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Watch President Trump’s Speeches at the Concerned Women of America and Pray, Vote, Stand Summits

By Dr. Rich Swier

President Donald J. Trump delivered two must watch speeches at two conferences in Washington, D.C. on September 15th, 2023.

The first was at the Concerned Women of America 2023 Leadership Summit.

WATCH: President Donald J. Trump Speaks to Concerned Women of America – 9/15/23

President Trump later spoke at the Pray, Vote, Stand Summit.

WATCH: President Donald J. Trump Speaks to the Pray, Vote, Stand Summit – 9/15/23

©2023. Dr. Rich Swier. All rights reserved.

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Jihad Abrogates Tolerance

By Amil Imani

abrogate
ăb′rə-gāt

To abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority.


One of the most salient passages in the Qur’an is 2:106, which shows us the basis for the doctrine of abrogation:

“We do not abrogate a verse or cause it to be forgotten except when we bring forth one better than earlier or similar verse. Do you not know that Allah is over all things competent?”

Abrogation has an impact on the arguments about the true nature of Islam. At endless interfaith dialogues, the early tolerant verses are quoted to show the nature of Islam as being peaceful. When both verses are mentioned, and then abrogation is applied, we see that the later violent verses trump the earlier tolerant ones. Jihad abrogates tolerance. In general, the Medina Quran abrogates the Meccan Quran. Several verses of tolerance are abrogated by jihad against Christians.

But the earlier verse is still acceptable and in use. Abrogation does not negate the early verse. Indeed, the earlier “peaceful” verse that is abrogated is most apt to be used in public discourse.

This creates a logical problem since if two things contradict each other, at least one must be false. This is a fundamental element of Western unitary logic. In Quranic reason, two statements can contradict each other, and both are true. This is dualistic logic.

Simply put, Allah changes revelations as he pleases, and the latter revelations supersede the earlier ones. There are deviations among Muslim theologians regarding which verses have been abrogated and replaced, but the overall idea has been clear. When Muslims are weak and in a minority position, they should behave peacefully according to the Meccan passages (which reflect the early time when Muhammad was vulnerable and building his power base). When strong, they are obligated to wage war, according to the later Medina passages.

An alternative explanation is that the early verse is the first stage in a process, like a seed, and the later verse is the second stage, like a plant.

There is truth to this, but the process model does not consider that both truths are available simultaneously. Returning to the analogy, you don’t have the seed and the plant simultaneously. The verses contradict each other and are both true at the same time. Again, this is dualistic logic. The contradictions are usually explained by abrogation, the classical doctrine, but the principle of abrogation is limited to the Quran. Duality includes the particular case of abrogation and describes how the entire philosophy of the Quran and Sunna works. It is not just the Quran that is contradictory, but the Sunna.

Another dualistic aspect of Islam is its ethics. One of the chief features of Islam is the doctrine of the kefir (unbeliever). It treats them dreadfully and horribly. No one would ever want to be treated as a kefir is treated in the Trilogy. This leads us to the Golden Rule. There is no Golden Rule in Islam because of the division of humanity into believers and kefir. The Golden Rule is to treat  all people as you would be treated. Since no one wants to be treated like a kefir, and the kefir is so central to Islamic doctrine, it proves that Islam has no Golden Rule. Islam has one set of rules for Muslims and another for kefirs. This is dualistic ethics.

Practicing Tolerance

We are told that it is only civil to respect or at least tolerate other peoples’ beliefs, even if you disagree with them — a live-and-let-live attitude. As a general principle, this position is admirable. Yet there are exceptions. A case in point is when people say consumers believe what they want. I disagree with letting Muslims believe what they want to think when they hold that I, as a non-Muslim, have no right to live. Or if I am to live, I must live a life subservient to Muslims. And wherever they are in power in the world, Muslims do everything they can to make non-believers’ lives dreadful and deadly.

I don’t tolerate these beliefs and practices, in the same vein as I reject fascism and all other exclusionary oppressive systems of belief.

As they say, tolerating evil is not tolerance; it is a crime.

©2023. Amil Imani. All rights reserved.

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Google Founder and Silicon Valley Artificial Intelligence Engineers: ‘We’re Creating God’

By The Geller Report

The leftists’ dream – any god but G-d.

By Jacob M. Thompson, WP, September 14, 2023:

“It’s just the next step in evolution. I’m serious,” Larry Page, the Google co-founder, said.

An engineer from Silicon Valley, California, the home to some of the latest and cutting edge technologies in the world, has said that they and others who are working on artificial intelligence are “creating God,” this all-knowing, all-powerful machine that can do it all for mankind that cuts like a double-edged sword.

Nick Bilton for Vanity Fair explored these tech engineers research to understand the process, and one researcher told him plainly:

We’re creating God. We’re creating conscious machines.

One AI engineer working on large language models (LLMs) recently told Bilto

Bilton wrote in his piece that AI has been touted as being able to ‘solve all of the world’s problems or destroy every single human on the planet in the snap of a finger—or both. Machines that will potentially answer all of our unanswerable questions: Are we alone in the universe? What is consciousness? Why are we here?’

Bilton added, ‘Thinking machines that could cure cancer and allow us to live until we’re 150 years old. Maybe even 200. Machines that, some estimate, could take over up to 30 percent of all jobs within the next decade, from stock traders to truck drivers to accountants and telemarketers, lawyers, bookkeepers, and all things creative: actors, writers, musicians, painters. Something that will go to war for us—and likely against us.’

In a span of just six months Bilton highlights just some of the things AI has transformed and openly accomplished in the world today, such as LLMs learning to “write stories in the style of Ernest Hemingway or Bugs Bunny or the King James Bible while you’re drunk with peanut butter stuck in your mouth;” or things like making highly customizable pornography, to voiceovers and music covers, to AI therapists or emulating dead relatives to keep the memories lively; and people are even “discussing using AI to create entirely new species of animals (yes, that’s real) or viruses (also real). Or exploring human characteristics, such as creating a breed of super soldiers who are stronger and have less empathy, all through AI-based genetic engineering,” Bilton writes.

It excites me and worries me in equal proportions. The upsides for this are enormous, maybe these systems find cures for diseases, and solutions to problems like poverty and climate change, and those are enormous upsides.

The downsides are humans that are displaced from leading the way, or in the worst case, extinguished entirely, [which] is terrifying.

David Chalmers, a professor of philosophy and neural science at NYU, said

Larry Page, the famed computer scientist and entrepreneur who co-founded Google, also said that the AI is on course (very soon) to reach artificial general intelligence (AGI), creating “superintelligent machines” that will simply just simply be rid of us living folk, adding that this is only the next step in human evolution.

It’s just the next step in evolution. I’m serious.

Page told Bilton’s friend during a conversation

Elon Musk has also confirmed that chaps like Page really are trying to recreate an AI God. “My perception was that Larry was not taking AI safety seriously enough. He really seems to want digital superintelligence, basically digital God, if you will, as soon as possible,” Musk said on Fox News earlier this year.

Nate Soares, executive director of the Machine Intelligence Research Institute, a nonprofit focused on identifying and managing potential existential risks from AGI, chastised Page’s reckless ambitions:

If Larry Page said, ‘I’m going to obliterate the planet with a nuke and nuking the entire planet is just the natural order of things and so we shouldn’t mourn it,’ we would all say, ‘What the f***, that’s a terrible idea!’

Moreover, a political lobbyist consultant told Bilton in a statement: “All of the people leading the development of AI right now are completely disingenuous in public. They are all just in a race to be the first to build AGI and are either oblivious to the consequences of what could go wrong or they just don’t care.”

Simply put, the general consensus and open goals of the “leaders in Silicon Valley seem to think it’s time that we should outsource all of that time and thinking to their AIs.”

Furthermore, May Habib, who, as the cofounder and CEO of Writer – an AI start-up that helps people at companies write with the same style and voice – is still critical of the technology, blasting it for not having basically zero diversity and “no women in AI.” She did note, however, this whole craze centers around one driving principle:

You look around AI today and everyone is a generative AI capitalist. The way they sell, what they build, their vision for the future, is that it’s all about money.

Bilton additionally wrote:

In 1965 the statistician I.J. Good, when envisioning what the world would look like once we created ultraintelligent machines, said that the second machines became smarter than people, there would “unquestionably be an intelligence explosion” as machines quickly created smarter machines, and that “the intelligence of man would be left far behind.” We’d likely understand what they were doing in the same way our pets understand the words of a book we read aloud.

“Thus,” Good wrote, “the first ultraintelligent machine is the last invention that man need ever make.”

Howbeit the geeks working on this are relentless in creating their new God that will bring prosperity to all. Sam Altman, the co-founder of Open-AI and founder of Worldcoin, is, according to Bilton, “a god. An AI messiah. He’s fawned over in news articles. Doted on in interviews.”

Keep reading.

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Iran’s Terror Airfield 12 Miles From Israel

By Jihad Watch

Not content with having supplied Hezbollah over the years with 150,000 rockets with which to threaten Israel, nor with its financial aid, and more weapons, sent to the terror group Hamas in Gaza, nor with continuing to smuggle even more weapons, including drones, to Hezbollah via Syria, nor quite satisfied with its steady march toward manufacturing nuclear weapons with which to destroy the “Zionist entity,” Iran is now building a new airport in southern Syria, just 12 miles from the Israeli border, for its future use against Israel. Robert Spencer wrote about this briefly here, and more on this terror airfield and why Israel is so worried can be found here: “Israeli Defense Minister Reveals Iranian-Built Terror Airfield in South Lebanon,” by Andrew Bernard, Algemeiner, September 11, 2023:

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant on Monday accused Iran of building an airstrip near the Israel-Lebanon border for use in terrorist attacks against the Jewish state.

