Special Report: “Never Again!”

Special Report: “Never Again!”
Vol: 82 Issue: 31 Thursday, July 31, 2008

I received a wonderful surprise in the mail yesterday in the form of a book that my friend Don Weitz sent to me. Don is a friend of mine whom I met when he was working in public relations for Zion Oil.

If his name seems familiar, its because Don is the one who first suggested the Israel Tour and helped me plan the itinerary. It was Don who convinced me that the tour should begin, not in Israel, but in Poland.

The surprise gift was a book, written by Don’s mother, Sonia, called, “I Promised I Would Tell.” It arrived at about noon. I opened it to give it a glance — when I finished ‘glancing’ at the last page, I looked up and it was after four.

I also realized I had a stiff neck, I was thirsty and had to go to the bathroom.

Don’s mother was just eleven years old when the Nazis invaded Poland. Sonia had been born in Krakow, only miles from the death camps at Auschwitz and Birkenau where she was eventually interned.

In all, Don’s mother survived the ghettos and five separate concentration camps; Auschwitz-Birkenau, Plaszow, Venusburg, Mauthausen and Bergen-Belson.

“I was twelve and a half in March, 1941 when my family was forced into the ghetto. I remained there for two years.” During her time in the ghetto, little Sonia’s job was to scrub latrines in the German barracks. She describes vividly the humiliation, writing, “At night, as we returned to the ghetto, the soldiers forced us to sing “Roll Out the Barrel” for their amusement. They laughed at the humiliation we faced in singing a cheerful tune after a day of cleaning up their filth.”

In 1942, Sonia’s mother, Adela became sick with meningitis. It is hard to imagine what hell it must have been to be sick with meningitis while shivering in a cramped, unheated room shared with three other families. No medicine, no doctors . . . Sonia captured the hopelessness in a way nobody who hadn’t endured it could have.

I literally wept as I read of that day in October, 1942 when the dreaded knock came on the Schreiber’s door:

“We waited. Each moment seemed like an eternity. Somewhere, a clock struck midnight. Suddenly, there were heavy footsteps, and we heard the dreaded pounding on the door. Two men in uniform forced the door open and entered the room. “Adela Schreiber,” one voice said. “Get dressed. Immediately!”

I froze. My mother sat up on the edge of the bed and slowly started putting on her stockings and her shoes. She put a scarf on her head. “Dress warmly,” the voice continued. “You’re going on a long journey.”

Sonia writes that her mother fainted while getting ready. The two Nazis left to get a stretcher. While they were gone, the family had a few more precious moments together.

“I came into the room. My mother was lying on the floor. Although she had fainted, her eyes were now wide open. Absent-mindedly, she was smoothing out her hair. I heard my father cry, “Oh child, oh child.” I came up to him. He was weeping. Something inside of me died. I too wanted to cry but I could not. I wanted to speak, to comfort him. I wanted to . . . I do not know what I wanted.

By now, my mother had stood up. Once again, she began getting dressed. Slowly, deliberately, she put on her dress, her sweater, a coat. How carefully she dressed. Calmly, and with great care, as if she were getting ready to go to a cinema, she combed her hair. Then she took a bag from the closet. From the cupboard, she took a piece of dry bread and put it into the bag. Dry bread, how terrible! All the time, I stood there, watching her in horror. . . .

She took something from her bag, some money. She put it into my hand. “I know you will need this. It may help.” She put her arms around me and whispered, “Remember, I love you.” The world was spinning in front of my eyes. As if from afar, I heard her last words, “And remember to tell the world.”

Sonia writes that as the police were taking her mother away, somehow, her father and sister managed to create a diversion and somehow spirit her away and hide her in a locked shed.

The SS were rounding up Jews in the nearby courtyard so Sonia and her father were forced to hide in a cellar until the coast was clear lest they too, should be rounded up for resettlement.

It is impossible to picture the scene: “We jumped into a basement . . .with horror, I listened to the sounds coming from the street. Gunfire. . . one shot after another . . . Terrifying screams, and then quiet and the sound of heavy boots. The blood-curdling screams of children. Those screams surely reached the heavens . . . or did they?”

All that night and all the next day, the Jews were rounded up. “Through the crack in the window, I saw feet. Thousands of feet. Some were clad in boots; some in once-elegant high-heeled shoes. Some were marching; others stumbled. Then I saw a tiny foot, tripping on a stone. The little girl, perhaps four years old, was crying as she fell. The next thing I heard was a gunshot. The crying stopped. . .”

Sonia and her father hid in the basement all that night, all that next day, venturing out at sunset to sneak back to the shed and rescue her mother.

“By now, I was so numb that the scene before me did not penetrate my consciousness. It was too horrible to confront. The doors to the shed had been ripped open by an axe or a rifle butt. My mother was gone. On the floor lay a crumpled blanket. . .

If you saw the movie, “Schindler’s List” the camp commandant, Amon Goeth, was played by actor Ralph Fiennes.

There is a scene in the movie where Goeth would take up a rifle and, from his perch on his front porch, randomly select one of the Jews in the courtyard and shoot him.

It was into Goeth’s camp at Plaszow that Sonia was next transferred. Sonia describes a harrowing few moments when she was on a work detail, smashing old Jewish tombstones with a sledgehammer to make gravel.

Goeth came up behind Sonia and her sister, Blanca, as they were working. “Blanca whispered in my ear, “Work, Sonia, work.” She repeated urgently, “Work. If he should kill me, if he should shoot me, you must be very quiet and keep working. Otherwise, he will kill you as well.”

Sonia says that Goeth was distracted by an old woman who wasn’t working as hard as he felt she could. He beat her to death with her own sledgehammer while Sonia and her sister continued working feverishly only a few feet away.

It is beyond comprehension. But it is true.

Sonia’s narrative takes us inside Auschwitz, Bergen-Belsen, Venusburg and Mauthausen as the Nazis fleeing the Allied advance transferred the Jews to camps deeper inside the Third Reich. She was transferred from Auschwitz in January, 1945, only ten days before that camp was liberated.

Over the next four months, she stayed just one step ahead of the Allies and freedom, until finally, she was liberated at Mauthausen by the Americans on May 5, 1945.

