America’s First Third-World State.

The next big infrastructure project…

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released its annual report on deportations and the numbers are startling. In FY 2018, ICE made 158,581 administrative arrests, of which 138,117 had a prior criminal record. The total of 542,798 criminal convictions and arrests accrued between these aliens is simply astounding. 22,008 homicide offenses, 5,562 robberies, 11,766 weapons offenses, 50,753 assault charges, 76,585 dangerous drug charges, 80,730 DUIs, and over 12,000 sexual offenses.” All of them here illegally. Er, sorry, undocumented, except for in court!

Victor Davis Hanson raises a related issue in National Review, which I will shorten: “The ‘Third World’ has come to transcend geography, politics, and ethnicity; it denotes poor failed states all over the globe of all races and religions. ‘Third World’ symptomologies are predictably corrupt government, unequal or nonexistent applicability of the law, two rather than three classes, and the return of medieval diseases. Third World nations suffer from high taxes and poor social services, premodern infrastructure and utilities, poor transportation, tribalism, gangs, and lack of security.

“Another chief characteristic of a Third World society is the official denial of all of the above, and a vindictive, almost hysterical state response to anyone who points out those obvious tragedies. Another is massive out-migration. Residents prefer almost any country other than their own. Think Somalia, Venezuela, Cuba, Libya, or Guatemala. Does 21st-century California increasingly fit that definition?

“High tech creates defecation apps that electronically warn tourists and hoi polloi how to avoid walking blindly into piles of sidewalk excrement, rather than clean the streets. In Californian logic, public defecation butts up against progressive tolerance, so it is exempt from the law. Yet for a suburbanite to build a patio without a permit, for example, costs one dearly in fines.

“One out of three Californians who enters a hospital for any cause is now found to be suffering from either diabetes or pre-diabetes, an epidemic that hits the Hispanic community especially hard but for a variety of reasons has not led to effective public-health efforts and sufficient publicity. State-run dialysis clinics now dot the towns and communities of the Central Valley — a tragic symptom of dietary culture, massive illegal immigration, and poor public-health education.

“What caused this lunacy? A polarity of importing massive poverty from south of the border while pandering to those who control unprecedented wealth in Silicon Valley, Hollywood, the tourism industry, and the marquee universities. Stifling green regulations and boutique zoning, soaring taxes, increasing crime, identity politics and tribalism, and radical one-party progressive government were force multipliers.

“Perhaps if former governor Jerry Brown knew that he would one day retire to Delano and drive the 99 daily, rather than to Grass Valley, with several state pensions in his bank account, or if Dianne Feinstein dwelt in an East Palo Alto or Redwood City residence rather than in Pacific Heights, or if all the Pelosi grandchildren had to attend state public schools, then the architects of 21st-century California might have had to live with the consequences of their own dreams and been less eager to inflict their nightmares on the other 40 million Californians.

But then again, such a radical divergence between a few insider elites and a massive underclass, with little in between, is perhaps what best defines ‘Third World’.”


What it takes to make Socialism work.

Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.” Acts 4:32-36.

Acts 4, Jerusalem Church “socialism” might be a foretaste of Heaven, being Holy Spirit-driven. Man’s counterfeit leads to the Gulag, mass starvation and slaughter. God driven = life and paradise. Man driven = death and horror.

LGBTQIA+ community?

Mastercard has announced that it will begin allowing transgender people and those who identify as non-binary to use names other than their legal name for credit cards. “What we’re introducing is a card that represents an individual as who they truly are,” Raj Seshadri, the president of U.S. issuers at Mastercard said, according to Time. “This is something that should be accessible to everyone in the way they want it and there shouldn’t be any pain in that.I thought Burger King, a perennial also-ran of the fast food world, coined the slogan “have it your way.” Okay, some challenges to those statements: 1. “as they truly are” peddles the notion that a person isn’t the biological sex they were born as, but rather they are truly whatever sexual variation their confused emotions seem to dictate; 2. “accessible to everyone” ignores the fact that the name on the credit card constitutes a financial, therefore legal, obligation to pay back the loan, but if the name on the card isn’t their legal name…..I think you see the problem; 3. “there shouldn’t be any pain in that”. What is “that”? Paying back the obligation? I labored many years in paying back credit card bills, and can categorically attest there is great pain in being in debt. Guess what? Life will confer all kinds of pain. Raj’s entire sentence is stupid beyond belief.

