by Daniel Greenfield
And I use art in the loosest sense of the word. While the State Department supposedly didn’t have enough money to cover security at the Benghazi mission… leading to the murder of four Americans… it seems to have plenty to dump on Art in Embassies.
The “work” Black Arch by two Saudi sisters looks like a leftover prop from Studio 54. It’s reportedly very popular among Khat-chewers and those importing some mind-expanding Western drugs.
What is it about? As with all modern art, there’s a statement. Because just seeing it tells you absolutely nothing because it is absolutely nothing.
“The work is a stage, set to project the artists’ collective memory of Black — the monumental absence of colour — and physical representation of Black, referring to their past.”
So it’s black. Really black. Like the hearts of top staffers at the State Department.
By JOEL GEHRKE .
It’s settled, then: Christian conservatives use religion as a justification for their discriminatory behavior, and Americans will only enjoy true religious freedom when their so-called “religious liberty” claims are defeated.
That was the consensus Thursday at a panel discussion sponsored by the Center for American Progress in Washington.
The Persecution & Prayer Alert
The Voice of the Martyrs Canada
Thursday, December 12, 2013
/”I waited patiently for the Lord;
//He turned to me and heard my cry.”/
~ Psalm 40:1 NIV
EGYPT: High-Profile Convert Jailed for ‘Inciting Strife’
Sources: Morningstar News, Release International
Mohammed Hegazy, a well-known Christian campaigner for religious
liberty, has been detained in Egypt for allegedly inciting “sectarian
strife.” Sources are concerned that the 31-year-old believer may be
enduring torture in prison.
Mohammed (now widely known by his Christian name, Bishoy Armia
Boulous), was arrested on the morning of December 4th at a cafÃ© in
Minya, Upper Egypt. Security forces claim he had been working for a
Christian satellite TV channel and contributing to a “false image”
that there is violence being perpetrated against Christians in Minya.
Those familiar with the case argue that Mohammed’s arrest had nothing
to do with any reporting work but was rather the result of ongoing
retaliation for his conversion to Christianity. After embracing the
Christian faith in 1998, he was arrested many times. On one occasion,
the imprisoned believer was severely tortured for three days.
In August 2007, Mohammed was the first Egyptian to ever file a legal
suit to change his religious identity on his ID card. The court later
ruled against him on the grounds that Sharia (Islamic law) forbids
conversions from Islam. In April 2010, an appeals court suspended the
case indefinitely. (For more information on his case, go to
As a result of his conversion and attempts to change his ID card,
Mohammed has received multiple death threats, forcing him, his wife
and their two children into hiding. His family is reportedly now
living in an undisclosed country in Europe.
As our brother-in-Christ faces yet another grueling trial because of
his faith, pray that God will grant him needed strength and grace for
each moment. May he echo the Apostle Peter’s determination to obey the
Lord regardless of what mere man says (Acts 5:29). Ask the Lord to
also be especially near to his wife and children so that peace may
reign in their hearts during this difficult time.
To view a short video interview with Mohammed and his family, please
visit our multimedia site at http://www.persecution.tv/hegazy
ALGERIA: Church Attacked for Third Time
Source: World Watch Monitor
On the night of November 12th, a group of assailants attempted to set
a church ablaze in southern Algeria. The group dispersed after police
arrived, but no suspects were apprehended.
The church has faced other attacks in recent years. In 2010,
assailants broke through the church’s gates and entered the building
in an attempt to steal the crucifix from the roof. In November of
2012, a group threatened to burn down the church and kill the pastor.
“There are people who try to intimidate us…to push us out of here,”
the pastor explains. “I think it is the growth of our community that
Persecution is intensifying in the country as Islamist groups become
increasingly intolerant of other expressions of faith and push for the
institution of Sharia law. Less than .5 percent of the population is
Please bring this pastor and his congregation before the Lord in
prayer. Ask Him to guard their hearts against fear and anxiety.
Despite the opposition they are presently facing, may they continue
faithfully meeting together for worship (Hebrews 10:23-25). Pray that
God will also work powerfully in the lives of the assailants, drawing
them into relationship with Himself and His people.
For more information on Algeria’s persecuted church, visit our Algeria
Country Report at http://www.persecution.net/algeria.htm
AFGHANISTAN: Convert in Danger of Deportation from the Netherlands
Source: Mohabat News
Mostafa Najafi, an Afghan convert to Christianity who fled his home
country to seek asylum in the Netherlands, is facing the risk of
deportation. After his immigration case was rejected, he was
imprisoned for four months. Now, during his detainment in the
immigration camp, he faces the possibility of deportation at any time.
