ISIS Drives Yazidis To Christ

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Worshipers at a camp for Internally Displaced People in Iraq (photo: Christian Aid Mission)

In Iraq the Yazidis fled the brutal terror of  ISIS.

“These Arabic tribes, they joined them,” Faris Elias Kholo told CBN News.

“They took away our females, children, old men, everything,” he continued. “Even if we get back our homes, we cannot live with the Arabs because they usually try to persecute us.”

The Yazidis are looking to the Kurds and Christians for help with many accepting Christ and becoming Christian.

The newly converted Yazidi Christian says he was attracted to Christianity because of the kindness and generosity of Christians.

“I can say only one word about the difference between Islam and Christianity. The difference is between earth and sky and heaven,” Shamo told CBN News

The Yazidis lived in mountains communities that were  inaccessible to native Iraqi missionaries.

An ethnoreligious community in Iraq was once inaccessible to native Iraqi missionaries, as members lived reclusively in distant mountains near the border with Turkey. Since Islamic State (ISIS) atrocities drove them from their mountain strongholds last year, however, Yazidis now account for most of the people who have turned to Christ through a local ministry.

While ISIS terror tactics have contributed to many Muslims in Iraq and Syria coming to Christ, in the past six month about 70 percent of those displaced to the northern Iraqi cities of Erbil and Dohuk who have embraced Christ through one ministry’s outreach are Yazidis, a native Iraqi ministry director said.

“When they were kicked out of their area, they all went south to Dohuk and Erbil,” he said. “It was very far and very difficult for us to go there to reach these people, so the Lord just brought them to us.”

With beliefs and rituals rooted in Zoroastrianism, mixed with elements of Christianity and Islam, Yazidis dwelled in the high-altitude Sinjar Mountain range stretching from Iraq’s Nineveh Governorate to the lower, shorter segment in Syria. The Islamic State massacred as many as 500 Yazidis in an offensive last August in the Iraqi town of Sinjar and surrounding areas.

Among all displaced peoples the ministry has reached in the Erbil and Dohuk areas in the past six months, about 80 families have put their trust in Christ, he said. They are large families of seven to 10 people each. While more Muslims than Yazidis are coming to Christ among displaced people reached by other ministries, the director of this ministry (unnamed for security reasons) has seen Yazidis respond most. Among other converts, about 20 percent came from traditional churches where they had grown up with little knowledge of the Bible and had no relationship with Christ, and the remaining 10 percent came from Muslim families.

“Around Kurdistan there are so many churches and so many ministries, and I believe the number [of converts] is huge,” the director said, adding that the total likely amounted to several thousand.

Among them was a Yazidi boy of no more than 15, named Shirkahn, who lost both of his sisters to ISIS kidnappers. When the ministry director met him in Dohuk, the boy was trying to help his mother and father survive by asking people if he could shine their shoes for the equivalent of less than 25 cents.

“He told me this story with tears,” the director said. “His dad was paralyzed because of what happened to the family when ISIS kicked them out. Shirkahn told me that he hadn’t eaten for four days.”

Members of the ministry team prayed with him and asked if they could visit his family and pray for his father. He took them to their tent on the street.

“We talked to the mother; we talked to the father,” he said. “We prayed with them. We said Jesus can heal, and they immediately give their hearts to the Lord. And Shirkhan was very touched by this ministry, and he said, ‘How can I be a missionary like you and go help people? Shirkhan surrendered his life to the Lord and prayed with us.”

Those who come to Christ are connected to tent churches, while some who live close enough to an established church might walk to its building for worship. Thus people of varied backgrounds and ethnicities meet together for worship and instruction in Kurdish and Arabic, he said. Yazidis are primarily Kurdish-speaking. Read more at Christian Aid Mission 

 

ISIS Jihadist Tweets Pamela Geller’s Personal Address

PamelaGellerBlogger Pamela Geller, who organized the draw Mohammad cartoon contest, has been  threatened once again with her New York City address and apartment number tweeted by an ISIS member in Britain.

The personal address of an anti-Muslim activist was tweeted Friday from a Twitter account bearing the name of a man believed to be a British Islamic State jihadist kingpin. The tweet about Pamela Geller, who heads a group called the American Freedom Defense Initiative, came just hours after a third man connected to a plot to kill her and murder Boston police was arrested.

“#GoForth,” the Tweet urged via a hashtag after revealing Geller’s New York City address, apartment number and all. The Twitter account that sent out the address has since been suspended. IBT

“I can’t go anywhere without a team, without an enormous security apparatus,” Geller told WND.  According to WND, Geller’s monthly bill for security is $30,000.

The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East Book Review


The Ottoman Empire, in a parlous state in 1914, was torn apart by the end of the first World War. The story of the fall of the Ottoman
Empire has lasting effects today.

