Special Report: A New Form of Antisemitism . . .

Special Report: A New Form of Antisemitism . . .
Vol: 26 Issue: 16 Sunday, November 16, 2003

A pre-dawn fire destroyed part of a suburban Jewish school in what France’s interior minister said was likely an anti-semitic act.

No injuries were reported in Saturday’s blaze at the Merkaz Hatorah private school, located in Gagny in the Seine-Saint-Denis region.

About 100 firefighters were called in to put out the flames, which destroyed some 32,290 square feet on the school’s second floor where work was underway, officials at the local prefecture said. The area was not being used by students.

The fire started in two separate places, local officials said.

“The criminal origin of the blaze is more than strongly suspected which gives, for this Jewish school, an anti-Semitic and obviously racist connotation,” said Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy during a visit to the fire site.

In Germany, a prominent German member of the opposition Christian Democrats gave a speech in which he tried to document how Jewish people were responsible for the atrocities and killings of the Russian revolution – and compared it to the Holocaust. He was reprimanded by the party, who hoped that would be that.

It wasn’t, since this is politics, and eventually, the parliament voted to expel Martin Hohmann, hoping to put to rest allegations of lingering German antisemitism.

It didn’t work out that way. Although 195 MPs supported his expulsion, 28 opposed it and 16 abstained. Another four spoiled their ballots while five MPs did not turn up to vote.

“The result makes it quite clear that his position and his views have a certain support in his party,” said Green Party MP Claudia Roth. “It’s not enough to say: Hohmann is expelled and that is the end of the story. I feel that the story will continue.”

Roth’s remarks are prescient; the story will continue, not just in Germany, but globally. The Greek government was forced to distance itself from recent anti-Semitic comments made by Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis.

“We [the Greeks] are alone, but without the self-awareness and fanaticism the Jews have. We and the Jews are two peoples who are brotherless in the world. However, they have fanaticism and succeed in imposing themselves. We can say today that this small people is at the root of evil, not of good, which means that too much self-awareness and too much insistence causes harm.”

Two Greek government ministers heard the remarks and remained silent.

Yad Vashem (Israel’s Holocaust Museum) Chairman Avner Shalev said Theodorakis’s statements “are a symptom of the systematic flooding of Europe with incitement against the Jewish people and the State of Israel.”

Writes Abraham Foxman in his book, “Never Again”, “we currently face as great a threat to the safety and security of the Jewish people as the one we faced in the 1930s if not a greater one. Foxman cited two recent events to make his case.

The first is last month s speech by Malaysia s then-prime minister, Mahathir Mohammad, who told the 57-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference that Jews rule the world by proxy, and urged the Muslim world to unite to defeat the Jews.

The second development is a recent poll revealing that more Europeans about 59 percent consider Israel the greatest threat to world peace than any other country.

Under leaders that excuse the anti-Semitism in their midst, Europe home to a fast-growing Muslim population has given rise to extremist political parties and hate crimes against Jews, Foxman notes. After Mahathir s speech before the Organization of the Islamic Conference, heads of state, kings, potentates stood on their hind legs and gave him a standing ovation, Foxman said.

According to Foxman, Israel has few friends.

With the United Nations a bully pulpit for the Palestinian cause, the Jewish state often finds itself allied only with America, the Marshall Islands and Micronesia. Israel has become the Jew of nations, Foxman told Wolf Blitzer last week in a CNN interview shunned, hounded and persecuted.

At a 65th anniversary commemoration of Kristallnacht in Vienna, protestors waved Palestinian flags and yelled anti-Israel slogans, disrupting the Holocaust ceremony.

Assessment:

The world hates Israel — only someone blinded by antisemitism could deny it. Look at the UN voting record when it comes to condemning Israel. Israel has come under greater UN condemnation than any single state in history — and more times than all the Arab states combined — and the vote is always four against the world; Israel, Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, and, thankfully for Israel, the United States

The world cannot offer an explanation for its venomous, knee-jerk hatred of Israel. The Palestinian ‘occupation’ is an excuse. Israel was just as hated before it began.

The ‘Palestinians’ came into existence in 1967 following the third war of annihilation launched against the Jews in less than twenty years. The ‘Palestinian occupation’ came to global prominence following yet a fourth effort by the Arab world to annihilate the Jews in the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

In all four of these wars, not a single country lifted a finger to help them.

