President says ‘geography of pain’ stretches across country, serves to unite rather than divide people
Exclusive: Alan Keyes challenges readers to respond to his clarion call
What follows is an excerpt from a reader’s comment on my column last week, with my reply. I suspect that there are millions of Americans who feel this reader’s sense of betrayal. I wonder how many of them, among the readers of this column, have the individual intellectual and moral courage to take even one readily accessible step toward doing something about it? Not long ago WND’s editor wrote an article recognizing that it might be long past time to take action. If enough people “let their yes be yes” in response to the simple challenge I make in this column, God knows what could happen.
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PASS THIS ON PLEASE! BHO DOESN’T LIKE IT!
Watch this, then ask, how did we get here?
It has been said that this video on youtube has been so popular that Obama called him personally. He said he was very disturbed with the video and invited him to the White House. Obama also said he wanted the White House to handle any Press and not to talk about the video, or the White House visit. That’s very interesting.
Watch it now before it’s pulled from youtube. This may be the best six minutes invested in your future.
Exclusive: Larry Klayman warns, ‘Regime’s cancer of death has metastasized, spread’
The Islamic republic of Iran is the most evil of all the terrorist designated states. Supported by the China, North Korea, Russia and deceased dictator Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, its rulers have brutally suppressed a valiant freedom movement that sought to overthrow the regime, as much less sophisticated Muslim states, like Egypt, have waged their so-called Arab Spring. The irony is that these Arab states do not, and cannot, appreciate true democracy, and their level of civilization and modern sophistication among the populace is far less than among the secular elements in Iran who are fighting for freedom.
President Barack Hussein Obama, at heart a Muslim, has taken no action in the last four years to support the Iranian freedom movement, as he likely feels a kinship with the mullahs. Indeed, this publication has coined a phrase for Obama as the “First Muslim President.” But regardless of whether the “mullah in chief” is sympathetic to the regime, his record of inaction stands on its own. So too do the talk big and take no action establishment Republicans like Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham. For “fun” they get their kicks advocating military intervention with regard to much lesser nefarious interests in the Muslim world – nation states and terrorist groups that pale in comparison to the power of and evilness of the rulers of Iran.
The reality is that we fought the wrong wars over the last 10 years and lost them all, nevertheless. Today, Iraq is for all practical purposes a Shiite sister proxy state of Iran. So, too, in practice is Afghanistan, as the Taliban, with Iranian financial and logistical support, has resurfaced with a vengeance and is much more dominant than the corrupt and feckless Afghani government itself. It would have made preeminent sense for the United States to early on have supported, with covert and any other means, the Iranian freedom movement and, if necessary, used military force to overthrow this evil neo-Nazi regime. But our leaders did not want, for whatever reason, to take on the “big bully” in the Middle Eastern neighborhood, which would have required more courage. This was a huge mistake, as the Iranian regime’s cancer of death has metastasized and spread over the last 10 years, and the Islamic state is now not only a nuclear but great conventional military power, which even Israel fears taking on directly despite credible threats by the mullahs to wipe the Jewish state off the face of the Earth. Iran also supports Hamas, Hezbollah, Syrian President Assad and every other terrorist state and interest in the region bent on furthering not just the destruction of Israel and a radical Muslim revolution in the Middle East in general, but also the destruction of the United States as a world power.
That being said, about three years ago, on behalf of a brave Persian Mohammadi family whose sons and brothers Akbar and Manouchehr were the first student leaders to call and actively work for regime change in Iran, I brought a lawsuit against the rulers of this evil nation. The regime, true to form, had imprisoned both Akbar and Manouchehr, and then proceeded to terrorize the Mohammadi family as a whole. Akbar was tortured and eventually killed (WARNING: Graphic content: See the video that shows the inhuman mutilation of his body), and Manouchehr was placed under a death sentence in Evin prison. After seven years in jail, Manouchehr escaped and now lives in the United States. The sisters, other brother and parents of these two brave freedom fighters have also paid their price, both physically and emotionally. They are forever damaged and scarred, but continue to pray for Iranian freedom while grieving for Akbar.
