In the name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate
Each chapter of the Qur’an begins with the words: “…Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate.”
Now, can someone please tell me how the following true story of an Islamic follower, who carries out such an unspeakably horrible punishment upon an 8-year-old child for the crime of stealing bread, reveals the mercy and compassion of their god Allah?
In the meantime, self-proclaimed “compassionate liberals” in the West howl and scream “child abuse!” when a Christian or Jewish parent lovingly spanks their child for training and discipline (which, if done properly does no harm to the child), and then turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to the kind of cruelty and mutilation met out by observant Moslems where sharia law is the law of the land? Where were the voices of these “compassionate liberals” when Saddam was slaughtering hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children and throwing their bodies into mass graves in the desert?
The pictures below are shocking, but sadly, the scene is not a rare one in Islamic countries. Amputation and mutilation is commonly practiced by adherents of the “religion of peace” for petty crimes. The pictures tell the story. Please pass it along.
This little Iranian boy will likely never be able to use his arm again for the rest of his life.
“The Day of Resurrection will not arrive until
the Moslems make war against the Jews and kill them,
and until a Jew hiding behind a rock and tree, and the rock and tree will say: ‘Oh Moslem, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me,
come and kill him!'”
Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim Madi
Delivering the main Friday sermon on Palestinian TV (April 13, 2001)
Quoting the Hadith recording the words of Mohammed
“The battle with the Jews will surely come… the decisive Moslem victory is coming without a doubt, and the prophet spoke about in more than one Hadith. And the day of resurrection will not come without the victory of the believers [the Moslems] over the descendents of the monkeys and pigs [the Jews] and with their annihilation.” Official Palestinian Authority newspaper,
Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 18, 2001
When the first Gulf War broke out in Iraq in 1991, Iraqi Scud missiles rained down on Tel-Aviv. I happened to be in Israel just before the war broke out visiting some friends at Tel-Nof Air Force Base.
One afternoon I stood on the end of a runway watching Israeli fighter-jets taking off for training maneuvers. In between takeoffs, my Israeli escort, an F-15 fighter pilot, gave me an off-the-record comment as the deafening roar of these incredible machines in full after-burner literally shook the ground. I asked him, “What will you do if Saddam hits Israel with a chemical or biological weapon?” He looked sideways at me rubbing his chin. A smile stole over his sun-wrinkled face, baked by thousands of hours under a fighter-jet canopy. “I tell you the truth” he began, in his thick Hebrew accent. “If that SOB Hussein puts a single drop of chemicals into Israel . . .” He pinched his fingers together near my face as if holding something very small. “Baghdad will quickly be a smoking ruin, I guarantee it!” It was clear that he wasn’t kidding.
Israeli Intelligence was well-aware of the threat Iraq posed. Israel was conducting covert operations in western Iraq with a special team of trained commandos called the ‘Sayeret Matkal.’ These Special Forces, Israel’s elite, were tasked with finding Iraq’s scud missile launchers before they could be used on Israeli targets. This super-secret group has operated since 1957 to conduct top-secret intelligence-gathering missions behind enemy lines. They operated in Iraq just before the second gulf war, and Israeli Intelligence operatives were no-doubt hard at work in carefully identifying specific Hamas targets in Gaza in order to minimize civilian casualties. The mainstream media remain virtually ignorant (willingly?) of Israel’s ongoing efforts to protect innocents where possible.
Most Israelis (except for the appeasing leftists) have learned the hard way that the best defense is a good offense. Just ten years before on June 7, 1981, Israel launched a preemptive air attack against Saddam’s nuclear facility 18 miles south of Baghdad, destroying the Osirak reactor. Israel couldn’t afford to wait for the foot-draggers in the UN to do something about Saddam’s nuclear ambitions. By the time the UN Security Council would move a finger, Israel would be in ruins.
Near the end of the first Gulf war, I strolled a main street in downtown Tel Aviv watching crowds of people and families walking around with their gas masks hanging over their shoulders in readiness for a missile attack even while they celebrated Purim. I looked down at my own gas mask and wondered how long Americans would tolerate such a horrendous situation as Israel has had to endure over the past decades. Although this is a fairly common experience in the only democracy in the Middle East, the unspeakably horrible prospect that a people, whose parents and grandparents died by the millions in gas chambers just a few decades earlier, should have to face the prospect of having their families and homes bombed with sarin or mustard gas.
Now, as Israel defends herself against incessant Hamas rocket attacks into their town and cities from Gaza, the world media and appeasing, Jew-hating governments howl their rage and indignation. Where was their rage when over 8,000 Qassam missiles were raining on Israeli civilian centers? What other nation would tolerate, even for a week, such a blatant act of war against themselves without retaliation?
The torch of Jew-hatred fell from the hands of Hitler with the fall of the Third Reich in 1945. For a brief time, the world was horrified to learn of the holocaust against the Jewish people at the hands of the Nazis. The stories and pictures of the concentration camps brought about a brief season of sympathy for the Jewish people, and may have been a major factor in the establishment of the modern State of Israel. However, in my view, the holocaust never really ended . . . it was merely postponed. The spirit of anti-Semitism is alive and well, and is presently enraged by the fact that the Jewish people have now reformed a state in their ancient national homeland, built a formidable military as capable as any, and are no longer willing to passively lie down and quietly die. How dare these Jews actually DEFEND themselves?! (I’m speaking facetiously of course)
How can we stand by passively when the innocent are destroyed? Each time a rocket falls on an Israeli town, it is a missile aimed at the heart of all humanity. Please don’t bore me with the Islamic propaganda about Israeli air strikes against Hamas strongholds killing innocent Palestinians. The terrorists deliberately position their missile launchers in schools, hospitals, and apartment complexes. This cynical disregard for the innocent among their own people is beneath contempt. Israel’s battle against Hamas (and ultimately every other Islamic hate-group that comprises the hydra-headed monster of Islamic extremism) is a battle for the freedom of the Palestinian people, and indeed the entire Western world. Make no mistake about it.
