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UAE allows non-Islamic worship — as long as the Buddhists, Christians, & Jews hide

As shown through the ever-more-liberal filter of the Wall Street Journal, it seems that liberals expect Christians to forget the violent and oppressive past of Islam.

Every Friday, on the fourth floor of a hotel conference center in this Arab business hub, several thousand Christians arrive to worship in two-hour shifts at what may be the world’s best-hidden megachurch.

There is no sign outside the center to guide people to Fellowship. The Protestant congregation sprang up roughly a decade ago in a place where Islam is the official religion, non-Muslim practice has long been closely monitored and sanctioned church buildings are limited and regulated.

(Read more at Wall Street Journal)

If you have to hide your presence, how free are you?

Philippine Vote on Muslim Self-Rule

Christians know “Muslim self-rule” means “Sharia” and suppression of religious rights for non-Muslims

Philippine Vote on Muslim Self-Rule Puts Christians on Edge

In a 21 January 2019 article in the Wall Street Journal, the fear of Christians comes into focus.

A Muslim-majority region in the Philippines voted on a proposal for greater self-determination, a pivotal attempt at peace that tests the fragile relationship between Muslims and a Roman Catholic minority concerned about creeping Islamic authority.

To most of the four million people in the Muslim areas of the southern island of Mindanao, the vote offers a hopeful end to decades of conflict between armed groups and the government in this overwhelmingly Catholic country of 100 million people.

(Read more at the Wall Street Journal)

Since there have been two attacks in the Philippines in January 2019 and 14 in the Philippines in 2018 according to The Religion of Peace, I can understand these Christians’ reluctance to trust the benevolence of Muslims.

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Two reports on the bombings of a church in an area taken over by Islam

Philippines vows to crush 'terrorists' after church bombs

Philippines vows to crush ‘terrorists’ after church bombs kill 20

According to a 26 January 2019 Reuters article, the Philippine government will strike back against Islamists who bombed a church.

The Philippines vowed to destroy those behind twin bombings that killed 20 people during a Sunday church service in the country’s restive south, six days after a referendum on autonomy for the mainly Muslim region returned an overwhelming “yes” vote.

The Philippines vowed to destroy those behind twin bombings that killed 20 people during a Sunday church service in the country’s restive south, six days after a referendum on autonomy for the mainly Muslim region returned an overwhelming “yes” vote.

The first explosion went off inside the cathedral on Jolo island, in Sulu province, and was followed by a second blast outside, which was detonated as security forces raced to the scene, officials said.

“The enemies of the state have boldly challenged the capability of the government to secure the safety of the citizenry in that region,” said Salvador Panelo, spokesman of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

(Read more at Reuters)

Pray for the government of the Philippines as they seek to apply justice to the situation. Pray that they find the perpetrators of this heinous act. At the same time, pray that they do not over-reach and punish people who did not act in this bombing or support the people who did.

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Church bombs in Philippines kill at least 17

Church bombs in Philippines kill at least 17, wound 42: military

Reuters told us in a 26 January 2019 article the first news of the Islamist bombing of the church in the Philippines.

The Philippines vowed to destroy those behind twin bombings that killed 20 people during a Sunday church service in the country’s restive south, six days after a referendum on autonomy for the mainly Muslim region returned an overwhelming “yes” vote.

The attack wounded more than 100 people and was one of the deadliest in recent years in a region long plagued by instability. It came amid hope and excitement about the ratification of a devolution plan that aims to bring development, jobs and peace to one of Asia’s poorest and most volatile places.

The first explosion went off inside the cathedral on Jolo island, in Sulu province, and was followed by a second blast outside, which was detonated as security forces raced to the scene, officials said.

(Read more at Reuters)

Keep these Catholic Christians in your prayers.

US approved thousands of child bride requests

America has changed with Obama’s uptick of importation of Islam

US approved thousands of child bride requests

The Associated Press reports in a 11 January 2019 article how the US has approved thousands of applications for child brides in 2018.

Thousands of requests by men to bring in child and adolescent brides to live in the United States were approved over the past decade, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press. In one case, a 49-year-old man applied for admission for a 15-year-old girl.

