Category Archives: Religion

America One Of The Largest Muslim Countries?

As if I needed anymore proof that Barack Hussein Obama embraces his Muslim side more than his Christian side, the President gives an interview today on French television in which he claimed, “And one of the points I want to make is, is that if you actually took the number of Muslim Americans, we’d be one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.”  Now while I believe it is a leap to claim that Obama claimed that America is a Muslim country, he most certainly is claiming that we have a huge Muslim population which is just plainly not true.  And that our Muslim population is so large that we should all want to educate ourselves more on Islam and the Islamic world should more readily embrace us.  Obama said to the BBC, “Now, the flip side is I think that the United States and the West generally, we have to educate ourselves more effectively on Islam.”

So the President who tried to hide his middle name and made it politically incorrect to mention “Hussein”, now seems to be embracing his Muslim roots.  While speaking to the BBC today he pointed out that he has several family members that are Muslim.  But at a  Boca Raton, Florida, town hall meeting on May 22, 2008, Obama claimed, “My father was basically agnostic, as far as I can tell, and I didn’t know him.”  This was typical during the campaign as Jake Tapper points out when he writes, “With insane rumors suggesting he was some sort of Muslim Manchurian candidate, then-Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and his campaign did everything they could to emphasize his Christianity and de-emphasize the fact that his father, Barack Obama Sr., was born Muslim.”

Jake Tapper also reported today that “during a conference call in preparation for President Obama’s trip to Cairo, Egypt, where he will address the Muslim world, deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications Denis McDonough said ‘the President himself experienced Islam on three continents before he was able to — or before he’s been able to visit, really, the heart of the Islamic world — you know, growing up in Indonesia, having a Muslim father — obviously Muslim Americans (are) a key part of Illinois and Chicago.'”  Let us not forget that Obama told the Turkish Parliament in April that America is not a Christian nation and he referenced how many “Americans have Muslims in their families or have lived in a Muslim majority country. I know, because I am one of them.”

As I wrote yesterday, this man is pandering like crazy to our enemies.  Why?  Iranians are invited to our embassies for July 4th celebrations and Obama says that it is permissible for Iran to move forward with nuclear power.  He might as well carry a white flag with him tomorrow to his speech in Cairo.  At least he did not bow to the Saudi King today – I guess there is some hope.

Abortion, Obama And A Place Named “Notre Dame”

The University of Notre Dame has a monumental problem and that is the man perched at the head of the university, Rev. John Jenkins.  Rev. Jenkins decided to invite President Barack Obama to speak at the commencement ceremony today at Notre Dame.  A firestorm has ensued due to the fact that Notre Dame is a Catholic institution and President Obama is a full supporter of slaughtering babies both inside the womb and, in some cases, outside the womb when they survive botched abortions.  Several seniors will not attend the ceremony in protest and outside Notre Dame, protestors have been demonstrating for over a week.  Several arrests have been made including those of Dr. Alan Keyes and Father Norman Weslin.

The issues for Notre Dame go deeper than just inviting the President to speak.  Rev. Jenkins has written, “I am saddened that many friends of Notre Dame have suggested that our invitation to President Obama indicates ambiguity in our position on matters of Catholic teaching. The University and I are unequivocally committed to the sanctity of human life and to its protection from conception to natural death.”  Rev. Jenkins has tried to defend the invitation by citing the University’s “long custom” of conferring honorary degrees to sitting U.S. presidents.  He went on to praise the President’s policies on immigration and health care.  He continued, “Ultimately, I hope that the conversations and the good that will come from this day will contribute to closer relations between Catholics and public officials who make decisions on matter of human life and human dignity.  There is much to admire and celebrate in the life and work of President Obama.”

Personally, I am still searching for what exactly it is that I am suppose to admire and celebrate about Pres. Obama.  We have no school transcripts or any writing other than self-serving biographies.  Arizona State University did not present Obama with an honorary degree for those reasons I believe.  And as a Christian, I refuse to celebrate a man who supports the holocaust on the unborn.  I am not a Catholic, so I do not have a “dog in this fight”.  But I do have an opinion on abortion and I know that it aligns with the teachings of the Catholic church.

