Archives July 2014

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION IN THE ISLAMIC WORLD

“Open Doors” is an organization which tracks Christian persecution on a global scale.  They list the top fifty nations who are most notorious for anti-Christian activities and/or sentiments:

INDEX OF COUNTRIES IN WHICH IT IS MOST DIFFICULT TO BE A CHRISTIAN

2014 WORLD WATCH LIST: COUNTRY PROFILES

 

Muslim majority countries dominate in eighteen of the top twenty that persecute Christians. (38 of the top 50) That’s seriously counter to the public comments Barack Obama has imparted about the subject:

     “Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance.”  (really? public beheadings, hangings, mass murder and church burnings is tolerance?)

     “…the Islamic faith which has done so much over the centuries to shape the world – including my own country.” (Hmm, what country is that?)

     “Islam is not part of the problem in combating violent extremism, it is an important problem in promoting peace.”  (???)

     “Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality.”  (huh?)

Who is he trying to snow? More curiously, what is the purpose of extolling such distortions?

There are many more examples of comments (see link below), but these four serve the purpose in exposing, not only the idiocy and the untruths, but the sheer audacity in attempting to sway the mindset of people from fact to falsehoods, all in the interest of loving Islam. This…from our alleged “Christian” president.

Meanwhile, our “Christian” president remains mute about the atrocities toward Christians at the behest of Islam around the world.  For openers:

  • As this is written, the new Iraqi caliphate which recently terrorized and conquered the northern part of that country, has issued a fatwa to the existing Christians in and near Mosel; Convert, Pay a Special Tax, leave Iraq now or be prepared to die. That, by the way, is consistent with Quranic verses 9.5, 5.51 and 2.191.
  • Since Iraq has been “liberated” by American military operations, Christianity has been on the run. (Saddam Hussein protected Christians). Between 2003 and 2011, more than 60 churches have been targeted for bombings, thousands of Christians were murdered or displaced.
  • In Mali, a Christian leader is beheaded as hundreds flee. Systematic killings and displacements of Christians have become commonplace.
  • Nigeria: More than a thousand Christians were killed in 2012 for nothing other than being Christian. Since January this year, at least four Christian churches have been burned.
  • Somalia:  There are few Christians remaining in Somalia since the crackdowns over the last several years.  Still, the few who remain are facing persecution and/or death. In March of this year, a mother and her cousin were beheaded in the center of town for all villagers to watch, to see what happens when Christians refuse to convert.
  • Afghanistan:  Christians are warned to convert to Islam or be killed. Beheadings of Christians have taken place in public places to warn non-Muslims of their fate.
  • Saudi Arabia: Conversion from Islam to Christianity is punishable by death. Christians who live and work in Saudi Arabia from foreign countries must conduct their worship within the confines of their house or in embassies. Carrying a Bible in public is illegal.
  • Egypt: During the Muslim Brotherhood uprisings of 2011-2012 (known as Arab Spring) Egypt lost nearly sixty churches to fires and desecrations while Christian Coptics ran for their lives, many of whom sought refuge outside the country. Bear in mind, the Muslim Brotherhood and the Morsi regime was supported by the Obama administration. Under President Mubarak, Christians had enjoyed full protections of the law. ((So did Jews)

We get the picture. The more that Muslims dominate in these nations, the less tolerance there is of any other religion.  (Notice, there are no Jews allowed in the most extreme of these Islamic countries) Christians are under severe tyranny in these, and several other nations, while the world sits on their hands. The UN is impotent. And the leader of the free world, our president of the United States who says he’s a Christian, looks the other way. Not a peep.

Maybe he’s waiting to learn about it on the news. Maybe those fund raisers, golf games and vacations are just too important to pay heed to the world of INTOLERANCE by the religion that supposedly has such a great history of tolerance.

You don’t hear much about this in the news, so I thought it appropriate to provide the update. And by the way, I am not a Christian.

Click here: Barack Obama, in his own words, on Islam and Christianity

Click here: The Muslim Brotherhood’s War on Coptic Christians – The Daily Beast

Click here: Serving Persecuted Christians Worldwide – World Watch List – Open Doors UK & Ireland

Click here: List of Islamic Terror Attacks on Christians

Click here: Decade of Violence Threatens To Uproot Iraq’s Christians – Al-Monitor: 

Click here: Christians flee from Islamists in northern Mali – CBS News

Click here: Militants Turn Nigeria into Christian Killing Field – World – CBN News –

Click here: Islamic Extremists in Somalia Behead Two Christians

A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: "LUCY" = 9 1/2

“LUCY”  –   9 ½ 
Think of the adjective, “engrossed.”  That’s what you will be when you watch this most unusual and gripping motion picture. If the Oscars were to be held today, without seeing the end-of-year blockbusters, this picture would be a runaway.
     “Lucy” will be marinated in Oscar nominations. For sure, Best special effects, Best editing, Best screenwriting, directing and at the least, a nomination for Best Actress for Scarlett Johannsen, who gives us a riveting performance as a young woman inadvertently caught up in the entrapments of mental science and the criminal elements of Paris and Thailand.
     To an extent, this is a sci fi flick, which I generally stay away from. There is violence. But, there must be, because the story line would fall flat without it. I’m not a science fiction lover, nor do I like movies created by computer nerds, but this one is different.  Morgan Freeman plays a scientist/lecturer who speculates on the power of the mind if and when humans ever reach full potential of the brain, as opposed to only ten or twenty percent. Then, it happens. And the rest is for you to see. Yes, there are implausibles, over-the-top scenes which would be stupid in any other picture. But it works with Lucy.

