In This Edition:
Commentary by Administrator — Ken Pullen
7 Key Events That Are Going To Happen By The End Of September 2015
The Bilderberg Group: Founded By A Nazi And Continuing The Agenda Of The Nazis
The Elite Have A Great Fear Of Death
Something Else Coming In September: A U.N. Resolution Establishing A Palestinian State
The Difference Between Islam and Islamism?
Getting Away with It: What Has Happened to Rule of Law?
United Church of Christ and The “Big Lie”
Commentary by Administrator — Ken Pullen
Thursday, June 11th, 2015
Due to the nature of the world and events unfolding in these times I feel compelled to write some brief comments regarding the information contained in some of the articles posted in this edition of “Last Days News.”
No one except the Godhead — God the Father, Jesus the Lord, Saviour, Messiah, and the Holy Spirit know the future.
Almost every person alive on earth lives as if they do. We buy homes with mortgages, we get pregnant and have babies in the hope they will live in a world which will be better than it is now, and has been throughout world history — that delusional thought carried out by literally billions of people ought to tell many something, but it doesn’t. We marry, we invest our money in the hope it grows and provides a source of income to live on in retirement, acting as if we can see into the future while we live and “predict” will be alive years on down the road. This is how it always has been, is, and will be right up until Yeshua, Jesus the Lord returns as described in Revelation 19.
Only God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit know every detail of the choices men and women of this world will make and when men and women will make those choices. Which determines when the Lord returns and this world as it has been known ends. We know in part what the future holds when we place our eyes in and our hearts and spirits upon the inerrant word of God, but in truth no one knows if they’ll even be alive tomorrow or what will really occur in the next hour. No matter what kind of planner, Smartphone, or stature or clout they imagine they have.
As the title of this edition of “Last Days News” attests — “The Trumpets Sound As Evil Worldwide Abounds!” — true believers ought to see, hear, smell, and taste evil abounding in this world and the increasing darkness it blankets this world with. Evil is prevailing. Yes, God and righteousness prevail and win in the end but events leading up to the end by the paths the people of this world pursue permit evil to abound and for lawlessness to replace law, for evil to be called good and for good to be called evil!
Yet the majority — even those professing and calling themselves “Christian” live in some delusional illusion of how this present world is getting better, and will continue to get better. They have a veil over their eyes and are being directly misled by the Adversary, that old dragon, the great destroyer the devil as they in vain pursue, magnify and increase evil calling it good!
In some of the articles to follow many topics are written about. I will be as succinct as possible writing my viewpoints on some of these how I am lead by my study, my prayer, and my direction I take heeding only and foremost the inerrant word of God.
1.) It is a no-brainer, no doubt about it why are they even going through the motions of acting as if there will be serious debate? — the U.S. Supreme Court will endorse and put their stamp of approval on homosexual and lesbian “marriage” in America and impose that evil sinful abomination unto the Lord our God in all 50 states.
And the majority of Americans are for this at this time. Thinking it is a wonderful, just, proper thing to do as they were totally brainwashed and deceived and made to believe this is a matter of civil rights while morals and morality and what the word of God says regarding this have been totally, utterly pushed aside.
Once America makes homosexual and lesbian “marriage” a nationwide law? America will plummet into an abyss as it never has before. And it will never come out of it or recover. No culture, no society which has ever embraced, exalted — and make no mistake at this point in our history homosexuals and lesbians are actually exalted and revered and placed on pedestals as being superior and better than those who abide by the nature God the Father created — and no culture, no society has ever survived, grown, or thrived once they fell into the sin and abomination of making homosexuality and lesbianism accepted and “normal” which it is not. It is deviant and abnormal behavior.
And America is almost dead and will die most certainly once this abomination is adopted and made law in all 50 states, ignoring the rights of states, and turning from our faith-based Christian foundations.
2.) Everything is connected — the events which occurred on September 11th, 2001 made many men jump for joy and rejoice. And I’m not referencing Islamists. I’m referencing very powerful, very wealthy, predominately white men of American and European descent who have waited for such an opportunity as 9/11/2001 afforded them.
To remove rights and liberties and keep populations in fear. To better prepare for shaping the world system which is to come in which one man will have the most power on earth any man has ever had and he will rule and dominate this world and almost all the people. The Antichrist along with his false prophet.
The rule of law has been tossed aside in this world.
Individual liberties, rights, and freedoms mean little or nothing presently in our world — just imagine what one more major attack or crisis will permit?
The laws become lawlessness. Evil is called good and good is called evil (see Isaiah 5).
