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There are many threats to our freedoms today. Christians have lost their First Amendment rights in the public square. All American citizens have lost their Fourth Amendment rights at airports. Individual States are trying really hard to get the federal government to honor the Ninth and Tenth Amendments, especially in areas where they can see that we are losing our freedoms. These are all threats from within our country.

I believe that there is a very dangerous threat from outside of our borders, that is infiltrating our land – Islam. We need to wake up and see what the real issues are with this religion. If we would see that Islam is not a benevolent religion, and act accordingly, we will avert a lot of trouble.

I know that this is hard for us in the United States. After all, we are a “melting pot” of many peoples and faiths. We know that our ancestors from not many generations ago came to this country for a better life and we want to be accepting of everyone.

But Islam is an evil religion. It is not just a religion; it is a Muslim’s total way of life totally including their government. In most Islamic countries it is against the law to be anything else. All other faiths are persecuted.

We have been fed a lie by our president, the son of a devout Muslim. He would like us to think that Muslims are peaceful. Maybe the ones who have escaped their oppressive countries and come to the freedom of the United States are peaceful. But in the main, the Muslim world is an evil, oppressive world. Please get a copy of the Koran and read all of the places where Muhammad tells his followers to kill infidels. For Muslims there is only “them” – infidels, and “us”, the followers of Allah. Allah is NOT the God of the Bible by the way. Allah is hateful, vengeful, autocratic, and a persecutor of women and children. The Muslim religion is nothing like Christianity or Judaism.

Wafa Sultan is a remarkably brave woman who tells the truth about Islam. I highly recommend her book, A God Who Hates, published in 2009, by St. Martin’s Press in New York.

http://www.amazon.com/God-Who-Hates-Courageous-Inflamed/dp/0312538359/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1301069773&sr=1-1

 

Wafa was raised in Syria. She was educated as a doctor, a psychiatrist,  and practiced in Syria. She tells of the double standard in that country between how men were treated and how women were treated.

She grew to really want freedom for herself and her family, so she left and came to the United States. That was in 1988. She wanted to be a writer. and she wrote articles in Arabic for her former countrymen. She became quite popular and some years later was invited to be a speaker on  – “Al Jazeera”, the Arab TV network.

This historic television interview was aired on February 21, 2006. The host of the show told Wafa that they were interested in hearing her comments on the connection between Islamic teachings and terrorism.

Wafa says of this event, “Never in the history of Islam has a woman silenced a man’s clamor with her calmness or overcome his shouts by her ability to talk and convince.”  This was the first time in history that a woman defeated a Muslim male in a conversation. The preacher was angry and “raided” Wafa’s time reserved for her to give her final remarks on the show. He tried to steal the rest of the few minutes remaining on the show for himself.

Wafa tells of her historic response, which went around the world. “Time seemed too short and too precious for me to waste even a second of it, and I shouted at him: ‘Be quiet! It’s my turn!’ I uttered this sentence without realizing that it would open a new chapter in Arab and Muslim history. Never in the history of Islam has a woman clearly and forcefully asked a Muslim man to be quiet because it was her turn to speak. Women in Islamic custom and tradition don’t have a turn.. . . women in Islam don’t even possess their own selves, or the right to make their own decisions.” (pages 111-113 in her book.)
(You can find a short video of her defiant remarks to the Arab preacher who was a guest on the show, on the Internet. Highly recommended for anyone who believes in the cause of freedom.)

I have been posting stories of courageous women. Wafa is one of the most courageous. Since her outburst against the Muslim preacher, she has been threatened by many Muslims with death. In her book she warns us about the evils of Islam. We need to pay attention.

How can we, as Christian women respond to this?

First of all we can pray. Muslims are lost just like anyone else who denies the Lord Jesus Christ. We must witness to the truth to all of the Muslims who seem to be coming to this country.

As of the writing of her book, Wafa did not seem to want to put her faith in any god. Who can blame her? But I have been praying that Yahweh, the real God would touch her life with His love and she would find the peace and joy that comes only in knowing Christ.

Secondly, we need to educate ourselves as to the truth of Islam. It really is an evil religion and it has an evil founder, Muhammad. Here is just a sampling of what you will find if you read Wafa’s book or research that religion.

Muhammad knew that he needed to get the people to obey him and the all rulers in Islam absolutely. He said, “Whosoever obeys me obeys God, and he who obeys my emir obeys me. Whosoever disobeys me disobeys God, and he who disobeys my emir disobeys me.” I think that this is pretty plain. Like all false prophets, Muhammad is full of conceit.

