The Poppy and the Cross

In Canada today, the two most dramatic symbols representing our society, our freedoms Рeven our very identity as Canadians Рare arguably:
– The poppy, which we wear with pride around Remembrance Day (November 11) annually, and…
– The Cross, which we revere every day of the year.

So it should be no surprise that BOTH symbols are under fervent attack by secular humanism and the rise of false religions, more than any other in Canada today.¬† For if the enemies of everything we hold dear simply strike at our foundations, this entire structure we call “Canada”…

…will come crashing to the ground.


Canadian troops at the Second Battle of Ypres, April 1915, and in Afghanistan, December 2008 (Credit: Canadian War Museum – http://www.warmuseum.ca)

THE POPPY

We are NOTHING as a country, if we choose to ignore the individual and corporate sacrifices, (in ‚Äúsweat, blood, toil and tears‚ÄĚ, as Winston Churchill once said), of the brave men and women who have served in our Canadian Armed Forces with honour for 152 years and counting.

On Remembrance Day annually (November 11), we pause for a moment at 11:11 AM local time, in whatever part of this HUGE country’s we may be in, to commemorate the moment when, on that date and time in 1918, the Great War – the “War to End All Wars”, the “Seminal Catastrophe”, or the “European War” as it was known, finally came to a close.

This was the first global war in world history.  Starting in Europe on July 28, 1914, and carrying on for 1,567 days until November 11, 1918.  70 million troops marched onto battlefields in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, including 60 million Europeans, making it one of the largest wars in history.  It was also the deadliest, claiming 9 million soldiers and 7 million civilians, as a direct result of the war, and over 20 million others from diseases like the Spanish flu, that claimed another 50 to 100 million, starvation and scattered genocides that followed.

Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France – where the names of the 11,285 Canadians who lost their lives in France and who had no known grave are recorded.

We wear a poppy to commemorate what our soldiers did there because it MATTERED.¬† Our young boys stepped into living Hell on hardened battlefields, that had equally hard names to pronounce and spell –¬† like Ypres, Festubert and Givenchy (1915), The Somme (1916), Vimy Ridge, Hill 70, Lens, Passchendaele and Cambrai (1917).¬† In every situation, we did things beyond our training.¬† We successfully completed missions that France and England, who had 1,000 year old military histories, couldn’t do.¬† Canadian soldiers often did the unthinkable – at times, even the impossible – for 1,567 days (from July 28, 1914 to November 11, 1918), and we assisted the Allies in defeating the Central Powers, which included three Empires (German, Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian), as well as¬†Bulgaria.

Little Canada was not even 50 years old when the war started.¬† Only 8 million residents in the whole country then.¬† ¬† We grew up into adulthood before the eyes of the world.¬† So foundational was our input in World War I that the last 100 days, from August 8 to November 11, 1918, are known today as “Canada’s Hundred Days”.¬† At one point during World War I, 7% of Canadians were in uniform, one of the highest participation rates by any army in any war in world history.¬† ¬†If the US had that size of army based on population, it would number 22 million.¬† If China did, their armies would have number 97 million.

The installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ at the Tower of London, commemorating the centenary of Britain’s involvement in the First World War . (Credit: Geoff Pugh/The Telegraph)

We wear a poppy to show solidarity with the everyday Canadians who fought for us so long ago.¬† They were us.¬† A total of 619,636 Canadians enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the war, 424,000 served overseas – and 59,544 died during the war (51,748 as a result of enemy action, and 7,796 from “friendly fire” incidents, accidents and disease).¬† ¬†Hundreds of thousands more worked in the war effort back home, in administration, factories making munitions, equipment, tanks, planes, ships, uniforms, and growing and packaging food and medicine.¬† There wasn’t a familiy in Canada that was untouched by the war – there were likely few in the country that didn’t know someone overseas.¬† Many also knew someone who died there.

And this war was not as advertised – it did not “end all wars”.¬† In fact, just 21 years later, the world would once again be set on fire, with battles raging on three continents, as Hitler and his Nazi hordes attempted to conquer the world.¬† By the time the final bomb had been dropped on Nagasaki on August 8, 1945, and the two wars had finally ended in Europe, Africa and Asia, over 60 million people had died, including 25 million Russian civilians alone.

