suras:

Qur’an:9:5 “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:9:112 “The Believers fight in Allah’s cause; they slay and are slain, kill and are killed.”

Qur’an:8:39 “So fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief [non-Muslims]) and all submit to the religion of Allah alone (in the whole world).”

Qur’an:8:65 “O Prophet, urge the faithful to fight. If there are twenty among you with determination they will vanquish two hundred; if there are a hundred then they will slaughter a thousand unbelievers, for the infidels are a people devoid of understanding.”

Qur’an:9:38 “Believers, what is the matter with you, that when you are asked to go forth and fight in Allah’s Cause you cling to the earth? Do you prefer the life of this world to the Hereafter? Unless you go forth, He will afflict and punish you with a painful doom, and put others in your place.”

Qur’an:47:4 “When you clash with the unbelieving Infidels in battle (fighting Jihad in Allah’s Cause), smite their necks until you overpower them, killing and wounding many of them. At length, when you have thoroughly subdued them, bind them firmly, making (them) captives. Thereafter either generosity or ransom (based upon what benefits Islam) until the war lays down its burdens. Thus are you commanded by Allah to continue carrying out Jihad against the unbelieving infidels until they submit to Islam.”

And the Quran is considered by Muslims as the word-for-word literal edicts of the Muslims’ god, Allah.

Right from the start, violence served as the engine of Islam under the command and supervision of Muhammad himself. For one, the Prophet’s son-in-law’s cousin, Ali, was titled the Commander of the Faithful for his unsurpassed feats of butchery. Ali with the assistance of one or two of his thugs, beheaded some seven hundred captives, most of them Jews, in only one day. This man, highly esteemed by the prophet of Allah, had a sword that had its own name—Zulfiqar. Ali’s portrait, holding the menacing sword, adorns the homes and shops throughout Shi’a’-lands. And the Shiites, at the same level as Muhammad, revere Muhammad’s executioner, Imam Ali.

On the Sunni side, Muhammad’s co-revered is Umar, another unabashed killer of untold numbers. And of course, the choice weapon of these champions of the religion of peace was the sword. And to this day, a sword adorns the flag of the birthplace of the religion of peace, Saudi Arabia.

And Islam, by the nature of its very doctrine, appeals to man’s base nature. It promotes intolerance, hatred, discrimination, and much more:

Qur’an:61:2 “O Muslims, why say one thing and do another? Grievously odious and hateful is it in the sight of Allah that you say that which you do not. Truly Allah loves those who fight in His Cause in a battle array as if they were a solid cemented structure.”

In reality, Islam is like a deadly contagious disease. Once it invades the mind of its victim, this debilitating disease is capable of transforming him into a helpless pawn that has no choice but to execute what he is directed to do.

Of the reported 1.5 billion Muslims in the world, millions are already trapped in the terminal stages of this affliction while millions of others are rapidly joining them. The people enslaved with the extreme cases of Islamic mental disease are highly infectious. They actively work to transmit the disease to others, while they themselves engage in horrific acts of mayhem and violence to demonstrate their unconditional obedience to the dictates of the Islamic cult of violence.

The savagery and variety of the actions of these Islamic captives are seen daily around the globe. Many of these acts, committed under the banner of Islam, have become so commonplace that the world has come to view them as the normal part and parcel of troubled humanity. And, from time to time, the world is shocked into a passing and momentary realization of the evil deeds these Islamist robots commit and quickly gets over it and does nothing to seriously address this affliction of humanity.

November 5, 2009, dastardly mass murder at Fort Hood, committed by Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, is no longer in the public eye. Life will continue on its deadly course, pushed along in a variety of ways by agents of death, Islamists. Only the families who lost their loved ones and those who survived the bullets have to live the rest of their lives with incapacitating injuries, in the main, won’t be able to put the episode behind them.

The mass murderer Nidal Malik Hasan did not riddle people with bullets under the pressure of momentary insanity. The insanity, ironically, in a man who was trained to help people with sanity was introduced in him from the moment of birth and from the very early years when he prostrated himself five times daily toward Mecca in the expression of total submission to the dogma of hate called Islam.

Islam is a mental retrovirus that has mutated into numerous varieties and degrees of severity, over the past 1400 years. Everyone born in a Muslim family, as well as those who convert to Islam, contract a particular mutation of the Islamic Virus. As is the case with all retroviruses, the Islamic Virus burrows deeply in the person and erupts, from time to time with potentially devastating consequences.

