Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Terrorist Horror, Then Golf: Incongruity Fuels Obama Critics




By PETER BAKER and JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
AUG. 21, 2014




President Obama on Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday. Republicans and Democrats have said his vacation is ill timed. CreditSteven Senne/Associated Press



WASHINGTON — He had just hung up the telephone with the devastated parents before heading in front of the cameras. Unusually emotional, President Obama declared himself “heartbroken” by the brutal murder of an American journalist, James Foley, and vowed to “be relentless” against Islamic radicals threatening to kill another American.

But as soon as the cameras went off, Mr. Obama headed to his favorite golf course on Martha’s Vineyard, where he is on vacation, seemingly able to put the savagery out of his mind. He spent the rest of the afternoon on the links even as a firestorm of criticism erupted over what many saw as a callous indifference to the slaughter he had just condemned

Presidents learn to wall off their feelings and compartmentalize their lives. They deal in death one moment and seek mental and physical relief the next. To make coldhearted decisions in the best interest of the country and manage the burdens of perhaps the most stressful job on the planet, current and former White House officials said, a president must guard against becoming consumed by the emotions of the situations they confront. And few presidents have been known more for cool, emotional detachment than Mr. Obama.





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Yet the juxtaposition of his indignant denunciation of terrorists and his outing on the greens this week underscored the unintended consequences of such a remove. If Mr. Obama hoped to show America’s enemies that they cannot hijack his schedule, he also showed many of his friends in America that he disdains the politics of appearance. He long ago stopped worrying about what critics say, according to aides, and after the outcry over Wednesday’s game, he defied the critics by golfing again on Thursday, his eighth outing in 11 days on the island.

It was all the more striking given that Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain canceled his vacation after the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria released the video showing Mr. Foley’s death because the accent of the masked killer suggested he came from Britain. Former Vice President Dick Cheney told Fox News that Mr. Obama would “rather be on the golf course than he would be dealing with the crisis.”

But the criticism went beyond the usual political opponents. Privately, many Democrats shook their heads at what they considered a judgment error. Ezra Klein, editor in chief of the online news site Vox, who is normally sympathetic to Mr. Obama, wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that “golfing today is in bad taste.” The Daily News published a front-page photograph of a grinning president in a golf cart next to a picture of Mr. Foley’s distraught mother and father under the headline, “Prez tees off as Foley’s parents grieve.”

“As a general rule, I think that he’s right that you can’t be held hostage to the news cycle — the man deserves a bit of downtime,” said Jim Manley, a longtime Democratic strategist. “But in this particular instance, I think a lot of Democrats flinched a little bit.”

The video, Mr. Manley added, “was just so shocking that the idea that he was going to immediately run to the golf course was just a little too much for folks; it was tone-deaf.”

Mr. Obama has traditionally resisted what he sees as the empty political gesture of abruptly upending his schedule in reaction to the latest crisis. Aides said the golf game did not reflect the depth of his grief over Mr. Foley, noting that the president had just spoken with his parents that morning. “His concern for the Foleys and Jim was evident to all who saw and heard his statement,” said Jennifer Palmieri, the White House communications director.

Mr. Obama is not the first president to get in trouble with a golf club in hand. On the course one day in 2002, President George W. Bush delivered a tough-worded statement denouncing a suicide bombing in Israel and then, barely missing a beat, told reporters, “Now, watch this drive.” Mr. Bush later concluded that such scenes sent a bad message, and in the fall of 2003, with the Iraq war raging, he gave up golf for the remainder of his presidency.

What really matters, according to Mr. Obama’s defenders, is not what the president does to blow off steam, but what he does to blow up ISIS. Aides to Republican and Democratic presidents have long argued that the commander in chief is on duty no matter where he is, and that even on vacation, he is receiving briefings, making phone calls and issuing orders. Other presidents have taken vacations during major crises and times of war. This year Mr. Obama has repeatedly interrupted his summer break to deal with Iraq and the racial unrest in Ferguson, Mo.

For Mr. Obama, the video of Mr. Foley’s death is acutely personal because it showed one of three other American civilians held hostage, Steven J. Sotloff, suggesting he would be killed next if the president did not stop bombing ISIS targets in Iraq. “The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision,” the masked killer says while holding the back of Mr. Sotloff’s orange, prison-style shirt.

There could hardly be many more wrenching situations for a president. Sending American troops into harm’s way is difficult enough, but they at least volunteered for duty and are trained for the dangers they confront. The rise of social media has made such life-or-death blackmail all the more horrific. As far as aides knew, Mr. Obama did not watch the ISIS video, and advisers did not think he should.

“That’s got to be exquisitely disturbing,” said Peter D. Feaver, a former national security aide to Mr. Bush and President Bill Clinton, who now teaches at Duke University. “And it’s different than for average Americans who are watching this on television but know there’s nothing they can do. With President Obama, there are things he can do, but he’s concluded that he can’t do them.”

Bruce Hoffman, a terrorism expert at Georgetown University, said ISIS appeared to design its video to instill maximum fear in Mr. Obama and a country it perceives as exhausted by war. Mr. Obama’s forceful response on Wednesday, he said, was “a necessary and important one — that we’re not being intimidated, we’re not backing down.”

Including Mr. Sotloff in the video, Mr. Hoffman added, intensified the direct threat the group was sending the president. “They put the knife in, and they’re trying to twist it by making it personal,” he said.

Former presidents have been the subject of personal appeals from terrorists threatening American lives, from the Iran Embassy seizure under Jimmy Carter to the hijackings of T.W.A. Flight 847 and the Achille Lauro cruise ship under Ronald Reagan.

Mr. Obama, too, has faced this situation before. Warren Weinstein, an American development consultant abducted by Al Qaeda in Pakistan, appealed directly to the president in a video late last year. In May, Mr. Obama authorized a prisoner swap with the Taliban to secure the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after concluding that his life was at risk.

Frances Fragos Townsend, a former counterterrorism adviser to Mr. Bush, said it is important to avoid letting the president become too emotionally involved in such situations, adding that she would not have shown the ISIS video to Mr. Obama. “You fight very hard to not have it be personal,” she said. “You just don’t let them do that. They can use your name, and they can make it personal. But it’s not.”


A version of this article appears in print on August 22, 2014, on page A1 of the New York edition with the headline: A Terrorist Horror, Then Golf: Incongruity Fuels Obama Critics. 


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There will be shouting, with drums, music, and dancing


It is impossible to estimate too largely the work that the Lord will accomplish through His proposed vessels in carrying out His mind and purpose. The things you have described as taking place in Indiana, the Lord has shown me would take place just before the close of probation. Every uncouth thing will be demonstrated. There will be shouting, withd rums, music, and dancing. The senses of rational beings will become so confused that they cannot be trusted to make right decisions. And this is called the moving of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit never reveals itself in such methods, in such a bedlam of noise. This is an invention of Satan to cover up his ingenious methods for making of none effect the pure, sincere, elevating, ennobling, sanctifying truth for this time. Better never have the worship of God blended with music than to use musical instruments to do the work which last January was represented to me would be brought into our camp meetings. The truth for this time needs nothing of this kind in its work of converting souls. A bedlam of noise shocks the senses and perverts that which if conducted aright might be a blessing. The powers of satanic agencies blend with the din and noise, to have a carnival, and this is termed the Holy Spirit’s working.


