Friday, July 22, 2016

PayPal Founder Peter Thiel Gets Standing Ovation by Affirming His Pride On Homosexuality Among Republicans


PayPal Founder Peter Thiel Gets Standing Ovation by Affirming His Pride On Homosexuality Among Republicans

By Julio Severo
Billionaire capitalist bully and PayPal founder Peter Thiel fulfilled his word. Days before his speech endorsing Donald Trump for president on Thursday, he let all the press know that he was going to declare: “I’m a proud gay man.”
Peter Thiel
He gave lots of time for an alleged opposition to contest his arrogant words affirming a sinful behavior in the Republican National Convention (RNC). But no Republican opposition appeared, and Thiel was rewarded with a strong round of applause as if he had addressed the liberal Democratic National Convention.
He broke a new barrier for the homosexual activism within the Republican Party by becoming the first openly homosexual speaker to address his homosexuality at a GOP convention— at a time conservatives want the Republican Party to fight the gay agenda.
When he said that he was proud to be a homosexual and a Republican, he got a standing ovation, after adding: “Who cares what bathrooms people use?”
Families care.
Christians care.
Conservatives care.
Liberal-minded Republicans could be saying to themselves: “Who cares about billionaire homosexual Thiel affirming his pride on homosexuality among us while he uses his fortune for our political cause?”
Conservative-minded Republicans asked other questions. Peter LaBarbera, founder and director of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality (www.AFTAH.org), asked in his Twitter account, “How many open adulterers have addressed a GOP convention? Homosexualism is just a different sexual sin.”
As a conservative evangelical, I also ask questions. Can Thiel, the PayPal founder, restore my account? Can he apologize and declare that he yielded to homosexual activists who were harassing and persecuting me?
In 2011, PayPal closed my account definitively, after a campaign orchestrated by U.S. homosexualist group AllOut. To me, PayPal explained that I am ineligible to receive donations from my friends and readers because “you are not a registered non-profit organization.” To AllOut, PayPal explained that it closed my account because “We take very seriously any cases where a user has incited hatred, violence or intolerance because of a person’s sexual orientation.”
In a listing of the top ten anti-Christian acts in 2011, the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission ranked the gay pressure on PayPal as fourth top anti-Christian act, as reported by Charisma magazine.
Thiel believes in Libertarianism, whose followers traditionally believe in freedom of speech and freedom of the press.
A true libertarian would never have terminated my PayPal account when I was a victim of bullying from AllOut. But Thiel’s anti-Christian act against me and my family (my account was used to receive donation from my friends to support us) is explained by what he wrote in a 2009 essay for the Cato Institute. He said: “I no longer believe that freedom and democracy are compatible.”
The hard way, I understood that he practices what he believes and says.
Conservative writer Don Hank remarked about Thiel’s speech in RNC:
When I heard Thiel say last night that he welcomed a dialogue, I thought he might actually be serious. But considering that he was at the helm of PayPal when they denied Julio service simply because Julio believes in the traditional definition of marriage (NOT a crime!), it is hard to take Thiel seriously. It would appear he is just another bully who wants to force everyone else to support the homo agenda and silence those who won’t.
Of course, if Trump is elected, it will be up to him to decide whether we dialogue openly or just allow people of faith and other sane individuals to be enslaved to this agenda.
I think Trump is trying to navigate between people of tradition and the revolutionaries who want tradition abolished. But does he have the wisdom to succeed?
I suggest that anyone with ties to the Trump campaign send this link “PayPal closed my account definitively” to the leadership and ask them to see if Thiel is serious about dialogue and is willing to reopen Julio’s account. After all, Julio is on the front lines of the faith side of the dialogue and Thiel’s organization, which claims it wants dialogue, is on the other side. If Thiel refuses to re-establish Julio’s account, he is a liar and Trump should distance himself from him and issue a statement to that effect.
After all, Trump could have chosen any influential gay person to speak at the convention, but he chose a bully who stifles dialogue while hypocritically claiming to welcome it. Now he must answer for this choice or walk it back. This cannot stand.
