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April 16, 2015

"I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together" - supporting Iran

The first line of the Beatles song The Walrus - "I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together" was written on an acid trip. America is on a force induced acid trip as administered by Hussein Obama. We are supporting Iran no matter their "death to America" - "death to the Jews" mime repeated year after year after year. We have become our own worst enemy and is it any wonder we have become the enemy of the free world?

Mark Levin - "Obama expects Iran to follow the rules of a nuclear agreement when they won't even follow the rules of the Geneva Convention. Meanwhile, Josh Earnest says it's unrealistic to expect Iran to not commit terrorist acts against America."



(IMO) Victor Davis Hanson has pegged this pResident as no one has before. This article is well worth considering. Excerpts from -

Obama and Revolutionary Romance

His foreign-policy errors result not from incompetence but from a conscious agenda.

Lots of questions arise about the muddled foreign policy of the Obama administration. Critics suggest that America's friends have now become enemies, and enemies friends. Others cite incompetence and naivete rather than deliberate agendas as the cause of American decline, and of growing global chaos from Libya to Ukraine.

But, in fact, there is a predictable pattern to Obama's foreign policy. The president has an adolescent, romantic view of professed revolutionary societies and anti-Western poseurs -- and of his own ability uniquely to reach out and win them over. In the most superficial sense, Obama demonstrates his empathy for supposedly revolutionary figures of the non-Western world through gratuitous, often silly remarks about Christianity and Western colonial excesses, past and present. He apologizes with talk of our "own dark periods" and warns of past U.S. "dictating"; he contextualizes; he ankle-bites the very culture he grew up and thrived in, as if he can unapologetically and without guilt enjoy the West's largesse only by deriding its history and values.

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Traditional analyses deconstruct the Obama administration's negotiations over Iran's nuclear program and are aghast at the naivete - no stop to ongoing uranium enrichment, no open or surprise inspections, no conditions to be met before sanctions are scaled back, no prohibitions against the marriage of nuclear-weapon technology and intercontinental-missile development.

But that is to misunderstand the Obama worldview. He is less worried about a nuclear Iran and what it will do to a mostly pro-Western Gulf or Israel, or to other traditional U.S. interests, than about the difficulties he faces in bringing Iran back into the family of nations as an authentic revolutionary force that will school the West on regional justice. ("There's incredible talent and resources and sophistication inside of Iran, and it would be a very successful regional power that was also abiding by international norms and international rules, and that would be good for everybody.") Iran will assume its natural revolutionary role as regional power broker in the Middle East; and, almost alone, it is not beholden to any Western power.

In some sense, Obama views the rest of the world in the same way as he views America: a rigged order in which the oppressed who speak truth to power are systematically mischaracterized and alienated -- and in need of an empathetic voice on the side of overdue revolutionary accounting.

The chief danger in Obama's romantic view of revolutionary societies is that nothing in their histories suggests that these regimes will ever cease aggression or adopt internal reforms. Continue here.


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April 10, 2015

It is clear the Ayatollah has Hussein Obama's number

And it takes "devilish" intentions to know "devilish" intentions.


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White House Dossier - Obama: No Iranian Nuclear Weapon "on my Watch"

Whoa whoa whoa whoa waydasecond.

What's going on here? The Israelis have picked up on something President Obama said in his interview with Tom Friedman, which appeared Saturday in the New York Times.

It appears the goal posts might have been moved a little bit, turning a 50-yard field goal try into an extra point kick.

"I've been very clear that Iran will not get a nuclear weapon on my watch, and I think they should understand that we mean it," Obama told Friedman.

On my watch? Uhh, I thought the goal was to prevent them from getting a nuclear weapon on ANYONE'S watch.

Well, Obama possibly has prevented Iran from getting the bomb during the next two years. But as Obama himself said, probably accidentally, "What is a more relevant fear would be that in Year 13, 14, 15, they have advanced centrifuges that enrich uranium fairly rapidly, and at that point, the breakout times would have shrunk almost down to zero."

More here.


