Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The bigoted, biased ' Truth Haters ' who want to take away the liberty of free speech from those who subscribe to the Bible definition of marriage as between one man and one woman, are now ' licking their wounds'. They have lost in this dual against liberty for all and not just for some. They have gotten truth lovers out of the closet and hopefully the haters will get back in the closet.!!! - Pastor Max Solbrekken

Million Visit Huckabee’s Chick-fil-A Support Event on Facebook
Tuesday, 31 Jul 2012 11:53 AM
By Jim Meyers and Kathleen Walter

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s call to make Wednesday, Aug. 1 “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” has drawn a tremendous response — he tells Newsmax that more than 20 million people have viewed his Facebook event page to learn about the Day.

And more than half a million people have already said they will heed his call and eat at a Chick-fil-A restaurant on Wednesday to show their support for the chain that has come under attack from the left for promoting its Christian values.

The controversy began when Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy told the Baptist Press that the family-owned company, which puts faith ahead of profits by closing on Sundays, was “guilty as charged” for backing the “biblical definition of a family.”

He later ratcheted up the rhetoric in a radio interview, saying: “I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.’”

Gay rights groups responded by calling for a boycott of the business. The mayors of Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. told the chain it is not welcome in their cities and vowed to stop further expansion of the restaurants there.

Huckabee, a former Republican presidential candidate who now hosts a show on Fox News, responded quickly on his website, declaring: “I have been incensed at the vitriolic assaults on the Chick-fil-A company because.... Dan Cathy, made comments recently in which he affirmed his view that the Biblical view of marriage should be upheld.”

He said the success of Chick-fil-A is “a great American story that is being smeared by vicious hate speech and intolerant bigotry from the left.”

And in an interview with Newsmax on Tuesday, he explained why he has called for the Appreciation Day.

“The media has called it a ‘protest.’ It is most certainly not,” he said. “No one is protesting anything. This is not a stand against a person, a group of people, or even someone else's belief. This is a simple act of having a meal at a place that sells chicken, not politics. It's to affirm to a Christian brother, Dan Cathy, that he has not been disenfranchised from his citizenship or his right of free speech as a taxpaying American. It is about taking a stand for businesses to be free of economic bullying and hate speech.

“It is an opportunity to have a decent meal at a decent place that was founded and continues to be run by decent people who believe in treating their customers and employees with kindness and to say ‘thank you’ to them.”

Asked what message he hopes to send with the event, Huckabee told Newsmax: “That the rules are the same on both sides of the issue.

“When Christians speak up and say what they believe, they are ridiculed and threatened by small militant minorities of groups that try to shut them down and shut them up by any means they can. People have a right to free speech in this country and we can’t let people take it away no matter what side we are on. I disagree with a lot of what other people say but I think they have a right to their opinion."

Huckabee talked further about that '"hypocrisy" on Tuesday on his radio show.  “[It is] ironic,” Huckabee said, that the left “is always talking about intolerant bigotry of the so-called ‘homophobes.’

“I’m just tired of having one side play by a completely different set of rules than I am supposed to play by.”

He continued saying it is the left that seems intolerant.

“There was, once, an attitude among those in the same-sex marriage community . . . who said why can’t we just live and let live?” Huckabee said.
“I guess they now believe that’s fine unless you happen to be a Christian. Then you can’t be who you are. Do you not see the irony here?

“You cannot have an America where one set of values are tolerated but another’s are not.”

As for tomorrow's events, he knows Americans will support the company.

“On Wednesday I hope there is a line out the door and around the block of every one of the over 1,600 Chick-fil-A restaurants. We have had over 20 million people reached in the last week through our Facebook page. We have over 515,000 people who have ‘RSVP’d’ for the event, and both of those numbers are still growing.”

Finally, Huckabee was asked if Chick-fil-A is prepared for the huge numbers of customers expected to visit one of the chain’s restaurants on Wednesday.

“I hope they are,” he responded. “One thing I do know about Chick-fil-A is they are an efficient company and a customer service-driven company, so I bet they excel tomorrow.

“They have great food, great service, and tomorrow they will have a great day.”

Editor's note: To join Mike Huckabee's efforts, visit www.mikehuckabee.com
© 2012 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Slavery is Satanic & Inhumane...! What a perverted teaching anchored in a cruel inhumane, barbaric history of slaughter and bondage & slavery. I shudder when I think of the devil's beast instinct that is being again legitimized against innocent girls. How will TEAM OBAMA - Biden, Hillary & Pelosi react to this? Condemn it or applaud it? It's an election year so anything is possible from political hacks. We'll see.!!! - Pastor Max Solbrekken