Speaking at a security conference at Reichman University in Israel, Gallant revealed what he described as images of the airfield showing the flags of Iran and its chief proxy force, the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah. Gallant said the airstrip, which is about 12 miles north of the Israeli border near the Lebanese village of Birket Jabbour, was intended to be used for “terrorist objectives.”

Presumably, once the airfield is completed, the Iranians will be able, when they wish, to launch terror drones as well as be able to deliver weapons to terrorists inside Israel from the air.

“The land is Lebanese, the control is Iranian, and the target is Israel,” Gallant said. “If it comes to a conflict, we will not hesitate to activate the lethal force of the IDF [Israel Defense Forces]. Hezbollah and Lebanon will pay heavy and painful prices.”…

In practice, US and other diplomats have said the peacekeepers, formally known as the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), have allowed Hezbollah to operate with impunity in south Lebanon.

“We know UNIFIL has been unable to access a range of troubling sites across the Blue Line, including illegal firing ranges, Green Without Borders sites, rocket launch sites, and tunnel sites,” said US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield, referring to the boundary separating Israel and Lebanon. “It is clear the main purpose of these sites is to facilitate Hezbollah’s operations in southern Lebanon along the Blue Line.” 

UNIFIL has been unable to fulfill its mandate from the UN to keep a strip of southern Lebanon demilitarized. It has been unable to stop Hezbollah from building firing ranges, rocket launch sites, and terror tunnels which are dug by Hezbollah from southern Lebanon into the northern Galilee. There is no reason to think that UNIFIL will now be able to face down Hassan Nasrallah’s fighters guarding the airfield site; it’s up to Israel alone to protect itself from Iranian encroachments in Lebanon.

But why did Israel announce to the world that Iran was now building an airport in Lebanon just 12 miles from the border with Israel? Was that meant to be another warning to the world of Iran’s continued malevolence? But the Western world knows that already. Was it meant to warn Iran to stop building the airfield, sending a message that “we are watching you, nothing you do is hidden from us”? That wouldn’t stop the Iranian project, as it hasn’t them in the past; the Iranians continue relentlessly to enrich uranium to a level just below weapons-grade. I cannot help thinking that the IAF should have simply bombed the airfield, destroying it, but instead of mentioning Iran, it should only have said that “we destroyed a Lebanese site where activity of an unknown nature was going on; we believe a handful of Hezbollah fighters may have been killed.” In that way, Iran would not feel the need to retaliate against Israel; the fiction that it was a purely Hezbollah project could be maintained. The Iranians would have been angry, but also would realize that they are in no position right now to retaliate, lest they give the IAF all the excuse it needs to conduct a massive attack on Iran’s nuclear project. The Bidenites’ appeasement of Tehran — with $6 billion freed up for payment to Tehran, in exchange for five hostages, one of them an Iranian agent — has now made such an attack much more likely.

AUTHOR

HUGH FITZGERALD

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The Discriminatory Quran

By Amil Imani

The book of Allah, purportedly the eternal, never-changing charter of conduct for the individual and the society at large, is singularly wanting. It emphatically and repeatedly vilifies and condemns the kefirs — all non-Muslims. About three percent of the verses of the Quran seem to say something positive about non-Muslims. Yet even these few verses are immediately followed by verses that discard them.

First, there was the Islam of Mecca or the Islam of weakness. For thirteen years, Muhammad’s teachings, as recorded in the early suras of the Quran, were about hellfire and damnation, not punishment of the unbelievers in this world. Very few people were attracted to what he preached. The people scorned the man, harassed him, and eventually made him flee his hometown of Mecca for Medina. Then, a significant mutation occurred: the Islam of Medina, or the “Islam of Tyranny,” arrived on the scene. The Quran’s suras of Medina are replete with exhortations of intolerance, exclusivity, and sanctioning of violence against non-Muslims. This mutation deeply appealed to the temperament of the Arab Bedouins, and they flocked to Muhammad’s beliefs.

The People of the Book, Jews, and Christians are subject to the Quranic approval only if they recognize that their holy books are corrupt while the Quran is the one true book.

Ironically, Allah, whom Muhammad claims to be the creator of all, does not even bother addressing people of other faiths, such as Zoroastrians, Hindus, Buddhists, or those of no faith. Why are all these folks left out? Could it be because Muhammad did not know about them, that Muhammad had contacts only with Jews and Christians?

Muslims and their apologists selectively cite the positive verses of the Quran to impress upon others its goodness and convince them that the book is indeed about peace, tolerance, and the brotherhood of all people. In this spirit of misrepresentation, Islamic organizations in the West spend considerable sums in spreading their propaganda through the media by claiming that Muslims are indeed kin of Jews and Christians and that the only three faiths Islam recognizes are members of the Abrahamic family.

According to Muslims, Islam was made for men. Women are playthings of men. Islam is 100% misogynist. Men are superior to women. Women are to obey men and be beaten when disobeying or misbehaving. Islam is racist. The Quran stipulates that Arabs are superior to all others and clearly condones slavery. It explicitly stipulates discriminatory laws for slaves. Islam denounces other belief systems and marginally recognizes the validity of only two religions, Judaism and Christianity. The nature of Islam is based on violence. It not only condones jihad, it recommends it and promises great rewards for the jihadist.

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

The Quran as a Charter of Hate

It is impossible to accept the Quran as a book of the loving creator of the universe, as Muslims claim. Why would the creator Allah, an all-merciful and compassionate, as the Quran calls him, vilify, despise, and consider all non-Muslims worthy of torment? Studying the Quran shows it to be a charter of hate more than anything else. A few will suffice:

  • Non-Muslims are the worst beasts (Sura 8:55);
  • Jews are despicable apes (suras 2:65) and say the Jews are like donkeys (Sura 62:5);
  • In the daily prayers that involves seventeen recitations of Al-Fatehe (Sura 1), the Jews are demonized, and the Christians are castigated;
  • The Quran condones terrorism (surahs 8:12, 8:59);
  • Killing a Jew earns the Muslim admission in Allah’s paradise (Sura 9:11).
  • Forbids asking questions about it, because one may lose his faith (Sura 5:101-102);
  • Allah is the one who leads people astray and will punish them for it (suras 5:41, 7:155, 16:53, 6:49);
  • Satan, or the devil, can harm people only by Allah’s permission (Sura 58:10). Would not this make Allah responsible for harming people?

Not long ago, a rapist was acquitted by an Islamic court in the Islamic Republic of Iran for his crime by pleading that Satan made him do it. The judge ruled that he could not punish the real culprit, Satan. The man, therefore, was found not guilty of the crime. A truly Islamic form of justice, squarely based on the Quran.

Unfortunately, Islam cannot be reformed since Islam claims it is the perfect eternal faith for mankind. Splits have occurred and will continue to appear in Islam. Yet reformation has not happened in nearly 1400 years and will not happen. Allah’s book is sealed.

Before long, fanatical Muslims will eventually acquire the Islamic bomb. With the bomb in one hand and the other on the oil spigot, the religion of peace and brotherhood will have the power to bring the non-Muslim world to its knees.

©2023. Amil Imani. All rights reserved.

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Iran ‘Hijab’ Protests Continue Despite Brutal Regime Crackdown

By Kenneth R. Timmerman

Saturday marks the start of the second year of pro-freedom protests inside Iran. Remember, this latest wave of protests began with the brutal murder of a young Kurdish activist, Mahsa Amini, while in custody in a regime jail for violating the “hijab” rules.

She wouldn’t wear the Mark of the Beast, and was jailed and murdered as a result. That should be a warning to us all.

The Iran-regime apologists here in the United States – starting with apologist-and-ransom-payer-in-chief Joe Biden – pretend that the protests have wound down, the regime crackdown is insignificant, and besides we have “white supremacists” in this country who should be jailed, too. And, of course, that “climate change” is a greater threat than global nuclear war.

In so many ways, we are living in an alternate universe.

Think about the attitude of Little Rocket Man just three years ago. He was still high on meeting Donald Trump. He hadn’t launched a missile or tested a nuke since Trump’s initial outreach to him in April 2018.

Now he has jumped into his armored train to make the two-day journey to meet with Putin in the Russian Far East, where they discussed expanding military cooperation.

We now know that Russia provided North Korea with the technology it needed to launch its first ballistic-missile submarine recently, a copy of the Russian Romeo-class.

What else will Putin agree to provide Little Rocket Man? Blueprints for miniaturized nuclear weapons? Even more ballistic missile technology? Putin’s needs are more simple: enormous quantities of 130 and 152 mm artillery munitions. Such a deal!

The State Department called their expanding cooperation “quite troubling.” Gee, what a powerful statement.

Zelenskyy is coming to Washington during the United Nations General Assembly meetings in New York, where he is sure to bang his tin cup for more U.S. taxpayer dollars. Speaker McCarthy has reacted cautiously to those demands – and his caucus is furious that he might even consider them, knowing that Senators Mitch McConnell and Lindsay Graham will be pressuring him to cave.

Two items of good news this week: The G-20 announced support for an Indian-Middle East Corridor of railroads and roads, to bring India’s exports directly to Europe and the Middle East, including Israel. Saudi Arabia and the Emirates signed on, another indicator that they want to expand economic relations with Israel. The odd man out was Turkey. That’s a triple win in my book.

The other was Mossad Director David Barnea’s explicit threat to the Iranian regime. At a security conference in Israel this week, he revealed that the Mossad had thrwarted 27 assassination attempts against Jews and Israelis over the past year, capturing a number of the Iranian hit teams. He warned to take the battle against the masterminds behind these attacks to the streets of Tehran.

I can’t wait to see that.

I invite you as always to listen to my weekly podcast with Prophecy Today Weekend. It usually runs around 12 minutes, and offers you a succinct rundown of the week’s geopolitical events in an easy-to-listen format.