Other news - a helpful read as things heat up.
Yemen conflict: Who's who in the conflict tearing the Arab world's poorest country apart

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Raymond Ibrahim on Easter under Islam

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As millions of Christians around the world were celebrating Easter Sunday, the Christians of the Muslim world were once again under attack. So often we are told that it is a tiny minority of terrorists -- the Islamic State, Boko Haram, al-Qaeda, al-Shabaab, ad nauseum -- who have "hijacked" Islam for their political goals. But what do we make of the "everyday" Muslims who attack Christians and their churches?

Of this, Raymond Ibrahim writes:

[...] The mainstream media and White House brushed aside the Islamic State's ritual beheading of 21 Coptic Christians by portraying it as a "criminal" act and not mentioning that the Copts were slaughtered simply for being Christian, as the Islamic State emphatically insisted. Instead, the White House condemned the killing of "Egyptian Citizens."ebook

[...] The reason for this animus is, of course, as simple to understand as it is taboo to mention in "polite society": Islamic law makes unequivocally clear that churches must never be built or even renovated. As relics of a conquered people, churches must go the way of the dodo, one way or another.

And that's the point. Violence and intolerance against non-Muslims is not limited to "terrorist" organizations like the Islamic State. It's a product of Islam's core teachings as found in the Koran and Sunna, or example, of Muhammad. Even the aforementioned stipulations for the Samalout church to have no crosses, narrow side door, etc., are a product of Islamic documents, in this case, "The Conditions of Omar."

This hostility for and persecution of Christians is of course evident among "terrorist" organizations like the Islamic State, Boko Haram, etc. But it's also evident among Muslim governments, Muslim police, and the Muslim populace. The reason is that it's evident in Islam. We can continue playing games, euphemizing, whitewashing, invoking "grievances," and so on, but in the end, it is the Koran, it is Muhammad, it is Sharia -- in a word, it is Islam.

Read the whole thing here ...

As Ibaramim goes on to point out, And it is a testimony to the blindness of the West that a thing so self-evident such as the fact that this is Islam being Islam ... this is what Islam is all about, so obvious, so well-documented -- for nearly 1,400 years -- is still, nonetheless, so difficult to acknowledge.

Such willfull blindness is especially the case for the Obama Administration.

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Obama's (So-Called) 'Deal'


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As Charles Krauthammer reminds us, "Under Obama's proposed deal, Iran's nuclear infrastructure would remain intact, with the centrifuges spinning."

Question of the day: "Why Is Iran Enriching Uranium?" (That Iranian demand should have been a deal breaker for the United States and its European allies from the get-go).

It is now clear from the framework nuclear deal with Iran announced last week that the final nuclear agreement will permit Tehran to continue to enrich uranium. Although U.S. and Iranian officials disagree on specifics, Iran also will be allowed to develop advanced uranium-enrichment centrifuges while a for the duration of a final agreement.

Suggested reads:
Obama's absurd Iran deal
Obama's Iran Deal: Someday the World Will Cry, "Why?!"
Obama's Mindless Spin on Iran
John Kerry Recognizes Islamic Holidays, Largely Silent on Christian and Jewish Occasions

Much related:
Obama snatching defeat from the jaws of victory over Iran
Decoding the Obama Doctrine

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Consider ... Why the Left Wants Iran to Get the Bomb!

Hat tip - Lucianne

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Winston Churchill warns from the grave

Was it his second day as pResident that Hussein Obama returned the bust of Churchill to Great Britain? One (that would be me) tends to forget. It has been a very long six years.

Today is Winston Churchill Day - the day that commemorates Sir Winston's being named an honorary U.S. citizen. Hussein Obama was not available to wax on about one of his favorite Brits as he participated in a roundtable with "Civil Society Leaders" in Panama City, Panama (though things there weren't really all that civil) today. Seems I am not the only forgetful one.


May, 1940 with the Nazi's on the move Churchill tells his countrymen something we Americans need to consider as we watch this administrations attempts to snuggle up to Iran -

We have differed and quarreled in the past;

But now one bond unites us all--

To wage war until victory is won,

And never to surrender ourselves to servitude and shame,

Whatever the cost and agony may be.