The Islamic Virus first divests the person of his most fundamental human attribute. It takes away his right to make decisions himself and absolves him, in return, of any responsibility for his actions rendered in blind obedience to it.

A true Muslim does not and cannot believe in freedom of choice. In the religion of Islam—Submission—everything is up to Allah, as clearly and repeatedly stipulated in the Quran. The Raison d’être for the Muslim is to be unconditionally submissive to the will and dictates of Allah. Everything that a “good” Muslim does is contingent upon the will and decree of Allah, he is indoctrinated to believe.

Humanity is facing a deeply troubling dilemma. On the one hand, is the desire of enlightened people whose aim is to forge a world of diverse people into one universal society ruled by peace and justice for everyone while, on the other hand, Islamists are hell-bent on imposing their stone-age system on everyone. Tellingly, the Muslims themselves are at one another’s throats regarding which of dozens of Islamic sects’ dogma should rule.

For now, Islam is busy with what it did from the time of its birth, fighting the non-Muslims and infighting. Truth be told: Violence is the animating force of Islam. Islam is a religion born through violence, raised by violence, thrives on violence, and dies without violence.

©2023 Amil Imani. All rights reserved.


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The Queen of Queer Hill

By The Catholic Thing

David Carlin: Transgender ideologues are nothing less than monsters.  And the very worst monster of this kind is the parent (usually a mother) who encourages her little boy/girl to believe that he/she is a girl/boy.

Just as there are degrees of hot and cold, so there are degrees of political leftism, some very mild, some stronger, and some way too strong.

The mildest degree is what used to be called liberalism.  I don’t mean the liberalism of today, which is pro-abortion, pro-homosexuality, pro-transgender, etc.  No, I mean the liberalism of the old days, the kind of liberalism characterized by Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, and Lyndon Johnson.  New Deal liberalism it may be called.

I myself am a liberal of that old kind.  It’s a center-left kind of liberalism that believes the federal government should play an important role in helping American society make progress by incremental steps that do no violence to American traditions.  It’s a liberalism that is relatively conservative.  A splendid example was Harry Truman, a political liberal who was a temperamental conservative: rather an ordinary American who just happened to be President of the United States at a critical moment in modern history.

Catholics also used to be good examples of this.  On the one hand, they belonged to a profoundly conservative religion; on the other, they supported a liberal political party, the Democrats.

Today, though I still think of myself as a liberal of this old-fashioned kind, I deplore almost everything that now passes under the name of liberalism.  I don’t just deplore it.  I hate it.

But I feel degrees of hate.  I don’t hate all elements of the new progressivism equally.

My mildest degree of hatred (so mild it should be called dislike, not hatred) is aimed at the bicycle tyrants, the people who want to make the world safe for bicycles (as President Wilson wanted to make it safe for democracy).  In progressive cities with very broad streets (e.g., Boulder, Colorado), ample bike lanes can be provided with little or no inconvenience to car drivers.  But in progressive cities with very narrow streets (e.g., Cambridge, Massachusetts), a zero-sum game is being played between bicyclists and car drivers: the more convenient you make it for one, the more inconvenient you make it for the other.

Now I happen to live in Newport R.I., an old city (settled in 1639) with lots and lots of narrow streets.  A few decades ago the state decided that Newport should have at least one four-lane highway; and so one was built, at the unfortunate cost of demolishing much of the most ancient part of the city.  In warm weather, when tens of thousands of tourists come to town, the streets of Newport are of course congested, including (sad to say) our four-lane highway.

Well, the bike tyrants have recently come up with a new idea.  They would like to reduce these four lanes to two, giving the other two lanes over to the exclusive use of bicyclists.  Needless to say, this will lead to a great increase in our already bad traffic congestion.  Not surprisingly, many of Newport’s ordinary people (people rather like Harry Truman) are up in arms about this.

Now I myself am somewhat (I stress “somewhat”) sympathetic to the concerns of the climate-change fanatics, and I was a great bike rider when I was a kid.  But I am an old man now, and I’m not willing to trade in my car for a bicycle, no matter how much my riding a bike might improve my precarious health or contribute to lowering the temperature of the Earth.

But local leftists are not active on bike paths only.  They are also active in our public schools.  Recently our middle school sponsored a “Transgender Appreciation Day.”  If the bike tyrants annoy me, those who promote transgenderism enrage me, in truth, drive me nearly mad.

Now my rage is not directed at people who are so much in the grip of transgender lunacy as to switch genders at an adult age.  I feel sorry for such people, but I don’t hate them.  Why should I?