Selected Messages Book II, p. 36
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Community Joins Together to Celebrate 15th Anniversary of ABMDR






The ABMDR Board of Directors following the award ceremony
Crystal-year Gala attended by hundreds special awards conferred on longtime supporters



LOS ANGELES—Match for Life, the annual Gala of the Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry (ABMDR), celebrated the 15th anniversary of the organization. More than 400 supporters, reflecting a cross section of the Los Angeles Armenian community and including church and community leaders, elected officials, and representatives of various health organizations, attended the jubilant event, which was held on the night of August 10, 2014, at the Glendale Hilton, in Glendale, California.

Featuring a distinguished roster of speakers, the Gala served as a pan-national occasion to salute 15 years of ABMDR achievements, and also honor numerous individuals and organizations for their extraordinary support of its mission. The Gala was made possible by the major sponsorship of Glendale Adventist Medical Center.

Following a cocktail hour and silent auction in the foyer and terrace of the hotel’s Glendale Ballroom, the evening’s main program began inside the hall, with opening remarks delivered by ABMDR Board member and Mistress of Ceremonies Taleen Khatchadurian.

As she welcomed the guests, Khatchadurian acknowledged the presence of several dignitaries and community leaders, including Archbishop Hovnan Derderian of the Western Diocese; Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian of the Western Prelacy; Rev. Joseph Matossian of the Armenian Evangelical Union of North America; Eghia Mansuryan, representing the Consulate of the Republic of Armenia in Los Angeles; former First Lady of Armenia and ABMDR Honorary Chair Dr. Bella Kocharian; Los Angeles City Council member Paul Krekorian; Glendale Mayor Zareh Sinanyan; Burbank Mayor Dr. David Gordon; Glendale City Council members Ara Najarian and Paula Devine; Glendale City Treasurer Rafi Manoukian; Talin Mangioglu, representing California State Senator Carol Liu; Mary Hovagimian, representing Congressman Adam Schiff; Mary Manoukian, representing California State Assemblyman Mike Gatto; Rita Hadjimanoukian, representing Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich; Glendale Adventist Medical Center President and CEO Kevin Roberts; Ramella Markarian, also representing Glendale Adventist Medical Center; Glendale Memorial Hospital President Jack Ivie and Vice President of Business Development David Mauss; Dr. Neena Kapoor of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles; Zaven Kazazian of the Glendale Sunrise Rotary Club; Mr. and Mrs. Robert and Arpi Barsam of Saint James Armenian Church; Armenian American Medical Association President Dr. Serineh Melidonian; Dr. Zarmine Naccashian of the Armenian American Nurses Association; Cochlear Transplant Program Chair Salpi Akaragian; Armenian Relief Society Central Executive Board Chair Vicky Marashlian and Western Region representatives Rita Hintlian and Jasik Jarahian; the Western Diocese Ladies’ Auxiliary Committee; the Western Prelacy Ladies’ Auxiliary Committee; and the Armenian Cycling Association, represented by Jacques Merdkhanian, Armen Hagopian, Artin Shaverdian, and the Nazarian family.




The Gala Committee

The event’s invocation was performed by Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, who subsequently was presented with the 2014 ABMDR Humanitarian Achievement Award, in recognition of his key role in the Western Diocese’s longtime support of the Registry. As he accepted the award, Archbishop Derderian said, “The Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry has been and continues to be a blessing in the life of our community, where we all see the dire need for leadership, sacrifice, and the sharing of divine gifts among people. The ABMDR is a divine mission. Those who become shareholders in this mission are those who become the holy hand of God.”

Taleen Khatchadurian next introduced ABMDR founding members Mark Geragos, Esq., Dr. Frieda Jordan, Dr. Bella Kocharian, and Dr. Sevak Avagyan.

“This organization has thousands of shining facets, not the least of which are its more than 26,000 registered potential donors and 20 facilitated transplants,” Dr. Jordan said as she took the podium. “We sparkle as the Caucasus region’s only Stem Cell Harvesting Center. We shine worldwide as members of top medical associations, presenters at major professional conferences, and – coming up this October – hosts of the prestigious European Federation of Immunogenetics and Histocompatibility meeting in Yerevan for the second time.”

“In this special Crystal Anniversary year, we thank all of you for bringing the spark and sparkle to our work on behalf of ethnic Armenians everywhere who need our help,” Dr. Jordan continued. “With your support, our future is crystal clear.”


From left: Dr. Sevak Avagyan, Dr. Bella Kocharian, Dr. Frieda Jordan, Arch. Hovnan Derderian, Diana Artunian, and Mr. and Mrs. Zareh Sinanyan.

On her part, Dr. Bella Kocharian, ABMDR’s first-ever registered donor, said, “As a physician, I have always been deeply aware of the need for a donor registry dedicated to helping save Armenian lives. And as an Armenian, I remain absolutely in awe of our Registry, considering not only its extraordinary achievements in the past 15 years, but the fact that it has quickly become a genuinely pan-Armenian institution.”

Also delivering remarks was ABMDR Executive Director Dr. Sevak Avagyan, who shared with the audience some of the most recent milestones achieved by the Registry’s lab in Yerevan, in terms of diagnostics, research, cord-blood banking, and pioneering autotransplantation procedures. Dr. Avagyan went on to make a special Crystal-anniversary appeal for grassroots and major benefactor support, “so we can continue our critically important tissue-typing work and provide vital diagnostics for our Armenian patients who cannot afford it,” he said.

The ABMDR Humanitarian Achievement Award was likewise conferred on Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian and Armenian Consul General Dr. Sergey Sarkisov. Accepting the award on behalf of the latter was Eghia Mansuryan of the Consulate.

As he accepted the Humanitarian Achievement Award, Archbishop Mardirossian said: “On this historic night, we express our thanks and gratitude to the Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry’s army of volunteers, who in the past 15 years have served a divine purpose, by helping bring the gift of life to so many. They are the real heroes of this initiative, who have committed themselves to the Registry’s life-saving cause. You have, and continue to be, a blessing for so many of our brothers and sisters, among them little children and young adults fighting life-threatening illnesses. You have brought hope not only to them, but their families. We congratulate you on the 15th anniversary of this worthy service and wish you decades more to come.”




From left: Dr. Sevak Avagyan, Fr. Razmig Khatchadourian, Arch. Moushegh Mardirossian, Dr. Bella Kocharian, and Dr. Frieda Jordan.

Other individuals who were honored during the evening were ABMDR founding members Diana Artunian, Michelle Seyranian, Stepan Vartanian, Frank Melkonian, Dr. Carolann Najarian, and Alvard Petrosyan, as well as the organization’s present Board of Directors, all of whom received the ABMDR Leadership Excellence Award. Delivering remarks on behalf of the Board was Dr. Varoosh Alaverdian, who expressed profound delight at witnessing the continued growth and worldwide outreach of ABMDR.

In addition, Dr. Jordan made a surprise announcement to recognize the invaluable service of longtime supporters Teresa Hacopian, Dalida Keuroghlian, and Carmen Lukassian, while the 2014 Gala Committee, chaired by Naz Atikian, as well as Dr. Vergine Madelian, Fimi Mekhitarian, and Iline Boghoskhanian were honored for their tireless efforts in ensuring the success of the annual flagship event.

The ABMDR Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Marilyn Bazarian, Dee Chorlian, and Hratch Postik; the Team of the Year Award was presented to the USC Armenian Graduate Students’ Association; and the ABMDR Special Pride Award was conferred on Hratch Lukassian and Ashot Manukian.

