Image is Everything . . . Except True!

Image is Everything . . . Except True!
Vol: 26 Issue: 23 Sunday, November 23, 2003

The demonstrations against President Bush in Britain were headlines all week, until pushed from the page by Michael Jackson. Before I continue, let me say this about Jackson. Surprise!

But Michael Jackson is one pervert (albeit a famous one) in a much-too-large pool of perverts already. Michael Jackson is not the most powerful man/boy/it in the world. And while Michael Jackson’s woes may be upsetting to the pop world, the only reason it is newsworthy is because he got away with it for years in full view of the public eye.

The story deserves a front page column and maybe some background in the entertainment news. Not wall-to-wall 24 hour coverage. We’re in the middle of a WAR!

President Bush’s woes can make the difference between war and peace, and victory or defeat for America’s way of life in a dangerous world. So let’s get real.

Returning to the president’s trip, before Bush ever boarded Air Force One, the media breathlessly warned of ‘unprecedented protests’.

ABC s Peter Jennings asserted that a very large segment of the British public is opposed to Mr. Bush for one reason or another.

President Bush has arrived for his state visit to Britain. It’s going to be a very difficult few days, or potentially very difficult. The President has not made any other overseas visit quite so controversial. This one was planned some time ago. The British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has been his most loyal ally on the war in Iraq. And a very large segment of the British public is opposed to Mr. Bush for one reason or another.

On the CBS Evening News, John Roberts highlighted a Member of Parliament who rued how the British had to be subject to the dumb and dumber show across London when the situation in Iraq is seemingly getting worse by the day.

President Bush is the target of massive protests, announced NBC s Tom Brokaw before Dawna Friesen in London echoed how anti-Bush and anti-war feelings run deep among many here.

From London, David Wright reported how Bush flew by helicopter in the dark to Buckingham Palace because of the massive security effort prompted by anti-war protesters who will dog the President.

NBC Nightly News Dawna Friesen wanted to be sure America knew that, [A]nti-Bush and anti-war feelings run deep among many here. The biggest protest is planned for Thursday. Organizers expect hundreds of thousands of people.

Note the selectiveness of this reporting. The way they present it, it’s not America that is getting British contempt. According to the US networks, the British only hate George Bush. What a coincidence! Just like the networks!

Without Bush in office, Americans are universally loved, evidently.

Assessment:

Here what didn’t make most network broadcasts. As Paul Harvey would say, ‘the rest of the story’.

The day before Bush’s arrival, the London Guardian (no friend of the right) published a poll it took that showed that only 15% of Britons disagreed with the statement that ‘America is a force for good, and not evil in the world’. Although a third of the British public opposed Bush’s visit, almost half said they welcomed Bush’s arrival.

While it isn’t exactly evidence of British universal love for America, it was hardly the catastrophe Peter Jennings, Dan Rather and Tom Browkaw would have us believe.

The networks eagerly anticipated the protests, making sure that the protestors got plenty of air time and lots and lots of attention. Good thing, too.

They needed it, since the predicted hundreds of thousands of anti-American demonstrators didn’t show up.

All the networks gleefully reported the symbolic toppling of a papier-mache statue of President Bush, the highlight of the event, done to parody the toppling of the Saddam statue in Baghdad.

Somehow, the chants of the protestors as the statue went over lacked the fervor and joy of the Iraqis emerging from a forty-year nightmare.

But despite the network hype and the disproportionate attention given the protestors, the largest rally on Thursday only netted, according to official estimates, between seventy and one hundred thousand people.

It sounds like a lot, but compared to the ‘hundreds of thousands’ predicted by the networks, it was pretty much a disaster for the protests organizers.

For comparison, last year, the Blair government was considering outlawing fox hunting in England. THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND demonstrators marched in the streets. And that was WITHOUT the help of the US news media.

Imagine if Peter Jennings, et al, had droned on for days about the evils of fox hunting in endless specials given from the perspective of the fox. Might have gotten a million or more.

Indeed, the anti-Bush demonstrations were dwarfed by the anti-Reagan demonstrations when he visited Margaret Thatcher in the 80’s. As a Washington Times op-ed writer noted, “the Rolling Stones squeeze more people into stadiums every day than showed up to protest Mr. Bush on one targeted date.”

Good point.

