Abubakar Shekau Threatens the Elimination of Christians; Trump increases Christian Refugee Arrivals


Boko Haram Leader Resurfaces and Threatens to Eliminate Christians

In a 29 June 2017 article in The Christian Post, the following threat to Christians in Nigeria was repeated.

Abubakar Shekau, leader of Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram, has resurfaced in a new video, claiming responsibility for attacks on the army and declaring that there is no room for Christians to live with Muslims in the country as equals.

The terrorist group has been responsible for the deaths of over 20,000 people, including Muslims and Christians, since 2009 and has said in the past that it will seek to kill all Christians and blow up every church.

‘My message is to Islamic clerics in Nigeria who despite their position are giving wrong interpretation to the Holy Koran; you are playing with hell fire. You have to be careful because Koran has divided mankind into three; some are believers, some are hypocrites and some are nonbelievers. There is no way we Muslims in mosques and Christians in churches and you think we can work together,’ Shekau says in his latest message, as reported by the Premium Times on Wednesday.

‘This has never happened before even during the lifetime of all apostles of the prophet.’

The jihadist leader further explains that non-Muslims could be allowed to exist if they ‘remain by the side without interference’ while Muslims are ‘ruling with Sharia,’ which is a position that the democratic government of Nigeria rejects.

Rumors have swirled in the past of Shekau’s death and of Boko Haram’s leadership splintering in two, but the head of the terrorist group, which has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, has insisted he is still in charge.

Shekau said that his fighters were responsible for an ambush of a military-escorted convoy of travelers last week, which ended with the abduction of 16 women.

The police separately said that at least two people, including a police officer, were killed in the attack along Maiduguri-Damboa road.

As Al Jazeera reported in May, Boko Haram’s war with the Nigerian military since 2009 has led to 20,000 casualties, with thousands of people, including many Christians, abducted and forced to marry Islamic radicals.

The terrorist group has bombed churches and government buildings, vowing to drive out all followers of Christ from the country.

In August 2016, reports emerged that Boko Haram elected spokesman Abu Musab al-Barnawi as its new leader, with new threats made against Christians.

‘They strongly seek to Christianize the society,’ al-Barnawi said at the time, airing his grievances. ‘They exploit the condition of those who are displaced under the raging war, providing them with food and shelter and then Christianizing their children.’ “

(Read more in The Christian Post)

Obama barred Christian Syrian Refugees while seeking Muslim Syrian Refugees

Under the First Five Months of Trump, Christian Refugee Arrivals Starts to Outpace Islamic Refugee Arrivals

According to a 12 July 2017 Pew Research study, the Obama policy of favoring Islamic refugees over Christian refugees (to the point of deporting a number of Syrian Christians to their certain death) has ended. The Pew Research study reported:

“More Christian than Muslim refugees have been admitted to the United States in the first months of the Trump administration, reversing a trend that had seen Muslims outnumber Christians in the final fiscal year under President Barack Obama, a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. State Department refugee data has found.

From Donald Trump’s first full day in office on Jan. 21 through June 30, 9,598 Christian refugees arrived in the U.S., compared with 7,250 Muslim refugees. Christians made up 50% of all refugee arrivals in this period, compared with 38% who are Muslim. Some 11% of these arrivals belong to other religions, while about 1% claim no religious affiliation.”

However, this reversal seems more to be a lessening in Obama’s hard-handed forcing of Islam on America than a preference made by Trump. On this note, Pew Research observes:

“It’s not clear why the religious composition of refugees to the U.S. has changed since February. Trump’s revised executive order states no religious preference for refugee admissions. Also, it’s not yet known whether the religious composition of refugee applicants (not arrivals) has shifted during the Trump administration, since it is likely that many refugees admitted from February through June actually applied to the Refugee Resettlement Program before Trump took office (the refugee application process typically takes between 18 and 24 months to complete).

Overall refugee admissions to the U.S. in fiscal 2017 (which ends Sept. 30) are on pace to fall below the 85,000-person ceiling established by the Obama administration for fiscal 2016, a year that saw 84,995 actual refugee arrivals. At the same time, arrivals for the current fiscal year are already nearing the new cap set by Trump in his executive order. As of June 30, the U.S. had already admitted 49,255 refugees. However, under the Supreme Court’s recent order, refugees with close family members in the U.S. may continue to enter the U.S. even after the new cap is reached.”

