Ministers Preaching In 2014 America Face Similar Threats As Ministers In Soviet-Occupied Poland

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I recently had the privilege to join 100 ministers and faith leaders on Gov. Mike Huckabee and David Lane’s Journey Tour, traveling to Poland, Germany, the UK, and California.

During this time, I had the opportunity to speak to ministers and faith leaders about a range of issues related to religion and politics in America. After visiting Arka Pana Church in Poland and hearing Gov. Huckabee’s Q &A with Priest Wladyslaw Palmowski (the underground church’s leader during Soviet occupation), I wondered if American ministers could identify with Palmowski’s experiences.

Huckabee asked Palmowski, “Why did he become involved in resisting Communism? Why did he resist the pressure to be silent?”

Palmowski replied that he was raised by Christian parents who taught him honor, dignity, and values to strengthen his character. “Christians were being sent to Siberia or were killed and many still do not know where their loved ones are buried.” “Weak individuals were broken,” he added, “which is why they signed contracts of cooperation with the secret police.”

On the eve of December 31, 1981, when martial law took effect, people en masse were arrested and interned, many homes were broken into, and factories were surrounded by the Soviet army. Palmowski witnessed the terror of his neighbors and told Huckabee that “it was up to us whether the people would be alone or receive brotherly help.” The church confessional became the center for communal life, where people could come and talk freely. “The nation was afraid,” he said; “but when we were together, our greatest strength was shaped by our Christian love that enabled us to help others.”

Huckabee asked: “Weren’t you afraid risking your life smuggling food for people? Was there ever a time when you felt like giving up?”

Palmowski answered: “I knew if the secret police caught me I would receive no mercy. I spent 200 hours ministering to people in internment camps and the first Solidarity march from the Steelworks factory came to Arka Pana, which is why it was important for the church to emphasize the value of human dignity and overcoming fear.”

He added: “I knew we could be eliminated at any time and no one would know. The Soviets had secret lists of people. The only fear the Communists had was Pope John Paul II. If the Communists tried to kill any priests the Pope would tell the truth to the world.

“I was #4 on their hit list. I would be dead if it were not for the Pope. He was our buffer, protecting us. He was our symbol—reminding us that we are not alone in this world.”

After hearing this, I created and distributed a 10-question survey to 65 pastors. Here are the highlights:

All replied that they spoke about political issues both in and out of their churches, explaining that all issues are moral, and that all levels of civics are rooted in Biblical principles and Mosaic law. They all responded that they encourage their congregants to register to vote; some distribute voter guides, but all preach the gospel within the context of cultural issues. One minister explained that “Believers have a responsibility to seek righteousness on earth” because the Bible provides numerous examples of political engagement.

Fifty percent of those surveyed reported that they, their family, or their congregants have been ostracized by those in their community for expressing their faith in public settings, including town hall meetings.

Twelve percent reported that they, their family members, or congregants have had their personal property vandalized, including stolen and/or desecrated crosses. Someone drove a truck through one church’s front door. Some family members, including wives, have had their tires slashed or car damaged—more than once.

Ten percent reported that members of the public protested on their church’s property, some even protesting inside their church. A handful reported being denied civil rights and/or public services because their local public officials rejected their faith views and deliberately chose to disregard their legal duty to protect and serve.

Ten percent of ministers said they had received death threats to both themselves and their family, in addition to threats to burn their homes. One minister was actively pursued by a man seeking to kill him because he was preaching the gospel in his church. The man vandalized his church, went door to door breaking into neighboring homes of the church, and was eventually shot and killed by the police. The minister is alive and well.

What struck me was not only the fortitude of these men in their convictions, but their joy and zeal to preach the gospel despite any threats they might receive. Regardless of subpoenas by mayors or death threats they received, they remain steadfast in their faith as Palmowski did.

The only difference is that these ministers are living in 2014 America under a constitutional republic, not in Soviet-occupied Poland. They know where they stand, and where those against them stand, which is why they don’t have the protection of their own political leaders.

One who actively stands against them is the President of the United States, who wrote in The Audacity of Hope: “I will stand with the Muslims if the Political Wind shifts in an ugly direction.”

This is why there has been no protection for Christian refugees and those being slaughtered by Muslims worldwide. The President has clearly asserted that “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”

Yet, ministers joyfully and powerfully preach the opposite, no matter the cost.