Sheikh Awn telling his concubine-bride what to say during their "nuptial vows," which included her "enslavement" to the self-proclaimed Sharia expert.
Egypt's First "Sex-Slave" Marriage
by Raymond Ibrahim
Originally published by the Gatestone Institute
July 5, 2012
What is being dubbed as Egypt's "first sex-slave marriage" took place mere days after the Muslim Brotherhood's Muhammad Morsi was made president.
Last Monday, on the Egyptian TV show Al Haqiqa ("the Truth"), journalist Wael al-Ibrashi began the program by airing a video-clip of a man, Abd al-Rauf Awn, "marrying" his "slave." Before making the woman, who had a non-Egyptian accent, repeat the Koran's Surat al-Ikhlas after him, instead of saying the customary "I marry myself to you," the woman said "I enslave myself to you," and kissed him in front of an applauding audience.
Then, even though she was wearing a hijab, her owner-husband declared her forbidden from such trappings, commanding her to be stripped of them, so as "not to break Allah's laws." She took her veil and abaya off, revealing, certainly by Muslim standards, a promiscuous red dress (all the other women present were veiled). The man claps for her as the video-clip (which can be viewed here) ends.
The owner-husband, Abd al-Rauf Awn, then appeared on the show, identifying himself as an Islamic scholar and expert at Islamic jurisprudence who studied at Al Azhar. He gave several Islamic explanations to justify his "marriage," from Islamic prophet Muhammad's "sunna" or practice of "marrying" enslaved captive women, to Koran 4:3, which commands Muslim men to "Marry such women as seem good to you, two and three and four… or what your right hands possess."
For all practical purposes, and to avoid euphemisms, "what your right hands possess"—also known in Arabic as a melk al-yamin—is, according to Islamic doctrine and history, simply a sex-slaveLinguistic evidence further suggests that she is seen more as a possession than a human.
Even stripping the sex-slave of her hijab, the way Awn commanded his concubine-wife, has precedent. According to Islamic jurisprudence, whereas the free (Muslim) woman is mandated to be veiled behind a hijab, sex-slaves are mandated only to be covered from the navel to the knees—with everything else exposed.
 During the program Awn even explained how Caliph Omar, one of the first "righteous caliphs," used to strip sex-slaves of their garments, whenever he saw them overly dressed in the marketplace.
Awn further explained that sex-slave marriage is ideal for today's Egyptian society. He based his position onijtihad, a recognized form of jurisprudence, whereby a Muslim scholar comes up with a new idea—one that is still rooted in the Koran and example of Muhammad—yet one that better fits the circumstances of contemporary society.
He argued that, when it comes to marriage, "we Muslims have overly complicated things," so that men are often forced to be single throughout their prime, finally getting married between the ages of 30-40 (when they might be expected to have a sufficient income to open a household). Similarly, many Egyptian women do not want to wear the hijab in public.
The solution, according to Awn, is to reinstitute sex-slavery—allowing men to marry and copulate much earlier in life, and women who want to dress freely to do so, as technically they are sex-slaves and mandated to go about loosely attired, anyway.
The other guest on the show, Dr. Abdullah al-Naggar, a professor of Islamic jurisprudence at Al Azhar, fiercely attacked Awn for reviving this practice, calling on him and his slave-wife to "repent" and stop dishonoring Islam, arguing that "there is no longer sex-slavery"—to which Awn responded by sarcastically asking, "Who said sex-slavery is over? What—because the UN said so?"
In many ways, this exchange between Awn, who advocates sex-slave marriage, and the Al Azhar professor symbolizes the clash between today's "Islamists" and "moderate Muslims." For long, Al Azhar has been primarily engaged in the delicate balancing act of affirming Islam while still advocating modernity according to Western standards, whereas the Islamists—from the Muslim Brotherhood to the Salafis—bred with contempt and disrespect for the West, are only too eager to revive distinctly Islamic practices that defy Western sensibilities.
While this may be the first sex-slave marriage to take place in Egypt's recent history, it is certainly not the first call to revive the practice. Earlier, Egyptian Sheikh Huwaini, lamenting that the "good old days" of Islam are over, declared that, in an ideal Muslim society, "when I want a sex-slave [I should be able to go] to the market and pick whichever female I desire and buy her."
Likewise, a Kuwaiti female politician advocated for reviving the institute of sex-slavery, suggesting that Muslims should bring female captives of warspecifically Russian women from the Chechnya warand sell them to Muslim men in the markets of Kuwait.
And so the "Arab Spring" continues to blossom.
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Monday, July 30, 2012

CHICAGO: Is Adolf Hitler's spirit alive in the Mayor's office and among the hate-filled homosexual lobby? This article hits the nail right on the head. Please read on: "German businesses owned by Jews who did not fit into the values of the nation's governing powers were infamously assaulted on Kristalnacht – the "night of broken glass" from shattered shop windows – on November 9-10, 1938. Now that Emanuel has issued the dictum that Chick-Fil-A has strayed from the propaganda line of the cultural elites and the politicians they heft into power, will there be a purge of all non-conforming companies, starting with Chick-fil-A?" One more thing, Remember what happened to Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19) - Pastor Max Solbrekken

Rahm Emanuel: High Priest of Chicago

Chicago voters who elected Rahm Emanuel the city's mayor might not have realized they were also electing a high priest for the city.

The mayor donned priestly regalia – in spirit if not physically – when he declared his outrage over the support for traditional marriage voiced by Chick-fil-A's president, Dan Cathy. The establishment media choir howled as usual in the same key that Cathy's position is "anti-gay," and the Chicago mayor-high priest rose to the pulpit.

He would work to block Chick-fil-A expansion in Chicago, said Emanuel. "Chick-Fil-A's values are not Chicago values," the mayor said, as quoted in the Chicago Sun-Times. "They're not respectful of our residents, our neighbors and our family members. And if you're gonna be part of the Chicago community, you should reflect Chicago values."

It took a chicken chain to bring Emanuel's priesthood into focus. There was once another named Emanuel, or "God with us." Maybe the Chicago mayor is confused about which Emanuel he is.

