Monday, January 28, 2013


Family of pastor held in Iran: Where is State Department?

Obama promises "Peace in our time" from by Joel Pollack

It was either an embarrassing slip, or a frightening revelation of the president's true worldview. Either way, the words "peace in our time," made infamous by British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain as he promised an illusory peace with Adolf Hitler in 1938, should never have been in President Barack Obama's second inaugural address. Yet they were, and went virtually unnoticed until caught by conservatives on social media.

The phrase appeared in a passage on foreign policy, in which the president pledged to defend the nation while resolving differences peacefully [emphasis added]:

And we must be a source of hope to the poor, the sick, the marginalized, the victims of prejudice--not out of mere charity, but because peace in our time requires the constant advance of those principles that our common creed describes: tolerance and opportunity; human dignity and justice.

The sentence is rather tortured, but the idea seems to be that promoting socioeconomic equality around the world can help prevent conflict. It echoes the "root causes" theory of terrorism, which is that poverty produces extremism or at least provides it fertile ground There is some truth to that, although many terrorists come from middle class origins, and target America precisely because it symbolizes the values the president described.

Regardless, the reason Chamberlain's "peace in our time" is remembered is not that his theory of international relations was wrong but because he was hopelessly, dangerously naïve about Hitler's intentions. A year after Chamberlain waved the paper on which he had signed the Munich Agreement, ceding the sovereignty of Czechosolvakia in return for Hitler's promises of peace, Germany had invaded Poland and Britain was at war.

President Obama shows similar naïveté, or hubris, about the war against international terrorism. "A decade of war is now ending," he declared, even as a new front has opened in the war against Al Qaeda in Africa. He--ironically--failed to mention Afghanistan, where soldiers still fight and die in a cause President Obama has all but abandoned, and where America has already once suffered the brutal consequences of neglect.

Like Chamberlain, the president seems to believe in negotiation as an end in itself. He spent his first term seeking an elusive nuclear agreement with the Iranian regime, even permitting it to recover from a near-revolution in 2009, convinced that its assurances of peaceful intentions would be enough. He backed away from promises of missile defense to Poland and the Czech Republic--receiving nothing from Russia in return.

When Republicans called President Obama's approach "appeasement," he responded angrily: "Ask Osama bin Laden...whether I engage in appeasement." Yet Obama has been trying to negotiate with the Taliban who once sheltered bin Laden and Al Qaeda, in an attempt to put a brave face on withdrawal. And Al Qaeda's attacks on U.S. diplomatic missions in the Middle East on Sep. 11, 2012 suggest that it has not been deterred.

The president intends to continue pulling back. His nominees to foreign policy posts--John Kerry (State), Chuck Hagel (Defense), and John Brennan (CIA)--each share his vision of a humbler America. He pretends the alternative to his approach is "perpetual war." But Ronald Reagan showed the merit of "peace through strength," challenging Soviet aggression, standing up to terror and letting dissidents know they were not alone.

President Obama has shown a very selective interest in history, narrowly focused on the sites of civil rights struggles--Osawatomie, for example, and the three sites mentioned in his address. Beyond that familiar subject, he shows little sensitivity or expertise: he once flubbed the date of the Constitutional Convention, for example, and pulled out of the missile defense deal on the 60th anniversary of the Russian invasion of Poland.

History remembers Chamberlain's "peace in our time" as the definitive statement of appeasement, which is precisely why its use in the president's inaugural address is so odd, and ominous. It is possible that it was simply the error of a young speechwriter. But the White House boasted that the president had written early drafts of his address. And his policies suggest that "peace in our time" is indeed, despite history, close to his heart.




"What does it matter if I got people killed in Libya?!!!!"


Through her gross negligence, Hillary Clinton got four Americans killed in Benghazi Libya-including an ambassador. She has stated that she claims responsibility. Then she lies to the American people and frames and imprisons a Coptic Christian, an American citizen, who is still in jail-and says that he provoked the attack. His crime? Exercising his freedom of speech. When confronted with the fact that there was no "spontaneous demonstration" she starts screaming like some crazy person "What does it matter!" and then incoherently contradicts herself and says she is trying to get the facts!-That is part of why it matters. The other reason is that she is responsible for the deaths of Americans-then she lied to the American people and engaged in a cover-up. The sad things are-the liberal media paints her out to be a hero-and even sadder is that many Americans are so stupid that they fall for it.

It is amazing that Hillary admitted to not reading (or lied about not reading) the diplomatic cables from Libya. Only Rand Paul and John McCain called her out. Rand Paul rightly said that she should have been immediately fired.

IRAN-AMERICAN Pastor sentenced to jail for 8 years for being a Christian

Family of Christian pastor held in Iran asks: Where is State Department?

[Where is the state department when Assyrians, Copts and in this case an American citizen are being persecuted by radical Islam? Remember, it is the Obama White House and he is obviously a friend of radical Islam and an enemy of God's people.]

Supporters of the American pastor held in Iran and facing a possible death sentence for his faith say the State Department is not doing enough to win his release.

Pastor Saeed Abedini, a Christian minister and American citizen who lives in Boise Idaho with his wife and two young children, has been held in Tehran's infamous Evin Prison since September for allegedly evangelizing in his native country. Despite being held for months before formal charges were revealed at his trial this week, the State Department has not issued a statement or made any public demand that Iran release him, say his supporters.

"Every day counts. He is being tortured. They (State Department) can do so much more," said Abedini's wife, Naghmeh Abedini. "I've been so heartbroken. It's as though we are letting the Iranian government lead with their interpretation of what he's done wrong instead of protecting our American ideals."

"If our own State Department fails to advocate for a U.S. citizen who faces injustice in a country that is widely regarded as one of the most egregious human rights abusers, then I believe they have failed in one of their most fundamental responsibilities to American citizens," said Franks, who chairs the House Bipartisan International Religious Freedom Caucus. "Every U.S. citizen should have the assurance that the U.S. government will come vigorously to their defense in a time of need, especially when they are unjustly tried in a foreign country. At the very least, Secretary Clinton should publicly call for the unequivocal release of Saeed Abedini."

How to Save a Dying Language

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Assyrian International News Agency



It was a sunny morning in May, and I was in a car with a linguist and a tax preparer trolling the suburbs of Chicago for native speakers of Aramaic, the 3,000-year-old language of Jesus.

The linguist, Geoffrey Khan of the University of Cambridge, was nominally in town to give a speech at Northwestern University, in Evanston. But he had another agenda: Chicago's northern suburbs are home to tens of thousands of Assyrians, Aramaic-speaking Christians driven from their Middle Eastern homelands by persecution and war. The Windy City is a heady place for one of the world's foremost scholars of modern Aramaic, a man bent on documenting all of its dialects before the language--once the tongue of empires--follows its last speakers to the grave.

The tax preparer, Elias Bet-shmuel, a thickset man with a shiny pate, was a local Assyrian who had offered to be our sherpa. When he burst into the lobby of Khan's hotel that morning, he announced the stops on our two-day trek in the confidential tone of a smuggler inventorying the contents of a shipment.

"I got Shaqlanaye, I have Bebednaye." He was listing immigrant families by the names of the northern Iraqi villages whose dialects they spoke. Several of the families, it turned out, were Bet-shmuel's clients.

As Bet-shmuel threaded his Infiniti sedan toward the nearby town of Niles, Illinois, Khan, a rangy 55-year-old, said he was on safari for speakers of "pure" dialects: Aramaic as preserved in villages, before speakers left for big, polyglot cities or, worse, new countries. This usually meant elderly folk who had lived the better part of their lives in mountain enclaves in Iraq, Syria, Iran or Turkey. "The less education the better," Khan said. "When people come together in towns, even in Chicago, the dialects get mixed. When people get married, the husband's and wife's dialects converge."

We turned onto a grid of neighborhood streets, and Bet-shmuel announced the day's first stop: a 70-year-old widow from Bebede who had come to Chicago just a decade earlier. "She is a housewife with an elementary education. No English."

Khan beamed. "I fall in love with these old ladies," he said.

Aramaic, a Semitic language related to Hebrew and Arabic, was the common tongue of the entire Middle East when the Middle East was the crossroads of the world. People used it for commerce and government across territory stretching from Egypt and the Holy Land to India and China. Parts of the Bible and the Jewish Talmud were written in it; the original "writing on the wall," presaging the fall of the Babylonians, was composed in it. As Jesus died on the cross, he cried in Aramaic, "Elahi, Elahi, lema shabaqtani?" ("My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?")

But Aramaic is down now to its last generation or two of speakers, most of them scattered over the past century from homelands where their language once flourished. In their new lands, few children and even fewer grandchildren learn it. (My father, a Jew born in Kurdish Iraq, is a native speaker and scholar of Aramaic; I grew up in Los Angeles and know just a few words.) This generational rupture marks a language's last days. For field linguists like Khan, recording native speakers--"informants," in the lingo--is both an act of cultural preservation and an investigation into how ancient languages shift and splinter over time.

In a highly connected global age, languages are in die-off. Fifty to 90 percent of the roughly 7,000 languages spoken today are expected to go silent by century's end. We live under an oligarchy of English and Mandarin and Spanish, in which 94 percent of the world's population speaks 6 percent of its languages. Yet among threatened languages, Aramaic stands out. Arguably no other still-spoken language has fallen farther.

