A Tale of Two Muslims

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After 9/11, Americans had to do a hard reset on our perceptions of Islam and the people who practice it. Although most Muslims aren’t looking to blow up a shopping mall or drive into a crowd of people, there are some who will. As a result, we’ve gotten jittery because the latter Muslims typically don’t walk up and introduce themselves to you as radicals before they kill you.

We keep asking for the “good Muslims” to stand up and be counted because they typically don’t. One has, but his story has gotten very little attention in favor of another Muslim. The former, Abdul Aziz, is a man who risked his life by confronting the mosque shooter in Christchurch, New Zealand recently. The latter is a woman, Rep. Ilhan Omar, who has been able to parlay an election to the House of Representatives into a lucrative soapbox to advance anti-Semitic ideas while claiming to be a victim of Islamophobia when she gets called out.

Why the difference in approaches? Bad news sells better than good news. It’s easier to make a woman of color a sympathetic figure than it is to make a man, of color or otherwise, into one because we are trained to see women as weaker. Although this is no longer the case by and large, it’s the way we’re “programmed” as it were. And before you Leftists start screaming about The Patriarchy, it’s not solely the work of The Man. It’s genetic and has been for a loooooooong time.

There is something else at work here, one that should make Leftists’ heads explode. Rep. Omar isn’t a poor victim here. She is a woman with a degree of power currently that most American will never have. And how is she using that power? To deceive people about her personal feelings towards Israel and Jewish people in general while pushing a narrative about hate crimes that isn’t backed up by facts from reputable sources (i.e. entities not named the Southern Poverty Law Center).

In contrast, Aziz has no power to speak of, save for the power of his resolve and bravery in confronting an active shooter and getting him to stand down. Going back to the genetic programming I mentioned earlier, men are expected to protect the weak, so there really is no story there, at least in the eyes of the media fawning over Omar. Just a little sexist there, don’t you think?

Adding to the context is American media’s attitude towards foreign news. The short version is they’re only concerned about foreign countries when there’s a tragedy, which the Christchurch shooting certainly was. Good news coming out of a tragedy isn’t always the news we hear, however, because it goes against our media’s predisposition to ignore foreign news until there’s unrest. In the media’s eyes, Omar is closer to home, so any stories about her are immediately “interesting.”

Then, there’s the narrative, or in this case narratives. Our media are Leftist stenographers, so anything they cover is done so to advance an agenda. With the Omar situation, there was an opportunity to promote the idea of rising white supremacist and anti-woman sentiments in America. With the Christchurch shooting, there was an opportunity to push a pro-gun control message. However, the fly in the ointment in the latter situation is the fact Aziz used a gun to repel the shooter, which means his story has to get buried in favor of pushing the notion guns are only used for killing. As a result, our media decided to ignore Aziz’s actions because they ruin the Left’s narrative.

It also doesn’t help matters that Aziz has been silent about President Donald Trump, while Omar has been attacking the President for a while.

At this point, the media aren’t going to stop giving Omar a platform to spew, spin, and ask forgiveness when she get called out, but the fact they aren’t giving Aziz any platform should be troubling to Muslims and non-Muslims alike. The Left really doesn’t care about the plight of Muslims, just about the optics and what supporting them can do for the Left’s brand. That’s right, kids. Leftists are perfectly fine with bigotry as long as they get what they want out of it. That’s why you won’t see them condemn Rep. Omar. She is a useful tool. Aziz isn’t because he doesn’t help the Left advance anything. Yet, these same Leftists will go after any conservative who even slightly criticizes Omar as Islamophobic.

Spoiler Alert: the denial of the good Muslims do is Islamophobia. Even by the Left’s definition.

I’m not denying there are still Muslims out there who want America and Israel brought down, but I don’t have any evidence that Abdul Aziz is one of them. But I do have evidence Ilham Omar is. Instead of focusing and whitewashing every single hateful “gaffe” the latter makes, we should be elevating the former and calling out when anyone deserves a pat on the back.

