5 Stories on Unabashed Liberal Idiocy

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  1. The Spirit of the Parkland Shootings lives in Houston Democrats

Suspect Tosses Gun Out Car Window & Is Cited For Littering As DA Refuses Gun Charges

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Our friends at Blue Lives Matter report in a 21 May 2019 article how Democrat District Attorney Kim Ogg (elected with the aid of George Soros) has refused to charge two suspects despite incriminating evidence on more than two separate badge cams.

Houston police charged an 18-year-old woman who threw a pistol out of a car window with “littering with gun” because the Harris County prosecutors refused to authorize weapons charges.

The incident occurred on Sunday when two Houston police officers on patrol initiated a traffic stop in the 7200-block of Tobruk Lane, according to an internal Houston Police Officers’ Union memo obtained by Blue Lives Matter.

As they were attempting to stop the vehicle, both officers witnessed the passenger throwing a pistol out of the car’s window.

Once they had the vehicle stopped, the officers detained the male 17-year-old driver and his 18-year-old female passenger and located the weapon where it had been tossed, according to the confidential memo.

The driver told the officers that he had given the gun to his passenger and told her to throw it out the window.

All of the admissions were captured on the officers’ bodycams so it should have been an easy slam dunk to charge both the driver and his passenger, but that isn’t how it works in Harris County.

Law enforcement officers in Harris County are required to contact the district attorney’s office for permission to charge before they actually arrest a suspect, Houston Police Officers’ Union Vice President Doug Griffith explained to Blue Lives Matter.

“We are the only county in the state that does this,” Griffith said. “We have to contact the DA’s office and ask permission to file the charge. It’s always been that way.”

What’s different now is that current Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg has quickly earned herself a reputation as a friend to the Houston criminals by refusing to charge anything but the most violent of crimes.

“In my 28 years with the Houston Police Department, this is the first district attorney who has actively refused charges on good hard criminals where we have body camera evidence,” Griffith told Blue Lives Matter. “It’s truly sickening that our officers put themselves in harm’s way and then turn around and have a DA refuse all charges.”

(Read more sickening facts at Blue Lives Matter)

For those Democrats who have pushed David Hogg, Nikolas Cruz, or the murders at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida from your minds, please research to find that Mr. Cruz had over 50 run-ins with the police that were brushed under the rug due to Obama’s PROMISE program.

We do not need to repeat Obama’s failures again, thank you.

Democrats’ open borders have consequences again

  1. Illegal alien living in stolen truck robbed & killed elderly woman inside her southwest Houston home

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As shown by the 22 May 2019 Houston Chronicle article, a Houston woman lost her life due to Democrats’ refusal to recognize our crisis of illegal border crossing. From the account provided by the Chronicle, it sounds like the only sin that Etta Nugent committed was opening the door and being sick, old, and unable to fend off a bully from Mexico.

A teenager has been charged with capital murder in the death of a beloved southwest Houston grandmother who he is accused of stabbing after she was unable to help him fix his truck, according to police.

The broken-down vehicle across from Etta Nugent’s home and the 19-year-old living in it over the weekend had caught the attention of the tight-knit neighbors on tree-lined Neff Street next to the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church soccer field.

Sunday was when Ninfa Palazzolo’s husband first saw him, she said. The suspect, identified by police as Marco Cobos, stood out among the mass of cars parked along the church property for a baptism ceremony.

“My husband saw him sitting in a truck with the car door open, and he saw him again yesterday,” said Palazzolo, who had lived near the Nugents for three decades.

Court records show Cobos was born in Mexico and homeless. The truck he had been sleeping in had been reported stolen, police said.

Cobos sought help from 75-year-old Nugent to fix his vehicle but she was unable to “because of her age,” police said. The 6-foot, 230-pound suspect then forced his way into her longtime home and stabbed her to death. Police did not say when Cobos broke into the home.

Another neighbor, Sharon Shanahan, said she last saw Nugent on Sunday.

Nugent had been home alone for most of May as her husband recovered from a medical procedure at a convalescent care facility, Shanahan said. She was supposed to visit her husband on Monday morning but never showed. Calls to her phone went unanswered.

(Read more at the Houston Chronicle)

Now, because some illegal alien demanded money to get a stolen truck fixed, a woman who once worked as a church secretary at a local Catholic church has died a painful death.

  1. Illegal alien murders as many as 12 elderly women

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As shown by a 16 May 2019 Daily Caller article, an illegal alien from Kenya has killed elderly women 12 times. This illegal alien and former male nurse seems to have targeted elderly women by both robbing and killing them.

An illegal alien from Kenya has been charged in the deaths of 12 elderly women in Texas, and at least one major media outlet has so far ignored what could be one of the most prolific serial slayings in American history.

Billy Chemirmir, a 46-year-old former healthcare worker, had already been charged with capital murder in March 2018 in the death of Lu Thi Harris, 81, but was indicted on Tuesday for 11 additional deaths: five in Collin County and six more in Dallas County.

Court records show that Chemirmir, a citizen of Kenya living illegally in the United States, allegedly smothered his victims with a pillow and then robbed them, according to The Dallas Morning News.

After Chemirmir’s initial arrest, authorities told reporters their plans to review around 750 cases of unattended deaths of elderly women for links to Chemirmir, some of which had already been ruled as natural causes.

The Dallas Morning News reported:

He was indicted Tuesday in the deaths of six Dallas County women:

Phyllis Payne, 91, who died May 14, 2016, according to the indictment and her obituary

Phoebe Perry, 94, who died June 5, 2016, according to a family obituary

Norma French, 85, who died Oct. 8, 2016, according to the indictment and her obituary

Doris Gleason, 92, who died Oct. 29, 2016, according to her family and the indictment

Rosemary Curtis, 76, who died Jan. 19, 2018, according to her obituary

Mary Brooks, 87, who died Jan. 31, 2018, according to the indictment and her obituary

Details about the new Collin County indictments were not immediately available on Wednesday evening.

Additionally, Chemirmir is charged with attempted capital murder for allegedly trying to suffocate two other Collin County women. He also allegedly attacked a 93-year-old woman in 2017 at a Frisco assisted living facility.