You can listen live at 1 PM on Saturday by downloading the Jacksonville Way Radio app, or at 104.9 FM or 550 AM in the Jacksonville, Fl, area. Otherwise, you can download the podcast later in the week by using this link.

Yours in freedom.

©2023. Kenneth R. Timmerman. All rights reserved.

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‘Outing’ the Liberal Catholic Project

By The Catholic Thing

Fr. Gerald E. Murray: Liberalism is gaining the upper hand in the Church because Pope Francis is ignoring the mortal threat that it is.

The Archbishop of Berlin, Heiner Koch, recently authorized priests in his archdiocese to confer ceremonial blessings upon homosexual couples. Strangely, he also announced that he himself would not impart such blessings until he receives explicit permission from Pope Francis. He seems to be confident that such permission will someday be given, yet he’s certainly not unaware that Pope Francis personally approved in 2021 the publication of a teaching document of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith forbidding such blessings.

it is necessary that what is blessed be objectively and positively ordered to receive and express grace, according to the designs of God inscribed in creation, and fully revealed by Christ the Lord. . . .it is not licit to impart a blessing on relationships, or partnerships, even stable, that involve sexual activity outside of marriage (i.e., outside the indissoluble union of a man and a woman open in itself to the transmission of life), as is the case of the unions between persons of the same sex… .there are absolutely no grounds for considering homosexual unions to be in any way similar or even remotely analogous to God’s plan for marriage and family. [citing Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia]

Koch knows this practice plainly contradicts Church doctrine and has thus never been authorized, yet he thinks that pastoral governance includes the right to disregard his sworn obligation to uphold the teachings of the Faith and to obey the law of the Church. Instead, he wants his priests to engage in the blasphemous practice of conducting a religious ceremony in which they ask God to pour out his grace upon gravely sinful unions publicly entered into for the purpose of engaging in unnatural sexual acts that are unequivocally condemned in the revealed word of God.

How did we arrive at such a point in the Church?  Koch and those who applaud his infidelity clearly no longer believe in Church teaching on the right use of the sexual faculty, but also the Church’s claim to teach God’s saving truth without error. They assert that the Church has, in fact, been mistaken all along, and that 180-degree changes in doctrine are normal and nothing to worry about.

So far Pope Francis has not instructed Archbishop Koch to reverse course, nor has he reaffirmed, despite the very public rejection of Catholic teaching by various churchmen, about the inherent immorality of homosexual acts and the consequent impossibility of blessing homosexual unions. In fact, various churchmen guilty of such infidelity have been promoted by Pope Francis to positions of authority and influence.

The phenomenon of dissent from Church teaching is fairly described as the liberal Catholic project, in the sense proposed by John Henry Newman in his 1879 Biglietto Speech:

Liberalism in religion is the doctrine that there is no positive truth in religion, but that one creed is as good as another, and this is the teaching which is gaining substance and force daily. It is inconsistent with any recognition of any religion, as true. It teaches that all are to be tolerated, for all are matters of opinion. Revealed religion is not a truth, but a sentiment and a taste; not an objective fact, not miraculous; and it is the right of each individual to make it say just what strikes his

It further consists of the effort to do away with Catholicism as a dogmatic revealed religion centered upon the eternal salvation of souls and remake it into a religion of human benevolence promoting personal fulfillment, social harmony, and material well-being.

Eternal salvation for everyone is now assumed. God is too good and loving to condemn anyone to Hell. Jesus should not be taken literally when he speaks about souls being punished eternally. This is obviously a bracing, if puzzling, type of hyperbole to get people’s attention, not something we should take literally.

Belief in unchangeable doctrines that must be believed in order to be saved is an artifact of a forgettable past in which believers were naively fixated upon the mistaken notion that Christ’s teaching is the only divinely revealed, and hence normative, way to live in union with God. God would never be so exclusive. He is the inclusive God who loves everyone just as they are. The purpose of religious rites and teachings is to help man find peace with himself and with his neighbor. Any Church doctrine or law that creates barriers and separates people from each other must be cast aside.

The present crisis in the Church is the result of this liberal project gaining the upper hand due to the decision of Pope Francis not to treat it as the mortal threat that it is. Rather, he grants the proponents of the liberal project great freedom to sow doubt and confusion among the faithful, all the while condemning those who resist this project as “reactionaries,” stigmatizing them as nostalgic, if not unbalanced, “backwardists” who suffer from an unhealthy attachment to an ideology.

Advocates of the liberal project cannot abide a Church that is concerned first and foremost with how we should live so as to enter into the blessed vison of God in Heaven, and secondarily with how we can make the world a better place for afflicted mankind. A Heaven-centered religion is treated as a distraction from, if not an obstacle, to the real work of the Church, which is uniting mankind in bonds of fraternity and mutual understanding, and most recently, sustainability.

The Synod on Synodality promises to be the long-awaited opportunity to attempt once and for all to bury Catholicism centered upon the eternal salvation of souls in Christ, and replace it with the new and improved Catholicism of judgment-free human coexistence in which the paramount goal is to make everyone feel included, appreciated and affirmed in whatever personal choices they make in life, unless one chooses to embrace Catholicism centered upon the eternal salvation of souls in Christ.

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AUTHOR

Fr. Gerald E. Murray

The Rev. Gerald E. Murray, J.C.D. is a canon lawyer and the pastor of Holy Family Church in New York City. His new book (with Diane Montagna), Calming the Storm: Navigating the Crises Facing the Catholic Church and Society, is now available.

EDITORS NOTE: This Catholic Thing column is republished with permission. All rights reserved.© 2023 The Catholic Thing. All rights reserved. For reprint rights, write to: info@frinstitute.org. The Catholic Thing is a forum for intelligent Catholic commentary. Opinions expressed by writers are solely their own.

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Arizona woman raised in ‘Islamic cult’ reveals ‘harrowing abuse’ to prove women’s bodies ‘didn’t belong to them’

By Jihad Watch

Tamara MC describes how an Arizona “Islamic cult” used “harrowing abuse” to subjugate women until they “accepted” that their bodies did not belong to them. The fact is that Islamic texts sanction the abuse of women, unlike those of any other religion. Tamara grew up “practicing Sufism – an Islamic sect that contains a series of intense rules and regulations designed to control almost every aspect of members’ lives.” These words validate such treatment in the eyes of the Muslim males or male guardians who adhere to them….

“Men have authority over women because Allah has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because Allah has guarded them. As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them.” — Qur’an 4:34

“Your women are a tilth for you, so go to your tilth as you will” — Qur’an 2:223

Muhammad’s wives are even trained to get permission to go to the bathroom:

The Prophet said to his wives, “You are allowed to go out to answer the call of nature.” — Sahih Bukhari 4:149

“Woman who grew up in Islamic ‘cult’ in Arizona lifts lid on harrowing abuse she endured in sick sect – revealing how leaders ‘broke’ young women with physical punishments to prove their bodies ‘didn’t belong to them,’” by Lillian Gissen, Daily Mail, September 8, 2023:

A woman who was raised in an extremist religious ‘cult’ has lifted a lid on the harrowing ‘abuse’ that she endured as a child.

Tamara MC, 50, revealed that she was taught she ‘wasn’t worthy of cleanliness,’ and forced to live in ‘filth’ and ‘reek of mildew’ because there was only one washer and no dryer for more than 100 people to share.

She grew up in Tucson, Arizona, practicing Sufism – an Islamic sect that contains a series of intense rules and regulations designed to control almost every aspect of members’ lives.

According to Tamara, who left the group in her 20s and is now an author, activist, and motivational speaker based in New York City, the leaders used fear and manipulation tactics to teach women and children ‘blind obedience to authority’ – setting them up ‘for a lifetime of abuse.’

She laid bare the trauma she was put through as a child in a recent essay for Newsweek – while opening up about how even after she ultimately fled the group it took years for her to undo the long-lasting effects of her ‘destructive, neglectful, and chaotic upbringing.’,,,,,,

AUTHOR

CHRISTINE DOUGLASS-WILLIAMS

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University Spent Over $200,000 On ‘Diversity’ Course Teaching Physicians That Healthcare Is Racist

By The Daily Caller

The University of Minnesota (UMN) paid over $200,000 to develop a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) training program that teaches medical professionals that healthcare is fundamentally racist, according to documents received by the medical watchdog Do No Harm and shared with the Daily Caller News Foundation.

The training, developed by Diversity Science, is intended to educate healthcare professionals on obstetric care for black and indigenous women, which the training dubs “birthing people,” and highlights perceived “structural racism” in healthcare practices. Moreover, UMN’s DEI office blames “white supremacy” for certain disparities in perinatal care, and trains providers to view the development of medicine and the healthcare system as tainted with racism, documents obtained by Do Not Harm reveal.

The hour-long training is intended to address individual biases and racial stereotypes in the healthcare industry, and is in response to a new law requiring certain hospitals to complete an education course on anti-racism and implicit bias, according to the Minnesota Health Department website.

The training video presents a timeline starting from 1619 to today describing medical racism throughout history. Although the program explains the importance of knowing the history before understanding the problems, the timeline provided does not acknowledge the Civil Rights movement or any progress made between 1914 to the present, according to documents provided by Do Not Harm.

Moreover, within the first module, the training quotes the American Medical Association (AMA)’s CEO, and argues that the existence of “structural racism” in healthcare is an incontrovertible fact.

“Structural racism exists in the U.S. and in medicine, genuinely affecting the health of all people, especially people of color and others historically marginalized in society,” AMA CEO James Madara said.

“This is not opinion or conjecture, it [structural racism] is proven in multiple studies, through the science and in the evidence,” the training states.