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April 7, 2015

Hussein Obama: "The future must not belong to those who slander Christians"

Note from our attorneys - "That is not a real quote!"

OK, OK, I got it!

Check video at 7:15 mark.

"On Easter, I do reflect on the fact that, as a Christian, I am supposed to love, and I have to say that, sometimes when I listen to other less-than-loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned."

And I have to say - my NAUSEA runneth over!

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New Poll: Majority Of Americans Support Religious Freedom

A new poll released by WPA Opinion Research on behalf of the Family Research Councill shows that the vast majority of Americans support religious liberty in the workplace. According to the latest research, business owners don't stand alone in supporting religious freedom. In a survey of 800 registered voters ... 81% "agree government "should leave people free to follow their own beliefs about marriage as well as live their daily lives at work and the way they run their businesses." Furthermore, 80% of non-religious Americans strongly support freedom to practice one's beliefs.

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Much more on the poll here ...

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President John Quincy Adams (1825-1829) on Islam (Compare to Obama's Understanding Cluelessness)

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Soopermexican aptly suggests President John Quincy Adams (U.S. President 1825-1829) was far more accurate in his understanding of Islam than our current president ... the feckless, clueless, Islam-appeasing Barack Obama.

For example, President Adams said of Islam:

In the seventh century of the Christian era, a wandering Arab of the lineage of Hagar, the Egyptian, combining the powers of transcendent genius, with the preternatural energy of a fanatic, and the fraudulent spirit of an impostor, proclaimed himself as a messenger from Heaven, and spread desolation and delusion over an extensive portion of the earth. Adopting from the sublime conception of the Mosaic law, the doctrine of one omnipotent God; he connected indissolubly with it, the audacious falsehood, that he was himself his prophet and apostle. Adopting from the new Revelation of Jesus, the faith and hope of immortal life, and of future retribution, he humbled it to the dust, by adapting all the rewards and sanctions of his religion to the gratification of the sexual passion. He poisoned the sources of human felicity at the fountain, by degrading the condition of the female sex, and the allowance of polygamy; and he declared undistinguishing and exterminating war, as a part of his religion, against all the rest of mankind. THE ESSENCE OF HIS DOCTRINE WAS VIOLENCE AND LUST: TO EXALT THE BRUTAL OVER THE SPIRITUAL PART OF HUMAN NATURE.

Between these two religions, thus contrasted in their characters, a war of twelve hundred years has already raged. That war is yet flagrant; nor can it cease but by the extinction of that imposture, which has been permitted by Providence to prolong the degeneracy of man. While the merciless and dissolute dogmas of the false prophet shall furnish motives to human action, there can never be peace upon earth, and good will towards men. The hand of Ishmael will be against every man, and every man's hand against him. It is, indeed, amongst the mysterious dealings of God, that this delusion should have been suffered for so many ages, and during so many generations of human kind, to prevail over the doctrines of the meek and peaceful and benevolent Jesus (Blunt, 1830, 29:269, capitals in orig.).

As Soopermexican points out, we, on the other hand, have a president ... Barack Obama, defending Islam as a religion of peace, while castigating Christians for violence done in it's name 800 years ago. And who has also said that the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet Muhammed:

So, just how wrong is Obama on Islam, who nven refuses to allow anyone in his administration to utter the words 'radical Islam' or refer to 'Islamic extremism'? Well, even Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi confronted the issue of jihadism in an address to Islamic scholars at Al-Azhar University on January 1, 2015 and called for the reform of Islam:

"We are in need of a religious revolution. You, imams, are responsible before Allah. The entire world is waiting for your next move."
Meanwhile, Barack Obama, oblivious to the world on fire around him via the hate, violence, terrorism, and mayhem of Islamic extremists ... says he's concerned by "less-than-loving" Christians.

