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Judged By One’s Enemies

Israel looks pretty good:

In response to the Presbyterian Church USA’s (PCUSA) decision to divest from American companies doing business with Israel, Shurat Hadin (Israel Law Center) filed a whistleblower action against the organization with the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) over meetings PCUSA held with Hezbollah terrorists.

Documentary and video evidence was sent to the IRS showing PCUSA delegates meeting with members of Hezbollah – which is designated by the US as a terrorist organization – as well as publishing anti-Semitic materials and passing around political advocacy materials in violation of its status.

“There is no mention in PCUSA organizing documents that it perceives fulfilling Christ’s work by meeting with and endorsing statements of a U.S.-designated terrorist organization found to be responsible for the death of United States civilians and marines. In fact, PCUSA has taken numerous, extensive, and costly efforts to engage in political anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic acts,” added the group.

I thank the Presbyterians for living by the words of Christ, Matthew 7:20: “By their fruits shall ye know them.”

Uglifruit.

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How Nice!

The Pope gets to pray in a mosque!

Pope Francis prayed silently alongside a senior Islamic cleric in Istanbul’s Blue Mosque on Saturday, in a gesture of inter-religious harmony in a country bordering the conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

Francis took off his shoes as he entered the huge mosque, before bowing his head in prayer for several minutes, facing Mecca and standing next to Istanbul’s Grand Mufti Rahmi Yaran, in what a Vatican spokesman described as a joint “moment of silent adoration” of God.

A similar act by his predecessor Pope Benedict in 2006 drew criticism from conservative Catholics and some Muslims.

Good job, Pope Francis.

Let your humility and faith be an example to others:

Ramat Gan Chief Rabbi and prominent religious-Zionist scholar Rabbi Ya’akov Ariel spoke to Arutz Sheva about the tensions over the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism which has been at the center of attempts by Palestinian Authority and Islamist leaders to incite a religious war.

Despite being Judaism’s holiest site Jews are prevented from praying on the Mount and Jewish visits are severely restricted, due to threats of violence from Muslim leaders.

Islamists and PA officials, including Mahmoud Abbas, regularly accuse Jewish visitors to the Mount of attempting to “storm the Al Aqsa Mosque.” Al Aqsa mosque – not to be confused with the golden-domed Dome of the Rock shrine – is the largest of several mosques at the site, where the ancient Jewish Temples once stood.

But In fact, Rabbi Ariel pointed out, no religious Jews have ever attempted or asked to pray inside the mosque – and they have absolutely no desire to do so.

So, a Christian (albeit a fairly senior one) can pray inside a mosque in Istanbul with barely a ripple, but no Jews—none—may pray even in the vicinity of a mosque in Jerusalem!

Oh, okay. Just checking.

If I were of a more religious bent, I might suggest that G-d could not be pleased with this state of affairs. I know it offends me. I say it’s apartheid, and I say the hell with it.

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Meanwhile, Our Brave And Brilliant President Refuses Help To Families Trapped On A Mountain

You thought we were helping those poor people, didn’t you? Mission Accomplished!

The United States military has concluded that there are too few Yazidi refugees still trapped in the mountains of northern Iraq to warrant mounting a potentially risky rescue, the Pentagon said late Wednesday.

Military advisers who earlier in the day visited the Sinjar mountains, where as many as 30,000 people were thought to still be trapped, said that they found “far fewer” Yazidis than expected and that those who were there were in better condition than anticipated. Food and water dropped in recent days have reached those who remain, the Pentagon statement said.

The Pentagon said the visit proved that the actions the United States had taken in recent days had succeeded in preventing the Islamic State from capturing and executing the Yazidis, members of a religious sect that Sunni extremists view as heretics. It said the assessment team encountered no hostile forces during its visit and “did not engage in combat operations.”

Brett McGurk, the State Department’s deputy assistant secretary for Near East Affairs, said the assessment team had spent 24 hours in the mountains. He declared via Twitter that the U.S. actions had “broken the siege,” a sentiment repeated by State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf: “President said we’re going to break the siege of this mountain, and we broke that siege.”

Well, aren’t we special? We broke the siege. Phew. The people who are still on that mountain are just fine, don’t you worry your pretty little head.

