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Iranian Impunity in the U.S.? Man Arrested with AK-47 Outside Brooklyn Home of Iranian Dissident

By Jihad Watch

#BREAKING A security camera footage obtained by @IranIntl_En shows Khalid Mehdiyev, the man arrested by New York Police Department with an AK-47, outside Brooklyn residence of Iranian dissident journalist @AlinejadMasih. The police says the AK-47’s serial number had been removed.

— Iran International English (@IranIntl_En) July 31, 2022

On Thursday, a 23-year-old man named Khalid Mehdiyev was arrested in Brooklyn outside the home of Masih Alinejad. She is the astonishingly courageous Iranian dissident who so enrages the mullahs who lead the Islamic Republic that they mounted an audacious plot last year to kidnap her in New York and take her back to Iran, where she would have faced unimaginable horrors. Was this a second attempt by the Iranians to rid themselves of one of their highest-profile and most trenchant critics? If so, it highlights yet again Old Joe Biden’s appalling weakness. Weakness, after all, invites aggression.

According to the New York Post, Mehdiyev (which is a common Azeri name; there is a sizable Azeri minority in Iran) had a loaded AK-47 and over a thousand dollars in cash, and had been hanging around Alinejad’s home for two days before he was finally apprehended. The federal complaint  “makes no explicit connection between Mehdiyev and Alinejad but says the accused had focused on an unnamed Brooklyn ‘residence.’”

Mehdiyev showed all the signs of a determined and potentially lethal stalker: “Law enforcement observed Mehdiyev sitting in a gray Subaru Forester SUV with an Illinois license plate for several hours on Wednesday and Thursday. Feds said he ordered food to his car and looked inside of the windows and attempted to open the front door of the residence he was parked outside of.” Finally, on Thursday, Mehdiyev had the poor judgment to run a stop sign and was stopped by the NYPD, which found that he had no driver’s license.

When cops searched his car, they found, apparently along with two days’ worth of takeout cartons, “the loaded AK-47 with multiple magazines, additional rounds of ammunition and a suitcase full of cash. Two other different license plates were also found.”

But Mehdiyev insists that his odd and suspicious behavior was entirely innocent: he “told police he had been staying in Yonkers, but the rent was too high there and he was looking for a new place to live in the Brooklyn neighborhood. He said he had tried to open the front door of the residence so he could knock on an inside door to ask if he could rent a room.” He apparently didn’t explain why he sat outside the place for two days, and he had no plausible explanation for anything else, either: “He initially told officers he had borrowed the car and he didn’t know anything about the gun and said the suitcase was not his.” Yeah, you know how AK-47s can just appear in your car without your knowledge or consent, and what can anyone do about that?

Later, apparently realizing how ridiculous his initial story sounded, Mehdiyev “confessed that the gun was his and he had been in Brooklyn ‘because he was looking for someone’” — an ominous statement when you’re carrying an AK during your search.

Masih Alinejad is a particular thorn in the side of the mullahs because she highlights on a daily basis the pettiness and cruelty of the Islamic Republic. She routinely posts videos that have been sent to her (at tremendous risk) from inside Iran, showing Iranian women risking multiyear prison sentences for the crime of taking off their hijab, the arrest and torture of women who have done so, and the Iranian regime’s determination to punish women who dare to resist their oppression. On Wednesday, she posted a video showing the “unspeakable cruelty” of the Iranian regime in killing over 1,700 stray dogs. (Dogs are considered unclean in Islam, and Muhammad, the Islamic prophet, ordered that they be killed.)

In a shame/honor culture, Masih Alinejad is doing something that the Iranian mullahs likely consider worse than death: she is humiliating them. And so it wouldn’t be in the least surprising if it turns out that they sent Khalid Mehdiyev, as they sent the kidnappers who were foiled last year. Old Joe Biden presents such an image of fecklessness and lack of control that it’s easy to see why the mullahs would think that this is the perfect time to strike within the United States: if Masih Alinejad were ever abducted or killed, Joe will stumble and mumble through some paper-tiger statement and continue his indefatigable pursuit of a new Iranian nuclear deal. So for the mullahs, there is no downside to continuing to try to get her in their clutches. The only people who would pay a price, as always with Joe’s actions and inactions, are the free people of the world.




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BIDEN CATASTROPHE: Iran Says It Will ‘Build Nuclear Warheads’ and Turn NYC into ‘Hellish Ruins’

By The Geller Report

But the Biden Administration continues to appease this hideous terror regime. Begging them to re-enter a more dangerous version of the Iran Nuclear Deal. The Biden Administration is an utter disgrace. And no coverage from the mainstream media. Where is the Republican Party on this?

And NYC Emergency Management released video warnings to residents on how  to respond in the event of a nuclear disaster, the first of its kind since the 1960s.

And the Democrat media axis is panicking over gender pronouns.

Everything the demonic Democrats warned us would happen under Trump — is happening under the Democrat regime, by their hand.

The video declared Iran’s regime can move its  “peaceful nuclear program to a nuclear weapons program” at a fast pace.

Iran says it will ‘build nuclear warheads’ and turn NY into ‘hellish ruins’

By Jerusalem Post, July 30, 2022

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is planning to construct nuclear warheads and has threatened to pulverize New York, it said on two of its affiliated Telegram channels on Saturday.

Iran expert Ben Sabti tweeted that an IRGC “Telegram channel threatens to produce atomic warhead for missiles,” citing the IRGC telegram channel message: “Iran can immediately return to Emad project and build an atomic bomb if Natanz facilities are attacked.”


Geller Report Staff

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Americans Need To Wake Up, Quickly

By Bud Hancock

Contrary to what many Americans might choose to believe, we are NOT seeing the beginning of the communist plan/agenda to take over our nation and the world; we are now seeing a fast-moving and far advanced stage of that plan, and it is speeding up with each passing day.

Historically, every nation targeted by, and eventually fell victim to, a communist/socialist regime was, over time, first infiltrated by the communists in every segment: government, academia, the media, entertainment, the military, and some level of the financial world. Once control of the government was  accomplished, and knowing that some portion of the population would resist, the only remaining impediment to their evil plan was the disarming of all citizens by the regime. The government takeover is horrific enough since those who assume power at all levels of government tend to quickly begin stripping the people of their God-given freedoms, but the disarming strategy is even more horrific and extremely alarming. It indicates just how close the communists are to beginning the final phase of their devilish agenda.

Even though the communists are cunning, they are not brave enough to face an angry population of 200 million people who see the dangers of a coming communist onslaught, especially when said population is well-armed and well trained in the use of their weapons.  Only when the regime members are of significant numbers and are themselves armed, mostly with the nation’s own regime-controlled military, will they consider facing an armed populace to complete their agenda. Their cowardly preference is to first disarm all those who own firearms for self-defense, hence, they have long desired and planned to remove the weapons of defense from the possession of ALL Americans.

To date, the public expression of the disarmament plan has been largely based on words, likely as a ‘testing of the waters’ to determine what level of resistance they might encounter, but when a serious plot to take away the means of self-defense progresses beyond words, and moves into the action phase, it may be too late to resist the takeover.

Right now, we have a government that bears absolutely NO resemblance to a ‘semi-free democracy’ (there has NEVER been a truly ‘free’ democracy), and is a universe away from a constitutional republic. In essence, the communists have already assumed total control of our government. The action we are now seeing, the move to instill such a fear of the government, has progressed rapidly and, under the smokescreen and distraction of a ‘pandemic’, is now so far advanced that we can only be a short time away from the action phase to remove all weapons from the hands of armed Americans.

Consequences of American Disarmament

Anyone who might wonder what a largescale disarmament of US citizens would accomplish, simply look at Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Venezuela, along with most of Europe, or read the history of Germany prior to WWII when Hitler led that nation to a mass slaughter of humans, successful mostly due to a previous disarmament of the citizens of Germany.

Am I saying that all Christians should have arms, ammo and the training necessary to protect their own lives and the lives of those whom they love? ABSOLUTELY! When Jesus sent His disciples into the world to accomplish their assigned missions, he understood how dangerous the world was becoming, especially for anyone bold enough and willing to publicly speak about the man who was soon the be killed for claiming to be the Messiah, the saviour of the world. So that they would be prepared to defend themselves physically if needed, He instructed them to sell their cloak if need be, and buy a sword. Well, the sword of that day is the 9mm of this day and all who are capable of legally purchasing and using one safely, definitely should. Failure to do so which results in a godly life being cut short will not help in the spreading of the gospel in these evil times.

A fully disarmed American populace will have a resounding effect on the entire world, not just on those living here in the US. There are millions of people throughout the world who, all their lives, have admired the freedoms we have had and desire to live as Americans live: free and with our God-given liberties intact.

If the current communist government succeeds at getting the populace disarmed,  the United States of America will quickly cease to exist. God only knows what will appear in its place, but it will not be a pretty sight. Those around the globe who have looked to the US as a restraint against government tyranny will quickly lose all hope that their own lives could be better.

A Political Solution?