Here are just a few excerpts:
“While in prison, Akbar was subjected to repeated bouts of torture and cruel and unusual forms of punishment, causing him to go deaf, and be in a constant state of agony.”
“Akbar, like many members of the Class herein, was placed in solitary confinement for long stretches of time, subjected to extreme conditions, and brutal beatings, all of which damaged him both physically and psychologically.”
“Finally on July 31st, 2006, Akbar was murdered in Evin prison during a torture session, his long grueling prison term mercilessly ended by the regime.”
Now, finally, after three years of litigation the case is coming to trial next week. Testifying for Akbar, Manoucher and the family, as well as all freedom loving Iranians and peoples of the world, will not just be members of the Mohammadi family, but the distinguished likes of former CIA Director James Woolsey, former Reagan administration United Nation’s Ambassador Alan Keyes, former Reagan administration national security adviser and Iran expert Michael Ledeen and Ken Timmerman, executive director of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran and a brave investigative reporter and Iran expert who himself was imprisoned at one time by terrorists in the Middle East, among a host of others, including defectors from the Iranian government. They all will provide evidence not just about how and why the Mohammadis were tortured and in Akbar’s case killed for their efforts to free the Persian people from Islamic neo-Nazi oppression under Shariah law, but why the world must wake up and now take strong measures to extinguish this truly evil regime, much as it was forced to do with Hitler’s Third Reich. The trial will be much like the Nuremberg Nazi show trials after World War II.
It is indeed sad and underscores the worthless cowardliness of our government that the Mohammadis have had to take the lead in obtaining justice against the mullahs in Tehran. If our government had supported the Iranian freedom movement years ago, which was on the verge of overthrowing the regime, the world would not now be faced with this new “Evil Empire,” this time a radical Muslim one, and its real threat of a second nuclear Holocaust.
We can all take some solace that, at least for the Mohammadi family, justice finally now will be meted out in a federal courtroom in Washington, D.C., for all the world to witness, up close and personal, the inhuman nature of the Iranian Islamic regime.
WASHINGTON – A conservative expert on religious freedom issues believes that President Barack Obama has headed “the most hostile” administration to religious freedom in American history.
Ken Klukowski, director of the Center for Religious Liberty at the Family Research Council, told The Christian Post at an FRC event on Wednesday that he believes the administration has been unprecedentedly hostile to religious liberty.
“I think the record is clear that this president and this administration are the most hostile towards religious liberty in all of American history,” said Klukowski.
“I say that without exaggeration. There are all sorts of lines that previous presidents have just not crossed…political operators around the president strongly encouraged him with regards to this HHS mandate that this is just a bridge too far. And yet the president chose to go after it anyways.”
Klukowski’s remarks came as he was part of a panel event sponsored by FRC titled “Religious Liberty in America,” which focused on pressing issues surrounding the freedom of religion in the United States.
“Religious liberty in America has long been a cherished freedom. In recent decades, reaction to displaying that religion in the public sphere has grown increasingly hostile,” reads the event summary on FRC’s website. “It is imperative that we make ourselves aware of the battle fronts and support those who stand as sentinels against encroachment on our first freedom.”
In addition to Klukowski, the other two guest speakers were Adele Keim, legal counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and Kellie Fiedorek, litigation counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom.
Keim spoke about the religious liberty issues surrounding the controversial HHS “preventive services” Mandate. “I think it’s one of the most significant threats to religious freedom that we’ve faced in decades. I can’t really think of a more significant one right now,” said Keim.
Fiedorek spoke to those gathered about the various legal suits coming up against Christian businessmen by gay rights groups. These included a photographer sued for refusing to take photos at a gay union ceremony and a baker sued for refusing to provide a cake for a gay union reception.
When asked by The Christian Post about whether there was a way gay rights could be advanced without harming religious freedom, Fiedorek answered that there would always be an issue.
“Experts on both sides agree that there is tension and I think that there always will be tension because obviously in terms of people of faith that have specific viewpoints and deeply held convictions on what is marriage and that’s not going to change,” said Fiedorek.
