By Rick Moran
US Secretary of State John Kerry assumed the chairmanship of the Arctic Council, and immediately made it clear that despite worrisome Russian military moves in the Arctic, the US would not challenge them.
THESE IDIOTS IN WASHINGTON HAVE BEEN DRINKING LSD-LACED KOOL-AID TOO LONG.
Speaking to Tazpit News Agency, Lisa Rahmani, of the “Face of Israel” organization, registered her indignation at the supposed content of the document. “We are outraged with the proposal. It not only violates article 9 of the Israel-Jordan peace treaty, but also article 18 of the universal declaration of human rights, concerning the freedom of religion.”
This is a truly remarkable video. Yesterday we had heard reports that the base camp located up Mount Everest had been hit by an avalanche as the result of the earthquake that hit Nepal. Today a video has surfaced from a German hiker who was there.
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Authorities continue to strip crosses from churches in east China despite claims Beijing had ordered an end to “anti-Christian” campaign
British soldiers took over the camp on April 15, 1945 and found tens of thousands of dead bodies
Their intervention came just two months after diarist Anne Frank, who was held at the camp, died
IsraAid, Tevel B’Tzedek join IDF and MDA delegations to provide assistance to earthquake-ravaged Kathmandu
By Anthony J. Sadar
Here’s good advice for conservatives, as this political campaign season is revving up: Don’t use the euphemisms “liberal” or “progressive” to describe those on the left. These descriptors immediately cede a perception advantage to your challenger. The better, more accurate term is “leftist,” since those on the political left are typically not liberal in the true sense of the word, nor are they progressive.
Good examples of this come from the issue involving climate science. Leftists have worked long and hard to shutdown reasonable debate on the question of the degree of human influence on climate change. Thus, leftists are certainly not being liberal regarding exchange of ideas.
In addition, leftist solutions to energy needs of nations is to fight supposed anthropogenic global warming with yesteryear’s sunbeam and sea-breeze catchers, rather than to get on board with modern, cutting-edge fracking and nuclear technologies. Thus, leftists are not being progressive regarding advancement of society.
Unfortunately, leftist cannot even be counted on to liberate and develop people by championing true freedom, since leftists look to impose their views on others directly or through government control. So, if conservatives are looking for an alternative moniker for leftists, perhaps “statists” fits the bill.
The Middle East is on the brink of its fourth war (after Syria, Iraq and Yemen). debkafile’s military and intelligence sources report that Egypt is massing large-scale ground and air forces in the Western Desert along the Libyan border, in preparation for a military campaign to capture eastern Libya – Cyrenaica – from the Islamist State of Syria and Iraq – ISIS – occupation.
The substantial naval and marine forces assembling at Egypt’s Mediterranean ports indicate the possible launching of the offensive by dropping Egyptian marines on the Libyan coast around Derna (pop: 100,000), which ISIS has made its provincial capital. They may be accompanied by simultaneous landings of paratroops from the air.
For President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi, ISIS’s presence in eastern Libya (as well as Sinai) poses an unacceptable peril to his country. He has been warned in a number of intelligence reports that the Islamic State’s terrorists have already penetrated some Egyptian towns and even infiltrated certain army units.
To counter the Egyptian plan of campaign, ISIS is rushing reinforcements to eastern Libya from Syria and Iraq. From Syria, they are traveling by air or sea through the Mediterranean; from Iraq, through the Sinai Peninsula, whence oil and drug rings smuggle them across the Suez Canal and Egypt.
debkafile’s sources reveal that Egypt’s projected invasion of Libya was high on the agenda of American CIA Director John Brennan’s unannounced visit to Cairo on April 19 for a meeting with the president.
In reply to his visitor’s demand for precise information on Egypt’s Libyan campaign. President El-Sisi offered an assurance that he had no intention of keeping the Egyptian army in Libya. He would pull the troops out after defeating and disarming the jihadis and hand power to the Libyan government, which has established its seat in the eastern town of Tobruk near the Egyptian border and home to Libyan military bases and oil terminals.
The Tobruk government was set up by Libyan members of parliament who fled the capital Tripoli when it was overrun by a group of extremist Islamist militias, known as the Libyan Dawn, which included elements associated with Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb – AQIM.
The head of the this government is Abdullah al-Thinni, who is recognized by the United States and most Western governments as the legitimate prime minister of Libya.