Anyone who still expects ANY politician to ride in to DC on his grand white horse and suddenly take out the Marxist usurpers now controlling every aspect of US government, has been smoking some seriously bad crap and needs to realize that ALL politicians are cut from the same cloth. They are in the ‘Politics Game’ for one reason, and one ONLY: to enrich themselves at the expense of taxpaying citizens and to grab as much control as possible along the way.

The days when elected US representatives truly cared for the thoughts, the concerns, and the future of their constituents/taxpayers ended long ago. G.K. Chesterton, commenting on politicians in America, nailed it when he said:  “The men whom the people ought to choose to represent them are too busy to take the jobs. But the politician is waiting for it. He’s the pestilence of modern times. What we should try to do is make politics as local as possible. Keep the politicians near enough to kick them. The villagers who met under the village tree could also hang their politicians to the tree. It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged.” 

In that statement, Mr. Chesterton clearly explained why the political system in the current US has become so corrupted.  Politicians no longer have any respect for those of us who work hard, obey the laws and pay their immense salaries because they no longer fear us.  They have been allowed to get away with so many crimes against not just the American citizenry, but against all humanity that, as a result, they consider themselves beyond the reach of those who would gladly kick their butts from DC every step of the way back to their home states.

As Bonnie Harvey, of Hebrew Nation Radio, once said: “There is no political solution to a spiritual problem”, and the problem in America is absolutely spiritual, led by hordes of demonic spirits, using politics and politicians, in collaboration with the willingly deceived and evil people who have fallen for the Marxist/socialist/communist line, to accomplish a truly evil agenda.

General George S Patton said, “Politicians are the lowest form of life on earth.  Liberal Democrats are the lowest form of politicians.” Truer words have never been spoken; the liberal Democrats/Marxists/Communists have not changed: they are, always have been, and always will be the scum of the earth for whom human life, other than their own, holds little to no value.

Christians and Christianity at Risk

In my lifetime, I have watched the degeneration of many mainline churches as they slipped from their status as godly organisms, from a closeness to God, into bodies that more closely resemble worldly organizations, intent on growing richer, and partially or fully forsaking their mission to spread the gospel to the world.

If any of them believes that they will be spared because they refused to ‘rock the boat’ and stand against the evil being brought upon us, they are sadly mistaken. Satan will gladly use them in any way they allow to further his plan to unseat God from His throne and then discard them like an old rag when he has used them. As deceived as Satan himself is to believe that he has any chance to unseat God, those Christians who fall for his line are equally deceived and in great peril.

There are more than a dozen references to the ‘Body of Christ’ in the KJV Bible translation.  And just as the human body is a living organism made of billions of cells comprising the various organs, even so, the body of Christ is a living organism, made up of millions of individual believers who all have specific tasks assigned to them. Satan knows this and is extremely afraid of the Body of Christ especially when He resists the devil, boldly proclaims the Truth and is unafraid in the face of danger. He, Satan, thus desires to eliminate as many true believers as he can with the short time he has left.

I fully expect to see increasing persecution of believers everywhere as the evil agenda progresses. We must all be aware of the means Satan uses to bring deception, delusion and death. Although he hates all human beings, since they (we) are all made in God’s image, he especially hates those who identify with Christ. My personal opinion on this is because, when he tried desperately to get Jesus to bow down and worship him, Jesus used the written word to defeat him on each occasion of temptation (see Matthew 4 KJV).  And just as Jesus defeated Satan using the written word, so we must also.

We are told many times NOT TO FEAR, and, if we slip up and allow the enemy to get us off faith and into fear, it is imperative that we stop, repent and get back on faith as a means of stopping any attack of Satan. We are truly living in perilous times, but, according to the word of God, we are already victorious through the completed work of Jesus on our behalf.


If any force will ever stop the madness, the uncontrolled corruption, going on in this nation, or if it even CAN be stopped now, it will NOT come from a political source. Politics, which innately embodies the lust for power and control, coupled with the greed for money, is the primary cause of our current predicament. It is literally impossible for any entity to be both the cause and the cure for any problem simultaneously.

The problem in/with America is absolutely spiritual, led by hordes of demonic spirits, using the willingly evil people who have fallen for the Marxist/socialist/communist line.  Therefore, only a well-trained, well-equipped spiritual army can reverse the destruction that now appears to be imminent and unstoppable.

There have been many men and women in positions of power and authority in large ministries, both national and international, who by using their influence with their followers could have been instrumental in holding back the evil agenda. These are the people one would generally expect to take the lead in organizing this spiritual army, but sadly, many of them are captives of the 501c3 factor: “If I say too much against the government, they might threaten to remove my 501c3 status”, and we would have to pay taxes on all that revenue we receive from our ‘followers’.”

I am reminded of the words of Paul to Timothy when he stated: “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” (I Timothy 6:10 KJV).  The writer of the letter to the Hebrews said, “Let your conversation (behavior, manner of life) be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5 KJV).  As can be seen from these passages, the desire for, and love of, money will seriously impede any effort to produce godly fruit.

No, if an army of God is needed to defeat the evil now assaulting our nation, it must be made up of ordinary, everyday Christians who, having no covetousness, no hunger for power or love of money, know how to pray and intercede for God to become involved and stop the madness.

As bad as the human toll will be in the last days, it could be lessened if that long-awaited Christian army would arise and begin to do battle with the enemy using the weapons Paul  details in  Ephesians 6:11-18 KJV and 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 KJV.

None of us knows just how long we have before our Messiah returns in the sky to take the Church, His body, home to heaven, but we know by the signs we are seeing that the event is VERY close.

The United States, from its founding, has been an example of God’s grace and mercy, setting the standard for evangelism of the gospel to the entire world, but those days appear to be long past with more and more Christians caring less and less about evangelism, or even saving our once-great nation. If this does not change, and soon, the formerly great USA will either be destroyed from within as evil forces infiltrate every segment of American society, or the nation will be rendered helpless by a judgment from God.

Even our Founders were concerned about a nation that turned its back on God. Thomas Jefferson once stated: “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever”. 

Every American should be trembling right now for that same reason.

Be blessed as you put on your armor and enter the fray. You may not know in this life how much you accomplished by your warfare, but God knows and will reward you accordingly!


©Bud Hancock. All rights reserved.

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VIDEO: Speech by Eva Vlaardingerbroek — Reject Globalism, Embrace God!

By Matthys van Raalten

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Biden to Free Al Qaeda/Marxist/Hezbollah Arms Dealer for WNBA Player

By Jihad Watch

The worst administration ever keeps working hard to earn the name.

The U.S. has offered a deal to Russia aimed at bringing home WNBA star Brittney Griner and another jailed American, Paul Whelan, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday.

Blinken said Washington would like a response from Moscow. Russia has for years expressed interest in the release of Viktor Bout, a Russian arms dealer once labeled the “Merchant of Death,” who was sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2012 on charges that he schemed to illegally sell millions of dollars in weapons.

Just so we’re clear, Biden is trading a WNBA player in trouble for drugs for a major Russian arms dealer.

And Biden isn’t even responding to a Russian offer, in the same style as his Iran negotiations, he’s just initiating the offer, all but encouraging the Russians to do demand more.

Viktor Bout isn’t just some arms dealer. Here’s why he’s in prison.

Bout was convicted of conspiracy to kill US citizens and officials, deliver anti-aircraft missiles and provide aid to a terrorist organisation.

During Bout’s trial, which began on 12 October, prosecutors said the weapons had been intended to arm the group against what Bout had called a common enemy: US forces supporting the Colombian government.

In the opening statements of his trial the prosecution alleged that Bout had agreed to deliver 100 surface-to-air missiles, 20,000 high-powered rifles and 10m rounds of ammunition to rebels in Colombia in 2008.

They told the jury that Bout had been told the weapons would be used to target US pilots working with Colombian officials.

Prosecutors say Bout replied: “We have the same enemy.”

Bout was providing weapons to the Marxist terror group FARC. A group that some lefties in the Obama and Biden administrations support.

And then there are the alleged Hezbollah ties.

That changed, he said, by the time Bout met with Hezbollah guerrilla leaders in Lebanon in 2006. That meeting apparently led to the delivery of late Soviet-era anti-tank weapons and rocket propelled grenades. Hezbollah immediately used these weapons in the summer 2006 war with Israel.

And then there’s Al Qaeda.

One of Bout’s first known missions on behalf of an al Qaeda-related entity occurred during the Bosnian War. In 1992, Sudan, which was then a hotbed for jihadism, helped arrange shipments of weapons to the Third World Relief Agency (TWRA), which was arming jihadists in Bosnia.

The TWRA is one of those organizations that defies common myths about al Qaeda and how it has operated. On TWRA’s board sat Wael Julaidan, a co-founder of al Qaeda, and Hassan Cengic, a Bosnian official who served as an Iranian intelligence agent and organized arms shipments from Tehran. Meanwhile, the TWRA received tens of millions of dollars from Saudi sources, including the royal family.

In any event, Bout supplied the TWRA with arms. Farah and Braun quote from a detailed European intelligence assessment that reads:

The TWRA agency had their first big operation in September 1992. They hired a Russian transport plane, from well-known sanctions buster and arms trafficker Victor Bout, out of Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, to transport equipment over to the Maribor Airport marked as humanitarian aid. However, instead of humanitarian assistance, the plane carried over 120 tons of Soviet manufactured rifles, RPG’s, mines and ammunition.

