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Barack Obama took credit today for Mexico’s release of US Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, ignoring charges that his administration was slow to act in securing the former marine’s freedom. The President praised the Mexican government’s decision to drop the case against Tahmooressi, taken into custody last March 31 after accidentally crossing into Tijuana with three weapons in the back of his truck, an event the marine called an innocent mistake.
Barack Obama took credit today for Mexico’s release of US Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, ignoring charges that his administration was slow to act in securing the former marine’s freedom. The President praised the Mexican government’s decision to drop the case against Tahmooressi, taken into custody last March 31 after accidentally crossing into Tijuana with three weapons in the back of his truck, an event the marine called an innocent mistake. “I thank the individuals assisting my negotiating team in our efforts to bring closure to this case,” said the President, speaking from the Rose Garden. “All Americans should join the Tahmooressi family in celebrating his new found freedom,” he added. Tahmooressi was confined for 214 days.
Tahmooressi’s return to US soil comes after closed door congressional sessions, harshly critical of Obama’s inaction, resulted in stepped-up diplomatic efforts led by US Ambassador Earl Anthony Wayne and Mexico’s Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam. Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, Reps. Ed Royce (R-CA) and Matt Salmon (R-AZ) met with Mexico’s AG and the US Ambassador to urge the Afghanistan War vet’s release on humanitarian grounds. Also traveling with the entourage was talk show host Montel Williams – himself a former marine – and Tahmooressi’s mother Jill, who for months has spoken of her son’s mental state state during his incarceration. She recently appealed to the Mexican government on her son’s behalf when her request for assistance from the Obama administration fell upon deaf ears.
Tahmooressi served two tours of duty in Afghanistan and suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, a key issue presented by his defense attorney Fernando Benitez. The defense team rested their case over two weeks ago, with little movement on the Mexican government’s part to make final judgment. Many GOP leaders welcomed the news of the marine’s return, while remaining critical of the President’s apparent lack of active involvement. Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin took to Twitter praising Tahmooressi’s return, while charging that Obama broke the “sacred commitment to never leave an American behind,” a sentiment shared by many.
Tahmooressi, flown from Mexico to San Diego, then Miami, returned to his home in Weston, Florida early Saturday morning. Apparently in good spirits, he looked forward to a steak dinner, according to Gov. Richardson. Treatment for his PTSD is expected to resume shortly, and the family is requesting privacy, said Richardson during a FOX
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Twas the month before Christmas
When all through our land,
Not a Christian was praying
Nor taking a stand.
Why the PC Police had taken away
The reason for Christmas - no one could say.
The children were told by their schools not to sing
About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.
It might hurt people's feelings, the teachers would say
December 25th is just a ' Holiday '.
Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit
Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!
CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-Pod
Something was changing, something quite odd!
Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa
In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.
As Targets were hanging their trees upside down
At Lowe's the word Christmas - was no where to be found.
At K-Mart and Staples and Penny's and Sears
You won't hear the word Christmas; it won't touch your ears.
Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-is-ty
Are words that were used to intimidate me.
Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen
On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton !
At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter
To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.
And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith
Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace
The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded
The reason for the season, stopped before it started.
So as you celebrate 'Winter Break' under your 'Dream Tree'
Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.
Choose your words carefully, choose what you say
Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS, not Happy Holiday!
Please, all Christians join together and wish everyone you meet
Christ is The Reason for the Christ-mas Season!
On a recent Sunday morning in my father’s hometown of Charlotte, N.C., a group of atheists gathered for their first Sunday Assembly, what they are proudly calling a “godless congregation.” They plan to meet regularly, one of more than 60 similar Sunday Assembly groups who have organized in cities around the country as well as internationally. At the Charlotte group’s inaugural event, they played John Lennon’s song “Imagine” as their theme. The lyrics begin with the words, “Imagine there’s no heaven …”
Instead of the peace, harmony, and love that Lennon envisioned in his song, what I imagine—in fact, what I know from God’s Word—is that a world without Heaven, without God, is a nightmare filled with wickedness, torment, and eventually eternal punishment. Lennon’s dream of utopia is really a vision of Hell.
Friends, we are surrounded by people every day who are destined for eternity separated from God. They are living “separated from Christ, … having no hope and without God in the world” (Ephesians 2:12, ESV). “They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might” (2 Thessalonians 1:9). We must sound the warning. We must reach them with the hope of Heaven, before it’s too late.
