[File this one under the category of "SAY WHAT?"]
Islam and Christianity share the “same idea of conquest”, and for that reason, Islam should not be viewed as a threat, said Pope Francis in a newspaper interview this week.
“It is true that the idea of conquest is inherent in the soul of Islam,” he conceded to the French Catholic newspaper La Croix. “However, it is also possible to interpret the objective in Matthew’s Gospel, where Jesus sends his disciples to all nations, in terms of the same idea of conquest.”
Ostensibly, the Pope was drawing a parallel between the Islamic “conquest” known as jihad, a holy war or struggle waged against infidels, and Christian missionizing.
Francis has repeatedly argued in favor of coexistence, peace, and tolerance in all areas of life but especially towards Muslims. He set his own powerful example last month when he brought a dozen refugees from the Greek island of Lesbos back to Rome with him after a diplomatic visit.
The Pontiff said that the Western attempt to “export” democracy to Arab countries is partly to blame for the collapse of central control and rise in Islamic extremism in Middle Eastern states.
Westerners must also consider the issue of cultural relativism, he added, echoing a common left-wing sentiment.
“In the face of Islamic terrorism, it would be better to question ourselves about the way in an overly Western model of democracy has been exported to countries such as Iraq, where a strong government previously existed,” he noted. “Or in Libya, where a tribal structure exists. We cannot advance without taking these cultures into account.”
The key is integration, he stated. “The worst form of welcome is to ‘ghettoize’ [the migrants]. On the contrary, it’s necessary to integrate them,” he said. He pointed to the example of the perpetrators of Belgium’s horrific terror attack, saying that though they were naturalized Belgian citizens and children of migrants, they “grew up in a ghetto.”
Soros has warned of risks which originate from the Chinese economy. This certainly gives the appearance that its debt-ridden economy resembles the United States in 2007-08, before the derivatives markets led to a global recession.
In January, many leading hedge fund manager said a crash landing China was a near certainty adding that such an event would worsen global deflationary pressures, deflate stocks and of course, increase the value of U.S. government bonds. George Soros subsequently moved about 40% of his portfolio our of tradition American investments and BOUGHT GOLD. I always say that when living in a crashing economy, do what a prominent globalist does. In other words we should racing to the exits to buy gold, not the certificates, the real thing.
Disturbingly, George Soros has repeatedly demonstrated that he has had both accurate and advanced knowledge of stock market and banking crashes in the past. In fact, Soros has a history of causing economic collapses with his preplanned money movements (e.g. Arab Spring). Subsequently, savvy investors keep a very close eye on Soros’ money movements and resulting holdings as Soros is the proverbial “Canary in the mine”. He is the world’s ultimate economic hit man and both bankers and politicians watch his every move with fear and apprehension. If you want to know what money venues to avoid, or embrace, tracking George Soros is your best bet.
Soros’ money movements are significant for several reasons. First, he is now betting against both the U.S. Stock Market and three major U.S. domestic banks. Second, Soros, as previously stated, has obtained a sizable gold portfolio which is something one would want to do if one were expecting, or causing a crash of paper currency (i.e. the dollar) to occur. Finally, and most significantly, Soros is betting against the solvency of the Federal Reserve by running from the three of the major investors (i.e. the three major banks) in the Federal Reserve. Maybe this is what triggered the secret G-20 meeting in Ireland this summer.
In the short-term, Soros’ economic hit-man strategies are designed to do what they have always done which is to collapse an economy. The collapse will follow a precipitating “false-flag” incident because this is always what the globalist have done in the past. And what form will the false-flag incident(s) come in? Nobody on this side of the Internet can be sure. However, we are safe in saying that it is a short list (the grid, the banks and their cyber security, etc.).
Soros may interject himself into this push of America towards total insolvency, by causing Cleveland to burn this July. Remember, the GOP coincides with emissaries meeting in they thought were going to be secret meetings in Ireland, and I have also learned that Australia will be another site of these “secret meetings”.
I was offered money to cover the GOP convention. I turned down the job. If I knew 9/11 was going to take place I would not position myself on top of either one of the two towers. In short, I am not suicidal. This is what I believe Cleveland will be, a death trap in which blood will flow in the streets.
I have learned that Soros has booked $325 per night rooms for groups like moveon.org and Black Live Matter. Do I need to say anymore? You may be wondering why Soros would do such a thing?
Soon we will be entering the danger zone (July – October) and Soros has told you with his actions that he does not intend to allow America to have a short-term or a long-term presence.
Streaming down from hilltop slums in the dead of night, hundreds of Venezuelans join an ever-growing line that circles the vast "Bicentennial" state-run supermarket.
By sunrise, there are several thousand, closely watched by National Guard soldiers, all waiting for the chance to buy coveted rice, flour or chicken at subsidized prices amid crippling nationwide shortages and inflation.
