By Victor Davis Hanson:
The presidency of Barack Obama is full of funny things that need not follow any sort of logic. Images and ideas just pop in and out, without worry of inconsistency, contradiction, or hypocrisy. It’s a fascinating mish-mash of strange heroes and bogeymen, this imaginarium of our president.
In the imaginarium there are no revolving doors, earmarks, or lobbyists. So Peter Orszag did not go from being OMB director to a Citigroup fat-cat. Once chief-of-staff Rahm Emanuel did not make $16 million for his well-known banking expertise. The more you damn the pernicious role of lobbyists and the polluting role of big money, the more you must hire and seek out both. Public financing of campaigns is wonderful for everyone else who lacks the integrity of Barack Obama who understandably must renounce such unfair impositions.
by The Right Scoop:
During a ‘peaceful’ march by Occupy San Francisco, two police officers were cut by different members, one of which was confirmed to have been carrying a razor blade. And then the ‘spokeswoman’ of Occupy San Francisco justified it by saying that the police “did do a lot” to ty and move them off the street.
Wow, if this were the Tea Party, just think of how many officers would have been cut.
by Bruce Bawer:
In a new interview in the Dutch magazine Panorama, Geert Wilders talks about a variety of things, including his forthcoming book about Islam, which will be published in the U.S. in April. In it, he says, he’ll document the fact that “Islam is a dangerous ideology” and that “Muhammed really is one of the big bad guys” of history, whose negative influence continues to be felt today. Yes, Wilders acknowledges, there are genuinely moderate people who call themselves Muslims, and if they want to call themselves Muslims that’s fine with him – but there is no such thing as a moderate Islam.
What, asks the interviewer, is his great fear? Answer: that “if we don’t put an end to Islamization, it will slowly but surely insinuate itself into our society, at the cost of our freedom. And bit by bit things will go the wrong way. That’s why I’m extending this warning. Otherwise someday our children and grandchildren won’t have freedom any more.” To which the interviewer replies: “And if people say: come on, Geert, it’s not really so bad, is it?…What do you say then?” “I say: it’s worse than you think.”
It’s hard to believe that in the year 2011 there exist Dutchmen – outside of the perennially clueless cultural elite, that is – who are still able to believe that things aren’t “really so bad.” But, alas, there are. There are.
by Charles Colson:
An old Russian joke tells about a poor peasant whose better-off neighbor has just gotten a cow. In his anguish, the peasant cries out to God for relief from his distress. When God replies and asks him what he wants him to do, the peasant replies, “Kill the cow.”
The joke illustrates an important point about human nature: the line between envy and clamoring for justice can be very thin.
The subject came to mind when I read a recent column by Ross Douthat in the New York Times about the issue of income inequality and the redistribution of wealth. Douthat noted that taxing Peter more will not solve Paul’s problems. The most likely outcome of “soaking-the-rich,” he wrote, would be to “buy a little more time for our failing public institutions,” like public schools. A “public sector that has consistently done less with more” would simply have more to do less with. Listen to that. He’s right.
Despite this, many people insist on soaking the well-off because, like the Russian peasant, what they want is to see their better-off neighbors knocked down a peg. That’s how envy works.
By Sharon Singleton:
Every Canadian would have $7,500 more in disposable income if the country’s productivity rate had kept pace with that of the U.S. in the past two decades, according to a new study by a leading think tank.
Canadians would be wealthier, corporate profits higher and the government would have raked in billions in extra income, the Conference Board of Canada said in a report looking at the impact of the country’s sluggish rate of productivity.
by Matt Kibbe:
Despite the violence, property damage and lack of a coherent “set of demands,” occupy Wall Street has been celebrated by the media as a legitimate counter-balance to the Tea Party. All of the accusations wrongfully hurled at us, having occurred time and time again at OWS protests, are dutifully ignored in deference to the morally superior cause of this protest movement. But the media coverage doesn’t change the fact that OWS is destined to fail.
Van Jones, the former green jobs czar in the Obama administration and now a top a community organizer, says we should ignore the lack of policy clarity. “They’ve got moral clarity,” Jones says. “They’re as clear as a bell, and that’s what’s been missing. You should not ask folks who have been hurting, sitting on a white hot stove for three years… to holler properly.”
The Persecution & Prayer Alert
The Voice of the Martyrs, Canada
Thursday, November 17, 2011
“Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that
and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”
— Jesus of Nazareth
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In this week’s edition: reports from Iran, Cuba, China, Pakistan and
1. Update: Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani to hear court’s decision
(Source: Present Truth Ministries, Compass Direct News)
With his faith intact and his love for Christ steadfast, Pastor Youcef
Nadarkhani remains in Lakan Prison in Iran charged with apostasy and
sentenced to death. The Iranian government has denied the sentencing
is based on apostasy despite abundant evidence to the contrary (for
more, go to http://www.persecution.net/ir-2011-10-13.htm
The court in Gilan is awaiting a response to their two letters of
referral that were written to the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah
Khameini. Youcef’s attorney has said the court will wait one month for
a response. If they do not receive a response, they will issue a
ruling sometime in mid-December.
