Sunday, October 21, 2018

When a Televangelist Cares More about Weapons Deals than Human Lives for the Sake of Neoconservatism


When a Televangelist Cares More about Weapons Deals than Human Lives for the Sake of Neoconservatism

By Julio Severo
Christian Broadcasting Network founder Pat Robertson said the U.S. should not risk “$100 billion worth of arms sales” with Saudi Arabia after the apparent killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in a Saudi consulate in Turkey, saying that America has more important things — like jobs and coffers benefited by arms deals — to focus on.
Pat Robertson
He appeared on its flagship television show The 700 Club on October 15, 2018, to caution American evangelicals against allowing the United States’ relationship with Saudi Arabia to deteriorate over Khashoggi’s killing.
“For those who are screaming blood for the Saudis — look, these people are key allies,” Robertson said. While he called the faith of the Wahabists — the hardline Islamist sect to which the Saudi Royal Family belongs — “obnoxious,” he urged viewers to remember that “we’ve got an arms deal that everybody wanted a piece of…it’ll be a lot of jobs, a lot of money come to our coffers. It’s not something you want to blow up willy-nilly.”
“You’ve got one journalist — who knows? Was it an interrogation? Was he assassinated? Were there rogue elements? Who did it?...You’ve got $100 billion worth of arms sales...we cannot alienate our biggest player in the Middle East.”
I first knew The 700 Club in the late 1970s in Brazil and when Robertson’s name came, the first idea was evangelism and conservatism. I could never believe that someday his name would be connected to defense of arms deals and the Islamic dictatorship of Saudi Arabia.
Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen and longtime critic of the Saudi Royal Family, was a permanent resident of the United States, where he moved after determining that it was unsafe to remain in Saudi Arabia. Khashoggi spent the past year as a columnist for the Washington Post, where he regularly published incendiary articles critical of Saudi Arabia and its leadership.
Yet, if the killing of a dissident journalist is not so important as the U.S. arms deal with Saudi Arabia, what about 9/11? Of the 19  Islamic terrorists in this attack, 15 were from Saudi Arabia, according to the CIA. In 2015, one of the 9/11 terrorists, Zacarias Moussaoui, claimed several members of the Saudi royal family had been listed as al-Qaeda donors in the database he worked on under orders of Osama bin Laden, CNN reports.
Even CBN of Robertson, in a 2015 report titled “Saudi Arabia’s Role in Spreading Islamic Terrorism,” recognized, albeit timidly, that Saudi Arabia spreads terrorism. The kind of Islam that the Saudis spread is Sunni Islam, which is the most violent form of Islam against Christians.
In a 2014 article titled “Saudi royal family will not allow Obama to save Christians in Iraq,” Religious Freedom Coalition director William J. Murray said,
“The United States has been the ‘puppet’ military of the Saudi royal family, attacking and isolating Shia nations such as Syria. The Shia majority state of Syria, which protects religious minorities, is a target of the United States only because the Saudi royals are giving the orders, not the American people.”
According to Murray, under Obama, the U.S. and Saudi Arabia trained ISIS terrorists to attack Syria.
In a 2018 WND report titled “Russia and the Sunni Muslim threat,” Murray said,
“Currently the Sunni Muslim propaganda machine is everywhere inside the Washington, D.C. beltway. Money from the rich Gulf states, including the UAE and Saudi Arabia, floods the media and spreads political influence. Public remembrance of the Sunni Muslim attacks that have killed scores of Americans over the last decade or so has vanished, and even the 9/11 attack is hardly mentioned. The almost daily beheadings in Saudi Arabia are forgiven. Our leaders looked away as torture chambers were set up in the Ritz Carlton Hotel in the Saudi capital this year. The slaughter going on in Yemen by Saudi Arabian-backed forces is hardly mentioned. In the Washington area the Saudi Academy, which is a Sunni Muslim school for the children of diplomats from Muslim nations, teaches democracy is an apostate religion that must be destroyed. It also teaches Jews are descendants of apes and pigs and that women are the property of men. One former valedictorian was convicted after leaving the school of joining Al Qaida and plotting to assassinate President George W. Bush. Another graduate was arrested while attempting to board an airliner with a large concealed butcher knife. The school is 100 percent funded by the Saudi Arabian government. No American officials complain about the hatred being taught at the Saudi Academy.”
According to John Perkins, in his 2004 book “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man,” Saudi Arabia has a very special relationship with the U.S. since mid-1970s. He said,
“The evidence was indisputable: Saudi Arabia, America’s longtime ally and the world’s largest oil producer, had somehow become, as a senior Treasury Department official put it, ‘the epicenter’ of terrorist financing… Saudi largess encouraged U.S. officials to look the other way, some veteran intelligence officers say. Billions of dollars in contracts, grants, and salaries have gone to a broad range of former U.S. officials who had dealt with the Saudis: ambassadors, CIA station chiefs, even cabinet secretaries…”
