Billy Graham: “America Is Just As Wicked As Sodom And Gomorrah Ever Were”

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The Reverend Billy Graham recently published a commentary in which he stated that “America is just as wicked as Sodom and Gomorrah ever were.” He did not leave his readers there, though, but he pointed to the power of prayer.

He said that, despite America deserving judgement, “God would spare us if we were earnestly praying, with hearts that had been cleansed and washed by the blood of Christ.”

Graham addressed the importance of prayer to America when he said:

“Down through our history our nation’s leaders have carried their plans and hopes to God in prayer. Yet today we have come to a place where we regard prayer in our national life simply as a venerated tradition. We have no sense of coming to grips with God; we simply use prayer as a formality.”

Graham did not focus all of his attention on America, but also addressed the failures of the UN. He wrote: “One of the reasons the United Nations has become so ineffective in handling world situations is that there is no prayer, no recognition of God. Unless the leaders of nations turn to God in prayer, their best plans will fail, just as did the plans of those who built the tower of Babel.”

Graham filled his commentary with Biblical and other historical examples of people who have prayed and seen the power of God made manifest.  He wrote of Elijah praying for fire to consume his offering, Jesus praying to the Father for his friend Lazarus, and John Wesley’s prayers for revival in England.

Graham’s commentary, entitled “Turning the Tide of History,” offers a simple solution to the nation’s many woes. “The problems of the world will never be settled unless our national leaders go to God in prayer,” he writes.

What do you think? Is Graham’s call for prayer and repentance in a society as “wicked as Sodom and Gomorrah ever were” the critical solution to the problems America faces?

 

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Watch: The Israeli PM Just Gave An Epic Speech Against Radical Islam That Rocked The UN

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Talk about “audacity.” Talk about fundamentally changing the game. Redirecting the conversation about terrorism. Speaking the kind of unabashed, unvarnished truth that most world leaders wouldn’t dare to utter. Talk about what will have the world talking.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — true to the character of a man unafraid of how his words might be turned against him — has given what’s being called a “landmark” address to the United Nations General Assembly.

In New York on Monday, Netanyahu issued a clear condemnation of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). In the very building that houses the UN organization — to the very body that promotes its work — Netanyahu called the Council an “oxymoron”. Essentially, he charged it with enabling terrorism.

“The UNHRC is an oxymoron, but I’ll use it just the same,” he said. “Its policies are an extension of the oldest prejudice in the world. It’s a function of diseased minds: it’s called anti-Semitism, which is spreading in polite society, which is being legitimized as a form of criticism against Israel.”

In hard-hitting remarks that can only be described as “stunning”, Netanyahu said that ISIS and Hamas are “branches of the same poisonous tree.” Via israelnationalnews.com:

“Hamas is ISIS, and ISIS is Hamas,” he declared. “And what they share is what all Islamism shares: [. . .] they all have the same ideology, they all seek to establish a global militant Islam – where there is no freedom.”

“To them, anyone can be considered an infidel, including fellow Muslims.”

Even as Netanyahu’s speech was underway at the UN, Stanley Kurtz flash-posted at nationalreview.com his admiration for the Prime Minister’s candor and willingness to tell it like it is in an age when so many tiptoe around issues involving terrorism:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is addressing the United Nations General Assembly. He is also telling the truth about militant Islam, Iran, Hamas, and the United Nations’ own Human Rights Council in a way that few others can or will.

Everything that President Obama refuses to say about militant Islam is being boldly laid out by Netanyahu right now. I get impatient sometimes with our need for video. But Netanyahu’s speech today will live on, and deserves to be seen directly.

In sharp contrast with the tone and content of anti-Islamist speeches by Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu took dead aim at radical Islam and cut loose with both barrels. Via CBS News New York:

“The Middle East is in chaos,” Netanyahu said. “States are disintegrating. And militant Islamists are filling the void. Israel cannot have territories from which it withdraws, taken over by Islamic militants yet again as happened in Gaza and Lebanon.

That would place the likes of ISIS within mortar range — a few miles of 80 percent of our population. Now think about that: The distance between the 1967 lines and the suburbs of Tel Aviv is like the distance between the UN building here and Times Square.”

 

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Breaking: Obama Just Completely Ignored Congress And Put Our Fate In The Hands Of The U.N.

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Since the beginning of his presidency, Barack Obama has been chipping away at the Constitution, eroding the separation of powers, diminishing the authority of the Congress, and strengthening the ever-widening grip of the executive branch.

Now, just when so many people have been expecting Obama to issue an executive order regarding amnesty for illegal immigrants, here comes a different initiative — a move to impose sweeping climate rules not by the stroke of the presidential pen, but by an international agreement mandated through the United Nations.

That’s right, the President of the United States is aggressively working to undermine US sovereignty, subjecting the nation to the authority of the UN.

The New York Times reports that the Obama administration has been working quietly behind the scenes to fashion a “legally binding agreement” that would essentially make an end run around the Congress, breaking not only with long-established tradition but also with Constitutional principles.