We wear a poppy to remember that Canadian soldiers changed the world.¬† And Canada had become a new symbol of freedom and hope in the world.¬† ¬†We sent over 1 million soldiers to Europe, many of whom didn’t come home for 6 years in World War II.¬† Tens of thousands didn’t come home at all.¬† We declared war on Hitler just one week after Great Britain and France did, on September 10, 1939.¬† We weren’t forced to – the King had told our government that we had free will to determine if this is was a cause we wanted to send our boys into harm’s way for.¬† We debated it in Parliament, we thought about it, we prayed about it.¬† And we did it.¬† Once we declared war on September 10, we had troops on the ground in Europe just 2 weeks later.¬† And our boys volunteered for it.¬† It took the US another 820 days before they joined the war, and their troops had to be drafted, even then, to do so.

We wear a poppy over our hearts, because we loved these young men, and because they gave all they had, with all their hearts, for us.  We honour the heroic contributions of our soldiers, over the last 1.5 centuries, to the building of our nation.  And to the freedom enjoyed by the entire Western world.  They were literally a force for good that stopped the forces of evil spreading across the globe.

Speaking of which – there are some misguided Cretans who introduced a rainbow poppy this year, just before British Armistice Day – like the gay community wasn’t getting enough attention during commemorations for our war dead?¬† Attempting to turn the poppy into a culturally misappropriated gay symbol is outrageous.

These are likely the same morons that wear a pink triangle as a symbol of connection with the LGBT community – not realizing that the symbol was introduced in the Nazi concentration camp system, along with the yellow star, to help sort out which prisoners were which.

It is also truly disgusting that some in the Muslim community boycott the sale of poppies because they consider it a symbol of “racism”, and some Legion branches in the UK stopped selling them in “certain areas” of Britain to avoid offense, though they have been selling them throughout the UK since 1921.¬† This vocal minority of Muslims try to extinguish the symbol altogether – yet they are hardly the spokespeople for racial tolerance in the world.

THE CROSS

In Canada, our freedoms are only authentically maintained when our people still hold dear to the sacrifices symbolized by the POPPY – and we must ‚ÄúNEVER FORGET‚ÄĚ to STAND AND SALUTE those who shed their blood for victories over dictators and despots.

However, that freedom only truly exists in Canada and indeed in EVERY nation on Earth, when the people hold EVEN MORE dear to the Sacrifice actualized by the CROSS of JESUS CHRIST – and we must ‚ÄúBE IN REMEMBRANCE‚ÄĚ to KNEEL, BOW AND CLING to the One who shed His blood for our final victory over the Devil and even Death itself.

I STAND to honor the anthem and the flag, and symbolically pin a poppy OVER MY HEART today, with pride and thankfulness.

But first…

I KNEEL and BOW to honor the Cross, and literally invite the Saviour of the World, Jesus Christ, to LIVE INSIDE MY HEART, with humility and thankfulness.

Because of the sacrifices of Canadians – on far off battlefields – many individual freedoms are enjoyed today by the Canadian people.

But without the Sacrifice of Christ – ‚Äúon a hill far away‚ÄĚ – WE HAVE NO FREEDOM AT ALL – either on this Earth or eternity to come.

‚ÄúSo if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.‚ÄĚ (John 8:36)

‚ÄúIt is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.‚Ä̬† (Galatians 5:1)

‚ÄúIn him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.‚Ä̬† (Ephesians 3:12)

‚ÄúI will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.‚Ä̬† (Psalm 119:45)

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By Shawn Jorgensen,  Founding Editor
Calling Out Community
Posted:  November 10, 2019
[God’s Got A Plan For You!]

Islam… Is LAME

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

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After reading the horrific headlines screaming at us all week, the average¬†John and Jane Citizen could be forgiven for becoming sick and tired of hearing the word “Islamic”, and all the negativity¬†the word¬†conveys.¬†This centuries-old faith group¬†has¬†quickly¬†become the greatest threat to our peace and safety in the world today and we frankly no longer care whether or not Islam is being¬†“hijacked” by radical groups or not. ¬†That excuse is as weak and lame as Islam’s image in the world today.