(Read more at Pew Research)

I, for one, am glad that President Trump does not place as big of a thumbprint on this process as Obama did.

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Populist Trump’s Meandering on Conservative Issues


Trump has Spoken Consistently Conservative ( but Only when it Matches his Populist Views) since the Campaign Started

However, on non-Populist Issues, Not So Much

The following list of departures from common conservative principles suggest that Trump will likely stray on:

  1. Men in girls’ bathrooms — As the newest detail on the possible divide between  Trump and conservatives, the transgender issue offers a glimpse at any non-conservative tendencies Trump might harbor.
  2. Abortion — Although Trump started with a definite pro-choice view, changes preceding a 2011 interview with CBN seem to have put him on the pro-life side (to a degree).
  3. Second Amendment — When he wrote his book in 2000 (The America We Deserve), Trump completely supported Clinton’s ban on assault weapons. Since then, Trump has gained a respect for the Second Amendment (at least in speeches).
  4. Freedom of Religion
    • A 7 December 2015 American Conservative article suggests that Trump’s ban on non-American Muslims entering the country as a form of religious discrimination.  However, this suggestion flies in the face of the fact that the Alien Enemies Act (1798) allows the deportation of certain types of people in order to protect the American public.  Not only was the Alien Enemies Act written by the same individuals who wrote the Constitution, this still-active law has never been found to be in conflict the constitution.
    • An 18 January 2016 Religious News Service article pointed out Trump’s claim at Liberty University that he would protect Christians.
    • Conversely, Mr. Trump has exhibited a capability to at least verbalize the repression of religious freedom when the person using that freedom stands against him.  On 3 May 2016, Fox News conducted a phone interview with Trump during which the reporter played a clip of Rafael Cruz encouraging a group of Christians to vote for his son, Ted Cruz.  During that interview, Donald Trump said “I think it is a disgrace he is allowed to do it” (that is, Trump stood against Rafael Cruz being able speak his mind regarding Ted Cruz in a religious setting).  This statement was likewise documented by the Daily Wire, Bloomberg Politics, USA Today, Business Insider, the Hill, and other notable publications.
  5. Obamacare — Although Trump seems to know that the American people want to get rid of Obamacare, his reaction seems to be inserting even more governmental interference.
    • As far back as 2000, Trump pushed his support for a universal healthcare system. That support was noted and mentioned in a 18 April 2011 Business Insider article.
    • In a 17 July 2015 Newsmax article, Trump validated the need for getting rid of Obamacare, but still expressed support for “healthcare for everybody.” Specifically, he said “So I’m very liberal when it comes to healthcare. I believe in universal healthcare.”
       
      Obamacare only subsidizes the people who do not have insurance.  Still, it has caused the failure of certain insurance companies and numerous hospitals.  Since socializing such a small part of the US system has resulted in these failures, does socializing the whole system seem like the best idea?  Likewise, since Britain has experienced such cost overruns and long waits, does this seem the way to go?
       
    • A 3 February 2016 Newsmax article suggests that Trump’s and Sanders’ healthcare alternative plans are nearly identical.
       
    • A 29 February 2016 Breitbart article, Trump voiced support for the portion of Obamacare that forced religious organizations to deny their conscience or pay millions in fines:

      “During Thursday’s CNN Townhall event, when pressed by moderator Anderson Cooper on the ‘benefits’ of the ObamaCare mandate, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump said, ‘Well, I like the mandate.’ He then went on to blast ObamaCare as a ‘disaster’ and President Obama as a liar.

      Trump made clear that he is not for single payer healthcare and wants to allow private insurers to compete across state lines. Trump is, however, in favor of taking care ‘of those who cannot take care of themselves.’ We do not want ‘people dying on the streets,’ Trump said.”

