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Will Christianity perish in its birthplace?
by Patrick J. Buchanan
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 Bloomberg Targets Gun Rights Legislation 
Surprise, surprise — Michael Bloomberg is continuing his anti-Second Amendment crusade. The New York billionaire has announced that he will give $25 million in a targeted campaign to oppose the national reciprocity bill currently working its way through Congress. One of the anti-gun groups expected to receive most of the money is Everytown for Gun Safety — an ironic name given the fact that the group seeks to remove guns from law-abiding citizens, making them less able to defend themselves from violent criminals and therefore less safe.
          Everytown's president John Feinblatt said, "This is a line in the sand on this issue, there's no question about it." He continued, "The NRA wants to normalize carrying guns in public. It's not where the American public is. We're putting people on notice today that we're watching ... and that we expect to hold people accountable."
          Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC), who introduced the bill, responded, "Common sense national concealed carry reciprocity is gaining traction across the country. Big city liberals like Bloomberg can spend all the money they want to create fear with emotion, but the truth and facts are on our side. Just like states recognizing other states' driver's licenses, national concealed carry reciprocity makes good sense."
          Bloomberg spends millions trying to convince people to believe fiction over fact. The truth is firearms don't cause or promote violent crime — in fact just the opposite, which has been proven time and again. The reality is that gangs and drugs are the leading factors for violent crime. Avoid those primary contributing associations and the chance of finding oneself a victim of a violent crime decrease significantly. If Bloomberg was so concerned about preventing violent crime, his money would be better spent on programs designed to combat the persistent problems of gangs and drugs, not a campaign to demonize gun ownership
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CIA Pompeo Targets WikiLeaks, Assange –
Cover, Prep For More Deep State Action?
by Rick Wells
{rickwells.us} ~ For those of us who didn’t know much about the current CIA Director, Mike Pompeo, his Thursday speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies should be enough to send shivers down the spines of freedom-loving Americans... This guy makes John Brennan look like Mr. Rogers or Captain Kangaroo. Pompeo attacked the organization that exposed not only large amounts of the corruption, much of it still un-investigated and ignored, within the liar-Clinton camp, but also the ability of the CIA to cloak their own domestic spying. That was how they deceived Congress into accepting their claims of various “foreign” sources of espionage acts and hacks. Put plainly, Assange revealed that the CIA can make any of their hacks look like the Russians or another country did it. Now they’re beating the war drum based upon that very Russian hacking claim, still not showing us the goods but repeating the assertions until they become accepted as “facts.” What seems to have Pompeo really upset is that Assange stole their plausible deniability and greatly diminishing their already limited credibility. We’re told liar-nObama didn’t spy on Americans, but those fake CIA Russians sure might have, eh boys?...Are we in for a big surprise?

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Churches Should Not Hide Illegal Immgrants
by Michael Horn
{truthrevolt.org} ~ Not all the American Catholic clergy behave like commies. One Catholic Bishop has stepped out from the fold to warn his fellow men of the cloth that housing illegal immigrants should not become standard practice... Bishop Peter Libasci for the Diocese of Manchester advised his fellow archdiocese to work with law enforcement, not against, according to the Christian Post, saying in a letter that the phrase "sanctuary church" has been taken advantage of. “Some use this term and mean what I have described above – a welcoming community ready to offer immediate aid to anyone in need. In these works, of course, we will always be involved,” Libasci wrote in the letter...  http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/catholic-bishop-churches-should-not...

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Turkey's Vainglorious Referendum

by Daniel Pipes

{danielpipes.org} ~ This Sunday, millions of Turks will vote to endorse or reject constitutional amendments passed in January by Turkey's parliament. An opinion piece published by the German news agency Deutsche Welle explains... that the "crucial" amendments "give all the power to one person, with almost no accountability," eliminating what is left of democracy in Turkey. Virtually all observers agree that if the referendum passes, Turkey will be transformed into an authoritarian state. But I along with a few others disagree. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan years ago arrogated all the powers that the constitutional changes would bestow on him. He is already lord of all he sees for as long as he wants, whether through democratic means or by fixing election results. If the referendum passes, it will merely prettify that reality...  http://www.danielpipes.org/17494/turkey-vainglorious-referendum?utm...

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No Christianity Allowed In
“Religion Of Peace” Promoting School District
by Rick Wells
{rickwells.us} ~ The speaker at the school board meeting is Stan Anjan, the executive director of Family and Community Engagement for the San Diego Unified School District... He leaves little to the imagination for those attempting to determine his motives and the threat he poses to regular, everyday Americans. He says, “I truly believe that if we do this right, San Diego Unified School District will be the leading school district in the nation to come up with a robust and beautiful anti-bullying and anti-Islamophobia program.” For those who might have been lost in his sanitized diversionary description of what he’s up to, they’re going to mandate students be exposed to Islamic training, with an eye towards acceptance of Islamic beliefs. They also intend to elevate Islam in issues regarding the conflicts with American cultural values and the Constitutional and their Sharia Law...We do have some dump people in America. When will they wake up?  http://rickwells.us/no-christianity-allowed-religion-peace-promotin...
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Japan Sends Warships With ‘Surprise’
For U.S. Fleet, Media Stunned