Welcome to what I have termed elsewhere the Globequake Age, in which the tectonic plates of whole cultures are shifting so fast the whole world is topsy-turvy. That means among other things that the mayors of great cities can start defining what the values of the city are and what they are not.

German businesses owned by Jews who did not fit into the values of the nation's governing powers were infamously assaulted on Kristalnacht – the "night of broken glass" from shattered shop windows – on November 9-10, 1938. Now that Emanuel has issued the dictum that Chick-Fil-A has strayed from the propaganda line of the cultural elites and the politicians they heft into power, will there be a purge of all non-conforming companies, starting with Chick-fil-A?

I was recently in Chicago and spent the good part of a day at Moody Bible Institute. This great school in the heart of downtown, just off Chicago Avenue, was founded in 1886. It is a primary center for teaching the values Emanuel says are not part of Chicago's values. Will the mayor-high priest shut down Moody, deny its expansion permits, conduct background checks for political correctness of its faculty members, and run the rebels out of town?

Will the constituents of Chicagoland institutions like Wheaton College, Christianity Today magazine, Willow Creek Church, Total Living TV Network, Youth For Christ International, the Slavic Gospel Association, Wycliffe Bible Translators, Trinity Seminary, The Salvation Army Training Center, Emmaus Bible Institute, and many others now have to go through an internal control point where their alignment with the mayor's "Chicago values" must be confirmed before they are permitted into the city itself?

Are all the citizens of Chicago who agree with the Bible's view of marriage and Dan Cathy's support of it, and, therefore, disagree with the mayor's declaration of "Chicago's values," now non-Chicagoans?

The mayor and his supporters rightly decry discrimination. But they go too far in attempting the equivalency maneuver in which they try to compare opposition to same-sex marriage to the repugnant discrimination of black people in pre-civil rights places like Alabama.

I grew up in Birmingham, and later was a reporter for The Birmingham News covering much of the civil rights revolution there. As a boy in the late 1940s and 1950s, I saw the "Whites Only" signs, deacons at white churches standing guard to prevent black people from attending, and those Neanderthal banners noting that Negroes would not be served in certain business establishments.

Dan Cathy's restaurants have no such signs banning homosexuals, or anyone who disagrees with his position on marriage. To the contrary, Chick-Fil-A has a declared policy of serving anyone and everyone, and that extends to hiring as well.

Ages ago Zechariah saw the vision of two olive trees separated by a lampstand. Ultimately he understood that the lampstand in the center symbolized the presence and authority of God, and the olive trees the jurisdictional powers in culture, the "two anointed ones." Both the high priest and the civil ruler were empowered of God to serve and lead in the jurisdictions to which He appointed them – a truth affirmed in Romans 13 and other New Testament passages.

However, the high priest was not to step over into the role of the civil ruler, nor was the civil ruler to usurp the position of the high priest. The state was not to be the church, and the church was not to be the state – which is why a theocracy is inappropriate for governance of civil society. King Saul tried to take over Samuel's role at one point, and Saul lost his kingdom.

If anyone has the right of choosing values, it is the individual. People can do so only in an economic environment where there is a diversity of values. There are joints in my community that most definitely do not reflect my values. But their very presence means I have the freedom to choose by not patronizing them. Give the people the right to choose to buy chicken wings at a gay bar or Chick-fil-A, or both. God, after all, put two trees in the Garden.

Chicago is a great city – one of my favorites – but it's not a church, and doesn't need a high priest for mayor.

Is President Obama & the Democrats throwing real Black Men under the Gay Bus? Most men of any colour feel discriminated against for being normal and for loving their wives and children. They have no need to frequent gay Bars and Bath Houses looking for perverted sex. They feel comfortable with their wife at home. "President Obama has not given us the courtesy of a reply to discuss his support of same-sex marriage, and is taking the black vote for granted," Rev. William Owens, president of the Coalition of African American Pastors, said in a statement. He said the campaign will urge black pastors and other black voters to "withdraw their support" of the president. The Battle for Righteousness goes on. - Pastor Max Solbrekken

Dems move to include gay marriage support in official party platform
Published July 30, 2012
June 24, 2012: A man waves a large rainbow flag in the street during the Gay Pride Parade in New York. (AP)

Democrats are moving, for the first time, to include support for same-sex marriage in the official party platform at their national convention. 
The decision comes after President Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to voice support for gay marriage, and as party officials try to build the anticipation ahead of the convention set for early September in Charlotte, N.C. 

Sources told Fox News that the Democrats' platform drafting committee voted unanimously to include the language backing same-sex marriage at a meeting in Minneapolis over the weekend. The next step would be for the full platform committee to take it up in Detroit next month. From there, the plank would go to convention delegates in Charlotte.

The drafting committee decision leaked out shortly after officials revealed that former President Bill Clinton will deliver the nominating speech on Wednesday night of the convention. Obama and Biden are to speak on Thursday, the convention's final night. 

Several prominent Democrats began pushing earlier this year for support of same-sex marriage to be included in the convention platform, which lists principles the party supports. The effort got a boost in May when Obama voiced his personal support for same-sex unions. 
New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen hailed the decision in a statement Monday

"Equality and freedom are at the core of who we are as Americans, and that means freedom for all of us, not just some of us. Our party has long been a leader on issues of justice and this reaffirms to the country that we are working on behalf of all our families, gay and straight," she said. 

