Britain and later her children (i.e. the English speaking peoples) saved the Continent from Napoleon, Kaiser Wilhelm, Hitler, Stalin et al so of course everything must be the U.K. and U.S.’s fault … yawn
By Spero News:
A new report issued in India noted that 2,141 Christians there suffered aggression, attacks and persecution in 2011, not counting their families, relatives and friends, and indirect victims. It is expected that the persecution by Hindu extremist groups, will grow in 2012. This is the scenario outlined by the new 2011 Report on Persecution in India, published today by the “Catholic-Secular Forum” (CSF), an ecumenical organization founded by Indian Catholics, supported by Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay. The Report paints a gloomy picture in which the radical Hindu anti-Christian violence is defined as “a virus that infects society”. Persecution in fact “has become more widespread, and covers almost all the states in the country”.
A minimum of 1,000 Christian families have been affected by these attacks: the Report denounces “a premeditated campaign” against weak targets and, given the warnings already received, an increase is expected in 2012.
Israeli is facing a growing security threat to its south because of the changes brought on by the Arab Spring which is not likely to disappear any time soon, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday.
“The security problem which is developing as a result of changes in the Middle East is getting worse, and is expected to continue for years,” Netanyahu told MPs at the parliamentary committee on foreign affairs and defence, in remarks communicated by a spokesman.
The far Left weaponizes “diversity” when it upholds their purposes but jettisons that commitment when it does not suit their desired result.
Y Wo Nie
Arrested: August 2004
Days Imprisoned: 2690
Pastor Y Wo Nie was arrested August 18, 2004, for leading a demonstration demanding more religious freedom and the release of property confiscated by the Vietnamese government. He received a nine-year sentence. His family has not been able to visit him.
Write a letter of encouragement. Let Pastor Nie know you are praying for him and the believers in Vietnam. Let your friends know about persecution in Vietnam; encourage them to pray and write. Also, write Vietnamese officials requesting Nie’s release. Your letters make a difference.
Get involved! Pray for and write to Nie today.
Y Wo Nei Released!
VOM contacts in Vietnam report that Y Wo Nie was released in December. He has been spending time with his family and will soon have a medical check up to assess his health after more than seven years in prison. Praise the Lord!
Letter from Y Wo Nie’s Wife
We received a letter from Y Wo Nie’s wife recently. She wrote, “Our family situation is very difficult. I don’t have a job; some days I work as a day laborer and some days I’m unemployed. My youngest son is sickly.”
She recently visited her husband in prison, thanks to VOM donors. Her husband is ill. She said, “I’m worried for my husband but God gives me His comfort that He is always with us though we have to face sickness or hard situations; He will help me to overcome my hard times.”
Please pray for their family.
Our Friend David Wood at Answering Muslims gives you some top class explanations of the purpose of Islam.
By Ben Wolfgang:
Climate change subscribers say the fight against global warming will require younger soldiers.
On Monday, the National Center for Science Education, a nonprofit group that denounces intelligent design and supports an evolution-only curriculum in the classroom, will expand its mission. The organization of scientists, anthropologists and others is turning its attention to climate change, and it will mount an aggressive effort to teach the nation’s schoolchildren that climate change is real and is being driven by human activity.
“For 20 years, we’ve helped teachers cope with what we can only describe as societal or political problems in teaching evolution. They’re running into the same opposition in teaching climate change,” NCSE Executive Director Eugenie Scott said. “We worry, because of our experience with evolution, that basic science is going to be compromised as a result of this political and ideological opposition. Good science needs to be taught.”
These people are thought controllers and viewpoint discriminators who impose their secular humanist religious dogma on impressionable children. They are disgusting.
by Soeren Kern:
Muslims in Europe are increasingly converting empty Christian churches into mosques.
The proliferation of mosques housed in former churches reflects the rise of Islam as the fastest growing religion in post-Christian Europe.
There are now more practicing Muslims than practicing Christians in many parts of Europe, not only in large urban centers, but also in smaller towns and cities across the continent.
As Islam replaces Christianity as the dominant religion in Europe, more and more churches are set to become mosques, which increasingly serve not only as religious institutions but also function as the foundational political building blocks for the establishment of separate, parallel Muslim communities in Europe that are based on Islamic Sharia law.
by Tait Trussell:
Last March President Obama announced that he wants the U.S. to be one of Brazil’s “best customers” for their oil, although the U.S. has eight times more petroleum resources than does Saudi Arabia if only we’d drill for it.
Now the Obama government is awarding a $1 billion contract to a Brazilian aircraft manufacturer—Embraer–instead of American Hawker Beechcraft Corp., which has two years and $100 million invested in a light attack aircraft’s development.