Apparently, the problem for Thiel, 48, and his PayPal is not only my conservative Christian stance against the gay agenda. In RNC, he voiced criticism of the Republican Party, where there are many socially conservative opponents of the homosexual movement. 
“When Donald Trump asks us to Make America Great Again, he’s not suggesting a return to the past. He’s running to lead us back to that bright future,” said he.
Apparently, he was referring to the fact that in the past the United States was dominated by conservative evangelicals who rejected homosexuality. In its foundation, America was 98% Protestant, not 98% homosexual. George Washington, the first U.S. president, rejected homosexual behavior.
Thiel, who supports homosexual “marriage,” was one of the original backers of Facebook (a move that made him a billionaire) and is still one of its board members.
He is also a co-founder of Palantir, a company long associated with doing data analysis for U.S. intelligence and surveillance agencies.
He supports the legalization of marijuana, something which Republicans have long opposed.
Thiel’s decision to endorse Trump, even though liberal Democrat John F. Kennedy is his favorite President, shows that he seems as an unpredictable Republican as Trump.
Clearly there is far more to Thiel’s motives. Because he is a capitalist worth nearly $3 billion, he could simply believe that Trump will manage the economy better than Hillary Clinton. His capitalist ambitions seem to be a little above his homosexual militancy.
Yet, definitely his capitalist power has been at the service of his homosexual militancy. PayPal vowed to discontinue the expansion of its services in North Carolina after its governor passed a law to protect women and children against homosexual predators by not allowing biological men to use women’s restrooms and locker rooms.
In answer to the PayPal boycott, on Facebook Franklin Graham, son of the legendary evangelist Billy Graham, said, “PayPal gets the hypocrite of the year award!… PayPal operates in countries including Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, and Yemen for Pete’s sake. Just last month PayPal announced they would be expanding in Cuba, a country in which homosexuals and transgender people have been imprisoned, tortured, and executed.”
In RNC, Peter Thiel explicitly urged people to vote for Trump, in a stark contrast to senator Ted Cruz, who dodged an endorsement and has hammered Trump for his stance on transgender people’s use of women’s restrooms and locker rooms. During his campaign, Trump said transgender people should get to choose whatever bathroom they want.
While Thiel threw a bone to Trump, to Republicans and to gay militants, Trump seems to be throwing a bone to evangelicals and to gay militants. After Thiel’s speech in RNC, Trump’s speech promised to get rid of a law that hamstrings clergy from speaking about politics while promoting forcefully “our LGBT community” label.
Conservative Presbyterian Robert A. J. Gagnon, who is a professor of theology and author of the book “The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics,” said,
Trump said: “This time, the terrorist targeted our LGBT community. As your President, I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBT citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology. Believe me. And I have to say as a Republican it is so nice to hear you cheering for what I just said. Thank you.” One can only wonder how far this positive defining of “our LGBT community” and the promise of protection against hate will extend to promoting discriminatory “sexual orientation” laws in the workplace against people of faith. He has already intimated support for such laws and has directly expressed opposition to laws prohibiting males by birth from entering female rest rooms.
Obviously a Clinton presidency would promote this agenda more rigorously than a Trump presidency. But a Trump presidency would implode Republican values from within, ending perhaps forever our connection with the Grand Old Party that once supported our values on sexual ethics. This is why many of us continue to have reservations about endorsing Trump for President even in the face of the horror of a Clinton presidency.
The presence of billionaire homosexual bully Peter Thiel as a speaker in the GOP convention seems to have been calculated to implode conservative values within the Republican Party.
If Trump keeps treating Christian values and the gay agenda as a mere business game, he will be cooperating with such implosion.
With information from DailyMail and The New York Times.
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Thursday, July 21, 2016

PayPal founder Peter Thiel to endorse Trump and become first openly homosexual speaker to address his homosexuality at a Republican convention


