July 31, 2008

Yoga is NOT compatible with Christianity

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"Eastern spiritual practices are to have no place in the church. This is really about 'interspirituality': the assimilation of values and spiritual practices of other religions into the Church. Synthesizing all the beliefs. Which does two things; it introduces the church to other foreign and false spiritual beliefs and practices and removes one from a pure devotion to Jesus Christ. This is the influence of a progressive religious unity to bring together all faiths. One can trace this influence to those who are promoting interfaith and want this unity to take place. This is nothing to be naïve or indecisive about. For if you accept this you WILL eventually accept other practices as well. This then becomes the first step on the road to departing from the faith."

FROM THE ARTICLE: Christian Yoga, a Long Stretch to God

August 1, 2008 UPDATE

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The above link takes us to this excellent article: KUNDALINI ENERGY: Yoga’s Power, Influence, and Occult Phenomena in the Church by Chris Lawson

Here is a portion of the article:
"Kundalini energy, the heart and soul of yoga and Contemplative centering prayer, ought to be avoided at all costs. Occult power manifestations occurring in the name of Christianity are a blight upon the name of Jesus Christ and His Church. No wonder the world looks on in disbelief as more and more Christians are utilizing occult methods to “have an experience”. The undiscerning teachers that bring these damnable teachings into the Church as well as all the compromised church leaders who allow these things to continue on unchecked, will no doubt one day hold their heads in desperate shame before the LORD they have professed to love. All under the guise of a deeper, more intimate, more mystical, Christendom, countless compromised Christians of our day are departing from Biblical Christianity. Running headlong after extra-biblical sensory-driven methodology, unstable and untaught Christians are being deceived. As a result they are connecting with the mystical interfacings and teachings of the demons. No other explanation will suffice."

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VIDEO - Is Obama eligible to run for President or really African-American? (Part 1/5)
Here are some key questions the American voters need answers to. We call on the media and perhaps even the Justice Department (for Q#2) to get to the bottom of these questions:............

Blackwater protected Barack Obama in Afghanistan
During the Democratic primary battle, blasting the private security firm Blackwater USA as a bunch of unaccountable trigger-happy mercenaries was an easy crowd pleaser - particularly after the September 2006 Nisoor Square incident and a subsequent congressional report that stated the company's use of force was "frequent and extensive".

VIDEO - Classified US Military Documents Found on Sale in Pakistani Street Market
"I don't know where this stuff comes from. We don't ask."

Was Brownsville Biblical?

November 29, 2008 UPDATE

BACKGROUND
In the late 1990's while living in Georgia, a friend told me about a church she visited in Florida, saying it was life changing. I along with different friends over the next couple of years, began to visit the Brownsville Assembly of God Church in Pensacola. Then at the end of 1999, I quit my job, moved to Pensacola, Florida, and attended the Brownsville School of Ministry. I loved it and even though there were things with which I didn't agree, I stayed with it. After the first year, there was a problem and the school president was fired. From this event, came a new school, FIRE School of Ministry, where I finished my 2nd year and from which I graduated in 2002. Then I became a missionary with FIRE International and moved to Berlin, Germany, where I lived and served the Lord 3 years.

AWAKENING
It was shortly after the Catholic pope died and I saw a photo of President Bush at the funeral with his father and former President Clinton. It struck me odd that this supposed Christian president was kneeling before this dead pope. Also, I wondered why was Bush not renouncing his involvement in the secret Yale fraturnity, Skull and Bones, if he was a Christian? Then I began reading of other Christians who said the pope was saved and went to heaven. This really confused me, so I began to research this and the more I read, the more I saw problems with different 'Christian' leaders I previously followed, including Rick Joyner who had become a Knight of Malta which submits to the Catholic church and is connected to Freemasonry and Billy Graham , a Freemason, who also said the pope went to heaven.

CONFRONTATION
So I brought all these troubling discoveries to the leadership of FIRE International and FIRE Church only to be told not to worry about any of it! They saw no problem with my concerns and rebuke me. Stunned by this response, I began to read and research more - was I off base? What was the TRUTH?? But the more I searched, the MORE deception and lies I uncovered which pretty put me in a state of shock. This included coverup events for September 11, 2001. It wasn't long before I withdrew from FIRE International and returned to the USA in 2005.

TODAY
Now, 3 years later, I realize I was deceived and was following false teachings which included being slain in the spirit and speaking in babbling tongues (not the real gift of tongues as spoken of in the Bible). I am now back in the King James Bible as I believe the modern versions are corrupt. I'd like to find a good church but until then am meeting a couple times a week in the home of friends for prayer, fellowship and reading the Scriptures. My continued prayer is that the Truth be revealed, the lies be exposed, the deceived wakeup, the sinner repent, the lost get saved and the Lord Jesus Christ be glorified. To hear a bit more of my story, please go to my youtube channel.

ORIGINAL POST
Notice in this Brownsville poster from 2000 what pops out of the advertisement: a satanic upside-down cross with a sword that is piercing the Bible. In satanic circles, the upside-down cross symbolizes mockery and rejection of Jesus Christ. Satanists wear necklaces with upside-down crosses.
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October 20, 2008 UPDATE
Listen to interview with Sandy Simonds (website)
The New Apostolic Reformation - What is it and where is it going?
9/5/2008 2:30:00 PM
"Great deception is afoot in the churches today, happening right before our very eyes. In fact, it may have already come to your church. False doctrines, a different gospel, and even doctrines of demons have been introduced into many churches via books, music, videos, teachers and movements that claim to be of God. Sandy Simpson of Apologetics Coordination Team will be our guest and will be discussing his book of the same name and other issues effecting the church today."

Steve Hill
Head evangelist at Brownsville Assembly Of God Church in Pensacola, ... (Stephen Hill, The God Mockers, chapter 1, 1997 with comment by Sandy Simpson) ...www.cephasministry.com/steve_hill.html

The Wandering River of Brownsville
In Christ, Sandy Simpson, missionary; - http://www.pfo.org/wan-rivr.htm ... The leadership of the Brownsville Assembly of God church, during the past ...www.cephasministry.com/brownsville.html

Brownsville false revival
All these stories and more can be accessed here > Brownsville Revival – The Money and the Myths. Many thanks to Sandy Simpson of Deception in The Church who ...www.apostasywatch.com/delusion/home.html

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July 30, 2008

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W trailer leaks: Film follows Bush from drunkard to president
A leaked trailer for Oliver Stone's new biopic W suggests the film will focus on George W. Bush's transition from youthful drunken lout to President of the United States with one question in mind: Just how did this happen?

After raid, Iowa town deals with Somali immigrants
Scores of Somali immigrants are taking jobs at the nation's largest kosher meatpacking plant, replacing Hispanic workers arrested in a huge immigration raid and forcing a remote Iowa town to make another cultural shift.

Audit questions millions in Blackwater US gov't contracts
A US federal audit says private security contractor Blackwater Worldwide and the company's affiliates may have misrepresented their size to win more than $100 million in government contracts set aside for small businesses.

5 more arrested from west Texas polygamist sect
The five men were indicted last week with Warren Jeffs, the already-jailed leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The charges stem from a state investigation into allegations that the sect forced underage girls into marriage and motherhood with much older men.

Food: Scientists want top security for GM crop tests
Trials of genetically modified crops should be conducted within a national high-security facility or in fields at secret locations across the country to prevent them from being attacked and destroyed by anti-GM activists, scientists said yesterday.