The approvals are legal: The Immigration and Nationality Act does not set minimum age requirements for the person making the request or for that person’s spouse or fiancee. By contrast, to bring in a parent from overseas, a petitioner has to be at least 21 years old.

And in weighing petitions, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services goes by whether the marriage is legal in the spouse or fiancee’s home country and then whether the marriage would be legal in the state where the petitioner lives.

The data raises questions about whether the immigration system may be enabling forced marriage and about how U.S. laws may be compounding the problem despite efforts to limit child and forced marriage. Marriage between adults and minors is not uncommon in the U.S., and most states allow children to marry with some restrictions.

There were more than 5,000 cases of adults petitioning on behalf of minors and nearly 3,000 examples of minors seeking to bring in older spouses or fiances, according to the data requested by the Senate Homeland Security Committee in 2017 and compiled into a report. The approval is the first of a two-step visa process, and USCIS said it has taken steps to better flag and vet the petitions.

Some victims of forced marriage say the lure of a U.S. passport combined with lax U.S. marriage laws are partly fueling the petitions.

(Read more at the Associated Press

As Christians, we must stand for those who have no voice. In particular, we need to support shelters where those who want to escape child marriage/sexual slavery.

As Americans, we need to stand and say that these are not our values.

The best summary of the Covington Catholic kids situation

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Glenn Beck provides the most succinct summary of the confrontation surrounding the Covington Catholic High School kids

In a video posted at YouTube (https://youtu.be/da1Wy4O2shc), Glenn Beck of TheBlaze provided the most informative and least offensive summary of the event surrounding the Covington Catholic High School kids. Since he provided such a good summary, I felt that I should do my part to put the story in black-and-white media.

The following is a transcript of his video (as well as I could piece it together).

Beck:
A group of boys from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky, were finishing up after a long day. They attended the March for Life and they were given permission to do a little sightseeing before meeting up at the Lincoln Memorial to depart.

They arrived and they saw a pair of dueling demonstrations. There were two demonstrations when they arrived. A group of Native Americans had gathered as part of the Indigenous Peoples’ March (which the Indigenous Peoples’ March was about indigenous peoples, stolen land, and borders without any walls).

Then there was another group: the African-American street preachers. These guys — and I say this because I saw then daily for a long time in New York — they are truly violent, vile people. A very small group called the Black Hebrew Israelites.

So the boys stood there for a second and watch this show, really. They watched and they listened.

And the Black Hebrew Israelites screamed, not at the boys, but at the Native Americans — telling the Native Americans that they were evil for practicing their cultural beliefs.

It got so bad that some of the Native Americans walked up and pleaded with them to stop interrupting their gathering.

Here’s the videotape. Listen.

Black Hebrew Israelite (BHI) 1:
You are the children of Israel. Before you started worshiping totem poles, you were worshipping the true Living God.

BHI 2:
That’s right.

BHI 1:
Before you became an idol worshiper, you was worshipping the true and Living God. And this is the reason why this land was taken away from you, because you worship everything except the Most High. You worship everything in creation except the creator.

BHI 2:
That’s right.

BHI 1:
And that’s what we are here to tell you to do. We are here to tell you to wake up to the four corners of the earth. This is the truth of the Holy Bible.
(Talking to a pair of Native Americans)
We don’t have a microphone, brother. This is a part of the freedom of speech and the freedom of religion.

Beck:
These are two Native Americans who walk up peacefully and say, “Please stop.” They turn around and walk away.

BHI 1:
… your religious philosophies and doctrines and start worshiping the True and Living Power, which His name is YaHaWa. That’s who’s the Most High God.

BHI 2:
That’s right.

BHI 1:
The Most High God. His name is YaHaWa. You’re not supposed to worship eagles, buffaloes, …

BHI 2:
That’s right.

BHI 1:
… rams, all types of animals …

BHI 2:
That’s right. That’s right.

BHI 1:
… the reason why the Lord took away your land.

Beck:
Ok. Now, I want to make sure that you have that. If you don’t — if you’re not watching us on BlazeTV, let me describe the scene.

