By James Delingpole:
Professor Richard Lindzen is one of the world’s greatest atmospheric physicists: perhaps the greatest. What he doesn’t know about the science behind climate change probably isn’t worth knowing. But even if you weren’t aware of all this, even if you’d come to the talk he gave in the House of Commons this week without prejudice or expectation, I can pretty much guarantee you would have been blown away by his elegant dismissal of Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming theory.
Dick Lindzen does not need to raise his voice. He does not use hyperbole. In a tone somewhere between weariness and withering disdain, he lets the facts speak for themselves. And the facts, as he understands them, are devastating.
Here is how he began his speech, which was organised on behalf of the Campaign To Repeal the Climate Change Act:
by Patrick B. Craine, LifeSiteNews.com:
Under Alberta’s new Education Act, homeschoolers and faith-based schools will not be permitted to teach that homosexual acts are sinful as part of their academic program, says the spokesperson for Education Minister Thomas Lukaszuk.
“Whatever the nature of schooling – homeschool, private school, Catholic school – we do not tolerate disrespect for differences,” Donna McColl, Lukaszuk’s assistant director of communications, told LifeSiteNews on Wednesday evening.
“You can affirm the family’s ideology in your family life, you just can’t do it as part of your educational study and instruction,” she added.
Reacting to the remarks, Paul Faris of the Home School Legal Defence Association said the Ministry of Education is “clearly signaling that they are in fact planning to violate the private conversations families have in their own homes.”
“A government that seeks that sort of control over our personal lives should be feared and opposed,” he added.
The Gov. of Alberta cannot dictate morality to Christians, particularly in their homes and to their children.
Iranian-French Co-production by Antisemitic French Comedian Presents Spoof on Auschwitz Gas Chambers
By Sen. Jeff Sessions:
As solicitor general of the United States, Justice Elena Kagan served as the head of an office responsible for formulating the Obama administration’s legal defense of its domestic agenda priority — Obamacare. It could be no surprise to President Obama who appointed her to the Supreme Court that any former solicitor general would have many conflicts for years to come. Now, the Court will soon hear a constitutional challenge to the health-care law. Despite mounting evidence of her substantial participation in the administration’s legal defense of that law, she still has not announced whether she will recuse herself from presiding over the case as a justice.
Israeli media this week reported that the IDF is gearing up for another large-scale ground incursion into the Gaza Strip to halt terrorist rocket fire and curb the threat posed by groups like Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
The Jerusalem Post reported last month that the IDF General Staff had ordered the Southern Command to draw up plans for a Gaza incursion. Over the weekend, the paper revealed that a growing number of senior officers in the Southern Command are now pushing for the order to be given to begin the attack.
In my opinion Israel should re-occupy Gaza. In point of fact, Gaza is nothing more than a terrorist enclave.
Arrested: August 2010
Days Imprisoned: 540
Released Feb. 18, 2012
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Pentecostal pastor Ilmurad Nurliev was arrested at his home in Mary in southeastern Turkmenistan on Aug. 27, 2010. He was charged with extracting money from three people. His wife, Maya, and his church members strongly deny the allegations. “All this is being done because of his faith,” said Maya. During his trial, several of the witnesses against the 45-year-old pastor were coerced into testifying.
Pastor Nurliev was sentenced to four years in prison, and his wife was forced to pay “compensation” immediately, or risk being kicked out of their home. Pastor Nurliev was also ordered to undergo “forcible medical treatment” to “wean him off his narcotic dependency,” another claim that his wife and church members reject.
In December 2010, Pastor Nurliev was transferred to Seyi Labor Camp, known for its use of psychotropic drugs on prisoners. A former prisoner in the camp described conditions “like something from the Middle Ages.”
The pastor is a diabetic, and his family is concerned about his health while he is in prison. He has no access to medical treatment.
Instead of working in the labor camp’s brick kiln, the pastor is being permitted to work at his trade as a barber, serving both prisoners and camp staff. Prison authorities have denied Pastor Nurliev a Bible.
