Why Allah Is Not My “Father”… Or My God

I was recently asked on Quora, the question/answer site with over one billion monthly users, why Christians do not simply accept Allah, the God of Islam, as being our “Father”.  This, in its entirety, was my answer to that question..


If you watch any amount of mainstream news, or the endless propaganda coming from North American and European Muslims today, you’ve likely been convinced that Muslims believe Jesus was a good teacher or a great Prophet – and that, whie they might have issues with the Church and Christians, it’s all rainbows and unicorns when they think about Jesus.

 You’ve likely even heard that “Allah” is just another word for “God”.  I would imagine you’ve also heard that when you boil it all down, we all really serve the same God, underneath it all.

If you’ve heard all this and believed it – you’re in for a rude awakening.

There is a popular belief, spread often by non-Muslim Western nations’ readers, and of course by Muslims themselves, that not only is Islam a “religion of peace” (which is so ironic and outrageous, in light of the news we read every day, it’s almost humorous), but that Allah and the God of the Bible, and Jehovah of the Jewish Talmud, are all one and the same Divine being.

That is absolute rubbish, and as you are going to see, from quotes pulled from the Quran itself, not only does Islam believe that Christ is NOT the Son of God,  the Quran actually states that anyone believing that Jesus is the Son of God – should be destroyed by God for their perverted way of thinking.

Open your hearts and minds. We are in a war for our very souls.  And Islam is the self-declared enemy of the Cross.  We cannot allow anyone to tell us differently  – for we are being led to the slaughter if we do.

An Islamic meme which makes no bones about stating that Christ couldn’t be God, as Allah has never been “incarnated in other forms.” BLASPHEMY.

Before we get to Jesus, we need to focus on Allah in the Quran.  He is the central figure of the Islamic religion and the one who apparently created the world, and gave us all life.  But if you are being told that He and Jehovah God of the Bible are one and the same, you are going to have to take a second look at the very words from the pages of the Quran themselves.  Whoever Allah is, he is not what Christians would recognize as the God of the Bible.

Christianity teaches that Jesus is the Son of God, but the Quran says:

Surah Al-Baqarah (The Cow)  2:

  • And they say, “None will enter Paradise except one who is a Jew or a Christian.” That is [merely] their wishful thinking, Say, “Produce your proof, if you should be truthful.” (2:111)

So, the Quran teaches that it is wishful thinking for Christians to think they will enter Heaven through the work of Christ.  That is absolute BLASPHEMY

  • Yes [on the contrary], whoever submits his face in Islam to Allah while being a doer of good will have his reward with his Lord. And no fear will there be concerning them, nor will they grieve (2:112)

Continuing from the verse above, we see that only those who believe in Allah will be rewarded.  In other words, Christians and Jews don’t get any rewards in Heaven, as they don’t believe in Allah.

  • The Jews say “The Christians have nothing [true] to stand on,” and the Christians say, “The Jews have nothing to stand on,” although they [both] recite the Scripture. Thus the polytheists speak the same as their words. But Allah will judge between them on the Day of Resurrection concerning that over which they used to differ.  (2:113)

  • And who are more unjust than those who prevent the name of Allah from being mentioned in His mosques and strive toward their destruction. It is not for them to enter them except in fear. For them in this world is disgrace, and they will have in the Hereafter a great punishment. (2:114)  They say, ” Allah has taken a son.” Exalted is He! Rather, to Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and the earth. All are devoutly obedient to Him (2:116)  Indeed, We have sent you, [O Muhammad], with the truth as a bringer of good tidings and a warner, and you will not be asked about the companions of Hellfire. (2:119)  And never will the Jews or the Christians approve of you until you follow their religion. Say, “Indeed, the guidance of Allah is the [only] guidance.” If you were to follow their desires after what has come to you of knowledge, you would have against Allah no protector or helper.  (2:120)  Those to whom We have given the Book recite it with its true recital. They [are the ones who] believe in it. And whoever disbelieves in it – it is they who are the losers.  (2:121)  They say, “Be Jews or Christians [so] you will be guided.” Say, “Rather, [we follow] the religion of Abraham, inclining toward truth, and he was not of the polytheists.”  (2:135)  

The Quran mentions in chapter 3, verses 52-53, that the disciples submitted to the faith of Islam:

Ask the Children of Israel how many a sign of evidence We have given them. And whoever exchanges the favor of Allah [for disbelief] after it has come to him – then indeed, Allah is severe in penalty.  (2:211)

But when Jesus felt [persistence in] disbelief from them, he said, “Who are my supporters for [the cause of] Allah ?” The disciples said,” We are supporters for Allah. We have believed in Allah and testify that we are Muslims [submitting to Him. (Quran Surah Al-Imran 52-53)

The longest narrative involving Jesus’ disciples is when they request a laden table to be sent from Heaven, for further proof that Jesus is preaching the true message:

Behold! the disciples, said: “O Jesus the son of Mary! can thy Lord send down to us a table set (with viands) from heaven?” Said Jesus: “Fear Allah, if ye have faith.”

They said: “We only wish to eat thereof and satisfy our hearts, and to know that thou hast indeed told us the truth; and that we ourselves may be witnesses to the miracle.”
Said Jesus, the son of Mary: “O Allah our Lord! Send us from heaven a table set (with viands), that there may be for us‚ÄĒfor the first and the last of us‚ÄĒa solemn festival and a sign from thee; and provide for our sustenance, for thou art the best Sustainer (of our needs).”

Allah said: “I will send it down unto you: But if any of you after that resisteth faith, I will punish him with a penalty such as I have not inflicted on any one among all the peoples.” (Quran Surah Al-Ma’ida 112-115)

In Islam, Jesus is believed to have been the precursor to Muhammad, attributing the name Ahmad to someone who would follow Jesus. Islam traditionally teaches the rejection of divinity, that Jesus was not God incarnate, nor the Son of God and, according to some interpretations of the Quran, the death and crucifixion is widely denied and not believed to have occurred.

Despite the earliest Muslim traditions and exegesis quoting somewhat conflicting reports regarding death and length of death, the mainstream Muslim belief is that Jesus did not suffer death but was instead raised alive to heaven.

That is a huge problem.  If Jesus did not die, then His blood was not shed for our sins.  Our sins are therefore not cleansed – we would continue to require the sacrifice of animals, and the shedding of their blood in order to merely cover, but not cleanse, us of sin.  The Bible says that Jesus “died (comma) and was buried (period), then ladies and gentlemen, we have a dead religion serving a dead God.  And we remain dead in our sins.

Islam would like to perpetuate this myth, because underneath it all, Islam is a false religion, which could only possibly have one source or founder – one who seeks to be as a God, one who seeks to replace God.  And Islam cannot accept Jesus in the form that He stated he was, because to do so would be to recognize Islam is a false religion.

Why do I say this?  Because Jesus Christ himself said:

“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life – NO ONE comes to the Father but by me”.  (Johm 14:6)

So for a Muslim to say that Jesus was a good teacher, a good man or a good Prophet even would be nonsense, and a lie.  Jesus couldn’t possibly be ANY of those things if He was also a LUNATIC OR A LIAR.

Jesus didn’t say He was a good guy.  He didn’t claim to be a good teacher – He said He IS truth.  He doesn’t just possess truth, or share truth, or understand truth, nor is he one that lives in truth or walks in his Truth or whatever nonsense we hear today.  Jesus Christ said that He IS Truth.  Period.  If you want to know what’s real, who is the one you must serve, who has the backing of God the Father, and who rules and reigns the universe, look no further than Jesus Christ.  For either he’s a liar, a lunatic….

Or the Lord He said He was.

The Bible says that “Jesus died (comma), was buried (COMMA), AND THAT HE ROSE AGAIN THE THIRD DAY”.  That’s the Good News friend – that tiny little punctuation mark, signifying that the story isn’t over – that there is so much more to Jesus than a dead God.

Today, I can go visit Mohammad’s grave.  Buddha’s gravesite is accessible for me to visit.  Joseph Smith, Jim Jones, David Koresh – there have been so many men over the centuries who came along and said “look at me, I have the truth”.  “Follow me, I know what I”m talking about” – and none of them did.

And in almost every case, they had to do something about Jesus Christ first.  They had to write him out of their religion, or write him in as some secondary player.  Because keeping Jesus the way the Bible describes Him would be to confirm they are living in a false religion Creating a false religion is even worse – there is likely a special place in Hell for those like Mohammad, Joseph Smith and more, who have intentionally led millions astray – knowing FULL WELL that they weren’t God, nor His representatives on earth.

They all KNEW they were just mere men, but somehow they convinced millions to go along with them over the centuries, because they may have had some learned truth deep inside.  The Devil can tell the truth too – just enough to convince you he’s real.  Then, when he has you, you may even start to realize you have been deceived.  At that point, you may be in such bondage to the religion chosen – such is the case with Islam – that you can’t break free.

Islam teaches that you must pray 5 times a day.  You can’t ever escape it – because in Islam, there is no overall forgiveness of sins.  You are bound to a sense of religious duty, or you will die in your sins.  It is terribly sad that so many millions of people are so bound by Islam, that they can’t put it down to review another possibility for faith – it is always before them, always surrounding them, and to deny it could even mean death.  As long as they are kept busy with the trappings of faith, they can ignore the fact that their religion isn’t changing them positively on the inside, isn’t bringing them hope or peace or assurance of life after death, or health when they are sick.

To be blunt, if they ever had an encounter with the teachings or person of Jesus Christ, they would realize right away they were being hoodwinked where they were.  However, most religions have a response for the teachings and person of Jesus – either they discredit Him as being lesser than He is, or they discredit His followers’ weaknesses as proof that He couldn’t possibly be that great of a God.

They don’t explain, however, how they are justified in their faith, when many of them are even weaker than we are.

After all, it is not Christians that are accused the most of terrorist attacks globally.

Mahatma Gandhi said, concerning believers in Christ:

“I like your Christ.  I do not like your Christians.  Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

But wait – Gandhi never said that.  There’s no proof that quote ever came from him.  But so desperate are some to discredit Jesus or the Church, they are convinced that making up nonsense about either is better than nothing. A similar quote appears to be from an Indian philosopher named Bara Dada. The full quote from Dada appears to be from the mid-1920s:

‚ÄúJesus is ideal and wonderful, but you Christians, you are not like him.‚ÄĚ

With all due respect, the personal opinion of some “philosopher” is of little value to me.  Jesus truly IS as ideal and wonderful as the man claimed, and what difference does it make whether man is weak and frail or not, it’s not a reflection on the God we serve, nor can one say “Yah, God’s got some great ideas, but Christians just wreck it for me”.

If you are that weakminded that you can only follow a philosophy or belief that is full of rock solid followers – you must not believe in ANYTHING then.  Because there are weak people in every industry, every career, every nation, every religion.  The above is much the same as saying “I like the laws around here, but the cops are so bad, they wreck it for me, so I can’t respect the law now.”  Well, Good News then – the law doesn’t care whether you respect it, or like its enforcement agencies or not.

Go ahead and break the law, thinking that you are justified in doing so.  Jail will be just as small, the food just as nasty, and orange will be just as much the new black.  The law doesn’t care if you respect it, agree with it, appreciate it, understand it or accept it.  If you don’t obey it, you will be punished by it – and you have no choice in that matter.  (Shawn Jorgensen)

The same is true of God – go ahead and deny His teachers or that of Jesus Christ, stating that Christians have wrecked it for you, or “but I’ve got my guy – I think I’ll just continue to go along with him.”  Well, that’s entirely your choice, but you’re still going to Hell regardless.  Jesus isn’t an OPTIONAL God, like a side of fries with a hamburger.

Jesus is GOD.  Mohammad never said he was a God.  Neither did Buddha, Confusicious, Joseph Smith or a host of others.

Oh but Jesus?  Yah, they all have a replacement, a crisis actor all trained up and ready to go to try to replace him.  It’s Jesus all the religions of the world are gunning for.  It’s Jesus they cannot just allow to exist, nor can they allow His teachings to spread very far.

Because they all know He’s the real deal, and His very existence confirms that they are liars and frauds.  There aren’t “options” when it comes to religion.  There’s Jesus or there’s Hell.  Period.  He’s not a menu item on the religious buffet of the week.  He’s the only game in town.  Run after your circus acts all you want to – it doesn’t make them any more real life than before.  Watching too many cartoons, even believing they are all true, still won’t make them real, no matter what you think.

The Bible says that “it’s appointed for man once to die, and then the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).  You don’t get to come along after the fact and say “oh, I don’t believe in any of that”.  5 minutes after you die, as you stand before God, He’s not going to be concerned about your belief system at that point, because for you, it will then be already too late to change anything anyway.   One can not simply take Islam back for a full refund, once you realize you have a dead, defective religion that didn’t save you from your sins and keep you from the wrath of almighty God.

If the Indian philospher mentioned previously believed that Jesus really was so ideal and wonderful, why isn’t he following Jesus Himself?  Oh, he’s not following Jesus because Christians are such bad examples?  Nice try, but that sounds like fake news to me.