The fascism, the evil of Nazism never left this world. People are massively ignorant. Massively ignorant. Hitler kills himself. Nazi Germany falls and the Allies win WWII and everyone thinks that means that particular evil has been defeated. It hasn’t. Why? Because once the labels and emblems are peeled back? It’s merely evil. Very evil people capturing the hearts and minds of millions in beguiling ways playing on their emotions and fears and seizing power and having just about everyone falling into lockstep thinking they are wonderful. Learn history. The German people once Hitler captured their minds and got them working again? Built the Autobahns? Made sure every German had Reichsmarks in their purses and wallets and bank accounts, and a lot of food on their tables they fell into lockstep and worshipped the man and his regime.
Evil has never gone anywhere. It merely evolves and moves about, expands and increases worldwide.
Nazi Germany was a sign to future generations — our generation — of what is coming globally very soon. Nazi Germany was a sign and an example. For people to learn from, but few if any have.
Just at too many people fool themselves and others by pronouncing communism is dead. Communism is more alive thriving and growing than when the U.S.S.R., China (oh, in case you haven’t noticed with all those Chinese products you buy making the Chinese economy #1 and now capable of burying America when prior to 1970 they were still only slightly removed from the end of the 19th century? Ahhh, they are communists), Cuba, most of Central America and much of South America and large parts of Africa and Asia (can anyone spell Vietnam? Now a trendy American tourist destination where communist Vietnamese love defeating the Americans — still). Communism has only grown to now exist in an “acceptable” form in America and most Americans could care less about the growth of communism in America.
What is coming, and sooner than people think, in the form of the Antichrist and the false profit dominating and ruling the people of the world will be an evolved and mutated compilation of fascism, Nazism, socialism, and communism sold and presented under the alluring marketing plan of the New Age Movement, which is only renamed and repackaged paganism.
And the people of America and the world will love it, embrace it, and ask for more!
Make us safe! Oh we love this peace, world peace at last they will shout and think and rejoice in the squares and streets.
Make us prosperous! Save us from all the old ways and bring the desired Utopia we have always wanted and knew some man could finally make happen they will shout, and dance, and have special holidays set aside to celebrate these things.
And hundreds of millions will be exterminated.
Those who don’t comply — worldwide now, not just as it was in Germany and Europe in the 1930’s and early to mid- 1940’s — what is coming will be worldwide.
True Christians, Jews, and those who are desperately poor, and afflicted will be exterminated and placed in camps to die. Out of sight out of mind and certainly not in the news casts of the day of the regime in power.
Are you aware men who are revered this very day put forward and want to see worldwide population REDUCTION by hundreds of millions? Mr. Bill Gates is one such man. The Rockefeller’s who are alive and well and still thriving have not hidden the fact since the end of WWII they favor a One World Government system and have worked tirelessly to bring this about.
Their dream and the world’s nightmare are close to becoming reality.
The former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Tony Blair, now makes it his life’s work to create and bring about One World Religion, as has the past 3 popes, and their evil dream is about to become the world’s nightmare as well as in present day there is rampant mingling of what is called Christianity (but is in truth nothing but apostasy and false teachings and the beginning of the great falling away which occurs right before the son of perdition, the Antichrist rises to power on the world stage) Islam, Eastern beliefs, and paganism all coming together to become a religion of anything goes, whatever you want, whatever you believe is right — that is called Relativism and it is deadly wrong!
So when the ultra-wealthy and powerful meet in places like Davos, Switzerland and in secret places in Austria or any place they come together in this world? They are always planning on bringing their will, their plans into place and you can be positive the word of God, the will of God for men and women is never part of the secret meetings and discussions taking place.
3.) Economic collapse and the rise of the military present everywhere — this is coming. There is coming very soon an economic collapse which will make the Great Depression of the 1930’s and early 40’s, and the economic turmoil and recessions and the depression of 2007 appear like a party in the park on a pleasant Saturday afternoon!
Russia, China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, North Korea, India, Pakistan, and myriad other nations and states are weaponizing and increasing their military inventories and with weapons not imagined by the average person. They make the atomic bombs of WWII look like a mediocre Fourth of July celebration. Nuclear weapons capable of killing millions more than did the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Electro-magnetic pulse weapons. Lasers — all invented and operational RIGHT NOW. Not in some distant science fiction future.
Transhumanism where people actually desire and pay to become part human and part machine.
Not in some far off time. Right now and more right around the corner for the affluent.
The science fiction films of the past, such as “Soylent Green” and others are closer to what is coming than most people imagine — because people only want to imagine sugarplums dancing in their heads, and a world always getting better, and peace and everything being wonderful!
I don’t know about the blood moons. I had for the longest time had posted on “A Crooked Path” many extensive articles regarding the blood moons and those were the most read articles in the brief history of this website (until I posted an article about sexual sins Christians commit and then that became the most read singular article). But I don’t contend that all that is written regarding the blood moons is real. We are warned about being easily misled by false teachers and false teachings — but neither do I dismiss the blood moons being a sign in the heavens as God tells us there will be.