Blinken has to know that this is a terrible deal, but the Biden administration is focused on its core constituencies, the Congressional Black Caucus and the Woke Left, and isn’t even pretending to give a damn about minor matters like national security and interests anymore.

Brittney Griner, an idiot who apparently doesn’t understand that Russia doesn’t work like the United States, became a social justice cause, accompanied by the usual clamor about systemic racism, and Biden is rushing to service the only people he cares about his, his activist base.

If Bout is released, people around the world will die. And the Free Brittney 2 idiots will have blood on their hands.

Meanwhile, the message will have been sent once more that any American abroad is a potential hostage.



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VIDEO: The God Gap — Hispanics going red?

By Church Militant


The demographics of the Republican Party are shifting, and conservatives are torn on whether this is a gift or a curse.

Republicans are becoming more ethnically diverse, and Democrats are becoming whiter, with some experts crediting belief in God. In tonight’s In-Depth Report, we explore the “God gap” and what it means for the future of the GOP.

Since Donald Trump’s election in 2016, Republicans have gained ground with Hispanic voters. Joe Biden’s approval among Hispanics is at 19%. In 2020, he only received 65% of the Hispanic vote, a six point drop from 2012, when Obama received 71%.

Most attribute the Hispanic rejection of the Democratic Party to economic strife over rising costs for gas and groceries, and also inflation. But famed anti-Trumper and Atlantic contributor David French thinks it’s more about religion.

David French: “A politics focused on mobilizing by race or ethnicity will not reach them, especially when identity politics is paired with hard-left cultural positions and hostility for traditional religion.”

The numbers bear this out. A 2018 Pew Research poll found 21% of White Democrats are atheists. But for non-White Democrats, this number was only 5%. Meanwhile, White Republicans are more closely aligned with non-Whites on God, with 5% of White Republicans being atheists and the same for non-White Republicans.

French claims that “both parties are at a crossroads. There is time for secular progressives to understand that Christians are an indispensable element of the progressive coalition.” This God gap may explain the Hispanic exodus from the Democratic Party, as they are largely Catholic.

But not everyone is convinced their cultural Catholicism is a fix-all for Republican politics. French notes Hispanics still feel vilified by Republicans for supporting illegal aliens. “The hateful and fearful language around immigration causes too many Republican Christians to view Hispanic immigrants more as a political threat.”

But it’s not hate: Many Latino Republicans like Texas Congresswoman Mayra Flores are soft on immigration, proposing making it easier for more migrant workers to come in.

Mayra Flores: “Why not create a legal process so that good people, the ones that want to come here to work, try their best to create the American dream?”

Increases in work visas and a pro-amnesty platform for illegal aliens could alienate White Catholics and evangelicals, who overwhelmingly supported Donald Trump 2020. Whether or not Republicans will unify in the upcoming midterms remains unknown, as do the benefits of the rise of Latino Republicans nationwide.

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VIDEO: State Department will ’empower’ atheists and humanists, but no mention of helping Christians or Jews

By Dr. Rich Swier

Here’s this week’s episode of Shout Out Patriots: Federal tax dollars to “promote atheism worldwide”

When Congressman Jim Banks of Indiana made the startling revelation on June 30 that our U.S. State Department was using taxpayer money to fund a program to “promote atheism worldwide,” the news was met with little fanfare, criticism, or outrage.

As quickly as the story hit the news, it vaporized in a blink of an eye, perhaps faster than that shocking news story of Joe Biden taking showers with his daughter, Ashley, that lead to her sex addiction.

But imagine if the State Department was caught funding a program to send Christian missionaries worldwide to spread the Gospel of Christ.

There would be lawsuits, congressional hearings, and a complete media meltdown.

The State Department said its atheist outreach program was funded through its Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) in the form of one or two $500,000 grants.

The objective was “to combat discrimination, harassment, and abuses against atheist, humanist, non-practicing and non-affiliated individuals.”

There was NO mention of the grant helping combat the abuses of foreign powers against Jews or Christians, such as those living in Pakistan or China.

“It is one thing for the Department to be tolerant and respectful of a wide range of belief systems, and to encourage governments to respect the religious freedom interests of their citizens.

“It is quite another for the United States government to work actively to empower atheists, humanists, non-practicing, and non-affiliated [individuals],“ Congressman Banks, along with 14 other Members of Congress, wrote to Secretary of State, Antony Blinken.

In this episode of Shout Out Patriots, our team raises questions about the constitutionality of the State Department’s atheist and humanist outreach program and whether that taxpayer money actually went where it was intended.

Perhaps that money never left the United States. Instead, maybe it’s sitting in the coffers of radical atheist and humanist groups inside America, ready to fund crippling lawsuits against Christians and Jews for exercising their First Amendment rights.

Who knows for sure? But one thing we do know, the State Department is in no hurry to cough up answers to Congressman Banks’ hard-hitting questions.

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The Splendor of the ‘Splendor of Truth’

By The Catholic Thing

Stephen P. White: Instead of following St. John Paul II to liberation and salvation, the new dispensation reduces the moral life to this: “What is the least I can do and be saved?”

August of next year marks the 30th anniversary of the promulgation of Pope St. John Paul II’s magisterial encyclical on moral theology, Veritatis Splendor. The approach of this anniversary presents an opportunity to rediscover an encyclical that provides a powerful antidote to much of the moral and doctrinal confusion in the Church today.

It’s precisely for this reason that not a few Catholics would like nothing better than to see Veritatis Splendor demolished, root and branch.

The 30th anniversary of Veritatis Splendor will arrive just a few months before the opening of the Synod on Synodality in Rome. It’s no secret that many Catholics see the synod as an opportunity to hold a referendum on certain, entirely predictable, aspects of the Church’s moral teaching. The Synod’s Relator General, Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, SJ, has recently indicated that the Church needs to rethink its opposition to homosexual acts in order to account for new “sociological-scientific” advancements.

Set aside, for the moment, the ridiculous claim that the Church’s understanding of the nature of human sexual acts is contingent upon “sociological-scientific” anything. One of the great refrains of Veritatis Splendor is St. Paul’s admonition to the Church of Rome: “Do not be conformed to this world.” This is not only a moral warning, though it is that. It’s also a warning against a worldly view of man, which forces a separation between freedom and truth, obedience and love.

A culture that combines radical notions of individual autonomy with a Gnostic rejection of the built-in meaning of material (and, therefore, bodily) reality is a culture in need of conversion, not indulgence. Such a culture, like the one that dominates the West today, is not simply corrosive of the moral life; it’s a culture inoculated against the reality of the Incarnation.

In an interview from earlier this year, Spanish theologian, Julio Martinez, S.J., candidly laid out the project he and other moral theologians are engaged in. “It is fundamental to untie the knots ‘Veritatis Splendor’ made in Catholic morals.” Those knots, he insisted, originated in the failure of Humanae Vitae to discern the circumstances of family life “in an accurate way.”

Only by moving beyond Veritatis Splendor and Humanae Vitae, can Amoris Laetitia be reinterpreted in ways that revolutionize Catholic moral theology. Such a revolution would free moral discernment from the constraints placed on human conscience by the moral law and the Church’s insistence on the objective moral character of certain acts.

Just this month, a kerfuffle arose at the Pontifical Academy of Life over the publication of a volume of essays on various bioethical issues which seemed to contradict (you guessed it) Humanae Vitae and Veritatis Splendor. One member of the academy Dr. Mónica López Barahona, who also serves on its Board of Directors, insisted that the text did not reflect the consensus of the academy and the way it was published and presented caused “scandal and embarrassment.”

What does all of this add up to? That’s difficult to say. There are some rumors that Pope Francis might be working on a new encyclical on bioethics, one which might revisit certain themes of Humanae Vitae. Those are just rumors at this point, liable to exaggeration according to one’s hopes or fears for such an encyclical.

Perhaps the growing sense that this pontificate is drawing to a close has created a heightened sense of urgency among those who see Pope Francis – rightly or wrongly – as their last, best hope to eradicate the interpretation of the Second Vatican Council provided by his predecessors and, with it, the moral/theological project embodied most definitively in Veritatis Splendor.

Underlying many of the criticisms of Veritatis Splendor is the belief that it is not mercy about sin we require, but liberation from the yoke of the moral law itself. Such a mindset completely obscures the reality that the moral law is the surest path to true freedom. Instead of seeing the moral law as a means of our liberation and salvation, the new dispensation reduces the moral life to precisely the sort of small-minded legalism that concerns itself primarily with the question, “What is the least I can do and be saved?”

Such an approach relies on conscience and discernment – both essential to the moral life – but denies them the tools and formation necessary for their proper operation. Vice chains us to sin, dulling the conscience and clouding our discernment. In fact, it is precisely because our refusal to obey the moral law blinds our conscience and distorts our faculties of judgment that the Church insists our culpability for even heinous sins may be partly mitigated. Are we to boast that our moral decrepitude has been dipped in the healing waters of mitigated culpability?

