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  • They Condemn Israel because They Can

    08/03/2014 10:23:15 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 8-3-14 | William Sullivan
    Israel is routinely beset by attacks, physical and rhetorical, at the hands of its hostile neighbors and the Western media and elite. Our mistake is to assume that we can counter those attacks with logic, reason, and evidence. We assume that we are presenting our arguments to people who want to objectively examine the arguments on each side of the conflict, and then come to a rational conclusion to discern right and wrong. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Take this example. Just days after Mahmoud Ahmedinejad of Iran publicly claimed that the Holocaust was a fabrication, Mark Steyn...
  • We must stand up for Middle East's persecuted Christians

    02/01/2014 1:59:38 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1-31-14 | Johnnie Moore
    Christianity began in the East, not the West, yet today Christians in the East are enduring an all-out-assault by Islamic terrorists, while Christians in the West live their lives largely oblivious to it all. This has to change. This is no imaginary persecution; in Syria alone there have been reports of kidnappings, Christian communities intentionally displaced by militants and, worst of all, shootings and beheadings of Christians who refused to convert to Islam. In Egypt radicals have recently destroyed dozens of churches, and the once vibrant Christian population in Iraq has been decimated. Christians in the West should stand up...
  • BISHOP MOURNS: 'NO ONE HAS LISTENED TO US' AFTER SYRIAN CHRISTIANS MASSACRED

    11/06/2013 7:58:09 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11-5-13 | Susan Berry
    Islamist rebel forces in Syria have killed 45 Christians in the west-central town of Sadad, the largest massacre of Christians yet in the Syrian conflict. In the wake of the killing, an Orthodox archbishop has mourned, “We have shouted aid to the world but no one has listened to us. Where is the Christian conscience? Where is the human consciousness? Where are my brothers?” According to Agenzia Fides, Syrian Orthodox Archbishop Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh reported that Islamist rebels entered the town on October 21st; a week later, it was re-captured by the Syrian army. “What happened in Sadad is the...
  • Turkey Under Erdogan: Lurching Toward Sharia & A New Ottoman Empire

    11/03/2013 8:29:00 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 5 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | 11-2-13 | Audrey Russo
    “These descriptions are very ugly, it is offensive and an insult to our religion. There is no moderate or immoderate Islam. Islam is Islam and that’s it.” ~ Erdogan, PM of Turkey Turkey took another step backwards this week … lurching toward Sharia … when 4 female MPs marked the end of a ban enforced since the early days of the Turkish Republic. The female MPs were wearing headscarves, as they walked into Turkey’s parliament in Ankara on Oct. 31st, designating the end of a prohibition vigorously imposed since the dawn of a secular Turkey. On its face, this step...
  • Staying out of Syria is the Christian thing to do

    09/06/2013 4:22:37 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 6 replies
    One News Now ^ | 5Sept13 | Bryan Fischer
    For moral, ethical and biblical reasons, the United States should not drop bombs on Syria. To cross Syria’s boundary, a country which has not attacked us, is to show a profound lack of respect for its national sovereignty. Had Syria attacked us, we would of course have the moral right to use whatever military force is necessary to neutralize the threat to our own sovereignty. But absent the moral justification of self-defense, we have no right to be there. The Scriptures are clear that the boundaries of the world’s nations are established by God (Acts 17:26), and those boundaries should...
  • The planned destruction of Christians in Syria

    09/03/2013 9:11:05 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 11 replies
    Renew America ^ | 3Sept13 | Cliff Kincaid
    The New York Times story, "President Gains McCain's Backing on Syria Attack," is predictable, considering that Obama had invited Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to the White House for the specific purpose of supporting his proposed military strike on Syria. Obama has also asked the same two senators to travel to Egypt to undermine the military leaders who overthrew the Muslim Brotherhood government there. What is lacking from the media coverage is any recognition that the inevitable result, according to congressional testimony, will be the victory of the Muslim Brotherhood and associated terrorist groups in Syria, and...
  • Egypt Authorities Permitting Attacks on Christians Through Lack of Action Against Perpetrators

