Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Julio Severo seeks to move Christians to daily prayer with ‘Prophetic Prayers’


Julio Severo seeks to move Christians to daily prayer with ‘Prophetic Prayers’

Author announces release of new book utilizing Book of Proverbs

SAINT CLOUD, Fla. – With the goal to inspire Christians to pray daily in the hope of impacting human behaviors and affairs, “Prophetic Prayers: Daily Prayer Guide Based on the Book of Proverbs” (published by WestBow Press, a division of Thomas Nelson & Zondervan) presents a practical view on prayer, encouraging believers to use their prayers as a channel for God’s intervention in their life and in the lives of other individuals, families and authorities according to what God’s Word reveals.
“I had read in a Billy Graham book about his custom of reading and meditating one chapter a day of the Book of Proverbs,” author Julio Severo explains. “In that time, 27 years ago, I used to pray several hours a day, and by reading and meditating one chapter of Proverbs, I began to ‘prophesize’ (declare in prayer) some of its verses over people and situations, with marvelous results.”
Using the instruction found in the Book of Proverbs, “Prophetic Prayers” teaches readers how to use their prayers to impact human behaviors and affairs. At its core, it is a Proverbs-based handbook.
An excerpt from “Prophetic Prayers”:
Proverbs inspires us to prophesy God’s specific will for specific situations. It also inspires us to make creative prayers to help foster righteousness and weaken wickedness in this world. When we prophesy Proverbs for many situations, God’s righteousness will break forth in individuals, moving them to know and to live God’s will.
“Prophetic Prayers”
By Julio Severo
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 200 pages | ISBN 9781512737974
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 200 pages | ISBN 9781512737967
E-Book | 200 pages | ISBN 9781512737950
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
To order “Prophetic Prayers” in hardcover, softcover and e-book, use this link: http://www.propheticprayersofficial.com

About the Author

Julio Severo is a Brazilian writer who is also the author of “The Homosexual Movement,” published in 1998. He is a columnist for Barbwire and writes especially on pro-life, pro-family and conservative issues. His work has been mentioned in the National Congress of Brazil and on major pro-family websites, including WorldNetDaily. In 2007, he was a member of the National Evangelical Campaign in Defense of Life and Family. He has translated into Portuguese the books “The God of Sex” by Dr. Peter Jones and “The Way Home” by Mary Pride. More information can be found on his blog at: www.lastdayswatchman.blogspot.com

Friday, June 17, 2016

U.S. Urges U.N. to Push for Global Gay Rights


U.S. Urges U.N. to Push for Global Gay Rights

By Julio Severo
After the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, the U.S. government appealed on Monday for the United Nations to unite to push for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights around the world.
Samantha Powers
Missing in the U.S. push for the gay agenda in the U.N. is the fact that Islam or Islamic terrorism is behind the worst mass shooting in U.S.
The U.N. Security Council, also on Monday, strongly condemned the Orlando attack, for the first time mentioning the targeting of people on the basis of sexual orientation, without condemning Islamic terrorism.
The Islamic attack gave the U.S. government the perfect excuse to work to further criminalize moral and Christian stances against the homosexual behavior in the Western nations and oppress nations like Russia, which criminalize homosexual propaganda for children and teens, but do not criminalize homosexual behavior and do not murder homosexuals. Specifically, the U.S. government has never used the U.N. system to condemn Saudi Arabia, which bans homosexual behavior and murders homosexuals.
The shooter who carried out mass shooting murder on Sunday at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. His act of terrorism stands as the deadliest such attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001, when al Qaeda-trained, Saudi Muslim hijackers crashed jetliners into New York’s World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania, killing some 3,000 people.
While the U.S., under conservative President George W. Bush, used Iraq and other nations as a diversion for the Saudi Islamic attacks, today the U.S. mainstream media use other scapegoats, especially Christians, as a diversion for the Islamic attack.
“If we are united in our outrage by the killing of so many – and we are – let us be equally united around the basic premise of upholding the universal dignity of all persons regardless of who they love, not just around condemning the terrorists who kill them,” Deputy U.S. Ambassador David Pressman said in regard to the U.S. homosexual push in the U.N. after the Orlando attack.
Despite intense efforts by the United States, the terms “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” are part of only one General Assembly resolution. Pressman complained about it, saying that every year “there is a pitched fight over whether it is appropriate to include sexual orientation in that protection.” “Sexual orientation” and “gender identity” inclusions are efforts to push the gay agenda in the U.N., but these efforts fiercely opposed by pro-family groups.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has long advocated for gay rights but has faced opposition from Russia, African, Arab and Muslim states. Under Pope John Paul 2, the Vatican was also a prominent opposition. But the current pope does not seem to want to play a significant role in this opposition.
In 2014, Ban announced the United Nations would recognize all same-sex “marriages” of its staff. Russia unsuccessfully tried to overturn the move last year, with many governments supporting Russia.
In his pro-homosexuality effort, Ban has received support from the “Core LGBT Group,” a group of eleven countries committed to “concerted action” for LGBT rights. The “Core LGBT Group,” led by the U.S., is composed by the European Union, Israel and Brazil. (Brazil under Marxist President Dilma Rousseff was a loyal supporter of all homosexual and abortion causes championed by the Obama administration in the U.N.)
U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power and U.N. envoys from 16 countries gathered at a New York landmark gay bar Thursday to galvanize global efforts to advance LGBT rights after the Orlando attack on a gay nightclub.
The senior diplomats mostly from Europe and Latin America met to discuss new initiatives to promote homosexual rights around the world.
“We couldn’t think of a more symbolic place after the monstrous attack in Orlando to come than this one,” Power said at the Stonewall Inn, considered the birthplace of the American homosexualist movement.
Dutch Ambassador Karel van Oosterom, a member of the Core LGBT Group, called for a “worldwide global action to address this,” and said “the Core Group will be instrumental to do that.”
With the Islamic terrorist attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, the U.S. is renewing its push for the gay agenda in the U.N. without condemning Islam or Islamic terrorism.
With information from Reuters and Yahoo News.
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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Olavo de Carvalho and the Inquisition


