Questions Raised By Obama’s Mosque Speech

Speaking at the Islamic Society of Baltimore the day before the National Prayer Breakfast, President Obama again sent an ideological message in need of fact-checking to Americans as he called for tolerance toward Muslims and unity of all faiths.

Obama’s visit to the U.S. mosque was controversial because its former imam, Mohamad Adam el-Sheikh, was accused of terrorist connections; and the mosque is a Muslim site with deep ties to extremist elements, including the Muslim Brotherhood. El-Sheikh formed a group whose parent organization provided funds to Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda, Hamas and other terrorist organizations, according to the U.S. Treasury Department.

For those who are informed and understand the president’s worldview, nothing he said was surprising. He thanked “Muslim-Americans” for helping to build this country, said Islam is not to blame for terrorist attacks, and added, “We are one American family.”

For more than a thousand years people have been drawn to Islam’s message of peace. And the very word itself, Islam, comes from “salaam”–peace. The standard greeting is “salaam alaikum”–peace be upon you. And like so many faiths, Islam is rooted in a commitment to compassion and mercy and justice and charity. Whoever wants to enter paradise, the Prophet Mohammad taught, let him treat people the way he would love to be treated.

First, another meaning derived from that same root word, “salaam,” is submission. Islam promotes conquest and surrender; Muslims are to submit to Allah, and all others must convert or face consequences. Also, some have been drawn to ISIS – not because Islam is a message of peace, but because they get to kill “infidels.”

Mohammad was a bloodthirsty warrior who conquered cities. This certainly does not fit with the Golden Rule taught by Jesus Christ. Finally, there is little assurance of paradise unless a Muslim kills himself and others in the name of Allah.

Christians, however, are guaranteed eternal life by trusting in Jesus Christ as Lord (Rom. 10:9-10); and, being saved by God’s grace through faith (Eph. 2:8-10), we are given the Holy Spirit in our hearts as a pledge of our inheritance (2 Cor. 1:22).

Obama also stated:

Islam has always been part of America; Generations of Muslim-Americans helped build our nation.

I don’t seem to recall Muslim founders, patriots, or Muslim pilgrims being mentioned in history books and textbooks at school when I was growing up; do you?

Naturally, the president seized the opportunity to criticize anti-Muslim rhetoric by Republican presidential candidates.

Recently, we’ve heard inexcusable political rhetoric against Muslim Americans that has no place in our country.

Apparently, this was a shot at Donald Trump and those who support border security and the vetting of refugees. Defending terrorists once again, he said, “we can’t suggest that Islam itself is at the root of the problem. That betrays our values.” Sin is the root of man’s problems, but whose values is he referring to specifically?

We do know Obama values abortion, socialism, the U.N., the LGBT agenda, and many other anti-Christian views as demonstrated by his words and policies. Before he was elected president, when asked in an interview about the meaning of “sin,” Obama stated sin is “being out of alignment with my values.” In the same interview, he said he doesn’t know what happens after we die, and claimed that Jesus was merely a historical figure. Christians believe Jesus Christ is Lord and God.

The president gave lip service to religious freedom in America, saying it must be upheld; but why doesn’t he defend Christian bakers, florists, photographers, etc. when they are fined or have their businesses shut down due to their sincere religious beliefs? Do we also need to mention how the Obama Justice Department came down on Hobby Lobby, Little Sisters of the Poor, and others?

Going back to the mosque, the president also stated:

We have to reaffirm that most fundamental of truths—we are all God’s children, all born equal with inherent dignity.

Having dignity is one thing, but according to the Bible, we are not all children of God. In fact, Jesus once said those who were trying to kill him were of their father, the devil. It is true we were created in the image of God, but until a person is born of the Spirit of God, he or she cannot become an adopted child of God. (1 John 4:1-6) Muslims do not accept the authority and deity of Christ.

Our television shows should have some Muslim characters that aren’t related to national security.

He also affirmed there are now more black people on TV, so I’m not even sure what to say here. The president added:

In Muslim communities…this is a time of concern and frankly, a time of some fear… As Muslim Americans…your entire community so often is targeted or blamed for the violent acts of the very few.