It’s very different than the scene you will see in just a few minutes later, because the Covington boys are not around. It’s very sparsely populated. You’re seeing a lot of the Native Americans there and they are trying to be kind, but it doesn’t get any less insulting than this. He calls them idol worshipers, totem pole, eagle, and buffalo worshipers until a Native American man was forced to come over and kindly plead with them to stop, which they didn’t.

The Black Hebrew Israelites then go on with their insults directed directly at the Native Americans.

Now, it is right about this time that the Israelites decided that they would then direct hostility over to another growing group. A group of boys who were from Covington that were standing close by, just watching and listening to these two groups.

Here it is.

BHI 2:
That’s right.

BHI 1:
We wouldn’t …

BHI 2:
That’s right.

BHI 1:
… you corny-assed Billy Bob. Yeah. Go talk to them with your Make America Great Again hats on. Unbelievable.

Tell them to come over here in the lion’s den instead of mocking over there. You lurid, dirty-ass crackers, your day coming. Your day coming. Your day coming. Cause your little dusty-asses wouldn’t walk down the street in a Black neighborhood and go walk up on nobody playin no games like that. Yeah. I will stick my foot in your little ass.

Beck:
Ok. If you all saw the videos, which will all be available on BlazeTV and Blaze.com, you see the video. There’s only about (maybe it looks like 10), but in the first part of the video, you only see about four of them. Only one is wearing a Make America Great Again hat. Only one of them seems to be wearing it in the video that we are showing you. They’re still gathering, so there’s very few people there. But you’ll notice what the Black Israelites did. They were arguing with the Native Americans and then said, “Why are you arguing with us? You should be going after those little bastards over there wearing the Make America Great Again hats. Little corny-assed Billy Bob. Go talk to them dirty-ass crackers.

When the Black Israelites start to address them, you also see on the video — the boys do nothing.

They have their hands in their pockets. They are just watching from a distance. They all turn around and start to walk away.

Now, this is a fight between the attendees of an indigenous peoples’ march and their hecklers — the Black Hebrew Israelites.

Now it begins to get out of hand here, because the Native Americans have been kind. That’s where things really go awry. We’re not including this on air, because it is absolutely uneditable and unairable. It is full of profanity, so it would be just one giant bleep. But we will tweet this scene out to you.

This is when some of the Native Americans had had enough and they get into what looks like is going to become a street brawl between the two. And as it begins to get completely out of hand with several Native Americans returning shouts and profanity of their own, the Street Preachers result to saying, “Why are you attacking us?”

They redirect their racial insults and they point again to the Covington High School students to get them out of this jam with the Native Americans.

Here it is.

BHI 1:
… always talking out they ass. Always talking out they ass. But you won’t say that to this peckerwood wearing the Make America Great Again hat.

BHI 2:
That’s right. That’s right.

BHI 1:
Idolaters.

BHI 2:
That’s right. That’s right.

BHI 1:
Why don’t you practice …

BHI 2:
That’s right. That’s right.

BHI 1:
You don’t speak to him like that.

BHI 2:
That’s right. That’s right.

BHI 1:
Cause you’re an Uncle Tomahawk.

BHI 2:
That’s right. That’s right.

Beck:
I just want to make sure you understand what he was saying to the Native American. “Why aren’t you talking to the peckerwood wearing the Make America Great Again hat? You’re an Uncle Tomahawk. You’re all a bunch of Uncle Tomahawks. Why don’t you crack the head of that peckerwood with the Make America Great Again hat?

The media has completely dismissed this. Why, I wonder? This goes back and forth for over an hour with the Black Hebrew Israelites even resorting to calling other African Americans in the area the “n” word, because they don’t agree with them.

Now, it is about this time that the boys from Covington High School all began gathering in large numbers waiting for their ride home.

We’re going to play a small portion of what ensued next, because it leads directly to the incident that would immediately go viral, but keep it in mind for later (because I’m gonna come back to this clip — this specific line of insults toward the Covington again directly followed another instance where the Black Israelites were being confronted for their racism and bigotry.

