Monday, September 29, 2014

U.N. Adopts Latin American Homosexual Resolution


U.N. Adopts Latin American Homosexual Resolution

By Julio Severo
The United Nations Human Rights Council Friday adopted a resolution, by a 25-14, against anti-LGBT “violence” and “discrimination” that was pushed forward by Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Colombia — nations mostly Catholic, but relentlessly affected by Liberation Theology and other forms of socialism. Brazil is the largest Catholic nation in the world.
“The Human Rights Council has taken a fundamental step forward by reaffirming one of the United Nations’ key principles — that everyone is equal in dignity and rights,” said Jessica Stern, executive director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, after the vote.
Stern correctly understood that this resolution is just the tip of iceberg for the expansion of gay rights around the world.
According to NBC News, the Latin American resolution was passed at the UN “with strong support from the U.S.,” formerly the largest Protestant nation in the world.
Secretary of State John Kerry said: “We have a moral obligation to speak up against marginalization and persecution of LGBT persons. We have a moral obligation to promote societies that are more just and more fair, more tolerant.”
Marginalization, persecution, violence and discrimination of LGBT persons are terms that were largely used in connection to the Russian laws banning homosexual propaganda to children and adolescents. Even though these laws aim at protecting children and adolescents, the Western media and governments portray them as sources of violence. Their attacks were especially strident during the Sochi Olympic Games in Russia earlier this year when the U.S. media, Obama and his diplomats made a mockery of Russians and their country.
So it is hard to believe that the Latin American resolution is not intended to discourage other nations from protecting children and even their societies from the harmful influence of the homosexual agenda.
Latin America is not the only Catholic region to fall prey to the homosexualist illusion.
Italy and Ireland — both predominantly Catholic countries where homosexuality was not socially accepted in the past — voted for it.
Cuba and Venezuela, which are usually opposed to U.S.-backed resolutions, sided with Brazil and other Latin American nations, whose left-leaning governments have made radical strides in homosexual laws.
Chile argued that voting against the resolution would effectively condone violence against “millions of people around the world on the basis of sexual orientation.”
Nevertheless, Russia — which in the Soviet era was the first nation to have a liberal stance on homosexuality, but today is experiencing a revival of its Christian Orthodox religion — chose to vote against its trade partner — Brazil — and its resolution that would effectively destroy the Russian laws against homosexual propaganda. Other partners of Brazil in the BRICS chose not to challenge Brazil so directly. India and China abstained, but South Africa voted for it.
Islamic nations voted against it.
Both Uganda and Nigeria — where homosexuality is illegal — condemned the resolution as an attempt to influence their peoples’ culture.
Other nations accused the resolution of “cultural imperialism.”
Effectively, the resolution turns the U.N. into a tool to denounce governments opposed to homosexuality. Brazil, U.S. and the European Union can now, with the support of Cuba and Venezuela, make more mockery and attacks at nations that protect their children and societies.
With information from TeleSurTV, Washington Blade, NBC News, Glaad, U.S. State Department and Reuters.
Portuguese version of this article: ONU adota resolução homosexual latino-americana
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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Brazil’s evangelicals gain clout, close to electing first president — a Liberation Theology adherent


Brazil’s evangelicals gain clout, close to electing first president — a Liberation Theology adherent

Commentary by Julio Severo: Striking in this report is the complete absence of journalistic criticism at the Pentecostalism of presidential candidate Marina Silva. This is the same media that would never spare Michele Bachmann, a Pentecostal/charismatic politician. The only difference is that Silva is rabidly socialist and Bachmann is a conservative. Even more striking is that Reuters, whose investigative journalism should supposedly have no omission, did not comment on the fundamental role of Liberation Theology in the spirituality and political career of Silva. Even after her “conversion” to the Assemblies of God church al, Silva extolled Liberation Theology as the “living gospel.” In the 2010 presidential election, she attacked the conservative wave against abortion and homosexuality.
Reportedly, Silva has connections with George Soros and, according to Wayne Madsen, the CIA has helped her.
Why did not Reuters choose attack her Pentecostalism? By the same reason that it hid the fact that she is more Liberation Theology than evangelical or Pentecostal. Socialism is her most important religion.
Now read the pro-Marina Silva report of Reuters:

Brazil’s evangelicals gain clout, close to electing first president

By Anthony Boadle
(Reuters) — Brazil's increasingly powerful evangelical Christians are tantalizingly close to electing one of their own as president next month in what would be a historic shift for the world's largest Catholic nation.
Marina Silva, an environmentalist running neck and neck in polls with incumbent President Dilma Rousseff, is a Pentecostal Christian who often invokes God on the campaign trail and has said she sometimes consults the Bible for inspiration when making important political decisions.
Some 65 percent of Brazil's 200 million people are Roman Catholics but evangelicals are rapidly gaining followers and power.
They grew from 5 percent of the population in 1970 to more than 22 percent in 2010 and the trend has continued. Evangelical groups have made particular inroads among urban working Brazilians who benefited from economic prosperity over the last two decades and are now demanding a greater say in politics.
Recent polls show evangelical voters would support Silva over Rousseff by a margin of about 54 percent to 38 percent if the two face each other in a runoff on Oct. 26, as most expect.
In a tight race, that could swing the result.
The evangelicals' rise has drawn comparisons to the "religious right" that began to influence U.S. politics in the 1980s.
There are important differences - most Brazilians are politically well to the left of Americans, perhaps inevitably in a country with one of the world's biggest gaps between rich and poor. Silva and Rousseff both call themselves socialists and push for robust welfare programs.
Infighting within evangelical groups has also limited their ability to create a unified bloc.
Yet similarities with the "religious right" abound. Brazil's evangelical faithful have turned their opposition to gay marriage and abortion, which are both illegal here, into key national political issues.
Funded by the tithes their followers are asked to pay, the more successful evangelical churches are increasingly turning their newfound wealth into political influence.
They have bought up radio and television stations across Brazil and financed campaigns to elect evangelical candidates, including many pastors, to seats in Congress.
The evangelical caucus in Congress showed its muscle in May by forcing Rousseff to revoke authorization for public health service abortions in exceptional cases of pregnancies caused by rape and of fetuses with brain defects.
For the first time in a Brazilian election, there are two evangelical candidates running for president. Silva has eclipsed the second hopeful, Pastor Everaldo, although he has made his mark in debates by accusing Rousseff's government of trampling on family values and seeking to legalize abortion.
Under evangelical pressure, Silva has changed her party's position on gay rights. And Rousseff, a Catholic who has rarely used faith in her political career, is now presenting herself as a good Christian. "Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord," she quoted from Psalms at one campaign stop.
"The evangelical vote will be decisive in this election," said Rodrigo Delmasso, a pastor of a Brasilia-based Pentecostal church, who is running for a seat in the city's legislature.
"As the community grows it's natural that our share of political representation grows too," the 34-year-old pastor said during a campaign stop where he handed out bumper stickers and posters to metro workers.
Delmasso said he voted for Rousseff in 2010, but he now backs Silva, trusting she will sweep out corruption after 12 years of rule by the leftist Workers' Party.
MORALITY
Many evangelicals believe their churches are uniquely equipped to cleanse politics - and society at large.
In a shabby shopping center in the center of Brazil's capital, two theaters that used to show porn films are now churches. In one that doubled as a strip club, pastors preach about salvation from a stage where strippers once performed.
Pentecostalism, the fastest growing branch of evangelical Christianity, was introduced to Latin America by U.S. missionaries a century ago.
These days, virtually every town and neighborhood in Brazil seems to have a Pentecostal chapel where vibrant song and prayer blare over loudspeakers onto the street outside. Many converts say the uplifting services and emphasis on material prosperity are more appealing than what they found in the Catholic Church.
The exodus is happening across Latin America and is especially strong in Brazil.