If this is true, then why is it that no one seems to be afraid of offending Christians, but many people fear offending Muslims? We should also question his calculated use of these words: entire, often, targeted, blamed, and very.

The president also insisted we make sure that hate crimes are punished, and the civil rights of all Americans are upheld. But some consider it “hate” to say that Jesus is the only way to the Father, or that homosexuality is a sin.

I like what Fox News commentator Todd Starnes, said:

Did Obama call on Muslims to embrace LGBT rights — like he does when he speaks to Christian gatherings? I wonder if Obama’s speech writer got his facts from the Common Core lessons on Islam?

One of the more surprising claims Obama made was, “Islam has a tradition of respect for other faiths.” Um, really? This had to be off-prompter. Have proponents of Islam traditionally shown respect for the Jewish and Christian faiths as well as others they consider “infidels”? You don’t have to answer that.

Perhaps he thinks Christian persecution does not exist. With tens of thousands of Christians worldwide being chased out of their homes and villages, many of them being killed as churches are destroyed, Obama warned against anti-Muslim bigotry? The fact is that Jews are four times more likely than Muslims to be victims of a hate crime.

As Muslim communities stand up for the future you believe in… America will be your partner.

Not all of America, if that future includes shredding the U.S. Constitution, mistreating women, implementing Sharia Law, and dominating our culture, government, education system, and media.

Finally, to Muslims, the president said, “Let your light shine.” How exactly is this translated in terms of the Quran and Muhammad’s teachings?

American citizens might take him more seriously if there were Muslim groups denouncing Islamic terrorism and speaking out on behalf of the victims of violence in the name of Allah. And if Obama supported Christianity the way he does Islam, these speeches wouldn’t fall on as many deaf ears.

It is both disingenuous and doublespeak to divide Americans while preaching “unity.” More often than not, Obama’s actions and rhetoric seem to do more damage to our society than good. Of course, some believe this was part of the agenda all along.

David Fiorazo is author of the book The Cost of Our Silence

Does Cosby Have Any Emails?

Does Bill Cosby have emails boasting about his sexual conquests?

Probably not, but with all the attention being paid to Hillary’s State Department emails on her personal server, it doesn’t hurt to ask. Of course, I’m being sarcastic. But anything new on the Bill Cosby case keeps him in the news and extends the shelf life of the current Pennsylvania criminal case against him.  There is always the chance of an additional criminal case elsewhere, if one can be found within the statute of limitations, and certainly more civil cases.

That’s all Hillary needs, for the Cosby story to run through the primaries. This is on top of her email controversy, which still has no closure.

Hillary has never explained plausibly why she established an email account with a private server, a mode likely compromised by foreign intelligence; and how it is that she sent and received emails that may have impaired U.S. security and almost certainly violated laws used to prosecute others. From my own experience, I know what a security clearance means, what it is to be briefed in writing and orally about the protocols of a clearance, and to sign in writing an acknowledgement that you understand and accept these conditions.

While the major government investigation of what looks like Hillary’s violations of the law continues, the question is how much longer it can continue. By all accounts it is a thorough investigation, which the FBI Director might not have authorized unless he were going to do it seriously. The FBI Director will have to defend the investigation, whether he recommends prosecution or not. And the attorney general will be on the hot seat if the FBI director concludes the law has been violated, and the AG passes on prosecution. Last Friday’s State Department disclosure of new Hillary emails at a higher security level has caused apprehension within the campaign. Hillary is preempting by making the email issue another “Benghazi.”

The Cosby case is far more subtle. The longer it continues, the more attention it focuses on a powerful man who is accused of being a sexual predator. As in the matter of former president Bill Clinton, the accusations against Cosby are multiple–that is, from different women who do not know each other–over a period of time. And, as with Clinton, some of the accusers date back years, even decades. And, as with Clinton, there was – for one case – a financial settlement in a civil suit. Thus, Cosby becomes a proxy for Clinton.

Yesterday in Norristown, Pennsylvania, on the second and final day of a two-day preliminary hearing, judge Steven O’Neill ruled that the full trial would go forward. While Cosby’s lawyers will appeal, they likely will lose that appeal; and then the question will be when will the case go forward, and can the civil suit deposition be admitted in evidence.

