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October 19, 2017

Will Europe Divide Over Religion?

 

Those of us old enough to have experienced a divided Europe between free and Communist also remember the Iron Curtain. Some may even recall the origins of that phrase being a speech given at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill on March 5, 1946. United States President Harry S. Truman was with the British Prime Minister on the dais listening to the speech. The speech is actually titled “The Sinews of Peace” despite the most famous phrase history remembers was the term “Iron Curtain” used as Churchill stated, “From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.” The entirety of the speech can be viewed below. That curtain will potentially become the basis for a new wall in Europe, one where religion remains an important cornerstone of society and one which has entered what many are referring to as the post-Christian society. Some of the functionaries of the European Union describe this divide a between élites of Western Europe who favor a more cosmopolitan and tolerant society which is democratic-liberal and accepting of people of all faiths with various views against those of Eastern Europe who are less enlightened exhibiting xenophobic views where they are bigoted against foreigners and those with whom they are unfamiliar seeking protection in the religions of Old Europe and an age long left behind by New Europe.

 

 

The reality is that one Europe lived in a free society which brought them more freedom than they could manage leading them into a hedonistic fervor where personal pleasure was the new aim by which life was measured and immediacy of realization of those very pleasures superseded all other pursuits. Thus, they left behind the limitations of Christianity and entered their new multiculturalist, post-Christian age where the self replaced the church and each person became the definer of their own religious beliefs. The restrictions of morality imposed by religion were replaced with the hedonism of an older age where barbarity ruled and the gods demanded child sacrifice. This new age has its own version of child sacrifice where pregnancies are terminated by abortions such that the party can continue without consequence or interruption. This has led to Western Europe having such a low rate of childbirth by the native population that they have fallen way below replacement rate leading to an aging population requiring the importation of foreign workers. In an effort to find these workers, leaders such as Angela Merkel made a decision to permit free and unregulated immigration from the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) calling for any who consider themselves to be refugees of any nature seeking the liberal governance of Western Europe to come and join in the wonders of Europe. This has brought on a huge wave of Islamic “refugees” which happened to be largely males, unaccompanied males, and unforeseen problems. This may be the result of their utopian dream becoming their nightmare.

 

Now for Eastern Europe and why they have a different view of what their new freedom means compared to their fellow Europeans at the western end of the continent who have had freedom ever since the end of World War II. The Eastern Europeans were behind that “Iron Curtain” Winston Churchill so perfectly described. Other than East Germany which reattached to West Germany to reestablish the whole of Germany and thus are being taken for a political ride as their neighbors from West Germany had a population advantage and thus control the politics. That tore East Germany from the remainder of the Warsaw Pact nations. These nations led by Poland, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Czech Republic and the rest of the former Warsaw Pact nations, had experienced the godless forced atheism of the Communist regimes imposed by the Soviet Union. This denied them their Christianity making it something more sacred with time. Their areas were closed societies which left their towns, cities and nations as homogeneous as they were at the end of World War II, in simple terms, Poland remained very Polish, Rumania remain Romanian, Hungary remain Hungarian and so on. Once free of the authoritarian governments which had oppressed these societies, they were still in a similar state as they had been under the Nazis who were another socialist and atheistic society, thus these societies are still flocking to their churches and Christianity is having a revival throughout Eastern Europe or the old Warsaw Pact nations. Thousands of Polish Catholics replete with rosary beads ringed much of their nation gathering at border points protesting the continued atheistic secularism of their government and in solidarity with fellow Christians across Europe who have been victimized by the spread of Islam across parts of Europe.

 

New Divide of Europe Between Western and Eastern Europes

New Divide of Europe Between Western and Eastern Europes

 

The two Europes could not be any more separate, the first shedding Christianity for the liberation of no religion and the other embracing Christianity after forced atheization under Soviet Union dictatorships. The first has shed the concept of traditional marriage replacing it with alternate definitions and simple hook-up culture and other alternate lifestyle choices where too many are child-free lifestyles. This had the consequence of a low reproductive rate and an aging population. Since 1950, the reproductive rate in Western Europe has steadily declined to the point that it has fallen well below replacement rate and showing no signs of recovery. The other Europe had a depressed reproductive rate while under Communism and its oppressive governance which was consistently below replacement rate. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union and their respective Communist governance, the Eastern European nations have slowly risen from their melancholy lethargy. Their governance has had a less than smooth transition from Communism to Democracies independent and free from the central planning under Moscow. Their economies have slowly emerged as they faced an initial necessary improvement of infrastructure in order to make industrial growth possible. The reinitializing of free and independent nations did not exactly go without its challenges and little hiccups along the way. Where the real benefits of the newfound freedoms appears to actually taking root about now as the first generations raised entirely free of the pains of Communism are reaching adulthood, the reality of the freedom is now starting to be truly felt and the signs are impressive. The people are returning to their religious roots which had been illegal and forbidden for so long. Marriage is gaining amongst the youth and it appears that population numbers are slowly returning towards replacement rate and hopefully above into a range unseen for over half a century. Eastern Europe may be approaching a bright future if they can survive the European Union. The Western Europeans would gladly chase their Eastern Europeans from the European Union and if the Eastern Europeans are smart, they will be running so fast from the European Union that their Western European counterparts will be unable to catch them to chase them out.