The Catholic Church retains political influence of its own - gathering all the major presidential candidates for a debate in Aparecida, the shrine of Brazil's patron saint, earlier this month, for example.
But while it bans its priests from engaging in politics, evangelical preachers are free to launch their own political careers from the pulpit or televangelist studios.
Recently, at the doors of a church in Brasilia, youths in shirts and ties handed out campaign flyers to people attending the service. A vote for the evangelical congressional candidate was "the same as voting for the Church," one of the youths said.
One major goal of evangelicals is to keep expanding their caucus in Congress, which has grown from 17 in 1985 to 76 today - about 15 percent of the Chamber of Deputies.
They have in many ways followed the path taken by the U.S. Christian right, which didn't really get involved in national politics until the early 1980s when one of its own - Pat Robertson - ran for president, said Andrew Chesnut, an expert on Brazil's Pentecostal boom.
"Up until then, American evangelicals saw the political arena as the devil's arena where even forthright Christians could be contaminated," said Chesnut, a professor of religious studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
"The view was that if they had critical mass they could elect their own people and that would inoculate them from the contagion of the political arena. That was the same in Brazil."
CONVERSION
Silva's rise could further boost political engagement among Brazilian evangelicals. Many, like Silva, are Afro-Brazilian women who come from a poor background.
Silva came to the faith somewhat late in life. She was born to illiterate rubber-tappers in the Amazon rainforest and wanted to become a Catholic nun as an adolescent, before turning to environmental activism and a career in politics.
Her conversion to Pentecostalism came in 1997 after her doctor said only a "miracle" would heal her fragile health, wrecked by malaria, hepatitis and lead poisoning when she was a child on the rubber plantation.Silva has tried to strike a careful balance between pride in her faith and not alienating more secular-minded Brazilians. She said in an interview this month that "the Bible is without a shadow of a doubt a source of inspiration," but immediately added that all of her decisions are "taken on a rational basis."
One campaign jingle celebrates "the faith of every believer and the reason of every atheist."
Last month, her Brazilian Socialist Party issued an official platform supporting gay marriage and making homophobia a crime but Silva quickly reversed the stance after Brazil's best-known televangelist, Silas Malafaia, threatened to withdraw his support for her.
It was a costly embarrassment for Silva, losing her support among young and urban middle-class voters and fueling broader concerns that she flip-flops on major issues.
Rousseff tried to capitalize, announcing after Silva's gaffe that she would push through legislation granting evangelical churches the same tax benefits as the Catholic Church.
Analysts say many evangelical voters are still up for grabs. Brazil's poor depend on social programs introduced by the ruling Workers' Party, and could vote for Rousseff regardless of what their pastor may say.
Rousseff has the backing of Brazil's second-largest evangelical church, the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God. Silva belongs to Assemblies of God, which has more members but is less well-organized.
Rousseff even attended the opening last month of a 10,000-seat, 11-story Solomon's Temple built in Sao Paulo by the Universal Church's leader, Bishop Edir Macedo. A media magnate, Macedo has a fortune estimated by Forbes magazine at $1.24 billion.
Macedo's PRB party backs Rousseff and even has a seat in her cabinet. But he exerts more influence with his ownership of the second largest television network, Rede Record.
Bishop Robson Rodovalho, a physicist who founded a Pentecostal church in 1992 that now has more than 1 million followers and a TV channel, said he expects that Silva still has room to grow her support in coming weeks.
"Much of the Church will converge on her candidacy," he told Reuters before going on stage to preach to the sound of rock music in a darkened church hall lit with discotheque lights.
"Brazil is a real democracy. It's only a matter of time before we have an evangelical president. That's a fact."
(Editing by Brian Winter and Kieran Murray)
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Saturday, September 27, 2014