Not content to be merely stupid, MasterCard doubles down on gobbledygook. “We are allies of the LGBTQIA+ community, which means if we see a need or if this community is not being served in the most inclusive way, we want to be a force for change to help address and alleviate unnecessary pain points,” Randall Tucker, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Mastercard said in the press release. “This translates not only for our Mastercard employee community but for our cardholders and the communities in which we operate more broadly. Our vision is that every card should be for everyone.I am shaking my head in circles so hard I have to take a break before writing. Ah, I’m back. Challenges: 1. “LGBTQIA+ community”. That’s MasterCard’s term, I usually leave off the QIA+, since I don’t even know what they mean (okay, Q is for queer, which is what?). As for the + sign, it reminds me of the question, “how many decimal places do you have to go out to for full value of Pi? Or, as livescience.com says, “Understanding pi is as easy as counting to one, two, 3.1415926535…OK, we’ll be here for a while if we keep that up.” Here’s the nub of my challenge: how does sexual preference and sexual orientation constitute a “community”? All the normal definitions of community revolve around commonalities: location, characteristics, interests, history or ownership. But LGBTQIA+ is a bunch of people in conflict with themselves and each other. “Non-binary-ism” is incompatible with the justifications used for homosexuality and lesbianism; at least the LGB part knows what they are, but what does the TQIA+ part know about themselves? 2. “alleviate unnecessary pain points.” Here we go again! Pain protects us against even greater damage. Pain helps us grow, pain reminds us not to do something stupid again. Pain is consequences. Should we not have those? 3. “every card should be for everyone.” Really? What about those who never pay their debts?

I suppose this kind of marketing was inevitable. First the victim/grievance sweepstakes, now the virtue signaling corporate sweepstakes. So Randall Tucker is Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. Quite a career so far. Here’s a brief bio: Before joining Mastercard, Randall served as the senior director of inclusion and diversity at Darden Restaurants Inc., where he led the development of a company-wide inclusion strategy to more closely align to the business and support an inclusive environment. Prior to joining Darden, he led the transformation of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide’s diversity and inclusion strategy from a U.S.-focused model to a global model. During his tenure, he led the development of the organization’s first global initiative to enhance career opportunities for women at senior levels. Earlier in his career, he served in various sales and human resource roles at Marriott International. Randall lives in New York City with his husband.” These are big, successful corporations, and he’s a heavy hitter in that D and I field. He also checks off two intersectionality boxes–melanin and sexual preference. But I have to ask, do his patently idiotic statements above really make sense to him, or are they simply marketing-speak for the masses?

Even more important, with this kind of marketing going on at major companies, and the LGBTQIA+ propaganda flooding colleges and newsrooms, how much longer must the rest of us be told that they are an oppressed community? In many ways, they have become the oppressors. Ask Steven Crowder, who was demonetized by YouTube through the agitation of Carlos Maza, the homosexual Vox blogger. Ask Jack Phillips, the baker who keeps getting sued by homosexual, lesbian and trans pseudo-customers because he won’t put messages that violate his Christian beliefs on the cakes he creates. Ask the many teachers, writers and pastors who have been fired, banned or harassed for not approving the LGBTQIA+ agendas.

The 630-Year-Old Reason Eastern Europeans Resist Islam.

The Field of Blackbirds

This brief history of the Muslim relations with the lands that are today Eastern Europe, primarily Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Czech Republic, is written by Raymond Ibrahim. He is not including the Balkans in “Eastern Europe”.

”Why Eastern Europeans are much more reluctant to accept Muslim migrants than their Western counterparts can be traced back to circumstances surrounding a pivotal battle, that of Kosovo, which took place on June 15, 1389, exactly 630 years ago yesterday. It pitted Muslim invaders against Eastern European defenders—the ancestors of those many Eastern Europeans today who are resistant to Islam.