By Caiden Cowger
A group of grassroots Christian students at a Pennsylvania high school organized a “Flannel Day,” where students all wore flannel to show their support and unity for opposing the LGBT lifestyle. This event was referred to as “Anti-Gay Day” by the media. The event was created in response to the nationally-observed Day of Silence.
The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, and several other liberal mainstream media outlets picked up the story, and have reported many falsehoods about the faith-based demonstration. They claimed that Christian students pushed, bullied and placed anti-gay posters on homosexual student’s lockers. The Advocate, also claimed that along with wearing flannel, students were also supposed to write “anti-gay” on their hands, which if you observe the pictures, it was simply not true and could only be seen on the hand of one student. Cowger Nation exclusively interviewed one of the main students who organized the demonstration, along with a parent of one of the students. They explained what actually occurred during this event, along with what lead up to the counter-demonstration.
On April 17, students from McGuffey High School’s Gay-Straight Alliance participated in the LGBT Day of Silence. LGBT youth activists, plastered professionally-printed posters promoting the day, along with passing out Day of Silence propaganda and held silent demonstrations, attempting to gain support for the homosexual agenda.
A group of grassroots Christian students began organizing a counter protest, and one of the pupils suggested that the group should wear flannel to show their unity.
“We respected their day,” said one of the Christian organizers. “We wore flannels to represent our beliefs.”
The following day, approximately 50 Christian students arrived at the school dressed in the specified attire. They began writing Bible verses on plain pieces of paper, and then attached them on the walls underneath of the LGBT Day of Awareness posters.
The demonstration was peacefully carried-out; however, the LGBT students were outraged by the counter protest.
Allegedly, Zoe Johnson, a bi-sexual student at McGuffey, began contacting different media outlets, demanding that they cover the story. When they agreed, she began accusing the Christian students of bullying LGBT pupils and members of the GSA.
An Oregon-based bakery owned by Christians shut down after being told they had to bake a cake for a gay wedding despite their religious objections, but they were able to raise $109,000 in a “GoFundMe” campaign. That is until gay advocates started berating the company for letting Christians use their service in a way they didn’t like. So now it’s shut down.
From the Christian charity “Samaritan’s Purse”:
by Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Ted Cruz is still my guy for 2016, but I really, really, really like Bobby Jindal. He’s an unapologetic Christian with stones. Along with Cruz, he is one of the strongest proponents of religious freedom and Constitutional rights out there. I could not believe how fast Mike Pence folded on the issue in Indiana. We need more principled leaders like Bobby Jindal who won’t be bullied or bribed into letting the Leftists have their way in America. The Marriage and Conscience Act sounds like an excellent step in the right direction.
Massive earthquake rocks Nepal, killing Everest climbers, leveling historic buildings, and killing over 1,400 people
Mixed reports have emerged about the total death toll. CNN and the BBC have reported nearly 1,500 confirmed deaths, while other news outlets have put the figure closer to 1,100.
by Audrey Russo
What we’re seeing with entities like ISIS and the Iranian regime, are reflections of the Ottoman Empire. You may have heard of the Ottoman Empire in passing in your history lessons in school when you were young. But you’re about to learn a few details that will make you see history repeating itself, in our time…
The Ottoman Empire (1299-1922), was an Islamic Caliphate…a form of Islamic government led by a caliph, a person considered a political and religious successor to their prophet Muhammed and a leader of the entire Muslim community (Ummah). They, like all Islamic movements since Muhammed, invaded non-Muslims lands and took land, pillaged, raped, tortured and slaughtered…all with the same goal of conquering the entire earth for Islam. They slaughtered their way through Christian Europe for 500 years…hence the reason for the Crusades (see THE CRUSADES: A Direct Response To Islam’s Bloodlust).
The following are quotes from various credible sources on the barbaric behavior… especially toward Christians…of the Ottoman Empire:
By Joel Gehrke
When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) postponed the vote to confirm Loretta Lynch as attorney general in order to break the filibuster of a human-trafficking bill, Senator Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) punished him by suggesting that the delay was motivated by racism.
“Loretta Lynch, the first African-American woman nominated to be attorney general, is asked to sit in the back of the bus when it comes to the Senate calendar,” Durbin said on the Senate floor in March. McConnell didn’t flinch during the human trafficking fight, which Republicans ultimately won, but such accusations stung.
