Thursday, September 30, 2010

In Grayson Flap, Misses Webster Ties To Christian Reconstructionism

So how close is Republican Congressional candidate Daniel Webster, running against Democratic Representative Alan Grayson for Florida's 8th Congressional District, to evangelist Bill Gothard? That question is now politically salient because of Gothard's participation in a radical Christian political movement called Christian Reconstructionism that seeks to impose stoning as a form of capital punishment for crimes including murder, adultery, "heresy," and "witchcraft.
Christian Reconstructionism
As Frederick Clarkson, in his landmark 1994 article on Christian Reconstructionism (otherwise known as Theonomy) at The Public Eye entitled Theocratic Dominionism Gains Influence, gives provides a list of of capital crimes under Christian Reconstructionism, or Theonomy, and some helpful context:

Epitomizing the Reconstructionist idea of Biblical "warfare" is the centrality of capital punishment under Biblical Law. Doctrinal leaders (notably Rushdoony, North, and Bahnsen) call for the death penalty for a wide range of crimes in addition to such contemporary capital crimes as rape, kidnapping, and murder. Death is also the punishment for apostasy (abandonment of the faith), heresy, blasphemy, witchcraft, astrology, adultery, "sodomy or homosexuality," incest, striking a parent, incorrigible juvenile delinquency, and, in the case of women, "unchastity before marriage."

According to Gary North, women who have abortions should be publicly executed, "along with those who advised them to abort their children." Rushdoony concludes: "God's government prevails, and His alternatives are clear-cut: either men and nations obey His laws, or God invokes the death penalty against them." Reconstructionists insist that "the death penalty is the maximum, not necessarily the mandatory penalty." However, such judgments may depend less on Biblical Principles than on which faction gains power in the theocratic republic. The potential for bloodthirsty episodes on the order of the Salem witchcraft trials or the Spanish Inquisition is inadvertently revealed by Reconstructionist theologian Rev. Ray Sutton, who claims that the Reconstructed Biblical theocracies would be "happy" places, to which people would flock because "capital punishment is one of the best evangelistic tools of a society."

The Biblically approved methods of execution include burning (at the stake for example), stoning, hanging, and "the sword." Gary North, the self-described economist of Reconstructionism, prefers stoning because, among other things, stones are cheap, plentiful, and convenient. Punishments for non-capital crimes generally involve whipping, restitution in the form of indentured servitude, or slavery. Prisons would likely be only temporary holding tanks, prior to imposition of the actual sentence.


Basic Religion Test Stumps Many Americans

"Americans are by all measures a deeply religious people, but they are also deeply ignorant about religion.

Researchers from the independent Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life phoned more than 3,400 Americans and asked them 32 questions about the Bible, Christianity and other world religions, famous religious figures and the constitutional principles governing religion in public life.

On average, people who took the survey answered half the questions incorrectly, and many flubbed even questions about their own faith.

Those who scored the highest were atheists and agnostics, as well as two religious minorities: Jews and Mormons. The results were the same even after the researchers controlled for factors like age and racial differences."

"Fifty-three percent of Protestants could not identify Martin Luther as the man who started the Protestant Reformation."

Note: Wow... what has happened to protestantism?

Source: NYTimes

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Hungary Wonders After…

Pal Schmidt the president of Hungary met with Benedict XVI on September 10. Hungary’s government will hold the rotating presidency of the European Union for the first half of 2011.

As usual Schmitt also met with Papal secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone and with Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Vatican secretary for relations with states.

A Vatican communiqué said that discussions involved the contribution of the Catholic Church to the common good in Hungary, “especially in the area of family and social life.”

Note the words “common good,” “family” and “social life.” These terms are nice sounding language for the agenda that the Vatican is pushing in Hungary and the rest of the European Union. It would certainly include Sunday observance, since the Church teaches that Sunday observance is in the best interests of family and the common good of society.

The leaders also discussed the upcoming presidency of the European Union in relation to international politics.

Hungary is a slight majority Roman Catholic population with 54.5% of the nearly 10 million people.

Zenit News Article

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Spain Imposes Budget Cuts as EU Commission Seeks Control Over National Budgets

“Premier Jose Luis Zapatero told a stunned nation that public sector pay will be reduced by 5pc this year and frozen in 2011. ‘We must make an extraordinary effort,’ he said.”