East-Western Apocalypse: Israel in the Secular Image Trap


East-Western Apocalypse: Israel in the Secular Image Trap

By Dr. Friedrich Hansen
Commentary by Julio Severo: Dr. Friedrich Hansen and I were in the recent pro-family conference in Moscow, and I am very glad that as a pro-life physician in Germany, he is also Christian who defends Israel! God has raised strategic Germans these days to confront lies against Israel. God bless Mr. Friedrich!
What connects Hamas with LGBT is the disproportionate visibility and media coverage of both which is due to the chock qualities of sexual transgression and terrorist aggression alike. Both lend themselves perfectly to our image-mad and scandal ridden media world. The road to success in the decadent West is paved with televised brutality (ISIS) and obscenity (LGBT).  Recent examples are the beheading of an American journalist by a British Muslim and the announcement of the first ever Gay Pride Parade in Gaza City. The latter was postponed at the nick of time yet the mass same-sex wedding ceremony under Hamas authority went ahead. In my attempt to explain the extraordinary sympathy of Western mainstream media with Hamas these two events are key for they are offering a particular line of argument. Not only queers are a product of Western decadent modernity spilling over to the traditionally minted Middle East but radical jihadists such as the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS and Hamas too. Think of the Hamburg cell that staged 9/11. The point is of Hegelian recognition for young adolescents, alienated by modernity and struggling with adulthood.
My intention is to give an intuitive explanation by turning to history and biblical philosophy. From there readily emerges the split between cultures of guilt and forgiveness on the one hand and those of shame and honor on the other. The first was historically introduced by Judaism and subsequently spread by the other monotheisms of Christianity and Islam. It is important to note here that the guilt culture is wedded to the audible sense and inward looking as opposed to the shame culture wedded to the eye and outward looking. This has important implications for the way religious Israelis and secular Palestinians conceive of themselves. 
The West now firmly in the grip of visual media and its deceptive images allows little patience for subtlety and reflection which is traditionally related to the ear, the voice and language — prime medium of religion, which also banned images. This sophisticated world is now being reduced to the 146 word Twitter standard chatting away aside the Moloch of international TV — a media mix seemingly by default biased toward demonization of the People of the Book a long forgotten label for the Jews. Images of destruction, child misery and war, arbitrarily wrought by Hamas in Gaza coalesce with the Western fancy for images in the short-lived pop culture. Any display of Hamas fighters would obliterate the magic of shame poured over Israel. And the alliance of liberal journalism and Hamas somehow managed to avoid those pictures.
The other news is that after centuries of punishment for sodomy we are now presented with images of same sex couples in Gaza, which is ample proof of the radical modernity of Hamas. The terror group might succeed as the tin opener for LGBT inroads to the Arab world. Hamas has chosen to jump on the powerful Western gender bandwagon that also happens to be prime agenda of the U.S. Department of State. Hamas and gays are both radical avant-gardist projects at the heart of Western liberalism aiming at obliterating religious Zionism as perhaps the last opposition to globalized liberal secularism. It was only a matter of time that they would close ranks and it was this what delivered to Hamas another media victory over Israel.
The media appeal of a Hamas-gay alliance is that it offers a re-enchantment, a mix of sex and violence, no matter how decadent and suicidal, to an utterly disenchanted modern West. Has anyone noticed that President Barack Obama's embrace of same sex marriage was in perfect harmony with his posturing against Israel? No wonder that addictive sodomites, called “bug catchers” for trying to catch as much STDs as possible, and addictive suicidal racists finally joined forces in the first Gay Pride Parade in the war zone of Gaza. This has been prefigured in the combined BDS-Turkish Islamist flotilla for Gaza that triggered the Mavi Marmara clash with the IDF. It is about to get a reboot soon. Both avant-gardist movements are heinous death cults who are bent to drawing many innocents with them into the abyss. Historically sexual inhibition and unrestrained violence are closely linked transgressions, notoriously so in the French and Nazi Revolutions. 
So what is the greater picture here with regard to the global clash between modernity and tradition that, unlike Huntington's prediction, is not fought between grand nations or cultures, but is fought asymmetrically informed by different religious backgrounds between desolate factions within modernity spilling over in the Middle East. Clearly Islamic culture is equally split between desolate neoconservatives such as Turkey, Qatar and Iran on one side and traditional societies such as Saudi Arabia, the Gulf Emirates, Jordan and Egypt. This seems to be the new divide in the Middle East and America seems to have sided with the desolate radicals. The Muslim Brotherhood, backed by Barack Obama recently is of the same kind that once perpetrated the Pearl Harbor assault: Japanese Kamikaze death squads. For not all cultures are equal. To believe the opposite is just extreme liberal hypocrisy. While Israelis serve God in life, the Palestinians claim to serve him in death, if only as a way to terrorize Israeli civil society.
This brings us to the link between biblical philosophy and modern science with regard to guilt versus shame culture provided by anthropologist Ruth Benedict. It was in Pearl Harbor at the sight of remorseless destruction that she re-discovered the difference between shame and guilt culture. Benedict explained why the Kamikaze pilots lacked any respect for the life of Americans. This same feature stand out with Hamas' attitude towards Israelis. In retaliation, American puritan culture respected life and attempted to limit the means of war even if they eventually succumbed to the Hiroshima Bomb that amounted to a sort of vengeance with mostly civilian casualties. Nevertheless, it saved tens of thousands of Americans by ending the war. In this sense Pearl Harbor and its replay at 9/11 explains why among Westerners only Americans overwhelmingly side in polls with Israel over Hamas.