“Because the jihad is as old as Islam, it has been championed by diverse peoples throughout the centuries (Arabs in the Middle East, Moors (Berbers and Africans) in Spain and Western Europe, etc.). Islam’s successful entry into Eastern Europe was spearheaded by the Turks, specifically that tribe centered in westernmost Anatolia (or Asia Minor) and thus nearest to Europe, the Ottoman Turks, so-named after their founder Osman Bey. As he lay dying in 1323, his parting words to his son and successor, Orhan, were for him ‘to propagate Islam by your arms.’

“This his son certainly did. Christian cities fell like dominos: Smyrna in 1329, Nicaea in 1331, and Nicomedia in 1337. By 1340, the whole of northwest Anatolia was under Turkic control. By now, and to quote a European contemporary, ‘the foes of the cross, and the killers of the Christian people, that is, the Turks, [were] separated from Constantinople by a channel of three or four miles.’ By 1354, the Ottoman Turks, under Orhan’s son, Suleiman, managed to cross over the Dardanelles and into the abandoned fortress town of Gallipoli, thereby establishing their first foothold in Europe.

“Cleansed of all Christian ‘filth,’ Gallipoli became, as a later Ottoman bey boasted, ‘the Muslim throat that gulps down every Christian nation—that chokes and destroys the Christians.’ From this dilapidated but strategically situated fortress town, the Ottomans launched a campaign of terror throughout the countryside, always convinced they were doing God’s work. ‘They live by the bow, the sword, and debauchery, finding pleasure in taking slaves, devoting themselves to murder, pillage, spoil,’ explained Gregory Palamas, an Orthodox metropolitan who was taken captive in Gallipoli, adding, ‘and not only do they commit these crimes, but even—what an aberration—they believe that God approves them!’

“After Orhan’s death in 1360 and under his son Murad I—the first of his line to adopt the title ‘Sultan’—the westward jihad into the Balkans began in earnest and was unstoppable. By 1371 he had annexed portions of Bulgaria and Macedonia to his sultanate, which now so engulfed Constantinople that ‘a citizen could leave the empire simply by walking outside the city gates.’ Unsurprisingly, then, when Prince Lazar of Serbia (b. 1330) defeated Murad’s invading forces in 1387, ‘there was wild rejoicing among the Slavs of the Balkans. Serbians, Bosnians, Albanians, Bulgarians, Wallachians, and Hungarians from the frontier provinces all rallied around Lazar as never before, in a determination to drive the Turks out of Europe.’

“Murad responded to this effrontery on June 15, 1389, in Kosovo. There, a Serbian-majority coalition augmented by Hungarian, Polish, and Romanian contingents—twelve thousand men under the leadership of Lazar—fought thirty thousand Ottomans under the leadership of the sultan himself. Despite the initial downpour of Turkic arrows, the Serbian heavy cavalry plummeted through the Ottoman frontlines and broke the left wing; the Ottoman right, under Murad’s elder son Bayezid, reeled around and engulfed the Christians. The chaotic clash continued for hours. Bayezid brought the battle to a decisive end; he threw everything he had at the enemy, leading to the slaughter of every last Christian—but even more of his own men in the process.

“So many birds flocked to and feasted on the vast field of carrion that posterity remembered Kosovo as the ‘Field of Blackbirds.’ Though essentially a draw—or at best a Pyrrhic victory for the Ottomans—the Serbs, with fewer men and resources to start with in comparison to the ascendant Muslim empire, felt the sting more. In the years following the battle of Kosovo, the Ottoman war machine became unstoppable: the nations of the Balkans were conquered by the Muslims—after withstanding a millennium of jihads, Constantinople itself permanently fell to Islam in 1453—and they remained under Ottoman rule for centuries. The collective memory of Eastern Europeans’ not too distant experiences with and under Islam should never be underestimated when considering why they are significantly more wary of—if not downright hostile to—Islam and its migrants compared to their Western, liberal counterparts.“