Of the eighty-four members of Sonia’s family who lived in Poland on September 1, 1939, only Sonia and her sister were still alive on May 5, 1945.

Assessment:

Sonia’s story is the reason that the Omega Letter Tour begins in Poland, at Auschwitz, before moving on to Israel. We’ve just skimmed a few highlights of Sonia’s story — believe me, there are more gut-wrenching scenes in her book than those I shared with you — but without an understanding of the Holocaust, how can anyone truly understand what makes Israel tick?

Israel was reborn on May 14, 1948, midwifed by survivors of the horrors described by Sonia Schreiber Weitz, under the rallying cry of “Never Again.” Never again will the Jews allow themselves to be helpless and stateless.

During the war, thousands upon thousands of Jews managed to escape Nazi Germany, only to be turned away by other countries and sent back to Germany for the slaughter.

The S.S. St. Louis left Germany on May 13, 1939. Its Jewish passengers, most of them from Germany, had expensive documents – some bogus – for entry into Cuba. When the ship arrived, however, Havana – and the US – refused to admit them. The St. Louis sat in the harbor for days.

Desperate relatives packed motorboats and approached the anchored liner, shouting messages to loved ones. All awaited the outcome of frantic international negotiations to allow the refugees to disembark. Ultimately, only 29 passengers were permitted to land in Havana. America refused to accept a single Jew.

Then the ship was ordered to leave – maneuvering slowly and tantalizingly near the coast of Florida before turning back to Europe where more than half perished in the Holocaust.

Former undersecretary of State Stuart Eizenstat published a report on the US role during the Holocaust. Eizenstat noted that the United States accepted only 21,000 refugees from Europe and did not significantly raise or even fill its restrictive quotas, accepting far fewer Jews per capita than many of the neutral European countries and fewer in absolute terms than Switzerland.

“No country, including the United States, did as much as it might have or should have done to save innocent victims of Nazi persecution – Jews, Gypsies, political opponents and others,” Eizenstat said in an earlier report in May 1997.

“Restrictive US immigration policies kept hundreds of thousands of refugees from finding safety in the United States, most tragically exemplified by our refusal to allow the St. Louis to dock with its cargo of refugees – many of whom perished when the ship was forced to return to Europe.”

When it came to saving the lives of innocent Jews, even the Americans let them down. The State of Israel was reborn as a safe haven for the world’s Jews. That’s why we’re going to Poland first.

For Sonia. For her eighty-two murdered family members. For the six million murdered innocents. To see Israel (at least vicariously) as the Jews see her — not just as their country but as their deliverance.

By the time we arrive in Jerusalem, you’ll have a new appreciation for the traditional Israeli toast: “L’chaim!”

It means, “to life.”

More Sure Word

More Sure Word
Vol: 82 Issue: 30 Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Yesterday, I made a guest appearance on the KKMS Live Radio 980 program with hosts Jeff Shell and Lee Michaels. It was a last-minute thing — I got the invitation the morning of the program, so I didn’t have time to tell you in advance.

But the program will be posted in their archives sometime today, and we’ll link to it from the OL when they do.

I’ve appeared on their Tuesday program before — it is their ‘prophecy’ day — and it’s always interesting. The program’s producer, Ted Ross, generally asks me if I have any particular topic I want to cover. I usually leave it up to the hosts to decide.

This time, Ted asked me to discuss specific prophecies that had been fulfilled or were in the process of being fulfilled in this generation. It forced me to go back to the basics, and that’s when I realized how long it had been since I had taken a step back and had a look at the Big Picture.

Bible prophecy is a complicated study. Although about a quarter of the Bible is prophetic, that also means three-quarters of it is not. And not all Bible prophecy deals with the future — at least from our perspective on the timeline.

But because it is so complicated, it crosses the line from a study to a discipline, and if one isn’t careful, one is in danger of not seeing the forest for the trees, so to speak.

The radio discussion format doesn’t allow time to examine the bark on each tree — all there is time to do is admire the magnificence of the forest. It wasn’t till I started talking about it that I began to feel a welcome sense of renewed awe at the whole thing.

I grew up only fifteen minutes from what is [erroneously] titled one of the Seven Wonders of the World for its awesome majesty. To the rest of the world, it is the mighty Niagara Falls, one of the world’s most popular destinations.

To me, living close enough to it to see the permanent water plume that hangs above it, it was just a waterfall.

It wasn’t till fifteen years after I moved away that I came back as a tourist and saw it for the Divine bit of sculpture that it is.

I had that same sense during the program while revisiting the Big Picture and rediscovering in the process how awesome is the God Who ‘tells the end from the beginning and from ancient times the things that are not yet done’. (Isaiah 46:10)

I began to think again about the miracle that is the Bible itself. Incomparable to any work of antiquity, it is the product of some forty different writers, from kings to shepherds, often separated by hundreds of miles or centuries of time from each other.

Few knew of the existence of the others, yet each writer and each book blends together seamlessly into one Master Work. More amazingly, it claims of itself 100% accuracy, 100% of the time, on matters of history, geography, science, medicine and, uniquely, prophecy.

Consider just six prophecies that are in the process of fulfillment in this generation. There are thousands, but just these six should be enough to drive one to one’s knees.

1. The restoration of Israel: That’s the Big One. It is the ‘domino’ that starts the prophetic process rolling. Israel was restored in 1948.

2. The unification of Europe along the lines of the old Roman Empire. (Daniel 9:27)

Like Daniel’s interpretation of the ten toes of the image in the king’s dream (iron mixed with clay, partly strong, partly weak) the EU is a democracy, partly strong and partly weak.

And despite the current 27 members, there remain only ten FULL members — the original ten who are also the only FULL members of the Western European Union. The rest have either ‘associate’ or ‘observer’ status. The European Union is the seventh expansion of the former Benelux Treaty alliance, which was ratified in 1948.

3. The Mark of the Beast : The Bible predicts the antichrist will be able to control his government through his centralized control of the economy. Revelation 13:17 says no man could buy or sell without having his ‘mark’.

This was never possible in history until the 1948 invention of the transistor gave birth of the Computer Age, which coincided with the birth of the global economy with the GATT Treaty, also in 1948.