 

There is nothing to prevent the Eastern Europeans from eventually following in the exact same footprints down the merry path which the Western Europeans have already tread. Perhaps the disaster that Old Europe is about to become and the potential for internecine violence and possible wars similar to the past wars against the spread of Islam, are about to repeat themselves, except this time with modern weaponry. Such conflicts will be more devastating with much higher toll in human lives than previous wars. While these threats are on the increase and the violence is growing in Western Europe, Eastern Europe will be experiencing their return to their various Christian roots with their population slowly recovering and starting to grow. It may become required for Eastern Europe to come and aid their Western Europeans otherwise they may fall to Islam and then pose a threat to Eastern Europe. Maybe history will find another John III Sobieski, King of Poland, though the next Polish savior of Europe will be possibly a Polish President, or a Romanian hero whose name will convey evil as did the name of their King Vlad III Dracula, but who will turn back invading enemies. Perhaps Western Europe will be the next conquest to eventually make up the Caliphate when Islam finally settles for the lands they posses and desire no more Jihadi Wars. What the future holds we cannot know and should we be patient, it does reveal itself in its own time. Time is the owner of great secrets of which we can know those revealed already and see those that come as we live and only strike with conjecture at what time holds from us in what we always pray will be a fantastic story for our children and their children and on for generations yet to come. For now, this is what we can say today, maybe we will say more in our hoped for mutual futures.

 

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October 6, 2017

Religion Under Assault in America

 

A couple of hundreds of some of the most prominent Christian leaders in the United States who came from across all denominations came together in Nashville, Tennessee where they signed a missive called the “Nashville Statement.” They conveyed their total support for the New Testament reaffirming over two millennia of Biblical injunctions and directives declaring the reaffirmation that marriage is between one man and one woman, G0d made us male and female and therefore transgenderism is incompatible with the Christian faith, and that the Bible lists homosexuality as a sin thereby rendering its acceptance as incompatible with the Christian faith. This drew many denunciations from among which the condemnation by the Mayor of Nashville, Megan Barry, seemed unexpected. The most preposterous condemnation came from those who objected to the timing coming as the people of Houston and surrounding areas of Texas are suffering from Hurricane Harvey. I’m sure when these leaders of faith planned their assembling months ago they did it with the divine providing them with information that a hurricane would have devastated a large area of the southern United States and this was included in their plans. Please, give the world a break and please, if you are going to object, please find something more believable and applicable, something more real than attempting to shame them for a natural disaster coinciding as if such could be planned. But these were the least of the objections and the least damning as well.

 

When the content of the “Nashville Statement” was officially released, there were numerous condemnations denouncing the signatories as hateful, homophobic, as well as deceitful and not speaking in the nature or with the passions of Jesus. The word “hate” appeared to be the favorite uncivil invective thrown with obvious intent to harm the signers. But not to worry, keepers of the faith in all ages share one remarkable quality, their ability to shrug off scorn over their treasured beliefs as they often have experienced far too much practice allowing such to pass without taking offense. Their skin has developed a tender strength allowing them to be sympathetic and to understand that the people are defending their pet political beliefs and, they hope, not their deep moral beliefs. Religious people have come under more and more rejection for their beliefs which is regrettable as they mostly are the ones least likely to reject those who show them disregard. Religious faith is supposed to allow for people to come together but in this instance, it appears to have had the opposite effect. For that reason, despite my not being anywhere near an expert on the New Testament or, unfortunately, the Torah and remainder of what is referred to as the Old Testament, I wish to contest one of the reported points and make a distinction as a matter of mending fences.