In reality, all the major polls demonstrate a global fear that America will pull out of Iraq too soon. Especially the Brits. And the Iraqis fear they will be abandoned altogether, as they were in 1991.

The networks continue to inflate the protests and opposition to America and the Bush Doctrine, as they continue to broadcast endless specials, all produced, as it were, from the perspective of the fox.

Peter Jenning’s often predicted ‘Vietnam-style quagmire’ in Iraq is failing to come true as hyped, despite the best efforts of the liberal media elite to create one.

Deception on a massive scale is one of the bedrock prophecies for the last days. The Apostle Paul wrote in his 2nd Letter to Timothy, “This know also, that IN THE LAST DAYS perilous times shall come.”

Paul goes on to list the characteristics of end times’ society. I’m only going to hit the high points here. . . you pick through them and see which you think DON’T apply:

“covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.”

Paul concludes, “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” (2 Timothy 3:1-5, 13)

Watched any network news lately?

The Mark of the Beast

The Mark of the Beast
Vol: 26 Issue: 22 Saturday, November 22, 2003

“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” (Revelation 13:16-17)

The prophecy of the Mark of the Beast is one of the most universally recognized predictions contained in the New Testament. It doesn’t matter whether one is a Christian, Jew, Muslim, Buddhist or Taoist, mention the Mark of the Beast of ‘666’ and nobody is going to say to you, “Never heard of it!”.

The Mark of the Beast has been a Hollywood story line for years, going back to the ‘Omen’ trilogy in the 70’s right on through to last year’s ‘End of Days’ starring Governor Arnold Schwartzeneggar. (‘Governor’ — sounds weird)

Anyway, the point is that the Mark of the Beast is NOT something known only to initiates or Bible scholars or even Christians in general. It is pretty much a universal concept — just as most religions have their own form of antichrist and their own form of eschatology.

With that in mind, an American company announced a new syringe-injectable microchip implant for humans at a global security conference in Paris. The chip is designed to be used as a fraud-proof payment method for cash and credit-card transactions.

The chip is being touted as a defense to identity theft. Identity fraud costs the banking and financial industry some $48 billion a year, and consumers another $5 billion. That is a lot of incentive.

Scott R. Silverman, CEO of Applied Digital Solutions, called the chip a “loss-proof solution” and said that the chip’s “unique under-the-skin format” could be used for a variety of identification applications in the security and financial worlds.

Art Kranzley, senior vice president at MasterCard, commented on the Pay Pass system in a USA Today interview: “We’re certainly looking at designs like key fobs. It could be in a pen or a pair of earrings. Ultimately, it could be embedded in anything someday, maybe even under the skin.”

Assessment:

Back in 1992, I covered the CardTech/SecureTech Conference held in Washington, DC. The conference was similar to the one being held in Paris, but the technology was in its infancy. The conference attendees included some of the biggest names in banking and technology and the keynote speaker was former CIA Director William Colby.

I was able to interview a number of the attendees, from the then-director of Barclay’s Bank in England to the Netherlands smart card guru David Chaum.

There were two central themes to the conference. The first was to be expected — how to get the cost of the chips down (at that time, they were a prohibitively high $5.00 per chip) and, how to get the public to accept the technology by downplaying the ‘Mark of the Beast’ angle. (That’s what they really called it in the lectures.)

I’ve said it before — its amazing the difference a decade makes. What was being discussed in 1992 as a theoretic possibility is now reality. A decade ago, the conference attendees were bemoaning the fact many people were uncomfortable with ATM technology.

Now, they bemoan the fact ATM’s are insecure. A thief can force someone to discolose their PIN numbers, they argue, and drain the account. An implantable chip, they argue, will prevent that.

This is, of course, nonsense, since most ATM’s limit the amount of cash withdrawn in a single day. Back in 1992, the conference attendees were presented with the blueprint for a conditioning process to prepare society for the coming cashless revolution.

First debit cards, then credit card-branded debit cards, then value-added cards, until eventually, cash would become useless except for small purchases.

Ask yourself, how many times have you purchased a big ticket item, like a fridge, or a car, and paid for it in hard cash in the last decade? Today, if you tried to buy a $300 plane ticket for cash, you’d be sitting next to an FBI agent on your flight. (If you got on the plane at all)

Ten years ago, scoffers would say, ‘if somebody ever eliminates cash and demands a commercial ‘mark’ containing ‘666’ — then I will believe.