(Read more at the Daily Caller)

One really sad part of this comes to us through Red State, who tells us that (although Nancy Pelosi and CNN are making up lies about the border and Trump) neither Pelosi or CNN can be bothered to say anything about this illegal alien mass murderer.

When will this be one-too-many for Pelosi or Schumer?


  1. Missing girl Salem Sabatka found safe after ‘heroes’ lead Texas police to her kidnapper

Democrat Blind Eyes toward Sexual Trafficking & Sexual Deviancy has Related Issues

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According to even left-wing CNN, bad things can be averted when good people spring into action. Pastor and family friend Jeff King not only prayed, but also jumped into action (searching local park and hotel parking lots for the type of car used in the kidnapping of Salem.

Authorities rescued a Texas 8-year-old Sunday after a vigilant duo saw the Fort Worth Police Department’s description of the car suspected in her kidnapping and went hunting for it, police said.

Standing in front of the WoodSpring Suites in the suburb of Forest Hill, a beaming Buddy Calzada, spokesman for the Fort Worth police, told reporters that the pair, members of a local church, found the grey Ford Five Hundred in the hotel parking lot.

“As you can see, there is a smile on my face. I’m here to report that Salem has been found safe,” he said.

Police have charged Michael Webb, 51, with aggravated kidnapping, a first-degree felony. Webb is not related to the girl, Salem Sabatka, police said.

Salem was taking a walk with her mother Saturday night in Fort Worth when a car approached and a man snatched her, police said. Her mother tried to jump into the vehicle to save her daughter, but the man shoved her and sped away, video from a home doorbell shows.

Authorities issued an Amber Alert and posted photos of Salem and the Ford Five Hundred to social media.

The churchgoers saw the posts, found the vehicle and called it in to police. Officers determined in what room the car’s owner was staying, breached the door and found Salem, Calzada said.

“They’re our heroes tonight, I’ll tell you that,” he said of the churchgoers.

Jeff King has come forward as one of the heroes and told “Good Morning America” that he knew Salem’s dad, so when he learned the girl was missing, he touched base with friends who were already out looking for the youngster. King went to the crime scene where a Fort Worth detective told him he should be checking parks, apartments and hotels, he told the show.

“We got out here and tried to make a difference,” he said. “I went ahead and started looking at parks and then just kind of (was) told this one motel and we went there. And on the way back from that motel, this one was right next to us on the access road, so we just pulled in and yeah, that’s how it happened. It’s kind of crazy.”

(Read more at CNN)

One of the sad by-products of the border crisis is that boys, girls, and women become the sexual playthings of men who are willing to pay. Therefore, kidnappings like these seem to be on the rise in major cities.

Since Ms. Pelosi was so animated about the “Equality Act” and the supposed injustices there, I wonder if she could be bothered with protecting victims against kidnapping and sexual trafficking?

  1. Unrepentant ‘American Taliban’ Eligible for Early Release Thursday for ‘Good Behavior’

Never-Trump Democrat Judges and the Ilhan Omar-coddling party will produce another attack

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As reported by a 21 May 2019 Breitbart article, the “American Taliban” who was captured by the US Army during the Obama administration will be released on Thursday (23 May 2019) due to his “good behavior” (although he killed US troops and has not renounced jihadism).

A U.S. federal prison is expected to release John Walker Lindh, an allegedly unrepentant jihadi known as the “American Taliban,” on Thursday, years before the end of his 20-year sentence reportedly due to good conduct and time served before his trial.

Lindh became the “American Taliban” after he joined the Afghan terrorist group and U.S. troops captured him in late 2001 when he was 20 years old.

In October 2001, the U.S. invaded Afghanistan to oust the Taliban regime for harboring al-Qaeda before the September 11 attacks. The war in Afghanistan continues, and the Taliban and al-Qaeda remain allies.

After taking into account good behavior and time served, Lindh will have spent 17 years in prison.

Fox News reports:

The Islamic militant who became known as the infamous “American Taliban” member is set to be released from a U.S. federal prison Thursday despite lawmakers’ concerns about the “security and safety implications” of freeing an unrepentant terrorist who officials say continues to “openly call for extremist violence.”

John Walker Lindh, who is currently behind bars in Terre Haute, Indiana, is set to be discharged May 23, several years before he would complete the prescribed 20-year prison sentence he received for joining and supporting the Taliban.

(Read more at Breitbart)

I lay the jihadism within America at the feet of Barack Obama for his tying of the hands of the military. This idiot and traitor should have been killed on the battlefield.

Were this a Christian that had taken up arms against the US (though I cannot see a scriptural basis for such a move) and were to remain unrepentant of their desire to kill Americans, I would say the same of them. First and foremost, this traitor needs to be given the punishment of traitors. We need to stop going soft on crime.

Here is why I oppose the Equality Act

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A Chance for Christians and Liberty-Minded People to Stand Up against Tyranny

On 17 May 2019, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi will bring up the Equality Act (HR 5) to a vote. For the reasons outlined in the rest of this page, I hope that this measure fails magnanimously.

If implemented, the Equality Act would expand the definition of the word sex in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include “gender identity” and “sexual orientation” as legally protected classes. The result will unleash radical liberals to attack those whose faith teaches that marriage is only between one man and one woman and that sexual identity of male and female is a fixed, biological fact.

By government edict, business owners, employees, and customers alike will be subject to a radical LGBT agenda that would bend them in the following ways:

  • Churches would be required to marry same-sex couples.
  • Female business owners, customers, and employees would then be forced to share their privacy in restrooms and dressing rooms with men who claim to be women.
  • Health care providers and professionals would be forced to perform gender transition procedures (sex changes) and provide medical services (hormone therapy) that would violate their moral and religious convictions.
  • Amusement parks, recreation centers, skating rinks, and daycare centers, etc. will be forced to employ people whose values on sexuality deviates from those of the employer.
  • Adoption and foster care agencies will be forced to place children into same sex households and into homes of individuals suffering from gender confusion.
  • College sports programs would be required to allow men who identify as women to compete as women in sports competitions
  • College and professional sports stadiums would be required to open its restrooms to either sex.

