Charisma News 1/30/2014 Charis Hillman Brown
With all the craziness that has happened in the last fews months when it comes to popular culture, I’m sure many of us wish we didn’t know what “twerking” was. But, sadly, a 20-year-old former tween idol named Miley Cyrus gave us an eyeful at the VMAs last year. This catapulted the Hannah Montana star into superstardom, and she became the No. 1 ranked people search on Google. All due to twerking (a super sexualized dance), sitting on a wrecking ball naked, licking a sledgehammer, and hanging her tongue out like Gene Simmons.
Justin Bieber had a rough year last year, in addition to the newest crisis involving egging a neighbor’s house and an arrest for driving under the influence. Brothels, marijuana, strip clubs, battery, graffiti, bursts of expletives and peeing into a washbucket are among the reported activities for this once-sweet and respectful singer who sang songs like “Pray.”
What is happening to these stars that they are exhibiting such behaviors with no sign of remorse and leading other young and impressionable youth along with them?
“I’m not Buddhist, I’m not Hindu, I’m not Christian, but I still feel like I have a deep connection with God.” —Katy Perry, Marie Claire, January issue
This anchor will be looking for a job soon. “Al Jazeera Host Asks Why Can’t Arab Armies Be More Humane, Like Israel? (VIDEO),” by Joshua Levitt for Algemeiner, January 17, 2014.
An Al Jazeera Arabic anchor recently asked his audience why Arab armies, and, in particular, the regime of Bashar al-Assad, in Syria, can’t behave more humanely towards civilians, like the Israeli and French armies do?
In a clip uploaded to YouTube this week and flagged by Mideast Media Analyst Tom Gross, the anchor asks, “Why don’t they learn from the Israeli army which tries, through great efforts, to avoid shelling areas populated by civilians in Lebanon and Palestine? Didn’t Hezbollah take shelter in areas populated by civilians because it knows that Israeli Air Force doesn’t bomb those areas? Why doesn’t the Syrian army respect premises of universities, schools or inhabited neighborhoods? Why does it shell even the areas of its supporters?”
by Hilary White, Rome Correspondent – Jan 16, 2014
MOSCOW, January 16, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Far from backing down on its national ban on homosexual propaganda, the Russian government is going on the offensive, saying the European Union’s promotion of homosexuality has led it to ignore real human rights violations, including the growth of ultra-nationalist and neo-Nazi groups.
Since the bill was signed into law, Russia has been the target of a massive international campaign, spearheaded by the European Union and homosexual campaigners at the EU, to overturn it.
A report on human rights to the EU by the Russian government, accuses the EU of “the dissemination of their neo-liberal values as a universal lifestyle for all other members of the international community.”
“This is particularly evident in their aggressive promotion of the sexual minorities’ rights,” the report said. “Attempts have been made to enforce on other countries an alien view of homosexuality and same-sex marriages as a norm of life and some kind of a natural social phenomenon that deserves support at the state level.” Continue reading ‘Russia retaliates: New report says EU’s promotion of homosexuality ignores real human rights issues’
January 16, 2014 by Daniel Greenfield
Walk along Church Avenue and turn east onto McDonald Avenue and you will see where the old standards of working class Brooklyn, aging homes with faded American flags and loose siding, surly bars tucked into the shadows of street corners and the last video stores hanging on to a dying industry give way to mosques and grocery stores selling goat meat.
Mosques grow like mushrooms in basements, cell phone stores offer easy ways to wire money back to Bangladesh and old men glare at interlopers, especially if they are infidel women.
This is where Mohammed Siddiquee settled a dispute the old-fashioned way by beheading his landlord.
Mohammed wasn’t the first man in Brooklyn to use violence to settle a rental dispute, but beheadings are more traditional in his native Bangladesh than in Brooklyn, though over in neighboring Queens, Ashrafuzzaman Khan, Bangladesh’s most wanted war criminal, heads up the local Islamic Circle of North America, whose Islamist thugs beheaded poets and buried professors in mass graves.
