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Obama and American Christians Now Say There Are Many Paths To Salvation

The leftist mantra that “all paths lead to salvation” is an insidious tool that the Secular Left and the Socialists are using as a wedge to separate Americans from their liberty, and Christians from their faith. That separation is necessary in order to conquer a once free people.

The “Judge-Not, See-No-Evil” feel-good doctrine dominating Churchianity in America has manifested itself from grassroots Socialism in the pews to the political platform of Presidential contender Barrack Hussein Obama, who on March 26 at a campaign stump in North Carolina suggested that Jesus Christ is not the only path to heaven.

What is shocking is not that Obama suggested this heresy, but that many so-called Christians in America agree with him.   I suppose this zeitgeist permeating the lukewarm biblically watered-down and politically-charged Churchianity that masquerades as a legitimate religious faith in America is to be expected.  After all, many mainline churches now approve of everything from abortion to Homosexual Marriage in their council rulings and positions.  The Secular Left has seized on this opportunity to create a new Christian faith that is fused with a Socialist ideology and a hard Left political identity.

The fact American Churchianity will not eschew or identify sin explains not only how biblically illiterate American Christians are with the bible, but how void of understanding what Jesus Himself said about what it would mean to be a Disciple.

Americans are notorious inventors and it is clear that a crowning achievement of the American Left is the invention of a whole new Jesus to fit within a Marxist worldview.

 

Americans: My Faith Isn’t the Only Way

Cal Thomas

Syndicated Columnist

June 25, 2008   

I am shocked and appalled over a newly published survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. It finds most Americans believe there are many ways to salvation besides their own faith. Most shocking of all is the majority of self-identified evangelical Christians who believe this.

Apparently they must think Jesus was a liar, or mistaken, when he said, “I am the way, the truth and the life; no man comes to the Father but by me.” Look it up.

This is a product of several things. It is surely a product of biblical illiteracy by people who don’t read, or selectively read Scripture. It is also fallout from the political correctness vice that says you are intolerant if you believe anything to be true, because people who have another truth – or no truth – might feel bad and experience rejection.

If they feel rejection now, wait until they hear, “Away from me, I never knew you.”

If there are many paths to heaven, Jesus suffered and died for nothing. He could have stayed in heaven, sent down a book of sayings and avoided crucifixion.  There is only one path to heaven and it is through him and him alone.

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Obama Interview About His View of Christianity – 

Cathleen Falsani, the author of The God Factor: Inside the Spiritual Lives of Public People, interviewed Barack Obama about his faith March 27, 2004, a few days after he clinched the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat that he eventually won.

Because of the intense interest in Obama’s faith, she has made the entire interview available uncut and in its entirety.

What emerges is a man who is not comfortable discussing spiritual matters, and is a spiritually confused theological eclectic. He is clearly not a Christian by any biblical, historic measure. He repeatedly affirms then denies Christ, says he believes but is filled with doubt.  

Obama’s faith reflects the Universalistic beliefs of his grandparents. The fact that he felt comfortable in Trinity United Church of Christ, one of the most radical churches in one of the most liberal denominations, is entirely understandable.  

When Falsini asks, “What do you believe?” Obama effectively calls himself a Buddhist, agnostic, Muslim, Jewish, Christian. If you read the whole interview you will see a person who seems to be trying very hard to not take a stand on the Christian faith, yet at the same time tries to identify as a Christian.  

(Interview at Link)

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The fact that Obamanation sees many paths to salvation should not shock anyone over the news that Obama is also a devotee to the Hindu God of luck; Lord Hanuman.

 

Obama to Receive Lord Hanuman Idol

NEW DELHI: With Democrat senator BarackObama busy in the run-up to the US presidential polls, a group of well-wishers in the capital have decided to send him a symbol of his lucky charm, Lord Hanuman, to help him emerge victorious. 

Obama’s representative Carolyn Sauvage-Mar on Tuesday received a gold-plated two-feet-high idol which she will pass it on to the Obama after it is sanctified. 

The idol is being presented to Obama as he is reported to be a Lord Hanuman devotee and carries with him a locket of the monkey god along with other good luck charms. 

An hour-long prayer meeting to sanctify the idol was earlier organised at Sankat Mochan Dham and by Congress leader Brijmohan Bhama, Balmiki Samaj and the temple’s priests. 

“Obama has deep faith in Lord Hanuman and that is why we are presenting an idol of Hanuman to him,” said Bhama. 

Accepting the souvenir, Sauvage-Mar, who is chairperson of Democrats Abroad-India, said, “Obama has extended his thanks for the support.” 

However, questions on Obama’s religious beliefs elicited just a smile from Sauvage-Mar, apparently to avoid controversy back home where the Democrat senator is pitted against the Republican Party’s John McCain in the Presidential polls

The idol will be kept at the temple for 11 more days and then sent to US. 

“We will perform the prayers for 11 days and then hand the idol to Carolyn who will send it to Obama,” said the temple priest.

 

Isn’t it amazing how many foreigners from Castro to Chavez to Ahmadinejad and beyond are pulling for Barrack Hussein Obama to become President?  The All Things To All People Everywhere Messiah?

 

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Obama: America Is No Longer Christian

Technically this is old news, but since Obama is one step away from the presidency, it’s not a bad idea to review this guy’s dismissal of and outright disgust and loathing of Christians in America.

He’s clever and insidious enough not to come out and plainly say that he detests and considers Biblical Christians to be the spawn of Satan, but all one has to do is read his books, review his statements and those of his former spiritual Advisor, to get a pretty clear picture of what he really thinks about ardent biblical Christians.

Last year he revealed on Meet The Press that Democrats do not like Christians and that they will need to “talk” with Christians if they wanted to win elections.  It’s apparent that what he meant was to jump on the Christian Left bandwagon, where Christian Socialism would be the bridge between his political Marxism and that of religious duty to appeal to biblical followers.  

We should not be deceived.  Obama surrounds himself with individuals that have clear disdain for both Whites and Evangelical Christians.  From the fiery Hate Whitey sermons from his former Pastor of twenty years Jeremiah Wright, the lauding of nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakahn, to his military advisor Merrill McPeak who has no problem equating Evangelicals to Hamas and Hezbollah, it is proper for us to deeply consider Obama’s associations, and the cleverly couched ‘explanations’ of his statements about Christians.

What Christians MUST consider, is that Obama INSISTS and DECLARES that he is a converted Christian, yet continuously supports policies and ideas that are anathema to both the Christian faith, and America itself. Abortion being just one of many, many conflicts that do not square with any Christian tenets.

Obama does not think that one has to go through Christ to get to the Kingdom of Heaven, that one can take any path he chooses to get there.  Considering just these facts, can Obama be trusted with the keys to the White House and safeguarding the very liberties that allow you to worship God the Way Jesus leads you?

Or will Obama, once in office, make official policies to declare your biblical faith a hijacker of “True Christianity” and charge you with “Hate crimes” for refusing to bow the knee to any faith but Christ’s?

History is repleat with men like Obama, who telegraphed their real intentions behind all the fancy rhetortic, and led millions to slaughter once secured in office.

 

Obama: America is ‘no longer Christian’ 
Democrat says nation also for Muslims, nonbelievers

By Aaron Klein
© 2008 WorldNetDaily

 

JERUSALEM – Some have been taking issue with largely unnoticed comments made last year by Sen. Barack Obama declaring the U.S. is “no longer a Christian nation” but is also a nation of others, including Muslims and nonbelievers.