 

Hebrew Bible and Christian Bible

Hebrew Bible and Christian Bible

 

The accusation made that they stated that the Bible lists homosexuality as a sin has to be inaccurate. If my knowledge is near accurate, the Bible states that sodomy is a sin, not homosexuality. One may love whomever they choose but the act of sodomy, whether performed between two men and by a man with a woman are equally a sin as both are sodomy. The Bible teaches us not to hate anyone else but to love everybody. We are to love the person and hate the sin, and that makes a huge difference as we are instructed to love the person including homosexuals and to hate the sin of sodomy no matter whether it is homosexual or heterosexual in nature. Unfortunately, the fact is that the act is the sin, not the emotions between people, which are to be judged. But this is lost in the arguments because if an act which can be either heterosexual or homosexual in nature, thus applicable to all men and not just those attracted to other men, then the argument loses all its political clout. What good is the naming of an act as a sin which has no political application when one can make a political stand claiming that religious people hate a certain group of people. One of the major problems with society today is that a certain group of political positions have decided that religion is their enemy and that if their visions of the world are to come true, then the first step is to rid the world of religious beliefs.

 

The absolute worst result from the “Nashville Statement” would be its use in the political war against religion and to attack and besmirch people of religious faith. The war against religion is simply a manufactured war being used as a ploy to attract disaffected people to a certain political viewpoint. Those of the viewpoint that the state must replace religion because religion ties people to a false premise and the state can be and is better suited to caring for people, are ignoring the benefits which came from religion as the force responsible for caring for those in need and the government taking care of the structures such as roads and other inanimate objects. The war against religion desires to claim that man has no divine spark and is no different than an amoeba, just a few million years more evolved which permits eugenics and other forms of population control and the classification of people instead of treating all people with respect and love. The war against religion would reduce humanity to cold calculations and nothing more and that would be a sad world in which to live. But that is exactly how the cold of heart will interpret the “Nashville Statement” and make nothing more of it than claiming it comes from those who hate, but the real question one need answer is who are the real haters, the ones who wish to turn humanity into nothing more than statistics in a government ledger. When one has that answer, then they will understand which respects and treasures people more, the political or the religious. I know which group we would trust our future to between the two.

 

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April 30, 2017

Western Culture is the Culture Which Refuses to be Defined!

 

Multiculturalism, postmodernism, globalism or whatever headline name you wish to give the New Age culture, the main canon is we shall not live by the old rules. When asked by what rules these New Agers plan to live by, the most given answer is whatever I feel like at the moment. They will fight any attempt to name them or give their lives any set of defining terms, as they will oppose them simply such that they are seen in opposition to any definition. They claim they are free of such ideas as rules, limits, morals, ethics, morality or etiquette and that they make it up in the moment. This in the moment is the closest they come to any mantra and perhaps they are the personification of the old 1960’s rallying call of, “If it feels good, do it.” That was the call for living in the moment from that era and today’s millennials appear to be living out the hippie culture without realizing it. The problem with having an entire generation actually living within such a culture driven purely by the hippie ethos should frighten everybody when considering what the immediate future will become as these youth grow into the positions of power. But there is another alternative which is being proposed in Europe to replace the questionable future by providing the people with an ironclad and rigid ethical system which defines exactly how to perform every single action and decision in life. That is perhaps more than equally frightening as what will happen and which side will win when those living lives of total freedom with no limits or rules come into conflict with those whose lives are defined down to the last little action as which hand to use when eating and every act more complicated than that?

 

Islam is coming to Europe and it is coming in its most violent and restrictive variety. Islam will demand complete and total surrender to Allah and to his laws in the Quran. There will be no deviation from the rules, there will be no alteration of the rules, there will be only one set of rules and the Imam will dictate these rules from the laws written in the Quran and the Hadiths. Everyone must conform to the rules, both Muslim and Infidel. The Infidel will accept the classification as Dhimmi and live under the restrictions which are imposed upon all Dhimmi and act as subordinates to Muslims. Women must know their place, only travel outside the home in the company of a male relative be it husband, son, brother, uncle or other male relative or responsible male related in some manner. Women must remain veiled and dressed humbly and modestly and walk subjectively steps behind their male escort. Husbands are to strike wives in such a manner so as not to leave any permanent marks if she requires corrective influence as she is not sufficient subordinated or acts in some other undesirable manner. And a host of further rules with the eventual demand that all Dhimmis face a decision of conversion to Islam or being put to death, often by horrific means. Even should Dhimmi accept conversion, they will be constantly monitored closely seeking to note any action which might indicate that their conversion was done under false means and were not true in their faith. Such actions would result in torture to force a confession followed by execution as described above. All followers of Islam must observe the Five Pillars of Islam (see image below). The central demand of all Islam is also the meaning of the word Islam, surrender, as one is required to surrender their lives to Islam and follow all that Muhammad demands. This brings up the question of the contradictory laws, rules, customs and dictates found within the Quran. These are settled through Naskh (نسخ), an Arabic word usually translated as “abrogation”, the principle where an older verse is superseded by a new verse which contradicts or alters the initial verse in the Quran, or within the Hadiths. This is a major principle which would take too long to go through in this article but an introduction with multiple links in the comments section provided by our readers give more information and flush out this concept and the need thereof. The main concept of Islam which contradicts the lifestyle of the millennials is the demand that one surrender to Islam and its strict obedience of a rigid structure, the opposite of their beliefs.

