Religion

When Faith And Freedom Aren’t Enough

Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom convention

As the hatred grows, the true colors of the Christian crowd shine. This week, no one shines brighter than Sen. David Perdue. The stink of Christianity is the hatred it engenders. Sen Perdue’s comments to the Faith and Freedom crowd exemplify this hatred.

From Psalms 109

Appoint someone evil to oppose my enemy;
    let an accuser stand at his right hand.
When he is tried, let him be found guilty,
    and may his prayers condemn him.
May his days be few;
    may another take his place of leadership.
May his children be fatherless
    and his wife a widow.
10 May his children be wandering beggars;
    may they be driven[a] from their ruined homes.
11 May a creditor seize all he has;
    may strangers plunder the fruits of his labor.
12 May no one extend kindness to him
    or take pity on his fatherless children.
13 May his descendants be cut off,
    their names blotted out from the next generation.
14 May the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the Lord;
    may the sin of his mother never be blotted out.
15 May their sins always remain before the Lord,
    that he may blot out their name from the earth.


 

Ramadan Begins on Monday For Millions of the World’s Muslims — TIME

Millions of Muslims will begin Ramadan across the globe on Monday, dedicating themselves to long hours of fasting, prayer and charitable deeds. Religious authorities across several Middle Eastern countries sighted the new moon on Sunday evening, ushering in the month-long observance, according to Al Jazeera. Muslims in Indonesia — the world’s most populous Muslim nation…

via Ramadan Begins on Monday For Millions of the World’s Muslims — TIME

Seed Money

Taking money from the poor and weak has to be the worst act of a scoundrel, and yet it goes on every day in America right under our noses. John Oliver’s latest episode of Last Week Tonight points out what can be easily seen from your recliner; televangelists are conning people into sending them money. So what’s new? This has been going on for decades. What’s new is seed money.

The Seed Money Con

Seed Money hinges on the belief that tithes, or gifts to televangelists, will be returned many times over in riches from God. In the plainest terms, you reap what you sow. In these recessionary times, where labor is under assault, and jobs are paying less than a living wage, the idea that prayer and a little contribution will get your family out of the hole is a powerful message, especially if you hear about all the people who are now rich because of this simple act. Seed money televangelists constantly recount incidents in which a little seed money is returned in riches that save this person or that one from financial ruin.

Televangelism

Televangelism is the last hope for the hopeless, because it promises you your dreams. For years televangelists have come into your home and offered emotional healing, and physical healing. Now they have seized on what could be their greatest cash cow; fiscal healing. There is nothing about salvation in this message; this is about living large.

 Blessed Are The Sleek

For years, televangelists have been telling their viewers that the meek shall inherit the earth. It was okay to be poor, as long as you were righteous. The righteous sent money, but the hook was vague. A better life in heaven does not put food on the table. Enter the prosperous Christian. He does not petition God for redemption. He petitions Him for cold hard cash.

The Rich Man Now Owns Heaven

This is a big switch. Creating a new God that doles out cash is somewhat complicated. There has to be a conversion from the Man who gave all his riches to the poor, to the emergence of the new Messiah of the prosperous. In this new, improved Tele-Gospel, getting through the eye of a needle is not important; cash is.

John Oliver cites several televangelists that are turning seed money into a real profit. For themselves. Robert Tilton, Creflo Dollar, and Mike Murdock, to name a few. They promise that you will really reap what you sow, many times over. It is working for the televangelists, who boast private jets and luxury digs. These folks are living large.

It’s Your Fault If Seed Money Fails

Of course, if your seed money does not return you riches, you know why. It is not the fault of the televangelist now, is it? You are not worthy. You may not have given enough. Perhaps your sins are too much of an affront to God. Either way, it is your fault. This is religion at its worst. Preying on the poor and desperate, on those who have very little left to give, by promising them riches in return for a donation.

The New Money-Changers In The Temple

The heydays of Jim and Tammy Baker are long gone, but televangelism continues to innovate, and thrive. There are literally dozens of channels on cable television, and dozens of tele-Christians on each channel, each looking for ways to separate the poor from what little money they have left. These new money-changers are the worst.

Last Week With John Oliver

 

We Are Not At War With Islam

Three questions ISIS must answer if “Islamic”

–part 1 (scientific questions!)

The self-declared “Islamic State” (known as: ISIS/ISIL) has risen a lot of questions since its establishment in 1999 by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and the latest by Al-Baghdadi on 29 June 2014.  According to Islamic Scholars (a majority) would concede the fact that “Islamic State” has to answer a lot of significant, in-depth questions considering its’ basis in the Islamic world. To Name a few, Professor Prof. Abdul-Rahman Abbad, Sheikh Wahid Abdul-Jawad, Prof. Ibrahim Abdul-Rahim, Prof. Sheikh Abdul Nasser Abu Al-Basal, Dr. Majdi Ashour, Dr. Hatem Bazian, Prof. Caner Dagli, Sheikh Hamza Yusuf Hanson, the list goes on and on.

For that matter, its’ best that we keep questioning ISIS too. Because we cannot simply accept A “State” by which Unislamic principles are considered to represent “Mainstream Islam” to the people around the world.

In this way

Through my findings, let us start with one major subject of debates these days:

The Issuing of Numerous Fatwas:

It is forbidden in Islam to issue fatwas without all the necessary learning requirements. Even then fatwas must follow Islamic legal theory as defined in the Classical texts. It is also forbidden to cite a portion of a verse from the Qur’an—or part of a verse—to derive a ruling without looking at everything that the Qur’an and Hadith teach related to that matter. In other words, there are strict subjective and objective prerequisites for Fatwas, and one cannot ‘cherry-pick’ Quranic verses for legal arguments without considering the entire Qur’an and Hadith.

