A photograph of Brazilian president-elect Jair Bolsonaro's sons sporting IDF and Mossad t-shirts has gone viral. RT set out to verify the image and find out the story behind it. The photograph, showing Eduardo and Carlos Bolsonaro walking in Israel, is getting attention on social media in the wake of right-wing Bolsonaro's election win. The siblings are pictured donning t-shirts advertising Israel's intelligence service, Mossad, and the Israel Defense Forces.
New Jersey Senator Cory Booker says that the Pittsburgh massacre has led him to support the Israel Anti-Boycott Act. He becomes the first politician to use the killings of 11 Jews to take a racist position against Palestinian rights. His move should be described exactly that way, as a cynical use of real antisemitism as an excuse to dismiss Palestinian rights so as to further his political career. Booker, who is thought to have presidential ambitions, had opposed the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, but last week told Jewish Insider: "We've seen the alarming rise in anti-Semitism in the United States and across the world in recent years manifest itself in many deeply concerning ways, including in the actions of foreign governments targeting Israel and the Israeli people." "I have long and staunchly opposed the BDS movement, and support this bill which will prevent international entities from imposing their will on US businesses with regards to their decisions, consistent with US law, to...
Friday, 16 November 7:00 pm Revolution Books New York 437 Malcolm X Boulevard/Lenox Ave at 132nd St New York, NY Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1098036470370378/ An Evening with Mohammad Sabaaneh, Palestinian Cartoonist and Graphic Artist. He is flying in from Palestine in Ramallah, Palestine, where he is the lead political cartoonist for the daily paper, Al-Hayat al-Jadida. The event at RB is part of a special 2 week US tour. In 2013, Sabaaneh was detained by the Israelis for five months, spending much of it in solitary confinement. The situation inspired the creation of his first book of cartoons, “White And Black: Political Cartoons from Palestine,” published by Just World Books in 2017. The book won rave reviews from leading political cartoonists around the world including KAL of The Economist, Matt Wuerker of Politico, and Joe Sacco. Noted NYC artist Seth Tobocman has written the Foreward. Mohammad is the Middle East representative of the Cartoonists Rights Network International. He has had solo and group exhibitions of his work in countries around the world. Last fall, he won the Medaille d’Or at the Marseille Cartooning Festival. He has been hailed by the UN’s Committee on Palestinian Rights as one of Palestine’s two best-ever cartoonists– along with the late Naji al-Ali, and was featured in the exhibition and gala they staged at UN headquarters in New York. Proceeds from the event and donations will help defray costs of Mohammad Sabaaneh’s tour expenses. Follow @Sabaaneh on Twitter or Instagram.
Wednesday, 14 November 7:00 pm The New School Klein Conference Room 66 W. 12th St, Room A510 New York, NY Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1073658689504193 A special meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 at 7pm at The New School, Klein Conference Room, 66 West 12th Street, room A510. Free and open to the public. Please note: This is a Wednesday night event! Drawing on Authoritarianism: Mohammad Sabaaneh in conversation with Eli Valley Palestinian cartoonist Mohammad Sabaaneh and New York cartoonist Eli Valley will have a conversation about their work — its inspiration, its purpose, and its impact on diverse audiences. They’ll discuss their approaches to making comics about the Israeli-American-Palestinian situation, the role of comics in the current political climate, and their future plans. Mohammad Sabaaneh is a Palestinian cartoonist and graphic artist who lives in Ramallah, Palestine, where he is the lead political cartoonist for the daily paper, Al-Hayat al-Jadida. In 2013, he was detained by the Israelis for five months, spending much of it in solitary confinement, a situation that inspired the creation of his first book of cartoons, White And Black: Political Cartoons from Palestine, published by Just World Books in 2017. The book won rave reviews from leading political cartoonists around the world including KAL of The Economist, Matt Wuerker of Politico, and Joe Sacco. Mohammad is the Middle East representative of the Cartoonists Rights Network International. He has had solo and group exhibitions of his work in numerous countries around the world and has conducted cartooning workshops in many parts of Palestine. Last fall, he won the Medaille d’Or at the Marseille Cartooning Festival. Shortly after that, he was hailed by the UN’s Committee on Palestinian Rights as one of Palestine’s two best-ever cartoonists — along with the late Naji al-Ali, and was featured in the exhibition and gala they staged at UN headquarters in New York. This year, he has already made appearances in Edinburgh and London. In late September, his “History of Palestine” frieze was lauded as breakthrough art in the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights’s first-ever artists’ competition. To keep up with Mohammad’s work, you can follow “@Sabaaneh” on Twitter or Instagram. Eli Valley is a writer and artist whose work has been featured in The Nation, The New Republic, The Village Voice, The Nib, The Daily Beast, Gawker, The Best American Comics, and elsewhere. The 2011 – 2013 Artist in Residence at The Forward newspaper, his art has been labeled “ferociously repugnant” by Commentary and “hilarious” by The Comics Journal. His book, DIASPORA BOY: COMICS ON CRISIS IN AMERICA AND ISRAEL (OR Books, 2017), was heralded as “one of the most fascinating and darkly humorous books in living memory” by The Los Angeles Review of Books, and his art is featured in The Chapo Guide to Revolution: A Manifesto Against Logic, Facts, and Reason (Touchtone, 2018). His website is www.elivalley.com.
Saturday, 10 November 3:30 pm U-Bahnhof Hermannplatz Hermannplatz Berlin, Germany Join the Democratic Palestine Committees for a protest to stop administrative detention and free Khalida Jarrar. The protest will stand in solidarity with all Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails. Demokratische Komittees Palästinas ruft alle freiheitsliebenden Menschen zu einer solidarischen Kundgebung fur die palästinenschen politischen Gefangenen hinter den israelischen Gittern auf…! No “Administrativhaft”! Freiheit für Khalida Jarrar!
In its ongoing battle against the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign Israel is pushing for European political parties to declare the movement "fundamentally anti-Semitic". The latest drive saw Israel's Minister of Jerusalem Affairs, Ze'ev Elkin, attending a conference in Brussels backed by the Israeli government which proposed a text for prospective MEPs and political parties to sign up to before European elections in May next year. The text, the Guardian reported, urges European parties to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's (IHRA) "working definition of anti-Semitism" and exclude from government any politicians or parties that breach it. Most controversially, one of the red lines - based on a resolution adopted by Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union in Germany in 2016 - calls on "all political parties to pass a binding resolution rejecting BDS activities as fundamentally anti-Semitic".
"Military operations cannot resolve Israeli security concerns but will only help increase regional tensions," Lavrov said in an interview with Spain's El Pais newspaper. The minister added that Israel endangered the life of Russian troops in Syria's Palmyra in 2017 by failing to stick to its own commitments. "Unfortunately, Israel has not always met its obligations, primarily those related to the warnings by the Russian military against military operations in Syria. In some cases, this endangered the life and health of our soldiers in Syria, for example when Israeli planes bombed targets near Palmyra in March 2017," he stressed. Lavrov also said that Moscow regrets that the Western countries rejected the idea of Russian President Vladimir Putin to create an international counter-terrorism coalition under the auspices of the United Nations. "The idea to establish a broad anti-terrorism coalition under the auspices of the United Nations was raised by Russian President Vladimir Putin...
With attention focused on the planned demolition of Khan al-Ahmar village, other areas of the Jordan Valley have fallen off the radar. Out of sight, however, Israeli consolidation over the Jordan Valley is continuing apace. Last month, the Israeli army demolished several Palestinian structures in the communities of al-Hadidiya and the al-Musafa area east of Jiftlik village. In al-Hadidiya, in the northern Jordan Valley, the bulldozers arrived on the morning of 11 October leaving Omar Arif Bisharat and eight relatives, including five children, homeless. Doles of doves soared over the rubble of his home. He raised his hands, struggling to convey the calamity of what had happened to him. In addition to his home, the army demolished six other structures, including several animal pens. The doves, Bisharat explained, had been raised by his family. Their pen - with baby doves inside it - had been demolished along with the other structures and the birds were now circling their old home....
Israel forces have closed off several areas of the West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron) under the pretext of marking an annual religious event, Palestinian media reports say. According to the Palestinian Ma'an News Agency, large numbers of Israeli forces were deployed across the city to seal off various streets on Sunday. Israeli soldiers and snipers also took up positions on rooftops to ease access for Israeli settlers to a religious site in the area. Almost all shops and businesses were forcibly closed in the Bab al-Zawiya area and Beersheba and al-Shuhada streets.
Ever since Hamas's victory in the Palestinian legislative elections in 2006, the Gaza Strip has been subject to an Israeli-led blockade. The intensity of this blockade has varied from time to time, but reached its peak over the past few years with the economic sanctions imposed on the enclave by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, which have led to reduced liquidity in Gaza. Given the increasing economic pressures on the residents of the besieged territory, they have been forced by circumstances to look at new ways to try to put pressure on Israel to ease or remove the blockade altogether. One such way has been the Great March of Return protests on the nominal border of the Gaza Strip controlled by the Israeli occupation authorities; the first march took place on 30 March.
Earlier, Iran accused the Israeli prime minister of attempting to create a rift among Muslim states and to "cover up its 70-year-long occupation of Palestine" after Netanyahu travelled to Oman for a surprise visit. "Power is the most important [component] of foreign policy. 'Occupation' is baloney. There were huge countries that have occupied and transferred populations and no one talks about them," Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly said, speaking to Likud Party lawmakers in a closed door meeting on Monday, The Times of Israel has reported, citing local media. "Power changes everything, and it changes our policies vis-à-vis Arab states, and there are other countries on the way," Netanyahu was further quoted as saying, in apparent reference to Tel Aviv's improving relations with the Gulf states in spite of traditional tensions over the Palestinian issue. Speaking about negotiations on a peace agreement with the Palestinians, Netanyahu reportedly said that "[c]ontrary to the notion that...
Aed Abu Amro, 20, is the owner of a small kiosk that sells cigarettes in the al-Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City's south side. On October 22 he reached internet infamy after photographer for Anadolu Agency Mustafa Hassouna captured a shirtless Abu Amro gripping a Palestinian flag firmly in one hand and a slingshot in the other during a protest at the fence that divides the Gaza Strip and Israel. The picture has been shared more than 50,000 times. When the image went viral it was compared to Eugène Delacroix's famed painting "Liberty Leading the People" where lady liberty incarnate leads an armed crowd to oust King Charles X during the Second French Revolution while clutching what later became the flag of France.
Well, I guess we could - but that's not what's going on today. We can have a robust conversation about world history, and talk about all kinds of injustice. Of course, neither slavery nor women's voting rights were ever limited to the US - nor was the US even close to the last place to abolish slavery or adopt women's suffrage.
But that's an entirely different conversation, isn't it?
I would think that as a logician and a philosopher, you might be interested in some of the logic behind the accusations that are being made, and whether the circumstances can or do prove any kind of malice or intent.
As an example, I linked an article by the National Council of State Legislators which described the goals of maintaining accurate registration lists and requiring identification for voting. I am a rational person, and these rules seem perfectly reasonable to me.
I also realize that there are some groups of people who have difficulty fitting in to structures that are established by rules. Homeless and unemployed, for example, or those who don't drive - there are many examples of people for whom it is very difficult to simply produce a driver's license and cast a ballot.
The question I have is,
<i>"Is this some kind of sinister plot hatched by a bunch of Republicans to pro-actively prevent these people from voting?" </i>
To make that kind of leap requires that we set aside all critical thinking and simply act on hatred alone. Sadly, that's what's going on. It's no different from the recent Kavanaugh hearings, or the several posts you put up about "If A and B, then C".
So in the grand scheme, this is just another example of a heated political battle - and some wild accusations being thrown around in hopes that they will stick enough to get others to hate Republicans.
It is very difficult to make the case that requiring a Photo ID is a purposeful disenfranchisement, when municipalities and state governments go to extreme measures to help the indigent, to help minorities, to help the elderly, and to help anyone who needs help to navigate the system, to waive costs, to offer guidance.
The National Mail Voter Registration form is available in Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.
Voters guides, which include information on registering to vote, are available in Cherokee, Chinese, Dakota, Japanese, Korean, Navajo, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and Yupik.
But - by the logic being presented here, it's pretty obvious that someone, somewhere, is trying to prevent Israelis from voting in US election, because there's no Hebrew ...
In most states, National Mail Voter Registration Forms (in any/all those languages above) are available in state and county public assistance offices - SNAP/Food Stamps, WIC, Services for the Disabled - you can fill them out on site while you're picking up your check - and if you have any problems there's someone there to help, and they'll mail it in for you. They'll probably waive the fee and provide a stamp, too
So the big question that I have for you is - at what point does a consequence prove intent? How does this fit in the logical scheme of things?
At my institute, and probably yours, too, we use an online Learning Management System (LMS) which was designed with course continuity in mind. All communications with students - including assignment sheets, syllabi, homework dropboxes, and grades (along with a whole host of other things) pass through this LMS.
I have some students who are on scholarship, and don't have much money. These students may not have laptop computers or Internet where they live. Some may not have smartphones. Are we discriminating against these students?
Students can come to campus and use our computer labs free of charge, 24/7. But it's <i>hard</i> sometimes to get here! The buses are inconsistent, and sometimes it's rainy or snowy ...
How far do I need to go to accommodate these students? The rules are in place, the are consistent and exist for a reason. Am I purposefully disenfranchising them by enforcing rules that are difficult to follow?
The problem arises if someone happens to notice that a majority of these students are of a particular race, origin, gender, or whatever. Now we have a group, and it's easier to make the charges stick, isn't it?
People in this country know what it takes to cast a ballot. They are told in a dozen languages, they are told by mail, they are told by voter outreach efforts.
I would be grateful if you would take the time to parse the logic for me. I don't understand.
Align Technology (NSDQ:ALGN) has filed a suit against competitor Strauss Diamond Instruments, a subsidiary of Israel-based Strauss & Co, claiming that Strauss’s MagicSleeve product infringes upon Align’s own iTero Element sleeves, and that the company has engaged in “false and misleading advertising” of the product. The suit was filed in the US District Court for the […]
JD: David Dolan, he’s the man who gives us an Middle East news update on a weekly bases. Now this is essential for you who are students of Bible prophecy. David let me talk to you about Russia giving a warning to Israel that if they make any provocative moves in the air space or with air strikes in Syria they may have to face the Russian military; pretty strong language for the Russians to the Israeli’s isn’t it?
DD: Very much so Jimmy, that was a senior Russian General who made that comment on Tuesday. He said that hot heads should not resume any operations in Syria meaning of course Israel. He said any provocative actions as he called it on Syrian territory would be met by a Russian response. So that is a very very serious statement.
But Jimmy it comes after Israel’s army spokesman last weekend said that the 34 rockets that were fired from the Gaza Strip in just a 12 hour period on Friday and Saturday came at the orders of the Iranian leader in Syria General Salami that he ordered his forces his allied Islamic Jihad forces in the Gaza Strip to open fire. And Israel said at the time the army spokesman talked about this as did the Prime Minister later on and they said we will indeed respond. In fact, in an off the record interview that Prime Minister Netanyahu gave he hinted that the cooperation’s are continuing. Maybe not major airstrikes but he said we are still on the ground doing things in Syria that we can’t talk about. He said, we haven’t given up that game.