Surely, the clash between guilt and shame culture has been actualized by Islamic suicide bombers in Israel and by Hamas heinous warfare indiscriminately firing Al Kassam rockets, with ever improving features, on Israeli civilians and using their own kin as hostages to protect their fighters. In addition, the terror group Hamas does not use its huge aid budget, supplied by the West, for the building of civilian infrastructure and shelters for the 1.8 million people in Gaza. Sources tell us that Palestinian civilians were not even allowed in the tunnels during Israeli air raids because this would expose the entries to the enemy. The crucial difference between guilt and shame culture is that the latter is prone to revenge fuelling endless bloodshed based on stubborn identity or honor issues. Only the former is able to achieve peace through compromise and a mechanism of repentance, forgiveness, change of mind and redemption. Thus the shame culture is a deprived state of the former that was always present underneath the latter since late antiquity. For centuries in Italy both have been close neighbors, represented by the Vatican and varieties of the mezzogiorno Mafia.
Now Hamas cynical exposure and sacrifice of civilians employs and manipulates the classical feature of the shame culture that is the scapegoat. For the scapegoat is the sacrificial transformation of guilt into shame. Hamas tactics are unprecedented and heinous because it is secretly sacrificing its own civilians by exposing them to Israeli fire and even hides their fighters behind them. This represents an unheard of transgression of the rules of warfare, relinquishing all limits between combatants and non-combatants. This means aggravating the war effect even against the fair intentions of the enemy - rendering any damage beyond his control. Thus Hamas invites the maximum damage on its own side abandoning responsibility and self-protection of their families. It can be called engineering of victim-hood which always reflects badly only on the enemy.
This existential inversion of the role of the scapegoat resembles the mechanism that Western liberals employed with their post WW II revisionism of the Shoah. In order to understand Hamas removal of protective boundaries and why therefore the German philosopher Martin Heidegger is somehow hovering over Gaza we need to turn to the concept of apocalypse.
Apocalypse in Greek means taking the lid off a pot or in other words dissolute boundaries. No doubt, transcending all limits has become the obsession of the post-modern West. For Christians the term signifies ultimate horror facing the day of reckoning, notoriously postponed or mediated by proxy as a the result of their “reform” of Judaism. This postponement of reckoning opened up vast windows of opportunity for transgression or if you wish sin, as the “holy sinner” Marquis de Sade was the first to exploit during the French Revolution. His more recent soul mate was the late Michel Foucault, the cardinal philosopher after Nietzsche with liberal Western academia and famously known as “The fucking Saint” in the gay community. 
Interestingly it was the free market economist Friedrich Hayek who immediately after the Nazi revolution astutely observed, I think it was in his “Road to Serfdom”, that whether the "apocalyptic lid" is taken off abruptly, as in a revolution or whether lifted gradually in a commercial way as in a free market society — the result could be pretty much the same: lowering the moral order and obliterating the family. Liberals are corrupting the moral order as efficiently as the fascists and to a lesser extent the communists did before them. It is irritating, to say the least, that the anti-Israel demonstrations are put up in the withering Christian West but not in orthodox Russia or in budding Christian Asia. This would suggests that the transformation of guilt into shame is at work more in liberal nihilism.
In this context, we might ask why both liberals and Hamas are obsessed with victim-hood? Well the answer is that attempts are under way with the help of the Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) movement to expand the rainbow coalition of minority groups on a global scale using the Israel-Hamas conflict as leverage. It amounts to a historical revision of the civilizational collapse still known as the Shoah. Here Martin Heidegger comes in who emphatically welcomed the collapse of Western civilization in 1929 at Davos. It happened at the dawn of Hitler's revolution and the “metaphysical lid” was among the philosophical issues of the controversy at Davos between Martin Heidegger and Ernst Cassirer. More in harmony with the Zeitgeist the soon to be Nazi philosopher Heidegger, undisputed as an outstanding thinker of the 20th century, won because he unreservedly voted for riddance of the repressive “lid”.
A few years later Hitler removed the lid and unleashed German furor into racial pogroms not least empowered by his same sex networks in Munich and Berlin that had cropped up during the Weimar Republic. Hitler himself, emphatically so during his adolescence — and like many of his comrades — was an active homosexual. This has been established by Lothar Machtan, historian at the University of Bremen, in his book “Hitlers Geheimnis (secret)”of 2001. The late Joachim Fest, more famous still as a historian, revealed in his voluminous biography on the "Führer" that until his last days Hitler had his bowels scoured by one of his many personal physicians. Sodomy and pederasty in pagan Nazi orders was much appreciated as stimulus for enhancing valour. The same is reported with Japanese soldiers favouring pre-combat heterosexual intercourse or rape with a frequency perhaps rivalled only by homosexual men (http://atimes.com/atimes/Korea/KOR-01-070814.html).
Men not moored in family life such as the SA and SS troopers, the Kamikaze or Jihads like Hamas and gay “holy sinners” live permanently “without a lid” and history has depicted them as extremely dangerous. Fittingly new medical research has revealed that they have considerable higher testosterone levels than family men (“The Future of the Family“, Tikvah Fund, New York seminary 15.7.14). Hamas terrorists, just like their Japanese predecessors, hit in their suicidal furor only about a fifth of their targets — with Kamikaze death pilots obliterating American ships and Hamas Kassam rockets targeting Israeli cities. The latter are mostly neutralized thanks to the Iron Dome.