You may never read this, Mr. Aziz, but know there are plenty like me who say thank you for your bravery in the face of death. You have earned my respect. May others like you come forward and show the world Islam isn’t the violent religion some have made it out to be.

In Defense of Mike Pence

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Recently, Democrat Presidential hopeful Kamala Harris made comments about Vice-President Mike Pence and his rule about not dining alone with a woman. From a Tweet by national DNC mouthpiece…I mean NBC reporter Andrea Mitchell:

@KamalaHarris on Pence: I disagree when he suggests it’s not possible to have meetings with women alone by himself. I think that’s ridiculous idea that you would deny a professional woman the opportunity to have a meeting with the VP is outrageous. #AMR

Given how Senator Harris is rumored to have risen in the ranks of Democrat politicians in California, I’m not sure I would make too many references to professional women, if you know what I mean. And if you don’t know what I mean, be glad you don’t.

My issue with Senator Harris’ comments isn’t about her background, but rather about how she distorted what Pence’s stated policy actually is. According to The Hill and as repeated in Vanity Fair, Pence doesn’t dine alone with a woman who isn’t his wife and he won’t attend events with alcohol if she isn’t present. This has been extended (though not verified to my knowledge) to mean if anyone needs to stay late with him at the office, it has to be a male aide.

And Leftists, being the serious-minded and mature people they are, have mocked Pence for this. Some say he’s old-fashioned and religiously fanatical. Others say he’s a sexual predator who can’t be trusted. Others have gone so far as to say it means he’s a closeted gay man. And all of them agree his behavior proves he can’t be trusted as Vice-President.

I disagree. If anything, it shows why Leftists can’t be trusted with pointy scissors, let alone the Vice Presidency.

Harris’ claim suggests Pence is sexist because he won’t meet with women alone. That’s a gross distortion of what he actually said, and it’s done to set up a straw man for Senator Harris to knock down with ease. There is a vast difference between not dining alone with a woman and not conducting meetings alone with women. Granted, some business can be conducted over dinner, but to conflate the two is dishonest at best. If we look at the breadth of Pence’s career in office, does he show sexist behavior?

Nope.

Oh, sure, the Left says he’s anti-woman because of what they say his religious beliefs are, but that doesn’t pan out once you take a look at what he’s done. Pence has consistently treated women with respect and honor, even when they haven’t extended him the same courtesy. (I’m looking right at you, Ellen Page.) I think it’s this respect for women and how easily they can be perceived negatively by being seen alone with a powerful man that drives his thinking more than any religious doctrine.

I will admit, however, I can’t discount his faith being part of the equation. By all accounts, Pence is a devout Christian. A little more personally restrictive for my tastes, but that’s his interpretation of the Bible and I accept that. Judging from the lack of sex scandals (or any scandals for that matter) connected to Pence, I’d say he’s living right.

And rent-free in Leftists’ heads, apparently.

The thing that sticks in their craws the most is the fact Pence really can’t be slimed the way they’ve been able to do it with other Republican leaders in the past. His personal standards keep him out of the fray, so the mud being slung just doesn’t stick to him. When dirty secrets don’t work, the Left comes up with even dirtier lies, like the one Senator Harris pushed. And that, boys and girls, shows you why Pence comes out ahead against Leftists like Harris.

If anything, Pence’s personal code is a good one to follow for men and women alike. Pence says he does it to “avoid misunderstandings,” and I agree. It also prevents him from being caught up in today’s ever-changing sexual landscape, muddied by guess who…Leftists. We have women marching in the streets to “reclaim” a derogatory term for a woman and march in next to nothing while complaining about being overly sexualized and supporting a practice that kills a significant number of female babies resulting from sexual activity, and all while calling on Leftist legislators to support said right using the slogan “Keep Your Laws Out of Our”… well, you know. And on the male side, we have the idea all men are potential rapists who can’t control our urges for even one microsecond when a woman is present, unless these same men reject what is perceived to be “the Patriarchy” and do whatever women want in the vain hope a woman will see them as potential mates.