PayPal founder Peter Thiel to endorse Trump and become first openly homosexual speaker to address his homosexuality at a Republican convention

By Julio Severo
PayPal founder Peter Thiel is breaking a new barrier for the homosexual activism within the Republican Party by becoming the first openly homosexual speaker to address his homosexuality at a GOP convention— at a time conservatives want the Republican Party to fight the gay agenda.
Peter Thiel
Thiel, who is scheduled to speak at the Republican National Convention today, Thursday, plans to express his official support to Donald Trump and declare: “I’m a proud gay man.”
The declaration, while commonly expressed in Obama’s Party, will register a major support for the homosexual cause within the GOP, which has taken a critical view of homosexual issues.
Thiel, who supports homosexual “marriage,” was one of the original backers of Facebook (a move that made him a billionaire) and is still one of its board members.
He is also a co-founder of Palantir, a company long associated with doing data analysis for U.S. intelligence and surveillance agencies.
His presence as a speaker in a GOP convention is strange, because Thiel has been a supporter of radical homosexual groups.
In 2011, PayPal closed my account definitively, after a campaign orchestrated by U.S. homosexualist group AllOut. To me, PayPal explained that I am ineligible to receive donations from my friends and readers because “you are not a registered non-profit organization.” To AllOut, PayPal explained that it closed my account because “We take very seriously any cases where a user has incited hatred, violence or intolerance because of a person’s sexual orientation.”
With information from DailyMail and The New York Times.
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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Have I Become an Ambassador?


Have I Become an Ambassador?

No, but it seems some editorial staffer of O Globo has read Julio Severo too much

By Julio Severo
Perusing Brazilian news in O Globo, a major secular news site in Brazil owned by the powerful conglomerate Globo, I was surprised to see… my name as an ambassador!
In the disorder in Turkey after a failed coup attempt, trapped Brazilian parliamentarians in Turkey were assisted by an “Ambassador Julio Severo,” as reported by O Globo here.
Yet, according to the Brazilian Foreign Ministry, the name of the Brazilian ambassador in Turkey is Antonio Luis Espinola Salgado.
How then did an “Ambassador Julio Severo” manage to appear in a major Brazilian report on Brazilians and their ambassador in Turkey? I do not know.
I googled it in Portuguese, and I have found no “Ambassador Julio Severo” (in Portuguese is “embaixador Julio Severo”).
Perhaps, while preparing his report, the Globo editorial staffer was reading my blog and without noticing introduced my name. Usually, “Julio” in Portuguese is written in an accented way: “Júlio.” The non-accented form is less common, and the report brings the less common form, which I use.
While I am perusing O Globo, it seems that O Globo is perusing my blog!
By reading my blog too much, the distracted Globo could, also accidentally, eventually introduce my name in a report about the U.S. or the Brazilian presidency! So from “ambassador” to “president”?
I am not unfamiliar to Globo. In the 2007 visit of U.S. President George W. Bush to Brazil, Globo contacted me for an interview, because, according to its journalist, I was one of the few Brazilians supportive of Bush. My support was based on pro-life and pro-family values. The Globo report, headlined “As a Minority, Admirers Defend Bush in Brazil,”  is here.
Portuguese version of this article: Virei embaixador?
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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

A New Russian Law Against Christians?


A New Russian Law Against Christians?