Olavo de Carvalho and the Inquisition

By Julio Severo
The Inquisition is a myth and legend, insists Brazilian philosopher Olavo de Carvalho, who said today,
“Without the black legend of the Inquisition, Protestant churches would never have achieved the success they did. Who does not want to run from the bloody hands of torturers to the arms of Our Lord? A legend is an integral component of Protestant prestige and, if the legend falls, Protestant prestige falls with it. This is the reason that so many people cling to it not just without evidence, but against all evidence.”
Carvalho has many other pro-Inquisition comments and further criticism against U.S. Protestants for their allegedly unfair anti-Inquisition “propaganda.” All of his comments and criticism are published only in Portuguese, of course. To Protestants, he said today,
“Do not try to clean yourselves in another’s filth. Illuminatis and communists received the myth of the Inquisition ready-made from Protestants’ hands and they only passed it on.”
In other comment published today, he compared the “war-like propaganda” of Protestants against the Inquisition to the communist “cultural revolution” waged against the military government in Brazil. So, in his view, Protestants and communists are working hand in hand.
While everyone is focused on the Islamic terrorist attack on a homosexual nightclub in Orlando, Fla., Carvalho is creating, with several pro-Inquisition comments today, an unnecessary and senseless diversion and division between Protestants and Catholics by setting himself up as a fighter against the Protestant “legend” of the Inquisition.
Carvalho often mentions revisionist writers, including Edward Peters, as his main reference when attacking this “legend.” I wonder if to talk about the Holocaust that Nazis committed against the Jews he refers to a revisionist author, who likewise maintains that the Holocaust was a myth and a legend…

Jews Also Were Victims

Why his insistence on portraying U.S. Protestants as malignant propagandists, similar to communists, exclusively for the sake of the Inquisition? Why not include the Jews too?
In 2013, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Pope Francis at the Vatican, and gave the leader of the Catholic Church “The Origins of the Inquisition in Fifteenth Century Spain,” a book that largely revolves about Spanish Catholics questioning, torturing, and punishing the Jews, exposing how thousands of them were expelled from Spain or burned at the stake.
The Jewish Journal said that “The Origins of the Inquisition in Fifteenth Century Spain,” a scholarly magnum opus and in-depth tome on the Spanish Inquisition, describes how the Catholic Church persecuted, and often executed, masses of Jews.
Business Insider noted that “it is important to think of the context of the book, which is written by Netanyahu’s father Ben-Zion Netanyahu, a well-regarded historian who worked at both Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Cornell University.”
CBS News said, “Netanyahu’s father, Ben-Zion Netanyahu, was an Israeli historian… best known in academic circles for his research into the Catholic Church’s medieval inquisition against the Jews of Spain.”