Related 'must' read:Iran Fiasco: John Quincy Adams Knew Jihad, John Kerry Does Not (John Quincy Adams' wise, candid ruminations should be required reading for all contemporary U.S. diplomats and politicians, whose current self-destructive inadequacies -- bereft of Old Man Eloquent's timeless Islamic insights -- are painfully manifest every day.)

Suggested read: You Can't Reform Islam Without Reforming Muslims

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Parenting 101 vs diplomacy, sanctions, and non-existent inspections - Iran

Any parent worth his or her salt understands tough love and the consequences of using it or not using it with children. In raising my son, having him love me was more important than having him respect me. Consequently when he was six foot five and two-hundred twenty pounds to my five foot three and a hundred twenty pounds - guess who ruled the roost? (Not to worry, the Navy eventually got a hold of him and taught him what I didn't!)

Learning from my mistakes, in raising my next child, the understanding that there would be consequences for failure to obey if he had to be told more than twice worked very well.

3/24/15
- Iran isn't providing needed access or information, nuclear watchdog says

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said that Iran has failed to provide the information or access needed to allay the agency's concerns about the weapons potential of the country's nuclear program.

The money line -

Iran signed the protocol in December 2003 and initially implemented it, Amano said, but the country ended its compliance in 2006.


Mario Loyola - National Review - The Return of Preemption

Months after leaving the Pentagon nearly nine years ago, I wrote in NR ("Before They Go Nuclear . . .") that the Bush administration's Europe-led sanctions strategy would lead to an Iranian nuclear weapon. Why? Because of the implicit understanding among the U.S. and its European partners that force was off the table as long as further sanctions could be imposed.

The Obama administration has always insisted that force is on the table "if diplomacy fails." More here.


January 29, 2014 - Senate Select Committee on Intelligence - James R. Clapper - Director of National Intelligence -

Iran and Hizballah are committed to defending the Asad regime and have provided support toward this end, including sending billions of dollars in military and economic aid, training pro-regime and Iraqi Shia militants, and deploying their own personnel in to the country.

Citing reality - Canada will not lift sanctions on Iran

Nine years later according to the International Atomic Energy Agency as well as NR's Mario Loyola - does it sound like diplomacy, sanctions/$, and non-existent inspections have deterred Iran in the least?

It is obvious that those in our government tasked with seeing to a peaceful world have been miserable stewards. Iran stands six foot five and two-hundred twenty pounds to America's five foot three and a hundred twenty pounds.

This "new and improved" nuke deal Hussein Obama is hawking is just that - a nuke "deal of the century" for Iran but not for the rest of the world!

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April 6, 2015

Rejoice for the new freedoms granted the Iranian woman!

The below Time article was sent to me today with this note - "Something good from the nuclear negotiations."

Iran Will Allow Women to Attend Major Sporting Events

A Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports official told the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency that women and their families would be allowed to attend most athletic events, except for those of "masculine" sports, like wrestling or swimming, during which male athletes wear uniforms or suits that cover little of their bodies.

Women will most likely be assigned to special sections in the stadiums, while mixed seating will be available for families. Read here.

This next article was published 3/13/15 - don't expect it to get the coverage the one above will.

State Executions Rise to Two Per Day in Iran

Executions in Iran have soared under president Rouhani, according to an Oslo-based Iranian human rights group, with an average of two now being carried out every day.

Iran Human Rights (IHR) in conjunction with the French group Ensemble Contre la Peine de Mort (Together against the Death Penalty), unveiled their findings this week at a press conference in the Norwegian capital as part of the release of IHR's annual report on the death penalty in Iran.

Among the findings, the groups have found that 753 people were executed in 2014, a 10% increase compared to 2013. Just 291 of these cases (39%) were announced by official Iranian sources.

The number of executions for 2014 is higher than in previous years, and has risen steadily since 2005, when 94 executions were recorded for that year. The group estimates that the number of executions for 2014 is "possibly one of the highest since the early 1990s".

The report also shows that executions have risen dramatically since president Hassan Rouhani's election in June 2013. In the 18 months before his election, there were 827 executions. In the 18 months after the election, this figure rose to 1,193.