4. The Great Apostasy Paul says that before the antichrist can make his appearance on the world scene, several things must happen first. There must be a great apostasy, or falling away, from the true faith — the Laodicean portion of the Church Age. (Revelation 3:14)

Paul speaks of what can best be described as a ‘conditioning process’ whereby people become hardened to the truth, preferring instead to embrace whatever version of the truth is most comforting.

“And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”

There are two views of the media today. There is the liberal media. There is the conservative media. There is no mainstream media that doesn’t fall into one classification or the other.

And we’re ok with that, even though, by definition, neither report the truth, since the truth serves neither agenda. The conditioning process is complete.

5. The Alignment of Nations: Ezekiel forecasts a conflict in which Israel is the target in an invasion comprised of Russia, Iran, the inhabitants of several states of north Africa, the former ‘stans’ of the Soviet Union, and the Slavic states.

Ezekiel’s list reads like the roster of Middle East Russian client-states. They are all ideological enemies of Israel — and by extension, the US. And isn’t it interesting that they are either Islamic or majority Islamic. (Ezekiel lived a thousand years before Mohammed. )

6. Global Warming “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.” (Luke 21-25-26)

Never in history has anything resembling the fulfillment of this prophecy occurred. Note carefully what Jesus is predicting. Astrological events. Like asteroids? Sun spots?

He says it will cause NATIONAL ‘distress’ — which is another word for fear, with ‘perplexity’ which is another word for confusion.

Global warming — we’re not sure if its real, not sure if its man-made, not sure if it’s a weather cycle, but we must do something, even if we’re not sure what, before its too late for, well, we’re not sure about THAT, either, but we’re working on it.

(I’m confused. Does that reflect ‘distress’? Or ‘perplexity’?)

But we’ve also got another eye (and more tens of millions of dollars) tied up in the search for incoming killer asteroids. It’s not a matter of ‘if’, but ‘when’. The last time was a million years ago, they say.

Why weren’t we searching for them in 1940? Or even worried about them? Why is such a planet-killer imminent now and never before?

Are there suddenly MORE? Nope. But the signs in the stars suggest it’s just a matter of time.

Except all of this was in print two thousand years ago. NONE of it was POSSIBLE when my parents were born. Today, its all we talk about.

We live in an age of miracles. Science can duplicate most of the miracles of Scripture, from giving sight to the blind to reanimating the dead.

But prophecy is the unique province of God — it is His Signature on the love letter to you that is the Bible.

It is proof positive that the God we worship is real, He is alive, and He remains on His Throne and in complete control of the universe. We are not following cunningly devised fables — a fable cannot foretell the future.

“We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:” (2nd Peter 1:19)

Maranatha!

Blood in the Pulpit

Blood in the Pulpit
Vol: 82 Issue: 29 Tuesday, July 29, 2008

On Sunday, a man named Jim Adkisson walked into the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church with a shotgun and opened fire on the congregants. By the time members of the congregation tackled Adkisson, eight people lay wounded. Two, Linda Kraeger and Greg McKendry, later died.

Knoxville Police Chief Sterling Owen IV said a signed, four-page letter written by Jim D. Adkisson, 58, was found in his small SUV in the church parking lot after gunfire erupted during a children’s performance based on the musical “Annie” Sunday morning. Seven people also were injured in the melee.

“It appears that what brought him to this horrible event was his lack of being able to obtain a job, his frustration over that and his stated hatred of the liberal movement,” Owen said at a news conference.

No children were hurt, but five people remained in serious or critical condition yesterday. A burly usher who died, Greg McKendry, 60, was hailed as a hero for shielding others from gunfire.

This is the third major church shooting in the U.S. in the past year.

Last summer, Jeanne Assam made headlines the world over when she drew her own firearm and killed Matthew Murray after he went berserk and shot up two churches in Colorado and killed four people in two separate instances twelve hours apart.

Last August, a First Congregational Church in Nehosho, Missouri was attacked by a gunman. The pastor and two worshippers were killed in the attack. The gunman, Elken Saimon, was arrested at the scene.

In May 2006, Anthony Bell walked into the tiny Ministry of Jesus Christ Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and killed five people and wounded several others including the pastor.

In February 2006, Kevin Collins walked into the Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan. He killed two people at random before turning his gun on himself.

And the list goes on:

* March 12, 2005 – Brookfield, Wisconsin Living Church of God: Terry Ratzmann opened fire on the congregation, killing seven and wounding four before taking his own life.

* July 30, 2005 – College Park, Georgia – World Changers Church International. Air Force S/Sgt John Givens went berserk in church and was killed by a police officer.

* Oct. 5, 2003 – Atlanta, Georgia – Turner Monumental AME Church – 2 killed

* June 10, 2002 – Conception, Missouri – Benedictine monastery – 2 killed plus the shooter

* March 12, 2002 – Lynbrook, New York – Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church – 2 killed.

* May 18, 2001 – Hopkinsville, Kentucky – Greater Oak Missionary Baptist Church – 2 killed

* Sept. 15, 1999 – Fort Worth, Texas – Wedgewood Baptist Church – 7 killed

At one time, churches were not just called sanctuaries; they were sanctuaries.

When I was a kid growing up, I was taught — in school, no less — that in the event of danger, run to the nearest church. The door wouldn’t be locked, and who would violate the sanctity of a church?

But, I grew up in the last century. . .

Assessment:

What caused Jim Adkisson to snap? It depends on where you get your news from. If you get it from CNN or the LA Times, then Adkisson attacked the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Church because he hates liberals. In his ‘suicide’ note (he didn’t expect to survive) he blamed ‘liberals and gays’ for his inability to find a job.

The openly-liberal Raleigh News and Observer included this handy fact box beside its coverage of the shooting:

Unitarians have roots in a movement that rejected Puritan orthodoxy in New England. Although individual Unitarian churches can vary dramatically in outlooks, most congregations retain a deep commitment to social justice, which has led many to embrace liberal stances on the ordination of women, civil rights and gay rights.

I’ve watched as the background of this story has shifted over the past twenty-four hours. Virtually all of the news coverage highlights the fact the Adkisson hated liberals and that was why he targeted the liberal Unitarians.