The president's support for same-sex marriage, though, continues to stir controversy. As reports first surfaced of the drafting committee's decision, an organization of black pastors announced Monday that they'll be launching a national campaign starting Tuesday in opposition to Obama's endorsement. 

"President Obama has not given us the courtesy of a reply to discuss his support of same-sex marriage, and is taking the black vote for granted," Rev. William Owens, president of the Coalition of African American Pastors, said in a statement. He said the campaign will urge black pastors and other black voters to "withdraw their support" of the president. 

"We will see that the black community is informed that the president is taking them for granted while pandering to the gay community," he said. 
It's unclear how detailed the language is on the same-sex marriage plank, and whether it calls for any legislative efforts like the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act -- which defines marriages on the federal level as between a man and a woman. 

Fox News' Mike Emanuel and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

President Obama's arrogance and hubris have hurt him. Playing politics with a golden opportunity to put thousands of idle Americans to work and meeting the urgent need of an energy starved Nation, the former Chicago-style, free-wheeling Community Organizer took Canada for granted. The Emperor has NO CLOTHES when it comes to playing Politics with Canada. He should get Real and smell the coffee. A good Leader cares more for his people than for himself and weird Groupies like the so-called 'greens and gays' - Pastor Max Solbrekken

Republicans Say China Oil Deal Highlights U.S. Inaction
Thursday, 26 Jul 2012 07:37 PM

China's plan to gain a bigger foothold in North American oil production shows the U.S. government needs a more aggressive energy policy, a group of influential Senate Republicans said on Thursday, while a Democratic leader called for review of a Chinese bid to buy a major Canadian oil firm.

The senators said they were concerned about the bid by China's state oil company CNOOC for the Canadian oil company Nexen, but they stopped short of saying that the U.S. government should try to do something to stop it.
"I have concerns about the deal, very definitely. I think it has to be looked at carefully. I think I'll stop there for right now," said Senator John Hoeven, when asked at a news conference whether the U.S. government should intervene.

"But the real point is, we should be developing these resources, not having the Chinese government acquiring them," said Hoeven, a North Dakota senator whose home state has become the nation's second-largest oil producer.

"Do we really want to be buying our oil or Canadian oil back from the Chinese? If we don't take action to develop our resources and work with our closest friend and ally Canada, that's exactly what's going to happen," Hoeven said.

Hoeven was joined by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell to unveil a package of energy proposals that would allow for more drilling on government-owned land, reduce regulations, streamline drilling permits, and approve the Keystone XL pipeline carrying oil from Canada.

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives has already passed many of the familiar proposals, which have virtually no chance of being considered by the Democratic-controlled Senate.

But Senator John Cornyn, who heads the Senate Republican Campaign Committee, said the proposal is "a very concrete blueprint" for what would happen if Republicans win the presidency and control of the U.S. Senate on Nov. 6.


The senators blame President Barack Obama's delay in approving TransCanada's pipeline for pushing Canada's government to more aggressively explore oil deals with China.

Obama has said a portion of the pipeline going through Nebraska needed more environmental review after the route was adjusted to avoid an ecologically sensitive area.

The incident helped Canada see the need to advance its economic relationship with China, Canada's former industry minister said in an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail newspaper on Thursday.
"While we were slow to realize it, a country that has only one customer for its most valuable export is in constant peril, even if that customer is your best friend. U.S. President Barack Obama has reinforced just how significant that risk is," Jim Prentice wrote.

In buying Nexen, CNOOC will gain access to Canada's oilsands and some holdings in the Gulf of Mexico.
"I'm concerned because it's really a trend, particularly in the Gulf of Mexico," Louisiana Senator David Vitter said.

"I don't know enough about it to know whether it should be blocked through any American, U.S.-based law. But I do think the far better alternative is for us to play offense, and for us to be developing, taking advantage of these energy resources," Vitter told Reuters.

Because of those holdings, the national security elements of the China-Canada deal may be scrutinized by the powerful Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. A spokesman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said the Democrat expected a thorough review by the committee.

"This deal prompts great concern about the Chinese government's continued attempts to use its state-owned enterprises to acquire global energy resources," Pelosi spokesman Drew Hamill said.
When CNOOC tried in 2005 to take over American oil company Unocal, there was an immediate political backlash.

Republican Congressman Randy Forbes, who helped lead congressional opposition to the failed Unocal bid, said he does not like the CNOOC-Nexen bid, but feels he cannot do much about it because it is a Canadian company.

"Whatever we would do would simply be talking in the wind, because we don't have any legal authority to stop this action," Forbes said in an interview on Wednesday.

