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Planned Parenthood President To Speak At Georgetown University
Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 10:28 AM

cecile richards 2 300x200 Planned Parenthood President To Speak At Georgetown UniversityGeorgetown University is our nation’s oldest Roman Catholic university. I am an alumnus of the law school at Georgetown, and was blessed by the opportunity to study with many outstanding fellow students and faculty. For a number of years, I also served as one of the alumni interviewers for prospective students, and was impressed with the caliber of younger people who wished to attend its law school. Although my Georgetown education opened many doors for me, I am not a financial supporter of the University presently because the University has taken positions on issues that I believe are antithetical to traditional Christian teaching. A recent case in point arose when Planned Parenthood Federation of America (“PPFA”) President Cecile Richards was invited to speak at Georgetown next month. Since Ms. Richards became president of the PPFA in 2006, according to its own annual reports detailing “abortion services” (meaning the number of preborn babies murdered), more than 2.8 million babies have been killed in the womb by its staff, a number greater than the entire population of Chicago. (To put that number in some perspective, PPFA alone has killed more babies since 2006 than were killed during the Armenian genocide by the Ottoman Turks between 1915 and 1920, and far more than the estimated 1.7 million killed by Pol Pot in Cambodia between 1975 and 1979.) It should be clear that Ms. Richards and the PPFA promote positions that directly contradict Catholic Church teachings on the dignity of human life. In fact, in the past, Ms. Richards has been strident in attacking the U.S. Catholic bishops for opposing abortion and for defending Church teaching. However, as Ms. Richards and the PPFA kills babies and sells their body parts, it continues to outrageously receive over $500 million in taxpayer funds each year.

On March 3, 2016, Georgetown issued a statement confirming the invitation to Ms. Richards, and defended the decision to offer Ms. Richards a platform on campus, citing a commitment to “the free exchange of ideas.” In its statement, Georgetown made the following defense:

We respect our students’ right to express their personal views and are committed to sustaining a forum for the free exchange of ideas, even when those ideas may be difficult, controversial or objectionable to some. Student groups may invite any outside speakers and guests to campus. An appearance of any speaker or guest on campus is not an endorsement by the university.

The scourge of abortion-on-demand is the most heinous act in our society; the notion of abortion as birth control, with no limits permitted on the woman’s ability to end her baby’s life. At church this past Sunday, a set of newborn twin boys came to the church I attend. The boys were only a few weeks old, and they were beautiful in every sense of the word, and a great joy to their family. I delighted to see these handsome twins. But in this evil generation, I was aware that a mere few weeks earlier, it would have been completely legal to murder the babies in their mother’s womb. The more than sixty million legal abortions in the United States since 1973 has certainly killed millions of leaders, pastors and priests, artists, intellectuals, scientists, teachers, musicians, and just plain ordinary people who will never be, and who will never contribute to society thanks to abortion-on-demand. At the end of the day, Ms. Richards may decide that it will not be prudent for her to speak at Georgetown University. There is already outrage and anger about her being given a platform at the University. Although I am not Roman Catholic, I don’t think that she should be allowed to speak at Georgetown, or any other Roman Catholic or Christian college or university. I will let them know my views at the alumni relations office, and continue to withhold my financial support. But this entire situation is actually a great pity because Georgetown University could be such a great, shining light for the Lord Jesus Christ.

Mikey Weinstein Strikes Again
Tuesday, March 1, 2016, 11:39 AM

On these pages over the years, I have written a number of articles about the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (“MRFF”). The MRFF is, according to its website, “the sole nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to ensuring that all members of the United States Armed Forces fully receive the Constitutional guarantee of both freedom of religion and freedom from religion, to which they and all Americans are entitled.” (Emphasis added.) Many have observed that the MRFF’s goals seek to take away the constitutional guarantees of freedom of speech and freedom of religion for Christian believers in our nation’s military. The MRFF has reportedly been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize numerous times, but has not won yet. The MRFF founder and president is Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq. A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Mr. Weinstein is the author of several books that describe his fight against “coercive” Christian practices in the military. In 2012, Defense News named Mr. Weinstein as one of the 100 most influential members of today’s military-industrial complex. (However, Mikey has not been named to this honor since then, so perhaps his influence is waning.)

Mikey does quite well at his “foundation,” as he is the sole reported employee of MRFF. Mikey Weinstein’s salary from the MRFF in 2011, 2012, and 2013, as reported in its Form 990 tax filings, were $263,098, $284,009, and $299,634, respectively. (Did you get a $21,000 raise in 2012, plus an additional $15,000 raise in 2013?) Moreover, this is quite an excellent salary given that MRFF annual revenues are in the low $700,000 range for 2013, and much less in earlier years. Nevertheless, although Mikey’s annual salary might seem high to some, Mikey affirmed in his tax filings, under penalties of perjury, that his average work week is 105 hours (that’s 15 hours each day for a seven-day workweek).