Let’s look at the news headlines from this PAST¬†WEEK ONLY, and you’ll¬†sense some¬†of the horrific blood-pouring going on around the world at the hands of these “followers” of Islam. ¬†WARNING: these images are graphic FOR A REASON. These devils should not be allowed to hide their horrific deeds behind stupid smokescreens¬†like:

– “Racist“. ¬†As they say down South, “this dog don’t hunt”. ¬†Racism¬†is defined as¬†“the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to¬†dominate others or that a particular racial group is inferior to the¬†others.” ¬†Race is defined as “a group of persons related by common descent or heredity.” ¬†

According to a¬†Pew Research Center report,¬†The Future of the Global Muslim Population, as of January 27, 2011 there were approx. 1.6 billion Muslims¬†living¬†in each of the world’s¬†232 countries¬†– in fact, one can even find the Islamic prayer schedule online for 6 different research bases…on Antarctica!¬† Islam is the second-largest religion by number of adherents and the fastest-growing religion in the world. ¬†(Christianity’s 2.38 billion adherents¬†are also located in every country on earth, representing 33% of the world’s population). ¬†Therefore, as¬†Islam is not a singular race, but a global religion with reaches into every fabric of society ¬†– then you cannot logically be considered a racist if you¬†oppose this religious group’s belief systems and/or violent practices, you cannot be defined as a racist.

ISIS Threatens Canada
ISIS released a video on September 21, 2014 showing a masked gunman standing before captured Syrian troops digging their own graves. After speaking in what sounded like North American – possibly Canadian – English, he appeared to help execute the kneeling prisoners with a handgun.

– “Islamophobic” -Liberal media pundits love to throw around invented¬†“phobias” to explain away opposing¬†view points regarding the behaviours of certain segments of society. ¬†According to the Indexed Phobia List, there are approx. 530¬†diagnosable phobias plaguing humankind¬†that can be found in medical, psychiatric and other scholarly works – everything from¬†Ablutophobia¬†(fear of washing or bathing) to¬†Zoophobia¬†(fear of animals). ¬†Apologies ¬†to the¬†Toronto Star, CNN and the¬†New York Times, but¬†Islamophobia isn’t on the list.

Let’s get real for a moment. ¬†By definition, an Islamophobic is someone “afraid of Islam“. ¬†That¬†is absolutely¬†true in some parts of the world, and¬†not in the¬†philosophical sense. ¬†There are Christians around the world who fear for their very lives because of murderous¬†Islamic terrorists. ¬†In fact, a website was created after 9/11 to document each and every attack on the Christian community by Muslims worldwide, and they note that¬†so far in¬†2015 alone, there have already been 23 documented attacks in which 195 Christians were killed and 365 injured, mostly while at church services. ¬†The biggest source of these attacks has been in Nigeria at the hands of Boko Haram.

When one stands back and reviews the entire list documented by this one website alone, however, the truth becomes hard to hold on to.  Many of these crimes would not even be reported in some areas, as the Muslim-dominated authorities would bury the information along with the Christians killed. However, beginning with an October 1, 2001 attack on a Christian church in Tomata, Indonesia, when 3 people were killed, to the most recent incident on March 27, 2015 when al-Shabaab released a video showing the brutal execution of six young Christians:  1,242 documented attacks have taken place, killing 9,161 Christians, and injuring 12,002 more.  As the site points out:

This is a list of targeted acts of terrorism on Christian civilians and church workers by religious Muslims since September 11th, 2001.  These attacks have nothing to do with war, combat or insurgency.  The victims are innocent Christians who were specifically targeted and abused solely on account of their faith by those who claim their own religion as a motive.

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So while Islamic terrorists in dozens of countries are killing Christians simply because of their faith, we in the West¬†can’t oppose their viewpoints, their religious intolerance, and the violence and murder perpetrated in the name of Allah and Mohammed even¬†verbally, without being name called, threatened or worse?

But folks, all the murder and mayhem we read about in the newspapers could soon come to a street near you.  As the National Post reported on September 21, 2014:

“In a 42-minute audio speech, Abu Muhammad Al-Adnani urged ISIS supporters to kill Canadians, Americans, Australians, French and other Europeans, regardless of whether they were civilians or members of the military.

‘Rely upon Allah, and kill him in any manner or way however it may be. Do not ask for anyone‚Äôs advice and do not seek anyone‚Äôs verdict. Kill the disbeliever whether he is civilian or military, for they have the same ruling,’ he said.”