© 2012 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

King David built Jerusalem as Israel's Capital City 3,000 years ago. Only a politically disturbed or an ignorant, severely biased person would say that Jerusalem belongs to any other nation than Israel. Jerusalem is the Capital of Israel even more so than Washington is the Capital of the USA or Ottawa is the Capital of Canada. Period. - Pastor Max Solbrekken

Romney: US has 'moral imperative' to aid Israel in its defense against a nuclear Iran
Published July 29, 2012
July 28, 2012: Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and wife Ann arrive in Tel Aviv, Israel. (AP)
Mitt Romney on Sunday gave his unequivocal support to Israel and its effort to thwart Iran from achieving nuclear weapons capability, saying the United States has "a solemn duty and a moral imperative" to help in that effort.
The GOP presidential candidate made his comments in a much-anticipated speech in Jerusalem.  
"Make no mistake, the ayatollahs in Iran are testing our moral defenses,” Romney said. "They want to know who will object and who will look the other way. We will not look away nor will our country ever look away from our passion and commitment to Israel. … We recognize Israel's right to defend itself."
He also declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel.  
Earlier in the day, top foreign policy adviser Dan Senor in a preview of the speech suggested Romney would support Israel making a military strike on Iran to defend itself against a nuclear-capable Tehran.
“Gov. Romney believes we should employ any and all measures to dissuade the Iranian regime from its nuclear course, and it is his fervent hope that diplomatic and economic measures will do so,” Senor said. “In the final analysis, of course, no option should be excluded.”
 Romney later attempted to clarify his position.
“I respect the right of Israel to defend itself, and we stand with Israel in peace,” Romney said in an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
Romney is on a seven-day overseas trip in which he hopes to burnish his foreign policy credentials. The trip started Friday in England, will continue this weekend in Israel and conclude in Poland.  
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday welcomed Romney as "a representative of the United States" and said he agrees with his approach to the threat of a nuclear Iran.
Netanyahu said he listened to a recent Romney speech in which he said that Iran possessing nuclear capability is the greatest danger facing the world.
"Mitt, I couldn't agree with you more," Netanyahu told Romney on Sunday.
"We have to be honest and say that all the sanctions and diplomacy so far have not set back the Iranian program by one iota,” Netanyahu continued. “And that's why I believe that we need a strong and credible military threat coupled with the sanctions to have a chance to change that situation."
Romney spent the earlier part of the day visiting Israel’s Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray. The event included a rabbi reading a passage to Romney, who wore a dark blue jacket, tie and a yarmulke. 
Hundreds of Jewish worshippers were praying at the site, also referred to as the Wailing Wall, on the holy fasting day of Tisha B'Av. The wall in Jerusalem is the outside wall that surrounds one of two temples destroyed by the Romans. Today is said to be the day the Romans destroyed the temples.
Romney also met  with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.
Meanwhile, an Israeli newspaper reports the Obama administration's top security official has briefed Israel's prime minister on U.S. plans for a possible attack on Iran.
However, the Israeli government has denied the report.
The Haaretz daily says National Security Adviser Tom Donilon sought to reassure Israel that Washington is prepared to act military should diplomacy and sanctions fail to pressure Iran to abandon its nuclear enrichment program.
Haaretz said Sunday that Donilon detailed the plans to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a visit to Israel earlier this month.
But a senior Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss a confidential meeting, said, "Nothing in the article is correct. Donilon did not meet the prime minister for dinner, he did not meet him one-on-one, nor did he present operational plans to attack Iran."
In the CBS interview, Romney often referred to President Reagan’s foreign policy strategy, pointing out that Reagan, like him, was a governor, not a senator. Romney also said his foreign policy would be guided by “intellect, resolve and clarity of purpose.”
He politely laughed off a question about the upcoming Newsweek cover that suggests he is a wimp and added the magazine incorrectly attempted to make the same point about then-Vice President George H.W. Bush.  
Romney flew to the Middle East from Britain, where he caused a stir by questioning whether officials there were fully prepared for the Olympic Games.
In declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel, Romney was keeping with claims made by Israeli governments, even though the United States, like other nations, maintains its embassies in Tel Aviv. He did not say if he would order it moved if he wins the White House.
Even so, his remarks drew a standing ovation from his audience, which included Sheldon Adelson, the American businessman who has said he will donate millions to help elect Romney to the White House.
In his speech, Romney said Syrian President Bashar Assad "desperately clings to power" in Damascus in the face of an attempted overthrow, but he did not call for his removal.
He noted that Egypt is now headed by an "Islamist president, chosen in a Democratic election.”
“The international community must use its considerable influence to insure that the new government honors the peace agreement with Israel that was signed by the government of Anwar Sadat" more than three decades ago, he said.
Another goal of Romney trip is  to cut into President Obama's support among Jewish voters and donors. A Gallup survey of Jewish voters showed Obama with a 68-25 edge over Romney, according to the poll released Friday.
Romney and other Republicans have said Obama is insufficiently supportive of Israel, noting statements the president has made about settlements and his handling of evident Iranian attempt to develop nuclear weapons.
In an unspoken rebuttal to Obama and other critics, Romney said "It is sometimes said that those who are the most committed to stopping the Iranian regime from security nuclear weapons are reckless and provocative and inviting war.
"The opposite is true. We are the true peacemakers," he said.
Obama. In a speech in March before a pro-Israel lobby in Washington, warned of "loose talk of war" that serves only to drive up oil prices. "Now is not the time to bluster," he said then. "Now is the time to let our increased pressure sink in and sustain the broad international coalition we have built."
It was unlikely that the day's events would settle the issue.
Obama's former press secretary, Robert Gibbs, told ABC's "This Week" that the administration has delayed Iran's nuclear program. The president has imposed U.S. penalties against Iran and worked to tougher strictures applied by other nations. There have been numerous published reports of a coordinated U.S.-Israeli cyber attack that caused damage to Iranian equipment vital to creating weapons-grade nuclear material.
Pentagon officials have spoken publicly about the difficulty of such a strike, and American officials have expressed concern about the destabilizing effect such military action could have in the region, even if carried out successfully.
Iran says it is not interested in nuclear weapons and its nuclear program is for peaceful, civilian purposes. The Israelis say they are considering a strike because they fear Iran could be moving its nuclear enrichment sites further underground, out of reach of the weapons Israel has available.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Consider Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago who condemned Chick-fil-A and told the media that he would see to it that Chick-fil-A did not get a business license, had no problem bringing Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam to his city to help with gang violence. Farrakhan said a number of so-called homophobic remarks, even taking a few rhetoric shots at President Obama. “Now I’ve never heard from Michelle that our brother, you know, was absent from duty. But he’s the first president that sanctioned what the scriptures forbid.” Was Farrakhan implying that Barrack Obama may be a homosexual as has been written about him in his dope-head years in Hawaii? Farrakhan opposes homosexual marriage as does Islam in general. Farrakhan also opposed President Obama’s support of homosexual marriage. Keep in mind that it was Emanuel who said that the values of Chick-fil-A “aren't Chicago’s values.” And Farrakhan’s are?