But what kind of a ruler are the Muslim people following?

Muhammad called his followers to wage war on all those who are not Muslims. In the Koran is this verse, “Let those who would exchange the life of this world for the hereafter, fight for the cause of Allah.” If a Muslim wants to go to paradise “jihad is the only way to guarantee their entry to paradise in the hereafter.” No, the Muslim religion is NOT a peaceful religion.

Islam differs from other religions in that it not only threatens hell for nonbelievers; it also threatens death. People blindly follow Muhammad’s teachings because they fear the feeling of sword at their throat.

This great fear keeps people in subservience to their leaders. How many would at least question their rulers if they knew about the life of the man they are supposed to emulate? It is not wonder that Muslim men treat women and children as possessions to be used rather than human beings to be loved and cherished.

Consider this one story among many of Muhammad’s cruelty.

The Koran contains a “good example in Allah’s apostle” for marriage. “The Prophet contracted his marriage with Aisha when she was six years old and he was fifty. The marriage was consummated when she was nine.”

Not only is this ugly and criminal, but it has wider implications for Muslims. A child is only the property of her father and has no value of her own. Children in Muslim homes are taught to obey their fathers in fear.

Compare this to what our loving God of Christianity teaches us about children, “Behold, children are a gift of the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a reward.” (Psalm 127:3). Jesus said, “Let the children come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” (Luke 18:16). Truly the Lord considers children to be special.  And the apostle Paul warns, “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger; but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4). This is clearly a loving and nurturing action.

I am thankful to God that He brought Wafa Sultan to our country. I pray that people will listen to her and understand the danger that Islam presents to our freedoms if we ever let it take hold here. We must be as bold as she is. We must not fall for the politically correct view of Islam. Islam is against freedom for everyone except the leaders.

True freedom is found only in Jesus Christ. Our country was founded on Christian principles and that is why we have been so free for so long. As we move away from God and the Bible, we give up our freedoms.

Wafa believes that the problems in the world are not a clash between religious cultures. She believes it is a “battle between modernity and barbarism”. I really admire and respect Wafa’s courage. I am thankful that she speaks out in spite of the threats against her life. However, I believe that the battle is indeed between God and those who hate Him. It is a religious battle, because Islam is a comprehensive religion. What Islam teaches, Islam is and does.

 

 

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“How long, O Lord, will I call for help, and You will not hear? . . . the law is ignored and justice is not upheld. For the wicked surround the righteous; therefore justice comes out perverted. . . .Why are You silent when the wicked swallow up those more righteous than they?
I will stand on my guard post and station myself on the rampart; and I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me, and how I may reply when I am reproved.”
(Habakkuk 1:2, 4, 13, and 2:1).

“She extends her hand to the poor, and she stretches out her hands to the needy. . . Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future. She opens her mouth in wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.” (Proverbs 31:20, 25-27, 30).

We are living in a time when we can easily ask God, “How much worse can things get?” This is not the first time in history that a culture has sunk to a place where wickedness seems to prevail. This is not the first time that evil men have tried to get away with all that they can in order to enrich themselves and get as much power as possible.

In Habakkuk’s day the rich were preying on the poor. Those who had money and power continued to grow fat while widows and orphans were starving. Bribery was rampant. Nobody cared about justice. Lies were told flagrantly and were believed willingly by a people who preferred their comforts to the hard truth.

Does all of this sound familiar?

It seemed to Habakkuk that God was silently allowing all of this to go on. I, too, wonder how all of these wicked things can be happening. This is hard to take in a country where we grew up believing that we would have our freedoms forever. But we did not reckon with human nature. If men do not believe that they have to answer to God, they will be greedy and grasping and only please themselves.

The Israelites in Habakkuk’s day had long forgotten God. I think we can safely say that most people in America have also forgotten God. Even if they think, “He is out there somewhere,” they live as if He doesn’t care how they act.

I have said before that history does not repeat itself. People keep doing the same stupid things over and over again because they will not learn from God. When everybody is running around just getting as much as they can for themselves, then of course society will break down. We had the greatest country in the world because we were living by Christian principles. We lived for a long time off of the capital that was invested by our forefathers. Now, we have not only long ago spent the interest, but the capital is eroding. We are losing our freedoms one by one. I am afraid that since our society is no longer Christian, we do not have what it takes to get our freedoms back. No one will make the sacrifice. Everyone wants someone else to pay the price. In a Christian society, people would be less selfish.