The comments have been recently recirculating on Internet blogs.

“Whatever we once were, we’re no longer a Christian nation. At least not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, and a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers,” Obama said during a June 2007 speech.

At the speech, Obama also seemingly blasted the “Christian Right” for hijacking religion and using it to divide the nation:

“Somehow, somewhere along the way, faith stopped being used to bring us together and started being used to drive us apart. It got hijacked. Part of it’s because of the so-called leaders of the Christian Right, who’ve been all too eager to exploit what divides us,” he said.

Asked last year to clarify his remarks, Obama repeated them to the Christian Broadcast Network:

“I think that the right might worry a bit more about the dangers of sectarianism. Whatever we once were, we’re no longer just a Christian nation; we are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers,” Obama wrote in an e-mail to CBN News senior national correspondent David Brody.

“We should acknowledge this and realize that when we’re formulating policies from the state house to the Senate floor to the White House, we’ve got to work to translate our reasoning into values that are accessible to every one of our citizens, not just members of our own faith community,” wrote Obama.

Oregon has a large evangelical Christian community.

Obama did clarify his statement about the “Christian Right.”

“My intention was to contrast the heated partisan rhetoric of a distinct minority of Christian leaders with the vast majority of Evangelical Christians – conservatives included – who believe that hate has no place in our politics.

“When you have pastors and television pundits who appear to explicitly coordinate with one political party; when you’re implying that your fellow Americans are traitors, terrorist sympathizers or akin to the devil himself; then I think you’re attempting to hijack the faith of those who follow you for your own personal or political ends,” wrote Obama.

The Illinois senator’s speech declaring the U.S. “no longer Christian” was met with little fanfare. But it has been getting some recent play.

television commercial that aired in South Dakota by a group calling itself the Coalition Against Anti-Christian Rhetoric juxtaposes the audio of Obama’s “no longer Christian” statement over images of the presidential candidate dressed in Somali garb and a picture of Obama with his hands rested below his waist while other politicians place their hands over their hearts during the Pledge of Allegiance.

“It’s time for people to take a stand against Barack Hussein Obama,” declares the voiceover on the commercial.

The Gateway Pundit blog took notice of Obama’s speech about the U.S. being a nation also for Muslims and non-believers.

“This won’t play well in the Bible Belt,” commented the blog in a recent posting.

Obama’s campaign has long utilized faith as a central theme. The candidate’s Christianity and his former membership in the controversial Trinity United Church of Christ have been much scrutinized.

His comment about the “Christian Right” echoed similar statements made by Merrill A. McPeak, Obama’s military adviser and national campaign co-chairman.

As WND reported, in a 2003 interview with The Oregonian newspaper, McPeak seemed to compare evangelical Christians to the terror groups Hamas and Hezbollah.

The Oregonian interviewer asked McPeak whether “there’s an element within Hamas, Hezbollah, that doesn’t want Israel to exist at all and always will be there?”

McPeak responded by comparing the two terror groups to “radical” Oregonians.

“There’s an element in Oregon, you know, that’s always going to be radical in some pernicious way, and likely to clothe it in religious garments, so it makes it harder to attack. So there’s craziness all over the place.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Marxism Now Rules The Democrat Party, and Soon – The Country

Marxists Run The Left

Rocco DiPippo

Ideological descendants of Marx and Rousseau now lead the Democratic Party and they have turned it into a disloyal opposition to an increasingly accommodating GOP.

They have molded the Party into a force working stridently and unashamedly against a Commander in Chief during wartime. They have made it a den of treachery devoted to American defeat in Iraq. They preside over an institution advised and influenced by moneyed, non-governmental groups and individuals with unquestionably anti-U.S. agendas who help make the Party a pseudo-intellectual sinkhole filled with perverse, tried-and-failed ideas repulsive to the majority of Americans. Those ideas are shaped into agendas which are then forced on the public by an activist leftwing judiciary and by a major media and arts consortium shot through with utter disrespect, indeed contempt, for traditional American values, religions and institutions. 

The Democratic Party has devolved into a club for the illegitimately aggrieved, the self-absorbed, the self-hating and the perpetually angry. It is a sanctuary where solipsistic malcontents and their disjointed causes find refuge and support. It has long ceased being an earnest gathering of broad minds where man’s timeless problems are examined against the backdrop of the Constitution and solutions to them proposed based on the actual realities of the human condition…Barack Hussein Obama is in step with that radical element and with that leadership.

A Republic cannot survive such an ideology running the country.

It is plain that the Democrat Party is an official plank of Marxism in the country as the Modern Conservative points out:

 The Democratic Socialist Party of the United States of America

Some people think I’m too strident an anti-leftist. Some people say I’m wrong to place the Democrats on the continuum of the left, with their position on that continuum nothing more than a measure of the distance they are from socialism’s ideological provenance.

Sorry, but the Democrats are proving that belief right more and more each day:

House Democrats call for nationalization of refineries

House Democrats responded to President’s Bush’s call for Congress to lift the moratorium on offshore drilling. This was at an on-camera press conference fed back live.Among other things, the Democrats called for the government to own refineries so it could better control the flow of the oil supply. 

Democrats Skip Right Over Socialism; Land Squarely In The Land Of Karl And Hugo

Waters responded, in part, “And guess what this liberal would be all about. This liberal will be about socializing … uh, um. …”The congresswoman paused to collect her thoughts.”Would be about, basically, taking over, and the government running all of your companies. …”The oil executives responded, according to Fox News, by saying they’ve seen this before, in Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela. 

The Chavistas in our backyard

Here’s what Rep. Hinchey said:“Should the people of the United States own refineries? Maybe so. Frankly, I think that’s a good idea. Then we could control the amount of refined product much more capably that gets out on the market…”“So if there’s any seriousness about what some of our Republican colleagues are saying here in the House and elsewhere about improving the number of refineries, then maybe they’d be willing to have these refineries owned publicly, owned by the people of the United States, so that the people of the United States can determine how much of the product is refined and put out on the market.”“To me, that sounds like a very good idea.” 

On the set of a TV show once, I was sitting with a bunch of other low-level grunts awaiting activation. We were discussing politics and I mentioned something about communism being bad. One of the others muttered sarcastically, “yeah, God forbid the PEOPLE should have any power.”

The left really believes that crap. They really believe that people have power in communist countries. Which is why what Hinchey said is so scary….because people might buy it. Some, at least, might buy the lie that if the government nationalizes the oil industry, THEY would be a part owner.

 

This is the road to socialism. From there, it’s just a jog to totalitarian communism, and we know what that means: millions dead, and millions living in misery and oppression.

The left has taken over the Democrats, and the Democrats are drunk with the prospect of power. The mask is falling, people.

 

For your further edification, here is more news on the oil front:

Dems to Bush: Drop dead on oil drilling

House Democrats responded to President Bush’s proposal to end the moratorium on drilling for oil offshore as well as in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by telling the president to drop dead, although they used a lot more words to make the same point.

The Democrats’ main argument was that the oil industry is already in possession of 68 million acres of oil leases and that Big Oil should drill away on those before they come around asking the federal government for any more land or ocean floor. 

Obama and The Don’t Drill Democrats To America: Don’t Drive. Just Shut Up and Sweat In Your Dark House.

When Barack Obama told a Pennsylvania audience this past weekend that “We can’t drill our way out of this,” he was repeating the same line that Nancy Pelosi used days earlier and that Harry Reid used on Wednesday.The Big Three Democrats are thus all agreed that their party has given up on bringing down the cost of oil and thus the cost of gas at the pump. 