Cosby’s lawyers did not simply argue (and lose the argument) that the newly elected district attorney Kevin Steele should not stay on the case. O’Neill also did not accept the more fundamental argument, advanced by Cosby’s attorneys, that the case should not go forward because the original prosecutor, then-District Attorney Bruce Castor, gave Cosby full immunity.

During the first day of the preliminary hearing, Castor told Cosby’s lawyer that “I’m not on your team.” Castor explained that his decision not to proceed did not mean he did not believe the accusations by Andrea Constand, but he was doubtful the charges could be proven in a criminal case beyond a reasonable doubt.

There is some question about the competence of Cosby’s original lawyers. It seems they proceeded with the civil deposition years back, in which Cosby discussed his modus operandi of using Quaaludes to seduce women; his accusers say it was not a matter of seduction but of rendering them unable to function, so as to offer resistance. Generally, a grant of immunity is formal and written and might well need to be approved by a judge, but Cosby’s lawyers went ahead, simply because the prosecutor said he would not proceed on the criminal case. It would hardly seem that this decision and any oral assurance would be binding, and certainly not on a future prosecutor.

Castor explained he wanted the victim to recover money from Cosby in a civil case, and he declined to prosecute so that Cosby could not take the Fifth Amendment in that case. Castor testified that getting Constand money from Cosby via a civil suit settlement was “the best he could do.”

Hillary is not doing well among young female voters, including females under, say, age 40. In the Law and Order SVU age, sexual assault is taken much more seriously. Trump briefly raised, then dropped, the issue of Hillary enabling her husband’s behavior, which Bernie Sanders terms “disgraceful.” But the real issue is whether Bill Clinton sexually assaulted several women and whether Hillary tried to discredit, intimidate and silence them.

If Trump continues in the race or were to win the nomination, and Hillary is the Democratic nominee, and the Cosby case continues, you can expect Trump to push Hillary hard on her role in suppressing “bimbo eruptions.” If another Republican is the nominee, it’s unclear whether that nominee might raise the issue.

They Asked, He (Jesus) Answered!

“It remains to be seen what God will do with a man who gives himself up wholly to Him.” -D. L. Moody

America, can you imagine what this country would be like if 78% of those who claim to be Christians actually loved God (John 14:21) enough to obey Him (Titus 1:16; 1 John 2:4)? I can! If only the American people would meet The Lord on His terms (Jeremiah 29:11-13).

John Adams, the second President of the United States, wrote an entry in his diary dated February 22, 1756,

“Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their only law book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited! Every member would be obliged in conscience, to temperance, frugality, and industry; to justice, kindness, and charity towards his fellow men; and to piety, love and reverence toward Almighty God…What a Utopia, what a Paradise would this region be.”

With all the lawlessness that is abounding in America, genuine Christians know that grace does still abound over sin (Romans 5:20; 1 John 4:4). The Scriptures tell us, “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us” (Romans 8:37). We are also told, “Whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith” (1 John 5:4), and that Jesus Christ is “the author and the finisher of that faith” (Hebrew 12:2). Those who have that faith, the faith of the Son of God, are crucified to the world, and the world to them (Matthew 16:24; Galatians 2:20; 6:14).

Yet, there are some that simply do not hear (1 John 4:5-6).

D. L. Moody, the Chicago preacher, said: 

“It remains to be seen what God will do with a man who gives himself up wholly to Him.”

In Matthew 4:9, the devil offered Christ the world when he said, “All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.”

Yet, Christ created all things (Colossians 1:16-17).

Scripture tells Christians to ask of God, and He will give the heathen to them for their inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for their possession (Psalm 2:8).

That is the heart of God, and His objective is to “seek and save that which is lost” (Luke 19:10; Ezekiel 33:11).

Feeling within myself the life and the leading of the Spirit of God (Romans 8:14), and given that my objective is aligned with The Lord’s (Psalm 37:4), if the devil has the world to offer those who bow to him, what might the Lord offer to His children for His glory when asked (Daniel 3)?

He said that we are to open our mouths wide so He can fill them (Psalm 81:10).

He asks, “Who has believed the report of the Lord? And upon whom is the arm of The Lord revealed?” (Isaiah 53:1)

The Lord tells us that those whose hearts are perfect towards Him shall do great exploits (2 Chronicles 16:9; Titus 3:5)!