But I do feel something like hate for leftist ideologues who promote transgenderism for kids, the ideologues who promote what they call “gender-affirming health care” – a 1984-ish euphemism which, among other horrible things, encourages mentally deluded, barely pubescent girls to undergo breast-removal surgery.  It encourages them to be proud of their scars, just as German university students used to be proud of the scars they obtained from duels.

Even when these ideologues are not actively busy promoting gender-transforming surgery and hormone treatment, they are busy encouraging something just a little bit less Satanic.  They are telling kids – all kids – that they owe it to themselves to ask themselves the important question, “Am I a boy or a girl?”, while assuring these kids that the answer to this question has little or nothing to do with the reproductive equipment they may find between their legs.

I was a kid, once upon a time.  I remember that in those long-ago days, I used to spend more than a few anxious hours worrying about needless things.  Those hours of needless anxiety are a price almost all kids have to pay for their necessary journey through adolescence.  How cruel one has to be to inflict one more needless worry – and such a worry! – on kids.  “Billy, you should think about the possibility that you may be a girl.  And Mary Sue, could it be that you are really a boy?”

These ideologues are nothing less than monsters.  And the very worst monster of this kind is the parent (usually a mother) who encourages her little boy/girl to believe that he/she is a girl/boy.  This allows the mother to say to herself, “Oh, how glorious!  To be the mother of a trans child!  I am super-cool, the envy of all my friends.”

And she adds: “I am even more cool than my old college roommate who for years boasted of being the proud mother of a gay child.  Eat your heart out with jealousy, old friend.  Now it is ME at the top of Queer Hill.”

You may also enjoy:

Robert Royal’s Transgenderism and Perfect Freedom

Brad Miner’s Further Thoughts on Transgenderism


David Carlin

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

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Seeking Truth From a Passel of Liars

By Bud Hancock

Seeking the Living Among the Dead.

I have to ask two very important questions:

First, what is Truth?

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines truth as: a) Conformity to fact or actuality, b) Reality; actuality and c) The reality of a situation. Further, the dictionary adds ‘accuracy’, ‘verity’ and ‘credibility’ as synonyms for the word ‘truth’.

Many ‘seemingly intelligent’ people throughout history have made comments indicating that “the truth is elusive”. This is likely due to their own ignorance of what truth is. However those statements could not be further from actually being true.

The dictionary definition of ‘elusive’ is:

  • Difficult to define, comprehend or identify
  • Tending to evade grasp or pursuit; fallacious
  • Tending to elude capture, perception, comprehension, or memory

In John 14:6, Jesus told His disciples, “I am the way, the truth and the life”. God sent His own Son into the world in order to reveal TRUTH to them, not to make it elusive. The Son of God stood among men openly declaring TRUTH and made Himself available to any and all who had need of TRUTH. Those who accepted that TRUTH were saved, healed, delivered and made whole of the effects of Satan’s lies that had imprisoned them for generations while all who rejected TRUTH went away sad, depressed and still bound in a world of lies.

But truth, being extremely valuable to people tired of lies is not something that just falls out of the sky onto a person; rather it is more like wisdom, which is mostly hidden, but NOT elusive; however, it MUST be sought after with much diligence AND it must be sought from the proper source. Looking for or even diligently searching for truth among ‘dead sources’ is an exercise in futility. If a fake version of truth is accepted and made a part of a belief system, it is nothing more than a clever lie cloaked in a counterfeit of truth.

When a person is seeking something he really needs, he uses all his knowledge to determine where he might most easily find what is being sought. If the internet is being accessed to search for ‘rain gear’ for example, the seeker would never put ‘suntan lotion’ in a search engine, would he? Of course not, that would make no sense. That analogy applies to non-material things such as wisdom and truth as much as to material objects that pertain to life and sustenance.

Truthfulness is a characteristic of people who have established a sound moral system that guides their lives. From the moment a child is born, it is the responsibility of parents to help them form a characteristic of truthfulness by teaching that child about truth and its importance in living a successful life and where it can be found.

The Source of Truth

Growing up in a small textile town in North Carolina, a town located in the “Bible Belt” in the southeastern US, I learned about truth and how important it is from my parents and their siblings, my aunts and uncles and my paternal grandmother. These were all men and women who believed in God, though not all were what I would call ‘strong Christians’. However, they were all raised in homes where at least one parent WAS a strong believer and taught sound biblical principles to their offspring.