The university spent $219,633.00 to develop the course, the Daily Caller News Foundation previously reported.

training video titled “Dignity in Pregnancy & Childbirth: Preventing Racial Bias in Perinatal Care” states that “80% of the deaths of black birthing people are preventable.” However, the CDC states that 84% of pregnancy-related deaths were determined to be preventable, referring to the overall maternal mortality rate among women of all races.

The Diversity Science website states that they are an “evidence-based organization” that provides clients with real-world knowledge and effective programs.

The course is “part of an initiative whose goal is to ensure that Black and Indigenous women and birthing people achieve their full potential for healthy and productive lives,” according to Diversity Science’s website. The project’s goal is “to empower perinatal care providers with the foundational knowledge, insights and skills they need to ensure that Black and Indigenous women and birthing people receive fully equitable patient-centered, respectful, high-quality care free of bias and discrimination.”

The University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Health Department did not immediately respond to the DCNF’s request for comment.

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NICOLE LITTLEFIELD

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The Goal of the Globalists — Satan’s Partners in His Quest to Destroy America

By Bud Hancock

Many Americans are now waking up to the truth about what has been happening to our nation for years: that there are groups of people, some made up of evil people, some made up of utterly ignorant Americans, others who are part of various cabals around the globe that seemingly want to see the demise of the United States of America.

Too many strange events have occurred, and are still occurring, many of them unexplained, creating crisis after crisis, to believe that they all just “happened” on their own. In most cases, the events are political in nature, or have a political basis, and it brings to mind the words of former POTUS, Franklin D. Roosevelt, who said: “In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.” So we seem to be seeing a deliberate, well-planned series of events designed to reduce this nation to a shadow of its former glorious state.

It is not difficult to look a short time into the future and see some catastrophic event(s) turning this nation into a smoking heap of ash, or worse, a third-world toilet with no hope for a future of freedom or liberty that we have known all our lives.

Whether this nation is on a course to imminent disaster because of these unexplained events by the supposed perpetrators, is subject to speculation, and there is another possibility that I will discuss later in this article.

The Return of the Jewish People to their Promised Land

Those of us who are a part of the generation that saw the establishment of the nation of Israel in their own historic homeland on May 14, 1948, in fulfillment of the ‘dry bones’ prophecy in Ezekiel 37:1-14, are aware of how quickly unexpected events can change the world. Before that historic event, the majority of the Jewish people were scattered into nearly every country on earth, awaiting their eternal dwelling place to re-emerge from the dustbin of history.

The Jewish people were nearly ‘counted out’ by the world when they suffered so many lost in the Holocaust after having been persecuted by many nations where they settled. But God has a way of changing things, miraculously, in a short period of time. He was working both overtly and covertly on behalf of His chosen earthly people for many years, and through two world wars, and when His timing was right, the land that had laid so desolate and barren for so long saw the return of thousands of Jewish people from many countries where they had been dispersed beginning in AD 70 after the destruction of the Second Temple by the Romans.

Their homeland lay barren for centuries after the Jews were scattered as a result of God’s anger toward them for their rejection of His Son and Our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. God, the Master Planner, Who knew the exact day the nation of Israel would be reformed, with the return of hundreds of thousands of Jews from around the world, had everything concerning that return well in hand and no assistance from man was needed to facilitate it. When God decides something will happen on a certain date, it will happen, period.

The renewal of their ancestral homeland did not occur overnight, but since May 14, 1948, the return of the Jewish people to the land given to them eternally by Jehovah, it has blossomed into the land that God predicted it would be upon their return. Israel is a growing and in many respects a thriving nation that has become one of the marvels of the entire  world, even though they are surrounded by many millions of people who have harbored a generational hatred toward Israel and who still threaten their existence continuously and are continually attacking and killing Jews whenever and wherever they can.

U.S. Involvement

The United States, as a result of the action of former POTUS, Harry S. Truman, was the first nation to recognize the new state of Israel in May 1948. Seemingly an ally of the newly formed Jewish nation, the U.S. government gradually became more and more involved in the administration of the Israeli government, even to the point of dictating Israeli policy that was favored by, and favorable to, the U.S. and its leaders, to be accepted by the Israeli government. Much of this policy was directed toward forming a peace between Israel and their surrounding Arab neighbors and, at least in the 80’s and 90’s, involved swapping Jewish land for peace.

Such a “forced” policy may work in areas where the person who originally gave the land to the Jewish people is not directly involved in what happens to the land in question. But all those who believe the word of God that clearly states how God feels about the Jewish people and the land He gave them for an eternal possession, should be incensed about any and all attempts to sidestep God’s declarations and make men the final arbiters of land disputes between Israel and the surrounding Arab nations. Regardless of the number of such “disputes” on the part of Israel’s neighbors, as well as any other nation that might try to force a solution to the disputes, there is no dispute in the mind of God. He spoke His will when He told Abraham: “Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed forever” (Genesis 13:14).

In God’s mind the ownership of the “disputed land” is settled; He gave it to Abraham and his seed for an eternal inheritance and regardless of what men may say about it, they will not ever change God’s mind.

God chose Abraham to father the people from whom He would provide His means of salvation from the curses on humanity and the earth. He had His plan formulated and ready before He even created man and has NEVER needed the help of men to bring His plan to fruition.

Unfortunately, the misguided leaders of the United States government have, for decades, deemed it their mission in life to decide how the land of Israel will be administered. Their misguided efforts have brought many disasters on our nation, many times within mere hours or days of their arrogant actions toward Israel.

God warned mankind, over and over, about trying to usurp His plans both for Israel and the Gentile nations. His warnings were always clear about what would happen when they were ignored, especially His warnings about Israel and Jerusalem. Those warnings are still very pertinent to the actions we can see regarding the Gentile nations who are hell-bent on usurping God’s authority over Jerusalem. Their actions will not end well for them.

The United Nations, an organization that is nearly 100% against God and His plan for the Jewish people and all of mankind, has been behind the actions to smear and insult Israel. As a world organization having nearly two hundred nation-members, they use their unified clout to push total lies about the Jewish people, especially relating to Israel’s actions against the surrounding nations that want to see Israel destroyed. When events occur involving conflict between Israel and one or more of their close neighbors, especially the events that cost the lives of the terrorists that work so diligently to kill Jews, the U.N. always sides with the terrorists against Israel. The bias is so blatant even a child could see through it. The U.N. member-nations make no attempt to hide their hatred for Israel and those who support the Jewish people.

In many instances, the U.N. has directed its hatred against the United States when this nation stood with Israel and against those who want to see the Jews wiped off the map. It is highly likely that most of the nations in the U.N. now have a growing hatred for the U.S., not just because of our stance in favor of israel, but also because of the way that our government is constantly pushing them around, either with military threats or with financial sanctions against them for one reason or another.

I can only speculate about the feelings of other nations toward America, but if it is true that they have little love for the U.S. government, it would then follow that they would participate, overtly or covertly in any action that would reduce the U.S. influence in the world.

My personal opinion is the the current course of this nation, definitely heading the wrong direction, and seemingly bound for utter destruction, is due to this corrupt nation having banged head first into God’s foreign policy toward all who would curse and disrespect the offspring of Abraham. Let me explain:

In Genesis 12:1-3, God specifically told Abraham how He (God) felt about other peoples and nations treating His (God’s) chosen people, the Apple of His Eye, with anything other than respect and honor. He said to Abraham, “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed” (Genesis 12:3).

A closer word study of verse three reveals more closely what God had intended. The word “curseth” is the Hebrew word “qalal”, Strong’s 7043, pronounced kaw-lal’), meaning to revile, to show contempt for (the feeling or attitude of regarding someone or something as inferior, base or worthless), to scorn, to insult, to disrespect.

The word “curse” used in the same verse is the Hebrew word “arar”, Strong’s 779, pronounced aw-rar’) meaning to execrate (declare to be worthless or abhorrent, to loathe), and to bitterly curse (to declare to be loathed, excommunicated/cut off and  utterly damned/destroyed).

Because the translators of the King James version used the English word “curse” twice, the text is misleading and fails to provide a true understanding of just how contemptible God finds those who treat Abraham and his offspring with disrespect.

The best example of God’s utter disgust with those who disrespect Abraham is the Jewish nation itself. God chose Abraham to be the forefather of the woman who would form and carry the body of Jesus. All his earthly life, Jesus perfectly exhibited God’s love and plan for the Jewish people, including their own redemption, individually and as a nation, and their earthly status as His chosen people, but that was all dependent on the Jews accepting Jesus as their Messiah. When they rejected Him, and approved his crucifixion, God’s anger was kindled and he utterly destroyed their nation. As a people/nation, they disappeared from the earth for 2000 years and wandered into and through many nations who also despised them just for being Jews. Is it not a true indication of how much God respected Abraham that He would destroy the very nation of Israel for the rejection of His Son, himself a Jew?

If God would do that to the people He declared to be the Apple of His eye, how much more likely is it that His wrath will fall on other nations who not only disrespect Abraham, but openly declare their utter hatred for them and openly threaten  to wipe them off the map?

Just as bad as those who issue loud and open threats is the action of any nation that would work, overtly or covertly, to divide the land that God promised to Abraham and his offspring for an ”eternal inheritance”.

The United States, having been greatly blessed because of her initial defense and support of Israel, but now having become so determined to continue interfering with their government and still working to force a peace that would allow for the destruction of Israel, is absolutely NOT exempt from God’s wrath.

Based on the info in the last several paragraphs, it is my opinion that the leaders of the United States, having been guilty of trying to “force a phony peace” between Israel and her Arab neighbors, by encouraging the Jews to “offer their land in exchange for peace”, many times over the past 30 years, are the epitome of “partners with Satan”  who have placed our nation in the physical, financial, moral and spiritual quagmire we are now in.