Obedience to the moral law is the surest path to freedom – the freedom to become who we were made to be, to love God and neighbor as we ought. That’s why God engraves the law on our hearts, reveals it to us in Scripture, and then give us the Church to safeguard and pass on the same. And that’s why Veritatis Splendor can insist, “human freedom finds its authentic and complete fulfilment precisely in the acceptance of that law.”

Our Lord says to his disciples, “If you love me you will keep my commandments.” That’s not a test; it’s a promise.

Many Catholics today seem to think that freedom exists in the “spaces between” the moral teachings of the Church. They seem to think freedom exists in being allowed the most possible wiggle room. This is a childish, and indeed, legalistic, view of morality that makes us slaves to the law. When satisfying the requirements of the law becomes an end in itself, mercy becomes nothing more than lowering the threshold by which the minimum requirements of the law are satisfied.

Veritatis Splendor is a powerful corrective to such thinking, and an ever-timely reminder of the moral life to which we are called, for which we were made, and by which, through grace, we are saved.

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Stephen P. White

Stephen P. White is executive director of The Catholic Project at The Catholic University of America and a fellow in Catholic Studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

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The Israeli Journalist Who Visited Mecca Should Be Worried

By Harold Rhode

Muslims are usually determined to avenge humiliation, and they know how to be patient.

Most non-Muslims have difficulty understanding why they are not allowed to enter Mecca. Israeli journalist Gil Tamari certainly appears to have lacked understanding when he secretly entered the city after covering U.S. President Joe Biden’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia, causing a scandal with potentially important ramifications for Israel-Saudi relations.

The legal prohibition on non-Muslims visiting Mecca is based on a Quranic injunction (Surah 9, verse 28). Since Muslims believe that the Quran is the word of God, no human authority, whether religious or political, can change this ruling. Non-Muslims who enter Mecca are therefore defiling Islam’s most important holy place, as Tamari did.

To complicate matters, Islam has no Pope-like central figure. So, even if the Saudis decided to table the issue for the time being, others—such as a “lone wolf” terrorist—perhaps opposed to the Saudi regime, could take up the charge to defend the honor of Islam. Indeed, throughout the history of Islam, individual Muslims and sects have interpreted the Quran as they chose, resulting in insurrections and assassinations that have often threatened Muslim regimes. This means that extremists might try to take revenge against Tamari personally.

Further complicating this picture, most of the Muslim world has a strong sense of honor and shame. Tamari, as well as the Saudi Muslim taxi driver who brought him to Mecca, shamed the Saudi government, which is responsible for protecting the sanctity of Mecca and Medina from such desecrations. Any Muslim who besmirches the honor of another person or group of people can often provoke blood feuds between two people, their families, their clans, their tribes and their religious sects that can last for generations. Muslims often brood for centuries until these slights have been avenged.

How does this manifest itself? One example can be found in Osama bin Laden’s post-9/11 speech. In that speech, he alluded to an event that had happened 80 years earlier. Since Americans tend not to have a sense of history, senior American government officials scrambled to find out what bin Laden meant. To those familiar with Muslim history, however, it was obvious what he was talking about. It was a reference to early 20th century Turkish leader Kemal Ataturk’s then newly-established secular Republic of Turkey, which abolished the Caliphate—that is, the leadership of the entire Sunni Muslim world.

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The title “Caliph” was one of the many titles held by the Ottoman Sultan, and from a Sunni point of view, his most important one. Thus, Muslim extremists still revile Ataturk and his comrades, whom they claim were installed as Turkey’s leaders by the infidel West in order to destroy Islam. The 9/11 attack on important Western symbols of power—the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, as well as the unsuccessful targeting of the U.S. Capitol—were an act of revenge against the center of non-Muslim power, the U.S., thus avenging the abolition of the Caliphate.

Furthermore, bin Laden’s choice of September 11 to carry out the attack was of symbolic importance. On that date 318 years before, a Christian army at Vienna defeated the Ottoman Muslims, who were on a march to conquer all of Europe for Islam. From then on, Islam was in retreat. Over the ensuing centuries, non-Muslims recaptured almost all of southeastern Europe. The humiliation of this defeat had to be avenged, and the attacks on American symbols of power were that vengeance.

Again, this might sound absurd to us, but Muslim cultures understand the value of patience and know how to wait until they believe the appropriate opportunity has arrived to take revenge. We often dismiss and belittle this way of thinking as primitive, but it is how Muslim cultures understand the world. We ignore it at our peril.

Analyzing how Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) handled Biden’s visit to Saudi Arabia shows that the opportunity for revenge can often come more quickly. Back in October 2018, journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Thereafter, then-candidate Biden blamed MBS for the murder, even though no “smoking gun” was found that proved MBS responsible. The Saudi government denied his involvement, but MBS remained silent. However, as a product of his culture, he must have hoped the opportunity to avenge this insult would present itself, and he knew how to wait for it. It was wrong to interpret his silence as acquiescence.

Biden’s visit to Saudi Arabia provided MBS with the perfect opportunity. Accordingly, the Saudis humiliated Biden in every possible way. Right from the beginning, the way Biden was greeted at Jeddah airport was a snub. The Saudis sent the provincial governor to meet him, instead of Biden’s protocol counterpart—King Salman. But since the king is infirm, MBS should have been the one to greet the president. To the Muslim world, that he didn’t could not have sent a clearer signal that he was getting back at Biden for having blamed MBS personally for Khashoggi’s murder.

Moreover, Biden’s primary goal was to convince the Saudis to increase oil production. The answer was a polite but emphatic no.

Finally, Biden wanted to take credit for the Saudi decision to open its airspace to Israeli planes. But the Saudis announced their decision before Biden reached Saudi Arabia, denying the president the opportunity to do so.

In the case of Gil Tamari’s visit to Mecca, we can see this same phenomenon at work. The Saudis have found and arrested the taxi driver who took Tamari to the holy city, even though the journalist did his best to blur the driver’s image in a video he filmed. Only God knows what will be the driver’s fate. Not only will he pay for his transgression, but he has brought enormous shame on his family. Moreover, if Tamari’s visit was such an unimportant incident, the Saudis would not have invested so many resources in order to find the driver. Thus far, the Saudis and MBS have been almost totally silent on this matter. But again, we should not misinterpret this as acquiescence.

What about Gil Tamari himself? As mentioned above, Muslims often brood over humiliation and wait for a time when the object of their anger either is or looks weak. Then they strike.

As a result, Tamari and others who defame the honor of Islam should be worried. Those who offend Islam are vulnerable to revenge attacks that could occur at any time. Tamari now has a target on his back. Whenever a Muslim seeking to avenge the honor of Islam believes he has the opportunity to do so, violence could ensue.

Tamari is probably safe in Israel. But should he travel to Europe, he might not be so lucky. As it says in the Talmud, a moment of pleasure can ruin an entire life. Tamari clearly enjoyed himself in Mecca, but he might pay for that pleasure by having to look over his shoulder for the rest of his life.

©Harold Rhode. All rights reserved.

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What is ‘Soul Prosperity’?

By Bud Hancock

“The elder unto the well-beloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth.  Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health even as thy soul prospereth” — 3 John:1-2 KJV

A very short English 101 lesson here: the word “as” in this passage does not appear in the original Greek text, rather the word in the Greek is kathos (Strong’s 2531, pronounced cath-oce’) and the most commonly accepted meanings are, ‘according to’, ‘in the same manner as’, ‘in the same way as’. The writer is both separating the physical part of man from the soulish part, but is also tying them together so that the prospering of both parts must be accomplished by, and coming from, the same source.  That source is faith and no one receives anything from God aside from faith, whether spiritual salvation, physical prosperity or soul prosperity.

Man is a triune being, meaning he IS a spirit, he HAS a soul and he lives IN a body. The soul of a man is made up of his mind, his will and his emotions. When God created man, He made Him in his Own image, after His Own likeness (Genesis 1:26 KJV), but what does this mean? We see many humans who are of varying shapes, sizes and colors, with varying hair and eye colors, so does this mean that God has multicolored skin, eyes and hair? Of course not. It means that we are created in the form of God, Who, if we could see Him, he would remind us of….us.  It would not be like seeing a being with an ‘other than human’ shape. He is not some monstrous alien-like being who instills fear and dread. Those who believe such nonsense are ignorant of Who and What God is and need serious study time in God’s word to exchange their ignorance for knowledge.

If you believe that the Bible is God’s word, inspired by the Holy Spirit and given by that inspiration to the many authors who were chosen to record His word, then you must consider just what John was telling Gaius and then determine what that knowledge means to you.

John’s words distinctly separate the prosperity of the body of Gaius from the prosperity of his soul, so the primary words that should be considered in the above passage should be “as thy soul prospereth”, because until we understand just what that means we have no idea how the rest of the verse, the “…..I wish above all things that you prosper and be in health…” can affect us and our wellbeing. Accordingly, we must try to understand what ‘soul prosperity’ really is and how we go about attaining it.