Pastor Nurliew Released in Amnesty
Nearly 18 months after his August 2010 arrest, Protestant pastor Ilmurad Nurliev was among a group of about 230 prisoners freed under amnesty on Feb. 18 from a labor camp. His wife, Maya, along with other family members, met the special train carrying the amnestied prisoners at 8 p.m. “Church members have been coming to the house to celebrate my release with me,” Pastor Nurliev said. “I want to thank… everyone who supported me and helped [in] my release.”
The Persecution & Prayer Alert
The Voice of the Martyrs, Canada
Thursday, February 23, 2012
In all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved
— Romans 8:37 (NASB)
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In this week’s edition: reports from Iran, Pakistan, Sudan and
1. Update: Execution orders may have been issued for Iranian pastor
(Source: American Center for Law and Justice)
According to contacts in Iran, the execution orders for Christian
Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani may have been issued. Pastor Youcef’s
situation — an innocent man convicted and sentenced to death for
becoming a Christian — has reportedly not been this dire since his
story was first reported (for more on his case, go to
It is unclear whether Pastor Youcef would have a right of appeal from
the execution order. The head of Iran’s Judiciary, Ayatollah Sadegh
Larijani, must approve publicly held executions, but only a small
percentage of executions are held public — most executions in Iran
are conducted in secret.
Please pray that the Lord will intervene and that Pastor Youcef will
be freed from prison. Pray that Youcef and his family will remain
faithful to the Lord in all situations. Pray that the Lord will be
exalted through Pastor Youcef, whether in life or in death
Go to http://www.persecution.net/iran.htm
for more on the trials Christians in Iran face.
2. Evangelist in Pakistan harassed and under attack
An evangelist supported by The Voice of the Martyrs in the
Afghan-Pakistan border region says he is being harassed by a local
Muslim leader and is also under attack by spiritual forces.
After some local Muslims attended a church service last Christmas, the
evangelist received a letter warning him that his congregation was not
respecting the Muslim call to prayer. Police have monitored the
Christian man’s activities, and the local mullah — a Muslim man
trained in religious law and doctrine — has said the evangelist’s
Christian activities “must be stopped.” The evangelist says the region
has been difficult for mission workers in the past, and that he is
impacted spiritually when he goes on prayer walks.
Please pray that God will grant supernatural strength to this brother
and to his church. Pray that the Muslims who attended the Christmas
church service will be fertile soil for the seeds that have been
planted. Pray that the gospel will spread and flourish in this hostile
For more on the persecution of Pakistani Christians, go to
. To post a prayer of solidarity with this evangelist, please visit
our Persecuted Church Prayer Wall at
3. Christians abducted by militia groups in Sudan
(Source: Compass Direct News)
Christians in Sudan are under threat by South Sudanese militias
rebelling against the new South Sudan government. South Sudan seceded
from Sudan in July 2011 (for more on the secession, go to
). Christians in the primarily Islamic Sudan said that abductions are
increasing as the government supports militias as part of an effort to
rid the country of Christianity. The militias have been forcibly
conscribing South Sudanese into rebel militias loyal to Sudan’s
Islamic government. Christian sources say hundreds of young men have
been forcibly conscripted, while older men are either killed or
Two priests who were abducted at gunpoint last month in Rabak, Sudan,
have been released. The assailants, South Sudanese militants loyal to
Sudan, accused the Rev. Joseph Makwey and the Rev. Sylvester Mogga of
ties to South Sudan’s military. The kidnappers demanded 500,000
Sudanese pounds for their release (approximately $186,000 CAD), but
press reports said no ransom was paid. The kidnappers tortured the two
priests, who are now receiving medical treatment.
Please pray that Joseph and Sylvester will fully recover from their
injuries and that the Lord will flood their hearts with forgiveness
and peace. Please pray that God will command His angels to guard our
brothers and sisters who have been abducted or fear abduction (Psalm
For more information on persecution in Sudan, visit
4. Harsh new punishment enforced in Kazakhstan
(Source: Forum 18 News Service)
A shoe repairman and father of 10 in eastern Kazakhstan has been fined
the equivalent of 18 months’ average monthly salary. Aleksei Asetov
was fined for leading the small congregation that meets in his home.