We are to watch and look heavenward for the return of our Lord — and that will happen sooner than many think. No one can or should predict the times. Only God the Father knows the exact time as the Bible tells us, but we ought to be able to see, hear, smell, and taste the increasing evil which abounds and the darkness, the blindness of sin, abomination, and evil which casts its suffocating blanket over this land and the world.
Even Israel is promoting and elevating homosexuals and lesbians.
Israel, that chosen land and people are becoming more secular and distanced from God by the day.
We need to, as true believers, as the remnant (who if any of us are still alive will be taken to camps and exterminated for our faith — will you remain strong in the Lord and the truth of Scripture when that day comes?) pray for Israel to turn from its sin and abominations and to turn not only to God the Father, Elohim, HaShem, but to the Son, Yeshua, Jesus the Lord, Saviour, and Messiah.
We need to pray for America which is almost dead and will be dead very, very soon — and while this will be true we nonetheless need to pray for those in power to be led by the Lord and His word, and we need to pray for the remnant, those true believers scattered about this land and the world to remain steadfast, to remain strong and true in the faith, and for many to have their eyes and ears opened and turn away from the false teachers and unsound doctrine they have been, and are following and embracing amiss as God’s truth!
7 Key Events That Are Going To Happen By The End Of September
The Bilderberg Group: Founded By A Nazi And Continuing The Agenda Of The Nazis
The Elite Have A Great Fear Of Death
If there is one thing that the elite of the world fear more than anything else, it is death. They spend an extraordinary amount of time and energy attempting to shield themselves from potential threats, to separate themselves from the general population and to do whatever they can to extend their lifespans. They travel with multiple bodyguards, they install “safe rooms” in their homes, they buy private islands on the other side of the world and they invest huge amounts of money into life extension technologies and research. They do all of these things in a desperate attempt to battle an enemy that they have never been able to defeat – death. And in this day and age, the elite are becoming more paranoid than ever. They know that as the gap between the wealthy and the poor has exploded that they have become bigger targets than ever. So firms that provide private security, “safe rooms” and high tech “security bunkers” for the elite are doing a booming business these days. Many of the elite live in constant fear and absolutely crave security, and they are willing to pay big bucks to get it.
On Monday, the New York Times ran an article entitled “Still Secret and Secure, Safe Rooms Now Hide in Plain Sight” which discussed how “safe rooms” are becoming much more common among the elite living in New York City…
For centuries, the best way for the wealthy to feel protected, or at least give the impression, was from behind a moat, a gate or an army. Such options are impractical in Manhattan, even for those who can afford them, yet a number of these property owners are finding ways to feel safe even in the event of a home invasion. When an alarm or a doorman is not enough, advances in designs and materials have made it possible to enjoy the safety of Fort Knox amid the comfort of a Four Seasons suite.
“The world is a very scary place right now, especially for people of means; they feel cornered and threatened,” said Tom Gaffney, the president of Gaffco Ballistics, which has installed a number of safe rooms around New York City. “When you have so much to lose, and you can afford to, you put a premium on your safety.”
Most Americans tend to view the elite as people that have it all together. But that is not really the case. Most of them spend much of their time living in fear. Sometimes the threats are real, and sometimes the threats are imagined.
And as anger toward “the one percent” has surged in recent years, so has the fear of the ultra-wealthy. In fact, many of them have gone so far as to purchase “survival properties” and “bug out locations” on the other side of the planet. If you do not believe this, just consider what the president of the Institute of New Economic Thinking, Robert Johnson, told a packed audience in Davos, Switzerland…
With growing inequality and the civil unrest from Ferguson and the Occupy protests fresh in people’s mind, the world’s super rich are already preparing for the consequences. At a packed session in Davos, former hedge fund director Robert Johnson revealed that worried hedge fund managers were already planning their escapes. “I know hedge fund managers all over the world who are buying airstrips and farms in places like New Zealand because they think they need a getaway,” he said.
But even if the elite are able to shield themselves from the rest of us for their entire lives, they know that eventually the aging process is going to catch up with them and they are going to die. Despite all of their wealth and influence, death is something that they cannot escape.
That is why the elite have always been obsessed with the latest medical technologies. Anything that can extend their time in this world is greatly desired by them.
And now, thanks to the massive technological explosion that we have seen in recent years, many of them hope that new radical life extension technologies will enable them to live far longer than humans have been able to live before. The elite are pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into these kinds of technologies, and many of them seem quite promising. The following is an excerpt from an article about these new technologies that appeared in the Week…
The entrepreneurs are driven by a certitude that rebuilding, regenerating, and reprogramming patients’ organs, limbs, cells, and DNA will enable people to live longer and better. The work they are funding includes hunting for the secrets of living organisms with insanely long lives; engineering microscopic nanobots that can fix your body from the inside out; figuring out how to reprogram the DNA you were born with; and exploring ways to digitize your brain based on the theory that your mind could live long after your body expires.
That sounds like stuff you would find in a science fiction movie.