Pensions will not be increased, the €2,500 baby bonus will be cancelled, regional subsidies will be slashed and infrastructure projects will be put on ice.

“Commission president Jose Barroso unveiled plans for EU control over national budgets, including an incendiary demand that Brussels should vet budgets before their first reading in Westminster, the Bundestag, and other parliaments. Current account deficits and credit growth will be monitored. Brussels can [impose] sanctions on states that let [budgets] run out of control. ‘We must get to the root of the problems,’ he said.”

Germany is already the defacto ruler of the European Union by virtue of the fact that it has the largest economy. If the EU central government gains the authority to approve national budgets, it will be Germany that will be the ultimate decider of other nation’s budgets.

As Europe works through the financial crisis of its economically weaker members, they are gradually losing what sovereignty they have left. Behind Germany is the Holy See. Germany owes its allegiance to the Vatican for engineering its reunification in conjunction with the United States in the late 1980s by their joint efforts to bring down Eastern European Communist governments. While Papal power in Europe is not yet mature, it is well on its way through Europe’s leading member nations. Greece and other weaker eurozone nations in in the process of being made vassal states.

For a global religion to be implemented (Revelation 13:8), Rome first has to gain control of the old world. She is in the process of patiently establishing a firm grip on the European Union just as prophecy predicted.

“Romanism in the Old World and apostate Protestantism in the New will pursue a similar course toward those who honor all the divine precepts.” Great Controversy, pg. 615.

EU imposes wage cuts.


Monday, September 27, 2010

The Antichrist's decoy antichrist

According to Jesuit futurism, the Antichrist comes after a "secret rapture" and 7 years before the end of time. There is a remarkable resemblance between this and Islamic prophecies concerning the coming of their 12th Imam, who they call the Mahdi! In other words, the Islamic Mahdi is the Jesuits' antichrist!

Both Sunnis and Shias shared the belief that at the end of days a messiah-figure known as the mahdi, or the 'expected one', would come to the rescue of Islam. He would return to Mecca at the head of all the forces of righteousness to take on the forces of evil in one final, apocalyptic battle, after which he and the lesser prophet Jesus would proceed to Jerusalem to kill the devil. Thereafter the world would submit to his rule until the sounding of the last trumpet, and Judgement Day. There were, however, significant differences between the Sunnis and Shias over the origins of the Mahdi, in that the latter held him to be the twelfth and last of the imams of early Islam. Unlike his predecessors, this twelfth imam had not died and gone to heaven but had disappeared from the sight of man to become the 'Hidden Imam'. He was said to be concealed in a cave in the mountains, waiting for the call from the righteous, when he would reappear as a padshah or 'great king' to lead the faithful to victory.
- Allen, God's Terrorists, The Wahhabi Cult and the Hidden Roots of Modern Jihad, p. 73

AL-MAHDI Lit. "The Directed One," hence, "who is fit to direct others, Guide, Leader." A ruler who shall in the last days appear upon the earth. According to the Shi'ahs, he has already appeared in the person of Muhammad Al-Qasim, the twelfth Imam, who is believed to be concealed in some secret place until the day of his manifestation before the end of the world. But the Sunnis say he has not yet appeared. In the history of Muhammadanism, there are numerous instances of impostors having assumed the character of this mysterious personage, amongst others, Saiyid Ahmad, who fought against the Sikhs on the North-West frontier of the Panjab, A.D. 1826, and still more recently, the Muhammadan who has claimed to be al-Mahdi in the Sudin in Egypt.
The sayings' of the Prophet on the subject, according to al-Bukhari, and other traditionists, are as follows:
"The world will not come to an end until a man of my tribe and of my name shall be master of Arabia."
" When you see black ensigns coming from the direction of Khorosün, then join them, for the Imam of God will be with the standards, whose name is al-Mahd"
"The Mahdi will be descended from me, he will be a man with an open countenance and with a high nose. He will fill the earth with equity and justice, even as it has been filled with tyranny and oppression, and he will reign over the earth seven years."
- Dictionary of Islam by Thomas Patrick Hughes


If you thought that was interesting, check this out:

Britain Open to Catholic Faith in Public Square

Apparently, the Papal visit to Britian was more than a mere state visit. It overturned centuries of Protestantism. America Magazine, published by the Jesuits, reported that the British government has opened the door to the Catholic Church and its influence on its government, legislation and society.