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Outside Agitators In Ferguson More Militarized Than Police

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Remember when the media were complaining about the “militarization” of the police in Ferguson? ABC News is now reporting that the police have reason to be worried and well-armed. ABC News Justice Department reporter Pierre Thomas says the FBI is warning about violent extremists and outside agitators targeting the city.

The ABC News report says, “The FBI assesses those infiltrating and exploiting otherwise legitimate public demonstrations with the intent to incite and engage in violence could be armed with bladed weapons or firearms, equipped with tactical gear/gas masks, or bulletproof vests to mitigate law enforcement measures.”

The FBI also warns that electrical facilities, water treatment plants, and computer networks could be attacked by groups such as “Anonymous.”

So it looks like some of the agitators could be “militarized” themselves, and may in fact be part of an international plot.

You may recall that the Senate was rushed by the media into holding hearings on the alleged police “militarization” problem, as if the police were overreacting to the riots in the city after a police officer shot and killed a violent thug named Michael Brown.

The FBI report confirms what we reported back in August—that terrorist elements have been active on the scene. We said, “Ferguson has become a ‘war zone’ because of outside agitators…The real story out of Ferguson is that a national network of agitators is ready, on a moment’s notice, to arrive on the scene to cause violence and mayhem.”

Now, the FBI confirms the existence of a sophisticated network of violent extremists, including computer hackers with the ability to strike on a global basis.

We have reported on participation in the Ferguson protests by members of the Workers World Party, a Marxist-Leninist group, and its front, the ANSWER Coalition. The group supports regimes in Russia and North Korea.

The media have extensively covered the protests without noting the outside agitators who, in some cases, lead and manipulate them.

The result has been a propaganda bonanza for anti-American elements. The party newspaper, Worker’s World, reported, “The protests demanding justice for Brown were covered nationally and internationally. CNN, Al-Jazeera America, Press TV, Russia Today, the Guardian in London, as well as thousands of other news sources and media agencies…”

Al Jazeera and Russia Today are foreign-owned and operated propaganda channels. Al Jazeera is sponsored by the Middle Eastern Arab government of Qatar, while Russia Today is funded by the Vladimir Putin regime in Moscow.

The communists say the Ferguson “rebellion” is designed to expose U.S. “racism” to a global audience. Regimes such as the one in China use such reports to accuse the U.S. of failing to deal with its own problems and unfairly focusing attention on human rights issues abroad.

The FBI report gives the media the opportunity to finally tell the truth about the “spontaneous” nature of these well-planned demonstrations, which are deliberately designed to turn violent.

But it’s not clear that the FBI has actually infiltrated the protest groups in order to gather information about planned violence. The FBI may simply be gathering information from open or public sources.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon had called out the National Guard to maintain the peace when the local police, supposedly armed with military-style weapons, were overwhelmed.

Now, as the public waits for word on whether or not the police officer who shot and killed Brown will be charged with murder, Nixon has called out the National Guard again. Most reports say the grand jury in the case will decline to indict the officer, Darren Wilson, as a result of clear and convincing evidence that he shot and killed Brown in self-defense.

While Congress has failed to probe the role of outside communist agitators in the Ferguson protests, the media have, on occasion, been forced to concede the violent nature of some of the demonstrations and riots.

Reuters quotes one agitator as saying, “Rioting and looting are the tools of those without a voice… There is no revolution without violence.”

Despite CNN’s sympathetic coverage of the protests, the communist Workers World paper singles out CNN for its alleged “sensationalized images” of violent protesters and “repeated character assassination” of Brown. The group helped organize a protest outside CNN headquarters in Atlanta.

The “character assassination” of Brown is a reference to video showing his strong-arm robbery of a convenience store and reports of him attacking Wilson before he was shot.

As the local police and Missouri National Guard brace for the anticipated violence when the grand jury verdict is handed down, it is becoming increasingly clear that the stories of alleged police militarization were a diversion from the real problem—outside communist agitation in Ferguson and the manipulation of black America for political and revolutionary purposes.

Some of this has been deliberately unleashed by President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, always eager to stoke racial extremism.