But it doesn’t stop there. Many among the elite believe that the “transhumanism” movement will eventually allow them to completely merge with technology and essentially become part-human/part-machine cyborgs which will have indefinite lifespans. This may sound quite bizarre to you, but there are lots and lots of scientists that take this stuff extremely seriously. For example, the following is an excerpt from an article that appeared just this week in the Telegraph…
Wealthy humans are likely to become cyborgs within 200 years as they gradually merge with technology like computers and smart phones, a historian has claimed.
Yuval Noah Harari, a professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, said the amalgamation of man and machine will be the ‘biggest evolution in biology’ since the emergence of life four billion years ago.
Prof Harari, who has written a landmark book charting the history of humanity, said mankind would evolve to become like gods with the power over death, and be as different from humans of today as we are from chimpanzees.
He argued that humans as a race were driven by dissatisfaction and that we would not be able to resist the temptation to ‘upgrade’ ourselves, whether by genetic engineering or technology.
So these “transhumans” will become as different from us as we are from chimpanzees?
And this technology will only be for the wealthy?
When I first read that, it reminded me of this quote from Charles Darwin: “At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilised races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace throughout the world the savage races. At the same time the anthropomorphous apes, as Professor Schaaffhausen has remarked, will no doubt be exterminated. The break will then be rendered wider, for it will intervene between man in a more civilised state as we may hope, than the Caucasian and some ape as low as a baboon, instead of as at present between the negro or Australian and the gorilla.”
This is how the elite of the world have always approached things. They see themselves as the very top of the pyramid. In fact, once technology has advanced far enough they believe that they won’t even need any “god” anymore because they will be “gods” that can live indefinitely. Just consider the words of Professor Harari…
“But what we see in the last few centuries is humans becoming more powerful and they no longer need the crutches of the Gods. Now we are saying we do not need God just technology.”
Others in the transhumanist movement hold similar views. The following is a quote from a prominent transhumanist named Mark Pesce that I included in a previous article…
“Men die, planets die, even stars die. We know all this. Because we know it, we seek something more—a transcendence of transience, translation to incorruptible form. An escape if you will, a stop to the wheel. We seek, therefore, to bless ourselves with perfect knowledge and perfect will; To become as gods, take the universe in hand, and transform it in our image—for our own delight. As it is on Earth, so it shall be in the heavens. The inevitable result of incredible improbability, the arrow of evolution is lipping us into the transhuman – an apotheosis to reason, salvation – attained by good works.”
So what about the rest of us?
Well, the truth is that the elite certainly do not intend for all of us to live indefinitely. In fact, most of them are absolutely convinced that there are far too many people living on the planet already. This is something that I covered in my previous article entitled “46 Population Control Quotes That Show How Badly The Elite Want To Wipe Us All Out“. If everyone was allowed to radically extend their lifespans, that would make our “overpopulation” problem far worse according to them. So no, the amazing new technologies talked about in this article won’t be for the rest of us. It will only be for those among the elite with lots and lots of money.
The global elite look forward to a glorious new age in which the population of the planet will be stabilized around 500 million people (which represents a more than 90 percent reduction from today). They believe that new technologies will usher in a time when poverty, disease and sickness will be eradicated and when people will be able to live indefinitely. It will be a world shaped and molded by them, and there will be no more war or conflict. Instead, everyone will share the same common values and the same common goals. They believe that it will literally be “heaven on earth” and the elite will not need any “gods” because they will be gods.
Something Else Coming In September: A U.N. Resolution Establishing A Palestinian State
The Difference Between Islam and Islamism?
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- Pressures against non-Muslims in Turkey are actually empowered, motivated and even led by state policies.
- There also does not seem to be any interest or pluralistic mentality in enforcing non-Islamic laws.
- To understand the root cause of social intolerance and institutionalized violence, it is important to look more closely at how Islamic scriptures refer to non-Muslims. These labels and lies, fed to Muslims from earliest childhood, apparently do not go away easily in the minds of indoctrinated Muslims.
- For those who oppose Islamic rule, there are only three options: They are either to be killed; made to accept their inferior status through conversion to Islam, or keep their heritage but pay the jizya, the Islamic “protection” tax.”
Although there is a more or less “secular” constitution in Turkey, the anti-Semitic and anti-non-Muslim culture seems to have more influence over people even than laws. There also does not seem to be any interest or pluralistic mentality in enforcing non-Islamic laws.
A cemetery in Milas, for example, leads one question the thin, fragile line between Islam and Islamism — or between progressive Islam and radical Islam.
Milas, whose name comes from ancient Greek “Mylasa,” is a nice town in Anatolia, where there was once a powerful Jewish community.
After years of neglect and disrepair, the Jewish cemetery in Milas has been turned into a place where sheep graze and garbage is thrown.
|Sheep graze in the neglected Jewish cemetery in Milas, Turkey.|
The historic gravestones, which should have been protected as a cultural heritage, have long since been broken into pieces.