McCain calls for building 45 new nuclear reactors

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) – Sen. John McCain called Wednesday for the construction of 45 new nuclear reactors by 2030 and pledged $2 billion a year in federal funds “to make clean coal a reality,” measures designed to reduce dependence on foreign oil.In a second straight day of campaigning devoted to the energy issue, the Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting also said the only time Democratic rival Barack Obama voted for a tax cut was for a “break for the oil companies.” 

Obama’s Fantasy Islands

In the course of a single speech Obama asserted that offshore oil exploration would –in the very best scenario– take five years to drive down the cost of gas 3 or 4 cents, but that an investment of 250 billion dollars five years ago would have produced an engine that didn’t require fossil fuels.Obama asserted that we could move to 40 MPG fuel standards for cars, and at another point asserted that the technology existed for 100 MPG cars, even as he asserted that exploration on the outer continental shelf and Alaska would cause permanent environmental damage.
 

One of our two main parties is not particularly an American party. It is an adjunct of the international left. And they’re trying to bring it here to you.

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No Free Speech For Those Who Preach

Were you aware that in the United States of America, you are required to obtain a “Verbal Permit” before you are allowed to speak or preach on a public street, sidewalk, or – in front of the LIBERTY BELL?

Now I can understand the need for ‘free speech areas’, or designated locations for large protests that would otherwise disrupt the liberty of other countrymen from conducting their normal course of business or travel – but to restrict a single person from preaching or speaking in public is something we see in socialist and communist tyrannies – not in the United States of America.

But this is becoming commonplace now, in the new normal for a nation that has abandoned liberty for the religion of not offending, and being controlled by the state.

Man fined for preaching near Liberty Bell
Judge finds street evangelist guilty of ‘interfering’

© 2008 WorldNetDaily

 

A man arrested for preaching on a public sidewalk too close to the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia has been declared guilty of violating federal law. He was fined over $400 and put on probation, told not to go in Independence National Historical Park – or on its surrounding sidewalks – for a year.

On October 7, 2007, Michael A. Marcavage, director of the evangelistic organization Repent America, stood on the sidewalk outside the Liberty Bell Center, on the western edge of Independence Historical Park, preaching a message against abortion and declaring that “we need to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ” to a crowd waiting to enter the park.

“This is where we have been on a number of other occasions,” Marcavage told WND. “This time we were ministering to people waiting in line to see the Liberty Bell, speaking on the message written on the Bell, which reads, ‘Proclaim liberty throughout all the land.'”

Marcavage was then confronted by a National Park Service ranger, who demanded he move to a “free speech zone,” some distance from the entrance, where he could continue preaching under the permission of a “verbal permit.”

 

Marcavage refused to move and refused to accept a verbal permit, claiming the 1st Amendment protected his right to speak in public.

He was then arrested, taken away and charged with violating the terms of the permit that he had refused to accept. Marcavage’s arrest, seen afterward on YouTube, can be viewed below.

On Friday, in the case of United States of America vs. Michael A Marcavage, U.S. Magistrate Judge Arnold Rapoport found the preacher guilty of violating the terms of a verbal permit and “interfering with agency functions.”

After the arrest Marcavage posted his thoughts on a free speech blog, stating, “If they shut down our ability to speak to the people, they shut down the Gospel; they shut down any message.”

The blog, however, noted that the Liberty Bell Center’s establishment of a “free speech zone” is routine in cities and college campuses when officials want to maintain a tight control over potentially troublesome events. The blog cited a 2007 study by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, which found 259 of 346 colleges studied maintained such free speech restrictions.

In the aftermath of 9/11 government officials established a free speech zone near the Liberty Bell Center, where, according to government statistics, more than 100,000 protesters demonstrate each year.

In United States vs. Michael A. Marcavage, Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Goldberg stood on the practice of government-created speech zones, stating in court that “nowhere does the law say that the government cannot regulate speech on a sidewalk used by the public.”

Four years ago, Marcavage made headlines for being arrested as a member of the “Philadelphia 11,” a group that preached on sidewalks during a homosexual rally in downtown Philadelphia. The group was charged under Pennsylvania’s hate crime laws, though the charges were later dropped.

 

 

Marcavage’s Repent America responded in a press release that it will appeal this latest arrest and court decision and that it “will be challenging these unconstitutional restrictions by filing for an injunction in federal court.”

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Congress: “Do Not Drill for Oil, Mine for Coal, or Build a Pipeline for Natural Gas.

Because when they knew and recognized Him as God, they did not honor and glorify Him as God or give Him thanks. But instead they became futile and godless in their thinking [with vain imaginings, foolish reasoning, and stupid speculations] and their senseless minds were darkened.

Claiming to be wise, they became fools, [professing to be smart, they made morons of themselves].

And by them the glory and majesty and excellence of the immortal God were exchanged for and represented by images, resembling mortal man and birds and beasts and reptiles.

Because they exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, Who is blessed forever! Amen  – Romans 1:21-25

This passage of scripture aptly describes the current cultural nonsense of worshipping the earth among so many Americans and professing Christians, who have had their wisdom replaced with idiocy, and exchanged truth for a lie that now threatens to impoverish and enslave a once mighty economic Superpower to the ash heap of history.

In the mad zeal to “save the creation” from evil Americans who live their lives by driving cars and working in industry that supplies energy, we have sealed our fate to misery.  $4.00 a gallon gasoline and rising is not enough to slow the juggernaut of the eco-marxists and environmentalists from influencing Congress to take even further repressive actions that will make gas prices soar to levels not even being whispered about yet.

The Natural Resources Defense Council thwarted the ConocoPhillips refinery in Roxana, Illinois from expanding.  To put it in the terms Alan Caruba from the Canadian Free Press: “No Drilling. No New Refineries. Get a Horse!”

I keep wondering how long it will take Americans to connect the dots and figure out why the most powerful economy the world has ever seen cannot manage to drill for oil in its own backyard and then get it refined nearby.

The news on June 10, if anyone was paying attention, was about the way the Natural Resources Defense Council and other environmental groups were able to thwart the plans of ConocoPhillips to expand its refinery in Roxana, Illinois. An appeal to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was upheld because, said the EPA, its air permit, previously granted, just did not meet all the excruciating requirements involved.

For the record, ConocoPhillips was and is prepared to invest an estimated $1 billion to add a second coker, otherwise known as a crude oil processor. The company wants to expand in order to process Canadian tar sands oil. These days it refines approximately 306,000 barrels of oil per day to produce gasoline, jet fuel, diesel, asphalt and other products.”

This explains in part why ExxonMobil has just announced it will sell off its gas stations because the real money is made “upstream” as they say in the oil industry. The profits from the “downstream”, in this case at the pump, are so small as to be a drag on earnings.

All those members of Congress that want to punish the oil companies for making aprofit should check the balance sheet. From 2003 to 2007, ExxonMobil paid taxes (in all forms) in the amount of $64.7 billion. This actually exceeded its U.S. earnings by more than $19 billion! You do the math. Exploration, discovery, and drilling are where the money is. Wisely, this company has diversified into chemicals and a variety of petroleum related products.

Meanwhile, the only thing that the Greens are pumping is more hot air about global warming. According to the Sierra Club, “climate change is decimating many species” and pushing Congress to pass the Global Warming Wildlife Survival Act. Another name for it might as well be the “Do Not Drill for Oil, Mine for Coal, and Build a Pipeline for Natural Gas Act.” The world is not running out of polar bears, but Americans who have to pay $4 plus for a gallon of gasoline are beginning—at last—to run out of patience.