  6. High Taxes — Considering that Republicans abandoned President George H. W. Bush in his bid for a 2nd term due to his abandoning his “no new taxes” pledge, Trump seems to be taking a decidedly anti-conservative/pro-Democrat path:
    • A 22 September 2015 Washington Post article points to the Club for Growth’s quote of Trump saying, “I know people making a tremendous amount of money and paying virtually no taxes, and I think it’s unfair.” To me, this seems a lot like the class warfare tactics used since President Johnson started leading the Democrats.
    • Of the #1 killer of family farms and family businesses, a 28 September 2015 Politico article quoted Trump as saying, “A lot of families go through hell over the death tax.” However, no solution was offered to this ongoing crisis of governmental confiscation of family businesses.
    •  While Trump was working to seem conservative to the Southern voters, he is quoted in an Anderson Independent Mail article dated 15 February 2016 as saying of his abandoned plan to lower taxes: “We will bring a lot of additional companies in because our tax rates are going way down.”
    • In a 10 March 2016 article by WJLA, Trump acknowledged one reason that he should seek lower taxes when he said “They don’t like seeing bad trade deals, they don’t like seeing higher taxes, they don’t like seeing a loss of their jobs.”
    • In a Reuters article dated 7 May 2016, Trump backed off his promise lower taxes on all people and announced a tax hike on the rich when he said, “I am willing to pay more, and you know what, the wealthy are willing to pay more.” This sounds a lot like Obama’s “Warren Buffet tax” that would have done more to rising stars than to those already beyond the stratosphere.
       
  7. Immigration — To the many of us who hold obeying the law in high regard, the immigration debate figures centrally in any consideration of Trump. 
    • Beginning some time around a 29 June 2015 article in the Hill, Trump has been recorded as saying “As has been stated continuously in the press, people are pouring across our borders unabated. Public reports routinely state great amounts of crime are being committed by illegal immigrants. This must be stopped and it must be stopped now.” This demonstrates that Mr. Trump certainly understands our angst regarding the issue.
    • Throughout his campaign, Trump has emphasized the need for legal immigration that works to the benefit of both American workers and American companies.  Likewise, he has hammered the need for the protection of Americans from terrorists and foreign criminals in America.
    • However, just as the LA Times has refused to release the tape of Obama and Rashid Khalidi, the New York Times has refused to release a tape that certain NY Times board members suggest will show Trump’s deportation-of-illegal-immigrants claim to be nothing but campaign rhetoric.

While Trump may show a tendency to stray from conservative orthodoxy, this is no sin.  Nonetheless, those of us who are concerned about the above topics will need to find a way of advancing them.  Therefore, in light of Hillary’s record regarding transgenderism, abortion, the Second Amendment, Freedom of Religion, healthcare, taxes, and immigration, we need to support someone who seems likely to support our positions.  Right now, that means getting behind Trump.  Later, it likely means lighting a fire under Trump when he strays from the topics we must support.

Why Get Behind Trump?

My reasons for supporting Trump currently seem somewhat disjointed, but boil down to the following:

  • Defend the weak — Just as Christ selflessly sacrificed himself for our sins, we are called to protect the weak (such as girls) from predators (such as men pretending to be transgender).

    Vindicate the weak and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and destitute. Rescue the weak and needy; Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked. (Psalm 82:3-4 NIV)

  • Choose life — Although the Constitution puts the freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of the press in the First Amendment (and all the rights following the First depend on these), the truly first right is the right to life.

    This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. (Deuteronomy 30:19-20a NIV)

  • Choose to not steal — By using the government to forcibly take money from one group to give to me does not align with my view of justice.

    Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd, and do not show favoritism to a poor person in a lawsuit. (Exodus 23:2-3 NIV)

  • Defend the defenseless — When ISIS has pledged to use Obama’s lax immigration policy to bring terrorism to our shores, we must set the nation’s course to avoid another term of Obama’s reckless immigration policy.

    Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. (Isaiah 1:17 NIV)

An Argument between Experience and Presumption


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Graham Speaks from Experience with Islamic Immigrants gained at His Ministry in Greece

Speaking on CNN today (15 December 2015), Franklin Graham supported the concept of shutting down all immigration (especially immigration from lands where the leaders there have promised harm to America).  In light of the fact that he has active ministries in Greece where his people are helping these refugees as they land on the Greek islands and his people have observed (among the families who are fleeing bad situations) significant numbers of young, military-age men traveling alone.  Therefore, he maintains that there needs to be a vetting process put in place that will stop those who mean to do America harm before immigration can proceed.