And what exactly was happening on that mountain anyway? There are reports that children are so thirsty, their parents are cutting their own hands so that their kids can drink the blood of the parents. Sounds sort of religious, doesn’t it? Only as I understand it, ordinary parents are not supposed to be offering their blood up to their children.

So I don’t know, and I don’t suppose that any of us really do. If it is ok for more than 170,000 civilians to die in Syria, why are we obsessing about this group on the mountain? On the other hand, how can we be so cruel as to ignore this? What is the matter with us?

Here’s the real question: If we’d had competent leadership in the White House, would we be talking about any of this?

– Aggie

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“No Blood for Matzohs!”

Christians going to Israel?

Where’s my IV kit?

At a time when some visitors to Israel have been rethinking their travel plans to Israel in light of ongoing hostilities with Gazan terror groups, some 500 Christian volunteers will be traveling to the Jewish state to support farmers in Judea and Samaria this summer – and they say they’re coming no matter what.

Members of the HaYovel organization say that far from making them reconsider their yearly plans to help farmers work their land, the war has left them more committed than ever to supporting Israeli farmers at such a difficult time.

One of the group’s organizers, American Zac Waller, said he was “really excited” to be bringing hundreds of volunteers over next three months.

“Right now is the most important time to support Israel,” Waller insisted.

Yaakov Berg – CEO of Psagot Winery in the Binyamin Region of southern Samaria (Shomron), just north of Jerusalem, explained how apart from boosting morale, the volunteers were actually filling a crucial gap in manpower, at a time when many of his workers had been drafted into the IDF’s military reserves.

Berg praised the efforts of Hayovel volunteers, describing their actions as helping Israel’s war effort against Islamist terrorists in Gaza.

“The economy is part of the war – if the economy is strong then the government has the power, the energy to do what needs to be done.”

Now more than ever is the time to lubricate your Christian skin with Ahava cosmetics and your Christian soul with Israeli wine. Buy, buy, buy. As Michelle Obama is so fond of saying, write a big ol’ fat check (the only fat thing she likes).

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Meanwhile, ISIS Is Forcing Christians To Convert To Islam, And Then Beheading Them

Hey Europe! Where are the protests? Why aren’t you attacking people on the streets over this? And for that matter, where are the protests in the US? Where is our State Department or our Great Leader, President Obama?

If you’re following the news about ISIS, which now calls itself the Islamic State, you might think you’ve mistakenly clicked on a historical story about barbarians from millennia ago.

In a matter of months, the group seized territory in both Iraq and Syria and declared an Islamic caliphate, celebrating its own shocking slaughter along the way.

“I don’t see any attention from the rest of the world,” a member of the Yazidi minority in Iraq told the New Yorker. “In one day, they killed more than two thousand Yazidi in Sinjar, and the whole world says, ‘Save Gaza, save Gaza.'”
In Syria, the group hoisted some of its victims severed heads on poles. One of the latest videos of the savagery shows a Christian man forced to his knees, surrounded by masked militants, identified in the video as members of ISIS. They force the man at gunpoint to “convert” to Islam. Then, the group beheads him.

ISIS has targeted members of numerous minority groups in the region, including Christian nuns, Turkmen and Shabaks, according to Human Rights Watch.

ISIS is apparently beheading children too. So, again, where is the Western world? Or don’t you care?

– Aggie

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Live Free or Die

New Hampshire’s motto is supposed accentuate the first two words, not the last one:

A Sudanese Christian woman once sentenced to death in her native country because of her faith arrived in her new home, the United States, on Thursday.

Mariam Yehya Ibrahim, her husband and two young children were greeted by a large crowd of supporters at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in New Hampshire. Ibrahim, whose sentence was overturned a few weeks ago, didn’t speak with the media.

Ibrahim’s ordeal started when a Muslim relative filed a criminal complaint saying she had married Daniel Wani, a Christian, after going missing for several years. A Sudanese court considered Ibrahim a Muslim because her father was Muslim.

She was charged with adultery on grounds that a Muslim woman’s marriage to a Christian man is illegal in Sudan. Ibrahim also was charged with apostasy, accused of illegally renouncing what was alleged to be her original faith.

