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ISIS targeting Christians: “The West must step in now… or we will be wiped out.”
WDTPRS ^ | 7/21/2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Posted on 07/21/2014 5:26:32 PM PDT by markomalley

How grim is you life?  We watch in horror as Christians in Iraq are being persecuted, driven, hunted by Islamic terrorists.  The Religion of Peace… right?

‘Christian families are on their way to Dohuk and Arbil [in Kurdistan]. For the first time in the history of Iraq, Mosul is now empty of Christians’

Chaldean patriarch Louis Sako

From the Daily Mail:

Thousands of Iraqi Christians pour out of Mosul after ISIS jihadis give them deadline to convert, pay or face death

Thousands of Iraqi Christians today poured out of Mosul after ISIS jihadis gave them an ultimatum – convert, pay or face death.
The Islamic State terror group declared that Christians must either convert to Islam, pay a special tax or leave the city, around 250 miles north-west of Baghdad.
If they did not do so by noon (9am GMT) today, there would be ‘nothing for them but the sword’, it said.

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From Catholic World Report:

ISIS tags Christian homes in Mosul for confiscation as Christians flee
Chaldean Catholic Patriarch: “Iraq will come face to face with human, civil, and historic catastrophe”

Warning that “Iraq will come face to face with human, civil, and historic catastrophe,” Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako has written a letter “to the people of conscience and good will in Iraq and the world” in which he describes the dire situation in which Iraqi Christians find themselves.

“The control exercised by the Islamist Jihadists upon the city of Mosul, and their proclamation of it as an Islamic State, after several days of calm and expectant watching of events, has now come to reflect negatively upon the Christian population of the city and its environs,” the patriarch reported in his July 17 letter. “The only alternative is to abandon the city and their houses with only the clothes they are wearing, taking nothing else. Moreover, by Islamic law, upon their departure, their houses are no longer their properties but are instantly confiscated as property of the Islamic state.”

He also stated that ISIS forces had started marking the homes of Christians in Mosul with the Arabic letter “N,” for “Nazara” (Christian). “We do not know what will happen in future days because in an Islamic state the Al-sharia or Islamic code of law is powerful and has been interpreted to require the issuance of new I.Ds for the population based on religious or sectarian affiliation,” Patriarch Sako wrote.

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From Breitbart:

Iraq’s Christian leaders have just made a desperate cry for help. Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako, head of Iraq’s Catholic church, has issued an appeal “to all who have a living conscience in Iraq and all the world.”
The situation for Iraq’s Christians has been steadily deteriorating ever since the 2003 invasion, in part because the U.S. never acknowledged that Christians were being targeted by Islamists and did not prioritize protection of Christians or other minorities.
But with the recent sweep through Mosul and other Iraqi cities by the jihadi group ISIS, Iraq’s Christians look to be on the verge of genocide.
On June 16th it was reported that ISIS had marked the doors of Christians in red. Patriarch Sako’s letter confirms that rumor. While no one yet knows what this ominous sign foretells, Sako and other Christian leaders are pleading with the world to intervene before the meaning of the sign is made clear.
Earlier this week, Iraqi human rights activist Pascale Warda came to Washington from Baghdad to raise the alarm with the State Department and members of Congress. She was accompanied by Bishop Yousif Habash, who now resides in Elizabeth, New Jersey, but who is originally from Qaraqosh, a city 15 miles from Mosul which was also recently overrun by ISIS, where the Christians still speak Aramaic, the language spoken by Jesus.
Bishop Habash said, “Christians throughout the Middle East have been targeted, and we are on the verge of being exterminated. The West stepped in to stop the ethnic cleansing of Bosnian Muslims and Kosovar Muslims, so we know it can be done. The West must step in now and save the Middle East’s Christians, or we will be wiped out.”

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Sts. Nunilo and Alodia! Pray for us!

St. Lawrence of Brindisi!  Pray for us!


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About St Lawrence of Brindisi:

“Forward!” he cried, showing them the crucifix, “Victory is ours.” – St. Lawrence of Brindisi

Today on both sides of the Roman Rite we celebrate a Bishop and Doctor of the Church, St. Lawrence of Brindisi.

Know much about him?