I also learned about the opposite of truth, the lie, and how engaging in it can be dangerous to one’s health; both my father and my mother had no problem making sure I understood that. As a young child, I had no real understanding of why lying was bad, other than when caught doing so I would receive painful punishment. But as I grew up and matured intellectually, I began to realize how knowing the difference between telling the truth and telling a lie can be critically important to one’s life. Living a truthful life provides a spiritual comfort level whereas living the lie makes one apprehensive since the lie must always be embellished in order to remain relative.

If one is to truly seek for, and find truth, he or she MUST first know the source and diligently move in that direction.

Seeking Truth

In Luke 24, we are told that certain disciples of Jesus, women who had followed Him from Galilee, on the third day after His burial, went to the sepulchre where Jesus body had been placed, hoping to anoint His body with spices and ointments, but when they arrived, the stone covering the entrance had been rolled away. After entering in to the sepulchre, they did not find His body, but two ‘men’ (angels) were suddenly standing by them and asked the disciples, “Why seek ye the living among the dead?

The disciples were seeking the One Who, throughout His ministry on earth had presented them with TRUTH and they were desiring to show their love for Christ (The Truth) enough to enter the cemetery and anoint the body of TRUTH with preservative oils and spices. However, that body had been made alive again and was no longer in the tomb. My take on this incident: You will NOT find truth among the dead, the TRUTH is always alive!

When man was created, he stood in the very presence of TRUTH. The entire universe is founded upon truth. I know many men and scientists are continuously trying to prove how the universe came to be and they seem to believe it began with a “big bang” caused by….what? They surmise that their ‘big bang’ just sort of made the universe appear and set the stars and the planets and their moons into perfectly designed orbits and positions.

Even though more and more true scientists are beginning to realize there is no conflict between science and God’s word, the majority will still not accept that a perfect, omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent being actually used TRUTH to create all the eye can see. In denying His involvement in creation, they seem to believe they can do a better job of creating something; yet they have all failed miserably in ALL their efforts.

When man sinned, the true life, the life of the Spirit of God IN him, was taken from him, his human spirit was made dark and separated from God and he was sentenced to live a physical life only, a life that always ended in physical death with no hope for life beyond the grave. Man’s only hope of escaping that sentence was through the promised redeemer, the Messiah (Genesis 3:14-15 KJV). Man in general, and the Jewish people in particular, had waited many centuries for His arrival but when He was standing in their midst, they failed to recognize Him or acknowledge Him. Truth was right before them, but they clung to their love for Satan’s lies and rejected TRUTH.

The grave that once held the body of Jesus, the tomb into which the disciples entered, represents the lie and just as the grave could not contain the risen Jesus, the lie cannot contain, or hold back, the truth. Truth WAS, Truth IS and Truth always will BE. It is NOT subject to change of any kind, ever.

The Source of Lies

My second question: what is a lie? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a lie as “an assertion of something known or believed by the speaker or writer to be untrue with intent to deceive; an untruth, ‘a fabrication’ ‘to deceive’, ‘to trick’, ‘to perjure’. From this definition, it becomes apparent that the word ‘lie’ is the direct opposite of ‘truth’.

Satan is the source of all lies; Jesus called him a liar and the father of it (lying). His lies and deception (all based on lies) to Adam and Eve brought a separation between mankind and God and only through Jesus Christ (the TRUTH) can that separation be erased and an honest relationship be established in its place.  Anything, any institution, any government, any business or corporation under Satan’s control or influence will have built its foundation on lies and anyone looking there for truth will not, indeed CANNOT, find it there.

Throughout the ages, man has tried with all his might and power to change the truth (not necessarily the facts, because the ‘facts’ and the truth are NOT always the same) into a message that, instead of enriching his spirit and soul with true knowledge, will make him feel good about himself, regardless of his actions. After all, the world is now totally ‘in touch with their feelings’ and nothing else matters to them. The foolish notion that through some action of their own, men can be made better than what they actually are, becomes the lie that will damn them to hell.

In the book of Romans, chapter one, Paul describes in detail these foolish people and the errors they make by denying the God Who created all things; they deny His majesty and His power and even try to deny His existence, leading them into a life dominated by a reprobate mind.

The dictionary definition of ‘reprobate’ is:

  • morally corrupt: depraved
  • foreordained to damnation
  • rejected as worthless or not standing a test : condemned

What they (deliberately) refuse to understand is that, no matter how intense their efforts to design and build their own “truth” system, based on lies instead of real truth, they are dealing with a supernatural, eternal and unchanging Being who, having created the universe and everything in it using TRUTH, will NOT ever allow His truth to be changed. If they cling to their foolish delusions and refuse to accept HIS truth, all their efforts are doomed to failure and, unless they change, THEY are doomed as well.