Think about how little hope there is in our world today. In Iraq, under ISIS, there is not much hope. In West Africa, living under Ebola, people are losing hope. Here in the U.S., under widespread drug and alcohol abuse, depression, chronic unemployment, violent crime, and the downward moral spiral, hope seems elusive.
The ultimate hope is to know that our sins are forgiven, that one day we will be in the presence of God for eternity. There is no greater hope regardless of what happens on earth.
When Jesus met the rich young ruler, the man asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” (Luke 18:18). That is still the question on the lips of millions of human beings. How can anyone face eternity with no hope? Jesus Christ is the only hope—no one else can take away our sins. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
This November, we’ve got a great tool for the nationwide My Hope 2014 with Billy Graham evangelistic outreach—a powerful new 30-minute film called Heaven. You’ll want to watch this with your friends and invite people to see it, especially those who are unsaved and have no ultimate hope. They’ll see gripping, real-life stories of people who desired lasting hope and found it in Jesus Christ, and they will hear a clear and loving presentation of the Gospel. As they watch the program, you pray and see what God will do.
Churches and individuals all over America are planning ways to show Heaven during November and beyond. If your church is not participating yet in My Hope 2014, it’s not too late. Go to MyHopeWithBillyGraham.org today and sign up. You can get a free Heaven DVD, whether for your church or yourself, or download it after October 27. In the film, my father asks a pointed question: “Is it right for me to warn you what Jesus taught and what the Bible teaches from cover to cover? Suppose you were a drowning man and I have the Gospel lifeboat. I’m not going to let you drown if I can help it!”
The Bible teaches us that “he who wins souls is wise” (Proverbs 11:30, NKJV). Jesus talked about the futility of building up treasure on earth, where “moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.” Rather, He said, the wise investment is to “lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven” (Matthew 6:19–20).
God can use your prayers for a lost person, your invitation to someone to hear the Gospel, and your financial gift to make an eternal difference. The times today are so difficult—the world is moving so fast that it can be absolutely frightening. I hope you take advantage of this opportunity to invest in the souls of men.
My father will be turning 96 on November 7, and we are thankful to still have him with us. Even though he is weak physically, he is doing reasonably well for someone his age. He is so grateful for all who stand with this ministry in their prayers and support.
May God richly bless you,
I've been wondering when this would happen. I see, now, that it has started. Conservatives at large, and especially the zealots, are about to see what it's like to have someone preaching (the opposite of their belief) at them. It is only fair, but they won't take it that way. It will become an outright battle over religious freedom; 'Satan' attacking them.
This is identical to the zealot on zealot (Muslim on Christian) battle that was created (also) by Christians not realizing that religion is a personal thing and not respecting the 'right' of others to be left alone in their beliefs.
So much talk, today, among Christians, fails to acknowledge that other people, even in other religions, have been finding happiness and wisdom for centuries. Their (Christian) insistence that only Christians are morally 'good' and 'wise' has brought us to this point, where the other side is now, justifiably, fighting back.
What if the whole purpose of the Constitution was to limit the government? What if Congress' enumerated powers in the Constitution no longer limited Congress, but were actually used as justification to extend Congress' authority over every realm of human life? What if the president, meant to be an equal to Congress, has become a democratically elected, term-limited monarch? What if the president assumed everything he did was legal, just because he's the president?
What if the whole purpose of the Constitution was to limit the government? What if Congress' enumerated powers in the Constitution no longer limited Congress, but were actually used as justification to extend Congress' authority over every realm of human life? What if the president, meant to be an equal to Congress, has become a democratically elected, term-limited monarch? What if the president assumed everything he did was legal, just because he's the president? What if he could interrupt your regularly scheduled radio and TV programming for a special message from him? What if he could declare war on his own? What if he could read your emails and texts without a search warrant? What if he could kill you without warning?
What if the rights and principles guaranteed in the Constitution have been so distorted in the past 200 years as to be unrecognizable by the Founders? What if the states were mere provinces of a totally nationalized and fully centralized government? What if the Constitution was amended stealthily, not by constitutional amendments duly passed by the states, but by the constant and persistent expansion of the federal government's role in our lives? What if the federal government decided whether its own powers were proper and constitutional?