Listen.

BHI 1:
… look all these dusty-ass crackers with that racist garbage on. Look at these dirty-ass crap. Can’t stand in the sun for five minutes.

BHI 2:
Build that wall. Build that wall. Why don’t you build that dam wall? Ya’ll going to build that wall for Mexico!

Beck:
Now, remember this clip — because I have to come back to it. By now, they boys from Covington were not only getting annoyed, but the entire area in a 300 meter radius was trying to get the Black Israelites to shut up. There was disunion and disharmony with everyone they touched.

The high school kids, in order to drown out the racism and bigotry decided that a pep rally would be louder than the hate coming from the Street Preachers. Now, this is something they do every year. They have done this for 10 years. Every year, they meet at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and they shout their pep rally shouts.

This time, it worked also to help drown out the hate directed mainly towards Native Americans.

Here’s what happened.

[Applause and cheering.]

Beck:
This is their prep. They had nothing to do with anything. They’ve done it for 10 years and it did drown out the hatred. Now, it’s a kid thing to do, but — honestly — if I were there, I would have said, “Thank God. Look at these kids.” It’s much better than listening to the bigotry coming from the mouths Black Israelite and some Native Americans who just lost their temper.

But right as this is going on, one of the Native American attendees of the indigenous peoples’ approaches the Covington group.

He walks away from the area that the Native American demonstration had gathered and walks right past the Black Israelites, directly into the middle of high schooler’s. Now he stops right in front of a 17-year-old, banging a drum a couple of inches from his face. This is the moment where it began.

Watch and listen.

BHI 1:
Here comes Gad! Here comes Gad!

Look at their Make America Great Again hat. Look at they hat. Look at they hat. We not take it. That’s right Gad!

Beck:
Notice the drum beats with the chants. The kids are doing their chants. They don’t know who this Native American is. They know that the Native Americans have been hassled by the Black Israelites. That they have watched and seen. So when the Native American comes over, they think that he’s on their side — trying to drown out the Black Israelites.

But did you notice what the Black Israelites were calling the Native American with a drum? They called him, “Gad.” They said, “Here comes Gad. Here comes Gad.”

“Gad?” Who the hell is “Gad?” You have to go to Isaiah, chapter 65. The Black Israelites still are continuing to insult the Native Americans. This is the name of a false god. When he says, “Oh, here comes Gad” he is mocking the Native Americans.

Again, the totem pole worshiper. Oh now here comes their false god with the drum.

Nobody in the media said anything about this. Nobody in the media had a problem with any of this. The Black Israelites continued to insult the Native Americans, but not a mention of any of it.

Now the Native American — his name is Nathan Phillips. He is a 30-year, left-wing activist and he marches right up to one of the students and gets right directly in his face.

Now the media left all of the priest’s stuff out. So you have no idea that these kids are actually helping the Native American.

How betrayed they must have felt.

So as Nathan Philips, the Native American, walks over with the drum, the Black Israelites are still calling them names. Calling Nathan Phillips “Gad,” the name of a false god. And they continue to insult them, but not a peep in the media.

Now, Nathan Philips initially told the Washington Post that the boys surrounded him as he was just preparing to leave.

There is zero evidence of this. In fact, our video shows the exact opposite.

He later contradicted this in an interview with the Detroit Free Press, admitting that it was he — no they — that initiated the contact.

He also stated that he did this because the Covington kids were attacking the Black Israelites.

This is clearly not what happened. Clearly, if you’ve watched the video, it is painfully obvious this is not what happened. The white boys stayed way away from the confrontation. It was a confrontation between the Black Israelites and the Native Americans. And it was the Black Israelites who are known by reporters in New York to be vile, despicable street thugs.

Now Phillip’s actions seem completely at odds with every other Native American present at the rally that day. There was only a handful that were nasty. The vast majority were either debating or getting confrontational with the Black Israelites. None of them were at odds with the high school kids.

Not a single Native American — not one.

One of the reasons for why some say Phillips decided to do what he did was due to the claim that the boys were saying, “Build that wall” and he felt insulted by that. Now remember Nathan Phillips is part of a group that is against the border wall, “No borders, no wall.” Ok.