I’m in Shock — ACLU Supports Chick-Fil-A!
When mayors of major cities came out and said that they would deny a business license to Chick-Fil-A because of the beliefs of the president of the company, I wondered if the ACLU would get involved.

While the ACLU supports homosexual marriage, and I suspect will also support transgender and polygamous marriages when the cases come up for legal challenged, has denounced the comments of the mayors. Adam Schwartz, senior attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, told Fox News,

“When an alderman refuses to allow a business to open because its owner has expressed a viewpoint the government disagrees with, the government is practicing viewpoint discrimination.”

The ACLU and other liberal legal advocacy groups understand that if liberals can discriminate against conservatives in liberal cities, conservatives will be able to discriminate against the liberal viewpoints of business owners.

I firmly believe that if liberals could get away with it, they would be all for viewpoint discrimination. In fact, if liberals ever get the majorities in Congress and the courts, I believe that we will see viewpoint discrimination. Liberal hypocrisy is a given.

Consider Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago who condemned Chick-fil-A and told the media that he would see to it that Chick-fil-A did not get a business license, had no problem bringing Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam to his city to help with gang violence.

Farrakhan opposes homosexual marriage as does Islam in general. Farrakhan also opposed President Obama’s support of homosexual marriage. Keep in mind that it was Emanuel who said that the values of Chick-fil-A “aren’t Chicago’s values.” And Farrakhan’s are?

Farrakhan said a number of so-called homophobic remarks, even taking a few rhetoric shots at President Obama. “Now I’ve never heard from Michelle that our brother, you know, was absent from duty. But he’s the first president that sanctioned what the scriptures forbid.”

There it is. Farrakhan made it clear that the Scriptures — the Bible — forbid homosexual marriage. Millions of Americans believe the same thing and have voted not to enact homosexual marriage in 31 states.

The president of Chick-fil-A believes Scripture supports marriage between a man and a woman. So why is Chick-fil-A not welcomed in Chicago but the anti-homosexual-marriage Louis Farrakhan welcomed with open arms?
Farrakhan is a liberal tool. He will be used, like blacks are always used by liberals, to advance the prospects of the Democratic party.

Friday, July 27, 2012

How wonderful...How great.. How hilarious... And yet, how sad. Poor Baptists - When push comes to shove, they back away. It's like the Methodist Church that was on fire in the 1920s in a Southern US town. The horse drawn water wagon was heading out to rescue what they could. Everyone in town were running out the church. The Deacon caught up to the Town Atheist who has stopped for breath. The Deacon began to laugh. He said: "Imagine seeing the town atheist in such a hurry to get to Church that he has to stop for breath." The atheist wanting to have the last word retorted: "It's the First time your Church has been on FIRE." Why not say: "Yes, praise God. He does answer prayer and you had better ask Him about the Lightening Strike. He can speak for Himself." - Pastor Max Solbrekken


A bar called Drummond's in Mt Vernon, Texas  began construction on an expansion of their building, hoping to "grow" their business.

In response, the local Southern Baptist Church started a campaign to block the bar from expanding - petitions, prayers, etc.

About a week before the bar's grand re-opening, a bolt of lightning struck the bar and burned it to the ground!

Afterward, the church folks were rather smug - bragging about "the power of prayer".

The angry bar owner eventually sued the church on grounds that the church... "Was ultimately responsible for the demise of his building,
through direct actions or indirect means."

Of course, the church vehemently denied all responsibility or any connection to the building's demise.

The judge read carefully through the plaintiff's complaint and the defendant's reply.

He then opened the hearing by saying:

"I don't know how I'm going to decide this, but as it appears from the paperwork that what we have here is a bar owner who now believes in
the power of prayer, and an entire church congregation that does not."