    08/10/2013 3:33:06 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 4 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 8-10-13 | MidEast Christian News
    Dr. Kamil Sedik, secretary of the Congregational Council in Alexandria, has condemned repeated attacks by Islamist groups against Coptic Christians in Egypt, saying that authorities are permitting the violence by not providing adequate security for vulnerable Copts."Copts are subjected to violence by criminals, who were released from prison by deposed President Morsi, because of their [Copts] ideological affiliation," Sedik told Mideast Christian News. Moreover, Sedik accused government officials of failing to cope with criminal attacks against Copts. "The government does not provide security for Copts, but it tolerates prisoners who are under investigation," he said in reference to the meeting...
  • Oldest Grave Flowers Unearthed in Israel

    07/01/2013 6:55:02 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 20 replies
    livescience.com ^ | 7-1-13 | Tia Ghose
    The oldest example of grave flowers has been discovered in Israel. An ancient burial pit dating to nearly 14,000 years ago contained impressions from stems and flowers of aromatic plants such as mint and sage. The new find "is the oldest example of putting flowers and fresh plants in the grave before burying the dead," said study co-author Dani Nadel, an archaeologist at the University of Haifa in Israel. snip... Past evidence suggested that humans only started using flowers in graves more recently. (A 35,000-year-old Neanderthal burial site called Shanidar Cave in Iraq contained pollen, but subsequent research revealed that...
  • Gilgamesh: The Warrior King

    Brian Godawa has been writing a fascinating fantasy series that takes place in the ancient Near East. It began with Noah Primeval which was rooted in the question, “What was going on in the world that was so horrible that mankind needed destroyed?” The series continued with Enoch Primordial (actually a prequel), which centered around the enigmatic Enoch. A man barely mentioned in the biblical accounts, but because he never died, and the other books attributed to him recount many a strange event, he has long been a person of high speculation. Godawa now steps out from filling in between...
  • Militant Islam Greatest Threat to Middle Eastern Christianity, Says Think Tank

    12/26/2012 7:29:05 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 15 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12-26-12 | Michael Gryboski
    A British think tank has released a lengthy report claiming that militant Islam is the greatest existential threat to Middle Eastern Christianity, bringing Christian communities in the region "close to extinction." The London-based Civitas, also known as the Institute for the Study of Civil Society, published the report in December. "Christianity is in serious danger of being wiped out in its biblical heartlands because of Islamic oppression," reads a statement from the group issued Sunday. "But Western politicians and media largely ignore the widespread persecution of Christians in the Middle East and the wider world because they are afraid they...
  • With Democracy For All and Freedom for None-Why democracy fails in the Muslim World

    11/28/2012 4:51:05 AM PST · by SJackson · 21 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | November 28, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    It would be tempting to attribute the disaster spreading across the Middle East to a brief flirtation with democracy snake oil, but for the better part of the last century the political class of the United States could talk of nothing else. Nearly every war was fought to spread democracy, protect democracy or worship at the altar of democracy. For much of the 20th century it was the working assumption of the sort of men who got up to give speeches in crowded halls that it was democracy that made America special. But it is not so much that democracy...
  • Islamophilia

    12/03/2011 10:05:53 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 16 replies
    One News Now ^ | 12-2-2011 | Dr. Michael Youssef
    True democracy can no more take hold in Islamic soil than a rose can grow in a glass vase ... no matter how much water it contains. This is a true statement and many Islamists know that this is a true statement. Tell that to the politically correct segment of our society. This segment, whether it is the mainstream media or foreign policy makers, is afflicted with "opposite disorder ' or better described as "Islamophilia." "What is Islamophilia?," you ask. It is the irrational and self-destructive desire to show how enlightened and morally superior you are by bending over backwards...
  • Muhammad Hates Diversity

    11/29/2011 11:00:32 PM PST · by UltraConservative · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 11-30-11 | Ben Shapiro
    This week, in Oakland, Calif., America saw yet another stellar example of the glories of diversity. At a taping of a rap music video in that fair city, eight people, including a one-year-old child, were shot. When a classical music video goes wrong, somebody busts a string. When a rap music video goes wrong, somebody busts a cap. Such observations, however, are now taboo. We're not supposed to suggest that the rap culture is any different from the classical music culture or that one is better than another. As white guy John Kerry put it, "I think there's a lot...
  • Iran attack: UK embassy stormed in Tehran (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