The CNN reporter Speaks from Assumptions and Her Own Bias

Upon hearing that, the CNN reporter (Carol Costello) begins with a protest, saying “… but I also think that some Americans look to Canada, for example, and their warm embrace of these refugees and they look at the way some politicians talk about Syrian refugees and they think ‘that is not very Christian.’ “

In response to Ms. Costello’s statement, I have two questions.  First, is Ms. Costello aware that Canada has limited immigration from Syria?  According to a Canadian Broadcasting Company article of 22 November 2015, Syrian refugees seeking entrance into Canada must be children, women, or part of a family.

Second, is Ms. Costello aware that Obama declared that America is not a Christian nation?  A 22 June 2008 article on World News Daily quotes Obama as follows:

“Whatever we once were, we’re no longer a Christian nation. At least not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, and a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers,” Obama said during a June 2007 speech available on YouTube.

Additionally, if Ms. Costello thinks she understands how Muslims feel afraid due to the political rhetoric, could she consider how the Christians feel having seen the Christian population of Iraq as it was reduced by ISIS from over two million to around two hundred thousand?  Could she consider the 14 who died at the hands of two Islamists while attending a Christmas party (or maybe even the victims of the other jihadist attacks since 9/11/2001)?  What 14 Muslims have been murdered in the US due to their religion?  How many thousands of Christians have died on crosses in ISIS territory?

The Real Point

Despite the attempts of Ms. Costello to cast Dr. Graham in a bad light, all of us should focus on the real points of this narrative.  As Christians, we are called upon to:

  • Make disciples of all nations (Mark 16:15).
    • Because this commanded discipleship will meet resistance (John 15:18), we are commanded to be ready to sacrifice our own lives (Matthew 10:18).  Although we are given the option of both leaving (Matthew 10:14) and of remaining as a light (Matthew 5:14),  we must expect resistance.
  • At the same time, we are instructed to provide for our own (1 Timothy 5:8).  To refuse to provide for our own makes us worse than an unbeliever.  This provision includes providing for the safety of our own, as much as possible.
  • Finally, we are told to care for the weak (James 1:27; 1 Timothy 5:3-16; and many other passages).

Conversely, Christians must:

  • Not treat all religious concepts as equally valid (Ephesians 5:7-14 and many other passages)
    • While we must respond to others with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15), we are not called to validate error (Matthew 7:21-23; John 14:6; Romans 6:13; 1 Timothy 6:20-21; Colossians 2:8; 1 John 4:1-3; and a number of other verses).
    • We are to live in peace with all men, as much as it depends on us (Romans 12:18).
  • Not offer any life but our own (Deuteronomy 12:31 and 18:10; Leviticus 18:22; 2 Kings 21:6; Jeremiah 7:31 and many other verses).

Iraqi Christians in U.S. Face Deportation While Obama Welcomes Syrian Muslims


This is not Obama’s double standard against Christians:  it is his octuple standard.
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A Problem Most Recently Reported in Christian Headlines

As seen in a 23 November 2015 Christian Headlines article, another exercise in hypocrisy has been played out by the Obama administration.

A group of Iraqi Christians is facing deportation from the U.S. while the Obama Administration looks to welcome 10,000 mostly Muslim Syrian refugees.

Christian Today reports that the small group of Iraqi Christians–27 men, women, and children–entered the U.S. from Mexico in April and May of this year after fleeing persecution in their homeland.

The refugees want to join the community of Iraqi Christians in the San Diego area, but 22 of their applications for religious asylum have been denied while they all wait at the Otay Detention Center in San Diego.

The denial of these Christians’ applications and yet the government’s favorable stance toward Muslim refugees has caused some to wonder at the seeming discrepancy in policy.

“These are families who were split up because of religious persecution, and now the government – which we love – is preventing them from being reunited,” said Fr. Michael Bazzi, of St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Cathedral, in El Cajon, California. “We wonder why, for thousands of Muslims, the door is open to America, yet Christians are not allowed to come.”

Supporters of the Iraqi Christians say that they would not be a burden on the U.S. government since they have family in San Diego willing to take them in.

Andrew McCarthy, former assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York stated that the U.S. should accept the refugees because they will suffer persecution back in their homeland and they don’t pose a threat to national security.