Katie Pavlich, News Editor at Townhall.com, revealed that former FBI Assistant Director and Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund President Ron Hosko said in a letter to Obama that Holder has been an “antagonist” to local police and that “his ill-timed decision to launch a full investigation into the Ferguson Police Department at the height of racial tensions in that community” amounted to “throwing gasoline on a fire that was already burning.”

He added, “Many officers were disgusted by such a transparent political maneuver at a time when presidential and attorney general leadership could have calmed a truly chaotic situation.”

Many of the anti-police reports originated with Washington Post blogger Radley Balko, a supposed expert on police “militarization” who also serves as a “media fellow” with the Cato Institute. His writings have been characterized by the need for corrections and unwarranted assumptions in his accounts of alleged police misconduct.

But much damage has already been done by this kind of erroneous reporting.

“We are the Militant Resistance against this corrupt police state, that includes the national guard,” says one Ferguson group called RbG Black Rebels.

The group claims to be fighting for Uhuru, the “liberation” of blacks worldwide, and has announced they will pay $5,000 for the “location” of Officer Wilson.

Wilson is said to be in hiding, while black radicals and communists plot openly to destroy the city, attack police, and destroy businesses.

 

This article originally appeared at AIM.org and is reprinted here with permission.

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Find Out What Pope Francis Really Thinks About Communism…

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Pope Francis is known for his economically liberal statements, labeling some to even call him a Marxist.

At first, it was Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck who described him as Marxist- now an Economist blogger is arguing he is close to economic Leninism, in fact saying he has adopted an “ultra radical line” similar to Lenin on the relationship between capitalism and war. To directly quote the blog post in The Economist:

By positing a link between capitalism and war, he seems to be taking an ultra-radical line: one that consciously or unconsciously follows Vladimir Lenin in his diagnosis of capitalism and imperialism as the main reason why world war broke out a century ago.

The question is: just how close is the Pope to Communism?

In an interview given to  Il Messaggero, Rome’s local newspaper, the Pope was asked about the blog post on the Economist that suggested the Pope was close to Leninism. The pope responded:

“I can only say that the communists have stolen our flag. The flag of the poor is Christian. Poverty is at the center of the Gospel.”

He added the following, then laughed:

Communists say that all this is communism. Sure, twenty centuries later. So when they speak, one can say to them: ‘but then you are Christian.’

Pope Francis directly said last year, defending himself against the charge that he was Marxist, that “Marxist ideology is wrong.” But then he added:  “But I have met many Marxists in my life who are good people, so I don’t feel offended.”

What do you think? Is Pope Francis more of an ideological bedfellow of atheist Vladimir Lenin than John Paul II on economic matters? Or are his economically liberal and pro-Communist statements being blown out of proportion?

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Revealed: TIME Magazine’s Tyrants Of The Year

“It has been in every age that it has been the tyrant, the oppressor and the exploiter, who has wrapped himself in the cloak of patriotism, or religion, or both, to deceive and overawe the People.”– Unknown (2 Corinthians 11:14)

Evil men have been, since day one, attempting to deceive the masses into believing that they are good and upright, when the fruit they produce through their works is nothing short of evil and destructive. I want you to see that this method of deceiving the people is still alive and well among those who have not learned from the past – and Time magazine is just the propaganda resource to prove my point.

Time has labeled the following people “Man of the Year”:

  • Adolf Hitler was declared Time’s Man of the Year in 1938. Hitler was a fascist dictator whose dangerous political power-grab cost the lives of over 50 million people during World War II, 405,399 of whom were American soldiers and 11 million of whom were exterminated through the Holocaust.
  • Josef Stalin was declared Man of the Year in 1939 and 1942. Stalin was the cruel tyrant of the Soviet Union who was responsible for killing 20 million of his own citizens. President Franklin Roosevelt referred to Stalin as kind “Uncle Joe” back in the 1930s.
  • Nikita Khrushchev was declared Man of the Year in 1957. Khrushchev was a Russian Communist who seized power as dictator over the Soviet Union when Stalin died in 1953. He liked to threaten and bully his opposition, and his leadership of the Communist Bloc in the Cold War was so dangerous that he had to be removed by his subordinates. Khrushchev said: “We do not have to destroy America with missiles; America will destroy itself from within.”
  • Richard Nixon was declared Time’s Man of the Year in 1971. We all know Nixon was due to be impeached because of his abuse of power and obstruction of justice in the Watergate scandal.
  • Ayatollah Khomeini was declared Man of the Year in 1979. The Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini was a Shiite Muslim who became the dictator of Iran in 1979. The ayatollah came to power as part of Jimmy Carter’s “human rights” policy. Using the youth, he headed a mass campaign of torture, rape, and execution against political opponents as well as their families, close friends, and anyone who was accused of insufficient Islamic behavior. President Reagan criticized Khomeini as “a maniacal fanatic who has slaughtered thousands and thousands of people, calling it executions.”
  • Mikhail Gorbachev was declared Man of the Year in 1987 and 1989. Gorbachev was an active member of the Communist Party during his college years and eventually became the head of the Soviet Union until its dissolution in 1991. He is a self-proclaimed atheist and a globalist.