If you are a person who desires to know the truth, and NOT just the facts, about any situation, you must learn, first what truth is, and second, where it can be found.

As stated earlier, the truth is NOT elusive, it can easily be found by anyone who truly has had enough of the lies that have almost destroyed our nation and the world. If you still believe you can find truth in any mainstream media, any social media, any government agency, any educational institution, any entertainment venue, or even from your closest friends and family, you will NOT unless these have based their belief system on the only real TRUTH, Jesus Christ, the saviour of the world.

You will NOT find truth in, or from, any organization that has based its very existence on lies. Listening to lies allows the liars to trap you in a mental prison from which escape will become increasingly difficult. The liars who work in and for such institutions have no interest in providing the truth, in fact, they will mostly work overtime to hide or deny the truth. They know that a lie cannot long survive in an atmosphere of truth. The truth will always stand on its own without having anything added to it while the lie MUST be embellished continuously in order to stand; and eventually the lie will fall when facing truth.

So, if you are still expecting such institutions or organizations to provide the truth you seek, I guarantee you will be disappointed at the very least, and potentially damaged or worse unless unless you reverse course and begin looking where truth resides.

And make no mistake about it, looking for truth among a passel of liars is equivalent to looking for a living Christ in a death chamber tomb. Just as the risen Christ was NOT found in the tomb of death, truth is not found where the lie resides.

Blessings to all and…..


©2023 Bud Hancock. All rights reserved.

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Walter Reed Jettisons Catholic Priests from Serving Veterans at Medical Center

By Family Research Council

In a move that has stunned Catholics and religious freedom advocates, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. issued a “cease and desist order” just before Holy Week to a community of Franciscan Catholic priests from Holy Name College that had been serving servicemembers and their families at the center for almost two decades.

On April 7, the Catholic Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS) announced that Walter Reed issued the order on March 31, just as the most sacred week of the year for Christians was beginning. AMS noted that the contract for providing Catholic Pastoral Care was instead awarded to a secular defense contracting firm that does not have the capacity to offer Catholic pastoral services such as Mass and confession, which can only be administered by an ordained priest. AMS further pointed out that without the services of the Franciscan priests, there would be only one other Catholic priest assigned to Walter Reed, an Army chaplain who is currently “in the process of separating from the Army.”

Archbishop for the Military Services Timothy P. Broglio was perplexed by Walter Reed’s decision and expressed concern that it would infringe on the ability of Catholic servicemembers and their families to freely exercise their faith while at the center.

“It is incomprehensible that essential pastoral care is taken away from the sick and the aged when it was so readily available,” he said. “This is a classic case where the adage ‘if it is not broken, do not fix it’ applies. I fear that giving a contract to the lowest bidder overlooked the fact that the bidder cannot provide the necessary service. I earnestly hope that this disdain for the sick will be remedied at once and their First Amendment rights will be respected.”

Some lawmakers on Capitol Hill reacted even more forcefully, saying that the order was a direct attack on the First Amendment.

“This is an unconscionable attack on Christian service members and the First Amendment by [President Joe] Biden, [Defense Secretary Lloyd] Austin, and [Joint Chiefs Chair General Mark] Milley,” tweeted Rep. Mary Miller (R-Ill.) on Saturday. “The House must investigate why DOD did this, especially on Holy Week!”

AMS said that despite numerous appeals to Walter Reed by their general counsel Elizabeth A. Tomlin to reinstate the priests at least through Holy Week, they received no response from the medical center.

“Especially during Holy Week, the lack of adequate Catholic pastoral care causes untold and irreparable harm to Catholics who are hospitalized and therefore a captive population whose religious rights the government has a constitutional duty to provide for and protect,” AMS stated.

This latest move by the military under the Biden administration fits a pattern of what many experts see as a steady erosion of religious freedom for those working for the armed forces.

After the administration instituted a COVID vaccine mandate for all military personnel in August of 2021, most of the branches granted a tiny fraction of the religious exemptions that were requested before the mandate was rescinded in December 2022. Only 0.9% of religious exemption requests were granted in the Army, zero were granted in the National Guard, and 0.8% were granted in the Air Force.

Additionally, in September of last year, the administration issued a rule mandating that Veterans Affairs medical facilities carry out abortions as well as provide abortion counseling. When a Christian nurse practitioner requested a religious accommodation on two occasions from having to participate in abortions, she was denied. She is now filing suit against the hospital for placing a substantial burden on her sincerely held religious beliefs.