Of these executions, nearly half of the prisoners, 49% (367) were executed for drug-related charges, while 240 were executed for murder charges. At least 14 juvenile offenders were executed, as were 26 women. Last October, it was reported that a woman convicted of murdering a man she accused of attempting to rape her when she was a teenager was executed.

There is much, disgustingly much more here.

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Obama's So-Called Framework Agreement A Lie - No 'There' There (#Obamasurrendertoiran)

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Clearly, in Obama's mind it isn't lying when he thinks something's good for us ... as was the case when he told us on numerous occasions that we could keep our previous health plan and doctor under Obamacare, and now in the case of the Iran so-called 'Framework Agreement'. In Obama-logic he know's best what's good for us and if he had to lie about it ... well, that's exactly what he'll do and in fact, has done.

As Roger Simon points out today at PJ Media, the fact that Obama is indeed once again lying to the American people is made abundantly clear via extensive comparisons between the Iranian, American and Europeans versions of what was supposedly agreed to by Iranian-born journalist Amir Taheri (bi-lingual in English and Farsi) whose writings focus on the Middle East affairs and topics related to Islamist terrorism. For example

The Iranian text opens by insisting that it has absolutely no "legal aspect" and is intended only as "a guideline for drafting future accords."

The American text claims that Iran has agreed to do this or that, for example reducing the number of centrifuges from 19,000 to 6,500.

The Iranian text, however, says that Iran "shall be able to ..." or "qader khahad boud" in Farsi to do such a thing. The same is true about enrichment in Fordow [underground reactor]. The Americans say Iran has agreed to stop enrichment there for 15 years. The Iranian text, however, refers to this as something that Iran "will be able to do," if it so wished.

Sometimes the two texts are diametrically opposed.

The American statement claims that Iran has agreed not to use advanced centrifuges, each of which could do the work of 10 old ones. The Iranian text, however, insists that "on the basis of solutions found, work on advanced centrifuges shall continue on the basis of a 10-year plan."

The American text claims that Iran has agreed to dismantle the core of the heavy water plutonium plant in Arak. The Iranian text says the opposite. The plant shall remain and be updated and modernized.

As Taheri goes on to aptly suggest, Obama is playing a bizarre game that could endanger regional peace and threaten the national security of the US and its allies.
He insisted that Kerry secure "something, anything" before April 14 to forestall the US Congress' planned moves on Iran.

He also wanted to stick it to Netanyahu, settle scores with Republicans, and please his faction within the Democratic Party; in other words, taking strategic risks with national security and international peace in the pursuit of dubious partisan gains.

Read Taheri's entire analysis here ...

As Roger Simon writes in his commentary. what we have here is not "a failure to communicate," but Obama's moral narcissism gone berserk.

Forget his former proclaimed views on Iran. Driven by his need for legacy and his conviction that "he knows best" about world peace, the future, whatever, he has reversed course and powered through to what he thinks, or wants us to think, is the framework for a deal that would prevent Iran from fabricating nuclear weapons. Only -- as in Gertrude Stein's Oakland and Amir Taheri's translations -- there's no there there.
Read Simon's entire piece here ...

Meanwhile, as has now long been the case due to Barack Obama's disastropus foreign policy, our enemies continue to no longer fear us and our allies don't feel they can trust us ... the latest example of the later being the fact that America's other key allies across the Middle East -- such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates -- are just as distraught as Israel over Obama's 'submission' and 'surrender' to Iran.

Related readings:
Iran Rolls Obama, the World Will Pay
Obama places USA in Submission to Iran ... and Islam itself
OF FATUITY AND FATWAS

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April 5, 2015

And he shall reign forever and ever

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April 4, 2015

Obama's State Department rejects call for Iran deal to affirm Israel's 'right to exist'

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Let there be no doubt whatsoever where Iran-appeasing and Muslim apologist Barack Obama stands in regard to the security of Israel, America's most important and longest-standing ally in the Middle East:

A State Department official dismissed a plea Friday from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the Iran nuclear agreement include clear recognition of his nation's "right to exist," declaring negotiations are "only about the nuclear issue."