He also has received threats from hardline Muslims within the camp.
Mostafa, formerly a Muslim, became a Christian about nine months ago.
“The first time I got a chance to read the Bible, I realized that I
had found answers to many of the unanswered questions I had all my
life,” he shared.
His acceptance of Christ comes at great risk, as conversion from Islam
is considered a crime punishable by death in his home country. When
asked what happens to Christians who return to Afghanistan, Mostafa
gave this troubling response: “Everyone is aware of the religious
extremism in Afghanistan. Even my own father, when he found out that I
had become a Christian, told me that ‘killing you is my duty, it is my
Please join us in praying that Mostafa’s case will be reviewed with
great heartfelt concern and that, as a result, he will be permitted to
stay in the Netherlands. Also raise in prayer the immigration
officials, asking the Lord to help them recognize the very real
dangers facing converts from Islam so they will serve as humanitarian
rescuers by offering security to Mostafa and other believers like him.
May God shield Mostafa from harm while in the immigration camp. Pray
that his devotion to Jesus will lead others to the Christian faith.
To post a prayer of support and encouragement for Mostafa, please
visit our Persecuted Church Prayer Wall at
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A casual glance in the rearview mirror led a young Fernie couple rushing to help Richard Altvater save his family.
On Dec. 1, the couple (boyfriend and girlfriend) were driving home from Kimberley on Hwy 3 in southeastern B.C. The roads were slushy with two tire tracks and a berm in the middle of the road so they were driving below the speed limit at 85 km/h.
They were the only ones on the road until the girlfriend noticed a minivan travelling behind them in the rearview mirror.
She glanced in her rearview mirror again in time to see the van launch off to the right of the highway and begin to lift as if it was about to flip. At 1:54 p.m. the boyfriend called Emergency Medical Services (EMS) before they had even turned their car around. They had no idea what they would find when they arrived at the accident scene. EMS had the boyfriend relay the accident location, while the couple followed the tire tracks in the snow.
They found the vehicle upside down in a beaver pond eight km west of Fernie; it had broken through the ice and the engine was off.
At that point it was all reaction for the couple, who did not want to be identified. They both have Occupational First Aid Level 3.
The boyfriend tossed the phone at his girlfriend and he ran down the bank breaking through the ice into waist deep water. He fought his way to the van, going to the passenger side first as it was higher out of the water and seemed the best chance to enter.
Mark Levin slams Boehner and his henchmen for purging top conservative from Republican Study Committee
by The Right Scoop
Mark Levin says that Boehner and his lackeys have purged a top conservative, Paul Teller, from the Republican Study Committee by accusing him of being a leaker. And they did it because the RSC has been a conservative thorn in their side since Boehner has been speaker.
He explains below:
By Rowan Scarborough
President Obama’s brain trust on Afghanistan does not know much the U.S. spends on the war each year or the American cost in lost lives on the battlefield.
This embarrassing lack of basic knowledge from State Department and Pentagon experts on Afghanistan at a House hearing Wednesday prompted even a Democrat to say he was stunned.
The setting was the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The Issue: Afghanistan and the transition to fewer U.S. troops post-2014.
The witnesses: James F. Dobbins, State’s special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan; Donald Sampler, assistant to the administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development, which provides civilian foreign aid; and Michael Dumont, deputy assistant secretary of defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia.
When it came time for Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, California Republican, to quiz the witnesses, he asked what he thought was a simple question:
“How much are we spending annually in Afghanistan? How much is the cost to the American taxpayer?”
He was met with stone silence from the witness panel. Mr. Dobbins gestured to the other witnesses for the answer. They, too, came up empty.
“Anybody know?” Mr. Rohrabacker asked. “Nobody knows the total budget, what we’re spending in Afghanistan. It’s a hearing on Afghanistan. Can I have an estimate?
“I’m sorry, congressman,” Mr. Dobbins said.
Mr. Rohrabacker called the lack of an answer “disheartening.”
“How many killed and wounded have we suffered in the last 12 months,” he asked.
Again, none of the three had an answer. Mr. Dumont said he would get back to him.
Today’s Guest : William Jasper
Topic : William F. Jasper, member of the John Birch Society and Senior Editor for the New American, joins Dr. David Berman to share from his vast trove of research into the global communist cabal behind iconic world figures such as Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama
By: Humberto Fontova
At the funeral extravaganza commemorating a black “political prisoner” President Obama went out of his way to smilingly shake hands with the jailer and torturer of the most and longest suffering black political prisoners in modern history.