3.1375765399.missing man table 300x225 Mikey Weinstein Strikes AgainIn his latest effort to protect American veterans from the dangerous evils of the Christian faith, a Bible and Bible verse were removed from a POW/MIA display inside a Veteran’s Administration outpatient clinic in Akron, Ohio, following a complaint by Mikey. The Bible and Bible verse were part of a “Missing Man Table” erected by volunteers. Why was the Bible and Bible verse removed? Well, Mikey alleged the inclusion of the Bible and Bible verse was a violation of the U.S. Constitution, and he said that he only intervened at the request of nearly a dozen, mostly Christian, military veterans who utilize the clinic. However, clinic administrator Brian Reinhart said that, to his knowledge, no one ever complained about the display, and so, Mikey’s allegations are dubious at best. Nevertheless, being a good VA bureaucrat focused on providing excellent care to his patients, Mr. Reinhart relented and evicted God’s Word from the volunteer display table. Following the removal, Mr. Reinhart wrote the following to Mikey, “I just wanted to let you know that the Bible has been removed from our POW table and the Bible verse has been removed from the framed scripture.” Mikey was quite overjoyed that someone paid mild attention to his rant. He issued the following in his statement about this important fight for the freedom of the American veteran:

MRFF’s veteran client soldiers and we at the MRFF as well, applaud this VA Clinic Administrator’s sage wisdom and courage in recognizing that the U.S. military is comprised of hundreds if not thousands of diverse faiths as well as no faiths. We heartily commend his taking decisive and swift action to remedy the situation so that the MIA/POW table truly honors all.

Captain Ron Crews, a retired Navy chaplain and executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty stated, “MIA/POW tables have been part of military tradition for generations. They have always included certain elements, including a Bible.” Further, the official Navy blog clearly identifies the Bible as a significant part of the Missing Man Table & Honors Ceremony. The text of the Navy ceremony proclaims, “The Bible represents faith in a higher power and the pledge to our country, founded as one nation under God.” And the National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia has similar wording in its ceremony of remembrance: “The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain us and those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God.”

Many brave men and women died to protect the right of all Americans to have and read the Holy Bible. At the beginning of World War II, President Franklin Roosevelt wrote the preface to a Bible that was given to millions of American military personnel during that war. In his preface, President Roosevelt wrote the following:

To the Armed Forces: As Commander-in-Chief, I take pleasure in commending the reading of the Bible to all who serve in the armed forces of the United States. Throughout the centuries men of many faiths and diverse origins have found in the Sacred Book words of wisdom, counsel and inspiration. It is a fountain of strength and now, as always, an aid in attaining the highest aspirations of the human soul. Very sincerely yours, Franklin D. Roosevelt.

I suppose that the Lord Jesus was not politically incorrect in 1941. But today, our society has evolved (devolved?), and it would drive Mikey to apoplexy if Mr. Obama (or a future President Trump) would authorize Bibles for our troops and veterans. Mikey and his allies say that they wish to be more “inclusive,” which is a euphemism meaning that Christians must be silenced.

Record Number of Abortion Mills Closing
Friday, February 26, 2016, 10:24 AM

IMG 2288 300x188 Record Number of Abortion Mills ClosingFirst, I want to thank those who joined me yesterday in the Collegiate Day of Prayer. Tens of thousands across the nation (and in ten foreign countries) joined together to pray for the students on over 1,800 American campuses. We prayed that students seek repentance for their sins and sicknesses, and that students, faculty, and staff on every university campus would receive and believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. In more good news, a recent analysis from BloombergBusiness noted that a more hopeful picture for preborn babies in the United States. Since 2011, at least 162 abortion mills have either closed or are no longer providing abortions, while during the same time, only 21 opened. Thus, one closed on average every two weeks, with the closures occurring in 35 states. The closings took place in both smaller towns and major cities. There were many reasons for the closings, but an important reason is directly attributable to regulatory efforts by Republican lawmakers. Texas, which passed common-sense clinic regulations, saw at least thirty abortion mills close, with Iowa closing 14 and Michigan 13. Even California, a state governed by a Democratic super-majority, lost twelve abortions mills. A report from Operation Rescue, available here, also showed 53 abortion mills closed in 2015 alone.

Texas clearly demonstrates how pro-life proponents have changed strategies to legislative action, in addition to clinic blockades. In recent years, Texas required that abortion providers have standards similar to outpatient surgical centers. For those of us who have visited surgical centers, it is not a particularly high standard as compared to hospitals, but in contrast to the complete lack of regulation that existed beforehand for abortion mills, the upgrades can potentially cost millions of dollars for larger facilities. Further, many states required that physicians performing abortions have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. (On March 2, the Supreme Court plans to hear a lawsuit bought by abortion businesses against the pro-life Texas law responsible for closing abortion clinics. The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, overruling a lower court, said that a Texas-style admitting privileges law in Louisiana that is currently blocked should take immediate effect. This will force at least three of Louisiana’s four abortion mills to close. A 4-4 tie in the Supreme Court means that the ruling of the Appellate Court would stand.) As a result, the analysis by Bloomberg concluded that enhanced state regulations were a factor in 25 percent of the closings. However, it was not the only reason, for changing demographics, consolidations, and yes, even declining demand as fewer women seeking abortions, were also behind the closings. This is particularly true as modern 4-D technology shows extremely clear, color pictures of preborn babies in the womb. Moreover, as more pro-life groups offer women alternatives to abortion, more women have access to the education and resources required to choose life for their unborn babies. (In the past year or two, I have spoken with four unmarried, pregnant teens, and offered to find an adoptive home for their babies. All of the young women choose to keep their babies.) Further, physician retirements and the prosecution of unfit abortionists, such as Kermit Gosnell of Philadelphia, led to further closings. For example, Summit Women’s Center in Bridgeport, Connecticut, closed in 2015 after 40 years citing reduced demand. In Kalispell, Mont., Susan Cahill said she did not have the money to rebuild after her abortion practice was vandalized in 2014. And following the loss of two abortion mills, Missouri is now one of five states in which only one abortion mill remains. Unbeknownst to many, of all the facilities in the nation that closed or stopped performing abortions, approximately one-third were operated by Planned Parenthood. (So could one reasonably conclude that they need less taxpayer funding?) In the midst of these dark days in our nation, there are occasional rays of light and hope. Let us continue to pray fervently that the satanic scourge of abortion disappears from our land.