Not only is the town now free of Jews, but now even the Jewish cemetery has been left to its fate.
“In such an unprotected environment, the cemetery is proceeding step by step to destruction,” wrote Rafael Algranati, a columnist for the newspaper Salom,
In 2009, Jews from Milas talked with Muhammed Tokat, the mayor of the town, and asked him to stop the destruction of the cemetery; the mayor agreed, Algranati wrote. The mayor promised that the children’s park at the entrance would be removed and the cemetery would be tidied and arranged. In 2014, he repeated the promise.
The Jewish community is still waiting.
What is intriguing about the town of Milas is that its municipality is governed by a mayor from the non-Islamist Republican People’s Party (CHP). So in his case, we are not talking about the religious intolerance of Islamists.
To understand the root cause of social intolerance and institutionalized violence in Muslim societies, it is important to look more closely at how Islamic scriptures refer to non-Muslims.
According to the Quran, Jews are “apes and pigs” (5:60). They are also “cursed by Allah” (5:13), they are “wicked” (4:160-162), are “fond of lies” and “devour the forbidden” (5:42). They even have “diseased hearts” (5:52).
While Muslims are continually praised in the Quran (“the best of people,” 3:110), non-Muslims are described as less than human and referred to as “the vilest of animals” (8:55), “the worst of creatures” (98:6), “perverted transgressors” (3:110), “panting dogs” (7:176), “cattle” (7:179), “perverse” (2:99), “stupid” (2:171), “deceitful” (3:73) and so on.
This list can go on and on. According to Dr. Bill Warner, the director of the Center for the Study of Political Islam, 61% of the Quran is about non-Muslims.
These labels and lies about Jews and other non-Muslims that are fed to Muslims from earliest childhood, apparently do not go away easily in the indoctrinated minds of Muslims.
According to the supremacist Islamic ideology, non-believers of Islam are subordinate to Muslims.
For those who oppose Islamic rule, there are only three options: They are to be either killed; made to accept their inferior status through conversion to Islam, or allowed to keep their heritage and pay the jizya, the Islamic “protection” tax.
There is simply no other religion that condemns and dehumanizes those who merely believe in other faiths, or those who prefer no faith, to this extent.
During the Ottoman Empire, non-Muslims, including Jews, were dhimmis (tolerated, second-class citizens in an Islamic state, and required to pay the jizya “protection” tax.)
The “modern” Turkish Republic, however, established in 1923, did not provide Jews or other non-Muslims with greater rights and liberties, either.
Even though Turkey is one of the few so-called “secular” Muslim countries, its Jewish, Christian, Alevi, Yezidi and other non-Muslim communities have been exposed to persecution and systematic discrimination — including ethnic cleansings, massacres, pogroms, forced conversions, forced assimilation and forced displacement for decades under non-Islamist governments.
In 1924, for instance, the Turkish Ministry of National Education asked all Jewish schools to choose either Turkish or Hebrew as their language of instruction. This was a smart maneuver, for very few Jews in Turkey had a command of Hebrew, because they spoke Ladino, the language brought with them from their expulsion from Spain in 1492. So the Jewish community had to choose the only suitable alternative, Turkish, as their language of instruction.
Therefore, with the abolition of the Ottoman caliphate, Turkey did not actually turn into a safer and freer country for non-Muslims. Sadly, even more than 90 years after the establishment of “modern” Turkey, the strong influence of the anti-Semitic and anti-non-Muslim teachings of the Islamic ideology lives on. Moreover, pressures against non-Muslims in Turkey are actually empowered and motivated, and even led by state policies.
But no matter what some Islamic teachings contain, everyone, including Muslims, has free will — and needs to use it justly.
Muslims could greatly benefit by seeing that the rights of human beings are not based on gender or religion; they are simply based on that we are all human beings together. At least progressive Muslims must show respect towards people of all faiths, and their cultural heritage.
If they do not, then I will tend to agree with the illustrator and writer Bosch Fawstin, who wrote that, “the only difference between ‘Islamism’ and Islam is three letters.”
Uzay Bulut, born and raised a Muslim, is a journalist based in Ankara.
 Akarca, Turhan, Askidil Akarca, The Geography, History and Archeology of Milas, Istanbul Printing Press, Istanbul, 1954.
 Prof. Aron Rodrique, “The Westernization of Turkish Jews: “Alliance” Schools 1860 – 1925, Ayrac Printing House, 1997, Ankara.
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Getting Away with It: What Has Happened to Rule of Law?
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- But the question that hangs over Rotherham — and which even the latest independent review could not answer — is why so many people got away with these crimes for so long. It was left to a few intrepid journalists and four private citizens to uphold the law.
- “It appears inevitable that Mr. Rahman will denounce this judgement as yet another instance of the racism and Islamophobia that have hounded him. … It is nothing of the sort. The law must apply fairly and equally to everyone. Otherwise we are lost.” — Judge Richard Mawrey QC.