Over at Friends of the Earth, they are very annoyed that America’s high school students studying civics might read a new textbook that raises questions about global warming and/or climate change, based on real science, not the lies they and other Greens have been putting out for decades. FOE is currently flogging something they call “climate equity.” According to them, “The next President must acknowledge that the U.S. has contributed more global warming pollution to our atmosphere than any other nation.”

Oh yeah? What about those coal-fired plants that China can’t build fast enough to provide electricity? Or comparable efforts in India to meet the needs of a growing economy? In the end, the Greens are utterly opposed to any development, i.e., modernization, anywhere and they don’t care how many lies they have to tell.

Actually, they don’t have to worry that much. The next President will either be a Democrat who wants to further destroy what’s left of the oil industry in America or a Republican who believes global warming is real.

The Greens here in America don’t want you to drive your car, your truck, your tractor or that big Harley-Davidson hog. They don’t want any oil company to drill for oil anywhere on or offshore of America. They don’t want any new refineries built.

In short, get a horse!

Marxists and Communists have seized this tool and are using it to strip America of her wealth, common sense and prosperity by imposing false guilt among the people to ‘save the earth’ by selling their heritage and birthrights to an irrational and bogus fear that somehow, America is destroying the planet.

Even Southern Baptists have bought into the heresy of earth worship.  And now Congress is considering the ‘Global Warming Wildlife Survival Act’, which coming on the heels of declaring the polar bear ‘threatened‘ which takes any arctic oil exploration or drilling off the table, should take all oil, coal and natural gas production out of America altogether.  This will place us in absolute dependence upon hostile Middle Eastern nations for energy, and there is no doubt that they  can and will use that as a weapon against us.

The liberal Left would like nothing better than to see no oil, coal or gas being produced in the United States, and for the Federal Government to nationalize the oil and energy industry the way they are talking about taking over healthcare.

This should frighten every liberty-loving and common sense American to their core.  But alas, class envy has wrought it’s poison well throughout the country – and a willingly duped populace is happy to hate the wealthy and the industries that have supplied the nation with cheap energy for decades, because they have bought into the Satanic lie that the planet is dying because Americans live a modern life.

America will be relegated to transport by horse and cart, light by candles and campfires themeselves may be all we have to warm our homes in the coming Winters if the idiocy of these monstrous ideas in Congress are passed into law.

Clearly, the government creates more misery and problems when it interferes and regulates the free market.

Just look at the idiocy of the Congress deciding what kind of lightbulbs we have to have:

This idiocy is all by design of course.  It is much easier to control a dependent people than a free people.  And when a behemoth government senses an angry and restless people because of their misguided and deliberately harmful policies, they will take away their comforts and again cause the populace to roll over and accept whatever parcels of sustenance and liberty it is willing to distribute.

In short, America is comfortable with slavery and accepts idiotic and harmful policies because we are a nation bereft of wisdom.

Having tossed God out of the country – we have traded wisdom for folly, and are too busy worshipping the creation to notice that the tyranny of men has enslaved us.

 

 

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Biblical message now criminalized – Penalties created for those who criticize homosexuality

It’s amazing that the day that the Supreme Court decides that Jihad Terrorists who hate the United States have Constitutional Rights to use our court system against us, new laws are being enforced to STRIP Americans of their Constitutional Right of both Free Exercise of religion, and the abolition of our right to Free Speech.

All in the name of ‘tolerance’.

Watch as Christians knuckle under this tyrannical oppression against them as they have all the rest of the abominations that plague our land.  After all, according to most – all that matters is that Jesus Loves, regardless whether or not sin is being imposed on His flock.

Biblical message now criminalized
Penalties created for those who criticize homosexuality outside church walls

By Bob Unruh
© 2008 WorldNetDaily

 

A new Colorado law is helping homosexual activists achieve their goal of forcing Christians to teach biblical condemnation of homosexuality only behind the closed doors of their sanctuaries.

The as-yet untested state law promotes sexual identity “perception” to the level of skin color under state discrimination laws.

Some opponents are calling it a “bona fide censorship law,” and top analysts for Focus on the Family, the Christian publishing and broadcast powerhouse, are expressing concern over the “mischief” they expect to follow the signing by Gov. Bill Ritter.

 


Bill Ritter

 

As WND reported, Ritter, a Democrat, struck gender-specific restrooms and locker rooms statewide when he signed the plan into law in May.

The law makes it illegal to deny a person access to public accommodations, including restrooms and locker rooms, based on gender identity or the “perception” of gender identity.

“Who would have believed that the Colorado state legislature and its governor would have made it fully legal for men to enter and use women’s restrooms and locker-room facilities without notice or explanation?” said James Dobson, founder of Focus.

“Henceforth, every woman and little girl will have to fear that a predator, bisexual, cross-dresser or even a homosexual or heterosexual male might walk in and relieve himself in their presence,” Dobson said.

“Homosexuality should be re-criminalized in Colorado,” it states.

But now an analyst for Focus, Bruce Hausknecht, has told WND there are other, significant, potential ramifications hidden in the fine print of the new law.

The law provides an exemption allowing religious groups to continue teaching, inside their doors, the Bible’s condemnation of homosexuality. But the exemption itself is ultimately harmful to the church, Hausknecht contends.

“It tends to marginalize the church,” he said. “They’ll say, ‘It’s just a church.’ It will allow gay activists to continue to marginalize Christians. They’ll say, ‘Keep it within your four walls. That’s all.'”

But there’s further possible mischief that can result from a ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation or “perception” when deciding “full and equal enjoyment of facilities, accommodations” and other factors, he said.

Religious publishers, he acknowledged, could be accused under the law for publishing biblical condemnation of homosexuality. Colorado Springs, where Focus in located, also is home to the huge Christian publishing operations of NavPress and the International Bible Society.

“There are those who simply by publishing Christian materials could find themselves charged with a violation of this statute,” he said.

A spokesman for Ritter did not respond to a WND request for comment.

The actual impact of the new ban on people responsible for “public accommodations” expressing beliefs that do not support homosexuality is unclear at this point, largely because charges haven’t been brought and challenges weighed regarding the law and its potential impact on First Amendment guarantees of freedom exercise of religion.

However, Hausknecht warned there is “danger” in those waters for any church that provides any service to its community.

It is possible the law’s anti-“discrimination” demands could be triggered when outside groups come in to use a church meeting room, auditorium or recreation facility. For the safety of the churches, perhaps outsiders will have to sign a document stating agreement with the church’s religious beliefs before being allowed in, he said.

The targets of complaints likely won’t be churches themselves, but more likely church schools, programs that offer services to communities and the like, critics of the law said.

“The intent of the homosexual activists who put this law in [was to] marginalize the church, keep it inside the sanctuary,” Hausknecht said.

Worse yet is that many small or medium-size churches will have to go out of their way, including halting programs, to avoid a potential conflict, because they don’t have the resources to wage a war over their beliefs, he added.

“It’s a lot easier to avoid the conflict than incur the costs of fighting,” he said.

Dobson earlier had nothing but criticism for Colorado’s elected officials.

“This is your government in action. It represents a payback to Tim Gill and two other billionaires who have essentially ‘bought’ state legislators with enormous campaign contributions. Coloradans deserve better!” Dobson said.