True story !!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Don't Read Fifty Shades of Grey until you have read, 'The Marquis de Sade' by Douglas E. Lynott. Here is an excerpt: "Once the site of the local jail, the isolated castle of La Coste played host to the torment and abuse of these six girls. Within these dreary stone walls, referred to by some as a "laboratory of sadism," the Marquis de Sade held sway over every moment of the girls' day. While no official record of events exist, it is not difficult to delineate from his writings and former actions the type of behaviors on which Sade must have engaged, and forced upon his young charges. In Sade's later writings, characters were depicted as partaking in elaborately orchestrated orgies, with one character (most likely modeled after Sade himself) directing all actions. So it must have been for six weeks at La Coste. Assisted by his wife, two other young adult women domestics, and his valet, Sade assembled his captives daily for a melange of activities: masturbation, fellatio, sodomy (both hetero and homosexual), sodomy chains, and, of course, scourging... This ecstasy is portrayed by one of the protagonists of Philosophy in the Boudoir, who exclaims, "How delicious to corrupt, to stifle all semblances of virtue and religion in that young heart!" A money hungry, evil woman made multiplied millions teaching children about Witchcraft through the Harry Potter books. Now another evil woman will make multiplied millions teaching middle aged women about Sadomasicism, Whips, Chains & Sexual Bondage. Bill Clinton introduced oral sex to everyone and Barack Obama is urging homosexual marriage. What's up next? More filth, sexual perversion, occultism, violence, hatred against believers in Jesus Christ? No wonder Billy Graham's heart aches for America. My heart and that of every honest, sincere Preacher of the Gospel also aches as we cry out for a genuine Revival of Righteousness for North America and Europe at this time! - Pastor Max Solbrekken

'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Book Now Banned By Libraries In 3 States
TAMARA LUSH   05/09/12 04:29 PM ET  AP

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Public libraries in several states are pulling the racy romance trilogy "Fifty Shades of Grey" from shelves or deciding not to order the best-seller at all, saying it's too steamy or too poorly written.

"Fifty Shades of Grey," a novel about bondage, wild sex and yes, love, has been called "mommy porn" because of its popularity among middle-aged women. It has become so well-known that "Saturday Night Live" performed a skit about it, joking that a Kindle with "Fifty Shades" uploaded on it was the perfect Mother's Day gift.
This week, the steamy books hold the top three spots on the New York Times best-seller list.
Libraries in Wisconsin, Georgia and Florida have all either declined to order the book or pulled it from shelves. Other states may soon follow.
"It's semi-pornographic," said Don Walker, a spokesman for Brevard County, Fla., where the library put 19 copies of the book on the shelves then pulled the novel after reading reviews about it. Some 200 notices had to go out to people on a waiting list to read it.
Librarians in at least four Florida counties have declined to buy the book – even though hundreds of people have requested it. Reasons range from not having the money to poor reviews.
"It doesn't suit our community standards," said Cay Hohmeister, director of libraries for Leon County – where Florida's capital, Tallahassee, is located.
In Gwinnett County, Ga., a suburb northeast of Atlanta, all 15 library branches will not carry the book.
"We do not collect erotica at Gwinnett County Public Library. That's part of our materials management collection policy. So, E L James' three books in the trilogy fit that description," said Deborah George, the county library's director of materials management.

 Grey shows Steele his "playroom," full of whips, ropes and sex toys, and asks her to sign a contract to be his "submissive" sex partner. Before Steele signs, the pair romp mostly around Seattle – where the novel is set – performing a stunning array of erotic activities. As the sex gets more daring and Steele's emotions more tangled, drama ensues.

Associated Press writer Ron Harris contributed to this report from Lawrenceville, Ga.

Jesus said: "What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Mark 8:36,37). He also stated emphatically: "Come unto Me all ye who labour and are heavy laden an I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28). All of us need rest from sin, condemnation, fear, discouragement, sickness, disease, failure. And Jesus invites us to receive divine healing for our past, present and future, as well as for Eternity. He reassures us with His Word: "All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out." (John 6:37). Sinner, backslider, why don't you come to Him today? He will receive you and you will become His child. St.John declared: "Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not. Behold, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that when He shall appear, we shall be like Him for we shall see Him as He is." (1 John 3: 1,2) - Pastor Max Solbrekken