So, basically this boils down to what we’ve seen before Jimmy that the Israeli’s fear that any action in Gaza will be met by a response not just from Gaza but from Iranian forces in Lebanon and in Syria and maybe from Iran itself. But Jimmy it’s that Russian threat from the north with Iran that is the main thing on the Prime Minister’s mind and the main thing on Israeli minds.
JD: David Dolan with the details behind the Russian military action against Israel.
We report this information because it is setting the stage for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled.
Russia has a large military operation in Syria there to protect President Assad and his people. The Russian warning to Israel of military action against the Jewish state is a page out of Bible prophecy. In Ezekiel 38 Magog who is Russia today, Magog will lead a major force against Israel. Daniel 11:40 says that the king of the north, that would be Syria today, that Syria will be the first nation to attack Israel. This scenario is ready to happen.
JD: Ken yesterday I got a Twitter from Potus President of the United States Donald Trump he made the statement that the United States was going to re-implement the sanctions on Iran. So I guess now that means that the United States and Middle Eastern forces are going to brace for trouble over these new or renewed Iranian sanctions.
KT: Well it’s certainly possible the Iranians themselves are making a lot of noise about this. They’re calling the United States an illegal power where as they are legal and they are respecting the world order. They claim that we are not because these sanctions have not been approved by the United Nations. But the Iranians also know that they will pay a very high price for any direct attack on US forces in the Middle East.
Now they could attack us indirectly they could for example reinforce those Shabbat militia that I was telling you about in northern Iraq that are outside of Mosul that are in the Nineveh plain. They could also conduct provocative actions along the land bridge into Syria and on to the Lebanese border with Israel. There’s lots of things Iran can do. They have many many military forces throughout the region. I happen to think they’re a little bit over extended but I do not see them launching any kind of direct attack against the US. I think they know very well that the price would be very high.
JD: And that land bridge you’re talking about includes Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon all the way from Iran to the Mediterranean and that’s key for what their plans are for the future.
KT: That’s correct. Absolutely, and they’ve been testing that since last December when they opened it for the first time. We’ve been talking about that regularly here on this broadcast. You don’t hear a lot of people in the national media talk about it but it’s a very important event.
JD: Ken Timmerman and his insights on what Iran’s response may well be as the United States re-implaments the sanctions on the Islamic State of Iran.
We report this information because it is setting the stage for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled.
Remember President Trump withdrew from the Iranian nuclear deal. As of today the United States has applied sanctions once again on Iran. The Middle East nations and the United States are braced for Iran’s reactions. We don’t know what Iran will be willing to do. We do know however that as we move deeper and deeper into the last days Iran will become a major player as foretold by the ancient Jewish prophets Daniel and Ezekiel, that was Daniel 11:44 and Ezekiel 38:5 where Iran is mentioned as Persia.
The stage is set for these prophecies to be fulfilled.
Allora vediamo se ci siamo capiti...Dio ascolta l' intervento di Mosè e stando alla riflessione seguente parrebbe di capire che la WT stia più che insinuando che Mosè stava palesemente sbagliando a dire il suo punto di vista e che Dio lo avrebbe accontentato comunque! Ma cosa avrebbe mai proferito Mosè da essere ritenuto sbagliato? Esodo 32: 11 Allora Mosè supplicò Geova suo Dio e gli disse: “O Geova, perché dovresti rivolgere la tua ira contro il tuo popolo dopo averlo fatto uscire dal paese d’Egitto con grande forza e con mano potente? 12 Perché mai gli egiziani dovrebbero dire: ‘Aveva cattive intenzioni quando li ha fatti uscire. Voleva ucciderli sui monti e sterminarli dalla faccia della terra’? Metti da parte la tua ira ardente, e riconsidera la tua decisione di far abbattere questa calamità sul tuo popolo. 13 Ricordati dei tuoi servitori Abraamo, Isacco e Israele, ai quali giurasti su te stesso: ‘Moltiplicherò la vostra discendenza come le stelle del cielo, e darò alla vostra discendenza tutto questo paese che vi ho destinato, affinché ne prenda possesso per sempre’”. 14 Allora Geova cominciò a riconsiderare la decisione di far abbattere sul suo popolo la calamità di cui aveva parlato. Allora l' antefatto è che Dio voleva sterminare l' intero popolo di Israele dopo il fattaccio del vitello d' oro e ricominciare dalla sola progenie di Mosè, ma lui riesce a placarlo e a far sì che ciò non avvenga, sia la vecchia TnM che la nota in calce della nuova dicono che Geova si "rammaricò" di quella idea. Ora benchè il suo intervento risparmiò la vita di chissà quante decine di migliaia di bambini,..bambini che 40 anni dopo furono tra la massa di fedeli guerrieri che parteciparono alla conquista di Canaan, la WT lancia l' isinuazione che la decisione di Mosè fosse sbagliata, che il suo intervento fosse inopportuno e che....il creatore dell' Universo è disposto a seguire idee sbagliate. Ma ci rendiamo conto di cosa vanno dicendo gli scrittori WT? Sempre che anche qui non vi sia lo zampino di qualche traduttore italico maldestro.
IRÁN, (RT), 06 de noviembre de 2018 .- El canciller iraní criticó a Estados Unidos por haber causado “catástrofes y crisis” en Oriente Medio. En un video oficial de tres minutos publicado este martes, el ministro de Relaciones Exteriores iraní, Javad Zarif, calificó de “ilegales” y “fundamentalmente ineficaces” las sanciones reimpuestas por la administración Trump este lunes y dirigidas a los sectores bancario, energético y de transporte del país. Además, Zarif aseguró que los aliados de Teherán permanecerán a su lado, en contra de estas restricciones. Irán ha enfrentado “40 años de hostilidad estadounidense” y los aliados globales de la nación “se asegurarán de que el pueblo iraní se vea menos afectado por este asalto indiscriminado” y por la “guerra económica” librada en su contra por Estados Unidos. Según el canciller iraní, “la desacreditada adicción [de Estados Unidos] al unilateralismo y las sanciones” indica que estas son herramientas de su política y que están llevando a Washington hacia el “aislamiento global”. Zarif mencionó también “las catástrofes y crisis que ha diseñado” Washington en Oriente Medio, recordando la creación de Al Qaeda en Afganistán y la invasión de Irak. Asimismo repudió el apoyo “incondicional” que Washington brinda a Arabia Saudita e Israel y que “ciega a Estados Unidos ante sus atrocidades espantosas, que han provocado la indignación global”. “Darle un largo y duro vistazo a sus propias decisiones equivocadas y cambiar el enfoque fallido que ha seguido obstinadamente durante décadas, en lugar de prescribir cambios de comportamiento para Irán, será mucho más eficaz para lograr resoluciones en los conflictos”, señaló el ministro iraní. VP/INTERNACIONAL/AM
Israel-based smart energy and inverter company SolarEdge announced its third-quarter financial earnings late last week, again revealing record revenues and growing the company's market share, including shipments over 1 gigawatt (GW).
Förhandlingarna mellan Israel å ena sidan och Hamas och den palestinska myndigheten ser äntligen ut att bära frukt. Att de alls kommit till stånd är mycket tack vare att relationerna mellan Israel och Egypten förbättrats avsevärt. Det säger den israeliska säkerhetsexperten och forskaren Kobi Michael under ett Stockholmsbesök.
Jerusalem, Nov 6, 2018 / 01:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Top Catholic prelates in Israel are asking the government to repeal the recent Nation State Law, which they say paves a path for discrimination against non-Jewish citizens.
“Although the law changes very little in practice, it does provide a constitutional and legal basis for discrimination among Israel’s citizens, clearly laying out the principles according to which Jewish citizens are to be privileged over and above other citizens,” the Catholic leaders said in their statement, dated Oct. 31.
“We, as the religious leaders of the Catholic Churches, call on the authorities to rescind this basic law and assure one and all that the state of Israel seeks to promote and protect the welfare and the safety of all its citizens.”
The Nation State Law’s provisions, which have the weight of a constitutional amendment, define Israel as the “historic homeland of the Jewish people” who have “a singular right to national self-determination within it.”
The passage of the law by a 62-55 vote July 19 with the support of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing coalition drew widespread international criticism, including from influential groups like the American Jewish Committee.
Following the passage of the law, the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem voiced concern that it had downgraded Arabic from an official language to a language with a “special status.” It also objected to the law’s “commitment to work on the development of Jewish settlement in the land, with no mention of the development of the country for the rest of its inhabitants.”
The Oct. 31 joint statement was signed by more than two dozen Catholic ordinaries of the Holy Land, representing Roman, Syrian, and Armenian Catholic, as well as Greek Melkite churches. Signatories included Archbishop Georges Bacouni of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church in Israel, Maronite Archbishop Moussa El-Hage of Haifa, and Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate Pierbattista Pizzaballa.
The bishops warned of the focus on Jewish identity at the expense of equality and democracy.
They particularly criticized a clause in the law that promotes “the development of Jewish settlement as a national value,” saying that by doing so, “the law promotes an inherent discriminatory vision.”
The law ignores the Palestinian Arabs living in the region, as well as the Christian, Muslim, Druze and Baha’i communities – all of whom should be treated as equal citizens, the bishops said. They added that the law violates international law standards.
“As Israelis and as Palestinian Arabs, we seek to be part of a state that promotes justice and peace, security and prosperity for all its citizens,” they emphasized.
Censored AJ “The Lobby” documentary provides damning evidence of Israeli interference in American politics and civic life. Now that professional hasbarists can’t ignore it anymore, they’ve resorted to downplaying and straight up lying about it. #LobbyLeaks
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Stuxnet allegedly has a vicious little brother, or perhaps it is a malicious cousin; the complex malware was likened to being similar to Stuxnet but “more violent, more advanced and more sophisticated.”
Iran, according to the Times of Israel, admitted that its “infrastructure and strategic networks” were hit by a meaner, leaner version of Stuxnet. A TV news report added that the Iranians are “not admitting, of course, how much damage has been caused.”
The report came after Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Iran needed to step up efforts to fight enemy “infiltration.” Reuters also reported that Gholamreza Jalali, the head of Iran’s civil defense agency, said, “Recently we discovered a new generation of Stuxnet which consisted of several parts ... and was trying to enter our systems.” Jalali didn’t go into more detail.
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She has been jailed for 10 years for asking "what has mohammed done for world peace?" Oh, and apparently she was thirsty and drank from a cup of water reserved for muslims only.
# This is exactly what liberals in the West don't comprehend when they defend Islam- Islam is a hateful disease.
Sahih Bukhari (52:177) - "The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. "O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him."
Sahih Bukhari (11:626) - [Muhammad said:] "I decided to order a man to lead the prayer and then take a flame to burn all those, who had not left their houses for the prayer, burning them alive inside their homes."
"Kill any Jew who falls under your power."
"Killing Unbelievers is a small matter to us" The words of Muhammad, prophet of Islam.
- "Those who disbelieve follow falsehood, while those who believe follow the truth from their Lord... So, when you meet, those who disbelieve, smite at their necks till when you have killed and wounded many of them, then bind a bond firmly on them, (i.e. take them as captives)... If it had been Allah's Will, He Himself could certainly have punished them (without you). But (He lets you fight), in order to test you... ."
So many open ended calls to hatred. There are 109 in the quran alone whilst there are NONE in the new testament and the calls to violence in the old testament were to clear the land of Israel only. Big difference in open ended and closed but liberals lack the brain power to comprehend this.
Also note that there was no call for the tribes of Israel to make war on those who disbelieved- there was no war to convert ever. Islam however is a global scourge, dedicated to our complete destruction.
1. Civic Cocktail: Protecting Orcas + Election Review
For this installment of Civic Cocktail, Q13 News analyst C.R. Douglas and Seattle Times reporter Lynda Mapes will serve as guest panelists in a discussion on two important topics: Southern Resident Killer Whale recovery and a review of the midterm elections (during which time Pramila Jayapal, KTTH radio host Jason Rantz, and Seattle University political science professor Marco Lowe will join in).
2. Far Out
Saturate your eyeballs with sweeping views of a remote and largely unexplored mountain range, the Albanian Alps, as well as the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia, the Crazy Mountains in Montana, the Slovenian Alps, Jackson Hole, and more, as explored by athletic adventurers. Proceeds from the screening will benefit the Northwest Avalanche Center.
3. The Reluctant Radical
Environmental activist Ken Ward commits crimes against the fossil fuel industry in order to fight against climate change. Join Ward himself, along with filmmaker Lindsey Grayzel, for a post-film Q&A.
4. Somm 3: Seattle Premiere
Three wine connoisseurs meet in Paris to drink the rarest bottles of vin, while blind tasters in New York settle an age-old argument about the drink. This screening of Somm 3 will also feature a Q&A with three newly minted Seattle sommeliers, as well as a Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon toast.
6. A Night of Coffee Beers feat. Caffe Vita
Seattle loves its coffee and its beer, so Redhook has combined the two for their two coffee beers: Kaffenator, a small-batch coffee dopplebock made in collaboration with Caffe Vita, and Continuous Revelation Coffee IPA, a new limited release. They'll have both available for happy hour, along with food pairings and Caffe Vita swag and coffee samples.
8. Science of Coffee: Sustainability
At this workshop hosted by Onda Coffee and Ada's, listen to environment and agriculture experts discuss how climate change is affecting the future of coffee and how sustainable farming practices can help.
9. Scotch and Oysters
Indulge in the somewhat peculiar pairing of briny oysters and peaty Scotch.
10. Harry Potter Trivia
Take advantage of an opportunity to briefly escape the muggle world at this Harry Potter trivia night.
Watch sexy persons pay tribute to electronica with signature slinky moves. Admire Jonny Porkpie (your MC), Queen Inga, Dee Flowered (all the way from Georgia)!, Di Lovely (from San Diego!), Indy Fire (Denver), and many other beauties from across the US and even that most torrid of countries, Canada.
12. SuicideGirls: Blackheart Burlesque
SuicideGirls Blackheart Burlesque promises a "geeky twist" on burlesque performance, with pop culture references including Star Wars, Sailor Moon, Stranger Things, and Rick & Morty.
READINGS & TALKS
13. ALT Poetry Reading and Open Mic
Head to a night of poetry readings with A Gallo-Brown, L Swartz, and T Clear, and read your own in an open mic if you're brave.
14. L.A. Kauffman: How to Read a Protest
At this Town Hall talk, author and activist L.A. Kauffman will outline the history of America's most important protest movements from the 1963 March on Washington on. If you're curious about whether protests achieve anything, how they've changed, and what messages they carry, this is for you.
15. Paul Dorpat and Jean Sherrard on Now and Then
Historian Paul Dorpat has been collecting photo columns in Seattle for years. Join him as he presents a retrospective of his work—you'll learn some interesting things about the historical trajectory of Seattle.
16. Suzanne M. Wolfe: A Murder by Any Name
If you love historical fiction set in Elizabethan England, join Suzanne M. Wolfe as she reads from her latest novel about the murder of Queen Elizabeth I's most beloved lady-in-waiting, A Murder by Any Name.