It was reported that inside Adkisson’s house, officers found “Liberalism is a Mental Health Disorder” by radio talk show host Michael Savage, “Let Freedom Ring” by talk show host Sean Hannity, and “The O’Reilly Factor,” by television talk show host Bill O’Reilly.

As to Adkisson himself, the mainstream press focused its full attention on the “liberal” angle. The majority of the press coverage of the story seemed to suggest without actually saying so was that Adkisson hated liberalism because he was a latent Christian fundamentalist.

(In fact, one of his neighbors reported Adkisson had serious problems with both Christianity and the Bible.)

But the story will undoubtedly be spun and twisted until it becomes that of another crazed religious conservative trying to impose his own fundamentalist views at the point of a gun.

That was also the spin put on the twin Colorado shootings last year. The fact Matthew Murray had been raised in a Christian home was held up as ‘proof’ that fundamentalist Christianity was every bit as dangerous as fundamentalist Islam.

When an adult enters a church and starts shooting it up, it is usually blamed on fundamental Christianity. But when a kid enters a school and starts shooting it up, nobody blames it on the liberal secular humanist curriculum.

But at the more personal level, the Tennessee shooting is a chilling reminder that words have consequences. The mainstream media was careful to make note of three books in his home; Michael Savage’s, Sean Hannity’s and Bill O’Reilly’s.

We don’t have any idea if these were the only three books in Adkisson’s entire house, or if they were just three among many. But you can bet that they will be the only ones the mainstream media mentions by name and author.

Of the three pillars upon which the antichrist will build his government, two are already well advanced. The global economy is a reality. The infrastructure for a global government is in place and much of national sovereignty world-wide has already been surrendered to the center in reaction to the fear of global warming.

What still remains murky, however, is the status of the third pillar of the antichrist’s government — a global religion. The term, ‘religious fundamentalist’ has become a euphemism for ‘radical’ or even ‘terrorist’.

There are efforts underway at the UN and within the World Council of Churches to establish and develop a kind of ‘world church’ that embraces all religions equally and universally condemns fundamentalism as the religious cancer responsible for most of the wars of the past two millennia.

According to Revelation 13:16-17, the Mark of the Beast is not just an economic mark. It is also a system of worship — which is the reason that anyone who accepts the Mark during the Tribulation has forfeited salvation. (Revelation 19:20)

Those who embrace Christianity during the Tribulation will be charged with ‘fundamentalism’, and given the choice between renouncing Christianity in favor of the religion of the False Prophet or death by beheading.

“And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”

But before fundamentalism can be outlawed, a convincing case must first be made outlining its dangers. With religious fundamentalists flying planes into buildings, blowing up abortion clinics and shooting up churches, it shouldn’t be hard to make the case that the world would be much better off without them.

“If any man have an ear, let him hear.” (Revelation 13:7-9)

And Telling Me It’s Raining. . .

And Telling Me It’s Raining. . .
Vol: 82 Issue: 28 Monday, July 28, 2008

And Telling Me It’s Raining. . .

There is a colloquialism often used in the South to respond to someone who is spinning a story. Forgive me if the expression is a bit ‘earthy’ — I’ve cleaned it up some.

My old police chief, B. C. Sustaire, used to use it all the time: “Don’t pee down my neck and tell me it’s raining!” Every time I’ve switched on the TV news in the past week, I could hear ol’ B. C.’s voice in my mind — “They’re telling you it’s raining . . .”

(Note to Self: Stop saying in writing that you hear voices in your head.)

For example, I was as outraged as anyone at the news that somebody had snatched Obama’s ‘prayer note’ after he tucked it between the stones of the Western Wall of the Temple.

It is a Jewish tradition that, upon visiting the Western Wall, one writes a prayer and slips it between the stones.

In keeping with that tradition, Obama stopped to pray at the Western Wall, slipped his note between the stones and left the area.

The next day, the Israeli daily, Yediot Aharonot, published an article saying it had obtained a copy of the prayer note, but decided against publishing it. So did most other media outlets.

One the controversy had reached fever pitch, however, the Israeli newspaper Ma’ariv published both the contents and a photocopy of the original note, scribbled on stationary bearing the letterhead of the King David Hotel.

It was a noble prayer: “Lord, protect my family and me. Forgive me my sins, and help me guard against pride and despair. Give me the wisdom to do what is right and just. And make me an instrument of Your will.”

It wasn’t just noble, it was positively presidential, almost kingly. And since it was part of a private prayer, I started to wonder if maybe I’ve misjudged the guy. At least a bit.

So, he might seem somewhat presumptuous, but maybe appearances can be deceiving. His prayer reflected a deeply-ingrained spiritual humility. He asked little for himself beyond protection and wisdom, while offering himself as an instrument of God’s will.

In fact, wherever the story was told, it was told with a mixture of outrage at the invasion of privacy and a touch of reverential awe at the part that related what the note actually said.

So it wasn’t just me.

Everybody seemed to be feeling the same sense of outrage at such a noble prayer being cheapened by its publication, from CNN to Fox News and from the Huffington Post to the Washington Times.

How dare they invade the Senator’s privacy. (But, ooooh, look at what he prayed!)

Well, we can check “Obama is a Muslim” off the 8-point “Fight the Smears” website. No Muslim would offer such an insightful and moving prayer at a Jewish holy place.

But as the weekend news coverage droned on and on, I started to feel as if I needed to borrow B.C.’s umbrella.

Assessment:

It began when Israeli Attorney Shahar Alon petitioned Attorney-General Menahem Mazuz on Sunday to order police to open a criminal investigation against the editor of Ma’ariv and other correspondents from the newspaper.

“With its actions, in my opinion, the newspaper broke several clauses of the 1967 Preservation of Holy Sites Law and violated rights based on Basic Law – Respect for Man and his Freedom,” wrote Alon.

In addition, Alon called for a consumer boycott of the newspaper until it publishes an apology to Obama.