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf, in a terse response to a question about Netanyahu's concerns, told reporters, "This is an agreement that is only about the nuclear issue" -- a comment that indicates the Obama administration is not looking to enshrine Israel's security into a final agreement.

More here ...

The so-called 'agreement' is "only about the nuclear issue" only because Barack Obama made it that way, ignoring Iran's proclamations for the destruction of Israel (along with Iran's calls for "Death to America") ... simply because the Iran-appeasing, pro-Muslim apologist, anti-Israel Barack Obama chose to make it so ... totally ignoring the fact that Iran is not only aspires to develop nuclear weapons but is also the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism.

As Ed Morrissey astutely points out, it has become abundantly clear that Obama wants a deal for the sake of claiming a foreign policy achievement, no matter what the cost, and no matter what it does to our allies, especially Israel (and even America, the nation Obama has sworn to protect and defend):

The situation is reminiscent of another confrontation between Western powers and an extremist dictatorship that professed its own destiny to rule the world, and where the dictator even wrote out his plans for world domination and practically begged everyone to read them.

In both cases, Western leaders told themselves that the extremist rhetoric was only intended for domestic consumption. Also in both cases, they treated with contempt their allies whose very existence was threatened by the new hegemon, who kept breaking international agreements and stalling negotiations until the West appeased them by betraying those same allies -- even locking their democratic allies out of the negotiations.

At least Neville Chamberlain learned his lesson after Munich, albeit far too late for the Czechoslovakians, Eastern Europe, and millions of Jews. Obama and Kerry seem determined to repeat those same mistakes. That can be described many ways, but smart power isn't one of them.

Clearly, the 'too desperate-to-get-a-deal' Barack Obama will go down in history as the president that paved the way for Iran to have nuclear weapons, destabilized the entire Middle East and set off a Middle East arms race, weakened America culturally, economically, and militarily, divided America, and turned our country into a nation whose allies no longer trust and whose enemies no longer fear.

Suggested reads: An Apology to Neville Chamberlain
What Churchill Would Make of Obama's Iran Appeasement

Iran's Persian statement on 'deal' contradicts Obama's claims:

... the first thing to know about the highly hyped "historic achievement" that President Obama is trying to sell is that there has been no agreement on any of the fundamental issues that led to international concern about Iran's secret nuclear activities and led to six mandatory resolutions by the United Nations Security Council and 13 years of diplomatic seesaw.

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April 3, 2015

It's Time To Recognize Who The Real Haters In Our Country Are

David Limbaugh's piece today at Town Hall focuses on who the real haters are in this nation ... and they damn well don't reside on the right side of the political spectrum. As Limbaugh so aptly points out, the nasty, mean-spirited rhetoric, the desire to harm people for exercising their religion and the efforts to smear a certain group of people are coming from leftist activists against Christians, not Christians against gays. Those are indeed the facts.

Limbaugh writes:

One may reasonably wonder whether the militant left in this country is solely dedicated to manufacturing issues to keep the nation in a constant state of uproar, angst and disharmony. We're seeing lots of negativity and intolerance from those so concerned that we all love one another.

Their most recent cause for hysterical urgency is Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The left has gone absolutely bonkers attempting to paint that legislation as a license for Christians to discriminate against gays for sport and is smearing anyone who supports it as a reactionary bigot.

Don't you long for those days when words had meaning? Now we have propagandists whose principal job is to deceitfully distort word meanings to promote their causes.

A few examples in the context of the issue at hand are "hate," "homophobe," "discrimination" and "anti-." People who oppose same-sex marriage do not fear or hate people who are gay. They are not advocating discrimination against them, and they are not against them.

These calculated distortions have had an enormous impact on our culture, infecting even people who should know better. Now enshrined in our popular culture, these misrepresentations affect the way people think (which is the whole point, of course) and lead to imputed motives with no basis in fact.