That “other possibility” I mentioned earlier is that God Himself has decided already the fate of the United States, based on the evil done to the nation of Israel through the many events in which our government leaders have tried to interfere with the plans God has for the Jewish people. The last 50 years have produced a seriously misguided bunch of godless fools who think they know better than God how to “handle” Israel, and that may have placed the US where we are right now, a foundering ship with no clear direction of finding its ways back to where we were  200 years ago, or even 50 years ago.

The many actions of the United States immoral and corrupt leaders which have placed Israel in danger have also made the U.S. a target of God’s wrath, and have given Satan a reason to rejoice as he watched his minions destroy their own nation. Dear Lord God, what a realm of fools politics has produced.

Maranatha and Blessings!

©2023. Bud Hancock. All rights reserved.

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Israel: Iranians Are Not Your Enemy

By Amil Imani

Persian Jews have lived in Iran for millennia. The Jewish community in Iran is among the oldest in the world. I dislike calling them Persian Jews; I prefer to call them just Persian. They are just as Persian as any other Persians. Iran belongs to them just as much as it belongs to every Iranian.

Historically, Judaism has been the second-oldest religion still practiced in Iran after Zoroastrianism, the original Iranian religion before the invasion of the Arabs. The origin of the Jewish diaspora in Persia is connected to the deportation of the Israelites in 727 B.C. from Samaria to Medea and Persia. The famous “Cyrus the Great Declaration” allowed the Jews living in exile by the river of Babylon to return to their homeland, Judea and Jerusalem, to rebuild their Second Temple. However, some who had established themselves economically and socially preferred to remain in Persia and Babylon under the protection of Cyrus the Great.

Israel, we, the children of Cyrus the Great, understand your suffering over time. Many Iranians suffer and share this tragic state of affairs that harms you. We pray for an eternal peace between you and your neighbors. We also earnestly hope ways can be found for a peaceful resolution of this destructive impasse.

As it has been said, if you don’t know who the enemy is, you can’t repel him. One die-hard enemy, Islam, has been brutal at work for some 1,400 years to finish off the Jews, completing the work Muhammad passed on to his followers.

Allah’s Apostle said, “The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say, ‘O Muslim!  There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him’” (Sahih Bukhari 4:52:177; see also Sahih Bukhari 4:52:176Sahih Bukhari 4:56:791).

Many of us, the children of Cyrus the Great, also would like to offer our heartfelt best wishes to the Jews at this critical moment. We know that their towns have been hit for years by (made in Iran) Hamas rockets and missiles. Although it is hard to see innocent civilians die, Israel only defends itself. That should not be too hard to understand.

I urge the Jews to make a distinction between the regime and the Iranian people. True Iranians have remained friends of the Jews by belief and deed. During the shameful Hitlerian campaign to exterminate the Jews, for instance, Iranian missions in Europe, notably the one in France, issued Iranian passports to facilitate the flight of French and other European Jews from the claws of Nazis and their gas chambers – the very gas chambers that the true Muslim, the disgraceful Iranian, former president of the Islamic Republic, Ahmadinejad, denies ever existed. This historical act of humanity is known as the “Iranian Schindler.”

Regrettably, after Cyrus the Great’s declaration, the people of Israel could not settle down for long in their homeland, worship their God as they wished, and live in peace. They were assaulted once again by the forces of destruction that sent them scurrying for the relative safety of other lands.

Their resilience to follow their destiny is the culmination of thousands of years of gestation. The Jewish people, dispersed throughout much of the world, endured immense degrees and varieties of suffering. The Nazi murderers and their collaborators capped the crimes committed against the Jewish people by slaughtering six million innocent men, women, and children.

We are grateful that Israel has welcomed Iranian Jews who could no longer tolerate the rule of the oppressive, venomous mullahs. These mullahs are indeed traitors to the lofty, longstanding tradition and values championed by Cyrus the Great and revered by Persians throughout the ages.

We applaud the Jews for affording millions of Israeli Arabs opportunities denied to them in many Arab countries; we will never forget Israel’s fair treatment of the Bahá’ís in Israel. This is yet another testimony to the Jews’ ability and willingness to live in harmony with any people.

Today, the Iranian people carry on the work that the dissidents in the Soviet Union had to do at once – and are suffering the same kind of oppression, imprisonment, and intimidation. Many prisoners in Iran are staging a hunger strike and are close to their deaths. We thank all human rights activists around the globe who frequently mention the Iranian people’s plight.

Americans need a deeper understanding of the internal dynamics of exile and expatriate politics, and some groups get a bad reputation, often unfairly. Suppose the Iranian expatriate community will lobby for American support for this move. In that case, they must provide emissaries to the American administration who can educate its members on the exile groups’ nature and goals. Historically, American politicians have supported dictators and radical Marxists (the MEK).

Fourteen hundred years of suffering under Islam is far too long for any people, although the Jews hold the record for that misfortune. The Jews have at long last returned to their homeland, even though they are still encircled by the vicious Arab Islamists who would like nothing better than to drown every one of them in the sea, the way Islamists forced Zoroastrian people out of the country and the remaining few to the edges of an inhospitable desert.

Regardless of how loudly and frequently agents of the Islamic Republic bray to eliminate Israel and wish to chase the U.S. to its corner of the world, Iran’s problems will remain, and the Iranian people will continue to suffer. The Iranian people must stand resolute and not allow these end-of-the-worlders, homicidal, suicidal men of Allah and their gang of frauds to take them on a ride to certain death.

©2023. Amil Imani. All rights reserved.

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We No Longer Talk about Such Things

By The Catholic Thing

Anthony Esolen: We are witnessing the complete societal dismissal of any norms regarding sexual behavior between consenting adults, and the refusal to own up to the consequences in human misery.


So the Catholic, trying hard to be faithful in a faithless time, is now to be dismissed – according to a Certain Person in Rome – for being obsessed with sins “below the belt.”  Whether that includes a kick to the groin is not clear.

How about above the belt – in the eyes and in a mind scorched by the evils of a world that has rejected the most fundamental truth about sex?  It is the truth that our Lord affirmed, that “in the beginning God made them male and female,” and “for this cause a man shall leave his father and mother and cleave unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.” (Mt. 19:4-5)

You may reject that truth initially because you want to have your forbidden pleasure, but the fruit soon disappoints, the inheritance is squandered, the famine strikes, the swine are fat, and you are hungry.  Then to be grappling to the evil is a sin not of intemperance, but of stubborn pride and rebellion; and the common victims of it are staring at a screen, frying their imaginations, with no prospects for a normal family life.

Let me make the distinction.  In “An Incident at Krechetovka Station,” Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn describes the usual trip for a military transport train overseen by a gentle lad named Gaydukov, who has seen action in the field, and it is that action and his own gentleness that makes him play loose with the rules.

People try to get on the train, and though it is against regulations, Gaydukov cannot bear to see them freezing in the cold and running like mad to catch up with it.  So he lets them on in exchange for some food or drink – for the soldier boys inside are hungry too, and they will let girls on for free, hoisting them up while the train is hurrying along.

Once inside, the girls talk to the boys, they cook some food for them, one of them washes their shirts, and then they huddle on the bunks to sleep and to keep warm, “and some of today’s young women who, like yesterday’s, had not long ago seen their husbands off (and some of the girls too – few could resist it) would lie down and make love to the boys in the shadows away from the lamp.”

That isn’t a good thing.  It is a sin “below the belt.”  But it is at least an understandable human thing, born of frailty, lonesomeness, and the extraordinary circumstances.

Another, and more dubious case.  The film Fanny by Gaslight (1944; also named Man of Evil) features a young woman, Fanny, whose parents run a brothel, but who have at least a twinge of conscience about it, so they send her away to boarding school once she is too old to risk having her see what they are doing.

Fanny ends up being caught between two worlds, the raffish and seedy world of the high-class brothel, where her girlhood friend ends up as a prostitute, and a world of moral uprightness or at least the appearance of it.  She falls in love with a young member of Parliament whose career is on the rise, and he wants to marry her, but his snobbish family intervenes, and Fanny is made to know that she will ruin him by a marriage.

So she ends up becoming his mistress.  That is not, however, the end of the story; it will end with Fanny at the bedside of her lover, who has been shot in a duel and whom she brings back from the brink of death by telling him that she will never leave him, and that they will marry and have a house and children.

We have no war here, but the pressure of evils from various directions, including that same old human frailty, but the evil is not excused, much less held up as admirable.  This too is a sin “below the belt,” but also in the pocketbook and at the posh club where only the right people are admitted.

We no longer talk about such things.  We are talking, again, about the complete societal dismissal of any norms regarding sexual behavior between consenting adults, and the refusal to own up to the consequences in human misery, especially to children growing up in chaotic and often fatherless homes, and to the materially and educationally poor, who are surrounded by what is less and less a society than an inhuman amalgam of individual wills pursuing what they desire.

These are not sins of a warm but misdirected heart.  They are sins that burn hot and then cold, ever colder.  The “hookup” culture is no culture at all.  It is far from the merriment of Shakespeare or Chaucer.  It is grim and angry.

Why should we be surprised?  Sin will always disappoint.  A commitment to sin in principle is no longer weakness but a trade, a business, and the people so committed lock themselves up in what becomes a hedonistic intellectual prison, and when they mock those outside the prison, they toss the key away.  Perhaps they are conscious of tossing it away.  That would then be the definition of mortal sin: to choose a prison you know you can never escape from.

These are sins of an intellect gone bad.  They include a certain malice toward others, too.  For the consequences are everywhere, in loneliness, childlessness, family disintegration, and blood.  To continue upholding the evil principle, then, is to will that those consequences continue; to purchase your pleasure, such as it is, at the expense of a vast and smothering unhappiness; to say that these tens of millions of children will grow up without fathers, because you want your habit, which does not seem to give you much pleasure in any case, and that is that.