What if you needed a license from the government to speak, to assemble or to protest the government? What if the right to keep and bear arms only applied to the government? What if posse comitatus — the law that prohibits our military from our streets — were no longer in effect? What if the government considered the military an adequate dispenser of domestic law enforcement? What if cops looked and acted like troops and you couldn't distinguish the military from the police? What if federal agents could write their own search warrants in defiance of the Constitution? What if the government could decide when you weren't entitled to a jury trial?
What if the government could take your property whenever it wanted it? What if the government could continue prosecuting you until it got the verdict it wanted? What if the government could force you to testify against yourself simply by labeling you a domestic terrorist? What if the government could torture you until you said what the government wanted to hear? What if people running for president actually supported torture? What if the government tortured your children to get to you? What if the government could send you to your death and your innocence meant nothing so long as the government's procedures were followed? What if America's prison population, the largest in the world, was the result of a cruel and unusual way for a country to be free? What if half the prison population never harmed anyone but themselves?
What if the people had no rights except those the government chose to let them have? What if the states had no rights except to do as the federal government commanded? What if our elected officials didn't really live among us, but all instead had their hearts and their homes in Washington, D.C.? What if the government could strip you of your rights because of where your mother was when you were born? What if the income tax was unconstitutional? What if the states were convinced to give up their representation in Congress? What if the government tried to ban you from using a substance older than the government itself? What if voting didn't mean anything anymore because both political parties stand for Big Government?
What if the government could write any law, regulate any behavior and tax any event, the Constitution be damned? What if the government was the reason we don't have a Constitution anymore? What if you could love your country but hate what the government has done to it? What if sometimes to love your country, you had to alter or abolish the government? What if Jefferson was right? What if that government is best which governs least? What if I'm right? What if the government is wrong? What if it is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong? What if it is better to perish fighting for freedom than to live as a slave? What if freedom's greatest hour of danger is now?
Andrew P. Napolitano
In case you didn’t know it, if you are a conservative Christian, you are just like Boko Haram and ISIS. At least, that’s what the secularists are saying. More absurd still, they actually believe this.
Of course, secularism has been waging war against religion for centuries, but more recently, in America and Europe, the rhetoric of secularism has become more extreme and shrill.
When the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby, critics complained that the Court’s eminently reasonable decision was “anti-scientific.”
As noted by Jonathan Adler in the Washington Post, “The Daily Beast‘s Sally Kohn decried the Court’s reliance on ‘bunk science’ and The Nation‘s Reed Richardson claimed the Hobby Lobby majority’s opinion rested on ‘specious scientific claims.’ ’Alito and the four other conservative justices on the court were essentially overruling not just an Obamacare regulation, but science,’ reported Mother Jones, while another MoJo story ranked Hobby Lobby to be among the Supreme Court’s four ‘biggest science blunders.’ And over at The Incidental Economist, Austin Frakt simply declared ’The majority of the Supreme Court doesn’t get science.’”
Adler, hardly a flaming fundamentalist, refuted the claim.
But is anyone surprised that a faith-based challenge to Obamacare would be branded “anti-scientific”?
Shades of the Church’s historic suppression of intellectual progress!
Still, attacks like these are minor compared to secularism’s idea that all committed believers must be the same, be they Islamic extremists or evangelical Christians.
Earlier this year, “City councilors from Nanaimo, B.C. [Canada] voted . . . to ban a Christian leadership conference scheduled to be podcast at the city’s convention centre because one of the sponsors of the conference was U.S. restaurant chain Chick-fil-A. According to one councilor, the chain spreads ‘divisiveness, homophobia…[and] expressions of hate’ because of its CEO’s pro-marriage views.”
But it gets worse: “City councillors condemned the event as ‘hateful’, compared it to the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram, and said the decision to ban the event from public property was no different than if they had voted to ban an organized crime ring, too.” (Ironically, the conference featured speakers like Laura Bush and Desmond Tutu, both of whom support same-sex “marriage.”)
There you have it. Chick-fil-A is no different than Islamic radicals who burn little boys alive and kidnap and rape young girls, not to mention being similar to an organized crime ring.