Its first speakers, the Arameans, were desert nomads. (The Bible describes the mythic forebear of the Hebrews as "a wandering Aramean.") Spreading out from ancient Syria, they so blanketed Mesopotamia that when the Assyrians conquered the Middle East in the eighth century B.C., they adopted Aramaic--not their own tongue, Akkadian--as a language of empire. So did the Babylonians when they vanquished the Assyrians, and the Persians when they toppled the Babylonians. The language crossed the lips of Christians, Jews, Mandeans, Manicheans, Muslims, Samaritans, Zoroastrians and pagans.

The writing on the wall (the proverbial sort) came for Aramaic in the seventh century A.D., when Muslim armies from Arabia conquered the Middle East, and Arabic routed Aramaic as the region's lingua franca. Aramaic survived only in the Kurdish mountains of Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria, places so remote they never got the memo. Jews and Christians there (though not Muslims, who spoke Kurdish) kept up Aramaic as an everyday tongue for another 1,300 years.

The number of Aramaic speakers alive today is difficult to calculate. Though some estimates set the figure as high as a half-million, that number is misleading. Because of its ancient lineage, lack of standardization and the isolation of speakers from one another, the modern tongue, known as Neo-Aramaic, has more than 100 dialects, most with no written analogue. Many dialects are already extinct, and others are down to their last one or two speakers.

As an everyday language, linguists told me, Aramaic is safe now in only one place: the Christian village of Maaloula, in the hills outside Damascus, where, with Syrian state support, elders still teach it to children.

Like many Neo-Aramaic experts, Khan, whose accent bears traces of his working-class childhood in northeast England, stumbled on the field almost by accident. In his early years at Cambridge, he worked on a trove of ancient Jewish manuscripts--in Hebrew, Arabic and Aramaic--known as the Cairo Geniza. But the long hours squinting at microfilm were a downer. Eager for change after a dispiriting day in a Jerusalem microfiche lab in the early 1990s, he asked a local organization of Kurdish Jews for referrals to actual native speakers of Aramaic.

No sooner had Khan sat down with a Jew from Erbil, a northern Iraqi city whose Aramaic dialect was undescribed, than he felt he had found his calling. "It completely blew my mind," he told me. "To discover a living language through the lips of a living person, it was just incredibly exhilarating."

The traditional aim of fieldwork is to produce for undocumented languages what linguists sometimes call "the holy trinity": a grammar, which is a road map to sounds, syntax and structure; texts, which are chunks of unedited speech that reveal a language's texture; and a dictionary. Over the past two decades, Khan has published highly regarded grammars on the previously undocumented dialects of Barwar, Qaraqosh, Erbil, Sulemaniyya and Halabja, all areas in Iraq, and Urmi and Sanandaj, in Iran. He is also at work on a web-based database of text and audio recordings that allows word-by-word comparisons across dozens of Aramaic dialects.

Aramaic speakers tend to greet microphone-toting linguists with traditional Middle Eastern hospitality. The widow we visited in Niles, Agnes Nissan Esho, would not let us leave before serving an elaborate lunch of kubba hamuth (sour dumplings), masta (yogurt), chicken with rice, and kadeh (spiced-walnut pastry).

"I'm getting very excited about some vowels here," Khan said as Esho carried in the steaming plates of food.

"And I'm getting excited about the kadeh," Bet-shmuel deadpanned.

The half-dozen Neo-Aramaic linguists I spoke with said informants often served feasts, confided family gossip and plied them with take-home boxes of fruit. But some are puzzled by the outside interest in their language, and others suspicious that their interlocutors are spies.

And bum steers abound. On our drive to one informant's house, Khan told a story about his multiyear search for a Chicago man from Iraq's Barwar region who had been described to him as a font of Assyrian folklore. "When we finally met, I said, 'I heard you know lots of stories.'"

The man's response: "I've forgotten them all."

When we arrived at homes around Chicago, Khan, in dress shirt and blazer, explained his research, then drew from his backpack a digital voice recorder, a microphone and a sprawling loose-leaf questionnaire. Each session lasted two or three hours, as Khan worked, like an archaeologist with a soil sifter, to tease out nuances, among dialects, in pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar.

How would you say, "There they are"? he asked. How about, "Here I am"? How about, "He wants to come"? And on it went: "You want to come. I want to come. Come!"

To make sure he heard words correctly, Khan repeated them slowly. He held his mouth open an extra second to verify a vowel or ran a finger over his Adam's apple to confirm a guttural.

At a public housing tower, we spent more than an hour with a 97-year-old Assyrian from Turkey and his 90-year-old wife. When we stopped for coffee afterward, I asked Khan whether he'd found the meeting productive. "Some pronunciations of one of the consonants in the word for 'hen' are not according to what I predicted," he said.

Advances in field linguistics, I saw, come in dribs and drabs, not eurekas.

The work has its exhilarating days, though, and few moved Khan more than his 2008 trip to the former Soviet republic of Georgia. He was in the capital of Tbilisi in search of Aramaic speakers from Salamas, a city in northwestern Iran. One wave of Assyrians fled Salamas after a Kurdish chieftain murdered a Church of the East patriarch there in 1918; another, after an earthquake a dozen years later.

In Tbilisi, people told Khan that all but three of the dialect's "pure" speakers had died. At the first house, the man's daughter apologized: Her father had recently suffered a stroke and was mute. At the second, an older woman lived with a quartet of energetic Rottweilers. "I took out my microphone and they just started howling and barking," Khan recalled. "It was impossible."

Finally, a local Assyrian escorted Khan one night into an imposing Soviet-era apartment block. At the top of a dark flight of stairs was a one-room apartment. A frail woman in her mid-90s answered the door.

Khan looked at her brittle physique and wondered how much she could handle. He told himself he would stay for just a few minutes. But when he got up to leave, the woman stretched a bony hand across the table and clasped his wrist.

"Biqir, Biqir," she pleaded, in a small voice. ("Ask, ask.")

"She literally grabbed onto me," he said. "It was as if this was her last breath and she wanted to tell me everything."

For two hours she hung on his wrist as his recorder filled with the sounds of a language in twilight.

By Ariel Sabar


The above article was from AINA-Assyrian International News Association-an excellent and helpful website. Now, it says this is in Smithsonian Magazine-that is great. This is the kind of article that those jerks at National Geographic could have and should have made years ago. I have seen literally dozens of pro-Islamic articles in National Geographic. The only article I saw on "Middle Eastern Christians" in NG was a few years ago "The Christian Exodus from the Holy Land"-the article SUCKED! It said that that the Muslims showed great tolerance toward Christians (a Damned LIE) and that Christians converted to Islam because they found it to be a better religion! I find that very offensive.

But look at the liberal establishment. Obama incited violence against a Coptic Christian and anti-Christians riots around the world over the "Innocence of Islam" movie, which he "strongly condemned" but his State Department won't do any thing on behalf of an American pastor unjustly imprisoned in Iran!

It is sad that America re-elected this villain and that we have to put up with his destructive nonsense for the next two years at least-that is if the Republicans make gains in the house and take the Senate. If not, America is doomed.

So, as Hillary Clinton said, "What does it matter?" It matters because America's policy has tremendous influence around the world. The Obama White House's Pro-Radical Islam policy is increasing pressure upon Middle Eastern Christians and is emboldening the Islamists. They have made tremendous gains under Obama and will continue to do so for the next two to four years. Not only are the Middle Eastern Christians suffering-America is being harmed and threatened by this policy. We must stand up for justice while we can and as long as we can.

Once again, I am going to India and I ask for your prayers while I am there.


The Contemporary Bible series covers the most essential stories and teachings of the Bible.

Colorful and dramatically illustrated, the new series gives children an opportunity to experience inspiring accounts from the Bible.

Text: CEV or Retold by Joy Melissa Jensen
Gustavo Mazali

Scandinavia Publishing (a Danish company) makes good Bible material available, especially for children. "Elijah and the Prophets" contains good illustrations of Assyria, Babylonia, and Persia in telling the Bible story.



"This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility."

-- Barack Obama to Dmitry Medvedev, March 26, 2012

The puzzle of the Chuck Hagel nomination for defense secretary is that you normally choose someone of the other party for your Cabinet to indicate a move to the center, but, as The Washington Post editorial board points out, Hagel's foreign policy views are to the left of Barack Obama's, let alone the GOP's. Indeed, they are at the fringe of the entire Senate. So what's going on? Message sending. Obama won re-election. He no longer has to trim, to appear more moderate than his true instincts. He has the "flexibility" to be authentically Obama. Hence the Hagel choice: Under the guise of centrist bipartisanship, it allows the president to leave the constrained first-term Obama behind and follow his natural Hagel-like foreign policy inclinations. On three pressing issues in particular:

(1) Military Spending

Current Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said in August 2011 that the scheduled automatic $600 billion defense cuts ("sequestration") would result in "hollowing out the force," which would be "devastating." And strongly hinted that he might resign rather than enact them. Asked about Panetta's remarks, Hagel called the Pentagon "bloated," and needing "to be pared down." Just the man you'd want to carry out a U.S. disarmament that will shrink America to what Obama thinks is its proper size on the world stage, i.e. smaller. The overweening superpower that Obama promiscuously chided in his global we-have-sinned tour is poised for reduction, not only to fund the bulging welfare state but to recalibrate America's proper role in the world.