Many of them used to be devoted supporters of Hugo Chavez, the late socialist president who brought his quirky brand of left-wing nationalism to the OPEC nation during a 1999-2013 presidency.
Now, in the grumbling of pre-dawn lines, there is disillusionment with Chavez's "Beautiful Revolution" and undisguised anger at his successor and self-declared "son" Nicolas Maduro.
Word that no price-fixed food - only diapers, detergent and deodorant - would be on offer this particular morning spreads quickly, further deflating and frustrating the crowd.
The day before, when food ran out, there was a riot.
"This is unbearable," says Wilson Fajardo, 56, a mechanic whose three children ate only bread for dinner the previous night. "We voted for Maduro because of a promise we made Chavez, but that promise has expired. Either they solve this problem, or we're going to have to take to the streets."
It is these people - who struggle to find food or medicine amid worsening shortages, see their income gobbled up by runaway inflation, and suffer near-daily water and power cuts - who are arguably a bigger problem for Maduro than his formal opponents.
Small spontaneous demonstrations are picking up: about 17 per day around the nation, according to the Venezuelan Observatory for Social Conflict, a rights group. It says looting, too, is becoming more common, with 107 incidents in the first quarter.
In towns around the nation, it is becoming common for neighbors to block roads or gather near state utility offices to show their rage over power-cuts, food prices or lack of water. Videos of mobs breaking into shops, swarming onto trucks or fighting over products often make the rounds of social media.
The month of May has not been kind to Maduro.
First, the opposition submitted nearly 2 million signatures to kick off the recall referendum - way beyond the roughly 200,000 required. Nearly 70 percent of Venezuelans want him gone this year, a poll recently showed.
Then, Brazil's leftist President Dilma Rousseff was impeached in Brazil, depriving him of another important ally in Latin America, where the right has made a comeback in recent elections.
And in the United States, intelligence officials told reporters they were preparing for a "meltdown" in Venezuela.
Outraged, Maduro responded by saying a foreign invasion was in the works and ordered a state of emergency and military exercises to protect the nation.
"Washington is activating measures at the request of Venezuela's fascist right, who are emboldened by the coup in Brazil," he said in one of his daily speeches to the nation.
The military, packed with Chavez loyalists, is seen as key to Maduro's survival.
Venezuela’s descent into socialist hell continues apace — even as top officials live high off the hog.
“There’s very little food on the shelves, almost no medicine, and electricity is constantly interrupted around the country,” says Vanessa Neumann, a native Venezuelan now living in New York, adding, “They’re trying to keep the lights on in Caracas, because once that’s off, they’re in real trouble.”
Because of rampant inflation, the few basic commodities that are still available are unaffordable even for those who until recently were relatively well-off. Gangs run wild in crime-ridden streets. Increasingly violent pro- and anti-government rioters clash daily.
CIA sources tell reporters that if rioting continues, there’s a good chance of a coup d’état against President Nicolas Maduro, the handpicked successor to Hugo Chavez. “We continue to be quite concerned about wellbeing of people of Venezuela,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday.
Meanwhile, if any of that bothers Rafael Ramirez, the Venezuelan ambassador at the United Nations, he hardly shows it. The tall, handsome and amicable diplomat is too busy solving the rest of the world’s problems. His job, after all, is to represent his country at one of Turtle Bay’s most coveted spots: Venezuela is only one of 10 elected members of the Security Council.
And while he never mentions any trouble at home, Ramirez seems to care a lot about the world’s oppressed. As he told colleagues this month, “What does Israel plan do to with the Palestinians? Will they disappear? Does Israel seek probably to wage a final solution? The sort of solution that was perpetrated against the Jews?”
An aviation expert has suggested that the ridiculous long lines at airport security checkpoints in the last few days could have been purposefully manufactured by the TSA in order to make a point and get increased government funding.
Airports all over the country have experienced gridlock, with videos and images showing lines of commuters literally snaking and tailing back for miles.
Two of the worst affected airports were Chicago O’Hare and Midway. Some travelers complained that it took two hours to clear the security line, blaming the fact that TSA was forcing everyone to take off their shoes and belts.
Aviation expert Robert Mack told CBS Chicago that the lines were “sort of a perfect storm” and that the TSA knew this was going to happen.
Mack theorized that an increase in travelers as we head toward Summer, combined with fewer TSA workers, and the agency asking for more funding has led directly to the problem.
When asked if the TSA could have purposefully allowed the gridlock to happen, Mack said “It’s possible. Or they could just be completely inept.”
Others have suggested that the gridlock has been allowed to happen as a way of enticing people to sign up for the TSA’s Pre-Check program, which charges $85 a head for skipping security lines by allowing background checks to be conducted before the passenger enters the airport.