July 29, 2008

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Tuesday July 29, 2008
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Obama-mania spreads to France as a row breaks out over publication of his private prayer
An Israeli newspaper is under fire after publishing a private prayer which Barack Obama left at Judaism's holiest site.

Man dead after shoot-out at Christian radio station
A man who had threatened a Christian radio station was shot and killed by police Friday after he fired at officers with a rifle and tried to run them over with his sport utility vehicle, authorities said.

State changes description of marriage amendment
When Californians get their ballot pamphlets in the mail, they'll see a new description of the proposed constitutional amendment to outlaw same-sex "marriage."

Tennessee man cites Unitarian Universalists' liberal values as reason for church shooting
The 58-year-old unemployed engineer accused in the Sunday morning attack at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, was driven to bloodshed in part by his "stated hatred for the liberal movement" as well as his hatred for gays, said Knoxville, Tennessee, police chief Sterling Owen. "We're certainly investigating it as a hate crime."

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Chief: Church gunman says he acted out of 'hatred for the liberal movement'
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July 28, 2008

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Jesus set me Free from Homosexuality - Part 1

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"If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed."
John 8:36

Lone Nut or Mind Controlled Assassin/Patsy?

"Many of the serial killers talk about alters that do the killing--these are the CIA domestic Phoenix programme for terror (martial law), while others are used for assassination, eg Lennon, Reagan. It is telling that the FBI created the first serial killer profile." Mind control killings


Officers lead Jim D Adkisson to a squad car in Knoxville, Tennessee. Adkisson is believed to have shot nine people on Sunday at a Knoxville church.
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Tennessee man cites church's liberal values as reason for shooting

Daniel Nasaw guardian.co.uk
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A man who shot and killed two parishioners during a children's play at a Tennessee church yesterday attacked the congregation because of its outspoken socially liberal and gay-friendly beliefs, police said.

The 58-year-old unemployed engineer accused in the Sunday morning attack at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, was driven to bloodshed in part by his "stated hatred for the liberal movement" as well as his hatred for gays, said Knoxville, Tennessee, police chief Sterling Owen. "We're certainly investigating it as a hate crime."

According to police, at about 10am yesterday Jim Adkisson strode into the church sanctuary as 200 parishioners watched a children's production of the musical "Annie". He pulled a .12 gauge shotgun from a guitar case and fire three rounds, killing two adults, police said. One of the dead was shot as he attempted to shield others from gunfire, witnesses said. Parishioners then tackled Adkisson and held him until police arrived.

"I do not believe he expected to leave there alive," Owen said. He said Adkisson had been planning the attack for a week, but added

"I'm sure this is something that's been building a long time."

Investigators described Adkisson as a former member of an Army airborne unit who trained as a mechanical engineer and had held jobs across the country. He had apparently been out of work since 2006, and believed liberals were taking jobs he should have, Owen said. Investigators are not aware of any affiliation with a church or with any known hate groups. Adkisson had no next of kin or family, police said.

According to a four-page manifesto police found in his SUV in the church parking lot, Adkisson believed the church to be a bastion of liberalism in an otherwise socially conservative area of eastern Tennessee.

"That church had received some publicity in the recent past regarding its liberal stance on things," Owen said, "and that is at least one of the issues we believe caused that church to be targeted".

The church's website speaks of its "long and rich history of taking stands for social justice," and said it has fought since the 1950s for racial desegregation, fair wages and equal treatment for women and homosexuals. It provides sanctuary for political refugees and founded a chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. The church hosts social events for gay and lesbian teens.

The FBI logged 7,722 hate crimes in 2006, the most recent year for which complete statistics are available. That is down slightly from 2000. Hate crime attacks at churches are rare, according to FBI statistics. Only 4% in 2006 occurred at places of worship.

An FBI official said federal law enforcement officials were investigating whether to prosecute Adkisson for forcibly preventing the free expression of worship, a federal civil rights violation.

Adkisson is charged with first-degree murder and is held on $1m bail.

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Russia Wields RICO Law Against U.S. Bank
Racketeering Law Applied In Moscow Court In $22.5B Lawsuit Against Bank Of New York Mellon Russian authorities are hoping to make legal history by applying an American racketeering law in a Moscow court as they seek to recover billions of dollars in damages from the Bank of New York Mellon.

NASA astronaut Edgar Mitchell claims alien contact cover-up
Former NASA astronaut and moon-walker Dr Edgar Mitchell - a veteran of the Apollo 14 mission - has stunningly claimed aliens exist.

Holy Moses! PBS documentary suggests Exodus not real
Abraham didn't exist? The Exodus didn't happen? The Bible's Buried Secrets, a new PBS documentary, is likely to cause a furor.

New Heroes Rule the Screen as Marvel Sits out Comic-Con
No one would have been surprised if anticipation for this year's Comic-Con were watered down a bit.

'Disaster' Looms Over 15 Million in Africa's Horn, WFP Warns
The World Food Program said $403 million is urgently needed to feed the hungry people in Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya and Uganda until the end of the year, according to Agence France-Presse.

Belarus Fined Christian For Bible Study Group
A Christian in Belarus has been fined the equivalent of nine months minimum wage salary for attempting to organise an informal Bible study and discussion group, Christian rights investigators said Wednesday, July 23.

Televangelist's family prospers from ministry
Here in the gentle hills of north Texas, televangelist Kenneth Copeland has built a religious empire teaching that God wants his followers to prosper.

July 27, 2008

The Old Cross and the New


The Old Cross and the New

By A. W. Tozer

All unannounced and mostly undetected, there has come in modern times a new cross into popular evangelical circles. It is like the old cross, but different. The likenesses are superficial; the differences, fundamental.

From this new cross has sprung a new philosophy of the Christian life, and from that new philosophy has come a new evangelical technique–a new type of meeting and a new kind of preaching. This new evangelism employs the same language as the old, but its content is not the same and its emphasis not as before.

The old cross would have no truck with the world. For Adam’s proud flesh it meant the end of the journey. The new cross is not opposed to the human race. Rather, it is a friendly pal and, if understood aright, it is the source of oceans of good, clean fun and innocent enjoyment. It lets Adam live without interference. His life motivation is unchanged. He still lives for his own pleasure, only now he takes delight in singing choruses and watching religious movies instead of singing bawdy songs and drinking hard liquor. The accent is still on enjoyment, though the fun is now on a higher plane morally if not intellectually.

The new cross encourages a new and entirely different evangelistic approach. The evangelist does not demand abnegation of the old life before a new life can be received. He preaches not contrasts but similarities. He seeks to key into public interest by showing that Christianity makes no unpleasant demands. Rather, it offers the same thing the world does, only on a higher level. Whatever the sin-mad world happens to be clamoring after at the moment is cleverly shown to be the very thing the gospel offers, only the religious product is better.

The new cross does not slay the sinner, it redirects him. It gears him into a cleaner and jollier way of living and saves his self-respect. To the self-assertive it says, “Come and assert yourself for Christ.” To the egotist it says, “Come and do your boasting in the Lord.” To the thrill-seeker it says, “Come and enjoy the thrill of Christian fellowship.” The Christian message is slanted in the direction of the current vogue in order to make it acceptable to the public.