- Bad people do bad things, but when all the institutions of state fail to stop them, that is a problem for us all.
A veteran of the 1968 protest movements once confided what, looking back, troubled him about his generation’s rebellion. “All young people rebel.” he said. “What is strange is that our parents’ generation gave in.” It is a sentiment that could just as easily be applied to modern Britain, if not the West. It is not surprising that people do bad things. What is surprising is that so many institutions and authorities allow them to get away with it.
Take the Rotherham child sexual abuse scandal. This is just one of a large number of cases around the UK where groups of men — whom the media identify as “Asian” but who are almost entirely Muslims of Pakistani origin — have been found to have selected young non-Muslim white girls, often in care homes, and subjected them to multiple rapes. It is sadly to be expected that there will always be people seeking to prey on the young and vulnerable. But the question that hangs over Rotherham — and which even the latest independent review could not fully answer — is why so many people got away with these crimes for so long. Certainly part of the reason, as the latest report explains, was that the police were terrified of being accused of racism. But even this remains only a partial explanation. How could grown men and women have so feared being called a name (in this instance, unjustly) that they were willing to allow literally hundreds of young women to be raped and gang-raped?
A similar question lingers after the de-throning of the former Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman. The story of what has been going on in the East London borough has been an open scandal for years. Lutfur Rahman was first elected as a Labour councillor in 2008. He soon won the leadership of the council with the help of the extreme Islamist group, the Islamic Forum Europe (IFE), which seeks to impose sharia law on Britain. Once in a position of power, he funnelled millions of pounds into sympathetic groups, including IFE front organizations, and was soon thrown out of the Labour party but continued to run in — and rule — Tower Hamlets politics as an Independent. Despite Muslims being a minority (34%) in Tower Hamlets, Mayor Rahman surrounded himself only with Bangladeshi Muslims. Throughout his period in power, Mayor Rahman never appointed one non-Muslim to a cabinet post. There were fake signatures for election petitions; sham party memberships; registering voters in empty properties, and registering of many voters in tiny flats.
At the same time, no tactic seems to have been too low to beat down any opposition. When Rahman found himself running against a Labour party opponent who was also a Muslim, Rahman distributed thousands of newsletters smearing the opponent as a wife-beater and as an enemy of Islam. Opponents — particularly political opponents who were gay — were subjected to routine abuse inside the council chamber by supporters of the Mayor.
Meanwhile, Mayor Rahman was able to live a life of considerable comfort. Ferried around in a tax-payer-funded chauffeur-driven car, he tried to arrange a life cocooned from criticism. He financially supported local Bengali media, which reciprocated by providing him with uncritical coverage, and he refused to answer questions from anyone potentially hostile. While missing no trick in attacking his political opponents, colleagues claimed that requests to question him would breach his human rights. All the while, vast quantities of council grants were diverted to organizations that sought to serve only the local Muslim community, from whom the Mayor gained his support. Perhaps unsurprisingly, a considerable number of the groups that benefited from this largesse were connected to the Mayor.
It was not until a BBC reporter, John Ware, did a half-hour program looking into the financial irregularities in Tower Hamlets that Community Secretary Eric Pickles sent in auditors to go over the books. This action – like every other attempt to investigate corrupt activities in Tower Hamlets – was dismissed by a coterie of Rahman’s defenders in familiar terms. When investigators entered the council to go over the books, the trade union “Unison” picketed the event with a banner stating, “Eric Pickles – Hands off Tower Hamlets. No to racism and Islamophobia.” A diminishing but vocal group of supporters kept this up right to the end, not least the former MP, George Galloway, and the former Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone.
Finally, after a ten-week hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice last month, Lutfur Rahman’s run of corruption and sectarianism came to an end. Four local residents, requesting that last year’s Mayoral election in the borough should be recognised to have been corrupt and be declared void, brought a case to the election court. After hearing the evidence, the election commissioner, Judge Richard Mawrey, delivered a devastating verdict.
|Lutfur Rahman was last month removed by a court from his position as Mayor of Tower Hamlets, after being found guilty of electoral fraud and other illegal practices. (Image source: ITV News video screenshot)|
Judge Mawrey described Rahman as an “evasive witness” who had told “a pack of lies” in court. He said that there was “no doubt” that Rahman had been behind “illegal and corrupt practices,” and that he had used undue “spiritual influence” over voters through local imams. In conclusion, Rahman was found guilty of electoral fraud; the relevant poll was declared void, and the Mayor removed from office and banned from running again. The police — who so visibly failed to act in Tower Hamlets in recent years — now say that they are considering a criminal inquiry.
In all of this, one thing particularly stands out. It is the same glaring question that emerged in the wake of the investigations into the Northern rape-gangs: where were all the authorities? Why had every institution of government failed?