“I declare a consumer protest against Ma’ariv starting today. I urge all MKs, ministers, judges, soldiers and other public sector officials to freeze or cancel their subscriptions to Ma’ariv in the coming month,” he wrote. Alon added that;

“the boycott will be lifted only once the paper publishes a public announcement in English and in Hebrew, apologizing for its lack of sensitivity, for infringing on Senator Obama’s privacy and honor, for hurting the feelings of any Israeli citizen insulted by the publication and for profaning the sanctity of the Western Wall.”

At first, Ma’ariv tried defending its action by arguing that since Obama is not a Jew, publishing his note was not an infringement on his privacy.

Until the Western Wall’s Chief Rabbi, Shmuel Rabinovich called Ma’ariv’s actions ‘sacrilegious’.

“Notes which are placed in the Western Wall are between the person and his Maker; Heaven forbid that one should read them or use them in any way. The custom of placing notes between the stones of the Western Wall is ancient and is used as a means of expression by a person praying to his Creator. This sacrilegious action deserves sharp condemnation and represents a desecration of the holy site.”

Rabbi Rabinovich’s remarks made a real boycott a possibility. One that forced a Ma’ariv spokeman to admit that Ma’ariv had coordinated its publication with Obama campaign — even BEFORE Obama had put it in the Wall.

“Obama’s note was published in Maariv and other international publications following his authorization to make the content of the note public. Obama submitted a copy of the note to media outlets when he left his hotel in Jerusalem. Moreover, since he is not Jewish, there is no violation of privacy as there would be for a Jewish person who places a note in the wall.”

In addition to adding to the mountain of evidence that Barack Obama will do or say anything to get into the White House, it also demonstrates, once again, the power of the media to shape opinions.

Of all the news reports I found concerning the Obama note, only the Israel Insider seemed outraged by Obama’s cynical use of the media to polish his image as a committed Christian by offering a carefully crafted pretend prayer.

Apart from that, the outrage was reserved for the media for printing it or the yeshiva student who pried it from the Wall and delivered it to the press. I was fascinated by the number of media reports (including Fox News) who totally omitted Obama’s collusion in the ‘leak.’

And since it wasn’t ‘leaked’ but rather, approved by the Obama campaign, it makes it the first presidential campaign release ever addressed to God instead of the voters.

So shouldn’t it be newsworthy? Evidently not. That’s why I am telling you about it.

Nobody seems to want you to know.

Here is what else the Obama campaign doesn’t want you to think about. Obama’s prayer? It was a noble prayer, as I said. But it wasn’t REALLY written to God, regardless of how it was addressed. It was written to you.

Its purpose was to shore up the illusion of Obama’s ‘Christianity’ as well as his public image, by demonstrating he could be spiritual, selfless and deeply committed to his faith.

If Ma’ariv is telling the truth, it instead reinforces his image as a cynical elitist who will do anything, say anything or use anything in order to get elected.

I quote 2nd Timothy 3:1-5 a lot because Paul’s description of last-days society is such a perfect mirror of our own. I’m going to quote it again. Read it with new eyes.

Run down the list — compare it to the list of promises made by the presidential candidates.

Paul intended his list to be pejorative — he penned it as a warning to the faithful remnant of the Church that would see, to its astonishment, that each item on the list corresponds to the agenda of some special interest group.

In other words, if you seem favorably disposed to the following moral code, then it is seen as a political PLUS!

“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.”

Here’s a challenge for you. Which of these is NOT a campaign issue ENDORSED by at least one of the candidates in 2008?

Seriously. It’s a genuine challenge. Pick any one of them and make your argument in the forums that it isn’t being used to get votes.

And remember, these are not the moral attributes that LOSE elections in 21st century America.

These are the ones that WIN them.

2000 Year-Old Breaking News . . .

2000 Year-Old Breaking News . . .
Vol: 82 Issue: 26 Saturday, July 26, 2008

Which of these two headlines from today’s international grab bag sounds like it is governed by a religion of peace and love? The first headline reads, “You Must be Nicer to Muslims, Britain is told by UN Human Rights Chief”.

The second headline says, “TV Rabbit Preaching Hatred Telling Young Muslims to Kill, Eat Jews”.

Both of these headlines emanate from the well-spring of the English-speaking world, the Mother Country to the Founding Fathers of both the United States and English Canada. That is important to keep in mind as we go along.

In the first story, the United Nations is scolding the British for failing to be more accommodating of Islam by ‘failing to take firm action to combat negative attitudes towards Islam.’

The UN sub-committee composed of ‘legal experts’ from nine member states — including Britain — said it was concerned ‘ negative public attitudes towards Muslim members of society’ continued to develop in Britain.

The UN’s ‘concern’ raises more questions than it answers. For example, the sub-committee is composed of legal experts from Ireland, Australia, Benin, Colombia, Equador, Egypt, Mauritius and Sweden. How do they know what the public attitude toward Muslims in Britain really is? Where did they get their information?

Secondly, the British were so overwhelmingly welcoming of Muslim immigrants that they are now in danger of losing their own unique cultural identity, according to many analysts.

So what happened to change their view of Muslims? Does the UN even consider that to be a relevant question? Should it be a relevant question?

That depends on your understanding of the term ‘sovereign’.

If the United Nations has the authority to order a particular segment of British society to change its attitude about another segment of British society, then they are subjects, rather than sovereign.

The definition of ‘sovereign’ as it applies to the nation-state is: “fully independent and determining its own affairs.”

The UN committee demanded the British government; “take energetic measures to eliminate this phenomenon and ensure that authors of such acts of discrimination on the basis of religion are adequately deterred and sanctioned.”

See this for what it is: an imperial decree from a faraway capital to an outlying province. It instructs the British to modify its social structure to conform to the Imperial model and orders the British to seek out and punish violators (“adequately deterred and sanctioned” is diplo-speak for “arrested and jailed”).

Note this decree specifies that Britain pass laws protecting the adherents to Islam under the guise of protecting ‘religious freedom.’ Why do I say, ‘under the guise’ of religious freedom?

Because the committee also issued an Imperial Decree to the Irish. Britain and Ireland have fought a protracted generational war over control of Northern Ireland. Ireland has been traditionally Catholic since the 4th century.

After England separated from the Vatican during the Reformation, the British carved a safe haven out for Irish Protestants, creating Protestant Northern Ireland and the Catholic Republic of Ireland.