The Gala also featured a Crystal Candle Ceremony, during which the numerous Crystal Candle sponsors symbolically lit the candles placed on their tables. The ceremony was followed by a moving speech delivered by Alique Topalian. A childhood cancer survivor considered “the true spark that started ABMDR,” Topalian, now 20, said, “Every single person in this room has made this mission possible by contributing to it. This is our fight. This is our cause. I thank my parents and the leadership and volunteers of ABMDR, who have worked so hard to make it a success. I know its next 15 years will be even more successful.”



From left: Alique Topalian, Dr. Bella Kocharian, Michele Seyranian, and Dr. Frieda Jordan.

The Gala was made all the livelier by several musical performances, featuring violinist Artashes Mnatsakanyan and singers Mister X (Arthur Hakobyan) and Anushik Hakobyan.

In the concluding segment of the event, a large Crystal-anniversary cake was cut to the delight of the audience, and the winners of the 2014 ABMDR Lottery were announced following a drawing by the young ABMDR Angels.

Established in 1999, ABMDR, a nonprofit organization, helps Armenians and non-Armenians worldwide survive life-threatening blood-related illnesses by recruiting and matching donors to those requiring bone marrow stem cell transplants. To date, the registry has recruited over 26,000 donors in 20 countries across four continents, identified 2,481 patients, and facilitated 20 bone marrow transplants.

For more information, call (323) 663-3609 or visit abmdr.am.


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Armenian grape-blessing ceremony held at Glendale Adventist chapel







Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate of the Armenian Apostolic Church of the Western United States, center, performs the annual Armenian harvest-time celebration blessing of the grapes at Glendale Adventist Medical Center in Glendale on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. Baskets with about 300 bags of grapes were blessed. (Raul Roa / Staff Photographer / August 12, 2014)


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Photo Gallery: Blessing of the Grapes ceremony in Glendale


By Alicia Banks, alicia.banks@latimes.com

August 14, 2014 | 10:09 a.m.

Arpy Bedrossian has attended the long-cherished Blessing of the Grapes ceremony, one of five major feasts of the Armenian church, since childhood.

And for the past 19 years, she also makes time for the ceremony in the small chapel where she works — Glendale Adventist Medical Center. Bedrossian is the financial adviser for the medical center's healthcare foundation.

Roughly 40 visitors and hospital staff joined Bedrossian for the annual ceremony Wednesday. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate of the Armenian Apostolic Church of the Western United States, led the blessing as he's done for many years.

PHOTOS: Blessing of the Grapes ceremony at Glendale Adventist

The ceremony included hymns and prayers recited in Armenian, coinciding with St. Mary's Armenian Apostolic Church's celebrations later this week.

"The patients are moved by the blessing," Mardirossian said. "They know from the grape, there's wine, symbolizing the blood of our Lord."

During the ceremony, Mardirossian asked God to mentally and physically bless those who would partake of the purple and green grapes.

After the ceremony, Mardirossian, accompanied by the Revs. Vazken Atmajian and Ardak Demirjian of St. Mary's, visited patients, circling around their beds and praying in Armenian.

The visit moved one woman, a patient identified as a fall risk, to tears. Her fingertips wiped away falling tears in between making the sign of the cross with her right hand. Mardirossian placed a golden cross on her head, then on her lips for her to kiss.

Each patient who was visited received a plastic bag of grapes blessed at the morning ceremony.

"I dedicated myself to God and his people 38 years ago," Mardirossian said. "That should be our mission. To serve people."

And that's why Bedrossian said the annual ceremony is so important.

"This has been in our culture for so many years," she said. "It's a wonderful service the hospital provides, giving it to the Armenian community."

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Ben Carson: 'There Is a Fire Lit in Me to Save Our Country'


Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 04:46 PM

By Bill Hoffmann



Dr. Ben Carson says he has "a fire" inside him to rescue the United States from ruin — and he's building a strong political network to lay the groundwork for a possible 2016 presidential run.

"There certainly is a fire lit in me to save our country. I don't know what my role will be in that. Only God knows that, but I'm certainly listening to the people," Carson said Wednesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.




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"I will be very attentive in November to see if people want a country that's forever by the people or forever by the government.

"We're putting an organization, USA First PAC, and working with American Legacy PAC and various organizations to make sure all the ground work is laid."

Carson, former head of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Children's Center, said if he does run, his agenda will move "toward things that help America, not toward things that help a political party."

He said he has been talking to groups of people nationwide about their vision of the United States and what they are willing to do to make it a better place.

"That's the key. What are you willing to do for it? Freedom is not free. It's not a spectator's sport. You have to roll your sleeves up. You have to get involved, otherwise you will lose it," Carson said.

The renowned surgeon, an African American conservative who has never held a political office, has been testing the waters of political support over the past year.

Carson also spoke about the shooting of a black youth by a white cop in Ferguson, Mo., and the subsequent rioting that has rocked the city of 21,000, saying he has been "very disappointed" with news coverage of the turmoil.

"I was hoping that maybe the news media could come to some kind of resolution among themselves and say, 'Can just three of us cover this hour and three of us the next hour?' because they're making this into a media circus," he said.

"That's attracting a lot of outside people who want to come in and get attention. We're finding out now that most of the looters are people from the outside.

"What we should be doing is looking at how we can use this to focus attention where it needs to be focused. We need to be thinking about Detroit, Chicago, New Orleans, Washington D.C., Philadelphia and places where tons of young men are being killed."

Carson said the rise of black on black crime has become a national crisis.

"How many black men were killed by police last year? 100. How many were killed by other black men? 5,000. That's 50 to 1. That's a crisis," he said.

"We need to be directing some attention to that. Perhaps, we can get some of these leaders who are so quick to fly in here to go to those cities and help address those issues.

"Because those are what's killing the community. Those are what's driving down the income. That's what's really creating frustration in a tinder-box situation."

On the subject of the video that shows beheading of American journalist James Foley by an ISIS executioner, Carson said he expected to see "a little more outrage to be honest with you" from The White House.

"This is an American citizen being beheaded," he said, urging President Barack Obama to adopt a hardline strategy to defeat the Islamic extremist group.

"They're not going away. We may be able to push them back for a little while, but they're just going to regroup and come back at us," Carson said.

"Unless we have an overall strategy for how we're going to eliminate that threat, we're just spitting in the ocean."

"If we were a lot more forceful and we had an actual plan, we would see some of the countries like Saudi Arabia actually willing to jump on board."



Source: http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/ben-carson-run-president-ferguson/2014/08/20/id/589922/#ixzz3AyoX7429
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Evangelical child molester sentenced to 40 years



THURSDAY, AUGUST 14, 2014



Nathaniel Morales was convicted in May of five counts of sex crimes committed in the 1980s and early 1990s at a prominent Washington-area evangelical church.


By Bob Allen

A former youth worker convicted of sexually abusing boys in the 1980s at a Sovereign Grace Ministries church in Maryland was sentenced Aug. 14 to 40 years in prison.


Nate MoralesNathaniel Morales, 56, was found guilty in May of abusing three boys from 1983 to 1991 while working in youth ministries and leading Bible studies at Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Md.



Morales, who now lives in Las Vegas, Nev., is also named in a class-action lawsuit of numerous acts to conceal child sexual abuse by leaders at the church and SGM, a Calvinist church-planting network now based in Louisville, Ky. That case has been thrown out under a statute of limitations but is under appeal.