National Collegiate Day of Prayer
Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 10:41 AM

ModernSeal 297x300 National Collegiate Day of PrayerWe often hear of much foolishness at modern American universities. Yesterday, I heard that some students at Brown University are complaining that their coursework is getting in the way of their student activism. According to an article in the campus newspaper, The Brown Daily Herald, available here, one undergraduate student said, “There are people breaking down, dropping out of classes and failing classes because of the activism work they are taking on.” Although this particular student was granted deadline extensions for assignments by the deans at Brown, he noted that while these were helpful, but were only “bandages” for the underlying causes of stress. (You must read the article to see how the so-called “elite” students are being coddled by university administrators.) Of course, students of American history know that the colony of Rhode Island was founded by Baptist exile and church founder, Roger Williams, in the 1630s. In 1763, the Reverend James Manning, a Baptist minister was sent to Rhode Island to establish a college, and King George III issued the original charter of what became Brown University. Interestingly, the royal charter required that the board of thirty-six trustees include twenty-two Baptists, five Friends, four Congregationalists, and five Church of England members, and would be governed by twelve “Fellows,” of whom eight, including the President, should be Baptist. (It sounded like quite a liberal place for that era, don’t you think?) Reverend John Harvard started what became Harvard University when he gave one-half of his property and his entire library to start this world-renowned institution. Harvard’s original motto was: “For Christ and the Church.” (Yes, really!) Then the goal of a Harvard education was to establish Christian principles in the minds of students according to the Holy Bible, the Word of God. In addition to ministers, Harvard also produced some of our greatest statesmen of the 1700s, including John Hancock, John Adams, and Samuel Adams. But then, Yale University was started in 1701 by Puritans who thought Harvard was going “wobbly,” as they say in England, and then Princeton was founded in 1746 by those who thought the same of Yale.

Well, Heaven knows that Brown University and many other universities have moved far from their Christian roots, though I am told that today that, to the consternation of its faculty, there are more Christian students at Harvard (many of whom are Asian-American) than since the days of Reverend Harvard. (Although this article is from 2006, it is indicative of the transformation taking place at many elite campuses.)

Throughout American history, our universities have been transformed through prayer and Christian revival. One revival took place in 1802 at Yale, and then at Harvard and Princeton in 1815. The key to each of these revivals was fervent, united prayer. In fact, in 1823, every major university and denomination agreed to reserve the last Thursday of February as the day of united prayer for colleges. Young and old would gather to pray for God to change a future generation of leaders, whom they recognized were the future of their churches, culture, and society. And they prayed, believing that the principles that students would learn on their college campuses would become the values of America. As a result, many lives were transformed and the university campuses were swept into the presence of Almighty God. That generation changed the course of history. More recently, some of us remember the Asbury College revival from 1970 which spread throughout the United States, including to my university campus. Those regular days of national prayer for colleges and universities became less common decades ago, but has now been revived in 2015.

Henry C. Fish, writing in his book, Handbook of Revivals, gives an interesting account of the success of the collegiate day of prayer:

In the year 1823, the last Thursday of February each year was agreed upon as the day for special supplication that God would pour from on high His Spirit upon our Colleges and Seminaries. And what have been some of the results? In the years 1824 and 1825, revivals were experienced in 5 different colleges; in 1826, in 6 colleges; in 1831, in 19 . . . In one of the colleges it is stated that a revival started on the very day of the concert of prayer. In 1835, not less than 18 revivals were reported by different colleges.

By the end of the 19th century, these repeated student awakenings had radically transformed the culture and moral climate at many of our nation’s largest universities. As a result, believe it or not, at that time, many of America’s priests and ministers encouraged their congregations to send their children to college, if they wanted to see them safe and soundly converted to Jesus Christ, which is quite a striking difference compared to today’s campuses.

This coming Thursday, February 25, 2016, I call upon all of us to pray for the students on our college and university campuses. In 2015, the Collegiate Day of Prayer was reestablished. You can learn more at www.collegiatedayofprayer.com. This year, 1414 campuses have been adopted for prayer, though an additional 1,698 are presently unadopted. (I have adopted to pray for the campus where I teach.) It is important to remember that as students go, so goes our nation! In this political year, even if we win the spiritual battles across our nation but neglect our colleges and universities, all progress will be undone within one generation. Therefore, college and university students today need our support and earnest prayers. May God bless and guide our college and university students to the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord and Savior of the world.