Man = Spirit, Soul, Body

As I stated earlier, man is a triune entity, being a spirit, having a soul and living in a body of flesh and blood. In the passage, John is stating the will of God for man’s physical body: health and prosperity, and saying that He wants the physical part of a man to be as healthy and prosperous as his soul. Unfortunately way too many Christians, and nearly all non-believers, focus only on the needs of the physical and therefore only seek after the health/prosperity of the body. In reference to the passage in Matthew 6:33, Jesus said that we are to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” and all these things (man’s physical needs) will be added to us.

The kingdom of God is a spiritual kingdom, at least for now, and it cannot be found by looking only at the physical things we see, hear, touch, taste and smell. Paul stated, “For the kingdom of God is not meat (food) and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost” (Romans 14:17 KJV).

Properly seeking His kingdom is a function of the part of the soul that we call ‘the mind’.  But in order for that function to produce good results, we must follow the steps outlined in God’s word.

The Apostle Paul said, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:1-2 KJV). Now we’re getting somewhere.

Submitting our bodies must first occur before we can renew our minds, enabling us to ‘discern’ (prove) what God’s perfect will is for our lives. Now we know from 3 John 1 that God’s will is for the health and prosperity of our entire being, spirit, soul and body, and John specifically separated the body component from the soul (mind, will and emotions), showing that the prosperity of one is dependent on the prosperity of the other.

The Prosperity Gospel

Unfortunately, the ‘prosperity gospel’, as many have called it, which is the biblically questionable movement being promoted by many large ministries, has caused many in the Church to become disillusioned with, if not completely ignorant of, the entire gospel, or the REAL gospel.

That prosperity message leads most proponents to see it as a means of ensuring that all their physical needs are met, in perpetuity. There is nothing wrong with having those needs met, in fact God even stated such through the Apostle Paul: “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19 KJV), and that is a wonderful promise from a loving Father.

However, in Matthew 6:33, Jesus said: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you”. Notice that before “all things shall be added unto you”, we are told to SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS.

True Prosperity vs Phony Prosperity

Many people have fallen for the ‘name it and claim it’ belief that will supposedly bring any of your heart’s desires to you from a loving, and very ‘convenient’ God. For a Christian to believe that God has changed His mind regarding the words He spoke to Adam and Eve as they were fumbling around and trying to explain their disobedience to God is a serious error. The curse on this earth is still in effect and His pronouncement of the curse has not been lifted on ANY human being:

“And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” (Genesis 3:17-19 KJV)

We all live ON a cursed earth, IN and AMONG a cursed world, and should NOT attempt to bypass God’s word on what that curse means for us. As the legitimate offspring of Adam and Eve, we still have the original responsibilities given to them: “And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed”. (Genesis 2:8 KJV). “And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. (Genesis 2:15 KJV).

Here we see the wonderful goodness and grace of God in that He had planned the perfect environment for His man and they only needed to make sure it was properly tended. Had they done so, they would never have lacked anything and they would have truly lived eternally in a perfect utopia. That is the quintessential prosperity. But they failed to follow God’s word and now we are all in the same leaky, failing boat, trying to ‘become prosperous’.

I have read John’s words many times in his third epistle, trying to understand whether John was presenting some cryptic meaning in those simple words. But it appears that the meaning, as simple as it sounds, is truly… as simple as it sounds. John obviously loved Gaius and had wonderful words of praise for him because his life showed that he walked in love always. Could it be that one of the ‘hidden means’ to receiving the words of John lie in the way in which we receive all things from God? We are told many times that we must receive from God by faith, and that faith works by love. Love is first and foremost a spiritual action, and NOT necessarily an emotion.  For example, the God-type of love, agape, is a love that says: “I love you not because of what you are, or even who you are, but because of Who and What I am”. That kind of love says, I love you because you are valuable and precious to me.

Obviously, Gaius was a person who lived by this kind of love and was praised by John for his charity. What else did John say in this passage that might be closely related to the prosperity of the soul? In verse three of that letter, John says to Gaius, Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers; which have borne witness of thy charity before the church:”. So we see that Gaius faithfully carries out the commandments of God by walking in love and being ‘charitable’.


John understood Gaius so well, knowing that he was a man who had fully accepted the truth of God’s word and determined to live faithfully by that word. As a result, he had reached a place in his life where he had found ‘soul prosperity’. If so, he had submitted himself to God and was constantly renewing his mind (primary part of the soul) and refusing to allow himself to be transformed to any worldly image. If he walked in the kind of constant love for which he received praise from John, then his will (secondary part of the soul) was in line with God’s will. Since he practiced the God-kind of love, agapao, toward all others, his emotions (tertiary part of the soul) were not only under control, but were prosperous and would obviously serve Gaius well. In short, the way he conducted his life made him worthy of receiving John’s praise.

Soul prosperity is a state of living whereby the mind, will and emotions are so transformed to God’s will that the body, fully submitted to God, functions as a servant to the spirit and soul, refusing to conform to the world. It is a trait of a life so submitted to God that the unnecessary and burdensome demands of the world cannot cause a person to deviate from His will.

Such a state is NOT an easy one to attain, especially in today’s evil and demanding world.  Can it be attained? I believe so, but it is not a ‘once and done’ act, but rather an all-consuming lifestyle.  Remember, the first step is submission to God, from that point, He will direct the believer into all the steps needed to have true soul prosperity.


©Bud Hancock. All rights reserved.

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How an Israeli journalist may have torpedoed Israel-Saudi relations

By Harold Rhode

The Saudis authorized a group of Israeli reporters to come to Saudi Arabia to cover President Joe Biden’s visit last week. This was clearly another sign of the warming relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel.

It is in this context that we must understand how shameful it was for one of those Israeli journalists—Gil Tamari—to enter Mecca, film there and then tell the world by releasing videos of his visit. In doing so, this non-Muslim journalist committed a serious offense against Islam. As a result, we can expect Israel-Saudi relations to cool down for the foreseeable future.

Why is this so? According to Islamic law, only Muslims are allowed to enter Mecca. Non-Muslims who violate this prohibition are seen as religiously contaminating the holy city, and are therefore punished severely. Whatever non-Muslims might think, Muslims do not see the world as non-Muslims do. It is therefore hard to explain in Western terms how serious this transgression is and the extent to which it will set back Israel-Saudi relations.

The Saudis do not have a free press and, like others in the Muslim world, have great difficulty accepting that Western governments cannot rein in their journalists. Even Muslims who know the West well often have difficulty understanding this.

One example is a conversation the late Prof. Bernard Lewis once had with the then-Shah of Iran in the mid-1970s. Prof. Lewis was visiting Tehran and the Shah asked to see him. The Shah had studied in Europe and had a good grasp of American culture. In spite of all his experience with the West, however, the Shah asked Prof. Lewis, “Why do the five largest American newspapers and media outlets—all owned/controlled by Jews—oppose me? I am your greatest ally in this region!”

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Trying to explain the meaning of a free press to the Shah was futile because the Shah was simply unable to internalize its ramifications—that, in this case, the American government or the Jewish community had no control over the press. In the same way, trying to explain to the Saudi Crown Prince that Israel too has no control over its press proved futile.

Where does the above-mentioned Israeli-Jewish journalist who went to Mecca fit into this picture? To the best of our knowledge, he is a secular Jew who has little appreciation of the concept of holiness in any religion—including his own. If he cannot even appreciate holiness in Judaism, how can we expect him to try to appreciate it in other cases?

The Saudi rulers’ claim to fame in the Islamic world is that they protect Islam’s two most holy places—Mecca and Medina. To Muslims, it now looks as though Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was unable to do so. This shames him and Saudi Arabia, thus undermining their claim to be protecting the holy cities. That’s how Muslims view what happened. Even worse, as the videos he filmed demonstrate, Tamari clearly had fun sneaking into Mecca. From a Muslim perspective, he and by extension all of Israel have undermined the Saudi regime.

From our perspective, this analysis might seem a bit overblown, but what we think is irrelevant. It’s how Muslims see things that matter in this case.

So how can we help repair the Saudi-Israel relationship and get the two regional powers back on a track towards normalization? It was essential for both the Israeli journalist and his TV channel to issue apologies, yet those statements did not demonstrate that they sufficiently internalized the gravity of the offense in the eyes of religious Muslim eyes.

Moreover, the statements issued did not demonstrate that Tamari or his network recognize the sanctity of holy places in general, be they Muslim, Christian, or Jewish. Secular Jews often seem easily willing to relinquish Jewish claims to the Temple Mount and even the Western Wall, the holiest places in Judaism for the unlikely hope of achieving peace between Israel and the Palestinians. They are willing to cede these landmarks, because they don’t confer to them the concept of holiness.

Given the above, the Tamari incident presents an opportunity for the government of Israel to condemn the insensitivity displayed by both Tamari and his television station regarding how Muslims view Mecca. It is also an opportunity to place this incident in the wider context respecting holy sites of all faiths.  In this context, Israel’s government should consider issuing statements framed in the context of respecting the rights of all holy places for all religions. This includes Jewish rights and presence on the Temple Mount and the Western Wall.

Such a statement would subtly imply by extension that Muslims should similarly demonstrate respect towards the holy places of others, and cease trying to destroy Jewish holy places such as Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus. Muslims should similarly respect the rights of Jews to ascend to the Temple Mount, and pray at the Western Wall.