We are to call unto Him, and He has promised to show unto us great and mighty things (Jeremiah 33:3).

Jesus told His Church that they would do greater things than He did (John 14:12). Scripture goes even further to tell us that if all the things that were done by Christ were written down, all the books in the world could not contain them (John 21:25)!

Therefore, what God did for others in their day, He promises to do such, and more, in ours (Malachi 3:16; Hebrews 13:8). He is faithful to a thousand generations, which includes ours, Christians (Psalms 105:8).

I love to talk of the “cloud of witnesses” (Hebrews 12). Remember the God of these men?

The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The God of Moses, Joshua, David, The God of Gideon, The God of Samson and The God of Elijah, Isaiah, Ezekiel, The God of Amos, The God of my Lord Jesus Christ “The Lion of the tribe of Judah, etc….

I also love to talk about the presence and power of God that abode upon our fathers of the faith: Martin Luther, John Knox, John Calvin, John Bunyan, Charles Spurgeon, John Wesley, George Whitfield, William and Catherine Booth, etc….

These men and woman were those who responded to the Lord, and they found Him! The results are that the world saw the Most High God in action and in demonstration through His Church (1 John 5:12).

It is one thing to talk of these men of God. Yet, it is another thing to know the God of our fathers, to walk with God and to be known of God. These that I mentioned proved Him and found Him to be exactly what Scripture declares of Him!

To do otherwise is to limit The Holy One of Israel.

“Those that teach that the day of miracles is past, teach the most disastrous lie ever told… Such lies are responsible for the prevalent lack of faith in God and have robbed Christianity of the power to demonstrate itself.” -John G. Lake

In America, how can anyone deny the divine hand of the Living God? They cannot! Where our forefathers left off, it is for the American Church to pick up.

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The GOP Did Good In Iowa

I don’t know how the primaries will turn out in New Hampshire next week.

But I was glad to see Republican voters in Iowa prick some of the air out of the Trump balloon Monday night and lift Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio to the top of the GOP heap.

All Iowans didn’t get caught up in the Trump celebrity or go goofy for the Trump plane.

A lot of them looked at the Donald’s political substance — and realized he didn’t have any. Not in politics, anyway.

Going forward, however, conservatives still have the same problem they’ve had for months. Too many good horses clogging up the race.

They need to find their best horse quickly and ride it. Otherwise, they’ll split the conservative vote again and give the nomination to a moderate or a fake Republican like Trump who won’t win in the fall.

It happened with John McCain in 2008 and again with Mitt Romney in 2012. Too many conservatives in the race splintered the conservative vote.

There were 12 Republicans still trying to win the nomination in Iowa. Eleven of them were virtually interchangeable conservatives. One was a billionaire pretending to be one.

Even with Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul and Rick Santorum dropping out, there are still way too many candidates splitting up the conservative vote.

Ben Carson should be next. And what’s Jim Gilmore waiting for? Where did he come from anyway? And why?

The ex-Virginia Governor got a whopping 12 votes from Iowa caucus-goers — .01 percent. That has to be a Guinness world record for last place in any election. “Other” was chosen by 119 people.

Still, the results in Iowa were encouraging for the Republican Party. If I had to pick a single big winner, I guess it has to be Cruz.

Congratulations to him. He’s good. He’s great. But at the end of Monday night, I think Rubio shined brightest.

He finished a close third to Cruz, plus he gave a great speech after the caucus while Cruz’s speech was too long, too religious and too awful.

Rubio gave the most Reaganesque talk. He spoke to everyone, while Cruz spoke — and spoke — to evangelicals.

Let’s put it this way. If Cruz had been on the old “Gong Show,” he’d have been gonged and yanked from the stage.

I understand why the three governors — Bush, Christie and Kasich, who collectively didn’t get 8 percent of the vote in Iowa — want to stay around for New Hampshire. It’s their last shot.

But if they really want to help the conservatives, it’s time for some of those guys to go home too.

The goal of this primary race is to win back the White House. To do that, Republicans need a message that’s inclusive and welcoming to minorities.

Iowa, in case you didn’t notice, the Republicans are no longer the party of angry old white men.