(2) Israel

The issue is not Hagel's alleged hostility but his public pronouncements. His refusal to make moral distinctions, for example. At the height of the second intifada, a relentless campaign of indiscriminate massacre of Israelis, Hagel found innocence abounding: "Both Israelis and Palestinians are trapped in a war not of their making." This pass at evenhandedness is nothing but pernicious blindness. Just last month, Yasser Arafat's widow admitted on Dubai TV what everyone has long known -- that Arafat deliberately launched the intifada after the collapse of the Camp David peace talks in July 2000. He told his wife to stay in the safety of Paris. Why, she asked? Because I'm going to start an intifada. In July 2002, with the terror still raging, Hagel offered further exquisite evenhandedness: "Israel must take steps to show its commitment to peace." Good God. Exactly two years earlier Israel had proposed an astonishingly generous peace that offered Arafat a Palestinian state -- and half of Jerusalem, a previously unimaginable Israeli concession. Arafat said no, made no counteroffer, walked away and started his terror war. Did no one tell Hagel?

(3) Iran

Hagel doesn't just oppose military action, a problematic option with serious arguments on both sides. He actually opposed any unilateral sanctions. You can't get more out of the mainstream than that. He believes in diplomacy instead, as if talk alone will deter the mullahs. He even voted against designating Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization. Most tellingly, he has indicated that he is prepared to contain a nuclear Iran, a position diametrically opposed to Obama's first-term, ostensibly unalterable opposition to containment. What message do you think this sends the mullahs? And that's the point. Hagel himself doesn't matter. He won't make foreign policy. Obama will. Hagel's importance is the message his nomination sends about where Obama wants to go. The lessons are being duly drawn. Iran's official media have already cheered the choice of what they call this "anti-Israel" nominee. And they fully understand what his nomination signals regarding administration resolve about stopping them from going nuclear. The rest of the world can see coming the Pentagon downsizing -- and the inevitable, commensurate decline of U.S. power. Pacific Rim countries will have to rethink reliance on the counterbalance of the U.S. Navy and consider acquiescence to Chinese regional hegemony. Arab countries will understand that the current rapid decline of post-Kissinger U.S. dominance in the region is not cyclical but intended to become permanent. Hagel is a man of no independent stature. He's no George Marshall or Henry Kissinger. A fringe senator who left no trace behind, Hagel matters only because of what his nomination says about Obama. However the Senate votes on confirmation, the signal has already been sent. Before Election Day, Obama could only whisper it to his friend Dmitry. Now, with Hagel, he's told the world.

Charles Krauthammer is a syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor


French protest gay marriage

Hundreds of thousands of protesters are mobilizing against the French president's plan to legalize gay marriage, streaming into Paris by bus, car and specially reserved high-speed train. Police are expecting about 300,000 people to march toward the Eiffel Tower from three different points in the city, tying up traffic and closing subway stations for hours in what could be the largest demonstration in a decade. President Francois Hollande has promised to legalize gay marriage, allowing same-sex couples legal protections that would allow them to adopt, among other things. The proposal has grown increasingly unpopular in France, led by opposition from religious leaders. About 50 percent of French favor legalizing gay marriage, down from as high as 65 percent in August.

Good for the French.

40 years of Abortion in America

Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter. (Proverbs 24:11)

Golgotha in Aramaic tradition

In some Christian and Jewish traditions, the name Golgotha refers to the location of the skull of Adam. A common version states that Shem and Melchizedek traveled to the resting place of Noah's Ark, retrieved the body of Adam from it, and were led by Angels to Golgotha — described as a skull-shaped hill at the centre of the Earth, where also the serpent's head had been crushed following the Fall of man. This tradition appears in numerous older sources, including the Kitab al-Magall, the Conflict of Adam and Eve with Satan, the Syriac Cave of Treasures, and the writings of Patriarch Eutychius of Alexandria. It is also suggested that the location's landscape resembled the shape of a skull, and gained its name for that reason.

From Gill's Exposition upon the Bible:

went forth in a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew, Golgotha: and signifies a man's skull: it seems, that as they executed malefactors here, so they buried them here; and in process of time, their bones being dug up to make room for others, their skulls, with other bones, lay up and down in this place; from whence it had its name in the Syriac dialect, which the Jews then usually spake: here some say Adam's skull was found, and that it had its name from thence. This was an ancient tradition, as has been observed in the notes on See Gill on Matthew 27:33, and See Gill on Luke 23:33 the Syriac writers have it (k), who say, "when Noah went out of the ark there was made a distribution of the bones of Adam; to Shem, his head was given, and the place in which he was buried is called "Karkaphta": where likewise Christ was crucified;'' which word signifies a skull, as Golgotha does: and so likewise the Arabic writers (l); who affirm that Shem said these words to Melchizedek, "Noah commanded that thou shouldst take the body of Adam, and bury it in the middle of the earth; therefore let us go, I and thou, and bury it; wherefore Shem and Melchizedek went to take the body of Adam, and the angel of the Lord appeared to them and went before them, till they came to the place Calvary, where they buried him, as the angel of the Lord commanded them:'' the same also had the ancient fathers of the Christian church; Cyprian (m) says, that it is a tradition of the ancients, that Adam was buried in Calvary under the place where the cross of Christ was fixed; and Jerom makes mention of it more than once; so Paula and Eustochium, in an epistle supposed to be dictated by him, or in which he was assisting, say (n), in this city, meaning Jerusalem, yea in this place, Adam is said to dwell, and to die; from whence the place where our Lord was crucified is called Calvary, because there the skull of the ancient man was buried: and in another place he himself says (o), that he heard one disputing in the church and explaining, Ephesians 5:14 of Adam buried in Calvary, where the Lord was crucified, and therefore was so called. Ambrose (p) also takes notice of it; the place of the cross, says he, is either in the midst of the land, that it might be conspicuous to all, or over the grave of Adam, as the Hebrews dispute: others say that the hill itself was in the form of a man's skull, and therefore was so called; it was situated, as Jerom says (q), on the north of Mount Zion, and is thought by some to be the same with the hill Gareb, in Jeremiah 31:39. It was usual to crucify on high hills, so Polycrates was crucified upon the highest top of Mount Mycale (r).

John Gill (23 November 1697 – 14 October 1771) was an English
Baptist pastor, biblical scholar, and theologian who held to a firm Calvinistic soteriology. Born in Kettering, Northamptonshire, he attended Kettering Grammar School where he mastered the Latin
classics and learned Greek by age 11. He continued self-study in everything from logic to Hebrew, his love for the latter remaining throughout his life. Gill, as can be seen above, was familiar with the Hebraic and Aramaic roots of Christianity.

Christian family gets 15 years for Converting to Christianity from Islam

The 15-year prison sentence given to a woman and her seven children by an Egyptian court for converting to Christianity is a sign of things to come, according to alarmed human rights advocates who say the nation's Islamist government is bad news for Christians in the North African country. A criminal court in the central Egyptian city of Beni Suef meted out the shocking sentence last week, according to the Arabic-language Egyptian paper Al-Masry Al-Youm. Nadia Mohamed Ali, who was raised a Christian, converted to Islam when she married Mohamed Abdel-Wahhab Mustafa, a Muslim, 23 years ago. He later died, and his widow planned to convert her family back to Christianity in order to obtain an inheritance from her family. She sought the help of others in the registration office to process new identity cards between 2004 and 2006. When the conversion came to light under the new regime, Nadia, her children and even the clerks who processed the identity cards were all sentenced to prison. Samuel Tadros, a research fellow at Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom, said conversions like Nadia's have been common in the past, but said Egypt's new Sharia-based constitution "is a real disaster in terms of religion freedom. The cases will increase in the future," Tadros said. "It will be much harder for people to return to Christianity."

Iranian American pastor arrested in Iran-Christian Post

An American pastor currently held in Iranian prison is facing a grim future after it was announced that his case was recently transferred to a judge accused of human rights violations and infamous for the number of people he has sentenced to death. "This new development is highly troubling -- it appears Iran is determined to remove any chance of the American pastor receiving any semblance of a fair trial. Even more troubling is that the U.S. government has remained silent, essentially abandoning this American in his search for justice," Jordan Sekulow, Executive Director of the American Center for Law and Justice, said in a report shared with The Christian Post. The ACLJ is representing Pastor Saeed Abedini's family in the U.S. Abedini, 32, grew up in Iran, before converting to Christianity at the age of 20, and marrying an American woman in 2002, which helped him gain U.S. citizenship. Along with his wife, Naghmeh, and their two young children, the pastor has traveled back and forth between Iran and the U.S. a number of times in the past few years, helping create a network of underground churches, which provide a safe haven for Muslims who have converted to Christianity. During one such trip in 2009, Abedini was detained by Iranian officials and interrogated for his conversion. While he was released with a warning against engaging in any more underground church activities, in July 2012, he was once again arrested while working on a non-sectarian orphanage project. The ACLJ says the minister was arrested for "his previous work as a Christian leader in Iran," and that he faces the death penalty for trying to convert Muslims to the Christian faith. Currently, Abedini is facing trial at the Evin Prison in northwestern Tehran, described by the persecution watch group as one of Iran's most brutal prisons -- reports allege that he has been beaten by guards and inmates.