Well, I have news for you, ISIS thugs – this “Islamophobia” I just referred to doesn’t carry over very well in Canada. ¬†We¬†know you want us to be scared of you, but you apparently don’t know Canadian resolve or our history very well. ¬†That’s understandable, as you’re used to dealing with grade 3 educated sheep herders. ¬†Here’s a little history lesson:

  • During the War of 1812 against the U.S., our British troops¬†invaded Washington, DC¬†on August 24, 1814 and we set fire to¬†the US Capitol Building, the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress and the chambers of the House and Senate – and then we burned the White House to the ground.
  • During World War I, out of a¬†nation of 8 million, Canada sent 650,000 men and women to the front lines, and over 66,000 gave their lives.
  • During World War II, out of 11 million residents, we amassed an army of over 1 million troops, the world’s third largest navy, the fourth largest air force and an army of six divisions. ¬†We were the only country¬†to successfully meet our targets¬†on D-Day in 1944, and our Canadian troops single-handedly liberated the Netherlands from the Nazis¬†by¬†May 5, 1945.
  • Today, we have¬†CF-18 fighter jets, and soon, we’ll be buying 65 more F-35s. ¬†We also have nearly 200 Leopard C2 and Leopard 2A4 tanks, over 100 Howitzer 105mm guns, and 50,000 troops. ¬†If you dare, come on over and show us what you got. ¬†But be prepared for a welcoming party like you’ve never seen before. ¬†We defeated the United States, Germany (twice) and Iraq in war – we’ll be happy to send as many of you to Hell as you want to go.

Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda, once said “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it”. Muslims use idiotically weak lies all the time about how their religion speaks about peace and brotherhood and other related blah blah blah, all to mask the real¬†truth – they are infiltrating our cities in order to someday overthrow our governments and bring in Islamic states. That’s what the Koran teaches them to do. The rest is all CRAP.

Let these pictures and headlines from the last week tell the story, and then ask yourself – when was the last time a CHRISTIAN organization was accused of such things? Buddhists beheading? Jews mass-murdering thousands? People will pull out weak nonsense about abortion clinics being bombed in the 1980s by some right-wing nut – as if that in any way is comparable to the HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of Muslim terrorists around the world today. In fact, Al Qaeda has over 7,000 members just in Somalia alone

Shocking: The chilling image from the Charlie Hebdo office shows blood-stained wooden floors, papers strewn across the corridor. Photo courtesy: Ents Images/London Daily Mail
Shocking: The chilling image from the Charlie Hebdo office shows blood-stained wooden floors, papers strewn across the corridor. Photo courtesy: Ents Images/London Daily Mail

JANUARY 7, 2014: French leader declares ‚Äėwar‚Äô on radical Islam after attacks (The Washington Post)
PARIS ‚ÄĒ Prime Minister Manuel Valls declared Saturday that France was at ‚Äúwar‚ÄĚ with radical Islam after three days of bloody attacks around Paris that sparked fears of a tide of violence by militants living in Europe.

The aftermath: 12 dead, 10 injured at Charlie Hebdo, including a policeman shot execution-style in the head; 4 others killed at a Jewish grocery store the next day. Now Muslims are complaining about retribution attacks. Are you @#$)&#% kidding us? Sow to the wind, reap the whirlwind. If you’re surprised by worldwide disgust with this ongoing bullshit from Islam, then you are either stupid as hell or so indoctrinated into the hate of Islam, that you can’t see anything clearly.

According to Amnesy International, nearly 2,000 people were massacred on January 10 alone by Islamic terrorists in Nigeria. Photo courtesy: Elombah.com
According to Amnesy International, nearly 2,000 people were massacred on January 10 alone by Islamic terrorists in Nigeria. Photo courtesy: Elombah.com

JANUARY 10, 2014: Boko Haram’s ‘deadliest massacre’: 2,000 feared dead in Nigeria. Photo courtesy: Elombah.com (The Guardian)
“Hundreds of bodies ‚Äď too many to count ‚Äď remain strewn in the bush in Nigeria from an Islamic extremist attack that Amnesty International described as the ‚Äúdeadliest massacre‚ÄĚ in the history of Boko Haram.”