    11/29/2011 7:20:12 AM PST · by Pikachu_Dad · 46 replies · 1+ views
    RT ^ | 11/29/2011 | not stated
    Dozens of Iranian students have stormed the UK embassy in Tehran, chanting “death to England.” Before police intervened, protesters pelted the embassy with stones and petrol bombs, brought down the flag, and destroyed a pile of classified documents. Reports by the Mehr news agency that six UK staff had been taken hostage when students raided a north Tehran diplomatic compound were withdrawn shortly after they were posted. No explanation was given for the report, nor its removal.
  • Ruthless men hide behind veil of religion

    11/26/2011 1:05:18 PM PST · by Clive · 14 replies
    QMI Agency via Sun Media via Toronto Sun ^ | 2011-11-26 | Salim Mansur
    Revolutions are known to devour their children, and popular uprisings driven by the promise of change for the better have been notorious for turning into nightmares. The so-called Arab Spring is another dark night unfolding across the Middle East. This was predictable, and inevitable. The Tunisian fruit-seller who sparked this Arab Spring by self-immolating was a man driven to despair by the very culture into which he was born, and from which he knew there was no escape. The act of self-immolation was a terrible display of despair of a desperate man. And so is the political drama in Arab...
  • No Way Out: A campaign by Christian Solidarity Worldwide-Speak up for Egypt’s Coptic community

    10/15/2011 7:26:25 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 9 replies
    No Way Out: A campaign by Christian Solidarity Worldwide Egyptian Christians need your support now more than ever. After living with the threat of discrimination, harassment or violence for decades, they are highly vulnerable. This long-planned campaign has the chance to bring hope and change to Egypt's Christians as the vital reform process begins. Speak up for Egypt’s Coptic community As peaceful protests turned violent in Cairo this week, we need your help to speak up for Egyptian Christians in the face of increasing sectarian attacks. Peaceful demonstrations led to bloodshed on Sunday as a crowd of thousands of Coptic...
  • Iranian believers in jeopardy, stay committed

    10/02/2011 10:31:51 PM PDT · by ReformationFan
    OneNewsNow ^ | 10-2-2011 | Charlie Butts
    The church in Iran is growing and Christians are excited about it, despite persecution. Most Christians in Iran are remaining steadfast to their faith in spite of pressure from the government. Michael Wood of Open Doors USA recently returned from the Middle East and explains the spiritual climate there. “The government has gotten wind of what's going on and as you can understand they don't like it, so we see some repercussions that [have] happened,” Wood says. “The house church is coming under a lot of pressure -- freedoms are even more taken away from individuals that had been found...
  • Expert deems Turkish threat on Cyprus drilling serious

    09/21/2011 8:47:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 9/21/11 | Sharon Udasin
    A day after reports that Noble Energy had begun its natural gas drilling off the coast of Cyprus, amid threats from the Turkish government that it was considering deploying naval escort ships to protect exploration areas north of the country, an Israeli expert on the situation deemed the threats grave to both Cypriot and Israeli concerns. (Snip) Meanwhile, following a statement from Cypriot President Demetris Christofias that drilling was about to begin, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had threatened on Monday that Turkish aircraft, frigates and torpedo boats would be sent to watch over the eastern Mediterranean, Reuters said
  • House G.O.P. Tightens Its Bond With Netanyahu

    09/21/2011 11:59:28 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 3 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 20 Sep 2011 | JENNIFER STEINHAUER and STEVEN LEE MYERS
    WASHINGTON — When the Obama administration wanted to be certain that Congress would not block $50 million in new aid to the Palestinian Authority last month, it turned to a singularly influential lobbyist: Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. At the request of the American Embassy and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Mr. Netanyahu urged dozens of members of Congress visiting Israel last month not to object to the aid, according to Congressional and diplomatic officials. Mr. Netanyahu’s intervention with Congress underscored an extraordinary intersection of American diplomacy and domestic politics, the result of an ever-tightening relationship between the Israeli...
  • Messing With Israel Doesn't Just Mess With The United States...