“For you created my inmost being; and knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place.  When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body.  All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Psalms 139:13-16 NIV

I believe that life begins at conception because that is what God has said in His Book.  An unformed body is the egg and sperm together at conception.  We are wonderfully made from start to end and not just some blob of tissue.  To be lead in this country by a man who thinks that an ideology on abortion is “above his pay-grade” is sickening.  I have no degree, but I know life and even when I was wishy-washy in my beliefs on this topic many years ago, I still knew that anything past the first trimester had to be murder.  Even those that have the most flaccid opinions on abortion have to agree that infanticide is murder and our President when given the opportunity three to four times to support legislation that would protect born babies of botched abortions, chose not to grant that protection.

So the question becomes, is this Notre Dame’s attempt at prestige or just a tradition that was not carefully thought about in full?  I am unable to fathom any reason for inviting this man to speak and the controversy and repercussions on the University are not worth it and already $14 million in alumni contributions have been lost. 

I applaud the brave men and women protesting today and stand with them in spirit even as the media networks have committed to not air the protests and journalists like Amy Sullivan of Time claim that the protestors are “a small but vocal group of conservative Catholics.”

Does Anyone Still Believe President Obama Is A Christian?

From the time that President Barack Obama started his campaign for the presidency, I have maintained that he was not a Christian.  This is not because I think that a president has to be a Christian, although that is my preference, but because he claimed that he was a Christian.  His twenty years of sitting in a pew at Jeremiah Wright’s Marxist Black Liberation Church was proof enough for me.  Now that President Obama has been in office for several months, there have been several other indicators.  Again, this is an issue to me because he has maintained that he is a Christian.

To be perfectly honest, I believe there is a darkness in the soul of our leader.  Call it Christian intuition.  Progressive ideals that lead to Marxist, Facist and Communist governments are unbiblical.  I have argued many times with people that socialistic principles are not found in the Bible, although liberals believe that because they distort charity with wealth redistribution.  Our President not only supports Marxist ideas, he has pushed them on this country with remarkable speed.  That has always been the number one indicator that he is not Christian.  But the examples have continued to reveal themselves:

1.  Obama proclaimed to the world on Apology Tour I that America is not a Christian nation.  Although we have no state-sanctioned religion in America and we have the freedom to believe whatever we want, there is no doubt that this country was built on Judeo-Christian principles.  And more specifically, a Christian would never make that claim which I equate to denying Christ.

2.  Obama not only supports every form of abortion including partial birth, he did nothing inIllinois to protect babies that were born alive after botched abortions which is an endorsement of infanticide.  Not only do I find it hard to believe that a Christian could support any kind of abortion, infanticide is no doubt murder.

3.  Obama gave an oration at Georgetown University and requested that all religious symbols be removed or covered and one of those symbols was the name of Jesus Christ – another denial of Christ.

4.  Anytime the President needs someone to pray officially in public, he chooses Megachurch leaders who most true believers refer to as false teachers because they teach unBiblical principles.

5.  Today is the National Day of Prayer.  This is not something that is only recognized by Christians, but by all faiths and is something that President Bush marked with interfaith services.  Why would President Obama choose to issue a written proclamation rather than conduct a ceremony which has become tradition?  I would personally love to have a President who would pray for the Nation publically.  White House Spokesmoron Robert Gibbs was asked about Obama and prayer and had this to say, “Prayer is something that the president does everyday.  I think the president understands, in his own life and in his family’s life, the role that prayer plays.”  What kind of an answer is that?  He “thinks” the President understands how important prayer is in life.  Obviously, he has never seen the President pray.  President Harry Truman first established the day as a national event in 1952. Reagan signed a resolution in 1988 to observe the National Day of Prayer each year on the first Thursday in May, and each president since has recognized this day with a proclamation.  Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush also marked the day with White House observances.