17. Suzanne Matson: Ultraviolet
In Suzanne Matson’s new novel, Ultraviolet, we meet three generations of women in 1930s India. Hear the author read.
WEDNESDAY & SATURDAY-SUNDAY
18. Good Mourning: An Interactive Arts Festival About Grief
This series invites artists from Seattle and beyond to show work across mediums that addresses grief. Pieces include a panel from the NAMES Project's AIDS memorial quilt; a video game called "Loss Levels" by digital artist Dan Hett; a community art piece called "Arts & Casket," where visitors can decorate a cardboard cremation casket; zines by Christina Tran; a soft sculpture by Elise Bernal; jewelry about "parental fears" by Sara Eileen; and more. Opening Wednesday
19. Eli Wolff
Eli Wolff takes off on cartoons, horror movies, video games, and other childhood influences to craft fun monster-y art. Closing reception Saturday
22. The 35th Annual Olympia Film Festival
The 35th Annual Olympia Film Festival will work with the theme “Inclusion, Independence, Discovery,” with 50 features and shorts created by a diverse range of filmmakers and artists.
23. Roald Dahl's 'Matilda'
A psychokinetic genius girl faces down an evil, bullying school principal in the musical based on Roald Dahl's messed-up kids' novel.
24. Art for All Ball
Enjoy an evening of "Painting! Music! Poetry! Performance! Community! Bubbles! Dinner! Dancing!" with Path With Art students (all of whom are working to overcome homelessness, addiction, and other trauma) as they celebrate 10 years of creativity.
25. Intro to Calligraphy
Impress your holiday card recipients by learning to write out the alphabet in beautiful, swirly strokes.
26. From the CEO's Perspective
A panel of CEOs (Scott McFarlane of Avalara, Sharelle Klaus of Dry Soda Co., and Aaron Easterly of Rover.com) will talk about how their Northwest businesses are addressing the tough times brought on by our current administration.
28. Free Screening of “Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey”
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center will screen the award-winning documentary Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey, about one very courageous and pioneering mountain climber, as a "thank you" to the Fred Hutch-affiliated organization Climb to Fight.
29. Hecklevision: Dune a
If you haven't playfully jeered—if not aggressively ridiculed—the screen while watching David Lynch's film adaption of Dune, we respect your tolerance for cheesiness. If you have, here's your chance to send your heckling texts straight to the big screen for the rest of the audience to enjoy.
FOOD & DRINK
30. American Purple Limited Edition Release
Be the first to try Elysian's new extremely limited American Purple beer, an American-Style Flanders Red aged in Chardonnay barrels with blackberry puree and a blend of yeasts, and tap into your painterly side with art supplies to customize your own growler.
31. The Detention Lottery
In this educational and interactive theater project, you or your randomly selected fictional family member from the audience will be detained and have to stand before an immigration judge, who will determine your fate.
33. David Skover: Robotica
Local authors David Skover and Ronald Collins will explore the relationship bettween "machine speech" and artificial intelligence in relation to free speech. The authors ask: "Is robotic expression 'speech' within the meaning of the First Amendment?"
35. An Evening with Grace Bonney
Join Design*Sponge founder and In the Company of Women author Grace Bonney for a reception and live taping for the first season of her new podcast, discussing various challenges faced by entrepreneurs and creatives. The event will also celebrate the release of the second issue of her new magazine, Good Company (the "Fearless Issue").
36. Jill Lightner: Scraps, Peels, and Stems
According to the organizers, every person in the United States throws out nearly 20 pounds of food each month. Join Jill Lightner, author of Scraps, Peels, and Stems, for some tips on how to make use of all that good stuff.
37. NW Literary Survival Kit
Expand your knowledge of Northwest authors with the best teachers in town: Local librarians.
38. Renee Simms: Meet Behind Mars
Welcome Renee Simms, who teaches African American Studies at the University of Puget Sound, for a reading of her first book of stories, which covers a variety of genres (realist, satirical, and "fabulist" according to novelist Dr. Asali Solomon) with African American characters.
39. Sarah Cannon: The Shame of Losing
At the age of 32, Sarah Cannon's husband Matt was badly injured by a falling tree branch. In this memoir, which she'll read from tonight, the prominent Edmonds-based essayist uses diary entries, introspective letters, and other non-linear devices to flesh out themes of pain, loss, and difficult choices.
SPORTS & RECREATION
40. Pray for Snow
Summon a snowy winter on the mountain by busting out your '80s neon ski garb, dancing to live music by Nite Wave, seeing an "epic ski film" and a retro ski fashion show, and filling up on fried confections in a Twinkie Roast. Proceeds will benefit the Northwest Avalanche Center.
41. American Horror Story: Drag Show
Admit it, American Horror Story has been screaming for a drag tribute ever since the ghost in the gimp suit showed up in Season One. Irene Dubois and SHE will host this post-Halloween fright fest, featuring special guest Bosco.
42. Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
A cast of touring ballet dancers from Moscow will take their 26th tour across the United States to perform the Great Russian Nutcracker, which promises puppets and amazing costumes.
43. Michael Doyle: Pantry
Explore domestic spaces and more with Michael Doyle's paintings and works on paper. Closing Saturday
Meet and learn from experienced burlesque performers at this four-day educational convention. Special guests include Brandy Wilde (the first burlesque dancer of Parisian cabaret Crazy Horse Paris), Angie Pontani, and Lisa Petrucci.
The action of LIFT takes place over a mere minute among riders of a London tube passing through Covent Garden, but this time stretches through the mental existence of the characters. Gregory Award-winning actor/director Richard Gray will direct.
46. Much Ado About Nothing
Continuing their "Pursuit" series, indie company Fern Shakespeare will stage Much Ado About Nothing with an all-womxn cast. Everything ends well in this comedy of hearsay, but not before gossip and malice nearly ruin some innocent lives.
48. Homelessness: the Disgrace of a Wealthy Nation
Keith Artz's installation inside the Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, which has hosted a tent city and hosts a shelter, addresses one of the most urgent problems in our city. Closing Friday
Two Seattle comics will make jokes about growing up.
50. Adult Swim
If you have kids, leave 'em at home and experience the Seattle Aquarium after hours. KEXP DJ Troy Nelson will spin party jams, and you can enjoy you fill of drinks and hors d’oeuvres while you visit with a giant Pacific octopus, among other things.
52. Wine Women & Shoes
For wine enthusiasts and shoe fetishists of Sex and the City proportions, this fundraiser raising money for foster kids in Washington will include wine and culinary tastings, auctions, shopping, a raffle, a "Best in Shoe" competition, a fashion show, and hunky "Shoe Guys."
53. Meaningful Movies: To Err Is Human
At this Meaningful Movies screening, see a documentary about "the silent epidemic" of patient harm and other flaws in the US healthcare system.
GEEK & GAMING
54. Essen Import Party
Open your game-loving mind to titles from all over the world, as showcased in Essen, Germany's SPIEL trade show.
56. Nearly Dan
Steely Dan were one of the smartest bands to consistently rack up platinum records. They got away with singing blisteringly acerbic lyrics and executing complex key changes and tricky time signatures while accruing crazy air time on commercial radio, back when that meant something. So a band dedicated to paying tribute to Steely Dan has to be sharper than your typical homage outfit. Nearly Dan’s 12 members (who’ve played with Ray Charles, the Four Tops, the Temptations, Gladys Knight, and, most importantly, Huey Lewis) are up to the task, interpreting the hits and deep cuts with a professionalism that would impress Donald Fagen and the late Walter Becker’s accountants.
57. Abby London is "Miss-Chievous"
Idahoan musician Abby London will bring her one-woman variety show filled with "costumes, baton, piano, guitar, vocals, and then some" to Greenwood.
58. Epicuriositease: A Sampling of Earthly Delights
Kevin Incroyable will host a night of live music, burlesque, and circus arts, paired with an optional wine tasting. Your slinky purveyors of visual pleasure will be La Petite Mort, Nina Nightshade, Sage Viniconis, Holly Dai, and Anna Clara Buoyant.
59. The Lalas
The Lalas of LA, seen in Justin Timberlake videos and at the Emmys, promise a sexy, interactive, comedic show.
60. Watch What Crappens
A podcast for Bravo junkies and skeptics will visit Seattle fans. Hosts Ben Mandelker and Ronnie Karam are guaranteed to go into exhaustive detail.
READINGS & TALKS
61. Blair Imani: Modern HerStory
Blair Imani will be ready to educate you with her book Modern HerStory, all about the women, people of color, queers, disabled people, and others who've been sidelined by traditional narratives of progress.
62. Coffee & Concepts
UW School of Drama hosts this series of talks by scholars and practitioners, aimed at students and the general public. The series will wrap up with drama scholar Stefka Mihaylova.
63. A Kink in the Cure
Tim Murray's multimedia show is a sex-positive story of healing through kink.
64. Reading with Ravenna Press
Join contributors of Ravenna Press, which "prides itself on bringing together the discerning reader and the stimulating book," for a reading.
65. Mark Normand
Mark Normand can boast appearances on Comedy Central, Conan, Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Inside Amy Schumer, and many other hit shows. He's also won first place at the Great American Comedy Festival. He'll share some of that Brooklynite humor.
66. Women in Song Series
Celebrate womxn musicians at this six-part live music series, this time with Annie Phalen Group, Five Letter Word, Del Rey, and Salt Luck.
67. Bindlestiff Seattle
Amoy Barya, Godsilya and Chunky Chonkeez will help document the lives of 1930s Filipino farm workers with a performance of Carlos Bulosan’s America is in the Heart.
68. The Great Junk Hunt
Scavenge for vintage and repurposed goods of all kinds at this traveling market.
69. Newport Ski and Snowboard Swap 2018
Winter sports season is fast approaching, so now's a good time to swap gear you don't want for gear you do want. Here you can find over 10,000 new and used snow sport items.
71. Seattle International Auto Show
This isn't your typical neighborhood car display—the Seattle International Auto Show provides rodders and gearheads with four days of luxury test drives, demos, family activities, and more from tons of exhibitors. Don't miss Women's Day on Friday.
Art criticism's stakes grow unnaturally high in Y York's play about love and rivalry amongst two artists and their husbands, one of whom is a mob boss, the other a wannabe made man. A production by Snowflake Avalanche.
75. Too Much Information
These nine short plays by local writers Patty Carlson, Lyn Coffin, Josephine DeLellis, Karen DeMasters, Oneda Harris, Chris Mathews, Jorj Savage, and Donna Van Norman cover everything from "grammar nazis" to "lost drivers."
78. The Universal Works Repaired Event
Universal Works debut a collaboration of repurposed garments with design company Atelier & Repairs for guests to peruse and purchase. The pieces in this trunk show widely feature the Japanese-style Sashiko repair stitch, hand painting, and second-hand trims and fabrics.
80. Intentional Joy Noise Student Showcase
Budding comics who have spent eight weeks studying the craft of stand-up with delightful local comic Emmett Montgomery will showcase their newly refined talents.
82. Seattle Black Panther Party Youth Empowerment Summit
Young people continue to show up at the helm of social justice movements, from Black Lives Matter to #MeToo to March for our Lives. The Youth Empowerment Summit continues the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party's Seattle branch, where youth community organizers from around the city gather to share political education, organize around important causes, and build relationships.
83. Seattle Celebration for the Animals!
Snack on tasty vegan snacks, drinks, and desserts, bid on items in a silent auction, and join a dance party in support of the Humane League efforts "to reduce animal suffering."
84. Wreath Making Workshop
Make a festive holiday wreath using real pine cones and acorns, cool ribbon, and a fresh assortment of Evergreen trimmings.
FOOD & DRINK
85. 2 Year AnniFREEsary
To celebrate two years of business, Ounces will buy Delfino's Chicago-Style Pizza for 200 customers and release their anniversary beer brewed in collaboration with Matchless Brewing and Chainline Brewing Company, in addition to giving away more freebies and swag.
88. Eat Like Your ORIJEN Dog
This brunch hosted by the "biologically appropriate" ORIJEN dog food brand invites you to "eat like your dog" with a menu inspired by the fresh, local ingredients in their dog food, accompanied by beer, wine, and coffee. The first 50 guests will receive a "doggie bag" of party favors to take home.
89. Eleventh Anniversary Party
Turn it up to 11 with Two Beers's anniversary party, which will include a celebratory Birthday Cake IPA brewed with lactose sugar and vanilla bean, plus special beers on tap, actual cake, and gastropub grub from the Bread and Circuses food truck.
90. Populuxe Beer Can Derby
To celebrate the can release of Populuxe Brewing's IPA and CDA, test your engineering skills by crafting your own beer can car and racing it down a pinewood derby track.
91. Wink Doughnuts Pop-Up
Start off your Saturday with gluten-free, organic, and plant-based doughnuts from Wink, with an exclusive coffee and doughnut pairing from Broadcast Coffee Roasters.
92. Harry Potter Films Trivia Night Harry Potter fans who appreciate the movies just as much as the books can answer trivia questions based on the eight films.
93. From The Silver Screen
In a program directed by maestro Alan Futterman, the Bremerton Symphony will perform a triad of pieces from 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Blue Danube by J. Strauss, Zarathustra Opening by R. Strauss, Ligeti's Lux Aeterna, Bach's Passacaglia, Leopold Stokowski's Fugue in C Minor from The Godfather, and John Williams's E.T. theme.
97. WAVES Presents: Biolumina
Immerse yourself in a bioluminescent space by pretending you're a glowing sea creature at this dreamy electronic dance party and installation.
READINGS & TALKS
98. CoCA and La Sala present: Literary Readings and Discussion
Artists J.A. Dela Cruz-Smith and Maiah A Merino will talk about their creative processes in a Q&A moderated by Catalina Cantu of La Sala. In addition, representatives of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project will talk about their organization.
103. Celluloid Bainbridge Film Festival
This festival used to only show films made by Bainbridge Island filmmakers, but it's since expanded to include work from Washington State, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, and British Columbia. This year brings a 20th anniversary retrospective (on Sunday), which will revisit highlights from year's past, including Boomtown, Outsourced, The Gefilte Fish Chronicles, and Birth of a Salesman.
Support talented local teens by watching 14 world-premiere plays written, directed, produced, and performed by high schoolers.
105. 35th Annual Glitter Sale
Seattle's Goodwill flagship store will be filled with the absolute sparkliest clothes, shoes, and accessories for its glorious annual two-day Glitter Sale. Whether you're looking to find something flashy for a big event or you want the contents of your closet to better resemble a sea of gems, this is the place to go.
106. Latvian Christmas Bazaar
While you shop for handmade crafts and jewelry by local Latvian artists, try cakes, piragi (rolled bread), and Christmas cookies, and take in a traditional dance performance.
109. Armistice Day Centennial Commemoration
Armistice Day turns 100 years old this year, and this celebration will mark the centennial with an opening ceremony, featuring the ringing of the historic Great Seattle Fire bell and a wreath-laying ceremony. Afterwards, there will be special events at the museum including historical presentations and viewing opportunities for their WW1 America archival exhibition, and a round-trip cruise on Lake Union to UW’s WWI Navy seaplane hangar.
