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Posted 7/18/17 at 7:09 PM | Mark Ellis

Former ISIS teen fighter says its better to eat dirt than join ISIS

By Mark Ellis

After ISIS took over his territory in Syria, 17-year-old Ibn Mesud* joined the Cubs of the Caliphate and was heavily pressured into taking a suicide mission — told his death would be painless and he would go straight to paradise.

A shocking new video, “The Glorious Martyrs of the Islamic State,” is based on an interview with Mesud in Turkey by the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE).

“They took over our area,” Mesud recounts on the video. “They called for everyone to come to the mosques. They taught us about the Koran, about prayers and preached to us.”

Mesud admits he “was just a child…just a student.”

The ISIS fighters indoctrinated him and about 1500 other Syrian teens and pre-teens about ISIS, its “accomplishments” in Iraq, and about ISIS being “righteous.”

“We will take you to fight with us,” they told their young recruits.

Mesud’s father is disabled and unable to work. Faced with the prospect of quitting school to financially support his brothers and sisters, he decided to accept the money offered to join ISIS. FULL POST

Posted 7/18/17 at 6:51 PM | Mark Ellis

Netanyahu reads from Bible, counters U.N. resolution about Hebron’s Cave of the Patriarchs

By Mark Ellis

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu read a Bible passage from Genesis during his July 9th cabinet meeting to counter a resolution passed by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee declaring the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Hebron as a Palestinian heritage site, according to World Israel News (WIN).

He read aloud from Genesis 23:16-19 to his cabinet:

“And Abraham hearkened unto Ephron; and Abraham weighed to Ephron the silver, which he had named in the hearing of the children of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, current money with the merchant…And after this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah before Mamre–the same is Hebron–in the land of Canaan. And the field, and the cave that is therein, were made sure unto Abraham for a possession of a burying-place by the children of Heth.”

The prime minister noted Israel’s historical association with Hebron. “The connection between the Jewish People and Hebron and the Tomb of the Patriarchs is one of purchase and of history which may be without parallel in the history of peoples,” he affirmed.

“Of course this did not prevent the UNESCO World Heritage Committee last Friday from passing yet another delusional resolution which determined that the Tomb of the Patriarchs, the same Cave of Machpelah, is a Palestinian heritage site.” FULL POST

Posted 7/12/17 at 8:27 PM | Mark Ellis

George Clooney: Sudan pays powerhouse D.C. lobbyist $40K a month to get sanctions removed

By Mark Ellis

It is one of the world’s worst offenders in the persecution of Christians, using starvation as a weapon of war, and is still funding militias that murder innocents. Its leader, President Omar al-Bashir, is wanted by the International Criminal Court for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.

Sudan’s government directed attacks that led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of non-Arab civilians in Darfur a few years ago. In the last year, the government has demolished 27 churches, which the government claims violated land-use laws.

Yet somehow, Sudan’s government hired an influential lobbying firm in Washington, Squire Patton Boggs, for $40,000 a month to get sanctions removed by the Trump administration, George Clooney and John Prendergast charged in Time Magazine.

While Congress has led bipartisan efforts to isolate the Sudan regime, Clooney, Predergast, and many others are surprised that a respectable lobbying firm that includes former House Speaker John Boehner and former senators Trent Lott and John Breaux, has taken on Sudan as a client.

“Either they don’t know that their firm is taking $40,000 a month from the government of Sudan, or they don’t know what this regime has done,” Clooney speculated. FULL POST

Posted 7/11/17 at 7:42 PM | Karen Farris

Carrying the Burden

David Soder

I was one of fifty volunteers who carried a Fallen Hero banner in our local July 4th parade.

As part of the Fallen Heroes Banner Project, these traveling banners are carried in parades and celebrations across America—honoring soldiers lost since 9/11.

I held Army Sergeant Nathan Wyrick’s banner. Once I got home I looked up his obituary online.

He’d been sent to Iraq twice, and died in Afghanistan in 2011. He’d been a dutiful dad to his four young sons and was always helping others.

He loved serving in kid’s ministry at New Hope Community Church. A close friend said, “He was a dad first and foremost, and a soldier second.”

When military friends were deployed, Nathan acted as a dad for other families’ kids. His generous heart touched many.

That generous heart stopped beating when he was just thirty-four. FULL POST

Posted 7/7/17 at 4:08 PM | Mark Ellis

New York Times claims Iran and Hezbollah are fighting terror

Iran and Hezbollah were held responsible for the Khobar Tower bombing that killed American servicemen

By Mark Ellis

The New York Times has produced a video that bends over backward to present a sympathetic portrait of Iran’s supposed fight against terrorism, especially in their opposition to ISIS.

The video: “How Iran fights — and aligns with — terrorists” was posted on YouTube by the Times on July 3rd. The narrator of the video begins by stating that “Iran has long been accused of exporting terrorism, but the country itself has been the target of attacks for decades.”

Others disagree with the sympathetic portrayal. “The New York Times paints Iran as a victim of terror attacks for decades, setting Iran up as our partner – on par with the West – because of its elaborate counter-terrorism strategy,” says Meira Svirsky, editor of the Clarion Project.