The Democratic Party has clearly laid out their intent to force Christians into subjugation to radical sexual deviancy. The Party’s platform states, “We support a progressive vision of religious freedom that respects pluralism and rejects the misuse of religion to discriminate.”

The “progressive vision” of religious liberty for Democrats was recently made visible by Chai Feldblum, the former fixer for Micelle Obama and commissioner of the Obama administration’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Feldblum set the “progressive direction” of the Democratic Party through her statement (emphasis mine):

I’m having a hard time coming up with any case in which religious liberty should win… Sexual liberty should win in most cases. There can be a conflict between religious liberty and sexual liberty, but in almost all cases the sexual liberty should win because that’s the only way that the dignity of gay people can be affirmed in any realistic manner.

Here are some additional resources on the Equality Act that you can read and share with others:

Additionally, look back at this previous post here at the Mark 1:1 blog:

5 or 9 Stories the main stream media ignored

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The Story of the Christian-hating liberal and the transgender

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OneNewsNow provided some insights to the boy who hated Christians.

More details are starting to come out about the two teenage shooters who took a life and injured eight others this week at a Colorado high school, but some details might get dropped from the typical news story.

Just before 2 p.m. on May 7, Devon Erickson (pictured at right) and accomplice Maya McKinney allegedly walked into the Highlands Ranch STEM school with two loaded handguns and began firing before they were tackled.

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One well-deserved post-shooting story describes the heroism of Kendrick Castillo (pictured below), an 18-year-old senior who helped tackle Erickson and thus helped end the shooting, paying for his courage with his own life.

Two others joined Castillo in stopping Erickson, and an unnamed private security guard is credited with subduing McKinney, The Associated Press reported.

But what about the two shooters themselves? Are they MAGA hat-wearing white supremacists? NRA members?

And why did they do it? Were they inspired by President Trump? By the tea party? By a Fox News host?

News website The American Conservative, which has been following the shooting, points out Erickson’s white car that was towed from his home was spray-painted with “666” and a Pentagram, and the words “fu– society” were spray-painted on its side.

On his Facebook page, Erickson complained in a 2014 post that he hates “all these Christians who hate gays” for their biblical views.

The same story notes that law enforcement authorities misidentified the accomplice as a male when the “he” is a she who claims to be transgender and is transitioning from “Maya” to “Alec.”

American Conservative writer Rod Dreher then writes:

Watch the coverage over the next few days. It hardly needs saying — but I’m going to say it anyway — that these alleged killers do not represent all gays, allies, or non-Christians, any more than Christians or Muslims who shoot up or bomb places represent all in their religion. But it’s going to be very, very interesting to observe how the media craft this narrative to explain what role the identities these two suspects embraced played in justifying their violent actions.

(Read more at OneNewsNow)

When I blog, I generally include short comments on the words of main stream media (this way, the main stream media’s words can be used to prove my point). When main stream media refuses (as it increasingly does) to comment on a conservative topic, I use media outlets like Fox, One America News Network, the Christian Broadcasting Network, and similar outlets.

Once again, the American main stream media has largely proven itself lacking in anything but a desire to follow the liberal agenda of the day.

  1. Elderly Pro-Life Woman’s Amazing Christian Response to Attacker Who Broke Her Leg: ‘I’m Forgiving Her’

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The Christian Broadcast Network tells in a 10 May 2019 article of a woman who was received a broken leg for protesting abortion.

A 31-year-old woman from Louisville has been charged with second-degree assault after she allegedly shoved an elderly pro-life activist to the ground outside Kentucky’s only abortion clinic.

But the victim, 82-year-old pro-life activist Donna Durning, told the Louisville Courier Journal she has forgiven her alleged attacker, Janaya Alyce Gregory, and is asking others to pray for her.

“I believe that the lady who caused this injury needs prayers,” Durning said, “and I’m forgiving her and I would hope that people would also pray for her.”

Gregory, for her part, pleaded not guilty last week to the incident, which took place April 12 outside the EMW Women’s Surgical Center, according to court documents.

As a result of the assault, Durning sustained a broken femur. She required surgery and rehabilitation in order to recover from the incident. Durning said she is confident “God is watching over me.”

(Read more at the Christian Broadcast Network)

Had this been a Muslim attacked by a someone who once claimed to be a Christian, this would be front page news for a week.

However, with a Christian, older woman having her leg broken by a 31-year-old snowflake, the media gives us crickets.

  1. Pro-Life Activists Rally in Philly to Counter Dem’s Vicious Viral Attack

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After gay, pro-abortion Pennsylvania House member Brian Sims bullied three teen girls and an elderly woman protesting abortion, the Christian Broadcast Network reports in a 10 May 2019 article that pro-life groups have come together to protest his methods.

Pro-life activists rallied in Philadelphia Friday morning in response to a viral video of a Pennsylvania state representative harassing pro-life teens and women.

WATCH the entire rally BELOW:

We are LIVE at our pro-life rally against bullying, calling for the resignation of Brian Sims and for the end of abortion.

Faithwire’s Carly Hoilman was on site for the rally, posting numerous highlights from the event on Twitter:

The rally came together to protest the actions of state Rep. Brian Sims who is seen in viral videos harassing and threatening teenagers and a woman silently praying outside of this particular Planned Parenthood clinic. Sims points his camera at the teens, hoping to expose the identity of these minors, saying: “I’ve got a hundred dollars for anyone who can identify these three.”

In his bullying video, Sims hovers around an older woman, taunting her and trying to shove the camera in her face saying, “Today’s protester, now she is an old white lady who is going to try to avoid showing you her face.”

Sims had triumphantly tweeted his harassment, calling on others to target pro-lifers too: “Push back against Planned Parenthood protestors, PLEASE! They prey on young women, they use white privilege, & shame. They’re racist, classist, bigots who NEED & DESERVE our righteous opposition. Push back, please”

In another tweet, he blasted pro-lifers as “Bible bullies.”

(Read more at Christian Broadcast Network)

Since the media wants to portray gays as victims and never bullies, this will never see the light of day. Likewise, the attacks on the teens, the offers to have those teens’ lives ruined (much like the issues the media first tried to impose on the Covington Catholic boys.

