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Posted 5/22/17 at 3:05 PM | Mark Ellis

Iraq: Top cleric says Christians must convert to Islam, be killed, or pay tax

Sheikh Alaa Al-Mousawi

By Mark Ellis

One of Iraq’s most senior government Shia clerics mimicked the hateful rhetoric of ISIS by declaring in a recent sermon that Christian “infidels” must convert to Islam, be killed, or pay a tax known as jizya.

Sheikh Alaa Al-Mousawi, the head of Iraq’s Shia endowment, made the remarks in southern Iraq, captured in a YouTube video published May 17th.

In response, almost 200 Iraqi Christian families filed a lawsuit against the Sheikh, charging that he is fomenting sectarian violence against Christians in a manner reminiscent of the extremist group ISIS, according to the Middle East Monitor (MEM).

The irony is that Iraq is a key ally in the fight against ISIS, but Iran’s growing influence in the country does not bode well for Christians.

Al-Mousawi is in charge of the government body that maintains Iraq’s Shia holy sites, including mosques and schools.

He described Christians as “infidels and polytheists” and stressed the need for “jihad” against them. He has also said that “Jews and Christians” must be fought and killed if they do not accept Islam, with the same fate awaiting Zoroastrians as well as Sabians, another Iraqi religious community, according to MEM. FULL POST

Posted 5/22/17 at 2:58 PM | Mark Ellis

Iraq: Missionary dodged gunfire to rescue girl trapped in rubble

David Eubank

By Mark Ellis

An American missionary braved ISIS gunfire to rescue a teenage girl trapped for three days under the rubble of her home in war-torn Mosul.

David Eubank, the founder of Free Burma Rangers (FBR), helped lead the daring rescue effort, which was captured in a video uploaded to YouTube on May 15th.

Eubank, a former U.S. Army Special Forces and Ranger officer, leads FBR, which helps oppressed ethnic minorities in Burma, Kurdistan and Sudan.

In 2015, FBR began missions to northern Iraq, sharing the love of Jesus, providing medical training on the front lines, doing children’s programs in the IDP camps –helping Kurds and Yazidis oppressed by ISIS.

In this rescue mission, 17-year-old Rahab was trapped under fallen concrete for three days, her leg crushed and life ebbing away due to blood loss and starvation.

On the video, gunfire can be heard as Eubank and his team move near her home, in an area controlled by ISIS.

A bomb blast apparently caused Rahab’s home to collapse, trapping her under large blocks of concrete. FULL POST

Posted 5/11/17 at 6:41 PM | Mark Ellis

Unusual stars align for Trump to make peace in Middle East

Trump and Netanyahu

By Mark Ellis

It has been the most difficult challenge of the modern era in American foreign policy, one that has stymied the most seasoned and experienced statesman – how to bring peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

Now a real estate developer with scant foreign policy credentials may fall into an unusual opening to pull off the deal of the century, dwarfing in importance the skyscrapers bearing his name in Manhattan.

Trump is making preparations for his first trip abroad, where he will visit Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the Vatican – all vital repositories for three world religions. Will a peace deal be in the works during his visits?

“The opportunity arises because of the rapid emergence of an unusual strategic alignment,” writes Gerald F. Seib in the Wall Street Journal. Seib points to the fact that Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Israel “are strategically in sync with one another – and, simultaneously, on good terms with the new American administration.” FULL POST

Posted 4/26/17 at 7:19 PM | Mark Ellis

Why does Verizon call Israel ‘Palestine?’

By Mark Ellis

When American Mark Rosenblatt traveled to Israel and touched down at Ben Gurion Airport on April 5th, he turned on his cell phone and got a big surprise.

Rosenblatt received a text message from his cell phone carrier, Verizon, reading, “Welcome to Palestine,” according to Jewish News Service (JNS).

“I did a double take,” Rosenblatt told JNS. He traveled to Israel to visit his daughter, studying for her master’s degree at Bar-Ilan University.

“I was shocked that an American company was falling into some BDS rhetoric,” Rosenblatt, a high-tech consultant from New York, told JNS.

BDS stands for “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions,” a global campaign to pressure Israel to end their “occupation and colonization of Palestinian land and the Golan Heights, full equality for Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel, and acknowledgement of the right of return of Palestinian refugees.” FULL POST

Posted 4/24/17 at 8:03 PM | Carrie Stoelting

One Nation Under God: Removing Rumors Spread by Anti-Christian Agendas

National Reality Check: In the Pledge of Allegiance, we humbly state that we are "one nation under God". Think about the importance of that statement: We acknowledge that our rights come from the Lord --not from man.

The historical facts (as in this month's feature article) prove that the United States was created as a Christian nation. This meant that the USA folded her hands before God and then opened her arms to all people equally. Further, being a Christian nation meant that the United States could offer opportunities for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all.

While we're on the topic, allow us to kill a rumor purported by anti-Christian agendas: Being a Christian nation does not mean that the nation desires to force people to convert to Christianity. Rather, it means that the nation is founded on Judeo-Christian beliefs which allow freedom and justice for all. Being a true Christian can never be forced. Becoming a Christian involves each person individually making a decision of his or her own free will: Everyone must choose to accept or reject the gift of salvation through Christ Jesus our Lord.