The Palestinian issue doesn’t explain any of that.

Ariel Sharon noted the existence of a ‘new kind of antisemitism’ at the state level, in which governments treat Israel the way that individual antisemites treat Jews. But nobody can explain why.

The Jews have contributed more to global society than any other people on earth. More Jews have won Nobel Prizes for advances in science than any other identifiable religious or ethnic group in the world.

Although Jews account for a fraction of a percentage of the earth’s population, they account for 22% of the Nobel Prizes awarded for scientific advancements since 1901, for example.

So, what explains this new ‘antisemitism’? (As if the old kind isn’t bad enough).

The Bible says that Israel would not exist until the last days. Until Israel’s restoration, antisemitism could only be practiced against Jewish individuals. But Zecharaiah says that the entire world would be gathered against a literal nation of Israel who would be, at that time, in disputed possession of Jerusalem.

As we found out, it was impossible to ‘gather the whole world together’ against one of the most repressive and brutal dictatorships of the 20th century when Bush tried to assemble a coalition against Iraq.

But where Israel is concerned, the only holdouts are America, Micronesia and the Marshall Islands. But nobody can explain why they oppose Israel, apart from the Palestinian issue, which, as we’ve seen, is just a convenient excuse.

Daniel says the antichrist will appear to settle the conflict between Israel and her enemies, a feat so impressive it catapults him to unrestricted global power. John says he will use his power to launch a holocaust against the Jews so horrific that Jesus said without His return, ‘no flesh would be saved.’

And Jesus told His Jewish audience that the generation that would see the restoration of the fig tree ‘would not pass, until all these things be fulfilled.’

He told them, “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”

As close as all this seems to reaching fulfillment before our very eyes, Paul told the Church that there is first ANOTHER event on God’s prophetic calendar:

“For this we say unto you BY THE WORD OF THE LORD, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

“Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4:15-18)

Next Up, Biowar?

Next Up, Biowar?
Vol: 26 Issue: 15 Saturday, November 15, 2003

Car bombs exploded outside two synagogues in Istanbul at almost the same time during Sabbath prayers. Early reports say at least sixteen people were killed and more than 140 people were wounded by fire and shrapnel. And, as usual in these kinds of attacks, those figures are expected to rise.

The terrorist attacks have continued to escalate as the month of Ramadan (October 27-November 26) progresses. Thirty-five people died and 230 were wounded in four al-Qaeda attacks in Iraq on October 27. Eighteen died and 120 were wounded in November 9 attack in Riyadh. Most of the victims in that attack were Lebanese Muslims.

On November 12, suicide car bombers hit an Italian military police base in the southern Iraq city of Nassiriya, killing 18 Italians and nine Iraqis and wounding at least 20 Italians and more than 80 Iraqis.

Anti-terrorism experts have been warning of an upsurge in global al-Qaeda activity, and they are now warning of a biological threat.

A leaked confidential report given to the UN by a panel of experts says al-Qaeda is planning to use chemical and biological weapons against the West soon. The only thing stopping them, according to the experts, is that they don’t know how yet.

The five-member expert group led by Michael Chandler of Britain said it believes this is the main reason why al-Qaeda is still trying to develop new conventional explosive devices, such as bombs that can evade scanning machines.

Assessment:

With the fall of Saddam’s government, al-Qaeda lost an important patron and source of finance and logistics, according to a report in this morning’s New York Post. The information came from a 16-page memo to the Senate Intelligence Committee that cites reports from a variety of domestic and foreign spy agencies and compiled by multiple sources.

That, by itself is a major story, since it provides all the justification necessary for the Iraq war and cuts the UN off at the knees. If Saddam and al-Qaeda were working together prior to September 11, then the September 12 Congressional authorization for war against al-Qaeda included Saddam Hussein. And the UN has no legal argument.

But, as important as that is, the New York Post story also contained a chilling detail that nobody has connected to the leaked UN report. The UN experts say the only reason that al-Qaeda hasn’t deployed chemical or biological weapons is because they don’t know how.

According to the New York Post story, Osama sent two al-Qaeda operatives to Iraq following the attack on the USS Cole in October, 2000. There, they were trained, according to the Post, in “weapons of mass destruction and obtained information on poisons and gases.”