    09/21/2011 11:55:56 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 9-21-11 | Jared H. McAndersen
  • If Israel Disappears

    09/20/2011 9:17:43 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 17 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | Sept. 20, 2011 | Cal Thomas
    The world -- or at least the large part of it that hates Israel and wishes it would go away -- moves a step nearer that goal this week when the United Nations votes on whether to recognize a Palestinian state. The vote violates the Declaration of Principles signed by the PLO in 1993, which committed the terrorist group and precursor to the Palestinian Authority to direct negotiations with Israel over a future state. This violation is further evidence the Palestinian side cannot be trusted to live up to signed agreements and promises. Caroline Glick, whose column appears in these...
  • Obama aims to salvage mid-east peace crisis

    09/20/2011 11:47:40 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Aol News/AP ^ | 20/9/11 | Bradley Klapper And Matthew Lee
    NEW YORK -The Obama administration insisted Monday there was still time to avert a divisive showdown over Palestinian statehood, ignoring President Mahmoud Abbas' defiant pledge to take his government's case to the United Nations and reaching out to Western allies in the hopes of a last-ditch compromise. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the U.S. was engaged in "extremely intensive" diplomacy with Israel, the Palestinians and the other governments gathered in New York for the annual U.N. General Assembly meeting. A statement from the U.S. and other key Mideast peace negotiators on a possible path forward appeared to be...
  • From Israel to New York - Jews, Christians Protest Hamas Led Palestine UN Vote

    09/20/2011 10:05:09 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 11 replies
    Israel News Agency / Google News ^ | September 20, 2011 | Joel Leyden
    From Israel to New York - Jews, Christians Protest Hamas Led Palestine UN Vote By Joel Leyden Israel News Agency New York --- September 20, 2011 .... Thousands of Jewish and Christian protesters are taking to the streets in Jerusalem and in New York to protest a UN vote on the creation of a Hamas led Palestine. Just south of the UN, Rabbi Avi Weiss and 50 other demonstrators protested the PA's request to the UN for unilateral statehood. The protest was sponsored by AMCHA - Coalition for Jewish Concerns. Six people were arrested and charged by NYPD with disorderly...
  • Turkey's Erdogan calls Israel's offshore gas drilling 'madness'

    09/21/2011 5:58:41 AM PDT · by jhpigott · 26 replies
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan described offshore gas drilling by estranged ally Israel and Cyprus as "madness" on Wednesday, raising the stakes in a confrontation over potentially huge deposits in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. The quarrel over gas has escalated in recent weeks, just as relations between Israel and Turkey abruptly broke down over Israel's refusal to apologize for its raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla last year in which nine pro-Palestinian Turkish activists died. (snip) "The Greek Cypriot administration and Israel are engaging in oil exploration madness in the Mediterranean," Turkish state news agency Anatolian quoted Erdogan as telling...
  • German/Turkish Axis

    09/17/2011 9:10:30 AM PDT · by tedbel · 7 replies
    Israpundit ^ | Sept 17/11 | Ted Belman
    Of course you know that Germany and the Ottoman Empire were allies in WWI. With their defeat they were both cut down to size and in the case of the latter, Turkey was all that was left. But did you know that Germany’s historic Middle East policy had always given primacy to German relations to Turkey. Yet these relations are dicey due to the backlash in the EU to accepting Turkey for membership and the current debate in Germany regarding immigration. Paul Williams writing in Family Security Matters on 22 September 2010 reports "Our country is going to carry on...
  • Breaking News & LIVE THREAD- Egypt and Middle East

    01/28/2011 9:14:48 AM PST · by SE Mom · 3,237 replies · 1+ views
    Various on the internet | 28 January 2011
    From FOX: DEVELOPING: Loud explosions and gunfire were heard in the Egyptian capital of Cairo Friday, as protesters demanding the removal of President Hosni Mubarak defied a curfew, Al Jazeera reported. Egyptian television reports the ruling party headquarters in Cairo are on fire. From TWITTER: WashingtonPost: Clinton: We urge #Egypt authorities to allow peaceful protest, reverse unprecedented steps it has taken to cut off communications less than 20 seconds ago
  • Heat turned up on Syria