“And by the way, because of the way this bill is written, it is not subject to the initiative process. There is no recourse,” Dobson said.

 

 

Pastor Bob Enyart, a Denver-area activist on Christian issues, agreed with Focus’s concerns over what appears to be a newly minted state discrimination against Christian beliefs. But he went further.

“WND reported on Canada banning opposition to homosexuality; likewise, Colorado’s SB200 has ‘forbidden’ much publishing of Christian teaching on homosexuality, cohabitation, etc.,” he said.

“This censorship aspect of the law has been utterly ignored,” he said.

“The law exempts churches, but that’s not good, that’s an insult. I.E., bigotry is allowed only in churches. Whereas every other place of public accommodation including bookstores, retail & wholesale businesses, etc. cannot sell or even ‘give away’ anything that would advocate discrimination [against] gay adoption, homosexual marriage, etc.,” Enyart said.

He cited one part of the new law:

Section 8. 24-34-701. Publishing of discriminative matter forbidden. No person, being the owner, lessee, proprietor, manager, superintendent, agent, or employee of any place of public accommodation… shall publish, issue, circulate, send, distribute, give away, or display in any way, manner, or shape or by any means or method, except as provided in this section, any communication, paper, poster, folder, manuscript, book, pamphlet, writing, print, letter, notice, or advertisement of any kind, nature, or description THAT is intended or calculated to discriminate or actually discriminates against… SEXUAL ORIENTATION, marital status… in the matter of furnishing or neglecting or refusing to furnish to them or any one of them any lodging, housing, schooling, or tuition or any accommodation, right [marriage], privilege [adoption], advantage, or convenience… on account of… SEXUAL ORIENTATION, marital status… [which] is unwelcome or objectionable or not acceptable, desired, or solicited.”

The Old Testament condemns homosexuality as an “abomination,” Enyart told WND. The New Testament includes a reference in 1st Timothy calling for the use of laws against crimes such as murder and homosexuality.

“There are free speech rights to condemn cohabitation, homosexuality, state that homosexuals should not marry, should not adopt children,” Enyart said. “It’s now illegal in Colorado for anyone involved in a facility or business of public accommodation to give any communication that would advocate discrimination based on marital status or sexual orientation.”

He said many people simply choose not to believe what’s happening.

“I have a hard time believing [it myself],” said Enyart.

He said he expects the law to be only “lightly” enforced until “it just becomes an entrenched part of our legal framework. They’re not going to go out and arrest somebody for selling a Bible at Barnes and Noble.”

But then in a few years, watch out, he said.

Enyart has printed a document he hands out that says, “This Anti-homosexual Flyer is Illegal in Colorado.” It condemns the promotion of homosexuality in no uncertain terms.

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Messiah Obama’s Disciples: America is Evil, and Must Be Remade In Marxs’ Image

Obama: ‘our individual salvation depends on our collective salvation. …’ 

The Gospel According to Marxist Revolutionaries:

“Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, just as it is the spirit of a spiritless situation. It is the opium of the people.” – Karl Marx 

“And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations”. – Barrack Hussein Obama

“We need to take faith seriously not simply to block the religious right but to engage all persons of faith in the larger project of American renewal.” – Barack Obama; The Audacity of Hope; p. 216

Barack Hussein Obama, is a Marxist.   As a Saul Alinsky proselyte – Obama holds to the doctrines of Collectivism, the Marx ideology that preaches ‘From each according to his ability TO each according to their need”, and Black Liberation Theology – a New Testament blend of militant old school Malcolm X racism and feel-good red letter Christianity.  Together combined to create a New Christian Left faith, that has bewitched Americans with pronouncements of miracles that will be achieved with his election as president:

“I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth. This was the moment — this was the time –

Obama envisions a Central Planning Church of all-powerful Politburo Priests to redistribute wealth, life and death.  Messiah Obama began preaching this old doctrine with a modern neoLeft twist in liturgy in what will result is the same kind of Soviet tyranny visited upon the Russian peoples here in America.  And like the Soviet system, there are already ‘dissidents’ like myself, of the wannabe Statists that are being targeted for future action.  Whites in America and those who are independently wealthy might want to start looking for a new country to flee to before the purges begin.

Perhaps Russia will take in Conservative political refugees from America in the future.

Of course, it is not just Obama himself that frightens any true liberty-loving American that has taken a close look at what he says and believes.  The worshipping throngs of anti-American Leftists, Anarchists, Jihadists, Academia, the Mainstream media, the college youth, have set Obama on the Ass and are parading him around the Shining City on a Hill, waving palm fronds in absolute hysterical worship of a Man that preaches God and Morality demand Socialism and that feeding the poor and housing the homeless require retribution against “middleclassness” and Whites.

To speak against Obama’s ideas is blasphemy.  To question or point our anything he says is racism.  His middle name is off limits and cannot be uttered.  The statements of his wife, are forbidden to be analyzed. We may not discuss Obama’s mother, father, his 20 years in Jeremiah Wright’s church, his criminal and terrorist associates, his lack of patriotism, what he wrote in his books, what he said yesterday.  Not even the Pope in Rome is afforded such insulation.  But as Obama becomes the Vicar of Marx, I suppose looking at the histories of Communist and Socialist nations – blasphemy against the State and it’s Annointed is unwise.

While Obama himself is clever enough not to ascribe the role of Savior to himself, he lets the worshipping hordes do that for him, and Obama does not dissuade such efforts, but feeds them with additional empowering words about hope and change.

Men’s news Daily took note of this phenomenon yesterday:

Adoration Of Candidate Borders On The Fanatically Frightening 

 

As the United States edges ever closer to tyranny with freedom dieing a little more each year with the passage of new laws, the handing down of judicial rulings, and the promulgation of executive orders, it is assumed by increasing numbers that it is the role of government to provide for all of our needs and to save us from our own worst tendencies irrespective of whether or not these are matters we want massive bureaucracies poking into our private lives about.  As bad as such intrusions are, the fear such a scenario provokes pales in comparison to the almost messianic mantel being bestowed upon Barack Obama, qualified (we are told) to hold the highest elected government office in the land for no other reason than that he happens to be Barack Obama.

…For example, posted on the April 1, 2008 Guardian is a column titled “Obama Is The Change That America Has Tried To Hide”, arguing that only one candidate offers the radical departure from the normal that the 21st century US needs for its own sake as well as the rest of the world.  In the piece, the reader finds accolades and platitudes as revolutionarily disturbing as anything from the time of the Bolshevik uprising and the Red Menace in terms of the new order this man’s disciples hope to impose upon society.

For example, the piece speaks of “a new country existing alongside the old”.  Few commentators will possess the fortitude to translate this phrase honestly, but what that means is essentially that the holy Barack should have the presidency bestowed upon him for no other reason than that he happens to be half Black.  The sentiment also implies that those daring to vote against him had better watch out when the riots start either after his victory or defeat.

…In other words, “No Whites Need Apply” when it comes to elected office….Whites having grown docile in light of pandering to agitating minorities out of a fear of being classified as “racist” or whatever other labels are invoked these days to keep the handouts flowing will no doubt exhibit the hesitancy to stand up for themselves that has come to categorize most of this ethnic extraction for the last 25 years or so.

it is one thing to believe that prolonged involvement in Iraq may not be in the best strategic interests of the United States.  However, one is advocating something far more subversive entirely when one calls for the abolition of the armed forces all together.