Last week, the TSA announced that poor staffing would lead to more travel delays this summer.
“This is going to be a rough summer; there is no doubt about it,” Gary Rasicot, TSA chief of operations, told the New York Times. “We are probably not at the staffing level we would like to be to address the volume. This is why we are talking about people getting to the airport a little earlier than planned.”
Was this gridlock a case of more security theatre on the part of the TSA?
One of every five refugees resettled in Minnesota by the federal government tested positive for latent tuberculosis in 2014, according to the state’s Department of Health.
Only 4 percent of the general population in the United States tested positive for latent tuberculosis in the most recent report provided by the Centers for Disease Control.
The April 2016 edition of the Refugee Health Quarterly, published by the Minnesota Department of Health reports that:
26 percent of all foreign born cases of tuberculosis in Minnesota were from people born in Somalia. Somalians almost exclusively enter the state through the refugee resettlement program.
More than 70,000 refugees have been resettled in the United States annually for the past three decades by the federal government. It’s not just tuberculosis being brought in by these resettled refugees. Measles, whooping cough, diptheria, and other diseases that were on their way to eradication are also coming in across the borders of the United States.
A recent outbreak of measles in Memphis, Tennessee, a center for refugee resettlement, began at a local mosque, as Breitbart News reported previously.
There may be a positive correlation between the increase in the number of refugees resettled in the United States during this period and the sudden increase in the incidence of tuberculosis, a disease that many thought was on the path to eradication in the United States.
“Today four states – California, New York, Texas and Florida – have more than half the nation’s active TB cases, though they have only a third of the country’s population. The four states have the highest numbers of foreign-born residents,” according to the Star Tribune.
In case you missed the hoopla, I was almost run off the Vanderbilt University campus in 2015 by student protesters and petitions denouncing me for bigotry and hatred. This was related to an opinion piece I wrote for The Tennessean about the Islamic faith and the need for Muslims to fully integrate themselves into our society. As a high profile, black, conservative woman on the Vanderbilt faculty, I was a conspicuous target.
During my sabbatical last year, I became the target of harassment and a petition demanding that I be suspended until I submitted to mandatory sensitivity training. That’s a rather odd request of a first-generation college graduate and a person who has overcome poverty, attained tenured positions at Princeton University and Vanderbilt, and had her research cited by the U.S. Supreme Court. My Christian faith, not my race and gender, defines me. It shapes the perspective I now share with you about Vanderbilt, where I have taught for the past 16 years.
In addition to the recent student deaths and the bizarre tree-falling incident, Vanderbilt’s run of bad luck over the years includes problems at its medical school and affiliated hospital as well as an embezzlement case involving an administrator who engaged in inappropriate behavior with a minor. Non-Christians can scoff at all this, ridiculing me for even broaching the possibility of a spiritual connection between the series of unfortunate incidents at Vanderbilt University and its hostility toward orthodox Christians, as evidenced by its 2011 adoption of a “non-discrimination” policy that has resulted in 14 Christian groups losing their recognition as student organizations. The groups no longer recognized on campus gave up their registered group status rather than compromise on Christian values and principles.
At Vanderbilt there apparently is “bad” spirituality (orthodox Christianity) and “good” spirituality (Wicca, Buddhism, and Islam). An example of “good” spirituality (by the University’s definition) is manifested in Vanderbilt’s embrace of Wicca in August 2011, several months after imposing its discriminatory policy toward Christian groups. I wonder if there is a spiritual connection between Vanderbilt’s treatment of the Christian groups and some of its recent tragedies. We will never know for sure. Nevertheless, I would like to see Vanderbilt University reconsider the policy that deprives its campus of the vibrant Christian influence that existed before the University adopted its 2011 “policy. Darkness flourishes where there is no light.
"Human sexuality is an objective biological binary trait," explains the American College of Pediatricians. "The American College of Pediatricians urges educators and legislators to reject all policies that condition children to accept as normal a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex. Facts – not ideology – determine reality."
Conditioning children into believing that a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse. Endorsing gender discordance as normal via public education and legal policies will confuse children and parents, leading more children to present to "gender clinics" where they will be given puberty-blocking drugs. This, in turn, virtually ensures that they will "choose" a lifetime of carcinogenic and otherwise toxic cross-sex hormones, and likely consider unnecessary surgical mutilation of their healthy body parts as young adults.
As the ACP explains: "Never has it been more scientifically clear that children and adolescents are incapable of making informed decisions regarding permanent, irreversible and life-altering medical interventions. For this reason, the College maintains it is abusive to promote this ideology, first and foremost for the well-being of the gender dysphoric children themselves, and secondly, for all of their non-gender-discordant peers, many of whom will subsequently question their own gender identity, and face violations of their right to bodily privacy and safety."
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