A Catholic Historian Exposes the Inquisition’s Reality

Renowned Catholic historian Paul Johnson, in his book “A History Of Christianity” (published in the United Kingdom in 1976), said of the Inquisition:
“Convictions of thought-crimes being difficult to secure, the Inquisition used procedures banned in other courts… The names of hostile witnesses were withheld, anonymous informers were used, the accusations of personal enemies were allowed, the accused were denied the right of defence, or of defending counsel; and there was no appeal. The object, quite simply, was to produce convictions at any cost; only thus, it was thought, could heresy be quenched.”
“Many countries would not admit the Inquisition at all… There was the destruction of records.”
“In Spain, the Catholic crown, through its instrument the Inquisition, exterminated Protestantism in the 1550s.”
“The Inquisition was a popular instrument, directed against Jews…”
“The Inquisition was set up in Rome, under the fanatical Neapolitan papalist Cardinal Caraffa (later Pope Paul iv), whose watchwords were: ‘No man is to abase himself by showing toleration towards any sort of heretic, least of all a Calvinist’; and ‘Even if my own father were a heretic, I would gather the wood to burn him.’”
“The Inquisition… proved durable, largely because it was self-financing from the confiscated property of the condemned. The fact that it needed the money for its operations meant that it had to secure convictions. Hence the use of torture.”
“The Inquisition finally ran out of money in the late eighteenth century, and from that point it became moribund, though it was not effectively abolished until 1834. The last official Spanish execution for heresy was in 1826, when a schoolmaster was hanged for substituting ‘Praise be to God’ in place of ‘Ave Maria’ in school prayers.”
“[Protestant states] might have state religions but they tended to be more tolerant. They rarely persecuted systematically. They had no equivalent to the Inquisition. They were not clericalist. They permitted books to circulate more freely. They did not burden commerce with canon law. They accepted ‘private’ religion, and placed marriage and the family at the centre of it. They were thus more congenial to the capitalist community. As a result, Protestant societies appeared far more successful than Catholic ones as the capitalist system developed.”
Would Carvalho care that the source of this material is Catholic?
In a public video, which I have posted on my Brazilian Facebook, Carvalho stated that all the torture tools of the Inquisition in the museums around the world were fabricated.
In the video, he explains about anti-Catholic, especially anti-Inquisition, portrayals in the movie industry and that even though most movie producers are Jews, their anti-Catholic and anti-Inquisition “bias” is inspired by Protestants — as if Jews had never had their own history and had never been tortured and murdered by the Inquisition.

At Least, the FBI Does Not Torture

If Carvalho loves to downplay the Inquisition and its persecution, why did he bother about the FBI “persecuting” him? A WND report of 2011 said, “FBI suspected of intimidation tactic” against Olavo de Carvalho.
At least, the FBI did not threaten to torture him or burn him at the stake. Yet, Carvalho’s fear was baseless: the FBI officially said that it had done nothing against him.

Did the Inquisition Not Torture?

Carvalho has downplayed the horrors of the Inquisition in the following public comment:
“Even in the popular image of the Inquisition fires, lies are predominant. Everybody believe that condemned individuals ‘died burned,’ amid horrible suffering. The flames were high, more than 16 feet high, to hinder suffering. The condemned individuals (less than ten a year in two dozen nations) died suffocated in a few minutes, before the flames could touch them.”
He also said:
“The myth of the Inquisition has been the most extensive and lasting campaign of slander and defamation in history to this day, with multi-million dollar funding, and it seems this campaign will have no end. Those who created it were not Illuminatis or communists. It was created by Protestants, who keep promoting it even today, and the irradiant center is U.S. churches.”
He has said that Protestantism was the first (Marxist-oriented) revolutionary movement in history. (Of course, in this perspective, the Inquisition is completely justified against these “Marxist” pioneers!)
His insistent reference to the Inquisition as a “myth” and a “legend,” portraying U.S. Protestants as malignant propagandists, seems calculated to sow chaos in the conservative relationship between Catholics and Protestants in Brazil. Freemasons and other occultists also use chaos to impose their order later.
Even though the most prominent members of his institute — the Inter-American Institute — are Protestant and he is dependent on them for the promotion of his name in the U.S., he has publicly called Luther and Calvin two “sons of bitches.”
Because of my opposition to the Inquisition and his public advocacy of its revisionism, he has publicly called me dirtier names than this.
Sadly, all of his pro-Inquisition stances and name-calling against Luther and me are available only in Portuguese.
Whatever the case may be, a man who extols the virtues of the Inquisition’s killing machine should never fear the FBI. At least, he would be spared torture and death.

A Nebulous Esoteric History

Unsuspecting Catholic readers could misunderstand Carvalho as a Catholic, but before choosing to present himself as a conservative philosopher who predicts political trends and events, he was a famous astrologer (and founder and director of the first Brazilian school of astrologers) who predicted political trends and events.
Carvalho has a nebulous esoteric history, in particular following the “conservatism” of the Traditionalist or Perennial Philosophy of René Guénon, an Islamic sorcerer who used to predict political trends and events. The first translation into Portuguese of a Guénon book was made by Carvalho.
Two weeks ago, Reinaldo Azevedo, who, like Carvalho, considers himself a Catholic, has in a Veja report exposed Carvalho’s past as a professor of astrology and an adherent of the Islamic mysticism of René Guénon. Azevedo is a columnist of Veja magazine (the Brazilian counterpart of Time magazine). He exposed Carvalho particularly because of his insistence on attacking Brazilian leaders who helped in the massive campaigns to impeach Brazilian Marxist President Dilma Rousseff.
I disagree with the Catholic spiritual worldview, but here a nominal Catholic is criticizing another nominal Catholic with a prominent occultist background.