110. NW Marxism Conference 2018
This conference offers educational sessions that combat the far-right sensibilities of the current administration. Stop by "From #MeToo to Women's Liberation," "Revolutionary Socialism, Democratic Socialism, and Social Democracy," "Fascism: What It Is and How To Fight It," and more.
111. Seattle Slack Key Festival
This all-day music festival is dedicated to Kanikapila-style Hawaiian music, which makes use of the open-tuned slack key guitar (as well as the steel guitar and the ukulele). A few of this year's musicians include Ledward Kaapana, George Kuo, Jeff Peterson, Kunia Galdeira, Sonny Lim, and Jeff Au Hoy.
112. Hecklevision: Starship Troopers
Rather than make fun of the '90s mystery/thriller Starship Troopers out loud, send your snarky texts straight to the big screen for the rest of the audience to see.
113. Moving History: Sticky Shed Syndrome - An Archival Screening
Moving Image Preservation of Puget Sound presents the latest installment of Moving History: an archival screening called Sticky Shed Syndrome, featuring footage collected from the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum, the King County Archives, the Museum of History and Industry, Scarecrow Video, and elsewhere.
FOOD & DRINK
114. Bizzarro Bizarre Bazaar and Wine Tasting
While you taste wine for free (!), peruse paintings by Chris Crites, jewelry by LM-Inspired, knitwear by Ravel and Unravel, holiday gifts by Wabi and Sabi Co., and magnets by Denise Reed.
116. Childsplay: Fiddlers, Fiddles, and Fiddlemaker with Karan Casey
Folksy supergroup Childsplay is comprised of fiddlers from across the Celtic world and the U.S., featuring Irish singer Karan Casey. They'll celebrate their first show in Seattle since 1992 with their band of 14 fiddlers and nine instrumentalists, dancers, and singers.
120. The DA (Dumbledore's Army)
This all-ages fundraiser for the Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle (who provide funds for local LGBTQ+ services) will take the form of a Harry Potter drag show with kings and queens alike.
121. Stormy Daniels DREAM GIRLS at Sodo
Stormy Daniels will perform in Sodo on her Support the Troops tour, where veterans and active military personnel will get free admission.
READINGS & TALKS
125. Rita Wirkala
Seattle-based Argentinian writer Rita Wirkala is responsible for a wide range of novels, poetry, literary essays, and textbooks. Tonight, she'll read from her most recent English-language book of short stories, Tales for The Dreamer.
Bus load after bus load brought Jewish spiritual tourists into Hebron-Kiryat Arba last Friday afternoon. You could feel the electricity, this Shabbat was going to be different. A quiet excitement filled the air. Soon tents were sprouting up on the lawns between buildings, like mushrooms after [...]
The years of weariness caused by chronic pain and frustrations with my limited mobility had finally caught up with me. In my discontent, I became demanding and ungrateful. I began complaining about my husband’s caregiving skills. I griped about the way he cleaned the house. Even though he’s the best cook I know, I fussed about the lack of variety in our meals. When he finally shared that my grumbling hurt his feelings, I was resentful. He had no idea what I was going through. Eventually, God helped me see my wrongs, and I asked my husband and the Lord for forgiveness.
Longing for different circumstances can lead to complaining, and even a form of relationship-damaging self-centeredness. The Israelites were familiar with this dilemma. It seems they were never satisfied and always griping about God’s provision (Exodus 17:1–3). Even though the Lord cared for His people in the wilderness by sending them “bread from heaven” (16:4), they began craving other food (Numbers 11:4). Instead of rejoicing over the daily miracles of God’s faithful and loving care, the Israelites wanted something more, something better, something different, or even something they used to have (vv. 4–9). They took out their frustrations on Moses (vv. 10–14).
Trusting God’s goodness and faithfulness can help us get a good grip on gratitude. Today we can thank Him for the countless ways He cares for us.
Il Giornaletto di Saul del 6 novembre 2018 – Il senso dell’amicizia, la guerra non è mai bella, l’uccisione di Kennedy, Treia: avanti con la Fierucola 2018, la vera causa della devastazione ambientale, l’ultima arma di guerra, no Muos ora e sempre, la nuova “religione” della Natura…
Care, cari, giorni addietro avevo visto che domenica 4 novembre 2018, a casa di una cara Amica, ci sarebbe stato un incontro di condivisione, di quelli che lei spesso organizza a casa sua, e questa volta l’argomento di cui parlare era “L’Amicizia”. (…) Quale migliore occasione per sviscerare un tema tanto delicato, lasciando uscire tante emozioni, con la certezza di non essere giudicata e di ricevere parole sagge e sentite da una persona che dire che è sensibile è poco?… (Caterina Regazzi)… – Continua:https://retedellereti.blogspot.com/2018/11/il-senso-dellamicizia-casa-val-di-sasso.html
Uomo violento e donna paziente – Scrive Maurizio Angeletti Concordo con la rabbia femminile, per le violenze a cui la donna è sottoposta da maschi violenti ma il mondo maschile che non la pensa così è minoritario alquanto, quindi ridotto al silenzio vessatorio, oppure, causa fraintendimento, ad un adeguamento formale seppure apparente ed ipocrita. Mi sento di dire, personalmente, che ammiro talmente la donna per quello che riesce a fare nel quotidiano da rimanere ‘interdetto’ (sorpreso) per queste sue capacità. Penso che la maggior parte delle donne ami gli uomini nonostante tutti i loro difetti e carenze partorite da un sistema patriarcale assurdo, iniquo ed anche favorito dalla stupidità di varie forme di religione…”
Bari. Fermare il consumo dei suoli – Scrive Salviamo il Paesaggio: “La Consulta Comunale per l’Ambiente di Bari, ha sottoposto un proprio documento di indirizzo per orientare il PUG (Piano Urbanistico Generale) – attualmente in corso di definizione – a tutela del suolo. Tra i suggerimenti: l’eliminazione delle previsioni edificabili che individuano interventi di destinazione comportanti consumo di suolo, la sospensione degli strumenti urbanistici e delle eventuali varianti per interventi che comportano consumo di suolo in aree agricole ed in aree naturali e seminaturali”
L’uccisione di Kennedy. E la manina di sion – Scrive Sail Alami: “Tra poco ricorre l’anniversario dell’assassinio del presidente degli USA John F. Kennedy, il 22 Novembre 1963 nella cittadina texana di Dallas. Non spiegheremo come si sono svolti i fatti, ma faremo luce sul ruolo, più che ipotetico, che hanno avuto nell’assassinio i servizi segreti israeliani, tanto che nel mondo nessuno ha beneficiato di questo avvenimento come Israele. Tuttavia la stampa americana ignorò questo fatto e di conseguenza i media europei fecero lo stesso…” – Continua:https://altracalcata-altromondo.blogspot.com/2018/11/luccisione-di-john-f-kennedy-e-la.html
Integrazione di J.M.: “…la probabilità delle coincidenze, – leggi Oswald in grado di centrare obiettivo mobile, e rapidamente ricaricare un fucile italiano del 1940, che Mussolini aveva scartato per l’esercito come non affidabile – già eccede il probabile. Che un mafioso (Ruby) con una fedina e un passato da criminale DOC, si impietosisca per la vedova Kennedy al punto di ammazzarne il presunto assassino, moltiplica vieppiù l’improbabilità. Se poi si aggiungono le teorie (seriamente sostenute) che quando un proiettile colpisce un obiettivo (nel caso la testa di Kennedy), l’obiettivo invece di essere spinto avanti, viene spinto indietro, si raggiunge l’impossibile…” – Continua al link soprastante con altri commenti utili
Treia. Avanti con la Fierucola dell’8 dicembre 2018 – L’organizzazione della quarta edizione della Fierucola delle Eccellenze Bioregionali, che si tiene anche quest’anno a Chiesanuova di Treia, l’8 dicembre 2018, procede. Questa vuole essere una chiamata a raccolta rivolta ai treiesi di buona volontà per invitarli a dare una mano. Uniti si ottengono migliori risultati e si consolida il senso della Comunità!… – Continua:https://auser-treia.blogspot.com/2018/11/treia-chiamata-raccolta-per-la.html
Napoli. Cercasi ospitalità per tre giorni – Scrive Giulietta: “siamo Giulietta e Jasvir abbiamo bisogno di qualcuno che ci ospiti a Napoli dal 16 al 19 nov, saremo tutto il giorno a scuola dalle 9.00 alle 19.30, siamo disposti a cucinare la sera, c’è anche una altra amica che ha bisogno grazie di cuore. Info: email@example.com”
Gufi per le foreste – Scrive Martina Camarda: “Segnalo la nascita del Gruppo Unitario per le Foreste Italiane. Chi volesse inviare la propria adesione può farlo scrivendo a: firstname.lastname@example.org”
La vera causa della devastazione ambientale – Scrive Giuseppe Altieri: “La principale causa della devastazione planetaria è rappresentata dagli allevamenti industriali (non quelli biologici al pascolo) e dall’agricoltura chimica e OGM loro collegata. Dopo 70 anni di devastazione chimica dei suoli con pesticidi e disseccanti/diserbanti, oltre a minare irreversibilmente la nostra salute ambientale le industrie chimiche hanno massacrato l’humus e la fertilità dei terreni. Pertanto i terreni non trattengono più acqua (l’humus è come una spugna che trattiene acqua fino a 10 volte il suo peso e ne abbiamo perso almeno il 50% negli ultimi 50 anni), provocando frane e smottamenti e ulteriore perdita di strato fertile… il fango che tutti vediamo sulle strade e nelle case allagate…” – Continua:http://bioregionalismo-treia.blogspot.com/2018/11/allevamenti-industriali-e-agricoltura.html
Commento di Francesca Rossetti: “Mi sorprende che nessun giornale ne parli, e dire che solo pochi mesi fa l’università di Oxford ha pubblicato uno studio sulla rivista scientifica Science che mostrava che l’industria zootecnica a livello globale é responsabile del 73% delle emissioni di gas serra nell’atmosfera e chiariva che la manovra più significativa per ridurre le nostre emissioni sarebbe quella di eliminare almeno carne di manzo, vitello e latticini…”
Pianeta terra. L’ultima arma di guerra. Recensione – “Rosalie Bertell, eminente scienziata, esperta di radiazioni e vincitrice di premi scientifici internazionali importanti, è forse una delle poche persone al mondo che poteva scrivere questo libro. La Bertell traccia il quadro terribile degli esperimenti militari condotti da decenni che hanno danneggiato gli strati vitali dell’atmosfera e la biosfera nel suo insieme. Militari, corporazioni e governi hanno manipolato il meteo e il clima intenzionalmente per decenni e influenzandolo in svariati modi…”
No Muos. Ora e sempre – Scrive Fulvio Grimaldi: “Comitati in rivolta dopo che la ministra Trenta deposita una memoria che smonta il lavoro durato anni di ambientalisti e grillini. Il Muos c’è, esiste. A Niscemi lo sanno tutti. Un dato incontrovertibile. Sull’operatività del sistema radar invece tante ombre. Certo è che il satellite è stato collegato alle antenne per smistare le comunicazioni militari a forze navali, aeree e terrestri in movimento in qualsiasi parte del mondo…” – Continua: https://paolodarpini.blogspot.com/2018/11/muos-ora-e-sempre.html
Roma. Gettiamo le basi… – Scrive Mirella Cao: “Augurandomi che qualcuno possa recarsi a Roma il 10 novembre e partecipare all’iniziativa “Gettiamo le basi”, di alto spessore culturale, inserita nell’ambito di una festa in ricordo del prof Mauro Cristaldi. 10 novembre dalle 10 alle 12. Alla Biblioteca Cartiera Latina al Parco dell’Appia Vecchia, Roma, vicino a porta San Sebastiano. Info: email@example.com”
La nuova “religione” della Natura – Bioregionalismo, ecologia profonda e spiritualità laica sono la trinità della nuova filosofia o religione della natura. L’ecologia profonda analizza l’organismo, le componenti vitali e geomorfologiche, le loro correlazioni e il loro funzionamento organico, mentre il bioregionalismo riconosce gli ambiti territoriali (bioregioni) in cui tali processi si manifestano in forma qualificata di «organi» territoriali e culturali. Come terzo elemento componente c’è «l’osservatore», cioè l’intelligenza, coscienza che anima il processo conoscitivo, che si manifesta in forma di biospiritualità (o spiritualità laica), ovvero la capacità della vita di osservare se stessa e la messa in pratica del suo funzionamento… – Continua:https://www.terranuova.it/Blog/Riconoscersi-in-cio-che-e/Bioregionalismo-ecologia-profonda-e-spiritualita-laica-in-sintesi
Pensiero poetico del dopo Giornaletto:
“Sentimenti, pensieri e azioni corrono davanti all’osservatore in successione senza fine, lasciando delle tracce nel cervello e creando l’illusione di continuità. In realtà non c’è nessuna persona, c’è solo l’osservatore che si identifica con l’”io” e il “mio”. Il maestro dice all’osservatore: tu non sei questo, non c’è nulla di tuo in ciò, tranne l’”io sono”: il puntolino che fa da ponte tra l’osservatore e il suo sogno. “Io sono questo”, “io sono quello” è sogno, mentre l’”io sono”, puro e semplice ha impresso su di se il marchio della realtà…” (Nisargadatta Maharaj)
Calouste Gulkenkian fue un armenio, nacido en Estambul a mitad del siglo XIX, y nacionalizado británico, hijo de un magnate del petróleo del Caúcaso. Llegó a ser ministro en el Imperio Otomano, pero su fortuna -en todos los sentidos de la palabra- estuvo ligada al petróleo: las comisiones que cobraba para ayudar la petrolera Shell, en los inicios, y al Sultán para hacerse con los pozos mesopotámicos. En efecto, fue quizá el primero en obtener los derechos de explotación de los pozos en lo que hoy es Iraq -pero que formaba parte del imperio otomano hasta el final de la primera Guerra Mundial, y un mandato británico hasta la Segunda Guerra Mundial. La Turkish Petroleum Company, luego llamada Iraq Petroleum Company, estuvieron en el origen del comercio de los carburos que aún hoy hacen la fortuna -o la desgracia- del Próximo Oriente. Gulbenkian dedicó una parte de su fortuna en la adquisición de obras de arte tanto occidentales -desde la arqueología hasta cuadros impresionistas- como del Próximo Oriente: la colección de cerámica islámica es seguramente la mejor del mundo.
Pensó en legar su colección al recién instituido estado de Iraq. Por este motivo, el joven rey Faisal II, en los años 50, encargó al arquitecto Alvar Aalto el proyecto del Museo de Bellas Artes de Bagdad -que habría estado dedicado a la colección Gulbenkian. La muerte del magnate en 1955, el golpe de estado y el asesinato del rey en 1958, pusieron fin a este proyecto. La colección recabaría finalmente en Lisboa donde aún se expone.