Here in Kensington, where the alphabet streets that march across Brooklyn down to the ocean begin, the bars retreat along with the alphabet from those areas marked by the crescent and the angry glare. And there is another one like it at the other end of the alphabet where the Atlantic Ocean terminates the letters at Avenue Z bookending the Brooklyn alphabet with angry old men and phone cards for Bangladesh.
Pakistani government shows no sign of taking action over the Federal Shariah Court’s blasphemy law ruling0 Comments Published by Office 2 March 5th, 2014 in Insight Into Islam, Islam, Pakistan, Politics
PAKISTAN (ANS) – Last month, the Federal Shariah Court (FSC) of Pakistan ordered that the death penalty be the “only punishment for a blasphemer”, and that life imprisonment be removed as an option.
“The Pakistani government has been given until next month to implement the order and time is running out if the decision is to be challenged,” Nasir Saeed, Director of CLAAS-UK (www.claas.org.uk), told the ASSIST News Service (www.assistnews.net).
He said that CLAAS [Centre for Legal Aid Assistance & Settlement] is concerned that if the order is followed, this law will become a Shariah law, causing many complications, and blasphemy cases will have to be heard in Shariah courts.
“The original order was made in 1990, but the government failed to implement the order and therefore 23 years later, once again the order is being reinforced,” Saeed went on to say.
by Thaddeus Baklinski Jan 16, 2014
LONDON, January 16, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Sex-selective abortion is so common a practice among minorities in Great Britain that the nation is “missing” an estimated 1,400-4,700 girls, according to a new report.
An analysis of census data by the UK’s The Independent newspaper found that a growing imbalance in the ratio of boys to girls in some ethnic minorities points to a rise in sex-selective abortions targeting girls in these groups.
The newspaper claims that the sex ratio in certain Asian populations in the UK is so skewed toward boys that it “can only easily be explained” by sex-selective abortions.
The Independent said it looked at 2011 census data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to investigate whether having a daughter as a first child raised the probability of a family’s second-born child being a boy.
“We found that the sex ratio of second-born children was heavily boy-biased in the families of mothers born in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and that there was some evidence of this being the case in families of mothers born in Bangladesh,” the investigators said.
We’re very pleased to announce that Dr Bahjat Batarseh, originally from Jordan and now living in the USA, will be ministering God’s Word and praying for people at CTFM at 30 Star Crescent, Hallam at 6:30pm Sunday 16th March.
The Lord has blessed this mighty man of God with a great gift of healing, also prophecy and has used him to heal thousands of people around the globe, including raising 3 people from the dead.
He’s had many great opportunities to minister to and prophesy over many national leaders, presidents, prime ministers and kings in various nations around the globe.
Thank You For Watching this Live Stream, God Bless Everyone.
Notice: National Day of Prayer Australia has a livestream please follow the link below
28 January 2014 – By Dr. Reuven Berko – Jewish World Review
Peter O’Toole, who was marvelous in “Lawrence of Arabia,” died recently. Many commentators and critics feel that Lawrence’s story and the movie about him influenced the actions of many European statesmen, politicians, and members of Western foreign ministries and security services. However, there is considerable argument as to whether and what, as a matter of historical fact, T. E. Lawrence contributed to the British war effort by collaborating with the Bedouin tribes of the Arabian Peninsula against the Ottoman Turks during the First World War. Not all historians agree to the truth of the glowing reports of his personality, moral stature and personal behavior.
Nevertheless, the enigmatic figure of Lawrence, an intelligence officer, became a role model for Western diplomats and statesmen, and he is revered as a master of mediating with the leaders of the Arab world. He seemed secretive and manipulative, with the rare ability and knowledge to exploit Arab ideology to achieve victory and foster the interests of the West, and to build inter-cultural cooperation and coexistence in a way that was both noble and romantic.
More than 2,000 Christians gathered in Colombo on Sunday to protest against a perceived lack of religious freedom in Sri Lanka, following recent attacks on Christian places of worship by Buddhist extremists.