It may not just be the military the devotees of the sacred Barack might be out to abolish.  Walker writes, “Even if Obama becomes president, our country is in such ruin it may be beyond his power to lead us into rehabilitation.”  Such a sentiment is basically calling for the abolition of our constitutional system of government and its replacement with something more socialistic or Communistic in nature administered in the case by the Obama.

“If he is elected, however, we must as citizens of the planet insist on helping him do the best job that can be done; more, we must insist that he demand this of us.”

Such a phrase is an indication that the loyalty the person is invoking is not to the United States of America or even the God of the Bible but rather to the enemies of human liberty as those rallying under the banner of “the Planet” are not going to distinguish themselves from the Red Chinese, Russian Neo-Soviets, or radical Islamists.

Those who love this country might utter a similar invocation of “Lord, protect us from Obama and his followers “ as the movement that has popped up around this mere mortal seeks to imbue both him and the office he hopes to  acquire with power over our lives no human institution was meant to hold.

How is such a radical Leftist a hair’s breadth from the White House?  The American Thinker explains:

…given the political and ideological climate that exists today in America, the ascension of a leftist like Barack Obama into presidential politics makes perfect sense. Beliefs like domestic terrorist William Ayers’s and racist, anti-US preacher Jeremiah Wright’s are no longer met with utter scorn or a trip to behind the woodshed, but are embraced, promoted and defended by many Americans. Think MoveOn, International ANSWER, think hordes of young neo-communists and their indoctrinating, puppet-master Marx-spouting professors. 

Ideological descendants of Marx and Rousseau now lead the Democratic Party and they have turned it into a disloyal opposition to an increasingly accommodating GOP. They have molded the Party into a force working stridently and unashamedly against a Commander in Chief during wartime. They have made it a den of treachery devoted to American defeat in Iraq. They preside over an institution advised and influenced by moneyed, non-governmental groups and individuals with unquestionably anti-US agendas who help make the Party a pseudo-intellectual sinkhole filled with perverse, tried-and-failed ideas repulsive to the majority of Americans. Those ideas are shaped into agendas which are then forced on the public by an activist leftwing judiciary and by a major media and arts consortium shot through with utter disrespect, indeed contempt, for traditional American values, religions and institutions.

…So what does all of that have to do with the propulsion of Barack Obama to within a whisker of the Presidency? Everything. It could not have happened without the existence of a substantial, organized, internal anti-US Left and the approval and guidance of the Democratic leadership

…They tell us that due to Bush and his policies, our nation is an evil one, our nation is hated by the world, our nation is fractured into pieces, our nation is murdering innocents, our nation is the world’s biggest polluter, our nation is a den of racism, our nation is stingy, our citizens are impoverished, our economy has been destroyed.

…America now has serious doubts about itself. Its citizens have been pummeled with those terrible messages for so long now, that many of them believe them to be true. They are vulnerable to [Obama’s] sudden mantra of Hope and Change and Progress.

…a master psychological fisherman, Barack Obama, dangles the bait of salvation. As a highly experienced practitioner of Saul Alinsky’s radical arts, he is perfect for the job. Those who know Obama well, like Mike Kruglik, who helped train him in Alinsky’s methods would agree:
“He [Obama] was a natural, the undisputed master of agitation. . .  As with the panhandler, he could be aggressive and confrontational. With probing, sometimes personal questions, he would pinpoint the source of pain in their lives, tearing down their egos just enough before dangling a carrot of hope that they could make things better.”

 

 

It is truly audacious of the Democrats to entice us with their slick-tongued messiah, one who appears out of nowhere and graciously offers to scrape clean and sanitize the same plate of defeat he, his party and their assistants in the media served to America for nearly eight years in the middle of a war. 
We need to earnestly pray that God blesses us with a president we need, and not the president we deserve, and whom will set himself in opposition to everything we hold dear in Liberty.

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Iran “Predicts” Jihad Terrorists Will Get Nukes

I think Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is not “predicting” as much as he is PROMISING what Iran will do as it becomes a nuclear-armed Islamic state: they will arm Jihad terrorists.

Given the pronouncements of Iran’s president Ahmadinejad last week that the “Countdown to [America’s] annihilation has begun”, I have to state that Iran is far more forthcoming in their desires for Israel, the United States and the world than Hitler ever was in his designs for Europe.

Yet here we sit, deaf, mute and neutered.  Loathing ourselves and completely waring against or discounting the threat that Jihadist Islam is asserting itself in the world.

 

Iran’s Supreme Leader Predicts Terrorists Will Get Nukes

CNSNews.com) – Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who as Iran’s supreme leader is commander in chief of the Iranian military, predicted last week that terrorists would acquire nuclear weapons and “take away security from all the tyrants of the world.”

In his speech at the tomb of his predecessor, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Khamenei made it clear that he understood America to be the leader among “the tyrants of the world.”

Khamenei gave the speech to mark the 19th anniversary of the death of Ayatollah Khomeini, who died on June 3, 1989, ten years after he sparked a revolution in Iran that overthrew the regime of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, a U.S. ally, and instituted a Shiite Islamic theocracy.

Khamenei’s speech was presented as a review of the lessons that Ayatollah Khomeini taught in his “last will and testament.”

While predicting that terrorists would obtain nuclear weapons, Khamenei claimed Iran was not interested in obtaining nuclear weapons itself, but only wanted to develop nuclear energy.

At one point during Khamenei’s speech, according to a translated transcript published by the BBC, the crowd at the mausoleum chanted: “Death to Israel.” At other points, it chanted: “Palestine is victorious, Israel is defeated,” and “Nuclear energy, our absolute right.”

Khamenei’s virulent attacks on Israel appeared to echo the rhetoric of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has said that “Israel should be wiped off the map.” 

At Khomeini’s tomb on Tuesday, Khamenei, who holds more power than Ahmadinejad under Iran’s Islamic revolutionary constitution, lashed out at both America and “Arabic nations” for allowing Israel to “stand on its feet.”

“Other nations, just like the Iranian nation, consider Israel as a false and imposed regime in the region,” said Khamenei, according to the BBC translation. “The Zionist regime has no power by itself and cannot stand on its own feet. Today, two factors have helped the Zionist regime stand on its feet. First, the unconditional and despicable support of America for this decadent regime, and second is lack of support of Islamic and Arabic nations for the Palestinian people.”

Khamenei claimed Iran was not interested in pursuing nuclear weapons because they are against “Islamic beliefs,” but said that terrorists would get nuclear weapons. 

“The Iranian nation is against such weapons based on its religious and Islamic beliefs as well as based on logic and wisdom. Nuclear weapons have no benefit but high costs to manufacture and keep them,” he said, according to the BBC translation. “Nuclear weapons do not bring power to a nation because they are not applicable. Nuclear weapons cannot be used.”

A moment later he added, “Before long, the world’s terrorists will have access to nuclear weapons and take away security from all the tyrants of the world and all the nations of the world.”

Khamenei told the chanting crowd at the mausoleum that the late Ayatollah Khomeini’s advice to them was to resist America, and — in a probable allusion to the Iranian-backed Mahdi Army in Iraq — said that some Iranians even now were following Khomeini’s advice. 

Citing Khomeini’s last will and testament, Khamenei also predicted that Iran’s Islamic revolution would spread around the world as people elsewhere were inspired by the things it had done for Iran.

“The spread of revolution amongst nations is through presenting a blueprint for an Islamic Republic … when the nations see this blueprint they become so overjoyed that they would follow it,” he said.