“…In May this year a new government formed, speaking a new language, releasing the values and energies of faith organizations, among others, to build what it is calling the Big Society,” said the Jesuit magazine. “The prime minister drew his ideas from Philip Blond, a philosopher whose thinking was formed by the Anglo-Catholic theologian John Milbank and Catholic social teaching on civil society.

The, “on the eve of Pope Benedict’s arrival, the Conservative Party chairman told Anglican bishops that the government would ‘restore faith to the heart of Britain,’ promising an end to the exclusion of the religious voice from public life… The [papal] visit has helped to consolidate the government’s new faith-friendly stance.”
“Pope Benedict XVI’s four-day state visit to the United Kingdom, the first ever by a pope, quickly overturned negative expectations of apathy and hostility. Bidding him farewell at Birmingham’s airport, Prime Minister David Cameron told the pope he had made the nation ‘sit up and think’ and seemed to suggest that secularism had not, after all, gained the upper hand. Faith, Mr. Cameron said, was ‘part of the fabric of our country…a vital part of our national conversation.’

“The prime minister’s remarks suggested that the pope, who sought to deliver a sustained if gently reasoned salvo against what he called ‘aggressive secularism’ and to mount a passionate case for the inclusion of faith in public life, was pushing at an open door.”

America magazine also pointed out that the papal appeal was to integrate faith (meaning Catholic principles of mixing church and state) into public life. “The pope’s call to recognize the necessary interconnectedness of faith and reason, religion and politics, belief and society was made in arguments that were as persuasive as they were reasonable.”

Though Jesus Himself separated church and state when he said, “render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and unto God the things that are God’s, the Pope is advocating that religion and politics should work closely together. If the old Holy Roman Empire is going to be resurrected, it is essential for the papacy to assert its philosophy in public at every opportunity. Benedict XVI was not slack in doing so throughout his trip to Britain.
“Although he returned constantly to this theme in homilies and speeches throughout his visit, the message was delivered most categorically in an address to political and civil leaders in Westminster Hall… The sight of the British political establishment, including a row of former prime ministers, waiting patiently for the successor of St. Peter to address them from a gilded chair, then clapping enthusiastically as he entered to a fanfare of trumpets, will remain the icon of the visit. The fact of it happening at all, as the pope himself acknowledged, demonstrated that faith and public life were, after all, interlinked.

“Westminster Hall left some wondering whether this was the end of the myth of Britain as a Protestant nation-state,” wrote the magazine. Perhaps America magazine is pointing out that Britain has long ceased to be a Protestant nation-state, and now it is becoming Catholic again. And the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, even suggested this in his welcome speech to the pope. “What was once considered inconceivable now seems entirely natural,” he said.

The pope warned “against a ‘failure to appreciate not only the rights of believers to freedom of conscience and freedom of religion, but also the legitimate role of religion in the public square” and called for religious bodies ‘to be free to act in accordance with their own principles and specific convictions.’ This, he said, was the best guarantor of the freedoms that made Britain great.”

But it wasn’t just politics that the pope addressed. He also pushed the frontiers of ecumenism. At a prayer service in Westminster Abbey where he and the Anglican Archbishop Rowan Williams prayed together, the Pope said, “What we share, in Christ, is greater than what divides us…”

“Earlier, at Lambeth, the pope reframed the path to ecclesial unity as no longer about theological dialogue but about collaborating in witness to ‘the transcendent dimension of the human person and the universal call to holiness.’ He cited Cardinal John Henry Newman as exemplifying the ‘virtues that ecumenism demands.’”
What this is saying is that the ecumenical dialog between the Catholic Church and the Anglican Church no longer has any substantial theological differences. They are essentially one. Now it is only a matter of some practical differences. Moreover, it is time, the pope was saying, for the Anglican and Catholic communions to openly share a common witness that their faiths are the same.

“Pope Benedict’s other triumph was his direct response to the chorus of searing criticisms of the church’s (mis)handling of clerical sex abuse,” said America magazine. While it is probably true that Benedict XVI overcame at least some of the hostility over the sex abuse scandal, the real papal triumph is in the disintegration of the Church of England, and in stripping it of its Protestantism.