The philosophy back of this kind of thing may seem sincere, but its sincerity does not save it from being false. It is false because it is blind. It misses completely the whole meaning of the cross.

The old cross is a symbol of death. It stands for the abrupt, violent end of a human being. The man in Roman times who took up his cross and started down the road had already said good-by to his friends. He was not coming back. He was going out to have it ended. The cross made no compromise, modified nothing, spared nothing. It slew all of the man, completely and for good. It did not try to keep on good terms with its victim. It struck cruel and hard, and when it had finished its work, the man was no more.

The race of Adam is under a death sentence. There is no commutation and no escape. God cannot approve any of the fruits of sin, however innocent they may appear to the eyes of men. God salvages the individual by liquidating him and then raising him again to newness of life.

That evangelism which draws friendly parallels between the ways of God and the ways of men is false to the Bible and cruel to the souls of its hearers. The faith of Christ does not parallel the world, it intersects it. In coming to Christ we do not bring our old life up onto a higher plane–we leave it at the cross. The corn of wheat must fall into the ground and die.

We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports, or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum.

God offers life, but not an improved old life. The life He offers is life out of death. It stands always on the far side of the cross. Whoever would possess it must pass under the rod. He must repudiate himself and concur in God’s just sentence against him. What does this mean to the individual, the condemned man who would find life in Christ Jesus? How can this theology be translated into life? Simply, he must repent and believe. He must forsake his sins and then go on to forsake himself. Let him cover nothing, defend nothing, excuse nothing. Let him not seek to make terms with God, but let him bow his head before the stroke of God’s stern displeasure and acknowledge himself worthy to die.

Having done this, let him gaze with simple trust upon the risen Saviour, and from Him will come life and rebirth and cleansing and power. The cross that ended the earthly life of Jesus now puts an end to the sinner, and the power that raised Christ from the dead now raises him to a new life along with Christ.

To any who may object to this or count it merely a narrow and private view of truth, let me say God has set His hallmark of approval upon this message from Paul’s day to the present. Whether stated in these exact words or not, this has been the content of all preaching that has brought life and power to the world through the centuries. The reformers, the revivalists have put their emphasis here, and signs and wonders and mighty operations of the Holy Ghost gave witness to God’s approval.

Dare we, the heirs of such a legacy of power, tamper with the truth? Dare we with our stubby pencils erase the lines of the blueprint or alter the pattern shown us? God forbid. Let us preach the old cross and we will know the old power.

"...Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king."


What did the Lord Jesus Christ and his disciples do while living under the wicked Roman government? Did they take up arms and plan a revolution?

What are Christians today to do if living under a wicked government? Should we take up arms and plan a revolution?

In spite of some Christians who promote violence and war, we never read of this type of behavior in the New Testament. Rather we read of Jesus telling us in Matthew 5, "Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."

The roll of the Christian in any situation is to serve the Lord, honor all men, love the brotherhood, fear God and honor the king.

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. Romans 13:1,2

The Scriptures tell us that Jesus' apostles did not lead a political movement nor an insurrection against their government. In fact, Peter wrote the following while living under the wicked reign of Emperor Nero:

Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king. I Pet. 2:13-17

July 26, 2008

Google's New Map Feature: Street Views

This is a Street View car which Google has been using to take 3D images of most but not all the streets in cities across the nation to show what the locations of a precise point on a Google Map will look like.


To capture these images, they have been driving a fleet of cars around the nation with a 3D camera on top and a GPS computer to plot what photo goes with which coordinate.

Below is a video clip showing how a Google Street View map works. Pretty interesting but quite invasive.

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July 23, 2008

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Wednesday July 23, 2008

Unstamped certificate suggests Obama may not be "natural born" US citizen
The "birth certificate" claimed by the Barack Obama campaign is not certified as authentic and appears to be a photoshopped fake.

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In Which Hospital was Obama Born? [UPDATE]
The Certification of Live Birth (COLB) proffered by Barack Obama may be a legitimate document issued by the State of Hawaii, although analysts such as Polarik aren’t convinced.

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Document forensics expert: Obama "birth certificate" a "horrible forgery"
Barack Obama may be on a world tour surrounded by a fawning media, but Sunday an expert in electronic document forensics released a detailed report on the purported birth certificate -- actually a "Certification of Live Birth" or COLB -- claimed as genuine by his campaign. The expert concludes with 100% certainty that it is a crudely forged fake: "a horribly forgery," according to the analysis published on the popular right-wing Atlas Shrugs blog.

Search for Alien Life Gains New Impetus
When Paul Butler began hunting for planets beyond our solar system, few people took him seriously, and some, he says, questioned his credentials as a scientist.

Discoveries Out There Require Preparation Right Here
Reports in 1996 that a meteorite from Mars that was found in Antarctica might contain fossilized remains of living organisms led then-Vice President Al Gore to convene a meeting of scientists, religious leaders and journalists to discuss the implications of a possible discovery of extraterrestrial life.

Messianic leaders say Hebrew tablet validates Jesus' claims
Israeli Jewish believers in Jesus say the recently publicized Hebrew tablet describing the death and resurrection of a messianic figure challenges centuries of teachings by rabbinic Judaism that the redemptive process of Jesus was a departure from biblical Jewish understanding, according to a story carried on http://www.israeltoday.co.il/

Lawyers Charged With Offering $100k Hush Money to Teen Sexual Assault Victim
Two local attorneys are accused of trying to bribe a teenage girl with $100,000 to keep quiet after, she says, she was sexually assaulted by her boss.

Kucinich: impeachment will be heard Friday
A message from Congressman Dennis Kucinich. Will Congress listen? IMPEACH NOW! Bush is a Threat to Peace.

NY priest pleads guilty to raping 3 teenage boys
The Rev. Frank Genevieve avoided prison time as a Suffolk Superior Court judge sentenced him to a suspended sentence of eight to 10 years, with five years' probation.

Hype: The Obama Effect - HypeMovie.com - Citizens United
A movement is sweeping the nation. Frenzied crowds gather in every state. Young people chant and sing. Women swoon. The result is record voter turn out and a rare political enthusiasm. At the head of this unprecedented phenomenon stands a charismatic figure intent on becoming the President of the United States.

Muslim world's view of Obama
A conservative political pundit believes a controversial magazine cover depicting Democratic presidential Barack Obama as a Muslim has some truth.

CNN’s Latest ‘Black in America’
Special Examines Nation's State of Racial Progress – and Regress
When the producers at CNN began putting together its special “Black in America” series more than 18 months ago, Sen. Barack Obama was not yet considered a front-runner in the race for the Democratic nomination for president.

Group says it ordains 3 women Catholic priests
An activist group hoping to pressure the Roman Catholic church into dropping its long-standing prohibition barring women from the priesthood says it ordained three women on Sunday.

MA abortionist lets patient die during procedure
A Massachusetts grand jury has indicted a former abortionist on a charge of involuntary murder in connection with the death of 22-year-old Laura Smith.

More Methodists Support Clergy Performing Gay Weddings
More United Methodists are throwing their support behind clergy in California who want to perform same-sex "marriages" despite the denomination's stance that homosexual practice is "incompatible with Christian teaching."

“CHRISTIAN” GOSPEL ARTIST JOEL HEMPHILL: “JESUS IS NOT GOD.”
Joel Hemphill is a noted singer-songwriter, evangelist, musician, and author. He and his wife, LeBreeska, formed the Singing Hemphills in the mid 1960s, traveling the quartet circuit to much acclaim... The Hemphill patriarch has penned over 350 songs, many of which became Gospel Music classics...