Iran was designated as a state sponsor of terrorism by the United States in 1984. “It remains one of the world’s greatest offenders today, yet the New York Times would have us believe that for the most part Iran is a victim of terrorism,” Svirsky says. FULL POST

Posted 7/7/17 at 4:00 PM | Mark Ellis

Serious allegation: Google alters search engine to punish pro-life group

By Mark Ellis

A prominent pro-life group, Operation Rescue, alleges that Google’s search engine has been manipulated to dramatically reduce exposure to a page containing critical information about abortion on their website.

Until mid-May, the fact page, Abortions in America, was their most visited page. It previously appeared in the top five when searching “abortions in US.”

But mysteriously, the link to their page disappeared from the first page of search results and reappeared in the 25th spot on page two.

Links to the Guttmacher Institute, NPR, CNN and the New York Times appear prominently on the first page of results.

“We noticed that our web stats were a lot lower than normal,” says Cheryl Sullenger, senior vice-president of the organization. “We decided to do some investigation and that’s when I discovered that Google had been burying our most popular page.” FULL POST

Posted 7/7/17 at 3:52 PM | Mark Ellis

Islamic preacher on Temple Mount calls for slaughter of all Americans, Europeans

Palestinian cleric Sheikh Nadhal Siam, also known as “Abu Ibrahim”

By Mark Ellis

In a fiery sermon delivered at the Al Aqsa Mosque, Palestinian cleric Sheikh Nadhal Siam, also known as “Abu Ibrahim,” condemned the Saudi and Qatari regimes for their collaboration with the U.S. and the British.

Then he prayed to Allah to “enable us to slaughter” all the Americans and Europeans and the “criminal and treacherous” Arab rulers, according to the Middle East Research Institute (MEMRI).

His vicious tirade was answered by cries of “Amen” from his audience. The video was posted on YouTube on June 18.

“Do not think that some of the collaborators are right and some are wrong,” Siam bellowed in his sermon. “They are all equally collaborators. Just as the Saudi regime is a lackey of the Americans, and is immersed in collaboration with them, the Qatari regime is a lackey of the English, and is immersed in collaboration with them. FULL POST

Posted 7/5/17 at 6:15 PM | Karen Farris

Digital Assassination

We know the power of words. Now we’ve weaponized them through the power of social media. ~karen

True, it was just a local Facebook group—nothing of interest to anyone beyond the city limits.

But when someone posted an angry complaint about a business it quickly escalated to a collective rant. I read the original complaint and then kept scrolling down as each new gripe was added.

It was like passing the scene of a car accident—knowing it didn’t help to look, but unable to stop gaping.

In social media land, bad reviews are a target over the heart of a business. And these arrows hit their mark. The business owner had been thoroughly humiliated.

In the old days, pre-Twitter (#badreview) and Facebook, a customer would ask to speak to a manager, call customer service, or maybe write a letter to the company.

Now all that’s needed is a hastily written post where people can heap on their own garbage. FULL POST

Posted 6/22/17 at 3:28 PM | Mark Ellis

Three-year-old Assyrian Christian girl kidnapped by ISIS reunited with her mother

Assyrian Intl News Agency
Christina and mom after being re-united

By Mark Ellis

Christina Khader Ebada, the three-year-old Assyrian girl kidnapped by ISIS three years ago, has been reunited with her family in northern Iraq.

ISIS abducted the child from her family in August, 2014, as she and her parents fled Qaraqosh, the largest Assyrian city in Iraq, according to the Assyrian International News Agency (AINA).

She was last seen by her mother crying and sobbing after a heavily bearded man seized her from her mother’s arms and carried her away.

“She will die if she does not see me,” her mother told AINA following the abduction.

The Iraqi Army, fighting for the liberation of Mosul, contacted Allen Kakony, a photojournalist, and told him “a six-year-old Christian girl had been liberated” from ISIS.

Her parents where contacted and told to report to a designated location in Mosul where she would be returned to them. FULL POST

Posted 6/21/17 at 10:40 PM | Carrie Stoelting

America's Future and Perpetual Adolescence

As the then-president of Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska, Senator Ben Sasse recently recalled when he felt shocked by a sudden revelation as he served. What had alarmed him at the university? Well, we'll let him answer in his own words:

"What shocked me about the experience of arriving at the school is that overwhelmingly the incoming students had never worked before. They'd never done any hard labor. They just never really had to do any work of any kind," Sasse said.

As millennials, we raise our eyebrows and cannot deny his words: Many of our peers have not had to work in comparison to other generations (i.e. the Greatest Generation). Societal restructuring (and just plain sin) carved a sharp change in the base curve of America's work ethic.

Fact: Work and responsibility assist in character development. Many of today's young adults have been cheated by other generations who enabled them to play yet not learn about the value of hard work. That's right: Many millennials have a resulting deficit in knowing the innate values of work, discipline, and responsibility. Hence, we see a lack of character as well.

Of course, we know there are exceptions. And we thank God for that! However, our fellow millennials need to discover what is good for them. It's scary that most 18-24 year old young men spend most of their waking hours playing video games. In essence, millennials have been taught a lie that people can play now and pay later. But the reality is that everyone needs to pay now and play later. FULL POST

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