D.C.’s New Museum Of The Bible Includes Lots Of Tech — But Not A Lot Of Jesus

Did the museum-creators forget what the Bible is all about?

“Jesus is also curiously not central to the museum’s presentation of the biblical story.”

God’s word seems to have been watered down in the new Museum of the Bible, according to a press preview of the Washington DC monument to Christianity due to open Nov. 17.

“The museum doesn’t encourage visitors to take the Bible literally or to believe that the Bible has only one correct form. And on floor after gleaming floor of exhibitions, there is very little Jesus,” the Washington Post reported.

“This isn’t the evangelism that the billionaire Green family first promised a decade ago when they set out to build a museum dedicated to Scripture.”

The museum’s mission was to “bring to life the living word of God” and “to inspire confidence in the absolute authority” of the Bible.NewsMax

Shift to tech and toward neutrality

“The museum has fence posts — limits,” said Steve Green, the museum chairman and the CEO of his parents’ Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. “It doesn’t overtly say the Bible is good — that the Bible is true.

“That’s not its role. Its role is to present facts and let people make their own decisions.”

The museum boasts of “an unparalleled experience, using cutting-edge technology to bring the Bible to life.” NewsMax

Left out some facts

According to TheBlaze.com, some critics have pointed out that Jesus seems to be oddly absent from the museum’s many displays on the “history, narrative, and impact of the Bible.”

Writing for The Washington Post, Michelle Boorstein, Julie Zauzmer, and Sarah Pulliam Bailey note, “Jesus is also curiously not central to the museum’s presentation of the biblical story. Visitors walk through a multi-room saga of the Old Testament, and they can visit a re-creation of a 1st-century village in Galilee where actors will tell them what the villagers think of this controversial preacher Jesus. They can watch a movie about John the Baptist. But the story of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection is almost absent.”  ChristianHeadlines

Hurricane Ophelia Creates Phenomenon In Britain’s Skies

Hurricane Ophelia – Ireland and the United Kingdom

With Tropical Storm Ophelia’s transition to Hurricane Ophelia on Wednesday, 2017 became the first year in more than a century — and only the fourth on record — in which 10 Atlantic storms in a row reached hurricane strength. NYTimes

Britain was cast in an eerie Martian gloom as Saharan dust whipped across the Atlantic by Hurricane Ophelia shrouded the sun turning skies over the nation red.

The storm is believed to have picked up dust from North Africa and debris from forest fires in Spain and Portugal as it travelled towards the UK. 

Skies over London have been covered in a murky orange haze as the desert dust mixes with clouds, offering residents in the capital a stark contrast to the grey that usually greets them at this time of year.  DailyMail

Roman Theater And Western Wall Section Uncovered After 1,700 year

Wow!

Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), archaeologists for two years have undertaken excavations of the Western Wall tunnels in Jerusalem, the goal was to date Wilson’s Arch.  They have unearthed an ancient Roman 200-seat theater and massive eight stone course (layers of cut stone) of the Western Wall. Continue reading “Roman Theater And Western Wall Section Uncovered After 1,700 year”

Newsweek Labels Christian Org. Values Voter Summit As A ‘Hate Group’ Ahead Of President Trump Appearance

Actual Newsweek Headline: “Donald Trump To Speak At Hate Group’s Annual Event, A First For A President”

The ‘hate group’ is the Christian, Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit.

The source Newsweek used to condemn a Christian Org. as a “hate group” was the radically Left and incredibly biased source the Southern Poverty Law Center. Continue reading “Newsweek Labels Christian Org. Values Voter Summit As A ‘Hate Group’ Ahead Of President Trump Appearance”

Trump Administration Defines Life As Beginning At Conception

HHS updated plan states:  “HHS accomplishes its mission through programs and initiatives that cover a wide spectrum of activities, serving Americans at every stage of life, beginning at conception.”

President Donald Trump’s administration signaled its commitment to protecting life again this week in a proposed Department of Health and Human Services strategic plan.

The plan states that HHS will serve Americans at “every stage of life, beginning at conception” and up through “natural death,” Opposing Views reports. While the new language will not affect abortion laws, it will help direct public policy under the Trump administration during the next four years….

It is well accepted in the scientific community that a unique, new human life begins at the moment of conception. When the sperm and egg join, they form a totally separate, living human being with his or her own unique DNA. Biology textbooks, medical experts and even some abortion advocates accept this as a basic fact.

And now so does the HHS. The draft of the HHS strategic plan refers to the full span of human life several times.