The Universal Pricing Code (UPC) has been on all products for two decades or more. ‘Universal’ means just what it says. No products can be sold in the US or EU commercially without it. In fact, in the EU, it is nicknamed the “EU Mark”.

Take any product you have in your cupboard out and look at the UPC barcode. It is a series of parallel lines readable by a computer. Notice that it begins with a little longer series of parallel lines, then there is an identical long one in the middle and another at the end. Each of those longer lines are read by computers as a ‘6’. (How many long lines are in YOUR barcode?)

In the early years of computers, it was determined that the perfect ‘divider’ (like a period in conventional writing) would be a multiple of three. For years, it wasn’t standardized. Some manufacturers would use 3’s, some would use 6’s and some used 9’s to separate the information represented by the bar code sequences.

To standardize it, the EU insisted that all manufacturers hoping to sell their producst in the EU use three 6’s on what they called the ‘EU Mark.’ Today, three sixes is the global standard.

So, there already IS a ‘mark’ for products that employs the mystery number 666. And cash is on the way out.

“Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.” (Revelation 13:18)

“Greatest Threat of Our Age”

“Greatest Threat of Our Age”
Vol: 26 Issue: 21 Friday, November 21, 2003

“And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.” (Zechariah 14:12)

“The greatest threat of our age,” President Bush said in his remarks at London’s Whitehall Palace, “is nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons in the hands of terrorists.”

Last week, reported a leaked UN memo that claimed, it is “just a matter of time” before the terrorist group launches a chemical or biological attack.

The leaked UN memo is soon to be officially released by the UN al-Qaeda and Taliban Sanctions Committee.

While the U.S. government has taken a number of needed steps toward meeting the threat of biological weapons, it still has a long way to go, the memo says.

The Department of Homeland Security is working feverishly to come up with what countermeasures that might be possible.

On Nov. 14, Homeland Security officials gave reporters a look at the BioWatch system. Designed to detect a biological weapons attack, the sensor network has been deployed in 31 major cities, including Washington.

And earlier this week, scientists at the National Institutes of Health began the first human trial of an experimental vaccine against the Ebola virus. The vaccine, which was synthesized essentially from scratch, went from the lab to the clinic in just three years.

Something else President Bush said from Whitehall stands out, however, when looking at preparedness efforts. Complacency.

“On September the 11th, 2001, the terrorists left their mark of murder on my country and took the lives of 67 British citizens. With the passing of months and years, it is the natural human desire to resume a quiet life and to put that day behind us as if waking from a dark dream. The hope that danger has passed is comforting, is understanding and it is false.”

The President continued, “The attacks that followed in Bali, Jakarta, Casablanca, Bombay, Mombasa, Najaf, Jerusalem, Riyadh, Baghdad and Istanbul were not dreams. They’re part of a global campaign by terrorist networks to intimidate and demoralize all who oppose them.

These terrorists target the innocent and they kill by the thousands. And they would, if they gain the weapons they seek, kill by the millions and not be finished.

The greatest threat of our age is nuclear, chemical or biological weapons in the hands of terrorists and the dictators who aid them.

The evil is in plain sight. The danger only increases with denial. Great responsibilities fall once again to the great democracies. We will face these threats with open eyes and we will defeat them.”

Assessment:

Although the Ebola vaccine shows great promise, its trials are being handicapped by the same problem that has plagued the government’s smallpox vaccine program a shortage of volunteers, reports the Washington Times.

More than 200 million doses of smallpox vaccine have been stockpiled and 190,000 have been distributed to the states.

However, as of the end of last month, fewer than 40,000 individuals had been inoculated. “The fact is, it’s ceased,” the CDC’s director of smallpox preparedness, Ray Strikas, told USA Today.

The use of bioweapons, radiation weapons, or even chemical weapons were foretold by Scripture. Today’s OL opened with a description of the terrible carnage that will consume the battlefield in the last days.

Beginning in Chapter 12, the prophet Zechariah gives us a bird’s eye view of the War of Armageddon, beginning at about the mid-point in the Tribulation and continuing through to its conclusion at the Second Coming.

In Zechariah 14:12, as noted, the combatants will face a plague in which, “Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.”