If you think that’s confusing, don’t get me started on intersectionality, folks.

To give you the Reader’s Digest condensed version, gender relations in America today are more messed up than a 200 car accident on the 405. When men and women aren’t actively hating each other for, well, acting like men and women, they have to navigate a complex series of Choose Your Own Adventure type scenarios where there is only one right answer, you don’t get to cheat by skipping ahead, and nobody tells you what the right answer is. And then when we get someone like Mike Pence who has a simple, yet effective, way of dealing with the matter (i.e. not to even appear to be playing the game), he gets mocked, attacked, and slandered by people who can’t be bothered to learn the truth.

I think Vice-President Pence is capable enough of defending himself (or at least knowing people he can count on to defend him), so my lone voice may not matter much in the grand scheme of things. Even so, with Kamala Harris’ dirty swipe at him, I felt the need to add my voice to the chorus of those defending a man whose worst sin is being too clean for politics.

The Church Speaks Out Against Governor Cuomo

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On the anniversary of Roe v Wade, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York signed into the law the most liberal abortion bill in the world. Legalizing abortion from conception until birth in the state of New York. This wicked and most evil act has not gone unnoticed by the Holy Church.

Governor Cuomo claims he is a practicing Catholic. And the Church has responded with a couple of statements. The New York State Catholic Conference calls the legislation a “tragic chapter in the state’s history.”

While the Bishop of Albany, The Most Reverend Edward B. Scharfenberger has taken it a step further. He has called into question the validity and commitment of Governor Cuomo’s faith. And has stated that this legislation cannot be reconciled with the values of the Catholic faith.

I applaud these statements that have been issued. As the spiritual leaders of Governor Cuomo’s professed faith, they have authority and the duty to do so. However more needs to be done.

His Eminence, Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan, the Archbishop of New York’s Archdiocese, needs to make a statement about this grievous error in judgement by Governor Cuomo. And then follow through by action and excommunicate Governor Andrew Cuomo.

With the penance to be reinstated as a member of the Catholic faith to do all in his power to end this stain on his faith and on the people of New York by having this evil and wicked legislation repealed.

Now if Governor Cuomo refuses or doesn’t care and just dismisses the Archbishop’s concerns. Then the Archbishop should issue an Interdict on the state of New York.

For those no familiar with Interdict, it is an important tool used by the Church in the Middle Ages. Commonly when a wayward noble went against the teachings of the Church.

What Interdict does is it closes the doors of the Church. This means no sacraments are performed during the Interdict. No baptisms, no marriages, no funerals, and no Masses are performed in a region under Interdict.

The purpose was to have the people pressure the noble into compliance with the Church.

Used in today’s modern times this puts pressure on a politician. He will either have to comply with the Church or resign from office in order for the Holy Church to lift the Interdict.

Christmas

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Today is Christmas. That is the Mass of Christ or Christ’s Mass.

Christians all over the world celebrate the message of hope, love and grace through our Lord and Saviour, Christ Jesus.

God came to earth as man. Born of humble origins to save us from eternal damnation, which is the separation from God’s love due to our sins against Him. But He loves us so much He came to be one of us. To take on the sins of the world. He received the punishment into Himself so we don’t have too, the greatest of all pardons.

If you don’t know His love. I pray that you find out about it while you still hold the breath of life in your lungs. And trust in Him as your personal Lord and Saviour.

Happy Christmas All and God Bless.

RIP Mr President

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This week we lost former President George H. W. Bush. A one-term president & former vice-president riding on the coattails of President Reagan.

The 41st President was a navy fighter pilot in World War II and had a long history of public service. From the US House to beging a diplomat and Ambassador. He also headed the CIA before becoming the Vice President.