Jesus Christ has taught every man all they need to know to accept Him and live out their lives.  The Quran even contains some of the teachings of Christ. In fact, here’s a little known fact – Jesus is mentioned by name much more often than Mohammad is!  This “secondary player”, even as a good prophet, gets more play time in Islam than the head messenger Mohammad himself!

The fact that Islam rejects the teachers of Christ as weak or a lie, but still tries to propogate the belief that they admire Jesus is nonsensical.  You can’t call Jesus a liar and a Prophet at the same time.  You can’t cherry pick the teachings and beliefs you want, and reject the rest.  Jesus is ALL OR NOTHING.

Muslims believe that anyone rejecting their faith can be killed.  Nearly 100 times in the Quran, it gives them permission to kill non-Muslims who will not accept the faith.  They spread their religion, not through love, one person at a time – but through conquering nations by the sword.  In a sense, that’s cheating when it comes to creating a religion.  Unfair advantage – just gather enough of an  army together, and the rest is all down to majority rules.

Why do you think they want to immigrate to non-Muslim countries with some intense volumes of people?  It’s an invasion!  They want to seek to weaken our flanks and to slowly erode our freedom of relgion.

Here’s the bottom line –  Islam came along at least 700 years after Jesus had already left for Heaven again.  They don’t get to define terms or who God or Jesus are.  They don’t get to decide for the rest of us whether Jesus died and was raised again or not. 

They are a false religion in the opinion of the Church, and Mohammad merely tried to respond to the Christian presence throughout the world, by creating this religious system.  The religious aspect of Mohammad was quickly lost behind the military actions he took, as the religion at the time never really took root.  So he conquered by the sword, spreading his “faith” by force.

 Muslims call Jews and Christians “polytheists” (worshippers of many gods) several times in the Qu’ran. Where on earth do they get the idea that either Jews or Christians promote such nonsense – where’s the proof that we influence those type of people?

 And Allah is to judge believers in Christ?  That’s odd, because the Bible says that “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  (Romans 8:1)

The Qu’ran of course speaks to the deity and Sonship of Christ in the Trinity as well:

And yet some people assert, “God has taken unto Himself a son!” Limitless is He in His glory!  Nay, but His is all that is in the heavens and on earth; all things devoutly obey His will. (2:116 (Asad)

Some assert” that God has taken a son? So in other words, the Quran is debating this?  It seems so. And those people “asserting” this are Christians, of course. How convenient that Islam gets to comment on other religions and their followers, trying to have the last word, like it matters to the teachings of the Bible whether Islam comments on them afterwards or not.  The Bible says that “Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever!” (Hebrews 13:8)

An original, such as a work of art, is never at the mercy of a cheap copy.  Neither is the person and the teachings of Jesus Christ made lesser than by some invented religion that comes along centuries later, trying to discredit it or assimilate its main characters into their religious fiction.

NEVER let anyone tell you that a Muslim accepts Jesus Christ as He truly is.  That is a lie from the pit of Hell.  Al-An’am (The Cattle) – 6:101 [read in context] says:

‚ÄúThe Originator of the heavens and the earth! How could it be that He should have a child without there ever having been a mate for Him – since it is He who has created everything, and He alone knows everything?‚ÄĚ- 6:101 (Asad)

This is the weakest and most nonsensical statement of them all.  God is not limited in his ability to have a Son, who could exist from eternity past until now, just like God does Himself.  God is the Creator – He wouldn’t require the same physical methodology of reproducing as man does.  HE CREATED the system that man uses to have children – he’s not bound by its principles, any more than God must adhere to the principles of time, space, gravity, and a host of other concepts that man is bound to or constrained by on earth. 

And if Jesus is God, He would not be created at all – he simply would exist forever past, present and future as His Father does.  The Holy Spirit as well has always been – He was not manufactured by God at some point down the road – He has always been.

Islam is going to have to do a lot better than that. 

At-Tauba (The Repentance) – 9:30 [read in context]

AND THE JEWS say, “Ezra is God’s son,” while the Christians say, “The Christ is God’s son.” Such are the sayings which they utter with their mouths, following in spirit assertions made in earlier times by people who denied the truth! [44] [They deserve the imprecation:] “May God destroy them!” [45] How perverted are their minds! [46] – 9:30 (Asad)

So when people try try to tell you the God of the Bible and Allah are one – NEITHER Christianity nor Islam believes that at all, and in fact each believes the other is a FALSE GOD. Islam goes one step further, saying that God should destroy us for believing in Jesus being God‚Äôs Son.  And when Muslims say Jesus was a Prophet or a good teacher, they lie because Jesus said He was the Son of God and they consider such belief ‚Äúperverted‚ÄĚ.

The Bible says that “you shall know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:32).  I encourage you to read the teachings of Jesus from the Bible, which is the only book that has the legitimate right to speak for Him.  And by all means, look at the fruits of Christianity and Islam, as propogated by their members.  Christianity has founded more hospitals, social service agencies, schools, universities, and has done more charitable work, even among Muslims, than Islam could ever even claim amongst its own – and Islam has NO charitable works targetting non-Muslims in need.  That should tell you everything.

But MOST TELLING of all – Baptists are not beheading people.  Catholics are not throwing gays off of buildings.  Lutherans are not stoning adulterers to death.  Presbyterians don’t cut the hands off of thieves.  And NO Christian organization feels the legitimate right to EXECUTE those who walk away from the Church.

Islam will answer for much someday.   But for now, let their actions speak for them – over 35,000 terrorist attacks globally since 9/11 and counting.  That’s not a character flaw, a statistical anomaly, a mistake or an aberration.  That much effort to bring suffering to the world shows the true heart of the religion.

I declare the statement of faith of Joshua, who led the children of Israel into the Promised Land after the death of Moses (from Joshua 24:15):

“Choose you this day whom you will serve.  As for me and my house…
WE WILL SERVE THE LORD”.

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By Islam Rising, Founding Blog Member
Calling Out Community
Posted:
June 5, 2019
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Jesus: Through Muslim Eyes

Following our popular article “Easter: Through Muslim Eyes”, published Easter 2016, we want to take a look today at what the Quran, and Muslims, say about Jesus Christ himself.

Believe it or not,¬†Jesus is¬†the most mentioned person¬†in the Quran; 25 times by the name Isa, 3rd-person 48 times, 1st-person 35 times, the rest through his¬†titles and attributes. ¬†That’s right – Jesus is in the Quran more than Muhammad! ¬†Here’s the catch – in the Quran, Jesus is the precursor / John the Baptist figure for Muhammad. ¬†And regardless of whether He’s talked about as a Prophet, a “pure boy” as the Quran also states, even born of a virgin – Jesus is most definitely NOT considered to be the Son of God, as you will soon see. ¬†


If you watch any amount of mainstream news, you have likely been convinced that Muslims believe Jesus was a good teacher or a great Prophet,¬†and that they may have issues with the Church and Christians, but not with Christ. ¬†You’ve likely even heard that “Allah” is just another word for “God”. ¬†I would imagine you’ve also heard that when you boil it all down, we all really serve the same God, underneath it all.

If you’ve heard all this and believed it – you’re in for a rude awakening.

There is a popular belief, spread often by non-Muslims, Western nations’ leaders, and of course by Muslims themselves, that not only is Islam a “religion of peace” (which ironic, outrageous and oddly humorous, in light of the news we read every day), but that Allah and the God of the Bible, and Jehovah of the Jewish Talmud, are all one and the same Divine being.

That is absolute rubbish, and as you are going to see, from quotes pulled from the Quran itself, not only does Islam believe that Christ is NOT the Son of God,  the Quran actually states that any one believing that Jesus is the Son of God Рshould be destroyed by God for their perverted way of thinking.   Open your hearts and minds, folks. We are in a war for our very souls.  And Islam is our declared enemy.  We cannot allow anyone to tell us differently  Рfor we are being led to the slaughter if we do.

Before we get to Jesus, we need to focus on Allah in the Quran.  He is the central figure of the Islamic religion and the one who apparently created the world, and gave us all life.  But if you are being told that He and Jehovah God of the Bible are one and the same, you are going to have to take a second look at the very words from the pages of the Quran themselves.  Whoever Allah is, he is not what Christians would recognize as the God of the Bible.

Christianity teaches that Jesus is the Son of God, but the Quran says:

Surah Al-Baqarah (The Cow)  2:

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    Why is Christ always making Satanic hand gestures with his right hand in almost EVERY Catholic and Muslim painting of Him?

    And they say, “None will enter Paradise except one who is a Jew or a Christian.” That is [merely] their wishful thinking, Say, “Produce your proof, if you should be truthful.” (2:111)¬†

    • So, the Quran teachers that it is wishful thinking for Christians to think they will enter Heaven through the work of Christ. ¬†That is absolute BLASPHEMY
  • Yes [on the contrary], whoever submits his face in Islam to Allah while being a doer of good will have his reward with his Lord. And no fear will there be concerning them, nor will they grieve (2:112) ¬†

    • Continuing from the verse above, we see that only those who believe in Allah will be rewarded. ¬†In other words, Christians and Jews don’t get any rewards in Heaven, as they don’t believe in Allah.
  • The Jews say “The Christians have nothing [true] to stand on,” and the Christians say, “The Jews have nothing to stand on,” although they [both] recite the Scripture. Thus the polytheists speak the same as their words. But Allah will judge between them on the Day of Resurrection concerning that over which they used to differ.¬† (2:113) ¬†

  • imageedit_8_7949332527.jpgAnd who are more unjust than those who prevent the name of Allah from being mentioned in His mosques and strive toward their destruction. It is not for them to enter them except in fear. For them in this world is disgrace, and they will have in the Hereafter a great punishment. (2:114) ¬†They say, ” Allah has taken a son.” Exalted is He! Rather, to Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and the earth. All are devoutly obedient to Him (2:116) ¬†Indeed, We have sent you, [O Muhammad], with the truth as a bringer of good tidings and a warner, and you will not be asked about the companions of Hellfire. (2:119) ¬†And never will the Jews or the Christians approve of you until you follow their religion. Say, “Indeed, the guidance of Allah is the [only] guidance.” If you were to follow their desires after what has come to you of knowledge, you would have against Allah no protector or helper. ¬†(2:120) ¬†Those to whom We have given the Book recite it with its true recital. They [are the ones who] believe in it. And whoever disbelieves in it – it is they who are the losers. ¬†(2:121) ¬†They say, “Be Jews or Christians [so] you will be guided.” Say, “Rather, [we follow] the religion of Abraham, inclining toward truth, and he was not of the polytheists.” ¬†(2:135) ¬†Ask the Children of Israel how many a sign of evidence We have given them. And whoever exchanges the favor of Allah [for disbelief] after it has come to him – then indeed, Allah is severe in penalty. ¬†(2:211)

The Quran mentions in chapter 3, verses 52-53, that the disciples submitted to the faith of Islam:

When Jesus found Unbelief on their part He said: “Who will be My helpers to (the work of) Allah?” Said the disciples: “We are Allah’s helpers: We believe in Allah, and do thou bear witness that we are Muslims.
Our Lord! we believe in what Thou hast revealed, and we follow the Messenger; then write us down among those who bear witness.”

‚ÄĒ‚ÄČQuran Surah Al-Imran 52-53
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The Muslim Christ is a false god. He is not the Jesus of the Bible, stripped of His deity, and having not died for our sins, this false Christ CANNOT therefore beis not our Saviour – just as Muslims like Him to be. And what is with the feminine-looking Christ and Mohammad, that we see in virtually all Catholic and Muslim representations of Christ and Mohammad?”

The longest narrative involving Jesus’ disciples is when they request a laden table to be sent from Heaven, for further proof that Jesus is preaching the true message:

Behold! the disciples, said: “O Jesus the son of Mary! can thy Lord send down to us a table set (with viands) from heaven?” Said Jesus: “Fear Allah, if ye have faith.”
They said: “We only wish to eat thereof and satisfy our hearts, and to know that thou hast indeed told us the truth; and that we ourselves may be witnesses to the miracle.”
Said Jesus, the son of Mary: “O Allah our Lord! Send us from heaven a table set (with viands), that there may be for us‚ÄĒfor the first and the last of us‚ÄĒa solemn festival and a sign from thee; and provide for our sustenance, for thou art the best Sustainer (of our needs).”
Allah said: “I will send it down unto you: But if any of you after that resisteth faith, I will punish him with a penalty such as I have not inflicted on any one among all the peoples.”

‚ÄĒ‚ÄČQuran Surah Al-Ma’ida 112-115

In Islam, Jesus is believed to have been the precursor to Muhammad, attributing the name Ahmad to someone who would follow Jesus. Islam traditionally teaches the rejection of divinity, that Jesus was not God incarnate, nor the Son of God and, according to some interpretations of the Quran, the death and crucifixion are widely denied and not believed to have occurred.  Despite the earliest Muslim traditions and exegesis quoting somewhat conflicting reports regarding death and length of death, the mainstream Muslim belief is that Jesus did not suffer death but was instead raised alive to heaven.