Blackwater Plans Shift From Security Business
Blackwater Worldwide said Monday that it planned a shift away from the security contracting business that earned it millions of dollars and made it a flash point in the debate over the use of security contractors in war zones.

"When the President took office, gasoline cost less than $1.50 a gallon"

"Mr. Speaker, when the president took office, gasoline cost less than $1.50 a gallon and a barrel of oil was selling for $30..." Rep McDermott

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HAARP, Chemtrails, Weather Modification & Mind Control

Audio interview of Bill Gallagher

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Here is the complete interview (1 hr 36 min)

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Proverbs 16:4
The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

July 22, 2008

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Tuesday July 22, 2008
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Mystery of 'vaccinated' chickens dying of bird flu
Chickens that are vaccinated against bird flu are supposed to be immune to the disease. But hundreds of chickens at a poultry farm in southern Vietnam have died of avian influenza - even though the farm owner had earlier reported that the birds were vaccinated against the disease, an official said yesterday.

'100 months to save the planet' A "Green New Deal" is needed to solve current problems of climate change, energy and finance, a report argues. According to the Green New Deal Group, humanity only has 100 months to prevent dangerous global warming.

Sex, blood and baby names: U.S. mad for free gas
Some U.S. motorists sick of getting clobbered at the pump seem willing to do just about anything for free fuel, from giving up the right to name their children to stealing from day-care centers to donating blood.

Dobson Shifts Positions, May Endorse McCain
Evangelical Leader Dobson Shifts Positions, May Endorse McCain Despite Misgivings Conservative Christian leader James Dobson has softened his stance against Republican presidential hopeful John McCain, saying he could reverse his position and endorse the Arizona senator despite serious misgivings.

Clinton vows to fight "insulting" abortion plan
A Bush administration plan to define several widely used contraception methods as abortion is a "gratuitous, unnecessary insult" to women and faces tough opposition, Sen. Hillary Clinton said on Friday.

Reporter Arrested For Trying To Crash Bohemian Grove
Vanity Fair writer Alex Shoumatoff got himself arrested for crashing Bohemian Grove, a private men’s club in northern California for the upper echelon of the rich and powerful. He was there to spy on the three-week camp they hold every July, where said rich and powerful relax while living in tents in their private woods. (Nixon was a member, but called it "most faggy goddamn thing that you would ever imagine.") The backstory on the weird club, plus the reason for the trespassing and arrest?

Document forensics expert: Obama "birth certificate" a "horrible forgery"
Barack Obama may be on a world tour surrounded by a fawning media, but Sunday an expert in electronic document forensics released a detailed report on the purported birth certificate -- actually a "Certification of Live Birth" or COLB -- claimed as genuine by his campaign. The expert concludes with 100% certainty that it is a crudely forged fake: "a horribly forgery," according to the analysis published on the popular right-wing Atlas Shrugs blog.

Calling on Gospel to Call Off Debt
Following the advice of their pastor, the men and women shuffled to the altar, cut up their credit cards and placed them near his feet.

US torture claims are unreliable: British lawmakers
The British government should no longer accept US assurances that it does not use torture, a parliamentary oversight committee said on Sunday in a wide-ranging report looking at London’s human rights policy.

Rev. Moon hurt in copter crash, officials say
A helicopter carrying the Rev. Sun Myung Moon crashed into a mountainside Saturday as it attempted an emergency landing, injuring the founder of the Unification Church and 15 others, officials said.

Pope apologizes for clergy sexual abuse in Australia
Pope Benedict XVI apologized Saturday for the sexual abuse of children by Australia's Roman Catholic clergy, keeping up efforts begun in the United States to publicly atone for what he called evil acts by priests.

Catholic Charities staffer won't be charged in child's abortion
A Catholic Charities staffer in Virginia who signed a consent form allowing a 16-year-old Guatemalan foster child to get an abortion won't face prosecution.

Pentecostal minister plays key role in Democrat election strategy
The request befuddled Leah Daughtry. The experienced political hand in charge of planning next month's Democratic National Convention - a self-described "black chick from Brooklyn" and ordained Pentecostal minister who keeps a Bible in her purse - didn't know what to tell the atheists.

July 21, 2008

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Monday July 21, 2008

Pope urges all faiths to unite
Pope Benedict XVI on Friday urged religious leaders of all kinds to unite against those who use faith to divide communities - an apparent reference to terrorism in the name of religion.

Father of girls raped by Catholic priest told to stop 'dwelling on old wounds'
A father who wants to confront the Pope about the rape of his daughters by a Catholic priest has reacted angrily to claims by a senior Australian bishop that he was dwelling crankily on old wounds.

Blagojevich Says Chicago Is 'Out Of Control' Mayor Unaware Of Plan; Welcomes Partnership
As Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Wednesday signed a new law that will put in place tougher penalties for selling guns to minors, he also announced he's got a new idea to help combat the violence that Chicago is experiencing: he's talking to the Illinois State Police and the National Guard to see if they could help.

Italy's plan to defuse uproar over fingerprinting of gypsy children: demand ALL citizens be fingerprinted
Italy may demand all its citizens be fingerprinted, a move aimed at defusing widespread criticism of government plans to force Roma people and their children to provide fingerprints as a way of tackling criminality.

Washington Post tells kids homosexuality is fine
Throwing aside even a pretense of fairness, The Washington Post openly promoted homosexuality to teens in a front page article on Monday about a 15-year-old boy "coming out" to embrace his "gay identity." The Post included a video about the boy, Saro Harvey.

July 20, 2008

False Eternal Security

"Once saved always saved" is a false and dangerous teaching NOT found in the scriptures.

Listen to author Dr. Cathy Burns who was interviewed by Kelly McGinley (http://www.thebereanchronicles.com/) in Nov 2006.

Find Cathy Burns books at The Berean Chronicles or on amazon.com

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Scripture:

Matthew 24
13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

1 Timothy 4
1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

Revelation 3
5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

Revelation 22
18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

July 18, 2008

World News Updates


Friday July 18, 08

VIDEO - Documentary - War Made Easy
War Made Easy reaches into the Orwellian memory hole to expose a 50-year pattern of government deception and media spin that has dragged the United States into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq. Narrated by actor and activist Sean Penn, the film exhumes remarkable archival footage of official distortion and exaggeration from LBJ to George W. Bush, revealing in stunning detail how the American news media have uncritically disseminated the pro-war messages of successive presidential administrations.

Family planning groups object to abortion plan
Family planning groups and at least one member of Congress objected on Tuesday to a Bush administration memo that defines several widely used contraception methods as abortion and protects the right of medical providers to refuse to offer them.

Churches seek legal protection from same-sex activists
Legal briefings being conducted by the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) are meant to give practical counsel to pastors to limit legal liability to churches as they face requests to perform same-sex ceremonies. PJI president Brad Dacus says the Supreme Court's ruling caught many pastors by surprise.

Obama's 'civilian national security force'
In talking about his plans to double the size of the Peace Corps and nearly quadruple the size of AmeriCorps and the size of the nation's military services, he made this rather shocking (and chilling) pledge: "We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded."