  1. Pro-Lifers Pack Street at Philly Planned Parenthood: ‘We Are Not Going to Continue to Be Bullied’

In another article by the Christian Broadcast Network, we find that pro-life groups have a message for Planned Parenthood.

Hundreds of pro-lifers came here Friday to protest a Pennsylvania state representative’s recent verbal attacks against pro-life sidewalk counselors outside a Philadelphia abortion clinic.

As CBN News has reported, state Rep. Brian Sims (D) put out a video of himself blasting a woman who was merely praying a few feet from the Elizabeth Blackwell Planned Parenthood clinic. “An old white lady telling women what to do with their bodies,” he said.

Sims then basically offered a bounty for information on three teenage girls praying at the same clinic.

He called them, “A bunch of pseudo-Christian protestors who’ve been out here shaming young girls for being here. So here’s the deal: I’ve got $100 to anybody who’ll identify any of these three.”

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The pro-life advocates who came to this clinic told CBN News they won’t be intimidated or stopped because abortion must be fought.

Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood manager who now helps abortion clinic workers leave their jobs, addressed the rally.

(Read more at the Christian Broadcast Network)

Even without the coverage by the media, maybe Planned Parenthood and Brian Sims will get the message of this rally.

  1. Former Rap Artist Indicted for Obama 2012 Campaign Donations

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The Wall Street Journal gives us a hint of some more Obama administration corruption in a

Former Fugees rapper Pras Michel was indicted on charges of funneling millions of dollars in foreign money to then President Obama’s 2012 re-election effort, amid widening fallout of the multibillion-dollar fraud scandal at a Malaysian government fund.

The scandal has toppled Malaysia’s prime minister, threatened Goldman Sachs Group Inc. with criminal charges, and ensnared both Republican and Democratic fundraisers.

(Read more at the Wall Street Journal)

Considering how the media has gone bonkers over 30-year-old IRS reports on Donald Trump’s losses that were otherwise self-reported, we can only imagine what the reporting would have been like if this had been a Trump fund raiser who was convicted.

  1. One America News lists five other stories

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Liz Wheeler on One America News lists five other stories not mentioned by the main stream media.

  1. No Democrats viewed the mostly-unredacted version of the Mueller report
  2. California State Education has implemented sex education starting with kindergarten that cannot be opted out of and which is graphic at all levels
  3. Ilhan Omar has ties to the Muslim Amereican Society (which published the video of children singing “we will chop head of unbelievers off”).
  4. Trump told of his losing billions during his first episode of The Apprentice
  5. The Planned Parenthood location where Pennsylvania House member Brian Sims bullied three teen girls and an elderly woman for protesting abortion has failed 14 of the past 20 health inspections

This is a sad state of affairs for the media when they cannot report the news for fear of helping conservatives.

Thanks to Canada for accepting Asia Bibi

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Persecuted Christian Asia Bibi Arrives in Canada After Leaving Pakistan

Breitbart informs us through an 8 May 2019 article that Asia Bibi has escaped the death threat of her country for the asylum of Canada.

Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman who spent eight years on death row for blasphemy against Islam before she was freed last year, is now safely in Canada and reunited with her family, her lawyer has said.

“It is a big day,” Saiful Malook told the Guardian. “Asia Bibi has left Pakistan and reached Canada. She has reunited with her family. Justice has been dispensed.”

Pakistani TV channels Geo and ARY, citing unidentified sources, also reported Bibi had left the country.

Roman Catholic Bibi was acquitted of her religious crime last year but has since faced death threats in Pakistan and was offered asylum by multiple countries including Italy, the Netherlands, and Canada. The latter has finally provided her with safe haven.

The British government turned her away, allegedly to appease “certain sections of the community” at home and Islamist terrorists who might be inclined to attack British embassies abroad.

Everyone, please thank Canada for their help in this matter of providing asylum to Christians.

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; (Romans 12:10 NASB)

12 things that show how the press reports on anti-religious attacks

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  1. Sri Lanka militants set off bombs during raid, killing 15

According to a 27 April 2019 article at the Christian Broadcasting Network, the terrorists who killed over 250 and wounded over 500 also rigged bombs to explode when police came to raid them.

Militants linked to Easter suicide bombings opened fire and set off explosives during a raid by Sri Lankan security forces on a house in the country’s east, leaving behind a grisly discovery Saturday: 15 bodies, including six children.

The gunbattle that began Friday night and the carnage that followed come amid widespread fear of more attacks as officials hunt for militants with explosives believed to still be at large after the coordinated bombings of churches and luxury hotels that killed more than 250 nearly a week ago.

Raids and police curfews have shut down areas of eastern Sri Lanka, and Catholic leaders have canceled Sunday Masses indefinitely. Officials also urged Muslims to stay home for prayers in an extraordinary call by the clergy to curtail worship.

The gunfight came after police tipped off soldiers about a suspected safe house near the town of Sammanthurai, where authorities said the militants detonated three explosions and opened fire.

Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said that some of the dead likely were militants who blew themselves up in suicide bombings. Earlier, the military said at least one civilian had been killed in the attack.

(Read more at Christian Broadcasting Network)

So it was not bad enough that the Islamists killed 359 Christians and wounded over 500 at 5 churches and several hotels, now they have to kill an additional 15 people (including children)?

As you may have noticed, this has gone unreported in the mainstream media. I guess it doesn’t fit their pro-Sharia agenda.

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  1. Man plotted to bomb white-supremacist rally, retaliating for New Zealand mosque attacks, feds say

A 29 April 2019 Washington Post article outlines how Islamic convert Mark Domingo planned to kill both Jews and White Supremacists.

An Army veteran who allegedly planned to bomb a Los Angeles-area white-supremacist rally has been arrested and his plot foiled, authorities said Monday.

Officials identified the man as Mark Steven Domingo, 26, a recent convert to Islam who, they said, was seeking revenge for the March massacres at two New Zealand mosques that left 50 people dead. The FBI had been tracking the California resident for weeks, law enforcement said, and he had spoken to a confidential informant about other possible attacks against Jews, police officers, churches and the famed Santa Monica Pier, a local landmark and tourist destination.