God let the Israelite nation get worse and worse, even to the point of enemy invasion before He intervened. For some reason it takes a major calamity before people will wake up and ask God to forgive them and send help.

I have been hoping that the humiliation of exposing our most private possession, our bodies, to government officials would be enough of a calamity to wake everyone up and turn back to God. I thought that when people realized that their government just trashed their Fourth Amendment, it had gone too far. Apparently that is not enough. I’ve been told over and over again that it’s no big deal. These folks are the frogs who are in the lukewarm water. They won’t try to change until it’s too late.

Why is this? For some, it’s the idea of, “don’t disturb my comfort.” For others, it’s the lie that somehow this body scanning is for their own protection. They have been believing the lies of the government for so long, and this is just one more. They have long ago lost the ability to discern right from wrong. They cannot tell truth from lies anymore.

Like the prophet, I don’t know how long this can go on. In the meantime, how shall we as Christian women live our lives?

In the midst of these evil times it is more important than ever that we live righteous lives. It is obvious that we can’t change the whole system. We can pray that God will send a revival of some sort, but short of that we need to at least be faithful in our own callings. We can affect those around us. If they will wake up and see what is happening, they in turn can affect others.

We can take a firm stand. God has told us what he wants, “to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)

There is no better picture of this than the Virtuous Woman in Proverbs 31. The principles in this Scripture are timeless. The Godly woman not only looks to the welfare of her husband and family, she cares for her neighbors around her. Think how different our society would be if women cared about how much they could give instead of how much they can take. Do you see how practical this is? If everybody is “taking” we soon run out of resources.

A woman who is consistently kind and generous is a woman who can be trusted in all situations. As the economy gets worse in our country, the poor can count on her generosity. This is the way that a society is blessed.

The destitute will not go to their grasping, lazy neighbors. As the greedy increase, society breaks down. Bribery, crime, negligence of the poor, and falsehoods will be the order of the day.

No, we as individuals may not be able to change the whole country, but we can make the part of the country that we live in a better place for those around us. We can ease the pain of the loss of our freedoms as we excel in charity.

 

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Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.”                                                                                                                          C. S. Lewis

Modesty has always been a virtue. It is one that is respected by people worldwide. No matter where you go, people will look at you askance if you decide to take your clothes off. You can be arrested, or at least told to go and get some counseling.

We have laws against indecent exposure. It is considered either sinful or shameful or both. We also have laws against rape and pornography. It is bad enough if you want to expose yourself, but when someone exposes you against your will it is a heinous crime. Those who do such a thing should be punished.

Why, then, does the TSA get away with these crimes against innocent persons?
All this is a gross violation of Americans’ Fourth Amendment rights, of course. It’s also demeaning and (intentionally) humiliating to air travelers. In addition, the use of naked body scanners on children violates child porn laws.

This agency seems to be above the law. Who said it could ignore our constitution and treat American citizens like criminals?

Now, there is the “palms and fingers” pat-down technique (also known as “groping” passengers) announced by the TSA alongside an ambitious plan to roll out thousands of new naked body scanners during 2011. Air travelers who opt out of the naked body scanner, of course, gets groped by a TSA agent using the “palms and fingers” pat-down technique.

The fact is that the TSA either wants to SEE your naked body or FEEL it with their hands.

This is against all rules of decency and modesty. Why are the American people putting up with this?

This sounds like what was happening in Germany when Hitler came to power. The churches compromised with him, thinking that he would never completely take them over. They were wrong. When a dictator is grabbing power, he does not slow down or stop.

And here in our country, it’s only getting worse. That TSA agents feel your private parts with their palms and fingers would have been unthinkable just five years ago. But this is how a police state works: They introduce one element at a time and then wait for everybody to get used to it before adding another layer of intrusion to their lives. It worked in Germany; it’s working here. We refuse to learn from history.

Today it’s a naked body scanner and an illegal, unconstitutional feel-up. Five years from now, it could be TSA agents stripping off your clothes in a private screening room and inserting their fingers into your private parts to check for “weapons”.  If the American people don’t start standing up to these illegal, intrusive and humiliating body searches, there’s no end to where the TSA could take this. Give an agency like the TSA unlimited power to bully the public, and they will inevitably keep pushing the limits until they are stopped.