Even with such statements by Israel, we shouldn’t be surprised if the Saudis put on hold their improving relationship with Israel for the time being.  Patience is a prized virtue in the Middle East. Jews would do well in dealing with Middle Easterners to temper their impatience.

Even the most secular Muslims in Turkey fear that when push comes to shove, that non-Muslims will always side with each other against the Muslims. It is in this context that so many secular Muslims understand Tamari’s violation of the sanctity of Mecca.

Why? Because regardless of how religiously observant a Muslim may be, this episode has conjured up within the Muslim soul the Muslim Hadith “al-Kufr Millatun walida.” that all non-Muslims are a single people united eternally against the Muslim world.

©Harold Rhode. All rights reserved.

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Was the first Christmas Tree the Cross upon which Jesus was Crucified?

By Dr. Rich Swier

Many stores are having Christmas in July events. This is also true of some churches who are celebrating the greatest gift ever given to mankind in July. One such service was held on Sunday, June 24th at the First Baptist Church in Sarasota, Florida.

Pastor John Cross began his sermon saying that the Bible tells us that the first Christmas tree may have been the cross upon which Jesus was crucified. This is the first time we have heard this and decided to look at what the Holy Bible says because it is the Word of God.

We decided to look at Bible passages that contain the word “tree.” Here are five passages with tree in them:

Acts 5:30: “The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.”

Acts 10:39: “And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree:”

Acts 13:29: “And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre.”

Galatians 3:13: “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:”

1 Peter 2:24: “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.”

A tree is made of wood, so too was the cross upon which Jesus was crucified and then died upon.

As we celebrate Christmas in July, let is never forget who gave us the gift of Christmas and who shed His blood to wipe away all of our sins.

And let us not forget that so long as we believe in Him we shall have life everlasting with God the Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

©Dr. Rich Swier. All rights reserved.

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‘Kneel To God And No One Else’: Trump Slams Biden, J6 Trial At Arizona Rally

By The Daily Caller

Former President Donald Trump held a rally Friday night at the Findlay Toyota Center in Prescott Valley, Arizona, where he voiced his support for Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Blake Masters. In his speech, Trump criticized President Joe Biden’s handling of the U.S. economy and the American withdrawal from Afghanistan, which Trump called “the greatest humiliation our country has ever seen.”

Former President Donald Trump, during his “Save America” rally Friday night in Arizona, slammed President Joe Biden over his handling of Afghanistan, the economy, the war in Ukraine, and more.

— Newsmax (@newsmax) July 23, 2022

Trump then addressed January 6th last night in Prescott Valley, Arizona. Trump said of the recent investigation: “Where does it stop? Where does it end? Never forget: Everything this corrupt establishment is doing to me is all about preserving their power and control over the American people, for whatever reason. They want to damage me in any form so I can no longer represent you,” according to MSN.

In response to being accused of grabbing the steering wheel from a secret service agent on January 6th and throwing food in the White House, Trump stated during Friday’s rally, “And they know that wasn’t true too. But they don’t call back the secret service. You know the secret service wants to testify and say it wasn’t true, but they won’t let them testify because they don’t want to hear the answer.  It’s just a horrible thing that’s going on in our country. It’s sick, and the fake news media is totally complicit. These are very dishonest people, many of them.”

“We will never give in, we will never yield, we will never, ever, ever back down,” Trump said during his speech, according to FOX News. “As long as we are unified, the tyrants we are against do not stand a chance because we are Americans who kneel to God and no one else.”

“Rather than targeting Christians, conservatives, and Republicans, the Biden admin should go after street gangs,” Trump stated. “Instead of taking guns away from law-abiding Americans, they should take them away from career criminals and felons,” he continued.

Trump pointed out that we are just four months away from midterms, calling this “the most important election in America’s history.” He said, “If we do not get this done then it is going to be tragic.”





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Anne Frank Trust Invited Islamist Who Called for Murder of Jews

By Jihad Watch

“Death to you Zionist scum.”

The real lesson of the Holocaust is killing Jews.

Nasima Begum, who used to work as the spokeswoman for the Muslim Council of Britain, does not like Jews very much. Past tweets include heartfelt thoughts such as “Death to you Zionist scum.”

This didn’t stop her from getting work with the BBC or being brought on board by the Anne Frank Trust UK to train the “youth” in the arts of tolerance.

Despite the name of the murdered Jewish girl, the Anne Frank Trust UK was seeking trustees with “lived experiences” of “anti-black racism, disabilism, homophobia and transphobia” and was “particularly keen to address anti-black racism as a priority” as “highlighted by the Black Lives Matter movement”. Those merely concerned about matter of anti-Semitism need not apply.

Organizations with Anne Frank’s name, but having nothing to do with her, Holocaust victims or the Jewish community have proliferated around the world. These organizations, generally not even Jewish, have instead served as incubators of antisemitism in exactly this sort of way.

The Anne Frank Foundation in Switzerland funds BDS hate groups. An Anne Frank center in Frankfurt Germany compared ISIS terrorists to Jews. At the Anne Frank Center in Berlin, a Muslim guide compared Israel to Nazi Germany. The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam removed references to Anne’s Jewishness, banned a guide from wearing Jewish clothing and attacked Israel. An exhibit placed a photo of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon side by side with one of Hitler.

And yet this may be the first time an Anne Frank organization invited a speaker who had called for the murder of Jews. So many Anne Frank groups had tiptoed around it, but the Anne Frank Trust UK actually went out and did it.

“We are excited to welcome performance poet, producer and creative practitioner, Nasima Begum, to our special workshop this evening.” the Anne Frank Trust UK announced.

Begum’s job was “youth empowerment”.

Not surprising when the Assistant Director for Youth Empowerment at the Anne Frank Trust is Amna Abdullatif who tweets enthusiastic support for antisemitic politician Rep. Ilhan Omar.

Under pressure, the British organization announced that Begum “may have views that are not consistent with our values” and promised that it would launch an investigation even though  controversies over Begum had already been aired in the past and would have been known to it.

There is a reason that this keeps happening at organizations named after Anne Frank.

Anne’s story was hijacked early on with a play, The Diary of Anne Frank, by Lillan Hellman, a Hollywood Stalinist, who turned it over to Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich, the Communist-linked married couple who purged most of the Jewish references.

Since then, Anne Frank has been reinvented in the form of various races, most recently as an illegal alien hiding from ICE, and another production which sought a “multi-racial cast representing many heritages.” The elimination of Anne’s Jewishness, much like the universalization of the Holocaust, presages antisemitism. Once the Jews have been replaced in their historical role, it becomes all too easy for antisemites to turn Jews into the new Nazis.

And their killers, whether the PLO, Hamas or ISIS, into the new Jews.

Nasima Begum claimed that Israel’s resistance to Islamic terrorism was “the Holocaust all over again” with “Palestinians” as the victims and “Zionism scum” as the perpetrators.

The Anne Frank Trust UK may find this sort of explicit wording vulgar, but it’s no coincidence that the same ideas have manifested themselves at the Anne Frank centers in Berlin and Frankfurt, at the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, and now in the UK. It’s what happens when the story of the Holocaust is reframed in terms of general principles detached from the Jews.

Or as the Communists who rewrote Anne’s story had her say in the play, “We’re not the only people that’ve had to suffer.” The fictionalized version of a dead Jewish girl declares to applause. “Sometimes one race, sometimes another.”

Transforming the Holocaust into a general story about intolerance and prejudice all too easily becomes a partisan story whose broader lesson is the moral supremacy of leftist virtues.

And those virtues are routinely used to call for the death of Israel and the murder of Jews.

Rewriting the Holocaust as a struggle between the Left and the Right is itself Holocaust revisionism because it ignores the Soviet mass murder of Jews, the Hitler-Stalin pact and the collaboration of western Communists, including Lillian Hellman, in that Communist crime.

Hellman, had defended the Hitler-Stalin Pact and participated in the Communist-front “Keep America Out of War Committee”, making her a Nazi collaborator, and yet was allowed to play a role in transforming the story of a murdered Jewish girl into leftist agitprop.

While Hellman was suppressing Anne’s Jewishness, the Soviet Union was suppressing the Jewish elements of the Holocaust. True Jewish commemorations of the Holocaust were banned in the Soviet Union. Any discussion about the mass murder of Jews was tightly controlled. Even while it was covering up the Holocaust, the Soviet Union launched a propaganda campaign against the newly reborn State of Israel whose key elements, including the apartheid smear, are still widely in use among leftists, including those operating at Anne Frank centers, today.

Before Islamists were shouting, “Death to you Zionist scum”, Communists were shouting it.

The Soviet regime’s favorite taunt though was slurring Zionists as “fascists” or “Nazis”. A Communist regime that had massacred Jews and collaborated with the Nazis originated the smearing of Israel, of Zionists, and of Jews as Nazis.  The latest such incident at an Anne Frank Center is the long legacy of the leftist hijacking of the Holocaust to justify the murder of Jews.



Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.


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VIDEOS: The View from Israel

By Barry Shaw

The View from Israel brings you accurate pro-Israel information.

We explain Israel’s legitimacy that cannot be disputed.