In the case of Tower Hamlets, as with Rotherham, the police appeared, again, to be terrified of accusations of the kind Rahman and his friends were so adept and cynical about dishing out. Central government, apparently fearful for many of the same reasons, failed. It was left to a few intrepid journalists and four private citizens to uphold the law.
Judge Mawrey said in his summing-up:
“On past form, it appears inevitable that Mr. Rahman will denounce this judgement as yet another example of the racism and Islamophobia that have hounded him throughout his political life. It is nothing of the sort. Mr. Rahman has made a successful career by ignoring or flouting the law and has relied on silencing his critics by accusations of racism and Islamophobia. But his critics have not been silenced and neither has this court. Events of recent months in contexts very different from electoral malpractice have starkly demonstrated what happens when those in authority are afraid to confront wrongdoing for fear of allegations of racism and Islamophobia. Even in the multicultural society which is 21st century Britain, the law must be applied fairly and equally to everyone. Otherwise we are lost.”
Britain ought to have learned this lesson already. The fact that we have not — that we seem destined to have to keep learning it, again and again — is the greatest problem for our society. Bad people do bad things, but when all the institutions of state fail to stop them, that is a problem for us all.
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United Church of Christ and The “Big Lie”
- Sadly, the UCC delegates’ choices regarding Israel will be based on documents, “proofs,” and appeals built upon a foundation of lies, false choices and political fantasies that accuse Israel of being an “Apartheid State,” and an “illegal occupier of Palestinian land.”
- “The Palestinian people [do] not exist… In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct ‘Palestinian people’ to oppose Zionism.” — PLO Executive Committee member Zahir Muhse’in, quoted in the Dutch newspaper Trouw.
- The world is looking to the UCC to create peace, not to risk damaging its own image by perpetuating malicious falsehoods. So long as Christian organizations such as the UCC keep the fraudulent “Big Lie” alive, they will miss the opportunity to realize the very peace they envision.
In just a few weeks, on June 26-30, the opening gavel will sound on United Church of Christ (UCC) General Synod. Two of the many proposals this national Synod will entertain call on the church to divest from Israel, and one of them will propose declaring that Israel’s actions towards the Palestinians constitute “apartheid.”
The UCC, representing approximately 1.2 million members in 5,100 churches in the USA, is just one of the member churches of the World Council of Churches (WCC), which insists on making Israel the whipping boy of a misguided “peace and justice” agenda. In June, UCC member delegates will have an opportunity to determine the direction of their denomination.
Sadly, the UCC delegates’ choices regarding Israel will be based on documents, “proofs” and appeals built upon a foundation of lies, false choices and political fantasies that accuse Israel of being an “Apartheid State” and an “illegal occupier of Palestinian land.”
The UCC’s attacks against Israel are not alone on the Christian world stage. The UCC is but one small example of a growing number of Christian groups that advocate against Israel by using what some have called “The Big Lie.”
|Will the United Church of Christ, in its 2015 General Synod, vote to divest from Israel and declare that Israel’s actions towards the Palestinians constitute “apartheid”? (Image source: UCC video screenshot)|
“The Big Lie,” according to Merriam- Webster Dictionary, is a “deliberate gross distortion of the truth used especially as a propaganda tactic.” It is simply a jumping-off place for vicious anti-Semitism clothed as “peace and justice” for the “less fortunate, oppressed Palestinians.”
In its contemporary version, “The Big Lie” is ripped from the pages of a hundred-year-old, anti-Semitic hoax, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, which marks the Jews (and by extrapolation, Israel and Zionism) as the source of the world’s ills.
The Protocols draws on popular anti-Semitic myths, which have their roots in Medieval Europe from and before the time of the Crusades. For hundreds of years, the libels that the Jews use blood of Christian children to bake matzohs for the Passover festival; poison wells and spread the Plague were fraudulent pretexts for the wholesale destruction of Jewish communities throughout Europe.
With the official release of that notorious book in 1917 by Russian Mystic, Sergei Nilus, the strands of a viciously racist, anti-Semitic “Big Lie” narrative began threading their way into world history. A receptive public imagination, tilled and fertilized by seventeen hundred years of Christian anti-Semitism in Russia and Europe, accomplished the rest.
A timeline provided by the U.S. Holocaust Museum is helpful in seeing how “The Big Lie,” started with The Protocols. Over a period of time, the world narrative absorbs the lie as if it were truth.
In a New York Times article entitled, “The Anti-Semitic Hoax that Refuses to Die,” Edward Rothstein reviews a 2006 Protocols exhibition at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum:
During the last half-century, it [The Protocols] has also become a canonical text in the Islamic world. One edition on display here, printed in Pakistan in 1969, was presented by King Faisal of Saudi Arabia to state visitors in the 1970’s, its jacket showing a snake, representing the Jews, wrapped around the crescent of Islam while casting its glance over the entire Eastern Hemisphere. Another edition is an Arabic translation of “The Protocols” that was posted on the Palestinian State Information Services Web site until protests led to its removal last year.