Isn’t it ironic that the Obama’s want to stop school bullying? I am sorry for the children who get picked on, but it seems the height of hypocrisy and arrogance to use this one occasion to grandstand about bullying. I’ll believe the Obama’s are really serious about ending bullying when they stop the bullying of the TSA.

None of this power given to the TSA has anything whatsoever to do with actual air travel security, by the way. It all seems focused on maximizing the humiliation of air travelers while indoctrinating people into a police state mentality (so they get used to government agents strip-searching them on demand).

By now everyone has heard the statistics of just how well the TSA is doing “protecting” us. So we know that it isn’t really about protection.

Last fall a man got through a checkpoint though he had a handgun on him. He had honestly forgotten he had it. It made the headlines. No TSA heads rolled for that mistake.

“The truth is nobody has ever been held accountable for aviation security failures – nobody. From top to bottom, the TSA arrogantly claims it does nothing wrong.
Let’s go further. Testing of TSA screeners across the nation reportedly has a 70 percent or higher failure rate. Even Rep John Mica (R-FL), whose committee has oversight of the TSA, has said that screener failures are “off the chart.” But the TSA administrator defends that sloppy performance, and he’s never called to task. The TSA is untouchable.”
(Fox News reporter Michael Boyd, March 07, 2011)

Welcome to life in the United States of America. Your Constitutional rights have been thrown out the window. Any expectation that you might be treated with respect as a law-abiding citizen have been utterly abandoned. You are now treated as a slave, and the federal government believes it has the right to commit sex crimes against you and your children any time it wishes.

The TSA is the new Gestapo, and they absolutely will not stop with these police state tactics until they are forced to. They claim to be protecting us from terrorists, but they are the real terrorists.

If people are afraid to stand up to the TSA, then they have succeeded in terrorizing us. There is a hypocritical double standard here. Why are the American people putting up with it?

It is time that We the People stood up against the TSA Gestapo and started suing their agents for sexual molestation, child pornography, kidnapping, conspiracy and violating our Fourth Amendment rights.

I thought that for the sake of protecting our natural God-given modesty, we might refuse to give in to these terrorists. It is so unnatural for people to let strangers look at their naked bodies or touch them in their private places. What is happening?

We need to be courageous. We need the courage of our convictions. We must stand up and be strong. We must refuse to fly until the problem is fixed.

We often think soldiers fighting in battle when we hear the word “courage”. But I am talking about moral courage here. I am talking about the strength we need to defend all of our virtues, modesty, honor, and truthfulness among others.

We will need courage to tell our family members that we cannot make it to the family reunion this year because we don’t appreciate being abused by the TSA.

We will have to be brave when we tell our children that we cannot take that trip to Disney World this year because we do not want them to be molested by strangers.

This is already hurting me personally. My daughter who lives many miles away is expecting a baby in a few months. I would love to be able to see my grandchild being born. I must stick to my principles. If they put the visual rape machine in our airport, I will miss this special time with my family.

I am being brave by even suggesting that we get rid of the TSA. The president has “war powers”. He can declare whatever he thinks is treasonable speech. It is not out of the realm of possibility that the arrogant man will declare speaking against the TSA to be treason. If we don’t do something now, people are going to be arrested for trying to keep their constitutional freedoms.

What I am saying is not far out. Who would have thought that people would think it’s ok to let strangers view their naked bodies or grope them? It’s just one more step on the way to getting American people to accept the police state.

The TSA terrorists are directly responsible for eliminating our freedom to travel unmolested. They need to be stopped now. If we don’t take a firm stand, we will have to succumb to whatever they say. There will be no stopping them.

We are not fighting alone. The Lord is on the side of the righteous.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:9

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Guilty? Yes. No matter what the motive, love of ease, or a desire to save from suffering the unborn innocent, the woman is awfully guilty who commits the deed. It will burden her conscience in life; it will burden her soul in death. .
Susan B. Anthony

We have many freedoms that we take for granted as women today. No one thinks anything of women going to universities to pursue degrees in any area of life that they wish. Women vote, own property, go wherever they want, and actually do pretty much anything that men do including participate in the vices that were traditionally male habits such as smoking.

We would really scream and holler if we were denied any of these rights. But one hundred and fifty years ago there were restrictions on all of these activities for women. One person who gave her life to the cause of women’s suffrage was Susan Brownell Anthony.