The Hypocrisy of Brazilian Activists

A common feature in Brazilian activists is hypocrisy. During the military rule in Brazil, leftist activists, who complained against capitalism, chose exile in England, Sweden and even the United States, the most capitalist nation in the world. Thus these anticapitalists chose to live in the most capitalist nations in the world.
Carvalho frequently complains about Protestantism (not just liberal Protestantism, but Protestantism on the whole, especially U.S. Protestantism), but he chose exile in the largest Protestant nation in the world. Why does a man who complains about Protestantism choose to escape from the largest Catholic nation in the world and live in the most Protestant nation in the world?

The Inter-American Institute and Its Potty-Mouthed Director

In fact, why would he choose to found, with the help of U.S. Protestants, the Inter-American Institute, composed of an approximately 50/50 mix of Protestants and Catholics? A member of his institute, who shall remain unnamed, said to me that to excuse the Inquisition and its torture and murder of Jews and Protestants is the same thing as excusing Planned Parenthood and its torture and murder of unborn babies.
How will these members learn of his ideas if he expresses publicly his nonsense only in Portuguese, a language they do not speak?
He usually uses profanity and curse word to criticize socialists and conservatives. He has excused his dirty and foul language by saying:
“In the U.S., only the Left uses profanity and curse words. This is enough to explain why conservatives, even when they are majority, are always at a disadvantage.”
“In Hollywood movies, two out of three words are “fuck.” This is what is isolating and weakening conservatives.”
“Lenin already knew that, in politics, he who reviles more always runs ahead.”
For Carvalho, U.S. conservatives are losing the cultural war because they refuse foul language!
He excuses his foul mouth as a “strategy” because, according to him, Vladimir Lenin used it successfully to spread Soviet Marxism, and he hopes to achieve the same success by employing the same dirty tricks and language to spread his “conservatism.” Between following Lenin and U.S. conservatives, he prefers the former. In fact, foul-mouthed “conservatism” is his hallmark in Brazil.
But his “strategy,” allegedly a weapon against socialists, is also used to attack Brazilian conservatives that he feels threaten his views. When I, a conservative evangelical, disagreed with him about the Catholic Inquisition, which he says did not torture Jews and Protestants for the “crime” of different views, his potty mouth did not spare me any public abuse, insult and revilement.

Anti-Marxist Stridency: a Cover?

He has other inconsistencies. For example, his virulently anti-Russian stances sharply contrast with his opportunistic endorsement of the Republican presidential candidate pro-Putin Trump. It is opportunistic because usually he implacably accuses pro-Russia conservatives of “KGB agents.” His speech is very similar to neocon speeches. I have exposed this inconsistency in my article “Is Trump a KGB Agent?
If his “philosophical” stridency were reserved only to Russians, he would never compare U.S. Protestants against the Inquisition to communists.
Is all of this stridency aimed at defending Catholicism or using it? Last month, Carvalho said that the only serious effort to understand the communist strategy in Latin America was the Ibn Khaldun Study Group, in the honor of an Arab Muslim. This secretive group was created by Carvalho in 2003. Has an anti-Marxist strategy that at the same time pays homage to Muslims a Catholic appearance?
I wonder what he is going to do after he and his Inter-American Institute “save” Brazil from Marxism and U.S. Protestants and their anti-Inquisition “propaganda.” Will he lead Catholics to the “conservatism” of the Traditionalist or Perennial Philosophy of René Guénon? Will he found a new Islamic study group to fight Marxism?
Occultist Guénon was anti-Marxist. By the way, Adolf Hitler, who was an occultist masked as a Catholic, was also stridently against the Soviet Marxism. He was seen as a “prophet” and “savior,” but his anti-Marxism did not save Germany.
Carvalho has been seen as a “prophet” and “savior” by his Brazilian adherents, but will his anti-Marxism save Brazil?
Portuguese version of this article: Olavo de Carvalho e a Inquisição
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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Worst Mass Shooting in U.S. History: Islamic Extremist Kills at Least 50 at Florida Homosexual Nightclub


Worst Mass Shooting in U.S. History: Islamic Extremist Kills at Least 50 at Florida Homosexual Nightclub

By Julio Severo
A suspected Islamic extremist wielding an AR-15 assault rifle and a handgun opened fire inside a crowded homosexual nightclub early Sunday, killing at least 50 people before dying in a gunfight with SWAT officers, police said. It was the worst mass shooting in American history.
Law enforcement sources have identified the shooter as U.S. citizen Omar Mateen, 29, whose parents are from Afghanistan, a radically Islamic nation.
At least 50 people were killed and 53 others were injured in the shooting inside Pulse, which describes itself as the most prominent gay nightclub in Orlando, early hours of June 12, 2016.
There were about 320 people inside the nightclub at the time of the shootings and about 100 people were taken hostage. 
An FBI spokesman said the mass shooting is being investigated as an act of terrorism. The FBI believe the gunman, who was shot dead by officers, may have “leanings to radical Islamic terrorism.” 
Twitter accounts which claim to be affiliated to the Islamic State have hailed the shooting.
The attack happened against three significant homosexual symbols. June 2016 is the month that, by presidential decree, Barack Hussein Obama proclaimed as “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.”
The city of the attack, Orlando, is the home of the Disney World, an amusement park famed for advocating the gay ideology.
The most prominent homosexual nightclub in Orlando was attacked. Nightclubs are major meeting points for homosexuals.
Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on a congressional intelligence committee, noted that the shooting took place during the holy Islamic date of Ramadan, and that ISIS leaders have urged Muslims to attack during this time.
“The target was an LGBT nightclub during [the Homosexual] Pride [Month], and — if accurate — that according to local law enforcement the shooter declared his allegiance to ISIS, (that) indicates an ISIS-inspired act of terrorism,” Schiff said in a statement.
If confirmed as an act of terrorism, it would stand as the deadliest such attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001, when al Qaeda-trained, Saudi Muslim hijackers crashed jetliners into New York’s World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania, killing some 3,000 people.