Now we come to Barack Hussein Obama, declared Person of the Year by Time in 2008 and 2012. (Time changed the title from Man of the Year to Person of the Year in 1999.) Obama has been the most destructive president in American history. He is known as the most biblically hostile president. He has incessantly attacked the foundations of America. He has attempted to tear down the Constitution and recreate it in his own image. He has been labeled America’s first gay president, is a shameless supporter of the murder of children in the womb (even attempting to force private institutions to fund it–Proverbs 6:16-19), and has abused his power in an attempt to strip American citizens of their Second Amendment right to bear arms. Obama without question is following in pursuit of the dictators honored by Time magazine.

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Trevor Loudon’s America: A Path To Victory

There was an old saying that if you wanted to know about America, “Ask a Frenchmen.” I’d be comfortable with that if we were talking about Alexis De Tocqueville and Frederic Bastiat; but nowadays, I’d prefer if we asked an expert on Communism from New Zealand. Trevor Loudon is best known as the source that exposed Van Jones as an open Communist. Glenn Beck, a frequent reader of Loudon’s blog, first saw his reporting on Van Jones and pursued it with such vigor that the Obama “Green Jobs” advisor was forced to resign.

Loudon is now touring the U.S. and speaking about his latest book, THE ENEMIES WITHIN. I had the privilege of spending a few days with him when he passed through Illinois, and one of the things that really struck a fire within me was his clarity on the issues and the path to success that he felt was achievable. At a tea-party meeting in Glenview, he brought the crowd to its feet with the following suggestion:

To win the next elections, to make it worth something, we need to unify the conservative base. You’ve got Libertarians over there, you’ve got social conservatives, fiscal conservatives, defense conservatives, 2nd Amendment fighters – they’re all fractured. You’ve got 2 million GOP’ers who stayed home last time. You’ve got several million evangelical Christians who don’t vote.

To get those people motivated, they all need something. To unify them, they need to be given something. If I was a man like Ted Cruz – I see him as the front runner and the most Reaganesque of the figures that are out there right now, I’d be wanting to unify that base right now, before Jeb Bush gets up a head of steam. So I’d go to them right now and say, ‘I’m running and the very first thing I’m going to do is put Allen West on my VP ticket, early, right now.

Then for you Libertarians, I want your million votes, Rand Paul will be Secretary of my Treasury and he can do what he damn well pleases to the Federal Reserve and the IRS – carte blanche.

And you energy voters – Sarah Palin, Secretary of Energy – ‘Drill baby, drill,’ drill in your backyard if you want to, – Keystone pipeline, and $2/gallon gas for every American family.

Scott Walker, Secretary of Labor, right to work all over, folks. Herman Cain, Secretary of Commerce – deregulate, deregulate, deregulate! OSHA gone! EPA gone! Get American businesses working again!

John Bolton, Secretary of State – tell your enemies where to get off, rebuild your alliances. Ambassador to the United Nations – No one!

Dr. Ben Carson, Secretary of Health and Human Services – get rid of the welfare culture, get people’s pride in themselves back again. Attorney General, Mark Levin.

And for the Christians who don’t care about politics but they do care about the education of their children, ‘Vote for me this time guys and David Barton will be Secretary of Education.’ Common Core is gone, folks; homeschooling is protected.’

Then, speaking for himself, Loudon continued, “Go across the whole cabinet, name it now, you can fill in every slot. Will that motivate the base guys?” (Crowd applauds) “Will that get you guys enthusiastic?” (Rising Applause) “Would you be opening your checkbooks again and getting your friends involved?” (Standing ovation)

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