 
{theguardian.com} ~ Japanese destroyers are planning to rendezvous with the USS Carl Vinson and other American naval vessels on their way to the Korean Peninsula... signalling that Japan fully supports us in our effort to remove the despotic Kim Jong-un. There are no plans to engage with North Korea militarily, but the increased presence of warships surrounding their country is intended to dissuade North Korea from future nuclear or ballistic missile testing. President Trump is still expecting China to take the lead in eliminating the problem of North Korea...  https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/12/japanese-warships-joi...
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Will Christianity perish in its birthplace?
by Patrick J. Buchanan
{wnd.com} ~ “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? (My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?)” Those are among Jesus’ last words on the Cross that first Good Friday.

It was a cry of agony, but not despair. The dying Christ, to rise again in three days, was repeating the first words of the 22nd Psalm.

And today, in lands where Christ lived and taught and beyond where the Christian faith was born and nourished, the words echo. For it is in the birthplace of Christianity that Christians face the greatest of persecutions and martyrdoms since the time of Vladimir Lenin and Josef Stalin.

President Donald Trump, outraged by pictures of infants and children who had perished in the nerve gas attack in Syria, ordered missile strikes on the air base from which the war crime came.

Two days later, Palm Sunday, 44 Coptic Christians celebrating Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem were martyred in terrorist attacks in Egypt. The first bombing was at St. George’s Church in Tanta, the second at St. Mark’s in Alexandria, where the Coptic Pope Tawadros II was at Mass.

The pope was unhurt, but 100 Christians were injured in the attacks. At St. George’s, one witness described the scene after the bomb exploded near the altar: “I saw pieces of body parts. … There was so much blood everywhere. Some people had half of their bodies missing.”

The Islamic State group claims credit for the murders, and the pictures of dead children from those churches were surely as horrific as the pictures the president saw after the gas attack.

Copts are among the earliest Christians, dating to the first century A.D., when St. Mark, one of the Twelve Apostles, established the first church outside the Holy Land and became bishop of Alexandria.

The Copts make up 10 percent of Egypt’s population. They have been especially targeted for terrorist attacks since the 2013 overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi, who had been elected president after the ouster of longtime U.S. ally Hosni Mubarak.

In the subsequent struggle between Egypt’s Islamists, whose base is in Sinai, and the Cairo regime of Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who was welcomed to the White House in March, the Copts are seen as soft-target allies of Gen. el-Sissi’s and hated for their faith.

Whatever they did for democracy, the U.S. interventions in the Middle East and the vaunted Arab Spring have proved to be pure hell for Arab Christians.

In Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, Christians were left alone if they did not interfere in politics. Indeed, they prospered as doctors, lawyers, journalists, academics, engineers, businessmen. A Christian, Tariq Aziz, was Saddam’s foreign minister who negotiated with Secretary of State James Baker to try to prevent what became the Gulf War.

Before 2003, there were still 800,000 Christians in Iraq. But after a decade of church bombings and murders of priests, their numbers have plummeted. When the Islamic State seized a third of Iraq, Christians under the group’s rule had to convert to Islam and pay a tax or face beheading.

On Dec. 26, St. Stephen’s Day, which honors the first martyr, Pope Francis hailed the Iraqi Christians lately liberated from Islamic State rule, noting, “They are our martyrs of today, and there are so many we can say that they are more numerous than in the first centuries.”

In 2016, an estimated 90,000 more Christians worldwide died for their faith.

Under Syria’s dictator Hafez al-Assad and son Bashar, Christians have been 10 percent of the population and protected by the regime. They thus have sided with Assad against the terrorists of the Islamic State and al-Qaida, whose victory would mean their expulsion or death.

Of the 10 nations deemed by Christianity Today to be the most hateful and hostile toward Christianity, eight are majority-Muslim nations, with the Middle East being the site of the worst of today’s persecutions.

Afghanistan, which we “liberated” in 2001, is listed as the third-most hostile nation toward Christians. The punishment for baptism there is death. A decade ago, a Christian convert had to flee his country to avoid beheading.

Consider. Christianity, whose greatest feast day we celebrate Sunday, is the cradle faith of the culture and the civilization of the West. And in our secularized world, Christianity remains the predominant faith.

A millennium ago, Christendom mounted crusades to ensure that its pilgrims would not lose the right to visit the Holy Land in peace.

Now, a decade and a half after we launched invasions and occupations of the Muslim world in Afghanistan and then Iraq to bring the blessings of democracy, the people there who profess that Christian faith are being persecuted as horribly as they were under the Romans in Nero’s time.

Where are the gains for religious freedom and human rights to justify all the bombings, invasions and wars we have conducted in the lands from Libya to Pakistan – to justify the losses we have endured and the death and suffering we have inflicted?

Truth be told, it is in part because of us that Christianity is on its way to being exterminated in its cradle.

Happy Easter!
 

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