The poor military performance of Japanese and Islamist death squads like ISIS and Hamas got compensated back then as now by a habit of brutal executions of traitors and decapitation of enemies in order to enhance their horrifying public media presence. This type of ritual murder is typical for the shame culture and is destined to become a re-import to radical pockets of desolates in the West. The shame culture incapable of forgiveness punishes misdeeds through bodily mutilation and exposure. Similarly, radical gay “Bug Catchers” are heroes of self- or mutual mutilation too. All of these are denying to themselves the blessings of human advancement toward a superior guilt culture that is capable of separating transgression from the person that committed it through repentance and forgiveness. Palestinian and rainbow identity politics are employing exactly the opposite rationale of melting transgression and personality to one inseparable identity or “honor” equally giving LGBT people and Hamas their schizoid edge — forever damned to dangle between irreconcilable "honor or shame”. The boastfulness of Hamas and the gay „bug catchers” priding themselves on emphatic transgression of limits is genuinely opposed to civil society because it knows not of remorse and atonement.
After all for both it is the whole point of being a transgressor, gay or Jihad, to melt a mere accidental habit into a personality trait in order to gain Hegelian recognition or honor. After all this is what identity politics is all about. Yet it is important not to overlook that it creates unstable personalities with weakened self-control — crying for government assistance and liberal tyranny. More importantly, it represents a regression from mature flexibility and tolerance toward radical stubbornness of “frozen adolescents”. It is for this reason that holy warriors and gender warriors tend to take offence easily and reject all compromise. For example Italy’s most famous philosopher Gian Vattimo, also from the Heidegger mold and openly gay, recently said on the radio, "he would like to personally kill Israelis and thinks Europeans should raise money “to buy Hamas some more rockets” (Haartez reported: http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.606698).
Yet it was not always like this, quite the opposite. For gay historiography about fascism kept trying to separate for the past what it wants to keep inseparable in the present: sodomy blown up as identity. Thus opportunist gay historians insist that the nasty habit of homosexual storm troopers and SA thugs was purely accidental and had nothing to do with politics and did not affect their personality (Alexander Zinn “Die Konstruktion Homosexueller Nazis”, 1997). Yet it is now completely forgotten that almost all liberal thinkers or left wing media in the 1930ies, many exiled from Germany, turned against gays because they blamed them for the rise of fascism. The heavy homosexual penetration of Röhm's SA, counting four million men in 1934, was all too visible through its open gay leadership. In addition the homosexual movement under the Nazis was the only “victim group”, powerful enough to actually challenge the dictator — still just another insane and failed rebellion that under normal circumstances would not entitle anyone to making claims on the consequences of their own stupidity. Would it have been more agreeable to have lived under a gay German dictator called Röhm?
It is precisely the opposite what LGBT activists want us to believe today in their new opportunistic turn to the powers that be, namely that gay emancipation requires maximum politicization and that to be gay matters a lot for the whole personality, in short that habit and person are inseparable. And yet just as binge drinking does not create a new species of human beings called alcoholics, so sodomy does not constitute a new ontological class called gays with all sorts of privileges. Gays and Palestinians have exactly the same human rights as everyone else, but no extra rights whatsoever. The abuse of human rights and the anti-discrimination industry has dried up Western cultural sensibilities toward anti-Semitism that once provided some semblance of security to the Jews.
The truth is however that addictive sodomy is a treatable condition just like drug and alcohol addiction or amenable through repentance and atonement. It is stunning that while we are living in a therapeutic society the only condition under the sun not amenable to therapy should be homosexuality (Phillip Rieff „The Triumph of the Therapeutic“). Among modern scholars who studied the metaphysical void of secular modernity was the French-Jewish sociologist Emile Durkheim who identified the result of the “removed lid”, i.e. the “yearning for infinitude”, as the main driver of male suicides, surging during rapid industrialization in Europe. In the 20th century, this morphed into the nihilism of pagan death cults with the axis powers: the Kamikaze, the genocidal SS and Turks and the Muslim Brotherhood.
The decapitation of pro-Islamic activist James Foley by a converted British Islamist and Hamas' celebration of same-sex marriage makes palpable a new converging Western-Islamist shame culture to be reckoned with, a culture driven by resentments, revenge and a lack of reason and compromise. This emerging coalition between radical liberals and Islamic jihadists is also reflected in the new Orwellian terms homophobe and islamophobe. They represent the seal of the revenge culture and inversion of the scapegoat again: anti-gays are denounced as disease stroke. For it was the removal of homosexuality as a psychiatric disorder in the 1970ies with a gay mob intimidating leading US psychiatrists that pushed the sexual revolution one screw further.
Fittingly the European commission, one of the main sponsors of LGBT and Hamas alike, has just ordered its member states to calculate their shadow economy. All activities like Mafia businesses, the sex- and porno-industries, contraband, people trafficking, illegal drug and weapon deals are to be reported to the EU central committee until 2016. Do not hold your breath, yes the idea is to dress up public depth and allow the ailing European economies to drop below the depth ceiling of 3% of output. The Guardian reported, based on Eurostat, illegal activities such as prostitution and drug trafficking could add about 1% to the GDP of Poland and Romania, 1%-2% of Italy, Portugal, Ireland, Spain, Czech Republic, 2-3% of France, Germany and Belgium, 3%-4% of Austria, the Netherlands and the UK and as much as 5% to the GDP of Finland and Sweden (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/09/spain-prostitution-gdp-estimate). It seems the last resort for zero-growth Europe is to economically absorb the spoils of the shame and honor culture in order to “sex up” its balance sheet. Will anyone bother to register his business legally in the future? And will it now be counterproductive to carry on the war against drugs at all? Obviously not.