I like this story about him from the Catholic Encyclopedia:

It was on the occasion of the foundation of the convent of Prague (1601) that St. Lorenzo was named chaplain of the Imperial army, then about to march against the Turks. The victory of Lepanto (1571) had only temporarily checked the Moslem invasion, and several battles were still necessary to secure the final triumph of the Christian armies. Mohammed III had, since his accession (1595), conquered a large part of Hungary. The emperor, determined to prevent a further advance, sent Lorenzo of Brindisi as deputy to the German princes to obtain their cooperation. They responded to his appeal, and moreover the Duke of Mercœur, Governor of Brittany, joined the imperial army, of which he received the effective command. The attack on Albe-Royal (now Stulweissenburg) was then contemplated. To pit 18,000 men against 80,000 Turks was a daring undertaking and the generals, hesitating to attempt it, appealed to Lorenzo for advice. Holding himself responsible for victory, he communicated to the entire army in a glowing speech the ardour and confidence with which he was himself animated. As his feebleness prevented him from marching, he mounted on horseback and, crucifix in hand, took the lead of the army, which he drew irresistibly after him. Three other Capuchins were also in the ranks of the army. Although the most exposed to danger, Lorenzo was not wounded, which was universally regarded as due to a miraculous protection. The city was finally taken, and the Turks lost 30,000 men. As however they still exceeded in numbers the Christian army, they formed their lines anew, and a few days later another battle was fought. It always the chaplain who was at the head of the army. “Forward!” he cried, showing them the crucifix, “Victory is ours.” The Turks were again defeated, and the honour of this double victory was attributed by the general and the entire army to Lorenzo.

Let Pope Benedict tell you something more

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1 posted on 07/21/2014 5:26:32 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Today now more then ever, may the saints of God pray to God for the help of ALL the Christian communities around the world and in a special way, those in oppressive areas.


2 posted on 07/21/2014 5:30:05 PM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: markomalley

“The West” hates Christians and wants them dead. The Satanic president of the United States glories in the butchery of Christians. No help is coming unless the Lord Himself provides it.


3 posted on 07/21/2014 5:30:11 PM PDT by Dr. Thorne ("Don't be afraid. Just believe." - Mark 5:36)
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To: markomalley

As the Christians are welcomed into Heaven, from Iraq, have to know God is going to become angrier with our obama and those supporting obama.


4 posted on 07/21/2014 5:31:37 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: markomalley

Sorry, the commander in chief is backing ISIS. we’ll talk next regime.


5 posted on 07/21/2014 5:32:30 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: markomalley

At least under Sadam...


6 posted on 07/21/2014 5:35:41 PM PDT by Dogbert41 (Up yours IRS!)
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To: markomalley

Bring back the Crusades...


7 posted on 07/21/2014 5:35:47 PM PDT by maddog55
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To: markomalley

King Obama is a Muslim and doesn’t give a damn.


8 posted on 07/21/2014 5:37:13 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: no-to-illegals

Waiting for Jesus.....waiting .......waiting.....(Somebody bump the record player).....waiting.......


9 posted on 07/21/2014 5:37:24 PM PDT by stboz
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To: markomalley

1. Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
with the cross of Jesus going on before.
Christ, the royal Master, leads against the foe;
forward into battle see his banners go!
Refrain:
Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
with the cross of Jesus going on before.

2. At the sign of triumph Satan’s host doth flee;
on then, Christian soldiers, on to victory!
Hell’s foundations quiver at the shout of praise;
brothers, lift your voices, loud your anthems raise.
(Refrain)

3. Like a mighty army moves the church of God;
brothers, we are treading where the saints have trod.
We are not divided, all one body we,
one in hope and doctrine, one in charity.
(Refrain)

4. Crowns and thrones may perish, kingdoms rise and wane,
but the church of Jesus constant will remain.
Gates of hell can never gainst that church prevail;
we have Christ’s own promise, and that cannot fail.
(Refrain)

5. Onward then, ye people, join our happy throng,
blend with ours your voices in the triumph song.
Glory, laud, and honor unto Christ the King,
this through countless ages men and angels sing.
(Refrain)


10 posted on 07/21/2014 5:39:20 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA (We need to fundamentally transform RATs lives for their lies.)
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To: markomalley

If you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.


11 posted on 07/21/2014 5:39:27 PM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: stboz

“It is difficult to believe in God when certain people aren’t struck by lightning.”


12 posted on 07/21/2014 5:39:32 PM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: stboz

Waiting for Jesus ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJPCUhUKn3Q


13 posted on 07/21/2014 5:40:48 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: markomalley

Christians being slaughtered by Muslims..meanwhile Obama is thinking “Yeah, what’s the problem?”


14 posted on 07/21/2014 5:42:04 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: maddog55

And this time finish the job......


15 posted on 07/21/2014 5:42:54 PM PDT by clintonh8r (It's possible to love your country and hate your government. I'm proof of it.)
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To: coloradan

Not presuming to speak for Yaweh, but as I see it, he gives people a truly inhuman opportunity to repent.

But when the Wrath comes, woe be unto them.


16 posted on 07/21/2014 5:43:45 PM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: markomalley

Obama and the UN certainly aren’t going to do anything.


17 posted on 07/21/2014 5:45:21 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The cure has become worse than the disease. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Dogbert41
At least under Sadam...

....and Assad.....and Khadaffy....