The papal state visit to Britain opens the way for more direct interaction between the Vatican and the British government.

Even (formerly) Protestant Britain is ready for it.

“All the world wondered after the beast.” Revelation 13:3.


Exposed: Christine O'Donnell Using Campaign Funds to Pay Rent

Friday, September 24, 2010

Interesting News and Links of The Day

I wasn't sure what to post, so here are some interesting things:

A Cloud of Witnesses Concerning Antichrist

The Waldensians
The purgatory is imaginary and "of antichrist".

John Wycliffe (Bible translator)
Speaking of the Pope of Rome and the Pope of Avigon (France), Wycliffe said of them being both antichrist "two halves of antichrist, making up the perfect Man of Sin between them". Lectures on Medieval Church History, p. 314

William Tyndale (Bible translator)
The pope's forbidding of matrimony and foods created by God for man's use is a devilish doctrine and "tokens good enough" that the pope is the antichrist.

Andreas Helwig
Helwig in 1612 identified the papal title of Vicarius Filii Dei with the number 666.

The Westminister Confession of Faith in 1647
"there is no other head of the church but the Lord Jesus Christ", not even the pope, which is antichrist.

Martin Luther (Lutheran)
"I know that the pope is Antichrist, and that his throne is that of Satan himself".

Hugh Latimer (Oxford Martyr)
the papists "go about to thrust Christ out of his seat".

Thomas Cranmer (Oxford Martyr)
Rome is "the seat of antichrist" and the pope is the "very antichrist himself" .

Nicholas Ridley (Oxford Martyr)
The Papal See is "the seat of Satan" and "is antichrist himself".

John Calvin (Calvinist)
"we call the Roman Pontiff Antichrist"

John Smyth (Baptist church founder)
"infant baptism" is an "antichristian heresy"

Roger Williams (founder of the First Baptist Church in America)
the pope is "the pretended vicar of Christ" and "the Man of Sin" of II Thessalonians 2.

John Wesley (Methodist)
The pope "in an emphatical sense" is "The Man of Sin, as he increases all manner of sin above measure". Explanatory Notes Upon the New Testament, p. 551

Matthew Henry (Presbyterian minister)
"He who, being a man, a sinful man, makes himself a god, as the pope does, who claims divine powers and prerogatives, is, no question, a blasphemer, and that antichrist."

John Gill (Baptist pastor and theologian)
"Now as I fully believe, and think it has been clearly shown, that infant baptism is a part and pillar of Popery, a limb of Antichrist, a branch of superstition and will-worship, introduced by the Man of Sin"

Jonathan Edwards (Theologian and Princeton University President)
"And it is prophesied, that this Antichrist, or man of sin, should be one that should set himself up in the temple or visible church of God, pretending to be vested with the power of God himself, as head of the church, as in the same chapter, verse 4. And all this is exactly come to pass in the church of Rome." The works of President Edwards, p. 324

George Whitefield (Anglican Protestant minister)
"I hope I shall always think it my bounden duty, next to inviting sinners to the blessed Jesus, to exhort my hearers to exert themselves against the first approaches of popish tyranny, and arbitrary power. O that we may be enabled to watch and pray, against all the opposition of antichrist in our hearts! for after all, there lies the most dangerous man of sin." Memoirs of Rev. George Whitefield, p. 164

Adam Clarke (Methodist theologian)
"[The Apocalypse] contains prophecies concerning the tyrannical and oppressive conduct of the Roman pontiffs, the true Antichrist; and foretells the final destruction of popery." The New Testament of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, vol 2, p.983

Edward Bishop Elliott (English clergyman)
Mr. Elliott takes the religious profession of the Antichrist to be one made under much show of religion, as in the instance of the Papacy, the name of Antichrist meaning either Christ's vicar, or an opposing and usurping Christ, and his system containing in it " the mystery of iniquity," and " all deceivableness of unrighteousness;" and he objects to the current view of the Futurists...

Alexander Hislop (Free Church of Scotland Minister)
"The Pope exhibits himself to the church, as 'God upon earth'. It is this especially that constitutes him 'the Antichrist'."

Isaac Newton (an unorthodox Anglican)
The Pope is "the little horn of the fourth beast".