We introduce you to Israelis with seemingly unique stories but, within democratic Israel, they are not rare or unusual – only to outsiders.

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This helps increase our recorded viewership and drives more people to our pro-Israel messages.

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Whose Land?

I talk with film-maker, Hugh Kitson, about his important movie. We have included excerpts and details of how you can watch the full movie. Please note! If you are in Jerusalem on July 27, try to get to the Begin Center at 6.30 pm to meet High Kitson at the premier of Whose Land?

How Minority Israelis Make a Case for Israel

Often the best advocates for Israel are not Israeli Jews but members of Israel’s rich and varied minorities. Meet Jonathan Elkhoury. Listen to our conversation, and his unique story.

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TAKE ACTION & STOP IT! Marvel is Releasing Homosexual Spider-Man

By Dr. Rich Swier

Sign Here! Tell Marvel to Cancel Its Homosexual Spider-Man Character

American Tradition, Family and Property reports:

Marvel is at it again!

This company has been providing immoral role models for our boys for years.

However, now they have taken things to a new low by making a homosexual version of its iconic Spider-Man character. They just could not leave it alone.

The character, dubbed “Web-Weaver,” is set to debut in a comic being released in late September.

Although the comic itself is yet to come, a pre-released sketch of the character gives us an idea of where it is going.

The drawing shows a man clothed in a modified version of the original Spider-Man costume. The man stands in an effeminate position. In addition, the new costume features feminine eyelashes that further manifest the character’s immoral lifestyle.

Taking a principled, not personal stand.

This most recent attack specifically targets young boys growing up in an already-confusing world, making it that much worse.

Touching on this point, the comic script’s writer had this to say:

“Something I realized immediately when conceiving Web-Weaver is that he can’t—and shouldn’t—represent ALL gay men. No single character can. His fearlessly femme identity is central to who he is, but it’s not the story.” (Emphasis added)

This outrageous development is part of a movement to develop role models for ‘LGBT children.’

What that really means is that big companies are trying to confuse and ultimately pervert our youth.

Before it is too late, please sign this petition, and force Marvel to stop its evil comic book from being sold. Don’t hesitate! We are counting on you!

Please Sign, Before It’s Too Late!

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HHS Pays $40k to Study Why Kids ‘Favor Whiteness and Maleness Over Other Identities.’

By Judicial Watch

In yet another racial equity venture funded by American taxpayers, a private university is getting tens of thousands of dollars from the U.S. government to study the “developmental trajectory of children’s beliefs that white males—more so than black males, white females, or black females—best exemplify a person.” The three-year research project, to be conducted by academics at New York University (NYU), seeks to uncover why kids “favor Whiteness and maleness over other identities,” according to the grant announcement issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the agency doling out the cash for the study.

The project is part of a broader HHS Equity Action Plan designed to transform how the agency does business in order “to concretely advance equity.” Under the overhaul a Minority Health Social Vulnerability Index was launched to help identify racial and ethnic communities at the greatest risk for disproportionate impact and adverse outcomes due to COVID-19 and a Racial Equity in Postpartum Care Challenge was created to reduce disparities and improve outcomes for postpartum “Black or African American” women enrolled in Medicaid, the government’s insurance program for the poor. HHS has also doled out millions of dollars to “minority-serving institutions” charged with strengthening COVID-19 vaccine confidence among racial and ethnic minority groups as well as underserved communities.

In the agency’s latest racial equity endeavor, researchers at NYU will receive more than $40,000 to study “societal assumptions regarding typical personhood and their effects on reasoning development.” The HHS grant announcement further specifies that the goal is to “uncover the development processes by which children acquire the belief that white males represent the default person—a pattern rooted in ideologies of androcentrism (centering the experiences of men) and ethnocentricism (centering the experiences of white people) prevalent in the United States.” The document goes on to state that “despite national rises in racial and gender diversity, white men remain vastly overrepresented across a host of domains within the U.S., from media, to politics, to clinical research.” That overrepresentation poses severe costs to the rest of society, the nation’s health agency writes, identifying the victims as “women of all races, men of color, and gender-nonconforming individuals.”

The Biden administration is particularly concerned with embedded disparities in health, where clinical trials have historically prioritized the experiences, perspectives, and health outcomes of white men. “To address this issue, we must understand when and how the tendency to view white males as default people develops across childhood, as well as the environmental factors that underlie this phenomenon,” the HHS grant document states. Specifically, the government wants to know the developmental trajectory by which children’s default representations of people begin to favor whiteness and maleness over other identities, the domains across which children activate a white male default to guide social reasoning, and the sociocultural and ecological factors that can prevent the development of those beliefs. “Young children actively construct knowledge to make sense of their social environments,” according to the grant document. “As part of this process, children absorb complex streams of information from the sources around them, including parents, peers, and broader societal institutions (e.g., media).” HHS proceeds to explain that the beliefs children acquire tend to reflect the dominant ideologies embedded in their specific cultural contexts. In the U.S., those ideologies include the previously mentioned “androcentrism and ethnocentrism.”

The taxpayer-funded researchers are expected to clarify the scope of children’s beliefs about who best exemplifies a person by testing the consistency of the belief across domains and uncovering the features of children’s sociocultural and ecological environments that underlie beliefs about who best exemplifies a person. “The diversity afforded by this platform allows us to capture a holistic picture of the phenomenon in question and the mechanisms underlying it, broadening both the empirical rigor and real-world impacts of our findings,” according to HHS. It will only cost American taxpayers $40,391, though the agency could obligate more funding at any time.

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Virtue-Signaling Pastors On The Religious Left And The Rapid Rise Of Communism In America

By John Eidson

Formerly known as “The Protestant Hour,” a religious radio program called Day 1 billed itself as an affiliation of what it referred to as “mainline” Protestant churches that embrace “the progressive worldview.” In other words, Day 1 is an affiliation of churches led by people who vote Democrat.

By describing itself as “mainline,” Day 1, unwittingly or otherwise, projected the scurrilous notion that churches not led by progressives—in other words, ones led by conservatives—are outside the Christian mainstream, and are therefore of suspect religious virtue.

(Note: Perhaps because I sent an earlier version of this article to several of its guest pastors, Day 1 no longer refers to itself as an affiliation of “mainline” churches led by progressives; it now self-identifies as an affiliation of “historic Protestant denominations that proclaim a positive, passionate faith for the real world.”)

Many sermons delivered by Day 1 guest pastors are steeped in religious virtue-signaling, especially on the politically charged issues of race, LGBTQ & transgender rights, illegal immigration and climate change. The often holier-than-thou undertone of Day 1’s guest pastors comes across loud and clear: we are morally superior Christians because we are tolerant and inclusive progressives; conservative Christians are not really Christians at all—they’re racists, bigots, white supremacists, homophobes, xenophobes, etc.

Day 1 guest pastors never come out and make such hateful accusations directly, but that is what they’ve been taught to believe by the identity politics election strategy of the political party they support. The Democrat presidential nominee in 2016 summed up the progressive view of conservative America when she denounced those who voted against her, including millions of devout Christians, as “a basket of deplorables.”

How has America come to have a branch of Christianity whose members see themselves as morally superior because of their political affiliation? The answer requires understanding the frightening extent to which Marxist ideology has been quietly infused throughout the entire spectrum of American society, including an uncomfortably large segment of organized religion.

In his best-selling book The Naked Communist, former FBI Special Agent W. Cleon Skousen listed 45 communist goals to subvert America from within. One of those goals calls on communist warriors to “Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with social religion.”

Revealed religion is religion based on Scripture. The communist concept of social religion teaches citizens to look to government, rather than to God, for their daily salvation. Scripture-based religion is about individual salvation. Social religion is about collective salvation, a concept that does not exist in Christianity.

In many churches on the religious left, the communist goal of replacing revealed religion with social religion has largely been accomplished, as evidenced by the constant refrain of progressive pastors who sanctimoniously sermonize about their undying commitment to the cause of “social justice,” as if their counterparts on the religious right couldn’t care less about a just and fair society.

Social justice is a progressive term used to describe justice within a society as meted out by a socialist government that allocates wealth, opportunity and privileges according to the Marxist directive “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.”

An innocuous-sounding term that suggests the utopian concept of fairness and equality for all, social justice and its pernicious offshoots—economic justice, housing justice, food justice, migration justice, health justice, climate justice, etc.—are progressive code talk for forced wealth redistribution, the central tenet of communism.

In pushing the alleged virtues of Marxism, social justice crusaders in progressive-led churches tell parishioners that socialism is about sharing, a subtle way of advancing the fallacious notion that socialists are morally superior because they believe in sharing. Christian sharing is a voluntary act of love; socialism is forcedsharing.

Since the 1960s, the tentacles of communism have snaked their way throughout the fabric of our culture, including its Judeo-Christian heritage. Marxist infiltration of America’s churches has had remarkable success on the religious left, where parishioners are taught the absurd notion that the values of socialism are in sync with the values of Christianity. Anyone who believes that need only ask Christians who fled the Soviet-dominated countries of Eastern Europe.