Organizations like CAIR, mentioned in my previous post about Raymond Ibrahim, modern apologists of Muslim conquest, Islamist terrorists and the craven capitulators of western nations, including our own, MUST invent words like islamophobia, hide behind lies of white nationalism, and oscillate between the extremes of claiming victimhood and making threats of retaliation. Why? Because the ACTUAL history of Islamic jihad is so horrendously bloody, filled with rape, plunder and destruction, that complacent westerners whose nations have lived in safety all their lives, and who are ignorant of the history of conquest, want to be like the three monkeys: 🙈🙉🙊. ISIS is merely the most recent iteration.

“But what about all the peaceful Muslims in this country and around the world?” I agree that the majority of Muslims are peaceful. I love them, and they deserve to live in peace too. I don’t want to see them persecuted or harassed, but though they are the majority in numbers, they have no influence on their violent brethren. CAIR tries to argue that Mr. Ibrahim must be silenced, as should anyone they brand islamophobic, because telling the history of jihad will foment discrimination and violence on Muslims. Not so for fair-minded people. What does actual experience of today’s world show? Which is greater, violence ON Muslims or violence BY Muslims? You know the answer.



When will craven capitulations cease?

I wrote in my previous post about the importance of being unapologetic. The Islamists understand this. Reuters reports on the war in Syria. “Conflict in Syria kills hundreds of thousands of people and spreads unrest across the Middle East. Iranian forces battle anti-Shi’ite fighters in Damascus, and the region braces for an ultimate showdown. If the scenario sounds familiar to an anxious world watching Syria’s devastating civil war, it resonates even more with Sunni and Shi’ite fighters on the frontlines – who believe it was all foretold in 7th Century prophecies. From the first outbreak of the crisis in the southern city of Deraa to apocalyptic forecasts of a Middle East soaked in blood, many combatants on both sides of the conflict say its path was set 1,400 years ago in the sayings of the Prophet Mohammad and his followers.” Sound familiar? See previous post.

Terrorism-Linked CAIR Forces U.S. Army War College to Capitulate on my Islam Lecture, by Raymond Ibrahim.

The U.S. Army War College (USAWC) has just surrendered to the demands of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)—an “unindicted co-conspirator,” to quote the U.S. Dept. of Justice, in the largest terror funding case in American history, and a designated “terrorist organization” for nations such as the UAE. The June 19 planned lecture on my book, Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, was canceled due to a CAIR-induced hysteria that focused on presenting me—a native Arabic speaker of Egyptian/Middle Eastern descent—as a “racist” and “white nationalist” who is out to incite American soldiers to murder Muslims.

Although the USAWC claims that the event has been “postponed”—and that CAIR’s smear campaign has nothing to do with its decision—what really happened, along with the troubling lessons learned along the way, follow: On January 4, 2019, I received an email, portions of which follow: Mr. Ibrahim: “On behalf of the Director and Staff of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), I am honored to invite you to speak as part of the USAHEC’s 2019 Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series. We would like you to speak about your new book, “Sword and Scimitar.” The Perspectives series attracts a wide audience including the U.S. Army War College students, faculty, and staff, ROTC cadets, Soldiers from regional military bases, university students and faculty, and the general public.On a personal note,” the author of the email added, “I think your new book, and a lecture based on it, will resound very well with the primary audience of our lecture programs—the students and faculty of the U.S. Army War College.

After I accepted the invitation, my USAWC contact reiterated: “I am excited to book you, I think your topic will be perfect for my audience.” Aside from a few more exchanges on dates and logistics, that was that—until CAIR got wind of the event. I’ve already discussed what initially happened: how the leadership of CAIR’s Pennsylvania chapter sent a letter on May 28, 2019, to USAWC Commandant Gen. John Kem and Provost Dr. James Breckenridge, urging them to cancel my event because “Raymond Ibrahim’s book … advances a simplistic, inaccurate and often prejudicial view of the long history of Muslim-West relations which we find deeply troubling”; and how CAIR did not once cite a single sentence from my 352-page book to support their accusation that it “is based on poor research.”