By Julio Severo
A new anti-terrorism law in Russia has been criticized in headlines in the Western media as tailored to target Christians, especially evangelicals and Pentecostals. Others denounce that it was tailored to ban evangelism. Some have labeled it as a “communist” law to persecute evangelicals and Pentecostals.
What are we supposed to know about this anti-terrorism law in Russia? I asked some questions to Alexey Komov, who is the international foreign affairs director of the Patriarchal Commission on family, protection of motherhood and childhood of the Russian Orthodox Church. He answered me,
Just wanted to give you my perspective on the set of the “anti-terrorism” amendments that became law in Russia recently. The main purpose was to amend several laws in a way allowing better anti-terrorism protection/prevention (that other countries including the US and EU already have). Now cell phone operators and internet providers will have to store data for some time and make it available if needed for an investigation, etc. The main and real threat is the activities of various radical Islamic missionaries who are rather active in Russia. We have around 9% of Muslim population that have been historically peaceful, but in the recent decades is being artificially radicalized by foreign radical sects like ISIS and other wahhabi/salafi sponsored imams (just today I’ve seen in the news that a radical imam who has publicly supported terrorism has been arrested in Moscow). Youth is particularly vulnerable and is the target.
New regulation of the missionary activities is just a minor part within the set of the new amendments to various laws. It basically says that foreign missionaries need to receive a permission/registration to do their work, and that they should preach only at their mosque/church/etc. But this concerns only official representatives of a religious organization. All normal people can freely express/preach/promote their religious and other beliefs with no limitations (which is a Constitutional right), and the law does not regulate that. The final law was seriously amended and many controversial things were deleted.
So the conclusion is that many negative reports on this topic in the Western mass media are:
1) Biased against Russia.
2) Use the draft of the bill, and not its final version.
3) Misinterpret actual text of the law.
I personally think that those amendments regarding the regulation of the missionary work could be softer, but even in the current form there is nothing really dramatic (I’ve read them). Plus the actual implementation and practice is now aimed at the radical Islamists. Of course there is also a prejudice against some innovative Western protestant groups and Eastern sects that have been calling for illegal actions, drugs, violence, preaching suicide or terrorism, etc. Plus many non-Orthodox religious groups have played an important role in anti-Russian coup d’etat in Ukraine. Also Russia has a centuries old tradition of over-regulating things.
So there are some worrying factors in this new law, but nothing really dramatic, as the press reports.
This is the view of Alexey Komov, the most prominent pro-life leader in Russia. 
What are my thoughts?
The new law was drafted, and eventually enacted, in Russia after the Islamic bombing of a Russian jet in Egypt. It hits millions of Muslims in Russia, and affects also Christians of other persuasions (Catholics and evangelicals), who are not so numerous as Muslims are in Russia. Islam has about 10,000,000 members in Russia.
The Catholic Church has 140,000 members, thus about 0.1% of the total of the Russian population.
Jehovah’s Witnesses has 300,000 members, thus about 0.2% of the total.
Protestantism in its various denominations, both historical and Evangelical or Pentecostal, has also 300,000 members, thus about 0.2% of the total.
The Russian Orthodox Church has 58,800,000 members, thus 41% of the total.
So the two only major religions in Russia are the Orthodox Christian Church and Islam, and it is very obvious that the anti-terrorism law hits Islam head-on.
Differently from the U.S., where anti-terrorism laws increasingly stifle her major religions (especially evangelicalism) and grant more power to Islam and homosexual activism, and specially a massive secular State, Russia has been stifling homosexual activism and radical Islamic expansion and granting more power to its major Christian religion, the Orthodox Church.
The difference is while U.S. anti-terrorism laws protect an anti-Christian secular State, in Russia anti-terrorism laws protect the Orthodox Church. At least in Russia they are protecting its form of traditional Christianity.
My worry is that anti-Christian and anti-family laws and measures in the United States target not only U.S. citizens, but people around the world. In 2011, WND reported about Homeland Security surveillance on my blog, even though I am not an American citizen. Yes, DHS watches conservative blogs.
In 2013, Edward Snowden, a former CIA agent who has lambasted the Russian law, exposed to the world that the U.S. government was, contrary to the U.S. Constitution, spying on Americans and people around the world. “The (National Security Agency) NSA surveillance scandal is the biggest story of your lifetime,” said Michael Savage in a WND report.
It is very troubling that even without laws and measures allowing surveillance and spying on innocent Christians around the world, the U.S. government is engaged in this behavior in a global scale. If the Russian law is a threat because of the data store of its cell phone operators and internet providers, it is a threat only in Russia. But what about the massive surveillance and spying scandal of NSA? It is a threat hovering illegally not only over Americans, but also over multitudes of people around the world.
The new Russian law was not tailored to target specifically evangelicals and Pentecostals. It targets millions of Muslims. It can also affect other religions, including many U.S. sects as Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormonism that are operating in Russia, but it will not affect the power and status of the Orthodox Church.
According to Charisma magazine, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, a government panel headed by Jesuit priest Thomas J. Reese, condemned the new law.
Charisma reported,
Religious organizations directly affected by the new laws are those with strong evangelization programs in Russia — the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon), International Society for Krishna Consciousness, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Seventh-day Adventists and other Protestant organizations with Baptist, Pentecostal and independent Christian roots.
“The Russian Orthodox church is part of a bulwark of Russian nationalism stirred up by Vladimir Putin,” David Aikman, author of “One Nation Without God,” told Christianity Today.
It is a pity that evangelicalism, which was a part of early American nationalism, is not longer essential for the U.S. government, which has discarded it.
Charisma also said, “Only about 1 percent of the Russian population is Protestant; the majority religion is Russian Orthodox Christian.”
Interestingly, Charisma showed no concern and made no mention that in a much larger scale the law hits millions of Muslims.
Even though evangelicals are a very tiny minority in Russia, the Orthodox Church has partnered with them in common missions. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the Russian Orthodox Church will be hosting a summit in Moscow on persecution against Christians next October.
“I met with Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, and evangelical leaders, and we discussed at length the persecution of the Church worldwide,” said Rev. Franklin Graham, the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He added, “The World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians will shed a global spotlight on this crisis. We will bring delegates from around the world and will be able to join hands with people of other churches and denominations of the Christian faith to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ and to hear firsthand reports of the suffering that is taking place.”
“In the years under Communist rule, virtually all of the [orthodox] priests, pastors, and church leaders in Russia were imprisoned or executed by the Communists, and their graves are on the outskirts of Moscow and throughout the country serving as a reminder,” continued Graham.
“No church in modern history has suffered more than the church in Russia. … So Moscow will be a fitting and meaningful location for this much-needed summit.”
Portuguese version of this article: Uma nova lei russa contra os cristãos?
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Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Actor Matt Damon Calls for Massive Gun Ban in U.S.