That’s for starters.
The dictator the U.S. president was greeting, and almost bowing before, is also holding a U.S. citizen named Alan Gross in his KGB-designed prison cells as a hostage. President Obama’s smile, handshake, and curtsy to Castro came almost exactly on the 4th anniversary of Alan Gross’ jailing by Castro’s KGB-trained police.
Sec. of State Kerry insists that the handshake was part of normal diplomatic protocol and signals no major change in U.S. policy towards Cuba. He’s probably right. In fact, President Obama was being anything but hypocritical by shaking Raul Castro’s hand. He was merely confirming the U.S.–Cuba relationship nowadays.
Oh, I know, I know. All you read about in the media, in your textbooks blah…blah…is about a “cruel” and “vindictive” and “archaic” embargo, even a “blockade,” by the mean Yankee bullies against the innocent and plucky Castroites who want nothing more than our friendship–and who amply deserve it. So perhaps some meticulously-documented clarifications are in order:
by Debra Heine
Wednesday, radio talk show host Sara Marie Brenner interviewed Bill Elliott, the cancer patient who gained notoriety when he appeared on Fox News with Megyn Kelly after his insurance was cancelled. Elliott, you may remember, later received notification of his audit from the IRS on the same day C. Steven Tucker, the man who helped him get his insurance back, received his. After reaching out to SC Governor Nikki Haley, a SC congressman and a Democratic US Senator from North Carolina, he was able to get his IRS “audit” terminated.
According to Elliott, the US Senator – presumably Kay Hagan – was especially helpful on that front.
Via The Washington Times:
By Todd Starnes
The recommendation to remove a Nativity from a Christmas display at the base came from Pentagon lawyers who feared the plastic Baby Jesus could give the appearance that the military is endorsing religion.
A spokesperson for the South Carolina base told me that Pentagon lawyers were acting on a complaint filed by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a radical anti-Christian organization whose leaders appear to hold great sway over President Obama’s Pentagon.
By: Raymond Ibrahim
Yet another phenomenon with a long paper trail in Islamic history has just taken place, even as the Western “mainstream”—little acquainted with true history or reality—dismisses it as an aberration. Asia News has the details:
by Breitbart Sports
ESPN has reportedly rejected a Christmas commercial from a St. Louis area Catholic hospital because the network found the mention of “Jesus” in the ad to be “problematic.”
Bill O’Reilly, the host of Fox News’ O’Reilly Factor, said on Wednesday that an ad from the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation was turned down by ESPN even though it is run on other networks in the area.
The commercial mentions that thousands of people in the community send “messages of hope to sick and injured children who may not be able to come home for the holidays.”
“At… Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, we celebrate the birth of Jesus and the season of giving, bringing hope to the many children, parents, and families that we serve,” an announcer says in the ad before mentioning that the hospital’s patients are “filled with hope” because they receive daily messages from the “treasure chest” beneath its “tree of hope.”
The ad concludes by asking viewers to “help us reveal God’s healing presence this Christmas. Send your message of hope at Glennon.org.”
ESPN reportedly found “we celebrate the birth of Jesus” and “help us reveal God’s healing presence this Christmas” to be “problematic.”
TOUGH GUYS …THANK HEAVEN THEY’RE OUT THERE PROTECTING US …
By Kevin D. Williamson
But things are different now. Our relationship with the national-security and public-safety bureaucracies has changed. It used to be that you called the fireman to get your cat out of a tree; now the policeman shoots your dog. We have police rolling through the streets of such combat zones as Lubbock, Texas, in armored vehicles, wearing camouflage uniforms to help them blend into the honeysuckle bushes and crepe myrtle. (Most common inquiry from the Lubbock tactical-britches supply sergeant: “Does this come in dust?”) Radley Balko’s excellent Rise of the Warrior Cop is a terrifying compendium of everything that goes wrong when you blur the line between law enforcement and the military. Short version: Keep telling them they’re fighting a war, and they’ll act like they’re fighting a war.
Published by: Dan Calabrese
Prohibiting the free exercise thereof.
Let’s start by quoting the establishment clause of the First Amendment. You know exactly where I’m going with this so let’s just get to it:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof
The law now prohibits Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver, from the free exercise of his religion. An administrative law judge has issued the order and the state’s “Civil Rights Commission” is about to certify it. Not only that, but the American Civil Liberties Union is cheering them on.