In public, Republican senators and aides say that GOP support for Lynch’s confirmation reflects the belief that the Senate has a duty to confirm a president’s cabinet nominees if they have the requisite qualifications. In private, they admit that charges of racism such as the one leveled by Durbin discouraged them from blocking her nomination entirely. As a result, Obama paid no political price for issuing executive orders on immigration that he himself had previously admitted were unconstitutional.
Farmer’s Fight Exposes Law Allowing Government To Seize Crops Without Just Compensation – Cashin’ In
by Ashley Edwardson
In an interview conducted earlier this month, film maker Joel Gilbert, who produced the film “Dreams from My Real Father,” (which suggested that Obama’s Communist mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, may be his real father) talks to President Obama’s brother Malik, who has some very strong views about his half-brother – including his own doubts as to Obama’s parentage.
The agenda is never the agenda for the Left. And this is especially true for gay marriage. Homosexual marriage is a Trojan horse tactic. The true agenda is to establish the primacy of homosexual rights over the First Amendment’s guarantee of the free exercise of religion. Our nation was founded on this principle, and the gay marriage movement seeks to destroy it.
Dana Perino tells the poignant and touching military anecdote that NPR CUT in favor of a critical story
Here’s another example of how the mainstream media filters stories in order to make Republicans look worse. When the lovely and brilliant Dana Perino went on NPR to promote her new book, she told two stories about George W. Bush – one a poignant and beautiful anecdote about a soldier waking up from an injury, and another critical of Bush. Guess which one got on the air?
Well here’s the story they cut:
Medical martyrdom is coming, predicts this author, for Canadian and Australian doctors
Why make it a “Jewish” endeavor? In a political climate where a growing number of Jews are cooling to Obama, traditionally liberal, secularized Jews are ripe for the picking. Let’s hope they’re wise enough not to pour Soros’s Kool Aid into their kiddush cups.
Hillary On Abortion: ‘Deep-Seated Cultural Codes, Religious Beliefs And Structural Biases Have To Be Changed’
NEW YORK — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took a feminist tone on Thursday. She told attendees at the sixth annual Women in The World Summit that “deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed” for the sake of giving women access to “reproductive health care and safe childbirth.”
“Far too many women are denied access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth, and laws don’t count for much if they’re not enforced. Rights have to exist in practice — not just on paper,” Clinton said.
Aaron and Melissa Klein, Christian owners of the custom cake shop Sweet Cakes by Melissa, declined to create and design a cake for the wedding of two women whom they had happily served for other purposes in the past. The Kleins felt that they simply could not create a work of art celebrating something their religion prohibited.
Although the couple was able to secure another cake for their wedding within a matter of days and even received a free cake from celebrity pastry chef Duff Goldman, they filed a complaint with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry. The State of Oregon has prosecuted this case vigorously and has asked for damages in excess of $150,000.
The Kleins have already had to close their shop and have been struggling to make ends meet. They have five children, the youngest of which are two year old twins. The state is going after their personal assets and any amount they have to pay will be money that they would have used to pay their mortgage and feed their children.
This page exists with the knowledge and cooperation of the Kleins.
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An Oregon administrative law judge recommended today that the bakers who refused to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding should be fined $135,000.
“[T]he forum concludes that $75,000 and $60,000, are appropriate awards to compensate [the same-sex couple] for the emotional suffering they experienced,” wrote Alan McCullough, administrative law judge for Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries in his proposed order.
Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa located in Gresham, Ore., say the fine is enough to potentially bankrupt their family of seven.
The dispute began in January 2013, when Aaron denied Rachel Cryer a wedding cake after learning there would be two brides in her wedding.
Aaron and his wife Melissa are both Christians and believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.
The Supreme Court will entertain oral arguments on natural marriage versus sodomy-based marriage on April 28. It will issue its ruling in June.
If the Supreme Court imposes same-sex “marriage” on the United States in June, it will turn the Bible into Mein Kampf, every Bible-believing pastor and Christian into Bull Connor, every church into Bob Jones University, and the entire First Amendment into confetti.
This is because the only way the Court can find for “marriage” based on what Massachusetts law still calls “the abominable and detestable crime against nature” (you can look it up) would be to treat homosexuality as the biological equivalent of race, and deserving of the same protections.
Anyone who opposes the normalization of homosexuality will be lumped by the Supreme Court together with the Nazis, the KKK, slaveholders, and Aryan supremacists. The Bible, because it regards homosexual conduct as an “abomination” and as something “dishonorable, contrary to nature, (and) shameless” (Romans 1:26-27) will become the equivalent of Mein Kampf.