     What’s amazing, this is an adventure movie with a beautiful actress, and the “F” word is conspicuously absent. Add to that, there are no sex scenes and no adults smoking pot. Amazing how good a movie can be without mind altering drugs, alcohol, sex and foul language.
     Well…there is a drug element, but that’s for you to find out.
     This might have been rated a ten, if not for a couple gotcha moments which the director should have caught in the editing. But, that’s small change compared to the overall picture.
     See “Lucy.”  You’ll walk away talking about it.

 

A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: “LUCY” = 9 1/2

“LUCY”  –   9 ½ 

Think of the adjective, “engrossed.”  That’s what you will be when you watch this most unusual and gripping motion picture. If the Oscars were to be held today, without seeing the end-of-year blockbusters, this picture would be a runaway.

     “Lucy” will be marinated in Oscar nominations. For sure, Best special effects, Best editing, Best screenwriting, directing and at the least, a nomination for Best Actress for Scarlett Johannsen, who gives us a riveting performance as a young woman inadvertently caught up in the entrapments of mental science and the criminal elements of Paris and Thailand.

     To an extent, this is a sci fi flick, which I generally stay away from. There is violence. But, there must be, because the story line would fall flat without it. I’m not a science fiction lover, nor do I like movies created by computer nerds, but this one is different.  Morgan Freeman plays a scientist/lecturer who speculates on the power of the mind if and when humans ever reach full potential of the brain, as opposed to only ten or twenty percent. Then, it happens. And the rest is for you to see. Yes, there are implausibles, over-the-top scenes which would be stupid in any other picture. But it works with Lucy.

     What’s amazing, this is an adventure movie with a beautiful actress, and the “F” word is conspicuously absent. Add to that, there are no sex scenes and no adults smoking pot. Amazing how good a movie can be without mind altering drugs, alcohol, sex and foul language.

     Well…there is a drug element, but that’s for you to find out.

     This might have been rated a ten, if not for a couple gotcha moments which the director should have caught in the editing. But, that’s small change compared to the overall picture.

     See “Lucy.”  You’ll walk away talking about it.

 

EERIE WHITE FLAGS OVER BROOKLYN'S BRIDGE

 

      This is one of those articles in which there are no answers. 

     The Brooklyn Bridge, built in 1883, has two towers which serve as foundation. They are 276 feet high from water level.  That’s like the 30th floor of a building. Atop each tower flies the American flag from poles which are illuminated at night by high-powered lighting spots.  
     Sometime in the early morning hours of Tuesday, July 22nd, between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m., persons unknown scaled the towers of that bridge, took down the American flags and replaced them with all-white flags of the same dimension 12’ by 20.’ According to the time frames which were extracted by darkened images on security cameras, the project went so smooth and so efficient, it appears that two teams were engaged in the project. 
     This was no easy feat. Climbing those heights – especially in the dark of night — would be the work of gymnasts, especially carrying the replacement flags on the way up. The planning had was even more astounding as the replacement flag was another American flag that had been bleached white. When the flags were installed, the spotlights were covered with sheets of aluminum foil to darken the illumination on the flag poles. 
     Some might think this was a publicity stunt, but that’s unlikely based on the stealth nature of their actions. It appears lives were risked to send a message.  What could that message be?
     Police are puzzled. City officials are puzzled. 
     A white flag, traditionally, is a symbol of surrender. Until we learn more, it’s all guess work. But it certainly is a macabre event.

Click here: Surrender, Brooklyn: Mysterious White Flags Top Brooklyn Bridge: Gothamist
 
 

EERIE WHITE FLAGS OVER BROOKLYN’S BRIDGE

 

      This is one of those articles in which there are no answers. 

     The Brooklyn Bridge, built in 1883, has two towers which serve as foundation. They are 276 feet high from water level.  That’s like the 30th floor of a building. Atop each tower flies the American flag from poles which are illuminated at night by high-powered lighting spots.  

     Sometime in the early morning hours of Tuesday, July 22nd, between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m., persons unknown scaled the towers of that bridge, took down the American flags and replaced them with all-white flags of the same dimension 12’ by 20.’ According to the time frames which were extracted by darkened images on security cameras, the project went so smooth and so efficient, it appears that two teams were engaged in the project. 

     This was no easy feat. Climbing those heights – especially in the dark of night — would be the work of gymnasts, especially carrying the replacement flags on the way up. The planning had was even more astounding as the replacement flag was another American flag that had been bleached white. When the flags were installed, the spotlights were covered with sheets of aluminum foil to darken the illumination on the flag poles. 

     Some might think this was a publicity stunt, but that’s unlikely based on the stealth nature of their actions. It appears lives were risked to send a message.  What could that message be?

     Police are puzzled. City officials are puzzled. 

     A white flag, traditionally, is a symbol of surrender. Until we learn more, it’s all guess work. But it certainly is a macabre event.

Click here: Surrender, Brooklyn: Mysterious White Flags Top Brooklyn Bridge: Gothamist