The case, described in media as the largest evangelical abuse scandal to date, drew attention in Southern Baptist circles because of close ties between C.J. Mahaney, founder and former head of Sovereign Grace Ministries, and denominational leaders including Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and prominent Washington pastor Mark Dever.

Leaders of Covenant Life initially said they had no knowledge of any abuse until many years after it occurred when an adult who had been victimized as a child came forward. During the Morales trial, however, Grant Layman, Mahaney’s brother-in-law and a former pastor at the church, testified that he knew of allegations against Morales 20 years ago but did not call police.


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Jerusalem, The Captured Citadel - Gary Wedemeyer



Has the Seventh-day Adventist Church Been Taken Captive by Babylon? By Gary Wedemeyer



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Published on Jul 2, 2013

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Pastor Chuck Baldwin Reveals Organized Religion’s Dirty Little Secret …



Monday, August 18, 2014 14:19

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I am a Christian through and through and I love God with all of my heart!! But this dirty little secret that many of our churches are keeping from us needs to be busted WIDE open! I am sick and tired of our churches bowing down to the political pressure from their 501(c)3 tax exempted status.

In 1954 Senator Lyndon Johnson unleashed a monstrous action directed at American churches…the 501(c)(3). Because he did not like the fact that pastors and churches were opposing his liberal agenda, he set out to silence them with the power he had readily available to him….the Law! As a result he introduced verbiage to the IRC prohibiting churches from influencing political legislation and supporting political campaigns, or risk losing their tax-exempt status. And thus it began…

Pastors today have become the servant of the State and in a sense sold their souls to the state. They remain silent on political issues and side swipe issues the government tells them they are not allowed to talk about. They bow down to the governing political body and sold out parts of the Gospel. OUTRAGE!

Dick Greb of the Save-A-Patriot Fellowship in Westminster, Maryland, wrote:
“Many Americans find it disturbing that some of our churches today are little more than milquetoast corporations that fear our federal government more than the great I AM. Moreover, it can even be said that some preachers have the appearance of cringing, ‘politically correct’ cowards, rather than committed Godly men of fortitude with backbone, such as those we read of in the Bible.” (Source: Greb, Dick. “The 501(c)(3) Hallucination: A Bane to Liberty.” Reasonable Action Issue #244 Winter 2003.)

Amen and Amen! Sadly the majority of churches are members of the 501(c)(3) and when push comes to shove, they will demonstrate loyalty to the State sacrificing Biblical principles to remain tax-exempt!


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NWO: the Vatican, one world religion and enforcement of the mark of the beast






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Published on Jul 30, 2014

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Credits to pastor Nicholas at NicholasPoGM, my faithful brother in Christ and true man of God. Please visit his website at remnantofgod.org and his video website at john1429.org.

As Christians anticipate the imminent return of the Son of the Most High, Bible prophecy indicates that the world will soon go through unprecedented changes, which will take the great majority of us by surprise.

Satan, the father of lies and enemy of God, knows his time is short as prophetic signs point the imminent glorious return of the Son of God and Saviour of the human race, Jesus the Christ. Satan is using the Antichrist pope and a myriad of secret societies and government organizations to control, manipulate and decrease the world's population through triggered disasters, staged false flag attacks and other fear-mongering tactics to suppress individual rights and create a one world government including a one world religion, military, financial and economic system, with the Antichrist pope leading the charge. They are creating havoc on Earth, in anticipation of Satan's final attempt at deceiving the elect of the God -- the 144 000 -- who keep the commandments of the Most High and the faith of Christ (Revelation 14:12).

Then, Satan, as the false messiah, will come in the flesh and masquerade himself as Christ to a deceived world, which has rejected the Christ of the Bible and His Law of love, His holy and eternal ten commandments. The false messiah will change the 7th day Sabbath commandment of the Most High which points to Him as the Creator to SUNday, the venerable day of the sun, in partnership with the Antichrist pope, to bring about Sunday laws worldwide.

Sunday worship will be the enforced mark of the Vatican beast, the prophesied first beast of Revelation 13 and whore of Babylon in Revelation 17. This is what the Vatican beast has to say about its mark: "Sunday is our MARK of our authority [...] The church is above the Bible, and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of that fact". — Catholic Record of London, Ontario. Sept. 1, 1923.

Those who accept Sunday rather than the commanded 7th day Sabbath of God will pay a miserable price for disobeying an offended God. The seven plagues of the Most High will soon fall upon those who will take the mark of the beast (Sunday rest and worship) -- rather than observing the commandments of the Most High including the 7th day Sabbath commandment (Exodus 20:8-11) - and their fate will be an unpleasant one, as mentioned in Revelation 14:9-10.

Sunday observance cannot be found in the Bible. Christ or His apostles never ordained or commanded a change in the day of rest from the 7th day of the week to the 1st.

The Catholic church has even admitted this fact through the following statement: "From beginning to end of Scripture, there is not a single passage that warrants the transfer of weekly public worship from the last day of the week [Saturday] to the first [Sunday]." Catholic Press, Sydney, Australia, August, 1900.

Soon, every man, woman and child will have to make a very important decision that will alter their fate: either embrace Christ and His commandments including the 7th day Sabbath commandment or obey the Vatican's pope and his day of rest

In Revelation chapter 14 verse 12 and in Revelation chapter 22 verse 14, those who will receive eternal life in Christ's kingdom are identified as the saints who keep the commandments of God and have the faith of Christ. In contrast, those who willingly reject God's commandments, including the 7th day Sabbath commandment, will die for their disobedience since the wages of sin is death (Romans6:23).

Make the right choice: choose Christ, put your faith and trust in the Son of God, keep His holy ten commandments through the Holy Spirit (Exodus 20:1-17) and Christ will reward you, as a gift, with eternal life in His everlasting kingdom of love, peace and joy (Revelation 14:12; Revelation 22:14).

For more information and videos on Christian beliefs and prophecy, please visit www.theseventhdayremnantchurch.org; www.remnantofgod.org, www.sdrministries.org, www.john1429.org, along with cregen124 and NicholasPoGM's YouTube channels.
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Planes Flying Over D.C. for Aerospace Defense Tests



By Hannah Hess

Posted at 10:35 a.m. Aug. 19



(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Look skyward Tuesday and you might see some low-flying military aircraft over the District of Columbia.

But don’t panic: The planes are likely part of a practice run.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command will be practicing intercept and identification procedures over the region between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. More exercises will take place Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

The flights are scheduled to take place in or around the District, Virginia and Maryland. People in those areas may hear and or see low-flying NORAD-controlled helicopters flying near military or military contracted aircraft.

NORAD has tested its systems throughout the U.S. and Canada on a rotating basis since the start of Operation Noble Eagle, the command’s response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The organization tests responses to a variety of scenarios including airspace restriction violations and hijackings. Tuesday’s test flights mark the first time NORAD has tested in the National Capital Region this year, according to authorities.

In June, Capitol Hill witnessed a NORAD interception. A rogue plane flying in restricted airspace on a Saturday afternoon caused a brief evacuation of the Capitol. The plane was intercepted by two F-16s under the direction of NORAD.

The Mooney M20C aircraft, which had departed from Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport in Westfield, Mass., flew into restricted airspace over D.C. and was out of contact with air traffic controllers. NORAD escorted the plane out of the restricted area and landed at a Mount Airy, N.C., airport where it was met by law enforcement officials.