The long history of the world’s hatred and oppression of the Jewish people would fill whole libraries. Suffice it to say that the incessant spewing of the sewage of anti-Jewish propaganda constantly seeks to vilify and demonize the Jewish people. Today, the torch of Jew-hatred is principally carried by Islamic propagandists.
Israel, for all its faults, is a shining beacon of democracy and freedom in the Middle East. Their very existence represents a threat to the brutal Arab-Islamist dictators and self-coronated kings surrounding this tiny country. If the people living under these megalomaniacal dictators ever got a real taste of freedom, these dictators would be dispatched post-haste by their own people to meet their god Allah!
A Final Thought
In 2004, after the Islamist massacre of hundreds of innocent school children in Beslan, Russia, I led a modest relief effort to the hundreds of wounded children and family members. While inspecting the scorched and bombed-out ruins of the school, I noticed something among the many flower arrangements and wreaths adorning that place of intense sorrow. Spaced about two feet apart all around the building and throughout the burned-out gymnasium, as well as placed upon each grave outside of town, were beautiful bouquets of flowers with a letter encased in plastic packets. The letters were from the State of Israel and the Jewish people, expressing in several languages heartfelt condolences to the Beslan community.
No other nation, not even the United States, had gone to such pains to so lovingly express solidarity and compassion to the people of Beslan. Who could understand better how the victims felt than the Jewish people? To this day, I have not heard, in any media report whatsoever, a single mention of this amazing act of kindness by the people of Israel.
Israelis have the right to defend their nation! This fundamental human right has never been clearer than now, and the world would do well to support and encourage them!
“All that is necessary for evil to triumph, is for enough good men to do nothing.”
Secular solutions to the Arab/Israel conflict are doomed to failure. This is because the conflict is not merely a political struggle or a dispute over real estate. The core problem is Islamic intolerance and hostility toward all other religions including secular states not under Islamic control. This intolerance is particularly focused on Christians and Jews, and especially upon the Jewish State of Israel. There are clear reasons for this within Islamic theology and teaching. For the purposes of this article, I will focus primarily on the Arab/Israeli conflict, and probe the underlying reasons for it.
There are several standard arguments offered by Israel’s enemies to justify her destruction. The list usually includes the following oft-repeated charges;
–Israel’s “illegal occupation” of “Palestinian” land
–Israel’s “human rights” abuses against Arabs
Beyond these broad charges, specific to the existence of the Jewish State, the Jewish people have endured accusations of more sinister conspiratorial plots against humanity in general. Some of these defamatory accusations include;
Jewish “control” over the world’s banking systems
Jewish “control” over the media of the world
Jewish dishonesty in business and commerce
Jewish religious practices that include child sacrifices
Jewish plots to control the world
All the above anti-Jewish libels (each easily refuted by well-established facts) comprise an intricate web of deceitful smoke screens and straw man arguments designed to divert attention away from the REAL reason that opposition to the Jewish people and the State of Israel is so vituperative and insidious. For purposes of this presentation, I shall narrow my focus on this singularly fundamental factor in anti-Zionist rancor, and leave the other issues to those infinitely more qualified to argue them.
While the nations of the world (and even liberal/secular Israelis) seek to grapple with the Arab/Israeli conflict from a purely secular/political approach, the religious foundations of the present conflict are almost entirely ignored. Even if one is non-religious or even atheist in world-view, it must be recognized that religious considerations loom large in the minds of Israel’s most intransigent enemy, the fundamentalist followers of Islam. In the main, Arab opposition to the existence of Israel in the Middle East is based upon literal interpretations of Islamic teachings in the Qu’ran and the Hadith. For example, consider the following quotations attributed to Mohammed;
The Messenger said during his final illness,
‘Two religions cannot coexist in the Arabian Peninsula.’
Umar investigated the matter, then sent to the Jews, saying:
‘Allah has given permission for you to be expelled;
for I have received word that the Prophet said that two religions cannot coexist in Arabia.
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.”’
Just issue orders to kill every Jew in the country.
It must be acknowledged that anti-Semitism has not, either historically or in present times, arisen exclusively within the Islamic community. Nazi philosophy derives much of its anti-Semitic fervor in the quasi-religious belief in the myth of the supremacy of the Aryan race. This belief was fostered in great part by the Theosophical movement founded by Helena Blavatsky. She thought that the Aryans originally came from Atlantis and described the Aryan races with the following words:
“The Aryan races, for instance, now varying from dark brown,
almost black, red-brown-yellow, down to the whitest creamy colour,
are yet all of one and the same stock
– the Fifth Root-Race –
and spring from one single progenitor, (…)
who is said to have lived over 18,000,000 years ago,
and also 850,000 years ago –
at the time of the sinking of the last remnants
of the great continent of Atlantis.”
(Secret Doctrine, Volume II, p.249)
Life.. Thought.. Progress..
Civilization.. Liberty.. Independence..
Lucifer is the Logos..
the Serpent, the Savior.”
(Secret Doctrine, Volume II, pages 171, 225, 255)
Blavatsky’s occult ideas fed into the development of Nazi ideology. Hitler’s obsession to “cleanse” the Aryan Europeans (the “master race”) of Semitic pollutions drove him to systematically slaughter the Jews in the holocaust. The foundational (and religious) philosophy of the Atlantis myth fueled this unspeakable evil, and yet influences white supremacist neo-Nazi groups to this present day.