Two churches and a Christian prayer centre were attacked on Jan. 12 by Buddhist mobs claiming they were illegal and aiming to take Buddhists away from their religion.
The prayer centre, belonging to the Church of the Foursquare Gospel in Pitipana, near Colombo, was set alight on the same day as attacks on the Assemblies of God Church and Calvary Free Church in the southern coastal town of Hikkaduwa.
The fire was quelled in Pitipana before the centre was completely destroyed. Release International reported that a note was left outside the building, threatening further violence. Both churches in Hikkaduwa suffered extensive damage, with windows and furniture smashed and Bibles burned.
Live webcast with Pr Daniel ministering in Hallam this Sunday 2nd March / Pr Daniel ministering in Culcairn, Albury & Wagga Wagga, NSW on Sat 8th – Sun 9th March / Encouraging letter of support for RUAP6 Comments Published by Office 2 February 28th, 2014 in A Call To Action, Australia, Bible, Christian Church Issues, Courage, Islam, Miraculous Testimonies, Multiculturalism, Politics, Prayer, Revival, Rise Up Australia
Dear friends & family in Christ,
1) Pr Daniel will be ministering God’s prophetic Word and praying for people this Sunday 2nd March at the 9.30am & 6:30pm worship services at our new CTFM premises at 30 Star Crescent in Hallam, Melbourne.
Please note that this service will be live webcast at www.catchthefire.com.au beginning at 10:30am (AEDT).
2) Please pray for Pr Daniel who will be ministering at Holy Spirit revival meetings at the Culcairn Bowling Club on Albury Road in Culcairn at 7pm on Saturday 8th March.
At Christian Fellowship Centre at 562 Kiewa St in Albury (opposite Albury City Council) at 10am Sunday 9th March.
At Wagga Wagga Christian College at 401 Korringal Rd at 7pm on Sunday 9th March.
For those of you in the Culcairn, Albury & Wagga Wagga areas, attached is the brochure for your distribution among your family, friends, etc.
3) Following is an encouraging letter we received from a CTFM supporter in regard to RUAP.
Dear Ps. Danny,
Sometime ago I emailed you concerned about the impact that the RUAP involvement would have on your prophetic and evangelistic work throughout Australia.
Continue reading ‘Live webcast with Pr Daniel ministering in Hallam this Sunday 2nd March / Pr Daniel ministering in Culcairn, Albury & Wagga Wagga, NSW on Sat 8th – Sun 9th March / Encouraging letter of support for RUAP’
Katy Perry Grammy Awards ‘Dark Horse’ performance had witchcraft and satanic symbolism; Shows singer’s rejection of childhood Christian values1 Comment Published by Office 2 February 28th, 2014 in Christian Church Issues, Satanism, United States of America, World News
Pop star Katy Perry’s performance of “Dark Horse” during the 2014 Grammy Awards on Sunday evening has shocked some fans as it displayed dark satanic imagery, including witchcraft and demons.
Perry was dressed as a witch and wore a Knights of Templar cross across her chest during the performance. She also pole-danced on a broom, and was finally burned at the stake towards the end of her controversial ensemble on the awards show, which is watched by families across the world.
The singer’s dark performance shocked many, even prompting E! News to tweet: “Um, did we just witness actual witchcraft during Katy Perry’s #Grammys performance?”
Fans took to Twitter to express their opinions about Perry’s controversial “Dark Horse” performance.
January 28, 2014 – Frontpage Mag by Daniel Greenfield
Malik Obama was photographed at an event in Yemen wearing a scarf which on one side carries the message; “Jerusalem is ours – WE ARE COMING!”
This message is framed by a map of Israel that says, ‘From the River to the Sea!’ staking a claim on all of Israel.
The other side of the scarf features a picture of the Dome of the Rock and the message “Al Aqsa is ours and is not their temple” denying the Jewish right to the holiest site in Judaism.
As Walid Shoebat documents, this scarf is often associated with Hamas.