Under the goal to to “Reform, Strengthen and Modernize the Nation’s Health Care,” it states: “HHS seeks to improve health care outcomes for people we serve. While we may refer to the people we serve as beneficiaries, enrollees, patients or consumers, our ultimate goal is to improve healthcare outcomes for all people, including the unborn, across healthcare settings.” [Emphasis added]

And in the section “Strengthen the Economic and Social Well-Being of Americans across the Lifespan,” HHS promises to “serve all Americans from conception to natural death.”  LifeNews

The Zionists are Coming! Panic at San Francisco State University

Rabab Adulhadi and other anti-Israel activists are in a panic as they face opposition.  During a recent San Francisco State University (SFSU) conference, there was a lot of hand-wringing over a petition to end SFSU’s partnership with the terrorist-friendly An-Najah University in the West Bank.

Click here to sign a petition calling for San Francisco State University (SFSU) to end its Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with An-Najah University in the West Bank. I

Rabab Abdulhadi is a SFSU professor, founding member of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (BDS), and behind the  Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between her school and terrorist-friendly An-Najah University in the West Bank.

No longer will activists posing as academics to push an illiberal agenda go unopposed.

In the fevered imagination of the academic left, these are dark days at San Francisco State University (SFSU). Speakers at a two-day conference, “Rights and Wrongs: A Constitution and Citizenship Day Conference at San Francisco State University,” described a campus where a “corporatist” administration is at war with its faculty; Arab-American professors are afraid to walk alone on campus; ethnic student organizations are consigned to the dank student center basement; “Zionists” lie in wait to pounce on innocent, beleaguered proponents of “Palestine”; and “white supremacy” rules. All at one of the most radical universities in the nation.

Leading these lamentations was the director of SFSU’s Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative (AMED), Rabab Abdulhadi, whose anti-Israel activism is coming back to haunt her. In addition to being named in a Lawfare Project (LP) lawsuit against SFSU alleging “anti-Semitism and overt discrimination against Jewish students,” she is at the heart of a Middle East Forum/Campus Watch campaign to end the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) she brokered between SFSU and An-Najah University, a hotbed of anti-Semitism and radicalism in the West Bank.

The conference was held on the top floor of the bustling Cesar Chavez Student Center—adorned by murals of Malcolm X and Edward Said—in spacious, light-filled Jack Adams Hall. A bulletin board near the entrance displayed a flyer calling for the removal of San Francisco’s Pioneer Monument, which it dubbed a “monument to white supremacy!” Conference programs featured a graphic of President Donald Trump’s silhouette balanced with a white fist on a scale of justice.

The audience of mostly students and small clusters of faculty ranged from a sparse fifty to sixty for the panel “Academic Freedom for Whom? Islamophobia, Palestine, and Campus Politics,” to around 250—many sitting on the floor after the seats quickly filled up—for “Muslims, Mexicans, and the Politics of Exclusion.”Full article at MEForum

Hamas And Fatah Sign Preliminary Reconciliation Deal Over Control Of Gaza Strip

Egyptian-brokered talks between rival Palestinian factions are being held under the direct auspices of Egyptian President  el-Sisi (the meeting was proposed and supported by President Trump.)

He [el-Sisi] wants a deal to permanently halt the movement of militants between Gaza and Sinai, where an Islamic State affiliate has damaged Egypt’s tourist industry as well as the broader recovery El-Sisi wants to portray. Ending the rift in Palestinian ranks could also ease Gaza’s suffering and bolster their hand in future peace talks with Israel. Put together, they point to an assertive Egypt looking to reclaim its role as a regional powerhouse.

There’s the “sense of wanting to re-establish Egyptian leadership and foreign policy activism — putting Egypt back in its rightful place,” said Michael Wahid Hanna, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation in Washington. Bloomberg

Previous attempts at reconciliation between the two sides were unveiled with fanfare and declarations of unity, only to quickly end.

Pressure on Hamas

“The Egyptians have certainly put a lot of pressure on Hamas, but they’re under no illusions about the possibility of this agreement’s early demise,” Eran Lerman, a lecturer at Shalem College in Jerusalem and a former member of Israel’s National Security Council, said. Bloomberg

In June, Egpyt put pressure on Hamas to distance itself from Iran.  Egypt also demanded that Hamas not express support for Qatar.

Relations between Iran and Hamas cooled due to differences over the conflict in Syria.  In 2017, Iran agreed in principle to renew its funding for the Hamas terror group, stated the Times of Israel.

International largesse from Europe, American, NGOs… goes to the Palestinian Authority.   It is supposed to use the money for all the Palestinians including those in Gaza, which it uses it uses to assert authority in Gaza.