That’s why he was protesting. He was protesting the border wall. So, of course, someone wearing a MAGA hat has to be for the border wall. That’s why he targeted that boy.

Now, in interview after interview, he said that they were chanting, “Build that wall.”

In zero instances that we have found on videotape (and we have watched it all) — zero times have the boys said, “Build that wall.” But we did find it and I played it for you earlier. The organizer of the indigenous peoples’ march claims I heard that. The New York Times was quick to point out “that was ‘Build that wall.’ It’s a rallying cry of supporters of Mr. Trump.” Which brings me back to the video I told you to remember. Listen to it, but this time, listen to the Black Israelite leader and what he’s saying in the background to the Native Americans.

BHI 1:
… look all these dusty-ass crackers with that racist garbage on. Look at these dirty-ass crap. Can’t stand in the sun for five minutes.

BHI 2:
Build that wall. Build that wall. Why don’t you build that dam wall? Ya’ll going to build that wall for Mexico!

Beck:
He’s saying to the indigenous people, “Build that wall! Build that wall! Why don’t you build that wall? They’re so worried about the people from Mexico.”

So it was said, but it was said by the Black Israelites, not one of the Covington kids. Out of all of the video evidence — from the entire event — the only time “Build that wall” was ever heard was when it was said by the leader of the Black Israelites.

The media never did any of this work. They never looked at the entire body of evidence to find out what really happened. They saw young, white boys from a Christian school wearing a MAGA hat and they instantly handed out a verdict of guilty.

Did Nathan Phillips do this as an activist looking for exposure? Well, I will tell you about that old man who cried on TV. Here’s what he said in an interview. Now that you have the video and you’ve seen it with your own eyes — exactly what happened — now let me repeat what Nathan Phillips said happened. He told the Washington Post and then the Detroit Free Press:

Phillips words, read by Beck:
… They (the Covington boys) witnessed these individuals (the Black Hebrew Israelites group) on their soapbox about what they had to say. Well, they didn’t agree with it and they got offended. They were in were in the process of attacking these four black individuals. I was there. I witnessed all of this and it kept going on and on and escalating.

It just got to a point where you have to do something or you’ll walk away, you know? You see something that’s wrong and you’re faced with that choice of right or wrong and that is the moment that I knew I had to put myself between beasts and prey. These young men were beastly to these old Black individuals and that was their prey. I stood between them and so they needed their pound of flesh and they were looking at me for my pound of flesh.

It was ugly what these kids were involved in. It was racism. It was hatred. It was scary.

I mean, if you go back and look at the lynchings that were done in America, you’d see the faces on those people. The glee and the hatred on their faces. That’s what these faces looked like. The Black Israelites were saying some harsh things, but some of it was true.

These young, white American kids who were being taught in their Catholic school, their doctrine, their truth, and when they found out there’s more truth out there than what they’re being taught. They were offended, they were insulted, they were scared, and that’s how they responded. One thing that I was taught in my Marine Corp training is that a scared man will kill you. And that’s what these boys were. They were scared. I’m still scared. I’m still feeling vulnerable, but I will not back down.

Beck:
This man is despicable.

Facebook finds itself fighting problems on three fronts


Facebook investors call on Mark Zuckerberg to resign as chairman following damaging report

A 16 November 2018 article at The Telegraph reports that investors at Facebook do not seem enthused with Mark Zuckerberg’s leadership.

Facebook investors have called on the company’s chief executive Mark Zuckerberg to step down as chairman, following reports that the company hired a public relations firm to smear its critics by drawing links to George Soros.

The attack on Mr Zuckerberg is set to complicate the daunting challenge facing Sir Nick Clegg, Facebook’s new global head of policy and communications, who joined last month and has been asked to conduct a review of Facebook’s use of lobbying firms.

Jonas Kron, a senior vice president at Trillium Asset Management, a US investor which owns an £8.5m stake in Facebook, last night called on Mr Zuckerberg to step down as board chairman in the wake of the report.