Interestingly, Nazi and Islamic anti-Semitism joined forces during World War II when the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin el-Husseini, personally recruited for Hitler Bosnian-Muslim troops—a unit of the “Hanjar (Saber) Division” of the Waffen SS—to give Muslim assistance to the Nazi “Final Solution to the Jewish Question.” Was this unholy alliance destroyed in World War II? Decidedly not! Hitler’s Mein Kampf, and the slanderous Protocols of the Elders of Zion, are presently best sellers in Pakistan, Turkey, Iran, and many other Islamic nations. Nazism did not die with Hitler on April 30, 1945in his Berlin Führerbunker. Like the mythical vampire, the foul corpse has resurrected again in the form of Islamofascism.
Christian anti-Semitism is also a well-established historical fact, and any attempt to deny this charge is ludicrous. In recent times, however, overt expressions of Christian anti-Semitism have become relatively rare, being confined to a few aberrant “replacement theology” sects, white “Christian Identity” supremacists, and leftist/liberal denominations. Although they are relatively few in number, these groups command disproportionate media attention because their sensational and outrageous claims make them newsworthy.
The largest majorities of Christians, particularly among Evangelical churches in the United States, are highly supportive of Israel, and feel a strong bond of fraternity with the Jewish people. In addition, many Catholic Christians possess a deep sense of remorse regarding historical offenses committed against the Jewish people in the name of Christ, and are zealous to make amends for past abuses. In March of 2000, Pope John Paul II publicly asked God’s forgiveness for the sins of Roman Church through the ages, including wrongs inflicted on Jews, women and minorities. While the apology fell short in the eyes of many Jewish leaders, specifically because the Pope did not mention the sins of the church with regard to the Holocaust, or the controversial role of Pope Pius XII, who many Jews believe turned a blind eye to the Nazi death camps, it remains that an apology was offered. Vatican Cardinal Edward Cassidy later expressed an apology, with a response from the Pope, specifically referencing the treatment of Jews, and said: “Christians will acknowledge the sins committed by a not a few of their number against the people of the Covenant.”
Islam, however, has no such remorse, and those who take the Qu’ran and Hadith seriously are entirely committed to the eradication of the Jewish State and the Jewish people. In addition, their genocidal obsessions do not confine themselves to the Jews alone. It is clear, not only from Islamic writings, but also from Jihadist terrorism in recent decades, that Islam’s goal is total domination over every other religious belief in the world.
Secular Solutions Alone Cannot Bring Peace
No amount of appeasement, territorial compromises, political agreements, or diplomatic efforts will bring peace to the Middle East so long as Islam and the Jewish State of Israel exist. Historically, and up to the present day, the Arab/Israeli conflict has stemmed primarily from fundamentalist Islam. The clear teachings of Mohammad make it impossible for Islam to coexist peacefully with people of any other religion, and especially Judaism. This is the dirty little secret that secularist politicians are loath to acknowledge, primarily because it is beyond their ability to control. This is the reason America’s war against fundamentalist Islamic Jihadist warriors is publicly cloaked under the more politically correct rubric of “The War against Terror.” This is, of course, patently absurd, for how could any nation possibly ever win a war against a tactic of warfare? Would this not be akin to President Roosevelt making a nonsensical declaration of war against “sneak attacks” in the wake of the December 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor attack, while making no mention of the Imperial Japanese?
Islamic Intolerance IS the Problem
On May 3, 1999, the official Palestine Authority (PA) radio station (Voice of Palestine) broadcast the following religious sermon (at Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa mosque) instructing all Muslims that Israel is part of Palestine and that Israel’s survival is “forbidden by religious law:”
“The land of Muslim Palestine is a single unit which cannot be divided.
There is no difference between Haifa and Nablus, between Lod and Ramallah, between Jerusalem and Nazareth.
The division of the land of Palestine into cantons and the recognition of the occupation is forbidden by religious law,
since the land of Palestine is sacred Wakf land for the benefit of all Muslims, east and west.
No one has the right to divide it or give up any of it.
The liberation of Palestine is obligatory for all the Islamic nations and not only for our Palestinian nation…
All Israeli politicians across their entire political spectrum, regardless of their labels,
they all have a single Zionist view embodied in the occupation of the land
and the establishment of the Zionist entity at the expense of the Muslim Palestinian land…
Allah shall free the captives and the prisoners,
Allah shall grant victory to our jihad warriors.”
Consider the following quotes by Islamic leaders.
“In the end Israel will disappear as the Koran states.
From the standpoint of the Koran,
there is no place for Israel and its existence is not justifiable.”
“Islam does not permit giving up one inch of Palestine
and states that Palestine belongs to the Muslims, belongs to the Palestinian people,
not to the Jews.
Bartering land is not liberation and is not permissible in Islam.”
(Hamas leader Abdel-Aziz Rantisi, Jerusalem Post, May 25, 1997)
“Islamic law does not rule out peace with Israel …
on condition that it is a temporary peace,
until the Moslems build up the [military] strength needed to expel the Jews.”
(Sheikh Abdel Aziz Bin-Baz, Mufti of Saudi Arabia, January, 1995)
In January of 2006, Hamas won the majority 74 of 132 seats in the Palestinian Legislative Council. This organization was founded in 1987 and is funded primarily by Iran. The Hamas Charter states:
“We [all Palestinians] know the Palestinian problem is a religious one,
to be dealt with on this premise…
‘I swear by that [sic] who holds in his hands the Soul of Muhammad!
I indeed wish to go to war for the sake of Allah!
I will assault and kill, assault and kill, assault and kill.”
Itamar Marcus, the Director of Palestinian Media Watch, recently gave an oral presentation at
TelAvivUniversity’s JaffeCenter for Strategic Studies. In his paper entitled; Islam’s Mandatory War against Jews and Israel, Marcus documented that the Palestinians have completely redefined the Arab/Israeli conflict as “a religious war for Allah in which compromise is heretical.” If it were merely a border dispute, such a conflict might be settled with diplomacy and compromise. As a religious dispute, all such diplomacy is doomed to failure.