Fox News Mentions the Issue of Christians being Deported as Obama Imports Muslims

In an article published by Fox News on 21 November, Obama’s hypocrisy comes to center stage.  That hypocrisy comes out best in the quote that I bolded in the last paragraph:

Amid Washington’s raging debate over refugees and religion, more than two dozen Iraqi Christians who crossed into the U.S. from Mexico in hopes of joining their friends and families are being deported after their bids for religious asylum were rejected.

A total of 27 Chaldean Christians, driven from their homeland by Al Qaeda and ISIS, entered the country in April and May, hoping to join the thriving Iraqi Christian community in and around San Diego. But the door to America is being slammed on the 17 men and 10 women over what their supporters say are technicalities.

“These are families who were split up because of religious persecution, and now the government – which we love – is preventing them from being reunited,” said Fr. Michael Bazzi, of St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Cathedral, in El Cajon. “We wonder why, for thousands of Muslims, the door is open to America, yet Christians are not allowed to come.

Todd Starnes Speaks Out

In an 18 November 2015 Charisma News article by Todd Starnes, the truth seems to have been available even earlier than the first few articles listed.  In that article, Mr. Starnes made several salient points (emphasis mine in bold and italics below):

The nation was forced this week to endure yet more pious prattling from President Obama, who spent time berating Americans who are worried about Islamic jihadis bent on blowing us all to kingdom come.

When individuals say that we should have a religious test and that only Christians—proven Christians should be admitted—that’s offensive and contrary to American values, the president said—just one day after he called such behavior un-American.

What’s offense and contrary to American values is refusing to properly investigate those wanting to come to our nation—especially those coming from regions that are hotbeds of Islamic extremism.

But the president says such prudence only further inflames the Islamic jihadis.

“ISIL seeks to exploit the idea that there is a war between Islam and the West,” he said. “When you starting seeing individuals in positions of responsibility suggesting that Christians are more worthy of protection than Muslims are—in a war-torn land—that feeds the ISIL narrative.”

It’s counterproductive and it needs to stop, he warned.

Those of us who fear that Islamic radicals might be lurking among the refugees have been called every name in the book: bigots, Islamophobes and un-American.

But the cold, hard reality is that Protestants, Catholics and Jews aren’t the ones beheading people. The Lutherans and Nazarenes aren’t gunning down young folks in concert venues.

Nevertheless, the president remains steadfast. The Muslims will come.

“We don’t have religious tests to our compassion,” he told journalists from high atop his soapbox.

But that’s not entirely accurate.

Last year, the Obama administration led a fierce legal battle to have a German Christian family thrown out of the United States.

The Romeikes fled their homeland in search of a nation where they could homeschool their children. A judge initially granted them asylum—believing they were escaping from religious persecution.

However, the Obama administration waged a fierce campaign against the Romeike family—demanding they be returned to Germany.

The family lost court battle after court battle—but at the 11th hour, the White House relented and decided begrudgingly to let them stay.

And just a few months ago, a federal immigration judge ordered a dozen Iraqi Christians deported from a facility in San Diego.

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesperson declined to tell The San Diego Union-Tribune why the Iraqi Christians were being sent back to their native land.

So the next time President Obama wants to lecture the nation about religion, maybe he could explain why his administration is importing Muslims and deporting Christians.

World News Daily Reports

In a 30 September World News Daily article, several salient points are made (bolding and italics are mine):

More than half of the 27 Iraqi Christians the Obama administration has been holding for the past six months at an ICE detention center in Otay Mesa, California, are set to be deported in coming weeks, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced earlier this week.

An immigration judge ordered the deportation of 15 of the Christians, ICE spokeswoman Lauren Mack said.

Another five of the Iraqis have been charged with immigration fraud and remain under U.S. Marshal custody at the Otay prison. Seven already have been returned to Europe, where they were living before attempting to enter the United States illegally, said Mack.

Fifteen remain in ICE custody pending their deportation in the following weeks. Five of those are considered “pending cases,” Mack said. Generally, once deportees are given a final removal order by a judge, ICE officials begin making travel arrangements.

If the European nations receiving these Christians decide to send them back to Iraq they will face almost certain death.