Henry Grattan Guinness (Irish Evangelical)
The little horn of Daniel is the symbol of the Roman papacy "fitting it as one of Chubb's keys fits the lock for which it is made".Romanism and the Reformation, p. 41

Joseph Tanner (???)
The abandoning of the historicist view of the antichrist for the modern futurist view (involving a secret rapture and 7 year tribulation) was a conspiracy of Jesuit doing. Daniel and the Revelation [London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1898], pp 16-17

Charles Spurgeon
it's claimed that Spurgeon believed that popery is antichrist (see alleged quote)

Ian Paisley (Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster)
Believes the pope is antichrist (source: wikipedia)

Thinking To Change Times And Laws

Question: How prove you that the church had power to command feasts and holydays?
Answer: By the very act of changing the Sabbath into Sunday, which Protestants allow of and therefore they fondly contradict themselves by keeping Sunday strictly, and breaking most other feasts commanded by the same church.
The Douay Catechism - 1833, pages 57, 58

Question: Have you any other way of proving that the church has power to institute festivals of precept?
Answer: Had she not such power, she could not a done that in which all modern religionists agree with her; -she could not have substituted the observance of Sunday the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday the seventh day of the week, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority.”
Stephen Keenan, A Doctrinal Catechism On the Obedience Due to the Church, 3rd edition, Chapter 2, p. 174 (Imprimatur, John Cardinal McCloskey, Archbishop of New York)

“Protestantism, in discarding the authority of the (Roman Catholic) Church, has no good reasons for its Sunday theory, and ought logically to keep Saturday as the Sabbath.” John Gilmary Shea, American Catholic Quarterly Review, January 1883.

"The purely a creation of the Catholic Church."
American Catholic Quarterly Review, January 1883

"She took the pagan Sunday and made it the Christian Sunday..."
"...And thus the pagan Sunday, dedicated to Balder, became the Christian Sunday, sacred to Jesus."

"Sunday is our MARK of authority...the church is above the Bible, and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of that fact."
Catholic Record of London, Ontario Sept. 1, 1923

“Nowhere in the Bible is it stated that worship should be changed from Saturday to Sunday...Now the Church...instituted, by God’s authority, Sunday as the day of worship. This same Church, by the same divine authority, taught the doctrine of Purgatory long before the Bible was made. We have, therefore, the same authority for Purgatory as we have for Sunday.”
Martin J. Scott, Things Catholics Are Asked About, p. 136, 1927

“Some theologians have held that God likewise directly determined the Sunday as the day of worship in the New Law, that He Himself has explicitly substituted the Sunday for the Sabbath. But this theory is now entirely abandoned. It is now commonly held that God simply gave His Church the power to set aside whatever day or days she would deem suitable as Holy Days. The (Roman Catholic) Church chose Sunday, the first day of the week, and in the course of time added other days as holy days.” Forbidden Sunday and Feast-Day Occupations, An Historical Synopsis And Theological Commentary, A Dissertation, by the Rev. Vincent J. Kelly, C.SS.R. S.T.L., Catholic University of America Press, Washington, D. C., Studies in Sacred Theology, No. 70., 1943.

“For example, nowhere in the Bible do we find that Christ or the Apostles ordered that the Sabbath be changed from Saturday to Sunday. We have the commandment of God given to Moses to keep holy the Sabbath day, that is the 7th day of the week, Saturday. Today most Christians keep Sunday because it has been revealed to us by the [Catholic] church outside the Bible.” Catholic Virginian, October 3, 1947, p. 9, article “To Tell You the Truth.

Question - Which is the Sabbath day?
Answer - Saturday is the Sabbath day.
Question - Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
Answer - We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church, in the Council of Laodicea (A.D. 364), transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday.”
Peter Geiermann, C.S.S.R., The Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, p. 50, 3rd edition, 1957

“Perhaps the boldest thing, the most revolutionary change the Church ever did, happened in the first century. The holy day, the Sabbath, was changed from Saturday to Sunday. ‘The day of the Lord’ was chosen, not from any direction noted in the Scriptures, but from the (Catholic) Church’s sense of its own power...People who think that the Scriptures should be the sole authority, should logically become 7th Day Adventists, and keep Saturday holy.”
St. Catherine Church Sentinel, Algonac, Michigan, May 21, 1995.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Tea Party to Set Future Political Agenda?