Actor Matt Damon Calls for Massive Gun Ban in U.S.

By Julio Severo
Actor Matt Damon said recently he wishes a massive Australia-style gun confiscation of guns to happen in the United States.
Jason Bourne
Damon made the remarks in an interview in Australia during his tour to promote his new movie “Jason Bourne.”
“You guys did it here in one fell swoop and I wish that could happen in my country, but it’s such a personal issue for people that we cannot talk about it sensibly,” said Damon, referring to the sweeping gun control laws enacted in Australia in 1996.
The Hollywood mega-star lamented that people get “so emotional” about the issue.
Australia’s laws were changed after a gunman killed 35 people at a resort. With bipartisan support from leftist and conservative politicians, Australia implemented a massive buy-back of firearms, banned private sales and said that anyone wishing to own a gun would need a “genuine reason” to have one beyond self-defense. 
Yet, the Australian way is not the Bourne way.
The best way for Matt Damon to express his anti-armed defense ideas is through the propaganda machine of his movies. In his current “Jason Bourne” movie, he dispatched at least 10 people as a gun-toting one-man-killing-machine. In his other “Jason Bourne” movies, he killed other bad guys, especially from corrupt and wicked intelligence services.
So why Damon is so anti-gun if Bourne just loves them?
If he were real, Bourne would dislike Damon, and surely if Damon were honest he would hate Bourne and leave his role to a pro-gun actor.
By rejecting the Bourne character, Damon could make a valid point based on his conscience. In this point, he has no conscience to reject the money his gun-loving character gives him.
Damon, who has reportedly made over $50 million for his work in the four Bourne films, has also had no issue with using weapons in other films.
The 45-year-old actor has also carried firearms in his movies The Departed, Green Zone and Elysium, to name just a few.
He is pictured holding a gun on movies poster for all four of his Bourne films. 
Where his conscience?
It is time for Damon to reject Bourne and give back his $50 millions.
In addition, he should disarm his bodyguards and make no secrets about it, letting the public know that in consistency with his anti-gun stances, his bodyguards are totally disarmed.
This would be a real anti-gun propaganda.
I support Jason Bourne, but not Matt Damon.
With information from FoxNews and DailyMail.
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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