So even Americans know about the indisputable Saudi role in the international Islamic terrorism. In fact, Perkins travelled to Saudi Arabia in the early 1970s as a U.S. operative and he knows the facts behind the scenes.
Now, for the sake of the U.S. arms deal with a nation that spreads terrorism, a televangelist is looking the other way because if the United States’ relationship with Saudi Arabia deteriorates, as Robertson recognized, thousands of Americans will lose their jobs in the military industrial complex, and billions of Saudi dollars will not come to the U.S. coffers.
Thousands of U.S. Christians have jobs in the military industrial complex. If the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia deteriorates, they lose their jobs. If it does not deteriorate, Christians in the Middle East and other parts of the world lose their lives as a consequence of the Sunni terrorism of Saudi Arabia heavily armed by the U.S.
It is very obvious that non-Christian Americans have sold their souls to the devil, in Saudi form, for the sake of bloody money. Have now even loved televangelists followed suit?
Islam from Saudi Arabia, not Iran, has killed more Christians in the Middle East than any other ideology. Even so, the U.S. has protected Saudi Arabia, not its Christian victims. Trump has badly failed in his promise to help Christians persecuted by Muslims. Instead of receiving in the United States thousands and thousands of persecuted Christians (often victims of Saudi and U.S. interventionism), the Trump administration has received in the first 6 months of 2018 just 21 persecuted Christians, vastly less than Obama. Yet, he has not failed in his broad support and protection of the Saudi dictators.
For Saudi oil’s sake, the U.S. is willing to sacrifice thousands of lives of Christian victims of Sunni Islam. And a loved televangelist approves it.
For Saudi oil’s sake, the U.S. is not willing to punish Saudi Arabia for the thousands of lives of Americans destroyed on 9/11.
What is the explanation for Pat Robertson to use his The 700 Club to encourage his evangelical audience to tolerate Saudi crimes?
Robertson praised the approach of Trump, who has publicly cast doubt on the Saudi crimes, comparing them to left-wing accusations against conservatives.
To justify Saudi crimes, both Trump and Robertson are looking the other way and comparing the Saudis to conservatives!
According to Vox,
“Robertson’s stance is in keeping with his wider, full-throated support for President Trump’s policies over the past few years. Since Trump’s inauguration, the Christian Broadcasting Network has become a de facto propaganda channel for the administration, running programs that, for example, suggest that Donald Trump was chosen by God to become president. In return, Robertson has frequently been granted rare access for sit-down interviews with Trump, during which he typically throws Trump softball questions.”
For the sake of bloody money, Trump is not imposing necessary sanctions on Saudi Arabia. Fearful of losing “friendship,” Robertson is not being a prophetic voice against the U.S.-Saudi bloody deal.
To support Trump in everything is a dangerous undertaking. Christians support King David in everything he gave a good example. But even he, who was a man after the heart of God, was not perfect. He adulterated with Bathsheba and had her husband killed.
If Christians would support David in everything, they would eventually support also adultery and murder, just because David did it.
If Christians cannot support David’s sins, why is televangelist Pat Robertson justifying Saudi crimes for the sake of Trump?
Even liberal Canada has condemned Saudi Arabia over human rights abuses. If liberal Canada can do it, why cannot the U.S. do it? Why cannot Robertson and other U.S. evangelicals do it?
Robertson has with Trump the same relationship that Nathan the Prophet had with King David. Robertson always have positive messages to Trump. Nathan had always positive messages to David.
Yet, when David sinned, Nathan was sent by God to give him a non-positive message. Has not Robertson been attentive to God’s voice to do for Trump the same thing Nathan did for David?
A relationship is only friendship when both parts are free and sincere to approve and disapprove the good and bad acts of one another. When the message is always positive, there is not real friendship, but only opportunism.
The flatterer flatters everything the flattered individual does right and wrong. A true Christian approves and praises everything that needs to be approved and reproves everything that needs to be disapproved.
If places were changed and Nathan were today before Trump, he would bring to Trump from God a disapproving message about Saudi Arabia, Trump’s appointment of homosexual activists and much more.
What would Robertson do about David’s adultery and his order to murder Bathsheba’s husband?
The U.S. has given no protection to Middle East Christians, but the military protection the U.S. has given to Saudi Arabia, whose Sunni Islam is a great killer of Christians, is a big offense against Christians in Middle East.
Kings and presidents need from Christians not only a sweet and positive voice. They need also a prophetic voice, which is not always positive.
May God raise U.S. evangelicals to be the necessary prophetic Nathan that Trump needs.
With information from NewsMax and Vox.
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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Right Wing Watch, of the Far-Left-Wing People for the American Way, Worried that I Am Not Supporting Trump’s Decision Nominating a Gay Judge