The judge also banned the congregation.
Aleksei is the fifth member of a religious community known to have
been fined since the harsh new Religion Law and associated punishments
were adopted (for more information on the new law, go to
). However, he is the first to be tried under the new penalties.
Please pray that Aleksei and his family will find joy in their
sufferings (Romans 5:3). Pray that God will provide for all their
needs. Please pray that God will intercede in Kazakhstan, softening
the hearts of the political powers and causing them to cease their
persecution of Christians.
Go to http://www.persecution.net/kazakhstan.htm
to learn more about the trials believers face in Kazakhstan.
5. Man charged with blasphemy in Pakistan
Dildar Yousaf, 28, was arrested and charged with blasphemy after
defending his eight-year-old nephew who was being attacked by a group
of Muslim boys last June. Dildar’s nephew, Ehtasham, was passing by a
“madrassa,” a school where Islamic students study the Qur’an, when
seven boys surrounded him and tried to force him to say, “There is no
god but Allah and Muhammad is his prophet.” Ehtasham refused, and the
boys began to verbally and physically assault him. Dildar happened by
and pulled his nephew away and took him home.
A rumour then spread that Dildar had disgraced the Muslim proclamation
of faith. Crowds gathered and began to demand his death. Police picked
up Dildar from his workplace, put him in protective custody and
charged him with blasphemy. This particular charge carries a potential
three-year sentence with the possibility of parole, unlike other
blasphemy charges in the country that can result in a death sentence.
Dildar’s wife, Naseem, and their two children, as well as Ehtasham and
his family, have all had to leave their village. VOM is supporting the
family and providing legal assistance to Dildar. Dildar’s village has
a history of persecution. In the past, a Christian’s house was burned,
a pastor was killed, and another believer was charged with blasphemy.
Please pray that Dildar and Ehtasham’s families will be able to safely
return to their homes with God’s protection. Please pray that the
charges against Dildar will be dropped. Please pray that God will
reach out to the seven young boys who attacked Ehtasham so that they
will hear and heed His call.
For more on the persecution of Pakistani Christians, go to
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Why are a rapidly growing number of Chinese parents sending their children to Christian high schools in the United States?
By Conrad Black:
The scope of President Obama’s public-policy offensive commands respect. When he spoke admiringly four years ago of Ronald Reagan as “a transformative president,” he must have been sincere, though he clearly disagreed with much of the transformation. And Mr. Obama certainly deserves the same courtesy from those of us who are appalled at what he is trying to do to the country.
But the administration was spoiling for a fight and provoked one, using its proxies in the feminist movement and in organized labor to bait and enervate the Catholic episcopate before the main event began. Planned Parenthood, the billion-dollar-a-year, equal-opportunity, no-fault, anti-choice abortion facilitator, and the Service Employees International Union are elements of the Coalition to Protect Women’s Health Care, which, like picadors in a bullfight, are harrying and distracting the Roman Catholic leadership. “We will mobilize our base and we will outnumber the other side,” the president of the ultra-feminist organization EMILY’s List, Stephanie Schriock, eagerly told the New York Times on February 16. The Roman Catholic bishops were clearly judged by the rampaging Boadiceas around Obama to be a spavined, dimming, superannuated bull that would blunderingly deliver its head and lungs to the sword of the matador-president.
by Daniel Greenfield:
Since joining up with Team Soros, Brock has not engaged in journalism so much as become the head apparatchik of a propaganda corps, the officially unofficial smear corps for the left. Media Matters’ official mission is to correct misinformation. Its actual operation is to conduct character assassinations on behalf of the left. Its operating principle is a paranoid obsession with a vast right-wing conspiracy which justifies the creation of a vast left-wing conspiracy to counter it.
by Abdel Jabbar Rawashdeh:
The enemies of reform and transparency in the King Abdullah’s Hashemite Kingdom have begun targeting women who dare to speak out against dictatorship and corruption.