UN About to Appoint Global LGBT “Czar” Who Will Investigate Alleged Rights Violations by Governments and Individuals Against LGBT People


UN About to Appoint Global LGBT “Czar” Who Will Investigate Alleged Rights Violations by Governments and Individuals Against LGBT People

By Julio Severo
A radical UN resolution is about to be voted on by the 47 Member States on the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva by the end of next Friday, July 1. The main objective of the resolution is to appoint a global LGBT “Czar” who will investigate alleged rights violations by governments and individuals against LGBT people.
Even though the UN resolution talks about ending violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity and about preventing discrimination leading to violence, the same talk has been used around the world to force same-sex marriage, cross-gender bathroom use, LGBT “rights” indoctrination education for children, and much more.
The global LGBT “Czar,” or “Special Rapporteur” as he is often called at the UN, would be given the mandate to collect reports and complaints from homosexual groups and individuals worldwide and would then use these complaints along with the full arsenal of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to pressure governments to overturn their laws protecting marriage, family, and religious and cultural values.
Typically, homosexual groups and individuals worldwide treat as “violence” and “discrimination” all effort to bar a legal disfigurement of marriage and attempts to ban homosexual indoctrination on children. Rev. Scott Lively, a Pentecostal minister, has been legally persecuted because gay groups, with the assistance of George Soros’ socialist legal machine, interpreted that his preaching against homosexuality equals violence. They are accusing Lively of “Crimes Against Humanity”! A global U.N. LGBT “Czar” would grant victory to anti-Lively activists and would label ministers, priests and preachers as “Criminals Against Humanity”!
Russia was vigorously condemned and ostracized by the U.S. government and the European Union since the approval of a Russian law banning homosexual propaganda to children and teens. A global U.N. LGBT “Czar” would officially condemn as “criminal,” “violence” and “discrimination” the Russian efforts to protect their children and teens from homosexual propaganda.
In 2011, PayPal closed my account definitively, after a campaign orchestrated by U.S. homosexualist group AllOut. To me, PayPal explained that I am ineligible to receive donations from my friends and readers because “you are not a registered non-profit organization.” To AllOut, PayPal explained that it closed my account because “We take very seriously any cases where a user has incited hatred, violence or intolerance because of a person’s sexual orientation.” A global U.N. LGBT “Czar” would not only side with AllOut, but also could recommend the same denial of transactional services to Christians as punishment for their “homophobia” — biblical views opposed to homosexual practices.
The U.N. resolution will be voted by the 47 Member States on the UN Human Rights Council. Among these members there are nations making part of 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, which will vote in the UN Human Rights Council.
Family Watch International (FWI) has prepared a form for you to send an email to all 47 UN Member States on the Council asking them to oppose the resolution. To use the FWI form to ask UN ambassadors to oppose the resolution, click here.
The urgency of the resolution shows that the homosexualist pressure on the UN is working.
Since the attack on a Orlando gay nightclub, which was committed by an Islamic terrorist, the Obama administration, with the full arsenal of the U.S. government, and the “Core LGBT Group” have been pressuring the United Nations to lead a global effort to advance the gay agenda around the world.
The Orlando attack should be used by the U.S. government to press the U.N. to condemn global Islamic violence, but it is being used to build a global legal machine to harass and censor moral and Christian views opposed to homosexual behavior.
With information of Family Watch International.
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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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