King Herod Exhibit

Israel's national museum said Tuesday it will open what it calls the world's first exhibition devoted to the architectural legacy of biblical King Herod, the Jewish proxy monarch who ruled Jerusalem and the Holy Land under Roman occupation two millennia ago. The display includes the reconstructed tomb and sarcophagus of one of antiquity's most notable and despised figures, curators say. Modern day politics are intruding into this ancient find. Palestinians object to the showing of artifacts found in the West Bank. The Israeli museum insists it will return the finds once the exhibit closes. King Herod as vilified in the New Testament as a bloodthirsty tyrant who massacred Bethlehem's male children to try to prevent the prophesied birth of Jesus. He is also said to have murdered his wife and sons. Herod was also revered for his ambitious building projects, including his lavish desert palaces and an expansion of the Second Jewish Temple complex in Jerusalem. Actually, Herod demolished the Jewish Temple that was built in the Persian Era, that was built where King Solomon's Temple had stood before it was demolished by the Babylonians. Herod built a third temple-but the Jewish people today incorrectly and irrationally call Herod's Temple-the "Second Temple."

Sadly, having worked with Palestinian archeologists, I wouldn't trust them with ancient Jewish antiquities because they are so extremist and anti-Jew, I really feel that ancient Jewish relics are not safe in their hands.

Brad Pitt as Pontius Pilate?

It's entirely possible that in a few years time we will identify Brad Pitt as the man who killed Jesus Christ. New reports have surfaced online saying that the A-list star is now contemplating signing on for Pontius Pilate, a new period drama set up over at Warner Bros. that explores the biblical tale of the man who sentenced the Christian savior to be killed by crucifixion. The script was written by Vera Blasi (Woman on Top) and while Pitt isn't currently officially attached, that could change very soon.
Deadline, which first reported the potential casting news, has a full breakdown of the script, having received a copy of it after the project was announced
last August. A biopic of sorts, the movie sees Lucius Pontius Pilate grow to become a strong warrior under Roman Emperor Tiberius and a prefect of Judea. The movie, which the site describes as "a Biblical era Twilight Zone episode" and "reminiscent of such films as Braveheart and Gladiator," sees Pilate do what he believes to be right, but end up in over his head. New Testament figures like Caligula , John the Baptist, Salome and Mary Magdalene all play roles in the drama as well. It's also said that the project is much less polarizing than Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, and goes as far as to "explain the motivations of religious leaders like the Jewish high priest Caiaphas (who engineers Christ's demise)." Even if he doesn't end up taking the lead in Pontius Pilate, be prepared to hear Pitt's name a lot more this year. The star has three films confirmed to come out this year, with World War Z due out in June; Steve McQueen's Twelve Years A Slave expected during award season, and the Ridley Scott/Cormac McCarthy drug thriller The Counselor set for November.

Moses "Gods and Kings" Movie?

You may remember us reporting back in September that Warner Bros. was eyeing Steven Spielberg to direct a biopic about the greatest Jewish hero of all, Moses. After all, Spielberg had explored Jewish heroes in films like Schindler's List and Munich, so who better to tackle not just one of the Bible's most important figures, but one already played onscreen by Charlton Heston. It seems like the Moses biopic, called Gods and Kings, wouldn't really be able to happen with anybody but Spielberg behind it, so I suppose it's a good thing that he finally committed. Deadline reports that Spielberg has committed to the Warner Bros. project, which aims to distance itself completely from the Heston-led The Ten Commandments, instead depicting Moses's life as a gritty war movie in the style. "A movie like a Braveheart-ish version of the Moses story. Him coming down the river, being adopted, leaving his home, forming an army, and getting the Ten Commandments." Given that Spielberg has just completed one of the glossiest war epics in recent memory, War Horse, it's a little tough to imagine him going back to Saving Private Ryan's verite style. But he'll have time to plan it first-- they're aiming to start production in March or April of 2013, giving Spielberg plenty of time to wrap up Lincoln and the upcoming Robocpocalypse and make his plans for Gods and Kings. He's been on top of the world this year given War Horse and Tintin, and it's interesting to see him sign on for something that looks like another huge challenge. Say what you will about Spielberg, but he doesn't seem interested in giving himself a break.

I haven't seen that the "God's and Kings Movie" is a confirmed project yet. It is most likely still in development.

Louie Giglio and the Presidential Inauguration (Below are excerpts from Dr. Molher, a hyper-Calvinist extremist. I do not endorse him or his views. But this article is very good-and deals with the danger of Obama's not allowing someone to pray because he believes that homosexuality is sinful. First off, I don't believe a Christian should pray at Obama's inauguration. It would be like Elijah praying at King Ahab's coronation.)

A new chapter in America's moral revolution came Thursday as Atlanta pastor Louie Giglio withdrew from giving the benediction at President Obama's second inaugural ceremony. In a statement released to the White House and the Presidential Inaugural Committee, Giglio said that he withdrew because of the furor that emerged Wednesday after a liberal watchdog group revealed that almost 20 years ago he had preached a sermon in which he had stated that homosexuality is a sin and that the "only way out of a homosexual lifestyle … is through the healing power of Jesus." In other words, a Christian pastor has been effectively disinvited from delivering an inaugural prayer because he believes and teaches Christian truth. The fact that Giglio was actually disinvited was made clear in a statement from Addie Whisenant of the Presidential Inaugural Committee: "We were not aware of Pastor Giglio's past comments at the time of his selection, and they don't reflect our desire to celebrate the strength and diversity of our country at this inaugural. Pastor Giglio was asked to deliver the benediction in large part because of his leadership in combating human trafficking around the world. As we now work to select someone to deliver the benediction, we will ensure their beliefs reflect this administration's vision of inclusion and acceptance for all Americans." That statement is, in effect, an embarrassed apology for having invited Louie Giglio in the first place. Whisenant's statement apologizes for the Presidential Inaugural Committee's failure to make certain that their selection had never, at any time, for any reason, believed that homosexuality is less than a perfectly acceptable lifestyle. The committee then promised to repent and learn from their failure, committing to select a replacement who would "reflect this administration's vision of inclusion and acceptance." The imbroglio over Louie Giglio is the clearest evidence of the new Moral McCarthyism of our sexually "tolerant" age. During the infamous McCarthy hearings, witnesses would be asked, "Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?" In the version now to be employed by the Presidential Inaugural Committee, the question will be: "Are you now or have you ever been one who believes that homosexuality (or bisexuality, or transsexualism, etc.) is anything less than morally acceptable and worthy of celebration?" The Presidential Inaugural Committee and the White House have now declared historic, biblical Christianity to be out of bounds, casting it off the inaugural program as an embarrassment. By its newly articulated standard, any preacher who holds to the faith of the church for the last 2,000 years is 'persona non grata.' A fair-minded reading of that statement indicates that Pastor Giglio has strategically avoided any confrontation with the issue of homosexuality for at least 15 years. The issue "has not been in the range of my priorities," he said. Given the Bible's insistence that sexual morality is inseparable from our "ultimate significance as we make much of Jesus Christ," this must have been a difficult strategy. It is also a strategy that is very attractive to those who want to avoid being castigated as intolerant or homophobic. As this controversy makes abundantly clear, it is a failed strategy. Louie Giglio was cast out of the circle of the acceptable simply because a liberal watchdog group found one sermon he preached almost 20 years ago. If a preacher has ever taken a stand on biblical conviction, he risks being exposed decades after the fact. Anyone who teaches at any time, to any degree, that homosexual behavior is a sin is now to be cast out.

Hilary Clinton "What does it matter!"

After her fake concussion, Hilary Clinton finally testified before congress-both the house and the senate. The media spun it in such a way to make Hillary out to be the victim-although she is responsible.

When directly asked why she blamed the attack on a "spontaneous demonstration" over an anti-Muslim for several days-when she knew well that there was no demonstration-she began screaming "What does it matter?" And then said she was trying to find out what the facts were. This was an incoherent statement-that it precisely why it matters-it wasn't true and we need to get down to the facts. She was rebuked by Ron Paul-who said she should have been fired over her incompetence and also by John McCain-who says it matters because the American people deserve the truth.

The response by the White House to the Benghazi incident is disgraceful-as is Hillary Clinton.

Unfortunately, the next two years are going to be difficult. Good years from radical Islam-and bad years for Christianity and for freedom.

The tragedy is that the News Media is the propaganda wing for the White House and the Democratic Party. We don't really have a free press in America anymore. We have a state controlled leftist control liberal media establishment-and it is a force for evil.



Prayer Requests

I am heading to India for the first week of February. I am going with Congregation Shalom-a Hebrew Christian fellowship in Humble, Texas. Most of my expenses will be covered by them. I will be preaching at an Evangelistic Crusade and going to a pastor's conference and I will be visiting an orphanage. I have always wanted to go to India. I wanted to go in order to trace the footsteps of the Apostle Thomas. However, I am going to Hyderabad, which is in Central India.

I have been wanted to write the story of Saint Thomas in India. One of the reasons I have hesitated to do so was that I felt that I should go to India-and experience the country for myself before setting down on the task.

Please pray for me while I am on this mission trip-and pray for India.

Also, please pray that God would provide my needs. My financial situation looks dire to me and has been causing me some anxiety. Hopefully, I will get my teachers certification and have a job this fall.