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William G. Boykin, a 36-year Army veteran who currently serves as executive vice president at Family Research Council, said Walter Reed’s cease and desist order showed harmful neglect of religious freedom.

“The First Amendment states that ‘Congress shall make no laws respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’” he told The Washington Stand. “The U.S. military should be held accountable for violating the intent of the First Amendment at the same time that drag queen programs are acceptable.”


Dan Hart

Dan Hart is senior editor at The Washington Stand.


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A Warning to Ali Khamenei

By Amil Imani

Editors note: This column was originally published on Dec 30th, 2022 in Israel National News.

Netanyahu put Iran on his 4-point list of challenges in his inaugural speech. A list of the mullahs’ deeds is a moral call to action.

It is worse than appeasement to negotiate a “deal” with the Islamic theocrats in occupied Iran because any deal struck with these mullahs is only another ruse for them to further their plans. The UN resolutions are nothing more than pieces of paper good for lighting fires. They can pass them all they want, the supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, proclaims belligerently.

These Islamists go by their 1400-year-old charter of Allah, the Qur’an, the same charter that they hold in one hand while slashing the throat of an innocent infidel and yelling joyously “Allah is the greatest” throughout.

To the misguided “Supreme Guide,” mullah, Ali Khamenei of Iran, a few words are in order.

The civilized Iranians, descendants of Cyrus the Great, find you, Mullah Ali Khamenei, and your cabal of Islamists guilty of heinous crimes. A partial list of charges is given below.


  • You do not represent the Iranian people.
  • You are an Islamist terrorist.
  • You are a usurper of power.
  • You are guilty of transforming a noble nation into a world pariah.• You are denying and violating a long-suffering people all its human rights.
  • You are guilty of beating, imprisoning, torturing and murdering women who braved participating in a peaceful demonstration and pleading for equal family rights, and removing a compulsory Hijab.
  • You systematically beat, rape, imprison, and torture all manner of citizens, from school teachers to students to union workers, for daring to raise their voices against the plight to which you have subjected them.
  • You savagely beat and haul to your dungeons of torture and death over tens of thousands of teachers who had gathered in front of the parliament requesting nothing more than their back pay and living wages.
  • In late 2009 and 2022, you ordered the Basij forces, revolutionary guards, plain-clothed and government forces to massacre thousands of innocent people in a mass popular uprising.
  • You direct systematic genocidal measures against all non-Shi’a religious minorities in Kurdistan and the Baha’is as a prime target, and genocidal actions against political groups; support of international terrorism; demolition of religious sites and cemeteries; for rape, torture, and summary execution of prisoners of conscience; forgery of documents, acts of blackmail and fraud, and much more.
  • You arrest some Christians; who even your Quran calls “People of the Book,” for observing Christmas.
  • You implement barbaric practices of stoning, hanging and amputations for those who are convicted of crimes in your kangaroo courts without due process. You even imprison those few lawyers who rise in the defense of the innocent.
  • You plunder, mismanage and dole out Iran’s national wealth with the result that the great majority of the people are living in poverty. Iranian women are forced into prostitution to survive or simply sold as sex slaves in Persian Gulf states.
  • * Your fascist misrule of nearly three decades has driven millions of Iran’s best children to the four corners of the world. Hundreds of thousands of educated Iranians are compelled to continue the exodus, depriving Iran of sorely needed talents at home.
  • You spend a fortune on the nuclear program that you claim is only aimed for peaceful purposes, while turning Iran into little more than a gas station nation, with its precious oil wealth squandered and its facilities on the verge of collapse through neglect.
  • You have created a suffocating social atmosphere that has driven masses of people to the use of hard drugs as a way of numbing their pain.


  • You look far and wide to support any and all terrorists. Your delusional theology mandates the creation of horrific conditions in the world so that your Hidden Imam is compelled to appear and establish his rule.
  • You spare no efforts at sabotaging any settlement between the Palestinian Arabs and Israelis.
  • You arm and train all Palestinian Arab terror factions such as Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and any and all that come.
  • You direct similar criminal schemes on your eastern flank, in Afghanistan. You consider any democratic system as the enemy of Islamofascism, and rightfully so.
  • You work ceaselessly, expand Iran’s stolen funds, and do all you can in support of your Shi’a co-fascists Hezbollah in Lebanon.
  • Your hands are dripping with the blood of thousands of Iraqis, victims of your bloodthirsty kin mercenaries aiming to kill a budding democracy in Iraq next door.
  • You supplied your mercenaries with armor-piercing projectiles for killing and maiming the coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Your cowardly killing by proxy, using these roadside-planted bombs, has taken the lives of hundreds of Americans.
  • You interpreted the highly-subdued reactions of the coalition to your savage actions as indications of weakness. So, you found it in yourself to venture into direct confrontation by capturing lightly armed British sailors and marines in Iraqi waters.
  • You are responsible for helping Syrian forces slaughter seekers of freedom.
  • *You directly orchestrated an attack on the British embassy in Tehran last month and called the action of your “thugs,” “student protests.”
  • *You plotted to assassinate the Saudi ambassador, Adel al-Jubeir, on US soil.