She was convicted in May, while about eight months pregnant. In chains, Ibrahim gave birth about two weeks later in a women’s hospital in Khartoum.

Ibrahim had been detained since mid-January. She refused to let go of her 20-month-old son, Martin, for fear she would never see him again.

Ibrahim was born to a Sudanese Muslim father and an Ethiopian Orthodox mother. Her father left when she was 6 years old. She was raised by her mother as a Christian.

A court in Sudan overturned Ibrahim’s death sentence a few weeks ago, but police arrested her again June 24 when she and her family tried to leave Sudan to go to the United States. Wani is an American citizen who has lived in Manchester since 1998.

Mrs. Ibrahim is married to an American citizen; she gave birth to another. Yet her adopted country left her in a Sudanese prison to give birth and nurse her American baby. It’s her own fault, of course. If she had merely flouted American laws and traditions by slithering across the southern border in the dead of night, or tossed her visa aside like an empty Snickers wrapper, she would be feted as a feminist heroine and offered the keys to the city (if Manchester has any). President Obama would embrace her tighter than he did Sandra Fluke.

Instead, by embarrassing a great religion (of peace), she is an embarrassment herself. Obama would sooner embrace the ebola victims than he would Mariam Yehya Ibrahim.

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Now That The Jews Are Out Of Iraq, Time To Eliminate The Christians

The population of Christians has dropped by more than a million in the past decade

In a region where Christians predate Muslims by centuries, over one million Christians have been killed or have had to flee because of jihadi persecution, while America is basically standing by and watching. This is the sad news that Breitbart’s National Security Editor and one of the world’s leading experts on asymmetric warfare, Dr. Sebastian Gorka, brought to Breitbart News Saturday, hosted by Editor in Chief Alex Marlow on Sirius XM Patriot Radio.
Dr. Gorka explained that “in the last 48 hours, ISIS, which is now called the Islamic State in Mosul, has painted the letter “N” for Nazarene on the houses of all the surviving Christians in the city. ISIS has basically given an ultimatum to all the Christians left: You can either flee or convert to Islam, or we will kill you.”
Gorka points out that, over the last 20 years, America has stood up around the world to save Muslims. “Whether it was to save the Muslims in Bosnia or the Albanians, Kosovars, and Muslims in Serbia, it is now time for a humanitarian operation to save the remaining Christians in Iraq,” he said. “It is time for the American people and our representatives to do something for our co-religionists remaining in the Middle East.”
Marlow observed that the blatant religious cleansing is horrifying and asked Gorka: “Why is it that the mainstream press is not interested in the story?” Gorka first responded by saying “Let’s face it, this is a Christian version of the Holocaust and nothing less.”

Believe it or not, NPR had a story on this today. I can’t imagine why this isn’t getting more media attention.

-Aggie

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The KKK Loves the Presbyterians!

And why wouldn’t they?

Buncha old white guys what don’t like Jews:

Dr. David Duke, currently on a lecture tour, was reached for and he made this official comment:

..[T]hrough ethnic racism and tribalism they discriminate against Gentiles and take over media and other institutions.

Their racist power over the media and government is why Israel can get away with it all.

But people can stand up.

Bravo to the Presbyterian Church for standing up to Jewish racism and supremacism!

The world is waking up to Jewish supremacism!”

Is that what it says on the signs out front?


The world is waking up to Jewish supremacism!

It should come as no surprise that the Presbyterians embrace the Arab occupiers of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza.

They both love death more than we love life:

The Presbyterian Church USA General Assembly has been making a lot of news on the same sex marriage issue. But this vote has my eyebrows raised. The convention voted no on protecting babies born alive after a failed abortion.

This isn’t a matter of protecting “reproductive rights.” A baby that is born is no longer in his or her mother’s body and thus nothing is being done to interfere with her privacy or autonomy.

The Klan, Arab terrorists, and the Presbyterian Church vs. new-born infants and Jews. Which side are you on? Take your time.

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Calvin and the Chipmunks

I don’t ordinarily care (much less comment) when someone chooses to sell stock.