The list will continue to go on and I invite commenters to add their own examples.  I will observe today by praying for my country and my President, although that has been getting harder to do because I do not believe this man cares what God would have him do.

Gaza Violence Spells Victory For Palestinians

Mary Fitzgerald reported in Irish Times that pro-Hamas speakers claimed that the recent violence in Gaza was a victory for Palestinians because it put the Middle East conflict back in the spotlight.  This claim was made even though 1300 Palestinians lost their lives during the violence.  The comments were made at the Al-Aqsa Festival in Dublin, Ireland which was a fundraiser for the Palestinian Rights Institute.

One of the speakers at the event was Sheikh al Baz who claimed that the violence had “restored to every Muslim his honour and dignity.”  He also claimed that resistance was the only way and not to follow the way of negotiation.  Another speaker was Azzam Tamimi who is the Palestinian director of the London-based Institute of Islamic Political Thought.  He railed against Europe and the US for insisting that Hamas must meet certain conditions.  One of those conditions is, of course, that they must recognize Israel’s right to exist.  He said, “Once you recognize Israel, you say to the world that the rape of my country and my people is acceptable.  It is a crime against humanity to recognize Israel’s right to exist because that would legitimize the crimes against humanity Israel has committed.”  Uh yeah, those crimes must be all the slaughter and blood drinking that Israel has committed.  What a joke.

What this reveals is that Hamas and the Palestinians will never live in peace with Israel.  This is why I have been so against any land deals or state deals.  The Palestinians must not be given a foothold to drive Israel into the sea.  And yes, I am saying the Palestinians as a whole because they chose Hamas as their leadership.  They must fight for themselves before anyone else can do that and before I will believe they can be trusted. 

And Mr. Tamimi called the EU “cowards” for not engaging Hamas even though we all know that terrorists are the real cowards who attack innocent people and usually do it by surprise.

Happy Easter From Freedom’s Wings

Happy Easter

The first gift God gave to man was the breath of life and then He gave man freedom – a free will to choose whatever path he wants to pursue.  Unfortunately, man chose sin and thus was condemned to death.  But God gave us yet another gift and that was the opportunity to be redeemed and reconciled to Him through his Son Jesus Christ, who died and rose again for us.  If man would use his free choice to choose to pick up his cross and follow Jesus he would have eternal life.  Freedom – it means everything and we have a duty to use it correctly and to protect it.  God bless you all!

Focus On The Family Taking Heat For Glenn Beck Interview

Recently, Focus On The Family (FOF) conducted an interview with talk show host Glenn Beck about his recently published book “The Christmas Sweater”.  Apparently FOF did not inform readers that Glenn Beck is a Mormon and a bit of an uproar ensued and FOF took the interview down from their CitizenLink website.  The group Underground Apologetics headed by Steve McConkey was the first to point out the issue and contact FOF.  It may surprise many to hear that I think FOF is out of line for taking the interview down.

Some may say that I have a Glenn Beck bias since I adore the man, but that is not the case.  Years ago when I first started listening to Glenn I thought that he was a Christian based on the things he said about Jesus.  I was quite shocked the day I heard him say he was a Mormon and I was torn because I have long been involved in countercult activities.  I do not know the heart of Glenn Beck and I do not know that he has a saving faith in Christ, but everything he says convinces me that he could be.  There can be unsaved in churches and I believe there can be saved in the Mormon church.  I don’t know if he still clings to things from his early Catholic faith and has mixed the two or that he does not really know the ins and outs of Mormonism.  What I do know is that he does not preach Mormonism and that the book “The Christmas Sweater” does not have a Mormon message, unlike such books as “Embraced by the Light.”  For that reason, I see no problem with FOF promoting the book.  They simply should have added that Glenn is a Mormon and kept the interview up. 

Anyone who declares Christ as the Atonement and Salvation is okay in my book even if I think he is in a misguided church/faith.  And until he tries to promote Mormonism then I will support him in his endeavors.