And we who have been fighting for those without a voice are told we are obsessed with sins against the Sixth Commandment.  Rather against the Eighth, the Fifth, and the First.

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AUTHOR

Anthony Esolen

Anthony Esolen is a lecturer, translator, and writer. Among his books are Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture, and Nostalgia: Going Home in a Homeless World, and most recently The Hundredfold: Songs for the Lord. He is a professor and writer in residence at Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts, in Warner, New Hampshire. Be sure to visit his new website, Word and Song.

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Islamic State: ‘As for virgins, there is nothing wrong with marrying them and owning them’

By Jihad Watch

Where did the Islamic State (ISIS) get this idea? Surely they’re misunderstanding Islam, right? Wrong.

The Qur’an teaches that Infidel women can be lawfully taken for sexual use (cf. its allowance for a man to take “captives of the right hand,” 4:3, 4:24, 23:1-6, 33:50, 70:30).

“Anti-Islamic State (ISIS) Outlet Publishes ISIS Internal Document Discussing Measures Taken To Deal With ‘Female Slaves’ Who Suffer From AIDS In Group’s Mozambique Province – Pro-ISIS Outlet Asserts Authenticity Of Document,” MEMRI, August 17, 2023:

The following report is now a complimentary offering from MEMRI’s Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM). For JTTM subscription information, click here.

On August 16, 2023, the anti-ISIS channel on the Al-Qaeda-operated Rocket.Chat server, “The Channel To Expose The Worshippers Of Al-Baghdadi And Al-Hashemi,” published what it claimed to be an internal circular issued by the Al-Karrar Office, which is part of the Islamic State (ISIS) General Directorate of Provinces.[1]

The document, which dates to January 9, 2022, was acknowledged by a pro-ISIS Telegram outlet and indicates that ISIS fighters in Mozambique are contracting AIDS from their wives and slaves.

From Al-Karrar Office To Mozambique Governor

Addressing the Wali (“Governor”) of the Islamic State Mozambique Province, the Arabic document features responses from ISIS leadership to religious questions sent by the wali and were originally sent to ISIS leadership in non-Arabic language. It reads: “To: the honorable Sheikh Al-Fadil, Wali of the State of Mozambique, may Allah Almighty protect him….

AIDS Prevalence Among ISIS Members

Another page of the circular indicates that some ISIS fighters in Mozambique and their wives have contracted the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS/HIV). The document further indicates the group in Mozambique is enslaving women and give them away to fighters as a reward.

Discussing the measures taken by the Mozambique Province to deal with AIDS cases among its fighters and residents within the territory it controls, the document reads: “We conducted [medical] tests on people and found out that some have AIDS. The [ISIS] court decided that if AIDS is found in one of the spouses, then it must be found in the other. So, the court decided to separate the spouses for a period of three months before taking the test again. If the [new] test gives a positive result for one of the spouses, the marriage then is invalidated. [However] the woman should still observe the three-month waiting period [that follows divorce according to Islamic laws]. After that she can remarry someone else who has contracted the disease.”

The wali pointed out in his question that the above ruling has not yet been put into implementation and that he is waiting for a reply from the ISIS leadership.

Discussing slaves suffering from AIDS, he said: “Likewise, we are waiting for the [medical] tests for female slaves, therefore we have not divided them up among the brothers yet.”

Everyone Should Take AIDS Tests

In its response, the ISIS leadership explained: “It seems, and Allah knows best, that this disease has come to you through the women you enslave, so it is necessary to examine them before dividing them up among the brothers. [The tests] should also apply to immigrant brothers, sisters if you are able to do so, and the division of slaves should be delayed until you are completely sure that they are free of these diseases.”

“Slaves With AIDS Should Be Offered For Ransom Or Killed If They Refuse To Become Muslims”

The response further explains that the enslaved women should be asked to convert to Islam, and if they refuse “they should be killed.”

“Those who convert to Islam and are confirmed free of the disease can be given [to ISIS members].”

It also said that female slaves who contracted AIDS and agreed to convert to Islam can be let free in return for a ransom.

As for female slaves who have the disease, who refuse to convert to Islam, and no ransom is paid for them, the directive from the ISIS leadership said that “they should be killed.”

It noted non-virgin women should all take tests before they are given away as slaves to ISIS members.

“As for virgins, their matter is different, and there is nothing wrong with marrying them and owning them,” it said.

The final page of the document shows the seal of General Directorate of Provinces Al-Karrar office….

AUTHOR

ROBERT SPENCER

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Some Subversive Thoughts on Racism

By The Catholic Thing

Msgr. Charles Fink wonders how much of what is deemed racism in our society is really only a matter of feeling more at home among those with whom we are most familiar.  

My grandfather was what might be called an old-world gentleman.  He dressed in a shirt and tie for work, even into old age when he was running a small family business on his own, at a desk in the unfinished basement of his Bronx home.  I don’t remember ever hearing him swear or raise his voice in anger.  He was unfailingly courteous and kind but by no means perfect, one of his flaws being a mild form of prejudice that manifested itself in his referring to members of other races with words like “darkies” or “chinks,” usually with an almost embarrassed smile, never derisively.  Nevertheless, by contemporary standards, he was a racist.

But here is a fascinating fact about my grandfather.  A lifelong practicing Episcopalian, who was a lay preacher in his church in the Bronx, he remained an active member of the congregation as the church’s neighborhood changed and the largely white congregation became predominately black. And when his funeral service was conducted in this church, one after another of the almost entirely black attendees approached me to offer their condolences and to say, “Your grandfather was a real gentleman.”

What to make of this?  Does my grandfather deserve to be lumped in with Ku Klux Klansmen?  Were all the black congregants of that parish duped by a charlatan and hypocrite?  Could it be that because of nature, nurture, and God knows what else, my grandfather had prejudices but, being a Christian and fundamentally decent man, didn’t allow those prejudices to determine his interactions with others?

Before I was a Catholic priest, I served in the military as an infantryman in Vietnam.  Two black boys (we were nearly all boys) from Tennessee helped break me in when I reported for duty in my unit.  Two months later, wounded in an ambush, I was rescued and evacuated with the help of a strapping, athletic black soldier over six feet tall and a stocky Puerto Rican who threw me over his shoulder and carried me to safety.  Color didn’t matter in the field.  We were, as the saying goes, “a band of brothers.”

Nevertheless, when we returned to our main base on rare occasions, and were able to get to the enlisted men’s club for some downtime, the blacks and the whites seemed automatically to separate and sit among their own.  I’ve found the same pattern repeated as a priest at clergy conference meals.  Black priests from all over the world, now serving in our diocese, most often in largely white parishes with white fellow clergy, everyone getting along, gravitate to tables of all black priests.

I asked a wonderful and much-loved priest from Ghana if he thought there was anything racist about this.  He laughed and said something like, “Of course not.  People just naturally feel comfortable with those most like themselves in race and national origin.”

I wonder how much of what is deemed racism in our society is really only a matter of feeling more at home among those with whom we are most familiar.  And even if, as in the case of my grandfather, there is more to it than that, is the bias always so egregious that it deserves to be called out, lumped in with truly hateful bigotry, and the offending person’s character assassinated by being tagged racist or, as has become increasingly prevalent, phobic in one way or another?

If I walk through a high-crime neighborhood, day or night, am I a racist for being more nervous than if I were walking around the block in my parish or hometown?  If we replaced our police with Robocops, programming them to be maximally protective of all our neighborhoods, would they be programmed identically irrespective of where they were to patrol?  Aren’t we all, in fact, constantly receiving, analyzing, and interpreting data and adjusting our behavior accordingly?  Why else do we have intelligence?  Isn’t that what something like defensive driving or alertness to our surroundings on a subway platform is all about?

Dr. Jordan Peterson has become both enormously popular and intensely controversial, I believe for much the same reason.  He has a keen sense of the subtlety, complexity, and mystery of reality and of human nature in particular and is at pains to help others navigate the often treacherous currents of life so that they may flourish and get along.  He is admired by those of us who appreciate his knowledge, wisdom, understanding, and evident compassion.  He is despised by those who prefer the simplicity of name-calling and putting everyone into neat little dismissive boxes.

The Peterson path has the potential to lead to a measure of harmony and peace, the other to endless division and antipathy.  It shouldn’t take a genius or a saint to judge which is the better course.  My grandfather, mildly prejudiced though he was, managed to get along with nearly everyone.  All it took was some courtesy and the basic Christian decency that didn’t allow his own natural preferences and prejudices to be the chief determining factor in how he treated others.

Master story-teller and devout Catholic, J.R.R. Tolkien, in a letter to his son, Michael, wrote: “remembering my own sins and follies, [I] realize that men’s hearts are not as often as bad as their acts, and very seldom as bad as their words.” 

A little more of Tolkien’s humility and charity would go a long way to healing our broken society and helping us live as neighbors instead of enemies.

AUTHOR

Msgr. Charles Fink

Msgr. Charles Fink (a new contributor) has been a priest for 47 years in the Diocese of Rockville Centre. He is a former pastor and seminary spiritual director, living in retirement from administrative duties at Notre Dame Parish in New Hyde Park, NY.

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How To De-Queer Your Public School District

By Dr. Rich Swier

“Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.” — Joseph Stalin, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.


Over time public schools in America have taken total control of the weapon called public education and have aimed it at parents and their children. It is now time for parents to take back control of public education and aim it at those who are bent on indoctrinating their children rather than teaching them reading, writing and arithmetic.

America’s educators must stop teaching our children what to think and focus on teaching our child how to think as free individuals.

If we don’t do this now then we will lose future generations and thereby lose our Constitutional Republic.

Today our public schools have been infiltrated by those pushing the LGBTQ, aka Queer, agenda in our classrooms. Parents are seeing pornographic books like “The Little Black – Queer In the 21st Century” in public school libraries and media centers, nationwide. Public schools have formed gay clubs such as the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN).