Iraq “sought al Qaeda influence through its connections with Afghanistan, to facilitate the transshipment of proscribed weapons and equipment to Iraq. In return, Iraq provided al Qaeda with training and instructors.”

Add to that a report in today’s Worldnetdaily that says an al-Qaeda member bought enriched uranium capable of being used in a “dirty bomb” from the Congolese opposition three years ago and you get a pretty comprehensive picture. The Department of Homeland Security warned in March that al-Qaeda, “may be in the last stages of planning for large-scale attacks,” officials warned in March and in subsequent advisories. “There are many recent indications this planning includes the use of chemical, biological, and/or radiological materials.”

Taken together, the UN report says that al-Qaeda is determined to use these weapons, if they can figure out how, and the US report says Saddam already provided them with the know-how.

Which means it is only a matter of time, opportunity, and logistics.

Special Report: al-Jazeera, the 10 Commandments and the Rule of Law

Special Report: al-Jazeera, the 10 Commandments and the Rule of Law
Vol: 26 Issue: 14 Friday, November 14, 2003

The man who hacked al-Jazeera’s website during the war with Iraq pleaded guilty to wire fraud and unlawful intereception of an electronic communication in June.

John William Racine II was a web designer from Los Angeles who was infuriated by the propaganda being spread by al-Jazeera, so he posed as an Al Jazeera employee to get a password to the network’s site.

Once inside, he redirected visitors to a page he created that showed an American flag shaped like a U.S. map and the motto, “Let Freedom Ring”.

At his sentencing, the judge said, “I don’t think of you as an evil person … but this was a crime. It wasn’t just a childish prank.”

Racine was sentenced to 1,000 hours of community service and a $2000 fine.

It would seem that every American would owe Racine 1000 hours of community service, at least to me, but the fact is that hacking is a crime. Even against al-Jazeera, which is unquestionably America’s ideological enemy.

This is another one of those Catch-22 situations in which the enemy uses our freedoms against us. During the Iraq war, al-Jazeera beamed propaganda footage of US damage to civilian targets (that never occurred), after the war an al-Jazeera correspondent was charged with having ties to al-Qaeda, and, since 9/11, Osama bin-Laden has used the Qatar-based network to broadcast coded strike messages to his operatives in the field disguised as anti-Western diatribes.

But America’s 1st Amendment guarantees the right to broadcast propaganda.

America is a nation of laws (except for a brief hiatus during the Clinton years) and Racine broke the law.

Personally, I’d like to give Racine my congratulations for his patriotism, and for proving he had the courage of his convictions. That he enjoyed the sympathy of the sentencing judge is evident from both his comments and the leniency of the sentence, but American justice was satisfied.

Assessment:

In another case, Judge Roy Moore was kicked off the bench of the Alabama Supreme Court for defying a federal court order to remove the Ten Commandments monument from the statehouse rotunda.

As I noted at the time, Moore had a strong ‘state’s rights’ case, but he chose instead to make it a case of Christians vs. the secular — sealing his fate. America is not a theocracy.

Instead of pressing the 10th Amendment issue that the federal government can’t dictate Alabama’s acknowledgment of the 10 Commandments as the basis for its legal code, Moore gave speeches about how Christian values were being eroded.

Moore also played into the government’s hands, by defining the argument in terms of religion. By framing it in the exact terms alleged by the government, that is to say, arguing it as being an issue of church and state, instead of the 10th Amendment principle of state’s rights, Moore’s arguments became the government’s best evidence against him.

The case I’ve been watching more closely is the one in Texas over the same issue. In that one, a homeless man sued the state, claiming a 10 Commandments monument on state capitol grounds was a government endorsement of Judeo-Christian values.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott didn’t argue Christians vs. the secular government. The government is supposed to be secular. And the 10 Commandments are Jewish Law, not Christian law. Jewish Law demands strict adherence to every detail of each commandment. Christians are not under the Law of Moses.

“For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the Law, but under grace.” (Romans 6:14) “But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the Law” (Galatians 5:18) “I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the Law, then Christ is dead in vain.” (Galatians 2:21) “For as many as are of the works of the Law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the Law to do them.” (Galatians 3:10)

So the Ten Commandments as an expression of religion isn’t even Christian. It is Jewish Law — and the legal basis upon which Jesus was tried, convicted and crucified. So Abbott didn’t argue Christianity.

