Monthly Archives: September 2012

DON’T BELIEVE YOUR LYING EYES

I’m Not Lying, This Isn’t What It Looks Like

There is an old story about a wife who catches her husband in an adulterous act.  His immediate response to her is, “Don’t believe your lying eyes.  This isn’t what it looks like.”

Seems to me that our government and our left-wing media are telling us the same thing over and over and over again, don’t believe your lying eyes.  We see our Diplomats killed in an obvious terrorist attack, but we are told not to believe our lying eyes, it wasn’t what it looked like.  Two weeks later, the government backs away from its initial lying stance because the evidence of what actually happened is overwhelming and the position cannot be defended.  So now, we can believe those lying eyes.

Pakistan

On September 22, Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour of Pakistan said this to an applauding news conference, “”I announce today that this blasphemer, this sinner who has spoken nonsense about the holy Prophet, anyone who murders him, I will reward him with $100,000.  I invite the Taliban brothers and the al-Qaida brothers to join me in this blessed mission.”   But, America, don’t believe your lying ears.  This isn’t what it sounds like.

The government of Pakistan told us not to believe our lying eyes, that Bilour’s statement was personal and not a statement of his party or of the current administration.  Bilour’s response?  Bilour said, “I am a Muslim first, then a government representative.”  And therein is the problem.  This Muslim speaks like many (certainly not all) that we hear every day.  The message they deliver is hate, not peace, but our government and left-wing media tells us not to believe our lying eyes and lying ears.

Egypt

In an interview with The New York Times anticipating his upcoming address to the United Nations General Assembly, the new President of Egypt, Islamist Mohammed Morsi , was very clear that Egypt is a different nation that it was just a few months ago.  He asserted that it is not possible to judge Egyptian behavior by the cultural standards of America. But be careful, what you see and hear may be lying to you….

Morsi  praised President Obama for moving “quickly and decisively” to support the Arab spring overthrow of authoritarian leaders, but called on America to change its approach to the Muslim world, saying “Successive American administrations essentially purchased with American taxpayer money the dislike, if not the hatred, of the peoples of the region.”  Morsi accused American Administrations of taking “a very clear biased approach against something that (has) very strong emotional ties to the people of the region that is the issue of Palestine.”  What are my lying ears hearing now?  Was that an Israel reference?  Was he lying?

Mr. Obama announced the Egypt is no longer an ally, though we supply billions of taxpayer money to them.  Our Embassy is stormed, our flag ripped from its mast, a jihadist flag raised, and chaos reigns for many hours in Cairo.  But, the media and the Administration says, “Don’t believe your lying eyes.”

Organization of Islamic Cooperation

Over the past 4 years Muslims have been portrayed as victims, and even now, it is a video, amateurish at best, that has “victimized” them for their faith.  America is accused of lying about Islam.  We are accused of lying about their peaceful nature.  But what does the record show?

Christians are being killed across the Muslim world in a deliberate genocide, encouraged, and taught by the “best” interpreters of the Koran.  The world should be up-in-arms, but we are told the incidents are isolated and we should not believe our lying eyes.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation, based in Saudi Arabia, has 56 member nations and says it is the the collective voice of the Muslim world, ensuring to safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world.  It is second in size only to the United Nations itself. There is no lying when it expresses hostility toward the West in general and Israel in particular.

Have you ever heard a leader of this Islam Organization condemn Islamic lying about violence, much less the violence itself perpetrated against anybody?  During this Administration, particularly, this group has been incredibly successful in introducing a new word into our vocabulary, “Islamophobia.”  The term is intended to be emotional and to elicit a response of disapproval.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s effusive apology, the American Embassy in Cairo’s news release, and the President’s own words illustrate the effectiveness of their campaign.

However, if one steps back and looks at the actions, not the words, of the members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, “Islamophobia” pales in comparison to the atrocities committed by its members against Christians and other minority-religions in the member states.  Somebody’s lying….

Where’s Our Apology?

How is it OK for the Egyptian government, in its outrage, to issue arrest warrants for Pastor Terry Jones and for Nakoula Basseley Nakoula?  My lying ears heard that.  But, how is it that we say nothing, demand nothing when Sheikh Yousef al-Badri, a member of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, associated with the primary Islamic institute of al Azhar University, calls for the “spilling of the blood” of Muslims who convert to Christianity, causing them to live in hiding under the constant threat of vigilantism and death from fundamentalists?  And he has done it multiple times!  Your lying ears have probably not even heard about that!  Where is our outrage?

It is reported by United Nations human rights investigators, that more than 300 Christians in Iran have been arrested, just since 2010.  Are they lying?  According to the investigators, there is a “climate of fear” that exists among Christians in Iran.  There is no question of persecution, but don’t believe your lying eyes or lying ears.

St. John’s Catholic Church

A suicide bomber in Baruchi, Nigeria attacked St. John’s Catholic Church during Mass yesterday, killing 2, wounding 45, and destroying the church.  More than 680 people have been killed in that region alone since January.  Nigeria is 40% Christian, the largest percentage of any Muslim-majority country.  A group called, “Boko Haran” which means “western education is sacrilege” has vowed to kill all Christians.  Their actions suggest they are not lying.  Have you heard the same kind of apologies from any OIC member as our government has offered them?  Have you heard anyone from our left-wing media even probe for such an apology?  But don’t believe your lying eyes or your lying ears….