18 posted on 07/21/2014 5:46:02 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: markomalley
Our American tax dollars are being used to fund ISIS and the other groups murdering Christians. Without the approval of Congress or the American people the Obama Administration has been arming and training ISIS and other Muslim terrorist groups.

Our money is paying for this.

19 posted on 07/21/2014 5:49:05 PM PDT by detective
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To: detective

You are correct detective. Our government is no longer tangled up in Red, White and Blue; instead our government is tangled up in Green as America is sold and resold.


20 posted on 07/21/2014 5:51:31 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: dfwgator
The 'new' NWO-controlled Amerika wiped out stable governments of Iraq, Libya, (attempted in Egypt but FAILED), and soon possibly Syria FOR THE PURPOSE OF ENABLING HARDCORE ISLAMIC TERRORISTS TO ESTABLISH THE CALIPHATE.

Kerry, Obama, Hillary, Reid, Pelosi and all the rest WANT to surround America with Islamists with nukes because in their minds Christian America must contained and rendered POWERLESS.

21 posted on 07/21/2014 6:00:06 PM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
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To: markomalley

The pope and other Christian leaders need to plea on their behalf!


22 posted on 07/21/2014 6:09:43 PM PDT by MNDude
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To: markomalley

**Iraq’s Christian leaders have just made a desperate cry for help. Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako, head of Iraq’s Catholic church, has issued an appeal “to all who have a living conscience in Iraq and all the world.”**

We are praying for you.


23 posted on 07/21/2014 6:12:49 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: no-to-illegals

AMEN !!! I totally agree. I have stated before I have Christian relatives who support Obama because 1) he stated that he is a Christian (yeah right) and 2) he is black (let’s make history). I have also said United States Christian are spoil brats (not all) who totally ignore their brother and sisters in Christ being persecuted in the Middle East, China, and Africa, and Russia. Yet they vote into office politicians who support the oppression of our Christ Family like Obama. God will not be mocked he will bring his wrath upon this nation so Christians will know what our Christ Family have suffered in other nations. God is the God of Love but also JUSTICE. I pray for this nation that God gives strength and courage to our brother and sisters in this nation to wake up and fight communism which is rearing its ugly head.


24 posted on 07/21/2014 6:15:02 PM PDT by Patriot Babe
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To: Vaquero

25 posted on 07/21/2014 6:21:42 PM PDT by caww
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To: Patriot Babe

Fully agree ... Guess it comes down to a choice of fight or not fight. The war has come though none of America wanted it. May when the enemy strikes next, we (all of America) repels that enemy fully and completely. Is certain our politicians and lame-stream do not even care the enemy is inside of gates. But I can’t help but think, if God was on our side, this war would not have come. Know it is demons also. So perhaps God is on our side, which is yet to be known. May God give America strength to beat back the rising storm.


26 posted on 07/21/2014 6:23:28 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: CivilWarBrewing

I don’t think God commanded us to be a roll over, a push over, give in, allow for “tolerance” – if you catch my drift…..look at Israel 1967....... It was the will of God for that nation to take back their land. But also look how they must fight for it.... Every square inch of it.... Is that a situation to “love you enemy, turn the other cheek”?

I don’t think so!..... We have to stand up in battle, a battle in the mind, a battle in this life to stand on Gods Word as the forces of evil wear us down..... Should I allow my wife to become an immoral woman? Or should I “give in” to the pressures of the Feminist control of our society? Which is it? Give in, or Fight? This is precisely why the Christians are being slaughtered!


27 posted on 07/21/2014 6:27:28 PM PDT by caww
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To: caww

Forgot...quoted above by poster living in Phillipines where Muslims are attempting to take over his city...


28 posted on 07/21/2014 6:29:17 PM PDT by caww
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To: caww

With God on Our Side by Bob Dylan ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0YLuFZcOe4


29 posted on 07/21/2014 6:32:01 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: dfwgator

At least under Sadam...
....and Assad.....and Khadaffy....


Exactly!


30 posted on 07/21/2014 6:33:16 PM PDT by boycott
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To: coloradan
“It is difficult to believe in God when certain people aren’t struck by lightning.”

Bull, God works through men.

The fact that His giving "Christian" men a pair is just a technicality so often is the real problem. A lack of owner supplied steel where required.

31 posted on 07/21/2014 6:35:12 PM PDT by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: markomalley

Where is the UN speaking out against this genocide? Where is ambassador Samantha Power speaking out against these atrocities? Where is Obama?

All of them will have to answer one day. I wouldn’t want to be them.

I pray for the Christians in the middle east.


32 posted on 07/21/2014 6:36:06 PM PDT by boycott
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To: Patriot Babe

AMEN !!! I totally agree. I have stated before I have Christian relatives who support Obama


They’re ignorant fools.


33 posted on 07/21/2014 6:38:20 PM PDT by boycott
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To: Vaquero

Sorry, the commander in chief is backing ISIS. we’ll talk next regime.