One of the new vaccines is for the Ebola virus, also known as hemmorhagic fever. The following information is graphic, but necessary to understand. If you are having breakfast, finish it before going on.

It causes internal organs of its victims to liquefy, literally melting them away. As the infection progresses, victims bleed out their eyes as they begin to liquefy in their heads.

They bleed out their other orifices as the rest of their internal organs begin to break down and liquefy, until the victim of the infection literally melts. Ebola can be synthesized and easily transmitted.

While Homeland Security may have a working vaccine, once infected, there is no cure.

Ebola is only one of the ‘plagues’ Zechariah spoke of that is consistent biological warfare. In addition to the plague that will consume troops while they ‘stand upon their feet’, Zechariah says, “And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.” (v 13)

There are a number drugs and other forms of chemicals and bioweapons capable of causing madness. The CIA once ran an operation called MK Ultra specifically to explore ways to use induced insanity as a weapon.

Bio-chemical weapons are devastating, but notoriously imprecise. And, unlike human diseases, bio-chemicals have a more or less universally destructive effect.

“And so shall be the plague of the horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of the ass, and of all the beasts that shall be in these tents, as this plague.” (Zechariah 14:15)

Zechariah’s battle takes place, as noted, during the last half of the Tribulation Period. He describes a battlefield that baffled his readers for 2,500 years.

His description of the battlefield was so incomprehensible to his readers that it was assumed that it would come about by supernatural means. It does, because God SAID it would happen, but there are no limitations on God.

But there’s nothing in Scripture prohibiting God from using existing technology. Especially technology developed in this generation, since, for all we know, its development could have been to specifically to fulfill this prophecy.

Most of what appeared in Daniel’s visions — as well as the Book of the Revelation — were written off for thousands of years as mysterious and incomprehensible ‘symbolic imagery’.

Both Martin Luther and John Calvin wrote extensive commentaries on the whole Bible — but both skipped commenting on Daniel or John.

But in this generation, what appeared as baffling images of symbolic battles are headline news.

Even Daniel couldn’t figure out what he was seeing, and asked the revealing angel what it all meant.

“And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed TILL THE TIME OF THE END. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.” (Daniel 12:9)

‘Pravda’ Means ‘Truth’

‘Pravda’ Means ‘Truth’
Vol: 26 Issue: 20 Thursday, November 20, 2003

Tens of thousands of protestors are expected to descend on London to protest President Bush’s presence and the war with Iraq. Meanwhile, Bush is taking a vicious pounding in the international press.

Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald reported a effigy of President Bush that demonstrators intend to pull down in a parody of the toppling of Saddam’s statue under the headline, “Bush to be Cut Down to Size on London Visit”.

Russia’s Pravda described the protests as “The Writing on the Wall” for George Bush. According to Russia’s premiere news outlet, “The massive security operation in London to protect George Bush, the lies and reiteration of lies and Washington’s acts of butchery in Iraq spell a clear message to the President of the United States of America.”

Remember, in Russian, ‘Pravda’ means ‘truth’. Until the fall of the Soviet regime, ‘Pravda’ was the official state newspaper of the Soviet Union. In any case, here’s how Russia sees George Bush.

“In three years, George W. Bush and his odious regime have managed to destroy the carefully-built climate of trust between the USA and the international community, to create the most venomous anti-American feeling the planet has ever known, to drive a wedge between the USA and the British public, traditionally the country’s closest friends and to tear apart the tissue which bound the international community together in a framework of international law and norms, based upon dialogue, discussion and debate, in the proper forum, the UNO.”

Domestic coverage wasn’t much kinder. The Boston Globe headlined Bush’s speech in London this way; “High Ideals, Few Specifics.”

The London Daily Mail compared Bush’s visit with “the last time a cowboy came to see the Queen” – when Buffalo Bill entertained Queen Victoria with his Wild West Show.

While President Bush asked his British audience if anybody seriously believed the world was a better place before the fall of Saddam, protestors outside carried signs saying, “Bush, Butcher of Baghdad” and “Bush: Worlds #1 Terrorist”.

One protester with a bullhorn shouted, “If you think Bush is a moron, yell `Retard.'”

Assessment:

A much different position was taken by the London Sunday Times. It reminded its readers that what the demonstrators were protesting was the removal of Saddam Hussein. All the old reasons for protesting are now moot.