A Christian Stance

Of course, Christians, who are the main target of Islamic violence and killings around the world, sympathize with the victims of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. But sympathy does not equal with endorsement to the homosexual agenda.
While Islamic nations as Saudi Arabia, which is a U.S. ally, condemn the gay agenda and homosexuals to death, Christians condemn only the gay agenda and help homosexuals get free from its physically, morally and spiritually deadly influence.
The U.S. mainstream media, traditionally controlled by pro-sodomy socialists, do not criticize Saudi Arabia and its violence against Christians. In fact, they talk timidly about Christians (who represent most victims) and homosexuals (who represent the minority of victims) being killed in Islamic nations.
What does the modern “tolerant” United States do, which was historically founded by persecuted Protestants? It grants asylum to thousands of Muslims. Only this year, the U.S. granted asylum to over 2,000 Muslim Syrians. Only six Christian Syrians were granted asylum.
That is, Muslims traditionally persecute and kill Christians and homosexuals, and the U.S. wants more Muslims, and less, much less, of their Christian victims.
Omar Mateen is direct result of the insane pro-Islam immigration policies of a republic founded by Protestants, who never envisioned a nation to serve the gay and Islamic agenda.
Even though homosexuals are also, with Muslims, in the top priority of the U.S. granting asylum, Christians have been ostracized.
Now that an Islamic terrorist did in a U.S. homosexual nightclub what they do daily with Christians in Muslim nations, what will the U.S. do? Will it label the attack as a general religious fanaticism to demonize Christian efforts to help homosexuals and society get free from the gay agenda’s physically, morally and spiritually deadly influence?
Christians also work to get society free from the Islamic agenda. If their efforts fail, who will hinder other massacres from happening?
Homosexuals and Muslims do not need to die. Jesus has a better plan for them: deliverance from their sins and eternal life.
Christians love sinners, but not their sins, and they feel sorry when they die in their sins.
With information from DailyMail, the Associated Press and Reuters.
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Sunday, June 05, 2016

Muhammad Ali’s Fight for Islam


Muhammad Ali’s Fight for Islam

By Julio Severo
In his final months, Muhammad Ali, who died Friday at 74, was promoting Islam, the religion he embraced in the 1960s.
In December, the boxing legend issued a statement criticizing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States. Ali called on fellow Muslims to “stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda.”
“American Muslims would be well-served to look at the challenges that Muslims such as Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali had to deal with,” said Dawud Walid, executive director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Walid, who led prayers for Ali on Sunday at a Detroit mosque Ali used to visit, remembers as a child in the 1970s he received a Ali doll, which led to his eventual conversion to Islam.
Ali, originally a Baptist, renounced Christianity at 22 to become the most famous convert to Islam in American history when he announced he had joined the Black Muslim movement under the guidance of Malcolm X shortly after he first became champion. He eventually rejected his “white” name, Cassius Clay, which he considered a “slave name,” and instead used the name “Muhammad Ali,” bestowed upon him by Nation of Islam founder Elijah Muhammad.
His rejection of Christianity as a slavery religion and his embrace of Islam as a liberation religion was utter nonsense. According to Mike Konrad, Islam is historically a champion of slavery, especially of Africans. What could explain Ali’s nonsense of embracing a religion of slavery and terror? According to Reuters, the U.S. Army twice rejected Ali for service after measuring his IQ at 78. These tests angered Ali, who in his turn angered many American patriots when for the sake of his Islamic beliefs he refused to fight communism in Vietnam. Even with his unpatriotic Islamic behavior, in 2005 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by conservative U.S. President George W. Bush.
Ali’s emergence coincided with the American civil rights movement and his persona offered young blacks an Islamic radical passion they did not get from the Protestant minister Martin Luther King.
Like many African-Americans, Ali’s first foray into Islam was through the Nation of Islam, the extremist black nationalist movement, started in Detroit, which advocated a kind of violent Islamic Black Liberation Theology.
“I am America. I am the part you won’t recognize,” Ali said. “But get used to me… my religion, not yours.”
Decisive for his Islamic propaganda was the U.S. cultural hegemony, which makes any fame and propaganda global. Without it, he would hardly have been, mistakenly, the greatest athlete of the century — in the service of Islam. This hegemony has been an effective platform for Islamic expansion.
In the past, this hegemony worked positively for Christian expansion — the U.S. was the biggest champion of Protestant missions in the world. But with the increasing U.S. moral decadence and a dramatic reduction of conservative evangelicalism (the U.S. has gone from a 98% Protestant population in the late 1700s to less than 50% today), it works now for any ideology, including Islam.
One of Ali’s final messages was defending Islam. Trump’s comments, Ali said, “alienated many from learning about Islam.”
He died at the age of 74 after suffering for more than three decades with Parkinson’s syndrome, which has been linked to head trauma because of his boxing career. This condition stole his physical strength and killed his loquaciousness.
With information from the Associated Press, Charisma magazine and Reuters.
Portuguese version of this article: A luta de Muhammad Ali em favor do islamismo
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Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Do Not Be an Enabler of Evil! Lessons from Lausanne