“Facebook is behaving like it’s a special snowflake,” he said. “It’s not. It is a company and companies need to have a separation of chair and CEO.”

Both Mr Zuckerberg and Sir Nick have been under pressure following reports Facebook hired Definers, a Republican public relations firm, to help repair its battered reputation following intense criticism of the social media platform’s handling of a scandal over Russian interference in the 2016 US elections and the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

(Read more at The Telegraph)

Considering the many pro-life groups Facebook has removed without warning, this is not “fitting” or “karma.” Considering the number of conservative campaigns (from Brazil’s Movimento Brazil Livre pages to the Trump pre-midterm ad), they don’t deserve to be heralded as supporters of free speech. They only support one side.

Nonetheless, for Facebook to hire a firm to defend George Soros seems just odd. Maybe this is an indicator that Zuckerberg will not be able to take the firm further left until he takes it off the stock market. With shareholders, he will have to stop his march to the left.

Who knows? With market forces in play, he might have to allow free speech for all. (chuckle)

Do we want to regulate Facebook?

Senators Threaten to Regulate Facebook

Bloomberg reports in a 16 November 2018 article how Senators Coons and Corker have determined to get Facebook to fly straight.

Senators Chris Coons and Bob Corker warned Friday that Congress would impose new regulations to rein in Facebook Inc. unless the social-media company addresses concerns about privacy and the spread of misinformation on its platform.

Speaking in a joint interview on the sidelines of a development forum in Wilmington, Delaware, the two senators said that Facebook probably wouldn’t like what Congress does, so it should come up with a solution first.

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“If they don’t, if they continue to act as if we couldn’t possibly deign to regulate them, they’ll get regulated and they’ll be unpleasantly surprised with how swiftly it may happen,” said Coons, a Delaware Democrat and member Senate Judiciary Committee. “I think they’ve got a lot of explaining to do.”

(Read more at Bloomberg)

If Soros wants to regulate social media, we need to watch for Big Brother in Big Social Media

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When Democrats like Cicilline and liberal globalists like Soros support regulating social media giants, conservatives have to look out for censorship to increase to Big Brother levels. Instead of pushing regulation, maybe conservatives should look toward to a guarantee of the Bill of Rights. Further, we should look toward breaking up the monopolies of social media.

I wish the senators would focus less on the spread of misinformation. Rather, I would have them focus on the full acceptance of free speech (for all parties — not just the liberals).

Since I can judge which news pieces seem viable, maybe they should focus on ensuring all get heard. That is, since I have a habit of verifying news through good sources (e.g., the Wall Street Journal, National Review, or Breitbart), they can make certain that even the gossip publishers can publish. Therefore, in a pinch, we might even accept a story from the New York Times (if corroborating sources exist).

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Leave Facebook?

Some Facebook users are dialing back use over latest scandal

Yahoo Finance suggests in a 16 November 2018 article that people have reached their limit with Facebook.

Expect some Facebook (FB) users to dial back their use of the popular social network and even delete their accounts following the publication of a damning exposé this week.

On Wednesday, The New York Times published an extensive feature that revealed how Facebook management was reluctant to tackle Russia-linked activity on the social network following the 2016 U.S. presidential election, how unprepared Facebook was for the ensuing public fallout, as well the social network’s efforts to wield influence on Capitol Hill. Chief among Facebook’s alleged infractions: employing Definers Public Affairs, a Republican opposition research firm, to accuse left-wing financier George Soros of quietly backing anti-Facebook groups.

“It’s too early to tell the full impact The New York Times story is having — we would have to see in a month — but it will impact [Facebook’s] Daily Active Users and even just the people who are concerned about occasionally logging on and giving clicks and views to a company they might disagree with,” says Altimeter Group analyst Omar Akhtar, who adds the report severely tarnished Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s once-sterling reputation.

(Read more at Yahoo Finance)

As for myself, I have had it with Facebook and don’t use it as a primary means of sharing news. However, I can understand their anger and would suggest use of another platform (such as gab.ai (twitter alternative), vidme (youtube alternative), WordPress (blogger alternative), or Digg (Facebook alternative)).

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