Reflections on the Birth Anniversary of Charles Darwin
Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 11:20 AM

Screen Shot 2016 02 16 at 11.20.18 AM 225x300 Reflections on the Birth Anniversary of Charles DarwinWhen I was in the 4th grade, our class was seated alphabetically, and I was seated in the row closest to the wall. For that year, next to me was a silhouette of four figures that we have all seen. The silhouetted figures were intended to show the evolutionary progression from chimpanzee to gorilla, and then to early man, and culminating in the modern Homo sapiens. School then was mostly boring to me, and so I had entire afternoons to contemplate those silhouettes. I had never read one word from the Holy Bible at that time, had shamefully poor religious education, but as I contemplated those silhouettes, there was a deep, innate feeling that the “truth” of macro-evolution illustrated in the silhouettes made little sense. My teacher then, and those who came later in high school and university, did teach me the “theory of evolution,” which I learned sufficiently to pass my examinations. (The concepts, of course, are basically simple.) To show how much the world has changed since then, to avoid offending Judeo-Christian sensibilities in our common culture, the theory of evolution was referred to as “phylogenetic theory,” but it merely provided the mechanistic worldview that life is simply an artifact of time and chance. Later as a teen and after I became a Christ-follower, it seemed quite obvious to me that Darwinism was a highly speculative evolutionary model. Today, a recent nationwide survey noted that 81 percent of American adults believe that “when teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution, biology teachers should cover both scientific evidence that supports the theory and scientific evidence critical of the theory.” Only 19 percent of American adults believe that biology teachers should cover only scientific evidence that supports evolution.

Last week the world celebrated the birth anniversary of Charles Darwin, who was born on February 12, 1809. My friend and colleague James Kushiner recently made the following observations in which he paralleled Word programs to genetic coding noting that any computer code requires a programmer/designer. He wrote the following:

So how complex is the program in a living cell? Observe how “simple” bacteria adapt to environmental challenges. They have no brains, but similar to how it appears that our computers “know” how to do many complex things, cells are able to do these tasks:

1) Transposition: Rearrange DNA bits as needed according to specific rules. (Just as your Word program can search and replace select words, rearrange paragraphs.)
2) Horizontal Gene Transfer: Exchange DNA with other cells as needed. (Your Word program can cut and paste from other files.)
3) Epigenetics: Switch code on and off for their own needs and for their progeny. (You can suppress live links and reactivate them.)
4) Symbiogenesis: Merge, cooperate with other cells, even building new features. (You can populate a Word file with data from an Excel file and graphics from a website–and much more.)
Cells adapt by editing their own DNA, sometimes within minutes of a new threat or need. When bacteria become resistant to an antibiotic, they do it not by random mutations but by deliberate actions–transposition and/or horizontal gene transfer. They manipulate DNA bits using rules, just as language has rules of syntax, e.g., how adjectives are to be attached to nouns, and number and person match in nouns and verbs. The code is not only a language, but it is used to write software that is underneath the building and functioning of the organism, including its adaptability. The power of this cellular language and its software program to enable organisms to adapt, survive, grow, and thrive, is astonishing. They also multiply and reproduce, seeking optimum paths for flourishing within given environments, which include other organisms, which in turn impact the adaptive actions of others – all in a complex orchestra teeming with life.

Emphasis in the original. Michael Denton, author of Evolution: Still a Theory in Crisis, recently wrote an interesting essay on Darwinism, available here, in which he observed:

To understand the core weakness of the Darwinian worldview, it is important to understand what Darwinian natural selection requires. The process will work its magic, building up functional structures in organisms, only when two very strict conditions are met: First, the structure must be adaptive — that is, helpful to the organism in flourishing in its environment — and second, there must be a continuum of structures, functional all along the way, leading from an ancestor species to the descendent. That is, the thing we are trying to explain must in some way help the creature survive, and between the creature and the creature’s ancestor there must be a gradual change, each step of which is stable and enhances fitness, or success in reproduction.

Yes, I also think that there are some important questions that evolutionists cannot answer. Even simple, almost playful questions such as why are there still apes if we are descended from apes? Or if life suddenly created itself from non-living substances, why is there no evidence of that happening more than once? Or why are there no other forms of life that are based on non-carbon elements? A number of years ago, I met Phillip E. Johnson, who was then a professor of law at the University of California at Berkeley. Many of my readers will remember that Professor Johnson was a critic of Darwinistic macro-evolution, and he wrote several important books on the subject, including Darwin on Trial. In his chapter entitled “Science and Pseudoscience” of Darwin on Trial, Professor Johnson stated that scientists accepted the theory of evolution “before it was rigorously tested, and thereafter used all their authority to convince the public that naturalistic processes are sufficient to produce a human from a bacterium, and a bacterium from a mix of chemicals.” When I asked Professor Johnson how he could be a tenured professor of law when he questioned the theory of evolution, he gave a simple answer: “Oh that was simple: I became a Christian after I was a tenured professor.” It is not an original idea to me, but I suspect that evolutionary biology in the 21st century will have to develop an entirely new conceptual framework that supersedes Darwinian phylogenetic theory. Mr. Denton concludes his essay, “[T]he reality is that Darwin’s theory is well past its ’sell by’ date.” It certainly seems that way to me as well.