There is a clear connection between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda. While the protestors might be able to argue, barring discovery of Saddam’s WMD stockpile, that Bush oversold the threat Saddam posed to the world.

But nobody can deny the threat he posed to his own people.

The marchers, the critics, the hostile global press, the hoopla surrounding the security arrangements to protect the president . . . all of it, is, in the final analysis, a protest AGAINST removing Saddam Hussein. And most of the protestors are so blinded by propaganda that they don’t even know it.

Those who have figured it out for themselves keep protesting because the protestors hate the United States MORE than they hated Saddam’s Iraq.

The Russian assessment of the Bush administration as an ‘odious regime’ is to be expected — despite the optimistic assessments, the two nations will never be friends.

But the visceral hatred for George Bush articulated by the press in Britain, Australia and even the United States can’t be explained away as easily. Today’s bombings in Istanbul prove that there is no safe haven from the war on terror.

Being a fellow Muslim is no protection from al-Qaeda, as Istanbul’s Muslim victims attest. Neither does taking a public position friendly to terrorism, as attacks against French interests in the Gulf and elsewhere have proved.

So protesting against the US doesn’t buy security from al-Qaeda attacks. The only security against being attacked is to eliminate the attackers.

President Bush said in his speech, “Whatever has come before, we now have only two options: To keep our word or to break our word,” Bush said. “Failure of democracy in Iraq would throw its people back into misery and turn that country over to terrorists who wish to destroy us.”

From al-Qaeda’s perspective, the rules of engagement are simple. If al-Qaeda can force America out of Iraq, then they win. If they can drive America out of Iraq, it will embolden the terrorists to escalate the attacks as they seek even greater concessions.

None of this is complicated. But there is another spirit at work in the world today, a spirit of deception that blinds many to even the most obvious of truths.

Deception is the hallmark of the antichrist. Deception in this generation has been elevated to an art form. We’ve even developed a cute name for it. ‘Propaganda’ is more respectable when it is called ‘spin’. Professional propagandists are called ‘spin doctors’.

When asked what would be the signs of His coming and the end of the age, the FIRST thing that Jesus said in reply was, “Take heed that no man deceive you.”

In Defense of Marriage

In Defense of Marriage
Vol: 26 Issue: 19 Wednesday, November 19, 2003

The Massachusetts Supreme Court decided yesterday that it is unconstitutional to deny homosexuals the right to get married. By endorsing full marriages, the court went beyond so-called “civil union” laws passed in Vermont and California that give homosexual couples some but not all of the same rights as normal marriages. In fact, in its ruling the Massachusetts Supreme Court’s decision means that homosexual marriage IS a ‘normal’ marriage.

In its 4-3 ruling, the high court decided, “Barred access to … civil marriage, a person who enters into an intimate, exclusive union with another of the same sex is arbitrarily deprived of membership in one of our community’s most rewarding and cherished institutions. . That exclusion is incompatible with the constitutional principles of respect for individual autonomy and equality under law.”

The Supreme Court seized on the fact that the framers of the state constitution did not define ‘marriage’ as being between a man and a woman. (They also failed to define ‘alive’ as being a state of ‘not dead’, paving the way for legalized abortion.)

In the same state of Massachusetts, failing to consummate a marriage is grounds for annullment, so it would seem that defining a marriage as being between two people capable of this biological act is already a matter of law. But it isn’t politically correct. So, instead, the justices created a politically correct version of the law from the bench.

It is a surreal ruling, made more surreal by the comments of the victorious lawyer; “I’m thrilled,” said Mary Bonauto, the Boston lawyer who brought the challenge on behalf of seven same-sex couples denied marriage licenses by county clerks in Massachusetts. “I’ve talked to thousands of people who have really suffered because they don’t have access to marriage. They will have a chance to be equal families.”

A chance to be ‘equal families’? Lessee, 2 x 3 ‘equals’ six. That means two threes are THE SAME as six. Ok, here’s two ‘families.’ Fred and Steve. The other is George and Martha.

Twenty-five years later, there’s still just Fred and Steve.

And George and Martha, and their kids, Bill and Sally and Elizabeth and Tom, and their husbands, and wives, and THEIR kids.