Read the whole thing here ...

So as we anxiously await with bated breaths, when, if ever, will our Republican politicians have the backbone to stand up for what is right on this issue and vindicate religious liberty?

Related: How to Talk About the Indiana Law With Your Liberal Relatives at Easter

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'The Politics of Easter'

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On this Good Friday as we reflect on Christ's Passion ... take time to read this guest post by Dr. Robert Owens ... this world and its politics is indeed a soap opera, and we all would do well to keep it all in perspective:

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I love my country. I consider myself a patriot. I believe that the United States has provided more people with more freedom and more opportunity than any other nation that has ever existed. I think the United States has been blessed by God.

Having said all that I must admit that I am only a citizen of this country in a transitory and momentary way for I am but a pilgrim here, a sojourner whose ultimate home is another city, a kingdom, and that even here my ultimate allegiance is to my King.

Over the years I have had many conversations with people regarding the ongoing Progressive degradation of this great Republic. Often people will say, "I can't talk about this anymore it is too depressing." And often people ask me, "How can you dwell on this so much and be so happy?"

I'm not really happy. Happiness is a fleeting feeling that can be erased by not getting your pizza delivered on time. I have joy and peace and the contentment of security. I always answer this question with, "I spend a few hours every day immersed in the evidence of the deepening betrayal of America's experiment in personal freedom, individual liberty, and economic opportunity, and I am never depressed. Because my hope is in Christ and my home is in heaven."

This is the politics of Easter:

Paul, after warning us what the so-called leaders of this world are really all about said, "There are many out there taking other paths, choosing other goals, and trying to get you to go along with them. I've warned you of them many times; sadly, I'm having to do it again. All they want is easy street. They hate Christ's Cross. But easy street is a dead-end street. Those who live there make their bellies their gods; belches are their praise; all they can think of is their appetites." Paul also tells us,"But there's far more to life for us. We're citizens of high heaven! We're waiting the arrival of the Savior, the Master, Jesus Christ, who will transform our earthy bodies into glorious bodies like his own. He'll make us beautiful and whole with the same powerful skill by which he is putting everything as it should be, under and around him."

I am a Christian, unabashedly and unashamed. Jesus is my king, my Lord and my God. I look about me and I love my country and I love those about me. However at the same time I take to heart what Peter said, "Friends, this world is not your home, so don't make yourselves cozy in it. Don't indulge your ego at the expense of your soul" and I realize that as a Christian, we are visitors in this world of unbelievers. We may be the same on the outside as everyone else, but on the inside we are different.

1. We don't think like them.

2. We don't act like them.

3. We don't have the same customs as they do.

4. We don't have the same goals and desires.

5. When they want to go partying and getting drunk and go carousing, we don't want to join them. ...

6. They use the Lord's name in vain, participate in the deeds of darkness and are, essentially, the walking dead. We are not like them.

7. They glorify themselves. We glorify God.

8. Some glorify false gods. We glorify the true God.

9. We are different inside. And it shows. Or at least it should.

If there was a trial today and we were charged with being a Christian would there be enough evidence to convict? Or are we secret agent Christians? Instead of hiding in the shadows we should be holding aloft the light of Christ in a darkening world so that as Peter admonished us we, "Live an exemplary life among the natives so that your actions will refute their prejudices. Then they'll be won over to God's side and be there to join in the celebration when he arrives."

This world and its politics is a soap opera. Following the ins and outs of the progression from colonies to empire to utopia keeps us occupied and obsessed. We need to keep it all in perspective. Yes, it is good to stand for freedom for God created us to be free so that we could freely choose Him. Yes, it is good to stand for personal liberty and economic opportunity so that all people will have the opportunity to become all that they can be and so that they are not oppressed by the utopians in their mad drive toward a heaven on earth that will never and can never be reality. However it is the height of folly to allow the false god of ideology to cloud our vision until we become as doctrinaire as the utopians holding aloft democracy or national prestige as goals in and of themselves.

Continue reading "'The Politics of Easter' "

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