Do Not Be an Enabler of Evil! Lessons from Lausanne

By Julio Severo
In the first Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization in 1974, idealized and supported by Billy Graham, left-wing theologians from Latin America, especially René Padilla, took advantage to bring the Theology of Integral Mission (TIM), which is the Protestant version of Liberation Theology.
In his capacity of Lausanne moderator, John Stott, who is passionately praised by Latin American advocates of TIM, adorned this Marxist theology, by applying face powder and lipstick. So, fully charming and transformed, TIM was launched internationally, by using Lausanne as a platform, even though under a fierce conservative resistance led by Peter Wagner.
Wagner, who is the main leader in the global apostolic movement, fought TIM not only in Lausanne, but also in the first Padilla congresses in Latin America, years before Lausanne. Wagner was the first theologian to make resistance to TIM in Latin America.
Nevertheless all resistance decades ago, TIM grew internationally. Today, thanks to Stott and his incredible work of make-up and enabling, TIM dominates Lausanne as an elegant social theology. Wagner’s resistance has been forgotten and TIM Latin American theologians have prevailed.
In 2014, Lausanne paid Wagner’s resistance back in the same coin, by holding in Brazil a meeting of Lausanne leaders against Wagner and his apostolic movement. The meeting was led by TIM leaders, especially Rev. Valdir Steuernagel.
After the first and second Lausanne congresses, Billy Graham realized that the TIM Latin American advocates used Lausanne as a platform. So he stopped funding the event. But it was too late. The damage was already done.
Wanting or not, by adorning TIM in Lausanne, John Stott enabled the expansion of this evil in the Global Evangelical Church.
Portuguese version of this article: Não seja um facilitador do mal! Lições de Lausanne
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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Putin and the Night Wolves