A very good overview with a creditable number of regional sources that develops the background of a myriad of problems in the region that were exacerbated by World War I. The Fall Of The Ottomans is a well researched historical addition of what happened during the Great War and what happened at the peace process after the war that helped shape the modern Middle East.
The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East available at Amazon.

Rachel Dolezal Head Of Spokane NAACP Falsely Portrays Herself As Black

This is strange.

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Rachel Dolezal

Rachel Dolezal, Spokane’s NAACP Chapter President, chair of the city’s Office of Police Ombudsman Commission, and part-time Africana Studies professor at Eastern Washington University, has falsely portrayed herself as black for years.

Dolezal’s family background is Czech, Swedish and German, even though she claimed that she was white, black and American Indiana on an application for a volunteer role of ‘police oversight’ ombudsman to evaluate actions of the police. She is now under an ethics review.

Dolezal claimed multiple different hate crimes against her faimily and hate mail sent to the NAACP post office box. Police concluded only someone with key to the post office box could have put the mail in the p.o. box as it wasn’t sent thru the mail.

She has falsely claimed her father is black, and pictures with her son that son is actually her adopted brother.  She also claims to have been born in a tepee… This woman has told an extraordinary number of lies, her life is a lie.

Online:  NAACP leader and civil rights activist outed as WHITE by her parents who say she’s been pretending to be black for years

Oklahoma Elementary School Invites CAIR To Conduct Teacher “Diversity Training”

Separation of church and state?

OklahomaflagCAIR is a terrorist organization which does not belong anywhere near an elementary school. The UAE designated CAIR as a  terrorist organization.   Steven Pomerantz, FBI’s former chief of counterterrorism, concludes that “CAIR, its leaders and its activities effectively give aid to international terrorist groups.”

The name Sequoyah is synonymous with education and progress. Sequoyah, the great legendary Cherokee figure, worked towards these goals and preserved his native language by creating the first Cherokee alphabet, eventually propelling it to be the strongest surviving indigenous American language. In the spirit of his name, the Sequoyah Elementary School also takes great strides towards education and progress. In working to make a more open and accepting environment for its students, the school is creating a more productive learning environment.

On Tuesday morning, upon invitation by school officials, Adam Soltani and Veronica Laizure of the Council on American Islamic Relations Oklahoma Chapter held a diversity-training program for the school’s educational staff. In this diversity-training program, the two CAIR officials made presentations outlining some of the basics of the Islamic faith and the challenges faced by Muslim Students, and they answered questions in an environment which was truly open and inviting. CAIR Oklahoma

Video Break: Jon Stewart Mocks NY Times over Rubio: ‘How Is This Front-Page News?’

Jon Stewart failed to see exactly how Marco Rubio‘s traffic tickets and financial issues warrants front-page attention in The New York Times.  Rubio was caught in a “paid off his student loans” scandal!  The New York Times considered this front page news, and presented it as a scandal.

Diplomats: EU Ready To Launch a Diplomatic Attack Against Israel In September

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European Union Flag

Israel is opposing the Iran nuclear deal due to the danger it poses, it is also doing so because of the EU plans of a diplomatic offensive targeting Israel after the Iran deal is reached.  The diplomatic assault is to force Israel to make dangerous concession to the Palestinian Authority.  Reportedly the EU has already prepared a list of sanctions “in the fields of trade, agriculture, science and culture” to levy against Israel.  It is estimated that the EU time of waiting will end in September as the UN General Assembly opens.

America’s veto power that in the past favored Israel is disappearing as they current White House administration slowly takes off its masks of Israel hatred,

Israel wishes to delay the signing of a nuclear deal between world powers and Iran, but not solely because such an agreement would be dangerous to the Jewish State.

The concern is that immediately following such an agreement, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will become the UN Security Council’s and European Union’s top priority, and the international community will be freed up to deal with the party it sees as responsible for the stagnation in the peace process – Israel.

This is the widely-held assumption in off-the-record conversations among diplomatic sources in New York and in Washington. “A diplomatic attack against Israel is expected soon that will surprise even the pessimists in Jerusalem,” a senior Western diplomat told The Jerusalem Post‘s Hebrew-language sister publication, Ma’ariv. “In the Security Council, in western capitals and at EU headquarters, they are just waiting for the Iran deal to be signed and for it to be approved by the American Congress.”

The estimate is that the forced period of waiting will end in September. Then, as the UN General Assembly opens, the signal will be given to start the diplomatic attack against Israel.