Then there is Sudan.  The government of Sudan exists in the north of the country.  It is Sunni Muslim. It has, for decades, sustained persecution of Christian and animist minorities in the south.  Our left-wing press calls it, “civil war,” but, again, they are lying.  What is happening is simply the systematic killing of anyone who does not embrace Islam.  Reports from the United Nations indicate that between 53,000 and 75,000 innocent civilians have been displaced from homes and buildings that have been looted and destroyed.  You’ve seen some video of the “rebels” in the south being killed, but you are told not to believe your lying eyes.

Not only do we not hear apologies proffered by OIC members for atrocities, our Administration defends their outrage.  Worse, our own left-wing media doesn’t ask for apologies or even ask probing questions because it might offend and compromise the reelection of its anointed president.  The left-wing media is good at manipulating your eyes and ears to desensitize the lying.

Conspiracy of Silence

There is a conscious and virulent conspiracy of silence surrounding this president and his policies in the Muslim world.   The violent expressions of religious intolerance experienced there are not reported or are not considered matters of concern, only our apologies to those whom we have “offended.”

When Barak Obama schedules visits to The View  and The Letterman Show to campaign and publicly shuns a meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, our staunchest ally, his priorities seem obvious and must be questioned.  In a week when we, the American public, will listen to speeches haranguing us, our culture, and our religion, our President will be yukking-it-up with his TV cronies rather than shoring up the most important alliance in the region.  But don’t believe your lying eyes.

The policy of appease and apologize has to stop.  If allowed to its logical conclusion, it will cost Americans our deepest held freedom.  But don’t believe your lying eyes.

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JESUS HAD A WIFE????

New Evidence of Jesus’ Wife?

 A “new” piece of “evidence” has been made public by Harvard Professor, Dr. Karen King.  According to King, 4 words, in Coptic script, written on a 1.5” X 3” fragment of papyrus translate to, “Jesus said to them, my wife.”  The fragment is said to date to the fourth century.

Dr. King was good enough to say that this new “evidence” does not prove that Jesus was married, but that it is evidence that early Christians believed that Jesus was married.  Really?  Four words on a document written, as an educated guess, in the fourth century provide new “evidence” of what early Christians believed about Jesus?  Really???

Now my cynical mind wants to know why this new “evidence” hasn’t surfaced until now.  And, how objective is Dr. Karen King in her analysis?  Are there any agendas that might be playing out?

Who is Dr. Karen King?

 Well, let’s look at objectivity first, shall we?  Dr. King is, according to her bio, “Karen L. King was appointed to the Divinity School in 1998 and from 2003 to 2009 served as the Winn Professor of Ecclesiastical History. In October 2009, she became the first woman appointed as the Hollis Professor of Divinity, the oldest endowed chair in the United States (1721). Trained in comparative religions and historical studies, she pursues teaching and research specialties in the history of Christianity.”

Dr. King is also an author, her books include The Secret Revelation of John; The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman Apostle; What Is Gnosticism?; Reading Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity (with Elaine Pagels); and Revelation of the Unknowable God. Other publications include Images of the Feminine in Gnosticism (ed.) and Women and Goddess Traditions in Antiquity and Today (ed.).

King revealed this new “discovery” in a paper delivered to a group of about 300 “academics” in Rome.  Interestingly, the Vatican made no mention of her new “discovery” in any of their media releases about the some 60 papers that were presented.

According to King, the fragment belongs to an anonymous collector who hired her to translate and analyze it.  There was no detail given on how the fragment was originally discovered or where or under what circumstances.  Tests run on the papyrus, ink, and language seem to indicate no obvious fraud.

So…what’s the problem?  Simply that Dr. King has indicated a predilection to Gnosticism, which directly contradicts the Jesus of the Bible.  That predilection needs to be revealed when her work on Jesus is presented.  Not doing so is deceptive.  The academic fear is that if the agenda is revealed, the report is degraded.  They are right!

The Hypocrisy of “Evidence”

 Secular society and media wants, so badly, to prove that Jesus was not Divine; that there is no God; that there are no absolutes; that faith is only for the uninformed, the uneducated, and the unsophisticated.  So, a tiny fragment of a document of unknown origin, submitted by an anonymous owner, to an academic who has a bias toward Gnosticism, whose translation and analysis of 4 words is presented as “proof” that Jesus was married and is welcomed as NEW evidence.  And that doesn’t require “faith?”  Really??

So…what’s new?  Nothing, absolutely nothing.  This sort of ploy is nothing new at all.  Publishing a story under a sensational headline, only to find that the story lacks substance when examined happens every day.  Headlines like, “The Chicago Teachers Strike is About the Children” are similar in substance.

The DaVinci Code was a vastly popular novel.  The novel purported to present a “new” Jesus.  But, the Jesus presented in the novel was a Gnostic Jesus.  The book’s popularity was driven by the desire of the faithless to destroy the Biblical Jesus.  Dr. King’s paper is no different.  Gnosticism is not embraced by most Biblical scholars, just those who have the preconception that there are no absolutes; therefore, the Biblical Jesus could not be true.

Sounds like the difference between liberals and conservatives in politics doesn’t it?

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