NORAD and its geographical component, Continental United States NORAD Region — which conducts exercises on a monthly basis — also will perform training flights over D.C. on Wednesday between midnight and 2 a.m.

A series of training flights involving Civil Air Patrol aircraft and Civil Air Patrol aircraft and a U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter are scheduled for overnight hours. The exercise, held in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Capital Region Coordination Center, the Joint Air Defense Operations Center, Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Coast Guard and CONR’s Eastern Air Defense Sector, is designed to hone NORAD’s intercept and identification operations. It also tests the NCR Visual Warning System, and training personnel at the JADOC.

Officials say all exercises are carefully planned and closely controlled. In the event of inclement weather, the exercises may be rescheduled or postponed.

Since the 2001 attacks in Washington and New York City, CONR fighters have responded to more than 5,000 possible air threats in the United States and have flown more than 62,500 defensive attacks with the support of Airborne Warning and Control System and air-to-air-refueling aircraft.


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Three Relatives of Pope Killed in Argentina Car Crash



By Associated Press | August 19, 2014
Last Updated: August 19, 2014 10:27 am




Firefighters inspect the car of Emanuel Bergoglio, nephew to Pope Francis, which crashed with a truck in James Craig, Argentina, early Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Emanuel Bergoglio was seriously wounded as two young great-nephews of Pope Francis as well as their mother, the wife of the pope's nephew, were killed in the crash, according to the Vatican and a local police official. (AP Photo/DyN)




BUENOS AIRES, Argentina—Three relatives of Pope Francis died and a fourth was in critical condition Tuesday after a car crash on a provincial highway in Argentina, the Vatican and a local police official said.

The small car carrying a nephew of the pope along with the man’s wife and two young children slammed into the back of a truck, said Highway Police Superintendent Jorge Raineri. The wife and children, one 2 years old and the other 8 months, were killed.

Emanuel Bergoglio, the 38-year-old son of a brother of Pope Francis, was hospitalized. He suffered extensive injuries and his condition was not considered stable, said Ignacio Bruno, an assistant director of the hospital in the town of Villa Maria, to Todo Noticias television.

The man’s 36-year-old wife, Valeria Carmona, and two children, Jose and Antonio, had already died by the time they arrived at the hospital, Bruno said.

The accident occurred between the cities of Rosario and Cordoba, apparently as the family was returning to Buenos Aires following a holiday weekend. The driver of the truck was not injured.

Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said “the pope was informed about the tragic accident. He is deeply pained.” He added the pope asks “all who share in his grief to unite with him in prayer.”


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Almost 8,000 Navy chiefs face ax




Navy Times12:05 p.m. EDT August 18, 2014



(Photo: Navy Times)


WASHINGTON — Almost 8,000 senior enlisted personnel must go before a continuation board later this year to determine whether they can continue to serve or must retire.

The board — the first since early 2013 — will convene Oct. 27, according to a Navy document released Aug. 14.

At risk are between 7,500 and 8,000 retirement-eligible active and reserve E-7s, E-8s and E-9s with at least at least three years' time in rate.

But there is a big upside to the process: Clearing out senior enlisted who have engaged in misconduct or whose performance has slipped noticeably makes way for hot running sailors to move up.

The board has no exceptions; even the most senior sailors — up to and including Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens — will have their records reviewed.

"It's an opportunity for us, as chief petty officers, to police ourselves," said Fleet Master Chief April Beldo, senior enlisted adviser to the chief of naval personnel, in a July 30 interview.

"Expectations for continued service depend on maintaining performance," she said. "As chief petty officers, we're accountable to the Navy, our sailors and ourselves for our actions — and that is really what this is all about."

The board has no quotas, meaning no mandatory cuts to make. It's the board members' job simply to review records and decide who gets to stay in and who must retire — what officials call a "pure quality cut."

The Navy has held such boards — every year but one since fiscal 2010, the last in February of 2013. To date, 30,850 records have been reviewed, with a total of 1,381 chiefs being told to retire — an overall 4.48 percent chance of being sent home.

The fiscal 2014 board was skipped because of a decision made in 2013 by Vice Adm. Scott Van Buskirk, then chief of naval personnel. Scheduling conflicts had caused the fiscal 2013 board to slip into early calendar year 2013. Officials realized that a fiscal 2014 board would have to be come almost immediately after the 2013 non-selects were required to retire.

"We decided (that) to do another one right on the heels of the last one wasn't a good idea," Beldo said. "Based on everything that was going on — sequestration, manning at sea issues — CNP made the decision, supported by the CNO and MCPON, not to do one for fiscal year 2014."

Who's eligible

Retirement-eligible active and reserve chief petty officers — E-7 through E-9 — will be reviewed by the board.

More specifically, active-duty chiefs will be looked at only if they had at least 19 years of active service as of Feb. 28, and three years' time in their current paygrade on June 30.

For drilling reservists, the only difference is that they won't get looked at unless they had 20 qualifying years of service as of Feb. 28. The time-in-paygrade cutoff is the same.

"The board will look at those who are not only retirement-eligible, but also retirement-eligible in their current pay grade," Beldo said.

For example, if a chief is selected for and pins on senior chief, but decides to retire a year later, Beldo said, he or she would retire as an E-7 unless there were extenuating circumstances.

"This guarantees that anyone selected not to continue can retire in their current grade," she said. "We don't want this in any way to be punitive or even to be perceived as punitive."

There are two exceptions to eligibility for consideration by the board: Anyone with an approved retirement request or who has been selected for warrant officer by the most recent selection board won't get a look.

Aside from that, not even the most senior fleet and force master chiefs will escape review. Enlisted board members, too, will be reviewed before being cleared to sit the board.

This wasn't always the case; the first board exempted those in special warfare, nuclear power and the command master chief programs. But the scope of the review has gradually expanded each year, and the fiscal 2013 board included everyone for the first time.

Although personnel officials estimate the review will include 7,500 to 8,000 chiefs, the the exact number won't be known until the end of August.

Naval Personnel Command will post the initial list of eligible chiefs to the Bupers Online Portal. Fleet commands will have until Aug. 29 to add someone or to make the case that a particular chief should not be considered.

The watch list

The 2015 board will be looking at the same types of issues as previous boards, according to the NavAdmin.

"This board's purpose is to evaluate the performance of our chief petty officers and determine whether they should continue on in active service," Beldo said. "It has absolutely nothing to do with force-shaping, or downsizing, if you will — it's simply a performance check."

Every record gets an initial look, as with promotion boards. If the board finds nothing adverse, the sailor is selected for continuation.

If certain negative indicators are found, the board is required to deliberate further on whether that chief stays or goes.

Even those chiefs with one or more black marks on their record won't necessarily be asked to retire; that will only happen if a majority of the board members gives them a thumbs-down.

That's why, officials say, this is a board and not simply a scrub to bounce those with hiccups in their records.

"We're not a zero-defect outfit," then-Capt. Leo Falardeau, who is now retired, told Navy Times after the 2011 board. As head of enlisted progression, Falardeau was in charge of overseeing the board and reviewing its findings.

"There were people who had performance indicators in their record, and their futures were debated in the tank, but they were ultimately retained," he said.

Creating room to advance

Because the Navy's advancements are based on vacancy at the next level, no openings means no advancements.

The solution was to create an enlisted continuation board — similar to the early retirement boards held for officers.