Michael Patrick Leahy, author of “Rules for Conservative Radicals” and co-founder of the National Tea Party coalition, said he believes the rising influence of grassroots activists may impact both parties, and is here to stay.

“These victories by tea party candidates are merely indications of the changes going on in the American political system,” he said. “We’re entering what I call a new era of grass-roots democracy. And it’s one where you’re going to see a decline in the power of the national establishment of both parties … in setting the agenda.

“The agenda is increasingly going to be set by the grass-roots conservative activists who comprise the tea party movement,” Leahy said. “This is just the opening act for a complete change in the way politics takes place in America.”

A large number of Americans now believe that their government is going in the wrong direction. The National Tea Party (a conservative political movement to address these conservative concerns) is seeking to change the way government works. This movement however could lead to a popular demand for Sunday legislation.

GC 592, “Political corruption is destroying love of justice and regard
for truth; and even in free America, rulers and legislators, in order to
secure public favor, will yield to the popular demand for a law enforcing Sunday observance.” Great Controversy, p 592.


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FRC Staffer Says Americans Who Fail To Toe The Religious Right Line Are Serving Satan

Are you an agent of Satan? Kenyn Cureton is worried that you might be. Cureton is vice president for church ministries for the Family Research Council. During the FRC's recent "Values Voter Summit," he warned attendees at a breakout session on churches and politics to be ready for some intense action.

"The battle that we're fighting," he said, "is not just a political and cultural battle, it's a spiritual battle."And when a battle is spiritual, you can be sure that some people are serving the wrong side.

"When you think about it, you know, the real enemy is not the poor, deluded souls who are advancing these evil agendas," Cureton said. "Really, they're just simply pawns in the hands of their malevolent master. They're simply doing the bidding of the devil, OK?"

So here's how it goes: You either agree with the Religious Right on issues like abortion, same-sex marriage, church-state relations and so on or you're buddies with Beelzebub!

These guys have a lot of nerve.

But Cureton, a Southern Baptist pastor and former denominational official, wasn't done there. Imploring right-wing evangelicals to politicize their churches and blanket them with "voter guides" (documents that are always stacked to favor the most right-wing candidate), he insisted that the last thing you want to do is turn out the vote across the board. Only the people who agree with the Religious Right should be targeted on Election Day, he said.

"We're not just encouraging people to vote however," Cureton said. "That's what happened in the last election. That's how Obama got elected - a bunch of stupid evangelicals who didn't even use their biblical values when they went in the voting booth."

I'll break this one down for you too: Either you vote in a way that comports with the FRC's view on social issues, or you're stupid.

Such arrogance!

Let me explain something to Cureton: We are all "values voters." Those of us who disagree with the Religious Right's narrow theology and burning desire to "Christianize" (as you define Christian) this nation have values too.

Ours are a little different than yours, Kenyn. We value things like tolerance, diversity, secular government and complete religious liberty for all, supported by the wall of separation between church and state. We value the wisdom of the Founders and will defend it.

We value the Constitution, a document you and your pals in the Religious Right claim to revere but all too often treat like a first draft. (How many amendments does the Religious Right want to add? Let's see - school prayer, government funding of religious schools, anti-abortion, anti-gay-marriage, "parental rights." Have I forgotten any?)

It has been said many times that politics is the art of compromise. One of the main problems with the Religious Right's approach to politics is that it tosses that maxim out the window. How can you compromise with people who are Satan's imps?

Many political analysts believe that the nation is more polarized than ever. I believe it. Attitudes like Cureton's go a long way in explaining how we got here.


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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

UN Judge: Treat Vatican as a Rogue State

“The Vatican should be treated as a kind of ‘rogue state’ by the rest of the world until it stops using statehood – and the ancient rules of the canon law – to protect pedophile priests, according to veteran human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson, QC.

“Mr Robertson, a UN judge, argues that the Catholic Church is the only religion permitted under international law to claim the privileges of statehood and its leaders immunity from civil or criminal action.