Some Jordanians claim that the enemies belong to the the notorious and much-feared General Intelligence Department. They note that in several cases over the past few months, security agents posing as street thugs have attacked pro-democracy activists in various parts of the kingdom.
Other Jordanians have expressed fear that their country could be descending toward anarchy and lawlessness as a result of growing street protests and violence. “The Arab Spring seems to knocking on Jordan’s doors,” remarked a Jordanian newspaper editor. “Unfortunately, the king and the government are continuing to bury their heads in the sand.”
Earlier this week, a masked man stabbed and moderately wounded Inas Msallam, a Jordanian university stunted and blogger who had played a vital role in anti-government protests in the kingdom over the past few months.
Msallam, a fourth-year student at Jordan University, was attacked shortly after she criticized the monarch’s uncle, Prince Hassan bin Talal.
By Jeffrey Folks:
Son of Islam? Let’s get real.
Aside from his childhood attendance at a Muslim school in Indonesia, a school that was selected for him by his parents, Obama has never shown much interest in Islam. Nor, some would say, has he demonstrated a sincere interest in Christianity. Obama’s attendance at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago may have had more to do with political opportunism than religious devotion. In reality, there’s little evidence that Obama as an adult has shown much interest in any religion.
So to call Obama a “son of Islam” is true only in a particular sense. His paternal ancestors were members of the Muslim faith, and Obama is their descendant.
In truth, Obama is not really the son of any religion. His father was brought up as a Muslim but became an atheist. His mother was a self-proclaimed atheist who attended a leftist Unitarian Universalist church as a young woman. His maternal ancestors, Stanley and Madelyn Dunham, who were not practicing Christians, had multiple ties to the Communist Party USA. As a youth, Obama was also an atheist. His actions as a young man were not those prescribed in the Koran or any other religion. He was, by his own admission, a drug user, a womanizer, and an indifferent student. Had he been a devout Muslim, he would not have been any of these things.
Clearly, Obama is not the son of Islam, or of Christianity, but he is very much the son of Marx.
By Jeannie DeAngelis:
Besides the blood of unborn children crying out from the ground, in addition to being a champion of choice, the “peacemaker” president has condoned and helped spread racial division. While claiming to be a follower of Christ, Obama criticizes, disrespects, and has all but turned his back on Israel, the “apple of God’s eye.” Against Isaac and the nation of Israel, Barack Hussein Obama has sided almost exclusively with Ishmael.
On his first Christmas in the White House, Barack Obama requested that the Nativity scene be removed from the East Room — a request that was overridden. Shockingly, when speaking in Christian venues, he has also requested that the crucifix, the universal symbol of Christianity, be obscured from view. On more than one occasion, the president has misquoted Scripture, and while he often decries injustice toward Muslims, he has yet to speak on behalf of Christians being persecuted worldwide.
Franklin Graham rightly pointed out that under close inspection Obama appears to have some problematic fruit. Graham said, “Under President Obama, the Muslims of the world, he seems more concerned about them than the Christians being murdered in the Muslim countries.”
Anyone who thinks he is a Christian but votes for Obama is in a deeply shipwrecked spiritual condition.
by Don Surber:
Climatologists claim they know exactly how many parts per billion of carbon dioxide we should allow in our atmosphere. Climatologists claim they, not meteorologists, are the experts on weather. Climatologists also tell us man-caused global warming causes droughts and floods, calm days and hurricanes, and milt winters and blizzards. Their science is settled. Yet we now learn that they are flummoxed by clouds. They’ve looked at meteorology from both sides now and they really don’t know clouds at all.
by Bridget Johnson:
The hottest ticket in town this season won’t be any number of rehashed formal D.C. galas, but a courtside seat to a potentially defining moment in global security and the future of the Jewish state.
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy conference comes at a critical juncture when Washington is tersely trying to stop Israel from launching a strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities — and Israel, which has encountered more head-butting than hand-shaking from this administration, will stress that time is of the essence in its decision.
And, buoyed by a pack of congressional supporters and thousands of AIPAC delegates, Israel is likely to stress just that to a hedging White House: It is our decision. If you’re not going to act, we will.