Instead, the AG correctly acknowledged the Commandments are, “undoubtedly a sacred religious text, but they are also a foundational document in the development of Western legal codes and culture.”

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in Austin agreed. In it’s decision, it said, “Even those who would see the Decalogue as wise counsel born of man’s experience rather than as divinely inspired religious teaching cannot deny its influence upon the civil and criminal laws of this country. That extraordinary influence has been repeatedly acknowledged by the Supreme Court and detailed by scholars. Equally so is its influence upon ethics and the ideal of a just society.”

Then the court summarized the entire 10 Commandments argument more effectively in one sentence than have all the briefs and all the speeches in all the court cases so far.

“There is no constitutional right to be free of government endorsement of its own laws.”

Chalk one up for the rule of law. At last.

New PA Cabinet Still Arafat’s

New PA Cabinet Still Arafat’s
Vol: 26 Issue: 13 Thursday, November 13, 2003

Yasser Arafat’s hand-picked prime minister was narrowly approved by the Palestinian parliament by a vote of 48-36. With that vote, Ahmed Queria was confirmed as the second prime minister of the Palestinian Authority this year.

Following the PLC session, some legislators attacked Qureia and his new cabinet: “We don’t feel there is anything new in Qureia’s program,” said Jamal Shati, a legislator from Jenin. “This is repetition of previous cabinet programs. For seven years we have been hearing similar speeches. In addition, we see that the new formation includes ministers who served in all the previous cabinets.”

Yossi Alpher, who co-edits bitterlemons.org, writes that instead of recreating a new Palestinian government, Arafat has insured that needed reforms will not take place.

“Arafat’s most recent success at domestic political manipulation is to oblige Abu Alaa (Ahmed Qureia) to form a government that does not even aspire to control the Palestinian Authority’s security establishment. By retaining overall control, Arafat can ensure that violence continues and that the means for committing it continue to exist. Abu Alaa may or may not succeed in negotiating a new ceasefire, which could give us all a few weeks of relief. But he will not be a peacemaker as long as Arafat is his master.”

And there is no question that Arafat remains Queria’s master. The two were deadlocked for weeks, delaying the formation of the government, until Queria surrendered control of the internal security forces to Yasser Arafat and accepted Arafat’s hand-picked cabinet.

Hakam Balawi is the new Minister of the Interior. He is a long-time Arafat loyalist, joined Arafat’s Fatah movement upon its founding in 1965 and represented the Palestine Liberation Organisation in Libya in the early 1970s and then in Tunis until 1998. Balawi will be in charge of police, civil defense and internal security forces. Other services will be under the National Security Council headed by Arafat.

Nabil Sha’ath is another long-time Fatah loyalist and key advisor to Yasser Arafat. Now he is also the Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister.

Saeb Erekat is the new Minister for Negotiation Affairs. He is in exactly the same job he was in before the government was formed, only now he is a cabinet minister.

Assessment:

Back when the Quartet launched the so-called road map to peace, one of the conditions was that Arafat be sidelined and the Palestinians present a negotiator independent of Arafat with the authority to negotiate on behalf of the Palestinian Authority.

President Bush assured a skeptical Ariel Sharon that there was hope for the road map, if Arafat wasn’t involved. Six months later, all the pretenses are dropped. Arafat is as firmly in charge as he ever was, and Queria has no more authority than did his predecessor, Mahmoud Abbas, who resigned earlier this year for that reason.

The Western press is reporting that Arafat has turned over a new leaf; he has reaffirmed Israel’s right to exist, and ‘extended an olive branch’ of peace to the Israelis.

In a speech selectively quoted in the Western press, Arafat said, “The Israeli government says we do not want peace. I tell them this is not true. We will not retract this recognition of the rights of the Israeli people to live in security and peace, alongside the Palestinians, independent in an independent state. The time has come, Israelis, to emerge from this cycle of destructive war which gives no security, justice or peace to either of us.”

Some other quotes from the same speech didn’t make the cut: “The Haram al-Sharif [Temple Mount] and all other sacred places, Christian and Muslim, are being violated by the Israelis. They have not stopped at this. Our brothers and sisters in Hebron and Bethlehem are suffering unbearable violations against their holy places, including the Church of the Nativity which was violated and closed.”