Right Wing Watch, of the Far-Left-Wing People for the American Way, Worried that I Am Not Supporting Trump’s Decision Nominating a Gay Judge

By Julio Severo
Right Wing Watch, a far-left-wing group, said on October 18, 2018:
Julio Severo is not happy that Trump has nominated a gay judge to the Ninth Circuit: “Support of sodomy is something very serious. It destroyed a whole society, Sodom. In fact, sodomy has already undermined the institution of marriage in the United States, and its current president is willing to do nothing to reverse the gay subversion of marriage.”
Right Wing Watch meant my article “Trump and His Judges, One for Conservatives and One for Gay Activists,” published on BarbWire.
Of course, I am not happy that Trump has nominated a judge known for his militancy in a homosexual group. I expected such bad choices from Obama, who treated homosexual activists as if they were over 50% of the U.S. population.
Homosexuals are just about 2 or 3% of the U.S. population. So the excessive focus of Trump and left-wingers on them as if they were a gigantic population in the U.S. is irrational and detrimental to the safety of children and the survival of the civilization.
Besides, when Trump nominates a homosexual activist he does exactly what Obama did: He gives power to a very destructive ideology from a very noisy minority.
What is the message when a U.S. far-left-wing group is worried that I am not supporting Trump’s nomination of a gay activist? They are not worried at all about Trump’s bad decision. They are only worried about my Christian stance.
Right Wing Watch is a project of the far-left-wing People for the American Way and it has, according to its website, a special mission to attack conservatives opposed to the gay agenda, abortion and Muslim ideology.
According to WND, People for the American Way (PFAW) is “an atheist socialist organization which, through publications like its ‘Right Wing Watch,’ dedicates itself to the destruction of conservatives in general.”
Many prominent U.S. conservative names are in Right Wing Watch’s blacklist. My place in their blacklist is here.
What do U.S. conservatives say about Right Wing Watch?
Pat Robertson, of 700 Club, said, “A nasty group.”
Peter LaBarbera, of Americans for Truth of Homosexuality, said, “They should call it People for the Homosexual Way.”
Matt Barber, the founder of BarbWire, said, “A radical secularist agenda… a socialist agenda… pushing the culture of death.”
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Monday, October 15, 2018