    10/25/2005 9:05:21 PM PDT · by M. Espinola · 9 replies · 399+ views
    Globeandmail.com ^ | October 25th, 2005 | AP
    United Nations — The United States, France and Britain on Tuesday demanded that Syria detain government officials suspected of involvement in the assassination of a former Lebanese prime minister and ensure their co-operation with a UN probe or face possible sanctions. The call was contained in a strongly worded draft resolution that orders Syria to make the suspected officials or individuals “fully and unconditionally available” to investigators who have accused Syria of obstructing their work. That language was a clear attempt to pressure Syria into giving the probe access to top security officials — possibly including the brother-in-law of President...
  • Kazakhstani Veteran of the 1973 Arab-Israeli War

    07/23/2005 2:27:54 AM PDT · by struwwelpeter · 1 replies · 740+ views
    Noviy Vestnik (New Herald) Karaganda, Kazakhstan ^ | July 20th, 2005 | Sergey Tereshchenko
    Original title: "Egyptian"Karagandan took part in the last Arab-Israeli war Karaganda resident Danakan Nurgaliev is a man with a rare history. He is the only one in our city with the rights and benefits of a soldier-internationalist, though he was never in Afghanistan. Danakan Kasymovich did his duty in a country a bit further away - in Egypt, during the Arab-Israeli war of 1973. "I was born in the Taldykurganskaya district in 1952," Danakan said. "When called up for military service, I was sent first to Amur, in the air defense forces. After about a half-year they sent us through...
  • Boost for Lebanon as Syrian troops leave after 29 years

    04/25/2005 3:27:36 AM PDT · by M. Espinola · 9 replies · 554+ views
    Scotsman.com ^ | April 25th, 2005 | MICHAEL THEODOULOU
    THE last Syrian troops are due to leave Lebanon today as Damascus bows to concerted international and Lebanese pressure following February’s assassination of Rafik Hariri, the billionaire former prime minister. The swift withdrawal, a few days ahead of schedule, coupled with last week’s formation of a new Lebanese government after weeks of political deadlock, raised expectations that parliamentary elections will be held on time next month. Syrian army trucks towing covered tanks drive towards the Lebanese and Syrian border at Masnaa in the Bekaa valley April 24th, 2005. Syria withdrew hundreds of soldiers from Lebanon on Sunday, entering the final...
  • Liberal Lunatic of the Day (3/7/2005)

    03/07/2005 6:21:03 AM PST · by Beckwith · 20 replies · 954+ views
    Liberal Lunacy ^ | 3/7/2005 | Beckwith
    Nancy Soderberg, a Clinton aide and senior foreign policy advisor to Senator Edward M. Kennedy, recently appeared on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" and exposed, in the clearest of terms, what Democrats are thinking. Soderberg, who was promoting her book, "The Superpower Myth: The Use and Misuse of American Might", was describing the premise of her book by saying, "What I argue is that the Bush administration fell hostage to the superpower myth, believing that because we're the most powerful nation on earth, we were all-powerful, could bend the world to our will and not have...
  • The War Party's imperial plans

    09/11/2002 3:32:38 PM PDT · by traditionalist · 267 replies · 394+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 9/11/2002 | Pat Buchanan
    The fires had not yet gone out at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, a year ago, before the War Party had introduced its revised plans for American empire. What many saw as a horrific atrocity and tragedy, they saw instantly as an opportunity to achieve U.S. hegemony over an alienated Islamic world. President Bush initially directed America's righteous wrath and military power at al-Qaida. But in his "axis-of-evil" address, he signed on to the War Party's agenda. What lies ahead? When America invades Iraq, it will have to destroy Saddam and all his weapons of mass destruction. Else,...
  • Five Wounds of the Church

    09/08/2002 5:39:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies · 148+ views
    Catholics United for the Faith ^ | September-October issue/Lay Witness | Scott Hahn
    The Church’s Five WoundsBy Scott HahnExpectations run high, these days, whenever Catholic bishops gather. Group the cardinals around the Pope, and you have the makings of a front-page story in all the major media, with a headline that screams the word “crisis.”It’s a shame, however, that the media turned to the crisis so late in thegame, because the Church’s crisis — along with other world crises justrecently come to bloom — was diagnosed in painful, prophetic detail in ameeting held, some years ago, on this very date. If we had heeded the call then, perhaps we would not be facing...