The Supreme Court not only redefined marriage, they redefined the word ‘equal’ so as to render it meaningless. They stole a word right out of the dictionary!

The court gave Massachusetts’ legislature 180 days to comply with its decision. Because it was based on state constitutional guarantees of liberty and equal protection, the decision cannot be appealed to federal court.

Although the powerful speaker of Massachusetts’ House of Representatives, Democrat Thomas Finneran, and Republican Gov. Mitt Romney oppose same-sex marriages, most legal experts said the decision left little or no wiggle room. A ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ — constitutional amendment to limit marriage to heterosexual couples could not be put before voters until 2006.

Assessment:

The federal government already has a ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ defining marriage as including only opposite-sex couples for the purpose of interpreting federal statutes such as the family leave law and tax benefits. Thirty-seven states have followed suit, passing their own “Defense of Marriage” laws.

Interestingly, the federal definition of marriage has no power over individual states.

Ever notice the only binding federal laws are the stupid ones? The feds can force the states to bus kids across town to go to school in unfamiliar neighborhoods. The feds can decide for states whether or not they acknowledge the 10 Commandments as the basis for their legal systems. But the federal government’s definition of marriage is now meaningless.

The Massachusetts ruling means a homosexual couple living in New York can go to Massachusetts, get ‘married’ and return to New York and seek recognition of their marriages in New York under the federal constitutional provision that requires each state to give “full faith and credit” to the laws of other states.

The only states that do NOT have to honor Massachusetts ‘marriage’ licenses are the thirty-seven who have already passed a state ‘Defense of Marriage’ Act.

Unless there is a federal Constitutional amendment clearly explaining what never needed explanation until now, the words ‘marriage’ and ‘family’ are as meaningless as the judicially-redefined ‘equal’.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said all options were on the table, adding: “It is an issue – as we watch what’s happening with the courts – that in some shape or form we’ll be addressing here in the United States Senate.”

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said the court’s decision leaves Congress little choice but to enact a constitutional amendment to protect marriage.

“On an issue as fundamental as marriage, it is the job of the American people, through their legislators, to decide – not the Massachusetts courts,” Cornyn said.

U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-N.C.) said the ruling was yet another attack on American values. He said it would “only further the resolve of those of us who seek to protect the sanctity of marriage.”

The issue of gay marriage is going to be a major element in the 2004 Election, right up there with abortion.

Marriage is not just a civil union. It is a God-given institution, clearly and carefully defined as being between a man and a woman. Marriage and family are symbols of our relationship with God.

The Church is the Bride of Christ, eagerly awaiting the Bridegroom and the subsequent Marriage Supper of the Lamb.

Ephesians 5:23 clearly demonstrates the interdependence between the institution of marriage and our relationship with Christ.

“For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and He is the saviour of the body.” And again, “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it” (5:25)

The family relationship forms the basis for understanding our relationship to the Father. In 1992, I was invited to celebrate Shabbat, the Sabbath supper, at the Jerusalem home of Gershon Saloman, leader of the Temple Mount Faithful Movement in Israel.

It was a wonderful experience. And I met his children. They called him ‘Abba’ — the Israeli equivalent to ‘Daddy’. That is OUR relationship to the Father.

“For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby WE cry, Abba, Father. (Romans 8:15)

“And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.” (Galatians 4:6)

The assault against marriage in the courts isn’t just a civil issue. It speaks directly to the heart of Judeo-Christianity, seeking to redefine it in such a way as to bring about the collapse of its role in American society. The redefinition of the family unit makes our understanding of our relationship to God’s forever family as clear as mud — which is the enemy’s ultimate goal.

Paul writes, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.” (2 Timothy 3:1) He goes on to give a social outline that appears to be ripped right out of today’s headlines. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. . .But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men. ” (2 Timothy 3:2-5,9)

“Tonight You Die, Rofayda”

“Tonight You Die, Rofayda”
Vol: 26 Issue: 18 Tuesday, November 18, 2003

An Israeli girl was murdered by her mother to avenge the family honor after the girl was raped and impregnated by her two brothers. The killing didn’t raise many eyebrows among her neighbors and she is not expected to face harsh sentencing. Such events are routine among the Jews.

Ok, try this. A Christian girl murdered by her mother to avenge the family honor after the girl was raped and impregnated by her two brothers. The killing didn’t raise many eyebrows among her neighbors and she is not expected to face harsh sentencing. Such events are routine among Christians.