Islamic leaders in the Palestinian Authority continuously emphasize the following eight points during Friday services in mosques:
Jews are the enemy of Allah
The killing of a Jew is a religious obligation
All agreements with Israel are temporary in nature
Islam is fighting a religious war against the Jews
Palestinians are the vanguard in this war against the Jews,
but all of Islam is obligated to assist them
All the of the land between the Jordan River
and the Mediterranean Sea is Islamic trust
and any Muslim who relinquishes his land
is damned to hell
Allah will replace Muslims who shirk their duty to fight Israel
The ultimate destruction of Israel is a certainty
More ominously, it is a well-documented fact that the PA Authority wields absolute control over PA schools, and regularly indoctrinates children from preschool onward with venomous hatred of Jews and Christians, brainwashing them on the above eight points. Is it any wonder that there is no shortage of new Jihadist fighters in Islam’s war against Israel?
“Blessed is he who fights Jihad in the name of Allah,
blessed is he who [goes on] raids in the name of Allah,
blessed is he who dons a vest of explosives on himself or on his children
and goes in to the depth of the Jews and says:
‘Allahu Akbar, Blessed be Allah’
Like the collapse of the building
upon the heads of the Jews in their sinful dance-hall,
I ask of Allah that we see the Knesset collapsing
on the heads of the Jews.”
– – Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim Madi, Friday Sermon, Palestinian TV, June 8, 2001
No amount of political maneuvering, treaties, agreements, “peace processes,” or “roadmaps” will substantively change the commitment of Islamists to not only destroy the State of Israel and murder the Jews resident there, but then subjugate the entire world under Sharia (Islamic) control.
Israel’s Struggle is the World’s Struggle
All other faiths, especially Christians, are also marked for subjugation or slaughter in the Islamic world envisioned by Jihadists. Palestinian children are taught a song that sums up this reality. One of the verses states; “First we will go after the Saturday people, then the Sunday people.” With this shared fate, it is entirely logical that Christians and Jews, as well as other faiths, form a united front against this evil.
Denial In the Face of Evidence
Passionate resistance is aroused each time the axe of truth is laid upon the root of Mohammad’s Islamic poison ivy. While evil marches under the banner of the Crescent of Islam, modern society finds it nearly impossible to comprehend such malevolence. Playing upon this near-pandemic incredulity, pro-Islamist propagandists spare no expense and effort to assuage public alarm by seeking to portray Islam as a “religion of peace.” Unfortunately, many gullible and uninformed political leaders reinforce this propaganda in a misguided effort to show tolerance.
Additionally, pro-Islamist groups have formed legal advocacy, public relations, and political advocacy groups in the West. These well-financed and highly skilled Islamic apologists have shown themselves more than willing to exploit our legal system and media, and utilize litigation and character defamation against anyone who dares to expose Islam’s true agenda. An ignorant and naïve populace only makes the Islamic apologists’ task easier.
In spite of well-documented vicious Islamic suicide attacks against innocent civilians around the world, as well as on U.S. soil on 9/11, there is no shortage of hopeful humanists who continue to try and “understand” this cult of terror and evil. Examples of the Islamic atrocities would fill volumes, and yet appeasers remain resolute in their denial.
Solutions? Few Exist. None Are Pleasant
Military solutions, whether in Iraq, Israel, or any other place where Islamic Jihadists operate, are doomed to failure if applied with anything less than decisive and overwhelming force. Such application of military force against the advance of Islamic violence is highly unlikely in the present climate of political correctness. Such violence is repugnant to civilized nations—as it should be—especially in consideration of the Jihadist tactic of ensconcing their military operations in the midst of civilian populations so that military attacks against them yield grisly news-video footage of eviscerated women and children. The populations of the West are not conditioned to the harsh realities of war, and grow impatient if a conflict lasts more than a year or two. Also, Western societies love their children more than they love principled causes. By contrast, Islamic extremists love the cause of Islam more than they love their own children, upon whom they strap suicide bombs and make into guided missiles to kill infidels. They are also content to carry on the struggle for centuries if need be.
The more likely long-term solution would be a massive public information effort that would reach into Elementary and Secondary school curricula with accurate information, and an expose’ of Islamic teachings that reveal their agenda of world hegemony. This would also require a concerted public awareness program aimed at the news media, entertainment, and culture. Such public awareness would stave off efforts to neutralize Westerners’ resistance to the Islamic agenda. This solution is also highly unlikely because of the presently entrenched cult of “multiculturalism” in the U.S., and the increasing adoption of pro-Islamic textbooks in American elementary schools by the “Council on Islamic Education,” who influence textbook committees to adopt their pro-Islam spin under the flag of “tolerance.” (See www.cie.org)
Finally, military force might be useful in the takeover of Islamic learning centers and madras’s, particularly in the “PA occupied” areas of Israel where small children are being brainwashed into malicious hatred and violence against Christians and Jews. Of course, such efforts would be met with violence and mass demonstrations by raging mobs of Muslims around the world. Leftists and civil libertarians could be relied upon to protest such a move as something analogous to “cultural genocide.” However, if enough reasonable people should come to the conclusion that indoctrinating children to believe that murder and hatred is an indefensible activity under any measure of civilized behavior, the collective will would exist to put a stop to this horrendous form of child abuse.
The West Lacks the Will to Win… Unless.
Sadly, it is the opinion of this writer that none of the above solutions will be implemented unless… and I am loath to even write the words… unless there is an act of terrorism by Islamic extremists so devastating, so overwhelming, and so outrageous that the whining voices of the appeasers, the “politically correct,” and the leftists are drowned out by a chorus of outrage. It required a Pearl Harbor attack by the Japanese to arouse the American people to the peril of Japanese Imperialism. One would have thought that the Jihadist attack in America on 9/11 would have been sufficient. After all, more people were slaughtered (and civilians at that) on that black day than all the military service people at Pearl Harbor. However, the response has since been watered down by a liberal-left media.