But the timing of this particular divestiture couldn’t be worse:

In a cliffhanger vote Friday, the general assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) decided to dump its investments in three corporations it says deliver products to Israel that help the Jewish state suppress its neighbors.

The decision puts the Palestinians and Israelis on equal footing before God, it said.

“We see both as children of God,” said Heath K. Rada, who moderated this year’s general assembly, the church’s biannual leadership meeting.

After Friday’s vote of 310 to 303, the Presbyterian Church will pull about $21 million out of Caterpillar, Hewlett Packard and Motorola Solutions.

Why these companies, which are not exactly arms dealers?

“Caterpillar provides bulldozers that destroy Palestinian homes,” said spokeswoman Kathy Francis. HP provides Israel with logistics and technology used in the naval blockade of Gaza.

“Motorola Solutions provides military communications and surveillance systems in illegal Israeli settlements,” she said.

First, let me swear by all I hold holy (which is precious little, I must confess) that I too believe the Arabs and the Israelis are “children before God”. If the Arabs are depraved savages, it is their doing, not God’s. I could never blame Him for their cruelty, blind hatred, and self-destructive behavior. They chose Satan of their own free will.

Such defamation of the Jews must be met with…what is the word, anti-defamation:

The ADL made clear its condemnation with the church’s decision saying it was “out of step with the views of the majority of Presbyterians in the pews and sends a painful message to American Jews.”

“Over the past ten years, PC(USA) leaders have fomented an atmosphere of open hostility to Israel within the church, promoted a one-sided presentation of the complex realities of the Middle East, and permitted the presentation of a grossly distorted image of the views of the Jewish community,” the ADL added.

A response by the church attempted to clarify that the vote did not imply an embrace of Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, to which the ADL responded, “The claim by the PC(USA) that it does not support the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement is simply not reflected in this resolution and the overall tone of the discussions.”

Whatever else its tenets may be (who can tell with these splintered Protestant sects?), timing is not among them.

A few headlines ripped from the news:

LIVE BLOG: The search for the kidnapped teens

Palestinian FM: Israel overreacting on abducted teens

Gaza rocket hits open area in southern Israel

Belgium to spend $4 million on security for Jewish institutions

French Jews leaving for Israel in increasing numbers

Report: Secret Algerian document says Tunisian terror group to target Jews, Western targets

Guns and camouflage: Welcome to Hamas’ summer-camp

You get the point, even if the Presbyterians don’t. As they are “people of the book”, I take it they are familiar with God’s covenant with Abraham (Genesis 15:18):

In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:

Me, I take that as my starting point, but I also look to more contemporary authority. The Balfour Declaration (1917): “His Majesty’s government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object…”.

The Mandate for Palestine of the League of Nations (1922): “Whereas the Principal Allied Powers have also agreed that the Mandatory should be responsible for putting into effect the declaration originally made on November 2nd, 1917, by the Government of His Britannic Majesty, and adopted by the said Powers, in favour of the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people…”.

If that seems like ancient history to you, it was once the (settled) law of the land, as dictated by God and man. That’s good enough for me.

I don’t know about you, but I’m going to head out as soon as the stores open and buy me an excavator:

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Bring Back These Girls

I never thought I’d write these characters in this exact order:

#bringbackourgirls:

Meriam Yahya Ibrahim, 27, gave birth to a girl early Tuesday in the hospital wing of a prison in Omdurman, one of her attorneys, Mohamed Abdelnabi, told FoxNews.com by phone from Khartoum.

“She’s fine, and Meriam as well,” Abdelnabi said of the baby girl, who will be named Maya.

Can’t place the name?

A Sudanese woman sentenced to death for refusing to renounce her Christian faith has given birth in prison, and could now be lashed 100 times — even as she’s permitted to nurse her newborn for two years before the execution is carried out.

The court in Khartoum ruled earlier that Ibrahim must give birth and nurse her baby for two years before being executed, but must receive 100 lashes for adultery immediately after having her baby — for having relations with her Christian husband. Ibrahim could have spared herself death by hanging simply by renouncing her faith.

“I was never a Muslim,” she told a judge. “I was raised a Christian from the start.”