Liberal appeasement of Hamas

Hamas is determined to annihilate Israel, whereas Israel is simply trying to defend itself and to live. This unambiguous fact cannot be repeated often enough, as most recently explained by British Chief Rabbi Epharim Mirvis in the London Telegraph. Dead sure on 25th of July Hamas repeated what it has voiced many times in the past: “We will exterminate you [Jews], until the last one, and we will not leave even one of you.” Ephraim goes on: “In reality, one side is motivated to maximize civilian casualties and has an exterminatory agenda. The other side is motivated to protect its citizens from terror.” Hitler famously said with glee: “Guilt is an invention of the Jews.” Hamas could not agree more for they always get away without apologizing for any of their atrocities. To their merit, the Saudis recently blamed Hamas as responsible for their own civilian casualties. Yet this has been mostly ignored by the liberal media. They even stay mute to the fact that journalists who try to film Hamas in action or ask them questions get death threats. This is why we are spared pictures of Hamas warfare on Western TV.  

“Moral equivalence” extracted from Equality for Victims

To put it bluntly: moral equivalence emerges from a sentimental competition between victims in a shame and honor culture, not able to rise to a reasoned judgment informed by a superior guilt culture that was once the common heritage of the monotheist religions. The liberal commitment emerged after the Holocaust in a peaceable but ill-conceived attempt to create the motherboard of moral equivalence, victim “equality” between the Jews and the rest. Thus liberals have crowded out the moral high ground in the media with an agenda of a pantheist’ redistribution of victim claims. Liberal social engineering allocated a privileged place for the non-Jewish segment of the Semitic people to swerve the claim of anti-Semitism: the Palestinians represented by Hamas are the principal liberal fig leaf for the final stroke of the Enlightenment against religion in general and Judaism in particular. This is why the Palestinians are not allowed ever to give up their refugee status (http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/08/31/unrwa-is-a-hostile-organization-and-israel-should-treat-it-accordingly/#). Thus they became the great post-War exception of many millions of displaced people and refugees after WW II, including some 800 000 Jews expelled from Arab countries alone.
The first Gay Pride Parade in Gaza, of all places, is a crucial piece in the sinister propaganda war and meant to neutralize a poster child of Israel's liberal credentials. This is a major Hamas accomplishment over Abbas and Fatah. Clearly, Israel and the international community should ask LGBT advocates which side they are on. Would anyone think that something as superfluous as gay rights is what Palestinians would be yearning for in war torn Gaza? Even before Hamas' closing ranks with the aggressive gay culture aimed at destabilizing the secular Jewish state by denouncing Israel in typical shame-and-blame manner as “pink washing”. Think about the logic of this for a moment: Israel embraces the gay bandwagon in order to wash her hands and diluting guilt into shame?
The Russian emigrant Nathan Sharansky, presently head of the Jewish Agency, said recently: “I believe we are seeing the beginning of the end of Jewish history in Europe… For more than 12 years, rabbis and teachers in French schools have told Jewish children not to go out in the street wearing a kippah. That’s something that even Moscow and Kiev rabbis don’t say to children...” What has been pro-gay marches and Muslim youth riots in the Banlieu of Paris in recent years are fast becoming the new pogroms against Jews as the one recently seen at the Roquette Synagogue. Aggressive gays have meanwhile joined the anti-Israel protests in droves, such as seen recently in Chicago and London. Has anyone noticed that Western hate against Israel and Russia has coalesced recently. Revealingly Jews are again under attack in the West rather than East. Nevertheless, Benjamin Kerstein tells us: “It is a Pogrom undertaken by Muslims, Christians, atheists, and all those in between, all across the world”(http://www.thetower.org/article/the-global-pogrom/).
Now let us wrap up. History has taught us that if the Jews are expelled from Europe, as we have seen before in medieval Spain, 19th century Russia and 20th century Germany, this spells doom for the host countries. It just seems to confirm what we knew already: that the West is in decline. Yet what we are seeing is not only a shift of economic and cultural activity from the Atlantic to the Pacific, but also a re-alignment in the Middle East. Caroline Glick astutely observed that the West under its present liberal leadership, namely President Barack Obama seems to be irresistibly attracted by Hamas, Iran and Turkey, a predatory group, deranged by modernity, instigated by the Muslim Brotherhood and financed by Qatar. See also Jonathan Spyer's piece about Qatar's extraordinary rise (http://www.thetower.org/article/qatars-rise-and-americas-tortured-middle-east-policy/).
Coalitions are volatile in the Muslim world but there seems to be emerging a moderate, more conservative group cautiously siding with Israel, namely Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Column-One-Anti-Semitism-and-its-limitations-371172). This group potentially also includes Russia which as a leader of the emerging BRICS countries has recently aligned itself with Egypt. Now Israel is the only country in the Western hemisphere and the Middle East too with a sustainable demography and a healthy democracy. And it is thus perfectly poised to show other modern democracies where to set limits to the power of Western liberal tyranny by the way of taming the furor of the sexual revolution. And it has a strong incentive to do so because Hamas or LGBT galvanized by the Israel-Boycott alone cannot break the Jewish state, but if they join forces, they might succeed. Therefore Israel could reverse its presently poor international image by standing by religious Zionism and the Judeo-Christian culture of guilt and forgiveness.
Dr. Friedrich Hansen is a physician and writer. He has researched Islamic Enlightenment and Israeli history in Jerusalem and has networked on behalf of the Maimonides Prize. Previous journalistic and academic historical work in Germany, Britain published mostly online in the Brussels Journal, Asia Times in Hong Kong, On Line Opinion in Australia and Times of Israel. He is currently working in psychosomatic rehabilitation in Germany.
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Russian Media Trash Pro-Family Conference Held At The Kremlin


Russian Media Trash Pro-Family Conference Held At The Kremlin

In all, about 1,000 delegates made the trip to Moscow to take part in the event.