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The name “Jesus son of Mary” written in Islamic calligraphy followed by “Peace be upon him

That is a huge problem.¬† If Jesus did not die, then His blood was not shed for our sins.¬† Our sins are therefore not cleansed – we would continue to require the sacrifice of animals, and the shedding of their blood in order to merely cover, but not cleanse, us of sin.¬† The Bible says that Jesus “died (comma) and was buried (period), then ladies and gentlemen, we have a dead religion serving a dead God.¬† And we remain dead in our sins.

Islam would like to perpetuate this myth, because underneath it all, Islam is a false religion, which could only possibly have one source or founder Рone who seeks to be as a God, one who seeks to replace God.  And Islam cannot accept Jesus in the form that He stated he was, because to do so would be to recognize Islam is a false religion.

Why do I say this?  Because Jesus Christ himself said:

“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life – NO ONE comes to the Father but by me”.¬†
(John 14:6)

So for a Muslim to say that Jesus was a good teacher, a good man or a good Prophet even would be nonsense, and a lie.¬† Jesus couldn’t possibly be ANY of those things if He was also a LUNATIC OR A LIAR.

jesus_words__1024x650Jesus didn’t say He was a good guy.¬† He didn’t claim to be a good teacher¬†or a good prophet of truth – He said He IS truth.¬† He doesn’t just possess truth, or share truth, or understand truth, nor is he one that lives in truth or walks in his Truth or whatever nonsense we hear today.¬† Jesus Christ said that He IS Truth.¬† Period.¬† If you want to know what’s real, who is the one you must serve, who has the backing of God the Father, and who rules and reigns the universe, look no further than Jesus Christ.¬† For either he’s a liar, a lunatic….

Or the Lord He said He was.

Good-Friday-Re-Enactment-22-1024x576The Bible says that “Jesus died (comma), was buried (COMMA), AND THAT HE ROSE AGAIN THE THIRD DAY”.¬† That’s the Good News friend – that tiny little punctuation mark, signifying that the story isn’t over – that there is so much more to Jesus than a dead God.

Today, I can go visit Mohammad’s grave.¬† Buddha’s gravesite is accessible for me to visit.¬† Joseph Smith, Jim Jones, David Koresh – there have been so many men over the centuries who came along and said “look at me, I have the truth”.¬† Follow me, I know what I”m talking about – and none of them did.

And in almost every case, they had to do something about Jesus Christ first.¬† They had to write him out of their religion, or write him in as some secondary player.¬† Because keeping Jesus the way the Bible describes Him would be to confirm they are living in a false religion.¬† Creating a false religion is even worse – there is likely a special place in Hell for those like Mohammad, Joseph Smith and more, who have intentionally led millions astray – knowing FULL WELL that they weren’t God, nor His representatives on earth.

maxresdefault (1)They all KNEW they were just mere men, but somehow they convinced millions to go along with them over the centuries, because they may have had some learned truth deep inside.¬† The Devil can tell the truth too – just enough to convince you he’s real.¬† Then, when he has you, you may even start to realize you have been deceived.¬† At that point, you may be in such bondage to the religion chosen – such is the case with Islam – that you can’t break free.

Islam teaches that you must pray 5 times a day.¬† You can’t ever escape it – because in Islam, there is no overall forgiveness of sins.¬† You are bound to a sense of religious duty, or you will die in your sins.¬† It is terribly sad that so many millions of people are so bound by Islam, that they can’t put it down to review another possibility for faith – it is always before them, always surrounding them, and to deny it could even mean death.

As long as they are kept busy with the trappings of faith, they can ignore the fact that their religion isn’t changing them positively on the inside, isn’t bringing them hope or peace or assurance of life after death, or health when they are sick.

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Jesus is mentioned by name more in the Qu’ran than Mohammad is. But it’s not THE Christ of the Bible. He’s a fraud

To be blunt, if they ever had an encounter with the teachings or person of Jesus Christ, they would realize right away they were being hoodwinked where they were.¬† However, most religions have a response for the teachings and person of Jesus – either they discredit Him as being lesser than He is, or they discredit His followers’ weaknesses as proof that He couldn’t possibly be that great of a God.¬† They don’t explain, however, how they are justified in their faith, when many of them are even weaker than we are.¬† After all, it is not Christians that are accused the most of terrorist attacks globally.

Mahatma Gandhi said, concerning believers in Christ:

“I like your Christ.¬† I do not like your Christians.¬† Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

But wait – Gandhi never said that.¬† There’s no proof that quote ever came from him.¬† But so desperate are some to discredit Jesus or the Church, they are convinced that making up nonsense about either is better than nothing. A similar quote appears to be from an Indian philosopher named Bara Dada, brother of¬†Rabindranath Tagore. The full quote from Dada appears to be from the mid-1920s:

‚ÄúJesus is ideal and wonderful, but you Christians, you are not like him.‚ÄĚ

With all due respect, I call BS here.¬† Jesus truly IS as ideal and wonderful as the man claimed, and what difference does it make whether man is weak and frail or not, it’s not a reflection on the God we serve, nor can one say “Yah, God’s got some great ideas, but Christians just wreck it for me”.¬† If you are that weak minded that you can only follow a philosophy or belief that is full of rock solid followers – you must not believe in ANYTHING then. Because ISLAM IS FULL of weak followers – as well as crazed ones that won’t think twice about blowing up a crowded market full of women and children in the name of Allah.

There are weak people in every industry, every career, every nation, every religion.¬† The above is much the same as saying “I like the laws around here, but the cops are so bad, they wreck it for me, so I can’t respect the law now.”¬† Well, Good News then – the law doesn’t care whether you respect it, or like its enforcement agencies or not.

quote-ignorance-of-the-law-is-no-excuse-in-any-country-if-it-were-the-laws-would-lose-their-thomas-jefferson-89-29-81.jpgGo ahead and break the law, thinking that you are justified in doing so.¬† Jail will be just as small, the food just as nasty, and orange will be just as much the new black.¬† The law doesn’t care if you respect it, agree with it, appreciate it, understand it or accept it.¬† If you don’t obey it, you will be punished by it – and you have no choice in that matter.

The same is true of God – go ahead and deny His teachers or the teachings of Jesus Christ Himself.¬† Tell Christ¬†that Christians have wrecked it for you, or “but I’ve got my guy – I think I’ll just continue to go along with him.”¬† Well, that’s entirely your choice, but you’re still going to Hell regardless.¬† Jesus isn’t an OPTIONAL God, like a side of fries with a hamburger.¬† Jesus is GOD.¬† Mohammad never said he was a God.¬† Neither did Buddha, Confucious, Joseph Smith or a host of others.¬† Jesus did.¬† Several times in fact, and you MUST face what Jesus said about HIMSELF, before you can ever buy into what others say about Him.

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Islam allows Jesus to ascend to Heaven at the end of His ministry – but He didn’t die on the Cross first, according to them. So He’s not our risen Saviour – if HE NEVER DIED.

Oh but Jesus?¬† Yah, they all have a replacement, a crisis actor all trained up and ready to go to try to replace him.¬† It’s Jesus all the religions of the world are gunning for.¬† It’s Jesus they cannot just allow to exist, nor can they allow His teachings to spread very far.¬† Because they all know He’s the real deal, and His very existence confirms that they are liars and frauds.¬† There aren’t “options” when it comes to religion.

There’s Jesus or there’s Hell.¬† Period.¬† He’s not a menu item on the religious buffet of the week.¬† He’s the only game in town.¬† Run after your circus acts all you want to – it doesn’t make them any more real life than before.¬† Watching too many cartoons, even believing they are all true, still won’t make them real, no matter what you think.

The Bible says that “it’s appointed for man once to die, and then the judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27)¬† You don’t get to come along after the fact and say “oh, I don’t believe in any of that”.¬† 5 minutes after you die, as you stand before God, He’s not going to be concerned about your belief system at that point, because for you, it will then be already too late to change anything anyway.¬† ¬†One can not simply take Islam back for a full refund, once you realize you have a dead, defective religion that didn’t save you from your sins and keep you from the wrath of almighty God.

Whether you believed in it or not.¬† He really was so ideal and wonderful, as this man suggested, then why isn’t he following Jesus Himself?¬† Oh, he’s not following Jesus because Christians are such bad examples?¬† Nice try, but that doesn’t justify you staying where you are.¬† Whether or not he truly had legitimately terrible treatment by Christians or not, no one is going to be able to use that as an excuse when they stand before God.

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“Christian” mosaic icon in the Hagia Sofia mosque in Istanbul, Turkey. And here we go again, Jesus stuck as a baby on Momma’s knee. Powerless, yet somehow able to make a Satanic symbol with his right hand. And who are grandma and grandpa in this picture?

Jesus Christ has taught every man all they need to know to accept Him and live out their lives.¬† The Qu’ran even contains some of the teachings of Christ.¬† They fact that they reject those teachings as weak or a lie – but somehow still try to propogate the belief that they admire Jesus is nonsensical.¬† You can’t call Jesus a liar and a Prophet at the same time.¬† You can’t cherry pick the rules and teachings and beliefs you want, and reject the rest.

They believe that anyone rejecting the faith can be killed.¬† They believe that they have permission to kill non-Muslims if they will not accept the faith.¬† They spread their religion, not through love, one person at a time – but through conquering nations by the sword.¬† In a sense, that’s cheating when it comes to creating a religion.¬† Unfair advantage – just gather enough of an army together, and the rest is all downhill from there.

Why do you think they want to immigrate to non-Muslim countries with some intense volumes of people?¬† It’s an invasion!¬† They want to seek to weaken our flanks and to slowly erode our freedom of religion.

Easter-1Here’s the bottom line –¬† Islam came along at least 700 years after Jesus had already left for Heaven again.¬† They don’t get to define terms or who God or Jesus are.¬† They don’t get to decide for the rest of us whether Jesus died and was raised again or not.

They are a false religion in the opinion of the Church, and Mohammad merely tried to respond to the Christian presence throughout the world, by creating this religious system.¬† The religious aspect of Mohammad was quickly lost behind the military actions he took, as the religion at the time never really took root.¬† So he conquered by the sword, spreading their “faith” by force.

What do Muslims mean by the “polytheists speak the same as their words“? ¬†Polytheism is the belief in many Gods. ¬†Where on earth do they get the idea that either Jews or Christians promote such nonsense?¬† Because we believe in the TRINITY in Christian circles.¬† And Allah is to judge believers in Christ? ¬†That’s odd, because the Bible says that “There is therefore¬†now¬†no condemnation¬†to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.¬† (Rom 8:1)

“And yet some people assert, “God has taken unto Himself a son!” Limitless is He in His glory!” [2:116], the Qu’ran states.

Some “assert” that God has taken a son? So in other words, the Quran is debating this? ¬†It seems so.

 Nay, but His is all that is in the heavens and on earth; all things devoutly obey His will. Р2:116 (Asad)

Al-An’am (The Cattle) – 6:101 [read in context]

‚ÄúThe Originator of the heavens and the earth!¬†How could it be that He should have a child¬†without there ever having been a mate for Him – since it is He who has created everything, and He alone knows everything?‚Ä̬†– 6:101 (Asad)

This is the weakest and most nonsensical statement of them all.¬† God is not limited in his ability to have a Son, who could exist from eternity past until now, just like God does Himself.¬† God is the Creator – He wouldn’t require the same physical methodology of reproducing as man does.¬† HE CREATED the system that man uses to have children – he’s not bound by its principles, any more than God must adhere to the principles of time, space, gravity, and a host of other concepts that man is bound to or constrained by on earth.¬†

And why would have had to create Jesus at all – why couldn’t Jesus have existed as long as the Father had?¬† The Holy Spirit as well has always been – He was not manufactured by God at some point down the road – He has always been.

Islam is going to have to do a lot better than that.

At-Tauba (The Repentance) – 9:30 [read in context]

AND THE JEWS say, “Ezra is God’s son,”¬†while the Christians say, “The Christ is God’s son.”¬†Such are the sayings which they utter with their mouths, following in spirit assertions made in earlier times by people who denied the truth! [44] [They deserve the imprecation:] “May God destroy them!”¬†[45] How perverted are their minds! [46] – 9:30 (Asad)

So when people try to tell you that the¬†God of the Bible and Allah are one –¬†NEITHER Christianity nor Islam believes that at all, and in fact each believes the other is a FALSE GOD. Islam goes one step further, saying that God should¬†destroy us¬†for believing in Jesus being God‚Äôs Son.

So, in conclusion, when Muslims try to define Jesus, recognize they are doing so without any direct connection to Him when He was alive.  They created a religion 700 years later and conveniently made the central figure of the human race a cheerleader for their false religion.  Who could deny it РJesus was long gone.  Yet they also re-defined who Christ even was at that time.  Explain how they would be able to do so, when not a single Islamic follower in world history was anywhere near Jesus when He walked on the Earth  Everything they state then is hearsay.

 Matthew 16:13-17 says it all, better than I ever could:

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples,¬†‚ÄúWho do people say the Son of Man is?‚ÄĚ

14¬†They replied, ‚ÄúSome say John the Baptist;¬†others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.‚Ä̬†

15¬†‚ÄúBut what about you?‚Ä̬†he asked.¬†‚ÄúWho do you say I am?‚ÄĚ

16¬†Simon Peter answered, ‚ÄúYou are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.‚ÄĚ

17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 

 

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By Islam Rising, Founding Blog Member
Calling Out Community
Posted April 25, 2019
[God’s Got A Plan For You!]