After media outlets began reporting on CAIR’s displeasure with the USAWC, the latter called and assured me that the event was still on.  I also received a June 5 email from my USAWC contact saying, “We are good to go for the lecture.” Then CAIR and allies took off their gloves and got nasty.  If a formal, ostensibly rational sounding letter of “concern” would not suffice, then hysteria would have to do.

On the very next day, June 6, CAIR issued a number of screeds, including a press release and a petition addressed to the USAWC by Linda Sarsour’s Islamist group, MPower Change. The overall theme is that, if the USAWC goes ahead with my planned lecture, the “racist” military will get so riled that American soldiers will randomly begin to massacre Muslims at home and abroad. The following excerpts from the MPower petition are typical; note especially the last paragraph (bold and underlining in the original): The U.S. Army War College invited Raymond Ibrahim—a well-known Islamophobe and disseminator of inaccurate, ahistorical, anti-Muslim rhetoric—to speak at their upcoming 50th Annual Lecture Series on June 19th. In a time of rising white nationalism, Islamophobia, and horrific violence stemming from these ideologies, the College is endorsing and fostering anti-Muslim hate within the military by inviting Ibrahim….Ibrahim’s rhetoric … normalizes and justifies violence against Muslims, which is already a burgeoning problem for the military….. Let’s tell the U.S. Army War College: If you don’t rescind Ibrahim’s invitation and denounce his Islamophobic rhetoric, you’re not only endorsing anti-Muslim hate, but dangerously nurturing Islamophobia and white nationalism within the military.

In the midst of their lies, CAIR and MPower repeatedly present me—an Arab-American whose parents immigrated from Egypt to evade Islamic oppression—as a “racist” associated with “white nationalism.” But as the Investigative Project on Terrorism, which maintains a comprehensive dossier on CAIR’s shady and terrorist links, observes: Being a “white nationalist” doesn’t mean having European ancestry in Linda Sarsour’s world. Her group, MPower Change, joined the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) Philadelphia chapter in charging that Raymond Ibrahim, an American Copt of Egyptian ancestry, whose people have been severely discriminated against under Islamic rule for centuries, is a “white nationalist.”…. To classify Ibrahim in the same category as white supremacists who hate Muslims for being non-white is to show ignorance of the severe persecution and discrimination faced by the Coptic people under nearly 14 centuries of Islamic rule. Copts face constant discrimination and persecution at the hands of their Muslim neighbors … [including] Jim Crow-style conditions in their homeland.

On June 10, the U.S. Army War College caved in to their demands and canceled the event. In my last phone call with the USAWC on that same day, I suggested a compromise: turn my lecture into a debate, and pit me against any academic of CAIR’s choosing. Even though I was under no obligation to make such a concession, it still wasn’t good enough for the USAWC. Perhaps the most dishonorable aspect of this entire fiasco is that, in a vain effort to save face and pretend that the prestigious United States Army War College is not surrendering to the demands of a notorious Islamist organization—whose deceptive tactics and terroristic ties are well documented (here, here, here, and here)—the USAWC’s official story is that my lecture has only been “postponed,” and not because of CAIR’s demands. As a June 10 report notes, the USAWC’s decision to “postpone” the event “comes in the wake of strong opposition from the Muslim community to the previously scheduled appearance of author Raymond Ibrahim.

Reality is clear enough: for the USAWC suddenly to postpone a long-planned event only nine days before scheduled—and just a handful of days after CAIR’s smear campaign—is not a “coincidence”; it is a clear message for all. Incidentally, the USAWC is now learning that once you give CAIR an inch, like all bullies it will demand a mile. Consider: in CAIR’s original letter, Jacob Bender, its Philadelphia executive director, actually conceded to my lecture, with one caveat, which he requested in all politeness: “We would ask that if Mr. Ibrahim delivers his talk that we be allowed the same format to put forth counterpoints to his arguments.” Even though the USAWC completely acquiesced by canceling the event altogether, CAIR—having smelled blood—has since become more aggressive and abusive to the military. After gloating over the USAWC’s capitulation, the same Jacob Bender who would’ve been grateful just to have the opportunity to “put forth counterpoints” to me (though only after I was gone and no longer there to respond), is now asserting: The statement [to “postpone” the lecture] by the College spokeswoman falls short of repudiating Mr. Ibrahim’s racist views. A postponement is not enough—the college should reject hate. We will continue to advocate for … [the] exclusion of anti-Muslim racist theories in the college’s programming…. [W]e are ready to provide an alternative viewpoint and suggest a pool of academic analysts who can provide an objective assessment of military and historical perspectives to the US Army War College community.