He wanted to cause “mass casualties,” authorities said.

“The criminal case outlines a chilling terrorism plot that developed over the past two months and targeted innocent Americans,” Nicola T. Hanna, U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, said in a Monday news conference.

(Read more at the Washington Post)

For what little anyone heard of this guy through the press, it seems counter-narrative (at least for the mainstream press) to say one word about him. He’s Islamic. He wanted to attack White Nationalists and he wanted to kill Jews.

Now, if he had pulled off an attack against a mosque, we would be hearing about this for weeks.

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  1. Shooting at California synagogue kills 1, wounds 3

A 27 April 2019 Christian Broadcasting Network article gives just the bare facts about the synagogue attack in San Diego.

A 19-year-old man armed with a rifle opened fire inside a synagogue near San Diego as worshippers celebrated the last day of Passover, killing a woman and wounding three people Saturday, authorities said.

The man, whose name was not released, fled in a car and called 911 shortly afterward to say he was involved in the shooting at Chabad of Poway, San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit told reporters.

When an officer reached the man on a roadway, “the suspect pulled over, jumped out of his car with his hands up and was immediately taken into custody,” Nisleit said.

The officer found an AR-type rifle in the front passenger seat.

San Diego County Sheriff William Gore said at a news conference that he had no details on motive. Authorities say they were reviewing copies of his social media posts.

There was no known threat after the man was detained, but authorities boosted patrols at places of worship as a precaution, Nisleit said.

The shooting came exactly six months since a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue killed 11 people in the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history.

(Read more at the Christian Broadcasting Network)

Sadly, even almost a week after the attack, it seems that just the bare facts have been released about the attack and attacker. Why?

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  1. One Dead, Several Injured In San Diego Synagogue Shooting

In s 27 April 2019 Daily Caller article, we get scant other details.

Several worshipers were injured at a synagogue in San Diego, California during a shooting on Saturday.

At least four victims have reportedly been hospitalized, and one is dead, according to police. Among the victims was the Rabbi who was holding the service. He and two others remain in stable condition.

The suspect is a 19-year-old man who used an AR-15 style weapon, entered the synagogue, and was engaged by an off-duty border patrol agent, according to police.

San DiegoSheriff Bill Gore tweeted earlier Saturday that his department had detained a suspect and said that the victims had been transported to Palomar Medical Center.


(Read more at the Daily Caller)

Is it possible that law enforcement officials are tracking a larger plot? If so, only time will tell. However, I suspect that the suspect just does not fit the narrative that most of the mainstream media wants to pursue. While the Daily Caller may be able to unearth details released in tweets that the rest of the media ignores, we don’t have a Woodward and Bernstein digging into anything these days. (Not that they didn’t try to manufacture something with the Russian collusion tripe.)

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  1. Poway Rabbi: President Trump Was So Gracious, Generous, Comforting

In a 29 April 2019 Real Clear Politics article, a narrative that you will never hear for more than a blip on the mainstream media leaked out.

Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, a survivor from the shooting on Saturday at the Chabad synagogue in Poway, California talks to MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt about his phone call with President Trump.

“He was so gracious and generous with his words. Exceedingly comforting to me, my community. He spoke to me like a friend, like a buddy,” Rabbi Goldstein said.

“And we spoke about anti-Semitism. And I asked him, Mr. President, what are you doing about anti-Semitism in the United States of America? And he was very generous in explaining that he has made it as a priority.”

“He said, listen, I have a son-in-law who’s Jewish, a daughter that’s Jewish, I have grandchildren that are Jewish. I love Israel, we’re going to do whatever we can to protect the Jewish people of the United States of America and abroad,” he said.

(Read more and see the accompanying video at Real Clear Politics)

I am surprised that MSNBC allowed this to air and be recorded by our friends at Real Clear Politics. This was a real fluke.

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  1. Key findings on the global rise in religious restrictions

On 21 June 2018, Pew Research issued a report on religious restrictions.

Restrictions on religion increased around the world in 2016, according to Pew Research Center’s ninth annual study on global restrictions on religion. This is the second year in a row that overall restrictions on religion – whether the result of government actions or by individuals or societal groups – increased in the 198 countries included in the study.

Here are some of the key findings from the new report:

  1. More than a quarter (28%) of countries had “high” or “very high” levels of government restrictions on religion in 2016, an increase from 25% the year before. …
  2. The share of countries with “high” or “very high” levels of social hostilities involving religion remained stable at 27%. …
  3. A growing share of the incidents of government restrictions or social hostilities in 2016 involved political parties or social groups espousing nationalist positions. …
  4. Overall, the number of countries where various religious groups were harassed either by governments or social groups increased in 2016. …
  5. Among the 25 most populous countries in the world, Egypt, Russia, India, Indonesia and Turkey had the highest overall levels of religious restrictions. …

(Read more at the Pew Research report)

I am thankful that Pew Research has done the leg work to find out how religious people are being repressed worldwide. However, it seems that Pew must be under politically-correct pressure, since you have to drill down into their numbers to see the extent of the acts. Additionally, because the regimes that oppress Christians also oppress other religions (including other sects of Islam for the Middle-Eastern oppressors), the overall picture becomes somewhat blurred.

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  1. Pew study confirms worldwide Christian persecution

A 7 June 2018 OneNewsNow article shows how the Pew Research report was construed to minimize an increase on attacks on Christians.

While the latest Pew Research Center study confirms what many advocates for persecuted Christians around the world already know – that hostility towards believers is on the rise – the report also finds that harassment of Muslims was nearly on the same level.

The latest study reveals that in 2016, Christian groups were harassed in 144 nations, up from 128 the year before.

This is the ninth annual study conducted by Pew, which reports that China leads the world in government-sponsored restrictions on religious faith, while India leads in social hostilities.

Faith McDonnell, with the Institute on Religion & Democracy, says this is helpful information because Pew is a reputable organization and people are likely to dismiss Christian claims of persecution.

“So it’s good,” she says, “to have a secular group that studies these restrictions on religion.”

(Read more at OneNewsNow)

While this Christian-focused outlet does help, it cannot counter balance the effects of the mainstream media and their bias..