So who came up with the plan for Marxist warriors to infiltrate America’s churches? His name is Antonio Gramsci, a 1920s Italian communist known as a leading Marxist thinker of the 20th century. Disappointed that communists were unsuccessful at inciting a Bolshevik-style revolution in Italy, Gramsci came up with a plan to overturn capitalism in western countries by non-violent means. That under-the-radar plan is known as Cultural Marxism, the process of gradually infusing Marxist doctrine into a society through its culture.

Realizing that communism faces an uphill battle in Christian nations—where citizens look to God rather than government for their daily salvation—Gramsci developed a stratagem to assault and diminish Christianity in western societies. Part of that stratagem calls for infiltrating churches with closet Marxists who use deceit, manipulation and misinformation to quietly supplant revealed religion (religion based on Scripture) with the communist concept of social religion. Gramsci summarized his stratagem for subverting Christianity in western nations thusly:

“Socialism is precisely the religion that must overwhelm Christianity. Socialism will triumph by first capturing the culture via infiltration of schools, universities, churches and the media by transforming the consciousness of society.”

Gramsci referred to his stratagem as “the long march through the institutions,” i.e. infiltrating a society’s cultural institutions and surreptitiously replacing their traditional values and principles with those of communism. Operating via stealth and deception, Gramsci’s disciples in this country have diligently labored to grind down every cultural institution in America, including its predominant religion, Christianity.

Gramscian Marxists have infiltrated the leadership of every major branch of Christianity, including the Catholic Church. In February 2020, Pope Francis announced his support for the Global Education Pact, a United Nations-backed initiative to usher in a “new humanism” under which God “withdraws” so “all of humankind can be free.”

Under the Pact, children of the world will be indoctrinated with social justice propaganda designed to pave the way for a New World Order under the banner of global communism.

Marxist infiltrators have seized control of the Vatican in a way that went virtually unnoticed by most Catholics until after the fact, just as Gramsci planned. Pretending to do God’s bidding, Marxist pastors hiding under the ecclesiastical robes of the Christian faith are knowingly subverting their professed religion from within.

In contemporary America, social religion is connected at the hip with social justice, a noble-sounding code term that’s self-righteously trumpeted by religious-left pastors who cleverly weave the universally failed promises of socialism into their sermons.

A false idol ideology pursued with religious fervor by its proponents, socialism is doomed to fail where ever it is tried, because it is in eternal mortal conflict with the basic human instinct that those who work hard, educate themselves, employ their ingenuity and risk their capital have an inborn expectation to do significantly better than those who don’t. That is an immutable human condition that will never change, even in the face of socialist lies propagated by virtue-signaling pastors on the religious left.

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GODLESS: 47 Republicans Join All Democrats to Legalize Sodomy

By Dr. Rich Swier

The Prophet (Mohammed, peace be upon him) said:If you find anyone doing as Lot’s people did, kill the one who does it, and the one to whom it is done’. — Narrated By Abdullah ibn Abbas

We have written that sodomy is a mortal sin and that it is time to reconsider Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. 644. On June 25th in a column titled With Roe Aborted It’s Time to Reconsider SCOTUS’ Gay Marriage & Sodomy Rulings we wrote:

Like Roe v. Wadewe believe Obergefell v. Hodges and Lawrence v. Texas are demonstrably erroneous and issues to be decided via the democratic process at the state level.

It appears that Justice Clarence Thomas agrees with us that Obergefell v. Hodges because he, like we, fundamentally disagree with the concept of “substantive due process“—that “due process” protects not just procedures but fundamental rights—has a constitutional foundation. Justice Thomas has a history of arguing that the Due Process Clause does not actually guarantee rights but rather protects that proper procedures are followed.

Justice Thomas wrote:

For that reason, in future cases, we should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell. Because any substantive due process decision is “demonstrably erroneous,” Ramos v. Louisiana…(THOMAS, J., concurring in judgment)…we have a duty to “correct the error” established in those precedents, Gamble v. United States…(2019) (THOMAS, J., concurring)….After overruling these demonstrably erroneous decisions, the question would remain whether other constitutional provisions guarantee the myriad rights that our substantive due process cases have generated.

For Congress to mandate that states give special rights to one group over another is tyrannical and violates substantive due process in the U.S. Constitution.

In our December 15th, 2019 article Decadent Democrats — From Pedophilia to Sex with Animals we reported:

The Democratic Party has devolved into the party of decadence. We are seeing transgender story hours in public libraries, the sexualization of children in our public schools, the promotion of the LGBTQ agenda, transgender athletes competing in women’s sports and, for the first time in our history, an openly gay candidate running for the Democratic nomination for president.

Decadence is becoming systemic and dangerous. Our heterosexual culture is under attack on all fronts. The fundamental idea of marriage between one man and one woman is now considered “homophobic” and hate speech. The age for legal marriage is going down in state after state. According to Wikipedia:

As of May 2019, in all but two states, a minor can marry with parental consent or with judicial authorization, with the minimum marriage age, when all exemptions are taken into account, being as low as 14, and potentially lower.

As Mark Dysan wrote in The Evil Trance, “Everyone can be corrupted, even the great and the good.”

It is time for those who are good to end the corruption of our social and moral values.

Here are the corrupt and immoral 47 Republicans who voted along with every corrupt and immoral Democrat in the House to legalize sodomy:

  1. Reps. Kelly Armstrong (N.D.),
  2. Don Bacon (Neb.),
  3. Cliff Bentz (Ore.),
  4. Ken Calvert (Calif.),
  5. Kat Cammack (Fla.),
  6. Mike Carey (Ohio),
  7. Liz Cheney (Wyo.),
  8. John Curtis (Utah),
  9. Rodney Davis (Ill.),
  10. Mario Diaz-Balart (Fla.),
  11. Tom Emmer (Minn.),
  12. Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.),
  13. Andrew Garbarino (N.Y.),
  14. Mike Garcia (Calif.),
  15. Carlos Gimenez (Fla.),
  16. Tony Gonzales (Texas),
  17. Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio),
  18. Ashley Hinson (Iowa),
  19. Darrell Issa (Calif.),
  20. Chris Jacobs (N.Y.),
  21. David Joyce (Ohio),
  22. John Katko (N.Y.),
  23. Adam Kinzinger (Ill.),
  24. Nancy Mace (S.C.),
  25. Nicole Malliotakis (N.Y.),
  26. Brian Mast (Fla.),
  27. Peter Meijer (Mich.),
  28. Dan Meuser (Pa.),
  29. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (Iowa),
  30. Blake Moore (Utah),
  31. Dan Newhouse (Wash.),
  32. Jay Obernolte (Calif.),
  33. Burgess Owens (Utah),
  34. Scott Perry (Pa.),
  35. Tom Rice (S.C.),
  36. Maria Elvira Salazar (Fla.),
  37. Mike Simpson (Idaho),
  38. Elise Stefanik (N.Y.),
  39. Bryan Steil (Wis.),
  40. Chris Stewart (Utah),
  41. Mike Turner (Ohio),
  42. Fred Upton (Mich.),
  43. David Valadao (Calif.),
  44. Jefferson Van Drew (N.J.),
  45. Ann Wagner (Mo.),
  46. Michael Waltz (Fla.)
  47. Lee Zeldin (N.Y.).

The Bottom Line

The dual issues of sodomy and gay marriage have impacted our culture, society and our children and grand children.

Since Obergefell v. Hodges  and Lawrence v. Texas were decided we have witnessed a juggernaut of efforts to normalize the unscientific premises that gay marriage and sodomy are  normal. That traditional marriage between one man and one woman and their biological children, the bedrock of all cultures, is abnormal.

These dual myths are being promoted from the school house to the White House. 

In our September 16th, 2017 column “Perverts, pedophiles and pederasts in high offices” we reported:

Daily Americans are bombarded with negative news about political and religious leaders who have fallen from grace. This has led to a loss of confidence in not only these individuals but the institutions, political parties and churches through which they used their positions of trust to abuse underage children.

Our title includes three distinct classes of abusers. A pervert is, “a person whose sexual behavior is regarded as abnormal and unacceptable.” This category includes both heterosexual and homosexual men and women. A pedophile is, “a person who is sexually attracted to children.” A pederast is, “a man who indulges in pederasty (sexual activity involving a man and a boy).” All pederasts are by definition homosexuals.

We have reported on efforts by groups such as B4U-ACT and the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN) to indoctrinate our children into believing that sex with men by children is not only normal but encouraged (watch the below video for a history of these two groups).

We must do the right thing and focus now on overturning Obergefell v. Hodges as well as Lawrence v. Texas.

In 2017 we warned, “There are many who fear being labeled bigots, homophobic or intolerant for telling the truth about these perverts, pedophiles and pederasts.

Today we see parents who object to teachers promoting and teaching about sex and gender in public schools, sexuality and homosexuality in public school classrooms, pornographic books in public school media centers and the grooming of children in public schools labeled terrorist by the Department of Justice.

The myths of diversity, inclusion and equity are destroying the traditional family and Western Civilization. It’s time that pro-family and pro-life groups join together to attack those two social evils: gay marriage and sodomy.

It’s time to tell the truth and empower parents and the democratic process to weed out these myths that have destroyed so many lives and families.

©Dr. Rich Swier. All rights reserved.


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