Gen. David Petraeus, who has been nominated to head the U.S. Central Command, warned the Senate Armed Services Committee two weeks about Iran’s pursuit of nuclear technology and its persistence in fighting “proxy wars” across the Middle East.

“It persists in its non-transparent pursuit of nuclear technology and continues to fund, train and arm dangerous militia organizations,” Petraeus told the committee. “Iran’s activities have been particularly harmful in Iraq, Lebanon, the Palestinian territories and Afghanistan. In each location, Tehran has, to varying degrees, fueled proxy wars in an effort to increase its influence and pursue its regional ambitions.”

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Obama – False Prophet or Anti-Christ? Liberal Hordes Herald Him As Messiah

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Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. – II Thessalonians 2:3-4

“I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal… This was the moment — this was the time — when we came together to remake this great nation…” Barrack Hussein Obama, June 3 2008

Jesus warned His followers in Matthew 24 that we should not be deceived, “For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect—if that were possible.”

Jesus was speaking of those that would come to gather a following for themselves, promising the masses everything from bread and salvation to stopping oceans from rising and free health care.  Those that preach “change,” appealing to emotion while standing for ideas anathema to the foundations that established us, are nothing but false messiahs.  

Oftentimes such false prophets led entire nations to utter ruin.  History has shown us this time and again. From Mussolini to Mugabe, the danger that comes from following men promising the sun, moon and stars, or something as simple as on-time public transportation and a renewed nationalism.

Emotional appeals for support of what the people proclaim as a messiah is a danger we dare not ignore. For if we do, we may be deceived to elect the very one who would abolish and endanger what is left of our fragile freedom, and send us on a course to unavoidable oblivion.

Barrack Hussein Obama, the presumptive nominee of the Democrat Party for the Office of the Presidency, is one such danger.  Besides promising everything from free health care, to healing the planet, Obama is a pathological liar.

He lies about those anti-American radicals like Wright, Pfleger and Ayers whom he has had long-time associations.

He lies about his own family, and their roles in shaping who he is.

He lies about what he wrote in his books.  

He lies about what he said yesterday.

He lies about what he is saying in front of the audience to whom he is currently speaking.

When he is not lying, he speaks from prepared speeches written for him that say absolutely NOTHING of substance, but appeal to every key liberal and Socialist nerve of his extreme Leftist supporters.

Obama sounds like a lamb, but he speaks as a dragon.

Of course all politicians can be charged with these things, but Obama is perceived to be something holy and untouched by the mundane “politics of the past” and every radical Leftist and young person indoctrinated in the Marxist-charged atmosphere of liberal academia is electrified to his calling.

How is it possible that in the Unites States of America, the nation that enshrined the meaning of liberty, republic and freedom, is hypnotized by a radical Marxist that promises to “change” this country?

Could it be that this man who stands for everything contrary to our liberties is being revealed because America’s People themselves have fallen away from our culture, heritage, foundations and purpose?

I certainly think so.

Amazingly enough, so does the NY Post’s Jonah Goldberg.

IS Barack Obama the Messiah? Lots of people have pon dered the possibility. There are Web sites dedicated to the question; Google “IsBarack Obama the Messiah?” and you’ll get more than 35,000 hits. (Enter just the words “Messiah” and “Obama” and you’ll get nearly 10 times that.)

Since Obama declared his candidacy, there have been remarkably few biblical plagues. And lions and lambs seem open to bilateral negotiations.

Obama’s apostles are hard to dismiss. Oprah simply calls him “The One,” because “we need politicians who know how to be the truth.” (Jesus says in John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth.”) Oprah goes on to say Obama will help us “evolve to a higher plane,” which would put Obama in the role of our Intelligent Designer.

The New York Times reports that his volunteers are taught to eschew discussions of the issues and instead “testify” about how they “came to Obama.”

For many, he’s no retro-redeemer, but a 21st century savior, a Matrix-messiah and Neo for our modern-day Nineveh. Self-help guru Deepak Chopra dubs Obama “a quantum leap in American consciousness,” while prominent “leadership coach” Eve Konstantine assures us that, “He’s our product out of the all-knowing quantum field of intelligence.”

Obama willing, I’ll never be stuck next to these people on a plane.

Michelle Obama is arguably Obamanity’s greatest evangelist, though she has a streak of Old Testament smiting and wrath to her. She insists her husband has redeemed the entire nation; she proclaims him the sort of leader who will fix our broken souls.

But don’t hope for grace on the cheap. “The change Barack is talking about is hard,” she insists, “so don’t get too excited, because Barack is going to demand that you, too, be different.”

Those of you who thought we had a Second Amendment to keep government from fixing your soul are so 20th century. Evolve already.

And then there’s the Gospel according to Obama himself. In January, he told Dartmouth students that they’ll know to vote for him because “a light will shine through that window, a beam of light will come down upon you, you will experience an epiphany, and you will suddenly realize that you must go to the polls and vote for Barack.”

When asked in an interview what sin is, Obama defined it as “Being out of alignment with my values.” (Apparently, the editor failed to capitalize the “M” in “My.”)

But such mistakes can be forgiven, for Hillary has been cast out and the nomination is nigh. So we can get cracking on fixing America – and ourselves.

“I am absolutely certain,” Obama proclaimed in his victory speech, “that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs for the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal. This was the moment – this was the time – when we came together to remake this great nation.”

If you’re under the mistaken impression that sick people had some care, or that a few jobs were to be found prior to June 2008, or that maybe – just maybe – the oceans don’t rise and fall with the election returns, or that America itself doesn’t need “remaking,” you’re not one of the “ones we’ve been waiting for.”

Aside from being offended that Obama thinks that AFTER he is elected god, THEN America will care for the sick and create jobs, I’m struck that since his wife Michelle declared she was “For the first time, proud of America” it would figure that they would also attribute any charity of the nation to themselves.

But I was not alone in being offended at Obama’s hubris.  Mark Steyn weighed in with his thoughts:

“‘Heal the planet’? Is this guy nuts?” To be honest I prefer a republic whose citizenry can muster no greater enthusiasm for their candidate than “stilted cheers” to one in which the crowd wants to hoist the nominee onto their shoulders for promising to lower ocean levels within his first term. As for coming together “to remake this great nation,” if it’s so great, why do we have to remake it?

As Mr. Steyn rightly points out – Obama’s own reaction and statements about long-term relationships with anti-American radicals should serve as  a warning about how he will act as President:

Nothing in Obama’s resume suggests he’s the man to remake America and heal the planet. Only this week, another of his pals bit the dust, convicted by a Chicago jury of 16 counts of this and that. “This isn’t the Tony Rezko I knew,” said the senator, in what’s becoming a standard formulation. Likewise, this wasn’t the Jeremiah Wright he knew. And these are guys he’s known for 20 years. Yet at the same time as he’s being stunned by the corruption and anti-Americanism of those closest to him, Obama’s convinced that just by jetting into Tehran and Pyongyang he can get to know America’s enemies and persuade them to hew to the straight and narrow. No doubt if it all goes belly up and Iran winds up nuking Tel Aviv, President Obama will put on his more-in-sorrow-than-in-anger face and announce solemnly that “this isn’t the Mahmoud Ahmadinejad I knew.”

I shudder to think what the faces of average Americans will look like when the misery of Obama’s true radicalism is visited upon the nation and they say to themselves “This isn’t the Obama I elected.”

Beware of false messiahs America.