It is interesting that Arafat brought up the ‘violation’ of the Church of the Nativity as an Israeli ‘crime’. It was Palestinian terrorists working for Arafat who seized the church in a standoff with Israeli troops over the Christmas week 2001, urinating and defecating on the very place Christ is believed to have been born.

One quote from Arafat’s speech was particularly ironic. Speaking of his desire for ‘peace’ with the Israelis, Arafat said, “My life is not more precious than the smallest Palestinian child [killed in the ongoing violence].”

This is only two days after it was revealed Arafat whisked his wife and daughter away to Paris to keep them safe from the uprising, on a monthly stipend of $100,000.00. Apparently, theirs is.

Arafat went on, “This is the criminal Israeli war to attempt to uproot the Palestinian people and to impose settlement and settlers on our land and to prevent us from establishing our independent state with its capital in Jerusalem.”

And back we go to Square One. Arafat’s impossible claim back on the table. An independent Palestinian state with its capital in JERUSALEM.

“And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” (Zechariah 12:3)

Haven’t We Danced This Dance Before?

Haven’t We Danced This Dance Before?
Vol: 26 Issue: 12 Wednesday, November 12, 2003

The International Atomic Energy Agency has given Iran a limited passing grade in its latest report on Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Mohammad el-Baradei, said the Iranian nuclear declaration ‘appears to be comprehensive’.

While inspectors said they found no evidence of a bomb program in Iran, there was evidence that the Iranians were working on methods of uranium enrichment and the production of plutonium.

The Bush administration wants Iran declared in violation of the treaty at that Nov. 20 meeting a move leading to U.N. Security Council involvement and possible sanctions.

But the council is unlikely to grant Washington’s request. Within recent weeks, Iran has swung from belligerent denial of wrongdoing to acknowledging past “mistakes” in not reporting honestly to the agency. The prevailing sentiment in the Security Council is that it would be less dangerous to play along with the charade than it would to back Iran into a corner.

The most likely scenario is to repeat the same cycle of UN inspection teams playing ‘cheat and retreat’ that just came to it’s predictable conclusion next door in Iraq.

Assessment:

Setting up a scenario eerily reminiscent to the run-up to the war with Iraq, the United Nations inspection teams report one set of conclusions, while the United States intelligence services examine the same evidence and report exactly the opposite.

Two intelligence reports issued in recent days find that Iran — and North Korea — have made advances on a variety of technologies necessary to build nuclear weapons that surprised many nuclear experts and Western intelligence officials.

Iran’s program turns out to have been even broader and deeper than American intelligence agencies suspected. A 30-page confidential report issued by the International Atomic Energy Agency and sent to 20 governments on Monday describes a program that reached back at least 18 years and involved extremely complex technologies, including an exotic program to use lasers to enrich uranium.

The IAEA report is full of examples showing that Iran fooled the global nuclear watchdog for years. It refers to “limited and reactive” cooperation with inspectors and “changing and contradictory” stories. Despite that history of deception, though, the IAEA insisted that there is no evidence of a current weapons project in Iran.

That conclusion stunned US intelligence experts.

Especially since the Iranian report to the IAEA contained details even US intelligence didn’t know. Details that strengthened the US conclusion Iran IS working on a nuclear weapon.

The report said that Tehran acknowledged building two centrifuge plants and finishing a third site, the Kalaye Electric Company, which made centrifuge parts and did extensive centrifuge testing and experimental purification of uranium.

Inspectors were blocked from entering the electric company’s facilities earlier this year; they now know that behind a false wall of boxes were scores of centrifuges, in what appeared to be a pilot program to produce weapons-grade uranium. The report also reveals that for 12 years Iran developed a secondary program to use lasers to purify uranium.

These programs costs billions of dollars to develop in secret. The ONLY end-use for enriched uranium and plutonium is nuclear weapons. But somehow, the IAEA has concluded those billions invested in developing material useful only as nuclear weapons is NOT evidence that Iran has an active nuclear weapons development program.

The Russians immediately endorsed the IAEA report, since it is making billions from building the reactors in the first place. I noted with interest a headline in this morning’s South Africa Star that predicted the next logical step in the global political template. It proclaimed, “European Powers, Americans Set to Clash over Iran’s Nuclear Activities”.

Is this starting to sound we’ve been here before?