In other words, if the USAWC really wants CAIR to stop verbally terrorizing it, canceling my lecture is only the first step; the USAWC must next invite a Muslim apologist to come and present a history opposite to the one I was going to present—that is, the usual pseudo-history of an “evil” West that has long victimized a “progressive” Islam, hence “why they hate us,” and why we—in this case, the USAWC—have to appease them, etc., etc.

The grand lesson of this entire debacle should be disheartening for all who care about this nation.  If an ethnic Egyptian and native speaker of Arabic, with verifiable credentials, whose extended relatives continue to be persecuted because they are Christian, can be characterized by Islamist groups with terror links as a “racist” and “white nationalist”; and if, of all places, the U.S. Army War College, as opposed to the average “liberal” college, can so easily capitulate to such patently deceptive tactics—the true motives of which are to keep the actual and troubling history between Islam and the West concealed from the military—know that the hour is late indeed.

I say not everyone is as craven as we are, or rather know they can’t afford to be. Eastern Europe has not been very welcoming to Islamic invaders immigrants. As Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orbán once explained: “We don’t want to criticize France, Belgium, any other country, but we think all countries have a right to decide whether they want to have a large number of Muslims in their countries. If they want to live together with them, they can. We don’t want to and I think we have a right to decide that we do not want a large number of Muslim people in our country. We do not like the consequences of having a large number of Muslim communities that we see in other countries, and I do not see any reason for anyone else to force us to create ways of living together in Hungary that we do not want to see…. I have to say that when it comes to living together with Muslim communities, we are the only ones who have experience because we had the possibility to go through that experience for 150 years.” And those years—1541 to 1699, when the Islamic Ottoman Empire occupied Hungary—are replete with the massacre, enslavement, and rape of Hungarians. My next post will continue this theme and deal with the question, “what about all the peaceful Muslims?”


The unapologetic win…temporarily!

From TheVerge.com: YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki is apologizing to the LGBTQ community in the wake of the company’s failure to take more definitive action against conservative pundit Steven Crowder’s channel. “I know that the decisions we made was very hurtful to the LGBTQ community and that wasn’t our intention at all,” Wojcicki said at the Code Conference in Scottsdale, AZ today. “That was not our intention, and we were really sorry about that, and I do want to explain why we made the decision we did.” However, I think if she was really sorry, she would take every penny YouTube made off of Steven Crowder in the last ten years and donate it to the LBGTQ cause. I won’t hold my breath,” says Stacey Lennox of TheResurgent.com.

By all means, let’s kowtow to the LGBTQ “community.” On second thought, maybe not. I am reading Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West, by Raymond Ibrahim. He is an Islamic and Arabic scholar, and the book tells the history from 622 AD—when Muhammad was kicked out of Mecca—to the present, of the conflict between the “West”, i.e. lands that were ruled by Christians as they understood the Bible back in that time, and the forces of Islam. The history is told through eight decisive battles and the letters written by the combatants to their followers and to each other. This style of teaching history confers more credibility to the conclusions than other approaches. You may wonder, “what does the introduction of this post, and the LGBTQ “community” (how does emphasis on your lust and sexual organs make a community?) have to do with war between Christianity and Islam?” Read on.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.” Romans 1:18 “Therefore, God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves”- Romans 1:24-26. “For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.” Romans 1:26-27.