About 65 percent of caucus votes went to Cruz, Rubio and Carson — Republicans who, last time I looked, are Latino or black.

Compare that with the Democrats, who like to pass themselves off as the all-inclusive party that speaks for minorities.

Now that that 53-year-old whippersnapper Martin O’Malley has dropped out of their primary, Democrats literally have an old white guy trying to beat out an old white gal.

It wouldn’t hurt if once in a while the mainstream news media pointed out the irony of the Democrats running two old fogies for president whose leftist policies were discredited in the last century.

Meanwhile, the Republicans’ diversity is a huge plus. It needs to be publicized and applauded from the rooftops by the GOP.

Based on what happened in Iowa, the Party of Ronald Reagan looks like it might have a conservative future after all. It’ll just have a different hue.

Penalty For Disobeying Federal ‘Commands’ Should NOT Be Death

There he stood at a press conference. Big man. Federal employee. FBI Special Agent in Charge Greg Bretzing looked into the camera and said, “Actions have consequences.” As if that justified the killing of LaVoy Finicum at the hands of the Oregon State Police in a confrontation which the FBI orchestrated and could reasonably foresee would end the way it did.

If LaVoy Finicum had been a black teen in a hoodie, the media would be all over it.

Instead, he was a mature white Arizona rancher who—like many of us in the West—was tired of federal hegemony over our land and was willing to risk his life, his treasure and his sacred honor to do something about it.

You know, like those 56 angry white guys in 1776.

Maybe he was misguided. Maybe he wasn’t.

But, apparently, white rancher lives matter a lot less to the FBI and the Department of Justice than do black lives belonging to looters—or the Al Sharptons of the world.

Agent Bretzing appears to have no idea of the consequences the actions of his little band of shooters will have.

Causes need martyrs.

LaVoy Finicum just became one. In fact, he may well have become the perfect martyr. He told NBC on video before it happened that he had a good life and was unafraid to die for his cause.

He also was the father of 11, a foster father over the years to 50 troubled boys…in general not what you think of when you think of an “armed militia member.” Or, for that matter, someone who came to Ferguson, Missouri, to riot and loot.

He was just a tough old coot who believed that the Federal Government had vastly overreached in the West and needed to have its pervasive influence reduced. And, unlike Cliven Bundy—who was not a media poster boy for land rights—he had the appeal of someone with the ability to charm the media.

The truth about law enforcement is that much of it sees things in black and white.

If a person is violating a law—any law—then they are subject to the wrath of government-sanctioned guns at the complete discretion—or lack of it—of those wielding those guns.

Now, to some extent, law enforcement is important. Within reason, it is one of the few things we all agree that government is and actually should be responsible for.

We expect it to be there when mobsters are stealing us blind in New York and Chicago. We expect it to be there when gang-bangers are shooting up the streets of East Los Angeles or the Strip in Las Vegas.

We also expect there to be a proportionate response to, say, a traffic stop. Or an act of civil disobedience. We sort of learned proportionate response in Birmingham, Al., in the 60s from black and white films of Sheriff Bull Connor’s dogs attacking demonstrators.

Unfortunately, many times we get neither—but we do get a lot of rage from some quarters in law enforcement when they are criticized.

I’ll grant you that it is a difficult job, made more so by an “us vs. them” attitude cultivated by much of law enforcement over the years.

Actions do indeed have consequences. So do attitudes.

This nation does not—and cannot—depend solely on law enforcement to keep us safe. You cannot put a cop on every corner—or every Federal wildlife preserve. It takes voluntary compliance from a citizenry which has a basic respect for the law.

And, the occasional burst of civil disobedience to help put a bad law away.

That respect for the system has to be earned BY the system.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Greg Bretzing may well have set that respect back 30 years with his flip recital of what we all know to be true, which was clearly intended to minimize the consequences resulting from a complete mishandling of peaceful civil disobedience.

The idea that a government employee can shoot you dead because you do not follow his “commands” doesn’t sit well with us in the West, where we, also, carry guns.

It’s not like Finicum was knocking over a liquor store in East LA with a gun, or selling drugs in Chicago for the Sinaloa cartel.

He was protesting Federal hegemony over Western land.

And the sentence for that should probably not be death.