Reverend Stephen Andrew Missick is the author of The Assyrian Church in the Mongol Empire, Mar Thoma: The Apostolic Foundation of the Assyrian Church in India, and Socotra: The Mysterious Island of the Church of the East which were published in the Journal of Assyrian Academic Studies (Volume XIII, No. 2, 1999, Volume XIV, No. 2, 2000 and Volume XVI No. 1, 2002). He is the author of The Words of Jesus in the Original Aramaic: Discovering the Semitic Roots of Christianity, Mary of Magdala: Magdalene, the Forgotten Aramaic Prophetess of Christianity, Treasures of the Language of Jesus: The Aramaic Source of Christ's Teaching, Aramaic: The Language of Jesus of Nazareth and Christ the Man. He is an ordained minister of the gospel. He graduated from Sam Houston State University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Rev. Missick has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East and has lived among the Coptic Christians in Egypt and Aramaic Christians in Syria. He also served as a soldier in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 and 2004. While serving as a soldier in Iraq he learned Aramaic from native Aramaic-speaking Iraqi Assyrian Christians. Rev. Missick is the writer and illustrator of the comic book "The Assyrians: The Oldest Christian People," the comic strip Chronicles: Facts from the Bible and the comic book series The Hammer of God which are available from The Hammer of God comic book series dramatizes the stories of Judah Maccabee and Charles Martel. He has also served as a chaplain in the Army National Guard in Iraq during his second deployment in 2009 and 2010. He participated in an archeological excavation of Bethsaida in Galilee in 2011 and went on a missionary trip to Uganda in 2012. PO Box 882, Shepherd, Texas, 77371 BLOG:
King of Saints Tabernacle 2228 FM 1725 Cleveland, TX 77328 (218)592-4104


Friday, January 11, 2013

Hear Ancient Assyrian Music Come Alive!

Based on the discoveries at Ugarit, archeologists have deciphered ancient musical notations and now can play authentic ancient Hurrian, Ugaritic and Assyrian music. (Hurrian was a non-Semitic language spoken by a minority of foreigners who had settled among the Canaanite speaking Ugaritic people.) Sounds From Silence: Recent Discoveries in Ancient Near Eastern Music. This album comes with one vinyl and a 23 page booklet. It is printed out of Berkeley. The sections are as follows: "History of the Research", "The Theory Texts", "The Song Text", "Musical Instruments in the Ancient Near East", "Modern Replicas of Ancient Lyres", "Selected Bibliography". It contains a plethora of information...e.g. opening paragraph:-
"During the last sixteen years documents ahve come to light that have provided us with the most specific information yet available about the music of the ancient Near East. These documents include information ont he structure of the scale and the tuning sytem as far back as 1800 B.C., and also an actual song dating from around 1400 B.C. Both the tuning documents and the song predate comparable documents by at least a thousand years, thus pushing back the limit of our specific knowledge of music from a little over 2000 years ago to a little over 3000 years ago.
The documents are ancient clay tablets inscribed in antiquity with cuneiform writing..."
It's got great illustrations and the album has Side 1; 22.13 of demonstrations of Old Babylonian Tuning Procedure's for Lyre (ca. 1800 B.C.) and, on Side 2; 20.14 of A Hurrian Cult Song from Ancient Ugarit (ca. 1400 B.C.). The musical instruments were built by Robert Brown himself.
This is a wonderful offering from Berkeley.
A CD and large, 23-page illustrated booklet titled: "Sounds of Silence: Recent Discoveries in Ancient Near Eastern Music." Anne D. Kilmer, Richard L. Crocker and Robert R. Brown, (copyright 1976), is available from, or by emailing


Fourteen recorded lyre pieces. All titles in this collection are each in one of the seven modal tunings discussed in "Sounds from Silence," played using samples from Professor Kilmer's replica of the Silver Lyre in the British Museum. Both Hurrian Hymn versions are based on Kilmer's original arrangement, but have rhythms and simple harmonies added. "Hurrian Moonrise" uses the ascending scale tuning for the lyre, as in her published arrangement. "Hurrian Moonset" uses a descending scale, with a different meter for variety. Other pieces are based in part on themes known to be relatively old, from around the Mediterranean area and Middle East. Fourteen pieces in all, including a lullaby, a victory song, dance of the beer goddess, Ninkasi; a royal procession, a wedding song, and a popular Assyrian hymn, "Hal Libba Marya."

King David's Lyre; Echoes of Ancient Israel Michael Levy has reconstructed ancient Hebrew music on his lyre. Michael Levy is truly an original -- although the music he plays is largley forgotten. He takes the oldest music in the world and plays them on the lyre -- the way it is meant to be played -- resuscitating the music back to life. There is something ancient, primal, & primordial to the music he creates. Michael is real passionate musician, and his music is one of my greatest personal discoveries I found last year. Other albums include "The Ancient Egyptian Harp" and "Ancient Landscapes."

Daughters of the American Revolution cannot use "In Jesus Name"
Patriotic Group Told to Stop Praying in Jesus' Name

By Todd Starnes The Daughters of the American Revolution, one of the nation's oldest patriotic organizations, has erased any mention of Jesus Christ in their official book, removed prayers and poems that reference Christian imagery, and directed members to refrain from praying in the name of Christ, an outraged group of members alleged. The dispute has been brewing for more than a year when DAR members learned that the newly revised Ritual and Missal books – the primary guide for chaplains – were altered. They noticed that the name of Jesus Christ had been omitted. The DAR president general
did not return calls seeking comment for this story. The members said DAR leadership made the changes to be politically correct and to accommodate new members of other religious beliefs. A state chaplain in the organization notified members of their concerns in a newsletter. "The newly updated Missal and Ritual was written to reflect the desire to be considerate of other belief systems," the statement read. "The Chaplain General uses scripture from both the Old and New Testaments and prays in the name of God without reference Christ. Chapter and district chaplains need to follow the example set by the National Society." The statement also reminded members to "appreciate the differences in members' religious beliefs and to adapt our rituals and prayers to respect these differences." That directive has infuriated rank and file members of the DAR – an organization that is deeply rooted in the Christian faith. Several members of the DAR spoke with Fox News about their concerns – on the condition they remain anonymous. "They are changing the legacy and intent of the Founding Ladies and rewriting the history of the Daughters of the American Revolution," one member told Fox News. "How dare they? They're supposed to be doing it out of inclusion. To me, it's exclusion. If they are saying it's because of religious tolerance – my question is – if someone is so incensed over the name of Jesus and words like 'white crosses' that reference soldiers who died for America – is it not they who are intolerant?" The DAR has also reportedly eliminated an oath to the Constitution, a promise to respect the American flag, as well as patriotic hymns that reference God – including "America the Beautiful." Members were told those items were inadvertently left out of the revision and will be included in future publications. "A group of us went through the Ritual and Missal and compared the old version and the new version," another member told Fox News. "Every single prayer closing in the name of Jesus Christ no longer included the name of Jesus Christ." "For 122 years Christianity was included in the Daughters of the American Revolution," said one member. "Without the name of Jesus Christ it is surely not Christianity. This has never been an issue until December of 2011." The DAR was founded in 1890 as a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization. Membership is open to any woman who can prove they are a lineal descendant of a patriot from the American Revolution. The organization has 170,000 members in 3,000 members. The members said they tried to bring their concerns to the organization's leadership but were rebuffed. "The response from the leadership was one of being inclusive and being sensitive to non-Christians and other beliefs," a member said. "The minority rules instead of the majority." One chaplain said it broke her heart to take Jesus out of the prayers and there are reports that some members have resigned.

The members said they were particularly disturbed that the changes were made without the vote or the approval of the 170,000 membership. And many are perplexed over who might be so offended by the mere mention of the name of Christ. "Who is it that is so incensed over the name of Jesus and any Christian symbol or reference – that they feel like they have to eliminate it from the Daughters of the American Revolution," one member asked. They said Christianity had never been forced on any members but to remove it from the historic organization's documents is a "deception and twisting of history." "They are negating our history, changing our history," one lady told Fox News. "This country was blessed by God Himself. Most of our Founding Fathers had Bibles in their hands and Jesus in their hearts and therefore America became what America is today. And through the last decade, it's been a constant chiseling away of our Christian foundation – our Judeo-Christian foundation."

A RINO explains the Obama Re-election, from an article by a RINO named Scott Pinsker entitled "A marketer's proposal: The death of conservatism as our default argument"
Obama's Reelection Strategy Obama's reelection strategy was not to capture independents, or rally the nation behind a compelling second-term agenda. His strategy was to activate his base; widen the gender-gap; and portray Romney as a conservative extremist. Obama didn't campaign on ideas; he campaigned on personal associations (read: empathy) – that he was one of us – and Mitt Romney was a dangerous outsider. For all the left's handwringing about conservative wedge-issues (Willie Horton! The Pledge of Allegiance! Gay marriage!), Romney's campaign avoided ALL wedge-issues, because wedge-issues contradicted his marketing objective of seeming "safe" to independents. (Note how quickly he backtracked from Benghazi in the final debate.) Obama didn't share this concern. His campaign was a shameless, unapologetic barrage of wedge-issues. Just to expand the gender-gap: Republicans are waging a "War on Women!" They'll take away your birth control pills! They're attacking Sandra Fluke! They'll kill Planned Parenthood! Out-of-touch Romney needs "binders of women!" Republicans support "legitimate" rape! They'll ban abortion! Obama's strategy seemed odd to many Republicans. Conservative pundits condemned the President for "distracting" voters from the economy, lampooned him for making ideologically-absurd statements, and predicted that these wedge-issues were so brazenly outlandish, they couldn't possibly gain traction.