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  1. FBI hate crime statistics show anti-Semitic attacks (not anti-Muslim attacks) lead among religiously-motivated hate crimes in the US

Although this resource is not a story, it is something that the FBI releases every year — telling us what hate crimes were committed nationwide two years ago across our nation. Therefore, this annual report acts as a barometer of our ability to function as a pluralistic society.

Thence, it remains a good idea for us to consider the ramifications of the FBI‘s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program and its statistics for 2017 (the most current report as of April 2019).

Religious bias (Based on Table 1.)

Of the 1,749 victims of anti-religious hate crimes:

  • 58.1 percent were victims of crimes motivated by their offenders’ anti-Jewish bias.
  • 18.6 percent were victims of anti-Islamic (Muslim) bias.
  • 4.3 percent were victims of anti-Catholic bias.
  • 3.3 percent were victims of bias against groups of individuals of varying religions (anti-multiple religions, group).
  • 2.3 percent were victims of anti-Protestant bias.
  • 1.8 percent were victims of anti-Other Christian bias.
  • 1.5 percent were victims of anti-Eastern Orthodox (Russian, Greek, Other) bias.
  • 1.5 percent were victims of anti-Sikh bias.
  • 0.9 percent (15 individuals) were victims of anti-Hindu bias.
  • 0.9 percent (15 individuals) were victims of anti-Mormon bias.
  • 0.7 percent (13 individuals) were victims of anti-Jehovah’s Witness bias.
  • 0.7 percent (12 individuals) were victims of anti-Buddhist bias.
  • 0.5 percent (8 individuals) were victims of anti-Atheist/Agnostic bias.
  • 4.9 percent were victims of bias against other religions (anti-other religion).

To those who attack Jews in America, please answer these questions and consider the accompanying solutions:

  1. Are you doing it because you need attention?

    If so, please consider buying a bullhorn and standing on the corner rather than attacking others.

  2. Do you feel that Jews are controlling your world?

    Save up $150 and join a stock trading club or a local real estate investment club. Work, not pushing other people down, will get you out of the doldrums of debt.

  3. Are you attacking Jews because you think that God has abandoned them?

    If you are an ill-informed Christian, consider Romans 11:1-12. Also, consider that Jesus was a Jew and his disciples were Jews. Although Jesus was put on trial by the Jewish ruling council, Gentiles had a hand in killing Jesus.

    If you are of a religious persuasion that advocates persecution of Jews because they teach that Jews have lost favor with God, what proof do you have that you have not lost favor with God? Consider finding a more loving and faithful God.

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And I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed. (Genesis 12:3 NASB)

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  1. Joy Behar says Trump is ‘the culprit’ in wake of synagogue shooting, as other media points finger at president

As reported by Fox News in a 30 April 2019 article, Joy Behar (who proclaimed Christians mentally-ill if they prayed and who never has condemned Ilhan Omar or Rashida Tlaib) blamed President Trump for the Saturday on the California synagogue.

Anti-Trump TV host Joy Behar has shockingly referred to the president as “the culprit” behind the deadly California synagogue shooting.

During Monday’s “The View“, the panel discussed the shooting at the Chabad of Poway synagogue on Saturday as worshipers were celebrating the last day of Passover, killing a woman and injuring three others.

“I want to say something about Trump. Last week Biden introduced a video where he brought up Charlottesville. We all saw that. It was very well done. It reminded me we’re losing the soul of America,” Behar said, referencing the show’s recent interview with former Vice President Joe Biden.

“The next day Donald Trump defends Charlottesville once again. Says that these people were historians they were more interested in Robert E. Lee then the fact that they were saying ‘Jews will not replace us,’ they were just historians.”

“Then on Saturday in the morning this assault on the synagogue. Then Saturday afternoon ‘our hearts are with the victims.’ He talks out of both sides of his mouth,” she continued.

“He’s provocative. He gives dog whistles constantly to these people. Then Kellyanne goes out there and defends him and says ‘no no no,’ and he is like ‘no no no.’ Take responsibility for your actions. Mr. President, you are the culprit.”

There is no reason for anyone to watch these opinionated idiots. They need to be off the air..

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  1. New York Times publishes anti-Semitic cartoon before Saturday synagogue attack

Then the NYT offers two apologies

As we find in a 30 April 2019 Fox News article, the New York Times has had to face up to its anti-Semitism recently.

After apologizing over the weekend for publishing a syndicated cartoon with “anti-Semitic tropes” in its depiction of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Trump, The New York Times was criticized again Monday over yet another caricature of Netanyahu.

Dan Senor, a former Pentagon aide and advisor to Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, called out the “paper of record” for printing another anti-Netanyahu cartoon, this time depicting him as a blind Moses-like figure holding a tablet with the Israeli flag on it instead of the Ten Commandments

“Wait…the @nytimes featured ANOTHER Netanyahu cartoon? This one AFTER the Thursday cartoon depicting Netanyahu as a dog? Am I reading this right? Is the Times obsessed with Israel’s prime minister?” Senor tweeted.

The cartoon appears to have been published this weekend in the international edition of the paper, the same edition that printed Thursday’s cartoon.

Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO and national director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) called on the Times to take “immediate action” over the new cartoon.

“This is insensitive, inappropriate, and offensive. It shows once again that the @NYTimes needs to educate its staff about #antiSemitism. We call on them to take immediate action,” Jonathan Greenblatt tweeted Monday.

“Confounded & shocked by another terrible decision by @NYT. As our nation is grieving the deadly attack in #Poway, how did a cartoon like this make it into their paper…again?! We need answers!” Jason Greenblatt tweeted.

Requests for comment were not immediately returned by the Times.

The New York Times Opinion section issued a second apology Sunday over a cartoon of President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu which had been criticized.

At one time, the NYT was a source of news with a dollop of opinion. Now, it is a source of opinion (usually anti-Christian, anti-Semitic, and anti-American) with a dollop of news.

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  1. Christian Persecution by the Numbers

In a 16 January 2019 article at Open Doors, this organization lays out the degree of persecution that Christians across the world face.