According to a member of Pastor Youcef’s denomination who requested
anonymity, Youcef’s health has deteriorated and he has undergone
physical and psychological torture. “We know that he has been in
extreme situations, and we consider that torture,” the source said.
“When you have spent time in a solitary cell unable to talk to others
for a long time, or you are told you will be killed, this is also
Please pray that Pastor Youcef will remain healthy and strong despite
the burdens of imprisonment. Pray that the worldwide attention
garnered by his persecution will increase pressure on Iranian
officials to stop harassing and imprisoning Christians. Please pray
that Youcef and his family will experience a peace that surpasses all
understanding as they endure these trials (Philippians 4:7).
To post a prayer of support for Pastor Youcef and his family, visit
our Persecuted Church Prayer Wall at
. For more on the trials believers face in Iran, go to
2. Update: Formerly imprisoned pastor forced to remain in Cuba
(Source: Christian Solidarity Worldwide)
Confined to a country where the government has made it well known his
presence is unwanted, a Cuban pastor and his family have been refused
permission to leave despite the U.S. government’s offer of asylum.
Pastor Omar Gude Perez served almost three years of a six-and-a-half
year prison sentence on charges human rights watchers say were unjust.
While he was in prison, his wife Kenia and their two children received
an eviction notice from government officials in an attempt to remove
the family from their home (for more information, go to
). The family was granted asylum in the United States last July but
have been informed by a government official that they will not be
issued exit visas, which are required to leave the country.
Pastor Omar, who is a national leader in a fast-growing network of
independent churches called the Apostolic Movement, was released from
prison earlier this year but is prohibited from preaching or from
travelling outside the city of Camaguey. He was charged with illicit
economic activity and falsification of documents, and many say the
unfounded charges are a direct result of his Christian activities.
Other Apostolic Movement pastors have also been harassed and
threatened with imprisonment and the closure of their churches.
Please pray that Pastor Omar and his family will continue to
faithfully serve Christ wherever He leads them. Pray that, if it is
the Lord’s will, they will be able to leave Cuba for the United
States. Please pray that governing authorities in Cuba will cease in
their harassment of Christian leaders and that followers of Christ
will remain steadfast in their faith.
To learn more about persecution in Cuba, visit
3. Chinese Bible exhibition called ‘propaganda’ by house church
A deceptive exhibit in the United States that displays Chinese Bibles
is causing North Americans to believe there is religious freedom in
China, say three former Chinese house church leaders.
The Christian leaders, who were all imprisoned in China for their
beliefs, voiced their disdain for the display while visiting the
exhibition “Thy Word is Truth” on the campus of Dallas Theological
Seminary. The exhibition has already been viewed in Washington, D.C.
On November 1, a forum regarding the exhibition was held at Northwest
Bible Church in Dallas. The participants — representatives of China’s
government-controlled church and two professors from Dallas
Theological Seminary — strongly supported the notion that China
respects religious freedom and that scriptures are readily available
to believers. However, this is simply not the case.
Despite the government-run Amity Press’ reports that millions of
Bibles have been published in China, about two-thirds of them are
exported, leaving many Christians without a Bible (for more on the
need for Bibles in China, go to http://tinyurl.com/chinaneedsbibles
Please pray along with ChinaAid’s founder and president, Bob Fu: “We
hope and pray to our Lord Jesus Christ that China’s house churches can
soon be legally recognized, that all our brothers and sisters who are
in prison for the sake of their faith would be quickly released, and
that the Bible in China could be freely printed and transported.”
For more on our suffering brothers and sisters in China, please visit
4. Update: Pakistani Christian charged with ‘defiling the Qur’an’
(Source: International Christian Concern)
Ruqqiya Bibi was sentenced to 25 years in prison for “defiling the
Qur’an” by touching it with unwashed hands, and after spending eight
months in prison, she is seeking bail. Her husband, Munir Masih, who
was also imprisoned for the same crime, was released on bail in
December of last year (for more information, please visit
). At last report, the outcome of her November 10 hearing was unknown.
Please pray that Ruqqiya will be freed on bail and that her and her
husband’s convictions will be overturned. Ask the Lord to protect them
from angry citizens who may attempt to harm them. Pray that the gospel
message will be taken to every household in Pakistan, and that many
will turn to Christ for their salvation.
Go to http://www.persecution.net/pakistan.htm
for more information on persecution in Pakistan.