Easter: Through Muslim Eyes

¬†Christians –¬†do not¬†be deceived. The war on Easter has begun in earnest. The end goal is nothing short of the complete eradication of the celebration of Easter from the Western, including Canada and the United States.


Let’s examine¬†a quote and photo from a blog named Stand Up For Islam , which we found¬†very revealing¬†concerning Islam’s view on celebrations like Christmas and Easter.¬†(Note: While we have supplied the link to the material for verification,¬†visit their¬†site¬†sparingly.¬†¬†Blogs¬†may receive financial support through adviews, number of visitors, etc. and we do not want to see these funds go into Islamic hands.)

Christian¬†parents¬†of school-aged kids are witnessing the slow removal of any signs of celebrating the true meaning of Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter.¬†¬†They can be forgiven –¬†even admired –¬†for suggesting¬†that¬†they don’t care whether Jewish or Islam holidays are recognized in public schools, as¬†long as Easter and Christmas¬†continue to¬†be celebrated unabated as well.

Sounds reasonable – but you’re out of touch with Islamic reality.¬† Here’s the ugly truth.¬† They don’t want to work with you and they HATE Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving.¬† They also believe that¬†your willingness to be so open-minded is a disgusting sign of weakness. ¬†They are taught to believe that¬†you are a reprobate infidel as are your children, and our religious holidays to them are like Hallowe’en to many Christians.

Don’t believe me?¬†¬†Fair enough. I present unedited (except to add definitions for Arabic words)¬†the first 1/2 of¬†a posting,¬†and accompanying¬†meme, entitled Easter and Islam from the above-stated blog.¬† The author is clearly upset:

“It saddens me to think that we are living in times when the Muslims are being misled, not only by the Christians and Hindus and Buddhists and those from other faiths ‚Äď they are being misled by other Muslims! Celebrating festivals like Easter is haraam. [Refers to anything that is prohibited in the Qur’anMuhammad or would result in sin when committed by a Muslim].

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Although it may be viewed as harmless fun, having an Easter egg, sending Easter greeting cards, wishing Christians a Happy Easter, you are (as a Muslim) doing more harm than good. The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) never adopted the ways of Jahiliyyah (ignorance) to try and bring people to Islam. And even if you’re just trying to be polite and neighborly, you are actually undermining the principles of Islam and keeping people in misguidance.

Other than that, there is the added problem of imitating the kuffaar [derogatory word¬†for¬†we infidels or unbelievers].¬†We are Muslims and we distinguish ourselves as being Muslims and following Islam. There is no need to follow the tradition of another religion, especially if we have been Commanded by Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him) not to. Allah Has Prescribed for us the festivities we should follow and there is no need to add to this by following something else. If celebrating Easter or any other festival was allowed, it would have been stated in hadith or the Qur‚Äôan.”

Friend, a Muslim will¬†never accept Easter¬†as-is and will feel morally obligated to shut it down.¬† Church, you need to wake up.¬† We are not protecting chocolate bunnies and Easter egg hunts here.¬† The commemoration and celebration of the events of Good Friday and Easter Sunday, and how they changed, and will always continue to change, humanity for the better, are at stake.¬† Easter is Christianity’s Good News – if that is silenced, the very foundation of our faith is blocked from society.¬† Which is exactly what Satan wants to see.

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By Islam Rising
Founding
Calling Out Member
Posted: March 28, 2016, Updated: April 19, 2019
[God’s Got A Plan For You!]¬†

The Faking of Middle East News

Occasionally a photo or video will come along that goes viral, captures the hearts or imaginations of the people, who in turn influence their respective governments, and real, positive change is made that changes the world for the better.

This story is about 3 such photos that all meet those qualifiers – all iconic in their¬†own¬†rights – but¬†all¬†3 share a dirty little secret.¬† To be sure, the Middle Eastern events they portrayed shook us, made us cry, changed our lives and the policies of many of our nations…¬†

…and yet NONE of them¬†ever¬†actually happened.


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You’ve likely seen it before: An IDF soldier aiming his rifle at a Palestinian’s head. No context is given ‚Äď is the soldier about to execute the Palestinian at point-blank range? ¬†The photo spreads via Facebook, reinforcing the (false) narrative of “Israeli aggression against Palestinian victims.”

However, this event never happened.¬† The latest charade in ‘Pallywood’ ‚Äď a cottage industry dedicated to producing Palestinian propaganda ‚Äď is now circulating on Facebook, showing “an Israeli rifle butt digging into a young Palestinian’s neck.”

Thankfully, Roi Rahmani, an alert media monitor, discovered another photo, this one showing the two Palestinian actors,¬†appearing in a friendly selfie. ¬†The entire story was later covered on Israel’s Channel 2 news.

(Credit: Roi Rahmani)

THE Burning Egyptian

(WARNING: graphic image.  Viewer discretion advised)

The following screenshot, published by Ahmed Mansour, a famed anchor on the Arabic Al Jazeera claimed that the following image is one of a Muslim Brotherhood supporter, being burned alive by the Egyptian Military – the narrative being that the current Egyptian government is putting ‘victim’ Brotherhood supporters to death.

The Brotherhood, under the leadership of President Morsi, were the government of Egypt from 2012-2013.  The organisation, founded in 1928, has a presence in governments around the world Рbut as of 2015 is considered a terrorist organisation by the governments of Bahrain, Egypt, Russia, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.  Not really the type one would get sympathy for.

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If you search on the internet to check the truth about that image, you will find out that the original image is of a 2008 South African protester, who tragically set HIMSELF on fire.  This was a very embarrassing revelation to Al Jazeera viewers, costing huge credibility in Egypt and beyond.

The Drowning Refugees

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A photo of refugees floating in life jackets, looking for help has been portrayed all over the media as indicative of the plight that Middle Eastern refugees endure every day.  on its own, it paints a grim picture of the risks that these refugees take, often with little kids with them in tow.

ONE SMALL PROBLEM – an uncropped version of the picture has surfaced, proving the photograph was selectively edited to persuade Americans into allowing open borders for refugees and to further liberal agenda.

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The full image, provided by Bare Naked Islam, showed a group of young men standing about seven feet from the crisis.¬† The ‚Äėtreacherous sea‚Äô is 2 feet deep at most. Surprisingly, the media did not add a shark fin into the photo.

What we can learn

The first, and most important thing that we can take away from the story is that all consumers of news (whether we read it in the paper,¬†¬†watch it on TV, or listen to it on the radio) have a responsibility to not pass it on until we¬†know it’s actually accurate.

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So many times I have friends come up to me and tell me a new story that they read online or seen on television that was just so ridiculously fake and so stupid, I able to shoot holes in the story right away…with simple logic or facts they couldn’t dispute. ¬†So many people out there are gullible and naive followers of whatever comes their way – they don’t know what’s true and what’s not.

And some¬†don’t even care. They’re looking¬†for a biased opinion that meets their views – and whether it’s accurate or not is irrelevant. ¬†It could be a¬†ridiculous myth – that’s the battle we fight today in looking for truth.

I don’t care whether you’re a conservative or liberal, I think that any time a news media source that you rely on has shown an obvious bias towards your particular views or those of the opposition, they should be ignored.

And¬†sadly, that doesn’t leave many trusted options. ¬†Right wingers should not be relying on right wing news from Breitbart or Fox News to tell us the truth in every situation. Left wingers should not be relying on CNN or¬†the mainstream media to tell them the truth. It behoves us to find the actual stories ourselves, often buried within the hyperbole and biased nonsense from both sides. ¬†The “no man’s land” between left and right sources is often the truth of the story.

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We are not better informed about the particular issues of the day by listening to only the sources that we agree with. The only time that we will really learn anything about the world around us, and our response to it, is to watch both sides of a story.

One of¬†the best little¬†tools that I’ve ever found to help me know whether a certain online story is accurate or not is a¬†website called¬†TinEye.

You find a photo with an entire story developed around it, and you aren’t really sure you believe it. ¬†Save the photo in question to your¬†device and then upload it to TinEye – and in seconds it will tell you¬†when this photo first appeared on the Net, who the sources were – and you can then click those links and see if the original sources have now disappeared. ¬†It will also show you¬†whether it has been doctored in the meantime.

It was with TinEye that I actually discovered that the drowning refugees’ story was based on a doctored photo – they had merely cropped it down and told a tale based on what was left. ¬†TinEye’s technology somehow analyses the pixels in one photo, runs it against its 17 billion image database, and comes back and says “here are the photos that most closely resemble it” – which is amazing because it almost always finds many sources for the same pic – but¬†cropped, recolored, etc.

You¬†can then click on the original sources of the photo – and may then learn that this “battle in Ukraine” today was actually a photo from Russia 10 years ago.¬†¬†Or a photo depicting¬†something you are told has “just happened” may, in fact, have first appeared online years ago.

maxresdefault-2When fake news uses an image to tell a story it was never meant to tell, it costs the actual photographer or image owner, in reputation, etc.  They might not have intended for this photo to tell this story, and being connected to it could result in them being punished by their customers, with bad publicity, etc.

As Allen Murabayashi states in his excellent January 2017 article for Petapixel.com, The Problem of Fake Photos in Fake News:

Of course, the purveyors of today‚Äôs fake news aren‚Äôt concerned with misrepresentation. And they might not even be motivated by politics, but rather the potential profit from ads that can result from ‚Äúgoing viral.‚ÄĚ

As with any other form of image theft, photographers need to be practical about how to pursue infringement. But misrepresentation can damage a photographer’s credibility, so photographers would be wise to keep a vigilant eye out for real images used in fake ways.

Hear hear.  In fact, we would all be wise to do that.

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By Islam Rising, Founding Blog Member
Calling Out Community
Posted February 4, 2017

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Sharia-law-in-EuropeIn April 2013, the Pew Research Center released the results of a startling global survey amongst Islamic believers. As North American media outlets specifically made sure the information was ignored, you could be excused for not having heard of it before.

The survey, entitled THE WORLD‚ÄôS MUSLIMS: RELIGION, POLITICS AND SOCIETY,¬†focused¬†on various aspects of Islamic belief, with an emphasis specifically on sharia law, politics and Islam’s relationship with society in general.

As the opening statement of their survey results revealedsharia-free-zone:

Overwhelming percentages of Muslims in many countries want Islamic law (sharia) to be the official law of the land, according to a worldwide survey by the Pew Research Center. But many supporters of sharia say it should apply only to their country’s Muslim population. (Emphasis mine)

In fact, the number of Islamic supporters who wish to bring in sharia law is staggering in some nations:

sharia-free Support for sharia law may be regional across the globe Рand mostly centered in the Middle East, North Africa and pockets of Asia.  However, within those regions an overwhelming majority of Islamists support it, which should be a huge concern to non-Muslims.

In Chapter 1: Beliefs About Sharia, the Pew Research Center asked whether sharia law was considered by Muslims to be the result of divine inspiration or man-made perspiration.

According to the survey findings, most Muslims believe sharia is the revealed word of God rather than a body of law developed by men based on the word of God:

Muslims also tend to believe sharia has only one true interpretation, but this opinion is far from universal; in some countries, substantial minorities of Muslims believe sharia should be open to multiple interpretations.

Apostasy_laws_in_2013.SVGThis belief in sharia law became much more foreboding, when Islamists were asked what they believe should be done with Muslim defectors Рor apostates as Muslims prefer to call those who leave the Islamic faith.

That is, if one should decide to become a Christian, a Buddhist, an atheist or (God forbid, I’m sure they’d think) a Jew, what should happen to this individual?

Be prepared to die, was the stark answer from many parts of the world:

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Once again, actual Islamist belief does not seem to be in keeping with the propaganda of a “Religion of Peace”, as perpetrated by¬†both¬†Western media and elected officials.

Countries like Germany, Great Britain, Sweden and others where sharia law is being propogated should therefore fully understand the implications of imposing the same.


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Angola Bans Islam

Islamic IslamRising: Special feature to the Calling Out Community, Posted July 19, 2015. Updated February 1, 2016.


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The unfolding story in the tiny Western African nation of Angola on November 22, 2013 barely registered even a blip on the radar of most Western media outlets.

Of course, the messaging on that date was dominated by the Americans, as they marked the somber 50th anniversary of the assassination in Dallas, Texas of the now eternally-young President John F. Kennedy.

Palestinians burn Angola's flag in a protest amid reports that the country has banned Islam and destroyed mosques. (Credit: APA/Rex)
Palestinians burn Angola’s flag in a protest after it banned Islam and destroyed mosques. (Credit: APA/Rex)

It was understandable that CNN, FoxNews and the three major networks (ABC, CBS and NBC) were all distracted.  It was also highly unfortunate, because the implications of this secondary news story that day are staggering.  They could be monumental.  Possibly even revolutionary.

It was British newspaper The Guardian that broke the story that:

“…Angola has become the first country in the world to ban Islam and Muslims, taking first measures by destroying mosques in the country”,¬†citing several Angolan newspapers.