Trump and His Judges, One for Conservatives and One for Gay Activists


Trump and His Judges, One for Conservatives and One for Gay Activists

By Julio Severo
When an issue involves moral and Christian values, to please both sides is a political strategy, not a conservative strategy. U.S. President Donald Trump has just done it. According to the prominent conservative website LifeSiteNews, in a report titled “Trump picks openly gay member of LGBT law group for liberal Ninth Circuit court,” Trump has chosen Patrick Bumatay, “Another homosexual judge with ties to a LGBT legal group.”
“Bumatay would also be the nation’s second openly homosexual federal appeals court judge and the first on the Ninth Circuit,” said LifeSiteNews, adding: “The White House’s press release also notes that he’s a member of the Tom Homann LGBT Law Association, an organization dedicated to the ‘advancement of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues throughout California and the nation.’”
Trump has nominated a variety of pro-homosexual officials to various government posts and continued a number of Obama-era pro-LGBT policies, such as the U.S. State Department pressuring other nations to embrace the homosexual ideology.
Trump publicly praised the pro-LGBT group Log Cabin Republicans in January, and declared after the election that a Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling, under Obama, forcing all fifty states to recognize same-sex “marriage” was “settled law.” This is, he has no intention to fight to protect traditional marriage against the onslaught from homosexual activists and their conquers during the Obama administration. How different from Obama, who had all will-power to fight against the traditional marriage.
Yet, U.S. conservatives could think, at least Trump gave us Brett Kavanaugh, a strong conservative judge, did not he?
Actually, there were more conservative judges and Kavanaugh was initially opposed by the conservative group American Family Association because he was not so conservative. In the end, conservatives had to accept Trump’s pick, because it is better a man with some conservative values than another gay activist, and Trump has shown no qualms to appoint gay activists.
Trump has a history of pleasing both sides. In the past, he donated to Planned Parenthood, the biggest network of abortion clinics in the U.S., and at the same time to Billy Graham! It is akin to praising God and Satan at the same time.
Support of sodomy is something very serious. It destroyed a whole society, Sodom. In fact, sodomy has already undermined the institution of marriage in the United States, and its current president is willing to do nothing to reverse the gay subversion of marriage.
Probably, no one explained better Trump’s politics, or American politics, than Chuck Baldwin, a patriot U.S. evangelical minister. In his article “What You Don’t Know About Brett Kavanaugh Can And Will Hurt You,” Baldwin said,
Conservatives and Christians are wildly ecstatic that Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the newest justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. To hear all of the euphoria over Kavanaugh’s confirmation, one would think that he was heralding the Second Coming. He’s not. But his appointment does herald other things—many of them BAD.
First, let me briefly discuss the Democrat and Republican rancor that was put on public display during the confirmation hearings. As I have tried to point out to the American people over the past several decades, the entire left-right, liberal-conservative, Democrat-Republican paradigm is pure propaganda. It is nothing but public theater. Both parties use the “us vs. them” demagoguery as a way to keep their constituents who buy into the charade happy enough to keep electing and reelecting them to public office.
To use an analogy that many sports fans can identify with right now, the Democrat-Republican rivalry is tantamount to the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox rivalry. Each side is cheering like crazy for their team and rabidly booing the other team. But both teams are playing the same game; they are throwing and hitting the same ball; and they are running the same bases. It’s pure entertainment. And that’s what the two major parties in Washington, D.C., are doing. They root and cheer for their party and boo and hiss the other party, but they are playing the same game. It’s pure entertainment.
The left-right rivalry is pure theater. It’s not about the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence, truth, freedom or the American way; it’s all about political power. Oh, there might be a handful of hardcore liberals and conservatives who are truly driven by ideology, but what drives the vast majority of these miscreants—otherwise known as politicians—is power: pure, unabashed, raw power.
The other thing that the Democrat-Republican phony rivalry does is obfuscate the really important developments that are taking place that neither party wants the American people to know about.
For example, while most Americans were transfixed on Brett Kavanaugh… They didn’t notice that the GOP and Donald Trump passed a massive $854 billion spending bill that fully funds Planned Parenthood and fetal tissue research. They didn’t notice that the government’s annual spending report came out and Trump and the GOP exploded the federal deficit by over $1 trillion.
Baldwin then shows that Kavanaugh’s record is not so conservative, a fact that every true conservative already knows, and he asks why Trump fiercely defended Kavanaugh against the same sexual accusations that Judge Roy Moore, who is much more conservative, suffered from the all left-wing universe, but with no Trump’s defense:
… one of the most egregious hypocrisies of President Trump and Republicans in the U.S. Senate: How was it that Trump and the GOP sat back and did absolutely nothing to assist Judge Roy Moore when he was accused of decades-old sexual improprieties? Trump and the GOP left Judge Moore to be devoured by the wolves but then came to a ferocious defense, like a hornet’s nest defending its queen, when Kavanagh was accused in similar fashion. Why? Huh? Why?
Conservative Christians should not support any item of the homosexual agenda just because Trump is being irresponsible in this issue. It would be the same as a Christian supporting adultery and murder just because King David adulterated with Bathsheba and had her husband killed. Yes, David was a man after the heart of God — something that Trump is very far from being. But when he adulterated and killed, he did the will of the devil. Let's not use Trump's bad example to justify homosexuality or gay activism.
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