In a year

(from October 31, 2017 to November 1, 2018)

The 2019 World Watch List report is based on comprehensive and investigative research of 150 countries where Christians are persecuted for their faith. Each year, our research reveals telling numbers and statistics that give us a glimpse at the depth, prevalence and widespread reach of the persecution believers endure.

Below, we share a quick glance at the numbers during the 2019 reporting period (from Oct. 31, 2017, to November 1, 2018). But by no means do the numbers tell the full story. Each fact and figure represent real people with real lives, families, jobs, churches—fathers, mothers, husbands, wives, sons, daughters—who every day make the dangerous choice to believe in and trust Jesus.

245 Million: In the top 50 World Watch List countries alone, 245 million Christians in the world experience high levels of persecution for their choice to follow Christ.

1 in 9: Christians worldwide experience high levels of persecution

14%: The rise in the number of Christians in the top 50 countries on the 2019 World Watch List (WWL) who experience high levels of persecution. (from the 2018 reporting period to 2019’s)

4,136: Christians killed for faith-related reasons in the top 50 WWL countries.

2,625: Christians detained without trial, arrested, sentenced and imprisoned in the top 50 WWL countries.

1,266: churches or Christian buildings attacked in the top 50 WWL countries.

Every Day

11: Christians killed every day for their faith, in the top 50 WWL countries.

(Read more at Open Doors)

Even with the 300+ who died in Islamic attacks on Easter, most people probably did not hear of this bit of news. That bit of non-reporting just shows the media’s bias.

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  1. Nigerian Muslim Militants Kill 120 Christians in Three Weeks

A 16 March 2019 Breitbart article points out how villages have been wiped out from Nigeria while we slept.

The recent death toll of Christians in Nigeria has reached 120 with this week’s slaughter of more than 50 by Fulani Muslim militants in the Kaduna state of Nigeria, the Christian Post reported.

The Fulani jihadists, who have become a greater threat to Nigerian Christians than the Islamist terror group Boko Haram, stormed the villages of Inkirimi, Dogonnoma, and Ungwan Gora in the Kajuru Local Government Area last Monday, destroying 143 homes, killing 52 people, and wounding dozens more.

The assailants reportedly split into three groups, the first of which fired upon the people, the second set fire to buildings, and the third chased down people fleeing from the scene. Victims of the assault included women and children.

Monday’s incident followed an attack the day before in the Ungwan Barde village in Kajuru, where 17 Christians were killed and dozens of homes were burned.

In the first week of March, Muslim extremists massacred more than 30 Christians in Karamar village, setting fire to several houses and a church. The terrorists reportedly shot at families trying to escape the fire, killing 32.

The spate of recent attacks against communities has taken place within the predominantly Christian Adara chiefdom of southern Kaduna.

The governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai, has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on the Kajuru Local Government Area to try to contain the violence.

In late February, militants attacked the Maro village, killing 38 Christians and torching homes as well as a Christian church.

(Read more at Breitbart)

God help our Christian family in Africa. The only way the American media would report on Africa would be if there were mass carnage that they could blame on Christians.

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A confluence terrible events against Christians and Christian places of worship

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European Churches: Vandalized, Defecated On, and Torched “Every Day”

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In a 14 April 2019 article by the Gatestone Institute, we find how Europe’s churches have seen much harm recently.

Countless churches throughout Western Europe are being vandalized, defecated on, and torched.

In France, two churches are desecrated every day on average. According to PI-News, a German news site, 1,063 attacks on Christian churches or symbols (crucifixes, icons, statues) were registered in France in 2018. This represents a 17% increase compared to the previous year (2017), when 878 attacks were registered — meaning that such attacks are only going from bad to worse.

Among some of the recent desecrations in France, the following took place in just February and March:

  • Vandals plundered Notre-Dame des Enfants Church in Nîmes and used human excrement to draw a cross there; consecrated bread was found thrown outside among garbage.
  • The Saint-Nicolas Church in Houilles was vandalized on three separate occasions in February; a 19th century statue of the Virgin Mary, regarded as “
    irreparable
    ,” was “completely pulverized,” said a clergyman; and a hanging cross was thrown to the floor.
  • Vandals desecrated and smashed crosses and statues at Saint-Alain Cathedral in Lavaur, and mangled the arms of a statue of a crucified Christ in a mocking manner. In addition, an altar cloth was burned.
  • Arsonists torched the Church of St. Sulpice in Paris soon after midday mass on Sunday, March 17.

Similar reports are coming out of Germany. Four separate churches were vandalized and/or torched in March alone. “In this country,” PI-News explained, “there is a creeping war against everything that symbolizes Christianity: attacks on mountain-summit crosses, on sacred statues by the wayside, on churches… and recently also on cemeteries.”

(Read more at the Gatestone Institute)

Note that, for the most part, this story is not reaching the main stream media.

Shep Smith shuts down French commentator suggesting Notre Dame fire wasn’t an accident

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A 15 April 2019 article at The Hill points out a massive failing of Shepherd Smith on his Fox News show.

Fox News anchor Shepard Smith abruptly cut off an interview on Monday with a French commentator floating conspiracy theories about the fire burning at Notre Dame.

Smith’s guest was French media analyst and former elected official Philippe Karsenty, who said the blaze burning at the Parisian landmark was “like a 9/11.”

“It’s like a 9/11. It’s a French 9/11. It’s a big shock,” Karsenty said. “The church was there for more than 850 years. Even the Nazis didn’t dare to destroy it.”

He said there have been churches “desecrated each and every week in France, all over France” in recent years.

“So, of course, you will hear the story of the political correctness which will tell you it’s probably an accident,” Karsenty said before Smith interrupted.

“Sir, sir, sir, we’re not going to speculate here of the cause of something which we don’t know,” Smith said. “If you have observations or you know something, we would love to hear it.”

Karsenty said that he was warning viewers that they “need to be ready” before Smith cut his guest off again.

“No, sir, we’re not doing that here, not now, not on my watch,” Smith said before ending the interview with Karsenty.

(Read more at The Hill)

Although this may not turn out to have been an intentional act, for Shep Smith to cut off a commentator that has a comment makes Mr. Smith’s show a worthless span of time.