I-Team: Injection Used To Subdue Prisoners
While the Metro police had banned the use of Tasers for a time, they still used a controversial method to subdue unruly people, according to an I-Team report.

World's biggest Christian festival launched with Sydney mass
The world's biggest Christian festival opened Tuesday with a spectacular harbourside mass for up to 150,000 pilgrims taking part in World Youth Day celebrations in Sydney headed by Pope Benedict XVI.

NAACP Challenged to Condemn the Racism of Planed Parenthood
A superhero organization wearing a mighty breastplate forged in polished steel, the words freedom and liberty emblazoned where the hearts of all black Americans pounded in rhythm to the spiritual "we shall overcome." A superhero organization whose cape was the American flag, whose powerful voice rang in tones of equality for all--planting his feet firmly on the Bible--standing on the word of GOD Almighty.

July 16, 2008

War Made Easy

"They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace." Jeremiah 6:14 & 8:11

During World War I, 10% of all casualties were civilians.

During World War II, the number of civilian deaths rose to 50%.

During the Vietnam War, 70% of all casualties were civilians.

In the War in Iraq, civilians account for 90% of all deaths."

War Made Easy video - Norman Solomon (70 minutes)

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It was while living in Berlin, Germany, as a missionary that I discovered the deception I was under which included the lies behind 9/11. Right before my return to the states, one of my German friends said to me, "I always wondered why you Americans trusted your leaders. We don't trust ours." Now I see how we have been and continue to be brainwashed and deceived via the mass news media, much like Hitler's Germany.

The above video is is good in that it exposes the deception behind war. However, it is produced by agents provocateur to ultimately provoke us to anger and violence. It gives us a lot of truth but not all of it. It tells how war is manipulated but it doesn't tell us who is really behind it all.

There is a hidden agenda and the following short clip tells about a video game called 'Shattered Union" which is about the plan for the USA: to bring us into a massive civil war.

Shattered Union video game website

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War is evil and wrong; violence is never the answer.

In Matthew 5, the Lord Jesus Christ who is the Prince of peace says, "Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you."

World News Updates


Wednesday July 16, 2008
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A Pentagon advisor says he's encouraged by the recent decision by the Conservative Canadian government to send American deserters back to the U.S. for possible court-martial and dishonorable discharge.

Soybean farmer David Brumback calls himself a loyal customer of Monsanto Co. His product of choice: genetically engineered seeds resistant to pesticides and weed killers.

Mary Nam of KOMO 4, profiles Iron Mountain's underground facility in Pennsylvania

At least 12 babies who were part of a clinical study to test the effectiveness of a vaccine against pneumonia have died over the past year in Argentina, the local press reported Thursday.

For some, the horrors of the CIA's secret, Cold War-era mind control research has never really ended. Next month in Connecticut, self-described victims of MK ULTRA will attend “The Eleventh Annual Ritual Abuse, Secretive Organizations and Mind Control Conference.”

An anti-religion Minnesota biology professor expects to receive dozens of consecrated Communion wafers in response to his public solicitation that people send him the hosts in order that he may publicly desecrate them.

July 15, 2008

World News Updates

Tuesday July 15, 08
http://www.thebereanchronicles.com/

Global Kids Commences 4th Annual U.S. in the World Initiative At the Council On Foreign Relations - Summer Institute Brings Minority Public High School Students Together With Leading Foreign Affairs Experts and Policymakers
Global Kids, Inc., in partnership with the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), is commencing the fourth annual U.S. in the World Summer Initiative for New York City public high school students.

Iran blames West for 'artificially' raising oil prices, says war threat is a 'joke'
Iran's president again took aim at the West, blaming the U.S. and Europe for "artificially" raising oil prices and dismissing as "a funny joke" fears that his country could come under attack.

Heckle that symbolises Church split
As a protester stood up to barrack the Right Reverend Gene Robinson, the world's first openly gay Anglican Bishop, the congregation did not abuse or strong-arm him.

Overstating Our Fears
Sen. John McCain has repeatedly characterized the threat of "radical Islamic extremism" as "the absolute gravest threat . . . that we're in against." Before we simply accept this, we need to examine the nature of the terrorist threat facing our country. If we do so, we will see how we have allowed the specter of that threat to distort our lives and take our treasure.

Church Cancels Teen Gun Giveaway
An Oklahoma church canceled a controversial gun giveaway for teenagers at a weekend youth conference.

Secret chamber may solve Mexican pyramid mystery
Archaeologists are to open a long-sealed cave under a Mexican pyramid in the hope that it will unlock the mystery of one of ancient civilisation's greatest cities.

Interfaith Conference Organized by Group With Terror Links
An international interfaith conference taking place in Madrid next week is being hosted by a Saudi charity that is affiliated with organizations blacklisted by the U.S. government for bankrolling al-Qaeda-linked terrorist groups.

Oprah’s unorthodox gospel comes under scrutiny
Oprah Winfrey has become a catalyst for a new journalistic project and increasing news coverage by conservative Christians questioning and criticizing her spiritual beliefs.

43 nations creating Mediterranean union
French President Nicolas Sarkozy urged the disparate and conflicted countries around the Mediterranean Sea on Sunday to make peace as European rivals did in the 20th century as he launched an unprecedented Union for the Mediterranean.

Bonekickers - Fan Site for BBC One’s new archaeology drama.
The team find 18th Century bones in the Bristol Channel. Presidential candidate Senator Joy arrives in England to unlock a secret from his family's past, and soon everyone's life is in danger.

TV drama portrays Muslim being beheaded by Christian
A new television drama, debuting earlier this week, is drawing complaints from viewers and critics over its portrayal of Christians as extremists who take their inspiration from the Crusades and behead a moderate Muslim in an unprovoked attack.

Man sues TN church over spirit-induced fall
A Tennessee man says he was so consumed by the spirit of God that he fell and hit his head while worshipping. Now he wants the Lakewind Church of Knoxville to pay $2.5 million for his medical bills, lost income, pain, and suffering.

Church could appoint Britain's first gay bishop, says Archbishop of Wales
A senior church leader says he would be willing to consecrate Britain’s first openly gay bishop, despite fears that such a move would further split the Anglican communion.

Gay Man Files $60M Suit Against Zondervan Over 'Homosexual' Verses
A homosexual man has filed a $70 million lawsuit against Bible publishers Zondervan and Thomas Nelson, alleging that their version of the Bible that refers to homosexuality as a sin violates his constitutional rights and has caused him emotional distress.

Bohemian Club convenes tonight in Monte Rio
The super-secret Bohemian Club and its all-male entourage meets each summer in the 2,700-acre Monte Rio grove for what they describe as fellowship and good-natured high jinks -- a break from the grueling grind of leadership.

Kelly -They also eat baby body parts, I wonder it they are going to take that off the menu, hmmmm
Beijing takes dog off the menu for Olympics
Beijing has asked hotels and restaurants in the city to take dog meat off the menu for the duration of next month's Olympics and September's Paralympics.

Unhappily Ever After
Remember when children's books frolicked through tales of ponies and princes? The latest kid-lit craze is stories about living through the apocalypse—now.

Florida event causes rift in charismatic community
Todd Bentley believes God acts through him to cure cancer, heal the deaf and raise the dead.