The world continues to polarize into five distinct spheres of influence; Europe, the Muslim Middle East and North Africa, the Far East Asian bloc, the former Soviet Union and the United States.

The Bible foretold four out of five. Scripture speaks to the revived Roman Empire, the Kings of the South, the Kings of the East and the Gog-Magog alliance. In Scripture, there is no fifth sphere of global influence in the last days.

North Korea is already nuclear, as are India and Pakistan. Iran is clearly developing nuclear weapons. There seems to be no real interest in preventing the spread of nuclear proliferation among rogue states from anywhere except the United States. And it’s unlikely Washington is going to sit by quietly while Tehran gets the Bomb.

Someone posted an interesting comment in one of the forums the other day. It speculated that maybe where Ezekiel and John refer to swords and spears, that’s because that’s all that’s left.

I don’t know where America fits into prophecy, but according to Scripture, it plays no major role. Nuclear war is one possibility. The Rapture is another — my preferred choice, but by no means a certainty.

What IS certain is that America is surrounded by an increasingly hostile, and increasing deadly, world in these last days. Already, the secular world is predicting the passing of the torch of empire from America to Europe. The four spheres of power predicted in Scripture exist, and the only common bond they share is hatred of America.

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. . . when these things BEGIN to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. . . Verily I say unto you, This generation shall NOT pass away, till ALL be fulfilled.” (Matthew 24:6, Luke 21:28,32)

Special Report: Reaping the Whirlwind

Special Report: Reaping the Whirlwind
Vol: 26 Issue: 11 Tuesday, November 11, 2003

An Arab magazine claimed Tuesday that a member of al Qaeda had sent them an e-mail claiming responsibility for Saturday’s homicide bombing in Riyadh that killed 17 people and left more than 100 wounded.

“We struck Muhaya compound,” the London-based weekly Al-Majalla quoted an e-mail from a purported Al Qaeda operative identified as Abu Mohammed al-Ablaj as saying, referring to the residential compound attacked Saturday. The e-mail was first seen late Monday and released a statement about it to The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Prince Turki al-Faisal, now Saudi ambassador to Great Britain, issued a poignant statement to ‘all the peoples of the world’ to help the Saudis ‘stop this evil’ . . . blah, blah, blah.

Prince Turki used to be the head of Saudi intelligence when he worked with Osama bin Laden during the Afghan war against the Soviets. The Saudis financed and supported al-Qaeda up to and after September 11, and right up until al-Qaeda turned on them after the money started drying up.

Assessment:

There are some six million foreign workers working in the kingdom. Not because there aren’t enough Saudis to do the work — the Saudi unemployment rate is 25% — but because the current generation of pampered, oil-rich Saudis never had to work before.

The House of Saud buys its power using oil profits using the ‘bread and circuses’ principle of governing. Instead of investing in things like education and infrastructure, the House of Saud just gave the money to the people to keep them quiet.

Now there aren’t enough trained Saudis to do skilled labor, or enough unskilled Saudis willing to get their hands dirty. The only real educational investment made by the House of Saud was in religious education. Students in Saudi madrassas commit the Koran to memory and learn of the need to convert the whole world to Islam — by whatever means necessary.

It bought peace with the many Islamic conservatives in the kingdom. But long term, it guaranteed that several generations of Saudi men would be unemployable for anything except al Qaeda or teaching in a religious school, turning out more schoolteachers — and more al-Qaeda members.

As long as the graduates of the Saudi Wahabbist schools practiced their arts outside the kingdom, the House of Saud was content to look the other way.

Thousands did, joining Osama during the Afghan war in the ’80’s and staying with him through the war with America.

Since then, they’ve been driven out of Egypt, Afghanistan, Afghanistan and Iran and repatriated back to Saudi Arabia. The ‘evil’ the Prince Turki called on the world to help them destroy is one of their own design.

The problem al-Qaeda has with the house of Saud isn’t that they are corrupt or inept, or even that they are one of the most repressive regimes in the world.

Saudi Arabia is a country in which Wahabbi Islam is the only legal religion, where thieves have their hands amputated publicly with a sword and drinking alcohol means a prison term complete with lashes.

Although the House of Saud is the patron and defender and chief evangelist of Wahabbi Islam, they aren’t ‘religious’ enough for al-Qaeda.

