Denying What Is Fundamentally True

seenoevilMany in the west are denying what is fundamentally true. Those with a secular worldview are not acknowledging or understanding those who operate out of a theological worldview.

The rise of terrorism is driven in large part by those who believe themselves to be adherents to Islam and Islamic theology.

After a Danish movie director at a seminar on “Art, Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression” and a Danish Jew guarding a synagogue were shot dead in Copenhagen, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the prime minister of Denmark, uttered a familiar trope:

“We are not in the middle of a battle between Islam and the West. It’s not a battle between Muslims and non-Muslims. It’s a battle between values based on the freedom of the individual and a dark ideology.”

This statement — with its echoes of President Obama’s vague references to “violent extremists” uncoupled from the fundamentalist Islam to which said throat-cutting extremists pledge allegiance — scarcely stands up to scrutiny. It is empty talk.

Across a wide swath of territory, in Iraq, in Syria, in Afghanistan, in Pakistan, in Yemen, the West has been or is at war, or near-war, with the Muslim world, in a failed bid to eradicate a metastasizing Islamist movement of murderous hatred toward Western civilization.

To call this movement, whose most potent recent manifestation is the Islamic State, a “dark ideology” is like calling Nazism a reaction to German humiliation in World War I: true but wholly inadequate. There is little point in Western politicians rehearsing lines about there being no battle between Islam
and the West, when in all the above-mentioned countries tens of millions of Muslims, with much carnage as evidence, believe the contrary.  Read more at the NYTimes.

“The president is ignoring the fact that these are Islamic extremists. These are terrorists. And ISIS is a terrorist organization. And they are bent on destroying the West.  They’ve already said they want the flag of Islam to fly over the White House.”

“The president,  his entire life his whole influence has been Islam. His mother was married to a Muslim. His father is a Muslim. Then she married a man from Indonesia.  He was raised in Indonesia. Went to Islamic schools. I assume she was a Muslim. So, his whole life experiences have been surrounded by Islam. He only knows Islam.  And, he’s given a pass to Islam. He’s refusing to accept and understand the evil that is in front of him.”

 

White House Refused Information to Jordan and Egypt on ISIS Targets

Oliver North told Greta Greta Van Susteren that the governments of Egypt and Jordan have asked the U.S. to relay to them information on ISIS targets.  Egypt asked for information on ISIS targets in Libya.  Jordan asked for information on ISIS in Syria after the Jordanian pilot was burned alive.  Both  request were refused by the current White House administration.

After the Jordanian pilot, Lt. Moath al-Kasasbeh, was burned alive by ISIS terrorists Israel and Jordan have shown signs of smoothing over their recent tensions.  For support Jordan could expand its close intelligence relationship with Israel.

And while Israel isn’t a member of the anti-ISIS coalition and isn’t actively combating the group, Israeli officials have said they consider ISIS a regional threat. That threat is only becoming more real as heavy fighting rages along the Israeli-held Golan Heights, where stray artillery fire has hit in recent months. The Israeli military has become increasingly focused on its border with Syria in recent months, concerned that the civil war could spillover as Hezbollah, which is fighting alongside the Syrian government, is gaining territory in Syria alongside the Israeli border.

As Israel looks to Syria with a more watchful eye, Jordan is becoming even more committed and determined to defeating ISIS. Jordan’s resolve was only strengthened by the brutal murder of one of its pilots and public support for the fight has swelled in the aftermath.

Now, Jordan could be looking to expand its role and it could lean its close intelligence relationship with Israel for support.

Israel has already flown drone sorties over the Jordanian-Syrian border to help Jordan thwart potential attacks from ISIS. But that and other intelligence assistance could be the extent of Israeli support, said Israeli officials who promise to be “as supportive as we can be” of the Jordanians.

And the Washington Institute’s David Schenker, the Pentagon’s former top policy aide on the Levant, said it may be difficult for Israel to provide even more support to bolster an already stalwart relationship. Israel is certainly committed though, viewing the Jordanian monarchy as a bastion of stability, he added.