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An Angolan mosque lies in ruins

I’ll let you read that again, slowly.¬† It was not a misprint.¬† Ladies and gentleman, for the first time possibly since the Crusades¬† began 1,000 years ago, a nation has had the political backbone (and courage of its convictions) to stand up to radical (and even moderate) Islam in all its forms, look at them square in the eye, and¬†legally¬†ban Islam from functioning in any capacity within its borders.¬† It has even succeeded at destroying their houses of worship, with evidence of at least 8 mosques being bulldozed, according to several sources.

Steps to ornate church, El Cobre, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Church steps, El Cobre, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

The specific targeting of Muslim mosques isn’t surprising today, as the backlash against radical Islam gains strength – with their “houses of worship” often¬†seen as hotbeds of radical Islamists.

Worshippers gather for the Papal Mass in Cuba
Worshippers gather for the Papal Mass in Cuba

You’ll recall we reported last year how Cuba refused to give permission for the the building of its first national mosque. ¬†At almost the exact same time, however,the Communist regime under the Castros loosened restrictions on Christianity:¬†Catholics have¬†permission to build their first church in Cuba in 55 years.

President Raul Castro also welcomed Pope Francis to Havana on Septemer 21, 2015 and hosted an open air mass attended by hundreds of thousands of Cubans.  President Castro even stated to the press after the Pontiff left the country:

If the Pope continues talking like this, I may return to the church and start praying again.¬† I’m not joking.”

untitledWhat Angola has done is not unheard of – it’s just much bolder, considering that Islamic infrastructure was already in place and was subsequently dismantled.¬† Angola newspapers quoted their Minister of Culture, Rosa Cruz de Silva as saying, ‚ÄúThe process of legalization of Islam has not been approved by the Ministry of Justice and Human rights, their mosques would be closed until further notice.‚ÄĚ

One could certainly see the rationale for their¬†actions.¬† The Portuguese Empire, the world’s first global empire, conquered and began to rule Angola¬†in 1482 – a full 10 years before Columbus had even discovered America!¬† It was a shameful, abusive reign – for¬†nearly 400 years after, many Angolans were sold into slavery and sent to work in Portugal’s sugar plantations in Brazil, also part of that Empire.¬† This abominable slave trade continued until the 20th Century.

pedro-photos-4In 1961, two separate factions of Angolans, sick of Portugal’s abuse, declared¬†a War of Independence from them. After 14 years of fighting, Portugal granted them their freedom in November 1975.

However that same month,  the two Angolan military factions declared war on each other, to determine who would govern the country.  Soon it became a widespread war with Cuba, China, Russia, the United States and South Africa all playing an indirect part.  That war would last another 27 years, killing over 15,000 troops and more than 500,000 civilians, and ending in 2002 Рjust as the global war on terror against Islamic extremists began.

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José Eduardo dos Santos, President of Angola, in recent days

The country is tired of war, tired of conflict, tired of drama and strife – all the things that Islam seems to be so good at.¬† President Jos√© Eduardo dos Santos, in power for 34 years, the second-longest running head of state in Africa, reportedly told the Osun Defence daily: ‚ÄėThis is the final end of Islamic influence in our country.‚Äô

Religious organisations are required to apply for legal recognition in Angola, which currently sanctions 83, all of them Christian. Last month the justice ministry rejected the applications of 194 organisations, including one from the Islamic community.

President dos Santos brought in¬†the Constitution of the Republic of Angola¬†(the country’s 3rd) in 2010…and religious freedoms were enshrined in it:

Article 23 (Principle of equality)

2. No-one may be discriminated against, privileged, deprived of any right or exempted from any duty on the basis of ancestry, sex, race, ethnicity, colour, disability, language, place of birth, religion, political, ideological or philosophical beliefs, level of education or economic, social or professional status. [Emphasis mine]

Yet, some belief that the Law was changed specifically to address the Islamic problem since then.¬† Under Angolan law, a religious group needs more than 100,000 members and to be present in 12 of the 18 provinces to gain legal status, giving them the right to construct schools and places of worship. There are an estimated 90,000 Muslims among Angola’s population of about 18 million – which automatically meant that they did not have the required population to be legally recognized.

imagesThe Islamic Community of Angola (ICA) has claimed that, since that announcement by the government, 8 mosques were destroyed in the past two years and anyone who practised Islam risked being found guilty of disobeying Angola’s penal code.

Human rights activists have condemned the wide-ranging crackdown. “From what I have heard, Angola is the first country in the world that has decided to ban Islam,” said Elias Isaac, country director of the Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa (Osisa). “This is a crazy madness. The government is intolerant of any difference.”

Officials in the largely Catholic southern African nation insist that worldwide media reports of a “ban” on Islam are exaggerated and no places of worship are being targeted. ¬†It clearly wants to stay on positive messaging for economic reasons so well – the¬†UK has just named Angola as one of its five “high-level prosperity partners” in Africa and the two countries have a burgeoning trade relationship.

More power to thme. If only our Western leaders had the same backbone.

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President Obama Intentionally Saved ISIS Oilwells

Islamic IslamRising: Special feature to the Calling Out Community, 
Posted January 1, 2016.

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Mike Morell & Charlie Ros

On November 25, 2015, former Obama CIA Director Mike Morell appeared on¬†PBS’ Charlie Rose show, and¬†dropped a bombshell that the Media Party didn’t at first pay much attention to.¬† During that hour, Morell surprised many by claiming that President Obama¬†has intentionally not ordered the¬†bombing of the oil fields now controlled by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS):

“we didn‚Äôt go after oil wells, actually hitting oil wells that ISIS controls, because we didn‚Äôt want to do environmental damage and we didn‚Äôt want to destroy that infrastructure.”

maxresdefaultISIS depends on those oil fields for the majority of its operating revenues, and U.S. Air Force jets have specifically avoided bombing them because the White House was concerned about adding to the carbon emissions that promote global warming.¬† In the DESERT?¬† Is that seriously not the dumbest thing you’ve heard so far this year?

According to the IBT Pulse Newsletter, ISIS continues to sell about 100,000 barrels of oil at an average of about $20/barrel (discounted), for a take of $2 million every day.  ISIS generals may be radical whacko jihadists Рbut the privates are reportedly soldiers for hire who are first and foremost trying to earn a paycheque, and are not merely fighting for some twisted ideology.

Many experts believe that if we can cut off this ISIS cash stream, the Islamic State army would quickly disappear –¬†making President Obama’s¬†decision especially bewildering and exasperating.¬† By putting the priority on a potentially minor impact on the local environment¬†rather than on the global security concerns that such inaction may allow and even encourage, ISIS was able to “miss the bullet” and continue its murderous¬†rampage through the Western world, killing people at random.

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USAF jets over Kuwaiti fires (1991)

This brings back¬†stark memories of the destruction of the Kuwait oil fields back in April 1991.¬† Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi army set between 605 and 732 oil wells on fire during the first Gulf War, as they retreated from Kuwait.¬†¬†Almost immediately, the #looneyleftwing was out in full force, predicting an environmental disaster to come:

  • Paul Crutzen, a noted atmospheric scientist, predicted that a ‚Äúnuclear winter‚ÄĚ might ensue with a cloud of smoke covering half the Northern Hemisphere for at least 100 days.
  • U.S. astronomer and best-selling author Carl Sagan argued that the effects of the destruction of Kuwaiti oil fields could be comparable to the explosion of the volcano Tambora in 1815, which produced ‚Äúa year without summer.‚ÄĚ
Struggling camels silhouetted against the oil-fire, Al-Ahmadi oil field, Kuwait in 1991. (Credit: Steve McCurry)
Struggling camels silhouetted against a 1991 oil fire at Al-Ahmadi oil field, Kuwait  (Credit: Steve McCurry)

Ummmm nope, neither of those things happened, though some of the fires burned into November that year, releasing 1.5 billion barrels of oil into the environment, the largest oil spill in human history.

Even so, atmospheric scientist Patrick K. Dowling wrote¬†in his paper, ‚ÄúThe Meteorological Effects of the Kuwaiti Oil Fires,‚ÄĚ that the smoke only affected the weather pattern throughout the Persian Gulf and surrounding region during the periods that the fires were burning in 1991. A 1992 National Institutes of Health study found that emissions of carbon dioxide from those fires accounted for only 2% of global emissions.

The Kuwait oil fields produced about 2 million barrels per day before the Gulf War ‚ÄĒ at least 20 times as much as the ISIS oil wells generate. The Kuwaiti fires dwarf anything that potentially destroyed ISIS oil wells could produce in terms of harmful environmental effects.¬† So it would be completely rational and logical to destroy this critically important cash-generator for ISIS.¬† NOW.

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Russian SU-27 fighter jet

Thank God, my friend, one air force completely agreed with that assessment – and on November 20, 2015, Russian fighter jets¬†attacked a convoy of over 500 oil trucks illegally carrying petroleum and crude oil from ISIS fields to their territories in Iraq (see this article’s Featured Image).¬† A few days prior (November 16), Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that he had recently told his G20 colleagues that 40 countries including G20 nations are financially helping ISIS by purchasing this illegal oil.

The day before the November 20 convoy attack, Russian General Valery Gerasimov announced that Russia would be allocating 25 strategic bombers for the Syrian mission. Separately, Russian Air Forces will be strengthened with advanced 37 aircraft, including eight Su-34 bomber jets and four Su-27 fighter jets.

So while Canada pulls out of the air strike campaign altogether, and the U.S. worries more about global warming than getting the bad guys, Moscow is more than doubling the strike potential of the Russian Air Force in the region.

Once again, Obama says he wants to fight terrorism, but everything else comes first.  And once again, if you need to get something done properly in the world, you have to call Vladimir Putin.

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Millions of Turkish Muslims Collect German Welfare

Islamic IslamRising: Special feature to the Calling Out Community, Posted December 24, 2015.  Updated December 30, 2015

Author Thilo Sarazzin

On September 9, 2010, the Washington Post ran a story about a German economist who had become the most talked-about man in Germany.  The 65-year-old had a hot new book, Deutschland Schafft Sich Ab (Germany Does Away With Itself Рin its 7th printing with 300,000 copies sold), and a sudden groundswell of popular support that had the German media dubbing him a folk hero.

But some were scared of Thilo Sarrazin as well. As the Post told it:

Some are calling him dangerous. Sarrazin, a board member of the German Central Bank until he resigned under pressure Thursday, has divided the nation by postulating the theory that Germany is being “dumbed down” by Muslim immigrants and their children. Wielding statistics and scientific arguments both in his book and in public comments, he delves into territory largely taboo here since the Holocaust, suggesting that “hereditary factors” are at least partly to blame. Turks and Kurdish immigrants, he asserts, are genetically predisposed to lower intelligence than Germans and other ethnic groups, including Jews.

Though most of his supporters publicly kept a distance from him and his ideas, they also had to admit that at least he was willing to address the problem of Muslim immigrants, who are often the antithesis of the German language and culture.

He dared speak the truth about higher immigrant unemployment, birthrates and welfare rates among German’s immigrants. ¬†Approximately 5% of Germany’s population of 82 million was Muslim at that time – more than 4 million people – and most were of Turkish descent.

Muslim call to prayer, in the streets of a German city

A poll published in the national magazine Focus that same week showed 31% of respondents agreeing that Germany is “becoming dumber” because of immigrants, with 62% calling Sarrazin’s comments “justified” and 52 percent saying he shouldn’t be thrown out of his Social Democratic Party because of them.

Those Party chiefs had been inundated with thousands of e-mails supporting Sarrazin. High-profile politicians, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, strongly condemned him. But others praised him for bringing Muslim immigration concerns to the forefront of the national dialogue.

Fast forward to March 31, 2013, and an article in Frontpage Magazine¬†was a bit of a shocker: ¬†“80% OF TURKISH MUSLIM SETTLERS IN GERMANY LIVE OFF WELFARE“. According to the article:

Three million Turks live in Germany already, while 2.5 million of them have German nationality, and the majority of them are conservative Muslims.

Very few Turks in Germany have a regular job: about 20%. The other 80% live on the so-called Hartz IV (state social benefits). 70% of their children have no GCSE; they left school before they finished their basic education.

img_4814According to the German state benefit system, every adult citizen who was an unemployed German national, and who could not find an appropriate job, was entitled at that time to get monthly 482 ‚ā¨ ($700CA, December 2015). ¬†Parents also received 200 ‚ā¨ ($303CA) for each child under 18 years old, plus all their monthly expenditures in terms of rent, heating, power, health insurance, and public transport.

Some Turks who lived on the generous state benefits were rumoured to be even buying houses or apartments and were at times driving luxurious cars like Mercedes or BMW.

German legislators still didn’t see a problem when, by November 2014, Hartz IV legislation officially provided state benefits to some six million people, of whom 4.3 million were employable and about 1.7 million were children under 15 years of age.

If people refused or were unable to keep up with requirements made by job centres, they are threatened with sanctions – a further reduction to the then-‚ā¨399 ($605CA) a month for a single person (plus rent and heating allowances).