Will it take a nuclear detonation in one or more of our cities? Will it require a chemical/biological attack that slaughters and maims millions of innocent men, women, and children, and devastates our economy to awaken us? Ironically, the impatience of a relatively small number of Jihadists who launch such an outrageous attack may, in the end, prove their own undoing. A well-known quote, attributed to Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, commander of the Imperial Japanese task force, is apropos. Shortly after the attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941, Admiral Yamamoto was quoted as saying;
“I fear that we have awakened a sleeping giant
and filled him with a terrible resolve.”
Perhaps the “sleeping giant” may yet awaken again, but will need to be shaken hard.
As a Christian, (and the same can be said for Jews) I am convinced in an ultimate sense that the Creator is not the slightest bit surprised by any of these problems, and has a plan for each contingency that will end in the establishment of righteousness on the Earth with peace. Until then, we are each “responsible” to the extent of our individual “ability to respond.” As the drama of history plays out on the world stage, I cling to the Biblical promises that Israelis an eternal part of a larger divine plan, and therefore will never cease to exist. Until that Messianic age flourishes, let us each stand for what is right and true, resist evil, and defend the defenseless. God will sort it all out in the end.
I end with a salient quote from President Ronald Reagan, who, against unparalleled opposition, was instrumental in bringing down the former Soviet Union and freeing millions of people from Marxist tyranny. His words ring as true today as they did in 1981 when he said;
“Yesterday, December 7, 1941
—a date which will live in infamy—
the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked
by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.”
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
It’s a rare calendar coincidence that Pearl Harbor Day should fall on a Sunday, just as it did on that terrible day in 1941. My parents remembered it as an ordinary day, when America was slumbering. The Great Depression was beginning to fade from memory as the economy improved. The flames of war in Europe were raging, as Jewish smoke rose from Nazi crematoriums in extermination camps, yet the majority of Americans wanted no part in a war on foreign soil.
My father, along with millions of other young men and women across the nation, flooded military recruiting offices in the weeks following the Pearl attack, outraged, and seeking to enlist and “get even” with the “Japs.” Political correctness-that scourge of modern pop-culture that makes mice of men-was unknown in those days, and a sense of patriotism and duty to our great nation moved these men to leave farms, factories, careers, and families to battle evil.
Dad left his family farm in Missouri along with some of my uncles to fight Nazis and Japanese imperialists. Shipped to the South Pacific, he saw combat in the Marshall Islands and Guam. Although he returned home in one piece, the war left deep wounds upon his mind and soul, and as I was growing up, I remember his frequent visits to the veteran’s mental hospital as he tried to cope with all he’d seen and done. War is hell in the life of a combat veteran, sometimes for many years afterward. It’s hell on their families too, for I also carry some of my dad’s wounds in my own soul due to his inability to be an emotionally nurturing father to me. All is forgiven. I once wept because dad’s pain. I now weep for it.
Dad never spoke much about his war experiences. Like most WWII veterans, the memories were either too painful, or he just didn’t want to bring the horrors of war into our home and family. Men of his generation seldom revealed their inner feelings. I respected that, but later when I came home from service in Vietnam, I often thought it might have been healing for both of us to share our stories. We never really did. I had it infinitely easier than my father did, in that I never had to experience hand-to-hand combat that ended in death. Only last year did he share any of his war experiences with me, but his memories were mercifully dimmed by his long ninety-year journey.
Pearl Harbor triggered our entry into WWII, and a time of testing came upon what some have described as “the greatest generation.” With rare exceptions, these young men, along with dad, passed that test with flying colors. They stood for honor and country, and were fully convinced in the rightness of their cause. They liberated a world from the grip of evil tyranny, and when it was all over, they came home as heroes, not that they would ever admit it. “The real heroes fell on the beach at Iwo Jima, or on D-Day,” is what these guys usually say.
Final Taps for my father…
Early this morning I was awakened by a call I’d been expecting for some time, but dreaded to receive. My father, Julian R. Porter, passed away last night in a hospital in Missouri at the age of ninety-one. In his latter years, dad embraced Jesus Christ as his personal savior, and just two weeks ago I had the joy of praying with him for the last time. We wept together, and I encouraged him to embrace what was coming next, and that when he breathed his last in this world, the veil would be lifted and he would behold the face of Jesus. I like to think that my mom, who went before, met him today, and he is rejoicing in the presence of God.
As we remember Pearl Harbor Day, let us remember to honor that generation of young people who stood up in their time and did what was right and necessary. Let us honor their sacrifices in defense of our freedom, and hold those who remain among us a little closer as they slip away into eternity.
Let us also honor that same spirit of duty, honor, and country that yet burns in the breasts of countless young patriots today, who have answered the call of their country after the dastardly attack on our nation on 9-11-01. Our new enemies killed more of our people that dark day than even the Pearl Harbor attack sixty years before. Our soldiers today are battling a new evil-Islamo-fascism-and we must do all we can to support them in their mission. Make no mistake. We face a worse tyranny and enslavement at the hands of these medieval barbarians than we ever would have under a Hitler, Stalin, Mao, or Tojo. Let us continually remind our leaders that the path of appeasement with evil is the path of defeat and death.
I love you dad. Thanks for defending us before we were even born, and in spite of the fact that we didn’t even understand what you did for so many years. Thanks for all the selfless years you endured a numbingly mindless job in a factory to put food on our table, clothes on our backs, and a roof over our heads. Thanks for doing the best you could, and loving my mom and my brother and sisters with your faithfulness in spite of your inner pain. Your tour of duty is finished. Mission accomplished. You’ve entered into eternal joy unspeakable and full of glory. Watch for me at the gates dad. I’m not too far behind.
Preserve me from violent men,
Who plan evil things in their hearts;
They continually gather together for war.