The first battle in this 14 century conflict was Yarmuk, in 636. Before that, Syria was Roman and “profoundly Christian.” Two of the original apostolic sees—Antioch, where Jesus’ followers were first called “Christian”, and Jerusalem, where our religion was born—were in Syria. The Islamic hordes were not interested in taking prisoners. A massive dust storm at a critical point assisted the desert invaders, who were used to it. At the end of the six day battle, “there was no withdrawal, no rearguard action, no nucleus of survivors. There was nothing left (of the powerful Roman army).” Rapidly fell Jerusalem, Egypt, Carthage, Alexandria, all of North Africa, all enabled by the resounding Muslim victory at Yarmuk. Those lands are still mostly Islamic today. Yes, the geographical center of the Islamic world was once Christian, but in name only.

Who cares? Have I gone bonkers, trying to weave a coherent tapestry from strands of ancient battles, Paul’s epistle to the Roman church, YouTube’s capitulation to the LGBTQers? Ibrahim quotes from a late 7th century Christian manuscript called The Apocalypse. Both the Muslim conquerors and the Christian vanquished believed that God gave Islam the bloody victory because He was angry with the Christians. They differed on why. The Muslims believed that Allah was punishing Christians for their beliefs—the Trinity, the divinity of Christ and other “heresies.” But according to The Apocalypse, most of the Christian leaders of those days believed that God was using pagan rulers, as He used Nebuchadnezzar and others before, to punish his people for their abominations. Some sins are worse than others. “Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:18-20.

What did the writers of that time say? Sophronius, patriarch of Jerusalem, after the capture of the Holy city in 639. “But the present circumstances are forcing me to think differently about our way of life, for why are [so many] wars being fought among us? Why do barbarian raids abound? Why are the troops of the Saracens attacking us? Why has there been so much destruction and plunder? Why are there incessant outpourings of human blood? Why are the birds of the sky devouring human bodies? Why have churches been pulled down? Why is the cross mocked? Why is Christ, who is the dispenser of all good things and the provider of this joyousness of ours, blasphemed by pagan mouths (ethnikois tois stomasi) so that he justly cries out to us: ‘Because of you my name is blasphemed among the pagans,’ and this is the worst of all the terrible things that are happening to us. That is why the vengeful and God-hating Saracens, the abomination of desolation clearly foretold to us by the prophets, overrun the places which are not allowed to them, plunder cities, devastate fields, burn down villages, set on fire the holy churches, overturn the sacred monasteries, oppose the Byzantine armies arrayed against them, and in fighting raise up the trophies [of war] and add victory to victory. Moreover, they are raised up more and more against us and increase their blasphemy of Christ and the church, and utter wicked blasphemies against God. Yet these vile ones would not have accomplished this nor seized such a degree of power as to do and utter lawlessly all these things, unless we had first insulted the gift [of baptism] and first defiled the purification, and in this way grieved Christ, the giver of gifts, and prompted him to be angry with us, good though he is and though he takes no pleasure in evil, being the fount of kindness and not wishing to behold the ruin and destruction of men. We are ourselves, in truth, responsible for all these things and no word will be found for our defence. What word or place will be given us for our defence when we have taken all these gifts from him, befouled them and defiled everything with our vile actions?”

The writer of The Apocalypse, probably the same person, was more specific about what “befouled and defiled.” He says, “men put on clothes of adulterous women and prostitutes, adorn themselves as women and openly stand in the squares and markets of towns and change their natural practice for an unnatural onelikewise, women did the same…For this reason God delivered them into the hands of the barbarians.. and the sons of Ishmael will cast lots for them. Romans 1, anyone? Or a bunch of superstitious, bigoted rot? We moderns think our society is polluted, but it’s no worse, and probably better, than the West of 639. Our military power is overcoming militant Islam, yet if we continue to kowtow to the LGBTQers, if we don’t heed the warnings of history, God can yet break our power.

I have called my post The unapologetic win….temporarily. This refers to the forces of militant Islam, which conquered much of the west in their unapologetic zeal, bloodthirsty as it was. They won great battles. Will they win the war? My next post fast-forwards to the present day war in Syria. Christians need to be even more unapologetic!