“The relationship between the Jordanian military establishment and Israel is deep. It is very deep,” Schenker said. KVIA-ABC

What It Is Really Like For Jews In Paris

Journalist Zvika Klean from NRG, silently walked the streets of Paris for 10 hours wearing a yarmulke.  The hidden camera footage shows antisemitism is rife in Paris, France.

For 10 hours I quietly walked down the streets and suburbs of Paris, with photographer Dov Belhassen documenting the day using a GoPro camera hidden in his backpack. Given the tensions in Paris, which is still reeling from a wave of terrorist attacks (including the murder of Charlie Hebdo magazine journalists), I was assigned a bodyguard.

Areas known as tourist attractions were relatively calm, but the further from them we walked, the more anxious I became over the hateful stares, the belligerent remarks, and the hostile body language.  The Blaze

Russian Hackers Steal $1 Billion From Banks

Illustration file picture shows a man typing on a computer keyboard in WarsawRussian hackers may have committed the biggest ever cybercrime, with up to $1 billion missing from banks around the world.

A hacking ring has stolen up to $1 billion from banks around the world in what would be one of the biggest banking breaches known, a cybersecurity firm says in a report scheduled to be delivered Monday.

The hackers have been active since at least the end of 2013 and infiltrated more than 100 banks in 30 countries, according to Russian security company Kaspersky Lab.

After gaining access to banks’ computers through phishing schemes and other methods, they lurk for months to learn the banks’ systems, taking screen shots and even video of employees using their computers, the company says.

Once the hackers become familiar with the banks’ operations, they use that knowledge to steal money without raising suspicions, programming ATMs to dispense money at specific times or setting up fake accounts and transferring money into them, according to Kaspersky.  Read more at CSMonitor

Egypt Calls For International Intervention In Libya

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In the chaos of Libya terrorist fighters have declared an affiliation with ISIS and risen to dominate in several Libyan cities. Egypt has called for international intervention in Libya, Italy says it is prepared to lead international action .  Libya was an Italian colony until 1947.  The distance between Italy and Libya is 271 miles (436 km).

Egypt Retaliates

isis-message-coptOn Sunday, ISIS  released a gruesome video of the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya.  The man had been abducted from Sirte.  On Saturday is was reported that a second group of 21 Egyptians had been kidnapped in Libya – this time from Misrata, reported the Telegraph.

Egyptian Copts form the largest Christian community in the Middle East, accounting for an estimated 10 per cent of the population. There are an estimated six to 11 million members.

The majority belong to the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, which according to tradition was established by Saint Mark in the 1st Century, approximately AD 42, while the remainder are divided between the Coptic Catholic church and various (smaller) Coptic Protestant churches…

Why have Isis claimed to have targeted them?

The video, titled ‘A message signed in blood to the people of the cross’, makes reference to the “hostile Egyptian Church”. It also claims to be a response to the alleged treatment of Camilla Shehata, the wife of a Coptic priest whose alleged conversion in 2010 sparked a sectarian dispute. Isis, also known as the Islamic State, claim that the women was held against her will, post conversion.

Specifically, the men involved in the video claim that these “crusaders” will have their blood mixed in the “sea you have hidden Sheikh Osama bin Laden’s body in”.

Online:  Egypt’s Coptic Christians: Who are they – and why have then been targeted by Isis in beheading video?

Franklin Graham:  “The militant Islamic terrorist group ISIS has released a video called A MESSAGE SIGNED WITH BLOOD TO THE NATION OF THE CROSS showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians who had been kidnapped in Libya. Can you imagine the outcry if 21 Muslims had been beheaded by Christians? Where is the universal condemnation by Muslim leaders around the world? As we mourn with the families of those 21 martyrs, we’d better take this warning seriously as these acts of terror will only spread throughout Europe and the United States. If this concerns you like it does me, share this. The storm is coming.”

Pope Francis:  “I would now like to turn to my native tongue to express feelings of profound sorrow. Today I read about the execution of those twenty-one or twenty-two Coptic Christians. Their only words were: “Jesus, help me!”. They were killed simply for the fact that they were Christians.