Fue entonces cuando la recién creada fundación Gulbenkian empezó una labor filantrópica en el campo de la cultura, la sanidad y la educación en Iraq. Hospitales, museos y universidades, desde Erbil hasta Basora recibieron financiación de la fundación. Se inició, al mismo tiempo, una colección de arte moderno iraquí. Se proyectó y se construyó un Centro de Arte Moderno en Bagdad -ya sin colección- y se financió el proyecto, de arquitectos portugueses, del estadio de fútbol en Bagdad -supliendo el que Le Corbusier no pudo levantar. Se financió también una amplia exposición de obras maestras, sobre todo mesopotámicas, del Museo Nacional de Iraq en Bagdad, por diversas ciudades europeas, como Lisboa, Turín o París, en 1966. La nacionalización de los pozos de petróleo, tras la Segunda Guerra árabe-israelí, en 1973, señaló el fin de las actividades de la fundación Gulbenkian en Iraq.
Una exposición (hasta finales de enero de 2019), con material inédito, muy bien presentada, en la Fundación Gulbenkian de Lisboa, da cuenta de estas actividades, hasta ahora, conocidas sobre todo en Iraq, si bien la exposición insiste, quizá de manera acrítica, y en exceso, en la filantropía de la fundación en Iraq -el origen de la fortuna es tratado muy brevemente-, y no menciona, sorprendentemente los proyectos de Alvar Aalto, y de Le Corbusier, que están en el origen de las actividades culturales y deportivas de la Fundación en Iraq.
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In 2014 Israeli satire on TV took a bold step forward with the airing of a new series of sketches called HaYehudim Ba'im (The Jews Are Coming).Written by Natalie Marcus and Asaf Beiser, the show asks questions about everything, from the Bible to Ben Gurion to the Ashkenazi leadership.
Their approach is to go into the texts and make you think. They say that they give all their subjects a critical look, but they're not attacking, just giving the story a fresh, modern look.
The series ran for three seasons on Israeli TV, all in Hebrew. Some of the half-hour episodes were divided into video clips and published on YouTube with English subtitles. We found a few new ones and we'll continue to share them with you. Today we're posting a parody that imagines a conversation between Abraham and a character based on the Seinfeld TV show.
In the clip (in Hebrew with English subtitles) Abraham tells an idol worshipper that he has an idea about starting a new religion about nothing, a nod to the oft-quoted comment by Jerry Seinfeld that his show is a show about nothing.
The idol worshipper venerates the goddess Ashtoret (also known as Astarte and Ishtar) but is open to following Abraham in his new religion until he hears that joining the religion requires him to "cut the tip of the thingy" and decides that he'll stay with Ashtoret.
This video clip, like all the others in the series, may offend some readers who are not open to satirical interpretations of the scriptures and satirical views of Jewish life through the ages, but we believe that there's a place for humor everywhere and we hope you'll find the satire amusing.
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“E, vendo uma figueira à beira do caminho, aproximou-se dela; e, não tendo achado senão filhas, disse-lhe: Nunca mais nasça fruto de ti! E a figueira secou imediatamente” (Mt 21.19).
Jesus já havia subido a Jerusalém para a festa da páscoa. Estava mergulhado na sombra da cruz. Era sua última semana, antes de ser preso, julgado, condenado e pregado na cruz. Jesus saíra de Jerusalém para pernoitar em Betânia e logo de manhã estava de volta à cidade que o aclamara e à cidade que, liderada pelos sacerdotes, reivindicaria sua morte. Cedo de manhã, ao voltar para Jerusalém, teve fome. Nesse momento, ele vê uma figueira à beira do caminho. Aproxima-se dela, mas não encontrou nenhum fruto, apenas folhas. Jesus, então, pronuncia seu juízo à figueira. Aquela que, fazendo propaganda de frutos, deles estava desprovida, foi sentenciada a ficar sem frutos. Imediatamente a figueira secou. Que lições podemos aprender com esse episódio? Em primeiro lugar, folhas sem frutos são aparências que enganam. Na figueira, as folhas vêm depois dos frutos. Se a figueira tinha folhas, logo, anunciava ter frutos. Mas sua aparência era enganosa. Assim, também, muitas pessoas parecem ser espirituais. Estão estrategicamente posicionadas à beira do caminho. Chamam a atenção para seu porte, para sua linda roupagem, para sua atrativa aparência. Estão revestidos de folhas, mas desprovidas de frutos. Fazem propaganda de frutos, mas só têm folhas. Sua vida é uma mentira. Seu discurso é um engano. Sua espiritualidade é uma farsa. Em segundo lugar, folhas sem frutos são propaganda que decepcionam. A figueira primeiro produz frutos e depois brotam as folhas. As folhas protegem os frutos, mas não são um substituto deles. Os frutos vêm antes das folhas. Folhas sem frutos são propaganda enganosa. Consumada hipocrisia. Discurso sem vida. Espiritualidade falaciosa. Jesus estava com fome. A figueira, por ter folhas, fazia propaganda de seus frutos. Mas, ao examiná-la, Jesus não encontra nela frutos. Aquela figueira era uma decepção. Em terceiro lugar, folhas sem frutos são promessas que fracassam. Jesus não encontra frutos na figueira para matar sua fome. Chegou faminto e saiu faminto. A promessa de frutos era exuberante, mas a realidade dos frutos inexistente. Havia um abismo entre o que figueira demonstrava e o que de fato a figueira era. Mesmo à beira do caminho, gerando tantas expectativas e as mais santas, frustrava a todos. Sua mensagem aos transeuntes era propaganda enganosa. Suas promessas eram um consumado fracasso. Em quarto lugar, folhas sem frutos desembocam em severo juízo. Mateus registra a palavra severa de Jesus à figueira: “Nunca mais nasça fruto de ti” (Mt 21.19). Marcos, de igual forma, registra: “Nunca jamais coma alguém fruto de ti!” (Mc 11.14). Imediatamente após a sentença de Jesus, a figueira secou e secou até à raiz (Mc 11.20). A maldição que caiu sobre aquela figueira foi permanecer como estava, sem frutos. O que Jesus fez, foi arrancar sua máscara e sentenciá-la a permanecer estéril. Jesus não amaldiçoou aquela figueira. Ela já era uma maldição. Não passava de uma consumada mentira. Esse milagre operado por Jesus, demonstrando seu juízo à figueira estéril tinha o propósito de alertar a respeito da falsa espiritualidade de Israel e de seus líderes, que embora, ostentassem grande pompa religiosa, estavam desprovidos dos frutos da piedade. Esse milagre é um alerta para nós, ainda hoje. Jesus não se contenta com folhas, ele quer encontrar em nós frutos!
The maxim in politics is that “it’s not personal, it’s just business.” Maybe that’s the psychological armor every politician wears against insults and indignities. Someone’s going to run against you, lie about you, spend millions of dollars vilifying you — but it’s not personal. If angry voters spew, it’s not about you, it’s about that unpopular vote that you cast, or the tough political environment for your party or because they’re uninformed. Writing a book, on the other hand, is deeply personal. Politicians put on protective gear, fiction writers take it off — fully exposing their creativity, emotions, fantasies. It’s like unburdening oneself on a therapist’s couch, only every reader on earth is your therapist.
In but the latest after an insane month of news featuring the kingdom since the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the AP reports Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman laid the ceremonial foundation stone for Saudi Arabia's first nuclear research reactor on Monday.
The site is the first of 16 planned reactor sites to be built over the next two decades, and is raising fears that it could mark the start of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East, especially given the timing as November 5th was the very day severe U.S. sanctions on Iran targeting the energy industry took effect, precisely over the White House accusation that it is not serious about de-nuclearization.
The official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported that the reactor is part of seven major projects launched as he visited Riyadh’s King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology. The kingdom is seeking to diversify the way it meets its energy needs, currently driven by oil and gas. The SPA report did not indicate when the research reactor would go online, but did mention it is the start of a 20-year, $80bn project to build 16 nuclear reactors.
Prince Mohammed said in March that if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Riyadh will do so too. In an interview with CBS television, he likened regional rival Iran’s supreme leader to Hitler, saying he “wants to create his own project in the Middle East.”
Riyadh held deep reservations over the 2015 accord aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions and hailed US President Donald Trump’s announcement in May that the United States was withdrawing from the deal.
During that CBS/60 Minutes interview MbS said: "Saudi Arabia doesn’t want to own a nuclear bomb. But without a doubt, if Iran develops a nuclear bomb, we will follow suit as soon as possible.”
No doubt the symbolism of MbS laying the foundation stone for the kingdom's first nuclear reactor on the very day aggressive sanctions on Iran snapped back will not be lost of Tehran.
Given the timing it appears the Saudis were positively celebrating the sanctions and even provoking Iran. All of this means that the nuclear arms race between Iran and Saudi Arabia is officially on, even as much of the Middle East and the world is spotlighting the crimes of both. However, it will likely come slowly at first and under the guise of "peaceful" energy development of a "research" nature.
And guess which Western country is inking deals with the Saudis for nuclear reactors? We don't expect the global outrage over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi to ultimately halt such deals, even if they slow for the time being. The AP reports:
Trump reportedly refused a March request by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a commitment to halting an emerging deal to sell further nuclear reactors to Saudi Arabia, telling the prime minister that if the US did not supply the reactors, then the Russians or Chinese would.
Netanyahu and his team reportedly requested that, if the Americans insist on going ahead with building reactors, Saudi Arabia be prevented from enriching uranium by itself.
Currently, the only Arab Gulf country to have previously launched a nuclear power project is the United Arab Emirates, which is constructing four South Korea-designed reactors.
Meanwhile Iran has long claimed its own nuclear initiatives were purely to pursue energy needs much like the Gulf countries are seeking to diversify away from sole reliance on oil and gas. While the West has always refused to take Tehran's word for it, it will be interesting to see if there's any eventual shift in opinion concerning the Saudis' pursuit of large reactors given the current scrutiny over the kingdom's dismal human rights record in the wake of the Khashoggi affair.
<em>"The only proper – the only possible – response to the criminalization of offense is to become ever more offensive to the effing little bastards."</em>
It's not the only possible response. The other is to use their own weapons against them, and complain constantly of the offence you feel at what they say about you. Complain about hate speech when they say they hate you and your politics. Complain about discrimination in left-dominated industries like journalism or academia against you based on your beliefs. Make unfalsifiable accusations without evidence, and complain when you are not automatically believed purely because of your sex. Invent hundreds of new minority groups to be a member of, and demand representation for all of them. Report everyone who criticises Israel or America or white people for racism. Report feminists for sexism. Report religious organisations for religious discrimination. Overload the system with noise and false alarms, until they turn the alarm system off.
I don't recommend it. I think it's likely to result in moderates rejecting *both* sides and telling us we're no better. But the primary argument for supporting freedom is the knowledge that the system can come for *you*. Nobody but the racists truly care about free speech for racists, and nobody but the holocaust deniers cares about free speech for holocaust denial, and so long as the system only targets speech they don't agree with and don't like, nobody will fight for it. The biggest argument justifying the removal of free speech is that most people think its loudest proponents are <em>horrible</em> people, who bully and harass and offend/upset the innocent, and who deserve to be silenced. Being even more horrible to them only strengthens that argument. But when they see the system targeting <em>their own</em> speech, or even just realise that it <em>can</em>, <em>then</em> they'll care.
It's still an uphill struggle to make them realise that getting support for safeguards for their own speech means also defending the speech of those they despise, but at least there's a chance.
Pedroq - 05 Ноя 2018 22:47 (GMT 2)
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Monday November 5, one day before the election, marked the resumption of sanctions on the Islamic regime by the Trump administration. Nation of Islam boss Louis Farrakhan flew to Iran to speak out on behalf of the ruling mullahs.
As Fox News reported, Farrakhan told Mohsen Rezaei, Secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council: “Today, I warn the American government that sanctioning Iran is a big mistake.” The eager Farrakhan failed to flag any mistakes by the Iranian Islamic regime, the world’s biggest sponsor of terrorism. And Farrakhan took care to time his visit with an important event.
Thirty-nine years ago, in 1979, the Islamic regime of the Ayatollah Khomeini invaded the U.S. embassy in Tehran, took more than 50 American diplomats and civilians hostage, and held them for 444 days. Farrakhan marked the anniversary by telling law students at the University of Tehran, that “America has never been a democracy” and then led the students in a chants of “Death to America!” and “Death to Israel!”
No one in America had ever seen a performance quite like that. On the other hand, in his live Tehran show the Nation of Islam boss was not advancing any new themes.
On October 14, the 23rd anniversary of the Million Man March, Farrakhan addressed a cheering audience in Detroit: “To the members of the Jewish community that don’t like me — thank you very much for putting my name all over the planet…I’m not mad at you, ‘cuz you’re so stupid.” The Nation of Islam leader also claimed “I’m not an anti-Semite. I’m anti-Termite,” and repeated that message in a tweet.
Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz denounced the speech and called out presidents Obama and Clinton, along with former DNC boss Keith Ellison, for their ties to Farrakhan. Even so, prominent Democrats running for office were not swift to denounce Farrakhan for his Jews-are-termites speech. In fact, Farrakhan thrives on special treatment from high-profile Democrats.
“Louis Farrakhan has ingratiated himself with the liberal elite in the United States,” Howard Feldman noted after the “termites” speech. “Both Obama and the Clintons have been photographed alongside him. And whereas they publicly denounce his attitude towards Jews, the fact that they continue to be seen with him is that which empowers him.”
True to form, at the funeral of Aretha Franklin, who passed away in August, Farrakhan got a place of honor, right up front with Democrats Bill Clinton, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and Erica Holder. Many speakers exploited the occasion to bash President Trump, but none of the prominent Democrats took Farrakhan to task about anything. Viewers got the impression the Democrats liked being seen with him.
Back in 2005, a smiling Illinois Senator Barack Obama duly posed with Farrakhan for a photograph that only recently emerged. That was no surprise because the senator’s 1995 Dreams from My Father portrayed the Nation of Islam in a completely favorable light.
The author’s hatemongering Chicago pastor Jeremiah Wright, who prefers “God damn America” to “God bless America,” was a longtime pal of Farrakhan, and the Dreamsauthor participated in the Million Man March. In 2008, when the dreamer ran for president, Farrakhan called him the “messiah.”
Once elected, POTUS 44 preferred to target conservatives rather than take Farrakhan or Wright to task. In similar style, for the most part, the establishment media have remained uncritical of the Nation of Islam boss, even though his racist views were no secret.
As Stanley Crouch explained in the Village Voice in 1985, in the view of Louis Farrakhan, “the white man was a devil ‘grafted’ from black people in an evil genetic experiment by a mad, pumpkin-headed scientist named Yacub. That experiment took place 6000 years ago. Now the white man was doomed, sentenced to destruction by Allah.” It follows that, regardless of self-image, anyone who believes that Dave Brubeck, Albert Einstein, Eleanor Roosevelt and the Wright Brothers are the devilish result of Yacub’s failed experiment is a racist.
In 2016, Hillary Clinton was quick to target Trump supporters as racists, sexists, homophobic, islamophobic, and so forth, a veritable “basket of deplorables.” When it comes to racism, the former First Lady and Secretary of State, who would still like to be president, pretty much gives Farrakhan a free pass.
For his part, the Nation of Islam mouthpiece knows he can call Jews termites, denounce America from Tehran, and most prominent Democrats will treat him gently. In reality, his “Death to America” chant differs from the Democrats only in degree, not in kind.
Now completely dominated by the left, Democrats despise the America that actually exists, with its culture, history, traditions and borders. Their dream is the future social justice America, with no borders. In the Democrats’ vision, only their party prevails, with help from an imported electorate.