5. Be a blessing to your persecuted family in Iraq this Christmas
From the Tower of Babel, to the Jewish captivity, to modern-day wars
with neighbouring countries, Iraq has experienced a turbulent history
riddled with conflict.
The church in Iraq has not been spared from turmoil. Just this year,
three churches were bombed (for more, go to
), a Christian man was tortured and killed by militants (for more,
please visit http://www.persecution.net/iq-2011-05-26.htm
), and an elderly believer was stabbed to death (for details, go to
Estimates claim that only half of Iraq’s pre-2003 Christian community
remains in the country. However, despite the risks, many have chosen
to stay and witness.
This year, you can be a blessing to Christians in Iraq through our
annual Christmas Blessing project. For $50, you can provide a
Christmas Blessing package to a believer. Each package contains a
Bible, a blanket, sugar, rice, tomato paste, powdered milk, and
cooking oil. These items will help meet believers’ materials and
To be a blessing to Christians in Iraq this Christmas, please phone
our office or donate online at http://www.persecution.net/donate
. To learn more about the difficult reality for Iraqi Christians,
The Persecution & Prayer Alert is a ministry of The Voice of the
Martyrs, Canada. (Mailing address: P.O. Box 608, Streetsville,
Ontario, L5M 2C1)
Tel. (905) 670.9721. Website: http://www.persecution.net
by Raymond Ibrahim:
Egypt’s Maspero massacre—where the military killed dozens of Christians protesting the destruction of their churches—dominates October’s persecution headlines. Facts and details concerning the military’s “crimes against humanity” are documented in this report, and include videos of armored-vehicles running over civilians, a catalog of lies and deceitful tactics employed by Egypt’s rulers and state media, and other matters overlooked by the West.
More damning evidence continues to emerge: not only did Egypt’s military plan to massacre Christians to teach them a “lesson” never to protest again, but “death squads” were deployed up buildings the night before to snipe at protesters. Instead of trying the soldiers who intentionally ran-over demonstrators, the military has been randomly arresting Copts simply “for being Christian.” Finally, the fact-finding commission of Egypt’s National Council for Human Rights just submitted its report which, as expected, “white washes” the military’s role, “asserting that no live ammunition was fired on the protesters by the military, as the army only fired blanks in the air to disperse the protesters,” a claim eyewitnesses reject out of hand.
Meanwhile, not only are Western governments apathetic, but it was revealed that “Obama’s top Muslim advisor blocks Middle Eastern Christians’ access to White House.”
By Lee Duigon:
The Penn State pedophilia scandal grew out of the university culture as naturally as bacteria grows in a petri dish. In short, it was bound to happen. And because these same cultural factors are found throughout the academic world, it would be astounding it such things happened only at Penn State and nowhere else.
Let’s look at the assumptions embedded in the university world-view that led to the scandal at Penn State.
By Mercer Tyson:
The subject of this posting is not to analyze in detail the number or nature of the occurrences, nor to attempt to connect violence to the declared focus of the movement in general. I will accept at face value the conclusions by many in the movement and the media that the less civil among those involved are not, in fact, protesters, but are actually just agitators and people who want to act up, and they are using this venue to do so. One media account said that the people involved in the Oakland vandalism just wanted to “blow off some steam.”
As has been widely stated before, though, this didn’t happen at the “Tea Party” demonstrations. The MSM tried hard to ignore, diminish, and/or demonize the Tea Party movement, which didn’t work. Angry citizens showed up at town hall meetings with congressmen to protest government behavior, and the MSM portrayed those law-abiding citizens as somehow less than civil, and even displaying less than proper behavior. You can bet your kids’ college savings that any real violence would have been reported with considerable fanfare. Now they want to equate the OWS movement to the Tea Party — thus giving it the same legitimacy. It is sufficient to say that there have been a number of articles on this site that have successfully ridiculed that assertion, and another one is not necessary.
It is interesting to note, however, that these poor kids who needed to “blow off steam” did not show up at Tea Party rallies. Why would that be?
By S. Fred Singer:
Global warming has re-entered public consciousness in recent days, partly because of the buzz surrounding the release of warming results from the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) project. The reaction of the “warmistas” has been jubilant, yet hilariously wrong. Will they ever learn?
They’ve latched on to the BEST result as their last best hope for rescuing misbegotten schemes to control emissions of the greenhouse gas CO2. Leading the pack has been the Washington Post (Oct. 25), whose columnist tried to write off Republican presidential candidates Bachmann, Cain, and Perry as “cynical diehards,” deniers, idiots, or whatever.
I sent the WP a letter pointing out obvious errors, but I got a peculiar response. It turned out that they were willing to publish my letter, but not my credentials as emeritus professor at the University of Virginia and former director of the U.S. Weather Satellite Service. Apparently, they were concerned that readers might gain the impression that I knew something about climate.