In August 2014, an unbelievable 140,000 such unemployed adults and 35,000 under-25s received at least one sanction. You’d think, if one was going to lose an average of ‚ā¨123 ($187cA for adults) or ‚ā¨107 ($162CA for under-25), you’d want to fulfill the requirements! ¬†But if you had a house full of such deadbeats, you don’t worry too much about losing some funds, if it means you still can collect some benefits at least¬†while doing nothing.

Now you can understand why Islamic immigrants are flocking to Germany ¬†by the hundreds of thousands.¬†Bear with us for a moment, because¬†it’s¬†critically important that you see the true scope of this problem:

  • In 2015, Germany will spend about ‚ā¨12,500 euros ($18,000CA) per new refugee/migrant crossing into their country from across Europe and the Middle East.
  • With 800,00 new migrants coming to Germany this year, it will cost them approx. ‚ā¨10 Billion (or $15 BILLION CA) just to process and settle these new migrants.
  • But that’s only part of the story – Germany already has more than 4 million Turkish Muslims – and 80% are unemployed and on welfare.
  • At approx. ‚ā¨399/month for each of these welfare recipients (based on a single adult with no children) the cost to Germany annually just for the Turkish Muslims alone is a minimum of ‚ā¨15.3 Billion (more than $23 Billion CA).
  • All told then, in 2015 alone, Germany has spent more than ‚ā¨25 Billion ($38 Billion CA) on the refugees within its borders.¬† That’s out of a total federal budget of ‚ā¨300 Billion ($451 Billion CA) or 8% of their annual budget!
  • Even more horrifying, the total budget just for social spending on welfare, unemployment insurance and other related benefits in Germany¬†was a¬†staggering ‚ā¨142 Billion ($213 Billion CA), according to the German Federal Ministry of Finance website and that’s just for the first 11 months (to November 30)!¬† That’s already 47% of their total budget.
  • Germany will spend more on its current and previous¬†landed refugees this year than on any other single department, other than Defense and Social Insurance.
Just one question:  ARE THESE PEOPLE INSANE?

In a November 2015 article about Islamic immigrants in Europe, the Pew Research Institute stated that:

Germany and France have the largest Muslim populations among European Union member countries. As of 2010, there were 4.8 million Muslims in Germany (5.8% of the country’s population) and 4.7 million Muslims in France (7.5%). In Europe overall, however, Russia’s population of 14 million Muslims (10%) is the largest on the continent.

Yet, even though Germans are now paying out welfare benefits for millions of Turkish Muslims alone, they still view Muslims favourably, which makes little sense.  In fact, only 36% of German right-wing nationals had an unfavourable view, with just 15% on the left.

And the situation is bound to get worse – according to DNA India, India’s leading English daily newspaper, a record 800,000 refugees are expected in Germany in 2015. ¬†More than 200,000 arrived in September 2015¬†alone.

Deutschland Welle, an English-language service in Germany,¬†reports that’s in 2013, Germany spent around 1.5 billion euros ($1.67 billion) on allowances for asylum seekers, or about 12,500 euros per refugee per year, according to official statistics. If per capita costs stay the same, Berlin might find itself spending as much as 10 billion euros in 2015 ($20.6 billion)¬†to feed, house and teach German to the new arrivals. ¬†Germany approved their 2015 annual expense budget at 300 billion euros¬†($454.8CAbillion) total – meaning refugee costs¬†account for 15% of total spending. ¬†That’s ludicrous.

Be warned Canada, it’s this kind of lunacy that we find ourselves in the midst of today.¬† We at the Calling Out Community are never going to “drink the¬† government Kool-aid”¬†concerning refugees.¬† This country was founded upon the legal immigration of hundreds of thousands who came here, not for a great welfare rate, but to pull up their sleeves and join the rest of us in building this great country.¬† Let them prove themselves over the course of the first year by finding a job and working toward¬†self-sufficiency-¬†or they need to get out.¬†

Knowing the current Liberal government’s way of thinking, however, the refugees in question are unlikely to be found at our nation’s airports in a year’s time, being escorted out of the country.¬† Rather, they’ll be queued at provincial welfare centres across Canada. ¬†Expect to pay a hell of a lot more in taxes to feed and clothe them too.

And expect that this problem, once brought into our country, will never go away.

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San Bernardino Mass Shooting -America’s 335th in 2015

By Calling Out Community, Posted December 3, 2015.   Updated  December 8, 2015

According to the Washington Post, Wednesday’s horrific mass shooting in the Inland Regional¬†Center for the developmentally disabled in San Bernardino, California has been deemed the worst terrorist attack on American soil since September 11, 2011.

The child and adult victims of the Sandy Hill Elementary School shooting are mourned in 2012

The 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was more horrific, killing 20 children and 6 adults, but was not deemed to be a terrorist attack Рthough certainly it was  terrorizing to the general public.

A “mass shooting” is defined by the Guardian newspaper as “four or more people shot in one incident.” In speaking about this specific attack, President Barack Obama said:

We should never think that this is something that just happens in the ordinary course of events‚ÄĚ.

The Post doesn’t agree (and neither do we at the Calling Out Community), reporting the California shooting was the 2nd¬†such mass¬†shooting somewhere in the United States that day, the¬†3rd one that week

and the 335th mass shooting within the United States in 2015, as charted below:

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Even more horrific Рthe Guardian newspaper went back over the last 3 years, and found that there have been 1,052 mass shootings (with 4 or more victims, alive or dead) in the United States, as defined above, over the last 1,066 days.  That is almost exactly one mass shooting per day, every day, for the last three years.

But even the above statistics do not give a  complete picture of the horrific casualties caused by American gun violence.  According to 2013 data supplied by the US Centre for Disease Control, there were 33,636 gun-related deaths in the United States that year Рan average of 92 deaths per day.  It is assumed gun-related injuries would also be extremely high.

In contrast, during the three-year¬†Korean War¬†(June 25, 1950 ‚Äď July 27, 1953), a sobering 33,651¬†American soldiers were killed in action.

KOREAN-WAR-2Stop and think about that for a moment:  Gun-related deaths in the United States in 2013 alone were virtually equivalent in number to all American soldiers killed during the entire three-year Korean War. 

Yet another statistic that I know the left-wing, gun-control friendly crowd out there don’t want you to know – the United States has been plagued with nearly 3 times more mass shootings¬†in the last seven years, during the term of President Barack Obama alone, than under the combined terms of Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan – a total of 28 years:

  • Ronald Reagan (1981-1989) ‚Äď saw 11 mass shootings with 101 fatalities
  • George H. W. Bush (1989-1993) ‚Äď saw 12 mass shootings with 94 fatalities
  • Bill Clinton (1993-2001) ‚Äď saw 23 mass shootings with 141 fatalities
  • George W. Bush (2001-2009) ‚Äď saw 20 mass shootings with 158 fatalities
  • Barack H. Obama (2009-2015 ‚Äď 7th Year) ‚Äď saw 162 mass shootings with 864 fatalities. ¬†And he still has a year to go!

Is it also a¬†coincidence that gun-related deaths during Democratic President Clinton’s 8 year terms were equivalent to the number seen during both Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush’s 12 years combined, previous to him?

Now, immediately upon letting this unbelievable picture of America’s violent heart sink in, one might be tempted to jump on the gun control bandwagon.¬† After all, less guns on the street would make us safer, right?

IMG_3924-0 That was the New York Times theory anyway, as they broke with tradition on Saturday, December 5 and ran an editorial on the front page of the paper, calling for more gun control Рas we would expect from a very radically-left paper.  It was the first time since 1920 that they have put an editorial on the cover page.

Soon after, Nick Baumann, Senior Enterprise Editor of the¬†Huffington Post, wrote a response piece – The Big Problem With The New York Times’ Gun Editorial – publically criticizing the Times:

On Saturday, The New York Times printed a front-page editorial – its first since 1920 – calling for greater restrictions on gun ownership in the United States. You can read the piece here, but be warned: It’s deeply flawed. (emphasis mine)

What was his issue with it?  The same issue people have used to criticized the gun control movement for decades:

unnamedCriminals do not register guns, do not buy guns legally, do not safely store and transport guns, and will often use them with absolutely no concern for the safety of anyone of any age around them.

Then, in what seemed to be a shocking twist, the Washington Post, considered another left-wing mouthpiece, also came out swinging against the New York Times article.¬† Or so it seemed. But they weren’t in any way attacking the position on gun control.¬† No, they thought the paper was foolish in using the front page of the paper for an editorial that basically “preached to the choir”:

…The Times has (at least temporarily) knocked down a wall by placing an editorial in a spot normally reserved for news. That does not mean the paper’s political reporters will suddenly abandon all sense of fairness as they cover candidates who staunchly back gun rights. But it does give those candidates new cause for suspicion ‚ÄĒ a cause they will almost certainly exploit on the campaign trail.

Whew, that was a relief – for a minute there, we thought that maybe they were going to taken the gun violence epidemic in the U.S. seriously.¬† Nah, just more stupid rhetoric on both sides.¬† The United States does not have a gun issue – guns don’t kill people.¬† People kill people, and America has an anger management issue.

unnamed3.jpgThe country seems to be angrier under Democratic Presidents Рthis conservative is not surprised.  Democrats are often seen as gun takers Рand memberships at groups like the National Rifle Association have skyrocketed during Democratic Presidential terms.

Perhaps the most dramatic tell of all can be seen in the dramatic rise in gunmaker Smith & Wesson stocks, soaring 733% since 2012 alone.

It’s a good time to make guns.¬† It’s not a good time to be in the crosshairs of one.¬† America needs serious help – and gun control won’t make any difference.¬† Take away American guns – and we’ll soon need a steak knife registry as well.¬† The problem isn’t inanimate objects – it’s the power they provide to unstable, angry people holding them.¬† Until America learns how to deal with that, the violence will continue.

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Germany: World’s Fastest Growing Jewish AND Islamic Populations

by Calling Out Community, Posted November 8, 2015.  Updated November 19, 2015.

IMG_3649A new Jewish-German publication was important enough of a cause to lure German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle to the launch party two weeks ago. He also wrote a glowing tribute in the first issue:

“This publication shows the world the new blossoming of Jewish life in Germany,” wrote Westerwelle, adding, “Jewish life has once again become an integral part of our society. Seven decades after the Shoah [Holocaust], many different branches of Judaism are again ordaining rabbis in Germany, synagogues are being built, and Jewish schools and preschools opened … our Jewish community is an inextricable part not only of our history, but also – and above all – of our future … We need people who are engaged with and knowledgeable about Jewish history in Germany, and who have a vision for the future, and we need media to convey and elucidate this vision.”

Amen. And who could have thought such a thing would be written about the Jewish race in the birthplace of the Nazis, the Third Reich, Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust?

It would likely surprise many reading this to note that some 100,000 Jews are registered within the community, even though the number of Jews in Germany is probably more than double that.  (Editor: However, it actually made me feel quite uncomfortable knowing that such a registration program exists, but they clearly do not see it as a threat of any kind.)

Jewish publisher Dr. Rafael Seligmann

According to publisher Dr. Rafael Seligmann, the new “Jewish Voice in Germany“focuses on the long, complex, and sensitive connection between the country and its Jewish citizens who were ‚ÄúGermans‚ÄĚ until the Nuremberg Laws of 1935 turned them into ‚ÄúJews.‚ÄĚ

Today, there is a vibrant revival of Jewish life, diversity of Jewish opinion, and revitalization of an indissoluble link between Germany and Jews around the world. One might even be shocked to learn that Germany now boasts the fastest growing Jewish community in the world! Mjur

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The recognition of the community’s influence goes to the highest office in the land. On November 24, 2012Chancellor¬†Angela Merkel became the first German leader to address the Jewish community’s annual council meeting, seeking to reassure them that a recent ban of circumcision by a regional court was not a cause for alarm, and did not affect their religious ceremony, instituted by the great Abraham himself and practised for millennia since.¬† She also made clear her continued support for Israel, even as she currently welcomes at least 800,000 Muslim migrants into the country.

We thank God that the German people have once again embraced the Jewish community as the vital, life-affirming group that it is, adding to every aspect of German life.  The interconnectivity between Jewish and the general German populations is a symbiosis that must be protected by both sides, or both sides will perish.

The Great Synagogue of Berlin, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful in the world.
The Great Synagogue of Berlin, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful in the world.

It is that connection, that vibrant excitement and pride, and the concerns of a new generation that readers will find within the pages of Jewish Voice from Germany, which Dr. Seligmann founded nearly one year ago.

Dr. Seligmann believes that if one counts the Israelis living in Berlin and other cities, and the Russian and American Jews living in Germany but not active in the community, one would find nearly a quarter of a million Рroughly half the number of Jews that lived in Germany before the war.

Berlin's Brandenburg Gate: in 1939, a symbol of Nazi power; and in 2014, framing a new Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate: in 1939, a symbol of Nazi power; and in 2014, framing a new Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Westerwelle and Dr. Seligmann both emphasize the future, rather than the past: “If I only wrote about the Shoah and the Nazis, I would run out of readers,” Dr. Seligmann says. “The subject of the Shoah is, in a way, similar to drugs: it causes such strong emotions. But people are also interested in other parts of Jewish history, literature and culture,” he adds.

The first 30,000 copies of the inaugural issue reached some 150,000 readers in Germany, the U.S., Canada, Britain and Israel. The German press welcomed the publication warmly.