UPDATE June 23 – REDSTATE has an interesting blog entry on this very subject:

Obama’s Propagandistic Iconography: the Making of a Messiah

By Warner Todd Huston 

A photographic essay of Obama propaganda and the Media’s willing assistance with it

In America we have always been a skeptical people. One of our states even has a skeptical motto. Missouri calls itself the “Show Me State” proving that Missourians don’t imagine they’d be apt to have the wool pulled over their eyes too readily. Consequently, when most American citizens look at their politicians they usually view them through a prism of skepticism and since the assassination of John F. Kennedy, our skepticism has almost bordered on the irrational. (Photo with Obama logo behind by Reuters)

The American press has traditionally been even harder on our politicians and government than even the average American. Since the first days of our country, the press has savaged, doubted, dug up dirt and attacked our politicians, seeming to never believe a word the pols say. From George Washington to George Bush, the press has been at odds with politicians. Yet, for some unexplainable reason, the pretentiousness and presumption of Barack Obama is being allowed to pass uncommented upon. The media especially is allowing him to make all sorts of claims that they should never allow anyone else to get away with. They are unquestioning with his claim to be the candidate of “change” and the candidate that will “reach across the aisle.” Neither claim can be substantiated by the man’s career thus far. He does not reach across the aisle and he is responsible for no great program of change. A properly skeptical press would ask for the proof of Obmam’s claims, but they merely smile and allow him to ramble on as if what he is saying is unassailable.

Read on . . .

But the media is especially compliant where it concerns the Obama campaign’s graphic designs, displays that can be so easily compared to religious iconography or even old style communist propaganda. The overblown, obscenely reverential posters featuring Obama’s upturned face in Jesus-like poses have gone uncommented upon by what should be a hard-nosed, doubtful media. These over-the-top graphic images in the form of posters and campaign literature design are amazing for their obvious propagandistic style, yet the media seem not to find any reason to be off put by the absurdity of these graphics. Nor have they noticed the campaign art’s similarity to communist imagery. One can’t help but wonder why this blatant re-use of the graphic style used by Stalin, Hitler and Mao has raised not the slightest question in the minds of the American media?

Obama’s most recent graphic arrogance took the form of a faux “great seal” similar to the one seen on the podium of the president of the United States. On Friday, June 20, Obama met with a dozen Democratic governors in Chicago. The room featured a nice nameplate for each governor, but in front of Barack Obama was displayed an amazing bit of presumption in the form of a seal saying “Obama for America” and taking the form of an official seal the sort one might find from a government office. (Seal Photo: Alex Brandon/Associated Press)

And the Obama campaign has been inundated with helpful citizen propagandists like Los Angeles-based street artist Shepard Fairey who is responsible for creating the ubiquitous HOPE poster, the poster that started a rash of artists and designers hoping to catch the Obama wave to fame.

The HOPE poster has a companion poster, PROGRESS.

As well as the similar CHANGE version. But there are many others out there.

And all of them seem to evoke the graphic tradition of communist propaganda.

One has but to view a few communist posters meant to keep the people reminded of the god-like status of their communist dictators and oppressors to see the stunning similarity that the Obama posters reveal with their communist progenitors.

It’s impossible to view these communist posters without seeing how they resemble the Obama campaign posters.

Of course, it is one thing that the Obama campaign itself has so easily expressed its inner propagandist, emulating communist graphics. After all, they are certainly free to do as they like with their own image. However, that the media has seen fit not to comment on Obama’s absurd artistic pretensions is bad enough, but to make matters worse, the media has been lending the Obama campaign assistance in turning Barack Obama from mere politician to religious icon on top of the campaign’s own communist inspired graphics.

Let’s take a look at how Cuba’s Fidel Castro was once depicted by his supporters, for instance. Here are two images from a 1959 magazine called “Bohemia” where Castro was drawn in Christ-like poses, face upturned, a pious look upon his benevolent countenance.

One might laugh if Castro’s murderous regime wasn’t so serious.

But the media has also made of Obama a sort of religious icon with magazine covers like Newsweek…

Time…

And Rolling Stone.

Of course, it isn’t just magazines that have given Obama the benefit of the look of a messiah. One might possibly excuse a magazine because they are, it might be remembered, in the business of selling magazines. A flashy cover might just make those issues fly off the stands a bit more, of course.

But, what about the news wires and newspapers? Aren’t they supposed to be less interested in pure capitalism and more interested in the real news? Shouldn’t they be less inclined to fall for Obamania?

Sadly, it looks like they are swooning for Barack Obama as badly as the “street artists” and magazine sellers.

So, not to be left out, Reuters, the Associated Press, and various other news services, news papers and media outlets have joined in to portray Obama in all sorts of images that recall religious iconography. Some images seem to show Obama with a halo.

Or preaching from the pulpit.

Surrounded by worshippers seeking his touch as if he were a faith healer.

Juxtaposed with religious symbols.

Or in otherwise ethereal poses.

One has to wonder why an otherwise hard bitten, cynical media establishment is allowing itself to be so used in this way? The obvious answer, of course, is that the media is not an observer, not a “reporter” or commentator on American politics. The media is an active participant and they have chosen sides. They have joined the Barack Obama team and are more than happy to put their normal cynicism aside to help Barack Obama to achieve elevation from a junior Senator with little experience with nothing to sell to president of the United States of America.

I’d love to say that the small handful of photos I’ve included in this report is all there is to the Obamification of the media. Unfortunately what I presented here is but a tiny handful of examples. The media have become the Obama campaign’s propaganda arm in perfect emulation of the most blatant examples of human history. But, for all those other examples, at least they were generally under the thumb of an oppressive, despotic government of one sort or another. This time, it is the supposed free and open press acting the part of propaganda minister.

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Christians, Keep Your Hats On Straight

Christians and Politics

By Ronald L. Dart

It’s hard for Christians to keep our hats on straight in the political season.  There is no time when it is more important that we do, for ours is a government of the people and by the people.  Since Christians fall in that category called “the people,” we’re responsible for what this government does. 

What do I mean when I say it is hard to keep our hats on straight?  There are two broad categories of Christians at large in the world. Those who read the Bible regularly and those who don’t.  About a third of Christians read something from the Bible at least once a week.  About a third read something from the Bible once a year or less.  The other third fall in between. In the 18th century, those numbers were very different, because the only book many had was the Bible and from that book they learned to read.

While the founders of our country were careful not to establish any religion, they all were biblically literate, and they governed a people who were biblically literate.  When Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence, he didn’t speak of this or that God, he spoke of the Creator.  That the founders and presidents publicly acknowledged “the Creator” as the guarantor of the rights of man was very important.  Where did the idea germinate that this is, or was, a Christian nation?  It came from people reading the Bible, and their lifestyle and human relations were influenced by the Bible, if not governed by it. 

I am not talking about reading the Bible and then trying to preach it to your neighbor, but about living a life influenced by the Bible which in turn influences the people with whom you come in contact.  The influence of the Bible on early American society was indirect, but pervasive.  Moreover, the influence of Christian conduct on society was powerful.  The strongest influence on the moral fiber of this young nation was: the Bible.  Our problem today arises because we’ve lost our moral compass.  It happened because, as Christians, we have let our country down.  Christian influence has waned because we are no longer plugged in to the source of our moral authority.

 

Please give this .MP3 link a listen of a program entitled: “Christians and Politics”.

In this insane political season, grounding ourselves in this understanding is paramount in making the decisions that may very well shape our liberty to worship God as He leads us.

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