Now “The Protocols” would presumably be affirmed with less embarrassment: the Palestinian Authority is presently controlled by the militant Islamist organization Hamas, whose 1988 covenant could almost be read as a rewrite of “The Protocols.” “Our struggle against the Jews is very great and very serious,” that covenant says. “With their money, they took control of the world media, news agencies, the press, publishing houses, broadcasting stations and others,” it declares of Jews.
“They aim at undermining societies, destroying values, corrupting consciences, deteriorating character and annihilating Islam,” it says, asserting that Jews were behind the French and Russian revolutions, the Freemasons, the Rotary Clubs, imperialism, the two world wars, the United Nations, the drug trade and alcoholism. It cites a source: “Their plan is embodied in ‘The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.’ “
The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is conveniently available on popular internet shopping sites and boasts a significant following by Islamic hate organizations, neo-Nazis and various supremacist groups who, like David Duke , are enamored of its qualities as “fine and inspired fiction” and who are, like the Islamists, untouched by its proven fraudulence.
There are a slew of co-conspirators: Bolsheviks, Soviets, Nazis, Christians, Supremacists, Leftists all have one thing in common: hatred of Jews, of Zionism and of Israel. The picture is large and malevolent: the demonization of a people, invented from lies that are usually inversions of fact — a method developed by the Soviet disinformation machine.
“The Big Lie” defies reason: It falsely charges Israel for the sins of the world, including being “illegal occupiers,” “imperialists,” “colonialists,” “racists,” “aggressors” and “baby killers,” while ignoring the even greater crimes of other nations, such as the mass starvation in North Korea; mass destruction, gassing and beheadings in Syria; wholesale slaughter in Darfur, or Boko Haram’s butchering, kidnapping and trafficking of young girls in Nigeria.
According to David Maier-Levy in his book, History Upside Down: The Roots of Palestinian Fascism and the Myth of Israeli Aggression:
Part of the reframing of the conflict… along with adopting the identity of an “oppressed people” and “victim of colonialism,” then, was the creation, ex nihilo, of “historic Palestine” and the ancient “Palestinian people” who had lived in their “homeland” from “time immemorial.”
That this was a political confection was, perhaps inadvertently, revealed to the West by Zahir Muhse’in, a member of the PLO Executive Committee, in a 1977 interview with the Amsterdam-based newspaper Trouw.
“The Palestinian people [do] not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct ‘Palestinian people’ to oppose Zionism. [Emphasis added.]
For more than 30 years, PLO leader Yasser Arafat plied terrorist acts against Israel’s citizenry while crafting “peace” narratives for the UN and Western appetites. This earned him a one-half share of a Nobel Peace Prize.
Arafat’s legacy passed to the current PLO leader and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), whose doctoral thesis from Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow later became a book, entitled, The Other Side: The Secret Relations between Nazism and the Leadership of the Zionist Movement. It denied both the scope and gravity of the Nazi Holocaust, and was most likely written by the Kremlin.
Educational and Christian institutions such as the United Church of Christ, entertain Marxist Ideologies, “Apartheid Week” programs, boycott, divestment and sanctions proposals and Islamic student advocacy organizations as “investments in free speech” rather than as a chapter in a deadly drama of fraud.
Fortunately, United Church of Christ still has an opportunity to reverse its current course.
There are three simple actions its leaders can take:
- They can remove the three anti-Israel proposals before the Synod in order to reevaluate their position on the Israel/ Palestine conflict.
- They can review and rewrite their introductory page on Global Ministries, which is filled with false information and innuendo about how Israel displaced Arabs in various wars and “illegally occupied” the land.
- The UCC can reevaluate its partnerships, which are also listed on their Global Missions page. Organizations such as B’Tselem , Kairos Palestine and Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center are three among many of their published anti-Israel partner organizations, whose motives and financing sources are anything but benign and neutral.
The world is looking to the UCC to create peace, not to risk damaging its own image by perpetuating malicious falsehoods. So long as Christian organizations such as the UCC keep the fraudulent “Big Lie” alive, they will miss the opportunity to realize the very peace they envision.
Susan Warner is co-founder of Olive Tree Ministries, a Christian ministry based in Delaware, USA. She has been teaching and writing about the Jewish roots of the Christian faith for almost twenty years and is currently working on a book entitled “The Yoke of Constantine: the Root of Christian anti-Semitism.”
 With the help of the Soviets who provided him with the tools to construct and market his false nationalist narrative of a “Palestinian struggle for national liberation, PLO leader Yasser Arafat concocted fake histories of an “ancient Palestinian people”. According to Ion Pacepa’s book “Disinformation”, Arafat’s success — shifting international opinion in favor of a Palestinian “underdog” and against an “imperialist” Israel — was largely a child of a Soviet guided disinformation scheme.