Kevin Jennings is the founder of GLSEN and he also established, under the Obama administration, Gay-Straight Alliance clubs in Elementary and High Schools. Jennings is himself gay.

Jennings wrote the foreword for a book entitled Queering Elementary Education: Advancing the Dialogue about Sexualities and Schooling, which includes an essay that indicates that “‘queerly raised’ children are agents” who should employ “strategies of adaptation, negotiation, resistance, and subversion,” to others.

America’s Education Watch reported this about Kevin Jennings and GLSEN,

Parents who don’t ask the questions will be very surprised at the literature, books and information being used to educate their children about sex – all sex and at an early age.

Behind GLSEN’s promotion of “tolerance” and “safety,” however, are the sordid realities of what GLSEN actually supports. Just about every type of sexual practice imaginable is “celebrated” and even graphically described in first-person stories by students in GLSEN’s recommended literature.

GLSEN also supports gender distortion through cross-dressing, even in books recommended for elementary school children.

Criminal, underage sexual contact between adults and minors is a frequent, casual theme in these materials.

Planned Parenthood, a long-time GLSEN ally, brought enough kits for everyone at the 2005 event and laid them out on their table for all to take. Massachusetts News reported, “Out of approximately 650 attendees, about 400 of those were students.” 250 adults at a Planned Parenthood event out of 650 attendees? So I guess the wolf was supervising the event!

Watch this video about Obama’s “Safe Schools” czar Kevin Jennings who is a member of The North American Man/Boy Love Association or NAMBLA:

Most recently a Oklahoma Public School District promoted Dr. Shane Murnan, the 52-year-old principal of John Glenn Elementary School in southwestern Oklahoma City, who parades himself around as a “drag queen” named Shantel Mandalay, and was even crowned as this year’s Miss Oklahoma FFI, a drag queen event and has an arrest record for child pornography.

Today any parent who questions their public school board’s policies and politics have even been labeled as “domestic terrorists” by the U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona.

QUESTION: How can parents fight back and win?

De-Queer Public Schools

It is imperative that law abiding citizens take action to De-Queer our public school.

QUESTION: How can parents, grandparents and ordinary citizens De-Queer their public school district?

The answer is simple, make the School Boards, Superintendents, teachers and administrator follow the laws of the land.

What public school boards have done is deprived parents of their right under the color of law which is punishable under 18 USC § 242.

Those who, via public school policies, are in violation of the law can be brought to justice for their high crimes and misdemeanors.

This can be done by any citizen by simply asking their local District or State Attorney to empanel a Grand Jury to look into these violations of law and if found culpable then that person or persons, from the school board to the classroom, can be arrested, tried and if convicted fined and imprisoned.

Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Law 18 USC § 242 reads:

Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or to different punishments, pains, or penalties, on account of such person being an alien, or by reason of his color, or race, than are prescribed for the punishment of citizens, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if bodily injury results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.

How to Take Action to Empanel a Grand Jury

We are providing the following letter with attachment that may, if you wish, be sent to any District or State Attorney by any parent or concerned citizen to De-Queer their public schools.

DRAFT LETTER:


LETTER HEAD

Date

FROM:      Name

Address

City, State Zip Code

TO:             District/State Attorney

Address

City, State Zip Code

RE: Request to empanel a Grand Jury to investigate and indict members of the __________ School Board, Superintendent, administration and teachers of High Crimes and Misdemeanors

Dear District/State Attorney _______,

Before entering your current office, you took the following oath:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support, protect, and defend the U.S. Constitution and Government of the United States.

This letter is to apprise you of egregious violations against the U.S. Constitution of the United States of America by the _________ School Board, Superintendent, administration and teachers of High Crimes and Misdemeanors.

These violations include the crime of deprivation of rights under color of law as outlined in 18 USC § 242 which reads:

Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or to different punishments, pains, or penalties, on account of such person being an alien, or by reason of his color, or race, than are prescribed for the punishment of citizens, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if bodily injury results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.

We have attached a document that provides information on your authority and evidence sufficient to empanel a grand jury to convene and determine if it is reasonable to prosecute each of these criminal acts, including deprivation of rights under law of parents.

We ask that you do your duty to restore equal justice under the law and reinstate the American people’s confidence in the justice and judicial systems, by arresting and prosecuting these offenders, in what amounts to an unprecedented coup d’état and pernicious attack upon our Republic, the several States and the American People.

Kindly, advise your intentions.

Sincerely,

-Signed-

Appendix A: Attorney Brief – Constitutional Enforcement under The Supreme Law of The Land


It is now time for parents to control their of their child’s, or children’s, education.

©2023. Dr. Rich Swier, Ed.D. All rights reserved.

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Miss Iraq Blasts Biden for Funding Anti-Semites

By The Geller Report

Even Miss Iraq …..

‘Shame on you, Biden’ – Miss Iraq blasts US funding of Palestinian Authority

Sarah Idan, former Miss Iraq, takes aim at the Biden administration and Saudi Arabia over funding of Palestinian Authority, after Mahmoud Abbas launches into antisemitic rant on Holocaust.

By World Israel News Staff September 8, 2023:

Former Miss Iraq Sarah Idan took aim at the Biden administration and other governments funding the Palestinian Authority, after footage went viral this week of Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ antisemitic tirade.

On Wednesday, the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) released a video of Abbas’ address during a Fatah party meeting last month, during which the PA leader pushed the canard that Ashkenazi Jews are descended from Khazar converts and are thus “not Semites.”

The PA chairman also denied that Jews were singled out during the Holocaust because of Nazi racial theories, and instead posited that Hitler targeted Jews merely because of their “social role,” accusing European Jews of harming the social fabric of Germany with “usury” and other irresponsible behavior.

Abbas went on to accuse Israel, the US, and Britain of orchestrating attacks on Sephardic Jews in Arab countries after 1948, in order to encourage immigration to the new State of Israel.

Keep reading.

AUTHOR

Pamela Geller

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Biden regime quietly rescinds Trump’s recognition of Israeli sovereignty over Golan Heights

By Jihad Watch

As always, the Biden regime gives aid and comfort to America’s enemies and works against its friends.

Biden Backdoors Israel in the U.N., Rescinding Trump’s Recognition of Sovereignty over the Golan

by Tony Badran, The Tablet, September 6, 2023:

…Nowhere is the split between formal U.S. policy and the stealth agendas being implemented by U.S. policymakers more glaring and toxic than in the Middle East. This is true because the core of U.S. Middle East policy is the de facto alliance with Iran promoted by the Obama administration and enshrined in the JCPOA. Obama’s revisionist approach to Iran has in essence left the U.S. with two Mideast policies—one enshrined in our alliances and understandings with historic U.S. allies, and the other centered on dumping our commitments to our allies in order to appease Iran. Only one of these is truly U.S. regional policy, of course—the policy that seeks to establish Iran as the center of a new Middle East. As a result, American commitments now serve to gaslight our allies into going along by encouraging them to imagine that, sooner or later, things will go back to normal.

The focus of the split in U.S. policy and of gaslighting our allies is the Lebanese pseudo state run by Hezbollah, the terror army controlled by Iran. By dealing with “Lebanon,” the U.S. can help forward the objectives of its Iranian partner without ever dealing directly with Iran—and thereby can continue gaslighting its allies to the extent that they would prefer to believe that the U.S. is still their partner.

The latest act in the Biden administration’s Middle Eastern Kabuki theater is the use of Lebanon to rescind America’s recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights. No formal announcement of this major policy shift was made, of course. Instead, it was buried in the fine print of the U.N. Security Council’s reauthorization of UNIFIL, the force that ostensibly secures Lebanon’s border with Israel. In a reprise of Barack Obama’s passage of Security Council Resolution 2334 in the final days of his second term, Team Obama-Biden on Aug. 31 again used the route of the Security Council to abandon a formal American commitment and implement a new policy with extreme repercussions for Israel’s security….

This past June, the administration took measures to reaffirm Obama’s UNSCR 2334 legacy, issuing new guidance to government agencies ending scientific and technological cooperation with Israel “in geographic areas which came under the administration of Israel after 1967.”…

Read more.

AUTHOR

ROBERT SPENCER

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From Cradle to Jihadi

By Amil Imani

Every child who arrives into this world is a helpless infant at the mercy of others, not only to be fed, cleaned, and protected but also to be informed about the bewildering life we face. The parents, caretakers, and immediate family can teach the newborn only what they know and believe in themselves, which was handed down to them by the adults who raised them.

The development of a newborn in any family is influenced by many factors, among them how hands-on the parents are, how religious they are, and how they manage him to make him a good person, but also a person better than they are.

From its inception, Islam discovered the crucial secret of getting to the young mind early by adhering to the dictum: instruction in early childhood is akin to carving in a rock. Similarly goes the Jesuit saying: “Give me a child until he is seven, and I will give you the man.” The immense importance of getting early to the young mind is also emphasized by non-religious doctrines as diverse as the Freudian psychoanalytic theory and Watsonian behavioral psychology.

Thus, millions of infants annually end up in the care of people who themselves are imbued with a pathological Islamist belief system rooted in the mores and practices of the primitives of the Arabian Peninsula.

From very early on, the young child is indoctrinated in the belief that there is an omniscient, ever-vigilant Allah who observes everything a person does and even everything he contemplates. Nothing whatsoever escapes this omnipresent, all-knowing being. Allah keeps tabs and bestows incredibly desirable rewards if one behaves as told while dispensing unimaginably tortuous punishment if one strays.