The chief of naval personnel at the time, now Adm. Mark Ferguson, wanted to set a quota of 2,500 chiefs to be cut, but his senior enlisted advisers recommended a pure quality cut instead.

Though it might take longer, the advisers said, the quality cut would serve the same purpose: creating opportunities for advancement in ensuing years.

"This is at the heart of why we've started the continuation board process," said then-Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (SS/SW) Rick West, who has since retired. "Yes, it's about performance, but if we do it right, it will also create opportunity for our best young sailors to move up."

Now, nearly six years and almost five boards later, the chance to make chief has again risen.

"This is an opportunity for leadership to show junior sailors coming up — who want to be chief petty officers and who might have the perception that chiefs get away with anything — that we police ourselves," Beldo said. But she re-emphasized that the board's decisions aren't punitive in nature and won't impact any retirements, other than to speed them up for those not continued.


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Hospital network hacked, 4.5 million records stolen

The Cybercrime Economy



By Jose Pagliery @Jose_Pagliery August 18, 2014: 3:25 PM ET



Hackers have taken 4.5 million Social Security numbers from patients who attended any one of Community Health Systems' 206 hospitals this year.

NEW YORK (CNNMoney)
Community Health Systems, which operates 206 hospitals across the United States, announced on Monday that hackers recently broke into its computers and stole data on 4.5 million patients.

Hackers have gained access to their names, Social Security numbers, physical addresses, birthdays and telephone numbers.

Anyone who received treatment from a physician's office tied to a network-owned hospital in the last five years -- or was merely referred there by an outside doctor -- is affected.

The large data breach puts these people at heightened risk of identity fraud. That allows criminals open bank accounts and credit cards on their behalf, take out loans and ruin personal credit history.

The company's hospitals operate in 28 states but have their most significant presence in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas.

CNNMoney quiz: What hackers know about you

Community Health Systems (CYH) hired cybersecurity experts at Mandiant to consult on the hack. They have determined the hackers were in China and used high-end, sophisticated malware to launch the attacks sometime in April and June this year.

The FBI said it's working closely with the hospital network and "committing significant resources and efforts to target, disrupt, dismantle and arrest the perpetrators."

Federal investigators and Mandiant told the hospital network those hackers have previously been spotted conducting corporate espionage, targeting valuable information about medical devices.


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Monday, August 18, 2014

How ‘God’ is worsening the Ebola outbreak in West Africa



Nirmalya Dutta August 18, 2014 at 11:45 am




MONROVIA, LIBERIA – AUGUST 17: Hanah Siafa lies with her daughter Josephine, 10, while hoping to enter the new Doctors Without Borders (MSF), Ebola treatment center on August 17, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. The facility initially has 120 beds, making it the largest such facility for Ebola treatment and isolation in history, and MSF plans to expand it to a 350-bed capacity. Tents at the center were provided by UNICEF. The virus has killed more than 1,000 people in four African countries, and Liberia now has had more deaths than any other country. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)



There’s nothing more dangerous than religion in times of epidemics.
The Church has always been a hindrance in controlling outbreaks, as the HIV/AIDS scenario shows. Pope Benedict XVI famously said that HIV/AIDS in Africa should be tackled with fidelity and abstinence and not by condoms. Calling it a cruel epidemic he had said that: ‘The traditional teaching of the church has proven to be the only failsafe way to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDs.’ Similarly, the Taliban has been very critical of polio vaccination in Pakistan and Afghanistan, going so far as to attack vaccination officials believing it to be an American plot to sterilise Muslims.

So it’s no surprise that the religious leaders in Africa are doing more harm than good when it comes to the Ebola outbreak. Religious leaders in Liberia are convinced that the Ebola virus is a plague unleashed by god to punish ‘immoral acts’ like homosexuality. Various church leaders of the Liberia Council of Churches (LCC) reportedly attended a meeting to discuss ‘a spiritual response’ to the outbreak which has claimed over a thousand lives in West Africa. A statement detailing the resolution summarised: ‘Liberians have to pray and seek God’s forgiveness over the corruption and immoral acts (such as homosexualism, etc.) that continue to penetrate our society. As Christians, we must repent and seek God’s forgiveness.’

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf announced a 90-day state of emergency in the country, warning that ‘ignorance and poverty, as well as entrenched religious and cultural practices’ is worsening the epidemic. She also called for three days of fasting and prayer ‘to seek God’s mercy’.

People in Liberia and even Sierra Leone continue to fill churches to seek deliverance from the deadly outbreak defying official warnings to avoid public gatherings. Despite the warnings, people flocked to sing and pray at churches in Liberia’s capital Monrovia, with people comparing Ebola to the brutal civil war that ravaged the country and killed a quarter of a million people.

With no treatment available, churches furnished plastic buckets containing chlorinated water for worshippers to disinfect their hands. Not surprisingly, some of the locals terrified by the disease have attacked health workers and more recently ransacked a quarantine centre.

Why fasting and Ebola don’t mix

The Ebola death toll in West African countries stands at over 1000 showing no early hope of ending soon. Citizens are now joining hands and resting their faith on the almighty to intervene the spread of Ebola. The Women in Peacebuilding Network (WIPNET), who had earlier undertaken mass action for peace, recently declared a 14-day-fasting and prayer to seek spiritual help and end the Ebola outbreak. While the group’s religious approach was able to bring peace during war time in Liberia, the belief it will help in putting an end to the Ebola outbreak seems impractical.

Ebola infection is caused by a virus that directly attacks the immune system. A recent research published in the journal Cell Host & Microbe has revealed that the Ebola virus protein called VP24 actually disrupts the cell’s innate or natural immune response, making it extremely deadly. Knowing that the virus will instantly target the immunity, fasting is something that may go against preventing the spread of Ebola. Although there is evidence that fasting might enhance the ability phagocytic cells to engulf organisms to some extent, whether 14 day fasting will actually help the immune system to strengthen is questionable. Without meeting the basic nutritional needs of the body, the immune system might not function optimally, increasing susceptibility to infections.

Latest Ebola News in India

In the wake of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, sex workers in Kolkata’s biggest red light district area Sonagachi have been asked to not entertain Africans. Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee (DMSC), a forum of 1,30,000 sex workers in West Bengal, has warned of a life risk should they come in contact with infected persons.

‘We have requested the sex workers not to entertain Africans, as it can be a life risk for them if they get infected by the highly contagious Ebola virus causing havoc in some West African countries,’ Mahasweta, a member of the DMSC, told PTI. Read more…

What is ebola virus?

The Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a severe condition caused by a virus from the Filoviridae family. Known to be a condition that is transmitted from animals to humans, this virus spreads through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person or animal.

How can it be prevented?

According to Dr Ratan, ‘There aren’t any vaccinations available as of now, so basic hygiene is of importance and a must be followed in order to prevent the onset of the condition. Simple activities like washing your hands well, drinking water from a clean source, maintaining general hygiene and cooking your meat well, can all serve as precautionary measures. Apart from that people should avoid crowded places, or those that are known to have an outbreak. It is also important that if they notice any early symptoms, they should visit a doctor immediately.’

Should people in India worry?

‘It’s not prevalent in India, but people living in remote areas, where living conditions are poor, are always at risk of getting infected. But largely there is no need to worry as such.’ Read more: Ebola virus — causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and prevention

With inputs from Shraddha Rupavate

Photo source: Getty images

Major British Hotel Chain Removes Bibles From Rooms Due to 'Multicultural' Society;Church of England Condemns 'Bizarre' Decision



BY STOYAN ZAIMOV , CHRISTIAN POST REPORTER

August 18, 2014|7:56 am



(PHOTO: FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS/CHRIS YARZAB)

A man holds a Bible.