Bild, for example, called Seligmann a “winner” and wished him good luck. That generosity somehow didn’t infect the two Jewish competitors – the weekly Judische Allgemeine and the monthly Judische Zeitung – who chose to ignore the new publication.

“The German press was very excited,” says Seligmann, “but the Jewish press chose not to mention us. That’s all right. The public will decide whether to read us, notwithstanding what they write or don’t write.”

logoThe Jewish Voice logo features its name in English and Hebrew, with a small German flag on one side and a Star of David on the other.

Seligmann sees the new publication as a bridge: “It will connect Jews with Gentiles, Germany with the world. We want to communicate the long history that Jews and Germans share with each other.”

“Here in Germany, we’re witnessing the fastest growing Jewish community in the world,” Seligmann continues. “We have Jewish artists, Jewish writers and Jewish businessmen. Berliners opened their hearts to Daniel Barenboim and Michael Blumenthal, the director of the Jewish Museum. Israeli and Jewish tourists flood the capital.”

In the inaugural issue, you’ll find an upbeat feature telling the story of thousands of Israelis in Berlin. The accompanying photo shows four youngsters draped in German and Israeli flags with the caption reading: “Learning to know each other.”

Tens of thousands of Muslim migrants march through Slovenia to Germany. What on earth is Chancellor Merkel THINKING?
Tens of thousands of Muslim migrants march through Slovenia to Germany. What on earth is Chancellor Merkel THINKING?

However, perhaps the love fest between Jew and German is a bit more than we can possibly expect?  For in the midst of this new-found harmony, the Chancellor of Germany has, for reasons that baffle even her own supporters, insisted on throwing open the doors of Germany to 800,000 Muslims Рa number 3 times larger than the Jewish population of the entire country.

Is it possible that the German Chancellor can be so na√Įve that she would allow…

…the fastest growing Jewish community in the world to now face the fastest growing Islamic community in the world?

We believe this story is just beginning to be told.¬† The real agenda behind Merkel’s insistence on almost destroying her country for the sake of these ravaging hordes is unknown.¬† Are German Jews safe?

We are paying attention, and we will be there to keep telling the story as it unfolds.

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Michigan City Bans Mosque 

Islamic IslamRising: Special feature to the Calling Out Community, Posted September 12, 2015.  Updated January 28, 2016

Sterling Heights City Council
A Michigan city’s planning commission turned down a request to build a large new mosque project on September 10, 2015, according to Arabic news agency Al-Jazeera.

And as an evangelical conservative Christian, it may surprise you to know – I actually initially didn’t agree with that decision at all.

The final verdict came down on September 10, the eve of the 14th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in American history, which, though perpetrated by Islamic extremists, has absolutely nothing to do with law-abiding American citizens that wanted to have a new house of worship.

 An overflow crowd of hundreds chanted ‚ÄúNo more mosques!‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúGod bless America‚ÄĚ outside the Sterling Heights City Hall that day, as the inner chamber was filled to its 240-seat capacity, according to Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ Channel 7 News.

At issue was the proposed mosque‚Äôs size ‚ÄĒ 20,500 square feet ‚ÄĒ to be built within a residential area. That is an unrealistically large religious building of any faith for a residential neighbourhood.

That being said, the Muslim delegation that were seeking to build the Islamic House of Worship in that area would have happily redesigned the facility to meet with local approval, but citizens and the Planning Committee would have none of it.

WXYZ reported:

Those against the mosque say it would cause too much traffic and congestion. A small group hinted at linking the house of worship to extremism.

Mosque leaders say they offered to revise and downsize the plan, changing the dome and towers, but that didn’t work.

untitledWhen the decision was announced, the crowd both inside and out loudly cheered.  The imam requesting the project wasn‚Äôt cheering, though.  ‚ÄúI think it is more about ignorance,‚ÄĚ Mohammad Ali Elah, of the Islamic House of Wisdom, told FOX 2.

And there’s where the Muslims lost me.  I have to say that it’s hard to believe there could be that much “ignorance” about a mosque in a town like Sterling Heights.  Perhaps it’s the fact the general population has seen TOO MUCH information about Islam in the papers in the last few years, very little of which has been to Muslims’ benefit.

The “ignorance” argument is also hard to swallow, considering the city is in the southeast corner of Michigan‚Äôs lower peninsula, close to Dearborn, which has the second-largest Muslim population in the Western world.

Only Paris, the site of two Islamic extremist terrorist attacks, including the January 7, 2015 Charlie Hebdo massacre and the November 13, 2015 “Friday the 13th” Massacre, has a larger Muslim population in the Western world.

According to the BBC, of approximately 15 million Muslims who currently live in the European Union, France is home to the largest number, equal to around one third of the total (5 million) – and the city of Paris alone has nearly 1.5 million of those.

Also, the proposed mosque in Sterling Heights would be the third in that small city alone, and the second built since 2011, emblematic of the area‚Äôs surge in Muslim residents.

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Islamic Center of America, the largest mosque in North America
Nearby Dearborn is also the home of the Islamic Center of America, the largest mosque in North America and the oldest Shia mosque in the United States.  The local Muslim community raised the $14 million needed to develop the Islamic Centre from their own pockets.  The centre includes a gym, a cafe, a car park for 700, a banquet hall, and, at its heart, the mosque with room for 700 men at prayer, and, upstairs, 300 women. Attached to the mosque is a Muslim American Youth Academy, which teaches children from nursery school up to the age of 14.

northridge+auditoriumIn all fairness, in terms of religious houses of worship, it’s hardly the largest in Michigan.  In fact, Northridge Church, pastored by Brad Powell, is listed as the 15th largest church in America, with attendance of over 15,000 per week.  The two-story building holds over 3,000 worshippers.

But what this Muslim group failed to realize – and what likely was the cause of this decision –  is growing irritation with worldwide newscasts of Islamic terrorism around the world.

While Islamic groups in America have done nothing to speak out against such radicals, this particular group in Sterling Heights, and this particular imam, are NOT those type of Muslims.

One quick look at their Facebook page alone would quickly reveal that Imam Elahi is a good man – preaching a form of Islamic moderation that this writer has frankly never seen before:  hosting interfaith prayer services with Christians, participating in media-sponsored dialogues on the subject of Islam and/or religion as a whole in America, etc.

10157353_1049825821735194_89339785643658310_nHowever, all of that good will was lost when he had the gall to chalk this up to “ignorance” – and this tired nonsense from so-called “moderate” Muslim populations has done no them no favors in America.  Rather than understand the fear and mistrust that Americans have because of the unrelenting negative news that Islam has created, this imam sought instead to make American feel bad, even insulted Americans for it.

Start speaking out against the ignorance of Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, ISIS and other crazies and then we’ll talk about your mosques.  Until you can prove you are “for us, not against us”…

… your loyalties are questionable, and your mosques are not welcome in our neighbourhoods.

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ISIS / ISIL Terror Group’s #2 Leader… Is Dead

by Calling Out Community, Posted August 21, 2015

The ISIL #2 Leader, Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali, killed this week by a U.S. drone
BREAKING NEWS: As I was about to put a story to bed about the growing power and influence of the ISIS – Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militant group (or ISIL – Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant as it’s known now), CBC News broke the news today (Friday, August 21)  that National Security Council spokesman Ned Price had just issued the following press release:

Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali, also known as Hajji Mutazz … was killed in a U.S. military airstrike on [Tuesday, August 18, 2015] while travelling in a vehicle near Mosul, Iraq, along with an ISIL media operative known as Abu Abdullah.

This undated photo of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, released by the terrorist group
This undated photo of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, released by the terrorist group
According to the U.K.’s Daily Mail, He was seen as ‘senior deputy’ to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and had reportedly been involved in the offensive that led ISIS to capture Mosul, Iraq last summer.  He also was allegedly involved in moving large numbers of weapons and supplies and people between the organization’s strongholds in Iraq and Syria.

Price said that the militant was involved in the terrorist group’s ‘finance, media, operations, and logistics,’ according to the Wall Street Journal.

The U.K.’s Daily Mail reported today (August 21, 2015) that back in December 2014:

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A U.S. unmanned drone, much like the one pictured, has killed the deputy leader of the ISIS / ISIL group. (Credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press)

…intelligence officials said that multiple ISIS leaders had been killed in airstrikes including a man called Haji Mutazz. At the time the militant, believed to be from the northern Iraqi town of Tal Afar, also reportedly went by Abu Muslim al-Turkmani.  Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff [General Martin Dempsey] also erroneously cited the death at the time, according to NBC News

A US official told NBC News on Friday [August 21, 2015] that Dempsey either misspoke or was misquoted in December. A source also told CBS News that the ISIS member [killed in December] was not the group’s ‘number two’, but was still a very significant figure to the group in Iraq.

The Defense Department said in December that Mutazz had previously served time at the former U.S. military prison Camp Bucca, located on the Kuwait/Iraq border.  The infamous camp (named for Ronald Bucca, a Fire_Marshal who died in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack) was reported by the U.K.’s The Independent newspaper to have detained some of the Iraq War‚Äôs most radical jihadists.  

Former U.S. military prison Camp Bucca, now shut down in 2009 by the Obama administration. 90% of its inmates are again fighting for ISIS
Former U.S. military prison Camp Bucca, now shut down in 2009 by the Obama administration. 90% of its inmates are again fighting for ISIS

On 17 September 2009, only 8 months after Obama was sworn in for his first term as President, the US military announced that the prison camp would be closed.  Hundreds of the remaining inmates at that time were freed, 90% of whom created the group ISIS.  In fact, current leaders of ISIS / ISIL were held at one time in that camp.  No wonder then that The Independent’s entitled their feature article on this prison camp “The US prison that became the birthplace of ISIS“.  Thank you, Obama team, for that brilliant move.

Mutazz had previously served as a lieutenant colonel in Saddam Hussein’s Special Forces and was believed to have been involved with Al Qaeda at one point as well.  What a resume.

Rest… In Pieces.  One more martyr for ISIS – one more resident in Hell. 

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Islam Greetings BEFORE Islamic Gunman?

Islamic IslamRising: Special feature to the Calling Out Community,
Posted July 19, 2015.

I’m rarely speechless, but sometime press releases and other news items bleed out of the Barak Hussein “I’m Not A Muslim”¬†Obama White House that are so absolutely¬†idiotic and more often than not, unbelievably one-sided, partisan,¬†ideological crap¬†as well, that I just can’t shut up about. ¬†It’s even more infuriating, however, when these same clearly partisan messages are not reported as such by our Western media, if they are even mentioned¬†at all.

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On July 16, 2015, a gunman opened fire on two military installations in Chattanooga, Tennessee, killing four service members immediately. Two other service members and a police officer were wounded, with one of the servicemen dying from his injuries two days later.

The gunman, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, 24, a militant Islamist, was killed by police at the site of the second shooting. ¬†Of course Western media have been running the story for days that the poor little victim of depression was just misunderstood. ¬†If you want to get into the mind of this whack job, he¬†had a blog, which for reasons I don’t understand is still being hosted by WordPress.

(Footnote: WordPress is the same group that restricted my own blog content for 24 hours, forcing me to censor some selected text on 1 Blog posting out of nearly 50 now in various stages of publication. My crime was naming the a coward who had been posting vile, anti-Semitic, anti-Christian, pro-gay rhetoric and harassing me non-stop through my blog. ¬† My free speech, my ability to defend myself against a vicious character assassination, was completely dismissed.¬† Yes these same “professionals” have no problems maintaining the blog of an Islamic terrorist serial killer. Good job WordPress, I’m sure you are proud – but you DISGUST me)

img_2727Later that afternoon, in an outrageous display of tactlessness and bad timing,  Obama sent a celebratory message to Muslims around the world on the White House Twitter account at 4:48 P.M, celebrating the end of Ramadan, and a happy Eid Mubarak.

However, it wasn’t until 6:08 P.M., nearly 7 hours later, ¬†that the White House tweeted a video message from Obama entitled a ‚Äúheartbreaking circumstance.‚ÄĚ ¬†Unbelievable that the words “terrorist”, “terrorism” and “Islamic” were never mentioned. ¬†Others might certainly have called this specific¬†incident ‚Äúa terrorist attack.‚ÄĚ

img_2726According to a CNN report on the day of the shooting:

 The shooting suspect was armed with an AK-47 style weapon at the time of the attack, according to two law enforcement officials.  The incident is being investigated by the FBI terrorism task force. (emphasis ours)

kate.pngThe president has been criticized this week for a number of insensitive moves regarding the deaths and captivity of Americans. Earlier this week, ¬†Obama remained silent on the July 1 murder of Kate Steinle, killed¬†by a previously deported illegal alien, as reported by Breitbart News‚Äô Alex Swoyer. ¬†After all, it was under Obama’s administration,¬†36,007 illegal immigrants (2013) who had criminal convictions were released from prison, and 1,000 of those re-offended. ¬†30,558 illegal immigrants were released in 2014. ¬†Obama had no problem talking about Michael Brown, however, within three days of his death,

Katie Steinle¬†was also the same woman that Congressman Luis Guti√©rrez (D-IL), ¬†was stupidly referring to¬†by saying her death¬†was a “little thing”. ¬†Kate Steinle was murdered at the hands of a hardened criminal and five-time deportee, in the sanctuary city of San Francisco.