Mr. Phillips chooses not to bake a cake for the gay wedding of two men, Charlie Craig and David Mullins, because homosexuality is considered an abomination before God as taught in his Christian faith, which most of you know is also mine. Now please note: Phillips does not object to baking cakes for people just because they are gay. He indicated that he would have been happy to bake a birthday cake for either one of them. But when you bake a cake for a wedding, you lend your own creative expression to the celebration of that wedding.
That would mean, in this case, Phillips would be lending his creative expression to the celebration of two men committing an act that Phillips recognizes to be wrong in God’s eyes. He is not willing to do that, and he declined their business.
Now a court has told him he is compelled by law to do it whether he wants to or not. CBS 4 Denver has more:
by Soeren Kern
The common thread that binds the entire document together is the OIC’s repeated insistence that the main culprit responsible for “the institutionalization of Islamophobia” in Western countries is freedom of speech.
“The Istanbul Process started with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton…. We need to build on it.” — OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Isanoglu
Adorable six-year-old Hunter Yelton was accused of sexual harassment by his school administrators after he kissed his girlfriend on the hand in class.
His permanent record now reflects a sexual harassment charge, even though he doesn’t know what sex is.
WHY ON EARTH DID HIS MOTHER SEND HIM BACK TO THIS INSANE ASYLUM SCHOOL?
by The Right Scoop
Mark Levin reminds Republicans that while they are worried about preventing another government shutdown, the whole thing is going to shutdown and collapse because there isn’t enough money in the world to pay for the kind of spending that is going on right now:
THIS MODERN JONAH IS A CHRISTIAN, IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING.
by Robert Wilde
During a heated exchange between Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), the congressman said talking to Sebelius is “like talking to the Republic of Korea.”
by Wynton Hall
Embattled Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius appeared flustered during Wednesday testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee as she struggled to answer questions about an explosive Politico Magazine report written by Government Accountability Institute President and Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Peter Schweizer.
The report revealed the White House calendar records a single one-on-one meeting between her and President Barack Obama in over three-and-a-half years.
The planet is cooling, despite what the Intergovernmental Panel on Climatic Change (IPCC) has claimed. Ice core samples continually exhibit and prove CO2 isn’t the main driver of climate change.
Demonizing CO2 which is what plants need in order to survive?
We need plants with plentiful CO2 levels to grow our food, and studies have shown that biomass explodes with heightened CO2 levels. With all of this in mind, it is no surprise that the majority of scientists are skeptical of climate change. CO2 doesn’t lead changes in temperature; temperature leads CO2 levels by at least 800 years of lag.
Antarctic ice glaciers are also growing exponentially to the extent they’ve grown an extra 533,000 miles in 2013 compared with the year 2012. Much to the surprise of some environmentalists, polar bear populations are also either stabilized or are increasing. Sir Brain Heap, president of the European Academies Science Advisory Council warns the planet will be affected by devastating winter storms of cold for the next 30 years.
Marc Morano, a global warming skeptic and the editor of ClimateDepot.com, fought the climate sob stories peddled by Sierra Club Director Michael Brune with cold, hard facts on CNN Tuesday night.
“‘Global weirding’ is nothing more than a pseudoscience expression,” he said on Don Lemon’s “11th Hour,” pushing back against Lemon’s contention that the “extreme” cold weather wracking much of the country is a symptom of climate change.
“So record cold is now evidence of man-made global warming,” Morano said sarcastically. “What evidence would disprove climate change? It seems that no matter the weather, everything that happens proves it.”
Actually, Rep. Steve Scalise is a Boehner guy. Scalise took over the Republican Study Committee, which was originally established as the conservative alternative to House Republican RINOs many years ago. Paul Teller has a sterling reputation and has been a senior staffer at the RSC for many years. This is nothing short of a purge.
by Joel B. Pollak
Some influential Senate Democrats are folding on new Iran sanctions under pressure from the Obama administration, giving tacit endorsement to a faulty nuclear deal with Iran that accepts nuclear enrichment by the regime–a position recently unthinkable, and against UN Security Council resolutions.
Forgiveness may be necessary for an individual to move from darkness into light; but justice is essential if a society is to be civilised. Forgiveness is a great virtue; but it can never be at the expense of the fundamental moral distinction between right and wrong, good and bad. To make it so, as many are now doing over Mandela’s legacy, is another example of the vicious culture of sentimentalisation to which the morally confused west is now unfortunately all too prone.