In the same spirit, radio host David Pakman stated that he saw no real difference between ISIS and what he called conservative, right-wing extremists (a definition that he would use to describe many evangelical Christians), a charge affirmed by his producer during the show as self-evident and irrefutable.
But of course! Bible believing Christians who affirm the sanctity of life and marriage are the same as monstrous brutes who behead the innocent in cold blood. Who can’t see this?
In case this isn’t clear enough for you, on October 14th, the Peter Tatchell Foundation, led by the UK gay activist of the same name, released its “Manifesto for Secularism – Against the Religious Right.”
Tatchell issued a “call on people everywhere to stand with us to establish an international front against the religious-Right and for secularism.”
And what exactly does Tatchell mean by “the religious-Right”? Specifically, “The Islamic State (formerly ISIS), the Saudi regime, Hindutva (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) in India, the Christian-Right in the U.S. and Europe, Bodu Bala Sena in Sri Lanka, Haredim in Israel, AQMI and MUJAO in Mali, Boko Haram in Nigeria, the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan to the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Islamic Salvation Front in Algeria.”
Read that list again slowly.
Tatchell explicitly places conservative Christians in the US and Europe in the exact same category as the Taliban, ISIS, and Boko Haram, among others. (I’ll not comment here on his reference to ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel, called Haredim.)
As the manifesto declares in its opening line, “The launch of the Manifesto for Secularism is a challenge to the global rise of the Religious Right and its menacing values, which threaten women, LGBTs, atheists, minority faiths, apostates and many others.”
Yes, dear believer, you are a menace, and war has been declared against you.
“We call on people everywhere,” the manifesto declares, “to stand with us to establish an international front against the religious-Right and for secularism.”
Among the manifesto’s demands, not all of which are outrageous, are the calls for the, “Separation of religion from public policy, including the educational system, health care and scientific research” and, “Abolition of religious laws in the family, civil and criminal codes.”
Make no mistake about it.
You have been marked, and you have been classified as a dangerous extremist capable of all kinds of nefarious acts.
And you have been forewarned.
2 Thessalonians 2:9-12
(9) The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, (10) and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. (11) And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, (12) that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
A major area that separates those who are being saved from those who are perishing is the love of the truth. Truth sanctifies; it sets those who love and use it apart for the rewards of applying it to gain eternal life or better health.
Salvation is a process. Consider this: When God brought Israel out of Egypt, He redeemed them, but the process was not finished. It had only begun and did not end until they entered the Promised Land, a type of God's Kingdom. God intended the journey through the wilderness to prepare them for living in the land. However, a whole generation died in that process because they did not love the truth God gave them throughout the journey. The journey symbolizes the process of being saved.
Salvation is not religious rite, nor is it just a catchy theological term given to make people feel at peace. It is the experience of being saved from what would otherwise destroy us, which takes place between the time of our redemption and actually being spirit beings in the Kingdom of God. God is using His creative powers to get us to respond to truth. It does not matter what area of life or where the truth comes from. Truth is truth, but some truths are more important than others.
Verses 11-12 add more: "And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness." To those who will not yield to a love of truth, Paul warns, God will send a "deluding energy." As they reject the truth and continue in sin, a deceptive force will build and pull them deeper into it like a drug addiction. This parallels Romans 1:28, where Paul says, "God gave them over to a debased [reprobate, KJV] mind." This is what happens to people who leave the church: They continue to move further and further from the truth.
SEE THE CANDIDATES ANSWER THE QUESTION.
I guarantee you some will skirt a direct answer and some ( worth their weight in gold) will give a direct answer that says "THEY BELIEVE MARRIAGE IS BETWEEN A MAN AND A WOMAN. !
I suppose it could be dismissed as just a copycat attack, or perhaps even another instance of workplace violence – that’s what the powers that be would prefer.
However, we’ve just had another episode of a police officer being attacked by someone with an ax. As reported by WTOP, “D.C. Police are at a heightened state of alert after a man with an ax attacked an officer early Friday. The incident happened around 3 a.m. in the 3800 block of 13th Street in Northeast, several blocks east of the Catholic University campus. An officer in full uniform was in a police cruiser when he was ambushed, according to Officer Araz Alali, a D.C. police spokesman. The suspect swung an ax and shattered the cruiser’s window. The officer got out of the vehicle and tried to apprehend the suspect. Alali said he was injured in the struggle, not by the ax, and was unable to stop the attacker.The officer was taken to the hospital, and was expected to be OK.”
