CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH
Pentagon Taps Anti-Christian Extremist for Religious Tolerance Policy
Breitbart.com reports: “Today, we face incredibly well-funded gangs of fundamentalist Christian monsters who terrorize their fellow Americans by forcing their weaponized and twisted version of Christianity upon their helpless subordinates in our nations armed forces.
Those words were recently written by Mikey Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), in a column he wrote for the Huffington Post. Weinstein will be a consultant to the Pentagon to develop new policies on religious tolerance, including a policy for court-martialing military chaplains who share the Christian Gospel during spiritual counseling of American troops.
Weinstein decries what he calls the virulent religious oppression perpetrated by conservative Christians, whom he refers to as monstrosities and pitiable unconstitutional carpetbaggers, comparing them to bigots in the Deep South during the civil rights era.
He cites Dr. James Dobsonthe famous Christian founder of Focus on the Familyas illustrating the extremist, militant nature of these virulently homophobic organizations rhetorically-charged propaganda. Regarding those who teach orthodox Christian beliefs from the Bible, Weinstein concludes, Lets call these ignoble actions what they are: the senseless and cowardly squallings of human monsters. ” (This brutal atheist, Mikey Weinstein who calls Christians and their military chaplains “monstrosities and pitiable unconstitutional carpetbaggers, and bigots promotes court-martials for spreading Christs message of love, our Lord predicted such maniacal hatred preceding His return. Please see Matthew 23:9; John 16:2; Revelation 20:4. Hell awaits these duped blasphemers. Hell join the Antichrist and False Prophet when Christ returns Revelation 19:20.)
Military surrenders in war on Christian evangelism
WND.com reports: “The Pentagon announced that military members who want to talk about their faith with other members have every right to do so, backtracking on a previous warning against proselytizing, which it said could be subject to court-martial.
The statement from Lt. Cmdr. Nathan Christensen said the Department of Defense never and will never single out a particular religious group for persecution or prosecution.
The Pentagon walked back its statement after the Alliance Defending Freedom filed a Freedom of Information Act request for records relating to Pentagon statements on the issue.
Members of our military should not be denied the very freedoms they fight to defend. Freedom of religion and speech are paramount among those freedoms, said ADF Legal Counsel Joseph La Rue. We appreciate the Pentagons clarification, but little or no evidence exists of coercive proselytization in the military, so we are still troubled over what motivated the original comments.
The Pentagons Christensen said in the statement that the Department of Defense department makes reasonable accommodations for all religions and celebrates the religious diversity of our service members.
Service members can share their faith (evangelize), but must not force unwanted, intrusive attempts to convert others of any faith or no faith to ones beliefs (proselytization), he said ” (That God for the stand the Department of Defense and the Alliance Defending Freedom filed a Freedom of Information Act looked into this blasphemous movement to stop our chaplains from mentioning the Gospel message.
When 24,000 acts of assaults and rapes occur among our military leaders in just one year, its time for our chaplains to preach I Corinthians 6:9-11. Look it up. God means what He says.)
Egyptian Muslims Prohibited from Wishing Happy Easter
Breitbart.com reports: “An Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood fatwa prohibiting Muslims from wishing Christians a Happy Easter has revealed the insidious underbelly of the Muslim Brotherhoods plan for assimilating Egyptians into accepting sharia. The Brotherhood has offered a vague delineation of what sharia means by touting a jurisprudential doctrine known as istislah, which asserts that Islamic legal principles should be interpreted to achieve societal benefits, thus clouding perception of how the Brotherhood would implement the sharia. But when it comes to religious differences, look out.
The fatwa is quite clear: Brotherhood leader Abdel Rahman al-Barr quotes the Koran to support his contention that Muslims should only greet Christians on their holidays so long as this greeting does not come at the expense of our [Islamic] religion. Muslims cannot wish Christians a Happy Easter, because they dont believe Jesus was killed or crucified.
The obfuscation used by the Brotherhood was in evidence when Atlantic writer Eric Trager asked Brotherhood leader Farid Ismail in July 2012 how Mohamed Morsi would implement sharia. Ismail responded: It means peace, security, equality, citizenship, freedom, and giving rights for people despite their religion or ethics or color or sex.
Kafr el-Sheikh Governor Saad al-Husseini has said, Everything I’m doing is sharia! Justice is sharia. War against corruption is sharia. Security is sharia. … Improving the economy is the sharia. This is the sharia. To preserve the dignity of Egyptians is the sharia. … Day and night we are with poor before rich. This is sharia! ” (This headline shows the deep hatred of Islam for Christianity especially for the message of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ which the Easter holiday celebrates. Sharia Law is deadly even to Muslims as daughters who have premarital sex are put to death by a father, son, or cousin. It also includes death for homosexuals, apostate Muslims and infidels of all religious stripes.
Yet our President sends millions of dollars to Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood members annually. II Corinthians 6:14 18.
See the next four reports.)
Egyptian Police Ignore Muslim Slaughter of Coptic Christians
Breitbart.com reports: “If there was any further proof needed that the Egyptian government has no interest in protecting Coptic Christians from assault from Muslims, and may be aiding and abetting such attacks, the evidence is in. A just-released video appears to show Egyptian police standing and watching while a murderous attack was launched April 7 on Coptic Christians at a Cathedral, as they mourned other Coptic Christians who were previously killed by Muslims. The first attack took place on April 4 in Khosous; four Copts were murdered and a nursery and church were burned.