1436898701136That same day, Breitbart News’ Jeff Poor reported about the president’s chastisement of CBS White House correspondent Major Garrett, when he questioned Obama about the negotiations with Iran that left four Americans in captivity in the wake of his nuclear arms agreement:

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    For months now, various groups¬†had demanded that the U.S. bring home pastor Saeed Abedini, an American citizen, who¬†was sentenced to eight years in prison on January 27, 2013, reportedly on charges of undermining national security through private religious gatherings in Christian homes in Iran in the early 2000s. In November 2013, the Iranian government transferred Abedini to Rajai Shahr prison, just outside of Karaj, Iran. ¬†Since his sentencing, he’s been told¬†that he would have years added to his sentence unless he renounced Christianity. ¬†Obama looked Pastor Saeed‚Äôs wife, Naghmeh and their two young children, in the eye and promised them that securing Pastor Saeed‚Äôs release from an Iranian prison was a ‚Äútop priority.‚Ä̬†¬†Donald Trump was quoted on December 11, 2013, after meeting Pastor Abedini’s wife in New York:

“Our country is being run down into the tubes. We are a laughingstock throughout the world,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúThink of the power that this country once had ‚ÄĒ and now we can‚Äôt even get a Christian pastor out of a jail.‚ÄĚ

  • marineAmir Hekmati is an American citizen, and a Marine veteran currently imprisoned in Iran for over 3.5 years – making his the longest imprisonment of any American in Iranian history, including the Iran hostages released in 1981. ¬†The Iranian-American was born in Arizona but held dual citizenship when he flew to Iran to visit his dying grandmother. ¬†Hekmati was arrested and charged with spying for the United States government. He was sentenced to death, but that sentence was reversed. Hekmati was then convicted of a lesser charge and sentenced to 10 years in prison. ¬†¬†As a Marine, he served honorably during Operation Iraqi Freedom and was awarded the following decorations: Good Conduct Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, GWOT Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Combat Action Ribbon. ¬†In recent months his father has become very ill and is dying. ¬†This American hero MUST be returned home.
  • 03-press-865x10243Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, who is an American-Iranian journalist currently employed as The Washington Post¬†bureau chief in Tehran, Iran. On July 22, 2014, Iranian authorities raided the Tehran residence of Rezaian and his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, and took the couple into custody. ¬†Salehi was released on October 6, but Rezaian remains in custody at Evin Prison, a detention center in Tehran known for housing political prisoners and intellectuals.¬†¬†After nine months of speculation, it was made public on April 20, 2015 that Iranian authorities have indicted Rezaian on four charges, including espionage and “propaganda against the establishment.”¬†¬†Rezaian’s trial began on May 26, 2015.[4]
  • Retired FBI agent Robert Levinson¬†vanished after traveling to the Iranian island of Kish in March 2007. In December 2011l, video evidence he was still alive sprang up, held captive there. ¬†He is now one of the longest-held U.S. citizens in history. ¬†On March 9, the 8th anniversary of his disappearance¬†– and the day before his 67th birthday, the¬†FBI announced has increased its reward for information on Mr.¬†Levinson from $1 million to $5 million

The lesson of this story? ¬†By all means, no matter how obvious it is that we have a serious problem with the Islamic jihadists in North America and around the world, this Obama administration isn’t going to even speak their names, nor ever call them what they truly are. ¬†It fears saying the name of its worst enemy –¬†very similar to how the characters in the Harry Potter series of books/movies never spoke¬†the evil wizard Valdemorte,¬†for fear of conjuring him. ¬†Though¬†perhaps¬†Beetlejuice is more reflective of the type of enemy¬†we are actually facing here. ¬†Ignoring their existence and not fighting against them is in every sense aiding and abedding the enemy.

Also, if you’re an American that is arrested and/or detained aboard, you can have every confidence that your government – won’t give a damn, won’t lift a finger, won’t acknowledge you are still needing help. ¬†Especially if you’re a Christian pastor.

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ISIS Rockets Launched at Israel

by Calling Out Community, posted July 5, 2015

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A new front in the global War on Terror has been opened recently by ISIS-connected terrorists in Egypt – which is both grounds for considerable concern, and may be very short-lived, as they seem hell-bent on taking on far too many powerful enemies at once. According to the BBC, this relative newcomer in the global War on Terror has been flexing its muscles of late, rather stupidly I might add.

Just to get you caught up, a January 30, 2015 BBC article on this new relatively new group states:

Sinai Province was previously called Ansar Beit al-Maqdis (Champions of Jerusalem), but announced a name change in November 2014 when it pledged allegiance to IS, the militant organisation that had made rapid advances in Iraq and Syria. Ansar Beit al-Maqdis was an Al-Qaeda-inspired group that started its operations immediately after the January 2011 uprising that led to the fall of Egypt’s long-running ruler Hosni Mubarak. The group was initially known for launching attacks on Israeli targets and interests.

Completely confused? They seem to be as well, for since February 1 they have carried out targeted attacks in Egypt, igniting the Egyptian (and predominantly-Muslim) people and armed forces to rout and destroy them entirely. Egyptian air strikes just this past week have seriously harmed this ISIS-related group, killing 25 fighters and destroying weapons supplies, according to reports by the Al Jazeera news network.

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Now, it seems they are trying to provoke Israel as well, claiming to have launched 3 rockets at “occupied Palestine” on July 3, all of which fell far short in the Negev desert. And don’t be deceived – the rocket isn’t going to distinguish between an Israeli or a Palestinian when it lands.

Meaning? ISIS isn’t riled up over Israel’s “occupation” of Palestinians – they couldn’t carry less if they wipe out both groups, just so long as they are the dominant player left standing. This should be of particular concern to the Palestinians, who will depend on their greatest enemy (Israel, in their eyes) to have the grace to become their greatest defender.

Now let’s do a little War on Terror math for a moment, shall we:

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Egypt’s armed forces – the largest in the Middle East and Africa – 468,000 active personnel and 1 million reservists, plus 4,600 tanks, and 1107 fighter jets. 18th most powerful army in the world

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Israeli F15i Ra’am

Israel’s armed forces168,000 active personnel, 450,000 reservists, and another 2.5 million trained personnel that could be called up (as every 18 year old must serve some time and be trained) . Plus 4,100 tanks and 680 fighter jets. 11th most powerful army in the world


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only 1,000 to 2,000 fighters, according to Egyptian experts

Sinai Province fighter on his transport of choice
Sinai Province fighter on his transport of choice

Ummm, just based on the math, this should be over in weeks. But we know these groups don’t just wither away – they gain strength if not properly dealt with (ie. they must be annihilated)

How ironic that they would intentionally awaken the two great armies of the Middle East in a common cause. Yet, despite all this recent activity, you won’t find much word of it in our Western press. Why? What if Israel and Egypt joined forces against ISIS? How would the dumbocrats and other left-wing loonies explain THAT to their kids? Aren’t Arabs and Jews supposed to hate each other?

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How quickly these dimwits would like to forget the 1979 Egyptian‚ÄďIsraeli Peace Treaty, mediated by US president Jimmy Carter. Full diplomatic relations were established on February 26, 1980. Egypt has an embassy in Tel Aviv and a consulate in Eilat. Israel has an embassy in Cairo and a consulate in Alexandria. It’s been one of the only consistent peaceful regions in the Middle East – for over 35 years. Even the Muslim Brotherhood stated in 2012 that it supported the treaty.

I do not remotely wish that the citizens of Israel or Egypt be attacked or even threatened any further in any way by ISIS forces in Egypt. However, I do admit some strong desire to see these two mighty neighbours work together to defeat a common enemy. That may be

Egyptian and Israeli flags flying together
Egyptian and Israeli flags flying together

pie-in-the-sky officially, but to be sure if ISIS continues its stupid assaults on these two nations, whether in a united front or individually, these terrorist goons will be sent to their desired martyrdom in a hurry, and I’m glad for it.

Thanks be to God for the miraculous victories of Israel’s past and the peace between these two great nations. Pray that this sanity and peace will continue over the region, even if it must be maintained with an iron fist by one or (preferably both) countries. Egypt and Israel look very good side by side.

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Canada and Her New(er) Best Friend

IsraelIsrael Is Forever: Special feature to the Calling Out Community, Posted June 30, 2015. Updated November 12, 2015.

imageAs we approach Canada Day 2015 tomorrow, I think it is very fitting that we take a moment to review who our real friends are in the world today – and as we do, one nation stands out with a very close, productive and mutually beneficial relationship that she and Canada enjoy, fostered with considerable care and attention over the last decade of the Harper Conservative government. That nation… is Israel.

If you thought I was going to say “the United States”, you’d be dead wrong. The last 8 years of the Obama administration took care of that friendship – at times like sisters, today we are more like roommates that would love to find somewhere else to live, if it were possible to break our lease and relocate on short notice. You know the type – that roommate that leaves us to clean up their messes, is loud and brash at the worst possible times, embarrassing us in most social occasions, and when she doesn’t pay her bills on time, we are negatively affected as well.

Tomorrow, Canadians from the Pacific to the Atlantic to the Arctic Oceans celebrate the 148th Birthday of our homeland – Canada Day (July 1) – with a national statutory holiday mid-week! In the midst of all the barbecuing, sunshine, firework displays, face painting, flags and parades, we at 1MII wanted to share some of the unique stories, events and people that have made Canada and Israel such close friends today:

  • According to a May 11, 2015 Jewish Press article, Canadian Prime Stephen Harper is
    Prime Ministers Stephen Harper of Canada and Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel meet and greet in Ottawa, 2012
    Prime Ministers Stephen Harper of Canada and Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel meet and greet in Ottawa, 2012

    unarguably the most pro-Israel head of any government in the world“. Wow, now that is actually something we can be proud of.

  • Israel, as I’m sure you are aware, is under attack from every side by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, started and fostered by the Palestinian government Hamas. Israel is the ONLY country in the world facing this misguided attempt to harm the Israeli economy and force them to better treatment for Palestinians – yet it’s the Palestinians themselves who have been suffering as their evonomy is almost solely connected to that of Israel. Canada, recognizing that this BDS movement is anti-Semitic In nature and is a direct attack on Israel’s right to exist, had been working tirelessly to update our Canada-Israel Free trade agreement to cement¬† our ties with Israel.
  • According to the 2013 World Jewish Population Report, Canada has the 4th largest Jewish population in the world, numbering over 378,000. Only Israel, the United States and France are larger
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    A Hasidic Jewish family shopping in Montreal, Quebec

    The Jewish population of the city of Toronto, Ontario (185,000) alone would be Israel’s 5th largest city if located there – and is in the top 15 largest Jewish populations in the world by city.

  • Over 250 Canadians immigrated to Israel in 2012 – the 6th largest group in the world, ranked by country of origin. Nearly 20,000 Canadian citizens currently live in Israel
  • One of the more interesting agreements signed between Israel and Canada was the March 2005 Canadian Space Agency ‚Äď Israeli Space Agency MOU for Space Cooperation to “seek to develop advanced applications in satellite communications and position both the Canadian and Israeli space sector to play a significant role in this growing global market.”
  • Muslim Mayor of Calgary Nenshi and Jewish Mayor of Edmonton Mandel, November 2013
    Muslim Mayor of Calgary Nenshi and Jewish Mayor of Edmonton Mandel, November 2013

    Only in Canada: At the November 7, 2013 farewell dinner for Stephen Mandel, popular Jewish Mayor of Edmonton, Alberta (2004-2014), the keynote speaker was Naheed Kurban Nenshi, popular Muslim Mayor of Calgary, Alberta (2010-present). In the hilarious, deeply personal and touching farewell address, the Muslim mayor called his Jewish counterpart and friend “my political rival, but a great leader and a great mentor to me…and an incredible leader of this amazing and incredible city”. Religion does not always have to divide.

  • haifa-29novCanada was one of the 33 countries that voted in favour of the 1947 UN partition resolution, which led to the establishment of the State of Israel – despite heavy pressure from Great Britain on Commonwealth countries to abstain from voting
  • The capital city of Canada, Ottawa, has been officially a sister city to the largest metropolitan area in Israel, Tel Aviv (where 42% of Israeli’s live) since 2010. Other Israeli cities with Canadian sister cities include: Beersheba (Montreal, QC and Winnipeg, MB), Eilat (Toronto, ON), Petah Tikva (Laval, QC), and Ramla (Vaughn, ON)
  • Because of Canada’s immense size, it’s population density of 3.7 people/sq.km ranks it 230 out 244 countries. Israel is the 24th densest nation on earth with over 380 people/sq.km. – 100 times more dense than Canada.
  • Canada’s number 1 import from Israel: pharmaceuticals. So one could say (tongue in cheek) that a strong relationship with Israel is actually good for our health!
  • Canada signed a free trade agreement with Israel in 1997. Since then, trade (in Canadian dollars) between the two countries has tripled.¬† Again, one could state¬† without opposition that a stronger relationship with Israel is good for our wallets too!

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