Muslim Militants Slay Missionary Priest in Burkina Faso

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A 17 February 2019 Breitbart article describes the attack on a missionary priest.

A group of Islamic terrorists opened fire on a customs post in southern Burkina Faso Friday, slaying a missionary priest as well as four customs officials, Vatican News reported Saturday.

Father Antonio César Fernandez Fernandez, a Spanish priest of the Salesian order, had been working as a missionary in Africa for the last 37 years and helped to found the first Salesian community in Togo in 1982.

The three men were returning from Lome, Togo, where they had participated in the first session of the provincial chapter of the Salesians of Francophone West Africa.

Clashes between security forces and some jihadist groups have increased in recent months in Burkina Faso, but this is the first attack in this region of the country. Mali and Niger have been facing similar attacks for several years.

Burkina Faso is several hundred miles from Nigeria, where jihadists from the Boko Haram terror group have carried out deadly attacks for the past ten years. Boko Haram has reportedly killed some 30,000 people and forced another two million to flee their homes since the insurgency began in 2009.

(Read more at Breitbart)

As Christians, we must pray for those left behind after such an act of violence. Of course, for the Christian who dies, death just ushers us into the presence of Christ.

300 Nigerian Christians Killed by Muslim Attackers

72 Christians Supernaturally saved from a Firing Squad

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The Right Scoop reports 500 Christians killed by Islamic extremists.

In a story that occurred concurrently with the Christchurch attack, at least 300 Christians were killed by 2 Islamic groups according to a report by the Christian Broadcasting Network in mid-March.

The news out of Nigeria is getting progressively worse as it is being reported that more than 300 people were killed in at least seven predominantly Christian villages across Nigeria in February and March this year, according to multiple sources that monitor persecution of Christians.

“Since February 10, there have been at least 270 people killed in Kaduna State alone,” International Christian Concern confirms. “It has been reported that at least 70 Christians have been killed during a 10-week span at the beginning of 2019 across the other Middle Belt states.”

In one early morning attack on the village of Karamai on Feb. 14, sources said 41 people died after 300 gunmen swarmed the village shouting “Allahu Akbar!” as they fired their weapons and ransacked people’s homes, according to Barnabas Fund. It was reported almost all of those killed were women and children along with a few senior residents who were unable to run away.

(Read more at the Christian Broadcasting Network)

This is yet another story rarely mentioned by America’s main stream media. If it were Muslim victims in a Western nation, the coverage would last for weeks after the terrible event. For Christians, there is no mention.

‘Everything is burning’: Notre Dame cathedral in Paris on fire

The Russian Times reported in a 15 April 2019 article that Notre Dame was burning.

A fire at the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France has destroyed most of the roof and collapsed the church’s central spire. Eyewitness videos show smoke and fire engulfing the jewel of Gothic architecture.

The blaze broke out in the scaffolding around the spire on Monday afternoon, Paris firefighters confirmed, adding that a major operation to tackle the fire is underway.

Everything is burning. There won’t be anything left of the wood frame, which dates to the XIX century on one side and the XII century on the other,” Notre Dame spokesman Andre Finot told French media. “We’ll have to see if the [stone] vault, which protects the cathedral, will be touched or not.”

I hope that there is definitive proof that this was not the work of an Islamist. However, to declare that the fire resulted from an accident while the firefighters are still putting the fire out is premature.

Pope to Muslims: “Faith in God unifies, not divides”

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Pope says to Muslims, “Faith in God unifies, not divides, bringing people closer even with their differences”

According to a 4 February 2019 Nigeria Circle article, the Pope has claimed a common faith in God between Christians and Muslims.

The visit marks an effort to boost the Vatican’s outreach to Islam.

Pope Francis, who has made strengthening ties between the two largest religions a cornerstone of his papacy, is expected to have talks with the UAE’s crown prince on Monday and hold an open-air mass for 135,000 worshipers on Tuesday.

Pope Francis on Sunday called for urgent “respect” for a ceasefire accord in Yemen to allow humanitarian aid through in the conflict-weary country.

“The population is exhausted by the long conflict and many, many children are suffering from hunger but they are not able to get to food deposits. The cry of these children and their parents rises up to God,” he told tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square during his regular Sunday address.

“I appeal to all sides involved and to the international community to urgently press for respect of the agreements that have been reached, to guarantee the distribution of food, and work for the good of the population.”

“There are children who are hungry, they are thirsty, they don’t have medicine,” he added.

“I am following the humanitarian crisis in Yemen with great concern,” he added.

The UAE has played a leading role in the Saudi-led military coalition waging a nearly four-year war against the Iran-aligned Houthi movement in Yemen in a conflict which has pushed the poorest country on the peninsula to the brink of famine.

The Gulf state currently has about 800,000 Catholics but few of them are citizens, they’re mostly temporary migrant workers from South and South East Asia.

“Dear people of the United Arab Emirates, Salam aleikum, peace be upon you. Faith in God unifies, not divides, bringing people closer even with their differences, while keeping them away from hostilities and aversion,” Pope Francis said in a video message.

Freedom of religion in the UAE is limited. It’s illegal for a Muslim to renounce their religion.

(Read more at Nigeria Circle)

My first reaction had me wondering whether this pope was declaring “another gospel” (in seeming to suggest that Muslims and Christians hold a common faith in God).

For the uninitiated, the problem with anyone declaring “another gospel” is that, in changing the central message of Christ, you are really abandoning Christ (as explained in Galatians 1: 6-9):

I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!

However, in light of the fact that Islam recently has shown significant hostility toward Christians with its lands AND there are 800,000 foreign Catholics (and various other denominations of Christians) in the UAE — there seems to be a need for a gentle response.

Because the Pope leads a the largest portion of proclaimed Christians on Earth, we must pray for him as a leader. Even while we may cringe at the Pope embracing an Islamist who calls for the killing of Christians, we have to realize that the strength of the Catholic Church will color non-Christian’s views of Christians. To that extent, we need to pray that the Lord directs the Pope’s steps.

Finally, on my part, I need to realize that I was not in the UAE, standing across from those who had preached the killing of Christians. Likewise, I am not in a religious environment where I might stand face-to-face with those who would kill my fellow Christians due to words I have said.