Beginning in April and during the summer the PA stopped paying the Gaza utility bills to Israel.  The PA also cut the pay by 30 percent of Gaza government officials and workers who do not work but have remained on the payroll.

Fatah then sent a stark message to Hamas: Reconcile and allow the Palestinian Authority to assume control in Gaza, or manage alone.

“Part of this is Abbas showing he is in control and he is the boss,” said Mahdi Abdul Hadi, director of the Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs, an independent research institute in East Jerusalem. “The message to Hamas is: If you want to govern it, take it.”  NYTimes

Hamas holds few cards.   Egypt keeps the Rafah border crossing in Gaza mostly closed.   Qatar reduced funding to Hamas and Iran has only discussed the renewal of funding.

Preliminary  Deal

Hopes for the agreement, signed under the watchful eye of Egyptian intelligence, were tempered by the knowledge that many previous Palestinian initiatives have failed. Yet there is optimism that this time may be different, partly because the stakes are so much higher.

Hamas, which controls Gaza and has fought Israel three times, said it was ready to cede control of Gaza’s borders and allow the rival Palestinian Authority to effectively take over the day-to-day running of the territory.

Continue reading “Hamas And Fatah Sign Preliminary Reconciliation Deal Over Control Of Gaza Strip”

U.S. Pulling Out Of UNESCO Over Concerns Of ‘Anti-Israel Bias’

USA News reported the United States will pull out of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at the end of next year.

The Trump administration cited concerns of an “anti-Israel bias” and other problems at the United Nations cultural organization.  An official statement released by the State Department:  “This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects U.S. concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organization, and continuing anti-Israel bias at UNESCO.”

The withdrawal is mostly symbolic as USA Today notes that the U.S. has not funded UNESCO since 2011 after it voted to include Palestine.

UNESCO has fueled anti-Jewish incitement and violence.  It has denied Jewish and cultural rights in Israel.  It has become absurd and a platform for political clashes and no longer does the work of its stated objectives – “for the purpose of advancing, through the educational and scientific and cultural relations of the peoples of the world, the objectives of international peace and of the common welfare of mankind f”

Two ‘Dreamers’ Caught Smuggling Illegal Aliens Into U.S.

Lacking respect for U.S. laws.

Two young illegal immigrant “Dreamers” in the U.S. under protection of the Obama-era DACA deportation amnesty were caught smuggling illegal immigrants in separate incidents in Texas, authorities announced Thursday.

The arrests come at a time when Congress is debating what to do about Dreamers, and the arrests could complicate the picture painted of Dreamers as law-abiding standouts who are victims of circumstance.

Customs and Border Protection said the first smuggling attempt was broken up on Oct. 4, after Border Patrol agents stopped a car at a checkpoint on Interstate 35 and discovered two illegal immigrants from Brazil hiding in the trunk.

The driver of the car was from Guatemala, a juvenile who had been approved by the Obama administration for a DACA permit in 2016.

Three days later the same checkpoint snared another DACA recipient from Mexico smuggling an illegal immigrant from Mexico in his trunk.

Neither of the Dreamers’ names were released.

They and the illegal immigrants they were trying to smuggle are all being processed for deportation, CBP said.

To qualify for the DACA program illegal immigrants must assert they were brought to the U.S. as children and have kept a relatively clean record.

Immigrant-smuggling violates the terms of the agreement, as does gang membership or other serious crimes of violence. WashingtonTimes

Louisiana Sheriff’s Office Boycotts Ford Over Its NFL Support

The Ford Motor Company inserting themselves into this anti-American ludicrousness by NFL players (whose average arrest is one NFL player every 7 days for a violent crime) is a lose-lose situation.

Ford Motor Co., a major NFL sponsor, said in a statement it does “respect individuals’ rights to express their views, even if they are not ones we share. That’s part of what makes America great.” AutoNews

Sheriff Julian Whittington:  “Yes, the NFL players have a right to protest as they deem necessary, but we … have a right to spend our money elsewhere.”  DailyWire

In 2016 and 2017 the sheriff’s office purchased 29 vehicles from Hixson Autoplex, spending $747,132.  ShreveportNews

The letter, addressed to Hixson Ford of Alexandria, reads:

The Bossier Sheriff’s Office has, for many years now, enjoyed a pleasurable business relationship with your community. Ford vehicles have been greatly utilized with the law enforcement community both for us and throughout the entire United States. Ford has been a part of American history, and has stood for American values. However, the recent events surrounding the NFL, its players and their audacity to thumb their collective noses at the American Flag, the American military as well as their obvious disdain for the profession of law enforcement in general; forces me to take a stand.