 

  1. What is the purpose of the “Islamic” State in issuing Fatwas in a manner that most scholars in Islam cannot verify its cause?

 

It is forbidden in Islam to harm or mistreat—in any way—Christians or any ‘People of the Scripture’:

 

Regarding Arab Christians, you gave them three choices: jizyah (poll tax), the sword, or conversion to Islam. You painted their homes red, destroyed their churches, and in some cases, looted their homes and property. You killed some of them and caused many others to flee their homes with nothing but their clothes on their backs. “God does not forbid you in regard to those who did not wage war against you on account of religion and did not expel you from your homes that you should treat them kindly and deal with them justly. Assuredly God loves the just.’ (Al-Mumtahanah, 60: 8).”

 

  1. In accordance with the Islamic teachings and Quran how/why can you treat them as enemies?

 

The revival of Slavery:

No scholar of Islam disputes that one of Islam’s aims is to abolish slavery,

According to Quran: “God says: ‘And what will show you what the obstacle is?, the freeing of a slave, or to give food on a day of hunger’ (Al-Balad, 90: 12-14); and: ‘… then [the penalty for them is] the setting free of a slave before they touch one another …’ (Al-Mujadilah, 58: 3).” After a century of Muslim consensus on the prohibition of slavery, you have violated this; you have taken women as concubines and thus revived strife and sedition, and corruption and lewdness on the earth.

 

  1. You have resuscitated something that the Shari’ah has worked tirelessly to undo and has been considered forbidden by consensus for over a century. Why?

 

As the above questions are raised every single day, the so-called Islamic state continues to destroy and devaluate the REAL ISLAM under A “Wahabi Brand” of Islam which is widely supported by Saudi Arabia (OUR ALLY!).

I am not an expert on Islam; But ISIS does claim to be the “sole true” expression of Islam and the prophet.

“We are not at war with Islam”

John Hagee is at it again…

Pastor John Hagee once said, “Good people don’t go to heaven. Redeemed people go to heaven.” So for all the Hindus and Muslims, and Catholics even, hell awaits. But for the redeemed, the chosen, the anointed, eternal bliss.

If you watch the pastor, you will also know that Israel holds a special place in his heart, and in heart of God.

You see, in order for Jesus to come again, Hagee believes the Jews must return to their ancestral homeland and re-build the temple. It is written, and thus, so it shall be.

This will cause a great war in which Satan will be defeated by Jesus, ushering in the rapture, and we would imagine, a lot of Jewish converts to Christianity. Or something like that. It is unclear to those of us not anointed.

Hagee is a strong supporter of the Israeli hard right, and hence his influence in Washington is vital to their mission. Pastor Hagee has a lot of influence in Washington. Look for his mark in the formulation of foreign policy in the new congress. And keep your eyes on the heavens, as Pastor Hagee believes the signs are clear that the end of times draws nigh. If none of this makes any sense to you, it is because none of this makes any sense.

“I believe that the heavens are God’s billboard, that He has been sending signals to planet Earth, and we just haven’t been picking them up.”

– Pastor John Hagee

A John Hagee Fairytale: “Blood Moons” and The End of Times – Linkis.com.

http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/pages/deception/john-hagee-and-dual-covenant-theology.htm

http://www.cufi.org/site/PageServer

http://www.religionnews.com/2014/04/14/blood-moon-sets-apocalyptic-debate-among-christians/

Scientists find first ever female animals with penises

Ssssh! Hear that? It’s the sound of Conservatives crapping themselves…

When women have penises, what becomes of glass ceilings, and ‘stand by your man’? They are already the breadwinners in a lot of homes. They have better academic credentials than most males. If they can stand up and pee, will they ever sit down and say ‘Yes sir?’

Can’t wait to hear what Rush Limbaugh will say.

Is this the end of fat, cigar-smoking, males? :-)

“In the many dark, extremely dry caves of Brazil, scientists have discovered four new species of insects with sex-reversed genitalia. That’s right, the females have penises and the males have vaginas.If they have penises, then what makes them female? Well, they still give birth.”

via Pocket : Scientists find first ever female animals with penises.

Suit Claims Same Sex Bans Violate 1st Amendment

The First Amendment cuts both ways. What if you solemnly believe in same sex marriages? Do state bans constitute a violation?

 

“This lawsuit introduces a First Amendment claim that the marriage ban in North Carolina violates the right to the free exercise of religious beliefs by denominations, clergy and congregants who believe that same sex marriages are theologically valid and want to perform marriage ceremonies,” Sussman said.

via CHARLOTTE, N.C.: Lawsuit: Unusual approach against gay marriage ban | National | NewsObserver.com.

Contraception Is Real Abortion Insurance

Michigan’s attempt to restrict abortions will only cause suffering for women.

“The citizens’ initiative approved 62-47 by the House and 27-11 in the Senate — almost entirely along party lines — will become law in March without the signature of Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who vetoed similar legislation a year ago. The anti-abortion group Right to Life collected more than 300,000 signatures to put the legislation before lawmakers, who also had the option of letting it go to a statewide vote next November.”

You will never end abortion. It has been happening since before Jesus walked this earth.

You can educate women at an early age to understand contraception, and reduce the number of women forced to seek abortions.

Or you can force abortion into the shadows, where women get abortions in back alleys, and risk their lives in the process.

Those women are our daughters.

This law is not an assault on abortion.

It is an assault on women.

via Michigan Puts Restrictions on Abortion Insurance – ABC News.