"No Trump, no wall, no USA at all,” the refrain of leftist Democrats, is no great distance from “Death to America,” as chanted by Louis Farrakhan in Tehran. Democrats have effectively empowered this loathsome racist and anti-Semite. At election time or any time, non-Democrats, journalists and civil rights leaders would be wise call them on it.
Israel’s current preoccupation with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, and the Jamal Khashoggi murder in Istanbul, have diverted attention from the nefarious activities carried out by the Islamic Republic of Iran throughout the Middle East, and particularly in Syria. For now, the above developments have put on hold the anti-Iran alliance the Trump administration has been pressing for last month, and has given the Iranian regime a respite. The downing of the Russian spy plane over Syria by the Assad regime, which was initially blamed on Israel, has impacted somehow on the previous understanding between Israel and Putin’s Russia. In the meantime, Russia has supplied the Assad regime with the S-300 Missile defense system. Israel has significantly reduced its operations in Syria, which enabled Iran to increase its activities inside Syria, and foment trouble in Gaza.
The recently imposed U.S. sanctions against Iran have had a deleterious impact on the Iranian economy. It has placed the regime of the Ayatollahs in a defensive mode. A second wave of U.S. sanctions commenced on November 5th, 2018, targeting Iran’s energy, shipping, and shipbuilding sectors, as well as transactions with the Central Bank of Iran. The aim of this set of sanctions is to deprive the Iranian regime of funds to advance their nuclear program, and the development of ballistic missiles. The Iranian people, in an unprecedented wave of protests that spread throughout Iran’s major cities, and in spite of severe consequences, demanded that the regime invest in Iran, and the Iranian people. The protesters charged the regime with enabling the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) to waste the nation’s oil revenue and the $150 billion it received as a “bonus” from the Obama administration (for agreeing to sign the nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) on imperial schemes. They have argued that the money should be invested at home instead of spending it in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, and Yemen.
The Saudi-Qatari rift has also hampered the creation of a unified anti-Iranian bloc. It has weakened the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The Qataris are now allied with Turkey. Ankara has sent an expeditionary force of 3,000 strong to Doha and in return, received $15 billion from Qatar to cover its swollen debt. The Saudis have accused Qatar of supporting terrorism, and in fact the Doha regime has been a staunch supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood, including Hamas in Gaza. Turkey’s dictator, Erdogan, has been flirting with Russia and Iran, and has openly exhibited his anti-western sentiments. He has purchased from Russia the S-400 surface-to-air missiles, and helped Iran launder its oil revenue. In the initial Trump administration calculation, Turkey was meant to be a part of the anti-Iran coalition, along with Israel and the Gulf states. Instead, Erdogan is currently busy with embarrassing the Saudis over the Khashoggi murder at the Saudi embassy in Istanbul.
The Islamic Republic is worried that the U.S. might join Israel in its efforts to expel the Iranian extensive presence in Syria. Iran however, is using this window of opportunity when Israel is limiting its attacks on Iranian targets in Syria, and the U.S. being preoccupied with the mid-term elections, to provide Hezbollah with sophisticated guidance systems that would improve the accuracy of the missiles aimed at Israel. According to a western intelligence officer, “The Iranians are trying to come up with new ways and routes to smuggle weapons from Iran to its allies in the Middle East, testing and defying the West’s abilities to track them down.”
For too long, the U.S. refrained from confronting the Iranian regime, out of hope that inaction against the Iranian regime would empower the purported moderates in Tehran. The previous U.S. administration also held an overriding desire to wash its hands of the Middle East. This entrenchment however, has only encouraged the Ayatollahs regime inherently maligned behavior, including its periodic testing to the limits of the nuclear deal, continued progress on advanced centrifuges, ballistic missile testing, and regional expansion. In addition, the Tehran regime supports terrorism and the propagation of virulent anti-American ideology. Ironically, many of these actions make the regime increasingly unpopular at home, and overextended abroad.
According to the U.S. State Department Executive Summary report titled “An Outlaw Regime: A Chronicle of Iran’s Destructive Activities, “The regime’s primary tool to execute this mission since 1979 has been the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The IRGC is the most powerful conglomerate in Iran, spreading and consolidating its control over much of Iranian life. Its navy regularly threatens freedom of navigation in the Persian Gulf while its Aerospace Force directs the country’s ballistic missile program in defiance of Security Council resolutions. Its Ground Forces are deployed abroad to bolster the Assad regime and its Basij paramilitary force is mobilized at home to surveil and harass ordinary Iranians. Finally, its extra-territorial IRGC Quds Force (IRGC-QF) leads the Islamic Republic’s destabilizing support for proxies and terrorist groups.”
The Islamic Republic’s illicit activities include undermining the integrity of the global financial system. The Iranian regime relies on opaque and fraudulent financing activities to fund its proxies and support its proliferation of ballistic missiles and other weapons. Last year, the IRGC-Quds Force was exposed for using front companies to move funds, procure restricted materials and technologies, exploit currency exchange networks in neighboring countries, and produce counterfeit currency.
Iran’s repeated and systemic abuse of human rights is in violation of international laws and norms. It persecutes civil society activists and marginalizes ethnic and religious minorities. The Ayatollah regime denies due process, and regularly falls short of its own legal standards. Its prisons are notorious for mistreatment and torture, and its use of capital punishment is excessive and extends to minors. Outside its borders, Iran and its proxies have committed numerous human rights abuses, including targeting innocent civilians in Syria, and arbitrarily detaining Sunnis in Iraq.
Last September in New York, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with the foreign ministers of Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain, to advance what the administration coined as the “Arab NATO.” Secretary Pompeo stressed the need to defeat the Islamic State, and other terrorist organizations, as well as ending the conflicts in Syria and Yemen, and “stopping Iran’s malign activity in the region.” Unfortunately, President Trump’s willingness to remain engaged in the Middle East following the defeat of the Islamic State is questionable. The burden of compelling Iran to roll back its regional presence, especially in Syria, and interdicting Iran’s military supplies to Hezbollah in Lebanon, falls primarily on Israel’s shoulders. Saudi Arabia and the Emirates are involved in confronting Iran’s weapons proliferation in Yemen. U.S. involvement in the anti-Iran alliance is limited to partnering with the Kurds on the ground in Syria and Iraq. The latter presents a significant obstacle to Iran’s ambitions to dominate both Syria and Iraq.
Without strong military backing from the U.S., Israel might be constrained by Russia from freely operating in Syria against Iran. The Khashoggi murder, as contemptible as it was, must be put behind us, and allow the Saudis and the UAE to focus on Iran. The rest of the Sunni Arab states are unlikely to contribute to the anti-Iran alliance, and Turkey’s support in such an alliance is certainly not forthcoming. The U.S. envisioned anti-Iran coalition can only become a viable reality if the U.S. is ready to actively participate, and commit its military might only when it becomes necessary.
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Lecturas de hoy Lunes de la 31ª semana del Tiempo Ordinario
Lectura de la carta del apóstol san Pablo a los Filipenses (2,1-4):
Si queréis darme el consuelo de Cristo y aliviarme con vuestro amor, si nos une el mismo Espíritu y tenéis entrañas compasivas, dadme esta gran alegría: manteneos unánimes y concordes con un mismo amor y un mismo sentir. No obréis por rivalidad ni por ostentación, dejaos guiar por la humildad y considerad siempre superiores a los demás. No os encerréis en vuestros intereses, sino buscad todos el interés de los demás.
Palabra de Dios
R/. Guarda mi alma en la paz junto a ti, Señor
Señor, mi corazón no es ambicioso,
ni mis ojos altaneros;
no pretendo grandezas
que superan mi capacidad. R/.
Sino que acallo y modero mis deseos,
como un niño en brazos de su madre. R/.
Espera Israel en el Señor
ahora y por siempre. R/.
Evangelio de hoy
Lectura del santo evangelio según san Lucas (14,12-14):
En aquel tiempo, dijo Jesús a uno de los principales fariseos que lo había invitado: «Cuando des una comida o una cena, no invites a tus amigos, ni a tus hermanos, ni a tus parientes, ni a los vecinos ricos; porque corresponderán invitándote, y quedarás pagado. Cuando des un banquete, invita a pobres, lisiados, cojos y ciegos; dichoso tú, porque no pueden pagarte; te pagarán cuando resuciten los justos.»
Confirmando o que já havia anunciado durante campanha, o presidente eleito, Jair Messias Bolsonaro, declarou a um jornal israelense de direita, o Israel Hayom, que o Brasil deverá transferir sua embaixada para Jerusalém.
Mint Press News – by Kathryn Shihadah and Alison Weir A detailed scoreboard on candidates for the Senate and House of Representatives shows that 28 pro-Israel PACs and numerous pro-Israel individuals have given candidates millions of dollars in campaign contributions. The scoreboard presents 29 … Continue reading →
Times of Israel – by Stuart Winer An Israeli cabinet minister has warned that if the Syrians use their recently supplied advanced Russian air defense missiles to bring down Israeli planes over Israeli territory, the launchers would be targeted — … Continue reading →
Ghana and Israel have rekindled their ties with a resolve to deepen bilateral and economic cooperation. This follows a discussion held in Jerusalem between the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey and the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu lauded Ghana for the its economic g ...
BENCHE’ NON ATTACCATA DOPO L’ACQUISIZIONE SIRIANA DEGLI S-300, ISRAELE SI MOSTRA CODARDA E AVVENTATA Paul Antonopoulos Sa Defenza È stato confermato che Israele nutre serie preoccupazioni per la capacità della propria forza aerea di riuscire a sottrarsi al nuovo sistema S-300 … Continua a leggere →
A questão dos ciberataques está cada vez mais presente nas disputas geopolíticas do novo século. Escreveu-se mais uma página desta história na segunda-feira, com o ministro das telecomunicações do Irão a acusar Israel de ter conduzido um ataque cibernético contra a infra-estrutura do seu país. Prometeu que o Irão iria responder com acções legais. Estes […]
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Tallinnas Tulika tänaval tegutsev underground ööklubi 9/11 saab 2-aastaseks. Maagiliste dekoratsioonide ja valguslahenduste poolt tuntud klubi on selle tähtsa päeva puhul kutsunud endale taaskord külla kõrgelt hinnatud DJ-d produtsendid Guy J ja Chicola Iisraelist, kusjuures Guy J-le on see juba kolmas kord 9/11s esineda, Chicole teine kord. Seekord on Iisraeli imelastelt oodata maraton setti, sest Guy ja Chico sisustavad kahekesi terve öö muusikalise elamuse.
Is the radical Israeli government helping the Saudis build nuclear weapons? According to a new report in the online news and commentary website “Middle East Monitor,” an Israeli writer is blowing the whistle on a secret deal between Israel and Saudi Arabia to sell detailed information on how to build a nuke.
“This information should shock us,” Ami Dor-on wrote in a whistle-blowing column posted online at the “News One” website, “as we see the world is changing for the worse, following the race for the possession of nuclear weapons that pass right over our heads in the Middle East.”
Dor-on claims that the Saudi push to go nuclear stems from concerns that Iran is building its own arsenal, despite the fact that objective nuclear scientists along with U.S. intelligence agencies contend Iran abandoned its nuclear weapon program back in the early 2000s. Also, the Saudis believe that President Donald Trump’s closeness to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu means the U.S. will not move to block the deal.
An effort may be underway in the Ministry of Religious Services to extend the term of the current Chief Rabbis of Yerushalayim, HaGaon HaRav Aryeh Stern Shlita and HaGaon HaRav Shlomo Moshe Amar Shlita.
Any hopes of chareidi unity in the runoff election in Tzefas, which is scheduled for Tuesday, 5 Kislev, have now vanished as chareidi candidate Eliezer Lazar, who lost in round one, is not endorsing Nachman Gelbech, the chareidi candidate in round two.
This letter was sent today by Am Echad, Preserving One Jewish People, to Members of the Israeli Knesset encouraging them to not recognize Reform and Conservative movements in the wake of the Pittsburgh massacre.
A group of Iranian Jews made the difficult trip to the city of Yazd, located some 600km from Tehran and today, a recognized World Heritage Site by UNESCO. They make the trip annually, on the Yahrzeit of the Ohr Shraga ZT”L, visiting the 1000-year-old shul for the event.
The two sons of Brazil’s newly elected populist leader Jair Bolsonaro trolled the Jew-haters in the liberal media after they wore Mossad and IDF T-shirts in public. This caused Washington Post contributor Mairav Zonszein to post this anti-Israel tweet. This is a photo of Brazil’s new president Jair Bolsonaro’s two sons wearing IDF and Mossad […]
Jewish leaders reflect on the recent attack at a Pittsburgh synagogue
Anti-Semitism isn't new to Rabbi Dovid Asher. He recalls visiting an amusement park as a young teenager and locking eyes with a stranger who took in his yarmulke and flipped him a swift, demonstrative middle finger. The experience was shocking and traumatic, he says, but stories passed down in his family were more impactful.
His grandmother made it out of Nazi Germany right before Kristallnacht in 1938. Tickets for passage to America were limited, and Asher says his grandmother always felt responsible for the death of her younger sister, who later died in Auschwitz.
"Just hearing my grandmother's stories, seeing the pain she was going through and thinking of her sister's murder in Auschwitz, that's all I ever needed in terms of understanding the evil of anti-semitism," Asher says. "I think she'd be beside herself, seeing how anti-Semitism has kind of risen again, when not so long ago it terrorized the Jewish community worldwide."
Like religious leaders across the country, Asher has spent the last week reflecting on the Oct. 27 shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, which left 11 dead and several more injured. He was one of several Jewish clergy at a vigil in Richmond three days after the shooting, which more than 1,000 people attended. Asher, who grew up in Pennsylvania and came to Richmond in 2011 to lead the congregation at Keneseth Beth Israel, is careful and intentional with his words. He's hesitant to politicize the attack and its aftermath, partially in recognition of shiva, the week-long period of mourning in Jewish culture. During those first seven days, it's customary for observant Jews to sit with their grief and allow themselves to experience the pain in its entirety.
"I think we need to celebrate the lives and to appreciate the pain of the families," Asher says. "I think we need to wait a little bit before we publicly come out and have this conversation." That said, Asher is "terribly concerned about the polarization of this country" and wants to see more unification efforts from elected officials.
Rabbi Michael Knopf of Temple Beth-El, who was named one of Style Weekly's Top 40 Under 40 in 2017, echoes that sentiment, and is more forthcoming on the political front. Like his colleague across town, he's mindful that his congregation represents both ends of the political spectrum and his job is not one of a pundit. But mixed in with sadness and grief following the shooting is also anger and frustration with a climate that he says has emboldened people with hateful ideologies.
"It's really hard for me to separate what happened in Pittsburgh from what happened in Charlottesville last summer," Knopf explains. "In particular what happened when the president responded the way he did. White supremacists in this country had never had a bigger gift and endorsement than that."
That gift, he says, has long-lasting ramifications. The president's rhetoric around immigrants has normalized bigotry and white nationalism, he says, and it's no coincidence that the shooting happened days after known foes of the president received suspicious packages in the mail, or during a time of charged rhetoric around a group of immigrants heading toward the southern border. It's about more than discrimination against people of the Jewish faith, he says.