Time is of the essence; the clock is ticking and the window is closing on the Iranian people. Diplomacy cannot be open-ended.

To misguided advocates of negotiation with the devil (mullahs), beware:

The mullahs are on an Allah-mandated mission. They are intoxicated with petrodollars and aim to settle for nothing less than complete domination of the world under the Islamic Ummah. The pressures against them, led by the vanguard of freedom, university students and notable women are gathering more force.

The rule of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) is crumbling. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei must be held accountable and tried in the international court for crimes against humanity.

©2023 Amil Imani. All rights reserved.

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The Anachronism of Apostasy

By Amil Imani

Whereas the practice of slavery enslaves the body, the dogma of apostasy ensnares the mind. Whereas slavery is a shameful practice of the past, some shameless religionists still use the doctrine of apostasy to intimidate and severely punish people who elect to choose their own beliefs.

Islam is extremely possessive of its subjects. It is a religion that admits anyone into its fold by the person simply uttering a one-sentence statement of faith, shahada: I bear witness that there is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is Allah’s messenger. By so saying, one becomes Muslim for life and surrenders the right of ever leaving it. Anyone who leaves the Islamic fold is murtad (revert), apostate.

The notion of apostasy is best understood within the overall Islamic dogma. Islam forms a binding covenant with the believer. Once a person is Muslim, he and his issues are considered Muslim forever. In this covenant, Islam promises to bestow its beneficence on the faithful conditional on the person’s total and unquestioned surrender to it in all matters. Some of the rewards offered by Islam to the truly obedient believer, particularly the privileged males, are of this world as well as a great deal more promised to him in the next. If a Muslim faithful does not reap the rewards of his devotion in this world, Islam assures him of his inestimably cherished and limitless compounded rewards in the next world.

Islam demands the subjugation of the individual’s will to that of Allah and permeates the thinking, actions, and speech of Muslims by prefacing commitments they make contingent on the will of God (inshallah)

This total surrender and submission to the will and decree of Allah also absolve the individual from taking full responsibility for his conduct or honoring commitments he may make. For it is Allah who has the unquestioned authority to consummate or contravene any action or promise made by a faithful.

Within this overall framework of complete acceptance of Islam as the perfect living charter for the believer, the rules pertaining to apostasy can be better understood. Islam considers an apostate as a person who unilaterally breaks the covenant he has made with the faith. An apostate is condemned as guilty of turning his back on Allah’s immutable eternal religion. Anyone born to Muslim parents and leaving Islam is stigmatized as murtad fitri (natural apostate) because he was born genetically Muslim and rejected his gift of birth. And anyone who converts to Islam and later leaves it is condemned as murtad milli (a person who has turned his back to the Ummah).

The severe stricture against leaving Islam is consistent with other main principle beliefs of the religion. Islam is a faith of surrender and not that of free will. A Muslim is to surrender his freedom of thoughts and actions to the will and dictates of Allah. The very principle of freedom is alien to the Islamic belief system.

With regard to apostasy, the two main branches of Islam, the Sunni, and the Shiite, are in considerable agreement. The great majority of Muslim scholars of both major camps agree that the Quran stipulates death for the apostate.

Islam, by its very nature, is an all-encompassing belief system that proscribes and prescribes every detail of the person’s and society’s conduct. The Sharia law, a comprehensive code of Islamic jurisprudence, purportedly is based on the Quran, and the Hadith (the reported enunciation of Muhammad and his conduct.)

Furthermore, Islamic societies rule by the Islamic laws of Sharia. Any new societal legislation must be harmonious with those of the Sharia which are conclusively anti-democratic. Sharia law is in explicit contradiction and violation of the foundation of democracy. Sharia law places Allah’s dictates and rules over the people’s sovereignty. It discriminates against non-Muslims to the extreme of disenfranchising them from their rights of citizenship of Baha’is barring them from jobs, higher education, worship, etc., not only in Iran but Saudi Arabia, and even Egypt. It is blatantly discriminatory against women, Muslim or not. Men have a greater claim to the inheritance, their testimony in the court of law is worth twice that of women and they may marry multiple women at the same time. It stipulates even different rules and privileges governing free Muslim men as opposed to slave Muslims, implicitly condoning slavery. Saudi Arabia, the flagship of Islam, was finally forced by the free world to abandon slavery, I believe, only in late 1960, but it has been reported that it has not been completely abandoned.