The 27 Iraqi Christians — also known as Chaldeans — have been detained in Otay for about six months as their immigration cases proceeded, activists and family members told the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Iraq is home to one of the most ancient Christian communities, evangelized by the Apostle Thomas not long after the time of Jesus. It was home to 1.5 million Christians under Saddam Hussein but after the U.S. invaded in 2003, al-Qaida started bombing churches and kidnapping prominent Christian leaders. The attacks became more fierce after al-Qaida in Iraq morphed into ISIS and the country has been virtually emptied of its Christian population since then.

Estimates now range from 200,000 to 300,000 Christians remaining in the country, mostly in Baghdad and in Kurdish-controlled areas to the northeast.

Thousands of Chaldeans have fled Iraq, escaping fierce persecution at the hands of terrorists fighting for the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. Many of their men who refuse to convert to Islam have been beheaded or otherwise killed while their wives and daughters have been sold into sex slavery. Tens of thousands have been forced out of their homes and live in hiding, afraid to even show up at United Nations’ refugee camps, where they often find themselves the victims of further abuse by Muslims.

Lord George Carey, Britain’s former archbishop of Canterbury, confirmed in published reports last week what WND had previously reported, that persecuted Christians in Syria and Iraq are fearful of the refugee camps. Rather than seek refuge there, they are hiding in churches and in the homes of other Christians. The U.S. has large Chaldean Catholic communities in Detroit and San Diego. Chaldean families have held regular demonstrations in support of the 27 detainees, the majority of whom have family who are U.S. citizens, but on Monday they were told by government officials they’d better not comment on the issue.

UK Paper Reports on this Injustice

In the 30 September issue of the Daily Mail, the deportation of Christians was reported.  As with the other articles, there are issues (bolded by me):

Iraqi Christians fleeing persecution at the hands of ISIS are being turned away at the American border despite having family sponsors – as thousands of Muslims are granted asylum.

At least 27 of the targeted minority, known as Chaldeans, have been held in detention in San Diego since entering through the Mexican border this spring.

Now, after months of waiting, 22 have denied asylum and sent back across the Atlantic to Europe, as another five await a verdict.

In total, America had accepted just 727 fleeing Christians at the start of 2015 – a fraction of the 4,200 Muslims granted asylum – and few since.

While statistically there are far fewer Christians than Muslims in the region, Lisa Jones, executive director of Christian Freedom International, told Daily Mail Online the minority group appear to face greater obstacles to reach safety.

‘It makes no sense,’ Jones said.

‘These are people from a Christian culture like our own that needs protection from ISIS. It is harder for Christians to move around Iraq and Syria to even get the chance to seek asylum.

‘While many more Muslims are granted asylum over here, Christians are being systematically exterminated.’

Well Before Obama Made Public His Plans to Import More Muslims

Christianity Today reported in a 22 September 2015 article on the plight of over half of the 27 Christians.  Although the fact that these Christians were held for over 6 months and not released (unlike the 121 Hispanic illegal immigrant murderers released by the Obama administration because they had been held “too long”), the fact that these Christians are being deported because they passed through friendly countries prior to entering the US must be used as a precedent.  Since the Christianity Today pointed out the words of the winning ACLU lawyer, I expect the same (bolded below) to be applied to Muslims:

A federal immigration judge has ordered 15 Iraqi Chaldean Christians deported for immigration fraud.

The Chaldeans have been held for more than six months in detention by Homeland Security. They were arrested earlier this year for using false documents to enter the United States from Mexico, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Five other Iraqi Christians will be tried for immigration fraud. Seven detainees have already been deported.

The Iraqi Christians told US officials that they were fleeing persecution at home. However, most had already been granted safe haven by Germany, Sweden and other European countries before coming to America.

“Asylum is for emergencies only,” Ginger Jacobs, a San Diego attorney, told the Union-Tribune. “There are many, many people fleeing Iraq for bona fide emergency reasons. But if somebody is able to live as a citizen in a country like Germany or the United Kingdom or Australia, then they don’t necessarily deserve an emergency remedy such as asylum.

Obama’s Fundamentally-Transformed America – # 6 Arabic is the Fastest Growing Language in the US


In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Arabic is the Fastest Growing Language in the US

As reported in a 5 October Breitbart article:

“The Census Bureau’s 2014 American Community Survey (ACS) reveals that Arabic and Urdu – Pakistan’s national language– are the fastest-growing foreign languages spoken at home, according to a new report by the Center for Immigration Studies.