Malik Obama’s boss (Malik works for him officially in his capacity as IDO Executive Secretary), Suar al-Dahab during a visit to Gaza last year at a Hamas event with the group’s Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yusuf al-Qaradawi. Notice he’s wearing a similar keffiyeh at a conference entitled, ‘Aiding Jerusalem and Gaza”.
Awesome move of God in Toowoomba, QLD / Live webcast with Pr Daniel ministering in Hallam this Sunday 2nd March6 Comments Published by Office 2 February 25th, 2014 in Australia, Courage, Healing, Miraculous Testimonies, Politics, Prayer, Revival, Rise Up Australia, Rise Up Australia Party
1) We thank and praise God for a wonderful weekend in Toowoomba, QLD where Pr Daniel and a team from Brisbane ministered last Friday, Saturday & Sunday at Shiloh Centre.
All meetings were well attended as people travelled from many locations from within and around Toowoomba. Some drove 3 & 1/2 hours and camped out for the weekend. We thank God for people with such passion for Jesus.
We thank God for the many people who were mightily blessed through Pr Daniel’s ministry under the Anointing of the Holy Spirit. Many were weeping at the altar and came forward to stand in the gap and pray for Australia. The Senior Minister of the church and ministry stated, “We are fully supportive of the vision to take Australia for Jesus. We will stand with you Pr Daniel. You are God’s gift to Australia.”
Pr Daniel stated, “I was so blessed by the amazing love and commitment these people demonstrated to extend the Kingdom of God. I was so blessed to hear that five people from this church stood as candidates with Rise Up Australia Party at the last federal election and that the Pastor and all the congregation fully supported them. I take my hat off for people with such a heart for Australia.”
2) Pr Daniel will be ministering God’s prophetic Word and praying for people this Sunday 2nd March at the 9.30am & 6:30pm worship services at our new CTFM premises at 30 Star Crescent in Hallam, Melbourne.
Please note that this service will be live webcast at www.catchthefire.com.au beginning at 10:30am (AEDT).
DUNDEE, Scotland, January 29, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Tony Miano, an American evangelical street preacher and former policeman, must be getting used to being arrested for his beliefs in Britain. Miano was arrested January 8th, in Dundee, Scotland, and remanded in custody to appear before Dundee Sheriff Court the next day. Charged with a public order offence and held for nearly 30 hours, Miano was allowed to return to the US on the condition that he returns to the court in April.
A spokesman for the legal advocacy group Christian Concern told LifeSiteNews.com that the situation of street preachers being arrested is getting out of hand, with police making what are, essentially, arbitrary arrests.
Garry Selfridge, spokesman for Christian Concern said that the Dundee court “is being a little pathetic and backward” in allowing the proceedings to move forward.
“There is an overall blanket of political correctness that cloaks the whole establishment in the UK, so the police are not well advised or well trained to deal with such situations,” he said.
January 22, 2014 – Frontpage Mag by Bruce Bawer
Lila Abu-Lughod received her Ph.D. from Harvard, has taught at Williams, Princeton, and NYU, and now boasts the title of Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science at Columbia University, where she teaches anthropology and Women’s Studies and is considered an expert on the Arab world. Born and raised in the United States, she’s the daughter of Ibrahim Abu-Lughod, whose buddy Edward Said once described him as “Palestine’s foremost academic and intellectual.”She’s also the author of a book, Do Muslim Women Need Saving?, which was published last year by Harvard University Press, and which I first became aware of via an excerpt in the Daily Beast and a piece by Abu-Lughod, also entitled “Do Muslim Women Need Saving?”, that appeared in Time Magazine.
The thrust of both these articles is that we in the West who think Muslim women are oppressed have been misinformed. Yes, Abu-Lughod acknowledges, Islamic culture has its demerits – but hey, so does every culture. Also, she argues, women in the Islamic world are a varied crew, ranging from prime ministers to peasants, so there are plenty who don’t fit the West’s stereotypes.