Years After Apollo 16 Moon Walk, Astronaut Finds Jesus

Where were you?
If you were alive when man first walked on the moon 43 years ago, chances are this moment is forever etched in your memory.
An event arguably as big as any in the history of the United States, Neil Armstrong’s first steps came on television at 10:56 p.m. (EDT) on July 20, 1969.
Charlie Duke remembers. How could he not?
The Capcom astronaut for that Apollo 11 mission entrusted with communicating with Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin during their landing on the lunar surface, Duke could hardly breathe in those final minutes. The mission was in real danger of aborting and Duke was the sole communication link from mission control to the astronauts hovering over the moon.
“Very intense, very hectic,” Duke remembers that night in Houston. “We experienced a lot of communication problems, data dropouts, computer overload warnings. But we kept going.”
Hanging in the balance was nearly a decade worth of grueling work to fulfill President Kennedy’s 1961 dream and promise to put a man on the moon—and return him to Earth safely—by the end of the decade.
They were so close. The moon’s surface was in view. But the area was too rocky and more fuel was needed to blast past the lunar module to a smoother spot.
“The gas was very critical,” Duke said. “I called 60 seconds left, then I called 30 seconds. And we still weren’t landing. We were 17 seconds from a call to abort.“
Less than 30 seconds left of gas on a three-day journey? Think the folks at NASA were biting their lower lips?
“Tension was mounting at mission control, as you can imagine,” he said. “I heard ‘Contact engine stop.’ And we knew they were on the ground.
“A few seconds later, Neil transmitted, ‘Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.’”
“Literally,” Duke said this week from his home in New Braunfels, Texas, “we were holding our breath.”
Which may explain Duke’s response at mission control, one of the most memorable voice bytes from anyone associated with the space program.
“Roger, Tranquility, we copy you on the ground. You’ve got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. We’re breathing again. Thanks a lot.”
At that point in his life, Duke thought nothing would top it.
He was wrong. Three years later, he became the 10th—and youngest person ever—to walk on the moon.
Still, he was wrong. The best was yet to come.
Six years later, he met Jesus.
“Walking on the moon was three days,” he says. “But walking with Jesus is forever.”
April 16, 1972
He spent a record 71 hours and 14 minutes on the moon—about a third of that actually walking, exploring and collecting rocks—and 43 years later, Duke can tell you everything you’d want to know.
Just as if he’s running through a slideshow on your living room wall.
“It had a stark beauty about it,” he recalls. “The moon to me was incredibly beautiful.”
There were no colors on the moon. Everything was just different shades of gray. And rolling terrain.
The lighting? Bright sun. “Brilliant sunlight,” he notes. “Tremendous. Bright and reflective.”
But the biggest difference to Earth? “There’s no atmosphere on the moon,” says Duke, who walked the mission with fellow astronaut John Young. “You look up into the sky and it’s jet black. Velvety. What a contrast. Those memories are indelibly in my mind.”
Because of the Earth’s position straight overhead and the oversized space helmets, only on a rare occasion could Duke catch a glimpse of his home planet while strolling on the moon. But there were a few precious times. And he had plenty of time to ponder Earth, looking out the spacecraft window.
But he didn’t spend much time contemplating the Creator.
“Jewel of beauty,” he labels his view of the Earth from outer space. “The blackness of space and the thought that we were a long ways from home.”
More than 238,857 miles to be exact, if you're tracking frequent flyer miles. But in some ways, Duke was even farther than that from God.
“Now that I’m a believer, in my mind, I can see that sight and proclaim as the Psalmist did,” Duke says. “The heavens declare the glory of God. The sky proclaims the work of His hands.”
It took Duke six full years—to the day, actually, as he best remembers—from his walk on the moon to when he started walking with the Lord.
April 16, 1978
Born in Charlotte, N.C., Duke grew up in Lancaster, S.C., and graduated from the Navy in 1957; he then received a master's in Aeronautics & Astronautics from MIT in 1964. A year later, he graduated from the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, setting the stage for his astronaut career.
But as he relives those years, Duke is anything but proud of the person he turned into and the marriage that he let crumble.
He married Dorothy (Dottie) Meade Claiborne in 1963 and had two sons, Charles II (1965) and Thomas (1967), and his career was taking off—pun intended. Besides his Capcom spot on Apollo 11, he was selected as backup on the Apollo 13 mission before getting his shot on Apollo 16.
But by the time he came home from his once-in-a-lifetime experience, the extreme exhilaration quickly turned to deep despair.
“Now what?” Duke would think to himself. “What are you going to do with the rest of your life?”
But his next career would be the least of his concerns. Dottie was depressed, contemplating suicide, hoping that once her husband’s NASA days were behind him, she would finally get first priority.
But things weren’t getting better.
“I was 36 years old. My marriage was falling apart,” Duke said. “We were steaming toward the rocks of divorce. Had two kids. So things were pretty desperate in our house.”
Looking for any answer at all, Charlie and Dottie attended a weekend event in the fall of 1975 called Faith Alive at their church in La Porte, Texas.
“It was a very moving weekend for my wife especially,” Duke recalls. “After that weekend was over, she said I’ve tried everything but Jesus, she gave her heart to Jesus.”
Almost immediately, Duke noticed a change in his wife. “I watched her change from sadness to joy,” he says. “She had a spirit of forgiveness, a spirit of love, a spirit of peace.”
But it took Duke 2 1/2 years before he was ready to give control over to Christ. He was invited to a weekend Bible study and was challenged to either accept or reject the Scriptures.
Duke had grown up going to church and knew plenty about God. But he had never made his relationship personal.
“It was either true or the biggest lie,” he says. “After that weekend I made the decision, 'Yes, Lord, you are my Lord. Come into my life. All that knowledge that was into my head came into my heart.'”
That’s One Giant Step
Fittingly, Duke wasn’t content for his walk with the Lord to begin with small steps.
“I began to devour Scripture, several hours a day,” he remembers. “The more I read, the more conviction the Lord brought upon me. Hebrews says 'The word is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword.' God began to reveal to me the sin in my life.”
And suddenly, Duke could see the same change he was seeing in his wife’s life.
God delivered me from anger, unforgiveness, just everything that was wrong,” he says. “It was dramatic. He saved our marriage. Not one promise of God has failed us.”
In 34 years, Duke has seen the Lord open up many doors to use his moon-walking experience to give glory to Him, with speaking opportunities “all over the world.”
He even helped the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association with the 1992 Moscow Crusade—he went over for an advance trip to meet with some of the Cosmonauts he knew along with members of the Russian military.
And now at age 76, Duke sometimes sits back and laughs at the irony of it all. “People all over the world want to meet someone who has walked on the moon.”
But all Duke wants to do is introduce them to the only perfect person to walk on the Earth.
Click here to read the original story on BillyGraham.org.