"It's all interconnected, and it stems from a really ugly campaign of vilifying anyone who could be perceived as other," he says. "We need to stand up for all targeted communities."
Safety is a priority for both rabbis, and there's frustration around the reality that they have to balance keeping their congregants safe without negatively impacting the quality of their work and services.
"We need to be vigilant of our security, but at the same time I want my congregation to be able to be open and welcoming to anybody who wants to experience the joy and beauty of Judaism with us," Knopf says. "It's harder to do that when you have to have an armed guard outside the door."
Both Knopf and Asher note that armed security guards are on the premises during services at their synagogues.
"What that means is we're effectively letting violent anti-Semites rob us of our ability to serve our community in other ways because we have to use those resources to pay for security," Knopf says.
Jewish Family Services' chief operating officer, Sydney Fleischer, says she feels safe as a Jew in Richmond, and it's important to prioritize security and have these discussions while still moving forward. She describes feeling lost and helpless on the day of the shooting.
"It's just stunning, and at first you feel like, 'How can I possibly do anything,'" she says. "Then you realize that any little thing you do matters. One of the Jewish values is that if you save one person you save the world."
As a clinical social worker, Fleischer advises people to talk through whatever they're feeling after a traumatic event, especially parents. It's not easy to tell a child of any age that hatred exists, she says, and a parent may never be able to adequately explain why someone may hate another person who's Jewish. That's why it's crucial to have open discussions and to "highlight the positive," leading by example and teaching diversity and inclusivity from a young age.
For more resources, Fleischer suggests checking out the Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies at networkjhsa.org. Templates are available for writing letters to the bereaved in Pittsburgh, along with links to organizations accepting donations on behalf of the community. S
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"The United States seems to be contemplating war with Russia, Iran, China, or all three Washington pushes NATO ever closer to Russia, leaves the nuclear-missile treaty and tries to destroy both countries and China economically. Why the push for war?
Simple. Asia is awakening. China (from which I have just returned) grows economically at a scorching pace–and all power rests on economic power. China is a large country, America a medium-sized one. America’s roughly two hundred million whites do virtually all of the scientific work on which national power depends. China has a billion increasingly educated Han Chinese, a five-to-one advantage. China’s stated aim is to united Eurasia among other places in one vast commercial union. Washington’s pugnacity has pushed China, Ira, and Russia together. The chain of nations, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey all totter between looking east and looking west. If Washington doesn’t stop this growth, the American Empire will be marginalized within decades. This doesn’t threaten the American public. It threatens the Empire and Israel.
What would a war with Russia look like, even assuming that it didn’t go nuclear? A great military thinker–me, actually–once said that military stupidity comes in three levels: normally stupid; really really stupid; and invading Russia. From Chuck XII to Adolf I it has proved a poor career move.
The US military has not won a war since 1945, with the exception of the First Gulf War, which the LAPD could have won. It lost decisively in Vietnam. It got run out of Lebanon with 241 dead Marines as its only accomplishment. After seventeen years it shows no signs of defeating barely armed Afghan peasants. Iraq has been a complete botch, achieving none of its goals, control of the oil, permanent bases, and a puppet government. Just now the military is losing in Syria.
Nothing short of genius can account for losing so consistently given the enormous resources available to American forces. In light of this very low level of military competence, maybe wars are not our best choice of hobby.
What sort of war is envisaged? The United States cannot fight a sizable land war. Iran can. Russia can. The American military means air power and little else. The Army hasn’t fought a serious war since 1973, the fleet since 1945. In long periods of inaction, things deteriorate because they do not seem important. Crucial supplies cease to exist, spare parts aren’t there, the logistics train quietly becomes inoperable. Money goes instead to pricey weapons of little practical use.
The Army recruits from a soft millennial population. America is no longer a country of tough rural kids. Social engineering has rotted the ranks. The military has suffered years of feminization, SJW appeasement, affirmative action, lowered physical standards, and LGBTQ insertion. Conscription is politically impossible. The Army cannot defeat Afghans even with the advantages of unlimited air power, artillery, gun ships, medevac, helicopters, and drones, It would last a very short time if it had to fight the Afghans or Iranians, on even terms. Muslims are more virile than today’s Americans and have proven tenacious.
A military that never fights a war that it has to win, that never encounters an enemy that can dangerously hit back, inevitably deteriorates. Militaries come to believe their own propaganda. So, apparently, do the feral mollycoddles in the White House and New York. The American military’s normal procedure is to overestimate American power, underestimate the enemy, and misunderstand the kind of war it is getting into. Should Washington decide on war with Iran, or Russia (unless by a surprise nuclear strike) there will be the usual talk of the most powerful, best trained, best equipped etc., and how the Ivans and towelheads will melt away in days, a cakewalk. Bet me.
Militaries have a very poor record of predicting outcomes of wars. This might provoke thought. The American Civil War was expected to be over in an afternoon; this was wrong by 650,000 dead and four years. When Napoleon invaded Russia, he did not expect Russians to occupy Paris. Germany thought that WWI would be a war of movement over in weeks; in fact a ghastly war of attrition lasting four years. When Japan attacked Pearl, it was not intentionally inviting GIs to the geisha houses of Tokyo. When Germany invaded Poland, occupation of Germany by Russia and America was low on its list of expectations. When France re-invaded Vietnam, it did not foresee Dien Bien Phu and utter defeat by les jaunes. When America invaded Vietnam, it did not expect a decade-long losing war. When Russia invaded Afghanistan it did not expect to lose to Afghans in sandals. When America invaded Afghanistan, having seen what had happened to Russia, it did not expect the same result.
We do not know what a war with Iran, or Russia, or China would look like or what the Iranians might do. An overconfident military and an inexperienced government in Washington will predictably predict a short war and speak of precision weapons and surgical strikes. The Navy will guarantee that it can keep the Straits open, and speak of its advanced technology. The expectation will be that there will be nothing unexpected. The White House will believe that Iran will lie there and be bombed without response. Russia? The nukes will fall on the European countries from which the attack came. Germany might ponder this carefully.
America could of course destroy much of Iran and kill millions of the defenseless. This is what America now calls “war.” It would be amusing to see what would happen if the Air Force had to fight an enemy that could fight back, but this would mean only Russia or, perhaps, just possibly, barely, to some extent, China. It is a coward’s way of war and, to judge by South Vietnam and Afghanistan, not very effective. Killing lots of people and winning a war are not the same thing.
What if Iran did stop petroleum traffic in the Persian Gulf with, say, missiles mounted on pickup trucks. Is this possible? I don’t know. Neither, I suspect, does the Navy–which will insist that it can handle mere pickup trucks with its superb this and that, its best trained, best equipped, the only hyper-power, and so on. But tankers are not going to run even a small risk of going up in flames. How long would the Straits have to be closed with the world screaming for oil before Washington, desperate, its vanity bruised, full of huge egos, would have to do something stupid to save face?
Further, American leadership is of dangerously low quality. An essentially absentee Congress, the sordidness and criminality of the Clintons, Trump’s utter crassness and shady past, the submission to Israel, the widespread and never punished corruption. In this sorry brew no one seems interested in the well being of the county, only unseemly grasping at benefits for the arms industry, big oil, Wall Street, Tel Aviv, and the Empire. Note that wars generate huge profits for the arms makers and the longer the war can be kept going, neither winning nor losing, the greater the profits. War against Iran would be a magnificent profit center. Since American casualties are extremely low, permanent war has few downsides.
At the top of government we have an unprepossessing bunch that would make Kaiser Wilhelm’s court seem wholesome. Their chief characteristics are pathological aggressiveness and a severe case of Beltway Bubble Syndrome. There is Trump with his weird eruptions. The ever-combative Nikki Haley. Steve Bannon, prophesying and hoping for war with China. Mike Pompeo, threatening Iran, threatening, Venezuela, threatening North Korea. John Bolton of the codiece mustaches, always counseling a war he won’t fight in, like Trump a drat dodger with something to prove. The life of millions depends on this freak show? I need a drink.”
Hello Luke, I appreciate your response and your article. Even though I do not agree with the conclusions, it has helped to further my knowledge on the subject. I wrote a booklet on the subject of Halloween several years ago, and believe that my understanding may also help you to see what God expects of believers in this matter.
Please know that it is not my intent to sound insulting in this reply. However, I believe your job is a teacher of Christian religion, and the conclusions made in your blog are based on a lack of of research and a lack of knowing the Scriptures. I do not criticize you for this as we have found that this widespread among millions who claim to believe. I will give you numerous Scriptures to consider and the conclusions based in your blog only include one verse that is actually misunderstood. Christ said:
Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things? (John 3:10).
And those who claim to teach the truth should be very concerned about what they relate to others (Jam. 3:1).
Nevertheless, I have found that it is usually futile to try and convince people who are trying to christen pagan holidays shortly before the observance when they have already purchased costumes, baskets, or gifts and are eagerly waiting to enjoy the festivities. They will make all kinds of excuses to justify their behavior because it is nearly a done deal and they feel that there is no turning back now. Even though what God thinks should be at the top of our priority list, the disappointment it would be to friends and family usually wins their minds when the holiday is just around the corner. But now that Halloween is past, perhaps you will honestly consider what the Bible says about this subject.
The reply given to my first response never really addressed the main issue. You said:
“The question is not so much about its (Halloween’s) roots but how Christians ought to redeem the time on that day now.”
What you seem to not realize is that the question truly IS about Halloween’s roots. God said to “Not learn the ways of the heathen” (Jer. 10:2).
You say that we should “tweak the devil’s beard and find ways towards redeeming Halloween for the church again.” What this person does not realize is that the question truly IS about Halloween’s roots, and a thorough study of the subject shows that Halloween was NEVER a part of the Church that Christ established in the first place. It began with the heathen:
The earliest Halloween celebrations were held by the Druids in honor of Samhain, Lord of the Dead, whose festival fell on November 1 (Halloween Through Twenty Centuries, p. 4).
This is a well fact known by many scholars such as the authors of Reader’s Digest, Western Scottish Folklore & Superstitions, The Encyclopedia of Celtic Mythology and Folklore, The Encyclopedia of Superstitions, and many others such as Francis Weiser who wrote:
Our pagan forefathers kept several “cult of the dead” rites at various times of the year. One of these periods was the great celebration at the end of fall and the beginning of winter (around November 1). Together with the practices of nature and demon lore (fires, masquerades, and fertility cults) they also observed the ritual of the dead with many traditional rites (Handbook of Christian Feasts and Customs, p. 312).
To ancient Druids the end of October commemorated the festival of the waning year, when the sun began his downward course and ripened grain was garnered from the fields. Samhain, or “Summer’s End,” as this feast to the dying sun was called, was celebrated with human sacrifice, augury and prayers; for at this season spirits walked, and evil had power over souls of men.
Not until the fourth century did the pagan vigil for the god of light give way to All Hallows, the mass for Christian saints; and not until the tenth, did the Druids’ death feast become All Souls’ the day of prayer for souls that had entered rest. Cakes for the dead were substituted for human sacrifice, fortune-telling for heathen augury, lighted candles for the old Baal fires (The Yearbook of English Festivals, pp. 153-154).
October 31, the eve of November 1, was the last night of the year in the ancient Celtic calendar and was celebrated as the end of summer and its fruitfulness. It was a festival that the Celts of northern Europe marked with bonfires, to help the sun through the winter. Winter also called to mind the chill and blackness of the grave, and so it was a time when ghosts would walk, and supernatural spirits, warlocks, and witches would hold their revels (Strange Stories and Amazing Facts, p. 285).
Halloween began as a pagan festival to honor the dead, and that Halloween was later adopted by the Catholic Church after its Holy Roman Empire conquered many of these heathen people. Rather than outlaw such practices, they chose to absorb them and add their own spin to the celebration. They began to teach that all spirits in a place of cleansing called “purgatory” could be assisted in passage to heaven on the day of Samhain. As Ralph Linton explained:
This festival of the Catholic Church is set apart for those who, although they have not suffered martyrdom or achieved sainthood, have died in the faith. It is dedicated particularly to those who have passed away during the preceding year and whose souls can be helped on their journey through purgatory by the prayers of the faithful... there is widespread belief that the spirits of the dead return to visit their former homes on one particular day of the year. Most of the pre-Christian cults celebrated a Day of the Dead... many of the pagan attitudes toward this day have been retained... (Halloween Through Twenty Centuries, p. 13-14).
Now that it has been established that the origin of Halloween did not come from believers, and that it is an evil one, we can address the main point of those professing Christians who choose to observe Halloween. The widespread thought is that we can redeem Halloween and use to the glory of God. You write:
“Today, I can appreciate the electric lights in my home just like my neighbor and not feel guilty that the power company isn’t owned by Christian people. I can buy my produce from the farmers’ market without the concern that the farmers are pagans... There are other elements of culture that are often used for sinful purposes but Christians can mine these elements for truths that can be celebrated, reclaimed, and redeemed for God’s purposes.”
In a society such as ours that teaches tolerance of evil, and calls evil good in many cases, this theory might sound rational, but it is not biblical. There is a big difference between buying produce from an unbeliever and participating in their unbelief. You actually make the point clear yourself when you wrote:
“Today, a building that once was a strip club can be bought and turned into some reputable business, but a strip club can never become a “Christian strip club.” The very essence of this kind of business enterprise furthers sinful motives, and this must be rejected by Christians completely.”
This is a good point that actually destroys your own argument about Halloween. Just like a strip club, the essence of Halloween is evil. Just like we cannot have a Christian strip club, we cannot have a Christian Halloween. We cannot take that which is evil and turn it into something that is good; which is exactly what people are doing with Halloween and many other things. But God says:
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (Isaiah 5:20).
Samhain represents death and was the druid’s lord of the dead. Satan would like to see us all dead which is what Samhain represents. Christ expressed that God is the polar opposite—not the Lord of the Dead, but the God of the living (Mat. 22:32). Those who want to live forever are those who follow His ways—not the ways of Samhain. The God of the living says that His people are not to learn ways of the heathen (Jer. 10:2)
When we consider that Christ is one with the Father in mind and intent, How could Jesus Christ, who is “the same yesterday, and today, and forever,” (Heb. 13:8), the God who said, “I change not” (Mal. 3:6), suddenly be okay with people learning the ways of the heathen in order to glorify Him? What makes people think that Christians should try to redeem pagan holidays? Is it because God’s Word tells us to do it, or is it because they think that the holidays are fun and they want to devise a way to participate in them—convincing ourselves that it does not offend Christ? To the latter the Bible says to not trust our own thoughts with such matters:
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5).
Do not trust our own minds when we try to find a way around doing what the Bible says. Nobody can find a single verse in the Bible telling us that God is okay with believers taking something that is abhorrent to Him, trying and whitewash it, and attempting to use it to glorify God.
Not only do the scriptures tell us to not do such things, there are no words in the Bible relating that we should attempt to find some kind of “middle ground” to build a bridge between pagan traditions and Christian behaviors. What we will find is the exact opposite:
This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart (Ephesians 4:17-18).