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OK-my take. Romney and the RINOs said-don't talk about social issues-lets not take a divisive stand on controversial issues-lets just talk about the economy. But Obama did-so why shouldn't we. And, it was a winning strategy for him. The gist of RINO Pinsker's article is, don't talk about social issues-the key is (to the RINO) be empathetic




Al Gore refuses to sell his left-wing station to Glenn Beck but sells it to Islamic Terrorists

How much does presidential election loser Al Gore hate conservatives? Enough that he wouldn't sell his little-watched Current TV to conservative Glenn Beck, but he would sell it to anti-American terror mouthpiece Al Jazeera for half a billion dollars. According to The Wall Street Journal, "Glenn Beck's The Blaze approached Current about buying the channel last year, but was told that 'the legacy of who the network goes to is important to us and we are sensitive to networks not aligned with our point of view,' according to a person familiar with the negotiations." So, Gore, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 after producing the climate change documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," thinks conservatives are bad but Al Jazeera is his kind of folks. Al Jazeera, known as the network of the Arab street, is also known for taking anti-American, anti-Israel and pro-terror positions. As the Wall Street Journal pointed out, it "became famous in the U.S. about a decade ago when its Arabic-language outlet aired videos of Usama bin Laden in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks." The network is based in Qatar, an oil producing country, and is state-funded. Read more:

Bill O'Reilly also noted that 1. Despite all of Gore's opposition to "oil," he sold his station to the oil wealthy nation of Qatar. Bill's clip also shows a Al Jazeera documentary praising Osama Bin Ladin. And then there is this: And according to the "New York Times" today, they wanted to close the deal last week to avoid the higher capital gains tax this year. It sounds like good business sense, right? But here's what's confusing. Just two months ago old Al gave an interview to the Reuters News Service and said this. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) GORE: The single most popular proposal we had was to reduce taxes on working people and lift the higher rate. Let's give an incentive to work and let's ask the most fortunate in our society, including me and you. REUTERS HOST: Yes. GORE: To do our fair share. O'REILLY: To do our fair share. Isn't that fascinating? So, what is our fair share? Oh, I guess that means selling assets at the lower capital gains rate.

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We're now one step closer to America's coming civil war

The New Year has started with a monstrosity of a budget deal, one that proves that neither political party, Democrats or Republicans, is really serious about controlling the growth of big government. But soap opera dramatics about fiscal "cliffs" and sequestration shouldn't deflect from where President Obama is really taking this country. Consider this story from the Wall Street Journal a few days before Christmas: "Thousands of people in several Argentine cities ransacked supermarkets for a second day in the latest challenge to President Chistina Kirchner, who is struggling to revive a weak economy...In the central city Rosario, two people were killed during the incidents and 137 people arrested. The violence puts Mrs. Kirchner in a difficult position as the poor are [her] core constituents...Her government spends billions of dollars a year to help low income families, including free health care...[Yet] Argentine activists who claim to represent the poor traditionally block access to supermarkets in the month of December to demand free food and other items...The latest events were some of the worst acts of looting and vandalism in years.... Local media showed dozens of men, women, and children hauling away televisions, refrigerators, and food." Some have said my warnings about a coming civil war between makers and takers are exaggerated. It's true that Argentina's politicians have been waging class warfare since Juan and Eva Peron–and they aren't fazed when it turns bloody. Obama and the Democrats are relative newcomers to the game. But Argentina reveals who really suffers when those who create a nation's wealth get mugged by those who spend it–as just happened this week in Washington. It's the poor and the middle class, the very ones big government says it's trying to protect. And sadly that's where Mitt Romney had it wrong. That 47 percent of Americans who get unemployment benefits, Social Security disability checks, Medicare and Medicaid, and government student loans, aren't the real takers. Like the rioters in Rosario, they're just pawns in a perennial battle between those who see wealth and prosperity as something created by hard work, ingenuity, and innovation in a free market system–or something to be doled out by government. Experience teaches that those who believe in free markets are right. The November election and the budget deal, however, show that the other side is winning, and winning big. Since 1970, America's public sector has exploded as a percentage of GDP, rising to almost 25% last year. While the national unemployment rate hovers at the 8% mark, government worker unemployment rate is a cozy 3.8%. Sixteen percent of America's workforce now work for government. By the time the Obama administration ends, we won't be that far away from Argentina's 21 percent. Yet as an economic and social enterprise, government creates nothing. Far from adding to people's standard of living, government is the number one cause of poverty in this country. It forces those who depend on its largesse to live hand to mouth, with no time or money to plan for the future. They become unable to fend for themselves---and increasingly resentful of those who can. When the economy tanks and the government checks have to shrink, their only alternative is to take to the streets. That's what happening in Argentina, and in Greece; and that's where the growth of government is taking us here, as this current budget deal increases handouts–and more and more Americans are finding that an unemployment or Social Security disability check is their only life line. Washington's Republicans and Democrats alike have become the toll collectors on the road to serfdom–and the road to Rosario. How far down that road depends on how our private sector rallies in 2013 after two numbing defeats, first on November 7 and then on Capitol Hill this week. It needs to explain to that 47 percent that when big government wins, we all lose–and that this nation won't survive if it does. Read more:

Something to think about…

Obama and Military Chaplains

Religious liberty advocates are concerned after President Obama said a conscience clause that would allow military chaplains to opt-out of performing gay marriages is "unnecessary and ill-advised." "Every member of our armed forces should be able to serve without surrendering their beliefs," said Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty. The clause is in the National Defense Authorization Act signed by President Obama on Thursday – but he issued a "signing statement" (a de facto line item veto) noting his objections to Section 533 – the clause protecting chaplains. The section reads, "No member of the Armed Forces may — require a chaplain to perform any rite, ritual, or ceremony that is contrary to the conscience, moral principles, or religious beliefs of the chaplain; or discriminate or take any adverse personnel action against a chaplain. The provision was introduced by former Rep. Todd Akin, in response to President Obama's appeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

"Section 533 is an unnecessary and ill-advised provision, as the military already appropriately protects the freedom of conscience of chaplains and services members," Obama wrote. "My administration remains fully committed to continuing the successful implementation of the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and to protecting the rights of gay and lesbian service members; Section 533 will not alter that." The president's statement alarmed religious liberty advocates like Crews. "Chaplains should be able to stand by their faith traditions and honor their commitment to God's Word," he said. "That's a freedom that Congress sought to protect, and the president is not at liberty to disregard the law." Crews said several chaplains have already been faced with requests from same-sex couples wanting to have ceremonies in military chapels. "The purpose of these provisions is simply to protect the religious liberties of military chaplains who hold to Biblical views concerning sexuality," Crews said.

The American Jesus

Sometimes Americans think of Jesus as if he were an American. But he wasn't. Jesus was an Aramaic speaking Jew!

American Jesus: How the Son of God Became a National Icon by Stephen Prothero (From Book Review:) Jesus the Black Messiah; Jesus the Jew; Jesus the Hindu sage; Jesus the Haight-Asbury hippie: these Jesuses join the traditional figure of Jesus Christ in American Jesus, which was acclaimed upon publication in hardcover as an altogether fresh exploration of American history--and as the liveliest book about Jesus to appear in English in years. Our nation's changing images of Jesus, Stephen Prothero contends, are a kind of looking class into the national character. Even as most Christian believers cleave to a traditional faith, other people give Jesus a leading role as folk hero, pitchman, and countercultural icon. And so it has been since the nation's founding--from Thomas Jefferson, who took scissors to his New Testament to sort out true from false Jesus material; to the Jews, Buddhists and Muslims who fit Jesus into their own traditions; to the people who adapt Jesus for stage and screen and the Holy Land theme park. American Jesus is "a lively, illuminating and accessible survey that takes us into unexpected corners of our shared religious heritage" Other people who dwell on the issue of the "American Jesus" are the young men who made the movie "Beware of Christians."

I discussed this issue on the radio program It is important to remember however, that Jesus is superior to his own Jewish culture and transcended it.

Brett Hume on Hagel nomination

Supporters of former Senator hagel are fond of citing what they say was his courage and bucking his party and its president on the Iraq War. Indeed his agreement with President Obama on issue when both -- senators is said to have formed the bond between them. But there is another way to look at the -- record on Iraq when the authorization to go to war there was before the senate. Hagel certainly voiced misgivings lamenting what he said was a lack of knowledge of the country and -- official insufficient awareness of the risks and possible difficulties. But when the roll was called hazel voted high when things got tough later he became a major critic. And as has been amply noted when President Bush ordered a troop surge to try to redeem the situation. Hagel called -- the biggest foreign policy blunder since Vietnam. Even had it failed to troop surge would not have been that Andy did not fail this is a record to be proud of? After Vietnam this country was grip with the reluctance to use military force and a sense that US military power was a big part of what was wrong with the world. It was known as Vietnam syndrome the first President Bush thought he banish it with the success of the first gulf war. But with President Obama reelected the US out of Iraq soon to be out of Afghanistan and chuck -- chosen for defense. That's syndrome seems to be back again.


Two reports on Benghazi have been released by the government. One by the White House and the other by the Senate. Neither deal with the two principle questions regarding Benghazi.

  1. Was Obama watching the live-feed of the attack (and he must have been)? And, did he refuse to send backup to the embassy staff, and if he did (and it is apparent that he did) what was his reason for allowing Americans to die.
  2. The Obama administration blamed Coptic Christians for the attack because a Coptic Christian made an anti-Mohammed movie. Why did the Obama administration say there was a demonstration, when the report confirms there was not, and why was the blame put on Coptic Christians who had nothing at all to do with the attack?