Diplomatic sources involved in the western European capitals’ handling of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict say that the EU has already prepared documents which list a number of sanctions that will be levied against Israel in the fields of trade, agriculture, science and culture if Jerusalem does not soon present a diplomatic initiative that leads to a meaningful breakthrough toward a solution to the conflict.

“S‭enior officials in Jerusalem are aware of the existence of sanctions documents at EU headquarters, some of which have even fallen into their hands,” a source told Ma’ariv. When US President Barack Obama said on numerous occasions recently that the US will have a difficult time defending Israel in international forums, he is referring especially to “the sanctions file” against Israel, which is waiting at EU headquarters.

The Americans are facing a difficult dilemma. JPost

Most Americans Believe America Is In Moral Decline

Right now, do you think the state of moral values in the country as a whole is getting better or getting worse?

Most Americans believe the state of moral values in the United States is getting worse, according to a Gallup poll.

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Throw out absolute morality then embrace, promote, and teach relative morality, do not expect society to progress to something beyond base humanism.

 

 

Abortions Declining In Nearly All States

abortiondictionarySince 2010 there has been a nationwide decrease in abortions of about 12 percent.  All but two states saw a decrease in abortions.  Michigan and Louisiana since 2010  are two states that saw increases in abortions.

Abortions have declined in states where new laws make it harder to have them — but they’ve also waned in states where abortion rights are protected, an Associated Press survey finds. Nearly everywhere, in red states and blue, abortions are down since 2010.

Explanations vary. Abortion-rights advocates attribute it to expanded access to effective contraceptives and a drop in unintended pregnancies. Some foes of abortion say there has been a shift in societal attitudes, with more women choosing to carry their pregnancies to term.

Several of the states that have been most aggressive in passing anti-abortion laws — including Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, and Oklahoma — have seen their abortion numbers drop by more than 15 percent since 2010. But more liberal states such as New York, Washington and Oregon also had declines of that magnitude, even as they maintained unrestricted access to abortion. WashingtonPost

 

Israeli Christians Launch Emergency Aid For Persecuted Middle East Christians

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Father Gabriel Naddaf

Israeli Christians have launched the Emergency Mission for Christians in the Middle East to aid persecuted Christians in that region.

Israeli Christians leaders have launched a new group called the Emergency Mission for Christians in the Middle East to take action on behalf of persecuted Christians in that region.

“It is a dark time in the Middle East… extreme Islamist ideology has taken hold in the Middle East and is on a mission to destroy our Christian history, culture and identity,” said Father Gabriel Naddaf, chairman of the Christian Empowerment Council and one of the new group’s organizers.

“We must act to help, showing our love and care for our Christian sisters and brothers in the Middle East,” Naddaf added.

According to Naddaf, the group is relying on donations to provide “immediate aid to persecuted and victimized Christians across the Middle East.”

This will include medical aid kits, humanitarian supplies, food, survival equipment, training for volunteers, summer camps for refugees’ children, and a medical care truck in Iraq.

The group will work together with the Israeli aid organization Rescuers Without Borders, which was founded in 2005 “to provide assistance to the local population in Israel and the Palestinian territories.” Rescuers Without Borders has since expanded to “save and improve” lives across the world utilizing hundreds of rescuers, EMTs, doctors, nurses, psychologists, and ophthalmologists across 12 international hubs.

“It’s our duty to help the survival of Christianity in such a dark time in the Middle East. Each donation counts, no matter how small, to help those who are suffering and to help save lives,” Naddaf said.JNS

Franklin Graham Pulls Bank Accounts From Wells Fargo

After the Wells Fargo bank released an ad depicting a lesbian couple adopting a child, Christian evangelist Franklin Graham has called for Christians to boycott businesses that promote sin.

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Usually a company’s ad promotes the company to everyone in a general way, appeal to everyone.   A business can advertise as they choose, and people can choose not to do business with them.

Lebanon, PA School District Holds Staff Training, Joins Prayer Service At Islamic Mosque

Dozens of teachers and administrators in Pennsylvania’s Lebanon School District recently attended a taxpayer-funded in-service workshop at a local mosque to learn about Islam and Arabic culture.

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Separation of church and state?  Next week are they visiting St Anthony’s Coptic Church?  Usually attendance is required at employee in-service workshops.

About 50 staffers from the district attended an in-service workshop Monday led by former district Arabic translator Mohamed Omar, who “took time off from his new job as a case worker for the Department of Human Services in Philadelphia to share his knowledge of Islam with the staff, which included Superintendent Marianne Bartley and several other administrators,” the Lebanon Daily News reports.

The workshop started off at the high school where Omar discussed the differences and similarities between the education systems in the U.S. and Arab countries. Afterward, they headed to the nearby Lebanon Valley Mosque to delve into the Islamic religion and join a prayer service with the congregation, according to the news site. eagnews