The Bible will be classified as hate speech from beginning to end, and it will not be long before efforts will be made to ban it in school and public libraries and to forbid the study of it anywhere on college campuses. Most German libraries today carry only heavily redacted versions of Mein Kampf, and it won’t be long before pressure is brought to bear to do the same with the Bible.
A century after the Armenian Genocide, Muslims continue cleansing their countries of Christian minorities.
Mainstream Media Claims Christians’ Hysteria About Persecution in the West Is ‘Groundless’ and ‘Morally Distasteful’
The Guardian has been criticized by The Christian Institute for claiming that Christians’ concerns about marginalization in the U.K. are “hysterical”, “morally distasteful” and “groundless.”
An editorial in the paper suggests that the severe persecution of Christians overseas means Christians in the U.K. should not complain about the lesser problems in their own country.
It also describes Christian evangelism as “obnoxious and embarrassing” but says it should not be made illegal.
Institute spokesman Simon Calvert said: “Most U.K. Christians do not need The Guardian to remind them that their own marginalization should not be put on a par with the persecution of believers overseas.”
“But this does not mean that highlighting such marginalization is “hysterical.” Why are Christians the only people the Guardian thinks should keep quiet when they are mistreated?
“The editorial seems to equate “civilized society” to “endorsing homosexual relationships.” In so doing it seeks to devalue centuries of orthodox Christian thinking and entirely ignore the fact that Christianity has made arguably the biggest single contribution to the civilized society our country has enjoyed for hundreds of years.
“More than that, they ignore the fact that the principle of religious liberty, Christians being able to live out their faith in the public square, is vital for a truly civilized society.
There can be absolutely no question whatsoever that Ginsburg’s and Kagan’s judicial actions raise serious questions about their ability to be impartial when the same-sex case comes before them for adjudication. Rather than being impartial on the matter, they have shown themselves to be gay-marriage activists and de facto members of the homosexual lobby.
Islamic Foxes Within U.S. Police Depts: Miami Chief, What Say You, Re Your “F U” Non-Pledge of Allegiance? How Many More Are Embedded?
By Adina Kutnicki
AS is said, a picture is worth a thousand words. Even more so, some are assigned a higher “market” value.
IN this regard, oftentimes, what is missing from a certain photo is the authentic and inner pictorial, the heart and thrust of the situation. In other words, when a law enforcement official, a top cop, fails to acknowledge the pledge of allegiance, what exactly does that signal as to “intent”? Could it be any clearer?
MONTREAL — When a gunman stormed into a kosher supermarket in Paris, seizing hostages and killing four people, Julien Catan felt tremors all the way to Montreal. A Paris native, he had walked the streets around the Hyper-Cacher market thousands of times. His fiancée’s mother had been shopping there 20 minutes before it was attacked.
“What happened in January was a real shock, like never before,” Catan said in an interview. “I think the impact it had is very profound, and I think the Jewish community has taken a real hit.”
The murderous targeting of shoppers buying groceries before the Sabbath, two days after an attack on the journalists of Charlie Hebdo, came amid a surge in anti-Semitism that has Jews questioning how long they can remain in France. More than ever, Canada is seen as a safe haven, and leaders of Montreal’s Jewish community are only too happy to extend a welcoming hand.
It was love that brought Catan, 28, to Montreal last year when he joined his fiancée, who had moved from France five years ago to pursue her studies. But the rise of anti-Semitic hatred back home makes the Jewish couple reluctant to return as they contemplate raising a family. Among their circle of Jewish friends in France, many are planning to leave. “It was perhaps the straw that broke the camel’s back,” Catan said of the January attacks. “It will lead people who were thinking of leaving to take action.”
ike Catan, Adam Scheier was shaken by news of the January terror attacks in Paris. The senior rabbi at Montreal’s Congregation Shaar Hashomayim was at an event in Nashville, and instead of returning home, he flew immediately to Paris as an expression of solidarity. “I found fear,” he said in an interview. “Parents were telling me how terrified they were to send their children to school.”
For Scheier, the sight of heavily armed soldiers guarding Jewish schools clashed with the safety felt by North America’s Jewish communities. Since his return, he has been pushing to make that North American safety available to French Jews. “I think Quebec should proactively be looking to welcome Jews from France who are looking to leave,” he said.