The aftermath: An Amnesty International statement said there are reports the town was razed and as many as 2,000 people killed.

10-year old girl used by Islamic terorists as a suicide bomber, likely without her knowledge.
10-year old girl used by Islamic terorists as a suicide bomber, likely without her knowledge. Photo courtesy: Daily Mail

JANUARY 12, 2014: Militants force a girl, 10, to become a suicide bomber in sickening market attack in Nigeria (News Corp Australia)
“THREE female suicide bombers, including one aged around 10, have blown themselves up in separate attacks in busy Nigerian markets, killing dozens. Officials say the spate of attacks suggests terrorist groups are embarking on a new strategy: using harmless-looking girls and women in veils as suicide bombers. Four people were killed on Sunday when bombs strapped to two females, one a teenager, exploded in a crowded mobile phone market in Potiskum, northeast Nigeria.

The aftermath: The girl, likely completely innocent of what was strapped around her waist, was killed, along with at least 16 other people, and 20 more injured. This was at least 3rd time Islamic terrorists have hit this same marketplace – to the degree that bomb-detecting equipment had been installed. However, it failed to go off as likely the bomb was detonated remotely by these Islamic cowards.

This is why I firmly believe that BURKAS SHOULD BE OUTLAWED IN CANADA. When your terrorist thugs hide behind veils and use anonymity to blow up innocent citizens, don’t you DARE tell me that freedom of religion is behind it. Freedom of your religion to spread hate and murder perhaps, but that’s something we should be crushing with an iron fist.

This newspaper, from August 2014, was already touting the ISIS threat to North America. ISIS repeated those threats in a video released January 12, 2015.
This newspaper, from August 2014, was already touting the ISIS threat to North America. ISIS repeated those threats in a video released January 12, 2015.

JANUARY 11, 2014: ISIS repeats a threat; NYPD, other law enforcement on high alert (CNN.com)
“New York City Police Department officials and other law enforcement personnel across the United States were alerted to a new threat from ISIS after the terror group released a video message Saturday calling for its followers to “rise up.” An ISIS spokesman, Abu Mohammed al Adnani, is seen saying that followers should “rise up and kill intelligence officers, police officers, soldiers, and civilians,” specifically naming the United States, France, Australia and Canada as targets, according to a memo that CNN obtained.

The aftermath: As we stated before, this time, WE write the final page on this chapter. Bring the battle to our Canadian cities, and you’ll see what the REAL full wrath of God and “holy war” looks like. If you’re stupid enough to awaken the sleeping giant that is the Dominion of Canada – be prepared for the unleashing of Hell in return. We won’t roll over and play dead – we will defend ourselves at all costs, and to protect our families and our way of life, we will think nothing of wiping all of you off the face of the earth if you¬†dare attack our peaceful shores.

ISIS releases a horrific video of a mass execution of over 250 Syrian soldiers today. Photo courtesy: AP
ISIS releases a horrific video of a mass execution of over 250 Syrian soldiers today. Photo courtesy: AP

JANUARY 12, 2014: Marched to their deaths: Sickening ISIS slaughter continues as 250 soldiers captured at Syrian airbase are stripped then led to the desert for mass execution (Daily Mail)
“Sickening footage appears to show Islamic State [ISIS] militants parading around 250 captured soldiers through the desert in their underwear before they are killed and their bodies piled on the bare earth. An Islamic State fighter claimed the men were from the Syrian government’s Tabqa air base which extremists seized on Sunday, potentially handing them warplanes, tanks, artillery and ammunition.
The video, which has not been independently verified, is too graphic to be published in full.
It begins by showing dozens of men being marched through the desert wearing only their underwear. It then fades to black, resuming with a pile of bloodied bodies stacked on top of one another.”

This is the true bloodthirsty face of Islam. If we can’t peacefully overthrown a government by democratic means to set up an Islamic State, let’s just stage a coup and start a civil war. The end goal for this bloodthirsty murderers is the same – conquer and control.

Could Canada or the US be next? You scoff – they were probably laughing at the prospects in Paris and Sydney until recently as well. We need to be ready, we need to be vigilant, and we need to put Islam back where it belongs – in a mosque, not in our streets with handsguns.

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