July 14, 2008

World News Updates

Monday July 14, 08
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Ex-Traffic Cop Says He's Jesus
Deep in the heart of Siberia's birch forests lies one of the largest and most remote religious communes of the planet. More than 5,000 people have left their families and their homes to move here and join the Church of the Last Testament, which has more than 10,000 followers worldwide.

Bush applauds passage of telecom immunity, signs bill
The Senate gave President Bush what he wanted Wednesday, sending him a bill expanding his surveillance authority and granting legal amnesty to telecommunications companies that facilitated his warrantless surveillance program.

Gardasil vaccine causing cervical cancer in women
Gardasil, a vaccine that has been designed for the prevention of cervical cancer, has come under scrutiny amidst a large number of complaints against it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the FDA approved this vaccine two years ago and since then, there has been 7,802 reports of adverse effects due to the vaccine.

Privacy protections disappear with a judge's order
Credit card companies know what you've bought. Phone companies know whom you've called. Electronic toll services know where you've gone. Internet search companies know what you've sought.

Bishop 'ready to defect to Rome'
An Anglican bishop has said he is prepared to convert to Roman Catholicism after the General Synod voted to allow women bishops.

Could HPV Vaccine Lead to Paralysis?
Jenny was a healthy 13-year-old living in Northern California -- until 15 months ago when, her parents say, she received the third and final shot of the vaccine designed to protect against human papillomavirus (HPV).

July 13, 2008

The Horror of Human Trafficking - Part 4

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The Franklin Cover-Up: Child Abuse, Satanism, and Murder in Nebraska by John W. Decamp

Readers Comments from amazon.com:

1. "I live in Omaha. I married a man who graduated from boystown. I know two of his friends from boystown, one who worked in the media and the other worked at franklin credit union. All 3 attended the parties. All 3 were coke addicts. All three witnessed child abuse. All 3 kept their mouths shut. My husband told me the truth but realized there was nothing he could do. Who was going to listen to a cokehead? I know it's the truth. Call us crazy when the corruption gets so bad that it affects YOU."

2. "I met former state senator John DeCamp a few months ago at the Olde Main Street Inn in Chadron, Nebraska. We traded books. Actually he bought both of mine, and then a few weeks later he sent me a copy of his, gratis. Despite being impressed by the man, I immediately discounted his self-published book as another conspiracy account with Satanism and the CIA. But as I read it rang true. I began to corroborate (check out the banned documentary, Conspiracy of Silence, the Gunderson Report, and Noreen Gosch's "Why Johnny Can't Come Home"). I have no doubt that the vast majority, if not all of this revelation is true. Why would DeCamp sacrifice a comfortable and affluent existence (private law firm, lobbyist) and risk the well-being and safety of his family to expose this? A very disturbing account, especially the media's role in discrediting victims' testimony and the many "accidental deaths" surrounding the investigations. The press has the only existing power to counter governmental malfeasance, and their failure in this is glaring. I'm glad now that Amazon demands real names on reviews because I see a number of glossy discredits without names. More of the cover-up people undoubtedly trying to keep their sorry carcasses out of jail. Get the newest edition, if you can, because it contains updates and also interesting insights into some of the recent militia problems and the Oklahoma City bombing. If we can't keep our governmental bodies to some degree accountable, we all lose. The tree of liberty is nourished with the blood of tyrants. I strongly recommend this book and I hope that eventually someone besides these children who were ruined will come forward and justice will be served."

3. "I happened upon this book by accident. this book will make you sick, it will make you cry, and it will make you madder than you have ever been. This is a book every American should read. The United States that we all love and would die to defend is in serious trouble, after reading this book, then you will be ready to start reading David Icke's books, BUT not before, Mr. Icke's books are to far out there for most people, but if you start with this book, written by a former US Senator and learn what he uncovered, then proceed to Icke. Our freedom is not what we think it is. Please read this book, there will be a time in the future that you will need to remember it."

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Conspiracy of Silence
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The Horror of Human Trafficking - Part 3

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Johnny Gosch 1982

"On Sept. 5th, 1982, nearly twenty five years ago, someone kidnapped my twelve year old son, Johnny. I have spent all of these years searching, working three jobs in order to continue this investigation and learn the truth. Recently, there has been a great deal of activity on my son's case. I have also received hundreds of photos of children, some are Johnny and many other children all bound/gagged. The collection of photos also include a number of men who are the "perps". I have placed these photos in the hands of the proper authorities for their handling. I do want to thank the people who have shared information with me, it has been very helpful. The Human Trafficking situation in our country/world is very much alive and well. It is a multi billion dollar business and growing annually. These people think they have the right to take someone's child to use sexually and make money. It is out of control !!!!"

Noreen Gosch
June 12, 2007
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A Reader's Comment from amazon.com:

"I live within 8 miles of where Johnny was Kidnapped. For over 18 years I have followed this story and could not understand why Law Enforcement Agencies (Local, State and Federal), and even the Newspaper (Johnny was delivering at the time he was kidnapped) would turn their back's on Noreen's request for help. I can only say as a parent how thankful I am that Noreen continued her fight to find Johnny and protect not only the local children but children all over the Country and didn't cave in under the pressure. The book answers all the questions that so may of us have been asking all this time. Although it's unbelievable that this could happen in America there is actual documentation for numerous sources proving what happened and that it's still going on. I don't know where our Society went wrong, but I'm extremely grateful to have people like Noreen who have sacrificed so much but still have the determination and spirit to try and make a difference. I only pray that some day there will be closure and Johnny does come home."

July 17, 2008 UPDATE
Received this email from Noreen today and below is my response to her:

Subject: YOUR WEBSITE

Thank you for posting your site and the info about the Franklin Case.

If you would ever like information about the Johnny Gosch Kidnapping, please let me know. My son's kidnapping is connected with Franklin.

I have a website if you would like to look at it:

www.johnnygosch.com

thank you

Noreen Gosch
(Johnny's Mom)

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My reply:

Hello Noreen,
Thank you so much for writing! Bless your heart, Noreen... the torture and pain you continue to go through is horrific and as a mother and grandmother, I am overwhelmed with remorse for you and all the families who have missing children.

I watched the videos of the one man who walked around the city talking to you about his past and the negligence of he police authorities. His passion and concern prompted me to post what I did. Both he and you and very courageous people. Sadly, I believe there is corruption at most every level and these underground activities are going on in all cities across the globe.

As a Christian, my hope comes from the Lord Jesus Christ and from the Scriptures. The world is a mess in so many ways but we continue to press on, praying for souls to be saved as we share Gospel. Even though it looks glim as we peel this painful onion of the underworld, there is Light at the end of the tunnel when we put our trust in God.

I pray for your son to find freedom in every sense of the word and that the Prince of peace, the Lord Jesus Christ, bring you comfort and hope in spite of how things may look in the natural. Is anything too difficult for the Lord?

Your story has brought A LOT of visibility to the problem which most news sources avoid. If there is anything more I can do to help, please let me know. I will post your email as an update here: http://enjoyingthejourney.blogspot.com/2008/07/horror-of-human-trafficking-part-3.html

blessings & love to you,
Cathy

The Horror of Human Trafficking - Part 2

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Patricia Green (in middle wearing blue) with the staff and girls at Rahab Ministries in Bangkok, Thailand

Again while living in Berlin, Germany (2002-2005), we met New Zealand native Patricia Green who had brought a small team from Thailand to reach out to the Thai prostitutes.