 

Five Pillars of Islam

 

The problem which will soon confront the millennials is that their belief that little is worth fighting over will face pressure from Islam that they dedicate themselves to a set of strict rules even should they resist conversion. The millennials will not accept living as a Dhimmi any better than they would accept living as a Muslim. Their freedom filled lifestyle will not be accepted by Islam and this will place the two in direct opposition and then they will be faced with their worst nightmare, having to decide if anything in life, including the right to live as one chooses, is worth struggling, even fighting, to retain that which they have over the invading demands of Islam. Facing the choice of fight or flight many may decide on flight and then comes the question as to where? Moving elsewhere in Europe would, at best, simply put off the challenge until a later time as, unless Islam is prevented from becoming the dominant force in Europe, there will be no freedom the millennials currently understand as Islam stifles all freedoms replacing everything in life with the Quran, the Hadiths, the Imam’s rulings, the Five Pillars of Islam and total surrender to their new masters way of life. There are those who are already ready and standing in opposition of Islam. Some are trying to wake the European continent and are using the political system such as Geert Wilders. Others are using a more direct method meeting Islamic rioters in the streets and escorting women on trains and buses which pass through predominantly Muslim neighborhoods where they have been attacked in the past for indecent dress, also known as Western fashion. Some quote great men in history who had seen this threat before such as Charles “The Hammer” Martel and King of Poland John III Sobieski, two men who saved the opposite ends of Europe from Islamic advances, and Winston Churchill who saw the threat of the Nazis and rallied Britain, and saw the threat of Communism which he named their oppression as an Iron Curtain falling across the continent of Europe, but long before noting either of these threats, Winston Churchill recognized another threat which did not threaten one continent but the entirety of mankind if this threat were not understood, recognized and taken on with everything equal to the extents taken to answer the later two threats of the Nazis and Communists, and this first threat was Islam. We recognized his wisdom which includes the quotes shown below plus more in our article European Union Should Worry About Europe Not Israel; and here are those quotes from the Honorable Sir Winston Churchill:

How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries, improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live.
A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement, the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.
Individual Muslims may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.

 

Another problem the millennials and those growing up after them face is a lack of knowledge of history which means they never heard of Winston Churchill beyond a few quips in computer games. Many are not well read as they were instructed in whole word recognition which restricts their vocabulary to only the worlds their teachers introduced to them. They were not given the power of phonics and sounding out words from their spelling unless they had a teacher in elementary schools who never received the memo about using whole word recognition which was distributed somewhere in the early 1990’s. This new method for reading made reading new material on one’s own difficult and so cumbersome that it was virtually painful as any word one did not know they would need to ask somebody what it was. The meaning they might be capable of finding in a dictionary or thesaurus but how the word was pronounced they likely required assistance. This makes any advanced book on history, politics, philosophy or even mathematics or physics beyond their capability and newspapers would be equally challenging. This is one of the reasons for the character limit on Twitter as it makes one write in a less complex manner using short and easy world. News on music channels is given in short and uncomplicated manner using statements which would also be acceptable as a Twitter post. The entirety of their world is contained in 140 characters or less, including spaces and punctuation. Perhaps this explains the lack of punctuation and the great new idea in schools that spelling should be an expression of one’s feelings for the word and that there not be any exacting idea for how words be spelled. This has even extended to mathematics where it is now the process which matters where if a student can explain how their method should have led them to the correct answer, that should count more than whether they did actually find the correct answer. Education just is not what it used to be and thus neither are the students or the knowledge expected from them. This also further explains why millennials believe that it is their freedom to do as they please which is important and the results should simply be accepted by the rest of society.