B. Christopher Agee
While critics seemingly have an inexhaustible list of grievances against the nation, plenty of social conservatives are able to celebrate certain aspects of the Russian experience. This fact was evident during a recent conference held inside the Moscow Kremlin earlier this month.
As writer Julio Severo explained, the Sept. 10 forum featured speakers from around the world who agreed that sexual immorality has deeply damaged the family structure. Known as the Large Family and Future of Humanity Forum, 45 nations were represented – including Severo himself, who represented Brazil.
In all, about 1,000 delegates made the trip to Moscow to take part in the event.
The conference focused on several key issues such as abortion, same-sex marriage, and gay pride events, which participants felt have compromised traditional values in regions where such philosophies are prominent. Severo, however, noted that the host country is one place where a pro-family philosophy is still alive and well.
He wrote that “Russia represents hope for conservative fighters in a world increasingly corrupted by the Western debauchery of free sex, abortion imposition, comprehensive immoral sex education, population control [and] homosexual indoctrination via media and schools,” a view he said was shared by those who participated in last week’s forum.
According to Severo’s account, Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed visitors to the conference with a personal message bemoaning the “erosion of moral values” across much of the globe.
Organizers of the event insisted their goals were only to protect “the natural family” and promoting advocacy “aimed at ensuring the integrity of human life from the moment of conception to natural death”; however, media within Russia and beyond have predictably labeled participants as bigots and hatemongers.
Traditional news outlets including the Moscow Times, for example, lambasted the event and its speakers – particularly Russian Parliamentarian Yelena Mizulina. During the forum, the conservative politician noted the exceptional openness her country has toward such events.
“I am sure that in contemporary Europe it would not be possible to hold a forum like this,” she said. “Even if they are held there, they are not hosted at the Kremlin, like in Russia, but somewhere on the outskirts.”
Plenty of other biased media properties, including Gay Star News, offered their own criticism of the event. The World Congress of Families, a group reportedly involved in putting the forum together, was recently targeted by Australians fighting to cancel a summit planned to take place in Melbourne.
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Monday, September 22, 2014

Main threat to U.S., Russia: Radical Islam, not each other


Main threat to U.S., Russia: Radical Islam, not each other

Exclusive: William Murray urges nations to work together 'before it's too late for civilization'

William Murray
The Russian Federation and the United States face an existential threat no less lethal than the two nations once faced from the Axis powers in World War II – a threat powered by an ideology that literally worships death, an ideology whose adherents literally love death more than the citizens of Russia and the United States love life itself. A threat consisting not of thousands or millions of those willing to die to bring about its final victory and domination over the world – but rather hundreds of millions.
This threat is not new. The first foreign war fought by the United States shortly after its founding was against just one element of this threat. One battle in that war is immortalized in the Marine Corps’ “Marines’ Hymn.”
For more than a millennium, raiding parties kidnapped women for polygamous marriages to support this enemy of civilization from as far north as Ireland and up the Volga River. The adherents of this ideology pirated ships and took American sailors as slaves, and invaded Slavic and Germanic lands several times. Even the Vatican was sacked to finance the terror of the onslaught of this ideology.
Today, this common enemy, believing that every word of a sixth-century warlord is the literal word of God, is massively armed with modern weapons of warfare. The bulk of these weapons are supplied by Western powers as were the cannons that brought down the walls of Constantinople in the 15th century.
During the last century, this threat has entered a new phase as civilians in Russia and the United States are slaughtered in sophisticated acts of terror including bombings of trains, planes, apartment buildings, schools and public squares. Russian children were slaughtered at Beslan, and American kindergarteners killed at the World Trade Center.
Astonishingly, these two great nations, Russia and the United States, have addressed this modern existential threat by supplying even more weapons to various elements of it. As recently as 2012 the United States was training and arming “moderate” elements of what is now the Islamic State. As entire nations cease to exist and become havens for jihadist training – such as in the case of Libya – Russia and the United States focus their attention on defending their nations from each other.
As English and Russian speaking jihadists fighters behead young Christian boys, rape young Christian girls and use the heads of their victims as soccer balls, American spy planes and Russian Bear bombers test each other’s defenses.
Rather than stripping nuclear weapons from the dysfunctional Islamic government of Pakistan, which kills its Christian citizens for crimes of blasphemy against Islam, that nation receives even more American weapons, as Russia continues to arm Iran.
Let’s start with this one simple goal that both nations should be able to agree on – save the single most persecuted group of people in the world today – the Christians under Islamic rule.
Let’s start with compassion.
The Russian Federation can make a first move by opening its doors to some of the tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians whose homes and churches have been destroyed.
The first appearance of Jesus Christ after his Ascension was on the Road to Damascus. There he stopped Saul on his mission to Damascus to persecute and kill Christians.
America can also make a move to help the Christians of Syria by simply stopping the supply of weapons to the Saudi mercenaries who are using that same road Jesus stopped Saul on, to travel to Damascus to kill Christians.
The greatest common cause of Russia and the United States today, the greatest threat, the existential threat, is being ignored.
Yet, this existential threat cannot be whisked away with political correctness or by pretending that an ideology of hatred is peaceful.
This ideology gave the Christians of the Middle East who are fleeing the same three options it offers the Jews of Israel, the Christians of Russia and the secularists of the United States:
Convert, be enslaved or die.
But, for Russia and the United States there is still a fourth option that no longer exists for over one-third of the world – VICTORY.
That fourth choice cannot come about without true American and Russian mutual trust and cooperation.
Let’s at least examine that fourth choice before it is too late for civilization.
Note: William J. Murray is also the director of the Christmas for Refugees program, which provides Christmas dinners for Christian refugee children from Iraq and Syria each year. The program also supplies direct aid to Christian families year round.
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