Putin and the Night Wolves

By G. Murphy Donovan
Introduction by Julio Severo: Donovan, a former Intelligence officer, shows that the biggest threat today is Islam and that while the U.S. and Europe are focusing on a Russia that has restored Christiniaty in its national life, Islam and its hordes of immigrants are conquering Europe. While the West is oppressing Russia with wicked sanctions, terrorist Islamic nations as Saudi Arabia face no sanctions. Franklin Graham, son of the famed evangelist Billy Graham, has also said that the U.S. needs to join forces with Russia against Islamic terror. Read Donovan’s excellent article:
If nothing else, Vladimir Putin is a leader who paints Russia’s image with broad strokes. He overcame a KGB and Communist past to create a kind of democratic autocracy in Russia. He literally, and figuratively, restored Christianity and Orthodox churches across the land. In his spare time, Putin rides Harley Davidson bikes with the Night Wolves, Russia’s first post-Communist motorcycle club, an organization that might be the only state-sponsored political club for bikers on the planet.
The Russian president rehabilitated the Russian armed forces, too, in the wake of the Afghan/Chechen debacles. More recently, Putin has unchained the bear and altered the complexion of politics and dissent in the Caucuses, Georgia, Ukraine, and now Syria. Russian pushback against NATO expansion and regime change follies is a predictable, if not understandable, response to a hapless Brussels. Why European politicians seek a fight with Russia in the middle of an Islamic migrant blitz is a mystery to tacticians, strategists, and veteran diplomats alike.
The Russian president recently exposed Turkey, too, as NATO’s Achilles’ heel, a terrorist 5th column between East and West. NATO turned a blind eye to the Erdogan/Baghdadi oil cartel until the Russian Air Force began destroying northbound convoys. The CFO for the Turk/ISIS consortium appears to be Billy Erdogan, son of the duplicitous Turkish president. Across the border, Syria was another small war stalemate until Putin stepped in.
Russians still carry American astronauts into space, too, while Washington maintains spite sanctions against Moscow -- a testimony to Russian character and Obama era vapidity. With Putin, diplomacy is often just a door left ajar. The Russian space taxi serves Americans at NASA and affirmative action astronauts worldwide. The cutting edge of extra-terrestrial travel now requires a Kazak base and a Russian rocket.
Unlike European and American leaders, Vladimir Putin has no illusions about existential threats like open borders, Islamic imperialism, or religious fascism.
The Muslim world has been providing fighters to a half century of global jihad that targets and kills Americans and West Europeans with near impunity. Ironically, no Muslim nations are burdened with economic sanctions like those imposed on Russia. Indeed, America and Europe are now suffering from atrocity fatigue. Muslims continue to kill and maim while Washington and Brussels continue to rationalize global terror as the new normal.  
For apologists, calling Islam a “great” culture is the feckless rhetoric of enablers.
The boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel is similar to the Russian sanctions, movements motivated by bias and historical bigotry. Just as Israel won a series of wars against predatory Arabs, the West won the Cold War with inept Communism -- and Europe still can’t take yes for an answer from a Russia that has reinvented itself.
Victory Day, celebrating Soviet success in World War II, has become the most significant holiday on the Russian calendar under Putin.
Unlike America and Europe; victory, success, and the need to oppose fascism, including the religious variety, are mainstays of contemporary Russian vigilance. President Obama is about to visit Hiroshima in Japan; he has declined invitations to celebrate Victory Day in Russia.  Of the WWII “Big Three” allies that defeated fascist Germany and imperial Japan, Russia sacrificed the most to defeat the Nazis and save Europe.  Russia may have to rescue Europe from itself again in the 21st Century.
While the Russian president cultivates “a never forget” ethic, the American president seems to never remember. Indeed, Barack Obama, as with Muslim history, seems to be ignorant about the legacy of uncommon cultures -- and the difference between friendly and lethal competition. If a liberal like Roosevelt could make common cause with Joseph Stalin and a conservative like Ronald Reagan could do business with Mikhail Gorbachev, how is it that a political footnote like Barack Hussein Obama can’t do business with Vladimir Putin?
The face of 21st century fascism is religious – and Islamic. There’s not much difference between secular and religious totalitarians. Coercion, terror, and atrocity are what they have in common.  Alas, Europe, with the possible exception of Brexit England, seems to be channeling early 20th Century behaviors that enabled National Socialism. Recall that Italy and Spain made common cause with fascism. France and Belgium rolled over like tarts, and most of Scandinavia allowed Hitler’s vermin to take control uncontested. “Neutrality” in Europe before and during WWII was another word for appeasement. In the North, the flavor was Quisling; in the South, collaboration was called Vichy. The EU and NATO are not about defense today so much as they are about flirting with similar historical folly.
The parallels between midcentury Europe and early the early 21st Century European Union are difficult to ignore anymore. Eurocrats seem not to have a clue about common cultural or common kinetic defense. Terrorists live cheek to jowl with oblivious Belgians. The European Union seeks to solve the 5th Column problem now by making Turkey an open border too!  
Some days it’s not difficult to conclude that clueless Europe and ruthless Mecca deserve each other. In the distant past, Islam was at the Gates of Vienna. Now the crescent and sword knocks on the doors of Westminster Abby. If common sense were currency, the European Union would be insolvent.
The loss of a clueless West Europe is sure to provide new opportunities for new alliances. Given the endemic chaos and aggression emanating from the Muslim world; Russia, China, and the United States might be the logical core for a new “big three,” alliance against 21st Century totalitarians. One of the most obvious advantages of a new global military coalition would be economy. Unlike NATO dependencies, the Chinese and Russians will surely pay their own way.
Ironically, China and Russia are already fiscal allies, in so much as both have emerged as a kind budget Viagra for the US Department of Defense. It’s difficult to justify “huge” defense budgets at the Pentagon if the real threat is 5th column migrants and terror driving a Toyota.
Only one candidate in the US presidential primaries suggests that small wars, strategy, and alliances should on the table in 2016. Hard as it is to forecast how such a discussion might go, any movement in new directions would be an improvement over the “new normal;” cooked threats, sanguinary inertia, and suicidal appeasement.
Time is not a European or American ally when conflict is a war of a thousand cuts.  
G. Murphy Donovan is a former Intelligence officer who writes about the politics of national security.
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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Is Trump a KGB Agent?


Is Trump a KGB Agent?