Susan was born in South Adams, Massachusetts, on February 15, 1820. Her family was Quaker. She was home taught in her early years and then finished schooling at a Friends’ boarding school.

When she took a job as a substitute teacher for a male colleague and received only one fourth of the pay that he did, she realized that women were suffering great wrongs. She quit teaching and became active instead in trying to right those wrongs.
There are many interesting biographies of Susan B. Anthony. Here are just a few things that she achieved:

1. She began to fight for women’s suffrage in the early 1850’s. When she was refused admittance to a temperance convention because she was a woman, she organized the Women’s New York State Temperance Society. Thanks to her tireless efforts women began to be admitted to other conventions with the right to speak, vote, and serve on committees. They were beginning to be admitted to educational institutions as well.

2. Susan began to challenge the New York state legislature to pass laws giving the right to women to own property. She also fought for and won the right for married women to keep possession of their earnings and have the guardianship of their children. We cannot imagine that these things were the norm for women 150 years ago.

3.  In 1872, in an attempt to claim that the constitution already permitted women to vote, Susan B. Anthony cast a test vote in Rochester, New York, in the presidential election. She was found guilty, though she refused to pay the resulting fine (and the order was never enforced).

4. She continued to fight on for the rest of her life. For many years she averaged over 100 lectures annually. She helped out in the campaigns for the enfranchisement of women in eight different states. After 1869, Congress granted her the right to appear and speak before committee hearings almost every year.

5.  While the right to life for unborn babies is not the main thing that people remember Susan B. Anthony for, she understood that fighting for the rights of women included those same rights for unborn women.

Those of us, including yours truly, have much to thank the women who bravely went before us. We take education, writing, equal employment, and all of the other constitutional rights for granted. But we did not have them at one time. We can’t help but admire the courage of Susan B. Anthony. Imagine what it must have been like for Susan to try and get the attention of people in her society in a day when it was truly a “male” world.

In looking at the things that Susan fought for in the late 1800’s, modern women would not consider her an extreme feminist. We believe that the privileges that women enjoy now are only right. How was Susan B. Anthony a feminist?

Today there are many who shudder as soon as they hear the word “feminist”. I understand that, but I would urge readers to think about what the word really means. If it only means that women would like to be treated with the dignity that they were given at creation, then it is a positive description. Femininity includes all of the things that define a woman, including the fact that she is an image-bearer of God. Truly feminine women understand their role in the world that God has given them.

Unfortunately, a counterfeit image of “feminism” for women has emerged. These rebellious, obnoxious, selfish women have stolen the term for themselves, but there is truly nothing “feminine” about them. They are far removed from the true nobility of women – the privilege of being able to give life, not take it.

In the years since Susan B. Anthony fought for women’s suffrage, “abortion rights” have become synonymous with women’s rights. For some reason women have been told that they are not truly free unless they have the right to do away with their unborn children. This seems to be the defining issue. But, is the ability to end someone else’s life what truly makes a woman free? Does killing a helpless, unborn baby make a woman “feminine”? I think not.

Susan’s friend and co-worker, Elizabeth Cady Stanton said, “When we consider that women are treated as property, it is degrading to women that we should treat our children as property to be disposed of as we see fit.”  Apparently these early pioneers for women’s rights could see how hypocritical it is for women to demand their “rights” but deny them to unborn women. Elizabeth Stanton referred to abortion as “infanticide”. That is truly what it is. It is not just a “pregnancy that didn’t work,” as a congresswoman recently said.

This is really one of the biggest lies that Satan has ever put over on women.
In 1869, when Susan B. Anthony wrote the quote at the beginning of this post, it was plainly known that abortion was wrong, even though, at that time, women had fewer options for making a living and supporting themselves. In the years when women could not easily get an education, or control their own money or lives, the decision to keep an unplanned baby was very much more difficult than in today’s welfare society. As tough as the decision was, the feminists of the nineteenth century believed that abortion was wrong. Though Susan gave her whole life to gaining equal rights for women, she would probably be rejected by today’s “feminists” simply because she would reject their abortion agenda.

Susan B. Anthony had an opportunity to marry a fine man, but chose instead to devote her life to righting the wrongs against women. She often stood alone. It is wonderful what one woman can do when she acts on the courage of her convictions. I am sitting here, enfranchised, college educated, and able to write a story on my own computer because of women like her. I am thankful for all of the privileges that I have.

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