That is the nature of evil. It feeds on itself and grows until soon it turns on and destroys its container. The House of Saud sold its soul to the devil and now it wants to renegotiate the deal. It doesn’t work that way . . . at least, not any more.

Time has run out.

“And all the kings of Arabia, and all the kings of the mingled people that dwell in the desert . . . A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the LORD hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the LORD. Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth.” (Jeremiah 25:24,31,32)

“The Devil Has Clearly Entered the Church”

“The Devil Has Clearly Entered the Church”
Vol: 26 Issue: 10 Monday, November 10, 2003

How dare we in this country spend $87 billion on war when 44 million people have no health insurance? It s up to the church to lead on some of these moral issues. – -Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson

‘Leading on moral issues’ was, ironically enough, the theme of Gene Robinson’s first sermon as the Espiscopalian Church’s gay Bishop of New Hampshire. Robinson spoke from the pulpit of All Saint’s Church, the same church where he married his wife — before divorcing her to live openly in a gay relationship. There’s enough irony here to press shirts.

Bishop Robinson also said his ministry would be to bring God’s love to ‘those on the margins’. He didn’t really identify who, exactly, was on the ‘margins’ — care to take a guess?

Conservatives within the US church think they know who lives on the ‘margins’, and they’ve asked the Archbishop of Canterbury, the spiritual head of the Anglican Church, to authorize a separate Anglican province for them in North America.

Robinson’s elevation also sent shockwaves through the world wide Anglican Church. On Nov. 3, overseas bishops who said they represented 50 million of the world s 77 million Anglicans jointly announced they were in a state of impaired communion with the Episcopal Church a step short of declaring a full schism.

A statement, issued by Archbishop Peter Akinola of Nigeria “for and on behalf of the working committee for the Primates of the Global South,” said that they were “appalled” that the Episcopal Church USA “ignored the heartfelt plea of the Communion not to proceed with the scheduled consecration” and the “clear and strong warning of its detrimental consequences for the unity of the Communion.”

Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi of the Anglican Church of Kenya was equally blunt, announcing that his church will have nothing to do with Bishop Robinson or any of the 53 bishops who participated in his consecration, refusing to look upon them as fellow Anglicans. “We cannot be in the same communion with Robinson, his diocese and the bishops who were in the consecration.”

When pressed about what cutting ties meant, he said that the Kenyans would not accept any support from the Episcopal Church, including missionaries.

“The devil has clearly entered the church. God cannot be mocked,” he said.

According to Archbishop Drexel Gomez of the Province of the West Indies, a majority of Anglicans would be willing to sacrifice their financial support rather than accept the consecration of Gene Robinson.

“America does make the largest contribution to the worldwide Anglican Communion. That’s a matter of fact,” he said in an interview with the Nassau Guardian. “As much as we need the money, the gospel must come first. We are prepared to suffer.”

In Rochester, New Hampshire, about half the parishoners walked out mid-service to protest the dismissal of their interim minister because he opposed Robinson’s elevation. Bishop Douglas Theuner of the Diocese of New Hampshire removed the Rev. Donald Wilson on Friday for insubordination when Wilson refused to come to Concord to meet with Theuner on the matter. Robinson will automatically succeed Theuner when the bishop retires next year.

The American Anglican Council, a national conservative group opposed to Robinson s elevation, called on Theuner to restore Wilson.

Assessment:

One place where Robinson’s elevation was greeted with almost universal joy was Great Britain, the seat of the Anglican Church. Dean Colin Slee of Southwark Cathedral in London said that Anglicans should rejoice that “at last there is an open and honest consecration of a homosexual bishop within the church. There have been many before but they have not been honest or open.”

“His ministry will inspire lesbian, gay, bisexual and heterosexual Christians with new confidence that we have a full place at the communion table of our Lord,” said the Rev. Colin Coward, director of Changing Attitude, a British organization of Anglican bishops, priests and lay people that promotes a more open attitude in the church.

Rev. Frank Griswold, presiding bishop of the US Episcopal Church told the Seattle Post, “The ordination and consecration of Gene Robinson is an indication that a majority of Episcopalians, represented by the General Convention, have come to discern that the fruits of the spirit are alive in men and women who share affection with members of the same sex. . . The church is truly present in the lives of these people, and they are truly present in the life of the church.”

There is room for one more quote — this one from the Apostle Paul.

“For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.” (Romans 1:26-32)