To be a Christian nation is a very, very good thing for all. (And that's putting it mildly.) Psalm 33:12 declares, "Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!" Alongside this fact, historian David Barton effectively said, "Without a public and official recognition of God, there is no hope of limited government, for rights come only from God... If rights come from God, then we can require man to protect those rights - as we did in the Declaration, Constitution, and Bill of Rights." (This month, we feel excited to share an article by David Barton of Wallbuilders: "One Nation Under God." Take a few minutes to read it and focus on the powerful quotes shared by our Founding Fathers.) Click here to read it: http://www.unitetheusa.org/id164.html FULL POST

Posted 4/20/17 at 11:31 AM | Karen Kramer

Prodigal Nation

Keep Calm

While waiting for a repair, I noticed an elderly man reading the Wall Street Journal. As he folded the paper, our eyes met and I commented on the headlines.

He raised a bushy eyebrow.

I ventured to ask what he thought about the North Korean threat. He frowned, but then in what must have been a time-honored tradition of respect, the old man rose, bowed slightly, and politely shared that his name was Sidney.

Sidney counted off the fourteen presidents he’d lived through—recalling their achievements and enumerating their faults.

As a veteran, he also knew every American overseas military engagement. He explained that nuclear threats aren’t new, but there are now more diabolical players in the game.

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“Did you hear that Iran’s Ahmadinejad wants to be president again?” he asked. FULL POST

Posted 4/6/17 at 10:06 AM | Michael Bresciani

Stop Calling Our God Given Faith and Morality - Loveless and Biased

satan lies

By now millions have viewed the ad campaign which depicts two girls kissing at a sports arena while the crowd cheers as they watch on the stadium big screen.

They also watched the ad that shows two men holding and caressing the little boy raised by two homosexuals.

Then along comes the ad with the big tough guy sauntering down the street equating skin color, race and transgenders and homosexuals as all worthy of the love of real patriots. While there is not a real Christian that would not love all of them, two things are missing in this left wing slop.

First, we are commanded to love all sinners, but we can never say their sin is just perfectly normal. Second, is the fact that race and homosexuality are as far apart - as the east is from the west. FULL POST

Posted 4/4/17 at 5:42 AM | Michael Bresciani

How Roe Reveals the Hypocrisy of Sanctuary Cities

The most prevalent absurdity in modern America is the fact that we have blocked the entrance of 60 million of our own offspring due to Roe v. Wade, while we insist that those who pour across our borders illegally have a perfect right to be here.

Nothing lends itself to the definition of pure hypocrisy more than watching parades of protesters carrying signs, including some that say – “No human being is illegal.”

Oh really?

In the recent nomination hearings of Appeals Court Judge Neil Gorsuch, Senator Dick Durbin asked Gorsuch to explain how he could reconcile his belief that all human life is intrinsically valuable with the ruling of Roe v. Wade? His answer, although it may have been forced upon him, was the same as millions of Americans who are holding on to and fighting tooth, nail and claw to keep Roe on the books at all costs.

He replied – “Abortion is different because the unborn are not legally recognized as people.”

Even in America where snowflakes and Supreme Court nominees can mouth the greatest absurdities with complete impunity, this answer defies every standard and any hope of sane protocol when addressing the cry that – “no humans are illegal.” FULL POST

Posted 3/31/17 at 6:15 PM | Mark Ellis

Christian journalist predicted rise of fake news 40 years ago

Malcolm Muggeridge

By Mark Ellis

As Americans ponder the implications of Russian involvement in the 2016 election – with charges of “fake news” flying about — one venerable British journalist, Malcolm Muggeridge, accurately predicted the rise of fake news 40 years ago.

Muggeridge was invited to give a series of lectures in 1976 at the behest of the Anglican cleric, John Stott, one of the most influential Evangelical leaders of his time. The talks were known as the London Lectures in Contemporary Christianity.

A journalist since 1930, Muggeridge watched the television camera usurp print journalism with growing dismay. He could see that TV’s enormous influence was “exerted irresponsibly, arbitrarily, and without reference to any moral or intellectual, still less spiritual guidelines whatsoever.”

He felt he was watching the disintegration of Western civilization, with “the media playing a major role in the process of carrying out, albeit for the most part unconsciously, a mighty brainwashing operation, whereby all traditional standards and values are being denigrated to the point of disappearing.” FULL POST

Posted 3/29/17 at 8:36 AM | Michael Bresciani

Obergefell and Roe: America’s Statutes of Omri

While America is holding its breath on the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to become the next Supreme Court justice it has become abundantly clear that he may not be all that he is cracked up to be.

Looking closely at his answers given to the senators and congressmen conducting the confirmation hearings have sent up red flags for all those hoping that Gorsuch will be the hero who halts abortions and reels in the excesses of the LBGT, namely Obergefell.

Reporting for the Christian News Network, writer Heather Clark says in an article entitled, “U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch: ‘A Fetus Is Not a Person’ Under the Law” notes that when Senator Dick Durbin, D-Ill asked how Gorsuch could reconcile his belief that all human life is intrinsically valuable with his belief that Roe is settled in the law, Gorsuch answered with, “Abortion is different because the unborn are not legally recognized as people.” FULL POST

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