The two separated politically in 1920 split entirely along the lines of Catholic/Protestant when Catholic Ireland demanded total independence. Irish Protestants objected to living under a Catholic majority.

Don’t miss this point as we move along: the existence of two Irelands, generations of sectarian warfare, uncounted deaths and maimings — over what? Irish dedication to their religious heritage. Their Christian heritage, whether it be Catholic or Anglican.

After telling England to grant Muslims ‘greater religious freedom’ , the UN committee told the (Catholic) Irish Republic open up its largely Roman Catholic primary school system to secular-education.

Evidently, the UN feels the Irish are less deserving of religious freedom than the Muslims. And apparently, the UN doesn’t much care that Ireland exists as it does because the Irish disagree.

In case the Irish didn’t get the point that an Imperial Decree nullifies Christian doctrine, the committee ordered the Catholic Irish Republican government in Dublin “to take measures to help women avoid unwanted pregnancies so that they do not have to resort to illegal or unsafe abortions”.

(Go ahead and kill each other — we don’t care — but you better be nice to the Muslims!)

Frankly, the delusions and transparencies are becoming so, ummm, transparently delusional that it almost feels unnecessary to point them out.

I opened with two headlines. Thus far, we’ve dealt with only one.

I included the second because it provides something of an answer to the question, ‘what happened to sour the British on Islam?’

Well, it actually puts the period on the answer. The answer begins with Islamic aircraft hijackings in 1968, Islamic hostage-taking in 1979, Islamic suicide bombings, starting in Beirut in 1983, Islamic jihad starting in 1991, the 9/11 attacks, the Madrid train attacks, the British subway attacks; — I told you it was transparent!

The second headline deals with concerns within Britain about a Palestinian children’s program featuring a pink Bugs Bunny lookalike.

First, a little background refresher on what the religion of peace and love is teaching its next generation under the protection of the Imperial UN:

“Tomorrow’s Pioneers” was first aired in April 2007, and features young host Saraa Barhoum and her co-host, a large costumed animal.

The show originally featured a Mickey Mouse-style character called Farfur who urged children to fight against the Jewish community and form a world Islamic state.

Farfur was later replaced by a bumble bee called Nahoul, who told viewers to ‘follow the path of Islam, of martyrdom and of the Mujahideen’.

He was ‘martyred’ earlier this year and replaced by the giant pink bunny, Assud, who tells children in his first episode: “I, Assud, will get rid of the Jews, Allah willing, and I will eat them up.”

This is what the UN’s Human Rights Committee wants the British to be more accepting of. When an ideology demonstrates itself to be fanatically devoted to homicidal ideals, what’s not to love?

Assessment:

According to the Bible, the government and administration of the antichrist rests on his control of three pillars of global power; a global government, a global economy and a global religion.

The prophet Daniel says the antichrist is a prince of the empire that he prophesied would destroy Jerusalem and the Temple. That destruction was accomplished in AD 70 by Titus, a general and later, emperor of the Roman Empire. (Daniel 9:27)

The Apostle John pictures the antichrist as a political leader who rises up out of the sea of nations. (Revelation 13:1) Before this global emperor can arise, there must first be empire in need of one.

It is abundantly clear that most of the nations of the Western world would be only too happy to submit to one, should he arise. Even the world’s oldest continuous monarchy is prepared to bend its royal knee — even over an issue that has divided the monarchy since the days of Henry VIII.

That issue, ‘religion’ — is the second pillar upon which the antichrist’s infrastructure rests. John prophesied of a second ‘beast’ — the false prophet — who will elevate the antichrist to the position of deity. (Revelation 13:11-17)

Before there can be a global religion, there must first exist a perceived need for one. The war on terror seemed to be lighting a fire under the UN’s Millennium Peace Summit’s plan to create a United Religions.

Kofi Annan laid out the strategy in his final address to the UN as Secretary General. During the speech, which comes on the heels of the media-generated controversy regarding Pope Benedict XVI s quoting of a text on Islam, Annan said;

insensitivity towards other people s beliefs or sacred symbols – intentional or otherwise — is seized upon by those who seem eager to foment a new war of religion on a global scale.

Moreover, this climate of fear and suspicion is constantly refuelled by the violence in the Middle East . . . We might like to think of the Arab-Israeli conflict as just one regional conflict amongst many. But it is not. No other conflict carries such a powerful symbolic and emotional charge among people far removed from the battlefield.

Annan also proclaimed that the United Nations is the only solution to the world s woes. Yes, I remain convinced that the only answer to this divided world must be a truly United Nations , he said.

Climate change, HIV/AIDS, fair trade, migration, human rights – all these issues, and many more, bring us back to that point , he said, adding:

addressing each is indispensable for each of us in our village, in our neighbourhood, and in our country. Yet each has acquired a global dimension that can only be reached by global action, agreed and coordinated through this most universal of institutions.

All must play their part in a true multilateral world order, with a renewed, dynamic United Nations at its center to prevent this global religious conflagration.”

The Apostle John described this global religion as having two horns like a lamb, but which speaks ‘as a dragon’.

While Islam can (and has) integrated a kind of ‘Jesus’ (Isa) into Islam, there is no room in Biblical Christianity for a Third Testament or a non-Divine Jesus.

The UN recognizes that. Hence, England ‘must be nice to Muslims’ (to the degree of recognizing both madrassas and Sharia law), whereas, Catholic Ireland is ordered to disband its Catholic education system.

The third pillar upon which the antichrist’s infrastructure rests is his control of the global economy (Revelation 13:16).

Currently, the global economy is centralized under the control of the Group of Seven (plus, inexplicably, Russia) under the auspices of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, both of which are financial arms of the UN.

So, let’s tick off the relevance of just these two headlines to the Bible’s scenario for the last days — I want you to see just HOW relevant the Bible is to current events.

The Bible says that in the last days, God will send a ‘strong delusion’ but that delusion will only affect those “who received not the love of the truth that they might be saved.” But that delusion is so transparent that it completely baffles saved Christians that nobody else can see it.