In a new book, the judge urges the international community to pressure the Church to abandon canon law when dealing with sex crimes and other matters. Canon law allows ‘neither cross-examination and medical examination nor DNA testing’ and ‘no punishment worthy of that name.’ ‘The worst that can happen, other than an order to do penance, is ‘laicization,’ that is, defrocking, which permits the pedophile to leave the church and get a job in a state school or care home without anyone knowing of this conviction. Canon law has no sex offenders registry.

Instead of putting the children’s safety first, informing law enforcement about those priests whom the Church knows to be guilty of pedophilia, it has been dealing with them secretly under canon law, moving them to other parishes and giving them light sentences, not requiring compensation to victims, and condemning whistleblowers.

“The 228 page book… also asserts that the Holy See has infiltrated the UN as a state rather than a religion.”


Sarah Palin's 'Witchcraft Problem' Is Bigger Than Christine O'Donnell's 'Witchcraft Problem'

Witchcraft? Sarah Palin's got her own "witch problem" - her friends huntthem.Unlike Delaware Republican candidate for Senate Christian O'Donnell, Sarah Palin didn't "dabble in witchcraft." Rather, Palin has been friends with two avowed witch hunters who advocate that charismatic born-again Christians should "infiltrate" government and cleanse "the land" of unbelievers.  

Palin's witch hunter #1In October 2005, as she was launching her bid to be Alaska governor, Sarah Palin was prayed over and blessed by Kenyan evangelist Thomas Muthee, who called upon God [video link] to protect Palin against "every spirit of witchcraft".
Video of the event, below, shows Muthee giving a speech, at Palin's longtime church the Wasilla Assembly of God, in which he calls on charismatic Christians to "infiltrate" seven major sectors of society including government, business, media, and education. The ceremony was the culmination of Muthee's weeklong guest pastor appearance at the church.

It wasn't Muthee's first visit to the Wasilla Assembly of God, which Palin had attended for over two decades since she was born-again at the church as a teenager. In 1999 the church invited Thomas Muthee to Alaska because of his role in the firstTransformations video, by George Otis, Jr., that purports to show how Christians can create mini-utopias, in which crime and addiction rates plummet and giant vegetable crops grow, by driving out witches and demon spirits.

[video, below: Thomas Muthee, an avowed witch hunter, calls upon God to protect Sarah Palin from "every spirit of witchcraft."]

In Transformations 1, released in 1999, Thomas Muthee describes [video link] driving from a Nairobi, Kenya, suburb a "spirit of witchcraft" linked to an alleged witch named "Mama Jane." As noted in an October 11, 2008 AP news story, in May 2000 while she was mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, Sarah Palin wrote a thank-you note to a former pastor, for loaning Palin the first Transformations video.  
On June 7, 2008, Sarah Palin used Alaska state funds to travel from Juneau to the Mat-Su Valley to attend two June 8th events hosted by the Wasilla Assembly of God. During one, at the Wasilla Sports Stadium, Palin dedicated Alaska to Jesus, and she was blessed and anointed by pastors Ed Kalnins and Phil Markwardt, the two pastors who along with Thomas Muthee had blessed and anointed Palin on October 16, 2005.
In the second June 8, 2008 ceremony, Palin spoke at the graduation [video link] of the Wasilla Assembly of God's Masters Commission program, a program for college-age students that teaches them Bible memorization, "authority," and how to talk to God. In the speech Palin warmly described her October 16, 2005 anointing by Thomas Muthee, who Palin referred to as "Bishop Muthee."
Towards the end of the event, the graduating Masters Commission students werepresented with Samurai swords.  
Thomas Muthee made a return visit to the Wasilla Assembly of God in late September 20, 2008, as chronicled and captured on video [see 2:35 in video] by journalist Max Blumenthal. Muthee declared,

"We come against all forms of witchcraft - all the python spirits that are released against the body of Christ."
     In September 2008, as media attention fixed on the Wasilla Assembly of God as Sarah Palin's most important church, the Wasilla church purged its video and audio archives of past sermons and events, including video and audio of Muthee's guest stint at the church in October 2005.
In 2009, when the Wasilla Assembly of God briefly reposted video and audio recordings from Thomas Muthee's October 2005 appearance at the church, I had the opportunity to collect them all. Here is an audio recording of pastor Ed Kalnins introducing, on October 11, 2005, Muthee's first October 2005 sermon at the church.
Palin's witch hunter #2
As described in a January 31, 2003 article from Spiritled Woman magazine, a subsidiary of Charisma magazine, in the mid 1990's Alaska evangelist Mary Glazier led her prayer warfare group in a campaign to drive an alleged witch out of Alaska. As the article detailed,