He was a family man and raised his children in a loving home. He was a devoted husband. And passed on his since of duty to his children. His oldest son eventually becoming the 43rd President of the United States.

George H. W. Bush is buried at his Presidental Library in Texas along side he wife and oldest daughter who both passed away before he did. A lot has been said about President Bush, both positive and negative.

Decide for yourself. But our thoughts and prayers are with the Bush family as they moarn their loss.

Rest in Peace Mr. President.

False Meme and Doctrine

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This meme is going around Facebook and other social media sites. What this shows is the wickedness of man, false gospel teachings, and just how far the Church has fallen.

The creators and propagators of this meme are attempting to compare Joseph and Mary’s journey to Bethlehem to that of the so-called Syrian “refugees”. Nothing could be further from the Truth.

First of all Joseph and Mary weren’t fleeing their homeland. As husband and wife, united as one flesh, they were returning to Joseph’s home town since he was a descendant of King David. Additionally everyone in the Roman Empire was doing the same. As Caesar had ordered a census and everyone went to their home town to be counted.

Joseph and Mary, along with others too, were not turned away by heartless people. When they reached Bethlehem, the town’s population had swelled greatly. They attempted to get a room at an inn but it was full.

Thus they bedded down in a stable where Jesus was born and placed in a manger. This was actually an act of kindness allowing the couple to stay in the stable instead of being on the streets.

It has already been proven and documented that those coming from Syria are mostly men of military age. Not families, not women and children. And many are Islamic Jihadists, criminals, and terrorists. One only needs to see the damage they have done already in Europe.

They have violated international law by not seeking asylum in the first bordering nation they entered. Instead they continue on to Europe and America. The goal to spread Jihad in the West to destroy Western Civilization, their stated enemy for more than 1000 years.

Christianity in Science

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It has been said that Christianity is anti-science. This is a false narrative stated for political gain. Christianity is very pro-science as some of the greatest scientists were also priests.

The Christian Faith is not against science. Some Church leaders have been anti-intellectual but that is just part of the fallen nature of man and not the doctrine of the Faith.

With out these scientist priests seeking the mysteries of God’s creation our sciences today would be missing crystallography by the work of Rene Just Hauy. We would be without the Big Bang and expanding universe by George Lemaitre. The works of Gregor Mendel, the father of genetics, would be lost to us. Astrophysics and atomic theory wouldn’t be the same without Roger Joseph Boscovich.

Francesco Maria Grimaldi discovered diffraction of light and also worked with the free fall of objects and measured the height of lunar mountains. Even our modern scientific outlook was first formulated by a Priest named Pierre Gassedi. And flight was made possible by the mathematics of aeronautics by Jesuit Priest Francesco Lana de Terzi.

In the 17th Century Jean Picard accurately calculated the size of the Earth. He also developed the standard method for determining right ascension. And Nicolas Steno contributed to the theory of evolution, the start of geology, and modern stratigraphy.

These are just a handful of Priest Scientists who have contributed to science. There are many more that quietly work in the background even today advancing man’s knowledge of Creation and all the wonders that God has given it.

Christianity is not in opposition to science. In fact time and time again science proves the truths of Creation as described in the Christian Faith and holy Word.

It is the sinful nature of man that seeks to corrupt this data and connection. Dating information is inaccurate making the earth appear older than it truly is since God spoke and the whole of the universe was formed at His command. It is man who has pushed Christianity out of science and created the false division between them.

Happy Thanksgiving Day

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On this Thanksgiving Day remember that its not about the games on TV or the shopping opportunities over the weekend. It is a day of giving Thanks for all that you have been blessed with the past year through the Grace of God.

Some of us have many blessings and others only a few. But there is one blessing that is available to all. No matter where you live. No matter your circumstances. And it is the only real blessing that you need.

That blessing is eternal life found in believing that the Son of God, Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose from the grave. His blood washing away your sins. That is the greatest thing to be Thankful for in the entire world.