“This is a Jewish community that has western liberal values that are consistent with our Canadian values. This is a Jewish community that is filled with professionals, people of achievement in law, in business, medicine, sciences and the arts. This is a vibrant, dynamic community that could make a contribution to our country, and this is a community that speaks French, which is something that is very attractive for the Quebec governmen
Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.) on Thursday warned that the push to legalize same-sex marriage could make practicing Christianity a criminal offense.
“I think it’s fair to say that Christian convictions are under attack as never before,” Huckabee said during a conference call with pastors, Politico reported. “Not just in our lifetime, but ever before in the history of this great nation.
“We are moving rapidly toward the criminalization of Christianity,” he added.
Huckabee’s remarks come as he weighs a 2016 White House run.
He criticized his side of the political spectrum on Thursday for failing to defend religious liberty.
“Supposedly, conservative donors and conservative office holders are running away from the issue,” the Republican claimed.
“Once the courts have been allowed to run over us, and nobody stands up for us in the other two branches of government, then God help us all,” Huckabee said.
1. U.S. acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.
2. U.S. willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.
3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament [by] the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength.
4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.
5. Extension of long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites.
6. Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.
7. Grant recognition of Red China. Admission of Red China to the U.N.
8. Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev’s promise in 1955 to settle the German question by free elections under supervision of the U.N.
9. Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests because the United States has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.
10. Allow all Soviet satellites individual representation in the U.N.
11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces. (Some Communist leaders believe the world can be taken over as easily by the U.N. as by Moscow. Sometimes these two centers compete with each other as they are now doing in the Congo.)
12. Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.
13. Do away with all loyalty oaths.
14. Continue giving Russia access to the U.S. Patent Office.
15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.
16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.
17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.
18. Gain control of all student newspapers.
19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.
20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policymaking positions.
21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.
22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to “eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms.”
23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. “Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art.”
24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press.
25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.
26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”
27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a “religious crutch.”
28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.”
29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.
30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the “common man.”
31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the “big picture.” Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.
32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture–education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.
33. Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.
34. Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.
35. Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.
36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.
37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business.
38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand [or treat].
39. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.
40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.
41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.
42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use [“]united force[“] to solve economic, political or social problems.
43. Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.
44. Internationalize the Panama Canal.
45. Repeal the Connally reservation so the United States cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction [over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction] over nations and individuals alike.
Remember when George Bush’s ranch got buzzed by a UFO?
In a remarkable admission, the Obama administration had admitted that what it claimed was a lie from Israel is actually true. For many years it has maintained that Iran was a year away from making nuclear weapons when Netanyahu kept saying it was just a few months away.
Here are some of the times they lied to the American public about Iran’s nuclear weapon capabilities:
Pamela Geller Speaks at Brooklyn College, Speech, Q&A
By The Right Scoop
A former Wisconsin police officer was on with Megyn Kelly tonight who says he knows the prosecutor, John Chisholm, who is behind the Wisconsin home raids very well and says the prosecutor told him that this was politically motivated. He described Chisholm as someone who hates Scott Walker’s policies and feels it is his duty to save the state from Republicans.
The White House And Soros-Backed Open Borders Group Strategize About Bribing Immigrants To Naturalize Before 2016
Last week, the White House Task Force on New Americans held a briefing at the Soros-funded, pro-open borders Migration Policy Institute to push its new “Strategic Action Plan on Immigrant & Refugee Integration.” The Task Force, which seeks to ramp up naturalization rates among non-citizens, grew out of one of the dozen bombshell memos dropped on the American public after the midterms last year. Although barely discussed, it may be the most important memo released that day, even more so than Obama’s twin amnesty programs and the ‘New Priorities on Deportations’ memo which rewrote the Immigration and Nationality Act.
|LIBYA: Ethiopian Christians Tragically Murdered by Militants
Source: Middle East Concern
A group of Christian men, believed to be Ethiopian, were brutally killed recently by members of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Libya. The militant group published a video on April 19th that showed one group of men being beheaded on a beach and another group in a desert area being shot in the head. The video further featured a masked armed militant threatening Christians, demanding that they convert to Islam or pay a special tax.
The video is similar to those previously posted by the same militant group, including one that was released in February relating to the beheading of the 21 believers who were primarily from Egypt. (For more information on that tragic event, review our previous prayer alert.)
In the aftermath of yet another gruesome attack against Christians in this part of the world, pray that God’s peace will rest upon the hearts of those who are now mourning. May they find comfort in knowing that the deceased men are now safe with our Lord Jesus in heaven where pain and death can no longer reach them. Also ask for an outflowing of the Holy Spirit to take place in Libya and other areas controlled by ISIS, mindful of God’s promises that He will ultimately accomplish His greater purposes despite the horrific atrocities currently taking place.