Apostasy is defined both in the Quran as well as the Sharia and its punishment is clearly stipulated.

“Those who blasphemed and back away from the ways of Allah and die as blasphemers, Allah shall not forgive them.” [Qur’an 4:48]

Islamic law does not allow the freedom to choose one’s religion.

“Let there be no compulsion in the religion: Clearly the Right Path (i.e. Islam) is distinct from the crooked path.” [Qur’an 2:256]

The Quran also specifically addresses the issue of murtad milli:

“But those who reject faith after they accepted it, and then go on adding to their defiance of faith, never will their repentance be accepted; for they are those who have (of set purpose) gone astray.” [Qur’an 3:90]

The Hadith further restates the provision of the Quran regarding the punishment of the apostate.

The Sharia law stipulates that any Muslim who turns his back on Islam should be given a chance to revert to the religion. For an un-repenting male apostate, death is the punishment, and life imprisonment for a female apostate.

“Kill whoever changes his religion.” __Sahih al-Bukhari 9:84:57

“The blood of a Muslim who confesses that none has the right to be worshiped but Allah and that I am His Apostle, cannot be shed except in three cases: In Qisas for murder, a married person who commits illegal sexual intercourse and the one who reverts from Islam (apostate) and leaves the Muslims.”__ Sahih al-Bukhari 9:83:17

At present, apostasy is illegal in most Islamic countries. Although execution of the apostate is not common, it does take place from time to time by frequently buttressing the “crime” with additional charges. The Islamic Republic of Iran, for instance, often adds the charge of mohareb (one who wars with God) to further legitimize its execution of apostates. A case in point pertains to the treatment of the religious minority Baha’is by the Islamic Republic. A number of Baha’is have been charged as apostates and mohareb, executed and some secretly buried in unmarked graves.

The late Ayatollah Khomeini in his Tahrir al-Wassilah adjudicates how a person’s apostasy is established: “Apostasy is proven in two ways: First, the person himself confesses to his apostasy twice. Second, two just and truthful men bear witness to the person’s apostasy. But women’s testimonies do not prove apostasy in any case; either they bear witness individually, in a group, or beside a man.”

The misogynistic nature of Islam is once again evident in Ayatollah Khomeini’s blanket disqualification of women’s testimony solely on the basis of gender.

“Apostasy — or the formal renunciation of religion — is already punishable in Iran with death. But now, Iran wants to make the death penalty for apostasy part of the penal code. The European Union is concerned and has asked Iran to reconsider.” Who is an apostate according to the legislation? Anyone in the world, not just Iranians, born to a Muslim parent; also, any convert to Islam who leaves it. Only one parent needs to be a Muslim at the time of conception for Islam to own that child for life. Islam is Ummahist. Islam doesn’t recognize nationalities and national boundaries. And these Islamist zealots are very serious and have no sense of humor. Some say they have no sense at all, and they may be right. They certainly have a thirst for blood, particularly for the blood of infidels and apostates.

It is noteworthy that Islam considers the world as its Ummah and overarches national boundaries. Hence, Islamic clerics feel free to issue fatwa and other adjudications regarding any person, group, or nation anywhere in the world. A celebrated case of this practice was the fatwa of Ayatollah Khomeini against the British author Salman Rushdie for his book The Satanic Verses. Hence, individual Muslims anywhere in the world take it upon themselves to carry out fatwa issued by Islamic high divines. In another high-profile case, the killing of Theo van Gough, a Dutch film director, and the recent attack on the Danish cartoonist, Kurt Westergaard, clearly demonstrates this primitive practice that runs counter to the civilized world’s due process and has a seriously intimidating impact on the freedom of expression.

Free people and nations should not sacrifice their God-given liberty to please the Islamists by muzzling dissenters and even endangering their safety and their lives.

The concept and practice of apostasy are a shameful stain on the conscience of humanity. It is despicable for any belief system to stubbornly cling to the dehumanizing anachronism of apostasy while its counterpart, slavery, is already buried in mankind’s graveyard of past infamy.

©2023 Amil Imani. All rights reserved.