OK, so you’re awake, now. Let me try ONE more time. A Palestinian girl murdered by her mother to avenge the family honor after the girl was raped and impregnated by her two brothers. The killing didn’t raise many eyebrows among her neighbors and she is not expected to face harsh sentencing. Such events are routine among Muslims. And this story is on the level.

Honor killings, as they are known, ARE routine among Muslims. They are unheard of among Christians and Jews.

In this particular case, according to a Knight Ridder report quoted in Worldnetdaily, court records show that Rofayda Qaoud was raped by her brothers, Fahdi, 22, and Ali, 20, in a bedroom they shared in the family’s three-room house in the town of Abu Qash in the West Bank. When her mother found she had become pregnant, she insisted her daughter commit suicide, and even bought the unwed teen a razor so she could slash her own wrists. When the daughter refused, Amira Abu Hanhan Qaoud took matters into her own hands and murdered Rofayda to restore her family’s “honor.”

Entering her sleeping daughter’s bedroom last Jan. 27 with a plastic bag, razor and wooden stick, reports Knight Ridder, the mother told her daughter: “Tonight you die, Rofayda.” Wrapping the bag around the teen’s head, Qaoud cut her daughter’s wrists, while ignoring her cries of “No, mother, no!” Qaoud then struck her daughter in the head with the stick to finish off the job, said the report.

Assessment:

The WND story also references a column written by James Emery called ‘Reputation is Everything’. Emery reports that the murder of women in the Middle East is an ancient and time-honored tradition.

“Prior to the arrival of Islam in AD 622,” Emery writes, “Arabs occasionally buried infant daughters to avoid the possibility that they would later bring shame to the family. This practice continued through the centuries. It may still occur today among Bedouins, who consider girls most likely to sully the family honor.

Several thousand women a year are victims of honor killings. Numerous murders are ruled an accident, suicide, or family dispute, if they’re reported at all. Police and government officials are often bribed to ignore crimes and hinder investigations. A woman beaten, burned, strangled, shot, or stabbed to death is often ruled a suicide, even when there are multiple wounds.

Many women are killed and buried in unmarked graves; their very existence is removed from community and clan records. The fact that so many murders go unreported is indicative of the status of women and the role of culture in fundamentalist Islamic countries.

“It shows that women are still sometimes seen as commodities that are owned by men,” says Carolyn Hannan, director of the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women.”

In one case, a Palestinian boy admitted to reciting the Koran while strangling his sister for dishonoring her family. (The girl was killed because her desire for independence became public knowledge).

Honor killings are accorded special status in Islamic courts. Men convicted of premeditated murder may be imprisoned for as little as three to six months. Upon their release, friends and relatives treat them like celebrities.

Ahmed, a Palestinian boy who killed his teenage sister because she refused an arranged marriage, was commended upon his release from jail. Neighbors showered him with compliments, and his father called him a hero for restoring the family honor.

A sixteen-year-old boy killed his divorced mother, stabbing her repeatedly as he chased her into the street. The boy told authorities he was upset because neighbors were gossiping about her allegedly immoral behavior.

Palestinian newspapers include advertisements placed by families who are looking for female relatives accused of immoral behavior.

“When they find her, they’ll kill her,” Emery quotes Jameel, a Palestinian businessman, “because the whole family wants the girl dead.”

The community is warned not to interfere, not to hide the woman.

Women who are accused of inappropriate behavior are often locked up by authorities to protect them from their families. Once imprisoned, they can only be released to a male family member, who must first agree not to kill them.

According to Emery, “Regardless of assurances, women are often murdered within hours of their discharge. Fayez Mohammed secured the release of his seventeen-year-old daughter, Lamis, from a Jordanian detention center where she was staying for her protection. He guaranteed her safety and then slit her throat. Fayez was sentenced to nine months in prison for the crime.”

Although Emery’s research focused on honor killings among the Palestinians, the same can be said of Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iran and other Islamic strongholds.

On September 17, 2001, five days after the attacks on New York and Washington, President Bush addressed the Washington DC Islamic Center.

In his speech, the President said this; “The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That’s not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace. . . When we think of Islam we think of a faith that brings comfort to a billion people around the world. Billions of people find comfort and solace and peace.”