“Theological courage calls the inner-man to ignore his buckling knees and take theologically driven stances that, while potentially controversial, are righteous in nature.” So write Owen Strachen and Andrew Walker in a recent article discussing Hobby Lobby’s stance against Obamacare’s onerous trampling of religious liberty.
The idea of martyrdom, be it physical, social, or financial, is a strange concept to the American mind. The word conjures images of ancient inquisitions, tyrannical princes, and subjugated peoples. In the modern context, we hear stories of brave souls standing up for liberty in the face of Communist regimes in North Korea and China or fundamentalist rulers in Iran and Pakistan. We certainly don’t think of a big box retailer nestled in the heart of the suburban American landscape.
Americans are living in an age, however, where the actions of government increasingly come into conflict with Christian values. As issues like abortion and gay marriage continue to insert themselves into the cultural milieu, Christians and other traditional-minded Americans – including those of other religious faiths – find themselves marginalized and even demonized. The moral authority increasingly rests with those who control the narrative: Big Government, Hollywood, and the mainstream media. In the world of Barack Obama, George Clooney, Bob Schieffer and those like them, it is the folks at Planned Parenthood and the Human Rights Campaign who are on the right side of history. There is a war on for the soul of America, and the growing perception is that it’s the Christian remnant who are wearing the black hats.
In the face of this reality, the language of martyrdom is once again becoming relevant. Modern examples of those who are being persecuted by the state or popular culture for their fidelity to their faith include the owners of Chick-Fil-A and Hobby Lobby. Both entities have been blacklisted by the reigning “moral authorities.” Both have paid the price for espousing their faith in the public square. Right now the price may just be public opprobrium, or in Hobby Lobby’s case, fines. But as we allow government to burgeon, the price will undoubtedly get higher. As Strachen and Walker point out, look what happened in Nazi Germany. National Socialism grew and grew and gradually took control over every area of life. The church was timid and even complicit in the growth of oppressive statism and the persecution of “undesireables,” and soon there was little resistance from the wider culture. Dietrich Bonhoeffer and leaders of The Confessing Church were some of the only ones brave enough to say “no,” and ultimately paid the price of resistance with their lives.
In America today, our culture is quickly crumbling as traditional institutions are weakened and hollowed out from within. We need people of courage and conviction to speak truth to power. People who will challenge the prevailing orthodoxy and speak with a clear voice of resistance. People who will show the rest of society that there is another and better way. In short, we need the Church.
So the question to Christians across the country is, are we willing to speak up? Are we willing to resist, willing to speak truth to power? Will we refuse to render to Caesar that which is God’s, or will we roll over and let government steamroll all we hold dear? Resist the urge to dismiss such questions as paranoid hyperbole. That mistake has been made before. Let us learn a lesson from history and prepare ourselves to stand as defenders of the faith in the face of an antagonistic and increasingly authoritarian cultural and governmental regime.
Religious freedoms cited in Cheektowaga
A high school science teacher in Cheektowaga is accusing school officials of censoring her speech by ordering the removal of religious items from her classroom.
Joelle Silver, 29, complained in federal court papers that Cheektowaga Central School District officials threatened to fire her if she didn’t take down posters with religious messages, notes with Bible quotes and a “prayer request” box for the school’s Bible Study Club.
Silver, who teaches biology and anatomy and has been with the district for seven years, got rid of the material.
She then charged district officials with violating her First Amendment rights and acting hostile because she is Christian, in a complaint filed Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York,
But a national organization that complained to the district twice about Silver last June said the classroom postings were unconstitutional and needed to be removed.
“Public employees, including teachers, have to act neutrally with regard to religion. They cannot push any religion,” said Rebecca Markert, staff attorney for the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a nonprofit membership organization based in Madison, Wis., that promotes separation of faith and government.
Silver, who lives in Amherst, is being represented by the American Freedom Law Center, a nonprofit law firm that focuses on religious liberty cases.
Attorney Robert J. Muise maintained that constitutional violations occurred when district officials forced Silver to remove the religious materials. “They essentially want her to cease being a Christian once she enters school district property,” said Muise.
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