The suspect was able to flee on foot and police do have the ax to process it for evidence. Regardless of motive and intent, we must pray that this is not becoming some new trend against our law enforcement officers — who most of the time are simply attempting to perform their duties.
The number of law enforcement officers who are killed and wounded is far too high and the recent shooting in California leaving two sheriff deputies dead at the hand of an illegal immigrant evidences the lack of our governing policies to protect the men and women of the thin blue line. But we must also not rule out the effect of recent social media encouragement by the Islamic terrorist group ISIS for police and military members — including their families — to be attacked, actually “slaughtered.”
We reported here about the Australian plot that was foiled involving a mass attack or public beheadings against civilians — that was also called upon by ISIS. And police did shoot a Muslim teenager in Australia who attempted to stab and behead a police officer.
And then there is this story out of Oklahoma where — as reported by KSWO — “A man from Stillwater has been charged with first-degree murder for nearly decapitating the son of a state trooper. 21-year-old Isaiah Marin of Stillwater was charged in the attack that killed 19-year-old Jacob Andrew Crockett Wednesday. Police say Marin was arrested Wednesday afternoon after someone saw him walking down the street carrying a large knife. The witness’s call came just before Marin called the police himself. Marin remains in the Payne County Jail.”
There is some horrific evil afoot in our America. I grew up in the inner city of Atlanta and don’t recall fellas going around wanting to behead each other. Now, we would fight but mostly it was with our fists and none of this shootings and such. Do I believe there is any terrorist plot behind the incident in Stillwater? That can be decided by local law enforcement in their investigation. But what does disturb me the most are the actions of a segment of young people in America.
When we start to have teenaged girls wanting to travel and join terrorist groups, when we have young men leaving the greatest nation in the world to join and fight with a terrorist group, when we have horrific assaults such as this in Stillwater, perhaps there is a greater concern beyond ISIS. What is happening in American culture?
I often hear people criticize fundamental values — maybe we need to restore those “old school” ways of strong families, respect for adults, dignity, and respect for authority. There is a looming breakdown in our country and it is showing itself in a very troubling manner. Recently conservative pundit Mark Steyn mused on how the GOP could win the election on November 4th, but “Election Day is one day a year, and the culture is the other 364 days a year. So if you’re not in there competing in the schools, competing in the pop culture, competing in the media, competing in the main-line churches, then the air we breathe becomes liberal.”
I concur with Mark Steyn.
Yes, the 2016 race for the White House has already gotten started -- and it looks like Dr. Ben Carson is first in the ring.
Carson, a famous pediatric neurosurgeon and conservative political star, will air a nearly 40 minute-long ad introducing himself to the American people this weekend, an aide to Carson confirms to ABC News.
The documentary titled “A Breath of Fresh Air: A New Prescription for America” will air in 22 states and Washington, DC. The paid video will detail some of his biography and family life, including his rise from being born to a single mother with a poor childhood in Detroit to director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins for almost 40 years, known for his work separating conjoined twins, to potential 2016 presidential candidate.
Carson first became a conservative star when last year he created a buzz at the National Prayer Breakfast when in front of an audience that included President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden spoke out about political correctness, health care and taxes.
He also called for a private health care savings plan and a flat tax in a speech that went viral and led to an editorial in the Wall Street Journal titled Ben Carson for President. He is known as a fierce opponent of the president’s health care law known as Obamacare.
In an ABC News/Washington Post poll from last month of the potential 2016 presidential candidates showed Carson in seventh place garnering seven percent of the vote after other notables including Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Chris Christie, and Marco Rubio.
Carson has a grassroots effort to draft him for a 2016 presidential run that has raised millions for the effort. In an interview last month with Jorge Ramos on our sister network, Fusion he said he’s considering a White House run.
“No, I don’t want to be president. Why would any sane person want to do that?” Carson said, acknowledging he has noticed the support. “I think I have to consider that, with so many clamoring for me to do it.”
The Washington Times first reported the news of Carson’s video. A production company run by Armstrong Williams, a conservative commentator, is paying for the airtime. They also filmed the documentary. Williams is Carson’s business manager.
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