All the more remarkable is the Brazilian company, Embraer, is under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Justice Department for possible violations of the Corrupt Practices Act.
by Bruce Thornton:
Two recent news stories about Afghanistan reveal the delusional mentality of those conducting our foreign policy. The first is about some Marines who urinated on the corpses of Taliban fighters. Such behavior, of course, is mild compared to the sort of brutal treatment of both the living and the dead typical of all wars ever fought. Nonetheless, this act is contrary to the rules of war and the professional code of the Corp, and as such should be punished. That’s all our official spokesmen need to say about the matter, for it concerns a violation of our military’s high standards that have helped make it the most professional, lethal, and ethical force in the world.
The foreign policy establishment, however, has fallen all over itself issuing solicitous apologies.
by David Steinberg:
More interesting than Levin’s analyses of Plato’s Republic, Hobbes’ Leviathan, More’s Utopia, Marx’s Manifesto, and the infinitely more welcomed Locke, de Montesquieu, and de Tocqueville is Levin’s motive for writing this book, and now.
Most people have not pieced together the works to the extent that Levin does here, but these works fill typical secondary education curriculums, they are not exotic or pointy-headed. I’m most interested — and delighted — that Levin wrote this book for 2012: philosophy and statesmanship matter most when a state is in decline, and Levin is smart enough to recognize both that philosophy must be the matter of the day and that those who love freedom embrace the challenge of the discussion.
By Mark Tooley:
Ever since the dramatic Republican sweep of evangelical voters in 2004, many new, well-funded initiatives have arisen targeting evangelicals for liberal political initiatives. Potentially at stake is the political allegiance of America’s largest religious demographic.
One of the latest efforts is the National Latino Evangelical Coalition, founded in 2010, which announced a new national voter registration drive on January 10 at a Miami press conference. A number of prominent liberal Anglo evangelicals have endorsed it. And the coalition claims support from major evangelical denominations like the Church of the Nazarene and the Assemblies of God not ordinarily associated with liberal political causes.
Although Republicans typically get 30-40 percent of Hispanics as a whole, evangelical Hispanics more often vote Republican, especially in presidential elections. The coalition reports that about 7 million U.S. Latinos are evangelical. Unmentioned by the coalition is that Latino evangelicals tend to be strongly conservative on social issues like abortion and same-sex marriage, much more so than Catholic Hispanics.
Sixteen years ago, I had an experience for which I am most grateful. I was in a prison in South America interviewing prisoners and prison guards. I witnessed firsthand a very brutal clubbing of a young prisoner. I heard prison guards admit that they shot prisoners in the back on their way out of the prison. This was just after they tricked them into believing they were free to go. The same prison officials told stories of suspects shocked into giving false confessions. This was after police officers wired the suspects’ testicles to car batteries as they sat locked in police vans undergoing coercive questioning.
I needed to witness that beating and hear those stories in order to be shocked out of my own childish belief system. The day I walked out of that prison, I left behind my faith in moral and cultural relativism. I realized that forced confessions, brutal beatings, and staged escape executions were all objectively wrong. The time and place of such atrocities is irrelevant. They are examples of purely objective evil. But there is good news accompanying this realization. As C.S. Lewis often said, the shadow proves the sunshine. Therefore, the heart is sometimes awakened to a greater appreciation of the truth after witnessing its collision with falsity.
When I returned to my position in the secular university, I realized we were doing something more than simply promoting a worldview that made it easy for students to spiral downward morally. We were also clinging to a philosophy that was threatening the very existence of higher education as we know it. That philosophy was being encoded into campus rules that threatened permanent entrenchment of the very ideas which gave them birth.
By Michael Barone:
Of course President Obama is not concentrating on campaigning, White House press spokesmen assured us — as the president headed off to Chicago for three fundraisers and a drop-in at his campaign headquarters, two days after a high-roller fundraiser choked off traffic five blocks from the White House, with the assistance of a score of D.C. police cars.
No one, or at least no one who is paying attention, is fooled. It’s standard presidential procedure to say you’re not absorbed in campaigning even as you go out to raise money every other day. Bill Clinton, in my view, spent an undue amount of time fundraising, George W. Bush spent more, and Barack Obama makes them both look like pikers.
NEW YORK POST:
The power-hungry Islamists who are about to take the reins in Egypt have one very big backer in the United States: Jimmy Carter.
The ex-president, in Cairo to monitor elections this month, pronounced himself “very pleased” — adding that he and the White House were plenty happy to see those Islamists coming to power.
“I don’t have any problem with that, he said, “and the US government doesn’t have any problem with that either.”
Clearly, Carter wouldn’t have a problem with the dismantling of Israel, either — but it does take a certain temerity to speak so forcefully on behalf of the Obama administration.