It is the ignorance of pagans that designed Samhain. The blasphemy of the Catholic Church adopted it and changed the symbols to All Saints and All Souls day. The symbols of Halloween are monsters, witchcraft, and death. These are dark and demonic symbols while 1 John 1:5 says that God is light and there is no darkness in Him. Christ also said:
I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life (John 8:12).
The light of life is not monsters trick or treating. The light refuses to participate in their unbelief. Do we honestly think that Jesus would teach children to put on a zombie costume and take them house to house trick or treating. Would he erect tombstones on the temple lawn or deck the halls of the New Jerusalem with spider webs? Christ would never celebrate anything like Halloween and neither should we!
I had asked for a single Scripture indicating that Christians are allowed to adopt Halloween and turn the evil into something good. The response was a reference to Paul speaking to a group of pagans in Athens. The assertion was that Paul made use of the writings of pagan poets and prophets and even made use of a pagan altar as a visual aid in order to glorify God:
During his speech in Athens, one of the most polytheistic cities in the world, Paul made use of the writings of pagan poets and prophets and even make use of a pagan altar as a visual aid (Acts 17:22-31) in order to point to the gospel. Paul was redeeming—taking back—from paganism truths latent in their cultural customs and using them for God’s glory.
Let’s consider the account.
Acts 17:22-23; Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, "Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you:
Was Paul redeeming this pagan altar? Was he saying that Romans should continue to worship some unknown god in this place and that would be satisfactory to the true God? No. The example Paul gave can be likened to an illustration. There was an unknown god to these Romans, who the Romans believed to exist, but they did not know who He was, and yet the built an altar to Him anyway. Paul was saying that I am going to tell you who He is. It is kind of like a prop used in a sermon, but it does not make the prop a holy relic that can be used in worship. Paul went on to describe the God that THEY DID NOT KNOW (Acts 17:24-28).
In verse 28, Paul quoted one of the Roman poets who said, “For we are also His offspring.” Because of this, some think that we can take pagan methods of worship and use them to honor Christ. But is this what Paul did? No. What Paul indicated is that the belief they held in being generated by a god was accurate, but it was not an idea that they came up with. In fact, such a theory was handed down orally from Adam to Noah to his children, who eventually populated the earth. Any moral values that people have today are because God is the author of morality.
Therefore, the concept of God creating offspring in the form of humans was something “hijacked by the devil.” When addressing the Areopagus, Paul pointed out that they had some truth that came from the God that was not known by them. They had used these truths in their religion, but it does not mean that their religion could be used to worship Christ.
Thus, Paul was not redeeming something that was created by heathen. He never taught that believers could go to the temple of Athena or Zeus and worship God in spirit and truth. He never validated altars built to an unknown God. In fact, the Jerusalem council declared that believers should “abstain from things offered to idols” (Acts 15:29). That declaration clearly told Christians that anything related to an idol was inappropriate behavior for us and should be avoided.
In the case with Halloween, those are traditions created entirely by heathen. There is no truth in them. The Catholic Church, and then others, took that holiday and tried to Christianize it. It is contrary to what Paul did and what Christ’s Church of God taught.
In your article, you also wrote that “Paul and Silas could walk the same Roman roads and sail in the Roman ships alongside any pagan without any stain on their consciences.” But this does not equate to walk alongside pagans in their religious practices. Christ prayed to His Father and said:
I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world (John 17:15-16).
This should be a familiar concept to Christians. We have to live in this world, but we do not have to participate in its ways that are contrary to the Bible. Purchasing food or clothing from unbelievers, walking beside them on the way to market, has nothing to do with participating in their idolatry. Instead, we are to live in this world, but not be a part of what is contrary to the Bible. Just as Christ related to John in his vision:
Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues (Revelation 18:4).
It was also written in your article “to “redeem” something in our culture means to admit it has been used for evil but to reclaim the truth within it, utilizing it for God’s purposes.” Again, God said that we are NEVER to do such a thing when it has come strictly from evil.
Take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, “How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise” You shall not worship the LORD your God in that way; for every abomination to the LORD which He hates they have done to their gods (Deuteronomy 12:30-31).
He continued to say:
“Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it” (Deuteronomy 12:30-31).
What Halloween redeemers are doing is the exact opposite of what God said. They might think that they can remove evil from within it, and try to insert some good, but God says do not do it! Such activity is not only adding to God’s Word, it is taking away as well because it ignores His clear instructions.
• In addition, Christ is OUR redeemer. He did not come to redeem pagan holidays or offer the devil salvation.
• Further, God is the only one who has the ability to stir up good within a person who may be evil. We are not God. It is presumptuous to think that we can take something evil and create good within it. We do not have the authority, nor the ability, to decide what is good.
• Claiming that Halloween can be redeemed, and teaching people that we can create our own ways of honoring God, is a direct violation of the first commandment that strictly says: “You shall have no other gods before Me.” It is putting one’s self in His position by deciding that we can ignore what He says and do as we like. And the assumption that we are doing it for God somehow makes it an act of faith is entirely bogus.
You had also written, “Let’s face it, the connection between ancient Druids dressing as ghouls and my son dressed as Bob the Tomato is tenuous, at best.” What you or your family dress up as misses the point that the costume makes no difference. If it is being used on Halloween, then it is mimicking the behavior pagans. Even if the celebrant wore no costume at all, but participated in the activities of Halloween, it is the same thing. Some churches choose to not call it Halloween, but a Harvest Festival, or Fall Feast, complete with games, candy, food, music, and of course costumes. But when it is done on or near Halloween, it is still considered learning the way of the heathen.
If somebody really wanted to Cosplay and eat candy, why not choose March or June. Why does it have to be on Halloween when the pagans are holding their festivities? Yes. Modern day Neo-Pagans celebrate this day and they mock Christians who think that they are doing something different simply because of a change in costume themes or the use of prayers instead of chants or incantations. One Wiccan website states that it is considered to be one their most important holidays:
Samhain is the most important holy night of the year. In fact, it is considered the Celtic New Year. It is believed to be the evening in which the veil between the realm of the living and the dead is thinnest, allowing members of the spirit realm to walk the earth in great numbers. It is thereby considered the evening where our loved ones who have gone over to the other side of the veil are honored with a special feast. This is certainly the reason All Saint's Day was created by the Roman Catholic Church to celebrate honored individuals who have passed on, as well as the similar All Souls Day, which honors the memories of our individual loved one’s who have passed on. The association with spirits of the dead walking the earth, as well as faeries and other etheric beings roaming the material plane in large numbers that evening, is probably the basis for the modern Halloween’s emphasis on ghosts and goblins, and the popular stereotypical image of the witch as a swarthy old crone with green skin was derived from negative images of real witches as being corrupt harbingers of evil or mischief. The jack o’ lantern, a still popular decoration, is derived from the image used by ancient Pagans to keep unwelcome spirits from the hearth during the celebration. Calls to your ancestors and loved ones for assistance is appropriate for those practicing spell work on this day... (http://a-rainbow-of-spirituality.org/sabbats.html, retr. 10/23/12).
You also said that, “It is a way we can “redeem the time” in evil days” (Ephesians 5:16). Considering all of this evidence, how could anyone think that Halloween can be redeemed? Your assertion is another misuse of Paul’s instructions. If anything this verse would mean that the heathen are wasting their time on such things. Don’t waste your time trying to redeem Halloween. What the apostle taught was to use our time wisely. Yes, we live in evil days and that is why Paul said in the sentence prior to walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise (Ephesians 5:15).
Walking circumspectly means to be diligent and spiritually mature in our behavior as to not waste our time on that which is unprofitable. Thus, walking in the footsteps of pagans is actually contrary to redeeming the time. It is wasting time on foolish behavior. John said:
He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked (1John 2:6).
Was Christ dressing up as the walking dead, or a gladiator, and parading around the streets going door to door asking for treats? Did he teach children to do such things? Did he believe that dressing up as a monster was a good way to mock the devil? No. That would be unwise and foolish behavior for Him, and therefore it would be for us as well.
You also wrote:
“Halloween is a “disputable matter,” and it will probably always be so. While I’m firm in my convictions on the matter, I recognize others’ consciences simply won’t allow any associations with Halloween, and this ought to be respected.”
Out of respect for those you teach, wouldn’t it be wise to not fill their minds with the idea that we can mock the devil by celebrating a holiday that he inspired? Paul also addressed this matter when speaking of meat offered to idols. He said,
Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never again eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble (1 Corinthians 8:13).
What you may think is Christian liberty is an abomination to God and even more so when we try to teach others who believe that they can do it. We simply cannot ““Choose to use Halloween as a time to celebrate God’s provision.” Yes God provides us with nourishment. Whether or not He provides candy bars is debatable, but God did not provide Halloween. That holiday came from a polar opposite source. What He did provide is a moral compass found in the Bible that shows us what direction we are going in life. The Scriptures tell us what we should do. Stay away from Halloween and its activities. It is an abomination before God, and although sweet treats may taste good, the effects of choosing to disobey God will be horrific. Which leads to an amusing idea of the Halloween redeemers—holy horror. In your article, you wrote:
“Instead, choose to redeem the horror of Halloween. The portrayal of good and evil, as well as their consequences, are two sides of the truth. Uncovering the real nature of evil is part of what it means to dwell on what is good.”
You then quote Brian Godawa’s article explaining that God used terrifying imagery when giving prophetic visions to Daniel and the Apostle John. I can begin to espond to this by asking a simple question with an obvious answer. Are we God? Do we have the authority to dictate what kind of terrifying examples to use to show people what will happen in the future? Are Halloween redeemers prophets? Did God speak to them personally and tell them to redeem Halloween and turn its evil to good to show people the difference between the two? Even they would agree that the answer to all these questions is NO.
You also wrote:
“As Halloween approaches, our environment becomes a living parable, a reminder that real demons are just as real and even scarier than the trick-or-treaters.”
Good point. How about using Halloween to teach our children not to play with the demons in their games no matter how fun the activities may seem. That is the lesson that should be taught on Halloween. It is frankly a ridiculous notion that we can go out and play with the pagans in their games and somehow our participation is going to praise God. Your own words confirm this when you wrote “sin might look attractive on the surface, but underneath, sin is hideous...” How true. Halloween with all of its trapping looks attractive. So much so that some who claim to believe in God will rationalize that it is okay to participate, and even fool ourselves that we are glorifying God by celebrating a day that He hates. Those who have the hearts set on trying to christen Halloween can create analogies about vampires, zombies, or Frankenstein, but the use of such fables with blood sucking, brain eating, mythical creatures, are not that kind of parables that Christ used.
God did not inspire the stories of Dracula, the werewolf, Zombies, or killer clowns from outer space, and if God did not inspire them, who did? It is obvious that such inspiration comes from evil. With this in mind, you then wrote that such horrors can, “become windows to see how evil works.” Such windows should remain closed inside of Christian households. Notice what the Bible says about using evil as inspiration:
Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons (1 Corinthians 10:20).
Holy horror might sound like an interesting catch phrase, but it is not biblical. God says that we should stay away from the behaviors that are associated with demons which includes Halloween.
Mocking the Devil
It was also quoted in your article that “the day serves as a powerful reminder that Christ has conquered the devil.” You then quote Dr. John Frame who wrote:
“In the modern West, Halloween is essentially a mockery of ancient paganism. It is not paganism, but a celebration of the gospel’s victory over paganism. I see no spiritual danger in observing that celebration, as long as we, and our children, understand the difference between mocking paganism and endorsing it” (The Doctrine of the Christian Life, p. 427).
This reminds me of some preachers that say, “We got the devil on the run!” but were they to ever meet Satan face to face they wouldn’t stand a chance. They would be the ones running. Should we attempt to mock the devil? Consider that Satan is a formidable foe. He is so powerful that Christ, having the Spirit without measure, still felt the need to fast for 40 days before facing him (Mat. 4). When He did face Satan, we do not see Him mocking him. What He did was answer his attacks with scriptures that related the truth (Mat. 4:1-10). Even the angels did not think that it was appropriate to pretend to be zombies and poke fun at Satan.
Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, "The Lord rebuke you!" (Jude 1:9).
If the angels, and Christ, did not think it appropriate to mock Satan, what makes people think that this is something that we should do?
Satan has a position of authority that God gave to him before his moral downfall (Eze. 28:13-16). That does not mean that we have to respect the devil’s immorality, but nobody should desire confrontation with him. Were it not for God’s restraint on the devil and his demons, we would all be dead right now. Notice what Christ told Peter:
And the Lord said, "Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail...” (Luke 22:31-32).
In other words, Satan is powerful, but on a leash where God only allows him to go so far. Were it not for Christ’s intervention on behalf of Peter, this man would not stand a chance. The same goes for people today. That is why Peter wrote:
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8).
Being sober and vigilant is a way of expressing our need to refrain from the false doctrines of this world. The great harlot that sits on a beast in Revelation 17 represents false religion (fornication) that has driven the activities of many nations. This woman causes, “the inhabitants of the earth (to be) made drunk with the wine of her fornication” (Rev. 17:2). With this drunken wine of fornication in mind, when we consider Peter’s words, the vigilant sobriety that he spoke of means that we are to be on guard and not influenced by false doctrine.
Further, how could anyone really think that human mocking somehow hurts Satan’s pride? Is he in the corner crying because people are making fun of him on Halloween? Or could it be that he is laughing because he has people fooled. Could he be mocking us be conning people into celebrating one of his favorite holidays, while thinking that they are glorifying God.
Halloween, and the idea that we can redeem it for Christ, and use “holy horror” and “mock the devil” in a way that glorifies God, and that it teaches children good values, is the kind of false doctrine that God spoke of in Revelation 17:2 and 18:3.
Perhaps you and Dr. Frames are confused as to what mocking really means. He said that we and our children must understand the difference between mocking paganism and endorsing it. How exactly can acting like we are monsters and demons be a mockery of evil? How is dressing up as a ballerina or Superman mocking the devil? How is participating in pagan games and giving children rewards of candy for keeping the same traditions as the heathen mocking Satan? The devil is probably quite pleased at such a concept knowing that his wiles have worked (Eph. 6:11).
Attempts to redeem Halloween are futile attempts to call evil good. And God says, “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness...” Those who say that Halloween can be redeemed may think that what they are doing God a service, but when it contradicts what is written in God’s Word, it is always going to be a disservice.
In the end, the trick will be on us. But don’t believe me. A wise and good man used to always say, “Don’t believe me. Believe your Bible.” And don’t believe your minister, pastor, or priest. There are hundreds of thousands of people all around the world preaching from a stage or a pulpit, claiming to be teaching biblical truth, and yet they have no real grasp of what the kind of behavior that God expects of His people. Prove it for yourself.
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man's all. For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil (Ecc. 12:13-14).
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The calendar is merely a way of keeping track of time. It is the same as using a watch built by an unbeliever. Just because the timekeeping device was created by an unbeliever does not mean that they do not know how to tell time. So it is with the calendar. God told Israel to use the Canaanite calendar that they were already familiar with (Exo. 12:2), but He did not tell them to celebrate Canaanite holidays. Instead, He told them to observe only His holy days (Lev. 23). This would lead to a whole other conversation regarding what holidays we should observe, but perhaps another time.
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