Happy St. Valentine’s Day, Everybody!
Saturday, February 13, 2016, 9:00 AM

stvalentinemosaic 211x300 Happy St. Valentine’s Day, Everybody!St. Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite days of the year.  It is a lovely and romantic day, and I am sure that my readers have some wonderful memories of St. Valentine’s Day.  I still get nostalgic about those penny cards we would get in elementary school. Of course, such celebrations are starting to end in American government schools. At the Bruce Vento Elementary School in St. Paul, Minnesota, Principal Scott Masini recently wrote to parents, “I have come to the difficult decision to discontinue the celebration of the dominant holidays until we can come to a better understanding of how the dominant view will suppress someone else’s view.” The letter listed the “dominant holidays” his school will no longer celebrate are Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and St. Valentine’s Day (“Earth Day” and “Day of Silence” are apparently not banned.) So this year, Principal Masini said there will be no cards or treats brought to school to mark St. Valentine’s Day. “One of the concerns that I have,” Principal Masini wrote, “is whether or not this practice is encroaching on the educational opportunities of others and threatening the culture of tolerance and respect for all.” But he did note that school administrators are happy to discuss his difficult decision with concerned parents.

A dear friend of mine told me a few years ago that on St. Valentine’s Day he intended to propose to his girlfriend in Verona, Italy, on the balcony of the home-turned-museum that is said to have inspired Shakespeare’s House of Capulet in Romeo and Juliet.  Unfortunately, my friend’s father became ill, and so he had to cancel their trip to Italy.  Undaunted, he arranged to have large model of Rome’s magnificent Trevi Fountain built, which was set up in her parents’ front yard.  And there he proposed to her with the fountain flowing.  Needless to say, his girlfriend was shocked.  (Fortunately, she did accept his marriage proposal, and now they are married with children.)  Nice story, eh?  But St. Valentine’s Day is, of course, a holiday that is more than about romantic love, and is deeply rooted in Christian tradition.  (I bet Principal Masini knows that.) The day commemorates one or more Christian martyrs named Valentinus.  One of the better known stories is of Saint Valentinus of Rome, who was a priest and physician.  St. Valentius was imprisoned for performing weddings for Christian soldiers who were forbidden to marry.  Emperor Claudius Gothicus decreed that his soldiers could not marry as he believed unmarried soldiers were better fighters.  The emperor believed that married soldiers might be more concerned about what would happen to their wives and families if they were killed in battle.  Although ancient Rome was a morally permissive society, the Church considered marriage as sacred between one man and one woman for life, and encouraged marriage and the procreation of children.  And St. Valentinus secretly married the soldiers.  When he was caught, St. Valentinus was imprisoned and tortured.  The story is told that one of his jailers was Asterius, whose daughter was blind.  St. Valentinus prayed with the young girl, and she regained her sight.  As a result, Asterius became a Christian.  In 269 A.D., St. Valentinus was sentenced to die because of his stand in support of traditional Christian marriage.  In one of his last acts, he wrote a letter to the daughter of Asterius, concluding “from your Valentine.”  But St. Valentine’s Day is not merely about romantic love, as it should also remind us of the depth of God’s love for all of us.  The Lord Jesus commanded us to love God and to love our neighbor.  For Christians, love is not something one earns; rather, it is given freely. This year, few of us have the perspicacity to plan a romantic trip to Verona, or to build a replica of the Trevi Fountain.  But while one could reasonably expect that St. Valentine’s Day be accompanied by a romantic dinner and card, chocolates, flowers, and jewelry, but let us also remember the example of St. Valentinus who teaches us that there could come a time when we might have to lay down our lives for what we believe about traditional Christian marriage. Happy St. Valentine’s Day, Everybody!

Mr. Obama Visits A Mosque In Baltimore
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 10:54 AM
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USS Enterprise fighting the Tripolitan polacca Tripoli by William Bainbridge Hoff, 1878

Last Wednesday, President Obama went to speak at a mosque in Baltimore. It was his first visit to a mosque in the United States during his presidency. The White House issued a transcript of his remarks at the mosque which is available here. Dennis Prager recently observed that when one reads Mr. Obama’s speeches, “you realize how often what Obama says is morally and intellectually confused and even untrue.” I think so as well, and so it might be helpful to expand upon the President’s remarks. For instance, Mr. Obama said:

Islam has always been part of America. Starting in colonial times, many of the slaves brought here from Africa were Muslim.  And even in their bondage, some kept their faith alive.  A few even won their freedom and became known to many Americans.