To learn more about the persecuted church in Libya, visit our online Country Report.
|NORTH AFRICA: Christian Refugees Thrown Overboard
Sources: CNN, BarnabasAid
Militant Muslims, who were among the migrants trying to flee from Libya to Italy in a boat, threw 12 of their fellow passengers overboard. Witnesses of the incident testified that the perpetrators had committed this crime because the victims were followers of Christ. Italian authorities have consequently arrested 15 people on suspicion of murder for those lost at sea.
The original group of passengers, consisting of 105 people, left Libya on April 14th in a rubber boat. Sometime during the trip north across the Mediterranean Sea, the alleged assailants — Muslims from the Ivory Coast, Mali and Senegal — threw the believers overboard.
According to tearful witnesses, a dispute broke out when a Nigerian Christian man prayed for salvation as the boat moved out to sea. “The Muslims…threw the Christians into the water,” explained a believer who was aboard the vessel. “We tried to stop them, but there were more of them than us.” Other passengers on the voyage told police that they themselves were spared “because they strongly opposed the drowning attempt and formed a human chain.” The murdered Christians were from Nigeria and Ghana.
Thousands of people each year make the dangerous sea journey from North Africa to Europe’s Mediterranean coast, often aboard vessels that are poorly equipped for the trip. Many of them attempt the voyage to flee war and poverty in Africa and the Middle East.
Please intercede on behalf of the many friends and family members who are now coping with the tragic loss of loved ones due to this incident, asking God to greatly comfort their grieving hearts and strengthen their faith. May the Italian authorities deal justly with the perpetrators, holding them accountable for committing this terrible crime. Pray, too, that the assailants, along with many others of North Africa who do not yet know our Risen Lord Jesus, will come to faith in Him.
To post a prayer of solidarity with those now in mourning, visit our Persecuted Church Prayer Wall.
|ADDITIONAL LIBYA UPDATE: “Their God is My God”
Source: VOM USA
Following the brutal murder of a group of Coptic Christians by members of the Islamic State (ISIS) this past February, the names of the 21 martyred men were widely shared. Prior to the beheadings, the victims were kidnapped while residing in Sirte, Libya, where they were working in order to support their families.
Initially, it was believed that all of the men who were slain for their faith were from small impoverished villages in Egypt. However, while the name and background of one of those killed was first unknown, Mathew Ayairga was soon identified by friends who recognized him in the video footage of the killings released by ISIS. According to “Ahram-Canadian News,” Mathew, who had been missing since January of 2015, was from the country of Chad.
The video showed each of the kidnapped men dressed in orange jumpsuits, kneeling on a beach, with their black-clothed attackers standing behind them. Each man was then systematically beheaded. The video clearly captured many of the men praying, “Lord Jesus Christ,” in their final moments.
According to reports, Mathew was not a Christian. However, just moments before his death, when the ISIS militants demanded he follow Islam, Mathew turned them down. After reportedly witnessing the “immense faith” of the Egyptian believers, he decided to become a follower of Christ himself. On camera, one of the terrorists asked Mathew, “Do you reject Christ?” He responded boldly: “Their God is my God.” He then became one of the 21 men who laid down their lives for their faith in Christ. (Once again, more information on this attack is available in a previous prayer alert.)
Let us thank God for the unshakable truth that He will make all things right in His perfect timing, despite the evil onslaughts of the enemy. We can also rejoice in the knowledge that all of these 21 martyred men are now present with our Lord Jesus Christ in heaven (2 Corinthians 5:8). Continue to pray for those who are grieving over this loss, as they understandably miss their dear loved ones. May God’s compassionate and comforting presence be experienced in a special way by each one of them, and may His provision meet their every need.
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By: Garrett Haley
A team of scientists has announced that the famous “Lucy” skeleton, a specimen long heralded as proof of man’s evolutionary descent, likely includes at least one bone from a baboon.
BREAKING: 10 Republicans Join Obama to Confirm Anti-gun, Pro-Illegal, Pro-Abortion Loretta Lynch for Attny Gen
by Warner Todd Huston
Ten purported Republican Senators joined hand-in-hand with Obama to approve of the President’s anti-justice candidate for US Attorney General to replace retiring race baiter Eric Holder today.