Christian Conservatives Should Be Upset About Rick Warren Choice As Well

Liberals are outraged over President-elect Barack Obama’s selection of Pastor Rick Warren to give the Inauguration Invocation.  The website Think Progress had this to say, “Pastor Rick Warren will deliver the invocation at President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration on Jan. 20. While he is a recognizable celebrity and best-selling author, Warren also advocates a number of deeply anti-progressive views. He supported California’s anti-gay marriage Proposition 8 and has likened gay marriage to polygamy and incest. He is strongly anti-choice, and has equated abortion to the Holocaust. Warren also supports the assassination of foreign leaders. Appearing on Fox’s Hannity and Colmes on December 3, Warren agreed with Sean Hannity’s assertion that ‘we need to take him [Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad] out,’ saying that stopping evil ‘is the legitimate role of government.’ He added, ‘The Bible says that God puts government on earth to punish evildoers.'”  Pretty strong feelings and for me as a Christian Conservative I can honestly say that I’m pretty upset as well.

David Brody from the Christian Broadcasting Network said, “It makes a whole lot of sense…This move is also classic Obama because it is a signal to religious conservatives that he’s willing to bring in both sides to the faith discussion in this country.”  What does he mean by both sides?  I’m assuming that he means liberals and conservatives, but as a Bible believing Christian I only see one side – God’s.  And does anyone believe that Obama will embrace Christian conservatives?  I mean his theology is Marxist Black Liberation so I really don’t see that happening, nor do I think that he is a Christian although I cannot see his heart.  I agree that this is a good move on Obama’s part, but my focus is on Rick Warren.  Just as I went after Joel Hunter about praying at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, I’m going after Rick Warren on this.  Why did he accept?  If you follow my blog, you know I have very strong feelings about mega -churches.  I often wonder about the message that is given inside that would be so attractive to so many people.  Is it just that people are really hungry for Jesus and the salvation He provides or are they getting a touchy, feely, self-help talk?  When it comes to Rick Warren all one needs to do is read his bestselling book, “The Purpose Driven Life”.  The message is the latter with Warren quoting heavily from mainstream Bibles like “The Message”.  The full gospel message, which includes admitting that we are sinners and recognizing that we need salvation, is absent.  Just telling Jesus that you believe in Him is not enough.  Even Satan believes in God.

I also question how someone could appear to endorse a President who supports infanticide and Marxism.  We should all pray for our President regardless of who that person is, but should we endorse that person?  Of course, I do not know what Pastor Warren will be praying.  I hope that he sticks to praying for God’s guidance and I hope that he uses the world stage that he will have to talk about Jesus (as Billy and Franklin Graham always do) and a need for this country to return to its Judeo-Christian roots before God shakes the dust of us from His robes.

And speaking of Billy Graham, this “shift” seems very significant to me.  Billy Graham has given the Inaugural Invocation for as long as I can remember and even before I was a spark in my parents’ eyes.  I believe Billy Graham to be a true man of God who has not used his celebrity for personal gain.  Franklin appears to be following in his father’s footsteps and would seem the likely heir to the Inaugural Invocation in the spirit of tradition.  I’ll never forget Katie Couric interviewing Franklin Graham and how he used the opportunity to minister to her directly and tell her the gospel message personally as if no one was watching.  That is someone who has their heart in the right place.  So is this shift coming perhaps from God Himself?  Have we turned our backs on Him to such a degree that He is handing us over now?  Of course, I would expect both Grahams to either decline the offer or use the opportunity to spread the gospel and strongly condemn the areas of disagreement with Barack Obama, yes even the gay marriage stuff.

But what we will get is a feel good message about America having a chance to save the world now – instead of Jesus.  We’ll get to see Rick Warren taking over the mantle of “America’s preacher” and having his bloated ego stoked even more.  For those Christians that will attack me on my feelings just remember how harshly Rick Warren went after Barack Obama after Obama’s answer on the whole abortion question and when life starts answered, “That’s above my pay grade.”  Oh wait…he didn’t go after him.  And that shows the true colors of this “man of God”.