The reports do not address these questions, which are the most important questions regarding the Benghazi attack.

Obama nominees

People in Obama's staff:

Clapper, his advisor on Islamic culture, says that the Moslem Brotherhood terrorist organization is "largely secular."

Hagel, his nominee for department of defense, is an anti-Semite who plans to gut the military.

Brennan, his CIA head nominee says that Islam has formed his "world view."




Thursday, January 3, 2013

Happy New Year

Syrian Christians flee civil war, say they face a bleak future if Assad regime falls

(23 December, 2012, Associated Press) With Christmas just days away, 40-year-old Mira begged her parents to flee their hometown of Aleppo, which has become a main battleground in Syria's civil war. Her parents have refused to join her in Lebanon, but they are taking one simple precaution inside their besieged city. For the first time, Mira says, her parents will not put up a Christmas tree this year for fear that their religion might make them a target. "They want to stay to guard the property so nobody takes it," said Mira, who spoke to The Associated Press in Lebanon on condition that only her first name be published, out of concern for her family. "They cannot celebrate Christmas properly. It's not safe. They are in a Christian area, but they don't feel secure to put a tree, even inside their apartment," Mira said. Christians, who make up about 10 percent of Syria's population of more than 22 million, say they are particularly vulnerable to the violence that has been sweeping the country since March 2011. They are fearful that Syria will become another Iraq, with Christians caught in the crossfire between rival Islamic groups. Hundreds of thousands of Christians fled Iraq after their community and others were targeted by militants in the chaotic years after dictator Saddam Hussein was ousted in 2003. During the Syria conflict, Christians have largely stuck by President Bashar Assad, in large part because they fear the rising power of Muslim hard-liners and groups with al-Qaida-style ideologies within the uprising against his rule. Many Christians worry they will be marginalized or even targeted if the country's Sunni Muslim majority, which forms the majority of the opposition, takes over. The rebel leadership has sought to portray itself as inclusive, promising no reprisals if Assad falls. But some actions by fighters on the ground have been less reassuring. This week, the commander of one rebel brigade threatened to storm two predominantly Christian towns in central Syria — Mahrada and Sqailbiyeh — saying regime forces were using the towns to attack nearby areas. The commander, Rashid Abul-Fidaa, of the Ansar Brigade in Hama province demanded the towns' residents "evict Assad's gangs" or be attacked. Christians and other minorities have generally supported Assad's regime in the past because it promoted a secular ideology that was seen as giving minorities a degree of protection. The regime and ruling elite are dominated by the Alawite sect, itself a minority offshoot of Shiite Islam to which Assad belongs, but it has brought Christians and other minorities — as well as Sunni Muslims — into senior positions. Christians have flourished under the Assad regime, which came to power four decades ago under Assad's father, Hafez. The regime divided economic privileges among minorities and certain Sunni families in exchange for giving up political power. The threat of Islamic extremism resonates deeply in Syria, a country with many ethnic and religious minorities, and the regime has used their worries to try to keep their support. Assad has warned repeatedly that the country's turmoil will throw Syria into chaos, religious extremism and sectarian divisions. Still, Christian activists have also figured prominently among the opposition to Assad, advocating an end to autocratic rule in the country. Christians were among the numerous political opponents that the regime jailed alongside Muslims over the years. Aya, a Christian artist who has been campaigning against the regime for years, predicted prison won't be enough in the eyes of the rebels to balance the perception of Christian support for Assad. She fears score-settling if the regime falls. "Many Christians think that this regime is good for us," said Aya, a 51-year-old from Aleppo who fled to Beirut in October. "They think that if they keep quiet, Assad will stay, and protect us. But this is an illusion." When the government deployed fighter jets to Aleppo to drive back rebel advances in the northern city, they did not spare Christians in the city, Aya said. "We all got hit, but it's too late now for Christians to change their minds about this regime," Aya said. "I am afraid that now we will pay the price for being silent about this terrible regime all these years." Even for those who support the rebels, the nature of the opposition has caused ripples of apprehension. As the fight to overthrow Assad drags on, the rebels' ranks are becoming dominated by Islamists, raising concerns that the country's potential new rulers will marginalize them or establish an Islamic state. Al-Qaida-inspired groups have become the most organized fighting units, increasingly leading battles for parts of Aleppo or assaults on military installations outside the city. "Most (Christians) want to return (to Syria), but they want to wait until the fighting is over and see who will be ruling Syria after the war," Mira said. Aleppo's schools are closed. Food and electricity are scarce. Most stores have been shut for months. Even though some areas of the city — including the predominantly Christian district along Faisal Street — are still controlled by government forces, the streets are unsafe, she said. Aya lamented that it's nearly impossible to imagine the country going back to what it was. In the weeks before she fled for good, she said, the violence overwhelmed her. "There was so much shooting, such terrible bombings, and I could not take it," she said. "In two weeks I slept for 10 hours, I did not eat and I cried all the time, because my city was turning into ruins, and I saw it with my own eyes."

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Beyond the war on Christmas by Paul Wilson

Is there a War on Christmas? Not if its observance is measured by shopping and decorations, which grow gaudier and more expensive with each passing year. But there is a war on Christ in full swing. And since Christmas is about His birthday, naturally the secularizing community has turned its full force on the holiday. Case in point: NBC's Chief Medical Editor Nancy Snyderman. During a Tuesday "Today" discussion of the tasks that make the Christmas season so busy, Snyderman let viewers in on what really irks her about the holiday. "I don't like the religion part. I think religion is what mucks the whole thing up … I think that's what makes the holidays so stressful." So yes, there is indeed a real "war on Christmas," or, more accurately, it's the winter campaign in the year-round war on Christianity. This year's Christmas installment of religion-purging featured the Arkansas Society of Freethinkers complaining about a school production of "A Charlie Brown Christmas." The play is about a Peanuts character disillusioned by the commercialization of the Christmas season, who explained to his classmates the reason for the celebration of Christmas – the birth of Christ. The play's "religious content" irked the society, as did the fact that the school organized a voluntary field trip to the play at a church. The pastor of the church planning to host the play eventually decided to cancel the production, citing a desire for peace. Western Piedmont Community College tried to tell its students not to use the word Christmas – to promote a Christmas tree sale. (Public outcry forced the college to reverse its decision.) The Department of Education cancelled an annual Christmas concert for a charity helping people in Africa – because the Hawaii Citizens for the Separation of Church and State threatened to sue because the concert was held at a church. The war on public expression of Christianity during Christmas is merely the spearhead of a larger war on publicly expressed faith in America. Secularists in the media such as Anthony Faiola of the Washington Post blast those who defend public expression of Christianity as a "small fringe" on the "far right."

A North Carolina elementary school prevented a first grade girl from reading a poem she wrote about her grandparents during a school assembly. The reason? The poem included the line: "He prayed to God for peace. He prayed to God for strength." The sacrosanct principle of "separation of church and state" clearly dictates that public school students must be protected from listening to first grade Bible-thumpers discuss their ancestors' deluded customs. The North Carolina school wasn't the only school to join Orwell's angels. Louisiana State University posted pictures of football fans on its website -- and photo-shopped the fans' painted crosses out of the photos. When an outcry was raised, LSU spokesman Herb Vincent explained the school's reasoning: "We don't want to imply we are making any religious or political statements, so we air-brushed it out. Only one of the students, who didn't appreciate it, actually contacted us about it. So next time, we'll just choose a different photo." Painted crosses barely visible in the original picture apparently constitute a "religious statement." While LSU was forced to apologize for its censorship, more powerful entities are embracing the same tactics. Government has taken an active role in purging publicly expressed Christianity. The White House asked Georgetown University to cover up a monogram of the name of Jesus during a May 2012 visit. (President Obama heads a party which nearly purged God from its platform.) More far-reaching is the Obama administration's insistence that religious-affiliated institutions pay for contraception and sterilization, effectively forcing these institutions to violate their beliefs or be punished. Secularist groups seek to purge any trappings of Christianity from public practice. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is pushing Obama not to use the Bible during his second inauguration. The American Humanist Association is pressuring new members of Congress not to join the Congressional Prayer Caucus. At times, the secular campaign against public religion takes ridiculous turns. The FFRF sought to remove a statue of Jesus on public property in Montana. But the suit faced dismissal because, as the Christian Post reported, the FFRF"had not found an individual or group that maintained they were harmed by the statue's presence." (The FFRF eventually found an atheist who lived 15 minutes away from the statue to object to its presence, allowing the lawsuit to proceed.) Perhaps these groups should read the section of the First Amendment concerning religion more closely. The First Amendment reads: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." The position of secularists appears to be that any religious symbol displayed or language spoken somehow constitutes an "establishment of religion." The mere public mention of religion is apparently capable of scorching the sensitive ears of those who deny his existence. But such a position certainly inhibits the free exercise of faith – assuming, of course, that faith is something more than an archaic ritual to be practiced every weekend and shelved on all other occasions. (Not that the words of the Constitution matter to the secular left.) But if any public mention of God is forbidden, documents such as the Declaration of Independence and the Gettysburg Address should be purged from the public record as well. There is a "war on Christmas:" a war on any symbol that might make Christmas more than a confectionary slop of feel-goodness to be cast aside on December 26. And this war lasts the other 11 months of the year.