Historians have noted that there were some Moslems living in the colonies and in the early United States, and yes, there were hundreds of Moslems who were imported as slaves from Islamic areas of Africa. Our nation has welcomed legal immigrants of all faiths, including Moslems, and from every nation since its founding. Political philosopher John Locke wrote in his Letter on Toleration of 1689 said that Moslems and all others who believed in God should be tolerated in England. Thomas Jefferson followed Locke, and demanded recognition of the religious rights of the “Mahamdan” in Virginia. But, of course, Moslems were not among the Pilgrims and did not celebrate the first Thanksgiving Day. No Moslem signed the Declaration of Independence, or the United States Constitution, or served in any legislature that ratified the Bill of Rights. Some historical documents record that a handful of Moslem slaves fought for this country’s freedom from England in the Revolutionary War; those few fought alongside their owners. There is no evidence that Moslems fought during the Civil War to free the slaves. In fact, even today, among the world’s more than 20 million slaves, Moslems are still the largest traffickers in human slavery. During the Civil Rights movement, one hears of no Moslem who walked with Dr. Martin Luther King, or helped to advance the cause of civil rights in our nation. There were no Moslems who fought for the women’s right to vote. Today, it is a tenet of Islam that holds women in a position of subservience. During World War II, the Islamic world was allied with Hitler. The Moslem Grand Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini met with Adolf Hitler in 1941, reviewed German troops, and accept support from the Nazis to kill Jews. (In 1945, Yugoslavia sought to indict the Grand Mufti as a war criminal for his role in recruiting 20,000 Moslem “volunteers” for the Nazi SS, who had participated in the murder of Jews in Croatia and Hungary. But he escaped from French detention in 1946, and continued his fight against Jews and Israel until he died in 1974.) And there was that pesky problem of September 11, 2001, where Moslems were actively involved in the terrorist attacks in the United States. In the United States, there is one small Moslem college, but no Moslem hospitals or Moslem orchestras, or great Islamic libraries or museums. I have never seen an Islamic band marching in an Independence Day parade, nor did I see the Red Crescent in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, or any Moslem charity helping out after the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013.

Mr. Obama also said, “Jefferson and John Adams had their own copies of the Quran.” But Mr. Obama neglected to mention that the reason Thomas Jefferson had a copy of the Koran was to try to understand it in light of what the Moslem ambassador from Tripoli had told him and John Adams. When asked why Tripoli pirates were attacking American ships and enslaving Americans, the Moslem ambassador explained that Moslems are commanded to do so by the Koran: “It was written in their Koran that all nations which had not acknowledged the Prophet were sinners, whom it was the right and duty of the faithful to plunder and enslave; and that every mussulman [Moslem] who was slain in this warfare was sure to go to Paradise.” I am unsure whether this is still taught in government schools, but for a number of decades in the early history of the United States, Moslem pirates from North Africa attacked American ships, which resulted in a number of wars. After several decades of paying ever-increasing tribute, President Jefferson refused to pay the high ransoms demanded by Moslem pirates who seized American merchant ships and enslaved the crews. The American Navy and Marines then fought the pirates “to the shores of Tripoli,” as the Marine hymn declares. And that is why Jefferson and Adams had copies of the Koran.

Obama: “There are Christians who are targeted now in the Middle East, despite having been there for centuries, and there are Jews who’ve lived in places like France for centuries who now feel obliged to leave because they feel themselves under assault – sometimes by Muslims.”

While I am glad that he observed that Christians are targeted now in the Middle East, though his Administration has done precious little to assist Christians who are targeted in the Middle East. Of course, he neglected to mention the Jews in the Middle East are also being targeted by Moslems, but that would have constituted a micro-aggression and could have even been “controversial” to his hearers. But it is stunning to me when he said that many Jews in France “who now feel obliged to leave” their country because “they feel themselves under assault — sometimes by Muslims.” Sometimes by Moslems? French Jews have been murdered, tortured, and harassed more at this time than at any time since the Holocaust. And every one of those attacks has been perpetrated by Moslems.

Although he made many other remarks in his talk that were false, but I want to conclude with this statement by Mr. Obama, “These are the voices of Muslim scholars, some of whom join us today, who know Islam has a tradition of respect for other faiths.” For those who have studied Islam, this is false for there is no such tradition in Islam. My father came to the United States (legally) from a European country where Moslems from the Ottoman Empire ruled for more than 500 years. But since its earliest days, Islam has always demanded that Jews and Christians be treated as dhimmis, or humiliated second-class citizens, who were subject to the jizya, a special tax on non-Moslems. Of course, this was when we were not forced to choose between conversion to Islam or death. Perhaps Mr. Obama’s remarks were not given much attention as he is in his “lame duck” phase of his final 343 days in office. But the mainstream media did not report much on his remarks. The headline in USA Today noted, “At Baltimore mosque, Obama condemns anti-Muslim bigotry.” It is no wonder that people aren’t listening to either Mr. Obama or the mainstream media.