She founded Rahab Ministries in Bangkok which uses friendship evangelism to reach out to the bar-girls and prostitutes with the love of Jesus. At a practical level it offers alternative income-making opportunities for the girls in hairdressing/make-up courses and handicrafts.

Today, Patricia lives in Berlin and works on behalf of the thousands of young women and children who are trafficked across national borders for the purposes of prostitution. She was instrumental in beginning an outreach, Alabaster Jar, for women working on the streets.

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Revelation 18

10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.

11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:

12 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble,

13 And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men.

7/14/08 UPDATE
Thailand's trafficking shame

China police crack human trafficking ring

The Horror of Human Trafficking - Part 1

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While living in Berlin, Germany, we worked with Teen Challenge who had a small cafe in the red light district where anyone could come off the streets for free refreshments and a warm place to rest.

Besides giving a listening ear we also offered hope as we shared the good news of the Lord Jesus Christ.

It was painful to watch these men and women return to the streets to do their 'job'. Deceived by the money, a few claimed they enjoyed the work but the vast majority felt trapped in a cycle of prostitution and drugs which often led to illness and an early death.

We also worked with a team in the Netherlands and would evangelize on the streets of Amsterdam where woman flaunted themselves in store windows and balconies. Again the pain in their faces could be seen behind the makeup and colored lights.

According to the following recent article, the Dutch 'heavy sentencing' ranges from from 8 months to 7-1/2 years. Big deal.

Six get heavy sentences in Dutch human trafficking trial
USA Today
July 11, 2008
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AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — A court convicted six people Friday in what prosecutors said was the largest case of human trafficking ever brought to trial in the Netherlands.

Experts said the case could have an impact on Dutch policy because the crimes were committed after brothels were legalized in 2000 in the hope that legitimacy would make it easier for the police to monitor prostitution.

Five of the six convicted men were found guilty of participating in a large, well-established network that kept women in prostitution by force — and with extreme violence.

Some of the victims were compelled to have breast enlargement surgery, and one defendant was convicted of forcing at least one woman to have an abortion. Women were beaten and forced to sit in icy water to avoid bruising. They also were tattooed.

The sentences ranged from eight months to 7 1/2 years. M.E. van Wees, a judge authorized to speak to the media, said the sentences were particularly harsh by Dutch standards because of the violence inflicted on the women.

According to Dutch privacy laws, the identities of the defendants were not released, although officials said the two leaders of the network were born in Turkey and some of the group had lived in Germany.

Seventeen women took the stand in the trial, but some later recanted.

Van Wees said in some cases the judges ignored the attempt to withdraw testimony because "there were signs of intimidation."

Prosecutors said the investigation involves roughly 50 suspects and more than 100 women.

Jan van Dijk, an organized crime and victimology expert at the University of Tilburg, said the timing of the case was significant because it came after years of debate that led to the liberalization of Dutch prostitution laws.

"It was supposed to be very visible and transparent, and yet behind the facade, horrible things were happening under the nose of the police," said van Dijk.

"The honeymoon of the new prostitution legislation is over; we are really reconsidering whether we're on the right track," he said.

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And here is another recent article:

Three suspected Uzbek sex workers


Experts Say Human Trafficking A Major Problem In U.S.

July 11, 2008
By Andrew F. Tully
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WASHINGTON -- Every year, the U.S. State Department issues a report on the status of human trafficking around the world. These documents focus only on the practice and impact of modern slavery in foreign lands. But two experts told a Washington conference on human trafficking on July 10 that the problem is especially problematic in the United States itself.

Laura Lederer, a leading State Department official on human trafficking, opened the conference with a sobering statistic.

"Human trafficking is the third-largest global criminal enterprise, exceeded only by drug and arms trafficking, as many of you have heard over and over again," she said. "We have some very basic statistics on human trafficking. We've looked at this mainly as a law enforcement issue and as a human rights issue. But it is also an industry. By some estimates, the industry is growing, and the [worldwide] illegitimate gain from the industry is as high as $32 billion per year."

But while so much attention has been put on the problem of human trafficking in other countries, Lederer and two others put the focus at the Washington conference on how big the problem is in the United States.

Bradley Myles, who specializes in fighting human trafficking, focused his presentation on how trafficking works. Louise Shelley, the founder and director of the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center in Washington, spoke of how the traffickers make their money.

Sex-Trafficking Hotline

Understand these two aspects of human trafficking, Lederer said, can help Americans do a better job of fighting the practice.

Myles said it's always difficult to determine just how a criminal enterprise works. Each organization is unique, he said, and none is eager to publicize its secrets.

But Myles said his organization, the Polaris Project, has ways to observe how sex-trafficking rings work. For example, he said, a sex-trafficking hotline run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a federal cabinet agency, has been a great help in rescuing victims of the domestic network and bringing its organizers to justice.

Myles said information from the hotline also gives researchers like him a broad overview that's confirmed by more direct observation in selected U.S. cities.

"So what we've been able to see from the work on the national hotline is sort of a 'bird's-eye view' of different trends that are emerging and different types of sex trafficking that are emerging around the country," he said. "And then we're also doing some local work on the ground here in Washington, D.C., and in some of our other offices around the country. And what we're able to see with some of our local work on the ground is we're able to confirm what we're hearing on the national hotline."

There are several kinds of sex trafficking networks in the United States. One is typified by Asian immigrants, and it often breaks down into three kinds of services -- the massage parlor, the brothel hidden in a legitimate business, and the so-called "hostess clubs" or "room salons," which are modeled after men's clubs.

According to Myles, all sell sex, all are linked to organized crime, and all cater almost exclusively to Asian men. And they keep their activities safe by keeping their clientele small.

Sharing Workers

What's more, Myles said, all three kinds of sex operations share workers.

"The women from these networks all interlink and all interchange," he said. "So one of the women in the massage parlors may have just been in one of the residential brothels, and then previously -- before that -- has just been in one of the 'room salons.' Or vice versa: One of the women in the room salons has just moved on to one of the massage parlors. So if you're talking to a group of women [in the sex trade], you'll realize that this network -- this triangulation of these three [business] models -- are all feeding from the same source of women who are being victimized."

As for making money, Shelley told the conference that there's no shortage of men in the United States who create a demand for sexual services, and there's no shortage of sex workers, either.

Shelley said the vast majority of sex-trafficking victims in the United States are Americans, and predominantly young Americans. She estimated their number as ranging from 100,000 to 300,000, compared with imported sex workers numbering between 14,500 and 17,500 from Asia, Latin America, and the former Soviet-bloc countries.

Most of these young sex workers, Shelley said, are teenage runaways.

"This is important because we are the only advanced democracy in the world that has the preponderance of its victims be its own citizens and have it be youth," Shelley said. "And this is something that we're not paying enough attention to. We have an enormous problem of victimization in our country, and a vulnerability, and we're not talking enough about it, and we're not doing enough about it."

Who are the traffickers? Shelley said there are many kinds, according the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or FBI, the nationwide law enforcement agency. They range from organized crime syndicates, smaller family operations, common pimps, and motorcycle gangs.

Handsome Profits

Among these traffickers, Shelley said, are diplomats and foreign business executives. She said they're often involved in what she called "domestic servitude," but occasionally they actually sell these servants into the sex trade.