The Obama administration is working to forge a sweeping international climate change agreement to compel nations to cut their planet-warming fossil fuel emissions, but without ratification from Congress.

In preparation for this agreement, to be signed at a United Nations summit meeting in 2015 in Paris, the negotiators are meeting with diplomats from other countries to broker a deal to commit some of the world’s largest economies to enact laws to reduce their carbon pollution. But under the Constitution, a president may enter into a legally binding treaty only if it is approved by a two-thirds majority of the Senate.

To sidestep that requirement, President Obama’s climate negotiators are devising what they call a “politically binding” deal that would “name and shame” countries into cutting their emissions. The deal is likely to face strong objections from Republicans on Capitol Hill and from poor countries around the world, but negotiators say it may be the only realistic path.

“If you want a deal that includes all the major emitters, including the U.S., you cannot realistically pursue a legally binding treaty at this time,” said Paul Bledsoe, a top climate change official in the Clinton administration who works closely with the Obama White House on international climate change policy.

Of course, this new effort to nullify the power of the Congress doesn’t mean that Team Obama won’t pursue immigration reform through an executive action. It simply means that lawmakers will have yet another potentially disruptive Constitutional crisis to deal with.

 

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Here’s How The UN Is An Even Greater Enemy Of Israel Than Obama Is

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The United Nations plays a supporting role in every war between Hamas and Israel. U.N. spokesmen routinely issue statements, accusations, and denials about everyone’s conduct, including their own (most recently, they had to account for why they returned rockets, discovered in a U.N. school, to Hamas). Israel was denounced worldwide for an “attack” on a U.N. school said to be housing 3,000 civilians, but it was actually an attack on particular terrorists on the adjoining street.

It’s time to reconsider the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.

First, what UNRWA isn’t. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees provides humanitarian relief for those who flee their homes worldwide. Even the toughest critics of the U.N. would probably agree that this is a valuable function for the international body. But the Palestinians get their own, separate refugee agency: UNRWA.

The UNHCR defines a refugee as someone who “owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable … or … unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country.” Since its foundation, the UNHCR has helped to resettle some 50 million people.

UNRWA, by contrast, defines a refugee as someone “whose normal place of residence was Palestine between June 1946 and May 1948, who lost both their homes and means of livelihood as a result of the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict” and their descendants.

When five Arab nations attacked the nascent Jewish state in 1948, refugees flowed in both directions. About a half-million Arabs fled Jewish areas, and about the same number of Jews fled Arab lands. No separate U.N. agency was created to care for Jewish refugees. They were absorbed by Israel. The previous year, after the partition of India, some 14.5 million refugees fled in both directions between India and Pakistan. Their descendants are not, obviously, considered refugees; nor are the descendants of Ugandan, Cypriot, Hungarian, Ethiopian, Sri Lankan, Congolese, Bosnian, Angolan, and countless other refugees over the past 60 years.

Imagine if the American loyalists who fled to Canada after our revolution had been supported by an international agency whose charter specified that they and their descendants would remain refugees until they were able to return to an America governed from London?

Though the normal course is for refugee numbers to spike during conflict and then decline with time, because of UNRWA’s unique definition, the number of Palestinian refugees has expanded from half a million to more than 5 million.

While UNHCR is currently attempting to serve 50 million refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced persons, it employs only 7,600 relief workers. UNRWA employs 29,000, only 200 of whom are not Palestinians. The per capita budget of UNRWA, underwritten to a large extent by the U.S., is twice that of UNHCR.

Syria alone has generated 2.5 million refugees in the past three years. Seventy-five thousand refugees have fled Libya since February. The funds used to keep Palestinians in permanent mendicant status are badly needed elsewhere.

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100 Congressmen To UN: Hamas Rockets Must Be Taken Away

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Hamas rockets have been raining down on Israel for some time now, often targeted at Israeli civilians in violation of international law. Now, some in Congress want to do something about it. Almost 100 House lawmakers will petition the UN to call the arsenal “an impenetrable barrier to regional peace” and call for its removal.

Hamas is an Islamic fundamentalist organization that has been designated as a terrorist organization by the US, the UK, and the United Kingdom. It has a virulently Anti-Semitic charter. In 2008, Hamas cleric Muhsen Abu ‘Ita declared that  “The annihilation of the Jews here in Palestine is one of the most splendid blessings for Palestine.”

A bipartisan coalition of US lawmakers, along with ten Jewish organizations, wrote in the letter to the UN:

“We, the elected representatives of the American people, call on the United Nations to formally recognize Gaza’s rockets as an impenetrable barrier to regional peace, and to make their immediate removal a top priority.”

They go on to write:

Doing so will bring much needed stability to a region that has been plagued by terror and suffering for too long and is imperative to any effort to bring a lasting peace to the people of Israel and Gaza.

Hamas now uses sophisticated Iranian-made rockets, which means that “Hamas can now reach virtually every major population center in Israel, with deadly effect,” according to the lawmakers.

Is now the time for lawmakers to call out Hamas for its rocket attacks? Or should Hamas be able to retain its rocket arsenal?

 

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