 

The lack of discipline shown by millennials and the younger set has included a new psychosis which is defined as Chronic Lateness and any person who is late to work on average three times per week cannot be fired for their tardiness as it is not their fault, they suffer from Chronic Lateness. This is a sample of how anything which millennials and the following generations and even us older people are now relieved of any responsibilities towards others and how all actions are now to be acceptable as they are simply the defined reasons and concepts under which each individual lives. We are all to be permitted to define how we live and exactly what others must expect and permit us to act even if it causes them problems as those are their problems and do not lay your problems on me, man. There is going to be a clash of civilizations as in Islam the five times of prayer every day are set in stone. They are announced in a less than casual cry by the muezzin often with the aid of expensive and powerful amplification systems such that nothing can mistake when the time for prayer has arrived. Imagine the millennial who upon hearing the call to prayer at 5:00 AM who decided to roll over and go back to sleep as they do not feel like bothering to rise and shine, and then at 11:00 AM when the second call to prayer is heard they had a rough night and our millennial decides they still require more rest turns back to their original side and returns to sleep and then finally rolls out of bed around 1:00 PM and then they just might become noticeable due to their absence at the morning prayer times. Somehow, it is doubtful that the Muslims would accept Chronic Lateness Syndrome. As we noted earlier, Islam is very rule oriented in everything in one’s life and that starts with waking for morning prayers as Salah, praying to Allah five times per day, is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. On the other side of the argument, if the millennials are going to defend their rights to live as they please by their rules and in a world where Chronic Lateness Syndrome is acceptable, then they may actually have to stand and do something.

 

Should they not stand, then Europe may end up looking like the map below along with the Middle East, Asia and Northern Africa. From there Islam has stated plans on moving on to North America starting with the United States and then moving on southward in both the Americas and Africa and lastly taking on China and Asia. There are many Imams and Islamic leaders who believe that these conquests are written in stone, or at least the Quran, and guaranteed by Allah and thus their efforts cannot be resisted. After they take control of the entire world, there will only be a few questions left to answer. The first question will be which interpretation of Islam will take total control, Shiites, Sunni, Salafi, Sufism, Wahhabis, Ahmadiyyas, Alawite or Kharijites. The average betting man would choose Sunni or Wahhabis but should Iran be the only Muslim nation with nuclear weapons, particularly thermonuclear devices, then the Shiites would be the best bet. Even after this, there will probably be yet another final question which will cause one final war, who will be the Caliph who will be expected to bring in the Twelfth Imam or the Mahdi who then would bring back Muhammad. One would hope that there would be no more conflict and everything would finally be settled and everything put in place for their End Times, but we likely missed something somewhere.

 

Arab and Muslim World After the Islamization of Europe except for Switzerland and Israel in Red Both Standing Against any Islamic Assault or Tide

 

Will the world fall to Islam? That will first depend on whether Europe falls to Islam and this we have discussed numerous times and explained the required changes should Europe honestly desire to preserve its heritage. The easiest means of finding resolution for saving Europe would be a return to religion, filling the pews every Sunday, and through this restoring of their Christian heritage, having children, many children which would allow for a basis of workers to provide for the aging population. The having of children is the most important item on the list and there is no time like the present to begin their efforts. The map above should be sufficient impetus for action on behalf of the European population, then we are not sure what it might take. There have been signs of a restoration of religion even in Russia where President Putin has recognized that the future of Russia is heavily embedded in the return and rebirth of the Russian Orthodox Church. Christianity’s rebirth in Europe would mean Catholicism in Italy, Spain, Portugal, France and beyond; the Church of England and Catholicism in Britain and across the Isles; Lutheranism in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Germany; Eastern Orthodox and Greek Orthodox in Eastern Europe and Poland; Calvinism in North and West Switzerland, minorities in Germany and Hungary, Scotland, a large minority in Northern Ireland, smaller numbers in England, Wales, Ireland and Malta. There are other churches and Catholicism throughout all of Europe and into Russia and all of these and even more modern and liberal churches such as the Church of Christ, Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Church, and some of the ancient churches such as the Assyrians, Coptic and others all need to contribute efforts and possibly even a new church using many of the originalist teachings of the early church which includes families as important and held many interesting principles and teachings which fell away with time and could add a degree of authenticity and excitement which would assist in the rebirth of faith in the new Europe. Imagine a church based on the originalist teachings becoming the newest church and the form of Christianity which allows for the reality in faith necessary for modern Europeans. Perhaps the millennial Church where services start Sunday morning around eleven and continue all afternoon, drop by as you feel the need and enjoy the service and adjust to the segment you find most comfortable, and don’t forget, children are bliss and excitement and teach real truths which we may not have found yet in our lives. Perhaps traditional churches and religions would be most appropriate to begin with, but hopefully, we might just see some version of these proposed paths come to fruition.

 

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