Christian Evangelist In India Subjected To Public Mockery
Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 10:51 AM

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The Rev. Awdhesh Kumar is an accomplished evangelist and pastor in India. In the same way that the preaching of St. Paul disrupted life in Ephesus in Acts 19, Rev. Kumar also disrupts life in the towns and villages of North India. In recent days, Pastor Kumar was accused of “forcefully converting” three Hindu men without their consent to the Christian faith. However, a mob attacked Pastor Kumar, shaving half of his head, and the mob then garlanded him with shoes, and paraded him on a donkey through a village to mock and scorn him. Local members of the Hindu extremist group, Bajrang Dal, did not allow Pastor Kumar to go to the local police station, but eventually police were able to come to his “rescue,” and the police brought Pastor Kumar to their station. At the police station, more Hindu extremists claimed that Pastor Kumar forced Hindus to eat beef against their will, and that pictures of Hindu gods and goddesses were thrown to the floor with Pastor Kumar forcing the converted Hindus to walk on these pictures. One of the so-called Hindu converts, Sangam Jatav, alleged that Pastor Kumar offered to take him to find work, but while they were there, he forcefully converted him to the Christian faith without his knowledge or consent. (I know; it sounds funny-strange to me as well.)

Anti-Christian violence in India is not a new phenomenon. Much of the violence began in earnest in the months following the victory of the Hindu ultra-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (“BJP”) in 1998. Among the acts of violence perpetrated by Hindu nationalists since that time have included the arson of many churches, the burning of Holy Bibles, the rape and sexual assaults of nuns, the murder of Christian priests, missionaries, and other clergy, as well as the destruction and desecration of Christian schools, colleges, monasteries, and cemeteries. Since the 2014 general election which returned the BJP to power, the new government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has seen an increase in violence against Christians. Since December 2014, several churches were attacked in the capital city of Delhi, and the St. Sebastian’s Church was burned. Another church in Mangalore was attacked in February 2015. In March 2015, a 71-year-old nun was viciously gang-raped in West Bengal during an attack on a convent school in which the school’s chapel was ransacked and numerous sacred items were stolen. Around the same time, St. George’s church in Mumbai was also attacked by masked men. Later that month, the cathedral of Jabalpur was attacked with more than a dozen people injured in the attack. The same cathedral was attacked in 2008, and the entire altar was burned in that attack. In April 2015, St. Mary’s Church in Agra was vandalized, and statues of the Virgin Mary and the Infant Jesus were damaged. Police arrested a Moslem man for that vandalism who was reportedly incensed about being rejected by a Christian girl. The National Commission for Minorities of India has stated that Indian state governments ruled by the BJP and its allies provide financial and legal support to the attackers. Six Indian states have anti-conversion laws, which have been justified by government leaders to protect vulnerable individuals from being induced to change their faith. Notwithstanding the pressures on Christian leaders, pastors, priests, and evangelists, the Church in India continues to grow rapidly, with an estimated 70% of the millions of Indian Christians being Dalits, the so-called Untouchables oppressed by Hindu society. Please pray for Pastor Kumar and the millions of Christians in India, many of whom suffer great poverty and second-class citizenship status in their own country.

Holocaust Memorial Day
Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 10:17 AM

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Today is Holocaust Memorial Day, a date designated by the United Nations General Assembly, and a day of national commemoration in the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Sweden, the Czech Republic, and many other European Union nations dedicated to the remembrance of all those who suffered and were murdered in The Holocaust under Nazi persecution. In The Holocaust, an estimated six million Jews, two million Roma, at least 250,000 mentally and physically disabled people, tens of thousands of Soviet prisoners of war, thousands of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and at least 9,000 homosexual men were killed, among others. In my own family, two uncles were killed by the Nazis on the same day. Many of those not killed in the gas chambers died of starvation, forced labor, infectious diseases, individual executions, and medical experiments. Although there are actually many days throughout the year that could be used to commemorate the victims of The Holocaust, January 27th was selected as Holocaust Memorial Day because it was on January 27, 1945, that Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp, was liberated by soldiers from the Soviet Union. In the United Kingdom, the subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur are also remembered. Sadly, I fear that there will be many to come.

As I grew up, our home frequently had guests who were imprisoned by the Nazis during World War II. Even in the hot summers, I remember how these men and women wore long-sleeve shirts and blouses to cover up the Nazi identification numbers on their forearms as if they were ashamed to be victims of Nazi atrocities. My father had been a prisoner of the Nazis, and after World War II, he worked in a number of European refugee camps with displaced persons under the auspices of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration and its successor organization, the International Refugee Organization. We often hear people say, “Never again is now!” And yet, sadly, religious and national genocide is not something that disappeared with the death of Adolf Hitler.

While we may hear about the extermination and displacement of Christians from the Middle East, in Egypt, the Coptic Christian minority continues to suffer. January 25, 2016, also marked the five-year anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution. Particularly for Coptic Christians, the results have been devastating since the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak. The so-called “Arab Spring” became a long winter for Coptic Christians. Particularly during the reign of persecution under President Mohamed Morsi’s Moslem Brotherhood’s government, extremists infiltrated all levels of government and Christian believers were persecuted with impunity. After Morsi’s forcible removal from office in July 2013, his supporters attacked and destroyed more than eighty churches in just three days of rioting and violence. And despite the persecution, Christian groups responded to the violence with forgiveness and peace.