In the last days, the Bible says the whole world will be conditioned to accept a savior, a messiah of sorts, who will seem to have all the answers to the religious, economic and political problems facing the world. The Bible says that at the heart of that conflict will be Jerusalem, and that the entire world will be consumed by the conflict over it. (Zechariah 12:1-2)

(Compare that to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan speech, “No other conflict carries such a powerful symbolic and emotional charge among people far removed from the battlefield. )

The Bible demands the existence of a global government (in need of leadership) a global economy (in need of leadership) and a global religion (in need of leadership.) The world demands global leadership, period.

Any leader will do, provided they like what he promises. It isn’t even relevant that they know he can’t deliver. (Check out Barack Obama’s World Tour)

Never in the history of man has it been possible to impose a global government, global religion and global economy. Not politically. Not administratively. Not technologically.

Throughout history, and up to only seventy years ago, efforts to unite the globe under a single government was a recipe for world war. Today, it is seen as the only option available to divert one.

The need for some kind of globally-acceptable religion is palpable — only the fundamentalists of the three largest religions would have any objection. The UN’s religion, as expressed by the UN’s decree, would extend ‘understanding’ to Islam and demand compromises from Christianity.

I can’t think of a better composite description than that of having two horns like a lamb, but with a doctrine that could make room for Islam.

The strong delusion isn’t Islam, however. It is the doctrine of political correctness that is delusional. Under that doctrine, making Christian doctrinal statements that are deemed ‘offensive’ by a body of ‘legal experts’ is worthy of international action.

But teaching pre-schoolers to kill and eat Jews is not.

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron.” (1st Timothy 4:1-2)

Special Report: “Camp Grenada”

Special Report: “Camp Grenada”
Vol: 82 Issue: 25 Friday, July 25, 2008

Last night, one of my sons phoned me with a problem. My ten-year old grandson had gone off on a two week camping trip with his friends. It wasn’t going like Jacob had evidently expected.

As Ricky explained all Jake’s various complaints about the campsite, my mental jukebox started whirring until it selected Alan Sherman’s “Camp Grenada.”

“Hello Mudda, Hello Fadda, / Here I am at Camp Grenada / Camp is very entertaining / And they say we’ll have some fun if it stops raining. . . .”

“Jake’s really miserable, Dad. He told me on the phone that if we don’t come and get him, he’ll just ‘collapse’,” Rick said. “Every time he calls, his mother starts to cry . . .”

“So, what’s the problem?” I asked. “Go get him.”

“Well, I would but . .” and launched long and rambling explanation about ball joints and wheel bearings and gas prices and payday and . . .

Rick waited patiently for me to realize that my truck was much more ideally suited for the four-hour drive to Owen Sound to get Jacob. (It was filled with my gas, and came with a spare driver)

(Heavy sigh of resignation) “When do you want to go get him?”

“I went hiking with Joe Spivy / He developed poison ivy / You remember Leonard Skinner /He got ptomaine poisoning last night after dinner.”

“Well, Dad, if its not too much trouble, how about right now?”

I have to admit, Jake isn’t exactly the camping type. Jake was born old.

At family get-togethers, while all the other kids are playing baseball or soccer, Jake likes to sit around with the men and discuss rising prices and falling wages or who should be the next one kicked off ‘American Idol’.

So I could almost hear the desperation in Jake’s voice when he was pleading with his dad to come and get him.

“All the counselors hate the waiters / And the lake has alligators / And the head coach wants no sissies / So he reads to us from something called Ulysses.”

So, last night at about seven o’clock, Rick and I climbed my truck and headed north to rescue Jacob.

I actually enjoyed it. Rick will be thirty on the first of next month — the last time he and I went on a road trip, he reminded me, was when he and I made our memorable two-man trek to New Mexico in 1991 when Rick was 12.

As we drove, Rick tried hard not to sound like a doting father, (which of course he is), explaining Jacob to me — as if I didn’t know him. (All my kids are like that with their kids. Like when I got them — they arrived as adults or something).

Rick was certain that unless we rescued Jake immediately, he’d be scarred for life. “Jake isn’t much for camping, you know.”

As Rick talked, I was having this deja vu moment about the last time I had to mount a similar midnight rescue mission to get him.

Don’t leave me out in the forest where / I might get eaten by a bear.”

The further north we got, the narrower the roads seemed, and the darker it seemed to get. Rick brought his GPS navigator. I had mine with me. Both of them were shouting directions at us from the dark.

Conflicting directions. “In 200 yards, turn right . . .” said Tom-Tom. “Go straight for five miles . . .” protested Garmin. Rick thought he knew a third, even better way. We got lost about four times on the way up. (Only three on the way back)

We got to the campsite at just after midnight. They brought Jake to the front gate, along with all his gear.

(I wasn’t sure if I was just tired, but I thought I saw the two guys that dropped Jake off high-five each other as they drove back to the campsite. I guess Jake made it known that he wanted to go home RIGHT NOW!)

Rick bounded from the truck, anticipating one of those slow-motion movie moments where a grateful Jacob would run, his little arms outstretched towards his Dad, as his Dad ran, arms outstretched towards his son, with string music rising in the background. . . .

Jake planted his feet on either side of his gear, crossed his little arms and glared at us: “What took you guys so long?”

We didn’t get home until almost six o’clock this morning.

It’s a ‘dog-ate-my-homework excuse, but that’s why this morning’s OL is coming your way this afternoon instead.

“Wait a minute, it’s stopped hailing. / Guys are swimming, guys are sailing / Playing baseball, gee that’s better / Muddah, faddah kindly disregard this letter.”

“And Turned Unto Fables”

“And Turned Unto Fables”
Vol: 82 Issue: 24 Thursday, July 24, 2008

A proposed ad campaign envisions having one thousand of NYC’s 6,200 subway cars festooned with advertisements promoting Islam.

New York University’s Imam Khalid Latif, a cleric who is promoting the project in a YouTube video created by the Islamic Circle, explained:

“The idea is to evoke certain thoughts in the mindset of the person who is looking at the ads and get them to a point where they can reflect upon certain words that one could define as hot words or keywords that get thrown around a lot but are not necessarily defined in the most proper context,”

Another of the backers of the advertising campaign — which will launch in September to coincide with the monthlong Islamic holiday of Ramadan — is Siraj Wahhaj, imam of a Brooklyn mosque.