That isn’t what comes to my mind when I think of Islam. What comes to MY mind is the incredible accuracy of Bible prophecy.

Speaking of Ishmael, through whom Islam claims its spiritual authority, the angel told Hagar, “And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.” (Genesis 16:12)

More Muslims Fall Victim to al-Qaeda

More Muslims Fall Victim to al-Qaeda
Vol: 26 Issue: 17 Monday, November 17, 2003

Two Arabic-language newspapers received separate statements Sunday claiming al-Qaeda was responsible for bombing two Jewish synagogues in Istanbul, Turkey. One of the e-mailed statements warned of further attacks and demanded that the United States release Arab prisoners held at Guantanamo in Cuba. It also warned President Bush that attacks would be directed at the United States itself.

“There is more to come. By God the Jews of the world will regret that their (men) thought of invading the lands of Muslims,” the statement said.

“We tell the criminal Bush and his Arab and non-Arab followers (especially Britain, Italy, Australia, and Japan) that cars of death will not stop at Baghdad, Riyadh, Istanbul, Jerba, Nasiriyah or Jakarta,” it said, referring to past attacks in Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Indonesia.

In the Istanbul attack, both buildings were virtually destroyed and twenty-three people were killed. Six of the dead were Jews. The remaining victims were all Muslims. Almost all of the three hundred plus victims wounded in the blast were Muslim passers-by.

In recent weeks, al-Qaeda has been somewhat less than discriminating in its attacks. The suicide bombing attacks in Riyadh two weeks ago targeted an apartment building in which the majority of the inhabitants were Lebanese Muslims. The attack against the Italian police HQ in Nasariyah killed more than a dozen Muslim Iraqis.

One would think that once al-Qaeda started killing Muslims in the name of Islam, al-Qaeda recruiters might find their jobs getting more difficult.

But a Pakistani newsmagazine reported this week that Pakistani youths are joining al-Qaeda ‘by the thousands’ and streaming across the border into Afghanistan to repel the ‘Crusaders’.

At least 5,000 youths including former Taliban soldiers and students from religious seminaries of Baluchistan, have joined their compatriots in Afghanistan,” Pakistani magazine ‘Newsline’ reported.

“Regrouped, reorganized and re-armed, these warriors are now all set to launch a new guerrilla war for as long as it takes to expel what they call the ‘infidel forces’ from Afghanistan,” it said in an exclusive report based on interviews of Taliban leaders.

It said the fugitive Taliban chief, Mullah Omar, was directly involved in the reorganization process. The magazine also says that al-Qaeda and Taliban operatives have heavily infiltrated the ranks of the Afghan army.

And the Weekly Standard is reporting a direct link between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin-Laden dating back to 1991 and continuing all the way through September 11 and beyond, explaining the upsurge in al-Qaeda activity there.

Assessment:

Most newspapers are giving the war against terror secondary coverage to the war against the White House. To listen to the media, the path to victory doesn’t depend on defeating al-Qaeda. It depends on defeating George Bush.

Most Iraqis are terrified that the United States will pull out and leave them to the tender mercies of the Fedayeen Saddam and their al-Qaeda cohorts. Those Iraqis that trusted the United States’ staying power in 1991 now inhabit mass graves all over the Iraqi countryside. Those who survived have long memories.

Which is the reason more Iraqis are not coming forward to help the US identify the terrorists. Iraqis know there is an election coming, and they hear the rhetoric of the candidates.

Every single one of them has positioned themselves as against the war and has promised, if elected, to pull out our troops. President Bush continues to promise that America is in for the long haul, but the ‘long haul’ might only mean until next November and the Iraqi man on the street is keenly aware of that. So he keeps what he knows to himself, and American soldiers continue to pay the price demanded by the useful idiots back home.

One of the cries of the anti-warrior is “No more Vietnams!” What about Vietnam made it such a quagmire? The anti-warriors.

America had the Vietnam War won by 1970, but the political pressure applied by the anti-warriors back home kept us from pressing on to final victory. Instead, we scaled back operations and eventually fled, turning it over to the North Vietnamese.

George Bernard Shaw’s most famous quote is famous because it is so accurate; “We learn from history that we learn nothing from history.”

Except that whoever controls the useful idiots usually wins.