What to say about these rhetorical ploys except that they could be used to challenge any criticism of just about anything or anyone? (You could defend Nazi Germany against charges of anti-Semitism in precisely the same way that Abu-Lughod defends Islam against charges of oppressing women: “Admittedly, Hitler was horrible, but which national leader has ever been beyond criticism? True, some Jews suffered under Hitler, but anti-Semitism has been a very serious problem in many societies.”)
1/22/2014 Vishal Arora/RNS – Charisma News
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono may be the first Indonesian president to acknowledge publicly he believes in witchcraft. In a recently published memoir, he describes a “horror movie”-style encounter with black magic at his residence.
“Suddenly, my wife screamed,” writes Yudhoyono in the 900-page book, Selalu Ada Pilihan (There Is Always a Choice). “There was this thick dark cloud hovering beneath the ceiling, trying to enter my bedroom. I then asked everybody to pray to seek Allah’s help. I closed the door to my room but left others wide open. The revolving clouds eventually headed out of my house.”
Witchcraft is prohibited in Islam. However, the practice is widespread in Indonesia, which has the world’s largest Muslim population. A 2012 survey by the Pew Forum showed that 69 percent of Indonesian Muslims believe witchcraft is real.
1/14/2014 Kimberly Winston/RNS
A once-popular book that links atheism with shoddy fathering is getting a second life with a new publisher, thanks, in part, to the rise of nonbelief in the United States.
Faith of the Fatherless: The Psychology of Atheism by Catholic psychologist Paul C.Vitz posits that “intense atheists” throughout history—Nietzsche, Voltaire and Madalyn Murray O’Hair—had absent or rotten fathers. This, he argues, damaged their ability to form a relationship with a heavenly father.
Vitz also holds that many notable believers—Renaissance man Blaise Pascal, anti-slavery activist William Wilberforce and Nazi martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer, among others—had great relationships with their dads, and were therefore more able to build relationships with God.
“We need to understand atheism has a lot to do with our emotional attitudes towards life, other people and a lot of other things,” Vitz said from his office at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences, a Catholic graduate school in Arlington, Va. “I think that is an important thing for atheists and believers alike to take into consideration.”
Study: Obama Helped Sway Americans in Favor of Gay Marriage; Used LGBT Terms More Than Any Other President0 Comments Published by Office 2 February 21st, 2014 in Christian Church Issues, Family, Homosexuality, Marriage, Politics, United States of America, World News
By Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post Reporter - January 25, 2014
President Barack Obama has helped sway Americans in support of same-sex marriage, according to a newly released study by the Human Rights Campaign, which notes that he used the word “gay” 272 times in public speeches, more than any of his predecessors.
“Words matter an enormous amount, and when President Obama uses his platform to declare that LGBT people are just as American as anyone else, it has a huge and historic effect. President Obama has helped the American people get to know LGBT people on a personal level, and evidence suggests that when people know us, they don’t want to discriminate against us,” said HRC President Chad Griffin.
“President Obama has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of LGBT people, and the power of his rhetoric has been an essential part of that legacy.”
The report noted that American support for gay marriage has risen from 40 percent in 2008, when Obama took office, to 53 percent in 2013, pointing to Gallup poll statistics. It added that Obama used words like “lesbian,” “gay,” “bisexual” and “transgender” in his public statements more than former Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan did.
The Christian Post – By Raymond Ibrahim, CP Op-Ed Contributor – January 21, 2014|
Prominent indicators confirm that the U.S. is the chief facilitator of the persecution of Christians around the world today.
According to the recently released 2014 World Watch List, which ranks the 50 nations where Christians are most persecuted, Syria is the third worst nation in the world in which to be Christian, Iraq is fourth, Afghanistan fifth, and Libya 13th. All four countries receive the strongest designation, “extreme persecution” (other designations are “severe,” “moderate,” and “sparse” persecution).
Aside from being so closely and harshly ranked, these four nations have something else in common: heavy U.S. involvement. Three-Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya-were “liberated” thanks to U.S. forces, while in the fourth, Syria, the U.S. is actively sponsoring “freedom fighters” against the regime, many of whom would be better labeled “terrorists.”