Wahhaj was a character witness for convicted 1993 World Trade Center bombing mastermind Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman. Wahhaj also appeared on a list of 170 potential unindicted co-conspirators in the 1993 bombing case.

The New York Post reacted strongly to the ads by running a cover photograph of Wahhaj on Monday with the headline “Jihad Train” and posting an article on its Web site with the headline “Train-ing day for jihadists” and the first paragraph saying, “Allah aboard!”

Islamic Circle spokesman Azeem Khan called the situation a “perfect microcosm” of what the ads seek to address: that Wahhaj’s portrayal in media reports is similar to how Islam is often depicted.

Assessment:

It is a matter of historical fact that not all the Nazis were personally killers. Not every Nazi during WWII was capable of murdering innocents, even if they were sympathetic to the Final Solution.

Heinrich Himmler, the head of the SS, never directly killed anyone, so far as is known. He was so squeamish that he would turn away from the killing. Still he bears a greater share of guilt than do his execution squads.

Think of it this way. Lots of people eat beef. Very few people would be willing to kill the cow. But they are just as complicit in its slaughter.

One could make the same argument for the Nazis who DIDN’T directly participate in the Holocaust. They willingly subscribed to the Nazi ideology as outlined in Hitler’s mandatory-for-Party-members “Mein Kampf” (interestingly, “My Struggle” in English, “My Jihad” in Arabic).

Even if they didn’t personally pull the trigger, they were just as complicit in the slaughter of innocents.

There were two kinds of Nazis, we learned after the war. There were the fanatics, like the SS, and the ‘moderates’ who, although nominal Nazis, claimed no knowledge of what was being done in their name.

Whether they personally murdered any of the Nazi-identified untermenchen (sub-humans) or not, they agreed with the premise that they had to ‘go’.

Even if they didn’t know where they ‘went’, they didn’t ask and they didn’t care. Even non-Nazis dared not risk the ire of the Party for fear that they would come for them next.

The subway ad campaign is therefore analogous to 1944 New York City running ads in its subway system promoting Nazism. Even if one divides Islam into the categories of ‘fanatic’ and ‘moderate’ — both are inspired by the same ideological source.

Once a ‘Party’ member, studying that ideology is mandatory, and those who disagree with that ideology keep quiet about it for fear of reprisal from their co-religionists.

Those outside the ‘Party’ — particularly Christians and Jews, run the risk of arrest if they fail to go along.

A Dutch filmmaker named Geert Wilders recently released a short film entitled “Fitna”. I watched the film yesterday, and I was impressed with the way that Wilders allowed Islam to speak for itself through news footage and the statements of Islamic leaders.

Not once did Wilders interject an opinion of his own, insofar as I could tell. The film was essentially newspaper headlines, news camera footage and Islamic-produced film clips strung together to form a narrative.

The CBC reported the film’s release under the headline, “No Prosecution of Dutch Politician for anti-Islam Film” — as if, in the CBC’s view, prosecution were warranted. Indeed, the next headline, displayed right below it read, “Wilders Escapes Prosecution for Fitna.”

However, Jordan is planning to prosecute Wilders and has informed Interpol that Wilders is wanted to face charges in that country. So, Wilders cannot leave the Netherlands without risking arrest and deportation to Jordan.

Again, I saw the film. Prosecution for what? Being the bearer of bad news? Wilders didn’t mock up the news footage — it was real. I saw much of it when it was happening.

Wilders didn’t invent the clips of Islamic leaders waving swords and calling for the beheading of infidels. Wilders didn’t invent quotes from the Koran, he simply quoted what it said.

What Wilders did was no different than if he had made a film using Holocaust clips, quotes from “Mein Kampf” and clips from speeches by Nazi leaders.

Yet he barely avoided prosecution in his own nation and is now an internationally-wanted Interpol fugitive. For allowing Islam to define itself by its deeds.

It is illegal in Europe and Canada, and quasi-illegal in the United States to say in public that Islam is responsible for the actions of its adherents.

In fact, political correctness demands that NY promote the ideology that forever changed its landscape in 2001. It isn’t a question of forgiveness — forgiveness must be sought before it can be extended.

Islam has never asked forgiveness for 9/11 — it simultaneously denies responsibility and offers justification for its commission. Instead, the attack was the opening salvo in a war that continues to this day.

But political correctness forbids lumping all Muslims together under the banner of ‘Islamic’ as ‘racist’ — which, like most PC thinking, defies logical analysis. Islam is a religion, not a race.

And not lumping all Muslims together under the label ‘Islamic’ is like differentiating between fanatical and moderate Nazis. The basic duty of all Muslims is the same — to convert the infidel to Islam.

Fanatics point to the Koran and say those who refuse should be put to the sword. Moderates lean toward the Koran’s teachings on ‘dhimmi’ status for non-Muslim religions.

Reality is what reality is. The choices are convert, lose your life, or lose your freedom. The Koran makes allowances for no third option that doesn’t leave Islam in the position of supremacy.

That is the ideology being promoted by New York City in the name of “political correctness.”

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “delusion” thusly: M“false psychotic belief regarding the self or persons or objects outside the self that is maintained despite indisputable evidence to the contrary; also : the abnormal state marked by such beliefs”

One could define political correctness as; “a delusional state in which unpleasant truths are modified according to the sensitivities of the listeners, in defiance of clear and indisputable evidence to the contrary”.

The Apostle Paul writes that during the Tribulation, God will allow the world to embrace a ‘strong delusion’ that will allow them to believe ‘a lie’ that ultimately permits the antichrist to seize control of a global religious system and install himself as its head. (2nd Thessalonians 2, Revelation 13)

But before that, Paul writes to Timothy:

“the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” (2nd Timothy 4:3-4)

This isn’t a screed about Islam. (THAT would be illegal.) But there is a relevant truth here that HAS largely been turned into a fable.

We’re still free to express politically incorrect opinions without fear. I’m expressing mine, right here and right now, but I can assure you, it isn’t without fear.

I’m not that delusional.