You, my brother, in your words referred to what is happening in the land of Jesus. The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a testimony which cries out to be heard. It makes no difference whether they be Catholics, Orthodox, Copts or Protestants. They are Christians! Their blood is one and the same. Their blood confesses Christ. As we recall these brothers and sisters who died only because they confessed Christ, I ask that we encourage each another to go forward with this ecumenism which is giving us strength, the ecumenism of blood. The martyrs belong to all Christians.”

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Egypt on Monday launched airstrikes against ISIS targets in Libya.

 

3 Shootings In Copenhagen

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Police Officer Standing Guard in Copenhagen.

The first shooting happened at 4 pm. At a Danish free speech event there was a terrorist attack. The organizer of the event was Swedish artist Lars Vilks.  He

Lars Vilks had previously faced attacks for drawing a caricature of Mohammed as a dog in 2007.Swedish.  Vilks had received death threats from Muslims since he drew a cartoon of Mohammad’s head on the body a dog.

The terrorist attack happened when a event speaker was is talking about free speech.  1 person was killed and 3 police officers wounded.  The shooter was described as Middle Eastern.  The gunman fled in a carjacked Volkswagen Polo.

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ISIS Terrorist In Three Words

gwbushuniversityFormer President George W. Bush spoke at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, in a question and answer session with three words he summed up the recent actions of ISIS.

“Evil is real.”

“There is no light grey,” the former president added. “Murdering innocent people to move a political point of view has been, is and always will be evil.”  The Blaze

Islamic State Sprouting Limbs

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Mideast Crescent Map from http://www.think-israel.org

The influence of ISIS is spreading and destabilizing countries around it.  In Libya the parading of and slaughter of twenty-one Egyptian Christians by a Libyan branch ISIS.  Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, an Al-Qaeda-inspired terrorist group, pledged allegiance to ISIS and has become the Sinai Province of ISIS launching a string of deadly attacks  against the secrutiy forces of the Egypitian government in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula.

The Islamic State is expanding beyond its base in Syria and Iraq to establish militant affiliates in Afghanistan, Algeria, Egypt and Libya, American intelligence officials assert, raising the prospect of a new global war on terror.

Intelligence officials estimate that the group’s fighters number 20,000 to 31,500 in Syria and Iraq. There are less formal pledges of support from ‘probably at least a couple hundred extremists’ in countries such as Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Yemen, according to an American counterterrorism official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss confidential information about the group.

Lt. Gen. Vincent R. Stewart, the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, said in an assessment this month that the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, was ‘beginning to assemble a growing international footprint.’ …

The sudden proliferation of Islamic State affiliates and loyalist fighters motivated the White House’s push to give Mr. Obama and his successor new authority to pursue the group wherever its followers emerge …

The Islamic State began attracting pledges of allegiance from groups and individual fighters after it declared the formation of a caliphate, or religious state, in June 2014. Counterterrorism analysts say it is using Al Qaeda’s franchise structure to expand its geographic reach, but without Al Qaeda’s rigorous, multiyear application process. This could allow its franchises to grow faster, easier and farther…

The Islamic State’s attraction, even in the West, was proved when Amedy Coulibaly, one of the gunmen in the Paris terrorist attacks last month, declared allegiance to the group.  Read more at the NYTimes

Detroit Police Help Hard-Walkin’ Man Move To Safer Home

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James Robertson

James Robertson, the Detroit man who walks 21 miles to and from work every day received an outpouring of support, a new Ford car and fundraising of $350,00 has been moved to a safer home by Detroit police.   The police did not just move him they packed his belongings also.

“In Robertson’s meeting with police, Pollock said, “They had four officers talking to him, warning him about his situation, (and then) five officers with garbage bags went to his house” to remove Robertson’s belongings from the second-story apartment for which the molding-machine operator paid $220 a week in rent for years, Pollock said”, reported the  Detroit Free Press.

This says a lot about the character and morality of the people in his city and neighborhood, especially those who know him. None of it complimentary.

The Detroiter who stunned the world with Olympian walks to his suburban factory job — and stunned himself by attracting gifts of a new car and $350,000 in donations — abruptly moved Tuesday to a location he felt was safer, police said.