They sharpen their tongues like a serpent;
The poison of asps is under their lips. Selah
Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked;
Preserve me from violent men,
Who have purposed to make my steps stumble.
(Psalms 140:1-4 NKJV)
(Warning: Some quotes in this article may be offensive.)
Among the “politically correct” there is an increasing stranglehold being placed upon our First Amendment rights of free speech and freedom of religion. A new lexicon of “hate crimes” are finding their way into legislation and the courtrooms. As these laws are set in place, it is becoming abundantly clear that the sort of “crimes” being targeted are those of biblical moral and ethical standards, often proclaimed among Christians.
A bitterly-contested ballot issue in California was passed by a clear majority of Californians last week. Prop 8 reaffirmed the traditional definition of marriage exclusively as a union between a man and a woman. Because of recent liberal fiat court rulings, same-sex marriages were being performed in California. Since the election, this practice has now been made illegal, and protests and marches by tens of thousands of outraged homosexual activists have erupted in the streets.
Now, try to imagine with me for a moment how the news media and the general public would react if the following posts were made on clearly identifiable “Christian” web-blog sites.
·“Can someone in CA please go burn down the gay bars and bathhouses and the homosexual activist offices there, PLEASE. I mean seriously. DO IT.”
·“I’m going to give homosexuals something to be f–ing scared of….I’m a radical who is now on a mission to make them all pay for what they’ve done.”
·“Burn their f–ing gay bathhouses to the ground, and then tax the charred timbers.”
·“Trust me. I’ve got a big list of names of homosexuals and transsexuals that were big opponents of Prop 8…. As far as gays and lesbians… I warn them to watch their backs.”
Outraged? Offended that anyone in the Christian community would dare utter such violent threats and vicious hatred? Well, this vitriol and venom was indeed posted on web blogs, but NOT by Christians! Just substitute the words “gay bars,” “bathhouses,” and “homosexuals” with the words “Christians, Mormons” Catholics,” and “churches” and you’ll have a fairly accurate rendering of the above quotes.
What the mainstream media isn’t telling you is that the above expressions were posted on homosexual activist websites and directed against Christians, Mormon, and Catholics. The vicious hate speech expressed by homosexual protestors and bloggers, (as well as the placards and chants among the crowds of protestors) are far too vulgar to even reference here. The open threats of violence against people who disagree with their radical agenda should be front page news. Obviously, it isn’t, and this is an ominous signal.
Where is the ACLU when we need them?
Why are there not ACLU press conferences with apoplectic attorneys sputtering their outrage over this clear case of hate-speech and incitement to violence? Why aren’t they filing lawsuits against these bloggers and demanding a full Federal “hate crimes” investigation? Why aren’t the police videoing the protestors with their violence-inciting signs in order to identify these criminal acts of “hate speech” and filing charges? I suspect you already know the answer. The anti-Christian, amoral liberal bias in our national media, as well as our law enforcement agencies, has rendered them indifferent to the obvious double-standard.
Here in Littleton, Colorado, we saw the same sort of bias nearly ten years ago when two students at Columbine High School went on their murder spree and mercilessly slaughtered twelve students and a teacher. Their well-documented hatred and deliberate targeting of Christian students went virtually unnoticed in national news reports.
Even our Sheriff’s Department bent over backwards with their initial denials that there were any “religious” or “hate” motives in the killer’s minds. At first they denied that there were any video tapes left behind by the killers in which they targeted specific Christian students. Then, when they were caught lying about the existence of these tapes and forced to release them, they still sought to “spin” the truth and maintained that the killers had no particular motive except revenge for being “bullied” by other students.
They failed to mention that these narcistic killers would roam the halls of their schools giving Nazi salutes, intimidating teachers and students, and put up a viciously hateful website site that openly vented their rage against minorities and particularly, Christians. These killers were well-known as bullies, not victims.
Consider this quotation from my book, The Martyrs’ Torch, in which I wrote about the massacre. I include here an excerpt of a transcription from one of the videos these evil miscreants left behind…
Dylan Klebold: (Speaking of Rachel Scott) “Stuck up little b****ch, you f—— little Christianity, godly wh—!”
Eric Harris: “Yeh, (mockingly) ‘I love Jesus, I love Jesus,’ shut the f— up!”
Dylan Klebold: (Mocking) “What would Jesus do?” (makes a face at the camera and then yells) “What would I do? Booosh!” (points at camera [as if holding] a shotgun)
Eric Harris: “I would shoot you in the m—– f—— head! Go Romans— Thank God they crucified that A– H—!!”
Both: “Go Romans! Go Romans! Yea! Whoooh!”
So, what do we do about it?
Well, if the past is any indication, we will do very little about it. In fact, many within the Christian camp feel that any act of resistance or protest against expressions of hatred toward believers is an act of rebellion against the scriptural injunction by Jesus to:
…love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either. (Luke 6:27-29 NKJV)
Personally, I must confess that I don’t buy into blind pacifism. In a free society, we have certain legal recourse to redress grievances, and especially those that encourage or commit acts of violence against our persons or property. Our laws were originally adopted by men who knew and understood the near-infinite capacity of fallen mankind to commit evil. Our laws against rape, murder, molestation of children, as well as theft and fraud are societal acknowledgements of the existence of evil. As a nation we prosecute and seek justice against those who perpetrate violence against others precisely because we are all protected only insofar as the least and most vulnerable among us are protected.
If we as Christians maintain our silence and continue to practice passivity while wicked men and women march in our streets calling for our blood, we will only encourage evil. Our “salt and light” function in society is a holy responsibility. The salt we sprinkle on the decomposing corpse of this fallen world preserves that which is good and noble, giving hope and courage to the righteous, and putting the fear of God in the hearts of the wicked.