Travelodge, one of the largest hotel chains in Britain, is removing Bibles from its rooms reportedly because of the country's growing "multicultural" society. The Church of England has condemned the decision, describing it as "tragic and bizarre."

"The reason is because of diversity. With the country being increasingly multicultural, we didn't feel it was appropriate to just have the Bible because there are people of other religions. People were also taking Bibles away and with the redesign of the rooms, it was felt that it would be better to remove them," a Travelodge spokesman said, according toThe Daily Mail.

Another spokesman further explained: "In order not to discriminate against any religion, customers who would like a Bible can pick a copy from any one of Travelodge's 500 hotel reception desks across the country, whilst staying at the hotel. To date, Travelodge has not received any customer feedback regarding this decision."

The hotel chain added that the decision was made back in 2007, but has been "gradually implemented" over the following years.

The hotel company, which runs 500 hotels, apparently removed the Bibles along with the drawers where they were kept during a refurbishment of its rooms. The Bibles, provided for free by the Gideon Society, will be stored behind reception.

A Church of England spokesman condemned the decision and the reasoning behind it and said: "It seems both tragic and bizarre that hotels would remove the word of God for the sake of ergonomic design, economic incentive or a spurious definition of the word 'diversity.'"

Other major British hotel firms are reportedly keeping their Bibles, including Premier Inn, and InterContinental Hotels, owners of the Holiday Inn chain.

"Bibles are available in Premier Inn rooms," a Premier Inn spokesman said.

"On the rare occasion that a customer does not wish to have a Bible in their room, they can request this to be removed ahead of their stay by contacting the hotel directly."

Not all U.K. Christian leaders have found fault with Travelodge's decision, however. Kelvin Holdsworth, the provost of St Mary's Cathedral in Glasgow, wrote on his blog on Saturday:

"Travelodge have indicated that they'd be happy to supply Bibles from their front desk. And anyway, anyone with a smartphone can access the Bible. Christians should be encouraging new ways of engaging with the text," Holdsworth offered.

"Christianity doesn't depend on having bibles in hotel rooms. Bibles in hotel rooms depended on Christendom, but that is now gone. I don't think faith has much to fear," he added.

Gideons International provides Bibles free of charge throughout hotels, hospitals, schools, and other locations worldwide.

Last week, the U.S. Navy reversed its previous decision to start removing Gideon-provided Bibles from its lodge and guest rooms, after it had been pressured to do so by an atheist organization.

The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty had argued in favor of keeping the Bibles, and said that "a Bible in a hotel room is no more illegal than a chaplain in the military. They are there for those who want them."

Navy Caves In to Atheists, Removes Bibles From Guest Rooms



Wednesday, 13 August 2014 15:42
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The U.S. Navy has caved in to the demands of an atheist group that it remove Bibles from guests rooms on naval bases.

In March, attorneys from the atheist group Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) sent a letter to the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) claiming that two “concerned service members” had independently contacted FFRF to complain that “every Navy lodging room that they have stayed in during decades of service has contained a Bible” — most of them provided by the Christian group Gideons International, which appears to be a particular target of the FFRF.

The FFRF was deeply worried, as noted in the letter, that materials from other faiths were “rarely” seen in the Navy guest rooms. “One complainant noted that he 'never saw a Book of Mormon or Koran' in any Navy-run lodge and that he had 'been in varied Navy Bachelor Officer Quarters (BOQs) with Bibles,” wrote troubled FFRF staff attorney Andrew Seidel with a note of righteous concern.

Insisting that under the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, “a government entity cannot in any way promote, advance, or otherwise endorse religion,” Seidel charged that the Navy's longtime tradition of allowing Bibles in its guest rooms “amounts to a government endorsement of that religious text. Including Bibles sends the message to non-Christian ... guests that they should read the Bible.... The military should not promote certain religious beliefs by placing Bibles in guest rooms.”

Arguing that “government-run entities have a constitutional obligation to remain neutral toward religion,” Seidel and the FFRF demanded that the Navy remove the offensive Bibles from its guest rooms, and “provide us with a written response outlining the actions that your office is taking to remedy this constitutional violation.”

In June, NEXCOM responded to the demand with a directive that Bibles were to be removed from all Navy guest rooms until further review of Navy policy on religious materials. “The Navy Lodge General Manager should advise the Installation Commanding Officer of our intention to work through the chaplain’s office to determine what [the] installation policy is,” read the directive, “and the method to remove religious material currently in the guest rooms.” According to the order, all Bibles currently in Navy guest rooms were to be removed by September 1.

The directive does not say that Bibles will be prohibited from rooms in the future, but that in the future the commanding officer of a naval base will determine, “in accordance with personnel readiness and military regulations, whether [religious materials] will be accepted and how they will be handled and distributed.”

Addressing the FFRF's issue, NEXCOM spokeswoman Kathleen Martin told reporters that “we looked at our policy and realized there wasn’t a consistent policy regarding Navy Lodges. We decided we needed to have some consistency.”

According to a report by the American Family Association (AFA), a Navy lodging housekeeper wrote in an e-mail to the AFA: “We were told today, June 23, 2014, that due to a new policy by the CEO of NEXCOM, Rear Admiral Robert J. Bianchi, we were to remove the Bibles from the rooms. They told us to put them in boxes, where they would be taken to a donation center somewhere.”

The AFA reported that a NEXCOM directive ordered the removal of Bibles from 34 Navy Lodge locations and 24,000 Navy Gateway Inns and Suites guest rooms on Navy bases around the world. Lodge managers were ordered to contact base commanders and chaplains and facilitate removing the Bibles and other 'religious material currently in the guest rooms.'”

While it is probable, based on the published directive, that Bibles may again be available in some Navy guest rooms in the future, the FFRF trumpeted the NEXCOM action as a victory for atheists, with FFRF spokesman Sam Grover announcing, “We’re pleased that NEXCOM has taken seriously its constitutional obligation to remain neutral toward religion as a representative of our federal government.... By removing Bibles from Navy-run lodges, the Navy has taken a step to ensure that it is not sending the impermissible message that Christians are favored over guests with other religious beliefs or over those guests with no religion.”

Among the conservative Christian leaders sounding off against the Navy's preliminary cave-in to the atheist attack was Ron Crews, a retired military chaplain and head of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty. “A Bible in a hotel room is no more illegal than a chaplain in the military,” said Crews of the FFRF's charge that the presence of the Bibles in Navy guest rooms was somehow unconstitutional. “They are there for those who want them.”

He added that “there is nothing wrong with allowing the Gideons to place Bibles in Navy lodges, which it has done for decades at no cost to the Navy. Our service men and women are often away from home, sometimes for long periods of time. It’s perfectly constitutional and legal to allow the Gideons to provide, at their own expense, this source of comfort for service men and women of faith.”

As for the ease with which Navy superiors surrendered to the atheist advance, Crews said that “it’s tiresome to see senior military leaders needlessly cave in to activist groups offended by anything Christian. We sincerely hope that the Navy will reverse its decision as the Air Force did in 2012 after the public spoke loudly and clearly against this sort of censorship.”