But there was a recent glimmer of hope for the Coptic Christian community of Egypt. Under the current Egyptian President Abdel el-Sisi, a Coptic woman was elected to the Egyptian parliament for the first time since 1923.  Mona Gaballah is one of 36 Copts who were elected to parliament.  Ms. Gaballah has stated that her main priority is to address the deep discrimination that takes place in Egypt. On this Holocaust Memorial Day, please continue to pray for strength for the Egyptian Coptic Christians as persecution against them remains a daily concern. Also, please pray for Mona Gaballah and the other Copts as they begin their term in parliament. When I lived in Europe, a Swiss friend of mine asked me whether I could drive a widow from Germany to visit the grave of her husband at the German war cemetery. He had died in Italy during World War II. She was a devout Christian believer. We had many hours in the car together, and after we reflected on what would be a difficult day for her, I quietly asked why Christians did not oppose Hitler at the time. She said that at the time, the church in Germany was more focused on the evils of dancing. I suppose that one of the important lessons of The Holocaust to me is that when confronted with the persecution and murder of Europe’s Jews and countless others, witnesses had a choice of whether to speak out and intervene. Faced with the threat of severe punishment, most people, including many Christians who disagreed with the Nazis’ policies and practices, chose to do nothing. We should not act in the same way today in the face of any persecution and genocide, but particularly for those of our household of faith.

On This Sad Anniversary
Friday, January 22, 2016, 10:07 AM

MFL 2014 137 221x300 On This Sad AnniversaryToday marks the 43rd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision in the United States Supreme Court. This decision is famous for making abortion legal through all nine months of pregnancy and for any reason. Along with its sister case, Doe v. Bolton, Roe has both laid and maintained the foundation for so-call abortion “rights” in America. Since that time, close to 60 million babies have been aborted in the womb. Now, forty-three years later, the debate continues to rage between those who are pro-life and those who are pro-abortion. Some churches marked the anniversary last Sunday and others will this coming Sunday, reaffirming a commitment to protecting the preborn based upon the Holy Scriptures and our nation’s Constitution. (If your church does not highlight this important day of remembrance, I would encourage you to contact your pastor or priest, and ask him to do so.) But for all too many American churches, congregants have never heard a pro-life/anti-abortion sermon. And thus, the conscience of many Christians have not been stirred to pray and to advocate against this great wickedness.

The Roe decision unleashed a great evil on America, and some God-fearing Americans have zealously sought to stop this vile sin over the past four decades. My own view is that Roe v. Wade brought a terrible biblical curse upon our nation, and opened the door widely to great and innumerable troubles. As a nation and culture, we have become so inured to our “culture of death” that researchers have provided Planned Parenthood, an organization from the very pit of hell, a market for aborted baby parts.

But there is some good news. After 43 years, we see that today’s younger people are more pro-life than their parents. Several state legislatures have acted to restrict abortion in various ways, including safety standards for abortion “clinics,” hospital privileges for abortion “doctors” in accredited hospitals close enough to provide emergency care for women with botched abortions, limits to the gestation stage in which babies may be legally aborted. Many laws were proposed and enacted in the aftermath of Kermit Gosnell’s house of abortion horrors (see one of my articles about Gosnell’s abortion mill here). Yet each of these laws has been challenged and the Supreme Court will ultimately decide on their constitutionality.

Cullen Herout recently wrote poignantly about another large number of abortion “rights” victims:

Five years ago, I began working with Rachel’s Vineyard, a post-abortion healing ministry for women and men who regret their decisions and have been unable to forgive themselves or others in their lives. Aside from being an immense blessing in my life and the lives of countless women, the experience of working with these women and couples has shown me a different side of the abortion discussion. . . . I have heard and read countless stories from women who have had abortions. Each story is different, each has different characters, is based in a different location, has different explanations and reasons for choosing abortion. The emotions range widely: some experience sadness, grief, loss. Others experience regret, shame, or an unwillingness to forgive themselves. Still others experience isolation or a raw emptiness of being unable to experience any emotion at all. Some have dissociated themselves from the experience, or buried it so deeply within themselves that no matter how badly they want to discuss it, they have difficulty. The men oftentimes are also consumed by loss, regret, and a feeling of helplessness about their past. I’ve heard the sorrow. I’ve heard the grief. I’ve heard the torment, the angst, and the shame. I’ve listened to the regret, the guilt, the helplessness. I’ve seen the tears, the emotional blockades, the defense mechanisms. Still more, I’ve heard women who have been silenced by the pain and the hurt. They have learned they cannot speak out, and so they have kept their stories to themselves. They have been silent for years, sometimes decades. It’s tragic. It’s heartbreaking. It’s eye-opening.

While we should be properly skeptical about the promises made by politicians and government leaders, electing a pro-life president and Congress are paramount to our hope for overturning Roe v. Wade and establishing a pro-life future. (People often do not realize that by overturning Roe v. Wade, the decision to allow abortion returns back to the individual states. California, Illinois, and New York, for example, could continue to permit abortions, as New York did in the years before the Roe v. Wade decision. Other states could decide not to permit abortions or to restrict it.) But with an aging Supreme Court, our next president could easily nominate as many as four Justices during his or her tenure. A pro-life Senate could confirm our new president’s pro-life nominees. In such a way, the gates to this darkness could be closed and this evil subdued, but it all depends upon the prayers of God’s people and our action. May God have mercy on our nation and for all of the victims of abortion, for as we see above, it is not, as some contend, a harmless medical procedure that is a normal part of women’s healthcare.

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