Somehow the entire article forgets to mention one key fact: her husband is an American citizen. Sudan’s primitivism is its own business. They want to be a backward black hole of ignorance and superstition? Great. Super. Give it their best shot.

But every lash that touches her skin should be directed at President Obama. Before you level charges of racism, I’m not lashing anyone, I’m assigning blame. Can we “bring back” 276 girls held captive in the jungles of Africa by a well-armed, bloodthirsty terrorists? Maybe. Should we? Maybe.

But are we going to allow the wife of an American citizen (as close to an American citizen herself without yet being one) to be lashed 100 times, then executed in two years? For the crime of not renouncing her Christianity? Un-[bleeping]-believable.

If Ms. Ibrahim were instead an unmarried Guatemalan who waded across the Rio Grande and then forged documents to commit identity fraud, the Left would cry out for her to be greeted as royalty. But let her come by her citizenship (near enough) legally and honorably, and our disgraceful president can’t be bothered to lift a finger in her defense (unless and until he does).

To the happy mother and daughter, I offer what passes for care and well-wishes these days: a hashtag. I’m embarrassed to say that’s all I have to offer, all perhaps our country (their country) has to offer.

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Thank God

It’s Constitutional, bi—…blessed:

The Supreme Court says prayers that open town council meetings do not violate the Constitution even if they routinely stress Christianity.

The court said in 5-4 decision Monday that the content of the prayers is not critical as long as officials make a good-faith effort at inclusion.

The ruling was a victory for the town of Greece, N.Y., outside of Rochester.

In 1983, the court upheld an opening prayer in the Nebraska legislature and said that prayer is part of the nation’s fabric, not a violation of the First Amendment. Monday’s ruling was consistent with the earlier one.

Raised by a pair of atheists (one nominally Christian, one nominally Jewish), I was occasionally made uncomfortable by public prayer. So the [bleep] what? I lived, I got over it. In fact, I’m a little jealous of those with a religious upbringing. Faith is the one thing I find hard to fake.

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Jesus for Jews

It’s hard to keep straight the Christian sects—Presbyterians, Unitarians, etc. ad nauseam—that call for boycotting Israel.

Let’s just celebrate this one that doesn’t:

The Israeli Zionist organization Im Tirtzu last week hosted the “Zionist Conference for Human Rights” in Tel Aviv. Among the invited speakers was Father Gabriel Nadaf, spiritual head of the Israeli Christians Recruitment Forum, a body that encourages young Arabic-speaking Israelis (they prefer to not be labeled as “Arabs”) to join the Israeli army and fully integrate with Israeli Jewish society.

In his address to the conference, Father Nadaf noted that “there are many regimes (in the region) that do not care about equal rights, they only care about catering to an elite that terrorizes the rest of the population, while brushing off the issue of human rights and dehumanizing others.”

But, the Greek Orthodox priest explained, “In Israel, we [non-Jewish minorities] do not experience this.”

Father Nadaf concluded by declaring how “proud” he is to live in Israel, and insisting that “Israel is a shining example of human rights in the Middle East.”

Talk like that can get you drummed out of the Episcopalians.

Or worse:

Earlier this month, Father Nadaf’s son was violently attacked on the streets of Nazareth by those opposed to local Arabic speakers identifying with the Jewish state. Nadaf and others said it was incitement from the likes of Arab Knesset Member Ahmad Tibi that resulted in the attack on his son and continued tension between Arabs and Jews in the land.

But Tibi, who last week wrote in an American publication about what he called Israel’s “Jim Crow” treatment of local Arabs, is coming under increasing fire for his hostile rhetoric and approach.

Deputy Knesset Speaker Hamad Amar, a member of Israel’s minority Arabic-speaking Druze community, responded to Tibi’s accusations with his own article accusing his Muslim colleague of representing “all that is wrong with parts of the Israeli Arab leadership.”

“In our whole region consisting of over 350 million Arabs, there are only 1,658,000 Arabs who have complete political and religious freedom and have the right to vote in full democratic elections. It is no coincidence that all of these Arabs live as full and equal citizens in the one Jewish State,” wrote Amar.

We apologize for this interruption. The hating on the Hebrew may now resume.

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