*-——

He’s been supplying them with weapons. He will have his day when he faces the Lord. He will realize, as so many of us do, that he’s a fool.


34 posted on 07/21/2014 6:40:35 PM PDT by boycott
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To: Rashputin

...” God works through men.......The fact that His giving “Christian” men a pair is just a technicality so often is the real problem.... A lack of ‘owner supplied steel’ where required”....

I completely agree....kinda like the guy who complains about not working but won’t get off his butt to find a job. One has to ‘put feet to their prayers’ and let God bring the outcome.


35 posted on 07/21/2014 6:47:22 PM PDT by caww
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To: markomalley

I read where the Kurds are the last line of defense for some of these Christian towns outside of Mosul and many Christians are joining forces with the Kurds to fight.


36 posted on 07/21/2014 6:49:19 PM PDT by crusadersoldier
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To: markomalley

Obama will do nothing to help Christians anywhere in the world. Obama is fundamentally a coward, a liar, and a nobody punk who was guided and manipulated into the presidency. Obama is America’s greatest mistake, and he not only is destroying the U.S. he is throwing the world into chaos. Regardless of whether he is calculating, or simply inept, he is Satan’s tool doing Satan’s business. The smiling, half-witted cretin stands before the cameras making jokes and talking trash while the world burns. As a people and a nation we will be no help to Christians or other people around the world until we rid ourselves of the demonic freak that sits in the White House.

Where are the Patriots that are in a position to alter our path?


37 posted on 07/21/2014 6:50:13 PM PDT by Jay Redhawk (Has Uncle Sam ran away with Lady Liberty?)
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To: boycott

...”Where is ambassador Samantha Power speaking out against these atrocities? “....

Newt had it....

Obama Ambassador UN Samantha Powers on airliner......saying “ We must...’stop at nothing’.... to bring those responsible to justice.”

—really? Nothing? Really?...Newt


38 posted on 07/21/2014 6:51:39 PM PDT by caww
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To: boycott

...”Where is ambassador Samantha Power speaking out against these atrocities? “....

Newt had it....

Obama Ambassador UN Samantha Powers on airliner......saying “ We must...’stop at nothing’.... to bring those responsible to justice.”

—really? Nothing? Really?...Newt


39 posted on 07/21/2014 6:51:39 PM PDT by caww
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To: no-to-illegals

Not so sure God is quite on our side as we once knew......seems like he’s ‘more’ than disgusted with us Americans.

Check the Bible,... whenever Israel forgot God or turned away they were ‘invaded’ by the enemy. An ‘invasion’ doesn’t have to be militarily. Just means the walls are down and nobody’s guarding the hen house anymore.


40 posted on 07/21/2014 7:00:18 PM PDT by caww
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To: caww

Agreed ... and please see my post #26 on this thread. Might receive a surprise.


41 posted on 07/21/2014 7:02:56 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: dfwgator

Hind sight sure is 20/20, eh?


42 posted on 07/21/2014 7:38:55 PM PDT by Dogbert41 (Up yours IRS!)
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To: caww

Samantha was one of those that pushed for us to get involved in the Balkans to protect muslims. She greatly exaggerated the claims of atrocities to get us involved.

The atrocities being committed by ISIS are far worse and I she remains silent.


43 posted on 07/21/2014 8:15:05 PM PDT by boycott
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To: no-to-illegals

“....God is going to become angrier with our Obama....”

.
Not only with Obama but with the two other branches of government for their total lack of support for His Martyrs.


44 posted on 07/21/2014 9:11:44 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: markomalley

Slow down folks.

Jesus will come at the appointed time of which you will not know. Pray for those which need prayer and defend yourself against evil.

Be Still. Know that I am the Lord.


45 posted on 07/21/2014 9:19:45 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storarned m chaser from the west)/?s)
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To: 353FMG

Thank You for that point of truth.


46 posted on 07/21/2014 9:21:03 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: caww
"Not so sure God is quite on our side as we once knew......seems like he’s ‘more’ than disgusted with us Americans."

If God doesn't punish America, He'll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.
          Billy Graham

47 posted on 07/22/2014 12:11:08 AM PDT by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: Rashputin

.....”If God doesn’t punish America, He’ll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah”..........Billy Graham

True....even so I don’t want to see the end result when we are entirely left to ourselves. Man doesn’t fair at all well apart from God. I think that’s what we’re all missing in our country...’God’...all else is gravy.


48 posted on 07/22/2014 1:09:40 AM PDT by caww
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To: All

Got to remember that for Muslims, their “allah” is simply SATAN that they worship.


49 posted on 07/22/2014 5:45:43 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Dr. Thorne

The good news is that, the blood of the Christian martyrs is bringing more non-believers to the Lord Jesus Christ each day.


50 posted on 07/22/2014 5:47:28 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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