Paul Wilson is the Joe and Betty Anderlik Fellow in Culture and Media for the Media Research Center.Read more:

Chaplain fired due to his Christian faith (December 24, 2012)

A luxury automobile company in England has banished a long-time chaplain from visiting employees over fears the Christian minister's presence might upset non-Christians. Bentley Motors defended the move saying they had a wide range of faiths at the company and wanted to take a multi-faith outlook. "It would be very difficult to have somebody from each faith," the company said in a statement to The Daily Mail. For the past 10 years Rev. Francis Cooke visited the shop floor at Bentley offering spiritual support for the men and woman making luxury cars. He was paid by the company – and fired only days before Christmas. "It is just beyond belief," he told The Daily Mail. "The reason I have been given is that there are too many people of different faiths to warrant a Christian chaplain." To his knowledge Cooke said there have not been any complaints about his ministry and he's also been able to counsel non-Christian workers. Workers are distraught by the move and have launched a campaign to reinstate the chaplain. "Everyone is really angry about it," one worker told The Daily Express. "To do this just before Christmas is shocking." One reader made the observation that "multi-faith outlook" in the United Kingdom usually means "no Christians." "Political correctness is the most offensive and socially destructive concept ever devised," wrote one reader.

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NOTE: What the Liberals/Democrats/Atheists/Progressives (all synonyms) are trying to do, is to make any expression of the Christian faith offensive. Sharing your Christian faith in public will soon be seen as vulgar and offensive as belching, passing gas, flashing, or streaking, if these people have their way and they are having their way.

Obama Care verses Religious Liberty and the Constitution

By Laura Ingraham

Late yesterday, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor denied an appeal to temporarily delay the Obamacare contraception mandate. It requires workers health benefit plans to cover the morning after pill and other emergency contraception. In September, Hobby Lobby, it's a chain of more than 500 arts and crafts stores and its sister company of Christian themed book stores sued the government claiming that the HHS mandate violated the religious rights of the company's owners, the Green family. The Greens are Evangelical Christians. The Oklahoma base company requested emergency relief from the emergency contraception mandate after a lower court denied their request for a religious exemption. The new rule goes in to effect on New Year's day. Although Sotomayor didn't rule on the merits of the case her refusal to grant a temporary stay of the HHS contraception in abortifacient rule is onerous. So starting next week the company will either have to pay a daily fine of $1.3 million dollars or stop offering their employees' healthcare, or abide by the rule and violate their religious conscience. Now, it's worth noting that when she sat on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Sotomayor ruled in favor of the religious rights of a Muslim inmate who was denied a Ramadan meal in prison. Now, she was asked about that case and the religious liberty issue at her confirmation hearing.

SONIA SOTOMAYOR, SUPREME COURT JUSTICE: It is a very important and central part of our democratic society that we do give freedom of religion, practice of religion, that the Constitution restricts the state from establishing a religion and that we have freedom of expression in speech as well. Those freedoms are central to our Constitution. INGRAHAM: I agree and don't religious people who own companies also have religious rights? It turns out as many feared the President's religious exemption to the contraception mandate is so narrow as to be meaningless. Unless you employ and serve only those of your same religious faith you don't receive an exemption. So under that standard, Jesus himself would not qualify. The Little Sisters of the Poor, a saintly order of nuns who give beautiful care and housing to our nation's indigent seniors have already warned that due to this Obamacare mandate they may have to shutter their homes all across the United States, which would be a tragedy. This is unconscionable and unconstitutional. The President can and must step in to stop this madness. And that's "The Memo."

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The Battle for Religious Freedom Rages On!!! Hobby Lobby Takes a Stand

The owners of Hobby Lobby face $1.3 million in daily fines after they decided to obey God rather than the federal government – refusing to comply with Obamacare's contraception mandate. The act of defiance came one day after Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor denied Hobby Lobby's emergency request to block enforcement of the mandate, but said the company may continue its appeal in lower courts. Hobby Lobby is a national arts and crafts chain. They own more than 500 stores in 41 states. The company is owned by the Green family, devout, evangelical Christians. They believe "it is by God's grace and provision that Hobby Lobby has endured" and they seek to honor God by operating their company in a manner consistent with Biblical principles." The family believes the Obamacare mandate to provide the morning-after and week-after pills is a violation of their religious convictions. "To remain true to their faith, it is not their intention as a company, to pay for abortion-inducing drugs," Becket Fund attorney Kyle Duncan wrote in a statement. Duncan said the company would continue to provide health insurance for its employees while they fight the government in court. But on Jan. 1, Hobby Lobby will face a $1.3 million daily fine if they don't comply with Obamacare. "The Green family respects the religious convictions of all Americans, including those who do not agree with them," the Becket Fund said in a statement. "All they are asking is for the government to give them the same respect by not forcing them to violate their religious beliefs." There are now 42 separate lawsuits changing the mandate, the Becket Fund said.

Iranian Pastor Re-Arrested (CBNNews)

Iranian authorities have arrested Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani again, this time on Christmas Day.The pastor was acquitted of an apostasy charge in September but was told he would have to finish his three-year sentence for a different crime: evangelizing Muslims. He served all but 45 days of that sentence and was set free after posting bail. But now Iranian authorities claim he needs to return to prison and finish his sentence. "We are disappointed to hear Pastor Nadarkhani has been returned to prison in such an irregular manner," Mervyn Thomas, chief executive of Christian Solidarity Worldwide, said. "The timing is insensitive and especially sad for his wife and sons, who must have been looking forward to celebrating Christmas with him for the first time in three years," Thomas added.Christian activists worry that Nadarkhani still may not be safe, even if he is released after the 45 days are finished."We hope that Pastor Nadarkhani will be released without delay once this alleged sentence has been fully served," Thomas said. "We are also asking for prayers for the pastor's safety, and for his family at this difficult time."



Wimpy Pastors

Megachurch pastor Dr. Robert Jeffress defends his belief to super-liberal Alan Colmes that wimpy pastors are why Christians are losing the culture war.

New Years Resolutions?

As I mentioned in the last newsletter, this year I am planning on beginning my doctoral studies and on beginning on getting my teacher's certification.

However, there are some other things that I think that I should do.

I have written over twenty books. I think I should begin my own publishing company. I think I should call it "Bethsaida Christian Resources." Bethsaida means "Fisherman's House" in Aramaic-and Jesus called us to be "fishers of men." Of course I am choosing Bethsaida because I did my archeological excavation there.

I also need to start my own non-profit. I think I should call the ministry "Aramaic School of the Bible and of the Aramaic Christian Heritage." (Once an Arab Christian minister asked me why American ministers named their ministries after themselves, such as "Joel Osteen Ministries" ect. Well, one reason is that no one can take over your church of ministry if its named after you!)I know that is long but so what. Of course, I can't do anything without funding and I am almost broke. So, here is the next idea.


My brother told me about to websites where you can open accounts to fundraise for a project. Well, as I mentioned before I don't have writers/artist block-I don't have the time or resources to realize my vision (or visions).

So, here are the twelve projects that I may list on these sites. (It isn't ready yet.)

The Seven Signs-A comic book retelling of the LIfe of Christ focusing on the "7 Signs" from the Gospel of John. The Seven Signs" is a re-telling of the Gospel of John focusing on the seven signs or miracles performed by Christ that are described in the Gospel.

The Seven Signs are:

1. Christ changes water into wine

2. Christ heals the nobleman's son

3. Christ heal the invalid

4. Christ feeds the 5,000

5. Christ walks on the water

6. Christ heals the man born blind

7. Christ raises Lazarus up from the grave

With the funding I will be able to complete this project that I have already began. I am confident that if I recieve funding that I will be able to complete it in a timely manner and it will be available for purchase on amazon. I have done an illustrated book on the life of Christ entitled "Christ the Man"-and I did most of it while I was deployed to Iraq! Fundraising goal: $2,500.00.

Other projects-and fundraising goals:

Christ the Man 22 page comic book $3,000

Maccabees: The Battle for Religious Freedom $3,000

The Baal Cycle: Re-telling of Canaanite Mythology in order to explain Biblical Backgrounds $2,500

The Shepherd King: A Story of Moses $6,000 (Why $6,000? Because I need to go back to Egypt. For two reasons, so I can see what is going on there with the Copts for myself and secondly, for research purposes. Half of the money for research and half to finish the art and write the story.)

Saint Thomas in India (Based on Assyrian Christian and Indian Christian tradition) $4,000

The Ring of King Solomon (Based on Ethiopian Christian Tradition) $4,000

Akenaten (about the Monotheistic Pharaoh) $3,000

Amduat (about the Ancient Egyptian view of the afterlife) $2,500

The Assyrian Christian Heritage a 22 page comic book on the history of the Assyrian from the time of Christ until today $3,000.

Brick Hanukkah using Legos to tell the story of Hanukkah $3,000.

Mary Magdalene: The Comic Book-a short comic book re-telling of the story of Mary Magdalene $2,500.

The reality is that I probably won't raise the money. What I will do is list the projects on the sites and see what happens. (The sites are and I don't have the projects listed yet. What I am going to do is list the projects in the order of my priority (which is how they are listed here) and which ones I think that am able to finish quicker. Seven Signs and The Epic of Baal will probably be the first ones done.

Another issue is advertising-which I will discuss in the next newsletter.