After five decades of large-scale immigration, a record 63.2 million U.S. residents, or more than one-in-five, speak a language other than English when at home.

Previous reports have shown that the United States is now the second largest Spanish speaking country in the world. But the new census study shows that the fastest-growing foreign languages, in percentage terms, are languages spoken by immigrants from Muslim-majority countries.

Between 2010 and 2014, there was a 29 percent increase in Arabic, a 23 percent increase in Urdu, and a 9 percent jump in Persian, which is spoken in Iran.”

Is it time to shut the floodgates?

Although many Christians (including myself) may see this as an opportunity to engage some who might consider a world view that centers on a God who Christians call “Father” and who forgives rather than a strict and aloof Allah who demands works and may not grant heaven to even his prophet (Surah 46:8-9).

Still, considering the differences between American society and the societies governed by Sharia, it would be smart for American leaders to slow this flood of Islamic immigrants while we still have a free republic.

A Common Sense Policy by Slovakia


Thanks to the Christian Post for this photo.

Slovakia accepts Christian Migrants from the U.N. Refugee agency

Will NBC or CBS run this story as “Slovakia forces Muslims to Lie” or “Slovakia Discriminates Against Muslims?”

In articles appearing in the Christian Post and the Gateway Pundit on 21 August 2015, the government of Slovakia has made a policy decision regarding the refugees passing through the small country.  According to the Christian Post:

“The government of Slovakia has said it will take in struggling migrants from Syria and other countries under a European Union scheme to share the burden of 40,000 new arrivals to the continent, but stipulated it will only be taking Christians, and not Muslims.

‘We want to help Europe with the migration issue. We could take 800 Muslims but we don’t have any mosques in Slovakia so how can Muslims be integrated if they are not going to like it here?’ interior ministry spokesman Ivan Metik said, arguing that the policy is not discriminatory.

‘We want to really help Europe with this migration wave, but … we are only a transit country and the people don’t want to stay in Slovakia,’ he added.

‘We encourage governments to take an inclusive approach while considering refugees for resettlement and should not base their selection on discrimination.’

Slovakia is predominantly a Roman Catholic country, according to the CIA Factbook, with non-Christian faiths making up only a minority of the 5.5 million population.

The Telegraph added that Slovakia is set to host 200 migrants under the EU plan, and will ask new arrivals to state their religion.

The rising tide of immigration to Europe has also stirred the question of community and religious cohesion, especially in countries like Germany, which has said it expects to receive as many as 800,000 asylum.”

McConnell Proves It: No Reason to Vote Republican


Thanks to The American Spectator for this linked photo.

In allowing the Obama executive memo to stand as law, Mitch (acting-as-minority-leader) McConnell has proven the need for a new, conservative home for the voters of America.

According to a report aired on CBN News on 27 February 2015 (refer to the video below), the reason that McConnell and the Republicans refused to do what they were sent to do was that the “American people” would be angered if the DHS were shut down.

Personally, I would like to meet some of these “American people.”  Personally, I would not be surprised if they all came from the Occupy movement and spent the past week making calls from their mom’s basement to McConnell.  That would go a long way to explaining how the mocking Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee e-mail came about (as described by the BizPac Review.com).

Click here to see the entire e-mail where the DCCC mocked McConnell

Considering that no Democrats and only two Republicans did the right thing (with the “clean” bill passing by 98-2), this is the time to never give a Democrat or Republican another cent or vote.  If this cannot be a government of laws (where aliens seeking to work here must follow laws meant to protect our country and where a president cannot make law excusing over 5 million lawbreakers), then this is no country.  If Congress cannot stand for its own rights and responsibilities, it should disband.  If Republicans cannot stand up for life and the rule of law, they should go home.  If Democrats cannot stand for law over their entitlement programs, they should go to blazes.

Bible Input

As Christians, while getting our government to help the people of God would be good (just as it was good that Nehemiah got Nebuchadnezzar to finance the building of the walls of Jerusalem), we should not put our trust in government.

Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing. Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God. (Psalms 146:3-5 NIV)

When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan. (Proverbs 29:2 NIV)