I keep thinking about the words of that Scottish Parliamentarian, Edmund Burke;
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
Rather than “do nothing,” I say, let us do something! Certainly, we must not answer vicious hatred with hatred, railing with railing, or threats for threats. This is not our way. We should certainly not take personal offense from those who hate us or speak hatefully about us. Jesus told us to expect this, because the world hated Him first!
However, this does not mean we should allow crimes of incitement to violence and hate to go unanswered. I say no! To do so will only encourage more such behavior, and evil will only increase as wickedness takes encouragement by our passivity.
Resist Evil! When people “cross the line” beyond spirited political and moral discourse and disagreement and begin to call for violence we must take a stand and resist! It is an act of hatred toward our fellow citizens to do otherwise. We cannot tolerate or dismiss, nor can we ignore efforts by those charged with making the public aware of these issues to ignore incitement by any group against another. We must hold the media accountable and protest any hint of a “double standard” in their reportage in favor of one group over another.
When the Nazis of Hitler’s Germany began their campaign of death, only a few brave Christian leaders stood up and fought back. Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer was one of those who refused to be silent and resisted evil, even unto death. Should we do less?
Hatred and violence against Christians, Jews, Mormons, Catholics, or any other religious persuasion is no more tolerable than such incitement against homosexuals, atheists, or people of color. The law must protect all of us, or eventually, the law will protect none of us!
“–At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it?– Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never!–All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.
At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.”
President Abraham Lincoln the Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions
Given before the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois on January 27, 1838
When General Julius Caesar crossed the RubiconRiver in northern Italy with his army on a cold winter day in January, 49 BC, he set in motion events that triggered a bloody civil war in the Roman Empire that ended with Caesar upon the throne of Rome. As they crossed the river, Caesar cried out, ‘Let us go where the omens of the Gods and the crimes of our enemies summon us! THE DIE IS NOW CAST!’
As I watched Barack Obama’s acceptance speech in Chicago, I beheld thousands of adoring people look up at him with tears in their eyes. They seemed to be having a religious experience; and the music, lighting, and oratory of this President Elect seemed to mesmerize that vast crowd in a way that was, quite honestly, chilling. The rhetoric was swelling, intoxicating, and yet, empty of substance. “Yes we can” was chanted repeatedly as if by saying it, all unanswered questions regarding this mysterious politician were no longer important. All that mattered was the feeling that “change” was coming; never mind what change or how it would affect our nation and our people.
Now the die is cast. The choice is made. The vote is over. Now we must try to assess the effect this new Presidency will have our lives and our nation. From what he has told us in rare moments of transparency, I suspect we can anticipate the following…
1.Millions more unborn children will die because Obama has pledged to remove all restrictions from the slaughter of the innocent through the evil of abortion.
2.Our economy will likely descend into a major depression because of government micro-management and draconian new taxation of our incomes and businesses.
3.Our military will be emasculated, de-funded, and our troops will be brought prematurely back from the field of battle in shame and defeat. Defeat has been snatched once again from the jaws of victory by liberals.
4.Potentially millions of people will be tortured and murdered in Iraq and Afghanistan by emboldened Jihadists after our shameful retreat. (Just as liberals insured in Vietnam and Cambodia. Trust me, I was there for eighteen months)
5.Increasing hostility and rancor toward Christians and Jews by those who resent biblical standards of morality, especially with regard to homosexuality, could erupt into open persecution.
6.Disarmament of lawful citizens and illegalization of firearms for home and personal security.
7.Coerced “community service” programs that will force people to work for free.
8.Broad-based amnesty programs that will give citizenship rights to millions of illegal aliens now residing within our borders.
9.New “hate crime” legislation that will criminalize pastors and rabbis who preach biblical standards of morality and ethics.
10.New laws that outlaw or severely restrict home and private schooling.
11.The appointment of possibly three Supreme Court Justices who will comport with the new far-left agenda of the Obama administration.
12.The silencing of conservative talk radio through the reenactment of the “Fairness Doctrine” thereby gagging political decent from the airwaves.
Is that enough to think about? If socialism does not appeal to you, then brace for impact. The Obama administration is a guaranteed ticket to the so-called “workers paradise” that millions of people all around the world have risked their lives to escape.
Am I being overly pessimistic? Time will tell, and I pray I am wrong. However, all indications are that we are truly entering into some major fulfillment of end-time prophesy. How then should we live? The bible still contains all the answers.
Tonight the liberal masses cheered. They cheered in Chicago and around the nation wherever Obama supporters found each other. Obama supporters cheered elsewhere too. Places like North Korea, Iran, Russia, and within the ranks of many of our most determined enemies. They anticipate that they will find a sympathetic, appeasing, and naive President in Obama, and will press that advantage to our peril. Brace for impact and pray. What we saw on 9-11 may have been a walk in the park compared to what is coming.
A final Word of Encouragement:
We are citizens of an infinitely higher kingdom
After we have done all to stand, fought our salt and light battles, we take solace in the sure knowledge that we are citizens of an infinitely higher and more powerful kingdom. We seek a city, whose builder and maker is God, and no matter how this earthly election turns out, the Lord isn’t going to waste a minute chewing His nails wondering how things are going to work out.
Our task now is simple:
1.We must now pray for President-Elect Barack Obama. God’s word commands that we obey and respect those who are in authority to the degree that we do not break God’s commandments or violate our conscience before the Lord.
2.We must share the gospel to all, and ask the Lord to open their hearts to the truth of Jesus Christ.
3.We must endure hardness as good soldiers of Christ, knowing that although we are “in” this world, we are not “of” this world!
All things work together for our good. HIS purposes and counsels WILL PREVAIL. We can’t lose.Nations will rise and fall, but the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ will endure forever!
Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.”‘
(Revelation 2:10-11 NKJV)
Top 10 Predictions
(No Matter Who Wins the Election)
The Bible will still be reliable in every respect.
Prayer will still be heard and responded to by God.
The Holy Spirit will still move in power and glory.