Christians and Politics

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There are Christian Denominations that believe voting and running for political office goes against God’s Will and His Word. While myself and others believe the opposite. Participating in elections and running for office is within His commandments and some are called to the duty of public office.

Throughout Holy Scripture are commandments and laws for the Children of God to follow. Jesus gives us His two greatest commandments in the gospels of Matthew 22:36-38, Mark 12:29-31, and Luke 10:27. In these verses the Lord commands us to first Love God and secondly to Love our neighbors as ourselves.

36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment.

29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

That second commandment shows us that it is a mistake to completely isolate ourselves from politics. For if we do not vote or run for office we carelessly leave our neighbors and future generations in the hands of the immoral and wicked. If you love your neighbor as God commands, you must protect his inalienable rights and freedoms.

Everywhere in the Bible, the Old Testament and the New, God tasks us believers to care for the poor, the oppressed, the defenseless, the widows, and the orphans. With these issues alone the very need for Christians to be involved in politics is obvious.

It is also evident that we as Christians are the most ideally suited people for this duty. Scripture points out in Proverbs 29:7 that the righteous care about the poor and justice while the wicked are selfish and do not. And in Proverbs 28:5 we know that those who seek the Lord understand what is right while evildoers do not seek what is right.

7 The righteous care about justice for the poor,
but the wicked have no such concern.

5 Evildoers do not understand what is right,
but those who seek the Lord understand it fully.

It is true that Jesus was not involved with politics in His time. But it wasn’t possible as Rome had ceased to be a republic at least a generation before His birth in this world. And Rome certainly wasn’t a democracy of any king. Our form of political involvement that we have today simply didn’t exist then.

In the United States we Christians are privileged to live in a Constitutional Republic. We do have political influence to make a difference for ourselves, our neighbors, and to show our Love of God.

The inerrant Word of God, the Holy Bible, has many stories of His Children being called into political service and influence so they could love their neighbor and Glorify God. These include Joseph, Daniel, and Esther in the Old Testament. Within the New Testament the political influence of Paul’s Roman Citizenship plays a major role in spreading the gospel across the Roman world.

There is an important part here that cannot be overlooked. Because we live in a Constitutional Republic we share political authority with nonbelievers. Many of these have no moral boundaries and want to silence the Word of God or make it in their image. Without Christians being actively involved with voting or running for office we show we do not truly love our neighbors as ourselves. For we leave their fate and the fate of future generations to the wicked and immoral.

Life is Heartbeat to Heartbeat

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On Thursday May 4th 2018 history was made in the State of Iowa. For the first time since 1973 the unborn have a fighting chance for life.

Around 3 o’clock in the afternoon that day Governor Kim Reynolds was in agreement with the Iowa Assembly when they determined that human life started with a heartbeat. Senate File 359 landed on her desk after it has passed both the Iowa House and Iowa Senate. The Governor then signed the Fetal Heartbeat Bill into law.

At the Governor’s desk was a large crowd of children, parents, and supporters of Life. Even before Governor Reynolds signed the bill making it part of Iowa Law, she knew it would be met with opposition and legal action, by those who seek the death of the unborn for profit and personal gain. Planned Parenthood of Iowa had already threatened the Governor that she would be sued if she signed the Fetal Heartbeat Bill into law.

Two dozen protesters were outside of the Governor’s office at the time of the signing. It has yet to be determined if these people were even from Iowa or if any of them were from outside the state. Here to protest where there was little to no opposition.

Governor Kim Reynolds is a devout believer in the Word of God. She is a champion of Life. And despite the terrible odds that unelected black robed tyrants will in all likely hood prevent this law from taking effect on July 1st. She signed it anyway.

For this reason alone she has my deepest respect. And my continued support and vote for re-election this fall. This champion must remain the Governor of the great State of Iowa for the next 4 years.