The very young Muslim begins with questions at every step, with fears and hopes entangled with the need to survive and thrive. He is curious to know who he is. What is this world all about? What is he supposed to do, and how? Where is he headed? People die. Where do they go? And on and on. The information booths available to him in the fairground of life provide answers that may help relieve his innate existential anxiety. Here, the Islamic religion plays a critical role and holds great appeal. Muhammad’s religion offers a surefire answer for those willing to take it on faith.

These are precisely the kind of people Western countries, including the United States, have brought from the 7th century to 21st-century America and settled across the land without any consideration for the safety and security of the American people. What did they expect would happen once they rejected the West and declared jihad against all infidels? In no time at all, America, the greatest superpower on the planet, loses its power from within to these future jihadists, and out of fear of the racist label, Americans look the other way and remain silent.

Islam is a powerful magnet for the masses who are unable to deal with the uncertainties of life and death on their own. It is from this population, many already thoroughly indoctrinated from birth, that most die-hard jihadists emerge.

According to his religion, it is the bargain the jihadist makes. He surrenders totally to the religion of surrender in exchange for blanket security. Islam gives him all the answers he seeks for dealing with this world and promises him a lush and eternal paradise of Allah once he leaves it. It’s a bargain that some buy-in whole and some in part. Some refuse it and seek other means of dealing with their questions and unrelenting existential anxiety.

It is foolish to underestimate the dangers of Islamic mental manipulation. All Muslims share an Islamic cognitive repertoire with considerable variations. As with any population distribution, a significant majority forms the middle while minorities populate the extremes. Islamic apologists and many Muslims point to the middle as true Islam, thereby disassociating themselves from the two extremes and may even denounce those extremes as not being Muslims.

At one extreme are the nominal Muslims. These Muslims adhere loosely to the Islamic precepts and practices that ordinarily pose little threat to non-Muslims and may even reject some aspects of the religion.

At the other extreme are the die-hard fanatical jihadists, who present severe threats to non-Muslims, the so-called moderate Muslims (Muslims in name only), and the nominal Muslims.

Nothing is out of bounds to this extremist group in furthering its cause. Dissimulation, deception, and all manner of violence are their Quran-sanctioned tools. As part of their scheme, this evil group has adopted highly effective strategies for subjugating the West, its people, and its culture. In keeping with their supremacist racist cult, their god, Allah, is proclaimed the greatest god — Allah-o-Akbar. Yet, in English, one hears only the deceptive translation: God is great, and not the actual Arabic; Allah is the greatest.

History documents the pivotal role of small groups, even individuals, in precipitating monumentally important events. It is the energized, dedicated militant minority that often sparks movements and directs the course of human events. And it is the minority of Muslims, militant and highly motivated soldiers of Allah, are on the march to defeat the non-believing world and establish the Islamic caliphate.

©2023. Amil Imani. All rights reserved.

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A crisis of parenting is the root cause of America’s rapid secularization

By MercatorNet – Navigating Modern Complexities

Not long ago, I asked a young tradesman to quote on a job. We’ll call him Bruno. We began talking and I mentioned that I was a Catholic. “Religion,” he said, “that’s a good thing.” I asked what his was and he told me that he was a Muslim.

“But,” Bruno added. “I wasn’t always a Muslim.” Tell me about it, I said. He explained:

“When I was in fifth class, some kid on the playground asked me what my religion was. I didn’t understand what he was talking about. I said, I’m Australian. No, you moron, the other kid said, what God do you believe in? Um, same God as everyone else, Bruno replied. And when he went home, he asked his mother, Mum, what religion are we?’ She said, ‘well, we’re Turkish, so I guess we’re Muslim.”

And that was the beginning of Bruno’s religious journey.

For most kids, though, it would have ended then and there on the playground. More and more children are growing up without any religious affiliation. Being Australian is apparently about as much religion as they can stomach.

And it is their outlook, rather than adolescent rebellion against parental faith that is driving the drift away from God, according to a study by Lyman StoneStone is a Lutheran demographer who works with the highly-regarded  Institute for Family Studies.

In Western countries like Australia, secularization, or its twin, deChristianization, is definitely a thing. Churches are being turned into restaurants or Airbnbs. Attendance at church services is declining. The percentage of Americans with no religious affiliation (“nones”) in Gallup surveys has risen from close to zero in the 1950s to nearly 30 percent.

There are various explanations for this slide into secularism. The most obvious is that secular parents are raising secular kids. But Stone points to a survey which showed that the share of parents in the 1990s who were raising their children with no religion held steady at 7 percent. But the proportion of children who said they had no religion kept rising anyway.

“Kids born in the 1990s didn’t lose their faith as adults; they had already lost it in childhood. There is little to no change in belief in God for 1990s kids between ages 18-20 and 28-30. In other words, the decline in religiosity we’ve seen across America in the 2000s and 2010s, and especially among young people, isn’t driven by a loss of faith among adults in that period. It appears to be driven by a failure by parents to pass on the faith in the 1990s and 2000s.”

According to the polls, secularisation in America is galloping ahead. Is this because everyone is becoming more godless? No, says Stone: largely it’s because of generational replacement. Year by year unchurched Millennials born in the 1990s form a larger and larger proportion of the population.

Is it because the millennials’ religion was beaten up in a cage fight with science? No. Stone writes: “The arguments that persuade children to believe things are not necessarily rationally coherent or compelling, and by the time people are old enough to fully absorb the content of religious debates (their 20s), they tend not to change religion.”

The drift away from religious belief happened when the children were very young, before they became interested in listening to Neil deGrasse Tyson’s YouTube videos. Stone says:

“… loss of religion is about childhood socialization. School environments that prioritize career and never present religious vocation as an option, neighborhoods where churches are zoned out, churches preaching more political sermons than about the challenges of family and adolescence, the explosion of youth pornography usage, social media connecting young children to the social worlds of older children in a totally unsupervised platform, and so forth. The reality is that the last 30 years have seen a dramatic diminution of parental influence in general as kids spend more of their life in child care settings, at school, and online. This shift has protected them from some damaging influences (teens today do less drugs and have less premarital sex) but has also reduced the reach of some good influences (churches, parents).”

Stone is blunt: the parents of Millennials “were uniquely unsuccessful at passing on their faith to their children [emphasis added]. As a result, huge shares of young adults today had at least nominally religious upbringings, lost confidence in that religion sometime before age 22 and often before age 15, and now form a large mass of today’s nonreligious adults.”

This observation doesn’t tell us why these parents failed. There are at least two reasons.

First, parents were unprepared for cultural change in schools and the secularising influence of media. They thought that the kids would be all right if they copied the way their parents had raised them. They aspired to be “good enough” parents, but “good enough” left their children unprotected.

Second, as Stone points out, they didn’t copy their parents. “They divorced at higher rates, gave their kids more screen time, let their children spend their whole childhood in almost totally secularized schools, and were far less likely to take their kids to church regularly. If the parents of the 1980s to 2000s had in fact discipled their children as well as their parents discipled them, churches today would likely have more young people.”

If Lyman Stone is correct, America’s secularisation is due, not to a crisis of faith, but to a crisis of parenting.

Nothing is irreversible, as my Muslim friend’s experience demonstrates. But religious parents who don’t teach their toddlers to take God seriously are unlikely to have adult children who share their values.

AUTHOR

MICHAEL COOK

Michael Cook is editor of Mercator.

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SAINT DAO MINH QUAN AND THE TRIUNE GOD

By Third Republic of Vietnam, LLC

What is the mystery of THE TRIUNE GOD? It is a mystery that signifies that there is only one God but with three distinct yet inseparable Persons, three distinct roles, yet still one God. The Triune God and their roles are GOD THE FATHER as the CREATOR, GOD THE SON as the SAVIOR, and GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT as the SANCTIFIER.

Here we can see that GOD THE FATHER created from nothingness, darkness, and depths. Let’s take a look at Him, at our Holy IMPERIAL DUKE PRESIDENT DAO MINH QUAN, who gave birth to neo-democracy and then ventured out into the desolate desert with no people, only the cold wind and hot sand, have persevered and persevered for more than twenty (20) years of meditation to enlighten the Third Republic of the Republic of Vietnam in order to confront the communist evil power to rescue Vietnam and stabilize the world.

Moving on to the second Person, GOD THE SON as the Savior. We know that JESUS CHRIST suffered humiliation, mockery, and death on the cross for the sake of His love for humanity, sacrificing Himself to redeem us. Similarly, let’s look at our Revered and Holy IMPERIAL DUKE PRESIDENT DAO MINH QUAN, who sacrificed his family, wife, children, possessions, and his precious youth to live in seclusion in the Adelanto desert for meditation, and who authored the strategy “Uphold the Truth to Eliminate Communism” to save the homeland from falsehood, and engage in numerous large and small tasks, all of which demonstrated his sacrificial nature. He too was ridiculed by traitors as Jesus was mocked by the Pharisees and asked the Procurator Pilate to crucify Him.

But in the end, He embodies the role of the third Person, GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT, as the SANCTIFIER. Sanctification is about becoming Holy. Therefore, at this moment, you are being trained within the FCC, important with Teachings by the Holy IMPERIAL DUKE PRESIDENT DAO MINH QUAN, which first and foremost require you to become a truthful serving the country and humanity.

Through the aforementioned perspectives, we can perceive the similarity between Holy IMPERIAL DUKE PRESIDENT DAO MINH QUAN and the mystery of the THREE DIVINE PERSONS, THE TRIUNE GOD. While we might not fully comprehend it, we can assert that the Three Divine Persons are unified in the aspects of creation, redemption (sacrifice), and sanctification. These aspects all pertain to the “Special Characteristics” of LOVE. We can also see in Holy IMPERIAL DUKE PRESIDENT DAO MINH QUAN these resembles to the “Special Characteristics,” as well as his role in redeeming Vietnam and assisting his fellow beings, which prompted more evident.

Written under the inspiration of a descendant of the Tran family