Not only did the Muslim police stand and watch; one police officer apparently aided a Muslim gunman take aim at the mourners exiting the church. Two Copts died, and 84 were injured, including 11 Coptic Police officers. The video shows Muslims using guns, machetes, throwing stones, and possibly hurling Molotov cocktails at the mourners exiting St. Marks Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in the Abbassia District of Cairo.
And just guess who were the ones arrested? Four Copts. You read that correctly ”
Egypt’s Pope says Islamist rulers neglect Copts
Haaretz reports: “Egypt’s Christians feel sidelined, ignored and neglected by Muslim Brotherhood-led authorities, who proffer assurances but have taken little or no action to protect them from violence, Coptic Pope Tawadros II said.
In his first interview since emerging from seclusion after eight people were killed in sectarian violence between Muslims and Christians the pope called official accounts of clashes at Cairo’s Coptic cathedral on April 7 a pack of lies.
He also voiced dismay at attempts by President Mohamed Morsi’s Islamist allies to purge thousands of judges appointed under ousted President Hosni Mubarak, saying the judiciary was a pillar of Egyptian society and should not be touched.
There is a sense of marginalization and rejection, which we can call social isolation, the pope told Reuters of the feelings of Christians, who he said make up at least 15 percent of Egypt’s 84 million people. Most Egyptians are Sunni Muslims.
Attacks on churches and sectarian tensions increased significantly after the rise of Islamists to power following the 2011 uprising that overthrew Mubarak, even though Christians had demonstrated alongside Muslims for his removal.
Asked about the government’s response to this month’s attacks, he said: It made a bad judgment and it was negligent… I would have expected better security for the place and the people. ”
Egypt’s Coptic Christians live in fear of Islamic extremists
The LA Times reports: “The Mass was celebrated as if from centuries past: A bearded priest veiled in incense chanted for grace in a church along the Nile, near the spot where Christians believe Jesus and his mother sought refuge in an earlier age of bloodshed and uncertainty.
Marianne Samir knelt and prayed for the Coptic Christians killed in a spasm of sectarian violence that has further shaken a nation engulfed in economic and political anxieties.
I feel unsafe, said Samir, a high school philosophy teacher with a cross tattooed on her wrist. The Islamists want war. They want strife. But this is our land too. It is a country blessed by God, and there’s no way we’ll leave it to them.
Wind gusted and whitecaps rose and fell on the river bending around the Church of the Virgin Mary.
They set a Christian man on fire the other day, Samir added. They threw a gasoline bomb at him and no one did anything.
Seven Copts and one Muslim have died in clashes in recent days. The latest violence began after Coptic youths in a village north of Cairo drew offensive images, including a swastika that was mistaken for a cross, on the wall of a Muslim institute. Gun battles broke out and a church was set aflame, a sign that President Mohamed Morsi’s Islamist-led government has failed to defuse religious enmity ”
Muslims Attack Christians at Funeral in Nigeria, 20 Dead
Breitbart.com reports: “At least 20 people were killed in violent clashes between Christian and Muslim mobs in central Nigeria’s Taraba state on Friday [May 3, 2012], prompting a round-the-clock curfew, an aid worker has told AFP.
We have recovered 20 bodies from the violence so far, the source said adding that the unrest had occurred in the town of Wukari, some 200 kilometres (125 miles) from the state capital Jalingo.
We are still going round the town in search of more bodies, he said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media about death tolls.
Authorities have imposed a curfew in the area following the bloody clashes, officials said.
Local residents said Friday’s violence erupted when the funeral procession of a traditional chief from the predominantly Christian Jukun ethnic group marched through a Muslim neighbourhood chanting slogans, which Muslims viewed as an act of provocation ”
Pope Francis: Liberation Theologian?
Breitbart.com reports: “Liberation theologians are claiming that the election of Pope Francis, who has a history of personally ministering to the poor, will herald an era in which their tenets are championed around the world instead of suppressed, as they supposedly were under the two previous popes, John Paul II and Benedict XVI, who had been John Paul IIs chief theologian as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.
Prominent liberation theologian Leonardo Boff said Pope Francis will fix a church in ruins:
With this pope, a Jesuit and a pope from the Third World, we can breathe happiness. Pope Francis has both the vigor and tenderness that we need to create a new spiritual world. Pope Francis comes with the perspective that many of us in Latin America share. In our churches we do not just discuss theological theories, like in European churches. Our churches work together to support universal causes, causes like human rights, from the perspective of the poor, the destiny of humanity that is suffering, services for people living on the margins.
Boff had been told to remain silent by the two previous popes, who feared a connection between socially active priests and leftist politics. Francis had joined them; in 2010 he averred that reading the Gospel with a Marxist interpretation would cause trouble ” (Saint Francis of Assisi, Bishop Sheen, and Malachi Martin all proclaimed that pope number 113, dating from Celestine II onward would see a defector arise within Catholicism as the pope who reigns during Armageddon and Christs return.
The Jesuits adopted Marxist Leninism about 60 years ago and this communistic ideal infiltrated the Jesuit movement from top to bottom throughout South America. I have just spent hundreds of hours in deep study to create a video to be released soon. Its the most startling video ever entitled “Christs Return, Millions Deceived” stay tuned.)