Crews was referring to the decision in 2012 by Air Force higher-ups to reverse their cave-in to the demands of another atheist group, the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers (MAAF). As reported at the time by The New American, following demands from MAAF, the Air Force dropped a policy that directed housekeepers to make certain there were Bibles in guest rooms on Air Force bases. “While the atheist group had wanted the Air Force to ban the Bibles, placed there for free by the Gideons, from the room altogether,” reported The New American, after deliberation the Air Force Services Agency decided instead to simply remove the question, 'Is a Bible provided?' from the lodging check list housekeepers go through in making up the rooms.”

An Air Force spokesman, Mike Dickerson, said at the time that while the checklist was being dropped, the Air Force was not prepared to sanitize Scripture from rooms entirely, as the atheist group had desired. “The Air Force has not directed the removal of Bibles from Air Force Inns lodging rooms at this time,” Dickerson said. “We continue to review the situation and weigh our multiple First Amendment responsibilities and obligations.”

Speaking of the present Navy actions, Mike Berry, director of military affairs at Liberty Institute, noted that “many of our military's religious traditions and observances pre-date America's founding, but groups like the Freedom From Religion Foundation want to erase that history. We've seen Bibles temporarily banned from military hospitals, demands that veterans' memorials be torn down, and crosses removed from military chapels. This is just the latest in a well-documented pattern of hostility against religion in our military.”

Catholicism & North Korea



Catholicism in North Korea rejected an invitation to the Pope Francis mass in Seoul



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Published on Aug 17, 2014

North Korea rejected an invitation to the Pope's mass in Seoul...
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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Pope to Youths: Wake Up! Sing, Dance, Rejoice

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Pope to Youths: Wake Up!



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http://en.romereports.com This Mass marked the closing of Asian Youth Day, which brought together thousands of youths from at least 22 Asian countries.

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Do folks still wonder who 'invented' the Celebration Worship Style?
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“See Something Say Something” Campaign Could Allow People to Label ANY AMERICAN a Suspected “Terrorist”




By Washington's Blog

Global Research, February 12, 2012

Washington's Blog 12 February 2012





List of Actions or Beliefs Which May Get You Labeled a Terrorist Grows Daily

Every American could – literally – be labeled a suspected terrorist under current governmental criteria.

Specifically, the following actions may get a U.S. citizen labeled as a suspected terrorist today:
Speaking out against government policies
Protesting anything
Questioning war (even though war reduces our national security; and see this)
Criticizing the government’s targeting of innocent civilians with drones (although killing innocent civilians with drones is one of the main things which increases terrorism. And see this)
Asking questions about pollution (even at a public Congressional hearing?)
Paying cash at an Internet cafe
Asking questions about Wall Street shenanigans
Holding gold
Creating alternative currencies
Stocking up on more than 7 days of food (even though all Mormons are taught to stockpile food, and most Hawaiians store up on extra food)

Investigating factory farming
Infringing a copyright
Taking pictures

Holding the following beliefs may also be considered grounds for suspected terrorism:
Valuing online privacy
Supporting Ron Paul or being a libertarian
Liking the Founding Fathers
Being a Christian (?)
Being anti-tax, anti-regulation or for the gold standard
Being “reverent of individual liberty”
Being “anti-nuclear”
“Believe in conspiracy theories”
“A belief that one’s personal and/or national “way of life” is under attack”
“Impose strict religious tenets or laws on society (fundamentalists)”
“Insert religion into the political sphere”
“Those who seek to politicize religion”
“Supported political movements for autonomy”
Being “anti-abortion”
Being “anti-Catholic”
Being “anti-global”
“Suspicious of centralized federal authority”
“Fiercely nationalistic (as opposed to universal and international in orientation)”
“A belief in the need to be prepared for an attack either by participating in … survivalism”
See Something, Act Like a Snitch in Nazi Germany, Stasi East Germany or Iraq

I initially thought that Paul Joseph Watson was overreacting when he claimed that a Homeland Security video paints the following activities as signs of potential terrorism:
Opposing surveillance
Talking to police officers
Wearing a hoodie
Driving a van
Writing on a piece of paper

But Watson makes a brilliant point about Homeland Security’s “See Something Say Something”campaign, and how accusations of terrorism actually spread:

As Robert Gellately of Florida State University has highlighted, Germans under Hitler denounced their neighbors and friends not because they genuinely believed them to be a security threat, but because they expected to selfishly benefit from doing so, both financially, socially and psychologically via a pavlovian need to be rewarded by their masters for their obedience.

At the height of its influence around one in seven of the East German population was an informant for the Stasi. As in Nazi Germany, the creation of an informant system was wholly centered around identifying political dissidents and those with grievances against the state, and had little or nothing to do with genuine security concerns. [Indeed, the American government has been using anti-terror laws to crush dissent and to help the too big to fail businesses compete against smaller businesses(and see this. And the Department of Homeland Security has been distracted by activities which have very little to do with terrorism.)]

This is the kind of society the Department of Homeland Security is, whether deliberately or inadvertently, recreating in 21st century America.

Gellately’s website notes:

“I started to read these files about all the victims in just one region of Germany that the Gestapo had processed,” Gellately says. “It would have taken a large force of secret police to collect information on so many people. I needed to know just how many secret police there really were. So I asked an elderly gentleman who would’ve lived through those times, and he replied, ‘They were everywhere!’”

That was the prevailing myth.

“But I had evidence right there in my hands that supported a different story,” Gellately explains. “There were relatively few secret police, and most were just processing the information coming in. I had found a shocking fact. It wasn’t the secret police who were doing this wide-scale surveillance and hiding on every street corner. It was the ordinary German people who were informing on their neighbors.”

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As he was uncovering who was acting as the Gestapo’s unsolicited agents, he also began to discern what motivated neighbor to inform on neighbor. The surviving myth told the story of informers who were motivated either by a commitment to the Third Reich or by a fear of authority.

But the motives Gellately found were banal—greed, jealousy, and petty differences.

He found cases of partners in business turning in associates to gain full ownership; jealous boyfriends informing on rival suitors; neighbors betraying entire families who chronically left shared bathrooms unclean or who occupied desirable apartments.

And then there were those who informed because for the first time in their lives someone in authority would listen to them and value what they said.

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Backing Hitler also challenges conventional views on the nature of modern dictatorships. Perhaps as a way for us to believe that “it couldn’t happen here,” we have viewed the Holocaust as an atrocity that was the work of a handful of evil men. Gellately, however, presents persuasive evidence that Hitler and the Third Reich were able to build a consensus for their policies.

“They began with small violations of the rights of Jews and other minorities, and then ratcheted up their racism and persecution only when they saw implied consent from the German people.” Gellately says. “Many Germans disapproved of Hitler’s fascism and brutality, at first. But after the long economic depression following the First World War, the German people allowed the thriving economy and return to law and order under Hitler to mute their concerns. People had jobs and the streets were safe. Hitler was managing a fine balance of consent and coercion.”

The same dynamic played out in Iraq. People turned their neighbors in to the American military pretending they were Al Qaeda, based on petty jealousies or just wanting to get a reward. Specifically, neutral observers say that most of the Iraqis tortured in Iraq were innocent farmers, villagers, or those against whom neighbors held a grudge. Iraqis received a cash reward from the U.S. military for turning people in as “suspected terrorists”. See this movie.

The number two man at the State Department under Colin Powell (Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson), the commander of the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and official U.S. military records all confirm thatvirtually all of the people turned in and subsequently tortured were innocent.


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