The Bossier Sheriff’s Office will no longer purchase Ford products as long as Ford sides with those who have no regard for the men and women who protect and serve this great nation. Yes, the NFL players have a right to protest as they deem necessary, but we, the Bossier Sheriff’s Office and the taxpayers of Bossier Parish have a right to spend our money elsewhere. I realize that Ford Motor Co. has made this decision and may not necessarily be supported by your company, but, you are our dealer. It is my hope that this letter will cause you to encourage Ford Motor Co. to change their advertising choice and cease to support the NFL with advertising dollars until the NFL leadership demands its players show proper respect for our nation’s colors.

I will be sending a copy of this letter to each of the 63 other Sheriffs in the State of Louisiana, the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association President, the National Sheriff’s Association President, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police, encouraging them to take a similar stand where Ford products are concerned. We can no longer stand by idly by and allow similar the fabric of this country to be dismantled. The men and women of law enforcement make it possible for the Ford Motor Co. to do business in a safe and secure environment. It’s time they took a stand for each of them

U.S. Consul To Fund Restoration Of Israel’s Ancient Solomon Pools

Solomon’s Pools are three ancient reservoirs located in the West Bank near Bethlehem, which provided water to Jerusalem during the Second Temple Era.

One of Solomon’s pools in the West Bank.

The construction of the pools surrounded by pine trees is attributed to King Solomon who built the pools in the 2nd or 1st century BC.  King Herod completed the second phase of the pool construction to carry water to his fortress at Herodium.

The pools may have been mentioned in the Book of Ecclesiastes 2.6 when King Solomon says, “I made ponds of water for myself from which to irrigate a forest of growing trees.”

It is believed one of the Solomon pools is mentioned in John 9:1-11, in which Jesus commands a blind man to wash mud from his eyes in the pool of Siloam so he may be healed.

 “and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went away and washed, and came back seeing.” John 9:7

This is fine if the money is kept track of.

Ancient pools that provided water to Jerusalem around the time of Jesus and the Second Temple are to be restored in a $750,000 project funded by the United States, officials said Tuesday.

The three Solomon’s Pools near Bethlehem in the West Bank were built by Herod the Great around 2,000 years ago and were key sources of water for the Second Temple and the city, according to archaeologists.

An aqueduct carried the water from the pools to Jerusalem 21 kilometers away (13 miles).

In the 2,000 years since, they have fallen into disrepair and only two of the three are full with water, with the oldest one in poor condition…

The US Consulate in Jerusalem, which has provided the funds for renovations, hopes to see the pools become part of a major tourism site in the West Bank.

“This project is about more than just protecting history. It is about protecting the lives and livelihoods of the people living here today,” US Consul General Donald Blome said…

The grant comes at a time when US President Donald Trump is trying to convince Palestinian and Israeli leaders to restart stalled peace negotiations. Economic support to the Palestinians has been a key pillar of such attempts.

“(Trump) has made it clear that a necessary element for the achievement of peace would be unlocking the full potential of the Palestinian economy,” Blome added.  TimesofIsrael

In First Year Of Legalization Canada Reports Nearly 2,000 Assisted Suicide Deaths

People are to be cared for not killed.

The data from Health Canada’s second Interim Report on assisted dying states that there were 1982 reported assisted deaths (1,977 reported euthanasia deaths and five reported assisted-suicide deaths) in the first year (June 17, 2016-June 30, 2017) since legalization. (Image via Euthanasia Prevention Coalition/via LifeSiteNews.com)

There were 167 reported euthanasia deaths in Québec prior to the federal government legalizing assisted death, therefore as of June 30 there have been (1,982 + 167) 2,149 reported assisted deaths in Canada.

Canadian governments have established a self-reporting system, meaning the doctor who carries out the death is the same doctor who reports the death (no oversight of the law) therefore it is possible that under-reporting and abuse of the law occurs. Based on the first Québec government euthanasia report 14 percent of the assisted deaths did not comply with the law.

There have been several stories indicating that there are problems with Canada’s euthanasia law. For instance, Candice Lewis was pressured by doctors to die by euthanasia. Now she is feeling much better.

In late September 2016, Dr. Will Johnston reported on two British Columbia deaths that appear to abuse the euthanasia law.

In November, I was contacted by a man who stated that his Aunt, who died by euthanasia, may only have had a bladder infection.

Canada’s euthanasia law does not protect conscience rights for medical professionals. The Coalition for HealthCare and Conscience launched a legal challenge to the Ontario College of Physicians policy that forces physicians, who oppose killing, to “effectively refer” their patients to a physician who will kill. LifeSite