No joy in this Joy, or this “news.”

Names can be deceiving. Jim Goad, over at Takimag.com, first introduces us to Joy Butler:

Dr. Joy Butler is a professor at the University of British Columbia who specializes in ‘pedagogy’ and sort of looks like the bastard love child of Martina Navratilova and an HIV-positive pelican. Spewing pseudo-academic malarkey, Joy joylessly informs us that dodgeball carries no enjoyment: ‘When you’re setting up the environment for students to learn, and you introduce the idea that it’s okay to slam the ball at whomever you like, even if it’s with a soft ball, the intention is there….The message is that it’s okay to hurt or dehumanize the ‘other.’ The competition is about annihilating one’s opponent, and the true definition of competition is between two evenly matched teams. Well, kids stack their teams, and they really enjoy beating the other team. What’s the enjoyment of that?‘ One might be forgiven for thinking there would be far more enjoyment in hurling a dodgeball at Joy Butler’s face than there would ever be in looking at her face.”

The estimable Mr. Goad then presents a more appropriate example of a name matching a disposition, that of Laura Humpf, a white yoga teacher in Seattle, hosting a class “Undoing Whiteness“: Are you a white person wanting to unpack the harmful ways white supremacy is embedded in your body, mind and heart? Are you looking for an embodied approach to racial and social justice? Are you craving a spiritual community where oppression and privilege can be addressed with compassion and honesty?I’m certainly not. Are you? No? Well, Humpf then!

Another item on Mr. Goad’s list this morning was too horrific for me to write about–the mutilation and murder of a 9 year old boy by his “mother”, who apparently was actually his biological mother (the U.K. Sun newspaper calls “her” his “mum”). The reason I put mother, mum and her in quotes will be apparent if you read the article, which I would not advise. If you don’t, them Jim Goad’s description of “mum” should suffice: “Rosana Candido and Kacyla Pessoa are a pair of Brazilian sapphites who are built like linebackers and make stegosauruses look attractive by comparison.” The link to the Sun article is here: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9300395/mum-son-lesbian-lover-murder-killed-brazil/

As you might know, San Antonio was the first “American” city to ban Chick fil-A from their airport, “inspiring” a few other burgs to follow suit in the Moronic Municipal Virtue-Signaling Sweepstakes. Not satisfied to deprive visitors and residents from enjoying one the most hospitable and popular chain restaurants in the U.S., the latest escapade of the city fathers is seeking French speakers. Why? KENS5 News in San Antone: “Roughly 350 migrants from the Congo are expected to arrive in San Antonio in the coming days, leaving the city scrambling for French-speaking volunteers. The plan was 350 of them would travel from San Antonio to Portland. When we reached out to Portland, Maine they said, ‘Please don’t send us any more. We’re already stretched way beyond our capacity. So we’re working with them [the migrants] now to identify other cities throughout the United States where they can go and begin their asylum seeking process.”

Nothing wrong with that, it’s noble, ignoring that the that their very entry into the country is a violation of US law. Then there’s the small matter of the Congo (I refuse to add Democratic Republic of ) being currently in the throes of the second-worst Ebola outbreak in world history, with over 2,000 cases reported. Ebola is highly contagious and deadly in 90% of cases. Vomiting blood is one of its many horrific symptoms, but we can all agree that it’s better than being called a xenophobe. I predict that the city will long for the good old days when all they had to worry about was Chick Fil-A giving money to Christian causes.

The photos above are, respectively, but not respectfully, Joy Butler, Laura Humpf and Kacyla Pessoa/Rosana Candido. Some people’s actions and ideas are simply despicable, and often their appearance is a match. I was at first reluctant to publish this post today, so as not to sully Father’s Day. However, on reflection, I am also a father and got a huge laugh out of Jim Goad’s descriptions of those, ahem, females….or whatever they are. I generally love women, just not those who mutilate and kill their male children, nor teach anti-whiteness yoga, or demonize an innocent game that kids love. Happy Father’s Day!