By Julio Severo
Cliff Kincaid, a Catholic who sees widespread Russian conspiracies in every crisis and problem in this world and outside it, has written a number of articles against what he sees as a Trump-Putin “romance.” He consistently denounces Putin and now he denounces the Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump too.
Last year, Kincaid published an article suggesting that evangelical author Don Hank was receiving Russian money to support Putin. His Brazilian friend Olavo de Carvalho fully agreed, and published the Kincaid piece in Portuguese at his Brazilian website Mídia Sem Mascara, and I ventured to publish my answer here: Neocons, the Inquisition, Russophobia and Lies.
Perhaps, according to their reasoning, Hank could be a KGB agent. They could also charge that Hank is a “Trump agent” or that he receives money from Trump, because Hank is an enthusiastic Trump supporter.
In this point, I disagree with Hank. Even though I support Trump’s views on Russia and NATO, and I strongly back his stance that Muslim immigrants should be banned, I am not comfortable with his “conservative” and “pro-life” history and flip-flops.
Kincaid has had a consistent view on Putin and Trump (Putin is pure evil and anyone supporting him is wicked too). But what is his Brazilian friend, who was interviewed by him some time ago, doing backing Trump? Carvalho, who equally sees widespread Russian conspiracies in every crisis and problem and fully supported an attack on pro-Putin and pro-Trump Hank, has publicly endorsed pro-Putin Trump.
If this is not hypocrisy, what is it?
Kincaid in America and Carvalho in Brazil have made it the hallmark of their work to charge Russia with every possible evil and charge that its supporters as equally wicked. Are Angela Merkel and Pope Francis opening the European doors for an Islamic invasion? Kincaid and Carvalho have a very simple answer: A Russian conspiracy, especially the KGB, is behind it!
What is the point or honesty in Carvalho supporting Trump? If his reasoning were sincere, why not back Don Hank for president too?
Kincaid and Carvalho both have a problem with pro-Putin Hank and pro-Putin Pat Buchanan. But why has Carvalho no problem with pro-Putin Trump?
Buchanan supports Trump, and he has many reasons to do so, because traditionally Buchanan opposes the neocon establishment and Trump has taken a stance against it. Similarly, Hank is opposed to the neocon establishment.
Carvalho has many reasons to charge Trump with being a “KGB agent.” If to defend Putin is enough reason to make such charge (and he and his Brazilian website have made abundant use of such charges against pro-Russia conservative writers), why spare only Trump?
By the way, Carvalho is opposed to Buchanan, who has the same stance on Russia and NATO as Trump does. But while Buchanan has a solid conservative history (traditionalist Catholic, pro-life, former Republican presidential candidate, former Reagan adviser, WND columnist), Carvalho has a nebulous esoteric history, in particular, following the “conservatism” of the Traditionalist or Perennial Philosophy of René Guénon, an Islamic sorcerer who used to predict political trends and events. The first translation into Portuguese of a Guénon book was made by Carvalho.
The reason Carvalho has to support Trump seems to be his potty mouth. If you think Trump uses foul language, you did not see Carvalho blogging in Portuguese. He makes abundant and constant public use of such language, always in Portuguese and never in English. Possibly, he hopes that a Trump victory will give him more freedom to use in the American conservative culture the same leftist dirty and offensive language he uses day by day, hour by hour, to communicate to his Brazilian audience, especially through Facebook.
He excuses his foul mouth as a “strategy” because, according to him, Vladimir Lenin used it successfully to spread Soviet Marxism, and he hopes to achieve the same success by employing the same dirty tricks and language to spread his “conservatism.” In fact, foul-mouthed “conservatism” is his hallmark in Brazil. But his “strategy,” allegedly a weapon against socialists, is also used to attack Brazilian conservatives that he feels threaten his views. When I, a conservative evangelical, disagreed with him about the Catholic Inquisition, which he says did not torture Jews and Protestants for the “crime” of different views, his potty mouth did not spare me any public abuse, insult and revilement.
Any individual disagreeing with his foul mouth and views (including about an alleged anesthetic Inquisition) is seen and treated by him as a mortal enemy.
Even though he charges that the Inquisition is an invention of U.S. Protestants, he lives in the U.S. He left Brazil, the largest Catholic nation in the world, over 10 years ago.
Will a Trump victory reveal to America the real foul-mouthed Carvalho that he is in Portuguese? I do not know.
Perhaps he is supporting Trump because he foresaw a Trump victory. Before choosing to present himself as a conservative philosopher who predicts political trends and events, he was a famous astrologer (and founder and director of the first Brazilian school of astrologers) who predicted political trends and events. So it is very common for his foul-mouthed followers to say today that “Master Olavo predicted this and that political trend and event.”
But does this excuse the fact that he is not charging Trump with being a “KGB agent”?
I do not know if Cliff Kincaid is a foul-mouthed Catholic. I only know that he is consistent about his opposition to Putin, Russia and pro-Putin Trump. It is because of his consistency that he could never support Don Hank for president. But I do not know where is Carvalho’s consistency when he condemns pro-Putin and pro-Trump Buchanan and Hank and at the same time endorses pro-Putin Trump.
I do not know if neocons are potty-mouthed, but certainly they are potty-minded, and obsessively anti-Russia.
Carvalho’s two hallmarks both align him and alienate him from Trump. His strident anti-Russian views alienate him from Trump. His strident foul mouth aligns him with Trump.
If a leftist dirty and offensive language were not so important for him, he would certainly be charging Trump with being a “KGB agent.”
Portuguese version of this article: Trump é um agente da KGB?
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