God will still inhabit the praises of His people.
The gospel will still be proclaimed throughout the world.
The Father will still be worshipped in Spirit and Truth.
The Father will still pour out blessings upon His people.
People who call upon Jesus will still be saved and delivered.
The Father and Jesus will still love His people.
God will still NOT be nervous about what’s happening on Earth. “I AM THAT I AM, and I approve this message.”
(Thanks to Charles Burch for the original draft of this)
Take a deep breath. More political commentary coming…
Someone sent me a you-tube link of MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann ranting against McCain for “allowing” someone to shout something hateful about Obama at a rally. It’s fascinating to me how pundits on the left are so quick to play the “hate” card, or the “racist” card when “The One” is criticized. Olbermann is well-known as a party hack for the Democrats, and never misses an opportunity to demonize the Republican ticket. He is hopelessly biased in favor of Obama’s campaign, evidenced by his frequent rants against those who would dare to question this far-left liberal candidate or the real agenda of the Democrat platform.
As for those who would shout outrageous epithets at a Republican rally (conveniently within earshot of media microphones), can anyone say, “False Flag Operation?” Or perhaps, “Agent Provocateurs?” It is a standard tactic of the far-left to infiltrate the ranks of their opposition and then commit outrages that will be surely trumpeted to the gullible masses via a leftist-biased media. It’s a tried and proven technique to discredit and besmirch conservatives and foment anger and outrage.
On the other hand, hateful, vile, obscene, and racist expressions by the “Neo-Coms” (Neo-Communists–unwitting or otherwise) on the far-left are rarely or never mentioned in the so-called “mainstream” media. Did anyone hear about the vulgar, outrageous behavior some Obama supporters here in Coloradocommitted when Gov. Palin’s motorcade came into town? How about the depraved porno film being produced by Larry Flint staring a Palin look-alike? No? Well golly-gee, I wonder why?
I’m convinced we are witnessing an attempted coup d’état by a well-run Marxist propaganda machine, cleverly disguised as a “democratic” political movement. According to references I read, a coup d’état is the sudden overthrow of a government by a part of the state establishment to replace the branch of the stricken government, either with another civil government or with a military government.
The coup d’état succeeds if its opponents fail to thwart the usurpers, allowing them to consolidate their positions, obtain the surrender of the overthrown government or acquiescence of the populace and the surviving armed forces, and thus claim legitimacy. Coups d’état typically use the power of the existing government for the takeover. A Coup d’État consists of the infiltration of a small, but critical, segment of the state apparatus, which is then used to displace the government from its control of the remainder. In this sense, the use of either military or another organized force is not the defining feature of a coup d’état.
The Obama campaign is heavily funded by foreign entities that long for the overthrow of our nation, and are pumping many millions of dollars into Obama’s war chest to insure his victory. Endorsements by Hamas, Castro, and the “Rev.” Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam (who recently declared Obama “the New Messiah”) should raise massive caution flags!
Neo-Coms in the U.S.wisely gained control of the educational systems of our country many decades ago, and have been hard at work to “progressively” undermine and denigrate our nation’s Judeo-Christian history and heritage. Marxist revolutionaries largely abandoned “direct action” operations such as bombings, political assassinations, etc. back in the 60s and early 70s. (Can anyone say, “Professor” Bill Ayers?) Such violence stirred up too many “reactionaries” in the general population.
These radicals strategically diverted their efforts to “educational reform” and thinly-veiled Marxist indoctrination in schools, colleges, and universities. They wisely believed that it would be possible to gradually build up a sympathetic (if not wholly committed) cadre of “fellow travelers” who would eventually dominate the news and entertainment media. An admittedly brilliant move, they dreamed of eventually capturing the hearts and minds of enough of the general population that a “Manchurian Candidate” could eventually come to power through the political process and thereby overtake the nation without an initially violent revolution. Violence would come only later, when the organs of government and the military could be relied upon to disarm the general populace and eliminate anti-socialist “reactionaries” who might pose a threat to the New Order.
If any of the above is difficult to understand, thank a public school teacher or college professor. If you DO understand what I said, you are likely well-read and educated (in spite of government school indoctrination efforts) and are a dangerous “reactionary.” You should be concerned for your freedom, livelihood, and even your very life if these evil people should succeed in their gambit to capture the White House. The Neo-Coms have largely succeeded in marginalizing and demonizing Christians and traditional patriots as “bitter” racists who are likened unto knuckle-dragging Neanderthals who “cling” to their bibles and guns, and are all secret members of the Klu Klux Clan. This is, of course, laughable to those of us who know the truth, but too many of the dumbed-down masses cannot discern the truth from lies.
Yes, yes, I know. To those who have drunk the Kool-Aid of the current popular leftist indoctrination, I am the quintessential example of a bitter, white, conservative, bible-thumping, intolerant, homophobic, gun-clinging racist bigot. The fact that such accusations and distortions of my character are wildly inaccurate will not deter those who view the world through the lens of the Neo-Com bias. The indoctrination has been amazingly effective, I must concede. However, I do “cling” to my bible, (not in bitterness but in love) and to the eternal promises of redemption in Jesus Christ. (Apologies to my Jewish friends, and I can almost hear atheists gnashing their teeth!) One day, soon hopefully, He will bring true justice to this sad, sin-sick world, and those who have no room in their hearts for Him now will behold His face. May they obtain mercy in that day, even as we!
By the way, if Obama and comrades win the election, and I, (as well as outspoken others like me) “mysteriously disappear” in the months following, don’t worry about me. I just went home. I’ll catch you later as part of the King of King’s entourage when He returns to kick devil-bootie and take names.
But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people
and the sword comes and takes the life of one of them,
that man will be taken away because of his sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for his blood.
(Ezekiel 33:6 NIV)
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil
is that good men do nothing.
Statesman, Scottish Parliamentarian, (1729 – 1797)