In 1995, Mary mobilized a prayer network for Alaska's prisons and began experiencing spiritual warfare as never before. She had received word that a witch had applied for a job as chaplain of the state's prison system.Emergency prayer groups were formed throughout the region. Intercessors came together and prayed that God would move the woman from Alaska to another state where she would hear the gospel.
Mary recalls, "As we continued to pray against the spirit of witchcraft, her incense altar caught on fire, her car engine blew up, she went blind in her left eye, and she was diagnosed with cancer."
Ultimately, the witch fled to another state for medical treatment. Soon after, revival visited every prison in Alaska.
At a June 12-14, 2008 religious conference held outside of Seattle, Mary Glazier told fellow New Apostolic Reformation leaders that Sarah Palin joined Glazier's personal Wasilla prayer warfare group in 1989.

"There was a 24-year old woman that God began to speak to about entering into politics. She became a part of our prayer group out in
Year later, became the mayor of Wasilla and, last year, was elected governor of the State of Alaska.Yes! Halleluajh!
At her inauguration she dedicated the state to Jesus Christ.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!"
During the speech, Mary Glazier described a program of "religious cleansing" in which unbelievers would have to convert to charismatic Christianity or be driven from "the land":

"There is a tipping point, at which, at which time, because of the sin of the land, the people then have to be displaced. But while this measure of wickedness is rising, the measure of faith in the church is rising. God is preparing a people to displace the ones whose sin is rising so that then they tip over and the church goes in - one is removed and the church moves in and takes the territory. Now, that does not mean that the people are removed, because God removes them from the Kingdom of Darkness into the Kingdom of Light. They are given an opportunity to change allegiances."
[video, below, features Mary Glazier's June 13, 2008 speech, "Releasing the Increase" which includes the above Glazier quotes]

An article that ran in the January, 2009 issue of Charisma magazine, The Faith of Sarah Palin, confirmed Sarah Palin's personal friendship with Mary Glazier. As the Charisma article described,

"Mary Glazier heads an Alaska-based prayer ministry called Windwalkers International. Charisma  caught up with her on her way to a prayer meeting in Anchorage, the purpose of which was to pray specifically for Palin. This is nothing new, according to Glazier. "We actually began to pray for [Palin] before she became mayor of Wasilla," Glazier says. "We felt then that she was the one God had selected."For several years, Glazier and other members of Windwalkers have prayed for Palin regularly--first when she was the mayor, then when she was the governor of Alaska, and when she was a vice presidential candidate. Last spring, Palin called Glazier and asked her to pray with her over the phone, and they met at the governor's prayer breakfast.
"She asked me to pray with her for wisdom and direction," Glazier recalls. "I sensed a real heart of surrender to the will of God in her. God often chooses the least likely people to be at the forefront, and I do believe that God has equipped [Palin] for this hour."
Glazier told Charisma that members of Windwalkers had received words of knowledge about Palin being "called to impact the nation."
While the Charisma article claimed that Sarah Palin belonged to some sort of generic version of Pentecostalism, the Wasilla Assembly of God is frequently visited by the apostles and prophets of the New Apostolic Reformation, and in a January 7, 2009 appearance apostle Dutch Sheets, speaking at the Wasilla church, introduced Mary Glazier [video link] as "the lady that brought us into the state."

As I described in a November 16, 2009 Alternet story, during the final weeks of the 2008 presidential election, Mary Glazier released a prophecy, from her close friend Eleanor Roehl, which hinted that the Alaska governor might soon get an unexpected career boost from a terrorist attack that would leave Palin alone, with America in mourning, "stepping into an office that she was mantled for."
As Rachel Tabachnick describes in a March 1, 2010 Alternet interview with journalist Bill Berkowitz, Heads Up: Prayer Warriors and Sarah Palin Are Organizing Spiritual Warfare to Take Over America although the apostles and prophets of the New Apostolic Reformation advocate driving out witches and demons, they have appeared with increasing frequency throughout 2009 and into 2010 up on stage with, blessing and anointing, major leaders of the Republican Party.