James Robertson, 56, was helped by Detroit police to move just minutes after crime-prevention specialists offered him temporary living quarters, Detroit police Capt. Aric Tosqui said.

“We had a meeting with him (and) he expressed interest that he did not feel safe,” said Tosqui, commanding officer of the 3rd Precinct…

People were actually asking him for money,” 2nd Deputy Chief June West said. Robertson has yet to receive any of the cash, raised in just a week of Internet donations to a GoFundMe.com page, according to page creator Evan Leedy…

Driving Robertson’s decision was news that last week Detroit police arrested a man charged in the killing of an 86-year-old Detroiter who disappeared in December, three days after the elderly man was said to have won $20,000 in a lottery game, police said.

“He knew about that story, and I also know about an incident in the 1st Precinct where a gentleman was killed after he allegedly won some money,” Tosqui said. “In those two examples, no one approached the department. But if somebody won the lottery tomorrow and contacted us, we would look at the situation in the same way and see what we could do,” he said.  Detroit Free Press

Open Doors 2015 Watch List

bible-black-and-white-mdInternational Christian charity Open Doors has published its annual World Watch List ranking the top 50 countries where Christians are persecuted.  This year’s World Watch List reveals the fact that persecution of Christians worldwide has increased in more countries and with more intensity than before. The shark increase of persecution of Christians in the Middle East threatens the demise of Christianity in the region.

Topping the list for the 13th consecutive year in a row  is North Korea.  The most rapid growth of persecution was seen in Africa,  while targeted attacks in the Middle East resulted in a mass exodus of Christians.   Open Doors Watch List

Last month, Open Doors released its 2015 World Watch List, an annual survey of the most dangerous and difficult places in the world to be a Christian. This year’s report uncovered some startling and worrisome trends. In every region of the world — Africa, Asia and even in the Americas — persecution of Christians is growing. There was not one country on the 2015 list that decreased its acts of violence and persecution from the previous year. The escalation of violence over the past year was so great that the threshold used to create the list had to be increased. With nearly twice the number of Christians persecuted over the previous year, it’s clear why Christians should be very concerned.

What may not be as clear is why everyone else should care.

What all Americans must understand is this: Ending the persecution of Christians is not just morally right; it is in our national interest. When we promote and defend freedom of religious expression throughout the world we are making the world safer for oppressed peoples, we are promoting a value that keeps extremism of any kind in check.

After 13 years of creating the World Watch List in its modern form, Open Doors has observed that the persecution of Christians is a lead harbinger for discord in the wider society. If history teaches us anything, it is to pay attention to the signs that warn of geopolitical upheaval; in particular, the restriction of religious minority groups.  When religious minorities are first marginalized within a society, then targeted for attacks without notice from the free societies around the world, a purge is the next logical step in the mind of extremists.

For example, more than a decade ago, Christians in Iraq worshipped in relative peace. Even under the brutal dictatorship of Saddam Hussein, they faced no greater threat to their freedom than the general population of Iraq. But now Iraq ranks third on the World Watch List as one of the most brutal places for expression of the Christian faith.

Online: Persecution of Christians a significant indicator of future world chaos

Hubble Telescope Spots Giant Space Smiley

The Hubble telescope spotted this smiley face in space.

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Although the image resembles a smiley face it is a photo of galaxy cluster SDSS J1038+4849, the two orange eyes are two galaxies.

In the centre of this image, taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, is the galaxy cluster SDSS J1038+4849 — and it seems to be smiling.

You can make out its two orange eyes and white button nose. In the case of this “happy face”, the two eyes are very bright galaxies and the misleading smile lines are actually arcs caused by an effect known as strong gravitational lensing.

Galaxy clusters are the most massive structures in the Universe and exert such a powerful gravitational pull that they warp the spacetime around them and act as cosmic lenses which can magnify, distort and bend the light behind them. This phenomenon, crucial to many of Hubble’s discoveries, can be explained by Einstein’s theory of general relativity.

In this special case of gravitational lensing, a ring — known as an Einstein Ring — is produced from this bending of light, a consequence of the exact and symmetrical alignment of the source, lens and observer and resulting in the ring-like structure we see here. SpaceTelescope