The foreign nationals involved in human trafficking don't always operate on a large scale, Shelley says, but that doesn't mean they don't occasionally turn handsome profits. She pointed to two university professors from Uzbekistan living in Texas who victimized two young Uzbek girls and managed to make $400,000 in 18 months.

While Shelley believes American society is doing too little to address the problem of human sex trafficking in the United States, that doesn't mean law enforcement agencies aren't trying hard enough.

During a question-and-answer session after their presentation, one questioner asked whether police forces, who receive valuable information from Myles' operation, respond by cracking down on sex trafficking in their jurisdictions.

Myles replied that several factors affect the police response.

"In terms of the law enforcement response, I'd say it varies based on the capacity of law enforcement. It varies based on the level of training and sensitivity of the local law enforcement department that's been trained on the issue. It also varies based on what are some of the other competing crime priorities that department is dealing with," Myles said. "So if there's been a spike in murders or a spike in robberies in a given area, that's going to affect their ability to focus on trafficking. But what we've seen is -- I think it's been a largely positive response."

Myles said police usually are glad to receive tips from citizens about human trafficking in their areas, and they often respond quickly to the tips. In many cases, he said, information from a single citizen has been instrumental in leading police to bring down large prostitution rings.

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Proverbs 6

20 My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:

21 Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck.

22 When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.

23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:

24 To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.

25 Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids.

26 For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adultress will hunt for the precious life.

27 Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?

28 Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?

29 So he that goeth in to his neighbour's wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent.

30 Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry;

31 But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house.

32 But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.

July 17, 2008 UPDATE
Recent News article:



Jul-16-2008 12:26


Human Trafficking is an Unaddressed Worldwide Tragedy

Tim King Salem-News.com
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We, the world of civilized humans, all bear the responsibility of putting an end to this holocaust of mutilation of body, soul, and emotions of our women and children in the sex slave industry.‏

(SALEM, Ore.) - Bringing attention to human slavery and trafficking should not be a difficult task. People should be completely shocked and appalled that this problem has been allowed to grow completely out of control. Governments, including the United States, devote far too little in the way of time and resources to it. Many people say that is because too many government employees are part of trafficking and slavery. That makes fighting it all the more difficult if it is the case.

Human trafficking is defined by Wikipedia as the recruitment, transportation, harboring, or receipt of people for the purposes of slavery, forced labor (including bonded labor or debt bondage) and servitude.

This is estimated to be a $5 to $9 billion-a-year industry. Wikipedia cites The Council Of Europe saying, "People trafficking has reached epidemic proportions over the past decade, with a global annual market of about $42.5 billion".

Victims typically fall into the clutches of traffickers who use the tools of coercion, deception, fraud, abuse of power, or outright abduction. Threats, violence, and economic leverage such as debt bondage can often make a victim consent to exploitation, Wikipedia explains.

Exploitation includes forcing people into prostitution or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs. For children, exploitation may also include forced prostitution, illicit international adoption, trafficking for early marriage, or recruitment as child soldiers, beggars, for sports, or for religious cults.

A human trafficking awareness poster from the Canadian Department of Justice.

The latter is brought into focus in the recent movie "The Kite Runner" which depicts the life of a boy who was literally "bought" from an orphanage, only to be sexually abused by members of the Taliban.

Individuals Call for Justice

One advocate who works for the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office in Florida, Betty Dehnert, says the civilized people of earth have absolutely no clue about this industry.

"The Global sex slave industry is controlled by large organized crime, gangs, and supported by the Governments of many countries that benefit from the money involved. This is money that is circulated around the world at the expense of innocent women and children being sold into slavery for sex."

Billions of dollars could be applied to this problem, and it could be turned around. To say that we squander our money in this nation is a vast understatement. Hundreds of billions spent to kill people in Iraq, tax cuts for the poor, huge amounts of corporate welfare, endless support from U.S. taxpayers for Israel, and yet we spare only a pittance toward investigating human trafficking.

As our economy worsens, this problem will rise exponentially. Illegal money and crime will not be affected by the financial downfall of the United States. Yet American citizens are not immune from sexual slavery, and trafficking. Talk about legitimate fears, it happens every day in other places where their economies are severely depressed, like Mexico.

Betty Dehnert in Florida says she does not understand why the SO CALLED sophisticated Governments of this world can take such as lackadaisical attitude.

"The most disturbing response that I typically hear people retort when they do become aware of this holocaust is 'Oh it’s the oldest profession in the world, it will always be around'. I would like to applaud, and support with my own money, groups such as the not for profit human rights organization the 'CATW', that work diligently to get laws passed through the U.N. to fight this industry from becoming the biggest industry on the face of the earth."

In the United States, trafficking laws are prosecuted at the federal level. The overwhelming majority of states do not have laws against human trafficking. One example cited by Wikipedia is that in Maryland it is a felony to have sex with a minor, but only a misdemeanor for making it available to those who wish to have sex with a minor.

The laws of the U.S. have seen some improvements in recent years. One example is the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000, which allows for greater statutory maximum sentences for traffickers, provided resources for protection of and assistance for victims of trafficking and created avenues for interagency cooperation. It also allows many trafficking victims to remain in the United States and apply for permanent residency under a T-1 Visa. The act also attempted to encourage efforts to prevent human trafficking internationally, by creating annual country reports on trafficking and tying financial non-humanitarian assistance to foreign countries to real efforts in addressing human trafficking.

According to Wikipedia, the United States Department of State has a high-level official charged with combating human trafficking, the Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons ("anti-trafficking czar"). The current director is Mark P. Lagon.

Yet, international NGOs such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have called on the United States to improve its measures aimed at reducing trafficking. It has been recommended that the United States more fully implement the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children and for immigration officers to improve their awareness of trafficking and support the victims of trafficking.

The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women-International (CATW) is a non-governmental organization that promotes women's human rights by working internationally to combat sexual exploitation in all its forms.

Founded in 1988, CATW was the first international non-governmental organization to focus on human trafficking, especially sex trafficking of women and girls. CATW obtained Category II Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council in 1989.

The group states that it is a fundamental human right to be free of sexual exploitation in all its forms. Women and girls have the right to sexual integrity and autonomy.

Projects Underway

One program The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women maintains is intended to curb male demand for prostitution. The group draws a parallel between prostitution and trafficking. It seems fair to consider that this is the case in many parts of the world. It is also true however, that places like the state of Nevada in the U.S. where prostitution is legal, have far lower rates of abuse and sexually-transmitted diseases that places where it is illegal.

One of CATW's goals is to combat sex trafficking and prostitution by discouraging the demand. They say it is important to challenge the men who buy women for the sex of prostitution through various measures, including education of boys and men and support of enforcing laws against buyers.

They also believe it is important to publicize a chart of "global good practices," illustrating police and community actions taken against male "customers."

Many police departments have creatively used local legislation to arrest, charge, and prosecute the men. Some have seized men's cars, which is obviously controversial, and others have utilized techniques of 'naming and shaming' in which men's names are published in the newspapers or on the internet when they are caught in the act of soliciting women in prostitution. Other police forces have aired surveillance videos of male buyers, caught in the act of soliciting women in prostitution, on a special TV show.

One thing that is extremely important to remember, is that the problems of human trafficking involve boys also. Get involved, write your Congressmen and Senators and demand action. Join groups, hold rallies, try to be proactive in whatever way you can imagine.

For more information, visit: Coalition Against Trafficking in Women

Wikipedia's page on Human Trafficking

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